Daily Current Affairs for UPSC Civil Services Exam – 29 March 2021

In Today’s  News:

  1. H5N1 influenza
  2. NRC.

1. H5N1 influenza

News Summary

Migratory birds were found dead in Himachal Pradesh’s Pong Dam Wildlife sanctuary. Officials suspect the death due to Avian Influenza(H5N1) but still waiting for the official results to come.

Prelims GS – Science & Technology

  • H5N1 is a type of influenza virus that causes a highly infectious, severe respiratory disease in birds called avian influenza (or “bird flu”).
  • Human cases of H5N1 avian influenza occur occasionally, but it is difficult to transmit the infection from person to person.
  • Almost all cases of H5N1 infection in people have been associated with close contact with infected live or dead birds, or H5N1-contaminated environments.
  • The virus does not infect humans easily, and spread from person to person appears to be unusual.
  • There is no evidence that the disease can be spread to people through properly prepared and thoroughly cooked food.
  • The symptoms of H5N1 infection may include fever (often high fever, > 38°C) and malaise, cough, sore throat, and muscle aches. Other early symptoms may include abdominal pain, chest pain, and diarrhea.

Click here to view the FAQs on H5N1 on the WHO website.

2. NRC

News Summary

The Central Government has told the Assam Government to issue rejection slips to those who were excluded from the NRC which was published in 2019.

Prelims GS – Governance


  • The National Register of Citizens (NRC) is the register containing details of all Indian citizens.
  • After conducting the Census of 1951, the National Register of Citizens (NRC) was prepared by recording particulars of all the persons enumerated during the 1951 Census.
  • National Register of Citizens (NRC) updation basically means the process of enlisting the names of all citizens residing in Assam at the time of NRC updation.
  • The NRC will be updated as per the provisions of The Citizenship Act, 1955 and The Citizenship (Registration of Citizens and Issue of National Identity Cards) Rules, 2003.
  • As such, eligibility for inclusion in updated NRC shall be determined based on the NRC, 1951, Electoral Rolls up to the midnight of 24th March 1971 and in their absence the list of admissible documents issued up to midnight of 24th March 1971.

Click here to view the official Assam Government website regarding NRC.




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