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Current Affairs of 14 Jan 2018

Keshav Kishore, Published On:14-Jan-2018



1.       Monument Bill is to be passed by Rajya Sabha

• There will be amendment in Ancient Monument and Archeological Sites and Remains Act, 1958 by the new monument bill.

• The original act prohibits any construction activities within 100 metres range of protected sites.

• The amendments have brought in the backdrop of bottlenecks for infrastructure projects such as six-lane for Delhi-Kanpur highway which passes nearby Akbar’s tomb in Sikandra, UP.

• Many historians and archeologists have opposed such amendments and sought fear for monument preservation.


2.       JioCoin: India’s cryptocurrency

• Reliance Jio is planning to create its own cryptocurrency, JioCoin.

• There will be a 50 member team to work on blockchain technology, which can be used for multiple applications and develop various blockchain products.

• Blockchain is a digital ledger for storing data across a peer-to-peer network.

• The data is not stored on physical servers but on cloud, which makes it easy to store unlimited data and can be accessed in real-time.


3.       Protein regulates skin cancer and pigmentation

• A calcium sensor protein (STIM1) identified by researchers of Institute of Genomics and Integrative Biology (IGIB), regulates both skin cancer and pigmentation.

• This research has opened up the possibility of developing drug molecules that target specific sites in the STIM1 protein to control tumour growth and regulate pigmentation.

• This protein is also used to treat breast cancer and prostrate cancer.

• Using this research it has been observed that calcium entry into cells can be an attractive chemotherapy target.


4.        Sanskrit effect: Memorizing Vedic mantras increases size of brain

• In the journal Scientific American, there is an observation that memorizing Vedic mantras increases the size of brain regions associated with cognitive functions such as short-term and long-term memory.   

• The research conducted in National Brain Research Centre (NBRC) at Manesar in Haryana in which 42 volunteers participated.

• The method called structural magnetic resonance was used to examine brains of all the 42 participants.

• Tradition of Vedic chanting was also enshrined into “UNESCO Intangible list of cultural heritage of humanity” in the year 2008.


5.       1984 Riots: Justice Dhingra is new SIT chief

• The Supreme Court has appointed Justice S.N.Dhingra as chairman of its Special Investigation Team, to further investigate 186 cases in connection with 1984 riots.

• By appointing a committee under the chairmanship of a former Delhi High Court judge the apex court has decided to investigate theses cases independently.

• The SIT would have three members other than the chairman; all other members are IPS officers.


 Source: The Hindu, The Indian Express








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