1. UNION GOVERNMENT SIGNED LOAN AGREEMENT WITH ASIAN DEVELOPMENT BANK
i. The Union Government signed 273 million US dollar loan agreement with Asian Development Bank.
ii. The fund is provided for the improvement of rural roads in the States of Assam, Chhattisgarh, Madhya Pradesh, Odisha and West Bengal.
iii.The loan amount will be used to make further investments as well as supporting improved road design, road safety and asset management measures .
2. NUCLEAR CAPABLE AGNI-IV MISSILE SUCCESSFULLY TEST-FIRED
i. Indian Army’s Strategic Forces Command successfully test-fired surface-to-surface Agni-IV missile.
ii.Agni-IV nuclear capable missile was test-fired from Abdul Kalam Island off the Odisha coast.
Iii.Agni-IV is a surface-to-surface missile with Range 4000 km.
iv. Strategic Forces Command is entrusted with the task of handling strategic weapons of the country.
3. UNION GOVERNMENT LAUNCHED E-PATHSHALA, SARANSH, SHAALA SIDDHI PORTALS
i. The Union Human Resource Development Minister Smriti Irani launched the e-Pathshala, Saaransh and National Programme on School Standards and Evaluation Framework for web portals and mobile apps.
ii.E-Pathshala is a web portal which will provide educational resources for Students, Teachers, Parents, researchers and it contains textbooks and other e-books.
iii.Shaala Siddhi web portal is a instrument for schools to evaluate their performance in more focused and strategic manner.
iv.Saransh is a tool which allows the schools to identify areas of improvement in students and teachers.
4. PAKISTAN INVITES INDIA FOR ‘KEY AFGHAN MEET’
i. Pakistan has invited India’s External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj for a regional conference on Afghanistan, called “Heart of Asia”.
ii.It will provide an opportunity for both India and Pakistan to promote their relations.
iii.The ‘Heart of Asia’ conference will be held in December to discuss the current situation in Afghanistan with particular focus on helping the war-torn country’s economy
iv.The conference will be attended by China, Iran, Kazakhstan, Azerbaijan, Kyrgyzstan, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Tajikistan, Turkey, Turkmenistan and the UAE etc.