Daily Current Affairs for UPSC Civil Services Exam – 05 May 2021

In Today’s News:

  1. AYUSH 64 repurposed for COVID-19.
  2. Asiatic Lions.

1. AYUSH 64 repurposed for COVID-19

News Summary

Described by experts as a ray of hope in the time of the pandemic, the polyherbal drug AYUSH- 64 which was originally developed in 1980 for treatment of malaria, has now been repurposed for Covid 19. The trials led by reputed scientists of the country showed AYUSH 64 has notable antiviral, immune-modulator, and antipyretic properties. It is found to be useful in the treatment of asymptomatic, mild, and moderate COVID-19 infection. Consequently, the drug is now repurposed for COVID-19.

Prelims GS – Science & Technology

  • Ayush-64 is an Ayurvedic formulation, developed by the Central Council for Research in Ayurvedic Sciences (CCRAS), the apex body for research in Ayurveda under the Ministry of Ayush.
  • Originally developed in 1980 for the management of Malaria, this drug has now been repurposed for Covid 19 as its ingredients showed notable antiviral, immune-modulator, and antipyretic properties.
  • The in-silico study done on Ayush 64 showed that 35 out of 36 of its Phyto-constituents have a high binding affinity against COVID 19 virus.
  • The formulation has also shown very promising results in Influenza-like illnesses.
  • With scientific evidence generated from 06 clinical studies across India, Ayush 64 has been identified as a potential adjunct to standard care in the management of asymptomatic, mild, and moderate COVID 19 to improve the clinical recovery and quality of life.
  • It can be taken by patients at any stage of the COVID-19 disease.
  • Ayush-64 is found to significantly enhance the speed of clinical recovery in terms of disease symptoms and severity.
  • It also has significant beneficial effects on general health, fatigue, anxiety, stress, appetite, general wellbeing, and sleep.

Click here to view the official PIB Press Release on AYUSH64 FAQs.

2. Asiatic Lions

News Summary

Eight Asiatic lions housed in Nehru Zoological Park (NZP), Hyderabad have tested positive for the SARS-CoV2 virus.

Prelims GS – Environment

Asiatic Lions:
  • Asiatic lions are slightly smaller than African lions.
  • Scientific Name:Panthera leo persica
  • Gir National Park and Wildlife Sanctuary is the only abode of the Asiatic lion.
  • Asiatic Lions are listed in Schedule I of Wildlife (Protection) Act 1972, in Appendix I of CITES.
  • IUCN Red List Status: Endangered.
  • The most striking morphological character, which is always seen in Asiatic lions, and rarely in African lions, is a longitudinal fold of skin running along its belly.
  • The last surviving population of the Asiatic lions is a compact tract of dry deciduous forest and open grassy scrublands in the southwestern part of the Saurashtra region of Gujarat.

Click here to view the Courtesy: WWF website.




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