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24 May 2019
THE NEWS The World Health Organization members gathered for the 72nd World Health Assembly in Geneva, Switzerland and agreed on ‘three resolutions’ to ensure that the world meets the universal health coverage (UHC) target of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). KEY-HIGHLIGHTS OF THE MEETING: The members of the World Health Organization (WHO) have gathered in Geneva for the 72nd World Health Assembly (May 20-28) to discuss multiple health issues affecting populations worldwide. Theme:“Universal health coverage: leaving no-one behind”. Each year, senior health officials from the World Health Organization’s the Member States gather there to discuss the WHO’s progress, new goals…
23 May 2019
THE NEWS Economists and Water Academics Prof. H.M. Desarda of Maharashtra have stated that the water crisis in the Marathwada region of Maharashtra is a “Policy-induced failure”. KEY CONCERNS OF THE ECONOMISTS: Prof. H.M. Desardaeconomist and former member of the Maharashtra State Planning Board has earlier warned of the ‘desertification’ of the parched Marathwada region in the near future. As per him, an adaptation of crop pattern in the Marathwada region is the main root of the cause of the current happening in the region. The ecological illiteracy of policy-makers and the selfishness of the power elite in inducing farmers…
21 May 2019
THE NEWS On 20th May 2019 i.e. the World Metrology Day, the world has implemented the new SI units for Kilograms (unit of weight), Kelvin (unit of temperature), Mole (unit of amount of substance) and Ampere (unit of current), as per the decision taken in the recent open session of the General Conference on Weights and Measures (CGPM) at BIPM on 16 November 2018. MORE ON THE DECISION: In the recent open session of the General Conference on Weights and Measures (CGPM) at BIPM on 16 November 2018, the world scientific community has unanimously decided to adopt the resolution to…
21 May 2019
TRENDING TUESDAY ARTICLE The doctrine of proportionality relates to the principle of interpretation of statutory provisions maintaining fairness and justice. It is a mode of restricting the administrative action from being drastic when it is used for obtaining desired results so that a sense of proportion is maintained between its goals along with preserving the public interest with minimal effect on the individual rights. Doctrine and Aadhaar: Recently, the doctrine of proportionality has been used by the SC to uphold the constitutional validity of Aadhaar Act. The court held that Aadhaar Act passes the “triple test” laid down in the…
20 May 2019
THE NEWS According to a report by Quick Heal, Bengaluru faced the highest number of cyber attacks in 2018. KEY-HIGHLIGHTS OF THE CRIME STATUS: Bengaluru being the technology hub and the top destination for IT jobs, faced the highest number of cyber attacks in 2018. Other cities including Mumbai, Delhi, and Kolkata also becoming victims to these attacks. According to Quick Heal’s findings, ransomware was reported up to 14 times per minute, signaling increasing risk. Cybercriminals are now selling malware as a service (MaaS) along with ransomware as a service (RaaS). While cybercriminals have been using various means of conducting…
18 May 2019
Sunday Ethics " I am not a member of any organised political party, I am a democrat." by WILL ROGERS Attitudes are evaluative statements, favourable or not, about objects,people or events. These attitudes have three components which help us recognise the course of behaviour and they are, Cognitive: that is what are one's feelings about a particular person or topic. Affective: how these feelings affect in the formation of perceptions Behavioural: what is the resulting action And so similarly political attitudes are the evaluative statements of people with respect to the political parties in their surroundings and the political atmosphere…
18 May 2019
THE NEWS Kerala has become the first Indian state to tap into the masala bond market by issuing Masala Bonds to raise funds from the overseas market. KEY-HIGHLIGHTS: Kerala government has opened trading on the London Stock Exchange by ringing the iconic bell. The state-owned Kerala Infrastructure Investment Fund Board (KIIFB) started its ‘masala bond’ issue of Rs 2,150 crore on the bourse. The idea of masala bonds was reportedly put forward by state finance minister Thomas Issac in order to raise funds to rebuild infrastructure in the state which recently saw devastating floods. The bond is guaranteed by the…
18 May 2019
SATURDAY SCHEME Significance: India is one of the first countries in the world to develop a comprehensive Cooling Action plan which has a long term vision to address the cooling requirement across sectors and lists out actions which can help reduce the cooling demand. Cooling requirement is cross sectoral and an essential part for economic growth and is required across different sectors of the economy such as residential and commercial buildings, cold-chain, refrigeration, transport and industries The goals emerging from the suggested interventions stated in ICAP are: Reduction of cooling demand across sectors by 20% to 25 % by year…
17 May 2019
THE NEWS India sets the tone at the fourteenth meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Basel Convention (BC COP-14), the ninth meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Rotterdam Convention (RC COP-9) and the ninth meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Stockholm Convention (SC COP-9) in Geneva. KEY-HIGHLIGHTS OF THE MEETING: Theme: " Clean Planet, Healthy People: Sound Management of Chemicals and Waste". The meetings included joint sessions covering matters of relevance to at least two conventions and separate sessions of the meetings of the each of the three COPs. From India,…
16 May 2019
THE NEWS The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) has provided for the establishment of new Payment System Operator (PSO) initiatives to be undertaken by all stakeholders and governing bodies in the next three years propelling the Indian economy to a ‘cash-lite’ one. PAYMENTS SYSTEMS VISION 2021: The Payments Systems Vision 2021 document published by the central bank has laid out a comprehensive roadmap of initiatives to be undertaken by all stakeholders and governing bodies to ensure the successful completion of these objectives in this time. It is a vision document for ensuring a safe, secure, convenient, quick and affordable e-payment…