Daily Current Affairs for UPSC Civil Services Exam – 22 June 2020

Daily Current Affairs for UPSC Civil Services Exam – 22 June 2020

In Today’s News:

  1. NGT fines Karnataka Government over pollution in the lake.
  2. Hyderabad firm gets approval from DCGI for generic Remdesivir.
  3. Jal Jeevan Mission requires additional funds.
  4. Golden langurs face forced abortion and infanticide.

1. NGT fines Karnataka Government over pollution in the lake

News Summary

The National Green Tribunal has imposed a penalty of Rs.10 lakhs on the Karnataka Government over pollution in the Kithiganahalli Lake, near Bommasandra in Bengaluru. The authorities have not stopped the discharge of pollutants into water bodies and NGT terms it as a criminal offense.

Prelims GS – Environment / Polity

National Green Tribunal:

Refer for the Prelims content of NGT in Gas Leak Case on 4th June 2020.

2. Hyderabad firm gets approval from DCGI for generic Remdesivir

News Summary

A drug maker company named Hetero from Hyderabad has got its approval from DCGI ( Drug Controller General of India) for the use of a generic version Remdesivir for the treatment of COVID-19 patients. This generic version of Remdesivir will be marketed under the name ‘Covifor’ in India by the Hetero which is being manufactured in Hyderabad.

Prelims GS – Polity

DCGI and CDSCO:
  • Drug Controller General of India
  • DCGI is under the scope and he/she is considered to be the Head of the Central Drugs Standard Control Organization (CDSCO). 
  • CDSCO is under the Directorate General of Health Services, Ministry of Health and Family welfare. 

Mini Insights

Mains GS2 – Polity

Functions of DCGI and CDSCO:
  • Under the Drugs and Cosmetics Act 1940 and rules 1945, CDSCO mainly DCGI is responsible for
    • approval of Drugs,
    • Conduct of Clinical Trials,
    • laying down the standards for Drugs,
    • control over the quality of imported drugs in the country and
    • coordination of the activities of State Drug Control Organizations by providing expert advice to bring uniformity in the enforcement of the Drugs and Cosmetics Act.
  • Drug Controller General of India is mainly responsible for the approval of licenses of specified categories of drugs such as blood and blood products, I. V. Fluids, Vaccine, and Sera.

For more information on CDSCO and DCGI, visit the official website.

3. Jal Jeevan Mission requires additional funds

News Summary

Jal Jeevan Mission is facing a shortage of funds. So, Jal Shakti Ministry is asking for additional funding of Rs.82000 crore from the 15th Finance Commission for Jal Jeevan Mission which is a project to provide drinking water tap connections to every rural household by 2024.

Prelims GS – Economic Development

Jal Jeevan Mission:

Refer for the Prelims content of Jal Jeevan Mission on 14th June 2020.

Mini Insights

Mains GS3 – Economic Development

Refer Mains content of Jal Jeevan Mission on 14th June 2020.

4. Golden langurs face forced abortion and infanticide

News Summary

In a study made by the primatologists, they found that Golden langurs especially Female Golden langurs are often faced with forced abortion and infanticide by the new male Golden langurs when he takes over the deposed male langur. They face the issue of electrocution due to the electric wires in the forests. This will explode as a serious issue in the future and will lead to species destruction.

Daily current affairs - Golden Langurs

Prelims GS – Environment

Golden Langurs:
  • Golden Langurs are an endangered species of monkey.
  • They are found only in Assam and parts of Bhutan.
  • Gee’s golden langur (Trachypithecus geei) is endemic to the semi-evergreen and mixed-deciduous forests of India and Bhutan.
  • Mostly they are found in the Kakoijana forest in Assam.
  • The golden langurs in Assam are surrounded in by three rivers — the Brahmaputra in the south, Manas in east and Sonkosh in west
  • IUCN Status: Endangered

 

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