22.09.18 Jharkhand (JPCS) Current Affairs


  • Govt inks MoU with National Insurance for Ayushman Bharat


  • With a day left for the roll-out of world’s biggest health insurance scheme – Ayushman Bharat from the lands of Bhagwan Birsa Munda, the Jharkhand State Aarogya Society under Department of Health, Medical Education and Family Welfare signed an MoU with the National Insurance Company.


  • The MoU was inked which would provide health insurance cover up to Rs 1 lakh to the beneficiaries. The claims over and above that would be paid by the trust formed by the State Government since Jharkhand has chosen for hybrid model to implement the scheme.


  • Over 57 lakh beneficiaries of State identified and covered under National Food Security Act (NFSA) and beneficiaries excluded from the Jharkhand National Food Security Act (NFSA) database but is part of the Socio-Economic Caste Census (SECC) database of Jharkhand can avail the benefit.


  • The insurance contract shall be for a period of maximum three years. The SHA may choose not to renew the policy by giving a prior written notice to the insurer at least three months in advance of the expiration of the on-going policy cover period.


  • The figures suggest that 25 lakh beneficiaries have been covered in accordance to the criteria of GoI whereas 32 lakh beneficiaries are those identified by the State government, whose cost of treatment will be fully borne by the State Government. According to officials, additional financial burden of Rs. 540 crore has been incurred upon the State Government.


  • Under this National Health Protection Scheme – Ayushman Bharat which will be launched on September 23, the facility of free health insurance up to Rs 5 lakh will be provided to 10 crore households of the country. The insurance will cover 1350 packages over 23 surgical and medical specialties.






·        India and Morocco signed the revised Air Services Agreement


  • The agreement will enable the airlines of each side to enter into code sharewith airlines of other party.
  • It will also provide greater freedom in mounting direct flights.
  • The revised Agreement is the outcome of three meetings of delegation from two countries who had worked towards liberalization of marketsbetween the two countries and updating of the existing Air Services Agreement.


·        In a first, Japanese robots land on moving asteroid

  • A pair of robot rovers have landed on an asteroid and begun a survey, Japan’s space agency said, as it conducts a mission aiming to shed light on the origins of the solar system.


  • The rover mission marks the world’s first moving, robotic observation of an asteroid surface, according to the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA).


Gk bit – Asteroid, Aeteor, Meteorite and Meteoroids



  • An asteroid is a rocky object in space that’s smaller than a planet — they’re sometimes called minor planets or planetoids.


  • A meteor is an asteroid or other object that burns and vaporizes upon entry into the Earth’s atmosphere; meteors are commonly known as “shooting stars.”


  • If a meteor survives the plunge through the atmosphere and lands on the surface, it’s known as a meteorite.


  • Meteoroids is a general term describing small particles of comets or asteroids that are in orbit around the sun.




  • Lucknow Metro First From India To Get International Award


  • The Lucknow Metro Rail Corporation (LMRC) has become the first ever metro rail corporation from India to bag the International ‘Royal Society For The Prevention Of Accidents’ (RoSPA) Award.


  • LMRC has been given the Silver Award for its Phase 1A (North-South Corridor) in the Project/Infrastructure category for the year 2018.



  • Cyclone-30 becomes operational in Kolkata, to boost cancer diagnosis


  • India’s biggest cyclotron facility named Cyclone-30that will produce radioisotopes vital for diagnosis and treatment of cancer became operational at the Variable Energy Cyclotron Centre (VECC) in
  • Cyclone-30 will become the first and only facility in the country to produce Germanium 68 isotopes, which is used in the diagnosis of breast cancer.
  • At present, many radioisotopes are imported while some are produced in nuclear research reactors such as the Apsara at the Bhabha Atomic Research Centre (BARC), and remaining in cyclotrons facilities run by large private hospitals.



·        India looks to procure Spike missiles


  • A deal to procure the Spike anti-tank guided missiles from Israel through the government-to-government route has been brought before the Defence Acquisition Council (DAC) for approval.


  • The deal is for 170 launchers, 4,500 missiles and 15 simulators.


  • Spike is a third-generation, fire-and-forget, man-portable missile manufactured by Israel’s Rafael.


  • In all, nearly 40,000 missiles are required to equip the Army’s 382 infantry battalions and 44 mechanised regiments.


·        Article 370: J&K’s special status challenged


  • A petition has been filed in the Supreme Court challenging the continued existence of Article 370, which gives a temporary autonomous status to the State of Jammu and Kashmir and restricts the power of Parliament to make laws for the State.


  • The petition especially challenges a particular proviso in Article 370 which mandates that the President should first get the permission of the ‘Constituent Assembly of the State of Jammu and Kashmir’ before declaring the Article null and void.


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