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News in Short - 05-July-2021

Sanskrit paper editor passes away

Date: 05 July 2021 Tags: Obituaries
  • V Sampath Kumar (64), editor of 'Sudharma', the world's only Sanskrit daily newspaper, passed away following cardiac arrest in Mysuru.
  • Sampath Kumar's father Pandit Varadaraja Iyengar had launched 'Sudharma' in 1970. After Varadaraja Iyengar passed away, Sampath Kumar and his wife Jayalakshmi took over its mantle to ensure that it reached the readers.
  • He used advanced technology, made 'Sudharma' available online and launched the epaper. The print edition of 'Sudharma' has nearly 4,000 readers from various Sanskrit universities and institutions across the country.
  • The Union government announced the Padma Shri award to Sampath Kumar and his wife K S Jayalakshmi in 2020, under Literature and Education-Journalism category. They are yet to receive the award.
  • He has also received several awards like the Siddarudha award, the Shivaratri Deshikendra Media award, the Abdul Kalam award and others.

Patrode identified as traditional food recipe from AYUSH system of medicine

Date: 05 July 2021 Tags: Miscellaneous
  • Patrode, a delicacy made with colocasia leaves that is popular in Malnad, coastal Karnataka and some other parts of the country, has been identified as one of the ‘traditional food recipes from the AYUSH system of medicine’ by the Union Ministry of AYUSH.
  • The dish is also prepared in parts of Maharashtra, Goa, Himachal Pradesh, Gujarat and the North East region.
  • Patrode is widely cooked in coastal and Malnad belts during the rainy season. A variant of colocasia leaves, which grows on tree trunks during the monsoon, is in huge demand for making the dish.
  • The leaves contain phenols, tannins, flavonoids, glycosides and sterols, which help in reducing chronic inflammation such as rheumatoid arthritis. The leaves have significant amounts of vitamin C and beta carotene.

Exports record $95 bn in first quarter

Date: 05 July 2021 Tags: Miscellaneous
  • Indian merchandise exports touched $95 billion in the three months ended June, recording an all-time high in any single quarter.
  • The feat was achieved due to excellent performance by labour-intensive sectors such as engineering goods, rice, oil meals and marine products.
  • Merchandise exports in the first quarter of 2021-22 jumped 16% over $82 billion in the same quarter two years ago (Q1, FY19), when compared with a normal year preceding the first wave. The previous record was $90 billion in the fourth quarter of 2020-21.
  • The highest growth of 168% was achieved in iron ore exports, which touched $1.7 billion compared to the same period two years ago [Q1 FY-20]. Similarly, rice exports grew 37% to $2.4 billion.

4000 year old site excavated in Odisha

Date: 05 July 2021 Tags: Miscellaneous
  • The Odisha Institute of Maritime and South East Asian Studies (OIMSEAS), an archaeological wing of the State government, has discovered a 4,000-year-old settlement and ancient artifacts in Balasore district.
  • After uncovering traces of fortified early historic sites near Balasore town, the OIMSEAS had sought permission from the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) to document the site at the Durgadevi village in Remuna tehsil.
  • Durgadevi is located 20 km from Balasore town. The site has a circular mud fortification of about 4.9 km between the Sona river and the Burahabalang river.
  • Archaeologists have come across distinct traces of three cultural phases at the excavation site — Chalcolithic (2000 BCE to 1000 BCE), the Iron Age (1000 BCE to 400 BCE) and the Early Historic Period (400 BCE to 200 BCE).

Denmark provides AstraZeneca vaccine to Bhutan

Date: 05 July 2021 Tags: Miscellaneous
  • After weeks of uncertainty over vaccine supplies, Denmark stepped in to provide Bhutan with 2,50,000 doses of AstraZeneca vaccines to complete the inoculation of their population.
  • The supplies were necessitated because India was unable to provide the second round of Covishield doses due to the coronavirus pandemic’s second wave and domestic vaccine shortages.
  • The government repeated its earlier stand that it could not supply to Bhutan, along with other neighbouring countries, that have been hoping that India would resume its “Vaccine Maitri” export consignments.