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COVID Action Collab: Platform to test COVID-19 in Sewage

The COVID Action Collab is an initiative by group of experts. The main aim of the initiative is to address issues created by the COVID-19 pandemic. It especially focuses on the poor and the vulnerable. The organization is now to test sewage for the presence of COVId-19 virus. Over 150 organizations have come together to ..

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Rs 15,000 crores approved by Union Cabinet for COVID-19

On April 22, 2020, the Union Cabinet approved Rs 15,000 crores towards “India COVID-19 Emergency Response and Health System Preparedness Challenge”. The funds are to be utilised in 3 phases. Highlights For an immediate response Rs 7,774 crore has been sanctioned. The rest of the funds are to be utilised as medium-term support in 1 ..

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ICMR to States: “Stop Using Rapid Test Kits for 2 days”

On April 21, the Indian Council of Medical Research directed the states to stop using rapid test kits for 2 days. The order comes after several states started complaining about faulty kits. Highlights The GoI had received around 3 lakh COVID-19 rapid testing kits from China. The plan is to import around 6,50,000 kits from ..

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India 5th worst country in terms of invasive use of biometric data

According to a new report from Comparitech, a Britain-based tech research firm, India is fifth worst country after China, Malaysia, Pakistan and United States in terms of extensive and invasive use of biometric data. Methodology: The study was conducted based on- 50 different countries were anlaysed to find out where biometrics are being taken, what ..

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Supreme Court issues notice to Centre on PIL against notification under IT Act

The Supreme Court has issued a notice to the Central government on PIL which questioned the notification authorising 10 central agencies to intercept, monitor and decrypt any computer system. What was the notification? Under the notification, the central government had empowered 10 agencies, Intelligence Bureau, Narcotics Control Bureau, Enforcement Directorate, the Central Board of Direct ..

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