The Chinese Cyber Regulator recently launched a hotline to report online criticism that defame the ruling Communist Party and its history. The regulator has vowed to crack down “Historical Nihilists” ahead of the hundredth anniversary of the Communist party that falls in July 2021.
The hotline launched will allow people to report fellow netizens who create defaming comments about the ruling communist party and its history. The defaming also includes attacking policies, leadership, defaming political heroes and denying the excellence of advanced socialist culture.
The “Historical Nihilism” has become a phrase used in China to describe scepticism and public doubt over the ruling communist party. This is because people in the country have been strongly criticising several policies of the Chinese Government. In return, the government has been increasing restrictions to bring such criticisms under control. The following are some of the strict and widely criticised control measures of the Chinese Government:
Nihilism is expressing some form of negation towards life or towards fundamental concepts such as existence, knowledge and meaning of life.
The film “Nomadland” won four prizes at the BAFTA awards. BAFTA is British Academy of Film and Television Arts.
The Himalayan kingdom Bhutan has recently completed vaccinating 93% of its adult population in the world.
Bhutan is a Buddhist country. The first dose of COVID-19 vaccine was administered to a woman born in the year of the monkey along with Buddhist prayers. This depicts the seriousness of the Bhutanese towards the vaccination. Also, an auspicious Buddhist date was chosen to administer the vaccines. In fact, they waited till March 27th to begin the vaccination!
Dessuup is the highest form of voluntary act in Bhutan. They are trained volunteers wearing an orange uniform. The Dessuup programme was first started in 2011. Under the programme, Bhutan has so far trained 4,457 Bhutanese.
India has a major role in the vaccination success of Bhutan. India has been constantly supporting Bhutan in the fields of Defence, Education, Health, Science and Technology.
Bhutan is currently receiving help from the Indian Space Research Organisation to launch its own satellite in 2021. India and Bhutan are to jointly develop INS-2B. As a part of this, Bhutan scientists were trained in India.
India stood by Bhutan during the Doklam crisis. Doklam is a disputed region between China and Bhutan. India does not claim Doklam but supports Bhutan’s claim over the region. During the stand off, India launched Operation Juniper. Under the operation, India sent 270 Indian troops to stop the Chinese troops from constructing a road in the disputed region (dispute between China and Bhutan).
The G20 Finance Ministers recently nodded to the International Monetary Fund to provide fresh Special Drawing Rights to its member countries. The IMF has been permitted to provide SDR of worth 650 million USD to the member countries. This will help boost the reserves of all nations and will avoid pushing low-income countries into further distress.
The G20 Finance Ministers including India opposed the general allocation of new Special Drawing Rights by the IMF. This is because this will not ease financial pressures created by COVID-19.
The new Special Drawing Rights is being issued by the International Monetary Fund to help the least developed and developing countries that are facing high foreign exchange crisis due to COVID-19.
The SDR is mainly used as a unit of account for internal accounting purposes. It helps the IMF manage exchange rate volatility of any single currency.
When SDRs are allocated to an IMF member country, the members are given two positions. They are the SDR allocations and SDR holdings. The countries receive interest on their SDR holdings and pay interest based on their SDR allocations.
On April 12, 2021, India reported 168,912 new COVID-19 cases in the last twenty four hours. With this, the total number of COVID-19 cases in India increased to 13.53 million making India, the second most COVID-19 struck country in the world. Previously, Brazil was the second most COVID-19 hit country in the world. The US remains the most COVID-19 affected country in the world. The number of COVID-19 cases in the US has touched 31.2 million.
The India SARS-COV-2 Consortium on Genomics (INSACOG) recently carried out a genomic sequencing on the latest samples of COVID-19. Accordingly, an increase in the fraction of samples with L452 and E484Q mutations has been discovered. These two mutations in COVID-19 virus have come together and are causing the double mutation problem in India. The double mutant variant of COVID-19 has been named as B.1.617.
INSACOG is a group of ten national laboratories that have come together under Ministry of Health to address COVID-19 issues. The laboratories under INSACOG carry out testing process to map the genetic code of the virus. So far, the double mutant variety has been found in eight countries. They are UK, Australia, Singapore, US, etc.
If the double mutation occurs in the spike protein of the virus, then the chances of the virus escaping the immune system is high.
The Union Education Minister Shri Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank recently presented the AICTE Lilavati Awards, 2020 in New Delhi. The awards were presented based on the theme “Women Empowerment”. The winners were selected by AICTE (All India Council for Technical Education) in six sub themes.
The winners selected in six sub themes were as follows:
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Topics: AICTE • lilavati award • Women Empowerment
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