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Union Government announced 13 cities as Smart Cities

Urban Development Ministry announced 13 cities as Smart Cities where highly advanced in terms of overall infrastructure, sustainable real estate, communications and market viability

Ministry: Urban Development, Housing and Urban Poverty Alleviation

Venkaiah Naidu conferred that seven more capital cities will be entered to the smart city competition.The above 13 cities are announced as Smart Cities.

  • They are Patna, Shimla, Naya Raipur, Itanagar, Amaravati, Bengaluru and Thiruvananthapuram.
  • Twenty-three cities, with the highest ranking from as many States and Union Terrritories, which failed to get representation in the first round of competition.
  • The ‘Fast Track Competition’ from which these 13 were selected.

23 cities competed for the Fast Track Competition:

Warangal (Telangana); Lucknow, New Town Kolkata, Panaji, Pasighat (Arunachal Pradesh), Dharmashala (Himachal Pradesh), Faridabad (Haryana), Raipur (Chattisgarh), Bhagalpur (Bihar), Shillong (Meghalaya), Namchi (Sikkim), Port Blair (Andaman & Nicobar Islands), Diu (Daman & Diu), Oulgaret (Puducherry), Silvassa (Dadra & Nagar Haveli), Imphal (Manipur), Ranchi (Jharkhand), Agartala (Tripura), Kohima (Nagaland), Aizawl (Mizoram), Kavaratti (Lakshadweep), Dehradun (Uttarakhand) and Chandigarh.

Smart City

  • A ‘Smart City’ is an urban region that is highly advanced in terms of overall infrastructure, sustainable real estate, communications and market viability.
  •  It is a city where information technology is the principal infrastructure and the basis for providing essential services to residents.

Main features in a smart city:

  • Adequate water supply
  • Assured electricity supply
  • Sanitation, including solid waste management
  • Efficient urban mobility and public transport
  • Affordable housing, especially for the poor
  • Robust IT connectivity and digitalization
  • Good governance, especially e-Governance and citizen participation
  • Sustainable environment
  • Safety and security of citizens, particularly women, children and the elderly

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Important Days – May 17 2016

May 17,2016 is observed as World Telecommunication and Information Society Day, The International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia and World Hypertension Day

World Telecommunication and Information Society Day

Theme: Information and Communication Technology (ICT) entrepreneurship for social impact

The Day being celebrated each year on 17 May to mark the anniversary of the signature of the first International Telegraph Convention in 1865 which framed to the creation of the UN International Telecommunication Union (ITU)

Role of Information and Communication Technology:

  • Ensuring Economic growth in a sustainable and inclusive manner from Start ups to SMEs
  • Development of ICT enabled solutions and make impact in Global, Regional and National Economies
  • Generate new jobs particularly for youth


Making align ITU with ICT for young entrepreneurs and SME’s, Start ups and technology to make use of practical solutions ensuring the International Sustainable development particularly focus on SME’s from developing Countries

Global Sustainable Development Agenda

Identifies the potential of Information and Communication technology to drive the Human Potential, make connection between Digital divide and advance knowledge

The International Day against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia

Being observed on May 17 every year

Founder: Louis-Georges

Aims: To raise awareness of Laws affecting Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and transgender violations and generate interest in the rights

  • The date was chosen to commemorate the decision to remove homosexuality from the International Classification of Diseases of the World Health Organization (WHO) in 1990.

World Hypertension Day

Founded by: World Hypertension League (WHL) which is consists of 85 national Hypertension Societies

Aim: To create the awareness of hypertension

First celebrated in 2005

Theme: Know your Numbers for the year 2013-2018

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