- ADB, India Sign $91 Million Loan for Comprehensive Water Management in Karnataka (PIB) The Asian Development Bank (ADB) and the Government of India today signed a $91 million loan to modernize the Vijayanagara Channel irrigation systems
- WCD Ministry launches Bharatiya Poshan Krishi Kosh Bharatiya Poshan Krishi Kosh, a repository of diverse crops across 128 agro-climatic zones in India, will be launched on Monday for better nutritional outcomes and to fight malnutrition, the Women and Child Development Ministry said.
- Maternity scheme reaches only one-third of beneficiaries’ (TH) A vital programme to support lactating mothers and pregnant women by compensating them for loss of wages during their pregnancy has been able to reach less than a third of the eligible beneficiaries, researchers who extrapolated from data obtained under the Right to Information (RTI) Act said.
- Pregnant, nursing women’s health: Himachal best, UP worst in survey (IE) A new survey, called the Jaccha-Baccha Survey (JABS), conducted in June in six states (Chhattisgarh, Himachal Pradesh, Jharkhand, Madhya Pradesh, Odisha and Uttar Pradesh) to map the state of pregnant and nursing women has found that a high proportion of women do not eat enough during pregnancy.
GS2: Social issues
- NITI Aayog releases Report on Building a 21st Century Health System for India (PIB) NITI Aayog today released the report on ‘Health Systems for a New India: Building Blocks—Potential Pathways to Reforms’.
- NITI Aayog proposes standardized health insurance package (Mint) There is agreement that the federal level needs to play an active role in reducing inter-state inequality, by targeting the poor in the poorest states with higher funding contributions for healthcare through conditional or unconditional fiscal transfers.
- India’s tribal village infrastructure in a shambles (DTE) A staggering 75 per cent of tribal villages in India lack access to healthcare, around 51 per cent don’t have access to any Public Distribution System (PDS) and 52 per cent are not covered by piped water, according to the Union government.
GS2: International Relations
- Inauguration of KPCS Plenary 2019 (PIB) The Kimberley Process is a joint initiative involving Government, International Diamond Industry and Civil Society to stem the flow of Conflict Diamonds.
- No more waiver, Bhutan to levy charges on Indian tourists In a major shift in policy, Bhutan plans to levy charges on tourists from regional countries, including India, Bangladesh and Maldives, who at present are exempted from any charges.
- India and its BRICS dilemmas (ORF) The five-country group faces challenges arising from bilateral differences and diverse political systems
- India, France to patrol Indian Ocean (Mint) France is also a “committed player in the international rules based order" which is the reason it is present in the South China Sea
GS3: Science and Technology
- Explained: Understanding space Internet (IE) The ITU is a United Nations specialised agency for information and communication technologies, with a membership of 193 member states, some 900 companies, universities, and international and regional organisations.
- Explained: Why IOC has developed a special fuel for use in Ladakh (IE) Regular diesel fuel contains paraffin wax which is added for improving viscosity and lubrication. At low temperatures, the paraffin wax thickens or “gels” and hinders the flow of the fuel in the car engine.
- Company Law Committee-2019 submits its report to Finance Minister (PIB) The Company Law Committee was constituted by the Ministry of Corporate Affairs in September, 2019, inter alia, to further decriminalise the provisions of the Companies Act, 2013 based on their gravity and to take other concomitant measures to provide further Ease of Living for corporates in the country.
- A precedent (TH) The court ruling on Essar Steel is important in enabling quick resolution of bankruptcy cases
- what the new gst should look like (Mint) Given stagnant revenues, it is clear urgent reforms are needed in the value-added tax.
- Why Indians are buying properties abroad (Mint) In London, a drop in property prices recently attracted more buyers, said the Knight Frank report