Atal Tunnel awarded "Best Infrastructure Project" by Indian Building Congress (IBC).

  • The Border Roads Organisation (BRO) engineering marvel, Atal Tunnel, built in Rohtang in Himachal Pradesh, received the Indian Building Congress' (IBC) Best Infrastructure Project award in New Delhi.
  • More than thirty state-of-the-art infrastructure projects were nominated for the award.
  • The IBC jury selected the strategic tunnel as the Best Project for Excellence in Built Environment in 2021.
  • Director General of the BRO, Lt General Rajeev Chaudhry, received the award.
  • The tunnel, built using the New Austrian Tunnelling Method (NATM), was dedicated to the nation by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on October 3, 2020.

International Ice Hockey Federation snatches 2023 World Ice Hockey Championships from Russia.

  • The 2023 ice hockey world championship will be moved from Russia.
  • This was informed by the International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF).
  • The federation had already stripped Russia of the junior world championship for the same reason.
  • The tournament was awarded to Russia in 2018 and was due to be held from May 5-21, 2023 in Saint Petersburg.

IndiGo airline becomes the 1st airline in Asia to land ATR-72 aircraft using indigenous navigation system "Gagan".

  • IndiGo becomes the first airline in Asia to land its aircraft using the indigenous navigation system GAGAN, with Localiser Performance with Vertical Guidance (LPV) approach.
  • The flight was conducted using an ATR-72 aircraft and landed at the Kishangarh airport in Rajasthan.
  • GAGAN is used to provide lateral and vertical guidance when an aircraft is approaching a runway for landing.
  • Along with this, it is also a big achievement for India because after this successful landing, India has now become the first country in Asia to have this system.

Samba district of UT of J&K becomes 1st district in India to cover 100% households under ABPMJAY- SEHAT scheme.

  • In the Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir, the Samba district of Jammu division has become the first district in India to cover 100% households under Ayushman Bharat Pradhan Mantri Jan Arogya Yojana (ABPMJAY)- SEHAT scheme.
  • The Samba district has a total of 62,641 families with 3, 04,510 people eligible for ABPM-JAY SEHAT golden cards.
  • This ambitious health insurance scheme enables all the residents of J&K including employees and pensioners as well as their families to avail cashless quality healthcare services across public and empaneled private hospitals across India.

Fintech startup company Pencilton introduces contactless RuPay card named "Pensilkey".

  • Pencilton, a teen-focused fintech startup, has launched PencilKey, a National Common Mobility Card (NCMC) compliant RuPay contactless keychain, in partnership with National Payments Corporation of India (NPCI) and Transcorp.
  • Users can activate and manage their PencilKey through the Pencilton app which is also used to load money, check spends, block/unblock the account, set limits, etc.
  • PencilKey is linked to the PencilCard which is an all-in-one prepaid card, metro card, and bus card.
  • PencilKey is equipped with the benefits of NCMC which works at the Delhi Airport Metro line and Goa’s buses currently.
  • It is also scheduled to be accepted for metro travel in Pune, Chennai & Mumbai as well as in BEST buses in Mumbai.

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