Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurates India’s first World Food fair
On November 3, 2017, Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurated ‘World Food India’ 2017 in New Delhi.
Highlights of ‘World Food India’ 2017:
- India is hosting World Food Fair for the first time.
- This three-day-long event (from 3rd-5th November, 2017) has been organised by Union Ministry of Food Processing Industries under the leadership of Union Minister Harsimrat Kaur Badal.
- On November 4, 2017, over 800 kg khichdi (a traditional Indian dish) will be prepared live at ‘World Food India’ 2017 in a bid to create world record and popularise it as brand India food globally.
- Around 7000 stakeholders including Ministerial delegations from a number of countries, global investors and business leaders of major food companies will attend this event.
- Memorandum of Understanding (MoUs) worth USD 11 billion are expected to signed during the course of this event
World’s highest motorable road constructed in Ladakh
Border Roads Organisation (BRO) under Union Ministry of Defense has constructed the world’s highest motorable road (at 19300 feet) in Ladakh region of Jammu and Kashmir.
Facts related to World’s highest motorable road constructed in Ladakh:
- This road passes through Umlingla Top at a height of over 19,300 feet.
- It is a 86km long road connecting Chisumle and Demchok villages, located 230 Kms from Leh.
- From strategic perspective, this road will facilitate troop movement along the Line of Actual Control (LAC) with China.
- This road has been constructed under BRO’s ‘Project Himank’. BRO’s ‘Project Himank’ started in 1985, to construct and maintain roads and related infrastructure in Leh-Ladakh region.
- Construction of roads like Khardung La at an altitude of 17,900 ft and Changla Pass at17,695 ft in Leh are the other feats accomplished under ‘Project Himank’.
All 4 wheel Motor Vehicles sold after 1st December 2017 to be fitted with FASTags
On 2nd November 2017, Ministry of Road Transport and Highways notified that, all four-wheel motor vehicles sold on or after 1st December, 2017, will have FASTags fitted on them by the manufacturer of the vehicle or its authorised dealer.
FASTags on all 4 wheel Motor Vehicles:
- The Ministry of Road Transport and Highways has issued a Gazette Notification regarding this. All four-wheel motor vehicles sold on or after 1st December, 2017, will have FASTags fitted on them by the manufacturer of the vehicle or its authorised dealer.
- In case of vehicles that are sold as drive away chassis without wind screen, FASTag will have to be fitted by the vehicle owner before it is registered.
- Amendments have been made to the relevant sections of the Central Motor Vehicles Rules, 1989 in this regard.
- About Ministry of Road Transport and Highways:
♦ Minister of Transport – Nitin Gadkari
♦ Ministers of State for Transport – Pon Radhakrishnan, Mansukh L. Mandaviya
‘Fake news’ named word of the year 2017
‘Fake news’ has been named the word of the year by Collins dictionary due to its widespread use around the world in recent times.
Popularity of ‘Fake News’:
- As per UK-based Collins dictionary, there was 365% surge in usage of “fake news” in the last 12 months.
- Fake News has been defined as “false, often sensational, information disseminated under the guise of news reporting”.
- It has been popularised by incumbent US President Donald Trump. He has repeatedly used this word to criticise specific media reports against him.
- Besides Trump, UK Prime Minister Theresa May and UK Opposition leader Jeremy Corbyn too have included the word ‘Fake News’ in their speeches.
- “genderfluid” (defined as not identifying exclusively with one gender rather than another), “gig economy” (the term for a system of casual, unstable employment sought through firms like Uber) and “antifa” (abbreviation of anti-fascist) are some the other words shortlisted for 2017
IAF DRDO successfully test indigenous glide bomb :-
- Indigenously developed light weight Glide Bomb, SAAW (Smart Anti Airfield Weapon) was successfully tested from Indian Air Force aircraft in the ranges at ITR, Chandipur, Odisha.
- The guided bomb is developed by the Research Centre Imarat (RCI), Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO), along with other laboratories of the DRDO and the Indian Air Force.
Hindi writer Krishna sobti selected for 53rd Jnanpith Award :-
- Krishna Sobti, the famed Hindi litterateur, has been selected for this year’s Jnanpith Award, the Jnanpith Selection Board announced on Friday.
- Sobti is a path breaking novelist. She has immensely enriched Hindi literature.
- Sobti’s choice of subjects range from the India-Pakistan partition, and relationships between man and woman, to the changing dynamics of the Indian society and the gradual deterioration of human values.
About Jnanpith Award :-
The Jnanpith Award is an Indian literary award presented annually by the Bharatiya Jnanpith to an author for their “outstanding contribution towards literature”. Instituted in 1961, the award is bestowed only on Indian writers writing in Indian languages included in the Eighth Schedule to the Constitution of India & English.