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INDIAN AFFAIRS

President Ramnath Kovind to attend World Telugu conference in Hyderabad

President Ramnath Kovind to attend World Telugu conference in Hyderabad

  1. President Ramnath Kovind can be the chief guest at the coming function of the World Telugu Conference to be organised here by the Telangana government from December 15 to 19.
  2. Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu has been decided for the chief guest for the inaugural session of the Conference, an official release said today.
  3. It said Andhra Pradesh and Telangana governor ESL Narasimhan and his Maharashtra counterpart Ch Vidyasagar Rao are also expected to participate in the programme.
  4. “Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao along with some of his cabinet colleagues and senior officials held a review meeting on the programme,” the release added.
  5. “As many as 7,920 guests and representatives have registered to attend the World Telugu Conference,” state Deputy Chief Minister Kadiam Srihari had said.

 

Union health minister J P Nadda launches new initiatives on Universal Health Coverage Day

Union health minister J P Nadda launches new initiatives on Universal Health Coverage Day

  1. Universal Health Coverage Day, 2017 has been celebrated in New Delhi today. They has been planning for the boost of the agenda of Universal Health Coverage in the country, and have rolled out various initiatives to meet this aim. Shri J P Nadda, Union Minister of Health and Family Welfare stated this at a function.
  2. P. Shukla, MoS (Finance), Dr. Poonam Khetrapal Singh, Regional Director, SEARO; Dr. B D Athani, Special DGHS; Dr. V. K. Paul, Member, NITI Aayog; Manoj Jhalani, AS&MD (NHM); Dr. Henk Bekedam, WHO Representative India and Vandana Gurnani, Joint Secretary along with the Health Secretaries and Mission Directors from the States were also present at the function.
  3. Addressing the participants, Nadda stated that, “This year is significant as the National Health Policy 2017 has been approved which envisages the attainment of the highest possible level of health without anyone having to face financial hardship as a consequence. The Government has taken concrete steps to reduce the Out Of Pocket Expenditure (OOPE).”
  4. “We are also focussed on increasing the basket of vaccines. Since 2014, we have launched Rotavirus vaccine, Pneumococcal Conjugate Vaccine (PCV), and the Measles-Rubella (MR) vaccine, and the JE vaccine for adults, Shri Nadda elaborated. The Pradhan Mantri Dialysis Program has also been launched where 1.43 lakhs patients have availed free services from 1,069 Dialysis Units and under Free Drugs and Diagnostics Program; AMRIT outlets nearly 47 Lakh patients have benefitted from AMRIT Pharmacies through purchase of subsidized medicines.”
  5. “This will enable the strengthening of preventive and promotive health, improve patient referral and access to secondary care services. The government has been at the forefront to strengthen the tertiary care and as such six new AIIMS are functioning and six will come up in due course”, he added.
  6. Reiterating the commitment of the Government towards Universal Health Coverage, S.P. Shukla stated that, “The Government is committed to providing the resources for achieving Universal Health coverage. He further said that the Government has increased the budget of the Health Ministry for 2017-18 by 27.7%. The Government has also through the 14th Finance Commission increased devolution from 32 % to 42% of divisible pool – an increase estimated at Rs. 25 lakh crore over award period to provide States with greater flexibility and autonomy to design implement and finance schemes.”

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, MORE
  8. Departments: Department of AIDS Control, Department of Health Research

 

WCD ministry launches logo and tagline contest for national nutrition mission

  1. The Ministry of Women & Child Development has launched a contest inviting creative minds to design a logo and suggest a tagline for its prestigious ‘National Nutrition Mission’. It is an opportunity for citizens who aspire to see their design displayed on a National platform.
  2. The Government of India approved the National Nutrition Mission to ensure holistic development and adequate nutrition for pregnant women, mothers and children. The programme targets to reduce the level of stunting, under-nutrition, anaemia and low birth rate. Accordingly, it was felt pertinent to launch an appropriate logo and tagline to generate awareness among the masses.
  3. The Minister of Women and Child Development, Smt Maneka Sanjay Gandhi has said, “As has been the practice of the Ministry to engage with citizens, the Ministry proposes to invite entries from public for the same. In keeping with the overwhelming response received on similar contests run on the Ministry’s Social Media platform, it is proposed to award a prize money of Rs 1 lakh to the winner.”
  4. Participants are welcome to send either a logo or a tagline or both. In case the logo and tagline selected by the jury are from separate participants, then the prize money would be split.

KEYS:

  1. The Ministry of Women and Child Development, a branch of the Government of India, is the apex body for formulation and administration of the rules and regulations and laws relating to women and child development in India
  2. Formed: 30 January 2006
  3. Jurisdiction: India
  4. Headquarters: Shastri Bhawan, Dr. Rajendra Prasad Road, New Delhi
  5. Cabinet minister: Maneka Gandhi
  6. Minister of state: Krishna Raj
  7. Programs: Integrated Child Development Services

 

INTERNATIONAL AFFAIRS

Mount Hope Becomes UK’s New Highest Mountain

Mount Hope Becomes UK’s New Highest Mountain

  1. Britain has got one of the new highest mountain after new satellite data revealed that peak was almost 400 metres taller than previously thought. Mount Hope, in the British Atlantic Territory, has been in the recent has re-measured and found to be 377 metres taller than previous calculations.
  2. “Modern satellite data highlights how inaccurate previous surveys and maps were for some parts of the region,” said Adrian Fox, head of mapping and geographic information at the British Antarctic Survey (BAS).
  3. “Maps with reliable measurements of the highest peaks are an essential safety requirement for flight planning,” said Mr Fox. “Accurate elevation data from satellite imagery now allows us to produce these resources for Antarctica, where flying is difficult at the best of times.”
  4. “As well as discovering Mount Hope is the highest mountain in the territory, we have identified several other interesting discoveries,” he said. “These include new mountain heights, ranges in new locations by up to five kilometres and even some new peaks which hadn’t been surveyed before.”
  5. Sir Alan Duncan, the Foreign Office minister with responsibility for the polar regions, said: “The discovery of Mount Hope as the UK’s tallest peak is a great example of British science making big steps forward in mapping techniques to help us get a better understanding of this fascinating region.”

 

EU to restore political relations with Thailand

EU to restore political relations with Thailand

  1. The European Union has been going to start the political contact “at all levels” with Thailand, its foreign affairs council said on Monday, that is after getting the relations on hold following a 2014 coup by the Thai military.
  2. This move has been taken after the Thailand’s Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha announced in October that a general election has been taken in next year that is the November 2018 – the most precise date the junta has given after many delays since the 2014 coup.
  3. “The Council decided to resume political contacts at all levels with Thailand in order to facilitate meaningful dialogue on issues of mutual importance, including on human rights and fundamental freedoms, and the road towards democracy,” the EU’s Foreign Affairs Council said in a statement.
  4. In June 2014, the EU said it would keep its relations with Thailand under review and put on hold the signing of a Partnership and Cooperation Agreement (PCA), which was aimed at closer economic and political ties with Thailand.
  5. “The signing of PCA and talks on EU-Thailand Free Trade Agreement (FTA) could resume with a democratically elected civilian government under the new Constitution,” the statement said.

 

Russia to build Egypt’s first nuclear power plant

  1. Russia has been giving the loan to Egypt $25 billion to finance building and operating a nuclear power plant in Egypt, the official gazette said on Thursday.
  2. Egypt and Russia has signed an agreement on Nov. 19 for Russia to build the Egypt’s first nuclear power plant in Egypt and to extend Egypt a loan to cover the cost of construction.
  3. The deal between the both of the country has not get worthy and that has the Egypt’s president Abdel Fattah al-Sisi said the loan would be paid off over 35 years. Egypt has been going to pay the rate of Interest, 3 percent annually, according to the country’s official gazette. Installment payments will begin on Oct. 15, 2029.
  4. “The loan will be used by the Egyptian side for a period of 13 years between 2016-2028 … the Egyptian side will repay loan amounts used over 22 years in 43 installments,” the gazette said.

BANKING AND FINANCE

Indian Economy Likely to Grow by 7.2% in 2018, 7.4% in 2019: UN Report

Indian Economy Likely to Grow by 7.2% in 2018, 7.4% in 2019: UN Report

  1. India’s economy has been set at the aim of 7.2 per cent in 2018 and 7.4 per cent in 2019, despite a slowdown observed this year and the lingering effects from the demonetisation, the UN has said.
  2. “The outlook for India remains largely positive, underpinned by robust private consumption and public investment as well as ongoing structural reforms, despite the slowdown observed in early 2017 and the lingering effects from the demonetisation policy,” the United Nations said.
  3. “GDP growth for India is projected to accelerate from 6.7 per cent in 2017 to 7.2 per cent in 2018 and 7.4 per cent in 2019,” the UN said in its report ‘World Economic Situation Prospects’ (WESP 2018), released at the UN headquarters in New York yesterday.
  4. At the same time, the report said, “The performance of private investment remains a key macroeconomic concern. In this environment, vigorous public investment in infrastructure has been critical in propping up overall investment growth.”
  5. “Gross fixed capital formation as a share of GDP has declined from about 40 per cent in 2010 to less than 30 per cent in 2017, amid subdued credit growth, low capacity utilisation in some industrial sectors and balance sheet problems in the banking and corporate sectors.
  6. “The World Economic Situation and Prospects 2018 demonstrates that current macroeconomic conditions offer policy-makers greater scope to address some of the deep-rooted issues that continue to hamper progress towards the Sustainable Development Goals,” said UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres in the foreword of the report.

 

Karnataka Bank to partner with  in transformation journey

Karnataka Bank to partner with fintechs in transformation journey

  1. Karnataka Bank, that has been work for the business expectation of its one of the Boston Consulting Group (India), sees potential in collaborating with financial technology (fintech) companies and start-ups as one of the intervention areas for transformation.
  2. Speaking to BusinessLine here, Mahabaleshwara MS, Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of Karnataka Bank, said, “Fintech firms are likely to deepen their presence in the Indian financial markets in the next few years with their innovative and technological skills. In such a situation, it makes business sense to collaborate with them.”
  3. “I believe that fintech companies and start-ups bring innovative ideas and solutions that are forward looking and hence, it is evident that partnering with them will certainly add value to the transformation journey.
  4. “That is where I am optimistic about tying up with fintech companies and start-ups. Because they have, the solutions and I have the infrastructure. It is definitely a win-win situation for both,” he said.

KEYS:

  1. The Karnataka Bank Limited is a major banking institution based in the coastal city of Mangaluru in Karnataka, India
  2. The Reserve Bank of India has designated Karnataka Bank Limited as an A1+ class Scheduled Commercial Bank
  3. Customer service: 1800 425 1444
  4. Headquarters: Mangalore
  5. CEO: M. S. Mahabaleshwara (15 Apr 2017–)

SPORTS

India to Host 2021 Champions Trophy, 2023 World Cup

India to Host 2021 Champions Trophy, 2023 World Cup

  1. The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI), on Monday, in the Special General Meeting, has said that it has confirmed that the India will be hosting the ICC Cricket World Cup on 2023 and the ICC Champions Trophy in 2021.
  2. This hosting by the India is the first time in the history, ODI World Cup on its own. India has previously co-hosted ODI World Cup on three occasions in the year 1987, 1996 and 2011. Meanwhile, India has won the tournament twice (1983 and 2011) since its inception in 1975.
  3. “Afghans were scheduled to play their first Test in 2019 versus Australia but considering the historical relationship between India and Afghanistan, we decided to host their first Test,” said BCCI acting secretary Amitabh Choudhary after the SGM.
  4. “Earlier, the proposed FTP for the five-year cycle (2019 -2023) had 51 matches across three formats. The new proposal has 81 home matches in that cycle,” acting secretary Amitabh Chaudhary told media persons.
  5. Asked how Kohli’s fatigue issue has been addressed, Chaudhary said: “During 2015 to 2019, the Indian team, across formats (home and abroad), had 390 playing days. The new proposal between 2019 to 2023 will see them playing 306 days.”

AWARDS & RECOGNITION

Priyanka Chopra honoured with Mother Teresa Memorial Award

Priyanka Chopra honoured with Mother Teresa Memorial Award

  1. Actor Priyanka Chopra has been given the honor of this year’s Mother Teresa Memorial award for social justice.
  2. Priyanka has received the award for her contribution towards lending her support to social causes, such as her recent visit to Syria, where she met and interacted with refugee children.
  3. “I humbly accept the award on her behalf. As a mother, I am immensely proud to have a child who is so compassionate and has so much kindness in her. She exemplifies the fact the more you give the more you get. Even as a child, she was influenced by Mother Teresa and has been supporting Prem Niwas in Bareilly.
  4. “It is justifiable for her to receive this honourable award and I am immensely proud of her. I’m thankful and I’m sure she is humbled that her efforts have been recognised by the foundation that believes in helping the needy and supporting the deprived and raising funds for those who are impoverished,” Madhu said in a statement.
  5. In the past famous personalities such as Kiran Bedi, Anna Hazare, Oscar Fernandes, Sudha Murty, Malala Yousafzai, Sushmita Sen and Bilquis Bano Edhi have been honoured with the award.

OBITUARY

Ed Lee, San Francisco’s First Asian-American Mayor, Dies at 65

Ed Lee, San Francisco's First Asian-American Mayor, Dies at 65

  1. Ed Lee, a lawyer and affordable housing advocate who has been the first Asian-American that has elected mayor of San Francisco, died early Tuesday at the age of 65 years in a hospital there after collapsing.
  2. San Francisco Board of Supervisors President London Breed, who is now acting mayor, said Mr. Lee lived “a life of service. . . cut short far too soon.” Speaking at a City Hall news conference Monday morning, she said, “Ed Lee fought against discrimination, working on the front lines to keep tenants from being evicted. He was, from the dawn of his career, an advocate for the powerless, a voice for the overlooked.”
  3. The San Francisco Chronicle editorial board remembered Mr. Lee as “a mayor who calmed S.F. City Hall.” “For a man who entered City Hall’s Room 200 with no particular appetite for the rough and tumble of elective office, Ed Lee proved remarkably adept at navigating and bridging the divisions,” the Chronicle said. “He set a temperate tone for a city that desperately needed it.”

IMPORTANT DAYS

Monkey Day

Monkey Day

  1. Monkey Day is an unofficial international holiday that is celebrated on 14th December every year. In this celebration, there has been the monkey “all things simian,” including other non-human primates such as apes, tarsiers, and lemurs.
  2. Monkey Day has been created and get in the list of international artists Casey Sorrow and Eric Millikin, in order to spread awareness for the animals, and to show love and care for them. It is celebrated worldwide and often known as World Monkey Day.

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