World’s Biggest Cleanliness Survey ‘Swachh Sarvekshan 2018’ Launched
- The Indian government on Thursday has announced that there will be the commencement of the being dubbed as the world’s largest cleanliness survey, the Swachh Survekshan survey.
- “Surveyors will reach out to more than 200 urban local bodies on the first day and the entire exercise is expected to be completed by March. For the first time, the Swachh Survekshan survey will assess all the 4,041 towns in the country and cover a population of about 400 million people,” said V.K. Jindal, mission director of Swachh Bharat Mission at the ministry of housing and urban affairs.
- “For the first time, we have also introduced negative marking to discourage cities that give false information,” Jindal said.
- “Cities that claim to set up waste to energy plants or cities that possess a fleet of GPS-enabled trucks get higher scores. People’s participation and social change don’t count in these surveys,” he said.
- “The reason is the town follows the frugal Indian model of decentralised management, based largely on segregation at source, composting and very little investments in technology.”
- “City-wide cleaning starts 3 days before the surveyors show up,” said Raagini Jain, a solid waste management expert associated with the Centre’s Swachh Bharat Abhiyan. “Only for the survey period, many of these city administrations actually work. The survey should ideally be without intimation.”
India Excludes Pakistan from a SAARC Initiative
- India has removed the Pakistan from the list of SAARC member countries by which it will be connecting its state-of-the art National Knowledge Network (NKN) for sharing scientific databases and remote access to advanced research facilities.
- The government has get in the ahead from the appointment of the telecom company that will connect and extend the NKN to research and education networks in six South Asian Association of Regional Cooperation member states Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Maldives, Nepal and Sri Lanka. Pakistan is the only SAARC nation that has been left out of this initiative.
- NKN is a multi-gigabit pan-India network, which give the facility of the development of India’s communications infrastructure, stimulates research and creates next generation applications and services. In this there has been the maintanence of the joint of the educational networks such as TEIN4, GARUDA, CERN and Internet2. Because of this there will be the sharing of the scientific databases and remote access to advanced research facilities.
- NKN will be connected from Afghanistan to Delhi or Mumbai, from Bangladesh to Kolkata or Delhi, from Bhutan to Kolkata or Delhi, from Nepal to Kolkata or Delhi, from Maldives to Chennai or Mumbai and from Sri Lanka to Chennai or Mumbai.
- The South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation is the regional intergovernmental organization and geopolitical union of nations in South Asia
- Founded: 8 December 1985, Dhaka, Bangladesh
- Headquarters: Kathmandu, Nepal
- GDP (PPP): 2015 estimate
- GDP (nominal): 2015 estimate
- Demonym: South Asia
- Currencies: Afghan afghani (ISO 4217)
Goa to Host 3rd Edition of Science Film Festival
- Goa has been going to host the third edition of the Science Film Festival of India between January 16-19. The festival that has given the titled SCI-FFI Goa, is being organised by the state-based Vidnyan Parishad, Goas Department of Science and Technology, the Entertainment Society of Goa and the Goa College of Art.
- Organisers has announced on Friday that the highlight of the festival would be the Science Film Making Competition with two categories where films of a duration of five minutes and those above five minutes will be included.
- “Total prize money is Rs one lakh and will be given away during the opening ceremony on January 16. School students have been invited to submit films shot on a mobile phone on any topic of science to win prizes” the organisers said.
- “Since this competition aims to boost the culture of science films, all the films submitted should be related to science and technology,” he said.
- “The subject matter should be related to any aspect of science pursued in Goa, like research, analysis or innovations or even notable personalities from the field of science and technology,” he added.
India’s Gross Enrolment Ratio in Higher Education up by 0.7%
- The country’s Gross Enrolment Ratio or GER in higher education has been increased from the 24.5% in 2015-16 to 25.2% in 2016-17, according to the latest edition of the All India Higher Education Survey (AIHES) that is launched by Union Human Resource Development (HRD) Minister Prakash Javadekar on Friday.
- GER is the statics for the measurement of the number for determining the number of students enrolled in undergraduate, postgraduate and research level studies within the country and is expressed as a percentage of the population.
- Besides this India has make the aim of the GER of 30% by 2020, it is still much behind countries like China, which, currently, boasts an enrolment ratio of 43.39%. USA’s GER is 85.8% and Pakistan’s is 9.93%.
- In that there was, the 864 universities in the country last year compared to 799 in 2015-16. According to AIHES of 2016-17, Tamil Nadu has the highest GER in the country at 46.9%, which is higher than the national average. Bihar’s poor show continues with just 14.9% of its eligible population (in the age group of 18 to 23 years) pursuing higher education.
Bengaluru most well-read city in India: Survey
- Bengaluru has ranked itself in the one of the most of the well-read city in India, according to an Amazon survey. Amazon India’s Annual Reading Trends Reports have conducted the survey for 2017, and that has also conducted in Mumbai and Delhi and that comes at second and third position, respectively.
- “We are very excited with this year’s Reading Trends Report and are thrilled to see Indian writers among the most read authors for the fifth consecutive year! We are truly committed to helping our customers enjoy their passion for reading by offering them a wide selection of books with unique choices across languages, genres and authors,” Noor Patel, Director Category Management, Amazon India, said in a statement.
- Amazon India has also taken the survey of the Readers’ Poll on its website inviting readers to vote on their favourite book across eight categories and ‘This Is Not Your Story’ by Savi Sharma is the most popular book of 2017 with the highest votes across categories. ‘Sita – Warrior of Mithila’ by Amish once again received the second highest votes followed by ‘Origin’ by Dan Brown.
- According to the survey, ‘I Do What I Do’ by Raghuram Rajan emerged as the winner under the Business category while ‘Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Getaway’ by Jeff Kinney won maximum hearts under Children’s books category. Under Hindi books, ‘Heera Pheri’ by Surender Mohan Pathak topped the poll.
Mamata launches West Bengal government’s official emblem
- The West Bengal government on Friday has launched its official emblem, conceptualized and designed by chief minister Mamata Banerjee, just two days after getting the approval from the central government.
- Terming the important event”, she said the state emblem – the “Biswa Bangla” logo with Ashoka Pillar of the national emblem – would be used in all the official works and documents of the Bengal government from now on.
- “Today we have launched the official emblem of the Government of West Bengal. This is a historical moment. This is a new feather in the state’s crown,” Banerjee said after launching emblem at the state secretariat Nabanna.
- “We will use this emblem in all the government works and documents from now on. It can be used immediately after issuing the official notification from today. But materialising the process across all the departments would take some time,” she said.
- “Some states already have their own emblem but no one here thought about it before. As soon as it came to our notice, we approved the design by a local expert committee here and sent it for central approval. It took quite a long time. But better late than never,” she said.
- “We have also sent a request for the state’s name change along with the state’s emblem. It is being discussed with the centre. We will announce it as soon as we get the official approval,” she said.
BANKING AND FINANCE
India GDP Growth Likely at 6.5% in 2017-18: CSO
- The Indian economy has been taking the growth but the slowest pace in the four years since the Narendra Modi government took office, as the twin blows of demonetization and implementation-related issues of the goods and services tax (GST) hit economic activity.
- “GDP growth of 6.5% for 2017-18 implies growth of 7% for the second half. Confirms strong turnaround of the economy,” economic affairs secretary Subhash Chandra Garg said in a post on Twitter.
- “The buoyancy in indirect taxes, including GST, is unlikely to be as high as assumed in the budget. GDP growth for FY18 may settle down at 6.3%,” he added.
- “At present, we expect GVA (gross value added) growth to rise to around 6.7% in third quarter and a sharp 7.5% in the fourth quarter of FY18. For FY18 as a whole, we continue to expect GVA and GDP growth to print at 6.5% and 6.7%, respectively, higher than the advance estimates of 6.1% and 6.5%,” she added.
RBI Introduces New Rs10 Banknote in Mahatma Gandhi Series
- After introducing new Rs 2,000 notes and colourful Rs 200, Rs 50 notes, the Reserve Bank of India on Friday confirmed that it will shortly issue new banknotes in the Rs 10 denomination.
- “The Reserve Bank of India will shortly issue Rs 10 denomination banknotes in the Mahatma Gandhi (New) Series, bearing signature of Dr Urjit R. Patel, Governor, Reserve Bank of India,” RBI said.
- See through register with denominational numeral 10
- Denominational numeral ’10’ written in Devnagari
- Portrait of Mahatma Gandhi at the centre
- Micro letters ‘RBI’, ‘INDIA’, and ’10’, along with ‘Bharat’ in Devnagari
- Windowed demetalised security thread with inscriptions ‘Bharat’ in Devnagari and RBI
- Guarantee Clause, signature of RBI Governor Urjit Patel with Promise Clause and RBI emblem towards right of Mahatma Gandhi portrait
- Ashoka Pillar emblem on the right
- Mahatma Gandhi portrait and electrotype (10) watermarks
- Number panel with numerals growing from small to big on the top left side and bottom right side
- Year of printing of the note on the left
- Swachh Bharat logo with slogan
- Language panel
- Motif of Sun Temple, Konark
- Denominational numeral ’10’ written in Devnagari
Meghalaya signs host city contract for 39th National Games in 2022
- Meghalaya on Wednesday has signed the “Host City Contract” with the Indian Olympics Association (IOA) for the 39th National Games 2022.
- In the term to sign the contract between the Meghalaya government, Meghalaya State Olympics Association (MSOA) and IOA, the syaye government also handed over a cheque of Rs. 4.5 crore as contract fee for holding the event.
- “Without doubt the National Games 2022 will put Meghalaya in the Olympic Map with the National Games as a catalyst. History will talk about a Meghalaya before the National Games and a much better Meghalaya after the National Games,” said MSOA Working President John F. Kharshiing.
- “The host city will have to complete building of infrastructures by 2021 a year ahead of the Games.A There is also a penalty clause of Rs two crore per year in case of delay in hosting the games,” Mehta told journalists.
- “The state government can maybe raise these funds through sponsorships from various private companies’ through corporate social responsibility initiatives,” Mehta added.
AWARDS & RECOGNITION
PGA Awards Film & TV Nominations Unveiled
- The Producers Guild of America has produced its film and TV nominees for the 29th annual PGA Awards, which will be doled out January 20 at the Beverly Hilton.
- The Norman Felton Award for Outstanding Producer of Episodic Television, Drama:
- Big Little Lies (Season 1)
- The Crown (Season 2)
- Game Of Thrones (Season 7)
- The Handmaid’s Tale (Season 1)
- Stranger Things (Season 2)
- The Danny Thomas Award for Outstanding Producer of Episodic Television, Comedy:
- Curb Your Enthusiasm (Season 9)
- The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel (Season 1)
- Master Of None (Season 2)
- Silicon Valley (Season 4)
- Veep (Season 6)
- The David L. Wolper Award for Outstanding Producer of Long-Form Television:
- Black Mirror (Season 4)
- Fargo (Season 3)
- FEUD: Bette And Joan (Season 1)
- Sherlock: The Lying Detective
- The Wizard Of Lies
- The Award for Outstanding Producer of Non-Fiction Television:
- 30 For 30 (Season 8)
- 60 Minutes (Season 50)
- Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown (Season 9, Season 10)
- Leah Remini: Scientology and the Aftermath (Season 1, Season 2)
- The Award for Outstanding Producer of Live Entertainment & Talk Television:
- Full Frontal with Samantha Bee (Season 2)
- Jimmy Kimmel Live! (Season 15)
- Last Week Tonight With John Oliver (Season 4)
- The Late Show With Stephen Colbert (Season 3)
- Saturday Night Live (Season 43)
- The Award for Outstanding Producer of Competition Television:
- The Amazing Race (Season 29)
- American Ninja Warrior (Season 9)
- Lip Sync Battle (Season 3)
- Top Chef (Season 14)
- The Voice (Season 12, Season 13)
- The Award for Outstanding Short-Form Programme:
- Better Call Saul’s Los Pollos Hermanos Employee Training (Season 1)
- Carpool Karaoke (Season 1)
- Humans of New York: The Series (Season 1)
- National Endowment for the Arts: United States of Arts” (Season 3)
- Viceland at the Women’s March (Season 1)
- The Award for Outstanding Sports Programme:
- All Or Nothing: A Season With The Los Angeles Rams (Season 2)
- Hard Knocks: Training Camp With The Tampa Bay Buccaneers (Season 12)
- Real Sports With Bryant Gumbel (Season 23)
- Sportscenter With Scott Van Pelt (Season 3)
- Vice World Of Sports (Season 2)
- The Award for Outstanding Children’s Programme:
- Doc McStuffins (Season 4)
- Nickelodeon Kids’ Choice Awards 2017
- School Of Rock (Season 3)
- Sesame Street (Season 47)
- SpongeBob SquarePants (Season 10, Season 11)
Popular Russian painter Yankilevsky passes away at 79
- Popular Russian painter Vladimir Yankilevsky has died at the age of 79 years in Paris, on Friday.
- Epstein wrote on Facebook: “Vladimir Yankilevsky, an outstanding artist and one of the pioneers of the Moscow conceptual art, has died today, shy of his 80th birthday in over a month.”
- Vladimir Yankilevsky the residence of the Moscow. In 1962, his works were displayed at the famous exhibition of abstractionist painters devoted to the 30th anniversary of the Union of Artists, during which the then Secretary of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union, Nikita Khrushchev, strongly criticised the art of avant-garde artists.