1. Polity & Governance

Tribal affairs ministry constitutes committee on CFR guidelines under FRA

The Ministry has brought back the Model Guidelines for Conservation, Management and sustainable use of Community Forest Resources (CFR Guideline) The CFR right empowers Gram Sabhas to conserve and manage their forest. One of the committees will look into the recognition and vesting process of habitat rights of Particularly Vulnerable Tribal Groups (PVTGs) The second committee will submit a report on the seasonal resource access to nomadic and pastoralist communities.

Quick Facts: The CFR guidelines come under the Forest Resources Act, 2006

2. Government Schemes

Janaushadhi Week in India from 1st to 7th March

During the week, blood pressure and sugar level checkup, free doctor consultation and medicine distribution are being hosted at various Jan Aushadhi Kendras. Various activities like health checkup Camp, Jan Aushadhi Paricharcha, Jan Aushadhi ka sath are being undertaken.

Quick Facts: Pradhan Mantri Bhartiya Janaushadhi Pariyojana is the initiative by Department of Pharmaceuticals, GoI which endeavors to provide quality medicines at an affordable price.

3. Sports

Sunil Joshi appointed as the New Chairman of BCCI’s Selection Committee

Former India spinner Sunil Joshi has been selected as the chairman of the national selection panel by the BCCI’s Cricket Advisory Committee (CAC) With this appointment, he shall be replacing MSK Prasad. Former fast bowler Harvinder Singh has also replaced Gagan Khoda in the panel as a committee member.

4. Person in News

Indian-American Seema Verma joins US Coronavirus Task Force

The coronavirus task force is constituted to combat the deadly disease that has claimed six lives in the country and infected over 90 others. The task force is led by Secretary, Health and Human Services Alex Azar.

Quick Facts: The official name of the disease caused by coronavirus is COVID-19

5. National Affairs

Bombay and Delhi IITs among world’s top 50 tech institutions

Five IITs — including Kharagpur, Madras and Kanpur — have made it into the top 100 list in that category of the QS (Quacquarelli Symonds) World University Ranking by Subject for 2020. Engineering and technology was the only major subject group where Indian institutions were able to crack the elite top 100 tier. In the natural sciences category, IIT-Bombay, IISC, Bangalore and IIT-Madras made it to the top 200. Jawaharlal Nehru University remained the country’s top institution in the arts and humanities category.

Quick Facts: QS ranking, Academic Ranking of World Universities and Times Higher Education World University Rankings are the three most popular university rankings in the world