21 November, 2019 0 Min Read
|GS-II||Smart Safety Surveillance (3S) programme||National and Political Issues|
|New Code on Wages||National and Political Issues|
|GS-III||NASA completes first Geological Mapping of ‘Titan’||Science and Technology|
|India climbs the EM League tables||Economy|
GS-II : National and Political Issues
Syllabus subtopic: Issues relating to development and management of Social Sector/Services relating to Health, Education, Human Resources.
News: The central government is planning to expand the reach of the Smart Safety Surveillance, or 3S, programme.
Prelims focus: About 3S programme
Mains focus: Its significance, challenges in implementation and their redressal
Context: According to WHO, access to medicines and vaccines in low- and middle-income countries has improved in the past two decades. However, there has not been a proportionate improvement in pharmacovigilance infrastructure and activities to monitor adverse events and address safety issues.
About 3S project
Need for and significance of this programme for India:
Source: The Hindu
Syllabus subtopic: Welfare schemes for vulnerable sections of the population by the Centre and States and the performance of these schemes; mechanisms, laws, institutions and bodies constituted for the protection and betterment of these vulnerable sections
News: The Centre will soon notify the rules that will create the mechanisms to fix a floor wage that would then undergird the minimum wages for different categories of workers — unskilled, semi-skilled, skilled and highly skilled — that the States and Central government would have to set and enforce. This is in accordance with the Code on Wages, 2019.
Prelims and Mains focus: Key features of the new code, need, significance, need for uniform wage across the country.
Key features of the new code:
The new code will amalgamate the Payment of Wages Act, 1936, the Minimum Wages Act, 1948, the Payment of Bonus Act, 1965, and the Equal Remuneration Act, 1976.
Need for a National minimum wage:
Source: The Hindu
GS-III : Science and Technology
Syllabus subtopic: Science and Technology- developments and their applications and effects in everyday life Achievements of Indians in science & technology; indigenization of technology and developing new technology.
News: The American Space Research Organization (NASA) has completed the first 'Global Geological' mapping of Saturn's largest moon 'Titan'. NASA's Jet Propulsion Jet Laboratory (JPL) has released this information.
Prelims and Mains focus: About geological mapping of Saturn’s moon and its significance
Geological Mapping: Geologic mapping involves plotting the location and attitude of the various rock units, faults, and folds on a base map.
Source: Indian Express
Syllabus subtopic: Indian Economy and issues relating to planning, mobilization of resources, growth, development and employment.
News: Buoyed by an improvement in financial sector indicators, India rose several notches to the second position among large emerging markets in October
Prelims and mains focus: current slowdown in the Indian economy, its impact on various sectors and overall GDP
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