14.05.21 Daily JPSC Current Affairs

JHARKHAND

Oxygen banks in all districts, 5L medicine kits for rural Jharkhand

 

Chief Minister Hemant Soren, on Wednesday, interacting with the MPs and MLAs of North Chhotanagpur Division through video conferencing here on Wednesday said that the Government is setting up oxygen banks in all districts and oxygen plants in Sadar Hospitals.

He said the Government is putting in all efforts to fill the gap of manpower in health institutions with the help of available resources.

The CM said the Government is serious about treatment of those infected or those who are found to have signs of infection in rural areas. In this connection, five lakh medicine kits are being provided to Anganwadi centers. Oximeters will also be available in Anganwadi centres, which people can take advantage of.

 

In this connection, the problems of people are being addressed through toll free numbers at the State level. Hospitals are well equipped with oxygenated beds, ventilators, ICUs and oxygen cylinders. Oxygen cylinders are available in 24 hours emergency for hospitals through Sanjeevani vehicle. Through the Amrit Vahini App, information and booking of beds, online medical consultation and many other facilities have been provided.

At the same time, oxygenated beds are being provided to the infected through the Covid circuit. Apart from this, the process of setting up oxygen plants is going on in all the Sadar hospitals. Besides, the government has also decided to set up an oxygen bank in all the districts. Soren said the Government is providing insurance of 50 lakhs to all health workers including doctors, nurses working as front line workers. Apart from this, the government has stepped up efforts to pay the pending insurance amount for the health workers who have died due to corona.

INTERNATIONAL

First BRICS Employment Working Group (EWG) Meeting

The first meeting of the BRICS Employment Working Group took place virtually. India was the host nation. In 2021, India will take over the BRICS presidency.

The member countries addressed fostering social security arrangements among the BRICS nations, women’s participation in the labour force, and labour market formalisation.

Members of the BRICS countries, as well as representatives from the International Labour Organization and the International Social Security Agency, attended the conference..

To resolve the issue of the Social Security Agreement, the members agreed to engage in dialogue and consultations with one another.

COVID-19 has informalized the labour market, as the countries discussed.

Indonesian and Indian Navies Conduct Exercise in Arabian Sea

The Indian and Indonesian Navies conducted Passage Exercise (PASSEX) in the southern Arabian Sea with a center of attention on similarly enhancing their interoperability.

Highlights:

The exercising used to be aimed at enhancing interoperability and understanding between both the friendly navies.

From the Indian Navy, INS Sharda, an Offshore Patrol Vessel (OPV) with a Chetak helicopter participated in the exercise. From the Indonesian Navy, KRI Sultan Hasanudin, a 90m Corvette took part in the exercise.

PASSEXes are frequently conducted by IN with units of Friendly Foreign Countries. The remaining PASSEX between IN and the Indonesian Navy was once performed on 13 Mar 21 between INS Kalpeni, IN Dornier and KRI Sultan Iskandar Muda.

NATIONAL

Google Pay Customers in the US Can Now Transfer Money to India

 

Alphabet Inc’s Google has announced foreign money transfer agreements with remittance firms Wise and Western Union Co.

 

Google Pay users in the USA can now send money to app users in India and Singapore, with plans to extend to the 80 countries supported by Wise & 200 countries supported by Western Union by the last of the year.

Western Union and Wise, both of which have incorporated their services into Google Play, have collaborated with the company.

 

Launched the Mobile Monitoring Software (NMMS) and Area Officer Monitoring Appliction

The Ministry of Rural Development launched the National Mobile Monitoring Software (NMMS) app and the Area Officer Monitoring App.

Highlights: 

The NMMS App allows for real-time attendance of workers at Mahatma Gandhi NREGS worksites, as well as geotagged photographs.

This will increase citizen oversight of the programme while also potentially allowing for faster payment processing.

The Area Officer Monitoring App allows them to record their findings online, along with a time stamped and go-coordinate tagged photograph, for all Department of Rural Development schemes.

This would also allow for better record keeping of inspections by field and supervisory officials, as well as analysis of the findings for better programme implementation.

 

 

FDI inflows rise 9.8% to record $82 billion in FY21

 

 

Foreign direct investment (FDI) inflows into India rose 9.8% to a record $81.7 billion in 2020-21 on a gross basis on the back of record investment into companies such as Reliance Jio.
Fresh equity inflows are estimated to have increased by an impressive 19% to $59.6 billion, while reinvested earnings went up 14% to $16.2 billion.

 

 

Singapore was the top source, which is now followed by the United States with Mauritius — once the dominant source of FDI due to tax benefits under the tax avoidance treaty — pushed to the third spot.

 

In terms of growth, inflows from Saudi Arabia. jumped from $90 million in 2019-20 to $2.8 billion last year. And with e-commerce and IT being the major draw for overseas investors looking to tap into the India consumption story, computer software and hardware emerged as the most attractive sector to invest, cornering nearly 44% of the FDI equity inflows. Next was construction (infrastructure), which accounted for a 13% share. Among the states it was Gujarat that was the top recipient, according to the Centre’s data, accounting for 37% of the inflows, followed by Maharashtra (27%) and Karnataka (13%).

 

The government has been seeking to bolster FDI especially in the manufacturing sector and some of the investments are related to companies such as Apple’s vendors and Samsung pumping in funds to set up bigger production facilities for mobiles and electronics goods.

The government has identified close to 1,000 companies and is working with Invest India to tap companies that are seeking to diversify their production bases.