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News in Short - 08-April-2020

Blood plasma as antidote

Date: 08 April 2020 Tags: Miscellaneous
  • The head of the World Health Organization emergency program (WHO) has recently stated, Convalescent Plasma would be a great idea and essential to pursue this old but yet effective way to treat coronavirus patients.
  • For converting plasma into an effective drug, the plasma is collected from patients’ blood (who are newly recovered), tested for sanctuary, and filtered to isolate those protecting antibodies.
  • During the Spanish Flu in 1918, The medical researchers published many reports illustrating how transmissions of blood plasma cells obtained from any infectious disease survivors may have contributed a 70% rebate in death amid rigorously ill patients.

Self-KYC for new Sim cards

Date: 08 April 2020 Tags: Services
  • The telecom companies have written to the government to allow a digital self-KYC process for issuing SIM cards to eliminate the need of physical visit to the stores.
  • As per the format suggested by the telcos, the customer will need to log in to the website or application of the respective operators and fill up details such as name, date of birth and address and provide proof of identity and address.
  • This process will not only eliminate the need for any physical contact but also ensures that the SIM is delivered only to the bona fide user of the service at the address mentioned in the proof of address.

James Bond actor Honor Blackman dies

Date: 08 April 2020 Tags: Obituaries
  • Honor Blackman, one of the most memorable co-stars of the early James Bond films, has died at the age of 94.
  • The actress shot to fame in her late 30s after playing legendary Bond girl Pussy Galore in the 1964 movie "Goldfinger", starring alongside Sean Connery.
  • Blackman also became well-known in Britain for playing the character Cathy Gale in the popular 1960s TV spy series 'The Avengers' alongside Patrick Macnee as the bowler-hatted John Steed.

Kannada actor Bullet Prakash passes away

Date: 08 April 2020 Tags: Obituaries
  • Popular Kannada comedy actor Bullet Prakash, who was known for his performances in films like Aithalakkadi and Aryan passed awayaged 44.
  • The actor participated in the second season of popular reality television show Bigg Boss. He had also shared screen space with top actors in Kannada film industry.
  • Prakash was fondly known as Bullet, as he was often seen riding a Royal Enfield Bullet. He had been a part of more than 300 films. He had joined Bharatiya Janata Party in 2015.

India lifts restrictions on drugs export

Date: 08 April 2020 Tags: India & World
  • India, the world’s main supplier of generic drugs, has lifted restrictions on the export of 24 pharmaceutical ingredients and medicines made from them.
  • India had restricted the exports of 26 ingredients and medicines on March 3. Paracetamol and its formulations accounted for two items on the original list.
  • The 26 active pharmaceutical ingredients and medicines accounted for 10 percent of all Indian pharmaceutical exports and include several antibiotics, such as tinidazole and erythromycin, the hormone progesterone and Vitamin B12.