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M.P. GOVT. TO CONSTRUCT 35,000 HOUSES FOR POLICEMEN
1.Madhya Pradesh government will construct 35,000 new homes for its police force in next five years, including 10,000 this year.
2.“The government is making earnest efforts to ensure that all police families are provided houses and will construct 10,000 houses for them this year and another 25,000 in next five years,” Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan said, after dedicating 286 newly-constructed homes to the police personnel.
3.The houses have been constructed by the MP Police Housing Corporation.
FIRST GLOBAL SUMMIT ON CRITICAL CARE
1.Over 3500 delegates from India and the U.S., the UK, China and Pakistan will come together for the first global summit on critical care medicine here this week.
2.The summit, which will be held from February 3 to 7, will be inaugurated by HRD Minister Smriti Irani.
3.He said that over 150 research papers will be presented at the summit and workshops on 14 new fields of critical care will be beneficial for doctors. The workshops will be held on February 3 and 4, while the conference will take place from February 5 to 7 at hotel Jaypee Palace here. – PTI
ARCHANA RAMASUNDARAM IS SSB CHIEF
1.Senior IPS officer Archana Ramasundaram was on Monday appointed Director General of Sashastra Seema Bal (SSB), the first woman to head a paramilitary force.
2.Ms. Ramasundaram, a 1980 batch officer of the Tamil Nadu cadre, is currently Special Director, National Crime Records Bureau. She has been appointed to the post till the date of her superannuation — September 30, 2017 — an order issued by the Department of Personnel and Training (DoPT) said.
3.58-year-old Ms. Ramasundaram is the first woman police officer to be appointed chief of a paramilitary force. The SSB is entrusted with guarding the country’s frontiers with Nepal and Bhutan. The other four paramilitary forces are the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF), Border Security Force (BSF), Central Industrial Security Force and Indo Tibetan Border Police.
MYANMAR MPS HOLD HISTORIC SESSION
1.Myanmar entered a new political era on Monday as Aung San Suu Kyi’s pro-democracy MPs took their seats in Parliament, bearing the hopes of a nation subjugated for decades by the military.
2.Wearing pastel orange uniforms, lawmakers from the National League for Democracy (NLD) arrived for their first day of work in the capital Nay Pyi Daw, buoyed by a massive popular mandate from November’s election.
3.That poll saw the NLD wrest a majority from the army establishment and has spurred hopes of a new political dawn in the long-repressed nation.
INDIA LIKELY TO SIGN DEFENCE PACT WITH BRUNEI
1.Vice-President Hamid Ansari, currently on a trip to the Southeast Asian region, is expected to reach a landmark defence agreement with Brunei on Tuesday. Sources tell The Hindu that the agreement will be aimed at starting a new generation of Indian defence cooperation with Brunei, which disputes Chinese claims on the South China Sea.
2.The defence agreement is being interpreted as a major diplomatic breakthrough since both sides established relations in 1984. Brunei’s current defence responsibilities are handled by the U.K. which supplies soldiers to serve its defence needs. Speaking to media, mid-flight to Brunei, Vice President Hamid Ansari noted that Brunei has been a steady partner of India. The Southeast Asian country has been a key supplier of energy to India.
WORLD’S FIRST ‘ROBOT RUN’ FARM TO OPEN IN JAPAN
1.A Japanese firm said Monday it would open the world’s first fully automated farm with robots handling almost every step of the process, from watering seedlings to harvesting crops.
2.Kyoto-based Spread said the indoor grow house will start operating by the middle of 2017 and produce 30,000 heads of lettuce a day.
3.It hopes to boost that figure to half a million lettuce heads daily within five years.
4.The farm, measuring about 4,400 square metres (47,300 square feet), will have floor-to-ceiling shelves where the produce is grown.
5.The move to robot labour would chop personnel costs by about half and knock energy expenses down by nearly one third, Morisada added.
6.The pesticide-free lettuce will also have more beta carotene than other farm-grown lettuce, the company said.
7.Robot-obsessed Japan has repeatedly turned to automated workers to fill labour shortages that are projected to get worse as the country rapidly ages.