1. NHAI launches new website and PMIS Mobile App
The Chairman of National Highways Authority of India Shri Deepak Kumar launched a world class, new multilingual website of the organization today. He said that within two months it will be possible for the general public to rate National Highways through this website. He also launched a Project Monitoring Information System (PMIS) Moblie App that will facilitate close, in-house monitoring of NHAI projects on a mobile phone. Shri Deepak Kumar said that the NHAI also plans to soon launch a public interface of the PMIS desktop and App versions, so that the general public will be able to view the real-time status of any project across the Highway network.
2. Swachhta Pakhwada’ Observed Successfully by Ministry of Culture
Ministry of Culture and its 43 organisations observed Swachhta Pakhwada and Swachhta hi Seva Abhiyaan from 16th September to 2nd October, 2017. During this campaign close to 400 activities/events were organised by the Ministry and its organizations by dedicating more than 500 effort hours for cleanliness and awareness during Swachhata Pakhwada.
3. One million children saved, says a new study published in the Lancet
India has avoided about 1 million (10 lakh) deaths of children under age five since 2005, owing to the significant reductions in mortality from pneumonia, diarrhoea, neonatal infections and birth asphyxia/trauma, measles and tetanus, according to study published in the latest issue of The Lancet.The ‘India’s Million Death Study’, implemented by the Registrar General of India,is the first study to directly quantify changes in cause-specific child deaths in India, nationally and sub-nationally, from 2000-15 among randomly selected homes.
4. Ministry of Health adjudged best for ‘Swachhta Pakhwada’, receives award
The Ministry of Health and Family Welfare has been adjudged as the best department for its contribution during Swachhta Pakhwada, an inter-Ministry initiative of Swachh Bharat Mission of Ministry of Drinking Water and Sanitation. The Health Ministry observed the Swachhta Pakhwada from 1st February, 2017 to 15th February, 2017. The award was presented to the Ministry on 2nd October, 2017, the third anniversary of Swachh Bharat Mission. Shri C K Mishra, Secretary (HFW) received the award on behalf of the Ministry.
5. Global Entrepreneurship Summit 2017 to be Held in Hyderabad, November 28-30
A high-level delegation from the Government of India and the United States met today, at NITI Aayog to plan the 2017 Global Entrepreneurship Summit, which will be held November 28-30 at the Hyderabad International Convention Centre in Hyderabad, India. The Summit will be inaugurated by the Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi and Advisor to the President, Ivanka Trump, who leads the U.S. delegation.
The GES is the preeminent annual gathering of emerging entrepreneurs, investors, and business leaders from around the world. Through networking, mentoring, and workshops, the GES empowers entrepreneurs to pitch their ideas, build partnerships, secure funding, and create innovative goods and services that will transform societies. This year, the focus will be on women entrepreneurs and the tremendous potential women bring to entrepreneurship.
6. Yatinder Pal Singh Suri elected as PPMAI Chairman
The Process Plant and Machinery Association of India (PPMAI) has elected Yatinder Pal Singh Suri as its new Chairman. Suri is currently working as the Managing Director and India head of Finland-based stainless steel major Outokumpu. PPMAI is a service organisation having members from companies serving in industries such as oil and gas processing, refineries, fertilisers, chemicals, petrochemicals, synthetic fibre, and environmental controls. Some of the members include Larsen & Toubro, Godrej, Thermax, Praj Industries, Aker Solutions, Toyo Engineering, ThyssenKrupp Industrial Solutions (India). Ion Exchange and BGR Energy Systems.
7. 2017 Nobel Physics Prize awarded for gravitational wave detection
American scientists Rainer Weiss, Barry C Barish and Kip S Thorne from the LIGO/VIRGO collaboration, which first detected the gravitational waves, have been awarded the 2017 Nobel Prize in Physics. Predicted by Albert Einstein in 1916, the ripples in space-time created by colliding black holes were first detected in 2015. The three scientists will share the $1.1 million prize money.
8. New Rs 100 notes coming next year, printing to begin in April 18
The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) is expected to start printing redesigned Rs 100 currency notes around April next year. Printing for the new notes, one of the most common denominations in the country, will begin after presses finish printing the new Rs 200 bank note by the end of the financial year in March.
The existing Rs 100 currency notes will continue to be in the system and will be withdrawn gradually without any disruption. The size and dimensions of the new notes will not be altered, ensuring automatic-teller machines (ATMs) can be compatible from the beginning. Currently, Rs 100 is dispensed through ATMs across the country. Of the four cassettes, or boxes, in an ATM, only one is used for Rs 100 notes.
9. Karnataka launches mid-day meals scheme for pregnant women
Karnataka Chief Minister launched the Mathru Poorna scheme meant to meet the nutritional needs of pregnant and lactating mothers. The scheme provides free mid-day meals for 25 days in a month to pregnant and lactating women in rural areas. These meals will be served at the anganwadis in the villages.
The meal will include rice, sambar/dal, green vegetables, pulses, egg and 200 ml milk. If the women do not prefer egg, they will be offered two kinds of sprouts. The state government has set aside Rs 302 crore during the 2017-18 financial year for the implementation of the scheme.
10. UK swears in its first female President of Supreme Court
Brenda Hale has been sworn in as the first female President of the UK's Supreme Court. Hale, who had earlier served as Supreme Court's first female Justice in 2009, was also the first woman appointed to be a Law Lord in 2004. Hale had favoured in ruling that the Parliament must authorise the UK's departure from the EU.
11. Meenakshi Temple named cleanest iconic place in India
The Sri Meenakshi Sundareswarar Temple in Madurai has been named as the cleanest iconic place in the country under Swachhta Hi Seva programme.
Meenakshi temple won the title after being shortlisted along with ten other iconic places in India. The others top iconic places included Taj Mahal, Ajmer Sharif Dargah, the Golden Temple, Tirupathi temple and Sri Vaishno Devi temple.
Madurai District Collector K Veera Raghava Rao and Corporation Commissioner S. Aneesh Sekhar will be receiving the award on Monday from Union Minister for Drinking Water and Sanitation, Uma Bharati in New Delhi. There were various efforts made by the corporation and people to keep the temple clean and plastic free.
12. Herath becomes 1st left-arm spinner to take 400 Test wickets
Sri Lankan veteran spinner Rangana Herath became the first left-arm spinner to take 400 wickets in Test cricket after claiming the match-winning wicket of Pakistan's Mohammad Abbas in the first Test on Monday. Herath also became the first bowler to take 100 Test wickets against Pakistan, overtaking former India all-rounder Kapil Dev, who had taken 99 wickets against Pakistan.