Saturday, 26 December 2015

Current affairs 26 - December - 2015

1)  IT major Tech Mahindra has launched first of its kind ‘Tap N Pay’ contactless digital payment wallet MoboMoney for the Indian masses. MoboMoney has been billed as India’s first commercial NFC ecosystem rollout that would allow consumers to convert cash into e-cash for making payments.

2)  The Union Government has added 106 drugs including that of HIV/AIDS, Cancer and Hepatitis C to the National List of Essential Medicines (NLEM). In this regard, Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare’s core committee has revised the NLEM. The committee was headed by V.M. Katoch, former secretary of Department of Health Research. The revision includes addition of 106 essential medicines and deletion of 70 medicines. With this total number of essential medicines in the list has gone up to 376 from earlier 348 medicines. This move will ensure their availability across the country at affordable prices. The new list takes cues from the World Health Organisation (WHO’s) 2015 list of essential drugs and medicines that satisfies the priority healthcare needs of people and ensure affordability.

3)  Veteran Bollywood actress Sadhna Shivdasani (mononymously known as Sadhana) passed away in Mumbai, Maharashtra. She was 74. She was renowned for his style statement and acting prowess in Bollywood in the 1960s and 70s.

4)  Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurated the new building of Afghanistan Parliament in the capital city Kabul built by India. It was inaugurated during Narendra Modi’s first official visit to Afghanistan after becoming Prime Minister. He also named one block of Parliament as Atal Block after former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee. Prime Minister also handed over 4 Mi-25 attack helicopters to Afghanistan Air Force symbolising a shift in India’s position on supplying ‘offensive’ equipment. Afghanistan parliament building was constructed by India at a cost of US 90 million dollars as a symbol of India’s support to Afghanistan’s democracy and civil reconstruction. The construction of Parliament building was started in 2009 and it had missed its completion deadlines at least 3 times since 2011. This project along with $300 million Salma dam project (called the India-Afghanistan friendship dam) in Heart province has generated much goodwill for India.

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