ICAP: India first country in world to develop document on cooling action plan
Union Ministry of Environment, Forests and Climate Change (MoEFCC) on eve of World Ozone Day (16th September) released draft India Cooling Action Plan (ICAP). It makes India first country in world to develop such document. The draft was prepared by Ozone Cell of MoEFC. It aims to provide sustainable cooling while keeping in mind, at the same time, the need to protect the ozone layer from substances that can deplete it. It provides a 20-year perspective, with projections for cooling needs in 2037-38.
NITI Aayog calls for clear policy on shifting cultivation
NITI Aayog in its recently report has recommended that Ministry of Agriculture to take up mission on shifting cultivation to ensure inter-ministerial convergence between different ministries. The report was titled “Mission on Shifting Cultivation: Towards a Transformational Approach”.
India’s first ‘smart fence’ pilot project inaugurated along Indo-Pak border
India’s first ‘smart fence’ pilot project was inaugurated along two 5-km each patches of India-Pakistan International Border Jammu and Kashmir. It was launched by Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh from Border Security Force (BSF) Headquarters in Ploura, J&K.
President Launches Logo, Web Portal For Mahatma’s Birth Anniversary
President Ram Nath Kovindlaunched a logo and web portal for the upcoming celebrations of the 150th birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi. The portal – gov.in is participatory in nature and all participating organisations will be able to upload their activities regarding the commemoration of the occasion.
It also has a unique feature Gandhipedia which will be a repository of Gandhian knowledge and will continue to grow with time. The logo and web portal is part of the two-year-long celebrations from October 2, 2018 to October 2, 2020 across the country and on foreign soil to mark the 150th birth anniversary of the Father of the Nation.
India committed to become $5 tn economy by 2025: Naidu
Vice President Venkaiah Naidu said that India is committed to be a five trillion dollar economy by 2025 while addressing at the India-Malta Business Forum in Floriana, Malta.
PM to lay foundation stone for India International Convention and Expo Centre
The Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi, will lay the foundation stone for India International Convention and Expo Centre (IICC) at Dwarka, New Delhi, on September 20, 2018.
India-Bangladesh Friendship Pipeline Project construction launched
Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Bangladeshi counterpart Sheikh Hasina jointly launched the construction of India-Bangladesh Friendship Product Pipeline Project through video conferencing. It is first such pipeline through which refined diesel will be supplied to Bangladesh from India.
AAI to develop project report for Sri Lanka’s Palaly airport
State-owned Airports Authority of India (AAI)will prepare a detailed project report for development of Palaly airport in Sri Lanka. This would be the first project for the AAI in the island nation.
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Maharashtra Government to set up new Cyber University
Maharashtra Government is setting up new Cyber University dedicated to mitigating cyber threats. It will train 3,000 professionals to fight online space cyber-attacks, internet crimes and conduct cyber forensics.
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World Bank to lend $74 mn for workforce training in Uttarakhand
Indiasigned a $74 million loan agreement with the World Bank for the Uttarakhand Workforce Development Project. The project aims to improve the quality and relevance of training at priority Industrial Training Institutes (ITIs) and to increase the number of workers relevant to the labour market through short-term training in the state.
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Odisha CM launches star-rating system for industries to reduce air pollution
Odisha government-introduced a system to rate industries based on the amount of pollutants generated by them. They will be given star rating from one to fivewith the most polluting industry getting one star while the industry with highest compliance rate with pollution control norms will get five stars.
Salman Inaugurates Special Children’s Centre Umang In Jaipur
Salman Khanwill officially inaugurate “Umang“, a centre for special children in Jaipur. After unveiling the plaque, he will meet the children and see the services provided by the centre for rehabilitating them.
Government inks US$ 74 Million loan agreement for Uttarakhand Workforce Development Project
Union Government has inked US$74 million loan agreement for International Bank for Reconstruction and Development (IBRD) Credit for Uttarakhand Workforce Development Project (UKWDP).
Interest Rates on PPF, NSC, Other Small Savings Schemes Raised
The government has raised interest rates on Small Savings Schemes (SSS),including National Savings Certificate (NSC) and Public Provident Fund (PPF) by up to 4% for the October-December quarter, in line with rising deposit rates in the banks. Interest rates for small savings schemes are notified on a quarterly basis.
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Government Appoints New MD & CEOs At 10 PSBs:
The government of India cleared the appointment of Chief Executive Officers and Managing Directors (CEOs and MDs) at 10 Public Sector Banks (PSBs).
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||Your Tech- Friendly Bank
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||Ashok Kumar Pradhan
||The Bank that begins with “U”
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Varun Dhawan and Anushka Sharma signed as ambassadors of Skill India Campaign
Actors Varun Dhawan and Anushka Sharma have been signed on to promote and endorse the Skill India Mission, chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
Delhi airport gets top honour at ASQ Awards 2017
The national capital’s Indira Gandhi International Airport (IGIA)has bagged the title of Best Airport to handle over 40 million passengers per annum (MPPA) by the Airport Service Quality (ASQ) Awards 2017.
7th UNWTO Global Summit on Urban Tourism held in Seoul
7th UNWTO Global Summit on Urban Tourism was held in Seoul, capital of South Korea from 16 to 19 September, 2018. The theme of the summit was ‘A 2030 Vision for Urban Tourism’. The summit was co-organized by World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) and Seoul Metropolitan Government and supported by Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism of South Korea Korea Tourism Organization and Seoul Tourism Organization.
Sundeep Misra to write a book on sprinter Dutee Chand, Story So Far
The incredible story of Dutee Chand, who rose from abject poverty to become one of India’s biggest sprinting stars, will be brought alive in the form of a book titled as, “Story so far” by Sundeep Misra.
Government, FAO launches agriculture project in 5 states with $33.5 million GEF grant
Union government (Agriculture and Environment ministries) along with UN body Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) has launched agriculture project that seeks to bring transformative change in farm sector through conservation of biodiversity and forest landscapes. It will be implemented in five states viz. Madhya Pradesh, Mizoram, Odisha, Rajasthan and Uttarakhand.
The project is being funded with US $33.5 million grant from Global Environment Facility (GEF). It aims to transform agricultural production to generate global environmental benefits by addressing biodiversity conservation, land degradation, climate change mitigation and sustainable forest management. It strives to bring harmony between conservation and development efforts of the country.
ESIC Approves Atal Bimit Vyakti Kalyan Yojna For Cash Relief To Unemployed Insured Persons
The Employees’ State Insurance Corporation (ESIC)has approved a new scheme- Atal Bimit Vyakti Kalyan Yojna for Insured Persons covered under the Employees’ State Insurance Act. This scheme is a relief payable in cash directly to their Bank Account in case of unemployment and while they search for new engagement.
Government launches e-Sahaj portal to facilitate security clearances of businesses
Union Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) has launched e-Sahaj portal to facilitate individuals and private companies in seeking security clearance for setting up businesses in certain sensitive sectors. The portal aims to bring greater transparency in according security clearances to business proposals relating to sensitive sectors and geographical locations.
Website, helpline number launched for prospective beneficiaries of Ayushman Bharat+
The National Health Agency (NHA), the apex body implementing the Ayushman Bharat National Health Protection Mission (AB-NHPM), has launched a website and a helpline number to help prospective beneficiaries check if their name is there in the final list. One can visit the websitepmjay.gov.in or call up the helpline (14555) to check their enrolment.
DAC approves procurement of upgraded Akash missile system
Defence Acquisition Council (DAC) chaired by Defence Minister Nirmala Sitaraman given approval to Indian Army for inducting upgraded variant of indigenously developed Akash short-range surface-to-air missile (SRSAM) system.
Exercise Aviaindra-18 Commences at Lipetsk (Russia)
Exercise Aviaindra is an Air Force level exercise between India and the Russian Federation. First Aviaindra was conducted in 2014 and has been planned as a bi-annual exercise.