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)
improved sanitation facilities
water vending machines
solid and liquid waste management (SLWM) set-up
beautification of parks
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:
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:
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).