Wednesday, March 27, 2013

National Optical Fibre 

-for providing broadband connectivity to panchayats at an initial cost of over Rs.20,000 crore, which will help in offering governance, banking and health services online.

- aims to extend the existing optical fibre network, which is available up to district and block levels, to the gram panchayat level, by utilising Rs.20,000 crore from the Universal Service Obligation (USO) Fund. 

---the NOFN will also facilitate implementation of various e-governance initiatives such as e-health, e-banking and e-education, thereby facilitating inclusive growth,” 

--initially, the broadband project would be executed by the state-owned Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL) and other institutions such as RailTel, Power Grid and the Gas Authority of India

--For the implementation and execution, the Cabinet has approved the formation of a special purpose vehicle with equity from the Government of India, Mr. Chandrashekhar said.

---The proposed NOFN will enable effective and faster implementation of various mission mode e-governance projects amounting to around Rs.50,000 crore initiated by the Department of Information Technology as well as the delivery of a whole range of electronic services in the above areas by the private sector those in rural areas.


India Food Banking Network (IFBN)


**the idea for IFBN emerged from discussions with the Global Food Banking Network in Chicago** Noting that food banks are operational in more than 30 countries globally 

*an effort to bring the government, private sector and NGOs together to fight hunger and malnutrition in the country

**first food bank inaugurated in Delhi

** also launched websites of the India Food Bank Network and the Delhi Food Bank and their toll-free helpline number 58888 for integrating the donors and seekers of food

*Government has also been reaching out to citizens, especially the needy, with safe and wholesome food programmes
‘ Aap ki Rasoi ' and ‘ Janahaar '. 

**The establishment of the Food Banking Network “is a great initiative towards the eradication of food hunger”


Saraighat Bridge.


The rail-cum-road Saraighat Bridge over Brahmaputra connects the North-East with rest of India.
• It was the first bridge to be built across the river and was inaugurated in June 1963 by Pt. Jawaharlal Nehru..
• The name refers to a historic battleground where Ahom General Lachit Borphukon defeated the invading Mughal army in fiercely fought battle in 1671.


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