Nepal launches 'accessible' trekking trail for disabled, elderly
Nepal has launched its first accessible trekking trail in Pokhara city for the disabled and the elderly.
The trail was inaugurated by the country’s Culture and Tourism Minister Rabindra Adhikari, as a part of the three-day international conference on Accessible Tourism, which was held for the first time in Nepal from March 29 to March 31.
India replaces Vietnam to become world’s second largest mobile phone producer
India has replaced Vietnam to become the second-largest producer of mobile phones in the world, only after China.
As per the data shared by the Indian Cellular Association (ICA) with Union Telecom Minister Manoj Sinha and IT Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad, the annual production of mobile phones in India increased from 3 million units in 2014 to 11 million units in 2017.
With the rise in mobile phone production, imports of the devices in the country also reduced to less than half in 2017-18.
West Bengal introduces 'Rupashree scheme’ for marriage of poor girls
The state government of West Bengal on March 28, 2018 introduced a new scheme called ‘Rupashree’ in order to provide marriage assistance to girls coming from economically weaker families with a budgetary allocation of Rs 1500 crore.
The scheme proposes to extend one-time financial assistance worth Rs 25,000 to the family of the girl whose annual income is up to Rs 1.5 lakh. The monetary assistance will be provided at the time of marriage after the girl has attained the age of 18 years.
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Former Guatemala dictator Efrain Rios Montt passes away
Former military dictator Efrain Rios Montt, who ruled Guatemala between 1982 and 1983 and was accused of genocide, passed away on April 1, 2018. He was 91.
Rios Montt was held responsible for the murders of 1771 indigenous Ixil-Maya people during his short reign in Guatemala, The incident took place in the wake of the 36-year civil war. According to the United Nations, around 200000 people died or were made to disappear during the Guatemala's long, brutal civil war, which ended in 1996.
Delhi becomes first city to roll-out BS-VI fuel
In order to combat the rising levels of air pollution, the Delhi-NCR region on April 1, 2018 began supplying ultra-clean Bharat Stage VI grade fuel, both petrol and diesel.
With this, Delhi became the first city in the country to switch from BS-IV grade fuels to BS-VI. BS-VI fuel is equivalent to fuel meeting Euro-VI emission norms.
Other cities like Noida, Ghaziabad, Gurugram, Faridabad, Mumbai, Chennai, Bengaluru, Hyderabad and Pune will also switch over to cleaner BS-VI grade fuel from January 1, 2019.