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Current Affairs In English 11th July 2018

By: D.K Chaudhary
1. NITI Aayog Released Paper On ‘National Health Stack’ 
i. The central government think tank NITI Aayog has unveiled the blueprint of ‘National Health Stack’ (NHS), a shared digital healthcare infrastructure. The blueprint is in line with the implementation of the Centre’s flagship scheme Ayushman Bharat and other public healthcare programmes in the country.
ii. According to a consultation paper titled ‘National Health Stack Strategy an Approach’, the National Health Stack will facilitate the collection of comprehensive healthcare data across the country.
  • NITI- National Institution for Transforming India.
  • NITI Aayog Vice-Chairman- Rajiv Kumar, CEO- Amitabh Kant.
2. Indian Railways Introduces 1st Double Stack Dwarf Container Service
i. Under the guidance of Piyush Goyal, Minister of Finance, Corporate Affairs, Railways and Coal, in order to capture the lost traffic through the new delivery model for domestic cargo, Indian Railways has introduced Double Stack Dwarf Container Services. 
ii. This train was booked from the Reliance Rail Siding at Kanalus to Rewari in the state of Haryana. Due to this Double Stacked Dwarf Container service, Indian Railways has received increased revenue of Rs. 18.50 lakhs.
  • John Mathai was the first Railways Minister of Independent India.
3. Six Universities Granted ‘Institute of Eminence’ Status 
i. The Union Government has granted the Institutions of Eminence (IoEs) status to six institutions including 3 from Public Sector and 3 from Private Sector.
ii. The decision was taken on the basis of the recommendations given by an Empowered Expert Committee (EEC). 
Three Public Universities granted the Institutions of Eminence (IoEs) status:
1. Indian Institute of Technology (IIT)-Bombay,
2. IIT-Delhi,
3. IISc Bangalore.
Three Private Universities granted the Institutions of Eminence (IoEs) status:
1. Jio Institute by Reliance Foundation,
2. BITS Pilani,
3. Manipal Academy of Higher Education.
4. India, South Korea Ink 11 MoUs: Complete List
i. India and South Korea signed 11 Memorandum of Understandings (MOUs) during South Korean President Moon Jae-in’s visit to India. \
ii. The 11 MoUs signed between the two countries are: 
1. Upgraded Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement (CEPA) was signed to facilitate ongoing negotiations on upgrading the India-RoK (Republic of Korea) CEPA by identifying key areas for trade liberalization (including shrimp, molluscs and processed fish).
5. India & South Korea Signed 5 MoUs In Field Of Science and Technology 

i. India and South Korea have signed five MoUs in the field of Science and Technology in New Delhi. Science and Technology Minister, Dr Harsh Vardhan and his South Korean counterpart You Young Min signed three MoUs which are Programme of Cooperation 2018-21, Establishment of Future Strategy Group and Cooperation in Bio-technology and Bio-economy.
ii. Two other MoUs were signed between Council of Scientific and  Industrial Researchand South Korean National Research Council for Science and  Technology and IIT Mumbai and Korea Institute of Science and Technology, to further accelerate future-oriented cooperation.
  • South Korea Capital- Seoul, Currency- South Korean won.

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