The Ministry of Tourism is organizing the ‘Swachhta Hi Seva’ campaign at various important tourist sites across the country from 15th September to 2nd October 2018. On these days, cleanliness and awareness activities are being conducted through Regional offices of the Tourism Ministry with active participation from local communities, Institutes of the Ministry, State Governments and Stakeholders. The campaigns are being popularized at 47 tourism sites in the country including all tourism Iconic sites.
A group of over 100 Anganwadi workers from across the country, called on the Prime Minister to express their happiness, and thank the Prime Minister for the recent announcement of increase in honorarium and other incentives. Acknowledging the greetings of the Anganwadi workers, the Prime Minister expressed his happiness that they had assembled from all parts of the country to meet him. The Prime Minister emphasized the importance of nutrition in a child's physical and cognitive development. He said the Anganwadi workers have a key role to play in this regard. Referring to the ongoing Poshan Maah (nutrition month), the Prime Minister said that the momentum that has been built up during this campaign should not flag. He said nutrition requires constant focus and development of good habits, which can be provided by Anganwadi workers. He exhorted them to ensure that the nutritional assistance being made available to beneficiaries is used judiciously.
President of Afghanistan Mohammad Ashraf Ghani paid a visit to India at the invitation of Prime Minister Narendra Modi. The two leaders reviewed and positively assessed the progress of the multi-faceted India-Afghanistan strategic partnership. They expressed satisfaction at the increase in bilateral trade that has crossed the US $ 1 billion mark. The two leaders also appreciated the successful conclusion of the India-Afghanistan trade and investment show in Mumbai from September 12-15, 2018 and expressed determination to strengthen connectivity, including through Chabahar port and Air-Freight Corridor. It was agreed to deepen the New Development Partnership in the areas of high impact projects in this field of infrastructure, human resources development and other capacity building projects in Afghanistan. President Ghani briefed the Prime Minister on initiatives by his government towards peace & reconciliation and also in confronting the challenges of terrorism and extremism imposed on Afghanistan and its people. The Prime Minister reiterated India's support to an Afghan-led, Afghan-owned and Afghan-controlled peace and reconciliation process that would enable Afghanistan to continue as a united, peaceful, inclusive and democratic nation and emerge as an economically vibrant country. The Prime Minister emphasized India's unwavering commitment to support the efforts of the Government of Afghanistan to this end, as also for the security and sovereignty of Afghanistan. He unequivocally condemned terrorist attacks and violence in Afghanistan which have caused immense loss of precious human lives and expressed solidarity with the people and national defence forces of Afghanistan in their fight against terrorism. While expressing satisfaction at the coordination and consultation on activities at various international fora, the two sides agreed to strengthen this cooperation and also to work even more closely with their regional and international partners for prosperity, peace, stability and progress.
For petrifying moments on a Jet Airways flight that took off from Mumbai this morning, oxygen masks came down, passengers felt dizzy and some suffered nose and ear-bleed. The flight, with 166 passengers, had to turn back shortly after taking off for Jaipur, allegedly after a bizarre error led to a drop in cabin pressure, reports NDTV. Over 30 passengers complained of nose-bleed and many suffered headaches as the cabin pressure plunged mid-air. Reports suggest the crew on flight 9W 697 forgot to select a switch that helps maintain cabin air pressure during take-off. In a statement, Jet Airways expressed regret and said its cockpit crew had been "taken off scheduled duties pending investigations", NDTV reported. After the Boeing 737 aircraft landed, the affected passengers were taken to the airport terminal where doctors administered first aid.
The President Ram Nath Kovind launched the logo and the web portal (http://gandhi.gov.in/) for commemoration of 150th birth anniversary of Father of the Nation, Mahatma Gandhi, at Rashtrapati Bhawan. The logo has been obtained through crowd sourcing. Logo Branding will be done in Trains, Metro Rail, Air India Aircrafts, State Roadways Buses, Government websites, E-mails, Government stationery, calendar and diary, Government advertisements & publicity material, digital signature etc. The logo will also be used by Public Sector Undertakings, subordinate/ attached offices, autonomous bodies etc. under Ministry/ Department of Government of India.
The Vice President M. Venkaiah Naidu has said that the ambitious, transformative vision that is making India one of the most favourite investment destinations in the word. He was addressing the India-Malta Business Forum in the presence of the President of Malta Marie-Louise Coleiro Preca, organized by the Malta Chamber of Commerce and the Confederation of Indian Industry, at Valletta, Malta. The Minister of State for Finance Shiv Pratap Shukla and other dignitaries were present on the occasion. The Vice President said that Indian economy is growing at around 8%, currently is one of the fastest growing major economies of the world. He further said that growth and development are vital to implement social reform and Government is taking all the measures to bring in change, transformation in every sense is the motto of this government. The Vice President said that India is committed to build a five trillion-dollar economy by 2025, making India the 3rd largest consumer market in the world. He further said that India has climbed 30 places in the World Bank Ease of Doing Business Index this year and IMF has forecast that India will grow at more than 7 percent in 2018 and 2019, ahead of other major economies. The Vice President said that a number of economic reforms have been undertaken by Indian Government including digitization of the economy, financial inclusion, tax reforms like Goods and Services Tax (GST). He further said that more than 326 million persons have opened bank accounts in the last four years making financial inclusion a reality. Tax base has been widened and tax compliance has increased, he added.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi, and the Prime Minister of Bangladesh, Sheikh Hasina, jointly unveiled e-plaques for the ground-breaking ceremony of two projects, via video conference. External Affairs Minister of India, Sushma Swaraj, and Minister for Petroleum and Natural Gas, Dharmendra Pradhan, also joined the proceedings. The projects include: (a) India-Bangladesh Friendship Pipeline (b) Dhaka-Tongi-Joydebpur Railway Project Speaking on the occasion, the Prime Minister described the cooperation between the two countries as an example for the world. He said that the two countries are neighbours, geographically; and family, emotionally. He said the proposed pipeline will further energize, not just Bangladesh’s economy, but also the relationship between the two countries. He expressed confidence that the proposed railway project will contribute to the process of strengthening national and urban transport in Bangladesh.
Dr. Ahmed Abdul Rahman Al-Banna, UAE Ambassador to India, has met with Syed Akbaruddin, Permanent Representative of India to the United Nations, at the headquarters of the Indian Permanent Mission to the United Nations. During the meeting, the UAE Ambassador and Indian Permanent Representative to the UN discussed ways to further develop bilateral relations and means to coordinate stances vis-a-vis issues of common concern. The meeting also touched on the ties of cooperation between the two countries as well as the agenda of the UN General Assembly meetings.
Exercise Yudh Abhyas 2018 a joint military exercise of Indian and US armies, commenced at Chaubattia, Uttarakhand with a short yet impressive opening ceremony that saw the unfurling of the national flags of both countries to the strains of "Jana Gana Mana” and “The Star Spangled Banner". Indian and US soldiers stood side by side, and gave a ceremonial salute to the two senior most officers of the US and Indian side reviewing the ceremony. The US contingent was represented by 1st Infantry Battalion, 23 Infantry Regiment, US Army while Indian side is represented by an Infantry Battalion. General Officer Commanding, 6 Mountain Division welcomed the US soldiers and in his inaugural remarks highlighted the common shared beliefs of democracy, freedom, equality and justice that are precious to both nations. Battalion strength army personnel from USA and an equal number of Indian soldiers are taking part in the two week long event that will see them hone their tactical and technical skills in countering insurgency and terrorism in a UN peace keeping scenario involving a combined deployment at a brigade level. State of the art equipment for surveillance and tracking, specialist weapons for close quarter battle with terrorists, explosive and improvised explosive device detectors, as well as the latest communication equipment are being fielded by both sides. Both sides will jointly train, plan and execute a series of well developed tactical drills for neutralisation of likely threats that may be encountered in UN peace keeping operations during division level command post exercise. The experts from both sides will also hold discussions to share each others’ experience in varied topics for mutual benefit.
The Prime Minister, Narendra Modi will be on a visit to his Parliamentary Constituency, Varanasi, on September 17 and 18,2018. He will arrive in the city on the afternoon of 17th September. He will head directly for Narur village, where he will interact with children of a primary school who are being aided by the non-profit organisation "Room to Read." Later, at DLW campus, the Prime Minister will interact with students of Kashi Vidyapeeth, and children assisted by them. On the 18th, at BHU Amphitheatre, the Prime Minister will inaugurate or lay the Foundation Stone for various development projects, cumulatively worth more than Rs. 500 crore. Among the projects to be inaugurated are: Integrated Power Development Scheme (IPDS) for Puraani Kashi; and an Atal Incubation Centre at BHU. Among the projects for which the Foundation Stone will be laid, is the Regional Ophthalmology Centre at BHU. The Prime Minister will also address the gathering.