July Spotlight 2019

🗓️ July 2019


1. FSSAI has proposed that all food packets should have a red-colour-code on the front side, displaying the high levels of fat, sugar and salt under its draft regulation FSSAI- Labelling and Display regulation 2018.

Nutritional information such as calories, saturated fat, trans-fat, added sugar and sodium per serve would be displayed on the front of the packet.

2. Aparna Kumar (IPS officer and an officer of Indo-Tibetan Border Police), has become the first civil officer to climb the North America’s Highest Peak Denali in Alaska.

She has also become the 1st woman IPS DIG and Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP) officer to successfully complete South Pole expedition.

With this, she has completed her “seven summit challenge”; which is a challenge to climb highest peaks of all 7 continents. 3. INS Tarkash has been flagged off as part of the Western Fleet Overseas Deployment programme towards: –
Alexandria in Egypt 3-day visitTangier port in Morocco 3-day visitSweden (after a gap of 15 years) 3-day visitSt. Petersburg in Russia 3-day visit

Purpose: – To strengthen ties of India with these nations.• INS Tarkash was built by Russia.

4. Goa Cabinet has approved an amendment to “Factories Act 1948” to allow women to work during night shifts (from 7pm to 6 am) in industries.

Purpose: – To increase employment opportunities for women as part of the women empowerment initiative.
“Factories Act 1948” supervises overall well-being of persons at work places in factories.Basic units covered under the act are factories having 10 or more workers (with electricity use) and factories with 20 or more workers (without electricity connection).

5. Mahatma Gandhi Information Technology and Biotechnology Park (MGIT-BP) has been recently inaugurated at Grand-Bassam in the Republic of Cote d’Ivoire (Ivory coast) in Western Africa.

It built with aid from EXIM Bank’s Line of Credit (LoC) of $20 million.

MGIT-BP is a “free-trade zone” built in 2 phases to mark the 150th anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi.
Phase 1 Phase 2Architectural concept and design for buildings- done by India’s Shapoorji Pallonji company Supply of equipment is implemented by- India’s United Telecom Ltd.

So far, India has extended 6 Lines of Credit worth $207.70 million for building Infrastructure, improving Ivorian skills etc. according to Ministry of External Affairs.

6. Ministry of Telecommunications has formed a committee, headed by Aruna Sundararajan (telecom secretary), to review the taxes such as spectrum usage charge, and to promote Ease of Doing Business in telecom sector.

Agenda: – To revive the financially-stressed telecom sector of India.

PSUs BSNL and MTNL’s revival plan is under work by Telecom ministry.

7. Ministry of Consumer Affairs, Food and Public Distribution has set the deadline for implementation of ‘One Nation One (Ration) Card’ scheme i.e., 1 July, 2020.

Under the scheme, subsidized food grains will be provided to beneficiaries from any ration shop in the country through Point of Sale (PoS) mechanism.

77% ration shops have PoS machines and more than 85% people covered under the National Food Security Act (NFSA) use their aadhaar cards to avail the benefit.
National Food Security ActLaunched 2013Ministry Ministry of Consumer Affairs, Food and Public DistributionPurpose To provide food grains at highly subsidized rates to over 82 crore people on monthly basis
8. India and Russia signed a deal of Rs 200 crore for acquiring the ‘Strum Ataka’ anti-tank missiles under the emergency clause (under which delivery will be made in 3 months).

It will increase the capacity of Mi-35 attack choppers, which will soon replace with USA’s Apache gunships.

9. Tamil Nadu has declared Tamil Yeoman/Maravan as its state butterfly.
Other states with their state butterflies NamesMaharashtra (first state that declared its state butterfly) Blue MormonUttarakhand Common peacockKarnataka Southern bird wingsKerala Malabar banded peacockTamil Nadu Tamil Yeoman/Maravan.

10. Uttar Pradesh launched 2nd phase of ‘Communicable Disease Control and Dastak Abhiyan 2019’ to eliminate Acute Encephalitis Syndrome (AES) and Japanese Encephalitis (JE) disease from the state.

It was launched in association with UNICEF in 2018, to aware people and provide door-to-door services to the affected people.

In coordination with WHO, UNICEF, PATH and public participation the campaign has reduced the disease burden by 35% and deaths by 65%.

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