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Swachh Bharat Mission completes 8 years
The Union Housing and Urban Affairs Ministry launched a 15-day campaign on September 17 to mark the completion of eight years of the Swachh Bharat Mission.
- The campaign, ‘Swachh Amrit Mahotsav’, will focus on mobilising citizen action and commitment towards the vision of building garbage-free cities. Its launch will coincide with Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s birthday.
Chhattisgarh government launches scheme to develop ‘gauthans’ into rural industrial parks
Chhattisgarh Chief Minister Bhupesh Baghel launched a ‘Mahatma Gandhi Rural Industrial Parks’ (MGRIP) scheme under which ‘gauthans’ (cow shelters in villages) will be developed as ‘rural industrial parks’, an official said.
- Baghel unveiled the at his official residence here to mark the birth anniversary of the Mahatma.
- In the first phase of the programme, 300 such facilities are being developed across the state for which a provision of Rs 600 crore has been made in the budget of the current financial year.
- Under its ‘Suraji Gaon Yojna’ (village good governance scheme), the state government has set up gauthans in over 8,000 villages where cow dung procured at Rs 2 per kilogram under ‘Godhan Nyay Yojna’ is being used to prepare vermicompost.
Andhra Pradesh CM YS Jagan Mohan Reddy launches portal for marriage schemes
Chief minister YS Jagan Mohan Reddy launched the website of YSR Kalyanamasthu and Shadi Tofa schemes which are aimed at providing financial assistance for daughter’s wedding in poor families.
- The schemes would help in preventing child marriages and school dropouts as the age eligibility is 18 years for bride and 21 years for bridegroom.
- They can apply for availing the scheme within 60 days of the marriage at village and ward secretariats. The amount would be credited quarterly once.
India, New Zealand navies sign pact on White Shipping Information Exchange
Indian Navy signed with the Royal New Zealand Navy an agreement on White Shipping Information Exchange to promote greater transparency in the Maritime Domain.
- The white shipping information refers to the exchange of prior information on the movement and identity of commercial non-military merchant vessels.
- The agreement aims to enhance shared Maritime Domain Awareness in keeping with convergent views of both countries with regard to promoting greater transparency in the maritime domain.
BUSINESS & ECONOMY
Paytm Mall becomes first to go live on ONDC in Bengaluru beta test
Paytm E-commerce Private Limited (PEPL), the parent of Paytm Mall, has gone live on the Open Network for Digital Commerce (ONDC) in Bengaluru. The network started beta testing for the public across 16 pin codes in the city.
- People in Bengaluru can make online orders from sellers who are part of the government-backed ONDC network through the Paytm app.
- For now, people can place orders in two domains—groceries and restaurants—through buyer-side apps, giving users access to a wide range of local businesses, the company said.
Sergio Pérez wins Singapore F1 GP 2022
Sergio Perez snatched the lead at the start from pole-sitter Charles Leclerc and had to dip into every reserve of his talent to win the Singapore Grand Prix in extremely tricky conditions at the Marina Bay Street Circuit.
- Leclerc and his teammate Carlos Sainz came home second and third to help Ferrari extend its lead in the constructors’ standings over Mercedes.
Valley of Words Book Awards: ‘Tagore & Gandhi’ wins in English non-fiction
Anees Salim’s The Odd Book of Baby Names (English fiction) and Rudrangshu Mukherjee’s Tagore & Gandhi: Walking Alone, Walking Together (English non-fiction) were among the eight that were adjudged the best books of the year at the ‘Valley of Words Book Awards’.
- The PFC-VoW Book Awards, currently in its sixth edition, is considered one of the most comprehensive independent literary award programmes in India. For 2022, over 400 nominations were received from 37 publishing houses across the country.
Here’s the full list of the PFC-VoW Book Award winners for 2022:
- English fiction: The Odd Book of Baby Names by Anees Salim (Penguin Random House)
- English non-fiction: Tagore & Gandhi: Walking Alone, Walking Together by Rudrangshu Mukherjee (Aleph Book Company)
- Hindi fiction: Khela by Neelakshi Singh (Setu Publications)
- Hindi non- fiction: Jeete Ji Allahabad by Mamta Kalia (Rajkamal Prakashan) Writings for young adults: Savi and the Memory Keeper by Bijal Vachharajani (Hachette)
- Writings/picture books for children: Aai and I by Mamta Nainy (Pickle Yolk Books) Translation to Hindi: Yaadon Ke Bikhre Moti: Batware ki Kahaniyan by Aanchal Malhotra, translated by Brig Kamal Nayan Pandit (HarperCollins)
- Translation to English: Amader Shantiniketan by Shivani, translated by Ira Pande (Penguin Random House).
SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY
Adani Green Energy Commissions 660 MW World’s Largest Wind-Solar Hybrid Power Plant
Adani Green Energy has commissioned 600 MW World’s largest co-located Wind-Solar Hybrid power plant ”Hybrid Power Plant” at Jaisalmer, Rajasthan. The plant has Power Purchase Agreements (PPA) with SECI at Rs 2.69/kwh for 25 years.
- This Hybrid Power Plant has been implemented with cutting edge technology, consisting of600 MW Solar and ~150 MW Wind plants.
- The Solar plant uses technologically superior Bifacial PV modules and employs Horizontal Single-Axis Tracker (HSAT) technology to capture maximum energy from the sun. The co-located Hybrid Power Plant shall not only reduce intermittency of RE power, but shall also help the Nation in optimal utilisation of transmission network.
Suzlon Energy founder Tulsi Tanti passes away
Tulsi Tanti, chairman of wind energy firm Suzlon Energy, passed away in Pune due to cardiac arrest. He was 64.
- Tanti had made his fortune by investing in wind energy projects in the mid-90s when renewable energy was not in vogue. Suzlon acquired Senvion Energy in Germany for euro 1.4 billion in 2007.
BOOKS & AUTHORS
Author-journalist P Sainath pens a new book ‘The Last Heroes’
After his immensely successful “Everybody loves a Good Drought”, a researched study of poverty in the rural districts of India, award-winning author-journalist P Sainath will soon come out with a new book on India’s freedom struggle. The book will be published by Published by Penguin Random House India (PRHI).
- The book, titled “The Last Heroes” and scheduled for release on November 21, celebrates little known fighters — farmers, labourers, homemakers, forest produce gatherers, artisans and others — from India’s freedom struggle as it tracks the role of ordinary, everyday people in achieving Independence.