CURRENT AFFAIRS: JULY 28, 2018 By TINA MALHOTRA
NGT 1. CLEAN YAMUNA The National Green Tribunal formed a monitoring committee on the cleaning of the Yamuna and directed it to submit an action plan on the issue. 2. BENCH A bench headed by National Green Tribunal (NGT) Chairperson A K Goel appointed retired expertmember B S Sajwan and former Delhi chief secretary Shailaja Chandra as members of the committee while directing them to submit an action plan by September and a detailed reportin the matter by December 31. 3. DIRECTIONS Delhi Development Authority and the Delhi Jal Board to hold a meeting on July 30 for identifying land for setting up of a sewage treatment planton a drain which falls under phase-ll of the Yamuna cleaning programme.
Food Security act 1.ODISHA Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik announced thatthe state government would implement its own food security act from October 2 this year. Odisha's own food security act would cover nearly 34.44 lakh people who have been left outfrom the National Food Security Act (NFSA) 'Ama Mukhyamantri, Ama Katha' (Our Chief Minister, Our Issues) programme 2. STEPS TOWARDS FOOD SECURITY have been providing rice at Rs 2 per kg since 2008. The success of the programme prompted the decision to launch rice at Re 1 per kg for people living below poverty line in 2013 -
NATIONAL COMMISSION FOR WOMEN 1. ABOLISH CONFESSIONS AS PRACTICE - The National Commissionfor Women (NCW) has recommended abolishingthe practice of "confessions" in churches as it can lead to blackmailing of women. A central agency also needs to do a proper investigation into the increasing incidents of rape and sexual assaults in churches of Kerala: NCW chairperson Rekha Sharma. 2. BACKGROUND The recommendations come in the backdrop of a rape case againstfour priests of Malankara Orthodox Syrian Church who have been accused of sexually exploiting a married woman belonging to their church
WMO 1. INDIA India has been designated as a nodal centre for preparingflash-flood forecasts by the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) 2. EARTH SCIENCE FOUNDATION DAY -On the sidelines of the Earth Sciences Foundation Day, IMD would be working to customise a weather model, developed by the United States and donated to the WMo, to warn of flash floods at least six hours in advance. 3. SYSTEM Using a combination of satellite mapping and ground-based observation, this system-called the Flash Flood Guidance System- aims to provide forecasts six hours in advance.
World hepatitis Day 1. JULY 28 World Hepatitis Day is one of eight official global public health campaigns marked by the World Health Organization (WHO) World Hepatitis Day, observed on July 28 every year, aims 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. 2. BACKGROUND The inaugural International Hepatitis C Awareness day, coordinated by various European and Middle Eastern Patient Groups and Baby Muriel, took place on October 1, 2004, adoption of a resolution during the 63rd World Health Assembly in May 2010 Nobel Laureate Baruch Samuel Blumberg
RAILWAYS 1. CORRUPTION Starting Friday, all the 13 lakh employees of the Indian Railways will take turns to swear an oath publiclyto "bring about integrity" and "eradicate corruption" - beginning with the top brass and carrying on to the lowest levels in the organistion throughoutthe year. 2.+NAMED "Mission Satyanishtha", the program will involve railwaymen attending formal training course on probity and integrity in public life. This is to sensitize all railway officersand supervisors about the need to adhereto ethics and maintain high standards of probity in public life
SANCHAR KRANTI YOJANA 1. CHHATTISGARH To reduce the digital divide which stands at 29 per cent, the lowest in the country. the Chhattisgarh government distributed the first three of the fifty lakh smartphones under the Centre's ambitious Rs 1467.90 crore Sanchar Kranti Yojana President Ram Nath Kovind launched the Sanchar Kranti Yojna (SKY)-the most ambitious scheme of Chhattisgarh government 2. STEPS time-bound programme for distribution of high quality smart phones, free of costto 50 lakh peopl installation of mobile towers in the remote areas under SKY has the capacityto reduce the distance between Bengaluru and Bastar GOTH: phones to be distributed under the scheme will have application named Goth', through which the beneficiaries will be updated about various public welfare schemes
HACKATHON 2018 1. ANGELHACK Today, AngelHack announced the launch of QTUM Hackathon 2018, a global, virtual hackathon for decentralized application (DApp) developers from around the world. 2. AIM - connect with developers and entrepreneurs around the world to create new solutions that utilize QTUM blockchain 3.WHAT IS QTUM - QTUM is an open sourced blockchain platform built on Bitcoin's UTXO model, with supportfor Ethereum Virtual Machine based smart contracts and secured by a proof of stake consensus model.
AWARD I. COCHIN AIRPORT Cochin International Airport Limited (CIAL) has been selected for the champion of earth prize-2018, the highest environmental honour instituted by United Nations. CIAL is honoured for its successful implementation of solarenergy projectto powerthe Kochi airport - 2. PRESENTED The award will be presented at a gala ceremony on the sidelines of the UN general assembly in New York on September 26 2018 3. ABOUT CIAL ownsand operates country's first airport built under public private partnership mode became power neutral on August 18, 2015 with the commissioning of its 12 mwp solar power plant.
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