NITI Aayog releases report on "Health Insurance for India's Missing Centre".

  • NITI Aayog has released a comprehensive report titled Health Insurance for the Missing Middle of India on October 29, 2021.
  • The report highlights gaps in health insurance coverage across the country and offers solutions to address the situation.
  • The report states that 30% of the Indian population is deprived of health insurance, and termed them as the missing middle.

Health Minister Mansukh Mandaviya launches the 6th edition of National Formulary of India (NFI).

  • The Union Minister of Health and Family Welfare, Dr. Mansukh Mandaviya launched the 6th edition of the National Sutras of India (NFI) on October 28, 2021.
  • NFI is published by Indian Pharmacopoeia Commission (IPC).
  • The main objective of NFI is to promote rational use of medicines in the country and proves beneficial to the physicians and health professionals while prescribing medicines to patients.

Karnataka tops the State Energy Efficiency Index (SEEI) 2020.

  • The Ministry of Power has released the State Energy Efficiency Index (SEEI) 2020. As per the index, the state of Karnataka has topped the State Energy Efficiency Index (SEEI) 2020.
  • Rajasthan is at the 2nd position followed by Haryana at the 3rd position.
  • Rajasthan has been awarded 61 marks and has seen a tremendous growth from the score of 18.5 in the SEEI 2019 Year Index. Last year i.e. in SEEI 2019 ranking, Rajasthan was on top.
  • The State Energy Efficiency Index is released by the Bureau of Energy Efficiency (BEE) and the Alliance for an Energy-Efficient Economy (AEEE).

Union Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar addresses the National Conference on "International Year of Fruits and Vegetables".

  • The conference was organized by the Ministry of Agriculture and Farmers Welfare in collaboration with the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO).
  • It was organized to celebrate 2021 as the International Year of Fruits and Vegetables, as declared by the United Nations Organization.
  • The theme for International Year of Fruits and Vegetables 2021 is Awareness about the nutritional benefits of fruits and vegetables for balanced and healthy diet and life style.

SC appoints 3-member expert panel to probe use of Pegasus spyware.

  • The Supreme Court has constituted a 3-member independent expert committee to investigate allegations of using Israeli spyware Pegasus to monitor Indian citizens.
  • The expert committee will be headed by former Supreme Court judge RV Raveendran. Other 2 member of the committee are Alok Joshi and Dr Sundeep Oberoi.
  • The Expert Committee will oversee the functioning of the Technical Committee, which has been set up to look into the truth or falsity of allegations of spying on journalists, activists, politicians, etc., using Israeli Pegasus spyware.
  • The members of the technical committee are: Dr. Naveen Kumar Choudhary, Dr. Charhan P, Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham, and Dr. Ashwin Anil Gumaste.

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