• Current Affairs , 7 December 2019

    TABLE OF CONTENTS

    1. PM Modi meets PM of Mauritius
    2. National Florence Nightingale Awards
    3. Neutrino Observatory in Tamil Nadu
    4. Proper Safety Apparatus in Nuclear Power Plants
    5. PM Modi suggests pairing of private, public schools to boost Ek Bharat, Shreshtha Bharat
    6. Govt cancels Nithyananda’s passport and rejects application for new one
    7. Diabetic population in country is close to hitting alarming mark of 69.9 million by 2025: MoS AYUSH
    8. Corporate ministry launched 1st of its kind independent director’s data bank; maintained by IICA
    9. Setting Up Dedicated Cells in IITs in Collaboration with ISRO
    • The Fifteenth Finance Commission submits its report for 2020-21 to the President of India
    1. PM Modi & Maldivian
    2. BRICS remote Sensing Satellite Constellation
    3. Saudi Aramco announces biggest ever IPO
    4. 13th South Asian Games
    5. Virat Kohli regains no.1 spot in ICC Test rankings

     

     

     

    NATIONAL NEWS

     

     

    1. PM meets PM of Mauritius

     

    • Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi met the Prime Minister of Mauritius H.E. Mr. Pravind Jugnauth in New Delhi today. Prime Minister Jugnauth accompanied by his spouse, Mrs Kobita Jugnauth is on a private visit to India.
    • Prime Minister Modi extended his warm felicitations to Prime Minister Jugnauth on his re-election with a resounding mandate. Prime Minister Jugnauth thanked Prime Minister and reiterated his commitment to further strengthen and deepen the fraternal and enduring bilateral ties between the two countries.
    • Prime Minister Jugnauth expressed deep appreciation for India’s support in many development cooperation projects being implemented in Mauritius, such as the Metro Express Project, ENT Hospital, Social Housing Project, which have brought real benefits to its people. Prime Minister Jugnauth conveyed that accelerating the pace of all round development of Mauritius and deepening the scope of cooperation with India will be his priorities in the new term. He expected India to play an important role in this endeavour.
    • Prime Minister Modi said that the Government and people of Mauritius can count on India’s wholehearted support and continued solidarity in their aspirations to build a more secure, stable and prosperous Mauritius.
    • Both leaders agreed to work closely to build upon the close multifaceted bilateral relations and to explore new avenues of engagement, based on mutual interest and priorities.

     

    1. National Florence Nightingale Awards

     

    1. I am delighted to greet you all today on the occasion of the National Florence Nightingale Awards ceremony. The Government of India instituted these awards in 1973. They are named after Florence Nightingale, the founder of modern nursing, and the very icon of selfless care.

     

    1. I congratulate the 36 nursing professionals who are being conferred with the National Florence Nightingale Awards for their meritorious services. I offer my felicitations to the entire nursing fraternity for their sincere dedication and services to fellow citizens. I also wish to acknowledge the sacrifice of Late Mrs. Lini Puthuserry who is today being honoured posthumously for her unsurpassed dedication while taking care of patients during the Nipah virus outbreak in Kerala.

     

    1. Nurses play a vital role in delivering quality and cost effective health care, addressing multiple health challenges and responding to health needs of individuals, families and communities. The world is more and more in need of care and compassion, and nurses indeed are a symbol of seva, shushrusha, karuna. For patients and their families, nurses are the face of health care services. Your contribution is immense and I am glad to know that the World Health Organisation has announced 2020 as the Year of the Nurse and Mid-wife. Incidentally, 2020 will also mark the 200thbirth anniversary of Florence Nightingale.

     

    1. Our nurses serving in community health centres and hospitals, have played an important role in successful implementation of national health programmes like eradication of polio, malaria and HIV/AIDS. I am happy to note that this year’s awardees have made commendable contribution in these areas.

     

    1. The Government of India launched the Ayushman Bharat initiative to provide quality and comprehensive primary health care to people of all walks of life. More than 64 lakh beneficiaries have been admitted for treatment under this programme and more than 20 thousand hospitals have been empanelled. I hope that those States which are yet to adopt and implement the Ayushman Bharat programme shall also do so at the earliest. This is a monumental health care programme, in whose success the nursing community shall play a key role. Your service and kindness towards the patients represent the healing touch which carries a ray of hope so important for those who are ailing.

     

    1. There is a considerable increase in the demand for specialized, competent and highly skilled nurses. There is also a rising demand of human resource for third and fourth level care, which requires quality training institutes. To achieve this, the Government has taken several initiatives for further development of pre-services and in-service training, education and upgradation of nursing services.

     

    Ladies and Gentlemen,

    1. We have an increasing number of elderly people who deserve and require proper geriatric care. Earlier this week, the King and Queen of Sweden had visited Rashtrapati Bhavan. The Queen does a lot of work on issues concerning health and welfare of elderly people. We discussed how elderly people across the world need care and support as they experience ageing-related issues. They may also suffer from ailments such as dementia. In India, families take care of our elders in their old age. However, with changing lifestyles the demand for professional care-givers to take care of the elderly is on the rise. These care-givers, who need not be trained nurses, would certainly benefit from basic training in geriatric care. Our nursing training institutions can consider developing short training programs for such care-givers too.

     

    1. Due to your sense of service and devotion to duty, all of you from the nursing fraternity, whether in government or private sectors, have earned tremendous respect and admiration. This admiration is also evident beyond our national borders. While serving overseas, you have brought credit to our nation as well as contributed significantly through your remittances. Through your disciplined attitude and high level of professionalism, you have earned tremendous goodwill in all parts of the world.

     

    • As we honour the outstanding nursing professionals of the country, I wish you all success. The country is grateful for your selfless services and dedication. I trust that the awardees will truly inspire the entire nursing community to rededicate themselves to quality healthcare.

     

    3. Neutrino Observatory in Tamil Nadu

    ·        The India based Neutrino Observatory is being planned in the Theni district in Tamil Nadu.

    ·        There has been opposition from some sections of the local populace.   INO has been conducting outreach programmes in & around Madurai and Theni for students in schools & colleges, for faculty as well as journalists and media professionals. A large outreach program took place during May-August 2018 covering other towns in Tamil Nadu and a few in Kerala.

    ·         Many students, faculty and members of the public have visited the INO transit campus where an 85 ton mini-ICAL detector is operational detecting naturally occurring cosmic ray muons.

    ·         This is a much smaller version of the detector that is planned in the cavern at the end of a 2km horizontal tunnel at the INO site. In June 2010, a public meeting, though not mandated by Ministry of Environment and Forest (MoEF), was called by the Theni Collector.

    ·        It was attended by about 1200 local people, including the Panchayat President, who endorsed the project. All the statutory norms and regulations are also followed in implementing the INO project.

    ·        The INO site is not in the Eco Sensitive Area as identified by the High Level Working Group (HL WG) chaired by Dr. Kasturirangan and referred to in the MoEF Notification  F.No.1-4/2012 – RE (Pt.) dated 13-11-2013.

     

    This information was provided by the Union Minister of State (Independent Charge) Development of North-Eastern Region (DoNER), MoS PMO, Personnel, Public Grievances & Pensions, Atomic Energy and Space, Dr Jitendra Singh in written reply to a question in Rajya Sabha today.

    1. Proper Safety Apparatus in Nuclear Power Plants

    • Highest priority is accorded to safety in all aspects of nuclear power viz. siting, design, construction, commissioning, and operation.
    • Nuclear power plants are designed adopting safety principles of redundancy, diversity and provided fail-safe design features following a defence in depth approach.
    • This ensures that there are multiple barriers between the source of radioactivity and the environment.
    • The operations are performed adopting well laid out procedures by highly qualified, trained and licensed personnel. Appropriate Personal Protection Equipments and monitoring aids are provided to all the personnel working in the nuclear power plants.
    • This information was provided by the Union Minister of State (Independent Charge) Development of North-Eastern Region (DoNER), MoS PMO, Personnel, Public Grievances & Pensions, Atomic Energy and Space, DrJitendra Singh in written reply to a question in RajyaSabha

     

    • PM Modi suggests pairing of private, public schools to boost Ek Bharat, Shreshtha Bharat

     

    • Prime Minister Narendra Modi has suggested pairing of private and public schools to boost Ek Bharat, Shreshtha Bharat. Mr Modi was addressing Ekal Vidyalaya Sangathan, Gujarat through video message.
    • He noted that the Central Government is working enthusiastically for better education and skill development in the country.
    • He also said, schemes like scholarship for Scheduled Tribe children, Eklavya Model residential school, Poshan Abhiyan and Mission Indradhanush have helped not only in checking the school dropout rates but also promoted the holistic development of children.
    • The Prime Minister congratulated Ekal Vidyalaya Sangathan for spearheading the Ekal School Abhiyan which aims to promote the education among rural and tribal children. He appreciated the Sangathan volunteers for their role in nation-building by imparting education and awareness to more than 28 lakh rural and tribal children who reside in the remotest locations across India and Nepal.
    • He also appreciated the use of e-education and digitization by Ekal Sansthan. He added that the organization may also come up with a single real-time dashboard for monitoring the progress of all the Ekal Vidyalayas in a comprehensive way.

     

    • Govt cancels Nithyananda’s passport and rejects application for new one

     

    • Union Government on Friday said that it has cancelled self-styled Godman Nithyananda’s passport and rejected his application for a new one.
    • Briefing media in New Delhi this evening, External Affairs Ministry Spokesman Raveesh Kumar said, all Indian missions and posts have been sensitized that Nithyananda is wanted in several cases of crime. He said, External Affairs Ministry has asked its missions to sensitize the local government.
    • The Spokesman also said that Ministry is in touch with the families of six Indians who have lost their lives in an LPG tanker blast at a factory in Sudan. He said, eight Indians are in hospital and 11 people are unidentified or missing.

     

    • Diabetic population in country is close to hitting alarming mark of 69.9 million by 2025: MoS AYUSH

     

    • The diabetic population in the country is close to hitting the alarming mark of 69.9 million by 2025, which is expected to witness an increase of 266 per cent.
    • This was stated by Minister of State for Ayurveda, Yoga and Naturopathy Shripad Naik in a written reply in the Lok Sabha on Friday.
    • The Minister said that the Centre of Research in Ayurveda Sciences, an autonomous body under Ayush Ministry, has been engaged in extending research-oriented Ayurveda based or integrative health care services for the management of Madhumeha, which is Diabetes Mellitus

     

    1. Corporate ministry launched 1st of its kind independent director’s data bank; maintained by IICA

     

    • The secretary of ministry of corporate affairs, Shri Injeti Srinivas launchedIndependent Director’s Databank in accordance with the provisions of the Companies Act, 2013 and the rules made thereunder. Powered by integrated Learning Management System(LMS), the data bank was launched to strengthen the institution of independent directors under the companies act. It has been developed and will be maintained by Indian Institute for Corporate Affairs (IICA) and is a first of its kind by the ministry.
    • Databank access: The databank can be accessed through mca.gov.inor www.independentdirectorsdatabank.in to provide easy access for registration existing Independent Directors as well as individuals aspiring to become independent directors. All the existing Independent Directors are required to register themselves in the databank within 3 months from 01 December 2019 as per the notified rule
    • Through integrated LMS, various video courses, e-learning capsules and videos are made available in the system. This will enable Individual users to easily acquire knowledge from diverse resources, develop distinct skills and assess their understanding of company operations, regulations and compliances.
    • The courses will be on topics such as Companies Act, Securities laws, basic accountancy, board practices, board ethics and board effectiveness.
    • A basic online proficiency self-assessment test which will be available from March 2020 onwards within 12 months thereafter has to be taken by the person.

     

    1. Setting Up Dedicated Cells in IITs in Collaboration with ISRO

     

     

    • ISRO has set up 5 Space Technology Cells (STCs) at premier institutions like Indian Institute of Technologies (IITs) – Bombay, Kanpur, Kharagpur & Madras; Indian Institute of Science (IISc), Bengaluru and Joint Research Programme with Savitribai Phule Pune University (SPPU, Pune) to carry out research activities in the areas of space technology and applications.
    • ISRO desires development of high end technology in collaboration with IITs in the areas of Space Science, Space Technology and Space Applications.
    • ISRO would fund the identified projects.
    • This information was provided by the Union Minister of State (Independent Charge) Development of North-Eastern Region (DoNER), MoS PMO, Personnel, Public Grievances & Pensions, Atomic Energy and Space, Dr Jitendra Singh in written reply to a question in Rajya Sabha

     

    1. The Fifteenth Finance Commission submits its report for 2020-21 to the President of India

     

     

    • The Chairman of the 15thFinance Commission, Shri N.K. Singh, Members S/Shri Ajay Narayan Jha,  Ashok Lahiri,  Ramesh Chand, Anoop Singh and Secretary Shri Arvind Mehta today called on the President of  India, Shri Ram Nath Kovind and submitted the report of the Commission for the financial year 2020-21 for further necessary action.  The Commission apprised the President of the recommendations contained therein.
    • The XV Finance Commission was constituted by the President of India under Article 280 of the Constitution on 27November 2017 to make recommendations for a period of five years from 1st April 2020 to 31 March 2025.  The Commission had  a wide ranging Terms of Reference contained in the Presidential Notification.
    • Thereafter, the Gazette Notification dated 27 November 2019 mandated the XV Finance Commission to submit the report for the financial year 2020-21 by 30 November 2019 and thereafter the final report for the period 1 April 2021 to 31 March 2026 by 30 October 2020.

     

     

    INTERNATIONAL NEWS

     

    1. PM Modi & Maldivian

     

    • The prime minister of India Shri Narendra Modi and the president of Maldives Ibrahim Mohamed Solih jointly inaugurated 4 key development projects in Maldives via video conference. The 4 projects are gifting of Made in India Coast Guard Ship(CGS) Kaamiyaabto Maldives, launch of RuPay card, lighting up of Malé using LED (Light Emitting Diodes) lights, and launch of 3 fish processing plants. India also plans to undertake several High impact community development projects in Maldives.
    • PM Modi also announced the govt’s work on building cancer hospital and cricket stadium in Hulhumale island of Maldives and also about the water and sanitation project in 34 islands to begin soon.
    • The CGS Kaamiyaab would help in enhancing the maldives’ maritime security, and also promote blue economy (use of ocean resources for economic growth, improved livelihoods etc) and tourism. It was handed over to the Maldives National Defence Force (MNDF). It was constructed by L&T (Larsen & Toubro) in Gujarat.
    • The launch of RuPay payment system in Maldives would enhance ease of travel for Indians travelling to Maldives. It was launched by the Memorandum of Understanding(MoU) signed by the National Payments Corporation of India (NPCI) and the Bank of Maldives (BML).
    • In 2019, tourist arrivals from India to the Maldives have doubled and India has risen from 5th to the 2nd position in its tourism market. The RuPay payment system will enhance the people for smooth payment in the country.
    • India recently donated 2,500 LED streetlights that had been installed in Male. This would save 80% energy.
    • The community projects are being implemented under the MoU signed during (former foreign minister) Sushma Swaraj’s visit to Maldives in 2019.
    • The Indian government’s ‘Neighbourhood First’ and the Maldives Government’s “India First” policies have strengthened bilateral cooperation in all sectors between the two nations. ‘Neighbourhood First Policy’ which means giving priority to the Neighboring countries, addresses the need for regional integration in South Asia in the era of globalization.

     

     

     

    1. BRICS remote Sensing Satellite Constellation

    • The space agencies of BRICS nations have been negotiating a Framework Agreement to formalize the cooperation on building a ‘virtual constellation of remote sensing satellites’, made up of satellites contributed by BRICS space agencies. Technical aspects with respect to identifying the satellites and the ground stations for the initial virtual constellation were discussed by the Space Agencies.
    • The purpose of the proposed virtual constellation is to get access to satellite remote sensing data, which could be used by the individual BRICS nations for various applications including natural resources management and disaster management.
    • This information was provided by the Union Minister of State (Independent Charge) Development of North-Eastern Region (DoNER), MoS PMO, Personnel, Public Grievances & Pensions, Atomic Energy and Space, Dr Jitendra Singh in written reply to a question in Rajya Sabha

     

     

    1. Saudi Aramco announces biggest ever IPO

     

    • Saudi Arabia, state oil company Aramco has set a share price for its much-anticipated initial public offering.
    • According to reports, Aramco has set a share price that will value the company’s initial public offering (IPO) at 25.6 billion Dollar, making it the largest ever seen. In a statement, Aramco said that the IPO will consist of 3 billion shares, or 1.5% of the company, offered for 8.00 to 8.53 Dollar per share. The Saudi’s state-owned crude oil company had announced in November that it would be putting shares up for sale.
    • The move is part of the country’s plan to diversify its economy away from its dependence on oil and increase the country’s sovereign wealth fund for investment in other projects.
    • Aramco’s IPO tops a record-breaking 25 billion dollar IPO in 2014 from Chinese internet giant Alibaba.

     

     

     

     

     

     

    SPORTS NEWS

     

     

    1. 13th South Asian Games

     

    • India clinched 12 medals including 2 gold, 6 silver and 4 bronze in athletics at 13th South Asian Games in Nepal.
    • In men’s shot put Tajinder Pal Singh grabbed gold and Om Prakash Singh won silver.
    • In women’s section, Abha Khatua clinched gold and Kachnar Chauba begged bronze.
    • In 4×100 meter relay, Indian men and women won silver each. In men’s 400 meter hurdle Jabir Madari won silver and Santosh Kumar bronze.
    • In women’s category Veerpal Kaur begged bronze.
    • In women’s 5000-meter sprint Parul Chaudhary won silver medal and Priti Lamba got bronze.
    • In the men’s category, Sunil Dawar clinches silver.
    • On the 6th day of games, India is on top with 136 medals comprising 64 gold, 47 silver and 25 bronze.

     

    1. Virat Kohli regains no.1 spot in ICC Test rankings

     

     

    • India captain Virat Kohli today regained the top spot in the International Cricket Council’s (ICC) Test rankings in batting.
    • Australian Steve Smith slipped a rung in the latest list issued in Dubai. Kohli, who had struck a fine 136 in the day-night Kolkata Test against Bangladesh last week, reached 928 points.
    • Smith’s knock of 36 in the Adelaide Test against Pakistan saw him slip to 923 points from 931 before the match. Cheteshwar Pujara has held on to his fourth spot, while Ajinkya Rahane has come down a spot to sixth in the latest batting .
    • Australia opener David Warner’s epic unbeaten 335 has lifted him 12 places to the fifth position. England batsman and captain Joe Root is back in the top 10.
    • Among the bowlers, Jasprit Bumrah is the highest-placed Indian at the fifth position. Senior off-spinner R Ashwin was also static at ninth in the rankings.
    • West Indies captain Jason Holder has consolidated his position at the top of the all-rounders’ list.

     

     

     

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