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16 September 2017

Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu lay the foundation stone for New Regional Vocational Training Centre for Women on September 16. On this occasion, Skill Development Minister Dharmendra Pradhan will also mark his presence. The professional Institute will provide training to 480 students. The short term courses will be introduced for better employment opportunities. They are planned with the aid of Rs 19.95 crores the project was sanctioned in 2014 under the observation of the former labor minister Bandaru Dattatreya.

16 September 2017

The International Day for Preservation of Ozone Layer (World Ozone Day) is observed every year on September 16 for the preservation of the Ozone Layer. The theme of the year 2017 is ‘Caring for all life under the sun’. The ozone layer, a fragile shield of gas, protects the Earth from the harmful portion of the rays of the sun, thus helping preserve life on the planet. This year marks the 30th anniversary of the Montreal Protocol. As part of the anniversary celebrations, the Ozone Secretariat will launch a communication campaign ahead of World Ozone Day to be marked on 16 September 2017.

16 September 2017

Suzuki Motor invest more than Rs 1,150 crore along with Japanese partners Toshiba and Denso to set up India's first lithium-ion battery facility in Gujarat. The announcement by the parent of the country's largest carmaker, Maruti Suzuki is a major boost to the government's ambitious vehicle electrification and Make in India initiatives. It will hold half the stake and meanwhile, Toshiba will own 40% and Denso the remaining 10%.

16 September 2017

The Marine Products Export Development Authority (MPEDA) awarded National level Rajbhasha Keerti Award for the third consecutive year.  MPEDA Chairman A Jayathilak received the award from Honourable President Ram Nath Kovind. This award has been given to MPEDA for the best Implementation of Official language in the organization.

16 September 2017

Salman Khan received a Global Diversity Award at Britain’s House of Commons. The Global Diversity Award is given to people of immense stature in terms of diversity in the world, and he is certainly one of them. The Being Human NGO is run by the Salman Khan.  

16 September 2017

According to the Reserve Bank of India Data, India’s foreign-exchange reserves rose past $400 billion for the first time ever, strengthening policy makers’ buffers ahead of an expected reduction in US stimulus. In the previous week, the reserves increased by $3.572 billion to $398.122 billion. The gold reserves remained unchanged at $20.691 billion. The special drawing rights with the International Monetary Fund (IMF) increased by $14.2 million to $1.520 billion.

16 September 2017

The North Eastern Electric Power Corporation (NEEPCO) its two hydro-electric projects in Arunachal Pradesh are on the verge of completion and they would be commissioned next year. The commissioning of the 600 MW Kameng Hydro Electric Project and the 110 MW Pare Hydro Electric Project was delayed by about a couple of months due to floods and landslides. According to the officials, the Pare Hydro Project is set to be commissioned by February end next year, while the Kameng project would take another two months.

16 September 2017

India's first Centre for Animal Law established at the city-based NALSAR University of Law. Union Minister for Women and Child Development Maneka Gandhi inaugurated the centre according to a release issued by Humane Society International (HSI). The Centre will create curriculum on animal welfare laws, including developing topics for research. It will also conduct workshops on animal laws and animal welfare issues with judicial magistrates, animal welfare advocates, law enforcement agencies and other stakeholders in the government.

16 September 2017

India and Japan agreed to ink open sky arrangement to allow airlines from both countries to operate an unlimited number of flights. In this regard, both countries exchanged RoD (Record of Discussions) on civil aviation cooperation with respect to open sky. The open sky agreement will be signed in accordance with the National Civil Aviation Policy (NACP), 2016.

16 September 2017

The Indian Air Force (IAF) successfully conducted developmental trials of indigenously developed Astra beyond visual range air-to-air missile (BVRAAM). Total of seven trials of Astra BVRAAM conducted in various missions and two of them were against Pilotless Target Aircrafts (PTA) successfully fired. It is one of the smallest weapon system developed by DRDO, having a length of 3.8-metre and weighing 154kg. It is a single stage solid fuelled missile.

16 September 2017

The Union Government of India signed a loan deal worth $76 million with Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA). The total cost of the project will be $ 111 million, out of which $76 million will be provided as a soft loan from JICA. The project will be executed by Gujarat Maritime Board (GMB) and is likely to be completed by 2022. The JICA is the governmental agency that coordinates official development assistance (ODA) for Government of Japan.