Keralites celebrate Onam with full spirit


1.PM Modi, Nepalese PM inaugurates Motihari-Amlekhgunj oil pipeline

Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Nepal’s Prime Minister K.P.Sharma Oli jointly inaugurated Motihari-Amlekhgunj cross border petroleum products pipeline through video conference.This is the first transnational petroleum pipeline form India and first South Asian oil pipeline corridor.The landmark pipeline will ensure a smooth, cost-effective and environment-friendly supply of petroleum products to Nepal.The 69 km long pipeline from Motihari in Bihar to Amlekhgunj in Nepal has been constructed by India in just 15 months, half of its 30 months deadline.The cost of the pipeline is around three hundred fifty crore rupees which are entirely borne by Indian Oil Corporation.

2.PM Modi launches National Animal Disease Control Programme

Prime Minister Narendra Modi launched the National Animal Disease Control Programme (NADCP) for eradicating the Foot and Mouth Disease (FMD) and Brucellosis in the livestock from Mathura in Uttar Pradesh.The programme aims at vaccinating over 500 Million Livestock including cattle, buffalo, sheep, goats and pigs against the disease.It will be implemented for a period of five years till 2024 at a cost of 12, 652 crore rupees.It also aims at vaccinating 36 million female Bovine Calves annually in its fight against the Brucellosis disease.The objective of the programme is to control Foot and Mouth Disease and Brucellosis by  2025 and their eradication by 2030.

3.IAF resurrects 17 Squadron ‘Golden Arrows’ for Rafale

The Indian Air Force (IAF) resurrected the Air Force Station Ambala-based 17 Squadron ‘Golden Arrows’, which will operate the first squadron of Rafale fighter jets in the near future.Air Chief Marshal Birender Singh Dhanoa presented a memento to Station Commander Group Captain Harkirat Singh to commemorate the occasion.The squadron was formed at Ambala on 01st Oct 1951 under the command of Flight Lieutenant D L Springett and was then equipped with Harvard-II B aircraft.Under the command of then Wing Commander BS Dhanoa, Golden Arrows participated actively in Operation Safed Sagar in 1999.

4.Centre sets up 3-member panel to oversee bifurcation of J&K into two Union Territories

Centre has set up a three-member panel to oversee the bifurcation of Jammu and Kashmir into two Union Territories.The committee will look into the distribution of assets and liabilities of Jammu and Kashmir between two successor Union territories, which will come into existence on the 31st of October this year.The committee headed by Former Defence Secretary Sanjay Mitra will have Retired IAS officer Arun Goyal and Retired Indian Civil Accounts Service officer Giriraj Prasad Gupta as members.On 5th of last month, the Centre had announced the abrogation of the special status given to J&K under Article 370 and bifurcation of the state into the two UTs.

5.Kerala to set up India’s first global trade centre for women

In a first, Kerala is all set to set up India’s first International Women’s Trade Centre (iWTC), in consonance with the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDs), in Kozhikode.This initiative aims to accelerate women entrepreneurship and secure gender parity while providing women with a safe place away from home to start new businesses, set up or expand, and get their products marketed globally.The first phase of iWTC, being executed under the Gender Park’s “Vision 2020”, is scheduled to be completed by 2021.

6.Keralites celebrate Onam with full spirit

Keralites across the globe are celebrating their biggest festival Onam.The annual harvest festival of Onam falls in the month of Chingam.It is a 10-day long festival from Atham to Thiruonam. Onam commemorates the return of a mythical, righteous King Mahabali.Irrespective of the caste and community, Onam is being celebrated by Keralites across the globe with full spirit.

7.NITI Aayog joins hands with McKinsey for first digital capability centre

McKinsey & Company has secured a contract from the NITI Aayog to set up India’s first digital capability centre (DCC) at New Delhi.The government will act as a facilitator to bring together industry, academia and research on one platform to help set up the centre, which has to be driven by the private sector.The Aayog has lined up extensive stakeholder consultations over the next few months to firm up the plan.DCC is a unique digital manufacturing learning centre offering company leaders and their workforces hands-on experience and workshops in next-generation technology.

8.US President Donald Trump fires National Security Adviser John Bolton

President Donald Trump forced out his hawkish national security adviser, John Bolton.Trump had significant disagreements on Iran, Afghanistan and a cascade of other global challenges with him.The exit comes amid reports that there is disagreement within the Administration over Trump’s decision to host a now-cancelled meeting with Taliban leaders at Camp David.

9.US Prez Trump nominates Indian American as federal judge in Florida

US President Donald Trump has nominated an Indian American as a federal judge in Florida.Anuraag Singhal is among the 17 judiciary nomination sent by the White House to the Senate.If confirmed by the Senate, the Indian-American would replace James Cohn as the United States district judge for the southern district of Florida.Singhal is the first Indian-American to be nominated to this position in Florida.

10.Senior Women’s National Football Championship kicks off

The 25th Senior Women’s National Football Championship kicked off at Pasighat in Arunachal Pradesh.State’s Chief Minister Pema Khandu and Union Minister of State for Sports and Youths Affairs Kiren Rijiju attended the inaugural match between Railways and Mizoram.30 teams are participating in the 15-day event.Teams have been divided into eight groups. The eight group toppers will advance to the quarterfinals which will be followed by semifinals and final on 24th of this month.