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Daily Current Affairs – 2020

Topic: For Prelims and Mains

Indian Red Cross Society

Why in News?

The Indian Red Cross Society (IRCS) has been actively involved in providing services to the people affected by Covid-19.

International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies:

  • The Red Cross is the name used in countries under nominally Christian sponsorship; Red Crescent (adopted on the insistence of the Ottoman Empire in 1906) is the name used in Muslim countries.
  • The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) is a global humanitarian organization, which coordinates and directs international assistance following natural and man-made disasters in non-conflict situations.
  • It was founded in 1919 in Paris in the aftermath of World War I.
  • It is headquartered in Geneva, Switzerland.
  • It is the world’s largest humanitarian network which is guided by seven Fundamental Principles:
  • Humanity
  • Impartiality
  • Neutrality
  • Independence
  • voluntary service
  • Universality and unity

About Indian Red Cross Society (IRCS):

  • IRCS is a voluntary humanitarian organization to protect human life and health with the help of its network of over 1100 branches throughout India.
  • It was established in 1920 and has completed its 100 years of existence.
  • It is a part of the largest independent humanitarian organization in the world, the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement.
  • Its mission is to provide relief at the time of disasters/emergencies and also promotes healthcare facilities among vulnerable people and communities.
  • The President of India is the President and the Union Health Minister is the Chairman of the Society.

Fact for Prelims :

Mount Ili Lewotolok:

It was Erupted recently.

  • It is a volcano located in eastern Indonesia erupts.
  • The 5,423-meter (17,790-foot) mountain is one of the three currently erupting in Indonesia along with Merapi on Java Island and Sinabung on Sumatra Island.


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