Lucknow Current Affairs - 2019

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Lucknow’s Ekana cricket stadium renamed after Atal Bihari Vajpayee

Uttar Pradesh Government has decided to rename newly-built Ekana International Stadium in capital city Lucknow after former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee. The stadium with a seating capacity of around 50,000 will now be known as ‘Bharat Ratna Atal Bihari Vajpayee International Cricket Stadium’.

Key Facts

The stadium was renamed just ahead of first-ever international cricket match – T20 International between India and West Indies. For renaming stadium, UP Government through Lucknow Development Authority (LDA) used powers vested as per clause 17.5.1 of agreement signed between Ekana Sports City Private Ltd; GC Constructions; Development Industries Pvt Ltd and LDA. The clause 17.5.1 of agreement says that stadium will be named once project is completed. Its name was changed in memory of Atal Bihari Vajpayee, who passed away in August 2018. The former prime minister was Member of Parliament from Lucknow for five consecutive times between 1991 and 2009.

Note: Yogi Adityanath Government in UP earlier this year also renamed Allahabad as Prayagraj and Mughalsarai as Pt. Deen Dayal Upadhyaya nagar.

4th India International Science Festival-2018 held in Lucknow

The fourth India International Science Festival 2018 (IISF 2018) will be held in Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh from October 5 to 8, 2018. It is being organized by Ministry of Science and Technology, Ministry of Earth Sciences in association with Vijnana Bharati at Indira Gandhi Pratishthan, Lucknow. This is for first time ISSF being organized in Uttar Pradesh. It was inaugurated by President Ram Nath Kovind. The theme of this edition of the Science Festival is “Science for Transformation“.

Key Facts

More than 8,000 delegates from across the country will take part in the fourth edition this mega science expo. About 800 women scientists and entrepreneurs are expected to take part in it. At this event, attempt will be made by about 500 students to isolate DNA. As part of the event, “science village” will be set up at National Botanical Garden in Lucknow where people will get to know about the progress of science.

India International Science Festival (IISF)

IISF is conceivably biggest platform in India that brings together students, researchers, artists and general public to celebrate nation’s achievements in science and technology. It serves as a medium to encourage young minds towards field of science and to promote networking of stakeholders working towards the propagation of science. The 1st IISF was held at Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) New Delhi in December, 2015. The 2nd IISF was held at CSIR-National Physical Laboratory, New Delhi in December, 2016 and 3rd was held in October 2017, Chennai, Tamil Nadu.