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Oct 2021

Sep 06, 2023

North India's First-ever Dog Park Opens in Ludhiana

  • Ludhiana came up with a first-of-its-kind dog park in North India with an aim to provide a comfortable space for pets and their owners to spend quality time together without any hesitation.
  • The dog park was inaugurated in Block-D of Bhai Randhir Singh (BRS) Nagar by MLA Gurpreet Bassi Gogi and MC commissioner Sandeep Rishi.
  • Ludhiana's dog park is the third such park in the country and the first in North India. The first two parks are set up in Mumbai and Hyderabad.
  • The park is spread over an area of 1.5 acres and has various facilities such as agility equipment, water fountains, benches, waste disposal bins and a veterinary clinic. It will also serve as a venue for dog shows and competitions, where owners can showcase their pets' skills.

Sep 05, 2023

Assam Govt. Forms Committee to Draft Anti-polygamy Law

  • The Assam government constituted a three-member committee to draft the proposed anti-polygamy law.
  • It has been constituted with Advocate General, Legal Remembrancer and Director General of Police.
  • Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma said that the state government had earlier constituted a committee to examine the "legislative competence of the state legislature" to enact a law to end polygamy.
  • The government had sought the views of the public on the proposed anti-polygamy law. Altogether 149 individuals and organisations responded and of them, 146 supported it while the remaining three objected to it.

J-K LG Inaugurates 'Community Radio' at Jammu University

  • Jammu and Kashmir Lieutenant Governor Manoj Sinha inaugurated a community radio, a first-of-its-kind in the Union Territory, at the University of Jammu on its foundation day.
  • The radio shall act as a medium to promote, propagate and disseminate the polyvocal and polylingual voices of the various stakeholders of the university and act as a site of exchange for various ideas culminating in motivating people to participate in the national endeavour for integrated development of the country.

Sep 04, 2023

Madhavan New President of FTII Society

  • R. Madhavan was appointed as the new President of the Film & Television Institute of India. The actor replaced filmmaker Shekhar Kapur in the position.
  • Information & Broadcasting Minister Anurag Thakur announced that Madhavan was appointed as the new FTII President.
  • FTII, situated in Pune, Maharashtra, falls under the purview of the Central Government's Information & Broadcasting Ministry. Established in 1960, the institute offers courses in film editing, direction cinematography, audiography, acting, art direction, and computer graphics and animation.
  • Shekhar Kapur was the last FTII President. Actor Roshan Taneja was the first one, followed by the likes of cartoonist R. K. Laxman, filmmakers Shyam Benegal, Mrinal Sen, Adoor Gopalakrishnan, Mahesh Bhatt, B. P. Singh, Saeed Akhtar Mirza, actors Girish Karnad, Vinod Khanna, Gajendra Chauhan, Anupam Kher, and screenwriter U. R. Ananthamurthy.

'Judega Bharat, Jeetega INDIA': Opposition Alliance's Theme for 2024 Lok Sabha Polls

  • The Opposition bloc INDIA set up a 14-member coordination committee to steer the campaign to defeat Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in 2024 general elections.
  • The 28 Opposition parties came together in July to announce their coalition named Indian National Developmental Inclusive Alliance (INDIA).
  • Besides the formation of coordination committee, two major decisions to (i) organise public rallies at the earliest in different parts of the country and (ii) coordinate communication and media strategies of parties in the bloc on the theme of 'Judega Bharat, Jeetega INDIA' were taken.

Fourth G20 Summit Sherpa Meeting Kicks off in Haryana's Nuh

  • The fourth and final G20 Sherpa meeting commenced in Haryana's Nuh district. The meeting will be held till the 7th of September near Tauru.
  • Apart from the G20 member countries, sherpas and other delegates from the invited countries are participating in the high-level meeting. For the convenience of the participants, 23 liaison officers -- 19 HCS and four IAS officers -- have been deputed with them.

Jyotiraditya Scindia Inaugurates Utkela Airport

  • Minister of Civil Aviation Jyotiraditya M. Scindia inaugurated Utkela Airport in Odisha, which has been developed as a regional airport under the UDAN scheme at a cost of Rs. 31.07 crore.
  • The Utkela-Bhubaneswar-Utkela flight route is set to improve regional air connectivity, playing a pivotal role in fostering economic growth within the area.
  • Utkela airport has a runway of length 917 meters (2,995 ft.) with a width of 30 meters.

Sep 03, 2023

Madhya Pradesh CM Shivraj Chouhan Allocates Portfolios to 3 New Ministers

  • Days after expanding his cabinet, Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan allocated portfolios to the three new ministers.
  • Newly inducted minister Rajendra Shukla was given the Public Health Engineering (PHE) and Public Relations departments.
  • Gauri Shankar Bisen got the Narmada Valley Development department, while Rahul Lodhi was allocated Kutir and Gramodyog and Forest departments.
  • With the induction of three more ministers, the cabinet's strength has risen to 34, with only one vacancy is left in the cabinet.

Government Calls Parliament Special Session

  • The government called for a special session of Parliament to be held from September 18 to 22, Union Minister Pralhad Joshi informed, adding, that there will be five sittings.
  • There is speculation the special session is being called to begin the process of shifting from the old to the new Parliament building. So, this session may begin in the old and end in the new.

Sep 02, 2023

Nagaland Becomes First State in North Eastern Region to Initiate Aadhaar Linked Birth Registration

  • Nagaland became the first among the eight States in the northeast to start Aadhaar-lined birth registration, or ALBR.
  • The initiative, launched in the state's capital Kohima, facilitates birth registration–based Aadhaar enrolment for children up to five years of age.
  • Col. Abhishek Koushik, the Director of UIDAI, lauded the Nagaland government for becoming the first northeastern State to implement ALBR.
  • One of the paramount benefits of the ALBR system is the conferment of a unique identity upon infants. This unique identity not only ensures proper tracking of essential services such as immunization, Integrated Child Development Services (ICDS), education, and various social welfare provisions but also brings ease and efficiency to parents and concerned departments alike.
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