Daily GK Update: 17th March 2020

President nominates former CJI Ranjan Gogoi to the Rajya Sabha

  • The President of India today nominated former Chief Justice of India, Ranjan Gogoi, to the Rajya Sabha (Upper House).
  • In exercise of the powers conferred by Article 80 of the Constitution of India, and on the advice of the Prime Minister, the President of India can nominate 12 members to the Rajya Sabha.
  • Ranjan Gogoi served as the 46th Chief Justice of India. His term as Chief Justice was from 3 October 2018 till 17 November 2019. On 9 November 2019, the five judge bench headed by him delivered the verdict in the historical and controversial Ayodhya dispute case.

Source: The Economic Times

Financial Support for Patients Suffering from Rare Diseases

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  • Draft National Policy for Rare Diseases has been finalized and placed on the website of the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare with a view to elicit comments / views of the stakeholders, including the States/UTs and the general public.
  • In the meanwhile, under the Umbrella Scheme of Rashtriya Arogya Nidhi, a component of rare diseases has been included w.e.f. 01.01.2019 for providing one-time financial assistance upto Rs.15 lakh to patients belonging to families living below threshold poverty line for treatment of specified Rare Diseases amenable to one-time treatment in Government hospitals.
  • This covers disorders amenable to treatment with Hematopoietic Stem Cell Transplantation (HSCT) including such Lysosomal Storage Disorders (LSDs) for which Enzyme Replacement Therapy (ERT) is presently not available and severe form of Mucopolysaccharoidosis (MPS) type I within first 2 years of age.

Source: GLIBS Quick

Bangladesh celebrates birth centenary of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman

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  • Bangladesh is celebrating the birth centenary of its founder President Sheikh Mujibur Rahman on Tuesday. The day marks the beginning of the year long celebration of the birth centenary named ‘Mujib Barsho’ in Bangladesh and across the world.
  • Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina marked the day by paying floral tributes to Sheikh Mujibur Rahman at his residence in Dhanmondi area of Dhaka in the morning.
  • Sheikh Mujibur Rahman was born on 17th March 1920 in the town of Tungipara in Gopalganj district in Bengal. He led the movement against the oppressive Pakistani rulers in the then East Pakistan leading to its liberation in 1971. Known as Bangabandhu, he became the first President of the independent nation of Bangladesh.

Source: DD News

Covid-19 impact: RBI takes steps to infuse liquidity

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  • To ensure that the effects of the Covid-19 pandemic on the Indian economy are mitigated and that financial markets and institutions continue to function normally, the Reserve Bank of India on Monday said it will once again conduct a sell/buy swap auction worth $2 billion to provide dollar liquidity. It will persist with long-term repo operations (LTROs) to infuse long-term rupee liquidity amounting to ₹ 1 lakh crore.
  • While there was speculation in the financial markets that the RBI would announce an inter-meeting repo rate cut in sync with what some of the other G-20 central banks have done to prop up their economies, Governor Shaktikanta Das said the RBI’s effort is to see that its responses are neither premature nor delayed.

Source: Business Line

BJP moves Supreme Court, seeks urgent floor test in MP assembly

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  • The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Monday moved the Supreme Court demanding an urgent trust vote in the Madhya Pradesh Assembly, after Speaker N.P. Prajapati adjourned the session till 26 March, citing the threat of the Covid-19 pandemic. The apex court will hear the matter on Tuesday.
  • The demand for the trust vote comes in the wake of last week’s resignation of 22 legislators from the ruling Congress, even as crucial elections to the Rajya Sabha loom. As soon as the House convened for the budget session, parliamentary affairs minister Govind Singh mentioned the threat of the Covid-19 pandemic and highlighted an advisory issued by the Union government. Prajapati then announced the adjournment of the assembly till 26 March.

Source: Live Mint

Journalist, former RS member Patil Puttappa passes away

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  • Veteran journalist and former Rajya Sabha member Patil Puttappa breathed his last at the Karnataka Institute of Medical Sciences (KIMS) hospital in Hubli on Monday.
  • He was 99. Born on January 14, 1921, Puttappa was a Rajya Sabha member from 1962 to 1974.
  • Karnataka Chief Minister BS Yediyurappa expressed his grief over the demise of the veteran scribe.

Source: Business Standard

India to provide 107.01 million Nepali Rupees for three new school buildings in Nepal

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  • The Government of India will provide 107.01 million Nepali Rupees for three new school buildings in Nepal. The schools will be constructed in Darchula, Dhanusha and Kapilvastu districts.
  • The Embassy of India and Nepal’s Ministry of Federal Affairs and General Administration signed Memorandum of Understandings (MoUs) with Mahakali Municipality, Darchula and Mukhiyapatti Musharniya Rural Municipality, Dhanusha in Kathmandu today for the construction of two new school buildings.
  • These schools will be built under the India-Nepal Development Partnership program at a total estimated cost of 73.96 million Nepali Rupees.
  • The new infrastructure will be used by Shree Malikarjun Higher Secondary School at Dhap in Darchula district and Baidyanath Devnarayan Public Higher Secondary School at Tulsiyahi in Dhanusha district.

Source: News on Air

Supreme Court rejects curative pleas of 2 convicts in Delhi gang rape case

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  • The Supreme Court on Tuesday rejected the curative petitions of two death row convicts in the 2012 Delhi gang rape case, Vinay Sharma and Mukesh.
  • A curative petition is filed after the plea conviction against final conviction is dismissed. The Curative petitions are filed under Article 142 of the constitution. It shall be filed after the review petition is dismissed by the apex court.

Source: Live Mint

Experimental COVID-19 Vaccine Test Begins as U.S. Volunteer Receives First Shot

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  • U.S. researchers gave the first shot to the first person in a test of an experimental coronavirus vaccine Monday — leading off a worldwide hunt for protection even as the pandemic surges.
  • With a careful jab in a healthy volunteer’s arm, scientists at the Kaiser Permanente Washington Research Institute in Seattle begin an anxiously awaited first-stage study of a potential COVID-19 vaccine developed in record time after the new virus exploded from China and fanned across the globe.

Source: Time

Now, India bans entry of Indians from EU, Turkey and UK

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  • India today further extended its ban on arriving international passengers, saying that it would not allow entry to even Indian passport holders residing in the United Kingdom, Turkey and whole of Europe till the end of March.
  • “Travel of passengers from member countries of the European Union, the European free trade association, Turkey and the United Kingdom to India is prohibited with effect from March 18, 2020. No airline shall board passengers from these nations to India with effect from 1200 GMT on March 18, 2020. The airline shall enforce this at the port of initial departure. Both these instructions are temporary measures and shall be in force till March 31, 2020, and will be reviewed subsequently,” said the aviation regulator Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA).

Source: The Economic Times