●Assisted Reproductive Technology (ART) Regulation Bill, 2020
•It aims to monitor medical procedures used to assist people to achieve pregnancy
•The bill makes provisions for safe and ethical practice of assisted reproductive technology services in the country.
[For protecting and recognizing women’s reproductive rights]
◽Assisted Reproductive Technology(ART)
•ART is used to treat infertility. It includes fertility treatments that handle both a woman’s egg and a man’s sperm.
▫️It works by removing eggs from a woman’s body. [The eggs are then mixed with sperm to make embryos. The embryos are then put back in the woman’s body.]
▫️In Vitro fertilization (IVF) is the most common and effective type of ART
●Worldwide Education for the Future Index 2019:
•Released by Economist Intelligence Unit
•The index assesses countries based on their abilities to equip students with skill-based education.
•It has ranked countries based on three pillars namely environment, teaching environment and overall socio-economic environment.
◽Finland has been ranked at the top of the index followed by Sweden and New Zealand
•India has been ranked 35th in 2019 [it was ranked at 40th position in 2018]
◽Theme :“From Policy to Practice”
●3rd Global Ministerial Conference on Road Safety : In Stockholm (Sweden)
•It is organised by the World Health Organization (WHO) in association with the World Bank and minister-led delegations from more than 80 countries
•It intends to bring road safety on the global agenda and renew the world community’s commitment to safer roads.
[It also aims to define ways to accelerate action on proven strategies to save lives.]
•The United Nations had also declared 2011-2020 as the decade of action for Road Safety
◽Theme: ‘Achieving Global Goals 2030’
●Revamp of PMFBY and Crop Insurance Schemes
•The Centre has slashed its share of the premium subsidy from the current 50% to just 25% in irrigated areas and 30% for unirrigated areas.
•Currently, the Centre and State split the balance of the premium equally. However, the revamp now reduces the burden on the Centre and increases the share of States
•Farmers pay a fixed share of the premium: 2% of the sum insured for Kharif crops, 1.5% for rabi crops and 5% for cash crops
◽Data shows a large number of states that participate in the scheme don’t release their share on time, which leads to a delayed compensation paid to farmers.
【 Very bad move for farmers 😡!】
●Swachh Bharat Mission (Grameen) Phase-II [from 2020-21 to 2024-25 ]
•It will focus on Open Defecation Free Plus (ODF Plus), which includes ODF sustainability and Solid and Liquid Waste Management (SLWM).
•SBM (G) Phase-II will be implemented from 2020-21 to 2024-25 in a mission mode with a total outlay of Rs. 1,40,881 crores [ ~ $ 20 billion]
◽ODF Plus will be monitored on the basis of output-outcome indicators for 4 key areas:
1. Plastic waste management,
2. Biodegradable solid waste management (including animal waste management),
3. Greywater management
4. Fecal sludge management
◽More than 10 crore individual toilets have been constructed since the launch of Swachh Bharat Mission (G) Phase-I, as a result, rural areas in all the States have declared themselves ODF as on 2nd October, 2019.
●Historical Gastronomica – The Indus Dining Experience
•National Museum, New Delhi is hosting a unique exhibition on India’s ancient food history “Historical Gastronomica – The Indus Dining Experience” from 19th to 25th February, 2020
•Indus Dining Experience’ – organized jointly by the National Museum and One Station Million Stories (OSMS) – is based on archaeological research, museum artefacts and their characteristics.
◽One Station Million Stories is a Delhi-based organization that specializes in the craft of storytelling through extensive technical research.
◽Recently, UNESCO’s network of creative cities has included Hyderabad as a creative city of gastronomy
●Empowered Technology Group on Emerging Technologies
•Union Cabinet has approved the constitution of an empowered Technology Group to advise the Government on priorities and strategies for research on emerging technologies across sectors.
[ & render timely policy advice on latest technologies]
•The group will also facilitate cross-sector collaborations and research alliances with universities and private companies and formulate “standards and a common vocabulary” to screen proposals for research and development
◽It will be a 12-member group with the Principal Scientific Adviser to the Government of India (Prof. K VijayRaghavan) as its Chair
●CHILDLINE India Foundation (CIF)
•It is the nodal agency appointed by the Ministry of Women and Child Development to manage CHILDLINE helpline 1098 – a free, emergency phone service for children in need aid and assistance
[It is the largest network of agencies involved in protection of children.]
◽According to the data compiled by the CHILDLINE India Foundation (CIF), 35% of the total cases of sexual abuse were committed by neighbours
[25% by strangers and 11% by family members. The remaining 29% of perpetrators were friends, relatives, teachers etc.] 🙃!
●IDSA to be renamed as Manohar Parrikar Institute for Defence Studies and Analyses
•The Union government has decided to rename the Institute for Defence Studies and Analyses (IDSA) as ‘Manohar Parrikar Institute for Defence Studies and Analyses
◽Defence Studies and Analyses (IDSA) Established in 1965
•It is a non-partisan, autonomous body dedicated to objective research and policy-relevant studies on all aspects of defence and security.
•It is funded by the Ministry of Defence. [The Defence Minister chairs the executive committee of the institute’s society]
●Tirur Vettila (a betel leaf from Kerala) got GI tagHide — uploads.disquscdn.com
•Tirur Vettila is unique for its significantly high content of total chlorophyll and protein in fresh leaves.
•The leaves are nutritive and contain anticarcinogens, showing future opportunities in anticancer drugs.
[Tirur Vettila is a type of betel leaf which is grown in Tirur and nearby areas of Malappuram district of Kerala .]
●Ra’ad-II missile of Pakistan
•Pakistan has conducted a successful flight test of the air launched cruise missile Ra’ad-II
•The cruise Ra’ad missile has a range of around 600 km which significantly enhances air delivered strategic standoff capability on land and at sea.
[Indian experts believe that the missile is Pakistan’s answer to India’s Nirbhay cruise missil]
◽Nirbhay is a long range, all-weather, subsonic cruise missile designed and developed in India by DRDO
•It is a two-stage missile powered by a Solid rocket motor booster with an operational range of 1000 km.【Ra’ad+400km😁!】