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Current Affairs of 8 Feb 2018

Keshav Kishore, Published On:08-Feb-2018


1.       Mahamastakbhisheka of Lord Bahubali in Shravanabelagola

• The Mahamastakabhisheka ceremony was held in Sharavanabelagola in the presence of President Ram Nath Kovind by unveiling an idol of Lord Bahubali.

• It is a grand anointing ceremony held once in 12 years.

• Mahamastakabhisheka is an important Jain festival attended by lakhs of devotees.


2.       First Charging station for Electric Vehicle in Bengaluru

• Bengalore Electricity Supply Company (Bescom) is all set to launch India’s first charging station for Electric Vehicles (EVs).

• Bescom has proposed two slabs – Rs 4.5 per unit for day hours and Rs 4 per unit for at night.

• Over one hundred staff of this company will change their vehicles to electric vehicles.  

• The Bengaluru will soon get in total 11 charging stations. Currently total electric vehicles in Bengaluru are only 6246 out of 72 lakh.                      


3.       Nuclear Capable missile Prithvi-II is launched

• The surface-to-surface Prithvi-II missile was test fired from Odisha.

• The strike range of the missile is 350 km and was carried out from a mobile launcher from launch complex-3 of the integrated Test range of Chandipur, Odisha.

• It is a short range ballistic missile (SRBM) developed by DRDO under the Integrated Guided Missile Development Programme (IGMDP).


4.       DASTAK: A campaign to eradicate Encephalitis Syndrome

• The UP government along with UNICEF has launched massive door to door campaign DASTAK to eradicate deadly Acute Encephalitis Syndrome (AES) and Japanese Encephalitis (JE) disease in the state.

• In this campaign, whole state machinery with the help of UNICEF will now literally go door to in 38 AES and JE effected districts.

• These diseases are viral infected and spread through mosquitoes.



5.       Pharmacists will help in detecting cancer

• The Indian Pharmaceutical Association (IPA) has tied up with the Indian Cancer Society (ICS) to sensitize pharmacists about various types of cancer and symptoms.

• The utility of a chemist in early detection is has been well established in the TB programme and similar initiative can be taken to curb the cancer which is spreading like epidemic and a large number of cases are diagnosed in the 3rd and 4th stage.

• Indian Council of Medical Research has predicted 17.3 lakh new cases of cancer and over 8.8 lakh deaths due to the disease by 2020.


Source: The Hindu, The Indian Express


















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