NHA launches process to empanel hospitals to achieve universal health coverage

The National Health Agency (NHA), the apex body for the implementation of Centre’s ambitious Ayushman Bharat-National Health Protection Mission (AB-NHPM), on July 4, 2018 launched a formal process to empanel public and private hospitals to implement AB-NHPM, in order to achieve universal health coverage.The main objective is to improve medical access for the most vulnerable sections of the population and holistically address healthcare by covering prevention, promotion and ambulatory care at primary, secondary and tertiary levels.

DPCC notifies list of fuels permissible for industrial use

The Delhi Pollution Control Committee (DPCC) on July 4, 2018 notified a list of fuels permissible for industrial use within the National Capital Territory (NCT) of Delhi, a move which has been hailed by the Centre for Science and Environment (CSE).
All existing industrial units and commercial establishments who are currently using fuels that are not approved under the notification have been asked to switch over to the approved fuels within 90 days.

Environment Minister inaugurates advanced system of air quality ‘SAFAR’

Union Environment Minister Harsh Vardhan unveiled a state-of-the-art Air Quality and Weather Forecast System– ‘SAFAR’ (System of Air Quality and Weather Forecasting) at ChandniChowk in New Delhi on July 21, 2018.

First of its kind in the country, the system was developed indigenously in record time by Indian Institute of Tropical Meteorology, Pune and operationalised by India Meteorological Department (IMD).

BSNL launches India’s first internet telephony service ‘Wings’

State-run telecom company Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL) on July 11, 2018 launched its first internet telephony service ‘Wings’ that will allow users to dial any telephone number in India through its mobile app.
With the launch of this service, the BSNL customers will be able to make calls to any phone number in the country using the mobile app.

NCLT upholds Tata Sons’ 2016 move sacking Cyrus Mistry as Chairman

The National Company Law Tribunal (NCLT) on July 9, 2018 upheld the October 24, 2016 decision of the Tata Sons’ Board of Directors of sacking its then Chairman Cyrus Mistry. The ruling was given by a Special NCLT Bench comprising B S V Prakash Kumar and V Nallasenapathy.The NCLT ruled that the Tata Sons Board of Directors was competent to remove the Mistry as the board members had lost confidence in him.


Justice Adarsh Kumar Goel appointed NGT Chairperson

Justice Adarsh Kumar Goel, who retired from the Supreme Court of India on July 6, 2018, has been appointed as the new Chairperson of the National Green Tribunal (NGT).

He has been appointed to the position for a term of five years, as per an order issued by the personnel ministry. The post of NGT chairperson had been lying vacant for more than 6 months after the retirement of Justice Swatanter Kumar on December 20, 2017.

India sees major reductions in HIV infections: UN

India has witnessed a major reduction in the number of new HIV infections, AIDS-related deaths and people living with HIV from 2010 to 2017 on the back of sustained and focussed efforts, as per latest UN report.
The joint UN Agency on AIDS (UNAIDS) report titled – ‘Miles to go – closing gaps, breaking barriers, righting injustices’ reveals that Asia and the Pacific region have made a strong progress with their response to HIV.