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Polio

Why in News? With the possibility of a new Covid-19 variant triggering a new surge in cases, the Centre has asked the states to send sewage samples to all sentinel sites that currently perform surveillance of Poliovirus. Sentinel surveillance is the “monitoring of rate of occurrence of specific diseases or conditions through a voluntary network of doctors, laboratories and …

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Self-Reliance in Food

Why in news? In the backdrop of the ongoing war between Russia and Ukraine, Prime Minister has reiterated the need for India to be Atmanirbhar (self-reliant) in defence equipment. However, we need to be self-reliant not just in missiles/defence equipment but also in meals (food). As the proverb goes, no army can march on an empty …

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Paper on India’s Poverty: World Bank

Why in News? The World Bank has recently published the paper titled ‘Poverty has declined over the Last Decade But Not As Much As Previously Thought’. The paper came close on the heels of a working paper released by the International Monetary Fund (IMF) saying India has almost eradicated extreme poverty and cut down consumption disparity to its lowest levels in 40 years through state-funded …

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National Flood Plain Zoning

Why in News? Recently, the Ministry of Jal Shakti has informed the Rajya Sabha that the states of Rajasthan, Manipur, Uttarakhand and erstwhile State of Jammu & Kashmir had enacted the National Floodplains Zoning Policy. However, floodplain delineation and demarcation is yet to be undertaken. Previously, in the Kerala assembly, the Comptroller and Auditor General of India (CAG) presented a …

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PM-DAKSH Scheme

Why in News? The Ministry of Social Justice & Empowerment has informed the Lok Sabha that the amount of funds allocated under PM-DAKSH (Pradhan Mantri Dakshta Aur Kushalta Sampann Hitgrahi) Yojana during 2020-21 and 2021-22 are Rs.44.79 crores and Rs.79.48 crores respectively. Earlier, the Ministry launched ‘PM-DAKSH’ Portal and ‘PM-DAKSH’ Mobile App to make the skill …

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Demolition drives violate international law

Context- Communal clashes broke out during Ram Navami processions in many parts of the country including at Khargone in Madhya Pradesh. Later, the Madhya Pradesh government bulldozed the houses of those who were allegedly involved in rioting. The State government claims that these demolitions are in response to illegal encroachments. Right to housing- Fundamental right …

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Front of Package Labelling (FOPL) System

Why in News? Recently, 40 global health experts claimed that the “health star rating” system that the Food Safety Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) plans to adopt to help consumers minimize their intake of unhealthy foods is “not evidence-based” and has failed to change buyer behavior. FSSAI is an autonomous statutory body set up under the Food Safety and Standards Act, 2006 (FSS Act). …

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Draft National Tourism Policy

Why in News? Recently, the Government has prepared the Draft National Tourism Policy to focus on Green and digital tourism and has been sent to the industry partners, state governments, other allied ministries for feedback, before it is sent for approval. Previously, the Ministry of Tourism has formulated three draft strategies with roadmaps for promoting Medical and Wellness Tourism, for development …

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Disaster Management Plan of Ministry of Panchayati Raj

Why in News? Recently, the Union Minister of Rural Development & Panchayati Raj has released the Disaster Management Plan of the Ministry of Panchayati Raj (DMP-MoPR). What is the DMP-MoPR? This plan has been prepared with a larger view of community based planning starting from Village to District Panchayat-level. According to the Plan, every Indian village would have a “Village Disaster Management Plan” and …

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