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PM Modi inaugurates Rs 100 lakh crore PM Gati Shakti-National Master Plan for Multi-Modal Connectivity.

  • With a vision to develop holistic and integrated infrastructure in the country, PM Shri Narendra Modi inaugurated the PM Gati Shakti-National Master Plan on October 13, 2021 from Pragati Maidan, New Delhi.
  • The Rs 100 lakh crore PM Gati Shakti-National Master Plan aims to provide multi-modal connectivity to the economic sectors in the country.
  • Under the new project a centralised portal will be set up to bring together the infrastructure schemes (which are to be completed by 2024-25) of as many as 16 Ministries & State Governments on a common platform, for integrated planning and coordinated implementation, instead of planning & designing separately by each ministry and department.
  • The PM GatiShakti digital platform is based on six pillars
    • Comprehensiveness, Prioritization, Optimization, Synchronization, Analytical, Dynamic
    • PM Modi also inaugurated the new exhibition complexes of ITPO and reviewed the model of the new exhibition complex at Pragati Maidan.

Center accorded "Maharatna" status to state-owned PFC Ltd.

  • The Government of India has accorded Maharatna status to state-owned Power Finance Corporation Limited (PFC) on October 12, 2021.
  • The new status will give greater operational and financial autonomy to PFC.
  • PFC was incorporated in 1986, as an Indian financial institution under the ownership of the Ministry of Power.
  • It is the largest Infrastructure Finance Company in India, exclusively dedicated to Power Sector.

India ranks 3rd in the 2021 EY Index.

  • India has retained the 3rd position in the 58th Renewable Energy Country Attractiveness Index (RECAI) released by consultancy firm Ernst & Young (EY).
  • 2021 RECAI ranks the world's top 40 global markets (nations) on the attractiveness of their renewable energy investment and deployment opportunities.
  • The United States also retained its top spot at RECAI 58, followed by China at the 2nd position.

India approves a line of credit of USD 200 million to support development projects in Kyrgyzstan.

  • India has approved Line of Credit (LoC) assistance of USD 200 million to Kyrgyzstan for development projects in the country.
  • The two countries also signed a MoU on High Impact Community Development Projects (HICDP) to enable the implementation of accelerated community development projects in various sectors for the benefit of the common people under full grant money by the Government of India.
  • It is to be noted that External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar is on a four-day visit to Kyrgyzstan, Kazakhstan and Armenia to further expand bilateral ties with three Central Asian countries.

The world's 1st driverless automatic train has been launched in Hamburg, Germany.

  • The world's 1st automated, driverless train has been unveiled in Hamburg, Germany.
  • The automatic trains project is a joint venture between the German rail company Deutsche Bahn and the high-tech industrial conglomerate Siemens.
  • The project is part of a 60 million euro ($70 million) Digital Rail Germany modernization plan which includes the modernization of Hamburg's rapid urban rail system.
  • Trains will start carrying passengers from December 2021.

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