03 Apr, 2020

  • Geo­fencing app to locate quarantine violators (Science and Technology)
  • DRDO develops bio suit, sealant for safety gear (Science and Technology)
  • Tablighi Jamaat: on a mission to purify Islam - (Art and Culture) (Reformist Vs Revivalist Movements)
  • Making the private sector care for public health (Social Issues)
  • Safe Forests, Safe People (Social Issues)
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    Geo – fencing app will be used to locate quarantine violators 

    The government has tested an application that triggers e-mails and SMS alerts to an authorised government agency if a person has jumped quarantine or escaped from isolation, based on the person’s mobile phone’s cell tower location.

    The Centre is using powers under the Indian Telegraph Act to “fetch information” from telecom companies every 15 minutes to track COVID-19 cases across the country.

    • Kerala was one of the first States to use geo-fencing to track COVID-19 cases.
    • What is a geofence?
    • How geofencing works
    • Geofencing applications
    • Common geofencing applications:


    DRDO develops bio suit, sealant for safety gears  

    • This news talks about two important instruments in fight against COVID-19.
      • Bio-Suit
      • Infrared Thermometers
    • So first we will discuss these two important instruments, the basics behind them and then we will discuss what this news talks about. 
    • Personal protective equipment (PPE)
    • How it protects against?
    • Dangers faced by professionals involved in handling COVID ,Wuhan Virus patients:
    • Infrared Thermometers
    • But before that lets understand “Infrared radiation”
    • How is IR used to determine temperature?
    • Handheld Infrared Thermometer Advantages
    • So let us now consider what this news talks about?


    Tablighi Jamaat: on a mission to ‘purify’ Islam 9,000 with Tablighi link sent into quarantine


    The Tablighi Jamaat, a little known Islamic organisation, has been at the centre of a controversy after dozens of people who attended a religious congregation held by it at its headquarters in Delhi in March tested positive for COVID-19.

    At least 2,000 people, both from across the country and foreign nations such as Indonesia and Malaysia, had attended the gathering in Nizamuddin that started in early March and went on for a couple of weeks. Maulana Saad Kandhalvi, leader of the group, has been booked by the Delhi police under the Epidemic Disease Act. Who and what exactly is this group?

    • Jamaat’s Origins
    • Main objectives
    • Current status:
    • Main Agenda:
    • What is “Jamaat”


    Making the private sector care for public health 

    • Role of Private Sector
    • Suggestions of the Author


    Safe forests, safe people 

    In the recent past, a large number of viruses have jumped from animals to human beings. Some of the examples being Ebola (Bats), HIV (Chimpanzees), SARS (Bats and Civet Cats), MERS (Dromedary camels), Nipah (Bats), Hanta Virus (Rodents) and the recent COVID-19. The outbreak of COVID-19 has been considered to be deadliest pandemic faced by the human civilisation after the Spanish Flu (1918).

    What could be the reasons for the jump in viruses from animals to human beings? Our past experience tells us that is mainly on account of destruction of forests and farming/trade in wildlife species.

    These factors have brought wildlife species closer to human being leading to increase in the number of outbreak of diseases of animal origin.

    • Impact of Farming/Trade in Wildlife Species
    • Timeline for the Wildlife farming in China
    • Destruction of forests
    • Way Forward

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