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The Great India Blog Train

Social Media Key Influencers Campaign “The Great India Blog Train” Launched

Question: Where was the Social Media Key Influencers Campaign “The Great India Blog Train” launched recently?
(a) Jaipur
(b) New Delhi
(c) Chennai
(d) Mumbai
Answer: (b)
Related Facts:

  • On February 7th, 2018, Social Media Key Influencers Campaign of the Ministry of Tourism “The Great India Blog Train” involving Travel bloggers from across the world was launched by the Secretary, Ministry of Tourism Smt. Rashmi Verma at Safdarjung Railway Station, New Delhi.
  • The objective of the campaign is to position luxury trains of India as a unique tourism product both in the domestic and overseas markets.
  • The campaign will generate widespread publicity for the luxury trains as well as the destinations visited, by way of blogs, videos and photos published by the Bloggers/Instagramers on their experiences of their journey.
  • The Ministry of Tourism, Government of India, keeping in mind the importance of Social Media as an effective tool for destination branding and marketing, is organising a Social Media Key Influencers Campaign “The Great India Blog Train”.
  • The Secretary interacted with the Bloggers on the issue of promotion of tourism and other aspects pertaining to tourism and see them off on their journey.
  • These Bloggers have been invited to travel to destinations in the country on the Luxury Trains operating in different States.
  • Needless to say this initiative would benefit the railways and the Luxury Train Operators to a large extent.
  • A total of 60 bloggers from 23 countries including India are travelling on a week long journey on four luxury trains, i.e. Palace on Wheels, Maharaja Express, Deccan Odyssey and Golden Chariot, in groups of 15 bloggers on each train.
  • The first group of 15 bloggers today left on the Palace on Wheels, from the Safdarjung Railway Station, New Delhi.
  • The second group will leave Delhi on the Maharaja Express on 10th February, 2018, the third group is scheduled to leave on the Deccan Odyssey on 10th February, 2018 from the Chaatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus, Mumbai and the last group of Bloggers will leave on the Golden Chariot on 19th February, 2018 from Bengaluru on a week long journey.
  • The Railway Board, the State Governments of Rajasthan, Maharashtra and Karnataka and Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Corporation (IRCTC) are proactively promoting this Luxury segment both in the domestic and overseas markets and are actively supporting the campaign by hosting the Bloggers on their trains.




Question: Where did the bilateral military exercise’VINBAX-2018’ between India-Vietnam held during 29th January-3rd February, 2018, concluded?
(a) Jodhpur
(b) Kochi
(c) Jabalpur
(d) Gwalior
Answer: (c)
Related Facts:

  • The ‘India-Vietnam bilateral military exercise ‘VINBAX-2018’ concluded in Jabalpur, Madhya Pradesh between January 29th to 3rd February 2018.
  • This is the first military exercise among these two countries.
  • This is a top exercise for peacekeeping operations under the United Nations Mandate.
  • This exercise was jointly organized between the Indian Army and the Vietnam People’s Army, among the global 15 officers of each.


President launches Pulse Polio programme for 2018

Pulse Polio Programme for 2018

Question: Under the Pulse Polio Programme, 2018, how many children below five years of age will be given polio drops throughout the country?
(a) 15 crores
(b) 16 crores
(c) 17 crores
(d) 20 crores
Answer: (c) 
Related Facts: 

  • On January 27th, 2018, President of India, Shri Ram Nath Kovind, launched the Pulse Polio programme for 2018 by administering polio drops to children less than five years old, at the Rahstrapati Bhawan
  • Union Minister of Health & Family Welfare, Shri J P Nadda and Ministers of State (Health) Shri Ashwini Kumar Choubey and Smt. Anupriya Patel were present at the occasion.
  • More than 17 crore children of less than five years across the country will be given polio drops as part of the drive of Government of India to sustain polio eradication from the country.
  • This program has been started on the eve of National Immunization Day (January 28).
  • India has started the Pulse Polio Vaccination Program in 1995 as a result of the World Health Organization (WHO) global polio eradication efforts.
  • Under this program, two doses of oral polio vaccine (OPV) are given in the month of December and January every year till the end of polio to all children under the age of 5 years of age.


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