Daily GK Update: 29th January 2020

Dr Jitendra Singh launches Bhuvan Panchayat V 3.0 Web portal

  • The Union Minister of State (I/C) Ministry of Development of North Eastern Region, MoS PMO, Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions, Atomic Energy and Space, Dr Jitendra Singh launched the Bhuvan Panchayat V 3.0 web portal in Bengaluru today.
  • Speaking after inaugurating the National Workshop on “Space Based Information Support for Decentralised Planning Update”, the Minister appreciated the ISRO’s effort in developing the portal and also said that Space technology has reached the houses of the common man. He further said that the space technology has contributed to ease of living of common man. Space technology has applications in various fields, he said. The Government initiatives have boosted the Indian Space Programme, he added. The Minister added that that the vision of Vikram Sarabhai has been fulfilled.

Source: Press Information Bureau

Cabinet approves 30% of allocations to North Eastern Council to go towards deprived areas

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  • Allocation of 30 percent of North Eastern Council’s (NEC’s) allocation for new projects under the existing “Schemes of North Eastern Council” for focussed development of deprived areas; deprived/neglected sections of society and emerging priority sectors in the North eastern States. The balance allocation shall be bifurcated in the existing two components (State component-60% and Central component-40%)
  • Revision of the NEC guidelines for simplification of appraisal and approval mechanism Allowing projects under State component, upto 25% of each State’s normative allocation, for sectors not covered in the mandate of NEC, but which are considered important as per local felt needs as per the recommendations of the State Governments.

Source: Orissadiary

Modi govt advises homoeopathy, Unani to prevent coronavirus that has no known cure yet

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  • The Ministry of AYUSH Wednesday issued an advisory for the “prevention” of infection from the novel strain of coronavirus using homoeopathy, and “symptomatic management” using Unani medicines.
  • In its advisory, which met with instant criticism on social media, the ministry recommended a course of Arsenicum album30, used in homeopathy to treat influenza-like illness. The prescription came after the 64th meeting of the Central Council for Research in Homoeopathy Tuesday.

Source: ThePrint

Cabinet approves The Medical Termination of Pregnancy (Amendment) Bill, 2020

  • The Union Cabinet, chaired by the Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi, has approved the Medical Termination of Pregnancy (Amendment) Bill, 2020 to amend the Medical Termination of Pregnancy Act, 1971. The Bill will be introduced in the ensuing session of the Parliament.
  • Proposing requirement for opinion of one provider for termination of pregnancy, up to 20 weeks of gestation and introducing the requirement of opinion of two providers for termination of pregnancy of 20-24 weeks of gestation.
  • Enhancing the upper gestation limit from 20 to 24 weeks for special categories of women which will be defined in the amendments to the MTP Rules and would include ‘vulnerable women including survivors of rape, victims of incest and other vulnerable women (like differently-abled women, Minors) etc.
  • Upper gestation limit not to apply in cases of substantial foetal abnormalities diagnosed by Medical Board. The composition, functions and other details of Medical Board to be prescribed subsequently in Rules under the Act.

Source: PM India

Cabinet approves official amendments to National Commission for Homoeopathy Bill 2019

  • The Union Cabinet on Wednesday approved official amendments in National Commission for Homoeopathy Bill to ensure necessary regulatory reforms in homoeopathy education.
  • An official release said the cabinet approved official amendments in the National Commission for Homoeopathy Bill 2019 for amending the Homoeopathy Central Council (HCC) Act 1973.
  • The bill is pending in the Rajya Sabha.

Source: Business Standard

Indian Navy launches operation ‘Vanilla’ to provide disaster relief at Madagascar

  • Indian Navy has launched operation Vanilla to provide humanitarian assistance and disaster relief at Madagascar. Defence Ministry said, the Operation Vanilla has been launched to provide assistance to the affected population of Madagascar post devastation caused by Cyclone Diane.
  • During the port call, the ship, in coordination with Embassy of India and Government of Madagascar is planned to undertake relief operations to provide succour to the flood affected populace.
  • The Indian Navy Ship is geared to set up medical camp and provide food, water and other necessary relief material. The Ministry said, the situation is being monitored and the Indian Navy is prepared to render all necessary assistance to the local population in Madagascar.

Source: News Services Division

Port Blair: Thaawar Chand Gehlot inaugurates Composite Regional Centre

Union Social Justice and Empowerment Minister Thaawar Chand Gehlot addresses at the inauguration of a Composite Regional Centre (CRC) for skill development, rehabilitation and empowerment of persons with disabilities, at Brookshabad in Port Blair, Andaman & Nicobar on Jan 27, 2020.

10 more wetlands in India declared as Ramsar sites

  • India has added 10 more wetlands to sites protected by the Ramsar Convention, Union Environment Minister Prakash Javadekar announced on Tuesday.
  • The 10 new ones are Nandur Madhameshwar, a first for Maharashtra; Keshopur-Miani, Beas Conservation Reserve and Nangal in Punjab; and Nawabganj, Parvati Agra, Saman, Samaspur, Sandi and Sarsai Nawar in Uttar Pradesh. The other Ramsar sites are in Rajasthan, Kerala, Odisha, Madhya Pradesh, Himachal Pradesh, Assam, West Bengal, Jammu and Kashmir, Andhra Pradesh, Manipur, Gujarat, Tamil Nadu and Tripura.
  • Total of 37 sites in the country have been recognised under the international treaty. Wetlands declared as Ramsar sites are protected under strict guidelines.
Source: The Hindu 

Supreme Court allows introduction of African Cheetah in India

  • The Supreme Court on Tuesday allowed the Centre to introduce the African cheetah to a suitable habitat in India, including Kuno Palpur in Madhya Pradesh, almost 10 years after the plan was envisaged by then environment minister Jairam Ramesh and put on hold by the apex court.
  • The court was hearing an application filed by the National Tiger Conservation Authority (NTCA) seeking permission for the introduction of the African cheetah from Namibia as the court is monitoring the government’s ambitious project.
  • The apex court had set up a three-member committee, comprising of former director of Wildlife Trust of India (WTI), Ranjit Sinh, a retired Indian Forest Service officer, and having officials from the environment ministry to guide the NTCA in taking a decision on the issue.

Source: Hindustan Times