1. India ranks 147th in Oxfam world inequality index
India has been ranked among the bottom 10 countries in a new worldwide indexon the commitment of different nations to reduce inequalities in their populations.
- The index is topped by Denmark, based on its high and progressive taxation, high social spending and good protection of workers.
- UK-based charity Oxfam International’s ‘Commitment to Reducing Inequality (CRI) Index’ ranks India 147th among 157 countries.
2. Mobile Health app for citizens of India Launched by IAF on Air Force Day
On the occasion of 86th anniversary, the Indian Air Force has launched an innovative mobile health App named ‘MedWatch’ in keeping with the Prime Minister’s vision of ‘Digital India, Ayushman Bharat and Mission Indradhanush’.
- ‘MedWatch’ will provide correct, Scientific and authentic health information to airwarriors and all citizens of India.
- The app is conceived by the doctors of IAF and developed in house by Directorate of Information Technology (DIT) with ZERO financial outlay.
3. J P Nadda inaugurated ‘2nd World Conference on Access to Medical Products
“India is deeply committed nationally and globally to achieving all public health goals. Together we are working towards providing highest possible standards of health care for our citizens. Universal health coverage is key to the Sustainable Development Goals 2030 agenda and to which India is firmly committed.”
- At the function, Shri J P Nadda released the Position Paper and launched the Information Sharing Platform Gateway for South-East Asia Regulatory Network (SEARN) developed by Centre for Development of Advanced Computing, which will promote regulatory and health collaboration among the countries of the South-East Asia Region.
- This was stated by Shri J P Nadda, Union Minister of Health and Family Welfare during his address at the inauguration of ‘2nd World Conference on Access to Medical Products: Achieving the SDGs 2030’.
4. EAM Sushma Swaraj launched India for Humanity initiative in New Delhi
Mahatma Gandhi’s philosophy of compassion, caring and service to humanity, ‘India for Humanity’ features a year-long series of artificial limb fitment camps in a number of countries spanning the globe.
- The camps will be initially held in 12 countries identified through the Missions with the financial support of the Indian government.
- With its focus on Mahatma Gandhi’s philosophy of compassion, caring and service to humanity, ‘India for Humanity’ features a year-long series of artificial limb fitment camps in a number of countries spanning the globe.
5. Japanese Passport Named as World’s Most Powerful, India 81st
Japan overtook Singapore, according to the Henley Passport Index 2018.
Japan has recently gained visa-free access to Myanmar, Japanese citizens now have visa-free or visa-on-arrival access to 190 destinations around the world.
Top 3 on Henley Passport Index Power Ranking 2018:
3. Germany, France, South Korea.
6. Halep and Osaka are nominated for WTA award
Serena Williams has been nominated for the WTA Comeback Player-of-the-Year award along with Belinda Bencic (Sui), Bethanie Mattek-Sands (USA) and Ajla Tomljanovic (Aus).
- Romania’s Simona Halep and Japan’s Naomi Osaka are among the players nominated for the Women’s Tennis Association (WTA) Player-of-the-Year award.
- Serena Williams has been nominated for the WTA’s Comeback Player-of-the-Year award. Belinda Bencic (Switzerland), Bethanie Mattek-Sands (USA) and Ajla Tomljanovic (Australia) have also been nominated along with her.
7. Nikki Haley resigned as U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations
Indian American Nikki Haley resigned as the United States Ambassador to the United Nations (UN). Despite her statement that she will not run for the 2020 election, it is expected that she might contest in the 2020 presidential election. In her political career, she was the Governor of South Carolina. She was elected as the State’s first woman Governor in 2010. She was offered the job of Ambassador to the UN by President Donald Trump.
- Ms.Haley has carved out a space for herself in the Republican politics in America. She raised her voice against racism and on issues of gender.
- Her tenure at the UN has been marked by her strident campaign against Russia, Iran and Syria. Mr.Trump appreciated her service.
8. India bagged 3 more gold medals in the Para Asian Games 2018 in Jakarta, Indonesia
India today bagged four Silver and two bronze medals at the 18th Asian Games in Indonesia. Two silver medals were bagged in Equestrian and two in Athletics. India got two bronze medals in Men’s Team and Mixed team event in Bridge.
- India won three more gold on the third day of competitions at the Para Asian Games 2018 in Jakarta, Indonesia. India maintains its eighth spot.
- Ekta Bhyan in women’s F32/51 club throw event and Narayan Thakur in men’s T35 100m dash clinched gold. Manish Narwal, Indian para-shooter, bagged gold in the men’s SH1 10m air pistol event. So far, India has won 6 gold, 9 silver and 13 bronze medals in the Para Asian Games 2018.
9. IMF estimates growth rate of India as 7.3 percent this year
The International Monetary Fund (IMF) in its latest World Economic Outlook (WEO) said that India has been estimated to grow at 7.3% in 2018 and 7.4% in 2019. This is to regain the tag of the world’s fastest-growing major economy 2018, surpassing China with more than 0.7% points. In 2017, India had clocked a 6.7% growth rate.
- In India, important reforms like the Goods and Services Tax (GST), the inflation-targeting framework, the Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code, and steps to liberalise foreign investment and make it easier to do business have been implemented in the recent years.
- China was the fastest-growing economy in 2017. The IMF has lowered the growth projections for both India and China by 0.4% and 0.32%, respectively, from its annual April’s WEO.
10. Second World Conference on Access to Medical Products achieving the SDGs 2030 inaugurated by Shri J P Nadda
ShriAshwini Kumar Chaubey, Minister of State (HFW), Smt. Anupriya Patel, Minister of State (HFW), SmtPreeti Sudan, Secretary (Health), Dr.BalramBhargava, Secretary, Dept. of Health & Research (DHR) and DG, ICMR,Dr Mariângela Batista GalvãoSimão, Assistant Director-General for Drug Access, Vaccines and Pharmaceuticals, WHO Geneva, Dr.PoonamKhetrapal Singh, Regional Director, WHO SEARO, Dr RK Vats, Additional Secretary, Health Ministry, andDr.HenkBekedam, WHO Representative to India, also graced the occasion.State Health Ministers and Principal Secretaries from several states in India were also present.
- The main objective is to work on recommendations from the first World Conference 2017,
- To work on medical products in the context of SDGs (including trade agreements) in line with GPW 13 of WHO.