सामयिक विषय: Short Notes

World Malaria Day 2017`

World Malaria Day

Question- On April 25, 2017, ‘World Malaria Day’ was celebrated all over the world. What is the main theme of this day in the year 2017?
(a) Invest in the future, defeat malaria
(b) End malaria for good
(c) Beat malaria
(d) Prevent malaria
Ans: (b)
Related facts:-

  • On April 25, 2017; World Malaria Day was celebrated all over the world.
  • In the year 2017, the theme of this day is ‘End Malaria for Good’.
  • According to the World Malaria Report 2016, 212 million new cases of malaria were reported worldwide in the year 2015, resulting in a total of 4.29 lakhs deaths.
  • According to this, a child dies of malaria in every two minutes.
  • According to another report, between 2010 and 2015, the number of new cases of malaria risk decreased by 21 percent in the world.
  • At the same time, global statistics of malaria deaths were also down by 29 percent.
  • According to the World Malaria Report, in 2015, 90 percent of the total cases of the entire world and 92 percent of total deaths were in the African region.
  • It is known that the infection of malaria spreads through female anopheles mosquitoes, which takes parasite called Plasmodium from one body to another.

Related Links:-
http://www.who.int/campaigns/malaria-day/2017/en/
http://www.who.int/mediacentre/factsheets/fs094/en/
https://twitter.com/MoHFW_INDIA/status/856762104233291776

Meeting of the Consultative Committee for Ministry of Petroleum & Natural Gas on “Digital Modes of Payment - Promotion of cashless transactions” held

Meeting of the Consultative Committee for Ministry of Petroleum & Natural Gas

Question: At which of the following places the meeting of the MPs of the Advisory Committee of the Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Gas held recently?
(a) Bangalore
(b) Jaipur
(c) Ahmedabad
(d) Srinagar
Answer- (d)
Related facts:

  • On April 21st, 2017, meeting of the Consultative Committee of the Members of Parliament for the Ministry of Petroleum & Natural Gas was held in Srinagar.
  • The theme of the meeting was “Digital Modes of Payment – Promotion of cashless transactions”.
  • A Power Point Presentation was made during the meeting.
  • An official informed that-
  • 38,128 ROs (retail centers) are with POS (Point of Sale) and more than 86% of ROs have digital infrastructure in present.
  • Over 35,000 consumer awareness campaigns have been organized in the country, in all major regional languages.
  • With the aim to promote digital transactions by consumers OMCs are giving 0.75% discount to the customers on purchase of fuel through cashless mode.
  • Over 72,000 e wallets have also been activated.
  • The daily cashless transactions have increased from Rs 150 Cr per day to Rs 400 Cr per day.
  • Swachh Petrol Pump App is an initiative where citizens can give feedback on the status of toilets at fuel stations.

Referece:
http://pib.nic.in/newsite/PrintRelease.aspx?relid=161194
http://pib.nic.in/newsite/hindirelease.aspx?relid=60540

Air India reduces senior citizen's age 63 to 60

Air India reduces the age limit of senior citizen

Question: How recently has the age limit for senior citizens set for Air India’s travel concession?
(a) 60 years
(b) 62 years
(c) 63 years
(d) 65 years
Answer- (a)
Related facts:

  • On April 21st, 2017 Air India revises the age limit for senior citizens for travel concession.
  • Age limit to avail travel concession has been fixed 60 years.
  • Earlier, the age limit prescribed for travel concession was 63 years.
  • As per the revised rules, any senior citizen who is an Indian national, permanently resident in India and has attained the age of 60 on the date of commencement of journey, shall be entitled to a 50% discounted ticket in economy class on the basic RBD (reservation booking designators) fare.
  • It is mentionable that the revised age limit has been implemented with immediate effect only for all domestic flights.
  • The claimants would be required to produce a valid photo-identity card with the date of birth, like Aadhaar, Voters ID, Driving License, Passport or Senior Citizens ID card issued by Air India at the time of booking.

Reference:
http://www.airindia.in/senior-citizen-concession.htm
http://www.hindustantimes.com/india-news/air-india-revises-senior-citizen-age-eligible-for-50-discount-from-63-to-60/story-ypNBXANqmHrzTDiqCfFX2H.html
http://zeenews.india.com/companies/air-india-lowers-senior-citizen-age-limit-eligible-for-50-discount-from-63-to-60-1998207.html

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