2 August, 2020

  • ICMR fast tracks approvals for Israeli research coordinated by DRDO (Science & Technology)
  • One ration card facility in 24 States now (Economy) (One Nation One Ration Card Scheme, NFSA)
  • China and Nepal have treated each other as equals: Xi - (International Relations) (New Quadrilateral Arrangement, Trans-Himalayan Connectivity Network)
  • Arab world's first nuclear plant achieves criticality (Science & Technology) (Pressurised Water Reactor, Barakah, UAE)
  • Detecting Alzheimer's (Science & Technology) (Alzheimer Disease, Tau, Plaques, Microtubule)
  • Three States rank high in Dhole's conservation (Environment & Ecology) (Dhole Endangered-IUCN, Schedule II-Wildlife Protection Act, 1972)
  • Arming India's poor against the pandemic 2.0 (Social Issues-Nutrition) (Hidden Hunger, Seaweed, Healthy Diet, Micro-nutrients)
  • Credit Guarantee extended to larger firms, self-employed - Reference (1st July, 2020) – (Economy)
  • Question for the Day

Prelims Quiz

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    ICMR fast-tracks approvals for Israeli research coordinated by DRDO

    The government intends to help Israel conduct COVID-19 research on patients admitted to four Delhi hospitals, including transfer of saliva samples and patients’ data to Israel. The Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) is collaborating with Israel’s Directorate of Defense Research and Development (DRDD) to conduct trials on Indian patients that include an audio test, a breath test, thermal testing and a polyamino test to isolate proteins related to COVID-19. The trial obtained “expedited approval” by the Health Ministry’s Screening Committee (HSMC) chaired by Dr. Balram Bhargava of the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) on July 28, a day after the Israeli team had arrived in India. The decision is yet to be endorsed by the full committee that is expected to meet in August.

    • Trials under DRDO
    • Vaccine Task Force – PMO
    • Guidelines for exchange of samples for biomedical research purposes

     

    One ration card facility in 24 States now

    As per Ministry of Consumer Affairs, three more States (Manipur, Nagaland and Uttarakhand) and the Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir will now offer the ‘one nation one ration card’ facility. The One Nation One Card scheme gives people freedom of mobility, they are no longer tied down to one single fair price shop. By March 31, all States would be covered under the scheme.

    • IM-PDS
    • PDS Portal of India

     

    China and Nepal have treated each other as equals: Xi

    China and Nepal have always treated each other as “equals”, said Chinese President Xi Jinping as he and Premier Li Keqiang exchanged greetings with their Nepali counterparts, President Bidya Devi Bhandari and Prime Minister K.P. Oli, on the anniversary of establishment of diplomatic ties between the two countries.

    • Problems for India – Growing Nepal-China ties

     

    Arab world’s first nuclear plant achieves criticality

    The United Arab Emirates (UAE) announced on Saturday that it has started operations in the first of four reactors at the Barakah nuclear power station - the first nuclear power plant in the Arab world.

    Emirates Nuclear Energy Corporation (ENEC), which is building and operating the plant with Korea Electric Power Corporation (KEPCO) said in a press release that its subsidiary Nawah Energy Company "has successfully started up Unit 1 of the Barakah Nuclear Energy Plant, located in the Al Dhafrah Region of Abu Dhabi".

     

    Detecting Alzheimer’s

    A new blood test may help detect Alzheimer’s disease even 20 years before onset of cognitive impairment, according to a study published in Journal of the American Medical Association. Usually, Alzheimer’s disease is diagnosed by characterisation of the amyloid plaques and tau tangles in the brain, typically, this is done after the person dies. In the new study, the phosphor-tau217 protein found in the tangles could be an accurate indicator in living people.

    • What are Amyloid Plaques?
    • What Causes Beta Amyloid Plaques?
    • What are Neurofibrillary Tangles?
    • How Do Plaques and Tangles Cause Dementia?

     

    Three States rank high in dhole conservation

    Karnataka, Maharashtra and Madhya Pradesh rank high in the conservation of the endangered dhole in India, according to a new study.

    Scientists from the Wildlife Conservation Society-India, the University of Florida, the Wildlife Conservation Trust, and the National Centre for Biological Sciences found that these three States were adequately equipped to maintain their high ranks in consolidating forest habitats and recover dhole populations by increasing prey density and reducing pressure on forests.

     

    Arming India’s poor against the pandemic – 2

    • Hidden hunger
    • Affordability of nutritious food
    • Nutrition from seaweed
    Comments

    Navaneeth B Gopal 4 months ago

    did not get todays dns notes(02/aug/2020)

    Tushar Kaul 4 months ago

    The Office of the Economic Advisor, Ministry of Commerce and Industry made the first attempt of compilation and release of IIP with base year 1937
    The all-India IIP is being released as a monthly series since 1950. With the inception of the Central Statistical Organization in 1951, the responsibility for compilation and publication of IIP was vested with the same.

    Source : http://mospi.nic.in/iip


    Dinesh Kumar Chelli 4 months ago

    The question should be about Index of Eight Core industries and not IIP

    Tushar Kaul 4 months ago

    Yes, Dinesh. Exactly.

    Raviteja Nalluri 1 month ago

    Damn! A question was asked in prelims 2020 regarding 'Disease Diagnosis By AI'. Which you explained in the First ICMR Editorial. keep it up!