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Daily Current Affairs : 9-Mar-2020

Major Topic Covered :

  1. OPEN DATA PORTAL BY ISB

  2. CARE FOR SWACHTA SEVIKA AND SANITARY PADS DISPOSAL

  3. AVIAN INFLUENZA (BIRD FLU)

  4. RED PANDA

  5. SAUDI ARABIA POLITICS

  6. CORD BLOOD BANKING


OPEN DATA PORTAL BY ISB

Why in news?

  • The Indian School of Business (ISB) has developed a one-stop open data portal, focusing on information related to agriculture.


Highlights :

  • Aimed at collating government data, scattered across multiple sources for consumption of policymakers, researchers, students and journalists, the Indian School of Business (ISB) has developed a one-stop open data portal, focusing on information related to agriculture.

  • In the age where the credibility of information is being questioned and scrutinised, often with good reason, a platform with credible data can be a game changer.

  • India Data Portal (IDP) incubated at ISB’s Bharti Institute of Public Policy is a platform that has data from multiple disciplines, subjects and areas.

  • In the first phase, the focus is on agriculture data, and in later phases the portal will diversify to include datasets on financial inclusion, rural development etc


Source : Hindu



CARE FOR SWACHTA SEVIKA AND SANITARY PADS DISPOSAL

Why in news?

  • The Centre would make it mandatory for sanitary pad manufacturers to provide bio-degradable bags for the disposal of each pad from January 2021.


Highlights :

  • While the production and usage of sanitary napkins and diapers has greatly increased in the country, they are still being discarded in a way which is harmful to waste pickers.

  • People should address the waste pickers as Swachhta Sevika from this International Women’s Day as they were doing a great service to the nation, suggested Minister of Environment.

  • These women have four vital qualities of consistency, compassion, courage and capacity for decision-making.


Source : Hindu



AVIAN INFLUENZA (BIRD FLU)

Why in news?

  • Rapid task force staff culled as many as 1,700 poultry and pet birds within a one-km radius of bird flu-infected areas of Vengeri in Kozhikode Corporation and the western parts of Kodiyathur grama panchayat in Kerala on Sunday.


Highlights :

  • Avian influenza (AI) is a highly contagious viral disease affecting several species of food-producing birds (chickens, turkeys, quails, guinea fowl, etc.), as well as pet birds and wild birds. It occasionally impact mammals including humans through contact with avian influenza.

  • Influenza A viruses are classified into subtypes based on two surface proteins, Hemagglutinin (HA) and Neuraminidase (NA). For example, a virus that has an HA 7 protein and NA 9 protein is designated as subtype H7N9.

  • Avian influenza virus subtypes include A(H5N1), A(H7N9), and A(H9N2).

  • HPAI A(H5N1) virus occurs mainly in birds and is highly contagious among them.

  • HPAI Asian H5N1 is especially deadly for poultry.


Source : HINDU AND GOOGLE



RED PANDA