07.09.21 Daily GPSC Current Affairs

GUJARAT

Gujarat, three northeast states more vulnerable to dengue occurrences: ICMR

In India, Gujarat and three northeastern states are at the greatest risk of high repeat incidence of dengue. This observation is derived from a mammoth survey that began in January 2014, in which 2.11 lakh dengue cases across India were analyzed by the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR)-National Institute of Epidemiology, Chennai.

By early 2018, the institution had collected details of IgM antibodies or NS1 antigen against the dengue virus from 51 Viral Research and Diagnostic Laboratories (VRDLs) spread across India.

ICMR-NIE epidemiologists found that across almost 85% of Gujarat’s area, the dengue incidence rate was between 29 and 54 cases for the same geographical location between January 2014 and early January 2018. The scientists had used the Kriging technique to draw a heat map for the country, clearly marking out the areas with a high dengue incidence rate.

 

INTERNATIONAL

 

Mu Variant of CoronaVirus – WHO

 

The World Health Organization has categorized some other SARS-CoV-2 variant “B.1.621” as a variant of interest (VOI) and labelled as “Mu”.

The variant used to be first recognized in Colombia in January, 2021.

The global prevalence of Mu mutations in sequenced cases has declined and is currently less than 0.1%. However, the prevalence rates in Colombia (39%) and Ecuador (13%) have been increasing.

Larger outbreaks have been mentioned from nations in South America and Europe. Cases have additionally been reported in the UK, US and Hong Kong.

 

Classes of SARS-CoV-2 variants – Variant of Interest, Variant of Concern.

 

Logistics Agreement with Russia – India

 

India is about to sign a bilateral logistics agreement with Russia, and the agreement with the United Kingdom has entered the final stage.

Highlights:

♦ The Reciprocal Exchange of Logistics Agreement is probably to be signed through India in next 2 months

♦ This agreement is an administrative arrangements facilitating access to military amenities for exchange of fuel and provisions on mutual agreement

♦ This cooperation simplifies logistical aid and will increase operational turnaround of the military when working away from India.

And, India has signed similar logistics agreements with all Quad countries, Singapore, France, and South Korea starting with LEMOA with the US in 2016.

 

India is the 3rd Largest Unicorn Ecosystem

 

Hurun Research Institute has released the Hurun India Future Unicorn List 2021, as per which India is the third-largest Unicorn/startup ecosystem in the world.

Highlights:

The USA is on top, followed by China on second. India has 51 unicorns according to the list. The USA has 396 and China has 277 unicorns. Zilingo is the pinnacle unicorn in the ranking in India with funding of USD 310. The headquarters of Zilingo is in Singapore. Bengaluru is the top Indian metropolis in terms of the variety of Unicorns headquartered in the city. Bengaluru has 31 unicorns followed by Mumbai which has 12 unicorns.

 

NATIONAL

 

First Ever Medal by Archer in Paralympics

 

In Paralympics 2020, India’s ace archer Harvinder Singh has won the bronze medal in the men’s individual recurve open.

The 31-year old has grown to be India’s first-ever archer to win a medal in the Paralympics. With this win, India’s medal haul at the ongoing Paralympics Games in Tokyo has reached thirteen [2G,6S,5B]. Harvinder defeated South Korea’s Kim Min Su 6-5 in a shoot-off to win India’s 0.33 medal of the day at Tokyo 2020, taking India’s tally to thirteen Earlier, United States of America’s (USA) Kevin Mather defeated Harvinder by way of 6-4 in the semi-final.

 

Doppler Weather Radar and Pilot Sonde Based on Indigenous GPS

 

The Jammu IMD’s Doppler Weather Radar (DWR) and a Indigenous GPS based Pilot Sonde were unveiled by the Union Minister of Science & Technology.

Highlights:

♦ This is the latest upgrade of the most advanced Doppler weather radar (DWR) and Pilot Sonde based on Indigenous GPS by the Indian Meteorological office in Jammu.

♦ The X-Band Doppler Weather Radar mounted will assist in supplying real-time monitoring and reporting of climate occasions affecting the Jammu area and will be beneficial in imparting climate forecasts in different sectors consisting of agriculture and tourism forecasts.

♦ Besides offering real-time monitoring, the X-Band Doppler Weather Radar stationed at Jammu will provide increased climate services to the people of J and K and enter into numerical climate prediction models for producing better climate forecasts.
 

Centre for Development of Telematics – C-DOT

 

C-DOT celebrated its thirty eighth Foundation Day. C-DOT is the premier telecommunications technology improvement centre owned by the Government of India.

About C-DOT:

♦ C-DOT, Established in 1984, C-DOT engages in creating intelligent computer software program applications.

♦ Initially, its purpose was to increase telecommunication technology to meet the needs of the Indian telecommunication network.

♦ It designs, develops and produces telecom technologies particularly suitable to the Indian landscape.

♦ Currently, it is a full-fledged independent telecom R&D group that complies with level 5 maturity on the CMMI Model.

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