Daily Current Affairs for UPSC Civil Services Exam – 14 June 2020

Daily Current Affairs for UPSC Civil Services Exam – 14 June 2020

In Today’s News:

  1. NGT gives Kerala 1 month to report on Forest Fire Prevention steps.
  2. Jal Jeevan Mission may deploy returning labourers.
  3. Global transmission of Chikungunya from India.

1. NGT gives Kerala 1 month to report on Forest Fire Prevention steps

News Summary

In Kerala, in February 2020, a forest fire erupted in Kottambuthur and killed three forest guards. In the wake of this crisis, the National Green Tribunal has asked the Kerala Government regarding the steps taken to prevent the Forest Fire in the future and asked to submit the report within 1 month.

Prelims GS – Environment/Polity

NGT:

Refer Prelims content of NGT in Gas Leak Case of 4th June 2020.

For more information on NGT, visit the official website.

2. Jal Jeevan Mission may deploy returning labourers

News Summary

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, workers or labourers have migrated back to their native places. This has created a huge demand in jobs especially MGNREGA based jobs. So, these labourers mostly in the construction sector can also be deployed in Jal Jeevan Mission, which is a flagship scheme of Hon’ble Shri. Narendra Modi Ji’s Government. As a result, the Government can finish the process of construction works required in Jal Jeevan Mission and can provide more jobs and tackle the unemployment situation due to reverse migration.

Prelims GS – Economic Development

Jal Jeevan Mission:
  • It is a flagship scheme of the Government of India.
  • Jal Jeevan Mission is created to provide piped drinking water to all rural households by 2024.
  • The program will also implement other measures to sustain water like greywater recycling, rainwater harvesting, etc.
  • A community approach to water, Education, and Communication are the key components of the mission.
  • This mission tries to create a Jan Andolan for water. (People’s movement for water).
  • Ministry of Jal Shakti is the nodal ministry for Jal Jeevan Mission.

Mini Insights

Mains GS3 – Economic Development

Broad objectives of Jal Jeevan Mission:

Jal Jeevan Mission is to:

  • Provide Functional Tap Connection to every rural household by 2024.
  • Provide a tap connection to every Anganwadi buildings, community buildings, Health Wellness Centres, etc.
  • Bring awareness among the people about safe drinking water.
  • Monitor the functioning of tap connections.
  • Promote voluntary ownership among local people by way of contribution in cash or in kind.

For more details on Jal Jeevan Mission, visit the official website.

3. Global transmission of Chikungunya from India

News Summary

A recent genome sequencing study has revealed that a new strain of Chikungunya has emerged from India. This strain of Chikungunya is known as the Indian Subcontinent lineage and sub-lineage of Indian Ocean lineage. During the years 2005-2018, Chikungunya strain of India has spread to Srilanka, China, Thailand, Australia, Malaysia, Bangladesh, etc. As this is an RNA virus, it can further mutate. Hence, sustainable vector control is essential to control the spread or transmission of Chikungunya.

Prelims GS – Science and Technology

Chikungunya:
  • It is a mosquito-borne viral disease.
  • Chikungunya is an RNA virus.
  • Chikungunya is spread through the bite of female mosquitoes mostly Aedes Aegypti and Aedes Albopictus.
  • Symptoms: Fever and Joint pain.
  • The disease mostly occurs in Africa and Asia.
  • No specific treatment is available. We can control the symptoms alone.

Mini Insights

Mains GS3- Science and Technology

Prevention of Chikungunya virus:
  • Keep the surroundings and water bodies  clean to control the breeding of mosquitoes.
  • Spray insecticides on the flying mosquitoes.
  • Cover your body with maximum clothing during the day-time to prevent the bite of mosquitoes.
  • Use mosquito nets in the house and especially cover your bed with mosquito nets.
  • Apply mosquito repellant creams in your body.
  • Mosquitoes coils can also reduce indoor mosquitoes.

For more information on the Chikungunya virus, visit the WHO’s official website.

 

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