National - 2017 September

September 1

PAN-Aadhaar linking last date extended till 31 December
The deadline for linking Permanent Account Number (PAN) with Aadhaar has extended by four months to 31st December announced by the government.
Earlier, the last date for linking PAN to Aadhaar was 31st August. The government had made mandatory the linking of the two databases for filing ITRs.
According to Section 139 AA (2) of the Income Tax Act that every person having PAN as on 1st July 2017 is eligible to obtain Aadhaar, must intimate his Aadhaar number to the tax authorities.
As per the Income Tax laws, people who are not citizens of India, those above 80 years of age and residents of the states of Assam, Meghalaya and Jammu and Kashmir had been exempt from the requirement.
It is stated that income-tax returns filed will not be processed if tax filers fail to link Aadhaar and PAN on or before August 31, 2017.

‘Yalla Kerala’ launched to attract Arab travelers
The Kerala Tourism department has launched a campaign called ‘Yalla Kerala’ (Yalla means lets go). It has been launched to target tourists from Saudi Arabia, Oman, the United Arab Emirates, Kuwait, Bahrain and Qatar.
This comes on the back of a promotional campaign launched in Dubai recently.
It aimed at Arab travellers by showcasing the state’s backwaters and waterfalls on their city taxis.
As part of the campaign, airports in Dubai and Saudi Arabia will have displays of rich greenery, beautiful landscapes, natural attractions like backwaters and hill stations and art forms in Kerala.
The travel magazines distributed in the flight, television and radio in Dubai, Saudi Arabia will also feature Kerala Tourism advertisements.
Monsoon, Ayurveda, Health and Wellness holidays, historical connections and cultural affinities will be the attractive features in Kerala for the Arabs.
The tourist arrivals to Kerala from the six nations have shown a growth in the range of 42.54% to 169.05% in 2016.

Adityanath launched start-up fund for MSMEs
Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath inaugurated one of his government's most ambitious projects - a start-up fund for promoting micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs) within the state.
The policy aims at the state-centric 'Make in UP' project, in alignment with the Centre's flagship 'Make in India' mission.
This is the first scheme to be launched since the Yogi Adityanath government came to power in Uttar Pradesh.
Attributing to this, the Noida Authority has reserved 10 plots for the start-ups and 33 per cent for the expansion of existing industries.
Under the scheme, the authority has introduced a special payment option for the successful allottees of industrial plots.
This scheme will be continued till September 22 this year and will also promote the Ease of Doing Business by young entrepreneurs.

Madhya Pradesh launches new farm scheme to hedge price risks in farming
The Madhya Pradesh government launched a new scheme to hedge price risks in agriculture wherein farmers will be compensated for distress sales at prices below Union government-announced minimum support prices (MSP).
The scheme, named Bhavantar Bhugtan Yojana (Price Deficit Financing Scheme), will initially extend to eight crops, mostly oilseeds and pulses, where government procurement is typically low unlike rice and wheat.
The scheme comes on the back of a bumper harvest in 2016-17 when falling crop prices sparked protests by farmers demanding loan waivers and remunerative prices, in several states such as Madhya Pradesh and Maharashtra.
Under the scheme, farmers in Madhya Pradesh will be compensated when the notified crops are sold at less than the MSP, but the payout will be capped at a modal price.

West-bengals-gobindobhog-rice-geographical-indication-status
Gobindobhog rice,a speciality from Burdwan district of West Bengal, has got the geographical indication (GI) status. The state government had applied for GI status for Gobindobhog rice on August 24, 2015.
The region of Burdwan (now divided into the districts of east and west Burdwan) is known as the rice bowl of Bengal. As a result of getting the GI tag, as the certification is also called, rice from other regions or rice of other varieties cannot be branded as ‘Gobindobhog’.

Goa CM launches grievance redressal portal
Goa Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar launched an online portal for redressal of public grievances -- aimed at addressing complaints within 30 days.
Access to the portal www.goaonline.gov.in can be availed after providing basic information like name, address, mobile number, Aadhaar number, date of birth, email id, etc.
After registration, the citizens can login using their credentials and enter the details of their grievance and mention the concerned department towards whom it is addressed.

September 2

Sports Ministry approves constitution of 13- Empowered Steering Committee (ESC)
The Sports Ministry approved constitution of a 13-member Empowered Steering Committee (ESC) which will shape and influence India's preparation for multi- disciplinary events, including 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games.
The Steering Committee will have the mandate to work till December 31, 2020 with clearly defined terms and references that includes review of the core probable list of each High Priority and Priority disciplines for the Commonwealth.

Assam for first time extends AFSPA orders on its own.
Assam Government has extended term of Armed Forces (Special Powers) Act (AFSPA), 1958 and declared entire state a Disturbed Area for six more months under section 3 of AFSPA act.
This is for first time state government has extended AFSPA and Disturbed Area provision on its own. In the past, AFSPA provisions in state were always extended by the centre.
A notification issued by the state home department, while the law and order situation had continued to be a matter of concern due to violent incidents carried out by the underground groups, as many as 16 incidents involving these groups had taken place between May and July.
These incidents had resulted in deaths of two civilians, one security personnel and four militants. The whole state was in unrest.

Amazon to help implement Karnataka milk scheme
Amazon announced a partnership with the Akshaya Patra Foundation to implement the Karnataka government's 'Ksheera Bhagya' Scheme in the city, wherein schoolchildren would be provided a glass of milk each five days a week.
The partnership aims to reach out to 170,000 children across 1,300 government schools in the state.
The scheme is a dream project conceived by Karnataka Milk Federation on Chief Minister's (Siddaramaiah) suggestion to help poor children by providing them nutritious food essential for healthy growth and all-round development of schoolchildren.

Swachhta Pakhwada Celebration at Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology
Swachhta Pakhwada was observed in the Ministry of Electronics & Information Technology (MeitY) from 1st to 15th August, 2017 with great enthusiasm and active participation of the officers/staff members of MeitY and its offices.
Day-wise Action plan was prepared for implementation which consisted of both motivational and physical activities.
Shri P.P. Chaudhary, Minister of State for Electronics and Information Technology and Law and Justice, administered a pledge to all the officers and staff on 01.08.2017 and delivered an inaugural message highlighting the importance of cleanliness in our day to day functioning and urged all to maintain a clean/green environment to realize the Swachh Bharat vision of our Prime Minister.
As part of Government of India’s initiative for giving a fillip to renewable energy programme, Shri Chaudhary also inaugurated the 200KW Rooftop Solar Power Plant, recently installed in the Electronics Niketan building of MeitY.

Smt Maneka Sanjay Gandhi launches Scheme Implementation Guidelines of Pradhan Mantri Matru Vandana Yojana
The Minister of Women & Child Development, Smt Maneka Sanjay Gandhi released the Guidelines of Pradhan Mantri Matru Vandana Yojana in New Delhi.
The Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi had announced the pan-India implementation of this scheme w.e.f. 01st January, 2017. PMMVY is implemented by the Ministry of Women & Child Development in collaboration with State Governments.
Smt Maneka Sanjay Gandhi also released an important training module for anganwadi workers called Early Childhood Care and Education Training Module. The training module is designed to provide the anganwadi workers a basic understanding of the ECCE curriculum and pedagogical approaches to ensure optimal and holistic development of young children so that they are ready to start formal schooling at the age of six years.
It also includes a component on psycho social development of children below the age of three years, to help anganwadi workers counsel parents/caregivers on early stimulation.

September 3

Environment Ministry to Launch ‘Prakriti Khoj’ – An Environment Quiz on Teachers’ Day
The Environment Ministry will launch an environment awareness initiative, under which an online environmental quiz competition named “Prakriti Khoj” an Environment Quiz to be conducted at the national level.
The quiz is being launched on September 5 on the occasion of Teachers’ Day. It will be an ideal medium to reach out to young minds through a fun-filled interactive learning mode to trigger their sensitivity towards environment protection and conservation.
This quiz, in a way, will provide a unique platform for students to measure their awareness level regarding environmental issues. It aims to motivate them towards effective participation in other major programmes related to conservation and protection of the Ministry.

President Kovind on two-day visit to Gujarat
President Ram Nath Kovind who arrived in Ahmedabad will launch a water project for the parched Saurashtra region.
On his maiden two-day visit to the state after becoming the President, he will lay the foundation of the link-4 of the ambitious Saurashtra Narmada Avataran Irrigation Yojana (SAUNI) in Rajkot. The Saurashtra region includes 11 districts in Gujarat.
Earlier in June, Prime Minister Narendra Modi had visited Rajkot when Aji dam was filled with the Narmada water under SAUNI project.
The BJP is eying Narmada waters as a major poll plank in Gujarat ahead of the assembly elections later this year.
Under the project, conceived by Modi when he was Gujarat chief minister, the state government plans to fill over 100 dams of Saurashtra with excess water of the Sardar Sarovar dam across river Narmada, through a pipeline network.

Centre asks States to focus on impactful and PPP based smart city projects
Central government has asked the States to focus on early implementation of smart city projects that have a visible and transformative impact in the lives of citizens in identified smart cities.
Further to review of Smart City Mission by Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi during PRAGATI on the 30th of last month, Shri Durga Shanker Mishra, Secretary (Housing & Urban Affairs) wrote to the Chief Secretaries of all the States and Union Territories in this regard.
Shri Mishra urged the States and UTs to ensure commencement of work by November this year on 261 impactful smart city projects in 60 cities that were announced during January- September, 2016. These identified projects accounts for an investment of Rs.31,112 cr . States and UTs have also been asked to speed up work on 370 PPP projects that involve an investment of 32,410 cr.

UJALA scheme launched in Melaka, Malaysia
Energy Efficiency Services Limited ( EESL) , under Ministry of Power, Government of India has launched UJALA (Unnat Jyoti by Affordable Lighting for All) Scheme in the State of Melaka, Malaysia.
The Scheme was launched by Chief Minister of Melaka Datuk Seri Utama Ir. Hj. Idris Bin Hj. Haron. In due course of time, the successful Indian model of UJALA scheme has become a sought-after example for the different nations of the world and will now be implemented in Melaka to extend programme benefits to people of the region.
Under this scheme, each household in Melaka will get 10 high quality 9-watt LED bulbs at a cost of only RM 10, which is a special price and is almost half of what in begin offered in the market.

Probationers of 67th Batch of Indian Revenue Service (Customs & Central Excise) Call on President
A group of probationers of 67th (2015) batch of the Indian Revenue Service (Customs & Central Excise) called on the President of India, Shri Ram Nath Kovind (September 6, 2017) at Rashtrapati Bhavan.
Addressing the probationers, the President, collection of revenue is critical to the task of nation building. The revenue collected by the officers is used for the development of the country.

September 4

Swiss President on three-day visit
In a boost to bilateral ties, the President of the Swiss Confederation Doris Leuthard is beginning a three-day visit.
The visit by Ms. Leuthard is significant as Switzerland is the chair of the Nuclear Suppliers Group where India has been seeking membership.
Both countries share common views on many major global issues. The visit will provide an opportunity to both sides for holding wide-ranging discussions on bilateral, global and regional issues of mutual interest.
The Swiss leader is being accompanied by senior government officials and a large business delegation.

Delhi LG Anil Baijal bans dumping of solid waste at Ghazipur
Delhi lieutenant governor Anil Baijal banned dumping of waste at the Ghazipur landfill site because a mountain of waste collapsed into a canal, killing two people. Baijal ordered immediate halt to dumping of solid waste at the landfill and clearing the site within two years.
The landfill has reached as high as 15 storey building putting people’s like at risk. A day after torrential rain, the heaviest in three years lashed Delhi, a section of the pile in a landfill slumped over a car and three two-wheelers, pushing the vehicles off the road and into a canal
The order was passed after the meeting held by L-G with the East municipal body commissioner, general manager of the National Highway Authority of India(NHAI) and senior bureaucrats. NHAI stated that this solid waste will be used in construction of roads.

Karnataka to give free education to all girls till graduation
The Karnataka government has decided to make education free for all girls from Class 1 to graduation level in all public and aided private schools and colleges from the next academic year announced on 2nd Sept 2017.
Karnataka govt. is expecting around 18 lakh students whose parents’ income would be less than Rs 10 lakh to opt for this scheme and are planning to earmark Rs 110 crore for this scheme.
The scheme will apply to all private aided and government schools and colleges.
Under this scheme, student must pay the fees first at the time of admission and later get it reimbursed by the government.
The main objective is to provide free education to underprivileged girls who generally drop out of school after Class 10, especially in rural areas.
Similar schemes have been launched in Telangana and Punjab.
While Telangana has announced free education for girls from kindergarten to post graduation and Punjab recently fulfilled a key poll promise by extending the scheme till PhD.

CIPAM-DIPP launches social media campaign to promote Geographical Indications
The Cell for IPR Promotions & Management (CIPAM) under the aegis of Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion (DIPP), Ministry of Commerce and Industry, has launched a social media campaign to promote Indian Geographical Indications (GIs) with #LetsTalkIP which is an ongoing movement initiated by CIPAM to make more people aware about the importance of Intellectual Property Rights.
A Geographical Indication or a GI is a sign used on products that have a specific geographical origin and possess qualities or a reputation that are due to that origin. Such a name conveys an assurance of quality and distinctiveness which is essentially attributable to its origin in that defined geographical locality.
Darjeeling Tea, Mahabaleshwar Strawberry, Blue Pottery of Jaipur, Banarasi Sarees and Tirupati Laddus are some of the GIs.

‘Ye India ka time hai’ event organized at NIT Raipur
‘Ye India ka time hai’ event was organized at National Institute of Technology, Raipur Chhattisgarh on 3rd of Sept.
The event was held as per the directives of HRD ministry to mark India’s 70 years of independence and 75 years of the Quit India movement.
On the occasion of ‘Ye India ka time hai event’, students of NIT Raipur participated in a session on ‘New India Manthan’.
Under the event there was discussion about views on ‘what kind of India do they imagine for the year 2022’.
This was followed by a music concert by a rock band.
The students and teachers also took the ‘Sankalp Se Siddhi’ pledge, vowing to make India free from menaces like corruption, casteism and communalism.

September 5

President Ram Nath Kovind lays foundation stone for Link-4 of SAUNI Scheme
Mr. Ram Nath Kovind, President of India laid the foundation for Link-4 pipeline canal of SAUNI Scheme at Jasdan in Rajkot district of Gujarat.
Saurashtra Narmada Avataran Irrigation (SAUNI) Scheme was conceived by Mr. Narendra Modi when he was the Chief Minister of Gujarat.
This project aims to fill up 115 dams of 11 districts of Saurashtra by overflowing water from Sardar Sarovar Dam on Narmada River by a web of 1126 km long pipeline network.
The unique feature of this project is making pipe canals instead of conventional open canals which leads requires no acquisition of land and involves less water loss.

Government forms task force for speedy implementation Namami Gange
The Union Ministry of Water Resources, River Development, and Ganga Rejuvenation constituted a task force for speedy implementation of various ongoing Namami Gange program.
The task force is expected to have ministers and officials from water resources, urban development, drinking water and sanitation and rural development.
Namami Gange programme is a program of Union Government aiming at integrating various efforts to clean and protect River Ganga.
Namami Gange programme will cover 8 states, 47 towns and 12 rivers under project.
It has budgetary outlay of Rs.20,000 crore to accomplish objectives of effective abatement of pollution and conservation and rejuvenation of River Ganga.
Nitin Gadkari replaced Uma Bharti in the ministry allegedly as the Namami Ganga Mission.

Disability pension for defence forces at par with civilians: Government
The government has notified a new set of rules for disability pensions for the armed forcesin New Delhi. The government has accepted the recommendations of National Anomaly Committee (NAC) that disability pension to the defence forces will be granted as per regulations under the 6th Central Pay Commission (CPC) should be maintained.
The armed forces have been pressing to revert to the percentage-based sytem for the disability pension and were strongly opposing the slab-based system put forth by the 7th CPC.
The Ministry of Defence referred the matter to the National Anomaly Committee (NAC) to decide the methodology for calculation of disability element of disability pension under the 7th CPC.

Health Ministry launches two new contraceptives
The Ministry of Health and Family Welfare has launched two new contraceptives, an injectable contraceptive MPA under the ‘Antara’ programme and a contraceptive pill, ‘Chhaya’, in the public health system to expand the basket of contraceptive choices to meet the emerging needs of couples.
The contraceptives, which are available for free in Medical Colleges and District Hospitals at present, have so far been launched in 10 states that includes Maharashtra, Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan, Karnataka, Haryana, West Bengal, Odisha, Delhi and Goa.
The contraceptives are safe and highly effective, the ‘Antara’ injectable being effective for three months and the ‘Chayya’ pill for one week, and will help meet the changing needs of couples and help women plan and space their pregnancies.
Training of healthcare practitioners from all the states has been completed as well, with a pool of state and district level doctors and staff nurses being trained to support the roll-out.

Yogi Adityanath and Rajnath Singh flagged-off Lucknow Metro
Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath and Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh flaged off the first run of the Lucknow Metro from the Transport Nagar Metro Station in Lucknow.
Uttar Pradesh Governor Ram Naik was the chief guest of the ceremony.
Yogi Adityanathdedicated the Lucknow Metro Train Service to Atal Bihari Vajpayee, the former Prime Minister of India.
Former Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh Akhilesh Yadav skipped the event. This created a controversy since the plan for Lucknow Metro was formulated during his tenure.

September 6

NITI Aayog calls renewed focus on Nutrition, launches the National Nutrition Strategy
Leader of the Green Revolution Dr. M.S Swaminathan and Padma Shri Dr. H Sudarshan, launched the National Nutrition Strategy, along with Vice Chairman Dr. Rajiv Kumar and Member Dr. Vinod Paul.
With a benefit to cost ratio of 16:1 for 40 low and middle-income countries, there is a well recognized rationale, globally, for investing in Nutrition.
The recently published NFHS-4 results reflect some progress, with a decline in the overall levels of under nutrition in both women and children. However, the pace of decline is far below what numerous countries with similar growth trajectories to India have achieved. Moreover, India pays an income penalty of 9% to 10% due to a workforce that was stunted during their childhood.
To address this and to bring nutrition to the centre-stage ofthe National DevelopmentAgenda, NITI Aayog has drafted the National Nutrition Strategy. Formulated through an extensive consultative process, the Strategy lays down a roadmap for effective action, among both implementers and practitioners, in achieving our nutrition objectives.

India hands over off-shore patrol vessel Varuna to Sri Lanka
India handed over an off-shore patrol vessel, Varuna, to Sri Lanka as a part of stepping up co-operation between the two coast guards.
The ship (Varuna) was decommissionedwith traditional honours on August 23 to facilitate the handing over at Kochi.
The ship has been allocated pennant number SLCG-60 by Sri Lanka Coast Guard and will be commanded by Captain Neville Amara Ubayasiri.
Prior to the ship’s departure to Sri Lanka, the Sri Lanka Coast Guard crew will be imparted familiarisation and on the job training by Indian Coast Guard workup team on ship handling, bridge navigation, engine room controls and machineries.
Rear Admiral SS Ranasinghe, Chief of Staff, Sri Lanka Navy was also present during the ceremony.

Gujarat government launches ‘Gyankunj Project‘ in schools
Gujarat CM Vijay Rupani has launched “Gyakunj e-class project” from Shahpur primary school in Gandhinagar announced on 4th Sept 2017.
Under this initiative, interactive e-class will be launched with smart board.
In the first phase, 550 schools will be covered under the ‘Gyankunj Project’ and gradually standard 5th to 9th of every schools of the state will cover under the project.
’Gyankunj Project’ covers under total worth of Rs. 35.85 crore.
The objective of the project is to produce world-class students. The project is launched at expenditure of Rs. 222,000/- per school.
The state govt. has also mentioned that 1609 govt. primary schools are provided laptop, projector, infrared camera, smart board, speaker and with router facilities for 3173 class rooms of standard 7th and 8th.
It is also noted that 10000 tablets are to be given to standard 7th and 8th students across 100 schools for free.
Education for all courses in standard 5th to 8th will be given through e-content and internet.

Odisha CM inaugurates fourth Govt medical college in koraput
Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik has inaugurated the Saheed Laxman Nayak Medical College and Hospital (SLNMCH) in the tribal-dominated district of southern Odisha on 4th Sept. 2017.
With its inauguration, it became the fourth State-run medical college and hospital and the total number of MBBS seats in the State has gone up to 850.
The admission process in SLNMCH is already completed. A total number of 100 students have been admitted to the first year MBBS course and the classes for the commencement of its first academic session began from the day of inauguration.
It will cater to the healthcare needs of the citizens of undivided Koraput and Mayurbhan districts respectively.
The SLNMCH in Koraput has been established at a cost of Rs. 192 crore.
The MKCG Medical College and Hospital in Berhampur was the last government medical college to be set up in the State in 1963.

Assam govt sets up DBT cell for implementation of Direct Benefit Transfer scheme
In Assam, the state govt. has set up a Direct Benefit Transfer (DBT) Cell for implementation of DBT across schemes in the Country. It helps in coordinating efforts at the State Level in taking the DBT initiative forward with immediate effect.
The Cell will Coordinate with Central Ministries & circulate the directives to the respective Departments in States.
It will closely monitor & evaluate the progress of various Departments on DBT related indicators.
The cell will play a key role in finding possibilities of using various technologies in order to provide better service delivery in the state.
It will also advice the state government and monitors their efficacy.

Assam to upgrade employment exchanges to Modern Career Centres
Assam government will upgrade employment exchanges to Modern Career Centres announced on 6th of Sep. 2017
A pilot project of two district employment exchanges in Guwahati and Jorhat will be upgraded as modern career centres.
All modern facilities including counselling will be provided at the proposed career centres.
It is considered a haven for a wide variety of wild flora, fauna and avifauna. This national park holds about two-third of the total world population of the Great Indian one-horned rhinoceroses.
Asia’s first oil refinery, which is the second in world, is in Digboi. The oil town not only has refinery, which is over 100 years old but also has number of tea gardens.

September 7

Gujarat government signed MoU with Google for Digital Gujarat
The Gujarat government has signed a MoU with Google India for ‘Digital Gujarat’ movement under ‘Digital India’.
Under the MoU Google will train small and medium scale entrepreneurs the use of digital platform for business development under the ‘Digital Unlocked’ programme.
The MoU was signed in presence of the chief minister, Gujarat’s chief secretary J N Singh, and Google India Public Policy Director Chetan Krishnaswamy.
It will provide ‘cloud’ facility up to $20,000 to recognized startups.
Google will also help to develop skills in the use of modern mobiles and web technology, train degree, diploma and science postgraduate students in ‘Google Android Fundamentals’ and ‘Mobile Development’.

NITI Aayog constitutes Expert Task Force on Employment & Exports under Dr.Rajiv Kumar
To provide a major thrust to job creation by enhancing India’s exports, an Expert Task Force has been constituted with the NITI Aayog Vice Chairman, Dr. Rajiv Kumar, as its Chairperson.
While the Indian workforce has high aspirations, a majority of the workers are still employed in low-productivity, low-wage jobs in small, micro and own-account enterprises.

Home ministry gives more finance powers to chiefs of CRPF, BSF, NIA
Home Ministry announced that Chiefs of central armed police forces like Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) and Border Security Force (BSF) and other central agencies have been empowered to spend up to Rs.15 crore for executing major projects and Rs.1 crore for minor works, including repairing of residential buildings.
The home ministry in an order enhanced the financial powers of the directors general of CRPF, BSF, Central Industrial Security Force (CISF), Indo Tibetan Border Police Force (ITBP), Sashastra Seema Bal (SSB), National Security Guard (NSG), Assam Rifles, National Investigation Agency (NIA) and director of Intelligence Bureau (IB) to execute major projects from to Rs.10 crore upto Rs.15 crore.
The major projects include construction of buildings, purchase of vehicles etc. Similarly, the chiefs have also been authorised to spend up to Rs.1 crore for carrying out minor works like petty repairs and administrative expenditure. So far, they were allowed to spend up to Rs.50 lakh.

Government launches DIKSHA portal to teachers
Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu has launched national teacher’s portal diksha.gov.in on 5th of Sept. 2017. DIKSHA Portal is created to provide digital and advance technology to the teachers.
The main purpose of the Diksha portal is to focus the whole life cycle of the teacher, from the point they are student teachers till their retirement.
The HRD ministry has also set up a slogan National Digital Infrastructure for Our Teachers Our Heroes for DIKSHA national teachers portal.
Through this portal the teachers can take the benefit of the current digital infrastructure which is created for the teachers of the country.
This portal will provide new and modern technologies to the teachers.
The teachers can learn free courses online at their home.
Teachers can take the training through this portal in both modes offline as well as online.

September 8

Gujarat launches subsidised food scheme for construction workers
Shramik Annapoorna Yojana (Construction Workers' Meal Scheme), under which each registered worker is provided a plateful of food for a mere Rs 10 with is launched by the Gujarat government providing a hefty subsidy of Rs 19 per meal.
The meal includes rotis or theplas, mixed vegetable, cereals, rice, pickle or chutney, and green chilies daily and a sukhadi (a local sweet) once a week, and the labourers, after filling their tiffin boxes, then hope they will find work for the day.
There are 43 such distribution points in Ahmedabad alone and 44 across the state in 11 cities -- Gandhinagar, Kalol, Vadodara, Surat, Rajkot, Bhavnagar, Valsad, Dharampur, Vapi, Bharuch and Ankleshwar.
Construction workers can enroll themselves at the saffron-coloured food outlets that bear pictures of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Gujarat Chief Minister Vijay Rupani and Deputy Chief Minister Nitin Patel by filling out a form, following which they get a registeration card.
The scheme draws inspiration from the Amma Canteens which then Chief Minister J. Jayalaithaa launched in 2013. These serve pongal and sambar for Rs 5 and an idli for one rupee. For lunch, lemon rice is served for Rs 5. The canteens also provide chapatis, curd rice and a side dish for Rs 3 and sambar rice for Rs 5.

Gujarat CM launches state-wide ‘Gyankunj Project’ in schools
Gujarat, Chief Minister Vijay Rupanilaunched state-wide 'Gyankunj Project' on Teachers' Day
'Gyankunj Project' is prepared at the total expenditures of Rs. 35.85-crore is going to be implemented in 3173 class rooms of standard 7th and 8th of 1609 schools. The objective of the project is to produce world-class students. The project is launched at expenditure of Rs. 222,000/- per school.
In the first phase, 550 schools will be covered under the 'Gyankunj Project' and gradually standard 5th to 9th of every schools of the state will cover under the project.

Trai recommends delicensing of some spectrum for M2M services
In order to facilitate the smooth roll-out of machine-to-machine (M2M) communications utilising licence exempt airwaves, sectoral regulator Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (Trai) has recommended delicensing of a chunk of spectrum in a few bands.
The telecom regulator in its recommendations on spectrum, roaming and quality of service related requirements in M2M communications by the spectrum allocation should be technology and service neutral and no separate spectrum band should be allocated exclusively for M2M services.
However, in order to facilitate the smooth roll-out of M2M services utilising licence exempt spectrum, 1 MHz of spectrum at 868 MHz (867-868) and a chunk of 6 MHz of spectrum at 915-935 MHz is recommended to be delicensed. Delicensng the V-band (57-64 GHz) as recommended by the authority on various occasions may be done on priority.
M2M is the basis for automated information exchange between machines and can impact various industry verticals like smart city, smart grid, smart water, smart transportation, smart health etc. The government has also recognized the potential of M2M and emphasized the same in National Telecom Policy 2012.
M2M service providers should register with DoT and all access service providers and unified licence holders using licenced spectrum shall be allowed to provide M2M services.

Government introduces rules for No – Fly List
New Delhi the Ministry of Civil Aviation introduced new rules for the formation of a national No – Fly list that bans unruly passengers from travelling in airplanes.
The No – Fly list has been introduced to ensure on-board safety of passengers, cabin crew and the airlines.
The No – Fly list introduced in India is unique and first of its kind in the world.
Category of unruly passengers:
Level I – behaviour that is verbally unruly
Debarment – upto 3 months
Level II – physical unruliness
Debarment – upto 6 months
Level III – life-threatening behaviour
Debarment – minimum of 2 years

Gujarat, GCMMF, dairies jointly to provide nutritive foods to Anganwadies children and women
The Women & Child Welfare Department of the Gujarat Government, Gujarat Milk Marketing Federation and three leading dairies have signed tripartite MOU to save the children of anginawadi from malnutrition.
The MoU was signed in the presence of Gujarat Chief Minister, Vijay Rupani in Gandhinagar.
According to the MOU, under the ‘Take Home Ration’ district dairies in cooperation with the milk marketing federation will provide nutritive foods to more than 42-lakh children of 53029 anaganwadies, pregnant-mothers, foster mothers and young girls.
The GCMMF has prepared a recipe book to teach the beneficiaries about the kind of food items that can be prepared from the ‘Take Home Ration’.

Assam govt signs MoU with Google to increase digital literacy
Assam government has signed a MoU with Google India Pvt. Ltd. to increase digital literacy and takeInternet connectivity to the remotest part of the north-eastern state.
Under this MoU the government would work to provide Internet connections to 26,000 villages and 1,500 tea garden areas in Assam.
Information Technology Secretary Nitin Khare and Google India Country Head (Policy) Chetan Krishnaswami has signed the Memorandum of Understanding.
The MoU will be used as a launch pad to achieve the state government’s vision of women empowerment, skill development, and universal education.
To supplement the availability of sugar in southern India and to stabilize sugar price, import of 3 LMT of raw sugar through southern ports of India at 25 % import duty under Open General License (Tariff Rate Quota) has been allowed through millers/refiners.
The import shall be open to millers/refiners who have their own capacity to convert raw sugar into refined /white. The imports will be allowed through the ports viz. Tuticorin, Karaikal, Chennai, Mangalore, Kakinada, Gangavaram and Vishakapatnam in the South.
The scheme shall be operated by the Directorate General of Foreign Trade (DGFT) as per their rules and regulations. Applications shall be received online by DGFT at sugarimporttrq-dgft@nic.in from 8th to 12th September, 2017. Details of the scheme can be seen on the website of DGFT ( www.dgft.gov.in).

CGWB enters into MoA with IIS Bangalore for development of ground water flow models and preparation of aquifer management plans for parts of Karnataka
Central Ground Water Board (CGWB), Ministry of Water Resources, RD & GR has entered into an Memorandum of Agreement (MoA) with Indian Institute of Science (IISc), Bangalore for ‘Development of ground water flow models and preparation of aquifer management plans for parts of Karnataka.

This mathematical model being developed as a part of the aquifer mapping and management programme will render better understanding of existing groundwater scenarios, predicting response of groundwater system to various stress conditions expected to arise in the future and developing effective management plans incorporating different demand and supply side interventions.

Joint Committee on The Financial Resolution and Deposit Insurance Bill, 2017
The Financial Resolution and Deposit Insurance Bill, 2017 has been referred to a Joint Parliamentary Committee of both the Houses, under the Chairpersonship of Shri Bhupender Yadav, M.P for examination and presenting a Report to the Parliament.
The Bill seeks to provide for the resolution of certain categories of financial service providers in distress; the deposit insurance to consumers of certain categories of financial services; designation of systemically important financial institutions; and establishment of a Resolution Corporation for protection of consumers of specified service providers and of public funds for ensuring the stability and resilience of the financial system and for matters connected therewith or incidental thereto.
The proposed legislation together with the Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code, 2016 is expected to provide a comprehensive resolution mechanism for the economy.

September 9

Government approves cadre review policy for Army Officers; Indian Army to induct women in military police
In New Delhi, the Government announced that it has approved cadre review policy for Junior Commissioned Officers & other rank-holders in the Army, and Indian Army is to induct women in military police.
Government approved the third cadre review on 1st September, 2017.
The policy is now in the hands of Ministry of Defence for implementation.
This policy will improve promotion chances, financial benefits and career progression for the army personnel.
This upgradation process will take a period of 5 years.
This will have a positive impact on 1.45 lakh army officers.
The last cadre review for army personnel was done in 1984.

Eastern Fleet Ships on Overseas Deployment to East and South-East Asia
In pursuant of the India’s ‘Act East Policy’, two Indian Naval Ships proceeded on deployment to East and South-East Asia this year.
INS Satpura and INS Kadmatt departed Visakhapatnam to visit 12 ports in Singapore, Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand, Vietnam, Cambodia, Philippines, South Korea, Japan, Brunei and Russia. The two ships will be deployed for more than 3 months away from home port.
During this deployment, the ships will participate in the International Fleet Review hosted by the Association of South East Asian Countries (ASEAN) at Thailand.
They will visit Singapore, Vietnam, Philippines, Cambodia and Brunei to commemorate the 25th anniversary of India-ASEAN dialogue.

Shri Rajnath Singh inaugurates the new HQs building of Bureau of Police Research and Development (BPR&D)
The Union Home Minister Shri Rajnath Singh inaugurated the new HQs building of Bureau of Police Research and Development (BPR&D).
While inaugurating the building, Shri Rajnath Singh appreciated the efforts of BPR&D and the NBCC for timely completion of the project.
He appreciated the ambiance and positive environment and hoped that it would motivate the staff working to perform better.
He agreed that the pay structure of certain ranks of deputationists is anomalous and requires to be corrected.
The Union Home Minister also agreed that MHA will consider the request of BPR&D for incentive of 30% like other training institutions so that more officers would join the organization willingly.

First National Canine Seminar organised by NSG in Haryana
The first National Canine Seminar organized by National Security Guard (NSG) in NSG Campus, Manesar (Gurugram), Haryana.
The NSG, popularly known as “The Black Cats” of the country is organizing this two-day seminar.
The theme of the two days National Canine Seminar is ”Canine as Tactical Weapon in Fight against Terrorism”.
Its main objective is to discuss and deliberate on the techniques of dog training and strategies of deploying the dogs in Counter Terrorism and Counter Insurgency scenario.

Government extends FAME India Scheme by six-month
Minister of Heavy Industries and Public Enterprises Anant Geete mentioned that the government wasconsidering the extension of a scheme to promote electric and hybrid vehicles by another six months.
The scheme’s phase-I was introduced from April 1, 2015, to March 31, 2017.The phase was subsequently extended by six months till September end.
The scheme extends incentives for purchase of electric and hybrid vehicles in particular areas.
Under the scheme, a total of 150,550 electric and hybrid vehicles were extended the incentive till 26th July 2017.
The FAME India Scheme is learnt to have benefited a total of 148,275 electric and hybrid vehicles (xEVs).

ICAR to undertake major research works on agriculture with World Bank fund
Deputy Director General of the National Apex Agricultural Research Body, Mr.Narendra Singh Rathore announced that ICAR (Indian Council for Agricultural Research) would undertake major research works on agriculture, in Chennai.
The announcement was made in the convocation function at the Tamil Nadu Veterinary and Animal Sciences University, Chennai.
The research work would be done in 2017.
World Bank granted a fund Rs.1100 crore for this project.
The funds would be allocated to each of the ten premier agricultural and veterinary universities in the country.

September 10

Assam enacts Industrial Disputes (Assam Amendment) Bill 2017
Assam passed the Industrial Disputes (Assam Amendment) Bill, 2017, regarding lay off of employees, in Guwahati.
The law enables employers to lay off up to 300 employees without prior permission from the government.
The employee count has been increased from 100 to 300.
According to law is to increase the ease of doing business. As, employers are hesitant to recruit more number of employees because when the employee count increases more than 100, there would be problems during lay off.
The Government has decided to increase the compensation of a labourer from the current 15 days salary to up to 60 days salary.

MoS Jitendra Singh to inaugurate North East Calling festival in New Delhi
Minister of State in the Ministry of Development of North Eastern Region (DoNER) Jitendra Singh will inaugurate the “North East Calling” festival in New Delhi.
The two-day event is being organised by the Ministry of DoNER under its Destination North East series for this year.
The purpose of the event is to promote the art, culture, heritage, cuisine, handicrafts, business and tourism of North East India.
Dr Jitendra Singh has also launched ‘North East Venture Fund’, which is a joint initiative of Ministry of DoNER and North Eastern Development Finance Corporation Ltd.

West Bengal leads in new tax registration under GST regime
According to the reports, the national average is 23%; Bengal leads the pack with as high as 77% in new tax registration under the GST regime in India.
As per the reports, about 245,000 people in the state are tax payers while the number in the country stands at around 8 million.
States such as Gujarat and Maharashtra are behind West Bengal in GST registration.
The figures were disclosed by Mr Arvind Singh, the new principal commissioner of GST & CX, eastern region.
The figures were disclosed at a session titled “Democratisation of Services” on the second of the two-day ICT East organized by CII.

Government to launch ‘School Chalo Abhiyan’ scheme to enroll 80 lakh kids
Union Human Resource Development Minister Mr.Prakash Javadekar announced that Government would implement ‘School Chalo Abhiyan’ scheme in 2018, in New Delhi.
The ‘School Chalo Abhiyan’ scheme was announced during a seminar on Literacy Day.
This scheme has been introduced in order to enroll students who have dropped out from school.
The scheme aims to enroll 70 to 80 lakh students around the country.
If the scheme succeeds it would gain India 100 % literacy status. India has already seen a good development in the field of literacy. Since Independence, literacy rate has increased from 18 % to 81%.

Centre allots Rs. 60,000 crore to Interlink Rivers in Maharashtra
Union Water Resources Minister Mr.Nitin Gadkari and Chief Minister of Maharashtra Mr.Devendra Fadnavis announced a project to link rivers in Maharashtra, in Mumbai.
Two major river linking projects in Maharashtra – Par-Tapi-Narmada and Damanganga-Pinjal worth Rs.20,000 crore are about to start.
Central Government is to allocate funds of Rs. 60,000 crore altogether for all the river linking projects in Maharashtra for the next two years under the Pradhan Mantri Krishi Sinchayee Yojana (PMKSY).
The project would start in the next three months and endwithin two years.
Mr.Fadnavis has proposed four more river interlinking projects in Maharashtra worth Rs. 10,000 crore.

SIM cards not linked to Aadhaar to be deactivated after Feb 2018
The Centre has issued a notice, stating that all the SIM cards have to be linked to Aadhaar before February 2018 to avoid deactivation of the phone numbers.
It is being done to prevent criminals, fraudsters, and terrorists from using SIMs in the name of ordinary citizens.
The Centre has also directed the telecom companies to inform their subscribers about the linking of cell phones to Aadhaar through emails, text messages or advertisements.
As per the news agency IANS that linking of Aadhaar and mobile is being done as per the orders of the Supreme Court passed in February 2017 in the Lokniti foundation case.

September 11

Government to launch Project Insight
The Government has signed a contract with L&T Infotech Ltd., regarding ‘Project Insight’.
The aim of this project is to observe and check high value transactions, and track tax evaders with the help of technology to restrict black money holdings.
The project will use data mining and big data analytics technologies to find tax evaders from social media platforms by calculating mismatches between their spending pattern and income generated.
This will also help taxpayers resolve simple tax related issues through online, without having to visit the Income tax office.

Venkaiah Naidu lays foundation for first Greenfield smart city project in Ranchi
Vice president M.Venkaiah Naidu laid the foundation stone for the first and only greenfield smart city project, in Ranchi coming up on the HEC land.
It is his maiden visit to Jharkhand after becoming vice president.
He also laid the foundation stone for an urban civic centre, a convention centre and an urban planning and management institute.
The smart city is coming up on 656 acres of HEC land which would be fully wi-fi, carbon free, garbage free locality with modernised housing, traffic management system, education hub and equipped with facilities like round the clock power and water supplies.

West Bengal cabinet approves changing state’s name to Bangla
The West Bengal government cleared a proposal to rename the state as ‘Bangla’ and sent a proposal to the Centre for approval. The Mamata Banerjee government had earlier too sent a proposal for the change of name, but it was rejected by the central government.
The earlier proposal had three different names for the state Bangla in Bengali, Bangal in Hindi and Bengal in English.
In order to avoid the confusion the government decided to send another proposal to change it to only ‘Bangla’ in all three languages including Hindi, English and Bengali.
Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee wants to rename West Bengal because the name of the state appears at the bottom of lists prepared in alphabetical order in any official circular of the central government.
The traditional Bonderam festival started in Divar Island of Goa
The traditional Bonderam festival has started in Divar Island of Goa on 9th September 2017.
The word “Bonderam” originated from the involvement of flags. This festival starts with a flag which is accompanied by the brass band.
The festival is a memoir to the dispute and the fury of the Villagers over the Portuguese system of resolving the disputes.
Bonderam is a very popular monsoon festival in Goa and it draws huge crowds from all parts of Goa and world over.

Shri Shripad Naik inaugurates Regional Research Institute of Homoeopathy in Agartala
The Union Minister of State (Independent Charge) for AYUSH, Shri Shripad Naik has urged Homeopathic researchers to contribute and help the Government in the management of epidemics like Dengue, Chikungunya, Malaria and Swine Flu as the contribution of Homeopathy in controlling epidemics is well known in the past.
Shri Naik made this appeal at the inauguration of the Regional Research Institute of Homoeopathy (RRI) in Agartala, Tripura.
The strengthening of health services and propagation of AYUSH systems in North-Eastern states is one of the main priorities of AYUSH Ministry.

Counseling for 15% seats on All India Quota in recognized Veterinary Colleges during 2017-18
The Veterinary Council of India through its Public Notice dated 20.02.2017 pertaining to use the merit list of NEET for allocation of seats to the recognized Veterinary Colleges for admission to B.V.Sc & A.H. course under 15% All India Quota during 2017-18. Accordingly, it has been decided to use the Merit list of NEET (UG) 2017 for allocation of seats under 15% All India quota.
In addition to this, the candidate has to satisfy the eligibility criteria as per VCI – MSVE Regulations, 2016, details of which will be available in the Information Bulletin on website www.vci.nic.in, www.aipvt.vci.nic.in and www.dahd.nic.in.

Environment Minister inaugurates training workshop on capacity building of Indian Zoo Veterinarians on Animal Health Management in Captivity
Appreciating the difficulties faced by the Zoo Veterinarians in the diagnosis of diseases and treatment of the wild animals kept in captivity, Union Minister of Environment, Forest and Climate Change, According to Dr. Harsh Vardhan ,advancements such as C.A.T scan and M.R.I must be used for the benefit of animals.
According to, the Minister capacity-building workshops should be organised more by the Central Zoo Authority, in association with organisations having expertise similar to that of the Smithsonian National Zoological Park.

September 12

Himachal Pradesh CM Virbhadra Singh launches phase one of Kashang hydel project
Himachal Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh inaugurated first phase of 65 MW Kashang Hydel Project in the tribal Kinnaur district.
Kashang Project is being executed by Himachal Pradesh Power Corporation Limited (HPPCL).It is a 195 MW project (three units of 65 MW each).
Due to some rehabilitation disputes pending in the National Green Tribunal, only 65 MW power was being produced presently.
The project affected areas would be provided 100 units free electricity per month once the project was commissioned completely and self-employment opportunities have been provided for them by taking funds from Local Area Development Fund (LADF)
The state government was giving financial assistance instead of forest customary rights for 500 days minimum wages for labour disbursed to 510 affected families amounting to Rs 3.76 crore.

National Pension System joining age limit raised to 65 years
New Delhi, The upper age limit for joining the National Pension System (NPS) has been raised to 65 years from the current 60, the Pension Fund Regulatory and Development Authority (PFRDA) announced.
PFRDA Chairman Hemant Contractor made the announcement at a conference on "Transferring Superannuation Funds to National Pension System" and the pension regulator's board had already approved the change and it would be notified shortly.

Cabinet approves release of additional 1% Dearness Allowance to Central Government employees and Dearness Relief to pensioners
The Union Cabinet chaired by the Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi has given its approval for release of additional 1% Dearness Allowance (DA) to Central Government employees and Dearness Relief (DR) to pensioners. It will be applicable from 01.07.2017.
The release of the additional instalment of DA represents an increase of 1% over the existing rate of 4% of the Basic Pay/Pension, to compensate for price rise.
This increase is in accordance with the accepted formula, which is based on the recommendations of the 7th Central Pay Commission.

Cabinet approves introduction of the Payment of Gratuity (Amendment) Bill, 2017 in the Parliament
The Union Cabinet chaired by the Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi has given its approval for introduction of the Payment of Gratuity (Amendment) Bill, 2017 in the Parliament.
The Amendment will increase the maximum limit of gratuity of employees, in the private sector and in Public Sector Undertakings/ Autonomous Organizations under Government who are not covered under CCS (Pension) Rules, at par with Central Government employees.

Cabinet approves implementation of the scheme “Dairy Processing & Infrastructure Development Fund”
The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs, chaired by Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi has approved a Dairy Processing & Infrastructure Development Fund (DIDF) with an outlay of Rs 10,881 crore during the period from 2017-18 to 2028-29.
Consequent to the Union Budget 2017-18 announcement, Dairy Processing & Infrastructure Development Fund will be set up as a corpus of Rs 8004 crore with National Bank for Agriculture and Rural Development (NABARD).

Cabinet approves survey of Un-appraised Areas of Sedimentary Basins of India
The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs chaired by the Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi, gave its approval for a significant project to acquire 48,243 Line Kilometer (LKM) 2D seismic data for appraisal of Indian sedimentary basins where limited data is available.
The project will help in increasing the investments in domestic production of oil and gas. The project will be implemented by NOCs, i.e. Oil India Limited (OIL) and Oil and Natural Gas Corporation (ONGC).
OIL will conduct survey in North - Eastern States while remaining area will be covered by ONGC. Survey work will be carried out in 24 States.

AYUSH Minister inaugurates India’s first advanced Homoeopathy Virology lab in Kolkata
The Union Minister of State for AYUSH (Independent Charge) Shri Shripad Yesso Naik inaugurated India’s first State of art virology laboratory at Dr. Anjali Chatterjee Regional Research Institute for Homoeopathy in Kolkata.
In his inaugural address the Minister appreciated the popularity of Homoeopathy in West Bengal.
According to Shri Naik, the laboratory has been established to develop new drugs and technologies in Homoeopathy to combat emerging challenges of viral diseases.

September 13

Government constitutes Group of Ministers under Sushil kumar Modi & Hasmukh Adhia to resolve IT challenges faced in GST implementation
In pursuance of decision taken in the 21st Meeting of GST Council held on 9th September, 2017 at Hyderabad, the Union Finance Minister,Shri Arun Jaitley constituted a Group of Ministers and a Committee on Exports.
The Group of Ministers (GoM) has been constituted under the convenorship of the Deputy Chief Minister of Bihar, Shri Sushil Kumar Modi,in order to monitor and resolve the IT challenges faced in the implementation of GST.
The Members of the GoM are Shri Amar Agarwal, Minister for Commercial Taxes, Government of Chhatisgarh; Shri Krishna Byregowda, Minister for Agriculture, Government of Karnataka; Dr. T.M. Thomas Isaac, Finance Minister, Government of Kerala and Shri Etela Rajendar, Finance Minister, Government of Telengana.
The GoM will be assisted in its work by the Chairman, Goods and Services Tax Network (GSTN) and the Chief Executive Officer, GSTN.

India’s first advanced Homoeopathy Virology lab inaugurated in Kolkata
The Union Minister of State for AYUSH (Department of Ayurveda, Yoga and Naturopathy, Unani, Siddha and Homoeopathy) Mr.Shripad Yesso Naik inaugurated India’s first State of art virology laboratory at Dr.Anjali Chatterjee Regional Research Institute for Homoeopathy in Kolkata.
The cost for establishment of this laboratory is Rs.8 crore.
This is the first laboratory in India for conducting basic and fundamental research in Homoeopathy for viral diseases like influenza, Japanese encephalitis, dengue, chickunguniya and swine flu.
New drugs and technologies would also be developed to rectify newly discovered viral diseases.
The Minister was satisfied with this laboratory being approved by the Calcutta University to carry out research work of PhD students in Homoeopathy.

India starts producing world’s most expensive coffee
The third-largest producer and exporter of coffee, India has started the production of this variety on a small scale in Karnataka’s Coorg district.
The process of producing this coffee involves having the civet cat ingest coffee beans. The cat’s poop is then collected and processed.
Also known as luwak coffee, civet coffee’s market price is extremely high as it is considered more nutritious than other varieties. It also has a high cost of production because of the unusual method of producing it, as well as the processing and quality certification involved.

Six month ‘cooling off’ period for granting divorce can be waived: Supreme Court
A Hindu married couple may not need to wait six months for a separation order in the case of mutual consent and the marriage can be legally terminated in just a week as the Supreme Court held that the "cooling off" period in not mandatory and can be waived off.
The court ruled that the stipulation under the Hindu Marriage Act for a six-month wait could be done away with if all efforts for mediation and conciliation intended to reunite the parties had failed. The waiving off can be considered if the parties had already lived separately for at least a year. In such situations, the court could take a view that delay in proceedings will only prolong subsequent resettlement.

Govt launches hackathon to promote app ideas
The Ministry for Electronics and Information Technology (MeitY) launched a nationwide hackathon ‘OpenGovDataHack’ to support and showcase potential ideas/talent from inner India.
As part of the start-up eco-system development programme, the National Informatics Centre (NIC) and the Internet and Mobile Association of India (IAMAI) have collaborated to conduct the hackathon at Jaipur, Chennai, Noida, Bhubaneswar, Patna, Hyderabad and Surat.
The hackathon aims to enable participants develop their ideas into apps/infographics primarily by the use of open government data around the themes of drinking water and sanitation, transport, education, health, and crime to a stage, after which it can be evaluated by a jury and be selected for prizes and support/funding.

Ministry of Railways permits m-Aadhar as one of the prescribed proofs of Identity for Rail Travel Purpose.
Ministry of Railways has decided to permit m- Aadhar (Aadhar card on mobile app namely m- Aadhar launched by UIDAI) as one of the prescribed proofs of Identity for Rail Travel purpose in any reserved class.
m- Aadhar is a mobile app launched by UIDAI on which a person can download his/her Aadhar Card. It can be done only on the mobile number to which Aadhar has been linked. For showing Aadhar, the person has to open the app and enter his/ her password to show the Aadhar Card.
m- Aadhar when shown by the passenger on his/her mobile after entering the password should be accepted as proof of identity for undertaking journey in any reserved class over Indian Railways.

September 14

Chennai-Vladivostok sea route: India’s effort to counter China’s OBOR
Aiming to put in place a key maritime route connecting India with Northeast Asia and Western Pacific region Delhi is contemplating to put in place a major connectivity initiative direct shipping link between Chennai and Vladivostok amid China’s ambitious Maritime Silk Route (MSR) connecting Asia with Africa.
With India making concrete moves to expand its presence in Far East Russia to harness natural resources as evident through Foreign Minister Sushma Swaraj’s visit to Vladivosto plans are in making for a maritime link connecting Chennai with the key Russian port on the Pacific.
This shipping link would enable to transfer cargo between Chennai and Vladivostok in 24 days in comparison to over 40 days currently taken to transport goods from India to Far East Russia via Europe, according to experts on the subject.

Varsities can now seek ‘eminence’ status
The University Grants Commission announced the beginning of a 90-day application process for universities public and private to seek the status of institutions of eminence, which will provide them freedom from the regular regulatory mechanisms.
Twenty institutions 10 public and 10 private will be given this status with the aim to give them freedom to become world-class institutions.

Rs 600-cr rail training centre for bullet train to come up in Vadodara
The Rs 600-crore high-speed rail training centre for the first bullet train project will be set up in Vadodara, a senior official of the National High-Speed Rail Corporation (NHSRC).
According to NHSRC Managing Director Achal Khare told PTI,This centre will come up on the five hectares of land inside the National Academy of Indian Railways (NAIR).
The training centre will have a sample track fitted with the overhead electrical systems to enable testing of bullet trains that will run on the Mumbai-Ahmedabad route.

Sachin Tendulkar launches Mission 24 to develop the poorest ward in Mumbai
Former Indian cricketer Sachin Tendulkar launched Mission-24 a programme aimed at improving the quality of life in one of Mumbai’s poorest wards through collaborative efforts in the next 24 months.
Under Mission-24, efforts will be made to provide basic amenities to residents of M-East ward that includes slums of Shivaji Nagar, Deonar and Mankhurd. Through this project, the organisations aim to provide amenities like secondary schools and colleges, aanganwadis, maternity homes, health posts and dispensaries in the ward. It also aims to improve sanitation, create more open spaces and look at commuter safety.
The area ranks the lowest in human development index (HDI) among all the 24 administrative wards of the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC).

USTDA signs MoU with AAI to develop Kolkata, Lucknow airports
The US Trade and Development Agency has signed a memorandum of understanding with the Airports Authority of India to support a 20-year master plan aimed at expansion of operational capacities of the Kolkata and Lucknow international airport.
The Airports Authority of India (AAI) selected Cincinnati-based Landrum & Brown (L&B) company to conduct the master planning, which will incorporate sustainable and environment friendly ways to accommodate the anticipated increase in demand at two of the fastest growing airports in AAI’s network, US Trade and Development Agency (USTDA).

September 15

Government to grant citizenship to Chakma, Hajong refugees
The All Papum Pare District Students’ Union (APPDSU) in a meeting condemned Union MoS for Home Kiren Rijiju for allegedly making false statement on Chakma-Hajong refugee issue.
APPDSU quoted Rijiju as saying that conferment of citizenship rights to Chakmas and Hajongs will not grant them ST status and land rights in Arunachal Pradesh.
In the Supreme Court judgment of 2015, it has been clearly mentioned that Chakmas have a right to be granted citizenship subject to the procedure being followed.
It also stands recognized by judicial decisions that they cannot be required to obtain any Inner Line Permit as they are settled in the State of Arunachal Pradesh.

Union Home Minister launches Swachhta Hi Sewa campaign of Ministry of Home Affairs
The Union Home Minister Shri Rajnath Singh launched the Swachhta Hi Sewa campaign of Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA), at ITBP campus, Tigri.
A Swachhta pledge was also administered by the Union Home Minister to the Force personnel on this occasion.
According to Shri Rajnath Singh, the Government is confident to fulfill Prime Ministers vision of making India Open Defecation Free (ODF) by October, 2019.

Rajasthan announces farm loan waiver of up to Rs 50,000
Rajasthan joined an increasing list of states that have promised farm debt waivers in the recent past.
After a marathon meeting with farmer groups, the state government announced it would waive all farm loans up to Rs 50,000 per farmer. The decision came in the wake of a 13-day farmer protest, which originated in Sikar and spread to other districts.
The farmer protests were led by All India Kisan Sabha (AIKS), affiliated with the Communist Party of India (Marxist). A ministerial sub-committee held consultations with the leaders of the protest, including CPI (M) legislator Amra Ram.
According to one estimate, the waiver would cumulatively amount to Rs 20,000 crore. The Vasundhara Raje-led government has constituted a committee of experts to study farm loan waivers offered in Uttar Pradesh, Maharashtra, Punjab, Kerala and others. The committee will submit a report in a month’s time.

Karnataka, 1st Indian State to Approve e-vehicle Policy
Karnataka is looking to attract investments to the tune of Rs 31,000 crore from companies looking at R&D and manufacturing of electric vehicles in the state.
This, at a time when the Centre is using a heavy hand to force automakers to switch to the green technology.
Karnataka is the first state to roll out an Electric Vehicle and Energy Storage Policy that looks not only at boosting sales of EVs, but also setting up charging infrastructure and special manufacturing zones.

Indigenous Development of Trawl System by DRDO
R&DE (Engrs), a premier system engineering laboratory under Armament & Combat Engineering (ACE) cluster of Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) has recently undertaken the design and development of Trawl System for the minefield area in the battle zone to meet the operational requirements of Indian Army.
The indigenous developed Trawl System is employed for breaching of land mines and creating a vehicle safe lane, through a minefield for the advancing columns of mechanized forces in combat zone.
The equipment consists of Trawl roller, track width mine plough and electro- magnetic device (EMD), which caters to the need of all types of mines usually encountered by the battle tank in such a scenario.
The Trawl System developed by DRDO is capable of breaching a variety of land mines including passive and active influence mines.

September 16

Assam government passes PRANAM Bill Employees who dump parents will lose part salary
The Assam Assembly passed a bill that makes it mandatory for state government employees to take care of their parents and needy siblings or face a cut in their income.
The Assam Employees Parental Responsibility And Norms for Accountability and Monitoring (PRANAM) Bill was passed unanimously, with almost all the ruling and opposition MLAs backing it.
Finance Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma had introduced the Bill in the House.

India’s first Centre for Animal Law comes up at NALSAR University of Law
India's first Centre for Animal Law has been established at the NALSAR University of Law.
Union Minister for Women and Child Development Maneka Gandhi inaugurated the centre at the university.
As mentor of the centre, she advised the students to do research on critical issues.
The centre will create curriculum on animal welfare laws, including developing topics for research.

Defence Minister’s Maiden Visit to Headquarters Western Command
The Defence Minister Smt Nirmala Sitharaman visited Headquarters of Western Command at Chandimandir Military Station, where she was briefed on the operational preparedness, administrative issues and Ex-Servicemen affairs by General Officer Commanding-in-Chief Western Command Lt Gen Surinder Singh.
The Defence Minister appreciated the efforts of the Indian Army and Western Command and expressed her complete confidence in the immense operational might of Western Command.
She lauded Western Command’s contribution in all spheres including assistance to civilian administration especially during the recent past.

Dr Jitendra Singh invites young Start-Ups to avail Northeast Venture Fund
The Union Minister of State (Independent Charge) of the Ministry of Development of North Eastern Region (DoNER), MoS PMO, Personnel, Public Grievances & Pensions, Atomic Energy and Space, Dr Jitendra Singh has invited young Start-Ups from all over the country to avail of the “Venture Fund” facility being provided by the Ministry of Development of Northeast to anybody who wishes to set up an entrepreneurship in the region.

September 17

Japan PM Shinzo Abe visit to India 2017
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe landed at the Ahmedabad airport in Gujarat for his two-day India visit. PM Abe is in India to attend the India-Japan summit.
Exactly three years after Abe flew down to Kyoto to welcome PM Modi, then on his first official visit to Japan as prime minister, the latter returned the courtesy by recieving the Japanese PM and and First Lady Akie Abe in his home-state Gujarat.
The two leaders will take part in the India-Japan summit that begins in Gandhinagar where they will review the progress in the multifaceted co-operation between India and Japan under the framework of their ‘Special Strategic and Global Partnership’.

Government signs $76 Million loan deal with JICA to Upgrade Alang-Sosiya Shipyards
The Government of India signed a loan deal worth $76 million with Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), for a project to upgrade the environment management plan at Alang-Sosiya ship recycling yards.
The total cost of the project will be $ 111 million, out of which $76 million will be provided as soft loan from JICA.
Out of the remaining amount, $25 million as taxes and fees will be borne by Government of Gujarat and the balance $10 million will be shared by Ministry of Shipping & Government of Gujarat.
The project will be executed by Gujarat Maritime Board (GMB) and is likely to be completed by 2022.
This project will help the Alang-Sosia ship-recycling yards to comply with international safety & environmental regulations.
This will attract more business at the recycling facilities at Alang, thereby further consolidating India’s share in the global ship-recycling industry.

India’s First Lithium-Ion Battery Unit in Gujarat
Suzuki Motor will invest more than Rs 1,150 crore along with Japanese partners Toshiba and Denso to set up India's first lithium-ion battery facility in Gujarat.
The announcement by the parent of the country's largest carmaker, Maruti Suzuki is a major boost to the government's ambitious vehicle electrification and Make in India initiatives.
In the battery venture, Suzuki will hold half the stake, while Toshiba will own 40% and Denso the remaining 10%.
Swachhata Hi Sewa Campaign in Delhi Cantonment
As part of the ongoing Swachhata Hi Sewa campaign from 15 Sep to 02 Oct 2017, a function was organized by Delhi Cantonment Board on 17 Sep in which Hon’ble Defence Minister; Smt Nirmala Sitharaman was the Chief Guest.
The function began with an Oath taking ceremony administered to all the attendees including senior Officials from the Army and Ministry of Defence.
Smartly turned out soldiers who are residents of the Cantonment were also present for the event in large numbers. The Defence Minister flagged off the new garbage collection vehicles provided to the Cantonment Board under the Swachh Bharat Mission.
She also participated in the cleanliness drive organized in Gopinath Bazaar of the Cantonment area. The event then shifted to Srinagesh Garden where a painting and fancy dress competition in which children of the various Army and Cantonment Board schools displayed their creative best with respect to ensuring clean surroundings, hygiene and sanitation.

Sail Supplies 80 Per Cent Steel for Sardar Sarovar Project
Steel Authority of India Limited (SAIL) has supplied 80 per cent steel required for construction of the Sardar Sarovar Project inaugurated by the Prime Minister of India, Shri Narendra Modi.
Once again partnering in one of the most prestigious and important national projects, SAIL supplied around 85,000 tonnes of steel (TMT) for the entire Sardar Sarovar Narmada Nigam Ltd. (SSNNL) project, which comprises all the canals throughout Gujarat, which are connected to Narmada River and Dam.
Sardar Sarovar project is the second largest concrete gravity dam (by volume) and has the world's third largest spillway discharging capacity.

September 18

India exempts import duty on goods for FIFA U-17 World Cup
The government has exempted from import duty sports items and a wide range of goods for the upcoming FIFA U-17 World Cup India, which will see 24 nations vying for the coveted trophy.
The first FIFA event to be held in India will be spread over six cities starting October 6 and have 52 matches. The final football match, on October 28, will be played at Kolkata's Salt Lake Stadium.

Airports Authority of India to take up development work at Lucknow, Deoghar, Rajkot and Allahabad airports
The Airports Authority of India (AAI) will undertake new development works at Lucknow, Deoghar, Rajkot and Allahabad airports. The objective is to improve and develop airport infrastructure to meet growing traffic demands.
AAI plans to construct new integrated passenger terminal building at Chaudhary Charan Singh International Airport, Lucknow at an estimated cost of Rs. 1230 crores.
Passenger traffic at this airport has grown steadily during the last 5 years. The new terminal will be able to handle 4000 passengers during peak hour and 6.35 million passengers per annum.

Performance of Domestic Airlines for the year 2017
Traffic data submitted by various domestic airlines has been analysed for the month of August, 2017.
Passengers carried by domestic airlines during January-August, 2017 were 754.11 lakhs as against 644.68 lakhs during the corresponding period of previous year thereby registering a growth of 16.97%.

Status of Coal Despatch by Coal India Limited (CIL) to Power Sector
On 16/09/2017, the total coal despatch of Coal India Limited was 1.49 MT.
The total Coal despatch on 16/09/2017 to power sector was about 1.16MT.
A total of 213.5 railway rakes of coal were despatched to different consumers out of which 196 railway rakes were despatched to power sector alone.
The despatch to power sector through rail is around 20% more as compared to the same period of September 2016.
The pit head stock at CIL coal mines was 33.18 MT.
The number of power plants in critical and super critical category was 4 & 12, respectively.

Union Home Minister operationalises the New Intelligence Set-up of SSB
Union Home Minister Shri Rajnath Singh operationalised the New Intelligence Set-up of the Sashastra Seema Bal (SSB) at a function.
This marked the culmination of a long pending aspiration of the Force following approval of the Union Home Minister.
SSB has been declared as the Lead Intelligence Agency (LIA) for both the Indo-Nepal and Indo-Bhutan borders. Thus, it was felt that a well knit intelligence network of the highest capabilities that can function and deliver would be the prime requirement of comprehensive Border Management.
This was quite essential as the operations of SSB have to be Intelligence based so as to prevent criminals and smugglers from taking advantage of the friendly borders with Nepal and Bhutan. MHA has accordingly sanctioned 650 posts in various ranks from Battalion to Frontier Headquarters.

September 19

Jharkhand Government launches Shaheed Gram Vikas Yojana
Jharkhand Government launched the “Shaheed Gram Vikas Yojana” at Ulihatu Village, Khunti district of Jharkhand.
BJP President Amit Shah along with Jharkhand Chief Minister Raghubar Das launched the initiative.
The scheme aims at developing the villages of freedom fighters in the state. Ulihatu Village is the birth place of freedom fighter and Jharkhand’s tribal icon, Birsa Munda.
Villages of many tribal freedom fighters will be developed and their habitants will be provided basic amenities. Amit shah gave away gas connections, solar lamps to some of the beneficiaries.
136 pucca houses will be built. Development in this area was sluggish due to left wing extremism.

Tripura is first state to set up district family welfare committees
Tripura became the first state in the country to set up family welfare district committees to deal with the issue of fake and biased complaints by women against their husbands, in-laws and husband’s relatives.
These committees have been formed as per the directives if supreme court. State Governor Tathagata Roy in the presence of Chief Minister Manik Sarkar and other high dignitaries formally launched the family welfare committees in all eight districts in Tripura.
The family welfare district committees may comprise para-legal volunteers or social workers or retired officers or even the wives of serving officers,
The panel members will not be called as witnesses if the police or magistrate decide to investigate a particular case.

International Yoga Festival starts in Kashmir
Jammu and Kashmir governor N N Vohra inaugurated the second International Yoga Festival and International Yoga Sports Championship 2017 in which about 300 people from across the world are participating.
The festival is being organized by the Yoga Society of Kashmir at the Sher-i-Kashmir International Conference Centre, adding that about 300 participants from various parts of India, Vietnam, Taiwan, Canada, Bulgaria, USA and Nepal are participating in the festival.

Infosys Foundation signs pact with Visakha jilla samithi for water supply systems Visakhapatnam tribal villages
Infosys Foundation has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Visakha Jilla Nava Nirman Samithi (VJNNS) to construct 100 gravity fed water supply systems in the tribal villages of Visakhapatnam, Andhra Pradesh.
The endowment of Rs. 5.92 crore will be used to promote good sanitation practices and create efficient water management systems in all the villages. VJNNS, an NGO in AP, aims at making potable drinking water available to remote tribal villages in the districts of Visakhapatnam and Srikakulam.

Dr Jitendra Singh to inaugurate first 'Pension Adalat'
The Union Minister of State (Independent Charge) Development of North-Eastern Region (DoNER), MoS PMO, Personnel, Public Grievances & Pensions, Atomic Energy and Space, Dr Jitendra Singh will inaugurate the first ‘Pension Adalat.
He will also award the Pensioners for their outstanding contribution towards ‘Anubhav’ a platform for retiring employees for sharing their experience of working with Government.
Moving ahead from e-governance to m-governance, a Mobile App has been created to avail the services of Pensioners’ Portal which will also be launched by Dr Jitendra Singh.
As a measure of welfare to the pensioners of Government of India, a workshop on Pre-Retirement Counseling (PRC) of 300 retiring Central Government employees is also scheduled to be held.

September 20

Vice President releases Commemorative Coin on Dr. M.S. Subbulakshmi
Vice President Venkaiah Naidu unveiled commemorative coins of Rs 100 and Rs 10 denominations on the birth centenary musician Bharat Ratna M S Subbulakshmi and inaugurated an exhibition entitled “Kurai Onrum Illai-MS: Life in Music” nearly two-week-long exhibition.
The coins were launched at an event held at New Delhi’s Indira Gandhi National Centre for the Arts.Dr. Mahesh Sharma, the Minister of State for Culture (I/C) and Environment, Forest & Climate Change, and other notable personalities was also honored with their presence.
M.S. Subbulakshmi was the first musician to be awarded the Bharat Ratna to winning the Ramon Magsaysay Award, and performing at the UN General Assembly.
Gandhiji had requested her to perform a ‘Hari Tuma Haro’ bhajan, which she did. It was recorded overnight and sent to Gandhiji on his birthday in 1947.

Indian Naval units of Western Naval Command on Long Range Deployment
Two Indian Naval Ships, a submarine and two Long Range Maritime Reconnaissance Aircraft of the Western Naval Command are presently on deployment to the Western Arabian Sea and southern Indian Ocean.
Indian Naval Ship Mumbai and submarine Shishumar entered Duqm, Oman as part of this deployment to the Western Arabian Sea, after conducting a series of exercises enroute. An Indian naval submarine is visiting a foreign port after a long gap.

NBCC to develop Nauroji Nagar project as World Trade Centre
NBCC announced that it has obtained license to develop a commercial project as ‘World Trade Centre’ at Nauroji Nagar, New Delhi.
NBCC has obtained license from World Trade Centre (WTC), New York to develop the Nauroji Nagar commercial project as World Trade Centre (WTC).
This project would be completed by 2020.
Area of the Nauroji Nagar commercial complex is 3 million square feet.
It has 12 commercial towers.

September 21

Law Ministry approves Fugitive Economic Offenders Bill, 2017
The bill will give powers to the government to confiscate property of economic offenders and defaulters who flee India, albeit with a new provision
Law Ministry proposed a "Saving Clause" to be incorporated in the Fugitive Economic Offenders Bill 2017 before its presentation in the Lok Sabha.
The saving clause provides for certain exception(s) in a statute.
It enables the repealed law to be in force with respect to some existing rights.

ONGC discovers oil in Arabian Sea near Mumbai offshore
Oil and Natural Gas Corporation Ltd (ONGC) made a significant oil discovery near Mumbai High in the Arabian Sea, in Mumbai.
New oil well discovered in Mumbai High:
Oil was discovered in a well on the west of Mumbai High oil fields in the Arabian Sea.
The new discovery in well WO-24-3 is estimated to have around 20 million tonnes of oil in reserve.
Mumbai High is India’s biggest oil field.It produces 2, 05,000 barrels of oil per day and more than 10 million tonnes of oil per year.The new oil well will contribute to increased oil production within two years.
ONGC has informed about the discovery to the Directorate General of Hydrocarbons (DGH).ONGC has planned to drill assessment wells to find the size of the new well’s oil reserve.

Bengal Gets $300 Million ADB Loan To Carry Forward Fiscal Reforms
Multilateral funding agency ADB (21 September) has sanctioned $300 million loan facility for carrying forward fiscal reforms in West Bengal.
The board of Asian Development Bank (ADB) approved a loan of $300 million to continue a comprehensive series of fiscal reforms in West Bengal to bring about more accessible, affordable, and high quality public services.
West Bengal, for the first time in 2012 had received a $400 million from ADB its first policy based lending -- with an aim to create a fiscal space necessary to sustain higher public investment in the eastern India.

MoS Dr Jitendra Singh inaugurates first ‘Pension Adalat’
The Union Minister of State (Independent Charge) Development of North-Eastern Region (DoNER), MoS PMO, Personnel, Public Grievances & Pensions, Atomic Energy and Space, Dr Jitendra Singh inaugurated the first ‘Pension Adalat’ at the Pre-Retirement Counselling Workshop organised by the Department of Pension & Pensioners’ Welfare, Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions, Government of India.
He also presented the ‘Anubhav’ awards 2017 to 16 pensioners for their contribution towards creating institutional memory for the departments.
On the occasion, Dr Jitendra Singh launched a Mobile App that has been created to avail the services of Pensioners’ Portal. The Secretary to President Shri Sanjay Kothari was the Guest of Honour.

Indian Army organized Operation Sadbhavana for National Integration
The Indian Army has organized Operation Sadbhavana for National Integration. These operations are carried out by Indian Army in Jammu & Kashmir and North East states respectively. It has been organized on 21st of Sept. 2017.
Under this, army undertakes various civic action programmes which aimed at winning hearts of the people and integration of the people with the nation.
The Sadbhavana tour was organised by the 109 Infantry Brigade of the Indian Army.
Its main aim is to develop trust among and reignite the minds of youth towards national integration.
Under operation sadbhavana, recently army sponsored educational and national integration tour for Jammu and Kashmir youths.
As part of this tour, these youths are visiting Srinagar, Delhi, Lansdowne, Rishikesh and Dehradun.

Cabinet approves Revamped Khelo India Programme
The Union Cabinet chaired by the Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi has approved the revamped Khelo India programme at a cost of Rs.1,756 crore for the period 2017-18 to 2019-20.
This marks a watershed moment in the history of Indian sports, as the Programme aims at mainstreaming sport as a tool for individual development, community development, economic development and national development.
The revamped Khelo India Programme would impact the entire sports ecosystem, including infrastructure, community sports, talent identification, coaching for excellence, competition structure and sports economy.

India Gets Its First High Horse Power Locomotive from France
India gets its first High Power Locomotive from France soon. The arrival of the first bodyshell of 12000 HP loco from Alstom France at Kolkata port on 20th of Sept. 2017.
The bodyshell for the fleet of the twin-section electric locomotives which Alstom is to supply to Indian Railways.
It was unloaded at Haldia and ready for delivery to the factory at Madhepura where it will be assembled.
It is the first high-power electric locomotive will be used to haul freight trains at twice the existing speed by 2018.
This is the first major FDI (Foreign Direct Investment) project in the rail sector.
Its estimated cost is about Rs 30 crore and will be assembled with components which were brought in from Alstom’s factories in France.

September 22

Govt plans 'lab on boat' for analysing Brahmaputra river
The Department of Biotechnology announced ‘lab on boat’ project for biological analysis of the Bramhaputra river.
The Department of Biotechnology has announced 3 projects for the North East India.
The projects would have mobile laboratories on boat, on the Brahmaputra river and its tributaries. They would also provide access to the local research institutions.
This is the first time the Ministry of Science and Technology is dedicating boats for the research of a river.
This project is focused on the Brahmaputra River’s biodiversity and biology.
Currently Rs.50 crore has been allocated for the B4 project.
The first laboratory under B4 project will cover Pasighat, Dibrugarh, Neemati, Tejpur and Guwahati regions in Assam.
Project B4 would start by the end of 2017.

VASTRA 2017: An International Textile and Apparel Fair 2017
International Textile and Apparel Fair was held at the Jaipur Exhibition & Convention Centre in Jaipur, Rajasthan.
This is the 6th edition of VASTRA.
VASTRA was started in 2012.
The fair was organised by Rajasthan State Industrial Development and Investment Corporation Ltd. (RIICO) and co-organised by Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI).
The fair exhibits the finest and latest textile products ranging from fibre to fashion, services and technology.
Main focus of the fair is to create business opportunities.
This is the best opportunity for business persons to enter into joint ventures.
VASTRA 2017, has retail sales apart from business forums. The first three days of the fair is dedicated for business opportunities.

Goldstone electric buses flagged off by HP transport corporation
Goldstone Infratech Ltd has announced that the Himachal Pradesh Transport Corporation has started running its zero emission electric bus. The 25+1 seater Goldstone eBuzz K7 was flagged off by G. S. Bali, Minister of Transport, Himachal Pradesh, at Kullu and will ply on the Kullu-Manali-Rohtang Pass route.
The bus has completed trials at a steep gradient and at an altitude of over 13,000 feet for the first time in the country.
Made in the country by Goldstone Infratech, the bus has been certified by the Automotive Research Association of India (ARAI), after extensive testing at the parts and vehicle level.

Coast Guard commissions 2 high speed interceptor boats
According to The Indian Coast Guard, it has commissioned two high-speed interceptor boats fitted with a 12.7 mm machine gun at the Dighi Port in Mumbai, in a move that will boost security along the Maharashtra coastline.
The C-433 and C-434 boats - built by L&T Shipbuilding in Chennai are 27.42 metres long and have a displacement of 136 tons each.
These water jet propelled vessel have an endurance of 500 nautical miles at 20 knots and are capable of doing speeds up to 45 knots. The vessels are fitted with latest state of art navigational and communication equipment with 12.7 mm machine gun.

Govt. unveils PPP for cheap housing
Home buyers purchasing a low-end house from a private developers will be eligible for financial help under the ‘Housing For All’ policy of the Narendra Modi government, Urban Affairs Minister Hardeep Singh Puri announced.
Unveiling the new public-private partnership (PPP) for affordable housing, according to Mr. Puri, it will help in meeting the housing requirements for all targets.

NITI Aayog and IRF Geneva signs Statement of Intent in the field of Intelligent Transportation Systems
The National Institution for Transforming India (NITI Aayog) and the International Road Federation, Geneva (IRF Geneva) hav, signed a Statement of Intent (SoI) to cooperate in the field of Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS).
The objective of the SoI is to create a national platform, involving all relevant Government of India stakeholders, Indian and foreign companies active in the sector, and relevant technical experts for the purpose of developing a National ITS Policy covering:
(1) Traffic Management,
(2) Parking Management,
(3) Electronic Enforcement of Traffic Rules and Regulations,
(4) Fleet Management and Monitoring,
(5) Innovation in the field of ITS, and
(6) Education in the field of ITS.

Govt launches campaign to sensitise women about cancer on the theme “Nurturing the Nurturer”
Union minister Anupriya Patel has launched a nationwide health campaign to sensitise women about the early screening and the preventive care for cancer. It has been launched on 21st of Sept. 2017.
The theme of the campaign is ‘Nurturing the Nurturer’ and the campaign was launched by FICCI Ladies Organisation (FLO) in partnership with the Apollo Hospitals group.
The breast and cervical cancers among women were a “matter of concern”. Both these type of cancer account for nearly 32% of all cancers.
The early detection and proper medication can play a key role in treatment.
NGOs and Private players should play their role in creating awareness about preventive care.
The government is planning to set up 27 cancer centres in near future.

September 23

Modi inaugurates 17 projects, lays foundation stone of six more in Varanasi
Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurated 17 projects in his parliamentary constituency Varanasi and 'digitally' laid the foundation stone of six other projects.
On his two-day visit to the temple town, Modi also flagged off the Vadodara-Varanasi weekly express, which is equipped with LED screens and new, environment friendly toilets.
The Prime Minister also launched the service of four water ambulances and four hearse carrying boats. He inaugurated the Trade Facilitation Centre, named after BJP ideologue Deen Dayal Upadhyaya and two bridges in the city which had been hanging fire for several years.

Odisha cabinet approved setting up of Handlooms and Handicrafts Development and Promotion Council
The Odisha cabinet approved setting up of a Handlooms and Handicrafts.
Development and Promotion Council to ensure growth of the industry and welfare of artisans.
The cabinet headed by Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik approved the proposal to set up the council in Bhubaneswar.
The government has proposed to provide Rs 20 crore during the current financial year to the council.
According to Chief Secretary A.P. Padhi ,The council would assess the impact of various schemes and programmes being implemented for weavers and artisans and advise the government for framing policies for the handlooms and handicrafts sectors.

DGCA grants aerodrome licence to Shirdi airport
Flying to the pilgrim town of Shirdi for the darshan of Sai Baba will soon become a reality. The Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) issued an aerodrome licence to Shirdi airport, which has a runway long enough for an Airbus A-320 and Boeing 737 aircraft to land.
According to DGCA , it issued the licence to Shirdi airport for day operations after ensuring compliance with all relevant standards.
The runway of the airport is 2,500 meters in length and is capable of handling Code 3C type aircraft, which include the Airbus 320 and Boeing 737.
Zero Hunger Programme to be launched in three states on World Food Day
Three districts - Gorakhpur in Uttar Pradesh, Koraput in Odisha and Thane in Maharashtra - will initiate India's ambitious 'Zero Hunger' programme through interventions in farm sector on October 16 (World Food Day).
Though many more districts will eventually be covered under this dedicated farm-based programme in sync with India's Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end hunger by 2030, these three would act as a model of an integrated approach to deal with hunger and malnutrition.

President of India in Uttarakhand, Visits Divya Prem Sewa Mission In Haridwar
The President of India, Shri Ram Nath Kovind, visited the Divya Prem Sewa Mission, Haridwar (September 23, 2017).
The President received a rousing reception amid heavy rain. Speaking on the occasion, this is his first visit to ‘Devbhoomi’ Uttarakhand after assuming the office of President. He commended the state for its natural beauty and spiritual heritage.
The President also praised the national contribution of famous political leaders from the state, such as G.B. Pant and H.N. Bahuguna.

September 24

President of India in Uttarakhand, Visits Divya Prem Sewa Mission In Haridwar
The President of India, Shri Ram Nath Kovind, visited the Divya Prem Sewa Mission, Haridwar, (September 23, 2017).
The President received a rousing reception amid heavy rain. According to Ramnath govind , this is his first visit to ‘Devbhoomi’ Uttarakhand after assuming the office of President. He commended the state for its natural beauty and spiritual heritage.
The President also praised the national contribution of famous political leaders from the state, such as G.B. Pant and H.N. Bahuguna.

Govt launches 'Pradhan Mantri LPG Panchayat' to boost PMUY
Union minister Dharmendra Pradhan launched the 'Pradhan Mantri LPG Panchayat' from Mota Ishanpur village and handed over free LPG connection to a beneficiary of the Pradhan Mantri Ujjwala Yojana.
Government has so far provided LPG connection to 8.5 crore households in less than three years as against 14 crore connections provided by the Congress government.

Odisha Government launched ‘Sampurna Yojana’
Odisha Government launched ‘Sampurna (Sishu Abond Matru Mrityuhara Purna Nirakaran Abhijan) Yojna’ scheme for pregnant women, in Odisha.
Under the scheme, Odisha government will provide Rs.1,000 as transport cost for pregnant women to travel to the hospital from inaccessible areas arranging their own vehicles.
The main objective of this scheme is to reduce the death ration of the newborn child and mother mortality rate. Around 7853 villages will be covered from 30 districts of Odisha, under this scheme.

NITI Aayog and Govt. of Assam organizes workshop on health sector reforms in Guwahati; launches SATH- Sustainable Action for Transforming Human Capital
The Department of Health and Family Welfare, Government of Assam and NITI Aayog organized a state consultative workshop (September 22) in Guwahati.
The consultation marked the launch of program called SATH- Sustainable Action for Transforming Human Capital, a joint initiative of Government of Assam and NITI Aayog, which aims to provide structured support to Assam in identifying key health priorities and implement the solutions towards transforming the health and improving the well-being of people of Assam.

Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi inaugurates “Hunar Haat” in Puducherry
According to Union Minister for Minority Affairs Shri Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi, that Ministry of Minority Affairs is working to establish “Hunar Hub” across the country to provide a platform to master artisans and craftsmen to display as well sell their products.
Shri Naqvi and Puducherry Chief Minister Shri V. Narayanasamy inaugurated “Hunar Haat”, being organised by Ministry of Minority Affairs at Puducherry.

Google honours Indian chemist Asima Chatterjee on 100th birthday
Google Doodle celebrates 100th birthday of a renowned Indian chemist, Asima Chatterjee, who was also thefirst female Doctorate of Science in India from an Indian University.
As per Google Asima Chatterjee’s research contributed to the development of drugs that treated epilepsy and malaria. Her most noted contribution to the field was her work on vinca alkaloids.
Alkaloids are compounds made from plants, often to treat medical ailments and Vinca alkaloids, which come from the Madagascar periwinkle plant, are used in chemotherapy treatment because they help slow down or stall the multiplying of cancer cells.

September 25

TRIFED organised National Workshop on Minimum Support Price for Minor Forest Produce
Minister of Tribal Affairs Shri Jual Oram inaugurated the National Workshop organized by TRIFED on “Minimum Support Price (MSP) for Minor Forest Produces (MFP) scheme – Taking it to the next level for a Fair and Equitable Deal to the Tribals” Ministers of State for Tribal Affairs Shri Jaswantsinh Sumanbhai Bhabhor and Shri Sudarshan Bhagat were specially present to grace the occasion.
Ms Leena Nair, Secretary, Ministry of Tribal Affairs, Shri Pravir Krishna, Managing Director, TRIFED and senior officials were also be present on the occasion.
Senior level functionaries of Government of India from the Ministries of Tribal Affairs, Rural Development, Textiles, Forests and Environment and over 100 senior officers from all the States also participated in the day-long Workshop.

India, US, Afghanistan join hands for 1st trade show in Delhi
India, US and Afghanistan will conduct a joint trade and investment show for the first time, in Delhi.
The event will be inaugurated by Afghanistan CEO Dr.Abdullah.
He will visit India between 27th and 29th September 2017.
He will meet Prime Minister Mr.Narendra Modi, President Mr.Ram Nath Kovind, Foreign Minister Ms.Sushma Swaraj and few others.
He will be accompanied by a delegation of 50 members.

Infosys Foundation signs MoU with IISc to enhance infrastructure and broaden research activities
Infosys Foundation, the philanthropic arm of Infosys, has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Indian Institute of Science (IISc) Bangalore, to enhance infrastructure and broaden research activities at the Centre for Infectious Diseases Research (CIDR) at the Institute.
The grant of INR 5 crore will be used towards research, training and creating awareness about infectious diseases, benefiting 25 faculty members and 250 students at IISc.
IISc is a public university for research and higher education in all science and engineering disciplines.

New underground water treatment plant commissioned at Sadhutilla in Agartala
Under the state Urban Development department in Tripura, a new underground water treatment plant has been commissioned at Sadhutilla in the southern part of Agartala inaugurated on 23rd of Sept. 2017.
The Sadhutilla water treatment plant is designed to treat surface water and deep tube wells.
The built-up cost of this water treatment plant was Rs. 4 crores 99 lakh.
The plant has started functioning with supply of quality treated water initially to 565 households through pipe line.
It has treatment capacity of 4 point 8 million litre per day and will supply potable water to 2500 connections at households, schools, markets and institutions of 13 hamlets.

September 26

PM launches Pradhan Mantri Sahaj Bijli Har Ghar Yojana “Saubhagya”
The Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi has launched a new scheme Pradhan Mantri Sahaj Bijli Har Ghar Yojana –“Saubhagya” to ensure electrification of all willing households in the country in rural as well as urban areas.
The total outlay of the project is Rs. 16, 320 crore while the Gross Budgetary Support (GBS) is Rs. 12,320 crore. The outlay for the rural households is Rs. 14,025 crore while the GBS is Rs. 10,587.50 crore. For the urban households the outlay is Rs. 2,295 crore while GBS is Rs. 1,732.50 crore. The Government of India will provide largely funds for the Scheme to all States/UTs.
The States and Union Territories are required to complete the works of household electrification by the 31st of December 2018.

Karnataka government launches Vision-2025 project
Karnataka government launched Vision-2025 project, in Karnataka.
This project aims at developing a draft policy for development of Karnataka in the next 7 years based on the opinion of the public.
Executive officer of the project is Ms.Renuka Chidambaram.
Officials will collect the required information and draft a vision policy for the year 2025.
A part of the vision policy will be added to the manifesto of Congress Party.
Karnataka Chief Minister Mr. Siddaramaiah launched the website www.navakarnataka2025.in in connection with the project.

Kandla Port in Gujarat renamed as Deendayal Port
The Union Cabinet chaired by the Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi has given its ex-post facto approval to the renaming of Kandla Port as Deendayal Port.
Ports in India are generally named after the city or town in which these are situated. However, the Government, in special cases, after due consideration, have renamed the Ports after great leaders in the past.
By renaming Kandla Port as "Deendayal Port, Kandla", a grateful nation would be remembering the invaluable contributions made by one of the greatest sons of India, Pandit Deendayal Upadhyay.
This will inspire the People of Gujarat, particularly the Youth, who may not be fully aware of the contributions made by the great leader.
Cabinet approves Enhancement of age of superannuation of doctors other than Central Health Service (CHS) doctors to 65 years
The Union Cabinet chaired by Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi has approved the enhancement of age of superannuation of doctors other than Central Health Service (CHS) doctors to 65 years.
Ex-post facto approval to enhance the superannuation age of doctors of Indian Railways Medical Service to 65 years.
Ex-post facto approval to enhance the superannuation age to 65 years for doctors working in Central Universities and IITs (Autonomous Bodies) under Department of Higher Education and doctors in Major Port Trusts (Autonomous Bodies) under Ministry of Shipping.

Cabinet approves umbrella scheme of Modernisation of Police Forces
The Union Cabinet chaired by the Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi, has given its approval for implementation of umbrella scheme of "Modernisation of Police Forces (MPF)" for years 2017-18 to 2019-20.
The financial outlay for the scheme over the three year’s period is Rs.25,060 crore, out of which the Central Government share will be Rs.18,636 crore and the States’ share will be Rs.6,424 crore.

Cabinet approves MoU between India and Belarus in the oil and gas sector
The Union Cabinet chaired by Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi has given its ex-post facto approval for a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) signed between India and Belarus in the oil and gas sector. The MoU was signed on 12th September, 2017 during the visit of President of Belarus to India.
The MoU will promote bilateral relationship between India and Belarus and it is envisaged to enhance the economic and commercial cooperation between the two sides in oil and natural gas sector.
Under the MoU, both sides will work towards establishing cooperation in the areas of upstream and downstream activities, capacity building, technology transfer, enhanced oil recovery and development of mature fields in India.

September 27

Indian Navy commissions INS Tarasa, a Water Jet Fast Attack Craft at Mumbai
INS Tarasa, a Water Jet Fast Attack Craft (FAC) was commissioned into the Indian Navy by Vice Admiral Girish Luthra, Flag Officer Commanding-in-Chief, Western Naval Command at the Naval Dockyard, in Mumbai.
INS Tarasa is 50 m long. It is powered by three water jets, with speed more than 35 knots (65 km/hr).It is equipped with a 30 mm main gun and several light, medium and heavy machine guns.
INS Tarasa was built by the Garden Reach Shipbuilders and Engineers (GRSE), Kolkata.This is the last Water Jet Fast Attack Craft (FAC) built by Garden Reach Shipbuilders and Engineers (GRSE).
This is the second ship of the Indian Navy to be named INS Tarasa.

Government launches Electronic Negotiable Warehouse Receipt System
Mr.Ram Vilas Paswan, Union Minister of Consumer Affairs, Food and Public Distribution launched the Web Portal of Warehousing Development and Regulatory Authority (WDRA) and Electronic Negotiable Warehouse Receipt (e-NWR) System, in New Delhi.
WDRA has simplified the Warehouse Registration Rules by digitizing the entire process of registration, monitoring and surveillance.
It has also digitized the creation and management of Negotiable Warehouse Receipts (NWRs) through e-NWR.
The e-NWR will enable easy pledge financing by banks and other financial institutions.

Maharashtra signs MoU with South Korea for Infrastructure Projects
The Maharashtra Government signed a MoU with South Korea for increased co-operation in infrastructure projects like development of smart cities, roads, airports and metros.
Maharashtra Chief Minister Mr. Devendra Fadnavis is on a three day visit to South Korea and Singapore.
This MoU would help with implementation strategy, legal systems, policies, technologies and information in infrastructure development.
Mr.Fadnavis had a meeting with Ms.Kim Hyunmee, Minister of Land, Infrastructure and Transport (MOLIT), in Seoul.
Israel to boost ‘White Revolution’ in Haryana
Mr.Uri Ariel, Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development of Israel, announced that Israel will provide increased support to Haryana’s White Revolution, in Israel.
Haryana’s Agriculture and Farmers’ Welfare Minister Mr. Om Prakash Dhankar, met Israel’s Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development Mr. Uri Ariel.
Both the Ministers agreed on further co-operation in the fields of horticulture, dairy and exchange of research among students and specialists in universities of agriculture, horticulture and animal sciences.
Israel is already working on five centres of excellence in Haryana.
The milch cow of Israel is the world’s leading milk producer.
The average milk production of milch cow in Israel is 32 kg per day.
Haryana would adopt techniques and experience of Israel to increase average milk production.

Vice President inaugurates ‘Crusade for Toilets’ in Karnataka
Vice President, Mr. M. Venkaiah Naidu inaugurated the ‘Shouchalayakkagi Samara’ (A Crusade for Toilets) Programme, in Karnataka.
Vice President Mr. M. Venkaiah Naidu presided as the Chief Guest in a public event at Hubli.
Later, he addressed a ‘Shouchalayakkagi Samara’ public gathering at the local high school, in Janata Colony, Konnur Village, in Naragund Taluk of Gadag District.
The Vice President honoured 13 Village Panchayat Presidents and the Naragund Taluka Panchayat President as the achievers of ‘Shouchalayakkagi Samar’.

Punjab government forms steering committee to monitor drug de-addiction
Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh has constituted a steering committee to monitor and coordinate the states drug de-addiction and rehabilitation programme announced on 26th of Sept. 2017.
The decision to set up the committee, headed by the state chief secretary, was taken by the chief minister at a meeting of the State Board of Drug De-addiction and Rehabilitation.
The committee has been asked to meet frequently to efficient and firm implement the programme in a time- bound manner.
Panchayats and NGOs, along with social, voluntary and religious organisations must take part to move the programme forward.

Government sets up special fund for developing Dairy sector
As per Union Agriculture Minister Radha Mohan singh the government has set up the Dairy Processing and Infrastructure Development Fund (DPIDF) worth Rs 10,881 crore to boost the dairy sector announced on 26th of Sept. 2017.
Through Dairy Processing and Infrastructure Development Fund (DPIDF) 95 lakh farmers from about 50,000 villages will be benefited.
On this occassion the minister presented National Dairy Development Board (NDDB) dairy excellence awards to the best dairy cooperatives.
The National Dairy Project (NDP) is aimed to increase the productivity of milch animals, which will lead to increase in milk production for meeting the growing demand.

September 28

India MoU with Norway & collaborates with US and Japan
Government of India has collaborated with US, Japan and Norway in the fields of health security, rail safety and health co-operation respectively.
India and Norway sign ‘Letter of Intent’ to extend health co-operation:
Indian Ministry of Health and Family Welfare signed a ‘Letter of Intent’ with the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Cabinet approves anti-superstition Bill
The State Cabinet approved the much-delayed and debated Karnataka Prevention and Eradication of Inhuman Evil Practices and Black Magic Bill, 2017 — better known as the anti-superstition Bill — which seeks to ban among other practices the controversial ‘made snana’ ritual (devotees rolling over plantain leaves having food leftovers) in public/religious places.
However, the Bill does not cover regulations for astrology and vaastu practice, piercing of ears and nose of children in accordance with certain rituals, and performance of religious rituals such as ‘Keshlochan’ by the Jains.

Tamil Nadu inks pact with German firm for land use planning project
Tamil Nadu signed a joint technical co-operation agreement with Germany-based GIZ, to carry out ‘land use planning and management project’, in Tamil Nadu.
Principal Secretary, Planning, Development and Special Initiatives, S.Krishnan signed the Indo-German development agreement with GIZ Project Director, George Johnson.
According to this agreement, India would carry out ‘land use planning and management projects’ with the support of German Ministry of Economic Cooperation and Development.
A scheme would be developed for tapping unplanned land in Coimbatore, covering Nilgiris and Tirupur districts.
GIZ would provide technical assistance for this project.
This scheme would be implemented under the State Planning Commission, Housing and Urban Development department.

Haryana government scraps Dadupur Nalvi canal scheme
The Haryana government decided to scrap the Dadupur Nalvi Irrigation scheme, evoking sharp reaction from the opposition Congress and INLD, who claimed that the canal was supposed to provide relief to a large number of people of northern Haryana.
The Haryana Cabinet, which met under the chairmanship of Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar, approved a proposal of Irrigation and Water Resources Department to denotify 1,019.2994 acres of land acquired for construction of Dadupur Nalvi Irrigation Scheme.
Initially the Dadupur Nalvi scheme was initiated in the year 1985 and the project was approved by the then government for Rs 13 crore for irrigation and recharging of ground water in the Yamunanagar, Kurukshetra and Ambala districts.
Himachal Pradesh raises paid maternity leave to 180 days
The Himachal Pradesh Cabinet has raised paid maternity leaves for women employees from 135 days to 180 days announced on 27th of Sept. 2017. The meeting was chaired by Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh.
He has also approved framing of policy for special educators under the school management committees (SMC) at par with junior basic trained (JBT) teachers appointed on contract basis.
With a view to reduce judicial proceeding and saving avoidable costs on unproductive litigation, the Cabinet decided to establish a three-tier dispute resolution process in the Irrigation and Public Health Department.

September 29

Government finalising Electoral Bonds Scheme: Arun Jaitley
According to Finance Minister Mr.Arun Jait, the government is finalising the Electoral Bonds Scheme, in New Delhi.
Mr.Arun Jaitley announced this at a book release, named ‘India@70 Modi@3.5’.
This is being done in a move to monitor political funding.
According to the electoral bond mechanism, the proposed bonds will resemble a promissory note and not an interest-paying debt instrument.
They will be sold by authorised banks.

TK Viswanathan headed committee to deal with hate speech on internet
A committee headed by Mr. T.K. Viswanathan, submitted a report to the Home Ministry, regarding new laws or amendments to deal with hate speech on the internet, in New Delhi.
This committee was formed after the Supreme Court ruled out section 66A of the Information Technology (IT) Act.
The committee has suggested that section 78 of the IT Act needs to be substituted and Section 153 & 505A of the Indian Penal Code needs to be amended.

Directorate General of Quality Assurance Celebrates its Diamond Jubilee
Directorate General of Quality Assurance (DGQA) has completed 60 years of its existence.
Minister of State for Defence, Dr Subhash Bhamare, graced the Diamond Jubilee celebration at DRDO Bhawan to mark the occasion. Addressing the august gathering, Dr Bhamre complemented DGQA for firmly supporting the combat effectiveness of the India Army and Navy while handling a very large bandwidth of technology and an inventory of equipment unparalleled anywhere in the country.

Indian Railways to launch 100 new suburban rail services in Mumbai
In a major boost to suburban rail services in Mumbai area, Indian Railways is introducing one hundred additional local train services on its Mumbai suburban network of Western Railway and Central Railway zones.
With these additional services, the total suburban services in Mumbai of Western Railway and Central Railway put together will increase from existing 2983 services to 3083 suburban services.
These services will be launched in a grand programme to be held in Mumbai by Minister of Railways & Coal, Shri Piyush Goyal in the presence of several dignitaries.
Out of these 100 services, thirty two new services will be introduced on Western Railway while sixty eight services will be introduced on Central Railway.

Railways working with ISRO to devise safety mechanisms to make train travel safer
According to Union minister for Railways, Mr.Piyush Goyal, and Indian Railways is working with Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) to employ safety mechanisms in trains, in New Delhi.
Indian Railways and RailTel are working together with ISRO to explore the use of space technology for safety in railways.
There have been several train derailment incidents in the recent times.
This led to the exit of Mr.Suresh Prabhu as the Union Railway Minister.

Indian Army and Jamia Millia Islamia University signs MoU for Academic Collaboration
Indian Army and Jamia Millia Islamia University (JMIU), New Delhi has signed MoU for Academic Collaboration, technical advancement and progression of Army Personnel announced on 29th Sept. 2017.
The MoU has signed between Lt. Gen. Ashwani Kumar, Adjutant General, IHQ of MoD (Army) & Prof Talat Ahmad, Vice-Chancellor, Jamia Millia Islamia University (JMIU).
The University agreed to recognize the in-service courses run by the Army. With new collaboration, soldiers can avail diploma and degree while being in service.
This would facilitate admission of defence personnel in second or third year Graduation or Post Graduation or Doctorate programme through the medium of distance learning.
It would enable the soldiers to enhance their academic qualification for a better future.

India International Science Festival 2017-Science for New India will be held in Chennai
The third India International Science Festival will be held in Chennai next month announced on 28th Sept. 2017.
Prominent scientists from the government are expected to participate in the four-day festival which will be held from October 13-16 at IIT-Chennai.
The festival is being organised by the Ministry of Earth Sciences, Ministry of Science and Technology and Vijnana Bharati (VIBHA), an organisation linked to the RSS.
The event will be jointly inaugurated by science and technology ministers of Nepal, Bangladesh, Afghanistan and Portugal.

VPAT to be Used in all Booths of Gujarat Assembly Elections,first time with EVMs
Gujarat will become the second state after Goa to use the new VVPAT system for the Assembly elections in the entire state.
It is the first time to use Electronic Voting Machine (EVMs) equipped with Voter Verifiable Paper Audit Trail (VVPAT).
The VVPATs will cover all 50,128 polling booths during 2017 Gujarat Assembly elections about 70,182 VVPAT machines will be used during elections.
The Supreme Court of India directed the Election Commission (EC) to implement VVPAT in EVMs for ensuring more transparency in elections.

September 30

Environment Ministry notifies New Wetland Rules
The Union Environment Ministry notified the new Wetland (Conservation and Management) Rules 2017, in New Delhi.
The new rules will replace the 2010 version of the Wetland rules.
Wetlands are lands mid-way between terrestrial and aquatic eco-systems. The water table is usually near the surface or the land is covered by shallow water.
There are 115 wetlands that are officially identified by the central government. Out of these, 26 are identified as wetlands of international importance under Ramsar Convention.
Ramsar Covention is an international intergovernmental treaty for conservation of wetlands.

India registers significant decline in Infant Mortality Rate (IMR)
India has registered a significant decline in Infant Mortality Rate (IMR).
According to the just released SRS bulletin, IMR of India has declined by three points (8% decline), from 37 per 1000 live births in 2015 to 34 per 1000 live births in 2016, compared to two points decline last year.
Not only this, India also recorded a major drop in birth cohort, which has for the first time come down to below 25 million. India has registered 90000 fewer infant deaths in 2016 as compared to 2015.
The total number of estimated infant deaths have come down from 930000 (9.3 Lakhs) in 2015 to 840000 (8.4 lakhs) in 2016.

Environment Ministry notifies New Wetland Rules
The Union Environment Ministry notified the new Wetland (Conservation and Management) Rules 2017, in New Delhi.
The new rules will replace the 2010 version of the Wetland rules.
Wetlands are lands mid-way between terrestrial and aquatic eco-systems. The water table is usually near the surface or the land is covered by shallow water.
There are 115 wetlands that are officially identified by the central government. Out of these, 26 are identified as wetlands of international importance under Ramsar Convention.
Ramsar Covention is an international intergovernmental treaty for conservation of wetlands.
India’s first Mobile Congress held in New Delhi
India’s first Mobile Congress, India Mobile Congress 2017, was held at New Delhi.
More than 300 exhibitors and hundreds of startups from India participated in the India Mobile Congress.
Main focus of the Mobile Congress was the idea of Digital India through privatisation and the advent of 5G.
LG launched K7i smartphone with inbuilt mosquito-repellent.
Nokia, ZTE and Ericsson displayed several of their products that could accommodate 5G technology.
Reliance Jio introduced new feature that enables the phone to be connected to a TV.
Taiwan-based semiconductor company, MediaTek launched its new MT6739 chipset for 4G smart phone users.
Phone-manufacturing company Detel displayed its D1 model phone that retails for Rs. 300.

Defence Minister inaugurates Pratham-Shyok Bridge in Leh
Defence Minister Ms.Nirmala Sitharaman inaugurated the Pratham-Shyok Bridge that links Leh to Karakoram, in Jammu and Kashmir.
The Pratham-Shyok Brigde provides connectivity to the Darbuk-Shyok-Daulat Beg Olde axis, for military transport.
This advanced bridge is a major development on the Shyok Gong river.
This will improve travel of locals and Army in this region.
Defence Minister Ms.Nirmala Sitharaman is on a two-day visit to Jammu and Kashmir.
She addressed the officers and personnel of the Border Roads Organisation (BRO) during the inauguration ceremony.

Dr. Jitendra Singh inaugurates ISRO exhibition at Surat
An exhibition highlighting the achievements of Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) was inaugurated by the Union Minister of State of the Ministry of Development of North Eastern Region (Independent Charge), MoS PMO, Personnel, Public Grievances & Pensions, Atomic Energy and Space, Dr Jitendra Singh, in Surat, Gujarat.
The exhibition was held under the aegis of Municipal School Board with participation by a large number of school children. The Lok Sabha MP Shri C.R. Patil, MLA Smt Sangitaben R. Patil and senior scientists from ISRO were also present on the occasion.
Govt to procure 10,000 e-vehicles from Tata Motors
Energy Efficiency Services Limited (EESL), under the administration of Ministry of Power, Government of India (GoI), will procure 10,000 electric vehicles from Tata Motors Limited.
The company was selected through an international competitive bidding aimed at increased participation. Tata Motors won the tender and will now supply the Electric Vehicles (EVs) in two phases – first 500 e-cars will be supplied to EESL in November 2017 and the rest 9,500 EVs will be delivered in the second phase.
The tender floated by EESL is the world’s largest single electric vehicle procurement. Three leading manufacturers – Tata Motors Limited, Mahindra & Mahindra (M&M) and Nissan participated in the tender and the bids for TATA Motors Limited and Mahindra and Mahindra (M&M) were opened.



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