Current Affairs 2017 (August)

Government to establish first National Sports Museum in New Delhi

The Union Ministry of Sports and Youth Affairs is going to establish National Sports Museum at Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium, New Delhi. It will be first of its kind sports museum in India.

The aim of the sports museum is to popularise the sports as a way of life within the country. It will showcase the India’s achievements in sports and also focus on the traditional sports within the country.

Key Facts

The proposed Museum will display achievements of the Indian greats in sports and also act as an educational hub and offer opportunity for the young to delve into some sporting activity. It will be interactive venue of interest for all age groups, going beyond the classical approach of a collection of memorabilia

The museum will also have audio-visual display of rules and legacy events pertaining to various sports as part of education for the budding sportspersons. It will also have a well-equipped library of sports and physical fitness, painting gallery and amphitheater for screening of legacy matches, games.

All past and present sports persons and members of public can contribute any sports memorabilia held by them for permanent display in the museum. The activities planned in museum in various segments will include sporting activities, sports related computer games and kiosks selling sports memorabilia and sports equipment.

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Union Cabinet approves new Bridge over Mechi River at India-Nepal border

The Union Cabinet has approved a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between India and Nepal for starting construction of a new Bridge over Mechi River at India-Nepal border.

The new bridge will be constructed at an estimated cost of Rs. 158.65 crore, which will be funded by India through Asian Development Bank (ADB) loan.

Key facts

The new bridge over Mechi River, covering a length of 1500 meters will be constructed as part of up-gradation of the Kakarvitta (Nepal) to Panitanki Bypass (India) on NH 327B. National Highway and Infrastructure Development Corporation (NHIDCL) under Ministry of Road Transport & Highways will be the implementing agency for this project.

Mechi Bridge is the ending point of Asian Highway 02 (AH02) in India leading to Nepal and provides critical connectivity to Nepal. The construction of bridge will improve regional connectivity and has potential to strengthen cross border trade between both countries and potential to strengthen industrial, social and cultural exchanges.

Mechi River: It is a trans-boundary river flowing through Nepal and India. It originates in the Mahabharat Range in Nepal. It is tributary of Mahananda River.

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