Current Affairs News 2018Current Affairs 2018

The World Cancer Day (WCD) is observed every year on 4 February across the world to raise awareness of cancer and to encourage its prevention, detection, and treatment. Its primary goal is to reduce the illness and related deaths by 2020.


Key Points

  1. “We can. I can” is the theme headline for this year as it reflects on what everyone can do to raise awareness of cancer and asks to take pledge and action in fight against cancer and is also a special three-year campaign for the World Cancer Day from year 2016 to 2018.
  2. It helps  to explore the participation of people  to reduce the burden of cancer globally as individually or collectively.
  3. The World Cancer Day was instituted by Union for International Cancer Control (UICC) .
  4.  To run local cancer awareness campaigns which  are aligned and adapted to the global World Cancer Day, the UICC provides support through the development of tools and guidance to encourage its member organisations.
  5. The main objective  of observing the day WCD  is to reduce illness  messaged death caused by it by 2020. The WCD got its importance first at World Summit Against Cancer, which was held in Paris, France.
  6. UICC  is Geneva based leading international non-governmental organisation (NGO) founded in 1933.
  7. It aims at helping the global health community to  the fight fasten up the fight against cancer.
  8. The UICC has a membership of over 800 organisations spread across 155 countries.

United Shipbuilding Corporation (USC) is a Russia-based firm and has inked Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Indian Based Cochin Shipyard Limited (CSL) which aims to develop specialized vessels for Inland and Coastal shipping.

Both firms under the pact will collaborate and engage in Design, Development and The Execution of contemporary state-of-Art vessels for Inland and Coastal Waterways.


Key features
  1. It will mainly aims to develop High-Speed Vessels, Passenger Vessels, River-Sea Cargo Vessels, Dredgers and other watercrafts for inland waterways and coastal shipping.
  2. It  is also going to give a push to Government’s “Make in India” programme.
  3. It will augment capacity to develop eco-friendly and economic transportation along India’s inland waterways and coastal shipping routes under Sagarmala Project.
  4. Designed to cater to demand for different kinds of specialized vessels in the near and medium term for water based transport infrastructure.