The Current Affairs Daily Digest for November 3-4, 2017 with important tid-bits on current affairs.
ISA, EBRD ink pact on solar energy
The International Solar Alliance (ISA) and European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) have signed Joint Financial Partnership Declaration for cooperation on renewable energy projects around the world. The collaboration between the ISA and the EBRD would also help funding of solar projects both in African and other countries.
2017 World Youth Forum held in Egypt
The 2017 World Youth Forum was held at Sharam El Shiekh in Egypt. The 5-day forum was inaugurated by the President of Egypt Mr Abdel Fattah el-Sisi. From India, Minister of State for Youth Affairs and Sports Col Rajyavardhan Rathore had participated in the forum. The forum aimed to provide platform to youth from all over the globe to engage with key global policy makers. It covered role of youth in business and innovation, challenges and making of future leaders, gender equity and women empowerment among other things.
BRO builds world’s highest motorable road
The Border Roads Organisation (BRO) has constructed world’s highest motorable road in Ladakh region of Jammu and Kashmir. The 86-km-long road passing through Umlingla Top is at a height of over 19,300 feet.
Pongo tapanuliensis: New species of orangutan identified
A new species of orang-utan named Pongo tapanuliensis was identified in remote upland forests of North Sumatra. It is most endangered great ape in world, with just 800 individuals left. Its skull, teeth and genes are different from the two other orangutan species.
21st World Congress of Mental Health held in New Delhi
The 21st World Congress of Mental Health was held in New Delhi with theme “Partnerships for Mental Health”. It was organised by World Federation for Mental Health in partnership with Caring Foundation and other institutions. It was inaugurated by the President of India, Ram Nath Kovind. This is for first time SAARC region hosted this conference. It witnessed participation of over 1000 delegates from across world. It held sessions on yoga, meditation and traditional approaches to mental health.
India sets Guinness world record by cooking 918 kg khichdi
India set Guinness world record by cooking 918 kg khichdi, a traditional multi-grain dish during three day World Mega Food India event held in New Delhi. Mega Food India was aimed at transforming the food economy and realizing the vision of doubling of farmers’ income by establishing India as a preferred investment destination and sourcing hub. It was first time that India hosted such an event for the food processing sector to strengthen its position as a global food factory.
Indian Army launches Joint Training Node in Shillong
Indian Army launched an independent and fully-integrated Joint Training Node (JTN) at Umroi cantonment in Shillong. It aims at hosting foreign armies in joint military exercises. It is the first of its kind in eastern command and is different from other joint training centres in Belgaum, Varangte and Bakloh. JTN has been envisaged keeping in mind the conducive weather terrain offering optimal training environment, and has been developed at par with training centres of leading armies of the world. It will pave away for projecting the states of Meghalaya and Assam on the world map of foreign armies.