1. At UN, India supports Palestine, but without specifics Relevant for GS Prelims & Mains Paper II; IOBR At the United Nations Security Council on Sunday, India, a non-permanent member, reaffirmed its support for Palestine, but stopped short of making any direct reference to the status of Jerusalem or the future Israel-Palestine borders. Wrapping up... Continued.
1. Walk the talk on TRIPS waiver Relevant for GS Prelims & Mains Paper III; Economics Member countries of the World Trade Organization (WTO) are under an obligation to ensure that their domestic intellectual property rights (IPR) laws conform to the requirements of the Trade-Related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights (TRIPS) agreement. When the pandemic... Continued.
1. Can a single lightning flash kill 18 elephants? Science says yes, in various possible ways Relevant for GS Prelims & Mains Paper III; Science & Technology On Wednesday night, 18 elephants died on a hilltop in Assam. The preliminary post-mortem report indicates they had been struck by lightning. While the state government is waiting... Continued.
1. New approach to drug delivery combines biologics and antibody-drug conjugates Relevant for GS Prelims & Mains Paper III; Science & Technology A type of nanoparticle designed by researchers from University of Massachusetts, Amherst, in the U.S., embodies a new approach to treating diseases that could potentially revolutionise the field. This combines concepts of biologics... Continued.
1. Israel’s Iron Dome rocket defence system Relevant for GS Prelims & Mains Paper III; Science & Technology The Iron Dome aerial defence system just intercepted a Hamas Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) that crossed from Gaza into Israel, Israeli Defence Forces (IDF) said around 1 p.m. IST on Friday morning on social media. IDF said... Continued.
1. The debate over vaccine GST exemption Relevant for GS Prelims & Mains Paper III; Economics Several states have called for removing taxation on Covid-related medicines and supplies, including a GST exemption on vaccines. In response, Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman has said that exemptions on domestic supplies and commercial imports “would make these items costlier”... Continued.
1. How to adopt a child legally Relevant for GS Prelims & Mains Paper II; Polity & Governance Profiteering from child trafficking rackets knows no bounds. Today, some people are offering infants for instant adoption by selling sob stories of how the children have lost their parents to the dreaded virus. These unscrupulous people target... Continued.
1. 1 in 7 hospital staff infected with Covid-19 after vaccination: small study Relevant for GS Prelims & Mains Paper III; Science & Technology A small-scale study in healthcare workers at a private hospital in Delhi found that “breakthrough” infections occurred in 13.3% of them (about 1 in 7), with one requiring hospitalisation. The study... Continued.
1. Why a China rocket crashing in Indian Ocean has drawn NASA flak Relevant for GS Prelims & Mains Paper III; Science & Technology Debris from a Chinese rocket Sunday made an uncontrolled re-entry into the Earth’s atmosphere and disintegrated over the Indian Ocean, with remnants falling at a location to the west of Maldives.... Continued.
1. DCGI approves anti-COVID drug developed by DRDO for emergency use Relevant for GS Prelims & Mains Paper III; Science & Technology The Drugs Controller General of India (DCGI) has granted permission for emergency use of anti-COVID-19 therapeutic application of the drug 2-deoxy-D-glucose (2-DG) developed by Institute of Nuclear Medicine and Allied Sciences (INMAS), a... Continued.