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Current Affairs Date: 26 December 2021


Sixth Edition of National Formulary of India

⇒ Union Minister for Health and Family Welfare Dr Mansukh Mandaviya launched the Sixth Edition of National Formulary of India (NFI).

Published by:

NFI has been published by Indian Pharmacopoeia Commission (IPC) to promote rational use of medicines in the country.

    • The NFI is published to promote rational use of medicines in the country.
    • It will be very beneficial for Clinicians and Healthcare professionals while prescribing the medicines to the patients.
    • NFI, 2021 would act a guidance document for all the healthcare professionals such as clinicians, pharmacists, nurses, dentists etc.
Some of the salient features of Sixth NFI:
    • 34 therapeutic categories chapters including 591 drug monographs and 23 appendices are included in this edition.
    • The NFI is aligned with National Health Programmes and National List of Essential Medicines (NLEM).
    • Only indications approved by the Indian drug regulator (CDSCO), clinically relevant and as per standard care are included
    • The term ‘availability’ is now replaced with ‘dosage forms and usual strength’
    • Only the clinically relevant precautions and contraindications are included
    • The common or the serious and clinically relevant adverse effects are included
    • Storage conditions for medicines are included for special cases only
    • Chapter on Medicines banned in sports in previous edition has been considered under appendices in this edition
    • Considering the prevalence of diabetes in the country a separate Chapter on Management of Diabetes is included after revising completely

14th edition of Urban Mobility India (UMI) Conference

⇒ The 14th edition of Urban Mobility India (UMI) Conference was organized by the Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs on 29th October 2021. The day-long Conference was held on-line through Video Conference/Webinar.

Shri Hardeep S. Puri, Minister of Housing and Urban Affairs delivered the Inaugural and Valedictory address.


The main theme of this year’s conference was “Mobility for All” which focused on providing equitable access and promote inclusive urban transportation.

It was aimed to provide affordable, clean, safe, informative, efficient and accessible transport systems, with special attention to the diverse needs from all factions of the society, especially the specially-abled, elderly, women and children.

Shri Hardeep S Puri chaired the valedictory session of the 14th edition of Urban Mobility India (UMI) Conference 2021.

State/city winners for “Excellence in Urban Transport”:

During the conference, he presented awards to the state/city winners for “Excellence in Urban Transport” in different categories and distributed certificates under the Executive Programme in Sustainable Transport and trophies for SMART-MOVE (Innovative Urban Mobility Challenge 2021).

List of Awardees

» The conference brought together national and international experts, technology and service providers, policy makers, practitioners and officials from the urban transport sector under one roof.

Next Conference:

The 15th UMI Conference will be held from 4th to 6th November 2022 in Kochi, Kerala with the theme of “Azadi@75: Sustainable AtmaNirbhar Urban Mobility”.


6th Annual Meeting of the Board of Governors of Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank

⇒ Union Minister of Finance & Corporate Affairs Smt Nirmala Sitharaman participated in the 6th Annual Meeting of the Board of Governors of Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB) via video conference from New Delhi on 26 October 2021.

Every year at the Annual Meeting, the Board of Governors meets to take key decisions on important matters relating to AIIB, and its future vision.

Organized by:

This year’s Annual Meeting was jointly organized by the AIIB and the Government of United Arab Emirates.


The theme of the Annual Meeting was “Investing Today and Transforming Tomorrow”.

Speaking at the Annual Meeting, the finance minister said:
    • The finance minister shared her thoughts in the Governor’s Roundtable Discussion on the theme “COVID-19 Crisis and Post-COVID Support”.
    • Smt Sitharaman assured India’s cooperation and support to the AIIB for its future endeavours as a leading financial institution.
About AIIB:

India is a Founding Member and the second largest shareholder in AIIB. India also has one of the largest project portfolios within AIIB.

Lifetime Achievement Award at Ritossa Family Summits

⇒ Indian American scientist Dr Vivek Lall was presented with the Lifetime Achievement Award at Ritossa Family Summits in Dubai.

Dr Lall was presented with the award in recognition of his “outstanding vision, dedication and success.”

Dr Lall is known for playing a key role in enhancing India-US defence trade and instrumental in some of the top deals between the two countries.

About Ritossa Family Summits:

Ritossa Family Summits is the world’s leading family office investment conference, where world leaders and elite family office investors unite together to invest and create a brighter future.

2021 National Translation Award in US

⇒ No Presents Please: Mumbai Stories, a collection of short stories by Jayant Kaikini translated from Kannada by Tejaswini Niranjana, has won the National Translation Award for the year 2021 in the US for prose.

Tejaswini Niranjana had translated the original Kannada short stories collection written by Jayant Kaikini to English.

Other Awardee:

Allegria, written by Giuseppe Ungaretti, translated from Italian by Geoffrey Brock, has won the 2021 National Translation Award for poetry.

About National Translation Award:
    • The National Translation Award is awarded annually in poetry and in prose to literary translators who have made an outstanding contribution to literature in English by masterfully recreating the artistic force of a book of consummate quality.
    • Established in 1998, the NTA is the only prize for a work of literary translation into English to include an evaluation of the source language text.
    • 2015 was the first year in which the NTA was awarded separately in poetry and prose.

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