Rajasthan Assembly passes bill increasing OBC quota to 26 per cent
The state government of Rajasthan on 26 October 2017 passed a bill that increased the reservation quota for Other Backward Classes (OBC) from 21 per cent to 26 per cent.
The Backward Classes (Reservation of Seats in Educational Institutions in the State and of Appointments and Posts in Services under the State) Bill will provide reservation to the five ‘most backward’ OBC communities.
These five ‘most backward’ OBC communities are - Gujjars; Banjara, Baldiya, Labana; Gadiya Lohar, Gadoliya; Raika, Rebari, Debasi; and Gadariya, Gadri, Gayari.
'Dadagiri', 'Jugaad', 'Surya Namaskar' among 70 Indian words added to Oxford English Dictionary
Indian words like 'Dadagiri', 'Surya Namaskar', 'Achcha' and 'Bapu' were added to the Oxford English Dictionary in the month of September 2017. These words are among 70 Indian words from various regional languages like Telugu, Tamil, Hindi, Bengali and Gujarati that were added to the dictionary.
Several Indian food items names found their place in the dictionary this year. These food items names are Bhindi, Gosht, Gulab Jamun, Keema, Mirch, Mirch Masala, Namkeen and Vada.
Frequently used terms like jugaad, funda, achcha, natak, timepass and chup also found their place in the dictionary. Urdu word 'Abba' which means father, also found a place in the dictionary.
India, Sri Lanka sign MoU to build 1200 houses in Hambantota
India on 26 October 2017 signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Sri Lanka to build 1200 houses in Hambantota, a southern port city of Sri Lanka.
The 1200 houses will be constructed through 50 model villages using Indian grant assistance of Rs 600 million. Out of these 1200 houses, 600 will be constructed in the Southern Province, while the remaining will be constructed across Sri Lanka with one model village in each of the 25 districts.
These projects are in continuation of India's commitment to assist Sri Lanka in the development of housing infrastructure. India has already committed 50000 houses in the North and East Sri Lanka, out of which nearly 46000 houses have been completed.
Indian Railways to get its first set of solar plants
Indian Railways’ first set of solar plants having a total capacity of 5 megawatt peak (MWp) would be launched in New Delhi on 27 October 2017.
The plants built on the roof tops of Hazrat Nizamuddin, New Delhi, Anand Vihar and Delhi railway stations would be generating 76.5 lakh units of solar power cumulatively every year. The project will help the railways save around Rs 421.4 lakh annually and reduce 6082 tonnes of CO2 emissions.
This project is a part of the Union government’s National Solar Mission in which Indian Railways plans to commission around 1000 MWp solar plants across its wide rail network.
Infantry Day observed on 27 October
Infantry Day was observed across India on 27 October 2017 to commemorate the sacrifices made by the infantry who fought against Pakistan in Jammu and Kashmir in 1947.
In 1947, Jammu and Kashmir was invaded by tribals who were getting support from Pakistani Army. The then Prime Minister Jawahar Lal Nehru ordered the Indian Army for quick action against the invaders.
Following the order, the 1st Battalion of the SIKH Regiment was sent to Kashmir Srinagar to liberate Kashmir from the invaders. This was the first infantry action by the Indian Army after independence.