News of the Day – 12th July 2016
Alappuzha, Panaji and Mysuru cleanest cities in India: CSE survey
- The Delhi-based environment think-tank, CSE, has ranked cities such as Alappuzha, Panaji and Mysuru along with 11 others on the basis of the way they manage their solid municipal waste. The country’s capital Delhi has appeared at the bottom of the list of 14 along with Chandigarh and Bengaluru.
- The CSE survey found that the cities, figured at the bottom, like Delhi, Chandigarh and Bengaluru have managed to remain clean, but only by sweeping their garbage under the carpet.
- This survey is different from the UD ministry’s January survey that took into account the components of ‘Swachh Bharat Mission’ like construction of toilets, solid waste management and independent observation while coming out with its ranking.
- Fifty-three cities with a population of above 10 lakhs each and 22 capitals that do not have that much population were selected for the survey. Mysuru, Chandigarh, Tiruchirapalli, New Delhi Municipal Council, Visakhapatnam, Surat, Rajkot, Gangtok, Pimpri Chindwad and Greater Mumbai had emerged as the top 10 cities in terms of sanitation and hygiene in the government survey.
- The CSE survey was, however, limited to 14 cities, it tried to find out what actually makes these cities clean and how the best practices would act as a guide for future policy.
Centre gives Rs 658cr for 5 big Delhi projects
- The urban development ministry has approved an assistance of Rs 658 crore for five major infrastructure projects aimed at unclogging key stretches in Delhi.
- While four will be new projects, the Centre has sanctioned Rs 85 crore for completion of the stalled grade separator at Rani Jhansi Road, a project that had started in 2006. The new projects are a flyover and underpass connecting Mahipalpur, Aerocity, IGI Airport and NH-8; a skywalk and foot over bridge (FOB) near ITO; a flyover-cum-rail over bridge near Narela for providing direct access from NH-1 to the Bawana Industrial Complex and widening of the road near Kashmiri Gate ISBT and Nigambodh ghat.
- The central aid comes from the urban development fund, which DDA collects as onetime charge for conversion of leasehold properties to freehold. This is used for social and physical infrastructure projects. Union urban development minister M Venkaiah Naidu has announced that with the central assistance, the 1.6-km Rani Jhansi Road grade separator can be completed in a year. The cost of the flyover, from Filmistan to Boulevard Road, was Rs 200 crore. Work on the project had come to a standstill after the North MCD had spent Rs 115 crore on it.
- The flyover and underpass project will decongest Mahipalpur crossing. For direct access to the airport for passengers coming from south Delhi, Faridabad and Gurgaon, the government has decided to construct a flyover and underpasses connecting northern Mahipalpur, Aerocity, Airport and NH-8. It will cost Rs 188 crore.
- Another project that will get central assistance is the flyover-cum-ROB on Urban Ex tesion Road at Narela. To come up at a cost of Rs 437.21 crore, the projects aims at easing chaos and provide direct access to the Bawana Road Industrial Complex from NH-1.
- The fourth project is the construction of a skywalk and FOB near ITO for safety of pedestrians going to about 25 major offices located around ITO. It will cost Rs 54.34 crore.
- The fifth project involves the construction of up-ramp and widening of road near Kashmere Gate and Nigambodh ghat. This will require around Rs 18.68 crore.
51st Jnanpith Award conferred on Gujarati writer Dr. Raghuveer Chaudhari
- President Pranab Mukherjee conferred the 51st Jnanpith Award on renowned Gujarati writer and litterateur Dr. Raghuveer Chaudhari at a function in New Delhi.
- He was awarded with the India’s highest literary honour carrying a cash prize, a citation plaque and a bronze replica of Goddess Saraswati for the year 2015.
- Chaudhari’s literary work has been influenced by works of Gowardhan Ram Tripathi , Kaka Kalelkar and Suresh Joshi. He has authored more than 80 books and some of his notable novels include Amrita, Venu Vatsala, Uparvas, Purvarang and Laagni Samjyaa Vinaa Chuuta Padvanu.
- He also had worked as a columnist for numerous newspapers such as Sandesh, Janmabhumi, Nirikshaka and Divya Bhaskar. Awards and Honours:
- He has received numerous accolades including Sahitya Academy Award for his novel Trilogy Uparvaas in 1977.
- Chaudhary is the fourth Gujarati litterateur to bag this prestigious award after Uma Shankar Joshi (1967), Pannalal Patel (1985) and Rajendra Shah (2001)
Portugal wins 2016 UEFA European football championship
- Portugal has won the 2016 UEFA European football championship (Euro Cup 2016) by defeating host France. It was Portugal’s first UEFA European Championship title.
- In the final match, played at Stade de France (Paris, France) Portugal defeated France by 1-0 goal score. The only goal for the Portugal team was scored by Éder at 109 minute in the 11 minutes of extra time.
- With this victory, Portugal has earned the right to compete at the 2017 FIFA Confederations Cup hosted by Russia. Portugal, the team that finished third in their group, had found a way even on a night when their greatest footballer was taken off on a stretcher.
- Portugal can duly reflect on their greatest ever victory, made all the more remarkable by the fact they could not beat Iceland, Hungary or Austria in the group stages.
- Awards for different categories are:
- Golden Boot: Antoine Griezmann (France) – 6 goals, 2 assists.
- Silver Boot: Cristiano Ronaldo (Portugal) – 3 goals, 3 assists.
- Bronze Boot: Olivier Giroud (France) – 3 goals, 2 assists.
- Young Player of the Tournament: Renato Sanches (Portugal) – aged 18.