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MHA signs MoU with ISRO to set up an Integrated Control Room for Emergency Response
On September 21, 2018, the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) and Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO), Department of Space signed an MOU for setting up of Integrated Control Room for Emergency Response (ICR-ER) in Ministry of Home Affairs.
i. The MoU was signed by Joint Secretary (Disaster Management) Shri Sanjeev Kumar Jindal and
Dr P.V.N Rao, Deputy Director, NRSC, ISRO.
ii. The project will be executed under overall supervision of MHA.
iii. It will be established by 2020.
iv. The functions of the ICR-ER are:
v. This would help in timely response and assistance in emergency situations.
Health Ministry partners with Dell and Tata Trusts to provide technology solution for a nationwide healthcare program
On September 21, 2018, Ministry of Health and Family Welfare signed MoUs with the Tata Trusts and Dell to provide a technological platform for nationwide prevention, control, screening and management program of Non Communicable Diseases (NCDs).
i. Contributions of Dell and Tata in NCD:
Dell helped in the development of the technology platform as technology partner and
TATA helped in the implementation support of the NCD programme as deployment partner.
ii. The technology solution by Dell is hosted on a Government Data Center and managed by Centre for Health Informatics, MoHFW.
iii. Also a user manual for NCD application under Comprehensive Primary Health Care (CPHC) IT Solutions was released.
iv. Under Programme for Prevention and Control of Cancer, Diabetes, Cardiovascular Diseases and Stroke (NPCDCS), government will start population based screening under NHM for diabetes, Hypertension and three types of common cancers.
v. Also under Ayushman Bharat, Centre will provide 12 different kinds of services of which Non Communicable Diseases (NCDs) form an important part.
About the IT solution:
The NCD IT solution covers program-level data for screening, referral, diagnosis, treatment and follow-up activities of non-communicable diseases with an aim to connect health workers, doctors and decision-makers in a single, integrated platform.
About Non-Communicable Disease :
♦ NCD screening program addresses Hypertension, Diabetes, Oral, Breast and Cervical cancers and covers all men and women over the age of 30 years.
♦ It is under the Ayushman Bharat Comprehensive Primary Healthcare (CPHC) Initiative that is being deployed in 200 districts across the country.
Union Government launched India’s first National Registry of Sexual Offenders and several initiatives for sexual violence against women and children
On September 21, 2018, the Union Government released a National Database of Sexual Offenders (NDSO) in New Delhi. It was launched by Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh.
India thus became the 9th nation to have a registry of this kind.
i. It is an initiative under the National Mission for Safety of Women.
ii. The database would be maintained by the National Crime Records Bureau under the Ministry of Home Affairs.
iii. The database would contain 4.4 lakh offenders (from 2005 till date) and their DNA samples, fingerprints, Aadhaar numbers and Personal Account Numbers (PANs).
iv. Data will be stored for 15 years for those who are posing low danger, 25 years for moderate danger and lifetime for habitual offenders.
v. Along with this, 79 lakh rape kits are in the process of distribution across the country.
vi. Additionally, the Home Minister also launched the Cyber Crime Prevention against Women and Children.
vii. It will have features of tracking complaints against various sexual crimes and child abuse materials. The National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB) will be responsible for further investigation in these matters.
viii. Also, the following has been launched:
ix. Ministry of Home Affairs has already released a grant of Rs. 94.5 crore to States/UTs for establishing cyber forensic-cum-training laboratories.
x. These will help in better cybercrime investigation and training programmes for Police officers, public prosecutors and judicial officers.
♦ Union Minister: Shri Rajnath Singh.
♦ Minister of State: Shri Hansraj Gangaram Ahir, Shei Kiren Rijiju.
♦ Secretary: Shri Rajiv Gauba.
ANI, WAM signed MoU for bilateral cooperation in area of free news exchange
On September 21, 2018, Asian News International, ANI and Emirates News Agency, WAM, the official news agency of the UAE government has signed an MoU, for bilateral cooperation in the area of the free news exchange in Abu Dhabi.
i. The Mou wa signed between:
ANI News :
Headquarters: New Delhi.
Headquarters: Abu Dhabi, UAE.
Tamil Nadu govt announced scheme for the protection of the exotic Neela Kurinji plants
On September 21, 2018, Tamil Nadu government announced scheme for the protection of the exotic Neela kurinji (Strobilanthus kunthianus) plants in Nilagiri district of Tamilnadu.
i. This came after the complaints of packaging and selling them on commercial basis.
ii. These plants flower only once in 12 years.
iii. The Neela Kurinju is a native to the Western Ghats.
National Parks of Tamil Nadu : Mudumalai National Park, Anamalai National Park, Guindy National Park.
Gujarat govt doubled farmers’ accident insurance amounts costing it Rs.70 crore
On September 21, 2018, the Gujarat government increase in insurance cover compensation for farmers in the event of accidental death or disability.
i. The increased premium will be borne by the state government costing it more than Rs.70 crore.
ii. According to the announcement compensation has been doubled for,
iii. This will benefit over 2.5 crore farmers in the State from the existing 1.75 crore under Farmers’ Accident Insurance Scheme.
iv. Now, any child of the farmer is entitled to be covered under this scheme unlike only the first child which was stated earlier.
♦ Capital: Gandhinagar.
♦ Chief Minister: Vijay Rupani.
♦ Governor: Om Prakash Kohli.
♦ Ahmedabad: India’s First world heritage city, Manchester of India, Boston of India.
♦ Baroda(Vadodara): Banyan City, Power Hub of India, Cultural capital of Gujarat.
Gujarat Government forms panel to probe crop insurance complaints
On 20th September 2018, Gujarat government announced the formation of a committee to look into the complaints of farmers who have not received timely compensation for crop loss.
i. The committee includes Gujarat Agriculture Minister R C Faldu. Gujarat Deputy Chief Minister Nitin Patel and Gujarat Chief Minister Vijay Rupani will directly supervise the committee.
ii. Erring insurance companies will be reported directly to the Central government. The committee will soon hold a meeting with the chairman and managing directors of insurance companies that offer crop loans in Gujarat, to tackle this issue.
iii. Under Pradhan Mantri Fasal Bima Yojana (PMFBY) more than 12 lakh farmers in Gujarat have been covered during the ongoing Kharif 2018 season. This scheme was introduced in Kharif 2016.
iv. More than Rs 374 crore has been collected from farmers as premium through this scheme.
Some National Parks in Gujarat:
♦ Vansda National Park
♦ Gir Forest National Park
♦ Blackbuck National Park
First ever Mizoram International Short Film Festival (MISFF) in Aizawl
On 20th September 2018, the first-ever Mizoram International Short Film Festival (MISFF) was inaugurated by Mizoram Chief Minister Lal Thanhawla at the Aijal Club in Aizawl, Mizoram.
Mizoram International Short Film Festival (MISFF):
i. At the inaugural event, Gulshan Grover’s short film ‘Forbidden’ was screened. This is the first of its kind film festival in Mizoram.
ii. It is organised by: Government of Mizoram and Innovations India. It is supported by the Mizo Film Forum.
iii. The festival aims to promote Mizoram as a preferred destination for film making, and to exhibit the beautiful locations of Mizoram. It will also highlight the film making capabilities of the Mizo film makers.
Some wildlife sanctuaries in Mizoram:
♦ Lengteng wildlife sanctuary
♦ Ngengpui wildlife sanctuary
♦ Pualreng wildlife sanctuary