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Indian origin appointed as YouTube CEO
  • Indian-origin Neil Mohan has been appointed as YouTube's Chief Executive Officer (CEO). Susan (54), who served as its chief executive officer for 9 years, has resigned from her position due to health reasons.
190 million dollar strong World Bank funding sanctioned for housing
  • A proposal was submitted on behalf of the Managing Director of the Tamil Nadu Urban Habitat Development Board seeking financial assistance from the World Bank for urban housing and habitat development.
  • Out of the total cost of the project of Rs.4647.5 crore, a loan of Rs.3347.5 crore has been sought from the World Bank. The World Bank approved the project to be implemented in 2 phases.
  • An investment fund of $50 million and a development loan of $450 million have been provided from the International Bank for Reconstruction and Development. Accordingly, 200 million dollars were released in the first phase.
  • During the 2021-22 budget presentation, it was announced that the 2m phase housing strengthening project will be implemented with the annual contribution of the World Bank Fund. An agreement was signed between the Union Government, the World Bank and the Government of Tamil Nadu on 1st August 2022 to obtain a development policy loan of 190 dollars from the World Bank for this 2nd phase project.
  • After a careful study by the government, administrative approval has been given to use the 190 million dollar World Bank financing program.
The Prime Minister inaugurated and addressed the Water-People Project through a video presentation
  • Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi today addressed the launch of the Brahmakumaris' Water-People's Movement through video. Talking about the rain harvesting drive, the Prime Minister said that the decreasing ground water level is the biggest challenge for the country. 
  • He said that water conservation has been improved in underground Gram Panchayats in the country through the Ground Water Scheme. The Prime Minister said that the construction of 75 Amrita reservoirs in every district of the country is a major step towards water conservation.
The Prime Minister inaugurated the Adi Makhotsavam at the Major Tian Chand National Stadium in New Delhi
  • Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi today inaugurated the grand national tribal festival called Adi Makhotsavam at Major Tian Chand National Stadium in Delhi. This initiative to highlight the culture of tribal people at a national level celebrates the spirit of tribal culture, artefacts, food, trade and traditional arts. 
  • It is an annual event organized by the Tribal Cooperative Marketing Development Federation (TRIFET) under the Union Ministry of Tribal Affairs. The Prime Minister, who visited the festival, paid floral tributes to Lord Birsa Munda and visited the stalls at the fair.
  • The festival will be held from February 16 to 27 at the Major Dayan Chand National Stadium in New Delhi. The event features 200 stations, organized to celebrate the richness and diversity of tribal communities across the country. 
  • About 1,000 tribal artists participate in this festival. As the year 2023 is being celebrated as the International Year of Small Grains, emphasis is being placed on indigenously grown Sri Anna crops along with handicrafts, handlooms, pottery, jewellery, etc.
MoU for Development of International Center of Excellence for Dams between Central Water Authority and IIT, Roorkee
  • The Central Water Authority of Water Resources, Rivers Development and Ganga Rejuvenation of Ministry of Jal Shakti has signed MoU for Development of International Center of Excellence for Dams under Renovation and Development Program (TRIP) and third phases. 
  • The agreement is with the Indian Institute of Technology, Roorkee. The agreement provides for provision of specialized technical support such as study, research and innovation.
  • The Center will undertake activities to address the challenges in dam safety through scientific research and modern technological innovations. The center will also engage in research, education and technology transfer activities on dam safety management at local, regional, national and international levels.
  • Department of Water Resources, River Development and Ganges Rehabilitation, Ministry of Water Power, Government of India with financial assistance of Rs. The center is being established at a cost of 109 crores. 
  • The Roorkee Indian Institute of Technology aims to achieve self-sufficiency within 10 years by generating income through knowledge and skills related to dam safety acquired in the areas of dam protection and renovation, water reservoir sedimentation and seismic hazard mapping and analysis.
76th Foundation Day of New Delhi Police
  • Union Home and Cooperatives Minister Mr. Amit Shah presided over the celebrations on the occasion of the 76th Foundation Day of New Delhi Police today (16.02.2023). 
  • As part of the programme, the Union Home Minister launched online services for all passport verification activities and mobile forensic vehicles in New Delhi. The Union Home Minister also inaugurated the National Forensic Science Complex.

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