Pranab Mukherjee Current Affairs - 2019

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President Pranab Mukherjee inaugurates Kerala Tourism’s Muziris Heritage Project

President Pranab Mukherjee inaugurated the first phase Kerala Tourism’s Muziris Heritage Project (MHP) at Trissur in Kerala to reinstate the historical and cultural significance Muziris.

The project is Kerala Government’s first green Project and India’s largest heritage conservation project. President also launched the website of the MHP.

MHP is supported by the Union Government and seeks to conserve ancient seaport of Muziris and showcase its culture of 3000 years.

The project also will play important role in the Spice Route initiative launched by Kerala Tourism with the help of UNESCO to revive state’s historic trade ties with 41 countries of the world.

About Ancient Muziris

  • Muziris was an ancient seaport and urban centre which dates from at least the 1st century BC and located at the mouth of the Periyar River in Kerala.
  • It was a key centre for trade and hub of the spice route in ancient times between southern India on one side and Egyptians, Phoenicians, Greeks and Roman Empire on the other side.
  • Its historic importance has been mentioned in the bardic Sangam literature and a number of classical European historical sources.

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President Pranab Mukherjee declares Kerala as first digital state

President Pranab Mukherjee has formally declared Kerala as the country’s first digital state.

It was announced by President after launching a digital empowerment campaign of state at a function to be held in Kozhikkode. The campaign aims at bridging the digital divide by 2020.

This declaration was made considering the rapid digital strides of the state which has achieved 100 percent mobile connectivity, 75 percent e-literacy, maximum digital banking, broadband connectivity upto the Panchayat level, linking bank accounts with Aadhar cards and e-district plan in all districts.

Key facts

  • Kerala was able to achieve this feat due to the combined efforts of the government and various social organizations in the state
  • State has successfully linked all villages in the state with broadband connectivity under the National Optical Fibre Network (NOFN) project. It is first state in country to do so.
  • The broadband connectivity has helped to provide high-speed internet in all gram panchayats and remote areas of the state.
  • Apart from NOFN it, two projects started by the government in 2002 viz. Akshaya and [email protected] – also has helped it to attain high e literacy.
  • Under these projects over 2,500 Akshaya service centres functioning in rural and urban areas have helped generate awareness in e-governance.
  • State also has over 600 e-governance applications covering almost all departments of state that play pioneering role in delivering e-services to citizens.
  • As a digital state, Kerala has a mobile tele-density of 95% and Internet access covering over 60 % of the population.

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