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14th Sep Current Affairs News Analysis | Prelims & Mains 2020

Dining out raises risk of infection


Dining out raises risk of infection

      WHY IN NEWS:

U.S. studyCOVID-19 positive adults twice as likely to report eating out

SYLLABUS COVERED: GS 3:Health:Diseases


Risk alert: The study calls for lessening exposure to areas where mask use and distancing are tough.

  • Restaurant and pub exposure were cited as important risk factors associated with SARS-CoV-2 infection, -U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (U.S. CDC).


  • Community and close contact exposures contribute to the spread of COVID-19.
  • Close contact with persons with known COVID-19 or going to locations that offer on-site eating and drinking options were associated with COVID-19 positivity.
  • The study is significant as India eases restrictions including on restaurants, dining out and weddings.

Adults with positive SARS-CoV-2 test results were approximately twice as likely to have reported dining at a restaurant 14 days prior to getting the infection .


  • This investigation highlights differences in community and close contact exposures between adults who received a positive SARS-CoV-2 test results .
  • Continued assessment of various activities and exposures as communities, schools, and workplaces reopen is important.

      IASbhai WINDUP: 

  • Direction, ventilation, and intensity of airflow might affect virus transmission, even if social distancing measures and mask use are implemented according to current guidance.
  • Masks cannot be effectively worn while eating and drinking, whereas shopping and numerous other indoor activities do not preclude mask use
     SOURCES: PIB | 14th Sep Current Affairs News Analysis

Water Lily Festival


Now, take a virtual tour of water lily fields in Kottayam

      WHY IN NEWS:

Tourism authorities filming pink blooms in backwater villages to ensure people around the world connect to the destinations



Kottayam’s water lily fields became a famous attraction during the previous monsoon.

  • The pink vista that covers the backwater villages of Kottayam every monsoon is now going online.
  • The initiative is part of the efforts by the authorities to make sure that people around the world are connected to these destinations despite the existing travel restrictions.


  • Plans are also afoot to host an e-festival of water lily along the lines of the online Onam celebrations .
  • The water lily fields of Kottayam, especially Malarikkal, became one of the most-photographed tourist attractions of Kerala during the previous monsoon.

      IASbhai WINDUP: 

  • As per estimates, around 80,000 people visited Malarikkal during the flowering season last year and the 120 boat rowers, who ferried these visitors, together earned ₹12 lakh.
  • The State government too announced plans to organise a pink water lily festival on the lines of the Tulip Festival in Amsterdam and identified 15 locations for tourism promotion.

     SOURCES: PIB | 14th Sep Current Affairs News Analysis

Special Security Force (SSF)


Special Security Force (SSF) in U.P

      WHY IN NEWS:

The Uttar Pradesh government is going to constitute a Special Security Force (SSF) in the state.



On the lines of the Central Industrial Security Force, SSF will be responsible for security of vital government and private buildings, and industrial establishments.


  • It can also be hired by private establishments by paying a fixed cost.
  • It will be headed by an Additional Director General (ADG)-ranked officer and will be headquartered in Lucknow.


It will not require magistrate’s order or warrants to make an arrest or conduct searches.

  • Its powers will be governed by a set of rules made by the state government.

      IASbhai WINDUP: 


  • It is a central armed force the Union raised under an Act of Parliament namely Central Industrial Security Force Act, 1968.
  • It is directly under the Union Ministry of Home Affairs.
  • The CISF provides security cover to industrial units, government infrastructure projects and facilities and establishments located all over India.
     SOURCES: PIB | 14th Sep Current Affairs News Analysis

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