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COVID19 Updates: Tata Group to unveil India’s first CRISPR test

CRISPR test for CoronavirusApprox Read Time: 6 min In News: CSIR’s Institute of Genomics and Integrative Biology, along with the Tata Group, has developed a new test to detect SARS-CoV-2 virus (that causes Covid-19).The test named Feluda uses the cutting-edge CRISPR gene-editing technology. News Summary: CSIR’s Institute of Genomics and Integrative Biology (IGIB), along with the Tata Group, has developed a new paper-strip based test to detect SARS-CoV-2 virus (that causes Covid-19).The test…

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Editorial Analysis: UN and the new multilateralism

United Nations Roles AnalysisApprox Read Time: 7 min Article: United Nations Roles Analysis 75th anniversary of the UN: United Nations Roles Analysis This week marks the 75th anniversary of the founding of the United Nations.However, there are no celebrations due to the Covid pandemic. As a result, the world leaders are addressing the UN through pre-recorded video statements. UN is being seen as having failed in responding to the coronavirus crisis:…

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Notification of TB cases down by 60%, disease may spread

Tuberculosis concernsApprox Read Time: 6 min 48 In News: The Centre has expressed concerns over the 60% decline in notification of tuberculosis (TB) cases during the covid related nationwide lockdown. News Summary: The Centre has expressed concerns over the 60% decline in notification of tuberculosis cases during the nationwide lockdown, triggered by Covid-19.This has raised apprehension that unaddressed cases and higher household transmission could cause a sudden increase in the…

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5 members of Great Andaman tribe test positive

The Great Andaman tribeApprox Read Time: 5 min Article: The Great Andaman tribe In News: The Great Andaman tribe Five members of the Great Andamanese tribe, a Particularly Vulnerable Tribal Group ( PVTG), were tested positive for COVID-19.This is one of the first cases of COVID-19 infections among the endangered PVTGs of the region. About: The Great Andamanese The Great Andamanese are an indigenous people of the Great Andaman archipelago in the Andaman Islands.Historically, the Great Andamanese…

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At what stage are under-trial vaccine candidates in India?

COVID19 VaccineApprox Read Time: 6 min COVID19 Vaccine In News: COVID19 Vaccine Various companies across the world have signed agreements to make Covid-19 vaccines or have started conducting human trials of their vaccines in India, over the last few months. COVID19 Vaccine: Following is the status of different vaccines in various stages of development. ‘Covishield’ by University of Oxford-AstraZeneca: Covishield works on a mechanism that uses a weakened version of a common cold…

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Kesavananda Bharati, whose petititon led to landmark verdict on Constitution, dies at 79

Kesavananda BharatiApprox Read Time: 6 min In News: Kesavananda Bharati Swamiji, the sole unwitting petitioner in the historic Fundamental Rights case which prevented the nation from slipping into a totalitarian regime, died on Sunday. About: Swamiji Kesavananda Bharati Kesavananda Bharati was the head seer of the Edneer or Jagadguru Shankaracharya Samsthanam Mutt in Kasaragod district of Kerala since 1961.The Mutt belongs to the Shankaracharya tradition.The mutt is believed to have been…

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India now in top 50 on global innovation list

Global Innovation Index 2020Approx Read Time: 6 min In News: India climbed four spots on the Global Innovation Index 2020 and is now at 48th position in the list of innovative countries. About: Global Innovation Index (GII) The Global Innovation Index (GII) is co-published by the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), Cornell University and INSEAD Business School.Launched in 2007, the index, presents the latest global innovation trends and annual innovation ranking of various economies.The aim…

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Council to help govt formulate policy on trans rights notified

Transgender rightsApprox Read Time: 6 minutes In News: The Centre has constituted the National Council for Transgender Persons. About: National Council for Transgender Persons It is India’s first such council and formed as per rights conferred to the Centre under Transgender Persons (Protection of Rights) Act, 2019.Objective:To formulate policies, programmes, legislation and projects regarding members of the community for achieving equality and full participation by them.Composition:It is headed by the Union Social Justice…

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