Exam Power: 19 April 2018 Today Current Affairs

Exam Power: 19 April 2018 Current Affairs

Bihar has highest rate of crime against SC/STs, Bengal lowest: NCRB data
Bihar reports the highest rate of crimes against Schedule Caste/Schedule Tribe population, while West Bengal reports the lowest, according to latest data released by National Crime Records Bureau. For crimes against SCs specifically, Madhya Pradesh is highest at 43.4 per cent, and West Bengal is lowest at 6 per cent. For crimes against the ST population specifically, Rajasthan is the highest at 12.9 per cent, with West Bengal being the lowest at 1.6 per cent.

The infographic shows that there is a wide discrepancy amongst states in terms of the number of cases reported, with some states reported very few cases (West Bengal) despite a having a large population, while other report a high number of cases despite having a relatively lower population (Bihar).

India ranks 10th on new Commonwealth innovation index 
India was today ranked 10th on a new Commonwealth Innovation Index, topped by the UK, Singapore and Canada 

It has been created in partnership with the United Nations World Intellectual Property Organisation (WIPO) and its annual Global Innovation Index (GII). 
aimed at providing a tool that allows member states, organisations and citizens to benchmark themselves against 53 countries of the Commonwealth, with the new innovation hub offering a dedicated online space for Commonwealth countries to showcase what they have to offer and share with other members.

Odisha's second longest River Bridge Opened
The much-awaited bridge 'Ib Setu' built over the Ib river in Sambalpur district was thrown open to the public by Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik.

The 2.5-km-long bridge, which is the State’s second longest bridge, has been built in three years at a cost of Rs. 117.50 crore.

The bridge has helped establish direct road connectivity between Sambalpur and Brajarajnagar and the distance has now been reduced by 50 km.

India wins six polls to UN economic, social council bodies

India has won six elections to UN Economic and Social Council (Ecosoc) bodies, five of them unanimously.

In the polls held on Monday, India won places on the executive boards of four UN bodies, three commissions and a committee.

India faced an election within the the Asia-Pacific group only for the Non-Governmental Organisations (NGO) Committee and it polled the highest number of votes, receiving 46 votes, followed by Pakistan with 43, while China received 39.

Indian scientists make Ayurvedic drug to cure dengue

Indian scientists have formulated an Ayurvedic drug to cure dengue, claimed to be the first in the world. and the medicine is likely to be available in the market by next year. 

This drug has been made with seven herbal ingredients which are in use in Ayurveda system of medicine since centuries.

Dengue is caused by the aedes aegypti mosquito which breeds in clean water. The symptoms of dengue include high fever, joint pains, headache, nausea, vomiting, dip in blood pressure along with a characteristic skin rash

According to WHO, dengue is the fastest growing mosquito-borne disease across the world today, causing nearly 400 million infections every year. India in 2017 has seen 15, 7220 cases of dengue and 250 deaths due to the disease (till December 24), as per the National Vector Borne Disease Control Programme (NVBDCP) data. In 2016, the country registered 129166 cases and 245 deaths.

Andhra Pardesh Govt lunches launches Chandranna Pelli kanuka welfare Scheme
The Andhra Pradesh government on Wednesday launched Chandranna Pelli Kanuka welfare scheme website. The state cabinet has approved welfare scheme on Monday and it will be implemented from Friday, April 20.

Under this scheme Rs 75,000 will be paid to an SC/ST bride marrying a groom of a different caste. A sum of Rs 50,000 will be given to a backward class bride if she has an inter-caste marriage and Rs 1 lakh if either or both the bride and bridegroom are physically challenged.

If an SC bride marries an SC boy, she would get Rs 40,000 as a gift and Rs 30,000 if a Backward Class girl marries a Backward Class boy.

Sources : Indian Express, Economic times, TOI, One India


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