APPOINTMENTS & RESIGNS
Anil Kumar Pathak takes over as Member (Planning) at Airports Authority of India (AAI)
On 21st August 2018, Anil Kumar Pathak took charge as Member (Planning) at the Airports Authority of India (AAI).
Anil Kumar Pathak – Member (Planning) at AAI:
i. Earlier, Anil Kumar Pathak was Executive Director of Planning and Engineering at the headquarters.
ii. He had also worked in Corporate Planning, Traffic Forecasting, and Airport Infrastructure Planning. AAI manages over 120 airports in various parts of India.
About Airports Authority of India (AAI):
♦ Chairman – Guruprasad Mohapatra
♦ Headquarters – New Delhi
♦ Ownership – state-owned
U K Varma appointed as the new Assocham Secretary General
On August 23, 2018, Industry chamber Assocham appointed former bureaucrat Uday Kumar Varma as its new Secretary General.
i. He will succeed DS Rawat.
ii.Mr.Varma was a former Secretary, Ministry of Information and Broadcasting, Government of India.
iii. He has served administrative role in the state government of Madhya Pradesh as well.
Assocham President: Sandeep Jajodia.
SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY
NASA’s 2 virtual reality apps: NASA Selfies app and NASA’s Exoplanet Excursions, lets you click selfies with galaxies
NASA (National Aeronautics and Space Administration) has designed 2 virtual reality applications named: NASA Selfies appand NASA’s Exoplanet Excursions, to celebrate the 15th anniversary of the Spitzer Space Telescope.
i. Through the NASA Selfies app users can take selfies in a virtual spacesuit and can pose in front of various cosmic locations.
ii. The NASA’s Exoplanet Excursions takes the users on a virtual guided tour of the TRAPPIST-1 planetary system.
iii. Users are taken around 5 planets. Spitzer telescope detects these planets and provides information about the planets.
New antibiotic candidate identified in human body
Scientists have identified a new antibiotic candidate in the human body that would help in developing new drugs that can be used against drug-resistant bacteria.
i. Researchers from the MIT and the University of Naples Federico II in Italy have found that fragments of the protein pepsinogen used to digest food in the stomach, can kill bacteria like Salmonella and E. coli.
ii. Pepsinogen breaks down proteins in food. Hydrochloric acid is secreted by the cells lining the stomach.
iii. Hydrochloric acid mixes with pepsinogen and converts it into pepsin A that digests proteins, and into various other small fragments.
iv. Earlier the functions of these fragments were unknown. Now, it has been found that these fragments work as antimicrobial candidates.
v. A study regarding this has been published in the journal ACS Synthetic Biology.
vi. Three pepsinogen fragments were tested against a skin infection in mice. It was found that the peptides reduced the infections.
vii. Researchers have planned to modify these peptides to use them as antibiotics.