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Prime Minister Narendra Modi was decorated with Order of St Andrew the Apostle – the highest state decoration of Russia, for exceptional services in promoting the special and privileged strategic partnership between the two countries.
This is the seventh international award that PM Modi has been honoured with.
About Order of St Andrew the Apostle :
The Order of St. Andrew the Apostle the First-Called is the highest order of the Russian Federation. Established as the first and highest order of chivalry of the Russian Empire in 1698, it was abolished under the USSR before being re-established as the top Russian order in 1998.
The Order was established in 1698 by Tsar Peter the Great, in honour of Saint Andrew, the first apostle of Jesus and patron saint of Russia. It was bestowed in a single class and was only awarded for the most outstanding civilian or military merit.
The National Mission for Clean Ganga (NMCG) was awarded the distinction of “Public Water Agency of the Year” by Global Water Intelligence at the Global Water Summit in London.
Global Water Summit:
About Namami Gange Programme:
Namami Gange Programme – is an umbrella programme which integrates previous and currently ongoing initiatives by enhancing efficiency, extracting synergies and supplementing them with more comprehensive & better coordinated interventions. Government of India is supplementing the efforts of the state governments in addressing the pollution of river Ganga by providing financial assistance to the states.
Need: Each day, more than 500 million liters of wastewater from industrial sources are dumped directly into Ganga. In many places, this wastewater entering the rivers is completely raw, completely untreated.
Main Pillars of the Namami Gange Programme are:
Intense Tropical Cyclone Idai was one of the worst tropical cyclones on record to affect Africa and the Southern Hemisphere.The death toll from the cyclone that ripped into southern Africa last month is now above 1,000.
Mozambique reported 602 deaths and Malawi at least 59.
United Nations described Cyclone Idai as one of the deadliest storms on record in the southern hemisphere.
Homo luzonensis fossils found in Luzon island cave, dating back up to 67,000 years
Black hole at centre of galaxy M87 named Powehi, which means 'adorned fathomless dark creation'
A language professor, Larry Kimura has given a Hawaiian name — Powehi — to the black hole depicted in an image produced in a landmark experiment.
Powehi means "the adorned fathomless dark creation" or "embellished dark source of unending creation" and comes from the Kumulipo, an 18th century Hawaiian creation chant. Po is a profound dark source of unending creation, while wehi, honoured with embellishments, is one of the chant's descriptions of po.