Current Affairs August 2014

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DRDO developed poly-herbal medicine to treat Leucoderma

Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) has developed a poly-herbal medicine by the trade name of Lukoskin for the treatment of Leucoderma.

It was announced by Union Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar in a written reply to Rajya Sabha. The medicine was developed by Haldwani (Uttarakhand) based scientists of Defence Bio-Energy Research (DIBER), which is a laboratory of DRDO under the aegis of the Union Defence Ministry.

Lukoskin is an ointment which has seven ingredients of plants having properties such as anti-blister, skin photo sensitizer, anti-irritation, wound healing, anti-septic and copper supplementing properties.

DRDO has transferred technology of the herbal product to private firm AIMIL Pharmaceutical Private Limited for commercial production and marketing. This private firm will introduce it in market.

About Leucoderma

Leukoderma (also known as vitiligo) is a cutaneous acquired condition causing a rare skin disease which results white patches on skin. This condition is caused due to loss of pigmentation of the skin that may occur after any number of inflammatory skin conditions such as burns, postdermabrasion, intralesional steroid injections etc. It is neither a infectious nor contagious disease but largely a cosmetic problem.

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24 Standing Committees formed; BJP to head 11, Congress 5

Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan has declared the list of members and chairpersons for 24 DRSCs (Department Related Standing Committees) of Parliament. While the ruling BJP grabbed 11 chairperson posts of these panels, the Congress will chair 5, including the coveted Committee on Finance.

The Trinamool Congress will chair two panels. Members of Bahujan Samaj Party, Telugu Desam Party, Biju Janata Dal, Janata Dal (United), Shiv Sena and the AIADMK will chair one panel each.

Rajya Sabha Panels

  1. Committee on Commerce: Chandan Mitra (BJP)
  2. Committee on Home Affairs: P Bhattacharya (Congress)
  3. Committee on Human Resource Development: JP Nadda (BJP)
  4. Committee on Industries: KC Tyagi (JD-U)
  5. Committee on Science and Technology, Environment and Forests: Ashwani Kumar (Congress)
  6. Committee on Transport, Tourism and Culture: KD Singh (Trinamool Congress)
  7. Committee on Health and Family Welfare: SC Mishra (BSP)
  8. Committee on Personnel, Public Grievances, Law and Justice: EM Sudarsana Natchiappan (Congress)

Lok Sabha Panels

  1. Committee on Finance: Veerappa Moily (Congress)
  2. Committee on Agriculture: Hukm Deo Narayan Yadav (BJP)
  3. Committee on IT: Anurag Singh Thakur (BJP)
  4. Committee on Defence: BC Khanduri (BJP)
  5. Committee on Food, Consumer Affairs and Public Distribution: JC Divakar Reddy (TDP)
  6. Committee on Labour: Virendra Kumar (BJP)
  7. Committee on Petroleum and Natural Gas: Prahlad Joshi (BJP)
  8. Committee on  Railways: Dinesh Trivedi (Congress)
  9. Committee on  Urban Development: Pinaki Mishra (BJD)
  10. Committee on  Water Resources: Hukum Singh (BJP)
  11. Committee on Chemicals and Fertilizers: Anandrao Adsul (Shiv Sena)
  12. Committee on Rural Development: P Venugopal (AIADMK)
  13. Committee on Coal and Steel: Hansraj Ahir (BJP)
  14. Committee on Social Justice and Empowerment: Ramesh Bais (BJP)
  15. Committee on Energy: Rajiv Pratap Rudy (BJP)
  16. Committee on External Affairs: Shashi Tharoor (Congress)

Financial Committees

  1. Committee on Estimates: Murli Manohar Joshi (BJP)
  2. Committee on Public sector Undertakings: Shanta Kumar (BJP)
  3. Public Accounts Committee: K V Thomas (Congress)

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PM Modi’s Japan visit: Kyoto-Varanasi partnership agreement inked

India-JapanIndian Prime Minister Narendra Modi on his maiden bilateral visit outside the Indian subcontinent to Japan, inked the cultural agreement of Varanasi-Kyoto which spotlights on how to preserve heritage while building Smart Cities.

PM Modi visited Kyoto the ‘smart city’ of Japan, to understand the experiment there bearing in mind that he intends to build 100 smart cities in India. Kyoto, the ancient capital of Japan, had been included in Modi’s schedule as it “dovetails into Modi’s emphasis on rejuvenation of cities while preserving their cultural heritage.”

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