National News-Daily Digest: 3 Key Updates
1. GSI is the custodian of all meteorites
The Geological Survey of India (GSI) has been made the sole custodian and curator of all meteorites within the Indian boundary. It has been declared as the nodal agency for collection, preservation registration, and dissemination of all meteorite falls/finds within the country.
This was announced by the Ministry of Mines.
2. Odisha CM launches public bicycle sharing project & app
Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik launched a public bicycle sharing project and a mobile app. The bicycle sharing project and the mobile app is named ‘Mo Cycle’.
The Capital Region Urban Transport (CRUT) in association with Bhubaneswar Smart City Limited (BSCL), has brought in the Mo Cycle system, to reduce traffic congestion, enhance space efficiency, and improve air quality in the city. About 2000 MO CYCLES will be operated by three leading vendors, Hero-Hexi, Yaana, and Yulu, at about 400 plus Mo Cycle stations around the city. Riders can take the Mo Cycle from any location, and drop off at any destination of their choice. The operators will coordinate to ensure the redistribution, and availability of Mo Cycle, at locations with high demand, at any given time.
Unlike rentals under the PBS system, Mo Cycles, stored in a closely spaced network of stations, will be made available to riders for short-term, shared use. This new system would encourage use of same cycle by multiple riders every day.
Mo Cycle can be accessed by downloading the Mo Cycle App and registering with one of the three operators for a nominal monthly subscription.
The rider can locate the nearest MO CYCLE station and unlock the bike through QR code scan. After reaching the destination, the rider has to end the ride on App, manually lock and park the Mo Cycle, at any station for pick up by the subsequent rider.
The highlight of this service is that the first 30 minutes of the ride is free. The system will soon be linked with Odyssey Card, for easy payment. CRUT in association with Bhubaneswar Smart City Limited (BSCL), is also ensuring that technology interventions like GPS, cashless transactions through mobile app, and smart locks are integral part of the this system.
3. Gujarat top state in implementing Ayushman Bharat since rollout in September
The Ayushman Bharat-Pradhan Mantri Jan Arogya Yojana (AB-PMJAY), touted as the world’s largest government funded healthcare programme has notched up quite an impressive record in that short span. According to the National Health Agency, over 3.4 lakh beneficiaries have been treated under the scheme as of November 24.
Gujarat has been the top performer among the states in rolling out the scheme. It accounted for around 26% of the total number of hospital admissions cleared under the AB-PMJAY scheme in the two months since its launch on September 23.
Closely following Gujarat’s record of around 76,000 hospital admissions is Tamil Nadu with 54,273 admissions and Chattisgarh at 53,180, as per the health ministry’s data. Also ranking among the Top 5 states are Karnataka (40,216 hospital admissions) and Maharashtra (27,237).