9 PM Current Affairs Brief – October 15, 2017


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India plans a riposte to slavery report: 

India plans a riposte to slavery report:  Context: India sends a refutation to the International Labour Organisation (ILO) challenging India’s ranking in a global slavery report. The country will now build pressure on the global body to distance itself from the Australian-based NGO-Walk Free Foundation. Why is India against the report? India has raised question … Continue reading “India plans a riposte to slavery report: “

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India acts against bottom trawling: 

India acts against bottom trawling:  Context: India informed Sri Lanka that it has taken measures to stop bottom trawling by its fishermen in the waters near the Sri Lankan coastline. What is bottom trawling? Bottom trawling is an ecologically destructive practice. The practice involves trawlers dragging weighted nets along the sea-floor, causing great depletion of … Continue reading “India acts against bottom trawling: “

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Elevated enzyme for cancer diagnosis:

Elevated enzyme for cancer diagnosis: Context The application of the elevated enzyme technique may be used during surgery to know tumour spread. Researchers have utilised the overexpression of biotin receptors on cancer cells and enhanced production of thioredoxin reductase (TrxR) enzyme in cancer cells for cancer diagnosis. Breast and cervical cancer cell line studies shows … Continue reading “Elevated enzyme for cancer diagnosis:”

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External ground delays holding up GSAT-9 benefits:

External ground delays holding up GSAT-9 benefits: Context: Nearly five months after the South Asia Satellite GSAT-9 was launched, the Indian Space Research Organisation has initiated the processes to set up ground stations for the partners to receiver/send satellite communication. What is South Asia Satellite GSAT-9? South Asia Satellite GSAT-9 was launched on May 05th, … Continue reading “External ground delays holding up GSAT-9 benefits:”

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DNA barcodes reveal adulteration in traditional medicines:

DNA barcodes reveal adulteration in traditional medicines: Context A genetic study has shown that traditional medicines in the large unorganised market contain spurious plant extracts and heavy metals that pose serious risks to health. What does the study show? The studies shows that traditional medicinal markets are replete with unrelated plant materials that substitute for … Continue reading “DNA barcodes reveal adulteration in traditional medicines:”

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A plan to stamp out animal TB:

A plan to stamp out animal TB: Context The road map to combat animal tuberculosis (or bovine TB) and its transmission to humans, referred to as zoonotic TB is launched. How does Zoonotic TB spread? Zoonotic TB spreads through consumption of contaminated untreated meat or dairy products from diseased animals. In India, consumption of raw … Continue reading “A plan to stamp out animal TB:”

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