IndiGo to ferry mortal remains of NE people for free.
Budget carrier IndiGo in association with Delhi Police on Thursday launched 'Akhiri Ahuti', a social service under which the Gurgaon-based airline would ferry free of cost the bodies of northeast residents who die in Delhi to their homes.
Hope Island becomes graveyard for Olive Ridleys Turtles.
Hope Island in Andhra Pradesh has become graveyard for Olive Ridleys turtles after 54 carcasses of this species were spotted on the shores of island. This indicates that the breeding cycle of this species got severe blow due to mechanised fishing boats scouring in the Bay of Bengal coastline. These boats crush most of these turtles under it leading to their death. The Fisheries Department is encouraging the mechanised boat owners to fit a Turtle Excluder Device (TED) to their trawl nets to allow thee turtles to pass.
Delhi declared free of bird flu.
National Capital Territory (NCT) of Delhi was declared free from bird flu (H5N8 avian influenza) after consecutive samples collected at 15 days’ intervals from the last positive results tested negative. In October 2016, cases of mortality among the birds due to H5N8 avian influenza were reported in National Zoological Park, Delhi NCR.
Norway to become first country to end FM radio.
Norway is set to become the first nation to start switching off its FM radio network next week, in a risky and unpopular leap to digital technology that will be closely watched by other countries considering whether to follow suit.
National Youth Day is celebrated in India on 12 January on the birthday of Swami Vivekananda.
National Youth Day is celebrated in India on 12 January on the birthday of Swami Vivekananda. In 1984 the Government of India declared the day as the National Youth Day and since 1985 the event is celebrated in India every year.
Former MRF director and rubber industry doyen KM Philip dies.
KM Philip, 104, former whole-time director on the board of MRF, passed away.Born on May 2, 1912, Philip had served on the MRF board since its inception in 1961 till 2015. A founding member of the All India Rubber Industries Association, he who played a key role in the establishment and growth of the domestic rubber and tyre industries. The association instituted the KM Philip Medal & Award on his 90th birthday in recognition of his service.He has also served on the Rubber Board of India for more than 15 years.Philip was a Padma Shri Awardee and a noted philanthropist.
Manish Tewari appointed as a Distinguished Senior Fellow of Atlantic.
Former Union minister Manish Tewari has been appointed as a Distinguished Senior Fellow at the South Asia Center of the Atlantic Council, a leading US think-tank on policy matters.At the council, Tewari will focus on developing programmes aimed at strengthening US-India ties.
The world’s first ‘Gender Literature Festival’ will be held in Patna in the second week of April.
The Gender Resource Centre of Bihar’s Women Development Corporation will be organising the festival.“The objective of this initiative is to create a platform, to exchange ideas, and to share and learn experiences of renowned people in the field of gender [-based or focussed] literature. The festival will also act as a platform to increase visibility for gender equity and advocacy in the State of Bihar,” according to Dr. N. Vijaya Lakshmi, chairperson of the festival and managing director of Bihar’s WDC.
12th World Hindi Day celebrated across the world.
World Hindi Day is celebrated on January 10 every year, marking the anniversary of first World Hindi Conference which was held in 1975. The first World Hindi Conference was inaugurated by then Prime Minister Indira Gandhi.
Roman Herzog, Germany's President in 1990s, Is Dead.
Roman Herzog, who as Germany's second president after reunification called for “confidence and joie de vivre” during a time of economic malaise, died.