Current Affairs - September, 2018

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Dr B.K. Misra named for 2018 Dr B.C. Roy National Award as eminent medical person of the year

Mumbai-based eminent neurosurgeon Dr B.K. Misra was named for prestigious Dr B.C. Roy National Award for year 2018 as Eminent Medical Person of the Year. It is highest medical honour of India and will be bestowed upon him by President Ram Nath Kovind in July 1 , 2019 on the occasion of National Doctors Day.

Dr B.K. Misra

Misra is the Head of Department of Surgery as well as Neurosurgery and Gamma Knife Radiosurgery at Mumbai’s P.D. Hinduja Hospital. During his medical career, he has several firsts to his credit, including image guided aneurysm microsurgery, first doctor in South Asia to perform gamma knife radiosurgery and first in country to perform awake craniotomy for brain tumours.

B C Roy Award

BC Roy Award is the highest recognition for medical practitioners in India. It was instituted by Medical Council of India (MCI) in 1976 in memory of renowned physician and former West Bengal Chief Minister Dr Bidhan Chandra Roy. The award is bestowed annually six categories viz. statesmanship of the Highest Order in India, eminent medical person, medical man-cum-statesman, eminent person in philosophy, eminent person in arts and eminent person in Science.

Bidhan Roy

Bidhan Roy was was physician, educationist, philanthropist, freedom fighter and politician.  He had served as the Chief Minister of West Bengal from 1948 until his death in 1962. He is often considered founder of modern West Bengal due to his key role in founding of several institutions and five eminent cities, Durgapur, Kalyani, Bidhannagar, Ashokenagar and Habra in West Bengal.

He is one of the few people in history to have obtained F.R.C.S. and M.R.C.P. degrees (they are higher medical degrees) simultaneously. National Doctors’ Day is celebrated in his memory every year on July 1 in India. He was awarded India’s highest civilian honour Bharat Ratna in February 1961. He was also the member of the Brahmo Samaj founded by social reformist Raja Ram Mohun Roy.

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Kerala ropes in KPMG as consultant for rebuilding flood hit state

Kerala Government has decided to appoint KPMG as project consultant partner for rebuilding state ravaged by recent massive floods. This decision was taken at state cabinet meeting chaired by Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan. Beisdes, Tata Project Ltd was entrusted with task of reconstructing roads, buildings and bridges destroyed in rain fury at Pamba, the foothills of famous Lord Ayyappa shrine in Sabarimala.

Key Facts

The services of KPMG rendered for projects related to revamping to Kerala will be free of cost. KPMG is one of the largest professional service companies in the world and one of Big Four auditors, along with Deloitte, Ernst & Young, and PricewaterhouseCoopers.

State Government also has decided to raise funds from foreign countries where Kerala expatriates live in large numbers. It will deploy minister and necessary officials for mobilising funds from countries such as UAE, Oman, Bahrain, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Kuwait, Singapore, Malaysia, Australia, New Zealand, UK, Germany, USA and Canada. It was decided to conduct fund-raising drives in key towns in India in cooperation with local association of Keralites.

Background

Severe flooding in month of August 2018 had severely affected Kerala due to unusual high rainfall during the monsoon season. It was the worst flooding in Kerala in nearly century after great flood of 99 that happened in 1924. It had directly affected one-sixth of total population of Kerala. All 14 districts of the state were placed on red alert. Central Government had declared it “calamity of a severe nature” or Level 3 Calamity. Due to excessive rainfall, 35 out of total 54 dams within state were opened for the first time in history. All five overflow gates of the Idukki Dam were opened at the same time, for the first time in 26 years. Heavy rains also had triggered severe landslides in Wayanad and Idukki districts and had left the hilly districts isolated. It is estimated that loss and damage due to  massive flood, , is much more than 2018-19 annual plan outlay of state which stood at Rs 37,247.99 crore.

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