1. Kovilpatti Kadalai Mittai is related to which of the following states?
a. Tamil Nadu
• Kovilpatti Kadalai Mittai was granted the Geographical Indication (GI) tag.
• It is a mouth-watering and healthy snack made of groundnuts and jaggery in parts of Thoothukudi district in Tamil Nadu. It uses carefully selected quantities from selected specific locations in Tamil Nadu along with water from river Thamirabarani which enhances the taste naturally.
• The granting of GI tag to manufacturers of Kadalai Mittai could not have come at a better time for the cottage industry which completes 100 years of existence this year.
• Launched in 1920 by S S Ponnambalam, Kovilpatti and adjoining areas have nearly 150 small and medium enterprises that manufacture the sweet candy.
• GI Tag is a name or sign used on certain products which corresponds to a specific geographical location or origin (e.g., a town, region, or country). Darjeeling tea was the first product to be given GI tag.
• A GI tag is a Certificate of Registration by Registrar of Geographical Indication, Chennai, Government of India.
2. Which of the following is the first govt. hospital to launch Plasma Therapy for the treatment of COVID-19?
a. AIIMS Delhi
b. King George Medical University
c. Lady Hardinge Medical College
d. AFMC, Pune
• King George Medical University, Lucknow has become the first government hospital in India to launch Plasma Therapy for the treatment of COVID-19 patients.
• The process of donating plasma is the same as the process of donating blood, which just takes about an hour.
• Convalescent Plasma Therapy is an experimental treatment procedure for COVID-19. In this, a blood component from a cured patient of COVID-19 has been transfused to the critically ill Coronavirus patient.
• The reason behind the treatment is that the blood of a cured patient has developed antibodies to battle the virus which helps in the treatment of COVID-19 patients.
3. According to the latest classifications released by the health ministry, a green zone should not have a positive COVID-19 case in how many days?
• The third phase of lockdown has come into effect from 4th May 2020 till 17th May 2020 according to the orders of Ministry of Home Affairs.
• The Union Health Ministry has listed 130 districts across the country in the red zone, 284 in orange zone and 319 in green zone based on coronavirus.
• Based on this, the government has divided the states into three zones -- red zone, orange zone and green zones.
• The classification will determine the kind of restrictions placed on the movement of people and supply of goods in a district.
• Red-The districts with substantial numbers of positive cases would fall under the red zone. The coronavirus red zone will see no activity. Also, areas that show a high rate of infection, which double in less than four days - will also come under this category.
• Orange-The areas with limited number of cases in the past and with no surge in positive cases recently would be included under the orange zone. Only restricted activities such as limited public transport and farm product harvesting is expected to be allowed in coronavirus orange zone.
• Green-The districts with no coronavirus positive cases would fall under the green zone. These Zones didn't report any cases in the last 21 days.
4. According to the latest guidelines of the Union Minister of Information and Broadcasting, how many violations have been listed for satellite channels?
• The Union Information and Broadcasting Ministry has issued draft guidelines to overhaul its nine-year-old uplink and downlink policy for private satellite TV channels.
• The Ministry has listed out 11 violations.
• For any of the 11 violations, the penalty ranges from warning, prohibition to broadcast up to 10 days and even cancellation of permission.
• All channels have to take security clearance from the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA), which was the case earlier too.
5. Which of the following has launched Mat kar forward campaign to fight misinformation?
• To fight the fake news circulation for COVID 19, short video app TikTok has released a campaign 'Mat kar forward’ urging netizens to stop forwarding videos which do not have verified information.
• Directed by filmmaker Anurag Basu, the film opens with celebrities Virat Kohli, Kriti Sanon, Ayushmann Khurrana, and Sara Ali Khan talking about how dangerous the virus is and how easily it can spread. As the video progresses, it is revealed that they are talking about misinformation and fake news which often push people into making ill-informed choices, eroding trust and impacting communities.
• Recently, to fight the menace of misinformation, it had introduced a 'Misleading Information' category along with a covid-19 sub-category, within the in-app reporting feature. Last year, a similar awareness campaign called #WaitASecToReflect was launched, urging users to pause and think before sharing anything online.