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Current Affairs Date: 19 February 2022


Report on Country-level assessment of emergency and injury care in India

⇒ NITI Aayog released a two comprehensive report titled – Reports on current status on Country level- secondary and tertiary level and district level emergency and injury care in India.

These reports bring out and highlight the spectrum and load of emergency cases, it brings out the prevailing gaps in ambulance services, health infrastructure, human resources and equipment in the provision of optimal care.

Carried out:

These studies were carried out by the department of Emergency Medicine, JPNATC, AIIMS, New Delhi in collaboration with NITI Aayog.

    • These studies have assessed the prevailing status of 100 emergency and injury care centres in government and private hospital settings in 28 States and 2 Union Territories of India, in addition to 34 District Hospitals.
    • A detailed analysis of existing gaps in all domains of emergency care encompassing ambulance services, infrastructure, human resources, equipment status, essential medicines, definitive care and burden of various diseases has been presented in the Report.
    • These Report highlights the need to have a nation-wide policy for triage, standardized protocols for care, world-class ambulance services augmented with effective paramedics and expansion of blood banks.

Online Resource Center to ensure women safety in cyberspace

⇒ The National Commission for Women (NCW) has launched an online resource center to offer help for women in distress on issues pertaining to online safety such as cyber bullying, cyber stalking, financial frauds, etc. under the ‘We Think Digital’ programme.

    • This program is being run in collaboration by the Commission, Facebook and Cyber Peace Foundation.
Highlights of Resource Center:
    • The Resource Center will help women the safe usage of technology and will also help them to be safe from online threats. It will act as a source of information and support for online presence.
    • The center will also help in fighting Cyber violence against women and will help prevent tech abuse against them.
    • The center will provide information on cyber security in the form of posters, awareness videos, quizzes and self-learning modules which will include lessons with tips for safe usage and reporting and redressal of cybercrimes.
    • It will provide information on step-by-step process of reporting on cyber-crime issues including reporting on social media platforms, getting content taken down from website, etc.
    • The resource center will also provide information on all the avenues of reporting in case a woman faces any cybercrime.

Stand-Off Anti-Tank Missile

⇒ Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) and Indian Air Force (IAF) flight-tested the indigenously designed and developed Helicopter launched Stand-off Anti-tank (SANT) Missile from Pokhran ranges on December 11, 2021.

    • The missile is equipped with a state-of-the-art MMW seeker which provides high precision strike capability from a safe distance.
    • The weapon can neutralise targets in a range up to 10 kms.
Designed and developed by:

The SANT missile has been designed and developed by Research Centre Imarat (RCI), Hyderabad in coordination with other DRDO labs and participation from industries.

» This is the third in the series of indigenous stand-off weapons to be tested in recent times after long range bomb and smart anti airfield weapon for strengthening the arsenal of IAF.

34th edition of “HunarHaat”

⇒ The Governor of Gujarat, Acharya Devvrat formally inaugurated the 34th edition of “HunarHaat” at Vanita Vishram Parisar in Surat on 12 December 2021.

The 34th edition of “Hunar Haat” was organised from 11th December to 20th December, 2021.


Exquisite and elegant indigenous handmade products from more than 30 States and UTs were available in this 34th “HunarHaat” where more than 600 artisans and craftsmen participated with about 300 stalls.

» The HunarHaat has strengthened the campaign of “Vocal for Local”.

» HunarHaat is playing a pivotal role in protection and promotion of thousands of years’ old ancestral legacy of arts and craftsmanship of the country.


Miss Universe 2021 crown

⇒ Actress-model Harnaaz Sandhu made India proud by winning the title of Miss Universe 2021. She defeated contestants from 79 countries.

Sandhu was crowned by former Miss Universe 2020 Andrea Meza at the 70th edition of Miss Universe held in Eilat, Israel on December 12, 2021.

Sandhu became the third Indian woman to win the Miss Universe crown.

India had won this title 21 years ago when Lara Dutta was crowned Miss Universe in 2000. Before that, actress Sushmita Sen was given the title in 1994.

Harnaaz, who belongs to Chandigarh, Punjab, has previously bagged numerous pageant titles including LIVA Miss Diva Universe 2021 and Femina Miss India Punjab 2019.

AIM-ICDK Water Innovation Challenge 2.0

⇒ Atal Innovation Mission, NITI Aayog and the Royal Embassy of Denmark to India announced the second edition of water innovation challenges to address global water woes on 13 December 2021.

» This challenge has been announced to address the global water woes through innovations as part of the Indo-Danish Bilateral Green Strategic partnership.


The AIM-ICDK water challenge has been rolled out under the year-old ambitious partnership of AIM, NITI Aayog and Innovation Center Denmark (ICDK) under the aegis of Denmark Embassy in India, and the Denmark Technical University (DTU).


The AIM-ICDK water challenge 2.0 is aimed at identifying the Indian delegations for the Next Generation Water Action challenge.

The initiative aims to identify innovative & next-gen solutions to solve proposed challenges in collaboration with corporate and public partners. The initiative engages young talents from leading universities and innovation hubs across the nation to build their skills and apply their technical disciplines and innovation capacity.

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