India and Uzbekistan held virtual summit meeting to discuss mutual relations
On December 11, 2020, India and Uzbekistan held virtual summit meeting to discuss mutual relations. The Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi held discussions with his Uzbekistan counterpart during the conference. The conference mainly focused on extremism, terrorism and radicalism.
During the summit, the countries inked treaties to step up efforts of two-sided investment agreement. They also signed other agreements on reusable energy, Digital Knowhows, Communal development schemes, cyber safety.
India and Uzbekistan have been engaging under various arrangements such as India-Central Asia Dialogue. During the meeting, India confirmed its support of 448 million USD line of Credit to be protracted to four expansion projects of Uzbekistan in the field of sewage treatment, road structure, Data Technology.
India greeted Uzbek proposal to hold a trilateral discussion among India, Iran and Uzbekistan to encourage the connectivity through Chabahar port. India also invited Uzbekistan to join the North-South Transport Corridor. This will offer India an overall enhancement of connectivity in the Eurasian region.
India expressed gratitude Uzbekistan for its backing to Indian candidature for the United Nations Security Council. Also, India applauded Uzbekistan for its successful appointment to the United Nations Human Rights Council (2021-23).
India-Uzbekistan MoUs in Defence
India and Uzbekistan engaged three Memorandum of Understandings in the arena of Defence in 2019 to increase cooperation in military medication and military instruction.
It is the joint military exercise held between India and Uzbekistan and the first Dustlik military exercise took place in 2019.
India-Uzbekistan Nuclear Deal
In January 2019, India and Uzbekistan inked a nuclear agreement for long term of supply of Uranium to India. Uzbekistan is the seventh major exporter of Uranium in the world. After Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan is the next central Asian country to distribute Uranium to India.
India and Uzbekistan have set a yearly trade target of 1 billion USD. India is also doing efforts on its part to grow its relations with the nation where China has already made inroads within the country taking benefit of its geographical closeness.
India has presented a line of credit of 40 million USD for obtaining of goods and amenities by Uzbekistan from India.
France Law against Islamism
The French Cabinet newly presented a draft regulation that targets “Radical Islamism”.
Key Points of the Anticipated Law:
The law intends to envisage range of procedures that includes school teaching modifications assure that Muslim children do not drop out of school.
It goals to provide stringent controls on preachers and mosques.
The law will provide guidelines against hate movements online.
When the law comes into power, the French mosques will see amplified scrutiny on their doings, especially funding.
The French Government under the law will be authorized with more powers to shut down worship places. These spaces of worship are those that accept public grants. They will be shut down if they go in contradiction of the republican ideologies such as gender equivalence.
The law will sternly overturn the home-schooling of kids over three years. This is because through this, the paternities enrol them in secretive Islamic assemblies.
The law will punish surgeons issuing virginity credentials.
The law will ban the officials from granting residency permits to polygamous applicants.
The law permits to interview duos separately prior to their marriages to find out if they are enforced in to wedding.
Reaction from the world
The Turkish President Recep Erdogan has strongly condemned the law calling it “An open provocation”. Egypt top cleric has called the French President “Racist” for bringing up the new law.
Asia-Pacific Vaccine Access Facility, APVAX
The Asian Development Bank recently hurled Asia Pacific Vaccine Access Facility to provide reasonable support to the emerging countries as they obtain and distribute vaccines. The bank has assigned 9 billion USD for the mission.
What is Asia-Pacific Vaccine Access Facility?
It will sustenance evolving nations in Asia and will put in energies to get vaccines against lethal virus. If a nation has to get funds under APVAX, then it should accomplish the following criteria:
It must be secured through COVAX.
It should be prequalified by WHO.
It should be supervised by a strict monitoring authority.
Previous ADB financial assistance to COVID-19
The Asian Development Bank earlier agreed to the 500 million USD vaccine importation facility as a part of the trade and stock chain investment programme of the bank
The bank assigned 1 billion USD to co-finance with the secluded sectors in importation of COVID-19 vaccines
In April 2020, ADB settled 20 billion USD for backing developing nations to address the influences of COVID-19 pandemic and bring quick aid.
The bank devoted 14.9 billion USD of loans to sustenance the COVID-19 Pandemic Response Decision.
In November 2020, ADB declared 20.3 million USD of technical help to start systems that will enable effectual and equitable supply of vaccines.
What is COVAX?
COVAX is one of the three pillars of the ACT Accelerator hurled by World Health Organization. The COVAX facility aims to make sure that all the people in the world will get equivalent access to COVID-19 vaccine. The primary aim of the facility is to safeguard that two billion doses are obtainable by the end of 2021. It is co-led by Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunisation and Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Innovations (CEPI).
It is an outline of relationship that goals to accelerate creation, growth and equitable access to COVID-19 vaccine. The ACT Accelerator was started by WHO, France and European Commission. It is made on three main pillars namely Therapeutics, Vaccines (COVAX) and Diagnostics.
Fitness Ka Dose Aadha Ghanta Roz Campaign
The Fitness Ka Dose Aadha Ghanta Roz Campaign was lately much-admired by the World Health Organization. The campaign has been highly praised for its creativities to encourage physical activity. The campaign was hurled as a part of the Fit India Movement and it was launched by the Union Minister of Youth affairs and Sports Kiren Rijiju. The movement lately gained backing from celebrities on different grounds including sports stars, surgeons, Bollywood and fitness models. The campaign impulses Indian citizens to track 30 minutes of fitness every day.
Previously the World Health Organisation had commended the Arogya Setu application that was launched by the Government of India in its bout against covid-19.
Need for Fitness Ka Dose Aadha Ghanta Roz Campaign
The lifestyle ailments are increasing in India and the lifestyle disorders include overweightness, depression, circulatory diseases, diabetes, etc. More than 57 % people in important cities such as Chennai, Delhi and Hyderabad are weighty.
Conferring to the Indian Council of Medical Research, the demise due to non-communicable sicknesses in India has amplified from 37 % in 1990 to 61.8% in 2016.
The idea of Fitness Ka Dose Aadha Ghanta Roz Campaign was presented by Narendra Modi during the Fit India Dialogue.
Fit India Dialogue
In September 2020, the Prime Minister Narendra Modi public his thoughts at the Fit India Dialogue. It was a virtual event that was apprehended to rejoice the initial anniversary of Fit India Movement. Several celebs participated in the discussion including Cricketer Virat Kohli. During the dialogue the Prime Minister hurled fit India age-appropriate aptness procedures.
Fit India Movement
It was hurled by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on the event of National Sports day in 2019. It is a multi-ministerial initiative and it purposes to bring about behavioural alteration by introducing fitness routines in daily lives of Indians.
National Sports day
Each year the National Sports day is observed on 29th August to pay tribute to the hockey player Major Dhyan Chand Singh. On National Sports Day, the President of India honours the renowned athletes by bestowing awards such as Dronacharya Award, Khel Ratna, Arjun awards, Dhyan Chand Award, etc.
On December 10, 2020, the Union Minister of Road Transport and Highways Shri Nitin Gadkari inaugurated the Koilwar Bridge over the Sone River in Bihar and the bridge was built at an expenditure of 256 crores.
The current two-Lane Bridge over the stream for both road and rail traffic are 138 years old. The Bridge has been substituted which includes three lanes of roadway. The connection will subsequently decrease the rush-hour traffic on NH-30 and on NH -922. It is all main link between Uttar Pradesh and Bihar.
Amid 1862 and 1900 the bridge was the lengthiest bridge in India. It was installed by the then viceroy of India Lord Elgin and is also termed the Abdul Bari Bridge.
He was an Indian theoretical and social activist. He wanted to make India free from social disparity, free from bondage and communal conflict. He played a major role in uniting the worker section in the states of Bengal, Bihar and Orissa during the independence struggle in in 1921, 1922 and 1942. He was the head of Tata workers Union.
It is also called the son river and the Sone River is one of the main streams of river Ganges. It initiates near Amarkantak of Madhya Pradesh. Amarkantak is a tourist town and is a unique usual Heritage area and the conference point of Vindhya and Satpura ranges. Amarkantak is also the starting point of Narmada and the Johila river.
Other forthcoming Bridge projects
A seven-kilometre four lane Koshi Bridge is to be finished by 2023. The projected cost of the bridge building is 478 crores of rupees.
The Vikramshila Bridge is to be accomplished by 2024 at a projected cost of 1,110 crores of rupees.
Buxar Bridge is to be finished by 2021.
Sahibganj Bridge that joins Jharkhand and Bihar is to be built at a cost of 1,900 crores of rupees and is to be finished by 2024.
Future International Road Projects
Ram Janki Marg is to be built between Janakpuri of Nepal and Ayodhya of India which is 240 kilometres long. The cost of this project is projected to be 2,700 crores of rupees.
India Water Impact summit
The first India Water Impact Meeting started on December 10, 2020. This time the Summit is being held under the following theme: Comprehensive analysis and Holistic management of rivers and water bodies with a focus on Arth Ganga.
About the summit
The Summit is being managed by the National Mission for Clean Ganga and the Centre for Ganga River Basin Management and Studies. The Summit will publicize and deliberate the need for modalities of embracing Ganga. Also, it will act as a shared platform for the investors and stakeholders in the water area. The Summit will inspire International collaboration between India and several other foreign nations for river water managing.
What is Arth Ganga?
The Namami Gange develops around Arth Ganga and in simple terms it suggests a growth model that emphases on financial activities related to the Ganges. Under this development, the agriculturalists will be stimulated to involve in supportable agrarian activities, building plant garden centre, include zero budget farming and plant fruit trees on the banks of river Ganga.
Accompanied by the above activities Arth Ganga will also comprise creation of set-up for water sports, walking paths, expansion of camp spots, cycling, etc. Finally it aims to tap cross tourism potential, that is both spiritual and exploration tourism.
It is also named the National Mission for Clean Ganga and it was hurled in 2014 to achieve reduction of contamination in management and rejuvenation of Ganga. It is being executed by National Ganga Council which substituted the National Ganga River Basin authority in 2016. The core pillars of the mission are public awareness, biodiversity and afforestation, dirt treatment structure and manufacturing waste monitoring and riverfront growth and river outward cleaning.
So far around 313 projects have been certified under the assignment which are of worth 25,000 crores.
LeBron James bagged Time’s athlete of the year title
Lebron James is Time’s Athlete-of-the-Year LOS ANGELES LeBron James, who won an NBA title with Los Angeles Lakers and formed a coalition to battle voter suppression, was on Thursday named Time magazine’s 2020 Athlete-of the-Year. Time lauded James.’
‘More than a Vote’, a non-profit organisation aimed at encouraging Black citizens and others to exercise their right to vote.
About LeBron James
LeBron Raymone James Sr. is an American proficient basketball player for the Los Angeles Lakers of the National Basketball Association (NBA) and is broadly well-thought-out one of the extreme NBA players in history, James is often compared to Michael Jordan in discussions over the extreme basketball player of all time.
Playing for the Cleveland Cavaliers, Miami Heat, and Los Angeles Lakers, James is the one player in NBA past to have taken NBA championships to three franchises as Finals MVP.
He has contested in ten NBA Finals, counting eight consecutives with the Heat and Cavaliers from 2011 through 2018. His happenings include four NBA championships, four NBA Most Valued Player (MVP) Awards, four Finals MVP Awards, and two Olympic gold medals. During his 17-year profession, James grasps the best for all-time playoffs points, is third in all-time points, and eighth in profession contributions. James has been nominated to the All-NBA First Team a record 13 times, made the All-Defensive First Team five times, and has participated in 16 All-Star Games, in which he was nominated All-Star MVP three times.