GS Paper II- Governance.

Gujarat Govt To Give ‘Namo’ Tablets To 3.5 Lakh College Students For Rs 1000.

Background

  • Around 3.5 lakh college students in Gujarat will get tablets at a subsidised rate of Rs 1,000 each under a state government scheme launched by chief minister Vijay Rupani in Ahmedabad on August 11, 2017.
  • Under this scheme, the first year college students in the state will get 7-inch ‘NAMO E-Tab’ tablets, which have a market value of Rs 8,000 each, by just paying Rs 1,000.
  • Several students, who had already registered for the scheme, received the tablets from the chief minister at the launch ceremony in Ahmedabad.

Highlights Of The Development-

  • NAMO E-Tab is the acronym for ‘New Avenues of Modern Education through Tablets’.
  • The state government has allocated Rs 200 crore for this scheme, Rupani said during the launch function.
  • In the coming days, more such events will be organised in different parts of state to distribute the tablets, which have voice-calling facility, a government release said.
  • Rupani said the government is not distributing such tablets for free because people, usually do not value such (free) things.
  • He announced that the government will spend Rs 30 crore, earned through the distribution of such subsidised tablets, on building digital infrastructure in college campuses across the state.
  • Rupani also added that their aim is to realise the dream of Prime Minister Narendra Modi to build a new India. Though the tablets, made by well known companies, are worth Rs 8000 in the market, and they are giving it at a token rate of Rs 1,000 to the college students.
  • He also announced that they will utilise the money earned in the process in making all the college campuses WiFi-enabled and to set up e-libraries and digital classrooms across the state.

Sources- Hindustantimes.

 

GS Paper I- History and Geography of the World and Society.

UN Declares Somalia Free Of Polio.

Background-

  • The UN World Health Organisation (WHO) said on August 13, 2017 that it had not recorded any case of polio disease in Somalia in the last three years, declaring the country polio free.
  • The WHO said the country recorded the last case of polio in 2014 in the central part of the country but has since then remained free of the paralyzing disease.
  • The UN health agency, however, warned Somalia remained vulnerable, calling for continued vaccination campaign.

Highlights Of The Development–

  • The head of the WHO Eastern Mediterranean, which covers Somalia, Mohamed Fiqi said that massive vaccination campaigns and commitment from government and international actors had ensured the polio virus did not recur in the Horn of Africa country.
  • Fiqi said that as the world edges closer to eradicating polio, keeping alert in countries that have high risk of polio importation like Somalia is more of priority than ever.
  • She also added that Somalia needs to continue to work to maintain and improve the level of population immunity against polio through target vaccination campaign and strengthening of the routine immunisation services and infrastructure.
  • The declaration by WHO keeps Somalia outside the last group of countries which still record cases of polio in the world.
  • Afghanistan, Nigeria and Pakistan are the remaining countries where polio is still being recorded. The WHO chief warned Somalia remains at risk of importation of the virus from these countries.
  • Somalia President Mohamed Abdullahi Farmaajo praised efforts to rid his country of the polio disease which he noted had subjected many children into suffering.
  • No cases were found for the past three years and no child was affected by this disease. Many of our children have suffered from polio for many years.
  • The three year polio-free celebration comes amidst the worst outbreak of measles the country has seen in years.
  • Somalia is also still responding to an outbreak of acute watery diarrhoea/cholera, which began in January 2017. Polio systems and networks are being used in both interventions.

Sources- Business Standard.

 

GS Paper III- Technology.

India’s First Aviation University To Be Inaugurated On Aug 18, 2017.

Background

  • The country’s first aviation university at Fursatganj in Uttar Pradesh’s Rae Bareli district is all set for inauguration on August 18, 2017.
  • The central university was planned as an autonomous body under the administrative control of the Ministry of Civil Aviation with an aim to facilitate and promote aviation studies, teaching, training and research. Air Vice Marshal (retired) Nalin Tandon has been appointed as the Vice Chancellor.
  • The university is planning the launch of its flagship programme in 2018 at its campus in Fursatganj. A number of management development programmes have also been planned and shall be conducted in subsequent years.

 

Key Points Of The Development-

  • The Cabinet had in 2013 given its approval to the proposal for setting up of the university. The Rajiv Gandhi National Aviation University Bill, 2013 had received the assent of the President of India and published in the Gazette of India on September 19, 2013.
  • About 26.35 acres of land available with the Indira Gandhi Rashtriya Uran Akademi, an autonomous flying training institute under the central government, was identified for setting up of the RGNAU in its first phase (2013-14 to 2018-19). Fursatganj lies at the border of Rae Bareli and Amethi.
  • In line with its objective of promoting aviation teaching and training, RGNAU has signed an MoU with GMR Aviation Academy for Joint PG Diploma in Aviation/ Airport Operations which is an employability oriented program focused at providing trained manpower to the industry, officials said.
  • The university is also planning to launch MBA programme in aviation management in near future, they said, adding RGNAU shall also be affiliating colleges/ institutes for B.Sc.(Hons.) in aircraft maintenance.
  • Civil Aviation Minister Ashok Gajapathi Raju, his deputy Jayant Sinha, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath, Congress vice president and Amethi MP Rahul Gandhi, among others are expected to attend the inaugural event.

Sources- The Hindu Business Line.