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Current Affairs 20 June 2022

CONTENTS

  1. WTO Ministerial Conference
  2. World Day to Combat Desertification and Drought
  3. West Seti Power Project
  4. Auctioning 5G spectrum bands
  5. Critical information infrastructure
  6. Alzheimer’s disease

WTO Ministerial Conference


Context:

Recently, member countries of the World Trade Organization (WTO) wrapped up the Ministerial Conference’s twelfth outing (MC12) securing agreements on relaxing patent regulations to achieve global vaccine equity; ensuring food security, according subsidies to the fisheries sector and continuing moratoriums relevant to e-commerce, among others.

Relevance:

GS III- Indian Economy

Dimensions of the Article:

  1. World Trade Organization (WTO)
  2. Functions of WTO
  3. What is the WTO’s Ministerial Conference?
  4. Key takeaways from the 12th  Ministerial Conference of the WTO

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World Day to Combat Desertification and Drought


Context

Every year on June 17th, the World Day to Combat Desertification and Drought is commemorated.

  • Desertification and Drought Day was organised by the Ministry of Environment, Forestry, and Climate Change (MoEF&CC) on this day.

Relevance:

GS III- Environment and Ecology

Dimensions of the Article:

  1. Highlights of World Day to Combat Desertification and Droughts
  2. Understanding Desertification and Land Degradation
  1. What is Drought?
  2. About United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification.

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West Seti Power Project


Context:

India will be taking over an ambitious hydropower project in Nepal — West Seti — nearly four years after China withdrew from it, ending a six-year engagement between 2012 and 2018.

Relevance:

GS II- India & Its Neighborhood – Relations

Dimensions of the Article:

  1. What is West Seti Hydel Project?
  2. Power Relations Between India and Nepal: Importance
  3. Problems with project implementation
  4. India-Nepal Ties

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Auctioning 5G Spectrum Bands


Context:

Recently, the Union Cabinet, chaired by Prime Minister, gave its nod for the auction of spectrum that can be used to offer 5G services.

Relevance:

GS III- Science and Technology

Dimensions of the Article:

  1. About 5G
  2. Application of 5G
  3. What are the key issues?
  4. What benefits are likely to come with 5G?

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Critical Information Infrastructure


Context:

Recently, The Union Ministry of Electronics and IT (MeitY) has declared IT resources of ICICI Bank, HDFC Bank and UPI managing entity NPCI as ‘critical information infrastructure’.

Relevance:

GS II- Science and Technology

Dimensions of the Article:

  1. What is critical information infrastructure?
  2. Why is CII classification and protection necessary?
  3. What is Cyber Attack and Cyber Security?
  4. National Critical Information Infrastructure Protection Centre (NCIIPC)

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Alzheimer’s Disease


Context:

An experimental Alzheimer’s drug aimed at slowing or preventing cognitive decline in people has failed a clinical trial leading a blow to efforts to find a solution to fight back against the neurodegenerative disease.

Relevance:

GS III- Science and technology

Alzheimer’s Disease

  • Alzheimer’s disease is a chronic neurodegenerative disease that usually starts slowly and gradually worsens over time.
  • It is the cause of 60–70% of cases of dementia.
  • The most common early symptom is difficulty in remembering recent events.
  • The cause of Alzheimer’s disease is poorly understood, about 70% of the risk is believed to be inherited from a person’s parents, with many genes usually involved.
  • Other risk factors include a history of head injuries, depression, and hypertension.
  • No treatments stop or reverse its progression, though some may temporarily improve symptoms.

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