Daily Current Affairs- 21 May 2016

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Daily Current Affairs- 21 May 2016

1. UN appoints Mary Robinson, Macharia Kamau as special envoys for El Nino, Climate
1. United Nations (UN) Secretary General Ban Ki-moon has appointed Mary Robinson and Macharia Kamau as UN’s Special Envoys for El Nino and Climate. These appointments come at a time of great urgency as the drought and flooding associated with El Niño have created massive needs across the world.
2. The El Niño has worst affected four regions of East Africa, Southern Africa, Central America and the Pacific.

2. Himachal Pradesh Government launches PEHAL, a vision document of the Shimla District
1. Himachal Pradesh Government has launched ‘PEHAL’, a vision document of the Shimla District administration for raising education standards. It was launched by Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh in Shimla. PEHAL is an attempt to integrate the various stakeholders in the development story of the district.
2. The aim of the PEHAL programme is to identify certain thrust areas which have a direct bearing on the lives of the people at grassroots. The five areas identified under PEHAL are Forest Rights, Primary Education, Campaign against drugs, Health and Sanitation and skill development and Women Empowerment.

3. Cyclonic storm ROANU hits eastern coast of India
1. Cyclonic Storm Roanu, an active tropical cyclone in the Bay of Bengal has hit the eastern coast of India. It is the first tropical cyclone of the annual cyclone season. Roanu originated from a deep depression (low pressure) area that formed south of Sri Lanka and later gradually drifted north and intensified into a cyclonic storm.
2. In its early stages, the storm was responsible heavy rainfall in Sri Lanka causing flooding in its northern parts. It also brought torrential rainfall to the Indian states of Tamil Nadu and Andhra Pradesh and is also affecting Odisha and West Bengal. It is forecast to make a landfall on the coast of Bangladesh.

4. India lauded for Medicines with the Red Line campaign on antibiotics
1. The term Medicines with the Red Line was in news on 19 May 2016 as the campaign was appreciated by the Global Review on Antimicrobial Resistance.
2. The review was commissioned by the UK Prime Minister David Cameron in 2014 and chaired by economist Jim O’Neil.
As per the review, India led the way so far with its idea of a ‘Red Line Campaign’ for antibiotics packaging.



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