➤World Autism Awareness Day: 02nd April 2017
i. The 2017 theme for the day is “Toward Autonomy and Self-Determination”. World Autism Awareness Day is an internationally recognised day, encouraging Member States of the United Nations to take measures to raise awareness about children with autism throughout the world.
ii. Autism is a lifelong neurological condition that manifests during early childhood, irrespective of gender, race or socio-economic status. The term Autism Spectrum refers to a range of characteristics. Appropriate support, accommodation, and acceptance of this neurological variation allow those on the Spectrum to enjoy equal opportunity and full and effective participation in society.
➤Second annual meeting of BRICS New Development Bank held in New Delhi
i. A new financial order built by the emerging BRICS economies of Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa. New Delhi is playing host to Second Annual Meeting of the New Development Bank (NDB) also known colloquially as BRICS bank.
ii. This is the first time the meet is happening in India.
➤Asia’s longest tunnel
i. Prime Minister Narendra Modi has inaugurated the 9.2 km long Chenani–Nashri all-weather road tunnel on the Jammu-Srinagar National Highway.
ii. The road tunnel will reduce the travel time between the two state capitals of Jammu and Srinagar by approximately two hours.
➧Points to remember-
➺Railway Minister released the book titled ‘Indian Railway- The weaving of a National Tapestry’
➺Shri Suresh Prabhakar Prabhu is the Railway Minister of India
➺He launched Hi-speed free Wi-Fi services for the visitors at National Rail Museum, New Delhi.
➺Rabindranath Tagore was the first Indian ever to receive a Nobel Prize.
➺The headquarter of NDB is in Shanghai, China.
➺The BRICS nations – Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa.
➺The World Autism Awareness Day observed on 02nd April.
➺The 2017 theme for World Autism Awareness day is “Toward Autonomy and Self-Determination”.
➺Antonio Guterres is Secretary-General of United Nations (UN).
➺New Delhi is playing host to Second Annual Meeting of the New Development Bank (NDB).
➺Arun Jaitley is Finance Minister of India.
➺The 9.2 km long road tunnel is built between Chenani in Udhampur District and Nashri in Ramban District of Jammu & Kashmir.
➺It is also known as Patnitop Tunnel.
➺Chenani-Nashri Tunnel is the country’s first and the world’s sixth road tunnel with a Transverse Ventilation System.
➺It is located at an altitude of 1,200 meters in the heart of the Himalayas.
➺The 24.5-kilometer long Laerdal Tunnel in Norway is the longest road tunnel in the world.
➺Prime Minister Narendra Modi has inaugurated the 9.2 km long Chenani-Nashri road tunnel.