PLACES IN NEWS - 2017 September

September 1

Ahmedabad gets India's first World Heritage City certificate
Ahmedabad in Gujarat was formally accorded the status of India's first World Heritage City with UNESCO Director General Irina Bokova handing over the certificate in this regard to Chief Minister Vijay Rupani.
India secured the nomination for Ahmedabad on UNESCO's World Heritage list during the 41st Session of World Heritage Committee.The honour makes the walled city of Ahmedabad the first city in India, and the third in Asia
India now has a total of 36 World Heritage Inscriptions -- 28 cultural, 7 natural and 1 mixed site. India is second after China in terms of number of world heritage properties in ASPAC (Asia and Pacific) region, and overall seventh in the world.

September 2

World's Highest Sandcastle Built in German City
The world's highest sandcastle is now standing 16.68 meters tall in the German city of Duisburg.
A German travel operator organized the construction of the mammoth sandcastle, bringing in 3,500 tons of sand over the past three and a half weeks to the site at a former steelworks in the inland city.
It takes the title from a 14.84-metre sandcastle built early this year in India by sand artist Sudarsan Pattnaik.

September 3

Shallot processing centre opens in Perambalur
A central processing centre for shallots (small onions) has come up in Tamil Nadu’s Perambalur village. The Common Food Processing Incubation Centre was set up at a cost of ₹1 crore to prevent wastage of shallots and to increase farmers’ income.
The centre will produce fresh shallot, peeled shallot, onion powder, onion paste and onion flakes. Smt Harsimrat Kaur Badal, Union Minister for Food Processing Industries launched Common Food Processing Incubation Center.

September 4

First batch of 1000 E-rickshaws flagged off in Gurugram
Shri Nitin Gadkari, Minister for Road Transport and Highways, Shipping and Water Resources, River Development and Ganga Rejuvenation has flagged off a fleet of first batch of 1000 E-rickshaws from Huda City Centre metro station in Gurugram .
The E rickshaw fleet is being operated by Treasure Vase Ventures Private Limited in partnership of Delhi Metro, under the SmartE brand name.
E-rickshaw fleet will provide cost effective and pollution free substitute in transport system of Gurugram. The E Rickshaws have been manufactured in India and are fitted with GPS and tracking system.

September 7

Amazon opens country's largest fulfilment centre in Hyderabad
American e-commerce company Amazon opened its largest fulfilment centre (FC) in the country at the GMR-led Rajiv Gandhi International Airport in Hyderabad.
The new facility has a carpet area of around 4 lakh square feet, along with a storage space of close to 2.1 million cubic feet. This is Amazon's fifth fulfilment centre in Telangana, thereby increasing the firm's overall storage capacity to 3.3 million square feet in the state. The retail major plans to facilitate faster deliveries in the region.

September 9

Manipur village 1st in northeast with 100% computer literacy
Manipur's Nungthang Tampak village has reportedly become the first in the northeast region to achieve 100% computer literacy.
Aiming to build an information centre, a social enterprise called Mangaal Rural had started an initiative under which the villagers were trained for a month. However, very few people in the village own electronic devices despite becoming computer literate.

September 10

World’s First Dividing Retractable Football pitch at new stadium of Tottenham
Tottenham's new stadium will include the world's first retractable pitch, which is due to open in 2018, allowing the venue to hold both football and NFL matches.
Sheffield engineering company SCX has been recruited to build the retractable pitch.
Tottenham Hotspur Football Club, referred simply as Tottenham or Spurs, is an English football club located in Tottenham, Haringey, London.

September 11

India’s first advanced Homoeopathy Virology lab inaugurated in Kolkata
India’s first state of art virology laboratory was inaugurated at Dr. Anjali Chatterjee Regional Research Institute for Homoeopathy in Kolkata, West Bengal.
The lab will play important in developing new drugs and technologies in Homoeopathy to combat emerging challenges of viral diseases.
The laboratory is only one of its kind in India for conducting basic and fundamental research in Homoeopathy for viral diseases like influenza, dengue, Chickunguniya, Japanese encephalitis and swine flu (H1N1).
It will develop new drugs and technologies to combat emerging challenges of viral diseases. The laboratory is recognized by Calcutta University to undertake research work of PhD students in field of homoeopathy.

September 12

Netaji statue unveiled at West Bengal’s Naval Area Headquarters
An eight-foot bronze statue of Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose was unveiled at the Naval Area headquarters for West Bengal.
The statue was unveiled by Vice Admiral HCS Bisht, Flag Officer Commanding-in-Chief, Eastern Naval Command in the presence of Professor Krishna Bose, Netaji’s niece-in-law and chairperson of Netaji Research Bureau.
Consul-General of Japan in Kolkata Masayuki Taga was among several dignitaries present on the occasion. “Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose has a maritime connection as his journey from Germany to East Asia was by submarine and he was even transferred from one submarine to another in high seas”.

September 14

Kerala to open India's first transgender-exclusive clinics
Kerala’s Health minister K.K. Shylaja announced that Kerala is planning to open India’s first transgender-exclusive clinics at government medical colleges across the state.
As a part of the state’s Transgender Policy 2015, this move has been undertaken by the state’s Health and Social Justice Departments, in collaboration with Legal Services Society with an aim to make the state’s health sector transgender-friendly.
The first clinic will be set up at the government medical college of Kottayam within the next two months and will be one of the two clinics to provide the sex-change surgery.

September 15

Goa to Host 36th National Games
The Indian Olympic Association (IOA) formally awarded to Goa the rights to host the 36th National Games. The announcement was made by the state sports minister Manohar Ajgaonkar.
Ajgaonkar stated that IOA Secretary General Rajeev Mehta, in a letter to Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar, had formally conferred the rights to the state to host the sporting event in November 2017.

September 16

Ayurveda Students Set Guinness Record In Jaipur
As many as 733 ayurveda students entered the Guinness Book of World Record for most people receiving 'Naysa Karm', an ayurvedic treatment, simultaneously for over seven minutes.
'Nasya karm' (treatment) refers to the ayurvedic therapy that includes instillation of herbal oils, juices or powders through the nasal route. It works specifically on disorders of ear, nose and throat.
'Nasya' is one of the five 'panchakarma' techniques used in ayurvedic detoxification therapies.

September 17

National Flag will fly half-mast in Delhi
The Government of India announces with profound sorrow the death of Marshal of the Air Force Arjan Singh at Army Research and Referral Hospital, New Delhi.
The last rites of Marshal of the Air Force Arjan Singh would be performed at Barar Square, Delhi.
As a mark of respect to the departed dignitary, a state funeral will be accorded and national flag will fly half-mast on the day of the funeral in Delhi on all buildings where it is flown regularly.

September 21

Government to introduce 'Food Street' at global food fair in New Delhi
The Union Government will introduce a curated food experience zone 'Food Street' at the global food fair (November) in New Delhi.
It will provide a platform to investors to taste the foods and then take a call on investing in India under the ‘make in India’ programme.
This will bring together culinary practices, flavors; fragrances form cuisines across the world. Chef Sanjeev Kapoor will be the brand ambassador of the event.

September 25

Multi-agency exercise Pralay Sahayam held in Hyderabad
A multi-agency exercise Pralay Sahayam was conducted the banks of Hussain Sagar Lake in Hyderabad, Telangana.
The event demonstrated efforts of all central and state agencies, National Disaster Relief Force (NDRF) and the Armed Forces towards jointly tackling an urban flooding scenario in Hyderabad.
For the purpose of the multi-agency exercise, Hussain Sagar Lake was transformed into urban colonies partly submerged under water, post heavy showers in the city.
A large number of dummy structures depicting multi-storied buildings and houses with stranded people, power stations, educational institutes etc., were erected in the lake in an inundated condition.
The hapless stranded occupants of these dwellings were rescued in joint operations carried out by the State Government agencies, Police, State Fire & Emergency Services, NDRF, CISF and the Armed Forces.

September 26

Kandla Port renamed as Deendayal Port
The Ministry of Shipping has issued a notification renaming Kandla Port Trust as Deendayal Port Trust with effect from September, 2017. Kandla Port, located on the Gulf of Kutch in Gujarat, is one of the twelve major ports in the country. As per the Ministry’s notification, the Central Government, in exercise of powers conferred on it under Indian Ports Act, 1908, made the amendment to replace “Kandla” with “Deendayal”.
While inaugurating various projects at Kandla Port in May this year, Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi had given the suggestion for renaming of Kandla Port after Pandit Deendayal Upadhyay, who stood for the uplift of the poor and weaker sections of society. The Ministry of Shipping issued the required notification on the occasion of the closing of the year long centenary celebrations of Pandit Deendayal Upadhyay.

September 27

Guwahati set to host South Asian Boxing Championship
The Boxing Federation of India (BFI) unveiled its 2017-18 Calendar which includes the prestigious South Asian Championship to be held in Guwahati from December.
This is the first time India will host the South Asian Championship, which will see a potential blockbuster clash against arch-rivals Pakistan besides other SAARC countries -- Afghanistan, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh, among others.
The South Asian Championship will be followed by the India International Open tournament in the third week of January. The tournament will witness the participation from Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan, and Ukraine among other top boxing nations.
The announcements were made after the fifth executive committee meeting of the federation chaired by the President Ajay Singh.

September 28

India International Science Festival 2017: ‘Science for New India’ held in Chennai
The 3rd edition of IISF 2017 will be held in Chennai during 13-16 October, 2017 at various venues which include Anna University, Central Leather Research Institute (CLRI), Structural Engineering Research Centre (SERC), National Institute of Ocean Technology (NIOT) and IIT-Madras.
India has made significant strides in scientific and technological development by also becoming the first nation to reach Mars in its maiden attempt. India is facing various challenges and opportunities. Some of these important challenges are in the key sectors of clean water & energy, food, environment, climate, and healthcare. It is important to translate the scientific knowledge into innovations through start-ups and industry so as to facilitate India to achieve inclusive and sustainable growth in the coming decades. This goal can be achieved, through developing scientific temper among the masses and by strengthening India’s science and technology institutions & furthering their basic research.
Emphasizing the role of technologies and innovation, India has declared 2010-20 as the ‘Decade of Innovation’. The Ministry of Science and Technology, Ministry of Earth Sciences, and Vijnana Bharati (VIBHA) have come together to organize The India International Science Festival (IISF) every year, since 2015 to encourage scientific temper among the masses and showcasing Indian contribution in the field of S&T over the years. The previous two editions of IISF held at New Delhi have been a great success.
The prime objective of the festival is to instill scientific temper among the masses and showcasing India’s contribution in the field of S&T over the years. It aims to build a strategy for rural India through the advancement of Science and Technology. Further, the science festival also intends to make innovation beneficial for the people and develop technology that is affordable to the masses.

September 30

The third edition of 'Women of India Organic Festival' held in Delhi
To celebrate and promote women entrepreneurs and farmers in the organic sector from across India, the Ministry of Women and Child Development will be hosting the 3rd annual ‘Women of India Organic Festival’ in October 2017, in New Delhi. Smt. Maneka Sanjay Gandhi, Union Minister for Women and Child Development, will inaugurate the festival in the presence of Shri Virendra Kumar, Minister of State, Ministry of Women and Child Development, on October 1 at Dilli Haat (INA).
The cultural centre of the Capital city, Dilli Haat (INA), will showcase India's most varied offerings of organic products ranging from food, wellness, personal care, home improvement, kitchen composters and solar products. Nearly 530 participants from the remotest parts of the country will have the opportunity to take part in the exhibition, while selling their unique merchandise to the people of Delhi and surrounding areas.
With the theme ‘Good for Women; Good for India; Good for You’, the Ministry intends to highlight the health and environmental advantages of organic goods, provide a platform for women engaged in it and boost the development of sustainable and easily accessible sales outlets for women producers from the remotest corners of India.
During the last edition of the festival, over 500 women entrepreneurs from Leh to Kanyakumari and from Kohima to Kutch came together with their organic products such as cereals, rice, pulses, spices, cosmetics, household products, pickles, organic ice cream, oils, honey, tea, hair care, bath care, beauty care, aromatherapy products, solar products, kitchen composters, organic cotton fabric, linen, organic seeds and other bio products. Seeing the success of last year’s Festival in Delhi, the Ministry has extended the duration of the Festival from 10 days to 15 days for this year's edition.