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Current Affairs 22 March 2022

CONTENTS

  1. Sri Lanka’s aggravating economic crisis
  2. National Pharmaceutical Pricing Authority
  3. New India Literacy Programme
  4. Exercise LAMITIYE-2022

Sri Lanka’s Aggravating Economic Crisis


Context:

Sri Lanka’s economic crisis is aggravating rapidly, putting citizens through enormous hardship. Over the weekend, at least two senior citizens died while waiting in long queues to buy fuel; the price of cooking gas spiked to LKR 4,199 (roughly ₹1,150), the price of the widely used milk powder shot up by LKR 600 a kg, and authorities were forced to cancel school examinations for millions of students, due to a shortage of paper.

Relevance:

GS II- International Relations  (India and its Neighbourhood)

Dimensions of the Article:
  1. Reason for Economic Crisis:
  2. What is happening on the ground?
  3. How is India helping?
  4. How is India’s assistance being viewed in Sri Lanka?

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National Pharmaceutical Pricing Authority


Context

The National Pharmaceutical Pricing Authority (NPPA) could approve a price increase of more than 10% in drugs and equipment on the National List of Essential Medicines (NLEM).

  • The hike in the Wholesale Price Index is driving the increase, which is likely to affect almost 800 drugs and devices (WPI)
Relevance:

GS II- Government Policies and Intervention, Health

Dimensions of the Article:
  1. About National Pharmaceuticals Pricing Authority
  2. Functions of NPPA
  3. How does the Pricing Mechanism work?

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New India Literacy Programme


Context:

Government approved a new scheme “New India Literacy Programme”  for the period FYs 2022-2027 to cover all the aspects of Adult Education to align with National Education Policy 2020 and Budget Announcements 2021-22. 

  • The National Education Policy 2020 has recommendations for Adult Education and Lifelong Learning.
Relevance:

GS II- Education

Dimensions of the Article:
  1. About New India Literacy Programme
  2. Objectives of the scheme
  3. Salient Features of the scheme

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Exercise LAMITIYE-2022


Context:

The 9th Joint Military Exercise LAMITIYE-2022 between the Indian Army and Seychelles Defence Forces (SDF) is being conducted at Seychelles Defence Academy (SDA), Seychelles from 22 March to 31 March 22.

Relevance:

GS III- Security Challenges, Facts for Prelims

Dimensions of the Article:
  1. About Exercise LAMITIYE-2022
  2. Objectives of the Exercise

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