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Daily Current Affairs : 7-Jan-2020

Major Topics Covered :

  1. NetSCoFAN

  2. TULU

  3. MAINTENANCE AND WELFARE OF PARENTS AND SENIOR CITIZENS (AMENDMENT) BILL, 2019

  4. SMALL FINANCE BANKS

  5. MINORITY INSTITUTIONS

  6. INDIAN DATA RELAY SATELLITE SYSTEM (IDRSS)

  7. NEW ENERGY PERFORMANCE STANDARDS FOR AIR CONDITIONERS

  8. JUS COGENS

  9. SUPERVISORY ACTION FRAMEWORK FOR PRIMARY (URBAN) CO-OPERATIVE BANKS (UCBS)

  10. CALIFORNIA CONSUMER PRIVACY ACT (CCPA)


NetSCoFAN

Part of GS- 3 Science & Tech


Why in news?

  • Union Health Minister launched NetSCoFAN (Network for Scientific Co-operation for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition), a network of research & academic institutions working in the area of food & nutrition.

  • “The right kind of diet will help to reduce the disease burden in the country”.


Highlights:

  • This was stated by Dr. Harsh Vardhan, Union Minister of Health & Family Welfare while inaugurating the second edition of the ‘Eat Right Mela’ at Jawahar Lal Nehru Stadium.

  • He stressed upon the importance of having a Jan Andolan, a peoples’ movement, encouraging people to have healthier diets which will help in reduction of the disease burden in the country.

  • The NetSCoFAN would comprise of eight groups of institutions working in different areas viz. biological, chemical, nutrition & labelling, food of animal origin, food of plant origin, water & beverages, food testing, and safer & sustainable packaging.

  • FSSAI has identified eight Nodal Institutions who would develop a ‘Ready Reckoner’ that will have inventory of all research work, experts and institutions and would carry out and facilitate research, survey and related activities.

  • “Let the ‘Eat Right Melas’ be part of public gatherings like local melas, community programs etc., so that the citizens would learn about health and nutrition benefits of different types of food, dietary advice by experts, engage in dialogues and conversations with food visionaries and experts, relish the delicious street food, live demonstration of food recipes and have fun and entertainment.


Source : PIB


TULU

Part of GS- 1 Art & Culture


Why in news?

  • Activists are making efforts to include Tulu in the Eighth Schedule of the Constitution.


Highlights:

  • Tulu is a textbook example of linguistic discrimination.

  • Tulu is a Dravidian language whose speakers are concentrated in two coastal districts of Karnataka and in Kasaragod district of Kerala.

  • Kasaragod district is called ‘Sapta bhasha Samgama Bhumi (the confluence of seven languages)’, and Tulu is among the seven.

  • The Yuelu Proclamation, made by the UNESCO at Changsha, The People’s Republic of China, in 2018, says that the protection and promotion of linguistic diversity helps to improve social inclusion and partnerships.

  • The Census 2011 reports 18,46,427 native speakers of Tulu in India.

  • The Tulu-speaking people are larger in number than speakers of Manipuri and Sanskrit, which have the Eighth Schedule status.

  • Advantages of including Tulu in the Eighth Schedule:

  • If included in the Eighth Schedule, Tulu would get recognition from the Sahitya Akademi.

  • Tulu books would be translated into other recognised Indian languages.

  • Members of Parliament and MLAs could speak in Tulu in Parliament and State Assemblies, respectively.

  • Candidates could write all-India competitive examinations like the Civil Services exam in Tulu.


Source : The Hindu