Waiving Intellectual Property Protection for Covid-19 Vaccines

The United States has announced the support for waiving Intellectual Property (IP) protection for Covid-19 vaccines. The decision is a breakthrough in India and South Africa’s attempts to get World Trade Organisation (WTO) member countries to agree to such a waiver to fight the pandemic equitably. Waiving Intellectual Property Protection for Covid-19 Vaccines About: The 1995 agreement on Trade-Related Aspects

Maratha Reservation Struck Down: SC

Recently, the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) announced a series of measures to support the nation’s fight against the second wave of Covid-19 infections. The measures form the first part of a calibrated and comprehensive strategy against the pandemic. Earlier in 2020 also the RBI took measures to help deal with the economic fall out of the pandemic. Maratha Reservation Struck

Model Insurance Villages

The Insurance Regulatory and Development Authority of India (IRDAI) has mooted the concept of ‘Model Insurance Village (MIV)’ to boost insurance penetration in rural areas. According to the Economic Survey for 2020-21, India’s insurance penetration, which was at 2.71% in 2001, has steadily increased to 3.76% in 2019, but stayed much below the global average of

SVAMITVA Scheme

Recently, the Ministry of Panchayati Raj has released the new framework for implementation of the SVAMITVA Scheme. SVAMITVA stands for Survey of Villages and Mapping with Improvised Technology in Village Areas. SVAMITVA Scheme Launch: It is a central sector scheme which was launched nationally on the occasion of National Panchayati Raj Day on 24th April 2021. Aim: To provide an integrated property validation solution for rural India.

Pradhan Mantri Mudra Yojana

More than 28.68 crore loans for an amount of Rs. 14.96 lakh crore have been sanctioned by banks, NBFCs and MFIs since the launch of Pradhan Mantri Mudra Yojana (PMMY). Pradhan Mantri Mudra Yojana About Pradhan Mantri Mudra Yojana (PMMY): Launch and Aim: It was launched by the government in 2015 for providing loans up to Rs. 10 lakh to the

SUTRA Model

Many scientists are blaming the government-backed model, called SUTRA (Susceptible, Undetected, Tested (positive), and Removed Approach), for having a larger role in creating the perception that a second wave of Covid was unlikely in India. The second wave of Covid-19 has claimed thousands of lives since April 2021. SUTRA Model About: Scientists from the IITs of

India-UK Virtual Summit

Recently, the Prime Ministers of India and the United Kingdom (UK) held a bilateral virtual summit. India thanked the UK for the prompt medical assistance provided by it in the wake of the severe second wave of Covid-19 in India. India-UK Virtual Summit Adopted ‘Roadmap 2030’: It will elevate bilateral ties to a “Comprehensive Strategic Partnership”. It will provide a framework

India Receives Taiwan’s Assistance

Recently, India received Covid-19 assistance from Taiwan including oxygen concentrators and cylinders. The aid reflects the growing engagement between India and Taiwan, especially against the backdrop of the standoff with China on the Line of Actual Control (LAC) and China’s aggressive actions across the region, including repeated violations of Taiwan’s airspace. India, meanwhile, has not yet accepted China’s offers of aid and assistance and

Covid-19: India’s Leading Cause of Death

According to the most recent estimates by the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation (IHME), the Covid-19 pandemic has emerged the biggest cause of death in India. IHME is an independent global health research centre at the University of Washington, US. Covid-19: India’s Leading Cause of Death Death due to Covid-19 Pandemic: India has recorded more than

Operation Samudra Setu-II

Indian Navy has launched Operation Samudra Setu-II for shipment of Oxygen-filled containers to India. Operation Samudra Setu was launched in May 2020 as part of the national effort to repatriate Indian citizens from overseas during the Covid-19 pandemic. Operation Samudra Setu-II Operation Samudra Setu-II: Seven Indian Naval ships viz. Kolkata, Kochi, Talwar, Tabar, Trikand, Jalashwa and Airavat have been deployed for shipment of liquid medical oxygen-filled

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