1. “Bogibeel Bridge” : India’s Longest Road-Rail Bridge to be Inaugurated This Year
India’s longest road and railway bridge “Bogibeel bridge”, linking Dibrugarh in Assam to Pasighat in Arunachal Pradesh is expected to be inaugurated in 2018 by Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
Civil work related to the Bogibeel bridge will be finished by July 2018.
Two more months will be taken to complete electrical and signalling work.
The bridge is 4.94 km long.
This is said to be the second longest bridge of this kind in Asia.
It has three lane roads on top and double line rail below.
The bridge is 32 metres above the water level of the Brahamaputra River.
This bridge will solve logistical issues for armed forces stationed at the China border to receive supplies from Tezpur.
This is part of infrastructure projects planned by India for logistics improvement along the border in Arunachal Pradesh.
At present, to travel from Dibrugarh to Arunachal Pradesh by train it takes over 500 km detour.
After completion of this bridge, the travel will be less than 100 km.
This project was approved in 1996. Construction of the bridge was initiated in 2002.
It was declared as a national project in 2007.
2. Frozen Semen Station Being Set Up in Maranga,Purnea
Laying the foundation stone of the frozen semen station in Maranga, Purnea Union Minister of Agriculture & Farmers’ Welfare Shri Radha Mohan Singh said that the frozen semen station is being set up at a cost of Rs 64 crore under the Rashtriya Gokul Mission with 100% contribution from the Central Government.
Out of this, Rs 20 crore has already been released.
Currently, the artificial insemination is being done by CMOFED (Sudha) in Bihar. For artificial insemination, semen from high genetic merit bulls is needed.
Shri Singh elaborated that the frozen semen station in Purnea will be the first state-of-the-art semen production center of the country.
The Minister said the RashtriyaGokul Mission was initiated in December 2014 with an aim to conserve and develop indigenous breeds.
3. Punjab Signs MoU with UK for Setting Up Bio-Gas, Bio CNG Plants
The Punjab government has signed a pact with the UK for setting up of bio-gas and bio-CNG plants in the state.
A Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was signed in the presence of Punjab Finance Minister Manpreet Singh Badal and Andrew Ayre, deputy high commissioner, British High Commission.
Punjab Infrastructure Development Board (PIDB) will facilitate regulatory clearances and incentives by the state government.
4. Janakpur-Ayodhya Direct Bus Service Inaugurated
Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Nepalese counterpart KP Sharma Oli jointly inaugurated direct bus service between Janakpur (Nepal) and Ayodhya (India).
Both are sacred cities for Hindus and bus service was launched as part of India’s Ramayan Circuit under Swadesh Darshan Scheme to promote religious tourism in Nepal and India.
5. Odisha with ‘World’s Second Oldest Rock’
Scientists have discovered world’s second oldest grain of magmatic zircon (a mineral that contains traces of radioactive isotopes) from Champua from Singhbhum rock sample in Odisha’s Kendujhar district.
It is an estimated 4,240 million years old, making it world’s second oldest rock ever to be discovered. It is oldest magmatic zircon on earth.
6. Chhattisgarh CM to Launch Vikas Yatra
Chhattisgarh Chief Minister Raman Singh has launched Vikas Yatra from Dantewada.
Addressing the media, the Chief Minister said, “This yatra is to tell people about the development the state has witnessed. We will also work to further increase the growth of the state in coming days.
The chief minister, during his Vikas Yatra, will distribute free pesticides to 5.5 lakh labourers.
Also, 50 lakh families will be given smartphones as part of the Chief Minister’s dream project Sanchar Kranti Yojna.
7. RBI Puts Dena Bank under Prompt Corrective Action
Reserve Bank has initiated prompt corrective action against public sector lender Dena Bank in view of high non-performing loans, restricting the bank from giving fresh credit and new hiring.
The public sector lender reported widening of its net loss to Rs 1,225.42 crore in the March quarter on mounting bad loans and higher provisioning to cover them.
The RBI has initiated similar action against other public sector banks, including IDBI Bank, Indian Overseas Bank and UCO Bank before this.
8. Renowned Storyteller Ankit Chadha Passes Away
Ankit Chadha, a renowned storyteller associated with the tradition of Dastangoi, died in a tragic accident near Pune.
Quoting police officials, the reports said that the accident occurred at Uksan Lake near Kamshet, 60 kilometers away from Pune.
Chadha was known for his unique style of storytelling in Urdu.
Over the past few years, he had performed at various national and international stages, including universities like Harvard, Yale and Toronto.
9. KISS Humanitarian Award 2018 Conferred on Prof. Muhammad Yunus
Prof Muhammad Yunus was awarded the 11th KISS Humanitarian Award 2018 at an event, in Bhubaneswar, Odisha.
KIIT and KISS (Kalinga Institute of Social Sciences) president Saswati Bal and founder Achyuta Samanta presented the award to Prof Muhammad Yunus.
Prof Muhammad Yunus is the founder of Grameen Bank of Bangladesh.
He is known as the Father of Microfinance.
He is the second Nobel laureate to receive this award.
KISS Humanitarian Award is an international award.
It is presented to someone who has contributed exceptionally to the society in fields related to social issues.
10. Pak Hockey Legend Mansoor Ahmed Passes Away
Pakistan’s World Cup-winning hockey goalkeeper Mansoor Ahmed passed away at a city hospital in Karachi after battling a prolonged heart ailment.
The hockey legend, who was known as the 1994 World Cup hero for Pakistan, had been suffering from heart ailment for the past three years and was under treatment.
11. “2004 EW95” : The First Carbon-rich Asteroid Found in the Kuiper Belt
Astronomers have discovered an unusual, first of its kind, carbon-rich asteroid in the Kuiper Belt.
This object has been designated 2004 EW95.
Kuiper belt is a circum-stellar disc in the outer Solar System, extending from the orbit of Neptune to approximately 50 astronomical unit (AU) from the Sun.
As per the study, 2004 EW95 seems to have formed in the asteroid belt between Mars and Jupiter and then would have been flung billions of kms to its current locations.
Researchers have found that 2004 EW95’s reflectance spectrum (specific pattern of wavelengths of light reflected from an object) is different from similar small Kuiper Belt Objects.
Discovery of this object, technically referred to as carbonaceous asteroids, testifies theoretical models, which suggest that during early days of our solar system, after the gas giants formed, they rampaged through the solar system, ejecting small rocky bodies from the inner solar system to far-flung orbits at great distances from the Sun.
12. Mother’s Day – Second Sunday of May
Mother’s Day is observed on the second Sunday of May, and this year the day is celebrated on the 13th.
People remember their mothers and mother figures on Mother’s Day.
Mother figures may include stepmothers, relatives, mothers-in-law, a guardian (eg. a foster parent), or a family friend.