Madhya Pradesh

Anti-Tank guided Amogha-I Missile test fired

An indigenously developed second generation anti-tank guided missile, Amogha-I was successfully test fired.

Test: Test firing was carried out on September 10, 2015 at Babina Army Range, Madhya Pradesh. In the test two missiles were fired and both hit targets placed at 2.8 km as well as 2.6 km respectively. Both missile flights met all design parameters and designed path profile without any deviation.

About Amogha-I Missile

  • Indigenously developed by state owned Bharat Dynamics Limited (BDL).
  • It has maximum target range of 2.8 kms.
  • The missiles will be inducted into Indian Army after due qualification and validation trials.


Tenth World Hindi Conference begins in Bhopal

The Tenth World Hindi Conference (विश्व हिंदी सम्मेलन) has begun in Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh with the theme of Hindi Jagat-Vistar and Sambhavnaye.

The three-day conference was inaugurated by Prime Minister Narendra Modi. It has been organised in Madhya Pradesh for the first time and being held in India after 32 years.

It is joint event of Union Ministry of External Affairs in partnership with the state Government of Madhya Pradesh.

This edition of conference will host scholars from 39 countries who are going to discuss issues like Hindi in administration, foreign policy and law during the event. An exhibition showcasing assimilation of Hindi with modern techniques also has been set up at the conference venue.

World Hindi Conference

  • The First World Hindi Conference was organized in Nagpur by then Prime Minister Indira Gandhi. It was held from 10 to 12 January 1975. Since then every year 10th January is being observed as the World Hindi Day.
  • In the first conference, then Prime Minister of Mauritius Seewoosagur Ramgoolam was Chief Guest and it was attended by 122 delegates from 30 countries.
  • Ninth edition of World Hindi Conference was held in Johannesburg, South Africa in 2012.


West-Central Railway becomes first zone to eliminate Unmanned Level Crossings

The West-Central Railway (WCR) zone headquartered in Jabalpur, Madhya Pradesh has become the first Railway Zone in Indian Railways to eliminate all unmanned level crossings.

The target was achieved after all 118 unmanned level crossings of WCR zone were eliminated in phase manner by August 31, 2015. 80 crossings were eliminated in the financial year 2014-15 and the remaining 38 crossings were eliminated in August 2015.

This target was achieved by constructing 33 Limited Height Sub Ways (LHs) and manning of 30 level crossings.

It is a being considered as a big success in the safety initiative of Indian Railways as unmanned railway crossings continue to remain a deathtrap in India as alone it had killed 126 people in 2014-15.

Elimination all unmanned level crossings

  • Union Railway Ministry has taken a series of safety steps to prevent accidents at these unmanned railway crossings.
  • Indian Railways have around 30,348 level crossings, out of which 11,563 i.e. nearly 40 per cent, are unmanned.
  • Some of the safety initiatives include closing of many crossings, construction of rail overbridge and rail underbridge. At certain places Gate Mitra and Gate Counsellors are also deployed.
  • Indian Railways is also planning to tie up with India Space Research Organistion (ISRO) to safety crossing system using Geo-spatial technologies.
  • These technologies will include combination of Global Positioning System (GPS), Geographic Information System (GIS) and Remote Sensing in order to send mobile message alerts to people in vicinity of an unmanned level crossing.