Andhra Pradesh to be declared ODF by March 2018
The Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh N Chandrababu Naidu announced that Andhra Pradesh will be declared as Open Defecation Free (ODF) by March 2018.
This was announced during a Collectors’ Conference in Vijayawada, as a part of the Swachhata Hi Seva Campaign.
Swachhata Hi Seva is a pan India campaign, which was launched on 15 September and will conclude on 2 October 2017. It calls upon all citizens across the country to participate actively through shramdaan for the cause of swachhata.
Union Government announces new PPP Policy for Affordable Housing
Union Government on 21 September 2017 announced a new PPP Policy for Affordable Housing that allows extending central assistance of up to Rs 2.50 lakh for each house to be built by private builders even on private lands.
The policy seeks to assign risks among the government, developers and financial institutions and to those who can manage them the best besides leveraging underutilized and un-utilized private and public lands towards meeting the Housing for All target by 2022.
India's first indigenously built Scorpene submarine 'INS Kalvari' delivered to Navy
The first of the Scorpene class submarines INS Kalvari was delivered to the Indian Navy by Mazagon Dock Shipbuilders Limited (MDL) on 21 September 2017. The submarine will soon be commissioned into the Indian Navy.
INS Kalvari, named after the dreaded Tiger Shark, is equipped with state of the art technology including superior stealth features such as advanced acoustic silencing techniques, low radiated noise and the ability to launch a crippling attack on the enemy using precision guided weapons.