- Initiative to improve urban sanitation launched
- Swachh Survekshan 2018, a part of the Swachh Bharat Mission (Urban) to encourage cities to improve their urban sanitation, was launched by the Guwahati Municipal Corporation (GMC).
- The objective of Swachh Survekshan is to encourage large-scale citizen participation and create awareness amongst all sections of society about the importance of working together towards making towns and cities cleaner and better places to live in.
- In her keynote address GMC Commissioner Goswami said the Corporation is taking several initiatives to make Guwahati the cleanest city.
- She also mentioned the Swachhata App, with the help of which citizens can register their complaints and the authorities will immediately look into them within a specified time-frame. Locals and tourists in Guwahati city can now locate toilets from any location using the Google toilet locator.
- Belgium appoints world’s first female ambassador to Saudi Arabia
- Belgium has become the first country to appoint a female ambassador to Saudi Arabia in spite of the Gulf nation’s shocking women’s rights record.
- Dominique Mineur will move to Riyhad to head up the embassy from next year in a ‘clear signal’ to Saudi officials.
- Mineur is currently based in the United Arab Emirates.
· Worlds Longest Glass Bridge Opens in China
- The world’s longest glass bridge opened in China to the public.
- Though it has a capacity to hold 2000 people, only 500 would be allowed at a time.
- It is Located in Shijiazhuang, the magnificent bridge lies 218 meters above hanging between the two cliffs in Hongyagu Scenic Area in Pingshan county.
- The bridge is 488 meters long and two meters wide, with two dragon statues on top that could produce smoke.
- Another 430 meters long and 6 meters wide bridge was opened last year in the Grand Canyon Scenic Area in Zhangjiajie, China.
· India’s First Runway on ‘Sea Bridge’ in Lakshadweep
- India is all set to get its first runway on a ‘sea bridge’, as the Airports Authority of India (AAI) has been given a nod to extend Lakshadweep’s Agatti Airport.
- The task will be carried out by building an RCC platform on the beach and shallow area which will allow bigger ATRs to operate on the island.
- The Project is likely to cost about Rs 1,500 crore.
· Mumbai Gets India’s First Ever AC Local Train
- Mumbai got India’s first ever AC suburban local train as Christmas gift.
- The first service of the 12-coach EMU will commence between Borivali and Churchgate.
- The first and 12th coaches from Churchgate end are earmarked as ladies coaches.
- This will be the first train with automatic doors in the suburban system.
- Out of 12 services of AC Local train, 8 will run fast and will only halt at major stations. The services of AC local train will replace existing 12 Non AC services.
· Bengaluru Becomes First Indian City to have its Own Logo
- Karnataka’s capital city Bengaluru has become the first Indian city to have its own logo after the state government launched it.
The logo was designed by a design start-up and uses both English and Kannada alphabets.
The red and black logo is part English and part Kannada. With this, Bengaluru joins a select group of global cities like New York City, Melbourne and Singapore to have a tourism logo of its own.
· Environment Ministry Launches Pilot Project Blue Flag for Beach Clean-up
- The environment ministry launched a pilot project ‘Blue Flag’for its clean-up and development.
- With the prime objective of enhancing standards of cleanliness, upkeep and basic amenities at beaches.
- The ‘Blue Flag’ is a certification by the Foundation for Environmental Education (FEE)that a beach, Marina or sustainable boating tourism operator, meets its stringent standards.
- Odisha recognised as ‘Champion State’ for exports
- The Centre has recognised Odisha as a ‘Champion State’ for recording the highest growth in exports during 2016-17, official sources said.
- This was announced during a review meeting of the Ministry of Commerce and Industry on the export performance of states and formulation of strategy attended by L N Gupta, MSME Additional Chief Secretary, Odisha.
- The exports from the state have increased from Rs 19,082 crore in 2015-16 to Rs 40,872 crore in 2016-17
- Jairam Thakur Will Be Chief Minister In Himachal Pradesh
- Five-time legislator Jairam Thakur will be the new Chief Minister of Himachal Pradesh, BJP lawmakers decided after a meeting to pick their chief, attended by the party’s Central observers Nirmala Sitharaman and Narendra Singh Tomar.
- He will take oath on December 27, the BJP has announced.
- The 52-year-old, who represents Seraj, a constituency near Mandi, had earlier been the party’s state unit chief and a minister in a government headed by Mr Dhumal.
- Ganga Gram Project launched to make 4,470 Ganga Villages Swachh
- The Ministry of Drinking Water and Sanitation (MDWS) has launched ‘Ganga Gram’ – a project for sanitation based integrated development of all 4470 villages along the River Ganga, at a multi-stakeholder sammelan held at Vigyan Bhawan, New Delhi.
- The Ganga Gram Swachhta Sammelan was attended by more than 1400 delegates including 500 village sarpanches from all five Ganga States (Uttarakhand, Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Jharkhand and West Bengal).
- Ministry of Drinking Water and Sanitation is the nodal agency for implementation of the Ganga Gram Project.
- For the Ganga Gram Project the Ministry works in close coordination with NMCG, various Ministries, State Government and Districts.
· Dr Jitendra Singh Launched e-HRMS on Good Governance Day
- The Union Minister of State (I/C) of the Ministry of Development of North Eastern Region (DoNER), Dr Jitendra Singh launched the electronic-Human Resource Management System (e-HRMS)in New Delhi.
- He launched it during the observance of Good Governance Day by the Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions.
- The Minister launched the 25 applications of 5 modules of the system. The e-service book launched for DoPT during March 2017 will also be integrated into the e-HRMS.
· Bengaluru Becomes First Indian City to have its Own Logo
- A book containing selected writings by late journalist Gauri Lankesh was launched at the Mumbai Press Club, three months after she was gunned down.
- The book, The Way I See It – a Gauri Lankesh Reader, has been edited by writer and sociologist Chandan Gowda.
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