Daily News Summary – March 24, 2017

March 24: World TB Day

The World Tuberculosis Day (WTD) is observed every year on March 24 to raise public awareness about the global epidemic of Tuberculosis (TB) and efforts to eliminate the disease. WTD is observed to commemorate discovery of Mycobacterium tuberculosis, bacillus (bacteria) causing TB on 24th March, 1882 by German microbiologist Dr Robert Koch. This discovery had opened the way towards diagnosing and curing TB. It is one of eight official global public health campaigns observed by the World Health Organization (WHO).


Parliament passes The Employees Compensation (Amendment) Bill, 2016

The Parliament has passed The Employees Compensation (Amendment) Bill, 2016. The Bill amends the Employee’s Compensation Act, 1923. It ensures compensation up to Rs 1 lakh to employee if an injured in an industrial accident and imposes hefty penalty in case of any violation by the employers.


Sea ice hits record winter low

 The sea ice cover in the Arctic and the Antarctic hit new record lows for this time of year, marking the smallest polar ice caps in the 38-year satellite record. In March, the Arctic ice sheet should be at its biggest, but on March 7 the ice cover reached “a record low wintertime maximum extent,” said a statement by NASA.Data from the NASA-supported National Snow and Ice Data Centre (NSIDC) in Boulder, Colorado, also showed that on March 3, “sea ice around Antarctica hit its lowest extent ever recorded by satellites at the end of summer in the Southern Hemisphere”.

 

MeitY, Google join hands

Google India and MeitY will support the launch of a ‘Digital Payments Security Alliance’ in collaboration with the Data Security Council of India. the alliance will bring together several stakeholders from the ecosystem, including, banks, fintech companies and the government. The aim is to make digital payments safer as well as impart digital skill training to artisans and Android training to developers.

 

Drone to help collect data on rail accidents

In a first, The Railways will deploy drones or unmanned aerial vehicles to capture visuals of accident sites to preserve evidence for inquiry. the move is part of a series of initiatives sugggested by Union Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu for the safety of train operations. The Railways reported 237 accidents in the last two years which claimed the lives of 158 people and left 450 injured.

 

Shiv Sena MP Ravindra Gaikwad was barred from flying by four private Indian carriers

Shiv Sena MP Ravindra Vishwanath Gaikwad. Image courtesy: National Portal of India

Shiv Sena MP Ravindra Gaikwad was barred from flying by four private Indian carriers after his brazen assault on an Air India officer. The Federation of Indian Airlines, which has Jet Airways, IndiGo, SpiceJet and GoAir as its members, has taken a “strong view of the incident and accordingly taken a decision to bar Gaikwad from flying”, an FIA source said, reported PTI. Air India on Friday blacklisted “unruly” Gaikwad who admitted to assaulting an airline staffer “25 times” with his shoes and attempted to throw him out of the aircraft on Thursday, March 23, 2017.

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