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The 210-metre-high statue of Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj received environmental clearance, making it the world’s tallest statue, once built. the Maharashtra government plans to build it in the sea off the Mumbai coast. The Maharashtra Coastal Zone Management Authority (MCZMA) approved the government’s application to increase the height from the earlier proposed 192 mmeters Currently, the Spring Temple Buddha statue, which stands at 208 metres in China, is the world’s tallest statue.

The Ministry of Finance increased the maximum age of joining the National Pension System (NPS) from the existing 60 years to 65 years under NPS - Private Sector (i.e. all citizen and corporate model). In accordance with several initiatives undertaken by the Pension Fund Regulatory and Development Authority (PFRDA) during the last few years, now any Indian citizen, resident or non-resident, between the age of 60 - 65 years, can join NPS and continue up to the age of 70 years.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi will visit Gandhinagar in Gujarat today to attend the silver jubilee function of Akshardham temple. Earlier this year, the Prime Minister had paid tribute to spiritual guru and head of BAPS of Swaminarayan sect Pramukh Swami who died at the sect's temple in Sarangpur in Botad district. 

India appointed Ajay Bisaria as the next high commissioner to Pakistan. He is currently ambassador to Poland. Bisaria takes over from Gautam Bambawale, who was last month appointed India’s ambassador to China. Bisaria was in charge of the Eurasia desk that looks after India’s ties with Russia and the Central Asian republics, prior to his appointment as India’s ambassador to Poland.

Noted Malayalam Poet and literary critic, K Satchidanandan selected for 2017 Ezhuthachan Puraskaram award, Kerala government’s highest literary honor. This award is instituted in the name of Ezhuthachan, the father of Malayalam language. This award carries a cash prize of Rs 5 lakh and a citation. His important works are Kurukshetram and Anchusooryan. He has edited several magazines like ‘Jwala’, ‘Uttaram’ and ‘Pachakkutira’. He was a former editor of Indian Literary Journal and former secretary of Sahitiya Akademi.

Central Government earmarked Rs 109 crores to promote heritage and spiritual tourism projects under ‘Swadesh Darshan’ Scheme in Puducherry. The main focuses on integrated development of tourist circuits around specific themes.

The 9th edition of ‘CMS Vatavaran’, a global film festival on environment and wildlife, will begin on November 2, 2017 in New Delhi. The Theme of CMS Vatavaran is  “Conservation 4 Water”. The event is supported and partnered by Ministry of Environment Forest and Climate Change, National Geographic, United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF).

President of India, Ram Nath Kovind, inaugurated the Global Clubfoot Conference, organized by the CURE India in partnership with the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, in New Delhi. It is one of the most common orthopedic birth defects that affect the child’s mobility. It can cause permanent disability if not treated early. The public hospitals are partnering with CURE International India to treat as many children as possible. The programme is now active in 29 states of India.

The India-US Ocean Dialogue, hosted by the Indian Ministry of External Affairs, began at the Council of Scientific and Industrial Research-National Institute of Oceanography (CSIR-NIO) in Goa. It is aimed at promoting sustainable development of the Blue Economy. Blue Economy is the sustainable use of ocean resources for economic growth, improved livelihoods and jobs, and ocean ecosystem health.

The Bihar government decided to follow its reservation policy while engaging professionals and other employees through outsourcing agencies. The new policy will make private outsourcing agencies recruit manpower based on the reservation policy of the state government if they want to work with the state agencies. Thousands of IT professionals have been engaged by the state government and the district administrations to run IT operations including Beltron and skill development centers.