13 Mar 2018: UPSC Exam PIB Summary & Analysis

Conference on Mass Rapid Transport Systems for Urban Areas 

  • It is a first regional conference on ‘Mass Rapid Transport System (MRTS) for Urban Areas – Opportunities and Challenges’.
  • The conference is being organised in Kolkata.
  • The conference was jointly organized by Ministry of Finance, AIIB, ASSOCHAM and Research and Information System for Developing Countries (RIS). 
  • Before the third annual meeting of Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB) to be held in Mumbai from June 22 to 27 this year, eight such regional conferences will be held on the issues relating to infrastructures development, sustainable infrastructure, mass rapid transportation  system, port and coastal infrastructure, urban development and the like in eight different cities of India.


The Delhi End TB Summit

  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurated the Delhi End TB Summit and launched the TB Free India Campaign.
  • It is being co-hosted by the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Government of India, WHO South East Asia Regional Office (SEARO) and Stop TB Partnership.
  • The Prime Minister said that this event will always be known as a landmark event towards the elimination of TB in the World. “The global target for eliminating TB is 2030, but today I announce that the target for India to eliminate TB is 2025, five years before the global target”.
  • TB is the leading infectious killer in India. There were an estimated 28 lakh new cases of TB in 2016, with over 4 lakh people succumbing to the disease, including those with TB and HIV. 
  • The new NSP adopts a multi-pronged approach which aims to ‘Detect’ all TB patients with an emphasis on reaching TB patients seeking care from private providers and undiagnosed TB in high-risk populations, ‘Treat’ all patient irrespective of where they seek care adopting a patient centric approach, ‘Prevent’ emergence of TB in susceptible population groups and ‘Build’ empowered institutions and human resources to streamline implementation.
  • India is also implementing the National Strategic Plan for TB elimination that is backed by a historic funding of over 12,000 crore rupees for the next three years to ensure every TB patient has access to quality diagnosis, treatment, and support.


Conference on Command Area Development 

  • Union Minister for Water Resources Shri Nitin Gadkari Inaugurated the daylong conference on CAD in New Delhi.
  • The Minister expressed concern  over the fact that funds allocated for CAD have not been adequately utilized, and said that the overall purpose of AIBP will be defeated if CAD is not implemented properly. 
  • Command Area Development Programme was launched by Government of India in 1974-75. It was restructured and renamed as Command Area Development and Water Management (CADWM) Programme in 2004.
  • The programme is being implemented pari-passuwith AIBP since XII Plan.
  • It is being implemented under Pradhan Mantri Krishi Sinchayee Yojana (PMKSY) as a component of Har Khet Ko Pani. From July, 2016 onwards, the CADWM implementation is focused on the mission mode completion of the 99 Priority Irrigation projects through NABARD funding. 
  • Two of the main objectives of PMKSY are Har Khet Ko Pani and More Crop Per Drop.


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