Important Current Affairs for CLAT-19th July 2022

India reaches a milestone of 200 Crore vaccinations for COVID-19

India has crossed the 200-Crore milestone in its cumulative COVID19 vaccination campaign, which is a historic accomplishment. Preliminary reports indicate that 2,00,00,15,631 dosages had been given nationwide. It was accomplished over 2,63,26,111 sessions. Prime Minister Narendra Modi congratulated his compatriots for achieving this important goal in a tweet. He described the immunisation campaign in India as unparalleled in magnitude and rapidity. Dr. Mansukh Mandaviya, the minister of health for the Union, also praised the nation for reaching this milestone in just 18 months by saying that this tremendous accomplishment will be inscribed in history.

KEY POINTS:

  • India began using cutting-edge technologies like CoWIN for evaluating geographical coverage, tracking AEFI for vaccines, promoting inclusivity and for providing a single reference point for citizens to follow their vaccination schedule.

  • India also prioritised vaccine administration based on scientific evidence and international best practises. These initiatives were part of the country’s “Make-in-India” and Make-for-World Strategy.

  • In order to ensure capacity building for carrying out this nationwide activity, a number of systematic interventions were also carried out.

  • Utilizing and strengthening the already-existing supply chain for COVID19 vaccine storage and delivery, efficient usage of vaccines and syringes, and effective monitoring of vaccine distribution were all achieved.

  • Through programmes like Har Ghar Dastak, Workplace CVC, School-based vaccination, immunisation of people without identity documents, Near-to-Home CVC, and Mobile Vaccination Teams, India’s free and voluntary nationwide COVID19 vaccination exercise is also being carried out in a citizen-friendly manner.

  • The National COVID19 Vaccination Programme in India also achieved geographic and gender parity, with 71 percent of CVCs situated in rural regions and over 51 percent of vaccine doses given to women.

Successful testing of India’s first 5G private network announced by Bharti Airtel

The nation’s first 5G private network was successfully tested by Bharti Airtel at Bosch Automotive Electronics’ plant in Bengaluru. The trial occurs in advance of a 5G spectrum auction in the midst of a conflict between telecom and IT firms over the allocation of airwaves for private networks. Using the government-allocated trial spectrum, Airtel deployed two industrial-grade use cases at Bosch’s facility for quality enhancement and operational efficiency.

KEY POINTS:

  • In both quality enhancement and operational efficiency, automated activities were driven by 5G technology, including mobile broadband and ultra-reliable low-latency communications, providing faster scale-up and fewer downtimes, the business said in a statement.

  • The private network, which was set up as a test, can handle hundreds of linked devices and provide throughput of several GBPS.

  • According to Ajay Chitkara, director and CEO of Airtel Business, Airtel is committed to assisting India’s digital transformation and the growth of its business as it aspires to achieve global size.

  • According to Subhash P, head of technical functions at Bosch Automotive Electronics India, the Airtel Private 5G network’s low latency and dependable connectivity, which were experienced at our plant during the proof of concept, have allowed them to increase production and efficiency.

  • The use of 5G will greatly reduce the amount of wired IT infrastructure and improve operational effectiveness.

Narinder Batra resigned as FIH, IOA president and IOC member

Veteran sports administrator, Narinder Batra has resigned as President of the Indian Olympic Association (IOA), President of the International Hockey Federation (FIH), as well as a member of the International Olympic Committee (IOC), citing “personal reasons”. Mr Batra ceased to be President of the Indian Olympic Association (IOA) when the Delhi High Court, on May 25, struck down the post of ‘Life member’ in Hockey India, courtesy of which he had contested the IOA elections and won back in 2017.

Time span of Narinder Batra:

  • The 65-year-old Mr Batra took charge of the IOA for the first time in 2017 and was eligible to contest for re-election.

  • The IOA elections were due in December last year but could not be held as per schedule due to ongoing amendments in the election process.

  • Mr Batra became an IOC member in 2019 and later went on to become a member of the Olympic Channel Commission.

  • Mr Batra became president of FIH in 2016 and reclaimed the position last year for a second term.


Delhi govt commemorated Happiness Utsav in honour of curriculum’s 4th anniversary

According to Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia, the Delhi government celebrated Happiness Utsav to honour the fourth anniversary of its Happiness Curriculum for schools. At a special session held for pupils on this occasion at Kautilya Sarvodaya Bal Vidyalaya in Chirag Enclave, life coach Gaur Gopal Das discussed the intricacies of happiness.

KEY POINTS:

  • Each student in a government school in Delhi would interact with at least five members of their local community and impart happiness-related knowledge on them. The objective is to assist Delhi’s millions of citizens in finding happiness.

  • Students’ mindsets have undergone a revolutionary shift as a result of Happiness Classes. We will teach thousands of Delhi residents how to live joyful lives through the Happiness Utsav.

  • In the past four years, Happiness Curriculum has travelled a long and winding road. The students’ concentration on their studies has increased, and the kids aren’t under any stress.

  • The Deputy Chief Minister announced that numerous events will be planned during the Happiness Utsav over the ensuing 15 days, and this time, “happiness” will not be restricted to Delhi government schools exclusively.

  • Each student in a government school in Delhi would interact with at least five members of their local community and impart happiness-related knowledge on them. The objective is to assist Delhi’s millions of citizens in finding happiness.

With Gaur Gopal Das, the students discussed their opinions of the Happiness course. An annual celebration honouring the Happiness Curriculum’s anniversary is known as the Happiness Utsav. The 15-day event aims to introduce communities to the Happiness Curriculum and raise awareness of how to find happiness.

First mountain warfare training school established in NE by ITBP

As part of its mission to train its troops in high-altitude combat and survival techniques, the Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP), which is tasked with securing the Line of Actual Control with China, has established its first mountain warfare training facility in northeast India and its second overall. The facility was built nearly 50 years after the founding of the first institution of its kind, the Mountaineering and Skiing Institute (M&SI), which opened in Auli, near Joshimath, in 1973–74.

KEY POINTS:

  • The M&SI, which is situated in the Himalayan hills of Uttarakhand at a height of over 9,000 feet, has taught hundreds of members of the ITBP, army, air force, and other security professionals in this field as well as that of adventure sports.

  • The new centre is situated in Sikkim, which shares a frontage of 220 kilometres with the India-China LAC, at a height of 10,040 feet with distant Dombang, which borders the LAC.

  • According to a senior ITBP officer, the Sikkim training centre was conceptualised to improve the ability to train newly recruited and serving troops in mountain warfare, rock climbing, high-altitude survival, and patrol even though the need for a second facility beyond Auli had long been felt given the rising level of engagement of its troops with the Chinese PLA in recent years.

Ashish Kumar Chauhan named as the next MD & CEO of NSE

The National Stock Exchange (NSE) has announced the appointment of Ashish Kumar Chauhan as its new managing director and CEO. He will succeed Vikram Limaye whose 5-year term ended on 16 July 2022. He was one of the founders of NSE where he worked from 1992 to 2000. He is best known as the father of modern financial derivatives in India due to his work at NSE.

This is Chauhan’s second tenure in the BSE and under SEBI guidelines, a candidate cannot be appointed as MD & CEO for more than two tenures. BSE is also searching for a new CEO in place of Chauhan. As per Sebi norm, the MD and CEO of a stock exchange has to apply and compete with other candidates for the top job after the completion of the five-year term.

British govt launched ‘Aviation Passenger Charter’ to help passengers know their rights

The British government has launched an “Aviation Passenger Charter” to help passengers know their rights if they are faced with problems at airports after the widespread disruption seen this year. The new charter will help passengers know what to do if they are confronted by cancellations, delays or missing baggage. It has been developed by the British government in partnership with the aviation sector & travel industry.

Long queues and cancelled flights caused by staff shortages have caused chaos at times, prompting airlines to cut back their schedules as the industry struggles to keep up with a surge in demand after the COVID-19 pandemic. Last month, the government published a 22-point support plan to avoid further disruption, including telling airlines to run “realistic” summer schedules and promising to speed up security checks.

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