UPSC 2017: Best of PIB – March 26

Credit Rating of Urban Local Bodies gain Momentum
  • 94 of the 500 cities included in Smart City Mission and Atal Mission for Rejuvenation and Urban Transformation (AMRUT) have obtained the credit ratings
  • the rating is necessary for issuing Municipal Bonds for mobilization of resources
  • Credit Ratings are assigned based on assets and liabilities of Urban Local Bodies, revenue streams, resources available for capital investments, Double Entry Accounting practice and other governance practices

 

De-Induction of TU 142M
  • TU142M Long Range Maritime Patrol aircraft was inducted into Indian Navy at Dabolim Goa from erstwhile USSR in 1988
  • The Indian Navy is preparing for de-induction of TU142M Long Range Maritime Patrol aircraft after its 29 years of dedicated service to the nation
  • The aircraft subsequently shifted base permanently to INS Rajali in 1992
  • The role of TU142M will now be taken on by the newly inducted P-8l aircraft

 

Initiatives to combat TB launched
  • The Health Minister announced that the National Strategic Program (NSP) will be finalized in one month and will be rolled out across the country.
  • A new anti-TB drug Bedaquiline has been introduced under Conditional Access Programme (CAP) to improve outcomes of drug resistant TB treatment