Infection with the Nipah virus has killed at least 10 people out of 12 confirmed cases in Kozhikode and Malappuram of Kerala. While underlining the dangers of the disease, which has a high mortality rate, experts stress that there is no reason to panic because outbreaks, usually caused by fruit bats, have been generally localised. … Continued
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About the launch China launched a relay satellite as part of a groundbreaking programme to be the first to land a spacecraft on the far side of the moon later this year. The satellite, lofted into space aboard a Long March-4C rocket, will facilitate communication between controllers on Earth and the Chang’e 4 mission, the … Continued
Three people have died from the infection in Kerala so far Last evening, the health department of Kerala confirmed the first Nipah virus infection in the State after testing the blood samples of two persons who died of viral fever in Kozhikode district. Private and government hospitals are on high alert to monitor the disease … Continued
What is it? The World Health Organisation has listed viral hepatitis as a major public health problem throughout the world and particularly in India. “… it is a serious health concern in India, with over a crore people suffering from hepatitis C. This is six times the number of HIV/AIDS patients,” according to . Poonam … Continued
The Union Cabinet has approved National Policy on Biofuels – 2018. Salient Features: 1. The Policy categorizes biofuels as “Basic Biofuels” viz. First Generation (1G) bioethanol & biodiesel and “Advanced Biofuels” – Second Generation (2G) ethanol, Municipal Solid Waste (MSW) to drop-in fuels, Third Generation (3G) biofuels, bio-CNG etc. to enable extension of appropriate financial … Continued
National Wind-Solar Hybrid Policy Ministry of New and Renewable Energy has issued National Wind-Solar Hybrid Policy. The objective of the policy is to provide a framework for promotion of large grid connected wind-solar PV hybrid system for efficient utilization of transmission infrastructure and land. It also aims at reducing the variability in renewable power generation … Continued
Apple launched the LTE, or cellular, version of its Apple Watch 3 in India last week through service providers Bharti Airtel and Reliance Jio. However, soon after, Reliance Jio filed a complaint with the Department of Telecommunications (DoT) that Bharti Airtel has violated unified licence (UL) conditions by not setting up its infrastructure for pairing … Continued
Green propellant Scientists at the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) have reported progress in the development of an environment-friendly propellant to power satellites and spacecraft. The effort is to replace the conventional hydrazine rocket fuel, a highly toxic and carcinogenic chemical, with a greener propellant for future missions. Initial tests by a research team at … Continued
New guidelines for pharma makers will come into effect from July 1 In a step that would spare animals from suffering due to drug experiments, the Indian Pharmacopoeia Commission has approved modern, animal-free tests for drug manufacturers. In the 2018 edition of Indian Pharmacopoeia, that provides guidelines on tests for drugs manufactured and marketed in … Continued
NavIC non-operational on account of failure of atomic clocks 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 … Continued