Events Current Affairs - 2020

President inaugurates Global Clubfoot Conference

President Ram Nath Kovind inaugurated Global Clubfoot Conference organised by CURE India in partnership with Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare in New Delhi. 500 doctors from20 countries and 29 Indian states are attending the conference.


It is one of the most common orthopaedic birth defects where one or both feet are rotated inwards and downwards. It describes range of foot abnormalities usually present at birth in which your baby’s foot is twisted out of shape or position. In clubfoot, tissues connecting muscles to the bone (tendons) are shorter than usual.

Causes: They are unknown (idiopathic), but it may be combination of genetics and environment.

Symptoms of Clubfoot: Top of the foot is usually twisted downward and inward, increasing arch and turning heel inward. The foot may be turned so severely that it actually looks as if it’s upside down. The affected foot may be up to 1/2 inch (about 1cm) shorter than other foot. The calf muscles in affected leg are usually underdeveloped.  

Threats: It causes foot deformity, abnormality walking, callus, knock knees, or shortened legs. It can cause permanent disability if not treated early. This affects the child’s mobility and confidence. It occurs in about one in 1,000 newborns. In India, burden of disability affects more than 10 million people.

Treatment: Ponseti method is initially used which involves moving foot into an improved position followed by casting, which is repeated at weekly intervals.Once the inward bending is improved, the Achilles tendon is often cut and braces are worn until age of four. Initially brace is worn nearly continuously and then just at night. In about 20% of cases further surgery is required.

14th SAARCLAW Conference held in Colombo, Sri Lanka

The 14th South Asian Association for Regional Co-operation in Law (SAARCLAW) Conference was held in Colombo, capital city of Sri Lanka along with 11th SAARC Chief Justices Conference.

The three-day conference was inaugurated by Sri Lankan Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe and saw participation from South Asia’s top Judges, legal practitioners and academics.

Key Facts

The SAARCLAW Conference provided platform for legal professionals to meet and discuss issues of mutual interests and emerging legal trends in the South Asian countries. It also discussed issues like artificial intelligence, human trafficking, Foreign Direct Investments (FDIs) and environmental protection concerns.

Besides, 11th Chief Justices conference was held in a closed-door session and was attended only by Chief Justices or their representatives. It provided Chief Justices of SAARC countries opportunity to consider relevance of judiciaries within South Asia.

SAARCLAW Conference

It was established in Sri Lanka in 1991. Since then conference has provided a platform for legal professionals from South Asian region to meet and discuss issues of mutual interests pertaining to justice, legal reforms, good governance and enforcement over a span of 25 years.

South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC)

SAARC is regional intergovernmental organization and geopolitical union of nations in South Asia. Its member states include Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Nepal, Maldives, Pakistan and Sri Lanka. It comprises 3% of world’s area, 21% of world’s population and 3.8% of global economy as of 2015.