Red Cross Current Affairs - 2019

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Houses built under Indian Housing Project handed over to Beneficiaries

Over 150 houses, built by India under the Indian Housing Project in Sri Lanka were handed over to beneficiaries. The houses were handed over in a special ceremony at Bridwell Estate in Bogawantalawa, Hatton. The ceremony was attended by Sri Lankan Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe and  Indian High Commissioner to Sri Lanks Taranjit Singh Sandhu.

Indian Housing Project in Sri Lanka

The Indian Housing Project is a housing reconstruction project funded by the Government of India and implemented through a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Government of Sri Lanka.

The project was initiated in June 2010 and is being implemented full grant assistance from the Indian government making it one of the largest grant assistance projects ever undertaken by India overseas.

India is undertaking this project through four implementing agencies which include UN-Habitat, International Federation for the Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) in partnership with Sri Lanka Red Cross, the National Housing Development Authority (NHDA) of the Government of Sri Lanka and Habitat for Humanity.

The project is implemented using the homeowner-driven methodology. Beneficiaries selected through a transparent process on the basis of clearly defined and objective criteria will undertake the construction or repair of their houses with necessary technical assistance and support provided by the implementing agencies.

Funds will be released directly by the High Commission of India into bank accounts of beneficiaries based on certification of progress of work.

Month: Categories: InternationalUPSC


World’s first International Centre for Humanitarian Forensics launched in Gandhinagar, Gujarat

The world’s first International Centre for Humanitarian Forensics was launched in Gandhinagar, Gujarat. The centre is joint venture of Regional delegation of International Committee of Red Cross (ICCR) in India, Bhutan, Nepal and Maldives and also Gujarat Forensic Science University.

The humanitarian forensics plays significant and essential role during natural and manmade calamities which takes place at regular intervals across world over and large number of people become victims of such calamities.

Key Facts

The centre will use forensics for humanitarian services to aid humanitarian efforts during emergencies and natural disasters. It will assist in dignified and proper management of dead bodies during disasters or emergencies and also help in their identification.

The centre will also conduct various academic and professional programmes, training and research and als provide technical expertise to support operations in field of humanitarian forensics to authorities and agencies concerned.

Gujarat Forensic Sciences University (GSFU) will run different courses both post graduate and post graduate diploma courses in humanitarian forensics. The centre will also help to combine local and international expertise to build capacities before tragedies hit people.

Gujarat Forensic Sciences University (GFSU)

GFSU is the world’s first and only University dedicated to Forensic and allied Sciences. It was established by the Gujarat Government through act passed by state legislative assembly in September, 2008. It is located Gandhinagar, capital city of Gujarat state. It became functional from July 2009 with various courses, scientific programs and training modules.

The university is recognized by University Grants Commission (UGC) as State University under section 22 of UGC Act, 1956. Its objective is to fulfil acute shortage against increasing demand of forensic experts in the country and around the world. It runs in parallel association with Directorate of Forensic Science (DFS) Gujarat to provide hands-on training pertaining to various areas of forensic science, forensic psychology and research and development.

Month: Categories: Science & Technology