Current affairs (25th DECEMBER)
PM MODI LAUNCHES SEHAT-HEALTH INSURANCE SCHEME
- Prime Minister Narendra Modi will launch ‘SEHAT’ – Health Insurance Scheme for the entire Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir on 26th December.
- This scheme will cover the remaining One crore population which was not covered under Ayushman Bharat Scheme. Under Ayushman Bharat PM Jan Arogya Yojana (PMJAY), eligible beneficiaries were covered under Health Cover of Rs 5 Lakh.
- Under PMJAY scheme, 30 lakh people are being covered in J&K. With the launch of ‘SEHAT’ Scheme by the Prime Minister on December 26, J&K will be among the first in the country to achieve Universal Health Coverage.
- Programmes will be organized across the UT and the distribution of Golden cards will be started on the same day. Around 16 Lakh registrations have been done as on date and the registrations for the rest of the beneficiaries is underway.
CABINET APPROVED 'ELECTRICITY RULES 2020
- The Union Power Ministry, R. K. Singh has framed the new ‘Electricity (Rights of Consumers) Rules, 2020.
- These rules shall empower the consumers of electricity and added that these Rules emanate from the conviction that the power systems exist to serve the consumers and the consumers have rights to get the reliable services and quality electricity.
- These rules provide for Rights of consumers and Obligations of Distribution licensees. The distribution licensee shall supply 24×7 power to all consumers.
- However, the commission may specify lower hours of supply for some categories of consumers like agriculture.
Following key areas are covered in the Electricity (Rights of consumers) Rules:
● Rights of consumers and Obligations of Distribution licensees
● Release of new connection and modification in an existing connection
● Metering arrangement
● Billing and Payment
● Disconnection and Reconnection
● Reliability of supply
● Consumer as Prosumer
● Standards of Performance of licensee
● Compensation Mechanism
● Call Centre for Consumer Services
● Grievance redressal mechanism.
- PRADHAN DEDICATES BENGAL'S 1ST OIL & GAS RESERVE
- Union Petroleum & Natural Gas Minister, Dharmendra Pradhan has dedicated West Bengal’s first oil and gas reserve, ‘Bengal Basin’, to the nation.
- The Bengal Basin is explored and owned by Oil and Natural Gas Corporation (ONGC). It is the eight producing basins of India by ONGC.
- The others are Krishna-Godavari (KG), Mumbai Offshore, Assam Shelf, Rajasthan, Cauvery, Assam-Arakan Fold Belt and Cambay.
- Oil and Natural Gas Corporation (ONGC) Limited commenced the production of crude oil from the Asokenagar-1 well, Bengal Basin in 24 Paragana district of the state on 20 December 2020.
- Chief Minister of West Bengal: Mamata Banerjee
- Governor: Jagdeep Dhankhar.
VINEET AGARWAL TAKE OVER AS NEW ASSOCHAM PRESIDENT
- Managing Director of logistics major Transport Corporation of India Limited, Vineet Agarwal has taken over as the new President of The Associated Chambers of Commerce and Industry of India (Assocham).
- He replaces Niranjan Hiranandani, Co-Founder and MD, Hiranandani Group of Companies. Sumant Sinha, Chairman and Managing Director of ReNew Power, is the new Senior Vice-President of Assocham.
- The Associated Chambers of Commerce and Industry of India (ASSOCHAM) is one of the apex trade associations of India.
- The organisation represents the interests of trade and commerce in India, and acts as an interface between issues and initiatives.
- Assocham Headquarters: New Delhi.
- Assocham Founded:
INDIA'S FIRST GENDER DATA HUB IN KERALA
- The UN Women and Kerala government have collaborated to establish India’s first Gender Data Hub. A Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was signed in this regard in the presence of Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan.
- Three key areas of co-operation, as specified in the MoU, will be setting up the Gender Data Centre at The Gender Park, launching the second edition of the International Conference on Gender Equality, and increasing engagement on the global normative frameworks on gender equality and empowerment of women.
- The Gender Hub builds on the goals established through the International Conference on Gender Equality held in November 2015, to collect, analyse and use more nuanced data and inform policy formulation in a manner that centre-stage women’s rights.
- This collaboration will broaden and deepen various pioneering initiatives for gender equality and women empowerment launched by the Social Justice Department of Kerala through The Gender Park.
MAURITIAN BADMINTON PLAYER BANNED FOR TWO YEARS
- The Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) has banned Mauritian badminton player Kate Jessica Foo Kune for two years for an anti-doping violation.
- Foo Kune tested positive for a banned steroid during the 2019 African Badminton World Championships in Port Harcourt, Nigeria, but a Badminton World Federation (BWF) panel ruled she bore no fault or negligence.
- The 27-year-old escaped sanction after contending that her positive test was the result of sabotage and that her water had been spiked by an “ill-intentioned individual”.
- Court of Arbitration for Sport President: John Coates
- Court of Arbitration for Sport HQ: Lausanne (Switzerland).
ICICI BANK LAUNCHED ONLINE PLATFORM 'INFINITE INDIA'
- ICICI Bank has launched an online platform ‘Infinite India’ to support foreign companies to establish or expand business in India.
- The one-stop portal will offer banking solutions as well as value-added services such as the incorporation of a business entity, corporate filings, licences and registrations, HR services, compliances and taxation among others.
- Through this initiative, ICICI bank aims to strengthen its position in the multinational corporations (MNC) segment.
- The initiative is part of our strategy to further strengthen our technology-enabled offerings aimed to partner with foreign companies coming to India.
- ICICI Bank Headquarters: Mumbai, Maharashtra.
- ICICI Bank MD & CEO: Sandeep Bakhshi.
- ICICI Bank Tagline: Hum Hai Na, Khayal Apka.
NATIONAL CONSUMER RIGHTS DAY: DECEMBER 24TH
- National Consumer Rights Day is observed every year on December 24. On this day in 1986, the Consumer Protection Act 1986 received the Presidential assent and thus came into force.
- The Act aims to provide consumers with effective safeguards against different types of exploitation, such as defective goods, deficiency in services and unfair trade practices.
- This day provides an opportunity for people to highlight the importance of the consumer rights movement and the need to make every consumer more aware of their rights and responsibilities.
- ‘Jago Grahak Jago’, which means ‘Be aware consumer’, is a consumer awareness program launched by the Department of Consumer Affairs.
- As part of this initiative, the government has used channels to create consumer awareness through print, media advertisements, audio campaigns and video campaigns for consumer information and education.
- Minister of Consumer Affairs, Food and Public Distribution: Piyush Goyal.