Covovax: Covovax is the Indian version of a Covid-19 vaccine developed by Novavax Inc and manufactured under licence by the Serum Institute of India (SII). It is a recombinant protein vaccine that uses spike proteins to teach the body how to develop immunity against the novel coronavirus. Covovax has greater efficacy as a booster dose than Covishield. Covovax requires two doses and is stable at 2 to 8 degrees Celsius refrigerated temperatures. National Technical Advisory Group on Immunization has recommended the use of Covovax to vaccinate 12-17 years age group.
Blockchain: They are a new data structure that is secure, cryptography-based, and distributed across a network. The technology supports cryptocurrencies such as Bitcoin, and the transfer of any data or digital asset. The technology allows transactions to be simultaneously anonymous and secure, peer-to-peer, instant and frictionless. It does this by distributing trust from powerful intermediaries to a large global network, which through mass collaboration, clever code and cryptography, enables a tamper-proof public ledger of every transaction that’s ever happened on the network. Now the technology will be use to check forgery in Caste certificates in Maharashtra. The project is the first of its kind in the country.
Mes Aynak Site: A site that is located 40 km southeast of Kabul, Afghanistan. It is located in the Logar Province’s barren region. This region contains the largest copper deposit in Afghanistan. Situated on the Silk Road, a lot of Indian and Chinese products have also been found. There are remains to be found of an ancient settlement that has 400 Buddha stupas, statues, and a monastery complex of 100 acres. Mes Aynak citizens mostly followed Hinduism and Buddhism. From the Kushan era, the earliest dated Buddhist remains have been found. Later they gave way to Uyghur and T’ang Chinese influences.
Splinternet: The splinternet (also referred to as cyber-balkanization or internet balkanization) is a characterization of the Internet as splintering and dividing due to various factors, such as technology, commerce, politics, nationalism, religion, and divergent national interests. In this internet is controlled by autonomous political blocs or any other controlling power—such as tech or e-commerce companies, or countries with diverging national interests tied to nationalism or religion. Example is China’s Great Firewall. Russian Sovereign Internet law passed in 2019 also cut off Russia from global internet.
Index for Core Industries: Eight core sectors are: Coal, crude oil, natural gas, refinery products, fertiliser, steel, cement and electricity. These comprise 40.27% of the weight of items included in the Index of Industrial Production (IIP). The eight core sector industries in decreasing order of their weightage: Refinery Products> Electricity> Steel> Coal> Crude Oil> Natural Gas> Cement> Fertilizers. It is compiled and published monthly by the Office of Economic Advisor under Ministry of Commerce & Industries. Base Year 2011-12.