AspirantWorld One liners : 21st June

• The first solar eclipse of 2020 is to take place on the summer solstice, which is the longest day in the Northern Hemisphere. It will be a rare celestial event, annular solar eclipse, popularly called the ring of fire eclipse will be visible on 21 June 2020.

• The 45th annual meeting of the United States India Business Council (USIBC) will be marked with the 2020 India Ideas Summit. India will virtually host the event on 21st and 22nd July. Different sessions will be organized, with each session focusing on a particular issue related to India. The summit will showcase the importance of the positive outcome of the India-US economic partnership and the overall bilateral relationship between the two nations.

• Glenmark Pharmaceuticals announced the introduction of an oral anti-viral drug for COVID-19 patients in the age group of 18 and 75 with mild to moderate symptoms. Nearly 80% of all positive cases in the country are in this category. The company said, the drug Favipiravir to be sold under the brand name FabiFlu is the first such in India for COVID-19. The drug is currently under clinical trial on 150 patients at 11 sites in India.

• International Day of Yoga 2020 is celebrated on 21 June every year to create awareness globally about the benefits of practicing yoga. The aim is to improve health and create awareness about the importance of maintaining health to the people.

• The IIT-Palakkad has developed an automated lung ultrasound (LUS) for COVID-19 screening and monitoring through cloud-based image analysis and scoring system. The app, the first of its kind in India, is now available for clinicians to perform automated analysis by just uploading the ultrasound video. The methodology would be extremely useful in time-critical COVID-19 working conditions, where clinicians have time limitations in manually evaluating ultrasound videos of all patients.

• Assam Chief Minister ordered the arrest of a Kolkata-based political commentator, Garga Chatterjee, who had described Chaolung Sukapha as a “Chinese invader”. Chaolung Sukapha was a 13th-century ruler who founded the Ahom kingdom that ruled Assam for six centuries. Contemporary scholars trace his roots to Burma. Sukapha was a leader of the Ahoms. He reached Brahmaputra valley in Assam from upper Burma in the 13th century with around 9,000 followers.

• The National Company Law Appellate Tribunal (NCLAT) has ruled that liquidation process of a company under the Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code (IBC) holds precedence over outcome of an arbitration proceeding. The dues of the workmen include all their salaries, provident, pension, retirement and gratuity fund, as well as any other funds maintained for the welfare of the workmen.

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