Daily Current Affairs (English) - 31.07.2018

National

ODISHA TO IMPLEMENT OWN FOOD SECURITY ACT FROM OCTOBER

Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on Saturday announced that the state government would implement its own food security act from October 2 this year. Odisha’s own food security act would cover nearly 34.44 lakh people who have been left out from the National Food Security Act (NFSA), he said.

Patnaik made this announcement while participating in the ‘Ama Mukhyamantri, Ama Katha’ (Our Chief Minister, Our Issues) programme in Bhubaneswar. “My government has always given importance to the food security of the poor. We have been providing rice at Rs 2 per kg since 2008. The success of the programme prompted the decision to launch rice at Re 1 per kg for people living below poverty line in 2013. This was a big step towards food security in the country,” Patnaik said.

The chief minister said he had taken up the matter relating to the left out population several times with the Centre but no step was taken to address this concern. Patnaik had written a letter to Prime Minister in this regard on May 23, 2018.

Science

BOMBALI: NEW STRAIN OF EBOLA VIRUS DISCOVERED IN SIERRA LEONE

Researchers working in joint US-West African study funded by USAid have discovered new strain of Ebola virus in bats in northern Bombali region of Sierra Leone. It has been named as Bombali virus strain, after district where it was found. The Bombali virus is overall sixth known virus strain Ebola virus. Others are Zaire, Sudan, Tai Forest, Bundibugyo and Reston. Ebola virus is a highly fatal haemorrhagic fever that is spread through contact with bodily fluids from infected persons and animals which include non-human primates, bats and forest antelope. Zaire strain of Ebola virus is the most deadly strain known.

Bombali strain: The new Bombali strain of Ebola virus is distinct from its other virus strains. It is not yet known whether it could develop into the deadly disease. It is also not known that if Bombali virus has been transmitted to people or if it causes disease in people. However, results show it has the potential to infect human cells. Further research will help in understanding more about specific risks it poses.
 


Sports

EGYPT BEAT ENGLAND TO WIN WORLD JUNIOR SQUASH TEAM TITLE

Egypt defeated England 2-0 to win the boy's title at the WSF-World junior squash team championship Marwan Tarek, who lost the individual championship final on last Monday, defeated Nick Wall in straight games. The first game saw Tarek poised to win easily before Wall fought back to 10-all. The Egyptian, however, snatched it on extra points and rode the momentum to seal the tie. In the second match, Omar El Torkey overcame stiff challenge from Sam Todd in the first game before running away with the next two to clinch the top prize. Top seed Egypt, which was featuring in an eighth successive final, lifted the title for a fifth time. England, the third seeds, was denied a repeat of 2002 when it won in Chennai. Marwan said he was happy that he could contribute to Egypt's triumph.

Awards

3RD BRICS FILM FESTIVAL CONCLUDED WITH INDIA DAY

The third BRICS Film Festival concluded on July 22-27, 2018 with the International Durban Film Festival (DIFF) in Durban, South Africa. The last day of the celebration was celebrated as India Day. After that the award was given and the closing ceremony was held.

Winner in Indian films in the third BRICS Film Festival, Durban, South Africa:

  • Best Actress: Bhanita Das, Village Rock Stars
  • Best Film: Amit Masurkar's Newton
  • Special Jury Award: Village Rock Stars of Reema Das

BRICS Film Festival: The aim of the film festival is to celebrate the world-class film production of BRICS countries and to inspire more cooperation in the field of film in these countries. Two feature films of each country were shown in the competition category and three feature films were shown in the non-competition category. A total of 24 films were shown in the ceremony. In the competition category, the films contested for the Golden Rhino Awards. According to history, the search for Golden Rhino was done in the Gubwee. The significance of contact of this place with other countries is important in the earlier centuries.