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Current Affairs of 3 May 2018

Keshav Kishore, Updated On:04-May-2018




 1.    What is DNA profiling Bill?

• The Centre is expected to bring a bill regarding the DNA profiling to enable authorities to maintain records of unidentified and unclaimed dead bodies or missing persons.

• The bill will allow collection of samples from private parts of human body for DNA profiling and data preservation with the approval of regulatory body.

• A National DNA Profiling Board and a National DNA Bank will be set up in Hyderabad, with every state having a regional DNA data bank.

• Government investigating agency can use information from data banks.


2.    Ordinance for speedy disposal of commercial disputes

• With a view to improve ranking in doing business index, the Union government has agreed to promulgate ordinance to amend a law for speedy trial of commercial disputes.

• The ordinance will replace the pending bill in Parliament named as “Commercial Courts, Commercial Division and Commercial Appellate Division of High Courts Bill”.

• The ordinance will reduce the time for dispute redress system and will also bring down specified value of commercial dispute to Rs 3 lakh from the current present Rs. 1 crore.


3.   PM Swashtya Suraksha Yojna

• The Union Cabinet has approved to set up 20 All India Institute of Medical Science (AIIMS) across the country.

• Set up of AIIMS is part of Pradhan Mantri Swashtya Suraksha Yojna (PMSSY) which has been extended by two years till 2020with financial outlay of Rs. 14,832 crore.

• PMSSY was started in 2003 with an aim to correct regional imbalances in availability of affordable and reliable healthcare services and augment facilities for quality medical education in the country.


4.    Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI)

• It is an autonomous body established under the ministry of Health and Family Welfare.

• It was established in 2011 using the Food Safety and Standards Act, 2006.

• It is responsible to protect and promote public health through the regulation and supervision of food safety.

• It provides regulation to lay down food safety standards, acceleration of laboratories for food testing, technical support and scientific advice to the Central Government, promoting awareness about food safety and nutrition in India etc.

• FSSAI has headquarter in New Delhi and located in 5 regions – Northern region (with head office in New Delhi), Eastern Region, North Eastern Region, Western Region and Southern Region.

• FSSAI provides standards for food products such as dairy products, Fats, oils and fat emulsions, fruits and vegetable products, cereal and cereal products etc.


5.    Bureau of Indian Standards

• Bureau of Indian Standards (BIS) is the national Standards Body of India under Ministry of Consumer Affairs, food and Public Distribution.

• It is a corporate body of 25 members who are from Central or State governments, industry, scientific and research institutions and consumer organisations.

• The Indian Standard Institute (ISI) mark is certified by BIS since January 1, 1987.

• The ISI mark is mandatory for certain products to be sold in India such as electrical appliances like switches, electric motors, wiring cables, heaters, kitchen appliances and some other  products like LPG valves, LPG cylinders, automotive tires etc.


 Source: The Hindu, The Indian Express, Wikipedia,PIB

















































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