Daily Current Affairs – 11th April 2020

‘Bharat Padhe Online’ Campaign Launched For Online Education

The Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD) has launched the ‘Bharat Padhe Online’ campaign with the aim of connecting people through online education in India and getting to know people’s views. Human Resource Development Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank started it on 10 April.

The objective of this campaign is to invite the best talent of India so that available digital education platforms can be promoted while removing the barriers of online education. Through this, suggestions and solutions will be directly shared with the Ministry and the available digital education platforms will be promoted.

10 April: World Homeopathic Day

World Homeopathic Day is observed every year on 10 April. The purpose of celebrating this day is to create awareness about the homeopathic system of medicine.

Birthday of Dr. Krihaniman, founder of Homeopathic

World Homoeopathic Day is celebrated on the occasion of the birthday of Dr. Christian Friedrich Samuel Hahnemann, the founder of Homoeopathic. Hahnemann was born on 10 April 1755 in Germany. This year (in 2020) 265th birth anniversary of Hahnemann was celebrated. In India, World Homeopathy Day is celebrated under the aegis of Ministry of AYUSH, Government of India.

Theme of World Homeopathic Day 2020 (Theme)

In India also, every year the Ministry of AYUSH determines the theme of World Homeopathic Day and it is celebrated as a special day throughout the country. This year, in 2020, the theme of this day is – ‘Increasing scope of homeopathy in public health’.

Homeopathy: a vision

Homeopathy is known as alternative medicine. Although the effect of its medicines is slow, but it removes diseases from the root. The most important thing is that homeopathy is not equal to the side effects of medicines.

Employees Provident Fund Organization

Employees’ Provident Fund Organization-EPFO) has so far settled claims of around 1.37 lakhs and about 279.65 crores under the government-initiated scheme in the context of the coronavirus (COVID-19) epidemic in the context of EPFO.

Key Points

It is noteworthy that the government has amended the Employees Provident Fund Rules in view of the COVID-19 epidemic and also included the ‘epidemic’ for reasons that take into consideration the non-refundable 75 percent of the total amount of the employees from their accounts. Permission to receive advance or three months remuneration, whichever is less.

With this decision of the government, the families of about 4 crore workers registered under EPF can avail this facility.

Apart from this, the EPFO ​​has also relaxed the process of birth date correction norms for ease of compliance with Know Your Customer-KYC.

Now EPFO ​​is accepting the date of birth recorded in the Aadhaar card of the customer as proof of correcting the date of birth as recorded in the PF record.

Also, all cases with variation up to three years in the date of birth are also being accepted by the EPFO.

Last month, Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman announced the government’s financial package to combat the outbreak of Coronavirus (COVID-19) epidemic, in which employers and employees (12 percent each) were to be paid for the next three months. , If the organization has 100 employees and 90 percent of them earn less than Rs. 15,000 / – per month.

According to analysts, this decision of the government will financially benefit various small organizations and will help maintain staff continuity on the payroll.

The Challenges

It is noteworthy that several EPFO ​​customers raised the issue of delay in settlement of claims, which is being investigated by the officers of the organization.

According to the EPFO, all applications complying with KYC norms are disposed of automatically, but the remaining applications are being scrutinized by the authorities, which is taking some time.

Step Down Relief From Lockdown In Kerala

Recently an expert committee formed in the state of Kerala suggested phased relief in lockdown after April 15 to prevent the spread of the virus to other parts of the state in addition to the 7 districts identified as hotspots of COVID-19 infection. is.

Main Point:

To deal with the challenge of COVID-19 in the state of Kerala, former Chief Secretary of the state K.K. A 17-member committee headed by M. Abraham presented its report to the Chief Minister on 6 April 2020.

Under this, the committee has suggested a three-stage lockdown relaxation after April 14, depending on the status of infection of COVID-19 in the state.

New cases of COVID-19 infections in the state will be reviewed in detail before giving limited relaxation to the movement of people in these three phases.

However, according to the committee, such a phased remission will only succeed if there is a steady improvement in infection cases and a decline in new cases of COVID-19 will result in the Infection Curve flattening and gradually decreasing the number of new cases of infection. Reach to.

The committee has also asked the government to suggest to the public that in the event of increase in new cases of infection, the public should be ready for a stringent lockdown again.

The committee has suggested phased relief in lockdown in the following three phases after April 14.

First Phase :

The lockdown exemption under this phase will include districts that have not received more than one new case of COVID-19 infection in the past week during the April 14 review.

Also, the number of persons monitored at home in the last one week has not increased by more than 10% and the district does not have a single COVID-19 hotspot as defined by the Department of Health.

Waiver Under First Stage:

It is mandatory to wear a mask to get out of the house.

To get out of the house, it is mandatory to keep an identity card and indicate the purpose of the journey.

Permission for only one person to go out of a house to fetch essentials (only for three hours)

Restrictions on the exit of people over 65 years of age with comorbidity problems.

Adherence to the Odd-Even system for private vehicles and complete ban on movement of vehicles on Sundays.

Complete ban on airplane and train travel.

Government offices and banks can be opened but only 50% employees will be allowed to attend, etc.

Phase II :

This phase will include state districts that do not have more than one new COVID-19 infection infection two weeks before the date of review.

From the first phase review till the time of the current / new review, the number of persons monitored at home should not have increased by more than 5%.

Also, no new COVID-19 hotspot center was found in the district between the two reviews.

Waiver under Phase II:

Auto (1 passenger only) and taxi (3 passengers only) can be allowed to run.

Buses can be allowed to run within a city or town limits for a limited distance with the permission of one person to sit on one seat.

MNREGA, Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises- MSME can be run.

No more than 20 people are allowed in weddings or bereavement meetings.

20 or 25% of the total workforce (whichever is higher) may be allowed in the work areas.

Phase III :

As suggested by the committee, under the third phase, the districts of the state will be selected for exemption in lockdown in which no new cases of infection of COVID-19 have been detected two weeks before the date of review.

The number of individuals monitored at home between the second and third stages of review should not have increased by more than 5%, and no area in the district has been identified as a COVID-19 hotspot between the two reviews.

Waiver under Phase III:

Permission for local flights for important passengers (health workers, patients etc.).

Permitting inter-district bus services with two-thirds (2/3) passengers of total capacity.

Permission for limited operation of information technology companies.

Permission to open schools, colleges, universities for examination.

No major religious, political or matrimonial ceremony is allowed.

14 days quarantine mandatory for entry into the state.

Additionally, the committee has also shared its strategy in the context of ending lockdown, COVID-19 hotspot areas and some other health and non-health issues for managing Vulnerable population.

15,000 Crores To States Under COVID-19 Fund

Recently, the Central Government has approved Rs 15,000 crore for the states under the project named ‘India COVID-19 Emergency Response and Health System Preparedness Package’.

Main Point:

This amount will be provided under 100% centrally funded scheme under ‘Mission Mode Approach’.

Of this amount, 7774 crore rupees will be given for immediate emergency response to COVID-19 epidemic and the remaining amount as medium-term assistance (1-4 years).

Phase of project:

The project will be implemented in three stages:

Phase I, January 202O to June 2020

Phase II, July 2020 to March 2021

Phase III, April 2021 to March 2024

Package objectives:

To slow down and limit the spread of COVID-19 epidemic in India through the development of diagnostics and dedicated treatment facilities.

To use this money in purchasing necessary medical equipments and medicines for the treatment of infected patients.

Strengthen health systems in the direction of prevention and preparedness of such epidemics for the future.

Strengthening bio-security preparedness, epidemic research and communication activities.

To coordinate between the various component units and implementing agencies related to the package according to the circumstances.

Package Benefits:

Purchase of personal protective equipment (PPE), isolation beds, ICU beds, ventilators, etc., will be necessary for the medical management of the COVID-19 epidemic.

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