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Daily News Digest:14 September 2020

HINDI DIWAS BEING OBSERVED ACROSS THE COUNTRY

It is celebrated on the 14th of September, to commemorate the adoption of Hindi in Devanagari script as one of the official languages of India. 

Under Article 343 of the Indian Constitution, Hindi written in Devanagari script (a script that is used by over 120 languages) was adopted as the official language (of a country with a history of rich linguistic diversity).

EXPLAINED: UNDERSTANDING INDIA-CHINA FIVE POINT ACTION PLAN TO REDUCE LAC TENSION

External Affairs Minister S. Jaishankar and his Chinese counterpart Wang Yi agreed on a five-point course of action to disengage and reduce tensions along the Line of Actual Control (LAC). India considers the LAC to be 3,488 km long, while the Chinese consider it to be only around 2,000 km.

NEW RESEARCH : GRAPHENE MASK INACTIVATES CORONAVIRUSES UNDER SUNLIGHT

Researchers from the University of Hong Kong have produced graphene masks with an antibacterial efficiency of 80 percent, which can be raised to almost 100 percent with exposure to sunlight for 10 minutes. Graphene is known for antibacterial properties.

EXPLAINED : NUMBER OF GIANT RADIO GALAXIES

Indian Researchers working on giant radio galaxies (GRG) at Inter-University Centre for Astronomy and Astrophysics (IUCAA) Pune, India and Leiden University, Netherlands, have found nearly 400 new GRGs.

EXPLAINED : “FUNCTIONING OF THE VIRTUAL COURTS/COURTS PROCEEDINGS THROUGH VIDEOCONFERENCING”

In Virtual Courts, complaints and other documents are filed electronically, arguments are heard over video conferencing /teleconferencing, evidence is submitted digitally, judges decide cases online either presiding from the physical Courtroom or sitting in some other place. The Supreme Court has given legal sanctity to virtual courts by invoking Article 142 of the Constitution of India.

BRADYKININ STORM: COVID-19

Samples of patients with the Covid-19 infection have shown a phenomenon called a ‘bradykinin storm’. Bradykinin is a compound that is related to pain sensation and lowering blood pressure in the human body.

With storms, there is a leakage of fluid into the lungs which is combined with the excess hyaluronic acid that results in a Jelly-like substance, which prevents oxygen uptake and carbon dioxide in the lungs of severely affected COVID-19 patients.

EXPLAINED : MONSOON SESSION OF PARLIAMENT BEGINS

After several months of delay due to COVID-19, the monsoon session of the Parliament began. Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha will sit alternately in four-hour shifts (9 a.m.- 2 p.m. and 3 p.m. -7p.m.).

The president from time to time summons each House of Parliament to meet. The maximum gap between two sessions of Parliament cannot be more than six months.

EXPLAINED UTTAR PRADESH SPECIAL SECURITY FORCE

The state government aims to form the force in the next three months with 9,900 personnel in the first phase. It will be responsible for security of vital government and private buildings, and industrial establishments. As per Uttar Pradesh Special Security Force (UPSSF) Act, 2020, the force will not require magistrate’s order or warrants to make an arrest or conduct searches.

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