Sangeet Natak Academy: It was recently in news for Sangeet Natak Academy Award given to Satyabrata Rout. It was set up in 1953 for the promotion of performing arts. It is an autonomous body under Ministry of Culture.
IARI Gogamukh: IARI or Indian Agriculture Research Institute, Gogamukh is third IARI that is being built in Assam’s Dhemaji district located in Assam-Arunachal Pradesh Border. It will facilitate development of agriculture sector in North-East India. IARI are premier national institutes financed and administered by the Indian Council of Agricultural Research.
Sale of Cattle for Slaughter Banned: The Ministry of Environment and Forests have come up with new regulations that bans the sale of cattle for slaughter. The central regulation for cow protection has been notified at the backdrop of rising cases of violence against cow traders by Hindu vigilante groups. The rules have been notified under Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act of 1960. Slaughter of cows are banned in most parts of the country except parts of the north-east India and Kerala. The new rules will be implemented in the next three months. Across India, the cattle trade is permitted only among farm land owners. Cattle can be only sold to a person possessing documents that he is an agriculturist. As per the new regulations, cattle bought cannot be resold within six months. Young and unfit animals cannot be traded. Animal markets cannot be set up within 50 km of an international border and 25 km of a state border. Transporting cattle outside of the country will require special approval of the state government nominee. All animal markets has to run with the approval of district animal market committee to be headed by a magistrate. The committee will also have two representatives from government-approved animal welfare groups.
Bhupen Hazarika Bridge: It is India’s longest river bridge – the Dhola-Sadia Bridge – on Brahmaputra river in Assam. It is a 3 lane bridge very close to Arunachal Pradesh and is capable of transporting tanks and other army vehicles in case of war.
Pandit Deen Dayal Upadhyaya Sanchar Kaushal Vikas Pratisthan Scheme: The ministry of communication will impart training to 10,000 people from 10 States/UTs in the first phase. States like Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Odisha, Punjab and Haryana will get benefitted in the first phase. Further, the Department of Telecommunications (DoT) plans to established more than 1,000 Sanchar Kaushal Vikas Pratisthan in future. In addition, a new award called Deen Dayal Upadhyaya Telecom Skill Excellence Award has been instituted to recognize achievers and talents in Telecom sector.