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  • Nov 2, 2020
  • 1 Drug Giants Dismiss WHO Patents Pool (DTE 16-30 June 2020) [ Science/Technology, Health, Down-to-Earth ]

    Drug Giants Dismiss WHO Patents Pool

    • Big Pharma՚s rejection of a patents pool to make the technology accessible.
    • Blunt to the point of being brutal.
    • The Pharma industry is unlikely to back the initiative for pooling intellectual property to fight the pandemic.

    COVID-19 Technology Acc…

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  • 2 Worst Comes to the Worst (DTE 16-30 June 2020) [ Health, Down-to-Earth ]

    Worst Comes to the Worst

    • Virus is spreading more rapidly with lockdowns being lifted.
    • Focus on India, Africa and South Asia.
    • Most people globally are still susceptible to infection.
    • Community transmission in Delhi.
    • There was a huge exodus of workers in May and in the first week of Jun…

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  • 3 Daily Dose of Antibiotics (DTE 16-30 June 2020) [ Health, Environment/Ecology, Down-to-Earth ]

    • Injection of antibiotics in livestock.
    • Chances of these antibiotics being passed to humans.
    • Delhi based non-profit Centre for Science and Environment.
    • Farmers should wait after an antibiotic is given to an animal before its milk is sold.
    • Use of only penicillin, gentamicin, streptomyc…

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  • Oct 31, 2020
  • 1 Covid-19 Lockdown & Pollution (16-31 July 2020) [ Health, Down-to-Earth ]

    Covid-19 Lockdown & Pollution

    Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata, Chennai, Hyderabad and Bengaluru PM

    Overview

    • Nitrogen dioxide () , which comes primarily from road transport and is linked to chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, asthma and hypertension, Bengaluru saw a 55 % drop in NO2 levels…

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  • 2 Covid-19 Biomedical Waste Issues (16-31 July 2020) [ Health, Down-to-Earth ]

    Covid-19 Biomedical Waste Issues

    • 500 % increase in biomedical waste generation
    • Dispose in yellow packets (Color code)
    • Test sewage samples
    • In Gurugram, biomedical waste generated due to covid-19 has increased from 500 kg a day in April to 3,000 kg a day in June
    • Households – keep in bag…

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  • 3 Tit Bits (16-31 July 2020) [ Health, Down-to-Earth ]

    • Plastic Waste Issue – Global Dependence & India՚s Changing Policies
    • Verkhoyansk, Siberia to India – Climate Impact

    Plastic Story

    • Prior to the 2018 ban, 95 % of European Union՚s and 70 % of USA՚s plastic waste collected for recycling was sold and shipped to China. The dependence on C…

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  • 4 Cultural Missions in India [ Science/Technology, Health, Agriculture/Agro Industries, Govt. Schemes/Projects ]

    National Mission for Manuscripts (NAMAMI)

    • Autonomous organization under Ministry of Culture, GoI
    • Aims to survey, locate and conserve Indian manuscripts, create national resource base for manuscripts, enhance access, awareness and use for educational purposes
    • Initiated in February 20…

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  • 5 Plague: Infectious Disease [ Economy, Health ]

    • A class of dangerous, life-threatening and infectious disease. Prevailed from medieval times in the 13th century.
    • Mainly caused by:
      • The gram-negative
      • Rod-shaped coccobacillus called Yersinia pestis
    • In the middle ages ( 5th - 15th century) it was also known as the ‘Black Death’ as it …

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  • Oct 28, 2020
  • 1 Yojana 2020: Effective Resource Management [ Education, Health, Govt. Schemes/Projects, Yojana ]

    Harnessing Skills of Migrants (Bihar)

    • Map skillsets of all incoming migrants.
    • Developing comprehensive district employment plan.
    • Engaging Migrants Labour in Existing Developmental Activities.
    • Bridge training is organized after the migrant՚s skills are mapped.
    • Their services are being …

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  • 2 Yojana 2020: Resilient Health Systems & Digital Initiatives [ Science/Technology, Health, Yojana ]

    • Health system signifies a collective term consisting of various interlinked components.
    • These components include:
      • Health financing and financial protection.
      • Health Service and Quality norms.
      • Trained and skilled Human resources.
      • Health in…

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  • 3 Yojana 2020: Self-Reliant India [ Health, Environment/Ecology, Yojana ]

    Five Pillars

    Ethical Wealth Creation

    Self-Reliant Citizens for Self-Reliant India

    • A family of 130 crore Indians.
    • Earning livelihood using skills.
    • Skilling opportunities needs to be provided.
    • Active govt. support for self-reliant…

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  • 4 Parents and Senior Citizens: Kurukshetra July 2020 [ Health, Govt. Schemes/Projects, Kurukshetra ]

    Senior Citizens

    Overview

    • Maintenance and Welfare of Parents and Senior Citizens (MWPSC) Act, 2007 was enacted to ensure need-based maintenance for parents and senior citizens
    • National Action Plan for Senior Citizens (NAPSC) , which is based on the National Policy tor

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  • Oct 27, 2020
  • 1 Divyangs & Senior Citizens: Kurukshetra July 2020 [ Education, Health, Govt. Schemes/Projects, Kurukshetra ]

    Divyangs & Senior Citizens

    • Rights of Persons with Disabilities Act, 2016 thought come int o force on April 19,2017
    • As per the Census 2011, there are 2, 68,14, 994 persons with disabilities (Divyangjans) in the country. Replace word Viklang with Divyang
    • Th…

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  • 2 Health: Kurukshetra July 2020 [ Health, Govt. Schemes/Projects, Kurukshetra ]

    Health

    • Ayushman Bharat
    • PM Jan Arogya Yojana
    • PM Garib Kalyan Yojana
    • PM Ujjawala Yojana
    • Poshan Abhiyan
    • PM Matru Vandna Yojana
    • PM Surakshit Matritav Abhiyan
    • Maternity Benefit Act
    • Mental healthcare Act 2017
    • National AIDS control program
    • Revised National TB control Program
    • National Strategic plan…

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  • Oct 24, 2020
  • 1 World’S Largest Convalescent Plasma Project [ Education, Health, Govt. Schemes/Projects, Down-to-Earth ]

    World՚s Largest Convalescent Plasma Project

    • Maharashtra Chief Minister launched convalescent plasma therapy-cum-trial project for treatment of critical COVID-19 patients.
    • A state medical education department official has called it the largest initiative of its kind in the world.
    • Con…

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  • Oct 21, 2020
  • 1 COVID-19 Revised Guidelines [ Health, Down-to-Earth ]

    COVID-19 Revised Guidelines

    • High amount of biomedical waste is being generated due to coronavirus treatment.
    • This waste is handled by sanitation workers.
    • Extra care needs to be taken in case of isolation wards.
    • Therefore, recently CPCB (Central pollution Control Bureau) has published…

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  • 2 Tobacco Consumption Rising Among Indian TB Patients in India [ Health, Down-to-Earth ]

    Tobacco Consumption Rising Among Indian TB Patients in India

    • Recently The India TB Report 2020 was released.
    • India accounts for 9 percent of all HIV-associated tuberculosis (TB) deaths in the world.
    • It is second highest in the world.
    • Every year around 9,700 people die among TB-HIV co…

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  • Oct 18, 2020
  • 1 World Hydrography Day [ Science/Technology, Health, Environment/Ecology, Important Days ]

    World Hydrography Day

    • World Hydrography Day is observed on June 21 every year.
    • It is being celebrated since 2006.
    • The initiative was started by International Hydrographic Organization (IHO) .
    • The aim of the initiative is to increase awareness about
      • Safe navigation
      • Technical standards
      • Pr…

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  • 2 Glen Mark Unveils Oral Antiviral for COVID-19 [ Policy/Governance, Health ]

    Glen Mark Unveils Oral Antiviral for COVID-19

    • Glen mark Pharmaceuticals Limited has announced the introduction of Favipiravir under the brand name FabiFlu.
    • It is in tablet form and will be used for treating mild and moderate COVID-19 cases in India.
    • Nearly 80 % of COVID-19 cases are…

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  • Oct 15, 2020
  • 1 IIT Palakkad Develops Ultrasound for COVID-19 Screening [ Science/Technology, Health ]

    IIT Palakkad Develops Ultrasound for COVID-19 Screening

    • The IIT, Palakkad has developed an automated lung ultrasound (LUS) for screening and monitoring of COVID-19.
    • It works through cloud based image analysis and scoring system.
    • The app is first of its kind in India.
    • The app is now a…

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  • 2 User Friendly PPEs to Hit Market Soon [ Science/Technology, Health ]

    User Friendly PPEs to Hit Market Soon

    • User friendly Personal Protective Equipment (PPEs) approved by ICMR (Indian Council of Medical Research) are supposed to hit the market within a month.
    • NRDC (National Research Development Corporation) has issued license to five MSMEs for commer…

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  • Oct 14, 2020
  • 1 Autistic Pride Day [ Health, Down-to-Earth ]

    Autistic Pride Day

    • The autistic Pride day is observed globally on June 18 every year.
    • It is observed to respect the rights of people with autism.
    • The first autistic Pride day was celebrated in Brazil by the Aspies for Freedom (AFF) in 2005.
    • The theme of first Autistic Pride Day was “…

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  • 2 COVID-19 Infection in Dutch Mink Farms Point to Reverse Zoonosis [ Health, Govt. Schemes/Projects, Down-to-Earth ]

    COVID-19 Infection in Dutch Mink Farms Point to Reverse Zoonosis

    • In Netherlands, authorities had to gas Mink pups (some of them born just weeks ago) .
    • The reason has been the attack of SARS-CoV-2 on the farms which are being raised for the fur.
    • The risk of infected mink becoming vir…

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  • 3 World Sickle Cell Day [ Health, Down-to-Earth ]

    World Sickle Cell Day

    • World Sickle Cell Day is celebrated every year on June 19.
    • The day is recognized by the United Nations.
    • It aims to increase awareness of sickle cell disorders at the national and international level.

    Overview

    • On December 22,2008, a resolution…

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  • Oct 12, 2020
  • 1 Indian Diets Are Unhealthy [ Science/Technology, Health, Down-to-Earth ]

    Indian Diets Are Unhealthy

    • Recently a report compared food consumption patterns in India with a reference diet from EAT-Lancet.
    • As per the report, Indian diets are unhealthy
      • Across states
      • Income groups
      • Rural and urban sectors
    • The study used data for analysis from the Consumption Expend…

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  • 2 Antimicrobial Resistance Microbial Rebellion [ Health, Down-to-Earth ]

    Antimicrobial Resistance Microbial Rebellion

    • Antimicrobial resistance (AMR) is a broad term that is used to describe the resistance of microbes like
      • Parasites
      • Viruses
      • Fungi
    • Antibiotic resistance (ABR) is used to describe the resistance displayed by bacteria.
    • Bacteria become antibiotic …

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  • 3 Biodiversity Park in Haldwani [ Health, Down-to-Earth ]

    Biodiversity Park in Haldwani

    • State՚s biggest biodiversity park has been opened by Uttarakhand forest department in Haldwani.
    • The park was opened on June 5, on the occasion of World Environment Day.
    • The park is opened to encourage conservation of flora, especially medicinal plants.

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  • 4 India Continues to Lose Forest Land to Non-Forestry Projects [ Health, Environment/Ecology, Govt. Schemes/Projects, Down-to-Earth ]

    India Continues to Lose Forest Land to Non-Forestry Projects

    • Recently an annual report released by Union Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change.
    • As per the report, the diversion of forest land for other purposes continued throughout India.
    • Between January 1 and November …

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  • Oct 10, 2020
  • 1 Solar Power Lights up Sundarbans Island [ Science/Technology, Health, Down-to-Earth ]

    Solar Power Lights up Sundarbans Island

    • After Cyclone Amphan hit the Sundarbans, the island territory remained in darkness for more than two weeks.
    • Cyclone Amphan
      • Uprooted trees
      • Electric poles
      • Snapped wires
    • Now, a part of Satjelia Island within Gosaba block is managing to get some ligh…

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  • 2 WTO Pushes Long Term Agenda of Liberalizing MSMEs [ International Relations/Organizations, Health, Down-to-Earth ]

    WTO Pushes Long Term Agenda of Liberalizing MSMEs

    • Coronavirus pandemic has hit almost all the sectors negatively.
    • Among them, Micro, Small and Medium enterprises (MSME) sector is particularly badly hit.
    • To revive the sector, World Trade Organization (WTO) pushed for long-term measur…

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