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  • WHO adopts resolution on Digital Health proposed by India
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    ▪️The 71st World Health Assembly held in Geneva, Switzerland has adopted resolution on Digital Health. The resolution was initiated by India and was co-sponsored by 20 countries.

    ▪️The World Health Assembly is highest decision-making body of World Health Organization (WHO). Its 71st session was attended by delegations from all WHO member states.

    ✔️ Features of Resolution on Digital Health

    ▪️It recognises huge potential of Digital health technology has for supporting Universal Health Coverage (UHC) and improving accessibility, quality and affordability of health services.

    ▪️It urges WHO member states to prioritise development and greater use of digital technologies in health sector as means for advancing global health agenda and Sustainable Development Goals, Best Telegram Channel DailyGkZone.

    ▪️It paves way for WHO to establish global strategy on digital health, identify priority areas and engage member  states to optimise their health systems in sync with global digital health agenda.

    ▪️It is first step towards mainstreaming digital interventions in health sector.

    ▪️It includes use modern advance technologies such as deep machine learning, artificial intelligence (AI), internet of things (IoT, Best Telegram Channel DailyGkZone ) and other emerging disciplines like genomics.

    ▪️It also asks member states to identify priority areas in which they will be benefitted from WHO assistance in digital health services and applications, data security, ethical and legal issues.

    ✔️ World Health Organization (WHO)

    ▪️WHO is  specialized agency of United Nations that acts as coordinating authority on international public health.

    ▪️It was established on 7 April 1948, it succeeded the Health Organization, which was an agency of the League of Nations. It is a member of UN Development Group (UNDP).

    ▪️It is headquartered at Geneva. WHO flag features the Rod of Asclepius as a symbol for healing.

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  • Vajra-Prahar

    Why in news?

    The Indo-US joint military exercise ‘VajraPrahar’ will be held at Joint Base Lewis-McChord (JBLM) in Seattle in third week of January in line with the increasing military cooperation between both countries.
    What is VajraPrahar?

    ‘VajraPrahar’ is Indo-US Special Forces joint training exercise conducted alternately in India and the US started in 2010.
    It is conducted annually, but there was a gap of three years between 2012 and 2015. The last edition was held in Jodhpur in March 2017.

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  • GAVI- the Vaccine Alliance

    🍎Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunization is a public-private global health partnership committed to increasing access to immunization in poor countries.

    🍎It is a global Vaccine Alliance with the goal of creating equal access to new and underused vaccines for children living in the world’s poorest countries

    🍎Gavi brings together developing countries and donor governments, the World Health Organization, UNICEF, the World Bank, the vaccine industry in both industrialized and developing countries, research and technical agencies, civil society, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and other private philanthropists
    Gavi was launched in 2000

    🍎It is based in Geneva, Switzerland.

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  • Major Reports and Indices by WEF

    • Global competitiveness report
    • Global Gender gap report
    • Global Human Capital Reort
    • Inclusive Development index
    • Travel and Tourism Competitiveness report
    • Global Energy architecture performance index report

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  • India, China plan FTA breakthrough

    Union Commerce Minister Suresh Prabhu and his Chinese counterpart, Zhong Shan, met in New Delhi on Monday for the first high-level contact between both sides, which have decided to “reset” their ties this year in the run-up to a Xi-Modi summit meeting in China.

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  • India is now the second-largest mobile phone producer in the world after China.

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  • The 13th edition of joint military drill exercise “Iron Fist 2018” has started between American and Japanese forces in California.

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  • Saudi Arabia has for the first time allowed women to spectate a football match, part of an easing of strict rules on gender separation by the ultra-conservative Muslim country.

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  • Ecuador has granted citizenship to Wikileaks founder Julian Assange

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  • Sunny Verghese, the Singapore-based Indian-origin businessman, has been appointed as the Chairman of the Geneva-based World Business Council for Sustainable Development.

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  • Zimbabwe Parliament speaker today said, former Vice President Emmerson Mnangagwa will be sworn in as President on Friday following the resignation of Robert Mugabe after nearly four decades in power. 

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  • A total of 51 countries will participate in the 13th Asia-Europe Foreign Ministers' Meeting, started in Myanmar's capital city of Nay Pyi Taw.

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  • Slovenia’s internet-savvy President Borut Pahor has been re-elected for a second term after winning the 2017 Slovenian presidential election

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  • The 10th South Asia Economic Summit (SAES-2017)held in Kathmandu, Nepal .

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  • China has launched the world’s first all-electric ship in Guangzhou in South China’s Guangdong Province, which can travel up to 80km with 2000-tonnes cargo after a two-hour charge.

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  • A key parliamentary panel in Switzerland has approved a pact for automatic exchange of information with India on financial accounts. 

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  • Kirti Nidhi Bista (90), the former Prime Minister and veteran politician of Nepal, has passed away on November 11, 2017 in Gyaneshwor, Kathmandu.

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  • The 2017 Asia-Pacific Economic Co-operation (APEC) summit has started in Danang, Vietnam.

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  • The US has become the only nation not in the Paris climate agreement after Syria announced its plan to join the deal.

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  • Chennai was recently designated as UNESCO Creative City for its contributions to music, making it the third Indian city on the list after Jaipur and Varanasi.

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  • Sikhs can wear kirpans of up to 6 cm in length on domestic and international flights, according to the new rules of Transport Canada. 

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  • The Panama Papers leak from last year is the world's biggest data leak containing 2.6 TB information leaked from law firm Mossack Fonseca. 

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  • More than 2.5 million people will pack the New York streets to cheer on 50,000 marathon participants from around the world. 

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  • The death toll due to the typhoon Damrey that pummelled central and southern Vietnam rose to 27. 

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  • China will begin construction of the world's highest planetarium next year in Tibet, which is often dubbed "Roof of the World", being 4,000 metres above sea level.

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  • Fake news has been named official word of the year 2017 by Collins dictionary due to its widespread use around the world. 

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  • The International Conference on “Ramayan Circuit and Mithila-Awadh Relations” has started at Janakpur in Nepal.

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  • Senior diplomat Ajay Bisaria has been appointed India's High Commissioner to Pakistan. 

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  • Brunei Darussalam has been named the most improved economy in the world .

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  • A 45 member contingent of the Indian Air Force left for Israel today to participate in exercise ‘Blue Flag-17’.

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  • Saudi Arabia will begin issuing tourist visas in a bid to boost tourism.

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  • Kazakhstan is changing its name to Qazaqstan as part of a transition from Cyrillic to a Latin-based script. A national commission will be set up to oversee the transition, which will be completed by 2025. 

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  • The Spanish Constitutional Court has cancelled the declaration of independence made by the Catalan regional parliament.

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  • Chinese engineers are reportedly awaiting approval to build a 1,000-km tunnel, the world's longest, to divert 10-15 billion tons of water from Brahmaputra river in Tibet before it enters Arunachal Pradesh. 

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  • Climbing the Uluru monolith in Australia will be banned from October 2019

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  • The democratic opposition and political prisoners in Venezuela have won the European Union's Sakharov Prize for human rights.

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  • The democratic opposition and political prisoners in Venezuela have won the European Union's Sakharov Prize for human rights.

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  • India has topped the list of seven countries, accounting for 64 per cent of the over 10 million new tuberculosis (TB) cases worldwide last year.  India was followed by Indonesia, China, Philippines, Pakistan, Nigeria and South Africa.

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