Daily Current affairs and Questions from The Hindu & PIB - March 21 | National Pharmaceutical Pricing Authority | INAS 310 | Gram Ujala | Broadcast Engineering Consultants India Limited (BECIL) | MILAN-2T | JAAPI, XORAI AND GAMOSA

National Pharmaceutical Pricing Authority fixes price of insulin, 81 medicine

National Pharmaceutical Pricing Authority (NPPA) has fixed the price of 81 medicines, including off-patent anti-diabetic drugs, helping to pass on the benefits of patent expiry to patients. 
NPPA has fixed the retail price of ‘insulin human injection, 200IU/ml’ and ‘70% isophane insulin human suspension + 30% insulin human injection 200IU/ml’ produced by Wockhardt Ltd at ₹106.65 per ml each (excluding GST) and Prasugrel Hydrochloride 10 mg + Aspirin 75 mg capsule by Torrent Pharmaceuticals Ltd at ₹20.16 per capsule (excluding GST).

The decision was taken because the five-year price exemption given to these medicines on account of indigenous R&D got over recently.

Revision in existing ceiling prices of scheduled formulations based on the Wholesale Price Index (WPI) was also approved by the Authority. The revised prices will be effective from April, 2021.

It also decided to retain the revised ceiling price of Heparin injection up to September this year. Last year, the NPPA had hiked the price of the essential blood thinner on account of rising raw material costs from China. The ceiling price was fixed till March 31 this year

Navy’s most decorated unit, Cobras, completes 60 years

 INAS 310, Indian Navy's most decorated unit to celebrate diamond jubilee on  March 21
Indian Naval Air Squadron (INAS) 310, The Cobras, a maritime reconnaissance squadron of the Indian Navy based at Goa is celebrating its Diamond Jubilee on 21 March 2021. 
Commissioned at Hyéres, France on 21 Mar 61, the squadron holds the distinction of being the most decorated unit of the Indian Navy.

INAS 310 continues to carry out daily surveillance operations over the coastline.

The squadron operated the carrier borne Alize aircraft until 1991 and subsequently migrated to the shore based Dornier-228 aircraft.

In the last one year, amidst the COVID-19 pandemic, the aircraft of the squadron have delivered critical medical supplies, COVID test kits and transported medical teams and samples, clocking close to 1000 sorties. 

Govt launches Gram Ujala programme; 1.5 crore LED bulbs to be sold at Rs 10 

Gram Ujala Yojana Apply Online ग्रामीण उजाला योजना 2021

Under the programme, 7 watt and 12-Watt LED bulbs with 3 years warranty will be given to rural consumers against submission of working Incandescent bulbs.

LEDs will be available for only Rs 10 each for each household, in exchange for working condition old incandescent lamps. Each household will get up to 5 LEDs.

In the first phase of this programme, 15 million (1.5 crore) LED bulbs will be distributed across villages of Aarah (Bihar), Varanasi (Uttar Pradesh), Vijaywada (Andhra Pradesh), Nagpur (Maharashtra), and village in western Gujarat.

The Gram Ujala programme will be implemented in villages of the 5 districts only.

These rural households will also have metres installed in their houses to account for usage.

Labour Bureau inks agreement with BECIL for conducting all-India surveys

Labour Minister Santosh Gangwar launches software for 5 surveys

The Labour Bureau and Broadcast Engineering Consultants India Limited (BECIL) signed a service level agreement for providing technical and manpower support to Labour Bureau in the conduct of All India Surveys on Migrant Workers & All India Quarterly Establishment based Employment Survey (AQEES). 
The signing of the agreement marks the beginning of a new era in the field of IT-enabled surveys.

The Ministry in order to implement the newly introduced category of ‘Fixed Term Employment’ (FTE) has decided that the manpower engaged through the IT partner for supporting these surveys will be offered Fixed Term Employment.

The Fixed Term Employment is a historic provision in the recent labour codes which will bestow various benefits on the workers engaged for a fixed term by treating them at par with permanent workers.

This year Bureau will launch and complete five All India Surveys on Migrant workers, Domestic workers, AQEES, employment generated by professionals and employment generated in transport sector.

The Labour Bureau is an attached office of the Ministry of Labour & Employment.

Broadcast Engineering Consultants India Limited (BECIL) is a Government of India enterprise under the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting.

Indian Army Orders 4,960 MILAN-2T Anti-Tank Guided Missiles

Defence Ministry signs contract with Bharat Dynamics Ltd ot supply MILAN 2T  Anti-Tank Guided Missiles to Indian Army- भारत में बनेंगी करगिल में PAK  बंकर ध्वस्त करने वाली MILAN 2T मिसाइलें, जानें-

Acquisition Wing of Ministry of Defence (MoD) signed a contract with Defence Public Sector Undertaking (DPSU) Bharat Dynamics Limited (BDL) for supply of 4,960 MILAN-2T Anti-Tank Guided Missiles (ATGMs) to Indian Army at a cost of Rs 1,188 
The Milan-2T is a Tandem Warhead ATGM with the range of 1,850 metres, produced by BDL under license from MBDA Missile Systems, France.

These missiles can be fired from ground as well as vehicle-based launchers and can be deployed in Anti-Tank Role for both offensive & defensive tasks.

Induction of these missiles will further enhance the operational preparedness of the Armed Forces. Induction is planned to be completed in three years.

This project is a big opportunity for the defence industry to showcase its capability and will be a step in the direction of achieving the goal of ‘Atmanirbhar Bharat’ in the defence sector.

 The significance of jaapi, xorai and gamosa in Assam poll battle

 As the polling date draws closer, decorative jaapis (field hats), hand-woven gamosas and bell-metal xorais are making frequent appearances in Assam. 

Jaapi - Wikipedia

Jaapi:What is it ?

 The jaapi is a conical hat made of bamboo and covered with dried tokou (a palm tree found in rainforests of Upper Assam) leaves. Today, the bulk of Assam’s jaapis are made by artisans based in a cluster of villages in Nalbari district.

Assam's 'Gamosa' Gets Geographical Identity Tag - Pratidin Time 

Gamosa:What is it ?

 The Gamosa, which literally translates to a cloth to wipe one’s body, is omnipresent in Assam, with wide-ranging uses. It can be used at home as a towel (uka gamosa) or in public functions (phulam/floral gamosa) to felicitate dignitaries or celebrities.

JOY - Xorai 

Xorai:What is it ?

 Made of bell-metal, the xorai — essentially a tray with a stand at the bottom, with or without a cover — can be found in every Assamese household.

Multiple-choice question (MCQ)

1)    Which government regulatory agency has fixed the price of 81 medicines, including off-patent anti-diabetic drugs, helping to pass on the benefits of patent expiry to patients ?

a) Telecom Regulatory Authority of India
b) National Pharmaceutical Pricing Authority
c) Food Safety and Standards Authority of India
d) None of these

2) The Milan-2T is a Tandem Warhead ATGM with the range of 1,850 metres, produced by BDL under license from MBDA Missile Systems,

a) New York
b) London
c) France
d) None of these
3) Broadcast Engineering Consultants India Limited (BECIL) is a Government of India enterprise under the 

a) Ministry of External Affairs
b) Ministry of Defence
c) Ministry of Corporate Affairs    
d) Ministry of Information and Broadcasting



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