Current Affairs Update – 28 July 2018

Current Affairs Update 28 July 2018

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Health Ministry Launches National Viral Hepatitis Control Program

  • Marking the 2018 World Hepatitis Day on July 28, the government has launched National Viral Hepatitis Control program in New Delhi to combat the disease by 2030 in the country.
  • Under the initiative, free drugs and diagnostics for Hepatitis B and C will be provided at all government hospitals along with laboratory testing and management of viral Hepatitis with a de-centralized approach.
  • The initiative is a part of government’s commitment to work towards the elimination of viral hepatitis by 2030.
  • The event was launched by the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare in collaboration with the World Health Organisation.

Assam to Implement Pranam Scheme to Mandate Govt Employees Take Care of Dependent Parents

  • The BJP-led government in Assam is set to roll out a law from October 2, 2018 making it mandatory for state government employees to look after their aged and dependent parents and physically challenged siblings who do not have a source of income.
  • For this purpose, the Assam state assembly has passed the Assam Employees Parents Responsibility and Norms for Accountability and Monitoring (PRANAM) Bill, 2017.
  • As per the rules of the PRANAM act “dependent parents not having any source of income can get upto 10 percent of the salary of the state government employees’ if they are found guilty of not taking adequate care of their dependent elderly parents.
  • In case of physically challenged siblings it can go upto 15 percent of the salary of the employees.

Telangana Releases Rs 5,925 cr for 2nd Phase of Rythu Bandhu Scheme

  • The Telangana government has released Rs 5,925 crore for the second phase of the Rythu Bandhu scheme for the rabi season.
  • This is part of the Rs 11,925 crore allocated in the 2018-19 Budget for the scheme that seeks to provide financial assistance of Rs 4,000 each to farmers for every acre they own to take care of the purchase of inputs ahead of the agricultural season.
  • The government chose to hand over the money through cheques, and not through direct transfer into the bank accounts of the farmers.

Value limit for exports through courier service/post increased to Rs 5 lakh/consigment

  • The value limit for exports through courier service/post has been placed at Rs 5 lakh and the eligibility criteria for entitlement under MEIS for courier/post exports have been increased to Rs 5 lakh per consignment from the earlier Rs 25,000 per consignment.
  • Merchandise Exports from India Scheme (MEIS) under Foreign Trade Policy of India (FTP 2015-20) is one of the two schemes introduced in Foreign Trade Policy of India 2015-20, as a part of Exports from India Scheme. (The other scheme is SEIS, Service Exports from India Scheme).
  • With the enhancement of the limit, the handicrafts exporters who are doing business through e-commerce will be benefited and many more will be encouraged to follow them.

NGO Patiala Foundation gets “special consultative status” by UN

  • Punjab-based NGO, Patiala Foundation which has been working in the field of culture, tourism and road safety, has been accorded the highest status that is granted by the United Nations to non-governmental organisations.
  • The UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) granted the “special consultative status” to the NGO.
  • So far, 3,974 NGOs across the globe have got this recognition. With this special status, the NGO will have special privileges like providing expert information to the ECOSOC — one of the six principal organs of the UN.

July 28- World Hepatitis Day

  • The World Hepatitis Day is observed annually on July 28 to raise global awareness of hepatitis, a group of infectious diseases known as Hepatitis A, B, C, D, and E, and encourage prevention, diagnosis and treatment.
  • Hepatitis affects hundreds of millions of people worldwide, causing acute and chronic disease and killing close to 1.4 million people every year.
  • The theme of World Hepatitis Day 2018: Test. Treat. Hepatitis.

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