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NanoSniffer, a microsensor based explosive trace detector launched

Bihar government has started closing of all shops throughout the state from 7 pm till April 30. After reviewing meeting with high officials Kumar said all religious places across the state will be also closed for general public.Schools , Colleges and Coaching institutions have been instructed to close till April 18. In case of scheduled examinations, the schools and colleges will have to strictly follow the Covid protocols. Chief Minister Kumar categorically said that there will be no night curfew in the state. 33 percent attendance will be in government offices and special vaccination campaign in the state will be launched from April 11 to 14.

-Union Education Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal ‘Nishank’ on Friday launched NanoSniffer, the world’s first Microsensor-based Explosive Trace Detector (ETD).The Nanosniffer has been developed by NanoSniff Technologies which is an IIT Bombay incubated startup. It is being marketed by Vehant Technologies, a spin-off from a former IIT Delhi incubated startup Kritikal Solutions.Speaking on the occasion, Pokhriyal said that NanoSniffer is a step towards Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s vision of a self-reliant India. NanoSniffer is a 100 per cent Made in India product in terms of research, development & manufacturing. The core technology of NanoSniffer is protected by patents in the U.S. & Europe. The Minister further said that this affordable device will reduce our dependency on imported explosive trace detector devices. Pokhriyal added that it will also encourage other institutions, startups and medium-scale industries to research & develop products indigenously. The completely indigenous Explosive trace detector device (ETD) - NanoSniffer can detect explosives in less than 10 seconds and it also identifies and categorizes explosives into different classes. It detects all classes of military, conventional and homemade explosives. NanoSniffer gives visible & audible s with sunlight-readable color display.

-Uttar Pradesh government has ordered for 50 percent attendance in government and private offices of 4 districts in state. The order has been issued for Lucknow Kanpur, Prayagraj and Varanasi. Offices in these cities will work with 50 percent capacity only and rest will work from home. A roster for this will be prepared by Head of the office.Chief Minister of state, Yogi Adityanath has directed officials to perform vaccination of the target age group on priority basis in  districts like Lucknow Prayagraj, Varanasi, Kanpur Gorakhpur, meerut Gautam Buddh Nagar, Jhansi, Bareilly Ghaziabad, Agra, Saharanpur and Moradabad. Meanwhile state recorded highest number of new covid cases in a single day. More than 9000 new covid patients have been found in state in last 24 hours out of which around 3000 are only in state capital Lucknow.

-Minister for Textiles and Women and Child Development Smriti Zubin Irani  on Friday said, the field of technical textiles, which involves production and design of textiles for use in industries other than apparel and decoration, is going to be the next big thing. Addressing the first convocation of the National Institute of Fashion Technology, NIFT in Srinagar today, she said, The Institute will work towards introducing technical textiles as an academic subject in the near future. Mrs. Irani said, Jammu and Kashmir government has recently announced a package of 30,000 crores rupees as part of the J&K Industrial Policy and urged upon the students to put in their best efforts to reap benefits from it.Minister of State for Youth Affairs and Sports Kiren Rijiju urged the students to make best use of the opportunities available to them as the apparel and fashion industry has a lot of potential. He said that the youth of India has an important role to play in defining and portraying the soft image and soft power of the country and that the alumni of NIFT Srinagar will play a pioneering role in this direction.

-Four sailors created history from India by qualifying for this year’s Tokyo Olympics. Vishnu Saravanan and the pair of Ganapathy Chengappa and Varun Thakkar made the cut during the ongoing Asian Qualifiers in Oman.This was after Nethra Kumanan, a day before in another Asian Olympic qualifier, became the first Indian woman sailor to qualify in the laser radial event in the Mussanah Open Championship.However, bad news has hit the weightlifting arena where 2019 Commonwealth Championship gold medallist in the 64-kg category, Rakhi Halder, failed an out-of-competition dope test just ahead of the Olympic qualifying event next week.She now stands provisionally suspended.

-Direct Tax collections for the last financial year show growth of almost five per cent despite the challenges posed by the Covid-19 pandemic. Finance Ministry informed that the provisional figures of Direct Tax collections for the Financial Year 2020-21 show that net collections are at 9.45 lakh crore rupees. The Direct Tax collections include Corporation Tax and Personal Income Tax.The Ministry said that the Advance Tax collections for the last financial year stand at 4.95 lakh crore rupees which shows a growth of approximately 6.7 percent. It said, refunds amounting to 2.61 lakh crore rupees have been issued in the financial year 2020-21 as against refunds of 1.83 lakh crore rupees issued in the financial year 2019-20.



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