Places in News Current Affairs - 2019

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DRC plans surveillance, vaccination training to tackle Ebola

Democratic Republic of Congo has been scaled up its fight against Ebola in country after World Health Organization (WHO), the global health body sounded an alarm over its outbreak. WHO declared disease an international health emergency after a Ebola case was confirmed in Goma, a densely populated eastern city that borders Rwanda.

Key Highlights

The discovery of Ebola case in Goma was triggering point for WHO against declaring the outbreak a global emergency as it signaled a change- inside Goma lies an international airport, which some health experts described as gateway to rest of the world.

As per WHOs’ Emergency Operations reporting over the course of these outbreak, people traveling from Goma, including across border into Rwanda, everyone’s being checked. Congolese supported by international committees have tested over 70 million travelers.

Strategy: As a team led by veteran Ebola researcher Jean-Jacques Muyembe, first thing is to train young people of decision (the strategy) so they would be in charge of vaccination, of surveillance and then involve population of Benin, of Mangina, to follow the strategy we will implement there.

International Community and DRC government have come up with a program aimed at strengthening response to Ebola outbreak over next 6 months, however they are calling on world to contribute more money to help contain deadly disease that has killed more than 1,700 people since August 2018.

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5th Dharma-Dhamma conference being held in Rajgir, Bihar

5th International Dharma-Dhamma conference is being held Rajgir International Convention Centre in Rajgir, Bihar from 27-28 July 2019. The conference was inaugurated Union Minister of State Kiren Rijiju who is also the Chief Guest of Conference. It is being hosted by Rajgir for 2nd time.

About 5th International Dharma-Dhamma conference

Objective: To address people about terror, violence and global warming prevalent in world. The 2-day conference also addresses subjects of Sat-Chit-Ananda and Nirvana Dharma-Dhamma Tradition which are pivotal topics of Buddhism.

Organised by: Nalanda University (NU) in collaboration with New Delhi’s Centre for Study of Religion and Society-India Foundation (CSRS-IF).

Participants: Almost 250 scholars and delegates from over 15 countries are participating in Conference.

Guest of Honour: Sri Lanka’s Home Minister Gamini Jaiwickrama Perera, Bhutan’s Home and Culture Minister Lyonpo Sherub Gyeltshen and Juna Akhada’s Awadheshananda Giri Ji Maharaj.

Significance:

Dharma-Dhamma conference being hosted by India benefit international community as well and also act as a platform for Hindu and Buddhist thinkers to express their views. It will help strengthen ties with other Asian countries.

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