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Ten scientists were chosen for Shanti Swaroop Bhatnagar Award 2017
The following ten scientists were awarded the Shanti Swaroop Bhatnagar Award 2017 by CSIR:
- Biological Sciences – Deepak Nair, Regional Centre for Biotechnology, Faridabad & Sanjeev Das, National Institute of Immunology, Delhi
- Chemical Sciences – Naresh Patwari, Indian Institute of Technology Bombay
- Earth Sciences – Suresh Babu, Vikram Sarabhai Space Centre, Thiruvananthapuram
- Engineering Services – Aloke Paul and Neelesh Mehta, Indian Institute of Science, Bengaluru
- Medical Sciences – Amit Dutt, Tata Memorial Centre, Mumbai & Deepak Gaur, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi
- Physical Sciences – Nissim Kanekar, Tata Institute of Fundamental Research, Pune & Vinay Gupta, National Physical Laboratory, Delhi
Bhatnagar is revered as the Father of Research Laboratories and was the first Chairman of the CSIR. He was also a Chairman of the University Grants Commission.
India signs MoU with Norway and collaborates with USA and Japan
The Union Government has collaborated with the USA, Japan and Norway in the fields of health security, rail safety health cooperation respectively. Ministry of Health and Family Welfare of India and the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs signed a MoU in this regard. This Letter of Intent aims to extend the co-operation in the health sector through the Norway India Partnership Initiative (NIPI) for a period of 3 years, starting from 2018.
$80-Million ADB loan to Himachal Pradesh
Multilateral lending agency Asian Development Bank (ADB) has approved a loan of 80 million (about Rs 524 crore) for the modernization of Himachal Pradesh’s technical and vocational education and training (TVET) institutions. The total cost of the project is 100 million, with the Centre contributing 20 million. The project is expected to be completed by the end of 2022.
India Jumps to 14th Rank as Best Country for Expats: HSBC Survey
India leapt up the global rankings by 12 places to take the 14th spot in terms of best country for expats to live and work in, according to the HSBC survey. The list has been topped by Singapore. The list is a part of HSBC’s latest ‘expat explorer survey’ that covered 27,587 expats from 159 countries and territories in March and April 2017. According to the survey, about 71 percent expats in India reported high levels of confidence in the local economy, while 58 percent exuded optimism on political stability. HSBC Headquarters is in London, United Kingdom. HSBC was established in 1865 to finance trade between Europe and Asia.
Madhya Pradesh Bags ‘Best Tourism State’ Award
Madhya Pradesh has won the ‘Best Tourism State’ national award for the third consecutive year. President Ram Nath Kovind handed over the award, named as ‘Hall of Fame Award’, to Minister of State for Tourism Surendra Patwa at a ceremony held at Vigyan Bhawan in New Delhi. The state bagged total 10 awards in this programme, organised on the occasion of World Tourism Day (27 September). Madhya Pradesh also received a national award for Film Promotion Policy in the category of Best Film Promotion Friendly State/Union Territory. Shri Shivraj Singh Chouhan is the CM of Madhya Pradesh. Shri Om Prakash Kohli (Add, Charge) is the present Governor of Madhya Pradesh.
Palestine joins Interpol as a full member
The Interpol has decided to accept Palestine as a full member. This was announced at the 86th Interpol General Assembly held in Beijing on 27th Sept 2017. 75 countries voted in favour of the admission while 24 voted against and 34 abstained. The International Police Organization more commonly known as INTERPOL is an intergovernmental organization facilitating international police cooperation. The headquarters of the Interpol is in Lyon, France.
Mridul Kumar appointed as next High Commissioner to Malaysia
The Union Government has appointed Mridul Kumar as the next Indian High Commissioner to Malaysia. Kumar is a 1992 batch IFS Officer and is presently the Joint Secretary in the Ministry of External Affairs. Kula Lumpur is the Capital City of Malaysia. The Malaysian currency is Ringgit.
September 28th – World Rabies Day
The World Rabies Day is observed annually on 28th September worldwide. The aim of the day is to raise awareness about rabies prevention. The theme of this year’s World Rabies Day is “Rabies- Zero by 30”, which means that the aim is to have zero rabies deaths in the world by the year 2030.
International Day for Universal Access to Information Observed Globally
The International Day for Universal Access to Information (IDUAI) was observed globally on 28 September 2017. The celebrations and events for the Day are organized by UNESCO. The year 2017 marks the second year observation of 28 September as the International Day for Universal Access to Information. From 27 to 30 September 2017, UNESCO hosted a Conference under the theme “Overcoming Divides and Achieving the SDGs in Africa” in Balaclava, Mauritius.