NITI Aayog and Govt. of Assam launches SATH programme
o The Department of Health and Family Welfare, Government of Assam and NITI Aayog organized a state consultative workshop in Guwahati.
o The consultation marked the launch of program called SATH- Sustainable Action for Transforming Human Capital, a joint initiative of Government of Assam and NITI Aayog, which aims to provide structured support to Assam in identifying key health priorities and implement the solutions towards transforming the health and improving the well-being of people of Assam.
o NITI Aayog selected the three states Assam, Uttar Pradesh and Karnataka through a three stage challenge-process – expression of interest, presentations by the states and assessment of commitment to health sector reforms.
Bollywood film Newton is India’s official entry to 2018 Oscars
o Bollywood film ‘Newton’ is India’s official entry in the Foreign Language Film category at the 2018 Oscars.
o Rajkummar Rao, who played the lead role in ‘Newton’, shared the news.
o ‘Newton’, directed by Amit Masurkar, revolves around a government clerk who tries his best to conduct free and fair voting in a Naxal-controlled town.
PM launches various projects in Varanasi
o The Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi, dedicated to the nation, the Deendayal Hastkala Sankul – a trade facilitation centre for handicrafts – at Varanasi.
o The Prime Minister had laid the foundation stone of this Centre in November 2014.
o Shri Narendra Modi flagged off the Mahamana Express through a video link. This train will connect Varanasi with Surat and Vadodara in Gujarat.
o The Prime Minister dedicated a Jal Ambulance service, and a Jal Shav Vahan service to the people of Varanasi, through a video link.
o He distributed tool-kits and solar lamps to weavers and their children.
Himachal Pradesh: Country’s first electric bus service launched
o In a boost for green transport in Himachal Pradesh, Transport Minister G S Bali flagged off the country’s first electric bus service for Rohtang Pass, a tourist destination near Manali.
o HRTC, which will run the electric bus service, will make 10 vehicles available in Kullu and later the facility would be extended to other areas.
o The minister also laid the foundation stone for a Rs 30-crore modern bus stand at Kullu.
India to host World Congress on Adolescent Health next month
o Home to around 253 million adolescents, India will next month host the World Congress on Adolescent Health, billed as the biggest global event in adolescent health this year.
o Held once in every four years, the International Association for Adolescent Health’s 11th World Congress on Adolescent Health be held in New Delhi from October 27-29.
o This year’s theme is ‘Investing in Adolescent Health-The Future is Now’.
Vani Sarraju Rao: Next Ambassador of India to Estonia
o Ms. Vani Sarraju Rao, (IFS: 1994) has been concurrently accredited as the next Ambassador of India to the Republic of Estonia, with residence in Helsinki (Finland).
Jaideep Mazumdar: Next Ambassador of India to Palau
o Jaideep Mazumdar (IFS: 1989) has been concurrently accredited as the next Ambassador of India to the Republic of Palau, with residence in Manila (Philippines).
o He is expected to take up his assignment shortly. He is presently Ambassador of India to the Republic of the Philippines.
Boxing legend Jake LaMotta passes away aged 95
o Boxing legend Jake LaMotta passed away in a nursing home due to complications from pneumonia on aged 95.
o The boxing legend's life story was told in the movie Raging Bull where he was played by Robert De Niro.
o LaMotta competed in 106 pro fights and won a world middleweight championship.