UPSC Current Affairs - 2019
Latest Current Affairs 2018-2019 for UPSC IAS / Civil Services Examination. This category comprises the current affairs short notes useful primarily for UPSC preliminary examination and upsc mains as well as state civil services examinations.
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March 21 was celebrated as World Down Syndrome Day. The theme of the 2019 World Down Syndrome Day is “Leave no one behind”.
Down Syndrome is a genetic disorder which results in delayed physical and mental growth in individuals. The genetic disorder has been named after British doctor John Langdon Down who fully described the syndrome in 1866.
In normal conditions, people have only two copies of Chromosome 21 whereas those with Down’s syndrome there is a presence of a part or full of the third copy of chromosome 21.
Even though Down’s Syndrome is incurable, the quality of life of those suffering could be considerably improved by giving proper medical support and education.
World Down Syndrome Day
21 March is observed as World Syndrome Day to increase global awareness about the syndrome by the United Nations since 2012. Since then March 21st is celebrated as World Down Syndrome Day by the governments, organisations and individuals to extend support to those suffering from Down’s Syndrome.
Why March 21st?
March 21st is the 21st day of third month. March 21st was chosen to signify uniqueness of the triplication of the 21st chromosome which causes Down syndrome.
Apolitical, a peer to peer learning platform for governments has released the list of World’s 100 Most Influential People in Climate Policy for 2019. The list celebrates politicians, civil servants, academics and activists who have contributed immensely towards raising awareness and bringing change for the cause of environment and climate.
Indians’ in the list
- Union Minister for Railways and Coal Piyush Goyal.
- Union Minister for Environment, Forest and Climate Change Dr Harsh Vardhan.
- Pune Mayor Mukta Tilak.
- Executive director of Integrated Research and Action for Development, a research and policy analysis institute focusing on sustainable development Jyoti Kirit Parikh.
- Well-renowned environmentalist and political activist, Sunita Narain.
- Environmental activist, Vandana Shiva.
- Director general of the International Solar Alliance, Upendra Tripathi.
- Co-founder and Executive Director, Sunrise Movement, Varshini Prakash.
Releasing the inaugural list Apolitical has said that at a time when young people everywhere are marching to demand action on climate, it’s more important than ever to celebrate and support those with the most power to act: the people driving tangible policy change.
Tags: Apolitical • Dr Harsh Vardhan • International Solar Alliance • Jyoti Kirit Parikh • Mukta Tilak • Piyush Goyal • Pune • Sunita Narain • Sunrise Movement • Union Minister for Environment Forest and Climate Change • Union Minister for Railways • Upendra Tripathi • Vandana Shiva • Varshini Prakash • World’s 100 Most Influential People in Climate Policy for 2019