Current Affairs – October, 2014

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India’s golden girl Mary Kom gets another gold

Boxer Mary Kom has won her first major goal of the ongoing Asian games at Incheon. She has become the first Indian woman boxer to win a gold at Asian games. The five-time world champion Mary had raced her way ahead till the finals in which she defeated Kazakhtan’s Zhaina Shekerbekova. The game was in the 51-kg category. Mary Kom-a name which not many Indians knew of till recently had shot to fame after her Olympic bronze. It opened the doors of media to her and very soon there was a Bollywood movie devoted to her life in which the lead character was played by Priyanka Chopra.
Mary Kom did not have very smooth life conditions since her childhood at the family front. Also, there were not many takers for her passion of boxing. It was quite an uphill task for her to convince her family to believe in her and have faith in her abilities. She has been now blessed with a very understanding husband and three lovely kids. Her fans also call her ‘Magnificient Mary’ who have flooded her social media profiles with congratulations.
Sports statistician Mohandas Menon pointed out that it was the “15th GOLD for Mary Kom in her international boxing career since her first in the World Amateur Boxing Championships at Antalya, Turkey in 2002”.
She has been and will be a great inspiration for the women of India who find it hard to change the basic stereotypes about women and lack courage to follow their dreams.

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Ebola reaches US

Ebola virus which has claimed many lives in African nations due to lack of proper treatment and medication has now reached soils of United States of America. A patient who has recently travelled from Liberia on September 19, reached US on September 20. He was completely healthy at the time of his travel but developed symptoms of the infection after 4-5 days of his stay. He has been admitted to a Dallas hospital.
Authorities have kept his identity and the details of mode of infection secret. There were no media briefing about the treatment that is being administered to him. The patient has been kept in ICU and in isolation. He was on a family visit to US and has been moving freely ever since his arrival. Even after the apparent symptoms of the disease, he still had contacts with some people before he was put in complete isolation. The authorities are finding ways to pick out these contacts. Even the health crew who transported the patient has also been kept in isolation. The authorities also confirmed how many other patients the ambulance carried after the transport of Ebola infected person. Dr. Thomas Frieden, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, has duly stressed that there is no risk to public health and as all procedures were properly followed to decontaminate the ambulance. However, how far and wide the patient travelled in Dallas before being diagnosed is yet to be probed and checked to rule out any public health hazard.

Dr. Frieden finally added that “the bottom line here is that I have no doubt that we will control this importation or this case of Ebola so that it does not spread widely in this country”. Ebola causes viral hemorrhagic fever, which can affect multiple organ systems in the body and is often accompanied by bleeding. Early symptoms include sudden onset of fever, weakness, muscle pain, headaches and a sore throat, each of which can be easily mistaken early on for other ailments like malaria, typhoid fever and meningitis.
Ebola is spread by direct contact with someone sick with the virus. That means people on the patient’s flight are not thought to be at risk, as he did not begin to show symptoms until several days after arriving in the United States, Frieden said.

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