National News-Daily Digest: 3 Key Updates
1. #MeToo: Union Minister MJ Akbar accused of sexual harassment by women journalists
India’s #MeToo movement has now reached the politicians. Women journalists have called out Union Minister and former journalist MJ Akbar’s name on Twitter.
It all began with the tweet from journalist Priya Ramani, who had written an article on Akbar in Vogue India in October last year, without naming the minister.
Mobashar Jawed “M.J.” Akbar is an Indian politician, who is the Minister of State for External Affairs, and a Member of Parliament in the Rajya Sabha, from Madhya Pradesh
2. India’s first ever National Environment Survey to kick off to kick off in 24 states, 3 UTs in Jan, 2019
In a first, around 55 districts across the country have been identified in 2018-19 for conducting an environmental survey covering various parameters like flora, fauna and pollution.
The earliest the first set of complete green data from the survey will be available is 2020, providing an important tool for policy makers for decision making at district, state and national.
A National Environment Survey is proposed under the ongoing Environmental Information System (ENVIS) Scheme of the ministry.
The data, information or maps flowing from the survey would contribute significantly towards valuation of eco-system services at district, state and national levels and arriving at their respective green gross domestic product.
The National Environment Survey is being undertaken for the first time by the Central Government in India. It would cover various parameters like flora, fauna, pollution, waste inventory mapping among others.
The government would begin a five-year exercise to compute district-level data on the country’s environmental health.
3. EAM Sushma Swaraj launches India for Humanity initiative in New Delhi
External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj launched India for Humanity initiative in New Delhi as part of 150th Birth Anniversary celebrations of Mahatma Gandhi being held over the next one year. With its focus on Mahatma Gandhi’s philosophy of compassion, caring and service to humanity, ‘India for Humanity’ features a year-long series of artificial limb fitment camps in a number of countries spanning the globe.
The External Affairs Ministry is collaborating for this with charitable organization Bhagwan Mahaveer Viklang Sahayata Samiti, BMVSS. Founded in 1975 and better known by its trademark limb Jaipur Foot, BMVSS is among the world’s largest organisations for the fitment of artificial limbs and till date has served over 1.73 million amputees.
The limb fitment camps, which aim to provide for the physical, economic and social rehabilitation of the differently-abled around the world by helping them regain their mobility and dignity to become self-respecting and productive members of the society, will be fully sponsored by Ministry.
The initiative will touch the lives of thousands of people who are in need of assistance and will span over one-year covering several countries.
The camps will be initially held in 12 countries identified through the Missions with financial support of Indian government.
The larger aim is to provide for the physical, economic and social rehabilitation of the differently-abled around the world by helping them regain their mobility and dignity to become self-respecting and productive members of society.