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Current Affairs – 20-02-2018

1. Implementation of the National Nutrition Mission in Rajasthan
Part of: Mains GS Paper II- Government interventions in important sectors

Key pointers:

  • • Rajasthan is gearing up for implementation of the National Nutrition Mission with a State Vision Document-2022 being formulated.
  • • The idea is to ensure convergence of work by all stakeholders for improving nutrition levels of women and children and reducing undernutrition and low birth weight by 2% each year.
  • • The NNM, approved by the Union Cabinet, will be implemented in 24 of the 33 districts in Rajasthan.
  • • The NNM’s guidelines would enable the functionaries to formulate plans of action.
  • • UNICEF-Rajasthan chief Isabelle Bardem said the UN body would extend help and render assistance at all levels to make NNM a success.

2. The World Congress on Information Technology being held in Hyderabad
Part of: Mains GS Paper II, III- Infrastructure, Science & Technology
Key pointers:

  • • The World Congress on Information Technology (WCIT 2018) or the ‘Olympics of IT’, is being held for the first time in India at Hyderabad.
  • • Prime Minister Narendra Modi emphasised on re-skilling of existing workforce in the backdrop of emergence of new technologies. As the nature of jobs are changing in the emerging age of intelligent automation.
  • • Disruptive technologies such as Blockchain and IoT (Internet of Things) would have “deep impact in the way we live and work. They will require rapid adaptation in our workplaces.”
  • • FutureSkills platform, a Nasscom initiative to upskill 2 million technology professionals in India was also launched by the PM.

3. Environment
We must be alert that just as easily as foul air, even a little bit of hate and anger rapidly spreads

Things do change, with a whimper and not with a bang. Changes in our lives creep upon us and before we know it they become part of our daily habits. This is true of changes in society as well as in nature. Earlier, Bengaluru used to be known for its gardens and greenery. Even the Kannada spoken in Bengaluru was leisurely and didn’t trip over its syllables in a hurry. We drank water off the taps and had no fans in our houses. Today, Bengaluru has become a developed city. We boast of the world’s first burning lake, of increasing incidences of diseases related to the low quality of air, and a falling public health profile. The list could go on. These problems are part of every town and city in India.

4. Red Sanders

  • • Pterocarpus santalinus occurs in the Tropical Dry Deciduous Forests.
  • • It has a highly restrictive distribution in the South Eastern portion of Indian peninsula to which it is endemic.
  • • It is generally found at altitudes of 150 – 900 m.
  • • It prefers lateritic and gravelly soil and cannot tolerate water logging.
  • • It is said to be used in the making of oriental musical instruments like Shamisen, Koto and Erhu and of high demand internationally especially in China.
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