www.TNPSC.Academy – TNPSC Current Affairs February 12, 2018 (12/02/2018)
Topic : New inventions on Science & Health, Education, Human Resources
National Deworming initiative
In a bid to tackle the countrywide public health threat of intestinal worm infections in children and related morbidity, all states and Union territories conducted the National Deworming Day on February 10th, as mandated by the Union ministry of health and family welfare.
About the National Deworming Day:
The National Deworming Day is a single fixed-day approach to treating intestinal worm infections in all children aged 1- 19 years, and is held on 10 February and 10 August each year.
All the children are provided deworming tablet in schools and anganwadis.
Besides the deworming tablet, various health promotion activities related to Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) are organised in schools and anganwadis.
Why this is a cause for concern?
Parasitic worms in children interfere with nutrient uptake, and can contribute to anaemia, malnourishment, and impaired mental and physical development.
According to the 2012 report ‘Children in India’, published by the Ministry of Statistics and Programme Implementation, 48% of children under the age of 5 years are stunted and 19.8% are wasted, indicating that half of the country’s children are malnourished.
Topic: International Events
Education impact bond for India
Britain’s Prince Charles has launched a new 10-million-dollar Development Impact Bond (DIB) to help improve education for over 200,000 children in India.
About the Development Impact Bond:
The DIB, the largest bond of its type in South Asia, is the latest fundraising initiative by the British Asian Trust (BAT), set up by the royal 10 years ago to fight poverty in South Asia.
Under the initiative, the DIB will provide funding to local not-for-profit delivery partners in India over four years, delivering a range of operational models including principal and teacher training, direct school management, and supplementary programmes.
Topic : Environment and Ecology, Conservation of Nature
Great Indian Bustard
In a novel experiment, a group of farmers at the Lala Sanctuary in Kutch have decided not to use inorganic fertilizers and toxic pesticides so as to save the Great Indian Bustard (GIB).
According to experts, when farmers use pesticides, GIB loses a major portion of its food — insects, locust, lizard among others — and the bird is forced to look for smaller insects in the grains, resulting in damage to the crops.
Key facts :
Great Indian Bustard is listed in Schedule I of the Indian Wildlife (Protection)Act, 1972, in the CMS Convention and in Appendix I of CITES, as Critically Endangered on the IUCN Red List.
It has also been identified as one of the species for the recovery programme under the Integrated Development of Wildlife Habitats of the Ministry of Environment and Forests, Government of India.
This species was formerly widespread in India and Pakistan.
Topic : General Administration, Profile of States
Manipur gets first woman Chief Justice
Justice Abhilasha Kumari, Judge of the High Court of Gujarat was recently sworn in as the Chief Justice of the High Court of Manipur.
She is the first woman Chief Justice of the High Court of Manipur.
Topic : Environment & Ecology, Latest Diary of Events
Three new eel species found in Bay of Bengal
Scientists have discovered three new species of eel along the northern Bay of Bengal coast in the past few months.
Eels are found mostly at the bottom of rivers and seas. Across the world about 1,000 species of eels have been identified.
In India, the number is around 125.
Dark brown with white dots on the dorsal side, Gymnothorax pseudotile was discovered at the Digha coast of the Bay of Bengal.
The other two species, Gymnothorax visakhaensis (uniformly brown) and Enchelycore propinqua (reddish brown body mottled with irregular creamy white spots), were discovered from the Visakhapatnam coast of the Bay of Bengal.
Enchelycore propinqua is the smallest of them measuring less than a foot.
Topic : Profile of States, New Appointments
Indra Nooyi is ICC’s first independent female director
PepsiCo Chairman and CEO Indra Nooyi has been appointed to the International Cricket Council (ICC) Board as the governing body’s first independent female director.
About Indra Nooyi :
Indra Krishnamurthy Nooyi is an Indian American business executive and the current Chairwoman and Chief Executive Officer of PepsiCo, the second largest food and beverage business in the world by net revenue.
In February 2018, the International Cricket Council announced that Nooyi would join the ICC Board as its first independent female director in June. Nooyi was born on 28 October 1955 in Madras.
Topic : Profile of States, New Appointments
Transgender Vidya Kamble appointed panel member of Lok Adalat in Nagpur
Vidya Kamble from Nagpur had been appointed as a panel member of the Lok Adalat in Nagpur.
The activist was on the panel of the Lok Adalat held in the Nagpur district court.
The Lok Adalat panels comprise a sitting or a retired judge, a lawyer and a social activist.
The members of these alternative dispute redressal forums try to settle amicably the cases pending in courts, or disputes which are at a pre-litigation stage.