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Evening News Digest, 14 October 2017

Dr Mahesh Sharma Inaugurates ‘Deep Dharohar’

  • Dr. Mahesh Sharma, Minister of State for Culture, inaugurated the five-day “Deep Dharohar” festival at the Matighar grounds at the Indira Gandhi National Centre for the Arts at Janpath, New Delhi on 13 October 2017.
  • The aim of the festival is to reclaim the lost classical and folk traditions of Deepawali and achieve the objective of transmitting, promoting and conserving India’s diverse heritage, this festival has been organised
  • The festival is drawing upon the rich repository of red, grey and black ware potters, reed (sikki) artisans, Madhubani, Gond, Phad and Pattachitra artists, lacquer workers, bell-metal and bamboo artisans.

Source: PIB

48th Conference of Governors concludes

  • The two-day 48th Conference of Governors concluded at Rashtrapati Bhavan in New Delhi on October 13, 2017.
  • In his closing remarks, the President of India, Ram Nath Kovind, expressed satisfaction at the exchange of ideas on issues of national importance that had taken place at the Conference.
  • He urged inclusion of special features of a ‘Green Building’ and a ‘Smart Building’; while keeping the heritage status of Raj Bhavans intact.
  • The first Conference of Governors was held at Rashtrapati Bhavan in 1949 which was presided over by C. Rajagopalachari, Governor General of India. 

Source: PIB

 5th India-Sri Lanka Joint Training Exercise MITRA SHAKTI 2017 starts

  • The fifth India-Sri Lanka Joint Training Exercise MITRA SHAKTI 2017 started with a grand Opening Ceremony at Aundh Military Station, Pune on October 13, 2017.
  • The exercise is based on Counter Terrorist Operations and an Infantry company from both the countries is participating in the same.
  • The India - Sri Lanka joint training exercise MITRA SHAKTI 2017 will send a strong signal to the world that both India and Sri Lanka understand the emerging threat of terrorism and stand shoulder to shoulder in countering this menace.
  • “Mitra Shakti” series of bilateral exercises is one of the major bilateral defence cooperation initiatives between India and Sri Lanka since 2013. 

Source: PIB

Fairy Queen, “World’s Oldest Functional Steam Engine” commences journey

  • Indian Railways will be running of steam hauled tourist train  "Fairy Queen" between Delhi Cantonment and Rewari on second and fourth Saturday of month beginning from 14 October, 2017. The operation will continue till April, 2018.
  • The train has a capacity of 60 passengers and the tickets can be booked at IRCTC website as well as at various tourist facilitation centres of IRCTC, National Rail Museum (NRM) and through travel operators.
  • The Fairy Queen, also known as the East Indian Railway 22 class, was built in the year 1855 and is the World’s oldest steam locomotive as certified by Guinness Book of Records in 1998.

Source: PIB

World's largest combustion research centre inaugurated at IIT Madras

  • The world's largest combustion research centre was inaugurated at the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Madras in Tamil Nadu.
  • The National Centre for Combustion Research and Development (NCCRD) was inaugurated by NITI Aayog member VK Saraswat in the presence of Prof Ashutosh Sharma, Secretary, Department of Science and Technology.
  • The establishment of the centre will give a major boost to the Indian scientific community and will provide an impetus to research in 'Alternative Energy and Environmental Protection' by focusing on effective utilisation of combustion as a means of thermo-chemical energy conversion.

Source: News on Air

China develops laser gun for counter-terrorism operations

  • China has developed a new laser gun capable of hitting the targets within 200 meters in one second for counter-terrorism operations.
  • The gun makes no sound or light when fired, it is also easy to operate because it does not recoil, and inexpensive to maintain.
  • The gun is considered to be handy for the Chinese security forces conducting counter-terrorism operations, especially in the Xinjiang province.

Source: India Today

Shakib Al Hasan inducted in MCC World Cricket Committee

  • Premier all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan became the first cricketer from Bangladesh to be inducted in the MCC World Cricket Committee under the chairmanship of Mike Gatting.
  • Shakib Al Hasan is regarded as one of Bangladesh’s finest players since they were awarded the Test status in 2000, with the all-rounder having played 51 Test matches and 177 One-day Internationals.

Source: Times of India

International Day for Disaster Reduction: 13 October

  • Every year on 13 October is observed as International Day for Disaster Reduction. The International Day for Disaster Reduction was started in 1989.
  • The day celebrates how people and communities around the world are reducing their exposure to disasters and raising awareness about the importance of reining in the risks that they face.
  • The 2017 campaign seeks to raise global awareness about effective actions, policies and practices taken to reduce exposure to disaster risk at the community level, thereby contributing to saving homes and livelihoods.
  • This year’s target is focussed on prevention, protection and reducing the number of people affected by disasters.

Source: United Nations

Former French Culture Minister Audrey Azoulay to be next UNESCO Chief

  • UNESCO's executive board voted to make former French Culture minister the U.N. cultural agency's next chief after an unusually heated election.
  • The board's selection of Audrey Azoulay over a Qatari candidate came the day after the United States (US) announced to pull out of UNESCO because of its alleged anti-Israel bias.
  • Azoulay succeeds outgoing Director-General Irina Bokova of Bulgaria, whose eight-year term was marred by financial woes and criticism over Palestine’s inclusion as a member.

Source: Times of India

Indian paddler Selena Selvakumar wins gold in Egypt

  • India's young paddler Selena Selvakumar put up an impressive show in the Junior Girls' Team event to win the 2017 Egypt Junior and Cadet Table-Tennis Open title.
  • She beat Sarah Abousetta 3-1 in the opening encounter and Marwa Alhodaby 3-1 in the fourth match to set up the victory.
  • The 17-year-old Chennai girl teamed up with local duo of Riman Hesham and Waad Ibrahim to upset the top seeded Egypt A team 3-2.

Source: Times of India


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