NEWS FEED 19_July ‘2016

Cancer-fighting immunotherapy- A treatment for HIV

  • This has been found in latest study that atype of immunotherapy that has shown promising results against cancer could also fight HIV, the virus that causes AIDS.
  • It has been found that potent antibodies can be used to generate a specific type of cell called chimeric antigen receptors (CARs). CARs can be used to kill cells infected with HIV-1.
  • CARs are artificially created immune T cells which produce receptors on their surface specifically designed to kill specific cells containing viruses or tumor proteins.
  • In the ongoing research,Chimeric receptors are the focus into how gene immunotherapy can be used to fight cancer.
  • The new research looks beneficial because it takes advantage of new antibodies that have been discovered in the past few years.
  • unlike earlier isolated antibodies that tend to bind few strains.“Broadly neutralising antibodies” have the ability to bind multiple strains of invading viruses.
  • The next step is to find strategies to put these receptors into humans.


Sidhu quits Rajya Sabha –  likely to join AAP

  • Navjot Singh Sidhu, the former cricketer had resigned his Rajya Sabha seat and was set to join the AAP.
  • The move has left BJP shocked which had thought that it had pacified Mr. Sidhu’s anger with the party for having to give up claims on the Amritsar Lok Sabha seat in favour of Finance Minister Arun Jaitley. Sidhu was being kept away from local since his presence discomfited BJP ally Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD).
  • Sidhu had been given a Rajya Sabha seat through the nominated category, and his wife Dr. Navjot Kaur had been made chief parliamentary secretary (with ministerial rank) in the SAD-BJP government.
  • Sidhu announced his resignation in a short letter.“At the behest of the honourable Prime Minister, I had accepted the Rajya Sabha nomination for the welfare of Punjab. With the closure of every window leading to Punjab, the purpose stands defeated. It is now a mere burden, I prefer not to carry it. In the war of right or wrong, you cannot afford to be neutral, rather than being self-centred Punjab’s interest is paramount,” he said in his statement.
  • It is being said that Dr. Navjot Kaur too had resigned from her position in the Punjab government, but there was no independent confirmation of the same.
  • “People can given their right hand for an RS seat. Ever seen a sitting RS MP resigning to save his State? I salute Siddhu for his courage,” Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal tweeted.


journalist Malini Subramaniam wins international award for reportage

  • journalist Malini Subramaniam has been chosen for the prestigious 2016 International Press Freedom Award for her work on human rights violations in Chattisgarh.
  • Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ), chose Subramaniam for her reportage that led to her being threatened and eventually driven out of the state.
  • “Malini Subramaniam, was attacked and harassed after she reported on human rights abuses and the conflict between Maoist groups and state forces in Chhattisgarh.
  • Subramaniam has extensively written on human rights violations including tribal protests against police atrocities, allegations of sexual violence and fake encounters in the conflicted Bastar region.
  • Three other journalists chosen for the award are –
  • Mahmoud Abou Zeid (Shawkan), an Egyptian who has been imprisoned since August 2013;
  • Can Dündar, editor-in-chief of the Turkish daily Cumhuriyet, who was sentenced in May to five years and 10 months in prison on charges of revealing state secrets
  • Óscar Martínez, an investigative reporter for the online newsmagazine El Faro in El Salvador.
  • The awards will be presented in New York on November 22, 2016.


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