18th Aug Current Affairs News Analysis | Prelims & Mains 2020

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IASbhai Current Affairs News Analysis | Prelims & Mains 2020 is an initiative to dilute major articles from leading Newspapers in India which are most relevant to UPSC preparation –‘THE HINDU, LIVEMINT , INDIAN EXPRESS’ and help millions of readers who find difficulty in answer writing and making notes everyday. Hence we choose articles on daily basis and analyse them with respect to UPSC PRELIMS 2020.

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NEET, JEE won’t be postponed: SC


NEET, JEE won’t be postponed: SC

      WHY IN NEWS:

COVID may continue… are you going to wait another year, court asks petitioners



The Supreme Court on Monday refused to entertain a petition by students to postpone the National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (NEET) and the Joint Entrance Examination (JEE) citing COVID-19

Exam authorities’ promise that all necessary precautions would be taken to keep safe the candidates, whose numbers run into lakhs.

18th Aug Current Affairs News Analysis


  • Education should be opened up.
  • COVID may continue for a year more.
  • Are you going to wait for another year?

Do you know what is the loss to the country and the career peril to the students?-JUSTICE ARUN MISHRA

      IASbhai WINDUP: 

  • Are you not demanding that the court should be opened up amid COVID? Do you see this glass partition fixed here [between the judges]?-Justice Mishra
  • When we are getting ready to open up, you say exams should not be held.
     SOURCES:THE HINDU & PIB | 18th Aug Current Affairs News Analysis

Bhadbhut Project


Recently, the Gujarat government has awarded the contract for the Bhadbhut project in Bharuch.

      WHY IN NEWS:

Hot from IE !



The project has faced protests from local fishermen because it is likely to impact fishing patterns, mainly those of hilsa


The Inland Waterway Authority of India has given clearance for this project.


It is located across the river Narmada, 5 km from Bhadbhut village and 25 km from the mouth of the river, where it flows into the Gulf of Khambhat.


  • The project is part of the larger Kalpasar Project.

Project entails the construction of a 30-km dam across the Gulf of Khambhat between Bharuch and Bhavnagar districts.

  • Kalpasar Project aims to store Gujarat’s 25% average annual surface water resources..
  • This reservoir will store about 8,000 million cubic metres (MCM) of surface water and will be one of the world’s largest freshwater reservoirs in the sea.


  • Due to the reduced flow of freshwater, saline seawater gushes into the Narmada estuary during high tide, thus increasing salinity along the banks.

Salinity ingress refers to the process of saltwater invading areas which previously contained only freshwater.

  • It will stop most of the excess water flowing out of theSardar Sarovar Dam from reaching the sea and will create a sweet water lake .
  • Thus this is likely to solve the freshwater problems in Bharuch.
  • This will tap the excess waters of the Narmada, Mahisagar and Sabarmati rivers in the reservoir.

      IASbhai WINDUP: 

  • The barrage is expected to interfere with the migration and breeding cycle of hilsa, blocking their natural entry.
  • Hilsa is a marine fish which migrates upstream and arrives in the brackish water of the Narmada estuary near Bharuch for spawning.
  • The migration is usually during the monsoon months of July and August and continues doing so till November.

Industrial effluents flowing into the river and salinity ingress are believed to be the major causes of the decline of hilsa.

  • Part of Aliya Bet, an island in the delta of the Narmada and known for shrimp farming, is likely to get submerged.
     SOURCES:IE | 18th Aug Current Affairs News Analysis



FastSense Diagnostics (FD) and Module Innovations (MI)

      WHY IN NEWS:

The Department of Science and Technology (DST) has funded the above two companies to develop Usense.

SYLLABUS COVERED: GS 3:Health:Diseases


DST funds 2 companies for new COVID-19 diagnosticsFirms will develop antibody kits, quicker RT-PCR test


  • FastSense Diagnostics (FD) and Module Innovations (MI), to develop antibody kits as well as a quicker version of the Rapid RT-PCR (reverse transcription polymerase chain reaction) test .

MI is a Pune-based healthcare start-up that is working on a point-of-care diagnostic kit which can detect the virus in “10-15 minutes”.

  • The diagnostic kit is being developed on the lines of one of its products called ‘Usense’,
  • Usense is a point-of-care diagnostic kit that can detect urinary tract infections within 15 minutes.
  • About 50 samples can be tested in an hour.
  • This can provide on the spot results in less than 15 minutes per sample.

      IASbhai WINDUP: 

The start-up is now developing nCoVSENSE, a test device that can detect antibodies generated against COVID-19.

     SOURCES:THE HINDU & PIB | 18th Aug Current Affairs News Analysis


SC to study context of charges against Judges


SC to study context of charges against judges

      WHY IN NEWS:

It will hear arguments on process to make allegations public



The Supreme Court decided to launch a detailed examination into the circumstances under which a person can make public allegations of corruption against the judiciary.

18th Aug Current Affairs News Analysis 1

      IASbhai WINDUP: 

  • Corruption in public life has a wide and expansive definition.
  • Corruption is not restricted to pecuniary gratification alone but various instruments identify its particular forms such as bribery, embezzlement, theft, fraud, extortion, abuse of discretion, favouritism, nepotism, clientelism, conduct creating or exploiting conflicting interests.
     SOURCES:THE HINDU & PIB | 18th Aug Current Affairs News Analysis

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