National News-Daily Digest: 5 Key Updates

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1. Govt portal to keep tabs on antibiotics sales

Aiming to curb arbitrary consumption of antibiotics, the health ministry and the central drugs regulator are developing an online platform, where all chemists and druggists will have to register. Stockists and retailers will also be required to submit data on the stock they procure. Stocks returned to the manufacturer would also be updated on the centralised platform. Drug manufacturers will have to register themselves and update sales of drugs to distributors and wholesalers, with expiry dates.

2. Maharashtra to grow at 9.4% in 2016-17: Economic Survey

According to the Economic Survey for 2016-17 presented in Maharashtra’s legislature, the Gross State Domestic Product (GSDP) for 2016-17 is expected to grow by 9.4% compared to 8.5% in 2015-16. The surge in growth is largely due to a 12.5% growth in agriculture, 10.2% in electricity gas, water supply and other utility services and 10.8%in services. The state economy will grow faster than the Indian economy, which is expected to grow by 7.1% in 2016-17.

3. Now, the disabled can go places thanks to Enable Travel

Cox and Kings has launched its path-breaking ‘accessible holiday’ initiative named ‘Enable Travel’ that will offer customised travel experiences in 14 Indian cities for people with disabilities. Enable Travel has been designed and curated with the help of experienced travellers such as ABB’s Ganatra, Rustom Irani, a wheelchair-bound film-maker, Prabal Malakar, a former group captain affected by multiple sclerosis, Alim Chandani, Associate Vice-President at Centum Learning, who has a hearing impairment, and Shama Noorani, a PR consultant.

4. Centre seeks nod for additional spend of Rs. 11.35 lakh crore

The Centre has sought Parliament’s approval for additional spend of Rs. 11.35 lakh crore, including net cash outgo of Rs. 14,786.85 crore, as part of the third batch of supplementary demand for grants for 2016-17 tabled in the Lok Sabha. The main spends involving cash outgo include Rs. 3,292.94 crore towards payment of arrears of pension on implementation of Seventh Pay Commission and dearness relief and arrears arising out of ‘One Rank One Pension’. The other spends involving cash outgo include: Rs. 3,500 crore for providing additional funds for operation of Price Operation Cell under the ‘Price Stabilisation Fund’ scheme; Rs. 1,504.32 crore to the corpus for Credit Guarantee Trust Fund for Micro and Small Enterprises; and Rs. 900 crore for providing grants for the creation of capital assets under the Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana-Gramin.

5. Chandigarh renames highways of the state as district roads

Chandigarh administration has declared the state highways as ‘major district roads’ in order to avoid closure of liquor vends in the city. This comes after Supreme Court directed all states and union territories to close liquor vends on all national and state highways. All major roads in Chandigarh were state highways, as per a notification issued nearly 20 years ago.

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