HRD Ministry launches third edition of ‘Smart India Hackathon’

The third edition of world’s biggest open innovation model ‘Smart India Hackathon 2019’ was launched by the Union Minister for Human Resource Development, Prakash Javadekar in New Delhi on August 29, 2018.

The 2019 edition is a nationwide initiative, which aims to provide students with a platform to solve some of the pressing problems faced by people in their daily lives and thus, inculcate a culture of product innovation and a mindset of problem-solving.

India celebrates 72nd Independence Day

India on August 15, 2018 celebrated its 72nd Independence Day by paying tribute to its previous leaders and freedom fighters.
The Day witnessed the unfurling of the National flag at Red Fort in Delhi by Prime Minister NarendraModi. On the eve of 72nd Independence Day, President Ram NathKovind addressed the nation and called for creative thinking in governance that enables fast-track development and ensures social harmony.

Prime Minister NarendraModi on August 15, 2018 addressed the country on the occasion of the 72nd Independence Day at Red Fort, Delhi.
PM Modi highlighted the overall achievements during the past year, important social issues and also drew attention on further developments in the country.

India observes 76th anniversary of Quit India movement

The 76th anniversary of Quit India movement was observed across India on August 8, 2018. On this day in 1942, father of the nation Mahatma Gandhi gave the famous clarion call of ‘Do or Die’ to all Indians to drive the British away from the country.
The movement, also known as the August KrantiDiwas, was launched at the Bombay session of the All-India Congress Committee (AICC), at the height of the Second World War.

Sikkim’s Khangchendzonga biosphere reserve added to UNESCO list

India’s Khangchendzonga Biosphere Reserve, one of the highest ecosystems in the world, has been added to UNESCO’s list of World Network of Biosphere Reserve (WNBR).

According to a statement issued by the Union Environment Ministry, the International Coordinating Council (ICC) of Man and Biosphere (MAB) Programme, UNESCO, had designated Khangchendzonga Biosphere Reserve for inclusion in the World Network of Biosphere Reserve in its 30th session, which was held from July 23-27, 2018 at Palembang, Indonesia.

Government approves 122 research projects under ‘IMPRINT-2’ scheme

The Union Government has approved 122 new research project proposals worth Rs 112 crore for funding under its Impacting Research Innovation and Technology ‘IMPRINT-2’ scheme.

The proposals were approved on August 4, 2018 at the IMPRINT 2 Apex Committee meeting held in New Delhi. The initiative aims to advance research in energy, healthcare, security and defence domains in the high education institutions.

India elected as President of Asia-Pacific Institute for Broadcasting Development

India was on August 3, 2018 elected as the President of the Asia-Pacific Institute for Broadcasting Development (AIBD) for a period of two years.
India got elected against Iran during voting which took place at the 44th annual gathering of AIBD in Colombo. The three-day gathering was inaugurated by Sri Lankan Minister of Finance and Mass Media MangalaSamarweera.Image result for India elected as President of Asia-Pacific Institute for Broadcasting Development