China could be tapping India as its leading partner for the reconstruction of Afghanistan as no other country is showing intent to rebuild the strife-torn nation, says influential Chinese scholar Hu Shisheng.
Indian Constitution and Polity:
Many important cases wait for orders in SC(The Hindu)
The focus of the Constitution Bench was on a proviso to Article 239AA (4), which mandates that in case of a “difference of opinion” between the LG and the Council of Ministers, the former has to refer the issue to the President.
Science and Technology:
ISRO’s clock to prop up India’s own GPS(The Hindu)
Time is running out for the seven-satellite Indian Regional Navigation Satellite System (IRNSS), also known as NavIC (Navigation in Indian Constellation). NavIC, whose seventh satellite was launched in April 2016, was expected to provide India a satellite-based navigation system independent of the U.S.-controlled GPS (Global Positioning System). But India’s own ‘regional GPS’ is yet to become officially operational owing to repeated failures of the atomic clocks on the satellites.
A RAT that spies on computers(The Hindu)
The RAT was first detected by Indian Computer Emergency Response Team, CERT-In, on various computers in 2017.
The World Health Organisation (WHO) has recommended that adults and children should consume a maximum of 10% of their daily calorie intake in the form of saturated fat (found in meat and butter) and 1% in trans fats. These draft recommendations, the first since 2002, are aimed at controlling non-communicable diseases (NCDs), which are responsible for an estimated 39.5 million deaths (72%) of the 54.7 million deaths worldwide in 2016.
A struggle with thalassaemia(The Hindu Opinion)
Thalassaemia is the most common genetic blood disorder that is prevalent in India. The disorder ‘reduces the production of functional haemoglobin, causing a shortage of red blood cells and low levels of oxygen in the bloodstream’, patients require lifelong blood transfusion, iron chelation therapies and other treatment.
Chloropyrifos is an organophosphorous pesticide and is moderately toxic to humans. Poisoning from chlorpyrifos may affect the central nervous system, the cardiovascular system and the respiratory system.
Leptospirosis is an emerging tropical infectious disease, and currently there is no preventive vaccine for humans that is available in the market.
NASA on Saturday launched its latest Mars lander, InSight, designed to perch on the surface of the red planet and listen for ‘Marsquakes’.
Researchers have found one more reason why urgent steps have to be taken to stop deforestation in the Western Ghats. The dense vegetation in the Western Ghats determines the amount of rainfall that Tamil Nadu gets during the summer monsoon.
Yesterday’s current affairs material by Forum IAS