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India opens two border crossing points with Myanmar, Bangladesh

myanmar-borderIn a bid to strengthen bilateral relations with its eastern neighbours, India has opened two immigration check posts along the borders with Myanmar and Bangladesh.

Details about new Immigration Check Posts along Indo-Maynmar Border:

  • Indian Government has designated Zorinpuiland check post in Lawngtlai district of Mizoram as an authorised immigration check post for entry into or exit from India with valid travel documents for all classes of passengers to or from Myanmar.
  • An agreement on Zorinpui was included in the joint statement issued during the visit of the then Prime Minister Manmohan Singh to Myanmar in May, 2012.
  • It is to be noted that India shares a 1,643-km-long border with Myanmar which touches Arunachal Pradesh, Nagaland, Manipur and Mizoram.

Details about new Immigration Check Posts along Indo-Bangladesh Border:

  • Indian Government has also designated Kawrpuichhuah land check postin Lunglei district of Mizoram as an authorised immigration check post for entry into or exit from India with valid travel documents for all classes of passengers to or from Bangladesh.
  • India shares a 4,096-km-long border with Bangladesh which touches Assam, Tripura, Mizoram, Meghalaya and West Bengal.

Quick Facts about Myanmar:

  • Capital: Naypyidaw
  • Currency: Burmese kyat
  • Current President: Htin Kyaw

Quick Facts about Bangladesh:

  • Capital: Dhaka
  • Currency: Bangladeshi taka
  • Current Prime Minister: Sheikh Hasina

Government approved development of Harohalli industrial park in Karnataka
Central Government has given approval for the combined development of phase II and phase III of Harohalli industrial zone in Ramnagara district of Karnataka.

More Details about Harohalli industrial park in Karnataka:

  • This industrial park will be built by Karnataka Industrial Areas Development Board (KIADB) in about 904.86 hectares of land.
  • Cost of the project is pegged at Rs 1,561 crore and is expected to generate 23,500 jobs.
  • KIADB will develop common infrastructure like roads, water sources, power, drainage and street lightening, among others, as well as social infrastructure facilities like banks, post office, canteen, and primary health centres in this industrial park.
  • As per KIADB, there are no court cases pending against this project. Moreover, land for phase II and III has been acquired and compensation to farmers has already been paid.

High-Level Meeting on Railways Safety held in Mumbai
On September 30, 2017, a high-level meeting on Railways Safety was held at Western Railways (WR) headquarter’s at Churchgate in Mumbai, under the chairmanship of Railway Minister Mr. Piyush Goyal. The objective of this meeting was to comprehensively review Safety measures in Mumbai Suburban Railways as well as entire Indian Railways. Mr. Ashwani Lohani – Chairman of Railway Board along with all railway board members was present in this meeting.

Important Decisions taken at High-Level Meeting on Railways Safety held in Mumbai:

  • Foot Over Bridges (FOBs), platforms and pathways on platform end to be treated as Safety items having highest priority with no restriction of budget.
  • Additional Escalators have been sanctioned at stations of the Mumbai Suburban system having high footfall with the details to be finalised within 15 days.
  • For next 18 months, General Managers of Railway zones have been delegated powers without limit for Safety related issues.
  • 200 officers will be relocated from Head Quarters to field to strengthen ground operations and project implementation.
  • Delegation of financial & administration powers to field units by October 2017 to reduce red tape and push development & delivery.
  • Within the next 15 months, CCTV cameras will be installed in all suburban trains in Mumbai with monitoring mechanism.

Madhya Pradesh launches ‘Single Click Pension Delivery’ scheme
On October 1, 2017, Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan launched ‘Single Click Pension Delivery’ scheme. Under this scheme, the money will go directly into the account of the beneficiaries.

‘Single Click Pension Delivery’ scheme and “Shataayu Award” by Madhya Pradesh Government:

  • ‘Single Click Pension Delivery’ scheme will benefit 35 lakh people in Madhya Pradesh.
  • On October 1, 2017, Mr. Chouhan also honoured the elderly who completed the age of 100 years with the “Shataayu” award.
  • Not only in Bhopal but in entire Madhya Pradesh older people, who had completed the age of hundred years, have been awarded with this honour.
  • Shawl, Shriphal, and cash prize of Rs. one thousand were presented in respect to all the senior citizens.

L&T Infotech bags $100-mn Government contract to nab tax evaders
L&T Infotech, the infotech arm of engineering giant Larsen & Toubro has bagged $ 100-mn Government contract for an initiative to use social media analytics to identify tax non-compliance.

About Social media analytics initiative to identify tax non-compliance:

  • Since the note ban in November 2016, the government has been putting in lots of efforts to plug the loopholes in the taxation system using advanced technology.
  • L&T Infotech Chief Executive and Managing Director Sanjay Jalona has mentioned that the project involves creating a ‘semantic web’ where web pages are structured and tagged in such a way that can be directly read by the computers.
  • It is to be noted that India is among countries with lowest tax to Gross Domestic product (GDP) ratios among its peers.
  • This development indicates that government has decided to use the best that data analytics offers.

Quick Facts about L&T Infotech:

  • Founded in: April 1997
  • Headquarters: Mumbai
  • Current CEO & MD: Sanjay Jalona

Third Edition of ‘Women of India Organic Festival’ held in New Delhi
Women of India Organic Festival 2017On 1st – 5th October 2017, the 3rd annual ‘Women of India Organic Festival’ is held at Dilli Haat, in New Delhi.
Women of India Organic Festival:

i. The ‘Women of India Organic Festival’ is hosted by the Ministry of Women and Child Development.

ii. Ms.Maneka Sanjay Gandhi, Union Minister for Women and Child Development, inaugurated the festival.

iii. Mr.Virendra Kumar, Minister of State, Ministry of Women and Child Development was present on the occasion.

iv. The theme for 2017 is ‘Good for Women; Good for India; Good for You’.

v. Around 530 women from all over India participate in this festival.

vi. Focus of the festival is on highlighting the health and environmental advantages of organic goods.

vii. This festival provides a platform for women to sell various organic products that could be used for food, wellness, personal care, home improvement, kitchen composters and solar products.
About Minsitry of Women & Child Development:

i. Headquarters – New Delhi

ii. Minister of Women and Child Development – Ms.Maneka Gandhi

‘No helmet, no petrol’ rule comes into force in Andhra Pradesh
On 28th September 2017, ‘No helmet, no petrol’ rule for two wheelers came to act in Andhra Pradesh.
No helmet, no petrol:

i. ‘No helmet, no petrol’ rule prohibits petrol supply to two wheeler riders without helmet.

ii. Mr.Chandrababu Naidu has sanctioned Rs.10 crore for implementation of this rule.

iii. He has urged all the petrol bunk dealers to co-operate in this implementation.

iv. Officials have been ordered to conduct a weekly check on the motorists.

v. This has been done to reduce the number of road accidents.

vi. Mr.Chandrababu Naidu said that road safety rules must be implemented strictly.

vii. He advised the officials to geotag the vehicles.

viii.Car drivers have been mandated to wear seat belts.
About Andhra Pradesh:

i. Capital – Hyderabad (currently), Amaravati (in 10 years)

ii. Chief Minister – Mr.N.Chandrababu Naidu

iii. Governor – Mr.E.S.L.Narasimhan

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