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Tuesday, January 5, 2021

DAILY GK: 3, 4, 5 JAN 2021

 DAILY GK: 3, 4, 5 JAN 2021

1. COVAXIN, COVISHIELD APPROVED FOR EMERGENCY USE

      The Drugs Controller General of India recently approved two vaccines, COVAXIN and COVISHIELD for “Restricted Emergency Use” in India.

What is COVAXIN?

      The COVAXIN is the COVID-19 vaccine developed by Bharat Biotech and ICMR (Indian council of Medical Research).

      It was the first indigenous COVID-19 vaccine to be developed in the country.

What is COVISHIELD?

      The COVISHIELD vaccine was developed by Oxford University and Astra Zeneca, the pharmaceutical company.

 

2.FSSAI NEW TRANS FAT LEVELS

      The Food Safety and Standards Authority of India recently announced that all edible refined oils, vegetable fat spreads, Vanaspati, margarines, Bakery shortening and mixed fat spreads can contain only 3% or less trans fats.

      This is to be implemented by January 2021.  

      By January 2022, this is to be further reduced to 2%.

      This is being introduced because the World Health Organisation has called for global elimination of trans fat by 2023.

 

3.WORLD BRAILLE DAY: JANUARY 4

      The World Braille Day is celebrated on January 4 by United Nations and several other international organizations

      It is celebrated on January 4 because the day marks the birthday of Louis Braille, the creator of this writing system.

      He was born in France in 1809.

 

4.NATIONAL METROLOGY CONCLAVE

      The Prime Minister Narendra Modi is to deliver an inaugural address at the National Metrology Conclave in New Delhi on January 4, 2021.

      Theme of National Metrology Conclave 2021 is Metrology for the Inclusive Growth of the Nation.

 

5.IFSCA IN IOSCO           

      The International Financial Services Centres Authority recently became an associate member of the International Organization of Securities Commissions (IOSCO).

What is IOSCO?

      The International Organization of Securities Organizations is an association of national securities regulatory commissions spread all over the world.

      It includes, the Financial Service Authority (UK), Exchange commission & Securities in (US) and 100 other similar bodies.

 

6.40TH INDIAN SCIENTIFIC EXPEDITION TO ANTARCTICA

      The Government of India recently launched the 40th Indian Scientific Expedition to Antarctica.

      The expectation will e take a team of 40 members to Antarctica and return by April 2021.

      Name of the Indian Research base stations in Antarctica are Dakshin Gangotri, Bharti, Maitri.

 

7.KARNATAKA’S HUBBALLI RAILWAY STATION TO GET WORLD LONGEST RAILWAY PLATFORM

      Karnataka’s Hubballi Railway station officially Shree Siddharoodha Swamiji railway station is set to get the “world’s longest railway platform” of 1500 plus meters’ length and 10 meters width.

      The platform will be inaugurated in March 2021.

 

8.SOMA MONDAL BECOMES 1ST WOMAN CHAIRMAN OF SAIL

      SAIL is one of the largest steel-making companies in India.

      It is the Maharatna Central Public Sector Enterprises(CPSE).

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