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24 May 2018
THE NEWS For the first time, India and Russia will undertake a joint project in Afghanistan mostly in the development sector. KEY FACTS FOR INDIA-RUSSIA SUMMIT The annual India-Russia Summit set in motion by Russian President Vladimir Putin in the year 2000 The summit stressed that the two countries must work together for “defence cooperation” in a multipolar world. The reiteration of strategic and defence ties indicates that both countries are willing to hedge against the impact of sanctions on Russia under the US’s Countering America’s Enemies Through Sanctions Act (CAATSA) and its effect on India’s defence procurement. The summit…
23 May 2018
THE NEWS New software which will strengthen telemedicine services in governmenthospitals,has been launched in Rajasthan for presumptive diagnosis and monitoring of seasonal and non-communicable diseases as well as the trends of ailments found in specific areas. KEY FACTS ABOUT THE "NIDAAN SOFTWARE" ‘Nidaan’ is a software that will be used for presumptive diagnosis and monitoring of seasonal and non-communicable diseases as well as the trends of ailments found in specific areas. It is a simultaneous monitoring of the programmes run under the National Health Mission, would help formulating an effective policy in the health sector. “Nidaan” will facilitate online entries…
22 May 2018
THE NEWS India received the 1st cargo of UAE crude oil for filling up one of the two Strategic Petroleum Reserve (SPR) caverns built by Indian Strategic Petroleum Reserve Ltd (ISPRL) at Mangalore. KEY FACTS FOR THE 'INDIAN STRATEGIC PETROLEUM RESERVES (ISPR)' The Indian Strategic Petroleum Reserve (ISPR) is an emergency fuel store of total 5 MMT (million metric tons) of strategic crude oil which are maintained by the Indian Strategic Petroleum Reserves Limited. GoI under phase I of SPR programme has built crude oil storage facilities with total capacity of 5.33 million tonnes at three locations viz. Vishakhapatnam, Mangalore,andPadur.…
22 May 2018
With the advancement in technology and new innovations such as Internet, 5G services and Artificial Intelligence; there is certainly a need to review and reform the existing Telecom Policy that benefits Companies as well as Consumers for better Connectivity and Services. Aim of Draft Telecom Policy Connect India: To ensure establishment of a robust Digital Communication Infrastructure in Country. Propel India: To utilise the emerging technologies related to Digital Innovations. Secure India: To ensure individual's autonomy and choice while ensuring Security in Data ownership and User Privacy. Issues Faced by Telecom Sector in India The Prices of Spectrum are highly…
21 May 2018
The teachings of Lord Buddha remain relevant even after 2600 years since they were propounded. He stressed on the ideals of compassion, truth, peace and humanity which hold particular significance in today's geopolitical context where countries are fighting and killing each other for their greed and hegemony. The situation in Syria, Iraq,etc.& emergence of fundamentalist groups point to the urgent need for promoting tolerance, compassion and brotherhood to prevent spread of atrocities in the name of religion. This is also explicit in the philosophy of 'Ashtangika marg' (8 fold path which involves right speech, right action, etc.) of Buddha to…
21 May 2018
THE NEWS For the first time in the state of Kerala, the presence of the zoonotic disease,i.e. ‘Nipah virus’ has confirmed by the Health Department with the blood and body fluid samples of two persons who died of viral fever in Kozhikode district. KEY-FACTS OF THE ‘NIPAH VIRUS’ About the Virus: The fruit bat, also knows as the "flying fox" is the natural host for the virus. Nipah virus is a disease that can affect both animals and humans. The virus was first identified in swine and has subsequently been identified in dogs, cats, horses, and goats. Symptoms: Symptoms of…
19 May 2018
THE NEWS The Indian delegation led by Minister of State for Culture, Dr Mahesh Sharma participates in the 15th Meeting of the Cultural Ministers of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) Member States held in Sanya, Hainan province, on 16th and 17th May 2018. KEY-FACTS OF THE MEET The two-day Meeting assumes importance for India as India has participated for the first time at the Meeting of Cultural Ministers of the SCO. The important discussion of the SCO meeting focused on achieving more in-depth and creative multilateral cultural cooperation while also promoting the regional cultural cooperation and mutual understanding of the…
18 May 2018
THE NEWS As predicted, the deep depression in the Arabian Sea has intensified into a cyclone “Sagar”, the first cyclonic storm of the season to develop in the Indian waters. CURRENT POSITION OF SAGAR & EXPECTED MOVEMENTS At present, the cyclone Sagar is seen overthe Gulf of Aden near latitude 13.2°N and longitude 48.7°E, around 400 km east-northeast of Aden in Yemen and 560 km west-northwest of Socotra Islands. With the system moving in open waters, it is expected to gain more strength and sustain the strength of a tropical storm for at least next 12 hours. Thereafter, as predicted…
17 May 2018
THE NEWS The Union Cabinet has approved the “National Policy on Biofuels-2018”, with the aim to help farmers dispose of their surplus stock in an economic manner and to reduce India’s oil-import dependence. SALIENT FEATURES OF THE POLICY Different category: The National Policy categorizesBiofuels as- Basic Biofuels and Advanced Biofuels to enable the extension of appropriate financial and fiscal incentives under each category: Basic Biofuels: First Generation (1G) bioethanol & biodiesel. Advanced Biofuels: Second Generation (2G) ethanol, Municipal Solid Waste (MSW) to drop-in fuels, Third Generation (3G) Biofuels, bio-CNG etc. The expanded scope of raw material: The Policy expands the…
16 May 2018
THE NEWS The Central Railways has planned to deal with plastic menace by exploring the possibility of implementing a buyback policy for plastic bottles along with installing plastic bottle crushing machines on major stations. KEY-FACTS OF THE POLICY With the Maharashtra state is all set to implement a statewide ban on plastic from June 23, the Central Railways is exploring the possibility of implementing a buyback policy for plastic bottles. In addition to the buyback policy, the sector is also planning to install plastic bottle crushing machines at major railway stations. PLASTIC, A HUGE PROBLEM The biggest challenge that the…