Himachal Pradesh cabinet decides to constitute state’s own disaster response force
Keeping in view state’s vulnerability to multiple natural and man-induced hazards, the Himachal Pradesh cabinet on Saturday decided to constitute a state disaster response force (SDRF) consisting of three companies.
This would facilitate the state government to pre-position its resources and mobilize them within shortest possible time in case of natural calamities. In addition to this, the SDRF can also be utilized during Manimahesh Yatra, Shrikhand Yatra, Kinnar Kailash Yatra and other events where preventive measures are required.
To promote safe and secure adventure sports and to make aero sports activities more safe and professional, the cabinet gave its approval to Himachal Pradesh Aero Sports Rules, 2019. This would cover various activities such as paragliding, handgliding and paramotor.
Consent to enhance financial assistance being given to eligible families under the Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojna–Gramin and Mukhya Mantri Awas Yojna by Rs 20,000 was also given during the meet. Now the beneficiaries will get Rs. 1.50 lakh instead of Rs 1.30 lakh. Similarly, it also decided to increase the amount under the Mukhya Mantri Awas Murammat Yojna from existing Rs 25,000 to Rs 35,000.
It also gave its approval to link 10 market yards with e-NAM (electronic national agriculture market) to ensure remunerative prices to the farmers of their produce. With this, 29 market yards have been linked with this facility.
UN declares Malala decade’s ‘most famous teenager’
The UN has declared Pakistani education activist and Nobel laureate Malala Yousafzai as “the most famous teenager in the world” in its ‘Decade in Review’ report.
In 2014, Malala became the youngest recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize in recognition of her efforts for children’s rights which started even before she was shot in the head two years ago by Taliban militants.
She became a UN Messenger of Peace in 2017, with a special focus on girls.
Christina Koch sets new record for Longest Spaceflight by a Woman
NASA astronaut Christina Koch set a new record for the longest single spaceflight by a woman, eclipsing the record of 288 days set by former NASA astronaut Peggy Whitson in 2016-17. Koch has six weeks to go before returning to Earth from the International Space Station (ISS). The Expedition 61 Flight Engineer has spent more than 300 days in space.
Koch earlier made history in her stay aboard the orbital laboratory. The opportunity to be up here for so long is truly an honor. Koch arrived at the space station on March 14, expected to be on a typical six-month mission.NASA extended her stay partly in a bid to collect more data about the effects of long-duration spaceflight.
PM Modi says ISRO is planning to launch satellite Aditya to study Sun
Prime Minister Narendra Modi has said that ISRO is planning to launch a satellite called Aditya to study the sun.
The aim of the mission is to keep a permanent eye on the sun without any disturbance.
Aditya-L1 is meant to observe the solar corona.
In his ‘Mann ki Baat’ programme of AIR, Mr Modi said, India is quite advanced in the field of astronomy and ISRO has taken path-breaking initiatives in this field.
Krish Srikkanth, Anjum Chopra to get CK Nayudu Lifetime Achievement Awards
Former India captain member of the 1983 World Cup-winning team Krish Srikkanth will be the recipient of this year’s prestigious CK Nayudu Lifetime Award given by the BCCI. Anjum Chopra is the co-recipient of the lifetime achievement award for the year 2019.
The BCCI Annual Award function held in Mumbai. Srikkanth and Anjum conferred with the Lifetime Achievement award for their contributions to Indian cricket. Srikkanth is one of the biggest names to have come out of Tamil Nadu cricket stable apart from another former India skipper, S Venkataraghavan and Ravichandran Ashwin. He represented India between 1981 to 1992.
Koneru Humpy won World Rapid Chess title in Russia
India’s Koneru Humpy defeated China’s Lei Tingjie battle to win the Women’s World Rapid Chess Championship in Moscow. Humpy accumulated nine points tied with Tingjie. Indian lost the opening set before making a speedy recovery in the second round. The championship played under rapid time controls. FIDE holds the Women’s Rapid chess championship.
FIDE (Federation of International Chess Federation) is the supreme body by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) in conducting chess tournaments at continental levels and global level. FIDE founded in Paris, France, on July 20, 1924.
The motto of the organization is Gens una sumus meaning. We are one people.
Amitabh Bachchan honoured with Dadasaheb Phalke Award
The 50th Dadasaheb Phalke Awards honored legendary actor Amitabh Bachchan with India’s highest film honor for his stupendous contribution to Indian cinema, in New Delhi. President Ram Nath Kovind presented the Award to Mr. Bachchan. Union Minister Prakash Javadekar announced that Mr. Bachchan would be awarded the prestigious award. The legend Amitabh Bachchan who entertained and inspired for two generations selected unanimously for Dadasahab Phalke Award.
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