PM Modi inaugurates
strategically important, Atal Tunnel at Rohtang in Himachal Pradesh
Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurated the strategically
important Atal Tunnel in Himachal Pradesh’s Rohtang.
Built by the
Border Roads Organisation, the tunnel will reduce the distance between Manali
and Leh by 46 km and the travel time by four to five hours.
It is a
horseshoe-shaped, single-tube double lane tunnel with a roadway of 8 metres and
has an overhead clearance of 5.525 metres.
Sabarmati Central Jail launches ‘Radio Prison’ on 151st Birth Anniversary of
Father of the Nation
Sabarmati Central Jail in Ahmedabad has launched ‘Radio
Prison’ on the occasion of the 151st Birth Anniversary of the Father
of the Nation.
Prison- will offer educational, legal and health related details to prisoners
within the jail premises. It is operating from old Jail premises based on fibre
will be extended to the women’s prison and then to the new jail premises in
On World Postcard
Day, picture postcard named “Jau Kandhei” released on theme ‘Traditional Toys
of India’ in Odisha
On the occasion of World Postcard Day, the Chief Postmaster
General, Odisha Circle, has released a picture postcard named “Jau
Kandhei” on the theme of ‘Traditional Toys of India’.
Ten other postal
circles across the country have also released similar postcards on the same
theme. The objective is to promote the artisans making traditional toys in Odisha
and other parts of the country.
Tamil Nadu &
Arunachal Pradesh integrated under One Nation One Ration Card Scheme
Two more States, Tamil Nadu and Arunachal Pradesh have
been integrated with existing national portability cluster of 26 States and UTs
under One Nation One Ration Card.
With this, a
total of 28 States and UTs are now seamlessly connected with
each other under the ‘ One Nation One Ration Card plan’, which aims to provide
an option to all NFSA beneficiaries.
beneficiaries of these states can lift their entitled foodgrains under NFSA
from any ePoS enabled Fair Price Shop of their choice anywhere in the country,
by using their existing/same ration card with Aadhaar authentication on ePoS
online pension submission, tracking portal for retired employees
Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal launched a
portal ‘Kritagyata’ an online pension submission and tracking
With the help of
the portal, the retired government employee, besides submitting pension related
papers on line will get opportunity to check the status of his pension. The
portal has been created in line with the ‘Bhabhisya’ portal of
Government of India.
portal has been launched as pilot project for the teachers and employees under
Inspector of Schools of Kamrup Metropolitan district, it will be
replicated to all government employees of the state in all districts in phases.
launches Pathashree Abhijan scheme to repair 7,000 roads in state
West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee launched the Pathashree
Abhijan, a road repair scheme, where more than 7,000 stretches of
roads comprising 12,000 kilometers across the state will be repaired.
Under the scheme
the roads will be repaired in a mission mode and in a time-bound manner.
U.S. commits $1.9
million to India to support informal sector workers, micro enterprises
The US has committed USD 1.9 million to support
vulnerable populations in India like informal sector
workers whose livelihoods have been disrupted due to COVID-19.
assistance from US Agency for International Development (USAID), extended
generously by the American people to partners in India, will support efforts to
rebuild local economies and improve the livelihoods of Indians who have been
hit hardest by this pandemic.
2nd edition of
Indian, Bangladesh Navy Bilateral Exercise ‘Bongosagar’ commences on Oct 3
The 2nd edition of Indian and Bangladesh Navy
Bilateral Exercise Bongosagar is commenced in the Northern Bay of
aimed at developing interoperability and joint operational skills through
conduct of a wide spectrum of maritime exercises and operations.
Of Naturopathy’s Tribal Unit set up in Pune
A 20-bed tribal unit of the National Institute of Naturopathy was
inaugurated in Pune’s Ambegaon tehsil by Union AYUSH minister
Shripad Naik. It would provide free clinical services to the tribal population
in the area.
A research unit
on tribal practices for health maintenance had also been set up and it will be
a “repository of knowledge and will work in areas of education, nutrition and
health problems of the tribal population”.
BANKING & FINANCE
Nabard Disburses Rs
12,298 Crore So Far Under Swachh Bharat Mission
The National Bank for Agriculture and Rural Development (Nabard) has
disbursed Rs 12,298 crore so far under the Swachh Bharat
Mission-Gramin (SBM-G) for construction of 3.29 crore household toilets. To
mark the 150th birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi, the development finance
institution has launched a nationwide sanitation literacy campaign.
will support the government’s SBM-G and Water, Sanitisation and Hygiene
(WASH) programmes to enable the vulnerable rural communities to access
better sanitation facilities in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic.
refinance scheme for WASH programme, earmarks Rs 800 cr for FY’21
In a bid to promote sustainable and healthy lifestyle in rural areas, National
Bank for Agriculture and Rural Development (NABARD) announced
a special refinance facility to support the government”s Water, Sanitisation
and Hygiene (WASH) programme.
of Rs 800 crore has been earmarked for this purpose for the
financial year 2020-21.
provide concessional refinance to all eligible financial institutions,
including commercial banks, regional rural banks and cooperative banks, with a
repayment period of up to 36 months.
launches Rupay Kisan credit card scheme for TN fishermen
Indian Bank has introduced a Kisan credit card loan scheme
for fishermen in Tamil Nadu.
The features of
the scheme include the availability of revolving credit up to ₹2
lakh, 7 per cent interest rate, interest subvention of 3 per cent for those who repay the
loan within a period of one year. The loan can be renewed once in a year.
There is no restriction on the number of credit and debit transactions.
This loan will
be provided under Mudra scheme. Borrowers will get Rupay Kisan
Credit Card and beneficiaries can use the card to withdraw money from ATMs, BC
(banking correspondent) points, and also make purchase through merchant POS.
BUSINESS & ECONOMY
launches largest market of tribal products ‘Tribes India E-Marketplace’
Union Minister for Tribal Affairs Arjun Munda virtually
launched India’s largest handicraft and organic products marketplace, Tribes
India E-Marketplace (market.tribesindia.com) on the occasion of Gandhi
e-Marketplace is an ambitious initiative through which TRIFED aims to onboard 5
lakh tribal producers for sourcing of various handicraft, handloom, natural
food products across the country and brings to you the best of tribal produce.
occasion, Shri Munda will also flag off several other TRIFED
initiatives that are aimed to support the tribal brethren. These
include the inauguration of Tribes India’s 123rd and 124th outlets in
Rishikesh and Kolkata; inclusion of new tribal product ranges from the
states of Jharkhand and Chhattisgarh; partnership of TRIFED/ Tribes India with
Amazon in their Seller Flex program.
India Climb to
Third in ICC Women’s T20 Team Rankings, topped by Australia
The Indian women’s cricket team has overtaken New
Zealand to rise to the third spot in the T20
International standings and retained the second position in the ODI chart of
the latest ICC rankings.
England retain the top two positions in T20s, their points tally remaining 291
and 280, respectively.
improvement in rankings has been registered by Brazil, who are up 11 places to
27, after a gain of 15 rating points, while the biggest ranking fall has been
for Malaysia, who are down from 31st to 38th.
Charanjit Surinder Singh Attra as CFO
State Bank of India (SBI) said Charanjit Surinder
Singh Attra has been appointed as Chief Financial Officer (CFO).
the country’s largest public sector lender, Attra was Partner at EY India and
senior executive at ICICI Securities.
AAP Rajya Sabha MP
Sanjay Singh chosen for ‘Gandhi’ Award
Rajya Sabha MP and Aam Aadmi Party ( AAP) leader Sanjay Singh has
been chosen for ‘Gandhi’ Award instituted by the Mahatma
Gandhi National Foundation.
instrumental in India’s diplomatic intervention to remove Mahatma Gandhi’s
images on beer bottles of a private company in Israel, Mr Jose, who brought the
matter into the public domain.
carries a sculpture of Mahatma Gandhi, cash prize of Rs 25,001 and a
Shekhawat gives away Swachh Bharat Awards 2020
Union Jal Shakti Minister Gajendra Singh Shekhawat gave away
the Swachh Bharat Awards-2020 to States, Districts, Blocks and
Village Panchayats.The awards were given particularly under the drinking water
and cleanliness categories.
Under the Swachh
Sundar Samudayik Shouchalaya category Gujarat bagged the first
position at state level whereas Tirunelveli in Tamil Nadu got
the Award for cleanliness at District Level. Khachrod block in
Ujjain district in Madhya Pradesh was awarded the first position and Chinnanur
Village in Tamil Nadu bagged the top slot at Gram Panchayat level.
Under the Samudayik
Shouchalaya Abhiyan, Gujarat and Uttar Pradesh were
awarded as the best performing states whereas Prayagraj and Bareilly got
it for being the best performing districts.
Under the Gandagi
Mukth Bharat Mission, Haryana and Telangana were
awarded the top slot.
Activist Pushpa Bhave passes away
Veteran social activist Pushpa Bhave also known as the Iron
Lady of Mumbai died following a prolonged illness. She was 81.
She played a
vital role during the Emergency in 1975, when her home offered shelter to many
underground political workers like and Pannala Surana.
of advocacy, writings, and social and political activism, Bhave had contributed
majorly to the development of grassroots democracy in the country.
International Coffee Day takes place on October 1 every year to celebrate
the coffee sector’s diversity, quality and passion.
The focus of
International Coffee Day 2020 is ‘Coffee’s Next Generation’, a
global initiative targeting talented and motivated young people and
entrepreneurs in the coffee sector.
World Postcard Day
The first ever World Postcard Day was celebrated on October
The goal for the
World Postcard Day is to bring that joy to as many people as possible.
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