National Commission for Homoeopathy (Amendment) Bill, 2021
⇒ Rajya sabha passed the National Commission for Homoeopathy (Amendment) Bill, 2021, on 11 August 2021. The bill was passed by the Lok Sabha on 10 August 2021.
As per the provisions of the Homoeopathy Central Council (Amendment) Ordinance, 2021:
The National Commission for Homoeopathy (Amendment) Bill, 2021, seeks to save the actions done, decisions made, liability incurred by the Board of Governors constituted till the constitution of National Commission under National Commission for Homoeopathy Act, 2020.
National Commission for Indian System of Medicine (Amendment) Bill, 2021
⇒ Rajya sabha passed the National Commission for Indian System of Medicine (Amendment) Bill, 2021, on 11 August 2021. The bill was passed by the Lok Sabha on 10 August 2021.
As per the provisions of the Indian Medicine Central Council (Amendment) Ordinance, 2021:
The National Commission for Indian System of Medicine (Amendment) Bill, 2021, seeks to save the actions done, decisions made, liability incurred by the Board of Governors constituted till the constitution of National Commission under National Commission for Indian System of Medicine Act, 2020.
5th edition of the National Public Procurement Conclave
⇒ The 5th edition of the National Public Procurement Conclave (NPPC) was organized by Government e-Marketplace (GeM) in association with the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) on August 9th & 10th, 2021.
It was organized on the theme of “Technology enabled Government Procurement – Towards Efficiency, Transparency, and Inclusiveness”.
This year’s, Conclave provided an excellent opportunity for Government buyers, sellers, industry, and academia to interact with each other.
The Conclave served as an online platform for sellers, to showcase their products and services through the CII’s HIVE Digital Platform.
Digital Exhibition of various products and services by sellers, which was available on the GeM platform to showcase during the Conclave for 30 days from August 9- September 9, 2021.
Quality of Life for Elderly Index
⇒ Recently, Quality of Life for Elderly Index was released by Dr Bibek Debroy, Chairman, Economic Advisory Council to the Prime Minister (EAC-PM).
The Index has been created by the Institute for Competitiveness at the request of EAC-PM.
Rajasthan, Himachal Pradesh, Mizoram and Chandigarh lead the rankings in Aged States, Relatively-Aged States, North Eastern States and Union Territories categories, respectively.
12th edition of Indo-Russia joint military Exercise INDRA 2021
⇒ The 12th edition of Indo-Russia joint military Exercise INDRA 2021 began on 04 August 2021 at the Prudboy Ranges in Volgograd, Russia.
The closing ceremony of the Indo-Russia joint exercise INDRA was held on 12 August 2021. 250 personnel from both the nations participated in the exercise.
Exercise was to facilitate joint training between Indian and Russian Armies to jointly plan and conduct counter terror operations under the United Nations mandate.
The exercise was focused on unit level joint planning and conducts of anti terrorist operations. It included cordon & search operations, intelligence gathering and sharing, perception management, humanitarian laws and hostage rescue in simulated settings.
The Indian Army contingent comprising of a Mechanised Infantry Battalion underwent rigorous training at different locations in India to refine their drills for participation in the joint exercise.
During the validation phase, Mechanised Forces and Special Sorces practiced integrated live firing and specialised joint operations which included clearance of rebel stronghold in an urban setting.
The troops not only learnt about each others organizations, but also exchanged ideas and best practices being followed in Peace Keeping Operations under aegis of the United Nations. The conduct of such Joint Military Exercises is an important step to strengthen the relations between India and Russia.
World Elephant Day
⇒ The World Elephant Day is celebrated every year on 12 August, to spread awareness towards conservation of the species.
World Elephant Day is being celebrated to bring attention of various stakeholders to support various conservation policies to help elephants.
It includes improving enforcement policies to prevent the illegal poaching and trade of ivory, conserving elephant habitats, providing better treatment for captive elephants and reintroducing some captive elephants into sanctuaries.
Initiated by the Elephant Reintroduction Foundation and filmmakers Patricia Sims and Michael Clark in 2011, the first international Elephant Day was celebrated on August 12, 2012.
All India Elephant and Tiger population estimation exercise will be conducted simultaneously for the first time in 2022.
On the occasion of World Elephant Day, the Minister for Environment, Forest and Climate Change, Shri Bhupender Yadav released the population estimation protocol to be adopted in the exercise to be taken up for the All India elephant and tiger population estimation in 2022.
Asian elephants are listed as “Endangered” on the IUCN Red List of threatened species. The current population estimates indicate that there are about 50,000 -60000 Asian elephants in the world. More than 60 % of the population is held in India.