•According to the bill, Indians should not exceed 15% of the population and if it is enacted into law, over 8 lakh Indians could be forced out of Kuwait.
•Lawmakers and government officials including the Prime Minister of Kuwait have been calling to reduce the number of expats from 70% to 30% of the population.
[The draft law will impose a cap on the number of expats and gradually reduce them by almost 5% on a yearly basis.]
•Kuwait faces problems in its population structure due to huge numbers of expats. [Almost one-third of the expats are either illiterate or can merely read and write. They do not contribute to the country’s growth and hence, are not needed.]
•Indians constitute the largest expat community in Kuwait, totalling 1.45 million.
•In 2018, India received nearly USD 4.8 billion from Kuwait as remittances.
•This move is similar to the USA’s decision to extend the 60-day ban on immigrant and non-immigrant worker visas till the end of 2020
【 Every nation is being an ‘Atmanirbhar’ during this vast pandemic without thinking humiliation and starvation.
It isn’t Self-reliant, It’s fully back with Selfishness
Crisis needs collaboration not self-reliant】
National Logistics Efficiency and Advancement Predictability and Safety Act (NLEAPS)
•The Ministry of Commerce and Industry is considering replacing the Multimodal Transportation of Goods Act, 1993 (MMTG) with a National Logistics Efficiency and Advancement Predictability and Safety Act (NLEAPS).
•It was introduced to facilitate the exporters and give them a sense of security in transporting their goods
•It aims to streamline the logistics ecosystem in the country, with a view to promote growth of the sector
•Modernise and formalise the logistics services and promote digitisation in the sector, which is key for the smooth movement of goods.
•Also aims to reduce the logistics cost from the present 14% of the Gross Domestic Product (GDP) to less than 10% of GDP
•The new law tends to define various participants of the logistics sector and create a light regulatory ecosystem
Performance Assessment and Ranking of Highways by NHAI
•Recently, the National Highways Authority of India (NHAI) has decided to undertake performance assessment and ranking of the highways in the country
•The assessment activity majorly intended to improve the quality of roads in the country.
•The criteria for the assessment have been broadly categorised in three main heads namely
1. Highway Efficiency (45%),
2. Highway Safety (35%)
3. User Services (20%).
•Apart from overall ranking of all the corridors, separate ranking for Build-Operate-Transfer (BOT), Hybrid Annuity Model (HAM) and Engineering, Procurement, and Construction (EPC) projects will also be done
G4 Flu Virus found in China
•Recently, scientists have identified a “newly emerged” strain of influenza virus that is infecting Chinese pigs and that has the potential of triggering a pandemic
[Ek pandemic bahut hai for our generation:)
•Named G4, scientists believe that it has descended from the H1N1 strain that was responsible for the 2009 swine flu pandemic [It was identified through surveillance of influenza viruses in pigs through a study carried out from 2011 to 2018 in ten provinces of China.]
•Pigs are intermediate hosts for the generation of pandemic influenza virus.
]Intermediate host is an organism that harbours a parasitic which is being provided with nourishment and shelter by the organism.]
Mahajobs Portal: by Maharashtra government
•Maharashtra Government has launched a portal named ‘Mahajobs’ for job seekers and employers, owing to the economic situation caused by Covid-19 pandemic
•It aims to make local manpower available to companies and employment opportunities to workers
•The job seekers and providers/industrial units can register themselves on the Portal.
•The Portal has identified 17 sectors including engineering, logistics, and chemicals, and provides for selecting jobs across 950 trades mainly for local youth who would need to produce domicile certificates
•Developed by Maharashtra Industrial Development Corporation (MIDC).
Bubonic Plague alert
•Bayannur, a city in northern China, is on high alert after a suspected case of Bubonic plague was reported Recently
•The plague is a disease caused by the bacteria Yersinia pestis, which is found in animals, particularly rodents.
•It can be transmitted to humans through infected animals and fleas.
• This infects a person’s lymphatic system (which is a part of their immune system), causing inflammation in the lymph nodes. If left untreated, the bubonic plague can also convert into either pneumonic of septicemic plague. Its symptoms include fever, chills, weakness and headaches
•The plague is a life-threatening disease but if caught early, can be treated with antibiotics. However, without prompt treatment, the disease can lead to serious illnesses and even death.
•The Bubonic plague severely impacted India too. [The first official case was reportedon 23 September 1896 in what was then Bombay. It was a part of the third plague pandemic, which originated in China in 1855]