Current Affairs - December, 2019

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120th birth anniversary of Shaheed Udham Singh being celebrated

Nation is paying homage to great revolutionary, Shaheed Udham Singh, a well-known freedom fighter from Punjab  on his 120th birth anniversary being celebrated on 26 December 2019. He was born on this day in 1899 in Sangrur district of Punjab. He belonged to Ghadar party and was best known for avenging the Jallianwala Bagh massacre by assassinating Michael O’ Dwyer.

About Shaheed Udham Singh

He was present in Jallianwala Bagh, Amritsar on the fateful Baisakhi festival (festival of harvest) on 13 April 1919, where about 20,000 unarmed men, women and children gathered and General Dyer arrived with his troops, sealed the only exit to park and opened fire without any warning on unarmed crowd. Many people lost their lives in horrific massacre.

He made his way to England arrived there in 1933 to execute Michael O’Dwyer, who was then governor of Punjab responsible for brutal Jallianwala Bagh massacre. He opened fire at Michael O’Dwyer in Caxton Hall in London, killing him on spot in March 1940. Udham Singh was then hanged four months later at Pentonville Prison and his mortal remains were handed over to India in 1974.

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Free Wi-Fi services provided to all villages till 2020

On December 25, 2019, Union Minister of Communication and IT Shri Ravi Shankar Prasad inaugurated “Digital Village Guruwara”. During the launch, it was announced that the Government has planned to offer free Wi-Fi services to all villages till March 2020.

Highlights

The Government of India has so far connected 1,30,000-gram panchayats through Bharatnet. More than 50,000 Gram Panchayat are yet to be connected. The government is working under the current target that at least 15% of villages are to be digitalized in next four years. The free Wi-Fi services are being announced under Bharatnet project.

The GoI in June 2018 announced that all gram panchayats will receive broadband connectivity by 2020. However, the connectivity has been made free now.

Bharatnet Project

The initiative was launched in 2011. Under the initiative, 100 Mbps speed internet were to be provided to around 2.5 lakh Gram Panchayats. The aim is to increase their speed to around 2 to 20 Mbps in the future to all households in rural areas.

The project is a National Optical Fibre Network project. It is seen as a major initiative in order to succeed Digital India. It is being implemented by the Ministry of Telecommunications.

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