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71st Session of the WHO Regional Committee for South-East Asia inaugurated in New Delhi by Health Minister JP Nadda.
On September 3, 2018, Union Minister of Health and Family Welfare  Shri J P Nadda inaugurated  the ‘71st Session of the WHO Regional Committee for South-East Asia,’ in New Delhi.

71st Session of the WHO Regional Committee for South-East Asia inaugurated in New Delhi by Health Minister JP Nadda.i. He addressed India’s contribution on the health sector by implementing the following:

  • Launch of Pradhan Mantri Jan Arogya scheme called ‘Ayushman Bharat’
  • Implementation of the National Strategic Plan for Tuberculosis and target to remove of by 2025(ahead of 2030 set by WHO).
  • Universal screening for prevention and management of five common NCDs including hypertension, diabetes and three common Cancers of oral cavity, breast and cervix.
  • Launch of AMRIT Deendayal: ‘Affordable Medicines & Reliable Implants for Treatment’– centres to provide medicines for cancer and cardiovascular disease and cardiac implants at reduced prices.
  • Jan Aushadhi (peoples’ medicines) stores for affordable medicine

ii. India would work with member countries on Regional and Global health agenda for common goal of Health for All.
♦ Headquarters: Geneva, Switzerland.
♦ Head: Tedros Adhanom.
♦ Founded: 1948.

Draft rules for e-pharmacies to regulate online sale of medicines: Health Ministry
On September 3, 2018, the Health ministry notified that the online e-pharmacies will have to adhere to the set of new draft rules regarding selling of drugs through the internet.
i. According to the new draft rules:

  • online pharmacies should be registered with the Central Drugs Standard Control Organization (CDSCO),
  • Should have a trade licence — applicable across India — from any state government.
  • The grant of registration to the Central Licensing Authorityof Central Government for a sum of Rs 50,000.
  • It also banned sale of narcotics, psychotropic drugs and tranquillizers.

ii. The government amended the Drugs and Cosmetic Rules, 1945, to include e-pharmacies.
♦ A consultative committee on e-pharmacies was formed in 2015 which submitted its report to the DCGI in 2016.
♦ Drug Controller General of India:  Dr S Eswara Reddy.

6-days long 47th Bi-annual talks held in New Delhi by India and Bangladesh border forces.
On September 3, 2018, the 47th bi-annual talks between Indian and Bangladeshi border forces started for 6 days in New Delhi.

6-days long 47th Bi-annual talks held in New Delhi by India and Bangladesh border forces.i. From the Indian side: Director General of Border Security Force (BSF) KK Sharma and
From Bangladesh’s Side: Director General of Border Guard Bangladesh (BGB) Major General Md Shafeenul Islam.
ii. Focus areas of discussion would be:

  • to prevent trans-border crimes, action against Indian insurgent  groups,
  • border infrastructure,
  • coordinated patrol in vulnerable areas,
  • sharing information and expansion of crime-free zones.

iii. This is a part of implementation of Comprehensive Border Management PlanConfidence Building MeasuresSimultaneous Coordinated patrolling.
iv. Earlier, the DG level talks were held in April 2018 in Dhaka.
DG level talks started in 1975.
♦ Capital: Dhaka.
♦ Currency: Bangladeshi Taka.
♦ Prime Minister: Sheikh Hasina.
♦ President: Abdul Hamid.
♦ Military Exercise with India: SAMPRITI.

10 KW FM Transmitter of All India Radio inaugurated at Patnitop in Jammu by Jitendra Singh
On September 3, 2018, the Union Minister of State for Atomic Energy, Dr. Jitendra Singh inaugurated 10KW transmitter of All India Radio at Patnitop in Ramban District of Jammu & Kashmir.

10 KW FM Transmitter of All India Radio inaugurated at Patnitop in Jammu by Jitendra Singhi. This would enable services to reach remote areas of the State in various districts like Ramban, Doda, Udhampur, Anantnag  and parts of Jammu.
ii. It would be available at an ariel distance of 60 km  in the frequency of 101 MHz.

“Mil -Banche” programme organized in govt schools for learning awareness: Madhya Pradesh
On August 31, 2018, Madhya Pradesh launched a first of its kind initiative called “Mil -Banche” in all government schools across the state.
i. It is an interactive programme between schools and society for promoting education and learing.
Aim to create education and learning awareness among the children
Key Points:
i. It would help in multi-dimensional development of children through:

  • language skill up-gradation,
  • reading textbooks and
  • co-curricular activities in government schools.

ii. Volunteers read out one chapter of any book from either the school library or the Hindi textbook during the programme.
iii. More than 80 thousand out of over 2 lakh registered volunteers gave books and useful gifts to the students.
iv. All volunteers submitted their video entries(less than 90 seconds) and the best one would be given certificate and the video would be featured in MP MYGOV platform.
Madhya Pradesh:
♦ Chief Minister: Shivraj Singh Chouhan.
♦ Governor: Anandiben Patel.
♦ Airports: Dumna Airport, Raja Bhoj Airport, Devi Ahilyabai Holkar pushpendra Airport, Civil Aerodome Khajuraho Airport.

Rs 399.44 crore released for 2018-19 for development of forward areas of 10 states along int’l borders
On September 3, 2018, Centre released Rs 399.44 crore for 10 states along the international bordersfor developing forward areas as a part of Border Area Development Programme (BADP) for 2018-19.
Key Points:
i. This is addition of Rs 1,100 crore released in 2017-18 for development of villages along the international borders in 17 states.
ii. Rs 399.44 crore has been released to the following states of:
Jammu and Kashmir, Assam, Himachal Pradesh, Manipur, Arunachal Pradesh, Meghalaya, Mizoram, Nagaland, Sikkim and West Bengal .
About Border Area Development Programme (BADP):
i. It covers people living within 50 kilometres of the International Border along 111 border districts in 17 states.
ii. The BADP schemes include
construction of primary health centres, schools, supply of drinking water, community centres, connectivity, drainage, to enable sustainable living in border areas.
iii. It also involves skill development, promotion of sports activities in border areas, promotion of rural tourism, border tourism, protection of heritage sites, construction of helipads in remote and inaccessible hilly areas.
iv61 model villages are also being developed under the BADP.
A total of Rs 13,400 crore has been released since the BADP programme was initiated in 1986-87.
Static part:
India shares borders with
Pakistan (3,323 km), China (3,488 km), Nepal (1,751 km), Bhutan (699 km), Myanmar (1,643 km) and Bangladesh (4,096 km).

Jharkhand govt renames town and railway station after Bansidhari temple of Lord Krishna
On September 3, 2018, the Union Ministry of Home Affairs approved the Jharkhand government’s proposal to rename a railway station and a town in Garhwa district after Lord Krishna.
i. The town Nagar Untari and the railway station would be renamed as Banshidhar Nagar, after Banshidhar Temple.
ii. It would be remodeled on the lines of Mathura and Vrindavan in Uttar Pradesh to make it a part of the Lord Krishna religious circuit.
iii. The government is looking at proposals for a tie-up with the International Society for Krishna Consciousness (ISKCON).
Other news:
The ministry had earlier approved the renaming of
Robertsgang railway station in Uttar Pradesh as Sonbhadra and
Mughalsarai junction, also in Uttar Pradesh, after Deen Dayal Upadhyay.
♦ Airports: Birsa Munda Airport, Sonari Airport, Dhanbad Airport, Bokaro Airport, Deoghar Airport.
♦ National Parks: Betla National Park, Hazaribag National Park, Rajdewra National Park, Dalma Hilltop National Park, Elephant Corridor, Gautam Buddha Wildlife Sanctuary.


SBI launched its e-facilitation facility for army veterans in Bengal
On September 3, 2018, SBI inaugurated its e-facilitation and e-corner facility for Indian army veterans at the Army Complex near Fort William inKolkata.
i. The key features are:

  • to facilitate the process of resolution of pension cases
  • Ability to fast-track pension issues by “on the spot” resolution of pension-related grievance of veterans/ veer naris/ next of kin.
  • Cash drawal and automated passbook updation.

♦ Headquarters: Mumbai.
♦ Chairman: Rajnish Kumar.
♦ CEO: Arijit Basu.
♦ Tagline: With you all the way, Pure Banking Nothing Else, The Nation’s banks on us.


ITI Limited partnered with startups to boost manufacturing of ICT, IoT and Defence Technology: Bengaluru
On September 3, 2018, on the sidelines of the first edition of ITI’s two-day ‘ICT & IoT Startup Tech Expo’ in BengaluruITI Limited signed agreements equipment manufacturers and startups.

ITI Limited partnered with startups to boost manufacturing of ICT, IoT and Defence Technology: BengaluruObjective:
To manufacture a wide range of ICT-IOT based solutions.
Key Points:
i. The agreements signed include:

  • civil and military advanced radar systems,
  • advanced edge router systems,
  • next generation 5G technology products,
  • data storage and networking solutions,
  • digital security solutions,
  • advanced metering solutions, and
  • wi-fi products and solutions.

ii. It partnered with Telecommunication Engineering Center (TEC), New Delhi to establish telecom testing labs at its Bengaluru plant.
iii. This would help in testing of imported and indigenous telecom equipment in India.
iv. These are in line with the National Digital Communications Policy 2018.
Important agreements/Mous from the Expo:
i. The foundation stone of telecom testing labs– comprising EMI/EMC lab, Specific Absorption Rate (SAR) lab, Safety lab and Security lab – was laid by Union Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Communications and Minister of State for Railways, Shri Manoj Sinha.
ii. ITI to focus on creating Indian IPRs in the communications sector.
About the Expo:
More than 500 startups and tech entrepreneurs actively participated in the event.
ITI Limited:
♦ Chairman and Managing Director: Shri K Alagesan.
♦ Headquarters: Bengaluru.

Internet Society & ISPAI sign pact to secure Internet infrastructure in India
On September 3, 2018, the Internet Society (ISOC) partnered with Internet Service Providers Association of India (ISPAI) to promote and secure internet infrastructure.
i. They signed an agreement to promote ‘Mutually Agreed Norms for Routing Security (MANRS) which will improve security infrastructure.
ii. As a part of this, ISOC has conducted a workshop during the inaugural India Network Operators Group meeting ( INNOG).
Other news:
India ranks 3rd for cyber-attacks and ranks 2nd for malware attacks in phone according to Symantec.
♦ Headquarters: Virginia, USA.
♦ Members: 100,000.
♦ Founded: 11 Dec 1992.
Headquarters: New Delhi.


Alastair Cook announces international retirement
On September 3, 2018, England’s highest Test run-scorer Alastair Cook announced his retirement from International cricket.

England's highest Test run-scorer Alastair Cook announced his retirement from International cricket.i. He has scored 12,254 runs and made 32 centuries in 160 Tests – all England records.
ii. He is sixth on the all-time list of Test run-scorers and has made a record 11,627 runs as an opener.
iii. He became the first Englishman to reach 10,000 Test runs in 2016.
iv. He captained the England team from 2012 and led England to their first victory in India for 27 years.


Former footballer Arthur Pereira dead
On 3rd September 2018, former Maharashtra football player Arthur Pereira passed away after fighting cancer, at a hospital in Borivili, Mumbai.
Death of Arthur Pereira:
i. Arthur Pereira was 70 years old. He represented India in the Russia tour in 1971.
ii. He represented Maharashtra in the national championships for the Santosh Trophy from 1971 to 1976.
iii. He had played for various clubs in Mumbai like the Orkay Mills club. He also served as Physical Education teacher at St Joseph’s School in Malad, Mumbai.