Health Ministry approves MCI proposal to amend the Screening Test Regulations, 2002
The Union Health Ministry on February 13, 2018 approved the proposal of Medical Council of India (MCI) to amend the Screening Test Regulations, 2002.
The amendment call for making it mandatory to qualify National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (NEET) to pursue foreign medical course.
Indian Citizens or Overseas Citizen of India intending to obtain primary medical qualification from any medical institution outside India on or after May 2018, shall have to mandatorily qualify the NEET for admission to MBBS course abroad.
The result of NEET will be treated as the Eligibility Certificate for such persons, provided that such persons fulfils the eligibility criteria for admission to the MBBS course prescribed in the Regulations on Graduate Medical Education, 1997.
India to host 2018 Global Theatre Olympics for first time
Union Tourism and Culture Minister Mahesh Sharma on February 13, 2018 announced that India will host the 8th edition of Theatre Olympics 2018 from February 17 to April 8, 2018. Vice President M. Venkaiah Naidu will inaugurate the Theatre Olympics at the majestic Red Fort in New Delhi.
The theatrical extravaganza will be organized by the National School of Drama under the aegis of Union Ministry of Culture with a total budget of Rs 51.81 crore.
The theme of the 8th Theatre Olympics will be “Flag of Friendship” that aims to bridge borders and bring people of different cultures, beliefs and ideologies together through the medium of theatrical art.
Union Government makes amendments in Small Savings Act
In order to remove ambiguities due to multiple Acts and Rules for Small Saving Schemes, Union Government on February 13, 2018 proposed merger of Government Savings Certificates Act, 1959 and Public Provident Fund Act, 1968 with the Government Savings Banks Act, 1873.
For this, the relevant provisions of the Government Savings Certificates (NSC) Act, 1959 and the Public Provident Fund Act, 1968 will be subsumed in the new amended Act without compromising on any of the functional provision of the existing Government Savings Banks Act, 1873.
As per PPF Act, the PPF account can’t be closed prematurely before completion of five financial years. However, the amendment allows premature closure through which, depositors can withdraw the money from their PPF Account before 5 years. This provision is introduced keeping in mind the medical emergencies, higher education needs, etc.
Indian army to deploy 2,300 personnel to join UN peacekeeping mission in South Sudan
he Indian army would be deploying about 2300 personnel in South Sudan, as a part of UN’s peacekeeping mission in the war-torn nation. The announcement was made by Army Spokesperson Col Aman Anand.
The mission aims to bring about peace and normalcy in the nation. The Indian army personnel chosen for the mission belong to the Infantry battalion of Garhwal Rifles regiment.
This is the first time that troops from the Garhwal regiment have been nominated for the United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS).
25 years of satellite data shows global sea level surging at faster rate
As per a new assessment based on 25 years of satellite data, the global sea level is not rising at a steady rate; it is accelerating a little every year.
The study was done by researchers at the University of Colorado at Boulder in the US which was published in the journal PNAS.
The study measured that the sea level rate is increasing by about 0.08 millimeters per year (mm/year). That could mean an annual rate of sea level rise of 10 mm/year, or even more, by 2100.
This acceleration is mainly driven by rapid melting in Antarctica and Greenland which has the potential to double the total sea level rise by 2100 as compared to projections that assume a constant rate to more than 60 cm instead of about 30.