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Top 5 Current Affairs: 7 October 2019

The 2019 Nobel Prize in Medicine has been jointly awarded to three researchers - William G. Kaelin Jr., Sir Peter J. Ratcliffe and Gregg L. Semenza.

Oct 7, 2019 18:54 IST
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Nobel Prize in Medicine 2019 jointly awarded to William Kaelin Jr, Sir Peter Ratcliffe and Gregg Semenza

The 2019 Nobel Prize in Medicine has been jointly awarded to three researchers - William G. Kaelin Jr., Sir Peter J. Ratcliffe and Gregg L. Semenza. The researchers have been honoured for their work in discovering how cells sense the varying levels of oxygen. Though the importance of oxygen has been understood for centuries, how cells adapted to changes in levels of oxygen remained unknown.

Defence Minister approves 4-fold hike in assistance to families of battle casualties

The Union Government has decided to increase the monetary assistance provided to the families of battle casualties from the existing Rs 2 lakh to Rs 8 lakh. The monetary assistance can be available by the families of all categories of battle casualties. The funds will be provided through the Army Battle Casualties Welfare Fund.

Aarey forest controversy: What is it all about?

The Supreme Court has directed the Maharashtra state government to ensure that no more trees are cut in Mumbai’s Aarey colony. The ruling came while the apex court was hearing petitions against the Mumbai Metro’s decision to cut down trees in the area to make way for a car shed for the Mumbai Metro. The Supreme Court in the process hit out at the state government questioning its claim of afforestation to compensate for the loss.

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World Cotton Day: Objective, significance and key highlights!

The first-ever World Cotton Day was observed on October 7, 2019. The Day aims to highlight the challenges of the cotton economies and give exposure and recognition to cotton and all its stakeholders in production, transformation and trade.

Defence Minister to perform Shastra Puja in France after receiving first Rafale fighter jet

Union Defence Minister Rajnath Singh will be performing the Shastra Puja after receiving the first of the 36 Rafale fighter jets in France. The Union Minister has been performing the Shastra puja for many years on the occasion of Vijayadashami.  The handing over ceremony of the Rafale jet will take place at Merignac of Bordeaux, a Dassault Aviation facility, about 590 km away from Paris.

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