- Rs 6.67 cr fund to Panchayats, ULBs, to ensure food for all
- With an objective to ensure availability of food grains to all, irrespective of ration card or Aadhaar, Jharkhand government on Sunday announced additional annual budgetary allocation of Rs 6.67 crore to panchayats and urban local bodies (ULBs) for providing food free of cost to families deprived of PDS food supply for some reason or the other.
- As per the new scheme, a state level Jharkhand Emergency Food Corpus Fund (JEFCF) has now been created with Rs 6.67 crore under which all the 4398 panchayats would be provided Rs 10, 000 each for ensuring supply of food to ‘eligible’ poor and needy families’ 10 kg rice free. Similarly, all the 1030 wards in 44 ULBs will be given Rs 10, 000 per ward under the scheme.
- The five ULBs – where wards have yet not been formed – will get Rs 1 lakh each for the same purpose. This apart, all the DCs will be given Rs 5 lakh each from the JEFCF.
· UN member states approved USD 6.69 billion for 13 peacekeeping operation
- The UN member stateshave approved a 69 billion USD budget for 13 peacekeeping operations for the year 2018-19. It is the second year in a row, the committee has made significant cuts to the overall peacekeeping budget.
- The Committee also approved significant management reforms including the creation of two new departments focused on political and peacebuilding affairs and four stand-alone divisions for Africa. The United States is the biggest contributor to the United Nations.
- ‘The English Patient’ voted best-ever Man Booker Prize winner in 50 years
- Michael Ondaatje’s ‘The English Patient’ was named the greatest-ever winner of the Man Booker Prize at an event celebrating five decades of the prestigious literary award.
- ‘The English Patient’ won the Booker in 1992 and was made into a 1996 movie starring Ralph Fiennes and Juliette Binoche that won nine Academy Awards.
- Human Resource Development Minister Prakash Javadekar inaugurated the 17th World Sanskrit Conference held at Vancouver, Canada, from July 9-13, 2018.
- There will be a special panel discussion on topics such as – History and Education of Women in Vedic Literature, Sanskrit Buddhist Manus, Mimamsa Beyond the Yagasala, the Yuktidipika forging a place for Sankhya, introducing Bhagavata Purana Commentaries and research on the Gargiyajyotisa.
- The World Sanskrit Conference is being held in various countries across the globe once in every three years and so far it has been held thrice in India.
· BSNL unveiled internet telephony service ‘Wings’
ð Bharat Sanchar Nigam Ltd (BSNL) will roll out its new internet telephony service with brand name “Wings” from August 1.
ð Those subscribing to “Wings”, entailing one-time registration fee of Rs 1,099, will be able to make calls using any internet connection including broadband, WiFi, 3G or 4G data network of any operator, thus overcoming connectivity problems even in areas having patchy signals.
ð Those subscribers can avail free domestic calls for one year, while the overseas calls will be priced as per international tariffs of BSNL landline.
· National Human Rights Commission announced winners of its silver jubilee logo, slogan tagline contests
- Bansi Lal Ketkifrom Mumbai in Maharashtra won the first prize of Rs 50,000 along with a certificate in the logo design contest.
- His design artistically adds the numerals ’25’ to the existing logo of the NHRC, using the theme of the tricolour.
- Tabrej Qureshi from Chhindwara in Madhya Pradesh has bagged the top prize in the slogan/tagline
- His tagline entry was: ‘Awaaz Aapke Adhikar Ki’and slogan — ‘Desh may vikas ki aayge bahar, jab hoga surakshit manav adhikar.
- The NHRC was established on October 12, 1993, under the Protection of the Human Rights (PHR) Act, 1993.
· Narendra Modi to inaugurate the ‘Statue of Unity’ on 31st October
- The Statue of Unity, being built near the Sardar Sarovar dam on the Narmada river, at a cost of Rs 2,989, in memory of Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel.
- On 31st October, the birth anniversary of Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel, Prime Minister Narendra Modi will inaugurate the “Statue of Unity“, the tallest statue in the world.
- Memorials, museums and research centres were built where the statue is installed.
- The Statue of Unity is being built with 5,700 Metric tonne structural steel, 68,000 Metric tonne of concrete and 1,900 MT of bronze.
· East Coast Railway built 6 limited height subways in less than 5 hours, sets Record
- With the aim of eliminating all unmanned Level Crossing Gates over Sambalpur Division, East Coast Railwaylaunches highest ever 6 (six) Limited Height Subways (LHS) in Sambalpur Division and completed it in a single block of four and half hours.
- As a result these 6 LHS, seven unmanned Level Crossing gates will be totally closed in Bhawanipatna-Lanjigarh Road Section of Kalahandi area of Odisha.
- This achievement has set up a new mile stone in the history of Indian Railways.
· NITI Aayog proposed National Health stack
- NITI Aayog has disclosed the blueprint of National Health Stack (NHS), a shared digital healthcare infrastructureusable by both the Centre and states across public and private sectors. The aim is to implement the scheme ‘Ayushman Bharat’ and other public healthcare programmes in the country.
- It also includes electronic health registries, coverage and claims platform, digital health ID cards, federated personal health records (PHR) framework and the National Health Analytics Framework.
Otherkey benefits of NHS are:
? It allows states to incorporate the horizontal and vertical expansion of the scheme,
? Avoids duplication of efforts
? Enables ease of adoption for those without systems or with dysfunctional systems in place,
? To continue using their own state system while integrating with Rashtriya Swasthya Suraksha Mission (RSSM) via Application Programming Interface (APIs).
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