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25th April, 2023 Current Affairs

25th April, 2023 Current Affairs
25th April, 2023 Current Affairs

India launches ‘Operation Kaveri’ to bring back citizens stranded in Sudan

  • India has launched Operation Kaveri to bring back its citizens stranded in Sudan.
  • Nearly 500 Indians have reached Port Sudan and more are on their way.
  • Indian ships and aircraft are set to bring stranded Indian nationals back home. The Government of India is committed to assisting all its brethren in Sudan.    

PM to lay foundation stone for various projects in Dadra Nagar Haveli and Daman & Diu

  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi will reach the Union territory of Dadra and Nagar Haveli and Daman and Diu today afternoon. The PM will inaugurate and lay the foundation stone for various projects worth 4 thousand 800 crores at Silvassa.
  • Prime Minister will dedicate to the nation the NAMO Medical Education and Research Institute in Silvassa.
  • NAMO Medical Education and Research Institute in Silvassa is the first medical college in the region and has become a new ray of hope for the people of the region of which 40 percent are tribals. The medical college and the allied facilities have been built at the cost of 203 crores. The PM will also launch two state-of-the-art infrastructure projects in Daman called ‘Devka Promenade and Seafront’ which will boost tourism in the region. The projects have been built at the cost of 165 crores with an aim to turn Daman into a major tourist spot.

Dairy sector contributes 5% to the country's GDP and livelihood to 8 crore families in India

  • The dairy industry plays an important role in ensuring the food and nutritional security of our country. She was addressing the 19th convocation of the Indian Council of Agricultural Research - National Dairy Research Institute (ICAR-NDRI) at Karnal in Haryana today. She conferred 554 degrees to the students of this institute.
  • cows and other livestock have been an integral part of Indian society and traditions. NDRI has developed technology to produce clones of high milk-yielding buffaloes and cows. It would increase the milk production capacity of the animals and enhance the farmers’ income.
  • Women are playing an important role in the management of the dairy industry in India and it can play a very important role in making women self-reliant. Therefore, there is a need to provide them with more opportunities in education, training, and skill development, she added. Women should also be provided easy loans and market access to set up ventures in the dairy sector, the President remarked.

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Indonesia: 7.3 magnitude earthquake strikes west of Sumatra Island

  • In Indonesia, a magnitude 7.3 earthquake struck west of Sumatra Island today. According to Indonesia's geophysics office (BMKG), the earthquake triggered a tsunami warning for around two hours.
  •  The Tsunami warning, which asked authorities to immediately instruct residents of the affected area to move away from shores, has since been lifted. According to Indonesia's disaster mitigation agency, authorities are collecting data from the islands closest to the epicentre off the western coast of Sumatra.

Japan’s Health Ministry approves country’s first abortion pill

  • In a significant boost to reproductive rights, Japan’s Health Ministry has approved the country’s first abortion pill. While abortion pills are widely available in many countries across the globe, the medication was not approved by Japan's Health Ministry. The approval came from the Health Ministry’s Pharmaceutical Board after it approved the MeFeego Pack abortion pill manufactured by British pharmaceutical Linepharma.
  • Japan's Health Ministry had first said in January this year to review the drug and had asked the public to submit their opinions through an online portal. The board's recommendation will now go to the Health Minister for final approval.
  • According to Japanese public broadcaster NHK, the medication consists of two types of pill, and can be used within nine weeks of pregnancy. The medication combines mifepristone and misoprostol, which the World Health Organisation has included in its Essential Medicines List, described as safe and effective for pregnant people.

World Malaria Day: India registers over 85 per cent decline in malaria cases from 2015 to 2022

  • World Malaria Day is being observed today. It is an international observance commemorated every year on 25th of April to recognise global efforts to control malaria. It is an occasion to highlight the need for continued investment and sustained political commitment for malaria prevention and control.
  •  World Malaria Day was instituted by WHO Member States during the World Health Assembly of 2007. This year the theme is - Time to deliver zero malaria: invest, innovate, implement. Malaria is a disease caused by parasites that are transmitted to people through the bites of infected female Anopheles mosquitoes. It is preventable and curable. Malaria symptoms include high fever,chills, headache and other flu like symptoms.
  • India has witnessed over 85.1 per cent decline in malaria cases and 83.36 per cent reduction in deaths during the year from 2015 to 2022. Union Health Minister Dr Mansukh Mandaviya has informed that India was the only high-burden country in South- East Asia region which reported a decline in malaria cases in 2020 as compared to 2019. S&T

European Space Agency successfully launches its mission to Jupiter's moons

  • The European Space Agency has successfully launched its mission to Jupiter's moons after weather conditions halted yesterday's lift-off. The Ariane 5 rocket was launched from the ESA's spaceport in Kourou, French Guiana as scheduled. The Jupiter Icy Moons Explorer (JUICE) project aims to send a satellite on an eight-year journey to reach the icy moons of the gas giant.
  • The spacecraft will use a gravitational sling-shot technique around Earth and Venus to give it enough energy to reach Jupiter. The probe worth 1.6 billion Euros, could tell us whether Jupiter's major moons - Ganymede, Callisto and Europa- have the conditions to support simple life. Jupiter's three are thought to harbor big liquid-water oceans beneath their icy shells.
  • After this final Earth encounter, the solar-powered probe will head toward Jupiter more directly, finally reaching the gas giant in July 2031. JUICE will then perform yet another flyby, this time of the huge Jovian moon Ganymede, to itself into orbit around Jupiter.
Published date : 01 May 2023 05:39PM

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