Month: April 2018

National Panchayati Raj Day is observed as 24 April

The nation celebrates the National Panchayati Raj Diwas as this date marks a defining moment in the history of decentralization of political power to the grassroots level. Activities of PM Modi on NPRD 2018: Prime Minister Narendra Modi visited Mandla in Madhya Pradesh on the National Panchayati Raj Day. He launched the Rashtriya Gramin Swaraj Abhiyan, at a public meeting, and addressed Panchayati Raj representatives across the country, from Mandla. Background: The Constitution (73rd Amendment) Act, 1992 that came into force with effect from 24th April 1993 has institutionalized Panchayati Raj through the village, Intermediate and District level Panchayats....

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India win 10 gold medals at 8th South Asian Judo Championship

India has won 10 gold medals at the 8th South Asian Judo Championship held in Lalitpur, Nepal. The Indian women players grabbed all seven gold while the men won three out of total seven gold medals in the individual category. Host Nepal and Pakistan bagged two gold medals each at the event. India, Nepal, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan and Sri Lanka have participated in the championship. It may be mentioned that this is the fourth time Nepal has hosted the South Asian Judo championship. India has won 10 gold medals at 8th South Asian Judo Championship in Lalitpur, Nepal. A...

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World’s oldest person Nabi Tajima passes away at age of 117

The world’s oldest person, a 117-year-old Japanese woman named Nabi Tajima had passed away. Tajima, born on Aug. 4, 1900, was the last known person born in the 19th century. She became the world’s oldest person after the death of Violet Brown of Jamaica, also at the age of 117. According to the U.S.-based Gerontology Research Group, another Japanese woman, Chiyo Miyako, is now the world’s oldest person. Tajima, who became the oldest woman in Japan in September 2015, could have been the oldest person in the world since Violet Brown of Jamaica died in September 2017 at age...

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French National Assembly passes controversial immigration law

The National Assembly of France passed a controversial immigration law, after 61 hours of debate. The controversial law, which was approved with 228 votes in favour, 139 against and 24 abstentions, exposed unprecedented divisions in President Emmanuel Macron’s young centrist party. The National assembly or lower house of the French Parliament was supposed to vote on the bill on April 20, but the debate stretched into the weekend due to more than 1,000 amendments proposed by deputies. More than 200 of the changes were suggested by LREM members as they openly challenged Macron’s plans to double the maximum time...

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Sunderban Reserve Forest to get Ramsar site status

State forest department is on the verge of completing the Ramsar information sheet on the Sunderbans Reserve Forest in India, a critical step towards being listed as a wetland of international importance. If the proposal is accepted and Indian Sunderbans declared a Ramsar site, it will be the third prestigious citation for the mangrove delta. In 1987, UNESCO declared the Sunderbans National Park a World Heritage site and in 2001, the entire Indian Sunderbans has declared a Global Biosphere Reserve. The world’s largest contiguous mangrove ecosystem stretches over 10,200 sq km across India and Bangladesh. Of this, 4,263 sq...

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