News Juice & Answer Writing Practice (07-04-2020)

1. Can a mother transmit the COVID-19 virus to foetus or newborn? Relevant for GS Prelims & Mains Paper III; Science & Technology Last week, a three-day-old baby and his mother tested positive for COVID-19 in a private lab in Mumbai, but subsequently tested negative in Kasturba Hospital. It is still unclear whether a pregnant

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News Juice & Current Affairs Quiz (06-04-2020)

1. Does BCG protect against coronavirus? Relevant for GS Prelims & Mains Paper III; Science & Technology For millions growing up in India until the 1960s (when the smallpox vaccine came), BCG was the only vaccine — one that literally introduced the concept of vaccines in the country. Does this ages-old BCG vaccine also protect

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News Juice & Answer Writing Practice (04-04-2020)

1. Geo-fencing app will be used to locate quarantine violators Relevant for GS Prelims & Mains Paper III; Science & Technology 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. The government has tested an application that triggers

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News Juice & Current Affairs Quiz (03-04-2020)

1. A lockdown, followed by aggressive screening testing and hospitalisation, brought results Relevant for GS Prelims & Mains Paper III; Science & Technology 1. The key takeaway from the experience of Wuhan is few “earlys” — early protection, early detection, early diagnosis, and early isolation. The goal of the lockdown should not just be to

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News Juice (02-04-2020)

1. Rate of COVID-19 spread in India, world Relevant for GS Prelims & Mains Paper III; Science & Technology Transmission of COVID-19 in India has increased to an extent over the past week, yet the rate remains significantly lower than that the global rate. Persons infected by each person On March 19, every positive case

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News Juice & Current Affairs Quiz (01-04-2020)

1. For how long can virus in this outbreak survive on clothes? Relevant for GS Prelims & Mains Paper III; Science & Technology Does the novel coronavirus survive on your clothes, and if so, for how long? The answer to the first question is that it probably does survive, but it is not clear for

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News Juice & Answer Writing Practice (31-03-2020)

1. The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) last week approved use of blood plasma from recovered patients to treat severely critical COVID-19 patients Relevant for GS Prelims & Mains Paper III; Science & Technology The Houston Methodist Hospital took blood from a patient who had recovered from COVID-19 two weeks ago, and infused it

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News Juice & Current Affairs Quiz (30-03-2020)

1. RBI opens window to defer EMIs: here’s the deal Relevant for GS Prelims & Mains Paper III; Economics Amid the lockdown caused by the COVID-19 outbreak, the Reserve Bank of India has permitted banks to allow a moratorium of three months on the payment of instalments for all term loans outstanding as on March

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News Juice (28-03-2020)

1. Finance Minister announces Rs 1.70 Lakh Crore relief package under Pradhan Mantri Garib Kalyan Yojana for the poor to help them fight the battle against Corona Virus Relevant for GS Prelims & Mains Paper III; Economics The Union Finance & Corporate Affairs Minister Smt. Niramla Sitharaman today announced Rs 1.70 Lakh Crore relief package

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News Juice & Answer Writing Practice (27-03-2020)

1. Cabinet approves recapitalization of Regional Rural Banks to improve their Capital to Risk Weighted Assets Ratio Relevant for GS Prelims & Mains Paper III; Economics The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs, chaired by Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi, has given its approval for continuation of the process of recapitalization of Regional Rural Banks (RRBs)

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