Apple Current Affairs - 2020

NITI Aayog: “Arogya Setu” – Fastest App to reach 50 million downloads

On April 15, 2020 NITI Aayog announced that Arogya Setu became the first mobile application in the world to reach more than 50 million downloads in short span of time.

Highlights

The application was developed by a committee set up by Prime Minister Modi. The application was used for contact tracing.

Record set

The application reached 50 million downloads in just 19 days. With this, the mobile app has overtaken the record set by Nintendo’s popular “Pokemon GO” application on Google Play. 99% of downloads of Arogya Setu were made on Android platform.

Other similar initiatives

Singapore Government had launched similar application called Trace Together for contact tracing. Currently, Google and Apple are collaborating together to launch similar contact tracing initiatives.

Security features

The application secures the data collected from the person using it. The data is stored in the user device only for 30 days. And also the data on the non-risk users are deleted within 45 days.

World Bank and GoI sign Agreement on Climate Resilient Rain-Fed Agriculture

On March 11, 2020, the World Bank, Government of India and Government of Himachal Pradesh signed a loan agreement of 80 million USD to increase agricultural productivity and improve water management practices in Himachal Pradesh.

Highlights

The loan is to be used to implement the project in around 428 Gram Panchayats. The Panchayats are spread over 10 districts in Himachal Pradesh. More than 400,000 small holder farmers, pastoral communities and women are to be benefitted from the project.

The Project will also provide funds to install water monitoring stations. This will help lay foundation for future water budgets and will also ensure better land use.

Why Himachal Pradesh?

Many of the low lands of Himachal Pradesh are lacking water to agriculture. The rainfall of the state has been decreasing year by year. The agricultural production in the snow areas have shifted to higher altitudes to temperature rise in foot hills. This has affected their iconic apple production greatly.

Significance

The loan will help improve pastures, forests and grasslands. It will also make sure that sufficient water is available for sustainable agriculture in the state.