PLACES IN NEWS - 2018 JULY

July 1

Chhattisgarh government to set up tribal museum in Naya Raipur
The Chhattisgarh government will set up a tribal museum in the state's upcoming new capital Naya Raipur with a view to exhibit culture and tradition of scheduled tribes.
This decision was taken during a meeting of Chhattisgarh State Tribal Advisory Council chaired by Chief Minister Raman Singh at New Mantralya.
The tribal museum will be built at the cost of Rs. 27 crore in an area of around 22 acres in Naya Raipur and will be named after Shaheed Veer Narayan Singh, a freedom fighter from the state who had made a tremendous contribution in the freedom struggle of 1857.

July 3

Bengaluru to get India’s first e-waste plant
The Centre has announced a state-of-the-art e-waste recycling unit for Bengaluru, India’s technology capital which produces an estimated one lakh tonne of electronic waste a year. The Chemicals and Fertilizers Minister Ananth kumar, who is setting up the facility, this is also India’s first such unit in the government sector.
The Central Institute of Plastics engineering and Technology (CIPET), a research institute that comes under the ministry, will set up the unit. The initiative will later be replicated at other places, Union Minister for Chemicals & Fertilizers Ananth Kumar announced. He represents Bengaluru South in the Lok Sabha.

July 4

Agartala Airport to be named after Maharaja Bir Bikram Manikya Kishore
The Union Cabinet decided to name the Agartala airport in Tripura after Maharaja Bir Bikram Manikya Kishore, the erstwhile ruler of the state.
The airport was constructed in 1942 on the land donated by the maharaja. “As a visionary ruler, who had travelled across the globe, he took several steps for the all-round development of Tripura,” There was a long-pending demand of the people of Tripura as well as the Tripura government for paying tribute to the maharaja.
A meeting of the Union Cabinet, chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, gave its approval to rename the Agartala Airport as Maharaja Bir Bikram Manikya Kishore Airport, Agartala.
The maharaja, who ascended the throne of the erstwhile Tripura princely state in 1923, was an ''enlightened and benevolent ruler''. The airport is the second busiest airport in the north east and provides crucial air connectivity to Tripura.

July 5

Government of Karnataka and NASSCOM launch Centre of Excellence for Data Science in Bengaluru
National Association of Software and Services Companies (NASSCOM) has launched a Centre of Excellence for Data Science and Artificial Intelligence (CoE – DSAI) in collaboration with the Government of Karnataka, in Bengaluru. NASSCOM also signed a Memorandum of Understanding with NITI Aayog to collaboratively foster applied research, accelerating adoption and ethics, privacy and security.
Both these initiatives have been taken with an aim to strengthen the country’s AI ecosystem and will serve as a platform for intelligence-sharing and technology collaboration between stakeholders to build collective capabilities for the industry and country in the cutting-edge areas artificial intelligence.
The Centre of Excellence for Data Science and Artificial Intelligence, a collaborative initiative will create a platform wherein stakeholders ranging from industry to academia can co-create digital solutions for Industry 4.0.

July 9

Varanasi to host Pravasi Bharatiya Divas 2019
The next Pravasi Bharatiya Divas will be held in the holy city of Varanasi in January 2019.
The theme of the three-day event, which is being organised in Prime Minister Narendra Modi's parliamentary constituency, will be the 'Role of Indian Diaspora in building a New India'.
Those attending the event will get an opportunity to see Ganga aarti in Varanasi, Kumbh Mela in Allahabad and Republic Day celebrations in New Delhi.

July 11

First-ever metal craft exhibition inaugurated in Leh at Jammu & Kashmir
With an aim to promote and preserve the metal craft tradition of Ladakh, the first-ever metal craft exhibition was held in Chilling village.
The maiden exhibition, organised by the Youth Association for Conservation and Development Hemis High Altitude National Park, in collaboration with Heritage Home Chilling, showcased the indigenous craft to the visitors.
The exhibition, therefore, aims to dissolve the reluctance of the youth towards this age-old craft.
The exhibition of this 400-year-old craft will remain open for the next two months.

July 18

Mumbai's Elphinstone Road Station to Be Renamed As Prabhadevi
In another case of changing the British era names, the Western Railway renamed Elphinstone Road Station to Prabhadevi on Mumbai's suburban section.
The station, named after Lord Elphinstone, the Governor of Bombay from 1853 to 1860, is renamed after the local deity 'Prabhadevi'. This renaming was first proposed by Shiv Sena leader Diwakar Raote in 1991.
The station with two platforms came up in 1867 and caters to slow line services on suburban section. Prabhadevi is the name of the area in the vicinity of the station it derives its name from the 300 year old temple of the deity there.

July 28

The international festival of photography will be held in Chennai
The second edition of the Chennai Photo Biennale (CPB), the international festival of photography, will be held from February 22 to March 24, 2019.
Synchronised with the art calender of Asia, the 30-day long festival would be held at 30 venues with 150 plus artists, 300 hours of programming and have 45 print exhibitions.
The festival organised by the foundation in cooperation with the Goethe -Institut would be held at several locations across the city.
The Muziris Biennale in Kochi supported by the Kerala government put that city on the international map and transformed it. The CPB is aiming to do the same for Chennai and make it home for photography in India.


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