Current Affairs Daily Digest: October 2-3, 2017

The Current Affairs Daily Digest for October 2-3, 2017 with important tid-bits on current affairs.

PM lays foundation stone of AIIMS, IIIT in Himachal Pradesh

Prime Minister Narendra Modi laid foundation stone of AIIMS Bilaspur and Indian Institute of Information Technology (IIIT) Una from Luhnu Indoor stadium in Bilaspur town of Himachal Pradesh. The AIIMS will be constructed in about 205 acre land in four years in Kothipura near Bilaspur city. Similarly, the IIIT will be constructed at Saloh in Una district. Besides, he also dedicated Steel Processing Unit Kandrori town in Kangra district. It will produce one lakh tones TMT bars of 8 to 25 millimeter annually.

India, Nepal to conduct first joint tiger count

Nepal and India have agreed for first time to conduct joint tiger census using a globally-recognised method in their forests, national parks and protected areas neighbouring the two countries. Both countries have decided to use camera tapping procedure for joint. Through this technology, chances of repeated counting will be avoided.

Vice-President lays foundation stone for national waterway on Krishna River

Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu laid foundation stone to develop stretch on River Krishna from Muktyal to Vijayawada as part of 4th National Waterway at Amaravati in Andhra Pradesh. The 82-km inland waterway is the Phase-1 of the National Waterway-4 under Sagar Mala project. It will be used mainly for transportation of cement and construction material for new capital city Amaravati. The project will have four floating terminals and three fixed terminals to handle cargo operations.

Diploma in Elementary Education programme launched for untrained teachers

Government launched Diploma in Elementary Education programme for in-service untrained elementary teachers. It aims to empower teachers to improve quality of classroom processes and to make teaching and learning more effective. The programme has been developed by National Institute of Open Schooling (NIOS) and specifically designed for untrained teachers working in primary and upper primary schools of different states of the country.  It will serve as last opportunity for such teachers who have not done teacher training courses. Parliament has earlier passed the Right of Children to Free and Compulsory Education (Amendment) Bill to extend the deadline to December 2019 for untrained teachers to get qualified.

President Kovind declares Rural Gujarat as Open Defecation Free

President Ram Nath Kovind has also declared Rural Gujarat as Open Defecation Free (ODF) at function held at Kirti Mandir in Porbandar. He has felicitated rural women for achieving ODF status for rural Gujarat.       Urban Gujarat already has been declared ODF. President also inaugurated new Jetty and other facilities at Jafarabad Fishing Harbour and upgradation of Veraval and Porbandar fishing Harbour.

Bihar Government launches drive against child marriage & dowry

Bihar government launched drive against child marriage and dowry on occasion of Mahatma Gandhi’s birth anniversary. On this occasion, Chief Minister Nitish Kumar led pledge at Patna and all the government school’s, health centres, panchayats, mahadalit tola, local police stations and government and non government offices followed it. People pledged not to get married girl below 18 years or boy below 21 or participate in child marriage or a wedding with dowry. They will also took pledge to stop such marriage if they come across any as part of their social responsibility and make their state free of these two social evils.

Jagmeet Singh elected as leader of Canada’s New Democratic Party

Jagmeet Singh, a 38-year-old Sikh criminal lawyer was elected leader of Canada’s New Democratic Party. With this, he becomes first non-white politician to head a major party in Canada. He is also the first member of minority community to lead a major federal party in Canada. He will lead the party into 2019 election against Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s Liberals

Writer & journalist H. M. Marathe passes away

Writer and journalist H. M. Marathe passed away in Pune at age of 77.  He was well-known journalist and worked with various regional periodicals like Lokprabha, Marmik, and Pudhari.