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Current Affairs for 7 April 2016
April 7, 2016
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KAMLA ADVANI PASSES AWAY

Kamla Advani, wife of senior BJP leader L K Advani, died here on Wednesday at the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) due to cardiac arrest.

The AIIMS report said, “Smt. Kamla Advani, wife of Shri L K Advani, aged 83 yrs., was brought to the Main Casualty, AIIMS at 5.10 pm in a very serious unconscious and unresponsive condition. Immediate evaluation revealed the patient to be in cardiopulmonary arrest. Immediate resuscitation measures were provided by a team of doctors. However, despite 60 mins of intensive efforts she could not be revived and was declared dead at 6.10 pm.”

She has a son, Jayant, and a daughter, Pratibha.

Kamla Advani had been suffering from age-related problems for some time and was on wheelchair for the last few months.


 

FB, TWITTER, GOOGLE ASKED TO SET UP INDIA SERVERS

The Union Home Ministry had requested Internet companies like Facebook, Twitter, WhatsApp and Google to maintain servers in India to help get real time information about accounts, which spread mischievous and incendiary messages,The Hindu has learnt.

Almost two months after Home Minister Rajnath Singh waded into the Jawaharlal Nehru University row with terror link claims based on a fake Twitter handle of Lashkar-e-Taiba chief Hafiz Saeed (@HafeezSaeedJUD), Twitter is yet to respond to the government’s request for details of the handle. In February, the Home Ministry asked Twitter India for details of the account.

A senior official said the government was yet to get a reply from the micro-blogging site and unable to ascertain the person running the account. The official said this was one of many cases, in which the government faced problems in getting real time information about such accounts.

Twitter has put up a Transparency Report on removal requests at https://transparency. twitter.com/


 

AMERICAN TOWER CORP. TO INVEST $2 BN IN INDIA

Taiclet showed keen interest in participating in the government’s key Digital India initiative

American Tower Corporation (ATC), a global wireless infrastructure solutions provider, plans to invest $2 billion (over Rs.13,000 crores) in India, Telecom Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad said. This will be in addition to the over Rs.5,800 crore that the firm will be putting in to acquire 51 per cent stake in Viom Networks — an independent tower company in India.The acquisition was approved by the Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs which met under Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday.


GOVT. CLEARS RS.1,621 CRORE NH-63 FOUR-LANING

The government approved four-laning of a road project worth Rs.1,621 crore on the Karnataka-Andhra Pradesh section of National Highway-63.

The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs approved the Hospet-Bellary-Karnataka Andhra Pradesh Border section of NH– 63 in Karnataka that is 95-km-long.

The government said that project is aimed to improve infrastructure in Karnataka and to reduce the travel time on this section of NH-63.

This project will be under the National Highways Development Project (NHDP) Phase-IV. The Union Cabinet gave its ex-post facto approval to Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) signed between India and Sweden in February technical cooperation in the railway sector.


 

METRO TRAINS WITH NO DRIVERS SOON

The country’s wait for the first-ever driverless metro ride is soon going to end. The Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) will roll out its swanky new metro trains as soon as October this year.

The DMRC on Wednesday unveiled its new age metro trains which have been shipped to the capital from South Korea. The most attractive feature of these trains is that they can function without any operator as they are inbuilt with a technology called an Unattended Train Operation (UTO) system.

However, DMRC chief Mangu Singh said that for safety purposes, trains would run with an operator for at least a year after the opening of a new corridor. “For unattended operation, stringent trials will be held. Internationally, such trials generally take about one to one-and-a half years. So initially, the trains will be operated by train operators. By end of 2017 we expect to run completely on UTO system,” he said.

As fresh corridors open under the Phase-III project, passengers will also have a more comfortable journey with features like extra leg and holding space, better air-conditioning, LCD displays and faster speed.

Denying that the projects are running behind schedule, Mr Singh gave a status report of all the projects under construction. “The construction work of Phase-III is progressing satisfactorily and we should be able to complete the civil construction work and commence signalling trials on most of the stretches within this year,” he added.

Apart from the swanky trains, the DMRC has also shifted to a completely new signalling system in Phase-III, known as the Communication Based Train Control (CBTC).

It is because of this new system that trial runs will take a little longer than usual. Metro officials said trial runs could go up to three months after which approvals shall be sought from the Commissioner of Metro Rail Safety (CMRS) among others and then the lines would be opened to the public.

Trail runs for the final stretch of the heritage line from ITO to Kashmere Gate along with two sections of the Majenta Line ( Janakpuri West-Botanical Garden) will begin from July this year. Trial runs for the Pink Line (Majlis Park to Shiv Vihar) are scheduled for September, October and December.