Morning Current Affairs Updates: 23 August 2017

Aug 23, 2017 09:00 IST
Morning Current Affairs Updates: 23 August 2017

NITI Aayog CEO Amitabh Kant to launch Mentor India Campaign in New Delhi today

NITI Aayog CEO Amitabh Kant will launch the Mentor India Campaign in New Delhi on 23 August 2017. The campaign is a strategic nation building initiative to engage leaders who can nurture and guide students at more than 900 Atal Tinkering Labs.

The labs are dedicated workspaces where students from Class 6th to 12th learn innovation skills and develop ideas that will go on to transform India. Atal Tinkering Labs have been established across the country as a part of the Atal Innovation Mission. An official statement said the campaign is aimed at maximising the impact of the labs.

Bihar: Death toll due to floods mounts to 361

The death toll due to floods in Bihar has mounted to 361. Over one crore fifty lakh people in 18 districts are affected, with more than 7 lakh 60 thousand people shifted to safer places. Deputy Chief Minister Sushil Kumar Modi said Prime Minister Narendra Modi will undertake an aerial survey of the flood-hit areas of the state on 26 August 2017.

Swollen Burhi Gandak wreaked havoc in Muzaffarpur and Samastipur. Surging water of Kamla Balan is engulfing in fresh areas of Darbhanga. Flood situation is still grim in Sitamarhi.Relief and rescue operations are in full swing.

Besides Army teams, NDRF and SDRF are carrying out relief and rescue operations. Dry food packets are being airdropped in the affected areas.

Mumbai amongst 17 most-polluted cities in Maharashtra: MoS for Environment Pravin Pote Patil

Mumbai features among the 17 most polluted cities in Maharashtra and 123 cities from the country. Minister of State for Environment Pravin Pote-Patil said Mumbai and Navi Mumbai figure in the list of the most polluted cities and the state government intends to make Maharashtra pollution-free by 2022 by adopting various pollution control measures.

Patil was speaking at a one-day workshop on 'Clean Air Maharashtra Resolve 2022' in Mumbai. The Minister said the main contributors to air pollution in the state are vehicles and factories.

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