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    (papain-like protease & 3CLprotease), RNA-dependent RNA polymerase (nsp12), and the Methyltransferase or MTase (nsp14). Viral proteases, which are enzymes encoded by the genetic material (DNA or RNA) of viral pathogens, catalyze the cleavage of specific peptide bonds in cellular proteins.
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NCSTC brings out popular COVID Katha in Hindi
The National Council for Science & Technology Communication (NCSTC), DST in association with Dr Anamika Ray Memorial Trust has brought out the Hindi version of the popular multimedia guide for mass awareness carrying important information on A-to-Z of COVID-19 pandemic.
The English version has already been released. In order to fulfil the great demand of the Hindi version of COVID Katha, especially from the Hindi heartland, the Hindi edition has been brought out with added and revised information for the benefit of the people.
Prof. Ashutosh Sharma, Secretary, DST while appreciating
COVID Katha: A Multimedia Guide for Mass Awareness,
has said that the interpretation of science in common man’s
language is important for awareness among laypersons
and Hindi being largely spoken language the Hindi version of COVID Katha carries more value. Prof. Sharma said that science cartoons (scientoons) while carrying scientific messages and explaining the health concepts in a simple manner also add humour and amusement during the present health crisis when people feel stressed!
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NECTAR's contribution to combat COVID-19
North East Centre for Technology Application and Research (NECTAR), an autonomous institution of DST, is organizing skill development and informative webinar series, especially for the displaced skilled and non-skilled workers of North East Region, who are now waiting for opening up of lockdown and for immediate work opportunity available locally.There are more than 10 lakh migrant workers from NE region working at different places in the country. Some of them have already returned and many of them are on the verge of retuning during post lockdown. Hence it is of utmost importance to make them self dependent after the lockdown as possibility of returning to their earlier jobs are very less. Hence, this webinar series has been initiated to find some solutions mainly for migrant workers of NE region.The webinar series has started from 11th May 2020 and already 8 lectures were given by experts on water treatment for COVID quarantine centres and Bamboo sectors initiative in NE, Concept of Hydroponics, Organic Horticulture initiatives, and prospects through MSME etc. Mostly talks were attended by state government officials, self-help groups and local NGOs of NER. All talks are initially available for concerned state government officials, so that they can take it further immediately after lockdown. Based on the outcome, NECTAR will initiate various skill development programmes for migrant workers in NE in collaboration with state government departments after lockdown. NECTAR has already inducted 14 North East-based students

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