Daily Current Affairs 6th February, 2017
Souring US-Iran ties may spell trouble for Chabahar port
- India is keeping a wary eye on the strains developing in US-Iran relations after the Trump administration slapped sanctions on the West Asian country over its missile programme.
- Iran’s ballistic missile programme has been a thorny issue with countries like the US, since the nuclear deal took effect last January.
- The deal—clinched in Vienna in July 2015 International Atomic Energy Agency—commits Iran to providing the (IAEA) with greater access and information on its nuclear programme.
- However, the recent sanctions announced by the US on Iran seem to be the opening salvo by President Donald Trump who has threatened a more aggressive policy toward Iran.
Single vaccine for dual protection against measles and rubella
- The Ministry of Health and Family Welfare recently launched Measles Rubella (MR) vaccination campaign in the country.
- The campaign against these two diseases will start from five States/UTs (Karnataka, Tamil Nadu, Puducherry, Goa and Lakshadweep) covering nearly 3.6 crore target children.
- Following the campaign, Measles-Rubella vaccine will be introduced in routine immunization, replacing the currently given two doses of measles vaccine, at 9-12 months and 16-24 months of age.
- All children aged between 9 months and less than 15 years will be given a single shot of Measles-Rubella (MR) vaccination irrespective of their previous measles/rubella vaccination status or measles/rubella disease status.
- MR vaccine will be provided free- of- cost across the states from session sites at schools as well as health facilities and outreach session sites.
- Measles vaccine is currently provided under Universal Immunization Programme (UIP). However, rubella vaccine will be a new addition.
Nagaland cabinet step up pressure on Centre in revisiting schedule IX -A
- The Nagaland state cabinet, while taking serious consideration of the widespread concern expressed by various tribal hohos (apex bodies) and other organisations with regard to certain provisions of Part IX-A of the Constitution relating to municipalities, has decided to submit a memorandum to the prime minister to amend the Constitution through ordinance.
- This is seen as state government’s attempt to placate the tribal bodies which is opposing 33% reservation for women in urban local bodies (ULBs) and resorted to violence protest following which polls were called off.
- Article 371(A) accords special provisions to the state of Nagaland. Many believe that Part IXA clashes with Article 371 (A) of the Constitution which guarantees special rights to the state of Nagaland.
- Under the article, customary laws, social practices, beliefs of the people and the resources of the state are safeguarded from intervention by the Centre and its policies unless the state assembly decides so by a resolution. While provision 243(T) of Part IXA grants reservation to women in municipalities, Naga social groups have said this goes against their customary laws as protected by Article 371(A).
Uber launches taxi hiring service UberHIRE
- Global taxi-hailing platform Uber announced it has launched a new category UberHIRE that allows customers to hire a taxi for the day, to cover several destinations, and is targetting senior citizens, business travellers and tourists.
Bihar introduces third gender category in school exams
- Bihar School Examination Board (BSEB) for the first time has introduced the third gender category in school exams conducted by it.
- Earlier the BSEB did not allow students to take Board exams under the ‘third gender’ category because the exam form specified two categories, male and female.
- In 2014, Supreme Court recognised transgender people as a third gender.
India’s first centre of disabled sportsmen to come up in Gandhinagar
- India’s first ever Centre of Excellence for differently-abled sportsmen will be established in Gandhinagar, Gujarat.
- The centre will be built on 7.5 acres of land belonging to the Sports Authority of India (SAI).
- It will train the para athletes for various international sporting competitions including Olympics, Asian Games and Common Wealth Games.
2% reservation to sports persons in govt jobs: CM Raghubar Das
- Jharkhand Chief Minister Raghubar Das stated that state will give two per cent reservation to sports persons in government jobs and nutritious food to them
Indian Coast Guard, UAE counter parts to take part in Joint exercise
- Indian Coast Guard (ICG) and its UAE counter parts will take part in Joint exercise and sharing of operational expertise in Dubai.
- In the exercise, IGC is represented by Samudra Pavak.
- The ship will also sail to Oman, Qatar and Saudi Arabia.
- Samudra Pavak or “Purifier of the Seas” is the third of the Pollution Control Vessel series of the ICG.
- It was indigenously designed and commissioned in January 2016.
- It has been tasked with EEZ surveillance, search and rescue, pollution response and such other duties as enshrined in the Coast Guard charter.
ENVIRONMENT,SCIENCE AND TECH
Central Pollution Control Board assessing oil spill
- The Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) is analysing samples from the oil spill resulting from a collision between two ships off the coast of Tamil Nadu recently.
- Clean-up operations are being coordinated by the Coast Guard and involve several disparate organisations.
- The Hyderabad-based Indian National Centre for Ocean Information Services has estimated that about 20 tonnes of oil may have leaked when the vessels collided.
- It is estimated that about 43 kms of the Tamil Nadu coastline may have been affected.
Single-dose Zika vaccine works in animals: Study
- A new Zika vaccine candidate has potential to protect against the virus with a single dose and is the first to show long-lasting protection in animals without the use of a live virus, a new study has claimed.
PERSONS IN NEWS
Virat Kohli features in latest cover star of Wisden Cricketers’ Almanack
- Indian skipper Virat Kohli, who led his side to victory against England in all three formats of the game recently, has featured in the latest cover star of the bible of cricket – Wisden Cricketers’ Almanack.
- Kohli becomes only the third Asian origin player after Tendulkar and England all-rounder Moeen Ali to be featured on the cover of the magazine.
Renowned Urdu author Bano Qudsia passes away
- Renowned Pakistani Urdu novelist and playwright Bano Qudsia has passed away here. She was 88. She was awarded Sitara-i-Imtiaz in 2003 and Hilal-i-Imtiaz in 2010.
Achamkulangare Gopinathan re-appointed to UN Joint Inspection Unit
- The United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) has re-appointed top Indian diplomat Achamkulangare Gopinathan to the Joint Inspection Unit (JIU), the only independent external oversight body of the UN system. Gopinathan, along with Sukai Prom-Jackson (Gambia), Jean Wesley Cazeau (Haiti) and Nikolay Lozinskiy (Russia) were appointed members of the Joint Inspection Unit for a five-year term beginning January 1, 2018.
India to host FIBA Women’s Asia Cup basketball tournament
- India will host FIBA Women’s Asia Cup basketball tournament at Bengaluru, Karnataka. The continental flagship tournament for women will be hled from July 23 to 29, 2017.
- India will also host another continental level tournament-the FIBA U-16 Women’s Asian Championship from October 22 to 28, 2017 in Hyderabad, Telanaga.