Ministry of Shipping Current Affairs - 2020

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WHO organizes Global Research Forum on Corona Virus

The World Health Organization is to host Global Research Forum between February 11, 2020 and February 12, 2020. The event is to be co-hosted by Global Research Collaboration for Infectious Disease Preparedness.


The event will bring together leading public health agencies, leading scientists, funders. The experts will build their research on MERS and SARS virus information. This will help to minimize the impact of the virus. The main aim of the forum is to fasten the research and innovation of corona virus.

Current Scenario

There are more than 34,915 reported corona virus cases all over the world. The virus has so far killed 724. Around 2,085 have recovered.

India’s recent Actions

The Ministry of Shipping on February 7, 2020 issued directives to prevent the virus from entering India. The Ministry has placed screening, detection and quarantine system. It will also install thermal scanners. This will be highly helpful to screen passengers entering India through cruises. The Tourism sector is currently vulnerable to the virus, especially in Kerala.

The Ministry of AYUSH has advised precautionary measures to prevent the spread of virus.

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Shipping Ministry approves Loktak Inland Waterways Project in Manipur

Union Ministry of Shipping (MoS) has approved long pending demand of Government of Manipur for development of Loktak Inland Waterways Project in the north eastern state. The request for development of this project was made by L Susindro Meitei, Chairman of Loktak Development Authority and MLA Khurai in Manipur.

Key Highlights

Government of India approved development of Loktak Inland Waterways improvement project under its objective of promoting the beautiful region Northeast which holds a lot of opportunity for tourism purposes. The project is approved under the Central Sector Scheme (CSS) at estimated cost of Rs.25.58 crore and will give a boost to development of inland water transport connectivity in North-eastern states and will also boost tourism sector there.

About Loktak Lake

It is the largest freshwater lake in Northeast. The lake is located at Moirang in Manipur. It is famous for phumdis floating over it which are formed naturally. Located on this phumdi, Keibul Lamjao National Park is the only floating national park in the world and is an integral part of Loktak Lake.

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