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Union Government is going to host 50 Lakh prize money Smart City contest
Housing and Urban Affairs Ministry has announced that it is going to organize a contest named Smart Cities Awards Contest to reward cities that have came up with innovative ideas to promote goals of smart city initiatives of center government. The contest will help government to measure quality and impact of the ongoing smart city projects.
Winners of the contest will be given 50 Lakh as prize money. The excellence will be recognised and awarded based on certain criteria and seven categories have been set under which awards will be distributed.
The categories are:
- Improving governance,
- Quality of built environment
- Social infrastructure
- Culture and economy
- Transportation and mobility
- Water and sanitation
Rs 5 lakh will be given as prize money under each category winner.
There is a condition for projects to participate. Only those projects which will be completed till April 1, 2018, will be considered valid to participate in the contest. Distribution of awards will be done next year on 25 June,2018.
Rafel Nadal wins 2017 US Open title in Men’s Single
Tennis Player Rafel Nadal from Spain has won the 2017 US Open title in men’s single category by defeating South African Kevin Anderson. This is Nadal’s third US Open title and overall 16th Grand Slam Title.
Kevin Anderson gave Nadal very tough fight as the opening set lasted for almost one hour (58 minutes) but it was Nadal’s day. He defeated Kevin Anderson 6-3, 6-3, 6-4.
The opening set lasted 58 minutes, suggesting it was competitive, but the majority of that time was taken up by Anderson’s service games and once he was broken in the seventh game, Nadal never looked back.
- Men’s Double was won by Jean-Julien Rojer (Netherlands) and Horia Tecau.
- Women’s Double was won by the pair of Martina Hingis of Switzerland and Chan Yung-jan of Japan.
- Mixed title winners are Martina Hingis (Switzerland) and Jamie Murray (United Kingdom).
Scientists of UK Discovered new way to Produce Methanol
Scientists from UK have discovered a new way to produce Methanol using Oxygen present in the air. The scientists who have discovered this new way are from world famous Cardiff University of United Kingdom. Chemical Methanol is often used as fuel to run vehicles.
This new discovery will help in producing this fuel at less costs. The methods currently used are very expensive and require high temperature. Methanol is currently produced by breaking down natural gas at very high temperatures into hydrogen gas and carbon monoxide, both gases are then reassembled. So all this makes producing Methanol costly. This process is known as ‘steam reforming’ and ‘methanol synthesis’.
How does the new discovery Works?
According to new research through methanol can be produced by simple catalysis at low temperatures by the utilizing oxygen present in air and hydrogen peroxide. The process will also cost less as the freely available oxygen around us will be used. The process consumes less energy as the oxygen combines with hydrogen peroxide at mild temperatures rather than high temperatures.
Hyderabad Hosted 21st GST Council meet
21st GST Council meet was held at Hyderabad’s International Convention Centre on 9 September, 2017. This was the first time that the GST Council meeting was held after the filing of GST returns. Meeting was headed by Finance Minister Arun Jaitley and was attended by all state’s finance ministers.
India Finished Fifth At Moscow Shotgun World Championship
Moscow Shotgun World Championship was ended. India has finished at fifth spot by grabbing total 3 medals – one gold and two silver medals.
India had two teams in the mixed team skeet event on concluding day but both could not win any medal for India.
While the pair of Angad Vir Singh Bajwa and Maheshwari Chauhan finished 17th in qualification round with a combined score of 92, Mairaj Ahmad Khan and Radhmmi Rathore ended 25th out of 41 teams with a score of 90.
USA and Italy won silver and bronze medals respectively as the Russian pair of Nikolay Teplyy and Nadezda Konovalova emerged victorious.
Total 76 countries had taken part in the Moscow Shotgun World Championship and only 16 could manage to got amongst the medals.
Italy fixed the first spot in tally. The country won total 17 medals out of which nine were gold medals.
Both their Olympic skeet champions Gabrielle Rossetti and Diana Bacosi were also crowned world champions in the process.
USA remained at the second place with 12 medals. Out of twelve medals 5 were gold, making the two countries.
Both Italy and USA bagged 29 of the 66 medals on offer.
Hosts Russia were third in the overall tally with two golds for a total of eight.
The ISSF bandwagon now moves for its final stop in New Delhi for the ISSF World Cup finals combined for rifle, pistol and shotgun, scheduled for end of October.
United Bank of India to waive out Loan processing fees
Festival seasons are coming and it seems that banks have decided to make the most out of this. Following the market leader State bank of India, now United Bank of India has also taken a decision to waive out processing fees that is applied on home loans, car loans and two-wheeler loans to attract maximum number of customers.
The home loan market has been the major driver of retail loan growth for banks in the absence of corporate and large project loans.
UBI’s home loans are available at 8.55 per cent rate irrespective of loan size and tenure, a senior official said.
The bank has also been offering 50% wavier on processing fees for mortgage loans, personal loans and gold loans.