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Daily Current Affairs 19th September 2017

1. Jharkhand Government launched ‘Shaheed Gram Vikas Yojana’ to provide houses to freedom fighters

Jharkhand Government in the presence of BJP Leader Amit Shah launched Shaheed Gram Vikas Yojana aimed at developing villages of freedom fighters in the state.
Under this scheme, villages of many tribal freedom fighters will be developed and their habitats will be provided basic amenities and these villages will be provided basic amenities.
These villages remained inaccessible for a long time after Independence because of Left-wing extremism.
Birsa Munda is a tribal, freedom fighter, religious leader, and folk hero who belonged to Munda tribe from Chhotanagpur area.

2. Government invites startups for Northeast Venture Fund

The Ministry of Development of Northeast has invited start-ups from all over country to avail benefits of Northeast Venture Fund in a bid to make Northeast India favourite destination for young Startups.

The dedicated Venture fund aims to remove constraints faced by youngster when he sets out to be on his own by providing financial relief. Further it seeks to tap vast unexplored avenues in Northeast for generating livelihood particularly in fruit, food, handicraft and tourism industry.

Northeast Venture Fund (NVF)

NVF is first dedicated venture capital fund for North-Eastern region. It has been set up by North Eastern Development Finance Corporation Ltd (NEDFi). Its purpose is to encourage entrepreneurship in North-eastern region, primarily by offering support to first-generation entrepreneurs. In addition, NEDFi performs role of hand-holding and capacity building.

3. Odisha passes bill for setting up first Odia language university

The Odisha government passed a bill for starting the first Odia language university for post-graduate in literature, linguistics and epigraphy. After Karnataka, Tamil Nadu and Andhra Pradesh, Odisha became the fourth state in country to have a special university for development of its language and literature.

About the University: –

  • The university would be established in Bhubaneswar.
  • It would also administer PG courses in literary criticism, evolution of east Indian language scripts, historical scripts, archaeology, musicology and translation into and from Odia.
  • The proposed university also aims at making Odia script more adaptable to computer technology.
  • It would work as an education and resource centre for Sanskrit and their ancient languages as well.

4. Japan releases postage stamps on Indian Yoga experts

Japanese postal department released postage stamps on Yoga Expert Mr.Bishnu Charan Ghosh and his family members, in Kolkata.

Postage stamps on Indian Yoga experts:

  • Japan has released postage stamps on Indian Yoga experts Mr. Bishnu Charan Ghosh, his son Mr. Biswanath Ghosh, daughter Ms. Karuna Ghosh and Karuna’s father in law Mr. Asutosh Ghosh.
  • This is to honour their contribution in spreading awareness about Yoga.
  • This is the first time Japan has released postal stamps on Yoga Experts.
  • These stamps were officially displayed in Kolkata by the Japanese Consul General in Kolkata, Masayuki Taga.
  • Bishnu Charan Gosh was a Bengali bodybuilder and a Yoga expert. He lived in 1903 – 1970.

5. ‘Father of nephrology in India’ Dr. K. S. Chugh dies of cancer at 85

Dr. K. S. Chugh, the “father of nephrology in India”, died at the Postgraduate Institute of Medical Education and Research (PGIMER), Chandigarh.

Dr. K. S. Chugh’s death:

  • K.S.Chugh was suffering from blood cancer for the past two years.
  • He was admitted at the PGIMER a few days ago.
  • He died on 17th September 2017.
  • His cremation took place on the same day.
  • Chugh was professor and former head of department of nephrology at the PGIMER.
  • He has received the Padma Shri award.
  • He was presently working with Fortis Hospital at Mohali.
  • The International Society of Nephrology listed him among 50 legends in nephrology.
  • Chugh had 413 papers, including 38 chapters, published in national and international journals and books.


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