09.04.21 Daily MPPSC (Madhya Pradesh) Current Affairs



Centre to support MP healthcare expansion’


Union Health Minister Harsh Vardhan has said that the central government will provide full support for the expansion of health facilities in Madhya Pradesh. In a discussion held at the Chief Minister’s residence this morning, Union Minister Harsh Vardhan assured the Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan that he will leave no stone unturned in the support extended by the Government of India in the expansion of health facilities in Madhya Pradesh.


Chouhan told Harsh Vardhan that 75 percent contribution from the central government should be given to the Cancer Institute of Jabalpur in the state. Currently this contribution is 60 percent, which should be increased.


The Chief Minister requested for an increase in the amount of central grant for the Cancer Institute of Jabalpur. Along with this, the Chief Minister urged for formal approval and cooperation for starting 3 new medical colleges in Damoh, Seoni and Chhatarpur in Madhya Pradesh. Chief Minister Chouhan told Harsh Vardhan that he had taken the initiative for opening new medical colleges several times in his previous tenures. After 1964, new colleges were not opened for a long time. The series started with the new medical college at Sagar. A provision has been made to start nine new medical colleges in the current budget.


Chief Minister Chouhan also discussed about better health facilities to the Bhopal gas victims with the Union Minister and requested for additional facilities. He also urged the center’s cooperation in the systematic operation of the hospital being run for the gas victims.


Chouhan informed the Union Health Minister that the plan is to administer the first dose of Covid to all eligible citizens in the next 35 vaccination days in Madhya Pradesh. About 81 lakh first doses will be required for this. So far, the state has received a total of 28 lakh doses of Covishield and 3.84 lakh doses of Covaxin. So far 15 vaccine doses have been applied so far. Around 8 to 10 lakh vaccine doses are required per week from the following week, so that the vaccination work can be completed by the first week of June within the stipulated time. The Union Health Minister said that dosages will be provided to Madhya Pradesh as per requirement.






Highlights of Food Waste Index Report

The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) released the “Food Waste Index Report 2021”. According to the UNEP report, an estimated 931 million tons of food was wasted worldwide in 2019. The agency also emphasized that this amount of wasted food may cause the earth to orbit the earth 7 times. Highlights:

The index report is published by UNEP in cooperation with partner organization WRAP. Of the total waste generation, households accounted for 61% of waste, food services accounted for 26% of foo waste, and retail accounted for 13%.

The report also emphasized that 17% of total global food production was wasted. According to the agency, the weight is approximately equal to 23 million full-loaded 40-ton trucks, enough to make the earth circle seven times.

The annual per capita possession is 91,646,213 tons. According to the report, every country that measures food waste basically has nothing to do with income levels.

Food waste in India: The average household waste in India is 50 kilograms per person per year, which is equivalent to 68,760,163 tons per year. On the other hand, household food waste in the United States is 59 kilograms per capita per year, which is equivalent to 19,359,951 tons per year. The report emphasizes that in China, household waste is 64 kilograms per person per year and 91,646,213 tons per year


Maharashtra, Tamil Nadu & Uttar Pradesh top states in employability: Skills report


Maharashtra, Tamil Nadu and Uttar Pradesh remained the top three states with the highest employable talent, according to the India Skills Report 2021. Karnataka takes the fourth spot followed by Andhra Pradesh. Bangalore is among the most preferred cities to work for aspiring professionals, the report said.

Rajasthan and West Bengal come in the top 10 states with employable talent, yet remain below Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh, Delhi, Telangana and Gujarat respectively. Haryana could not make it to this list again, despite the massive push from numerous skill development measures.

The report, prepared by Wheebox in partnership with Taggd, CII, AICTE, AIU and UNDP, showed that 46% of the youth were considered highly employable resources. This is far less than the previous years, indicating a skill gap in education, it said, adding that this is still an encouraging statistic considering that the average age of India is 26.8 years old.

More women were found employable than men. In fact, the number of women enrolled in colleges and degree programs have increased over the past, the report said. The report is based on the assessment of 65,000 candidates.


Earliest cotton in Arabia came from India: Study


For about 600 years, Mleiha was the political centre of southeast Arabia before it was abandoned in the 3rd century CE. And for decades, the emergence of the tropical cotton plant in the arid Arabian peninsula has been a question archaeologists have tried to answer. Oman, they had concluded, was the source of the ancient Arab cotton trade. But now, scientists from the Museum of Natural History in Paris have found evidence in Mleiha that the earliest cotton in the Arab region came from northwest India.


The irony, however, is that a fire which ravaged one of its most important buildings of Mleiha is also what preserved it for posterity. Within this Unesco World Heritage Site in the United Arab Emirates lies a tableaux frozen in fire. It’s a mud brick building with 15 rooms around a central courtyard with signs of a life hastily abandoned in forgotten objects and prized possessions carelessly thrown around, and, the evidence of an ancient Indian trade route, cotton — specifically, 31 whole seeds, 79 fragments and 7 raw fibre clusters.


Municipal Performance Index by Union Ministry


Municipal Performance Index 2020 has been released by the Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs (MoHUA) Highlights:


The 2020 Municipal Performance Index (MPI): MPI reviewed the sectoral performance of 111 cities in five verticals (Delhi was evaluated by NDMC and three municipal companies).


These verticals consist of 20 industries and a total of 100 indicators. The five vertical areas under MPI are service, finance, policy, technology and governance.

City ranking:


According to the assessment framework of MPI 2020, cities are classified according to their populations of “million+” (cities with a population of more than one million) and “population of less than one million”.


In the “Millionaire” category: Indore has become the highest-ranked municipality, followed by Surat and Bhopal. In the “less than a million” category: The New Delhi Municipal Council has become the leader, followed by Tirupati and Gandhinagar.

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