Current affair for july 04 2019

1. ICMR released a report on NCDs titled “India: Health of the Nation’s States”

It is a process by which the pattern of mortality and disease is transformed from one of the high mortalities among infants and children to one of the degenerative and man-made diseases (such as those attributed to smoking) affecting principally the elderly. It is a process by which the pattern of mortality and disease is transformed from one of the high mortalities among infants and children to one of the degenerative and man-made diseases (such as those attributed to smoking) affecting principally the elderly.

2. Ravi Shankar Prasad, Minister of Electronics and Information Technology, launched commemoration of four years of Digital India initiative

Electronics and Information Technology Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad planned to launch the commemoration of four years of Digital India initiative. The event will take in New Delhi. The main aim of this initiative is to bridge the digital divide and create awareness about Information Technology. These digital services are offered by the government as well as the private sector.

3. Railways aim to install CCTV cameras in over 7,020 train coaches by March 2021

The railways has set a target to install CCTV cameras in more than 7,000 coaches of mainline passenger trains by March 2021, Railway Minister Piyush Goyal informed Parliament Wednesday. Replying to a question in the Lok Sabha, he said CCTV cameras have already been installed in coaches of premium, mail, express and suburban trains.

4. UIDAI started its first Aadhaar Seva Kendra in Delhi and Vijayawada

UIDAI is opening Aadhaar Seva Kendras across 53 cities of India where one can apply for a new Aadhaar card or update existing ones. UIDAI has shared timings and location of these Aadhaar Kendras. Making it easier for citizens to apply for a new Aadhaar card or update existing ones, the Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) has opened its first 'Aadhaar Seva Kendra' in Delhi and Vijayawada.

5. AYUSH collaborated with MeitY for the digitization of AYUSH sector

The ministries of Ayush and Electronics and Information Technology on Monday signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) for collaboration in the digitization of the AYUSH sector. The Electronics and Information Technology Ministry (MeitY) agreed to advise and give technical support to the Ayush Ministry (MOA) for planning and development of AYUSH GRID Project, an MOA release said.

6. CCMB and CDFD sign MoU to develop newer genetic disease diagnostic methods

A Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was signed between CSIR-Centre for Cellular and Molecular Biology (CCMB) and Centre for DNA Fingerprinting and Diagnostics (CDFD) on Wednesday here with an aim to enable better ways of diagnosis and treatment of genetic disorders. The objectives of the MoU also include the provision of quality DNA based diagnostic services to the public at lower costs, to develop newer diagnostic methods and to engage in scientific research to improve understanding of human genetic disorders.

7. Govt signs SoI with IBM to find a solution in the field of Agriculture through AI& weather tech

The pilot study will be conducted for the Kharif crop season 2019 in three districts. IBM’s Watson Decision Platform will give a solution in the field of agriculture through AI and weather technology.

8. IAEA confirms Iran breached enriched Uranium Stockpile limit set by 2015 nuclear deal

Iran has breached the limit of its enriched uranium stockpile set in a 2015 deal with major powers, foreign minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said on Monday, according to the ISNA news agency, defying a warning by European co-signatories to stick to the deal despite US sanctions. Zarif confirmed that Iran had exceeded the relevant limit of 300 kg of uranium hexafluoride (UF6), but foreign ministry spokesman Abbas Mousavi said Iran’s steps to decrease its commitments to the nuclear deal were reversible.

9. U.S. Senate passes a legislative provision to grant India a NATO ally-like status

The legislative provision in the NDAA provides for increased India-US defense cooperation in the Indian Ocean. The development comes amid strains in the India-US trade relationship even as the strategic partnership between the two countries is seen as close.

10. RBI forms Working group under Tapan Ray to review the regulatory guidelines on core investment companies

The terms of reference of the working group include an examination of the current regulatory framework for CICs in terms of adequacy, efficacy and suggest changes therein. The working group shall submit its report by 31 October 2019, it added.

11. Airtel Payments Bank ties up with Bharti AXA Life Insurance to offer the Bharti AXA Life POS Saral Jeevan Bima Yojana

The product, Bharti AXA Life POS Saral Jeevan Bima Yojana, is a pure life term insurance plan which is aimed at the under-insured and uninsured segments in India. While the policy is initially available at Airtel Payments Bank's 25,000 retail outlets, this will soon be expanded to cover over 60,000 banking points.

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