The Daily Brief – 28th January 2018

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  • Stree Swabhiman Initiative has been launched by the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MeITY). Its aim is to create sustainable model for providing adolescent girls and women an access to affordable sanitary products by leveraging Common Service Centres (CSCs).
  • India and Cambodia have signed four agreements to boost bilateral cooperation between both countries. The agreements were signed after comprehensive talks between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Cambodian counterpart Samdech Hun Sen in New Delhi.
  • Pulse Polio Immunization (PPI) Programme for year 2018 has been launched by President Ram Nath Kovind by administering polio drops to children at the Rashtrapati Bhavan on the eve of the National Immunisation Day (NID), observed on 28 January.
  • India and Lao PDR have signed civil aviation cooperation agreement for providing SkyRev360, a comprehensive e-data gathering, invoicing and collection system.
  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi will embark on four-day official state visit to Palestine, Oman and UAE in February 2018.
  • Noted agricultural scientist and pioneer of India’s Green Revolution, Gurcharan Singh Kalkat (92), passed away in Chandigarh after a brief illness. 
  • Singer Asha Bhosle (84) was chosen for fifth edition of Yash Chopra Memorial Award for her outstanding contribution to the Hindi film industry.
  • The World Leprosy Day is observed internationally every year on last Sunday of January month to raise global awareness of Leprosy. This year it was observed on 28 January.  Observance of the day focuses on target of zero cases of leprosy-related disabilities in children. The day was initiated by French philanthropist and writer, Raoul Follereau in 1954 as way to raise global awareness of this deadly ancient disease and call attention to the fact that it can be prevented, treated and cured.

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