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World Bank, AIIB approve a loan for USD 300 million projects to Punjab

The World Bank and Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB) have approved loans for USD 300 million (about Rs 2,190 crore) canal-based drinking water projects in Punjab.
The project is aimed at ensuring quality drinking water and minimizing water losses for Amritsar and Ludhiana, according to a Punjab government statement.

  • President of Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank: Jin Liqun.
  • Headquarters of AIIB: Beijing, China.
  • AIIB established: 16 January 2016.
  • Punjab CM: Captain Amarinder Singh.
  • Punjab Governor: V.P.Singh Badnore.

Union Ministers Dr. Harsh Vardhan and Arjun Munda launch Tribal Health Collaborative- ‘Anamaya’

A multi-stakeholder initiative supported by Piramal Foundation and Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation (BMGF), Anameya’ will converge efforts of various Government agencies and organizations to enhance the health and nutrition status of the tribal communities.

Dr. Harsh Vardhan announces the launch of `Aahaar Kranti’

Dr. Harsh Vardhan announces the launch of `Aahaar Kranti’, “Aahaar Kranti” is a mission dedicated to spreading awareness about nutrition and access to all locally available nutritious food, fruits, and vegetables in India.
Vijnana Bharati (Vibha), ‘Global Indian Scientists and Technocrats’ Forum (GIST), Vigyan Prasar, and Pravasi Bharatiya Academic and Scientific Sampark (PRABHASS) have come together to launch the mission “Aahaar Kranti”, with the motto of ‘Uttam Aahaar- Uttam Vichaar’ or `Good Diet-Good Cognition’.

Community Mental-Health Digital platform MANAS launched by the Principal Scientific Adviser

The Principal Scientific Adviser to the Government of India Prof. K VijayRaghavan virtually launched the “MANAS” App.

The objective is to promote wellbeing across age groups.

MANAS which stands for Mental Health and Normalcy Augmentation System was endorsed as a national program by the Prime Minister’s Science, Technology, and Innovation Advisory Council (PM-STIAC).

Union Minister Narendra Singh Tomar launches Madhukranti portal and Honey Corners of NAFED in New Delhi

This portal is being developed for online registration to achieve a traceability source of Honey and other beehive products on a digital platform. This will also help in checking the quality and source of adulteration of honey.

Tribal Health Collaborative ‘Anamaya’: A Multi-Stakeholder Initiative to enhance Tribal Health and Nutrition launched
‘Anamaya’ is a Tribal Health Collaborative launched by the Union Minister of Health and Family Welfare and Union Minister of Tribal Affairs jointly.
The Collaborative is a multi-stakeholder initiative of the Tribal Affairs Ministry supported by Piramal Foundation and Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation (BMGF).

India’s first mobile app for learning Sanskrit LITTLE GURU launched

The Indian government has launched the first-ever app that enables the user to learn Sanskrit, the ancient language of the country. The app created by Indian Council for Cultural Relations (ICCR) has been named ‘Little Guru.
The app was launched during the celebrations of the 71st Foundation Day of ICCR.

  • The Indian Council for Cultural Relations (ICCR), is an autonomous organization of the Government of India, involved in India’s external cultural relations (cultural diplomacy), through cultural exchange with other countries and their peoples.
  • It was founded in 1950 by Maulana Abul Kalam Azad, independent of India’s first Education Minister.

Railways complete the Arch closure of the iconic Chenab Bridge, the World’s Highest Railway Bridge.
The Indian Railways recently completed the Arch closure of the iconic Chenab Bridge.
Chenab Bridge is the world’s highest railway bridge and a part of the Udhampur-Srinagar-Baramulla rail link project (USBRL).
This achievement is a major leap towards the completion of the 111 k.m. long winding stretch from Katra to Banihal. This bridge is 1315m long.

Raisina Dialogue-2021

The 6th Edition of the prestigious Raisina Dialogue was jointly organized by the Ministry of External Affairs and the Observer Research Foundation.
It was held virtually from 13-16 April 2021.
The theme for the 2021 Edition is “#ViralWorld: Outbreaks, Outliers, and Out of Control”.