The Daily Brief – 4th January 2018


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  • The establishment of new All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) at Bilaspur in Himachal Pradesh has been approved by the Union Cabinet under the Pradhan Mantri Swasthya Suraksha Yojana.
  • The Typbar Typhoid Conjugate Vaccine (TVC) has been given pre-qualification by the World Health Organisation (WHO). The vaccine has been developed by Hyderabad-based Bharat Biotech and will be the world’s first typhoid vaccine clinically proven to be administered to children from 6 months of age to adults and confers long-term protection against typhoid fever. This pre-qualification would allow procurement and supplies of this life-saving vaccine to UNICEF, GAVI (vaccine alliance) supported countries and Pan-American Health Organisation.
  • The construction, operation and maintenance of 2-lane bi-direction Zojila Tunnel on Srinagar-Leh section connecting NH-1A in Jammu and Kashmir was approved by the Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs (CCEA). This tunnel will provide all-weather connectivity to the Leh region, which is considered to be strategically important. Once it is completed, it will be Asia’s largest 2-lane bi-directional tunnel.

    Zojila Tunnel
  • The implementation of Jal Marg Vikas Project (JMVP) for capacity augmentation of navigation on the 1,380 kilometers Haldia-Varanasi stretch of National Waterway-1 (NW1) on the Ganga River was approved by the Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs (CCEA). The World Bank shall be providing technical assistance to the project that shall be implemented at a cost of over Rs. 5,370 crore rupees.
  • ‘Swachh Survekshan’, the nation-wide cleanliness survey was launched across India. The main objective of this survey is to evaluate the achievements in the cleanliness level in the urban areas.

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