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FACT # 1

Swachh Iconic Places


Why in news? Ten new Swachh Iconic Places have been launched under Swachh Bharat Mission.

Swachh Iconic Places:

  • The Swachh Iconic Places is an initiative under the Swachh Bharat Mission.
  • It is a special clean-up initiative focused on select iconic heritage, spiritual and cultural places in the country.
  • The initiative is being coordinated by the Ministry of Drinking Water and Sanitation in association with the Ministry of Urban Development, Ministry of Culture, Ministry of Tourism and the concerned State governments.
  • Some of the initiatives taken up under SIP are:
    • Improved sewage infrastructure
    • installation of Sewage Treatment Plant (STP)
    • drainage facilities
    • improved sanitation facilities
    • water vending machines
    • solid and liquid waste management (SLWM) set-up
    • structure restoration
    • lighting arrangements
    • beautification of parks
    • roads maintenance
    • better transport facilities in approach
    • access areas besides at the main sites
  • Places covered under Phase 1 are:
    • Vaishno Devi, Jammu and Kashmir
    • Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus, Maharashtra
    • Taj Mahal, Uttar Pradesh
    • Tirupati Temple, Andhra Pradesh
    • Golden Temple, Punjab
    • Manikarnika Ghat, Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh
    • Ajmer Sharif Dargah, Rajasthan
    • Meenakshi Temple, Tamil Nadu
    • Kamakhya Temple, Assam
    • Jagannath Puri, Odisha
  • Places covered under Phase 2 are:
    • Gangotri
    • Yamunotri
    • Mahakaleshwar Temple, Ujjain
    • Char Minar, Hyderabad
    • Church and Convent of St. Francis of Assissi, Goa
    • Adi Shankaracharya’s abode Kaladi in Ernakulam
    • Gomateshwar in Shravanbelgola
    • Baijnath Dham, Devghar
    • Gaya Tirth in Bihar
    • Somnath temple in Gujarat
  • Places covered under Phase 3 (Latest additions) are:
    • Raghavendra Swamy Temple (Kurnool, Andhra Pradesh)
    • Hazardwari Palace (Murshidabad, West Bengal)
    • Brahma Sarovar Temple (Kurukshetra, Haryana)
    • VidurKuti (Bijnor, Uttar Pradesh)
    • Mana village (Chamoli, Uttarakhand)
    • Pangong Lake (Leh-Ladakh, J&K)
    • Nagvasuki Temple (Allahabad, Uttar Pradesh)
    • ImaKeithal/market (Imphal, Manipur)
    • Sabarimala Temple (Kerala)
    • Kanvashram (Uttarakhand)

FACT # 2

ATAL Tinkering Labs


Why in news? NITI Aayog’s AIM has selected 3,000 additional schools for the establishment of Atal Tinkering Labs

Atal Tinkering Labs:

  • Atal Tinkering Labs are dedicated works spaces where students (Class 6th to Class 12th) learn innovation skills and develop ideas that will go on to transform India.
  • The labs are powered to acquaint students with state-of-the-art equipment such as 3D printers, robotics & electronics development tools, IoT & sensors etc.
  • The lab activities are designed to spur the spark of creativity, and go beyond regular curriculum and text book learning.
  • The labs will let students explore skills of future such as design and computational thinking, adaptive learning and artificial intelligence.
  • Atal Tinkering Labs bring India closer to the mission of Creating One Million Neoteric Child Innovators in India by 2020.
  • NITI Aayog’s Atal Innovation Mission (AIM) has recently selected 3,000 additional schools across the country for the establishment of Atal Tinkering Labs (ATLs).
  • The total number of ATL schools in India is now 5,441.
  • The selected schools shall receive a grant of Rs 20 lakh spread over the next five years to establish Atal Tinkering Labs.

FACT # 3

Kashmir Super 50 


Why in news? A group of 30 students, part of Kashmir Super 50 visited New Delhi and interacted with General Bipin Rawat, Chief of the Army Staff.

Kashmir Super 50:

  • Project Kashmir Super 50 is a joint initiative by Indian Army, Center for Social Responsibility and Leadership (CSRL) and PETRONET LNG Limited (PLL).
  • It was launched on 22 March 2013 to transform the educational status of children from economically weaker sections in the Kashmir region.
  • As part of the 11-month program, selected students are provided with complete free residential coaching for IIT-JEE, JKCET and other premier Engineering Institutes.
  • Outgoing 2018 batch is the fifth batch of Kashmir Super 50 which had 45 boys based in Srinagar and five girl students based in Noida.
  • Out of which this year, 32 students (30 boys and 02 girls) have cleared IIT-JEE Mains and seven students have cleared IIT-JEE Advance.
  • Kashmir Super 50 has been one of the most successful projects undertaken by the Indian Army in the valley.
  • It has directly impacted the lives of number of youths in J&K by providing them the right guidance and opportunity to make a career for themselves.
  • The project has equally helped the families of these youths in their growth and prosperity.
  • It is a major initiative towards bringing normalcy in the valley.
  • On similar lines of Kashmir Super 50 for engineering aspirants, Indian Army has recently signed a MoU for medical aspirants with Hindustan Petroleum Corporation Limited (HPCL) & National Integrity Educational Development Organisation (NIEDO), under which selected students will be provided with complete free residential coaching for National Eligibility-cum-Entrance Test (NEET).

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