Assam approved new IT policy
On October 17, 2017, Assam State Government approved a new Information Technology (IT) Policy.
More Details about Assam Govt’s ne IT Policy:
i. Under the new IT policy, companies involved in Business Process Outsourcing (BPO),companies engaged in software development and firms carrying out research will be provided financial support.
ii. Call centres will receive one-time incentive of Rs. 1.20 lakh per employee, with minimum intake of 100 employees.
iii. Companies engaged in software development will receive one-time support of Rs 1.50 lakh per employee.
iv. For firms carrying out research and development work and having minimum 50 seats, Rs 2.5 lakh as one-time support per employee will be provided.
v. These companies will also get the benefit of land and power supply at subsidised rates.
Quick Facts about Assam:
Capital – Dispur
Current Chief Minister – Sarbananda Sonowal
Current Governor – Jagdish Mukhi
Andhra CM Chandrababu Naidu lays foundation stone for TU142M aircraft museum
On 17th October 2017, Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Chandrababu Naidu laid the foundation stone for the TU142M aircraft museum in Visakhapatnam.
TU142M Aircraft museum:
i. Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Chandrababu Naidu and Eastern naval command Chief Vice Admiral H.C.S.Bisht laid the foundation stone of the TU142M aircraft museum. This is being built at the Beach Road in Visakhapatnam.
ii. The Russian aircraft TU142M was decommissioned at INS Rajali in Tamil Nadu after 29 years. It was brought to Visakhapatnam on 8th April 2017 to be converted into a Museum.
iii. The TU142M aircraft museum will be inaugurated by President Ram Nath Kovind in December 2017.
Aerospace museums in India:
♦ HAL Aerospace Museum – Bangalore
♦ Indian Air Force Museum – Palam
♦ Naval Aviation Museum – Dabolim
Chhattisgarh government reduces interest on loan under Saksham Yojna
Chhattisgarh State Government has reduced the rate of interest on loan given to women and their self help groups (SHGs) under ‘Saksham Yojna’ from 6.5 per cent to 5 per cent.
i. This decision was taken by Chhattisgarh Women and Child Development Minister Ramsheela Sahu while chairing a meeting of ‘Chhattisgarh Mahila Kosh’ (CMK)’.
ii. Through various schemes, ‘Chhattisgarh Mahila Kosh’ (CMK) disburses easy term loans to women and SHGs in Chhattisgarh.
iii. Saksham Yojana too is operated by Chhattisgarh Mahila Kosh, under which loans to the tune of Rs 72 lakh had been distributed to about 111 SHGs during current fiscal year 2017-18.
iv. In the previous fiscal – 2016-17, Rs 2.44 crore loans were sanctioned to 407 SHGs under Saksham Yojana.
Quick Facts about Chhattisgarh:
♦ Capital – Naya Raipur
♦ Current Chief Minister – Raman Singh
♦ Current Governor – Balram Das Tandon
Dharmendra Pradhan’s two day visit to Japan
An Indian delegation led by Union Minister of Petroleum and Natural Gas, Dharmendra Pradhan visited Tokyo, Japan from 17th – 18th October, 2017 to participate in LNG Producer- Consumer Conference 2017.
i. Besides attending LNG Producer- Consumer Conference 2017, Pradhan also met Hiroshige Seko, the Minister of Economy, Trade, and Industry of Japan. Both the ministers discussed issues of bilateral engagement in the hydrocarbon sector.
ii. On the sidelines of LNG Producer–Consumer Conference 2017, Union Minister of Petroleum and Natural Gas, Dharmendra Pradhan met Energy Minister of Mozambique, Leticia Klemens to discuss the development of the gas fields in Mozambique…
IIT Bombay top ranked Indian institute in QS Asia University Rankings 2018
Indian Institute of Technology Bombay (IIT Bombay) has emerged as top-ranked Indian institute in the latest Quacquarelli Symonds (QS) Asia University Rankings 2018.
Highlights of QS Asia University Rankings 2018:
i. IIT Bombay has ranked 34th and is the only Indian institute to better its performance among the top 100 universities in QS Asia University Rankings 2018.
ii. It is to be noted that IIT Bombay was ranked 179th in the latest edition of QS World University Rankings.
iii. IIT Delhi (41st rank), IIT Madras (48th rank), Indian Institute of Science (IISc) Bangalore (51st rank), IIT Kanpur (59th rank), IIT Kharagpur (62nd rank), University of Delhi (72nd rank), IIT Roorkee (93rd rank) and IIT Guwahati (98th rank) are other Indian institutes which have featured in QS Asia University Rankings 2018.
iv. Singapore’s Nanyang Technology University has topped QS Asia University Rankings 2018.
v. The rankings have been compiled on the basis of several parameters including academic reputation, faculty-student ratio and international faculty.
Gandhi museum inaugurated in Durban on land owned by Mahatma Gandhi
On 18th October 2017, Gandhi museum was inaugurated on a small piece of land once owned by Mahatma Gandhi in Durban, KwaZulu-Natal Province, South Africa.
Gandhi Museum in Durban:
i. Minister of State for External Affairs V K Singh inaugurated the museum. The museum will reflect the life and universal influence of Mahatma Gandhi.
ii. Mahatma Gandhi owned the land in 1897 and used to hold public meetings there. When Gandhi left Durban in 1914, he transferred the ownership of the land to the Natal Indian Congress, which had planned to erect a new building in 1964.
iii. But the plans were stopped by the apartheid-era laws prohibiting this. Hence the site was used as a car park in the 1980’s. The Mahatma Gandhi Memorial Trust (MGMT) has constructed this museum.
iv. An exhibition titled ‘Gandhi in Durban’ has been set up at the museum by the Durban Local History Museum.
Other museums for Mahatma Gandhi:
♦ Gandhi Memorial Museum – Madurai
♦ National Gandhi Museum – New Delhi
♦ Gandhi Sangrahalaya – Patna
India, Brazil, South Africa sign IBSA Trust Fund agreement
On October 18, 2017, India, Brazil and South Africa signed the IBSA Trust Fund Agreement that seeks to combat poverty in developing countries.
i. On behalf of Indian Government, the agreement was signed by Minister of State for External Affairs, V K Singh, who led the Indian side at the 8th IBSA trilateral Ministerial Commission Meeting in Durban, South Africa.
ii. The meeting was also attended by Brazil’s Foreign Minister Aloysio Nunes Ferreira and South African Foreign Minister Maite Emily Nkoana-Mashabane.
iii. The IBSA Fund was created in 2004 with an aim at to support viable and replicable projects that contribute to the national priorities of other developing countries.
iv. Each country (India, Brazil and South Africa – IBSA) contributes USD 1 million annually to this fund.
v. The fund is managed by the UN Development Programme’s (UNDP) Special Unit for South-South Cooperation.