Current Affairs Today: 23 October 2017

BSF organised Half Marathon 2017: Run For Martyrs

The BSF Half Marathon-2017 – in the memory of martyrs was flagged-off by the Minister of State for Youth Affairs (I/C) & Sports and Information and Broadcasting Col. Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore.

The marathon received overwhelming response of residents of Delhi and participants who registered to run for the cause. Total 4865 participants registered for the run. In addition, BSF Prahari Pariwar participated in large numbers. Shri Rathore paid tribute to the martyrs of the force and flagged-off half marathon.

Other segment of the race 05 Kilometer run was flagged-off by the MoS (Home) Shri Kiren Rijiju. Shri Rijiju also participated in the run for martyrs with DG BSF Shri K K Sharma and other force members including members of BWWA.

In the function, the family members of martyrs were also felicitated. All trophies and prizes were dedicated to force martyrs. Medals and certificates were distributed to all the participants.


India beat Malaysia to clinch third Asia Cup hockey title

India has ended its 10-year wait for continental triumph when it defeated a gutsy Malaysia 2-1 in a close final to clinch its third Asia Cup hockey in Dhaka.

India, which won the Asia Cup in 2003 (Kuala Lumpur) and 2007 (Chennai), scored off field goals through Ramandeep Singh (third minute) and Lalit Upadhyay (29th). The victory came to India under massive pressure from Malaysia.

India had reached the final after defeating Pakistan 4-0 in the semi-finals in Dhaka.


Haryana government plans ‘PGs for cattle’ to boost milk production

Haryana government has decided to introduce a new concept for people living in high-rises, or in urban areas, who want to rear their own cattle and produce “quality milk” for their consumption. The government will set up ‘PGs for cattle’ for them.

Haryana Animal Husbandry and Dairying Minister O P Dhankar said that government is planning to earmark 50 to 100 acres of land for dairy business and keep plots for ‘PGs for cattle’ in these areas. He said that if a person stays in a flat and unable to rear cattle but wants to consume milk of his own cow or buffalo, then the person can keep own cattle at these PGs.

Mr. Dhankar said owners can also keep a watch on their cattle with the help of technology. He said the government has been providing interest-free loans for up to seven years to set up dairy units having up to 50 milch animals.


5-member committee formed to select candidate for post of editor-in-chief of RSTV

A five-member committee, headed by Prasar Bharati Chairman A Surya Prakash, has been formed to select the candidate for the post of editor-in-chief of Rajya Sabha TV (RSTV).

Other members of the Search-cum-Selection Committee are Rajya Sabha MP Swapan Dasgupta, Prasar Bharati CEO Shashi Shekhar Vempati, Additional Secretary (Personnel) in the Rajya Sabha Secretariat PPK Ramacharyulu and journalist Rahul Srivastava. The committee will invite applications and conduct interviews to select a suitable candidate and submit its recommendation to the Hon’ble Chairman.

Rajya Sabha TV is owned and operated by the Upper House of Parliament and the vice-president is its chairman.


Telangana CM lays foundation stone of KMTP

In Telangana, the foundation stone has been laid for the state of the art Kakatiya Mega Textile Park (KMTP) at Sayampet near Geesukonda in Warangal Rural district. Chief Minister Chandrasekhar Rao has laid the stone this afternoon for the Mega Textile Park being set up by the State Industrial Infrastructure Corporation.

The Textile park has been taken up at a major cotton producing district and trading centre of the state. The Park will be implemented in phased manner depending on the market demand and expected to provide employment for over a lakh people.

The Project envisages ploughing back economic benefits of the Park to the local populace by catering to all activities in the Textile value chain. It may be recalled that Telangana stood at third position in the country by producing over 60 lakh bales during 2015-16. Meanwhile, the state Government has entered into MoU with 14 companies for investing in the park.