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INDIAN AFFAIRS

Health Ministry releases Operational Guidelines for Family Participatory Care

Health Ministry releases Operational Guidelines for Family Participatory Care

  1. The Child Health Division under the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare (MoHFW) has announced the new plan for the conservation and the security of the Family Participatory Care (FPC) for the better care of the new born baby in the Special Newborn Care Units (SNCUs) in the country.
  2. “It is a guiding document for those intending to introduce FPC in their facility. It provides details of infrastructure, training, role of healthcare providers and steps in the operationalisation of FPC in the newborn care unit,” MoHFW said on Friday.
  3. “However, the primary responsibility of care continues to rest with the conventional healthcare providers — nurse and doctor,” the guidelines say.
  4. “In this service there is the also care of the psychosocial and developmental needs of the newborn, because of this FPC has emerged as an important concept of healthcare to bridge partnership between healthcare staff and families in care of sick newborns admitted in the SNCU,” the ministry said.

KEYS:

  1. The Ministry of Health and Family Welfare is an Indian government ministry charged with health policy in India
  2. It is also responsible for all government programs relating to family planning in India
  3. Jurisdiction: India
  4. Headquarters: A Wing, Nirman Bhawan, Maulana Azad Road, New Delhi – 110 011
  5. Cabinet minister: Jagat Prakash Nadda
  6. Minister of state: Anupriya Patel, Faggan Singh Kulaste
  7. Programs: Central Government Health Scheme,
  8. Departments: Department of AIDS Control, Department of Health Research

 

 

 

Punjab launches ‘Apni Gaddi Apni Rozgar’ scheme

  1. On Tuesday, the Punjab government has get in the launch of the flagship ‘Apni Gaddi Apna Rozgar’ scheme by flagging off over 100 uberMOTO bikes. In this type of the scheme the government has going to do the facility to the two wheelers and four wheelers to unemployed youth at subsidised rates.
  2. “Largely our focus remains on providing affordable products. Considering the lavish ways of Punjabis we are ready to cater to HNI segment as well. Demands are high for luxury products during the wedding season,” Uber Head-Public Policy, Uber India and South Asia, Shweta Rajpal Kohli told in the report.
  3. Uber Head-Public Policy, Uber India and South Asia, Shweta Rajpal Kohli told, “For Uber India is turning out to be the main innovation centre, we evolve strategies here and later execute them in other South Asian countries as well. uberMOTOhas been successfully running in the Southeast Asian countries of Indonesia and Vietnam, and is especially well-suited for first mile/last mile connectivity, getting people from their homes or offices to metro stations and vice – versa.”
  4. Uber, is the ride app that caonnect to the customer from the rider, he has also did the announcement for the bike-sharing product, uberMOTO, in Mohali, Ludhiana, Zirakpurand Kharar in the presence of Manpreet Singh Badal Minister for Finance, Planning and Employment Generation in Punjab.

KEYS:

  1. Punjab, a state bordering Pakistan, is the heart of India’s Sikh community
  2. The city of Amritsar, founded in the 1570s by Sikh Guru Ram Das, is the site of Harmandir Sahib, the holiest gurdwara (Sikh place of worship)
  3. Known in English as the Golden Temple, and surrounded by the Pool of Nectar, it’s a major pilgrimage site
  4. Also in Amritsar is Durgiana Temple, a Hindu shrine famed for its engraved silver doors
  5. Capital: Chandigarh
  6. Districts: 22
  7. Points of interest: Golden Temple, Jallianwala Bagh, ChattBir Zoo,

 

 

 

Despite India’s Rs 70000-cr offer, Iran says ‘not obliged to give Farzad-B gas field deal to New Delhi’

  1. There is the India which wants to fund the $11 billion for the development of the Iran’s Farzad B gas field, the war that has been started of the new things Tehran now saying that it is under no obligation to award the contract to India.
  2. “In the past, it was decided that Iran and India jointly carry out (feasibility) studies on the Farzad B oil field. The studies have been conducted and have finished. However, no decision was made that would suggest the project to develop the field should necessarily be contracted out to India,” Gharekhani was quoted as having told Iranian government’s ICANA news agency.
  3. “Under equal circumstances, this company (Indian consortium) could take priority. However, if there is a difference between the Indian company and other firms in terms of technology, technical knowhow and investment, Iran will, based on the independence and freedom that is has, choose the company which would best serve the country’s national interests,” he added.
  4. India is willing to make the investment as long as the Persian Gulf nation guarantees a “reasonable return” on the project. ONGC Videsh Ltd. has offered to invest as much as $6 billion on the Farzad-B field and spend the remaining amount to build a liquefied natural gas export facility.

KEYS:

  1. New Delhi is the capital of India and one of Delhi city’s 11 districts
  2. Although colloquially Delhi and New Delhi are used interchangeably to refer to the National Capital Territory of Delhi

 

Facing fatwa, JD (U) mantri regrets ‘Jai Shri Ram’ slogan

  1. In the new type of the threatening of the state Bihar minister in the appose of the Islam from the ahead of the leading of the Islamic seminary can be the fast effect, in the recent there is the JD (U) MLA Khurshid drove up to Imarat-e-Sharia at Phulwari Sharif and said he was sorry for raising the slogan of Jai Shri Ram.
  2. Imarat-e-Sharia official Anis-Ur-Rahman said the minister met the Mufti late Sunday evening and apologized for hurting Muslim sentiments. “Only after he apologized was he pardoned,” said Rahman. Sources said a senior government official was with Khurshid when he visited the Sharia for apology.
  3. Talking to reporters soon after the fatwa, Khurshid defended his words and said the almighty knew about his intentions, but later apologized. “I did not say anything to hurt anyone’s sentiment,” he said. Nevertheless, the fatwa kicked off a debate as the BJP and JD(U) came in Khurshid’s support.
  4. BJP’s Afzar Shami underscored the ‘Ganga-Jamuni tehzeeb’ and said no one’s certificate was required to be a Muslim. “Ram and Rahim are the ideals of the country,” he said. BJP MLA and health minister Mangal Pandey said the fatwa shows the mentality of the people. “The country is a place of unity in diversity,” he said.

KEYS:

  1. Bihar is a state in East India, bordering Nepal. It is divided by the River Ganges, which floods its fertile plains
  2. Important Buddhist pilgrimage sites include the Bodhi Tree in Bodhgaya’s Mahabodhi Temple, under which the Buddha allegedly meditated
  3. In the state capital Patna, Mahavir Mandir temple is revered by Hindus, while Sikhs worship at the domed, riverside Gurdwara of Takht Sri Harmandir Sahib Ji.
  4. Districts: 38
  5. Capital: Patna
  6. Animal: Gaur (गौर)
  7. Points of interest: Ganges, Mahabodhi Temple, Bodhi Tree,

 

 

 

INTERNATIONAL AFFAIRS

7th edition of SAARC Artists Camp & Exhibition of Paintings begins in Nepal

7th edition of SAARC Artists Camp & Exhibition of Paintings begins in Nepal

  1. The 7th edition of ‘SAARC Artists Camp and Exhibition of Paintings 2017’ has been taken from the new session that is from Friday to Monday at Gokarna Forest Resort, Kathmandu.
  2. Kishani Jayasinghe – Wijayasekara, deputy director of programs at SAARC Culture Center, Sri Lanka informed, “This year, the theme of the camp and exhibition is ‘Scared Sites and Beauty of Nature’ and the setting of Gokarna Forest Resort will definitely inspire the artists.”
  3. Chancellor of Nepal Academy of Fine Arts (NAFA) Ragini Upadhyay Grela shared, “We have selected artists from various age groups, who practice in various forms such as contemporary, modern, folk and more. And there are six Nepali women and four men artists. The event is being organized for the first time in Nepal.”

KEYS:

  1. Nepal, officially the Federal Democratic Republic of Nepal, is a landlocked central Himalayan country in South Asia
  2. Capital: Kathmandu
  3. Currency: Nepalese rupee
  4. Prime minister: Sher Bahadur Deuba
  5. President: Bidhya Devi Bhandari

 

US Flexes Military Muscle after North Korea’s Latest Missile Test

  1. On Sunday, the United States has stated the North Korea in its testing of the mobile for this mission of the rogue nation’s headlong rush to build a nuclear weapon capable of reaching American cities.
  2. “In case the U.S. fails to come to its own senses and continues to resort to military adventure and ‘tough sanctions,’ the DPRK will respond with its resolute act of justice. If the Yankees dare brandish the nuclear stick on this land again the DPRK will clearly teach them manners with the nuclear strategic force” the state-run Korean Central News Agency quoted a Foreign Ministry spokesman saying, using the acronym for the North’s official name, the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea.
  3. “The continued provocations by the rogue regime in North Korea are unacceptable, and the United States of America is going to continue to marshal the support of nations across the region and across the world to further isolate North Korea economically and diplomatically,” Pence said.
  4. “People have been warning about the North Korean ICBM for 20 years. I’m convinced that North Korea has never moved at the speed that this leader has to develop an ICBM to put solid fuel, to have an interesting launch device, and to have a trajectory which, as of the latest analysis, would enable it to go about 6,000 miles and maybe even hit as far east as Chicago,” Joseph Cirincione, president of the Ploughshares Fund, said Sunday on ABC’s “This Week.” “But the wolf is at the door. This very real threat to the United States.”

KEYS:

  1. The U.S. is a country of 50 states covering a vast swath of North America, with Alaska in the northwest and Hawaii extending the nation’s presence into the Pacific Ocean
  2. Major Atlantic Coast cities are New York, a global finance and culture center, and capital Washington, DC.
  3. Midwestern metropolis Chicago is known for influential architecture and on the west coast, Los Angeles’ Hollywood is famed for filmmaking
  4. Capital: Washington, D.C.
  5. Dialing code: +1
  6. President: Donald Trump
  7. Population: 323.1 million (2016)
  8. States: California, Hawaii, Florida, Texas, Massachusetts, Alaska,

 

Nawaz Sharif’s Brother Shehbaz Sharif to carry Pakistan’s tarnished political dynasty

  1. In the term of the political dynasty of the Pakistan there is the, new term of Pakistani premier Nawaz Sharif is looking to his younger brother Shehbaz — widely seen as the more disciplined sibling with a reputation for forcing through economic reforms.
  2. “He is pragmatic,” said Hasan Askari Rizvi, a political analyst in Lahore. “He has a highly personalized way of ruling. He doesn’t believe in sharing — he needs to change that style a bit, otherwise there will be trouble for him running the system.”
  3. “We are losing billions and billions and those billions should have gone to health, education, infrastructure advancement, security,” he said in the interview. “Governments don’t run industry — government’s job is to establish policy instruments, support private investment, be a catalyst, be a promoter through business-friendly policies.”
  4. “It’s essentially like they don’t believe in an inclusive democracy,” said Imtiaz Gul, executive director of the Islamabad-based Center for Research and Security Studies. Pakistani lawmakers “have skeletons so they don’t dare to stand up” to the family, he said. “It’s a shame that after so many years of a comfortable majority in Parliament they don’t conduct themselves in a democratic way.”

KEYS:

  1. Pakistan, officially the Islamic Republic of Pakistan, is a country in South Asia
  2. It is the seventh-most populous country with a population exceeding 201 million people
  3. Capital: Islamabad
  4. Currency: Pakistani rupee
  5. Population: 193.2 million (2016) World Bank
  6. President: Mamnoon Hussain
  7. Prime minister: Shahid Khaqan Abbasi

                          

BANKING & FINANCE

India among top nations with potential for digital payments’ – Digital Evolution Index

India among top nations with potential for digital payments’ – Digital Evolution Index

  1. India is getting in the range of the new and dominating of the majors of the digital payments and has been categorized under the “break out” segment among 60 countries, according to the Digital Evolution Index 2017.
  2. “India has been experiencing rapid strides of progress with an evolving payments landscape, catalysed by the government’s demonetisation decision,” it said.
  3. “With new players foraying into the market and an entire gamut of solutions for alternate payments, the India payment ecosystem is growing each day,” Porush Singh, country corporate officer, India and Division President, South Asia, Mastercard said.
  4. “The ‘break out’ segment refers to countries that have relatively lower absolute levels of digital advancement, yet remain poised for growth and are attractive to investors by virtue of their potential,” said Mastercard.
  5. “The government’s endeavours to boost the acceptance infrastructure coupled with a host of other economic reforms have further hastened the momentum for the country’s journey towards a cashless society,” it added.

 

Canara Bank launches “”CANDI””-its first digital branch in Bengaluru

  1. Canara Bank, which has created the aim of the developing his bank the in the term of the ‘paperless’ futuristic banking, taking this in the term he has launched its ‘Digital Banking Branch’ at Spencer Towers in MG Road, Bengaluru.
  2. “The bank is in the process of re-inventing branch strategy and moving towards more digitisation and self-service channels,” said MG Ajayan, GM-IT & CIO of Canara Bank.
  3. “The bank, to push its digital agenda, has equipped itself with a suite of next-generation banking tools which use advanced technology to streamline services and improve efficiency,” he said.

KEYS:

  1. Canara Bank is one of the major public sector banks owned by the Government of India
  2. Its headquarters is in Bengaluru. It was established at Mangalore in 1906, making it one of the oldest public sector banks in the country
  3. Headquarters: Bengaluru
  4. CEO: Shri. Rakesh Sharma
  5. Founder: Ammembal Subba Rao Pai
  6. Founded: 1 July 1906
  7. Executive director: Smt. P.V. Bharathi
  8. Subsidiaries: Canara Bank Staff Provident Fund,

Science and Technology

Breakthrough Starshot successfully launch world’s smallest spacecraft

Breakthrough Starshot successfully launch world’s smallest spacecraft

  1. The world’s smallest spsce cxraft has been launched successfully that are the travelling in low Earth orbit and communicating with systems on Earth, scientists have announced.
  2. “This is a new frontier of tiny, gram-scale spacecraft. Each of them is only tens of dollars in cost. The reason one needs to push the weight down is because in order to reach the nearest stars within our lifetime, the spacecraft needs to move at a fraction of the speed of light – a fifth of the speed of light or so” said Professor Avi Loeb of Harvard University, chair of the advisory committee for the Breakthrough Starshot Initiative.
  3. Michael Garrett, director of Jodrell Bank Centre for Astrophysics, said, “I find it quite surprising but exciting as well,” he said, pointing out that the Sprites show such chips are stable in space, can harness solar energy, and are able to communicate. “Normally this is happening with satellites which are the size of a big mini-van, or even bigger than that,” he added.
  4. “If someone had talked to me two years about sending anything to the nearest star I would have thought that was a bit of a joke to be honest,” said Garrett. “I suppose I had never really grasped the concept that nowadays we can put lots and lots of complexity onto just a computer chip that weighs hardly anything.”
  5. “You have very large numbers of tiny probes monitoring Saturn and its moon etc in more detail than we have done up till now, simply because of the advances we are familiar with every day from mobile phones,” he said, pointing out that the technology on board the Cassini spacecraft currently studying the planet is decades old.

SPORTS

Caeleb Dressel becomes first ever Swimmer to win three gold medals in one night at worlds Championship

Caeleb Dressel becomes first ever Swimmer to win three gold medals in one night at worlds Championship

  1. Dressel became the first swimmer by winning of the three gold medals in the first night of the world championships Saturday. By this the star of the America has become the most famous man in the night.
  2. “I’ve never walked away from a season completely satisfied, even last year,” she said. “I can really take what I’ve learned and use it moving forward. It gets me really excited. If that was my bad year for the next four years, then the next couple years are going to be pretty exciting.”
  3. “That last relay was a lot of fun,” Dressel said. “I wanted to lead it off even though it meant less to get ready for it. It was such a blast.”
  4. “It’s a tough question,” Dressel said. “I don’t know if I welcome them. But I know they’re going to come. I don’t think it puts any pressure on me. I just want to keep doing my thing at this meet and for the future.”
  5. “That last relay was a lot of fun,” Dressel said. “I wanted to lead it off even though it meant less to get ready for it. It was such a blast.” “I haven’t had much time to think,” Dressel said, pondering the significance of it all. “As physically demanding as it is, mentally it’s even more straining. So I have 24 hours until my next swim. I’ll give myself 30 minutes tonight to, I guess, let it sink in a bit, then it’s time to refocus for that relay tomorrow.”

KEYS:

  1. The U.S. is a country of 50 states covering a vast swath of North America, with Alaska in the northwest and Hawaii extending the nation’s presence into the Pacific Ocean
  2. Major Atlantic Coast cities are New York, a global finance and culture center, and capital Washington, DC
  3. Midwestern metropolis Chicago is known for influential architecture and on the west coast, Los Angeles’ Hollywood is famed for filmmaking
  4. Capital: Washington, D.C.
  5. Dialing code: +1
  6. President: Donald Trump
  7. Population: 323.1 million (2016)
  8. States: California, Hawaii, Florida, Texas, Massachusetts, Alaska

AWARDS & RECOGNITION

Japanese, Sri Lankan among Magsaysay award winners

  1. The winners were unafraid to take on large causes and “refused to give up, despite meager resources, daunting adversity and strong opposition,” said Carmencita Abella, president of the Ramon Magsaysay Award Foundation. “Their approaches are all deeply anchored on a respect for human dignity and a faith in the power of collective endeavor.” The list of the Winners given below:
  2. Yoshiaki Ishizawa (Japan)- For devoting 50 years of his life to help preserve Cambodia’s Angkor Wat, a 162-hectare (400-acre) temple, from the ravages of time and conflict
  3. Gethsie Shanmugam (Sri Lanka)- For braving bombings and threats of arrests in conflict zones to counsel war widows, orphans and children traumatized by three decades of brutal civil war in Sri Lanka
  4. Abdon Nababan (Indonesia)- For leading an effort to return state-controlled forest land to indigenous communities and give them a political voice and identity
  5. Tony Tay (Singapore)- For organizing volunteers starting in 1983 to cook and distribute thousands of free meal packs every day to feed the elderly, migrant workers and low-income families.
  6. Lilia de Lima (Philippines)- For overseeing the opening of hundreds of job-generating export processing zones across the country as head of the Philippine Economic Zone Authority
  7. Philippine Educational Theatre Association (Philippines)- Philippine Educational Theatre Association was founded in 1967 with an initial aim of creating a national theatre but served as an artistic platform for protest when dictator Ferdinand Marcos declared martial law five years later. Its advocacies through the arts have since expanded to gender issues and disaster preparedness.

 

OBITUARY

Lee May, who played for 4 teams over 18 seasons, dies at 74

Lee May, who played for 4 teams over 18 seasons, dies at 74

  1. Lee May, an All-Star slugger who has created the league of the 100-RBI seasons for three different teams, has been died at the age of 74.
  2. On Sunday, the Cincinnati Reds said that May died has been done the weekend. He the famous member of the team’s Hall of Fame and lived in the local area. There has been no any of the long details about the death.
  3. He was known for the many of the cuts from his bat while batting, May hit 354 homers with 1,244 RBIs in 18 years. He drove in more than 100 runs in a season for the Reds, Houston and Baltimore. He finished with Kansas City in 1982.

IMPORTANT DAYS

World Scout Scarf Day

World Scout Scarf Day

  1. The celebration of the “Scout Scarf Day” has been declared on the day of August 1, by the former scouts are requested to wear their scout scarfs in public to make the “Spirit of Scouting” visible: Once a Scout – Always a Scout!
  2. The Scout scarf day is first celebrated at the, first Scout Camp on Brown sea Island in 1907.
  3. Scarf is very strong symbol for the many of the scout promise and for our mission to leave the world as a bit better a place than we had found it.

 

 

 

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