China was elected as the Vice President of Financial Action Task Force (FATF), a global body mandated to combat terror financing and money laundering. China's election came after the FATF plenary meeting on February 23, 2018 in Paris.
China's election to the FATF assumes significance as Pakistan is set to be put in the FATF 'grey list' in June 2018. The grey lists puts countries under the scanner for not implementing the objectives of the task force.
During the plenary meeting, FATF placed Pakistan under monitoring in its International Cooperation Review Group until June 2018 for compliance of Anti-Money Laundering and Combating Finance of Terrorism regulations.
The Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) has introduced a blue coloured 'Baal Aadhaar' card for children below the age of five years.
The card will be issued to children in the age group without any biometric details but they will be required to complete a mandatory verification process when they turn five and then again when they are 15 years old.
The blue coloured Aadhaar card will be given to children below the age of 5 years. To get a Baal Aadhaar, no biometric details will be needed. When the child turns 5, a mandatory biometric update will be required.
The Chief Minister of Telangana, K Chandrasekhar Rao has announced a health-cum-life insurance scheme worth Rs 5 lakh for the farmers in the state.
The Chief Minister made the announcement while addressing the regional conference of Farmers’ Coordination Committees in Karimnagar on February 26, 2018. The scheme is expected to be implemented soon.
The entire premium of the health-cum-life insurance scheme of farmers will be fully borne by the government. The state government has announced an allocation of Rs 500 crore in the coming budget for implementation of the scheme.
The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia has for the first-ever time opened applications for women to enlist in the military.
Women have been given time till March 1, 2018 to apply for positions with the rank of soldier in the provinces of Riyadh, Mecca, al-Qassim and Medina.
The move is a continuation of the kingdom’s effort to enact reforms that grant females more access to a wide range of previously forbidden careers.
The female applicants must be Saudi citizens with a high school diploma. The age limit has been set between 25 to 35 years.
JP Nadda, Union Minister of Health and Family Welfare on February 26, 2018 launched the Viral Load testing for all People Living with HIV/AIDS (PLHIV).
Viral Load test is a big step forward in treating and monitoring people living with HIV.
The initiative will provide free of cost viral load testing to 12 lakh PLHIV for treatment in India at least once a year. It will be of immense importance to monitor the effectiveness of treatment of patients taking lifelong Antiretroviral Therapy (ART).