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Woolly Whitefly

• A team of entomologists assessed three indigenous bugs that can control the pest woolly whitefly. Key highlights: • Two types of indigenous bugs Ladybird beetles are the biological weapons against a Caribbean-origin the woolly whitefly which is the enemy…

Transgender ID certificate

• The Union government has done away with the requirement of a medical examination for trans persons applying for a certificate of identity in its latest draft rules framed under the Transgender Persons (Protection of Rights) Act, 2019. About: •…

Spike missiles from Israel

• The Army is set to place a repeat order for Spike-LR (Long Range) Anti-Tank Guided Missiles (ATGM) from Israel as part of emergency procurement. • The decision comes days after the Army’s decision to place a repeat order for…

TNF-related apoptosis-inducing ligand

• Researchers from the Indian Institute of Technology-Madras have shown that the active compound from the common household spice turmeric — curcumin — can enhance cancer cell death. About: • TNF-related apoptosis-inducing ligand (TRAIL) is an agent with the ability…

The National Intelligence Grid

• The National Intelligence Grid (NATGRID) has signed an MoU with the National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB) to access the centralised online database on FIRs and stolen vehicles. About: • The MoU will give NATGRID access to the Crime and…

Shashi Kant Agarwal Commission

• The Uttar Pradesh government has set up an independent one-member commission to investigate the death of gangster Vikas Dubey. About: • The commission will be headed by retired Allahabad High Court judge Shashi Kant Agarwal. The panel will probe…

Snakebite deaths in India

• The Centre for Global Health Research (CGHR) at the University of Toronto, Canada recently released a study titled ‘Snakebite Mortality in India: A Nationally Representative Mortality Survey’. Key findings: • India recorded 1.2 million snakebite deaths in the 20-year…