Current Affairs in Short: 16 October 2019
Dr Harsh Vardhan, Union Minister for Health and Family Welfare, launched Food Safety Mitra Scheme to engage youth with the food safety ecosystem at ground level.
Dr Harsh Vardhan launches Food Safety Mitra Scheme
• Dr Harsh Vardhan, Union Minister for Health and Family Welfare, launched Food Safety Mitra Scheme to engage youth with the food safety ecosystem at ground level.
• He also launched two other initiatives - Eat Right Jhola and Eat Right Jacket on the occasion of World Food Day.
• Eat Right Jhola is a reusable and bio-degradable bag while Eat Right Smart Jacket is a uniform for FSSAI staff.
RBI guidelines for ‘on tap' payment systems
• RBI has issued some instructions and guidelines authorisation of payment systems. It includes minimum net worth criteria for different players.
• The government has decided to offer on-tap authorisation for Bharat Bill Payment Operating Unit (BBPOU), White Label ATMs (WLAs) and Trade Receivables Discounting System (TReDS).
• As per the guidelines, interested entities should have a minimum of 100 crore rupees net worth and should be maintained at all times.
Spain and Britain suspends military exports to Turkey
• Turkey will not be able to receive military exports from Britain and Spain anymore as both countries have joined other major powers in suspending military exports to Turkey.
• Britain announced that no further export licences will be granted to Turkey and Spain said that there will be a halt on sales of military material to Turkey.
• The world powers are taking such action because Syrian forces are entering into some areas of Turkey.
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J.P.S. Chawla takes charge as new Controller General of Accounts
• JPS Chawla is 1985-batch Indian Civil Accounts Service (ICAS) Officer. He has assumed the office as new Controller General of Accounts (CGA).
• He has served as Principal Chief Controller of Accounts, Central Board of Indirect Taxes & Customs (CBIC).
• JPS Chawla has held various cadre posts at different levels in a number of Ministries/Departments with Prasar Bharti, Urban Development, Civil Aviation and Tourism among others.
NASA unveils space-suit for Moon mission
• NASA has unveiled its next-generation space-suits for upcoming Artemis programme. Artemis is scheduled to launch by 2024.
• It will be NASA’s first woman mission on the Moon. This space-suit will be more flexible and easy to wear, NASA reported.
• NASA announced that it will allow astronauts to squat to pick up rocks and move more easily.