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.


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