Health care Current Affairs - 2020

India joins Global Partnership on Artificial Intelligence

On June 15, 2020, India joined the Global Partnership of Artificial Intelligence as a founding member.


The other leading member countries that joined along with India are UK, USA, European Union, Australia, France, Canada, Germany, Mexico, Italy, Republic of Korea, Singapore, New Zealand, etc. The Gee-Pay or GPAI-Global Partnership on Artificial Intelligence is a multi-stake holder initiative that will guide development of Artificial Intelligence.

About GPAI

The GPAI is the first initiative of its kind that will help to understand the opportunities and challenges of Artificial Intelligence better. The GPAI will into opportunities to bridge the gaps between theories of AI and AI supported researches to increase AI-related priorities.


India had recently launched the National AI Strategy and National AI portal. It has leveraged AI across various sectors such as education, health care, agriculture, E-Commerce, telecommunications, finance, etc. Therefore, by joining GPAI, India with its experience shall help in global development of AI.

The main problem of AI is that it greatly affects labour population as a good developed AI system reduces work force. Being a populated country, India launces its AI related initiative addressing this issue of AI. Every AI initiative of India including the recently launched National AI strategy includes this problem and aims to develop AI considering its impacts on labour force.

State Health Register to be launched by Karnataka Government: First of its Kind

On May 27, 2020, the Karnataka State Government announced that it will launch a “State Health Register” to collect data of all its citizens. The register is first of its kind in the country.


The register will hold names of all the citizens of the state. The need to maintain such a register has been raised by COVID-19. The project is to be launched from Chikkaballapur district in Karnataka.

About the register

The register is to be created in the future with 50% partnership from private hospitals. The State Government is to undertake a survey including every person of the state. The current population of Karnataka is 6.5 crores.

The survey is to be conducted through ASHA workers, educational department staffs, staffs in primary health centre and revenue officials.

About the survey

The survey to create the register is to be conducted by visiting to each and every household. The data will help the state government in allocating funds, better implementation of the schemes, efficient resource management.