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National Regulatory Authority of India meets WHO internationalstandards for vaccine regulations

National Regulatory Authority of India meets WHO international standards for vaccine regulations

Question: WHO international standards for vaccine regulations include-
1. Quality 2. Safety 3. Efficacy

(a) (1) and (3)
(b) (2) and (3)
(c) (1) and (3)
(d) All (1),(2) and (3)
Ans: (d)
Related facts:

  • On 17 February 2017; the National Regulatory Authority of India (NRA) and affiliated institutions meet the WHO Global Benchmarking Tool requirements for a functional vaccine regulatory system.
  • A World Health Organization (WHO) led team of international experts from several countries came to this conclusion at the end of a comprehensive review from 13-17 February 2017.
  • Affiliated institutions includes, Central Drugs Standards Control Organization (CDSCO); Central Drugs Laboratory, Kasauli; Pharmaco-vigilance Programme and Immunization Division, and other relevant institutions engaged in the regulation, control and testing of vaccines.
  • One of the requirements to become eligible and retain the prequalification status is to have the NRA assessed as functional against the WHO Global Benchmarking Tool.
  • Safety, efficacy and quality are three basic parameters of assessment of vaccines.

Reference:
http://pib.nic.in/newsite/PrintRelease.aspx?relid=158598
http://www.searo.who.int/india/mediacentre/releases/who_india_nrapress_release_20170217.pdf

Green Initiative Installation of Solar Panel Onboard INS Sarvekshak

INS Sarvekshak

Question: Indian Naval Ship Sarvekshak has installed 18 light weight flexible panels of 300 W each for provision of electricity onboard using solar energy. This is-
(a) First ship to do so
(b) Second Ship to do so
(c) Third to ship to do so
(d) None of the above
Ans: (a)
Related facts:

  • On 12 February 2017; Indian Naval Ship Sarvekshak has undertaken an innovative project for provision of electricity onboard using solar energy.
  • The ship has installed 18 light weight flexible panels of 300 W each, which are 100% marine compatible.
  • This can be used for communication equipment, battery charging and general lightings onboard round the clock with battery outputs during night.
  • This power source can be used at sea as well as in harbour.
  • This green initiative of the Indian Navy saves approximately 89.1 kg of carbon emission per day when compared with a diesel generator.

Reference:
https://www.indiannavy.nic.in/content/green-initiative-installation-solar-panel-onboard-ins-sarvekshak
http://www.thehindu.com/news/national/kerala/Green-drive-on-blue-waters-%E2%80%94-solar-power-lights-up-naval-vessel/article17290319.ece

Inauguration of India's First 100% Cashless Township-GNFC Township

India’s First 100% Cashless Township

Question: Where is the India’s First 100% Cashless Township is located?
(a) Surat
(b) Ahmedabad
(c) Gandhinagar
(d) Bharuch
Ans: (d)
Related facts:

  • On 13 February 2017; The Gujarat Narmada Valley Fertilizers and Chemicals (GNFC) township in Bharuch has become country’s first ever “cashless township”.
  • Over 10,000 residents have embraced various digital mode of payments instead of cash.
  • It has facilities like a big Shopping Center, Restaurants, Eateries, Schools and Colleges, Hospital, Stadium, Guest House, etc.
  • Here, Paan shop, Laundry shop, Cycle repairing shop, Barber shop and flour mill all run through transactions by PoS machines and E-wallets like BHIM, UPI, SBI buddy, etc.
  • Gujarat Narmada Valley Fertilisers & Chemicals Limited (GNFC) is an Indian manufacturer of fertilizers and Chemicals.
  • The company was jointly promoted by the Government of Gujarat and the Gujarat State Fertilizer Company Limited (GSFC).

Reference:
http://www.gnfc.in/cashless-press-release.html
http://indiatoday.intoday.in/story/in-a-first-a-township-in-gujarat-goes-cashless/1/882043.html
http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/surat/gnfc-countrys-1st-cashless-township/articleshow/57133959.cms

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