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Government panel to set poverty mark for rural schemes
The Centre has set up an expert committee to determine the poverty mark to identify beneficiaries of ruraldevelopment ministry's programmes. The committee, to be headed by Planning Commission member AbhijitSen, will examine the figures of the socio-economic caste survey to decide who is below the poverty line interms of deserving the rural welfare schemes focused on poor like Indira Awas Yojana, old-age pension andnational rural livelihood mission. The committee, which is to give its report by March-end, includes KiritParikh, Mahendra Dev, Nikhil Dey, Dr Himanshu and P P Mitra.
A historic rail link to Kashmir Valley
Northern Railway made history as the first train chugged through India’s longest railway tunnel in the PirPanjal mountain range, connecting Kashmir Valley to Banihal town on the Srinagar-Jammu national highway.The train services between Banihal and Kashmir Valley will start in February or March 2013 while the entirerailway project connecting the Valley with the rest of the country will be completed by 2017. While theBaramulla-Srinagar-Qazigund link has been functional for the past four years, this was the first time that atrain has crossed the mighty Pir Panjal Mountain range. The highlight of the Qazigund-Banihal link is the11.21-km tunnel, the longest railway tunnel in India, which has reduced the distance between the two townsby half. The tunnel, which was constructed by Hindustan Construction Corporation (HCC), will reduce thetravel distance between Qazigund and Banihal from 35 kilometres (by road) to just 17.5 kilometres (by train).The Pir Panjal tunnel, which is the second longest in Asia. The tunnel is 8.40 metres wide with a height of7.39 metres. There is a provision of a three-metre-wide road along the length of the tunnel for the purpose ofmaintenance and emergency relief.
Israel Grants Scholarships to 66 Outstanding Indian Researchers
For the first programme of its kind time, almost 66 Indian Post-Doctoral Scholars will travel to Israel, topursue research at top universities. The researchers will benefit from three-year scholarships granted by thegovernment of that country.
Panel submits probe report on Vadra's land deal
A Haryana Government-appointed committee, that probed the orders of senior IAS officer Ashok Khemkacancelling the sale of over 3 acre of land to realty major DLF in a deal with Robert Vadra, son-in-law ofCongress President Sonia Gandhi. The three-member committee, headed by Additional Chief Secretary(Revenue) Krishan Mohan, submitted its report to Haryana Chief Secretary PK Chaudhary. Khemka, as thethen Director General Consolidation of Holdings and Land Records-cum-Inspector General of Registration,had ordered cancellation of the land deals.
China opens its first subway crossing Asia's longest river
After launching the world's longest high-speed rail line, China has opened its subway line across the mightyYangtze River to connect the two sides of Wuhan, the most populous city in Central China. The metro linkpasses through a 27-km tunnel linking Wuchang and Hanku, two major urban areas in Wuhan city, thecapital of Hubei Province. The two stations are separated by the Yangtze River, China's longest waterway.The trains will only take three minutes to run under the Asia's longest Yangtze River. Yangtze is the world'sthird longest river.
Putin OKs law to bar US adoption of Russian kids
Russian President Vladimir Putin has signed into law controversial parliamentary legislation banning theadoption of Russian children by American families. The law - a retaliation for a United States law punishingRussian officials implicated in the 2009 prison death of the whistle-blowing attorney Sergei Magnitsky - willcome into force on January 1,2013.