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WHO acknowledges that COVID-19 is airborne

On July 7, 2020, the World Health Organization acknowledged that COVID-19 is airborne. Highlight Around 200 scientists from national and international organizations submitted an open letter that was published in Clinical Infectious Diseases journal. The letter said that COVID-19 is airbone. The letter also submitted evidenced that the micro droplets and virus particles released by ..

India in top five list of Drug Seizures

The recently released World Drug Report by the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime reports that the fourth largest drug seizures in 2018 was from India. Highlights Iran had the world’s highest seizure of opium followed by Afghanistan and Pakistan. The report stated that 644 tonnes of opium was seized in Iran, 27 tonnes ..

What is Seabed 2030 Project?

The Nippon Foundation-GEBCO recently announced that it has finished mapping one-fifth of the world ocean floor under the Seabed 2030 Project. The Seabed 2030 project was launched in 2017 at the United Nations Ocean Conference to survey the ocean floor. Highlights When the project was launched in 2017, only 6% of the oceans was mapped ..

FAO issues Locust alert to India

On July 5, 2020, the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of United Nations issued locust alert for India. According to the organization, India should remain on “high alert” for the next four weeks. Highlights India is currently under the worst locust attack in 26 years. Rajasthan is the most affected state due to locust attack. ..

WHO team to visit China to investigate origins of COVID-19

A team from the World Health Organization is to visit China next week to investigate the origins of the COVID-19 virus. Highlights According to the Indian Chief Scientist Dr Soumya Swaminathan, the team will conduct a through research on how the virus transmitted to humans. Was there an intermediate animal or if the virus jumped ..

July 4: International Day of cooperatives

Every year, the International Day of Cooperatives is celebrated on July 4. The main aim of celebrating the day is to draw the world attention in creating awareness about the concerns in cooperative sector. History The first International Day of Cooperatives was celebrated in 1923. It was established by the International Cooperative Alliance. In 1995, ..

WHO endorses ICMR’s TrueNat test

The World Health Organization has endorsed TRueNat test of Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) for initial diagnosis of Tuberculosis. The test has also been endorsed for detection of Rifampicin resistance in children and adults. About the test The WHO has now endorsed three of the rapid molecular test of ICMR that are used in ..

Iran requests INTERPOL to issue “Red Notice” to President Trump

Iran had recently issued an arrest warrant for US President Donald Trump. Also, Iran has requested INTERPOL to issue a “Red Notice” and detain him from power. Iran believes that the drone strike that killed Irani General Qassem Soleimani was carried out under President Trump. INTERPOL INTERPOL is International Police Organization. It is not a ..