Top 5 Current Affairs: 9 August 2017
The six States have been chosen after a rigorous competitive process based on comprehensive metrics to determine the potential for impact and likelihood of success.
In a major push to competitive, cooperative federalism, NITI Aayog, on 8 August 2017, announced its partnership with three States each to radically transform their Health and Education sectors.
States selected to improve healthcare delivery are Uttar Pradesh, Assam, and Karnataka; while states selected for support to better learning outcomes are Madhya Pradesh, Odisha, and Jharkhand
Maharashtra government has planned to raise $270 million for the Green Climate Fund with the help of the 2030 Water Resources Group (2030WRG).
The government plans to invest the funds raised in integrated watershed programmes such as Jalyukt Shivar Yojana, which has successfully improved the ground water level in drought affected areas of the state.
Minister of State for Chemicals and Fertilisers, Mansukh L Mandaviya in a written reply to the Parliament’s lower house, Lok Sabha has informed that the government has constituted a committee to make drugs more affordable in the country. The committee of joint secretaries has been tasked with ensuring enhanced affordability, availability and accessibility of drugs for the citizens.
The committee would also review the scope of Drugs (Price Control) Order 2013 and suggest ways for strengthening the regulatory provisions of the order.
Former Union minister and BJP MP from Ajmer Sanwar Lal Jat died on 9 August 2017 in New Delhi. He was 62. He had suffered a cardiac arrest and collapsed during a meeting chaired by BJP party president Amit Shah at Jaipur in July 2017, following which he was admitted to the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) of the city’s Sawai Man Singh Hospital.
Indian-American Dilip Chauhan was appointed as the Deputy Comptroller for Minority Affairs of Nassau County, New York on 8 August 2017. He was nominated for the post by Nassau County Comptroller George Maragos.
The minority communities are an integral part of the structure of The Nassau County and the Comptroller’s Office has been a driving force in advocating for increased business opportunities for Minority and Women Owned Enterprises (MWBEs) to meet the County’s goals.