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Door-to-door TB detection drive begins

In News:

  • The State has a long way to go in identifying TB cases, which according to sources, are either going undiagnosed, unreached or are being treated by private doctors without notifying.
  • To improve detection, teams of two will conduct door-to-door surveys.

 

Eco-bridges for the movement of tigers

In News:

  • In a first of its kind, Telangana State will have eco-friendly bridges over a canal cutting across the tiger corridor linking the Tadoba-Andhari Tiger Reserve (TATR) in the Chandrapur district of Maharashtra with the forests in Telangana’s Kumram Bheem Asifabad district.
  • The intervention requires the laying of fertile soil to grow grass and plants over the structure, so that fragmentation of the reserve forest is camouflaged.
  • The concept emerged after visits by experts from the Wildlife Board of India and the Wildlife Institute of India.
  • They were concerned about the large-scale destruction of pristine forest along the corridor, which would result in cutting off tiger movement between TATR and Bejjur.
  • In recent years, big cats from the TATR have ambled into the mixed and bamboo forests of the Bejjur range via the Sirpur forests. The TATR and its buffer area, which are contiguous with the Sirpur forests, boast of a speedily multiplying tiger population, the cause of the frequent migration of tigers into Sirpur and Bejjur.

 

GM mustard policy: SC gives govt. time

In News:

  • The government on Monday informed the Supreme Court that a policy decision on the commercial release of the Genetically Modified (GM) mustard crop is yet to be finalised.
  • The government had assured the court that there would be no commercial release of GM seeds till the views of the public were collected and placed before the appraisal committee.

Sowing without safety

  • The hearing was conducted on the basis of a petition filed by activist Aruna Rodrigues, who had alleged that the government was sowing GM seeds without the relevant tests.
  • Mustard is one of India’s most important winter crops, sown between mid-October and late November.
  • Alleging that field trials were being carried out without the relevant tests, Mr Bhushan had sought a 10-year moratorium on them.

 

Malaria drug shields foetus from Zika

In News:

  • Commonly used malaria drug hydroxychloroquine can effectively block the Zika virus from crossing the placenta and getting into the foetus and damaging its brain, say researchers from Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, U.S.
  • The drug already has approval for use in pregnant women.
  • The placenta acts as a barrier to protect the developing foetus from disease-causing organisms.
  • It prevents pathogens from reaching the foetus through a form of a garbage recycling system that removes some components of cells, termed autophagy.