05 September 2016 Current Affairs

WHO certifies Sri Lanka malaria-free

In a remarkable public health achievement, Sri Lanka has been certified as malaria-free island country by World Health Organisation (WHO). In the mid-20th century it was among the most malaria-affected countries, but now it is malaria-free. This is testament to the courage and vision of its leaders, and signifies the great leaps that can be made when targeted action is taken. Sri Lanka is the second country in the WHO South-East Asia Region to eliminate malaria after Maldives.

CM inaugurates Asia’s biggest digital library in Silchar

On the occasion of the 55th Teachers’ Day Assam, CM Sarbananda Sonowal has inaugurated Asia’s biggest digital library dedicated to the memory of Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam, former President of India, in NIT Silchar. The world class library is established with the help of University of Illinois, USA. It was the wish of Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam during his last visit to the Institute to have a world class library stacked with 1 lakh books and research papers.

Urjit Patel takes over as RBI governor

Urjit Patel has assumed charge as the 24th Governor of the Reserve Bank of India (RBI). He succeeds Raghuram Rajan, whose 3-year term came to end on September 4. Dr. Patel’s tenure as deputy governor was extended earlier this year. Dr. Patel has also served at the International Monetary Fund. He was on deputation from the IMF to the Reserve Bank during 1996-1997, and in that capacity, he provided advice on the development of the debt market, banking sector reforms, pension fund reforms, and evolution of the foreign exchange market.

Union Health Ministry launches campaign to eradicate leprosy

The Union Health Ministry has recently launched the “Leprosy Case Detection Campaign (LCDC)” to eradicate leprosy from the country. The 2-week-long massive campaign was launched by Union Health Minister J P Nadda. It will be focusing on 149 endemic districts in India. LCDC aims to cover more than 1,600 blocks in the 149 districts across 20 states where nearly 3 lakh health teams will undertake door-to-door visits to detect leprosy cases. Under it nearly 3 lakh health teams will undertake door-to-door visits to detect and treat leprosy and stop its spread.

ICC ODI Rankings: Virat Kohli remains at 2nd spot

India’s batting maestro Virat Kohli held on to the number two position in the latest ICC ODI rankings for batsmen. Rohit Sharma dropped a place to seventh. AB de Villiers of South Africa is the number-one ranked ODI batsman.

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