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JANUARY 5, 2018
Strong ties... Minister for Foreign Affairs Dr Vivian Balakrishnan with India’s Minister of External Affairs and Overseas Indian
Affairs Sushma Swaraj.
Y OF EXTERNAL
The Asean-India Pravasi Bharatiya Divas aims to highlight
the ancient links between India and South-east Asia
and promote greater economic, cultural and diplomatic
cooperation between the two
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K. KESAVAPANY — NEW DELHI REBUILDS TIES WITH SOUTH-EAST ASIA: PAGE 14
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One-stop portal for all
government schemes for women
IN A bid to make information on
all government schemes and initia-
tives for women easily accessible,
the Ministry of Women and Child
Development has launched a new
web platform called Nari.
It summarises more than 350
schemes and other information that
are useful to women.
The website will also have tips
on nutrition, suggestions for health
check-ups, information on major
diseases, tips for job searches and
investment and savings advice.
Popular Urdu poet Anwar
Jalalpuri dies at 71
RENOWNED Urdu poet Anwar Jalal-
puri, known for his translation of the
Bhagavad Gita from Hindi to Urdu,
died in Lucknow on Jan 2 following a
cardiac arrest, according to a hospital
official from King George’s Medical
University. He was 71.
Mr Jalalpuri was admitted to the
trauma centre of the hospital on Dec
28 following a stroke.
He had slipped and fallen in a bath-
room and sustained a head injury.
His condition worsened on Jan 1
and he died around 11am, a hospital
Police in Mysuru confiscates sub-
standard helmets from riders
TO STRESS the importance of wear-
ing proper helmets in Mysuru, the po-
lice launched a drive to catch motor-
bike riders who wear helmets without
the ISI mark as well as half helmets
(above). The ISI mark is a certification
mark for industrial products in India.
During the drive, the police officers
seized the helmets and advised riders
to wear certified helmets. The police
also raided the shops and roadside
vendors selling non-ISI marked hel-
Flights from Odisha’s Jharsuguda
to start in February
FLIGHTS from Jharsuguda Airport in
Odisha will begin by the first week of
February. The air service will connect
Jharsuguda, Raipur and Jagdalpur un-
der the central government’s scheme
Ude Desh Ka Aam Naagrik.
Separately, chief secretary Aditya
Prasad Padhi pointed out that the in-
frastructure of the airstrip at Rourkela
is ready for flight operations and
instructed that Utkela and Jeypore
airstrips be ready by March.
Telangana begins 24-hour free
power supply to farm sector
TELANGANA became the first state
in India to supply free electricity
round-the-clock to the agriculture sec-
tor. The power is important to farmers
who use motorised pumps to irrigate
fields and depend on groundwater due
to lack of canal irrigation.
Chief Minister K. Chandrasekhar
Rao congratulated the employees of
the electricity organisations, saying
they pulled the state from power deficit
to power sufficient.
He announced a special increment to
the employees for their efforts.
Delhi to use QR codes to track auto
DELHI’S transport department is
working on a QR code system and set-
ting up a control room at its headquar-
ters to track auto rickshaws and cabs
while ferrying passengers.
The QR code stickers on cabs and
auto rickshaws will enable passengers
to get the details of the driver, which
they can share with others through
smartphones. It will provide details of
the GPS installed in the vehicle.
The details will help in case a passen-
ger faces distress while travelling.
MGR’s childhome to be converted
THE childhood home of former Tamil
Nadu chief minister and actor M.G.
Ramachandran will be renovated and
converted into a memorial.
The house in Vadavannur, Kerala, has
been in a bad state. It houses an An-
ganwadi (a rural mother and child care
centre) under the Kerala Social Welfare
Department. It will also get a statue of
MGR, along with a small theatre that
will screen documentaries on MGR
and his films.
More people pledging to donate
bodies to science
GANADARPAN, a society in West
Bengal that motivates individuals to
donate their bodies to science after
death, has seen a million people take
the pledge to do so since it started in
Its founder Braja Roy told The
Hindu: “The number of people com-
ing forward for body donation has
increased a great deal. We now receive
10,000 pledges every year.”
However, poor infrastructure and
conservative relatives remain a prob-
lem, with many of the pledged bod-
ies not being able to make it to the
medical colleges of West Bengal, said
Massive traffic jam
around India Gate leading
to New Year celebrations
THRONGS of people rushed
to gather at the India Gate
in Delhi (left) to usher in the
New Year at midnight.
The areas around Con-
naught Place and India Gate
were especially crowded.
The traffic police had to
control the traffic around
India Gate to allow pedes-
trians to move as more than
two lakh people gathered at
the lawns and on Rajpath.
Traffic jams were also
reported in nearby malls
Free education for Bengaluru’s first girl born in 2018
THE first baby girl (above) born at 12.05am on Jan 1 at the
Rajajinagar civic hospital in Bengaluru’s Western suburb will
get her education sponsored up to the degree level.
The girl, born to Ms Pushpa M., wife of Gopi M., both 25,
is their first child.
Said Mr Gopi: “We are grateful to the civic authorities for
this scheme and helping us with our child’s education.”
The Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike had earlier an-
nounced that the first girl child born in a civic hospital on
the New Year would be given free education.
January 5, 2018
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