Comprehensive News Analysis – 07 August 2016

Table of Contents:

A. GS1 Related:
B. GS2 Related:

1. Venkaiah launches Swachhata app to help improve hygiene

2. Indo-Russian project to replace An-32 in limbo

3. India’s avoidable rabies burden

C. GS3 Related:

1. Country gets its first tiger repository

2. An insulin pill that could make you drop the needle

3. What is ‘Earth Overshoot Day’?

D. GS4 Related
E. Important Editorials : A Quick Glance

The Hindu

F. Concepts-in-News: Related Concepts to Revise/Learn:
G. Fun with Practice Questions 🙂
H. Archives

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Useful News Articles

A. GS1 Related

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B. GS2 Related


1. Venkaiah launches Swachhata app to help improve hygiene

Category: Polity and Governance

  Topic:  Government Interventions 

Key Points:

  • Urban Development Minister Venkaiah Naidu coined a new abbreviation ‘MODI’ — “Making of developed India”.
  • Naidu launched a helpline number and a mobile app to increase people’s participation in the Swachh Bharat Mission.

How will this app help?

  • The mobile app called “Swachhata” would enable people to share “photos of unhygienic places in urban areas; they will be informed of action taken by the respective urban local bodies in a specific time period”.

 

2. Indo-Russian project to replace An-32 in limbo

Category: International Relations

Topic:  Agreements involving India and/or affecting India’s
interests

Key Points:

  • Medium transport aircraft is the planned replacement for the An-32 transport aircraft.
  • But, the fate of this Medium transport aircraft which is to be jointly developed by India and Russia, seems uncertain.
  • The Medium transport aircraft is a 20-tonne aircraft.
  • An inter-governmental agreement was signed in 2007- to develop and produce the Medium transport aircraft  that would replace the An-32 transport aircraft.
  • The issue of a new aircraft gains a degree of urgency in the light of the recent An-32 aircraft that went missing over the Bay of Bengal.


3. India’s avoidable rabies burden

Category: Polity and Governance

Topic: Government Initiatives

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Key Points:

  • Rabies kills nearly 20,000 people in India every year,
  • The rabies deaths in India account for a third of the global deaths caused due to the disease.

 

Certain facts about Rabies:

  • It is an almost 100 per cent fatal disease but also 100 per cent preventable.
  • A majority of patients do not receive rabies vaccination on time.
  • Most often, patients do not receive all five doses.

 

C. GS3 Related


1. Country gets its first tiger repository
Category: Environment and Ecology

Topic: Biodiversity

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Key Points:

  • The Wildlife Institute of India (WII) will house the country’s first repository on tigers.
  • This repository on tigers will be housed under its new ‘Tiger Cell’.

How will the Tiger Cell help?

  • The Tiger Cell will assist in population assessment of tigers.
  • Law Enforcement
  • Wildlife Forensics
  • Infrastructural Development and Mitigation
  • Smart patrolling and advisory role in policy formulation

 

2. An insulin pill that could make you drop the needle

Category: Science and Technology 

Topic: Health 

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Key Points:

  • Diabetes is a condition which afflicts one in 11 worldwide.
  • Diabetes is a complex disorder that results from the body unable to properly manage insulin.
  • Insulin is a hormone, made in the pancreas. Insulin is necessary to ensure that the cells of the body get adequate glucose and hence energy to survive.
  • Type 2 diabetic patients are insulin resistant, meaning they require more insulin to carry out the work of a non-diabetic patient.
  • This puts a lot of strain on the beta cells (which produce insulin) in the pancreases.

 

3. What is ‘Earth Overshoot Day’?

Category: Polity and Governance

Topic: Government Initiatives

Key Points:

  • ‘Earth Overshoot Day’ marks the date when humanity’s annual demand on nature exceeds what earth can regenerate in that year.
  • This occurs when more Carbon-dioxide is emitted than what can be absorbed by our oceans and atmosphere, and depletion of fisheries and forests happen faster than they can be replenished.


D. GS4 Related

Nothing here today folks!


E. Important Editorials: A Quick Glance

Nothing here today folks!

 

The Hindu
Nothing here today folks!

 

F. Concepts-in-News: Related Concepts to Revise/Learn:
  • Earth Overshoot Day
  • Wildlife Forensics
  • Swachhata
  • Swachh Bharat Mission
  • Wildlife Institute of India (WII)
  • Tiger Cell


G. Fun with Practice Questions 🙂
Question 1: Consider the following statements?
  1. ‘Earth Overshoot Day’ marks the date when humanity’s annual demand on nature exceeds what earth can regenerate in that year.
  2. This occurs when more Carbon-dioxide is emitted than what can be absorbed by our oceans and atmosphere, and depletion of fisheries and forests happen faster than they can be replenished.

Which of the above statements is/are correct?

a) Only 1

b) Only 2

c) Both 1 and 2

d) Neither 1 nor 2


Question 2: Consider the following statements?
  1. Insulin is a hormone, which is made in the pancreas.
  2. Insulin is necessary to ensure that the cells of the body get adequate glucose and hence energy to survive.
  3. Type 2 diabetic patients are insulin resistant, meaning they require more insulin to carry out the work of a non-diabetic patient.

Which of the above statement(s) is/are correct?

(a) 1 and 2 Only

(b) 2 and 3 Only

(c) All 1, 2 and 3

(d) 1 Only


Question 3: 'Tiger Cell' was recently in the news. How will this initiative help?
  1. Law Enforcement
  2. Wildlife Forensics
  3. Infrastructural Development and Mitigation
  4. Smart patrolling and advisory role in policy formulation

Which of the above statement(s) is/are correct?

(a) 1 and 2 Only

(b) 2, 3 and 4 Only

(c) All, 1, 2, 3 and 4

(d) 2 and 4 Only


Question 4: Consider the following statements,
  1. The Kamchatka Peninsula is located in the Russian Far East.
  2. The Trans-Siberian Railway connects Moscow and Vladivostok.

Which of the above statement(s) is/are correct?

(a) 1 Only

(b) 2 Only

(c) Both 1 and 2

(d) Neither 1 nor 2


Question 5: Consider the following statements,
  1. The Wildlife Institute of India (WII) is an autonomous institution of the Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change, Government of India.
  2. The institute is based in Dehradun, India.

Which of the above statement(s) is/are correct?

(a) 1 Only

(b) 2 Only

(c) Both 1 and 2

(d) Neither 1 nor 2


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