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Current Affairs in Short: 13 April 2018

Apr 13, 2018 17:46 IST
Current Affairs in Short: 13 April 2018

AIIB decides to invest USD 140M to improve Rural Connectivity in India

• The Board of Directors of the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB) on April 12, 2018 approved USD 140 Million loan to improve rural connectivity in India.

• The project aims to improve the rural road connectivity and management for residents of about 5640 villages who use the rural roads for daily activities.

• It will enhance the institutional capacity through implementing a rural road asset management system and strengthen the design and quality assurance capacity of the implementation agency.

• It will develop road safety management capacity with road accident data management system and a comprehensive road safety program.

• The Project will be co-financed by the World Bank.

NHAI signs agreement for its First International Project

• The National Highways Authority of India on April 12, 2018 signed an agreement for upgradation of Yagyi – Kalewa section of highway in Myanmar to two lanes with earthen shoulder.

• The project will be funded by the Union Ministry of External Affairs and will be executed on EPC mode at a cost of Rs 1177 crores.    

• It will provide seamless vehicular movement for enhancing trade, business, health, education and tourism between Indian, Myanmar and Thailand.

• The project will be completed in three years.

President Ramnath Kovind lays foundation stone of Lusaka traffic Decongestion Project


• President Ram Nath Kovind and his Zambian counterpart Edgar Chagwa Lungu on April 12, 2018 laid the foundation stone of Lusaka traffic Decongestion Project in Zambia.

• The cost of this 93 km road is USD 289 million, of which, India will be contributing USD 250 million.

• This project is aimed at redesigning the major road network for Lusaka city with a view to reducing traffic jam, travel distance and saving fuel.

• The project will be completed in three years.

Dalit groups to observe 14 April as Protect Constitution Day


• Indian Dalit organisations on April 12, 2018 announced to observe 14 April, the birth anniversary of BR Ambedkar, as the Protect Constitution Day.

• These groups have also demanded that the Union government should immediately bring an ordinance to restore the original Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes (Prevention of Atrocities) Act.

• They also urged for the inclusion of the Act in the Ninth Schedule of the Indian Constitution to ensure that there can’t be any more revisions in the Act.

 

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World’s first microfactory to help tackle e-waste hazard

• Veena Sahajwalla, an Indian-origin scientist in Australia, launched the world’s first microfactory that can transform electronic waste items such as smartphones and laptops into valuable materials for re-use.

• The e-waste microfactory can help in reducing the rapidly growing problem of vast amounts of electronic waste causing environmental harm.

• It can also transform many types of consumer waste such as glass, plastic and timber into commercial materials and products.

Boeing signs deal with HAL, Mahindra to make fighter jet

• Boeing India on Aril 12, 2018 signed MoU with Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd (HAL), and Mahindra Defence Systems (MDS) at the Defence Expo 2018 to manufacture Super Hornet fighter aircraft in India.

• The companies will manufacture F/A-18 Super Hornet for India’s armed forces.

• Under the MoU, an entirely new and modern production facility will be built that can be utilised for other programmes like India’s Advance Medium Combat Aircraft (AMCA) programme.

Cisco blueprint to tap USD 2 billion for Indian digital education market

• Global networking giant Cisco on April 12, 2018 launched the ‘Blueprint for Digital Education’ to skill students in technologies like Big Data analytics, Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Cyber Security.

• The blueprint was launched during the Cisco ‘Digital Education Summit’ at the Indian School of Business (ISB), Hyderabad.

• The blueprint will allow colleges and universities to facilitate students to learn anywhere with Cisco Connected Classroom solutions.

• It will help colleges and universities to create an integrated digital environment that meets the high expectations of the industry.

 

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