Minister of State for Culture (I/c) Dr. Mahesh Shrama Inaugurates exhibition titled “Arth – art for earth” at IGNCA, New Delhi
On 5th July 2018, Union Minister of State for Culture (I/c), Dr. Mahesh Shrama, inaugurated an exhibition named “Arth – art for earth” at IGNCA, New Delhi.
Arth – art for earth:
i. ‘Arth – Art For Earth’ by Manav Gupta comprises “Excavations in Hymns of Clay”. It is a suite of environmental art installations created by Manav Gupta with a storyline and poetry.
ii. Manav Gupta has used Indian potter’s produce of clay objects like the earthen lamps (diyas), local cigar (chilam), earthen cups (kullar) etc. The exhibition will be available for public view till 22nd October 2018.
Some important museums in India:
♦ Kaba Gandhi No Delo – Rajkot, Gujarat
♦ Kirti Mandir – Porbandar, Gujarat
♦ Kutch Museum – Bhuj, Gujarat
Design University for Gaming to come up in Vishakhapatnam: UNESCO
On July 6, 2018, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) entered into an agreement with Andhra Pradesh Economic Development Board (APEDB) for setting up a ‘Design University for Gaming’ in Visakhapatnam.
i. This MoU will help in developing the city as ‘International Gaming and Digital Learning Hub’.
ii. The hub would be established on a land of 100 acres in Vishakhapatnam.
iii. Gaming Technology will be the best source of income in future and IT giants like UBSoft, Samsung, Microsoft etc are ready to establish their centres in Visakhapatnam.
iv. This will help develop edutech gaming in the state, with the target of providing 50,000 jobs in 10 years.
Other achivements by the Andhra Pradesh govt:
i. Andhra Pradesh would be developed as a knowledge economy – innovation valley.
ii. CM Naidu inaugurated and flagged off a mobile cancer screening vehicle launched by the Manipal Hospital in Andhra secretariat.
iii. The vehicle will be used to provide free services. Facilities for testing oral, breast and general cancers are available in this vehicle. It will move around all 13 districts of the state and provide free service.
About Andhra Pradesh:
♦ Chief Minister: N Chandrababu Naidu.
♦ Governor: E.S.L Narasimhan.
Diarrhoea control campaign to be launched on July 15 to 30,2018 by Haryana Health Dept.
On July 6, 2018, The Haryana Health Department announced the launch of an intensive diarrhoea control campaign from July 15 to 30.
i.The decision was taken at a steering committee meeting of different state departments under the chairmanship of Principal Secretary, Health Department, Raja Sekhar Vundru.
Dignitaries present in the meeting:
Managing Director, National Health Mission, Haryana, Amneet P Kumar, Director of General Health Services, Dr Satish Agarwal, and several other senior officers of various departments.
i. Under this scheme, ORS and zinc packets would be distributed to about 26.5 lakh children below five years of age across the state.
ii. High risk areas such as construction sites, slums and far flung areas are the focus areas.
iii. A special inspection and monitoring plan would be framed for the campaign’s success.
iv. Officers of Panchayati Raj institutions, Women and Child Development and Education and Public Health Engineering are involved in the campaign.
♦ Chief Minister: Manohar Lal Khattar.
♦ Governor: Kaptan Singh Solanki.
♦ National Parks: Kalesar National Park, Sultanpur National Park.
Release of Rs 500 cr to SCI to promote cruise tourism under Centre’s ‘Sagarmala Project’: Nitin Gadkari
On July 6, 2018, Union Transport Minister Nitin Gadkari has said, under Sagarmala project, Centre will provide 500 crore rupees to Shipping Corporation of India(SCI) to lease out cruises to promote cruise tourism.
i. This was announced at the Jawaharlal Nehru Port Trust (JNPT) Annual Awards event in Mumbai.
About Cruise Tourism:
i. No GST may be applied for first 5 years in order to give a boost to cruise tourism business.
ii. The Government is promoting use of methanol and ethanol fuels to be used in cruise to bring down fuel cost. For that state-run Rashtriya Chemicals and Fertilisers is setting up a dedicated facility in Thal in Maharashtra.
iii. For the sea trade to shift to the cleaner fuels, Cochin Shipyard is setting up a facility in the financial capital where such reconstruction will be carried out.
iv. Cruise tourist companies were suggested to bring cruises from abroad and refurbish them in India which will be cost-effective for them.
v. Furthermore, the Government of India has formed a task force of the Ministry of Tourism and Ministry of Shipping and appointed an international consultant who has given a roadmap on how to develop cruise tourism in the country.
vi. The roadmap would focus on ease of doing business, immigration system, carrier security fee system, customs and port regulations need to improve. The second is marketing of cruise tourism and the third is general port infrastructure.
vii. The Government is looking towards doubling the foreign tourist arrivals in three years.
viii. It may attract up to 700 vessels from its present strength of 70 vessels a year.
ix. The government is focussing on five ports: Mumbai, Goa, Mangalore, Chennai and Kochi, to be developed as cruise hubs.
x. Accordingly close to 4 million passengers are expected to visit India in the coming years, and 3 million passengers are expected to take cruises from Mumbai Port.
xi. Additionally for the switch to cleaner fuels, on a pilot basis, 10 buses each will be run on the cleaner and cheaper fuels in Guwahati and Mumbai.
About SAGARMALA project:
♦ Launch Year: 2015
♦ The Sagarmala Programme is the flagship programme of the Ministry of Shipping to promote port-led development in the country through harnessing India’s 7,500 km long coastline, 14,500 km of potentially navigable waterways.
♦ Purpose: setting up of new mega ports, modernization of India’s existing ports, development of 14 Coastal Employment Zones (CEZs) and Coastal Employment Units, enhancement of port connectivity via road, rail, multi-modal logistics parks etc, boosting merchandise exports by US$110 billion, generation of around 10,000,000 direct and indirect jobs.
♦ Investment: Rs.8.5 trillion (US$130 billion or €110 billion).
Civil Aviation Research Organization (CARO) to be set up in Hyderabad by AAI for Rs.1200 crore
On July 6, 2018, The Airport authority of India has allocated Rs.1200 crores, spread over 12 years for the establishment of Civil Aviation Research Organization (CARO) at Begumpet Airport, Hyderabad.
Recently, the aviation sector has witnessed 30% growth rate.
With an aim to start Research and Development infrastructure, procurement of tools, skill development and knowledge transfer.
i. CARO will cater to Air Navigation Systems (ANS) and Airport Engineering research to keep in pace with the exponential growth in Air Traffic in India.
ii. The foundation stone of the organization was laid by the Civil Aviation Minister Suresh Prabhu..
iii. This would enable air travel accessibility and affordability with special focus on the safety and convenience of passengers.
About Ministry of Civil Aviation:
♦ Union Minister: Suresh Prabhu.
♦ Mission: To prepare a comprehensive plan for the aviation sector with a vision for 2035.
Telangana allots 200 acres to women entrepreneurs
On 6th July 2018, the Telangana government allotted 200 acres to 3 women entrepreneurs’ associations in Telangana.
Telangana allots 200 acres to women entrepreneurs:
i. This announcement was made by Telangana Industries and IT Minister K T Rama Rao at an event in which the Telangana State Industrial Infrastructure Corporation offered allotment letters to 18 women entrepreneurs of FICCI Ladies Organisation (FLO) at the FLO TSIIC Industrial Park, Sultanpur near Hyderabad.
ii. 50 acres has been allotted to FLO at Sultanpur. 30 acres has been allotted to Confederation of Women Entrepreneurs (COWE) at Toopran.
iii. 120 acres has been allotted to the Association of Lady Entrepreneurs of India (ALEAP). Also 10 % of land in all the 140 industrial parks in Telangana were earmarked for women entrepreneurs.
About FICCI (Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry):
♦ President – Rashesh Shah
♦ Headquarters – New Delhi