75m Indians above 60 suffer from chronic disease: Survey

Longitudinal Aging Study in India (LASI)Approx Read Time: 6 min In News: The Ministry of Health and Family Welfare recently released the Longitudinal Aging Study in India (LASI). Longitudinal Aging Study in India: Launched in 2016, the LASI is a full–scale national survey of scientific investigation of the health, economic, and social determinants and consequences of population ageing in India.LASI, Wave 1 (phase 1) covered 72,250 individuals aged 45 and above for the 2017-18 period. This…

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What is bird flu, and how severe is the latest outbreak in India?

What is bird flu?Approx Read Time: 6 min In News: Recently, thousands of birds were found dead in various parts of the country.Himachal Pradesh, Kerala and Rajasthan have confirmed that bird flu (avian influenza) is the cause of death of these birds and several other states, including Punjab, Madhya Pradesh and Jharkhand, have given alerts on the disease. Classification of Influenza: The influenza virus, which causes illness, is classified by WHO into four…

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Extra Bytes: Why lightning still kills so many Indians?

Why lightning still kills so many IndiansApprox Read Time: 5 min In News: Why lightning still kills so many Indians As per a report published recently, lightning strikes have caused 1,771 deaths in India from April, 2019 to March, 2020. News Summary: Why lightning still kills so many Indians A report on lightning in India in 2019-2020 was prepared by Climate Resilient Observing Systems Promotion Council (CROPC), a non-profit organization.To prepare…

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Science policy draft: 30% top posts for women, spousal benefits for LGBTQ+

STIP 2020 draftApprox Read Time: 5 min In News: The draft Science, Technology and Innovation Policy (STIP) 2020 was recently released by the Department of Science and Technology (DST). Once finalized, STIP 2020 will replace the STI policy of 2013.The DST has invited suggestions, inputs and comments for making changes by January 25. Vision of Science, Technology and Innovation Policy (STIP) 2020 Achieve technological self-reliance and place India among the top three scientific superpowers in the…

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PM unveils project for affordable housing

Affordable housingApprox Read Time: 4 min Affordable housing | GHTC-India initiative, In News: Prime Minister Modi laid the foundation stone of six Light House Projects (LHPs) in six cities across six States as part of the Global Housing Technology Challenge-India (GHTC-India) initiative. News Summary: Prime Minister Modi laid the foundation stone of six Light House Projects (LHPs) in six cities across six States as part of the Global Housing Technology…

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Renewed interest in Proxima Centauri, the closest star to the Sun

Proxima Centauri - "Breakthrough Listen Project"Approx Read Time: 4 min In News: Astronomers with the "Breakthrough Listen Project" are investigating a mysterious radio wave signal from the direction of Proxima Centauri, the closest star to Earth’s Sun.The signal named Breakthrough Listen Candidate 1 or BLC-1 was detected in April, 2019, by the Parkes radio telescope at Parkes Observatory in Australia. The signal has not been spotted again.Scientists are currently working on a paper explaining BLC1,…

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