Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (Karnataka Amendment) Bill 2017: Karnataka Assembly has passed Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (Karnataka Amendment) Bill, 2017 to allow kambala, the traditional buffalo race and bullock-cart racing. The bill seeks to exempt kambala and bullock-cart racing from the ambit of Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (PCA) Act, 1960. Governor Vajubhai R. Vala may refer the Bill to President for his assent as it amends central law. Kambala is an annual traditional Buffalo Race (he-buffalo) held in coastal districts of Karnataka to entertain rural people of the area.
Defence Procurement Organization: A new procurement body to integrate and streamline the long and arduous process of defence acquisitions will be set up as Defence Procurement Organisation. It will be a vertical under the Union Defence Ministry and simplify the purchase procedure by integrating procurement processes.
National Deworming Day: NDD is observed every year on February 10th with main objective to combat parasitic worm infections among preschool and school-age children across India. It was launched in 2015 by the Union Ministry of Health and Family welfare. The goal of the day is to deworm all preschool and school-age children between the ages of 1-19 years in order to improve their overall health, cognitive development, nutritional status and quality of life. On this day, Albendazole tablets are given to all targeted children. This year for the first time, deworming tablets were given to the private schools children also.
Atlas for Visually Impaired (India): This atlas is world’s first Braille Atlas for visually impared persons that is released by National Atlas and Thematic Mapping Organisation – NATMO under Department of Science and Technology. NATMO is the premier agency of applied Geo-Spatial technology and pioneer in Thematic Mapping and Atlas Cartography under Department of S&T, Union Ministry of Science & Technology. It is engaged in preparing different atlases, thematic maps and other documents on block level, district, state, national and many other monograms.
Revenue Insurance Scheme for Plantation Corps: It is a pilot scheme for protecting the growers from the risks such as pest attacks, yield losses and income decline caused by fall in prices. It was launched for protecting growers of plantation crops such as tea, coffee, rubber, cardamom and tobacco. In pilot mode it will be implemented in 8 states till 2018 that includes West Bengal, Kerala, Andhra Pradesh, Assam, Karnataka, Sikkim and Tamil Nadu.
Pradhan Mantri Gramin Digital Saksharta Abhiyan: It is expected to be one of the largest digital literacy programme in the world. It targets the rural digital literacy. It will mitigate the lacunae found in 71st National Sample Survey Organisation – NSSO – which found that only 6% of the total rural households have a computer.