26 May 2018 - Daily Current Affairs

26 May 2018 - Daily Current Affairs

26 May 2018 - Daily Current Affairs

WHO, Russia launches a new campaign for football World Cup 2018

  • On the occasion of FIFA World Cup 2018, World Health Organisation launched a video campaign to promote healthier and more active lives.
  • The series of videos have been produced jointly by WHO, Russia’s Ministry of Health and the 2018 World Cup Russia Local Organising Committee.
  • The campaign consists of 3 videos, each tackling key health risk issues of Tobacco use, excessive salt consumption and physical inactivity.
  • Russia is hosting the FIFA World Cup 2018 which will begin from June 14 to July 15.
  • A total of 64 matches will be played by 32 teams in 12 venues located in 11 cities.
  • The final will be held at Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow, Russia.
Note:
  • FIFA World Cup held every four years.
  • For the first time in 32 years, the US will not compete in the World Cup as its men's national team has failed to qualify.

National Affairs

2. India 145th among 195 countries in healthcare access, quality

  • According to the Lancet Study report, India ranks 145th among 195 countries in terms of quality and accessibility of healthcare, behind its neighbours like China, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka and Bhutan.
  • According to the study, India performed poorly in tackling cases of tuberculosis, rheumatic heart diseases, strokes, colon cancer and chronic kidney disease among others.
  • In 2016, India's healthcare access and quality scored at 41.2 (up from 24.7 in 1990).
  • The five countries, with the highest levels of healthcare access and quality in 2016 were Iceland Norway, Netherlands, Luxembourg and Finland and Australia.
  • The countries with the lowest scores were the Central African Republic, Somalia, Guinea-Bissau, Chad, and Afghanistan.

3. PM lays foundation stone for Patratu Super Thermal Power Project

  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi laid the foundation stone for the 2400 MW the first phase of state-run power giant NTPC's Patratu Super Thermal Power Project in Jharkhand.
  • The project is a 74: 26 joint venture between Government of Jharkhand (GoJ) and Patratu Vidyut Utpadan Nigam Ltd.
  • This project will allocate 85 percent of the power to Jharkhand that will benefit the state in the long run and help in the economic growth of the region.
  • Under the Pradhan Mantri Sahaj Bijli Har Ghar Yojana (Saubhagya) scheme, this project will ensure providing 24x7 power availability to households.

Science & Defence 

4. Surya Kiran-XIII: India Nepal's joint military exercise to be held in Uttarakhand

  • India and Nepal's joint military exercise Surya Kiran-XIII will be held at Uttarakhand's Pithoragarh district from May 30 to June 12.
  • Surya Kiran is a bi-annual event which is hosted alternatively by Nepal and India.
  • Incidentally, Surya Kiran has the highest troop participation as compared to other international military exercises with India.

Honours & Awards

5. Julia Louis-Dreyfus selected Mark Twain Prize

  • Julia Louis-Dreyfus has been selected for this year Mark Twain Prize for American Humor from the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts.
  • She is the latest in a long line of distinguished comedians to receive the award, including comedy luminaries such as Lorne Michaels, Steve Martin, Neil Simon.
  • The award recognizes individuals who have had an impact on American society.
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