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28th Aug Current Affairs News Analysis
DGNCC Mobile Training App
Raksha Mantri Shri Rajnath Singh launches mobile App for NCC Training
WHY IN NEWS:
Raksha Mantri Shri Rajnath Singh launched the Directorate General National Cadet Corps (DGNCC) Mobile Training App
SYLLABUS COVERED: GS 3 : Recent Developments
DGNCC MOBILE TRAINING APP
- Since schools/colleges are not likely to open in near future, a need was felt that training to NCC cadets should be imparted utilising the digital medium.
- The DGNCC Mobile Training App aims at providing NCC cadets entire training material (syllabus, précis, training videos and frequently asked questions) on one platform.
- By using this option, a cadet can post his question related to the training syllabus and the same will be answered by a panel of qualified instructors.
- This App will certainly be a positive step towards automation of NCC training.
- This will overcoming the difficulties posed by COVID-19 due to restrictions on direct physical interactions.
- But if one moves ahead with determination and self-confidence, he or she would be able to clear all hurdles and achieve success.
In line with Digital India vision of Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi and will go a long way in assisting the NCC cadets in easier access to training material in these testing times of pandemic.
SOURCES: PIB | 28th Aug Current Affairs News Analysis
New Protein- OSCA1.3
New discovery of protein in plants’ immune systems can help create superior crops, boost agriculture
WHY IN NEWS:
A known immune system protein triggered this process as well, said the study published in journal Nature August 26, 2020.
SYLLABUS COVERED: GS 3: Science
- A new discovery related to plants’ defence mechanisms against pathogens has the potential to pave the way for healthier, more resistant and productive crops.
- Plants have a unique ability to safeguard themselves against pathogens and resist infection.
- A flood of calcium surrounds their pores — or stomata — triggering them to close.
- A study by an international team of scientists — including those from the University of Maryland (UMD), United States — claimed this to be the work of a protein called OSCA1.3 that formed a channel leaking calcium to the cells.
PLANTS DO FIGHT PATHOGENS
- The molecular mechanism behind one of the first and most relevant signals for plant immune response to pathogens is the calcium burst after infection.
- Thus triggering innate immune signals and initiating the plants’ defense response.
- The calcium could not directly pass through guard cell membranes.
- This is a major advance, because a substantial part of the world’s food generated by agriculture is lost to pathogens.
- This research will aim to determine how calcium was appropriated through evolution by all living organisms as a signaling device for information about stressors ranging from infections to climate change.