Current Affairs Analysis

30th January 2016 Current Affairs Analysis

By IT's Current Affairs Analysis Team
January 30, 2016


Social Issues

  • WHO unit to focus on achieving universal health coverage


  • ‘US firms keen to participate in India’s solar programme’: US Exim Bank

Also in News

  • MITRA: Mobile App to help women in distress

Social Issues

WHO unit to focus on achieving universal health coverage


The World Health Organization (WHO) has announced setting up of a dedicated unit that will focus on achieving universal health coverage (UHC), which is target 3.8 of sustainable development goals (SDGs).

  • The goals within SDGs emphasise the need to achieve UHC by ensuring financial risk protection and improving access to essential health care services for those marginalised.


According to WHO, so far, the quality of services has been neglected within the UHC dialogue. There has been a lack of centre of gravity for quality. It is with this in mind that a unit is being formed to address UHC & quality.

Mandate of the proposed unit:

This special unit will focus on three key aspects:

  1. Alignment of country engagements and global framework,
  2. Health service resilience, and
  3. Quality and lastly establishing partnerships to reach these goals.

[Ref: Hindu]




‘US firms keen to participate in India’s solar programme’: US Exim Bank


A recent study by the US Exim Bank has indicated that several American companies are looking at opportunities in India’s renewable energy sector and are keen to participate in the National Solar Mission.

  • A number of US based companies are looking for opportunities to expand their business in India.
  • The US primarily exports thin film technology for the solar panel.

Litigations- Background:

It may be noted here that, in 2014, the US dragged India to WTO on the country’s solar mission.

  • The US alleged that India’s programme appears to discriminate against the US solar equipment by requiring solar energy producers to use locally manufactured cells and by offering subsidies to those developers who use domestic equipment. It also alleged that forced localisation requirements restricted US exports to Indian markets.
  • India had lost this case as the WTO ruled that India’s domestic content requirements under its solar power programme were inconsistent with the international norms.
  • After losing the battle at WTO last year, India is looking to modify its solar power programme.

Solar Power in India:

  • National Solar Mission, launched in 2010,aims to establish India as a global leader in solar energy by creating the policy conditions for its diffusion across the country as quickly as possible.
  • The Mission has set the ambitious target of deploying 20,000 MW of grid connected solar power by 2022 and aims at reducing the cost of solar power generation in the country.

[Ref: BS]


Also in News


MITRA: Mobile App to help women in distress


Lt Governor of Puducherry AK Singh has launched the MITRA mobile application to ensure safety and security of women in the Union Territory.

About the App:

  • Mobile Initiated Tracking & Rescue Application is an android application to ensure women safety in times of distress.
  • It is like an SOS customized especially for the Puducherry region.
  • If you find yourself in an emergency situation, you simply need to long press the audio button of your mobile.
  • The application gets launched automatically and sends your location and nearest police station details as SMS to your registered friends. It does not require an internet connection.

PU-MITRA has been customized to ensure students’ safety within Pondicherry University campus.

Features of the App:

  • You can choose 3 friends/relatives to whom alert message should be sent during emergency.
  • You need not manually open the app during emergency.
  • On long pressing the audio button, MITRA tracks your location through GPS and finds the nearest police station from your current location and sends their Phone number to your three registered friends.
  • Your friends may contact the nearest police station from the details given in the message.

[Ref: Hindu]


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