•Recently, India supplied 6.2 tonnes of essential medicines to Maldives, under Operation Sanjeevani as assistance in the fight against COVID 19
•The medicines include influenza vaccines, antiviral drugs such as lopinavir and ritonavir among others as well as consumables such as catheters, nebulisers, urine bags and infant feeding tubes
•The medicines were delivered by an Hercules C-130J-30 aircraft of Indian Air Force
【Ekuverin is a joint military exercise between India and Maldives.】
Covid-19 Quarantine Alert System (CQAS)
•It collects phone data, including the device’s location, on a common secured platform and alerts the local agencies in case of a violation by COVID patients under watch or in isolation
•Department of Telecommunications (DoT) has shared a Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) with all telecom service providers regarding the application called COVID-19 Quarantine Alert System (CQAS).
▪️The CQAS prepares a list of mobile numbers, segregates them on the basis of telecom service providers, and the location data provided by the telecom companies is run on the application to create “geo-fencing”.
•Geo-fencing is a location-based service in which an app or other software uses GPS, RFID, Wi-Fi or cellular data to trigger a pre-programmed action when a mobile device or RFID tag enters or exits a virtual boundary set up around a geographical location, known as a geofence.
Financial Action Task Force (FATF)
•It is an intergovernmental organization founded in 1989 on the initiative of G7 to develop policies to combat money laundering.(also included terrorism financing in 2001)
•[As of now there are only two countries in the blacklist — Iran and North Korea — and seven on the grey list, including Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Syria and Yemen.]
▪️Pakistani court in Sindh has acquitted Ahmed Omar Sheikh Saeed of murdering journalist Daniel Pearl will be raised by India at the next meeting of the Financial Action Task Force, where Pakistan’s greylist status will come up for discussion.
Aarogya Setu app
•National Informatics Center (NIC), under MeitY has launched a mobile app named Aarogya Setu
•It is mobile app developed in public-private partnership to bring the people of India together in a resolute fight against COVID-19.
•It will enable people to assess themselves the risk for their catching the Corona Virus infection.
•It will calculate this based on their interaction with others, using cutting edge Bluetooth technology, algorithms and artificial intelligence
National Agriculture Market (e-NAM) Platform
•It is a pan-India electronic trading portal which networks the existing APMC mandis to create a unified national market for agricultural commodities.
•Union Agriculture Minister has launched new features of e-NAM Platform
1. Warehouse based trading module :It allows farmers to directly trade their stored produce from registered warehouses based on negotiable warehouse receipts in electronic form(e-NWR).
2. Farmer Producer Organizations(FPO) trading module:
Under this, FPOs can trade their produce from their collection center without bringing the produce to APMC.
3. Enhanced version of the logistic module has been released to facilitate inter-mandi and inter-state trade at this juncture