‘Cable Stayed Bridge’ constructed across Durgam Cheruvu Lake inaugurated

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1.CSIR is at forefront of furthering scientific research & innovation in India: PM Modi

Prime Minister Narendra Modi today greeted all those associated with Council of Scientific and Industrial Research, CSIR on its Foundation Day.

In a tweet, Mr Modi said, CSIR is at the forefront of furthering scientific research and innovation in India. He said, they have also been playing a valuable role in fighting COVID-19. The Prime Minister extended his best wishes to CSIR for its future endeavours.

2.India-Japan Maritime bilateral exercise ‘JIMEX’ begins

The fourth edition of India-Japan Maritime bilateral exercise (JIMEX) begins in North Arabian Sea from today. The exercise is conducted biennially between the Indian Navy and Japanese Maritime Self-Defense Force (JMSDF). ‘JIMEX’ series of exercises commenced in January 2012 with special focus on maritime security cooperation. The last edition of JIMEX was conducted in October 2018 off Visakhapatnam coast. JIMEX 20 will be spread over three days and is being conducted in a ‘non-contact at-sea-only format’, in view of COVID-19 restrictions.

Naval cooperation between India and Japan has increased in scope and complexity over the years. Advanced level of operations and exercises planned during JIMEX-20 are indicative of the continued upswing in Indo-Japanese defence relations and continued efforts by both Governments to work closely for a more secure, open and inclusive global commons, in accordance with international regulations. JIMEX 20 will further enhance the cooperation and mutual confidence between the two navies and fortify the long standing bond of friendship between the two countries.

The three-day long, JIMEX 20 will showcase high degree of inter-operability and joint operational skills through conduct of a multitude of advanced exercises, across the spectrum of maritime operations. Multi-faceted tactical exercises involving weapon firings, cross deck helicopter operations and complex surface, anti-submarine and air warfare drills will consolidate coordination developed by the two navies.

Indigenously built stealth destroyer Chennai, Teg Class stealth frigate Tarkash and Fleet Tanker Deepak, under the command of Rear Admiral Krishna Swaminathan, Flag Officer Commanding Western Fleet, will represent the Indian Navy. The Japanese Maritime Self-Defense Force will be represented by JMSDF Ships Kaga, an Izumo Class Helicopter Destroyer and Ikazuchi, a Guided Missile Destroyer, led by Rear Admiral Konno Yasushige, Commander Escort Flotilla – 2 (CCF – 2). In addition to ships, P8I Long Range Maritime Patrol Aircraft, integral helicopters and fighter aircraft will also participate in the exercise.

3.PM Modi to hold virtual bilateral summit with Sri Lankan counterpart

Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Sri Lankan counterpart Mahinda Rajapaksa will be holding a Virtual Bilateral Summit today. The Summit will be Prime Minister Modi’s first such virtual engagement with a neighbouring country and also Mr Rajapaksa’s first diplomatic engagement with a leader of a foreign country after he was sworn in as Prime Minister in August this year.

India- Sri Lanka bilateral relations are marked by regular high level exchanges. Such exchanges have provided momentum to mutual cooperation and ties which are multi-dimensional in nature and cut across spheres such as commerce, security, defence, culture, and tourism.

A Virtual Bilateral Summit under challenging circumstances posed by COVID-19, testifies to the deep-rooted civilizational ties and shared heritage between the two neighbouring countries. This is also a reflection of India’s ‘Neighbourhood First’ approach and SAGAR doctrine.

The Summit will give an opportunity to the two leaders to comprehensively review the broad framework of the bilateral relationship in the context of the time-tested friendly ties between the two countries and give broad political direction for a strengthened and deepened collaborative partnership on key issues of mutual interest.

4.‘Cable Stayed Bridge’ constructed across Durgam Cheruvu Lake inaugurated

Minister of State for Home G. Kishan Reddy inaugurated the new ‘Cable Stayed Bridge’ constructed across Durgam Cheruvu Lake along with four-lane elevated corridor connecting it with Jubilee Hills in Hyderabad last evening. The bridge is 426 metre long, including the approaches on both ends, and 25.8 metre wide, with a total of 52 stay cables. The bridge is one of longest in the country constructed at a cost of over 334 crore rupees. On the occasion, the Minister appreciated the efforts of all workers and engineers involved in the construction of the iconic bridge.

Telangana Municipal Administration and Urban Development Minister K Taraka Ramarao and Hyderabad Mayor B Rammohan also joined the formal launch.

5.Madhya Pradesh CM to launch Mukhyamantri Kisan Kalyan Yojana in Bhopal

Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chauhan will launch the Mukhyamantri Kisan Kalyan Yojana in Bhopal today.

The scheme has been prepared on the lines of Pradhan Mantri Kisan Samman Nidhi Yojana. On the occasion, the Chief Minister will also interact with the farmers through video conferencing.

In the Pradhan Mantri Kisan Samman Nidhi Yojana, farmers are paid 6 thousand rupees in 3 equal installments in a year. Under the Mukhyamantri Kisan Kalyan yojna, the Samman Nidhi of 4 thousand rupees will be given by the state government in 2 equal installments to the beneficiary farmers of PM Kisan samman Nidhi Yojana.

In this way, every farmer will now get a total of 10 thousand rupees per year as samman nidhi in Madhya Pradesh.

Meanwhile, the state government transferred Rs 40 crore 52 lakhs to the account of more than 16 thousand meritorious students for purchasing laptops at the rate of Rs 25 thousand per student yesterday. Talented Students Promotion Scheme was started in 2009. Students who scored more than 85 percent marks in the Class XII examination are provided funds to buy laptops. This year, around 40 thousand students are being given more than Rs 101 crore in this scheme.

6.MeitY and NITI Aayog to organize mega virtual summit on AI-RAISE 2020

The Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MeitY) and NITI Aayog will organize a Mega Virtual Summit on Artificial Intelligence (AI), RAISE 2020- ‘Responsible AI for Social Empowerment 2020,’.The summit will be organised from October 5-9, 2020.RAISE 2020 will be a global meeting of minds to exchange ideas and chart a course for using AI for social transformation, inclusion and empowerment in areas like Healthcare, Agriculture, Education and Smart Mobility, among other sectors.At the RAISE 2020 Summit, delegates and experts in research, policy and innovation on Artificial Intelligence will join from across the globe.The RAISE 2020 Summit will also feature some of the most exciting startups working in Artificial Intelligence-related fields.

7.Rajasthan CM Ashok Gehlot approves ‘Moksha Kalash Yojana-2020’

The Chief Minister of Rajasthan, Ashok Gehlot has approved the Rajasthan State Road Transport Corporation’s scheme called ‘Moksha Kalash Yojana-2020’.This Moksha Kalash Yojana aims to allow free bus travel to two members of the family of the deceased to immerse ashes of their loved ones in the Ganga in Haridwar.The state road transport corporation would be the nodal agency to run the scheme and the expenses would be borne by the Devasthan Department.Passengers will be required to register for availing the facility by providing details including about the dead person.

8.Assam CM Sarbananda Sonowal launches ‘Mukhyamantrir Grammya Paribahan Achoni’

Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal launched the Mukhyamantrir Grammya Paribahan Achoni.He also distributed vehicles under the scheme to beneficiaries.The scheme aims to improve rural connectivity and generate employment in the villages.The scheme has been launched by the transport department following an announcement made by the Chief Minister in his Independence Day speech on August 15, 2019.Under the scheme, the eligible entrepreneurs will be assisted financially with 25 percent of the cost of the vehicle by the State government or Rs 1 lakh, whichever is less.