India Current Affairs 2017

National Framework for Malaria Elimination 2016-2030 released

Union Health and Family Welfare Minister Jagat Prakash Nadda has released the National Framework for Malaria Elimination (NFME) 2016-2030 at New Delhi.

The framework aims to eliminate mosquito borne malaria disease from the country by 2030. This is for the first time government’s health policy has framed intervention have deliverables and time-bound targets.

Under the new framework

  • Whole country will be divided into three categories as per malaria prevalence — low (Category 1), moderate (Category 2) and endemic (Category 3) States.
  • Objectives: (i) Eliminate malaria from all low and moderate endemic states/UTs by 2022 (ii) Reduce incidence of malaria to less than 1 case per 1000 population in all States/UTs and its elimination by 2024. (iii) Interrupt indigenous transmission of malaria in all category 3 states by 2027. (iv) Prevent re-establishment of malaria local transmission in areas where it has been eliminated and to maintain status of malaria-free in the country by 2030.
  • The milestones and targets are set for years 2016, 2020, 2022, 2024, 2027 and 2030 by when the entire country has to sustained zero indigenous cases and deaths due to malaria.
  • By the end of 2016 all States/UTs must include malaria elimination in their broader health policies.
  • By the end of 2017, all States/UTs are expected to bring down Annual Parasite Incidence [API] to less than one per thousand population.
  • By the end of 2020, 15 endemic (category 1) States/UTs are expected to interrupt transmission of malaria and achieve 0 indigenous cases and deaths due to malaria.


India, UAE ink 9 bilateral agreements for cooperation in various sectors 

India and United Arab Emirates (UAE) have signed 9 bilateral agreements covering cooperation in the various sectors.

These agreements were signed during the second day of Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi official visit to India.

Some Agreements are

  • MoU on Technical Cooperation in Cyber Space and Combating Cyber Crime: Provides common platforms for both countries for technical cooperation in Cyber Space and in the area of Combating Cyber Crime.
  • MoU for Participation institutional investors in Infrastructure Investments: It will help to establish a framework to facilitate participation of UAE institutional investors in Infrastructure Investments in India.
  • General Framework Agreement on Renewable Energy Cooperation: Provides for bilateral cooperation through investments, extensive projects, cooperation in R & D in renewable, knowledge sharing platforms and clean energy.
  • MoU in the Exploration and use of Outer Space for Peaceful Purposes: Framework for cooperation in space technology, science and applications including satellite communication, remote sensing and satellite based navigation.
  • MoU on Bilateral Currency Swap Arrangement: Promotes currency swap arrangement between the RBI & Central Bank of UAE for bilateral financial relations.
  • MoU on Trade: Facilitates both parties to exchange information on trade and business opportunities. It further facilitates procurement of Indian goods and services by UAE.
  • MoU for bilateral cooperation in Insurance sector: Aims at promoting cooperation between in the field of insurance supervision and increasing mutual understanding through regulatory and relevant supervisory information exchange.
  • Executive Programme for Cultural Cooperation (EPCC): Provides range of cultural exchange activities under the new EPCC from 2016 to 2018.
  • Letter of Intent for skill development and recognition of qualifications: Provides collaboration on mutual recognition of qualifications and skill developments.