Current Affairs – September, 2019

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Kargil to Kohima 4,500 km ultra-marathon to mark 20 years of ‘Vijay Diwas’: IAF

To commemorate 20 years of ‘Vijay Diwas’ or ‘Kargil Vijay Diwas’ (named after successful Operation Vijay), the Indian Air Force is organising an ultra-marathon named as ‘Kargil to Kohima (K2K): Glory Run’ spanning over 4,500 km from Kargil to Kohima. The marathon run was flagged off by Air Chief Marshal B S Dhanoa in a ceremony held at Vayu Bhavan in New Delhi.

Key Highlights of Ultra-Marathon

This unique expedition of ultra-marathon from Kargil to Kohima commencing on 21 September 2019 will culminate on 6 November 2019. It will be from Kargil War Memorial at Dras in Jammu and Kashmir (J&K), and Kohima War Cemetery in Kohima (Nagaland).

Why Kargil to Kohima? Kohima and Kargil are two forward most outposts of India in east and north where two of the most fierce battles of modern India were fought in 1944 and 1999, respectively. The event is to commemorate 20th year of victory in Kargil war.

Objective: Aim of expedition is to promote awareness for safety of pedestrians and recently launched ‘Fit India Movement’ by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, along with paying tribute to bravehearts who made the supreme sacrifices.

Expedition Team:  A composite team of 25 air warriors consisting of officers and airmen, including one woman officer Flight Lietutant Rishab Jeet Kaur and Warrant Officer Indra Pal Singh (51) will also run in this ultra-marathon. The expedition is led by Squadron Leader Suresh Razdan, a Su-30 aircraft pilot.

The team has been selected after regressive selection trials and is undergoing their 1st phase of strenuous training. This will be followed by 2nd phase of training at Leh, Ladakh.

The team will cover distance of more than 4,500 mm in 45 days by running an average of 100 mm per day.

Adventure Activities: Team will undertake adventure activities such as camping and living outdoors, managing and surviving in snow, rain and extreme climate through varied terrain of Ladakh, Himachal Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Bihar, West-Bengal, Uttar Pradesh, Punjab, Assam and Nagaland.

NOTE: ‘Operation Vijay’ was India”s limited war against Pakistan in Kargil in 1999

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Indian Railways wins Best Ministry for Implementation of Swachhata Action Plan for 2018-19

On occasion of Swachh Mahotsav 2019 held at Vigyan Bhavan in New Delhi (on 6 September 2019), President of India Ram Nath Kovind presented an award to Indian Railways as Best Ministries for Implementation of Swachhata Action Plan for 2018-19.

Key Highlights

Award was received by Chairman of Railway Board Vinod Kumar Yadav, on behalf of the Indian Railways. He regularly conducts meetings with General Managers of Zonal Railways through video conferencing to discuss Swacchata subject.

President kovind also presented Best Swachh iconic Place award to Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus (CSMT) Mumbai under Swachh Bharat Mission initiative. The award will be received by Ministry of Railways jointly along with Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) and Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) partner. The 3 best stations as per Cleanliness Ranking Survey for 2018 i.e. Jaipur, Jodhpur and Tirupati were also awarded.

STEPS TAKEN BY RAILWAYS TO MAINTAIN CLEANLINESS

Union Minister for Railways, Commerce and Industries Piyush Goyal has been persuading all Railway officials to Make Cleanliness an Organisational Culture.

Cleanliness Drive: Recently Railways Minister directed all Railway officials to observe a special 10 days cleanliness drive for trains and stations starting from 2 September 2019. These perpetual drives are also monitored by uploading of selected photographs on E-Drishti and Minister’s dashboard.

Feedback from commuters: is further used to promote cleanliness campaign of railways, which together is biggest service provisioning public place in India.

Indian Railways had spent nearly Rs.3000 Crore on cleanliness drives on its various properties during 2018-19.

What is Swachhata Action Plan (SAP)?

It is one of flagship initiatives of Prime Minister Naredra Modi towards making Swachh

Bharat everyone’s business.

Launched: SAP was formally launched on 1 April 2017, with active participation of 72 Ministries and Departments. It has brought all Ministries and Departments under one umbrella and contributed towards achieving Swachh Bharat by 2019.

During 1st year of implementation during Financial Year 2017-18, Ministries and Departments implemented multiple innovative ideas along with making financial contribution of over Rs.18000 crore.

SAP is being monitored at the level of Committee of Secretaries led by Cabinet Secretary.

SAP has seen a multi-dimensional range of activities including adopting villages, support for sanitation infrastructure, solid and liquid waste management, cleaner monuments, school sanitation, better sanitation in hospitals and iconic places etc.

Nodal agency: for SAP is Union Ministry of Drinking Water and Sanitation. It has been engaged with SAP implementing Ministries and Departments to provide actionable ideas, support implementation as needed and reporting and monitoring through online portal www.swachhataactionplan.com.

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