Current Affairs 2017 – May

May 31: World No Tobacco Day

World No-Tobacco Day (WNTD) is observed every year across the world on 31 May. This day highlights the health risks associated with consumption all forms of tobacco and advocates for effective policies to reduce tobacco consumption. In 1988, World Health Assembly of WHO had passed a resolution calling for the celebration of World No Tobacco Day, every year on May 31. Since then, the WHO has supported the observance of World No Tobacco Day (WNTD) every year. WNTD is one of eight official global public health campaigns marked by the WHO.

Salient Highlights

WHO has released a report ahead of the World Tobacco which has made the following observations:

According to the report, smoking and tobacco use kills more than 7 million people every year. Hence, Tobacco has emerged as world’s single biggest cause of preventable death. The report has estimated that by 2030, over 80% of the deaths will occur in developing countries which are increasingly targeted by tobacco companies.

The economic cost of tobacco use is estimated to be more than $1.4 trillion (1.3 trillion euros) spent each year by the households and governments in healthcare expenditures and lost productivity. It roughly corresponds to nearly 2% of the global gross domestic product (GDP).

The report has also highlighted the dire environmental impact of tobacco production, distribution and waste. This is the first time the report has looked into the environmental impact of tobacco use. Tobacco farming is one of the main reasons behind deforestation in many countries. This is because huge amount of wood are needed for curing tobacco. The report also estimates that the tobacco industry emits nearly four million tonnes of carbon dioxide equivalent annually.

The report has urged the countries to take tougher measures against tobacco use in the workplace and indoor public spaces.


India Mobile Congress (IMC 2017) to be held in September

India Mobile Congress 2017 (IMC 2017) is scheduled to be held as a three day event from 27th to 29th September 2017 in New Delhi. This was announced by the Union Minister for Communications Manoj Sinha. This is the first time India is all set to host its own mobile mega show.

The Indian telecom market is the second-largest in the world after China. India has a total subscriber base of over 1.18 billion subscribers.

Salient Highlights

The India Mobile Congress will be the country’s first and biggest platform that will bring together all stakeholders of the Information and Communication Technology (ICT) and government on a common platform. It will see the participation of government bodies, Telecom Service Providers (TSPs), telecom equipment manufacturers, handset manufacturers and app providers. Apart from it, the event will serve as a platform for international players exploring avenues for investment in the country. It will help to attract investments towards programmes like Digital India

Modelled just like the Mobile World Congress events of Shanghai and Barcelona, the event is aimed at bringing the Indian telecom industry at par with its international counterparts. The Mobile Congress will showcase exciting new products & innovation and share the India story.

The event will be organised by Department of Telecommunications along with Cellular Operators Association of India (COAI) and other stakeholders.

The event is expected to see the participation of 5000 paid participants from countries like the US, the UK, Sweden, Finland, Germany, Korea, the Philippines, Bhutan and Japan. Apart from this, the event is expected to see the participation of  telecom giants like Huawei, Ericsson, Nokia, Bharti Airtel, Vodafone and Idea Cellular.