UberMEdic Service launched by NHA and Uber
National Health Authority (NHA) has partnered with UberMEdic Service. The service will provide transportation to healthcare workers working against COVID-19 150 cars with protective plastic enclosing will be provided as part of the service.
Quick Facts: NHA, established in 2018, is the apex body which implements Ayushman Bharat
2. Science and Technology
Geofencing for COVID-19 Quarantine Alert System
COVID-19 Quarantine Alert System (CQAS) application has been developed to track persons who have violated their quarantine. CAQS has been developed by Department of Telecommunications and C-DoT (Centre for Development of Telematics). Geo-Fencing technology uses software such as RFID, GPS, Wi-Fi to send alerts upon violation.
3. India and the World
Essential medicines delivered to Maldives as part of Operation Sanjeevani
6.2 million tonnes of essential medicines have been delivered to Maldives by Indian Air Force Medicines including lopinavir and ritonavir, as suggested by WHO for managing COVID-19, have been delivered.
Quick Facts: Male is the capital of Maldives
IRDAI launches guidelines for Arogya Sanjeevani Insurance Policy
IRDAI has launched guidelines for the health insurance providers for implementation of Arogya Sanjeevani Insurance Policy The policy was launched to cover the hospitalisation expenses of the COVID-19 patients The policy can be availed by people 18-65 years of age.
Quick Facts: Subhash Chandra Khuntia is the chairperson of IRDAI (Insurance Regulatory and Development Authority)
GoI launches three schemes to boost Electronic Manufacturing Sector
The three schemes are: 1) Production Linked Incentive Scheme: provision of 4% to 6% incentives on certain electronics products 2) EMC 2.0: Grant assistance for greenfield and brownfield projects 3) SPECS: provision of incentive of 25% of capital investment
6. International Affairs
United Nations adopts first resolution on Corona Virus
United Nations approved a resolution that called upon international cooperation to fight against COVID-19 It has also called upon its member nations to adopt multilateralism The resolution called for intensified international cooperation, exchange of information, applying relevant guidelines for the WHO.
Quick Facts: In international relations, multilateralism refers to an alliance of multiple countries pursuing a common goal.
World Games 2021 postponed to avoid clashing with Tokyo Olympics 2021
The World Games is held once in four years It has 32 sports, which are not a part of Olympics games The 2021 World Games were going to be held in Birmingham, Alabama.
Quick Facts: The first World Games was held in 1981
CARUNA: An initiative by the civil servants against COVID-19
Civil servants have formed an initiative called CARUNA. CARUNA is Civil Services Associations Reach to Support Natural Disasters. CARUNA will help support existing government efforts.