The Daily Brief – 25th March 2019


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  1. The council of Programme for Endorsement of Forest Certification (PEFC) has decided to recognise forest-certification scheme, Certification Standard for Sustainable Forest Management, developed specifically for Indian forests by Network for Certification and Conservation of Forests (NCCF), an Indian non-profit organisation that came into existence in January 2015. This is the first forest-certification scheme from India to get global recognition. Programme for Endorsement of Forest Certification (PEFC) is the world’s largest forest certification system.
  2. World Poetry Day is observed every year on March 21st by United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) with an aim to promote the reading, writing, publishing and teaching of poetry throughout the world. Poetry is part of the recognition of ancestral values and a return to speech as a means of socializing an individual. In 1999, UNESCO decided to observe World Poetry Day on 21 March every year.
  3. The Election Commission of India has appointed transgender social activist Gauri Sawant, as one of the 12 election ambassadors from Maharashtra. Transgenders got the right to vote for the first time in 2014. Now there are 2,086 registered transgenders in Maharashtra. Gauri Sawant is the first transgender to be appointed as the election ambassador.

    Gauri Shankar
  4. India has achieved an 84 per cent reduction in tuberculosis deaths among people living with HIV by 2017.   According to  the Joint United Nations Programme on the UNAIDS, it is the highest recorded decline among over 20 nations and it is also three years ahead of the 2020 deadline. World Health Organisation estimates show that globally, TB deaths among people living with HIV have fallen by 42 per cent since 2010.
  5. NITI Aayog is organizing a day-long FinTech Conclave at Dr. Ambedkar International Center, New Delhi on 25 March, 2019 with an objective to shape India’s continued ascendancy in FinTech, build the narrative for future strategy and policy efforts, and to deliberate steps for comprehensive financial inclusion.
  6. India won 368 medals (85 gold, 154 silver and 129 bronze) at the Special Olympics World Summer Games, held at Abu Dhabi, UAE which concluded on March 21, 2019. This was India’s ninth appearance at the event, which takes place every two years. The first Special Olympics games were held in July 1968 at Soldier Field in Chicago.
  7. Japan has donated $69 million to the United Nations World Food Programme to provide vital aid to 28 countries in the Middle East, Africa, and Asia, with the biggest shares of the money being earmarked for Yemen and Iraq. The World Food Programme was established in 1961 by the FAO and the United Nations General Assembly with an aim to eradicate hunger and malnutrition, with the ultimate goal to eliminate the need for food aid itself.

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Today’s Quiz

1. When did Network for Certification and Conservation of Forests (NCCF) come into existence?

2. On which day World Poetry Day is observed every year?

3. When did the Transgenders get the right to vote?

4. What per cent of reduction in tuberculosis deaths among people living with HIV by 2017 has been witnessed by India?

5. How many medals did India win at Special Olympics World Summer Games 2019?

6. When was World Food Programme established?

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