Asan Conservation Reserve gets first Ramsar site tag from Uttarakhand
The Asan Conservation Reserve in Uttarakhand has become the first Ramsar site in the state, giving it the status of ‘Wetland of International Importance’.
The Reserve is located near Dehradun district in Garhwal region.
Apart from this, Kabartal Wetland from Bihar is the another new site to be recognised by Ramsar.
With this, the total number of Ramsar sites in India has increased to 39, which is the highest in South Asia.
World Standards Day: 14 October
World Standards Day or International Standards Day is observed globally on 14 October every year.
The day aims to raise awareness about the importance of standardisation to the global economy among the consumers, regulators and industry.
14 October was specifically chosen to mark the date, in 1946, when delegates from 25 countries first gathered in London and decided to create an international organization focused on facilitating standardization.
The 2020 theme is “Protecting the planet with standards”.
New Zealand PM Jacinda Ardern secures second term with historic victory
New Zealand voted to award Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern a second term in office.
Prime Minister Ardern’s liberal Labour Party won a historic mandate by securing 49 per cent of the vote in comparison to the 27 per cent bagged by its primary challenger.
This is the first time since New Zealand implemented a proportional voting system 24 years ago that a single party (Labour) won an outright majority of seats in Parliament.
During the 2020 elections, New Zealanders also voted on two key issues- whether to legalise marijuana and euthanasia.
Indigenously built ASW stealth corvette INS Kavaratti commissioned into Navy
The last of four indigenously built Anti-Submarine Warfare (ASW) stealth corvettes INS Kavaratti under Project 28 (Kamorta class) was commissioned into the Indian Navy by Chief of the Army Staff, General Manoj Naravane, at Naval Dockyard in Visakhapatnam.
Kavaratti is indigenously designed by the Indian Navy’s in-house organization, Directorate of Naval Design (DND) and built by Garden Reach Shipbuilders & Engineers (GRSE), Kolkata.
The ship will be commissioned into the Navy as a combat-ready platform as the ship has completed sea trials of all the systems fitted onboard.
Kavaratti takes her name from erstwhile INS Kavaratti which was an Arnala class missile corvette.
Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman attends G20 Finance Ministers and Central Bank Governors Meeting
Union Finance & Corporate Affairs Minister Nirmala Sitharaman attended the G20 Finance Ministers and Central Bank Governors (FMCBG) through video conferencing. The purpose of G20 Finance Ministers and Central Bank Governors (FMCBG) is to discuss the global economic outlook during an ongoing pandemic.
G20 FMCBG was held under the Saudi Arabian presidency.
Finance Minister emphasised that the updated commitments in the G20 Action Plan have to be kept relevant in the current policy to remain be an effective response to COVID-19.
The core guiding principles for the updation of the G20 Action Plan and the need to balance the health and economic objectives were highlighted.
G20 Action Plan announced the Debt Service Suspension Initiative (DSSI).
DSSI provides time bound suspension of debt service payments for the low income debtor. The initiative was initially in force till end of 2020. During this meeting it was agreed to extend DSSI by 6 more months.
All the G20 countries prepared G20 Action plan under their respective leaders which includes Restore confidence, Preserve financial stability, Protecting lives, Safeguarding people’s jobs and incomes, etc.
Dr. Harsh Vardhan launches second phase of Thalassemia Bal Sewa Yojna
Union Health Minister Dr.Harsh Vardhan launched the second phase of “Thalassemia Bal Sewa Yojna” on 14 October 2020. He launched the second phase of Thalassemia Bal Sewa Yojna for the underprivileged Thalassemic patients, virtually from Nirman Bhawan.
The Scheme aims to provide a one-time cure opportunity for Haemoglobinopathies like Thalassaemia and Sickle Cell Disease for patients who have a matched family donor.
Thalassemia Bal Sewa Yojna” was launched in 2017 and it is funded by Coal India Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR).
This is the Hematopoietic Stem Cell Transplantation (HSCT) program that aims to provide a one-time cure opportunity for Haemoglobinopathies like Thalassaemia and Sickle Cell Disease.
In India every year nearly 10-12,000 children are born with thalassemia major.
The eligibility for the scheme – Patients whose yearly family income is Rs. 5 lakhs and or less.
The scheme has been extended to cover Aplastic Anaemia patients for a total of 200 such patients from this year. Such cases can be prevented by counselling using the Ayushman Bharat – Health & Wellness Centres network.
Union Education Minister launched KAPILA Kalam Program
Union Education Minister Shri Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank virtually launched the ‘KAPILA’ Kalam Program for Intellectual Property Literacy and Awareness campaign.
‘KAPILA’ Kalam Program for Intellectual Property Literacy and Awareness campaign was launched on the 89th birth anniversary of former President and Scientist Late Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam.
The ‘KAPILA’ Kalam Program helps those students who pursuing education in higher educational institutions will get information about the correct system of the application process for patenting their invention and they will be aware of their rights.
Intellectual Property Literacy Week will be celebrated by conducting a number of activities will be organized from October 15th to October 23, in which online awareness will be created about the system and the importance of the process of applying for a patent.