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Daily News Digest:15 August 2020

WHAT IS NATIONAL DIGITAL HEALTH MISSION AND HOW IT WILL BENEFIT PEOPLE

The Prime Minister announced the National Digital Health Mission in his Independence Day speech. It aims to provide efficient and affordable health coverage through a wide-range of data and infrastructure services. 

Under this mission, every person in the country will get a digital health ID. Health ID is basically a digital format of all his/her health records and will be in the form of a mobile application or website. It will be linked to the registry of doctors and health facilities across the country.

INDIA RANKS FIRST IN NUMBER OF ORGANIC FARMERS

As per the Centre’s statement, India ranks first in the number of organic farmers and ninth in terms of area under organic farming. Sikkim became the first state in the world to become fully organic and other States such as Tripura and Uttarakhand are working to become an organic state.

GUJARAT GOVT ‘NOT IN FAVOUR’ OF TRANSLOCATING LIONS TO MP

Gujarat Government not in favour of translocating lions to Madhya Pradesh. In 2013, the Supreme Court gave a judgment which is to create a second home for lions  by translocating them to Kuno Wildlife Sanctuary in Madhya Pradesh. Till date, not a single Gir lion has been transported to MP. 

According to the 2020 census, there are an estimated 674 Asiatic lions (increased by 29% in the last 5 years) in the Gir forest region.

CONSIDER AMENDING OFFICIAL LANGUAGES ACT: SUPREME COURT TELLS CENTRE

Supreme Courts directs centre to amend Official Languages Act of 1963. As per the Supreme Court, the centre should include scheduled languages other than Hindi and English as official language of the Government of India. Scheduled languages are languages which are listed in the 8th schedule of the Constitution.

DEFENCE MINISTER LAUNCHES SRIJAN PORTAL FOR INDIGENIZATION IN DEFENCE SECTOR

Defence Minister Rajnath Singh has launched a portal SRIJAN. It is a one stop shop online portal. It provides access to the vendors to take up items for indigenization. It will help industry partners to play an active role in the  goal of self-reliance in the defence sector.

ISRAEL SUCCESSFULLY TESTED ARROW 2 MISSILE INTERCEPTOR

Israel successfully tested the Arrow 2 ballistic missile interceptor. It is developed in collaboration with the United States. It is an exoatmospheric hypersonic anti-ballistic missile, jointly funded, developed and produced by Israel and the United States.

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