The Moscow Declaration to End TB aims to increase multisectoral action as well as track progress, and build accountability. More than 1000 participants took part in the two-day conference which resulted in collective commitment to end TB.
Earlier, the Health Ministry was providing the treatment of tuberculosis thrice weekly, however it has now decided to change the treatment strategy for TB patients from thrice weekly to daily drug regimen using fixed dose combinations (FDC) for treatment.
It approved the increase in the carpet area in the Middle Income Group (MIG) I category of CLSS from the existing 90 square metre to up to 120 square metre. It increased the carpet area in respect of MIG II category of CLSS from the existing 110 square metre to up to 150 square metre.
Union Minister of State for Power and Renewable Energy RK Singh on 16 November 2017 launched the Web Portal for Pradhan Mantri Sahaj Bijli Har Ghar Yojana ‘Saubhagya’. The portal can be accessed at http://saubhagya.gov.in. Through Saubhagya Web portal, every State can fill in the current status of progress of electrification works which will enable accountability for the State utility/ DISCOM.
Saubhagya scheme was launched by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on 25 September 2017 with an outlay of Rs 16320 Crores including Budgetary Support of Rs 12320 Crores. Under Saubhagya scheme, all willing households in rural areas and poor families in urban areas are given free electricity connections.
US credit rating agency Moody's raised India's sovereign rating to Baa2 from its lowest investment grade of Baa, while changing the outlook for the country's rating to stable from positive. Since 2004, Moody raised the sovereign rating for the first time ignoring a haze of short-term economic uncertainties to bet on the nation’s prospects from a raft of policy changes by the government.
It will provide support in the civil aviation market by reviewing any legal and procedural issues which may adversely affect cooperation between India and Poland. It will provide for exchange of information related to aviation regulations, regional air operations, airworthiness requirements and safety standards to enhance safety and security of air transport.
Researchers have discovered rare, living specimens of stromatolites, the oldest evidence of life on Earth, deep within a remote and protected World Heritage Area in Australia. The discovery was made by a group of researchers including those from the University of Tasmania in Australia.
As per the Cabinet approval, TCIL can now fill the posts for a further period of three years from the date of approval as per the Department of Public Enterprise (DPE) guidelines. Earlier, the Cabinet allowed deputation of Group A officers till September 2016.
Facebook has announced new tools for video creators to join its platform in an attempt to take on Google-owned YouTube. The new tool will be called Facebook Creator App. It will help the community create original video, go live with exclusive features and connect with their community on the Facebook.
The UN climate conference (COP23) commenced in Bonn, Germany fetched a good result for developing countries, including India, as the developed nations, at last, agreed to budge on the issue of their pre-2020 actions as well world gets a new platform to discuss the issue, called Talanoa Dialogues. The contentious issue, which requires revisiting of greenhouse gas mitigation targets or the emission cut target by developed countries and provision of finance, technology know-how and capacity building support to developing countries, has now found a place in the draft decision text of the COP23.
INS Sarvekshak is a specialised survey ship of the Indian Navy presently based at Kochi and is fitted with up to date survey equipment like Deep Sea Multi beam echo sounder system, Side Scan Sonars and a fully automated digital surveying system.
Stromatolites are laminated structures of micro- organisms which have created layers of minerals using elements dissolved in the water in which they live. Fossil stromatolites are the oldest evidence for life on Earth. They first appeared 3.7 billion years ago.
Joint Indo-Bangladesh Training Exercise SAMPRITI 2017, concluded on 16th November 2017 at Counter Insurgency & Jungle Warfare School, Vairengte in Mizoram with a validation exercise. The exercise SAMPRITI 2017 was aimed to strengthen and widen the aspects of interoperability and cooperation between the Indian and Bangladesh Armies. It was the 7th such exercise in the SAMPRITI series.
The Union Cabinet led by the Prime Minister Narendra Modi has given its consent for the creation of the posts of Chairman and Technical Members of the National Anti-profiteering Authority (NAA) under GST. The decision was followed up immediately after the sharp reduction in the GST rates of a large number of items of mass consumption. This paves the way for the immediate establishment of this apex body, which is mandated to ensure that the benefits of the reduction in GST rates on goods or services are passed on to the ultimate consumers by way of a reduction in prices.
Tuberculosis has been a chronic health problem for Indian Society. Here, we have discussed the overall scenerios of tuberculosis in India.
The collective wealth of Asia’s 50 richest families on the list is a record USD 699 billion, a 35 per cent increase from last year. For the third time, India enjoys the biggest presence on the list, with 18 richest families, followed by Hong Kong with nine richest families.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Ekta Diwas on the occasion of Sardar Vallabh Bhai Patel’s anniversary on 31st October 2015 started ‘Ek Bharat-Shreshtha Bharat’ Yojana with an objective to strengthen cultural relations of various parts of the country and to embolden the mutual connection between the people dwelling in different states. Under the ‘Ek Bharat-Shreshtha Bharat’ scheme, Madhya Pradesh has been made a partner of Nagaland and Manipur. The Madhya Pradesh government has made its Higher Education Department as a nodal department to execute the scheme. An eight member’s team from Madhya Pradesh has also toured Manipur and Nagaland in this regard.
For the third time, India enjoys the biggest presence on the list, with 18 richest families, followed by Hong Kong with nine richest families. Mukesh Ambani family is the biggest gainer in dollar and percentage terms. Their net worth rose by USD 19 billion as shares of Reliance Industries soared high due to better refining margins and the increasing demand produced by its telecom arm Reliance Jio.
The International Day for Tolerance was celebrated across the world on 16 November 2017.The observance aims to bolster United Nations’ commitment to strengthen tolerance in the world by fostering mutual understanding among cultures and peoples.
The painting is known by the name 'Salvator Mundi', an Italian phrase for 'Savior of the World'. The painting is one of 16 paintings by Leonardo known to exist and is the only one in private hands. This 26-inch-tall painting dates from around 1500 and shows Christ dressed in Renaissance-style robes, his right hand is raised in blessing and his left hand holds a crystal sphere.
National Green Tribunal has directed the state government of Delhi to seize 10-year-old diesel taxis without any delay as they cause air pollution. The decision was taken by a bench headed by NGT Chairperson Justice Swatanter Kumar.
In early November 2017, Prime Minister Narendra Modi was in Phillipines to take part in the 25th India-ASEAN Summit, 12th East Asia Summit, the first meeting of the India-USA-Japan-Australia Quadrilateral and the first RCEP Summit. The series of meetings with the leaders of the region added thrust to India’s Act East Policy and is an indicative of growing India’s political, economic and strategic engagement with the Indo-Pacific Nations.
The Day also aims to raise public awareness of the importance of philosophy and its critical use in life. The Day encourages academic exchange and highlights the contribution of philosophical knowledge in addressing global issues.
The target of installing bio-toilets in all the coaches of Indian Railways has been extended to December 2018. The information was shared by a member of Railways Ministry, Ravindra Gupta while speaking at an event organised in Bonn, Germany on 15 November 2017.
The Union Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Gas introduced the BS-IV grade transportation fuels across the country in April 2017. With the launch of BS-IV grade fuel, a new era of clean transportation fuels began, which benefitted all citizens by significantly reducing pollution levels.
RBI Governor Urjit Patel has been appointed to the Financial Stability Institute Advisory Board of the Bank of International Settlement (BIS), a global financial organisation owned by major central banks from across the world. The Financial Stability Institute (FSI) of the BIS assists financial sector authorities worldwide in strengthening their financial systems.
RBI Governor Urjit Patel has been appointed to the Financial Stability Institute Advisory Board of the Bank of International Settlement (BIS), a global financial organisation owned by major central banks from across the world.
The largest-ever group of scientists from across the world have warned that time is running out to save the Earth and urgent action needs to be taken to avoid substantial and irreversible harm to the planet. Over 15,000 scientists from 184 countries have co-signed a paper titled ‘World Scientists' Warning to Humanity: A Second Notice’, which was published in the journal BioScience.
Astronomers have for the first time spotted two hyper-luminous starburst galaxies, extremely bright and spectacularly massive galaxies, in the early universe.