SC on Right to Privacy, Ramon Magsaysay Awards, and Other News Analysis July 28

Current affairs and News Digest for June 28

World Hepatitis Day Celebrated on 28 July

The World Hepatitis Day on July 28 around the world by World Health Organisation (WHO) to spread awareness about viral hepatitis.

Theme for the 2017 is  – “Eliminate Hepatitis”.

The Day was  established by resolution of WHO passed in in May 2010. The date 28 July was chosen to mark the birth anniversary of Professor Baruch Blumberg who had discovered hepatitis B virus. He was awarded with the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine (1976) for this discovery.


Privacy is a fundamental right but wholly qualified, Centre tells apex court

Union Government’s stand on the issue

  • Government told the SC that right to privacy is a fundamental right but it is a “wholly qualified right”
  • Government stand means ‘right to privacy’ could be subject to reasonable restrictions

Change In Stance

  1. This is contrary to the government’s earlier stand that citizens cannot invoke privacy as a fundamental right as the Constitution does not provide for it
  2. Government also made it clear that the submission was not intended to cover the challenge to Aadhaar
  3. It means that those challenging it cannot claim that it violates right to privacy

Read more about this here


Carbon dating confirms T.N. site is from Sangam era

Samples sent from archaeological excavations at Keezhadi have been identified as nearly 2,200 years old (3rd Century B.C). Archaeological Survey of India had sent two carbon samples from Keezhadi for carbon dating to Beta Analytic Inc., Florida, USA. for the confirmation. Which confirms the claim.

Major find

  • Keezhadi is a major habitation site. “The last time habitation sites were excavated in Tamil Nadu was at Arikamedu.
  • Studied  both banks of Vaigai river through its entire stretch from Western Ghats to  Bay of Bengal.
  • 72 potsherds with Tamil Brahmi script were found at Keezhadi which had several Tamil names.

What is Carbon Dating?

Carbon-14 dating is a way of determining the age of certain archeological artifacts of a biological origin up to about 50,000 years old. It is used in dating things such as bone, cloth, wood and plant fibers that were created in the relatively recent past by human activities


Oriental white ibis nesting in Ganjam

  • A group of Oriental white ibis birds have nested at Beguniapada in Ganjam district of Odisha.
  • According to ornithologist this indicates that these birds feel secure at Beguniapada and that the environment was conducive for breeding.
  • Usually Oriental white ibis are seen in large number in the Chilika lake during winter months.

Chilika Lake

Chilika lake is a brackish water lagoon, spread over the Puri, Khurda and Ganjam districts of Odisha state on the east coast of India, at the mouth of the Daya River, flowing into the Bay of Bengal. Chilka Lake is designated as a wetland of international importance under the Ramsar Convention

Ornithologist – person who studies or is an expert on birds.


82-year-old Sri Lankan teacher wins Ramon Magsaysay award

A Japanese historian Yoshiaki Ishizawa who helped Cambodians preserve the Angkor temples and a Sri Lankan teacher Gethsie Shanmugam who counselled war widows and orphans to overcome their nightmares are among the six winners of this year’s Ramon Magsaysay Awards, regarded as Asia’s version of the Nobel Prize.

About Ramon Magsaysay award

Awarded for Outstanding contributions in Government Service, Public Service, Community Leadership, Journalism, Literature and Creative Communication Arts, Peace and International Understanding and Emergent Leadership

The awards, named after a Philippine president who died in a 1957 plane crash

Angkor Temple

  • Angkor Wat is an Indianized temple complex in Cambodia and the largest religious monument in the world built in 12th century.  
  • Architectural styles: Khmer (Angkor Wat style) Construction started by Suryavarman II completed by Jayavarman VII

Important News For The Day

Scientists from US for first time have successfully edited genes of human embryos to correct defective DNA that cause inherited diseases, using CRISPR-Cas9 genome editing technology to alter human DNA in single-cell embryos, which allows specific sections of DNA to be altered or replaced.
The government launched two Mobile apps developed by the National Centre for Seismology (NCS)
India Quake’ for dissemination of earthquake parameters.
‘Sagar Vani’ to disseminate ocean related information and alerts (like high waves and Tsunami early warnings) to the user community in timely manner for their safety.
Arundhati Roy’s latest work of fiction, The Ministry of Utmost Happiness, has made it to the long list of this year’s Man Booker Prize.Her debut novel, God of Small Things, won the Booker Prize in 1997.

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