The Daily Brief – 20th September 2017

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  • The time period for Special Industry Initiative for J&K-Udaan scheme has been extended till December 2018 without any modification or cost escalation by the Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs(CCEA). Initially the time period of UDAAN Scheme was upto 2016-17.
  • A revamped Khelo India programme that aims at mainstreaming sport as tool for individual, community, economic and national development  has been approved by Union Cabinet. The revamped programme for period 2017-18 to 2019-20 aims to impact entire sports ecosystem, including infrastructure, talent identification, community sports, coaching, competition structure and sports economy.
  • An approval for rationalization/merger and modernization plan of 17 Government of India Presses (GIPs)/Units into 5 GIPs has been passed by the Union Cabinet. The five GIPs are located at Rashtrapati Bhavan, Minto Road and Mayapuri in New Delhi;  Nashik (Maharashtra) and Temple Street (Kolkata, West Bengal).
  •  India is going to conduct first BIMSTEC Disaster Management Exercise- 2017 (DMEx-2017)  from October 10-13, 2017. It will be conducted by National Disaster Response Force(NDRF) in New Delhi to provide platform for sharing Best Practices on all aspects of Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR), strengthening regional response and coordination for or Disaster Management among BIMSTEC (Bay of Bengal Initiative for Multi-Sectoral Technical and Economic Cooperation) member countries.
  • For the first time scientists have observed Optical polarisation phenomenon (polarised light emitted by rapidly rotating stars) after it was predicted by Indian astrophysicist and Nobel laureate Subrahmanyan Chandrasekhar 70 years ago. Optical polarisation phenomenon is a measure of the orientation of the oscillations of a light beam to its direction of travel.
  • Former Indian cricket team captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni has been nominated by BCCI as its only entry for Padma Bhushan, country’s third highest civilian award for his contribution to game.
  • Commemorative coins of Rs 100 and Rs 10 denomination were released on the occasion of 101st Birth Centenary of noted Carnatic musician Dr. MS Subbulakshmi by Vice President M. Venkaiah Naidu following up notification issued earlier by finance ministry.

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