The ministry of housing and urban affairs (MoHUA) launched the Liveability index to rate 116 Indian cities.
The tool seeks to measure the quality of life in 99 smart cities, capital cities and those with a population of over one million.
This assessment is being conducted along with the Economic Intelligence Unit of The Economist, a London-based weekly that has already developed a liveability ranking for 140 cities globally.
This programme will be funded by the World Bank. The ranking of these cities is expected to be ready by June.
The MoHUA has developed a set of Liveability Standards relevant to Indian cities to generate a Liveability Index and rate cities.
The framework has its genesis in the 24 Smart City features contained in the Smart City Proposals and includes 79 indicators (57 core indicators and 22 supporting indicators).
These indicators are organized in 15 distinct categories, designed for measuring various institutional, social, economic and physical aspects that affect the quality of life of citizens and determine the livability of a city.
The Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment launched Website Accessibility Project to make 100 websites various State Governments/UTs accessible to persons with disabilities (Divyangjans) under Accessible India Campaign.
It was launched by Union Minister for Social Justice and Empowerment Thaawarchand Gehlot on the occasion of ‘National Conference on Improving Accessibility’.
The second indigenously built offshore patrol vessel (OPV) named Vijaya built by Larsen and Toubro (L&T) Shipyard for Indian Coast Guard (ICG) was launched at Kattupalli Shipyard, Tamil Nadu.
It is equipped with state-of art radar, navigational and communication system, will be utilised for day and night patrol and surveillance, anti-terrorist, anti-smuggling operations and coastal security.
Manipur Chief Minister N Biren Singh launched the Chief Minister-gi Hakshelgi Tengbang (CMHT), a pioneering health assurance scheme for the poor and disabled people.
He launched the CMHT along with 10 advanced life support ambulances as a gift of Statehood Day to the people of Manipur.
The CMHT will provide cashless treatment to the poor at government hospitals, health centres and other empanelled selected private hospitals.
The scheme will provide cover up to Rs 2 lakh per eligible family identified from the Socio Economic Caste Census (SECC) in the treatment of seven critical identified critical ailments - cardiovascular diseases, kidney ailments, neurological conditions, liver ailments, cancer, neo-natal diseases and burns per year.
The beneficiaries may get themselves enrolled for the scheme with the help of ASHA workers at the kiosks opened in nearby PHCs, CHCs and District Hospitals.
India retains Blind Cricket World Cup title after beating arch-rivals Pakistan by two wickets in a thrilling final played at the Sharjah Cricket Stadium in UAE.
The Union government deciding to declare 2018 as the ‘national year of millets’.
This decision has been taken following a request by Karnataka, which is the country’s leader in the millet sector.
Dedicating a year for millets will not only increase awareness about its health benefits, but also result in higher demand for these drought-resistant varieties, resulting in remunerative prices for poor and marginal farmers.
Tamil Nadu will host DefExpo 2018 an international exhibition on Defence in April, 2018.
It showcases some of the latest technologies and products manufactured by both Indian and foreign companies.
DefExpo 2018 will be held between April 11 and 14 at a temporary expo centre on East Coast Road near Mahabalipuram.
It will also give an opportunity for the State to showcase its strength as one the largest manufacturing hubs for defence production.
The event, which is the largest in the defence sector in India, will attract visitors from over 80 countries.
The first Post Office Passport Seva Kendra (POPSK) of Puducherry was inaugurated by Sushma Swaraj at Karaikal.
The Ministry of External Affairs has collaborated with the Department of Posts to set up these post-office passport seva kendra in head post-offices across the country in order to provide passport related services on a larger scale.
The passport kendra at Karaikal will aim to serve 50 applicants everyday, which could be scaled up subsequently.