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6th December: Dr BR Ambedkar’s 64th Mahaparinirvan Diwas
President Ram Nath Kovind led the nation in paying tributes to Bharat Ratna Dr. BR Ambedkar on his 64thMahaparinirvan Diwas on 6th December 2019.
AIR’s Jammu Regional News Unit celebrating its 49th Foundation Day
Regional News Unit (RNU) of All India Radio Jammu is celebrating its 49th Foundation Day today. The news unit was set up in 1971 to counter the malicious propaganda dished out by Pakistan Radio to make people aware of the ground realities about the 1971 Indo-Pak war.
18th India-Myanmar Foreign Office Consultations held in New Delhi
The 18th round of Foreign Office Consultations between India and Myanmar was held in New Delhi. The Indian delegation was led by Foreign Secretary Vijay Gokhale and the Myanmar delegation was led by Permanent Secretary, U Soe Han.
The Foreign Secretary reiterated the priority India attaches to its partnership with Myanmar, a neighbor and an ASEAN partner which is at the intersection of its Neighborhood First and Act East policies. The Myanmar Permanent Secretary equally reaffirmed the high priority his Government attaches to relations with India, which are based on historic and civilizational contact.
Aberdeen in Andaman and Nicobar Islands adjudged best police station in Country
Aberdeen Police station in the Andaman and Nicobar Islands ranks first in the list of the best-performing police stations in the country while dealing with a property offense, a crime against women and weaker sections.
The annual ranking of Police Stations is eagerly awaited by the country and especially the police forces. The ranking of the top ten Police Stations out of over 15 thousand 500 Police Stations in the country was done through data analysis, direct observation, and public feedback.
Balasinor police station in Gujarat secured the second rank while and Ajk Burhanpur in Madhya Pradesh got the 3rd position.
Diabetic population in-country is close to hitting the alarming mark of 69.9 million by 2025: MoS AYUSH
According to Minister of State for Ayurveda, Yoga and Naturopathy Shripad Naik, the diabetic population in the country is close to hitting the alarming mark of 69.9 million by 2025, which is expected to witness an increase of 266 percent.
The Minister said that the Centre of Research in Ayurveda Sciences has been engaged in extending research-oriented Ayurveda based or integrative health care services for the management of Madhumeha, which is Diabetes Mellitus.
Govt launched National Clean Air Programme
Minister of Environment, Forest and Climate Change, Prakash Javadekar said that the Central Government launched National Clean Air Programme (NCAP) as a long-term, time-bound, national-level strategy to tackle the air pollution problem across the country in a comprehensive manner.
The government is targeting to achieve a 20% to 30% reduction in Particulate Matter PM10 and PM2.5 concentrations by 2024 keeping 2017 as the base year for the comparison of concentration. Under NCAP, 102 non-attainment cities have been identified based on ambient air quality data for the period 2011 – 2015 and WHO report 2014 – 2018.
4th India Water Impact Summit, 2019 held in New Delhi
Jalshakti Minister Gajendra Singh Shekhawat addressed the 4th India Water Impact Summit, 2019 in New Delhi today. The government has said that river Ganga has become one of the 10 cleanest rivers in the world among the major rivers category.
Mr. Sekhawat has expressed concern over the problem of safe drinking water and said, India has only 4% of the world’s potable water while 18% of the world’s human and equivalent livestock population.
Govt approved setting up of 7 FM transmitters to strengthen coverage along Indo-Nepal border
Information and Broadcasting Minister Prakash Javadekar has said that the government has approved setting up of 7 FM transmitters at premises of Sashastra Seema Bal (SSB) to strengthen FM coverage along Indo-Nepal border.
These FM transmitters are for Bathnaha (Araria), Narkatiaganj (West Champaran) and Sitamarhi in Bihar, Gadaniya (Lakhimpur Kheri), Nanpara (Bahraich) and Maharajganj in Uttar Pradesh and Champawat in Uttarakhand.
Girish Chandra Chaturvedi was appointed as the new Chairman of National Stock Exchange
Leading stock exchange National Stock Exchange on Friday said it has appointed Public Interest Director Girish Chandra Chaturvedi as its new chairman.
The appointment comes following the approval of the markets regulator Securities and Exchange Board of India (SEBI). The position was vacant since Ashok Chawla resigned as the chairman of the National Stock Exchange(NSE) in January.
Assam forms a squad to tackle human-wildlife conflicts in the state
Aiming to control the human-elephant conflicts, the Assam government on Thursday launched Anti-Depredation Squads of the state forest department which would be stationed at 15 major human-wildlife conflict districts in order to mitigate the problem and to ensure the safety of both humans and wildlife. Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal launched 15 Anti-Depredation Squads during a program held in state capital Guwahati.
India ranks 5th in Global Climate Risk Index
In the Climate Risk Index 2020, India’s rank has worsened from the 14th spot in 2017 to 5th in 2018 on the global vulnerability ladder.
The Global Climate Risk Index (CRI) 2020 released by Germanwatch, an environmental think tank made the observation.
In this regard, Japan, Philippines, Germany, and Madagascar were most affected by extreme climate events, in that order. Sri Lanka came sixth, after India, followed by Kenya, Rwanda, Canada, and Fiji.
Japan (Rank 1) was hit by three exceptionally strong extreme weather events in 2018. From 6th to 8th of July, heavy rainfalls with more than 200 mm/day were measured, which is about twice as much rainfall as is usually experienced on the wettest day in Japan. The torrential rainfalls resulted in flash floods and mudslides, killing more than 200 people and leading to over 5 000 houses being damaged and the evacuation of 2.3 million people.13 Overall, the rainfalls caused damage of over US$ 7 billion.
Typhoon Mangkhut ploughed through the northern part of the Philippines in September 2018 as a category 5 typhoon – the most powerful typhoon recorded worldwide in 2018.
Germany experienced the hottest year since records began due to a severe heatwave. The period between April and July 2018 was the hottest ever recorded in Germany, with temperatures 2.9°C above average.
In January 2018, Madagascar was hit by Cyclone Ava, which made landfall on the eastern part of the island, where towns were flooded and buildings collapsed. Ava reached top speeds of 190 kilometers per hour and killed 51 people.
The yearly monsoon season, lasting from June to September, severely affected India in 2018. The state of Kerala was especially impacted – 324 people died because of drowning or being buried in the landslides set off by the flooding, the worst in one hundred years. Over 220 000 people had to leave their homes, 20 000 houses and 80 dams were destroyed. The damage amounted to EUR 2.4 billion (US$ 2.8 billion).
Furthermore, India’s east coast was hit by the cyclones Titli and Gaja in October and November 2018. With wind speeds of up to 150 kilometers per hour, cyclone Titli killed at least eight people and left around 450 000 without electricity.
ISRO has set up 5 Space Technology Cells (STCs) at premier institutions
ISRO has set up 5 Space Technology Cells (STCs) at premier institutions like Indian Institute of Technologies (IITs) – Bombay, Kanpur, Kharagpur & Madras; Indian Institute of Science (IISc), Bengaluru and Joint Research Programme with Savitribai Phule Pune University (SPPU, Pune) to carry out research activities in the areas of space technology and applications.
Shri Kiren Rijiju announces Ripu Daman Bevli as Plogging Ambassador of India
Fit India Plogging Run, which was launched on October 2, 2019, concluded today in Delhi’s Jawahar Lal Nehru Stadium, having covered 50 cities across the country.
During the event, Minister of State(I/C) for Youth Affairs & Sports, Shri Kiren Rijiju felicitated Ripu Daman Bevli, popularly known as the Plogman of India and named him the Plogging Ambassador of India.
The minister also launched the nation-wide Plogging Ambassador Mission under which, Indians who have been running and cleaning their cities, towns or districts, will be nominated as Plogging Ambassadors of their region.
CSIR signs MoU with BHEL to push ‘Make in India’ initiative
CSIR and BHEL have signed an MoU to cooperate, collaborate and pursue industrial application-oriented research programs and its commercialization on a large scale. Thus, indigenously developed technologies by CSIR shall be commercialized & implemented jointly by BHEL & CSIR in the country, to make the Government of India initiative “Make in India” successful.
The MoU was signed by Dr. Shekhar C. Mande, Secretary, Department for Scientific & Industrial Research and Director General, CSIR and Dr. Nalin Shinghal, Chairman & Managing Director, BHEL.
National Florence Nightingale Award 2019 For Kerala Nurse Lini Puthussery Who Treating Nipah Patient
The president was speaking at an event to present the National Florence Nightingale Awards 2019 to 36 nurses for their meritorious services in the healthcare sector.
Kerala’s Lini Puthussery, who died due to Nipah virus infection in May last year, was awarded posthumously for her “unsurpassed dedication in taking care of patients during the Nipah virus outbreak in the state”.
President Kovind presented the National Florence Nightingale Awards to the nursing community yesterday on International Nurses Day.
President Ram Nath Kovind addressed the National Conference on Empowerment of Women for Social Transformation at Mount Abu
Mr. Kovind was addressing after the inaugurating the National Conference on Empowerment of Women for Social Transformation at the Brahmakumari’s Headquarter at Mount Abu in Rajasthan.
President Ram Nath Kovind has said that there should be no provision for mercy petition for the persons convicted under the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act.