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Ripu Daman Bevli named as Plogging Ambassador of India

Union Minister for Youth Affairs & Sports (MYAS) Kiren Rijiju felicitated Ripu Daman Bevli, popularly known as Plogman of India and named him as Plogging Ambassador of India. Sports Minister also launched nation-wide Plogging Ambassador Mission under which, Indians who have been running and cleaning their cities/ towns/ districts, will be nominated as Plogging Ambassadors of their region.

Ripu Daman Bevli started plogging in 2017, started Fit India Plogging Run with the aim to make India litter-free. In about 2 months, he and his team have cleaned up 50 cities and covered over 1000km, collecting 2.7 tonnes of garbage.

What is Plog Run?

It is a unique way of picking up garbage while jogging. It was added to Fit India Movement as a unique way of combining cleanliness and fitness. Plogging Run combines the Fit India Movement and Swachh Bharat Abhiyan.

First Fit India Plogging Run was held on 2 October 2019 in which more than 36 lakh people participated in over 62,000 locations across India. It was organised with combined efforts of Sports Authority of India (SAI), National Service Scheme (NSS), Nehru Yuva Kendra Sangathan (NYKS), NGOs, Kendriya Vidalaya (KVs) and several other organizations joining in.

Pritivirajsing Roopun elected as new President of Mauritius by parliament

The National Assembly of Republic of Mauritius has unanimously elected Prithvirajsing Roopun, as new President of the island nation, a largely ceremonial post. He was former arts and culture minister of country. The motion for his election as new President was presented by Prime Minister, Home Affairs and External Communications, Minister of Defence, Minister for Rodrigues, Outer Islands and Territorial Integrity.

In Mauritius, Prime Minister is head of government and holds most political power while president is head of state but has no executive role and is considered guardian of constitution.

Key Highlights

The Prime Minister of Mauritius Pravind Kumar Jugnauth also presented motion for election of Marie Cyril Eddy Boissezon, as new Vice-President of the island nation. The swearing-in ceremony of President and Vice-President of Republic was held at the State House, Le Réduit.

Prithvirajsing Roopun, succeeded Ameenah Gurib-Fakim who resigned in March 2018 after being embroiled in a scandal over her use of a credit card to buy luxury personal items, however, he denied wrongdoing. In November 2019, Mauritius held elections in which incumbent Prime Minister Pravind Jugnauth won a new five-year term.

Prithvirajsing Roopun (62): He is a lawyer who was first elected to National Assembly in 2000 and has been minister of arts and culture, social integration and regional administration. Since attaining independence from Britain in 1968, Mauritius has become one of most stable democracies in Africa.