Current Affairs 1 July

Uddhav Thackeray Inaugurates worlds largest plasma therapy trial: ‘Project PLATINA’

In a way of taking the major initiative to counter the Covid-19 pandemic, Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray on Monday inaugurated ‘Project PLATINA’ which is India’s first and the world’s largest – Plasma Therapy Trial Centre in Nagpur. “This trial centre/ initiative will help in formulating definite treatment guidelines for the entire country in managing critical Covid-19 patients… and will be a turning point during the pandemic,” said Thackeray at the video-conferencing launch. Thackeray has sanctioned Rs 16.65 crore for Project Platina and clinical trials from the CM’s Relief Fund, and the project has been completed in barely three weeks.

The first arrest in HK as ‘anti-protest’ law kicks on handover anniversary

Officials say that a man carrying a pro-independence flag has become the first person to be arrested in Hong Kong after a new “anti-protest” law, imposed by Beijing, came into effect. Pepper spray was used by the police to disperse some protesters who were gathered to mark 23 years since British rule ended. The new national security law aims to punish crimes of secession, subversion, terrorism, and collusion with foreign forces by a minimum sentence of three years, with the maximum being life.

KK Venugopal has been reappointed as Attorney General for another year

Senior government officials had earlier said that the Centre had written to KK Venugopal about its plan to give him a fresh tenure. Venugopal is a leading lawyer of our country, succeeded Mukul Rohatgi as the Attorney General on June 30, 2017. KK Venugopal was on Monday reappointed as the Attorney General for India for one year by the president of India. His present three-year term ends on Tuesday. “The President of INDIA is delighted to re-appoint Shri K K Venugopal, Senior Advocate as Attorney General for India for one year from July 1, 2020.

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