Yellow Fever: Yellow fever is caused by a virus that is spread by the Aedes aegypti mosquito. These mosquitoes thrive in and near human habitations where they breed in even the cleanest water. Haemogogus mosquitoes also spread it and are mostly found in the jungle.
It is a fatal disease. It is often associated with jaundice, hence the name yellow.
Endemic countries: to WHO, Yellow fever occurs in 47 endemic countries in Africa in Central and South America. Around 90% of cases reported every year occur in Sub-Saharan Africa. The disease cannot be spread by contact from one person to another.
Yellow fever can be prevented by a vaccine that is protective for life. As single dose of yellow fever vaccine, known as 17D, provides life-long immunity against the disease.
There is no specific treatment for yellow fever but good supportive treatment of symptoms, such as dehydration, fever and infection, improves survival rates. Associated bacterial infections can be treated with antibiotics.
Millets Experience Centre (MEC): The Ministry of Agriculture and Farmers Welfare and NAFED launched the first Millets Experience Centre (MEC) at Dilli Haat, INA, New Delhi.
Aim is to promote awareness and adoption of millets among the general public.It is a dedicated center that showcases the various types of millet available in the country, their nutritional value, and how they can be incorporated into the daily diet. It aims to educate people about the benefits of consuming millet and to encourage their consumption for better health outcomes and a more sustainable food system.
Project 15B: Four Guided missile Destroyers of Project 15B (P 15B) constructed under M/s Mazagaon Dock Shipbuilders Limited, Mumbai. The contract for construction of these four ships was signed in 2011.These ships are amongst the most technologically advanced Guided Missile Destroyers of the world, with state-of-the-art weapon/sensor package, advanced stealth features and a high degree of automation.These ships are equipped with BrahMos supersonic cruise missiles and long-range Surface-to-Air Missiles (SAM).
The ship has several indigenous weapons systems like medium range Surface-to-Air Missile (SAMs), indigenous torpedo tube launchers, anti-submarine indigenous rocket launchers and 76-mm super rapid gun mount.
Under the P-15B (Visakhapatnam Class), a total of four warships are planned (Visakhapatnam, Mormugao, Imphal, Surat).
The Destroyers come next only to an Aircraft Carrier (INS Vikramaditya) in terms of their reach and endurance.The Visakhapatnam and Mormugao are already commissioned in the Indian Navy.
AGNI DAMAN-23: It is a firefighting exercise conducted under the aegis of Indian Army’s HQ, Southern Command.
Objective: Enhance synergy among firefighters to work together in the event of major fire incidents.A total of 56 firefighting columns including 32 from civil agencies like National Disaster Relief Force (NDRF), State Disaster Relief Force (SDRF) participated in the exercise. The exercise provided impetus & opportunity to the combatant manpower including central/state agencies to perform coordinated firefighting & render maximum aid in minimum possible time to the affected areas to save precious lives & valuable assets.