Daily Current Affairs Questions: 09 October 2020
- A US drug company started research to develop therapies for treating underlying genetic causes of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), a fatal neurological disorder better known as Lou Gehrig’s disease.
- Gene-editing tools such as CRISPR/Cas9 can rearrange the genetic code to potentially treat diseases driven by genetic mutations or abnormalities.
- None of the drinking water samples randomly collected from across Delhi conforms to the ISO standards of purity in one or more requirements, the Bureau of Indian Standards (BIS) informed the Supreme Court recently.
- It was found as per, IS 10500:2012 specification for Drinking Water.
- The standard was adopted by the Bureau of Indian Standards with the following objectives,
The seven chemicals banned are –
(iii) Hexabromodiphenyl ether and Hepta Bromodiphenyl Ether (Commercial octa-BDE),
(iv) Tetrabromodiphenyl ether and Pentabromodiphenyl ether (Commercial penta-BDE),
(vi) Hexabromocyclododecane, and
(vii) Hexachlorobutadiene, which were already listed as POPs under Stockholm Convention.
The Union government will soon re-adopt the Build-Operate-Transfer(BOT) model over the Hybrid Annuity Model (HAM) for executing highway projects.
- HAM was brought in by the government in 2015 to encourage private participation and it served the purpose for a few years till banks red-flagged lending for these projects.
- HAM is a mix of Engineering, Procurement and Construction (EPC) and BOT format
- The novel coronavirus disease that emerged in Wuhan, China, in the final days of last year, is now in at least 47 countries around the world, spanning every continent except Antarctica.
- The World Health Organisation (WHO) and other health authorities have so far been referring only to a COVID-19“outbreak”, which WHO on January 30 declared was a “Public Health Emergency of International Concern”.