PLACES IN NEWS - 2017 APRIL

April 1

Smart India Hackathon 2017 Started in Mumbai.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi addressed and interacted with aspiring innovators in Smart India Hackathon 2017.
Part of Modi's Digital India Initiative, the Smart India Hackathon is intended to promote innovation and out-of-the-box thinking in young minds, especially engineering students.
The hackathon is focused on the problems of social importance identified by 29 ministries and departments of the government.

April 2

President Pranab Mukherjee lays foundation stones of Rabindra Bhavan, Haj House at Ranchi.
The President of India, Shri Pranab Mukherjee laid the foundation stone of Rabindra Bhawan and Haj House in Ranchi, Jharkhand.
Till date, there was no proper arrangement available for Haj pilgrims from Jharkhand.
The state government, after realising this, has decided to construct a unique and very beautiful Haj House while keeping religious traditions and customs of Muslim brethren in mind.
The President also laid the foundation stone of Rabindra Bhawan to be built at a cost of Rs. 155 crore.

April 3

New campus building for IIM Tiruchirapalli set inaugurated.
Union Human Resources Development Minister Prakash Javadekar will be inaugurating the new campus building for the Indian Institute of Management (IIM) Tiruchirapalli through video conferencing.
The first phase of IIM Trichy campus is built at a cost of 330 crore rupees.
The foundation stone for permanent IIM campus was laid by the then Union HRD Minister Kapil Sibal in 2011 on 170 acres of land provided by Tamil Nadu government.
The institution is the eleventh IIM established by central government in 2011.

April 5

West Bengal gets 22nd district as Jhargram.
Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee declared Jhargram as the 22nd district of West Bengal, fulfilling a longstanding demand of its residents.
Jhargram has been formed by bifurcating West Midnapore, which has a population of more than 11.37 lakh.
Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee announced a budget of Rs. 200 crore for the development of Jhargram.
The district has one mahakuma, eight blocks, one municipality and nine police stations.

April 7

Union Government declares Kerala drought-hit.
The Union has declared Kerala drought-hit, along with seven other States.
The declaration was based on a memorandum submitted to the Union Ministry of Agriculture by Kerala Government seeking assistance for drought relief activities.
Other seven states are Tamil Nadu, Karnataka, Uttarakhand, Uttar Pradesh, Andhra Pradesh, Rajasthan and Madhya Pradesh.
Centre has allowed 50 additional working days in these eight states under Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee (MGNREGA) Scheme and shall receive assistance of Rs. 24,000 crore.

April 9

1st NBA Basketball School inaugurated in Mumbai.
National Basketball Association launched its 1st basketball school, a network of tuition-based basketball development programmes, in Mumbai.
The school is part of NBA's initiative of a network of tuition-based basketball development programmes, open to international male and female players aged between 6 to 18.
Additional NBA Basketball Schools will be launched in India and around the world.
The school's curriculum has been developed by the NBA's Elite Basketball Development team in consultation with current and former NBA coaches, former NBA players, and player development experts.

April 10

Pink police patrol vehicles launched in Bengaluru for women.
The Bengaluru Police have launched 51 'Pink Hoysalas', the new patrol vehicles, to address complaints related to women and child safety.
The Pink Hoysalas will function based on complaints registered through the Suraksha App or intimation to the police control room number and will have at least three women police personnel. The city police currently have 221 regular Hoysalas.
The new patrolling system will have 51 Pink Hoysala vehicles. Each vehicle will be manned by three women police officers.
These Pink Hoysalas will be deployed near schools, colleges, offices, shopping malls, temples and also movie theatres.
Those deployed in these Hoysalas will be specially trained to attend to complaints placed by women.
The complaints will be received through a mobile application called Suraksha and also through the control room.

April 11

India's first ever micro-drama festival held at New Delhi.
India's first-ever micro-drama festival ''Thespis'' has started at the Indira Gandhi National Centre for the Arts in New Delhi.
The micro drama festival has presented the series of 25 micro drama tales composed with the duration of 10 minutes and is named after Thespis of Icaria, who lived in 6th century BC and was the first actor to perform solo.
The plays are conceptualised in 10 different languages, including Kashmiri, Rajasthani, Urdu, Punjabi, Oriya, Tamil, Malayalam, Hindi and English.
It is organized by Delhi based registered theatre group 'Vriksh'.

April 12

Chhattisgarh imposes liquor ban for villages with population up to 3,000.
Chhattisgarh Chief Minister Raman Singh announced the ban on liquor sale in villages having a population up to 3,000.
The sale of liquor has already been prohibited in villages having up to 2,000 populations and now the government would keep villages with population up to 3,000 away from alcohol.
The government has already done away with outsourcing liquor sale to middlemen and liquor is sold only from government outlets.

April 14

Bhopal to have India's first privately-run railway station.
The Union Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu has informed that the Habibganj station in Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh has been handed over to a private firm to be operated by it.
With this, Habibganj station has become the India’s first privately-run railway station.
The station building will be developed in line with airport terminals. Though, the trains at the station will still be run by the Railways.

April 16

Sale of whiteners, thinners to minors banned in Delhi.
Juvenile Justice Board ordered the Delhi government to issue a notification to ban the sale of whiteners, thinners and vulcanised solutions to children below the age of 18 years to check drug abuse.
The board further asked the government to assign one de-addiction centre per district, observing that the existing centres in the national capital region are overcrowded.
The Board has further asked the government to boost the number of rehabilitation centres as currently there are only two rehab centers in Delhi with a capacity of 50 each.
These centres are housing far more children than their permitted capacity.

April 17

President to attend Satyagrah centenary event in Patna.
The President of India, Shri Pranab Mukherjee attended an event to commemorate the centenary of Mahatma Gandhi's Champaran Satyagraha, at Patna.
Besides Governor Ram Nath Kovind and Chief Minister Nitish RJD Chief Lalu Prasad and Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi were also present on the occasion.
President Mukherjee honoured freedom fighters of Bihar, Jharkhand, Haryana, Andhra Pradesh, Goa, Assam, Andhra Pradesh, Telengana, West Bengal and other states.
The state government have decided to honour those freedom fighters who could not attend the function due to health or other reasons.

April 19

Palladium Cinema site to be developed as heritage museum in Srinagar.
Palladium Cinema, once a popular hangout for movie buffs which Fell victim to militancy, will be developed as a heritage museum in Srinagar.
Palladium Cinema, which is located at the historic Lal Chowk, was closed down in 1989 after the eruption of militancy in the state.
The cinema was once a popular hangout for movie buffs but fell victim to militancy.
The ruined structure had remained a major security installation before the forces vacated it in April 2012.

April 20

Assam plans to develop birth place of Srimanta Sankardev Batadrava.
Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal has mooted an idea of developing the birthplace of Srimanta Sankardev Batadrava as an international tourist spot and plans to place it in the national and international tourist circuit.
Srimanta Sankardeva Srimanta Sankardeva (1449–1568) is a 15th – 16th century social and religious reformer, poet, playwright and preacher of the vaishnavite cult.
The state government plans to develop the birthplace on the lines of the Golden Temple of Amritsar.
The site is proposed to be developed as an ideal place for religious and cultural tourism.

April 21

NDMA conducts unique state level mock exercise on forest fire in Uttarakhand.
The National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) conducted a first-of-its-kind State-level mock exercise on forest fire in Uttarakhand.
The mock exercise, aimed at assessing the efficacy of integrating the preparedness and response mechanisms of the forest department with those of the district administration, has been conducted in collaboration with the State Government.
The exercise is significant as almost 70 per cent of the State's geographical area is under forests and incidents of forest fires are commonplace.
NDMA has so far conducted more than 550 mock exercises in different States and Union Territories for various disaster situations in its efforts to improve preparedness and response mechanisms for various disaster situations.

April 22

Uttar Pradesh government to set up 40 Yoga wellness centers in 40 districts.
Uttar Pradesh has decided to establish 40 Yoga wellness centres in 40 districts across the state in the present financial year.
Out of 40 centres, 23 will be set up at Ayurvedic hospitals, 12 at homeopathic and 7 at Unani hospitals and colleges.
For setting up of wellness centres in the remaining 35 districts, the state government plans to get assistance from union government.
The state government has also planned to start post graduate courses at Government Ayurvedic College and hospital Varanasi, Unani College Allahabad, Government Homeopathy College Allahabad and TT College Lucknow.

April 23

Assam: BSNL all set to revamp network connection at border & interior areas.
In Assam, public sector telecom company BSNL is all set to revamp network connection at border and interior areas at the cost of two thousand crore rupees.
Participating in an AIR talk show in Guwahati, Chief General Manager of BSNL Assam M.K. Seth informed that the proposal has been sent to the Centre under Digital India program.
All Gram Panchyats in Assam will be connected through optical fibre network by this financial year.
There are 1518 Gram Panchyats in Assam and 1060 have already been covered.

April 24

In a first, Uttarakhand deploys drones to monitor forest fires.
In a first, the Uttarakhand Forest Department has deployed three drones for real-time monitoring of the forest fires.
The drone was launched by the state's Forest and Wildlife Minister Harak Singh Rawat from a remote location in Nainital district that falls under the western circle - a big part of the vast Terai region of the state located outside the tiger and forest reserves.
This is the first time that drones are used to monitor forest fires in India. Besides monitoring of forest fire, drones are already in use for wildlife conservation for nest status, aviation ethology, crocodile and water birds counting and monitoring.
The Forest Survey of India (FSI) estimates that 1.45 million hectares of forest land is affected by fires annually, with 6.17 per cent of the forests prone to severe fire damage.

April 25

First digital village inaugurated in Arunachal Pradesh.
Nirjuli village-1 in Papum Pare district was declared as the first digital village of Arunachal Pradesh.
Digital village aims at cashless transactions even in 'sabji mandis' to make payment through mobile.
The SBI had urged the state government to improve connectivity in the state to speed up socio-economic development of the people.
The SBI could provide computers to promote digitalisation, micro ATM, CSP besides other financial support to the villagers to improve their income level.

April 26

Haryana: Ballabhgarh renamed as Balramgarh.
Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar announced the renaming of Ballabgarh town in Faridabad as Balramgarh.
The government had earlier renamed Gurgaon as Gurugram and Mewat as Nuh. It had accepted requests from villagers to rename several villages.
Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar also announced a number of projects for the development of Ballabhgarh.

April 27

Uttar Pradesh government to set up anti-land mafia task force.
The Yogi Adityanath led Uttar Pradesh government approved the setting up of an anti- land mafia task force to check rampant land grabbing in the state, fulfilling a key poll promise.
The decision was taken at a meeting of the state Cabinet chaired by Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath.
The task force will work under the overall supervision of the state Chief Secretary while various officials ranging from the Divisional Commissioners, District Magistrates and Sub Divisional Magistrates (SDMs) and will look into the complaints.

April 28

Electric taxi trial run to begin in Nagpur.
The country's first electric taxi trial in the country would be launched in Nagpur Maharashtra.
The first project of its kind will be undertaken by Nagpur Municipal Corporation is first in India.
Mahindra and Mahindra is set to provide 200 taxis for the first electric taxi initiative.
Electric car taxi is one of the ambitious projects of the NDA government as it is part its of UNDP millennium goals and also to tackle increasing pollution in the country.

April 29

First book village in the country to come up in Maharashtra.
Bhilar, a tiny hamlet in Satara district of Maharashtra is all set to become India's first 'book village'.
The concept of book village is inspired by Britain’s Hay-on-Wye, which is a Welsh town located in the United Kingdom, famous for its bookstores and literature festivals.
Under this initiative, tourists and locals can come and read books, magazines, newspapers stacked at 25 artistically decorated locations around the village.
The books on wide-ranging subjects and 15,000 books in Marathi would be made available on these premises.

April 30

Country's first digitalised Panchayat ward in Kerala.
A ward in the district became India's first digitalised panchayat ward at Kottayam Kerala.
Union minister of state for social justice and empowerment Krishan Pal Gurjar inaugurated the website of the first digitalised panchayat ward number 15 of Aymanam grama panchayat at a function.
The minister launched the website HYPERLINK "http://www. digitalaymanam.com" www.digitalaymanam.com at the function.
This small panchayat ward in Kerala has become the first one to go digital in the country, taking a very important step in fulfilling Prime Minister Narendra Modi's dream of transforming India into a digitally empowered society.


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