Current Affairs – July, 2019

Latest Current Affairs July, 2019 with Current Affairs, news summary on current events of National and International importance of July, 2019 for Banking, SSC, CLAT, UPSC / IAS, State PCS, IBPS, Railways and other Competitive Examinations.

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Nishagandhi Monsoon Ragas Music Fest organized by Kerala

Nishagandhi Monsoon Ragas Music Festival is being organised by Kerala Tourism in Thiruvananthapuram. The five-day annual music festival is being held from 20 to 24 July 2019. It marks state’s successful entry into music tourism and seeks to attract more tourists to Kerala.

Key Highlights of Fest

Music festival brings a rare treat of classical and ethnic musical traditions of sub-continent. It features both vocalists and instrumentalists.

Organising such events promotes art and culture of state and moreover harmony of ragas enriches listeners’ minds with lights of optimism.

Eminent classical musicians Parassala B Ponnammal and T V Gopalakrishnan have been selected for inaugural Nishagandhi Sangeetha Puraskaram. This award has been instituted by Kerala Tourism to honour artists who have made outstanding contributions to music.  It carries a cash prize of Rs 1.5 lakh, citation and memento.

Significance of such Fest: The unity in diversity has helped coastal state to make a strong comeback from devastating floods and other natural disasters and tourism has proved its unique character in the adverse situations.

Upcoming Tourism Projects across Kerala

The Travancore Heritage Project is about to kick start in 2019

The Champions Boat League (CBL)

The Vellar Craft Village

The Chala Heritage Street project (costs around `10 crore)

Raja Kesavadasan statue will be erected at Aryasala junction

Responsible Tourism Mission: by Kerala Tourism is a bold initiatives in women’s empowerment

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CCMB unveils new Next Gen Sequencing facility

Dr Harsh Vardhan, Union Minister of Health and Family Welfare, Science and Technology and Earth Sciences, inaugurated Next Generation Sequencing (NSG) facility at Centre for Cellular and Molecular Biology (CCMB), a CSIR lab in Hyderabad, Telangana.

About Next Generation Sequencing (NSG) Facility

It would include technology for high genome sequencing and also diagnostic sequencing of clinical samples. It is 4th such facility in the country.

It is a state-of-the-art genome sequencing facility that can sequence 18,000 samples in 8 minutes. It is acquired at a cost of Rs.8 crore.

It can sequence 30 human genomes a day (or 384 diagnostic samples in a day). It would costs around ₹1 lakh to sequence one genome using this facility.

Applications:

It would help prenatal genetic screening and counselling, thus generating large scale genomic data critical for diagnosis and therapy.

It would especially help patients suffering from rare genetic disorders.

It would help in finding drugs for rare genetic diseases, which drug industry does not manufacture because of high costs involved.

By using NSG facility, scientists hope to find genetic cause of rare diseases and develop kits that can be used to find population at risk of genetic/other rare diseases

Significance: Much of existing body of knowledge for therapies for genetic diseases comes from studies done with Caucasian populations but this new NSG facility would help in generating large-scale genomic data from Indian populations, which was critical for genetic diagnosis and therapy.

Way Ahead: There is a need to develop Scientific Social Responsibility (SSR) and ensure that research is transferred to industry, and help public at large.

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