• Current Affairs , 4th JANUARY 2020

     

     

     

    NATIONAL NEWS

     

     

    1. Amit Shah rules out going back on Citizenship Amendment Act

     

    • Union Home Minister Amit Shah has reiterated that the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) does not take away the citizenship of any person, it is a law to provide citizenship. He said that Opposition parties including Congress are spreading confusion about this law and misleading the people, but the government is not going to revert back even an inch on this issue.
    • Addressing a Public Awareness Programme on the Citizenship Amendment Act in Jodhpur today, Mr Shah accused the Congress of pursuing vote-bank politics. He said that minorities from neighbouring countries have come to this country in adverse conditions and their human rights will be protected. Mr Shah said that those who are opposing the CAA are opposing Mahatma Gandhi, Pandit Nehru and Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel because they had the same sentiment regarding displaced people from neighbouring countries.
    • The Home Minister said that large numbers of Dalit people are coming in India from neighbouring countries after getting harassed. He said that the tribals and Dalits of the country are noticing silently the protest of Opposition parties against this act. Mr Shah also challenged Congress leader Rahul Gandhi to discuss on this issue. Referring to the Congress Seva Dal’s book on Veer Savarkar, he said, Congress party is making low-level remarks against such legends due to vote-bank politics.
    • The Home Minister also asked the Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot to worry about the deaths of children in Kota. He said, Mr Gehlot is adopting a double-standard approach on the matter, as he has promised citizenship to the refugees in the election manifesto.
    • On this occasion, Mr Shah also launched a toll-free number and appealed people to give support by making a missed call. He said that BJP will start a massive Public Awareness Campaign on CAA across the country from 5th of January and will contact three crore people on this issue.

     

    1. BSF will apprehend if anyone tries to trespass IB without proper documents: BSF IG in Meghalaya

     

    • In Meghalaya, the Border Security Force (BSF) today informed that there are reports of Bangladesh nationals crossing back to Bangladesh and are being apprehended by the Bangladesh Border Guards (BGB). But, the sources maintained that none of the incidents took place from the Meghalaya stretch of the international border with Bangladesh.
    • Briefing the press at the Frontier Headquarters in Shillong, Inspector General of BSF Meghalaya Frontier Kuldeep Saini said, the BSF personnel are manning the borders and meetings are being held on a regular basis with headmen for any movements of foreign nationals. The BSF will apprehend if anyone tries to trespass the international border without proper documents, he informed
    • Border Guard Bangladesh (BGB) Director General Maj. Gen. Md Shafeenul Islam had recently informed that around 1,000 people were arrested in 2019 for illegal border crossings from India to Bangladesh and that 445 Bangladeshi nationals returned from India in the last two months.

     

    1. BJP accuses Congress of doing politics of duplicity over CAA

     

    • BJP has accused Congress of doing politics of duplicity over the Citizenship Amendment Act. Talking to reporters in New Delhi today, Spokesman G V L Narasimha Rao cited Congress’  2018 Rajasthan Assembly Election Manifesto that promised all-round development to refugees from Pakistan, including those linked to their citizenship and rehabilitation.
    • He alleged that it shows Oppostion party’s double standard as it says something when in power and if it does not suit it, then the party puts up a different face.

     

    1. PM calls upon scientists to develop cheap, effective technology for recycling of water

     

     

    • Prime Minister Narendra Modi has called upon scientists to work for the welfare of the society and find solutions to various challenges faced by the country.  He was speaking after inaugurating 107th Indian Science Congress in Bengaluru today.  Mr Modi expressed happiness over India climbing to third position globally in the number of peer-reviewed science and engineering publications which is growing at a rate of about 10 per cent as compared to the global average of four per cent.
    • He also informed about India’s ranking at Innovation Index reaching the 52nd position. He highlighted that Government programmes have created more incubators in the last five years than in previous 50 years. Saying that the government was able to release funds to six crore beneficiaries under PM-KISAN programme, Mr Modi noted that this was possible only due the Aadhaar-enabled technology.
    • Similarly, it was technology which helped in building toilets and providing electricity to the poor. He said that owing to the technology of Geo-Tagging and Data Science, many of the projects in rural and urban areas could be timely completed.
    • AIR Correspondent reports, the highlight of the day two of event will be Children Science Congress with National Research Professor C N R Rao and Nobel Laureate Ada Yonath from Israel interacting with children.
    • Around 250 selected children along with their mentors from different States will be showcasing their science projects on this occasion. Various school children are invited to visit the Children Science Congress to view the live science demonstrations and science projects.
    • There will be prizes given for the best innovations and ideas. The series of lectures by 150 eminent scientists from India and abroad will begin tomorrow and go on till Monday. The Pride of India Expo will be open to public tomorrow onwards. ISRO, DRDO and other CSIR labs apart from start-ups are taking part in the expo.

     

     

    1. General Bipin Rawat proposes creation of Air Defence Command by June 30

    • Chief of the Defence Staff, CDS General Bipin Rawat has directed various branch heads to come up with recommendations for inter-service synergy and jointness in a time bound manner. After assuming charge as CDS, General Rawat held a meeting with important functionaries of Headquarters Integrated Defence Staff on Wednesday.
    • He also directed that a proposal to create Air Defence Command be prepared by 30th of June this year. He also set out priorities for execution of synergy by 30th June and 31st December this year. Some of the areas identified for jointness and synergy include creation of common logistics support pools in stations where two or more services have their presence.
    • Emphasizing collegiate system of functioning, General Rawat directed that all three services and Coast Guard must be consulted and their views obtained in a time bound manner. However, decisions will be taken to ensure optimization of resources. Efforts will be made to cut out infructuous ceremonial activities, which are manpower intensive.
    • The Chief of the Defence Staff stressed that all must work towards accomplishing desired results and coming up with healthy views and ideas.

     

    1. HRD Minister to inaugurate 28th edition of World Book Fair

    • Union Minister for Human Resources Development Ramesh Pokhriyal will inaugurate the 28th edition of annual New Delhi World Book Fair tomorrow at Pragati Maidan in New Delhi. The book fair organized by National Book Trust will be held from tomorrow till 12th of this month in the national capital.
    • As part of Mahatma Gandhiji’s 150th Birth Anniversary celebrations, the theme of this fair is Gandhi:The Writers’ Writer. The theme underscores the influence of Gandhi on Indian literature and some major authors of India and abroad and also brings into focus the aspects of Gandhi as a writer, editor, journalist, publisher, printer, a mass communicator par excellence.
    • The fair will be open to the public daily from 11 A.M. to 8 P.M. Other features of the fair will include — Theme Pavilion, Authors’ Corner, Seminars, Braille Books, Children’s Pavilion and Foreign Countries’ Pavilion.

     

    1. Mata Vaishno Devi Shrine Board to showcase live Aarti from Mata Vaishnodevi Bhawan

     

    • In Jammu and Kashmir, Shri Mata Vaishno Devi Shrine Board (SMVDSB), Katra is going to achieve yet another distinction of showcasing live Aarti from Shri Mata Vaishnodevi Bhawan at Spiritual Growth Centre for its visitors who cannot make it to the Mata’s Bhawan during their visit to shrine.
    • Talking to AIR News, Jammu, Chief Executive Officer Shrine Board Romesh Kumar said that the efforts of Shrine Board have been to provide maximum facilities to the visiting pilgrims to the Holy Cave Shrine besides facilitating live telecast or broadcast for quenching the spiritual thirst of lakhs of devotes, who cannot make it to the Mata’s Bhawan.
    • It is pertinent to note that the cave shrine of Mata Vaishno Devi recorded 7.95 million devotees visiting the cave shrine in 2019. From 1.3 million in 1986, when the board took over the affairs of the shrine for better management, there has been a steady increase in footfalls every year, touching the all-time high of 10.4 million in 2012.

     

    1. Smriti Irani launches ‘Meri Dilli, Mera Sujhav’ Campaign

     

    • Union Minister and Senior BJP leader Smriti Irani today launched a Meri Dilli, Mera Sujhav Campaign with a view to gather suggestions from the people of the national capital for formulation of party’s manifesto for the forthcoming Assembly polls in Delhi.
    • The campaign g will be run for next 14 days in all 70 Assembly Constituencies for this purpose. Mrs Irani also launched a website and mobile number  6357171717 on which people can record their suggestions.
    • Speaking after launching the campaign, Mrs Irani said, a total of 49 video vans will reach all the assembly seats to gather public opinion for incorporating their suggestion in the manifesto.

     

    1. PM pays tributes to Savitribai Phule on her birth anniversary

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    • Prime Minister Narendra Modi today paid tributes to social reformer Savitribai Phule on her birth anniversary.
    • In a tweet, Mr Modi said, Savitribai Phule dedicated her life for social unity, education and women empowerment. The Prime Minister said, her struggle for social consciousness will always inspire the countrymen.

     

    1. RBI launches app to help visually impaired persons to identify denomination of Indian Banknotes

    • The Reserve Bank has launched a mobile application for aiding visually impaired persons to identify the denomination of Indian Banknotes.
    • In a press release issued from Mumbai, RBI said the “Mobile Aided Note Identifier – MANI” is capable of identifying the denominations of Mahatma Gandhi Series and Mahatma Gandhi (New) series banknote by checking front or reverse side of the notes, including half folded notes under broad range of light conditions.
    • The apex bank has informed that the application is free and can be downloaded from the Android Play Store and iOS App Store, adding that the app does not require internet and works in offline mode.
    • RBI has clarified that the mobile application does not authenticate a note as being either genuine or counterfeit.

     

    1. PM dedicates 5 DRDO Young Scientists Laboratories to the Nation

     

     

    • Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi dedicated to the nation 5 Young Scientists Laboratories of Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO), in Bengaluru .
    • DRDO Young Scientist Laboratories (DYSLs) are located in five cities viz, Bengaluru, Mumbai, Chennai, Kolkata and Hyderabad. Each lab will work on a key advanced technology of importance to the development of futuristic defence systems viz, Artificial intelligence, Quantum technologies, Cognitive technologies, Asymmetric technologies and Smart materials.
    • The inspiration to start such laboratories came from the Prime Minister on the occasion of DRDO award function held on August 24, 2014. Shri Narendra Modi had then asked DRDO to empower the youth, by giving them decision making powers and challenging research opportunities.

     

    1. Ministry of Culture: Year End Review 2019

    • The Ministry of Culture is committed to preserve and promote the rich art and culture of India, both tangible and intangible. Ministry and his autonomous bodies have worked whole year for this. Commemoration of the 150th Birth Anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi, 29 days cultural extravaganza Sanskriti Kumbh at Kumbh Mela, 10th edition of Rashtriya Sanskriti Mahotsav, Commemoration event of 76th anniversary of the formation of Azad Hind Government, Restoration work of architectural genius Markandeshwar temple in Maharashtra and various other events of Ek Bharat, Shresth Bharat were some of the important highlights for the ministry this year.
    • Sanskriti Kumbh, a 29 days Cultural extravaganza organised at Kumbh Mela Area, Prayagraj from 10thJanuary, 2019
    • Sanskriti Kumbh, a 29 days cultural extravaganza was organised at Kumbh Mela Area, Prayagraj from 10thJanuary, 2019. The Ministry of Culture, Government of India organized Sanskriti Kumbh with intent to showcase the rich Cultural Heritage of India in all its rich and varied dimensions viz. Performing Arts- Folk, Tribal and Classical art forms, Handicrafts, Cuisines, Exhibitions etc. all in one place.
    • Under the banner of Sanskriti Kumbh, Rashtriya Shilp Mela was also organized in the premises of NCZCC where Shilp Haats were set up to display handicrafts and live demonstration of the skill by craftsmen. Special arrangements were made for the delegates of “Pravasi Bhartiya Diwas” for participating in the Kumbh Mela at Prayagraj, Uttar Pradesh.Around ten thousand participants attended the colourful convention.President Ram Nath Kovind inaugurated the three day
    • Gandhian Resurgence Summit at Parmarth Niketan camp at Prayagraj Kumbh. About 300 Gandhians from different parts of the country and organisations are participating in the Summit.
    • Auction of Mementos received by Prime Minister, organised in two chapters, one in January and another in September, 2019
    • The physical auction of Mementos received by the Prime Minister, organised by National Gallery of Modern Art, New Delhi, under the aegis of Ministry of Culture, culminated on 28th January 2019 and the e-auction had taken place from 29th to 31st January 2019 for remaining items which are not sold during the physical auction on the portal pmmementos.gov.in.
    • The proceeds from auction are donated for the noble cause of Namami Gange.
    • Second Chapter Exhibition of Prime Minister’s gifts was organised from 14thSeptember to 3rd October, 2019 by the Ministry of Culture at National Gallery of Modern Art in New Delhi. Mementos included 576 Shawls, 964 AngaVastram, 88 Pagris and various jackets portraying the diversified and colourful Culture of our Country. The Major Highlight of the Physical auction organized at NGMA was that a specially handcrafted wooden bike, received a successful bid of Rs. 5 lakhs. A similar bid was also received for a unique painting, which depicts Prime Minister Modi on a railway platform – a uniquely artistic interpretation of Narendra Modi’s special bond with the railways.
    • New campus of National Museum Institute inaugurated at Noida on 30thJanuary, 2019
    • The new Campus of the National Museum Institute was inaugurated at A-19, Sector 62, NOIDA (Institutional Area), on 30thJanuary, 2019.Four new courses i.e.  (i) Archaeology; (ii) Palaeography, Epigraphy and Numismatics; (iii) Structural Conservation and (iv) Cultural & Heritage Management, were proposed to be commence. In addition to these regular courses, short-term courses of five-month duration i.e. Art Appreciation and Bhartiya Kalanidhi (Hindi), which are very popular, were promised to be conducted by the Institute to disseminate the knowledge about the country’s tangible and intangible heritage.
    • Special Postage Stamp on Kumbh Mela was released on 2ndFebruary
    • Union Minister of State for Railways and Communication Mr Manoj Sinha released a special postage stamp of the Indian Postal Department on Kumbh Mela on 2ndFebruary, 2019. A special first day cover was also released on the occasion. Its cost is five rupees.
    • 20th Bharat Rang Mahotsav organised in New Delhi
    • The 20th edition of Bharat Rang Mahotsav (BRM), the international theatre festival of India, is organized by National School of Drama. The 20th BRM comes with 111 national and international acts in its basket that includes folk and other traditional theatre forms, invitee plays, and productions by the students of the National School of Drama.
    • President of India Presented Sangeet Natak Akademi Awards 2017
    • The President of India, Shri Ram Nath Kovind, presented the Sangeet NatakAkademi Awards for the year 2017 at a function held at Rashtrapati Bhavan on February 06, 2019.
    • Foundation Stone of Taj View Gardenon the Taj Corridor Area between the Agra Fort and TajMahal laid on 14thFebruary
    • Foundation Stone of Taj View Garden on the Taj Corridor Area between the Agra Fort and TajMahal in Agra was laid on 14thFeburary, 2019.
    • The Taj View Garden is being developed on the Mughal period’s Charbagh garden pattern by the Archaeological Survey of India, Ministry of Culture, Government of India. A permanent photo exhibition was also curated near the newly constructed Visitor’s Facility Centre at the Eastern Gate of TajMahal.
    • Virtual Experiential Museum established at Man – Mahal near Dashashwamedh Ghat at Varanasi
    • Virtual Experiential Museum has been established by the National Council of Science Museum (NCSM) working under the Ministry of Culture, Government of India. Indian National Trust for Art and Cultural Heritage (INTACH) helped in designing and curation of this Virtual Experiential Museum and also in preparing of script for various documentaries to be shown in this VEM.The Prime Minister, Sri Narendra Modi inaugurated the Virtual Experiential Museum (VEM) in a Centrally Protected Monument under Archeological Survey of India, Man – Mahal, situated on the bank of the Ganges near holy DashashwamedhGhat at Varanasi.
    • Azaadi Ke Diwane’ Museum at Red Fort Complex in New Delhi, created by ASI Pays Homage to Unsung Heroes of Freedom Struggle of the Nation
    • The ‘Azaadi ke Diwane’ museum was inaugurated at Red Fort, Delhi on 4thMarch, 2019. Created by Archaeological Survey of India (ASI), the museum within the Red Fort complex pays homage to all the unsung heroes of freedom struggle of the nation, who would have otherwise been merged away in forgetfulness.
    • National Council of Science Museums of Culture Ministry collaborates with Google Arts & Culture for largest interactive online exhibition on inventions and discoveries
    • The National Council of Science Museums (NCSM), an organization under the Ministry of Culture, Government of India has collaborated with Google Arts & Culture for ‘Once upon a Try’: Epic journeys of invention and discovery – the largest online exhibition about inventions and discoveries ever curated, as an attempt to explore humanity’s greatest inventions and discoveries in an interactive online exhibition. The online exhibition was launched on 7thMarch, 2019 and contains collections, stories and knowledge from over 110 renowned institutions from across 23 countries, highlighting millennia of major breakthroughs and the great minds behind them.
    • Release of Dictionary of Martyrs of India’s Freedom Struggle (1857-1947)
    • The Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi, released the Dictionary of Martyrs of India’s Freedom Struggle, on 7thMarch, 2019 at an event in Lok Kalyan Marg, New Delhi. This five-volume dictionary contains an account of the martyrs from India’s First War of Independence in 1857, to India’s Independence in 1947.The martyrs of the Jallianwala Bagh massacre, the non-cooperation movement, the Quit India Movement, and those soldiers of the Azad Hind Fauj, who attained martyrdom, among many others are included. The project for compilation of “Dictionary of Martyrs” of India’s Freedom Struggle was commissioned by the Ministry of Culture, to the Indian Council of Historical Research (ICHR) to commemorate the 150th anniversary of uprising of 1857.
    • New Pandit Deendayal Upadhyaya Institute of Archaeology at Greater Noida in UP inaugurated by the Prime Minister
    • The Pandit Deendayal Upadhyaya Institute of Archaeology at Greater Noida in Uttar Pradesh was inaugurated by The Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi on 9thMarch, 2019. A statue of Pandit Deendayal Upadhyaya at the campus and Deendayal Museum in the Institute campus was also inaugurated on the same day. The state-of-the-art institute, built at an estimated cost of Rs. 289 crore is spread over 25 acres. The Institute comprises of an auditorium with seating capacity of 1000 people, an open air theatre and an Archaeological Museum. The Institute of Archaeology (IA) is an academic wing of ASI under the Ministry of Culture.
    • Ministry of Culturefacilitates in setting up of FM Radio Transmitter on 103.7 MHZ frequency at Baltal for ‘Amarnath Yatra’ Pogramme
    • For the first time ever, on a request from Ministry of Culture (MoC), Ministry of I&B set up a FM Radio Transmitter on 103.7 MHZ frequency at Baltal, on the Amarnath route. A studio facility was set up at Baltal Base Camp, and “AmarnathYatra” program was generated from Baltal base camp. Pahalgam transmitter was also tuned to Baltal. All India Radio (AIR) transmitted regular services on crowd management, weather, health and other alerts; devotional music was provided by Ministry of Culture.Ministry of Culture curated and created high quality devotional content for the Yatra, which includes Mantras, Shlokas and Bhajans with contextual meaning on Shiva, Parvati and Ganesh. Leading music directors and singers were roped in for this purpose. Archival content was taken from National Cultural Audio-visual Archives, under the Indira Gandhi National Centre for the Arts.
    • India gets its 38th world UNESCO World heritage site As Pink City Jaipur
    • India’s nomination of the Jaipur City, Rajasthan got inscribed on 6thJuly, 2019 on the World Heritage List of UNESCO during the 43rd Session of the World Heritage Committee held at Baku, Azerbaijan.  The nomination of Jaipur City has successfully been done by complying with the various UNESCO guidelines of 2017. With Successful inscription of Jaipur City, India has 38 world heritage sites that include 30 Cultural properties, 7 Natural properties and 1 mixed site.
    • Restoration work of architectural genius, Markandeshwar temple in Maharashtra initiated by Archaeological Survey of India
    • The restoration work of Markandeshwar temple in Maharashtra by the Archaeological Survey of India has been initiated in the month of July, 2019. Known as the “Khajuraho of Vidarbha”, the temple of Markandadeo is situated on the bank of River Wainganga in district Gadchiroli of Maharashtra. A detailed documentation process was initiated to carry out the condition mapping of the temple in order to carry out the conservation process.
    • Historic Safdarjung Tomb in New Delhi illuminated with advanced LED Lights
    • Safdarjung Tomb is one of those historical monuments which attracts thousands of tourists every year and is the pride jewel in Delhi’s history.With the illumination the architectural beauty of the 17th century Mughal era monument displayed its historic reflection on Delhi after sunset. To highlight the architectural beauty including arches and minarets of the Safdarjung tomb,a total of 213 technologically advanced LED lights were  used which consumes less electricity – the consumption of which is approximately 62% less than conventional light fixtures.
    • Nepali and Santhali languages included in the Scheme for grant of Senior/Junior Fellowships of Culture Ministry
    • The Ministry of Culture administers a scheme component namely Award of Senior/Junior Fellowships to Outstanding Artistes in the Fields of Culture. The fellowships are awarded for undertaking research oriented projects.Centre for Cultural Resources and Training (CCRT), Dwarka is the Nodal institute for handling the Scheme of Sr. /Jr. Fellowship till selection process. “Literary Arts” is one of the Fields under this Scheme where candidates can apply for research in 22 languages as their Sub-Field. The remaining 2 languages from the 8th Schedule of the Indian Constitution i.e. Nepali and Santhali were included in the Sub-Field of Field “Literature” in the scheme component ‘Award of Senior/Junior Fellowships to Outstanding Artistes in the Fields of Culture’.
    • Delhi Public Library launchedMobile Library Busesprocured under C.S.R assistance from Airports Authority of India
    • Mobile Library Buses procured under C.S.R assistance from Airports Authority of India were launched under the “Ghar-Ghar Dastak Ghar Ghar Pustak” Scheme of the Delhi Public Library, which aims to provide books to the citizens of Delhi, especially, the residents of slums, resettlement colonies and rural areas.
    • Excavation carried out by Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) in Maharastra’s Phupgaon, indicated towards Iron Age Settlement
    • The recent excavation carried out by Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) at Maharashtra’s Phupgaon has revealed evidence of an Iron Age settlement in the Vidarbha region. The excavation at the site was taken up between December, 2018 and March, 2019.The team of ASI took up an intensive survey in the region between Chandur Bazar to Dariyapur of Purna basin at Phupgaon (N 21° 24’ 00.6” E 77° 54’ 11.6”), Amravati district of Maharashtra. The site is situated in the vast meander of the river Purna, a major tributary of Tapi, which used to be a perennial river, but at present is completely dried-up due to the dam construction in the upper stream. The site is situated about 20 m away from the river bed and its one-third portion has been subjected to frequent erosion during the heavy water current in the earlier times.
    • ASI is of the view that the excavation at Phupgaon has provided important insights into Iron Age people of Purna river basin. Chronologically, the site could be placed between 7th C BCE and 4th C BCE. However, further detailed study of the site with chronometric dating is being taken up to reveal further aspects of Iron Age of Vidarbha.
    • ‘The Diary of Manu Gandhi’ (1943-44) brought out by National Archives of India, on the occasion of 150th anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi in collaboration with Oxford University Press
    • ‘The Diary of Manu Gandhi’ (1943-44) has been brought out by National Archives of India, on the occasion of 150th anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi in collaboration with Oxford University Press and launched at a function in the auditorium of Nehru Memorial Museum and Library today in New Delhi. The Diary of Manu Gandhi originally in Gujarati has been edited and translated by Dr Tridip Suhrud, a well-known scholar engaged in understanding the Gandhian Intellectual tradition. The first volume covers the period 1943-1944.
    • Integrated NOAPS single window clearing system of National Monuments Authority for 517 local bodies in six States launched
    • An integrated NOC online Application Processing System for National Monuments Authority (NMA) for 517 local bodies of six states was launched in the public domain over the URL: http://nmanoc.nic.in/ by the Minister of State for Culture & Tourism (Independent Charge), Shri Prahlad Singh Patel on in New Delhi. Online processing of applications requesting NOC for construction related work in prohibited and regulated area of ASI protected monuments has been made simpler with this system. Six New States are now a part of this Integrated Online Application Portal with Urban Local Bodies Count.The Portal has integration with the Smart ‘Smarac’ Mobile App of Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO), through which the applicant traverses his plot and the geo coordinates of his plot along with the images get uploaded into the NIC portal along with the proximity and the approval status.
    • Water Conservation system and Baby care & Feeding Room installed at Taj Mahal Premises
    • A Water Conservation system and Baby care& Feeding Room at the premises of Taj Mahal in Agra, Uttar Pradesh was installed and inaugurated by the Minister of State for Culture & Tourism (Independent Charge) on 29th August, 2019. The Water Conservation System which in its first turn puts about 10000 litre of polluted water coming out of RO System into the old well located in the premises of the heritage site.
    • ‘Gallery of Confiscated and Retrieved Antiquities’ at PuranaQilacurated by ASI showcases confiscated and retrieved antiquities for public
    • ‘Gallery of Confiscated and Retrieved Antiquities’ at Purana Qila curated by Archaeological Survey of India (ASI)showcases confiscated and retrieved antiquities for public, the Gallery is located in the arched cells of Purana Qila. The number of antiquities recovered in the last five years has been the highest ever, So far, ASI, has retrieved 44 stolen antiquities from USA, Australia, Singapore, Germany, Canada and England and 119 more antiquities are in the process of retrieval. Owing to the efforts of ASI no theft has been reported from any Centrally Protected Monument or site museum under ASI during last few years.
    • First ever architectural LED illumination of Qutab Minar
    • The historic Qutb Minar came alive as it saw the first ever architectural LED illumination inaugurated by Minister of State for Culture & Tourism (I/C) Shri Prahalad Singh Patel in New Delhi on 31stAugust, 2019.
    • To highlight the architectural beauty including arches and minarets of the Qutb Minar, a total of 358 technologically advanced LED lights have been used which will consume 62% less electricity than conventional light fixtures. Warm lights will highlight the architectural features on the monument’s facade. Apart from the minaret, the pathways and smaller structures around the Qutb Minar have also been lit. The new illumination comprises lighting that accentuates the silhouette of the monument with the interplay of light and shade. The duration of illumination will be from 7:00 PM to 11:00 PM daily with a monthly cost of Rs16,615/- which comes out merely to Rs 1,99,388/- for a year.
    • The first ever Mobile Science Exhibition (SCIENCE EXPLORER) of NCSM organised in Leh for entire Ladakh Region
    • The first ever Mobile Science Exhibition (SCIENCE EXPLORER) for the entire Ladakh Region in Leh was flagged off by the Union Minister of State for Culture and Tourism (Independent charge), Shri Prahlad Singh Patel on 5thSeptember, 2019.
    • Mobile Science Exhibition (MSE) programme, originally launched as Mobile Science Museum (MSM) in 1965, with a mission ‘If the people cannot visit the museum, let the museum visit the people at their doorsteps’, is the largest and the longest running outreach programme of NCSM. It is very successful in supplementing formal education with non-formal mode of science education, in creating a scientific awareness in the society and nurturing scientific temper and creative potential of the young people in the areas where MSE programmes are conducted.
    • Union Culture Minister Shri Prahlad Singh Patel participates in BRICS Culture Ministers’ Meet at Curitiba, Brazil
    • Union Minister of State for Culture and Tourism (Independent charge) Shri Prahlad Singh Patel participated in BRICS Culture Ministers’ meeting held in Curitiba, Brazil.On the occasion, Shri Patel said that India attaches importance to its engagement with BRICS which has emerged as a valuable forum for consultation, coordination and cooperation on contemporary global issues of mutual interest and has helped to promote mutual understanding. Joint exhibition titled Bonding Regions & Imagining Cultural Synergies is being hosted by National Gallery of Modern Arts of India under the auspices of the BRICS Alliance of Museums and Art Galleries during November-December, 2019.Shri Patel proposed to add another field of cooperation under the aegis of BRICS Alliance on Literature envisaging BRICS Literary Festival to enhance cooperation and exchanges in the field of literature and promoting translation of literary works of famous writers and poets of BRICS member states.
    • 10th edition of ‘Rashtriya Sanskriti Mahotsav’ organised in Madhya Pradesh
    • Under Ek Bharat Shreshtha Bharat Matrix, 10th edition of Rashtriya Sanskriti Mahotsav was organised by the Ministry of Culture in Madhya Pradesh. Governor of Madhya Pradesh, Shri LaljiTandon in the presence of Minister of State for Culture and Tourism (I/C), Shri Prahlad Singh Patel inaugurated the festival in Jabalpur, Madhya Pradesh, on14th October, 2019. Under the broad umbrella theme of Ek Bharat Shreshtha Bharat has covered a profusion of art forms practised and performed by artists from all Zonal Cultural Centres of India, from Classical dance, viz. Classical dance, Loknritya, folk music, to visual and culinary arts. Handloom and handicrafts are equally being exhibited in stalls and tents curated at this Mahotsav. The gastronomic culture of Bihar, Maharashtra, Madhya Pradesh, West Bengal and several other partnering states is being showcased in food stalls. After its conclusion in Jabalpur, Mahotsav travelled to Sagar and concluded at Rewa on 21stOctober, 2019.
    • CCRT e-portal and YouTube Channel at the event “Digital Bharat Digital Sanskriti” launched
    • CCRT e-portal and YouTube Channel  was launched at“Digital Bharat – Digital Sanskriti” program organised by Centre for Cultural Resources and Training (Ministry of Culture) on 20thOctober, 2019 at CCRT Head Quarter located at Dwarka, Delhi. With an aim to take India to a newer digital pinnacle and to promote our culture Union Minister will inaugurate CCRT e-portal and YouTube Channel (with support from Routes 2 Routes).
    • Commemoration event of ‘76th Year of Formation of Azad Hind Government’
    • Union Minister of State for Culture & Tourism (IC), Shri Prahlad Singh Patel took part in the commemoration event of 76th anniversary of the formation of Azad Hind Government on 21stOctober, 2019 at Red Fort, Delhi.

     

     

    INTERNATIONAL NEWS

     

    1. BRICS an important player in international affairs against unilateralism and power politics: China

    • China has said that the current international situation is very complicated with headwinds of protectionism, unilateralism, power politics and bullying practices. Highlighting the importance of BRICS in such a scenario, China said that the world is watching closely the constructive role played by BRICS countries. China’s comments came at a time when the situation in the Gulf region is very tensed after the US killed an Iranian military leader in an airstrike.
    • India, China and Russia have urged calm and restraint from all sides and to de-escalate the tension in the region. They have advocated that peace and stability in West Asia and the Gulf region must be upheld.
    • In recent years, the BRICS has shown greater solidarity and deepening practical cooperation and influence to achieve multi-polar world order and it has become an increasingly important force in international affairs.

     

    1. Australia fires: Navy rescues people from fire-ravaged town of Mallacoota

    • In Australia, the Navy has evacuated around 1,000 tourists and residents who were trapped in the fire-ravaged town of Mallacoota on the Victoria coast. Throughout the day, landing vessels took people to two ships – M V Sycamore and the much larger HMAS Choules. Some 4,000 residents and tourists fled to the beach on Monday night, when racing bush fires encircled the town.
    • The Navy said, the evacuees will be taken to Western Port, around 16 hours’ voyage down the coast. With roads cut off, the military evacuated around 60 people by helicopter yesterday. The air has so far been too smoky for further air evacuations.
      In other parts of Victoria, people were urged to evacuate by road in convoy. There were also large queues at Railway Stations. Emergency Management Commissioner for Victoria Andrew Crisp  warned today that as per weather forecast, dry thunderstorms are coming across the state and there is the potential of lightning strikes.
    • Thousands of people are also fleeing parts of neighbouring New South Wales, where a week-long state of emergency is in force. Since September fires have killed at least 20 people in the two states and dozens remain missing. The fires have so far destroyed more than 1,300 homes.

     

     

     

    SPORTS NEWS

    1. Manav Thakkar becomes world no.1 in latest International Table Tennis Federation rankings

    • Young Indian paddler Manav Thakkar today became world no.1 in the latest International Table Tennis Federation (ITTF) rankings in the Under-21 men’s singles category. With this, Thakkar became the fourth Indian to achieve the feat after Harmeet Desai, G Sathiyan and Soumyajit Ghosh.
    • Among other Indians, G. Sathiyan has managed to retain his 30th spot in the senior category. Achanta Sharath Kamal has climbed a spot to 33rd position. Top woman paddler, Manika Batra was static at the 61st position.
    • The 19-year-old  Manav Thakkar achieved the top spot after clinching the Under-21 men’s singles title at the ITTF Challenge Plus Benemax-Virgo North American Open in Markham, Canada in December last year. Thakkar was also world no. 1 in the Under-18 category in February 2018. He was part of the Indian men’s team which won a bronze medal in the 2018 Asian Games in Jakarta.

     

     

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