The World Health Organization (WHO) on May 21, 2018 declared Nepal as free from Trachoma, the world’s leading infectious cause of blindness.
With this, Nepal becomes first country in WHO’s South-East Asia Region to eliminate Trachoma. Trachoma was the second leading cause of preventable blindness in Nepal in the 1980s.
US President Donald Trump on May 24, 2018 cancelled the historic Singapore Summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, accusing North Korea of ‘tremendous anger and open hostility’.
The cancellation of the Summit came after North Korea made a show of blowing up the tunnels at its nuclear test site. The meeting would have marked the first face-to-face encounter between a sitting US President and a North Korean leader. The summit was scheduled to be held on June 12, 2018 in Singapore.
15th Finance Commission constitutes High Level Group for balanced expansion of Health Sector
The Fifteenth Finance Commission on May 24, 2018 constituted a High Level Group consisting of eminent experts from across the country in Health Sector to examine the strengths and weaknesses for enabling balanced expansion of Health Sector.
The Committee will be convened by Dr. RandeepGuleria, Director of All India Institutes of Medical Sciences (AIIMS).
The University Grants Commission (UGC) on May 24, 2018 approved new regulations for online courses by universities.
The commission decided that the higher educational institutions and universities will be able to offer graduate, postgraduate and diploma programmes online from the upcoming academic session. The decision will help top-rated institutions to offer certificate, diploma & degree programmes in full-fledged online mode.
The Indian Navy on May 25, 2018 commissioned the IN LCU L54, the fourth ship of Landing Craft Utility MK-IV, into its fleet at Port Blair.
The ship was commissioned by Vice Admiral GS Pabby, AVSM, VSM and Chief of Materiel. The Commissioning of L-54 is in line with the Union Government’s Make in India initiative. IN LCU L54 is the fourth Landing Craft Utility (LCU) Mk-IV class to be inducted into the Indian Navy.
The ship was indigenously designed and built by Garden Reach Shipbuilders and Engineers, Kolkata.