Current Affairs of 31 Dec 2017
Keshav Kishore, Published On:31-Dec-2017
1. National Medical Commission Bill introduced in Loksabha
• The Bill seeks to replace the Medical Council of India (MCI) with a new body named National Medical Commission.
• This bill has a provision of joint sitting of the National Medical Commission, the Central Council of Homoeopathy and the Central Council of Indian Medicine at least once a year.
• It also provides for the constitution of four autonomous boards entrusted with conducting undergraduate and postgraduate education, assessment and rating of medical institutions.
• It also has a provision of a common entrance exam and exit exam which all medical graduates will have to clear to get practicing license.
• The 25 member national commission will replace the elected MCI and its chairman will be nominated by government and board members will be selected by a search committee under the Cabinet Secretary.
2. Artificial Intelligence diagnoses asthma
• Using Nuclear Magnetic Resonance (NMR) spectra of exhaled breath condensate researchers have been able to improve the diagnosis of childhood asthma and even identified three subtypes – subtype 1, subtype 2 & subtype 3.
• Subtype 1 showed a typical signature of ammonia metabolite but have no family history of asthma. Subtype 2 carries high eosinophil count and rest is same as subtype 1. Subtype 3 has lower blood eosinophilia and elevated neutrophilia compared with the other two subtypes.
• The algorithm has 80% sensitivity and 75% specificity in identifying childhood asthma.
3. KKR & Co is the first Foreign-Owned ARC
• KKR & Co the US buyout giant became the first foreign investor to fully own an Asset Reconstruction Company (ARC) in India.
• The company’s headquarter is in New York which plans to set up a separate managed company to put bad loans and become expert in reviving the assets.
• RBI has given approval for this foreign ARC.
4. World’s largest human genome research project in China
• The project is launched by China of 100,000 people.
• This is a project to detect genetic links between health and sickness.
• This project aims to help generate the precision medicine of the future.
5. Indian History Congress is in Kolkata this time
• The 78th session of IHC passed a resolution condemning the attack on freedom of speech and urged historians and common people to defend the cause of objectivity in history.
• This time IHC have six sections – Ancient India, Medieval India, Modern India, Countries other than India, Archeology and Contemporary India.
• It has also announced a project to prove that Adam’s Bridge was not natural but made by humans.
• The aim of conducting IHC is for promotion and encouragement of detailed and specific study of Indian History.