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China-backed hackers RedFoxtrot targeted defence research, telecom in India, US firm finds

US cybersecurity firm Recorded Future's report says hacker group targeted Indian establishments for six months while border tensions between India, China were high.

850 oxygen plants to be set up from PM Cares Fund in various districts, says DRDO chief

Dr G Satheesh Reddy also said the DRDO was prepared to provide all kinds of support including temporary hospitals specific to Covid in various cities.

DRDO invites bids to transfer technology of anti-Covid drug 2-DG for bulk production

According to the Expression of Interest document, applications should be submitted before 17 June for the drug that aids faster recovery of hospitalised Covid patients.
Elbit's Autonomous Towed Howitzer Ordnance System (ATHOS). | Photo courtesy: Elbit Systems

Israel’s ATHOS gun system or Atmanirbhar ATAGS? Defence negative list to finalise next week

The towed gun system is part of Army’s Field Artillery Rationalisation Plan that was drawn up in 1999. An Israeli firm has been in the race for over two years now.
DRDO's Covid-19 antibody detection kit 'Dipcovan' that can detect spike as well as nucleocapsid (S&N) proteins of the SARS-CoV-2 virus | DRDO | Twitter

‘DRDO Dipcovan brand too similar to Dispovan’ — Syringe maker warns govt agency of legal action

Medical device company HMD asks DRDO to withdraw Dipcovan brand, & pledge to not market, use, advertise or exhibit for sale goods under the name.
A staff checks the equipment at the ICU of a Covid hospital set up by the DRDO in Varanasi | ANI

How do Covid hospitals set up by DRDO operate & what’s the role of armed forces

The DRDO has set up five temporary hospitals to treat Covid patients. More are planned to handle a possible third wave. But the agency's role has primarily been of a project executing body.
Defence Minister Rajnath Singh and Union Health Minister Harsh Vardhan released the first batch of Anti-Covid drug 2DG developed by DRDO, on 17 May 2021 | Twitter/@ANI

DRDO’s first batch of anti-Covid drug 2-DG released

The powdered drug can be taken orally by dissolving it in water. It accumulates in the virus-infected cells and prevents virus growth by stopping viral synthesis & energy production.
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Air India lifts 35 tonnes of mineral used in O2 production plants from Rome to Bengaluru

Additionally, the national carrier is going to airlift zeolite mineral for DRDO from multiple locations across the world during the coming weeks.

PM Cares Fund approves procurement of 1.50 lakh ‘Oxycare’ systems developed by DRDO

The 'Oxycare' system delivers supplemental oxygen based on the SpO2 levels and prevents a patient from sinking into Hypoxia, which can be fatal, the DRDO said.
Representational Image | A medical worker collects sample for Covid-19 testing | Suraj Singh Bisht | ThePrint

DCGI approves anti-Covid drug developed by DRDO for emergency use

The drug has been developed by Institute of Nuclear Medicine and Allied Sciences (INMAS), a leading laboratory of DRDO, in collaboration with Dr Reddy's Laboratories in Hyderabad.

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File photo of Prime Minister Narendra Modi in March 2021 | Twitter @BJP4India

In a LinkedIn post, Modi lauds ‘Centre-state bhagidari’ for quick reforms amid Covid

PM lists reform measures brought in by the states since Modi govt linked the increase in borrowing limits, as demanded by states, to the completion of 4 reforms.

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Defence ministry signs Rs 583-cr deal with Goa Shipyard to procure 2 pollution control ships

The ships are being procured for Indian Coast Guard to respond to oil spills at sea & boost pollution response mechanism. They are slated for delivery by November 2024 and May 2025.

China’s Wuhan story unravels as world’s finest, including from India, nail Covid lab-leak proof

The global hunt for where the virus behind pandemic came from shows science, democracy and a sense of inquiry can overcome politics, ideology and omerta codes.