27 February 2019

two-day national workshop on heat wave risk reduction on 27-28 February;-{conducting by NDMA}
~>This workshop aims to sensitise the States to the need of preparing and implementing specific Heat Action Plans. 
•Heat wave~> is considered if maximum temperature of a station reaches at least 40°C (Plains), 37°C(coastal stations) and 30°C(Hilly regions)
Quick Reaction Surface-to-Air missiles (QRSAM);-{India has successfully test-fired }
•It has been developed to replace the ‘Akash’ missile defence system, and has 360-degree coverage.
•It uses solid fuel propellant and has a strike range of 25-30 km with capability of hitting multiple targets.[It is capable of hitting the low flying objects.]
Warming imperils clouds that deter ‘hothouse’ conditions
~>Computer modeling shows that marine stratus clouds could disappear if atmospheric CO2 levels climb high enough, raising global temperatures.
•Stratocumulus clouds are low-level clumps or patches of cloud varying in colour from bright white to dark grey [Stratocumulus clouds can be present in all types of weather conditions, ]
Odisha has been applauded by The United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women (UN Women) for proposing 33% reservation for women in Parliament and the State Assemblies
•UN Women is the UN entity dedicated to gender equality and the empowerment of women. UN Women was established(in 2010) to accelerate progress on meeting their needs worldwide.
Banks may set repo rate as benchmark for lending;-
~>It will make the system more transparent since every borrower will know the fixed interest rate and the spread value decided by the bank.[It will help borrowers compare loans in a better way from different banks.]
•marginal cost of fund based lending rate (MCLR) is currently the benchmark for all loan rates. Banks typically add a spread to the MCLR while pricing loans for homes and automobiles.
Citizenship (Amendment) Bill 2016;-
~>Purpose for amending Citizenship Act of 1955.
~>After this illegal migrants from certain minority communities coming from Afghanistan, Bangladesh, & Pakistan will then be eligible for Indian citizenship
•Citizenship Act 1955;-
~>s the exhaustive law relating to citizenship in India.[is governed by Articles 5 to 11 (Part II)
•Article 9~>a person who voluntarily acquires citizenship of any other country is no longer an Indian citizen
Prompt Corrective Action (PCA);-
~>RBI has issued PCA framework to maintain sound financial health of banks. 
~>It facilitates banks in breach of risk thresholds for identified areas of monitoring(capital, asset quality etc.)
• It can even cap a bank’s lending limit to one entity or sector
World’s largest Bhagavad Gita:{
inaugurated at International Society for Krishna Consciousness (ISKCON) temple, Delhi
•book measures 2.8 meters by 2 meters and has 670 pages and weights at 800 kg
ricexpert’ App;-{by ICAR-NRRI}
~> provides information to farmers in real time on insect pests, nutrients, weeds, nematodes and disease-related problems
Exercise Sampriti-2019;-{held at Tangail, Bangladesh.}
~> is an important bilateral defence cooperation endeavour between India and Bangladesh
•exercise is aimed to strengthen and broaden the aspects of interoperability and cooperation between the Indian and Bangladesh Armies.
Delhi Declaration on digital health was adopted at the concluding session of the ‘4th Global Digital Health Partnership Summit.
• It calls for WHO’s leadership in digital health and for it to establish a specific mechanism to centrally coordinate digital health to assist its Member States


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