Top Current affairs of the Day
12 March 2020
COVID-19 declared as Pandemic by WHO
According to the latest assessment of the World Health Organisation (WHO), now COVID-19 can be characterised as a pandemic.
Leh will host International Yoga Day 2020.
Newly formed UT, Ladakh’s capital Leh will host the main national event of the International Yoga Day 2020. Prime Minister Narendra Modi will be attending the event on June 21, 2020. Over 15000 people are expected to attend the event and perform Yoga in such a high altitude location.
World Kidney Day is observed on 12 March
The theme of the 2020 World Kidney day is “Kidney Health for Everyone Everywhere–from Prevention to Detection and Equitable Access to Care.” The theme stresses the need to strive for kidney health for everyone everywhere. The theme also highlights to focus on the importance of preventive interventions to avert the onset and progression of kidney disease.
♦ The day highlights that diabetes and high blood pressure are key risk factors for chronic kidney disease (CKD).
♦ It encourages the systematic screening of all patients with diabetes and hypertension for CKD.
♦ It also encourages preventive behaviors and educate all healthcare professionals about their key role in detecting and reducing the risk of CKD.
♦ The day encourages transplantation as a best-outcome option for kidney failure, and the act of organ donation as a life-saving initiative.
World Kidney Day was jointly instituted by the International Society of Nephrology (ISN) and the International Federation of Kidney Foundations (IFKF). The day was first observed in 2006 by 66 countries.
Maharashtra Assembly approves caste validity certificate bill
The Maharashtra State Assembly recently approved a bill exempting gram panchayat members of the state from submitting caste validity certificates while filing the nominations. The contesting candidates will now be allowed to submit the caste validity certificate within one year of winning the elections. The caste validity certificate is proof of an individual’s caste.