Last Week Not in News for 17th August to 23rd August

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Here is the NOT in NEWS last week for the week ended today on 23rd of August 2015. In this special series of Satyameva Jayate, we try covering news items that are important for the nation or for the citizens of the country yet are ignored by the media for the most part. They are mostly mentioned in some corner of a newspaper or as an article online, but they are never the main news item of your TV channels. There are no debates on these. They are not highlighted anywhere. Anywhere except on Satyameva Jayate:

1) Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu Inaugurates R-Mitra App for Women’s Safety

Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu today inaugurated a mobile-based application system introduced by Eastern Railway, R-Mitra, to ensure women’s safety and said that it is an “extremely useful app” that could be used by regional railways nation-wide.

“Around 2.7 crore to 3 crore people travel in the Indian Railways system on a day-to-day basis. Different types of crimes are committed by anti-social elements,” Prabhu said at the Eastern Railway headquarter in Kolkata.

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2) India’s first HVDC power transmission line to be operational on Aug 31

India’s first high-voltage, direct-current (HVDC) transmission line, connecting the northern states with the north-eastern ones.

India’s first high-voltage, direct-current (HVDC) transmission line, connecting the northern states with the north-eastern

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3) Government of India launches ‘Vidya Lakshmi’ portal; Education loans easier to grab now

What could be seen as a great development in the education sector, the government has finally launched a portal vidyalakshmi.co.in for students seeking educational loan. Popular banks including SBI, IDBI Bank and Bank of India have integrated their system with the website.

“Vidya Lakshmi (www.vidyalakshmi.co.in) was launched on the occasion of Independence Day i.e. 15th August, 2015 for the benefit of students seeking educational loans,” according to an official statemenet released by the Finance Ministry.

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4) Make in India: India gets Rs 90,000 crore investment proposals for electronics manufacturing

Government has received investment proposals totalling Rs 90,000 crore in the last two months for electronics manufacturing in the country, with significant interest in making mobile phones by local and foreign firms.

“About Rs 90,000 crore worth of proposals were received in the last two months. There is hardly any company which has not shown interest to manufacture in India,” said Ajay Kumar, Additional Secretary in Ministry of Communications and IT.

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5) IPS officers visit Israel to learn best policing practices

Indian Police Services officers have visited Israel for the first time as part of their training programme to learn techniques and best practices in counter-insurgency, managing low intensity warfare and use of technology in policing and countering terror.

Two groups of 75 IPS officers undergoing training at SVP National Police Academy in Hyderabad recently visited the Israel National Police Academy to learn about their techniques and best practices, local security sources said.

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6) Railways to set up first-of-its-kind waste plants in Delhi, Jaipur

Railways will be setting up first-of-its-kind plants at New Delhi and Jaipur stations for disposal of solid waste in environmental-friendly manner and generation of energy from the garbage.

The plants are proposed to be set up under the Waste-to-Energy project of the Railways, a ministry official said.

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7) Prime Minister’s Employment Programme soars new heights: 41,000 jobs created

Creating a plethora of opportunities for the citizens and generating employment, nearly 41,000 jobs have been created under the Prime Minister’s Employment Generation Programme in the current fiscal till July 16, as reported by the PTI.

Under the PMEGP, as many as 40,915 jobs were created and 3.57 lakh employment opportunities were generated during 2014-15, as per a statement in the Lok Sabha by Labour Minister Bandaru Dattatreya.

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8) UAE to raise India investments to Rs 5-lakh crore; boost trade

To bolster economic ties, the UAE today agreed to enhance its investments in India to $75 billion (about Rs 5 lakh crore) including through a dedicated infrastructure fund, while the two nations will also raise bilateral trade by 60 per cent in the next five years.

The two countries also agreed for strategic partnership in the energy sector, including through UAE’s participation in petroleum sectors in India and tie-ups in the third countries.

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