1. Narendra Modi, Macron inaugurate UP’s largest solar power plant
Prime Minister Narendra Modi and French President Emmanuel Macron inaugurated Uttar Pradesh’s biggest solar power plant in Mirzapur district’s Chhanvey block.
The Prime Minister and the French president pressed a button to energise the solar panels and dedicated the 75 MW facility to the people.
Built at a cost of around Rs 500 crore by French firm ENGIE, the 75 MW solar plant has come up at Dadar Kalan village on the hilly terrain of the Vindhyas range. Some 1,18,600 solar panels have been set up in over 380 acres.
Source: Times of India
2. India Won Best Exhibitor Award at ITB – Berlin
India has won the Best Exhibitor Award at ITB – Berlin. ‘ITB- Berlin World Tourist Meet’ was convened at Berlin, Germany from 7th March to 10th March 2018.
India was represented by the Minister of State (Independent charge) for Tourism Mr K. J. Alphons along with a couple of Tourism Ministry officials.
More than 100 countries participated in the ITB- Berlin meet with their respective Tourism Ministers.
India’s Incredible India (Ministry of Tourism) presented a short film named “Yogi of the Racetrack “ in the meet. The said short film has got 3.2 million hits in 60 hours.
Source: Press Information Bureau
3. Milk production up 20% in 2014-2017
According to Minister of Agriculture and Farmers’ Welfare Radha Mohan Singh, Milk production in the country increased by 20% from 137.7 million tonnes to 165.4 million tonnes between 2014 and 2017.
Also, the per capita availability of milk has risen by 15.6 percent from 307 gms a day to 355 gms per day between 2013-14 and 2016-17.
With a corpus of Rs 2,450 crore, the government has set up an Animal Husbandry Infrastructure Development Fund (AHIDF) for financing infrastructure requirement of animal husbandry sector.
Source: The Hindu Business Line
4. Narendra Modi launches number of schemes for poor in Varanasi
Prime Minister Narendra Modi has launched a number of schemes for the poor in Varanasi and emphasized on harnessing solar energy for cooking.
PM Modi laid the foundation stone of various development projects worth over Rs. 800 crores in Varanasi.
He also flagged off a new train- Kanshi-Patna Jan Shatabdi Express – between Varanasi and Patna.
The Prime Minister also announced Ayushman Bharat scheme to ensure better healthcare facilities for the poor.
Source: Times of India
5. Karnataka’s Belgaum is now home to India’s tallest flag
India’s tallest national flag was unfurled in Belagavi (also known as Belgaum) in Karnataka.
The event was attended by leaders, schoolchildren, and leaders of Hindu, Muslim, Christian and Sikh institutions at the Kote Kere front. Where size is concerned, this flag in Belgaum beats the one at the India-Pakistan border at Attari in Punjab.
Belagavi District Minister Ramesh Jarkiholi unfurled the 9,600 sq ft wide flag on a 110-metre-tall flagpole.
The 110 m tall flag post at Kote Kere is near the historic Belagavi fort in the city. It is taller than the post in Pune (107 m) and the one at the Indo-Pak border at Attari (105 m).
Source: Times Now News
6. India announces USD 100 ml LoC for Mauritius
India announced a new Line of Credit of USD 100 million for defence procurement by Mauritius as the two sides signed many agreements on the second day of President Ram Nath Kovind’s visit.
The agreements were signed after President Kovind held delegation-level talks with Mauritius Prime Minister Pravind Jugnauth and members of his Cabinet.
Source: Outlook India