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WCD Ministry observes Swachhta Pakhwada from today
Women and Child Development Ministry is observing Swachhta Pakhwada from today. The progamme aims at raising awareness about Swachh Bharat Abhiyan among women and children. The Pakhwada is observed by various Ministries to achieve the goal of universal sanitation, hygiene and open defecation free India by 2019.

India successfully test-fires supersonic interceptor missile
India today successfully carried out an interceptor missile test, validating the reliability of its two layered Ballistic Missile Defence. The indigenously developed supersonic interceptor missile is capable of destroying any incoming enemy ballistic missile at low altitude.The interceptor was engaged against a target which was a Prithvi missile launched at about 10.10 hours from launch complex III of the Integrated Test Range at Chandipur in Balasore taking up the trajectory of a hostile ballistic missile. After about five minutes at 10.15 hrs, the interceptor, Advanced Air Defence missile ranges of 15-30 kms positioned at Abdul Kalam Island off Odisha coast getting signals from tracking radars, roared through its trajectory to destroy the incoming hostile missile in mid-air.

Centre to establish 5 world class educational institutes
Centre will establish five world class educational institutes to provide better traditional as well as modern education to Minority students. Addressing a National Seminar of Minority Community teachers association in New Delhi today, Minority Affairs Minister Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi said, a high-level committee has been working on fast track to chalk out a framework of these institutions and it will soon submit its report. 

Narendra Singh Tomar launches Swachh Shakti Saptah at Gurugram
Drinking Water and Sanitation Minister Narendra Singh Tomar today launched Swachh Shakti Saptah at Gurugram in Haryana. The week-long programme across the country will highlight the role of women in Swachh Bharat Mission and recognize their leadership. Speaking on the occasion, Mr Tomar lauded the leadership role of women in the implementation of Swachh Bharat Mission and for making Swachhta a Jan Andolan in rural India. 

N K Sinha to hold additional charge of Tourism Secretary
Culture Secretary NK Sinha was today given additional charge of the post of Secretary, Ministry of Tourism. An order issued by Personnel Ministry said, the competent authority has approved the assignment of additional charge to Mr Sinha, a 1980 batch IAS officer of Bihar cadre, with immediate effect.

Clean Ganga : Govt pumps Rs 1050 cr for sewage treatment in Patna
In a major step taken to develop adequate sewage treatment infrastructure in Patna to keep Ganga clean, projects worth one thousand 50 crore rupees have been awarded under Namami Gange programme. The amount will be spent for setting up two Sewage Treatment Plants (STPs), renovation of one existing STP , construction of two pumping stations and laying of new underground sewage network of about 400 kilometers.

Govt survey shows improved sex ratio, decline in IMR

  • The latest Health survey shows that India's health index has made a notable improvement over the last decade. There has been a decline in the infant mortality and improvement in the sex ratio with more institutional deliveries and wider vaccine coverage.
  • Health Ministry unveiled the National Family Health Survey-4 (NFHS-4) in New Delhi, conducted for year 2015-16. 
  • Referring to the survey, Health secretary CK Mishra said, sex ratio at birth improved from 914 to 919 females per 1000 males at the national level over the last decade with the highest in Kerala at 1,047, followed by Meghalaya at 1,009. Haryana also witnessed a significant increase from 762 to 836.
  • Infant Mortality Rate, IMR, declined from 57 to 41 per 1,000 live births between NFHS-3 which was conducted in 2005-06 and NFHS-4. 
  • IMR declined substantially in almost all the states during the last decade. It dropped by more than 20 percentage points in Tripura, West Bengal, Jharkhand, Arunachal Pradesh, Rajasthan and Odisha.
  • Similarly, institutional births "dramatically" increased by 40 percentage points from 38.7 per cent in NFHS-3 to 78.9 per cent in NFHS-4. Mishra said, targeted approach through Janani Suraksha Yojana, JSY, has paid off.
  • Total Fertility Rate also declined to 2.2 children per woman from 2.7 in NFHS-3 with considerable decline in the TFR in each of the 30 states with the maximum decline observed in Uttar Pradesh at 1.1 child followed by Nagaland at 1.0 child.
  • The survey also says Children within the age of 12-23 months have been fully immunized. 
  • Health Secretary Mishra said malnutrition has been coming down, thanks to supplementary nutrition and efforts at the health facilities, adding that mortality due to malnutrition is also coming down. 
Bengal Govt puts emphasis on Green City Mission
After the West Bengal Chief Minister, Mamata Banerjee's special emphasis on increasing the green cover across the cities in the State, the Urban Development Department has decided to spend 650 crore rupees to ensure the same. The schemes taken up under the Green City Mission include conservation of waterbodies, illumination through LED lights, installation of high mast lights, landscaping along historic buildings, development of parks and green spaces. Emphasis has also been given to improve IT-enabled citizen services and safe transportation system.

Popular Gujarati Writer Tarak Mehta Passes Away at 87
Popular Gujarati writer and noted play writer Tarak Mehta passed away this morning at his Ahmedabad residence. He was 87 and suffering from age related illness since long. The famous humorist was best known for his column “Duniya Ne Undha Chasma” in Mumbai based Gujarati news weekly “Chitralekha”. He was awarded Padma Shri in 2015. His weekly column first featured in Chitralekha news weekly in March 1971. He has written around 80 books on various pressing issues. 

South Korea, US begin large-scale military exercise
South Korean and US troops have began large-scale joint military exercise today (01.03.2017). The exercise is to test their defense readiness against the threat from North Korea, which routinely characterizes the drills as preparation for war against it. 

Russia & China veto UN resolution to impose sanctions on Syria
Russia and China today vetoed a UN resolution that would have imposed sanctions on Syria over chemical weapons use. The measure drafted by Britain, France and the US won nine votes in favour at the Security Council while three countries opposed it- China, Russia and Bolivia. Kazakhstan, Ethiopia and Egypt are the countries that abstained from voting.

US President Donald Trump condemns killing of Indian engineer in Kansas
The US President Donald Trump has condemned the killing of an Indian Engineer Srinivas Kuchibhotla in a shootout in Kansas city last week. In his first address to the US Congress, Trump said America stands united in condemning hate and evil in all its forms. 

Donald Trump signs executive order on black colleges
US President Donald Trump has signed an executive order aimed at signaling his commitment to Historically Black Colleges and Universities, HBCU, saying that those schools will be an absolute priority for the White House. Thurgood Marshall College Fund President Johnny Taylor said outside the White House after the signing ceremony that 25 billion US dollars needed to make up for years of underfunding and would cover the country's more than 100 HBCUs. 

Senior IAS officer Ajay Tyagi becomes SEBI chairman
Senior IAS officer Ajay Tyagi today became the ninth Chairman of markets regulator Securities and Exchange Board of India. Mr. Tyagi took over the charge of Sebi Chairman in Mumbai from U K Sinha, who completed his six-year tenure yesterday. The appointment of 58-year-old Tyagi is for a period of three years. Tyagi is 1984 batch IAS officer of Himachal Pradesh cadre. Prior to this appointment he has handled capital markets division in the Finance Ministry.

Internet users in India to cross 450 mn by June: report
Internet users in the country are expected to be in the range of 450 to 465 million by June this year. This was stated in a report by the Internet and Mobile Association of India and Indian Market Research Bureau. The report said that there were 432 million users in December last year. Of them, about 269 million were in urban areas of the country. It added that urban India has close to 60 per cent Internet penetration, reflecting a level of saturation. Rural India, with only 17 per cent penetration, still has a large scope of development.

RBI sets up inter-disciplinary standing committee to review cyber threats
RBI has announced setting up of an inter-disciplinary standing committee on cyber security to review the threats inherent in the existing and emerging technology. In a release, the apex bank today said, the 11-member committee will study adoption of various security standards and protocols, interface with stakeholders and suggest appropriate policy interventions to strengthen cyber security and resilience. It said, the committee, headed by an RBI Executive Director, can co-opt more experts and also operate through a framework of sub-committees to examine specific issues.

North East region achieves huge success in field of raw silk
The North East region has achieved huge success in 2015-16 in the field of raw silk by producing nearly 5500 metric tonnes of eri, muga and mulberry. Taking part in AIR talk show silk scientists Somesh Paliwal and Soni Biyay Kumar said that, only Assam produced 142 metric tonnes of costly Muga in that period.

WorldBank CEO travels in Mumbai local train
World Bank CEO Kristalina Georgieva today travelled in a local train in Mumbai and also inspected the operations of the suburban rail system which has been supported by the international financial institution. According to an official from Mumbai Rail Vikas Corporation, Georgieva arrived in Mumbai on Monday night on her first India visit. The official said that the World Bank CEO visited MRVC office in and interacted with senior officials about the various World Bank-funded projects in the city. 

Luis Norton de Matos appointed new head coach of India U-17 football team
The AIFF today appointed Portugal's Luis Norton de Matos as the head coach of the India Under-17 team for the FIFA Under-17 World Cup. The tournament is scheduled to be held in October this year. 

ISSF World Cup: India's Jitu Rai wins gold in 50m free pistol
Indian shooter Jitu Rai continued his dream run in the ongoing ISSF World Cup as he clinched a gold medal in 50 metre air pistol event. Jitu created a new world record with 230.1 points in final.Another shooter of Indian team Amanpreet Singh won a silver medal in the same event. India have now three medals in the tournament.Jitu Rai had on Tuesday won a Bronze medal in 10m air pistol event of ISSF World Cup.

India planning to host boxing international tournament every year
India is planning to host one major boxing international tournament every year which was announced by Indian Boxing Federation President Ajay Singh in New Delhi. Talking to the media at the closure of the 2017 International Boxing Association (AIBA) meeting, Mr. Singh said the first such event will be the Women’s Youth World Championships, 2017. It was for the first time that AIBA meeting was held in India and the chairpersons from 11 commissions of AIBA attended the event to discuss the future of world boxing.

Shooting legend Rajmond Debevec hits out at ISSF, Abhinav Bindra
The International Shooting Sport Federation, ISSF and its athletes committee, headed by Abhinav Bindra, today received brickbats from three-time Olympic medallist Rajmond Debevec. He said, gender equality in 2020 Olympics could have been achieved without scrapping the existing three events. According to the International Olympic Association's Agenda 2020, all international sports federations are to make changes to their sport to promote gender equality by the Tokyo Games.

Indian blind cricket team meets PM Modi
The Indian blind cricket team met Prime Minister Narendra Modi at his office in New Delhi today. Speaking on the occasion, Mr Modi said, the cricketers are not just sportsmen but an inspiration and role model to many. He congratulated the team, and clicked individual photographs with the cricketers. Social Justice and Empowerment Ministry handed over a cheque of two lakh rupees to each of the 17 cricketers, coach and assistant coach.

Courtesy: AIR News

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