1. World’s oldest city Varanasi goes ‘wireless’
Eighty-six years after the city got electricity, overhead power cables in Varanasi are being dismantled after a project to lay underground lines over 16 sq-km has been finally completed.
Laying cables for 50,000 consumers through the serpentine lanes and congested markets in one of the world’s oldest cities was quite a challenge for Powergrid, the company conducting the integrated power development scheme (IPDS) project.
Former Union minister of state for power and coal Piyush Goyal announced the Rs 432-crore project for underground cabling work under IPDS for Varanasi in June 2015.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi launched the Rs 45,000-crore IPDS for the country in Varanasi in September 2015. The pilot project was rolled out in Kabir Nagar and Ansarabad.
Source: Times of India
2. CCEA approves Integrated Scheme for Development of Silk Industry
Govt took a big step in making India self-sufficient in silk production. The decisions taken by the cabinet will lead to the formation of a first ever inter-ministerial panel to boost R&D and technology transfer in the silk sector with a 1,000 crore rupee fund.
In a big move that will boost the domestic silk industry, the Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs has approved Integrated Scheme for Development of Silk Industry for the next three years from 2017-18 to 2019-20.
The Scheme has four components:
1. Research & Development, Training, Transfer of Technology and IT Initiatives
2. Seed Organizations and farmers extension centres
3. Coordination and Market Development for seed, yarn and silk products
4. Quality Certification System by creating a chain of Silk Testing facilities, Farm-based & post-cocoon Technology Up-gradation, and Export Brand Promotion.
THE SCHEME AIMS TO
– achieve self-sufficiency in silk production by 2022
– To achieve this, production of high-grade silk in India will reach 20,650 MTs by 2022 from the current level of 11,326 MTs
– there is a clear focus on improving production of highest grade quality of silk
– Brand Promotion of Indian silk will be encouraged through quality certification by Silk Mark not only in the domestic market but in the Export market.
Source: DD News
3. London based organisation SACF wins Frederick Pincott Award
South Asian Cinema Foundation (SACF), a London based organisation has received the Frederick Pincott Award for 2017 from the Indian High Commissioner, Y K Sinha for promoting Hindi cinema in Britain for the last 18 years.
The SACF has been doing commendable work for nearly two decades to promote Hindi and regional Indian cinema in the UK and as a result has served the cause of dissemination of the Hindi language.
The SACF was set up in London in January 2000 by Joshi, along with film archivist P K Nair, film critic Derek Malcolm and social historian-researcher Kusum Pant Joshi.
Source: Air World Service
4. West Bengal tops the list of states with most number of beggars
The country has over 4 lakh beggars, with the highest 81,000 beggars in West Bengal, while Lakshadweep merely has two vagrants.
West Bengal has the highest number of beggars in India followed by Uttar Pradesh and Bihar at number two and three respectively.
4,13,670 beggars are residing in India, which consists of 2,21,673 males and 1,91,997 females, according to the 2011 census. Interestingly, in states like West Bengal, Assam, Manipur, the female beggars outnumbered their male counterparts.
West Bengal ranked top with 81,224 beggars followed by 65,835 beggars in Uttar Pradesh, 30,218 in Andhra Pradesh, 29,723 in Bihar, 28,695 in Madhya Pradesh, 25,853 in Rajasthan.
Chief minister: Mamata Banerjee
Governor: Keshari Nath Tripathi
Source: The Indian Express
5. World Theatre Day – March 27
World Theatre Day (WTD) is celebrated every year on March 27. It was initiated in 1961 by the International Theatre Institute.
It is celebrated annually on the 27th March by ITI Centres and the international theatre community. Various national and international theatre events are organized to mark this occasion.
One of the most important of these is the circulation of the World Theatre Day Message through which at the invitation of ITI, a figure of world stature shares his or her reflections on the theme of Theatre and a Culture of Peace. The first World Theatre Day Message was written by Jean Cocteau in 1962.
Source: World Theatre Day
6. PV Sindhu to be India’s flag-bearer at 2018 Commonwealth Games
Indian Olympic Association (IOA) chooses PV Sindhu as the flag-bearer of the Indian contingent for the opening ceremony of the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games.
21st Commonwealth Games starting on April 4, 2018
Having won a silver medal at the Rio Olympics two years ago, the Hyderabad-based World No. 3 Sindhu is one of the favourites to win the badminton women’s singles title in Gold Coast.
In the last Commonwealth Games in Glasgow in 2014, Sindhu bagged a bronze in women’s singles.
Source: DD News
7. India becomes the fourth largest auto market in the world
India has overtaken Germany to become the fourth largest automobile market in the world, According to the latest global data. Automobile sales, including passenger and commercial vehicles, in Asia’s third-largest economy, grew 9.5%.
It is the fastest among major global markets, last year to more than 4 million units, outpacing Germany’s 3.8-million vehicle sales, which rose by a modest 2.8% in the same period.
The top 5 countries on the list are:
Source: The Economic Times
8. India becomes 3rd largest electricity producer in the world
India has become the 3rd largest electricity producer in the world as its electricity production grew 34% over seven years to 2017.
The country now produces more energy than Japan and Russia, which had 27% and 8.77% more electricity generation capacity installed, respectively, than India seven years ago.
Electricity production stood at 1,003.525 Billion Unit between April 2017-January 2018, according to a February 2018 report by India Brand Equity Foundation (IBEF), a trust established by the commerce ministry.
With a production of 1,423 BU in FY 2016, India was the third largest producer and the third largest consumer of electricity in the world, behind China (6,015 BU) and the United States (4,327 BU).
Source: Business Standard