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A Health Assurance Scheme for the poor and disabled is launched by Manipur

Manipur Government has launched the Chief Minister-gi Hakshelgi Tengbang (CMHT), a health assurance scheme for the poor and disabled people. 
It was launched by Manipur Chief Minister N Biren Singh.
The CMHT scheme will provide cashless treatment to poor at government hospitals, health centres and other empanelled selected private hospitals.
The scheme will provide insurance cover up to Rs 2 lakhper eligible family in treatment of seven critical identified critical ailments –  cardiovascular diseases, neurological conditions, kidney ailments, liver ailments, cancer, neo-natal diseases and burns. 
The beneficiaries will be identified from Socio Economic Caste Census (SECC). 
They may get themselves enrolled for scheme with help of ASHA workers at kiosks opened in nearby PHCs, CHCs and District Hospitals.

S Somanath becomes Director of Vikram Sarabhai Space Centre

Noted scientist S Somanath took charge as Director of Vikram Sarabhai Space Centre (VSSC), Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala.
He succeeded K Sivan, who was recently appointed as Chairman of ISRO.
Prior to his elevation, he was Director of Liquid Propulsion Systems Centre (LPSC), the lead centre responsible for liquid engines and stages for all launch vehicles and satellite programs of ISRO.
Vikram Sarabhai Space CentreVSSC is major space research centre of ISRO, under the Department of Space (DOS). 
It is mandated to focus on rocket and space vehicles for India’s satellite programme. 
It is located in Thiruvananthapuram, in the Indian state of Kerala.
 VSSC has emerged as one of the main research and development establishments within ISRO.
It was established in 1963 and it has its beginnings as Thumba Equatorial Rocket Launching Station (TERLS) in 1962. 
It was later renamed in honour of Dr. Vikram Sarabhai, father of the Indian space program. VSSC is an entirely indigenous facility working on de…

The First International Dam Safety Conference - 2018 held in Thiruvananthapuram

The first International Dam Safety Conference-2018 was held in Kovalam, Thiruvananthapuram (Kerala) from January 23-24, 2018.
It was inaugurated by Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan and was presided over by Union Minister of State for Water Resources Arjun Ram Meghwal.
This Conference is fourth in series organized under aegis of ongoing Dam Rehabilitation and Improvement Project (DRIP). 
It was organized jointly by Central Water Commission (CWC), Kerala Water Resources Department (KWRD), National Institute of Technology, Calicut (NITC), and College of Engineering, Trivandrum (CET).


As many as 550 delegates from over 20 countries, including US, Switzerland, Spain and Australia took part in the conference. 
Moreover, seven dam safety manuals developed under DRIP were also released for implementation during the conference.
A software programme known as Dam Health and Rehabilitation Monitoring Application (DHARMA) was also launched to document authentic asset and health information pert…

India gets 81st rank in Global Index of Talent Competitiveness

India was ranked 81st among 118 countries in 2018 Global index of talent competitiveness (GTI) list.
India has improved its position from 92nd last year. 

The index measures ability of countries to compete for talent i.e. how countries grow, attract and retain talent. 
It is produced by global business school INSEAD in partnership with Adecco Group and Human Capital Leadership Institute (HCLI) of Singapore.
Rankings of Different Countries: Switzerland - 1stSingapore - 2ndUSA - 3rdChina - 43rdRussia - 53rdSouth Africa - 63rdBrazil - 73rdIndia - 81st


112 'First Ladies' are awarded by the President of India

President Ram Nath Kovind has felicitated 112 exceptional women achievers at Rashtrapati Bhawan in New Delhi. 
These women achievers ‘FIRST LADIES’ are those who are first to set milestone of achievement in their respective fields. 
This ‘First Ladies’ is second leg of the ‘100 Women Achievers’ campaign of the Ministry.
These 112 women were selected after extensive research process by Ministry of Women & Child Development (WCD).
They are those who have been first in any field like first woman judge, first woman porter, first woman to head missile project, first para-trooper, first Olympian among others. Their felicitation aims to inspire other women to break the glass ceiling and do women of India proud.
Some Important Personalities that are chosen for this award:Bachendri Pal: first Indian woman to reach the Mount Everest summit;Deepa Malik: first woman to win a medal at the Paralympics;Priya Jhingan: First Lady Cadet to join the Indian Army;P V Sindhu:Olympic silver medallistNicole …

Space Startup 'Rocket-Lab' launches World First Fully-Private Satellite

A U.S. space startup has become the first ever private company to successfully send satellites into orbit without the help of a government agency, paving the way for a “new era” of commercial access to space. 
Rocket Lab, which is headquartered in Los Angeles, deployed three satellites on only the second test launch of its Electron orbital launch vehicle, Still Testing.
“Reaching orbit on a second test flight is significant on its own, but successfully deploying customer payloads so early in a new rocket program is almost unprecedented,” said Rocket Lab CEO Peter Beck.
Rocket Lab was founded on the principal of opening access to space to better understand our planet and improve life on it.

'World's richest 1% get 82% of the wealth' : OXFAM

The gap between the super rich and the rest of the world widened last year as wealth continued to be owned by a small minority, Oxfam has claimed.
Some 82% of money generated last year went to the richest 1% of the global population while the poorest half saw no increase at all.
It blamed tax evasion, firms' influence on policy, erosion of workers' rights, and cost cutting for the widening gap. 
Oxfam has produced similar reports for the past five years. In 2017 it calculated that the world's eight richest individuals had as much wealth as the poorest half of the world.
This year, it said 42 people now had as much wealth as the poorest half, but it revised last year's figure to 61. 
Last year, one billionaire was created every two days. This is the biggest increase in the number of billionaires in history and a whopping 82% of all of the wealth generated between the second quarter of 2016 and the corresponding period last year went to the top 1%, according to the latest s…

World War II Museum in Arunachal Pradesh inaugurated

Arunachal Pradesh Chief Minister Pema Khandu on Sunday inaugurated the World War II Memorial Museum here in the state's Changlang district bordering Myanmar.
Built by the Union Culture Ministry, the Rs 2.25 crore museum in memory of those who laid down their lives in World War II is located adjacent to the historic Stilwell Road and is expected to boost international and domestic tourist inflow especially from Southeast Asian countries.
Khandu visited the war memorial where remnants of the war, personal belongings of the soldiers and other persons involved were preserved after being collected from the locals. It also showcases traditional items from indigenous Tangsa community.
In his interaction with local leaders and officials, he said the memorial has great potential to attract tourists if developed properly, and promised the state government's support for its preservation and promotion.
The Chief Minister was informed that about 833 graves, including mass graves, have been…

India's First Garbage Fest 'Kachra Mahotsav' started in Raipur, Chhattisgarh

India’s first ‘Kachra Mahotsav,’ a 3-day festival to encourage and promote recycling and up-cycling of waste, was kicked off at the Raipur Municipal Corporation (RMC) garden. 
Artists of Chhattisgarh as well as from other parts of the nation are exhibiting and selling array of products which are organic, recycled, and reprocessed from the things usually classified as garbage.
The exhibitors are showcasing recycled home décor products & accessories, while others are promoting up-cycled products made from tetra-pack, fabric, denim and glass waste. 
Some of the exhibitors have also put up handmade paper products up-cycled from animal dung, forest waste, and cotton scrap as well as eco-friendly liners made of up-cycled newspapers.

India ranks 62nd in The Inclusive Development Index 2018

India is placed on 62nd rank, behind Nepal (22), China (26), Sri Lanka (40th) and Pakistan (47), in The Inclusive Development Index 2018. 
The Inclusive Development Index (IDI) is an annual assessment of 103 countries’ economic performance that measures how countries perform on eleven dimensions of economic progress in addition to GDP. 
It has 3 pillars;  growth and development; inclusion and; intergenerational equity – sustainable stewardship of natural and financial resources. It is a World Economic Forum Initiative.
Rankings of some important countries: Norway - 1st Russia - 19th Nepal - 22ndChina - 26thBrazil - 37thSri Lanka - 40th Pakistan - 47thIndia - 62ndSouth Africa - 69th




Offshore Patrol Vessel (OPV) Vijaya : Indian Coast Guard Patrol Vessel launched

The second indigenously built offshore patrol vessel (OPV) named Vijaya built by Larsen and Toubro (L&T) Shipyard for Indian Coast Guard (ICG) was launched at Kattupalli Shipyard, Tamil Nadu. 
It is expected to be inducted into service by September 2018 after trials on the equipment.
The OPV  Vijaya is 98 metre long and 14.8 metres wide with gross tonnage of 2,100 tonnes. It has endurance of 5,000 nautical miles with cruising speed of 12-14 knots which can be increased to 26 knots. 
The ship is fitted with two units of diesel driven engines of 9,000 kw each with low fuel consumption.
It is equipped with state-of art radar, navigational and communication system. 
It will be utilised for day and night patrol and surveillance, anti-terrorist, anti-smuggling operations and coastal security. 
It is fitted with 30 mm automatic gun with Fire Control System (FCS) and two units of 12.7 mm gun with FCS.
Its navigation and communication system are capable of operating in tropical conditions. 

Anandiben Patel became Governor of Madhya Pradesh

President Ramnath Kovind has appointed former Gujarat Chief Minister Anandiben Patel as Governor of Madhya Pradesh. 
She will replace Gujarat governor Om Prakash Kohli who is holding additional charge of office of Governor of Madhya Pradesh. Anandiben Patel She is former school teacher, a gold-medalist in MSc and also winner of President’s Medal.
She was elected to Rajya Sabha in 1994. 
She was the cabinet minister for education in the BJP-led government in Gujarat from 2002 to 2007.
She had succeeded Narendra Modi as first woman chief minister of Gujarat, when he was elected as Prime Minister of India following BJP’s victory in 2014 Lok Sabha polls. She had resigned from post of CM in 2016. Constitutional provisions of GovernorGovernor is constitutional head of state.
Article 153:It says that there shall be Governor for each state.7th Constitutional Amendment Act, 1956 facilitated the appointment of the same person as a governor for two or more states.
Article 156:Governor is appointed by Pr…

Sudeep Lakhtakia became New Director General of National Security Guard (NSG)

Senior IPS officer Sudeep Lakhtakia was appointed as new Director General of National Security Guard (NSG).
He will succeeded SP Singh, who retired from the post.
Lakhtakia is a 1984-batch IPS officer of Telangana cadre. He is currently serving as special DG of Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF). National Security Guard (NSG)NSG is a Federal Contingency Deployment Force under Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA). 
It was raised in 1984, with a view to protect states against internal disturbances and terrorism. 
It is not categorised under uniform nomenclature of Central Armed Police Forces (CAPF).
It has special forces mandate and its core operational capability is provided by Special Action Group (SAG) drawn from Indian Army. 
NSG personnel are often referred as Black Cats because of black dress and black cat insignia worn on their uniform.
The NSG is trained to conduct counter terrorist task to including counter hijacking tasks on land, sea, and air, Bomb disposal and Post Blast Investigation…

India becomes the member of Australia Group

India has been admitted as the 43rd member of the Australia Group, an informal bloc (group) of countries that keeps a tight control over exports of substances used in making of chemical weapons.
The inclusion will help to raise India’s stature in the field of non-proliferation, though it is not signatory to Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) and help in acquiring critical technologies. 
India is first South Asian nation to become its full-time member of Australia Group. 
It is also expected to strengthen India’s bid to enter 48-member Nuclear Suppliers Group (NSG).
With its admission into Australia Group, India is now part of three of the four key export control groups in world dealing with non-proliferation. 
This includes Missile Technology Control Regime (MTCR),an informal and voluntary partnership among 35 countries that regulates trade in sensitive equipment and technologies to ensure there is no proliferation of missile and unmanned aerial vehicle technology capable of carrying payloads …

Om Prakash Rawat elected as new Chief Election Commissioner

President Ram Nath Kovind has appointed Election commissioner Om Prakash Rawat (64) as new Chief Election Commissioner. 
He will succeed Achal Kumar Joti who has retired from post.
Moreover, President also appointed former finance secretary Ashok Lavasa as Election commissioner. 
Both will have tenure of six years in office or till he or she attains the age of 65 years, whichever is earlier.
ECI is permanent and independent constitutional body established directly by Constitution of India to ensure fair and fair elections in the country. 
It is multi member body and currently has three members including Chief Election Commissioner (CEC).
They all are appointed by the President. 
They hold office for term of six years or until they attain age of 65 years, whichever is earlier. 
The service conditions and tenure of office of Chief Election Commissioner and Election Commissioners are determined by an act of parliament titled The Chief Election Commissioner and Other Election Commissioners (Condi…

Virat Kohli has been chosen 'The Cricketer of the Year' for 2017 by ICC

ICC Awards 2017 
Cricketer of the Year:Virat Kohli(India)

Test Player of the Year:Steve Smith(Australia)
ODI Player of the Year:Virat Kohli(India)
Twenty20 International Performance of the Year:Yuzvendra Chahal(India)
Emerging Player of the Year:Hasan Ali(Pakistan)
Associate Player of the Year:Rashid Khan(Afghanistan)
Umpire of the Year:Marais Erasmus(South Africa)
Women’s Cricketer of the Year:Ellyse Perry(Australia)
Women’s ODI Cricketer of the Year:Amy Satterthwaite(New Zealand)
Women’s T20I Cricketer of the Year:Beth Mooney(Australia)
Women’s Emerging Player of the Year:Beth Mooney(Australia)
Spirit of Cricket:Anya Shrubsole(England)
ICC Fan's Moment of the Year:Pakistan stun India to win the ICC Champions Trophy2017
World Test XI: Dean Elgar(SA),David Warner(Aus),Virat Kohli(Ind, captai

National Pharmaceutical Pricing Authority (NPPA)

NPPA has fixed/revised ceiling prices/retail prices of 33 formulations under Drugs (Prices Control) Order, 2013.
NPPA fixes ceiling price of essential medicines of Schedule I under the Drugs (Prices Control) Order (DPCO) 2013. 
NPPA is an organization of the Government of India which was established, inter alia, to fix/ revise the prices of controlled bulk drugs and formulations and to enforce prices and availability of the medicines in the country, under the Drugs (Prices Control) Order, 1995. 
It works under the aegis of Ministry of Chemical and Fertilisers.
The organization is also entrusted with the task of recovering amounts overcharged by manufacturers for the controlled drugs from the consumers. 
It also monitors the prices of decontrolled drugs in order to keep them at reasonable levels.
Functions of National Pharmaceutical Pricing Authority: To implement and enforce the provisions of the Drugs (Prices Control) Order in accordance with the powers delegated to it.To deal with all lega…