22nd Aug Current Affairs News Analysis | Prelims & Mains 2020

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22nd Aug Current Affairs News Analysis | Prelims & Mains 2020

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IASbhai 22nd Aug Current Affairs News Analysis | Prelims & Mains 2020 is an initiative to dilute major articles from leading Newspapers in India which are most relevant to UPSC preparation –‘THE HINDU, LIVEMINT , INDIAN EXPRESS’ and help millions of readers who find difficulty in answer writing and making notes everyday. Hence we choose articles on daily basis and analyse them with respect to UPSC PRELIMS 2020.

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BLUE COLOUR : Important Links/Survey.

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Today's Must Read Articles : Today's Must Read Articles :

Tribes India Showroom

      HEADLINES:

Shri Arjun Munda e-inaugurates “Tribes India Showroom” in Mumbai through video conference

      WHY IN NEWS:

Tribes India expands its retail network to 122 outlets across the country

MINISTRY? :-Ministry of Tribal Affairs
SYLLABUS COVERED: GS 1 : 3 : Tribes : Van Dhan Yojana

      CONTEXT: 

THE MISSION

  • The mission to empower the downtrodden tribal people, by promoting the economic welfare of their communities across India .
  • TRIFED, as the national nodal agency for tribal welfare, started the procurement and marketing of tribal art and craft items through its network of retail outlets called Tribes India.
  • TRIFED, Ministry of Tribal Affairs has initiated these path-breaking initiatives that have a wide-ranging impact.

SIGNIFICANCE

  • In a bid to boost sales , Tribes India on Wheels – mobile vans stacked fully immunity boosters and other tribal products – has now been launched.

These will take these products directly to the customer’s doorstep in 150 cities across the country.

  • Tribal arts and character is being displayed attractively in this flagship store in the tinsel town and the financial capital, Mumbai .
  • Handiwork of these artisans and communities, which is essentially made from the heart, will now get a bigger market.
  • Besides stocking products – arts and crafts from all the 27 Indian states, this is the first stop to focus primarily on Van Dhan essentials .
  • Due to the suddenness of the pandemic and the immediate lockdown, stocks by tribal artisans worth crores had been lying unsold.

      IASbhai WINDUP: 

  • The TRIBES INDIA outlet which is located in the prestigious area of Fort is the third in the city of Mumbai.
  • The newly-inaugurated outlet at Mumbai is the 122nd Tribes India outlet across the country.
  • TRIFED continues its endeavour towards protecting and furthering the interests of the tribal communities across the country.
SUGGESTED READING : www.tribesindia.com 
     SOURCES:THE HINDU & PIB | 22nd Aug Current Affairs News Analysis

Thumbimahotsavam : Dragonfly festival

      HEADLINES:

Kerala readies to host its first dragonfly festival

      WHY IN NEWS:

‘Thumbimahotsavam’ will encourage varied participation, with Pantalu as its official mascot

SYLLABUS COVERED: GS 1 : Festivals

      CONTEXT: 

THUMBIMAHOTSAVAM

The WWF-India Kerala unit has joined hands with the Society for Odonate Studies (SOS) and Thumbipuranam for the first-ever State Dragonfly Festival in Kerala, named Thumbimahotsavam 2020.

22nd Aug Current Affairs News Analysis

Pantalu’ is the official mascot for the festival.

  • Several programmes are set to be rolled out in the coming months to reach out to various sections of society.

A ‘dragonfly backyard watch’ has been announced to enhance the participation of people and improve their observation skills.

  • It will be a citizen science project in view of COVID-19 restrictions.
  • A social media campaign is also on to spread the message around.
  • A field guide on the common dragonflies of Kerala, and a children’s dragonfly colouring and activity book are also under development.

KNOWLEDGE HUB

  • Various competitions will also be organised.
  • The festival is expected to culminate with the State dragonfly summit, which is likely to be held in January.

ORGANISERS

  • WWF India
  • Bombay Natural History Society
  • Indian Dragonfly Society in association
  • National Biodiversity Board
  • United Nations Environment Programme
  • United Nations Development Programme
  • International Union for Conservation of Nature.

      IASbhai WINDUP: 

  • Training of trainers will be organised to so that more people can serve as resource persons for the upcoming events.
  • This will be followed by a series of webinars, commencing from September and targeting the public, especially children and youth.
     SOURCES:THE HINDU & PIB |22nd Aug Current Affairs News Analysis

Dengue may pose risk of misdiagnosis

      HEADLINES:

Dengue may pose risk of misdiagnosis

      WHY IN NEWS:

Can dengue be sometimes mistaken for COVID-19?

SYLLABUS COVERED: GS 3:Health:Diseases

      ISSUE: 

Scientists warn, could lead to misdiagnoses and skew public health responses in places where dengue is endemic and known to seasonally spike.

Two independent research studies — one from a group in Israel and another from the Council of Scientific and Industrial Research-Indian Institute of Chemical Biology (CSIR-IICB) in Kolkata .

RESULT ANALYSIS

  • This also prompts deeper investigation into whether there are crucial similarities in the structure of these viruses.
  • The study from Israel, that was published in the peer-reviewed Clinical Infectious Diseases last week, describes testing 55 people, who had been confirmed to have a SARS-CoV-2 infection, for dengue.
  • This was done using a serology test, or a blood-based test, where antibodies produced by the body during a dengue infection are used to probe for the presence of the virus.
  • The principle is that when an antibody binds to a specific place on the virus, called an antigen, like a key that goes into a lock, a test is returned as ‘positive’.

Antibodies and antigens are highly specific to each other.

  • Among the 55, 12 (21%) returned positive.
  • Because the viruses that causes dengue and coronaviruses belong to entirely different families.

      IASbhai WINDUP: 

  • It is not expected for one to show affinity to the other.
  • Further, another lot of 95 samples obtained from patients diagnosed with dengue before September 2019, or the advent of COVID-19, targeting the spike (S) protein, was positive.
     SOURCES:THE HINDU & PIB |22nd Aug Current Affairs News Analysis

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