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News in Short - 27-December-2020

PM Modi launches Ayushman Bharat scheme in Jammu and Kashmir

Date: 27 December 2020 Tags: Society
  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi has launched the Ayushman Bharat scheme to extend health insurance coverage to all residents of Jammu and Kashmir.
  • The scheme will ensure universal health coverage, and focus on providing financial risk protection and ensuring quality and affordable essential health services to all individuals and communities.
  • The scheme will provide free-of-cost insurance cover to all residents of the UT of Jammu and Kashmir and will extend financial cover of up to ? 5 lakh per family on a floater basis to all residents of the UT.
  • The benefits of the scheme will be portable across the country. The hospitals empanelled under the PM-JAY scheme shall provide services under this scheme as well.

Former English cricketer John Edrich passes away

Date: 27 December 2020 Tags: Obituaries
  • Former English opening batsman John Edrich passed away at the age of 83. He was known as “fearless” for his ability to take attack to the opposition.
  • John Edrich had a prolific career for England and scored more than 5,000 runs during a 77-match Test career, including 12 centuries. The batsman was also the captain of Surrey and hit 103 hundreds and more than 39,000 runs in first-class cricket.
  • Edrich was part of the very first ODI that was played between England and Australia in January 1971 and has the distinction of being the Man-of-the-Match from that game.
  • Edrich made his Test debut against West Indies in 1963, ending his career at the highest level against the same opposition in 1976.

Nine out of ten employees ready to work from home

Date: 27 December 2020 Tags: Reports & Indices
  • About nine in 10 employees in India feel prepared to work remotely for the long-term when provided with the right technology assets and human resources-related support.
  • However, employees shared concerns about not having access to the right technologies and the blurring of boundaries between work and personal lives in a long-term remote work arrangement.
  • The research also found that the most in-demand technology resources that employees want are productivity equipment or tools, remote access to internal company resources and cloud technology.
  • The study revealed that the top three countries with the highest percentage of employees having worked remotely before were India (85 per cent), Indonesia (75 per cent) and Japan (72 per cent).

Madhya Pradesh cabinet gives nod to Religious Freedom bill

Date: 27 December 2020 Tags: Bills & Laws
  • The Madhya Pradesh Cabinet has approved the Religious Freedom Bill 2020, which provides for prison term of up to 10 years and fine of ? 1 lakh for conversion through marriage or by any other fraudulent means.
  • Once enforced, this will be the most stringent law in the country against religious conversion carried out by fraudulent means, allurement or threat.
  • Any marriage solemnized only for the purpose of converting a person will be considered null and void under the provisions of this proposed legislation.
  • A provision is also being made that those willing to convert need to apply before the district administration two months prior.

Urdu poet Shamsur Farooqi passes away

Date: 27 December 2020 Tags: Obituaries
  • Legendary Urdu poet and critic Shamsur Rahman Faruqi passed away in Allahabad home, a month after recovering from COVID-19. He was 85.
  • A Padmashri awardee,  Faruqi is credited to have revived “Dastangoi”, a 16th century Urdu oral storytelling art form.
  • His books “Mirror of Beauty” (translated into English from the Urdu “Kai Chaand The Sar-e-Aasmaan” in 2006), “Ghalib Afsaney Ki Himayat Mein” (1989) and “The Sun That Rose From The Earth” (2014) are among others he wrote in his five-decade-long literary career.
  • He also received Saraswati Samman in 1996 for his work “She’r-e Shor-Angez”, a four-volume study of the eighteenth-century poet Mir Taqi Mir.