General Knowledge Notes - 22 June 2013

Hill Forts of Rajasthan on the World Heritage List

The World Heritage Committee of UNESCO in its 37th Session has approved for inscribing 6 hill forts of Rajasthan on the World Heritage List. The Hill Forts of Rajasthan is a serial nomination consisting of six sites located on rocky outcrops of the Aravalli mountain range. They represent Rajput military hill architecture, which are exceptional examples of centres of Rajput power and control, are reflections of courtly culture and patronage of arts and music, their mercantile business, etc. The structural remains/ruins range from 8th to 19th century A.D. and comprises multi-gated approaches through massive and high fortification walls, palaces, temples, memorials and water reservoirs. The extensive fortifications – up to 20 kilometres in circumference – exploit the contours of the hills, and specifically the river at Gagron, the dense forest at Ranthambhore, and the desert at Jaisalmer.

World Blood Donor Week

This year's National Blood Week runs from 10th-16th June 2013. Falling within National Blood Week is World Blood Donor Day on the 14th June; the birthday of Nobel Prize winner Dr Karl Landsteiner who discovered the ABO blood grouping system. Supported by the World Health Organization, this is a wonderful opportunity to raise awareness of the importance of blood donation and thank blood donors around the globe and encourage others to join them.

PM announces 1000 crore rupee disaster relief for Uttarakhand

According to PM, the Central and State Governments have deployed all possible resources to deal with the immediate aftermath of the ghastly tragedy. About 5500 Jawans and Officers of the Army, 3000 men of the Border Roads Organisation and 600 ITBP personnel are engaged in relief and rescue efforts. Thirteen teams of the National Disaster Response Force have been deployed. The Air Force has deployed 18 helicopters and a C-130 aircraft. Private helicopters have also been engaged by the State Government. The Central and State Governments will continue to work in close coordination to ensure that every possible effort is made not only to provide immediate relief to the affected persons but also to help them reconstruct their lives.

India and WB Sign Us$ 216 Million Agreement for Kerala State Transport Project

The Loan and Project Agreements for World Bank (IBRD) assistance of US$ 216 million for Second Kerala State Transport Project were signed between Government of India/Government of Kerala and World Bank. The Loan Agreement was signed by Shri Nilaya Mitash (Joint Secretary, Department of Economic Affairs) on behalf of Government of India and Mr. Onno Ruhl, Country Director, World Bank (India) on behalf of the World Bank.

Mid Day Meal Scheme

The HRD Ministry will set up a state-of-the-art system to monitor the mid day meal scheme on a real- time basis. The Scheme which covers more than ten and a half crore school children in over 12 lakh schools will be monitored through latest communication system - Inter Voice Response System on a daily basis. It will be uploaded from every school giving details of the number of children having been provided food in every school. The mid day meal scheme is the largest school nutrition programme. It is designed to promote school participation and prevent class room hunger. The gap between the calories needed and calories available increases from 450 to 700 among the kids from pre-school to in-school.

777 days of the Indian Himalayas

Shri K. Chiranjeevi, Union Minister of Tourism today announced the launch of a new campaign to publicise the tourism potential of the Himalayas and promote this incredible tourist product internationally. To be called “777 days of the Indian Himalayas”, the campaign will have a twofold objective, one to attract more international tourists to India during the lean summer season and second, to remind the world that 73 percent of the Himalayan region is in India.