Mission Indradhanush 3.0 launched


To expand immunization coverage across the country, Intensified Mission Indradhanush 3.0 launched.

Intensified Mission Indradhanush 3.0 aims to focus on children and pregnant women who missed their vaccine doses during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Mission Indradhanush

The Government of India launched “Mission indradhanush” in December 2014, in order to strengthen and re-energize the Mission Indradhanush programme and achieve full immunization coverage for all children and pregnant women at a rapid pace.

Mission Indradhanush’s Goal

To ensure full immunization for children up to two years of age and pregnant women with all available vaccines.

Diseases covered

Vaccination against 12 Vaccine-Preventable Diseases (VPD) is provided under this programme, i.e. Whooping cough, tetanus, diphtheria, hepatitis B, meningitis and pneumonia, polio, tuberculosis, rotavirus vaccine, pneumococcal conjugate vaccine (PCV), Haemophilus influenzae type B infections, Japanese encephalitis (JE) and measles-rubella (MR).

However, Vaccination against Haemophilus influenzae type B infections and Japanese are provided only in selected districts of the country.

Intensified Mission Indradhanush (IMI)

Prime Minister Narendra Modi launched the Intensified Mission (IMI) on October 8, 2017, to further intensify the immunization programme.

With this programme, the Government of India aims to reach each and every child up to two years of age and all those pregnant women who have been left uncovered under the routine immunization programme/UIP.

It is focused on improving immunization coverage in select districts and cities.

It is envisioned to ensure full immunization to more than 90% by December 2018.




First human case of H5N8 Virus reported in Russia


The world’s first case of bird flu virus strain- H5N8 that has infected humans through birds has been reported by Russia. The WHO has already been reported about the case. After the flu outbreak in birds in December 2020, seven workers at Russia’s poultry farm were infected with the virus. The virus is a sub-strain of Influenza A virus, which results in flu-like symptoms in wild birds and poultry and is fatal for them. However, it poses a low risk to humans.

World’s largest Narendra Modi cricket Stadium inaugurated


President Ram Nath Kovind along with the Union Home Minister Amit Shah inaugurated the world’s largest Narendra Modi Stadium at Motera in Gujarat. The Motera stadium has been renamed Narendra Modi Stadium and has superseded the Melbourne Cricket Ground as the largest stadium. The stadium will witness second home pink-ball test match which will be played between India and England.




Linda Thomas Greenfield becomes US Ambassador to UN


Linda Thomas Greenfield was appointed as the US Ambassador to the UN by the United States Senate on February 23, 2021. US President Joe Biden nominated her for the post. The US Senate had voted 78-20, which confirmed her for the cabinet-level position, making her the eighth confirmed member of Joe Biden’s Cabinet. Linda Greenfield is a US diplomat and she has a vast experience in Africa. She is also a three-decade veteran of the US State Department.

Woochong Um appointed as the new Managing Director General of Asian Development Bank (ADB)


Woochong Um of Republic of Korea was appointed as the new Managing Director General of Asian Development Bank (ADB) on 22nd February 2021. On 22nd February he assumed the office. He will be reporting to Masatsugu Asakawa, President of ADB.

He will assist the President of ADB to establish the bank wide intelligibility on various key initiatives and issues.

Prior to this appointment, he served as the Director General of the sustainable development and climate change department of ADB and concurrently Chief Compliance Officer since June 2018.

About ADB

68 members own the ADB (49 from Asia and the Pacific and 19 from others).

President- Masatsugu Asakawa.

Headquarters- Metro Manila, Philippines.

Established in 1966.