Places in News Current Affairs - 2019

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India’s first Mobile Open Exchange zone inaugurated at Noida

Prime Minister Narendra Modi laid the foundation stone of country’s first Mobile Open Exchange (MOX) zone in Noida, Uttar Pradesh. UP government had signed MoU with World Trade Centre, Noida at UP Investors Summit to develop Tech Zone which will act as catalyst for growth of mobile and allied sectors in the state.

Mobile Open Exchange (MOX) zone

MOX will be dedicated ecosystem for mobile industry, providing integrated platform to mobile manufacturers, research and development (R&D) and allied industries. It brings service providers, handset manufacturers, mobile content, application and service providers, retailers and distributors at one place which promotes indigenous R&D in hardware and start-ups in app development and other domains of the industry.

This unique zone will play pivotal role in attracting investment and area will reap huge benefits from it. The ecosystem will channelize foreign direct investment (FDI) and generate revenues from consumption-based and destination-based taxes. Moreover, its proximity to universities will strengthen industry-academia relations and provide them opportunity to work together in R&D. Chinese company already has set up its manufacturing facility in WTC Noida complex and directly and indirectly employs over 15,000 people.

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Western Railway renames Elphinstone Road Station as Prabhadevi

Western Railway renamed Elphinstone Road suburban railway station in Mumbai, Maharashtra to Prabhadevi Station. The station code of Prabhadevi station will be PBHD. The station was initially named after Lord Elphinstone, who was Governor of Bombay Presidency from 1853 to 1860. It has now been renamed in honour of local deity Prabhadevi.

Background

Prabhadevi is name of the area in the vicinity of the station. It also derives its name from the temple of the deity which is 300 years old. In December 2017, Maharashtra legislature had approved Bill to rename Elphinstone Road station, Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus (CST) and Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport. The central government had given its nod for renaming in May 2017.

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