Modified Electronics Manufacturing Clusters (EMC 2.0) Scheme
•It is a scheme for development of world class infrastructure along with common facilities and amenities through Electronics Manufacturing Clusters (EMCs)
[It is in line with National Policy for Electronics (NPE), 2019 to make India a global hub for mobile and component manufacturing.]
•The objective of the scheme was to provide support for creation of world class infrastructure for attracting investments in the Electronics Systems Design and Manufacturing (ESDM) sector.
•India’s electronics production has increased from US$29 billion in 2014-15 to US$ 70 billion in 2018-19,
[ Electronics production accounts for 2.3% of India’s GDP at present.]
Scheme on Promotion of Bulk Drug Park
•It aims to promote medical device parks in the country in partnership with the states.
•Parks will have common facilities such as solvent recovery plant, distillation plant, power & steam units, common effluent treatment plant etc.
[government aims to develop 3 mega Bulk Drug parks in India in partnership with States.]
Production Linked Incentive (PLI) Scheme
•It aims to promote domestic manufacturing of critical Key Starting Materials (KSMs)/Drug Intermediates and Active Pharmaceutical Ingredients (APIs) in the country.
•PLI scheme will reduce India’s import dependence on other countries for critical KSMs/Drug Intermediates and APIs.
•This will lead to expected incremental sales of Rs.46,400 crore and significant additional employment generation over 8 years
AYUSH Health and Wellness Centres
•Recently, the Union Cabinet has approved the inclusion of AYUSH Health and Wellness Centres (AYUSH HWCs) in the National AYUSH Mission (NAM).
[It is a component of the Ayushman Bharat.]
•It aims to establish a holistic wellness model based on AYUSH principles and practices focusing on preventive, promotive, curative, rehabilitative and palliative healthcare by integration with the existing public health care system
[& To spread community awareness about lifestyle, yoga, medicinal plants and provision of medicines for selected conditions as per strength of AYUSH systems.]
India and France conducted joint patrols from the Reunion Island
•The joint patrolling with France shows India’s intent to engage with friendly foreign partners in expanding its footprint in the Indian Ocean, focusing on the stretch between the East African coastline and the Malacca straits.
•India has recently become an observer to the Indian Ocean Commission.[ It consists of Reunion as one of its members.]
•India has so far carried out CORPATs only with maritime neighbours and had rejected a similar offer by the US in 2016.
▪️Reunion is a French overseas department and overseas region in the western Indian Ocean. [It is located about 420 miles (680 km) east of Madagascar and 110 miles (180 km) southwest of Mauritius]
•India and France Naval exercise: Varuna
The Extradition Treaty between India and Belgium
•Extradition is an act where one jurisdiction delivers a person accused or convicted of committing a crime in another jurisdiction, over to their law enforcement
•This treaty will replace the pre-Independence Extradition Treaty between Great Britain and Belgium of 1901 that was made applicable to India through the exchange of Letters in 1958.
•An extraditable offence means an offence punishable under the laws of both the Parties with imprisonment for a period of one year or more severe punishment.
World Water Day: 22 March 💧
•The World Water Day has been observed since 1993 and intends to raise awareness of the 2.2 billion people living without access to safe water.
•Theme- 2020 : ‘Water and Climate Change’ [which aims to explore interrelation between water and climate change]
•A core focus of World Water Day is to support the achievement of Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 6: water and sanitation for all by 2030.
•The International Decade for Action on Water for Sustainable Development (2018-2028) is being observed