NASA’s Mars 2020 Mission

National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA’s) Perseverance Rover has landed on Mars. This was one of the most crucial aspects of the Mars 2020 Mission. NASA’s Mars 2020 Mission: Aim About: The mission is designed to better understand the geology of Mars and seek signs of ancient life. Objectives: Assess ancient habitability. Demonstrate technology for future robotic and human exploration.

Greenpeace Analysis on Economic Cost of Air Pollution

According to a Greenpeace Southeast Asia (non-governmental organisation) analysis of cost to the economy due to air pollution, PM 2.5 air pollution claimed approximately 54,000 lives in Delhi in 2020. PM 2.5 refers to fine particulate matter smaller than 2.5 micrometers in diameter. It causes respiratory problems and also reduces visibility. It is an endocrine disruptor that can affect insulin secretion and insulin sensitivity, thus contributing

Hyderabad: Tree City of the World

Hyderabad city (Telangana’s Capital) has been recognised as a ‘2020 Tree City of the World’ by the Arbor Day Foundation and the Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations (FAO). Hyderabad has earned recognition in the Foundation’s second year of the programme along with 51 other cities in the world (during 2020 & cumulative 120 cities from

Boosting Cooperation in South Asia

Recently, the Prime Minister suggested that neighboring countries should consider creating a special visa scheme for doctors and nurses, so that they could travel quickly within the region during health emergencies, at the request of the receiving country. This suggestion was made during a workshop on ‘Covid19 Management: Experience, Good Practices and Way Forward’ hosted

OTT Service Providers vs Telecom Service Providers

The Cellular Operators Association of India (COAI) has urged the government to bring over-the-top (OTT) service providers such as WhatsApp under the licensing regime and defer net neutrality rules on telecom operators till the time ‘same service, same rules are applied on the applications. COAI was constituted in 1995 as a registered, non-governmental society. COAI’s core membership includes

National Deworming Day

The National Deworming Day is an initiative of the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Government of India to make every child in the country worm free. This is one of the largest public health programs reaching large number of children during a short period. More than 836 million children are at risk of parasitic

Surakshit Matritva Aashwasan

This initiative focuses on assured delivery of maternal and newborn healthcare services encompassing wider access to free, and quality services, zero tolerance for denial of services, assured management of complications along with respect for women’s autonomy, dignity, feelings, choices and preferences, etc. Assured, dignified and respectful delivery of quality healthcare services at no cost and

Umbrella scheme for Family Welfare and Other Health Interventions 

Cabinet has approved the continuation of the umbrella scheme for “Family Welfare and Other Health Interventions” during 2017-18 to 2019-20. It is a central sector scheme and 100% funded by the centre. Umbrella Scheme: Intended beneficiaries Components of Social Marketing of Contraceptives, Free Supply of Contraceptives are specifically targeted towards low-income group people.  However, the

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