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former Bihar DGP Gupteshwar Pandey joins JD(U)
Former Bihar DGP Gupteshwar Pandey, who has recently taken voluntary retirement from his service, has joined Janata Dal (United) on Sunday after repeatedly claiming that he wouldn’t be joining politics. On Saturday, Pandey met chief minister Nitish Kumar at the party office and again dismissed speculations over his joining politic. After being the center of the Maharashtra police versus Bihar police controversy in the investigation into the Sushant Singh Rajput death case, his sudden decision to retire from his services triggered speculations.
Pandey’s voluntary retirement just before the Bihar Assembly Elections 2020 set tongues wagging as political ambition is not new for this 1987-batch IPS officer. In March 2009, he took premature retirement as he reportedly wanted to contest the Lok Sabha elections on a Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) ticket but was not granted one.
World Tourism Day 2020: History, significance, and theme
World Tourism Day is commemorated each year on the 27th of September. The industry benefits entire families and communities, and women’s lives are intrinsically linked to this sector.
Tourism helps rural communities hold onto their unique natural and cultural heritage, supporting conservation projects, including those safeguarding endangered species, lost traditions or flavors,” says Zurab Pololikashvili, the UNWTO Secretary-General.
The 2020 edition of World Tourism Day, with the theme of “Tourism and Rural Development”, will celebrate the unique role that tourism plays in providing opportunities outside of big cities and preserving cultural and natural heritage all around the world.
Since 1980, the United Nations World Tourism Organization has celebrated World Tourism Day as international observances on September 27. This date was chosen as on that day in 1970, the Statutes of the UNWTO were adopted. The adoption of these Statutes is considered a milestone in global tourism.
India and Japan to tie-up for 5G technologies, QUAD to pitch in
India and Japan have decided to join hands in the technical development of 5G and 5G plus technologies with the help of other QUAD strategic dialogue members—US and Australia—and Israel. The development of next-generation telecommunications technologies will be discussed between QUAD Foreign Ministers in a meeting in Japan next month.
According to authoritative government sources, while India and Japan have decided to pitch in for 5G and plus technologies, India is also eyeing the 3GPP, umbrella mobile telecommunications standard organization, and has been successful in the global standards consortium to accept the first Indian rural standard for telecommunication. India along with its partners now will be setting more technological global standards. It is understood that the majority of 3GPP standards have been set by the Chinese telecommunication development companies.
India and Japan have agreed to closely cooperate and develop the 5G and advanced technologies with the US and Australia ramping up technological support. We are also taking help from Israel. There are discussions within the government and our 5G policy will take final shape in the coming days. But Japan will be a close partner nevertheless,” said an official involved in the exercise.
Today is Happy Daughters’ Day 2020
Every year, the fourth Sunday of September is observed as International Daughters’ Day. Everyone in the family celebrates the day by wishing and making their daughters feel special. While each daughter may have a different personality — witty, adventurous, funny, and more — they instantly know how to fill your hearts with warmth.
So, celebrate Daughter’s Day with these heartfelt wishes and thank them for being a wonderful part of your lives.
Google Doodle celebrates 22nd birthday with the letter ‘G’ on a video call
Search engine giant Google, known for celebrating special occasions with a doodle, on Sunday commemorated its 22nd birthday with an animated illustration. Founded in September 1998, the technology company was a brainchild of Larry Page and Sergey Brin while they were Ph.D. students at Stanford University in California.
Today’s Google’s doodle features a smiling letter ‘G’ sitting in front of a laptop with a cake and several presents by its side while video calling its friends, that is the remaining letters ‘google’. The doodle, clearly, has been designed keeping in mind the current situation due to the coronavirus pandemic, where people have been forced to stay indoors and depend on technology to communicate.
India offers $100 mn lines of credit to Sri Lanka for solar projects
India’s High Commissioner to Sri Lanka Gopal Baglay called on Minister of Power Dallas Alahapperuma and reiterated India’s commitment towards a strong and multi-faceted bilateral partnership including in the power sector, the Indian mission said in a statement.
They discussed various issues of mutual interest including ways to expedite progress on bilateral power projects currently under discussion between the two sides.
The Indian envoy also handed over a copy of a letter conveying an offer from India to Sri Lanka for a Line of Credit (LoC) worth USD 100 million for three solar projects announced during the International Solar Alliance Founding Conference held in March 2018 in New Delhi, the statement said.
The Indian High Commissioner conveyed that the USD 100 million LoC is in line with the national priorities of India and Sri Lanka to enhance the share of solar and renewable energy in overall energy generation, the statement added.
Odisha to hold ‘Radio Pathashala’ for school students in view of Covid-19
Following the closure of schools due to the COVID-19, Odisha Government has come up with an idea to hold “Radio Pathashala” to teach students of Class 1 to 8 in the state.
According to Odisha School Education Program Authority, this syllabus-based student Educational Programme “Radio Pathashala” is going to be broadcast on All India Radio from September 28, every week from Monday to Friday between 10 am to 10:15 am to facilitate the continuous learning of students.
The Programme will be broadcast from all Radio Stations at the same time and will also be uploaded on the DIKSHA platform.
PM Narendra Modi pays tributes to Hindi poet Ramdhari Singh ‘Dinkar’
Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday paid tributes to legendary Hindi poet Ramdhari Singh Dinkar on his birth anniversary, saying his timeless poems will continue to inspire all citizens.
Humble tributes to ‘Rashtra Kavi’ Ramdhari Singh Dinkar Ji on his birth anniversary. His timeless poems will continue to inspire not only literature-lovers but all countrymen,” Modi tweeted in Hindi.
Born at Simariya in Bihar in 1908, Dinkar’s nationalistic poetry was considered inspirational during the freedom struggle, and his work remained a source of motivation for politicians and others, including during the movement against Emergency.
NASA astronaut Kathleen Rubins plans to cast her ballot from the space station
NASA astronaut Kate Rubins told The Associated Press on Friday that she plans to cast her next vote from space more than 200 miles above Earth.
Rubins is just outside Moscow in Star City, Russia, preparing with two cosmonauts for a mid-October launch and a six-month stay at the International Space Station.
I think it’s really important for everybody to vote, Rubins said.
If we can do it from space, then I believe folks can do it from the ground, too.
Most US astronauts live in Houston. Texas law allows them to vote from space using a secure electronic ballot.
Mission Control forwards the ballot to the space station and relays the completed ballot back to the county clerk.
Rubins, the first person to sequence DNA in space, plans to work on a cardiovascular experiment and conduct research using the space station’s Cold Atom Lab.
Punjab govt appoints 8,000 nodal officers, to give more agri-machines to check stubble burning
The Punjab government has been seeking from the Centre Rs 100 per quintal as compensation to enable farmers to manage paddy straw without burning it.
As many as 23,500 more machines are being given to farmers for paddy straw management and 8,000 nodal officers have been appointed in paddy growing villages of Punjab to check stubble burning.
Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh appealed to farmers not to burn crop residue, as it could aggravate COVID-19 conditions apart from leading to pollution.
Seeking the support and cooperation of farmers in preventing stubble burning amid the COVID-19 pandemic, the chief minister said experts had warned it could have serious implications for people already suffering from lung and other diseases.
The nodal officers, who will be in villages till November 15, will work in close coordination with the revenue, rural development, and panchayats and agriculture departments.