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  • Jan 21, 2021
  • 1 Honey Mission Propels Self-Employment for Migrant Workers [ Health, Govt. Schemes/Projects ]

    Honey Mission Propels Self-Employment for Migrant Workers

    • Ministry of MSME distributed 700 bee boxes to 70 migrant workers of Saharanpur and Bulandshahr districts of Uttar Pradesh recently.

    • This will provide them with livelihood opportunity under honey mission.

    • Khadi and Village Ind…

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  • 2 Tarang Suposhit Maharashtracha [ Health, Govt. Schemes/Projects, Women/Minority Empowerment ]

    Tarang Suposhit Maharashtracha

    • Recently Maharashtra՚s Women and Child Welfare minister inaugurated the platform named ‘Tarang Suposhit Maharashtracha.’
    • It is built on an interactive voice response system.
    • The initiative is supposed to create more recognition about the nutritional de…

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  • 3 AYUSH Standard Treatment Protocol [ Health, Govt. Schemes/Projects ]

    AYUSH Standard Treatment Protocol

    • The AYUSH system of medicine is useful in COVID-19 management.
    • Therefore, vetted guidelines have been made available in public domain for the benefit of more than 7 lakh registered AYUSH practitioners to manage the pandemic uniformly,
    • The AYUSH mini…

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  • Dec 19, 2020
  • 1 The Theme of National Doctors Day [ Health, Important Days, Down-to-Earth ]

    National Doctors Day

    • National doctor՚s Day is celebrated on July 1 every year.
    • The theme of National Doctor՚s Day, 2020 is – “Lessen the mortality of COVID-19” which is dedicated to the hard work of doctors amid the pandemic.
    • The day is celebrated to thank doctors and physicians for…

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  • 2 400 Mn Jobs Lost in Q2 [ Economy, Health ]

    400 mn Jobs Lost in Q2

    • International Labour Organization said that in the wake of novel coronavirus pandemic, nearly 400 million full-time jobs were lost between April-June 2020 (second quarter) .
    • The job losses in Africa are much more than its earlier estimates.
    • Many more working h…

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  • 3 IIT Alumni Council CSIR IGIB to Jointly Conduct COVID-19 Research Patient Data Analysis [ Science/Technology, Economy, Health ]

    IIT Alumni Council CSIR IGIB to Jointly Conduct COVID-19 Research Patient Data Analysis

    • The IIT Alumni Council has signed an agreement with the CSIR Institute of Genomics and Integrative Biology (CSIR-IGIB) to jointly conduct research on COVID-19 and patient data analysis.
    • For this…

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  • Dec 4, 2020
  • 1 INST Synthesizes Compound That Can Inhibit Breast, Lung and Liver Cancer [ Science/Technology, Health ]

    INST Synthesizes Compound That Can Inhibit Breast, Lung and Liver Cancer

    • The researchers at Institute of Nano Science and Technology (INST) , Mohali have synthesized a novel inorganic-organic hybrid compound.
    • It can inhibit breast, lung, and liver cancer cells, thereby opening up n…

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  • 2 Statistics Day [ Economy, Health ]

    Statistics Day

    • National Statistics Day is celebrated on June 29.
    • It is celebrated to commemorate the birth anniversary of Prof. P C Mahalanobis and his important contribution in establishing the national statistics day.
    • The day is celebrated to popularize the use of statistics in da…

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  • Nov 27, 2020
  • 1 Agriculture in Africa – AWS (DTE 16-31 August 2020) [ Economy, Health, Agriculture/Agro Industries, Down-to-Earth ]

    Agriculture in Africa – AWS

    Weather Stations

    TAHMO

    Hydromet Program

    GeoNetCast

    Overview

    • In absence of a robust forecasting infrastructure, mobile phones can improve climate resilience of African farmers
    • UNEP forecast – Africa worst hit by climate resilient
    • In Africa, there is one weather…

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  • 2 Post Covid Fear (DTE 16-31 August 2020) [ Economy, Health, Down-to-Earth ]

    Post Covid Fear

    • Vaccination Priorities
      • 1st priority – Healthcare worker
      • 2nd priority – High risk population
      • 3rd priority – Areas with high disease spread
      • 4th priority – universal coverage
    • Breathlessness
    • Panic attacks
    • Fatigued
    • Irregular heartbeat
    • Renal issues
    • Liver issues
    • Ophthalmic issues
    • Ind…

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  • 3 Workers Lost Patience-COVID-19 (DTE 16-30 June 2020) [ Health, Down-to-Earth ]

    Workers Lost Patience-COVID-19

    • Biggest ever exodus of informal workers from business hubs to their respective states.
    • In the absence of transport facilities, thousands of workers simply walked barefoot for hundreds of kilometres to reach home.
    • Informal daily wagers.
    • Sustaining an ent…

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  • Nov 17, 2020
  • 1 Extraordinary Endemic Vegetation in Uttarakhand in the Last Three Years (DTE 16-30 June 2020) [ Health, Environment/Ecology, Down-to-Earth ]

    Extraordinary Endemic Vegetation in Uttarakhand in the Last Three Years

    • Uttarakhand is home to vast variety and unique range of floral faunal diversity.
    • A tulip garden in Uttarkhand՚s Munsiyari town gained attraction on the internet a few days ago.
    • Tulip gardens are a minor part of …

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  • 2 Consumption in COVID-19 Times (DTE 16-30 June 2020) [ Health, Govt. Schemes/Projects, Down-to-Earth ]

    Consumption in COVID-19 Times

    • To change food habits.
    • Push for policies that promote healthy, nutritious and safe food.
    • This can reduce carbon footprint as well.
    • Past 60 years have been characterized by the increasing frequency of the emergence of new zoonoses which are infectious dis…

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  • 3 Animal Diversity in India (DTE 1-15 July 2019) [ Health, Down-to-Earth ]

    • The 2019 - 20 annual report of Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change - Over 1 lakh species of animals have been documented in India so far.
    • 6,500 + species have been identified by the Zoological Survey of India (ZSI) .
    • Since 1916,5, 000 + species have been described by…

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  • Nov 12, 2020
  • 1 Lions & CDV (DTE 1-15 July 2019) [ Health, Govt. Schemes/Projects, Down-to-Earth ]

    Lions & CDV

    • India՚s Asiatic lion population recorded a historic increase of 151 in the past five years.
    • Gir Reserve is the only home to the Asiatic lions in the World.
    • The country has lost 92 Asiatic lions since January 2020, nearly 405 of them died in May alone.
    • Since January 2020 o…

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  • 2 Algae (DTE 1-15 August 2020) [ Health, Down-to-Earth ]

    Algae

    • Hydrodictyon reticulum and Chlorella vulgaris — are highly effective in accumulating heavy metals and pesticides and in removing pathogens from water. The algae can be found in any type of water or moist land.
    • Ganga is one of the rivers that host a huge population — over 338 …

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  • Nov 9, 2020
  • 1 Earthquakes (DTE 1-15 August 2020) [ Health, Govt. Schemes/Projects, Down-to-Earth ]

    Earthquakes

    • Frictional strength of phyllosilicates
    • Bio logging of animals

    Overview

    • Earthquakes usually occur along faults or fault lines, which are fractures between rocks and can range from a few millimetres to thousands of kilometres. Dur…

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  • 2 27 Pesticides Banned (DTE 1-15 August 2020) [ Health, Agriculture/Agro Industries, Down-to-Earth ]

    27 Pesticides Banned

    Class 1 Pesticides

    Monocrotophos – banned in EU & 112 nations

    Methomyl –

    Carbofuran – banned in 63 countries - UK, Argentina, Canada, South Korea & New Zealand

    Overview

    • Other 24 - Chlorpyriphos, quinalphos, Thirma and Zineb disrupt the body՚s endocrine (hormone) sy…

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  • 3 Hepatomyoencephalopathy (DTE 1-15 August 2020) [ Economy, Health, Down-to-Earth ]

    Hepatomyoencephalopathy

    Unknown Diseases

    Covid-linked Hunger & Labor Productivity

    Overview

    • Unknown origin of diseases: toxic pods of a weed, Cassia occidentalis (locally called kasondi or pamaad) , is the cause of the illness. Children, especially from poor families, ingested the pod…

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  • 4 Health Care (DTE 1-15 August 2020) [ Health, Down-to-Earth ]

    Health Care

    Integrated Disease Surveillance Program

    • S form
    • P Form
    • L form

    Overview

    • 1988 cholera outbreak in Delhi and the 1994 outbreak of pneumonic plague in Surat
    • Early detection wing in 2012 to fulfil the World Health Organization՚s International Health Regulations, 2005, that require…

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  • 5 Covest (DTE 1-15 August 2020) [ Health, Down-to-Earth ]

    Covest

    Overview

    • The garment, named Covest, is an intelligent product by NID Ahmedabad. It has an in-built mask, sensors to ensure social distancing, an attached thermometer and magic sanitization pockets. Covest runs on battery, which remains embedded in th…

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  • Nov 7, 2020
  • 1 Bulk Drug Parks [ Health, Environment/Ecology ]

    Bulk Drug Parks

    • Three bulk drugs parks and four medical devices parks will be established in the country by Department of Pharmaceuticals.
    • One of the Bulk drugs Parks is being established in Bhatinda, Punjab.
    • Location of Bhatinda has
      • Good connectivity
      • Water and land availability
      • Presen…

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  • Nov 6, 2020
  • 1 One Health Approach (16-31 July 2020) [ Health, Down-to-Earth ]

    One Health Approach

    • One Health approach seems to have been more on the study of zoonotic pathogens, their niche adaptation, epidemiology and transmission
    • Towards the late 19th century, infestation by fungus Phytophthora infestans in potato crops led to starvation and deaths of mill…

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  • 2 Bats – Why Conservation is Important? (16-31 July 2020) [ Health, Down-to-Earth ]

    Bats – Why Conservation is Important?

    • 29 % of all bats depend on plants for food
    • 70 % of all bats are predators of insects and crop pests, directly contributing to enhancing crop productivity
    • 1300 species of bats exist in the world
    • 5000 mosquitoes can be consumed in one night by a sm…

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

    Zoonotic Diseases

    UNEP report preventing the Next Pandemic: Zoonotic Diseases and How to Break the Chain of Transmission focused on the environmental side of the zoonotic dimension of disease outbreaks — about 60 % of known infectious diseases in humans and 75 % of all emerging in…

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  • 4 Vaccine Stages (16-31 July 2020) [ Health, Down-to-Earth ]

    Vaccine Stages

    • Exploratory stage: Consists of basic laboratory research and identification of antigens, which alert the body to harmful pathogens
    • Pre-clinical stage: Animal testing to see if it stimulates immune system
    • Clinical trial stage: is a three-phase process:
      • Phase I: small gr…

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  • 5 Drugs (16-31 July 2020) [ Health, Down-to-Earth ]

    Drugs

    • Remdesivir – by Gilead for Ebola & MERS
    • Dexamethasone – Compassionate use

    Overview

    • Infliximab – autoimmune disease prevents cytokine storm
    • Favilavir – antiviral
    • Convalescent Plasma – Passive treatment
    • Hydroxychloroquine – Malaria (not success)
    • Lopinavir/Ritonavir – antiretroviral (…

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  • Nov 3, 2020
  • 1 Field Beans (DTE 1-15 July 2019) [ Health, Down-to-Earth ]

    Field Beans

    • Field beans can be a nutritious addition to legumes.
    • Brown seeds of a legume called kadve Val and one with the cream coloured split seeds called dal val.
    • The bean is more popular in Karnataka than in Maharashtra and is called avarekalu. Karnataka cultivates about 90 % of…

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  • 2 COVID & Related Facts (DTE 1-15 July 2019) [ Science/Technology, Health, Down-to-Earth ]

    Drug – Reality Check!

    • A brutal fight to corner the successful outcome of research.
    • Use of money power to grab the first rights to promising vaccines and therapies.
    • Drug firms are leading the race for COVID-19 drugs,
    • The vaccine works or not only will the future tell.
    • The hype has help…

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  • 3 Racism & Its Genetics (DTE 1-15 July 2019) [ Science/Technology, Health, Down-to-Earth ]

    Racism & Its Genetics

    HERC2 Genes and OCA2

    • Associated with the light skin, eyes and hair in Europeans.
    • According to Science Journal study report these two genes arose in Africa.
    • Developing skin colour is a biological process.
    • People in Africa have almost every skin colour on the plane…

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