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UPSC Daily Current Affairs : 13-April-2020

Major Topics Covered :

  1. HEAD LICE DRUG AGAINST CORONAVIRUS - IVERMECTIN

  2. YUKTI ( YOUNG INDIA COMBATING COVID WITH KNOWLEDGE, TECHNOLOGY AND INNOVATION )

  3. PM JANAUSHADHI KENDRA PEOPLE ARE WORKING AS CORONA WARRIORS-MANDAVIYA

  4. NIHANGS

  5. THE PUNJAB CLINICAL ESTABLISHMENTS (REGISTRATION, REGULATION& TRANSPARENCY) ACT, 2019

  6. CHILD ABUSE AMID LOCKDOWN

  7. CII SUGGESTION ON REOPENING OF SECTORS




HEAD LICE DRUG AGAINST CORONAVIRUS - IVERMECTIN

Why in news?

  • A recent study conducted by the researchers from the Victorian Infectious Diseases Reference Laboratory, Royal Melbourne Hospital in Australia, has found that the head lice drug, Ivermectin, could potentially be used to kill the coronavirus.


Highlights:

  1. To test how it performs against the novel coronavirus, the researchers infected some cells with the COVID-19 virus. These infected cells were then exposed to the head lice drug, Ivermectin. There was a significant reduction in the virus in just 24 hours. In the next 24 hours, there was a complete annihilation of the virus.

  2. The researchers found that just a single dose of Ivermectin had successfully killed the virus in a petri dish.

  3. The initial findings of the study are being seen as a ray of hope as this drug’s effectiveness against COVID-19 have been described as “promising” by top experts in the field.

  4. The usage of the drug to cure COVID-19 positive patients still remains to be checked, though the Ivermectin drug has already been established as a drug safe for human consumption.

  5. If the human trials turn out to be successful, it will significantly speed-up the development for a COVID-19 treatment. 

  6. The experts have also recommended people to not consume or hoard this drug, as human trial is still underway. 

  7. Aside from potentially being able to fend off the novel coronavirus, the drug, known as Ivermectin, has also shown to be effective against other viruses including HIV, Dengue, influenza and Zika virus in vitro.


Source : Times of India (https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/life-style/health-fitness/health-news/can-head-lice-drug-kill-coronavirus/articleshow/75097063.cms )



YUKTI ( YOUNG INDIA COMBATING COVID WITH KNOWLEDGE, TECHNOLOGY AND INNOVATION )

Why in news?

  • Union Minister for HRD Shri Ramesh Pokhriyal “Nishank” has launched a web-portal YUKTI (Young India Combating COVID with Knowledge, Technology and Innovation) today in New Delhi. 


Highlights:

  • It’s a unique portal and dashboard  to monitor and record the efforts and initiatives of MHRD. The portal intends to cover the different dimensions of COVID-19 challenges in a very holistic and comprehensive way.

  • The primary aim is to keep the academic community healthy, both physically & mentally and to enable a continuous high-quality learning environment for learners. The portal is an effort of HRD Ministry to achieve this goal in these difficult times.

  •  It will cover the various initiatives and efforts of the institutions in academics, research especially related to CoVID, social initiatives by institutions and the measures taken for the betterment of the total wellbeing of the students.

  •  The portal will cover both qualitative and quantitative parameters for effective delivery of services to the academic community at large.

  • The portal will also allow various institutions to share their strategies for various challenges which are there because of the unprecedented  situation of COVID-19 and other future initiatives. 

  • This portal will give inputs for better planning and will enable MHRD to monitor effectively its activities for coming six months.

  • The portal will also establish a two-way communication channel between the Ministry of HRD and the institutions so that the Ministry can provide the necessary support system to the institutions. 

  • It will help in critical issues related to student promotion policies, placements related challenges and physical and mental well-being of students in these challenging times


Source : PIB (https://pib.gov.in/PressReleseDetail.aspx )



PM JANAUSHADHI KENDRA PEOPLE ARE WORKING AS CORONA WARRIORS-MANDAVIYA

Why in news?

  • The Minister of State for Chemicals and Fertilizers Shri Mansukh Mandaviya has said that even in the current difficult circumstances the Pradhan Mantri Janaushadhi Kendra (PMJK) people are working as CoronaWarriors and serving the nation.


Highlights:


About PMJK :

  • Pradhan Mantri Bhartiya Janaushadhi Pariyojana (PMBJP) is a campaign launched by the Department of Pharmaceuticals to provide quality medicines at affordable prices to the masses.

  • PMBJP stores have been set up to provide generic drugs, which are available at lesser prices but are equivalent in quality and efficacy as expensive branded drugs.


Benefits of the scheme :

  • Promote greater awareness about cost effective drugs and their prescription.