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