World Happiness Index 2018: Finland tops, India ranked 133rd
The United Nations (UN) Sustainable Development Solutions Network on March 14, 2018 published the World Happiness Report 2018.
The Report comprises the World Happiness Index, a landmark survey to know the state of global happiness. It ranked 156 countries by their happiness levels and 117 countries by the happiness of their immigrants.
This year's World Happiness Index ranked Finland as the happiest country in the world. India ranked 133rd in the list, far behind terror-ravaged Pakistan (75th Rank) in the global list of the happiest countries. India slipped 11 places from 122nd position last year.
Oklahoma to become first US State to use Nitrogen Gas for executions
Oklahoma on March 14, 2018 announced its plans to use Nitrogen Gas for executions. Oklahoma will be the first US State to use Nitrogen Gas for executions once it resumes using the death penalty.
Nitrogen is an odourless and tasteless gas that makes up about 78 per cent of the air that humans breathe. However, it causes death when inhaled without any oxygen.
Oklahoma used to be one of the busiest death chambers in the United States. However, it has not carried out executions since 2015 following a series of mishaps.
WHO-SEARO Member Countries adopt 'Delhi End TB Summit Statement of Action'
The Member Countries of World Health Organization - Regional Office for South-East Asia (WHO - SEARO), participating in the Delhi End TB Summit, on March 14, 2018 signed and adopted the 'Delhi End TB Summit Statement of Action' at the end of the Summit to end Tuberculosis (TB).
The Delhi End TB Summit Statement of Action classifies the roles and responsibilities of the WHO SEARO region member countries to make their countries free of TB.
India launched the 'TB free India Campaign' to eradicate TB from India by 2025, five years ahead of the global target to End TB by 2030. It also extended its support to member countries of WHO SEARO region in meeting their respective goals of becoming TB- free.
NCRB launches ‘Citizen Services’ mobile app
The National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB) launched a mobile app called ‘Citizen Services’ on March 11, 2018, on the occasion of its 33rd Inception Day.
The application has been developed in-house by the NCRB. It will offer various essential police related services to the citizens.
It can be used by the citizens for various services such as registering police complaint and checking its status, viewing FIR detail, sending SOS, locating police stations and getting access to emergency contact list and police stations telephone directory.
HRD Ministry to set up 'Innovation Cell'
The Union Human Resource Development Minister Prakash Javadekar has announced the setting up of an ‘Innovation Cell’ in the Ministry of Human and Resource Development (HRD) to boost new ideas about promoting innovation in the country.
The announcement was made by the Minister after a high-level review meeting on March 14, 2018, which mainly focused upon the need for such a cell after India moved up six ranks in the Global Innovation Index.
The main objective behind setting up of the cell is to advance research in order to strengthen innovation efforts, leading to the creation of a new India.