Current Affairs, News & Facts of 20 Apr 2016

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  • Beti Bachao Beti Padho Scheme extended to 61 more districts with low child sex ratio

    Beti Bachao Beti Padhao SchemeGovernment has extended the ambitious 'Beti Bachao, Beti Padho' scheme in additional 61 districts across 11 States and Union Territories with low Child Sex Ratio.

    It was announced by the Women and Child Development Minister Maneka Gandhi while addressing the function in New Delhi.

    The Union Ministry of Women and Child Development (WCD), is the nodal agency for the implementation of the scheme.

    Beti Bachao Beti Padhao Scheme

    • The Beti Bachao Beti Padhao Scheme was launched by the Prime Minister Narendra Modi on 22nd of January 2015, in 100 districts of the country to address the issue of declining Child Sex Ratio. It has completed one year of implementation.
    • It is a tri-ministerial initiative of Ministry of Women and Child Development (WCD) with the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare and Ministry of Human Resource Development.
    • The scheme is designed to address the issue of declining child sex ratio and related issues of disempowerment of women through a life cycle continuum.
    • The key elements of the scheme include awareness and advocacy campaign, multi-sectoral action and effective enforcement of Pre-Conception & Pre Natal Diagnostic Techniques (PC&PNDT) Act.
  • Renowned Hollywood actress Doris Roberts passes away

    Renowned Hollywood actress Doris Roberts passes awayVeteran Hollywood actress Doris Roberts passed away in Los Angeles in her sleep. She was 90. She was best known for her role as Raymond Barone's mother, Marie Barone, on the sitcom Everybody Loves Raymond (1996–2005).

    Facts about Doris Roberts

    Doris was born as Doris May Green on November 4, 1925 at Missouri, US and raised by her mother, Ann Meltzer, in The Bronx, New York. 

    Her acting career began in 1952 with a role on the TV series Studio One. She appeared in episodes of The Naked City (1958–63), Way Out (1961), Ben Casey (1963), and The Defenders (1962–63).

    She made her film debut in Something Wild (1961) and later acted in various  Hollywood films  which include Madea’s Witness Protection, The Rose, and The Taking of Pelham 123.

    Awards and Honours: She had bagged five Emmy Awards during her acting career. Four of them were for her role in Raymond and the other was for her supporting role on the series St. Elsewhere

  • India’s Durga Thakur Promoted as International Hockey Umpire

    India’s Durga Thakur Promoted as International Hockey UmpireInternational Hockey Federation (FIH) has promoted Durga Thakur from India as International Outdoor Umpire following her good performance at the recently-held Hawkes Bay Cup in Hastings, New Zealand.

    About Durga Thakur

    Durga Thakur is a 2011 graduate of Netaji Subhas National Institute of Sports, Patiala.

    She started her career as an umpire from the third Hockey India (HI) Sub-Junior Men & Women National Championship (Finals) held in Bhopal in 2013.

    Her first international assignment was in 2015 at the double six-Nation Cup in Breda, Netherlands. 

    • A physical education teacher at Modern School, New Delhi, Thakur has represented her state Himachal Pradesh in the National Championships in three sporting disciplines handball, basketball and hockey.
    • Ms. Thakur is an addition other young Indian umpires currently officiating at the international level. There are 14 Indians in the elite league of international umpires (10 men, 5 women).
  • Indian-American Geeta Pasi nominated as US envoy to Chad

    Indian-American Geeta Pasi nominated as US envoy to ChadUS President Barack Obama has nominated Indian-American Geeta Pasi as the country’s next envoy to central African nation Chad.

    Ms. Pasi, who served as the United States Ambassador to Djibouti from 2011 to 2014, is a career member of the Foreign Service. 

    She is at present the Director of the Office of Career Development and Assignments in the Bureau of Human Resources at the Department of State.

    She had joined the US Foreign Service in 1988. Since then she has served at various posts in Cameroon, Ghana, India and Romania.

  • India, Mauritius ink MoU to promote traditional medicine

    India, Mauritius ink MoU to promote traditional medicineIndia and Mauritius have inked an MoU to promote cooperation in traditional medicine and homeopathy.

    The MoU envisages exchange of experts, supply of traditional medicinal substances, joint research and development and recognition of the traditional systems of health and medicine in both countries.

    It also aims at promotion and popularisation of the various Indian traditional systems which fall under AYUSH (Ayurveda, Yoga and Naturopathy, Unani, Siddha, Sowa Rigpa & Homoeopathy).

    The Union AYUSH ministry also has recently signed similar MoUs with Malaysia, China, Trinidad and Tobago, Bangladesh, Hungary and Nepal.

    The financial resources necessary to conduct research, training courses, meetings and deputations of experts will be met from the existing allocated budget and existing plan schemes of AYUSH.


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