Current affair of 18th September 2019

First International Conference On Sustainability Education (Environmental School)

International conference on Sustainability Education (ICSE 2019) is planned with a view to explore pathways to address current and emerging sustainability challenges through education by empowering learners with new skills, values and attitudes that lead to more sustainable societies.

The first of its kind conference is being organized in New Delhi, India at the India Habitat Centre on 09-10 September, 2019.

Reasons why Environment school has been started:
  • The need for environmental education is growing rapidly as the degradation of the environment is taking place at a fast pace.
  • The idea to organize this Conference came from the felt need of reorienting education towards sustainability issues in the context of the global commitment for Agenda 2030 and Sustainable Development Goals......read more
Fifth International Ramayan Festival

The Indian culture and Ramayan is the treasure of centuries-old Indian culture and has solutions to all problems in the world. The Maharishi Valmiki on the life and values of an ideal human being. It beautifully depicts the highs and lows of human life and answers questions on morality and ethics arising out of difficult situations in life.

Key highlights:
  1. ICCR was established with the vision of propagating Indian culture and its values to the whole world. There is no other better way to realise this vision than organising the Ramayana festival
  2. It explained difficult concepts like "good governance, the art of war, science and technology, protecting the dignity of women, among others, through conversations between the different characters in the scripture...read more
Indian Railways launches massive Shramdaan across the Country

Its main focus on the collection of plastic waste aims to create awareness for a greater impact against single-use plastic. 

Key highlights:
  1. Indian Railways to make cleanliness its work culture won the Best Union Ministry Swachhata award for 2018-19 presented by the President of India.
  2. To enhancing cleanliness, through the collection of plastic waste from all railway premises....read more
IAF LCA Tejas to have a special pilot to fly in the fighter in Bengaluru

Tejas designed and developed by the Hindustan Aeronautics Limited and Aeronautical Development Agency is India's home-grown single-engine multirole light fighter to replace the Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-21 Bison aircraft.

Key highlights:
  • Tejas, the soon-to-be-inducted French Rafale and Sukhoi Su-30 MKIs will be the backbone of IAF for the next several years.
  • The IAF had in December 2017 issued a request for proposal (RFP) to HAL for the 83 Tejas jets. Out of the 83 Tejas aircraft, 10 are likely to the twin-seater version to be used for training the pilots....read more
New York Becomes Second US State To Ban Flavored E-Cigarettes

New York became the second US state to ban flavored e-cigarettes. following several vaping-linked deaths that have raised fears about a product long promoted as less harmful than smoking.

Key highlights:
  • The health council passed emergency legislation proposed by Governor Andrew Cuomo outlawing flavored vaping products amid an outbreak of severe pulmonary disease that has killed seven people and sickened hundreds.
  • The ban comes into force with immediate effect. Michigan became the first state to declare a ban earlier this month, but that law has yet to be implemented....read more
ISRO and DRDO ink MoUs to provide technologies for human centric systems

Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) joined hands with Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) for the development of human-centric systems for the Human Space Mission to demonstrate its human space flight capabilities. A delegation of ISRO scientists, led by Director, Human Space Flight Centre (HSFC) Dr S Unnikrishnan Nair signed a set of MoUs with various DRDO labs

Key highlights:
  • To provide technologies for human centric systems and technologies specific to the Human Space Mission.
  • The technological capabilities existing in DRDO laboratories for defence applications will be customised to meet the requirements of the human space mission of ISRO...read more
Minister of Chemicals and Fertilizers Shri Sadananda Gowda Indian healthcare sector is expected to record a threefold rise at a CAGR of 22 per cent

Minister of Chemicals and Fertilizers Shri Sadananda Gowda inaugurated the Annual Health Conference Pharma Med HD 2019 Transforming the perception of Indian HealthCare Industry. The stakeholders of the Healthcare Industry on one platform through such conference the sector is expected to generate 40 million jobs in India by 2020.

Key highlights:
  • The healthcare industry in India is one of the country’s largest economic sectors, with regard to both employment and revenue.
  • Indian healthcare sector is expected to record a threefold rise, at a CAGR of 22 per cent during 2016-2022 to reach US$ 372 billion in 2022 from US$ 110 billion in 2016...read more

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