India among top 5 countries where babies are born pre-term: UN Report.

  • According to a report, released by the UN, an estimated 13.4 million babies were born pre-term in 2020, with 45% of them being born in just five countries, including India, Pakistan, Nigeria, China, and Ethiopia.
  • Report title: Born Too Soon: Decade of Action on Pre-term Birth
  • It is jointly produced by the WHO, UNICEF, and Partnership for Maternal, Newborn & Child Health (PMNCH).
  • The global pre-term birth rate increased to 9.9% in 2020, compared to 9.8% in 2010.

IBM partners NASA to convert satellite data into high resolution maps.

  • IBM in collaboration with NASA unveiled a new geospatial foundation model designed to convert satellite data into high-resolution maps of floods, fires, and other landscape changes to reveal the planet’s past and hint at its future.
  • The model geospatial offering is an artificial intelligence (AI) technology developed by IBM.
  • The goal of the NASA and IBM collaboration is to provide an easier way for researchers to analyse and draw insights from large NASA datasets related to Earth processes.
  • This collaboration is part of NASA’s Open-Source Science Initiative (OSSI), a commitment to building an inclusive, transparent, and collaborative open science community over the next decade.

Smriti Irani launches "Poshan Bhi Padhai Bhi" campaign.

  • Union Ministry of WCD has launched a campaign named Poshan Bhi Padhai Bhi for strengthening Early Childhood Care and Education (ECCE).
  • This unique initiative is aimed at ensuring that India has a high-quality preschool network.
  • ECCE is a significant component of Mission Saksham Anganwadi and Poshan 2.0 and is envisaged under the NEP.
  • The work will be taken by Anganwadis across the country for providing nutrition as well as better education to children.

Punjab Becomes 1st State to enforce "Right To Walk".

  • Punjab has become the first state in India to implement the right to walk by making it mandatory for all road-owning agencies to provide footpaths and cycle tracks in all future expansions of roads and construction.
  • Reason: Every month more than 10 pedestrians/ bicycle riders are killed in road accidents due to encroachment on pedestrian footpaths.
  • Road-owning agencies include NHAI, the public works department, local bodies, and urban development departments.

India Post launches Bharat eMart portal.

  • India Post, Confederation of All India Traders (CAIT), and Tripta Technologies signed an MoU for the Bharat eMart portal.
  • This portal will provide the facility of pick-up of consignments from the premises of traders and ensure delivery at the doorsteps of the consignees across the country.
  • In the recent past, India Post has entered into similar agreements with GeM, Regional Centers of Tribal Cooperative Marketing Development Federation of India Limited (TRIFED).

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