Jack Ma, the co-founder and executive chairman of Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba, announced on September 10, 2018 that he will step down as the head of the company in 2019. He named the company CEO Daniel Zhang as his successor.
The 54-year-old billionaire will continue as the executive chairman of the company, which is one of the world's most valuable companies, for the next 12 months to ensure a smooth transition of the chairmanship to Zhang.
Zhang will be promoted to the post of executive chairman on September 10, 2019. Despite stepping down, Ma will remain as a director on Alibaba’s board of directors until their annual shareholders' meeting in 2020 and a permanent member of the Alibaba Partnership.
Ocean Cleanup foundation deploys 2000 ft long device to clean Great Pacific Garbage Patch
The Ocean Cleanup foundation, an organisation founded by 24-year-old Dutch innovator Boyan Slat, on September 9, 2018 launched the world’s first ocean cleanup array from San Francisco, marking the start of the cleanup of Great Pacific Garbage Patch, a collection of marine debris in the North Pacific Ocean.
The cleanup system, “System 001”, headed to a location 240 nautical miles offshore for a two-week trial before moving towards the Great Pacific Garbage Patch which is 1200 nautical miles offshore, to start the cleanup.
System 001 is being towed from the San Francisco Bay by the vessel Maersk Launcher.
Pradhan Mantri Jan Arogya Yojana to cover child cancer treatment
The Union Government has announced that the treatment of childhood cancer will be covered under Pradhan Mantri Jan Arogya Yojana. The information was shared by NITI Aayog member Vinod Kumar Paul, while speaking at a function in New Delhi on September 9, 2018.
Paul revealed that child cancer will be treated under the Ayushman Bharat scheme and the rate in this regard has been fixed. He also said that 1.5 lakh health and wellness centres will be opened across India by 2022 under the scheme. The centres will provide comprehensive health care for diseases like diabetes, cancer, hypertension and cardiovascular diseases.
PM Narendra Modi to unveil Sardar Patel statue on October 31: Gujarat CM Vijay Rupani
Gujarat Chief Minister Vijay Rupani on September 9, 2018 announced that Prime Minister Narendra Modi will inaugurate the world’s tallest statue of Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel on October 31, 2018.
Named as the 'Statue of Unity', the statue is currently under construction on Sadhubet island at Sardar Sarovar Dam near Kevadia Colony in Bharuch district, Gujarat. The statue will highlight the works of Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel, popularly known as the 'Iron man of India'.
The foundation stone of the Statue of Unity was laid down by then Gujarat Chief Minister Anandiben Patel on October 31, 2014 on the occasion of Sardar Patel’s 139th birth anniversary. The construction work of the project was awarded to leading engineering company, Larsen and Toubro.
The Delhi government on September 10, 2018 launched a scheme that will enable doorstep delivery of 40 essential government services such as caste and marriage certificates, driving license and new water connections in the first phase. The services will be provided for an extra fee of Rs 50.
In July, the government had approved administrative reforms proposal to hire a company, which will be an intermediary agency, to execute the project in the national capital.The intermediary agency will set up call centres and hire 'mobile sahayaks’ (facilitators). The citizens will be able to call a centralised number to set up a home visit with a mobile sahayak.
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