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Daily Current Affairs Answer & Explanation : 19 February 2021
A novel virus detected in Australian mosquitoes has been named the Yada Yada virus (YYV).
When the team of researchers extracted RNA from a large number of mosquitoes in Australia’s Victoria state, they found a new alphavirus, which belonged to a group that includes other alphaviruses such as chikungunya virus and the astern equine encephalitis.
Yada Yada is an alphavirus, a group of viruses that the researchers described as small, single-stranded positive-sense RNA viruses.
Even so, the novel virus poses no threat to human beings, because it is a part of a group of viruses that only infect mosquitoes.
Other viruses in the same group include the Tai forest alphavirus and the Agua Salud alphavirus.
In China, the disease is caused by a Coronavirus, a member of a family of viruses that can cause respiratory ailments ranging from colds to pneumonia.
China to develop a multi-billion-dollar deep sea port in Myanmar’s Kyaukpyu town along the Bay of Bengal.
A development that will concern India which already has two Chinese-built ports around it.
Under China’s Belt and Road project, the deal between Beijing and Nay Pyi Taw was signed recently after years of stalled talks over the financing of the project.
Located on the western coast of Myanmar in Rakhine state, the scaled-down port, part of a special economic zone (SEZ).
Global Trade Alertis an initiative of Centre for Economic Policy Research that provides timely information on state interventions that are likely to affect foreign commerce. It includes state interventions affecting trade in goods and services, foreign investment and labour force migration.
The Global Trade Alert (GTA) was launched in June 2009 when it was feared that the global financial crisis would lead governments to adopt widespread restrictions on trade.
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India placed 117th among 190 countries on the Women Business and the Law (WBL) 2020 Index to measure economic empowerment of women, released by World Bank recently.
India scored 74.4 on a par with Benin and Gambia and way below least developed countries like Rwanda and Lesotho.
The global average was 75.2 — a slight increase from 73.9 in the previous index released in 2017.
The study tracked “how laws affect women at different stages in their working lives and focusing on those laws applicable in the main business city”.
The Index is based on the countries’ formal laws and regulations that have a bearing on women’s economic participation, covering eight areas (eg, parenthood, equality of pay).
Only eight economies scored a perfect 100 — Belgium, Canada, Denmark, France, Iceland, Latvia, Luxembourg, and Sweden.
Those countries have ensured equal legal standing to men and women on all the eight indicators of the index.
‘Bahadurpur’ and ‘Kheri Viran’ villages in Uttar Pradesh are set to become India’s first ‘Model Sports Villages’.
It is a part of Institute of Management Technology (IMT) Ghaziabad’s plan to evolve a sports culture in the country.
Under the ‘Adarsh Khel Gram’ program, IMT in association with NGO ‘Sports: A Way of Life’, will evolve sports culture and increase sports literacy in the twin villages.