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Survey Of India Launches Web Portal “Nakshe”
The Survey of India (SOI) has launched new web portal called Nakshe to make open series maps available to Indians for free. The portal was launched by Union Minister for Science & Technology and Earth Sciences, Harsh Vardhan on the occasion of 250th anniversary of SOI.
Features of Nakshe: It will offer a free download of 3,000 Topographic maps or Open Series Maps (OSM) in a pdf format on 1:50,000 scale through Aaadhar enabled user authentication process. The maps are meant for development activities in the country and can be also used to plan scientific expeditions, research, and planning development projects. Topographic maps or OSM comprise natural and man-made geographical features including terrain or topography.
Align Pay In PSBs To That In Cases: BBB
The Bank Board Bureau (BBB) has recommended that Government should bring in reforms in the compensation process in public sector banks (PSBs) on the lines of Central Public Sector Enterprises (CPSEs). BBB has suggested compensation reforms in PSBs so that best practices can be introduced on the lines already prevalent in CPSEs. It will play important role in attracting high-quality talent for non-executive directors and chairmen. It will also maintain a level-playing field with the private sector with respect to role, responsibility, and remuneration.
Parliament Passes HIV And AIDS (Prevention And Control), Bill 2017
Parliament has passed the Human Immunodeficiency Virus and Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (Prevention and Control), Bill 2017 with the Lok Sabha approving it today. The Bill has already been passed by the Raja Sabha. The Bill seeks to provide for the prevention and control of the spread of HIV and AIDS. It also provides for the protection of human rights of persons affected by the virus. Replying to a debate in the House, Health Minister J P Nadda said, the government will provide free treatment to the people infected with HIV. He said the government has spent 2000 crore rupees on Anti-Retroviral Therapy drugs for such patients last year. Mr. Nadda said, there are 22 thousand testing facilities for HIV and AIDS that are functional in the country. Mr. Nadda termed the Bill as patient-centric and progressive in nature.
Government To Launch SAMPADA Soon
The government will soon launch a scheme SAMPADA for food processing sector to integrate current and new schemes aimed at reducing food wastage and doubling farmers’ income. Briefing reporters in New Delhi today, Food Processing Minister Harsimrat Kaur Badal said, the ‘Scheme for Agro-Marine Produce Processing and Development of Agro-Processing Clusters (SAMPADA) with an outlay of six thousand crore rupees will be implemented by 2019-20. The Minister said it will include ongoing schemes like mega food parks and cold chain projects.
Madhya Pradesh Bans Plastic Carry Bags
In Madhya Pradesh, the state government has decided to ban plastic carry bags from the 1st of May in the state. The decision was taken in a cabinet meeting held in Bhopal under the chairmanship of Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan. Briefing media, public relations minister, Narottam Mishra said that this decision has been taken to save environment and cows.
Colson Whitehead Wins 2017 Pulitzer Prize For “The Underground Railroad”
Colson Whitehead’s celebrated novel The Underground Railroad has won the 2017 Pulitzer Prize for fiction. The novel is about an escaped slave that combined liberating imagination and brutal reality. Earlier in November 2016, the novel had received the National Book Award of US. This makes Colson Whitehead first person to win Pulitzer and the National Book Award for fiction in the last 20 years.
List of 2017 Pulitzer Prize Winners
Letters, Drama & Music Fiction: The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead.
Drama: Sweat by Lynn Nottage.
History: Blood in the Water: The Attica Prison Uprising of 1971 and Its Legacy, by Heather Ann Thompson.
Biography or Autobiography: The Return: Fathers, Sons and the Land in Between, by Hisham Matar.
Poetry: Olio, by Tyehimba Jess (Wave Books)
General Nonfiction: Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City, by Matthew Desmond.
Music: Angel’s Bone, by Du Yun.
G7 Nations Reject A Call By Britain For Sanctions Against Russia In The Wake Of Recent Deadly Chemical Attack In Syria
G7 nations have rejected a call by Britain for sanctions against Russia in the wake of the recent deadly chemical attack in Syria. They said the attack was carried out by Moscow’s ally, Syria. Italy’s Foreign Minister said the group did not want to back Russia into a corner and preferred dialogue. US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson is now heading from the G7 meeting in Italy to talks in Moscow. He insisted Syria’s President could not play a part in the country’s future. Mr. Tillerson will meet Russian counterpart Sergei Lavrov in Moscow but it is unclear whether he will hold talks with President Vladimir Putin. Today, Mr. Putin called for the UN to hold an independent investigation into the chemical attack on the rebel-held Syrian town of Khan Sheikhoun that left 89 people dead. Syria denied carrying out the chemical attack but the US then carried out a retaliatory strike, firing 59 cruise missiles at a Syrian airbase.
Indian Tourists Spend 12 Billion Dollars In The USA
Over a million Indian tourists have spent a whopping 12 billion US dollars in the USA in 2015. CEO and President of Brand USA Chris Thompson told PTI that these 1.12 million Indian visitors’ spending ranks seventh in the source market.
ESAF Small Finance Bank Launches Social Deposit Scheme “Hrudaya”
Thrissur-based ESAF Small Finance Bank has launched a Social Deposit Scheme Called “Hrudaya”. The Deposit is related with the Social Cause through which ESAF Bank provides the customers an opportunity to be part of social welfare measures. The deposits are used for the welfare and development of the underprivileged sections of the society. The minimum amount of deposit is Rs 15 lacs and the minimum period is two years. The depositor will get to see firsthand how his money is used to develop the underprivileged sections of the society. The deposit will be used for the development of the rural poor, farmers, vegetable vendors, fishermen etc.