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Daily Current Affairs : 12-Mar-2020

Major Topics Covered :

  1. COVID-19 NOW A PANDEMIC

  2. MADRAS HC ON ROLE OF LG AND GOVERNMENT

  3. MULBERRY DISEASE

  4. YOUNG SCIENTIST PROGRAMME “YUVA VIGYANI KARYAKRAM”  (YuViKa)

  5. SECTION 2 OF THE EPIDEMIC DISEASE ACT, 1897

  6. SEXUAL HARASSMENT AT WORKPLACE

  7. RIGHT TO PROPERTY

  8. PRIVATE TRAINS


COVID-19 NOW A PANDEMIC

Why in news?

WHO has declared COVID-19 as a pandemic based on its assessment.

Highlights:

  1. A pandemic is declared when a new disease for which people do not have immunity spreads around the world beyond expectations.

  2. As on date there are around 1,18,000 positive cases of COVID-19 from 114 countries. However, more than 90% cases have been in just four countries.

  3. There have been 60 confirmed cases in India.


Source : Hindu



MADRAS HC ON ROLE OF LG AND GOVERNMENT

Why in news?

The Madras High said a government is “a trustee for the little man who should not have a perception that the running of the government is a gigantic conspiracy”.


Highlight :

  1. It held that the role of Puducherry’s Lieutenant Governor and that of an elected government in the Union Territory were intertwined as per law, and therefore they were expected to act in unison and not in division.

  2. The ruling has set aside the judgment of a single judge who, according to the Bench, had delivered a verdict in favour of the elected government and held that the L-G could not interfere with its day-to-day functioning by fostering a “basically incorrect” opinion that the legislature of the Union Territory was on a par with that of a State.

  3. Court held that ,The view of the learned single judge suffers from a basic fallacy of drawing a parallel on the basis of expected notions of democracy and republicanism vis-a-vis the status of elected legislature of a Union Territory and that of a State. This cannot be done by a judicial pronouncement and has to be through a legislative process by the appropriate legislature. For the time being, there is no such law that may equate or put them at par.”


Source : Hindu

MULBERRY DISEASE

Why in news?

Cocoon production in Karmataka, which had been hit by a mulberry disease, appears poised to pick up just in time to meet the growing demand for indigenous silk.


Highlights:

  1. The leafroller insect, which eats the shoots of mulberry plants, had affected the production in the State.

  2. Mulberry is the name given to several species of deciduous shrub or tree in the genus Morus (family Moraceae) which are grown for their edible fruits. The genus includes white mulberry (Morus alba) and red mulberry (Morus rubra). 

  3. It is required for the sericulture and thus infected mulberry impacts the production of cocoon.

Source : Hindu



YOUNG SCIENTIST PROGRAMME “YUVA VIGYANI KARYAKRAM”  (YuViKa)

Why in news?

The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) has shortlisted 358 high school students from across the country to be part of its second annual ‘catch them young’ programme, YuViKa. 


Highlights:

  1. The Program is primarily aimed at imparting basic knowledge on Space Technology, Space Science and Space Applications to the younger ones with the intent of arousing their interest in the emerging areas of Space activities.

  2. Eligibility: