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11 October 2017 Current Affairs from the Hindu

Kunal Sir, Published On:11-Oct-2017


1. Passive euthanasia


·        It is defined as the act of withdrawing life support to a terminally-ill patient.

·        There is already a law for it.

·        In 2011, Supreme Court had issued comprehensive guidelines and allowed passive euthanasia in the case of Mumbai nurse Aruna Shanbaug.

·        The staff of KEM Hospital took care of Aruna Shanbaug till her natural death in 2015.

·        Recently, the government said that they are finalising a draft law on passive euthanasia which will be called “The Management of Patients with Terminal illness – Withdrawal of Medical Life Support Bill”.

·        This bill is drawn up in line with the recommendations of the Law Commission of India which recommended that the life support can be withdrawn for patients in persistent vegetative state (PVS) or suffering irreversible medical condition.

·        But the centre rejected to legalise the concept of “Living Will”.

·        Living Will: an advance written directive to physicians for end-of-life medical care.

·        This is rejected as it may lead to the abuse and neglect of the elderly, especially if they were financially well-off.

Source: The Hindu



2. Prakash Raj receives Karanth Award


·        Prakash Raj is an actor and film-maker.

·        He received Kota ShivaramKaranthHutturaPrashasti award.

·        This award is given on the name of kotaShivaramKaranth who was a kannada writer, social activist, environmentalist and an artist.

·        He was the third writer to be awarded Jnanpith award for Kannada.

Source: The Hindu



3. Aspirant scientists may first need to tell a story


·        The Department of Science and Technology is planning a scheme in which the doctoral candidates in science programmes need to publish at least one “popular science” article which will explain their research. They need to do this before they and their degree.

·        This will encourage scientists to take science communication more seriously and better engage with the common citizens.

·        Earlier, also government launched a dedicated television channel that would focus on science discoveries and research in Indian Laboratories.

Source: The Hindu



4. U.P. plans 100-metre Ram statute


·        The state government has proposed to build a giant statue of Lord Rama on the banks of Saryu river in Ayodhya.

·        The proposed statue can be 100 metres in height.

·        The statue will be built on the receipt of clearance by the National Green Tribunal.

·        This statue will be a part of NavyaAyodhya scheme of Tourism department.

·        NavyaAyodhya scheme is to develop Ayodhya as a tourist hub.

Source: The Hindu



5. Nisha Biswal made USIBC President


·        She is a former U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for South and Central Asia.

·        She has been appointed president of the U.S.-India Business Council (USIBC).

·        USIBC is a forum of U.S. businesses under the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.

Source: The Hindu



6. WHO releases new guidelines to manage obesity in children


·        WHO released new guideline on how trained professional can better identify youngsters in need of help.

·        India has the second highest number of obese children in the world after China.

·        The WHO guidelines titled “Assessing and managing children at primary healthcare facilities to prevent overweight and obesity in the context of the double burden of malnutrition” provides updates for the Integrated Management of Childhood illness (IMCI).

·        The WHO guidelines includes counselling, dieting and assessment of eating habits along with the usual weight and height measurements.

Source: The Hindu

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