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Atal Tunnel: 9,000 tonnes of steel supplied by SAIL

On October 3, 2020, PM Modi is to inaugurate the Atal Tunnel, the world longest high-altitude tunnel. It is the world’s longest tunnel to be located above the altitude of 10,000 feet (3,000 feet). About the Tunnel The tunnel is 9.02 km long. The tunnel reduces the distance between Manali and Leh by 46 km. ..

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Swachh Bharat Awards, 2020 presented

On October 2, 2020, the Union Jal Shakti Minister Gajendra Singh Skekhawat presented the Swachh Bharat Awards, 2020. The awards were given under cleanliness categories and drinking water category. Highlights The awards were presented under three categories namely Swachh Sundar Samudayik Shouchalaya, Gandagi Mukth Bharat and Samudayik Shouchalaya Abhiyan. The following states and blocks won ..

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MECL begins gold mining in Kolar after 16 years

The Mineral Exploration Corporation Limited recently began the Kolar Gold Field exploration after 16 years. Background The Kolar Gold mines are located nearly 100 km from Bengaluru. They were closed in 2001 due to the fall in gold prices. The pyroclastic and pillow lava at the mines were declared as a National Geological Monument by ..

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Senior IAS Officer PD Vaghela appointed TRAI Chairman

On September 28, 2020, senior IAS Officer PD Vaghela was appointed as the TRAI (Telecom Regulatory of India) Chairman. HE has succeeded RS Sharma. About PD Vaghela He is a Gujarat-Cadre IAS Officer. He is currently in the Department of Pharmaceuticals that operates under Ministry of Chemicals and Fertilizers. Prior to this, he was the ..

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Kerala wins United Nations Award for Control of Non-Communicable Diseases

On September 24, 2020, Kerala won the United Nation Interagency Task Force Award for its outstanding performance in controlling non-communicable diseases related Sustainable Development Goals. Highlights The award recognised achievements of the state during 2019 in the prevention and control of Non communicable Diseases and mental health. The State has facilities at all levels to ..

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