The Weekly Digest this week brought you some happy and some sad news. From the approval of a new drug to the tragedies of Japan, from the discoveries of hungriest blackholes to new never seen before snake-like amphibians. The world has never stopped amazing us and we pledge to bring this amazement on the weekly digest. Keep reading, stay engrossed, spread knowledge, and seek your curiosity.
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Weekly Digest: Current Affairs
New Delhi, 12th July 2020: DCGI says a yes to Biocon Drug
Biocon Ltd. has received the permission of the Drug Controller General of India (DCGI) to use its monoclonal antibody Itoliuzumab for emergency purposes on Corona patients in a hospital setup. However, prior consent of the patient is required, and risks and side effects need to be informed.
Biocon launched Itoliuzumab in the year 2013 under the name Alzumab to treat plaque psoriasis. Kiran Mazumdar-Shaw, the Executive Chairperson of Biocon, expressed her happiness for the success of the drug and assured the reduced fatality rate due to novel corona. Officially, Itoliuzumab is the first biologic therapy to be approved in the world to treat COVID 19 patients.
Seattle, 11th July 2020: Amazon.com requests the removal of the TikTok App for security purposes.
Amazon.com has requested its employees to remove the TikTok app for security reasons. The presence of the app will retain access to amazon emails on the device.
The fastest-growing entertainment app TikTok is facing world furies due to its place of origin. In June it was banned in India and now it might be banned in the US too. TikTok responded by saying that they are not sure about the security concerns and are ready to make amends in the app if the issues are made clear.
New Delhi: Eat me but save the world, a humorous tale.
A humorous tale, ranging back to the year 1965. India and China had cooled off a war in 1962. Shortly after that, in 1965 amidst the India-Pakistan war, China ridiculously blamed Indian soldiers of stealing 800 sheep and 49 yaks. Atal Bihari Vajpayee, then a young politician, known for his intelligence and political diplomacy took matters in his hand. He arranged for 800 sheep and marched them towards the Chinese Embassy, New Delhi. Cards were hung around the neck of each sheep, stating eat me but save the world.
In 2003, Atal Bihari Vajpayee became the Prime Minister of India and visited China to reopen the trade route via Sikkim-Nathu La pass.
Tokyo, 9th July 2020: Torrential rain affects Japan
Southern and central Japan was hit by ferocious rain that led to the flooding of 59 rivers and 123 landslides in 18 prefectures (districts). Police officers and rescue teams have evacuated and rescued 8,70,000 people, and the rescue effort is still on. The rain which began last weekend has damaged more than 4,700 buildings in the Kyushu region according to a Kyodo News tally.
Washington, 8th July 2020: America officially withdraws from WHO
The World Health Organization is an agency of the United Nations, headquartered in Geneva, Switzerland, established on 7th April 1984. The United States (US) is one of the founding members of the WHO. The recent course of the pandemic COVID 19 upset the US president Donald Trump. Trump accused the WHO of ignoring the early signs of the virus and its contagious nature. He also blamed the WHO of biased attitude towards China. The country has a total of 3.05M confirmed corona cases and 133K deaths due to the virus.
The United States is the highest contributing WHO member. Trump threatened to suspend the annual contribution of $400 million to the WHO. Trump has now officially started the withdrawal procedure, which can take a year-time.
New Delhi, 7th July 2020: Reliance hit a new stock record
Reliance Industries (RIL) hit a new record in Monday’s early trade, where the company’s valuation rose to INR 11,73,677.35 crores from INR 40,508.8 crore. With the launch of Jio Meet, the company becomes the first domestic company to cross the INR 11.5 mid-cap mark.
JioMeet is very similar to Zoom, owning which RIL even received its share of criticism along with appreciations. JioMeet conference call can entertain 100 participants at a time. Unlike Zoom, there is no time-bound to a meeting, and a call can last up to 24 hours.
Brazil, 6th July 2020: New snake-like-species discovered.
Scientists from Brazil and the United States discovered snake-like venomous species. They belong to the amphibian, ringed caecilian family. Over 200 amphibian-caecilian were discovered to date. However, this is the first venomous amphibian-caecilian. The enzyme found in the dental sets of the species is A2 phospholipase, which is found in wasp, scorpions, and snakes.
Weekly Digest: General Knowledge
The Indian constitution has derived it’s position in world politics. The Indian constituent assembly was passed on 2nd November 1949. It formed after 2 years 11 months and 18 days on 26 January 1950. The constitution was delayed because of the Poorna swaraj demand by the Indian National Congress in Lahore session, Chaired by J.L Nehru, in 1929. On 26 January 1950 known as the Indian Republic Day, the constitution came into force, the constitution assembly adopted the national flag on 26 July 1947. The Indian national flag was designed by Pingali Venkayya.
The Indian constitution contained a preamble of 395 articles divided into 22 parts and 8 schedules. Presently, it has 465 articles divided into 25 parts and 12 schedules. Some of the provisions related to citizenship, elections, provincial parliament, etc. were given immediate effect soon after the constitution was passed.
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