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  1. External Affairs Minister launches ‘India for Humanity’
  • Union Ministry of External Affairs has launched India for Humanity collaborated with renowned charitable organization Bhagwan Mahaveer Viklang Sahayata Samiti (BMVSS).
  • It is an initiative to commemorate the 150th birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi and the honor of his service to humanity.
  • It will feature the year-long series of artificial limb fitment camps in a number of countries spanning the globe.

Objective

  • Its aim to provide physical, economic and social rehabilitation of differently-abled around the world helping them regains their mobility and dignity to become self-respecting and productive members of society.
  • It focuses on Mahatma Gandhi’s philosophy of compassion, caring, and service to humanity.

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About BMVSS

  • It was founded in 1975 and better known by its trademark limb “Jaipur Foot.
  • BMVSS is among the world’s largest organization for the fitment of artificial limbs and till date has served over 1.73 million amputees.

Topic- GS Paper 2 – Social justice

Source- The Hindu

  1. ‘2nd World Conference on Access to Medical Products: Achieving the SDGs 2030’
  • Ministry of Health and Family Welfare with the help of the World Health Organisation has organized the ‘2nd World Conference on Access to Medical Products.
  • India is firmly committed to Universal health coverage which is a key to the Sustainable Development Goals 2030 agenda.

Objective

  • The objective of the 2nd World Conference 2018 is to take forward the recommendations from the 1st World Conference 2017
  • It also builds on the work done for access to medical products in the context of SDGs including trade agreements.
  • It will provide a proper environment to access effective, safe, quality-assured and affordable medical products which are keys to making progress towards Universal Health Coverage (UHC) and the SDGs.

Related Information

  • India is actively contributing and providing support for the South-East Asia Regulatory Network (SEARN) to guarantee access to high-quality medical products.
  • National Health Policy 2017 is dedicated to the highest possible standards of health for the country.
  • The Government has launched Ayushman Bharat, a National Health Protection Scheme, which envisions health assurance of 5 lakh rupees  per family per year, will benefit over 50 crore 
  • It is the world’s biggest health assurance scheme.

South-East Asia Regulatory Network

  • This is the website of Network National Regulatory Authorities responsible for regulation of medical products, including medicines, vaccines, biological and medical devices and diagnostics for human use in the eleven countries of the South East Asia Region.

Topic- GS Paper 2 – Development and management of the social sector

Source-PIB

  1. MoS for Agriculture and Farmers’ Welfare inaugurates the 32nd conference of WUWM
  • The 32nd world conference of World Union of Wholesale Markets, WUWM at Gurugram, Haryana, inaugurated by Minister of State for Agriculture and Farmers’ Welfare.
  • The conference is organized first time in India under the theme of ‘The Wholesale Markets in the Digital Era: Challenges and Opportunities.’

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World Union of Wholesale Markets (WUWM)

  • The World Union of Wholesale Markets is a non-profit organization founded in the Netherlands.
  • The aim of the Association is the international promotion of wholesale markets and retail stores.
  • It helps develop international wholesale trade.
  • They associate wholesale markets, retail markets, food suppliers, wholesale market operators, and individuals.

Topic- GS Paper 2 – Governance

Source- The Hindu

    4. IWAI to launch new Ro-Ro service to Majuli Island

  • Inland Waterways Authority of India will be starting a new Roll on-Roll off (Ro-Ro) facility in collaboration with the Government of Assam to provide the much-needed connectivity for Majuli Island.
  • This facility will cut down the circuitous road route of 423 KMs that trucks take from Neamati to Majuli Island via Tezpur Road Bridge only to 12.7 km.

Related Information

  • Majuli is one of the biggest riverine islands in the world located on river Brahmaputra.
  • This is the first island to be made a district in India
  • Inland Waterways Authority of India (IWAI) is the statutory authority under the Government of India.
  • It provides assistance for the development and regulation of Inland waterways for shipping and navigation.
  • The head office is at Noida.

Topic- GS Paper 2 – Governance

Source- AIR

    5. Cabinet Approves Merger of NCVT and NSDA to Establish NCVET

  • Cabinet has approved the merger of the existing regulatory institutions in the skills space – National Council for Vocational Training and the National Skill Development Agency into the National Council for Vocational Education and Training.
  • NCVET will regulate the functioning of entities engaged in vocational education and training.
  • It included both long-term and short-term and establish minimum standards for the functioning of such entities.
  • The primary functions of NCVET will include –
    • Recognition and regulation of awarding bodies, assessment bodies and skill related information providers.
    • Approval of qualifications developed by awarding bodies and Sector Skill Councils (SSCs).
    • Indirect regulation of vocational training institutes through awarding bodies and assessment agencies
    • Research and information dissemination.
    • Grievance redressal.

Related Information

  • This reform will lead to improvement in quality and market relevance of skill development programs.
  • It also helps in increasing skilled manpower which is the key to ‘Make in India.
  • It promotes lending credibility to vocational education and training encouraging greater private investment and employer participation in the skills space.

Topic- GS Paper 2 – Development and management of the social sector

Source- The Hindu

  1. Goa Maritime Symposium – 2018
  • The event will be held on 16th October 2018.
  • It will help towards fostering friendly relations with our maritime neighbors attended by senior naval officers and representatives from 16 Indian Ocean littoral countries.
  • The theme of the Symposium is “Building Stronger Maritime Partnerships in IOR.

Objective

  • The focus of the symposium is on capacity building among IOR Navies to tackle emerging maritime threats.
  • It also provides a platform for discussing cooperative strategies for enhancing interoperability among partner maritime agencies.
  • The symposium will play a constructive role in bringing together stakeholders that have a role in evolving strategies, policies and implementation mechanisms in the maritime domain.

About IORA

  • The Indian Ocean Rim Association is an international organization consisting of coastal states bordering the Indian Ocean.
  • The Coordinating Secretariat of IORA is located at Ebene, Mauritius.

Topic- GS Paper 2 – International relation

Source- The Hindu

  1. Centre sets ‘minimum river flows’ for the Ganga
  • Union government has mandated the minimum quantity of water or ecological flow that various stretches of the Ganga must necessarily have all through the year.
  • The new norms would require hydropower projects located along the river to modify their operations so as to ensure they are in compliance.
  • The upper stretches of the Ganga from its origins in the glaciers and until Haridwar would have to maintain 20% of the monthly average flow of the preceding 10-days between November and March which is the dry season.
  • 25% of the average during the ‘lean season’ of October, April and May.
  • 30% of the monthly average during the monsoon months of June-September.
  • Power projects that don’t meet these norms as yet would be given three years to comply and “mini and micro-projects” would be exempt from these requirements.
  • The Central Water Commission would be the designated authority to collect relevant data and submit flow monitoring-cum-compliance reports on a quarterly basis to the Nation Mission On Clean Ganga.

Benefits

  • This will help the Ganga not dry ever anywhere during her course of the journey.
  • Flow data isn’t made public by the CWC because it can be used by neighboring countries to put pressure regarding hydro-electric projects.

About Ganga

  • The Ganges is a trans-boundary river of the Indian subcontinent which flows through the nations of India and Bangladesh.
  • The 2,525 km (1,569 mi) river rises in the western Himalayas in the Indian state of Uttarakhand and flows south and east through the Gangetic Plain of North India.
  • After entering West Bengal, it divides into two rivers: the Hooghly River and the Padma River.
  • The Hooghly flows through several districts of West Bengal and into the Bay of Bengal near Sagar Island.
  • The Padma also flows into and through Bangladesh and also empties into the Bay of Bengal.

Topic- GS Paper 3 – Environment

Source- The Hindu

     8. Country’s first biofuel plant to set up in Odisha

  • Bharat Petroleum Corporation Ltd (BPCL) has commissioned a second generation (2G) Ethanol Bio-Refinery at Baulsingha village in Odisha’s Bargarh district (by December 2020).
  • It will be the first biofuel plant in the country at which ethanol will be produced from rice straw.
  • The ethanol produced at the plant will be blended with petrol and used as fuel.

    9. Tushar Mehta appointed as the new Solicitor General of India

  • Senior Advocate Tushar Mehta has been appointed as the new Solicitor General of India till 30th June 2020.

Related Information

  • In addition to the Attorney General (AG), there are other law officers of the Government of India.
  • They are the solicitor general of India and additional solicitor general of India.
  • They assist the AG in the fulfillment of his official responsibilities.

Note

  • Only the office of the AG is created by the Constitution.