PLACES IN NEWS - 2017 June

June 2

Inauguration of MITS Mega Food Park at Rayagada, Odisha.
On June 1, 2017, Union Minister of Food Processing Industries, Harsimrat Kaur Badal inaugurated first Mega Food Park in the state of Odisha M/s MITS Mega Food Park Pvt. Ltd. at Rayagada district.
MITS Mega Food Park has been set up in 50.05 acre of land at the cost of Rs. 80.17 crore.
Government of India has provided a financial assistance of Rs. 50.00 Crore to theproject.
The food park is having facilities of fully operationalindustrial sheds for SMEs, developed industrial plots for lease to food processing units, Rice Processing Complex of 12 TPH, Dry Ware­House of 10,000 MT, Cold Store of 2500 MT, Multi Fruit facility and other food processing facilities etc.

June 3

Varanasi to get India's 1st freight village.
Varanasi will get the country's 1st 'freight village' spread over around 100 acres.
The plan to set up this project close to the upcoming multi-mode terminal along the Ganga has attracted major players including Dubai Port Worldand IL&FS.
A 'Freight Village' is a specialised industrial estate which attracts companies that require logistics services and can cluster to improve their competitiveness.
This will allow relocation of retailers, warehouse operators and logistics service providers supplying the regional FMCG market.
World Bank has taken the lead to put in place the project which will provide connectivity to the Eastern Dedicated Freight Corridor, the country's longest waterway, and the national highway as well.

June 5

India's first public bicycle sharing project launched in Mysuru.
CM Siddaramaiah has launched a public bicycle sharing system in Mysuru. A total of 450 bicycles can be borrowed for a nominal fee from 48 automated docking stations.
The World Bank, Global Environmental Fund and state govt have jointly funded the initiative.
A public bicycle sharing system, TrinTrin, was launched by chief minister Siddaramaiah.
The users have to obtain a smart card which they can swipe and take a bicycle from a docking station, and return it at any other station, where a user fee would be deducted from the smart card.
The project is being operated by Green Wheel Ride, a city­based manufacturer of eco­friendly bicycles.

June 6

Women to man parking lots in Chandigarh.
Chandigarh will become India's first city to have only women manage all public parking lots under a 'smart parking system'.
This will be part of a joint initiative of the Chandigarh Municipal Corporation and Mumbai-based Arya Toll Infra Limited that has been allotted the Rs. 14.78 crore parking contract.
Women attendants will man all parking lots from 7.30 am to 9 pm before men will take over.
Women bouncers will be deployed at each parking lot for their safety.

June 11

Kolkata to get India's first underwater Metro.
Kolkata, the 'City of Joy' is about to experience a wonder in the form of an underwater Metro train which will run beneath the Hooghly river. It's one of the path-breaking projects in India as never before a tunnel has been dug beneath a flowing river.
The entire project is 16.6 km long, out of which 10.8 km runs under the ground. Of this 10.8 km, 502 meters is under the water. The project connects Howrah to the west and Salt Lake to the east.
The project is expected to be completed by December 2019.

June 12

India's first 150 kWp canal top solar PV System Mouda Thermal Power Project, near Nagpur in Maharashtra.
State-run power giant NTPC has energized 150 kWp canal top solar PV System on cooling water (CW) channel inside power station premises at its 2,320 MW, Mouda Thermal Power Project, near Nagpur in Maharashtra.
This novel Solar PV system makes use of side walls of CW channels as load bearing structure thereby significantly decreasing cost of civil and mounting structure.
It also has several other unique advantages such as land and water conservation due to reduced evaporation, increased PV generation due to cooling and reduction in dirt, leaves thereby reducing chemicals for water treatment.

June 13

Rajasthan village to be named after United States President Donald Trump.
United States President Donald Trump will soon have a village named after him in the Indian state of Rajasthan.
Sulabh International founder Bindeshwar Pathak announced that a village will be named after the US president to give a fillip to India-US relationship.
Sulabh International is an India-based social service organization that works to promote human rights, environmental sanitation, and non-conventional sources of energy, waste management and social reforms through education. Sulabh International is the largest nonprofit organization in India.

June 14

Haryana's open defecation-free village to be named after Donald Trump.
Sulabh International founder and Chief Bindeshwar Pathak has announced that an open defecation free (ODF) village (Dhanduka village) in Mewat will be named after the US President Donald Trump.
The move will help draw the attention of the world towards India's cleanliness campaign. The organization is currently working in some villages of Mewat to make them ODF, one of which will be named after Trump.
Pathak made the announcement at a community event organized in the suburbs of Washington DC.

June 15

Kolkata to host Real Madrid - Barcelona Legends game in September.
Kolkata will host an exhibition match between Real Madrid Legends and Barcelona Legends on September 15.
The match, the venue for which is yet to be decided, will be a tribute to Barcelona legend Johan Cruyff. Former Real Madrid players Fernando Morientes and Michel Salgado have confirmed their participation, while Koke Contreras and Ivan Perez are also likely to feature.

June 17

Australia's Vivid Sydney enters Guinness World Records for Maximum Number of light installations.
The World's largest festival of light, music and ideas, Vivid Sydney has entered into Guinness World Book of Records. The Guinness World Record has given the Vivid Sydney installation Dreamscape the title for the 'Largest interactive lighting display'.
Vivid Sydney installation Dreamscape has been made up of 124, 128 lights and links the entire Circular Quay precinct beginning from the Sydney Opera House to the Sydney Harbour Bridge into one cohesive canvas of light.
Moreover, 3D interactive modeling present in the control room in Circular Quay allows the participants to change the color, texture and pattern of the lighting across the cityscape.
With this record, the Vivid Sydney has trumped its own 2016 predecessor, Dress circle that Circular Quay. This year the Vivid Sydney had added an additional one km of lights to achieve the record.

June 19

114-year-old Taj Palace becomes first Indian building to get trademark.
The iconic Taj Mahal Palace in Mumbai has just got itself trademarked. This makes the 114-year-old building the first in the country to get such a registration.
The hotel, which has been a defining structure of Mumbai's skyline, has joined the elite and small club of trademarked properties in the world which includes the Empire State Building in New York, the Eiffel Tower in Paris and Sydney Opera House.
Usually, logos, brand names, combination of colours, numerals and even sounds are trademarked but the registration of an architectural design has never been attempted since the Trademark Act came into force in 1999.

June 20

Manoharabad, a model for other villages in India.
'Small Is Beautiful', the phrase is titled of a book, 'study of economics' - collection of essays by the German economics E.F. Schumacher in 1973 and which was a sensation and it can be suitably applied to this model village in Jakranpally mandal.
Manoharabad, though is a small village inhabited by 950 residents hit the banners by securing national award while meeting all parameters in respect of implementation of several schemes. It is a crime-free, child labour-free, open defecation-free and unemployment-free village in Telangana.
The village stood number one in the State in employment generation under Employment Guarantee Scheme and collection of house taxes was 100 per cent for the fourth consecutive year.
It became a model for other villages in digging soak pits, planting saplings in Haritha Haram, cent per cent immunisation, institutional deliveries and continuous instruction in English medium at Government school for the eighth year.