11.12.21 Daily APSC Current Affairs

 

ASSAM

 

Assam govt to develop medical science curriculum in vernacular language

 

The Assam government has pushed for developing medical science curriculum in vernacular language during the fifth general council meeting of the SrimantaSankardeva University of Health Sciences on Sunday, which was attended by chief minister and chancellor of the university.

 

A release from the chief minister’s office stated that the general council, after a detailed discussion, took several key decisions aiming at boosting the academic environment and bringing in a robust administrative mechanism at the university.

CM Sarma emphasised the need for a permanent campus of the university in the meeting to streamline its functioning. He asked the VC and chief engineer, PWD (health and education) to ensure early completion of the initial process for construction of administrative building with a boundary wall of the university on the land provided by the government for the purpose at BaihataChariali so that the administrative and basic academic activities can be carried out from the campus within a period of two years.

 

NORTH-EASTERN STATES

TTDC to engage more workforce to produce quality tea

The Tripura Tea Development Corporation (TTDC) will engage more workforce in the coming season for quality plucking of green leaf from tea estates to ensure better price for all the stakeholders associated with the state’s century-old industry.

For the past few years, poor plucking has hit the state’s tea industry the most, fetching an average price of Rs 200 plus per kg in the auction markets – Kolkata and Guwahati. Now, the TTDC wants to increase the average tea price to more than Rs 300 per kg.

For the past few years, the tea industry has been gaining momentum due to proactive initiatives taken by the TTDC. “Despite the Corona pandemic, the state produced 4.45 lakh kg of tea in the year 2020 whereas it was only 1.72 lakh kg in 2017 and 2.98 lakh kg in 2018. It shows a lot of good works were put in place in the past few years”, he pointed out.

Naturally, overall turnover has gone up significantly in the state. The turnover has enhanced to Rs 10.50 crore in 2020-21 from Rs 5.46 crore in the year 2019-20.

 

INTERNATIONAL

 

World Talent Ranking report

 

IMD World Competitive Centre published its “World Talent Ranking Report” on December 9, 2021.

 

This report is annually published by the IMD World Competitive Centre.

Report grades 64 economies on the basis of a range of factors like:

 

  1. How economies invest in and develop local personnel
  2. Their ability to attract & retain skilled workers, and
  3. Quality of domestic talent pools.

 

Key Findings of the report

 

  • In the report, Europe has dominated the ranking in 2021. Global top 10 countries are from this region.
  • Switzerland has retained its top spot.
  • The UAE continues have improved its global talent ranking. Ranking has improved by one position to 23rd. In 2019, it was ranked at 30th
  • In the Arab world, UAE maintained its top position.
  • In the Middle East & North Africa, UAE maintained its second position, following Israel (first in this region).

The ranking is structured based on three factors:

  1. Investment and development,
  2. Appeal and
  3. Readiness

 

UNICEF India to roll out five-year plan

 

UNICEF India is designing an ambitious and innovative five-year programme, comprising of social policy as a priority across all the sectors.

 

  • While designing the new programme, UNICEF wanted to talk with all the stakeholders and get details on how what could be done better in the new environment post COVID-19 and where climate change was a major priority.
  • Covid-19 and climate change had exacerbated the learning crisis. Around 286 million children had been affected in India. This number excluded the millions out of school because of several reasons.

Status of Digital divide in India

 

Kerala had made digital learning accessible. However, it was not case in other States having a digital divide. Digital divide was a new kind of deprivation. Furthermore, in a study of climate effects on children, India had been ranked at fifth place with respect to vulnerability to climate change.

 

 

NATIONAL

 

Art and Surrogacy Bill Passed In Rajya Sabha

On December 8, 2021, the Assisted Reproductive Technology Bill was passed in Lok Sabha.

Highlights:

 

The Assisted Reproductive Technology Bill was recently passed in the Lok Sabha which intends to regulate  ART but then referred the bill to a standing committee.

ART covers all methods that are used to get pregnant. The procedures shall incorporate handling oocytes (immature eggs) or sperms outside the body.

It shall also involve giving the embryo into the woman’s body.

The ART services shall cover the following: Donation of sperm or oocytes, In – Vitro Fertilisation – fertilizing an egg and a sperm in the lab, Gestational Surrogacy – child carried by biological mother or surrogate mother.

The bill states that every ART bank or clinic should be listed under the National Registry of Banks and Clinics of India. The bill will authorize the National Registry.

The registry will act as a database holding details of the hospitals and banks providing ART services.

 

Only 56% Of Funds Utilized By States In Last 3 Years For The Nutrition Mission.

 

State Governments and Union Territories have utilized only 56% of the total budgets released under Poshan Abhiyan or Nutrition Mission in the earlier 3 years.

Highlights:

On December 8, the Minister for Women & Child Development, Smriti Irani, mentioned this in Parliament.

The central government emphasized that out of the total share of Rs 5312 between financial years 2019 to 2021, Rs 2985 crore was utilized.

Poshan Abhiyan was established in March 2018 to facilitate stunting, low birth weight, undernutrition challenges by 2% per year.

 

It also aims to decrease anaemia among young children, women and adolescents by 3% by 2022.

 

POSHAN Maah was followed in September 2018 to improve nutritional consequences for adolescent girls, children, pregnant women, and lactating mothers.

 

 

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