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Daily Current Affairs – 2020

Topic: For Prelims and Mains

Free Movement Regime (FMR)

Why in news?

India and Myanmar, are set to relax visa norms for land border crossing through Moreh (Manipur) and Tamu (Myanmar).

Key Highlights:

  • It will provide a major fillip to connectivity between the North-Eastern States and Myanmar.

NOTE: India and Myanmar share an unfenced border of 1,643 km, touching Arunachal Pradesh (520 km), Nagaland (215 km), Manipur (398 km) and Mizoram (510 km).

Free Movement Regime (FMR)

  • The Free Movement Regime is a unique travel arrangement between India and Myanmar.
  • FMR permits the tribes residing along the border to travel 16-km across the boundary without visa restrictions.

  • The FMR helps tribes across the border to maintain their age-old ties.
  • Currently, Indians travelling to Myanmar have to apply for a permit which takes 20-30 days to arrive. Also, for land travel, Indians have to pay $40 for a tour guide, over and above the visa fees.
  • Under the new norms, Myanmar will scrap the provision for a permit on land travel, making it easier for both tourists and business travellers to take the land route.
  • New visa norms will give a major boost to the trade ties between the North-East and Myanmar.
  • Improved connectivity will also help Manipur to attract patients from Myanmar to the super-speciality hospitals in the State.

Facts for Prelims:

SAAMAR Campaign:

The Jharkhand government announced the launch of SAAMAR (Strategic Action for Alleviation of Malnutrition and Anemia Reduction) campaign to tackle malnutrition in the state.

  • The campaign aims to identify anaemic women and malnourished children and converge various departments to effectively deal with the problem in a state where malnutrition has been a major problem.
  • AAMAR has been launched with a 1000 days target, under which annual surveys will be conducted to track the progress.

 

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