Indian, Vietnamese armies conduct first military exercise ‘VINBAX’
In a first, the armies of India and Vietnam on January 29, 2018 began a six-day long military exercise in Jabalpur in Madhya Pradesh.
The exercise being the first-ever between the two nations is a proof of their growing defence ties. Titled ‘VINBAX’, it will continue for six days. The exercise follows Vietnamese Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc’s visit to India last week to participate in the India- ASEAN Commemorative summit and attend India’s Republic Day celebrations.
MCD launches new mobile application to improve civic services
The three Municipal Corporations of Delhi have jointly brought out a mobile application to enhance engagement of citizens in the resolution of grievances and improvement of civic services in the city.
The application called Mobile App 311 aims to empower users by giving them locations of nearby police stations, metro stations, petrol pumps, public toilets, parking, hospitals, bus stands, veterinary clinics, libraries, gyms, markets and other places.
NHRC issues notice to Centre, states over pollution faced by traffic personnel
The National Human Rights Commission has issued notices to the Union Home Secretary and Chief Secretaries of all states and union territories over the health hazard faced by traffic police personnel due to high air pollution.
The commission issued the order after taking notice of a complaint raising the issue of the right to health of traffic police personnel across the country.
Mission One Click for 30 types of scholarship distribution
The Madhya Pradesh state government has initiated a Mission One Click scheme to distribute the 30 types of scholarship in schools.
The government has made School Education Department as a nodal department for online distribution of 30 types of scholarship of 8 Government departments of the state through Samagra Education Portal. Through this system, the profiles of 1 crore 48 lakh students of all government and private educational institutions of the state have now become online.
US lifts ban on refugees from 11 ‘high risk’ nations
The United States on January 29, 2018 announced that it is lifting the ban that it had imposed on refugees from 11 nations, which it termed as high-risk countries.
Despite resuming the process of accepting the refugees, the US Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen stated that those seeking to enter the US would have to come under much tougher scrutiny than in the past. She said that the refugees will have to undergo tougher screening procedures and risk-based assessments before getting admission into the nation.