Varanasi to host Pravasi Bharatiya Divas 2019

The next Pravasi Bharatiya Divas will be held in the holy city of Varanasi in January 2019. The theme of the event, which is being organised in PM Modi’s parliamentary constituency, will be the ‘Role of Indian Diaspora in building a New India’. Pravasi Bharatiya Divas is observed biennially on 9 January to mark the contribution of the overseas Indian community towards development of India.

Mumbai costlier than Washington and Melbourne

According to a Mercer survey, Mumbai is the most expensive city in India to live in for expatriates as compared to Washington and Melbourne. Hong Kong is ranked as the world’s costliest city to live in for expatriates, followed by Tokyo, Zurich, Singapore, and Seoul. Bengaluru, which has a high population of expatriates is getting more reasonable on cost of living.

Surat Selected for best smart city award

Surat city has been awarded best city award under the Smart City Mission’s award for implementation of projects in urban environment, transport and mobility and sustainable integrated development. Bhopal and Ahmedabad have been selected as joint winners under innovative idea award category. The Ministry of Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs issued the award.

Delhi accepted full statehood proposal

Delhi Vidhan Sabha accepted the resolution on full statehood to the city. Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal said that the capital has been deprived of its basic rights unlike other states, which has affected the development of the city. Kejriwal promised that if Delhi gets statehood then every family will get one home, people will have jobs.

12,000-yr-old rock painting found in China

Archaeologists have confirmed that a rock painting discovered in the Lesser Khingan Mountains in China’s Heilongjiang province dates back 12,000 years. Several images painted with ochre were discovered on a rock in the city of Heihe. Preliminary studies showed that it was a scene of humans hunting, reports Xinhua news agency.

Fuego volcano erupted

Guatemala’s Fuego volcano erupted by shooting a dense cloud of ash into the sky. The death toll in the eruption rose to 62 as rescue workers recovered more bodies from devastated villages. Fuego has been erupting since 2002, and was continuously active in 2017. Guatemala, a Central American country, is home to volcanoes, rainforests and ancient Mayan sites. Its capital is Guatemala City.

Water crises in Shimla

Himachal Pradesh’s CM Jai Ram Thakur said the tourist season and the increasing population led to water scarcity in Shimla. Water available in traditional sources has gone down this year, he added. Shimla is facing acute water shortage for over 10 days, prompting residents to request tourists to not visit the city.

Paraguay officially moves embassy to Jerusalem

Paraguayan President Horacio Cartes has inaugurated his country’s Israel embassy in Jerusalem. Paraguay is now the third country to move its embassy to Jerusalem, following the United States and Guatemala. Israel considers the entire city of Jerusalem to be its capital, while the Palestinians see east Jerusalem as the capital of their future state.

Frog Species found in Karnataka

The latest addition to India’s frog fauna is the narrow-mouthed frog named Microhyla kodial found in Mangaluru. The species has been named after the city of Mangaluru which is called kodial in the Konkani language. The greyish-brown frog is just 2 cm long.

Indore is the cleanest city in India

According to Swachh Survekshan 2018 survey, Indore has bagged the title of the cleanest city in India, followed by Bhopal & Chandigarh. Indore was the cleanest city last year as well but that survey was conducted only for around 430 cities. This time it was conducted for around 4200 cities. Jharkhand was adjudged the best-performing state in the survey followed by Maharashtra & Chhattisgarh.