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National News-Daily Digest: 6 Key Updates

Daily national news

1. PM Modi launches cleanliness drive: Sanitation cover more than 90%

 PM Modi launched the ‘Swacchta Hi Seva’ campaign – which will last until October 2, 2019 — as a call for “renewed energy and enthusiasm” to fulfill Mahatma Gandhi’s dream of a clean India.


 2. Website, helpline for prospective beneficiaries of Ayushman Bharat

 The 10-DIGIT cellphone number of a beneficiary will be his or her ticket to be part of the Pradhan Mantri Jan Arogya Yojana (PMJAY).
Even as “Ayushman Mitras” have been positioned in government hospitals in the districts where pilots have started, and the launch date of September 23 gets closer, the National Health Agency (NHA) has also started a website and a helpline number for prospective beneficiaries to check whether they have made it to the final list.

PMJAY is the tertiary-care arm of the NDA flagship health programme Ayushman Bharat. Under PMJAY, 10.74 crore families, according to their status as documented in the 2011 Socio-Economic Caste Census data, are to be given an annual health cover of Rs 5 lakh per family.
The website — — and the helpline (14555) are the NHA’s reply to several fake websites promising PMJAY enrolment.
Online verification takes off from the common system used by many consumer goods companies of tracing consumers through their mobile numbers.

A beneficiary only needs to key in his or her mobile number, which is verified through an OTP. If the person is on the verified list, eKYC with Aadhaar or any other identification document can be completed online. An individual can search whether she/he is an eligible beneficiary for PMJAY using cellphone number or ration card number, the name as it appears in the Socio-Economic Caste Census (SECC) data and RSBY URN.
The Health Ministry had tied up with the ministries of Rural Development and Panchayati Raj during the Gram Swaraj Abhiyan for seeding of mobile numbers in the SECC data.


3. India’s first exclusive dog park comes up in Hyderabad

Billed as the countrys first, an exclusive and certified ‘Dog Park’ boasting of facilities including a walking track, off leash areas and a clinic is all set for inauguration at Kondapur in Hyderabad.

Spread over 1.3 acres, the park has been developed by the Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC) at a cost of Rs 1.1 crore on a site which was earlier a dump yard.

It also has dog training and exercise equipment, splash pool, two lawns, an amphitheatre, loo cafe, separate enclosures for big and small dogs among other facilities.

This is the country’s first exclusive and first certified Dog Park. There will also be a Vet on site apart from dog trainer, protocols for cleaning as per standards and free vaccination will be administered (to the pets).


 4. Bengal scheme to combat human trafficking

In an attempt to combat human trafficking, the West Bengal government has rolled out a scheme, Swayangsiddha, in different districts of the State. Swayangsiddha, which means self-reliance, will be executed by the West Bengal Police. The scheme aims to empower young boys and girls to make informed choices so that they are less vulnerable to trafficking and child marriage. As the per the NCRB data West Bengal has highest recorded case of trafficking among the States.


5. In A Landmark Move, India Gets Its First Ever Gender-Neutral Hostel At TISS, Mumbai

 After the historic verdict by the Supreme Court to scrap Section 377 of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) that criminalised homosexuality, India has become the first-ever country to have a gender-neutral hostel.

The Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS) in Mumbai’s Deonar has become the first campus in the country to have a gender-neutral hostel.

This comes after the efforts by Queer Collective, an informal student body advocating a safe space for LGBTQ+ students.


6. NACO report: India has 21.40 lakh people living with HIV-AIDS

 India has approximately 21.40 lakh people living with HIV-AIDS, according to a report by National AIDS Control Organisation (NACO).

While new infections declined nationally between 2010 and 2017, there are inter-state variations. New infections in 2017 in Arunachal Pradesh increased by 65 per cent, in Assam by 37 per cent, Mizoram by 18 per cent, Meghalaya by 10 per cent and Uttarakhand by 4 per cent.

With 3.30 lakh people living with HIV-AIDS, Maharashtra has the highest number, contributing 15 per cent of the country’s total. Around 69,11,000 people died of AIDS-related causes in 2017. Annual AIDS-related deaths among people living with HIV-AIDS kept increasing till 2005, and then started to decline. Since the peak, the number of annual AIDS-related deaths have declined by almost 71 per cent.

At 2.04 per cent, Mizoram had the highest adult HIV prevalence, followed by Manipur at 1.43 per cent and Nagaland at 1.15 per cent. The report showed that India’s progress in dealing with the AIDS epidemic has been satisfactory, but sounded a note of caution.


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