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Which of the following states has recently topped the list of Endemic Flowering Plants?
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Who: Tamil Nadu
What: topped the list of Endemic Flowering Plants
When: Published on 1st October 2016

According to the recent publication released by the Botanical Survey of India (BSI), Tamil Nadu accounts for the highest number flowering plants in the country.

The publication titled Endemic Vascular Plants of India also revealed that almost one of every four species of flowering plants found in India are endemic to the country.

Of the 18,259 flowering plants reported in the country, 4,303 (over 23 per cent) are found only in India, as per scientific data in a recently released book, Endemic Vascular Plants of India.

When it comes to the geographical distribution of endemic plants, the Western Ghats tops the list with about 2,116 species, followed by the Eastern Himalayas with 466 species.

According to scientists, these two regions are among the biodiversity hot spots of the country.

Scientists of the BSI have listed at least 37 species of Black plum Syzyguim (Jamun), 10 varieties of Musa (banana), along with 274 species of orchids, which are found only in the country. Four different varieties of roses, two herbs and two climbers and 12 species of jasmines are exclusively found in India.

About Botanical Survey of India:

The Botanical Survey of India (BSI) is an institution set up by the Government of India in 1890 to survey the plant resources of the Indian empire.

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http://tamilnadu.indiaeveryday.in/news-t-n-tops-list-of-endemic-flowering-plants-1129-2711794.htm
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Chief Minister of which of the following states has recently flagged off all-women Mt Gorichen expedition?
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Who: Chief Minister of Arunachal Pradesh
What: flagged off all-women Mt Gorichen expedition
When: published on 29th September 2016

Arunachal Pradesh Chief Minister Pema Khandu has recently flagged off an all-women Mt Gorichen expedition.

This will be the first all women team attempting to summit the second highest peak of the state, which is considered as a technical peak and only seasoned climbers can make it to the top (6,488 m).

As per the report, Anshu Jansempa, who climbed Mt Everest twice, will lead the team of ten members from states like Jammu and Kashmir (Ladakh), Uttaranchal, Himachal Pradesh, Sikkim and Arunachal Pradesh with four support staff.

For the complete information kindly visit given link:

http://www.business-standard.com/article/pti-stories/arunachal-cm-flags-off-all-women-mt-gorichen-expedition-116092901095_1.html
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Who: Union Government
What: approved the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between India and African Asian Rural Development Organization (AARDO)
Why: for capacity building programmes in the field of rural development
When: published on 5th October 2016

The Union Government has recently given its approval to the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between India and the African Asian Rural Development Organization (AARDO) for capacity building programmes in the field of rural development.

The MoU for the triennium 2015-2017 is being signed under which capacity building programmes for AARDO member countries will be organized every year during the triennium at various institutions of excellence in India such as National Institute of Rural Development and Panchayati Raj, institutions governed by the Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR), Indian Institute of Management (IIM) and others.

The duration of each training programme shall be of two to three weeks. The post graduate diploma in rural development management at the National Institute of Rural Development and Panchayati Raj under this scheme is for one year.

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http://www.sify.com/news/cabinet-approves-rural-development-mou-with-african-asian-rural-development-organisation-news-national-qkfmgdgcaibhi.html
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India with which of the following countries has recently signed three MoUs in the fields of skill development and IPR?
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Who: India and Singapore
What: have signed three MoUs in the fields of skill development and IPR
Why: to boost bilateral relations between them
When: published on 4th October 2016

Indian and Singapore signed three agreements, two in the area of skill development and one in IPR.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Singapore Premier Lee Hsien Loong who is on visit to Delhi witnessed the signing of 3 agreements in skill development and industrial property.

One memorandum of understanding (MoU) was signed between Singapore's Institute of Technical Education (ITE) Education Services (ITEES) and India's National Skill Development Corporation on collaboration in technical and vocational education and training.

Another MoU was signed between the Assam government and ITEES Singapore also on collaboration in technical and vocational education and training.

A third MoU was signed in the field of industrial property cooperation.

For the complete information kindly visit given link:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/India-Singapore-sign-three-agreements/articleshow/54674390.cms
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Who is the Minister of Road Transport & Highways and Shipping that has launched the Indian Bridge Management System (IBMS) in New Delhi?
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Who: the Minister of Road Transport & Highways and Shipping, Nitin Gadkari
What: launched the Indian Bridge Management System (IBMS)
Where: in New Delhi
When: published on 4th October 2016

A major step was taken towards ensuring safety of bridges in the country, when the Minister of Road Transport & Highways and Shipping Shri Nitin Gadkari formally launched the Indian Bridge Management System (IBMS) in New Delhi. IBMS is being developed to create an inventory of all bridges in the country and rate their structural condition so that timely repair and rehabilitation work can be carried out based on the criticality of the structure.

IBMS is the largest platform in the world owned by a single owner, with database that could exceed 1,50,000 bridge structures. So far 1,15,000 bridges have been inventorized, of which 85,000 are culverts and the rest are bridges. During inventory creation each bridge is assigned a unique identification number or National Identity Number based on the state, RTO zone and whether it is situated on an National Highway, State Highway or is a district road. Then the precise location of the bridge in terms of latitude-longitude is collected through GPS and based on this, the bridge is assigned a Bridge Location Number. Thereafter, engineering characteristics like the design, materials, type of bridge, its age, loading, traffic lane, length, width of carriage way etc are collected and are used to assign a Bridge Classification Number to the structure. These are then used to do a structural rating of the structure on a scale of 0 to 9, and each bridge is assigned a Structural Rating Number. The rating is done for each component of the structure like integral and non integral deck, superstructure, substructure, bank and channel, structural evaluation, deck geometry, vertical clearance, waterway efficiency etc. In addition to the structural rating, the bridges are also being assigned Socio-Economic Bridge Rating Number which will decide the importance of the structure in relation to its contribution to daily socio-economic activity of the area in its vicinity.

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http://pib.nic.in/newsite/PrintRelease.aspx?relid=151406

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