Day May 1, 2020

USCIRF Annual report 2020

• The U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF) has downgraded India to the lowest ranking, “countries of particular concern” (CPC) in its 2020 report. Key highlights: • The report, released in Washington by the federal government commission that functions…

Ber-D

• Scientists from Jawaharlal Nehru Centre for Advanced Scientific Research (JNCASR) have modified the structure of Berberine into Ber-D to use as an Alzheimer’s inhibitor. About: • Alzheimer’s disease is the most prevalent neurodegenerative disorder and accounts for more than…

International Jazz Day

• International Jazz Day 2020 is being celebrated on April 30. About: • International Jazz Day is an International Day declared by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization in 2011 “to highlight jazz and its diplomatic role of…

Multi-system inflammatory state

• UK’s Paediatric Intensive Care Society (PICS) said it had observed an “apparent rise” in the number of children, of all ages, with a “multi-system inflammatory state requiring intensive care”, and doctors believe it could be coronavirus-related. About: • Multi-system…

Ozone layer

• The European Union’s Copernicus Atmosphere Monitoring Service (CAMS) announced that a hole in the Arctic ozone layer, believed to be the biggest reported, has closed. • The ozone hole’s closing was because of a phenomenon called the polar vortex,…

Hospital Care Assistive Robotic Device

• Durgapur-based CSIR lab, Central Mechanical Engineering Research Institute has developed Hospital Care Assistive Robotic Device, HCARD which can help frontline health care workers in maintaining physical distance from those infected by a coronavirus. Key highlights: • Health care workers…

Sex hormones

• Men have appeared likelier than women to die of COVID-19. US researcher’s study have described trials that will seek to find out whether the answer lies in two sex hormones in women — estrogen and progesterone. The trends and…

Annual Special 301 Report

• India continues to be on the ‘Priority Watch List’ of the United States Trade Representative (USTR) for lack of adequate intellectual property (IP) rights protection and enforcement, the USTR said in its Annual Special 301 Report. About: • The…

National Infrastructure Pipeline

• The Task Force on National Infrastructure Pipeline (NIP) submitted its Final Report on NIP for FY 2019-25 to the Union Minister for Finance. Background: • Union Finance Minister in her Budget speech 2019-20 announced that Rs. 100 lakh crore…