Point-Wise Current-Affairs & GS (Includes Important PIB Updates) 2020 with Maps & Data- IAS, SSC Etc

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  • Aug 6, 2020
  • 1 Invisible Enemy: Aarogya Setu [ Down-to-Earth ]

    Invisible Enemy

    • Surveillance of citizens might continue to haunt them even after this health crisis is over.

    • India is exploiting a legislation passed in 1897 to carry out surveillance on Covid-19 patients.

    • From centre to states apps are being rolled out to track COVID-19.

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  • 2 Water under Fire: Water a Critical Weapon in Fighting Against Pandemic [ Down-to-Earth ]

    • Inaccessible safe water to a large population to the world may further complicate the steps to arrest COVID-19 spread.

    • It has been observed that in several parts of the world washing hands with soap has become a humongous task.

    • According to WHO at least 20 seconds of thorough

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  • 3 Sanitise and Control: Symptoms of Yellow Fever [ Health, Down-to-Earth ]

    Sanitise and Control

    • Yellow fever has become a dreaded disease in the Americas and Africa.

    • This diseases was more disastrous during the 19thand 20thcentury when cures were not readily available.

    • Some passengers from a shift that left Havana, Cuba carried the fever and spread i

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  • 4 Africa with Few Blessings: COVID-19 Vaccine [ Health, Down-to-Earth ]

    Africa with Few Blessings

    • A fragile infrastructure and a high morbidity rate may put brakes on containment efforts.

    • African countries have been precautionary in facing the pandemic.

    • The 2014 Ebola outbreak has guided authorities to properly design and closely coordinate effort

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  • 5 Disturbing Influx and Hunger Spread and Bioterrorism [ Down-to-Earth ]

    Disturbing Influx and Hunger Spread

    • India witnesses a reverse migration due to Covid-19 like never before.

    • India’s fiscal package of Rs. 1.7 lakh crore to help tide over the lockdown fails to impress when compared with other economies.

    • Nearly half of the country’s working popu

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  • Aug 5, 2020
  • 1 The Great Lockdown Crisis: States/UTs, Employs/Dependents, POST-COVID [ Down-to-Earth ]

    The Great Lockdown Crisis

    • Farmers and food supply are most visible casualties of India’s battle against coronavirus.

    • Mahua flower is the main source of living for the Gond tribals in Chhattisgarh but they cannot be benefit from it as the village haats remain shut due to the cor

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  • 2 Covid-19-Extreme Disorder: the World Bank Estimates and Tightening Noose [ Down-to-Earth ]

    Covid-19-Extreme Disorder

    • Covid-19 has turned out to be the most catastrophic and most defining epoch of our lifetime.

    • Flattening of this epidemiological curve has also resulted in an economic cessation.

    • US and Europe have emerged as the deadlier hotspots as compared to China.

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  • 3 Aerosols Levels Lowest in Decades and Healthcare Workers at a Premium [ Environment/Ecology, Down-to-Earth ]

    Aerosols Levels Lowest in Decades

    • As per the satellite data published by the US Space agency NASA, Aerosol levels in north India or along the Indo-Gangetic Plains are at a 20-year-low for this time of the year.

    • An aerosol can be defined as the suspension of fine solid particles

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  • 4 Brahmaputra, the Unquiet River [ Environment/Ecology, Down-to-Earth ]

    Brahmaputra, the Unquiet River

    • River Brahmaputra has changed over the years due to changes brought in by economic and natural forces.

    • It originates in southern Tibet and becomes the Brahmaputra upon entering Assam through Arunachal Pradesh.

    • Earthquake in 1950 brought changes i

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  • 5 Damned by Old Age [ Environment/Ecology, Down-to-Earth ]

    Damned by Old Age

    • Ageing dams and shrinking canal command area are the blind spots in the management of impending water and food crisis.

    • India has 5,264 large dams along with thousands of medium and minor dams.

    • Portland Cement Association (PCA):

    US based non-profit organizat

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  • 6 Patent Pool to Fight the Pandemic and Ethiopia’S Danakali Depression [ Environment/Ecology, Down-to-Earth ]

    Patent Pool to Fight the Pandemic

    • A pool of rights on voluntary basis to all technologies.

    • A global pool of rights to all technologies useful in fighting COVID-19 is crucial to ensure equitable access.

    • These technologies are being useful in the detection, prevention, control a

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  • 7 Male Ring –Tailed Lemurs (Lemur Catta) and German Survey-Reducing Car Ownership [ Economy, Environment/Ecology, Space/ISRO ]

    Male Ring –Tailed Lemurs (Lemur Catta)

    • As per the latest Japan research studies tailed lemurs in Madagascar dab scents from wrist glands on their tails to mark territory and attract mates.

    • The study has also revealed that as the males’ testosterone levels increased, wrist secr

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  • 8 ESA’S Rover Mission to Mars Decade [ Space/ISRO ]

    ESA’s Rover Mission to Mars

    • Rover mission to mars has been announced by European Space Agency in July 2020.

    • The aim is to bring back rock samples from the planet.

    • In February 2021, the Perseverance rover will land on Mars and a pair of spacecraft will be sent in 2026 to bring

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  • Aug 4, 2020
  • 1 India Gets New Monsoon Calendar and ESA’S Rover Mission to Mars [ Health ]

    India Gets New Monsoon Calendar

    New (in green) and existing (in red) dates for normal monsoon onset, progress and withdrawal

    • During 1901 - 1940 the existing dates were based on rainfall records.

    • Now IMD depends upon data collected during 1961 -

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  • 2 Fast-Food Industry-the Reluctant Game Changers [ Health ]

    • A significant role in fighting against drug resistance in the developed countries.

    • For e. g. McDonald’s doesn’t serve chicken treated with antibiotics in USA and has eliminated use of highest priority critically important antimicrobials for other countries such as Canada and so

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  • 3 Anak Krakatau Volcano Erupts Again [ Health ]

    Anak Krakatau Volcano Erupts Again

    • In the year 1883, Anak Krakatau Volcano erupted and spewed large amounts of sulphur dioxide into the atmosphere.

    • The global avg. Temperature was brought down by 1.2°C.

    • Anak Krakatau in the Indonesian language means “Child of Krakatau”.

    • This

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  • 4 Water Footprint and Consumption Levels [ Health ]

    Water Footprint and Consumption Levels

    Water Footprint and Consumption LevelsWater Footprint and Consumption Levels

    Steps That Will Help in Reducing Water Consumption Levels to Make Sure We Have Enough Water for Future.

    • We should try turning the tap at a level such that the fl

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  • 5 Gullible Creatures and Lessons from Corona or COVID-19 [ Health ]

    Gullible Creatures

    • The best example are the sea creatures who are also the dumbest and most gullible.

    • They confuse floating plastic in the ocean for food and eat it.

    • Every year nearly 80 lakh tonnes of plastic is dumped in our rivers, lakes and creeks.

    • Human’s produce 30 cror

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  • Aug 1, 2020
  • 1 Pandemic and the Panchayats [ Health ]

    • India’s local government take charge as the fight against COVID-19 enters its critical phase.

    • In Kerala and Odisha the entire pandemic dealing strategy is upon the panchayats.

    • At least 16 states have rolled out their COVID-19 emergency strategy with panchayats.

    • The union gove

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  • 2 Pharma Pollution [ Health ]

    • India has been unable to control pollution in its Pharma hubs in Telangana, Himachal Pradesh and Tamil Nadu despite the environment protection rule, 1986.

    • Nearly 60,000 new-born’s a year die from superbug infections in India.

    • Pharmaceutical hubs:

      • Patancheru-Bollaram Industr

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  • 3 API (Active Pharmaceutical Ingredients) Business and COVID-19 [ Health ]

    API (Active Pharmaceutical Ingredients) Business and COVID-19

    • India and China produce the bulk of active pharmaceutical ingredients (APIs) required by the Pharma industry across the world.

    • India can replace China as the preferred source of pharmaceutical ingredients.

    • For ensur

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  • 4 Pandemic and the Global Pharmaceutical Supply Chain [ Health ]

    Pandemic and the Global Pharmaceutical Supply Chain

    • A serious fault line has been exposed in the global pharmaceutical supply chain.

    • This fault line has been created by those industries who put profit before public health.

    • The countries are now scrambling for self-sufficiency

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  • 5 Ice Free Summers in Arctic and Silence Grips Forest [ Health ]

    Ice Free Summers in Arctic

    • According to a new research in less than 30 years summers in the Arctic Ocean will most likely be ice free.

    • The most ambitious carbon emissions cuts are unlikely to help.

    • The slashing greenhouse gases will only determine if Arctic summer ice vanishes

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  • 6 World’S First Zero-Waste Sustainable Chocolate Brand [ Health ]

    World’s First Zero-Waste Sustainable Chocolate Brand

    • Kocoatrait has become the world’s first zero-waste sustainable chocolate brand.

    • A vegan and gluten-free food product incubated at Cocoashala.

    • This brand has been developed by Nitin and Poonam Chordia a Chennai based couple.

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  • 7 Nod to Plasma Therapy and Heat Impact on COVID [ Health ]

    Nod to Plasma Therapy

    • The Indian Council of Medical Research approved the clinical trial of convalescent plasma therapy (CPT) for COVID-19 patients.

    • Plasma contains antinodes and is the yellowish liquid component of the blood that fight against the infections.

    • States like Kera

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  • Jul 27, 2020
  • 1 Covid19 Vaccine in Sight [ Health ]

    • At present 70 projects are under development phase to fight COVID-19.

    • Three vaccines have already reached the human testing stage.

    • 67 vaccines are still in pre-clinical levels.

    • This task of finding a vaccine can sometimes take decades and success is often elusive.

    Remdesivi

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  • 2 SOWA-RIGPA: National Institute for SOWA RIGPA [ Education, Economy ]

    National Institute for Sowa Rigpa

    • In November 2019, the Union Cabinet of India had approved setting up of National Institute of Sowa-Rigpa (NISR) at Leh, Union Territory of Ladakh.

    • Will be an autonomous national institute under the Ministry of AYUSH.

    • It will undertake interdis

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  • 3 SOWA-RIGPA: Infrastructure in India, Origin, Training and Education [ Education, Economy ]

    • Ministry of Ayush.

    • One of the oldest, living and well documented medical tradition of the world.

    • Derived from Bhoti language which means ‘Knowledge of Healing’.

    • Commonly known as Amchi system of medicine.

    • Practice of Sowa-Rigpa is similar to “Ayurveda”.

    Practiced Locations

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  • 4 Other Tribes in India [ Education, Economy, Environment/Ecology ]

    Tribes 1

    • Bagri Tribes

    • Banjara Tribes

    • Ahir Tribes

    • Asur Tribes

    • Bodo tribes

    • Hmar Tribes

    • Bhutia Tribes

    • Andamanese Tribes

    Tribes 2

    • Khasi Tribes

    • Bhil Tribes

    • Gaddi Tribes

    • Dhodia Tribes

    • Angami Tribes

    • Chakmas Tribe

    • Oran Tribe

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  • 5 Gujjars [ Education, Economy, Environment/Ecology ]

    • Mainly inhabit in the states of Jammu and Kashmir, Himachal Pradesh, Haryana, Punjab, Uttarakhand, Delhi, Gujarat, Rajasthan and Maharashtra.

    • Alternative spellings include Gurjara, Gujar, Gurjjar, Gujjar and Gojar.

    • They mainly follow Hindu and Muslim religions.

    • They regard th

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  • 6 Other Important Tribes in Jammu and Kashmir [ Education, Economy ]

    Gaddi Tribe

    • During winters Gaddis lived with their cattle in the low hills of the range Shiwalik allowing the cattles to graze in the forest undergrowth.

    • During April, they move north and spend the summer in Lahul and Spiti valley.

    • They cross the Pir Panjal parse and entered t

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  • 7 Gurjar Bakarwals: Occupation, Kinship Groups, Locations, Tribes, Languages, Economy [ Education, Economy ]

    • Mostly-Sunni Muslim.

    • The word Gurjar is derived from the term gaucharana which means to graze cows.

    • Based in the Pir Panjal and Himalayan mountains of South Asia.

    • Mainly goatherds and shepherds.

    • They have remained marginal forces in Kashmir Politics.

    • They have an organized

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  • 8 Frontline Workers [ Down-to-Earth ]

    Frontline Workers

    • India’s 10.5 million community workers are working day and night to make sure that India wins the battle against the coronavirus with minimal casualties and losses.

    • Community healthcare facilitators, sanitation workers and Panchayat representatives are also kn

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  • Jul 24, 2020
  • 1 WHO is to be Blamed and when It Will End and the Search for a Vaccine [ Down-to-Earth ]

    • WHO is being blamed for blatantly soft-pedalled China’s dubious role in covering up the deliberating spread of this novel coronavirus disease?

    • The World Health Organization waited for a week to declare Covid-19 as the global health emergency.

    • The Covid-19 cases increased to 10

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  • 2 Invisible Enemy [ Down-to-Earth ]

    Invisible Enemy

    • Surveillance of citizens might continue to haunt them even after this health crisis is over.

    • India is exploiting a legislation passed in 1897 to carry out surveillance on Covid-19 patients.

    • From centre to states apps are being rolled out to track COVID-19.

      Aa

    … (226 more words) …

  • 3 Water under Fire [ Down-to-Earth ]

    • Inaccessible safe water to a large population to the world may further complicate the steps to arrest COVID-19 spread.

    • It has been observed that in several parts of the world washing hands with soap has become a humongous task.

    • According to WHO at least 20 seconds of thorough

    … (246 more words) …

  • 4 Sanitise and Control [ Down-to-Earth ]

    Sanitise and Control

    • Yellow fever has become a dreaded disease in the Americas and Africa.

    • This diseases was more disastrous during the 19th and 20th century when cures were not readily available.

    • Some passengers from a shift that left Havana, Cuba carried the fever and spread

    … (49 more words) …

  • 5 Africa with Few Blessings [ Down-to-Earth ]

    Africa with Few Blessings

    • A fragile infrastructure and a high morbidity rate may put brakes on containment efforts.

    • African countries have been precautionary in facing the pandemic.

    • The 2014 Ebola outbreak has guided authorities to properly design and closely coordinate effort

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  • 6 World be like After Coronavirus [ Down-to-Earth ]

    World Be like After Coronavirus

    • Coronavirus just like climate is partly a problem of our Economic structure.

    • Govt. are taking actions that looked impossible three months ago.

    • In Spain private hospitals have been nationalized.

    • In UK the prospect of nationalizing modes of trans

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  • 7 Bioterrorism [ Down-to-Earth ]

    • Bioterrorism is the intentional release or dissemination of biological agents.

    • The biological agents or biological threat agents include a bacterium, virus, protozoan, parasite, or fungus that can be used purposefully as a weapon in bioterrorism or biological warfare (BW).

    • The

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  • Jul 23, 2020
  • 1 Disturbing Influx and Hunger Spread [ Down-to-Earth ]

    Disturbing Influx and Hunger Spread

    • India witnesses a reverse migration due to Covid-19 like never before.

    • India’s fiscal package of Rs. 1.7 lakh crore to help tide over the lockdown fails to impress when compared with other economies.

    • Nearly half of the country’s working popu

    … (168 more words) …

  • 2 The Great Lockdown Crisis [ Down-to-Earth ]

    The Great Lockdown Crisis

    • Farmers and food supply are most visible casualties of India’s battle against coronavirus.

    • Mahua flower is the main source of living for the Gond tribals in Chhattisgarh but they cannot be benefit from it as the village haats remain shut due to the cor

    … (349 more words) …

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