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Current Events 26 March 2017

 

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26 March 2017

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1.

GS III: SECURITY

How a Telangana cop infiltrated U.P. terror group

2.

GS III : ENVIRONMENT POLLUTION

Meenangadi has a green dream: carbon neutrality

3.

GS I : CULTURE

Row notwithstanding, Sidi ritual held in Hassan

4.

GS III : DEFENCE

A leaner military is on the cards

5.

GS III : S&T - HEALH

IIT Bombay researchers find a novel target for blocking cancer metastasis

6.

GS III: S&T -HEALTH

Indians find a new bacterial target for drug development

7.

GS II: SOCIAL-HEALTH

TB time bomb: the price of policy inertia

8.

GS III :  S&T -HEALTH

New stem cell method

9.

GS III  : S&T  IT

What is Synlight?

10.

GS II: BILATERAL INDIA-EU

EU body moots suspension of 300 drugs tested by Chennai firm

11.

GS II : GOVERNANCE

Indirect tax body CBEC to be renamed

12.

GS III : ECONOMY SECTORS

Rubber growers eye a bounce in price

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

GS III: SECURITY

How a Telangana cop infiltrated U.P. terror group

  • On March 7, Madhya Pradesh police arrested three men - Danish Akhtar, Syed Mir Hussain and Atif Muzaffar - from Pipariya, around 300 km from Bhopal, for allegedly planting a pipe bomb on the Bhopal-Ujjain passenger train.
  • Nine people were injured in the explosion. The bomb was planted around 8.30 a.m. at the Bhopal railway station and it exploded around one-and-half hours later when the train reached the Shajapur station.
  • Within hours, the M.P. police announced that the three men, who had planted the bomb in the passenger train, had been arrested on the basis of information provided by Central intelligence agencies.
  • Four others were arrested from Uttar Pradesh while one man, Saifullah, was killed in an encounter in Thakurganj area of Lucknow the same night.
  • U.P. ADG said that Telangana police had provided specific intelligence about the whereabouts of the group, who were inspired by the Islamic State.
  • A senior Home Ministry official told that the accused were caught within hours as they were being trailed by a Telangana police officer.

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GS III : ENVIRONMENT POLLUTION

Meenangadi has a green dream: carbon neutrality

  • Meenangadi in Wayanad district, Kerala is on a mission to become India's first carbon neutral panchayat.
  • It is working towards a zero carbon footprint, to be achieved by bringing down pollution, carbon emissions, and plastic waste.
  • The carbon-neutral project intends to offset carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases emitted by human activities through a series of greening initiatives. Planting trees is a top priority.
  • The panchayat has allocated Rs. 11 crore for the project, which includes a biodiversity park, soil and water conservation programmes under the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme and a waste treatment plant.

 

GS I : CULTURE

Row notwithstanding, Sidi ritual held in Hassan

  • The risky ritual of Sidi was held as part of the annual Udusalamma festival at Hariharapura in the Holenarsipur taluk, in Hassan district of Karnataka on 25 March 2017, despite opposition by a few pro-Dalit organisations.
  • The Hassan district administration's attempt to persuade people against participating in the ritual failed.

 

GS III : DEFENCE

A leaner military is on the cards

  • The government has approved a host of reforms in the military, with proposals to cut flab and improve financial management.
  • Arun Jaitley, who took additional charge as Defence Minister last week, has approved most of the proposals of a committee of experts, headed by Lt. Gen. D.B. Shekatkar (Retd), constituted by the Defence Ministry.
  • The committee, set up in 2015 to recommend measures to enhance combat capability and rebalance defence expenditure of the armed forces, submitted its final report in December 2016.
  • Sources said Mr. Jaitley had approved in principle 90 of the recommendations.
  • The committee has said that if its recommendations are implemented over the next five years, the government can save up to Rs. 25,000 crore from the current expenditure.
  • The panel has recommended

1.     A roll-on defence budget to have enough capital expenditure available for modernisation as against the present practice of surrendering unspent capital budget at the end of each financial year.

2.     A performance audit of the role of non-combat organisations under the Defence Ministry which includes those dealing with defence estates and accounts, the DRDO and the NCC. Downsizing or rationalisation of manpower in these organisations, which can lead to significant savings.

3.     Progressively, the NCC could be run by re-employed or on-contract ex-service personnel.

4.     NCC be transferred out of the Defence Ministry to the HRD Ministry. It is not clear if this recommendation will be implemented.

5.     Setting up of a joint services war college for training middle-level officers.


GS III : S&T  HEALTH

IIT Bombay researchers find a novel target for blocking cancer metastasis

  • Researchers from IIT Bombay have found a novel pathway that is responsible for the progress of cancer metastasis - spread of cancer cells from its primary site of origin to new areas of the body.
  • The finding holds potential in controlling metastasis to reduce cancer deaths.
  • Cancer stem cells (CSCs) are one cause of cancer metastasis. However, there is no study done so far to examine the impact of biophysical properties of cancer stem cells in cancer metastasis.
  • Surgical removal of primary tumours has long been used as a standard treatment for localised tumours, but treating cancer metastasis remains a formidable challenge.
  • Contractile dynamics of a tumour cell represents one of the most important biophysical properties and is closely associated with cell spreading and cell adhesion properties of tumour cell.
  • Increased cell contractility in breast cancer can initiate the escape of cancerous cells from their primary sites to distant organs, that is, metastasis.
  • Study lead author Dr. Purwar explains that "With this study, we identified a distinct pathway which Cancer Stem Cells (CSCs) use to invade the extracellular matrix and metastasise to other organs. Surprisingly, we observed that blockade of this pathway by pharmaceutical drugs completely abolished the invasion of CSCs as well as other tumour cells. Thus, targeting this distinct pathway may lead to the development of robust and longterm remission of cancer metastasis''.

 

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GS III: S&T -HEALTH

Indians find a new bacterial target for drug development

  • Indian researchers have found a new target that can potentially be used for developing new antibiotics that will be effective against many bacteria.
  • The new target is made of two proteins, which form a complex that is responsible for the formation of biofilm.
  • Biofilm as a biological shield. Bacteria form biofilms, a kind of matrix, during infection in plants and animals.
  • The biofilm shields the bacteria from antibiotics and helps bacteria survive harsh conditions such as extreme temperature or stress.
  • Now a study by Indian researchers has found the molecular signalling events that play a crucial role in biofilm formation in Bacillus anthracis, the causative agent of anthrax.
  • Till now, all attention has been on developing antibiotics that target disease-causing bacteria and not the biofilm itself.
  • One strategy to tackle drug resistant bacteria will be to develop multi-drug regimen that combines traditional antibiotics with candidate drugs that can block bacterial signalling and prevent biofilm formation.

 

GS II: SOCIAL-HEALTH

TB time bomb: the price of policy inertia

  • A crumbling health system, slashed budgets and an overcrowded country - these factors make India the perfect playground for one of the world's oldest diseases, tuberculosis.
  • Not only does India shoulder the highest TB burden in the world with over 2 million of the 10 million cases reported here, it also accounts for the most drug resistant patients - nearly 1.3 lakh people who do not respond to first-line drugs.
  • In a major embarrassment for the government, WHO had to revise global TB estimates last year after India informed that it had been under-reporting TB cases from 2000 to 2015.
  • The government will soon be launching a new strategy, and Union Health Minister J.P. Nadda has announced that his Ministry will aim to "eliminate TB" by 2025.

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GS III : S&T - HEALTH

New stem cell method

  • Researchers have developed a new stem cell method that simplifies the production of human brain and muscle cells - allowing millions of functional cells to be generated in just a few days.
  • Human pluripotent stem cells offer the ability to create any tissue, including those which are typically hard to access, such as brain cells.
  • They hold huge potential for studying human development and the impact of diseases, including cancer, Alzheimer's, multiple sclerosis, and heart disease.
  • Existing methods to make them, unfortunately, are complex and time-consuming, often producing a mixed population of cells.
  • The new platform technology, OPTi-OX, optimises the way of switching on genes in human stem cells and opens the door to drug discovery, and potentially therapeutic applications in which large amounts of cells are needed.

 

GS III : S&T  IT

What is Synlight?

  • Synlight is a giant honeycomb-like set-up of 149 spotlights in Juelich, Germany, and inching towards record books as the world's largest "artificial sun".
  • The lights are designed to focus on a single 20x20 cm (8x8 inch) spot and produce the equivalent of 10,000 times the amount of solar radiation that would normally shine on the same surface.
  • Creating such furnace-like conditions - with temperatures of up to 3,0000 Celsius (5,432o Fahrenheit) - is key to testing novel ways of making hydrogen, according to Phys.org.
  • So far, Synlight's energy needs are enormous but scientists hope to eventually directly tap solar energy.

 

GS II: BILATERAL INDIA-EU

EU body moots suspension of 300 drugs tested by Chennai firm

  • The European drug regulator has recommended suspension of around 300 medicines on which bio-equivalence studies were conducted by the Chennai based Micro Therapeutic Research Labs (MTRL), citing unreliability of data.
  • Bio-equivalence studies are the basis for approval of generic medicines.
  • It, however, said there is no evidence of harm or lack of effectiveness of medicines authorised and being evaluated in the EU on the basis of the studies at the sites.
  • Aurobindo Pharma, Zydus, Sandoz, Sanofi and Mylan are among the major firms that will be affected by the suspension.

GS II : GOVERNANCE

Indirect tax body CBEC to be renamed

  • The apex policy-making body for indirect taxes, Central Board of Excise & Customs (CBEC), is being rechristened as the Central Board of Indirect Taxes & Customs (CBIC) in the run up to the Goods and Services Tax regime to be rolled out from July 1.

 

GS III : ECONOMY SECTORS

Rubber growers eye a bounce in price

  • The natural rubber production sector, which supports 1.2 million farmers, is at a crossroads, hoping for revival after five years of a sharp drop in production and prices.
  • India is the sixth-largest producer of rubber globally.
  • Close to 98% of the production is consumed in the domestic market, mainly by tyre manufacturers, and exports are just about 2%.
  • Imports of natural rubber increased from 77,762 tonnes in 2008-2009 to 4.58 lakh tonnes in 2015-2016.
  • The sign of revival seen during the 2016-end has again abated, even as growers hope prices will increase and sustain in the future.
  • This is possible only if the Union Government brings in a system to constantly monitor imports and restrict it to ensure that the supply does not exceed demand, according to producers of natural rubber.

 


 

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1. GS III: SECURITY - How a Telangana cop infiltrated U.P. terror group
2. GS III : ENVIRONMENT POLLUTION - Meenangadi has a green dream: carbon neutrality
3. GS I : CULTURE - Row notwithstanding, Sidi ritual held in Hassan
4. GS III : DEFENCE - A leaner military is on the cards
5. GS III : S&T - HEALH - IIT Bombay researchers find a novel target for blocking cancer metastasis
6. GS III: S&T -HEALTH - Indians find a new bacterial target for drug development
7. GS II: SOCIAL-HEALTH - TB time bomb: the price of policy inertia
8. GS III : S&T -HEALTH - New stem cell method
9. GS III : S&T IT - What is Synlight?
10. GS II: BILATERAL INDIA-EU - EU body moots suspension of 300 drugs tested by Chennai firm
11. GS II : GOVERNANCE - Indirect tax body CBEC to be renamed
12. GS III : ECONOMY SECTORS - Rubber growers eye a bounce in price

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