Current Affairs Today - Current Affairs 2016

CSIR launches India’s first ayurvedic anti-diabetic drug named BGR-34

The Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) has launched the country’s first anti-diabetic ayurvedic drug named BGR-34 for type two Diabetes mellitus.

BGR-34 stands for Blood Glucost Regulator and offers effective, safe, patient-friendly solution for managing type two Diabetes.

About BGR-34

  • The drug has been jointly developed by National Botanical Research Institute (NBRI) and Central Institute for Medicinal and Aromatic Plants (CIMAP) and CSIR institutes based in Lucknow.
  • It contains 34 identified active phyto-constitutes from herbal resources and works by controlling blood sugar and limiting the harmful effects of other modern drugs.
  • For the purpose of quality commercial production and extended distribution of this drug, CSIR has transferred the rights and technical details to AIMIL Pharmaceuticals (I) Ltds.


Former Lok Sabha Speaker Balram Jakhar passes away

Former Lok Sabha Speaker Balram Jakhar passed away in New Delhi. He was 92.

He was elected as the Lok Sabha Speaker for two consecutive terms from 1980 to 1989. As Speaker of Lok Sabha he was instrumental for computerization and automation of Parliamentary works.

About Balram Jakhar

  • He was born on 23 August 1923 in Panjkosi, Abohar, Punjab. He was a popular leader who had enriched the Indian Parliamentary democracy in his long political journey.
  • He was elected to the Lok Sabha four times and also served as the Union Agriculture Minister in 1991 in then P. V. Narasimha Rao Ministry.
  • He was elected to the Punjab Legislative Assembly for two terms in 1972 and 1977. He had served as Minister in the state and also Leader of Opposition.
  • Mr Jakhar also had served as the Governor of Madhya Pradesh from 2004 to 2009.
  • He was the first Asian to be elected as Chairman of Commonwealth Parliamentarian Executive Forum.
  • Awards and Honours: Union Government had awarded him with ‘Udyan Pandit’ Award in 1975 for his contribution to Horticulture.


Major General Jai Shanker Menon appointed as UNDOF head

Major General Jai Shanker Menon of India has been appointed as the Head of Mission and Force Commander of the United Nations Disengagement Observer Force (UNDOF).

He was appointed by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and succeeds Lt Gen Purna Chandra Thapa of Nepal.

In his new role, Maj Gen Menon brings his extensive command experience and knowledge of peacekeeping affairs at the international and national levels.

About Major General Jai Shanker Menon

  • Prior to this appointment, Maj. Gen. Menon was serving as Additional Director General (ADG) Equipment Management in the Indian Army.
  • He has held number of command positions in the Indian Army. Earlier from 2012 to 2013, he had served as General Officer Commanding (GOC) of an Infantry Division.
  • He also has served as Commandant of Regimental Training Centre, Brigade Commander and Battalion Commander.
  • At the international level in the United Nations, he had served as a Military Observer in the UN Operation in Mozambique (ONUMOZ) in 1993 and UN Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL) from 2007 to 2009.

About United Nations Disengagement Observer Force (UNDOF)

  • The UNDOF was established in 1974 by United Nations Security Council (UNSC) following the agreed disengagement of Syrian and Israeli forces in the Golan Heights.
  • Since then, UNDOF has remained in the area to maintain the ceasefire between Syrian and Israeli forces and to supervise the implementation of the disengagement agreement.