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Why in news?  Invest India and Business France have signed a MoU to promote investment facilitation and cooperation between startups of India and France.


Invest India:

  • Invest India is the National Investment Promotion and Facilitation Agency of India and acts as the first point of reference for investors in India.
  • Operationalized in early 2010, Invest India is set up as a joint venture company between the Department of Industrial Policy & Promotion (DIPP), Ministry of Commerce & Industry (35% equity), Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI) (51% equity), and State Governments of India (0.5% each).
  • Invest India is set up as a non-profit venture under the Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion, Ministry of Commerce and Industries, Government of India.
  • Invest India is transforming the country’s investment climate by simplifying the business environment for investors.
  • Its experts, specializing across different countries, Indian states and sectors, handhold investors through their investment lifecycle from pre-investment to after-care.
  • Invest India’s specialists provide multiple forms of support such as market entry strategies, deep dive industry analysis, partner search and location assessment, and policy advocacy with decision makers.

FACT # 2



Why in news? Atal Innovation Mission, NITI Aayog & MyGov has launched “Innovate India Platform recently.


Innovate India Platform:

  • The Innovate India Platform is a collaboration between the Atal Innovation Mission and MyGov.
  • It is a citizen centric platform of the Government of India.
  • The #InnovateIndia portal will serve as the common point for all the innovation happening across the nation.
  • The portal creates the much-needed innovations platform for registering both grassroots and deep-tech innovators at a national level.
  • Those searching for a critical innovation can leverage the portal advantageously for the benefit of the economy as well as national social needs.
  • Some of the features of this platform are:
    • The platform is open to all Indian citizens
    • The users can View, comment, share, and rate the innovations crowd sourced on the #InnovateIndia platform
    • View the leaderboard which is calculated based on the votes on each innovation.
    • Citizens can share their/organizations/someone else’s innovation on the platform by login to the MyGov website
    • These innovations can also be shared on various social media platforms such as WhatsApp, Facebook, and Twitter
  • It aims to capture and support innovation from ground up and will create a structured ecosystem to encourage, enhance and develop India’s innovative character.
  • With the launch of the platform Indians will be able to upload and rate their/organizations innovation on the platform.

FACT # 3



Why in news? Ministry of Health and Family Welfare has launched the National Viral Hepatitis Control Program to mark the World Hepatitis Day, 2018.


National Viral Hepatitis Control Program:

  • MoHFW has launched the ‘National Viral Hepatitis Control Program’, with the goal of ending viral hepatitis as a public health threat by 2030 in the country.
  • The aim of the initiative is to reduce morbidity and mortality due to viral hepatitis.
  • The key strategies include preventive and promotive interventions with focus on:
    • awareness generation
    • safe injection practices and socio-cultural practices
    • sanitation and hygiene
    • safe drinking water supply
    • infection control and immunization
    • co-ordination and collaboration with different Ministries and departments
    • increasing access to testing and management of viral hepatitis
    • promoting diagnosis and providing treatment support for patients of hepatitis B &C through standardized testing and management protocols with focus on treatment of hepatitis B and C
    • building capacities at national, state, district levels and sub-district level up to Primary Health Centres (PHC) and health and wellness centres such that the program can be scaled up till the lowest level of the healthcare facility in a phased manner.


  • Hepatitis is inflammation of the liver tissue.
  • Some people have no symptoms whereas others develop yellow discoloration of the skin and whites of the eyes, poor appetite, vomiting, tiredness, abdominal pain, or diarrhea.
  • The most common cause of hepatitis worldwide is viruses.
  • Other causes include heavy alcohol use, certain medications, toxins, other infections, autoimmune diseases, and non-alcoholic steatohepatitis (NASH).
  • There are five main types of viral hepatitis: type A, B, C, D, and E.
  • Hepatitis A and E are mainly spread by contaminated food and water.
  • Hepatitis B is mainly sexually transmitted, but may also be passed from mother to baby during pregnancy or childbirth.
  • Both Hepatitis B and C are commonly spread through infected blood such as may occur during needle sharing by intravenous drug users.
  • Hepatitis D can only infect people already infected with hepatitis B.


World Hepatitis Day:

  • The day is being observed since 2010.
  • It is one of the 8 official global public health campaigns marked by the World Health Organization (WHO).
  • WHO had passed a resolution for observance of this day on viral hepatitis in May 2010 had passed, providing official endorsement to it.
  • World Hepatitis Day (WHD) takes places every year on 28 July bringing the world together under a single theme to raise awareness of the global burden of viral hepatitis and to influence real change.

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