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1.On the eve of World Cancer Day, the World Health Organisation warned that tobacco and alcohol abuse, unhealthy diets and physical inactivity significantly increase the risk of cancer.
2.The WHO added that in South-East Asia, occupational hazards and exposure to environmental substances continue to be a source of cancer and premature death.
3.Every year 8.2 million die of cancer across the world.
4.Two-thirds of these deaths occur in low and middle income countries, and more than 50 per cent of deaths could have been prevented.
BALRAM JAKHAR PASSES AWAY
1.Former Lok Sabha Speaker and veteran Congress leader Balram Jakhar passed away on Wednesday here at the age of 92.
2.President Pranab Mukherjee, in a condolence message to the veteran’s son, Sunil Jakhar, said: “I am sad to learn about the passing away of your father, Dr. Balram Jakhar, an esteemed colleague and a dear friend of long years. The nation will always remember his valuable contributions and pursuit of excellence in public life.”
INDIAN FIRM DEVELOPS ZIKA VACCINE CANDIDATES
1.Hyderabad-based Bharat Biotech has filed for global patent of two vaccine candidates – a recombinant vaccine and an inactivated vaccine – for Zika virus.
2.The company announced that it could make available the inactivated vaccine in two years if the Indian Government fast-tracked the regulatory approvals once the pre-clinical trials proved to be successful.
3.Addressing a press conference here on Wednesday, Krishna Ella, Chairman and Managing Director of the company, said that Bharat Biotech was probably the first in the world to file for global patent for the two promising Zikavac vaccine candidates.
4.While the recombinant vaccine might take time, the pre-clinical testing of the inactivated vaccine in animals would be completed in five months.
HARYANA GOVT. NOD FOR HOUSING SCHEME
1.Haryana Government on Wednesday approved the implementation of Deen Dayal Jan Awas Yojana in the State and decided to implement ‘Relocation Policy’ for shifting of Industries operating in residential areas in the interest of industrial units and public at large.
2.The decision to approve the implementation of Deen Dayal Jan Awas Yojan and ‘Relocation Policy’ for shifting of industries was taken in the Haryana Cabinet meeting presided over by Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar.
3.Later Khattar told reporters that the Deen Dayal Jan Awas Yojana is a policy for providing affordable plotted housing for low and medium potential towns.
R.S. MANN APPOINTED PUNJAB PAY PANEL CHIEF
1.Former Punjab Chief Secretary R S Mann was on Wednesday appointed as the Chairman of Sixth Punjab Pay Commission by Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal.
2.Disclosing this here, a spokesperson of the Chief Minister’s Office said that Mr Badal has cleared the appointment of R. S. Mann as the Chairman of Sixth Punjab Pay Commission, with effect from Wednesday.
3.The spokesperson said the new Chairman has been mandated to give recommendations with regard to new pay scales for the employees and revision in the pension for pensioners/family pensioners of the state government after having detailed deliberations with the various state employees’ and pensioners’ associations.
NEW DELHI STATION TURNS TO ‘WASTE POWER’
1.Very soon, the waste generated at New Delhi railway station will not only be recycled but also be used to produce electricity to light up the station.
2.The Delhi Division of Northern Railway is going to set up a waste-to-energy plant, that will turn the garbage and other waste collected at the station into electricity and manure.
3.Waste generated at the New Delhi railway station will be segregated into bio-degradable and recyclable waste. Biodegradable waste will be converted into electrical energy and manure. Electrical energy will be utilised by the Railways, most likely at the New Delhi railway station itself.
4.Approximately 2,000 units of electricity produced (three phase, 415V) in the waste-to-energy plant per day will be purchased by the Railways from the contractor at the rate at which electricity is supplied to local municipal domestic users. Additionally, the Railway may also procure manure from the contractor.
7.5-KM TRACK TO PROMOTE CYCLING IN GURGAON
1.Over four months after the Car Free Day initiative was taken up in Gurgaon to promote public transport and non-motorised transport, the local administration has now decided to build a nearly 7.5 km-long cycle track to promote cycling in the city.
2.The proposed track will run from Dundahera to Mahavir Chowk and is expected to come up before the Happening Haryana Summit in the first week of March.
3.The proposed 7.5-km stretch will be built by the MCG.