Daily Current affairs and Questions from The Hindu & PIB - March 23 | Covishield | UNITED NATIONS OFFICE FOR PROJECT SERVICES (UNOPS) | Election Commission | World Summit on Information Society Forum 2021 | Shaheed Diwas | International-Conference on Disaster Resilient Infrastructure


Delay second dose of Covishield for better protection: Centre

The government has decided to increase the interval between the first and second doses of Covishield to up to eight weeks in its ongoing vaccination drive against Covid-19.
 
Covishield is Serum Institute of India’s version of AZD1222, the vaccine developed by AstraZeneca in collaboration with the University of Oxford.

Some data from global trials of AZD122 suggests that extending the duration between doses to 12 weeks increased its efficacy much more.

The Ministry of Health and Family Welfare took the decision on the recommendation of two expert groups – the National Technical Advisory Group on Immunisation (NTAGI) and National Expert Group on Vaccine Administration for Covid-19 (NEGVAC).

The groups, after looking into available scientific evidence from clinical trials of the vaccine, concluded that the protection that it provides against Covid-19 is “enhanced” if the second dose is administered between 6-8 weeks.
 

United Nations Office for Project Services partners with Government of Denmark to support Jal Jeevan Mission 

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United Nations Office for Project Services (UNOPS) entered into a partnership with the Government of Denmark to support the Union Government’s flagship programme, Jal Jeevan Mission in Uttar Pradesh.

The purpose of partnership between the Government of Denmark and UNOPS is to provide strategic technical support to Jal Jeevan Mission (Water program).

UNOPS shall be focussing on instituting scalable delivery models in focused 11 water-scare districts of Uttar Pradesh in Bundelkhand and Vindhya regions.

The Jal JeevanMission aims to provide functional household tap connection to every rural household by 2024. This coincides with the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goal-6.

 

Election Commission bans bike rallies 72 hours before polling

Election Commission Order Ban On Bike Rally 72 Hours Before Voting ANN |  चुनाव आयोग का आदेश, राज्यों में मतदान से 72 घंटे पहले बाइक रैली पर रोक

The Election Commission ordered a ban on bike rallies 72 hours before polling and on the day of voting itself in the Assam, Kerala, Puducherry, Tamil Nadu and West Bengal Assembly elections, citing instances of “anti-social elements” on bikes intimidating voters. 
 
The EC wrote to the Chief Electoral Officers of the four States and the Union Territory of Puducherry.

The EC decided that bike rallies would not be allowed at any place 72 hours before the date of poll and on the poll day in all constituencies where elections are being held.

The complaints came up particularly during the EC’s meetings with parties in Kolkata, adding that the ban had been in place during the previous elections as well. 
 
 

 India leveraging Information Communication Technologies (ICTs) to Bridge Digital Divides

Telecom Minister Sanjay Dhotre represented India at the World Summit on Information Society Forum 2021.
 
World Summit on the Information Society Forum 2021 | WSIS Forum 2021


    The World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) Forum 2021 represents one of the world's largest annual gathering of the ‘ICT for development’ community.

    It is co-organized by International Telecommunications Union (ITU), UNESCO, UNDP and UNCTAD.


    The telecom minister mentioned that under the flagship program BharatNet, nearly 6,00,000 villages are being connected through laying of more than 4,00,000 Km length of optical fiber cable and use of satellite communication services.

    Through submarine cable networks small and remote islands of Andaman & Nicobar and Lakshadweep and other inaccessible areas are being connected with funding from Government.

    Establishment of ITU Area office and Innovation Centre in India with involvement of SMEs, Academia and Startups in the region will go a long way in development of technologies, standards and solutions best suited for rural and remote areas of developing nations.
 

Shaheed Diwas: India Remembers Shaheed Bhagat Singh, Sukhdev, Rajguru  

Shaheed Diwas 2020 Date Why is Martyr's Day celebrated on 23 March | Shaheed  Diwas 2020 Date : 23 मार्च को क्यों मनाया जाता है शहीद दिवस? | Hari Bhoomi

 Prime Minister of India paid tributes to Bhagat Singh, Sukhdev, Rajguru on Shaheed Diwas (23rd March).

    The Day is also known as Martyrs’ Day or Sarvodaya Day.
 
    This Day should not be confused with the Martyrs’ Day observed on 30th January, the day Mahatma Gandhi was assassinated.

Every year on 23rd March, Shaheed Diwas is observed.

It was on this day that Bhagat Singh, Sukhdev and Rajguru were executed by the British government in 1931.

    They were hanged to death for assassinating John Saunders, a British police officer in 1928. They had mistook him for British police superintendent James Scott.

        It was Scott who had ordered lathi charge, which eventually led to the death of Lala Lajpat Rai.

    While Singh, who had publicly announced avenging Rai’s death, went into hiding for many months after this shootout, he resurfaced along with an associate Batukeshwar Dutt, and the two, in April 1929, set off two explosive devices inside the Central Legislative Assembly in Delhi.
 

Coalition for disaster resilient infrastructure hosts the International-Conference on Disaster Resilient Infrastructure (ICDRI) 2021

The Finance Minister of India urged the advanced economies to scale up their commitments to climate finance and transfer of technologies - which are important for achieving climate-related commitments and goals.

    The Minister was addressing the International Conference on Disaster Resilient Infrastructure (ICDRI).

 The Global Coalition for Disaster Resilient Infrastructure led by India,  will be co-chaired by the United Kingdom - English medium

Climate Finance : What is it ?

    Climate finance refers to local, national or transnational financing—drawn from public, private and alternative sources of financing.
    It seeks to support mitigation and adaptation actions that will address climate change.
    The UNFCCC, the Kyoto Protocol and the Paris Agreement call for financial assistance from countries with more financial resources to those that are less endowed and more vulnerable.
    It is in accordance with the principle of “common but differentiated responsibility and respective capabilities”.
    Climate finance is critical to tackle the issues posed by climate change and achieve the goal of limiting the rise in earth’s average temperature to below 2 degree Celsius over pre-industrial levels, something the 2018 IPCC report has predicted.

Multiple-choice question (MCQ)



1)    Covishield is Serum Institute of India’s version of AZD1222, the vaccine developed by AstraZeneca in collaboration with the
 
a) Stanford University
b) University of Oxford
c) Harvard University
d) California Institute of Technology


2) UNOPS shall be focussing on instituting scalable delivery models in focused 11 water-scare districts of Uttar Pradesh in _______________ regions.

a) Bundelkhand and Awadh
b) Rohilkhand and Vindhya
c) Bundelkhand and Vindhya
d) Rohilkhand and Awadh
 
 
3) The World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) Forum 2021 represents one of the world's largest annual gathering of the ‘ICT for development’ community.It is co-organized by International Telecommunications Union (ITU), UNESCO, ____ and UNCTAD.
 
a) WTO
b) UNICEF
c) WHO
d) UNDP


Answers


1-b
2-c
3-d
 
 


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