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Exam Specific Current Affairs News 28 Feb 2019

On February 27, 2019, Prakash Javadekar, the Union Minister for Human Resources Development, launched “SHREYAS”, the Scheme for Higher Education Youth in Apprenticeship and Skills’ for offering training opportunities or industry apprenticeship to fresh graduates of 2019.

The scheme was primarily launched to provide skill based trainings to non-technical students of BA, BSc. BCom courses, now the SHREYAS programme aims to bring BA, BSc, and BCom (Professional) courses in the higher educational institutions.

Tribal Affairs Minister launches MSP FOR MINOR FOREST PRODUCES
The Union Tribal Affairs Minister, Jual Oram on February 28, 2019 launched Value Addition component of Van Dhan scheme and Minimum Support Price for Minor Forest Produces at Dr. Ambedkar International Centre in New Delhi at a workshop organized by TRIFED.


  • Van Dhan Scheme is now being scaled and with escalating efforts the scheme will be extended to aspirational districts with significant tribal population.
  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi had launched the Van Dhan scheme in Bijapur District of Chhattisgarh in April 2018.  

Nitin Gadkari to launch project to connect Ring Road-DND Junction with Delhi-Mumbai Expressway
Nitin Gadkari, the Union Minister for Road Transport & Highways, River Development and Ganga Rejuvenation and Shipping and Water Resources on March 1, 2019 will launch a project at New Delhi for a six-lane National Highway (NH) project at Kalindi Kunj-Meethapur Road. 

  • The project will have 3+3 lane service roads on either sides for about 29 km, 7.350 km of elevated section with two level crossings, 18 new underpasses, at four locations of Metro line, and nine road exchanges with improved junctions.
  • The road project will help in reduction of traffic in Ashram-Badarpur-Faridabad-Ballabhgarh region.


Government brings 42 non-scheduled cancer drugs under price control
The Union Government on February 27, 2019 imposed price control on 42 non-scheduled anti-cancer drugs, covering trade margin at 30 per cent, which will lead to a price reduction on those up to 85 per cent.

National Pharmaceutical Pricing Authority (NPPA), under Para 19 of the Drugs (Prices Control) Order, 2013, appealed extraordinary powers in public interest, to bring 42 non-scheduled anti-cancer drugs under price control through trade margin rationalization.

  • Presently, 57 anti-cancer drugs under price control as scheduled formulations.
  • With the appeal of NPPA, 42 non-scheduled anti-cancer medicines will be under price regulation.

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