- 1 5 January Current Affairs 2021 with FREE PDF and Current Affairs Quiz 2021
- 2 DNA Vaccine approved by DCGI
- 3 UK-Spain pact
- 4 UK abolish the ‘tampon tax’
- 5 Shops & commercial establishments operates 24×7 in Karnataka
- 6 1,400 birds found dead in Himachal Pradesh
- 7 FSSAI slashes limit for trans fat levels in foods
- 8 Japan to become Sixth Eye in FIVE EYES Group
- 9 India, Pakistan exchange list of nuclear installations
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DNA Vaccine approved by DCGI
The Nation’s first indigenously developed DNA vaccine candidate against COVID-19, ZyCoV-D, by M/s Zydus Cadila has been approved by Drugs Controller General of India (DCGI), for conduct of the Phase III clinical trials.
The candidate has been supported by the National Biopharma Mission (NBM) under the aegis of BIRAC and the Department of Biotechnology, Government of India.
Spain announced it had struck a deal with the UK to maintain free movement to and from Gibraltar – a small portion of land on the southern tip of the Iberian peninsula that Britain controls but Spain claims as its own.
Gibraltar is a British Overseas Territory. Under the Gibraltar constitution of 2006, Gibraltar is self-governing, with some responsibilities, such as defence and foreign relations, remaining with the British government.
UK abolish the ‘tampon tax’
The United Kingdom began 2021 by abolishing a 5 per cent Value Added Tax (VAT) on women’s sanitary products, often referred to as the “tampon tax” and which many activists had described as sexist.
It now joins the list of countries which have already eliminated this tax, which includes India, Australia and Canada. The measure is part of a wider UK government effort called ‘End Period Poverty’.
Shops & commercial establishments operates 24×7 in Karnataka
The Karnataka government has allowed all shops and commercial establishments to operate round the clock all days of the week for the next three years under provisions of the Karnataka Shops and Commercial Establishments Act (1961).
The revision of rules by the Labour Department is expected to help businesses recover from financial difficulties they faced during the coronavirus-induced lockdown which led to a decline in economic activity. The rules permits only shops and commercial establishments employing ten or more persons to operate 24×7. The period of this extension of timings will be in force till January 2, 2024.
1,400 birds found dead in Himachal Pradesh
After more than 1,400 migratory birds were found dead due to an unexplained cause in the Pong Dam area of Kangra district in Himachal Pradesh, the local administration has suspended all tourism activities in the reservoir’s precincts till further orders.
Wildlife authorities have sent samples taken from the carcass of the birds for testing at the High Security Animal Disease Laboratory in Bhopal to ascertain the cause of death.
FSSAI slashes limit for trans fat levels in foods
The Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) has capped the amount of trans fatty acids (TFA) in oils and fats to 3% for 2021 and 2% by 2022 from the current permissible limit of 5% through an amendment to the Food Safety and Standards (Prohibition and Restriction on Sales) Regulations.
The FSSAI notified the amendment on December 29, more than a year after it issued a draft on the subject for consultation with stakeholders.
The revised regulation applies to edible refined oils, vanaspati (partially hydrogenated oils), margarine, bakery shortenings and other mediums of cooking such as vegetable fat spreads and mixed fat spreads.
Japan to become Sixth Eye in FIVE EYES Group
Five Eyes is a network of five nations collaborated to better respond to increasing threats by North Korea and China. Japan is on its way to become the ‘sixth eye’.
A person close to Japan-US relations disclosed that Japan had provided intelligence to the US and the UK last year on China’s forceful detainment of Muslim Uyghur minority people on condition of keeping the source confidential. The “Five Eyes” (FVEY) refers to an alliance comprising Australia, Canada, New Zealand, the United Kingdom and the United States.
India, Pakistan exchange list of nuclear installations
India and Pakistan conducted the annual practice of exchanging the list of their nuclear installations under a bilateral arrangement that prohibits them from attacking each other’s atomic facilities.
The exchange was made in accordance with Article-II of the Agreement on Prohibition of Attacks against Nuclear Installations and Facilities between Pakistan and India, signed on December 31, 1988, the Foreign Office (FO) said in a statement here.