Indian Animation Expert Bhimsain Khurana Passes Away
– An Indian animation pioneer and multiple National Award winner Bhimsain Khurana had passed away.
– Khurana was known for films like “Gharaonda” and for iconic animation shorts like “Ek Anek Ekta”.He was 82.
-His unforgettable work includes “Ek chidiya, anek chidiya” song.
– His debut with his first animation short “The Climb” was made by Khurana In 1970, which earned him the Silver Hugo Award in the Chicago Film Festival.
Vice-President Inaugurates Civil Services Day Event In New Delhi
-The Vice President M. Venkaiah Naidu inaugurated the two-day Civil Services Day event in New Delhi.
– The Day focuses on the topic ‘Evolving Strategies for Transforming Aspirational Districts’.
-The Vice President also released a book ‘Emulating Excellence- Takeaways for Replication’.
– The day is celebrated for the civil servants to rededicate themselves to the cause of citizen and renew their commitments to public service and excellence in work.
16th Federation Cup Junior National Athletics Championship Begins
The 16th Federation Cup Junior National athletics championship has begun in Coimbatore, Tamil Nadu. Over 800 athletes from 32 states across the country will take part in this tournament.
The meet will serve as the selections trials for the 18th Asian Junior Athletic Meet to be held at Gifu, Japan, in June. The three-day event will see 440 boys and 352 girls in the age group of 16 to 20 years take part in 44 events.
EAM Sushma Swaraj Left For China On 4-Day Visit For SCO Meet
External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj left for China on a four-day visit. She will participate in a meeting of the foreign ministers of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO).
She will hold talks with her Chinese counterpart Wang Yi. This will be Ms Swaraj’s first meeting with Wang after he was elevated to be the state councillor. The visit is aimed at elevating the China-India strategic cooperation partnership.
E-SANAD Portal And National Academic Depository Integrated
The Ministry of Human Resource Development (HRD) has launched integration of e-SANAD portal and NAD – National Academic Depository in a bid to make education system in India more transparent.
e-Sanad is a project aimed at online submission and verification of documents with the ultimate object to extend contactless, cashless, faceless and paperless document attestation service. NAD is a 24X7 online storehouse of all academic awards viz. diplomas certificates, degrees, mark-sheets etc.
Cabinet Approves Promulgation Of Fugitive Economic Offenders Ordinance
The Union Cabinet approved the promulgation of the Fugitive Economic Offenders Ordinance 2018, which would empower the government to seize the domestic assets of those deemed by a relevant court to be economic offenders.Offenders Ordinance has a provision for a ‘Special Court’ under the Prevention of Money-laundering Act, 2002 to declare a person as a Fugitive Economic Offender.
PM Modi’s 3-Nation Tour Of Europe: Important Highlights
Prime Minister of India Narendra Modi was on the three-nation visit of Europe to Sweden, the UK and Germany. He has signed various important agreements and attended various conferences during the visit. Following are the important highlights regarding the 3-nation visit of PM Modi.
1. UK Joins International Solar Alliance to Mark Narendra Modi Visit
i. The United Kingdom joined the India-led International Solar Alliance (ISA) ahead of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit to Britain.
ii. The Event held at the London Stock Exchange as part of the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting 2018 (CHOGM), Britain formally announced its membership of the alliance, which aims to raise $1 trillion of private and public finance to provide affordable and sustainable energy for all by 2030.
2. Modi in Sweden on 1st leg of 3-nation visit:
i. PM Modi left for Sweden on the first leg of his three-nation tour of Europe.
ii. This was the first prime ministerial visit from India to Sweden in 30 years after the visit of Rajiv Gandhi in 1988.
iii. Modi held a bilateral summit with Swedish Prime Minister Stefan Lofven.
iv. India and Sweden also co-host the first ever India-Nordic Summit, where the Prime Ministers of the other four Nordic countries of Denmark, Finland, Iceland and Norway were present.
v. PM Modi held a roundtable with top Swedish CEOs
vi. Companies in Sweden, the largest Nordic economy in Europe has committed a fresh 1.1 billion dollars investment in India.
vii. He Signed various agreements with Sweden, Denmark and Iceland.
3. Modi in the UK on 2nd leg of 3-nation visit:
i. PM Modi addressed the world in a globally broadcast live event called ‘Bharat Ki Baat, Sabke Saath’ from the iconic Central Hall Westminster in London.
ii. PM Modi and 52 other leaders attended the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) at the Buckingham Palace in London. He joined other heads of government for the leaders’ retreat at Windsor Castle, which concluded the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) in the UK.
iii. PM Modi also held bilateral talks with his British counterpart Theresa May. Counter-terrorism cooperation was the main agenda of discussion. Modi and May agreed to take “decisive and concerted actions” against terrorism in all its manifestations.
iv. Mr Modi also paid floral tributes at the bust of 12th-century Lingayat philosopher and social reformer Basaveshwara at Albert Embankment Gardens on the banks of the river Thames.
v. At the special invitation extended by Prince Charles, Modi became the first Indian PM to attend the event in a decade.
4. Modi in Germany on 3rd and last leg of 3 nation visit:
i. Prime Minister Narendra Modi held bilateral talks with German Chancellor Angela Merkel in Berlin and discussed ways to further strengthen the strategic partnership between the two countries.
ii. It was third and the last leg of Modi’s three-nation tour to the UK, Sweden and Germany. The PM arrived in Delhi from Berlin.
Prince Charles To Succeed His Mother Queen Elizabeth II As Head Of Commonwealth
Britain’s Prince Charles will succeed his mother Queen Elizabeth II as the Head of the Commonwealth after the heads of government agreed on his succession.
The Commonwealth leaders have reached an agreement on the succession of the 69-year-old heir to the British throne at a closed-door Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting retreat in Windsor Castle.
SJVN Signs MoU With Ministry Of Power
SJVN Limited has signed an MoU with Ministry of Power for the year 2018-19. The MoU was signed by Ajay Kumar Bhalla, Secretary (Power) and Shri Nand Lal Sharma, Chairman & Managing Director, SJVN.
As per the targets set in the MOU, SJVN shall strive to achieve 9200 Million Units generation during the year under ‘Excellent’ category. Further, SJVN will have Capital Expenditure (CAPEX) target of Rs. 900 crore and Turnover target of Rs. 2175 crore under the Excellent category.