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Evening News Digest, 15 October 2017

PM lays foundation stone for infrastructure projects in Bihar

  • The Prime Minister, Narendra Modi, laid the foundation stone for four sewerage projects under the Namami Gange programme and four National Highway projects, at Mokama in Bihar.
  • The four National Highway projects for which foundation stones have been laid include: 
    • 4-laning of Aunta-Simariya section of NH-31 and construction of 6-lane Ganga Setu
    • 4 laning of Bakhtiyarpur-Mokama section of NH-31
    • 2-lane construction of Maheshkhunt-Saharsa-Purnea section of NH 107
    • 2-lane construction of Biharsharif-Barbigha-Mokama section of NH-82
  • The four sewerage projects include Sewage Treatment Plant at Beur, Sewerage System with Sewer Network at Beur, Sewage Treatment Plant at Karmalichak and STP and Sewer Network at Saidpur. 
  • The projects related to Namami Gange will help preserve the River Ganga. The projects whose foundation stones are being laid will give impetus to Bihar's development.

Source: PIB

PM to dedicate First ever All India Institute of Ayurveda to the Nation

  • The first ever All India Institute of Ayurveda (AIIA), set up along the lines of AIIMS, will be dedicated to the Nation by
  • the Prime Minister, Narendra Modi on Ayurveda Day on 17th October, 2017 at New Delhi.
  • The AIIA will bring synergy between the traditional wisdom of Ayurveda and modern diagnostic tools and technology. AIIA has gained a wide national and International recognition.
  • AIIA has started working to facilitate quality patient care, research and bridging the gaps in the scientific information about quality, safety and efficacy of Ayurveda products.
  • A national seminar on the theme “Ayurveda for Pain management” will be held on 16th October, 2017 at New Delhi.

About All India Institute of Ayurveda (AIIA)

AIIA is a public Ayurveda medicine & research institution located in Delhi, India. It was established in 2016. With the need of Ayurveda as country’s traditional health care system to be promoted Union Government established AIIA Delhi, an autonomous institute under the Ministry of AYUSH.

Source: PIB

Guiness Record for largest Biology Lesson made at IISF Chennai 2017

  • At Anna University campus in Chennai, a new Guinness World Record for the Largest Biology Lesson has been made. One thousand forty nine (1049) students participated in the record breaking session.
  • World Record attempts have been a key part of India International Science Festival (IISF) since 2015, which leads to encouragement and popularizing of Science through public participation.
  • In IISF 2015, students took a successful shot at the Guinness World record for the world’s largest science Lesson at Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Delhi.
  • The World record created in the IISF Chennai 2017 had students from Class 9 and Class 10. Students from 20 local schools participated in the event.

Source: PIB

INS Kiltan to be commissioned into Indian Navy

  • An indigenously-built anti-submarine warfare stealth corvette INS Kiltan will be commissioned into the Indian Navy by Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman at the Naval Dockyard Vishakhapatnam on October 16, 2017.
  • This is the third of the four Kamorta-class corvettes being built under Project 28. Designed by the Indian Navy's in-house organisation Directorate of Naval Design and built by Garden Reach Shipbuilders & Engineers (GRSE) in Kolkata, INS Kiltan portrays the growing capability of the Indian Navy.
  • It is India's first major warship to have a superstructure of carbon fibre composite material resulting in improved stealth features, lower top weight and maintenance costs.

Source: Times of India

Centre to set up 50 bedded hospitals in all districts in next 10 years

  • On the occasion of the 2nd National Ayurveda Day, which will be celebrated on 17 October 2017, the Union Government stated to set up 50 bedded hospitals in the all the districts of the country in the next ten years under National AYUSH Mission.
  • A total of sixty six 50 bedded integrated AYUSH hospitals and 992 yoga wellness centres have been assisted. So far over one thousand one hundred and seventeen crore rupees have been released to the States under the mission.

About National AYUSH Mission

The Union Government has approved and notified National AYUSH Mission (NAM) as a Centrally Sponsored Scheme on 29 April 2014. It was launched with the objectives of providing cost effective AYUSH Services with a universal access

Source: Asian News

Woman named to head sports federation in Saudi first

  • A princess has been named to head a Saudi multi-sports federation, in a first for women in the conservative Muslim kingdom where men dominate all sports.
  • Princess Rima bint Bandar bin Sultan has become "the first woman to lead a federation" covering sporting activities for men and women.
  • In August 2016, the princess scored another first for women in Saudi Arabia when she was named by the cabinet to a senior post in the kingdom's equivalent of a sports ministry.

Source: India Today

One of world's most remote islands gets commercial flights

  • One of the world's most remote places became a little less isolated on 14 October 2017, when the first commercial flight arrived in St. Helena, a South Atlantic island.
  • The SA Airlink plane left Johannesburg on a six-hour journey to the British-ruled territory, which hopes to draw more tourists to the deposed French emperor's final abode, Longwood House, as well as rugged landscapes, marine life and the novelty of visiting a spot far off the beaten track.
  • 'It will boost its tourism industry, creating the opportunity to increase its revenues, and will bring other benefits such as quicker access to healthcare for those living on the island.

About St. Helena Island

St. Helena is a volcanic tropical island in the South Atlantic Ocean, 4,000 kilometres (2,500 mi) east of Rio de Janeiro and 1,950 kilometres (1,210 mi) west of the Cunene River, which marks the border between Namibia and Angola in southwestern Africa. It is part of the British Overseas Territory of Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da Cunha. It is one of the most remote islands in the world, and was uninhabited when discovered by the Portuguese in 1502.

Source: Daily mail

Bangladesh Chief Justice forced to go on leave amid row with govt.

  • Surendra Kumar Sinha, Bangladeshs first Hindu Chief Justice, is believed to have been forced to go on a leave amid reports that the government was upset with him over his decision to scrap parliament’s authority in impeaching Supreme Court judges.
  • Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina accused him of defaming parliament and president and "humiliating" Bangladesh by referring to Pakistan's instance premiers removal saying "he (chief justice) should have quit (and) the most humiliating thing is the comparison with Pakistan which is intolerable.

Source: India Today

Singer T M Krishna wins Indira Gandhi National Integration

  • The 30th Indira Gandhi Award for National Integration for the year 2015 and 2016 has been awarded to Carnatic vocalist T M Krishna, for his services in promoting and preserving national integration in the country.
  • Krishna is not only one of the pre-eminent vocalists in the rigorous Carnatic tradition of Indian classical music, but also an activist who has worked on creating egalitarian spaces for music and breaking down caste-barriers in the form.
  • Others winners include the Kasturba Gandhi National Memorial Trust (Indore, Madhya Pradesh), musician A R Rehman and Ramakrishna Mission Ashram, Narainpur, Chhattisgarh (jointly), poet Gulzar, scientist Dr M S Swaminathan and activist P V Rajagopal.

About Indira Gandhi Award for National Integration

The Indira Gandhi Award for National Integration was instituted in 1985 by the Congress Party in its centenary year. The award is conferred on Martyrdom Day i.e. October 31 for promoting national integration, understanding and fellowship among different communities and cultures of India. The Award carries an amount of Rs. 5 lakh in cash and a citation. The Award is given for services deserving of recognition in the year to which the Award relates and two years immediately preceding it.

Source: India Today

Steel Ministry proposes scrap-based steel plants

  • The Union Government announced the proposal to set up scrap-based steel plants in the northern and western part of the country.
  • The government expects that in the coming years, 44 percent of the total scrap available in India would be generated at different locations in Jammu and Kashmir, Punjab, Haryana and Delhi would be used to produce steel.
  • The initiative of the government to recycle waste products for productive purposes would result in saving of 65 percent of iron ore.
  • Adopting a 360 percent holistic approach wherein the recycling industry can assist to achieve the production target by providing raw material for the steel sector.

Source: India Today

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