Thursday, 25 May 2017

Daily Update On Current Affairs - May 25, 2017

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Swachh Bharat App Launched

Culture Minister Mahesh Sharma has launched Swachh Bharat app at the National Museum in New Delhi. The app will enable visitors to report garbage on the premises of the ASI monuments across the country. Around 30 galleries in the National Museum have already been equipped with a device that will make use of the intranet to connect to the app. 

Salient Highlights: The services of the app will be soon rolled out in 116 monuments under the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) across the country. The devices installed in the monuments will connect to this app using Bluetooth. The devices will have a range of around 30 metres. The visitors with the help of the app would be permitted to report the culture ministry any litter or garbage on the premises of the monuments. The app is available for Android mobile phones. As soon as the visitors enter the premises of the monuments and switch on the Bluetooth, the app will relay Swachh Bharat-related information to the visitors and will ask them to report any garbage around them. Even if the visitors have not installed the App on their handsets, a message will be delivered by Google about the Swachh Bharat Abiyan and will provide the visitors with a link to install the App. The Swachh Bharat App will be monitored by the Ministry of Culture. The App is expected to promote cleanliness in the premises of ASI monuments.

India’s First Underwater Rail Tunnel Completed

The two organizations Afcons Transtonnelstroy and Kolkata Metro Railway Corporation Ltd (KMCRL) involved in implementing the East-West Metro have completed boring the India’s first underwater tunnel under the Hooghly river to link Howrah and Kolkata. The length of Kolkata’s East-West Metro is 16.6 km long. Out of which a length of 502 metres is under the Hooghly river. The project is built by Afcons Transtonnelstroy and implemented by KMRCL. Afcons Transtonnelstroy is an Indo-Russian joint venture. The project connects Howrah to the west and Salt lake to the east. Digging the underwater tunnel was the critical task in the project. A massive tunnel boring machine called Rachna was used for boring the underwater tunnel. The tunnel boring job was completed within in a time of one month and six days well ahead of schedule. The East-West Metro with a length of 16.6 km will have 12 stations, six of which will be underground stations. The project which was slated to be completed by 2012 got postponed many times. The final commissioning of the project is expected to be held by December 2019.

Cabinet Approves Issuing Bonds To Raise Rs 2,360 Crore For Renewable Energy Schemes

The government will raise bonds of 2,360 crore rupees for renewable energy. A decision in this regard was taken by the Union Cabinet last evening. The bonds will be raised by the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy and funds will be used in various renewable energy programmes. The decision will boost infrastructure in the sector and facilitate achievement of ambitious targets for the renewable energy sector.

Cabinet Approves Allocation Of 2.5% Of Central Road Fund For Development Of National Waterways

Cabinet has approved allocation of 2.5 percent of Central Road Fund for development and maintenance of National Waterways by amending in the Central Road Fund Act, 2000 to boost inland water transport. An allocation of 2.5 percent will provide about 2000 crore rupees per annum for the development and maintenance of National Waterways. It is estimated that 1.8 lakh persons would be provided employment in the Inland Waterways Transport sector in the next five years. The Central Road Fund (Amendment) Bill, 2017 will be moved in the ensuing Monsoon Session of the Parliament. The Cabinet has also directed that while implementing viable National Waterways projects, all such components that can be done on Public Private Partnership basis, should be explored. The Inland Waterways Authority of India has estimated that about 25 thousand crore rupees will be required for development of identified projects till 2022-23.

Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus Elected As Director General Of WHO

Former Ethiopian Health Minister Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus has been elected as the new Director-General of the World Health Organisation. This election has earned the distinction of being the first election which saw the participation of all WHO member states in the voting process. Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus defeated the other two contendors to the post, namely, UK’s Dr. David Nabarro and Pakistan’s Dr. Sania Nishtar.

NATO To Join US-Led Anti-Islamic State Coalition

In the NATO summit which will begin today in Brussels, NATO (North Atlantic Treaty Organization) chief Jens Stoltenberg said that terrorism will top the agenda of the meeting. Diplomatic sources said NATO is to join the US-led anti-Islamic State coalition. 

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