UPSC Daily Current Affairs : 30-May-2020

Topic Covered :

  1. Major Suman Gawani chosen for UN award

  2. Agneeprastha

  3. Trump says US terminating relationship with WHO; takes steps against China

  4. FSSAI set to launch one-stop compliance, regulatory platform for food firms from June 1


MAJOR SUMAN GAWANI CHOSEN FOR UN AWARD

Why in news?

  • Major Suman Gawani of the Indian Army, who served as a women peacekeeper with the United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) in 2019, has been selected for the prestigious United Nations Military Gender Advocate of the year Award, the Army said.


Highlights:

  • The officer encouraged participation in joint military patrols to maintain gender balance, irrespective of the hardships under extreme field conditions.

  • She also strived to integrate gender perspective into the planning and military activity in the mission.

  • She was selected to attend a specialised training on Conflict Related Sexual Violence (CRSV) at Nairobi, and participated in various UN forums to demonstrate how a gender perspective can help in protecting civilians, especially from conflict-related sexual violence, the Army stated.


Source : Hindu ( https://www.thehindu.com/news/national/prestigious-un-award-for-army-major-suman-gawani/article31706187.ece )


AGNEEPRASTHA

Why in news?

  • Foundation Stone for a Missile Park "AGNEEPRASTHA" was laid at INS Kalinga by Cmde Rajesh Debnath.


Highlights:

  • The Missile Park ‘AGNEEPRASTHA’ once completed will be dedicated to all the Officers, Sailors and Support Staff of INS Kalinga, who have served in this premier op-support Base of the ENC since its establishment in 1981.

  • The Park also commemorates the award of the prestigious Unit Citation to INS Kalinga for the year 2018-19.

  • The Missile Park has been set up with a replica of missiles and Ground Support Equipment (GSE) that showcase the evolution of missiles handled by the unit.  The exhibits have been created from scrap / obsolete inventory which have been reconditioned in-house.

  •  ‘AGNEEPRASTHA’ will also provide a one-stop arena for motivation and stimulation of inquisitive minds regarding the missiles and related technologies, from school children to Naval personnel and their families.


Source : PIB ( https://pib.gov.in/PressReleseDetail.aspx?PRID=1627755 )


TRUMP SAYS US TERMINATING RELATIONSHIP WITH WHO; TAKES STEPS AGAINST CHINA

Why in news?

  • US President Donald Trump on Friday said that America is terminating its relationship with the World Health Organization as he blamed it and China for the deaths and destruction caused by the COVID-19 pandemic across the globe.


Highlights:

  • Stating that the funding of the WHO would now be diverted to other global public health organisations, Trump announced a series of decisions against China including issuing proclamation to deny entry to certain Chinese nationals and tightening of regulations against Chinese investments in America.

  • Trump also announced that the US will end special treatment of Hong Kong in response to Chinese imposition of new controls.

  • China not only stole intellectual property, took away billions of dollars from the US and offshored the jobs, but also violated its commitment under the World Trade Organization, he said, adding that it was able to get away with the theft, like no one before because of past politicians and past presidents.

  • China, he alleged, has unlawfully claimed territories in the Indo-Pacific ocean, threatening freedom of navigation and international trade and broke its word to the world on ensuring the autonomy of Hong Kong.


Source : Tribune ( https://www.tribuneindia.com/news/world/trump-says-us-terminating-relationship-with-who-takes-steps-against-china-91685 )


FSSAI SET TO LAUNCH ONE-STOP COMPLIANCE, REGULATORY PLATFORM FOR FOOD FIRMS FROM JUNE 1

Why in news?

  • As part of efforts to ensure ease of doing business for food companies, the Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) is all set to launch its upgraded cloud-based online compliance platform.


Highlights:

  • The food safety regulator aims to make Food Safety and Compliance System (FoSCoS) as the one-stop point for all its regulatory and compliance engagements with Food Business Operators (FBOs).

  • While initially the new integrated platform, will enable licensing, registration and filing of annual returns, FSSAI will eventually add a host of other regulatory and compliance functions to the platform.

  • It will also replace the existing Food Licensing and Registration System (FLRS).

  • In the first phase, it will be launched in nine States and UTs including Tamil Nadu, Gujarat, Goa, Delhi, Odisha, Chandigarh, Puducherry and Ladakh. 

  • FoSCoS will be integrated with all the other online services of FSSAI including food import clearance system, portal for test results and sample collection from laboratories (INFLONet) and food safety training and certification portal.

  • It will also enable modules for sample management, improvement notices, audit management systems and adjudications in a phased manner.


Source : Business Line ( https://www.thehindubusinessline.com/economy/fssai-to-launch-one-stop-compliance-regulatory-platform-for-food-companies-from-june-1/article31703673.ece )

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