Current Affairs Capsule – December 23, 2019
- December 23, 2019
- Posted by: Team CP
- Category: Current Affairs Capsule
- The Indian Army organised the 5th edition on ARTECH on ‘Technologies for Non-Contact Warfare’ in New Delhi on 23rd December, 2019. The seminar is the flagship event of the Indian Army, which sets the agenda for focus areas of harvesting indigenous capabilities in the defence sector. Launched in 2016, the ARTECH Seminar is a part of the overall vision of ‘Make in India’ and is conducted every year as part of the events leading to Army Day celebrations.
- The National Department of Regulation of Medicines and Health Products of the Ministry of Public Health of Islamic Republic of Afghanistan formally recognised the Indian Pharmacopoeia (IP), to become the first country in the world to recognize IP, pursuant to the efforts of the Department of Commerce and the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare. IP is an officially recognized book of standards as per the Drugs and Cosmetics Act, 1940 and Rules 1945 thereunder. The IP specifies the standards of drugs manufactured and marketed in India in terms of their identity, purity and strength.
- Wipro has partnered with the National Association of Software and Services Companies (NASSCOM) to launch the FutureSkills platform for 10,000 students from over 20 engineering colleges in India. This is a part of Wipro’s Corporate Social Responsibility programme, TalentNext, which aims to enhance the quality of engineering education. It is a platform, built to bridge the industry-academia skill gap and help students keep pace with the emerging technologies – Artificial Intelligence, Big Data, Cloud Computing, Cybersecurity and Internet of Things.
- Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik launched the ‘Jalasathi’ programme with the aim to ensure supply of safe drinking water to all households in the state. He also launched the ‘JalSathi’ App on the occasion. He distributed water quality testing kits and POS (point of sale) machines to the women volunteers being called as ‘Jalasathis’.
- The Braille Edition of ‘Exam Warriors’, a book authored by Prime Minister Narendra Modi was released by Union Minister for Social Justice and Empowerment Thaawarchand Gehlot in New Delhi. It is a compilation of speeches made by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, which is primarily aimed at encouraging the student community to face life challenges and tackle examination stress.
- Minorities Rights Day is observed in India annually to educate people and focus on the rights of minorities in India. United Nations, on 18th December, 1992, adopted and broadcasted the Statement on the Individual’s Rights belonging to Religious or Linguistic National or Ethnic Minorities. The National Commission for Minorities celebrates the day in India every year. The Ministry of Minority Affairs was carved out of the Ministry of Social Justice & Environment on 29th January, 2006.
- The World Health Organization (WHO) launched its first biosimilar medicine ‘Trastuzumab’ on 18th December, 2019 to make the life-saving treatment of breast cancer affordable for women all over the world. Around 2.1 million women are affected by breast cancers as per the 2018 UN data. Biosimilar medicines are produced from biological sources like cells and not from synthesized chemicals.
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Q1. When was the ARTECH Seminar launched?
Q2. Which is the first country in the world to recognise the Indian Pharmacopoeia (IP)?
- Sri Lanka
Q3. Which among the following has launched FutureSkills platform in partnership with the National Association of Software and Services Companies (NASSCOM)?
Q4. Which among the following states launched the ‘Jalasathi’ programme?
Q5. On which day is the Minorities Rights Day observed in India?
- December 16
- December 17
- December 18
- December 19