International Current Affairs 2017

‘Narendra Modi is America’s other India problem’: TIME

Screenshot_1As per Time magazine, if the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) wins in the upcoming election and Narendra Modi becomes India’s next Prime Minister, the atmosphere between India and the US may become more tense which is already charged up following visa controversy involving Indian diplomat Devyani Khobragade. 

What is the issue between Narendra Modi and USA?

In 2005, the US State Department revoked Narendra Modi’s visa because of his alleged role in Gujarat riots in February 2002. There is an American law that bars visit of a foreign official who is responsible for or directly carried out particularly severe violations of religious freedom. But with Modi in the fray for the post of Prime Minister, the US appears to be in a quandary whether to allow him the visa or not. However, in the eventuality of Modi becoming India’s PM, the US will have to soften its stance otherwise it will be detrimental for the ties between the two nations.


US scientists ‘re-engineering’ Tulsi

At the Western Kentucky University, an Indian-American scientist Chandrakanth Emani along with his team is genetically engineering tulsi or basil to raise its pharmaceutical value.

They have genetically engineered tulsi to produce eugenol, a compound in tulsi that has a great pharmaceutical value that can control breast cancer. Tulsi is a medicinal plant and has anti-cancerous metabolites.

About Tulsi or Basil
  • Common name: Holy Basil, Sacred Basil
  • Scientific name: Ocimum tenuiflorum or Ocimum sanctum.
  • Family: Lamiceae or the mint plants category.
  • Chemical constituents: Eugenol, Ursolic acid, Rosmarinic acid, Chlorophyll, Caryophyllene, Oleanolic acid, etc.
  • Nutritional compounds: Vitamin A, Vitamin C, Calcium, Iron, etc.
  • Every part of this plant is useful and has been used traditionally as an Aurvedic medicine.
  • Uses: Cures a fever, protects Heart, alleviate stress, dissolves kidney stones, anti-cancerous, keeps our skin and hair healthy and glowing, cures respiratory conditions, etc.
  • Tulsi can protect from radiation poisoning and can also heal damages from it. It acts as a vaccine against pox if consumed regularly.

It is anti carcinogenic and it found to be effective in healing nearly all types of cancer and tumors.