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Conference for CEOs of Smart Cities held in Bhopal

 The First Apex Conference for CEOs of Smart Cities has been organised by Union Urban Affairs Ministry in Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh.
 It was inaugurated by Minister of State (I/C) for Housing & Urban Affairs.
 Aimed to provided single platform for convergence of all best practices in Smart city missions across country to help city leaders to use collective learning to accelerate progress of work.
 It also aimed to provide momentum to cities and platform for cross-learning, sharing and disseminating experience gained over past two and a half years.
 It enabled CEOs to learn from experiences of all city leaders to understand in greater details both successes and failures.
 Since its launch in Jun 2015, Smart Cities Mission (SCM) has been one of the most transformational urban missions.

 Total 99 cities have been selected for development as Smart Cities.
 So far 3,012 projects worth Rs. 1,38,984 crore have been identified for implementation under SCM.

Smart Cities Mission (SCM)

Smart Cities Mission (SCM) – For 100 cities in India
 The SCM initially covers five years (2015-16 to 2019-20)
Under the SCM, the core infrastructure elements in a smart city include:
 i) Adequate water supply,
 ii) Assured electricity supply,
 iii) Sanitation, including solid waste management,
 iv) Efficient urban mobility and public transport,
 v) Affordable housing, especially for the poor,
 vi) Robust IT connectivity and digitalization,
 vii) Good governance, especially e-Governance and citizen participation,
 viii) Sustainable environment,
 ix) Safety and security of citizens, particularly women, children and the elderly, and
 x) Health and education.
The strategic components of area-based development in the SCM- Applied covering larger parts of the city.


India, Guatemala ink MoU

 Vice President MVenkaiah Naidu visit Guatemala as part of his first official foreign visit to three countries Guatemala, Panama and Peru to strengthen India’s relations
 India and Guatemala inked a pact for strengthening diplomatic cooperation through Respective Foreign Service Institutes in educational field.
 The agreement was signed after meeting betweenVice President MVenkaiah Naidu and his Guatemala counterpart, Jafeth Cabrera Franco.
 Both countries agreed to support each other’s candidature for Non-Permanent Membership in United Nations Security Council (UNSC).
 Guatemala will support India’s candidature for UNSC membership for 2021 -22 while New Delhi will do so for 2031 -32 for Guatemala

India’s 1st Integrated Control & Command Centre in MP

 Bhopal Smart City Development Corporation Ltd. (BSCDCL) launched the India’s first cloud-based
 1) Common Integrated Data Centre,
 2) Disaster Recovery Centre and
 3) Integrated Control and Command Centre (ICCC).
 It is powered by Hewlett Packard (HP) Enterprise Platform.
 ICCC will enable Madhya Pradesh State administration to monitor and administer multiple city civic utilities and citizen services across seven smart cities in state
 These seven cities include Bhopal, Gwalior, Jabalpur, Indore, Ujjain, Satna, and Sagar.
 It will enable state government to remotely manage and control various citizen services via single platform

Van Dhan Vikas Kendras in Tribal Districts

 Government is planning to expand Van Dhan Vikas Kendras in tribal districts across the country.
 It also aims to promote MFPs-centric livelihood development of tribal gatherers and artisans.
 Implemented through Ministry of Tribal Affairs at Central Level and TRIFED as nodal agency at National Level.
 TRIFED will facilitate establishment of MFP-led multi-purpose Van Dhan Vikas Kendras in the tribal areas.
 These kendras will be cluster of 10 SHGs comprising of 30 tribal MFP gatherers each
 About 3000 such kendras are proposed to be set up in two years in all forested Tribal Districts.
 Initially, it will be taken up on priority in 39 districts with more than 50% tribal population and then gradually will be expanded to other Tribal Districts across the country.
 Van Dhan Yojana aims at mainstreaming tribal community by promoting primary level value addition to Non Timber Minor Forest Produce (MFP) at grassroots level.

New sheep insemination(बोवाई) technique

 CSWRI comes up with Scientists at Central Sheep and Wool Research Institute (CSWRI), Rajasthan have come up with new laparascope-assisted insemination technique for sheep breeding.
 It is minor invasive technique involves passing rigid fibre-optic laparoscope into abdomen through small incision.
 Using it, reproductive tract of sheep is located through camera and frozen semen is deposited into uterus.
 The new technique has resolved difficulties involved in freezing of semen and inability to transit tortuous reproductive tract of sheep kept as livestock.

Nepal grants license to India’s Satluj Jal Vidyut Nigam Ltd

 Nepal Govt granted power generation licence to Indian government-owned subsidiary Satluj Jal Vidyut Nigam Ltd (SJVNL) from a 900-megawatt (MW) Arun-3 Hydropower Project located in eastern Nepal.
 The permit was granted in line with the decision of meeting of Investment Board Nepal (IBN) board of directors chaired by Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli.
 It includes local share and free energy to residents of affected area.
 Nepal govt will also receive benefits worth Rs. (Nepali) 348 billion from project as royalty, income tax, customs tariff and free energy in concession period of 25 years.
 Project – also provide 21.9% or 197MW s of the generated energy free of cost to Nepal.
 Arun-3 Project is largest capacity project in history of hydroelectricity of Nepal.
 Indian so far has approved investment of Rs 57.24 billion proposed by SJVN in Arun-3.

Naval Commanders’ Conference held

 Delhi The first edition of 2018 bi-annual Naval Commanders’ Conference held in New Delhi.
 It discussed aspects concerning country’s maritime security, analyse mission-based deployments and larger issues of geo-strategic Indian Ocean Region (IOR), a region witnessing increasing Chinese presence.
 The new deployment philosophy is in furtherance of Prime Minister’s vision of Security and Growth for All in the Region (SAGAR).
 It aims at sustained, peaceful and yet responsive presence of Indian Naval ships in critical areas

Persons in news

Rabindra Nath Tagore

 The birth anniversary of Asia’s first Nobel laureate Rabindra Nath Tagore has celebrated on May 9, 2018.
Rabindra Jayanti is popularly called Poncheeshe Boishakh and being celebrated jauntiness all across West Bengal and Bangladesh.
A revered poet, mercurial writer, and a cursive painter Tagore was a prolific composer with 2,230 songs to his credit.
His songs are known as Rabindra Sangeet.
Tagore has composed the national anthems of both India and Bangladesh.
Tagore was highly influential in introducing Indian culture to the West and is generally regarded as the outstanding creative artist of modern India.
Tagore’s own English translations of his collection of Bengali poems Gitanjali fetched him the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1913.
Tagore’s works were widely translated into English, Dutch, German, Spanish, and other European languages.

Polity Revision 

L- 133- संसद की प्रख स्ायी समममियाा (Departmental Standing Committees of Parliament) By VeeR
Video – 

Pdf for the Lecture : Nano Magazine- 11- May- 2018 By VeeR

Video Lecture by Veer Talyan : 

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