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4 October 2017

Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu laid the foundation stone to develop Muktyal to Vijayawada waterway stretch on River Krishna as part of National Waterway. The 82-km inland waterway stretch is Phase-1 of National Waterway-4 developed under Sagar Mala project. It will be used mainly for transportation of cement and construction material for new capital city Amaravati. The project will provide efficient logistics solution to boost the economic growth of the region. It will facilitate the development of new capital city Amravati.

4 October 2017

The Union Ministry of Water Resources approved a project to set up Turtle sanctuary in Allahabad along with River Biodiversity Park at Sangam in Allahabad. The purpose of the Turtle sanctuary is to protect the rich aquatic biodiversity of river Ganga from escalating anthropogenic pressures. This project will provide a platform to make the visitors aware of their place in the ecosystem, their roles, and responsibilities, improve their understanding of the complexity of co-existence with the environment. The sustenance of more than 2000 aquatic species including threatened gharials, dolphins and turtles in river Ganga exemplifies rich biodiversity of River Ganga.

4 October 2017

The Union Cabinet approved the renaming of Kandla port as Deendayal Port. By renaming the port, a grateful nation would remember the invaluable contribution made by Pandit Deendayal Upadhyay. A Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between India and Switzerland on Technical Cooperation in Rail Sector. The MoU will enable technical cooperation in the traction rolling stock, EMU and train sets, traction propulsion equipment, freight and passenger cars and tilting trains. It will also cover railway electrification equipment, train scheduling and operation improvement, railway station modernization, multimodal transport and tunneling technology.

4 October 2017

The first United States crude oil cargo of 1(point)6 million barrels bought by Indian Oil Corporation from the US reached Paradip Port, Odisha. Indian Oil became the first Indian public sector refiner to source US crude has placed a cumulative order 3.9 million barrel from the US. They will process the crude at its East-Coast base refineries, located at Paradip, Haldia, Barauni and Bongaigaon. 

4 October 2017

The Queen's Baton for the 2018 Commonwealth Games arrived in New Delhi, India. The 2018 Commonwealth Games will be held in Australia. The Baton was received by Indian Olympic Association (IOA) joint secretary Rakesh Gupta and it will travel to Agra.

4 October 2017

Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley signing the third line of credit (LoC) agreement involving $4.5 billion to be spent on infrastructure and social sector development. The two agreements for the implementation of the third LoC and the ‘Joint Interpretative Notes on the Agreement between India and Bangladesh for the Promotion and Protection of Investments’ would also be signed in the presence of Mr. Jaitley and his Bangladesh counterpart A.M.A. Muhith.  

4 October 2017

Satya Pal Malik sworn in as the Governor of Bihar at the Raj Bhavan. He administered the oath of office by Chief Justice of the Patna High Court Justice Rajendra Menon, in presence of a host of dignitaries including Chief Minister Nitish Kumar, Deputy Chief Minister Sushil Kumar.

4 October 2017

Hyundai India announced that it will be official transportation partner for the upcoming FIFA U17 World Cup Tournament which starts from October 6, 2017, in India. They will be offering a fleet of 63 premium cars, which includes the recently launched Verna, Tucson, and the Elite i20. The cars will be used for the movement of the players and the FIFA management during the sports event.

4 October 2017

The World Health Organization (WHO) appointed Soumya Swaminathan one of two Deputy Directors General.  This is the first time such a post has been ever created within the organization. The position is also the highest post held by an Indian in the WHO. She is currently the Director General of the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR).

4 October 2017

Central Water Commission (CWC) signed Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with IIT Roorkee and MNNIT Allahabad to support dam rehabilitation efforts of various implementing agencies. Dam Rehabilitation and Improvement Project (DRIP) is a Worlld Bank assisted project through which Union Ministry of Water Resources, River Development, and Ganga Rejuvenation has taken on board selected premier academic and research institutes, for capacity building in the areas of dam safety.

4 October 2017

The Chairman of National Highways Authority of India Shri Deepak Kumar launched a world-class, new multilingual website of the organization. He also launched a Project Monitoring Information System (PMIS) Moblie App that will facilitate close, in-house monitoring of NHAI projects on a mobile phone. The system is now digitally monitoring them through a state-of-the-art Project Monitoring Information System (PMIS) which has been developed in-house along with The Boston Consulting Group. 

4 October 2017

Karnataka Chief Minister Mr.Siddaramaiah launched ‘Mathru Poorna’ scheme, for the nutritional wellness of pregnant and lactating women in rural areas, at Vidhan Soudha, in Bengaluru, Karnataka. The ‘Mathru Purna’ scheme, aims at providing pregnant and lactating poor women in rural areas with one nutritious meal daily, for 25 days in a month. A full meal of rice, dal with vegetables or sambar, one boiled egg, and 200ml of milk, will be given to pregnant women, through anganwadis. It benefits around 12 lakh women.The food will be provided for 15 months, from the start of pregnancy to six months after delivery.

4 October 2017

The Union Government waived service charges in November last year after demonetization to encourage digital modes of booking. The facility had been extended from June 30 and then to September 30. The Railway Board directed Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Corporation (IRCTC) that the benefits be extended till March next year. The Service charges on booking train tickets online through IRCTC ranges from Rs 20 to 40 per ticket.

4 October 2017

The Union Government launched SECURE Himalaya, a six-year project to ensure conservation of locally and globally significant biodiversity and land. The Himalayan ecosystem spread over four states namely Himachal Pradesh, Jammu and Kashmir, Uttarakhand and Sikkim. The system was launched by Union Ministry of Environment, Forests and Climate Change (MoEFCC) in association with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP).