Top 5 Current Affairs: 14 August 2017

Aug 14, 2017 15:44 IST
Top 5 Current Affairs: 14 August 2017

WHO declares Somalia free of Polio

The World Health Organisation (WHO) declared Somalia free of polio on 13 August 2017. The UN health agency announced that it had not recorded any case of polio disease in Somalia in the last three years.

The declaration by WHO keeps Somalia outside the last group of countries which still record cases of polio in the world. Afghanistan, Nigeria and Pakistan are the remaining countries where polio is still being recorded.

On the other hand, the WHO also warned that Somalia remained vulnerable, calling for continued vaccination campaign.

Indian Coast Guard Ship Saurya commissioned in Goa

ICGS Saurya was commissioned in Vasco, Goa by Union Minister of Petroleum and Natural Gas Dharmendra Pradhan on 12 August 2017. ICGS Shaurya is the fifth in the series of six 105-metre offshore patrol vessels (OPVs).

The vessel will be based at Chennai under administrative and operational control of Commander Coast Guard Region (East).
The ship will be deployed extensively for Exclusive Economic Zone surveillance, apart from safeguarding India’s maritime interests.

Odisha Government launches Facebook progarmme ‘SheMeansBusiness’

Facebook progarmme ‘SheMeansBusiness’ was launched by Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik. It was launched in partnership with Odisha’s MSME department and Project Mission Shakti. Under the scheme, around 25000 women entrepreneurs and Self-Help Group (SHG) members will get training on digital marketing skills by the end of 2018.

India's first online course on Infusion Therapy launched

The Infusion Nurses Society (INS), a global authority in infusion therapy, on 13 August 2017 launched India's first online course on Infusion Therapy for nurses.

Under the online course, the Infusion Nurses Society aims to train over 3000 nurses in the vital medical procedure.
As per the INS, due to the reach and ease of the digital platform, the course will enable members to access the various infusion therapy modules and presentations through its website.

Iran votes to boost military defence by $500m

Iran's parliament has voted in favour of boosting investment in its missile defence and foreign operations programmes by more than 500 million Dollars. The Bill, which received overwhelming approval, is in response to the latest round of US sanctions against Tehran.

The US imposed sanctions after a ballistic missile test in January. Tehran says this violates the 2015 nuclear deal, which US President Donald Trump has called the worst ever and threatened to tear up. Of the members present, 240 parliamentarians out of 244 voted in favour of passing the bill.

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