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Evening News Digest, 16 August 2017

Centre asks Google, Facebook, Whatsapp to remove Blue Whale links

  • The Union Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MeiTY) directed internet majors Google, Facebook, Whatsapp, Instagram, Microsoft and Yahoo to immediately remove the links of dangerous online game Blue Whale Challenge.
  • The decision was taken after incidents of children committing suicide was reported from India. Mumbai and West Midnapore district have reported deaths linked to this game.

What is Blue Whale game?

The Blue Whale challenge is reportedly a suicide game in which the player is given certain tasks to complete for a period of 50 days and the final task leads to suicide. The player is also asked to share photos after finishing the challenge.

                                                                                                                                Source: Hindustan Times

President’s Police Medals awarded on 990 personnel on 71st I-Day

  • As many 990 police personnel have been awarded with Police Medals on the occasion of the 71st Independence Day.
  • President’s Police Medal for Gallantry has been awarded to one personnel, Police Medal for Gallantry to 190, President’s Police Medal for Distinguished Service to 93 personnel and Police Medal for Meritorious Service to 706 personnel
  • The Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) bagged highest number of gallantry medals, followed by Andhra Pradesh and Jammu & Kashmir police.
  • The President’s Police Medal for Gallantry – highest police medal – was posthumously awarded to Late Shankar Rao, Chhattisgarh’s elite Special Task Force (STF) Platoon Commander. He was awarded for fighting Maoists in Sukma district in 2015.

Background

The President's Police Medal is a decoration awarded to members of law enforcement in India. Established on March 1 1951, the medal was originally called the President's Police and Fire Service Medal.

The medal is awarded for either gallantry or distinguished service, with the gallantry version of the medal being accorded a higher precedence. The medal is awarded annually on Republic Day and Independence Day.

                                                                                                                                Source: PIB

India’s first Partition Museum opens after 70 years of bloodstained tragedy

  • The first Partition Museum was opened after 70 years of partition in Amritsar. It tells the stories of those who survived the chaos and bloodshed 7 decades ago.
  • The museum is a nonprofit trust that has raised money from individuals and companies including. The Punjab government donated the space. The CEO of Museum is Mallika Ahluwalia.

Partition of India

The Partition of India was the division of British India in 1947 into two independent dominions, India and Pakistan. The partition involved the division of two provinces, Bengal and the Punjab, based on district-wise Hindu or Muslim majorities.

The boundary demarcating India and Pakistan is known as the Radcliffe Line. The partition was set forth in the Indian Independence Act 1947 and resulted in the dissolution of the British Raj.

                                                                                                                                Source: Indian Express

President gives away National Safety Awards (Mines) - 2013 & 2014

  • President Ram Nath Kovind gave away the National Safety Awards (Mines) for the years 2013 and 2014. The award recognizes and encourages any notable and exemplary performance for prevention of accidents in mines.
  • The Union Ministry of Labour launched the National Safety Awards (Mines) in the year 1982-83 and was given away for the first time in the year 1984.
  • For the purpose of the contest for National Safety Awards (Mines) all mines have been divided into 7 different groups depending upon the type of mineral and nature of workings.

                                                                                                                                Source: PIB

Nepal, China sign three pacts to boost their ties

  • Nepal and China signed three pacts to further boost their ties in power and energy sectors and undertake a feasibility study to excavate natural gas and petroleum in the Himalayan country, including in the southern Terai plains.
  • The agreements cover three different domains - economic and technological cooperation, China-aid oil and gas resources survey project and framework agreement on promotion of investment and economic cooperation.
  • The two countries also agreed to establish hydropower projects and transmission lines and take steps for economic and technological development in Nepal, which suffers from acute shortage of electricity.

                                                                                                                                Source: Economic Times

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