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20 October 2017

The highest bid from GVK for building the Navi Mumbai International Airport, the Project Management and Implementation Committee (PMIC), headed by the chief secretary. The phase 1 of the Rs16,000 crore NMIA is likely to be completed by December 2019. He has offered a greater share in the project and the letter of intent is expected to be issued within a once the government sanction is received.

20 October 2017

Indian-American Gitanjali Rao, 11, was announced the winner of Discovery Education’s 3M Young Scientist Challenge. The sensor-based device detects the quality of water and shares the results to a mobile application via Bluetooth.  There are over 5,000 water systems in the US alone with lead contamination issues. Detection and preventive action can help mitigate the problem,

20 October 2017

India, Brazil and South Africa (IBSA) have signed the IBSA Trust Fund Agreement that seeks to fight poverty in developing countries. It was signed at the 8th IBSA trilateral Ministerial Commission Meeting in Durban, South Africa. It is an international tripartite grouping for promoting international cooperation among these countries.

20 October 2017

Petroleum Minister Dharmendra Pradhan inaugurated the first phase of Piped Natural Gas supply system in Bhubaneswar, Odisha. In the first phase, 255 houses in Nalco Nagar in Chandrasekharpur of Bhubaneswar were supplied with environment-friendly PNG.  As part of the City Gas Distribution project, around 25 thousand households in twin-city Bhubaneswar and Cuttack would get PNG connection by end of next year.

20 October 2017

The first-ever Tri-Services Joint Exercise between Indian and Russian Armed Forces, INDRA-2017 began. The Indian contingent comprises of 350 personnel from Army, 80 from Air Force, two IL 76 aircraft and one Frigate and Corvette each from the Navy.  It is a landmark event in the history of Indo-Russian defense co-operation and will strengthen mutual confidence, inter-operability and enable sharing of best practices between both the armed forces.

20 October 2017

At its 41st Session in February 2010, the United Nations Statistical Commission proposed celebrating 20th October 2010 as World Statistics Day. It was first observed in the year 2010 and 2015. It emphasizes the critical role of high-quality official statistical information in analysis and informed policy decision-making in support of sustainable development.

20 October 2017

Environmental scientist Hans Joachim Schellnhuber received Blue Planet Prize, world’s most prestigious award for pioneers in environmental science. He is the second recipient of the Blue Planet Prize. She has been awarded for her research about biodiversity and natural capital. Blue Planet Prize was instituted by Asahi Glass Foundation ( an affiliate of Asahi Glass manufacturing company of Japan) in 1992.

20 October 2017

The World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD) appointed NRI businessman Sunny Verghese, co-founder, and CEO of Singapore-based Olam International, as its new chairman from 2018. He succeeds Paul Polman, CEO of Unilever as the Chairman. It is a global network of more than 200 CEOs who are responsible for a combined revenue of more than $ 8.5 trillion and 19 million employees.

20 October 2017

Assam State Government rolled out ‘Tourism Policy of Assam 2017’ with an aim to increase tourist inflow in the state by at least two to three times within next five years. In the policy, special emphasis has been laid on making the state a preferred destination of filmmaking by offering a range of incentives to movie producers. This benefit will be offered only to those films in which 25 percent shooting is done in Assam and 25 percent of cast and crew should be from the state. Besides, 10 percent rebate will be offered if more than 50 percent of the entire shooting is done in Assam. For constructing tourism units such as tourist lodges, hotels, resorts, houseboats and floating restaurants in Assam, a capital investment subsidy at the rate of 30 percent of the capital investment, subject to a ceiling of Rs 1 crore will be provided to the investor by the State Government.

20 October 2017

Prime Minister Narendra Modi will visit Kedarnath a day before the Himalayan shrine dedicated to Shiva is closed for six winter months. The projects include construction of houses for purohits of Kedarnath, repair of the bridle path to Kedarnath, construction of ghats in Kedarpuri, flood protection work near Mandakini and Saraswati rivers, and foundation-laying ceremony of a ‘samadhi sthal’ for Adi Sankara. At least 4,000 people, including Uttarakhand Chief Minister Trivendra Rawat and state ministers and BJP workers, are expected to be present on the Kedarnath premises.