11-12.10.20 APPSC current Affairs

ANDHRA PRADESH

Andhra surpasses Bihar, tops nation in Covid recovery rate

 

Andhra Pradesh topped the country in terms of Covid-19 recoveries with over 94.4% recovery rate by surpassing Bihar (94.3%).

Only a few states/Union territories have achieved over 90 per cent recovery rate, including Chandigarh, Haryana, Jharkhand, Odisha, Punjab, Tamil Nadu and Uttar Pradesh. AP, which has the second-highest caseload in the country after Maharashtra, has witnessed a significant drop in new infections and increase in discharge numbers in the last 45 days.

 

The recovery rate remained under 50% before it crossed the same benchmark on August 1 due to the opening of state borders and lifting of restrictions on commercial activities as part of the unlocking process.

Andhra Pradesh first breached the daily 10,000-case milestone on July 29. Since then, the case total hovered around 8,000-10,000 range before it fell below the 8,000 daily case range by September 20. This has further come down to 4,000 to 6,000 range in the last 10 days.

The stabilisation trend for the last two months led to improvement in recovery rate to 70% by August 17, 80% by September 8 and over 90% on September 29, making AP top the country in terms of recovery rate.

INTERNATIONAL

China formally joins WHO led COVAX initiative on COVID-19 vaccine

China has formally joined COVAX, the global initiative for COVID-19 vaccine by signing an agreement with Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance.

The statement did not give details on the level of support Beijing will provide to the initiative.

The COVAX facility, led by the World Health Organization (WHO), aims to deliver at least 2 billion doses of vaccines by the end of 2021.

The WHO had said it had been negotiating with China for its participation in the initiative, with Russia and the United States so far choosing not to join.

More than 150 countries have joined the WHO led initiative to develop, produce, and fairly distribute an effective COVID-19 vaccine.

World Arthritis Day: 12 October

World Arthritis Day is observed globally on 12th October every year.

The day is celebrated to raise awareness about arthritis, an inflammatory condition which causes pain and stiffness in joints which can worsen with age.

There are more than 100 different types of arthritis, with different causes and treatment methods. The most common types are osteoarthritis (OA) and rheumatoid arthritis (RA).

This day was started by Arthritis and Rheumatism International (ARI) in 1996 in order to spread awareness about arthritis and encourage policymakers to help reduce the burden of arthritis.

 

NATIONAL

Education Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal ‘Nishank’ virtually inaugurates Gyan Circle Ventures

 

Union Minister for Education Ramesh Pokhriyal inaugurated the Gyan Circle Ventures.

It is a MeitY funded Technology Business Incubator (TBI) developed by the Indian Institute of Information Technology (IIIT), Chittoor, Andhra Pradesh.

It functions as a Technology Incubation and Development of Entrepreneurs (TIDE 2.0) incubation center.

These, ‘Gyan Circle ventures’ have the potential to infuse entrepreneurship in young minds.

It would also encourage them to become successful innovators.

PM Modi releases Rs 100 commemorative coin in honour of Vijaya Raje Scindia

 

Prime Minister Narendra Modi released a commemorative 100 rupee coin in the honour of Vijaya Raje Scindia.

One of the founder members of BJP, Vijaya Raje Scindia is also popularly known as the Rajmata of Gwalior.

Vijaya Raje Scindia was married to the last ruling Maharaja of Gwalior, Jivajirao Scindia.

In later life, she became a politician of considerable influence and was elected repeatedly to both houses of the Indian parliament.

She was also an active member, for many decades, of the Jana Sangh and co-founder of Bharatiya Janata Party.

Indian Navy Ships Sahyadri and Kora adjudged as Best Ships in FAF 2020

 

Fleet Award Function(FAF), 2020  was organised to mark the successful culmination of the Operational Cycle of the Eastern Fleet of the Indian Navy at Visakhapatnam.

During the event, the Fleet Operations Officer presented the Annual Report of activities and achievements of the Fleet for 01 Apr 19 to 31 Mar 20.

The event was also a worthy acknowledgement of the ships which under the Operation ‘Samudra Setu’ successfully rescued Indian Diaspora from various nations at an unprecedented scale, view COVID-19 pandemic.

Sixteen trophies were awarded in recognition of excellence in various operational verticals.

The most coveted trophies of Best Ship were awarded to INS Sahyadri amongst Capital ships and INS Kora amongst Corvettes and similar classes of ships.

All eight beaches recommended by Govt gets coveted International Blueflag Certification

 

Environment Minister Prakash Javadekar said that all eight beaches recommended by the Government have got the coveted International Blueflag Certification.

It is an outstanding feat, as no Blueflag nation has ever been awarded for 8 beaches in a single attempt.

The beaches which got International Blueflag Certification are Shivrajpur beach in Dwarka Gujarat, Ghoghla beach in Diu, Kasarkod and Padubidri in Karnataka, Kappad in Kerala, Rushikonda in Andhra Pradesh, Golden Beach in Odisha and Radhanagar beach in Andaman and Nicobar Islands.

In order to qualify for the Blue Flag, a series of stringent environmental, educational, safety and accessibility criteria is met and maintained.

A world-renowned award trusted by millions around the globe, the Blue Flag programme is operated under the auspices of the Foundation for Environmental Education, FEE and is headquartered in Copenhagen, Denmark.

 

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