Current Affairs Today 1 : 1st batch of 20 smart cities from 11 States and Delhi announced
Union Ministry of Urban Development announced the 1st batch of 20 smart cities on 28 January 2016, from 11 States and Union Territory of Delhi under the Smart Cities Mission.
The cities were selected through the Smart City Challenge competition. It saw the participation of 1.52 crore citizens from 97 cities and towns.
23 States and Union Territories who could not make it to the list of frontrunners will be given another opportunity to take part in a fast track competition.
Details related to 20 smart cities
- 3 cities are from Madhya Pradesh, two each from Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, Tamil Nadu, Gujarat, Maharashtra and Rajasthan and one each from the remaining five made it to the list.
The 20 cities and towns have proposed a total investment of 50802 crore rupees over 5 years with
- All the cities proposing Public-Private-Partnership (PPP) as a major vehicle of resource mobilization.
- Total area of 26735 acres has been identified by these cities for making them smart through necessary involvement.
The 20 cities report for a total population of 3.54 crore and 5 have population below 5 lakhs each, 4 in the range of 5-10 lakhs, 6 in between 10-25 lakhs, 4 between 25 and 50 lakhs and only Ahmedabad has above 50 lakhs.
List of 20 smart cities
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Current Affairs Today 2 : The Turbulent Years, Volume II of memoirs of President Pranab Mukherjee, released
The Turbulent Years – 1980-1996: Pranab Mukherjee
On 28 January 2016, at a function held at Rashtrapati Bhavan, New Delhi the second volume of memoirs of President Pranab Mukherjee titled ‘The Turbulent Years – 1980-1996’ was released by Vice President Hamid Ansari.
In this book, he talked about the crucial dealings of his political life including:
- Indira Gandhi’s assassination
- Babri Masjid demolition
- Operation Blue Star
- And his dismissal from Rajiv Gandhi’s Cabinet.
The book records the momentous developments of 1980s and 1990s which were considered as the most turbulent in post independent India’s history.
The book sheds new light on every chief political happening of the time: from Rajiv Gandhi’s ascendance as the Prime Minister to the coming out of P V Narsimha Rao as leader of the nation.
In the book he recognized that he was never a mass leader and he did not have the type of following which rebels from Congress like Ajay Mukherjee in 1960s or recently Mamata and in one sense Indira Gandhi herself had to run for PM’s post.
The first volume of President’s memoir was released on 11 December 2014, titled ‘The Dramatic Decade- The Indira Gandhi Years’.
Current Affairs Today 3 : Gurdeep Singh appointed as CMD of NTPC
Gurdeep Singh was appointed as the Chairman and Managing Director (CMD) of NTPC Ltd on 28 January 2016.
He will be the 1st person to be appointed to the top job at a Maharatna company through a search committee route.
The Appointments Committee of the Cabinet (ACC), headed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, has approved the appointment of Singh for a period of 5 years from the date of start.
On 31 August 2015 the post of chairman and managing director at NTPC was vacant after Arup Roy Choudhury completed his 5 year term.
About Gurdeep Singh
- Currently serving as the managing director of Gujarat State Electricity Company Limited (GESC).
- Started his career in NTPC in 1987.
- Earlier associated with Calcutta Electric Supply Corporation, Powergen and IDFC in different project capacities.
- During the tenure at GESC, he lead several key reforms in Gujarat, the major being innovative solar power programmes like the solar power plant over the Sardar Sarovar canal.
About NTPC Limited
- Founded: as National Thermal Power Corporation Private Limited in November 1975.
- An Indian Central Public Sector Undertaking (CPSU) under: Ministry of Power, Government of India, engaged in the business of generation of electricity and allied activities.
- Incorporated under: Companies Act 1956.
- Headquarters: New Delhi.
- Core business: Generation and sale of electricity to state-owned power distribution companies and State Electricity Boards in India.
- Ranked 424th in: Forbes Global 2000 for 2014.
- Conferred Maharatna status by the Government of India, in May 2010