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Daily Current Affairs : 16-Mar-2020

Major Topics Covered :

  1. SAARC EMERGENCY FUND

  2. CPCB’s COLOUR CODING

  3. FILM CERTIFICATION

  4. MODELS OF VIRUS TESTING IN INDIA AND ELSEWHERE

  5. MOTHERS FOR SPORT AND FITNESS

  6. KCR KITS – HEALTHCARE REFORM OF TELANGANA GOVERNMENT

  7. PETROL PRICING IN INDIA


SAARC EMERGENCY FUND

Why in news?

  • While addressing the first ever videoconference of the heads of the member countries of SAARC, PM Modi announced that SAARC should create a fund to fight the threat of COVID-19.


Highlights:

  • India extended 10 million dollar as India’s contribution to the fund.

  • The proposed fund will be based on voluntary contribution.

  • This shows that India is refocussing on SAARC and doesn’t see BIMSTEC as an alternative to SAARC.

Source : Hindu



CPCB’s COLOUR CODING

Why in news?

  • The Supreme Court has declined to interfere in an appeal filed by the Kerala chapter of the Confederation of Real Estate Developers Association of India (CREDAI) against the National Green Tribunal’s rejection of its contention that the inclusion of constructions between 2,000 sq.m and 20,000 sq.m in the ‘orange category’ by the Kerala State Pollution Control Board was arbitrary.


Highlights:

  • CPCB colour codes industries based on their pollution levels. There are four categories – Red, Orange, Green and White.

  • Red category - Industries with Pollution Index score of 60 and above

  • Orange category - Industries with Pollution Index score of 41 to 59.

  • Green Category - Industries with Pollution Index score of 21 to 40

  • White category - Industries with Pollution Index score including and upto 20.

  • The case related to residential constructions being declared in the orange category while the coding is for industries.

Source : Hindu



FILM CERTIFICATION

Why in news?

  • A parliamentary panel pulled up the Union government for dragging its feet on overhauling the archaic film certification and censorship mechanism, bringing only incremental changes to the Cinematograph Act that was first introduced in 1952.


Highlights:

  • The Cinematograph Amendment Bill, 2019, is a belated measure by the government to tackle the issue of piracy. It seeks to introduce two Sections to the Cinematograph Act, 1952 — one, prohibiting illegal recording in cinema halls to make a “pirate copy” of the film, and the second, prescribing punishment of up to three years or a fine of up to ₹10 lakh for the said offence.

  • The bill was referred to a standing committee last year. The committee has found the scope of the Cinematograph (Amendment) Bill, 2019, limited.

  • Piracy can happen at various levels. The Bill only tackles illegal recording at cinema halls. Also, the punishment prescribed in the Bill is too little when compared with the losses that a pirated film can lead to.

Source : Hindu



MODELS OF VIRUS TESTING IN INDIA AND ELSEWHERE

Why in news?

  • On Friday, the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) announced that it would start testing influenza patients without any travel history or contact with novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) for signs of community transmission, terming it “inevitable”.


Highlights:

  • Among the countries where community transmission seems to have begun are China (over 80,000 cases), Italy (over 21,000) and South Korea (8,000). For the time being, India has chosen to follow the Italian model of lockdown, rather than the South Korean model of free testing.


  • Model of Lockdown - Italy has imposed a nationwide lockdown, especially given its ageing population. Stores and restaurants have been closed and restrictions put on individual movement. Spain too has announced plans to lock down its citizens, while France has shut down several places. Cases are still climbing in these countries.


  • Free testing model - South Korea has been testing lakhs of people and tracking potential carriers by using cell phone and satellite technology. Mass free testing and treatment, and identification of transmission sources, have brought down daily new cases, from 909 on February 29 to less than 100 on March 15.

Source : Indian Express



MOTHERS FOR SPORT AND FITNESS

Why in news?

  • Haryana Government plans to seek the assistance of young mothers in the state to encourage their children to take up some kind of sporting activity.


Highlights :

  • With a mere 2 per cent of India’s population and much less than 2 per cent of the country’s geographical area, Haryana secures almost one-third of India’s medals in international sports events.

  • The officials believe that if mothers take their children to the playgrounds, then the number of sportspersons may increase significantly in the coming years

  • To this end, the government will soon introduce an App — called “Mothers for Sports and Fitness” — which will have details of all playgrounds and the contact persons of these playgrounds. The App will show the locations of the playgrounds like a taxi app shows the location of the available taxies.

  • The government wants the popular discourse about the youth in Haryana to change from “drugs and crime” to “sports for fitness”.

Source : Indian Express



KCR KITS – HEALTHCARE REFORM OF TELANGANA GOVERNMENT

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