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News in Short - 24-October-2019

Pancreatic and colorectal cancer up by 10% in 30 years

Date: 24 October 2019 Tags: Miscellaneous
  • Global death rates for pancreatic cancer and incidence rates for colorectal cancer both increased by 10 per cent between 1990 and 2017 according to a major study.
  • Pancreatic cancer is one of the world's deadliest cancers, with an overall five-year survival rate of just five per cent in high, middle and low-income countries.
  • The increase is related to a rise in the prevalence of obesity and diabetes, as reflected by the risk factors of high BMI and higher blood glucose levels.
  • The study also indicated that the risk factors for colorectal cancer are different in males and females.
  • Alcohol use, smoking and diets low in calcium, milk and fiber had a considerable burden on males. For females, dietary risks, but not alcohol use or smoking, were found to be the most attributable risks.

Paralympic champion MariekeVercoort passes away

Date: 24 October 2019 Tags: Obituaries
  • Paralympic champion Marieke Vervoort passed away in Belgium after she went through euthanasia.
  • Vervoort, 40, won gold and silver medals in 2012 at the London Paralympics in wheelchair racing, and two more medals three years ago in Rio de Janeiro.

Foreign satellites to be launched on PSLV

Date: 24 October 2019 Tags: Space
  • The ISRO Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV) is set to take 14 foreign satellite in its next 3 flights.
  • The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) will have one of its earth observation satellites as the larger primary payload on each of the three PSLV flights.
  • PSLV was developed to allow India to launch its Indian Remote Sensing (IRS) satellites into sun-synchronous orbits.

Loudest bird, white bellbird

Date: 24 October 2019 Tags: Biodiversity
  • The white bellbird had been identified as the bird with the loudest voice according to new study.
  • According to the study, the male white bellbird’s mating call is about three times louder than screaming phias, the previously loudest bird singer.

New UIDAI chief

Date: 24 October 2019 Tags: Appointments & Resignations
  • Pankaj Kumar, the additional secretary in the ministry of electronics and information technology, will be the CEO of the Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI), which issues Aadhaar.
  • On the other hand senior IAS officer Sanjeev Nandan Sahai was on Tuesday appointed the new power secretary replacing Subhash Chander Garg, who had sought voluntary retirement.