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Daily News Digest:01 October 2020

PRIME MINISTER SHRI NARENDRA MODI TO INAUGURATE THE ATAL TUNNEL

Prime Minister Narendra Modi will inaugurate Atal Tunnel, the world's longest underground highway, on 3 October 2020. It is a 9.02 Km long tunnel that will now connect Manali to Lahaul-Spiti valley throughout the year. It is built with ultra-modern specifications in the Pir Panjal range of Himalayas at an altitude of 3000 mtr (10,000 feet) from the Mean Sea Level (MSL). It will reduce the road distance by 46 km between Manali and Leh and the time by about 4 to 5 hours. It is a tunnel with a roadway of 8 mtr. It has an overhead clearance of 5.525 mtr.

COUNTRY RECEIVES ABOVE NORMAL RAINFALL DURING MONSOON SEASON THIS YEAR

The country has received above normal monsoon during the four-month South West Monsoon season from June to September. Low pressure at ITCZ which is located over north India in month of May becomes intense, pulls the trade winds of the southern hemisphere northwards.

BRAHMOS MISSILE FEATURING INDIGENOUS BOOSTER SUCCESSFULLY FLIGHT TESTED

The Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) successfully test-fired the BrahMos surface-to-surface cruise missile. It is a medium-range ramjet supersonic cruise missile that can be launched from submarines, ships, aircraft, or land. It is the fastest supersonic cruise missile in the world.

EXPLAINED : “AMBEDKAR SOCIAL INNOVATION & INCUBATION MISSION UNDER VENTURE CAPITAL FUND FOR SCS(ASIIM)”

The Ministry for Social Justice and Empowerment launched the “Ambedkar Social Innovation and Incubation Mission (ASIIM) under Venture Capital Fund for SCs”. It will be implemented by the Venture Capital Fund for SCs (VCF-SCs) which was set up in 2016 with the Fund size of Rs. 500 Cr.

‘SWACHHATA KE 6 SAAL, BEMISAAL’- MOHUA TO CELEBRATE SIX YEARS OF SWACHH BHARAT MISSION-URBAN ON GANDHI JAYANTI

The Ministry of Housing & Urban Affairs (MoHUA) to celebrate the sixth anniversary of Swachh Bharat Mission-Urban (SBM-U) by organizing a webinar titled ‘Swachhata Ke 6 Saal, Bemisaal’ on 2nd October 2020. 2nd October 2020 will mark the 151st birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi.

EXPLAINED : DECADE OF HEALTHY AGEING (2020-2030) ON INTERNATIONAL DAY FOR OLDER PERSONS & INTERNATIONAL DAY FOR OLDER PERSONS 2020

The Decade of Healthy Ageing (2020-2030) is an opportunity to bring together governments, civil society, international agencies, professionals, academia, the media, and the private sector for ten years of concerted, catalytic and collaborative action to improve the lives of older people, their families, and the communities in which they live.

SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY MINISTER HARSH VARDHAN LAUNCHES CSIR TECHNOLOGIES FOR RURAL DEVELOPMENT

Minister of Science and Technology Harsh Vardhan launched CSIR technologies for rural development. A joint initiative of Council of Scientific & Industrial Research (CSIR), Unnat Bharat Abhiyan (UBA), Indian Institute of Technology Delhi (IITD) and Vijnana Bharti (VIBHA), a set of CSIR technologies has been launched for rural development.

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