Daily Current Affairs – 19 June 2015
- Today observed as Sickle Cell Disease day across the world. It is an inheritable, genetic and fatal disease causing red blood cells disorders which has been classified as sickle cell anemia and may lead to death. It is the most common public health problem in the African and Asian countries of the world. It characterized by an abnormality in the oxygen-carrying hemoglobin molecule in red blood cells. This leads to a propensity for the cells to assume an abnormal, rigid, sickle-like shape under certain circumstances. Sickle-cell disease is associated with a number of acute and chronic health problems, such as severe infections, attacks of severe pain and stroke, and there is an increased risk of death. It occurs when a person inherits two abnormal copies of the hemoglobin gene, one from each parent. Several subtypes exist, depending on the exact mutation in each hemoglobin gene. A person with a single abnormal copy does not experience symptoms and is said to have sickle-cell trait. Such people are also referred to as carriers. The complications of sickle-cell disease can be prevented to a large extent with vaccination, preventive antibiotics, blood transfusion, and the drug hydroxyurea/ hydroxycarbamide. A small proportion requires a transplant of bone marrow cells. It is celebrated annually by the active participation of the various government organizations, health funding agencies, non-government organizations, NGOs and other health organizations. It has become very necessary to run variety of campaigns to aware common public on global basis as well as encourage them to actively participate in large number in the celebration to get much closer to the realities of this genetic disease. The theme 2015 is Rare Disease Awareness Leads To Quality Care, Treatment
- Today’s also observed as Sauntering Day across the world. The purpose is to remind people to take it easy, smell the roses, to slow down and enjoy life as opposed to rushing through it. It is also sometimes referred to as International Sauntering Day. This day has been used as an opportunity to uplift people. In some places, World Sauntering Day is celebrated on August 28.
- Mr. Radha Mohan Singh (Union Agriculture Minister) launched weather alert service “NOWCAST” to send SMS alerts will be sent in Hindi, English and regional languages as per farmer’s request about hailstorm, thunderstorm and squall etc so that they can be able to take precautionary measures. As there are more than one crore farmers already registered on government’s mKisan portal, they all will be benefited by this service. Insurance Web-Portal (www.farmer.gov.in/insurance) will be used to create awareness and encourage farmers to insure their crops by taking advantage of existing three schemes. The data for NOWCAST service will be taken from India Meteorological Department’s (IMD’s) 146 weather stations. Apart from these stations, 17 doppler radars of IMD will also provide information in this SMS service.
- Holy Hindu Book Bhagwad Gita is now available in Chinese language also. It was released by Indian Ambassador to China Ashok K Kantha during an international yoga conference. It was translated in Chinese by Professor Wang Zhu Cheng and Ling Hai of Zhejiang University in Shanghai and was published by Sichuan People’s Publications. The foreword for the book was written by K Nagaraj Naidu who had served as the consulate general at the Indian Consulate in Guangzhou city of China. It includes ancient Buddhist scriptures which were introduced to them by celebrated Chinese traveler Huen Tsang after he had visited India in the 7th century.
- CCEA (Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs) which was chaired by PM Narendra Modi, gave its node for the Minimum Support Prices (MSPs) for Kharif Crops and bonus of 200 rupees per quintal for pulses over and above the recommendations of the CACP in view of a huge deficit of pulses in the country.
- CCEA meeting chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi in New Delhi has given its approval for inclusion of Uttarakhand, Chhattisgarh and Jharkhand under the National Dairy Plan- I (NDP-I) and also extended the implementation period to achieve key outputs NDP-I upto 2018-19. Jharkhand and Chhattisgarh were included in NDP-I because it has substantial milk animal population and primarily inhabited by tribal population. While, Uttarakhand was included under NDP-I considering its potential for implementation of Fodder Development and Village Based Milk Procurement System, Ration Balancing Programme.
- GPS Aided Geo Augmented Navigation (GAGAN) system launched by ISRO to provide navigational support with space technology-based tools to Indian Railways for unmanned level crossings safety. By this software, a train will get to know the location of any unmanned level crossing by a warning signal. Once this warning signal is given, the train’s hooter will automatically start when it comes near an unmanned crossing.
- Advertising Standard Council of India (ASCI) has launched ASCI online, a mobile application in a bid to address misleading advertisements to provide consumers/users platform to report complaint services for misleading advertisements on a mobile apart from ASCI’s online complaint facility. It is India’s first consumer complaint mobile app and aim to maintain and enhance the public’s confidence in advertising.
- HDFC Bank has launched GoDigital, a 10-second paperless instant loan Scheme for its existing customers by using net-banking or mobile banking avail of this loan. bank will now disburse personal loans to its customers in just 10 seconds and a pre-approved loan amount will be available to them 24×7.
- Nigel Keith Anthony Standish Vaz, Indian Origin in Britain has been re-elected as Chairman of Home Affairs Select Committee (HASC) in House of Commons of UK Parliament by receiving 412 votes compared to 192 votes secured by his opponent Labour Party MP Fiona Mac Taggart.
- Mr. Aakar Patel was appointed as Executive Director of Amnesty International (AI). Mr. Aakar Patel is a Journalist and writer. He will head AI India’s operations and its efforts to end human rights abuses in India and worldwide.
- Wealth-X released the list of World’s Wealthiest Self-Made Billionaires List. Top 10 people are as follows:
- Bill Gates (United States) with 85.7 billion US dollars
- Warren Buffett (United States) with 70.1 billion US dollars
- Amancio Ortega (Spain) with 65.0 billion US dollars
- Lawrence Ellison (United States) with 51.5 billion US dollars
- Ingvar Kamprad (Sweden) with 48.1 billion US dollars
- Jeffrey Bezos (United States) with 39.8 billion US dollars
- Carlos Slim (Mexico) with 35.4 billion US dollars
- Mark Zuckerberg (United States) with 35.3 billion US dollars
- Wang Jianlin (China) with 35.2 billion US dollars
- Michael Bloomberg (United States) with 33.7 billion US dollars
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