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Current Affairs in English Medium 30th June, 2020

The World Bank has approved a loan of about Rs 3,700 crore to improve quality of education system - India
  • The World Bank on Sunday said its Board of Executive Directors has approved USD 500 million (about Rs 3,700 crore) loan to improve quality and governance of school education in six Indian states. The board approved a loan for Strengthening Teaching-Learning and Results for States Program (STARS) on June 24, 2020, the World Bank said in a statement.
  • "Some 250 million students (between the age of 6 and 17) in 1.5 million schools, and over 10 million teachers will benefit from the program. The STARS program builds on the long partnership between India and the World Bank (since 1994), for strengthening public school education and to support the country's goal of providing Education for All," it said. Prior to STARS, the bank had provided a total assistance of more than USD 3 billion towards this goal.

Maharashtra CM Uddhav Thackeray opens plasma therapy trial centre in Nagpur
Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray on Monday launched Project Platina, claimed to be the world’s largest convalescent plasma therapy trial-cum-treatment centre for COVID-19 patients, at Nagpur’s government medical college. Mr. Thackeray had said that Maharashtra was using plasma therapy effectively to cure patients affected with COVID-19 and had even appealed to the recovered patients to donate their plasma for the treatment of others.

The drug that the central government has allowed to treat patients with severe symptoms of Kovid-19 - Dexamethasone
An inexpensive, widely used steroid ‘dexamethasone’was included in the treatment protocols for COVID-19 patients in moderate to severe stages of illness among other therapeutic measures by the Union health ministry. The updated protocol includes the advice to use dexamethasone as an alternative choice to methylprednisolone for managing moderate to severe cases of COVID-19. The change has been made after considering the latest available evidence and expert consultation, the ministry said.

The central government has again extended the deadline for bidding for two months to 31 August due to Corona epidemic - Air India
The government has again extended the deadline to bid for AirIndia by two months till August 31 as the COVID-19 fallout has disrupted economic activities globally. This is the third time the deadline has been extended. The divestment process for the national carrier was initiated on January 27. Issuing a corrigendum to the Expression of Interest (EoI) for sale of Air India, the Department of Investment and Public Asset Management (DIPAM) said the deadline has been extended in view of the “request received from the IBs (interested bidders) in view of the prevailing situation arising out of COVID-19.”

The state government which has launched the 'Mukhyamantri Maternal Affirmation Gift Scheme' to combat malnutrition and maternal mortality - Tripura
In an effort to combat infant and maternal mortality and malnutrition, Tripura Wednesday announced Mukhyamantri Matru Pushti Uphaar, an ambitious scheme to provide nutrition kits to pregnant and lactating women. Speaking to reporters at the state secretariat in Agartala on Wednesday, Minister for Social Welfare and Social Education Santana Chakma said pregnant women would be tested four times in nearby Primary Health Centers (PHC), and be given a nutrition kit after each test as per the Matru Pushti Uphaar scheme.

Source & Courtesy: Economic Times, Financial Express, The Hindu, 

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