PLACES IN NEWS - 2017 November

November 1

Delhi to host 9th global green film festival
The ninth edition of CMS Vatavaran - an international film festival on environment and wildlife - will begin, showcasing 113 films, including four from Kashmir, one of the most ecologically sensitive zones facing the threat of global warming.
The "Conservation 4 Water"-themed five-day gala at Gandhi Smriti and Darshan Samiti will also have seminars, workshops, exhibitions and an award ceremony focusing on the environmental, social and economic aspects of water conservation, according to a statement.

November 3

World’s highest motorable road constructed in Ladakh
Border Roads Organisation (BRO) under Union Ministry of Defense has constructed the world’s highest motorable road (at 19300 feet) in Ladakh region of Jammu and Kashmir.
This road passes through Umlingla Top at a height of over 19,300 feet.
It is a 86km long road connecting Chisumle and Demchok villages, located 230 Kms from Leh.
From strategic perspective, this road will facilitate troop movement along the Line of Actual Control (LAC) with China.
This road has been constructed under BRO’s ‘Project Himank’. BRO’s ‘Project Himank’ started in 1985, to construct and maintain roads and related infrastructure in Leh-Ladakh region.
Construction of roads like Khardung La at an altitude of 17,900 ft and Changla Pass at 17,695 ft in Leh are the other feats accomplished under ‘Project Himank’.

November 5

Balijatra festival begins in Cuttack, Odisha
The annual Balijatra festival began on the banks of river Mahanadi in Cuttack at Gadagadia ghat.
Odisha Health and Law minister Pratap Jena, Culture minister Ashok Panda and Sports minister Chandra Sarathi Behera inaugurated the Balijatra festival in the presence of city mayor Meenakshi Behera.
Over one lakh people are estimated to have arrived at the fair ground to witness the yatra.
The local administration is staging the festival over an area of 30 acres on the river bank. There are around 300 makeshift stalls that showcase ethnic household items ranging from wearing apparels to decorative stuffs.

November 6

Nobel Memorial Wall inaugurated at Delhi’s Rajiv Chowk Metro station
The aim of exhibiting this wall is to spread further awareness about all the Nobel Laureates from India and their contribution to the society. The wall will be on display at Rajiv Chowk Metro station of the Delhi Metro.
The one-of-its kind Wall exhibits paintings by the students from top Fine Art Colleges in Delhi NCR.
The portraits of Rabindranath Tagore, CV Raman, Hargobind Khorana, Mother Teresa, Subrahmanyan Chandrasekhar, Amartya Sen, Venkatraman Ramakrishnan and Kailash Satyarthi were selected by way of a painting competition conducted by the Embassy.

November 8

Prakash Javadekar inaugurates ‘Chintan Shivir’ in New Delhi
Union HRD Minister Shri Prakash Javadekar inaugurated a two-day National Workshop ‘Chintan Shivir’ organized by Department of School Education and Literacy, Ministry of Human Resource Development in New Delhi.
The main aim of the workshop is to provide holistic education relevant for 21st century India and to bring together key stakeholders from various NGOs, private sector and individuals to deliberate on key themes in the education sector.
According to HRD Minister Shri Prakash Javadekar congratulated the officers of the ministry for organizing the workshop by which we can learn from the best practices of each other.
He informed that workshop mainly focuses on five themes i.e. Digital education, Life Skill education, Experimental learning, and Physical Education and Value education.

November 10

Environment ministry forms 7-member panel under CK Mishra for air pollution in Delhi
As Delhi’s air is turning toxic over recent weeks and reaching crisis levels, the Centre stepped in and decided to set up a 7-member-committee of secretaries from the Centre, Delhi Government and experts to continuously monitor and implement a Graded Response Action Plan (GRAP) that would include control of road and construction of dust garbage burning, control of power plants and industrial emissions, entry of vehicles and several other related factors.
The committee will include the secretary, department of science & technology, secretary, department of biotechnology, the additional secretary of the Niti Aayog, chief secretary of Delhi, the chairman, Central Pollution Control Board and a representative of Vidhi Centre for Legal Policy, a policy think-ta.
As of now the committee will meet at least every 10 days and in the future at least once a month.
The committee formed by the environment ministry will look to formulateshort-term and long-term plans.
Short-term plans are to tackle the current problem of Delhi and the long-term plan will handle the issues on a country-wide basis in the future.

November 12

India will be hosting its first Military Literature Festival in Chandigarh
Punjab State Government has announced that the first Military Literature Festival would be held in Chandigarh.India will be hosting its first Military Literature Festival in Chandigarh.
The event is being organised to pay tribute to the armed forces and spread awareness about Military Literature among masses.
It will be jointly promoted by the Punjab government and Chandigarh Administration.
Punjab’s Local Bodies and Tourism and Culture Minister, Navjot Singh Sidhu, unveiled Military Literature Festival’s logo.

November 13

Gurugram to have North India’s biggest butterfly park
Haryana State Forests Minister Rao Narbir Singh, laid the foundation stone for a Butterfly Conservatory Park in Gurugram.
Haryana State Forest Department is setting up this butterfly park to conserve the species of butterflies that are near extinction on account of urbanisation.
This conservatory park will be developed on 15 acres in Sector 52 of Gurugram in association with a non-governmental organisation named Uthaan.
Work of developing this park will take about one year time. On completion, it will be North India’s biggest butterfly park.

November 14

International Lavi Fair begins in Himachal Pradesh
Traditional International ‘Lavi fair’ was held, 2017 in Rampur, Himachal Pradesh.
The fair was inaugurated by Himachal Pradesh Governor, Acharya Dev Vrat. The governor also inaugurated the ‘Kinnauri market’ and exhibition put up by various Government departments.
Lavi Fair has been an important point of trade between India and Tibet for centuries.
The fair is visited by tourist and traders from distant places. It provides a good opportunity for promotion and sale of woollens, dry fruits and other traditional crafts and products.
Currently, it also provides a platform for social and cultural events.

November 15

IORA to set up Centre of Excellence in Kochi
The Indian Ocean Rim Association (IORA), a platform of 21 countries bordering the Indian Ocean, is to set up a Centre of Excellence in Kochi.
IORA is a regional forum of countries, tripartite in nature, bringing together representatives of the government, business and academia for promoting co-operation and closer interaction among Indian Ocean-bordering countries. Its headquarters is at Ebene, Mauritius.
The opening of the IORA Centre of Excellence in Kochi is aimed at facilitating the exchange of research findings and studies in the field of fisheries and ocean studies among its member nations.

November 16

Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi inaugurates “Hunar Haat” in New Delhi
Union Minister of Minority Affairs Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi inaugurated the fourth edition of ‘Hunar Haat’ at Pragati Maidan, New Delhi.
‘Hunar (skill) Haat’ is a platform created by the Minority Affairs Ministry to offer employment and market opportunities to artisans and craftsmen from minority communities.
At the fourth edition of Hunar Haat works of artisans belonging to minority communities and Tihar Jail inmates are kept on display.
At the Hunar Haat artisans’ exquisite pieces of handicraft and handloom works like cane, bamboo and jute products of Assam; Tussar, Geeja and Matka silk of Bhagalpur (Bihar) and traditional jewellery from Rajasthan and Telangana are on display.

November 19

IOC sets up India’s first electric vehicle charging station in Nagpur.
Indian Oil has partnered with cab aggregator Ola to set up the charging station at an IOC petrol pump.
In a major step in spreading the use of green energy, Indias first electric vehicle (EV) charging station was started by Indian Oil Corp (IOC), according to the state-run oil marketing company.
Indian Oil has partnered with cab aggregator Ola to set up the charging station at an IOC petrol pump.

November 20

International Congress of Military Medicine begins in New Delhi
42nd World Congress of the International Committee of Military Medicine (ICMM) begun in New Delhi.
This 5-day event has been organised by the Armed Forces Medical Services (AFMS) under the aegis of the Union Ministry of Defence.
This is the first time World Congress of ICMM is held in India. It is also the largest medical conference ever organised by Armed Forces Medical Services (AFMS).
Theme of the 42nd World Congress of ICMM is “Military Medicine in Transition Looking Ahead”.
This event will be attended by around 350-400 foreign delegates from 80 countries and about 300 Indian delegates comprising Armed Forces Medical, Dental, Nursing and Veterinary Officers.

November 21

World’s biggest toilet pot model unveiled at ‘Trump village’ in Haryana
Sulabh International launched the "world's biggest" toilet pot model in Haryana's Marora village popularly known as 'Trump village' on the occasion of World Toilet Day.
As per a release by the non-profit, the mega Indian-style pot made of iron, fibre, wood and plaster of Paris, measuring 20x10 feet, was unveiled to create awareness about the use of toilets in the village dedicated to US President Donald Trump.
Sanitation expert and founder of Sulabh International, Bindeshwar Pathak, also dedicated 95 new household toilets to the residents of the village.

November 22

Tribal festival Parab takes off in Koraput, Odisha
The annual cultural festival of Odisha’s Koraput district, showcasing the tribal art and culture, started.
Parab 2017 started from the shrine of goddess Sankulai Devi of B Singhpur under Borigumma block, with a tribal dance. The objective of this festival is to protect and promote the region’s rich cultural heritage.
Koraput MP Congress chief whip in Odisha Assembly Tara Prasad Bahinipati and Jhina Hikaka performed the first ritual.
As a part of Parab, Rahgiri would be organised at Jeypore in the name of Saheed Laxman Nayak Pathoutsav.
A five-day Pallishree Mela will be organised, where a variety of handicraft items will be displayed.

November 24

Consultative Workshop on New National Policy on Biofuels held in New Delhi
A consultative workshop on ‘New National Policy on Biofuels & Pradhan Mantri Ji- Van Yojana (VGF for 2nd Generation Ethanol Bio Refineries)’ was held in New Delhi.
The workshop was organized by Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Gas for inviting suggestions for drafting a suitable roadmap for Biofuels in India.
ii. The workshop was organised with an objective to address growing environment concerns in the light of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Commitment at COP 21 (2015 United Nations Climate Change Conference).
iii. At the workshop 5 Working Groups on 1-G Ethanol, 2-G Ethanol, Biodiesel, Municipal Solid Wastes to Fuel & Bio-CNG consisting of all the stakeholders (producers, bankers and buyers) discussed issues related to their segment.

November 25

President of India inaugurates International Gita Mahotsava-2017 in Haryana
President Ram Nath Kovind inaugurated the International Gita Mahotsava-2017 in Kurukshetra, Haryana.President of India inaugurates International Gita Mahotsava-2017 in Haryana.
Gita Mahotsava-2017 will conclude on December 3, 2017.
Mauritius is the partner country and Uttar Pradesh is the partner state for this event.
About 20 lakh people participated in Gita Mahotsav last year, which also included people from 35 countries.
This year, about 25-30 lakh people are expected to participate in this event till December 3, 2017.
President Ram Nath Kovind, also participated in Gita Yajna and Gita Poojan ceremonies at Brahma Sarovar and inaugurated an international seminar on Gita at the Kurukshetra University campus.

November 26

President of India inaugurates the International Ambedkar Conclave in New Delhi
President Ram Nath Kovind inaugurated the International Ambedkar Conclave, organised by the Forum of SC and ST Legislators and Parliamentarians, in New Delhi.
Dr. B.R. Ambedkar had attained senior public positions and acclaim on the basis of his extraordinary educational achievements, despite facing conditions of deprivation and inequality.
Dr Ambedkar who is considered the Chief Architect of Indian Constitution, the basis of the success of any constitution is not just its text.

November 29

Mumbai to host 15th Mumbai International Film Festival for Documentary, Short and Animation films
Mumbai is to host the 15 Mumbai International Film Festival (MIFF) for Documentary, Short and Animation films 2018.
The Mumbai International Film Festival will be inaugurated, at the National Centre for Performing Arts, Mumbai. It is organized by theFilms Division, Ministry of Information & Broadcasting (I&B).
The Organizing Committee of MIFF is headed by the Secretary, I&B and consists of eminent film personalities, documentary makers and film critics.
The Ministry of Information & Broadcasting has approved doubling of prize money for the Golden Conch Award winning Best Documentary Film in the International Competition to Rs 1 million.
The Award money for the Lifetime Achievement award has also been doubled to Rs 1 million. All together cash awards of Rs 5.8 million will be given away during MIFF 2018.