International Conference on Standardisation of AYUSH Terminologies (ICoSDiTAUS-2020) in Delhi
•It is the biggest ever international event dedicated to standardisation of Diagnosis and Terminologies of Traditional Medicine in terms of the broad level of participation covering virtually all the continents
[16 countries came together for the cause of Traditional Medicine]
•It adopted the ‘New Delhi Declaration on Collection and Classification of Traditional Medicine (TM) Diagnostic Data’.
◽AYUSH is an abbreviation of
• A:- Ayurveda,
• Y:- Yoga & Naturopathy,
• U:- Unani,
• S:- Siddha and
• H:- Homoeopathy
◽The Modi government had included Sowa-Rigpa into the acronym of AYUSH in 2018 where the alphabet ‘S’ represents both — Siddha and Sowa-Rigpa.
[But the logo of the AYUSH ministry, on its website, still represents five traditional systems of medicine in India — Ayurveda, Yoga and Naturopathy, Unani, Siddha and Homeopathy]
UK India Education and Research Initiative (UKIERI)
•It was started in April, 2006 with the aim of enhancing educational linkages between India and the UK.
•UKIERI has been recognized as a key multi stakeholder programme that has strengthened the research, leadership, education and now skill sector relations between the two countries.
•UKIERI Phase 3 (2016-2021) aims to promote institutional and individual excellence in educational practices, research, and employability
◽Ministry of HRD has launched ‘Higher Education Leadership Development Programme for Administrators’ in New Delhi.
[The programme is a joint initiative of University Grants Commission (UGC) and the British Council under UKIERI]
National Technical Textiles Mission(NTTM)
•Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs (CCEA) has approved the setting up of a National Technical Textiles Mission at a total outlay of ₹1,480 crores.
•It aims to position the country as a global leader in technical textiles and increase the use of technical textiles in the domestic market. [The Mission will aim at taking domestic market size to $40 billion to $50 billion by 2024.]
•It will be implemented for four years starting from 2020-21 to 2024-25
◽It will have four components (for textiles)
1. Research, development and innovation
2. Promotion and development of the market for technical textiles.
3. Export promotion
4. Education, training and skill development.
Surrogacy (Regulation) Bill, 2020
•The Cabinet has approved the introduction of Surrogacy (Regulation) Bill, 2020 that aims to prohibit commercial surrogacy in India.
•The purpose of the Bill is to ensure effective regulation of surrogacy, prohibit commercial surrogacy, and allow ethical surrogacy.
◽15 major changes have been suggested in a report presented by the Select Committee on Surrogacy (Regulation) Bill
•The controversial clause of “close relative” has been done away with and instead the committee has recommended the term to be replaced with a “willing woman”
•Increase insurance cover for the surrogate mother from the 16 months proposed in the Bill to 36 months. etc
Ease (Enhanced Access and Service Excellence) 3.0
•FM Nirmala Sitharaman launches Ease 3.0 for tech-enabled banking
•It aims at providing smart, tech-enabled public sector banking for aspiring India.
•The Ministry has the idea of establishing paperless and digitally-enabled banking at places where people visit the most
•EASE Agenda is a common reform agenda for PSBs aimed at institutionalizing clean and smart banking. [It was launched in January 2018]
India-UK joint Air Force Exercise ‘Indradhanush
•Exercise ‘Indradhanush’ began at Air Force Station, Hindan (Ghaziabad, Uttar Pradesh) on 24th February, 2020.
•Exercise Indradhanush provides a platform for the air forces of both the countries to share and jointly validate strategies and tactics to counter terror threats to their installations
◽Theme: ‘Base Defence and Force Protection
Ulsoor lake in Bengaluru
•National Green Tribunal (NGT) has directed the constitution of a joint committee to take samples of water from Bengaluru’s Ulsoor lake and neighbouring areas.
•It has been reported that the water quality has come down due to illegal activities being carried out while discharging untreated sewage, effluents and the dumping of garbage into the water body.
[Such activities affect the quality of the water and the ecology and aquatic life, much required for ecological sustenance.]
Henneguya Salminicola: An animal which does not need oxygen
•It is a tiny, less than 10-celled parasite which lives in the muscles of salmon fish
•Scientists have discovered Henneguya Salminicola which does not need oxygen to produce the energy needed for its survival.
•It is a relative of jellyfish and corals and as it evolved, it gave up breathing and consuming oxygen or became anaerobic to produce energy.
【However, it is not yet clear how the parasite generates energy】
Clause 6 of Assam Accord,1985
•Assam Accord: It was a Memorandum of Settlement(MoS) signed between representatives of the Government of India and the leaders of the Assam Movement in 1985.
•Clause 6: It talks about providing constitutional, legislative and administrative safeguards to protect, preserve and promote the cultural, social, linguistic identity and heritage of the Assamese people
◽A high-level committee, headed by Justice (retd) B K Sharma, on Assam Accord’s Clause 6 submitted its report to Assam Chief Minister [The content of the report is not known]