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National Mission for Clean Ganga organizes Ganga Vriksharopan Abhiyan

The National Mission for Clean Ganga (NMCG) has organised the ‘Ganga Vriksharopan Abhiyan’ in five main Ganga basin states – Uttarakhand, Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Jharkhand and West Bengal.

It was aimed to bring awareness among people and other stakeholders regarding the importance of afforestation for the task of Ganga Rejuvenation.

The afforestation drive was organised during July 9 to July 15, 2018 as ‘Shubharambh Saptah’. The campaign was initiated as part of the Forest Interventions in Ganga (FIG) component of Namami Gange Programme.

India to build 2,000 kms of international roads by 2022

The government is planning to build 1,911 kilometres of international connectivity roads over the five year period ending 2022 under its flagship Bharatmala scheme.

It is also planning to 3,319 kms of border roads. It was announced by Minister of State for Road Transport and Highways Mansukh Mandaviya.

It is planned to build with an outlay of Rs 25,000 crore over a period of five years i.e. from 2017-18 to 2021-22 in phased manner.

AP CM launches e-Pragati portal

The Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N. Chandrababu Naidu has launched a e-Pragati project, a digital platform for governance in the state.

The e-Pragati project, launched at Undavalli in Guntur district, is to achieve digitalisation in the state and bring transparency in governance and it will work through cloud management.

The reforms taken up in education, agricultural marketing, panchayat raj are being made available on this platform.

India’s first greenfield skill training centre to come up in Odisha

Odisha is set to have the country’s first greenfield skill training institute at Barang. The National Skill Training Institute (NSTI) would provide a variety of hybrid skill training programmes, both long and short term, along with advanced diploma programme.

While the State Government has provided five acres of land free of cost for the purpose, the entire expenditure would be incurred by Ministry of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship (MSDE).

The Union Minister for Skill Development and Entrepreneurship Dharmendra Pradhan laid the foundation stone for NSTI-Bhubaneswar.

West Bengal to launch Ayushman Bharat under joint banner

The West Bengal government has signed an agreement to implement the Centre’s health insurance scheme under the joint banner “Ayushman Bharat – Swasthya Sathi”.

The West Bengal health department principal secretary Anil Verma signed a memorandum of understanding to implement Ayushman Bharat-National Health Protection Mission (AB-NHPM).

Under the agreement, the state government is expected to expand the number of beneficiaries under its existing health scheme to provide more than 11 million families with health cover of Rs 5 lakh each.


India, Japan hold 4th round of Maritime Affairs Dialogue

The 4th Round of the India-Japan Maritime Affairs Dialogue was held in New Delhi.

The Indian delegation was led by Dr. Pankaj Sharma, Joint Secretary (Disarmament and International Security Affairs), in the Ministry of External Affairs while the Japanese delegation was led by Ambassador Kansuke Nagaoka, Policy Planning and International Security Policy in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

The two sides exchanged views on various topics of mutual interest including the Indo-Pacific Region, maritime security, cooperation in Humanitarian Assistance and Disaster Relief (HADR), Search and Rescue (SAR) and discussed ways and means of further strengthening the bilateral cooperation in these areas.

4th BIMSTEC Summit To Be Held In Kathmandu

The B here on August 30 and 31. It was announced by Nepal’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Nepal is the current Chair of the BIMSTEC.

It is an important regional gathering in Kathmandu after the promulgation of the new Nepalese Constitution and formation of the new government in the Himalayan nation.

The Bay of Bengal Initiative for Multi-Sectoral Technical and Economic Cooperation (BIMSTEC) has as members seven nations of South Asia and Southeast Asia — Bangladesh, India, Myanmar, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Bhutan, and Nepal.

Myanmar joins International Solar Alliance

Myanmar has joined the India-initiated International Solar Alliance (ISA), becoming the 68th member of the grouping that is aiming at optimum utilisation of solar energy.

Myanmar Minister for International Cooperation Kyaw Tin handed over the ISA Framework Agreement to External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj during a bilateral meeting.

Myanmar became the 68th signatory to the Framework Agreement of the International Solar Alliance. The ISA was launched by Prime Minister Narendra Modi and then French President Francois Hollande at the Paris climate summit in 2015.

India is a key development aid partner for Myanmar that includes Kaladan Multimodal Transit Transport Project connecting Mizoram with Sittwe port in Myanmar, the Trilateral Highway Project connecting India with Myanmar and Thailand and the Rhi-Tiddim road.

Facebook plans to Launch Satellite ‘Athena’ In 2019

Facebook is working on launching Athena, its own Internet satellite, early in 2019.

The project is designed to “efficiently provide broadband access to unserved and underserved areas throughout the world,”. Elon Musk”s SpaceX and Softbank-backed OneWeb are two other prominent names who have similar ambitions.

8th BRICS Health Ministers’ Meeting Held At Durban

The Union Minister of Health and Family Welfare, J P Nadda addressed at the ‘8th BRICS Health Ministers’ Meeting, held at Durban, South Africa.

He stated that India will strongly support for Ending Tuberculosis (TB) and is committed to eradicate the disease by 2025.

He also highlighted an ambitious programme called ‘Ayushman Bharat’ i.e. Long Live India, which was launched by PM Narendra Modi and will provide coverage upto 5 lakh rupees per family per year for secondary and tertiary care hospitalization.

He also said that India has already initiated universal screening for prevention and management of five common NCDs including hypertension, diabetes and three common cancers of oral cavity, breast and cervix at pan India level.


Prof Anil D Sahasrabudhe Reappointed AICTE Chairman

The union government has renewed the appointment of Prof Anil D Sahasrabudhe as the chairman of the technical and professional education regulator All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE). The order was issued by the Personnel Ministry.

Prof. Sahasrabudhe, who was a Professor of Mechanical Engineering at Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Guwahati joined AICTE as Chairman on July 17, 2015.


Mansi settles for silver, Swati claims bronze at Junior Asian Wrestling in New Delhi

Indian wrestler Mansi Ahlawat has won the silver medal in the ongoing Junior Asian Wrestling Championship. The event was held in Junior Asian Wrestling Championship.

Ahlawat lost to Japan’s Akei Hanai 0-10 in the final of the 57 kg category.

Another Indian wrestler, Swati Shinde, bagged a bronze medal in 53 kg division by defeating Thailand’s Duangnapa Boonyasu.


Renowned Poet Gopal Das Neeraj Passes Away

The Famous Hindi poet Gopal Das Neeraj has passed away.

The poet had written songs for Bollywood films. He was awarded Padma Shri in 1991 and Padma Bhushan in 2007.