Science & Technology Current Affairs - 2020

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Easy available drugs may hinder the purpose of Castration

As per medical experts the effect of medicines used for chemical castration like Medroxyprogesterone acetate (MPA) and Cyproterone acetate are temporary. There effect can be reduced by anti-epileptics and anti-diabetics drugs, anti-depressants and some performance-enhancing drugs used by athletes.

In western countries most of these drugs are prescription drugs where chemical castration is used as a punishment or treatment for hypersexuality. However, India, which is considering castration as an effective form of punishment for sexual crimes, lacks proper regulation and monitoring of these drugs which can spoil the purpose of the castration.

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Indian origin scientist Venkatesh Mannar gets Canada’s highest civilian award

image Indian origin scientist Venkatesh Mannar who is President of Micronutrient Initiative, Canada, has been conferred with Canada’s ‘highest’ civilian award – the Order of Canada.

Order of Canada award is given to recognize a lifetime of outstanding achievement, dedication to the community and service to the nation to people in all sectors of Canadian society.

What is Mannar’s contribution?

Mannar has been working for 40 years to alleviate debilitating micronutrient deficiencies among the world’s most vulnerable. He is attached with Micronutrient Initiative which is a not-for-profit organization  which endeavors to ensure that the world’s most vulnerable – especially women and children – in developing countries get vitamins and minerals they need to survive and grow through supplements and a food fortification programme.

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