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News in Short - 06-November-2020

Synthetic antibodies that can fight Covid

Date: 06 November 2020 Tags: Miscellaneous
  • Using a mouse model, researchers have recently shown that a synthetic antibody could neutralize SARS-CoV-2. This could help prevent infection as well as treat COVID-19 in those who already have it.
  • SARS-CoV-2, the new coronavirus, gains entry into cells in the body using a receptor called angiotensin-converting enzyme 2 (ACE2).
  • Researchers have now developed an antibody that stops the virus from attaching to the ACE2 receptor, ultimately preventing infection.
  • They say that healthcare professionals could use the antibody both before and after a person has had exposure to SARS-CoV-2. It could be especially beneficial for people who cannot receive a vaccine for health reasons.

India-made Covid-19 vaccine could be launched by February

Date: 06 November 2020 Tags: Miscellaneous
  • The government-backed Covid-19 vaccine could be launched as early as February - months earlier than expected - as last-stage trials have so far showed it is safe and effective.
  • Bharat Biotech, a private company that is developing COVAXIN with the government-run Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR), had earlier hoped to launch it only in the second quarter of next year.
  • Several leading vaccine candidates are already in final-stage testing. An experimental vaccine developed by Britain's AstraZeneca is among the most advanced ones, and Britain expects to roll it out in late December or early 2021.

Tripura bans hunting Amur falcon

Date: 06 November 2020 Tags: Biodiversity
  • Tripura government is contemplating to issue an order to inform the public that the migratory birds including the Amur falcons are covered under the Wildlife Protection Act enacted in 1972.
  • The Amur falcons mainly breed in south-eastern Siberia and fly thousands of miles to reach India. They are mostly visible in north-eastern states.
  • Nagaland has already notified the order to save the birds. It said hunting, trapping, killing, and selling of the bird could lead to three years of prison and a fine of rs 25,000.

Mental confusion early sign of Covid-19

Date: 06 November 2020 Tags: Miscellaneous
  • Delirium or mental confusion accompanied by fever could be an early symptom of COVID-19, particularly in elderly patients, according to a review of studies.
  • The research suggests that together with the loss of the senses of taste and smell, and headaches that occur in the days prior to the manifestation of coughing and breathing difficulties, some patients also develop delirium.
  • The review found that there are growing indications that the novel coronavirus also affects the central nervous system, and produces neurocognitive alterations, such as headaches and delirium.

Deserted wives and children entitled to alimony

Date: 06 November 2020 Tags: Judiciary & Judgments
  • The Supreme Court has held that deserted wives and children are entitled to alimony/maintenance from the husbands from the date they apply for it in a court of law.
  • In a significant judgment, the top court observed that women deserted by husbands were left in dire straits, often reduced to destitution, for lack of means to sustain themselves and their children.
  • The judgement laid down uniform and comprehensive guidelines for family courts, magistrates, and lower courts to follow while hearing the applications filed by women seeking maintenance from their estranged husbands.