PM MODI CALLS FOR COVID-19 EMERGENCY FUND FOR SAARC

Focus: GS-II International Relations, GS-III Science and Technology, Disaster Management, Prelims Why in news? The South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) should create a fund to fight the threat of COVID-19, Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced on 15th March 2020 – Addressing the first ever video conference among the heads of governments of the […]

EXPLAINED | WHY IS COVID-19 NOT A PANDEMIC YET?

Focus: GS-III Science and Technology Why in news? On February 26, for the first time since the COVID-19 outbreak began in China on December 8, the number of novel coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2) cases reported in a single day was more outside mainland China than within the country. All about the Spread of Corona Virus Coronaviruses are […]

SHANGHAI LAB THAT FIRST SEQUENCED CORONAVIRUS GENOME SHUT DOWN

Focus: GS-III Science and Technology Why in news? A Shanghai-based lab — Shanghai Public Health Clinical Center & School of Public Health — at Fudan University which was the first to sequence the whole genome of the novel coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2) and publicly share the data on January 11 was shut down on January 12 for […]

NCBS METHOD TO DETECT VIRUS ASSOCIATED WITH A RARE SKIN CANCER

Focus: GS-III Science and Technology, Prelims Why in news? A team from National Centre for Biological Sciences, Bengaluru, has developed a diagnostic system to detect the presence of Merkel cell polyomavirus in Merkel cell carcinoma tumours. The researchers have developed a test using the CRISPR-CAS12 technology. This is an important development, both, from the point […]