6 September 2017 Current Affairs : National Nutrition Strategy, ‘Antara’ & ‘Chhaya’ contraceptives, DACA repeal

///6 September 2017 Current Affairs : National Nutrition Strategy, ‘Antara’ & ‘Chhaya’ contraceptives, DACA repeal

This Daily Current Affair Capsule is a brief collection of important news from national dailies and government releases on PIB useful for UPSC IAS, CDS, SSC CGL, NDA, etc.) It covers The Hindu, Indian Express, thewire.in. scroll.in, PIB, Govt Websites, Down to Earth.


National Important Current Affairs – 6 September 2017

■ The Ganpati Visarjan in the 125th Ganeshotsav celebrations in Pune is underway, in which lakhs of devotees have gathered for Ganesh idol immersion process.


■ The Supreme Court has directed all states to appoint a senior police officer for each district to serve as the nodal officer to ensure that cow vigilantism groups do not become lawless. A bench headed by chief justice Dipak Misra also directed the Centre to obtain instructions and apprise the court on what steps were being taken by them to prevent the problem.

The court was hearing three public interest litigation cases, challenging certain laws that shield vigilante cow protection groups in the country. The Centre had told the Supreme Court that cow vigilantism was a state subject. 


■ Jharkhand Governor Draupadi Murmu has given her assent to the Jharkhand Religious Freedom Bill-2017 along with the Land Acquisition Bill-2017.  The Jharkhand state government will now issue notification on the Religious Freedom Bill, after which it will become an Act, while Land Acquisition Bill will be sent before the President of India for final approval.


■ The Ministry of Health and Family Welfare has launched two new contraceptives, to expand the basket of contraceptive choices to meet the emerging needs of couples.

  • an injectable contraceptive MPA under the ‘Antara’ programme- being effective for three months
  • a contraceptive pill, ‘Chhaya’, in the public health system – effective for one week

The contraceptives, which are available for free in Medical Colleges and District Hospitals at present, have so far been launched in 10 states that includes Maharashtra, Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan, Karnataka, Haryana, West Bengal, Odisha, Delhi and Goa. The contraceptives are safe and highly effective.

In addition, Mission Parivar Vikas, a central family planning initiative has also been launched by the Ministry. The main objective of the Mission Parivar Vikas family planning initiative is to bring down the Total Fertility Rate to 2.1 by the year 2025.

Its focus is on improving access to contraceptives through delivering assured services, ensuring commodity security and accelerating access to high quality family planning services.

  • The mission is being implemented in 146 high focus districts with the highest total fertility rates in the country.
  • These districts are in the seven high focus, high Total Fertility Rates (TFR) states of Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan, Jharkhand, Chhattisgarh and Assam, which constitute 44% of the country’s population.


■ NITI Aayog has launched the National Nutrition Strategy aimed at Kuposhan Mukt Bharat, lays the roadmap for targeted action to address India’s nutritional needs.

The Nutrition Strategy framework envisages a Kuposhan Mukt Bharat – linked to Swachh Bharat and Swasth Bharat. It enables states to make strategic choices, through decentralized planning and local innovation, with accountability for nutrition outcomes.

Note that : In India 20% of children under five years of age suffer from wasting due to acute under-nutrition and it pays an income penalty of 9 to 10% due to a workforce that was stunted during their childhood.


International Current Affairs Capsule – 6 September 2017

■ Thousands of people from India, who had arrived in the US illegally as children, are fearing deportation after President Donald Trump decided to repeal an Obama-era amnesty programme Deferred Action for Children Arrival (DACA). Trump has repealed the DACA programme that granted work permits to immigrants who arrived in the country illegally as children.

The number of people from India who arrived in the US illegally as children, could be more than 20,000. Around 5500 Indians have already received the benefits under the DACA. With the termination of DACA, these individuals could face deportation at the discretion of the administration. In the vast majority of cases, DACA recipients who are gainfully employed in a variety of professions, including as doctors, lawyers, and engineers, will be unable to work legally in the United States.


■ United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres appealed to Myanmar authorities to end violence in the country’s Rakhine state. He yesterday warned that violence was creating a situation that can destabilize the region. The latest violence in Myanmar’s northwestern Rakhine state began on 25th of last month, when Rohingya insurgents attacked dozens of police posts and an Army base. The ensuing clashes and a military counter-offensive has killed at least 400 people and triggered the exodus of villagers to Bangladesh.


■ President Donald Trump has sent Kenneth Ian Juster‘s nomination to the US Senate for the next American ambassador to India. Juster has played a key role in the Indo-US ties under the Bush Administration. He has served as the Under Secretary of Commerce for Industry and Security from 2001 to 2005.

Juster would replace Richard Verma as the top American diplomat to India, who has put in his papers as Trump took over as the US President.


Economics Today’s Current Affair Capsule – 6 September 2017

Vodafone India has unveiled its unique initiative ‘Vodafone Eco-Ponds’ on the 125th anniversary of Ganeshotsav celebrations in the Pune city. The key idea for this initiative is to dissolve the Ganpati idols made of Plaster of Paris, in the pond such that people do not immerse it in the river bed, which eventually pollutes the river bed and disturb the marine life equilibrium.  In partnership with the NCL, they have used a solution of ammonium carbonate that dissolves the idol and leaves the sludge, which can be later filtered and re-used to make chalks and other products.


■ In Karnataka, noted journalist and activists Gauri Lankesh was shot dead at her residence in Bengaluru. Gauri Lankesh was the editor of popular Kannada tabloid Lankesh Patrike founded by her father and well-known writer P Lankesh. She was also part of a panel formed by State government to help surrender Naxals to reform.

■ Arunachal Pradesh Health and Family Welfare Minister Jomde Kena has passed away in Guwahati after prolonged illness, at age of 52-years. He represented Likabali constituency.


“Current Affairs Questions for UPSC IAS Prelims”

Q1. Who has been appointed as the new Union Minister of Railways?

  • A) Piyush Goyal
  • B) Nirmala Sitharaman
  • C) Dharmendra Pradhan
  • D) Suresh Prabhu


Q2. Which Indian-origin personality has been appointed as the acting President of Singapore?

  • A) S R Nathan
  • B) J Y Pillay
  • C) P K Krishnan
  • D) M k Patel


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