NCST presents special report on “ISPPATP”

Dr. Nand Kumar Sai, Chairperson, NCST presented a report on “Indira Sagar Polavaram Project Affected Tribal People”. The report and recommendations are under Article 338A(5)(e) of the Constitution. This is for the effective implementation of constitutional safeguards, welfare and socio-economic development of the Scheduled Tribe affected by Polavaram Irrigation Project, Andhra Pradesh.

7,400 Indians sought asylum in the US in 2017

At least 7,400 Indians sought asylum in the US last year, the UN refugee agency said. The UNHCR revealed in its annual Global Trends report that the US received the largest number of asylum requests, while the highest number of claims were filed by Afghan nationals. Wars, persecution and other violence led to the displacement of 68.5 million people globally.

33% increase in carpet area of houses

Government has approved a 33% increase in carpet area of houses eligible for interest subsidy under its affordable housing scheme PMAY-U. The carpet area of a house has been enhanced to 160 sq m from 120 sq m for Middle Income Group-I, while it has been increased to 200 sq m from 150 sq m in case of MIG II. Under MIG-I, 4% interest subsidy is available on loan up to Rs 9 lakh for people.

China and India meet for fighting corruption

A six-member delegation of senior Chinese officials will meet their counterparts in Indian agencies. It is to deepen cooperation between the two countries on people wanted for corruption and asset recovery. During the Chinese presidency of G20 in 2016, the “High Level Principles on Cooperation on Persons Sought for Corruption and Asset Recovery” was initiated. India supported the initiative.

Indonesia’s active volcano shows danger signs

Mount Merapi, Indonesia’s active volcano on Java island has shown dangers with small eruptions. The last eruption from this volcano killed more than 350 people in 2010. Any public activity including hiking within 3km of radius has been prohibited and villagers nearby have been asked to leave.

First essential diagnostics list

World Health Organisation has published its 1st essential diagnostics list, a catalogue of tests needed to diagnose the most common conditions as well as a number of global priority diseases. The step was taken to address the problem of people’s inability to access diagnostic services. List focuses on vitro tests like tests of blood & urine.

India and Myanmar sign 7 agreements

India & Myanmar have signed 7 agreements during the External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj’s visit to Myanmar. The 7 agreements signed included one on land border crossing that will enable people from both countries to cross the land border with passport & visa for accessing health & education services. MoU on training of Myanmar foreign service officers was also signed during the meeting.

Cholera vaccination campaign began in Yemen

The 1st vaccine campaign against cholera in Yemen has started, a year & a half after an epidemic was triggered by war &a health and sanitation crisis. According to WHO, there have been more than 1 million cases of cholera in Yemen & 2,275 recorded deaths since Nov 2016. The oral vaccination campaign started in four districts in Aden aims to target around 350,000 people.

Modi among the top 10 most powerful people

PM Modi has been ranked 9th among the top 10 most powerful people in the world by Forbes. The list is topped for the first time ever by the Chinese President Xi Jinping, who dethroned Russian President Vladimir Putin as the most influential person on the planet. Forbes said that Modi has emerged as a key figure in the international effort to tackle climate change.

‘Vibrant North East 2018’ from May 3

The ‘Vibrant North East 2018’, an event in which people would be made aware of central government’s schemes and programmes, will be held in Guwahati from May 3. The main purpose of the event is to disseminate information about the schemes, grants and projects of the Central government. This will be the fourth edition of the ‘Vibrant North East’ expo in Guwahati.