Top 5 Current Affairs: 26 April 2019
Justice Indu Malhotra was appointed as the third member of the in-house inquiry panel set up to examine allegations of sexual harassment against Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi. Malhotra was appointed to the panel following the recusal of Justice N V Ramana.
India launches 'MERA India' to eliminate malaria by 2030
The Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) on April 25, 2019 launched the 'Malaria Elimination Research Alliance (MERA) India', a gathering of partners working together to plan and scale up research to eliminate Malaria from India by 2030.
MERA India alliance holds utmost importance to the Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare for the operational research. The World Health Organisation (WHO) had earlier appreciated India’s research in malaria and hence, the country now aims to ensure its elimination by 2030.
China defends Belt and Road Initiative
Chinese President Xi Jinping on April 26, 2019 defended his ambitious ‘Belt and Road Initiative’ (BRI), vowing to prevent debt risks and saying that his global infrastructure project is not an exclusive club.
The clarification came after various nations accused that Belt and Road is a "debt trap" and a geopolitical tool for Beijing's ambitions of becoming a global superpower. The BRI aims to bring about much-needed transformation in developing countries; however, critics believe that the initiative favours Chinese companies while burdening other nations with debt and causing environmental damage.
World Intellectual Property Day 2019 observed
The World Intellectual Property Day was observed across the world on April 26, 2019 to spread awareness about the role that intellectual property rights like patents, trademarks, industrial designs and copyright play in encouraging innovation and creativity.
On this day, the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) works together with various government agencies, non-government organizations, community groups and individuals to hold different events and activities to promote the day.
China’s foreign plastic ban throws recycling sector into chaos
According to a new report, the Chinese Government’s ban on the import of foreign plastic waste has thrown the world recycling sector into chaos. The ban forced countries like the US and UK to find new ways to deal with their own trash, which has resulted in huge pile-ups of plastic waste in Southeast Asian nations.
The report titled ‘Discarded: Communities on the frontlines of the global plastic crisis’, by the Global Alliance for Incinerator Alternatives (GAIA) and Greenpeace, highlights the impact of China’s waste ban on communities in Southeast Asia.
Indu Malhotra part of panel to probe case against CJI
Justice Indu Malhotra was on April 25, 2019 appointed as the third member of the in-house inquiry panel set up to examine allegations of sexual harassment against Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi.
Malhotra was appointed to the panel following the recusal of Justice N V Ramana. Senior-most judge S A Bobde, who is heading the panel, appointed Justice Malhotra to the committee. Another woman judge, Justice Indira Banerjee is also a part of the panel.