Current Affairs And General Knowledge 9 March 2018 Exam Capsule
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President of India receives the First copy of the book ‘Fulfilling Bapu’s Dreams – Prime Minister Modi’s tribute to Gandhiji’
The President of India, Shri Ram Nath Kovind, received the first copy of the book ‘Fulfilling Bapu’s Dreams – Prime Minister Modi’s Tribute to Gandhiji’ from Sadhguru Jaggi Vasudev, who formally released it at a function held at Rashtrapati Bhavan today (March 9, 2018). Dr Bindeshwar Pathak, noted sanitation activist, was also present.
PM interacts with recipients of Nari Shakti Puraskar
The Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi, today met and interacted with the recipients of the Nari Shakti Puraskar.During the interaction, the Prime Minister spoke of “Seva Paramo Dharma” as being an integral part of our culture.The Prime Minister said that the awardees have devoted their lives, on a mission to serve others. He said their contribution extends far beyond those who benefited from their efforts and serves as inspiration for the society. He mentioned that the nation is celebrating the 150thanniversary of Sister Nivedita, who was an embodiment of selfless service.
PM condoles the passing away of renowned Sufi singer Shri Pyarelal Wadali
The Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi has condoled the passing away of the renowned Sufi singer, Shri Pyarelal Wadali.“Saddened by the demise of Shri Pyarelal Wadali. His renditions attained great popularity globally. His work will continue to draw people towards the joys of Sufi music. May his soul rest in peace”, the Prime Minister said.
RM Calls for Citizens’ Empowerment at AFMS Function Celebrating International Women’s Day
Raksha Mantri Smt Nirmala Sitharaman has said that debate about empowerment should not always be the gender-based argument, whether an individual can perform being a woman or a man. Therefore, the whole narration on Women’s Day is to look at it in this context. She was addressing a function on women in uniform of Armed Forces Medical Services (AFMS) to celebrate the spirit of ‘Womanhood’ at Manekshaw Centre, Delhi Cant there today.
International City Parade: Milan-2018
The stunning settings at the Marina Park were the venue for a glorious International City Parade on 09th March. The City Parade showcased the motto of MILAN ‘Friendship Across the Seas’ in great style as school children, Marine Commandos, Para-Jumpers, marching contingents and cultural troops stole the hearts of the spectators. The events unfolded with the backdrop of the historic Ross Island against the pristine blue waters of the Andaman Sea. Marine Commandos of the Indian Navy demonstrated a small team insertion and extraction technique as they launched an attack on a dummy oil rig. This was followed by a Search and Rescue demonstration by Chetak helicopters of the Indian Navy & the Coast Guard, instilling confidence amongst the spectators about the HADR capabilities of the Armed Forces.
PFRDA conducts Conference on National Pension System (NPS) for Corporates in coordination with FICCI at Mumbai; As on 6th March 2018, more than 13.16 lakh subscribers are registered under NPS-Private Sector.
Pension Fund Regulatory Development Authority (PFRDA) in its endeavor to promote NPS among the corporates have embarked upon conducting NPS workshops at various locations across the country. A Corporate meet was conducted at Mumbai yesterday in association with FICCI, Maharashtra State Council.
Shri Jaspal Bindra, Chairman, FICCI Maharashtra State Council and Executive Chairman, Centrum Group in his welcome address lauded the efforts of PFRDA for organizing such meetings across the country and creating awareness about NPS which can be effective platform for corporates to provide pension to their employees for their old age income security.
The extant disinvestment policy, inter alia, envisages:
- Listing of profitable CPSEs on stock exchanges to unlock the value of the company, improve efficiency and promote ”people’s ownership” by encouraging public participation in CPSEs;
- Disinvestment through ”minority stake sale” in listed CPSEs to achieve minimum public shareholding norms of 25 percent. While pursuing divestment through ”minority stake sale”, the Government will retain majority shareholding, i.e. at least 51% and management control of the Public Sector Undertakings;
- Strategic disinvestment by way of sale of the substantial portion of Government shareholding in identified CPSEs up to 50 percent or more, along with the transfer of management control.
Second Advance estimates released by Central Statistics Office (CSO) projects the growth of Gross Domestic Product (GDP) to be 6.6 percent in 2017-18
As per the Second Advance estimates released by Central Statistics Office (CSO) the growth of Gross Domestic Product (GDP) is estimated to be 6.6 percent in 2017-18, which is same as the annual average GDP growth rate during last 30 years, starting from 1987-88 to 2016-17. However, it may be mentioned that the growth rate of GDP from 2012-13 may not be strictly comparable with the growth rate prior to that period.
National Health Policy
The Government has formulated and brought out National Health Policy, 2017, which aims at attainment of the highest possible level of good health and well-being, through a preventive and promotive health care orientation in all developmental policies, and universal access to good quality health care services without anyone having to face financial hardship as a consequence. The National Health Policy, 2017 is available at http://mohfw.nic.in/sites/ default/ files / 9147562941489753121. Pdf
The National Health Policy,2017 states following targets for reduction in incidence and prevalence of certain disease conditions:
- HIV/AIDS: Achieve global target of 2020 (also termed as the target of 90:90:90)
- Eliminate Leprosy by 2018, Kala-Azar by 2017 and Lymphatic Filariasis in endemic pockets by 2017
- Eliminate Tuberculosis by 2025: Achieving and maintaining a cure rate of >85% in new sputum positive patients and reduce the incidence of new cases.
- Reduce the prevalence of blindness to 0.25/ 1000 by 2025 and disease burden by one-third from current levels.
- Reduce premature mortality from cardiovascular diseases, cancer, diabetes and chronic respiratory diseases by 25% by 2025.
Nutritional support to school girls
The Government is implementing the scheme for adolescent girls to improve the nutritional and health status of out of school adolescents girls age 11 – 14 years, where nutrition support @ Rs. 9.5 per beneficiary per day for 300 days in a year is provided. Beside this, micronutrient supplementation is also provided to out of school girls by weekly Iron and Folic Acid (IFA) supplementation for control of iron deficiency anemia. National Deworming Days (NDD) are also conducted across the country twice a year covering out of school girls in which Albendazole tablets are administered for de-worming and further nutrition promotion.
Redevelopment of Railway Stations under AMRUT Scheme
A Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) has been recently entered into between Ministry of Railways (MOR) and Ministry of Urban Development (MOUD) for integrated planning of redevelopment of railway stations in the cities included in the ‘SMART Cities’ and Atal Mission for Rejuvenation and Urban Transformation (AMRUT) scheme and the following 10 Railway stations have been identified to be redeveloped under the ‘SMART Cities’ scheme:
Tirupati, Delhi Sarai Rohilla, Nellore, Madgaon, Lucknow, Gomtinagar, Kota, Thane New, Ernakulam Jn. and Puducherry.
Music series under Incredible India Heritage Series in Delhi, Varanasi and Kochi
The first event to be on 10th March 2018 at Red Fort, New Delhi
The Ministry of Tourism is organizing a music series under the Incredible India Heritage Series in Delhi, Varanasi and Kochi, which are important tourist centers of the country. This music series organized through SPIC MACAY would be held over a period of 6 weekends with the objective to promote the rich cultural heritage of the country and to reinforce the principle of ‘Tourism for All’. The artists, who would be performing in the programme series include Hindustani as well Carnatic Vocalists and Instrumentalists. Similarly, the best of our Folk traditions will be showcased by performances of Qawwali, Kabir Gayan, Choir, Baul and various folk art forms from across the nation.
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