Daily Current Affairs 20th October, 2016

Daily Current Affairs 20th October, 2016

Maharashtra govt launches ‘Kaushalya Setu’ skill-development programme

  • Maharashtra government launched ‘Kaushalya Setu’, its skill development programme for students on 19th October 2016 in Mumbai.
  • Under the Kaushalya Setu initiative, students of Maharashtra State Board of Secondary & Higher Secondary Education, who fail to clear Class X or SSC exam, would be accommodated in the skill development courses, so that they do not lose a year.
  • The launch will play a leading role in fulfilling Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Skill India Mission-2020
  • It is a mechanism launched by the Union Government under NITI Aayog to support all aspects of start up businesses and other self-employment activities, particularly in technology-driven areas. SETU is a Techno-Financial, Incubation and Facilitation Programme.

After Kochi, FIFA gives nod to Navi Mumbai for U-17 World Cup

  • The football’s world governing body FIFA has ratified Navi Mumbai as a venue for the Under-17 WorldCup to be held in India next year.
  • Kochi became the first Indian city to be officially declared as one of the venues for hosting the U-17 World Cup

Two ships commissioned for Navy and Coast Guard

  • Two ships were commissioned on 19th October 2016, one for the Eastern Naval Command of the Navy and the other for the Indian Coast Guard in Visakhapatnam, Andhra Pradesh.
  • Fast patrol vessel ICGS Gaidinliu, named after Naga freedom fighter and leader Rani Gaidinliu, was commissioned by Director-General Rajendra Singh of the Coast Guard.

About Rani Gaidinliu

  • Rani Gaidinliu was a Naga political and spiritual leader who had led a revolt against British colonial rule in India.
  • Her political struggle in present North east India was based on Gandhian principles of Satyagraha, non-violence, self-reliance. She also had played an important role in India’s wider freedom movement by spreading the message of Gandhi ji in Manipur region.
  • She was born on 26 January 1915 in Nungkao (a Rongmei village) in northeastern state of Manipur.
  • She died on 17 February 1993 in Longkao, Manipur. Freedom struggle: She had participated in the freedom struggle at a very young age of 13 after she came under the influence Heraka religious movement.

Railways, Urban Development Ministries sign MoU to redevelop stations under smart city plans

  • With the idea that there can’t be a smart city without a smart railway station, the Ministry of Urban Development and the Ministry of Railways on signed an MoU under which railway stations and adjoining areas will be redeveloped on smart city lines for enhancing passenger amenities, easy access to stations, enabling optimal utilisation of land at railway stations.
  • The Convergence based city development will result in qualitative improvement in city life.

Gandhian activist Mewa Ramgobin dies at 83

  • South African struggle icon and Gandhian activist Mewa Ramgobin has died at the age of 83 after a prolonged illness.
  • Ramgobin, the former president of the Natal Indian Congress which fought discrimination against Indians in South Africa
  • Ramgobin was married to Ela Gandhi, a human rights activist and Mahatma Gandhi’s granddaughter.
  • An African National Congress member of Parliament until 2009
  • Was among the first supporters of the Release Mandela campaign. He was charged for treason in 1985. He was involved in the activities of the Phoenix Settlement Trust that was established in 1904 by Gandhi near Durban during his tenure in South Africa.
  • He established a Gandhi museum and library, and educated people of different races on Gandhian thought and philosophy. He is the author of  Waiting to Live and Prisms of Light.

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