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Evening News Digest: 17 November 2017

Indo-Bangladesh Exercise Sampriti 2017 Concludes

  • Joint Indo-Bangladesh Training Exercise "Sampriti 2017", which was being conducted at Counter Insurgency and Jungle Warfare School, Vairengte in Mizoram, culminated on 16 November 2017 with a validation exercise.
  • It was the seventh such exercise in the Sampriti series. The 13-day-long field training exercise commenced on November 6. The 13-day-long field training exercise commenced on November 6.
  • Aim: The exercise was aimed at strengthening and broadening the aspects of interoperability and cooperation between the Indian and Bangladesh armies.

Source: Business Standard

National Press Day: 16 November

  • National Press Day is being observed on 16 November 2017. The day is observed as a symbol of a free and responsible press in the country.             
  • India celebrated the National Press Day on November 16 as the Press Council of India started functioning as a responsible body overlooking the works of the press as a whole body on this day.
  • On this occasion PM Modi stated that the role of the media in giving voice to the voiceless is commendable. Further he assured that the freedom of speech for the press will be protected by his government.

Source: The Hindu

Carpet area of houses eligible for interest subsidy under PM Awas Yojana increased

  • The Centre approved the enhancement of the carpet area of houses for the middle-income group (MIG) category under the Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana-Urban (PMAY-U).
  • Aim: Under the PMAY-U, the Centre aims to provide houses to all the urban poor by 2022.
  • Under the MIG-I category, the carpet area of the houses has been enhanced from 90 sq.mtr to 120 sq.mtr, while under the MIG-II segment, it has been increased to 150 sq.mtr from the current 110 sq.mtr

Source: The Indian Express

Signing of India-Poland MoU on Civil Aviation Cooperation approved

  • MoU on Civil Aviation Cooperation : The Union Cabinet chaired has given its approval for signing the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between India and Poland for the Promotion of Civil Aviation Cooperation.
  • Objective: The objective of the MoU is to recognize the mutual benefit of Cooperation in the field of Civil Aviation having particular significance in establishing and improving Regional Air Connectivity in India.
  • The partnership will also facilitate exchange of information and expertise between the civil aviation authorities of the two countries, collaboration on conducting training programmes, research and studies.

Source: PIB

Cabinet allows export of all varieties of pulses

  • The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs has given its approval for removal of prohibition on export of all types of pulses.
  • Aim: This is done to ensure that farmers have greater choice in marketing their produce and in getting better remuneration for their produce. Export of pulses would provide an alternative market for the surplus production of pulses. Allowing export of pulses will also help the country and its exporters to regain their markets.
  • The Government has procured 20 lakh tons of pulses by ensuring minimum support price or market rates, whichever is higher, directly from the farmers and this has been the highest ever procurement of pulses.

Source: PIB

INS Sarvekshak reaches Dar-Es-Salaam for conducting Hydrographic Survey

  • In an initiative to bolster bilateral relations with friendly foreign countries and navies in the Indian ocean region, INS Sarvekshak, a hydrographic survey ship of Southern Naval Command, arrived Dar-es-Salaam Tanzania on 15 November 17 for undertaking joint  Hydrographic Survey along with the Tanzanian Navy.
  • The joint survey will be conducted with the Naval personnel of Tanzania who have been trained in India in National Institute of Hydrography, Goa.
  • The ship will be undertaking pioneer survey of Pemba Island which would include detailed surveys of Port of Wesha and Kiuyo and Pemba Channel in Tanzania and on completion will be proceeding to Port Louis in Mauritius in December for survey of Grand Port.

Source: PIB

Indian Navy signed contract with Tata Power for supply of Portable Diver Detection Sonar

  • Tata Power Strategic Engineering Division will supply the Indian Navy with Portable Diver Detection Sonar or the PDDS, which will enhance its underwater surveillance capability.
  • The move is seen as a boost for the government's 'Make in India' initiative. The Indian Navy entered the contract with Tata Power SED under the 'Buy and Make' category.
  • For this programme, Tata Power SED is committed along with our partner DSIT Solutions to deliver a world-class solution to Indian Navy.

Source: NDTV

1st WHO Global Ministerial Conference on Ending TB in Sustainable Development Era

  • Shri J P Nadda, Union Minister of Health and Family Welfare, reaffirmed India’s commitment to eliminating TB by 2025 at 1st WHO Global Ministerial Conference on Ending TB in Sustainable Development Era’ at Moscow, Russia.
  • The National Strategic Plan for TB elimination in India has essentially four pillars to address the major challenges for TB control, namely- “Detect, Treat, Build and Prevent”. The Union Health Minister pointed out that since the major challenges for TB control in India are many; the government’s first priority is reaching the unreached. “The government will ensure access to care for some vulnerable populations such as tribals, people in urban slums etc.
  • The top thematic priorities of this conference based on the SDGs and the UNGA high level health themes include Universal Health Coverage, Increased and Sustainable Financing and Scientific Research and Innovation.

Source: PIB

National Awards for Excellence in Journalism conferred

  • The Vice President of India, M.Venkaiah Naidu, attended the function organized by the Press Council of India on the occasion of National Press Day. The occasion marked the Valedictory of Golden Jubilee Celebrations of Press Council of India.
  • Eminent Journalists Sam Rajappa and Shri Sarat Mishra were jointly awarded ‘Raja Ram Mohan Roy Award’ for their outstanding contributions towards journalism. Ms. Shalini Nair, The Indian Express, received the “Rural Journalism & Developmental Reporting award, K. Sujith of Mangalam Daily and Ms Chitrangada Choudhury, Freelancer from Odisha, bagged awards for ‘Investigative Journalism’.

Source: Business Standard

Nepal, China signed agreement to construct 750-MW West Seti Hydro power Project. 

  • Nepal Electricity Authority (NEA), the state-owned power utility, signed the final agreement with China Three Gorges International (CTGI) Corporation, a subsidiary of China Three Gorges Corporation, to set up a joint venture to develop 750-megawatt West Seti Hydropower Project.
  • The agreement was signed at Kathmandu by NEA Executive Director Kulman Ghising and representatives of China Three Gorges Corporation (CTGC). This project is very important for us as it is a reservoir project and would generate quite a big quantum of electricity even during the dry season.
  • The West Seti project is expected to generate 65 percent of the total electricity during wet (rainy) season and the remaining during dry (winter) season.

Source: DD News

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