Daily Current Affairs for UPSC Civil Services Exam – 08 March 2021

In Today’s News:

  1. Maitri Setu to be inaugurated.
  2. RRI’s new high-resolution platform to detect the effect of alcohol exposure in RBC.

1.Maitri Setu to be inaugurated

News Summary

Hon’ble Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi will inaugurate ‘Maitri Setu’ between India and Bangladesh on 9th March 2021 at 12 noon via video conferencing.

Prelims GS – International Relations

Maitri Setu:

(Note: The following points may also be used in questions related to India and Bangladesh Relations.)

  • The bridge ‘Maitri Setu’ has been built over the Feni river which flows between the Indian boundary in Tripura State and Bangladesh.
  • The name ‘Maitri Setu’ symbolizes growing bilateral relations and friendly ties between India and Bangladesh.
  • The construction was taken up by the National Highways and Infrastructure Development Corporation Ltd.
  • It is poised to herald a new chapter for trade and people-to-people movement between India and Bangladesh.
  • With this inauguration, Tripura is set to become the ‘Gateway of North East’ with access to Chittagong Port of Bangladesh, which is just 80 km from Sabroom.

Click here to view the Courtesy Official PIB Press Release.

2. RRI’s new high-resolution platform to detect the effect of alcohol exposure in RBC.

News Summary

Scientists from Raman Research Institute have custom-made a platform to detect the effect of prolonged alcohol exposure on Red Blood Cells (RBC) through high-resolution measurements of their size. The device made in RRI relies on the resistive pulse sensing principle.

Prelims GS – Science & Technology

  • RBC refers to Red Blood Cells.
  • Red blood cells carry fresh oxygen all over the body.
  • RBCs are also called Erythrocytes.
  • Red blood cells are round with a flattish, indented center, like doughnuts without a hole.
  • Hemoglobin is the protein inside red blood cells. It carries oxygen.
  • Red blood cells also remove carbon dioxide from your body, bringing it to the lungs for you to exhale.
  • Red blood cells are made in the bone marrow.
  • They typically live for about 120 days, and then they die.
  • Deficiency of RBC leads to anemia, leukemia, Fatigue, Thalassemia, etc.

Click here to view more about RBC on the Courtesy website.



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