Centre to facilitate states and districts under BBBP
The Union Ministry of Women and Child Developmentis organizing a
felicitation and award function for those Districts and States who have
successfully implemented the BetiBachaoBetiPadhao (BBBP)scheme in the
country. The function will be held on 7thAugust, 2019 in New Delhi.
The objective of the programme is to felicitate States and
Districts which are performing well in improving Sex Ratio at Birth as per
Health Management Information System (HMIS) of Ministry of Health and Family
Welfare data and excellent performance in awareness generation and outreach
The BBBP scheme launched on 22ndJanuary, 2015 has been implemented
in phases. Currently, it is being implemented in 640 districts (as per
All 640 districts are covered through advocacy and media campaign.
Moreover, out of these 640 districts, 405 districts are covered under Multi-
Sectoral Intervention in which 100% Centrally Sponsored Schemes grant is
provided directly to DM/DC for BBBP.
District Magistrates/Deputy Commissioners of 10additional
districts (covering 8 States)will also be felicitated for outstanding
performance under awareness generation and outreach activities.
RBI cuts repo rates to help boost economy
Reserve Bank of India (RBI) has cut repo rate by 35 basis points
to 5.40 per cent to give a fillip to the economy. This is the fourth
consecutive time that the Monetary Policy Committee has reduced the rates.
In the earlier three policies, RBI had reduced repo rate by 25 basis points
Consequently, the reverse repo rate under the liquidity adjustment
facility stands revised to 5.15 per cent, and the marginal standing facility
rate and the Bank Rate to 5.65 per cent. In its third bi-monthly policy
announced today, RBI has decided to maintain the accommodative stance of
Repo rate is the rate at which RBI lends to banks generally
against government securities while the reverse repo is the rate at which
RBI borrows money from the banks. Both these rates are key determinants for
customers availing loans from banks.
RBI has said that an uptick in food inflation cannot be ruled due
to uneven distribution of monsoon, adding that volatile crude prices have
also have some impact on fuel prices. Hence, RBI has said projected CPI
inflation at 3.1 percent for second quarter of 2019-20 and in the range of
3.5-3.7 percent for second half of 2019-20 with risks evenly balanced.
IRDAI notifies changes to regulation of insurance marketing firms
Insurance regulator IRDAI has notified changes to regulations
governing insurance marketing firms (IMFs). The amendments to the
regulations notified in 2015 have been introduced from a perspective of
increasing insurance penetration by providing an enabling environment.
The regulator had also constituted a committee that made many
recommendations, including a reduction in the net worth, expansion of the
area of operation of IMFs, as well as the basket of products.
On the products allowed for IMF, the regulations said they can
solicit business for all kinds of products sold on individual and/or retail
basis, including crop insurance for non-loanee farmers and combi products.
India gives contribution to UN Palestine refugee agency
India contributed yesterday USD 5 million to the UN Palestine
refugee agency and called for ensuring sustained fiscal support for the
The cheque for the amount was handed over to the United Nations
Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) for Palestinian Refugees by Representative
of India (ROI) in Palestine, Sunil Kumar, at the Agency's headquarters in
India increased its annual financial assistance to the UNRWA by
four fold, from USD 1.25 million to USD 5 million, when Prime Minister
NarendraModi visited Palestine in February 2018, the first-ever visit by an
Indian Premier to Ramallah.
The UNRWA has been providing health, education, relief and social
services, as well as emergency humanitarian assistance, across its five
areas of operations in Jordan, Lebanon, Syria, West Bank, and the Gaza Strip
Bangladesh and Russia sign Uranium supply agreement
Bangladesh today signed a deal with Russia for the supply of
uranium for its 2,400 MW Rooppur Nuclear Power Plant (RNPP).
Under the deal, Russia will supply the nuclear fuel needed for the
plant during its entire life cycle.
The deal was signed today in Dhaka between the Bangladesh Atomic
Energy Commission and Russian Nuclear Fuel Supply Company (TVEL).
Work on the two units of the plants, each producing 1200 MW of
electricity is scheduled to be completed in 2022 and 2024 respectively.
The two countries have also signed 'spent fuel sent back’
agreement in 2017 for management of the nuclear waste of Rooppur Nuclear
Power Plant (RNPP).
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Study finds variation in haemoglobin levels might lead to dementia
A new study has linked low and high haemoglobin levels to an
increased risk of developing dementia in the future.
The study involved 12,305 people with an average age of 65 who did
not have dementia. Overall, 745 (6%) of the study subjects were found to
have anaemia. The researchers followed the participants for an average of 12
years. During that time, 1,520 people developed dementia. Of these, 1,194
Subjects who had anaemia were 41% more likely to develop
Alzheimer’s and 34% more likely to develop any type of dementia compared to
those who did not have anaemia. Of the 745 people with anaemia, 128
developed dementia compared to 1,392 of the 11,560 who did not have anaemia.
“Previous studies that had shown this relationship did not rule
out the possibility that it could be due to nutritional impairment in early
stages of cognitive decline and dementia. This study emphasises the need for
screening and treatment of anaemia to reduce the risk as this is a
potentially modifiable risk factor,” Dr.Sivakumar said.
“A disciplined lifestyle that includes exercise, low-cholesterol
and high-fibre diet, and engaging in cognitive activities is important to
prevent cognitive decline,” he added.
India wins T20 series against West Indies
India completed a 3-0 clean sweep over the West Indies after
winning the third and final Twenty20 International by seven wickets in
Guyana last night. Indian skipper ViratKohli and young wicket-keeper Rishabh
Pant starred with the bat, helping India achieve the 147-run target with
five balls to spare. Pant stitched a 106-run partnership with Kohli.