Explained: Nipah Virus Outbreak in India

Recently, the state Health Department has confirmed Nipah virus (NiV) infection for the first time in Kerala with the blood and body fluid samples of two persons who died of viral fever in the past fortnight in Kozhikode district indicating the presence of the zoonotic disease. This is the first time the Nipah virus has been detected in this state which has high fatality rate and spreads mainly through bats, pigs and other animals. However, According to World Health Organisation (WHO), India has in the past documented human-to-human transmission of the rare Nipah virus.

Third edition of UNPCAP inaugurated in New Delhi

The third edition of the United Nations Peacekeeping Course for African Partners (UNPCAP) was inaugurated in New Delhi on May 7, 2018.
The course, which will be held from May 7- 25, is being conducted by the Centre for United Nations Peacekeeping in India (CUNPK) in partnership with the United States. The first and second editions of the course were held in New Delhi in 2016 and 2017 respectively.

India begins first organised census to estimate population of Indus dolphin

The Punjab government along with WWF-India would be conducting the first organised census of Indus Dolphins, one of the world’s rarest mammals. The move is aimed at conservation of the species. The dolphins are found only in India and Pakistan, confined to the 185 km stretch between Talwara and Harike Barrage in India’s Beas River in Punjab.

National workshop for creating disaster risk reduction database begins in Delhi

The National Workshop on Data Requirements for Disaster Risk Reduction Database began in New Delhi on May 2, 2018. The workshop was organised by the National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) in collaboration with the United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund (UNICEF), United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and United Nations International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (UNISDR).

Suresh Prabhu launches Intellectual Property mascot ‘IP Nani’

Union Minister of Commerce and Industry Suresh Prabhu on May 16, 2018 launched the Intellectual Property (IP) mascot ‘IP Nani’. The mascot was launched during a conference on the National Intellectual Property Rights Policy in New Delhi. On the same occasion, an antipiracy video featuring the Bollywood superstar Amitabh Bachchan was also launched.

Pradhan Mantri Swasthya Suraksha Yojana approved beyond 12th Five Year Plan

The Union Cabinet on May 2, 2018 approved the continuation of Pradhan Mantri Swasthya Suraksha Yojana (PMSSY) beyond the 12th Five Year Plan for a period of three year from 2017-18 to 2019-20 with the financial outlay of Rs 14832 crores.The Pradhan Mantri Swasthya Suraksha Yojana was initially approved in March 2006 with an aim to correct the imbalances in the availability of affordable healthcare facilities across the country and augmenting facilities for quality medical education in the under-served States, in particular.

Forbes World’s Most Powerful People list 2018: PM Modi ranked 9th, Xi Jinping tops

Prime Minister Narendra Modi was ranked among the 10 most powerful people in the world in the
2018 World’s Most Powerful People list that is topped by Chinese President Xi Jinping.
As per the World’s Most Powerful People list, that was released on May 8, 2018, Reliance Industries (RIL) Chairman Mukesh Ambani is the only Indian businessman to feature in the list of 75 most powerful people.