- Maharashtra govt approves 2 new Metro corridors in Mumbai
The Maharashtra government has approved two more metro projects with an aggregate value Rs15,088 crore, a move that will enable seamless east-west connectivity in the metropolis. These will be the 5th and 6th metro lines.
The Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority (MMRDA), the nodal agency for development of the metro network in the megapolis, had proposed the construction of a 24 km Thane-Bhiwandi-Kalyan metro-5 corridor and 14.5 km Swami Samarth Nagar-Jogeshwari-Kanjurmarg-Vikhroli metro-6.
- India to become 3rd fastest growing aviation market: IATA
India is expected to have 478 million air passengers in 2036 on the back of strong demand, global airlines’ grouping IATA. The country is projected to see a staggering growth from 141 million passengers in 2016.
Releasing its 20-year passenger forecast, the International Air Transport Association (IATA) said globally a total of 7.8 billion passengers are expected to travel in 2036, with Asia-Pacific region leading the demand.
- Tamil Nadu CM lays foundation stone for Rs. 198 cr aerospace park
The Tamil Nadu Chief Minister, Edapaddi K Palanswami has laid the foundation stone for an aerospace park at Kanchipuram district to be set up by the State Government in 245 acres and at an estimated cost of ₹198 crore.
When fully ready, the park will attract a total investment of nearly ₹1,000 crore and create job opportunities for nearly 30,000.
The aerospace park at Vallam-Vadakkal Sipcot Industrial Park premises in Sriperumbudur will be jointly implemented by State Industries Promotion Corporation Ltd and Tamil Nadu Industrial Development Corporation.
- Madhya Pradesh Tops in Digital Initiatives: Survey
Madhya Pradesh has emerged as the top state in terms of digital initiatives undertaken, with a maximum score of 100.1 on performance index, followed by Maharashtra at 99.9 and Andhra Pradesh at 99.8, says a report by Coeus Age Consulting.
The assessment by the knowledge domain service provider was done using a scoring framework made up of two key constructs, Policy and Infrastructure Readiness (PIR) Score and Mission Mode Projects’ Performance (MMP) Score for each state.
- Mumbai to host second Ahimsa festival
Mumbai is set to host the second Ahimsa festival that seeks to spread a cruelty free lifestyle. And participating it the 18 day festival are Dr Will Tuttle, author of the ‘World Peace Diet’ and Kuntal Joisher, India’s very own vegan mountaineer who climbed Mount Everest, among many others.
The aim is to spread the word on compassionate living that “involves not just caring for our own health but also that of our fellow animal beings and to go beyond that to care for our planet as well. The event is on from October 26th to November 12th.
- India and Asian Development Bank Sign $300 Million Loan
The Asian Development Bank and the Government of India signed a $300 million loan to continue a series of fiscal reforms in the State of West Bengal to improve the quality of public service delivery.
The Second West Bengal Development Finance Program targets a further increase in public investment through reduction of unproductive expenditure, and savings from efficiencies in revenue collections.
The Program will build on earlier intervention under Phase I of the project through the $400 million Program that targeted a comprehensive fiscal consolidation program in the state.
- Union Ministries of Power & Textiles Jointly Launched ‘SAATHI’ Initiative
In a bid to encourage the power loom sector in the country, The Ministry of Power along with the Ministry of Textiles have launched its new initiative named Sustainable and Accelerated Adoption of efficient Textile technologies to Help small Industries (SAATHI).
Under the initiative, Energy Efficiency Services Limited (EESL), a public sector entity under the administrative control of Ministry of Power, would procure energy efficient power looms, motors and rapier kits in bulk and provide them to the small and medium powerloom units at no upfront cost, a release from the textile Ministry informed.
- 30th Edition of CORPAT Begins Between Indian-Indonesian Navy
Indian Naval ship Sukanya reached Indonesia to take part in the 30th edition of CORPAT (Coordinated Patrol) and third Bilateral exercise between the Indian and Indonesian navies.
The ship, commanded by Commander SA Deodhar, arrived at Belawan port for CORPAT scheduled from 24 October to 5 November.
- UK scientists develop first 3D printed wearable ‘battery’
In a first, scientists have found a simple and affordable method to 3D print a flexible and wearable ‘battery’.
The technique developed by researchers from Brunel University in the UK opens the way for novel designs for super-efficient, wearable power banks for phones, electric cars, medical implants like pacemakers and more.
- Apple acquires wireless charging company PowerbyProxi
Apple, which recently said it was including wireless charging in its latest iPhone X and iPhone 8 smartphones, has acquired New Zealand firm PowerbyProxi that designs wireless power products for consumers and industry.
Wireless charging allows users to recharge devices by placing them on a pad or other surface rather than inserting them in a cradle or attaching a cable.
Apple has been slow to adopt the technology, lagging behind its biggest rival Samsung Electronics Co Ltd and other mobile phone companies that have offered wireless charging in some of their devices for several years.
- Singapore passport named world’s most powerful passport
Singapore has the world’s “most powerful” passport, according to a global ranking topped for the first time by an Asian country with India figuring at 75th position, three notches better than its previous ranking.
According to the ‘Global Passport Power Rank 2017’ by global financial advisory firm Arton Capital, Germany is ranked second, followed by Sweden and South Korea in third place.
India, which was listed 78th, last year, has improved its ranking, figuring at 75th position with a visa-free score of 51.
- Chile named best country to visit in 2018
The tastemakers at travel guide Lonely Planet have released their picks for the best destinations to visit next year, declaring Chile the country of 2018 and Seville, Spain the top city of 2018.
To make the cut on one of the most influential travel lists of the year, destinations must offer outstanding experiences in the year ahead, editors say, be it for a special event, milestone, or new openings and attractions.
- Indian tops world TT junior circuit rankings for 1st time
Manav Thakkar became the first Indian to occupy the top spot (3,455 points) on the ITTF World Junior Circuit standings, following the conclusion of the tournament in Belgrade.
Thakkar was previously placed at No. 5 position and the rise to the top spot must have given him the boost that he needed after finishing runner-up at the 2017 Serbian Junior and Cadet Open.
The players that follow him in WJC standings include American Kanak Jha at No.2 (2,950 points), Argentinas Francisco Sanchi (2,895 points), Frenchman Bastien Rembert (2,880 points) and Chinese Taipeis Feng Yi-Hsin (2,706 points).
- Padma Vibhushan Thumri singer Girija Devi passes away
Eminent classical singer and Padma Vibhushan awardee Girija Devi passed away. She was 88.
A legendary singer of the Benaras gharana, Girija Devi was awarded the Padma Shri in 1972, Padma Bhushan in 1989 and the Padma Vibhushan in 2016.