Union Government has launched a new digital platform ‘Twitter Samvad’ in association with social networking giant Twitter. The digital platform was launched by Prime Minister Narendra Modi in New Delhi on 24 March 2015 during his meeting with Twitter Chief Executive Dick Costolo.
The service aims to boost the nation’s e-governance plans and facilitate direct communication between leaders, government agencies and citizens. Twitter Samvad is based on a digital platform provided by an Indian company ZipDial which was recently acquired by Twitter. Through this platform a set of curated Tweets from the Twitter handled accounts of the government and the leaders will be delivered to mobile-phone users every day across the country as text messages. The service will also play important role during emergencies by helping government agencies to share live updates, even time-sensitive information on law and order or rescue. As of now, 16 government offices are participating in Twitter Samvad. It includes Prime Minister’s Office, Ministry of Railways, Bengaluru Police and the Chief Ministers of Andhra Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh, West Bengal and Gujarat.
Three Immediate Support Vessels (ISVs) were commissioned on 24 March 2015 in Indian Navy at the Eastern Naval Command (ENC) base in Visakhapatnam, Andhra Pradesh. These three ISVs are second batch of the vessels and have joined the 84th ISV Squadron of the Indian Navy located at ENC. With commissioning of these vessels, ENC now has full complement of six ISVs. These ISVs were built under the joint collaboration project between Oil and Natural Gas Corporation (ONGC), Indian Navy and the ship builders. They were designed and built by Abu Dhabi Ship Builders (ADSB) and Spain’s Rodman 78.
ISV is a lightly armed surface craft. It is capable of operating at high seas as well as in coastal waters. These vessels are armed with Heavy Machine Guns (HMGs). They are also fitted with state-of-the-art radar and navigation equipment. These vessels are capable of carrying out day and night surveillance. They also can be used for rapid insertions and extraction of MARCOS (Marine Commandos) for military intervention.
Noted Hindi poet Gopaldas Neeraj on 24 March 2015 was awarded with first National Kavi Pradeep Samman. He was presented the award by Madhya Pradesh Culture Minister Surendra Patwa at a function held in Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh.
He is among the renowned poets and authors in Hindi literature and also is a famous poet of Hindi Kavi Sammelan. Several of his poems and songs have been used in Hindi movies. He was Professor of Hindi Literature in Dharma Samaj College, Aligarh and also a chancellor of Mangalayatan University, Aligarh, Uttar Pradesh.
Instituted by the Government of Madhya Pradesh in the memory of late renowned poet and songwriter Kavi Pradeep. Award carries a cash prize of Rs 2 lakh, a shawl and a citation. Kavi Pradeep was born as Ramchandra Narayanji Dwivedi. He is best known for his patriotic song ‘Aye Mere Watan Ke Logo’ written as a tribute to the soldiers who had died during defending the country during the Sino-Indian War.
Bangladesh has won the prestigious Women in Parliaments (WIP) Award for regional leadership in the South and Southeast Asia category for closing the gender gap in politics. The award was presented by WIP Global Forum at annual summit held in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. On behalf of Bangladesh’s Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, Minister of State (MoS) for Foreign Affairs Shahriar Alam received the award. Bangladesh is only country in the world where the Prime Minister, Parliament speaker, Leader of the Opposition, Deputy Leader of the house, and a major opposition leader are all women. In the World Economic Forum report it has been placed among the top 10 countries in the world in reducing gender gap
WIP Award is based on the rankings of the World Economic Forum’s Global Gender Gap Report. The report assesses 135 countries that represent more than 93 percent of the world’s population. It also assesses on how well resources and opportunities are divided among male and female populations. Women in Parliaments (WIP) is the global network of female parliamentarians at the national level and has around 9,000 female parliamentarians in its network.
The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) has signed a US $400 million currency swap agreement with the Central Bank of Sri Lanka. The currency swap agreement will allow central banks of both nations to make withdrawals of US Dollar or Euro in multiple tranches up to a maximum of USD 400 million or its equivalent. The agreement will be valid for a period of three years and further economic co-operation between the two countries. It will also bring in more financial stability in the region.
In SAARCFINANCE Governor’s meeting held in Nepal in 2012, RBI had announced that it will offer currency swap facilities aggregating USD 2 billion. This facility will be offered in both foreign currency and rupee to SAARC member countries. In this regard, the swap arrangement are signed to provide a backstop line of funding for the SAARC member countries to meet any balance of payments (BoP) and liquidity crises till long-term arrangements are made. The facility will be available to all SAARC member countries including India, Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka.
Indian contemporary artist Bharti Kher was awarded with France’s highest cultural award Knight of the Order of Arts and Letters (Chevalier dans l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres). She was bestowed the prestigious honour for her contribution to contemporary art landscape by French ambassador to India Francois Richier in New Delhi. Bharti Kher’s artworks span several mediums like painting, sculpture and installation. She is renowned for her remarkable experimentation with bindis which is recognised as her signature style. Her 14-feet- high sculptural ‘An Absence Of Assignable Cause’ is among the finest works from the experiment which interprets heart of the blue sperm whale. During her career she had done numerous solo exhibitions of her artworks around the world.
It is French governments highest cultural award and in French also known as Chevalier des Arts et des Letters. The award is bestowed on persons who have distinguished themselves by their creativity in the field of art, culture and literature or for their contribution to the influence of arts in France and throughout the world.
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