a new Scheme “Operation Greens” was announced on the line of
“Operation Flood”, with an outlay of Rs.500 crore to promote Farmer
Producers Organizations (FPOs), agri-logistics, processing facilities and
professional management. Accordingly, the Ministry has formulated a scheme
for integrated development of ‘Tomato, Onion and Potato’ (TOP) value
Enhancing value realisation of TOP farmers by
targeted interventions to strengthen TOP production clusters and their
FPOs, and linking/connecting them with the market.
Price stabilisation for producers and consumers by
proper production planning in the TOP clusters and introduction of dual
Setting up of a market intelligence network to
collect and collate real time data on demand and supply and price of TOP
scheme will have two-pronged strategy of Price stabilisation measures (for
short term) and integrated value chain development projects (for long
The Human Immunodeficiency Virus and Acquired Immune
Deficiency Syndrome (Prevention and Control) Act, 2017,
came into force on September 10, 2018. It aims to prevent and
control the spread of HIV and AIDS in the country and
provides for penalties for discrimination against those affected
by the virus.
The Act, safeguards the rights of people living
with HIV and affected by HIV.
Grounds on which discrimination against HIV positive
persons and those living with them is prohibited:-
include the denial, termination, discontinuation or unfair treatment with
Health care services,
Residing or renting property,
Standing for public or private office, and
Provision of insurance (unless based on actuarial studies).
for HIV testing as a pre-requisite for obtaining employment or
accessing health care or education is also prohibited.
of a infected person as per the Act: –
Every person below the age of 18 years has the right
to reside in a shared household and enjoy the facilities of the household.
Prohibits any individual from publishing information or
advocating feelings of hatred against HIV positive persons and those
living with them.
Family or guardian of a person below the 18
years of age to be applicable in the matters relating to admission
to educational establishments, operating bank accounts, managing property,
care and treatment, amongst others.
ST Status to
the Six Communities of the Assam.
has given approval to grant ST status to six communities of Assam
namely:- Tai Ahom, Koch Rajbongshi, Chutia, Tea Tribes, Moran and
Government also provides full safeguards to protect the interests,
rights & privileges of existing Scheduled Tribes of Assam.
Bill will be brought to grant ST status to
Bodo Kacharis in Hill districts of Assam and Karbis in the rest of Assam.
Every person in the care and custody of the
state shall have right to HIV prevention, testing, treatment and
Union Minister for Women and Child Development launched a web portal, NARI (National Repository of Information for Women), which will provide information on all government schemes for women.
Users can log on to http://www.nari.nic.into access information on different programmes offered by various state governments as well as the Centre.
The NARI portal carries details on 350 different schemes for women.
The schemes are divided into seven different categories — education, health, employment, housing and shelter, addressing violence, decision making and social support.
In this Portal Website for NGOs called e-SAMVAD, an interactive portal allowing NGOs to contact the ministry and share their feedback, suggestions grievances and their best practices.
The move aims at improving security for women by providing them a tool to alert the local police.
NARI will provide information to women on issues affecting their lives. There are tips on good nutrition, suggestions for health check ups, information on major diseases, tips for job search and interview, investment and savings advice, information on crimes and against women and reporting procedures, contacts of legal aid cells, simplified adoption procedures and much more.
It will endow women with the power of information to build their life skills and facilitates them in taking full advantage of the services provided by the Government for them.
150th anniversary of the
organisation of the periodic table,
UNESCO has launched the International Year of the Periodic Table. The
International Union of Pure Applied Chemistry (IUPAC) is responsible for
maintaining the periodic table. IUPAC is an international federation of
National Adhering Organizations that represents chemists in individual
countries. It is a member of the International Council for Science (ICSU). Headquarters
of IUPAC is in Zürich, Switzerland.
Corruption Perception Index 2018 has
index ranks 180 countries and territories by their perceived levels of public
sector corruption according to experts and businesspeople. The Transparency
International’s Corruption Perception Index makes the observations: Denmark
is the world least corrupt country scoring 88 out of 100 points. Denmark is
followed by New Zealand and Finland.
has been ranked last with a score of 10 behind South Sudan and Syria.
than two-thirds of evaluated countries scored below 50 points, while the
average score remained at last year’s level of only 43 points.
the first time the United States dropped out of the top 20 and it was ranked at
with Brazil, US were placed in the watch list by Transparency International.
3. The Future of Rail Report has been released by the International
Energy Agency (IEA).
how the role of rail in global transport might be elevated as a means to reduce
the energy use and environmental impacts associated with transport.
in 1974 as per framework of the OECD.
IEA works to ensure reliable, affordable and clean energy for its 30 member
countries and beyond. Our mission is guided by four main areas of focus: energy
security, economic development, environmental awareness and engagement
(Secretariat): Paris, France
4.The Africa Centre for Climate and Sustainable Development was
inaugurated by the Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte at Rome.
centre has been opened by the Italian government in association with the United
Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the Food and Agricultural Organisation
Goenka is the new chairman of BARC.
It is a
collaborative Industry Company founded in 2010 by stakeholder bodies that
represent Broadcasters, Advertisers, and Advertising and Media Agencies.
was set up as per guidelines of the Ministry of Information & Broadcasting,
Government of India.
of BARC India are Indian Broadcasting Foundation, Indian Society of Advertisers
and Advertising Agencies Association of India.
The central banks of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and Saudi Arabia have
launched a common digital currency called ‘Aber’, which will be used in financial
settlements between the two countries through Block chains and Distributed
use of the currency will be restricted to a limited number of banks in each
state. In case that no technical obstacles are encountered, economic and legal
requirements for future uses will be considered.
Vote- on- account, Full budget and Interim Budget: A vote on account essentially means
that the government seeks the approval of Parliament for meeting expenditure —
paying salaries, ongoing programmes in various sectors etc — with no changes in
the taxation structure, until a new government takes over and presents a full
Budget that is revised for the full fiscal.
Budget deals with
both expenditure and revenue side but Vote-on-account deals only with the
expenditure side of the government’s budget.
Budget: An Interim
Budget is not the same as a ‘Vote on Account’. While a ‘Vote on Account’ deals
only with the expenditure side of the government’s budget, an Interim Budget is
a complete set of accounts, including both expenditure and receipts. An Interim
Budget gives the complete financial statement, very similar to a full Budget.
National Agricultural Higher Education Project (NAHEP)
ICAR has recently launched Rs 1100 crore ambitious National Agricultural Higher
Education Project (NAHEP).
attract talent and strengthen higher agricultural education in the country.
by the World Bank and the Indian Government on a 50:50 basis
Main objective of the NAHEP for India is to support participating agricultural
universities and ICAR in providing more relevant and higher quality education
to Agricultural University students. In addition, a four year degree in
Agriculture, Horticulture, Fisheries and Forestry has been declared a
government of Uttar Pradesh has approved the construction of the Ganga
600km long expressway would be the longest expressway in the world.
expressway will provide for better connectivity of the Prayagraj (Allahabad) to
Golden langur breeding project in Assam:
Assam has announced the success of the
Golden Langur Conservation Breeding Programme in the State. The golden langur
conservation project was undertaken at the Assam State Zoo in Guwahati during
the 2011-12 fiscal.
golden langur (Trachypithecus geei) is currently endangered.
from a 60 square mile area in north-western Assam, small populations are found
in Bhutan and Tripura.
Union Human Resources Development Ministry has signed an agreement with
Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) for
India’s Participation in Programme for International Student Assessment- PISA
students will be selected by PISA through random sampling. The schools run by Kendriya
Vidyalaya Sangathan (KVS), Navodaya Vidyalaya Samiti (NVS) and schools in the
UT of Chandigarh would be participating.
India’s participation in PISA- 2021 would lead to recognition and
acceptability of Indian students and prepare them for the global economy in the
had taken part in Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA)
in 2009 and bagged the 72nd rank among 74 participating countries. Then UPA
government had boycotted PISA, blaming “out of context” questions for India’s
the HRD Ministry, under the NDA-II government, revisited this decision in 2016
and the Kendriya Vidyalaya Sangathan (KVS) had set up a committee to review the
matter and submitted its report in December 2016. The report recommended for
participation in test in 2018. However, India missed the application deadline
for the 2018 cycle.
Non-communicable diseases (NCDs) — mainly
cardiovascular diseases, chronic respiratory diseases, diabetes and cancer —
continue to be the top killers in the South-East Asia Region, claiming 8.5
million lives each year, according to the World Health Organisation (WHO).
the NCDs has been listed by the WHO as its health goal for this year along with
reducing mortality related to air pollution and climate change, global
influenza pandemic etc.
13.New Delhi Superbug Gene Reaches
a significant find in the global spread of multi-drug resistant (MDR) bacteria,
scientists have found a “superbug” gene — first detected in over a decade back
— in one of the last “pristine” places on Earth that is some 12,870 km away.
samples taken in Svalbard
— a Norwegian archipelago between mainland Norway and the North Pole — have now
confirmed the spread of blaNDM-1 (New Delhi Metallo-beta-lactamase-1)
into the High Arctic. Carried in the gut of animals and people, blaNDM-1
and other ARGs were found in Arctic soils that were likely spread through the
faecal matter of birds, other wildlife and human visitors to the area.
called multi-resistant, is a bacterium that carries several resistance
genes. These are resistant to multiple antibiotics and are able to survive even
after exposure to one or more antibiotics.
Delhi to Introduce MSP based on Swaminathan Commission Report: The Delhi government has decided to
introduce Minimum Support Price (MSP) for farmers based on the report of the MS
three-member committee was formed in December to study the MS Swaminathan
Commission’s report. The committee has submitted its report. The report will be
put before experts for suggestions. Once the MSP is finalised, the government
will hold meetings with farmers, seeking their views and thereafter it will be
sent to the Cabinet.
National Commission on Farmers
(NCF), with MS Swaminathan as its chairman, was formed in 2004.
To come up with a system for sustainability in farming system and make it more
profitable and cost competitive in farm commodities.
also recommend measures for credit and other marketing steps
commission submitted five reports between December 2004 and October 2006. The
fifth and final report is considered the most crucial as it contains
suggestions for the agriculture sector as a whole.
Niti Aayog 2.0: In
a paper titled ‘Towards India’s New Fiscal Federalism’, former Finance
Commission chairman Vijay Kelkar has pitched for setting up of a ‘new Niti
Aayog’ and giving it responsibility for allocating capital and revenue grants
to the states.
the Planning Commission, which was promoting regionally balanced growth in
India, by the Niti Aayog, a think tank, has reduced the government’s
policy reach. Therefore, the need has arisen for an institution to do the job
at hand related to the structural issues including removal of regional
imbalances in the economy.
Indus Waters Treaty: Pak
delegation has arrived in Delhi for Chenab under Indus Waters Treaty project
tour is an obligation imposed on both the countries by the Indus Waters Treaty
1960 between India and Pakistan. Under the treaty, both the commissioners are
mandated to inspect sites and works on both the sides of Indus basin in a block
of five years. Since signing of the treaty, a total of 118 such tours on both
the sides have been undertaken by the commission.
in 1960 by then Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru and then Pakistan
President Ayub Khan, the treaty allocates 80% of water from the
six-river Indus water system to Pakistan.
the treaty, control over six north Indian rivers was divided between the two
countries. India got control over the rivers Beas, Ravi and Sutlej whereas
Pakistan got control over Indus, Chenab and Jhelum.
is a unique treaty involving a third party. It was brokered by the World
Permanent Indus Commission was set up as a bilateral commission to implement
and manage the Treaty. The Commission solves disputes arising over water
Treaty also provides arbitration mechanism to solve disputes amicably.
Indian Railways’ fastest Train 18 named Vande Bharat Express: India’s first indigenously built
engineless semi-high speed train, Train 18, has been named Vande Bharat Express.
train is set to run between Delhi and Varanasi at a maximum speed of 160 kmph.
18 is a flagship train set; the first prototype has been built by the Integral
Coach Factory, Chennai, in a record time of 20 months.
train is a 100% ‘Make in India’ project and is claimed to be built at half the
cost of a similar train set that is imported.
is a self-propelled engine-less train (similar to the Metro trains) and is
energy-efficient as its coaches will be fitted with LED lights. Coaches will
have automatic doors and retractable footsteps.
will be inter-connected with fully sealed gangways along with a GPS-based
Passenger Information System. It is provided with of Bio toilets.
Atal Setu of Goa:
“Atal Setu” on the Mandovi River in Goa has been inaugurated.
of the bridge: It
is 5.1-km long cable-stayed bridge connecting state capital Panaji with north
Goa. The bridge is constructed by the GIDC (Goa Infrastructure Development
Corporation) in collaboration with construction major Larsen and Toubro.
also known as the Mandovi River,
is known as a lifeline in the northern parts of Karnataka. The river originates
and flows for 28 kilometer in Karnataka and goes through Maharashtra and Goa
before meeting the Arabian Sea.
Report on ‘e-waste’ by UN: To
highlight the rising challenge posed by mountains of discarded electronics
worldwide, seven UN entities have come together to launch the report- “A New
Circular Vision for Electronics – Time for a Global Reboot”- at the
World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, in a bid to offer some solutions to
a behemoth-sized problem that is making the world sicker and adding to
joint report calls for a new vision for e-waste based on the “circular economy”
concept, whereby a regenerative system can minimize waste and energy leakage.
export, though, is regulated under the Basel Convention on the Control
of Transboundary Movement of Hazardous Wastes and Their Disposal, which has
been ratified by 188 nations.
Ratna is the highest civilian award of the Republic of India. The
provision of Bharat Ratna was introduced in 1954.
Eligibility: Any person without distinction of
race, occupation, position or sex is eligible for these awards.
is no written provision that Bharat Ratna should be awarded to Indian
is awarded in recognition of exceptional service/performance of the highest
order in any field of human endeavour. The award was originally limited to
achievements in the arts, literature, science and public services but the
government expanded the criteria to include “any field of human endeavour”
in December 2011.
terms of Article 18 (1) of the Constitution, the award cannot be used as
a prefix or suffix to the recipient’s name. However, should an award winner
consider it necessary, he/she may use the expression in their
biodata/letterhead/visiting card etc. to indicate that he/she is a recipient of
Awards – one of the highest civilian Awards of the country, are conferred in
three categories, namely, Padma Vibhushan, Padma Bhushan and Padma Shri. They
were instituted in the year 1954. The Awards are given in various disciplines/
fields of activities, viz. – art, social work, public affairs, science and
engineering, trade and industry, medicine, literature and education, sports,
civil service, etc.
Padma Vibhushan- is
awarded for exceptional and distinguished service ;( it is a second degree
Bhushan is awarded for distinguished service of high order. (It is a third
Shri is awarded for distinguished service in any field. (It is a fourth degree
awards are announced on the occasion of Republic Day every year.
award is normally not conferred posthumously. However, in highly deserving
cases, the Government could consider giving an award posthumously if the demise
of the person proposed to be honoured has been recent, say within a period of
one year preceding the Republic Day on which it is proposed to announce the
Nitrogen pollution: A
major international research programme is being carried out to tackle the
challenge that nitrogen pollution poses for environment, food security, human
health and the economy in South Asia. The research programme will be carried
out by South Asian Nitrogen Hub.
Jaipur Literature Festival: The
historic Diggi Palace is hosting the five-day Jaipur Literature Festival.
Jaipur Literature Festival is an annual literary festival which takes place in
the Indian city of Jaipur each January.
was founded in 2006, and from 2008 has been produced by Teamwork Arts.
values are to serve as a democratic, non-aligned platform offering free and
ISRO’s first mission of 2019
has successfully launched Microsat-R, a military satellite and KalamSat
onboard its Polar rocket PSLV C44, in the first mission for the ISRO in 2019.
Microsat-R is meant for military use.
is a communication
satellite with a life span of two months. The nanosatellite is a 10cm cube
weighing 1.2 kg. It was the first to use the rocket’s fourth stage as an
orbital platform. It is the world’s lightest and first ever 3D-printed
mugger crocodile, also called marsh crocodile or broad-snouted crocodile, has
come to the centre of renewed attention in Gujarat, where the Forest Department
has started evacuating muggers from two ponds on the Sardar Sarovar Dam
premises on the Narmada, to facilitate a seaplane service at the Statue of
extinct in Bhutan and Myanmar
as vulnerable on the IUCN Red List since 1982
India, it is protected under Schedule I of the Wildlife Protection Act, 1972
National Girl Child Day (NGCD): National
Girl Child Day (NGCD) was observed on 24th January with objectives of
generating awareness on the issue of declining Child Sex Ratio (CSR) and creates
a positive environment around valuing the girl child. The programme also observed
anniversary of Beti Bachao Beti Padhao (BBBP) Scheme. National Girl Child Day
was first initiated in 2008.
Theme: “Empowering Girls for a Brighter
increase the consciousness of the people and offer new opportunities to the
girl child in the society.
remove all the inequalities faced by the girl child.
ensure that the girl child should get all their human rights, respect and value
in the country.
work regarding gender discrimination, to educate people.
list of 10 Global health threats
World Health Organisation (WHO)
list of 10 global health threats which demand immediate attention from W.H.O
and health partners in 2019 has been released. According to the WHO, unless
steps are taken to address these threats millions of lives are at risk.
are the 10 health issues that demand urgent attention from WHO and
partners in 2019.
pollution and climate change
and vulnerable settings: More than 22% of the world population lives in places
where protracted crisis (through a combination of challenges such as drought,
famine, conflict and population displacement) and weak health services leave
people without access to basic care
and other high-threat pathogens
primary health care
hesitancy: Vaccination is one of the most cost-effective ways of avoiding
disease, however, the reluctance or refusal to vaccinate despite the
availability of vaccines, threatens to reverse progress made in tackling
Teerth Darshan Yojana: Under the scheme, a group of Indian diaspora will be
taken on a government-sponsored tour of religious places in India twice a year.
group will be taken to the religious places of all major religions in India.
tour would be completely government sponsored.
the eligibility criteria, all people of Indian-origin, aged between 45 and 65
can apply and a group will be selected out of them.
first preference will be given to people from ‘Girmitiya countries’ such as
Mauritius, Fiji, Suriname, Guyana, Trinidad and Tobago and Jamaica.
or Jahajis are descendants of indentured Indian labourers brought to Fiji,
Mauritius, South Africa, East Africa, the Malay Peninsula, Caribbean and South
America (Trinidad and Tobago, Guyana and Suriname) to work on sugarcane
plantations for the prosperity of the European settlers and save the Fijians
from having to work on these plantations and thus to preserve their culture.
term Girmitiya was coined by Mahatma Gandhi who referred to himself as first
countries where these indentured Indian labourers settled are known as
Union Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change have notified the 2019
Coastal Regulation Zone (CRZ) norms, replacing the existing CRZ norms of 2011.
new CRZ norms have been issued under Section 3 of the Environment Protection
new CRZ norms aim to promote sustainable development based on scientific
promote sustainable development based on scientific principles taking into
account the natural hazards such as increasing sea levels due to global
conserve and protect the environment of coastal stretches and marine areas,
besides livelihood security to the fisher communities and other local communities
in the coastal area
Vigil: It is the
first coastal defence Exercise, conducted by the Navy and Coast Guard, in close
coordination with State Governments and Union Territories. It was the largest
such exercise the country had ever witnessed in recent times and saw
participation by more than 100 ships, aircraft and patrol boats manned and
operated by various security agencies.
comprehensively and holistically validate the efficacy of the measures taken
Mekedatu project: The
Karnataka Government has submitted a detailed project report (DPR) of the
Mekedatu project to the Central Water Commission (CWC). As per the DPR, the
total project cost will be the Rs 5,900 crore.
the DPR will be placed before the Cauvery Water Management Authority (CWMA) and
after its approval, will be brought before the Advisory Committee of the Union
Ministry of Water Resources.
DPR will be examined in specialised directorates of CWC including the
Inter-State Matters Directorate, and if found acceptable, will be submitted to
the Advisory Committee of Irrigation and Multipurpose Projects of the Ministry
of Water Resources, for acceptance.
the basis of the note prepared by CWC and deliberations during the meeting of
the Advisory Committee, a decision on acceptance of the project will be taken.
‘Size India’ project
Clothing Manufacturers Association of India (CMAI) will work with the Union Ministry of
Textiles in the “Size India” project, which is expected to be launched next
will conduct a study across India to arrive at standard sizes.
‘Size India’ project will help creates an India-specific size chart for the
textiles and garment industry.
arrive at standard Indian sizes for apparels
project will reduce overall prices and the consumers will stand to benefit from
the project, anthropometric data will be collected from 25,000 sample (with men
and women in equal numbers) population in age group 15 to 65 years across six
will create database of measurements that will result in standardized size
chart which is representative of Indian population and can be adopted by
Arrow 3 interceptor system
3 interceptor system was recently successfully tested.
3 is intended to serve as Israel’s highest-altitude missile interception
is jointly funded, developed and produced by Israel and the United States.
system is designed to shoot down missiles above the atmosphere.
Arrow system, partly financed by the United States, was developed and produced
by Israeli Aerospace Industries in partnership with Boeing.
3 may serve as an anti-satellite weapon, which would make Israel one of the
world’s few countries capable of shooting down satellites.
36. Global Talent Competitive Index 2019
Talent Competitive Index (GTCI) for 2019 has been released.
launched in 2013, is an annual benchmarking report that measures the ability of
countries to compete for talent.
is released by INSEAD business school in partnership with Tata Communications
and Adecco Group.
report measures levels of Global Talent Competitiveness by looking at 68
variables such as ease of hiring, gender earnings gap, and prevalence of
training in firms.
‘time bomb’ is ticking
generations face an environmental “time bomb” as the world’s groundwater
systems take decades to respond to the present day impact of climate change,
scientists have warned.
As per the
findings by an international team of researchers, groundwater reserves are
already under pressure as the global population explodes and crop production
rises in lockstep. But the extreme weather events such as drought and record
rainfall — both made worse by our heating planet — could have another
long-lasting impact on how quickly reserves replenish.
Pravasi Bhartiya Divas 2019: The
15th annual Pravasi Bhartiya Divas (PBD) is being held in Varanasi, Uttar
Pradesh. Usually celebrated on or around 9th January, the grand scale of
arrangements that went behind this year’s celebrations pushed the event to
Guest: The Prime
Minister of Mauritius, Pravind Jugnauth.
Theme: “Role of Indian Diaspora in
building New India”.
first chapter of Pravasi Bhartiya Divas was held in 2003 to recognise the
contributions of NRIs in academic and professional fields across the world.
reason 9th January is usually set aside for celebrating Pravasi Bhartiya Divas
is that Mahatma Gandhi returned from South Africa on this day in 1915.
conventions provide a platform to the overseas Indian community to engage with
the government and Indian communities in India for mutually beneficial
activities. These conventions are also very useful in networking among the
overseas Indian community residing in various parts of the world and enable
them to share their experiences in various fields.
Flamingo Festival at Pulicat Lake
Festival is held every year to promote tourism in Pulicat and Nellapattu.
Flamingo Festival is being organised for the past 12 years.
Bird Sanctuary: It
is considered one of the biggest habitats for some hundreds of pelicans and
other birds. Located about 20 km north of the Pulicat Lake on the Andhra
Pradesh-Tamil Nadu border, the sanctuary is spread in about 459 hectares.
Pulicat Lake: It is
the second largest brackish water lake or lagoon in India, after Chilika Lake.
It straddles the border of Andhra Pradesh and Tamil Nadu states with over 96%
of it in Andhra Pradesh. The lake encompasses the Pulicat Lake Bird Sanctuary.
The barrier island of Sriharikota separates the lake from the Bay of Bengal and
is home to the Satish Dhawan Space Centre. Two rivers which feed the lagoon are
the Arani River at the southern tip and the Kalangi River from the northwest,
in addition to some smaller streams. The Buckingham Canal, a navigation
channel, is part of the lagoon on its western side.
Smart Food Executive Council: Associations
including the Asia-Pacific Association of Agricultural Research Institutions
(APAARI), Forum for Agricultural Research in Africa (FARA), West and Central
African Council for Agricultural Research and Development (CORAF), Food
Agriculture and Natural Resources Policy Analysis Network (FANRPAN), and the
International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics (ICRISAT)
together have formed the Smart Food Executive Council.
Alliance to End Plastic Waste (AEPW)
Global Economy Watch report has been released by London based multinational
professional services network- PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC).
ISRO’s Young Scientist programme
120 long years, researchers in Sikkim have rediscovered the Small Wood brown
butterfly species from Bakhim in Khangchendzonga National Park.
Two new species of moss rose discovered in south India
The Odisha government is planning to move its district mineral foundations
(DMF) to its steel and mines department from the planning and convergence
department. The plan to move the DMFs aims to improve implementation and use of
50.Bihar’s heath department has
imposed a blanket ban for 15 days on sale of fish from Andhra Pradesh and West
Bengal in capital Patna after samples were found to be contaminated with
formalin. The ban includes storage and transportation of fish from Andhra
Pradesh and West Bengal.