Month

December 2020

December 23, 2020

TN government has granted permission to hold jallikattu

The Tamil Nadu government has granted permission to hold jallikattu, the popular bull taming sport, next year with certain restrictions.

An official press release said that bull taming sports like jallikattu, manjuvirattu and vadamadu would be permitted with a maximum of 300 tamers.

A maximum of 150 racers will be allowed in the traditional bull race of erudhu vidum vizha across the state.

The traditional events are held between January and May.

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In all these events, participants_ are permitted with a maximu_ ceiling of 50% of the total capacity of the open spaces.

The participants will be …

December 18, 2020

Railways aims to finalise the final plan by January 2021

National Rail Plan: In an endeavour to address the inadequacies of capacity constraints and improve its modal share in total freight eco system of the country, Indian Railways has come up with a Draft National Rail Plan.

A long term strategic plan called the National Rail Plan has been developed to plan infrastructural capacity enhancement along with strategies to increase modal share of the Railways.

It will be a common platform for all future infrastructural, business and financial planning of the Railways.

Railways aims to finalise the final plan by January 2021.

Ministry of Railways in a statement …

December 16, 2020

Government of India and World Bank signed

Government of India and World Bank signed 400 million dollar project to protect India’s poor and vulnerable from the impact of COVID-19.

Finance Ministry said, this is the second operation in a programmatic series of two.

first operation of 750 million dollar was approved in May 2020.

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The programme will strengthen the capability of state and central governments to provide coordinated and adequate social protection to the poor and vulnerable from the shocks triggered by the COVID-19 pandemic.

The agreement was signed by Additional Secretary, Department of Economic Affairs Dr. C. S. Mohapatra

and Ms Sumila Gulyani, …

December 14, 2020

The agitation of farmers against the farm laws of the

The agitation of farmers against the farm laws of the Center (Farmers Protest) will be more rapid on Monday. Since the end of November, thousands of farmers on the Delhi border will do a one-day hunger strike and sit on a dharna across the country.

The agitation of farmers against the farm laws of the Center (Farmers Protest) will be more rapid on Monday. Since the end of November, a day hunger strike of thousands of farmers has started on the Delhi border. Apart from this, farmers will picket all over the country. This will be the second nationwide demonstration …

December 14, 2020

NITI Aayog released a white paper Vision 2035

Vision 2035 – Public Health Surveillance in India:

NITI Aayog released a white paper Vision 2035 – Public Health Surveillance in India.

The white paper lays out India’s vision for public health surveillance through the integration of the three-tiered public health system into Ayushman Bharat.

It also spells out the need for expanded referral networks and enhanced laboratory capacity.

building blocks for this vision are an interdependent federated system of governance between the Centre and states.

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The white paper was released by NITI Aayog Vice Chairman Dr Rajiv Kumar,

Member (Health) Dr Vinod K Paul and CEO Amitabh …

December 13, 2020

PM Modi will undertake a visit to Dhordo in Kutch, Gujarat

Prime Minister Narendra Modi will undertake a visit to Dhordo in Kutch, Gujarat on December 15 and lay the foundation stone of several development projects in the State. These projects include a desalination plant, a hybrid renewable energy park, and a fully automated milk processing and packing plant.

Gujarat is taking a significant step towards transforming seawater to potable drinking water with the upcoming Desalination Plant at Mandvi, Kutch. This Desalination Plant, with 10 crore litre per day capacity will strengthen water security in the state by complementing Narmada Grid, Sauni network and treated waste water infrastructure. It will …

December 10, 2020

PM Modi today laid the foundation of the new Parliament

Prime Minister Narendra Modi today laid the foundation stone of the New Parliament Building at Sansad Marg in Parliament Complex.

The New Parliament Building will be modern, state-of-the-art and energy efficient

highly non-obtrusive security facilities to be built as a triangular shaped building, adjacent to the present Parliament.

Lok Sabha will be 3 times of the existing size and Rajya Sabha will be substantially bigger.

The interiors of the new building will showcase a rich blend of Indian culture and diversity of our regional arts, crafts, textiles and architecture.

The design plan includes space for a magnificent Central Constitutional Gallery, …

December 2, 2020

IIT Kanpur Researchers develop ‘Damaru’

IIT Kanpur Researchers develop ‘Damaru’ Inspired Lattice that finds applications in stealth submarines,high speed trains

IIT Kanpur researchers have demonstrated how with the use of a micro-structured hour-glass shaped metastructure in the lattice unit, one can get a wider variation of propagation and stop bands.

The hour-glasses are developed in the Smart
Materials Laboratory of IIT Kanpur using additive manufacturing.

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Lattice based meta-structures have shown tremendous application in electro-magnetic and sonic wave absorption

which could in principle create ‘invisibility’ of an object either in optical or in acoustic domain.

Existing lattice and crystal based phononic materials have …