Cabinet approves Rs. 5718 crore World Bank-supported STARS project

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1.Constantina Dita named ambassador for Half Marathon C’ships Gdynia 2020:- Romania’s 2008 Olympic champion, Constantina Dita has been named an ambassador for the World Athletics Half Marathon Championships Gdynia 2020. The 2020 World Athletics Half Marathon Championships, originally scheduled for 29 March 2020 in Gdynia, Poland, was postponed until 17 October 2020, due to the coronavirus pandemic.

2. NTPC CMD Gurdeep Singh’s term extended till 2025:- The Appointments Committee of the Cabinet (ACC) has extended the tenure of state-run National Thermal Power Corporation (NTPC) Ltd, chairman and managing director, Gurdeep Singh till 31 July 2025. He had first assumed the charge of utility’s chairman and managing director in February 2016.

3.DG of Shipping notified as National Authority for Ships Recycling:- The Central government has notified the Directorate General of Shipping as the National Authority for Recycling of Ships. The DG Shipping has been designated as the apex authority for the ship recycling industry of India under Section 3 of the Recycling of Ships Act, 2019. The office of the National Authority of Ship Recycling will be set up in Gandhinagar, Gujarat.

 4.World Food Day: 16 October:-World Food Day is an international day celebrated every

year around the world on 16 October in honor of the date of the founding of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations in 1945.The day is celebrated widely by many other organizations concerned with food security, including the World Food Programme and the International Fund for Agricultural Development. The theme for this year’s World Food Day 2020 is “Grow, Nourish, Sustain Together”.

5.Cabinet approves Rs. 5718 crore World Bank-supported STARS project:- Union Cabinet chaired by the Prime Minister, Narendra Modi has approved the implementation of the Strengthening Teaching-Learning and Results for States (STARS) project. STARS is a new Centrally Sponsored Scheme under the Department of School Education and Literacy, Ministry of Education for improving the quality of education, in the Indian School Education System.

6.Statue of Unity to be reopened for visitors from Oct 17: In Gujarat, the world’s tallest statue – the Statue of Unity will be reopened for visitors from 17th October. The site will be reopened for the tourists from the first day of the nine-night Navratri festival. The world famous tourist site will be reopened for the first time after it was shut down due to Coronavirus pandemic. It is the world’s tallest statue with a height of 182 metres (597 feet).It is located on the Narmada River, facing the Sardar Sarovar Dam. It was designed by Indian sculptor Ram V. Sutar, and was inaugurated by Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi on 31 October 2018.

7.Nitin Gadkari to initiate simultaneous blasting for Zojila Tunnel in J&K, Ladakh:- Road Transport and Highways Minister Nitin Gadkari initiated simultaneous blasting for Zojila Tunnel in Jammu and Kashmir and Ladakh The tunnel will provide all-weather connectivity between Srinagar valley and Leh on NH-1 It involves construction of a 14.15-kilometre long tunnel at an altitude of about three thousand metres under Zojila pass on NH-1 connecting Srinagar and Leh through Dras and Kargil. At a height of 3000 meters in the Peerpanjal mountain range,  construction of Zojila tunnel is a historic necessity to provide an all weather road connectivity between Ladakh and the rest of the world. Minister Nitin Gadkari also sets a target for the National Highway Infrastructure Development Corporation Limited (NHIDCL) and the contractor to complete the construction before 2024.