17.05.21 Daily APPSC Current Affairs.


Nearly 95% families in Andhra Pradesh under Aarogyasri


Nearly 95% families in Andhra Pradesh are benefitting from Aarogyasri, the state government’s flagship health scheme, with the enhancement of the annual income limit to Rs 5 lakh, according to health officials.

The Andhra Pradesh government has spent Rs 2,398 crore in bills since June 2019 to provide free healthcare under Aarogyasri. This is in addition to clearing Rs 680 crore in arrears of the previous government.

Under YSR Aarogyasri, patients can avail free treatment for as many as 2,434 diseases, including cancer. Around 130 super-speciality hospitals in Hyderabad, Bengaluru and Chennai have also been brought under the Aarogyasri network.


The state government has also taken up modernisation of government hospitals on a large scale under the Nadu-Nedu programme. As part of this programme, the government is working on 10,032 YSR village clinics, 560 urban health clinics, 1,147 primary health centres, 52 area hospitals and 191 community health centres across the state for infrastructure development.


The state government has set up 1,180 mobile clinics and ambulances through the 104 and 108 services departments with Rs 210 crore to provide emergency medical care. As part of the 104 services, medical personnel go to villages and provide 20 types of medical services, including diagnostics and supply of medicines.


Google Cloud Joined with SpaceX For Providing Satellite Internet Service


Google Cloud and SpaceX signed an agreement to provide Internet services through Starlink satellites.

Google will provide Cloud infrastructure for this connection project, and Space X will install ground terminals in Google’s cloud data center to connect to Starlink satellites. This will help provide fast Internet services in rural areas. This service will be available to customers before the end of the year 2021.

The first Starlink terminal will be set up in a Google datacentre in Ohio, United States. Earlier, Microsoft has signed a comparable settlement with SpaceX to connect its Azure cloud to Starlink.



SAMVEDNA Tele-Counselling to Children


SAMVEDNA is providing Tele Counselling to children affected by the Covid-19 Pandemic.

The SAMVEDNA remote counselling service aims to provide children with psychological support to solve their stress, anxiety, fear and other problems during the coronavirus pandemic.

The National Commission for the Protection of Children’s Rights provides this service (NCPCR).

Provide children with the following three types of consultations over the phone:

Persons in quarantine/isolation/covid care centres.

People whose parents or close relatives have tested positive for COVID.

Persons who have lost their parents due to COVID.

The service is available in a variety of regional languages and was introduced in September 2020.

The counsellors were taught by a renowned professor from the Department of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and his NIMHANS team.

SAMVEDNA is the acronym for “Sensitive action on mental health vulnerability through emotional development and necessary acceptance.”


Ministry of Tribal Affairs and Microsoft Signed MoU


The memorandum of understanding was signed by the Ministry of Education and Microsoft to digitally transform tribal schools, especially Eklavya Model Residential School (EMRS) and Ashram School.


Microsoft will make AI curriculum accessible to tribal students in both English and Hindi at all EMRS schools under the Ministry as part of an affirmative action programme to train educators and students in next-generation technologies such as Artificial Intelligence.

The aim of the programme is to bridge the gap between tribal students and other students in this area.

Teachers in Indian states will receive phased training to use productivity technologies such as Office 365 and AI applications in their teaching, helping them to provide students with a deliver blended or remote learning experiences in a more personalized, efficient and safe manner.

Students will be mentored on projects involving AI for social benefit and the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).


Article 311 of the Indian Constitution


Article 311 states that no government employee, whether from the central government or a state government, may be fired or suspended by a subordinate authority to the one who appointed him or her.

Section 2 of the article states that no civil servant shall be dismissed, suspended, or demoted from his or her position unless and until he or she has been told of the charges and has been given a fair opportunity to be heard on those charges.

If a government employee is convicted in a criminal case, he may be fired without DE under Article 311 (2) (a).


Sovereign Gold Bond Scheme – RBI

In collaboration with the RBI, the Central Government has decided to issue Sovereign Gold Bonds.

The Bonds will be offered through Scheduled Commercial Banks (excluding Small Finance Banks and Payment Banks), specified post offices, Stock Holding Corporation of India Limited (SHCIL), National Stock Exchange of India Limited, and Bombay Stock Exchange Limited.

 The minimum investment will be one gramme of gold.

Investors will be reimbursed at a fixed rate of 2.50 percent per year on the nominal value, payable semi-annually.

 Bonds will be sold only to individual residents, Hindu indivisible families, trusts, universities and charities.

 The bond has a maturity of 8 years. After the fifth year, you can opt out and exercise the right on the next interest payment date.



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