Daily Current affairs and Questions from The Hindu & PIB - May 26

Chhattisgarh launches Rajiv Gandhi Kisan Nyay scheme; farmers to get direct cash benefits

  • The Chhattisgarh government  launched the Rajiv Gandhi Kisan Nyay Yojna, by transferring Rs 1,500 crore into the accounts of more than 18,000 farmers.
  • This was the first installment of a Rs 5,750-crore scheme, meant to benefit farmers sowing 14 types of crops.
  • The scheme was inaugurated through video conferencing on the death anniversary of former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi .
  • The assistance shall be provided in a proportionate manner from Kharif 2019 season, depending on the quantity acquired through the cooperative society.
  • The scheme would cover rice, maize and sugarcane farmers to begin with, and would expand to other crops later. Rice and maize farmers would get ₹10,000 an acre, while sugarcane farmers would get ₹13,000. The money would be distributed in four instalments.
  • Under this scheme, 18, 34, 834 farmers will be provided Rs 1,500 crore as the first installment for paddy crop. Similarly, for sugarcane crop, payment of maximum Rs 355 per quintal will be made depending on the quantity of sugarcane purchased by the cooperative mill in the crushing year 2019-20.

11 member high-level committee under the chairmanship of Rajesh Bhushan formed to reform drug regulatory system in India

  • The Ministry of Health and Family Welfare (MoHFW) has constituted a committee to reform the Drug Regulatory System. 
  • The committee comprises of 11 members including the senior health officials, scientists and representatives of the pharmaceutical industry. 
  • The committee is being headed by Rajesh Bhushan, Officer on Special Duty to the Union health minister.
  • The committee will submit its report within a period of one month from the date of its formation.
  • The Ministry of Health & Joint Drug Controller of India Eswara Reddy will assist the committee to adopt global standards for drug and medical device regulation amid COVID-19 pandemic.

Mizoram Cabinet grants “Industry” status to “Sports”

  • The Mizoram Cabinet has granted “industry” status to “sports” to invest more in sports in order to generate employment and increase value. 
  • Giving the industry status to sports would also ensure sustainability, proper registration as well as management of sports. 
  • With this move, the sports and its infrastructure will be eligible to avail the facility of subsidy, loan and assistance from the private and government sources.

Indian hockey legend Balbir Singh Dosanjh passes away

  • Former Indian hockey player Balbir Singh Dosanjh who was a part of three-time Olympic gold medal-winning Indian hockey team, i.e. in London Olympics (1948), Helsinki Olympics (1952), and Melbourne Olympics (1956), passed away.
  •  Balbir Singh Dosanjh was the only Indian among 16 legends who were chosen by the International Olympic Committee across modern Olympic history
  • He has also an unbeaten record of scoring most goals by an individual in the men’s hockey final of the Olympics, under his name.

1) The Ministry of Health and Family Welfare (MoHFW) has constituted a committee to reform the Drug Regulatory System.The committee is being headed by ?
a) Eswara Reddy
b) Rajesh Bhushan
c) Balbir Singh Dosanjh
d) Rajeev Patel 


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