Rajyavardhan Rathore releases the India Youth Development Index and Report 2017
On November 13, 2017, Union Minister of State for Youth Affairs and Sports (Independent Charge), Col. Rajyavardhan Rathore released the ‘India Youth Development Index and Report 2017’ in New Delhi.
i. For constructing Youth Development Index for the year 2017, the latest definition of youth (15-29 years) as used in India’s National Youth Policy – 2014 and World Youth Development Report of Commonwealth has been taken into consideration.
ii. In India Youth Development Index 2017, the five dimensions of Global Youth Development Index (Global YDI) have been retained. These five dimensions are education, health and well-being, employment and opportunity, political participation and civic participation for young people……
2020 deadline to redevelop 10 railway stations with airport-like amenities
Rail Land Development Authority has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with government owned infrastructure firm NBCC to redevelop 10 railway stations across India with airport-like amenities by year 2020.
i. 10 railway stations which would be redeveloped as per this MoU are Delhi Sarai Rohilla, Lucknow (Uttar Pradesh), Gomti Nagar (Uttar Pradesh), Kota (Rajsthan), Tirupati (Andhra Pradesh), Nellore (Andhra Pradesh), Ernakulam (Kerala), Puducherry, Madgaon (Goa) and Thane (Maharashra).
ii. The redevelopment of these 10 railway stations will be carried out at an estimated cost of Rs 5000 crore…
Sainik Sankshema Sabha to be organised in all districts of Andhra and Telangana
On 12th November 2017, Ex-servicemen Welfare Board officials said that, Sainik Sankshema Sabha will be organised in all districts in Andhra Pradesh and Telangana.
Sainik Sankshema Sabha:
i. The announcement was made at a rally and a grievance redressal programme organised in Hyderabad. Lieutenant General R.K. Anand who is the General Officer Commanding Dakshin Bharat Area inaugurated the rally.
ii. He said that, all measures were being taken by the Indian Army to reach ex-servicemen and widows of those who had served in the forces. In the meeting, many stalls were put up to facilitate and resolve grievances related to pension, re-employment and rehabilitation.
About Department of Ex-servicemen Welfare:
♦ Also known as – Poorva Senani Kalyan Vibhag
♦ Functions under – Ministry of Defence
♦ Formed in – 2004
Mumbai to host Asian Bankers Association summit
For the first time, Mumbai is to host the 34th annual conference of the Asian Bankers Association (ABA) on 16th and 17th November 2017.
34th annual conference of the Asian Bankers Association (ABA):
i. The Asian Bankers Association (ABA) summit will be hosted by State Bank. The theme for this year’s summit is ‘Asia’s turn to transform’.
iii. The event is expected to be attended by more than 160 domestic and international bankers. Some of the foreign speakers at the event are ADB’s Noritaka Akamatsu, Chikahisa Sumi of IMF and Cheng Cheng-Mount of Financial Supervisory Commission of Taiwan.
iii. The this year’s summit will discuss the impact of the ongoing global downturn on the outlook of the Asian economies, economic consequences of the Brexit in March 2019 on Asia, the America-first policy of the Trump administration, implications of fintech on banks, etc.
About Asian Bankers Association (ABA):
♦ Forum for advancing the cause of the banking industry and promote regional economic cooperation across Asia
♦ Members – 80 members from 25 countries
Northeast to get India’s first ever ‘Air Dispensary’
Northeast is set to get India’s first-ever “Air Dispensary” based in a helicopter and the Union Ministry of Development of Northeast (DONER) hasalready contributed Rs. 25 crore as part of the initial funding.
India’s first Air Dispensary in North East:
i. The Union Minister of DoNER, Dr Jitendra Singh said that, the Air Dispensary plan might be implemented, by the beginning of 2018. As per the plan, helicopter will be based at two locations, namely Imphal in Manipur and Meghalaya in Shillong.
ii. From these two locations, specialist doctors, paramedical staff and necessary equipment, would move into the helicopter and hold a dispensary in different locations across the eight States of North Eastern Region.
iii. On its way back, the helicopter can transport a sick patient, requiring admission, to a city hospital. He also said that, three twin-engine helicopters would be placed for initial operation on six routes in the region around Imphal, Guwahati and Dibrugarh.
About North East India:
♦ States – Arunachal Pradesh, Assam, Manipur, Meghalaya, Mizoram, Nagaland, Sikkim, Tripura
♦ Largest city – Guwahati