October Important Days

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2 October: International Day of Non-Violence The International Day of Non-violence is being celebrated on 2 October throughout the world on the birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi. It was established by the UN General Assembly (UNGA) by passing the resolution in 2007 in an effort to spread the message of non-violence. 3 October: World Habitat Day World Habitat Day (WHD) is observed every year on the first Monday of October throughout Continue Reading

Current Affairs Summary: October News Bits:

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October NEWS: Important Topics: Hriday The Union Ministry of Urban Development has approved projects worth Rs.114 crore under HRIDAY scheme for improving infrastructure facilities around core heritage sites in five cities. These five cities are: Varnasi (Uttar Pradesh), Amritsar (Punjab), Dwaraka (Gujarat), Puri (Odisha) and Warangal (Telangana). Read About Hriday: Hriday RBI Payment Banks new regulations: RBI has notified entities been granted a payments bank (PB) licence will need to take specific Continue Reading

Inter-State Council

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Recently, news of Union Ministers Smriti Irani and D.V.Sadananda Gowda being dropped from Inter-State Council, came up.   The NDA Government, in July 2016, constituted inter-state council after a gap of 10 years. Lets look at various aspects of this Inter-State Council: What is Inter-State Council? Article 263 of the Constitution, contemplates to establishment of Inter-State Council to effect coordination between states and between Union & States.  The Council is a recommendatory Continue Reading

Homi Bhabha: Father of India’s Nuclear Programme

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October 30, is the birth anniversary of Dr. Homi Jehangir Bhabha, who pioneered the Indian nuclear research programme and aptly hailed as the “father of Indian nuclear program”. Bhabha was not only a scientist, but also a visionary and an institution builder. On his 107th birth anniversary, let us acknowledge his contribution in building this great nation: In September 1939, Bhabha was in India for a brief holiday when World War II started. Continue Reading

Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel: Our Sardar Patel

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The Union Ministry of Home Affairs has declared 31st October, 2016 as the Rashtriya Ekta Diwas with ‘Integration of India’ as the theme. The Government of India had decided to observe the birth anniversary of Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel as the ‘Rashtriya Ekta Diwas’ (National Unity Day) on 31st October every year. Quick fact: October 31 is also the death anniversary of former Prime Minister Indira Gandhi. Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel: Sardar Patel was born Continue Reading

National Day of Ayurveda: Launched-

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Ayurveda, India’s natural system of healing has spread worldwide as an innovative and comprehensive system of mind-body medicine. Recognizing the importance of Ayurveda, Ministry of AYUSH decided to celebrate the National Ayurveda Day every year on Dhanwantari Jayanti (Dhanteras). This year, it was celebrated on 28th October 2016. Why on Dhanteras? Well because, Dhanteras is originally Dhanvantari Jayanti. So Who is Dhanvantri? According to Hindu mythology(Bhagwat Purana), Dhanvantari is the form of Lord Vishnu, who arose Continue Reading

Draft National Water Framework Bill 2016

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Recently, The Union Government came up with Draft of National Water Framework Bill, 2016 aimed to develop and manage river basins in an integrated manner to provide equitable share of water. The draft also proposes to establish river basin authority for each inter-state basin to ensure optimum and sustainable development of rivers and valleys. The Bill is yet to get a nod from the union cabinet, after which it will be introduced Continue Reading

Sagarmala: Program for Port-led Development

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A recent report has highlighted that Government’s ambitious push to port-led development under the Sagarmala project will help in saving as much as INR 35,000 – 40, ooo Crore per annum in logistic costs by year 2025. The report pointed out significant potential for moving raw materials and finished products using coastal shipping and inland waterways which is 60-80% cheaper than road or rail transport. Here’s a look at various aspects of Continue Reading

Regional Connectivity Scheme: UDAN Explained

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Civil Aviation Minister Shri P Ashok Gajapathi Raju launched the Ministry’s much awaited Regional Connectivity Scheme “ UDAN” in New Delhi. UDAN or Ude Desh Ka Aam Naagrik – is an innovative scheme to develop the regional aviation market aiming to make flying a reality for the small town common man. The scheme will take-off by Jan 2017 and continue for 10 years. Objectives of UDAN: UDAN envisages providing connectivity to un-served Continue Reading

Avian Influenza- Bird flu

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Recently, there has been reports of avian influenza or bird flu in Delhi and surrounding states have also released cautionary statements. What is Avian Influenza? Avian influenza is known informally as avian flu or bird flu and refers to “influenza” caused by viruses adapted to birds. These flu viruses occur naturally among birds. Wild birds worldwide carry the viruses in their intestines, but usually do not get sick from them. But sometimes, they Continue Reading

Ashok Leyland launched first India-made electric bus

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Hinduja Group’s flagship company Ashok Leyland launched its first 100 per cent electric bus made in India –  “Circuit“. The vehicle is a step towards India’s vision of National Electric Mobility Plan 2020 which plans to enhance use of electric buses in public transport in order to reduce vehicular pollution, traffic congestion of the urban and rural roads and provide clean and affordable transport services. Ashok Leyland controls UK firm Optare, which Continue Reading