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Today Current Affairs Headlines:
- Border Roads Organization (BRO) opens Rohtang Pass connecting Lahaul and Spiti district of Himachal Pradesh with the rest of the country.
- AP Government has launched a mobile app ‘COVID Pharma’ to keep a track of people purchasing medicines over-the-counter (OTC) for cold, cough & fever.
- The government has allowed opening certain categories of shops during COVID-19 lockdown.
- In rural areas, except those in shopping malls, all shops are allowed to open.
- In urban areas, all standalone shops, neighborhood shops, and shops in residential complexes are allowed to open and markets/market complexes, shopping malls are not allowed to open.
- The Sale by e-commerce companies will continue to be permitted for essential goods only.
- The Sale of alcohol keeps on being restricted.
- Saudi Arabia abolishes flogging as a punishment.
- UNCTAD (United Nations Conference on Trade and Development) has releases report ‘From the Great Lockdown to the Great Meltdown’.
World Immunization Week:
Every year, the last week of April is marked as World Immunization Week. The Week is celebrated to increase awareness of immunization. This year, the week is being marked under the theme.
Theme: Vaccines work for All
- World Health Organization(WHO), immunization can help protect from 25 different infectious disease-causing agents or diseases.
This year, during the World Immunization Week, coming up next is to be engaged
- The values of vaccines are to be demonstrated to children.
- Highlights to build on immunization progress to be addressed.
- Importance of increasing investment towards vaccine programs.
Scientific Disposal of COVID-19 waste – National Green Tribunal:
National Green Tribunal has coordinated the states and the association regions to intently screen the vehicle, taking care of, capacity, and removal of COVID-19 waste.
- The Biomedical waste rules deal with waste generated by infectious diseases.
- Inappropriate treatment of biomedical waste will present the grave risk to the strength of the individuals and the environment.
- The tribunal had directed that a high-level team such as CPCB, Jal Shakti, Defence, Urban development supervise scientific disposal of COVID-19.
Immunity Passports that are warned against by WHO?
The World Health Organization (WHO) has recently warned against the issuance of immunity passports. The organization is against the concept as there is no evidence till now that people who have recovered from COVID-19 or developed antibodies will not get infected again.
What are the issues?
- Though the idea of immunity passports has not been implemented widely, several organizations are opposing on adopting the idea.
- it is unknown if this strain of the virus is similar to that of the other strains such as MERS (Middle East Respiratory Syndrome) and SARS (Severe Acute Respiratory System).
Why Immunity Passports?
- The countries that have imposed lockdown are now trying to return to normalcy.
- It would be convenient for the countries when the citizens hold such a pass as that of the immunity passport.
- This will help in restricting the movement of people actually infected and allow others to lead a normal life.
Retired IAS Officer Sanjay Kothari appointed as the Central Vigilance Commissioner
On April 25, 2020, resigned IAS official Sanjay Kothari was confirmed as the Central Vigilance Commissioner (CVC) at Rashtrapati Bhavan. He was confirmed by President Ram Nath Kovind.
- Mr. Kothari acted as the secretary to the President of India. He was replaced by Mr. Kapil Dev Tripathi on April 20, 2020. Mr. Tripathi is a 1980 batch IAS officer. He was appointed as CVC in February 2020.
- Mr. Sanjay Kothari was recommended by a high-level selection panel. The panel was headed by Prime Minister.
- The CVC is appointed by the President based on the recommendation of the committee. The committee consists of Leader of Opposition, Minister of Home Affairs.
Role of CVC
- The Central Vigilance Commissioner(CVC) carries out corruption investigations against government officials. However, such investigations can be carried out only after the permission of the Government. The CVC cannot direct the CBI officials to initiate inquiries.
- The Central Vigilance Commissioner does not have powers to register criminal cases, rather can deal only with vigilance and disciplinary cases.
Vigilance Awareness Week – Vigilance Awareness Week is celebrated every year in the last week of October. This is because it coincides with the birthday of Sardar Vallabhai Patel.