World Tourism Day 2017 observed across the world
The World Tourism Day was observed across the world on 27 September 2017 with the theme Sustainable Tourism - a Tool for Development. The major events for the day were organised in Doha, Qatar.
This year, the celebration of World Tourism Day focuses on how sustainable tourism can contribute to development of world. Sustainable tourism is defined as tourism that takes full account of its current and future economic, social and environmental impacts.
The year 2017 in itself is being celebrated as 'International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development'.
Vice-President Venkaiah Naidu declares rural areas in Nargund Open Defecation Free
Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu on 26 September 2017 declared the rural areas in Nargund Taluk of Karnataka as Open Defecation Free (ODF) while inaugurating Swachhta Hi Seva and Shouchalayakkagi Samara (A Crusade For Toilets) Programme in Karnataka.
Nargund taluk with 13 gram panchayats and 30 villages had 11949 families as per the baseline survey in 2012 and of them 9949 families did not have toilets. The authorities found it difficult to get toilets constructed in the village due to the reluctance of the villagers.
The officials took help of the Accredited Social Health Activists (ASHAs) and Anganwadi workers to convince the residents.
Joao Lourenco sworn in as President of Angola
Joao Lourenco on 26 September 2017 was sworn in as the President of Angola. With this, he became the first new President of Angola in 38 years. Lourenco took over the position from Jose Eduardo dos Santos, who ruled the country for around four decades.
The People's Movement for the Liberation of Angola (MPLA) has governed since Angola's hard-fought independence from Portugal in 1975, with Dos Santos taking power in 1979.
Union Government launches Divyang Sarathi mobile application
Union Minister for Social Justice and Empowerment Thaawarchand Gehlot on 26 September 2017 launched the Beta version of mobile application ‘Divyang Sarathi’.
This accessible and comprehensive mobile application will ensure easy dissemination of information to Divyangjans so that they can understand all details pertaining to the schemes, scholarships, statutes, institutional support systems and other relevant information at the click of a button.
The unique feature of this mobile application is its audio notes (text-to-voice conversion) embedded in the application which converts the written information into an audio file.
Kandla Port renamed as Deendayal Port
The Ministry of Shipping has issued a notice renaming Kandla Port Trust as Deendayal Port Trust with effect from 25 September 2017.
Kandla Port, situated on the Gulf of Kutch in Gujarat, is one of the twelve major ports in the nation. According to the Ministry's notice, the Central Government, in exercise of power presented on it under Indian Ports Act, 1908, made the correction to rechristened "Kandla" with "Deendayal".
While introducing different undertakings at Kandla Port in May this year, Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi had given the proposal for renaming of Kandla Port after Pandit Deendayal Upadhyay, who fought for the upliftment of poor people and weaker segments of society.