Current Affairs - March, 2020

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US launches Extremely High Frequency Satellite for military communication

On March 26, 2020, the United Nations Space Force launched a hyper-secure satellite for its military communications. With the launch of the satellite the United States has begun its first National Security Mission.

The satellite launching has come at a stage where the number of COVID-19 infected persons has overtaken Italy and China.

Highlights

The Lock Heed Martin AEHF (Advanced Extremely High Frequency) satellite was launched from Florida. The satellite is to provide global protected communications. This will enhance tactical operating warfare skills of the US on ground, aerial and maritime platform.

US Space Force

The US Space force is the sixth service of the country. The first five major services of Defence includes Army, Air Force, Navy, Naval Corps and Coast Guard. The Space Force was recently set up by President Trump to identify and develop new space defence technologies.

The Space Force is to prove US dominance in the Space among other force that are quietly establishing their powers in Space. This includes China and Russia.

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HydroxyChloroquine now made a H1 Drug in India; Exports banned

On March 27, 2020, the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare declared the Hydroxycholoroquine as a Schedule H1 drug. With this GOI has brough upon restrictions on sales and distribution of the drug.

Highlights

The Hydroxychloroquine drug was declared as an essential drug to treat COVID-19 patients. Out of the 4 treatments suggested by the World Health Organization to contain the virus, India adopted the use of Hydroxychloroquine. And hence, exports of the drugs were banned in the country. Currently the drug is being prescribed for symptomatic patients and also for asymptomatic patients that are in contact with the Corona infected patients.

What is Schedule H1?

The drugs listed under Schedule H1 are required to be sold under following conditions

  • The supply if H1 drugs are to be registered in a separate register. The register should hold the name and address of the prescriber and the patient. It should also hold quantity supplied. And these details are to be held by the supplier for a minimum of three years.
  • The drug listed under Schedule H1 should be labelled as “Rx” in red colour. The label should also carry precautionary warnings

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