Daily Current affairs and Questions from The Hindu & PIB - March 22 | Haridwar Kumbh Mela | National Agri-Food Biotechnology Institute | World Water Day | Right to Health | International Day of Forests | National Bank for Financing Infrastructure and Development Bill, 2021


Coronavirus | Centre warns of ‘upsurge’ following Kumbh Mela at Haridwar

 The Centre has written to the Uttarakhand government about the need for stringent measures to control the spread of Covid-19 during the ongoing Kumbh Mela in the state (at Haridwar).
 
 

Kumbh Mela : What is it ?

It comes under UNESCO's Representative List of Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity.
        Kumbh Mela is the largest peaceful congregation of pilgrims on earth, during which participants bathe or take a dip in a sacred river.
 
    It takes place on the banks of the Godavari river in Nashik, the Shipra river in Ujjain, the Ganges in Haridwar, and the confluence of the Ganges, Yamuna, and the mythical Saraswati river in Prayag. The confluence is referred to as the ‘Sangam‘.
      
  As it is held in four different cities in India, it involves different social and cultural activities, making this a culturally diverse festival.
    While technically, it is to be held in each of the aforementioned locations once every 12 years, sometimes, the mela can happen only a year apart at the sites.
 
    It should also be known that in between, around the sixth year, the Ardh Kumbh Mela (also known as the half mela) is held. In addition to that, in Allahabad, every year the Maagh Mela is celebrated in the month of Maagh (mid-January to February, as per the Hindu calendar) at the Sangam.
 
        This Maagh Mela is also referred to as the Ardh Kumbh Mela and Kumbh Mela when it happens in the sixth and twelfth years, respectively.
 
    Kumbh Mela in Haridwar is being held after 11 years — not the usual 12 — because of specific auspicious dates. In fact, this is the first time in 80 years that such a phenomenon has happened.
   
    The teacher-student relationship of the sadhus in the ashrams and akhadas remains the most important method of imparting and safeguarding knowledge and skills relating to Kumbh Mela.
 

Dr Harsh Vardhan Inaugurates New Advanced High-Resolution Microscopy Facility 

National Agri-Food Biotechnology Institute

Union Minister of Science & technology Dr. Harsh Vardhan inaugurated the new Advanced High Resolution Microscopy Facility at National Agri-Food Biotechnology Institute (NABI).
 
He also Unveiled the 4 Star GRIHA Certification of Center of Innovative and Applied Bioprocessing (CIAB) Lab and Admin Building at Mohali in Punjab.

Both NABI & CIAB are autonomous institutes under Dept. of Biotechnology, Ministry of Science & Technology.

National Agri-Food Biotechnology Institute (NABI) is the first Agri-Food Biotechnology Institute, established in India on 18th February 2010. It is located in Mohali, Punjab. 
 

 ‘Valuing Water’ is the theme for 2021's World Water Day

World Water Day. 2019 - RCWH

World Water Day is an annual UN observance day (22 March) that highlights the importance of fresh water.

The day is used to advocate for the sustainable management of freshwater resources.

The theme of each day focuses on topics relevant to clean water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH), which is in line with the targets of Sustainable Development Goal 6.

The UN World Water Development Report (WWDR) is released each year around World Water Day.

UN-Water is the convener for World Water Day.

The idea for a World Water Day was put forward in 1992, at the Rio de Janeiro United Nations Conference on Environment and Development.
 

 

Rajasthan budgets for universal health; Right to Health soon

 Recently, the Chief Minister of Rajasthan announced the implementation of the Rajasthan Model of Public Health that would include a Right to Health as well as measures for preventive, primary and curative care as envisioned by the World Health Organisation (WHO).
 

Government of Rajasthan - Wikipedia

    Rajasthan Model of Public Health:What is it ?

        The Mukhya Mantri Chiranjeevi Yojana will also be launched as a Universal Health Care scheme as part of measures to reinforce health infrastructure and ensure accessibility to all citizens.
            The scheme stipulates cashless health services up to Rs. 5 lakh to every family in the State.
        The Indian Institute of Health Management Research (IIHMR) has recommended setting of standards in accordance with the resources available in the State to match with the rights of patients as well as the service providers.
            The Indian Public Health Standards (IPHS) set by the Union government, have also been revised keeping in view the changing protocols of the existing programmes.

 The United Nations observes March 21 as the International Day of Forests

 
International Day of Forests (21st March) | Days Of The Year

The theme of the International Day of Forests for 2021 is “Forest restoration: a path to recovery and well-being”.

The United Nations General Assembly proclaimed March 21 as the International Day of Forests (IDF) in 2012.

The Day is celebrated by the United Nations Forum on Forests and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), in collaboration with governments, the Collaborative Partnership on Forests and other relevant organisations in the field.

Government introduces NaBFID Bill in Lok Sabha

Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman introduced the National Bank for Financing Infrastructure and Development Bill, 2021 in the Lok Sabha. 
 
 
Lok Sabha: National Bank for Financing Infrastructure and Development Bill,  2021 to be introduced today | DD News
 
The bill seeks to establish the National Bank for Financing Infrastructure and Development.

Its objective is to support the development of long-term non-recourse infrastructure financing in India including development of the bonds and derivatives markets necessary for infrastructure financing and to carry on the business of financing infrastructure.
 

Multiple-choice question (MCQ)



1)    The Centre has written to the Uttarakhand government about the need for stringent measures to control the spread of Covid-19 during the ongoing Kumbh Mela in the state (at Haridwar).Kumbh means ___________.

a) Ball
b) Pitcher
c) Milk
d) Water


2) The United Nations General Assembly proclaimed __________ as the International Day of Forests (IDF) in 2012.
 
a) March 20
b) March 22
c) March 21
d) March 23
 
 
3) Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman introduced the National Bank for Financing Infrastructure and Development Bill, 2021 in the Lok Sabha. Which of the following is not a regulatory institution in Indian financial system?  
 
a) RBI 
b) CIBIL 
c) SEBI  
d) IRDA



Answers


1-b
2-c
3-b
 

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