Union Cabinet approves Ayushman Bharat- National Health Protection Mission
The Union Cabinet on March 21, 2018 approved the launch of the Centrally sponsored 'Ayushman Bharat -National Health Protection Mission (AB-NHPM)'.
The scheme has the benefit cover of Rs 5 lakh per family per year. This cover will take care of almost all secondary care and tertiary care procedures.
The scheme aims to target over 10 crore families belonging to poor and vulnerable population based on Socio Economic and Caste Census 2011 (SECC) database. There will be no cap on family size and age in the scheme.
Cambridge Analytica controversy: Explained
Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg on March 21, 2018 apologised for the data debacle that has dragged the social media giant into a huge controversy and said that he was ready to testify before the Congress.
After the news of analytics company Cambridge Analytica scandal and facebook’s alleged data breach erupted, politicians called on the social media founder to testify before their legislative bodies within five days.
The analytics company is alleged to have a hand in assisting with Donald Trump’s victory in US Presidential Elections 2016, by using unethically gathered data to manipulate voter behaviour.
World Water Day observed globally
The World Water Day was observed globally on March 22, 2018 with the theme ‘Nature for Water’.
This year’s theme explores how nature can be used to overcome the water challenges of the 21st century.
The day aims to spread public awareness about water-related issues, in order to encourage people to take action to make a difference.
Union Cabinet approves amendments in Surrogacy (Regulation) Bill, 2016
The Union Cabinet on March 21, 2018 gave approval for moving official amendments in the Surrogacy (Regulation) Bill, 2016.
The Bill will prevent commercialization of surrogacy including sale and purchase of human embryo and gametes.
Once the Bill is enacted by the Parliament, the National Surrogacy Board will be constituted. While, the States and Union Territories will constitute the State Surrogacy Board and State Appropriate Authorities within three months of the notification by the Union Government.
Health Ministry increases reservation quota for disabled in PG medical courses to 5 %
The Ministry of Health and Family Welfare on March 21, 2018 granted approval to amend the regulation for admission to PG medical courses in order to expand the scope of persons with disabilities getting the benefit of reservation.
With the decision, the seats reserved for people with disabilities for admission to postgraduate medical courses will be increased from 3 per cent to 5 per cent.
Now, the people with all mentioned 21 benchmark disabilities as per the Rights of Persons with Disabilities Act, 2016 can register for admission to medical courses.