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Large crowds of devotees and tourists were witnessed during the fifth bathing festival of the Kumbh on Maghi Purnima at Prayagraj. Devotees thronged all bathing Ghats including the Sangam- the confluence of the rivers Ganga, Yamuna and mythical Saraswati for bathing and it continued till late evening.

Several dignitaries including governors and Ministers from different states also took the holy dip. The  Prayagraj Mela Authority has said that one crore twenty five lakhs devotees have taken a holy dip on the Fifth bathing festival of PrayagrajKumbh.

Bathing facilities in most of the sectors were developed to facilitate the devotees and Kalpvasees. Elaborate arrangements were in place for the Fifth bathing festival at PrayagrajKumbh. A large number of devotees and tourists had reached at Kumbh for taking holy dip on the occasion. Traffic restrictions were imposed in the district in view of heavy rush of pilgrims. Entry of heavy vehicles was restricted Into the district and all types of vehicles including, pass holders were banned from entering into the  Mela. Only vehicles related to essential services, media and administration were allowed.

With the bathing of Maghi Purnima, the departure of Kalpvasees to their home has started. Kalpvasees are second largest contingent of the Kumbh who leave the Mela prior to Mahashivratri. About 10 lakhs Kalpvasees were residing in the Mela for last one month. Railway and UP State Transport Corporation have pressed several special trains and buses into service to carry back the pilgrims.

Wed, 20 Feb 2019 18:55:31 +0530
PM visits Varanasi Flags

The Prime Minister Narendra Modi visited Varanasi and laid the foundation stone of Guru Ravidas Birth Place Development Project to mark Ravidas Jayanti celebrations.

PM flagged off the first ever Diesel to Electric Converted Locomotive at Diesel Locomotive Works in Varanasi.

In line with the Indian Railways' Mission of 100 per cent electrification, Diesel Locomotive Works, Varanasi has developed a new prototype Electric Locomotive converted from Diesel Locomotive. After its mandatory trials, the Prime Minister inspected the locomotive and flagged it off. Indian Railways has decided to convert all Diesel Locomotive to Electric Locomotive during its mid-life rehabilitation and utilise them till their coral life. The project is a step towards saving traction energy cost and also cut down on carbon emissions. Diesel Locomotive Works took just 69 days to convert two WDG3A Diesel Locos into a Twin Electric WAGC3 locomotive of 10,000 HP. A complete ‘Make in India’ initiative, the conversion is an Indian R&D innovation in the entire world.

 

 

On Ravidas Jayanti, the Prime Minister paid homage to Guru Ravidas. He then laid the foundation stone of Guru Ravidas Birth Place Development Project at Shri Guru Ravidas Janmasthan Temple, Seer Goverdhanpur. 

Later the Prime Minister visited BHU in Varanasi.  

He inaugurated Pandit Madan Mohan Malaviya Cancer Hospital and Homi Bhabha Cancer Hospital, Lahartara. These Hospitals will provide comprehensive treatment to the patients from UP, and nearby states of MP, Chhattisgarh, Jharkhand, Bihar.

 

 

Governor of UP Ram Naik, CM of UP Yogi Adityanath, and other dignitaries were present on the occasion.

He unveiled the statue of Pandit Madan Mohan Malaviya along with Murals of Varanasi Ghats. He offered floral tributes at the statue of Pandit Madan Mohan Malaviya.

 

The PM also dedicated first New Bhabhatron with precision technology, to the nation.

He visited Day Care Unit & OPD and interacted with the patients and also interacted with the beneficiaries of PMJAY- Ayushman Bharat.

 

Wed, 20 Feb 2019 18:03:44 +0530
ICC to discuss India Pak

As uncertainty looms over India-Pakistan clash in the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019, under the circumstances of the deadliest suicide attack that killed 40 CRPF soldiers in Jammu & Kashmir's Pulwama district last week, the International Cricket Council (ICC) will discuss the issue on the sidelines of their quarterly meeting in Dubai.
The International Cricket Council (ICC) will host their quarterly meeting in Dubai from February 27 to March 2.

“There are chances that the India-Pakistan World Cup clash will be discussed on the sidelines of the ICC meeting to be held in Dubai from February 27,” ICC sources told ANI.

As the nation weeps and mourns over the deadliest attack in Jammu & Kashmir's Pulwama district where more than 40 CRPF men killed on Thursday, the Cricket fraternity of the country also joined hands to condemn the attack. Jaish-E-Mohammed, a Pakistan based terror outfit had carried out a terror attack where they used a youth to drive a car carrying 350 kg of explosive materials and ram into the bus carrying CRPF men.

The Cricket Club of India (CCI) in strongly condemned the attack and urged the Indian Cricket Board to boycott the ICC World Cup 2019 clash against Pakistan. They came out a stern statement as a result of the continuous silence from the Pakistan President and former World Cup-winning captain Imran Khan.

"He (Imran Khan) should respond. He is the Prime Minister and if he believes that Pakistan has no role to play in the attack, then why is he doesn't come out openly. He should come out openly. People should know the truth. He is not coming out openly which means that there are Stains in their folds," CCI Secretary Suresh Bafna told ANI.

Meanwhile, the CCI had covered the portrait of Imran at their headquarters in the Brabourne Stadium in Mumbai. 

"We called a meeting on the very next day of the attack and to condemn the attack, and we decided to cover the photo. We'll be deciding soon how to remove the photo," he told ANI.

Wed, 20 Feb 2019 17:36:33 +0530
IPL Schedule announced B

Mumbai: The Indian Cricket Board (BCCI) has announced the schedule of 12th Indian Premier League, keeping in mind the upcoming general election in the Country. MS Dhoni's Chennai Super Kings will take on Virat Kohli's Royal Challengers Bangalore in the inaugural match of the tournament at the MA Chidambaram Stadium in Chennai, on March 23.

The BCCI releases the schedule only for the first 17 matches, which spreads over 14 days, considering the fact that the Election Commission will announce the election dates around the first week of March. The BCCI will decide on the remaining part of the schedule, including the date of the final, after getting the details of election dates. Spectators might be drawn to the neutral venues this time to watch their local team battling out with the opponents so as to avoid any workload on the security personnel as they will be busy with the election schedule.

"These are still subject to the announcement of the Lok Sabha 2019 election dates. Once these have been released, the BCCI will address any issues with the first two weeks and will also prepare a schedule for the remainder of the season working with the local authorities around the polling dates", an official statement from the IPL said.

If the election commission goes with the previous trends, then the general election will begin between the first and second week of April, across eight or nine phases.

Wed, 20 Feb 2019 16:17:12 +0530
Maharashtra NSUI Unit and

Navi Mumbai: With an aggressive protest, candlelight marches NSUI Maharashtra unit and NSUI Thane District unit took to the streets in CBD Belapur, Navi Mumbai to express solidarity against the Pulwama terror attack where around 49 brave CRPF soldiers lost their lives.

The protestors also burnt the effigy of the terrorist and condemned the brutal attack and pledged to support the families of the martyrs.

“There was no good reason for this to happen, we stand by the Indian defence Bravehearts, and express our deep condolences to the bereaved families of martyred CRPF soldiers, we are here to make a point that the youth of India is with the Indian army” said Maharashtra State NSUI Secretary Mr Amit Vilasrao Kadam

“We are here to support our soldiers who fight for us to keep us safe, we strongly condemn the attack on our army and are ready to give a perfect reply to Pakistan” said Mr Manoj Maharana, President, NSUI Thane District.

After the protest culminated at Kharghar, students raised the slogans, “WHEN WILL IT STOP??” along with a feeling of rage.

Maharashtra State NSUI Secretary Mr. Amit Vilasrao Kadam, Mr. Manoj Maharana, President, NSUI Thane District, NSUI Vice-President  Saurabh Marwadi and Saurabh Baghel, Utkarsh Hadadare, Nikhil Nair, Gaurav Pawar, along with Airoli, Vashi, CBD Belapur, Ghansoli, Koparkhairane Zones Sunil Khobragade, Nishidh Lokhande, Deepak Bharathwaj, Rohan Rajput, Aditya Ghongde, Anjali Dongre, Rehan Sheikh, Vaibhav Athavle, Sidhharth Gurkhe, Chintamani, Anuj, Sagar, Rohan. Pranav Dhole, Neha, Shubham and many other students were present.

-Nikhil Nair

Wed, 20 Feb 2019 16:14:31 +0530
Startup tax exemption

Great news for all the startups out there, the government of India has come up with a series of changes that will benefit the startup ecosystem including the startup owners and Angel Investors.

The Tax exemption threshold has been increased to Rs 25 Cr/- as compared to Rs 10 Cr/- earlier which caused worry among startup entrepreneurs. This new rule will bring relief to at least 16,000 Startups out there. The Government also widened the definition of startups so that number of business can be recognized as startups and can avail the benefits of the new startup policies laid by the government.

Commerce and Industry Minister Suresh Prabhu also told reporters that “Startups Valuation was a contentious issue and we have clarified this”.

Also, the startup recognition period has raised to 10 years as compared to 7 years earlier, which means that any business running more than 7 years but less than 10 years will also be recognized as startups.   

Wed, 20 Feb 2019 15:48:47 +0530
Maharashtra NSUI Unit and

-NIKHIL NAIR

Navi Mumbai: With aggressive protest, candlelight marches NSUI Maharashtra unit and NSUI Thane District unit took to the streets in CBD Belapur, Navi Mumbai to express solidarity against the Pulwama terror attack where around 49 brave CRPF soldiers lost their lives.

The protestors also burnt the effigy of the terrorist and condemned the brutal attack and pledged to support the families of the martyrs.

“There was no good reason for this to happen, we stand by the Indian defence Bravehearts, and express our deep condolences to the bereaved families of martyred CRPF soldiers, we are here to make a point that the youth of India is with the Indian army” said Maharashtra State NSUI Secretary Mr Amit Vilasrao Kadam

“We are here to support our soldiers who fight for us to keep us safe, we strongly condemn the attack on our army and are ready to give a perfect reply to Pakistan” said Mr Manoj Maharana, President, NSUI Thane District.

After the protest culminated at Kharghar, students raised the slogans, “WHEN WILL IT STOP??” along with a feeling of rage.

Maharashtra State NSUI Secretary Mr. Amit Vilasrao Kadam, Mr. Manoj Maharana, President, NSUI Thane District, NSUI Vice-President  Saurabh Marwadi and Saurabh Baghel, Utkarsh Hadadare, Nikhil Nair, Gaurav Pawar, along with Airoli, Vashi, CBD Belapur, Ghansoli, Koparkhairane Zones Sunil Khobragade, Nishidh Lokhande, Deepak Bharathwaj, Rohan Rajput, Aditya Ghongde, Anjali Dongre, Rehan Sheikh, Vaibhav Athavle, Sidhharth Gurkhe, Chintamani, Anuj, Sagar, Rohan. Pranav Dhole, Neha, Shubham and many other students were present.

Wed, 20 Feb 2019 15:47:34 +0530
MX player web content 2

 

The World’s largest local Video player “MX Player” has made its biggest move in India with new premium content on its platform. India’s biggest entertainment platform with more than 175 Million Monthly Active Users will be launching 5 new MX original Series starting Wednesday.

Officials say that MX player will launch about 25 new Shows for next 12 months. All this premium content will be free and will be available from February 20. About 650 Million Downloads and 70 million Daily active users MX player has always been a market leader in the Video Viewing space.

Even though MX player is one of the latest platforms to enter into the Original Web Content space, with its massive number of users it can easily get a huge piece of pie in the web content space. One of the biggest advantages of MX player is that it combines Offline video viewing, Online Video Content and music streaming (gaana) in one single app.

MX player is planning to launch over 1,00,000 hrs of Video Content in association with TVF, SonyLIV, Arre, Alt Balaji ans some more.   

Wed, 20 Feb 2019 15:37:48 +0530
Maharashtra NSUI Unit and

-Nikhil Nair 

Navi Mumbai: With aggressive protest, candlelight marches NSUI Maharashtra unit and NSUI Thane District unit took to the streets in CBD Belapur, Navi Mumbai to express solidarity against the Pulwama terror attack where around 49 brave CRPF soldiers lost their lives.

The protestors also burnt the effigy of the terrorist and condemned the brutal attack and pledged to support the families of the martyrs.

“There was no good reason for this to happen, we stand by the Indian defence Bravehearts, and express our deep condolences to the bereaved families of martyred CRPF soldiers, we are here to make a point that the youth of India is with the Indian army” said Maharashtra State NSUI Secretary Mr Amit Vilasrao Kadam

“We are here to support our soldiers who fight for us to keep us safe, we strongly condemn the attack on our army and are ready to give a perfect reply to Pakistan” said Mr Manoj Maharana, President, NSUI Thane District.

After the protest culminated at Kharghar, students raised the slogans, “WHEN WILL IT STOP??” along with a feeling of rage.

Maharashtra State NSUI Secretary Mr. Amit Vilasrao Kadam, Mr. Manoj Maharana, President, NSUI Thane District, NSUI Vice-President  Saurabh Marwadi and Saurabh Baghel, Utkarsh Hadadare, Nikhil Nair, Gaurav Pawar, along with Airoli, Vashi, CBD Belapur, Ghansoli, Koparkhairane Zones Sunil Khobragade, Nishidh Lokhande, Deepak Bharathwaj, Rohan Rajput, Aditya Ghongde, Anjali Dongre, Rehan Sheikh, Vaibhav Athavle, Sidhharth Gurkhe, Chintamani, Anuj, Sagar, Rohan. Pranav Dhole, Neha, Shubham and many other students were present.

Wed, 20 Feb 2019 15:28:05 +0530
Two options for Anil Amba

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The Supreme Court has put two options before industrialist Anil Ambani, either to pay Rs. 453 crores to Ericsson India or go to jail for three months, as he was held guilty of contempt today by the top court. Anil Ambani should pay the entire amount to the Swedish company within four weeks.

Reliance Telecom Chairman Satish Seth and Chhaya Virani, Reliance Infratel Chairperson, were also held guilty of contempt by the top court and fined Rs. 1 crore each which they should pay within one month.

Ericsson India had filed a suit earlier after the Reliance Telecom failed to give them Rs 550 within the stipulated time as per the court ruling. They alleged that Anil Ambani is doing injustice to them though he has money to invest in the Rafale deal. Anil Ambani had told the top court that with the failure of an assets sale deal with older brother Mukesh Ambani's Reliance Jio, his company had entered insolvency proceedings.

Ericsson demands that the contempt of court should be filed against Anil and his directors and they must be behind the bars till they clear their dues while calling for actions to block them going outside India. Ericsson had earlier, deducted dues to Rs.550 crore from the initial 1600 crore due to the settlement done in the presence of the court.

"Anil Ambani and others breached their undertaking," the court said, calling it "willful disobedience" of its order that they should repay Swedish Telecom Equipment maker Ericsson. In a statement, a Reliance Communication Limited spokesperson said: "We respect the Supreme Court judgement. The RCOM Group shall comply with the same."
 

Wed, 20 Feb 2019 13:53:13 +0530
MX player web content

 

The World’s largest local Video player “MX Player” has made its biggest move in India with new premium content on its platform. India’s biggest entertainment platform with more than 175 Million Monthly Active Users will be launching 5 new MX original Series starting Wednesday.

Officials say that MX player will launch about 25 new Shows for next 12 months. All this premium content will be free and will be available from February 20. About 650 Million Downloads and 70 million Daily active users MX player has always been a market leader in the Video Viewing space.

Even though MX player is one of the latest platform to enter  in to the Original Web Content space, with its massive number of users it can easily get a huge piece of pie in the web content space. One of the biggest advantage of MX player is that it combines Offline video viewing, Online Video Content and music streaming (gaana) in one single app.

MX player is planning to launch over 1,00,000 hrs of Video Content in association with TVF, SonyLIV, Arre, Alt Balaji ans some more.   

Wed, 20 Feb 2019 13:19:51 +0530
Startup tax exemption

Great news for all the startups out there, the government of India has come up with a series of changes that will benefit the startup ecosystem including the startup owners and Angel Investors.

The Tax exemption threshold has been increased to Rs 25 Cr/- as compared to Rs 10 Cr/- earlier which caused worry among startup entrepreneurs. This new rule will bring relief to at least 16,000 Startups out there. The Government also widened the definition of startups so that more number of business can be recognised as startups and can avail the benefits of the new startup policies laid by the government.

Commerce and Industry Minister Suresh Prabhu also told reporters that “Startups Valuation was a contentious issue and we have clarified this”.

Also, the startup recognition period has raised to 10 years as compared to 7 years earlier, which means that any business running more than seven years but less than ten years will also be recognised as startups.

Wed, 20 Feb 2019 13:08:35 +0530
Every tribe has a rich an

The Vice President M. Venkaiah Naidu has said that we have to give up the hubris of considering tribes backward and every tribe has a rich and living cultural tradition and we must respect them. It is not only a social courtesy to respect their cultural traditions, but it is also our Constitutional obligation, he added. He was delivering the Foundation Day Lecture ‘Constitution and Tribes’, on the occasion of 15th Foundation Day Celebrations of National Commission for Scheduled Tribes.

The Vice President said that as we are looking for ways of sustainable development, these tribal groups can teach us lessons in sustainable development.

Naidu said that every tribal community world over worships nature in its different forms. He further stated that their methods of worship might be different, but their belief in Nature remains one and firm. There can't be a better example of Unity in Diversity, he added.

T he Vice President cautioned that in the name of protecting their cultural identity, we must not isolate them from the national mainstream. Their youth should have a voice and an opportunity to express their aspirations and expectations and only then our commitment to Sabka Sath sabka Vikas will be fulfilled, he said. In this context, the Vice President also referred to several steps taken by the Government for the financial inclusion like JanDhan, MUDRA, and Stand up India.

The Vice President also suggested that the Governor's Reports on Tribal areas should be placed before the Parliament and the appropriate Parliamentary Committee should examine them.

Wed, 20 Feb 2019 12:43:40 +0530
Saudi Crown Prince arrive

Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman arrived in New Delhi on Yesterday evening whereas Prime Minister Narendra Modi broke all the protocols to receive him personally. Nations across the globe eagerly watch Saudi Prince's visit as he made a trip to Pakistan before coming here and praised Pakistan's efforts in ensuring peace in the region.

The Saudi Crown Price was welcomed with a ceremonial reception at the Rashtrapati Bhavan hours after his arrival in New Delhi. Prime Minister Narendra Modi, breaking all the protocols, went directly to the airport and personally received him, makes sense that the Saudi Crown Prince visit has serious significance at this point of time.
Mohammed bin Salman's recently concluded Pakistan visit created some trembles in India as he praised Islamabad's efforts for "regional peace and security" just days after a terror attack in Kashmir's Pulwama by Pakistan-based Jaish-e-Mohammad, in which 40 soldiers were killed. The Crown Prince announced investments worth 20 billion dollars at a point of time when India is trying their best to expose Pakistan's role in the Pulwama attack before the World nations.

Wed, 20 Feb 2019 12:04:12 +0530
JeM leaders killed within

The Indian Army on Tuesday said within 100 hours of the February 14 Pulwama attack on a CRPF convoy that left 49 troopers dead, it killed the Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM) leaders who planned and executed the deadly carnage.

This was stated by Lt Gen K.S. Dhillon of the 15 Corps Commander, at a joint press briefing here in Jammu and Kashmir.

He also said that the Pulwama attack was carried out by the JeM, which is based in Pakistan, with "active support of the Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) and the Pakistan Army."

"Within 100 hours of the Pulwama attack, we hit the JeM in the Kashmir Valley which was being handled by the Pakistan-based JeM," Dhillon said.

Tue, 19 Feb 2019 14:46:58 +0530
Ola cabs sRide

Ride-hailing startup – Ola Cabs is in discussions to invest money in Pune Based Carpooling Startup “sRide” as per the sources. sRide is a carpooling startup launched in the year 2016 with an angel funding of 1 million Dollars. This 3-year-old startup is running its operations in different parts of the country namely Pune, Mumbai, Hyderabad, Delhi, Kolkata, Chennai and Bengaluru as mentioned in their website.

The deal is still not finalized yet but it seems like Ola will invest around Rs 30 Crores for an equity stake of 26%. If this deal gets finalized the valuation of sRide will shoot up to anywhere between Rs 120-160 Cr.

Not only Ola but many Indian Investors are now investing in mobility space startups looking at their rising demands in many cities. In this round of funding along with Ola, some other venture capitalists may also be participating as per the sources cited above.

Mon, 18 Feb 2019 21:45:22 +0530
Air India News

Air India is facing very critical issues in paying back the debts it holds. Officials estimate a humongous debt of Rs 55,000 /- Crores. Air India is even delaying its employees’ salaries to cope up with the debt.

The National Air carrier is losing its money year after year and still, it’s not been able to generate revenue in the mid of tough competition. It even sold some of its real estate properties to raise an estimated amount of Rs 250 crores to manage its operations.

Industry experts with such a huge debt, no airlines can sustain their business for a long period.

But at the same time, Air India has even launched a new international Flight Named as “Express” from Gujarat’s Diamond City-Surat. The Flight arrived on surat at 11:30 pm on Saturday with 75 Passengers and the passengers were received by Air India CEO Shyam Sundar and some other dignitaries along with him.

The New Flight will fly four times a week in this new route as said by the officials.

 

Mon, 18 Feb 2019 21:38:38 +0530
Anil Kapoor to be seen in

It is known that Superstar Anil Kapoor will be soon be seen acting alongside Aditya Roy Kapoor, Disha Patani and Kunal Kemmu. The Veteran actor will have a grey role in the film as per the sources.

The film is in the pre production stage and is said to be a romantic-action thriller. Produced by Luv Ranjan and Jay Shewakramani is on a various location hunt.The film will be shot in Mumbai, Goa, Mauritius and will hit the screens by March.

Mon, 18 Feb 2019 20:37:30 +0530
Ajay Devgn Total Dhammal

Bollywood superstar Ajay Devgn took to Twitter to express his solidarity and to condemn the recent Pulwama terror attack which claimed the lives of 49 CRPF soldiers.

“In light of the current situation the team of Total Dhamaal has decided not to release the film in Pakistan” Ajay tweeted.

As per the information, the actors and the entire film unit has pledged to donate Rs. 50 Lakh for the families of soldiers who lost their lives. Actors Aamir Khan, Shahrukh Khan, Ranveer Signh, Alia Bhat, Vicky Kaushal, and many others also expressed their grief. Legendary actor Mr. Amitabh Bachchan pledged to donate Rs. 500,000 each for the families of the martyred CRPF soldiers.

Mon, 18 Feb 2019 20:33:31 +0530
Universe Boss announces

West Indies Cricket player Chris Gayle has announced his retirement from the International Cricket. The "Universe Boss", which he is fondly called, said that he would hang his boots from One-day Internationals following the World Cup in England and Wales in May-June.

Gayle is one of the most destructive batsmen in the shortest format of the game in modern-day Cricket. He took all the bowlers he faced to the cleaners and more than capable of taking away the game from the opposition in the initial overs itself.

The West Indian so far has played 284 ODIs where he scored 9727 runs and hit 23 hundreds and 49 fifties. He also played in 103 Tests and 56 T20Is.

Chris Gayle is the only batsman who recorded a triple hundred in Test Cricket, a double hundred in ODI Cricket and a century in T20 Cricket as well. His 215 against Zimbabwe during the 2015 World Cup was the first double hundred in the World Cup.

Gayle features in the Indian Premier League and a regular entertainer whenever he takes the willow on to the field.

Mon, 18 Feb 2019 19:43:15 +0530
Imran s silence on Pulwam

MUMBAI:  As the nation weeps and mourns over the deadliest attack in Jammu & Kashmir's Pulwama district where more than 40 CRPF men killed on Thursday, the Cricket fraternity of the country also joined hands to condemn the attack. Jash-e-Mohammed, a Pakistan based terror outfit had carried out a terror attack where they used youth to drive a car carrying 350 kg of explosive materials and ram into the bus carrying CRPF men.

The Cricket Club of India (CCI) in strongly condemned the attack and urged the Indian Cricket Board to boycott the ICC World Cup 2019 clash against Pakistan. They came out a stern statement as a result of the continuous silence from the Pakistan President and former World Cup-winning captain Imran Khan.

"He (Imran Khan) should respond. He is the Prime Minister and if he believes that Pakistan has no role to play in the attack then why is he not coming out openly. He should come out openly. People should know the truth. He is not coming out openly which means that there are Stains in their folds," CCI Secretary Suresh Bafna told ANI.

Meanwhile, the CCI had covered the portrait of Imran at their headquarters in Brabourne Stadium in Mumbai. 

"We called a meeting on the very next day of the attack and to condemn the attack, and we decided to cover the photo. We'll be deciding soon how to remove the photo," he told ANI.
 

Mon, 18 Feb 2019 19:01:18 +0530
Saudi Crown Prince to Vis

India today officially announced the programme for the visit of Prince Mohammed bin Salman, Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Defence, starting today.

"At the invitation of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, His Royal Highness Mohammed bin Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, Crown Prince, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Defence of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia is paying his first State visit to India on 19th and 20th February 2019. He will be accompanied by a high-level delegation, including Ministers, senior officials and leading Saudi businessmen," an announcement by the Ministry of External Affairs said.

During the forthcoming visit, the Crown Prince will call on the President and Vice President of India. He will hold bilateral talks with Modi on a wide range of issues of mutual interest. This visit follows a trip by Modi to Saudi Arabia in April 2016, during which the two countries agreed to elevate their strategic partnership.

"India and Saudi Arabia have historically enjoyed close and friendly relations anchored in mutually beneficial partnership and extensive people to people contacts. In recent years, there has been significant progress in bilateral cooperation in key areas of mutual interest, including energy security, trade, investment, infrastructure, defence and security," the announcement said.

Saudi-India bilateral trade was US$27.48 billion during the year 2017-18, making Saudi Arabia India’s fourth largest trading partner. Saudi Arabia contributes about 20 per cent of India's crude requirements. Recently, Saudi ARAMCO in partnership with ADNOC entered into a joint venture for US$44 billion worth Ratnagiri Refinery and Petro-Chemical project Ltd.

"About 2.7 million strong and vibrant Indian community forms the largest expatriate group in Saudi Arabia. Their positive and highly-appreciated contribution to the development of their host country has been an important anchor of bilateral engagement. The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia also facilitates Hajj pilgrimage to over 175,000 Indians every year," the Ministry added.

Mon, 18 Feb 2019 18:38:39 +0530
New Korean Consul General

The newly appointed Consul General of the Republic of Korea in Mumbai (South Korea), Mr Dong-young Kim, called on the Governor of Maharashtra CH. Vidyasagar Rao at Raj Bhavan, Mumbai on Monday. The Consul General told the Governor that many Korean companies including Samsung, LG, Busan Bank, Hyundai are doing well in Maharashtra.

He told the Governor that he would endeavour to promote business and cultural relations with Maharashtra.

Welcoming the Consul General to Maharashtra, Governor Vidyasagar Rao asked him also to promote horticultural export from Maharashtra to Korea.

Mon, 18 Feb 2019 18:06:39 +0530
S I E S students discuss

K.A.Viswanathan

 

Mumbai: The members of the Students’ Council of the SIES College of Arts, Science & Commerce, Sion, jointly with the college Politics association organized for the first time a unique programme “ Ecclesia -Voice of the Youth” at the college premises. This programme was organized for the students’ awareness on the national issues.

 

 

“Ecclesia is an attempt made by the students for the students, for the purpose of understanding how the Indian Supreme Legislation works” said the Students Council general secretary Divya Sharma. Here, we understand the procedures practically by presenting bills and engaging in deliberations and discussions based on them. Ecclesia attempts to replicate the Lower House of Indian Parliament (Loksabha), but does not imitate it as it is, Divya added.

 

During the deliberation, three bills were presented, followed by debate and discussion on the bills. The three bills presented were 'Right to enter religious institutions”, ‘Right to privacy’ (special focus on Aadhar card) and 'Prevention of mob lynching’.

Mon, 18 Feb 2019 17:55:39 +0530
Mumbai Pattolam says good

MUMBAI: To rediscover the marvel of Kerala folk songs that formed the very foundation of the native character which later lost their place in the winds of time and the storms of classical music and various other music forms,  the Mumbai Pattolam under the banner of Vaikhari took place on 16th and 17th February at the serene CIDCO Urban Haat in CBD Belapur, Navi Mumbai.

Vaikhari is an art-lovers' team that is set up to work in harmony with the Pattolam conceived by Njeralathu Kalashramam. Vaikhari has been doing their best by bringing the Mumbai Malayalees to various traditional folk songs through a medium called 'Pattolam', championed by Njeralathu Harigovindan.

 

 

On 16th Feb, the inaugural day, Pattolam unveiled the stage in a different way as they put their tribute to the martyred soldiers in the wake of the deadliest Pulwama attack in Jammu & Kashmir. They cancelled their pre-planned inaugural ceremony and comes up with a tribute through music along with candle lights. Njeralathu Harigovindan delivered a song written by himself as a dedication to the soldiers who sacrificed their lives for the nation. Harigovindan reminded the audience that we have only the lamp of tears left with us to give back to those people who gave us the opportunity to dream big while they protected our nation without having a sleep.

 

 

Manoj Kuroor, famous poet and novelist, enlightened the day with his talk on the role of music in Kerala life and the role of Kerala life in music. Famous writer Anand Neelakantan also joined the session with his thoughts.

The session followed by music extravaganzas such as the Manthrompaattu, Balikala Paattu (Theyyattu), Chimmaanakali Paattu, Kanikaar Kaattu Paattukal and Maramkottu pattu which were all once the native songs of Kerala, but later lost its prominence.

 

Famous writer and orator M.N. Karassery added more colour to the Pattolam as he felt his presence with his wonderful delivery on the inter-related role of music and life in Kerala society.  Karassery remembered the days when there was no caste, creed or religion in music and the way Malayalee enjoyed the music irrespective of the social background of the creator behind that music.

"Gone are the days when Music had no religion and no caste. Malayalees enjoyed every song which was written by Hindu, Muslim or any other religion. Poets from that particular religion did not write most of the famous Muslim film songs. That is Music has only one language", Karassery said.

"Vaikom Muhammed Basheer once said, music is none other than god itself", he added.

 

The speaker also shared his concerns regarding the change in approach by the Malayalees towards the music. He shared his feeling all are not well in place now.

There was no short of music on the second day too as Harimuralleravam, a musical fusion by Njeralathu Harigovindan and Vayali Bamboo Music, turned the night to another level. Bamboo Music Band is the first of its kind in the country where all the musical instruments are made of by using bamboo tree only.

 

Mon, 18 Feb 2019 16:48:27 +0530
Every tear will be aveng

The Prime Minister Narendra Modi visited Dhule in Maharashtra. He unveiled multiple projects in the state. Vidyasagar Rao, Governor of Maharashtra, Union Minister Nitin Gadkari, Dr Subhash Bhamre, Union Minister of State for Defence and Maharashtra CM Devendra Fadnavis was also present on the occasion.

Lauding the brave hearts who sacrificed their lives in Pulwama, PM said the nation stands by them in this hour of grief and mourning. In a strong message to the perpetrators of the terror attack, he said it has been the policy of India not to interfere in other’s business. However, if someone meddles in India’s affairs, it will not go unpunished.  “I salute not only to the brave sons of India but also their mothers who gave birth to such bravehearts. The perpetrators of Pulwama attack will be brought to justice and world will realise that this India is New India with a New Vision and every tear will be avenged.”.

Sun, 17 Feb 2019 11:42:13 +0530
Our thoughts are with th

The Prime Minister, Narendra Modi, visited Yavatmal in Maharashtra. He unveiled multiple projects in the state. Union Minister Nitin Gadkari and Maharashtra CM Devendra Fadnavis were also present on the occasion.

Addressing a public gathering, the PM said, “We are undergoing a deep sorrow and anguish over the Pulwama attack. Two brave sons of Maharashtra have also sacrificed their lives for the nation. Our thoughts are with the bereaving families. Their sacrifices won’t go in vain. We have given security forces full freedom to choose a time, place and manner to decide the future course of action. If we are able to fulfil the dreams we aspired for or to develop nation it is because of the sacrifices of our brave soldiers.”

PM handed over the keys to selected beneficiaries of the Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana (PMAY). He said “About 14500 new houses are built at Yavatmal under PMAY. We will achieve our target of Housing for All by 2022. These concrete homes will lead to concrete dreams of people inhabiting them”.

He distributed certificates/cheques to women SHGs under Maharashtra State Rural Livelihoods Mission.

PM said that the program at Yavatmal is an extension of our effort to provide each and all the Panchdhara of development, that is education for children, livelihood to youth, medicine for senior citizens, irrigation to farmers and addressal of public grievances.

The PM laid the foundation stone of roads’ project worth Rs 500 Crores with the press of a button. He flagged-off Humsafar Ajni (Nagpur) - Pune Train through video link He emphasized that connectivity is the key to development and road and railway projects will help in overall development of Yavatmal and surrounding regions.

 

Sun, 17 Feb 2019 11:33:04 +0530
Army fetes Veer Naris to

Media eye News Service

Indian Army organised a programme with the theme "Empowerment of Widows and Veer Naris" at Sena Cinema on 16 Feb 2019. This is also part of the initiative for the year 2019 being declared as the 'Year of the NOK' ) (Next of Kin), i.e. family of the martyrs by Indian Army.

The programme was attended by sixty Veer Naris from the states of Maharashtra and Gujarat. Mrs Mamta Prashar, President Zonal Executive Council while interacting with the Veer Naris stated that the initiative to empower the Veer Naris would go a long way in strengthening them to face the challenges of life. Their husbands have given supreme sacrifice for the nation. Lt Gen S K Prashar, AVSM, VSM, GOC, MG & G Area while addressing the Veer Naris assured them of all the support. He also reiterated measures and initiatives undertaken for their welfare. The President Rajya Mahila Aayog, Mrs Vijaya Rahatkar also addressed the Veer Naris regarding the initiatives of the Rajya Mahila Aayog.

Mrs Trupti Nair wife of Maj Late Shashidharan Nair, who laid down his life for the nation on 10 Jan 2019 was felicitated with Automated Wheelchair by MG & G Area.

Besides the above, the other prominent speaker who contributed towards the programme included Mrs Anuradha Gore, Veer Mata, Mrs Mrinalini Kher on skill education. Mrs Meenal Mohadikar on entrepreneurship, Mrs Sumita Khanzode on positive thinking and stress management, Prof Ajeet Joshi on literacy in money management and Mr Sudarshan Roongta on planning and learning about investment.

Col Rakesh Chauhan and his team have taken special initiative to make successful the event.

The programme concluded with the felicitation of all the Veer Naris. The Indian Army's initiative to commemorate the year 2019 as the 'Year of NOK' is a step to reach out to all the widows and Veer Naris.
 

Sat, 16 Feb 2019 19:48:01 +0530
Govt gives free hand to

The Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh chaired a meeting of floor leaders of political parties in both the houses of parliament, here today in the wake of Thursday’s Pulwama attack. The Union Home Minister briefed them about his visit to Srinagar yesterday and said that the morale of the Security Forces is high and they expressed resolve to continue the fight against terrorism till its logical conclusion.

He said the Government has given a free hand to the Security Forces to deal with terrorists and their perpetrators. The Government has followed a policy of zero tolerance against terrorism from the beginning. The 14th February cowardly attack reflects this very desperation among terrorists.

 

 

Rajnath Singh said a vast majority of people of Jammu and Kashmir are peace-loving but there are certain elements in the state who are in league with the terrorist groups operating from across the border.

The Union Home Minister said the sacrifices made by our Security Forces will not go in vain and the country is united in its fight against terrorism. The government is determined to root out terrorism from our soil, he added. Rajnath Singh said this meeting has sent a message to the global community that the country, from Kashmir to Kanyakumari, speaks in one voice on matters of national interest.

 

 

Rajnath Singh said the Centre will provide all possible assistance to the families of martyrs. “We appeal to the states also to provide maximum possible assistance to them,” he said.

The floor leaders of all political leaders also spoke and extended their support to the government. Later, they unanimously adopted a resolution. The text of the resolution is as follows:

 

 

“We strongly condemn the dastardly terror act of 14th February 2019 at Pulwama in Jammu and Kashmir in which lives of 40 brave jawans of CRPF were lost. We, along with all our countrymen, stand with their families in this hour of grief.

We condemn terrorism in all forms and the support being given to it from across the border.

 

 

India has during the past three decades faced the menace of cross border terrorism. Of late, terrorism in India is being actively encouraged by the forces across the border. India has displayed both firmness and resilience in dealing with these challenges. The entire nation speaks in one voice to express its determination to fight these challenges. Today, we stand united in solidarity with our Security Forces in fighting terrorism and in defending the unity and integrity of India.”

Floor leaders of Congress, AIADMK, NCP, TDP, SP, AITC, AAP, BSP, BJD, LJP, RLSP, INLD, CPI (M), CPI, RJD, SAD, IUML, RPI (A), JKNC, NPF and TRS, attended the meeting. The Union Minister for Parliamentary Affairs, Rural Development, Panchayati Raj and Mines, Narendra Singh Tomar was also present.

 

 

Sat, 16 Feb 2019 17:33:25 +0530
Political parties condemn

"The Nation is expressing its deep anguish against the cowardly terrorist attack on our security forces in Pulwama. We are fully geared to fight a decisive battle against the scourge of terrorism against our country and our government is committed to taking this fight to its logical conclusion", said Union Minister for Parliamentary Affairs Narendra Singh Tomar while addressing the media here today. This address took place after the conclusion of the Meeting of floor leaders of various political parties in Parliament, on Pulwama terror attack, chaired by the Union Minister for Home Affairs, Rajnath Singh. 
 
Condemning the dastardly attack, Tomar said that, "the supreme sacrifice of our brave soldiers shall not go in vain. The Government has given a free hand to the security forces to deal with the forces promoting terrorism against India”. The government of India, from the very beginning, has followed a policy of zero tolerance against terrorism and this cowardly terrorist attack displays a sense of frustration in the terrorists due to this policy only, the Minister added.

The Government is standing strong with the bereaved family members of these Jawans and will not leave any stone unturned to help them. The Union Government has already requested all the State Governments to provide requisite aid to these families, the Minister informed. 
 
Acknowledging the support of all political parties in the fight against terrorism,  Tomar said that the Nation stands united with the peace-loving people of Kashmir in condemning the forces encouraging cross border terrorism against India. The Minister said that there are elements in the State of Jammu Kashmir who are determined to unsettle the peace and are hand-in-glove with the terrorist forces. Such people are enemies to the Kashmiri Youth and they do not want that peace sustains in the State. Tomar quoted the Home Minister and said that the Government is committed to eliminate the evil of terrorism from Jammu & Kashmir and return peace and tranquillity to the State.
 
Tomar also said that during the meeting all the political parties have, in one voice, condemned the terror attack and observed a two-minute silence for the martyred soldiers.  A resolution condemning this act of terrorism was also adopted during the meeting, the Minister informed.

Sat, 16 Feb 2019 17:09:56 +0530
SIES College pays tribute

K.A.Viswanathan
 

Mumbai: To pay respects to Pulwama's Martyrs, the Students, professors and NCC cadets of the SIES College of Arts, Science and Commerce, Sion lighted candles and stood two minutes silence. More than 1000 students of the college participated in mourning its Heroes.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sat, 16 Feb 2019 15:56:25 +0530
Fujairah ruler receives K

H.H. Sheikh Hamad bin Mohammed Al Sharqi, Supreme Council Member and Ruler of Fujairah, has received Pinarayi Vijayan, Chief Minister of Kerala and his accompanying delegation, at Al Rumailah Palace.

Sheikh Hamad welcomed the Indian official and wished that the visit would contribute to enhancing cooperation between the UAE and Kerala in the best interest of the two sides.

Ruler of Fujairah and Chief Minister of Kerala discussed a number of issues related to ways to develop cooperation and ties between the two sides. They also exchanged views on a number of regional and international topics of mutual interest.

Vijayan extended thanks for Sheikh Hamad's invitation which mirrors the strong friendship and cooperation between the UAE and India while highlighting the attention given to the Indian community by the UAE's government and people, especially citizens of Kerala.

A number of other Sheikhs and officials were present.

Sat, 16 Feb 2019 12:39:48 +0530
UAE Press slams brutal at

Thursday’s deadly bombing in the Kashmir Valley has bruised India’s soul, said the Gulf News in an editorial on Saturday.

"A suicide bomber struck in south Kashmir’s Pulwama area, killing at least 42 Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) personnel and wounding many others. The scale and planning of the attack make it one of the most gruesome in the conflict-affected state. In an election season, it is possible that Government of India’s response might be tough. There is outrage in the country, further fuelled by non-stop hyperventilation from a shrill electronic media," the daily newspaper added.

It went on to say that India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi issued a stern warning that those responsible for the Pulwama attack would pay a "very heavy price". In unusually sharp words Modi said that he wanted to tell the terrorists that they have made a big mistake. "You will have to pay a very heavy price ... I assure everyone that the forces behind the attack ... we will bring them to justice," he added.

The Dubai-based daily continued, "Given the public mood in India, it is fair to assume that the nation is at the end of its tether, but as the country rightfully mourns and grieves the loss of its soldiers, this tragedy also calls for some introspection. Before taking any drastic military or political step, India must weigh its options and choose with care. There is also a need to re-look the country’s domestic security policy and evaluate the reasons why the conflict in Kashmir, a vexed political issue, has taken such a sinister turn."

"The country reserves the right to be tough with those who indulge in violence and it enjoys the support of the global community in this regard. Hours after Thursday’s Kashmir attack, several countries, including the UAE and the United States, unequivocally condemned the bombing and expressed their full support for India.

"With the weight of the global community firmly behind it, Government of India must consult the country’s Opposition to deal with this grave issue. A cool-headed stock of the serious situation is need of the hour," it added.

"There is also fear that in this fluid situation, mob attacks on innocent people because of their ethnicity (reported on Friday from Jammu and other areas) may go unnoticed. Such reports are deeply worrying. While ensuring that the planners of Pulwama attack face justice, Modi must also make sure that this dastardly act does not disturb India’s communal harmony. India must unite, and not scuffle, in this moment of grief," the English language daily concluded.

Sat, 16 Feb 2019 12:17:26 +0530
Efforts of the neighbour

A day after the ghastly terror attack on a CRPF convoy in Jammu & Kashmir, the Vice President M. Venkaiah Naidu has asserted that the efforts of the neighbouring country to destabilise India can no longer be tolerated. He said “It is unfortunate that our neighbour has been aiding, abetting, funding and training terrorist groups. This attempt to destabilise and impede out progress can no longer be tolerated. We must stand united in our resolve to make every inch of our motherland a safer place.”

At the release of the book “Selected Speeches” of Vice President Naidu by the former President, Pranab Mukherjee, hundreds of participants mourned the loss of lives of CRPF soldiers in the Pulwama terror attack by observing silence.

Speaking on the occasion, Venkaiah Naidu spoke at length on the issues confronting the country and various institutions and the need for a united effort to build a good future for the people based on the past and effectively handling the complexities of the present. 

Naidu stressed that “Nationalism is all about asserting that ‘I am Indian first’. It is an overarching umbrella under which all our immediate identities are subsumed to form a larger collective. Unfortunately, certain misinformed individuals and organisations are fomenting trouble, and creating divisions where none existed before.” Nationalism implies sharing a common past, a common present and a common future and in our country that has shown the power of peaceful coexistence and non-violence to the world, the acts of bigotry and narrow sectarianism should be strongly condemn.

Sat, 16 Feb 2019 11:05:15 +0530
Maharashtra Governor to p

The Governor of Maharashtra CH. Vidyasagar Rao will present the Shiv Chhatrapati State Sports Awards for the year 2017-18 at the Gateway of India, Mumbai on Sunday, 17th February.

Vinod Tawde, Minister for Sports and Youth Welfare, Education and Culture, Subhash Desai, Minister for Industries, Vishwanath Mahadeshwar, Mayor of Mumbai, Arvind Sawant, Member of Parliament, Rahul Narvekar, Member of MLC and Raj Purohit, Member of Maharashtra State Legislature will attend the function.

Vandana Krishna, Additional Chief Secretary, School Education and Sports,  other senior government officers, winners of the Shiv Chhatrapati State Sports Awards, family members of recipients of awards, sportspersons and others will remain present.

The function will begin at 5 pm at Gateway of India.

Fri, 15 Feb 2019 19:10:08 +0530
Perpetrators of Pulwama t

Prime Minister Narendra Modi has said that perpetrators of Pulwama terror attack act will be punished. He has warned the perpetrators and those aiding and abetting terrorists that they have made a big mistake and will have to pay a heavy price. Stating that free hand has been given to the security forces to act, PM dared Pakistan not to live in the illusion that it can destabilize India.

He was addressing a public gathering today before flagging off Vande Bharat Express between New Delhi and Varanasi from New Delhi Railway Station.

Following is the preliminary draft of English rendering of PM’s statement on the terror attack in Pulwama based on the extracts from his speech on this occasion.

“At the outset, my tributes to the soldiers martyred in the terror attack in Pulwama. They have laid down their lives for the country. My heartfelt condolences to the families who have lost their near and dear ones in this hour of grief.

I know there is deep anger, your blood boils looking at what has happened. At this moment, there are expectations and the feelings of a strong response which is quite natural.

We have given full freedom to the security forces. We have full faith in the bravery and valour of our security forces. I am hopeful that the patriotic fervour will ensure that people will provide correct information to our agencies so that we can intensify our efforts to crush terror.

I want to tell the terror outfits and those aiding and abetting them that they have made a big mistake. They will have to pay a very heavy price for their actions.

Let me assure the nation that those behind this attack, the perpetrators of this attack will be punished.

I also understand the sentiments of those who are criticising us. They have full rights. However, it is my request to all my friends that it is a very sensitive and emotional moment and the nation stands united in its fight against terror. We should speak in one voice and rise above politics. The message which should go across the world is that we are one nation, one voice in our fight against terror, the fight which we have to win.

Our neighbour which is already isolated by the global community is in a state of illusion if it thinks that it can demoralize India with its dastardly acts and nefarious designs. Let me state categorically that it should stop daydreaming to destabilize India.  This neighbour of ours which is in a state of economic despair

Must know that any such attempt is destined to fail and will be foiled.

Times and again it has been proved that those which follow such routes are destroyed themselves. The course which we have adopted is one of progress and development.

130 crore Indian will give a befitting reply to any such act or attack. Many big countries have strongly condemned this terror attack, have stood behind India and expressed support for India. I am thankful for all these nations and appeal to them to join hands in the global fight against terrorism. The menace of terror can be contained only when the nations are united in the fight against terrorism. 

Friends, after Pulwama terror attack, we are in a state of grief as well as deep anger. However, let me tell you, the nation will counter such attacks strongly. India will not be intimidated. Our brave soldiers have laid down their lives. The martyrs live for two dreams- for Suraksha - the safety of the nation and for sammridhi- prosperity of the nation. I salute our martyrs, seek their blessings and assure you that we will leave no stone unturned to fulfil their dreams for which they have laid down their lives for the nation. We will strive hard to gather momentum on the road to development as a mark of our respect to the martyrs. 

My compliments to every engineer, worker who has been behind the concept, design and operationalization of Vande Bharat Express. Made in Chennai, this train is going to have its maiden run between New Delhi and Varanasi today. This is the strength of Ek Bharat, Shreshtha Bharat and that of Vande Bharat.

Fri, 15 Feb 2019 17:29:17 +0530
The sacrifices of our br

The Prime Minister Narendra Modi has condemned the attack on CRPF personnel in Pulwama, Kashmir.

“Attack on CRPF personnel in Pulwama is despicable. I strongly condemn this dastardly attack. The sacrifices of our brave security personnel shall not go in vain. The entire nation stands shoulder to shoulder with the families of the brave martyrs. May the injured recover quickly”, the PM said.

Fri, 15 Feb 2019 11:40:13 +0530
CBDT chairman Sushil Chan

Chairman of the Central Board of Direct Taxes (CBDT) Sushil Chandra today appointed as Election Commissioner of India, the ministry informed.

Sushil Chandra, an IIT Graduate,  is a 1980 batch officer of the Indian Revenue Service(Income Tax Cadre). Currently, he is serving as the Chairman of CBDT till May 2019. On May 2018, Chandra was given his second extension as the chairman of CBDT, the apex policy-making body of the Income Tax Department.

With Chandra's appointment, the Commission now has Sunil Arora as the Chief Election Commissioner and Ashok Lavasa & Mr. Sushil Chandra as the two commissioners.

The Commission is expected to announce the date and schedule of the elections by the end of this month. 

Thu, 14 Feb 2019 17:56:25 +0530
CBDT chairman Sushil Chan

Chairman of the Central Board of Direct Taxes (CBDT) Sushil Chandra today took over as Election Commissioner of India. Satya Pinisetty, Joint Commissioner of Income Tax, tweeted the appointment of Sushil Chandra. 

Chandra is a 1980 batch officer of the Indian Revenue Service. Currently, he is serving as the Chairman of CBDT till May 2019. In May 2018, Chandra was given a one-year extension as the chairman of CBDT.

Thu, 14 Feb 2019 17:37:14 +0530
Flyer with 22 kilograms o

Mumbai: Mumbai's customs department on Tuesday arrested a passenger arriving from Dubai at the Chhatrapati Shivaji International (C.S.I) Airport after he was found carrying 44 gold bars of 500 gms each weighing 22 kilograms and valued at Rs. 6,74,48,260. During the follow-up action, an amount of Rs 1,51,50,000 was recovered from the residence of the passenger, part of which he had admittedly received as commission for earlier smuggled gold.

Based on the Profiling and Intelligence, the passenger was intercepted in the arrival hall by the officers of the Air Intelligence Unit, after he had cleared himself through the customs green channel and was proceeding towards the exit gate.

Personal search of the said passenger resulted in the recovery of 44 gold bars,each weighing 500 gms and totalling 22 kilograms and valued at Rs. 6,74,48,260, which was cleverly concealed on person of the said passenger.

The passenger, in his statement, has admitted knowledge, possession, carriage, concealment, recovery and involvement in the smuggling of the said gold bars being smuggled into India without payment of proper customs duty and in contravention of the provisions of the customs act, 1962. The passenger in his statement has admitted that he had smuggled gold on earlier occasions also.

Further investigation in this matter is in progress and efforts are underway to identify other accomplices.
 

Wed, 13 Feb 2019 20:06:25 +0530
SIES Students receive con

K.A.Viswanathan

 

The annual convocation ceremony of the degree students of the SIES College of Arts, Science and Commerce was held at College premises, Sion.  Col. Rakesh Singh Chouhan of Directorate of Army veterans, Maharashtra, Gujarat and Goa, presided over the convocation ceremony and gave away the certificates to the graduates who had passed out of the college this year.

 

In his address, he emphasized the need to serve the country in whatever capacity one can. Col.Chouhan is responsible for the welfare of the ex-servicemen, Veer naris, War widows and wounded soldiers in Maharashtra, Gujarat and Goa areas. More than 250 graduates received certificates. He said he was happy to note several of the college students are already serving the Army and they are still in touch with the college.

 

Dr Uma Shankar, principal of the college assured Col. Chauhan that the college would be happy to help the Army in whatever way he wants as the college has a band of dedicated NCC, NSS and students who are always willing to help the Army veterans. The Past Students’ Association of the College with its contacts has already assured Sanitary pad vending machines and incinerators for the Army widows and Veer naris.

Wed, 13 Feb 2019 18:01:38 +0530
Mr Mukesh Ambani Mrs N

Reliance Industries Chairman Mr Mukesh Ambani and his wife Mrs Nita Ambani visited the Siddhivinayak Temple in Mumbai to offer the first invitation of their son Akash Ambani's marriage with his childhood friend Shloka Mehta. Their younger son Anant accompanied them. Both the father and the son were found outside the temple while Nita offered the first invitation to Lord Ganapathi, who is the main deity at the Siddhivinayak temple. Nita also offered other rituals in front of the main god as part of their invitation.

 

Shloka and Akash went to the same school in Mumbai and have been in a relationship or a long time. Shloka is the youngest daughter of Indian diamond merchant, Russell Mehta, the managing director of Rosy Blue India, the Indian arm of the family-owned Belgian-Indian diamond company Rosy Blue.

 

Wed, 13 Feb 2019 17:33:11 +0530
VP calls upon nations to

Expressing his concern over the unprecedented scale of environmental degradation and its drastic consequences, Vice President M. Venkaiah Naidu called upon all nations to collaborate and cooperate in an equally unparalleled manner to ensure sustainable development.

He said that inclusive development was central to sustainable development. It also encompasses sustainable agriculture; sustainable mobility solutions; sustainable urbanization; sustainable energy security and clean energy; sustainable waste management; sustainable efforts in wildlife conservation and sustainable green innovations.

Addressing the World Sustainable Development Summit 2019, organized by The Energy and Resources Institute – TERI, Naidu said that India’s traditional practices reflected a sustainable lifestyle and the Vedic philosophy of India always emphasized the undeniable connection that human beings share with nature.

The Vice President said that every individual must contribute to sustainable development, whether by turning the ignition off at long traffic stops or by recycling and composting or by cycling to work in congested cities.

Emphasizing the importance of judicious use of resources to save them for future generations, Naidu said that one must realize that we are not inheritors but merely trustees of this earth. It is our prime responsibility to pass it on to posterity in its pristine glory, he added.

The Vice President quoted the ancient Indian adage - “Dharmo Rakshati Rakshitah”.  If you promote righteousness, it will protect you and if you protect nature, it will protect you and nourish, if we don’t, we run the risk of perishing, he added. Naidu further said that the earth is our mother and humanity should collectively rise above our trivial differences of race, religion, and power, and act in unison to save her.

Mon, 11 Feb 2019 18:28:12 +0530
PM Vows for the developme

The Prime Minister Narendra Modi visited Itanagar as a part of his visit to Arunachal Pradesh, Assam and Tripura. He laid the foundation stone for Greenfield Airport at Itanagar and Sela Tunnel. He launched DD Arun Prabha Channel. He also unveiled several other development projects in the state from IG Park in Itanagar. PM also inspected Loin Loom operations there.

Speaking on the occasion, PM said that Arunachal is the land of rising sun. It's the confidence of the country. PM said, “Today I got the opportunity to unveil projects worth more than Rs 4000 crore”. Additional projects worth Rs. 13000 crore is in progress in the state, he added. PM asked people to compare 55 months of his Government with 55 years of the previous Governments with respect to developmental activities in Arunachal Pradesh and other North Eastern states also.

PM said that development did not happen at the pace it should have. PM said, “Previous government neglected Arunachal and we are here to change that”. He emphasized that New India can only build when North East India can be developed. Development is for uniting the regions and people, he added. He also informed that in the last 55 months there has been no dearth of funds for development. He said, “Our government allocated Rs. 44000 crore funds to Arunachal which is double the amount provided by the previous governments.”

PM laid the foundation stone for the construction of Greenfield Airport at Hollongi and inaugurated retrofitted Tezu airport. The terminal at Hollongi will be constructed at a cost of Rs 955 crore with an area of 4100 sqm and has a peak handling capacity of 200 passengers per hour. During the occasion, he said that from today connectivity of the state will improve. At present, the only way to reach Itanagar by air is to get down at Guwahati Airport and travel either by road or by Helicopter service.

He also said, “Tezu airport was built 50 years back but no government envisioned to connect people of this state with other parts of the country. We expanded the airport by spending around Rs 125 crore for this small airport”. Tezu airport is ready to give services to the people of Arunachal, he added. Udan scheme will benefit people through cheaper flights. Not just airports, the lives of people in Arunachal Pradesh will improve vastly with new and improved rail and road facilities," says PM.

Sun, 10 Feb 2019 12:33:21 +0530
The chowkidar is crackin

PM visited Guwahati as a part of his visit to Arunachal, Assam and Tripura. He laid the foundation stone for the North East Gas Grid. He also unveiled several other development projects in the state.

Speaking on the occasion he said, “Today is a new chapter in the history of the Northeast and the fast-paced development of this region has been a top priority for my government," He added that Assam is on the path to progress. He  added that “Our dedication to North East has been proven in the interim budget as allocation to North East has been increased by more than 21%. .”

PM said his Government is committed to all-round development of Northeastern states and assured them that it will protect their culture, resources and languages. On Citizenship Bill, PM  urged people not be carried away by the rumours related to the citizenship bill. He said, “36 years have passed Assam accord has not been implemented yet and only Modi-led government would fulfil this.”  PM urged the political parties to stop playing with the emotions of the people of Assam for political gain and vote bank. He also assured the people of the northeast that their state will not be harmed through Citizenship (Amendment) Bill. Will ensure your demand of Assam Accord is implemented, he added.

Speaking about corruption PM said, "The chowkidar is cracking down on the corrupt". "Earlier governments had made corruption a state of normalcy but we are uprooting this menace from the society," PM said.

Sun, 10 Feb 2019 12:20:27 +0530
UP s Vrindavan serves 3 b

The Prime Minister Narendra Modi will visit Vrindavan in Uttar Pradesh tomorrow on 11 February 2019. He will unveil the plaque to mark the serving of 3rd billionth meal by Akshaya Patra Foundation at Vrindavan Chandrodaya Mandir.

The Prime Minister will then serve the 3rd billionth meal to underprivileged children from schools. He will later address a gathering on this occasion.

Modi will also pay floral tribute at the Vigraha of Srila Prabhupad, the Acharya of ISCKON. The occasion is to commemorate the serving of 3 billion meals by the foundation.

Background:

Akshaya Patra serves as an implementing partner of the Mid-Day Meal Scheme. 

In its 19-year journey, Akshaya Patra Foundation has served mid-day meals to 1.76 million children in twelve states covering 14,702 schools. In 2016, Akshaya Patra commemorated the serving of 2 billion cumulative meals in the presence of the then President of India, Pranab Mukherjee.

The Foundation works closely with the Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD) and State Governments to serve quality, hygienic, and nutritious food to millions of children.

Mid-Day Meal Scheme is considered to be the largest of its kind programme in the world. The program aims to boost enrolment, attendance, and retention in schools and to improve the health profile of children in the age group of 6-14 years.

PM mentioned about Akshaya Patra Foundation on October 24, 2018, during the launch of ‘Self4Society’ App in New Delhi. He said, “Akshaya Patra is a social start-up, which has turned into a movement that provides food to school children”.

Sun, 10 Feb 2019 12:05:36 +0530
Ganga will be completely

Union Minister of Water Resources, River Development and Ganga Rejuvenation Nitin Gadkari said at Prayagraj Kumbh that water of river Ganga will be completely clean by March next year. Talking to media persons this at Kumbh afternoon, he said the flow of the river will also be undisrupted. He said the quality of water of river Ganga at Sangam at this Kumbh is much better in the comparison to previous years and this is the result of the completion of only 30 per cent projects being implemented by the Government under Namami Gange programme for rejuvenation of the Ganga.

He said all projects being implemented for cleanliness of river Ganga and its tributaries will be completed by next March. Gadkari also said that several projects are also being implemented for cleaning and rejuvenation of the Yamuna and other tributaries of Ganga.

Gadkari said waterways are also being developed between Varanasi and Prayagraj and dredging of river Ganga is being conducted to maintain minimum one meter draft for smooth waterways navigation. He said two dredgers have been deployed for the same.

Earlier Gadkari inaugurated the second phase of River Information System on River Ganga, for the Farakka to Patna section of the river at a cost of Rs 16 crore under Jal Marg Vikas Project. Five base stations have been constructed at Manihari, Bhagalpur, Munger, Barh and Haldiah, while the Control Station has been constructed at Patna.

Sat, 09 Feb 2019 13:38:24 +0530
India Pavilion inaugurate

The India Pavilion at the Berlin International Film Festival (Berlinale) 2019 was inaugurated by Mr Matthijis Wouter Knol, Director European Film Market (EFM); Mrs Paramita Tripathi, Deputy Chief of Mission, Embassy of India in Berlin and Mr Peter Domsch, Head of Sales & Technical Department, EFM were also present on the occasion. The poster of IFFI 2019 was also inaugurated by the dignitaries during the inaugural ceremony.

Members of the Indian delegation including Addl. DG, Directorate of Film Festivals, Chaitanya Prasad and Director, Films, Ministry of I&B GC Aron, apprised the EFM representatives about the significance of Golden Jubilee celebration of IFFI, the recent policy initiatives of Government to ensure ease of filming in India, setting up of Film Facilitation Office, launch of the Web portal www.ffo.gov.in for online application for film shooting at a single point and efforts of Government through amendment to the Cinematograph Act to tackle film piracy.

Speaking on the occasion, Mr Knol, Director, EFM said that the stakeholders of EFM would actively consider participating in the Golden Jubilee year of IFFI. He also underlined that the participation would pave a way forward for a more proactive interaction between the Indian stakeholders & the Industry with the organizers of Berlinale in future.

The Deputy Chief of Mission, Mrs Tripathi in her remarks expressed that the Indian Mission in Berlin would undertake constant engagement in future with Indian & German stakeholders at the European Film Market to promote a viable exchange in all areas related to participation in IFFI 2019 and the Berlin Film Festival along with working towards widening prospects of shooting of films in India.

Sat, 09 Feb 2019 13:27:07 +0530
Centre introduces new GST

GSTN will focus, amongst others, on the development of new return filing, further improving the user interface, and Business Intelligence and Analytics. Improvement in User Interface on the basis of feedback is a continuous process. Few important initiatives/improvements made for better User Experience are:

 

  1. Questionnaire for filing GSTR-3B to avoid errors by taxpayers.
  2. Option to generate pre-populated Challan by the system to avoid depositing Cash in the wrong Head by the taxpayers.
  3. Introduction of one-click Nil return filing.
  4. Suggested utilisation of ITC informed to the taxpayer for discharging tax liability.
  5. Contextual help for GST transactions like Registration, Returns, Payment, etc.

 

GSTN has started work on BI & Analytics. Different scenarios of BI have been identified on which work is going on such as Persona-based Analysis, Predictive Analysis, Fraud/Anomaly Detection, Statistical Scoring, 360-degree view of taxpayers, Circular Trading & Network Analysis, etc. Further, GSTN shares data with tax authorities on the following:

 

  • Mis-match between figures reported in GSTR-1 & GSTR-3B.
  • Mis-match between figures reported GSTR-3B and that computed by the system in GSTR-2A.
  • Taxpayers who have generated e-way bill but not filed tax returns

 

Comparison of GSTR-1 & GSTR-3B for liability analysis, GSTR-2A & GSTR-3B for comparison of ITC being claimed by taxpayers, and analysis regarding taxpayers who have generated e-way bill but not filed tax returns are being done and the reports generated are shared with tax authorities for taking appropriate action.

This was stated by Shiv Pratap Shukla, Minister of State for Finance in a Written Reply to a Question in Lok Sabha.

Sat, 09 Feb 2019 13:19:12 +0530
DRDO successfully flight

Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) successfully flight tested the second indigenously developed ‘Solid Fuel Ducted Ramjet (SFDR)’ propulsion based missile system from ITR, Chandipur, Odisha.

Ground booster, separation of ground booster and Nozzle-less-booster performance were found satisfactory. The missile was guided to high altitude to simulate aircraft release conditions and subsequently, nozzle-less-booster was ignited. SFDR based missile accelerated to achieve ramjet Mach number successfully. The trajectory was tracked by telemetry and radar stations till touchdown. All the mission objectives have been met.

The success of SFDR propulsion technology is a significant milestone and will pave the way for the development of long-range air-to-air missiles in the country.

Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman congratulated DRDO and associated team members for the stupendous mission.

Sat, 09 Feb 2019 13:05:32 +0530
India on road to achieve

India’s exports to China have grown after several years. India is poised to achieve its highest ever exports to China this fiscal.  Between April-December 2018, exports were USD 12.7 billion which is closer to last year’s exports of USD 13.33 billion.

The Department of Commerce took the initiative to identify and share with Indian exporters and other stakeholders, specific lines where the US would lose competitiveness in China and where India had an export potential and encouraged the exporters to seize this opportunity. Several B2B meetings with Chinese buyers were facilitated through the Indian embassy in Beijing. Chinese grape buyers were invited to visit Indian grape farms and related units under Agricultural & Processed Food Products Export Development Authority(APEDA).

The growth in India’s exports to China has been driven by marine products, organic chemicals, plastics, petroleum products, grapes and rice. 

Recognizing the regulatory environment in China, which remains a challenge for the Indian exporters, the Department of Commerce signed three protocols in the last financial year:

  • In June 2018, protocol on export of Indian rice to China (to include non-basmati rice) was signed in the presence of the leaders of the two countries at Qingdao, paving way for export of Indian rice to China, which commenced in small quantities subsequently, and now needs a major ramp up by the businesses on either side.
  • On 28th November 2018, the protocol for export of Indian fishmeal/fish oil to China was signed during the visit of the Chinese Vice Minister to India.
  • On 21st and 22nd January 2019, the protocol on export of Indian tobacco to China was renewed and signed paving way for exports of Indian tobacco to China.

While some of India’s concerns have been addressed, more efforts are required for greater market penetration in China. India is hopeful of soon signing protocols for export of Indian soybean meals, cakes and pomegranates to China in the near future, as these are in advanced stages of discussion. Discussions are on with the Chinese side for early announcement of Chinese import quotas for sugar and rice for 2019 so that Indian exporters are able to plan their exports well in time.

While the protocols have been signed for several items, the actual exports need to be ramped up substantially. Indian exporters are being encouraged to seize this opportunity and take advantage of the recent developments.

In light of US duties on Chinese products, similar steps have been taken with regard to Indian exports to the US also.

Sat, 09 Feb 2019 12:57:38 +0530
Modi visits Jalpaiguri in

Prime Minister Narendra Modi visited Jalpaiguri and laid the foundation stone for the four laning of the Falakata - Salsalabari section of NH -31 D and inaugurated New High Court Bench there.

41.7 km long Falakata - Salsalabari stretch is a part of East-West corridor envisaged under National Highways Development Project (NHDP) Phase II, and is a vital link for connectivity to North East. This project will be completed in 2.5 years on Design, Build, Finance, Operate and Transfer (DBFOT) basis in Build-Operate-Transfer (BOT) (Toll) mode of delivery. The project will reduce the distance from Salsalabari and Alipurduar to Siliguri by nearly 50 km.

The Circuit bench of Calcutta High Court at Jalpaiguri will provide speedy justice to people of Darjeeling, Kalimpong, Jalpaiguri and Cooch Behar in North Bengal. Residents of these four districts will now have to travel less than 100 km to access the bench instead of 600 km trip to Calcutta High Court.

Sat, 09 Feb 2019 11:50:28 +0530
PIL The Justice Bhagwati

The President Ram Nath Kovind received the first copy of the book “Law, Justice and Judicial Power – Justice PN Bhagwati’s Approach” from Chief Justice of India, Justice Ranjan Gogoi, who formally released it at a function held in New Delhi.

Speaking on the occasion, the President said that it is not without reason that Justice Bhagwati has been called the father of public interest litigation in India. The idealism and simplicity of the highest court in the country responding to even a petition filed on a postcard is worthy of appreciation. The PIL tradition is an Indian contribution to the practice of law and the process of justice delivery. This has been admired by other democracies and other legal systems as well. While there are occasions when PIL professionals may misuse such provisions for their own vested ends or to obstruct legitimate decision making, the President noted that the judiciary is guarding against such attempts. He said that in the wider picture, however, it is instructive to see the value and the service of a mechanism such as a PIL.

The President said that justice is not an absolute and justice is not a constant. The very definition of justice, as well as the roads by which justice is reached, have evolved and grown through the course of human history. Over three decades ago, Justice Bhagwati and his generation of jurists spread the horizons of justice. Today, at our stage of development, there are new challenges in the realisation of social and economic justice, and of climate and technology justice.

Sat, 09 Feb 2019 11:36:14 +0530
PM Modi visits North East

The Prime Minister Narendra Modi praised the beauty of North East India and urged people to share their photos of their North East visits on Instagram using #MagnificentNortheast yesterday. He promised that he will share his photos as well.

Today he has shared some of his photos of North East visits.

Yesterday, he had requested you all to share pictures of your visits to the Northeast on Instagram using #MagnificentNortheast.

I shared some of the pictures in a Story on my page. Do have a look! https://t.co/HL4RbIyE9z.

PM will visit Guwahati, Itanagar and Agartala and he will lay the foundation stone for Greenfield Airport at Itanagar, Sela Tunnel and North East Gas Grid. He will inaugurate DD Arun Prabha Channel and Garjee - Belonia Railway Line. He will also unveil several other development projects in the three states.

Sat, 09 Feb 2019 11:05:49 +0530
Bangladesh Foreign Minist

Dr. A. K. Abdul Momen, Foreign Affairs Minister of Bangladesh, called on Prime Minister Narendra Modi today.

The Prime Minister congratulated Dr. Abdul Momen on his appointment as the Foreign Minister and appreciated his gesture of selecting India as the destination for his first foreign visit.

Dr. Abdul Momen briefed the Prime Minister on recent developments in the bilateral relationship.

The Prime Minister said that India-Bangladesh relations have been on an upward trajectory in the last few years. He reaffirmed India’s commitment to work with Bangladesh to build on this momentum during the new term in office of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina.

Thu, 07 Feb 2019 17:20:06 +0530
India successfully launch

India’s latest communication satellite, GSAT-31 was successfully launched from the Spaceport in French Guiana during the early hours today.

The launch vehicle Ariane 5 VA-247 lifted off from Kourou Launch Base, French Guiana at 2:31 am (IST) carrying India’s GSAT-31 and Saudi Geostationary Satellite 1/Hellas Sat 4 satellites, as scheduled.

After a 42-min flight, GSAT-31 separated from the Ariane 5 upper stage in an elliptical Geosynchronous Transfer Orbit with a perigee (nearest point to Earth) of 250 km and an apogee (farthest point to Earth) of 35,850 km, inclined at an angle of 3.0 degree to the equator.

With a lift-off mass of 2536 kg, GSAT-31 will augment the Ku-band transponder capacity in Geostationary Orbit. The satellite will provide continuity to operational services on some of the in-orbit satellites. GSAT-31 derives its heritage from ISRO’s earlier INSAT/GSAT satellite series.

“GSAT-31 has a unique configuration of providing flexible frequency segments and flexible coverage. The satellite will provide communication services to Indian mainland and islands” ISRO Chairman Dr K Sivan said.

Dr. Sivan also remarked that “GSAT-31 will provide DTH Television Services, connectivity to VSATs for ATM, Stock-exchange, Digital Satellite News Gathering (DSNG) and e-governance applications. The satellite will also be used for bulk data transfer for a host of emerging telecommunication applications.”

After separation from Ariane-5 upper stage, the two solar arrays of GSAT-31 were automatically deployed in quick succession and ISRO's Master Control Facility at Hassan in Karnataka took over the command and control of GSAT-31 and found its health parameters normal.

In the days ahead, scientists will undertake phase-wise orbit-raising manoeuvres to place the satellite in Geostationary Orbit (36,000 km above the equator) using its onboard propulsion system.

During the final stages of its orbit raising operations, the antenna reflector of GSAT-31 will be deployed. Following this, the satellite will be put in its final orbital configuration. The satellite will be operational after the successful completion of all in-orbit tests.

Wed, 06 Feb 2019 18:08:30 +0530
Prime Minister launches R

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi digitally launched from Srinagar programme of Rashtriya Uchchatar Shiksha Abhiyan (RUSA) which was viewed by 66 colleges across the country including 12 from the City of Mumbai. The programme organised by the Ministry of Human Resources Development launched to inculcate start-up culture and facilitate skill development among the students in autonomous colleges.

 

With the fund received from RUSA, the colleges will be able to provide research opportunities and start other new skill development courses.

The principal of the SIES College of Arts, Science & Commerce( autonomous) Dr Uma Shankar said: " we have already started upgrading our infrastructure facilities, libraries, laboratories and classrooms." We are also introducing research facilities and new skill development start-up courses for the students, Uma said.

 

 

Among the city colleges where the cells were launched include SIES, Ramnarayan Ruia, Jai Hind, St.Xavier's, Mithibhai and Khalsa.

The SIES college team was preparing for this launch for the last several weeks with the technical support from the HRD ministry. This programme is to transform India’s higher education landscape, driving access, equity, quality and excellence. Thousands of students across the country watched this programme live.

 

 

 

 

 

Wed, 06 Feb 2019 17:40:00 +0530
Budget 2019 Farmers tax

   Interim Budget 2019-20 was presented in Parliament  by the Union Minister for Finance, Corporate Affairs, Railways & Coal, Shri Piyush Goyal. Besides having a major Scheme for the farmers, it provides tax sops and sets the Developmental Agenda for the years to come. 

 

A New Deal for 12 Crore Small and Marginal farmers with direct income support, a path-breaking Pension initiative for 10 Crore unorganized sector workers, exempting income up to Rs 5 lakhs from Income Tax, reforms in stamp duty, highest ever budgetary allocation of Rs 3 lakh crore for Defence, record allocation of funds at Rs 58,166 crore for North Eastern Areas, a new AIIMS for Haryana, single window clearance for Indian filmmakers at par with foreigners and higher budgetary allocations for Education, Health, Infrastructure and for the welfare of weaker sections including Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes, a Separate Department of Fisheries for welfare of 1.5 crore fisherman are some of the major highlights of the Interim Budget 2019-20.

 

Major Schemes

New Scheme- namely “Pradhan Mantri Kisan Samman Nidhi (PM-KISAN)” to extend direct income support at the rate of Rs. 6,000 per year to farmer families, having cultivable land up to 2 hectares is announced.

 

While presenting the Interim Budget 2019-20, the Union Minister for Finance, Corporate Affairs, Railways & Coal, Shri Piyush Goyal said that “our Government is launching a historic programme PM-KISAN with an outlay of Rs.75,000 crore for the FY 2019-20 and Rs.20,000 crore in the Revised Estimates of FY 2018-19”.

 

            Under this Government of India funded Scheme, Rs.2,000 each will be transferred to the bank accounts of around 12 crore Small and Marginal farmer families, in three equal instalments. This programme would be made effective from 1st December 2018 and the first instalment for the period upto31st March 2019 would be paid during this year itself, Shri Piyush Goyal said.

To provide sustained and focused attention towards the development of Fisheries, the  Government has decided to create a separate Department of Fisheries. Finance Minister said that through the measure, the Government wants to promote further growth over 7% to promote the livelihood of about 1.45 crore people dependent on the sector.

 

The Finance Minister announced 2% interest subvention to the farmers pursuing the activities of animal husbandry and fisheries, who avail loan through Kisan Credit Card. Further, in case of timely repayment of loan, they will also get an additional 3% interest subvention.

The Finance Minister pointed out that after the completion of the fiscal deficit consolidation programme, the Government would now focus on Debt consolidation. He said “We have maintained the glide path towards our target of 3% of fiscal deficit to be achieved by 2020-21. India’s Debt to GDP ratio was 46.5% in the year 2017-18. The FRBM Act prescribes that the Debt to GDP ratio of the Government of India should be brought down to 40% by 2024-25. “Along with completion of the fiscal deficit consolidation programme, we will now focus on Debt consolidation”, he added.

Sat, 02 Feb 2019 07:26:28 +0530
Shanmukhananda honours Wo

K.A.Viswanathan

 

The Shanmukhananda Fine Arts and Sangeetha Sabha, Mumbai felicitated 11 disabled Army men from the Artificial Limb Centre of the Indian Army at Pune on the occasion of the Republic Day,   and the Sabha president Dr V.Shankar  handed over a cheque for Rs.10 lakh to the Paraplegic unit of the Indian Army. Lt. General S.K. Prashar GOC Maharashtra, Gujarat and Goa area.

 

On the Independence Day each year, the Sabha felicitates families of soldiers from the Maratha Light Infantry and other units under the Western Command with a solatium of Rs. 2 lakhs each and mementoes of Household value to them.

Lt.General S.K.Prashar, General Officer Commanding Maharashtra, Gujarat and Goa in his address said my vision of what society feels for the soldiers can be seen here, the gesture made by Shanmukhananda which cares for the army. “No amount of material can actually help a wounded warriors or widows”. Only emotional support the society which provides and feel for them will only help to heal the wounds they suffered. The General said he would be too happy to collaborate institutions like this who cares for the solders and their families by their support which would help them to be independent.

 

Dr. Shankar, president of the Shanmukhananda said the Sabha always helps the war widows and wounded solders in whatever way they could for the last three years by providing financial supports and honour them. The soldiers fight in borders so that we can live in peace, he said. This is a small token of our appreciation to them, he said.

 

 

Fri, 01 Feb 2019 13:50:19 +0530
90 years old members ho

K.A.Viswanathan

To coincide with the 69th Republic Day Sri Shanmukhananda Fine arts and Sangeetha Sabha felicitated 17 members of the Sabha who have completed 90 years of age and above at a function held. Of these eight were couples and nine singles.

The Sabha also be felicitated maestros of music who have also crossed the age of 90. They include Padma Vibhushans Pandit Ramnarayan,  Pandit Arvind Parikh,  Mridangam exponent Dr T. K. Murthy and K.R. Chandramouli.

The felicitation was preceded by various havans performed for the welfare of the nonagenarians and healthy life for them. The Ayushya Homam for longevity, Maha Mrityunjaya Homam for immortality and Sudarshana Homam forwarding of all evils were performed along with Vishwa Shanti Homam.

There was also a recitation of Chatur Veda parayanam by 90 Vidyarthis to mark the centenary of its past president Dr V.Subramanian with cake cuttings by 100 students from orphanage and children's’ home in Matunga.

Dr V.Shankar, president of the Sabha in his welcome address said this function has been arranged to felicitate our own members who have been with the sabha for several years and had contributed for its growth. This is the only way we could honour them.

Fri, 01 Feb 2019 13:35:42 +0530
City pays homage to Saint

 

K.A.Viswanathan

 

When nearly 75 musicians from all over Mumbai with their instruments like, Mrudangam, Veena, Violin, Gatam besides vocal artists   rendered in unison the Pancharatna Kritis (five gems) of Saint Thyagaraja, joined by nearly 1000 music lovers from the audience, the entire Shanmukhananda Chandrasekharendra Saraswati auditorium was reverberated with the tunes composed by the music Saint in the ragas Nattai, Gowlai, Arabhi, Varali and Sri  to mark the 172ndh aaradhana (Samadhi) of the saint.

 

Thyagaraja was a prolific composer and highly influential in the development of the classical music tradition. He composed thousands of devotional compositions, most in praise of Lord Rama, many of which remain popular today. The five gems are Jagadananda Karaka, Duduku gala, Sadhinchane, Kanakana Ruchira and Endaro Mahanubhavulu. All these songs are set in Adi Talam, where each ragam represents the mood of the song and the meaning of its lyrics.

 

Sri Thyagaraja, along with Muthuswami Dikshitar and Syama Sastri are considered even today as the ‘Trinity’ of Carnatic Music. Out of 22,400 songs said to have been composed, which is supposed to be equal to the number of slokas in Valmiki’s Ramayana, only about 725 kritis have been recorded now. The masterpiece "Jagadanandakaraka" composed of 108 names describing Lord Rama's attributes. Even as a boy, Thyagaraja composed his first song on Rama, Namo Namo Raghavaya when he was only 13 years old.

Fri, 01 Feb 2019 13:16:59 +0530
Rathore calls upon athlet

Minister of State for Youth Affairs & Sports (Independent Charge) Rajyavardhan Rathore has called upon the young athletes to develop a passion and ability to win in sports. Addressing the concluding session of two days National Conference on Anti Doping, Rathore cautioned the athletes about the negative side of doping and advised the athletes to do hard work with a passion and dedication to overcome challenges in life.

The minister also advised the athletes not to be scared of defeats and challenges. Defeat makes you learn a lot in life. Right decision taken in adverse circumstances shape your destiny,  he added.  He said  Mary Kom, the Olympic bronze medalist and six-time world boxing champion is an inspiration for the youth to follow. He said it is heartening that youth today is full of confidence to march ahead and there is a hunger to achieve goals in life.

Prime Minister, Narendra Modi in a message to the conference said that Sports are a critical aspect of personality development of every individual. He said “Anti-doping is a must to make sports clean and fair for all the participants and nations. Sporting bodies of various games in our country must make sportspersons increasingly aware of the ill-effects of doping. Technological innovations must be utilized to spread  awareness about anti-doping.”

The conference was jointly organized by the National Anti Doping Agency (NADA) and Physical Education Foundation of India(PEFI) under the aegis of Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports.

Fri, 01 Feb 2019 12:12:21 +0530
Farmers Welfare is an in

Union Minister of Agriculture and Farmers’ Welfare Minister Radha Mohan Singh, while addressing the conference of Vice Chancellors of State Agriculture Universities and Directors of ICAR institutes in Pusa, New Delhi, said that in the "Sabka Sath - Sabka Vikas" mantra of Hon’ble Prime Minister, Farmers’ Welfare is an integral part of New India. Under this, a number of strategic initiatives have been taken to accelerate the progress of agriculture and to transform the farm sector. In this direction, various initiatives have been taken by the Agriculture Universities and the Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR).

He said that in the last four and a half years, the ICAR has supplemented the Government’s "Soil Health Card" initiative and has developed a mini Lab "Mridaparikshak" for soil testing. For problems related to climate change, 45 Integrated Farming System Models (IFS) have been created by including all the 15 agro-climatic regions to benefit small and marginal farmers.

Singh said that with the efforts of Modi government, for the first time, on the lines of ICAR’s leading institute IARI-Pusa, IARI-Assam is being established and IARI-Jharkhand has been established. An Administrative block in IARI-Jharkhand was recently inaugurated. At the same time, 6 new colleges have been opened under Central Agricultural University (CAU), Imphal and Indian Institute of Agricultural Biotechnology (IIAB) has been established in Ranchi, Jharkhand.

Fri, 01 Feb 2019 11:44:08 +0530
President s address to th

Below is the full transcript of President Ram Nath Kovind address to the joint houses  of Parliament

 

2019 is an important milestone.  India celebrates the 150th birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi, the Father of the Nation.

13th April this year marks 100 years of the tragic massacre at Jallianwala Bagh. Tribute to the martyrs who sacrificed their lives for a bright future for us.

Nation celebrates 70th anniversary of the Constitution Day this year.

550th birth anniversary of Guru Nanak Devji this year. He taught us to lead our lives with the spirit of service and goodwill.

Nation is following the dreams of Gandhiji to build an inclusive society based on ethics and principles. 

Nation is moving ahead guided by the ideals of social and economic justice as enshrined in the Constitution by Baba Saheb Dr. Bhimrao Ambedkar.

After the elections, Government assumed charge and vowed to build a new India. A New India with no place for imperfect, corrupt and inertia ridden systems.

Ideals of Deen Dayal Upadhyaya’s Antyodaya have been the touchstone of Government’s work

HEALTH AND SANITATION

Swachh Bharat Abhiyan

Under the Swachh Bharat Abhiyan, more than 9 crore toilets have been constructed. Coverage of rural sanitation that was less than 40 percent in 2014, has increased to 98 percent.

According to an assessment, because of the toilets built, numerous poor persons have been spared of various kind of diseases and more than 3 lakh lives have been saved.

UjjwalaYojana

Many of mothers, sisters and daughters used to suffer from various illnesses because of smoke filled kitchens, which also affected health of the entire family; and much of their effort and time were spent in collecting firewood. Government has provided more than 6 crore cooking gas connections to such sisters and daughters under the UjjwalaYojana.

Pradhan Mantri Jan AarogyaAbhiyan

Under the world’s biggest health care scheme, ‘Pradhan Mantri Jan AarogyaAbhiyan’, 50 crore poor are eligible for availing treatment up to Rs 5 lakh per year per family in case of a serious illness. In a short period of four months, more than 10 lakh poor have already availed free treatment from hospitals under this scheme.

BimaYojana

For a premium of just one rupee a month under ‘Pradhan Mantri Suraksha BimaYojana’ and 90 paise a day under ‘Pradhan Mantri Jeevan Jyoti Bima Yojana’, as many as 21 crore poor brothers and sisters have been provided with insurance coverage

National Nutrition Mission

Government has launched the National Nutrition Mission for persons suffering from malnutrition and to eliminate the factors responsible for malnutrition.

Mission Indradhanush

‘Mission Indradhanush’ has been launched by the Government to provide immunization facilities to children and pregnant women living in remote and tribal areas. As a result, the country has moved rapidly towards the target of “Universal Immunization”.

New AIIMS

From Madurai in Tamil Nadu to Pulwama in Jammu-Kashmir; and from Rajkot in Gujarat to Kamrup in Assam, new ‘AIIMS’ are being established.

Yoga

Government is setting up New Ayurveda Science Institutes and encouraging yoga for physical and mental wellbeing.

 

HOUSING

Rural housing

In the last four-and-a-half years, 1 crore and 30 lakh homes have been constructed under the rural housing schemes of the Government, whereas in the five years preceding 2014, only 25 lakh houses had been constructed..

RERA

By enacting RERA law, Government has ensured that construction of houses is completed and they are handed over to the buyers as scheduled so that the hard earned money of buyers does not get stuck. After enactment of this law, about 35 thousand ‘Real Estate Projects’ have been registered where lakhs of houses are being constructed and handed over to families.

Pradhan Mantri AwasYojana

Under ‘Pradhan Mantri AwasYojana’, the Government is also giving interest subsidy of 6 and a half per cent to the persons belonging to low income group.

Pradhan Mantri Saubhagya Yojana

Today every village has been electrified. Under ‘Pradhan Mantri Saubhagya Yojana’, 2 crore and 47 lakh homes have been provided electricity connection.

DISABLITY FRIENDLY INITIATIVES

Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment established by Atalji had started the tradition of organizing camps to assist the Divyangjans.

In the past four-and-a-half years, Government has been organising 140 camps on an average every month where Divyangjans are receiving assistive equipments. During this period, assistive equipments worth Rs 700 crore have been distributed to about 12 lakh Divyangjans in a fully transparent manner.

 Government under the ‘Sugamya Bharat Abhiyan’ has made about 1,000 Government buildings and more than 650 railway stations fully accessible to Divyangjans.

Government started working on a uniform sign language for Divyangjan applicable throughout the country.

Through the enactment of ‘The Rights of Persons with Disabilities Act, 2016’,  Government has provided them with equal opportunity in education, social security and employment.

RESERVATION TO THE POOR

A historic decision has been taken in the last Winter Session of Parliament to pass the 103rd Amendment to the Constitution to extend the benefit of reservation to the poor belonging to the general category.

FOR THE ASPIRATIONS AND DREAMS OF YOUNG INDIANS OF 21ST CENTURY

Kaushal Vikas Abhiyan

Keeping in mind the desire of the youth to be self-reliant, the Kaushal Vikas Abhiyan was launched. Under this Abhiyan, in the last four years, on an average one crore youth have been trained every year in different skills.

Pradhan Mantri Mudra Yojana

Under the ‘Pradhan Mantri Mudra Yojana’, which facilitates credit for professional and business requirements, loans worth more thanRs. 7 lakh crore have been disbursed to the youth without any guarantee. More than 15 crore people have benefitted and over 4 crore 26 lakh first time borrowers have started their business under this scheme.

Start Up India

Under ‘Start Up India’ and ‘Stand Up India’, Government has provided financial assistance to make the youth self-reliant. As a result, in the world of start ups, India now figures as a frontline country.

Pradhan Mantri Rojgar ProtsahanYojana

The Government has linked creation of jobs with tax incentives under ‘Pradhan Mantri Rojgar Protsahan Yojana’. Under this scheme, when a young person gets a new job, the EPS and EPF contribution of 12 per cent payable by the employer is being paid by the Government for the first three years. More than 1 crore youth have already benefitted from this scheme.

New Institutions

7 IITs, 7 IIMs, 14 IIITs, 1 NIT and 4 NIDs are being established. It has been decided to enhance the amount of scholarship and fellowship by more than 25 percent to encourage research activities in the country.

Opening up of 103 Kendriya Vidyalayas and setting up of , Eklavya Model AwasiyaVidyalayas in all talukas having a majority tribal population and 62 new Navodaya Vidyalayas.

The Government is setting up more than 5,000 ‘Atal Tinkering Labs’ for taking ideas to innovation.

Khelo India

Government is making efforts to identify talented sportspersons from different corners of this country under the youth centric ‘Khelo India’ programme.

WOMEN EMPOWERMENT

Under the ‘Pradhan Mantri Mudra Yojana’, the maximum benefit has been availed by women.Out of the 15 crore Mudra loans provided so far throughout the country, 73 percent have been disbursed to women entrepreneurs.

Under the ‘Deen Dayal Antyodaya Yojana’, about 6 crore women have become members of Self Help Groups.  Government has provided loans worth more than Rs 75 thousand crore to such Self Help Groups. This amount is two and a half times more than the loans given in the four years preceding 2014.

It has been made mandatory for the major Government companies to purchase at least 3 percent of their material from the enterprises owned by women entrepreneurs.

Women officers recruited under the Short Service Commission in the armed forces to be considered for permanent commission through a transparent selection process just like their male counterparts.

Enhanced maternity leave from 12 weeks to 26 weeks.

FARMER WELFARE

Government is striving day and night to attain the goal of doubling farmers income. better facilities and assistance to farmers for the agriculture activities from purchase of equipment and seed to transportation of produce and its sale.

Providing the farmers with fair price for their crops, access to new markets and helping them with additional sources of income.

Government has taken the historic decision of fixing the Minimum Support Price - MSP of 22 crops at one and a half times higher than the production cost of the crop.

The number of Krishi Vigyan Kendras is being increased across the country to assist the farmers with scientific methods of farming.

More than 17 crore Soil Health Cards have been distributed to inform the farmers about the health of the soil.

100 percent Neem coating of urea has been done to facilitate its availability and to prevent its misuse.

Government is completing 99 incomplete old irrigation projects so that farmers do not face any hurdle in irrigation. 71 of these projects will be completed by the next few months. Micro-irrigation is also being promoted by the Government to ensure full utilization of every drop of water.

Crop insurance is being provided to farmers at low premium under the ‘Pradhan Mantri Fasal Bima Yojana’ to safeguard them from potential crisis due to crop damage.

A campaign has been launched to link online, more than 1,500 Agricultural Mandis to facilitate market access to farmers. Cold storage capacities are being increased at a fast pace to minimise crop damage from the field to the market and to ensure proper storage.

The ‘Waste to Wealth’ campaign is being implemented to ensure that farmers generate additional income out of the crop residue from their field.

Under the Blue Revolution scheme, Government is providing training to fishermen in deep sea fishing and financial assistance for buying modern fishing trawlers.

NAMAMI GANGE

  • Under the ‘Namami Gange Mission’, projects worth
    Rs 25,500 crore have been approved so far.

  • Government is engaged with the task of cleaning up of the river Ganga by diverting dozens of major drains, stopping flow of industrial effluents and by setting up several Sewage Treatment Plants in the cities.

DIGITAL INDIA

In 2014, only 59 village panchayats in the country had digital connectivity. Today, 1 lakh 16 thousand village panchayats are connected with optical fibre and about 40 thousand village panchayats have been provided with wi-fi hotspots.

In 2014 there were only 84 thousand Common Service Centres. Today, their number has increased to more than 3 lakhs. Of these, 2 lakh and 12 thousand centres have been set up in village panchayats.

COOPERATIVE FEDERALISM

Government has worked continuously to strengthen the spirit of Cooperative Federalism enshrined in the Constitution. In line with this objective, Government took the decision to provide the States with 10 percent additional share in taxes as per the recommendations of the Finance Commission.

FINANCIAL INCLUSION

34 crore bank accounts have been opened in the country because of ‘Jan Dhan Yojana’ and almost every family is now connected to the banking system.According to an international agency, of all the bank accounts opened in the world from 2014 to 2017, 55 percent were opened in India alone. Today, Rs 88 thousand crore deposited in Jan Dhan accounts is a testimony to the changing saving habits. It is only because of the Jan Dhan scheme that wages from MGNREGA, benefits from different insurance schemes, scholarships, pensions and most other Government benefits are being credited directly into the bank accounts of the poor through DBT.

ACTION AGAINST CORRUPTION AND BLACK MONEY

  • Approved constitution of a Special Investigation Team- SIT on black money.

  • New agreements were signed with several countries known as tax havens, and several others were signed with many other countries to rectify deficiencies in existing agreements.

  • New laws were enacted for sectors thriving on black money, and those were brought under the ambit of taxation.

  • Government also provided an opportunity to voluntarily disclose unaccounted income and wealth.

  • Demonetisation was a defining moment in the Government’s war on corruption and black money.

  • The registration of 3 lakh 38 thousand dubious shell companies responsible for flow of black money have been annulled by the Government.

  • Assets worth more than Rs 50 thousand crore are being confiscated under the Benami Property Act, Prevention of Money Laundering Act and the law against fugitive economic offenders.

  • Whereas prior to 2014, 3.8 crore people had filed their return, this number has increased and more than 6.8 crore people have come forward to file their returns. Today, the tax payer is confident that each paisa contributed by him or her is being spent honestly on nation building.

  • As a result of the expansion in Direct Benefit Transfer in the last four and a half years, more than Rs 6 lakh 5 thousand crore have been directly transferred to the bank accounts of beneficiaries. Because of this, about Rs. 1 lakh 10 thousand crore have been saved from falling into wrong hands.

  • Government has removed about 8 crore fictitious names which were being used by middlemen to misappropriate the rightful benefits of genuine beneficiaries.

 

GST

  • Now with the implementation of a comprehensive tax reform like the GST, the concept of ‘One Nation-One Tax-One Market’ has been realised.

 

EASE OF DOING BUSINESS

As a result of reforms, India’s position has improved by 65 places in the Ease of Doing Business ranking, from 142 in 2014 to 77 now.

 

ECONOMY

During the last four and a half years, the economy of the country has been growing at a rate of 7.3 percent on an average. India is playing a significant role in international trade. While India’s contribution to the world GDP was 2.6 percent in 2014, it has increased to 3.3 percent in 2017 as per the latest reports. India has emerged as the 6th largest economy in the world.

 

MAKE IN INDIA

  • Now India is the 2nd largest manufacturer of mobile phones in the world.

  • Recently, the milestone of converting diesel locomotives into 10 thousand horsepower electric engines has also been established by India.

  • As a part of Make in India initiative, Asia’s largest MedTech Zone is being established in Andhra Pradesh.

  • Defence Corridors are being established in Uttar Pradesh and Tamil Nadu, which will not only strengthen our security through establishment of production facilities for defence equipment, but also provide employment to the youth.

  • Soon, the passengers will also be able to avail the ultra-modern facilities of our fastest train till date – ‘Vande Bharat Express’.

 

CIVIL AVIATION

This sector has seen a double digit growth during the last four years. More than 12 crore and 30 lakh people travelled by air during 2017-18 and this number is increasing constantly. Under the ‘Udan scheme’, 12 lakh seats have been made available to people at lower tariffs. This has provided the common person with an opportunity of air travel.

 

INFRASTRUCTURE DEVELOPMENT IN NORTH EAST

 

  • Under the Udan Yojana, 19 new airports are being built in Eastern India and of these 5 are coming up in the North East.

  • The construction of Pakyong airport in Sikkim and Veer SurendraSai Airport at Jharsuguda in Odisha has been completed.

  • The work of reconstruction of fertilizers plants at Gorakhpur in Uttar Pradesh, Barauni in Bihar and Sindri in Jharkhand, which were closed for several years, is progressing rapidly.

  • The ‘Urja Ganga Pariyojana’ started with an approximate outlay of Rs.13 thousand crores will help expand the industries based on gas pipeline in several cities of Eastern India.

  • Similarly, the work on the ‘Gas Cracker Project’ which is important for Assam and Paradip Oil Refinery in Odisha has also been expedited.

  • The DholaSadiya Bridge named after BhupenHazarika, linking Assam and Arunachal Pradesh has already been dedicated to the nation.

  • Out of the 18 thousand villages electrified by the Government, about 13 thousand villages are in Eastern India and out of these 5 thousand villages are in the remote areas of the North-East.

  • Almost all the railway lines of the North-East have been converted to broad-gauge.

  • Efforts are underway to provide rail connectivity to the capital cities of all the 8 States. For this, the work on 15 new rail lines is under progress at a cost of approximately Rs.50 thousand crores.

 

STRENGTHENING THE NATIONAL SECURITY

  • Through the surgical strike on cross border terror posts, India has shown its new policy and strategy.

  • Last year India joined the handful of countries that possess the Nuclear Triad capability.

  • Not only has Government fulfilled the demand for One Rank One Pension that had been pending for 4 decades, but it has also disbursed arrears amounting to more than Rs 10,700 crore to 20 lakh ex-servicemen.

  • After a gap of many decades, the Indian Air Force is preparing to welcome, in the coming months, its new generation ultra-modern fighter aircraft Rafale and strengthen its strike capability.

  • In the last few years, a record number of youngsters in the Maoist areas have come forward to join the mainstream.

  • The Police Memorial, which was dedicated to the nation last year seeks to honour their sacrifice and also preserves the memories of their sacrifice for the future generations.

 

DEVELOPMENT OF JAMMU, KASHMIR& LADAKH

  • As a result of the efforts of Government, an environment favourable to development has been created in the State.

  • Recently, in Jammu and Kashmir, elections to Urban Local Bodies after an interval of 13 years and in Panchayats after 7 years have been conducted peacefully with more than 70 per cent voters participating enthusiastically.

  • Committed to the development of Jammu and Kashmir, Government announced a package of Rs.80 thousand crores. Under the package, projects related to infrastructure, health and education sectors worth more than Rs.66 thousand crores have been approved so far.

 

HONOURING THE BUILDERS OF MODERN INDIA

  • Government has dedicated to the nation the ‘National Salt Satyagraha Memorial’ at Dandi on the death anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi.

  • KrantiMandir, a museum in Delhi dedicated to NetajiSubhash Chandra Bose has been opened to public this month.

  • The Government has also instituted NetajiSubhash Chandra Bose Disaster Management Award in his honour.

  • The Government has developed 5 sacred places associated with Baba SahebAmbedkar as “Panchteerth”.

  • The nation has paid tribute to the Iron Man of India Sardar Patel, by building the ‘Statue of Unity’, which is the tallest statue in the world.

  • Government is setting up museums in various States in the memory of the country’s tribal freedom fighters.

 

NATIONAL AWARDS

  • Government has conferred the Bharat Ratna on Mahamana Madan Mohan Malaviya and Atal Bihari Vajpayee in 2015. This year it has been decided to confer Bharat Ratna on Nanaji Deshmukh, Bhupen Hazarika and Pranab Mukherjee.

  • By conferring national awards on the basis of merit and without any discrimination to those citizens, who have worked selflessly for the welfare of the people, Government has demonstrated country’s commitment towards the ideals of sacrifice and service.

 

PRAKASH PARV OF GURU GOVIND SINGH JI

  • In our tradition, the Saints and Gurus occupy the highest position.

  • This month, to commemorate the Prakash Parv of Guru Govind Singh ji, the Government has released a special coin.

 

INDIA AT GLOBAL PLATFORM:

  • It is a measure of Government’s diplomatic success that today India’s voice is heard with respect at international fora.

  • Pravasi Bharatiya Diwas organized recently in Varanasi has reinforced this fact.

  • At the initiative of India, 21st June was declared as International Yoga Day by the United Nations and is now being celebrated with great enthusiasm across the world.

  • During the last four years, more than 2 Lakh 26 thousand Indians stranded abroad have been rescued and brought back to the country.

  • The United Nations Award for India’s efforts in the field of environment conservation has made every Indian proud.

  • It is a matter of pride for all of us that India is providing leadership to the global solar revolution and last year the first summit of the International Solar Alliance was successfully organized in Delhi.

  • In 2022, India will host the G-20 Summit. Hosting the summit in the year marking the 75th anniversary celebration of our independence will further enhance India’s global influence.

Fri, 01 Feb 2019 11:02:56 +0530
Supreme Court allows Kart

On Wednesday the Supreme Court permitted former finance minister P Chidambaram’s son Karti Chidambaram to travel abroad. Karti is an accused in the Aircel-Maxis case.

Karti Chidambaram had sought the Supreme Court's permission to travel to the UK, Spain, Germany and France in February and March for a tennis tournament.

The top court has directed Karti Chidambaram to be present before the Enforcement Directorate on March 5, 6, 7 and 12 for questioning. He also has to deposit Rs. 10 crore with the Supreme Court as a condition for traveling abroad. 

The Supreme Court warned him that the court will be "forced to take steps" if he does not cooperate with the probe agencies, investigating the Aircel-Maxis case.

“You can go wherever you want to, you can do whatever you want but don't play around with the law. If there is an iota of non-cooperation, we will come down heavily,” Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi told Karti Chidambarama
 

During the earlier hearing last week, the top court had asked the Enforcement Directorate to specify the dates on which Karti would be required to appear for questioning in the Aircel Maxis case.The probe agency had opposed his plea to travel abroad, alleging that he has been "evasive and non-cooperative".

The ED had told that court that the Aircel Maxis probe is getting "delayed" because of Karti Chidambaram's frequent foreign travels.

On January 16, the Supreme Court refused to give an urgent hearing to Karti Chidambaram who was seeking permission to travel abroad.

Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi said during the hearing that “we are not interested. We have better things to do; we will see what can be done”.

 

In July last year, the Supreme Court allowed him to travel to the United Kingdom, France and the United States of America for about a week.

When he returned to the Supreme Court for permission to travel abroad again in November, Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi had said “Don’t go... Stay back in India”.

Wed, 30 Jan 2019 13:54:41 +0530
PM condoles on the passin

The Prime Minister Narendra Modi has expressed condolences on the passing away of Mr George Fernandes.

The Prime Minister said, “George Sahab represented the best of India’s political leadership.

Frank and fearless, forthright and farsighted, he made a valuable contribution to our country. He was among the most effective voices for the rights of the poor and marginalised.

Saddened by his passing away.

When we think of Mr George Fernandes, we remember most notably the fiery trade union leader who fought for justice, the leader who could humble the mightiest of politicians at the hustings, a visionary Railway Minister and a great Defence Minister who made India safe and strong.

During his long years in public life, George Sahab never deviated from his political ideology. He resisted the Emergency tooth and nail. His simplicity and humility were noteworthy. My thoughts are with his family, friends and lakhs of people grieving. May his soul rest in peace.”

Tue, 29 Jan 2019 11:51:32 +0530
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George Fernandes, a former Defence Minister of India, has died at 88. He had been unwell and bedridden over the past few years.

George Fernandes served as Defence Minister between 1998 and 2004, reports NDTV.

One of the most prominent leaders of the socialist movement in the 1970s, George Fernandes was a senior Janata Dal leader before he founded the Samata Party.

Apart from the defence ministry during the Atal Bihari Vajpayee-led government, Mr Fernandes held several ministerial portfolios including communications, industry and railways, NDTV reported.

Tue, 29 Jan 2019 11:26:40 +0530
OROS Amit Shah pokes Con

Amit Shah introduced a new version of OROP or One Rank One Pension as he targeted Congress president Rahul Gandhi and his sister Priyanka Gandhi Vadra at a public meeting in Himachal Pradesh.

"When the BJP government was formed, within a year Modiji delivered on his promise of One Rank One Pension. Modi Ji gave OROP to our jawans, Congress gave 'Only Rahul Only Priyanka'," the BJP president said at a rally in Una, reports NDTV.

The Congress last week declared Priyanka Gandhi's political debut as party general secretary in charge of one half of Uttar Pradesh for the national election due by May. The announcement has drawn a range of reactions from political parties.

BJP leaders have been sceptical as well as contemptuous of the Congress move, which is seen as a big gamble and a sign that the party will play for high stakes in the national polls, NDTV reported.

Mon, 28 Jan 2019 16:24:10 +0530
Kumaraswamy threatens to

Karnataka Chief Minister HD Kumaraswamy today threatened to step down as he reacted furiously to questions on Congress lawmakers saying they considered former chief minister Siddaramaiah as their chief minister. The Congress must control its lawmakers as they are "crossing the line", Mr Kumaraswamy fumed, reports NDTV.

"If they want to continue with the same thing, I am ready to step down. They are crossing the line," Mr Kumaraswamy told reporters.

"Congress leaders have to watch out for all these issues. Congress leaders must think about all these things and control them... They are crossing the alliance's line. This is not going to affect me but Congress leaders only," the Chief Minister said.

It was Congress legislator ST Somashekar who launched an all-out, public critique of the Chief Minister at a recent event and said there would have been "real development" if Siddaramaiah had got another term. Another Congress leader, minister C Puttarangashetty, said, "Only Siddaramaiah is my chief minister", NDTV reported.

Mon, 28 Jan 2019 15:26:51 +0530
Bus fell into a culvert i

A school bus carrying 50 children fell into a culvert in Andhra Pradesh's Guntur district this morning, injuring many. Three students are reported to be critical, reports NDTV.

Students of Krishnaveni Talent School were travelling in the bus when the accident took place. Visuals from the site showed locals gathered around the bus. School bags and lunch baskets were seen scattered on the ground, NDTV reported.

The driver of the bus was reportedly drunk at the time of the accident.

Mon, 28 Jan 2019 15:07:51 +0530
Infra development reaches

Kumbh and Mahakumbh have always proved very significant contributors to the Prayagraj district in terms of infrastructure development and growth in civic amenities. But this year Prayagraj Kumbh has changed the face of the entire city and suburbs.

Investment of crores for the infrastructure development in the town by Prayagraj Development Authority has not only widened most of the roads, particularly Sangam, Public places and historical buildings bound roads but has also beautified most of the squares. The squares have been left with artistic sculptures and statues.

Encroachments occupying the roads for the last several years have been removed amicably and even religious constructions on the roads have been removed without any trouble. Vehicular Transport has been strengthened and roads have been freed from traffic jams due to the removal of encroachments. About 3000 encroachments have been removed from about 65 roads in different parts of the Prayagraj town. These illegal constructions were continuing for the last several years.

About 150 kilometres of road has been constructed in the city area under the drive to widen roads. Connectivity from all railway and bus stations and Airport has been strengthened connecting most parts of the city. About five overbridges have been constructed in view of the Kumbh at different places and it has smoothened road traffic at railway crossings and places like Allahabad High Court. A new civil Airport has come to facilitate the visiting devotees and tourists. Newly constructed Airport has linked Prayagraj to several important cities including Kolkata, Nagpur, Indore, Lucknow, New Delhi, Bengaluru, Ahmadabad, Dehradun and Patna with Air services. 

Mon, 28 Jan 2019 11:11:35 +0530
Naidu calls for revisitin

The Vice President M. Venkaiah Naidu has called for revisiting education system with emphasis on history, heritage, culture, traditions, values and ethos of India. He said that the stories of sacrifice, valour and contributions made by the freedom fighters and other leaders should become an important component of our education system.

Addressing the Diamond Jubilee Celebrations of Pannalal Girdharlal Dayanand Anglo-Vedic College, the Vice President said that educational institutions must become temples of learning and wisdom. They should become sanctuaries of peace and harmony, growth and development, he added.

Naidu said that emphasized that the atmosphere in university campuses should not be vitiated by conducting events which are not connected with education.  He said that character-building should become the essential dharma of education.

The Vice President said that said that serving in organizations like the Scouts and Guides or NCC should be made mandatory for students to inculcate discipline and a sense of empathy to serve the needy.

Naidu said that education must focus on developing a holistic personality of the individual. Apart from learning and acquiring knowledge, students must also learn to practice yoga and participate in sporting activities as it was essential to develop a sense of equilibrium in the stress-filled world of today. He called upon educational institutions to impart spiritual values as well, he added.

Mon, 28 Jan 2019 10:29:53 +0530
PM lays foundation stone

In a major boost to healthcare facilities and services in Madurai and adjoining areas of Tamil Nadu, the Prime Minister, Narendra Modi laid the foundation stone for AIIMS Madurai and inaugurated several projects.

The new AIIMS will come up at Thoppur in Madurai. It will provide leadership in advanced healthcare, medical education and research in the region. This location will primarily benefit people residing in the Southern backward districts of Tamil Nadu.

Addressing a gathering in Madurai, PM said “In some ways, the laying of foundation stone of the All India Institute of Medical  Sciences at Madurai today reflects our vision of Ek Bharat Shreshtha Bharat. AIIMS in Delhi has cultivated a brand name for itself in healthcare. With AIIMS in Madurai, we can say that this brand of healthcare has been taken to all corners of the country - from Kashmir to Madurai and from Guwahati to Gujarat.
AIIMS at Madurai will benefit the entire population of Tamil Nadu.”

Prime Minister also inaugurated the super speciality blocs of Rajaji Medical College, Madurai, Thanjavur Medical College and Tirunelveli Medical College, as a part of Pradhan Mantri Swasthya Suraksha Yojana, which aims to upgrade 73 medical colleges across the country. Prime Minister expressed his happiness as he inaugurated the super speciality blocks at three Government Medical Colleges.

Mon, 28 Jan 2019 10:10:56 +0530
PM dedicates Kerala s Int

Prime Minister Narendra Modi visited Kochi, Kerala and dedicated the Integrated Refinery Expansion Project Complex to the nation and also laid the foundation stone for various projects in the state.

Among the projects dedicated to the nation include Integrated Refinery Expansion Project Complex (IREP) at Kochi. IREP will be a modern expansion complex and transform Kochi refinery into the largest PSU Refinery in India with world class standards. It will be equipped for the production of cleaner Fuels for India. It will double the production of LPG & diesel and commence production of feedstock for petrochemical projects in this plant.

Inaugurating IREP Complex PM said, “Today is a historic day when the largest industrial unit of Kerala is entering its next phase of development. It is indeed a proud moment not just for God's Own Country, but also for the entire nation”. He also praised Bharat Petroleum Corporation Limited (BPCL) Kochi for playing a critical role in popularizing clean fuels among masses in Kerala and neighbouring states over the past 50 years.

Talking about the strides made by the Government, PM said Ujjwala has brought cheers to many and nearly six crore LPG connections have reached to the households of the poorest of the poor since May 2016. More than 23 crore LPG consumers have joined the Pahal scheme. The transparency in the scheme has helped in identifying ghost accounts, multiple accounts and inactive accounts. Over 1 crore customers have given up LPG subsidies under Give it up initiative. PM lauded the role of Kochi refinery and said it is making a great contribution towards Ujjwala Yojana, by doubling the LPG production with the help of the recent expansion”.

Mon, 28 Jan 2019 10:04:35 +0530
PM congratulates Bharat R

The Prime Minister Narendra Modi congratulated Bharat Ratna Awardees.

PM praised Nanaji Deshmukh for his contribution to society and said “Nanaji Deshmukh’s stellar contribution towards rural development showed the way for a new paradigm of empowering those living in our villages. He personifies humility, compassion and service to the downtrodden. He is a Bharat Ratna in the truest sense.”

“The songs and music of Bhupen Hazarika are admired by people across generations. From them radiates the message of Justice, harmony and brotherhood. He popularized India's music traditions globally. Happy that the Bharat Ratna has been conferred on Bhupen Da.” the Prime Minister said.

While speaking on Pranab Mukherjee he said, “Pranab an outstanding statesman of our times. He has served the nation selflessly and tirelessly for decades, leaving a strong imprint on the nation's growth trajectory. His wisdom and intellect have few parallels. Delighted that he has been conferred Bharat Ratna.”

Sat, 26 Jan 2019 09:55:29 +0530
Mohanlal Nambi Narayan g

Padma Awards - one of the highest civilian Awards of the country, are conferred in three categories, namely, Padma Vibhushan, Padma Bhushan and Padma Shri. The Awards are given in various disciplines/ fields of activities, viz.- art, social work, public affairs, science and engineering, trade and industry, medicine, literature and education, sports, civil service, etc. ‘Padma Vibhushan’ is awarded for exceptional and distinguished service; ‘Padma Bhushan’ for distinguished service of high order and ‘Padma Shri’ for distinguished service in any field. The awards are announced on the occasion of Republic Day every year.

These awards are conferred by the President of India at ceremonial functions which are held at Rashtrapati Bhawan usually around March/ April every year. This year the President of India has approved conferment of 112 Padma Awards including one duo case (in a duo case, the Award is counted as one) as per list below. The list comprises 4 Padma Vibhushan, 14 Padma Bhushan and 94 Padma Shri Awards.  21 of the awardees are women and the list also includes 11 persons from the category of Foreigners/NRI/PIO/OCI, 3 Posthumous awardees and 1 transgender person.

PADMA VIBHUSHAN (4)

 

S.No

Name

Field

State

  1.  

Ms. Teejan Bai

 

Art-Vocals-Folk

Chhattisgarh

  1.  

Shri Ismail Omar Guelleh (Foreigner)

Public Affairs

Djibouti

  1.  

Shri Anilkumar Manibhai Naik

 

Trade & Industry-Infrastructure

Maharashtra

  1.  

Shri Balwant Moreshwar Purandare

Art-Acting-Theatre

Maharashtra

 

PADMA BHUSHAN- (14)

 

S.No

Name

Field

State

  1.  

Shri John Chambers

(Foreigner)

Trade & Industry-Technology

USA

  1.  

Shri Sukhdev Singh Dhindsa

 

Public Affairs

Punjab

  1.  

Shri Pravin Gordhan

(Foreigner)

Public Affairs

South Africa

  1.  

Shri Mahashay Dharam Pal Gulati

Trade & Industry-Food Processing

Delhi

  1.  

Shri Darshan Lal Jain

Social Work

Haryana

  1.  

Shri Ashok Laxmanrao Kukade

Medicine-Affordable Healthcare

Maharashtra

  1.  

Shri Kariya Munda

Public Affairs

Jharkhand

  1.  

Shri Budhaditya Mukherjee

Art-Music-Sitar

West Bengal

  1.  

Shri Mohanlal Viswanathan Nair

Art-Acting-Film

Kerala

  1.  

Shri S Nambi Narayan

Science & Engineering-Space

Kerala

  1.  

Shri Kuldip Nayar

(Posthumous)

Literature & Education (Journalism)

Delhi

  1.  

Ms. Bachendri Pal

Sports-Mountaineering

Uttarakhand

  1.  

Shri V K Shunglu

Civil Service

Delhi

  1.  

Shri Hukumdev Narayan Yadav

Public Affairs

Bihar

 

PADMA SHRI- (94)

 

S.No

Name

Field

State

  1.  

Shri Rajeshwar Acharya

 

Art-Vocal-Hindustani

Uttar Pradesh

  1.  

Shri Bangaru Adigalar

Others-Spiritualism

Tamil Nadu

  1.  

Shri Illias Ali

Medicine-Surgery

Assam

  1.  

Shri Manoj Bajpayee

Art-Acting-Films

Maharashtra

  1.  

Shri Uddhab Kumar Bharali

Science & Engineering-Grassroots Innovation

Assam

  1.  

Shri Omesh Kumar Bharti

Medicine-Rabies

Himachal Pradesh

  1.  

Shri Pritam Bhartwan

Art-Vocals-Folk

Uttarakhand

  1.  

Shri Jyoti Bhatt

Art-Painting

Gujarat

  1.  

Shri Dilip Chakravarty

Others-Archaeology

Delhi

  1.  

Shri Mammen Chandy

Medicine-Hematology

West Bengal

  1.  

Shri Swapan Chaudhuri

Art-Music-Tabla

West Bengal

  1.  

Shri Kanwal Singh Chauhan

Others-Agriculture

Haryana

  1.  

Shri Sunil Chhetri

Sports-Football

Telangana

  1.  

Shri Dinyar Contractor

Art-Acting-Theatre

Maharashtra

  1.  

Ms. Muktaben Pankajkumar Dagli

Social Work-Divyang Welfare

Gujarat

  1.  

Shri Babulal Dahiya

Others-Agriculture

Madhya Pradesh

  1.  

Shri Thanga Darlong


Art-Music-Flute

Tripura

  1.  

Shri Prabhu Deva

 

Art-Dance

Karnataka

  1.  

Ms. Rajkumari Devi

Others-Agriculture

Bihar

  1.  

Ms. Bhagirathi Devi

Public Affairs

Bihar

  1.  

Shri Baldev Singh Dhillon

Science & Engineering-Agriculture

Punjab

  1.  

Ms. Harika Dronavalli

Sports-Chess

Andhra Pradesh

  1.  

Ms. Godawari Dutta

Art-Painting

Bihar

  1.  

Shri Gautam Gambhir

 

Sports-Cricket

Delhi

  1.  

Ms. Draupadi Ghimiray

Social Work-Divyang Welfare

Sikkim

  1.  

Ms. Rohini Godbole

Science & Engineering-Nuclear

Karnataka

  1.  

Shri Sandeep Guleria

Medicine-Surgery

Delhi

  1.  

Shri Pratap Singh Hardia

Medicine- Ophthmology

Madhya Pradesh

  1.  

Shri Bulu Imam

Social Work-Culture

Jharkhand

  1.  

Ms. Friederike Irina

(Foreigner)

Social Work-Animal Welfare

Germany

  1.  

Shri Joravarsinh Jadav

Art-Dance Folk

Gujarat

  1.  

Shri S Jaishankar

Civil Service

Delhi

  1.  

Shri Narsingh Dev Jamwal

Literature & Education

Jammu & Kashmir

  1.  

Shri Fayaz Ahmad Jan

Art-Craft-Papier Mache

Jammu & Kashmir

  1.  

Shri K G Jayan

Art-Music-Bhakti

Kerala

  1.  

Shri Subhash Kak

(Foreigner)

Science & Engineering-Technology

USA

  1.  

Shri Sharath Kamal

Sports-Table Tennis

Tamil Nadu

  1.  

Shri Rajani Kant

Social Work

Uttar Pradesh

  1.  

Shri Sudam Kate

Medicine-Sickle Cell

Maharashtra

  1.  

Shri Waman Kendre

Art-Acting-Theatre

Maharashtra

  1.  

Shri Kader Khan

(Posthumous-Foreigner)

Art-Acting-Films

Canada

  1.  

Shri Abdul Gafur Khatri

Art-Painting

Gujarat

  1.  

Shri Ravindra Kolhe (Duo)*

Medicine-Affordable Healthcare

Maharashtra

Ms. Smita Kolhe (Duo)*

Medicine-Affordable Healthcare

Maharashtra

  1.  

Ms. Bombayla Devi Laishram

Sports-Archery

Manipur

  1.  

Shri Kailash Madbaiya

Literature & Education

Madhya Pradesh

  1.  

Shri Ramesh Babaji Maharaj

Social Work-Animal Welfare

Uttar Pradesh

  1.  

Shri Vallabhbhai Vasrambhai Marvaniya

Others-Agriculture

Gujarat

  1.  

Ms. Gita Mehta

(Foreigner)

Literature & Education

USA

  1.  

Shri Shadab Mohammad

Medicine-Dentistry

Uttar Pradesh

  1.  

Shri K K Muhammed

Others-Archaeology

Kerala

  1.  

Shri Shyama Prasad Mukherjee

Medicine-Affordable Healthcare

Jharkhand

  1.  

Shri Daitari Naik

 

Social Work

Odisha

  1.  

Shri Shankar Mahadevan Narayan

Art-Vocals-Films

Maharashtra

  1.  

Shri Shantanu Narayen

(Foreigner)

Trade & Industry-Technology

USA

  1.  

Nartaki Natraj

Art-Dance-Bharatnatyam

Tamil Nadu

  1.  

Shri Tsering Norboo

Medicine-Surgery

Jammu & Kashmir

  1.  

Shri Anup Ranjan Pandey

Art-Music

Chhattisgarh

  1.  

Shri Jagdish Prasad Parikh

Others-Agriculture

Rajasthan

  1.  

Shri Ganpatbhai Patel

(Foreigner)

Literature & Education

USA

  1.  

Shri Bimal Patel

Others-Architecture

Gujarat

  1.  

Shri Hukumchand Patidar

Others-Agriculture

Rajasthan

  1.  

Shri Harvinder Singh Phoolka

Public Affairs

Punjab

  1.  

Ms. Madurai Chinna Pillai

Social Work-Microfinance

Tamil Nadu

  1.  

Ms. Tao Porchon-Lynch

(Foreigner)

Others-Yoga

USA

  1.  

Ms. Kamala Pujhari

Others-Agriculture

Odisha

  1.  

Shri Bajrang Punia

 

Sports-Wrestling

Haryana

  1.  

Shri Jagat Ram

Medicine-Ophthalmology

Chandigarh

  1.  

Shri R V Ramani

Medicine-Ophthalmology

Tamil Nadu

  1.  

Shri Devarapalli Prakash Rao

Social Work-Affordable Education

Odisha

  1.  

Shri Anup Sah

Art-Photography

Uttarakhand

  1.  

Ms. Milena Salvini

(Foreigner)

Art-Dance-Kathakali

France

  1.  

Shri Nagindas Sanghavi

Literature & Education-Journalism

Maharashtra

  1.  

Shri Sirivennela Seetharama Sastry

Art-Lyrics

Telangana

  1.  

Shri Shabbir Sayyad

Social Work-Animal Welfare

Maharashtra

  1.  

Shri Mahesh Sharma

Social Work-Tribal Welfare

Madhya Pradesh

  1.  

Shri Mohammad Hanif Khan Shastri

Literature & Education

Delhi

  1.  

Shri Brijesh Kumar Shukla

Literature & Education

Uttar Pradesh

  1.  

Shri Narendra Singh

Others-Animal Husbandry

Haryana

  1.  

Ms. Prashanti Singh

Sports-Basketball

Uttar Pradesh

  1.  

Shri Sultan Singh

Others-Animal Husbandry

Haryana

  1.  

Shri Jyoti Kumar Sinha

Social Work-Affordable Education

Bihar

  1.  

Shri Anandan Sivamani

Art-Music

Tamil Nadu

  1.  

Ms. Sharada Srinivasan

Others-Archaeology

Karnataka

  1.  

Shri Devendra Swarup

(Posthumous)

Literature & Education-Journalism

Uttar Pradesh

  1.  

Shri Ajay Thakur

Sports-Kabaddi

Himachal Pradesh

  1.  

Shri Rajeev Tharanath

Art-Music-Sarod

Karnataka

  1.  

Ms. Saalumarada Thimmakka

Social Work-Environment

Karnataka

  1.  

Ms. Jamuna Tudu

Social Work-Environment

Jharkhand

  1.  

Shri Bharat Bhushan Tyagi

Others-Agriculture

Uttar Pradesh

  1.  

Shri Ramaswami Venkataswami

Medicine-Surgery

Tamil Nadu

  1.  

Shri Ram Saran Verma

Others-Agriculture

Uttar Pradesh

  1.  

Shri Swami Vishudhananda

Others-Spiritualism

Kerala

  1.  

Shri Hiralal Yadav

Art-Vocals-Folk

Uttar Pradesh

  1.  

Shri Venkateswara Rao Yadlapalli

Others-Agriculture

Andhra Pradesh

Sat, 26 Jan 2019 09:50:42 +0530
Vice President urges NRIs

The Vice President M. Venkaiah Naidu has said that the NRIs living around the world should preserve our culture and heritage and do something for their native place and society. He was interacting with the NRIs participated in the Pravasi Bharatiya Divas 2019 which was held in Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh, who called on him at his residence, here today.

Naidu said that one should always remember five things – Mother, Native Place, Mother Tongue, Motherland and the Teacher. He advised the NRIs to speak in their respective mother tongues when they are at home. He also advised them to teach mother tongue to their children.

The Vice President said that India is on the move and it is going to become the 3rd largest economies in coming few years. While the world economy is going down, India is performing better, he added.

Naidu advised the NRIs to respect the country where they are living and follow their rules and regulations which gave them shelter. Do your best for the development of that country and at the same time, do something for your motherland, he added.

About 50 NRIs from various countries who hail from states like Karnataka, Kerala, Andhra Pradesh, Telangana, Punjab etc., have called on the Vice President. All the NRIs have appreciated the Vice President for sparing much time and interacting with them.

Sikh community delegation complimented and thanked the Vice President for Kartarpur Sahib Corridor initiative. The NRIs were particularly appreciative of the of the arrangements made for the Pravasi Bharatiya Divas in Varanasi and arrangements at Kumbh Mela and the hospitality affections shown by the people wherever they were going.

Sat, 26 Jan 2019 09:43:08 +0530
President Kovind hosts So

The President Ram Nath Kovind, received Mr Matamela Cyril Ramaphosa, the President of  South Africa, at Rashtrapati Bhavan. He also hosted a banquet in his honour.

Welcoming the South African Presidenton his first state visitto India, the President said that his visit comes at a special moment. We are celebrating the 150th birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi and the 100th birth anniversary of Nelson Mandela. Our shared history and common legacy make this state visit much more meaningful and special.

The President said that India and South Africa are special friends. Regular high level visits and engagements continue to enrich our partnership. We share vibrant people-to-people relations. The South African Indian community is a living bridge between our two countries. We must continue to nurture this bond. Our youth exchange and capacity building collaboration under the rubric of South-South Cooperation, IBSA and BRICS are most valuable.

The President noted that bilateral trade between India and South Africa has been growing. He said that we should work together to create a mutually beneficially mobility partnership, one that would encourage our companies to invest and two-way tourism to grow. He expressed confidence that South Africa, under President Ramaphosa’s leadership, would further enhance India-South Africa’s bilateral trade and investment relations.

Subsequently, in his banquet speech, President Kovind said the India-South Africa economic partnership is a key pillar of our relationship. Indian industry is excited by South African economic policies and approach. On our part, we have undertaken path-breaking economic reforms to attract international businesses and to propel our growth. We invite South African companies to partner us in Make In India, Digital India, Clean India and Smart City programmes.

Sat, 26 Jan 2019 09:37:48 +0530
Nation celebrates 70th Re

As the nation celebrates the 70th Republic day in the most passionate way, the President Ram Nath Kovind and the Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu delivered a key speech as part of their Republic Day address. Following are the main highlights of their speech.

 

My greetings to all of you on the eve of our 70th Republic Day! This is an occasion to commemorate the values of our democracy and Republic

Republic Day is an occasion to reaffirm our commitment to liberty, fraternity and equality across our society and among all our citizens. And above all, this is an occasion to celebrate India and the spirit of being Indian

On October 2, we will mark the 150th birthday of Mahatma Gandhi, who led us – and who inspired oppressed societies in Asia, Africa and elsewhere – to freedom from colonial rule

Gandhiji remains the moral compass of our Republic; his teachings are still the touchstone to measure our policies and initiatives. His 150th anniversary is not for India alone; it is a joy to be shared with the world

On Nov 26, we will mark the 70th anniversary of the adoption of our Constitution. This enlightened and far-reaching document laid the foundations of our Republic. It was the work of men and women of principle and patriotism – the members of the Constituent Assembly

In particular, we recall the role of Babasaheb Dr Bhimrao Ambedkar, who chaired the Drafting Committee. In his honour, and in our Constitution’s honour, the nation will celebrate Constitution Day this year in an appropriate manner

This year, the people of India – each one of us – have another responsibility: of voting in the general election and electing the 17th Lok Sabha

The ideas and idealism of our democracy will come into full force. Once more voters will deliver their verdict and write their destiny. This year’s election will be the first when voters born in the 21st century will contribute to electing a new Lok Sabha

An election is not just a political exercise. An election is a collective call to wisdom and a collective call to action. It represents renewal and a recommitment to the goals and hopes of a shared and egalitarian society

An election represents the diverse and yet singular urges of the people of India. This makes the very act of voting a sacred act. Please perform this act. Who the voter chooses to vote for is up to him or her, I would only request all eligible voters to vote

 

The Vice President M. Venkaiah Naidu has greeted the people on the joyous occasion of Republic Day. In a message, he said that the celebrations reaffirm our commitment towards our Constitution and revalidate our faith in the cherished ideals of liberty, equality, fraternity and justice for all.

Sat, 26 Jan 2019 09:30:27 +0530
UAE digs deep on analytic

Data experts from across the UAE gathered in Abu Dhabi this week to examine how analytics can improve the running of Special Olympics World Games Abu Dhabi 2019.

Led by Dr. Yousef Al Hammadi, Chief Intelligence Officer at Special Olympics World Games Abu Dhabi 2019, and hosted by management consulting firm McKinsey & Company, the workshop brought together leading thinkers in the data analytics industry.

Companies were challenged to come up with innovative ways to use the data sets gathered by Special Olympics World Games Abu Dhabi 2019 and design solutions that will improve the safety, operations and public experience of this major event.

It includes designing ways to easily access information on the thousands of athletes, hundreds of team and sports profiles as well as the Games schedules, venues and results. They will also look at solutions to improve the tracking and management of the official fleet of vehicles responsible for transporting athletes and their support staff around the UAE, using latest technologies in Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning and the Internet of Things.

The government entities and data analytics companies represented included the General Secretariat of the Abu Dhabi Executive Council, Federal Competitiveness and Statistics Authority, Abu Dhabi Smart Solutions and Services Authority, the Local Organising Committee of the Special Olympics World Games Abu Dhabi 2019, McKinsey & Company, SAP, SAS, Xebia and Group42.

Fri, 25 Jan 2019 12:58:40 +0530
Asian Cup 2019 UAE enter

The United Arab Emirates qualified for the AFC Asian Cup UAE 2019 quarter-finals after defeating Kyrgyz Republic 3-2 in extra-time in their Round of 16 tie at the Zayed Sports City Stadium on Monday.

UAE will face defending champions Australia in the last eight at the Hazza bin Zayed Stadium in Al Ain on Friday.

Host nation kept alive their AFC Asian CupUAE 2019 title ambitions on Monday, as an extra-time Ahmed Khalil penalty helped secure a hard-fought 3-2 win over the Kyrgyz Republic and a place in the quarter-finals.

In truth, Alberto Zaccheroni’s side struggled for large periods of a game which saw Khalil’s success from 12 yards seal their progress only after the Kyrgyz Republic had twice come from behind following Khamis Esmaeel’s early opener.

The UAE’s victory sets up a quarter-final showdown with Australia in Al Ain on Friday and maintained Emirati hopes of claiming a first-ever Continental crown.

Entering the game as Group A winners, the UAE began brightly, and after Valeri Kichin’s splendid last-ditch tackle had robbed Ali Mabkhout when the striker was bearing down on goal, they went ahead in the 13th minute through a fine Esmaeel header from Ismaeil Matar’s corner.

Having impressed during the group stage, Kyrgyz Republic bounced back in fine fashion shortly before the half-hour mark, Akhlidin Israilov’s delightful pass finding Akhlidin Israilov who rounded UAE goalkeeper Khalid Eisa and finished with aplomb to draw his side level.

Clearly buoyed by the equaliser, Kyrgyz Republic refused to concede an inch to their opponents, although Matar threatened to restore the UAE’s lead when he fizzed a shot from distance narrowly over as the first half drew to a close.

After the break, Mabkhout almost immediately headed Bandar Mohammed’s pinpoint cross inches wide of the post, before a curling Kichin delivery eluded its intended target and thudded against Eisa’s crossbar with the custodian beaten.

However, any momentum Kyrgyz Republic had been building was brought to a sudden halt on 64 minutes as the UAE went ahead once again, this time Mabkhout collecting Amer Abdulrahman’s pass and drilling the ball beyond Kutman Kadyrbekov in the Kyrgyz Republic goal.

To their eternal credit, Kyrgyz Republic refused to buckle, and after Vitalij Lux, who bagged a hat-trick last time out, had flashed a late effort agonisingly wide, Tursunali Rustamov headed home a last gasp equaliser following Anton Zemlianukhin’s cross to send the pulsating match into extra-time.

Mabkhout spurned an early chance in the second minute of the additional 30, before – just 60 seconds later – the striker was brought down in the area by Bekzhan Sagynbaev. Substitute Ahmed Khalil stepped up to convert the resulting penalty and put his side ahead yet again.

Bakhtiyar Duyshobekov’s header then brushed an upright and the seemingly omnipresent Rustamov crashed a shot against the bar in the final seconds.

However, it was not to be though for the Central Asians, as the UAE held firm to seal their ticket through to the last eight and signal Kyrgyz Republic’s departure from a competition in which they had often more than held their own.

Fri, 25 Jan 2019 12:50:51 +0530
Govt rejects reports of l

There have been some reports in the media regarding the shortage of polio vaccine in India. This is completely incorrect. There is no shortage of Oral Polio Vaccines (OPV) and Inactivated Polio Vaccine (IPV) in the country.

As far as polio national immunization days (NID) is concerned, the required quantity of bivalent Oral Polio Vaccine (bOPV) has already been secured for the programme. However, to ensure availability of safe and quality vaccine to our children during NID, the testing of bOPV is made more stringent and the same will be dispatched to states for public use after the clearance from the national testing laboratory for each batch and Polio NID will be held soon. The government has not postponed the NID indefinitely, as wrongly reported in the media.

Regarding Inactivated Polio Vaccine (IPV), there is neither a shortage of IPV nor any shortage of funds for its procurement for Universal Immunization Programme (UIP) in the country. It is to be noted that India has eliminated polio already and as per global guidelines, introduced IPV in its Universal Immunization Program to safeguard the polio-free status, as there are few countries where poliovirus is still circulating and Polio is yet to be eliminated. All Gavi eligible countries are extended support for vaccines by Gavi. Confronted with steep hike in prices of IPV, India approached Gavi for partial support for further procurements, as India is also a Gavi eligible country and the same has been agreed to by Gavi Board.

Fri, 25 Jan 2019 12:33:50 +0530
Bio jet fuel on all aircr

To use bio-jet fuel on all military and civilian aircraft, BIS has in collaboration with IAF, research organisations and the industry brought out a new standard for Aviation Turbine Fuels. These specifications will align Indian standards with current international standards.

A committee constituted with domain experts was tasked to originate the required standards. After a series of deliberations over the past nine months, an Indian Standard IS 17081:2019 Aviation Turbine Fuel (Kerosene Type, Jet A-1) containing Synthesised Hydrocarbons, has been formulated.

Air Marshal RKS Shera AVSM VSM, Air Officer-in-Charge Maintenance, Indian Air Force and Mrs SurinaRajan, Director General Bureau of Indian Standards, released this standard on 24 January 2019 at Air HQ. This standard would enable the oil companies to manufacture bio-jet fuel for the Indian aviation industry. Given the advent of Carbon Offsetting and Reduction Scheme for International Aviation (CORSIA) by the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) by 2027, this is a significant development which could reduce the carbon emissions and help India become a green fuel production hub.

Fri, 25 Jan 2019 12:21:57 +0530
India successfully test f

The ship launched Long Range Surface-to-Air Missile (LRSAM) has been successfully test fired from INS Chennai against an incoming aerial target flying at low altitude. The missile destroyed the target with a direct hit. All the mission objectives have been met.  LRSAM has been jointly developed by Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO), India and M/s Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI), Israel for the Indian Navy.

Defence minister Nirmala Sitharaman congratulated DRDO, Indian Navy and associated team members.

Fri, 25 Jan 2019 12:08:30 +0530
India Maldives to furthe

India and Maldives held substantive discussions on further strengthening bilateral defence cooperation here today. Both sides agreed that the two countries would continue their traditionally close cooperation on issues of maritime security, counter-terrorism and medical cooperation.

Defence minister Nirmala Sitharaman reiterated India’s commitment to contribute towards capacity building and training requirements of the Maldives National Defence Forces.

Earlier, Defence minister received Maldivian Defence Minister Ms Mariya Ahmed Didi at South Block here today who is in India on an official bilateral visit. Chief of the Army Staff General Bipin Rawat, Chief of the Air Staff Air Chief Marshal B S Dhanoa, Vice Chief of the Naval Staff Vice Admiral Ajit Kumar P and Additional Director General of the Indian Coast Guard VSR Murthy call on the Maldivian Defence Minister.

 

Ms Didiwill witness the 70th Republic Day Parade at Rajpath as well as visit various Indian defence institutions such as the Indian Maritime Analysis Centre in Gurugram and Army Training Command in Shimla. She will also interact with National Cadet Corps (NCC) cadets, including those from the Maldives, at the NCC Republic Day Camp.

The second round of the India-Maldives Defence Cooperation Dialogue was also held today.  The Indian delegation was headed by Defence Secretary Shri Sanjay Mitra and Maldivian side was led by Chief of Defence Forces of Maldives Major General Abdulla Shamaal. 

Fri, 25 Jan 2019 12:02:31 +0530
Mauritius Prime Minister

The Mauritius Prime Minister, Mr. Pravind Jugnauth took a holy dip at Sangam at Prayagraj Kumbh and offered his worship to Lord Hanuman. After visiting Kumbh’s newly developed Integrated Command Control Centre he returned to New Delhi. He visited the Kumbh after attending the 15th Pravasi Bharatiya Divas at Varanasi.

The guests of 15th Pravasi Bharatiya Divas have also started reaching Prayagraj Kumbh. They are being given a warm welcome at Tent City at Kumbh. Pravasi Bharatiya Divas guests have been given accommodation for stay at four tent cities namely Indraprustham, Vedika, Kumbham and Agaman in sector 20 at Prayagraj Kumbh. Elaborate security arrangements are in place. They will also be visiting Sanskriti Gram and Kala gram to see the Indian arts and crafts. They will also visit Sangam, Akshaya Vat, Samudra Kup, Saraswati Kup and Hanuman Temple.

Visiting PBD guests expressed happiness at the arrangements including Security arrangements. They have also appreciated the government’s decision to club the PBD with Kumbh and Republic Day ceremonies.

Fri, 25 Jan 2019 11:51:42 +0530
Naidu raises serious conc

‘Plastics have to be used responsibly and judiciously and have to be recycled properly after use’, the Vice President of India Shri M. Venkaiah Naidu has said, in Chennai today. He was addressing the gathering at the Golden Jubilee Celebrations of the Central Institute of Plastics Engineering & Technology (CIPET), an organization devoted to the development of plastics and allied industries.

The Vice President said that on one hand there is a quest for improving the quality of life through better material comforts and on the other hand, indiscriminate use of plastics threatens to seriously erode the sources of our sustenance. ‘There has to be a proper appreciation of the appropriate use of different plastics’, he said.

Naidu raised some serious concerns about the threats to the environment which the durability and longevity of plastic products posed. Lamenting that convenience items that are intended for single use are being continually discarded to the landfills; littering our landscapes, he unequivocally stated that plastics are to be used responsibly and recycled properly.

The Vice President congratulated CIPET and lauded the institution for training thousands of machinery operators, technicians and polymer engineers over the course of 50 years. He also expressed his appreciation for the skill development programmes held by the institute during the last five years which benefitted more than two lakh unemployed youth.

Naidu said that plastic-based products have become an integral and important part of the global economy today due to their low weight, durability and versatility. Highlighting the utility of plastics in several crucial areas, from aeronautics to medical science to construction to 3-D printing, he opined that plastics have transformed everyday life.

Fri, 25 Jan 2019 11:40:42 +0530
PM welcomes Tableaux Arti

Prime Minister welcomed Tableaux Artists, Tribal Guests, NCC Cadets & NSS Volunteers to his residence at Lok Kalyan Marg.

Congratulating the artists and participants for their participation in the Republic Day parade and related events, the Prime Minister said that this is a great opportunity of their lives. He added that the whole country takes inspiration from them. 

The Prime Minister spoke of the importance of discipline in daily life and added that discipline is an integral part of NCC. He said that citizens should remain aware of their civic duties at all times. He said this, combined with the aspirations of the people, will take India to great heights.

The Prime Minister also witnessed colourful cultural performances by some of the invitees, on this occasion.

Fri, 25 Jan 2019 11:11:53 +0530
India embarks on Sab ka

‘India is continuously focussing on equitable, inclusive growth and on bridging income inequalities. A number of schemes like Jan Dhan Yojana, Saubhagya and Ujjwala stand testament to the core values of inclusiveness that India adheres to’, the Vice President M. Venkaiah Naidu has said, in Chenna. He was addressing the gathering at the valedictory function of Tamil Nadu Global Investors Meet (GIM)-2019.

He urged investors to seize the moment and invest in India.

The Vice President quoted the Sustainable Development Goals 2030 which emphasized upon the need for nations to focus more on equitable economic growth and to reduce inequalities and said that the Government of India has embarked on a similar path in the last 4 years by having “Sab ka Saath, Sab ka Vikas” (Assistance to everyone and development of each individual) as the overarching goal.

Naidu applauded the dynamic, visionary leadership in India at the national and state levels that is engaged in reforming governance, reaching higher performance benchmarks & transforming the lives of people. Expressing his joy at the captivating growth story that India has been writing, the Vice President opined that India of today is a land of infinite possibilities and tremendous opportunities.

Naidu highlighted a number of positive trends the Indian economy has been exhibiting are recent times such as the consistent GDP growth rate and the highest ever growth in FDI inflow. ‘India accounts for about 15% of global growth and it has been estimated that the Indian economy would grow to $10 trillion by 2030’, he said.

The Vice President said that measures like demonetization, GST, Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code, repeal of outdated laws, giving thrust to the road and air connectivity, increased focus on infrastructure, housing and agricultural sectors have enabled the economy to gather momentum.

Fri, 25 Jan 2019 11:00:41 +0530
CBI raids Videocon office

The CBI has filed a case against former ICICI bank chief Chanda Kochhar's husband Deepak Kochhar and Videocon head Venugopal Dhoot in a case linked to alleged irregularities in loan. The investigating agency searched the Videocon headquarters in Mumbai and Aurangabad in Maharashtra on Thursday.

Chanda Kochhar quit as CEO and Managing Director of the ICICI Bank in October over the case, which involves a loan of Rs. 3,250 crore to the Videocon Group in 2012. The case exploded last year when a whistleblower alleged that Ms Kochhar's husband Deepak Kochhar and her family members benefited from the dealings.

Thu, 24 Jan 2019 14:05:59 +0530
Trump won t deliver his a

US President Donald Trump says he will not deliver his annual State of the Union speech until after the government shutdown is over.

On Wednesday House Speaker Nancy Pelosi withdrew an invitation for him to address Congress, saying government services should fully reopen first.

The shutdown has left 800,000 federal staff without pay since 22 December.

Mr Trump wants $5.7bn (£4.4bn) to build a wall on the US-Mexico border, but newly empowered Democrats have refused.

The row over border security has led to the longest government shutdown in US history.

Thu, 24 Jan 2019 12:44:46 +0530
UAE Ambassador meets Comm

Dr. Ahmed Abdul Rahman Al Banna, UAE Ambassador to New Delhi, met here with Suresh Prabhu, Minister of Commerce, Industry and Civil Aviation.

During the meeting, they discussed bilateral relations and ways to enhance cooperation, particularly in the fields of civil aviation, food security, infrastructure and food storage.

They also reviewed the potential for the exchange of food crop exports, as well as raising levels of commercial and investment relations.

Thu, 24 Jan 2019 12:29:58 +0530
Railway announces extensi

Minister of Railways & Coal Piyush Goyal announced extension of 22 pairs of train services running on Indian Railways’ system in Rail Bhavan today. These will provide additional connectivity between various places in the country.

Speaking of the occasion, Piyush Goyal said, to reduce additional lie-over time of the trains and emphasising on “sweating the assets”, we have decided extension of numerous trains across various Zones of Indian Railways. He added that the first successful experiment of extension was introduced on Gatiman Express, which was extended from Agra to Gwalior and then to Jhansi. Accordingly, the following extension of 22 pairs of train services will help in development of these areas and will also help to utilize our resources to the full extent.

Thu, 24 Jan 2019 12:19:09 +0530
India today is a land of

The President Ram Nath Kovind, addressed the closing session of the 15th Pravasi Bharatiya Divas Convention and presented the Pravasi Bharatiya Samman Awards in Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh

Speaking on the occasion, the President said that the Indian diaspora is among the largest in the world and its history is as rich and diverse as the diaspora itself. In the past, our ancestors travelled to Southeast Asia as merchants and as monks. Much later, many lived and prospered as traders and entrepreneurs along the Silk Route. And more than a century ago, under the indenture system, we witnessed millions of our people crossing the seven seas. The world has moved a long way since for our diaspora. They are commanding global heights today, while embracing their cultural ethos and diversity. And while they do so, they must also preserve and strengthen their unity as a community.

The President said the Indian diaspora’s success and hard work have set an example. They are the face of India and its identity abroad. We are proud of them and their achievements. But what really makes their contributions stand out are the values that they espouse and live for. These are values that intrinsically remain Indian.

The President said that India today is a land of a billion ideas. India today is a land of a billion opportunities.He invited the Indian diaspora to become a part of India’s growth story. He said that we count on the diaspora’s convening strength to encourage people to visit India, as knowledge-providers and as tourists. We want to change the brain-drain of yesterday to the brain-gain of today.He called upon the diaspora to contribute to and partner in the New India.

Earlier in the day, the Prime Minister of the Republic of Mauritius, PravindJugnauth, who is attending the Pravasi Bharatiya Divas Convention in Varanasi, called on the President.

During the discussions, the President thanked Jugnauth for being Chief Guest at the Pravasi Bharatiya Divas Convention and said that his presence attests to India-Mauritius special and unique ties and shared history and heritage.

Thu, 24 Jan 2019 11:11:01 +0530
I bow to Netaji Subhas C

Remembering the heroes of freedom struggle, the Prime Minister, Narendra Modi paid floral tributes and inaugurated the Subhas Chandra Bose museum at Red Fort, to mark his 122nd birth anniversary. 

He visited the Museum on Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose and Indian National Army. PM said, I bow to Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose on his Jayanti. He was a stalwart who committed himself towards ensuring India is free and leads a life of dignity. We are committed to fulfilling his ideals and creating a strong India. 

He also added that History echoes from these walls. In this very building, brave sons of India, Colonel Prem Sahgal, Colonel Gurbaksh Singh Dhillon and Major General Shah Nawaz Khan were put on trial by the colonial rulers. He glanced over the photographs depicting a detailed account of Subhas Chandra Bose and the history of Indian National Army. PM also saw some of the artefacts associated with Netaji and INA such as wooden chair and sword used by Netaji, medals, badges and uniforms of INA.

The Prime Minister browsed at the photographs, paintings and newspaper clippings depicting the authentic account of Jallianwala Bagh massacre  showcased in the Yaad-e-Jallian Museum. The museum intends to take visitors through the history of Jallianwala Bagh massacre of 1919 and sacrifices made by Indian soldiers during World War-1.

He also visited the Museum on 1857- India’s first war of Independence and saw the portrayal the historical narrative of 1857 war of independence, showcasing the valour and sacrifices made by Indians during the period. These museums to showcase the sacrifice of our freedom fighters.

Prime Minister had a look at the Exhibition on Indian Art at the Drishyakala- Museum organized at the same venue. He said ‘To see Gurudev Tagore’s works at Drishyakala is a treat for art lovers. We all know Gurudev Tagore as a prolific writer but he also had a strong link with the world or art. He produced lots of works, featuring multiple themes. Gurudev’s works were also exhibited internationally.’ He also tweeted ‘I would specially urge art lovers to visit Drishyakala, which will take you through the finest aspects of Indian art and culture. Works of eminent Indian artists like Raja Ravi Varma, Gurudev Tagore, Amrita Sher-Gil, Abanindranath Tagore, Nandlal Bose, Gaganendranath Tagore, Sailoz Mookherjea amd Jamini Roy are on display at the exhibition.

PM while inaugurating the museums said that,  it was extremely humbling to inaugurate four museums relating to India's rich history and culture. All four museums have been named as Kranti Mandir. This complex includes Museums on Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose and the Indian National Army, Yaad-e-Jallian Museum (on Jallianwala Bagh and World War 1), Museum on 1857- India’s First War of Independence and Drishyakala Museum on Indian Art, spanning three centuries, with over 450 works of art!

Kranti Mandir is a tribute to the revolutionary zeal and courage of our great freedom fighters. Ahead  of the Republic Day, these will deepen the connect between our glorious history and our youth as well as add to the patriotic fervour among citizens.

Thu, 24 Jan 2019 10:32:18 +0530
PBD 2019 PM lauds Indian

The Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurated the plenary session of the 15th edition of Pravasi Bharatiya Diwas at Deendayal Hastkala Sankul in Varanasi.

Chief Guest of PBD 2019, Prime Minister of Mauritius, PravindJugnauth, ,Governor of Uttar Pradesh Ram Naik, External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj along with UP Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath, Chief Minister of Haryana, Manohar Lal Khattar, Chief Minister of UttarakhandTrivendra Singh Rawat, Union Minister of State for Overseas Indian Affairs Retd.General V K Singh and several other dignitaries graced the occasion.

In his address, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said it is the love and affection of the diaspora for the land of their forefathers which has brought them to India. He called upon the NRI community to join hands for building a new India.

PM lauded the role of Indian diaspora in keeping alive the tradition of VasudhaivaKutumbakam. He said the NRIs are not only the Brand Ambassadors of India but also represent its strength, capabilities and characteristics. He urged the diaspora to participate in building a New India specially in research and innovation.

PM said that with its rapid progress, India is being seen on a high pedestal across the world and is in a position to lead the global community. International Solar Alliance is one such example. Mr. Modi added that local solution and global application is our mantra. He termed International Solar Alliance as a step in the direction of One World, One Sun, One Grid.

Wed, 23 Jan 2019 10:46:43 +0530
Election Commission reaff

In the wake of the motivated controversy about ECI EVMs, attempted to be created by one so-called ‘cyber expert’ Mr Syed Shuja, the Technical Experts Committee (TEC) members - Prof D T Shahani, Prof Emeritus IIT Delhi and Prof Rajat Moona, Director IIT Bhilai and Prof D K Sharma, Prof Emeritus IIT Bombay (Mumbai), have reconfirmed to the ECI today that :

  1. The ECI-EVMs are stand-alone machines designed to connect only amongst ECI-EVM units (Ballot Unit, Control Unit and VVPAT) through cables that remain in full public view.

There is no mechanism in ECI-EVMs to communicate with any device through wireless communication on any Radio Frequency.

All versions of ECI-EVMs are regularly and rigorously tested against low to high wireless frequencies. These tests include and go beyond the standard tests specified for electronic equipments

  1. ECI-EVMs are regularly tested for proper functioning under all kind of operating conditions.
  2. ECI-EVMs are also regularly tested for code authentication and verification.

 

In the context of Sh Syed Shuja alleging about the two side printing of VVPAT paper which allegedly retains lower tampered print while the front side print as verified by the voter, getting erased, the TEC clarified that VVPATs use thermal printers which can print only on one side of the thermal paper. The print is fully visible through the viewing window. The paper rolls used in VVPATs have only one-sided thermal coating and hence can be printed only on one side. The VVPAT paper print lasts atleast for five years.

CMDs of Bharat Electronics Limited and Electronics Corporation of India Limited, who are the sole manufacturers of EVMs and now also VVPATs, also reaffirmed that all the TEC prescribed Standard Operating Procedures are scrupulously adhered to and observed.

It is however reiterated that while ECI-EVMs might malfunction sometimes like any other machine due to component failures and stop working, but even such a malfunctioning ECI-EVM would not record any vote incorrectly. It is reaffirmed that ECI-EVMs are not tamperable.

ECI has also lodged an FIR u/s 505(1)(b) of IPC against Mr Shuja with DCP, New Delhi district.

Wed, 23 Jan 2019 10:37:20 +0530
Sikh Temple in Dubai cele

The Sikh Temple, Gurudwara Guru Nanak Darbar, in Dubai celebrated its 7th anniversary, along with celebrations for the tenth and the last Guru of the Sikh faith, Prakash Purab of Guru Gorbind Singh Ji.

The Gurudwara anniversary celebration saw thousands of devotees attend and participate in the prayers. Attending the celebrations were Mirza Al Sayegh, Director of the Office of H.H. Sheikh Hamdan bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Deputy Ruler of Dubai and Minister of Finance, and Consul-General Vipul of India in Dubai.

In a speech at the event, Al Sayegh said that India was one of the first countries to recognise the UAE as a sovereign nation. This, he added, was testament to the long history of mutual acceptance and respect between the two countries.

Dr. Roop Singh, Secretary-General of the Shiromani Gurudwara Prabhemlak Committee, praised the UAE and Dubai government for providing the Sikh community with a space for prayer and reflection via the Gurudwara.

Since its inauguration in 2012, the Dubai Sikh Temple has served up to seven million free meals to all its visitors. The Gurudwara has also organised and hosted multiple interfaith activities and outreach initiatives for blue-collar workers, in coordination with the UAE government, other faith groups and private companies.

Tue, 22 Jan 2019 17:09:39 +0530
Modi meets UAE Minister D

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi met with Dr. Thani bin Ahmed Al Zeyoudi, Minister of Climate Change and Environment, and Dr. Ahmed Al Banna, UAE Ambassador to India. They explored prospects for further cooperation between the UAE and India, building on the strong existing ties between the two countries, and discussed ways to facilitate cross-pollination of successful experiences.

The meeting took place on the sidelines of the ninth edition of the Vibrant Gujarat Global Summit that drew the participation of a high-level UAE delegation, led by Dr. Al Zeyoudi.

In his keynote address at the Summit’s inauguration ceremony, Dr. Al Zeyoudi said, "The UAE and India enjoy long-standing and cordial relations across multiple fronts. Backed by the political and people-to-people interactions, bilateral trade continued to soar despite global headwinds. Valued at US$180 million per annum in the 1970s, the balance of trade volume between India and the UAE is now worth $57 billion, making India the largest trading partner of the UAE, while the UAE is India’s third largest trading partner – after China and the US. 2018 saw a flurry of investments by UAE companies in India, and the UAE-India relationship has entered a vibrant growth phase with bilateral trade on track to exceed $100 billion by 2020."

The UAE Minister noted that the UAE hosts one of the largest Indian expatriate community in the world, comprising more than 3.3 million people. Members of the Indian community in the UAE have helped the Indian economy flourish through their hard-earned remittances. The UAE is currently the largest source of remittances to India that amounted to an astounding $13.82 billion in 2017.

He added, "As we look back at our achievements, they energise us and give us the confidence that a lot more can be done together. We aspire to see the trajectory of the UAE-India ties continue to soar, entering new areas of cooperation and dynamism."

At the Vibrant Gujarat Global Trade Show, held on the sidelines of the summit, Dr. Al Zeyoudi, accompanied by Dr. Al Banna, inaugurated the UAE pavilion and viewed the products on display.

Tue, 22 Jan 2019 17:02:38 +0530
Sharjah FDI Office attend

The Sharjah FDI Office (Invest in Sharjah) has presented the investment advantages and business opportunities offered by the business-friendly emirate to a number of high-profile investors and decision-makers from India and around the world participating in the Vibrant Gujarat Global Summit 2019, which will conclude tomorrow in the state capital, Gandhinagar.

Invest in Sharjah participated in one of India’s most important business forums, as part of the UAE pavilion, with the presence of Dr. Thani Ahmed Al Zeyoudi, UAE Minister of Climate Change and Environment, and Dr. Ahmed Al Banna, UAE Ambassador to India, and a number of senior officials who explored Sharjah’s key investment opportunities for the new year, and its developing strategy for FDI growth.

Indian Prime Minister, Narendra Modi, along with senior representatives of several of the nation’s economic and political entities visited the UAE pavilion at the summit. Modi toured the stands of Emirati foundations and departments and explored the nation’s efforts, such as the attractive investment legislation and key achievements since its inception.

The emirate’s FDI Office has furthered its international strategy to bring foreign investors closer to the fast-growing foreign direct investment landscape in Sharjah and the UAE, which has been diversifying rapidly in the past few years to record a sizeable growth in the non-oil sectors.

The UAE and India are the most important trading partners in the non-oil trade sector.

The event linked representatives from Invest in Sharjah with the best economic experts from across the world to explore how future partnerships can be established to promote the agenda of inclusive and sustainable development whilst meeting some of the current global challenges.

During the UAE Country Seminar, which took place as part of the summit’s main event, Mohamed Juma Al Musharrkh, CEO of Sharjah FDI Office (Invest in Sharjah), presented an overview of Sharjah’s leading FDI sectors, particularly, Tourism and Leisure, Light Manufacturing, Education, Transport and Logistics, Healthcare, Environment, and spoke about the development projects currently being implemented in the emirate.

Tue, 22 Jan 2019 16:51:58 +0530
UAE Ambassador meets Econ

Dr. Ahmed Abdul Rahman Al Banna, UAE Ambassador to India,  met with T. S. Tirumurti, Secretary for Economic Affairs at the Indian Ministry of External Affairs, and Dr. T.V. Nagendra Prasad, Assistant Under-Secretary for Gulf Affairs at the Indian Ministry of External Affairs, to discuss cooperation relations.

The meeting also touched on issues of mutual interest and tackled ways to strengthen bilateral relations between the two countries.

Also, during the meeting, the parties exchanged views and political stances towards the latest regional and international issues of mutual interest.

Tue, 22 Jan 2019 15:26:49 +0530
CBDT clears air on prosec

The Central Board of Direct Taxes (CBDT) has stated that certain news items that appeared in a section of media regarding enmasse issue of prosecution notices to small companies for TDS default are completely misleading and full of factual inaccuracies. CBDT clarified that Mumbai Income Tax TDS office has issued prosecution Show Cause Notices only in a limited number of big cases where more than Rs. 5 lakh of tax was collected as TDS from employees etc and yet the same was not deposited with the Income Tax Department in time.

CBDT said that some defaulter companies and vested interests are deliberately misleading the media to thwart action against themselves.  Having deducted tax from employees and other taxpayers and not depositing the same in time in the Government Treasury is an offence punishable under the law. It also affects the interest of the employees from whose salary the tax has been deducted by the unscrupulous employers who have not deposited the same in time in the Government Treasury. If the TDS is not deposited in time, the employee would be ineligible for claiming credit of the tax deducted when he files his own return.

CBDT stated that in last one month, only in 50 big cases prosecution notices have been issued by Mumbai IT TDS office. Out of these, in 80% of the cases the TDS tax default is above Rs. 10 lakh and in 10 % cases, TDS default is between Rs. 5 to Rs.10 lakh. In the remaining 10% of cases, TDS default is of more than Rs. 1 crore as detected in the survey. Prosecutions have also recently been launched against 4 big business houses where more than Rs 50 Crore of tax was collected by them from the taxpayers and yet not deposited with the Government in time. But such legal and rightful action is being unfortunately projected in the media by the vested interests as if the Department is going overboard to harass small employers. 

It would be pertinent to note that in a country of 130 Crore people where around 6 Crore returns are filed every year, only a total of 1400 prosecutions have been filed so far for various offences under the Income Tax Act during this financial year.  This, by any stretch of imagination, cannot be termed as mass harassment by the income tax department. Therefore, to say that prosecution notices enmasse have been sent to taxpayers for minor defaults is completely incorrect and misleading, the CBDT added.

Tue, 22 Jan 2019 13:57:21 +0530
Transgender saints pursue

Kinnar Akhara, a group of transgender saints pursuing religious activities has emerged as a very significant feature at Prayagraj Kumbh.

Acharya Mahamandaleshwar Lakshmi Narayanan Tripathi has said that transgenders were badly exploited in the society and even their parents were forced to live a disgraceful life. He said transgenders have been part of Sanatan Dharm and they have been given respectful status in religious epics and books of Hindu mythology. He said Akhara has provided a forum to transgenders to pursue a dignified life with religious rituals. He said Juna Akhara a traditional powerful Akhara of Sanyasi saints and seers has given the recognition to Kinnar Akhara and has allowed to be part of Shahi Snan procession.

Expressing gratitude towards Acharya Mahamandaleshwar Of Juna Akhara Swami Awadeshanand ji Maharaj and Mahamandaleshwar Hari Giri ji Maharaj Kinnar Akhara chief said that Akhara has felt honoured with the decision.
 

Kinnar Akhara has set up a huge camp in sector 12 at Prayagraj Kumbh and it attracts hundreds of thousand devotees on daily basis. Visitors seeks blessings from the Akhara members. Akhara’s camp will continue till Mahashivaratri contrary to traditional Akharas who leave the Mela after taking third Shahi Snan on the auspicious occasion of Basant Panchami. Akhara Chief Lakshmi Narayanan Tripathi has announced to set up a Ashram at Prayagraj.

Tue, 22 Jan 2019 13:46:29 +0530
Election Commission rejec

It has come to the notice of Election Commission of India that an event claiming to demonstrate EVMs used by ECI can be tampered with, has been organised in London.

Whereas, ECI has been wary of becoming a party to this motivated slugfest, ECI firmly stands by the empirical facts about foolproof nature of ECI EVMs deployed in elections in India.

It needs to be reiterated that these EVMs are manufactured in Bharat Electronics Limited (BEL) and Electronics Corporation of India Limited (ECIL) under very strict supervisory and security conditions and there are rigorous Standard Operating Procedures meticulously observed at all stages under the supervision of a Committee of eminent technical experts constituted way back in 2010.

It is being separately examined as to what legal action can and should be taken in the matter.

Tue, 22 Jan 2019 13:16:17 +0530
Soul values of Indian v

‘Development of rural areas should not erode their unique identities but must fortify their spirits. The facilities in villages must resemble those of a city but the soul and the values of Indian villages, must be preserved’, the Vice President M. Venkaiah Naidu said. He was addressing the gathering at the presentation ceremony of AICTE-ECI-ISTE Chhatra Vishwakarma Awards and AICTE- SAGY Initiative awards in New Delhi.

Naidu said that the Awards would challenge young students to come up with novel ideas that have great potential to impact life in villages through technological interventions at the grass root level. Expressing his agreement with Mahatma Gandhi’s statement that ‘the future of India lies in its villages’, the Vice President said that the development of villages is an essential precondition to the development of the nation.

The Vice President said that educational institutions must re-orient their curricula to ensure that students spend time in rural areas, interacting with people and understanding their problems.

The Vice President opined that by steering itself towards eco-friendly industrialisation, sustainable urbanisation, and inclusion of the rural economy, India has the potential to not only become the world’s fastest growing economy but also to serve as an inspiration, a model to the world

Expressing disappointment that our vision for development is still largely urban-centric, Naidu lamented that rural India still lagged behind urban India in terms of crucial development indicators.

Tue, 22 Jan 2019 11:28:59 +0530
Vice President lauds Yoga

The Vice President M. Venkaiah Naidu has said that Yoga was India’s greatest legacy, its most glorious gift to the world. He said that the massive participation of people from all over the world on International Yoga Day celebrations was a testament to the fact that the world has accepted Yoga and was celebrating it.

Addressing the gathering after releasing the book ‘Universal Brotherhood through Yoga’ compiled by Bharatiya Sanskrit Pitham, the Vice President said that Yoga has the power to bring in the essential transformation required to change the way people live, think and interact with fellow human beings and Mother Nature.

Saying that Yoga could indeed serve as a force for unity in the world, Naidu said it was a privilege to be practicing, promoting and propagating the great tradition that promotes physical wellbeing and inspires spiritual and intellectual awakening.

The Vice President said that an understanding of the underlying theory and Philosophy of Yoga was essential for any practitioner to appreciate Yoga in its true sense.

Saying that Yoga does not provide a universal remedy for all types of diseases, he said that it could prove to be a valid alternative therapy for prevention of various types of illnesses. He said that the book lays great emphasis on all such aspects and delves deep into the infinite possibilities of the practical applications of the knowledge of Yoga. 

Expressing concern over the increase of lifestyle diseases like cardiovascular ailments, diabetes, hypertension, asthma and other respiratory diseases as well as cancers, Naidu said that highly stressful workplaces combined with the rise in environmental pollution was playing havoc with our health.

Naidu said that the meditation techniques associated with Yoga inspire a sense of deep calmness, contentment and true peace within the practitioner. The group of physical, mental, and spiritual practices ingrained in Yoga allows people to practice self-control, exercising dominion over senses and of helps in maintaining balance, he added. 

Tue, 22 Jan 2019 11:09:59 +0530
Modi to inaugurate PBD 20

The Prime Minister, Narendra Modi will inaugurate the 15th Pravasi Bharatiya Diwas Convention at Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh on 22 January 2019. 

For the first time, the three day long convention is being organized in Varanasi from 21-23 January 2019. The theme of PBD Convention 2019 is "Role of Indian Diaspora in building New India". 

In reverence to the sentiments of the larger diaspora to participate in Kumbh Mela and Republic Day celebrations, the 15th PBD Convention is being organised from 21 to 23 January 2019 instead of 9th January. After the Convention, participants will visit Prayagraj for Kumbh Mela on 24th January. They will then proceed to Delhi on 25th January and witness the Republic Day Parade at New Delhi on 26th January 2019. 

Prime Minister of Mauritius Mr. Pravind Jugnauth will be the chief guest of the PBD convention. Mr. Himanshu Gulati, Member of Parliament of Norway, will be the Special Guest while Mr. Kanwaljit Singh Bakshi, Member of Parliament of New Zealand will be the Guest of Honor at the 15th edition of PBD. 

Key events of this edition include- 

21 January 2019- Youth Pravasi Bharatiya Diwas. The event will provide opportunities for the young Diaspora to engage with New India. 

22 January 2019 - Inauguration of PBD convention by Prime Minister in presence of Prime Minister of Mauritius, Pravind Jugnauth.

23 January 2019 – Valedictory Session & Pravasi Bharatiya Samman Awards by the President of India. 

Various plenary sessions are also scheduled during the event. The evenings are marked with cultural programs. 

About Pravasi Bharatiya Diwas:  

The decision to celebrate Pravasi Bharatiya Diwas (PBD) was taken by the former Indian Prime Minister, late Atal Bihari Vajpayee.

The 1st PBD was celebrated on 9th January 2003 in New Delhi. January 9 was chosen as the day to celebrate PBD as it was on this day in 1915 that Mahatma Gandhi, had returned to India from South Africa.

PBD now celebrated once in every two years, provides a platform to the overseas Indian community to engage with the government and reconnect with their roots.  During the Convention, Pravasi Bharatiya Samman is conferred on the selected overseas Indians for their significant contributions to various fields both in India and abroad. 

14th PBD held during 7–9 January 2017 at Bengaluru, Karnataka was inaugurated by Prime Minister Narendra Modi. The theme for the 14th PBD was "Redefining engagement with the Indian diaspora”.  In his address, Mr. Modi had said that Indian diaspora represents the best of Indian culture, ethos and values and are respected for their contributions. He underlined the importance of continuous engagement with the overseas Indian community as a key area of priority for the Government.

Tue, 22 Jan 2019 10:47:11 +0530
Statue of Unity is a befi

The Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu has said that the Statue of Unity is a befitting memorial to Sardar Patel, whose vision, courage and determination led to the integration of 565 princely States and paved the way for building a modern India.

Speaking after visiting the 182-metre tall statue at Kevadia in Gujarat, the Vice President said "my heart is filled with emotions and pride. Now we have a great structure that symbolises the great legacy of Sardar Patel". Naidu lauded Prime Minister Narendra Modi for taking up the initiative to build the State of Unity and added that he had always felt that due recognition was not given to Sardar Patel in the past.

The visit gave him a feeling of ‘completeness’ and a sense of ‘unity of mind and soul’.

The splendid statue represents the vision and resolve of SardarVallabhbhai Patel towards achieving political integration of a ‘Unified India’. He said that the historic statue stands as a reminder of the struggles the Sardar had undergone in unifying India.

He said the 'Statue of Unity' would create greater awareness among the people on Sardar Patel's monumental contribution to nation-building. Given its significance, the amount spent on erecting the statue was a "priceless investment", he added.

Naidu said that all Indians, particularly the youth should visit the statue o to draw inspiration and know the history. It was the responsibility of every citizen who owes allegiance to the Constitution of India to do everything to uphold the unity of our country, he added.

Talking about the humble beginnings of Patel who hailed from a farmer’s family, Naidu said that Patel with his hallmark qualities such as determination, hardwork and resolve led several peasant movements against British, beginning with the farmers agitation during KhedaSatyagrah.

The Vice President said it was a matter of pride for all of us that a Farmer was the architect of unified modern India. He said that it was a great achievement that our country won the freedom from colonial rulers after a long and hard fought freedom struggle under the leadership of Mahatma Gandhi.

It is indeed a matter of pride for Gujarat that both the architect of India’s freedom and architect of a unified India hailed from this State, he said.

The Vice President said that the people of India would forever remain grateful to Sardar Patel for consolidating India with a steely resolve. For this one act of courage and determination Sardar Patel is rightly called the Iron Man of India, he added.

Mon, 21 Jan 2019 13:25:55 +0530
Vice President calls upon

The Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu said that terrorism, climate change and corruption were the three main challenges the world was facing today and called upon the global community to come together to tackle them.

Addressing the valedictory session of 9th Vibrant Gujarat Global Summit at Gandhinagar, he said that terrorism was the enemy of humanity and urged all countries to come together in eliminating the menace. Similarly, everyone should join hands to minimize the impact of climate change.

He said corruption was the problem of the entire world and urged all countries to agree on extradition of economic fugitives and exchange of information relating to illegal bank accounts.

Observing that the reforms taken up by the Government in the past few years have made India the top destination for investments in the world, he said this was the right time for foreign investors to tap the huge potential offered by India in various sectors from real estate to healthcare.

India, he said, was the bright spot in the world’s economy today. Global corporations were getting attracted to India because of the huge untapped potential in the Indian consumer market, which is being driven by favorable demographics and rising disposable incomes. Today, India is the second largest mobile phone manufacturer.

 India has improved its ranking in World Bank’s Ease of Doing Business to 77th position. Measures like demonetization, GST, Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code, repeal of outdated laws, giving thrust to road and air connectivity, increased focus on infrastructure, housing and agricultural sectors have enabled the economy to pick up momentum. Allowing most sectors open for 100% foreign participation through FDI under the automatic route was expected to add to the momentum, he added.

Quoting the World Bank’s latest forecast, Naidu said that India would continue to be the fastest growing major economy in the world.

Expressing confidence about India’s growth story, he said the size of the Indian economy would touch $5 trillion soon and would further double to $10 trillion by 2030.

Calling India’s unique model of cooperative and competitive federalism suitable structure for inclusive progress and prosperity, the Vice President appreciated the competition among various states to attract investors and promote industrialization.

He appreciated the Gujarat government for emerging as a shining example among states to offer investment opportunities.

Naidu said that transformation of India and Gujarat was a testimony of our strong resolve to put India on the global map as a preferred destination to live and do business. In fact, he said that the Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi’s three-word mantra ‘Reform, Perform and Transform’ seeks to achieve transformation in all sectors to take India to greater heights.

Urging the developed countries to lead the way in transfer of technology to India, he said “ time and again, we have proved that we are a responsible nation. We will create the ecosystem for safe copyright laws such that there is no hesitation in sharing technology with us. Our native talent will help build upon this technology to come up with innovative products and solutions”.

The Vice President said Indian companies were looking for newer markets to invest, sell and export goods. But most importantly, we are looking to go beyond trade and investment. We wish to create long-lasting bonds between nations that will cement seeds of trust and cooperation. This will be paramount to identifying solutions to issues in the economic, social and cultural sphere especially in today’s world which is much heterogeneous.

Mon, 21 Jan 2019 10:28:48 +0530
Pravasi Bharatiya Divas 2

The Tent city in the outskirts of the spiritual capital of India, Varanasi is all set to welcome the NRI guests who will start reaching on 20th January. Commissioner of Varanasi Division and nodal officer of PBD 2019 Deepak Agrawal said that all the works at Tent City at Aidhey village have been completed. Only final touches for beautification and decoration are in progress which also will be over by 19th Jan evening, the Commissioner said. He further said that all the modern amenities like spa, gymnasium, medical hospital etc. have been put in place to give them the best of the comfort and hospitality.

Thirty E- Rikshaws will be at disposal of the guests of Tent City who will enjoy by visiting various pandals and sectors of 43 acres of the Tent City. Besides, a help desk will work round the clock in order to provide all the information and facility to the guests who wish to visit various places of Varanasi. As it is the winter season in Varanasi, special arrangements have been made to light gas bonfire to save the guests from shivering cold.

While almost all arrangements have already been completed at Deen Dayal Trade Facilitation Centre- TFC, the main convention center of PBD 2019 at Bada Lalpur of Varanasi. Exhibition halls, conference halls, meeting halls etc have been fully decked up to host the mega event. The entire campus has been decorated with the theme of 'Kashi Culture' depicting famous ghats, temples and above all- the ethos of the most ancient living city.

Meanwhile, various citizens' forums are taking out rallies and processions in Varanasi to appeal and sensitise the common people to not only keep the city surroundings clean but also give every guest a very welcome and hospitable touch which is the second nature of every Kashi Wallah. Most of the renowned shops and malls in Varanasi have also synced themselves with the theme of Pravasi Bhartiya with shopping festival. The NRI guests are also scheduled to visit various old Mohallas of Varanasi including Khojwan, Kshmiriganj and Assi to watch the artisans and Craftsmen in action especially weaving and preparing the Banarsi Silk Saree, a Geo tagged product famous world over. Authorities say that wives of many heads of States visiting PBD 2019 have expressed desire to visit such houses where these products are prepared.

Various ghats of Ganga at Varanasi including Assi,Dr. Rajendra Prasad Ghat and Assi have specially been decorated in view of ensuing PBD. Laser shows and cultural evenings among several other events will enrich their stay at Kashi and will surely etch into an everlasting memory for all of the NRIs coming to PBD at Varanasi.

Sun, 20 Jan 2019 14:16:12 +0530
Stand up to the needs of

The Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu has called for recognising the valuable human assets we have in people with disabilities and stressed the need for removing the stigma attached to disability.

He said it was important that as a society we stand up to the needs of the less fortunate and create a congenial environment for persons with disabilities.

Stating that eliminating discriminatory tendencies must become the first step in empowering the disabled, he said it should be the collective responsibility of the society, people and institutions to support Divyangjan and empower them to lead a dignified life.

Naidu said that India’s development story would be incomplete without ‘inclusion’ and harnessing the hidden potential of all people including the differently abled.

Vice President attended a cultural event organized by the BhagwanMahaveerViklangSahayataSamiti (BMVSS) in Hyderabad and lauded the efforts of the organization for providing Jaipur foot (artificial limb) to the persons with disabilities at an affordable price.

Naidu said that improving vocational training and employment opportunities for people with disability was a critical element for enhancing the quality of life for individuals with disability. He appreciated the efforts of the government to empower them by providing skill training under “Skill India” initiative of  Prime Minister.

He called upon Government, Private Sector and NGOs to put in unified efforts to realize the target of skilling 2.5 Million PwDs (with 70% target employment) by 2022.

Opining that employing persons with disability was also an important component in their empowerment, Shri Naidu said that 4% reservation provided by the government in Central Government jobs for persons with disabilities was a step in the right direction. He called upon the private sector and corporate India to take cue from this step and create more job opportunities for the less fortunate. He also urged them to include in their CSR activities the development of infrastructure accessible to persons with disabilities.

The Vice President complimented noted Dancer "Ms. SudhaChandran who gave Bharatanatyam performance at the cultural event and said that her dedication towards Dance, her extraordinary display of courage and persistence to realize the dream of becoming a dancer despite all odds, makes her a source of inspiration.

Sun, 20 Jan 2019 13:46:18 +0530
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The Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurated National Museum of Indian Cinema in Mumbai. Governor of Maharashtra C. Vidyasagar Rao, CM of Maharashtra Devendra Fadnavis, Union Minister of State Shri Ramdas Athawale and Union Minister of State Col. Rajyavardhan Rathore (Retd.) along with other dignitaries were present on the occasion.  

In his address,  the Prime Minister said that the National Museum of Indian Cinema will provide a wonderful opportunity for the younger generation to understand and learn about Indian cinema. He added that the Museum will have detailed information about the history of Indian entertainment industry, along with tales of struggles of various film personalities.

Stating that film and society are a reflection of each other, Prime Minister said that whatever happens in the society are reflected by the movies on screen while the images from the films are also mirrored in the society.

Talking about trends he said there are many films now which depict both the problem and the solution which is a positive sign as compared to earlier years when only the helplessness was displayed. 

Mr Modi said that India is now confident of finding its own solutions to the problems it faces and this he said is a sign of a New India which is confident and capable of taking issues head on and resolving them.

The Prime Minister in his address highlighted the global reach of Indian Cinema. In this context, he mentioned his interaction with various global leaders who can even sing Indian songs. 

He extended best wishes to the film fraternity for creating the characters that have captured the imaginations of young generations. He said that due to global appeal of such characters, India’s youngsters are now not just fans of Batman, but also of Bahubali.

The Prime Minister said that the Indian Cinema has a big role in enhancing India’s soft power, its credibility and building Brand India across the world. He said that through Cinema important social issues such as sanitation, women empowerment, sports etc are now reaching to people. Cinema plays an important role in nation Building and strengthens the feeling of Ek Bharat Shresth Bharat. PM said that the film Industry has a huge potential of contributing to the growth of Tourism in the country.

He mentioned that Government is working to provide the facility of ‘Ease of Filming’  by putting in place a Single Window Clearance system, for Film Shooting approvals in different parts of the country. Prime Minister said Government is working on amending Cinematograph Act 1952 to check the problem of Film Piracy.

PM said Government is also working towards setting up a National Centre for Excellence for Animation, Visual Effects, Gaming and Comics.  Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi said that a fully dedicated university for Communication and Entertainment is a need of the hour and urged Film personalities to suggest and contribute on this. He also suggested the idea of Global Film Summit similar to Davos Summit which would focus on the expansion of the market for Indian Cinema.

The Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurated National Museum of Indian Cinema in Mumbai. Governor of Maharashtra C. Vidyasagar Rao, CM of Maharashtra Devendra Fadnavis, Union Minister of State Shri Ramdas Athawale and Union Minister of State Col. Rajyavardhan Rathore (Retd.) along with other dignitaries were present on the occasion.  

In his address,  the Prime Minister said that the National Museum of Indian Cinema will provide a wonderful opportunity for the younger generation to understand and learn about Indian cinema. He added that the Museum will have detailed information about the history of the Indian entertainment industry, along with tales of struggles of various film personalities.

Stating that film and society are a reflection of each other, Prime Minister said that whatever happens in the society are reflected by the movies on the screen while the images from the films are also mirrored in the society.

Talking about trends he said there are many films now which depict both the problem and the solution which is a positive sign as compared to earlier years when only the helplessness was displayed. 

Mr Modi said that India is now confident of finding its own solutions to the problems it faces and this he said is a sign of a New India which is confident and capable of taking issues head on and resolving them.

The Prime Minister in his address highlighted the global reach of Indian Cinema. In this context, he mentioned his interaction with various global leaders who can even sing Indian songs. 

He extended best wishes to the film fraternity for creating the characters that have captured the imaginations of young generations. He said that due to global appeal of such characters, India’s youngsters are now not just fans of Batman, but also of Bahubali.

The Prime Minister said that the Indian Cinema has a big role in enhancing India’s soft power, its  credibility and building the Brand India across the world. He said that through Cinema important social issues such as sanitation, women empowerment, sports etc are now reaching to people. Cinema plays an important role in nation Building and strengthens the feeling of Ek Bharat Shresth Bharat. PM said that the film Industry has a huge potential of contributing in the growth of Tourism in the country.

He mentioned that Government is working to provide facility of ‘Ease of Filming’  by putting in place a Single Window Clearance system, for Film Shooting approvals in different parts of the country. Prime Minister said Government is working on amending Cinematograph Act 1952 to check the problem of Film Piracy.

PM said Government is also working towards setting up a National Centre for Excellence for Animation, Visual Effects, Gaming and Comics.  Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi said that a fully dedicated university for Communication and Entertainment is a need of hour and urged Film personalities to suggest and contribute on this. He also suggested the idea of Global Film Summit similar to Davos Summit which would focus on the expansion of market for Indian Cinema.

Sun, 20 Jan 2019 13:20:13 +0530
Mamata holds United Indi

The "United India Rally" being organised by Trinamool Congress chief Mamata Banerjee at Kolkata's Brigade Parade Ground today has received a roaring response from opposition leaders as well as the public, with lakhs gathering at the venue, reports NDTV.

Among those on the stage are Samajwadi Party leader Akhilesh Yadav, DMK chief MK Stalin, Loktantrik Janata Dal chief Sharad Yadav, National Conference chief Farooq Abdullah and Nationalist Congress Party head Sharad Pawar. Although Congress president Rahul Gandhi could not make it to the event, he had extended his support in a letter addressed to the Trinamool chief yesterday.

All the speakers at the event termed the event as a response to the "dark days" the BJP government had brought upon the country. Prime Minister Narendra Modi, however, has claimed that the opposition parties were uniting only to save "their family, their empire", NDTV reported.

Sat, 19 Jan 2019 15:50:03 +0530
Trump to meet Kim again b

US President Donald Trump is to meet North Korean leader Kim Jong-un for a second summit by the end of February, the White House says. The announcement came after Mr Trump met top North Korean negotiator Kim Yong-chol at the White House.

He had been expected to deliver a letter from Kim Jong-un to Mr Trump, reports BBC.

Little progress has been made on denuclearisation since their historic summit in Singapore last June. No venue has been announced for the new summit.

Speculation is mounting that it could be held in Vietnam, BBC reported.

Sat, 19 Jan 2019 13:53:15 +0530
21 killed in Mexico oil p

An explosion at a leaking oil pipeline has killed at least 21 people and injured 71 in central Mexico. Local residents were scrambling to steal some of the leaking oil when they were engulfed in flames, said Hidalgo state governor Omar Fayad.

Dozens of people have been taken to hospitals with burns, reports BBC.

Television footage showed flames leaping into the night sky in the town of Tlahuelilpan, near the Tula oil refinery on Friday.

Mr Fayad later flew in a helicopter over the disaster area and promised to help residents, BBC reported.

Sat, 19 Jan 2019 13:39:13 +0530
Varanasi all set to welco

The spiritual capital of India - Varanasi or Kashi, is all set to welcome over 400 NRI guests participating in Pravasi Bharatiya Diwas 2019 starting next week. People of Kashi will host the stay and care for more than one thousand five hundred NRI guests in their homes under Kashi Atithya scheme. These guests will get to experience essence of 'Atithi Devo Bhawa'. The guests will get home cooked food to savour and best homely ambience to relish it. Besides, they will also be face to face with local people witnessing the routines of a typical Banarsi day in and day out. 

On 21st January, on inauguration of Youth Pravasi Bhartiya Diwas, around 700 guests will visit Swatantra Bhawan of Benaras Hindu University BHU, where along with many other programs they will also see an art exhibition commemorating the 150th birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi on the theme 'Pravasi Bhartiya'. Apart from it, they will also interact with the students of BHU.  

In order to make this mega event more people oriented and inclusive, several sports and cultural activities are being organized in the run up of PBD 2019. Starting from 17th January, competition in traditional sports such as Kabaddi, Kho-Kho, wrestling, Mugdal are taking place with cash prizes of 51000, 25000, 10000 Rupees respectively. These sports' competitions are being held at Sigra stadium and Assi Ghat of Ganga.

Apart from it, a 3km Walkathon with around 5000 participants, zumba dance, martial arts competition among women, health talks are other attractions for localities to connect them with PBD 2019. A three-day Kala Exhibition will mark PBD 2019 at Mahatma Gandhi Kashi Vidyapeeth Vishwavidyalaya Varanasi. One more interesting event- sand art competition on theme of 'Pravasi Bhartiya' is also simultaneously being organised in various cities including Patna, Bhubaneshvar, Mumbai, Chennai and Varanasi. 

Sat, 19 Jan 2019 13:31:51 +0530
Nirmala Sitharaman dedica

Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman inaugurated the 426.60 metre long Pre Stressed Concrete Box Girder type bridge over Diffo river on Roing-Koron-Paya road in Arunachal Pradesh. Dedicating the bridge to the nation, the Raksha Mantri praised the commendable work being done by Project Udayak, Border Roads Organisation (BRO) in this region.

Sitharaman appreciated completion of this prestigious bridge which would provide uninterrupted access between Dibang valley and Lohit valley region of Eastern Arunachal Pradesh and an all-weather Road to the troops deployed on the China Border.

Director General Border Roads Lt Gen Harpal Singh explained the rigours/hurdles faced by BRO in tough working conditions in an almost inhospitable terrain facing turbulent flash floods and also pointed out that the BRO has sacrificed numerous precious lives in discharging its duties across the length and breadth of country.

The ceremony was also attended by Minister of Animal Husbandry, Dairy Development, Agriculture and Horticulture, Government of Arunachal Pradesh Dr Mohesh Chai who praised the contribution of BRO in the development of this area.

Sat, 19 Jan 2019 13:21:46 +0530
ISRO to launch Chandrayaa

The launch window for Chandravaan-2 is March 25 - April 30 this year, said Chairman, Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO), Dr K Sivan, while addressing a press confe. He said that ISRO has planned 32 missions this year. Elaborating on the priority areas of ISRO, the Chairman said that these include Gaganyaan project, reaching out to students, outreach programmes, planned missions of this year and Vikram Sarabhai Centenary celebrations.

Elaborating on the outreach programmes, Dr Sivan said that this year ISRO has initiated ‘Samvad with students’ programme where ISRO chairman meets the students during his outstation visits and address their queries and quench the scientific thrust. The youth have boundless energy and endless curiosity, he added.

For the first time, ISRO has announced the ‘Young Scientists Programme’ to encourage the scientific talent and increase scientific pool in the country. Under this programme, Dr Sivan said, 3 students from each state and UT will be selected for ISRO programme for one month during which they will visit ISRO centres, interact with senior scientists and will have access to Research and Development facilities. All the expenses of travelling and boarding will be borne by ISRO. Dr Sivan appealed to the state governments and the state education departments for their active cooperation in making the programme a success.

ISRO Chairman said that six incubation centres will be established in various parts of the country - North, South, East, West, Centre and North-East. First such Centre has been established in Agartala. Dr Sivan also announced the establishment of six R&D centres. The students will be able to conduct R&D at these centres as well as incubation centres. He added that ISRO has inaugurated UNNATI programme yesterday the purpose of which is to train participants on nano satellite assembly.

Sat, 19 Jan 2019 13:13:22 +0530
PM Modi meets Uzbekistan

Prime Minister Narendra Modi and President of Uzbekistan Shavkat Mirziyoyev held a bilateral meeting on the sidelines of the "Vibrant Gujarat Global Summit-2019”. Earlier, President Mirziyoyev, leading a large and high powered delegation arrived in Gandhinagar on 17 January received by  O. P. Kohli, Governor of Gujarat.

During their meeting, Prime Minister extended a warm welcome to President Mirziyoyev and his delegation to Gujarat. Recalling their last meeting during the State Visit of President Mirziyoyev to India held on 30 September-1 October, 2018, Prime Minister expressed his satisfaction on progress and implementation of various decisions taken during the State Visit. Referring to the MoU on cooperation between Gujarat and the Andijan region of Uzbekistan signed during the State Visit, Prime Minister noted the presence of the Governor of Andijan region in the Uzbek delegation and expressed hope that as a result of President Mirziyoyev’s visit, relationship between Uzbekistan and India and region-to-region cooperation between Andijan and Gujarat would be further strengthened.

Prime Minister thanked President Mirziyoyev for his support for the First India-Central Asia Dialogue held at the level of Foreign Ministers in Samarkand, Uzbekistan on 12-13 January 2019 where important discussions also took place on support to peace and development in Afghanistan. 

President Shavkat Mirziyoyev thanked Prime Minister for the invitation to participate in the Vibrant Gujarat Summit.He informed Prime Minister that Uzbekistan attaches high priority to attracting investments from India and mentioned sectors of IT, education, pharmaceuticals, healthcare, agri-business and tourism as some of the priority areas for Uzbekistan’s prospective cooperation with India.

Sat, 19 Jan 2019 11:49:22 +0530
Modi lauds India s busine

Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurated the 9th edition of Vibrant Gujarat Summit at Mahatma Mandir Exhibition cum Convention Centre in Gandhinagar. 5 Heads of States from Uzbekistan, Rwanda, Denmark, Czech Republic and Malta along with the captains of industry from various sectors & over 30,000 delegates from India and abroad are taking part in the event.

The Prime Minister invited global business leaders and companies to come and invest in India where the business climate is more investor friendly now with the required infrastructure and facilities in place. PM said, “India is now ready for business. In the last four years, we have jumped 65 places of global ranking of ease of doing business. I have asked my team to work harder to ensure India is on the top 50 next years.”

Mr. Modi said that International Institutions like the World Bank, IMF and Moody’s have shown confidence on India’s economy and the reforms taken in recent times. He added, “We have also made Doing Business cheaper. The implementation of GST and other measures of simplification of taxes have reduced transaction costs and made processes efficient. We have also made Doing Business Faster through digital processes and single point interfaces.”

Underlining the importance of India’s growth and its strong economic fundamentals, the Prime Minister said, “At 7.3 per cent, the average GDP growth has been the highest of any Indian government since 1991. At the same time, the average rate of inflation at 4.6 per cent is the lowest for any Indian government since 1991 when India began its process for liberalization.”

He told the gathering that those, “who visit India regularly will feel a change in air, in terms of direction and intensity. Over the last four years, the aim of my government is to reduce government and increase governance. We wish to take deeper structural reforms to strengthen our economy. We continue to remain one of the fastest growing economies in the world,"

Sat, 19 Jan 2019 11:13:04 +0530
Priya Varrier appears in

Priya Varrier appears in gorgeous look as she poses on the eve of the teaser launch of "Sridevi  Bungalow"

 

 

 

 

 

Fri, 18 Jan 2019 18:47:23 +0530
UAE Ambassador holds disc

Dr. Ahmed Abdulrahman Al Banna, UAE Ambassador to India, held a discussion session with leading Emirati companies in India, which was organised by the "UAE-India Joint Business Council."

The session aimed to provide a platform for Emirati companies to express their fears and opinions and exchange expertise, as well as to explain their expansion plans in India to Al Banna.

Al Banna highlighted the importance of holding follow-up meetings and requested the companies to prepare summaries of their unresolved issues.

The discussion witnessed the participation of heads of leading Emirati companies in India, including DP World, Emirates Airlines, Etihad Airways and Abu Dhabi Commercial Bank.

It was also attended by Mohammed Saleh Ahmed Al Teneiji, UAE Consul-General in Mumbai, Ahmed Sultan Al Falahi, Commercial Attaché at the UAE Embassy, and Abdul Salam, Director-General of the UAE-India Joint Business Council.

At the start of his speech, Al Banna welcomed the representatives of the Emirati companies and highlighted the growing bilateral relations between the two countries, especially in the areas of the economy and trade. He also explained the creation of a fast track system for the UAE’s investments in India, to assure Emirati companies in the country.

Fri, 18 Jan 2019 16:22:01 +0530
Asian Cup Organising Comm

Major General Mohammed Khalfan Al Rumaithi, Chairman of the General Authority for Sports and Vice President of the Supreme Organising Committee of the AFC Asian Cup, UAE 2019, met with an Indian spectator, Razzaq Osan Konath.

During the match between the UAE and Indian national teams, Konath raised a sign, which stated, "My nationality is Indian, but my heart is Emirati."

While meeting Konath at the Abu Dhabi Sports Council headquarters today, Al Rumaithi commended his sportsmanship, civilised cheering and love for the UAE while affirming that the cheering and love shown by expatriates for the country during UAE 2019 reflects the image of a nation of tolerance, as well as the UAE’s stature in the hearts of all nationalities who coexist on the land of the late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan in love and peace.

In statements to the Emirates News Agency, WAM, following the meeting, Al Rumaithi stressed that the UAE is a nation of goodness and tolerance that hosts over 200 nationalities while pointing out that this image presented by Konath was not the only such example, but they were numerous examples in various matches of the championship.

He added that the UAE is hosting the largest Asian Cup championship in history, with the participation of 24 national teams and the attendance of thousands of spectators from many Asian countries who are present in the UAE to support their teams in an atmosphere of tolerance and love.

At the end of the meeting, Al Rumaithi presented the Abu Dhabi Sports Council shield to Konath, in appreciation for his love of the UAE and his cheering for his country’s national team during the cup.

Fri, 18 Jan 2019 16:02:24 +0530
Asian Cup 2019 Japan sea

Japan moved to within touching distance of the AFC Asian Cup UAE 2019 knockout phase on Sunday as Genki Haraguchi’s first-half penalty helped the Samurai Blue seal a narrow 1-0 win over Oman.

Japan's hard-fought victory saw Hajime Moriyasu’s charges record their second win of the campaign and guarantee the four-time champions of Asia a place in the Round of 16 should Turkmenistan draw or lose when they play Uzbekistan in the group’s later game.

The result also meant Japan – excluding penalty shoot-outs – extended their record of only losing once in their last 30 games at the AFC Asian Cup Finals since being beaten by Saudi Arabia in the 2007 semi-finals.

Japan are set to complete their group stage fixtures when they face Uzbekistan on Thursday in Al Ain, with Oman playing Turkmenistan on the same day.

Fri, 18 Jan 2019 15:50:00 +0530
Five Yemenis killed in Ho

Five Yemenis, including two women, were killed and tens injured, in a bombardment by the Houthi militia of the Bani Jaber Tent, at Khokha District in Hodeidah, according to a medical source in the field hospital in Khokha.

The source also confirmed that the hospital received today tens of injured civilians as a result of the bombardment, including children and women, adding that their medical conditions are critical and medium.

Abdul Raqeeb Fatah,Yemen's Minister of Local Administration and Chairman of the Higher Relief Committee, condemned the attack by the Iranian-backed militia for the second time and called on the international community to shoulder the humanitarian responsibility stipulated in the international charters.

He also called for piling pressure on the rebels to put an immediate end to all crimes and violations committed against the Yemeni people.

Fatah also pointed out that the Houthi violations of the cease-fire agreement signed in Sweden are proof that the militia is dealing with disregard for international conventions and efforts to end the Yemeni crisis.

Fri, 18 Jan 2019 15:40:13 +0530
Makar Sankranti celebrati

K.A.Viswanathan

While dates of all Hindu festivals keep changing as per the Gregorian calendar, the date of Makar Sankranti remains constant on January 14 and Pongal on 15. After this event, days start becoming longer and warmer and chill of winter declines. It is believed that any auspicious and sacred ritual can be sanctified in any Hindu family, this day onwards.  For Keralites, this is another important festival like Vishu and Onam.

Sri Ayyappa Bhaktha Samiti, at Dadar celebrates this for three days since 1950 at Napoo Garden at Matunga. This year it concluded on January 14. Started by late Mr.V.Krishnan Nair this organization has been conducting this festival which was then the first of its kind in Maharashtra. “We make out of banana stems, four temples, which is a replica of all the temples in Sabarimala in Kerala and a mosque of Vavar, a Muslim confident of Lord Ayyappa, “ said his son Mr. Gopalakrishna Nair. In the evening a procession of Lord Ayyappa was taken out from the nearby Shiva temple with Velichapadu (Oracle) carrying sword and dagger which are the weapons of the Lord and led by Pancha Vadhyam and Nadaswaram he said.

On Makar Sankranti evening, at the hill shrine of Lord Ayyappa’s Sabarimala in Kerala, lakhs of pilgrims witness a celestial light. It is believed that this brilliant flame of light is the aarathi performed by the Gods. Known as Makar Jyoti, this miracle occurs at the time of the evening prayer time. This year it appeared on January 14.

Fri, 18 Jan 2019 13:55:26 +0530
9th edition of Vibrant Gu

The 9th edition of Vibrant Gujarat Summit gets underway at Mahatma Mandir Exhibition cum Convention Centre in Gandhinagar today. Prime Minister Narendra Modi will address the inaugural session of the summit aimed at giving a fillip to investments in Gujarat.

In the run up to the start of the Vibrant Gujarat Summit scheduled to be held during January 18-20, the Prime Minister inaugurated the Global Trade Show at the Exhibition centre. The PM visited the various pavilions and evinced keen interest in the stalls of ISRO, DRDO, Khadi etc. among others bringing to the fore his vision of Make in India with an apt tagline- From Charkha to Chandrayaan. He was accompanied by the Chief Minister of Gujarat, Vijay Rupani and other dignitaries. The Global trade show is spread over an area of 200,000 sq. Mts, with more than 25 industrial and business sectors showcasing their ideas, products and designs under one umbrella here.

A series of events and programs have been organized alongside the summit. One of the major attractions today is Ahmedabad Shopping Festival– 2019 which will be inaugurated by the Prime Minister later this evening. Mascot of the Vibrant Gujarat Ahmedabad Shopping Festival will be unveiled by the PM on this occasion. Ahmedabad Shopping Festival 2019 is the first event of its kind in India and provides an opportunity for the enterprises from the city to showcase their products.

In addition to the flagship events organized as part of Vibrant Gujarat, the 9th edition of the Summit will also witness the launch of a completely new set of forums aimed at diversifying the nature of knowledge sharing at the Summit, and intensifying the level of networking between participants.

Fri, 18 Jan 2019 13:10:15 +0530
Modi inaugurates Ahmedaba

The Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurated the Ahmedabad Shopping Festival-2019 at the Sabarmati Riverfront in Ahmedabad. From the street vendors to shopping malls and from Craftsmen to hotels-restaurant-linked businesses, across the Gujarat, have come here to showcase and promote their products. The festival is unique since it is being organized simultaneously with the Vibrant Gujarat Summit.

The Prime Minister addressed a public gathering on the occasion. He praised the event saying “Usually, we get to see such big business Summit only abroad. Now vibrant Gujarat as well as the start of Ahmedabad shopping Festival, is a commendable initiative”.

The PM added, “The Government is constantly working to create a conducive environment for business in the country. In the past 4 years, old laws have been abolished and hundreds of rules are made easier. It is because of such efforts that we have improved significantly on the Ease of Doing Business rankings from 142 to 77”. The PM added,“It is our constant endeavour to simplify procedures for small entrepreneurs. We are moving towards the system when the banks can give credit to small entrepreneurs on the basis of GST and other returns. We are clearing loans up to Rs one crore in 59 minutes”.

Earlier today, the PM inaugurated the Vibrant Gujarat Global Trade Show at the Mahatma Mandir Exhibition cum Convention Center in Gandhi nagar.  With this, the stage is set for 9th edition of Vibrant Gujarat Summit, scheduled to be held during January 18-20in Gandhi nagar. The Summit will witness the participation of Heads of States, Captains of global industry and Thought Leaders. Prime Minister Narendra Modi will address the inaugural session of the summit tomorrow.

Fri, 18 Jan 2019 12:53:45 +0530
Journalist murder case R

A special CBI court in Panchkula on Thursday sent Ram Rahim and three others to life imprisonment for the murder of journalist Ramchandra Chhatarpati more than 16 years ago in Haryana. The sentencing was delivered via video conferencing.

The court has also imposed a fine of Rs 50,000 on each, reports news agency ANI.

The 51-year-old Dera chief is already serving a 20-year prison term in Rohtak’s Sunaria jail for raping two of his women followers.

Chhatrapati's, son, told ANI that he feel relieved today and is satisfied with the punishment.”

Strict vigil was being kept near the court complex in Sector 1 of Panchkula, adjoining Chandigarh. Security measures were also ensured in Haryana’s Sirsa town.

The Haryana government had filed a plea on Tuesday seeking that the Dera chief should be allowed to appear through video conferencing during the pronouncement of the quantum of the sentence as his movement could lead to law and order situation. The court accepted the petition on Wednesday.

In Panchkula and Sirsa in Haryana in August 2017 Violence had erupted following the conviction of Dera Chief head in the rape cases, leaving more than 40 people dead and scores injured.

Chhatrapati was shot at a point-blank range at his Sirsa home on October 24, 2002, months after his newspaper ‘Poora Sach’ published an anonymous letter alleging women followers were sexually harassed and raped by Ram Rahim in the Dera headquarters in Sirsa. Three weeks later, Chhatrapati succumbed to his injuries.

Chhatrapati’s family had approached the Punjab and Haryana High Court in 2003, seeking a transfer of the case to the CBI. The probe in the case was later handed over to the CBI, which filed a charge sheet in July 2007.

The agency said in its charge sheet in the case that Dera manager Krishan Lal had given his licenced revolver and a walkie-talkie to the two shooters, Kuldeep Singh and Nirmal Singh, in the presence of Ram Rahim.

Fri, 18 Jan 2019 12:43:07 +0530
Naidu calls for making in

‘Making information and knowledge available to people in their own languages and dialects becomes extremely important in a country that is as diverse, as complex and as multi lingual as India’, the Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu said. He was addressing the gathering at the demonstration of the machine language translation software ‘Saara’ in Hyderabad.

Naidu said that it is mandatory that we remove the barriers which people face to access information and technology if we wish to educate and empower our citizens. In this context, he highlighted the importance of translation initiatives likes ‘Saara’, reasoning that translation facilitates communication, exchange of ideas and information. ‘It enriches languages and literature and brings the world together’, he said.

Fri, 18 Jan 2019 12:13:03 +0530
Ram Mandir will be built

Ram Mandir will be built in 2025 RSS takes a dig at BJP government

 

PRAYAGRAJ: Rashtriya Swayamsewak Sangh (RSS) has now launched a direct pounce at the BJP-led government at the Centre and peeved over the delay in the construction of Ram Mandir at Ayodhya.

The RSS believes that Prime Minister Narendra Modi's government at the Centre would not take any steps towards the construction of the Ram Mandir even after winning the upcoming Lok Sabha polls.

RSS took a dig at the Modi government saying that the Ram Mandir will be built in 2015. The senior RSS leader made the statement while addressing a programme at Kumbh Mela in Prayagraj. Joshi (general secretary ) RSS expressed confidence that the growth of country will speed up after the construction of Ram Mandir, just like it happened in 1952 after the beginning of the building of Somnath Temple in Gujarat.

The RSS leader said that the construction of the Ram Mandir in Ayodhya has several challenges and it is essential to address these issues. Joshi said that Ram Mandir is not just a temple. Instead, its construction is connected to the faith of crores of Hindus in India.

Joshi also targeted the Modi government over its claim that India will embark on its path to become a world leader again under Modi's leadership, saying that

Fri, 18 Jan 2019 12:10:22 +0530
Ram Rahim sentenced to l

Ram Rahim: sentenced to life imprisonment.

 

A special CBI court in Panchkula on Thursday Ram Rahim and three others to life imprisonment for the murder of journalist Ramchandra Chhatarpati more than 16 years ago in Haryana. The sentencing was delivered via video conferencing

The court has also imposed a fine of Rs 50,000 on each, reports news agency ANI.

The 51-year-old Dera chief is already serving a 20-year prison term in Rohtak’s Sunaria jail for raping two of his women followers.

Chhatrapati's, son, told ANI that he feel relieved today and is satisfied with the punishment.”

Strict vigil was being kept near the court complex in Sector 1 of Panchkula, adjoining Chandigarh. Security measures were also ensured in Haryana’s Sirsa town

The Haryana government had filed a plea on Tuesday seeking that the Dera chief should be allowed to appear through video conferencing during the pronouncement of the quantum of the sentence as his movement could lead to law and order situation. The court accepted the petition on Wednesday.

In Panchkula and Sirsa in Haryana in August 2017 Violence had erupted following the conviction of Dera Chief head in the rape cases, leaving more than 40 people dead and scores injured.

Chhatrapati was shot at a point-blank range at his Sirsa home on October 24, 2002, months after his newspaper ‘Poora Sach’ published an anonymous letter alleging women followers were sexually harassed and raped by Ram Rahim in the Dera headquarters in Sirsa. Three weeks later, Chhatrapati succumbed to his injuries.

Chhatrapati’s family had approached the Punjab and Haryana High Court in 2003, seeking a transfer of the case to the CBI. The probe in the case was later handed over to the CBI, which filed a charge sheet in July 2007.

The agency said in its charge sheet in the case that Dera manager Krishan Lal had given his licenced revolver and a walkie-talkie to the two shooters, Kuldeep Singh and Nirmal Singh, in the presence of Ram Rahim.

Ram Rahim: sentenced to life imprisonment.

 

A special CBI court in Panchkula on Thursday Ram Rahim and three others to life imprisonment for the murder of journalist Ramchandra Chhatarpati more than 16 years ago in Haryana. The sentencing was delivered via video conferencing

The court has also imposed a fine of Rs 50,000 on each, reports news agency ANI.

The 51-year-old Dera chief is already serving a 20-year prison term in Rohtak’s Sunaria jail for raping two of his women followers.

Chhatrapati's, son, told ANI that he feel relieved today and is satisfied with the punishment.”

Strict vigil was being kept near the court complex in Sector 1 of Panchkula, adjoining Chandigarh. Security measures were also ensured in Haryana’s Sirsa town

The Haryana government had filed a plea on Tuesday seeking that the Dera chief should be allowed to appear through video conferencing during the pronouncement of the quantum of the sentence as his movement could lead to law and order situation. The court accepted the petition on Wednesday.

In Panchkula and Sirsa in Haryana in August 2017 Violence had erupted following the conviction of Dera Chief head in the rape cases, leaving more than 40 people dead and scores injured.

Chhatrapati was shot at a point-blank range at his Sirsa home on October 24, 2002, months after his newspaper ‘Poora Sach’ published an anonymous letter alleging women followers were sexually harassed and raped by Ram Rahim in the Dera headquarters in Sirsa. Three weeks later, Chhatrapati succumbed to his injuries.

Chhatrapati’s family had approached the Punjab and Haryana High Court in 2003, seeking a transfer of the case to the CBI. The probe in the case was later handed over to the CBI, which filed a charge sheet in July 2007.

The agency said in its charge sheet in the case that Dera manager Krishan Lal had given his licenced revolver and a walkie-talkie to the two shooters, Kuldeep Singh and Nirmal Singh, in the presence of Ram Rahim.

Ram Rahim: sentenced to life imprisonment.

 

A special CBI court in Panchkula on Thursday Ram Rahim and three others to life imprisonment for the murder of journalist Ramchandra Chhatarpati more than 16 years ago in Haryana. The sentencing was delivered via video conferencing

The court has also imposed a fine of Rs 50,000 on each, reports news agency ANI.

The 51-year-old Dera chief is already serving a 20-year prison term in Rohtak’s Sunaria jail for raping two of his women followers.

Chhatrapati son told ANI that he feel relieved today and is satisfied with the punishment.”

Strict vigil was being kept near the court complex in Sector 1 of Panchkula, adjoining Chandigarh. Security measures were also ensured in Haryana’s Sirsa town

The Haryana government had filed a plea on Tuesday seeking that the Dera chief should be allowed to appear through video conferencing during the pronouncement of the quantum of the sentence as his movement could lead to law and order situation. The court accepted the petition on Wednesday.

In Panchkula and Sirsa in Haryana in August 2017 Violence had erupted following the conviction of Dera Chief head in the rape cases, leaving more than 40 people dead and scores injured.

Chhatrapati was shot at a point-blank range at his Sirsa home on October 24, 2002, months after his newspaper ‘Poora Sach’ published an anonymous letter alleging women sadhvis or followers were sexually harassed and raped by Ram Rahim in the Dera headquarters in Sirsa. Three weeks later, Chhatrapati succumbed to his injuries.

Chhatrapati’s family had approached the Punjab and Haryana High Court in 2003, seeking a transfer of the case to the CBI. The probe in the case was later handed over to the CBI, which filed a charge sheet in July 2007.

The agency said in its charge sheet in the case that Dera manager Krishan Lal had given his licenced revolver and a walkie-talkie to the two shooters, Kuldeep Singh and Nirmal Singh, in the presence of Ram Rahim.

Ram Rahim: sentenced to life imprisonment.

 

A special CBI court in Panchkula on Thursday Ram Rahim and three others to life imprisonment for the murder of journalist Ramchandra Chhatarpati more than 16 years ago in Haryana. The sentencing was delivered via video conferencing

The court has also imposed a fine of Rs 50,000 on each, reports news agency ANI.

The 51-year-old Dera cheif is already serving a 20-year prison term in Rohtak’s Sunaria jail for raping two of his women followers.

Chhatarpati’s son told ANI, that he feel relieved today and is satisfied with the punishment.”

Strict vigil was being kept near the court complex in Sector 1 of Panchkula, adjoining Chandigarh. Security measures were also ensured in Haryana’s Sirsa town

The Haryana government had filed a plea on Tuesday seeking that the Dera chief should be allowed to appear through video conferencing during the pronouncement of the quantum of the sentence as his movement could lead to law and order situation. The court accepted the petition on Wednesday.

In Panchkula and Sirsa in Haryana in August 2017 Violence had erupted following the conviction of Dera Chief head in the rape cases, leaving more than 40 people dead and scores injured.

Chhatrapati was shot at a point-blank range at his Sirsa home on October 24, 2002, months after his newspaper ‘Poora Sach’ published an anonymous letter alleging women sadhvis or followers were sexually harassed and raped by Ram Rahim in the Dera headquarters in Sirsa. Three weeks later, Chhatrapati succumbed to his injuries.

Chhatrapati’s family had approached the Punjab and Haryana High Court in 2003, seeking a transfer of the case to the CBI. The probe in the case was later handed over to the CBI, which filed a charge sheet in July 2007.

The agency said in its charge sheet in the case that Dera manager Krishan Lal had given his licenced revolver and a walkie-talkie to the two shooters, Kuldeep Singh and Nirmal Singh, in the presence of Ram Rahim.

 

Fri, 18 Jan 2019 12:01:37 +0530
India always believe in

The Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu has said that India never was an aggressor and attacked any country despite being known as Vishwaguru once upon a time and always believed in the philosophy of "Sarve Janah Sukhino Bhavantu".

Addressing the gathering after releasing a book titled  'India’s Ocean Neighborhood: Narendra Modi’s Strategy Initiatives' written by academician and Chancellor of Central University of Kerala, Prof. S.V. Seshagiri Rao in Hyderabd, he said that the book was a timely treatise on the multi-dimensional importance of the Indian Ocean region for India, particularly in terms of national security and economic growth.

He said the book brought out several initiatives taken by the Indian Government with a long-term vision to protect India’s maritime interests and strengthen the security in the wake of a hegemonic threat to the region.

The Vice President lauded the efforts of government under the leadership of Prime Minister Narendra Modi for promoting India’s interest at the global stage and for leveraging diplomacy effectively.

Saying that history tells us that India once had a dominant presence in the Indian Ocean region, Naidu opined that time has come for India to recapture its past glory and assert its role on the world stage.

India was now being recognized and respected by the world for its reforms, economic growth and development, he said and referred to the support India was receiving in its bid to become a permanent member of the United Nations Security Council.

The Vice President said that an initiative such as the International Solar Alliance initiated by India brought 121 countries together to work for and efficient exploitation of solar energy to reduce dependence on fossil fuels and also to promote sustainable development. He said that the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) declaring 21 June, as International Yoga day was a great recognition given to India and its ancient art form Yoga.

Naidu urged the younger generation to read the book written by Prof. Seshagiri Rao to understand the importance of ocean security. Even to pursue the philosophy of ‘Sarve Jana Sukhino Bhavanthu’, ocean security was vital, he added.

Fri, 18 Jan 2019 11:52:46 +0530
NIA raids in western UP a

NIA raids in western UP and Punjab

 

New Delhi/Lucknow: The National Investigative Agency (NIA) conducted raids in terrorism-related cases in Western UP and Punjab on Thursday morning.

 Just a month after the National Investigative Agency (NIA) conducted raids at multiple locations in Uttar Pradesh (UP) and Delhi,

Raids are underway today at seven places in western UP and Punjab in connection with the investigation of the recently registered case of ISIS-inspired terror module.  

The agency earlier said it made headway in the case when it made a new arrest from UP's Ghaziabad in connection with the case on January 12. The agency said the group was planning attacks and serial blasts, targeting politicians and government buildings in Delhi and other parts of the country. 

On the same day, NIA conducted raids at various locations in several UP towns such as Hapur, Meerut, and Ghaziabad.

The agency accused Hassan of visiting Jammu & Kashmir in May and August 2018 along with Iftekar Sakib, who is also an accused in the case.

The NIA made multiple arrests which it says were part of the 'Harkat ul Harb e Islam' module of global terrorist group ISIS. In the raids, the agency claimed to have seized a rocket launcher, suicide vests and 112 alarm clocks. Also, 25kg of chemicals used to make explosives including Potassium Nitrate, Ammonium Nitrate and Sulphur

Thu, 17 Jan 2019 17:21:34 +0530
Mumbai dance bars to reo

 Mumbai dance bars to reopen without drizzling of money

Mumbai, Jan 17:   The Supreme Court has passed the rules on the licensing and functioning of a dance bar in Maharashtra, saying that liquor and dance can co-exist. But drizzling of money not allowed.

the decision was passed on Thursday by the SC

  The Supreme Court passed its verdict in the validity of the Maharashtra Prohibition of Obscene Dance in Hotels, Restaurants and Bar Rooms and Protection of Dignity of Women (Working therein) Act, 2016 on Thursday.

" SC said in its verdict."There cannot be a total prohibition on dance bars. Maharashtra has granted no licence since 2005. There may be regulations, but that should not amount to a total prohibition." 

The performers can be tipped by customers though. Maharashtra government's by order of putting CCTV cameras in Mumbai dance bars and for licences to be given only to the people of good character was dubbed 'vague' and done away by SC. 

The time of five and a half hours for dance performances was upheld. The Maharashtra Prohibition of Obscene Dance in Hotels, Restaurants and Bar Rooms and Protection of Dignity of Women (Working therein) Act prohibited women to dance in commercial establishments and had imposed as many as 20 restrictions which forced the industry to shut down in Mumbai.

 

Thu, 17 Jan 2019 16:49:18 +0530
Engineering student to ro

 

Engineering student to rob a businessman, arrested.

  To rob, a businessperson Aman Khan the accused with his two friends came from Mandawali to Lahori Gatet as per police inquiry.

 On Tuesday night a 20-year-old mechanical engineering student of Jamia Millia Islamia was arrested when a police team detained him and recovered three countrymade pistols near Lahori Gate in north Delhi. Police said Aman Khan and his two associates were allegedly planning to rob a businessperson whom they were following when the police team spotted him.

According to the police, a patrolling team was checking vehicles on main Chandni Chowk road when they spotted a man on a blue scooter carrying a backpack. 

Deputy commissioner of police (north) Nupur Prasad said when the patrolling van staff signalled him to stop, the rider tried to speed away and took a U-turn. Before he (Khan) could escape the policeman got down and chased him who is a resident of Mandawali in east Delhi,” Prasad said.

When the patrolling staff asked Khan why he was trying to flee, he could not give a satisfactory reply, the DCP said. “He was asked to show documents of the two-wheeler, but he did not have anything. We then checked his backpack and recovered three countrymade pistols. He was arrested,” Prasad said.

Khan told the police that he, and two of his friends from Mandawali, had come to Lahori Gate to conduct a recce to rob a businessperson. “He said they came to know that the businessman was carrying a huge amount of cash. He said while two of his friends were keeping a watch on their target, he was waiting for them on the two-wheeler,” the officer said.

 

Police said Khan’s father is an auto-rickshaw driver, and his mother is a housewife. Police also said that the scooter Khan was riding was not stolen and belongs to one of the two men, who are on the run. “He said the three country-made guns were arranged by one of the two for executing the robbery. We are ascertaining the source of the weapons,” Prasad said.

Prasad said Khan’s friends had been identified and teams have been formed to search for them. “We have possible leads, and they will soon be arrested,” she said.

Ahmed Azeem, public relations officer of Jamia Millia Islamia, said the university had not received any information from the police in this regard. He said that the university would look into the incident and take action upon receiving a complaint from the police.

Thu, 17 Jan 2019 16:00:42 +0530
UAE India boost ties in

The Director-General and Chairman of the Board of Executive Directors of the Roads and Transport Authority, RTA, Mattar Al Tayer, has met with India’s Consul-General in Dubai Vipul, and explored means of boosting cooperation and exchanging expertise between RTA and Indian entities operating in the field of railways, roads and transport.

During the meeting, the two parties also discussed the upcoming roads and infrastructure projects in Dubai. Al Tayer praised the outstanding relationships between the UAE and India in the business and tourism sectors; which have yielded an increase in trade exchange between the two countries and the flow of tourists.

He also reviewed key roads and infrastructure projects currently undertaken by RTA along with the public transport network in Dubai. He also highlighted RTA’s efforts to improve traffic safety level by revamping the processes of training and licensing of drivers as well as the inspection of vehicles.

India's Consul-General, in turn, praised the upswing seen by Dubai, rendering it a focal point for investors, business leaders, and tourists from all over the world. He expressed India’s hope to broaden the horizons of coordination and exchanging of horizons in various fields.

Thu, 17 Jan 2019 14:00:44 +0530
UAE flies first flight us

The Sustainable Bioenergy Research Consortium (SBRC), a non-profit entity established by Masdar Institute that is part of Khalifa University of Science and Technology, announced the world’s first commercial flight using locally produced sustainable fuel on an Etihad Airways Boeing 787 powered by GE’s GEnx-1B engines.

The flight from Abu Dhabi to Amsterdam marked a major milestone in the development of a clean, alternative aviation fuel to reduce carbon emissions. The initiative also addresses food security in the UAE through the farming of seafood as a core element in the process.

The SBRC partners have been working together to prove the concept of a comprehensive value chain that is centered around the Seawater Energy and Agriculture System (SEAS). This is a synergistic industrial platform that supports the aviation sector, the oil and gas industry, food production and the creation of a new agricultural alternative in the UAE.

Dr. Thani bin Ahmed Al Zeyoudi, Minister of Climate Change and Environment, said: "The UAE’s visionary leadership is strongly committed to positioning the country as a global hub for innovation and sustainability. In this context, productive cross-disciplinary public-private partnerships are crucial to fuelling research and development efforts and creating game-changing innovations that enable a more sustainable future.

"Deep decarbonisation of energy-intensive industries has a ripple effect on food security and climate action. Clean, alternative aviation fuels are an innovative and sustainable solution to significantly reducing harmful carbon emissions. The UAE is proud to be a pioneer in this domain."

Mariam Hareb Almheiri, Minister of State for Food Security, said: "This proof of concept is a ground-breaking development that addresses the challenges of energy, water and food security – three elements that are inextricably linked and which form a nexus, meaning that actions in any one area have an impact in the others. What is particularly exciting about the SEAS is that it is an initiative that supports multiple platforms; aviation, oil and gas and agriculture. It is an important specialised initiative under the aquaculture umbrella, with the UAE recognising that this sector represents one of the best uses of what is the region’s most precious resource and has consequently established its aquaculture sector with an investment of more than AED 100 million to develop hatcheries and fish farms."

Thu, 17 Jan 2019 13:55:59 +0530
May to meet MPs to make w

Theresa May is to meet MPs to try to find a way forward for Brexit, after her slim victory in the no-confidence vote. The PM saw off a bid to remove her government from power by 325 to 306 votes, the day after her plan for leaving the EU was rejected, reports BBC.

Afterwards, Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn refused to join talks unless the threat of a no-deal exit was ruled out.

The PM said she wanted to approach discussions in a "constructive spirit". Speaking outside Downing Street after talks on Wednesday night with the Lib Dems, SNP and Plaid Cymru, Mrs May called on MPs to "put self-interest aside". She must present a new plan for EU withdrawal to Parliament by 21 January, BBC reported.

"It will not be an easy task, but MPs know they have a duty to act in the national interest, reach a consensus and get this done," she said.

Thu, 17 Jan 2019 12:46:22 +0530
Ram Rahim s Sentencing S

Security was tightened in parts of Haryana and Punjab due to the sentencing of the convict Ram Rahim Singh and his three close aides, former sect manager Krishan Lal along with carpenters Kuldeep and Nirmal,  by a special CBI court on Thursday.  

The Central Bureau of Investigation court in Panchkula, Haryana, will announce the quantum of punishment to them who were convicted on January 11 for conspiring to murder journalist Ram Chander Chhatrapati. Judge Jagdeep Singh will announce the sentencing.

Strict monitoring is done near the court complex in Sector 1 of Panchkula, adjoining Chandigarh. Security has also been tightened in Haryana's Sirsa town, around 260 km from Chandigarh, where the sect's headquarter is located.

The Punjab Police has also taken preventive security measures in the neighbouring state as the sect has lakhs of followers in Bathinda, Mansa and Sangrur.

Dera Sacha sauda chiefs conviction on August 25, 2017, had led to violence in Panchkula and Sirsa, leaving 41 people dead and over 260 injured.

The authorities were allowed in Haryana to produce the discredited  Chief and three others before it through video-conferencing for their sentencing by the court on Wednesday

Ram Chander Chhatrapati, who edited a newspaper in Sirsa, was shot five times on October 24, 2002. He died later that year on November 21 in a hospital in New Delhi.

Thu, 17 Jan 2019 12:41:57 +0530
Robbers loot passengers o

Around 3.30 am, passengers on a train that had stopped in Delhi were stunned by robbers who looted them at knifepoint. The group barged into two AC coaches of the Jammu-Delhi Duranto Express at Badli on the outskirts of the capital, when the train was waiting for the signal to proceed to the main station in Delhi.

The robbers allegedly looted cash, bags, mobile phones and gold chains from the passengers.

The railways were alerted by a passenger's complaint on its portal. "Suddenly some 7 to 10 unidentified miscreants entered coaches B3 and B7 of the train. They were carrying sharp edged knives with them. They put the knife near to the neck of passengers and asked them to handover whatever expensive items they are carrying with them," the person wrote.

The passenger said the horror lasted for 10 to 15 minutes before the robbers jumped off the train. "The irony is that neither staff nor security personnel were available there at the time of the mishap," he claimed in his complaint.

Thu, 17 Jan 2019 12:10:58 +0530
BJP chief Amit Shah down

BJP's national chief Amit Shah is down with swine flu and is being treated at AIIMS in the national capital. Hope to get well soon, the BJP chief tweeted. On Tuesday, Amit Shah had offered prayers at the Jagannath Temple in Ahmedabad, reports NDTV.

"I have been diagnosed with swine flu for which the treatment is underway. With God's grace and your love and wishes, I hope to recover soon," he said.

According to sources at AIIMS, the BJP leader was admitted following complaints of chest congestion and breathing issues around 9 pm. The doctors are monitoring his condition under the supervision of AIIMS director Randeep Guleria, sources said.

Home Minister Rajnath Singh was among the first ones to react and tweeted Amit Shah that he will pray for his speedy recovery, NDTV reported.

Thu, 17 Jan 2019 11:34:06 +0530
Modi to visit Gujarat for

Prime Minister Narendra Modi will be on a three day visit to Gujarat beginning tomorrow, 17th January 2019. During this period, he will visit Gandhinagar, Ahmedabad, and Hazira.

In his first engagement tomorrow at the Mahatma Mandir Exhibition cum Convention Center in Gandhinagar the Prime Minister will inaugurate Vibrant Gujarat Global Trade Show. More than 25 industrial and business sectors will be showcased here under one umbrella.

In the evening, he will inaugurate Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel Institute of Medical Sciences and Research in Ahmedabad. This is a state of art, super-speciality public hospital built by Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation and is equipped with all modern amenities, including an air ambulance. The 78 metre high structure is a true blend of skill, scale and speed.

In keeping with the spirit of Digital India, this will be a completely paperless hospital. It will serve the common man and support the overarching vision of Ayushman Bharat.

The Prime Minister will inspect the facilities at the hospital and address a gathering.

Later in the evening, Ahmedabad Shopping Festival – 2019 will be inaugurated by the Prime Minister. This is being organized simultaneously with Vibrant Gujarat. The PM will also unveil the Vibrant Gujarat Ahmedabad Shopping Festival Mascot. The Ahmedabad Shopping Festival 2019 is the first event of its kind in India. It will provide an opportunity for city enterprises to showcase their products.

The Prime Minister will also address a public gathering on this occasion.

On the next day, 18th January 2019, the Prime Minister will inaugurate the 9th edition of Vibrant Gujarat Summit at Mahatma Mandir Exhibition cum Convention Center in Gandhinagar. Vibrant Gujarat Summit was conceptualized in 2003 by the Prime Minister Narendra Modi who was then the Chief Minister of Gujarat, to re-establish Gujarat as a preferred investment destination. The Summit provides a platform for brainstorming on agendas of global socio-economic development, knowledge sharing and forging effective partnerships.

Prime Minister will visit Hazira on 19th January, 2019 to mark the setting up of the Hazira Gun Factory.

From Hazira, he will go to Silvassa in Dadra Nagar Haveli. He will inaugurate and lay the foundation stone of various development projects. 

In the last leg of his visit, the Prime Minister will go to Mumbai on 19th January. He will inaugurate the new building of National Museum of Indian Cinema.

Thu, 17 Jan 2019 10:36:57 +0530
AIFF thanks Constantine f

All India Football Federation President Praful Patel thanked Stephen Constantine for his contribution to Indian Football.

Constantine who had taken over as the Head Coach of the Senior Men’s Indian National Team in February 2015, announced his decision step down after India bowed out of the AFC Asian Cup UAE 2015).

Constantine’s contract with AIFF ran till January 31.

In his statement, Mr. Patel said: “It’s been a wonderful journey. We have travelled a long distance together, and the world has seen it all. I would like to wish Stephen all the very best for the future, and thank him for all his efforts and contribution towards Indian Football.”

AIFF General Secretary Mr. Kushal Das in his statement said: “We respect and accept his decision. I would like to thank Stephen for guiding us through a very critical phase in Indian Football. Under his guidance we witnessed some of the most successful days in Indian football in recent times. It’s time for Indian Football to enter a new phase. I wish Stephen all the best in his future endeavours,” Mr. Das stated.

In the AFC Asian Cup UAE 2019, India who were clubbed with hosts UAE, Thailand and Bahrain in Group A, finished on 3 points. After a splendid start in the tournament where the Blue Tigers beat Thailand 4-1, they went down to UAE 0-2 and 0-1 to Bahrain in the next two games, thus bowing out.

Wed, 16 Jan 2019 14:26:07 +0530
India crashed out of Asia

The Indian National Team lost by a solitary goal against Bahrain at the Sharjah Stadium in UAE to finish bottom of Group A with three points, crashing out of the AFC Asian Cup 2019.

Jamal Rashed’s 91st-minute penalty broke Indian hearts as the opponents ran out eventual winners, after a solid defensive performance from Constantine’s men.

In a nervous start for the Blue Tigers, Anas succumbed to injury in the opening minutes and was replaced by Salam Ranjan Singh. Gurpreet Singh Sandhu’s goal was threatened and he was called into action as early as the 5th minute when he pulled off an uncanny save off Komail’s shot from outside the box.

With Bahrain literally keeping possession for the first ten minutes, India’s first chance came in the 13th when Pritam Kotal released a cross for Ashique Kuruniyan, whose header was blocked by the opposition defence. Halicharan Nazary’s 22ndminute shot added to India’s shot tally but hit the side-netting.

The 28th minute saw some exquisite passing by India in Bahrain’s box. Pronay Halder found Halicharan on the wings, who dribbled in and laid one for Sunil Chhetri lurking in the box. Last ditch tackle from Bahrain’s defence blanked Chhetri as he was attempting to shoot on goal from less than 10 yards.

With Bahrain having the lion’s share of possession, the Blue Tigers defended with their lives, with Sandesh Jhingan marshalling the backline. The Indian midfield, compact, came back to help the backline, hence allowing Bahrain shots from distance.

Though Bahrain penetrated into the Indian box, the opponents did not create any serious trouble that Sandesh and his line could not deal with. Even skipper Pronay Halder made a goalline clearance in the dying embers of the first half to keep Bahrain at bay.

Coach Constantine added more spark in the attack with the introduction of Jeje Lalpekhlua at the half-way point, replacing Ashique Kuruniyan. But it still was the defensive performances of Pronay Halder and Sandesh Jhingan that provided the forwards cover and thwarted the opposition attacks.

In the 60th minute, Sandesh Jhingan made a sliding tackle to deny an open goal tap-in to Bahrain forwards after a cross from the Indian right flank went unchecked.

A few minutes later, Udanta Singh got into the thick of defensive action and made a sensational tackle in the Indian box to rob the opponents of possession. Minutes before, he was brought down around the Bahrain box and the resulting free-kick was sent over the bar by Sunil Chhetri.

In the 73rd minute, Bahrain got an indirect free-kick inside the box after Gurpreet had collected a back pass but the Indian defence line saw out the free-kick, flinging bodies to keep the ball out of the goal.

The India custodian pulled off a world-class save in the 83rd minute to deny Bahrain from a close-range header, following a corner kick, and Pritam Kotal blocked the resulting shot.

Jamal Rashed scored from the spot in the dying embers of the game to hand Bahrain a last gasp win after Pronay Halder brought Hamad Al Shamsan down in the box.

 

Wed, 16 Jan 2019 14:21:14 +0530
May faces confidence vote

Theresa May's government faces a vote of no confidence later after MPs rejected the PM's Brexit deal.

Labour launched the bid to trigger a general election after the deal setting out the terms of Britain's exit from the EU was rejected by 230 votes, reports BBC,

However, one senior party figure has suggested it is unlikely to succeed, with Northern Ireland's DUP and Tory rebels saying they will back the PM.

The confidence vote is expected to be held at about 19:00 GMT.

May has told MPs she will return to the Commons with an alternative plan next week, provided she survives the confidence vote, BBC reported.

"The House has spoken and this government will listen," she said on Tuesday night, offering cross-party talks to determine a way forward.

Wed, 16 Jan 2019 14:12:03 +0530
Abu Dhabi Securities Exch

Abu Dhabi Securities Exchange, ADX, participated in the Partnership Summit 2019 in Mumbai, India on 12th and 13th January, 2019, as part of a UAE delegation led by Sultan bin Saeed Al Mansoori, Minister of Economy.

At the event organised in collaboration with the host, the State Government of Maharashtra, the ADX delegation was led by Khalifa Salem Al Mansouri, Acting Chief Executive of the ADX. The participation of the ADX was in line with its strategy to bolster its international presence, as well as strengthen cooperation between the ADX and the Bombay Stock Exchange, BSE, as part of a Memorandum of Understanding signed by the two sides.

In February 2018, the ADX formed a joint working group with the BSE to promote cooperation between the two stock exchanges in several key areas, including benefiting from the expertise of the BSE in supporting small and medium enterprises and the steps it has taken to effectively manage related projects and procedures.

Al Mansouri said that the ADX's participation in the summit underscored its continued efforts to benefit from global best practices, as well as its desire to forge strategic partnerships to attract more foreign investment to the ADX and Abu Dhabi, in particular.

"During the summit, we were keen to highlight the unique investment environment of Abu Dhabi, both in terms of political and economic stability, its fair legislative and legal system, as well as advanced infrastructure. These are all factors that attract investors looking for stable markets and sustainable returns. The summit was an ideal platform for us to work closely with our Indian counterparts as investors from the country are an important source of foreign investment in the emirate," he added.

The ADX delegation highlighted the position of the Exchange as the preferred destination for foreign investments in the region and reiterated the significance of the cooperation between ADX and the BSE and benefits and investment opportunities it brings.

The number of Indian investors in the ADX stood at around 17,700 by the end of 2018. The trading value of their transactions during 2018 amounted to about AED345 million with the market value of shares they owned standing at around AED280 million as of the end of last year.

Indian Vice President Venkaiah Naidu; Suresh Prabhu, Minister of Commerce and Industry of the Government of India and Devendra Fadnavis, Chief Minister of Maharashtra, attended the opening of the summit, which witnessed the attendance of more than 1,400 participants from 40 countries around the world.

 

Wed, 16 Jan 2019 14:07:42 +0530
Sharjah says goodbye to N

Sharjah has showcased the unique features of Arab and Emirati culture in the Indian capital, as the guest of honour at the 27th edition of New Delhi World Book Fair, NDWBF 2019.

The nine-day book fair, which began on 5th January and concludes today, saw the participation of a host of international authors, intellectuals, as well as leading literary and cultural entities.

Sharjah’s cultural delegation was led by Sheikh Fahim Bin Sultan Al Qasimi, Executive Chairman of Sharjah’s Department of Government Relations, and included prominent officials of cultural and academic entities in Sharjah.

The NDWBF organisers, the National Book Trust launched the Hindi and English translations of the novel Bibi Fatima and the King’s Sons by His Highness Sheikh Dr. Sultan bin Muhammad Al Qasimi, Member of the Supreme Council and Ruler of Sharjah at the fair’s opening on 5th January.

The Sharjah pavilion at the book fair was set up by the Sharjah Book Authority, SBA, and featured the emirate’s prominent children’s publishers, and other cultural and academic entities, including the Emirates Writers Union (EWU), Emirates Publishers Association, Sharjah Department of Culture, Sharjah Institute for Heritage, Dr. Sultan Al Qasimi Centre for Gulf Studies, Sharjah Media Corporation, UAE Board on Books for Young People, Knowledge without Borders, "1001 Titles" initiative, Al Qasimi Publications, and Kalimat Group.

Visitors to the fair lined up to have copies of 57 Hindi translations of works by Emirati authors at a book signing ceremony. In partnership with the EWU, the SBA translated these literary works contributed by Emirati poets, novelists, researchers and playwrights.

The Sharjah pavilion hosted hundreds of Indian visitors at their special calligraphy booth, where Emirati calligrapher, Khalid Al Jallaf presented them with artworks depicting their names and other messages, written in several forms of Arabic calligraphy including Thuluth, Diwani and Naskh Islamic scripts. This event was organised by the Sharjah Department of Culture in continuation of Sharjah’s efforts to promote Arab and Islamic culture around the world.

Wed, 16 Jan 2019 14:02:50 +0530
Govt to implement 10 per

Union HRD Minister, Prakash Javadekar while addressing a press conference in New Delhi, informed that in a landmark decision, the Government has decided that from the academic year 2019-20 itself, 10 percent Economically Weaker Section (EWS) quota will be implemented across 40, 000 colleges and 900 Universities in the country. This 10 percent quota for EWS will be over and above the existing quotas for SCs, STs and OBCs and General seats.

Adequate additional seats will be created in these colleges and universities to implement the quota for EWS. The UGC and AICTE will be provided with the operational mandate within a week to implement the quota.

In another major announcement, Javadekar informed that the Government has approved proposal to extend the 7th CPC to the teachers and other academic staff of the State Govt. / Govt. aided degree level technical institutions in the country, which will have additional Central Government liability of Rs.1241.78 crore.  

He said that the Central Government will reimburse 50% of the total additional expenditure (from 1.1.2016 to 31.3.2019) to be incurred by these institutes for payment of arrears on account of 7th CPC implementation.

This will directly benefit a total of 29,264 teachers and other academic staff of State Government funded institutes. Besides, about 3.5 lakh teachers and other academic staff of private colleges/ institutions within the purview of AICTE will also benefit from the approval given today, he added.

The Minister said that the implementation of pay commission recommendation in State Government Aided / funded AICTE approved technical institutes will help them in attracting and retaining the faculty of high academic standards.

Wed, 16 Jan 2019 13:56:43 +0530
Temperature dips to 4 de

On Monday as the temperature dipped to -4 degrees Celsius in Munnar  Kerala witnessed a blanket of frost as the Cold wave continues to hit south Indias,  hills and tea plantations of Munnar. 

 Chenduvara recorded -4 degree Celsius, Periavurrai, Silent Valley, Kanniamallay and Sevenmallay filed -2 degree Celsius on Monday. 

Tourist footfall has increased in the past two weeks. The main attraction being the hills and valleys of Kannimala, Chenduvara, Chittuvara, Seven Valleys, Nallathanni and Munnar town as this was covered by the ice crystals this past two weekend.

"We got a good number of bookings in the last two weeks. After the floods and landslides, the Christmas season and the freezing weather has made a difference to the tourism sector in Munnar", said Aju Abraham Mathew, the General Manager of Tall Trees Resort in Munnar.

Munnar Hotel and Resorts Association President VV George also agreed with Aju and adding to it said we hope that the tourist arrivals will continue in the next week too.

However, the frequent hartals in the state have failed to aid the growth in tourist arrivals to the town. While Aju said that the hartals and strikes affect the industry, George added that even if hotels decided to function on hartal days, they tend to get attacked by the supporters of the hartals. “In the last hartal, many tourists cancelled their trips in Munnar. We request that the government take steps to exempt the tourism sector from hartals and strikes," he said.

Wed, 16 Jan 2019 13:21:35 +0530
No better place in the wo

Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh said that there is no better place in the world to celebrate the Festival of Peace than India. Addressing the Festival of Peace programme organized by the Rashtriya Isai Mahasangh here today, Rajnath Singh said that India is the land of peace where all the religious communities have been living together in harmony for centuries. India being the harbinger of peace and tolerance, one can find all the six sects of Christianity, 72 sects of Islam, Parsis and  Jews living together peacefully, the Home Minister added.

Speaking on the issue of conversion, Rajnath Singh called for a national level debate with an open mind by all the sections of the society. He said that in other countries where majority rules, the minorities demand implementation of Anti conversion Law whereas in India the demand for anti-conversion law comes from the majority community.

Appreciating the efforts made by the Rashtriya Isai Mahasangh in organizing Festival of Peace, Shri Rajnath said that history of Christianity in India is older than Europe as St. Thomas came to India in the 1st century itself. On the occasion, the  Union Home Minister, Rajnath Singh also gave away the peace awards to the organizations and persons who worked towards it.

The Union Minister of State for Social Justice and Empowerment, Shri Ramdas Athawale who was the guest of honor on the occasion also spoke of peace and harmony in the country.  He said that it is only through peace that India can become a strong country. Member of Parliament, Mr Richard Hay was also present on the occasion.

Wed, 16 Jan 2019 11:56:47 +0530
First Royal Bathing of Ku

The first bathing festival of Kumbh was held on Makar Sankranti at Prayag Raj, Uttar Pradesh. The First Shahi Snan or royal bathing of Akharas was also held on the occasion. Prayagraj Kumbh has attracted people from all walks of life in huge numbers.

Large number of saints and Seers, common pilgrims and tourists from across the globe have reached Prayagraj to take Holy dip on the pious occasion of Makar Sankranti at Sangam- the confluence of rivers Ganga, Yamuna and mythical Saraswati.

The  First Royal Bathing or Shahi Snan of Akharas was held today. Beginning at 6.15AM, it was one of the biggest attractions to the pilgrims and tourists. Heavy security arrangements were in place for smooth conduct of royal bathing of Akharas. Central Paramilitary forces were deployed for the security of the processions for royal bathing. Bathing Ghat for the same was well identified.

At Prayagraj, Kumbh Mela is held every 6 years and Maha Kumbh every 12 years. Earlier they were known as Ardh Kumbh and Kumbh. But this year, the  Uttar Pradesh government has announced that ArdhKumbh will be known as Kumbh and Kumbh as Maha Kumbh.

The Mela administration has set up 87 public accommodations in the Mela area at economic rates. Other agencies have also developed high-quality tents with all modern amenities to the tourists in different locations. Special tent colony has also been set up in Arail area of the Mela Pilgrims and tourists can book tents as per their needs and budget online through Kumbh Mela website. Mela administration has said that all arrangements are in place and nearly one crore 20 lakh pilgrims are expected on the occasion.

Wed, 16 Jan 2019 11:28:47 +0530
Militants and Terrorists

 Militants and Terrorists “sons of soils”, says Mehbooba Mufti.

Srinagar: By calling militants and terrorists “sons of soils”. On the occasion of Army Day, when the nation honours the sacrifices and bravery of the brave soldiers, former Jammu and Kashmir chief minister and PDP chief, Mehbooba Mufti, excited yet another controversy In a statement seen as a conciliation push.

 Mufti pushed for “talks” with local militant leaders. The chief of People’s Democratic Party (PDP) and said that talks with militant leadership “was the only way to end gun culture” in Jammu and Kashmir. Speaking to reporters, Mufti asserted that the administration must try to "save" the local terrorists and that it was important for the government to hold talks with all "stakeholders", including the Hurriyat leadership and neighbouring country 

recommending the need to hold dialogue with militant leadership since it is them who carry the guns.

 Mufti said, " I believe in Jammu and Kashmir the dialogue should not only with Hurriyat but also with the militant leadership." Meanwhile, she also claimed that the people of Kashmir were "upset" with her party but "did not hate us" for allying with the Bharatiya Janata Party to form a government in the state. The alliance ended in June last year after the BJP pulled out of the tie-up, leading to Mufti resigning as the CM.  

 "We aligned with BJP to resolve the issue of Kashmir, our party is created for the resolution of Kashmir issue not to come to power,” We are sure sooner people will understand why we joined hands with BJP and leave their grudge aside," .she said During a press conference in south Kashmir's Anantnag district.

 

Wed, 16 Jan 2019 11:28:37 +0530
Infrastructure developmen

The Prime Minister Narendra Modi visited Kollam in Kerala and dedicated the 13 km, 2-lane Kollam bypass on NH-66 to the nation. The Governor of Kerala Justice P. Sathasivam, Chief Minister PinarayiVijayan, Union Minister of Tourism K J Alphons along with other dignitaries were present on this occasion.

Addressing a gathering at the Asramam ground in Kollam, Prime Minister Modi said that infrastructure development has been the priority of his Government and the Kollam bypass is an example.

He underlined the fact that the project got final sanction in January 2015 and now it has seen the light of the day. The Prime Minister told that his Government believes in sabkasaath, sabkavikas for ease of living to the common man and appreciated the contribution and co-operation of Kerala government in completion of the project.

Kollam Bypass will reduce ravel time between Alappuzha and Thiruvananthapuram and decongest the traffic in Kollam town.

 

Talking about the projects in Kerala, the PM said that about 500 km of national highway has been added in Kerala since May 2014. He added that under Bharatmala, a detailed project report for the Mumbai-Kanyakumari corridor is under preparation. .

The Prime Minister said that the government is committed to ensure timely completion of all the projects.  He said that through PRAGATI, more than 250 projects worth Rs.12 lakh crores have been reviewed at his end.

Highlighting the progress in road connectivity, the PM Modi said that compared to the previous Government, the pace of construction in national highways, rural roads has almost doubled. More than 90% of rural habitations have been connected today compared to only 56% in the previous government.  He expressed hope that the government will reach the target of 100% rural road connectivity soon. Regional air connectivity and expansion of railway lines have shown marked improvement resulting in creation of job opportunities.The Prime Minister said, “When we construct roads and bridges, we do not only connect towns and villages. We also connect aspirations with achievements, optimism with opportunities and hope with happiness.”

 

 

About Ayushman Bharat, he said that 8 lakh patients have been benefitted under this scheme while the government has sanctioned more than 1100 crores rupees till date for the scheme. He urged the Government of Kerala to expedite the implementation of Ayushman Bharat scheme, so that the people of Kerala can be benefitted.

The Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi said that tourism is the hallmark of Kerala’s economic development and a principal contributor to the State’s economy. He added that recognizing the tourism potential of Kerala, the government has sanctioned 7 projects in the State under the SwadeshDarshan and PRASAD schemes with funds worth Rs. 550 crore.

Speaking on the importance of Tourism Sector, PM highlighted the remarkable growth in this sector. India posted a growth of 14% over 2016 in the tourism sector while the world grew at an average of 7%. He added that India now stands at 3rd place in Power Ranking in the 2018 report of the World Travel & Tourism Council. Foreign tourist arrivals in India increased by 42% from around 70 lakh in 2013 to about 1 crore in 2017. While the Foreign exchange earned by India due to tourism witnessed a jump of 50%, up from $ 18 billionin 2013 to $ 27 billion in 2017. He described the introduction of the e-Visa as a game changer for Indian Tourism which is now available to nationals of 166 countries.

Wed, 16 Jan 2019 11:20:14 +0530
Prayagraj Smriti Irani T

Prayagraj: Smriti Irani Takes Holy Dip

 

Pilgrims from across the world will arrive in Prayagraj on Tuesday as the Kumbh Mela begins amid a heady mix of spirituality, politics and tourism.

During the eight-week festival at Prayagraj in Uttar Pradesh, authorities expect up to 150 million people, including a million foreign visitors, to bathe at the confluence of the Ganga, the Yamuna, and a mythical third river, the Saraswati.

Union minister Smriti Irani was one of the first VIP pilgrims at the site and also tweeted a picture of her holy dip. Hindus believe that bathing in the waters of the Ganga absolves people of sins and swimming at the time of the Kumbh Mela brings salvation from the cycle of life and death.

"Belief is what brings us here, to bathe in the waters despite the cold," said Ram Krishna Dwivedi, making his way back from the shore dressed in flowing white robes.

On Tuesday, millions of pilgrims plunged themselves into the cold waters during the first Shahi Snan, or Royal Bath, that began at around 4 am.

Authorities have set up temporary bridges, 600 mass kitchens and more than 100,000 portable toilets in a pop-up city at the confluence of the rivers, which is known as the Sangam. 

Most pilgrims make do with more modest lodgings, sleeping in big communal tents or out in the open. "I don't know where I will stay yet, but you do not often get to meet these saints and sadhus," said Rajendra Singh, a retired soldier and now a security guard, who came by bus from Lucknow.

On Monday, a small fire broke out at one of the camps, though there was no report of any casualty. Authorities later warned pilgrims about open fires.

This year's event comes at a critical time for the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), which is gearing up for a tight contest in the 2019 general elections. The party lost power in three key states in assembly elections in December and will want to avoid a similar result during the general election in Uttar Pradesh — a state where a good showing can often decide the outcome.

Wed, 16 Jan 2019 11:11:19 +0530
PM offers prayers at Sree

The Prime Minister Narendra Modi visited Thiruvananthapuram. He unveiled a plaque to mark the inauguration of Swadesh Darshan Scheme.

He offered prayers at Sree PadmanabhaSwamy Temple.

The Prime Minister’s visit to Thiruvananthapuram followed the inauguration of Kollam Bypass earlier.

Wed, 16 Jan 2019 10:57:30 +0530
Mumbai celebrates Pongal

K. A. Viswanathan

 

Makar Sankranti is the only festival people from every community celebrate. In Mumbai at Dharavi, which is one of the most cosmopolitan and congested areas, celebrate this festival every year with zeal with Tamilians, Malayalees, Muslims, Telugus and Maharashtrians coming together to join the event.

 

Sankranthi marks the transition of the Sun from Dhanu rashi (Sagittarius) to Makara rashi (Capricorn). It also signifies the movement of the Sun from the inauspicious Dakshinayana to the auspicious Uttarayana, according to astral positions.

 

Tamilians celebrate this festival for four days as Pongal Thiruvizah which is strictly a rural festival. However, Tamilians who have migrated to Mumbai also follow the tradition of celebrating in the same manner. The name of the festival is derived from “ Pongal” - a rice pudding made from freshly harvested rice, milk and jaggery with cashew nuts added to it.

 

At Dharavi area on Pongal day on January 15, hundreds of housewives gathered before Sunrise and boil the rice and milk in a pot and a turmeric plant is tied around it and it is then symbolically offered to the Sun-God along with other oblations. All people wear traditional South Indian sari and red thilak on their forehead. The offerings include two sticks of sugarcane in the background, coconut, betel leaves, nuts and bananas in the dish. Many people also wear new clothes and women decorate houses with Kolam (designs) using rice flour and red clay.

 

 

Tue, 15 Jan 2019 16:36:53 +0530
Makaravilakku celebration

K.A.Viswanathan

To coincide with Makara sankaranthi the Ayyapa Bhaktha Samithi had organized a three day Ayyappa festival in Matunga  and have made  four temples and a mosque which are replica of the temple at Sabarimala out of plantain stem by artisians from Kerala.

 

It took seven hours to complete the temples. Later they organized a procession of the lord led by Pancha Vadhyam, Udukku pattu and devotee attired in black  dress danced  Ayyappan Tullal singing in praise of the Lord.

 

 

 

Tue, 15 Jan 2019 16:19:30 +0530
Modi to visit Sree Padman

Prime Minister Narendra Modi will inaugurate the project “Development of Spiritual Circuit: Sree Padmanabha Swamy Temple-Aranmula-Sabarimala” being implemented under the Swadesh Drashan Scheme of Ministry of Tourism in the presence of Justice P. Sathasivam Governor of Kerala, Pinarayi Vijayan Chief Minister of Kerala, K.J. Alphons, Union Minister of State (I/C) for Tourism, in Kerala.

The project ‘Development of Spiritual Circuit: Sree Padmanabhaswamy Temple-Aranmula-Sabarimala’ was sanctioned by the Ministry of Tourism in 2016-17 for Rs. 92.22 Crores. Majority of work under this project has been carried out at the Sree Padmanabhaswamy Temple.

The Sree Padmanabaswamy Temple is one of the 108 divyadesams of Lord Vishnu. The temple witnesses huge footfall throughout the year. However, the temple precinct did not establish a sense of arrival to the revered destination nor were the amenities sufficient to cater to the tourists. Under this project, the Ministry has developed and rejuvenated the temple and its surroundings keeping in mind the factors of heritage and socio-cultural aspects.

Swadesh Darshan scheme is one of the flagship schemes of Ministry of tourism for development of thematic circuits in the country in a planned and prioritised manner. Under this scheme the Government is focussing on development of quality infrastructure in the country with objective of providing better experience and facilities to the visitors on one hand and on other hand fostering the economic growth. The scheme was launched in 2014 -15 and as on date the Ministry has sanctioned 77 projects worth projects for Rs. 6131.88 Crore to 30 States and UTs. 30 projects / major components of projects are expected to be completed during the current financial year, of which 10 projects worth Rs.834.22 crore, covering the states of Manipur, Meghalaya, Nagaland, Arunachal Pradesh, Andhra Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh have already been inaugurated.

The Ministry of Tourism recognizing the tourism potential of the State has sanctioned 7 projects in Kerala under the Swadesh Darshan and PRASHAD schemes for an approximate amount of Rs. 550 crores.

Tue, 15 Jan 2019 13:42:16 +0530
Defence Minister visits P

Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman arrived at Port Blair and was received by Vice Admiral Bimal Verma, AVSM, ADC, Commander-in-Chief, Andaman & Nicobar Command at INS Utkrosh. The Defence Minister is on a two day visit to Andaman Nicobar Command (ANC).

 On her second visit to the Command, she will be reviewing its operational preparedness and infrastructural developments of the outlying units of ANC. During her visit, the Defence Minister will witness an operational exercise involving all the forces of the Command, off Campbell Bay in the Great Nicobar Island on 14 Jan 19.

 Nirmala Sitaraman will be interacting with troops and also inaugurating the second phase of Married Accommodation Project (MAP) consisting of 868 dwelling units for troops of ANC at Brichgunj Military Station. 

Tue, 15 Jan 2019 13:34:39 +0530
Modi receives first ever

The Prime Minister Narendra Modi received the first-ever Philip Kotler Presidential award, at 7 Lok Kalyan Marg, in New Delhi. The Award focuses on the triple bottom-line of People, Profit and Planet. It will be offered annually to the leader of a Nation.

The Award Citation says:

“Narendra Modi is selected for his outstanding leadership for the nation. His selfless service towards India, combined with his tireless energy has resulted in extraordinary economic, social and technological advances in the country.”

The Citation adds: “Under his leadership, India is now identified as the Centre for Innovation and Value Added Manufacturing (Make in India), as well as a global hub for professional services such as Information Technology, Accounting and Finance.”

The Citation also mentions: “His visionary leadership has also resulted in the Digital Revolution (Digital India), including the Unique Identification Number, Aadhaar, for social benefits and financial inclusion. It is enabling entrepreneurship, ease of doing business, and creating a 21st century infrastructure for India.”

The Citation mentions initiatives such as Make in India, Startup India, Digital India, and Swachh Bharat, “which have positioned India as one of the most lucrative manufacturing and business destinations in the world.”

Prof. Philip Kotler is a world renowned Professor of Marketing at Northwestern University, Kellogg School of Management. Owing to his ill-health, he deputed Dr. Jagdish Sheth of EMORY University, Georgia, USA, to confer the award.

Tue, 15 Jan 2019 13:25:19 +0530
PM greets people on the e

The Prime Minister Narendra Modi has greeted the people on the occasion of various festivals across India.

 

“Happy Makar Sankranti to everyone!

Best wishes on Pongal!

Greetings on the special occasion of Magh Bihu.

Happy Uttarayan.

May you all scale new heights of progress in the times to come”, the Prime Minister said.

Tue, 15 Jan 2019 13:11:26 +0530
PM to visit Kerala today

The Prime Minister Narendra Modi will visit Kollam and Thiruvananthapuram in Kerala today.

In Kollam, Prime Minister will inaugurate Kollam bypass on NH-66.  It is a 13 km long 2 lane bypass, with a project cost of Rs. 352 crore. It includes 3 major bridges over the Ashtamudi Lake, having a total length of 1540 metres. This project will reduce travel time between Alappuzha and Thiruvananthapuram, and will also decongest traffic in Kollam town.

In Thiruvananthapuram, PM Narendra Modi will visit the Padmanabhaswamy Temple . He is likely to unveil a plaque to mark the launch of some visitor facilities.

This will be the third official visit of the Prime Minister to Kollam. His first visit to the city was in December 2015, when he unveiled the statue of R. Sankar.  Subsequently, the Prime Minister visited Kollam in April 2016, hours after the fire tragedy.

Tue, 15 Jan 2019 13:00:24 +0530
Kumbh Mela 2019

Kumbh Mela 2019

Though the 'Kinnar Akhada' will remain a separate 'Akhada', it has decided to participate with 'Juna Akhada' for the event at Kumbh.

PRAYAGRAJ: The 'Kinnar Akhada' formally joined the 'Juna Akhada' on Sunday to participate in the 'Shahi Snan' in the Kumbh Mela at Prayagraj.

Prayagraj: 'Kinnar Akhada' formally joined 'Juna Akhada' yesterday to participate in the 'Shahi Snan' in #KumbhMela2019. The 'Kinnar Akhada' will continue to be a separate 'akhada' but will participate with 'Juna Akhada' for the event at Kumbh.

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The 55-day long Kumbh Mela is scheduled to start on January 15 and will end on March 4.

Though the 'Kinnar Akhada' will remain a separate 'Akhada', it has decided to participate with 'Juna Akhada' for the event at Kumbh. "We are happy to be associated with 'Juna Akhada'," Kinnar Akhada chief Mahamandaleshwar Laxmi Narayan Tripathi told ANI.

Tripathi appeared quite happy while talking about the debut of her at Kumbh - which is touted as the biggest congregation of pilgrims. "For me, it is a wonderful situation to come to this divine Prayagraj Kumbh. For me, we are one of the most conservative societies in the world where the acceptance of the third gender is remarkably outstanding. For us, this participation is about mainstream society accepting us. This is Akhada beyond sexuality. The creator is within us, and once we perish, we will go back to him. Our doors are open for all," she added.

It is expected that around 12 crores pilgrims and tourists would arrive in Prayagraj during the Kumbh. Massive security arrangements are in place.

The event is held in the month of Magh of Hindu calendar. At Prayagraj Kumbh Mela is held after every six years and Maha Kumbh is organised after every 12 years. Earlier they were known as Ardh Kumbh and Kumbh, but this year it was decided by the Uttar Pradesh government that the Ardh Kumbh will be remembered as Kumbh and Kumbh as Maha Kumbh. The exact dates of bathing during Kumbh are determined according to Hindu astrology.

The Prayagraj district administration has closed all educational institutions, up to class 12, for three days from January 14-16. The entry of buses into the city has been restricted, and makeshift bus stations have been developed at all seven entry points of Prayagraj town. Different airlines have started air connectivity from major cities including New Delhi, Kolkata, Nagpur, Bhopal, Dehradun, Indore, Bengaluru, Ahmadabad, and Lucknow to Prayagraj. This year the event is spread over in 3, 200 hectares of land, about 700 hectares more when compared to 2013 Maha Kumbh.

Tue, 15 Jan 2019 12:56:50 +0530
POINTS TO EVALUATE

POINTS TO EVALUATE

 

1) Moghuls became Indians and Indians became farmers.

 

2) Nehru-Khan-Maino became Gandhi and Indians became fools.

 

3) Muslims became Kashmiris, and Kashmiri Pandits became an exile.

 

4) Bangladeshis became Bengalis and Bengalis couldn't celebrate Durga Puja in soon to be West Bangladesh.

 

5) Those who are intolerant of Hindus became Secular, and the real seculars became Sanghi terrorists.

 

6) The Maoists and Urban Naxals became Intellectuals, and the real Intellectuals became destroyers of history.

 

7) Terrorists became 'Poor-sons-of-head masters' who killed/beheaded army men and the army became human rights violators who used pellet guns on these peaceful protestors.

 

8) The wood used for cremations became an environmental concern while the lacs of acres of land used for burials became secularists birthright.

 

9) The wool used in Rakhi during Raksha Bandhan hurt the sheep, but thousands of goats slaughtered most cruelly during Bakri Eid became religious freedom.

 

10) Appeasement became secular while Sabka Saath Sabka Vikas remains Communal.

 

11) RSS became terrorists, but Hafiz Saheb and Hurriyat's became pinnacles of nationalism and peace.

 

12) Bharat Mata Ki Jai became communal while Bharat Tere Tukde Honge was called "Freedom Of Expression."

 

13) Divide And Rule became inclusive, and Equality became divisive.

A hazardous situation is being created in the country by the so-called seculars without realising the precarious position it is building for this Great Nation.

Tue, 15 Jan 2019 12:16:33 +0530
Actual news about reserva

Actual news about reservation

cabinet approves 10% reservation for economically weak in the general category, i.e. generally for all irrespective of their caste, religion etc

National media 

10% reservation for open class

Tamil media 

10% reservation for forward caste

Sun Tv

modi approves reservation for Brahmins

Tue, 15 Jan 2019 11:22:24 +0530
Jacqueline Fernandez in a

Jacqueline Fernandez in aluva: kerala

 Bollywood actress Jacqueline Fernandez on Saturday visited Aluva and interacted with the families affected by floods, as part of the NGO Habitat for Humanity India’s campaign to support flood victims. The campaign - Jacqueline Builds - aims to construct 500 disaster-resistant houses for the flood-affected in Kerala.

Jacqueline also visited a team of volunteers and the local community who are constructing a house for Sreedevi S and Anilkumar K C in Aluva. Actress Shweta Menon accompanied Jacqueline. Jacqueline, in partnership with Habitat for Humanity India, is working to raise fund for relief work. The actress also reached out to celebrities from the Indian film industry to contribute for the relief work.

“I am fortunate to be in Aluva to build a home for Sreedevi S and Anilkumar K C and express my solidarity with the flood-affected people,” she said.

Managing director, Habitat for Humanity India, Rajan Samuel said though the floods in Kerala are over, the effects of that massive devastation on the lives of hundreds of families are still visible he said.  “Our work in Kerala has now served more than 1,30,000 families in the state and we continue to reach out to many more families in need of decent shelter

Tue, 15 Jan 2019 10:45:53 +0530
RESERVATION TO BENEFIT SE

RESERVATION TO BENEFIT SEVERAL STATES

From the recent announcement of the proposed policy of reserving 10 per cent of jobs for the economically weaker sections among the upper castes, the BJP is hoping to consolidate its upper caste support base, which seemed threatened in recent years. The BJP’s defeat in three state Assembly elections in Chhattisgarh, Madhya Pradesh and Rajasthan seemed to have worried the BJP leadership, and it sensed a growing disappointment among the upper castes towards it. The BJP is hoping that the announcement of this policy may be a masterstroke just before the Lok Sabha elections of 2019. True, the BJP might stand to gain, and may win back at least a large section of upper caste voters who had begun to desert the BJP, but the electoral gains for the BJP overall may be limited — for two reasons. First, the upper castes are not numerically very large; and second, they have been core supporters of the BJP and have been voting for it in large numbers before this policy was proposed. The proposed policy can at best win back some disenchanted upper caste voters, but it can’t possibly add too many additional votes for the party in 2019.

The upper castes do play an important role in the politics of the northern Indian states, but this impact is limited to some extent. While there are no official estimates of upper castes in different states, estimates from the various rounds of surveys conducted by the Centre for the Study of Developing Societies indicates that upper castes constitute roughly between 20 per cent to 30 per cent of the total population in different states, with some exceptions. Among the Hindi heartland states, the upper castes constitute 18 per cent of the total population of Bihar, 22 per cent of the population of Madhya Pradesh, 25 per cent of the Uttar Pradesh population, 50 per cent of the total population of Delhi, 20 per cent in Jharkhand, 23 per cent in Rajasthan, 40 per cent in Haryana and 12 per cent of Chhattisgarh’s total population. There are some other non-Hindi speaking states where the upper castes are in sizeable numbers — 35 per cent in Assam, 30 per cent in Gujarat, 19 per cent in Karnataka, 30 per cent in Kerala, 30 per cent in Maharashtra, 20 per cent in Odisha, 10 per cent in Tamil Nadu, 48 per cent in West Bengal and 48 per cent in Punjab.

While it is true that the BJP possibly cannot lose votes from this policy, the gains from this policy will be very limited. The reasons are simple. In the states where the BJP had performed well in 2014, namely Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan, Himachal Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Jharkhand, Chhattisgarh and a few others, the upper castes had voted for the BJP in very large numbers. In fact, they formed the backbone of the support base for the BJP. The CSDS surveys indicate that a majority of upper caste voters have voted for the BJP in various elections in these Hindi heartland states. The proposed policy can only help the BJP in winning back the upper caste voters who seemed to have just begun moving away from the BJP. The recent defeat of the BJP in Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh, besides other factors, is also due to the shifting of upper caste voters away from the party. This proposed policy and the criteria of determining economic backwardness helps little as the suggested criteria of determining backwardness would mean bringing a very large proportion of upper caste voters into its fold, who are already core supporters of the BJP. The policy suggests the criteria of economic backwardness will be of those having an annual income of less than `8 lakhs, or those having less than five hectares of agricultural land, or those having a flat of less than 1,000 sq. ft. or owing land of less than 100 yards in a notified municipality or less than 200 yards in a non-notified locality. Given these suggested benchmarks, in most likelihood nearly 85-90 per cent of upper castes might come under the ambit of reservations.

In states where the BJP is not a political force today, such as Kerala, Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh or Telangana, this policy could hardly motivate the upper castes to vote for it. The politics of most of these states are dominated by the regional parties, and it is difficult to imagine that the BJP could take centrestage in the politics of these states in 2019 just because upper castes would get mobilised in its favour due to the expected gains from this reservation policy. So the BJP will have limited gains or no gains in these states compared to 2014.

There are a few other states, like West Bengal or Odisha, where the BJP was relatively a weak political force in 2014, but there are signals of the party emerging stronger in recent years. But it is important to note that the BJP’s emergence in these two states has nothing to do with the shifting of upper caste votes towards it. It is largely due to the people’s disenchantment with the ruling party of the state, the Trinamul Congress in West Bengal and the Biju Janata Dal in Odisha, and the absence of any other viable alternative in these states. The BJP managed to emerge as a political force in some states playing the religious card, Assam being an example. The BJP might well emerge stronger in these states in 2019 compared to 2014, but that may not be due to the shift of upper caste votes in the BJP’s favour in these states. Thus, the BJP government’s move for 10 per cent reservation for the economically poor upper castes in education and in jobs is unlikely to deliver any significant electoral benefits forthe party in these states.

The proposed reservation policy has the ability to create a lot of noise, to bring this to the centrestage of Indian politics before the 2019 election as no political party could possibly oppose it openly, but even then, the gains for the BJP may not be to the extent that the party is hoping for.

Mon, 14 Jan 2019 17:38:37 +0530
Sharjah highlights India

Sharjah, as the guest of honour of the 27th New Delhi World Book Fair (NDWBF 2019), has hosted a historical symposium shedding light on India’s prominent position in the cultural legacy of Arabic books and manuscripts.

In an intellectual discussion titled ‘India in the Arabic Manuscripts’, celebrated Emirati academic who teaches at Al Ain University, Dr. Hamad bin Saray and young Arab poetess, Shaikha Al Mutairi, took Indian and international audiences on a detailed journey of the life and unique culture of India became the muse for several Arabic writers, poets and historians, who have mentioned in the greatest details several aspects that formed the Indian socio-cultural fabric, dating back to the pre-Islamic times.

Presenting a list of 18 different subject genres in which Arab writings have mentioned India in great detail, Saray said travelogues, old Arabic poetry literature and language, biographies and media writings, and applied sciences are some of the richest sources where both printed works and raw manuscripts can be found today.

"Arabic travelogue accounts contributed by geographers, sea farers, historians, religious preachers, astronomers and ancient Unani authors have beautifully described Indian rituals, food habits and social life, the country’s animals and foliage, spice routes and more. The relations of Indian kings with elite Arab traders and aristocrats and their dealings with the nation’s administrative councils are in the book, Kitab Al-Hind."

Recounting mentions of Indian society in Arabic poetry since pre-Islamic times and up until 2nd Hijri, the professor noted, "Hassan bin Saadat mentions has dedicated his poems to the Indian oud perfume; we see Indian spices like cardamom, black pepper and cloves, and even the musk extracted from deers feature in the poetry of Omar bin Rabiyan. The Arab region’s keenness in Indian warfare and their use of swords has also been written about."

Dr. Saray continued, "The first clash between a ruler of an Indian kingdom and the Arabs took place in 643 AD, when Arab forces defeated Rutbil, King of Zabulistan in Sistan. Arabs led by Suhail b. Abdi and Hakam al Taghilbi defeated an Indian army in the Battle of Rasil in 644 AD at the Indian Ocean sea coast, then reached the Indus River. All this is seen in the historical and biographical accounts in Arab writings."

The session concluded with an emphasis on exploring ways to bring unpublished manuscripts written in the era that detail Indo-Arab relations to the attention of publishers, so more can be learnt about the historical exchanges between the two cultures, and the importance of disseminating the information contained within these manuscripts was highlighted.

Mon, 14 Jan 2019 17:34:12 +0530
UAE Coach points fans ro

The UAE head coach Alberto Zaccheroni was grateful to be able to put his side’s opening day woes well and truly behind the host nation following Thursday’s vital 2-0 win over India at the AFC Asian Cup UAE 2019.

The 1996 runners-up were held to a 1-1 draw by Bahrain on Matchday One, a result which raised doubts as to the genuine title credentials of a side who also finished third at the last continental extravaganza in Australia.

However, goals in either half from Khalfan Mubarak and Ali Mabkhout saw the Emiratis overcome a resilient India to go top of Group A and breathe new life into their bid to reach the tournament’s Round of 16.

"I think our first game and performance against Bahrain was a rather deceiving one," declared the Italian tactician who guided Japan to the 2011 AFC Asian Cup title.

"We were very disappointed not to get the win in that match, but against India we started very well from the beginning, and our performance was gradually evolving and getting better throughout the match."

"We faced some difficulties at times against a very good and fast India side. Thankfully I made some changes ahead of the second half and, after the break, the team’s display was very different as we managed to enjoy better possession, we threatened more and were solid in defence.

"I congratulate my players for their efforts, they truly deserved the victory."

The UAE’s progress is, however, still far from assured, with just one point separating them from India in second and third-placed Thailand who they will meet in their final

Given what is at stake, there is little room for error, and Zaccheroni has admitted that he now needs to study the Southeast Asians closely in order to prepare his side fully group stage match on Monday.for what is expected to be another tough test.

"We admit that our defence has not been entirely effective, but the general performance was good and winning with a great spirit was very important," he said.

"Following their loss to India, the Thailand team changed their coach. However, they then went on to change their style and tactics when they beat Bahrain. I now need to study Thailand closely in order to prepare my team for what will be a difficult match."

For his part, midfielder Khalfan Mubarak believes Thursday’s 2-0 win over a resilient India at the AFC Asian Cup UAE 2019 could well be a sign of things to come for Alberto Zaccheroni’s talented side.

After drawing 1-1 with Bahrain in their Group A opener, a neat finish from Mubarak and Ali Mabkhout's late strike saw the 1996 runners-up soar to the top of the standings with their final group stage game against Thailand still to come on Monday.

Although the UAE are not assured of a place in the Round of 16 just yet, Mubarak is adamant that the victory over India will stand the Emiratis in good stead as they seek to, at least, emulate their third-place finish at the tournament’s 2015 edition in Australia.

"We are very grateful for the win, but I must say hard luck to India as they played a great game," declared the 23-year-old Al Jazira star.

"Our first game was the competition’s opening match and I felt the players were a little nervous.

"However, scoring as we did against India has had a very positive effect on the team, one which will give us added motivation for the matches we have to come.

"We truly hope that the victory is a sign of things to come. This is absolutely the start for us."

Over 43,000 spectators witnessed the UAE’s success at Abu Dhabi’s Zayed Sports City Stadium, with the overwhelming majority cheering for Mubarak and his teammates – a fact not lost on a grateful Mubarak.

"The three points are, of course, the team’s, but I would like to dedicate the success to the fans, as it is they who really deserve it," he said.

"We now hope to achieve even more good results in the coming matches in order to make our supports even happier and to encourage more fans to come to the stadium."

Mon, 14 Jan 2019 17:18:51 +0530
Snowfall in Kashmir Valle

Snowfall in Kashmir Valley

 Snowfall occurred in the Kashmir Valley on Friday as the weather

Report said that inclement weather would continue in the state till Sunday.

"Light snowfall in the plains and moderate to heavy in the higher reaches occurred in the today. Weather is expected to remain inclement during the next 72 hours and this is likely to affect air and surface transport to and from the valley," a MET Department official said.

Very few people moved out of their homes on Friday morning in Srinagar city and elsewhere as a white blanket of snow covered rooftops, roads and open spaces.

Srinagar recorded minus 1.0 degrees Celsius, Pahalgam minus 3.0 and Gulmarg minus 7.5 as the minimum temperatures on Friday.


 

Leh town recorded minus 9.5 degrees Celsius, while Drass was the coldest in the state with minus 15.2. Thursday's maximum temperature in Drass was minus 9.1 degrees Celsius.

Jammu city recorded 8.5 degrees Celsius, Katra 7.8, Batote 1.5, Bannihal 2.1 and Bhaderwah 0.4 as the minimum temperatures

Mon, 14 Jan 2019 17:15:58 +0530
Sharjah ruler receives Ra

H.H. Dr. Sheikh Sultan bin Mohammed Al Qasimi, Supreme Council Member and Ruler of Sharjah, received at his office Rahul Gandhi, President of Indian National Congress. H.H. Sheikh Sultan bin Mohammed bin Sultan Al Qasimi, Crown Prince and Deputy Ruler of Sharjah and H.H. Sheikh Abdullah bin Salem bin Sultan Al Qasimi, Deputy Ruler of Sharjah, were present at the meeting.

The meeting touched upon the historical relations between the United Arab Emirates and the Republic of India, the promotion of bilateral relations between the two countries, as well as ways of bolstering cultural, social and cultural communication between the two friendly peoples.

Mr. Gandhi praised the scientific, educational and cultural renaissance in the Emirate of Sharjah and the support of Dr. Sheikh Sultan for various humanitarian and educational projects, which, he said, are reflected in the Emirate's great scientific and cultural development.

Dr. Sheikh Sultan presented his guest with a number of his literary and cultural publications.

The meeting was also attended by a number of Sheikhs and Indian officials.

Mon, 14 Jan 2019 17:10:38 +0530
Fire Breaks out in Kumbh

A day before the Kumbh Mela starts, a fire broke out at a camp in Digambar Akhara at Prayagraj today. No one has been injured in the fire, said security officials present at the location.

The fire was brought under control within a few minutes, firefighters told news agencies. Local reports suggest a cylinder blast led to the fire. 

Around ten ambulances and an air ambulance were immediately sent to the spot. "No casualties have been reported so far," Nodal Officer, Disaster Management, Dr Rishi Sahay told news agency ANI

Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath has ordered the fire department to inspect all the camps. He has also asked the Mela administration to provide compensation for the tents destroyed in the fire and ensure there is no repeat of the incident. The Kumbh Mela is set to begin in Prayagraj, formerly called Allahabad, from January 15. Over 12 crore pilgrims are expected at the Kumbh Mela, described by the UNESCO as the most significant "peaceful congregation of pilgrims on the earth."

Apart from Prayagraj, Kumbh is also celebrated in Haridwar, Ujjain and Nasik.

Mon, 14 Jan 2019 16:40:17 +0530
Honey trapp by Pakistan s

Honey trapp by Pakistan's ISI agent

According to news agency ANI, Singh was in touch with the suspected ISI spy on Facebook.

 

The Rajasthan police on Friday night arrested Army jawan Somveer Singh.

posted in Jaisalmer district of the state after it was found that he was allegedly honey trapped by a Pakistani-based ISI operative. The jawan is accused of passing vital information to the Pakistani agent, named as Anika Chopra, who he met on Facebook. Reports suggest that Chopra had not only honey-trapped Singh, who is newly married, but also other soldiers. But Singh claims he did not know of Chopra’s antecedents till the blackmail began. Reports claimed as many as 50 Jawans are under scanner of intelligence agencies after Singh’s arrest. Jaipur's additional DGP Umesh Mishra alerted security forces to be cautious of such attempts by Pakistan.

 

According to news agency ANI, Singh was in touch with the suspected ISI spy on Facebook.

“The Army is providing all assistance to the civilian authorities in the investigation related to the Army jawan who was arrested by Rajasthan Police,” defence PRO Colonel Sambit Ghosh told ANI.

The army is now tracking multiple accounts of officers and jawans to probe if the Pakistani spy account was in touch with other personnel to get information from them, the agency reported.

Sources told ThePrint.in, the woman had claimed to be a captain in the Medical Corps of the Indian Army.

According to News18, Singh even sent the agent pictures of tanks, revealed the timing of field firing and information to his ‘friend’. Sources in military intelligence said Singh had started accepting money in lieu of information, but added that so far only a trail of Rs 5,000 had been established.

Honey-trapping is a very old form of espionage, but has become big cause for concern in the age of social media.

In September 2018, a BSF jawan was arrested from Noida for spying by Uttar Pradesh’s anti-terror squad. During interrogation Constable Achuytanand Mishra revealed that he was honey-trapped by an agent of Pakistan’s Inter-Services Intelligence over Facebook. He was posted at the BSF Composite hospital in Delhi. Mishra was in touch with the girl, who posed as a defence reporter, on the social media since January 2016.

Similarly, last year in October, an Indian Army soldier was arrested on the charges of espionage in Meerut cantonment, news agency ANI has reported. The jawan was deployed at Indian Army’s Signal Regiment in the cantonment. Investigative agencies said that the jawan, who had been deployed at the regiment two years ago, had shared sensitive information to Pakistan-based intelligence operatives through social media

Mon, 14 Jan 2019 16:30:30 +0530
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Karnataka Minister DK Shivakumar has alleged that the "Operation Lotus" of the BJP has worked a bit as he said that three Congress MLAs are camping in a hotel in Mumbai with BJP leaders as part of the BJP's operation to topple the alliance governments in the non-BJP ruling states.

Operation Lotus is a term coined to refer BJP's actions to draw opposition members to ensure the then BS Yeddyurappa government in Karnataka in 2008.

"Horse trading is going on in the state. Three of our MLAs are in Mumbai in a hotel with some BJP MLAs and leaders. We are aware of what has transpired there and how much has been offered to them," Shivakumar said.

Shivakumar is known to be as the saviour for the Congress in Karnataka as he was the "trouble-shooter" for the party on many occasions. 

Mon, 14 Jan 2019 13:45:02 +0530
SC to examine govt s sno

The government's move to give investigating agencies sweeping powers to intercept and monitor data on computers will be examined by the Supreme Court. Allowing a batch of petitions against the Home Ministry's order that privacy activists claim is the same as "snooping", the Supreme Court today gave six weeks to the government to file its reply.

The petitions by lawyer Shreya Singhal, her co-petitioner and Trinamool Congress lawmaker Mahua Moitra, Supreme Court lawyer ML Sharma and others alleged that the government's order is against the fundamental right to privacy and must be cancelled in the interest of justice, which the court will examine now, reports NDTV.

"The order by the Home Ministry violates privacy and we so wanted a stay on it. The court has issued notice to the Home Ministry... After six weeks the Supreme Court will look into our prayer on staying the notification," Ms Singhal told NDTV in New Delhi.

Mon, 14 Jan 2019 13:03:16 +0530
Constantine looks for all

India Head Coach Stephen Constantine stressed on the importance of qualifying for the Round of 16 ahead of India’s clash against Bahrain in the AFC Asian Cup UAE 2019 at the Sharjah Stadium, in Sharjah on Monday.

“I’ve said it before that we can qualify from this group. That is our objective right now,” said Constantine on the eve of the India-Bahrain match.

Group A is currently balanced on a knife’s edge, with all four teams still standing a chance to qualify for the Round of 16.

While hosts UAE lead the proceedings with four points from two games, India and Thailand are close behind with three points each. The Blue Tigers are ahead of the War Elephants on the virtue of a better head-to-head record, while Bahrain lies bottom with one point.

A win for India will be enough to directly seal a berth in the next round, although, with four best 3rd placed teams among four groups also advancing to the Round of 16, a draw may also see India through.

“If we win, we don’t have to worry about anyone else. So we’ll focus on ourselves and see what happens from there,” Constantine stated.

“It’s an important game for us. Obviously, we want to do well and get the three points. I’m not sure whether we can call it ‘do-or-die.’ That’s a bit too dramatic, I think,” Constantine expressed.

“They defend very well and are very well organised. I’m sure that it will be difficult. But we have shown that we can score against good teams. I’m sure we can score tomorrow as well,” he maintained.

So far India and Bahrain have faced each other seven times. While Bahrain have won five times, India havejust managed a solitary win, with the other match ending in a draw. In fact, the last time that the two teams squared off was in the 2011 AFC Asian Cup in Qatar where India lost 2-5.

Nevertheless, Constantine chose to see Monday’s encounter as a standalone where India stands a chance of bagging a victory.

“I don’t believe in records. There are a lot of factors that come into play. When was the last time we played them? Was it the same team? What were the circumstances? Everything’s always changing,” said Constantine.

“What we do know is that Bahrain have qualified, and deserve to be where they are. They are not going to let this go without a fight,” he signed off.

Mon, 14 Jan 2019 12:51:12 +0530
India gear up to take ave

Eight years back on January 14, 2011 in the AFC Asian Cup Qatar 2011 India had gone down fighting against Bahrain 2-5.

Eight years on, India gear up to take on Bahrain on the same day -- where a victory will ensure Sunil Chhetri and the boys a qualification into the Round of 16, an achievement which is bound to speak wonders for Indian Football.

Chhetri, currently the second-highest goal scorer in International Football among active players at the moment, had scored India’s second goal in that match eight years back. Little wonder, with all the maturity gained over the last eight years, Chhetri will aim to score again against Bahrain when the two teams meet tomorrow (January 14, 20190).

Chhetri shook his head. “It doesn’t matter who scores as long as we score. It’s a team game,” he quipped. “The awareness and interest in football has certainly grown in India. Everyone who is associated with football is responsible for it. But I also want to say that it’s a very small jump which we have taken. We have to keep our heads down and keep working hard,” said Chhetri, a day prior to the Bahrain clash.

“It was an extremely difficult group back then,” he recalled. “We had Australia, South Korea and Bahrain in the group. The only positive, apart from the fact that we played our hearts out was that we scored three goals.”

“The one distinct thing I remember was scoring. Renedy’s great dribbling first, and then his fierce shot from 35 yards hit the bar, and dropped,” he recalled. “Later on, in the replays, we saw that the ball had gone in. But it wasn’t given. Off Renedy’s rebound, Abhishek Yadav hit the bar too, and as it fell to me, I headed it in.”

While India stand on the cusp of qualification, Sunil Chhetri summed the situation perfectly: “We haven’t achieved anything substantial yet. What I want to achieve is to reach the top 10 in Asia and rub shoulders with the best. For that, we have to improve a lot. The first step starts with a result against Bahrain tomorrow.”

Apart from the second-placed finish back in 1964, this is arguably one of the most memorable moments in India’s AFC Asian Cup appearances.

Apart from Chhetri, the sole member to have a taste of the 2011 edition was Goalkeeper Gurpreet Singh Sandhu. But that time, with ‘Spiderman’ making the mark, Gurpreet had watched from the bench.

“I remember everyone was very calm the before the Bahrain game. We believed that we could get a result from that game. We even managed to score a couple of goals. But unfortunately, we ended up losing,” the custodian said.

“Eight years down the line we are back in the Asian Cup playing Bahrain again. Things are different, the teams are different. But we are in a better situation,” says Gurpreet.

While the likes of Chhetri and Gurpreet were sweating it off in Doha there was another crop of young guns, who at that point, were merely dreaming of greater things to come in their lives.

“I remember I had tears in my eyes that day, and made one of those crazy promises that you make as a kid – I’m going to play for India one day and bring glory. But here I am today, ready to play against them tomorrow,” said central defender Sandesh Jhingan.

“It’s hard to believe, sometimes. Even if God came down and told me to write down my future eight years back, I would not have believed that I would be here, and facing Bahrain on this very day.”

Young defender Subhasish Bose has only broken into the squad some six months ago. However, eight years back, he was just like any other young fan, watching his heroes in action against the best teams in Asia.

And like any other kid, he also yearned to avenge the defeat that was inflicted on his heroes, who had played their hearts out that fateful night.
“I was watching the Bahrain game with my dad. We were both disappointed on losing the match, but now we have the chance to get our revenge for that defeat,” said Bose.

The match will kick-off at IST 9.30pm and will be telecast live on Star Sports 2, 3 and also live streamed in Jio TV.

Mon, 14 Jan 2019 12:38:32 +0530
Prayagraj all set to host

Kumbh Mela-2019, the world's largest congregation of humanity at one place is all set to take place at Prayagraj early morning on Tuesday. The first bathing festival of Prayagraj Kumbh will be held on the same day.

The first Shahi Snan royal bathing of Akharas will be held on the occasion, which marks the beginning of Kumbh. Massive arrangements have been made by Mela administration for peaceful bathing and elaborate security arrangements are also in place for processions of Akharas from their camps to bathing ghats for Shahi bathing. Administration has announced ban on the entry of vehicles into Mela area from tomorrow.

Both national broadcasters of Doordarshan and All India Radio of Prasar Bharati have made massive arrangements to telecast and broadcast the events of Prayagraj Kumbh 2019. All India Radio AIR has set up a separate one kilowatt FM transmitter namely Kumbhvani for the purpose. It will be run and maintained by the AIR Allahabad. Broadcast from this FM channel will be initiated from tomorrow at 5.55 AM and it will be continued at 10.05 PM. It will be functional by March 4, 2019. Broadcast from this special transmitter will be heard in the radius of across 35 kilometres.

AIR Allahabad has set up a studio at Kumbh Mela area and it will be functional till March 4 the last bathing festival of the Kumbh Mela. AIR, first time, has also made arrangements for live streaming on U Tube of all programs broadcast from Kumbhvani FM channel.

Mon, 14 Jan 2019 12:18:41 +0530
PM Modi lauds ideals va

Prime Minister Narendra Modi a commemorative coin of Rs. 350 in the national capital to mark the birth anniversary celebrations of Guru Gobind Singh jee. He lauded the lofty ideals and values of the Guru Gobind Singh jee – the selfless service to humanity, devotion, heroism and sacrifice and urged the people to follow his path.

The Prime Minister was addressing a select gathering at his residence, 7 Lok Kalyan Marg after releasing the commemorative coin to mark the birth anniversary of Guru Gobind Singh jee. Mr. Modi said that Guru Gobind Singh ji was a great warrior, philosopher poet and guru. He fought against oppression and injustice. His teachings to people focused on breaking the barriers of religion and caste. His message of love, peace and sacrifice are equally relevant today. 

The Prime Minister said that  Guru Gobind Singh Ji , his values and teachings  will continue to be the source of inspiration and the guiding spirit for the mankind in years to come. He added that the Commemorative Coin is a small effort on our part to show our respect and reverence to him. He urged the people to make a resolve to walk the talk on the 11-point path shown by Guru Gobind Singh ji Maharaj.

The Prime Minister greeted the nation on Lohri on this occasion.

The Prime Minister earlier urged the people of the country to follow the path of devotion and sacrifice for the nation along the lines of Guru Gobind Singh jee in his monthly radio program, Mann Ki Baat on December 30, 2018. He  attended the 350th birth anniversary celebrations of Guru Gobind Singh in Patna on January 5, 2017 and released a commemorative postage stamp to mark the occasion. Mr. Modi also  recalled the ideals and values of Guru Gobind Singh jee’s as the core of humanity at the Independence Day Address from the ramparts of Red Fort on 15th August, 2016 and then at the National MSME Awards Ceremony in Ludhiana on 18thOctober., 2016. 

Mon, 14 Jan 2019 11:53:36 +0530
Naidu calls for creating

The Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu called for creating a cultural renaissance in the country by propagating and practicing India’s time-tested traditions and customs.

Speaking on the occasion of Sankranthi and the second anniversary celebrations of Swarna Bharati Trust in Hyderabad, the Vice President said the time has come for all Indians to adopt changes in their lifestyles and return to the old traditional methods of healthy living. We need to follow the customs and practices of our forefathers and abandon the western-oriented lifestyles.

He said the traditional food habits, flavours and customs were not only time-tested but healthy too as they were tailor-made to suit the requirements of each season and region. We need to create awareness and educate the youth for adopting healthy dietary habits and lifestyles by returning to our simple but effective ways of living. Similarly, the ancient Indian art of Yoga creates a fusion of a healthy mind and healthy body.

Naidu also called upon the youth to pay renewed attention to agriculture, which is the backbone of Indian economy. He said the need of the hour was to accord greater prominence to natural farming and reduce the use of chemical fertilizers.

He said that agriculture sector has to be reoriented in a fundamental way to make it sustainable and remunerative. He said structural changes in agriculture were needed through policy interventions of the Centre and various State Governments.

Mon, 14 Jan 2019 11:28:15 +0530
Jwala Awards 2018

Jwala Awards 2018 honours 22 eminent personalities from different fields of society. Ace Malayalam film director and prominent figure Major Ravi graced the occasion as the chief guest. The event was a mix of dance, music and the awe-inspiring speech from the chief guest.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sat, 12 Jan 2019 17:30:35 +0530
Dr Sivan lauds ISRO s ach

The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO),Chairman K. Sivan addressed and interacted with over hundred media persons from Bengaluru and other parts of India in a Press Meet organized at ISRO Headquarters, Bengaluru. He highlighted ISRO’s achievements in 2018 related to launch vehicles, satellites and their applications towards nation building.

Dr Sivan also briefed about the challenging missions envisaged during this year including the Chandrayaan-2 mission. Several new technologies such as Small Satellite Launch Vehicle, Reusable Launch Vehicle and in-flight connectivity (with launch of GSAT-20) are planned to be demonstrated this year. 

“Enhanced industry interface for production of PSLV by industry will be a major milestone and the efforts in this regard are initiated” Dr. K Sivan remarked. 

Dr K Sivan while briefing about India’s first manned mission flight, Gaganyaan, said “The mission will be capable of carrying three Indian astronauts and will orbit the Earth for seven days. It is a major expansion in ISRO’s Programme. A new Centre - Human Space Flight Centre is formed and will be the lead Centre for the overall management and realization of Gaganyaan”. 

Chairman, ISRO also briefed about various initiatives being taken up to enhance ISRO’s outreach activities.

The extensive briefing by Chairman, ISRO was followed by interactive session with the media. Specific areas of interaction included Chandrayaan-2 mission, Gaganyaan mission, Reusable Launch Vehicle, Small Satellite Launch Vehicle and other upcoming missions.

Sat, 12 Jan 2019 13:30:45 +0530
PM remembers Swami Viveka

The Prime Minister, Narendra Modi has remembered Swami Vivekananda, on his Jayanti.

“Arise, awake and stop not till the goal is reached. Remembering these powerful words, and the rich thoughts of the venerable Swami Vivekananda on his Jayanti. He emphasised on the ideals of service and renunciation. His belief in Yuva Shakti was unwavering.

The thoughts and ideals of Swami Vivekananda inspire and energise crores of Indians, particularly our youth. It is from him that we draw the motivation of building an India that is strong, vibrant, inclusive and an India that takes global leadership in several areas”, the Prime Minister said.

Sat, 12 Jan 2019 12:21:54 +0530
Enough water available i

Nitin Gadkari, Union Minister for Water Resources, River Development and Ganga Rejuvenation signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Chief Ministers of Uttar Pradesh - Yogi Adityanath, Rajasthan – Ashok Gehlot, Uttarakhand - Trivendra Singh Rawat, Haryana- Manohar Lal, Delhi - Arvind Kejriwal, and Himachal Pradesh - Jai Ram Thakur in New Delhi for the construction of Renukaji Multi-Purpose Dam project in the Upper Yamuna Basin.

Gadkari also presided over the ceremony of signing of concession agreement for Namami Gange projects in Prayagraj under Hybrid Annuity Mode and One-City-One-Operator concept. The agreement was signed amongst Akhil Kumar from National Mission for Clean Ganga, Anil Kumar Srivastava from U.P. Jal Nigam and Shri Dilip Pormal from Prayagraj Water Pvt. Ltd.

Speaking on the occasion, Gadkari said that there is enough water available in the country but the real issue is effective water management. Terming the signing of Agreement for Renukaji Dam project a historic moment, he said that the government will try to get the Cabinet approval as soon as possible. He added that a consensus on Kishau Multi-Purpose project on River Yamuna has also been developed and soon an agreement for it will also be signed. He also informed about the Lakhwar Multi-Purpose project for which agreement was signed on August 28th, 2018 among six basin states.

Sat, 12 Jan 2019 12:07:31 +0530
Mumbai hosts Partnership

The 25th edition of Partnership Summit 2019, a global platform for dialogue, debate, deliberation and engagement among Indian and global leaders on economic policy and growth trends in India, is being held in Mumbai. The two-day event will be inaugurated by the Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu.

The Summit is expected to build new partnerships and explore investment opportunities through high level exchanges and B2B meetings.

This edition of the Summit, on 12th and 13th January 2019, will showcase India in the present landscape of an emerging “New India”, the “New Global Economic Address”. The Summit is being organized by the Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion, Ministry of Commerce & Industry, Government of India, State Government of Maharashtra and Confederation of Indian Industry.  

The Summit will see New India in active engagement and collaboration within the country and with the world. Discussions will be held among key stake holders - policy makers, institutions, business, media and academia.

Sat, 12 Jan 2019 11:10:25 +0530
Alok Verma refuses to tak

A day after he was unceremoniously sacked from the top post, former CBI Director Alok Verma refused to take charge as chief of fire services and decided to quit from the service. A panel led by Prime Minister Narendra Modi sacked Verma whereas Mallikarjun Kharge, leader of the largest opposition party, opposed the move and recorded his dissent note.

The panel had transferred him to the Fire Services as Director General, after deciding that as CBI chief, he had "not acted with the integrity expected of him".

Alok Verma was to retire on January 31. "Natural justice was scuttled and the entire process was turned upside down in ensuring that the undersigned is removed from the post of the Director," he said in a statement, reports NDTV.

Sat, 12 Jan 2019 10:34:07 +0530
Ram Rahim Convicted

Special CBI judge in Panchkula Jagdeep Singh convicted Dera Sacha Sauda chief Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh (51) and three others in the murder of journalist Ram Chander Chhatrapati.

The quantum of sentence will be pronounced on January 17. The accused were convicted under section 302 and 120 B of the IPC. Ram Rahim Singh appeared through video conferencing for the hearing. He is currently serving a 20-year prison term for raping two of his women followers.

Ram Rahim was named the main conspirator in the case. Besides the Dera Chief, the CBI judge convicted Dera manager Krishnan Lal and two shooters Kuldeep Singh and Nirmal Singh in the murder of a journalist by a special court in Haryana. All the four accused have been convicted, HPS Verma, the lawyer for the Central Bureau of Investigation, told news agency PTI after judge Jagdeep Singh gave the verdict in Panchkula.

Ram Chander Chhatrapati was shot in October 2002 outside his house after his newspaper ''Poora Sach'' published an anonymous letter narrating how women were being sexually exploited by Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh at the Dera headquarters in Sirsa. The case was registered in 2003 and handed over to the CBI in 2006.

In May 2018 Khatta Singh, the former driver of rape convict Ram Rahim, a key witness in the murder case, told the Panchkula CBI court that Ram Rahim has ordered his men to eliminate the Sirsa-based journalist, in his presence.
 

 

Fri, 11 Jan 2019 20:14:51 +0530
Xiaomi a new sub brand

 Xiaomi a new sub-brand

Xiaomi’s Redmi new sub-brand has debuted on January 10 along with the Redmi 7 that features a 48-megapixel camera.

Redmi is now officially a sub-brand of Xiaomi. Famous for budget smartphones such as Note 6 Pro and Note 5, Redmi will now operate independently – akin to Huawei’s Honor sub-brand.

Xiaomi CEO Lei Jun in a Weibo post announced the new sub-brand along with a new logo.

“We believe, with Redmi becoming an independent brand, and Redmi and Xiaomi developing in different directions, both brands will benefit.

 Redmi will focus on extremely cost-efficiency and the e-commerce market while Xiaomi will concentrate on the mid- to high-end market and new retail.

Xiaomi said it would reveal more details about its new sub-brand yesterday.

The company is expected to debut Redmi sub-brand with the long-awaited 48-megapixel camera phone.

Redmi will now be the second sub-brand from Xiaomi. Earlier, the Chinese handset company launched Poco brand for power users. The first smartphone under Poco brand is Poco F1, which uses the top-end Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 processor with up to 8GB of RAM. With prices starting under Rs 20,000, Poco F1 is the cheapest smartphone with Qualcomm’s 845 SoC.

It’s being speculated that Redmi will focus on the budget category whereas Mi will be aimed at the premium segment. Poco is likely to be the intermediary offering.

Xiaomi is taking a leaf out of Huawei’s book. Back in 2013, Huawei launched ‘Honor’ smartphone brand. Aimed at young mobile internet users, Honor currently has phones for the budget, mid-range, and premium categories.

Fri, 11 Jan 2019 12:02:41 +0530
Pariksha Pe Charcha 2 0

Prime Minister Narendra Modi will be interacting with a cross section of Students, Teachers and Parents for another exciting edition - Pariksha Pe Charcha 2.0 at Talkatora Stadium, New Delhi on 29th January’19.

Salient features of “Pariksha Pe Charcha 2.0”-

 

  1. It is a unique interaction where students, parents, teachers and Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi will come together to discuss issues relating to exam life and stress connected with that.
  2. An online competition has been organized from 7th January to 17th January, 2019, for students of classes 9 to 12, graduate and undergraduate college students, their parents and their teachers, in which they can participate through www.mygov.in website.
Fri, 11 Jan 2019 11:44:06 +0530
Panel removes Alok Verma

CBI Director Alok Verma was on Thursday unceremoniously removed from the post after a 2-1 decision by the high-level Selection Committee, a day after he resumed his duty. The decision of the committee came after CJI nominee Justice A.K. Sikri of the Supreme Court sided with the government that Verma should be shunted out of the post by the findings of the Central Vigilance Commission (CVC), which went into some allegations levelled against him.

The meeting was attended by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Justice Sikri and Leader of Congress in the Lok Sabha Mallikarjun Kharge, the other member of the committee, who gave a dissent note and opposed the majority decision.

Shortly after the meeting, Verma was appointed Director General, Fire Services, Civil Defence and Home Guard till January 31 when his tenure would end.
The government also brought back M. Nageswara Rao, Additional Director, CBI to look after the duties of the Director, CBI till the appointment of a new Director or until further orders, whichever is earlier, a notification by the Appointment Committee of Cabinet said.

Verma, who was removed from the agency's helm on the midnight of October 23 after his fight with Special Director Rakesh Asthana became public, was reinstated on Tuesday by the apex court on the ground that the government cannot transfer or alter the duties of the CBI chief without going to the Selection Committee.

The committee's members are the Prime Minister, leader of the largest opposition party and the Chief Justice of India. Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi, who heard the case arising out of Verma's challenge against the government decision, nominated Justice Sikri as his nominee to attend the committee meeting.

The Supreme Court, while reinstating Verma, had said that the Committee should meet within a week and decide the issue anew.
Modi convened the meeting of the committee on Wednesday, but Kharge sought the CVC report on the allegations against Verma and also time to study it. The committee met briefly and decided to meet on Thursday.

Sources said the Committee took into account the "grave" nature of observations made by the Central Vigilance Commission against Verma. It was of the view that being the head of a very sensitive organisation, Verma was not functioning with the integrity expected of him, they said.

They said the CVC found evidence of influencing of investigation in the Moin Qureshi case. There was also evidence of taking of bribe of Rs. 2 crore. The CVC was of the view that his conduct in the case is suspicious, and there is a prima facie case against him. The CVC also felt that the entire truth would come out if a criminal investigation is ordered," the sources said citing the Committee's view.

"The CVC also felt that the entire truth would come out if a criminal investigation is ordered," the sources said citing the Committee's view.
In the IRCTC case related to former Railway Minister Lalu Prasad, the CVC felt that it could be reasonably concluded that Verma "deliberately" excluded a name from the FIR for reasons best known to him.

The CVC found evidence against Verma in several other cases as well. The CVC also found instances of wilful non-production of record, and fabrication of the document. The Committee also took note of Verma's attempts to induct officers of questionable integrity in the CBI.

On the criticism that Verma was not given an opportunity of being heard on the charges against him, the sources said Verma was given a chance to present his case before the CVC in the presence of retired Justice A. K. Patnaik. The Supreme Court also provided a copy of the CVC report to Verma's advocate. The mandate of the Selection Panel headed by the PM is limited to the appointment of the CBI chief and transfer of the CBI chief, the sources said.

The Committee felt that as a detailed investigation, including criminal investigation, was necessary in some cases his continuation as CBI Director was not desirable and he should be transferred.

In his dissent note, Kharge demanded that the Committee restores to Verma the full powers he enjoyed by the office of the Director CBI to ensure proper functioning of the organisation and to restore normalcy. He also sought an additional period of 77 days is the number of days lost by him on account of the "patently illegal" orders of the CVC and the personnel department on October 28.

Kharge said an independent investigation must be carried out to verify the actual events that took place on the night of October 23-24 concerning Verma's removal as CBI Director.

Referring to the events of the midnight drama in October and the way the government hastened the exit of Verma would "point to the fact that the entire exercise was in furtherance of a pre-meditated decision to remove Verma as CBI Director with reasons and processes being manufactured as an afterthought". He urged the Committee to allow Verma to explain himself before it on the charges against him before any decision is taken in the matter.
Kharge also listed the various allegations made against Verma including influencing the investigation by taking bribe and illegal delay in finalising the probe report in a bank fraud case which were not substantiated, Kharge also listed and said in the light of the above it would be grossly unfair not to restore Verma to the post of the CBI chief and to compensate for the loss of 77 days by extending his tenure by that period.
Meanwhile, the removal of Verma as CBI Director came under severe attack from opposition parties and legal experts say it was the "desperation" of the government as Modi does not want any probe into the Rafale jet deal.
The critics of the decision also asked how the committee could decide without hearing Verma.
The Congress criticised the committee's decision and said Modi had shown that he was "too afraid" of an investigation into the Rafale deal.
"By removing Alok Verma from his position without giving him the chance to present his case, PM Modi has shown once again that he's too afraid of an investigation, either by an independent CBI Director or by Parliament via JPC," the Congress tweeted.
BJP leader Subramanian Swamy said if it was a majority decision to remove Verma, then it was unfortunate. "I don't know why Verma was not asked to reply to the charges against him. I have a feeble opinion of the CVC," he said.
Senior lawyer Prashant Bhushan saw a conflict of interest in the role of the Prime Minister, who is part of the three-member committee that also has Leader of the Congress group in the Lok Sabha Mallikarjun Kharge and the CJI nominated representative Justice A.K. Sikri of the Supreme Court.

Fri, 11 Jan 2019 11:42:08 +0530
Parliament session ends w

The Winter Session 2018 has been a successful session in terms of wide participation of all political parties in discussions on various issues of national importance, said Narendra Singh Tomar, Union Minister for Parliamentary Affairs and Rural Development, Panchayati Raj and Mines, while addressing the media. Vijay Goel, Minister of State for Parliamentary Affairs and Statistics and Programme Implementation, was also present on the occasion.

Tomar said that the special achievement of this session of Parliament was that both Houses passed the 124th Constitutional Amendment Bill. It has been a historical achievement. This was an aspiration of crores of underprivileged Indian citizens. Most of members of Parliament supported this bill, in the marathon debate, and passed it with majority. The Minister thanked all members of Parliament who supported this bill.

Addressing the media, Goel said that the passing of the historic 124th Constitutional Amendment Bill is a proof of the fact that the Government has been ready to discuss all issues of National Importance in the Parliament and pass important bills, provided that the Government received support from all political parties.

Tomar informed that the Winter Session, 2018 of Parliament commenced on Tuesday, 11th December, 2018. Lok Sabha was adjourned sine die on Tuesday, 8th January, 2019 which provided 17 sittings spread over a period of 29 days. Rajya Sabha was adjourned sine die on Wednesday, 9th January, 2019 which provided 18 sittings spread over a period of 30 days. The productivity of Lok Sabha was approx. 47% and that of Rajya Sabha was approx. 27%, the Minister said.

Fri, 11 Jan 2019 11:34:54 +0530
HUMAN SPACE FLIGhT TO HAV

HUMAN SPACE FLIGhT TO HAVE WOMAN ON BOARD

Gaganyaan, India’s first human space flight that will be launched in 2021, could have at least one woman on board if things go well. Set to carry three people and stay in space for two to seven days--this is an opportunity where the dream of a female Indian astronaut can be realised in our country. Apart from that, this also has significance for India as a scientific achievement. After the success of Mangalyaan, the ISRO Mars rover, this mission is going to be another one of India’s results in the field of astronomical sciences.

 

K Sivan, the chairman of ISRO said: “We, of course, would like to have women also to be there. You would remember our Prime Minister had mentioned son or daughter while announcing the human space flight.

 It will be excellent if a woman is part of the first flight. But these things are still to be discussed and finalised. The selection process has not started yet,” adding that there were many other criteria to be considered.

 

However, for those thinking that the female scientists behind ISRO’s success might be considered, here’s a bubble-bursting fact: “There would be no one from ISRO on the spacecraft.

 All candidates would be from the Indian Air Force.” When initial talks of such missions began, ISRO and the Air Force fought over who would get to fly.

 

Much like other crewed space flights, this one, too, will need professionals trained in operating a plane, in addition to knowing technical details of the plane. But, since they won’t be astronauts, the selected three will need further training. These women and men will then be trained for the mission in India and abroad, with French and Russian facilities offering training services to the candidates.

 

Apart from Kalpana Chawla, who died during a space flight, and Sunita Williams, not many Indian women have been a part of such missions; and even then, those space flights were organised by NASA. In fact, out of hundreds of astronauts venturing into space, only 60 have been women. In India, there are even fewer female astronauts, which means this one small leap into space can be a big step for womankind.

Fri, 11 Jan 2019 11:19:24 +0530
2 ODI Ban On Hardik Pandy

2-ODI Ban On Hardik Pandya & KL Rahul

 

While the Indian cricket team has been enjoying immense success in Australia lately, the past few months have not been kind to the likes of Hardik Pandya and KL Rahul.

While Pandya has been out of the fold due to his injury in September last year, Rahul has faced the wrath of fans and pundits alike for his dismal form Down Under.

Following India's historic Test series win, on the one hand, where Pandya must have been raring to go in the ODI series after his recovery, Rahul, too, would have been looking to prove his detractors wrong with an excellent showing. But, all of those things seemed possible until last Sunday when the duo stirred up a massive controversy with their comments on favourite chat show 'Koffee With Karan'.

While Rahul was, somewhat, cautious in his choice of words, Pandya boasted of 'conquests' and possessions like a Desperado, with little respect to women. Following a massive uproar on the social media, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) was forced into issuing a show cause notice to the duo, expecting clarification on their conduct within 24 hours.

 

After a tame apology on the social media, Pandya issued another statement where the Baroda cricketer reiterated that he will not repeat the mistake and will be more cautious in future. But, no one was impressed — not even the BCCI's Committee of Administrators (CoA).

And, to make matters worse for the two cricketers, the CoA chief Vinod Rai has now recommended a two-ODI ban on the duo. Calling the comments by Pandya and Rahul "very crass", the CoA chief wrote an email to CEO Rahul Johri.  "I have seen the remarks made by these two players on the show in print today. Very crass. No apology can cover it. I had asked Diana (CoA member Diana Edulji) to suggest penalty because I had not seen the clip. We need to give both of them a two-match suspension. If Diana agrees, Rahul, please draft an appropriate instruction and issue today as their explanations have come in. Separately, please prepare an advisory to all BCCI contracted players and support staff," Rai claimed in the email.

"I am not convinced with Hardik's explanation, and I have recommended a two-match ban for both players. However the final decision will be taken once Diana gives her to go ahead," Rai told PTI. On the other hand, Edulji has also referred the matter to the BCCI's legal cell. "Diana has sought legal opinion whether the duo can be banned. So, a decision will be taken once she gives her nod. The comments were crass, in bad taste and unacceptable," Rai said.

"The players must be immediately suspended pending a proper inquiry and must be allowed to join the team (if selected) only once they have gone through a proper sensitisation in addition to serving a ban if imposed upon them," he said. "In any case, the entire team and support staff must go through a sensitisation process. The CEO may join them in the sensitisation as well as recommended by Ms Veena Gowda, Advocate," he added.

While the ban is yet to be sanctioned by the BCCI, it has already got the social media buzzing with all sorts of reactions from the cricket fans across the country.

Fri, 11 Jan 2019 11:00:50 +0530
Deadlock continues as BES

Nearly 32,000 BEST bus employees in Mumbai are on an indefinite strike since Tuesday over various demands, including higher salaries and merger of the budget of the loss-making undertaking with that of the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC).

Commuters complained that auto-rickshaw and taxi drivers were charging much more than reasonable rates. Some harried commuters also appealed to the Maharashtra government to take necessary steps to end the protest.

The state government had moved quickly to invoke the Maharashtra Essential Services Maintenance Act (MESMA) against the striking BEST employees, while its management asked them to end the stir and come to the negotiating table.

The BEST administration had on Wednesday cracked the whip, issuing notices to over 2,000 staffers to vacate houses provided by the undertaking. It also held dialogue with BEST workers’ union leader Shashank Rao, but it did not yield a positive outcome. Despite the Shiv Sena-affiliated union, BEST Kamgar Sena, withdrawing from the protest, only 11 buses plied on the roads on Wednesday, an official said.

Ashish Chemburkar, the chairman of the BEST committee that handles the day-to-day affairs of the undertaking, said they were going to hold meetings with representatives of the protesting staffers on Thursday.

“We are hopeful of arriving at a concrete solution today. Everyone wants an end to this deadlock for the sake of Mumbaikars,” Chemburkar told PTI.

Another official said BEST’s general manager was expected to hold meetings with union leader Rao, BMC Commissioner Ajoy Mehta and Mayor Vishwanath Mahadeshwar. Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray, who party rules the BMC, is also likely to intervene in the matter, he said.

A few commuters took to Twitter to express their anger, with some even appealing to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis and Sena chief Thackeray to resolve the deadlock.

Meanwhile, the Central Railway and Western Railway have decided to operate additional suburban trains for the convenience of commuters.

The BEST has a fleet of over 3,200 buses, which criss-cross the metropolis and also operate services in the neighbouring Thane district and Navi Mumbai. It is the second-biggest mode of transport in Mumbai after local trains, which ferry over 80 lakh passengers every day.

Fri, 11 Jan 2019 10:28:32 +0530
UAE Coach affirmed player

UAE national team manager Alberto Zaccheroni affirmed the players' determination to clinch a much awaited victory and deliver their best in tomorrow's clash with India.

At a news conference ahead of an AFC Asian Cup Group A match at the Zayed Sports City Stadium on Thursday against India, Zaccheroni extended an apology for the Saturday's draw, which he said left the fans disappointed. "Players are determined to make up for that against India, who impressed with a 4-1 win over Thailand."

"The games played hitherto show how competitive the championship is. We truly respect the Indian team but we will leave the fans happy at the end of the match," he added.

"The fans are the fuel that push us players to get better and better and it is our responsibility to make sure we satisfy them," said the Al-Wasl midfielder Khamis Esmaeel.

The draw with Bahrain, secured thanks to a last gasp penalty by Ahmad Khalil, means UAE are still masters of their destiny.

"We know what the fans want, for us to have a successful tournament. We know they will be behind us when we face India. They don't need a message or invitation to support us and we too know our role," added Esmaeel.

Thu, 10 Jan 2019 17:43:16 +0530
BCCI announces schedule f

The BCCI and Cricket Australia announce the schedule for the upcoming Paytm home series against Australia set to be played from February 24 to March 13, 2019. The series will comprise two T20Is that will start at 7.00 PM IST and five ODIs, which will start from 1:30 PM IST.
 

Australia’s Tour of India

Sr. No.

Date

Match

Venue

1

24th February

1st T20I

Bengaluru

2

27th February

2nd T20I

Visakhapatnam

3

2nd March

1st ODI

Hyderabad

4

5th March

2nd ODI

Nagpur

5

8th March

3rd ODI

Ranchi

6

10th March

4th ODI

Mohali

7

13th March

5th ODI

Delhi

Thu, 10 Jan 2019 17:23:05 +0530
Rajini s Petta hits scree

Superstar Rajnikanth's Petta has hit the screens worldwide today. The film, directed by Karthik Subbaraj, stars Vijay Sethupathi as the antagonist.and has taken Kollywood by storm.

Director Karthik Subbaraj's dream project Petta, with his idol Superstar Rajinikanth, locks horns with Ajith's Viswasam.

The action-drama also features Vijay Sethupathi, Nawazuddin Siddiqui, Simran and Trisha in prominent roles.

The film has managed to make several heads turn across the globe, thanks to its intriguing teaser and trailer. Die-hard fans of Rajinikanth are eager to see their Superstar in an ultra-stylish avatar after a long time.

Going by the initial reports, the film looks like a sure-shot entertainer with Rajini-ism written all over it. Besides, fans are over the moon seeing vintage Rajinikanth back on screen.

Petta, which was primarily shot in Tamil, has been released in Telugu and Hindi as well.

Thu, 10 Jan 2019 13:39:29 +0530
Trump says bye bye as U

President Donald Trump has walked out of a meeting with Democratic leaders as negotiations broke down on the 19th day of a US government shutdown. The Republican president ended talks after Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer stuck by their refusal to fund his planned US-Mexico border wall, reports BBC.

Mr Trump called his meeting with the pair "a total waste of time".

Some 800,000 federal workers will go without pay this week for the first time since the shutdown began.

The president tweeted afterwards that he had said "bye-bye" to the top Democrats, BBC reported.

Thu, 10 Jan 2019 13:17:38 +0530
Dubai Business groups vis

Dubai’s leading business entities in trade and investment, real estate and startup development, comprising more than 80 companies, visited India recently as part of a delegation led by Dubai Investment Development Agency, Dubai FDI, the investment development agency of Dubai Economy, DED, and organised by key partner Musthafa and Almana.

The delegation held seminars and meetings in Bengaluru and Chennai, in line with Dubai FDI’s investment promotion mission aimed at strengthening economic and investment collaboration with strategic cities throughout the world.

India is one of the UAE’s strongest economic partners, with large investments from both parties. In 2018, Indian investors have participated in 31 FDI projects launched in Dubai, worth a total of AED 3.71 billion in capital. This makes India the second largest investor in Dubai, in terms of FDI capital and the fourth largest in terms of projects, during the first nine months of the year.

Regarding Indian investments, Ibrahim Hussain Ahli, Director of Investment Promotion Department, Dubai FDI, said, "Dubai maintains steady and long-standing trade and economic relations with India, especially in booming cities such as Bengaluru and Chennai. Visiting these major economic hubs is part of our continuing efforts to promote other sectors, where investing partners can explore new growth opportunities and seek out ways to effectively take advantage of them in an easy and facilitative manner, especially with the upcoming Expo 2020, the robust property market, and the growing prominence of the emirate as a global hub that is conducive for startups and entrepreneurs."

Ahli added, "India’s investment performance in Dubai is reflective of its sustained interest and confidence in the emirate’s capability to provide a business environment that will allow for its capital to grow and expand to other leading markets. We are confident that this visit will further boost India’s leading position as a major investor in Dubai."

Foreign direct investments (FDI) from India to Dubai from 2015 to 2018 have reached AED 6.12 billion in FDI capital spread over 109 projects, based on the latest data released by the Dubai FDI Monitor. From Bengaluru there have been nine FDI projects worth AED 22.6 million in FDI capital since 2015. Chennai has three FDI projects in Dubai, with an investment of AED 34.2 million.

Thu, 10 Jan 2019 12:59:59 +0530
Petta reviews Rajinikant

Superstar Rajni ( THE Thalaivars) Petta has hit the theatres worldwide today. The film, directed by Karthik Subbaraj stars Vijay Sethupathi as the antagonist.and has taken Kollywood by storm.

Director Karthik Subbaraj's dream project Petta, with his idol Superstar Rajinikanth, has hit the theatres today. The film is locking horns with Ajith's Viswasam.

The action-drama also features Vijay Sethupathi, Nawazuddin Siddiqui, Simran and Trisha in prominent roles.

The film has managed to make several heads turn across the globe, thanks to its intriguing teaser and trailer. Die-hard fans of Rajinikanth are eager to see their Superstar in an ultra-stylish avatar after a long time.

Going by the initial reports, the film looks like a sure-shot entertainer with Rajini-ism written all over it. Besides, fans are over the moon seeing vintage Rajinikanth back on screen.

Petta, which was primarily shot in Tamil, has been released in Telugu and Hindi as well

Thu, 10 Jan 2019 12:56:59 +0530
UAE India discuss ways t

The UAE Ambassador to India Dr. Ahmed Al Banna and the Indian Foreign Secretary Vijay Gokhale have explored ways of boosting UAE-India relations to achieve progress, development and prosperity in both countries.

During the meeting, which was attended by Dr. T. V. Nagendra Prasad, Joint Secretary of Gulf Affairs at the Indian Ministry of External Affairs, the two sides vowed to work together to enhance cooperation across all sectors.

Thu, 10 Jan 2019 12:47:46 +0530
India well prepared to ta

After a comprehensive 4-1 victory against Thailand in the first league match, Indian defender Pritam Kotal feels that India are well-prepared to take on hosts UAE in their next match on Thursday, at the Sheikh Zayed Sports City in Abu Dhabi.

Kotal, who played a stellar role as right wing back for India keeping Thailand’s Chanathip Songskrasin quiet in the previous game, said that the team has made specific plans for the hosts.

“We have our plans for the UAE game. You will be able to see them while we implement it on the pitch,” said the defender. “They are a very good side. We have a lot of respect for them. But we are ready to give it a real fight.”

When asked whether Blue Tigers view UAE as their toughest opponents in the group stage, Kotal expressed “every match is a difficult one.”

“You can’t really say which match is tough. Before the Thailand game, would anybody have said that it was going to be easy? Every match is tough. We expect UAE to be a tough game too. They are the hosts. We have to fight in every game and aim to take three points,” he stated.

The Indian defence played a key role in keeping the Thai attackers at bay in their last game, and Kotal believes that the back-four has a good chemistry between themselves.

“Our back four has been playing together for some time now. That has built up our understanding, and the chemistry,” he continued. “We always talk to each other, tell each other where to position ourselves, whom to mark. This has obviously improved since we have been playing together for some time.”

Thu, 10 Jan 2019 12:35:02 +0530
Blue Tigers donate Rs 50

In a gesture to light up blind football in India, the Blue Tigers have decided to donate a sum of Rs. 50,000 from monetary sanctions gathered for breach of discipline to the Indian Blind Football Federation to buy footballs to them to play.

The sanctions which have been prevalent over the past few years in the form of monetary fines have been collected for breach of discipline like arriving late for sessions, carrying mobile phones for meals, wearing the wrong attire, etc.

Head Coach Stephen Constantine felt “it’s important to give it back to the community.”

“The footballs which the blind footballers use cost $50 each. So we are helping them buy some balls,” he said. “We collectively agreed among everybody within the National Team -- the players, and the staff that any money collected from fines or any misdemeanours will be donated for a good cause. It's just a very small gesture, but it shows that we can."

National Team Goalkeeper Gurpreet Singh Sandhu stated the players “support the noble cause wholeheartedly.”

“We love this concept of helping others with the money,” explained Gurpreet. “The sanctions are there to impart discipline amongst us. Although nobody wants to be fined, this initiative makes us believe in the larger aspects of life. If we are able to contribute for a cause or help, why not. It helps us be better individuals.”

Meanwhile, Sunil J Mathew, Sporting Director, IBFF, thanked the Blue Tigers for their initiative. "This is to acknowledge and thank you for the donation towards helping cover the stay & kit expenses at the National Blind Football Academy at Kochi,” he commented. “We would like to especially thank the entire AIFF Coaching staff & the National Team for their support. We wish the entire team the very best for the Asian Cup.”

Thu, 10 Jan 2019 12:28:42 +0530
Ayodhya land dispute SC

The five-judge Constitution bench of the Supreme Court, headed by Chief Justice of  India Ranjan Gogoi, adjourned the Babri Masjid-Ram Janmabhoomi title dispute till January 29, after Justice UU Lalit, who was part of the bench, withdrew from hearing the matter.

The Chief Justice said that a newly-constituted bench would be formed for hearing the case at the end of the month.

Justice Lalit recused himself after one of the petitioners in the case brought up the fact that in 1994, UU Lalit was the lawyer for Kalyan Singh in a case related to contempt of court. Kalyan Singh was the chief minister of Uttar Pradesh when the Babri Masjid was controversially demolished in 1992.

The Ayodhya case in the Supreme Court began on an extremely dramatic note with Justice UU Lalit, who was part of the five-member Constitution bench, recusing himself from hearing the matter.

Rajeev Dhawan, who brought up the matter of UU Lalit being a lawyer from Kalyan Singh, said that he had no objection to the judge hearing the Ayodhya case.

"I am bringing it to Your Lordships notice though we don't have the objection to him hearing the matter. It is entirely up to Your Lordships," Dhawan told the Supreme Court. Following this, the five judges on the Constitution bench -- included CJI Ranjan Gogoi and Justices Justices SA Bobde, NV Ramana, UU Lalit and DY Chandrachud -- held an internal discussion.

On coming out of the discussion, CJI Gogoi said that Justice Lalit had expressed a desire to recuse from hearing the matter, as it would not seem appropriate for him to continue on the bench even though the although the merits of the Ayodhya case are unrelated to the contempt case in question. CJI Ranjan Gogoi said that the bench would be reconstituted to fill Justice UU Lalit's now vacant seat.

Some of the advocates in the case told the Supreme Court that there was a dispute over the correctness of the translations of some case-related documents that are in Persian, Sanskrit and Arabic. The Supreme Court then directed its registry to physically inspect the records and asses how long it might take to get them ready for being presented in court.

The registry has been asked to submit a report on the matter on January 29, when a reconstituted five-judge Constitution bench will take up the Ayodhya case again. On January 29, the Supreme Court will also likely do what it was supposed to do today -- set a timeline for hearing the Ram Janmabhoomi-Babri Masjid title dispute case.

Thu, 10 Jan 2019 12:28:07 +0530
Women Child Development

The Ministry of Women and Child Development, has launched an online campaign, ‘ #www: Web- WonderWomen’. The Campaign aims to discover and celebrate the exceptional achievements of women, who have been driving positive agenda of social change via social media. Maneka Gandhi, Union Minister for Women and Child Development; Mr. Colin Crowell, Global Head, Public Policy, Twitter; and Ms. Sohini Bhattacharya, President & CEO, Breakthrough, were present during the launch.

Through the campaign, the Ministry and the Campaign’s Partners aim to recognize the fortitude of Indian women stalwarts from across the globe who have used the power of social media to run positive & niche campaigns to steer a change in society. This Campaign will recognize and acknowledge the efforts of these meritorious Women.

At the launch, Maneka Gandhi, Union Minister for Women and Child Development, said, “Indian women have always been enterprising and have created a positive impact on society with their hard-work, experience and knowledge. Women online, though niche, are a very powerful voice. #www: WebWonderWomen is a campaign to specially honour and encourage such voices that have in their own capacity driven a positive impact on social media platforms. The Ministry is glad to partner with Breakthrough and Twitter India on this.”

The Campaign invites Entries via Nominations from across the world, as per the laid out criteria. Nominations are now open till 31st January, 2019. Indian-origin women, working or settled anywhere in the world, are eligible for nomination. The shortlisted entries will be open for public voting on Twitter and the finalists will be selected by a specialized panel of judges. Nominations have been invited in a large number of categories including Health, Media, Literature, Art, Sports, Environmental protection, fashion among others.

Thu, 10 Jan 2019 12:05:20 +0530
North Block installs char

Marking the adoption of e-mobility, Department of Economic Affairs has signed an agreement with Energy Efficiency Services Limited (EESL), an entity under Ministry of Power for deployment of 15 Electric Vehicles for their officers. Also, 28 charging points (24 Slow charging points, 4 Fast Charging Points) have been installed at North Block for charging these vehicles. With these 15 EVs, Department of Economic Affairs is expected to save over 36,000 litres of fuel every year and will also lead to a reduction of over 440 tonnes of CO2 annually.

Speaking on the occasion, the Union Minister of Finance and Corporate Affairs, Arun Jaitley, said, “Electric mobility, is an attractive, sustainable and profitable solution to mitigate the climate change and to reduce the risk posed by vehicular emission to public health. EVs have the potential to support India’s growth by enhancing manufacturing, job creation, and technical capabilities. We are glad to be a part of India’s mission of rapid adoption of e-mobility.”

Union Minister of State (IC) for Power and New & Renewable Energy, R K Singh said, “The Indian Government is committed to usher in an era of clean, green and future-oriented technologies in the country. Today, we have achieved yet another milestone in that direction. The Government is promoting e-mobility by taking a lead in changing the fleet of cars used for official purposes with electric cars and at the same time creating the right policy framework enabling this ecosystem and to support its adoption.”

Thu, 10 Jan 2019 11:41:35 +0530
Rajya Sabha passes Consti

The Prime Minister Narendra Modi has lauded the passage of the Constitution (One Hundred and Twenty-Fourth Amendment) Bill, 2019 in the Rajya Sabha.

"Delighted the Rajya Sabha has passed the Constitution (One Hundred And Twenty-Fourth Amendment) Bill, 2019. Glad to see such widespread support for the Bill. The House also witnessed a vibrant debate, where several members expressed their insightful opinions.

Passage of The Constitution (One Hundred And Twenty-Fourth Amendment) Bill, 2019 in both Houses of Parliament is a victory for social justice. It ensures a wider canvas for our Yuva Shakti to showcase their prowess and contribute towards India’s transformation.

By passing The Constitution (One Hundred And Twenty-Fourth Amendment) Bill, 2019, we pay tributes to the makers of our Constitution and the great freedom fighters, who envisioned an India that is strong and inclusive", the Prime Minister said.

Thu, 10 Jan 2019 11:03:39 +0530
PM lauds 10 reservation

The Prime Minister Narendra Modi has said that the constitutional amendment bill providing 10% reservation for general category poor is a historic step for the uplift of the poor and a reflection of the Government’s commitment to SabkaSaath, SabkaVikas. Addressing a public rally in Solapur, Maharashtra, he said that the passage of the bill by Loksabha is a strong answer to those who were spreading falsehood in this regard and expressed hope that the bill will be passed by Rajya Sabha.

The Prime Minister said, “We have passed a historic bill to provide 10% reservation to Economically Weaker Sections of the General Category in Lok Sabha yesterday. This has strengthened our resolve of Sab KaSaathSabkaVikas”

On the Citizenship Amendment Bill, the Prime Minister assured the people of Assam and North East that their rights and opportunities will be protected. He said, “the bill has cleared the decks for grant of Indian citizenship to the sons and daughters of Mother India residing in Pakistan, Bangladesh and Afghanistan. After seeing the ups and downs of history, these brothers and sisters of ours want to be a part and parcel of India.”

The Prime Minister said that his Government’s drive against corruption and middlemen will continue unabated despite the diatribes against him. He said that he was performing his duty courageously in the fight against corruption and middlemen backed by the support and the blessings of the people. The Prime Minister said, “We are not only cleaning our villages and cities but also the corridors of power from the dirt of corruption and middlemen. No wonder, those who think it’s their divine right to rule dislike me vehemently. I will continue to clean the system and ensure transparency”.

Thu, 10 Jan 2019 10:41:34 +0530
Imran Khan accuses India

Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan has accused India of not responding to his peace overtures and said that any war between two nuclear-armed nations would be suicidal for them. In an interview with Turkish news agency TRT World, Khan again expressed his desire for talks with India.

He said that even a Cold War was not in the interests of the two countries.

"Two nuclear-armed countries should not even think of war; not even a Cold War because it could worsen any time. The only way is bilateral talks. Two nuclear-armed countries at war are like a suicide," the party quoted him as saying.

He said India did not respond to his peace overtures.  India has been maintaining that terror and talks cannot go together. 
“India was offered to take one step towards, and we shall take two. However, India rejected Pakistan's offer for talks several times,” Khan said.

Khan also said that India would never be able to suppress the rights of the Kashmiri people.

The Indo-Pak ties strained after the terror attacks by Pakistan-based terrorists in 2016 and India's surgical strikes inside Pakistan-occupied Kashmir later. The ties were further nose-dived in 2017 with no bilateral talks taking place between them.

Wed, 09 Jan 2019 15:35:52 +0530
CBI VS CBI

NEW DELHI: 
 A day after he was reinstated by the Supreme Court CBI chief Alok Verma today returned to his office in Delhi for the first time in three months.
A day after he was reinstated by the Supreme Court, which scrapped an October government order divesting him of his powers and sending him on leave. He was received by M Nageswara Rao, who had been appointed interim chief in his place.
Alok Verma's 10th-floor office at the CBI headquarters had been sealed after he was sent on compulsory leave around 2 am on October 24 and replaced by Nageswar Rao, an additional director.
While restoring him, the Supreme Court said Mr Verma could not take any major policy decisions until a high-powered select committee comprising the Prime Minister, the Leader of Opposition and the Chief Justice of India meet and decide on his status. The committee has to give its report within a week.
Sources say Mr Verma can still file First Information Report (FIRs) and sign off on transfers; they argue that interim chief Nageswara Rao also discharged these functions after being ordered by the top court to steer clear of significant policy decisions.
Alok Verma had challenged the government's October 23 order arguing that the CBI chief has a fixed two-year term and can be removed only by the high-powered committee.

Alok Verma and his deputy Rakesh Asthana, the CBI's top two officers, were both sent on leave in October in the middle of a bitter feud between them.
Mr Verma's term ends on January 31.
The top court's ruling was perceived as a massive setback for the BJP-led government, which has been accused by the opposition of manipulating the CBI and misusing it to target rivals.
Mr Verma and his deputy Rakesh Asthana, the CBI's top two officers, were both sent on leave in October as they swapped charges and accused each other of corruption in a case being investigated by the agency.
Around 2 am, Nageswar Rao, took charge and signed off on the transfer of 10 on Mr Verma's team.
Mr Asthana remains on forced leave, and there is no decision on the transferred officers.
The government had justified its move in court saying it had no option but to send both officers on leave to protect CBI's integrity and image since they were fighting like "Kilkenny cats". The Central Vigilance Commission, which had recommended sending away the CBI boss, said: "extraordinary situations need extraordinary remedies." 
The Supreme Court had also asked Mr Verma to respond to a vigilance report on him based on Mr Asthana's accusations. Mr Asthana accused the CBI Director of taking a bribe from a Hyderabad-based businessperson being investigated by the agency. Mr Verma has accused Mr Asthana of the same crime.

Wed, 09 Jan 2019 15:09:56 +0530
Kidney racket whistle blo

Two years after he blew the lid off one of the most prominent organ transplant scams involving Mumbai’s top private hospital, the 25-year-old whistle-blower, Sundar Singh, was yesterday found dead in his one-room house in the far-flung suburb of Diva.

Sundar Singh was struggling to find employment after exposing the organ transplant scam in 2016. Cops say the body of Sundar Singh had decomposed but no foul play suspected. 

The police found Singh’s decomposed body hanging from the ceiling fan. Though no suicide note was found, the cops have prima facie ruled out foul play, saying financial stress and domestic problems may have led to Singh committing suicide. 
The organ transplant scam came to light after a team from Powai Police Station barged inside the operation theatre of Hiranandani Hospital on July 14, 2016, and stopped a kidney transplant midway following a tip-off that the recipient and the donor were not related. Fourteen people, including the hospital’s CEO and five doctors, were arrested, while the patient, Brijkishor Jaiswal from Surat, who had paid Rs 5 lakh to an agent to get a kidney, died a month later. 

The tip-off regarding Jaiswal’s illegal transplant was provided to the police by an activist who was in turn alerted by Singh, who had several documents to show the agent-doctors nexus. In March 2016, Singh himself had donated his kidney to a Delhi-based woman for which he was promised Rs 5 lakh by an agent, Brijendra Bisen, the mastermind of the Hiranandani organ transplant racket. Singh told the police that he received a measly Rs 15,000, after which he decided to expose the scam. The Mumbra police told Mirror yesterday that Singh’s neighbours in Om Sai Mauli Apartments reported a stench after which his flat door was pulled down.

“Singh was having problems with his wife who had left for her village in Uttar Pradesh with their son earlier this month. It’s a clear case of suicide as the door was locked from inside. We are yet to record his wife Seema’s statement,” Senior Inspector Kishore Pasalkar said. 

Neighbours told the police that after the organ transplant scam came to light, Singh’s financial troubles increased as he was not able to find employment.
He started a pav bhaaji stall with a friend who ran into losses after which he began selling vada pav. Officers who probed the Hiranandani organ transplant scam refused to comment on how Singh’s death will impact the case, with one of them saying the police have already filed a charge sheet running into 1,000 pages.

Wed, 09 Jan 2019 12:32:42 +0530
10 Reservation and 10 Po

10% Reservation bill and 10 points
With the new bill, the government hopes to reserve 10 per cent government jobs and seats in educational institutes for the weaker section of the society, irrespective of their religion or caste, thus providing for the upper caste that has traditionally been not entitled to any quota.


Tuesday a lok sabha bill was passed which sets out the Reservation Bill to provide a 10 per cent quota to the economically weaker sections, irrespective of their religion or caste, thus including the upper castes as well. Thus providing for the upper caste that has traditionally been not entitled to any quota. Hence this are the contents of the new bill.
 The House witnessed a heated debate with Finance Minister Arun Jaitley making a strong pitch in favour of the bill and targeting Congress for raising concerns about the statement it had earlier supported.

 Many in the Opposition, including Congress, had declared their support for the bill, but also raised concerns on Tuesday during a debate in Parliament. To this PM. MODI thanks the opposition.

Wed, 09 Jan 2019 11:29:50 +0530
Rajnath Nath Singh introd

The Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh introduced the Citizenship Amendment Bill, 2019 in Lok Sabha. The Bill seeks to facilitate acquisition of citizenship by six identified minority communities namely Hindus, Sikhs, Jains, Buddhists, Christians and Parsis from Afghanistan, Pakistan and Bangladesh who came to India before 31st Dec. 2014.

Moving the Bill, the Union Home Minister clarified that the Act is not confined to the State of Assam. The Bill will apply to all States and Union Territories of the country. The beneficiaries of the Citizenship Amendment Bill can reside in any state of the country. The burden of these persecuted migrants will be shared by the whole country. Assam alone would not have to bear the entire burden and Government of India is committed to give all help to the State Government and people of Assam, said Rajnath Singh. 

Dispelling the misgivings about Citizenship Amendment Act, Rajnath Singh highlighted the discrimination and religious persecution faced by these communities in these countries. They have no place to go to, except India, he said. The Act will provide relief to persecuted migrants who have come through western borders of the country to States like Gujarat, Rajasthan, Delhi, Madhya Pradesh and other States, he added.

Migrants from these communities were earlier given protection against legal action in years 2015 & 2016. Long term visa provision was made for them.

The proposed amendment will make these persecuted migrants eligible to apply for citizenship.  Citizenship will be given to them only after due scrutiny and recommendation of district authorities and the State Government. The minimum residency period for citizenship is being reduced from existing 12 years under the present law to 7 years. 

The Union Home Minister said the present Government has taken several measures to implement the Assam Accord. An important pillar of Assam Accord is Clause 6 dealing with constitutional, legislative and administrative safeguards for protection of cultural, social and linguistic identity and heritage of Assamese people, said Rajnath Singh. 

MHA has notified on 5thJan., 2019 a High-Level Committee consisting of eminent and knowledgeable persons from Assamese society with a very wide mandate to suggest such safeguards for protection of the Assamese identity, including reservation in the State Assembly and in jobs. The Committee will submit its report within six months, he added.

The government has given approval to move the Bill in parliament granting ST status to six communities of Assam namely Tai Ahom, Koch Rajbongshi, Chutia, Tea Tribes, Moran and Matak. The government has waived the requirement of Cabinet approval. A Bill is being introduced in the current session of Parliament.

Wed, 09 Jan 2019 10:53:12 +0530
Canadian PM Stephen Harpe

Former Prime Minister of Canada, Stephen Harper, who is on a visit to India to attend the Raisina Dialogue, met Prime Minister Narendra Modi earlier today.

The two leaders exchanged views on developments in India-Canada relations, main global trends and cooperation among democracies

Wed, 09 Jan 2019 10:23:46 +0530
Norway PM Solberg calls o

Ms Erna Solberg, the Prime Minister of Norway, called on the President Ram Nath Kovind, at Rashtrapati Bhavan.

Welcoming the Norwegian Prime Minister to India, the President said that India and Norway share warm and friendly relations. As two vibrant democracies, with deep respect for the rule of law, cultural diversity and human rights, we are natural partners.

The President said that India-Norway bilateral trade has been growing but there is potential for expansion. Energy, IT, health and technology sectors present opportunities. Norwegian capability in shipping, port management, fishing, defence and energy is globally known. India seeks Norwegian partnerships in these areas to support its own programmes such as Make in India, Smart Cities, Clean India, Start-up India and the Sagarmala project.

Wed, 09 Jan 2019 10:20:07 +0530
SIES NCC Cadets display

The NCC cadets of the SIES College, Sion displayed "Shakti pradarshan"-War demonstration as part of their annual NCC day celebration.

Nearly 50 cadets both male and female participated in the demonstration. It was under the supervision of Army artillery personnel attached to No.1 NCC battalion of Maharashtra.

 

 

 

 

 

Tue, 08 Jan 2019 17:47:47 +0530
Trade unions call for Bha

The two-day Bharat Bandh organised by various trade unions began since yesterday night across the country where it affected normalcy in some parts of the country. Violence reported in Kerala, West Bengal and Odisha and train, road transportation have disrupted in these states.

Trade unions of different political parties called for 48-hour nationwide as a protest against the anti-worker policies of the central government.

All the assurances of a normal life went in vain in Kerala as many protests have staged in rail and roads that eventually stalled the state's transportation completely. Earlier there was a promise from all the trade unions that normal life will ne restored in the state as Kerala have already witnessed many bands for the last three months due to the political battles in the Sabarimala issue.

Many passengers have stranded in roads and railway stations and trapped in the train as they expected a hassle- free atmosphere in the state.

Meanwhile in Bengal, workers of the Trinamool congress and CPM clashed publicly in Kolkata, Asansol and Hooghly districts and the police had to lathicharge to disrupt the mob in Asansol. Chief Minister Mamata Baneerja took a stand that is completely against the Bharat Bandh.

"We have taken a stand of not supporting any bandh. Enough is enough. In the last 34 years, they (Left Front) have destroyed the state by calling bandh," Ms Banerjee said.

In Odisha, protesters have blocked the National Highway and burned tyres and the trade union CTU members have gathered together for a protest march in Bhubaneswar.

The trade unions across the nation have been demanding for the enactment of the Social Security Act and also calls for a minimum wage of Rs. 24,000 for the unorganised transport sector.

Tue, 08 Jan 2019 15:40:08 +0530
NO STRIKES CAN BE CALLED

 Kerala HC: Recently on its decision passed it stressed that no strikes could be called before a weeks notice 
Organisations and individuals, who call for hartal, shall be responsible for loss and damages caused on account of the shutdown, the court said.
It directed the state government to file a counter  affidavit within three week
The court commented while hearing a petition moved by the Kerala Chamber of Commerce and Industry and Thrissur-based NGO ''Malayala Vedi against hartals'' against shutdowns in the state.
Now people can approach the court if so-called Hartal, notice is not given before seven days as a notice to the PUBLIC and government can take adequate measures to deal with the situation. 
Condemning the practice of calling flash strikes, a division bench of Chief Justice Hrishikesh Roy and Justice A K Jayasankaran Nambiar observed that.
It added that in the absence of adequate enactments, hartals had become a continuous process. Such flash hartals would affect the state's economy as well as the country's tourism prospects.
The bench said though the right to protest exist, that shall not affect the citizens' fundamental rights
In their petition, the chamber alleged that Kerala witnessed 97 strikes in 2018, which affected business and livelihood of people leading to substantial economic loss.
The petitioners also sought police protection for shops and commercial establishments during such shutdowns.
In December, over 35 trade organisations came together against rampant strike calls by various political parties in the state and decided to observe 2019 as an ''Anti-hartal year''.
On Thursday, a dawn-to-dusk strike called by pro-Hindutva groups plunged the state into turmoil. The shutdown was called to protest the entry of women of menstruating age into the Ayyappa temple in Sabarimala. 
Subsequently, violence involving BJP-RSS and ruling CPI(M) rocked parts of Kerala, particularly Kannur district, with several houses and shops of rival leaders and workers being attacked.
Now Kerala has HARTAL, as their basic economic principle as they don't need anything else so that a nation can develop.

Tue, 08 Jan 2019 15:09:50 +0530
Bumrah rested as BCCI kee

The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has decided to rest India pacer Jasprit Bumrah for the forthcoming ODI series against Australia and the tour in New Zealand. Keeping in mind the work load of the bowler, it was best felt to give him adequate rest ahead of the home series against Australia.

Mohammed Siraj will replace Bumrah in the squad for the Australia and New Zealand tour.

Siddarth Kaul has also been drafted into the squad for the 3-match T20I series against New Zealand.

Tue, 08 Jan 2019 13:32:43 +0530
Queiroz heaps praises on

Carlos Queiroz, one of the most decorated managers in the AFC Asian Cup UAE 2019, lavished huge praise on the Blue Tigers after their emphatic 4-1 victory over Thailand in their tournament opener.

The Portuguese coach who has been the longest-serving coach for the Iranian National Team stated: "It is a completely different team since we played them. I saw you guys playing recently. The India Team has made great progress.”

Queiroz was referring to the FIFA World Cup Russia 2018 qualifiers when Team Melli registered two comfortable victories (3-0 in Bengaluru and 4-0 in Tehran) over the Blue Tigers to cement their berth in the AFC Asian Cup UAE 2019, as well as progress to the next round of FIFA World Cup qualifiers.

"It is a brilliant win and a very good performance. I would like to congratulate not only coach Constantine but the entire team and the supporters. It has been a fantastic result for the team,” he added.

"When you perform like this in the first game of the Asian Cup, it only shows that you are going in the right direction."

The 23-player India squad which comprises of not less than nine U-23 players is the second youngest team in this edition of AFC Asian Cup after Vietnam.

The Portuguese coach who has guided three different countries (South Africa in 2002, Portugal in 2010, Iran in 2014 and 2018) to FIFA World Cup opined: "I think it's the right thing to do. When we need to prepare the team for the future, you can't do it without the fresh pair of legs. If you are trying to take the National Team forward, you need to think about the present, as well as take care of the future. If you don't do that you only get stagnated."

India next play hosts UAE at the Zayed Sports City Stadium on January 10.

Tue, 08 Jan 2019 13:06:05 +0530
BEST staff began strike

BEST staff began strike in Mumbai; Commuters face inconvenience

 

With talks failing between the labour unions and management of Brihanmumbai Electricity Supply and Transport (BEST) on Monday, commuters may face  inconvenience as approximately 35,000 BEST employees will go on indefinite strike from today. Owing to a lack of coordination between authorities, no private buses have been arranged, and other modes of public transport are likely to feel the pressure.

Private buses are also not arranged as they are threatened by the labour unions. Sushant Samant, BEST Committee member and BEST kamagar Sena leader, said that they would not join the strike, but they would also not ply their buses.


The leader of BEST workers' union Shashank Rao said talks had failed and BEST's general manager Surendrakumar Bagde did not attend the meeting.

"A personnel department officer conducted the meeting, so nothing fruitful was expected from it," Rao said. Bagde did not respond to calls or text messages too.
 

The state government has invoked provisions of the Maharashtra Essential Service Maintenance Act (MESMA) and an industrial court has restrained the unions from going on the strike, but BEST Sanyukta Kamgar Kruti Samiti (BSKKS), a joint action committee of labour unions, will go on strike from today. The unions' demands include higher-grade pay, merging BEST's budget with that of Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) and bonuses similar to those given to BMC staff.
 

However, BEST's spokesperson said that they have written to Maharashtra State Road Transport Undertaking to arrange extra buses if required. Generally, the state government allows private buses to ferry passengers during strikes.

But, a senior official from the regional transport office (RTO) said it had not received any communication about arranging private buses for public convenience. "We will do all the needful things if required," said Shekhar Channe, transport commissioner of Maharashtra, and confirmed no communication had come from the BEST.

To avoid damage to its buses, BEST has put wire mesh on windshields of several buses, but no information has been released about the steps taken for the convenience of passengers. Meanwhile, citizen's forum Aamchi Mumbai Aamchi BEST (AMAB) declared its support to the BEST workers' strike on Monday. Basically, they are asking for getting themselves converted into BMC transports.                   

Tue, 08 Jan 2019 12:55:07 +0530
Khelo India Playgrounds

The Sports Ministry is implementing the Khelo India Scheme which inter-alia includes a vertical ‘Play Field Development’ which provides for putting in place a strong institutionalized mechanism for preserving, protecting, developing and promoting playfields though setting up of State and District Playfield Associations by the States/UTs on the lines of National Playfield Association of India (NPFAI).

Sports is a State subject and promotion of sports in the country, including establishing institutional system for the standardization and quality of playgrounds is primarily the responsibility of the State Government concerned. The Central Government complements/supplements the efforts of the State Governments.

Further as per the provisions of the scheme and operational guidelines thereunder, developing playgrounds in all gram panchayats can be taken up by all States/UTs in convergence with the scheme of Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme (MGNREGS) and any other scheme(s) of the State Government/Central Government for which suitable advisory has been issued on 17.11.2017 to all States/UTs through operational guidelines on “Play field Development” component of Khelo India Scheme.

Tue, 08 Jan 2019 12:37:42 +0530
SC reinstates Alok Verma

The Supreme Court has quashed the Central government's midnight order removing Alok Verma from the Central Bureau of Investigation's (CBI) top post, three months after he was forced to go on leave and divested him of his powers.

Though Alok Verma can resume charge at the earliest, he is not allowed to take any policy decisions as the top court asked a high-powered selection committee to meet and decide his future job. The selection committee comprises of the Prime Minister, the Opposition Leader and the Chief Justice of India.

The Supreme Court's decision came after Alok Verma had challenged the centre's midnight removal despite having a fixed two-year term and argued that he can be removed only by the high-powered committee, which appointed him earlier.

The government had decided to remove Mr. Verma and his deputy Rakesh Asthana on October 23 midnight and sent both on leave after two officers engaged in a war of words publicly. The government had drawn flak for this immediate action from various circles, politically and socially, as the main opposition party congress alleged conspiracy behind Verma's removal.

"We welcome the Supreme Court's verdict lambasting the government against their illegal removal of Alok Verma as CBI Director," said the Congress.

Arvind Kejriwal tweeted that the court ruling was a "direct indictment" of Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

Tue, 08 Jan 2019 12:27:29 +0530
India takes over operatio

The Government of India took over the operations of a part of Shahid Beheshti Port, Chabahar in Iran during the Chabahar Trilateral Agreement meeting held there and the heads of Indian, Iranian and Afghanistan delegation jointly inaugurated the office of the Indian SPV - India Ports Global Chabahar Free Zone (IPGCFZ), at Chabahar. The physical take-over of the terminal area, cargo handling equipment and Office building was completed by 29th December 2018.

Commercial operations began at IPGCFZ with the arrival of a vessel. A Cyprus registered bulk carrier had arrived at Chabahar with 72458 MT of corn cargo. The vessel MV MACHERAS berthed at the terminal at 0130 hrs on 30th December 2018. Thus IPGCFZ carried out its first cargo operation by discharging the imported cargo(ex Brazil) using pneumatic un-loaders.

This step marks the beginning of a long journey. India has written a history with its engagement in Chabahar and is now leading the regional cooperation and joint efforts to support land locked Afghanistan. This is the first time India will be operating a port outside its territories.

India started interacting with Iran on Chabahar Port around 2003 but a major push was received in the second half of 2014, resulting in the signing of an  MOU between the two countries  for the development of Chabahar Port in May 2015. This MOU translated into a formal 10-year Contract for Equipping and Operating the Chabahar Port, which was executed on 23rd May 2016, during Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit to Tehran . Since there were challenges in activation of the said contract, the foundation of an interim period contract was laid during the visit of Hassan Rouhani, President of Iran to New Delhi in February 2018. Resultantly a formal short term Contract between the two sides was signed on 6th May 2018.

The efforts of Government of India were fully reciprocated by PMO, Iran and Iranian Embassy in India, Indian Embassy at Iran, Ministry of External Affairs, Ministry of Finance and Niti Aayog for guidance and continuous support in achieving this major milestone.

Tue, 08 Jan 2019 12:00:17 +0530
Indian Science Congress

The Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) pavilion received ‘Exhibitor of the Year Award’ at 106th Indian Science Congress held at Lovely Professional University (LPU), Phagwara, Punjab. The pavilion narrated the saga of self-reliance & national pride with the ‘Make in India’ spirit was a big attraction among people, especially students visiting the pavilion and getting opportunity to interact with DRDO scientists.

The DRDO Pavillion at the mega science expo was inaugurated on January 03, 2019 by Governor of Punjab VP Singh Badnoreand Union Science and Technology MinisterDr Harsh Vardhan. They took keen interest in DRDO products and technologies displayed. Secretary, Department of Defence R&D and Chairman DRDO Dr G Satheesh Reddywas present during the inaugural function.

Later in the day, a special address on the present and future technologies in defence systems and opportunities for the young researchers was delivered by Dr G Satheesh Reddy.

Director General (Naval Systems & Materials) Dr Samir V Kamatand Director General (Life Sciences) Dr AK Singhdelivered lectures on ‘Materials Technologies for Future Defence Systems’ and ‘Evolving Landscape in Life Sciences’ respectively. Director General (Production Coordination & Services Interaction)Dr S Guruprasad was also present.

Tue, 08 Jan 2019 11:32:51 +0530
Global air travel to incr

With hundreds of millions of people joining the global middle-class, the demand for air travel is witnessing an unforeseen upsurge.  The International Civil Aviation Organization has predicted a 100 percent increase in global air travel by the year 2030, creating a need for extensive efforts to bring the entire aviation ecosystem to pace. To ride this strong tailwind of growth and pave the way forward for the sector, the Ministry of Civil Aviation (MoCA), in collaboration with FICCI is organizing a Global Aviation Summit with an overarching theme of “Flying for all” on 15-16 January 2019 in Mumbai, the financial capital of India.

The Summit is supported by International Civil Aviation Oganization (ICAO), Federal Aviation Administration of  USA (FAA), International Air Transport Association (IATA), CiviI Air Navigaion Services Organisation (CANSO), Airports Council International (ACl) and Association of Asia Pacific Airlines (AAPA). The two-day summit will host a conference, expo and will endeavour meaningful engagements via G2G, G2B, B2B meetings and other networking opportunities.

To commensurate the fast growth of the sector, the Global Aviation Summit provides an exclusive platform for collaborative efforts on a global magnitude. The Summit aims to focus on the celebration of ‘Flying for All’ and to provide a platform to the aviation fraternity to showcase the challenges of the sector in the newly developing growth spots and understand how the technology-driven innovations will change the air travel in future. The Summit also aims to be the most comprehensive platform for civil aviation, witnessing a vivid representation from the global aviation ecosystem entailing global leaders from airlines, manufacturers, investors, vendors, cargo, space industry, banking institutions, skill development agencies and states & UTs of India.

The platform will bring together prominent thought leaders from across the world to share their experiences on strengthening national aviation ecosystems. “They will share success stories and learnings, emphasizing on principles that will apply across countries. Policymaking approaches that balance market forces with the public interest will be highlighted”. Prominent Transport Ministers from across the world will share their experiences on enhancing the Aviation ecosystem and put forth key analytical inputs on their success stories, experience and knowledge to develop aviation in their respective countries. Civil Aviation Authorities of the World will also discuss how to ensure that safety and security standards are maintained across a fast-growing and vast aviation ecosystem. The event will also examine the future of drones, sustainable growth of aviation, cargo and logistics in the aviation industry – all the factors behind building great aviation business. More than 1000 delegates from global Aviation fraternity are likely to participate in first of its kind Global Aviation summit 2019.

Tue, 08 Jan 2019 11:21:40 +0530
Modi Putin exchange gree

Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Russian President Vladimir Putin exchanged warm greetings for the Year 2019 in a telephonic conversation today. The Prime Minister also wished the President and Russian people on the occasion of Christmas, which is being celebrated in Russia today.

The two leaders appreciated the major milestones achieved in the Special and Privileged Strategic Partnership between the two countries in the past year. Recalling successful wide-ranging discussions, inter alia, in Sochi in May and during President Putin's visit to New Delhi in October for the Annual Summit, the leaders agreed to maintain the momentum in the bilateral relations. President Putin reiterated the invitation to the annual Eastern Economic Forum in September 2019.

Bilateral cooperation in the key areas including defence and counter-terrorism was also discussed.

Both leaders agreed that India-Russia cooperation plays an important role in the global multilateral order. Both countries, therefore, will continue their close consultations in the United Nations, the BRICS, the SCO and other multilateral organizations. 

Tue, 08 Jan 2019 11:12:31 +0530
Japanese Foreign Minister

Mr. Taro Kono, Foreign Minister of Japan, paid a courtesy call on Prime Minister Narendra Modi today.

Mr. Kono briefed the Prime Minister about the follow-up action taken in recent months after the visit of Prime Minister Modi to Japan in October 2018.

The Prime Minister warmly recalled his successful visit to Japan in October 2018, and reiterated his strong commitment to further deepen the Special Strategic and Global Partnership between India and Japan.

The Prime Minister said that India looks forward to the next round of Annual Summit with Japan, later this year.

Tue, 08 Jan 2019 11:06:34 +0530
VP Naidu lauds NCC cadets

The Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu said that a stint of service in National Cadet Corps (NCC) has to be made compulsory in all educational institutions. He was addressing the cadets of the National Cadet Corps at the inaugural ceremony of the Republic Day camp in New Delhi.

Naidu congratulated the cadets for their enthusiasm and energy, for their outstanding drill and their confidence. He observed that the Camp, which would foster feelings of unity and patriotism, would serve as a memorable and motivating learning experience. The Vice President urged the cadets to make the best possible use of the camp by participating in all activities conducted at the Camp with sincerity and commitment.

Naidu said that the training provided by NCC since its inception has played a vital role in inculcating the qualities of discipline, leadership, camaraderie, team spirit, adventure and national integration, thereby leading to the holistic development of the Nation’s youth and assuring a better future.

He added that the camp would be a unique opportunity not only to understand the country better, but also to widen one’s horizons and foster lasting friendship with fellow cadets from other nations.

Tue, 08 Jan 2019 11:01:52 +0530
Modi Trump exchange new

Prime Minister Narendra Modi and United States President Donald Trump exchanged New Year greetings in a telephonic conversation last evening. 

They expressed satisfaction at the progress in India-U.S. strategic partnership in 2018. They appreciated developments such as the launch of the new 2+2 Dialogue mechanism and the first-ever Trilateral Summit of India, the U.S. and Japan. 

The two leaders took positive note of growing bilateral cooperation in defence, counter-terrorism and energy and coordination on regional and global issues. They agreed to continue to work together for further strengthening India-U.S. bilateral relations in 2019. 

Tue, 08 Jan 2019 10:51:41 +0530
Centre announces 10 quot

Centre announces 10% quota for economically weaker sections

 

The Narendra Modi government has announced 10 percent reservation  in jobs and higher education for the economically weaker sections in the general category. The government will move a constitutional amendment bill in Rajyasabha to bring this announcement into action, most likely today itself.

The decision was approved in the cabinet meeting chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi yesterday and will have an impact on the upcoming general election.

Union Minister Vijay Sampla said that the move will benefit those who earn less than Rs. 8 lakh a year, have less than five acre land. Jobs are already reserved for impoverished and disadvantaged lower castes. The criteria for economic quota will be the same as that for Other Backward Castes or OBCs.

"This was a long-standing demand but only the Modi government had the courage to do it. Brahmins, baniyas, Christians, Muslims, all will benefit from this," Vijay Sampla said.

Though the government is confident of amending the constitution to get the bill cleared in Rajyasabha, it will take some legal procedures as the Supreme Court allows only 50 percent cap on quotas. The government decision will take the quota to 60 percent.

But the government is very adamant and clear that the Supreme Court's restriction is only for social reservation and not for the economic reservation.

Tue, 08 Jan 2019 10:42:02 +0530
CONSENSUAL SEX NOT A CRIM

“Consensual Sex Not A Crime", says SC

Consensual sex, not a crime, says the Supreme Court, in a suit filed by a nurse against a doctor in Maharashtra who were in live-in relationship “for quite some time".

The Supreme Court bench, comprising Justice AK Sikri and Abdul Nazeer, in its ruling states that the consensual physical relationship between live-in partners does not amount to rape. In case the man fails to marry the woman due to circumstances beyond his control, the Supreme Court held that it would not amount to rape.

According to the first information report the woman, a widow, had fallen in love with the doctor and they started living together.

"There may be a case where the prosecutrix (nurse) agrees to have sexual intercourse on account of her love and passion for the accused and not solely on account of the misconception created by accused, or where an accused, on account of circumstances which he could not have foreseen or which were beyond his control, was unable to marry her despite having every intention to do. Such cases must be treated differently," the bench said.

The verdict says that if the man had any mala fide intention or clandestine motives, then it was a clear case of rape.

"The acknowledged consensual physical relationship between the parties would not constitute an offence under section 376 (rape) of the IPC," the bench said.

Referring to the facts of the case, the court said they were living together for quite some time and when the woman came to know that the man had married someone else, she lodged the complaint.

The court came to the conclusion that if he wouldn’t have married then she had no objections, thus intentions of consensual sex is clear.

The doctor had approached the top court against the verdict of the Bombay High Court which had dismissed his plea seeking quashing of the FIR lodged against him.

 

Mon, 07 Jan 2019 18:09:14 +0530
CONSENSUAL SEX NOT A CRIM

“Consensual Sex Not A Crime,

Consensual sex, not a crime says SC, in a suit filed by a nurse against a doctor in Maharashtra who were in live in relationship “for quite some time,

According to the first information report the woman, a widow had fallen in love with the doctor and they started living together; 

The consensual physical relationship between live-in partners does not amount to rape. In case the man fails to marry the woman due to circumstances beyond his control, the Supreme Court as has held. It would not amount to rape.

"There may be a case where the prosecutrix(nurse)  agrees to have sexual intercourse on account of her love and passion for the accused and not solely on account of the misconception created by accused, or where an accused, on account of circumstances which he could not have foreseen or which were beyond his control, was unable to marry her despite having every intention to do. Such cases must be treated differently," the bench said (Justice AK SIKRI and ABDUL NAZEER)

It said if the man had any mala fide intention or clandestine motives, then it was a clear case of rape.

"The acknowledged consensual physical relationship between the parties would not constitute an offence under section 376 (rape) of the IPC," the bench said.

Referring to the facts of the case, the court said they were living together for quite some time and when the woman came to know that the man had married someone else, she lodged the complaint.

“the court came to the conclusion that if he wouldn’t have married then she had no objections thus intentions of consensual sex is clear.

The man had approached the top court against the verdict of the Bombay High Court which had dismissed his plea seeking quashing of the FIR lodged against him.

 

 

 

 

       

 

Mon, 07 Jan 2019 16:41:02 +0530
SIES NCC unit display arm

K.A.Viswanathan

 

The NCC unit of the SIES College of Arts, Science and Commerce, Sion West along with the No1 Battalion of NCC of Maharashtra area jointly displayed army weapons and instruments used for combat.

 

Nearly 50 NCC cadets, both male and female, participated in the presentation.The army officers explained the intricacies of the weapons and showed how they are used to the students of the college.

 

Dr. Uma Shankar, Principal of the college, also participated.

 

 

 

Mon, 07 Jan 2019 16:35:05 +0530
Golden Globe Awards Bohe

Queen movie Bohemian Rhapsody was the surprise winner of two major prizes at Sunday's Golden Globe Awards.

The Freddie Mercury biopic took home the trophies for best film drama and best drama actor for its star Rami Malek, who played the late frontman, reports BBC.

Despite being heavily tipped and nominated for five prizes, A Star Is Born took home just one award - best original song for Shallow. Green Book was the night's other big film winner, scooping three prizes.

It won best musical or comedy film, best screenplay and best supporting actor for Mahershala Ali, BBC reported.

Mon, 07 Jan 2019 13:37:14 +0530
India creates history in

India wrote history in Australia as they became the first ever Asian team to win a test series down under. The fourth and final test at the Sydney ended in a draw after the steady rain forces the officials to abandon the match, eventually led to Team India to win the series who already have a 2-1 lead.

Chetheswar Pujara became the player of the series with three hundreds and amassed 521 runs and bagged the player of the match award as well.

The rain has not only washed away the entire day's play, but India's dreams of winning the Sydney test after reaching so close to it. India scored a mammoth 622/7 in the first innings with the help of Chetheswar Pujara's brilliant 193 and Rishabh Pant's flawless 159 not out as well. All rounder Ravindra Jadeja (81) and opener Mayank Agarwal (77) also made useful contributions.

In return, Australia started on a positive note as openers Usman Khawaja and Marcus Harris resisted the early burst from Indian seamers.  But they lost their plot later and bowled out for 300 in the first innings. Spinner Kuldeep Yadav claimed his first fiver-for outside the subcontinent and justified his selection.

With a lead of 322 runs in hand, Indian skipper Virat Kohli decided to enforce the follow-on, considering the Aussies' vulnerability with the bat and the unpredictable weather as well.

But the bad light and merciless rain have ensured that India won't go back with a 3-1 lead and has to satisfy with 2-1.

Mon, 07 Jan 2019 10:59:58 +0530
VP calls upon textile ind

The Vice President M. Venkaiah Naidu has called upon the textile industry to develop a culture of innovation, diversify products and tap newer markets for increasing India’s exports share in the global market. He was addressing the outreach event on ‘Accomplishments and Way Forward for Textile Sector’ and presented Threads of Excellence Awards.

The Vice President said that he understands that India’s export performance has been not up to expectations for a variety of reasons. He further said that it cannot be business as usual and the industry has to rise to the occasion and ensure that the share of India’s exports reach double digits from approximately 5 per cent at present. You need to diversify your products and tap newer markets, he added.

Pointing out that India enjoys a unique advantage of having abundant raw materials and presence of manufacturing in all segments of the textile value chain, Naidu said the sector needs to improve supply chains, focus on research, cost optimization and scaling-up to achieve greater competitiveness and a higher share in the production and export of top items traded in global markets.

Observing that this was the ideal time for the industry to discard outdated technology and modernize its machinery to be globally competitive, Shri Naidu said the availability of raw materials, low cost and skilled manpower was an added advantage for the Indian textile industry, which is expected to reach US$ 223 billion by 2021 from.

The Vice President said that quality has to be the mainstay for India to sustain exports in the global market in the face of stiff competition from Bangladesh and Vietnam.

Referring to various measures taken by the government like allowing 100 per cent FDI and Technology Upgradation Fund Scheme to accelerate textile industry’s growth, the Vice President advised the industry to focus on innovation and value addition for improving global competitiveness of the Indian textiles and apparels. “Innovation is the key. We have to come up with innovative and exclusive products if we have to expand our footprint in the global arena”, he added. He also stressed the need for promoting waterless dyeing by adopting new technology.

The Vice President presented the Threads of Excellence Awards to various organizations and individuals who have shown their excellence in the textile industry.

Mon, 07 Jan 2019 06:11:11 +0530
French Naval Chief visits

Admiral Christophe Prazuck, Chief of the Naval Staff, French Navy is visiting India from 06 Jan 19 in conjunction with Raisina Dialogue (08-09 Jan 19).  The visit aims to consolidate bilateral naval relations between India and France, as also to explore new avenues for naval cooperation.

During his visit, the Chief of the Naval Staff, French Navy will hold bilateral discussions with Admiral Sunil Lanba, Chairman COSC and Chief of the Naval Staff and other senior officials of the Indian Navy.  A range of issues of mutual interest to both navies, encompassing maritime operations, training, logistics and maintenance would be discussed during these meetings.

The Indian Navy cooperates with French Navy on many fronts, which include Bilateral Naval Exercise ‘Varuna’, Interaction on Aircraft Carrier Operations and in generating Maritime Domain Awareness through the medium of Security Dialogue and Staff Talks.  In addition, ships from both navies make regular port calls at each others’ ports.

Mon, 07 Jan 2019 06:11:11 +0530
Research work in various

The Union Minister of Human Resource Development Prakash Javadekar has said that only the research work in various fields can pave way for innovations in the country. Addressing a valedictory session of the 8th Women Science Congress during the ongoing the 106th Indian Science Congress at the Lovely Professional University Jalandhar, he said that research and development are the most important prerequisites for the nation building. He said that it is the research only which helps countries to overcome problems of any type in any field and that’s why the research work is being strengthened and given top priority by the union government.

Prakash Javadekar said that the union government has chalked out a programme to strengthen research and development in India. Talking about the slogan of “Jai Anusandhan” given by the Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi in the inaugural session of the 106th Indian Science Congress, he said, “This shows the commitment of the Centre towards the research and innovations. The NDA government had carved out a fund of Rs 200 Crore this year for the innovative solutions and 1000 colleges across the country are being equipped with innovation hubs.” He also called upon the Universities and other educational institutions to set up such innovation clubs on their own level, too.

Prakash Javadekar also mentioned the problems faced by the country and gave clarion call to the women to come forward and join science stream to resolve social and economic problems. He said union government had set up a fund under Higher Education Financing Agency (HEFA) to provide assistance to the research laboratories. This year ministry is spending nearly Rs 33,000 Crore for this purpose while to encourage social science research Rs 250 Crore has been earmarked. He said the major project of the government is SPARK which was launched to assist and encourage students to carry on their ambitious research projects within India instead of going abroad. In this regard the ministry has also planned to provide scholarship of Rs 1 Lakh per student per month for research and innovation work. He said the government is bringing together the students, teachers and industrialists in innovation and research work. The initiatives taken by the government had not only stopped brain drain but replaced it with brain gain. He said inculcation of scientific temper of the mind to understand the things in proper perspective is essential.

Mon, 07 Jan 2019 06:11:11 +0530
India crush Thailand 4 1

Back in the AFC Asian Cup after an eight-year wait, the Blue Tigers kicked-off their campaign in Asia’ elite footballing tournament in style with a 4-1 win over Thailand. A brace from talismanic striker Sunil Chhetri and a goal each from Anirudh Thapa and a sublime finish by Jeje Lalpekhlua rounded India’s first victory in the Asian Cup since 1964.

The superb performance in the second half sealed it for India. Some tacky play in the attacking third, non-stop pressing and some no-nonsense defending stayed the highlights.

With the pairing of Sandesh Jhingan and Anas commanding the backline, the Blue Tigers' defensive compactness in the early minutes proved to be stubborn.

India closed down quicker in the midfield, not allowing their players time on the ball. It only provided the time for the likes of Ashique Kuruniyan and Anirudh Thapa to dictate play in an attacking stance. And although Thailand dominated possession, India had the better of the chances and showed bright signs around the opponent’s 18-yard box.

Ashique Kuruniyan’s pace and tackiness down the left wing gave India an opportunity to score as early as the 3rd minute, but his cross, flashed in front of goal, with no Indian bodies able to make contact.

India surged into the lead in the 27th minute. A quick throw-in by Sunil Chhetri on the left flank released Ashique on the flanks and the latter burst through the Thai defence to earn a penalty kick, courtesy a handball by Thailand’s’ Theerathon. Chhetri, as composed as ever, converted from the spot. But the Tigers could not hold to the lead for long. In the 33rd minute, Thailand equalized after Teerasil Dangda’s header crashed into the Indian net from a free-kick.

Changing over, India regained their lead, a brilliant strike from Chhetri doing the trick for them. Chhetri banged it in from the top box off an Ashique back-heel after Udanta Singh’s run had done the damage. Chhetri almost scored his hat-trick in the 63rd minute when Thailand’s goalkeeper Bootprom muffed a cross from Udanta, only an onrushing Chhetri’s effort was saved for a corner.

By then it was all India in the midfield. The combination for the third one in the 68th minute was a marvel to watch. Following an exquisite defence-splitting pass from Chhetri, Udanta teed-off Anirudh Thapa in the box for the latter to chip into the net over two helpless Thai defenders and the goalkeeper. Substitute Jeje’s strike in the 80th minute sealed the fate for India. He received it from Halicharan on the top of the box, turned in a flash and placed it with the edge of his boot.

India next play face hosts UAE in their second match of the tournament on January 10.

 

Mon, 07 Jan 2019 06:11:11 +0530
Not trying to get carrie

A superb second-half performance where the Indian National Team scored three goals in a 4-1 win over Thailand, led the Blue Tigers to the top of Group A, showcasing the attacking prowess and disciplined defending of Constantine’s men.

Speaking at the Official Post Match Press Conference, Head Coach Stephen Constantine, however, played down the emotion.

“We try to win every match that we play in. We don’t go into a match expecting to win 4-1 or 5-1. However, we are not trying to get carried away with the emotion,” said Constantine.

“We still have two games left and we still need another two points to qualify from the group stages. After we have qualified, we can get a little bit excited but our primary job is still to qualify out of the group stages.

“It is a cliché as it is just another match for us. It is another win that we wanted and have got in the AFC Asian Cup. Tomorrow morning, we train again,” he added.

India are the second youngest side in the AFC Asian Cup with an average age of 25 years. “We gave a good testament of ourselves against Thailand and we are a young side that is capable of a lot many things. People got a taste of what we can do, today.”

Although India started slowly and the game was tied 1-1 at half-time, three goals in the second half left Thailand breathless and stunned. “The main thing was to make the most of our chances and that we did today. I am happy that we are converting from the chances that we are making,” he further said.

“We do start a little slow as the first 15-20minutes can be a little nervous. It was important to not concede a goal in those minutes and that is what we did,” Constantine concluded.

Mon, 07 Jan 2019 06:11:11 +0530
Sharjah Publishing City h

Over 250 Indian publishers, authors and literary agents have witnessed the carefully crafted business ecosystem of the world’s first publishing and printing free zone, Sharjah Publishing City, SPC, whose pro-investor policies and world-class services promise to set them up for long-term profitability and success.

On the sidelines of their participation at the 27th New Delhi World Book Fair, SPC has hosted a networking dinner for numerous Indian and India-based foreign publishing and printing businesses at the Taj Palace Hotel in New Delhi on Saturday.

SPC brought together important Indian publishing professionals, Emirati authors and poets, and senior officials from both nations together last evening to highlight the lucrative business opportunities in the UAE’s and Arab region’s rapidly expanding and diversifying publishing industry they can take advantage of with an operational base in their tax-free haven that offers 100 percent foreign ownership and profit repatriation.

Welcoming all of the gathering’s participants, Ahmed bin Rakkad Al Ameri, Chairman of Sharjah Book Authority, SBA, said, "This gathering representing not just publishing professionals, but top Indian dignitaries and VIPs, young bloggers and social media influencers, and others is a prefect manifestation of the diversity and interdependence that feed the growth and exchange of culture and knowledge, globally. Multiplicity of opinion and inclusivity are pivotal to the success of our business, and meeting our overarching goal of creating tolerant, progressive societies."

An enticing folk performance by a 5-piece Emirati band preceded a detailed presentation by the SPC Director, Salim Omar Salim, on the leading investment opportunities in the UAE and the region, which can be leveraged by publishers in India and the subcontinent through SPC.

He said, "The UAE is a global hub for doing business, and the first in the Arab world for doing business. It ranks seventeenth in global competitiveness – a ranking which is justified partly by 25 percent of the national GDP characterised by inward foreign direct investments."

"The UAE on an average imports books and other publishing goods worth $126 million, of which India’s share is currently approximately $10 million. This means that is a lot more untapped potential in our publishing market that Indian publishers can explore and benefit from. With 100 percent foreign ownership, and profit repatriation, zero currency restrictions, tax free business dealings, fully-furnished ready office spaces for rent, print-on-demand and offset printing facilities, global connectivity, and more such advantages in the offering by SPC, your commercial aspirations can be turned into reality," he added.

Salim also said that SPC has introduced for the first time in the UAE a ‘dual business license’, which simply means that businesses operating within the free zone as well as on UAE mainland.

To end his presentation, the SPC Director declared that throughout the NDWBF 2019, SPC will be offering a 20 per cent discount across all leasing and licensing fees to all Indian and other businesses who express interest in signing up with them.

 

Mon, 07 Jan 2019 06:11:11 +0530
Afghan gold mine collapse

At least 30 people have been killed in the collapse of a gold mine in north-eastern Afghanistan, officials say.The collapse occurred in the Kohistan district of Badakhshan province.

Villagers had reportedly dug a 60m (220ft) deep but makeshift shaft in a river bed to hunt for gold and were caught in its collapse. Afghanistan has vast resources of minerals but many of the mines are old and poorly maintained, creating severe safety issues, BBC reported.

Villagers were reportedly using an excavator at the site when the mine collapsed. At least seven other people were injured, officials say.

Kohistan district chief Rostam Raghi told the BBC's Afghan service: "Locals rushed to the scene and managed to rescue only 13 workers. Dozens of others, including some children, died", reports BBC.seve

Mon, 07 Jan 2019 03:16:19 +0530
UAE 1 1 Bahrain in Asian

The 2019 Asian Cup started dramatically as a last gasp Ahmed Khalil penalty ensured the UAE a share of the spoils as they drew 1-1 with Bahrain in their Group A opener today.

With time running out, Khalil impressively converted from 12 yards for the 1996 AFC Asian Cup runners-up after Mohamed Al Rohaimi had given the guests the lead just 10 minutes earlier.

The draw, played out in front of 33,000 spectators at Abu Dhabi’s Zayed Sports City Stadium, sees the regional rivals tied at the top of the Group A standings ahead of Sunday’s match between fellow group hopefuls India and Thailand.

After a cautious opening, it was to be the UAE who threatened first. The hosts could have been ahead early on had Ismail Al Hamadi kept his cool when one-on-one with Sayed Shubbar Alawi, while Komail Alaswad went close with a dipping free-kick at the other end.

Mon, 07 Jan 2019 03:11:29 +0530
India celebrates Emirati

The falling temperatures in New Delhi had no effect on the warmth and hospitality extended to Sharjah, as the guest of honour of the 27th New Delhi World Book Fair, NDWBF 2019, by the fair organisers, National Book Trust, NBT, and other local dignitaries in attendance at the opening ceremony today.

Members of the Sharjah delegation comprising representatives from all entities of Sharjah’s cultural programme at NDWBF 2019 were represented on stage by Sheikh Fahim bin Sultan Al Qasimi, Executive Chairman of the Department of Government Relations, who is heading this delegation, and Ahmed bin Rakkad Al Ameri, Chairman of Sharjah Book Authority, SBA; and renowned Emirati author, Habib Yousef Abdullah Al Sayegh.

They were welcomed by senior Indian officials and cultural representatives, Prakash Javadekar, Union Minister for Human Resource Development, Govt. of India; Baldev Bhai Sharma, Chairman, NBT; R. Subramaniam, Secretary, Higher Education, Ministry of Human Resource Development; and Deepak Kumar, Executive Director, India Trade Promotion Organisation (ITPO), and felicitated with several NBT publications, mementos and traditional shawls.

English and Hindi translations of one of the most renowned works by H.H. Dr. Sheikh Sultan bin Mohammed Al Qasimi, Supreme Council Member and Ruler of Sharjah, Baby Fatima and the King’s Sons, published by NBT, were released by the trust at the opening ceremony and presented to officials from Sharjah.

Stressing on the long history of friendship and flourishing cultural relations between the two nations, Sheikh Fahim remarked, "Being amongst you all at the New Delhi World Book Fair, a major calendar event in the publishing world, I know we have come a long way in realising the Sharjah Ruler’s vision of bringing cultures together through books and knowledge exchange. I thank National Book Trust for offering us the ‘guest of honour’ privilege, recognising Sharjah’s leading role in the Arab region’s cultural renaissance. We are excited to turn this opportunity into a memorable literary and cultural feast straight from the heart of Sharjah and the UAE, for all of the book fair’s participants and visitors."

"The most inspiring success stories are written by countries who celebrate diversity, respect opposing opinions and make the most of each other’s expertise. In facilitating these exchanges, the importance of book fairs cannot be overemphasised. I am extremely proud to announce that President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, has declared 2019 to be the ‘Year of Tolerance’, which will further embolden our role in promoting multiculturalism as an enabler of stability and prosperity across all nations in the world," he added mentioning the two million Indian expatriates who have made the UAE and Sharjah their second home.

Expressing his delight at Sharjah’s participation at NDWBF 2019, the NBT Chairman said in his welcome note, "We are deeply honoured to welcome this year’s special guest, Sharjah. I thank the honourable senior officials present here on stage as well as the entire Sharjah delegation comprising authors, literary experts, poets and leading cultural entities, to have made their long journey to be part of our celebration of books, culture, and knowledge – the pillars of human development, peace and continued progress."

"Due to the ongoing refurbishment works at the original fair venues, we have faced several challenges with both organisation and space, but despite it all, we have been able to put up a wonderful show due to the unconditional support offered to us by everyone. Sharjah’s participation is going to be savoured by book lovers and cultural enthusiasts from all over India and the region. The last edition welcomed 1.2 million visitors, a number I am certain will be surpassed this year because the love for books in Indian hearts will never fade," he added.

Baldev Sharma revealed that more than 25 different regional Indian and international languages are contained within books available at the stalls that have been brought to attract regional language readers from the smaller districts and interiors of the nation. This effort he said has been furthered by Sharjah which has brought Hindi translations of 57 Arabic language books by Emirati and Arab authors.

Prakash Javadekar emphasised the importance of book fairs saying life is incomplete without books and culture. "Reading is integral to human development, something clear in the way Sharjah has been leading their socioeconomic development and community welfare. The real friendship and partnership between India the UAE, Sharjah particularly, is exhibited in the emirate’s participation and our joint effort that has gone into the organisation of this important literary event."

"When television entered homes, books felt threatened. A few years later, Kindle came into fashion, and we thought books will no longer be bought or read. But, no matter how technology progresses or reading habits change, books will always remain at the centre of the promotion of culture and knowledge."

Running until 13th January, 2019, the NDWBF 2019 theme is "Books for Readers with Special Needs". Over 1,350 exhibits, 20 countries and 650 publishers, are on display at the fair.

 

Mon, 07 Jan 2019 03:09:05 +0530
UAE provides 71 1 million

The UAE has provided over 371.1 million units of polio vaccines to more than 57 million Pakistani children between 2014 and December 2018, through its anti-polio drive in the country, under the UAE-Pakistan Assistance Programme, UAE-PAP.

The UAE-PAP was launched under the directives of President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan and His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces.

The campaign is part of the efforts to eradicate polio in the world and reflects the UAE leadership's keenness to strengthen global efforts to reduce the spread of epidemics and prevent their impact on children.

His Highness Shaikh Mohammad bin Zayed donated $167 million (AED613.31 million) for the efforts aimed at eradicating poliomyelitis and the provision of vaccines for children, especially in Pakistan and Afghanistan.

Abdullah Khalifa Al Ghafli, Director of UAE-PAP, said the campaign administered 254.4 million doses of vaccines between 2014 and 2017 to 43 million Pakistani children. The geographical coverage of the campaign expanded in the past years to include 83 areas in four provinces of Pakistan, he added.

Al Ghafli praised the support provided by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation for the UAE's campaign and its strategic partnership with His Highness Sheikh Mohamed’s initiative to eradicate poliomyelitis worldwide through funding and providing assistance in a number of areas.

The campaign is being implemented in various regions of Pakistan with the support of more than 96,000 workers including doctors and nurses and more than 25,000 members of safety and security, management and coordination teams.

Mon, 07 Jan 2019 03:04:02 +0530
Israeli forces arrest 11

Israeli occupation forces early Thursday arrested 11 Palestinians in various West Bank cities, according to the Palestinian Prisoners Society.

A statement released by the PPS said that Israeli soldiers stormed the cities of cities of Hebron, Bethlehem, Ramallah, Nablus, Qalqilya and Jenin and arrested the 11 citizens.

Sat, 05 Jan 2019 15:26:48 +0530
Can t wait for the match

A day prior to their opening campaign in the AFC Asian Cup UAE 2019 against Thailand, Indian National Team Head Coach admitted that he “can’t wait for the match to begin.”

India’s opening fixture against Thailand will kick-off at IST 7pm at the Al Nahyan Stadium tomorrow (January 6, 2018), and will be telecast live on Star Sports 3, and streamed live on Hotstar as well.

"The players are really looking forward to the opening match, and so am I. We can't wait for the game to kick-off. It's time for the show,” the Coach stressed. “We have a really young team. I wish they perform to their abilities. I'm sure we'll do fine."

This is India’s fourth participation in the AFC Asian Cup, the last being in Doha in 2011. On the other hand, Thailand's best result in the Continental championship came in 1972 when they finished third. Since then, they have failed to overcome the group stage hurdle in all the five occasions they qualified for the final round.

India had finished second in the 1964 edition of the AFC Asian Cup.

Building up to the Continental Championship, Oman, who were held to a goalless draw by the Blue Tigers, got the better of Thailand three days back in a friendly fixture played behind the closed doors in Abu Dhabi.

But Constantine brushed aside on being asked whether India will have a psychological advantage when the Blue Tigers face the War Elephants. "They are different teams with a different set of players. Oman were trying out different players, and so were Thailand,” he commented.

“Thailand are a very good side and they are not to be underestimated at all. We're in no position to underestimate anybody. We have to take one game at a time. We'll give everything we have as we have continued to do in the last four years. We'll obviously do our best to get the result that we need,” he stated.

A lot of travelling fans -- the Blue Pilgrims have already landed in Abu Dhabi to cheer for the Blue Tigers. At the same time, a lot of expatriate Indians are also expected to throng the Al Nahyan Stadium to cheer loud.

"We need the support of our Indian Friends from Abu Dhabi and all over the UAE,” the Coach urged. "It's not every day you go and see the Indian National Team play in the Asian Cup, and now it's at your doorstep. This is a huge event as well as a huge opportunity for the Indians to see their National Team play at the highest stage in the continent,” he pronounced.

 

 

Sat, 05 Jan 2019 15:19:05 +0530
UAE leadership welcome al

H.H. Sheikh Nahyan bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Chairman of the Board of Trustees of Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan Charitable and Humanitarian Foundation and Chairman of the Higher Local Organising Committee of the 2019 AFC Asian Cup, has welcomed the delegations and national teams taking part in the event to the host nation, the UAE.

"The UAE's leadership and people welcome you all to the land of the Emirates, land of Zayed, land of tolerance, amity and peace," he said in a statement today.

Sheikh Nahyan expressed thanks to President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President, Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai, and His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, for their continuous support to the advancement of sports in the UAE.

"As we begin the 'Year of Tolerance', we host this major continental event, competed by 24 national teams, with the same message of peaceful co-existence among the various cultures. Sports and major tournaments provide an excellent opportunity for interaction among the different nations and instil the message of peace, adopted by the UAE and its wise leadership."

Sat, 05 Jan 2019 15:13:04 +0530
Government is taking sev

A “Mission Olympics Sports Meet-2019” was organized by Police Families Welfare Society (PFWS) of Delhi Police. The Sports meet in six different disciplines were held at six different locations in Delhi which culminated with the closing ceremony at Ambedkar Stadium which was graced by Rajyavardhan Rathore, Minister (I/C) of Youth Affairs.

Congratulating the organisers, participants and winners of the Meet, Rathore said the Government is taking several steps to promote the sports culture in the country. He said that the Government is trying to identify the sportspersons at very young age so that they can be trained and nurtured to become world class champions.

Sat, 05 Jan 2019 15:08:01 +0530
Centre presents National

National Entrepreneurship Awards 2018, aimed at recognizing and honoring outstanding young first-generation entrepreneurs and those who have contributed immensely in building the entrepreneurship ecosystem, were presented by the Minister of Commerce and Industry & Civil Aviation Suresh Prabhu and the Minister of state for Skill Development and Entrepreneurship Ananthkumar Hegde.

In this third edition of National Entrepreneurship Awards, this year, a total of 43 awards were presented, including 39 awards for Young Entrepreneurs in different sectors and 4 awards for Entrepreneurship Ecosystem Builders. The winners received a trophy, certificate and cash prizes ranging from Rs. 5 to 10 lakhs.  The awards are classified into three investment categories- below Rs 1 Lakh, between Rs 1 Lakh to10 Lakhs and betweenRs10 Lakhs to Rs1 Crore- covering small to big first-generation entrepreneurs below the age of 40 years. This is to ensure that entrepreneurs from every socio-economic category take part in the award and they are duly recognised for their meaningful contribution to the economy of the nation.

Speaking on the occasion, Suresh Prabhu said that there has been changes world-wide, as people are moving away from the fixed income jobs to entrepreneurial activities. In India also, big opportunities are knocking and people should take advantage of it. He said that gone are the days, when licenses, permissions and big-money were required for building an enterprise. All one need is an Idea, which can be converted into an enterprise, and one has to live with it, believe in it and it will flourish.

Sat, 05 Jan 2019 15:01:21 +0530
Indian Panorama Film Fest

Indian Panorama Film Festival, being organized by Directorate of Film Festivals, Ministry of I&B, was inaugurated by Secretary, Ministry of I&B, Amit Khare in the presence of Shaji N Karun,the director of the opening feature film ‘Olu’,at Siri Fort Auditorium II, New Delhi.

At the outset, Amit Khare recalled the contribution of the recently deceased prolific filmmaker Mrinal Sen and the impact his movies had on our society. He also talked about the contribution of the trioka of Mrinal Sen,Satyajit Ray and RitwikGhatak on the parallel cinema landscape in India. One minute silence was observed in memory of Mrinal Sen. The function then started with the formal lighting of the lamp ceremony.

Shaji N Karun, Director of the opening Feature Film ‘Olu’ emphasized on the importance of organizing Indian Panorama Film Festival and said that he honed the craft of filmmaking by watching movies at such Festivals.

Sat, 05 Jan 2019 14:55:13 +0530
Swachh Sundar Shauchalay

In an effort to promote ownership and sustained usage of toilets and also provide a facelift to the crores of toilets built under the Swachh Bharat Mission, the Ministry of Drinking Water and Sanitation has launched a month-long campaign, “Swachh Sundar Shauchalaya” that commenced on 1st January.

The campaign comprises a unique Contest, under which, households are being mobilised to paint and decorate their toilets. It will be spearheaded by Gram Panchayats and coordinated by district administrations. The campaign will involve rural communities in the 2.5 lakh Gram Panchayats across the country. Individual households, Gram Panchayats and Districts will be awarded on the basis of number of toilets painted and the quality and creativity of their work.

Through the month, each household owner shall be motivated to beautify their toilets by freshly painting and decorating it creatively, including Swachh Bharat logos and safe sanitation messaging. The campaign has been rolled out across rural India and the Ministry is monitoring the progress through a specially designed portal. This campaign is one more innovative step by the Government to reinforce Swachh Bharat as a Jan Andolan as envisaged by the Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi.

The sanitation coverage in rural India has already crossed 98%,with over 9 crore toilets built under Swachh Bharat Mission (Grameen) since its launch.Access to toilets is an important step towards the adoption of safe sanitation practices and an Open Defecation Free (ODF) nation.It is also true that well-kept, well-maintained and beautiful toilets encourage people towards sustained usage. Swachh Sundar Shauchalaya is being seen as a strong move towards quality and sustainability in the mode of people’s participation.

Sat, 05 Jan 2019 14:47:09 +0530
Central assistance Keral

Minister of State for Chemicals & Fertilizers Rao Inderjit Singh, in a written reply to a question on revival of Fertilizers and Chemicals Travancore Limited (FACT), in Rajya Sabha, informed that Government of India has given financial support to FACT from time to time. During the last ten years, Government of India had released a grant in aid of Rs.200 crores during financial year 2007-08 to sustain the operations of the company and to restart the shutdown plants. Government also sanctioned a Plan loan of Rs.1000 Crore during the year 2016 to avert immediate financial crisis and to restart operations. The financial restructuring proposal is under examination of Government of India.

Mr. Singh stated that the Government of India had accorded approval for sale of 169.69 acres of land to BPCL-Kochi Refinery. FACT has concluded sale of 150.9 acres of land to BPCL on 09.05.2018 and received net revenue of Rs 244.60 crore after adjusting dues of BPCL amounting to Rs 170 crore.

A proposal seeking approval of the Cabinet for sale of 481.79 acres of FACT land to Government of Kerala has been circulated for Inter-Ministerial consultation on 05.12.2018, the Minister stated.

Sat, 05 Jan 2019 14:42:09 +0530
PM continues his northeas

The Prime Minister Narendra Modi visited Imphal and at a large public meeting, he inaugurated the Integrated Check Post at Moreh. He also inaugurated the Dolaithabi Barrage Project, the FCI Food Storage Godown at Sawombung, and projects related to water supply and tourism.

He dedicated to the nation the 400 kV Double Circuit Silchar-Imphal Line.

He also laid the foundation stone for sports projects.

Addressing the gathering, the Prime Minister paid homage to the brave freedom fighters, especially the women freedom fighters of Manipur. He recalled that undivided India's first interim government had been established at Moirang in Manipur. He also recalled the support that the Azad Hind Fauj had received from people in the North East. He said Manipur has an important role to play in New India's growth story.

The Prime Minister said that projects worth over Rs. 1500 crore have either been inaugurated, or the foundation stone has been laid for them, at today's event. He said these projects are going to improve "ease of living" for the people of the State.

He said he has himself visited the North-East, about thirty times in the last four and a half years. He said the North East is being transformed, and projects stuck for decades are being completed.

He said the Integrated Check Post at Moreh will facilitate custom clearance, foreign currency exchange, immigration clearance etc.

He said that the projects being inaugurated today reflect the Union Government's commitment to development. He said the Dolaithabi Barrage project had been conceived in 1987, but was speeded up only after 2014, and is now complete. He also mentioned the tourism projects being inaugurated today. Elaborating on the more energetic and purposeful approach to project completion in the Union Government, the Prime Minister explained how the PRAGATI system set up in the Prime Minister's Office enables monitoring of stalled projects through video conferencing. He said that these PRAGATI meetings have so far resolved issues related to stalled projects worth nearly 12 lakh crore rupees.

He said that work on the FCI godown in Sawombung had begun in December 2016, and it has been completed already. He gave similar illustrations for various water supply projects.

The Prime Minister said that the Union Government and the State Government of Manipur are both working with the vision of Sabka Saath Sabka Vikas. He praised the "Go to hills, go to villages" programme of the State Government.

The Prime Minister explained how better road rail and air connectivity is being provided to the North East, with the overall vision of "Transformation through Transportation."

The Prime Minister mentioned the progress made by Manipur in other sectors such as Swachh Bharat, sanitation, and development of the aspirational district of Chandel.

The Prime Minister said Manipur has also been a front-runner in the field of women empowerment. Mentioning the sporting icon Marykom, who hails from Manipur, the Prime Minister said that the North-East has a key role to play in making India a sports superpower. He said transparency in training and selection of athletes is reflecting in better performances by India in international sporting competitions.

Sat, 05 Jan 2019 14:36:54 +0530
Trump plans for national

US President Donald Trump has said he could declare a national emergency to build a US-Mexico border wall without the approval of Congress. It came after he met senior Democrats, who refused his requests for funding.

The stand-off has seen Mr Trump withhold support for a bill to fully fund the government until he gets money for the border wall, reports BBC.

He said he was prepared for the partial government shutdown - now in its third week - to last years.

Around 800,000 federal workers have been without pay since 22 December, BBC reported.

Sat, 05 Jan 2019 14:29:14 +0530
US House ends partial gov

The Democrat-controlled US House of Representatives has voted to end a partial government shutdown - but the move looks certain to be vetoed by President Donald Trump.

Mr Trump has said he will reject any measure that does not provide funding for his proposed US-Mexico border wall, reports BBC.

New House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has branded the wall "an immorality".

The measures also require the approval of the Republican-run Senate - but senators have already ruled this out.

Senate majority leader Mitch McConnell said Republicans there would not back measures that Mr Trump did not support and called the Democrats' move a "total nonstarter" and a "political sideshow", BBC reported.

Fri, 04 Jan 2019 15:55:14 +0530
Odisha boat tragedy Deat

The death toll in the boat capsize incident in Mahanadi river near Nipania in Kendrapara in Odisha has reached nine after eight more bodies were recovered late on Wednesday night, reported Asian News International, ANI.

Chief Minister of Odisha Naveen Patnaik has expressed deep grief over the death of nine persons in the boat tragedy, conveying his deep sympathy to the bereaved families.

"He also ordered free medical treatment for the injured," added ANI.

Fri, 04 Jan 2019 15:27:53 +0530
Social media platform lau

A social media platform promoting the AFC Asian Cup UAE 2019 was launched to engage millions of users around the globe and help them catch the latest excitement about the prestigious event's matches, in particular and the grand sporting and socio-economic potential of the UAE in general.

"Social Asia" was launched during a meeting Major General Mohammed Khalfan Al Rumaithi, Chairman of the General Authority for Sports and Vice President of the Supreme Organising Committee of the AFC Asian Cup, UAE 2019, had in the towfour54 Free Zone here yesterday with the executives in charge of the national digital media platforms at the event's Media Committee.

Al Rumaithi hailed the efforts made by Maryam Eid Al Mheiri, the Chief Executive Officer of twofour54 Free Zone that, he said, reflect the collaborative environment ensured across the UAE for guaranteeing the success of the continental event.

"Digital media has grown in size, stature, and influence over the years, and plays a significant role in serving the goals of the championship and in best reflecting a truly civilised image of the country along with conventional media organs, which are playing their own role in the best possible way to render the event a success locally and regionally," Al Rumaithi added.

Maryam Eid Al Mheiri affirmed twofour54 Free Zone's determination to spare no efforts in collaboration with the event's Supreme Organising Committee to ensure the success of the sporting event.

"twofour54 Free Zone welcomes hosting all meetings and activities related to the championship," she said, stressing that AFC Asian Cup UAE will leave an indelible mark in the history of sports locally and regionally.

"The UAE has been a long way in hosting such grand sporting events and we're certain that every visitor during the championship will be back home carrying a message of love and happiness toward the country which has proved across the years to be a beacon of tolerance and peaceful coexistence among people who belong to different religions, nations, races and cultures," she noted.

The meeting was attended by Mohamed Al Badi', Head of the event's Media Committee, along with the committee members and a large number of top social media influencers.

Fri, 04 Jan 2019 15:20:57 +0530
Lankan woman offered dars

A 47 year old Sri Lankan woman has entered the Sabarimala temple and offered darshan to the shrine of Lord Ayyappa amid widespread protests across the Kerala after two ladies below 50 offered darshan two days back.

The top government officials and the police officers have confirmed her entrance on yesterday night and cleared the confusion after there were rumours that the woman was not able to enter the temple. Sasikala, 47 years old, comes from Sri Lanka, earlier told that she was denied darshan by the police after reaching near the 18 golden steps.

Sasikala is the third woman to enter the hilltop shrine after the Supreme Court ordered the end of a decades-old ban on women of menstrual age entering the shrine. Earlier, two women Bindu and Kanaka Durga in their 40s, made history after failed on their first attempt to enter the Temple on 24 December.

"I did not get darshan. They did not let me go... I have a medical certificate .They have a 41-day fasting rule; I have done the 41-day fast.", She showed a medical report which reports that  her uterus was removed.

Fri, 04 Jan 2019 13:45:34 +0530
SC defers Ayodhya case to

In a 60-second hearing today, the Supreme Court deferred the Ayodhya temple-mosque case and said a bench would decide on January 10 when to take up the case.

The decision on the title suit, pending for six decades and at the heart of India's most politically divisive row, comes amid demands to speed up the plan to build a Ram temple at the site where the 16th-century Babri mosque stood before it was razed by Hindu activists in 1992, reports NDTV.

Members of the ruling BJP, some of its allies and right-wing groups want a special government order to enable the start of construction before the general elections are announced. Last year, the top court refused an early hearing, NDTV reported.

Fri, 04 Jan 2019 12:35:15 +0530
Jai Jawan Jai Kisan Ja

Indian Science Congress (ISC) 2019 was inaugurated by Prime Minister NarendraModi.While delivering the inaugural address, the Prime Minister recalled the great Indian scientists of the past, including Acharya J.C. Bose, C.V. Raman, Meghnad Saha, and S.N. Bose, and said that they served the people through "minimum resources" and "maximum struggle." A four-day 106th Session of Indian Science Congress, 2019 is being held from 3rd to 7th January, 2019 at Lovely Professional University, Jalandhar, and Punjab. 

During his inaugural address while recalling former Prime Ministers  Lal Bahadur Shastriji and Atal Bihari Vajpayee ji, he said that Shastriji gave us the slogan: "Jai Jawan, Jai Kisan," while Atalji added "Jai Vigyan" to it. He said that now the time has come to take a step further, by adding "Jai Anusandhan."

The Prime Minister urged that "Our Scientists must commit themselves to addressing problems of affordable healthcare, housing, clean air, water and energy, agricultural productivity and food processing. While Science is universal, technology must be local for providing solutions relevant to local needs and conditions."

NarendraModi urged the scientists to work towards ease of living for the people. In this context, he mentioned issues such as drought management in low rainfall areas; early disaster warning systems; tackling malnutrition; tackling diseases among children such as encephalitis; clean energy; clean drinking water; and cyber security. He called for time-bound solutions through research, in these areas. He also called for research, which is a fusion of Arts and Humanities, Social Science, Science and Technology.

Noting that our strengths in research and development are built on the backbone of our national laboratories, central universities, IITs, IISC, TIFR and IISERs, the Prime Minister said that a strong research ecosystem must be developed in the State Universities and Colleges, as well.

Fri, 04 Jan 2019 10:57:18 +0530
India Myanmar Thailand Tr

The 1360 kms long India-Myanmar-Thailand Trilateral Highway is an initiative pertaining to India, Myanmar and Thailand. India is undertaking construction of two sections of the Trilateral Highway in Myanmar namely,

  1. construction of 120.74 km Kalewa-Yagyi road section, and
  2. construction of 69 bridges along with the approach road on the 149.70 km Tamu-Kyigone-Kalewa (TKK) road section.

The work on both these sections were awarded on Engineering, Procurement and Construction mode in May 2018 for Kalewa-Yagyi section and November 2017 for the TKK section. The scheduled time for completion of both the projects are three years from the date of commencement at the project site by the executing agency.

The funds released by this Ministry is Rs. 188.32 crore out of the approved cost of Rs. 1459.29 crore for the Kalewa-Yagyi road section and Rs. 4.84 crore out of the approved cost of Rs. 371.58 crore for the 69 bridges along with approach road on the Tamu-Kyigone-Kalewa (TKK) road section.

The above mentioned both the projects are being funded by Government of India under grant assistance to the Government of Myanmar.

A Motor Vehicles Agreement along with protocols for regulating and facilitating movement of cargo and passenger vehicular traffic is under inter-governmental negotiations between India, Myanmar and Thailand.

Fri, 04 Jan 2019 10:45:40 +0530
Govt extends FAME India

For the promotion of electric mobility in the country, the Government has launched Phase-I of the FAME India Scheme [ Faster Adoption of Electric (& Hybrid) Vehicles in India]  with effect from 1st April 2015, which was initially for a period of 2 years and has subsequently been extended till 31st March 2019. All electric & hybrid vehicles, including public transport, registered under the scheme are being incentivised under the Demand Creation focus area of this scheme.

The Phase-1 of FAME Scheme is, at present, available upto 31stMarch 2019 and is available for all registered electric vehicles with lithium ion batteries.

Fri, 04 Jan 2019 10:39:14 +0530
Information Broadcastin

The Indian Panorama Film Festival is being organized from 4th to 13th January, 2019. The ten-day Festival is being organized by the Directorate of Film Festivals, Ministry of Information & Broadcasting at Siri Fort Auditorium II, New Delhi.

The Festival will be inaugurated by Secretary, Ministry of I&B, Amit Khare at 5:30 PM on 4th January, 2019. The directors of the opening feature film ‘Olu’ and of the opening non-feature film ‘Kharvas’  viz. Shaji N Karun and Shri Aditya Suhas Jambhale will be present on the occasion.

All the films selected under the Indian Panorama section in the 49th International Film Festival of India will be screened during the Festival.  A total of 26 Feature Films and 21 Non-Feature Films will be screened, as per the schedule.

Fri, 04 Jan 2019 10:29:27 +0530
India s true strength in

The Prime Minister Narendra Modi delivered the inaugural address at the 106th session of the Indian Science Congress. Reflecting on the theme of the event this year - ‘Future India: Science and Technology’ - the Prime Minister said that India's true strength will be in connecting its science, technology and innovation, with its people. 

He recalled the great Indian scientists of the past, including Acharyas J.C. Bose, C.V. Raman, Meghnad Saha, and S.N. Bose, and said that they served the people through "minimum resources" and "maximum struggle."

"The life and works of hundreds of Indian Scientists are a compelling testament of integration of deep fundamental insights with technology development and nation-building.  It is through our modern temples of science that India is transforming its present and working to secure its future," the Prime Minister said. 

The Prime Minister recalled our former Prime Ministers Lal Bahadur Shastri ji and Atal Bihari Vajpayee ji. He said that Shastri ji gave us the slogan: "Jai Jawan, Jai Kisan," while Atal ji added "Jai Vigyan" to it. He said that now the time has come to take a step further, by adding "Jai Anusandhan."

The Prime Minister emphasized that the pursuit of science is fulfilled through the achievement of two objectives: generation of  profound or disruptive knowledge; and use of that knowledge for socio-economic good.  

As we boost our discovery science ecosystem, we must also focus on innovation and start-ups, the Prime Minister said. He said that the Government has launched the Atal Innovation Mission to promote innovation among our scientists. More Technology Business Incubators have been established in the last four years than in the forty years before that, he added. 

"Our Scientists must commit themselves to addressing problems of affordable healthcare, housing, clean air, water and energy, agricultural productivity and food processing. While Science is universal, technology must be local for providing solutions relevant to local needs and conditions," the Prime Minister said. 

Fri, 04 Jan 2019 10:18:48 +0530
SIES Malayalam associatio

 

K.A.Viswanathan

 

Students of the Malayalam association of the SIES College of Arts, Science and Commerce, Sion attired in typical Kerala dress,celebrated their annual festival by conducting group dance and Kaikottukali (dance with clapping the hands). Due to floods in Kerala this function supposed to be held during Onam was postponed and held today, said Mr. Roy Mathew, chairman of the Malayalam association.

 

 

 

Thu, 03 Jan 2019 16:56:50 +0530
Trump wants great relati

US President Donald Trump said he wants a "great relationship" with Pakistan and is looking forward to meeting the new leadership in that country. Donald Trump told his Cabinet colleagues in the same meeting that he has ended USD 1.3 billion in aid to Pakistan because "this South Asian country houses enemies".

The US President underscored that his administration has initiated peace talks with the Taliban. He also announced that a meeting with the new leadership of Pakistan will take place "very soon", reports NDTV.

Earlier, South Carolina Senator Lindsay Graham, who is considered close to President Trump, told CNN in an interview that if Pakistan helped the US in bringing the Taliban to the table for negotiations, then the US would focus on counterterrorism and the IS, NDTV reported.

Thu, 03 Jan 2019 13:23:49 +0530
Sharjah Publishing City t

The Sharjah Publishing City, SPC, the world’s first publishing and printing free zone, will be participating in the 48th edition of the New Delhi World Book Fair NDWBF, slated from 5th to 13th January, 2019.

The NDWBF is India's oldest book fair after the Kolkata Book Fair and has honoured the Emirate of Sharjah to be their guest of honour.

The SPC, a subsidiary of Sharjah Book Authority, SBA, will be hosting a series of networking meetings with Indian publishers, publishing experts and the business community from the subcontinent. These meetings are planned to attract Indian investments into the emirate of Sharjah, by offering them a world-class base and operating facilities at the SPC Free Zone.

Sharjah’s business-friendly environment, strategic location and several business advantages such as the first dual trading licence that SPC has launched recently, which allow businesses based in the SPC Free Zone to also operate on the UAE mainland, are all expected to strengthen collaborations and boost the presence of Indian publishers in the UAE and Gulf.

Salim Omar Salim, Director of SPC said, "The UAE and India have enjoyed a great friendship since historical times, which is reflected in growing bilateral trade, and political and cultural relations even before the formation of the UAE in 1971. While the economic aspect of India–UAE relations are of great importance to both parties, the intercultural exchange between us has gained unrivalled significance, especially in recent years."

"India is one of the fastest growing book markets, internationally. It is the world’s sixth largest book publishing country, and the third largest in the production of English language books, after the United Kingdom and the United States. Each year, more than 80,000 titles in 24 of India’s local languages are published by 160,000 publishers. Through our participation at the NDWBF, we look forward to showcasing leading investment opportunities in the UAE and the region, which can be leveraged by publishers in India and the subcontinent through the SPC," he added.

Since its inception in 2017, the SPC has been keen to participate in international book fairs to introduce publishers from around the world to its attractive environment and highlight its efforts aimed at enhancing investment and ensuring the prosperity of the publishing and printing sectors in the UAE and the world.

Thu, 03 Jan 2019 12:55:43 +0530
India Pak exchange list

Pakistan and India, in accordance with Article-II of the Agreement on Prohibition of Attacks against Nuclear Installations and Facilities between the two countries, signed on 31st December, 1988, exchanged the list of nuclear installations and facilities in their respective countries.

According to the Foreign Office of Pakistan, lists of nuclear installations and facilities in Pakistan and India were officially handed over to representatives of both countries' High Commissions in Islamabad and New Delhi.

The agreement contains the provision that both countries inform each other of their nuclear installations and facilities on 1st January every year. This has been done consecutively since 1st January 1992.

Thu, 03 Jan 2019 12:24:16 +0530
Government s resolve was

Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan said his government’s resolve in the New Year was to wage Jihad (war) against country’s four ills including poverty, illiteracy, injustice and corruption.

"Today, we crossed 100,000 mark of resolved complaints by Pakistan Citizen Portal App. This marks the highest and fastest grievance redressed in our history: that too within a short span of 60 days only," he said in a tweet posted on his social media account and carried by the Association Press of Pakistan (APP).

Thu, 03 Jan 2019 12:12:53 +0530
Cricket coach Ramakant Ac

The Indians have the upper hand after the end of the first session in the ongoing fourth and final Test of the 2018-19 Border-Gavaskar Trophy against Australia at the SCG. When the teams walked out for the national anthem, black armbands on the sleeves of the players from both the teams could be seen.

The Indian players are wearing the black armbands as a tribute to late coach Ramakant Achrekar, the person who shaped the careers of a few India internationals including the legendary Sachin Tendulkar, who took his last breath in Mumbai, a day before the start of the fourth Test.

The 86-year-old had been battling symptoms related to old age for the past few days and the news of his death was confirmed by his relatives. "He (Archrekar Sir) is no more with us. He passed away this evening," his kin Rashmi Dalvi told PTI.

"As a mark of respect to the demise of Mr.Ramakant Achrekar, the team is wearing black armbands today," the BCCI said.

"The BCCI expresses its deepest sympathy on the passing of Dronacharya award-winning guru Shri Ramakant Achrekar. Not only did he produce great cricketers, but also trained them to be fine human beings. His contribution to Indian Cricket has been immense," BCCI tweeted about the news of his death.

Thu, 03 Jan 2019 11:59:28 +0530
Violence erupts in Kerala

Violence erupted in many parts of the Kerala after two women have entered the Sabarimala temple yesterday morning. The BJP and the Yuvamorcha workers hold protest march in many parts of the state.

A man who was injured during clashes died late last night when stones were pelted from the party office of the CPI(M) during the protest march of the Sabarimala Karma Samiti. An umbrella organisation of various right-wing groups has called for a dawn-to-dusk shutdown in the state today. Many shops have been closed forcefully and vehicles are sending back if any in the roads as part of the shutdown.

The secretariat premises in Thiruvananthapuram have been turned into a warfield as hundreds of BJP workers have gathered infront of the secretariat.

Thu, 03 Jan 2019 11:41:40 +0530
Bulandshahr murder Yoges

The man accused in the killing of Bulandshahr police inspector and two other persons has been arrested nearly a month after the incident. Bajrang Dal leader Yogesh Raj, No.1 in the accused list, has been missing since the incident and sources reported that the Hindu outfit itself asked him to surrender before the police.

Despite hiding for almost one month after the incident Yogesh had posted many videos which created headache to the police as there was no clue for them about his location.

On December 3, Yogesh Raj had filed a police complaint of cow slaughter after five carcasses were found scattered in a forest. He had named seven accused and led a protest. An argument between the protesters and the police escalated and violence erupted. Officer Subodh Kumar Singh was chased, cornered in a field and shot dead by the mob of 400 which allegedly included activists of the Bajrang Dal, the Vishwa Hindu Parishad and a youth wing member of the ruling BJP.

Thu, 03 Jan 2019 11:00:16 +0530
India s population stands

As per the latest Population Census conducted in 2011, the population of India is 121,08,54,977.  Population Census in India is conducted once in ten years.

UIDAI has issued a total of 122.90 crore Aadhaar as on 30.11.2018. This includes 6.71 crore Aadhaar for children below 5 years and 29.02 crore for the age-group 5 to 18 years.

The number of children born within last one year of Census 2011 is 2,08,98,228.   As per the latest data available from Sample Registration System, carried out on continuous basis in randomly selected villages and urban blocks throughout the country, birth rate for the year 2016 is 20.4 and death rate is 6.4.

This was stated by the Minister of State for Home Affairs, Shri Hansraj Gangaram Ahir in written reply to a question in the Rajya Sabha.

Thu, 03 Jan 2019 10:28:43 +0530
Cabinet approves India s

The Union Cabinet chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi has approved the scheme of amalgamation for amalgamating Bank of Baroda, Vijaya Bank and Dena Bank, with Bank of Baroda as the transferee bank and Vijaya Bank and Dena Bank as transferor banks.

The amalgamation will be the first-ever three-way consolidation of banks in India, with the amalgamated bank being India's second largest Public Sector Bank.

The amalgamation will help create a strong globally competitive bank with economies of scale and enable realisation of wide-ranging synergies. Leveraging of networks, low-cost deposits and subsidiaries of the three banks has the potential of yielding significant synergies for positioning the consolidated entity for substantial rise in customer base, market reach, operational efficiency, wider bouquet of products and services, and improved access for customers.

Thu, 03 Jan 2019 10:09:32 +0530
Pradhan Mantri Ujjwala Yo

Handing over LPG connection to a woman beneficiary, that marked a milestone of six crore such connections under the Pradhan Mantri Ujjwala Yojana, the Vice President, M Venkaiah Naidu today hailed it as a revolutionary scheme that transformed the lives of women from poor families. “In short, this is a spectacular achievement by any government in such a short time”, he observed.

Speaking after handing over connections to several women at a function organized by the Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Gas, he termed it as a “momentous occasion” that celebrates clean cooking fuel reaching six crore homes. It was even more heartening as the achievement came when the country is celebrating the 150th birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi, who envisioned a self-reliant India, a country that occupies a place of pride and dignity in the world order.

Lauding the efforts of the Prime Minister, Narendra Modi to transform the lives of women, farmers and the weaker sections, he said that poor women getting LPG connections marked a transformation. The scheme represents the true spirit of “Antyodaya’, welfare of the poorest of the poor. It not only brings them out of poverty, but also empowers them to lead life with dignity.

Pointing out that air pollution was the biggest environmental cause of death world-wide, he said the Ujjwala yojana frees women from smoke-filled kitchens and health hazards associated with air pollution. He said that India has shown the world that complex problems sometimes have simple solutions.

The Vice President also said that India was rising again and added, “ I am sure that in our lifetime we would see it in a position of leadership in the world”.

Naidu complimented the Petroleum Ministry, oil companies and the officials for the success of the scheme.

Thu, 03 Jan 2019 10:01:02 +0530
Pradhan Mantri Ujjwala Yo

Handing over LPG connection to a woman beneficiary, that marked a milestone of six crore such connections under the Pradhan Mantri Ujjwala Yojana, the Vice President, M Venkaiah Naidu today hailed it as a revolutionary scheme that transformed the lives of women from poor families. “In short, this is a spectacular achievement by any government in such a short time”, he observed.

Speaking after handing over connections to several women at a function organized by the Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Gas, he termed it as a “momentous occasion” that celebrates clean cooking fuel reaching six crore homes. It was even more heartening as the achievement came when the country is celebrating the 150th birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi, who envisioned a self-reliant India, a country that occupies a place of pride and dignity in the world order.

Lauding the efforts of the Prime Minister, Narendra Modi to transform the lives of women, farmers and the weaker sections, he said that poor women getting LPG connections marked a transformation. The scheme represents the true spirit of “Antyodaya’, welfare of the poorest of the poor. It not only brings them out of poverty, but also empowers them to lead life with dignity.

Pointing out that air pollution was the biggest environmental cause of death world-wide, he said the Ujjwala yojana frees women from smoke-filled kitchens and health hazards associated with air pollution. He said that India has shown the world that complex problems sometimes have simple solutions.

The Vice President also said that India was rising again and added, “ I am sure that in our lifetime we would see it in a position of leadership in the world”.

Naidu complimented the Petroleum Ministry, oil companies and the officials for the success of the scheme.

Thu, 03 Jan 2019 10:01:02 +0530
Indonesia landslide kills

Nine people have died and 41 are still missing after a landslide buried 30 houses in a village in Indonesia's West Java province, an official said Tuesday.

The Deutsche Presse-Agentur, DPA, quoted Sutopo Purwo Nugrohoa, a spokesman for Indonesia's Disaster Mitigation Agency, as saying, "The landslide hit Sirnaresmi village in Sukabumi district on Monday at 7:30 pm."

"As of 2.30 am, 107 people are affected by the landslide including the two who died and the 41 missing. There are three people injured and 61 displaced," Nugroho stated.

The local disaster management agency has dispatched rescuers to the location while locals are expected to resume search operations after it was halted overnight.

The evacuation process would require the use of heavy machinery but access to the village is hampered by heavy terrain, the official added.

Wed, 02 Jan 2019 13:23:22 +0530
British counter terrorism

British counter-terrorism police are investigating stabbings at Manchester Victoria train station that left three people injured, including a police officer, on New Year's Eve, the Greater Manchester Police said.

According to Reuters, Police were, however, keeping an open mind as there was no intelligence suggesting a wider threat, the Greater Manchester Police said in a statement posted on Twitter. They said a man is in custody and those injured were in a "serious" but not life-threatening condition.

The stabbings occurred at about 8:50 p.m.

"Tonight's events will have understandably worried people but I need to stress that the incident is not ongoing, a man is in custody and there is currently no intelligence to suggest there is any wider threat at this time," Assistant Chief Constable Rob Potts said in a statement.

Police said the man in custody is being held for "questioning on suspicion of attempted murder."

Britain is currently on its second-highest threat level of severe, meaning an attack is considered highly likely and security officials say they are facing record levels of work in countering Islamist militants as well as far-right extremists after four major attacks last year.

Wed, 02 Jan 2019 13:15:03 +0530
Sabarimala Temple reopen

After getting confirmation about the women's entry into the temple, the Sabarimala temple has shutdown for one-and-half hours for ritual "purification". Earlier two women visited the hilltop shrine and made their darshan around 3 am today, for the first time after the Supreme Court has permitted every women to visit the temple without any age bar.

The Kerala chief minister Pinarayi Vijayan has confirmed that two ladies visited the temple and made their darshan after the temple authorities and the Devaswom Board sought clarification from the police force.

Bindu and Kanakadurga, who had attempted to enter the temple last time, but failed, said that they have visited the hilltop shrine.

The Devaswom Board president A. Padmakumar has said that the board will go through the CCTV visuals to have a clarification on the issue while also asked the police to confirm whether the women have entered the temple or not.

Meanwhile the ladies had approached the police for security on yesterday, whereas the forces said that there are some issues in providing security. So they had decided to take the risk themselves.  But sources said that the police has given limited security to them.  Initial reports suggest that the two ladies started the trek from the base Pamba around 1 am, reached the shrine around 3 am and returned back soon after their darshan.

Wed, 02 Jan 2019 13:02:20 +0530
Xi Taiwan must and will

Chinese President Xi Jinping has urged the people of Taiwan to accept it "must and will be" reunited with China.

In a speech marking 40 years since the start of improving ties, he reiterated Beijing's call for peaceful unification on a one-country-two-systems basis, reports BBC.

However, he also warned that China reserved the right to use force.

While Taiwan is self-governed and de-facto independent, it has never formally declared independence from the mainland.

Beijing considers the island to be a breakaway province and Mr Xi's comments are in line with China's long-standing policy towards reunification, BBC reported.

Wed, 02 Jan 2019 12:50:23 +0530
Mandhana becomes second I

India’s stylish left-handed opener Smriti Mandhana has won the Rachael Heyhoe Flint Award for the ICC Women’s Cricketer of the Year and also been named as the ICC Women’s ODI Player of the Year, the International Cricket Council announced today.

The 22-year-old, who has also been named in the ICC Women’s ODI Team of the Year and the ICC Women’s T20I Team of the Year, scored 669 runs at an average of 66.90 in 12 ODIs and 622 runs at a strike-rate of 130.67 in 25 T20Is during the voting period, which ran from 1 January to 31 December 2018.

Mandhana played a crucial role in India’s semi-final appearance at the ICC Women’s World T20 in the West Indies, scoring 178 runs in five matches at a strike-rate of 125.35. She is currently ranked fourth inthe MRF Tyres ICC Women’s Players Rankings for ODI Batters and 10th in the MRF Tyres ICC Women’s Players Rankings for T20I Batters.

Mandhana, who was selected by a voting academy* which included respected members of the media and broadcasters, becomes only the second India woman player to win an ICC award after fast bowler Jhulan Goswami, who was named the ICC Women’s Player of the Year in 2007.

Reacting to the news, a delighted Mandhana said: “The awards are pretty special because as a player when you score runs, you want the team to win, and then when you get acknowledged for your performances through these awards, it motivates you to work harder and do well for your team.

“The century I scored in South Africa (in Kimberley) was quite satisfying and then I had good home series against Australia and England. A lot of people used to say I do not score that much in India, so I had a point to prove to myself. That was something which really made me better as a player. And then, of course, the first four matches of the ICC Women’s World T20 were quite memorable.”

Wed, 02 Jan 2019 12:43:10 +0530
India name 13 member squa

The Indian team management has named a thirteen member squad ahead of the Fourth and final Test against Australia in Sydney.

The list includes the surprise addition of KL Rahul who has failed with the bat in India's all the recent test series' and many former cricketers were calling for the decision to omit him from the side at the earliest. Rahul, along with Murali Vijay, was not a part of the third test where India thumped Australia by 137 runs at the iconic Melbourne Cricket Ground.

Another notable omission is Ishant Sharma and he is being replaced by another seamer Umesh Yadav. There is no clarification from the management yet as why Ishant was dropped from the squad as he is a part of a potent attack that is capable of taking oppositions' 20 wickets in any given situations.

 The following players have been selected for the 4th Test: Virat Kohli (C), Ajinkya Rahane (VC), KL Rahul, Mayank Agarwal, Cheteshwar Pujara, Hanuma Vihari, Rishabh Pant, Ravindra Jadeja, Kuldeep Yadav, R Ashwin, Mohammed Shami, Jasprit Bumrah, Umesh Yadav

The team management will take a final decision on R Ashwins availability on the morning of the Test match.  

Wed, 02 Jan 2019 12:37:16 +0530
Sudhir Bhargava takes cha

Mr. Sudhir Bhargava, a retired bureaucrat, took oath as the Chief Information Commissioner in the Central Information Commission (CIC).

Mr. Bhargava had worked as a Secretary in the ministry of Social Justice before working as an Information Commissioner since June, 2015.

Four Information Commissioners namely Yashvardhan Kumar Sinha, Vanaja N Sarna, Neeraj Kumar Gupta and Suresh Chandra were administered the oath of office of the Information Commissioner, Central Information Commission(CIC) by the Chief Information Commissioner, Sudhir Bhargava.

With their induction, the total number of Information Commissioners in the Central Information Commission, including Chief Information Commissioner has gone upto 7.

Wed, 02 Jan 2019 12:21:56 +0530
Centre collects Rs 94 72

The total gross GST revenue collected in the month of December, 2018 is Rs. 94,726 crore of which CGST is Rs. 16,442 crore, SGST is Rs. 22,459 crore, IGST is Rs. 47,936 crore (including Rs. 23,635 crore collected on imports) and Cess is Rs. 7,888 crore (including Rs. 838 crore collected on imports). The total number of GSTR 3B Returns filed for the month of November up to 31stDecember, 2018 is 72.44 lakh.

The government has settled Rs. 18,409 crore to CGST and Rs. 14,793 crore to SGST from IGST as regular settlement. Further, Rs 18,000 crore has been settled from the balance IGST available with the Centre on provisional basis in the ratio of 50:50 between Centre and States. The total revenue earned by Central Government and the State Governments after regular settlement in the month of December, 2018 is Rs. 43,851 crore for CGST and Rs. 46,252 crore for the SGST.

Wed, 02 Jan 2019 12:05:26 +0530
ISRO launches Samwad on

As part of the enhanced outreach programme of Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO), a new platform named “Samwad with Students” (SwS) was launched in Bengaluru. Through the SwS initiative, ISRO aims to constantly engage youngsters across India to capture their scientific temperament. The new conversation mission will inspire students cutting across schools and colleges. The first SwS event saw 40 wards and 10 teachers from select schools interact with ISRO Chairman Dr K Sivan at the Anthariksh Bhavan.

During the three-hour stay at ISRO HQ, the students were first briefed about Indian space programme and their benefits to the common man. In his opening remarks Dr Sivan said the SwS aims at drawing inspiration and motivation from young India. “All of you with your boundless energy and endless curiosity are going to be my biggest source of inspiration and motivation. With so many challenging on hand this year, I thought it is important to seek the well wishes of students who are the future of this country,” Dr Sivan said.

The Q&A session that followed saw Dr Sivan engaging students on a series of topics ranging from rockets, satellites, Chandrayaan, Gaganyaan and various space applications. When an 8th Standard student asked about whether ISRO was his first choice as a youngster, Dr Sivan said: “I was very shy when I was young. And, as far as college and career goes, I was always denied my first choice. After high school, I wanted to study Engineering but ended up studying B.Sc Mathematics. Later, I got into Engineering and wanted to join ISAC (now URSC) Bengaluru, instead joined VSSC at Thiruvananthapuram. At VSSC, I wanted to join the Aerodynamics group, but was part of PSLV project instead.”

Wed, 02 Jan 2019 11:59:18 +0530
Triple talaq is about gen

The ordinance by the central government that criminalises the triple talaq is a move for social justice and gender equality while the ban for ladies having 10-50 age in Sabarimala is a part of the tradition, says the Prime minister Narendra Modi as he broke his mum for the first time over the controversial religious issues.

The PM cleared his intentions during his interview to the news agency ANI while the growing speculations that he is taking double standards on both the issues.

"We must specifically read the disagreement note of the female judge in the Sabarimala verdict. The Sabarimala's case is about tradition. Our nation has the view that everybody should get justice. Certain temples have their own traditions. Men are not allowed to enter in some temples so men are not going in those temples. There is no need to link it with any political parties in those subjects", says PM.

The PM added that the government has proposed Triple talaq ordinance only after the Supreme Court verdict.

"Triple talaq even banned in Pakistan. Its all about gender equality and social justice, and not about belief. So both issues should be treated as differently", the PM aired his views.

Wed, 02 Jan 2019 11:42:30 +0530
2 women below 50 enter Sa

Two women, under the age of 50, have claimed that they visited the Sabarimala temple early morning today, though there is no official confirmation from the temple authorities and police officers. Bindu and Kanakadurga, who had attempted to enter the temple last time, but failed, said that they have visited the hilltop shrine.

The Devaswom Board president A. Padmakumar has said that the board will go through the CCTV visuals to have a clarification on the issue while also asked the police to confirm whether the women have entered the temple or not.

Meanwhile the ladies had approached the police for security on yesterday, whereas the forces said that there are some issues in providing security. So they had decided to take the risk themselves.  But sources said that the police has given limited security to them.  Initial reports suggest that the two ladies started the trek from the base Pamba around 1 am, reached the shrine around 3 am and returned back soon after their darshan.

Wed, 02 Jan 2019 10:17:44 +0530
Tight security in place f

A series of precautionary and security measures are in place in Maharashtra on the 201st anniversary of the Bhima-Koregaon war on Tuesday. Massive police deployment has been made in Bhima-Koregaon village and surroundings as lakhs of people from all over the state are expected to arrive at the spot.

They will commemorate the anniversary of the historic Third Anglo-Maratha battle between the 834-strong British force comprising mostly of soldiers from the Dalit Mahar community and the 28,000-strong army of Peshwa Bajirao II, which was vanquished, reports News18.

A year to this day when violence broke out at Maharashtra's Koregaon Bhima between Dalits and right-wing groups, the police are on their toes to prevent a repeat of the incident.

At least 5,000 police personnel, 1,200 Home Guards and 12 companies of the Rapid Action Force and the State Reserve Police Force (SRPF) have been deployed in and around the war memorial at Koregaon Bhima, dedicated to a battle that saw Dalit soldiers fighting with the British and defeating the army of the upper caste Peshwas or rulers. Bhim Army chief Chandrashekhar Azad has said he would visit the war memorial today on the 201st anniversary of the battle, reports NDTV.

Tue, 01 Jan 2019 12:06:08 +0530
UAE s culture to take cen

The UAE’s culture will take centre-stage at the upcoming New Delhi World Book Fair, NDWBF 2019. As a guest of honour at the 27th edition of the fair, which will take place from 5th to 13th January, Sharjah is set to take visitors on a spectacular cultural journey.

The emirate’s various literary and cultural entities have curated a rich programme of seminars, poetry evenings, and a host of other engagements, which will reflect its 40 years of steady efforts in the cultural field, which have popularised the UAE’s and Arab cultural heritage globally.

Sheikh Fahim bin Sultan Al Qasimi, Executive Chairman of the Department of Government Relations, and Head of the Sharjah delegation at NDWBF 2019, underscored that culture is the cornerstone of advancement, given that it is one of the most creative and humane ways to build bridges between nations.

He noted that Sharjah’s selection as the guest of honour is a clear indication of the cultural status the emirate enjoys regionally and globally.

Visitors to the book fair are expected to take part in a series of literary and artistic activities organised by Sharjah and will witness traditional Emirati performances by the Sharjah National Band.

Sheikh Fahim said, "Sharjah’s cultural prominence has not been built overnight, but illustrates the fruition of persistent efforts for over four decades. Today, Sharjah is a hub of sciences, knowledge and culture, and home to a plethora of annual cultural events that brings together renowned writers and intellectuals from around the world.

"These feats reflect the realisation of the vision of H.H. Dr. Sheikh Sultan bin Mohammed Al Qasimi, Supreme Council Member and Ruler of Sharjah, who believes that a strong cultural movement contributes to development in all fields."

"The UAE and India have enjoyed strong relations for several decades, and our geographic proximity coupled with our rich cultural legacies offered both nations a unique platform to establish free-flowing communication and strong understanding," he added.

At the Sharjah pavilion, Emirati authors and literati will share a wealth of information and insight into the Arab world and the diversity and history it holds, in addition to addressing industry challenges with their peers and international counterparts.

The emirate has also translated 57 Arabic language works to Hindi that will be available for Indian readers.

Ahmed bin Rakkad Al Ameri, Chairman of Sharjah Book Authority, said, "Sharjah’s selection to be New Delhi World Book Fair’s guest of honour is a recognition for its instrumental role in successfully acquainting the world with Emirati and Arab cultures, under the guidance and vision of H.H. Dr. Sheikh Sultan bin Mohammed Al Qasimi."

"Sharjah is on a mission to introduce, highlight and represent Arab and Emirati culture at every international participation, and book fairs offer us an unrivalled opportunity to do so. At NDWBF 2019, we will also be showcasing Sharjah’s world-class services and diverse offerings to publishers worldwide, and offer our expert consultation on how to capitalise on opportunities in Arab markets," he added.

Tue, 01 Jan 2019 11:52:46 +0530
Ajman Media City Free Zon

The Ajman Media City Free Zone concluded a successful series of investment forums in three Indian cities, as part of its global trade expansion strategy, and created strong interest for investment among key trade bodies, associations and potential investors across India.

Mahmoud Khalil Al Hashemi, CEO of Ajman Media City Free Zone, led the delegation, and Rishi Somaiyah, Commercial Counselor and Nasser Rashid, Head of Licensing and Labor Affairs, accompanied Al Hashemi to India.

To fulfil the strategic objectives, the delegation organised Investment Forums in the three core metropolitan cities of India, Chennai, New Delhi and Mumbai. Several leading trade bodies and business associations in India collaborated with the free zone, and senior officials and experts from local business communities welcomed the delegation and guests at these forums.

Regarding the forum, Al Hashemi said, "Our delegation focused on efforts to grow India’s investments in the UAE. We organised a series of Investment Forums as a key element of a comprehensive outreach campaign in India, which is aligned with the strategic mission of Ajman Media City Free Zone.

"The investment forums were designed to showcase the capabilities of the free zone, the products and services which utilise technology to offer remote services and support, and also highlighted the free zone's readiness to provide all facilities to prospective investors from India," Al Hashemi added.

The roadshow began with an Investment Forum in the city of Chennai, with the attendance of more than 100 investors. In Chennai, the free zone forum was supported by trade associations, such as the International Chamber of Commerce - India and India-ASEAN-Sri Lanka Chamber of Commerce and Industry. The delegation was welcomed by leading Chennai based business leader Jawahar Vadivelu, President of International Chamber of Commerce - India.

Al Hashemi emphasised the vision of AMCFZ management, which is committed to supporting investment from key markets in the UAE. He added that the trade mission to India had taken a significant step in strengthening the bilateral relationship between the two nations, with a focus on the key pillars of digital media, media technologies and innovation and entrepreneurship.

With such policies, AMCFZ has become successful in lowering the cost of doing business in the UAE, as well as making it an attractive global centre for business owners. The Indian business community has shown keen interest and appreciation in the investor-friendly initiatives offered by the Ajman Media City Free Zone.

Tue, 01 Jan 2019 11:44:47 +0530
Veteran actor Kader Khan

Veteran actor Kader Khan died in a hospital in Canada on Monday, news agency PTI reported. He was 81. Kader Khan's son Sarfaraz told news agency PTI that the actor died due to prolonged illness.

"My dad has left us. He passed away on December 31 at 6 pm as per Canadian time due to prolonged illness. He slipped into coma in the afternoon. He was in the hospital for 16-17 weeks," Sarfaraz told PTI.

Kader Khan's son also confirmed that the last rites will be performed in Canada. "The last rites will be performed here in Canada only. We have our entire family here and we live here so we are doing it," Sarfaraz added. On Friday, Kader Khan, developed breathing issues and the doctors transferred him from a regular ventilator to BiPAP ventilator, NDTV.

Tue, 01 Jan 2019 11:37:26 +0530
Denuclearisation Kim Jon

North Korean leader Kim Jong-un has said he is committed to denuclearisation, but warned he will change course if the US continues its sanctions. He made the remarks during his closely-watched annual New Year's address, reports BBC.

Last year's speech set the country on an unprecedented path of international diplomacy with South Korea and the US.

Mr Kim met US President Donald Trump to discuss denuclearisation in June 2018 but with few results so far.

Last year's rapprochement came after a turbulent 2017 marked by North Korea testing missiles that could reach the US mainland and an escalation in rhetoric between Pyongyang and Washington with both sides trading insults and threats of nuclear destruction, BBC reported.

Tue, 01 Jan 2019 11:16:27 +0530
Nation achieves hundred p

The Nation has achieved yet another milestone in the power sector with completion of electrification in hundred percent household in 25 states at the year end.

Now, only about 10.48 Lakh households are left to be electrified in 4 States viz., Assam, Rajasthan, Meghalaya and Chhattisgarh. These States are also taking all concerted efforts to achieve, at the earliest, saturation of household electrification in their respective States.

The Minister of State (IC) for Power and New & Renewable Energy RK Singh congratulated all these States for achieving this herculean task. Taking note of the volume of electrification work that was completed in UP, Shri Singh thanked Shri Shrikant Sharma, Energy Minister, UP during a meeting with him here today.

Tue, 01 Jan 2019 10:41:27 +0530
Direct Benefit Transfer i

Direct Benefit Transfer of LPG Scheme (DBTL)/PAHAL was launched in 54 districts of the country on 15.11.2014 and was subsequently extended to rest of the country on 01st January, 2015. Currently, the Scheme is under implementation in 715 districts.

Under the Scheme, the LPG cylinders are being sold at non-subsidised price and subsidy, as admissible, is transferred to consumers directly into his/her bank account subject to applicable cap on subsidized refills.  With the implementation of PAHAL, with the help of de-duplication process first at Oil marketing Companies (OMCs) level and subsequently at NIC level, existence of multiple connections in the name of same consumer is not likely to arise. This, in turn, helps in enforcing the quota of domestic subsidised cylinders to consumers in an effective manner.

Under PAHAL scheme, the authorized subsidy to LPG consumers is transferred directly into the bank account of the consumers. The subsidy is transferred either through Aadhaar Transfer Compliant (ATC) or Bank Transfer Compliant (BTC) mode on the basis of seeding of Aadhaar number in bank account. As on 26.12.2018, out of 23.22 crore LPG

Tue, 01 Jan 2019 10:34:24 +0530
Naidu sends new year wish

The Vice President M. Venkaiah Naidu has greeted the people on the advent of Year 2019. In a message, he said that on the joyous occasion of beginning of Year 2019, let us collectively resolve to dedicate ourselves towards building a peaceful, prosperous, inclusive and sustainable world.

Tue, 01 Jan 2019 10:22:06 +0530
President Kovind greets n

The President Ram Nath Kovind has greeted the nation on the eve of the New Year 2019.  In a message the President has said:-

“At the dawn of the New Year, I extend my warm greetings and best wishes to all fellow citizens in India and abroad, and to the global community.

Let this moment of renewal commit us to making 2019 a year of amity, prosperity and happiness”.

Tue, 01 Jan 2019 10:14:25 +0530
World welcomes 2019 Mumb

When the clock ticked 12 there arises the new year with new hopes. People across the globe gave a warm sent off to 2018 and welcomed the new year 2019 in a grand way. New Zealand became the first nation that welcomed the new year with a countdown at the gigantic clock in the Auckland. The neighbouring country Australia also welcomed 2019 with all its flavours

There was no short of celebrations in Mumbai, India's biggest city, as the people jumped in joy and hugged each other and said loudly - "Happy New Year". The city has put its feet with new hopes and new oaths. There was tight security across the city as the government has put 50000 security men to avoid any unexpected incidents.

New year joy erupted in Marine Drive, Juhu and all the main beaches with dance, music, crackers that added more colours to the celebration.

Tue, 01 Jan 2019 10:09:39 +0530
RS to discuss Triple Tala

The revised bill to make instant Triple Talaq - the practice of Muslim men to instantly divorce their wives by uttering "Talaq" thrice -- a punishable offence will be placed in Rajya Sabha for debate and passing, reports NDTV.

The bill, passed by the Lok Sabha, faces the real test in the upper house of parliament where the government lacks the numbers. Contending that the bill targets the Muslim community, the opposition wants it go to a joint parliamentary committee for further scrutiny.

The Congress said it won't allow the bill to be passed in its current form, and has made it mandatory for its lawmakers to attend today's session, NDTV reported.

Mon, 31 Dec 2018 13:14:35 +0530
Army foils Pak attempt to

Pakistani forces made an attempt to strike a forward Indian post along the Line of Control at Naugam sector on Sunday, which has been foiled, the army said in a statement today. A team of Pakistani Border Action Team or BAT had tried to cross the Line of Control and two men have been killed, the army said. Pakistan has been asked to take back the bodies, reports NDTV.

Helped by the cover fire of mortars and rockets, the team had tried to sneak in through the dense jungles, but was spotted in time by the Indian troops.

The intense gunfight continued through the night. In the morning, the Army launched a search operation and confirmed that two men, suspected to be Pakistani soldiers, have been killed, NDTV reported.

Mon, 31 Dec 2018 12:54:48 +0530
Kuwait oil price down 28

The price of Kuwait's crude oil went down 28 cents to settle at US$52.17 per barrel (pb) Friday compared to $52.45 pb the day before, said Kuwait Petroleum Corporation, KPC, Saturday.

On the global scale, prices were stable at the weekend after instability in markets prior to year-end, the Kuwait News Agency, KUNA, reported.

Brent Blend was up 4 cents to settle at $52.20 pb, as well as the American crude, which was up 72 cents to stand at $45.33 pb.

Mon, 31 Dec 2018 12:41:48 +0530
Abu Dhabi Securities Exch

Abu Dhabi Securities Exchange, ADX, has received the 'IBMC UAE-INDIA Business Excellency Award 2018'. The award is a top international recognition that honours business excellence in India and the UAE.

The award ceremony took place at Emirates Palace hotel, as part of the closing ceremony of the second edition of the 'IBMC UAE-INDIA Business Fest'. The ten-month long business event, which runs from March until December and across all seven emirates, aims at exploring and connecting business opportunities in India and the UAE.

Commenting on the award, Khalifa Al Mansouri, Acting Chief Executive of ADX, said, "The UAE and India have traded and shared cultural ties for centuries, and the IBMC UAE-INDIA Business Fest is yet another example of the enduring relationship the two countries enjoy and the vast potential for growth. We are honoured to receive the prestigious IBMC UAE-INDIA Business Excellency award, which recognises ADX’s achievements and contributions to the business world.

We also commend, and are grateful, to the founders of the ‘IBMC UAE-INDIA Business Fest’ as it paves the way for the business communities from the UAE and India to explore tremendous new business and diversification opportunities across sectors."

As of mid-December 2018, ADX had 17,673 Indian investors on the Exchange. Their total trading value (buy and sell) reached around AED335 million from beginning of year up to mid-December of 2018 thus accounting for around 15 percent of the total trading value (buy and sell) of the Asian investors registered on ADX. Whereas Market Value of Shares owned by Indian investors stood at around AED280 million as of mid-December 2018.

"The UAE market is a promising one and provides ample opportunities for investors, which is evident by the UAE’s top ranking in the region and tenth globally on the 2018 Index of Economic Freedom by The Heritage Foundation. This underscores ADX’s continuous efforts to strengthen the business climate, attract investment, provide economic stability and foster a flexible and competitive environment for business based on global best practices in disclosure, transparency and corporate governance," Al Mansouri noted.

Earlier this year, ADX was recognised with the Bridge of Excellence Award at The American Business Council (AmCham) Abu Dhabi’s 8th Excellence Awards. The award recognises an organisation that bridges the gap in bilateral trade relations and demonstrates a commitment to cross-border business alliances or joint ventures between the US and the UAE.

The shareholders of ADX listed companies reaped significant benefits after the exchange recorded one of the highest dividends yields in the world at 5.8 percent. This resulted in an increase of more than AED23.4 billion in cash dividends of listed companies in 2018, amounting to an increase of 5.5 percent. These statistics are testament to the Exchange’s position as a preferred listing destination and its success in providing a distinct investment climate, as well as a stable trading environment for investors and listed companies.

Government officials, top local and international business executives, CEOs and officials from all over the world attended the award ceremony.

Mon, 31 Dec 2018 12:14:20 +0530
Dubai to host Global Avia

The first edition of the Global Investment in Aviation Summit (GIAS 2019) is set to take place in Dubai on 28th and 29th January, 2019, with the participation of the largest ever gathering of aviation ministers and heads of civil aviation authorities from around the world.

GIAS 2019 will see the attendance of Sultan bin Saeed Al Mansouri, Minister of Economy and Board Chairman of the General Civil Aviation Authority (GCAA); Sheikh Salman Al Sabah, Chairman of Kuwait’s Directorate General of Civil Aviation; Kamal bin Ahmed Mohammed, Bahrain’s Minister of Transportation and Telecommunication; Abdul Hakim bin Mohammed Suleiman Al Tamimi, Chairman of Saudi Arabia’s General Authority of Civil Aviation; Dr. Olumuyiwa Benard Aliu, President of the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO); Hadi Sirica, Nigeria’s Aviation Minister; Blade Nzimande, South Africa’s Minister of Transport; Volodymyr Omelyan, Minister of Infrastructure in Ukraine; Monica Azuba Ntege, Uganda’s Minister of Works and Transport; Captain Sameh El Hefny, President of the Egyptian Civil Aviation Authority;and Ricardo Fenelon Junior, Director-General of Brazil’s National Civil Aviation Agency; along with other decision makers.

Speaking on the occasion, Al Mansouri said, "The summit coincides with the remarkable achievement of increasing the number of passengers through Dubai international airport to reach over one billion, as the milestone was announced by His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President, Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai, who expressed his delight over holding the event in Dubai to exchange experiences and information between international experts in aviation sector, as well as holding partnerships that would support investment in aviation. The Global Investment Aviation Summit in Dubai highlights UAE’s leading regional role in aviation sector which is a key pillar in enriching the national economy".

He also confirmed that UAE attaches great importance to the aviation field in terms of using the latest developments in modern technologies and specialised studies and the holding of many specialised events and active participation in local and international conferences, stressing that the summit contributes to the promotion of the UAE's efforts to attract investments in the aviation sector and to lineup with the state’s strategic position.

Saif Mohammed Al Suwaidi, Director-General of GCAA, said, "The participation of aviation ministers and heads of air transport agencies and airline companies, as well as industry leaders and businessmen from all around the world, is a testament of the importance of GIAS. It also emphasises the prestigious stature occupied by the UAE in the aviation industry, which is a key driver of economic growth in the country."

He added,"The UAE’s aviation and air transport sector has made unique jumps during the past few years, where the state managed to reach milestones on a par with the leading countries in this sector, whether in terms of the number of flights taking off or landing every day at Emirati airports or the number of passengers."

Highlighting the importance of the aviation sector, Al Suwaidi said, "The aviation sector has contributed significantly to cementing the UAE’s position as one of the leading countries that provide the highest quality air transport services, by harnessing the latest technologies and smart services in the aviation industry."

The UAE is also ranked among top countries in the ease of doing business, in addition to its accumulated expertise in increasing the capacity of its international airports that achieved phenomenal growth rates in passenger traffic. All this has coupled with a massive expansion in its infrastructure and the fleets of its national carriers, use of the latest technological equipment and provision of quality of services, among others.

The UAE is one of the leading countries in the world’s aviation and air transport sector, where aviation is one of the most prominent sectors that contribute to creating a sustainable economy, which ultimately leads to the country’s overall future sustainable development. The country seeks to become first globally in the airline service quality index after it achieved a unique shift in the size of its air transport infrastructure projects over the past few years The UAE focuses on the aviation sector, which contributes 15 percent to the country’s GDP, and is expected to reach 20 percent over the next few years. The national carriers are continuing their expansion in various foreign markets, thereby reinforcing the UAE’s position in the global air travel industry. Dubai has increased the capacity of its airports, in terms of the number of passengers and flights taking off and landing, in addition to its ongoing expansion plans to reach new destinations across the world.

GIAS 2019 will offer an ideal platform for ministers of aviation, airline companies and professionals in the air transport sector to keep them up-to-date with the latest developments on the airline industry, and allow them to gain insights into investment opportunities available in local, regional and global aviation markets The event will focus on guiding investments towards six sectors, including aircraft maintenance, manufacturing and supply, aircraft engineering and technology, defence aviation, duty free markets and airline catering industry.

Mon, 31 Dec 2018 12:04:14 +0530
Kerala Univ celebrates Y

The Year of Zayed is a national occasion where the UAE has showcased the legacy and values of the late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, who established the foundations of the Union, making it a global model for success.

Sheikh Zayed also established strong relations with many countries, based on mutual respect, trust and cooperation. The relationship between the UAE and India represents a unique model of long-term links between two friendly countries. Therefore, celebrating the Year of Zayed is not limited to the UAE, as it was also honoured in Kerala, India.

Ma'dinu Ssaquafathil Islamiyya University in Kerala and Lulu International Group organised, on 27th December, a major four-day festival to celebrate the Year of Zayed, under the slogan, "Commemorating the Leader of Humanity and Giving" which was attended by over 30,000 people per day.

In his speech during the event, Sheikh Ibrahim Al Khalil Al Bukhari, President and Founder of Ma'dinu Ssaquafathil Islamiyya University, said that the UAE’s comprehensive development is the outcome of the vision of its wise leadership.

"The message of love, tolerance and coexistence promoted by Sheikh Zayed is today considered the ideal solution to extremism. We want to commemorate the efforts of this great visionary leader to promote peace and coexistence, not only in the UAE but also around the world," he added.

The event included a song that was performed by a group of students, entitled "A blessed Year of Zayed," as well as an exhibition of photos of Sheikh Zayed, from the period of his presidency of the UAE and his visit to India. It also featured a documentary film on the history of the UAE’s establishment and Sheikh Zayed’s legacy, while showcasing his quotes using artificial intelligence, AI.

Al Bukhari declared that the Chairman of Lulu International Group covered the cost of three days of meals for 100,000 participants of the event.

B Syramakrishnan, Spokesman for the Legislative Council of Kerala, said that he would propose, to the Kerala Legislative Council, the sponsoring of a joint conference with the UAE on tolerance, to mark the 2019 Year of Tolerance.

Mon, 31 Dec 2018 11:57:49 +0530
National Gallery of Moder

Exhibition ‘Dandi Yatra” organized by the National Gallery of Modern Art, New Delhi was inaugurated in the National Capital by Dr. Y.P Anand, a Senior Gandhian and former Director, National Gandhi Museum, New Delhi.

This exhibition is part of  the celebrations of the 150th birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi, Father of the Nation, to propagate his message of peace.  This exhibition showcases the unseen drawings of artist Chhaganlal Jadav and also the master works of NGMA’s collection of contemporaneous artists to Gandhi ji like Nandlal Bose,  Upendra Maharathi and Ram kinkar Baij, etc, who also gave their impressions on this great event.

Speaking at the event  Adwaita Gadanayak, Director General, NGMA Delhi, said that the exhibition showcases historical drawings of the journey of the Salt March from Sabarmati Satyagraha Ashram, Kochrab to Dandi, a small coastal village in Gujarat.The journey, covering 240 miles took 12 night halts and was witness to the breaking of the British law for salt. At that time, a veritable ocean of people had been drawn to this march, making it one of the largest mass movements of the world. A large number of media persons and artists from across the world were also drawn to this event. An unsung Satyagrahi and artist Chhaganlal Jadav, in his tiny drawing book, had captured some known/unknown faces from amongst the participants of this epic journey towards Swaraj, he said. These landmark drawings that are part of our living history are presently a part of the personal collection of the Dr. Rizwan Qadri from Ahmadabad, who brought these drawings to light and shared them with NGMA for purpose of showcasing them for the first time, through the exhibition he added.

Mon, 31 Dec 2018 11:34:09 +0530
Modi pushes developments

The Prime Minister Narendra Modi, visited Varanasi and dedicated the campus of the International Rice Research Institute, at Varanasi, to the nation. He visited various laboratories of the Institute.

At the Deendayal Hastkala Sankul, the Prime Minister visited the One District, One Product (ODOP) Exhibition.

He launched a Comprehensive Pension Management Scheme. He unveiled plaques to mark the laying of Foundation Stones, or dedication of various projects in Varanasi.

Mentioning the various projects unveiled today, he said they all have a common theme: Ease of Living, and Ease of Doing Business. He described the Uttar Pradesh Government's "One District, One Product" scheme as an extension of "Make in India."

The Prime Minister said that in the State of Uttar Pradesh, the small and medium sector enterprises have been a part of traditions. In this context, he mentioned the carpet industry of Bhadohi, the sports goods industry of Meerut, and the silk industry of Varanasi, among others. He described Varanasi and Poorvanchal as a hub of handicrafts, and art.  The Prime Minister said 10 products of Varanasi and nearby regions, have received Geographical Indication tags. He said the One District, One Product scheme will convert these expressions of art, into profitable business, by ensuring good machines, training and marketing support. He said that he has been informed that loans worth Rs. 2000 crore are likely to be disbursed during this event.

Mon, 31 Dec 2018 11:15:14 +0530
PM Modi visits Car Nicoba

The Prime MinisteNarendra Modi, visited Car Nicobar, laid a wreath at the Tsunami Memorial, and lit a candle at the Wall of Lost Souls. He interacted with Tribal Chiefs and eminent sportspersons from the islands.

At a public meeting, he inaugurated the ITI at Arong, and a Modern Sports Complex. He also laid the Foundation Stone for Shore Protection Work near Mus Jetty, and Extension of Campbell Bay Jetty.

Speaking on the occasion, the Prime Minister spoke of the great natural beauty, culture, tradition and art of the Islands. Speaking of the family and collective traditions of the Islands, he said this has been a strength of Indian society, over the years.

The Prime Minister spoke of his visit to the Tsunami memorial - Wall of Lost Souls - just before arriving for this function. He appreciated the people of the Nicobar Islands for their spirit and hard work in rebuilding the islands after the tsunami.

He said the projects unveiled today would go a long way in developing sectors such as education, health, employment, skill development, transportation, power, sports and tourism.

The Prime Minister reaffirmed his Government's determination to not leave anyone, or any part of the country behind, in the march towards development. He said the aim is to reduce distances, and develop a sense of closeness in hearts.

He said the work for the sea wall, once completed, will help protect the island of Car Nicobar. He said the ITI would help empower the youth of the island, with skills. Speaking of the sporting prowess of the youth of Nicobar Islands, the Prime Minister said that the modern sports complex would help them hone their skills. He said more sports infrastructure would be added in future.

The Prime Minister said that the Union Government is working towards improving ease of living for the people of Andaman and Nicobar Islands. He spoke of the expansion of healthcare facilities on the Islands.

The Prime Minister said that the effort is to undertake development work while preserving the environment and local culture.

In the agricultural sector, the Prime Minister spoke of the increase in support price of Copra. He said the government is working towards empowering those engaged in the fisheries sector. He said a sum of Rs. 7000 crore has recently been approved for making the fisheries sector in the country more profitable. He said the areas of the country that are near the sea, can become centres of our blue revolution. He said seaweed farming is being encouraged, and fishermen are getting financial assistance for procuring modern boats. He said India is making concerted efforts to harness solar energy. In this context he mentioned the International Solar Alliance. He said areas contiguous to the sea have tremendous potential for renewable energy generation. He mentioned efforts being made in Car Nicobar, in this direction.

The Prime Minister said this entire region of the Nicobar Islands, and the nearby Malacca Strait, is important from the point of view of both resources and security. He said suitable transportation infrastructure is being developed, keeping this in mind. He spoke of the development work being done for the Campbell Bay Jetty, and the Mus Jetty.

The Prime Minister reiterated his Government's commitment to the development of the Islands.

Mon, 31 Dec 2018 11:06:01 +0530
PM visits Andaman Unveil

The Prime Minister Narendra Modi, visited Port Blair in the Andaman and Nicobar Islands. In Port Blair, he laid a wreath at the Martyrs Column, and visited the Cellular Jail. At Cellular Jail, he visited the cells of Veer Savarkar, and other freedom fighters. He hoisted a high mast flag and offered floral tributes at the Statue of Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose.

At a public event to mark the 75th anniversary of the hoisting of Tricolour on Indian soil by Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose, the Prime Minister released a commemorative postal stamp, coin, and First Day Cover.

He also unveiled a series of development projects related to the energy, connectivity and health sectors.

Speaking on the occasion, he said that the Andaman and Nicobar Islands are not just a symbol of India's natural beauty, but are also like a place of pilgrimage for Indians. He said the Andaman and Nicobar Islands remind us of the collective resolve of our freedom fighters.

He said the Union Government is committed to empowering and developing the islands. He said the development projects unveiled today would further this objective in the field of education, health, connectivity, tourism and employment.

He mentioned his visit to the Cellular Jail, and the point where Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose had hoisted the tricolour 75 years ago. He said that the Cellular Jail, where thousands of freedom fighters suffered, is no less than a place of worship for him. He said the nation will never forget the sacrifices of the freedom fighters.

Recalling Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose, the Prime Minister said that on Netaji's call, many youth from the Andamans had dedicated themselves to the freedom of India. He said the flag on the 150 feet high mast, is an attempt to preserve the memory of this day in 1943, when Netaji unfurled the tricolour.

On this occasion, he announced that Ross Island would now be named Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose Dweep; Neil Island would be known as Shaheed Dweep; and Havelock Island would be renamed as Swaraj Dweep.

The Prime Minister said that today, Indians are working towards creating a strong India, in line with Netaji's vision.

The Prime Minister said that the Government is working towards strengthening connectivity across the country. He said that remembering and honouring our heroes, helps strengthen our feeling of integration. He said the Union Government is making efforts to highlight every glorious chapter of our history. In this context he mentioned the Panchteerth related to Babasaheb Ambedkar, the National Police Memorial, and the Statue of Unity. He said National Awards have also been announced in the names of Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose, and Sardar Patel.

The Prime Minister said that the New India that is being built with the inspiration of these great leaders, has development at its core.

He said the Government is committed to developing the Islands in accordance with the requirements of the environment. He said special attention will be given to sectors such as tourism, food processing and information technology, as part of industrial development.

The Prime Minister said efforts are being made to make the Andaman and Nicobar Islands, as self-sufficient as possible. He spoke of the expansion of Port Blair dockyard, which will enable maintenance of big ships. He called for a report on the condition of rural roads in the Islands within two weeks, and said that once the report has been examined, the Union Government will give whatever assistance is possible.

The Prime Minister said that a new Integrated Terminal Building is coming up at Veer Savarkar International Airport. He said the undersea optical fibre cable from Chennai, once completed, would provide good internet connectivity. He also spoke of development works in areas such as water, power, clean energy, and health.

Mon, 31 Dec 2018 10:55:06 +0530
Meghalaya miners Rescue

Rescue workers are racing against time to reach the 15 men trapped inside a flooded 320-feet coal mine in Meghalaya for the last 16 days. Navy divers and trucks loaded with high-power pumps are making their way to the mine in a remote region in the state's East Jaintia Hills district, reprots NDTV.

Rescue operations were suspended on Monday, after the low-powered pumps being used to suck out water failed to help. Divers at the site have been able to recover only three helmets until now.

Sat, 29 Dec 2018 13:41:15 +0530
India holds Oman 0 0 in I

The Blue Tigers played a goalless draw against mighty Oman in an International Friendly at the Baniyas Stadium in Abu Dhabi. The match which was part of the Indian National Team’s preparation for the forthcoming AFC Asian Cup UAE 2019, was played behind closed doors.

Oman headed into the match riding on a 12-match unbeaten streak including victories against the likes of Saudi Arabia, Tajikistan, Bahrain amongst others. India’s last two matches against Oman in the FIFA World Cup Russia 2018 Qualifiers had ended in favour of Oman, with them winning 2-1 and 3-0 respectively.

India had their first opportunity in the 17th minute when skipper Sunil Chhetri won the ball at the top of the box, and volleyed it only to see it sailing over the crossbar. Meanwhile, the Indian defenders had a task on their hands but took the challenge head-on. The two central defenders Sandesh Jhingan and Anas Edathodika kept the attacks on check, with Subhasish Bose and Pritam Kotal playing the supporting role to perfection.

In the 28th minute, Amrinder Singh, who started ahead of Gurpreet Singh Sandhu, pulled off a terrific save to deny Oman from surging into the lead. Halicharan Narzary and Udanta Singh did try to stretch it wide and gel well with Sunil Chhetri and Jeje Lalpekhlua. But the sturdy Omani defenders were not to be beaten as both teams headed to the changing room locked goalless.

Changing over, Head Coach Constantine brought in Gurpreet Singh Sandhu, Germanpreet Singh and Balwant Singh in place of Amrinder Singh, Pronay Halder and Jeje Lalpekhlua respectively. Barely six minutes within coming in, Gurpreet came out with a stunning save to deny Oman for a corner, which was eventually headed out by Jhingan. At the stroke of the hour-mark, India had their best chance to break the deadlock. Udanta ran past all but even as he crossed, it failed to find an onrushing Balwant. Off the rebound, Halicharan fired it from the edge of the box, but the rival goalkeeper was not much to be disturbed.

It was the winger's last action of the day as he was replaced two minutes later by youngster Ashique Kuruniyan. In the 78th minute Ashique’s stupendous run found Balwant but the striker’s header landed on the roof of the net.

India kick-off their Asian Cup campaign against Thailand at the Al Nahyan Stadium on January 6, 2018.

Sat, 29 Dec 2018 13:26:27 +0530
6 9 magnitude quake hits

A strong earthquake of 6.9 magnitude struck off the southern Philippine island of Mindanao on Saturday, raising fears of dangerous tsunami waves across the region but after about two hours, the tsunami warning was withdrawn, Reuters has reported.

There were no reports of casualties or damage from the earthquake, which the U.S. Geological Survey, USGS, said struck 193 km (120 miles) east of the Philippine city of General Santos, at a depth of 60 km (37 miles).

The Pacific Tsunami Warning Centre initially said "hazardous tsunami waves" were possible within 300 km (186 miles) of the epicentre", along the coasts of the Philippines, Indonesia and the Pacific island nation of Palau. But about two hours after the quake struck, the centre said there was no longer a tsunami threat.

The USGS initially said the magnitude of the quake was 7.2 but later downgraded it to 6.9.

Residents of the southern Philippines said the earthquake lasted about a minute and people rushed out of buildings but there had been no major damage, Reuters concluded.

Sat, 29 Dec 2018 13:14:34 +0530
Indonesia tsunami Volcan

The scale of the dramatic collapse of the Indonesian volcano that led to last Saturday's devastating tsunami in the Sunda Strait is becoming clear, reports BBC.

Researchers have examined satellite images of Anak Krakatau to calculate the amount of rock and ash that sheared off into the sea. They say the volcano has lost more than two-thirds of its height and volume during the past week.

Much of this missing mass could have slid into the sea in one movement, BBC reported.

It would certainly explain the displacement of water and the generation of waves up to 5m high that then inundated the nearby coastlines of Java and Sumatra.

Sat, 29 Dec 2018 13:04:51 +0530
Bhutan PM calls on Presid

Dr Lotay Tshering, the Prime Minister of Bhutan, called on the President Ram Nath Kovind, at Rashtrapati Bhavan today.

Welcoming Dr. Tshering to India, the President said that he was delighted to welcome the Bhutanese delegation to India in the Golden Jubilee year of the establishment of the formal diplomatic ties between India and Bhutan.

The President said that India welcomed the successful conduct of the third general elections in Bhutan and congratulated the Prime Minister of Bhutan on DNT's victory in the elections. The President reiterated India's commitment to partner in the socio-economic development of Bhutan and to support its 12th Five Year Plan based on its priorities.  

Sat, 29 Dec 2018 12:46:44 +0530
Centre amends POCSO Act

The Union Cabinet chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi has approved the proposal for Amendment in the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act, 2012 to make punishment more stringent for committing sexual crimes against children.

The POCSO Act, 2012 was enacted to Protect the Children from Offences of Sexual Assault, Sexual harassment and pornography with due regard for safeguarding the interest and well-being of children. The Act defines a child as any person below eighteen years of age, and regards the best interests and welfare of the child as matter of paramount importance at every stage, to ensure the healthy physical, emotional, intellectual and social development of the child. The act is gender neutral.

Sat, 29 Dec 2018 12:38:12 +0530
Defence minister launches

Defence minister Nirmala Sitharaman launched a newly designed web page for ‘Drone Olympics’ (https://aeroindia.gov.in/Drone), scheduled to be held at Aero India – 2019 at Air Force Station, Yelahanka, Bengaluru. The web page is open for registration of UAV players interested in taking part in the maiden event of the Aero India.

It will not only encourage the UAV manufacturing in the country but also provide an opportunity to the Armed Forces to assess the capabilities that exist in the world. The UAV market is one of the fastest growing fields in the world. Role of UAVs in defence sector is ever-increasing on account of new additionalities being added to them making them fit for intelligence, surveillance, reconnaissance, electronic warfare and strike missions.

‘Drone Olympics’ is open to both Indian and international players. Three categories of the event, planned during the competition are Surveillance Challenge with four sub-categories which willdeterminethe surveillance capability of the UAVs. Supply Drop Challenge to assess weight dropping capability and Formation Flying Challenge demonstrating different shapes with group of UAVs.The winners will be honoured with medals and a cash prize of Rs. 38 lakhs to top three winners of each competition. Last date of registration to participate in event is January 26, 2019.

Sat, 29 Dec 2018 11:36:06 +0530
Defence minister launches

Defence minister Nirmala Sitharaman launched a newly designed web page for ‘Drone Olympics’ (https://aeroindia.gov.in/Drone), scheduled to be held at Aero India – 2019 at Air Force Station, Yelahanka, Bengaluru. The web page is open for registration of UAV players interested in taking part in the maiden event of the Aero India.

It will not only encourage the UAV manufacturing in the country but also provide an opportunity to the Armed Forces to assess the capabilities that exist in the world. The UAV market is one of the fastest growing fields in the world. Role of UAVs in defence sector is ever-increasing on account of new additionalities being added to them making them fit for intelligence, surveillance, reconnaissance, electronic warfare and strike missions.

‘Drone Olympics’ is open to both Indian and international players. Three categories of the event, planned during the competition are Surveillance Challenge with four sub-categories which willdeterminethe surveillance capability of the UAVs. Supply Drop Challenge to assess weight dropping capability and Formation Flying Challenge demonstrating different shapes with group of UAVs.The winners will be honoured with medals and a cash prize of Rs. 38 lakhs to top three winners of each competition. Last date of registration to participate in event is January 26, 2019.

Sat, 29 Dec 2018 11:35:14 +0530
Centre approves Gaganyaan

The Union Cabinet chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi has approved the Gaganyaan Programme with demonstration of Indian Human Spaceflight capability to low earth orbit for a mission duration ranging from one orbital period to a maximum of seven days.

A human rated GSLV Mk-lll will be used to carry the orbital module which will have necessary provisions for sustaining a 3-member crew for the duration of the mission. The necessary infrastructure for crew training, realization of flight systems and ground infrastructure will be established to support the Gaganyaan Programme. ISRO will collaborate extensively with National agencies, laboratories, academia and industry to accomplish the Gaganyaan Programme objectives.

The total fund requirement for the Gaganyaan Programme is within Rs.10,000 crore and includes cost of technology development, flight hardware realization and essential infrastructure elements. Two unmanned flights and one manned flight will be undertaken as part of Gaganyaan Programme.

Gaganyaan Programme will be a national effort in collaboration with Industry, Academia and other scientific agencies and laboratories as stake holders along with ISRO. ISRO will be responsible for realizing the flight hardware through Industry. National agencies, laboratories and Academia will participate in crew training, human life science technology development initiatives as well as design reviews.

Sat, 29 Dec 2018 11:07:17 +0530
PM Modi to visit Andaman

The Prime Minister Narendra Modi, will visit Andaman & Nicobar Islands on 29th-30th December. The Prime Minister will arrive in Port Blair on the evening of 29th December. 

On 30th December, the Prime Minister will visit the Tsunami Memorial at Car Nicobar. He will lay a wreath at the memorial, and light a candle at the Wall of Lost Souls. He will inaugurate the ITI at Arong, and lay the Foundation Stone for some infrastructure projects. He will address a public meeting.

Later in the day, the Prime Minister will lay a wreath at the Martyrs Column at Port Blair. He will visit the Cellular Jail in the city.

The Prime Minister will hoist the high mast flag at South Point, Port Blair. He will pay floral tributes at Statue of Netaji at Marina Park, Port Blair.

At Netaji Stadium, the Prime Minister will release a commemorative postal stamp, coin and first day cover to mark the 75th Anniversary of the hoisting of Tricolour on Indian soil by Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose.  He will also release the Innovation and Start-Up Policy for A&N Islands. He will inaugurate a 7 MW Solar Power Plant, and Solar Village. He will also lay the Foundation Stone for a number of development projects. The Prime Minister will address the gathering.

Sat, 29 Dec 2018 10:54:22 +0530
President inaugurates Glo

The President Ram Nath Kovind, inaugurated the 12th Global Healthcare Summit organized by the American Association of Physicians of Indian Origin in Mumbai today.

Speaking on the occasion, the President acknowledged the professionalism and excellent reputation of doctors of Indian origin in the US. He said India and the US shared complementarities in the pharmaceutical field – in clinical research, drug discovery and manufacture. He said that both countries can work together to address common challenges posed by lifestyle diseases.

The President said that the goal of ‘Health for All’ must be integral to our programmes and policies. He noted the several initiatives of the Government of India, which he said were intended to make healthcare in the country more holistic and affordable for all citizens of the country.

Earlier in the day, the President addressed The Yoga Institute, Mumbai, which is celebrating its centenary. The President said that Yoga belongs to entire humanity and should not be associated with a specific community. Yoga is a means to living a healthy life. The President said that due to the initiatives taken by India, the global community is showing enhanced interest in Yoga. He said that Yoga is an extremely important example of India’s soft power.

Sat, 29 Dec 2018 09:58:36 +0530
Fire catches high rise bu

Five people have died after a major fire broke out in a high-rise residential building Thursday evening in Chembur, one of Mumbai's largest suburbs.

The fire started on the 11th floor of building number 35 in the B wing of Sargam Society. The housing society is near Ganesh Garden in Tilak Nagar in the suburb, reports NDTV.

The fire was reported at 7.45 pm and 15 firefighting vehicles rushed to the spot. The fire is now under control.

Fri, 28 Dec 2018 13:15:15 +0530
Khelo India to promote sp

The revamped Khelo India Scheme was launched during the financial year 2017-18 with a view to achieving the twin objectives of mass participation and promotion of excellence in sports. The vision of the revamped Khelo India is to infuse sports culture and achieve sporting excellence in the country. The mission as stated in the revamped scheme is to encourage sports for all thus allowing the population across gender and all age groups to harness the power of sports through its cross-cutting influence, namely, holistic development of children & youth, community development, social integration, gender equality, healthy lifestyle, national pride and economic opportunities related to sports development.

Under the Khelo India the identified sports talents will be given the option to join SAI National Sports Academies, State Sports Academies or Sports Academies established by private sector. Grants-in-aid will be provided for establishment, operation and maintenance of sports academies in respect of identified disciplines to Sports Authority of India, State Governments or to private sector or sports person under Public Private Partnership (PPP) mode for facilitating and supplementing Long Term Athlete Development (LTAD) programme (for 8 years). The best academies might be at National, Regional or State level, both in public and private sector. Academies will be identified for need-based support, both recurring and non-recurring, by inviting proposals from suitable entities. A system would be developed for rating of academics to facilitate selection of appropriate academics for support. At least one academy for Para Athletes will be supported.

This information was given by Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Youth Affairs and Sports  Rajyavardhan Rathore in a written reply to the Lok Sabha today.

Fri, 28 Dec 2018 11:01:00 +0530
Gadkari calls for efforts

Union Minister Nitin Gadkari and Chief Minister of Delhi Arvind Kejriwal laid the foundation stone of nine projects for Yamuna Rejuvenation under Namami Gange Programme in New Delhi.

A total of 11 projects have been taken up by National Mission for Clean Ganga (NMCG) to conserve River Yamuna in Delhi. Most of the projects are for sewerage infrastructure. These projects under Yamuna Action Plan (YAP) III are located in three drainage zones namely Kondli, Rithala and Okhla in Delhi.

Addressing the gathering, Nitin Gadkari emphasized on the imperative of comprehensive and coordinated efforts to free the National Capital from water and air pollution. He said that pollution levels of Delhi is a cause for major concern and that a plan has been prepared to address this critical issue with the help of all stakeholders.

Gadkari said that the mandate of cleaning the tributaries of River Ganga was taken up with the launch of Namami Gange programme and with these projects the sewage water falling into River Yamuna, the most important tributary of Ganga will be stopped. Mentioning the Lakhwar multi-purpose project between six states, Shri Gadkari said that once that project is complete the Aviralta of Yamuna in Delhi will improve. He added that trash skimmer is already deployed for Yamuna in Delhi for river surface cleaning.

Fri, 28 Dec 2018 10:44:30 +0530
PM addresses rally in Him

The Prime Minister Narendra Modi addressed a Jan Abhar Rally at Dharamshala in Himachal Pradesh, to mark the completion of one year of the State Government.

Before arriving on the dais, the Prime Minister visited an exhibition on government schemes. He also interacted with the beneficiaries of various schemes.

Addressing a large gathering, he praised the State of Himachal Pradesh, as a land of spirituality, and bravery.

He recalled that former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee, had a special bond with the State.

The Prime Minister applauded the State Government for reaching people, especially those in the rural areas of the State in the last one year, through its schemes.

The Prime Minister said that the State Government is focusing on next-generation infrastructure. He said projects related to highways, railways, power, solar energy and petroleum sector, are all underway in the State of Himachal Pradesh.

The Prime Minister spoke at length of the tourism potential of the State. In this context he mentioned, that the number of foreign tourists coming to India, rose from 70 lakh in 2013, to 1 crore in 2017. Similarly, he said, the number of approved hotels in India in 2013, was about 1200, which has now risen to 1800.

The Prime Minister recalled that for forty years, our ex-servicemen longed for 'One Rank, One Pension'. He said that when his Government assumed office, the entire gamut of issues, and resources required was understood. Thereafter, OROP was implemented to ensure the welfare of our ex-servicemen.

The Prime Minister especially complimented the people of Himachal Pradesh for their commitment to cleanliness. They have accepted 'Swachhata' as a 'Sanskaar' (culture), he added. This also augurs well for the tourism sector in the state, the Prime Minister said.

The Prime Minister explained how the Union Government has curbed corruption. He said that through Direct Benefit Transfer, a check has been put on corruption and nearly Rs. 90,000 crore rupees has been saved.

Fri, 28 Dec 2018 10:06:59 +0530
BJP looks for plan B ahea

The setback in the recent assembly elections has come with a troublesome spin-off for the BJP. Allies in the states have started speaking up, demanding a bigger share of seats and respect. Amid the murmurs of discontent, senior BJP leader Ram Madhav gave a glimpse of the BJP's roadmap on alliances in the run-up to the next year's national elections, reports NDTV.

"Alliance politics is all about accommodation and adjustment and for that, the BJP is ready," Ram Madhav said. "It is true that certain smaller allies like Kushwaha have decided to leave us, but we are working on bringing new allies into our fold, especially in south India and the eastern India."

Thu, 27 Dec 2018 13:57:46 +0530
Indonesia s volcano alert

The alert level for Indonesia's Anak Krakatau volcano has been raised to the second-highest level possible, after a series of eruptions. All flights around the volcano have been rerouted and a 5km (three-mile) exclusion zone has also been imposed, reports BBC.

Indonesia's disaster management agency (BNPB) said the alert level had been raised from level two to three because of the increased volcanic activity.

Last Saturday, the volcano triggered a tsunami which killed hundreds.

Thu, 27 Dec 2018 13:39:58 +0530
Melbourne test India dec

India declared their first innings on 443/7 in the first innings of the Boxing Day test in Melbourne that began yesterday. India declared the innings after Chetheswar Pujara recorded his seventeenth ton before dismissed for 106.

Australia began their reply with 8/0 at stumps on day 2 after surviving a fiery short spell from Jasprit Bumrah.

Earlier Virat Kohli (82) and Pujara shared a 173-run third wicket stand while Rahane stood firm for a gritty knock of 34. Later Rohit Sharma and Rishabh Panth scored some quick runs to take the team total to 443. Despite being toiled for days the Australian bowlers never allowed Indian batsmen to up the ante.

Anyway the track will excite the Indian bowlers the pitch already shows some tricks with variable bounce.

Thu, 27 Dec 2018 13:33:59 +0530
Bus accident 35 school c

Thirty-five schoolchildren were injured after the bus in which they were travelling met with an accident in Himachal Pradesh's Kangra district today, according to news agency ANI.

The injured students have been taken to a hospital.

In a photo of the accident site at Lunj town, 37 km from Dharamshala, the yellow school bus with most of its windows broken is seen lying on its side at a foothill.

Thu, 27 Dec 2018 12:54:25 +0530
Trump makes surprise Chri

US President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump have made an unannounced Christmas visit to US troops in Iraq. They travelled there "late on Christmas night" to thank troops for "their service, their success and their sacrifice", the White House said, reports BBC.

Mr Trump said the US had no plans to pull out of Iraq. The trip came days after Defence Secretary Jim Mattis quit over divisions about strategy in the region.

The US still has some 5,000 troops in Iraq to support the government in its fight against what remains of the Islamic State (IS) group, BBC reported.

Thu, 27 Dec 2018 11:04:45 +0530
Centre to lay foundation

Union Minster for Water Resources, River Development and Ganga Rejuvenation Nitin Gadkari will lay the foundation stone of eleven projects for Yamuna Rejuvenation under Namami Gange Programme in New Delhi. Union Minister for Environment and Forest Dr Harsh Vardhan and Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal will also be present on the occasion.

A total of 11 projects have been taken up under Namami Gange Programme by National Mission for Clean Ganga (NMCG) to conserve the River Yamuna in Delhi. Most of the projects are for the sewerage infrastructure and are at various stages of implementation. These projects under Yamuna Action Plan (YAP) III are located in three drainage zones namely Kondli, Rithala and Okhla in Delhi.

The current sewage generation for Delhi city is about 327 crore liters per day against the existing treatment capacity of 276 crore liters per day. YAP-I was taken up for Delhi during 1993-2003 and YAP-II was extended in 2003 to cover Uttar Pradesh and Haryana along with Delhi. Building on the success and lessons learnt from YAP-I and II, Government of India launched YAP-III with JICA assistance in Delhi at an estimated cost of Rs 1656 crore which has got integrated as a component of Namami Gange Mission. Delhi Jal Board is the executing agency for these projects.

Delhi, the National Capital, is a mega metropolitan with a population of around 2 crore. The city sprawls over an area of 1484 Sq.km. Rising population and growth of National Capital Region (NCR) have significantly contributed to rise in the flow of untreated sewage directly into the River Yamuna, one of the sacred rivers of India and largest tributary of Ganga, our National River. The total length of the Yamuna up to its point of confluence with the Ganga at Prayagraj is 1370 km, its catchment areas is spread over 3.67 lakh sq kms.

Thu, 27 Dec 2018 10:45:23 +0530
Ultimate aim of good gove

The Vice President M. Venkaiah Naidu has said that ultimate aim of good governance and reforms was to empower the last man in the queue and providing a say for such persons in the process of development should be the ultimate aim of governance. He was addressing the gathering at a function to present the Champions of Change Awards 2018, instituted by medial platforms Power Corridors and Panchayati Times (Media platforms).

The Vice President said that ‘Antyodaya’ should go from being a long cherished dream, a work in progress, to being an everyday reality as he advocated the use of new technologies, promoting innovation and skill development at a rapid pace to realize ‘Antyodaya’

The Vice President said that for any development strategy to be effective, it should help achieve broad-based economic growth to ensure balanced development across all regions and states and across sectors.

Naidu said that Champions of Change Awards was an endeavour to tell the world about positive developments in India. It is crucial that the stories of people who toil for the betterment of their brethren be told again and again, he added.

Such stories would serve as a call to action and inspire people to take up their own projects of positive change, he said.

The Vice President said that reform agenda of the government and series of steps take to improve governance mechanism of the country made Indian economy is robust and resilient. He said India that witnessed a growth rate of 7.1% during the last quarter of 2018 must build on the growth story further by taking advantage of the youth power by realising the demographic dividend.

Naidu said that one should not overlook the fact that progress is possible only when we are able to utilize the potential of people to participate fully in the burgeoning economy.

Stressing the need for special attention towards backward districts and areas, Shri Naidu said that there was a consensus that backward districts and areas need special attention. There may be differences of opinion about the ways and means to address the issues concerned but everybody agrees that there has to be a special focus on Aspirational Districts, he added.

The Vice President stressed the need to nurture sustainable agricultural practices and place great emphasis on the efficiency to meet the food and nutrition needs of India. He also highlighted the need to modernize and consolidate Indian agriculture and said that ‘Maximum output through optimal utilization of resources’ should be the Mantra.

The Vice President said that India has a vibrant media that is also a crucial stake holder in the development process. It provides news, puts it in perspective, analyzes events, exposes wrongdoings, exposes corruption, and generally highlights what is wrong, he said. Media also highlights the good news, aids and abets the process of development by telling inspiring stories and by spreading the message of change as well, he added.

The Vice President said that Champions of Change awards recognize DMs, SPs, MPs, NGOs and individuals who have ushered in refreshing changes in their districts through their commitment, dedication, creative interventions and innovations from around 115 districts across India. The ‘Transformation of Aspirational Districts’ program, the brain child of the premier think tank of India, the NITI Aayog, aims to quickly and effectively bring about transformational changes in the chosen 115 districts of India, he added.

Thu, 27 Dec 2018 10:20:19 +0530
Indonesia death toll rise

The death toll from a volcano-triggered tsunami in Indonesia has risen to about 400, the Indonesian National Disaster Mitigation Agency has said. Sutopo Purwo Nugroho, Head of Public Relations of the Disaster Mitigation Agency, said, "At least 373 people have died, while 128 people are currently missing."

More than 1,400 people were injured, and about 12,000 residents had to move to higher ground, with a high-tide warning extended to Wednesday.

The vast archipelago, which sits on the Pacific "Ring of Fire", has suffered its worst annual death toll from disasters in more than a decade.

Saturday's tsunami destroyed more than 700 buildings, from small shops and houses to villas and hotels.

Wed, 26 Dec 2018 12:40:21 +0530
OPEC basket price stands

The price of OPEC basket of fifteen crudes stood at US$53.92 a barrel on Thursday, 20th December, compared with US$55.13 the previous day, according to OPEC Secretariat calculations.

The fourteen crudes, from separate OPEC member countries, includes a mix of blends and light and heavy crudes, including the UAE’s Murban

Wed, 26 Dec 2018 12:33:24 +0530
UAE press lauds Pope Fran

A UAE newspaper has said that at a time when the world looks increasingly divided with many prominent leaders resorting to protectionism and preferring confrontation to cooperation, Pope Francis’ call for peace and fraternity among peoples in his Christmas Day message comes as a prudent and timely message.

"There’s no better formula for peace than to uphold fraternity among individuals of every nation and culture, fraternity among people with different ideas, fraternity among persons of different religions. As the Pope well stated, the world’s differences should be considered richness, not a danger," said The Gulf Today in an editorial on Wednesday.

The paper continued, "Pope Francis is revered the world over as a symbol of peace and compassion. He has been campaigning relentlessly for harmony among people of various faiths. He has repeatedly made it clear that hatred has no place in a sane society.

Increased international cooperation is the need of the hour. Challenges like climate change, digital transformation of economies and migration cannot be handled in isolation. The world community needs to remain united and address such issues together. Multilateral solutions to global problems add strength to humanity.

The pontiff has mentioned that he hopes the truce brokered by the international community may finally bring relief to all those children and people exhausted by war and famine in Yemen.

In this regard, the Arab Coalition to Restore Legitimacy in Yemen deserves praise for doing everything possible to bring peace in that country despite repeated provocations by the Houthi militias.

The Iran-backed Houthi militias breached the ceasefire agreement 138 times since 18rh December through 23rd December across various areas, including Tahita, Heis, Al Hali, Al Jabaliya, Al Jah, Al Jarahi, Hodeidah, Al Mandhar, Al Makmaniya and Al Saleh Village.

In general, people across the globe would do well to shun greed. The pontiff is right in stating that an insatiable greed marks all human history, even today, when paradoxically, a few dine luxuriantly while all too many go without the daily bread needed to survive.

The UAE is known as a land of peace and tolerance. The UAE model of open-mindedness demonstrates the true image of Islam, which is one of love and brotherhood.

"Pope Francis’ proposed visit to the UAE in February next year has created all-round excitement. There’s no doubt that the visit would go a long way in strengthening global peace efforts and boosting interfaith dialogue," concluded the Sharjah-based daily.

Wed, 26 Dec 2018 12:27:21 +0530
Pregnant woman receives H

A real case of negligence has put the nation into a great shocker and sent to disbelief as a 24-year-old pregnant woman in Tamil Nadu is HIV positive after she received blood during a blood transfusion at a government hospital in Virudhunagar district, around 500 km from Chennai.

The authorities suspended three lab technicians of a government-run blood bank in the neighbouring town of Sivakasi those who were responsible for the unjustifiable mistake.. Two years ago, they had allegedly failed to record or inform a blood donor that he was HIV positive.

The government has offered financial compensation and jobs for the woman and her husband, but they want help for private treatment after the negligence, NDTV reported.

Wed, 26 Dec 2018 11:53:22 +0530
Indian Air force launches

The Western Air Command of Indian Air force launched two Cheetah helicopters, of the Udhampur based unit “HOVERING HAWKS” to carry out casualty evacuation from Chanderkot helipad on a short notice. As per initial information received a civil bus on move from Badgam to Kanpur fell into the valley near Ramban which led to several critical casualties.

2 heptrs and 2 set of crew were standby to takeoff from Udhampur to Chanderkot helipad where the casualties were initially evacuated. On getting a go ahead for one heptr, Wg Cdr V Mehta as captain with co-pilot Arunima Vidhate got airborne from Udhampur. Meanwhile after ascertaining the requirement, on the call of Wg Cdr V Mehta, second heptr got airborne from Udhampur with SqnLdr SK Prasad as captain and Flt Lt Siddhant Yadav as co-pilot.

First heptr landed at Chanderkot Helipad and picked up 3 critically injured Jawans of ITBP who were amongst the 9 critically injured travelling in fateful bus. The other heptr landed and picked 2 remaining critical Jawans along with medical attendant. 4 Casualties were picked up by civil helicopter. “Due to power station and several microwave towers on eastern side of helipad, heptrs had to carry out one sided approaches and take offs with thorough traffic coordination with civil helicopters. Additionally, the site had limited manoeuvring space” said the mission leader and captain of the lead aircraft Wg Cdr Vishal Mehta.

Both the heptrs continued to Jammu airport, where the ambulance was ready to attend the casualty. The casualties suffered serious injuries which included facial/head injuries, fractured leg and major bruises on arms. Although they had been recovered from the accident site to Ramban DH their situation was highly critical and speedy evacuation to a better medical facility was the only lifesaving measure available.

The crew of HOVERING HAWKS executed the mission with extreme professionalism keeping up the highest traditions of the IAF.

Wed, 26 Dec 2018 10:55:38 +0530
Vice President recalls hi

The Vice President M. Venkaiah Naidu has said that the former Prime Minister, ‘Bharat Ratna’, Atal Bihari Vajpayee ji brought connectivity revolution and paved way for development and growth. Addressing an event to commemorate the memory of the former Prime Minister on his birth anniversary, Naidu recollected his close association with Atal ji and shared his experiences with him. The Minister of State for Parliamentary Affairs and Statistics & Programme Implementation, Vijay Goel and other dignitaries were present on the occasion.

Naidu said that Atal ji was an astute parliamentarian, an administrator par excellence, a visionary statesman, an erudite scholar, a gifted orator, a most beloved leader, above all, a great human being who believed in the core Indian values of harmony and synthesis. 

The Vice President said that Atal ji implemented the reform agenda and delivered good governance to the nation amidst great challenges. He further said that good governance, providing a responsive administration to the people, especially to the most vulnerable sections of the society was centre to Vajpayee Ji’s administration. Atal Ji brought systematic changes in the governance of the country through technology, innovation and research to improve the lives of people, he added.       

Naidu said that ‘Pradhan Mantri Grameen Sadak Yojana’, ‘Golden Quadrilateral project’, ‘Telecom Revolution’, ‘Sarva Shiksha Abhiyaan’ or campaign for universal education and a series of measures taken by Atal ji changed the face of India’s development story and accelerated the growth of Indian Infrastructure.

Wed, 26 Dec 2018 10:21:57 +0530
Modi pays tributes to for

The Prime Minister Narendra Modi has paid his tributes to Atal Bihari Vajpayee on his Jayanti.

“Tributes to AtalJi on his Jayanti. We reiterate our commitment towards creating the India he dreamt of”, the Prime Minister said.

Wed, 26 Dec 2018 10:13:02 +0530
PM unveils Bogibeel bridg

The Prime Minister Narendra Modi dedicated the Bogibeel bridge in Assam, to the nation. The bridge, which spans the River Brahmaputra between Dibrugarh and Dhemaji districts of Assam, is of immense economic and strategic significance for the nation. At a massive public meeting in Kareng Chapori, on the northern bank of the Brahmaputra,the Prime Minister also flagged off the first passenger train passing through the bridge.

Speaking on the occasion, the Prime Minister paid homage to the famous Assamese singer Deepali Borthakur, who passed away recently. He also paid homage to many other famous and historical figures from the State, who have brought laurels for the State and the country in various fields. He greeted the people on the occasion of Christmas. He said that today is the birth anniversary of former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee, and is also celebrated as "Sushaasan Divas" or "Good Governance Day".

The Prime Minister said that for the last four and a half years, the Union Government has pursued the objective of good governance. He said the dedication of the historic Bogibeel rail-cum-road bridge, is a symbol of this objective. He said this bridge is a marvel of engineering and technology, and is of immense strategic significance. He said this bridge reduces distances between Assam and Arunachal Pradesh. He said it would greatly enhance "ease of living" in this region. The Prime Minister said that this bridge had been a dream for the people of this region for generations, and is now a reality. He said that Dibrugarh is an important centre of healthcare, education and commerce in the region, and the people living north of the Brahmaputra, can now access this city, more conveniently.

The Prime Minister appreciated all those involved in the construction of the bridge.

He recalled that in May 2017, he had also dedicated the country's longest road bridge, the Bhupen Hazarika Bridge at Sadia in Assam, to the nation.

The Prime Minister noted that while only three bridges were built over the Brahmaputra river in 60-70 years, three more have been completed in the last four and a half years alone. Another five, he said, are in progress. He said this enhanced connectivity between the northern and southern banks of the Brahmaputra, is an element of good governance. He said this pace of development will transform the North-East.

The Prime Minister spoke of the Union Government's vision of Transformation through Transportation. He said the infrastructure in the country is growing today at a rapid pace.

The Prime Minister complimented the State Government of Assam for its efforts towards completing pending projects. He said almost 700 kilometres of National Highways have been completed in four and a half years. He also mentioned several other connectivity related projects in the North-Eastern region. He said that a strong and progressive Eastern India, is the key to a strong and progressive India.  Besides infrastructure, the Prime Minister mentioned several initiatives such as Ujjwala, and Swachh Bharat Abhiyan, which have seen rapid progress in Assam.

The Prime Minister said that today, the youth of the country, from the far-flung areas, is bringing laurels for India. Mentioning the famous athlete of Assam, Hima Das, he said youth are now becoming symbols of the self-confidence of New India.

The Prime Minister said that the Government is making efforts to build infrastructure for India's future needs.

Wed, 26 Dec 2018 10:07:13 +0530
Mexico s Governor husban

The governor of Mexico's central Puebla state, Martha Erika Alonso, has died in a helicopter crash, just days after being sworn into office. Her husband, Senator Rafael Moreno Valle, and two pilots were also killed. Reports say there was a third passenger on board, who also died, reports BBC.

Monday's accident happened shortly after the aircraft took off from the state capital of Puebla. Ms Alonso became Puebla's first female governor after hotly contested polls.

The 45-year-old was a member of the centre-right PAN party. The deaths of the governor and her husband were confirmed by Mexico's new President, Andrés Manuel López Obrador, BBC reported.

Tue, 25 Dec 2018 13:41:05 +0530
India name playing eleven

The Indian team management has named the playing eleven ahead of the Boxing Day Test against Australia in Melbourne. India's domestic star Mayank Agarwal is set to make his test debut while he will parter with Hanuma Vihari who got promotion form number 6 after the team management has decided to drop the out of form opening batsmen KL Rahul and Murali Vijay.

Left arm spinner Ravindra Jadeja also included in place of R Ashwin who is recovering well from his left-sided abdominal strain but not 100% fit. The team management is closely monitoring his progress.

The following players have been selected for the 3rd Test: Virat Kohli (C), Ajinkya Rahane (VC), Mayank Agarwal, Hanuma Vihari, Cheteshwar Pujara, Rohit Sharma, Rishabh Pant (WK), Ravindra Jadeja, Mohammed Shami, Ishant Sharma, Jasprit Bumrah.

Tue, 25 Dec 2018 13:27:55 +0530
Major reshuffle in Kuwait

Kuwait has appointed a number of new ministers, including Khaled Al-Fadhel as the country's oil minister and minister of electricity and water, after the mass resignations of four others.

In a major reshuffle, the Kuwaiti Cabinet appointed Khaled Al-Roudhan as Minister of Commerce and Industry and Minister of State for Services Affairs, in addition to Dr. Jenan Ramadan as Minister of Public Works and Minister of State for Housing, according to the Kuwait News Agency.

The new appointees include Dr. Fahad Al-Afasi as Minister of Justice and Minister of State for National Assembly Affairs and Saad Al-Kharaz as Minister of Social Affairs, while Fahad AlShaala was named Minister of Awqaf and Islamic Affairs and Minister of State for Municipal Affairs.

The Cabinet also appointed Mariam Al-Aqail as Minister of State for Economic Affairs.

Tue, 25 Dec 2018 13:08:08 +0530
Kill Mercilessly order

Karnataka Chief Minister HD Kumaraswamy has landed in a controversy after he was being caught in a tape ordering someone to "mercilessly kill" as a revenge for the death of his local party leader. The death order has referred to the killing of  H Prakash, a local leader from Mandya, the stronghold of Kumaraswamy's Janata Dal Secular or JDS.

The video clips, recorded by local journalists, reveal that he is telling someone to kill those persons mercilessly in a shootout who came on bike and killed their local leader.

"He (H Prakash) was a good man. I don't know who killed him in this way. Kill the miscreant mercilessly in a shootout. There would be no problem," he is heard saying in video clips recorded by local journalists.

Later the CM came out himself with justifications and termed it as an emotional reaction. He explained that his reactions are purely emotional and never gave any instructions to kill murderers in a shootout.

Tue, 25 Dec 2018 12:58:45 +0530
The SAIL service behind I

Steel Authority of India Limited (SAIL) has supplied around 35400 metric tonnes of steel for the construction of Bogibeel Road-cum-Rail Bridge on the river Brahmaputra.  

The 4.9 km-long bridge on the Brahmaputra river is Asia’s second longest rail-cum-road bridge. It has a serviceable period of 120 years.

This quantity is little more than 50% of the total quantity of steel supplied for the bridge.

SAIL has also supplied TMT rebars, plates and structural for this 4.94 KM long bridge, which has composite welded steel truss girders in its structures. Earlier, SAIL had supplied 90% steel for the construction of the Dhola-Sadiyabridge, which is India’s longest bridge.

Tue, 25 Dec 2018 11:32:59 +0530
Sadaiv Atal A dedicatio

“Sadaiv Atal’, the Samadhi of Bharat Ratna & former PM Atal Behari Vajpayee which will be dedicated to the nation on 25th Dec, reflects Atalji’s personality as a poet, humanist, statesman & a great leader.

The central Samadhi platform comprises of nine square black polished granite solid stone blocks, capped with a ‘diya’ in the center. The number nine holds significance and represents the navarasas, navaratras and navagrahas. The placement of the nine square Samadhi is in a circular lotus shaped pattern.  The nine-square platform is accessed in four cardinal directions by pathways made in white composite tiles so that the floor does not get heated.  The Samadhi is enclosed by nine bas-relief walls which have inscriptions of the prose/ poetry of Atalji which can be read by the visitor while taking a pradakshina on the outer circular path.

Atalji’s thoughts and vision are a source of great inspiration to the people of the Country. In order to enable the people to pay their respects to the great soul, an initiative to develop his Samadhi was taken up by the Society -“Atal Smriti Nyas Society”  (registered under the Societies Registration Act XXI of 1860) formed by eminent persons. The founding members of the Society include Sumitra Mahajan, Lalji Tandon, O.P Kohli, Vajubhai Rudabhai Vala, Vijay Kumar Malhotra, Ram Lal Ji and Shri Ram Bahadur Rai.

A vacant piece of land has been made available near Rajghat for the Samadhi by the Govt, which the Society would develop and maintain at their own costas a public place. The earmarked land for the Samadhi will continue to remain with the Government.

Stones from various parts of the country-- emphasizing unity in diversity have been used in the construction of the Samadhi. The Main Samadhi stone is monolithic zed black sourced from the best quarries of Khammam, Telangana. The parikrama area is laid in white composite tiles, which does not get heated in the sun. Diya, which is centrally placed on the top of Samadhi is made up of leather finish black granite sourced from Khammam and the flame of Diya is made in Crystal with LED lights placed inside. The inner petals, the outer petals and the area in between the intersection of petals which form a part of outer parikrama are laid in colour composition of Crystal Yellow and Neo Copper granite which are sourced from the best quarries of Abu Road, Rajasthan. Pathways are laid in leather finish black granite.

The Samadhi has been completed by CPWD at a total cost of Rs. 10.51 Crores. The entire cost of construction of the Samadhi has been borne by the Atal Smriti Nyas Society. 

Tue, 25 Dec 2018 11:19:57 +0530
Odisha gets IIT ESIC Hos

The Prime Minister Narendra Modi visited Odisha and dedicated the IIT Bhubaneswar campus, to the nation. He also inaugurated the new ESIC Hospital at Bhubaneswar.

Speaking on the occasion, the Prime Minister said that the total worth of projects which were either inaugurated, or for which the Foundation Stone was laid today, is over Rs. 14,000 crore. He said the Union Government aims to develop eastern India as the gateway to South-East Asia.

The Prime Minister said that IIT Bhubaneswar would spur the industrial development of Odisha, and work towards technology to improve the lives of the people. It would help generate employment for the youth of Odisha, he added.

At the IIT Bhubaneswar campus, the Prime Minister released a commemorative stamp and coin on the Paika Rebellion. The Paika Rebellion (Paika Bidroha) was fought against British rule, in Odisha in 1817. 

The setting up of a Chair on the Paika Rebellion, in Utkal University, Bhubaneswar, was announced.

The Prime Minister inaugurated the Lalitgiri Museum. Lalitgiri in Odisha is a famous Buddhist centre of archaeological importance, comprising Stupa, Viharas (monasteries) and images of Lord Buddha. 

The Prime Minister said that an Indian Institute of Science Education and Research at a cost of Rs. 1600 crore would be set up in Berhampur. He said that the Union Government has approved many  such institutes of education, science and technology over the last four years. He added that this is part of the Government's effort to make New India a hub of modern technology and start ups. 

The Prime Minister mentioned the plans to expand the healthcare infrastructure, road network, and oil and gas pipeline infrastructure in the State. He explained how over 1100 health and wellness centres are being set up under Ayushman Bharat Yojana, which would transform healthcare in the State. 

In oil and gas infrastructure, the Prime Minister said that the Paradip-Hyderabad pipeline will bring a lot of opportunities for the youth of the State, and will make Odisha a hub for petroleum products. He said the Pradhan Mantri Urja Ganga Yojana is progressing rapidly for expansion of piped gas supply in Eastern India. 

On the Paika Rebellion, the Prime Minister announced the setting up of the Bakshi Deenbandhu Chair at the prestigious Utkal University. He said this Chair would research subjects related to all nationalist movements, including the Paika Rebellion. 

On the Lalitgiri Archaeological Museum, the Prime Minister said that it would help showcase Odisha's rich spiritual traditions. He said it would be of interest to research scholars, and boost tourism as well. 

The Prime Minister reiterated the Union Government's commitment towards the all-round development of Odisha. 

Tue, 25 Dec 2018 10:54:01 +0530
Naidu greets people on th

The Vice President M. Venkaiah Naidu has greeted the people on the eve of Christmas. In a message, he said  that Christmas is a joyous occasion that reminds us of the eternal values of compassion and forgiveness, of love and empathy.  We need to constantly keep these values as the guiding starts for us to lead healthy, happy and fulfilled lives, he added.

Tue, 25 Dec 2018 10:27:32 +0530
Vice President Naidu comp

The Vice President M. Venkaiah Naidu complimented Ace Badminton Player P.V. Sindhu for her recent victory where she has scripted history by becoming the 1st Indian to win BWF World Tour Finals. She made all of us proud, he said after interacting with Sindhu and her family members who called on the Vice President, in Hyderabad.

Naidu appreciated Sindhu for being consistent with her performance and said that she was a role model for youngsters. The youth must draw inspiration from her dedication, hard work, and passion for the game, he added.

Talking about the importance of sports, and physical activity in improving the overall personality of a human being, the Vice President said that every child should be encouraged to take up some form of sporting activity from early days. He said that participating in sports will instill confidence, team spirit and helps children to become better human beings.

Saying that it was essential to be a healthy nation to become a wealthy and prosperous nation, the Vice President stressed the need for the younger generation to stay healthy to take active participation in the development of our nation. We must remember that it is essential to be a healthy nation to become a wealthy and prosperous nation, he added.

Naidu complimented Badminton coach Pullela Gopichand and all those training the sports talent in our nation and lauded their efforts in mentoring the sportsmen and athletes.

Tue, 25 Dec 2018 10:22:58 +0530
President Kovind greets o

The President of India Ram Nath Kovind has greeted fellow citizens on the eve of Christmas.

In a message the President said, “On the occasion of Christmas, I extend my warm greetings and best wishes to all fellow citizens in India and abroad, and especially to my Christian brothers and sisters.

Jesus Christ symbolised peace, harmony and hope. Christmas is a celebration of human values that nurture mutual caring and sharing and transform life itself into a festival.

May this Christmas inspire us to promote fraternity and humaneness in our nation and across our planet”.

Tue, 25 Dec 2018 10:14:55 +0530
Manmohan Singh Manjul Bh

The former prime minister Dr. Manmohan Singh said “the story of the Mahaswami’s life is an epic of human inspiration to attain perfection, in spite of physical limitations” His journey heralded the advent of a new ideal, and ushered in an era of spiritual progress. His teachings permeated the thoughts and aspirations of the people, and changed their lives forever, he added.

 

 

The Mahaswami of Kanchi was the personification of truth. Truth was both the source as well as the secret of his power former prime minister said . “ From a mortal being, the Mahaswami became an immortal institution”. He continues to guide us to strive honestly, whole heartedly, consistently and ceaselessly to follow the path of truth.  He said with all humility, I accept the award. And I dedicate it to my grandparents, who groomed me to use this birth to live a full life, and to achieve the purpose of life itself.

 

Mr. Singh reveived th SIES Sri Chandrasekharendra Saraswati National Eminence Award at the Shanmukhananda hall along with renowned mathematician, 44 year old Dr. Manjul Bhargava, Dr.V.K.Saraswat, member of NITI Aayog and Swami Chidanand Saraswati of Ganga action parivarwere.

The awards were instituted by the South Indian Education Society in 1998 in memory of the late Seer of Kanchi Sri Chandrasekarendra Saraswati and are given in the fields of Community leadership , Science and Technology, Public leadership and Social thinkers to those who had made outstanding contributions in the above four fields. Each award carries a cash prize of Rs.2.5 lakh,a citation, a huge ornamental lamp and a scroll, said V.Shankar, president of SIES.

 

 

Forty four year old  world renowned  mathematician Dr. Manjul Bhargava said he was fortunate to get this Kanchi mahaswami award on the day of  the 132nd  birth anniversary of Sreenivasa Ramanujam , one of the greatest mathematician  the world had produced. Today is also India’s mathematics day. “Today morning I had addressed the students and mathematics professors at the SIES College on the Gems of Ramanujam. I described how much difficulty Ramanum had to face in his life  of 32 years including racial discrimination in England and lack of vegetarian food which affected his health” . All the time Ramanujam was thinking only about mathematics even in his death bed a soft spoken Mr. Bhargava said.

Mon, 24 Dec 2018 18:21:02 +0530
Sino India military exerc

The seventh edition of joint Sino-India military exercise Hand–in–Hand 2018 concluded where the exercise included lectures and discussions on various counter terrorism aspects like cordon and search operations, raid on terrorist hideouts, intelligence collection and joint operations. Also, integrated live firing were conducted for both the contingents to enhance interoperability & promote jointmanship.

 As part of validation exercise held on 22 December, troops of both the armies carried out specialised joint counter terrorist operations including room intervention and hostage rescue which was witnessed by dignitaries of both the armies.

The validation exercise was reviewed by Major General Sanjiv Rai, General Officer Commanding Trishul Division of the Indian Army in presence of senior Army officers of both the participating countries. The Chinese side was represented by Maj Gen  Li Shizhong. The exercise concluded on 22 December 2018 with a ceremonial closing ceremony, which included a grand cultural show presented by both the countries.

Mon, 24 Dec 2018 13:48:48 +0530
Dense fog kills 8 in Delh

The dense fog on the Rohtak-Rewari highway between Delhi and Haryana led to a massive pile-up of 50 vehicles, including school buses, where eight people were killed and several injured. The incident took place near Haryana's Jhajjar.

Seven out of the eight dead are women and were travelling in an SUV to outer Delhi's Najafgarh for a condolence visit.

"Cold weather combined with the availability of moisture will result in foggy conditions over northwest India. This dense fog is likely to reduce visibility over Punjab, Haryana, north Rajasthan, Delhi and Uttar Pradesh resulting in difficulty for commuters in the morning and noon hours," private weather forecasting agency Skymet stated.

Mon, 24 Dec 2018 13:38:38 +0530
Indonesia tsunami Reside

Coastal residents near Indonesia's Anak Krakatau volcano have been warned to keep away from beaches amid fears it could trigger a new tsunami. On Saturday, giant waves crashed into coastal towns on the islands of Sumatra and Java, killing at least 281 people and injuring 1,016, reports BBC.

It is thought that volcanic activity set off undersea landslides which in turn generated the killer waves.

Anak Krakatau erupted again on Sunday, spewing ash and smoke.

Video shot from a charter plane captured the magnitude of the volcanic event in the Sunda Strait, between Sumatra and Java, BBC reported.

Mon, 24 Dec 2018 13:02:43 +0530
DWTC closes 2018 with ano

Dubai World Trade Centre, DWTC, has announced another successful year for its consumer and entertainment events, as it closes 2018 having hosted over 500,000 visitors at more than 29 events. This indicates an approximate seven per cent increase in visitor numbers for consumer and entertainment events over 2017.

Mahir Julfar, Senior Vice President - Venue Services Management, Dubai World Trade Centre said, "DWTC’s annual consumer and entertainment events calendar has become an important component of our MICE sector offering, as it continues to attract thousands of thrill seekers, super fans, sporting enthusiasts and music lovers from around the world. The number of attendees in 2018 is a testament to the strength of this market segment. As we go into the new year, we look forward to contributing to the city’s exciting, multicultural leisure and entertainment offerings with an unforgettable line up of events, shows and festivals for the entire family."

As one of the most awaited events of the year, more than 420 exhibitors and 45,965 of the region’s pop-culture fans attended Middle East Film & Comic Con in 2018, immersing themselves in international popular culture, film, TV, sci-fi, animation, manga, comics, collectibles, and more, through a series of talks, meet-and-greets, workshops, live events and an exhibition.

Running for the 19th year, Modhesh World, Dubai's largest indoor family ‘edutainment’ destination, was spread across eight halls over the summer months, featuring a wide variety of attractions, experiences, games, shows, contests and workshops.

The 22nd edition of Carpet Oasis drew 24,000 traders and visitors from throughout the world to explore thousands of handcrafted silk carpets and antique souvenirs, including some of the finest products from Iran, Turkey, India, Pakistan, Afghanistan, China, Turkmenistan and Azerbaijan.

DWTC’s 2018 consumer and entertainment events offering was complemented by a number of theatrical productions and musical concerts that drew a multicultural audience to the venue. Well-known comedian Dave Chappelle’s sold out performance, attended by close to 5,000 fans, crowned the numerous stage performances that took place at the venue this year.

Mon, 24 Dec 2018 12:56:39 +0530
Real claims fourth FIFA C

The Arabian Gulf League holders won silver after losing 4-1 to European Champions Real Madrid who clinched their fourth FIFA Club World Cup title on Saturday in Abu Dhabi.

In a stunning, historic achievement, Al Ain cruised into the Club World Cup Final after beating Copa Libertadores champions River Plate Tuesday night, and became the second Arab team to win silver in the prestigious championship.

After a promising start from the Emirati champions, Ballon d'Or winner Luka Modric put Madrid ahead in the 14th minute. Llorente netted his first goal for Madrid to put the result beyond doubt with half an hour left. Sergio Ramos added a late goal before Al Ain defender Tsukasa Shiotani headed in the host team's only goal, then teammate Yahia Nader scored an own goal in stoppage time.

Earlier, River Plate earned its first Third Place spot in the FIFA Club World Cup after crushing Asian Champions Kashima Antlers 4-0.

Mon, 24 Dec 2018 12:46:00 +0530
PM announces Sardar Patel

Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced annual Sardar Patel Award for National Integration at the DGPs/IGPs Conference at Kevadia. This award would be given for outstanding efforts to further national integration.

“Sardar Patel devoted his life towards unifying India. The Sardar Patel Award for National Integration would be a fitting tribute to him and will inspire more people to work towards furthering India's unity and national integration.”, the Prime Minister said.

Mon, 24 Dec 2018 12:41:06 +0530
PM releases coin in Vajpa

The Prime Minister Narendra Modi released a commemorative coin in honour of former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee. Speaking on the occasion, he said that our minds are not ready to believe that Vajpayee is no longer with us. He was a stalwart loved and respected across all sections of society, he added. 

He said that over decades, Vajpayee's voice remained the voice of the people. As a speaker, he was unparalleled. He is among the best orators our nation has produced, the Prime Minister added. 

Narendra Modi said that a long part of Vajpayee's career was spent in the opposition benches, but he always spoke about national interest. The Prime Minister said that Shri Vajpayee wanted democracy to be supreme. He expressed confidence that Vajpayee will continue to be an inspiration for all of us. 

Mon, 24 Dec 2018 12:36:32 +0530
Indonesia tsunami 281 de

The death toll in the devastating tsunami that uprooted Indonesia  on Saturday night 9.30 rises to 281 while thousands are injured. Many buildings are destroyed in the tsunami waves that mainly targeted the Southern Sumatra and the western Java in the island nation.

The national agencies have initially come to a conclusion that the unprecedented changes under the sea and a volcanic burst are the prime reasons for the tsunami and also warned that the casualty figures might be shooting up further.

Mon, 24 Dec 2018 12:32:07 +0530
Sabarimala Two women ret

Two women who tried to enter Sabarimala have returned back to Pampa after they were blocked by many protestors who were gathered in the traditional forest route to the hill top temple. The women, aged below 50, began their journey today morning and were escorted by a police team, reached almost 1 km near to the hilltop shrine.

One of the two women, Bindu, had said they will not turn back even if they are attacked. Some people gathered outside her house in Kozhikode and shouted slogans, local news channels reported.

On Sunday, a group of 11 women aborted their attempt to go to the hilltop shrine of Lord Ayyappa after protesters clashed with the police. The women were evicted from the base camp, 5 km from the temple, by the Kerala police following a huge face-off with protesters. The police have denied the accusation, reports NDTV.

Mon, 24 Dec 2018 12:09:41 +0530
PM condoles loss of lives

The Prime Minister, Narendra Modi has condoled the loss of lives due to Tsunami after the eruption of a volcano in Indonesia.

“Saddened by the loss of lives and destruction in Indonesia caused by the Tsunami after the eruption of a volcano. Condolences to the bereaved families and wishing the injured an early recovery. India is ready to assist our maritime neighbour and friend in relief work”, the Prime Minister said.

Mon, 24 Dec 2018 11:35:56 +0530
GST Council slashes rates

The Goods and Services Tax (GST) Council  brought down prices of goods such as TV sets, cinema tickets and video games from the top 28 percent rate, which now only be levied at only 28 items like air conditioners, cement, and sin items such as pan masala, aerated drinks and tobacco products.

GST Council in the 31st meeting held at New Delhi took following decisions relating to changes in GST rates on goods and services. 

 

  1. GST rate reduction on goods which were attracting GST rate of 28% :
  1. 28% to 18%
  • Pulleys, transmission shafts and cranks, gear boxes etc., falling under HS Code 8483
  • Monitors and TVs of upto screen size of 32 inches
  • Re-treaded or used pneumatic tyres of rubber;
  • Power banks of lithium ion batteries. Lithium ion batteries are already at 18%. This will bring parity in GST rate of power bank and lithium ion battery.
  • Digital cameras and video camera recorders
  • Video game consoles and other games and sports requisites falling under HS code 9504.
  •  
  1. 28% to 5%
  • Parts  and accessories for the carriages for disabled persons
  1. GST rate reduction on other goods,-
  1. 18% to 12%
  • Cork roughly squared or debagged
  • Articles of natural cork
  • Agglomerated cork
  1. 18% to 5%
  • Marble rubble
  1. 12% to 5%
  • Natural cork
  • Walking Stick
  • Fly ash Blocks
  1.  12% to Nil:
  • Music Books
  1. 5% to Nil
  • Vegetables, (uncooked or cooked by steaming or boiling in water), frozen, branded and put in a unit container
  • Vegetable provisionally preserved (for example by sulphur dioxide gas, in brine, in sulphur water or in other preservative solutions), but unsuitable in that state for immediate consumption.
  • III. GST on solar power generating plant and other renewable energy plants
  • GST rate of  5% rate has been prescribed on renewable energy devices & parts for their manufacture (bio gas plant/solar power based devices, solar power generating system (SGPS) etc) [falling under chapter 84, 85 or 94 of the Tariff]. Other goods or services used in these plants attract applicable GST.
  • Certain disputes have arisen regarding GST rates where specified goods attracting 5% GST are supplied along with services of construction etc and other goods for solar power plant.
  • To resolve the dispute the Council has recommended that in all such cases, the 70% of the gross value shall be deemed as the value of supply of said goods attracting 5% rate and the remaining portion (30%) of the aggregate value of such EPC contract shall be deemed as the value of supply of taxable service attracting standard GST rate.

 

Reduction in GST rates/exemptions on services:

 

  • GST rate on cinema tickets above Rs. 100 shall be reduced from 28% to 18% and on cinema tickets upto Rs. 100 from 18% to 12%.
  • GST rate on third party insurance premium of goods carrying vehicles shall be reduced from 18% to 12%
  • Services supplied by banks to Basic Saving Bank Deposit (BSBD) account holders under Pradhan Mantri Jan Dhan Yojana (PMJDY) shall be exempted.
  • Air travel of pilgrims by non-scheduled/charter operations, for religious pilgrimage facilitated by the Government of India under bilateral arrangements shall attract the same rate of GST as applicable to similar flights in Economy class (i.e. 5% with ITC of input services).
Sat, 22 Dec 2018 17:42:59 +0530
Dream of clean Ganga is n

Union Minister for Water Resources, River Development and Ganga Rejuvenation Nitin Gadkari presided over the ceremony of signing of concession agreement for sewage treatment infrastructure in Kanpur under One-City-One-Operator concept and Hybrid Annuity Mode between National Mission for Clean Ganga (NMCG), UP Jal Nigam and the private concessionaire - consortium of M/S Shapoorji Pallonji and Company limited & SSG Infratech Limited.

Addressing the gathering, Gadkari said that the dream of clean Ganga is now within reach as positive changes are visible on the ground as a result of the steps taken towards cleaning the river.

Gadkari said that a total of 73 projects have been sanctioned in Uttar Pradesh under Namami Gange at an estimated cost of Rs. 9,934 crores,,. Out of which, 13 projects are complete and others are at various stages of implementation.

Congratulating the Ministry and NMCG for their work, Gadkari said that the Hybrid Annuity Mode (HAM) is a success story in this sector. Six projects (Haridwar, Varanasi, Mathura and Kanpur, Allahabad and Farrukhabad) have been awarded under this model and many other projects are at various stages of execution. He added that robust monitoring is being done for the projects.

Gadkari further said that the One-City-One-Operator concept where a single operator is made responsible for the entire sewage infrastructure of a city including the O&M,  will ensure single point accountability, desired performance, and long term sustenance. The Minister also emphasized emphasized on the importance of reuse of treated water and said that in Mathura, Indian Oil is buying the treated water from the STP as per a recently signed agreement. NMCG is trying to work this out for  other projects also.

Talking about ensuring the Aviralta of River Ganga, the Minister said a notification has already been issued in October this year in this regard, and he was confident that a minimum flow will be maintained in the river in the coming lean season. 

Sat, 22 Dec 2018 10:37:24 +0530
VP calls upon pharmaceuti

The Vice President M. Venkaiah Naidu has called up on the pharmaceutical industry to work towards making India an International Capital of Generic Medicines. 

Addressing the 70th Indian Pharmaceutical Congress at Amity University, Noida, Naidu said that India becoming the largest provider of generic drugs globally with the Indian generics accounting for 20 % of global exports in terms of volume was an eloquent testimony to the competence of the Indian pharma sector in terms of quality and pricing.

The Vice President said that apart from being the world leader in generic medicines, India should promote Indian systems of Medicine. He asked young researchers to work towards standardizing and benchmarking Indian systems of medicine and establish the efficiency, validity and efficacy of these traditional medicines, using globally established experimental protocols.

The Vice President asked Pharma companies to go above and beyond their CSR mandates to provide life saving and other essential drugs to those who cannot afford them. He said that it was essential for a country like India to provide healthcare and medicines at affordable prices. In developing countries, India is rendering yeoman service by providing access to life saving medicines at affordable prices, he added.

Saying that  pharmaceuticals was a priority area for Government, Naidu stressed the need to further harness the potential of the sector by use of technology, innovation and research. 

Healthcare and its allied industries being the fifth-largest employer among all sectors, the Vice President asked the industry to invest in skilling. Given the significance of highly educated and specialized scientists in the sector, skill development is crucial, he said. He asked for a constant coordination between government and Industry to remove disconnect between demand and supply of skilled manpower in pharmacy sector.

Naidu said that National Skill Development Corporation which has identified more than 60 job roles for the pharmacy graduates and post graduates for consideration under the Pradhan Mantri Kaushal Vikas Yojna would aid the building of vocational and technical training framework, hasten skill up-gradation and encourage innovative thinking.

Earlier, Naidu interacted with CEOs of all major Pharmaceutical companies ahead of the inaugural event of the conference which was attended by more than 5000 participants from across India.

Sat, 22 Dec 2018 10:18:40 +0530
Chinese Foreign Minister

Mr Wang Yi, the Foreign Minister of the People’s Republic of China, called on the President Ram Nath Kovind, at Rashtrapati Bhavan.

Welcoming Mr Yi to India, the President said that India-China relations are an important part of India’s foreign policy. As two major countries, expansion of cooperation bilaterally as well as regionally and internationally is in our mutual interest. India looks forward to its continued engagement with China for further strengthening of bilateral relations based on mutual trust and understanding, and with due consideration to each other’s concerns, aspirations and sensitivities.

Sat, 22 Dec 2018 10:04:38 +0530
Stock markets fall across

Domestic stock markets fell nearly 2 per cent on Friday tracking weakness across Asian markets, as investors remained jittery amid uncertain global cues, reports NDTV.

Bombay Stock Exchange (BSE) benchmark index Sensex closed at 35,742.07, down 689.60 points or 1.89 per cent from the previous close, and the Nifty50 index of the National Stock Exchange (NSE) plunged 197.70 points or 1.81 per cent to settle at 10,754.00. A heavy selloff was witnessed after investors booked profits in IT, auto and financial stocks amid weak signals from global markets, NDTV reported.

Fri, 21 Dec 2018 18:48:20 +0530
UAE named as Partner Cou

The UAE has been named "Partner Country" of the International Investment Forum, scheduled to be held in Dharamshala, in Himachal Pradesh, on 10th and 11th June, 2019.

Dr. Ahmed Abdul Rahman Al Banna, UAE Ambassador to India, received the official invitation when he met with Manoj Kumar, Commissioner of Industries in the Government of Himachal Pradesh.

The meeting discussed ways to enhance cooperation between the UAE and Himachal Pradesh State, especially in the hospitality, food processing, tourism and property sectors.

Thu, 20 Dec 2018 13:44:58 +0530
UAE Central Bank to raise

The Central Bank of the UAE (CBUAE) has announced that, effective,Thursday 20th December, it will raise interest rates applied to the issuance of its Certificates of Deposits in line with the increase in interest rates on US Dollar, following the Federal Reserve Board’s decision to increase the Federal Funds Rate by 25 basis points at its meeting of today.

The Repo Rate applicable to borrowing short-term liquidity from CBUAE against Certificates of Deposits has also been increased by 25 basis points.

Certificates of Deposit, which CBUAE issues to banks operating in the country, are the monetary policy instrument through which changes in interest rates are transmitted to the UAE banking system.

Thu, 20 Dec 2018 13:23:03 +0530
Federal Reserve raises in

The Federal Reserve has raised interest rates again, in spite of warnings from Donald Trump against the move. Officials at the US central bank voted to lift the Fed's key interest rate by 0.25%, to a target range of 2.25%-2.5%, reports BBC.

But they also said future increases could come at a slower pace amid concerns about global growth.It comes after the US president on Tuesday warned the Fed against making "yet another mistake" in raising rates, urging it instead to "feel the market".

He also urged the bank not to wind down a multi-billion dollar stimulus programme brought in after the financial crisis, BBC reported.

Mr Trump - who appointed the Fed's chairman, Jerome Powell - has repeatedly blamed the central bank for unsettled markets and dismissed analysts who cite other factors, such as rising trade tariffs.

But his remarks have put pressure on the Fed, as presidents generally avoid criticising the bank publicly, for fear of politicising the institution.

Thu, 20 Dec 2018 13:16:45 +0530
ISRO works on developing

Union Minister of state Dr. Jitendra Singh in a written reply to question in the Lok Sabha said that the ISRO is working on reusable technology for reducing the cost of access to space including the development of a winged body unmanned reusable launch vehicle for launching payloads into low earth orbits.

ISRO has successfully developed a scaled down (1:5) technology demonstration version of Reusable Launch Vehicle – Technology Demonstrator (RLV-TD) vehicle and successfully carried out the first experimental mission on May 23, 2016 from Satish Dhawan Space Centre, Sriharikota. In this mission, critical technologies such as autonomous navigation, guidance & control and reusable thermal protection system have been successfully demonstrated.

Development of Reusable Launch Vehicles is a technical challenge and it involves the development of many cutting edge technologies. A series of technology demonstration missions would be required to validate these technologies. In the next phase, an autonomous runway landing experiment is planned releasing the RLV-TD vehicle from a helicopter to demonstrate the runway approach and landing capability. This will be followed by an end-to-end orbital re-entry mission demonstration using a Technology Demonstration Vehicle boosted by propulsion systems.

ISRO has undertaken the development & qualification of Semi-Cryogenic engine. Further development activities are planned to realise a Semi-cryogenic stage and uprated version of the high thrust GSLV Mk III cryogenic stage, in order to increase the payload capacity of GSLV Mk III from  4 tonnes to 6.5 tonnes.

Thu, 20 Dec 2018 13:08:34 +0530
Railway provides Wi Fi at

Wi-Fi services have been provided at 715 no. of railway stations and more services are proposed to be provided on 5734 railway stations. RailTel Corporation of India Limited (RCIL), a Public Sector Undertaking under Ministry of Railways has entered into an agreement with M/s. Mahataa Information India Private Limited (M/s. MIIPL), an Indian subsidiary of Google Inc. for providing free Wi-Fi at 438 A1 and A category stations. The complete cost has been shared by RCIL and MIIPL. RCIL has also entered into Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Universal Services Obligation Fund (USOF) / Department of Telecommunications (DoT), Ministry of Communications for providing Wi-Fi services at 200 rural railway stations.

Free mobile Wi-Fi services at 715 railway stations have been used by 1.3 million unique users till the month of October 2018.

The cost of providing Wi-Fi at 438 stations where RCIL has entered into agreement with M/s. MIIPL is shared by RCIL & M/s. MIIPL and no fund has been provided by Government. However, the cost of providing Wi-Fi at 200 rural stations where RCIL has entered into an agreement with Ministry of Communications, the funds of ₹ 27.77 Crore have been provided by Ministry of Communications under USOF.

Thu, 20 Dec 2018 12:36:40 +0530
J K s newly elected Sarpa

48 newly elected Sarpanches of Panchayats from Jammu and Kashmir called on Prime Minister Narendra Modi in New Delhi. The delegation was led by Shafiq Mir, President of the All Jammu &Kashmir Panchayat Conference.

The delegation conveyed its appreciation to the Prime Minister for empowering the institutions of local self-governance through the successful and peaceful conduct of Panchayat elections in Jammu and Kashmir.

The Prime Minister conveyed his best wishes to the newly elected representatives. He exhorted them to strive for the welfare and upliftment of people.He assured the delegation that he and his Government are committed to the empowerment of the people, and will stand shoulder to shoulder with the local government representatives for the welfare of the State, to fulfil the aspirations of the masses. He urged the members of the delegation to prioritize people’s interests, as the people have reposed enormous faith and hope on them.

The Prime Minister congratulated the local representatives for the courage displayed by them in the face of heavy odds; and for successfully participating in the democratic process, despite threats and intimidation. He assured them of the Government of India’s full support for making the Panchayati Raj model a success, and responsive to the people’s basic necessities and grievances. Empowerment of grassroots institutions is a significant step in taking Jammu and Kashmir away from the path of violence and secure the rights and development of the local populace.  

He also appreciated the participation of women in the recent Panchayat elections.

Thu, 20 Dec 2018 11:52:24 +0530
ISRO successfully launche

Indian Space Research Organisation’s (ISRO) Geosynchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle (GSLV-F11) successfully launched the communication satellite GSAT-7A from the Satish Dhawan Space Centre (SDSC) in Sriharikota.

The GSLV-F11 lifted off from the Second Launch Pad at SDSC at 04:10 pm IST yesterday, carrying 2250 kg GSAT-7A and about 19 minutes later, injected GSAT-7A into a Geosynchronous Transfer Orbit (GTO) of 170.8 km x 39127 km which is very close to the intended orbit.

An ISRO team lead by Chairman Dr K Sivan, Vikram Sarabhai Space Centre (VSSC) S Somanath, U R Rao Satellite Centre (URSC) Director P Kunhikrishnan, Space Applications Centre (SAC) Director D K Das, SDSC Director S Pandian, Liquid Propulsion Systems Centre (LPSC) Dr V Narayanan and ISRO Propulsion Complex (IPRC) Director T Mookiah witnessed the launch.

Mission Director Mohan M and Satellite Director Killedar Pankaj Damodar oversaw the launch proceedings.

Soon after the separation of the satellite, ISRO's Master Control Facility (MCF) at Hassan in Karnataka took over the command and control of GSAT-7A.The satellite’s health parameters are normal.

In the next few days, scientists at MCF will perform various orbit-raising manoeuvres, using GSAT-7A’s onboard propulsion system, to place the satellite in its final geostationary orbit.

In his post-launch address, Dr Sivan said the team has achieved another spectacular milestone by launching GSAT-7A.

“In the last 35 days, ISRO has successfully launched three missions from SDSC starting with GSLV MkIII-D2 on November14, PSLV-C43 on November 29 and finally GSLV-F11 today. GSLV has successfully injected GSAT-7A into a super synchronous transfer orbit,” Dr Sivan said.

He said GSAT-7A is the heaviest satellite being launched by GSLV with an indigenously developed cryogenic stage.

“The cryogenic stage of this vehicle has been modified to increase the thrust rate. GSAT-7A is an advanced communication satellite with a Gregorian Antenna and many other new technologies. The testing and realisation of this satellite has been carried out meticulously by ISRO team. We have signed off year 2018 on a high and positive note,” Dr Sivan added.

GSLV is ISRO’s fourth generation launch vehicle with three stages. The four liquid strap-ons and a solid rocket motor at the core form the first stage. The second stage is equipped with a high thrust engine using liquid fuel. The cryogenic upper stage forms the third and final stage of the vehicle. GSLV-F11 was the seventh flight carrying indigenously developed cryogenic upper stage.

GSAT-7A is the 39th Indian communication satellite of ISRO to provide services to the users in Ku-band over the Indian region. Most of the functional requirements of the communication payloads and the other systems have been derived from ISRO’s earlier geostationary INSAT/GSAT satellites.

Thu, 20 Dec 2018 11:47:15 +0530
ICC rejects PCB s compens

Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) faces setback after setback as the International Cricket Council's (ICC) Dispute Resolution Pane ordered Pakistan to pay 60 percent of  the cost demanded by the BCCI after the ICC had rejected the PCB's compensation claims that blamed India for the lack of bilateral series between the two nations.

The ICC 's new order that asks Pakistan Board to pay 60 percent of the BCCI's cost for court procedures comes nearly a month after rejecting the PCB's compensation claims despite not knowing the actual amount the BCCI had demanded. The remaining 40 percent will be borned by the BCCI.

The Panel decided to order the PCB to pay 60 percent instead of 100 percent after feeling that it will be an injustice to the Pakistan Board asking them for full payment. The ICC had rejected the PCB's plea for compensation on November 20 for India's unwillingness to play bilateral series with Pakistan.

The PCB complained that India had promised to play seven series inclusive of Tests, T20s and ODIs from 2015 to 2023 but later broke the agreement.

Thu, 20 Dec 2018 11:38:11 +0530
Rajasthan govt waives fa

Following the footsteps of Rajasthan and Chattisgarh, the Congress government in Rajasthan has written off the agricultural loans in the state. It takes only a few days for the newly appointed Ashoke Gehlot government to write-off all the loans of the farmers. The farmers will get a breather in loans upto Rs. 2 lakh while this move makes a financial burden of Rs. 18,000 on government's purse.

The Madhya Pradesh and the Chattisgarh governments had earlier announced their decision to take care of the farmers' burden. 

Meanwhile the Congress President Rahul Gandhi had said on yesterday that he will not let PM sleep until he waives farm loans. To assure this, the Congress will work with the opposition parties and Rahul further said if Modi fails to do this the Congress will waive farm loans when they come to power in 2019.

Thu, 20 Dec 2018 10:59:58 +0530
Congress abuses our democ

The Prime Minister Narendra Modi has said that the Congress party has been abusing all the democratic institutions in the country while mentioning the Congress' comments against the army in the surgical strike and the allegations against the Election Commission in relation to the voting machines. The PM made a new bunch of attacks against the main opposition as the ruling party suffers from the Rafale allegations.

The PM attacked the Congress and made fresh allegations while speaking to the booth level workers in Tamil Nadu's Vellur, Kancheepuram, Villupuram and Chennai.

"They even questioned the Supreme Court ruling as they don't like the judgement. They tried to impeach the Chief Justice of India as they were not able to threaten the court according to their requirements", the PM said.

"The Congress is changing their stand on the issue of voting machines according to their wish. They create some issues before every election and post some doubts on the machines. But they agree results if it favours them. We can overcome these type of gimmick only through strengthening our democracy.

Thu, 20 Dec 2018 10:32:30 +0530
India always protects its

The Vice President M. Venkaiah Naidu has said that India has always ensured a fair and impartial approach to its minorities and inclusion and non- discrimination have been our country’s non negotiable articles of faith. He was addressing students from the Stanford Graduate School of Business, who called on him.

Rejecting the false claims being made by certain quarters, the Vice President said that India has always been completely committed to protecting the rights of its minorities. 

Naidu spoke of the stalwarts belonging to minority communities like Dr. Zakir Hussain,  Fakhruddin Ali Ahmed and Dr. A.P.J. Abdul Kalam, the former Presidents of India, who have occupied a number of high constitutional, administrative, judicial and armed forces positions. He said that the minorities have been equal partners in India’s quest for growth and development.

The Vice President said that spoke of the fascinating growth story being written by India. Highlighting the various reforms undertaken by the government to strengthen the economy,  Naidu asserted that India’s economy is robust and resilient. India’s economy is at its radiant best. The world is looking at India as a favoured investment destination, he added.

Naidu spoke of the significant milestones India has achieved in social justice and inclusion and said that India has implemented strong social security measures and comprehensive insurance schemes and that all its citizens are being brought under the banking net.

Wed, 19 Dec 2018 16:59:44 +0530
Rs 10 lakh each for vict

Union Minister of State for Labour and Employment Santosh Kumar Gangwar announced compensation of Rs. 10 lakh each to the families of those who lost their lives in the fire accident at ESIC hospital in Mumbai. Rs. 2 lakh each was announced for those who have serious injuries and Rs. 1 lakh each for those with minor injuries.

The cause of fire is being ascertained. As per preliminary report, the building material lying at the ground floor of hospital for renovation work caught fire which led to generation of smoke. Eight persons are reported to have died due to suffocation in this tragic accident. Around 158 persons were injured in the fire accident out of which 57 are now discharged from the hospital. The admitted patients and their attendants were rescued and shifted to nearby hospitals with the help of firefighters, doctors & staff of hospital. Deputy Medical Superintendent, Dr. Reshma Verma was also taken to nearby hospital as she fainted due to suffocation while rescuing the admitted patients. The detailed report is awaited.

Labour Minister held a meeting with officials of Labour Ministry and ESIC at Delhi and directed to extend all possible help to the kins of deceased and injured persons. A team of doctors from ESIC Delhi has also been rushed to Mumbai for this purpose.

Gangwar alongwith Secretary, Ministry of Labour & Employment and Director General, ESIC are visiting the hospital today evening to oversee the relief work and to meet the injured persons and kins of deceased.

Wed, 19 Dec 2018 16:52:35 +0530
PM Modi unveils various d

The Prime Minister Narendra Modi unveiled important projects related to housing and urban transportation during his visit to Maharashtra.

At a public meeting in Kalyan, the Prime Minister laid the Foundation Stone of two important metro corridors. These are the Thane-Bhiwandi-Kalyan Metro; and the Dahisar-Mira-Bhayander Metro. The two corridors, once completed, will greatly facilitate public transport in the area.

Also in Kalyan, he launched the 90,000 units' EWS and LIG Housing scheme under the Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana. The total worth of projects for which the Foundation Stone was laid in Kalyan today is about Rs. 33,000 crore.

In Pune, the Prime Minister laid the Foundation Stone of Pune Metro Phase-3.

Addressing the gathering in Kalyan, the Prime Minister highlighted how the pace of infrastructure and public transport development had been accelerated by the Union Government. He reiterated the Union Government's vision of "Housing For All" by 2022.

Addressing the gathering in Pune, he said the government is placing great emphasis on connectivity infrastructure. He said the focus is on providing next generation infrastructure, and integration of the transport sector. He said that through Startup India, and Atal Innovation Mission, India is emerging as a centre for technology. 

Wed, 19 Dec 2018 16:31:27 +0530
Modi releases Timeless L

The Prime Minister Narendra Modi released the coffee table book "Timeless Laxman", based on the famous cartoonist RK Laxman. 

Speaking on the occasion, he said he is happy to be a part of this timeless journey. He expressed happiness that an insight into the vast treasure of Laxman's work is now available in this way. 

He remarked that studying Laxman's work through the decades is a nice way to understand sociology, and the socio-economic milieu of the times. 

This effort is not just for Laxman, or his memory, the Prime Minister said, adding  that a small part of Laxman, lives within crores of people. 

The Prime Minister said that Laxman's common man was timeless and pan-Indian. All Indians, and all generations of people could identify with him, he added. 

The Prime Minister mentioned how the process of Padma awards has been changed to bring into focus the common man.

Wed, 19 Dec 2018 16:23:33 +0530
Govt should be praised

Yogi Adityanath, the chief minister of Uttar Pradesh, believes that his government should be praised and thanked for whatever steps it has taken in the Bulandshahr case, in which a police officer was killed in mob frenzy over cow slaughter allegations on December 3. He also calls the incident a "political conspiracy" against his government, which, he says, has been "exposed", reports NDTV.

"Those who are giving unnecessary statements are doing it to hide their failures, instead they should applaud the government and should thank the government," Yogi Adityanath told reporters in Lucknow today.

The chief minister was responding to criticism of his administration's response to the killing - three persons were arrested on Tuesday, all for cow slaughter. Two more were arrested for the mob violence but the main accused in inspector Subodh Kumar Singh's killing is still missing. The inspector's wife and son have questioned why, alleging that the killers are being spared because of political connections, NDTV reported.

Wed, 19 Dec 2018 16:10:15 +0530
PM stresses the importanc

The Prime Minister Narendra Modi, addressed the Republic TV Summit in Mumbai. He condoled the loss of lives in the Hospital fire incident in Mumbai. 

He emphasized the importance of positive news for a vibrant and prosperous nation. He said that India needs to scale great heights in multiple spheres such as science, innovation, and sports etc. In the same vein, he mentioned media as well.  

The Prime Minister said that the words "Surging India" represent the spirit of 130 crore Indians. 

He said that a few years ago, it was difficult to imagine India surging towards becoming a five trillion dollar economy, and rising up the ranks in the ease of doing business. He gave examples to illustrate how, today, those involved in criminal activities are being apprehended and brought to justice. He gave examples from sanitation to tax base, to show the transformation over four years. He said the Union Government is moving forward through Policy Driven Governance and Predictable Transparent Policies. He referred to the rapid pace of infrastructure development. He referred to the monthly PRAGATI meetings which he chairs to review progress of projects. He said projects worth 12 lakh crore rupees have been speeded up in this way. 

The Prime Minister emphasized that laws and Acts have to be followed up by action. In this context, he mentioned the Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code. 

He said that national interest now guides India's foreign policy. And India's voice is being heard in international fora. 

Narendra Modi indicated that the 28% slab of GST would soon, only be restricted to a few select items, such as luxury goods. The Prime Minister said that the effort will be to ensure that 99% of all items, including almost all items used by the common man, would be kept at a GST slab of 18% or less.

Wed, 19 Dec 2018 15:43:41 +0530
Suresh Prabhu met UAE Amb

Union Minister of Trade Suresh Prabhu met with Dr. Ahmed Abdul Rahman Al Banna, UAE Ambassador to India, and Mohamed Ali Alabbar, Chairman of Emaar Properties. During the meeting, both sides discussed the current commercial activities of Emaar in India and its future plans.

Dr. Al Banna thanked Prabhu and appreciated India’s efforts to facilitate foreign investments while praising India’s achievement by rising 23 places in the "International Businesses Practices Rankings." Al Abbar explained Emaar’s commercial activities in India and noted that Emaar is one of the biggest Emirati investors in the country, and is still committed to increasing its investments in the Indian market.

Regarding the company’s future investment plans, he stressed that Emaar is keen to diversify its activities, including by investing in logistical services, food storage centres, real estate development and traditional properties. He also affirmed that food security is one of the key priority sectors in the UAE while expressing Emaar’s desire to create relevant partnerships with the private sector.

Al Abbar praised India’s efforts to solve issues related to investments and Emirati companies in India while pointing out that a high-level investment task force accomplishment significant achievements in solving some of these issues. The formation of the "Fast Path Committee," under the supervision of Dr. Al Banna and Ramesh Abhishek, Deputy Director of Policy and Industrial Development of India, will provide significant support to solve these issues, according to a specific timeframe, he said in conclusion.

Tue, 18 Dec 2018 13:01:09 +0530
India s Wonder Woman

K.A.Viswanathan

 

India’s first and only Commando trainer and “India’s Wonder Woman” visited the SIES College of Arts, Science and Commerce, Sion , Mumbai  to give away prizes to NCC and NSS students for their achievements.

 

Dr. Seema along with her husband Major Deepak Rao, has trained more than 15,000 commandos from every elite Indian force including NSG Black Cats, Air force GARUD, ITBP, BSF, Navy MARCOS marine commandos besides training 15 state and city police force for nearly two decades with out receiving any compensation.

 

She is a pioneer in “close quarter battle” and the “art of fighting in tight proximity”. Rao is a 7th degree Black belt in military martial arts and one of a handful of instructors in the world authorised to teach Bruce Lee’s art of Jeet Kune Do. She is a Ph.d in Martial science, from USA universities and MD in Medicine, MBA in crisis  Management from UK. Dr. Seema rao is also a reflex shooting expert and instructor. She has been instrumental in training various chapters from the forces and the state police under the directive of the home ministry.

Tue, 18 Dec 2018 12:49:12 +0530
Vice President Naidu host

The Vice President Venkaiah Naidu has said that India and Zambia historically share warm and friendly relations based on common values such as commitment to democracy, liberty, equality and rule of law. He was interacting with the Parliamentary Delegation from Zambia led by Dr. Patrick Matibini, Speaker, National Assembly of Zambia who called on him.

The Vice President said that both India and Zambia are working together for the mutual benefit and prosperity of their people.

Naidu said that India was one of the first countries to recognize Zambia after its independence in 1964. Our warm and friendly bilateral relations have evolved and strengthened over the years and the visit of President of India to Zambia this year has given a fresh impetus to these ties, he added.

The Vice President expressed his appreciation for Zambia’s unwavering commitment to democracy since its independence and the peaceful transfer of power in Zambia after every election. He also lauded Zambia for maintaining friendly and cordial relationships with all the 8 nations that surround it.

Naidu welcomed Zambia as a member of the International Solar Alliance and expressed hope for an early ratification of the Framework Agreement by Zambia. He also assured that India would do its best to promote renewable energy including solar technologies to enhance incomes and to safeguard global environment.

The Vice President expressed pleasure that India-Zambia bilateral cooperation extended to a variety of sectors, such as health, education, capacity building, energy and infrastructure. India is willing to extend cooperation in mutually identified areas, he added.

Naidu also welcomed frequent exchanges between the two parliaments and said that such interactions would be beneficial in sharing experience & learning from each other’s best practices. He said that the Indian Parliament would be happy to associate with the Zambian Parliament in any specific area, including training of its officials in the institutional or technical human resource development.

Naidu thanked Zambia wholeheartedly for its continued support to India’s candidature to various international forums and UN agencies. He conveyed his best wishes for the peace, progress and prosperity of Zambia and well-being and good health of the friendly people of Zambia.

Tue, 18 Dec 2018 12:16:45 +0530
Medical tourism registers

Union Minister of State for Tourism K. J. Alphons has said in a written reply in Lok Sabha that the Foreign Tourist Arrivals (FTAs) in India on medical visa during 2016 and 2017 were estimated at 4, 27, 014 and 4, 95, 056 respectively, registering a positive growth of 15.9%.

Medical Tourism holds immense potential for India. The Indian systems of medicines, viz. Ayurveda, Yoga, Panchakarma, Rejuvenation Therapy, etc., are among the most ancient systems of medical treatment in the world. India can provide medical and health care of international standards at low costs. India excels in the state of the art medical facilities, reputed health care professionals, quality nursing facilities and traditional healthcare therapies.

The Ministry of Tourism has taken various steps to promote Medical Tourism which inter-alia includes:

 

  • Launch of campaigns in the international markets including for medical tourism under the Incredible India brand-line; conducting Road Shows, Know India Seminars;
  • Ministry produces brochures, CDs, films and other publicity material for promotion of Medical & Health Tourism. The film on Medical Tourism film was aired in the Middle East and North African Market. On social media Medical Tourism is being promoted across various platforms.
  • In order to provide dedicated institutional framework to take forward the cause of promotion of Medical Tourism, a National Medical and Wellness Tourism Board has been constituted.
  • Department of Commerce and Services Export Promotion Council have launched a Healthcare Portal www.indiahealthcaretourism.com, as a single source platform providing comprehensive information to medical travellers on the top healthcare institutions in the country in various languages.
  • The e-tourist visa regime has been expanded to include medical visits as well. Medical and Medical attendant visa has been introduced to ease the travel process of Medical Tourists. The maximum duration of stay in India under the e-Medical visa is a longer duration of six months.                                    
Tue, 18 Dec 2018 11:52:37 +0530
EPS Minimum pension of R

As regards Employees’ Pension Scheme (EPS), 1995, a minimum pension of Rs. 1,000/- per month has been prescribed with effect from 01.09.2014 for the pensioners under Employees’ Pension Scheme (EPS), 1995.

In the case of Atal Pension Yojana (APY), depending upon the pension plan selected, each subscriber under APY shall receive a guaranteed minimum pension of Rs. 1000 per month or Rs. 2000 per month or Rs. 3000 per month or Rs. 4000 per month or Rs. 5000 per month, after the age of 60 years until his/her death. If the actual returns during the accumulation phase are higher than the assumed returns for minimum guaranteed pension, such excess will be passed on to the subscriber. As such, the minimum pension depending upon the pension plan selected by the subscriber is fixed under the APY. Under National Pension System (NPS), there is no ceiling fixed for minimum pension.

Further, a High-Empowered Monitoring Committee has been constituted for complete evaluation and review of the EPS, 1995.

There is no provision for Dearness Allowance in EPS, 1995, as it is a self-funded scheme with fixed contributions. Further, Dearness Allowance is not applicable under NPS and APY as the pension under both depends upon the accumulated corpus at the time of exit which is market linked.

This information was given by Santosh Kumar Gangwar, Union Minister of State for Labour and Employment in written reply to a question in Lok Sabha.

Tue, 18 Dec 2018 11:41:49 +0530
Centre to boost education

The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs, chaired by the Prime Minister Narendra Modi has given its in-principle approval for setting up of Eklavya Model Residential Schools (EMRSs) in every block with more than 50% ST population and at least 20,000 tribal persons.To begin with, the CCEA has approved a financial cost of Rs. 2242.03 crore during 2018-19 and 2019-20 for rolling out the revamped scheme.

The CCEA has further approved the following:

  • There will be an Autonomous Society under the Ministry of Tribal Affairs similar to NavodayaVidyalayaSamiti to run the EMRSs.
  • Upgradation of already sanctioned EMRSs on need basis with unit cost subject to a maximum of Rs. 5 crore per school.
  • Setting up sports facilities in 163 tribal dominated districts at a unit cost of Rs. 5 crore each to be constructed by the year 2022. Financial provisions for 15 sports facilities during 2018-19 and 2019-20 has been agreed to.
  • Enhancing the grants for maintenance which are admissible every five years from Rs 10 lakh to Rs.20 Lakh.
Tue, 18 Dec 2018 11:34:36 +0530
Modi to arrive in Mumbai

The Prime Minister Narendra Modi, will visit Maharashtra today. He will address the ‘Republic’ Summit, organized by Republic TV, in Mumbai. At a function in Raj Bhavan, the Prime Minister will release a book, titled “Timeless Laxman”, based on the famous cartoonist, RK Laxman.

Important projects related to housing and urban transportation will be unveiled during the Prime Minister’s visit to the State.

At a public meeting in Kalyan, the Prime Minister will lay the Foundation Stone of two important metro corridors. These are the Thane-Bhiwandi-Kalyan Metro; and the Dahisar-Mira-Bhayander Metro. The two corridors, once completed, will greatly facilitate public transport in the area.

He will launch the 90,000 units' EWS and LIG Housing scheme under the Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana. Shri Narendra Modi will also address the gathering.

The Prime Minister will then proceed to Pune. He will lay the Foundation Stone of Pune Metro Phase-3. He will also address the gathering.

Tue, 18 Dec 2018 11:28:09 +0530
President Kovind receives

The President Ram Nath Kovind, received Mr Ibrahim Mohamed Solih, the President of the Republic of Maldives, at Rashtrapati Bhavan. He also hosted a banquet in his honour. 

Welcoming the Maldives President to India, the President said that we are honoured that he has chosen to visit India on his first State Visit and that too, within a month of assuming office. This speaks for our close ties and special friendship. The President said that India attaches the highest importance to its relationship with Maldives. Maldives can always count on India as a steadfast partner in its progress as a nation.  

The President said that along with strengthening our bilateral relations, we must also enhance our partnership on global issues. Climate Change needs urgent attention and action. We are deeply concerned of its impact, and especially so on Maldives and other Small Island States that are most vulnerable to it. India has taken the lead to fight Climate Change through the International Solar Alliance. The President invited Maldives to become a member of the Alliance and strengthen its efforts. 

Subsequently, in his banquet speech, President Kovind said that India wishes to see a democratic, stable, prosperous and peaceful Maldives. As the Maldives Government embarks on its journey to fulfill the mandate given by the people of the country, India assures all possible support as a true friend.

Tue, 18 Dec 2018 11:20:41 +0530
Three chief ministers in

The Congress party has celebrated the swearing-in ceremony of their three chief ministers, that too in a single day, in a grand way which in turn happened to be a show of power of the opposition unity. It has been a long time that the party witnesses the oath taking ceremony of three chief ministers simultaneously.

Senior leader and PCC President Kamalnath took charge in Madhya Pradesh when the party wrests power from the BJP after 15 years. Many opposition leaders attended the function that held at the Jambori  Maidan. The new CM signed in the file that writes off the agricultural loan as a first step of its completing their poll promises. The Congress president Rahul Gandhi had made a promise during his campaign in the state that the party will write off all loans of the farmers once they come to the power.

Bhupesh Baghel took oath as the chief minister in Chattisgarh. Baghel is currently the PCC president of the state and has a strong OBC community background. He was part of the Digvijaya Singh government in Madhya Pradesh and was a member of the Ajit Jogi government after the state partition.

Congress leader Ashok Gehlot has sworn-in as the chief minister of the Rajasthan while PCC president Sachin Pilot took oath as the Deputy chief minister as well. The oath ceremony took place at the historic Albert Hall, in front of several leaders and party workers.

The Samajwadi Party leader Akhilesh Yadav and the BSP leader Mayawati didn't attend the function as they had already informed about their absence. 

The Congress President Rahul Gandhi, former PM Manmohan Singh have attended the function along with the BJP leader and former CM Vasundhara Raje Scindia.

Tue, 18 Dec 2018 11:12:08 +0530
Eight killed more than 1

Eight people have died and more than 100 injured after a major fire broke out at an ESIC hospital in Andheri, around 4 pm yesterday. Primary investigations reveal that short circuit is the main reason for the disaster.

The fire broke out at the government-run ESIC Kamgar hospital located at Marol in Suburban Andheri. Eight fire engines have rushed on to the hospital to initiate necessary rescue operations. The blaze happened at the top of the five-floor building where many patients, including infants were present at that point of time.

The rescue operations got fastened with 15 more special fire engines with water arrived after the fire had spread to the further areas of the hospital. Many patients and hospital staffs were rescued by using ladders and they were sent to Cooper, Seven Hills, Holly Spirit and Trauma hospitals in Mumbai.

Tue, 18 Dec 2018 10:21:25 +0530
Gehlot Sachin take oath

Congress leader Ashok Gehlot has sworn-in as the chief minister of the Rajasthan while PCC president Sachin Pilot took oath as the Deputy chief minister as well. The oath ceremony took place at the historic Albert Hall, in front of several leaders and party workers.

The Samajwadi Party leader Akhilesh Yadav and the BSP leader Mayawati didn't attend the function as they had already informed about their absence.  

The Congress President Rahul Gandhi, former PM Manmohan Singh have attended the function along with the BJP leader and former CM Vasundhara Raje Scindia

Mon, 17 Dec 2018 14:16:25 +0530
Sajjan Kumar gets life te

Congress leader Sajjan Kumar gets life term in the 1984 anti-Sikh riot case after the High Court has quashed the earlier Court order acquitting him of the charges. The court also ruled that Sajjan Kumar must surrender before December 31.

The senior politician was found guilty in the killing of five Sikhs in Kant area of Delhi's Raj Nagar. The court specially praised the bravery of Jagdeesh Kaur, the main complainant and witness, who had lost her husband, son and three brothers in the riot in Rajnagar.

The case was filed against Sajjan Kumar and others in October 2005 on the basis of the G.T. Nanavati Commission report that enquired the anti-Sikh riot. Sajjan was a Lok Sabha member in 1984, where all the action took place.

95 Sikhs were killed and hundreds of houses were burnt in the riot that occured in the Eastern Delhi's Trilokpuri, soon after the death of former Prime minister Indira Gandhi.

Mon, 17 Dec 2018 13:47:27 +0530
Pandit Ustad Zakir Hussa

K.A.Viswanathan

 

Tabla maestro Pandit Ustad Zakir  Hussain was conferred the Shanmukhananda National Eminence Award for his Life time achievement  by the Shanmukhananda Sabha, Mumbai for his contribution to Hindustani Music.The award carries a cash prize of Rs. 2.5 lakh, a huge brass lamp and a Shawl. Along with him Amaan Ali Bangash and Ayaan Ali Bangash for Sarod, T.S.Pattabhirama Pandit  for Carnatic Music and Shri Pavithra Bhat for Bharata Natyam were given Shanmukha Shironmani Award . Dr. V.Shankar, Sabha president presented the awards.

 

 

In his address Zakir Hussain said when the Sabha approached him to honour him he said, "I am too small to receive this award and now I am really humbled". From the time a musician takes his instrument, and till his last day he is learning. Every day he is improving. This every musicians should keep it in their mind. "Awards will come on its own if you do well and they should not go behind the awards", Tabla maestro said.

The Sabha president Dr. V. Shankar said that so far 53 artists including today’s have been conferred the Shanmukha Shironmani awards and 19 life time achievement awards

Mon, 17 Dec 2018 11:51:06 +0530
Rajnath SIngh meets group

The Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh met a group of school children from Jammu and Kashmir under the Youth Exchange Programme “Watan ko Jano”, . The Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) has been organising programme “Watan ko Jano” to give exposure to the youth and children of J&K about the cultural and socioeconomic development taking place in other parts of the country. Youth and children hit by militancy and from weaker sections of the society have been identified for the purpose. Organized by the Department of J&K Affairs, MHA in association with J&K State Rehabilitation Council, Social Welfare Department, the group of 244 students from Classes 1 to 12, including 46 girls, representing all 22 districts of the state, and escorted by 23 teachers, are on a 10-day visit to Delhi and Lucknow.

Addressing the children, Rajnath Singh said India is a unique country where people of all major religions of the world live in harmony. There is no other such tolerant society anywhere, he noted. The Union Home Minister said all sects of Islam are present in India, something not even any Islamic nation can boast of.

Rajnath Singh said India is a rising power and in last four years our economy jumped from 9th place to 6th; next fiscal we will break into Top Five and by 2030 we hope to be among world's Top Three economies.

The Minister of State for Development of North Eastern Region (I/C), Prime Minister’s Office, Personnel, Public Grievances & Pensions, Atomic Energy and Space, Dr Jitendra Singh was also present on the occasion.

Mon, 17 Dec 2018 11:09:08 +0530
PM remembers brave soldie

The Prime Minister, Narendra Modi has remembered brave soldiers who fought in 1971, on the occasion of Vijay Diwas.

 “Today on Vijay Diwas, we remember the indomitable spirit of the brave soldiers who fought in 1971. Their unwavering courage and patriotism ensured our country is safe. Their service will always inspire every Indian”, the Prime Minister said.

Mon, 17 Dec 2018 10:48:58 +0530
PM inaugurates various de

The Prime Minister, Narendra Modi inaugurated a new Airport Complex, and an Integrated Command and Control Centre for the Kumbh Mela, at Prayagraj. 

The Prime Minister also performed Ganga Pujan, and visited the Swachh Kumbh Exhibition. He visited the Akshay Vat in Prayagraj. He also dedicated to the nation, inaugurated, or laid the Foundation Stone for various development projects at Andawa in Prayagraj.

Addressing a large gathering, he announced that pilgrims for the Ardh-Kumbh this time will also be able to visit the Akshay Vat. He said the Government is making every effort to ensure good connectivity to Prayagraj. He said the projects dedicated today, would help both infrastructure and connectivity. He said the new airport terminal had been completed in a record time of one year. 

The Prime Minister said that every effort is being made to ensure a unique experience for devotees coming for the Ardh-Kumbh.  He said the effort is to showcase India's glorious past, and vibrant future.

The Prime Minister said that the Government is also working to ensure a clean Ganga. He said the sewage treatment plants and beautification of Ghats would go a long way in this regard. 

The Prime Minister described the Kumbh as a symbol of India and Indianness. He said it unites us, and gives a glimpse of Ek Bharat, Shrestha Bharat. He said that the organisation of the Kumbh is not just a matter of faith, but also a matter of prestige, and every visitor to the Kumbh should be well taken care of. He said the Ardh-Kumbh would show how 'New India' encompasses both heritage and modernity. 

The Prime Minister said that he wishes to caution the country that certain forces are trying to put undue pressure on the judiciary. He said these elements consider themselves to be above all institutions. 

Mon, 17 Dec 2018 10:33:28 +0530
VP suggests SAFE princi

The Vice President of India, M. Venkaiah Naidu has advised to practice ‘Educate and Enforce’ to promote safe driving and avoid road accidents. He was addressing the gathering at an event to flag off the Car Rally for Parliamentarians organized by the Constitution Club of India to promote awareness on road safety.

The Vice President said that he was happy to know that CCI Rally is being organised every year to promote responsible driving and to pay tributes to all those who lost their lives in road accidents, including Ministers and MPs. My deepest condolences to the bereaved families, he added.

Naidu said that every year, road accidents claim over one lakh lives and in most cases, victims are youngsters. These tragedies are avoidable if basic precautions are taken, he asaid. Negligence, over-speeding, disobeying traffic rules, drunken driving & bad roads are the reasons for most road accidents, he added.

The Vice President said that these rallies are essential to create awareness and promote road safety. He further said that road safety campaigns should be launched in all high schools and colleges. The media should be used to highlight the importance of safe driving and celebrities should also keep speaking about road safety, he added.

Naidu suggested to adopt “SAFE” principles to prevent road accidents:

S - Speed in limit

A - Awareness spreading

F - Follow traffic rules

E - Empathise with the victims

Mon, 17 Dec 2018 10:15:50 +0530
Naidu urges all parties t

The Vice President M. Venkaiah Naidu has appealed to all political parties to arrive at a consensus and ensure the passage of Women's Reservation Bill for providing reservation to women in the Parliament and state legislatures. He pointed out that reservation of seats for women in Panchayats and Municipalities has proved to be successful.

He was addressing the gathering at the Women Entrepreneurship Platform Conclave and after presenting Women Transforming India Awards 2018, organised by the NIITIAayog, WEP and UN in India. The CEO of NITI Aayog, Amitabh Kant, the UN Resident Coordinator in India, Mr. Yuri Afanasiev, the Tennis Star, Ms. Sania Mirza and other dignitaries were present on the occasion.

The Vice President said the contribution of Indian women to GDP, currently at 17%, was well below the global average of 37%. Only 27% of women in India were gainfully employed. "These are the numbers that pose a challenge to the lawmakers and lawmakers of this country, and this is where NITI AAyog's efforts in empowering women entrepreneurs through WEP is specially commendable", he added.

Observing that a country cannot progress if half of its population was not encouraged to be equal partner in progress, he said, the good news, however was that India in the past few years has recorded a healthy growth in women entrepreneurship.

Across the country, there are more than 8 million women who have started or are running their businesses, with more than 58% of women entrepreneurs starting their ventures between the ages of 20 and 30 and the onus was on initiatives like WEP & Startup India to keep up the momentum, he added.

Naidu discrimination against women has to end, be it in terms of differential wages or skewed opportunities for career advancement. The private sector can play a major role in ending discrimination by being equal opportunity employers and it is time that the ‘glass ceiling’ is shattered, he added.

The Vice President said that it was high time that we focused on gender equality. Women have to be given a level playing field. He said  5 “E”s have to be given importance: Education of high quality, Equality of opportunity in all fields, Empowerment through skiling, Emancipation from discriminatory and exploitative practices and enabling conditions for economic upliftment, including equal rights to proeperty, he added.

Naidu also expressed happiness that 55,000 women masons called Rani Mistris have been trained by the Jharkhand government over the last year. They played a crucial role in that State’s achievement of Open Defecation Free status and helped construct more than 15 lakh toilets under the Swachh Bharat mission, he added.

The Vice President presented Women Transforming India Awards 2018 to 13 women who have excelled in various fields from different parts of the country.

The Vice President congratulated the NITI Aayog for creating this platform, the WEP Summit, to deliberate upon the various facets of women empowerment, a crucial ingredient of growth and an essential precondition for development. He further said that the WTI Awards being presented today by the NITI Aayog seek to honor the achievements of women entrepreneurs. I truly feel privileged to be amongst such accomplished women achievers, he added.

Naidu said that a state of the art resource centre and a repository of knowledge on good governance and best practices, the NITI Aayog has always placed women empowerment and gender equality at the centre of its policy inputs.

Naidu said that a state of the art resource centre and a repository of knowledge on good governance and best practices, the NITI Aayog has always placed women empowerment and gender equality at the centre of its policy inputs.

Mon, 17 Dec 2018 10:00:52 +0530
Seven killed in firing by

Seven civilians were killed and dozens were injured in firing by security forces during clashes following an encounter in south Kashmir's encounter.

A soldier was killed and three terrorists were shot dead in the encounter that broke out early this morning in Pulwama's Sirnoo village. The terrorists were hiding in an orchard.

A pre-dawn operation was jointly launched by the army, the police and the CRPF after they received specific information about the presence of three local terrorists in an orchard, police sources said.

Abid Hussain, one of the civilians killed, was an MBA graduate who had returned from Indonesia a few months ago with his Indonesian wife and three-month-old baby. The other person has been identified as Amir Ahmad.

Sat, 15 Dec 2018 13:57:41 +0530
Govt spends more to incre

Union Minister for HRD Prakash Javadekar has said that the government is committed to increase quality education in the country right from primary education to higher education. Mr Javadekar was speaking at the national Conference on ‘Positioning India on the Global Education Map’ in New Delhi. In higher education, we have taken tremendous steps to improve college education, for this we are making accreditation process more scientific and tough. Government wants to increase the strength of NBA and NAAC so that more number of institutions can be accredited, the Minister added.He further said that government is open for other agencies to take the responsibility of accreditation and IITs and IIMs have been asked for the same so that more and more institutions can be accredited from reputed agencies.

The Minister said that ranking and rating increase competitiveness among institutions for better performance. He gave the example of National Institutional Ranking Framework (NIRF) and said that because of NIRF every institute has constituted an internal committee to improve the ranking. Students also see institutions ranking before taking admission, he added.

The Union Minister said that teacher is the most important component to increase quality educationin the colleges and universities. He said that attendance should increase in the classroom because of teacher’s skills not because of the infrastructure of the college. He further said that we are lacking good teachers in the institutions because good people are not becoming teachers. We have to attract good people for teaching profession and we have to give respect to teachers then only we can create a good learning environment in the institutions. Best teachers attract students to the institution not the best infrastructure, he added.

Graded autonomy is another major step of the government to boost quality education in the country, the Minister said. Shri Javadekar explained that the universities will remain within the ambit of UGC but will have the freedom to start new courses, off campus centers, skill development courses, research parks and any other new academic programs. They will also have the freedom to hire foreign faculty, enroll foreign students, give incentive based emoluments to the faculty, enter into academic collaborations and run open distance learning programmes.

The Minister said that we are focusing on research and innovation to boost research culture in the country. The Ministry of HRD successfully conducted two Smart India Hackathon in 2017 and 2018 and started process for third installment of Smart India Hackathon- 2019, he said.

The Minister further said that to promote innovation culture in India we have started Innovation Cell in AICTE and more than 1000 colleges started Innovation Club in their campuses. The research and innovation culture will make education more relevant and reliable, he added.

Sat, 15 Dec 2018 11:03:46 +0530
Govt to stay in line wit

The autonomy for the Central Bank, within the framework of the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) Act, is an essential and accepted governance requirement.

“The autonomy for the Central Bank, within the framework of the RBI Act, is an essential and accepted governance requirement. Governments in India have nurtured and respected this. Both the Government and the Central Bank, in their functioning, have to be guided by public interest and the requirements of the Indian economy. For the purpose, extensive consultation son several issues take place between the Government and the RBI from time to time. This is equally true of all other regulators. Government of India has never made public the subject matter of those consultations. Only the final decisions taken are communicated. The Government, through these consultations, places its assessment on issues and suggests possible solutions. The Government will continue to do so.”

The Government asked RBI for a review of its Economic Capital Framework (ECF) adopted in 2016. As per press release by RBI on 19.11.2018, the Board has decided to constitute an Expert Committee to examine the ECF, the membership and terms of reference of which will be jointly determinedly the Government and RBI and that RBI should consider a scheme for restructuring of stressed standard assets of MSME borrowers with aggregate credit facilities of up to Rs. 25 crore, subject to conditions for ensuring financial stability.

Sat, 15 Dec 2018 10:48:02 +0530
Vice President calls for

The Vice President M. Venkaiah Naidu called upon scientists, policy makers and planners to adopt new strategies to tackle the problem of malnutrition, which in its various forms is a looming threat to our development.

Addressing the valedictory session of the International Conference on Endocrine Disrupting Chemicals (ECDs), organized to mark the completion of centenary celebrations of National Institute of Nutrition (NIN), in Hyderabad, the Vice President referred to the difficulty in bringing about a change in age-old dietary habits of the people and suggested the involvement of local community at the grass roots to effectively convey the message for consumption of nutritious food.

Calling upon the nutrition scientists to accord the highest priority to eliminating the triple burden of malnutrition comprising under-nutrition, over-nutrition and micronutrients deficiencies (hidden hunger), the Vice President wanted NIN to align its research with the National Nutrition Mission, which seeks to improve the nutritional indicators of children, pregnant women and lactating women.

Asking NIN to look at newer vistas to make India a healthy nation, he recalled renowned scientist Prof. M.S. Swaminathan’s suggestion that India needs to shift its focus from food security to nutrition security and eradicate three kinds of hunger - protein hunger (caused by protein deficiency), calorie hunger (caused by calories deficiency) and hidden hunger (caused by deficiency of micronutrients).

The Vice President urged the scientists and practitioners working in the fields of health, agriculture and nutrition to interact with each other regularly and exchange information and knowledge. He said that a holistic strategy and concerted effort was required to tackle the menace of malnutrition.

Pointing out that India was also facing the phenomenon of nutrition transition (shifts in dietary patterns due to economic development, modernization and urbanization), he said “it is indeed paradoxical that we are facing lifestyle disorders, including obesity, on the one hand and malnutrition on the other’.

The Vice President observed that promoting a healthy and active lifestyle is as crucial as a balanced and nutritious diet. Referring to the rise in non-communicable diseases like diabetes, hypertension and cardiovascular diseases, Shri Naidu said the figures mentioned in NIN’s Urban report indicate a worrisome trend and called for reversing it.

Extolling the health benefits of our traditional food items which were suited to the local climate and environment of India, the Vice President said that our changing food habits with disproportionate instant and junk food components and our sedentary life style for the rising incidence of lifestyle diseases. He suggested that we should move towards a more active lifestyle involving physical exercise including the practice of Yoga and pay adequate attention to include more nutritional food in the diet.

The Vice President said that the report mentioned over 33 per cent of men and 44 per cent of women in urban areas (16 States) were overweight or obese. Similarly, about 20 per cent of urban population was suffering from diabetes mellitus and more than 25 per cent was hypertensive, he added.

Sat, 15 Dec 2018 10:25:00 +0530
Drama ends in Rajasthan

Ashok Gehlot is the new Chief Minister of Rajasthan and Sachin Pilot has agreed to be his deputy, the Congress today announced, shortly after Rahul Gandhi dropped a big hint that the tussle between the two leaders was over. The Congress president tweeted a photo with Ashok Gehlot and Sachin Pilot, all three grinning, with the caption: "The United Colours of Rajasthan". It was a replica of his photo to signal the Madhya Pradesh detente last evening. The Congress has been in firefighting mode since it scooped big BJP states Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan and Chhattisgarh in state election results on Tuesday.

Fri, 14 Dec 2018 17:40:45 +0530
Congress picks Kamal Nath

After day long meetings and consultations, the Congress on Thursday night picked Kamal Nath over Jyotiraditya Scindia for the chief minister's post in Madhya Pradesh. However, in Rajasthan and Chhattisgarh - the two other heartland states the Congress managed to win from the BJP - the race for the top job is still on.

Sources say the party leadership prefers Ashok Gehlot in Rajasthan, but state Congress chief Sachin Pilot is not giving up. The two leaders had one-on-one meetings with Congress president Rahul Gandhi late Thursday night, and a decision on who will be chief minister was deferred till today.

Party observer for Rajasthan KC Venugopal, who was also at the meetings, said taking decision on leadership was not easy but it will be announced on Friday.

"Taking decision on CM is not an easy job. The final decision will be taken tomorrow (today, Friday) in a meeting to be held around 10 am," he said. 

Fri, 14 Dec 2018 12:30:09 +0530
Podar College kicks off M

As part of an attempt to impart financial literacy and close understanding of the economic environment for the current generation, the National Stock Exchange (NSE) Managing Director and CEO Vikram Limaye has inaugurated MONETA, the country's largest financial festival organised by the RA Podar College of Commerce and Economics.

MONETA aims to provide a perfect platform for the aspirants for widening their perspective towards financial markets through diverse simulations. The largest financial festival will also give an insight on the functioning of stock markets, the pains and gains of CEOs as well as to mentor the job aspirants to take up the challenging industry. The festival will conclude on December 15.

Fri, 14 Dec 2018 11:37:18 +0530
PM inaugurates Partners

“It is only partnerships that will get us to our goals. Partnerships between citizens, Partnerships between communities, Partnerships between countries. The Sustainable Development agenda is a reflection of this.” This was stated by Prime Minister Narendra Modi as he inaugurated the Partners’ Forum, 2018. The Prime Minister also released the coffee table book ‘Proven Paths’,  a compendium of 36 best practices in maternal, child and adolescent health, at the inaugural ceremony.

The Prime Minister said that the Partnership for Maternal, New-born, and Child Health, is a unique and effective platform. “We are not only making a case for better health. We are also making an argument for faster growth,” he added. He further said that India was one of the first countries to advocate focused attention on adolescence and implement an extensive health promotion and prevention programme for adolescents. Our effort ensured that they get their due recognition in the Global Strategy for Women’s, Children’s and Adolescents’ Health adopted in 2015, he mentioned.

Appreciating the Immunization Programme of the country, Prime Minister said that the programme is close to his heart and he is pleased that it’s being featured as a success story in this forum. “Under Mission Indradhanush, we reached 32.8 million children and 8.4 million pregnant women over the last three years. We have also increased the number of vaccines under the universal immunization programme from 7 to 12. Our vaccines now cover life threatening diseases like- Pneumonia and Diarrhoea,” he elaborated.

Thu, 13 Dec 2018 11:10:35 +0530
Govt appoints Shaktikanta

The Central Government appointed Shaktikanta Das, IAS Retd. former Secretary, Department of Economic Affairs, as Governor, Reserve Bank of India (RBI), for a period of three years.

 A Notification to this effect was issued yesterday by the Government of India.

Thu, 13 Dec 2018 10:43:45 +0530
Indian Navy inducts its D

Indian Navy's first flyaway Deep Sea Submarine Rescue System was formally inducted by Admiral Sunil Lanba, Chairman Chiefs of Staff Committee and Chief of the Naval Staff, at the Naval Dockyard, Mumbai. Vice Admiral Girish Luthra, Flag Officer Commanding-in-Chief, Western Naval Command, former CNS/Cs-in-C as well as the senior management of the Original Equipment Manufacturer, M/s James Fisher and Sons Pvt. Ltd, UK were present during the induction ceremony. Aquisition of this capability is a significant and pioneering jump in the Indian Navy's capability in deep submarine rescue.

The Indian Navy currently operates submarines of the Sindhughosh, Shishumar, Kalvari Classes as well as nuclear powered submarines. The operating medium and the nature of operations undertaken by submarines expose them to high degree of inherent risk. In such an eventuality, traditional methods of search and rescue at sea are ineffective for a disabled submarine. To overcome this capability gap the Navy has acquired a third generation, advanced Submarine Rescue System considering of a Non-tethered Deep Submergence Rescue Vehicle (DSRV) and its associated equipment.

The Indian Navy now joins a select league of Nations worldwide with the sovereign capability, in fly away configuration, to search, locate and rescue crew from a disabled Submarine. The Deep Sea rescue system would have a global footprint and can be mobilised from the Naval base at Mumbai to the nearest mobilisation port by air/land or sea to provide rapid rescue to the Submarines in distress. The newly acquired capability would be operated and deployed by the crew of Indian Navy's newly formed Submarine Rescue Unit (West) from its base in Mumbai.

The Indian Navy's Deep Sea Submarine Rescue System considered to be the most advanced system currently in operation globally, is capable of undertaking rescue from a disabled Submarine upto 650 m depth. The DSRV, which is operated by a crew of three, can rescue 14 personnel from a disabled Submarine at one time and can operate in extreme sea conditions (upto Sea State 6).

 

Thu, 13 Dec 2018 10:37:10 +0530
PM hands over tricolour f

The Prime Minister Narendra Modi handed over the tricolour flag to Arunima Sinha, marking the beginning of her expedition to Mount Vinson, Antarctica.

Ms. Arunima Sinha, the first female Divyang to climb Mount Everest, called on the Prime Minister at New Delhi, and apprised him of her upcoming mountaineering expedition to Antarctica. Shri Modi lauded her impressive achievements and extended his best wishes for her latest venture.

Arunima Sinha had earlier conquered the highest peaks in five continents, becoming the first female Divyang to achieve the feat.

Thu, 13 Dec 2018 10:28:07 +0530
President Kovind visits Y

The President Ram Nath Kovind, reached Yangon on the second day of his state visit to Myanmar. Later in the day, he addressed a gathering comprising largely people of Indian origin and Indian expatriates at a reception hosted by Vikram Misri, Ambassador of India to Myanmar.

Speaking on the occasion, the President said India’s “Act East” and “Neighbourhood First” policies prioritise India’s immediate region, and Myanmar is a focus country for both. These policies have helped India adjust to a world in which it is among the leading economies, and are also enabling its neighbours to engage in partnerships for growth and development. Opportunities have expanded beyond trade and investment to energy and electrical grids, communications and transport, and people-to-people ties.

The President said development cooperation has become an important component of India's external relations, especially in the neighbourhood. India shares its expertise by building infrastructure, creating capacity, and setting up institutions. It does so, the President said, with the conviction that a peaceful, prosperous and stable neighbourhood is in everyone’s interest. While implementing such projects, India’s approach is in line with the priorities of its partners – ensuring respect for rule of law and good governance; insisting on transparency; committing to transfer skills and technologies to local communities; ensuring projects are environmentally and socially-responsible; and, most important, ensuring such projects do not create unsustainable burdens. The President said that these precepts are essential parameters of responsible project development and he was glad that India-Myanmar bilateral cooperation is designed in accordance with them.

The President noted that Myanmar is undergoing multiple and simultaneous transitions towards democracy, peace and economic development. As a sister democracy and a civilisational friend, India is fully conscious of the challenges Myanmar faces. Over the last 70 years, India has put in place systems and structures of governance that have enabled diversity to serve the cause of national progress. It is in this spirit of good neighbourly cooperation that India is ready to offer Myanmar any assistance towards addressing issues of national reconciliation, reconstruction and economic development.

Earlier the President commenced his engagements in Yangon by paying respects at the Martyrs’ Mausoleum. He also visited the revered Shwedagon Pagoda. Following this, he met and felicitated nine surviving veterans of the Indian National Army who live in Yangon. The oldest of them, Shri K.A. Perumal, is aged about 90.

This morning, the President flew to Yangon from Nay Pyi Taw, the capital of Myanmar. Wrapping up his engagements in the capital, the President visited the Advanced Centre for Agricultural Research and Education (ACARE) at the Yezin Agricultural University. There, he inaugurated and reviewed Indian technological projects that are aimed at supporting farmers in Myanmar and are being carried out by the Indian Agricultural Research Institute, with the support of the Ministry of External Affairs. The President formally launched a mobile app that provides technical assistance to farmers as well as distributed soil health cards, based on the chemical analysis of a specific field. This is the first time that soil health cards are being used in Myanmar.

Following this, the President visited the adjoining Rice Bio-Park. There, the M.S. Swaminathan Research Foundation, funded by the Ministry of External Affairs, is undertaking a project to ensure optimal use and value addition of the gamut of bio-sources in a rice farm, including rice straw and rice husk. Burning of rice straw and rice husk can cause pollution. The project uses technology to deploy the rice straw and rice husk in alternative and productive ways – to produce feed for cattle, promote mushroom culture, and make paper and compost.

Tomorrow (December 13, 2018), on the concluding day of his state visit, the President will inaugurate the Fifth Enterprise India Exhibition in Yangon. He will also visit the historic Kali Temple in the city, which is a symbol for the entire Indian community in Myanmar, as well as pay his respects at the mausoleum of Bahadur Shah Zafar, an iconic figure during the uprising of 1857.

Thu, 13 Dec 2018 10:19:06 +0530
President begins his thre

The President Ram Nath Kovind, commenced his three-day state visit to Myanmar by paying a visit to the Presidential Palace in Nay Pyi Taw. He was accorded a ceremonial welcome and formally received by President U. Win Myint of Myanmar.

Subsequently, the President led delegation-level talks between the two sides. The President said that India attaches special priority to its relations with Myanmar. Myanmar is a key partner for India’s “Act East” and “Neighbourhood First” policies. President Kovind also described Myanmar as a “natural bridge” from India to Southeast Asia and ASEAN.

The President said India takes pride in its development cooperation partnership with Myanmar and is committed to completing all connectivity projects. The port and inland waterway components of the Kaladan project have been built. India seeks Myanmar’s support to expedite completion of the remaining projects. It is privileged to contribute to capacity development in Myanmar.

The President also met Daw Aung San Suu Kyi, the State Counsellor of Myanmar, at the Presidential Palace. The two leaders discussed various bilateral and multilateral issues. The President said that India deeply appreciates the reforms underway in Myanmar. We understand that this is a particularly challenging time for Myanmar. India is in full support of the objectives of the National Peace Process.

The President said that residents of India’s Northeast region have particularly welcomed and are beginning to reap the benefits of the Land-border Crossing Agreement concluded recently. They look forward to the early conclusion of the Motor Vehicles Agreement. Connectivity initiatives are bringing progress and prosperity to people on both sides of the border.

Wed, 12 Dec 2018 18:34:30 +0530
President begins his thre

The President Ram Nath Kovind, commenced his three-day state visit to Myanmar by paying a visit to the Presidential Palace in Nay Pyi Taw. He was accorded a ceremonial welcome and formally received by President U. Win Myint of Myanmar.

Subsequently, the President led delegation-level talks between the two sides. The President said that India attaches special priority to its relations with Myanmar. Myanmar is a key partner for India’s “Act East” and “Neighbourhood First” policies. President Kovind also described Myanmar as a “natural bridge” from India to Southeast Asia and ASEAN.

The President said India takes pride in its development cooperation partnership with Myanmar and is committed to completing all connectivity projects. The port and inland waterway components of the Kaladan project have been built. India seeks Myanmar’s support to expedite completion of the remaining projects. It is privileged to contribute to capacity development in Myanmar.

The President also met Daw Aung San Suu Kyi, the State Counsellor of Myanmar, at the Presidential Palace. The two leaders discussed various bilateral and multilateral issues. The President said that India deeply appreciates the reforms underway in Myanmar. We understand that this is a particularly challenging time for Myanmar. India is in full support of the objectives of the National Peace Process.

The President said that residents of India’s Northeast region have particularly welcomed and are beginning to reap the benefits of the Land-border Crossing Agreement concluded recently. They look forward to the early conclusion of the Motor Vehicles Agreement. Connectivity initiatives are bringing progress and prosperity to people on both sides of the border.

Wed, 12 Dec 2018 18:34:17 +0530
Congress leaders meet MP

After getting the support of the BSP and SP as well to form government in Madhya Pradesh despite falling short of the half way mark, Congress's trio of Kamal Nath, Jyotiraditya Scindia and Digvijaya Singh met Governor Anandiben Patel and staked their claim. The party legislators will meet later today to pick their chief minister as this will turn out to be a huge task for the Congress as the top three leaders have already expressed their wish to take charge at the office.

Earlier Madhya Pradesh chief minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan had said that the BJP won't stake any claim to form the government in the state amid speculations that the party will make an attempt to raise claim despite finishing second behind the Congress with 109 seats in the 230-seat assembly.

Mr. Chouhan was speaking to the media persons after submitting his resignation to the Governor Anandiben Patel. The outgoing chief minister has congratulated the Congress leader G. Kamalnath, who is leading the race for the next CM's post.

The Congress team will meet the Governor  soon and seek her permission to form the government after the BSP and SP publicly announced their support.

The Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) chief Mayawati assured support to the Congress in Madhya Pradesh and Rajasthan to keep the BJP out of power. The Congress was short of the majority seats in both states, hence her support will take the Congress to cross the halfway mark in two states.

In the 230-seat Madhya Pradesh assembly, the Congress gained 114 seats, which are two seats short of the required 116 seats for majority while the BJP gained 114 seats. The BSP has won two seats in MP while got six in Rajasthan.

"Our aim is to keep the BJP out of power. And that is why we have decided to support the Congress in Madhya Pradesh", Mayawati said.

"We have decided to support the Congress in Rajasthan as well. We fought these elections to ensure that the BJP does not come back to power," said Mayawati.

Wed, 12 Dec 2018 18:06:57 +0530
Chouhan submits resignati

Madhya Pradesh chief minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan has said that the BJP won't stake any claim to form the government in the state amid speculations that the party will make an attempt to raise claim despite finishing second behind the Congress with 109 seats in the 230-seat assembly.

Mr. Chouhan was speaking to the media persons after submitting his resignation to the Governor Anandiben Patel. The outgoing chief minister has congratulated the Congress leader G. Kamalnath, who is leading the race for the next CM's post.

The Congress team will meet the Governor  soon and seek her permission to form the government after the BSP and SP publicly announced their support.

The Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) chief Mayawati assured support to the Congress in Madhya Pradesh and Rajasthan to keep the BJP out of power. The Congress was short of the majority seats in both states, hence her support will take the Congress to cross the halfway mark in two states.

In the 230-seat Madhya Pradesh assembly, the Congress gained 114 seats, which are two seats short of the required 116 seats for majority while the BJP gained 114 seats. The BSP has won two seats in MP while got six in Rajasthan.

"Our aim is to keep the BJP out of power. And that is why we have decided to support the Congress in Madhya Pradesh", Mayawati said.

"We have decided to support the Congress in Rajasthan as well. We fought these elections to ensure that the BJP does not come back to power," said Mayawati.

Wed, 12 Dec 2018 12:42:31 +0530
BSP to support Congress i

Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) chief Mayawati assured support to the Congress in Madhya Pradesh and Rajasthan to keep the BJP out of power. The Congress has fallen short of the majority seats in both states, hence her support will take the Congress to cross the halfway mark in two states.

In the 230-seat Madhya Pradesh assembly, the Congress gained 114 seats, which are two seats short of the required 116 seats for majority while the BJP gained 114 seats. The BSP has won two seats in MP while got six in Rajasthan.

"Our aim is to keep the BJP out of power. And that is why we have decided to support the Congress in Madhya Pradesh", Mayawati said.

"We have decided to support the Congress in Rajasthan as well. We fought these elections to ensure that the BJP does not come back to power," said Mayawati

Wed, 12 Dec 2018 12:15:09 +0530
UAE artist to appear at a

Carrying the UAE's message of tolerance and peace to the world, a top Emirati artist will make an appearance at the 26th annual "Christmas" charity event in the Vatican, to be held on 15th December.

Dr. Hussein Al Jasmi will be the first Arab artist to appear in the prestigious annual event, which will see extensive participation by a group of international stars.

Proceeds of this year's event will go to improving the livelihood of young refugees in Erbil and Uganda by providing education and vocational training to them through Scholas Occurrentes - an international organization of public good created by Pope Francis- and Missioni Don Bosco, a charity organisation with humanitarian operations round the world.

Al-Jasmi, who is a UN Goodwill Ambassador, described his participation in the event as a tribute to the values ​​of tolerance and moderation, instilled by the late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan.

He stressed that the UAE leadership is promoting the values ​​of tolerance so that the country becomes a global capital in which the civilizations of East and West will converge to consolidate peace and rapprochement among all peoples.

Al Jasmi will participate in the concert with the Grand Orchestra, under the direction of Maestro Renato Serio. The concert will be recorded on the night of Christmas through the 5th Italian Channel and through several channels around the world.

Tue, 11 Dec 2018 15:13:18 +0530
Brexit Theresa May meets

Theresa May is meeting European leaders and EU officials later for talks aimed at rescuing her Brexit deal.

She is holding talks with Dutch PM Mark Rutte and Germany's Angela Merkel after postponing a Commons vote on the deal, reports BBC.

The UK PM has said she needs "further assurances" about the Northern Ireland border plan to get backing from MPs.

European Council President Donald Tusk insisted the EU would "not renegotiate" but said leaders would discuss how to help "facilitate UK ratification", BBC reported.

Work and Pensions Secretary Amber Rudd said further talks with Brussels would focus on the Brexit "backstop" on the Irish border, which Mrs May earlier admitted had caused MPs "widespread and deep concern".

Tue, 11 Dec 2018 15:02:58 +0530
Macron promises minimum w

France's President Emmanuel Macron has promised a minimum wage rise and tax concessions in response to weeks of violent protests.

France has seen four weekends of violent protests against fuel tax rises, living costs and other issues, reports BBC.

Speaking in a televised address, Mr Macron condemned the violence but said the protesters' anger was "deep, and in many ways legitimate".

The minimum wage would increase by €100 per month from 2019, he said.

A planned tax increase for low-income pensioners would be cancelled, overtime pay would no longer be taxed, and employers would be encouraged to pay a tax-free end of year bonus to employees, he added, BBC reported.

However, he refused to reinstate a tax on the wealthy, saying "this would weaken us, we need to create jobs".

Tue, 11 Dec 2018 14:57:33 +0530
Kerala Governor talks on

Kerala Governor Justice (Retd.) P. Sathasivam has said that the aim of the administrative machinery must be to translate the policies of the Government into action in such a way that the welfare of society is ensured. Inaugurating a two day Regional conference on Good Governance initiatives in Thiruvananthapuram, he pointed out that Good governance cannot be possible without strengthening the institutions of democracy through the active involvement of the civil society. Asserting that a thorough understanding of the Constitution is essential for anyone in administration, the Governor said reforms in administration must begin with this. Shri Sathasivam pointed out that since society and its outlook are always changing, the administration also must keep pace with such positive changes. He said that the Department of Administrative Reforms and Public Grievances plays a significant role of exchanging and disseminating reform related ideas and best practices. He said that dissemination of best practices of good governance helps to encourage different levels of government to work towards the common goal of welfare and to foster excellence in every action.           

The Governor said it is high time we look into how many organizations in Kerala have updated their citizen charter  in the last five years or have even prepared and hosted on their website. Pointing out that corruption denies justice to the deserving sections of society, he said it has to be avoided at any cost. Collective and informed decisions are helpful in eliminating corruption. The Governor also said that more effective and efficient ways to implement socio-economic welfare schemes have to be found out so that benefits reach the intended beneficiary.

Pointing out that the successful practices prevalent in the informal sector must also be examined, the Governor said there is no harm in working out models of joint ventures and partnerships in social, business and environmental spheres.

 Asserting that good governance is a reflection of the successful functioning of the institutions of state with the welfare of citizens as its noble goal, Shri Sathasivam said a professionally managed civil service committed to serve all people equally, with eternal vigil   over the interests of all communities and the State, is the edifice for good governance.

K.V. Eapen , Secretary Department of Administrative Reforms , Govt. of India in his key note address pointed out that the rescue and relief operations during the  recent floods in Kerala jointly carried out by the government and the people of the state is a prime example of good governance. Kerala Chief Secretary Shri Tom Jose in his Presidential Address said that good governance is possible only through the convergence of interests of citizens and that of the nation.

Delegates from more than ten States and Union Territories from Western and Southern India are participating in the two day conference.

Tue, 11 Dec 2018 14:45:37 +0530
See saw battle in MP Con

Battle for Madhya Pradesh continues to be a see-saw one as the BJP overtakes Congress in the dying moments in the state. Earlier the Congress was racing to victory in MP and were in a position to take 3-0 in the Hindi heartland. In Rajasthan, there is no clear winner at the moment where the Congress leads with 95 seats while BJP in 80 seats out of the 101 seats required for majority. Others with 24 seats will play a crucial part in Rajasthan.

The Congress came out victorious in Chattisgarh where they gained 60 seats while the BJP have secured 22 seats only out of the 90 seats up for grabs. The BJP has been ruling the state for the last 15 years under the leadership of Raman Singh.

The current election results come as a shocker to the BJP as they were expecting a dominant performance in the major Hindi states.

Meanwhile K Chandrashekar Rao's Telangana Rashtra Samiti (TRS) has routed the Congress and the BJP in Telangana while the Mizo National Front (MNF) raised to power in Mizoram with a well ahead majority.

Tue, 11 Dec 2018 13:39:03 +0530
Terrorists don t deserve

Union Minister for Minority Affairs Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi said that the terrorists who kill innocent people don’t deserve any “cover or privilege” of human rights.

Addressing the Human Rights Day Function, organised in New Delhi by National Human Rights Commission (NHRC), Naqvi said that it is unfortunate that some organizations and people are more interested in raising voice regarding “human rights” of these terrorists and those organizations who challenge the national security and kill innocent people.

Naqvi said that such terrorist organizations and some anti-social elementsconsider killing of civilians, attacking the security forces, spreading terror and conspiring to disturb peace of the world as their “human rights”.

Naqvi said that social, economic, religious and other human rights of every community are more safe and secure in India than any other democratic country of the world. Tolerance and communal and social harmony is in the DNA of India. Social and cultural harmony is the source of unity of India despite of various languages, religions and communities. We have to remain alert to ensure that no evil forces can weaken our strength of unity.

NHRC Chairperson Justice Shri H L Dattu, senior officials and a large number of intellectuals from different fields attended the Human Rights Day Function.

Naqvi said that “Inclusive Growth” is our “Rashtraniti” and “Empowerment of All” is our “Rajdharma”. The Modi Government has been successful in creating an atmosphere of “development with trust” among all sections of the society without any discrimination during last about four-and-a-half years.

Naqvi said that the Government led by Prime Minister Shri NarendraModi followed the policy of “Empowerment without Appeasement” and “Development with Dignity”. Our Government has made every needy section of the society an equal partner of the development process. We have created the atmosphere of “development with trust”. But some people are unable to digest this atmosphere and they are trying to disturb the development process. The Modi Government will not allow anybody to disturb this atmosphere of “development with trust” and no negative agenda will be allowed to dominate our agenda of development.

Naqvi said that during the last 25 years, since its inception, the National Human Rights Commission has endeavoured to promote a culture of human rights. The Commission has established tremendous trust among the common people. The common man approaches the NHRC without any fear. Global network of National Human Rights Institutions have been accredited the NHRC with “A Status” throughout itssince its inception.

Tue, 11 Dec 2018 13:21:39 +0530
India successfully launch

Agni V, a long-range surface-to-surface Nuclear Capable Ballistic missile, was successfully launched from a canister on a road mobile launcher at the Dr Abdul Kalam Island off the coast of Odisha, today.

 The launch operations were carried out and monitored by the Strategic Forces Command (SFC) in presence of Scientists from Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) and other associated officials.

 All the mission objectives were successfully achieved. This launch comes after a series of successful launches of the missile. It further strengthens the country’s deterrence capability, which has been developed indigenously by assiduous efforts of scientists.

Tue, 11 Dec 2018 13:02:34 +0530
Russian Parliament Chairm

The Chairman of ‘Duma’ of the Russian Parliament, Mr. Vyacheslav Volodin called for an enabling legislative framework to fully tap the immense potential of bilateral cooperation between India and Russia. A 30 member high level Russian Parliamentary delegation led by Chairman of the State Duma (counterpart of the Lok Sabha) of the Russian Parliament, called on the Vice President and the Chairman, Rajya Sabha, M. Venkaiah Naidu and held wide range of discussions on bilateral ties.

During the 40 minutes long meeting, both the sides fondly recalled the traditional bonds of friendship between the two counties and the need to further intensify cooperation in the present world order. The Chairman of the Duma, Mr. Volodin stressed on the need for enhancing parliamentary exchanges between the two countries to enable necessary legislative framework to fully harness the potential of India-Russia ties in various sectors. He urged the Committees of the Parliaments of both the countries to be more proactive in this regard. He said; “There is a need to further build upon the traditional friendship between the two countries for mutual advantage in the fields of economy, human development and cultural cooperation”. Referring to the immense opportunities in the fields of tourism and medical education, Mr. Volodin called for addressing bureaucratic delays. He further said that bilateral trade increased by about 21% last year and still there is scope to go much beyond.

Referring to the ‘special and privileged’ relationship and positive engagement between the two countries in various multilateral forums, Shri Venkaiah Naidu said that the 19 bilateral summits between the leaders of the two countries since 2000 and the recent very productive meeting between Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi and Russian President Mr. Vladimir Putin reflect the solidarity between the two countries. He said the convergence of views between India and Russia on various international and multilateral matters need to be taken forward through parliamentary exchanges.

Venkaiah Naidu recalled the positivism in India about India-Russia ties since his student days.

Naidu referred to ‘the menace of terrorism’ threatening the socio-economic fabric across the world and called for increased global cooperation against it. Responding to Shri Naidu’s concern, the visiting dignitary said that Russia can cooperate with India with its ‘wealth of experience in counter terrorism activities’.

Chairman of Duma, Mr. Vyacheslav Volodin said that the India-Russia Parliamentary Commission at its 5th meeting being held in New Delhi today would address specific issues concerning bilateral cooperation.

The 30 member visiting Russian Parliamentary delegation consisted of First Deputy Chairman and Deputy Chairman of ‘Duma’ and Chairpersons of 10 Committees of ‘Duma’ including on Defence, Internal Affairs, International Affairs, Financial Markets, Economic Policy, Enquiry, Health, Security and Corruption Control.

Tue, 11 Dec 2018 12:54:19 +0530
Opposition parties assure

Both the ruling and opposition parties in Rajya Sabha assured the Vice President and the Chairman M. Venkaiah Naidu of their full cooperation for a productive Winter Session of the House beginning tomorrow. Leader of the House Arun Jaitley and Leader of the Opposition in Rajya Sabha Gulam Nabi Azad spoke of their keenness about a meaningful and productive Session at a meeting of leaders of different parties convened by the Rajya Sabha Chairman M. Venkaiah Naidu today. Both of them sought equitable  allocation of time for the Government’s legislative proposals and the issues that opposition seeks to raise in the House.

In his opening remarks, Venkaiah Naidu urged the leaders of all sides in the House to ensure a productive Winter Session which would be the last full-fledged one before the general elections next year. Naidu called upon them to “aid, assist and advise” him in ensuring a smooth Session.  He noted that both the Government and the opposition have the right to pursue respective agendas but that should be done while ensuring effective functioning of the House.

Venkaiah Naidu hailed the high voter turnout in the just concluded five State Assembly polls as yet another indication of the people’s faith in parliamentary democracy and a reminder that legislatures need to rise to their expectations. Shri Naidu complimented the Election Commission of India, the respective State Governments and the people for successful conduct of polls.

Naidu informed the leaders that further to the success of e-notice (submission of notices by members online) during last Session, it has now been decided that notices of members for submission of Zero Hour notices will now be accepted up to 9.30 AM  instead of the earlier 10.00 AM on each sitting of the House. He said this advancement would give him more time to properly prioritise such notices in the available time.

Finance Minister and Leader of the House Arun Jaitely said that as far as the Government is concerned, we are willing to discuss any issue if only time is properly allocated for both the Government and the opposition.

Leader of the Opposition Ghulam Nabi Azad said that we too want the House to function and the bills to be passed and a meaningful and productive Session. The only way we can reach out to the people is by raising the issues of concern to them. Winter Session is happening a full four months after the last Session and the opposition wants all important issues to be discussed.

It was agreed in the meeting that both the sides will address each others concern while allocating time for the legislative and other business in the meeting of the Business Advisory Committee to be held on Wednesday.

It was also agreed in the meeting that the House would be adjourned for the day tomorrow after making obituary references to the former Prime Minister late Atal Bihari Vajpayee.

31 leaders including ministers attended the meeting chaired by M. Venkaiah Naidu. These include Harivansh, Dy. Chairman of Rajya Sabha,  ministers Arun Jaitely, Narendra Singh Tomar, Vijay Goel and Shri Ghulam Nabi Azad (Congress), Sharad Pawar (NCP), Ram Gopal Yadav(SP), A. Navaneethakrishnan (AIADMK), Kannimozhi (DMK), Derek O` Brien (TMC), Prasanna  Acharya (BJD), Sukhdev Singh Dhindsa (SAD), Y. S. Chowdary (TDP), V. Vijayasai Rededy (YSRCP),  Sanjay Singh (AAP) and D. Raja (CPI).

Tue, 11 Dec 2018 12:43:51 +0530
Congress races ahead in C

As the election results unfold in five states which is considered to be as a semi-final for the general election in 2019, the Congress party surges ahead in Rajasthan and Chattisgarh while giving a top fight in Madhya Pradesh. The current election results come as a shocker to the BJP as they were expecting a dominant performance in the major Hindi states.

Meanwhile K Chandrashekar Rao's Telangana Rashtra Samiti (TRS) has routed the Congress and the BJP in Telangana while the Mizo National Front (MNF) raised to power in Mizoram with a well ahead majority.

Tue, 11 Dec 2018 10:59:33 +0530
India UAE discuss ways t

A two-day conference to address the root causes of radicalisation and terrorism has provided a shot in the arm to cooperation between the UAE and India against these twin dangers to civilised society and in providing security. The conference was organised during the weekend by the Policy Perspectives Foundation of New Delhi.

The conference expressed appreciation for ongoing policies to forge strong political-bilateral relations between the UAE and India to act together at a global level in isolating any ideological state. It identified policy measures to strengthen the relationship between the two countries.

Syed Asif Ibrahim, who was Special Envoy of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi on countering terrorism and extremism outlined measures initiated by India to evolve common approaches with the UAE in containing radicalization and preventing terrorism not only in their respective societies but also in their neighbourhoods.

G. Parthasarathy, who was India’s High Commissioner to Australia, Cyprus and Pakistan and Ambassador to Myanmar, hoped for UAE-India cooperation to expand to security in vital aspects of daily life such as water supply through desalination, a concrete plan proposed by former Indian President A.P.J. Abdul Kalam.

Ebtesam Al Ketbi, President of the Emirates Policy Center in Abu Dhabi, stressed common values and shared culture between the UAE and India which have laid the foundation for their friendship. She underlined the humanitarian principles espoused by the founder of the UAE, Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan and the Father of the Indian nation, Mahatma Gandhi as the bridge which connects the two countries.

Shajahan Madampat, Advisor to the National Media Council, chaired an important session of the conference that dealt with 'Public Policy to Promote UAE-India Cooperation'. With concrete examples he narrated actions taken by the UAE government to deny any quarter to radicalization in the Emirati society, including among the large number of expatriates in the country. He stressed UAE’s tolerance and the compassion in its foreign policy.

Sanjaya Baru, former Media Advisor to the Prime Minister of India, said India’s strategic community will not be found wanting, through its numerous think tanks, in setting a Track II agenda for UAE-India cooperation. He said action was more important than talk in tackling terrorism.

Anwar Alam, Senior Fellow at the Policy Perspectives Foundation, emphasised the need to move beyond limited paradigms in the strategic thinking on counter-terror and counter-radicalisation. Otherwise, this approach would have limitations in addressing and eradicating the complexities of radicalisation and terrorism.

Mon, 10 Dec 2018 17:44:24 +0530
Dubai Land Department org

Dubai Land Department, DLD, has organised the 10th edition of its Dubai Property Show, DPS, in Mumbai with the participation of a number of leading developers.

The premium real-estate exhibition, which is set to run from 7th – 9th December, was inaugurated by Mohamed Saleh Ahmed Al Jalah Al Teneji, Consul General of the UAE in Mumbai, Marwan bin Ghalita, CEO of the Real Estate Regulatory Agency, RERA, Majida Ali Rashid, CEO of the Real Estate Promotion and Investment Management Sector at DLD, Majid Al Marri, CEO of the Registration and Real Estate Services sector at DLD, and a number of real estate executives from both Dubai and India.

This year's edition comes on the heels of successful exhibits in London and Shanghai where DLD and its partners garnered significant attendance and interest.

Majida Ali Rashid said, "DLD has chosen the most important cities in the world to focus on its promotional agenda, considering several factors, most important of which is the record of investors in the Dubai real estate market. Previous exhibitions have demonstrated the validity of this strategy, as it has been an effective and attractive promotional platform for real estate investment in Dubai, especially as we contribute towards providing the key players in the sector, and help maintain confidence among all parties by ensuring successful transactions."

Rashid confirmed that according to the statistics issued by DLD’s Department of Real Estate Studies & Research, Indian nationals have consistently been the highest foreign investors in Dubai real estate; This year, 3,696 Indian investors pumped AED 8.17 billion into Dubai’s real estate within the first nine months across 4,414 investments, while the Dubai real estate market attracted 38,800 investors with 75,345 investments worth more than AED 149 billion. With a strategic location, guaranteed rental yield, and regulations and legislation that are set in place to protect the rights of all parties, Dubai continues to be an attractive proposition for foreign investors.

A new real estate promotion trustee office in India was inaugurated in conjunction with DPS, which is significant considering that Indian investors were atop the list of foreign investors in Dubai’s real estate market. The exhibition aims to bring together Dubai real estate experts, developers, and consultants all under one roof for seamless interaction with potential Indian Investors who are looking for an ideal destination to meet their investment aspirations.

Mon, 10 Dec 2018 17:34:06 +0530
India UAE hold 12th sess

H.H. Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, and Sushma Swaraj, External Affairs Minister of the Republic of India co-chaired the Ministerial Meeting of the 12th session of the UAE-India Joint Commission Meeting, JCM, held on 3rd and 4th December, 2018 at the Ministry's Headquarters in Abu Dhabi.

While welcoming the Indian delegation, Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed emphasised that the UAE has always shared strong historical ties with India. He noted that the relations between the two countries are based on mutual respect, trust and aimed at enhancing the mutual benefit of the people of the two friendly countries.

Sushma Swaraj congratulated the leadership, government and the people of the UAE on the occasion of the celebration of the 47th National Day of the nation and expressed satisfaction at the pace of growth in bilateral relations in all areas of cooperation. She thanked the UAE Government for the warm hospitality extended to her and her delegation.

Both sides reviewed the entire scope of bilateral ties and took stock of the developments in the region. They underscored the importance of sharing views on regional and international development. Both sides further strengthened their resolve to combat extremism and terrorism in all its forms, regardless of the perpetrators and their intent.

Both the Foreign Ministers thanked the members of the Senior Officials Meeting, SOM, for their efforts in doing the preparatory groundwork for holding a successful JCM. The SOM was led by HE Mohamed Sharaf, Assistant Minister for Economic and Commercial Affairs at the UAE Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, and Shri T.S. Tirumurti, Secretary for Economic Relations at the Ministry of External Affairs, India. The discussions at SOM were held under eight subcommittees -bilateral matters, consular field, space, education, agriculture & livestock and development cooperation, civil aviation, and economic and trade, investments, banking & finance cooperation.

At the conclusion of the meeting, the two Foreign Ministers signed the Minutes of the 12th session of the UAE-India Joint Commission Meeting. They also witnessed the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding for Development Cooperation in Africa between the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation of the United Arab Emirates and the Ministry of External Affairs of the Republic of India. The MoU was signed by Sultan Mohammed Al Shamsi Assistant Minister for International Development at the UAE Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, and T. S. Tirumurti, Secretary for Economic Affairs at the Indian Ministry of External Affairs.

The Agreement on India Rupee / UAE Dirham Currency Swap between the UAE Central Bank and the Indian Reserve Bank was also exchanged in the presence of the two Foreign Ministers by Mohammed Ali bin Zayed Al Falasi, Deputy Governor of the UAE Central Bank of UAE and Navdeep Singh Suri, Ambassador of the Republic of India to the UAE.

On the sidelines of the JCM, Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed and Smt Sushma Swaraj attended the unveiling of the plans for the Zayed-Gandhi Digital Exhibition accompanied by Noura bint Mohammed Al Kaabi, Minister of Culture and Knowledge Development, at Manarat Al Saadiyat, Abu Dhabi.

Scheduled to open its doors to the public in March 2019, the exhibition is organised by the Ministry of Culture and Knowledge Development in cooperation with the Mahatma Gandhi Digital Museums and is the first joint digital between the UAE and India.

Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed said that the Zayed-Gandhi Digital Exhibition would contribute to conveying the philosophy of the two world leaders to the future generations, enabling them to learn about their lives, achievements and deeds.

Swaraj noted, "The enunciation of peace, tolerance and sustainable living by Mahatma Gandhi, our beloved Bapu and the UAE’s Founder Sheikh Zayed lovingly called Baba Zayed, has been portrayed beautifully at the Gandhi Zayed Digital Exhibition. Both leaders with their love for humanity and indomitable spirit continue to inspire us. I am delighted to jointly attend the launch of this Exhibition with H.H. Sheikh Abdulla bin Zayed Al Nahyan today, as we celebrate the 150th birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi and 100th year of Sheikh Zayed."

"The exhibition is designed in a way that goes beyond the concept of a traditional exhibition. It is a cultural forum that promotes cultural exchanges and dialogue among peoples and takes visitors on a journey entitled Love, the Nation, and Wise Leadership, through the values of Peace, Tolerance and Fraternity," said Noura Al Kaabi. She stressed that the exhibition is an opportunity to meet two exceptional leaders on the centenary of the birth of Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, the Founding Father of the UAE, and the 150th anniversary of the birth of Mahatma Gandhi, through interactive content, photographs and videos representing their lives, which stand testimony to their achievements.

Mon, 10 Dec 2018 17:19:37 +0530
Statue of late Sheikh Zay

A statue of the late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, unveiled at the 47th National Day celebrations in India this week will be on display at the UAE Embassy in New Delhi for a week.

After this period, kept aside for viewing at the mission, the statue of the Founding Father of the UAE will be shifted to a museum. Further details about its destination will be announced at a later time. 

The statue, sculpted by a famous Indian artist in Mumbai, Arzan Khambatta, was unveiled this week jointly by India’s Minister of State for Statistics and Programme Implementation, Vijay Goel and the UAE Ambassador to India, Dr. Ahmed Albanna.  

The statue was the key attraction at the National Day reception in New Delhi’s diplomatic enclave. Ambassadors from scores of countries, many of whom have previously served in the UAE or interacted closely with the UAE, admired the sculpture and discussed the late Sheikh Zayed’s legacy.

The ceremony featured a gala dinner with Emirati cuisine and traditional dances and a tent with traditional UAE handicrafts, showcasing the country’s cultural heritage.

Peace is a key theme in the artist's work and the late Sheikh Zayed’s ideals of peace, tolerance and acceptance are reflected in the sculpture unveiled on this auspicious occasion, which coincides with the ‘Year of Zayed’, as the UAE marks the centenary of the birth of its Founding Father.

Mon, 10 Dec 2018 17:11:22 +0530
UAE to host 40th GCC summ

The 40th session of the GCC summit will be held in the UAE, according to a communique issued at the end of the 39th summit in Riyadh.

King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques and King of Saudi Arabia, chaired the 39th session of the council in the presence of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President, Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai.

The Supreme Council of GCC States welcomed the UAE's hosting of next summit.

Mon, 10 Dec 2018 15:02:15 +0530
39th session of GCC Summi

The 39th session of the GCC Summit has concluded at Al Diriyah Palace in Riyadh in the presence of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President, Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai, who led the UAE delegation.

The UAE delegation included H.H. Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Presidential Affairs; H.H. Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, Mohammad bin Abdullah Al Gergawi, Minister of Cabinet Affairs and the Future, Dr. Anwar bin Mohammed Gargash, Minister of State for Foreign Affairs, Sheikh Shakhbout bin Nahyan bin Mubarak Al Nahyan, UAE Ambassador to Saudi Arabia, and Khalifa Saeed Sulaiman, Director-General of Dubai Protocol and Hospitality Department.

Mon, 10 Dec 2018 14:58:58 +0530
Upendra Kushwaha exits ND

Prime Minister Narendra Modi's Bihar ally Upendra Kushwaha quit as union minister and exited the BJP-led National Democratic Alliance (NDA) today in a move that had been anticipated for months because of his growing resentment with another ally, Nitish Kumar, and his dominance in seat-share for the 2019 general election. Mr Kushwaha is also expected to join a big opposition meet to discuss a common strategy to fight the BJP next year.

Mon, 10 Dec 2018 14:27:17 +0530
Andhra diaspora meet Mini

A group of 40 Indian Diaspora youth called on the Union Minister of State for Home Affairs, Kiren Rijiju. The participants from eight countries are in India as part of the 25-day visit under the 49th'Know India Programme' (KIP), being organised by the Ministry of External Affairs in partnership with Andhra Pradesh Government.

Interacting with the participants, Rijiju said the Indian Diaspora should act as ambassadors of India's growth story and spread the good word about their experience in India upon their return. “Government recognizes the importance of the Indian Diaspora and has a well laid down policy for engaging with the Diaspora community. Our Diaspora community has been an important partner in India's development. Over the course of your visit across India, you must have seen the development happening across the country,” he said.

Rijiju said the government has instituted many revolutionary reforms for accelerating the development of the country that offer tremendous gainful opportunities to Diaspora. “Government of India has over the last four-and-a-half years launched several measures / programmes with scope of foreign/ NRI investment like Start-up India scheme, Make in India project along with significant reforms to improve Ease of Doing Business, Liberalization of FDI norms etc. The Government of India has given special focus on disinvestment strategy which offers significant scope of investment to NRIs,” he said.

Rijiju encouraged the Indian Diaspora to avail of several schemes targeted towards the youth. “I invite the Indian origin youth to know more about scholarship programme GIAN (Global Initiative for Academic Network), VAJRA Faculty Scheme which aims to bring a strong international connect to the R&D ecosystem of India, Mission Shodh GANGA (Global Alliance for New Generation Acceleration), Scholarship Programme for Diaspora Children (SPDC) and Indian Technical and Economic Cooperation (ITEC),” he said.

The KIP is an important initiative of Government of India with an aim to engage and make the young Indian Diaspora in the age group of 18 to 30 years feel a sense of connect with their motherland, to be motivated and inspired by transformational changes taking place in India and to give them an exposure to various aspects of contemporary India and its varied forms of art, heritage and culture.

 “India is the only country which has an ocean named after it,” Shri Rijiju said. “India is a vast experience, - from the coast to the mountains and from the marshes and deserts to the mangrove forests. Find time and visit remote villages located at more than 15,000 feet high altitudes,” Shri Rijiju told the curious youth.

Rijiju said the next Pravasi Bharatiya Divas (PBD) Convention is significantly being organized in the ancient Varanasi city next month. “We are adding components of the Kumbh Snan and Republic Day celebrations for the Diaspora. We are also inviting the KIP groups to participate in the PBD Convention 2019. We are also organizing a special Pravasi Teerth Yatra for the elderly Diaspora. I would urge you to tell your relatives participate in these programmes in great numbers,” he said.

            In its aim to connect with the overseas community, the MEA in partnership with the State Government of Andhra Pradesh is organising the 49th KIP from 20th November to 14th December, 2018. Besides Andhra Pradesh and Delhi, the 25-day tour also takes them to Agra, while during their stay the group has interacted with senior functionaries in the Central & State Governments in order to have the first hand experience of the contemporary development in India. They are looking for the opportunities available for the Indian Diaspora youth in India and also for remaining connected with India.

Since 2004, the MEA has conducted 48 Editions of KIP with participation of 1,612 Overseas Indian youth. The participants are selected on the basis of nominations recommended by the Indian Missions/ Posts abroad. The participants are provided full hospitality in India with economy class return journey air ticket at a nominal contribution of 10% of the cost of air ticket.

There are 40 participants including 22 females in this edition of KIP from eight countries namely Fiji (11), Guyana (06), Myanmar (06), Netherlands (1) South Africa (06), Sri Lanka (01), Suriname (03), and Trinidad & Tobago (06).

Mon, 10 Dec 2018 14:06:50 +0530
Naidu lauds President s r

The Vice President M. Venkaiah Naidu has said that the President Ram Nath Kovind ji’s range and depth of ideas is immense and as Head of the State, the First Citizen of our robust Republic, he represents the essence of the Nation – its vision, aspirations, expectations — and above all, essentially its ethos. He was addressing the gathering after releasing two Volumes - ‘The Republican Ethic’ & ‘Loktantra Ke Swar’, here today, with Selected Speeches of Hon’ble President of India, Shri Ram Nath Kovind ji.

The Vice President said that the cornerstone of Indian ethos may be summed up in these wise words – Ekam Sat Vipra: Bahudha Vadanti (एकम् सद् विप्रा: बहुधा वदंति) – Truth is one, wise men express it in many ways and this inclusiveness is the essence of India. Since the last fifteen months that Shri Kovind has been the President of India, he said he has been following his erudite addresses in which found an earnest call for inclusiveness.

The Vice President said that the building blocks of the Republican Ethic are equality, egalitarianism and education – themes dear to the President. These are the principles that motivated his unique journey from the mud house of a small village to Rashtrapati Bhawan, he added.

The Vice President said that the President’s vision and thoughts have covered a wide range of issues of national and international importance with a special focus on the challenges which India faces in the contemporary world. But, most importantly he speaks the heart of a common man, he added.

Naidu congratulated the Ministry of Information & Broadcasting and the Publications Division, for bringing out these titles with a beautiful layout and design, that speaks to the young and old alike.

Saying ‘The Republican Ethic’ is an invaluable collection of the President’s reflections on a host of contemporary challenges and issues confronting India and the world, the Vice President said that we have to realize the strength within each one of us and get our act together. We must usher in a new era of social, economic and cultural transformation where we move away from ‘dreary desert sands of dead habit’ as Gurudev Rabindranath had put it, he added.

The Vice President said that political parties must evolve a consensus on the Code of Conduct for their Members both inside the Legislature and out of it. Otherwise people might soon lose faith in our political processes and institutions, he said. We need to have more persons in leadership positions who are mindful of not only of “Constitutional morality” but also of “Institutional dignity” and “Individual integrity”, he added.

‘The Republican Ethic’ has a collection of 95 select speeches in English out of the total 243 speeches made by the President of India in the first year in the Office. The speeches are categorized into eight subgroups - Addressing the Nation, diversity of India, window to the world, educating India, equipping India, dharma of public service, honoring our sentinels, spirit of the Law & acknowledging excellence.

The second book ‘Loktantra Ke Swar’ – is a collection of 109 speeches in Hindi which talks about different layers and levels of multifaceted largest democracy in the world - India.

The Vice president said that Hindi was President's mother tongue, and it was but natural that his fluent expressions flourished elucidating serious national and constitutional subjects. 

The Publication Division under Ministry of Information and Broadcasting has published the both Volumes.

The Union Minister for External Affairs, Sushma Swaraj, the Minister of State for Youth Affairs & Sports and Information & Broadcasting (I/C), Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore, the Secretary, Ministry of Information & Broadcasting, Amit Khare, the Director General, Publications Division, Dr. Sadhana Rout and other dignitaries were present on the occasion.

Mon, 10 Dec 2018 13:36:07 +0530
Naidu compliments Armed F

The Vice President M. Venkaiah Naidu has complimented the Armed Forces for their valiant and vigilant contribution to national security on the occasion of Armed Forces Flag Day. He was interacting with the Army Personnel Team led by Pudi Hari Prasad who called on him to Pin Token to him on this occasion.

The Vice President saluted the brave soldiers guarding our frontiers on this occasion.

Col. R.S. Deswal, Capt. (IN) Sanjay Sahrawat, Sub. Maj (H/Capt) B.G. Rao and other dignitaries were present on the occasion.

Sat, 08 Dec 2018 15:42:49 +0530
VP urges young doctors to

The Vice President of India M. Venkaiah Naidu has said that the young doctors to bear in mind the need to uphold ethics and treat every patient with compassion and empathy, irrespective of his or her financial background. Addressing the 46th Annual Convocation of All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS), he said that the All India Institute of Medical Sciences is an institution which has made the nation proud and achieved excellence in patient care, teaching and research.

The Vice President said that medical education has undergone a paradigm shift from class room based didactic teaching to self directed small group learning using principles of adult learning. The traditional methods of learning via imparting knowledge have evolved into competency-based learning to ensure that trainees acquire all essential skills before licensure, he added.

Naidu said that the curriculum in medical education needs to be constantly upgraded in tune with the latest advancements. I am sure that the curriculum developed at AIIMS can be adopted by other AIIMS like institutions and other medical colleges, he added.

Saying multidisciplinary teams are the need of the hour, the Vice President said that forging research coalitions with different department of AIIMS, as well as reaching out to other centres of excellence and researchers in the country should be given a priority.

The Vice President said that we have to make quality healthcare accessible and affordable. He further said that there is also a significant urban-rural divide and referred a report of PWC points out “India has only 1.1 beds per 1000 population in India compared to the world average of 2.7. 70% of India’s healthcare infrastructure is in the top 20 cities.” We have to bridge this urban-rural divide in providing state-of-the-art healthcare services, he added.

Naidu said that we have a paradoxical situation when it comes to health sector. On the one hand, India is making rapid strides in medical tourism with people from other countries coming to our country for a range of treatments from liver transplant to knee replacement, he said. However, the same treatment is out of reach for many Indians and we need to overcome this paradoxical situation by ensuring that treatment is affordable for all Indians, he further said. An important step in this direction will be to promote manufacturing of state-of-the-art devices and equipment in the country, particularly under the ‘Make in India’ programme and such a move will not only save precious foreign exchange for us but also bring down the costs of the devices, he added.

The Vice President said that only the doctors can provide the healing touch to the ailing humanity and they only can make the difference between life and death. Only you can add life to people’s years, he said. People admire actors but they adore doctors and doctors must treat their profession as a mission, he added.

Shri Naidu complimented the Director, the faculty members and all other staff members for making AIIMS an institution of excellence. I hope our Bharat will become Ayushman and every citizen will find the healthcare facilities more responsive, affordable ethically sound and qualitatively among the best in the world, he added.

The Vice President presented the Lifetime Achievement Awards to Dr. A. K. Saraya, Dr. Samira Nundy, Dr. Kamal Buckshee and Dr. Gomathy Gopinath (in absence) on this occasion. He also presented Gold Medals and Certificates to 31 Medical Students who have achieved highest merit.

The Union Minister for Health & Family Welfare and the President of AIIMS, Shri J.P. Nadda, the Director of AIIMS, Prof. Randeep Guleria and other dignitaries were present on the occasion.

Sat, 08 Dec 2018 15:34:54 +0530
India Sino joint exercise

Exercise Hand-in-Hand is conducted annually as part of military diplomacy and interaction between armies of India and China. The joint exercise for the year 2018 will be conducted from 10 to 23 December 2018 at Chengdu, China.  The aim of the exercise is to build and promote close relations between armies of both the countries and to enhance ability of joint exercise commander to take military contingents of both nations under command.  The exercise will involve tactical level operations in an International Counter Insurgency/ Counter Terrorist environment under UN mandate. 

Troops from the Indian side have been selected from 11 SIKHLI of Indian Army, while troops from a unit of Tibetan military district will be taking part.  Exercise Hand-in-Hand 2018 will go a long way to further cement relationship between both the nations and will act as a catalyst in bringing bonhomie at grassroots levels between the armies of both countries. 

The exercise will be conducted from 11 December 2018 in which both the contingents will establish a Joint Command Headquarter and conduct joint exercise on anti-terrorist operations . The opening ceremony for the exercise will be conducted on 11 December 2018 which will consist of a ceremonial parade and address by head of both contingents. 

Fri, 07 Dec 2018 10:17:33 +0530
Voting begins in Rajastha

Voting is underway for 119 seats in the Telangana assembly elections and 199 seats in Rajasthan. For the BJP, the crucial battle is in the northern state, which has voted out the incumbent government for more than two decades. But Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje is hoping to buck the trend, claiming that her government had worked hard and if anything is wanting, it is, as BJP chief Amit Shah said, is the publicity.

In Telangana, Chief Minister K Chandrashekar Rao is facing the combined forces of the Congress and N Chandrababu Naidu. A victory for the alliance will have ramifications for the opposition ahead of next year's national elections. A voter turnout of 8.97 per cent was recorded till 9 am in Telangana, according to news agency ANI.

Fri, 07 Dec 2018 10:06:05 +0530
Every citizen must be mad

The Vice President of India M. Venkaiah Naidu has said that every citizen of the country must be made capable of saving others in times of life-threatening distress. Addressing a gathering at Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) Camp, being organized at Swarna Bharat Trust, in Vijayawada, he urged the teaching community to inculcate the values of care, empathy and compassion among students from schooling to make them responsible citizenry.

Saying that 4280 per 1,00,000 population in India suffers it in comparison to 60-151 per 1,00,000 in the USA, the Vice President stressed the need to bring in a law to make CPR training compulsory in schools so that one can help the fellow human being in case of a sudden cardiac arrest.

Naidu called upon companies and institutions in both public and private sector provide first response training to their employees such as CPR in the advent of cardiac arrest and first aid in case of accidents. He opined that chance of survival of the distressed would increase manifold if they were provided CPR or first aid as every minute counts in resuscitation of such victims.

The Vice President expressed concern over the rise in the number of heart diseases and said that they have become a silent epidemic and major killer in our country. He further said that modern lifestyle, lack of physical activity, genetic predisposition, metabolic syndrome and unhealthy dietary habits were making Indians to be more prone to heart disease, especially the young ones.   

Naidu appreciated the efforts of the Indian Resuscitation Council (IRC), an initiative of Indian Society of Anesthesiologists, who have developed simple guidelines for primary delivery of CPR called Compression-only-Life Support (COLS) outside a hospital setting. He also complimented all the organizations including the Telugu Association of North America (TANA) and American Association of Physicians of Indian Origin (AAPI) for sponsorship and donating manikins for the training. 

On the occasion, the Vice President also launched the Mobile Hospital Services of the GSL, Rajahmundry – GSL Hospital on Wheels. These services would bring healthcare to the door steps of rural population living in Godavari Districts of Andhra Pradesh, he added.

Dr S. Chakra Rao, Chairman, Indian Resuscitation Council, representatives of GSL Hospital, doctors and students who received training at Swarna Bharat Trust were present at the venue.

Thu, 06 Dec 2018 18:06:59 +0530
Women and Child Developme

The Ministry of Women and Child Development is formulating guidelines for  children's hostels, prescribing the minimum standards of care that should be provided to children. This comes in the wake of institutions, housing children on the request of parents who are unable to take care of them and their education or due to other circumstances which force parents to keep them at children's homes, not registering under the Juvenile Justice (Care and Protection of Children) Act,2015.

The Supreme Court in its Order in the case of “Exploitation of Children in Orphanages in the State of Tamil Nadu” Vs. Union of India [Writ Petition (Criminal) No. 102 of 2007] has directed that the definition of the expression ‘child in need of care and protection’ under Section 2 (14) of the JJ Act, 2015 should not be interpreted as an exhaustive definition. The definition is illustrative and the benefits envisaged for the children in need of care and protection should be extended to all such children requiring State care and protection. Further, vide the same order, the Union and the State Governments have been directed to enforce minimum standards of care required for such children living in any facility either created by the Government system or by civil society organisations.

In view of the directions of the Apex Court in Writ Petition (Criminal) No. 102 of 2007, the Ministry is drafting the guidelines which will be applicable to any institution not falling under the categories mentioned in the JJ Act.

Thu, 06 Dec 2018 17:56:30 +0530
Modi congratulates ISRO o

The Prime Minister Narendra Modi has congratulated ISRO on successful launch of GSAT-11.

“A major milestone for our space programme, which will transform the lives of crores of Indians by connecting remote areas! Congrats to ISRO for the successful launch of GSAT-11, which is the heaviest, largest and most-advanced high throughput communication satellite of India.

India is proud of our scientists, who keep innovating and setting high standards of scale, achievements and success. Their remarkable work inspires every Indian,” the Prime Minister said.

Thu, 06 Dec 2018 17:48:07 +0530
Modi congratulates ISRO o

The Prime Minister Narendra Modi has congratulated ISRO on successful launch of GSAT-11.

“A major milestone for our space programme, which will transform the lives of crores of Indians by connecting remote areas! Congrats to ISRO for the successful launch of GSAT-11, which is the heaviest, largest and most-advanced high throughput communication satellite of India.

India is proud of our scientists, who keep innovating and setting high standards of scale, achievements and success. Their remarkable work inspires every Indian,” the Prime Minister said.

Thu, 06 Dec 2018 17:47:08 +0530
India successfully launch

Indian Space Research Organisation’s (ISRO) heaviest and most-advanced high throughput communication satellite GSAT-11 was successfully launched from the Spaceport in French Guiana.

The launch vehicle Ariane 5 VA-246 lifted off from Kourou Launch Base, French Guiana at 02:07 am (IST) carrying India’s GSAT-11 and South Korea’s GEO-KOMPSAT-2A satellites, as scheduled. Ariane 5 is one of three launch vehicles operated by Arianespace along with Soyuz and Vega.

After a 30-min flight, GSAT-11 separated from the Ariane 5 upper stage in an elliptical Geosynchronous Transfer Orbit. The achieved orbit was very close to the intended one.

The 5,854-kg GSAT-11 will provide high data rate connectivity to users of Indian mainland and islands through 32 user beams in Ku-band and 8 hub beams in Ka-band.

“GSAT-11 will boost the broadband connectivity to rural and inaccessible Gram Panchayats in the country coming under the Bharat Net Project, which is part of Digital India Programme,” ISRO Chairman Dr K Sivan said.

The Bharat Net Project aims to enhance the public welfare schemes like e-banking, e-health, e-governance among others.

He said GSAT-11 will act as a forerunner to all future high throughput communication satellites. “Today’s successful mission has boosted the confidence of the entire team,” Dr Sivan added.

Post-separation, ISRO's Master Control Facility at Hassan in Karnataka took over the command and control of GSAT-11 and found its health parameters normal.

The scientists will undertake phase-wise orbit-raising manoeuvres in the days ahead to place the satellite in the Geostationary Orbit (36,000 km above the equator) using its on-board propulsion systems. GSAT-11 will be positioned at 74-degree east longitude in the geostationary orbit.

Subsequently, the two solar arrays and four antenna reflectors of GSAT-11 will be deployed in orbit. The satellite will be operational after the successful completion of all in-orbit tests.

In the last 21 days, ISRO successfully completed three satellite and two launch vehicle missions.

Thu, 06 Dec 2018 17:36:35 +0530
UP Cop murder Two men ar

The Uttar Pradesh Police on Tuesday arrested two men and detained four in connection with mob violence following alleged cow slaughter in Bulandshahr district that led to two deaths, including that of an inspector, police said.

According to the two First Information Reports (FIR) filed, 28 persons have been named while 60 persons have been listed as unidentified in the Monday’s incident. The FIR names Yogesh Raj, reportedly a senior Bajrang Dal leader who had earlier lodged an FIR alleging cow slaughter, reports PTI.

A Special Investigation Team will inquire into the case, including why police inspector Subodh Kumar Singh was left alone by other policemen.

In a mobile video, the body of the inspector is seen hanging out of his black SUV after he was attacked with stones and shot dead in the mob violence.

Tue, 04 Dec 2018 10:30:47 +0530
Qatar to withdraw from OP

Qatar will withdraw from the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC), the Gulf nation's Energy Minister Saad Sherida al-Kaabi announced on Monday.

The decision to quit the bloc of 15 oil-producing countries that account for a significant percentage of the world's oil production was confirmed by Qatar Petroleum, the country's state oil company.

Speaking at a news conference in Doha, al-Kaabi said: "The withdrawal decision reflects Qatar's desire to focus its efforts on plans to develop and increase its natural gas production from 77 million tonnes per year to 110 million tonnes in the coming years."

Qatar is the first Gulf country to leave the bloc of oil-producing countries.

Mon, 03 Dec 2018 18:50:47 +0530
World Champion Mary Kom f

Ministry of Tribal Affairs and TRIFED felicitated Mary Kom, 6th time Women’s World Boxing Champion and the Brand Ambassador for the TRIBES India’s Punchatantra range of products handcrafted by tribal master-craftsmen from across the country at the closing ceremony of “Aadi Mahotsav” at Dilli Haat. Aadi Mahotsav was organized by M/o Tribal Affairs and TRIFED from 16th to 30th November, 2018.

Felicitating her, Jual Oram said that Mary Kom is the pride of India who has recently won her 6th Women’s World Boxing Championship gold, breaking all previous records of Gold Medals won by any women boxer anywhere in the world.  It is a matter of great pride for Ministry Tribal Affairs and TRIFED/TRIBES India to honour this sporting Icon.

Mary Kom is also the Brand Ambassador for the TRIBES India’s Punchatantra range of products handcrafted by tribal master-craftsmen from across the Country.  “Punch” Tantra range is magnificent collection and inspired by Ms. Mary Kom and her heroics.

Sat, 01 Dec 2018 14:16:23 +0530
Govt expects good growth

The Second Quarter Data for the GDP growth for the Financial Year (FY) 2018-19 has been released.  The Ministry of Finance makes the following Statement in this regard.

The Second Quarter has seen a reasonable overall GDP growth of 7.1%.  The H-1 2018-19 growth of the GDP is 7.6% and the H-1 GVA growth is 7.4%.  The growth in the Second Quarter is on higher base compared to the growth of the First Quarter. 

            The Manufacturing Growth on a base of 7.1% in Q2 2017-18 has been 7.4% in Q2 2018-19.  The Construction Sector has grown by 7.8%.  The Gross Fixed Capital Formation as a ratio of GDP has increased by almost 1.3 percentage points over Q2 of last year.  The exports for Q-2 have grown by 13.4%.  The Government consumption for the Quarter has also significantly increased by 12.7%.  This Quarter also faced the challenge of higher oil prices resulting in much higher import bill and the weakening of the rupee.  The Indian Economy is on track to maintain a high growth rate in the current global environment, the Ministry concluded. 

Sat, 01 Dec 2018 14:07:03 +0530
India suggests Nine Point
  • Strong and active cooperation across G-20 countries to deal comprehensively and efficiently with the menace fugitive economic offenders.
  • Cooperation in the legal processes such as effective freezing of the proceeds of crime; early return of the offenders and efficient repatriation of the proceeds of crime should be enhanced and streamlined.
  • Joint effort by G-20 countries to form a mechanism that denies entry and safe havens to all fugitive economic offenders.
  • Principles of United Nations Convention Against Corruption (UNCAC), United Nations Convention Against Transnational Organized Crime (UNOTC), especially related to "International Cooperation” should be fully and effectively implemented.
  • FATF should be called upon to assign priority and focus to establishing international co-operation that leads to timely and comprehensive exchange of information between the competent authorities and FIUs.
  • FATF should be tasked to formulate a standard definition of fugitive economic offenders.
  • FATF should also develop a set of commonly agreed and standardized procedures related to identification, extradition and judicial proceedings for dealing with fugitive economic offenders to provide guidance and assistance to G-20 countries, subject to their domestic law.
  • Common platform should be set up for sharing experiences and best practices including successful cases of extradition, gaps in existing systems of extradition and legal assistance, etc.
  • G-20 Forum should consider initiating work on locating properties of economic offenders who have a tax debt in the country of their residence for its recovery.
Sat, 01 Dec 2018 13:42:56 +0530
India Russia China hold

Prime Minister Modi, President Vladimir Putin of Russia and President Xi Jinping of China, held a Trilateral Meeting in Buenos Aires.

The three leaders exchanged views on expanding mutual cooperation in international forums, and to encourage greater interaction among the three countries. They agreed on the importance of reform and strengthening of multilateral institutions which have benefitted the world, including the United Nations, WTO and well-established as well as new global financial institutions. They underscored the benefits of a multilateral trading system and an open world economy for global growth and prosperity.

The three leaders also agreed to have regular consultations at all levels to jointly promote international and regional peace and stability, to strengthen cooperation through BRICS, SCO and EAS mechanisms, to address global challenges such as terrorism and climate change, and to encourage peaceful resolution of all differences.

The three leaders acknowledged the importance of cooperation in RIC format and have agreed to hold further such trilateral meetings on multilateral occasions.

Sat, 01 Dec 2018 13:32:49 +0530
BRICS leaders meet on the

We, the Heads of State and Government of the Federative Republic of Brazil, the Russian Federation, the Republic of India, the People's Republic of China and the Republic of South Africa, met on 30 November 2018 for the annual Informal BRICS Leaders’ Meeting on the margins of the G20 Summit in Buenos Aires, Argentina. We congratulated and supported the Argentine Presidency for G20 in 2018 and expressed our gratitude at the hospitality provided.

·  We exchanged views on international political, security and global economic-financial issues, as well as challenges facing sustainable development. We recommit ourselves to a world of peace and stability, the central role of the United Nations, the purposes and principles enshrined in the UN Charter, and respect for international law, the promotion of democracy and the rule of law. We reiterate our commitment to working together to strengthen multilateralism and promote a fair, just, equitable, democratic and representative international order.

·  We deplore continued terrorist attacks, including against some BRICS countries. We condemn terrorism in all forms and manifestations, wherever committed and by whom so ever. We urge concerted efforts to counter terrorism under the UN auspices on a firm international legal basis. We call upon all nations to adopt a comprehensive approach in combating terrorism, including all the elements identified in the Johannesburg Declaration.

·  We reaffirm our full support for the rules-based multilateral trading system, as embodied in the WTO, to ensure transparent, non-discriminatory, open and inclusive international trade. We express our common readiness to engage in frank and result-oriented discussions with other WTO members with a view to improving the functioning of the WTO.

·  The spirit and rules of the WTO run counter to unilateral and protectionist measures. We call on all members to oppose such WTO inconsistent measures, stand by their commitments undertaken in the WTO and rollback such measures of a discriminatory and restrictive nature.

·  We support work towards improvement of the WTO with the view to enhance its relevance and effectiveness to address current and future challenges. In this work the core value and fundamental principles of the WTO should be preserved and interests of all WTO members should be reflected, in particular those of the developing members.

·  The dispute settlement mechanism of the WTO is essential for its proper functioning. Its effective functioning will give members the required confidence to engage in future negotiating in the WTO. We therefore urge that the Appellate Body selection process be initiated immediately, as an essential prerequisite for the stable and effective functioning of the WTO dispute settlement system.

·  We reaffirm our commitment to enhance our communication and cooperation and work jointly and collaboratively with other members to enable the WTO to keep up with the changing times, promote inclusive growth and participation of all countries in international trade and play a meaningful role in global economic governance.

·  We welcome the G20 Argentine Presidency’s theme of Building Consensus for Fair and Sustainable Development and its focus on the Future of Work, Infrastructure for Development and Food Security for Sustainable Future.

·  We recognize the importance of infrastructure for development and commit to contribute to bridging the global infrastructure gap, also by mobilizing resources for sustainable and disaster resilient infrastructure through national and collective initiatives, including the New Development Bank.

·  We advocate for a strong Global Financial Safety Net with an adequately resourced, quota-based International Monetary Fund (IMF) at its centre. To this effect, we reaffirm our commitment to the conclusion of the IMF's 15th General Review of Quotas, including a new quota formula so as to ensure the increased voice of the dynamic emerging and developing economies to reflect their relative contributions to the world economy while protecting the voices of the least developed counties, by the 2019 Spring Meetings and no later than the 2019 Annual Meetings.

·  We reinforce our commitment to the implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the Sustainable Development Goals that would provide equitable, inclusive, open, all-round innovation-driven and sustainable development, in its three dimensions – economic, social and environmental - in a balanced and integrated manner, towards the ultimate goal of eradicating poverty by 2030. We urge developed countries to honour their ODA commitments fully, in time and to provide additional development resources to developing countries in accordance with the Addis Ababa Action Agenda.

·  The global economic expansion continues, however, it has been less balanced and downside risks have risen. We are concerned that the negative spill-overs by policy normalization from major advanced economies has been an important source of volatility of some emerging market economies witnessed recently. We call on all economies to strengthen their policy dialogue and coordination in the spirit of partnership at the G20 and other fora to prevent potential risks from spreading.

·  Regarding Climate Change, we recommit ourselves to the full implementation of the Paris Agreement adopted under the principles of the UNFCCC including the principles of common but differentiated responsibilities and respective capabilities, and urge developed countries to provide financial, technological and capacity-building support to developing countries to enhance their capability in mitigation and adaptation. We call upon all countries to reach a balanced outcome under the Paris Agreement Work Programme during COP-24 that enables operationalization and implementation of the Paris Agreement. We stress the importance and urgency of conducting a successful and ambitious first replenishment process of the Green Climate Fund.

·  We reiterate our warm appreciation to South Africa for the success of the 10th BRICS Summit, Johannesburg, 25-27 July 2018 and recommit ourselves to enhancing further our strategic partnership for the benefit of our peoples. We express satisfaction with the achievements of BRICS cooperation in the areas of economy, peace and security and people-to-people exchanges under South Africa’s Chairship, including the establishment of the BRICS Partnership on New Industrial Revolution (PartNIR), the BRICS Vaccine Research and Development Centre, the BRICS Energy Research Cooperation Platform and the Americas Regional Office of the New Development Bank in São Paulo. We reaffirm our commitment to fully implement the outcomes of the Johannesburg Summit and previous Summits.

·  We look forward to the 11th BRICS Summit to be hosted by Brazil in 2019 and extend our full support to Brazil as the incoming BRICS Chair.

Sat, 01 Dec 2018 11:23:29 +0530
Modi calls India US Japan

Terming the India-US-Japan partnership as "JAI" or victory, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said the partnership between the three nations would go a long way in ensuring world peace and prosperity.

"If I put it differently, Japan, America and India is JAI. In Hindi, 'JAI' means success," PM Modi said after the first-ever trilateral meet with US President Donald Trump and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on the sidelines of the G-20 summit in Buenos Aires.

"In a way, JAI (the trilateral meet) is a message of success and we are making a new beginning. Our arrangement I believe, will play a big role in promoting world peace and prosperity," PM Modi said.

Sat, 01 Dec 2018 10:53:13 +0530
Farmers begin march towar

After braving the night’s cold at Ramlila Maidan, farmers, who have gathered in the national Capital from across the country, will march towards Parliament street for a rally on Friday morning.

Many farmer leaders will address the gathering at the street next to iconic Jantar Mantar, once the site for dissent in central Delhi. Representatives from political parties will also give speeches in support of the two-day “Kisan Mukti March” demanding a 21-day special session of Parliament to discuss agrarian crisis.

Among leaders expected to attend include Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal, NCP chief Sharad Pawar, National Conference leader Farooq Abdullah, Loktantrik Janata Dal’s Sharad Yadav, to name a few.

Fri, 30 Nov 2018 11:15:37 +0530
Curtains down for Goa Fil

The valedictory ceremony for the 49th edition of International Film Festival of India (IFFI), Goa got off to a glittering start at the Shyama Prasad Mukherjee Indoor Stadium, in Taleigaon, Goa. Union Tourism Minister K. J. Alphons graced the closing ceremony. Indian cine celebrities Anil Kapoor, Rakul Preet, Chitrangada Singh, Diana Penty and Keerthi Suresh walked the red carpet, adding to the colour and glamour of the star-studded evening.

Many renowned film personalities such as IFFI 2018 Lifetime Achievement Awardee Dan Wolman, Member of Parliament Manoj Tewari, Anil Kapoor, Arbaaz Khan (son of master screenwriter Salim Khan), Indian Panorama Jury Chief Rahul Rawail, Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra and Kabir Bedi too attended the closing ceremony.

Over the last nine days, more than 220 movies from 67 countries were screened at IFFI. While the festival opened with the world premiere of English film ‘The Aspern Papers’, the world premiere of German film ‘Sealed Lips’ marks the conclusion of this festival bonanza. 26 feature films and 21 non-feature films were screened in the Indian Panorama section. While Israel was the focus country, Jharkhand was the focus state this year. This is for the first time that any state was made focus state at IFFI. Veteran Israeli filmmaker Dan Wolman was given he Lifetime Achievement Award at the opening ceremony. Another new section at IFFI this year was the screening of six Indian sports biopics as an extension of the Khelo India initiative.

Thu, 29 Nov 2018 14:24:36 +0530
Saudi India Business meet

Saudi-India Business meeting was held with Council of Saudi Chambers during the visit of the Indian Infrastructure & Housing delegation to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. The Saudi delegation was headed by Kamel S. Almunajjed, Chairman of Saudi Indian Business Council and the Indian side was led by Manoj K Bharti, Additional Secretary, ED Division, Ministry of External Affairs, Government of India.     

Speaking to the Indian delegation, the Indian Ambassador to Saudi Arabia, Ahmed Javed, said that there are important changes taking place in SaudiArabia and India is one of the 8 countries on the preferred list of Saudi Arabia.More proactive participation from Indian companies for business, trade and regional cooperation in being welcomed.         

 Additional Secretary, Ministry of External Affairs, promised that the Government of India is committed to work for enhancing the relationship between the two countries and the Indian companies in this delegation are more than willing to bring their professional expertise to Saudi Arabia.

The meeting was attended by top officials and CEOs of companies of Saudi Arabia.

The Indian delegation is being represented by several leading infra and housing companies.

Construction for housing and infrastructure is a booming sector in Saudi Arabia with mega projects like NEOM, Qiddiya and Red Sea Entertainment being set up. There is also great opportunity for India to explore in the entertainment sector as the Saudi Government is aiming to curb the flow of people of Saudi abroad for leisure and entertainment and attract foreign tourists to Saudi Arabia.

Thu, 29 Nov 2018 14:17:03 +0530
Ex Economic Advisor slams

Demonetisation was a massive, draconian, monetary shock that accelerated economic slide to 6.8 per cent in the seven quarters after it against the 8 per cent recorded prior to the notes ban, says former Chief Economic Advisor or CEA Arvind Subramanian.

Breaking his silence on the November 8, 2016 decision of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, he says that he does not have a strongly-backed empirical view apart from the fact that the welfare costs, especially on the informal sector, were substantial.

Though Mr Subramanian, who quit the post earlier this year after a four-year tenure, has devoted a chapter in the upcoming book "Of Counsel: The Challenges of the Modi-Jaitley Economy", published by Penguin, has continued to keep a studied silence on whether he was consulted in the decision-making process of demonetisation.

Thu, 29 Nov 2018 13:51:38 +0530
Pak PM reaffirms his desi

Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan today said that his government and army were both intent on establishing a "civilised relationship" with India, and claimed that the Kashmir dispute can be resolved through talks and a healthy respect for humanity.
      
"Whenever I travelled to India, people would tell me that the Pakistan army is not interested in peace... I am telling you that I, the PM, our party, other political parties, our army -- we are all on the same page in wanting to establish a civilised relationship with India," Mr Khan said at a groundbreaking ceremonyfor laying a corridor to Kartarpur Sahib, one of the holiest shrines of Sikhs.

Making a strong case for peace, the cricketer-turned-political leader asserted that only "fools" would speak of war between two nuclear-armed countries like India and Pakistan. "Everybody loses in a nuclear war. Hatred will take us nowhere," he said.

Wed, 28 Nov 2018 18:00:25 +0530
Nirmala Sitharaman lauds

Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman has formally launched ‘Mission Raksha Gyan Shakti’. The event showcased salient inventions and innovations achieved by Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO), Defence Public Sector Undertakings (DPSUs) and Ordnance Factories (OFs) which have resulted in successful filing of Intellectual Property Right (IPR) applications. Sitharaman also felicitated some of the scientists, who invented and innovated useful products for the nation. A panel discussion was held with participation of Chairman and Managing Directors of all DPSUs to formulate a strategy for the future in this regard.           

While addressing the audience,Raksha Mantri lauded the efforts of Department of Defence Production and Directorate General Quality Assurance (DGQA) for focused efforts in spreading awareness about IPR, thus promoting a culture of innovation and creation of Intellectual Property. Smt Sitharaman highlighted that while India has always been a knowledge hub since ancient times, however, due to lack of awareness on modern legal framework for protection of IP rights, our knowledge and creativity have often not been utilised to its full potential. Delivering the keynote address, Secretary Defence Production Dr Ajay Kumar highlighted the need to migrate from the culture of seeking Transfer of Technology (ToT) from foreign sources to generating Intellectual Property in India, to achieve the goal of self-reliance in Defence sector.

The IPR has emerged as a key ingredient of an ecosystem which stimulates innovation and ingenuity. An IP Facilitation Cell was established in April this year which has worked tirelessly to achieve ambitious targets of training 10,000 personnel of OFB and DPSUs on IPR and to facilitate filing of at least 1,000 new IPR applications.

As part of the ongoing initiatives to enhance self-reliance in defence, the Department of Defence Production has instituted a new framework titled ‘Mission Raksha GyanShakti’ which aims to provide a boost to the IPR culture in indigenous defence industry. The Directorate General of Quality Assurance (DGQA) has been entrusted with the responsibility of coordinating and implementing the programme. The event brought out that the end objective of ‘Mission Raksha Gyan Shakti’ is to inculcate IP culture in Indian defence manufacturing ecosystem.

The event was attended by Secretary, Department of Defence R&D and Chairman DRDO Dr G Satheesh Reddy, senior officers of the three Services, Chairman Ordnance Factories Board and Managing Directors of all DPSUs, amongst a large number of other dignitaries.

Wed, 28 Nov 2018 12:59:48 +0530
Culture Ministry to celeb

Gandhi Smriti and Darshan Samiti (GSDS), functioning under Ministry of Culture will be organising a 3 day ‘South Asia Regional Youth Peace Conference’ in partnership with UNESCO- MGIEP and Standing Together to Enable Peace from November 28-30, 2018. The conference will be held at Gandhi Darshan, Rajghat, Delhi. The conference is being organized to mark the beginning of celebration of 150th birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi.

Shrikrishna G Kulkarni, great grandson of Mahatma Gandhi and member of Government of India’s Committee to celebrate 150th birth anniversary of Father of the Nation will be the Chief Guest in the Inaugural Session which will start at 5.30 p.m. in Gandhi Darshan, Rajghat.

This conference focuses on building a network for young leaders from South Asian countries working on various social issues, to identify avenues for partnership and collaboration, support and show solidarity towards each other’s initiatives, nurture relationships and promote global citizenship to work towards achieving the UN Sustainable Development Goals. The thematic thrust areas include Gender; Interfaith issues; Food Security in the context of Gandhian vision of village economy; Digital Media; Arts, Democracy and Dialogue. An action plan in the form of Declaration will be developed at the end of the three-day conference.

Youth  from different South Asian countries and various parts of India are expected to be participate in the Event.

Wed, 28 Nov 2018 12:44:10 +0530
VP calls for Intl bodies

The Vice President M. Venkaiah Naidu has called for United Nations and other Multilateral Organisations to chalk out strategy to extradite economic fugitives. He was addressing the CITI Global Textiles Conclave 2018, organised to commemorate CITI Diamond Jubilee celebrations. The Union Minister for Textiles Smriti Irani and other dignitaries were present on the occasion.

The Vice President said that world leaders he had met during his visits to Europe, Latin America and Africa appreciated India’s development story and said that it was marching forward with remarkable growth. There was a tremendous interest in India’s growth story in the world community, he added.

Naidu said that UN and the world community must take lead and see that an agreement is made to exchange information on bank accounts.

The Vice President said that Accountability and Transparency, Ethics in Business and Standards in Products must be maintained to sustain in the global competitive scenario. He said that India definitely has a competitive advantage in terms of abundant availability of raw material, skilled manpower, manufacturing competitiveness, huge spinning, weaving, processing and garment manufacturing facilities. 

Naidu stressed the need to give major thrust to skill development, up gradation and use of Digital technology and adoption of lean manufacturing systems to remain globally competitive.

The Vice President said that India has the unique advantage of combining traditional workmanship with modern methods. We not only have to showcase the wide range to the world but become a global leader in textiles manufacturing and exports, he added.

The Vice President called for modernization of textile industry by proving requited skill, investment and market to recapture India’s past glory in the textiles sector.  He said that being the second largest employer after agriculture accounts for 21 per cent employment.

With the world moving towards 4th industrial revolution based on cyber physical systems, Naidu said that the Indian textile industry must take lead in industry 4.0 in view of the distinct advantage enjoyed by us in the IT sector. He called up on the textile industry to fully tap the potential of IoT cloud, artificial intelligence and big data and analytics. He said that it was high time for the industry to establish textile industry 4.0 learning factory in all the major clusters adopting Hub and Spokes Model with Hub focusing on advance training and spokes focusing on basic training.

The Vice President presented the Lifetime Achievement Award to the CMD, Kotak Commodities, Suresh Kotak and five Pioneer Awards to other eminent personalities form Textile Sector for excellence. 

Wed, 28 Nov 2018 12:10:31 +0530
Foreign Minister of Maldi

Mr Abdulla Shahid, Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Maldives, called on the President of India Ram Nath Kovind, at Rashtrapati Bhavan today.

Welcoming Mr Shahid and his delegation to India, the President said that India and Maldives enjoy a uniquely special, close and friendly relationship. The government of India’s vision of inclusive development also extends to our neighbourhood including Maldives. We are always ready to support the socio-economic development of Maldives.

The President noted that the government of Maldives has launched a 100-day action plan that is people-centric and aimed at transforming the lives of the people of Maldives. He stated that India will support the government of Maldives’ efforts and work in alignment with its identified priorities.

Wed, 28 Nov 2018 12:00:50 +0530
President receives first

The President of India, Ram Nath Kovind, received the first copy of the book “Making of New India: Transformation under Modi Government”, from Arun Jaitley, Union Minister for Finance and Corporate Affairs. Jaitley formally released it at a function held at Rashtrapati Bhavan. 

Speaking on the occasion, the President said that contemporary governance has played a vital role in giving shape and form to an all-inclusive idea of “New India”. “Inclusiveness” is more than just a slogan. The government has taken this philosophy to the centre of its policy making. Numerous measures have been taken to ensure that socio-economic groups, communities and regions that had so far been left behind in the India growth story are mainstreamed in a holistic manner. This government has begun some foundational programmes and made a determined attempt to decisively defeat poverty and lift the lives of millions who have hitherto not got the facilities and services that they deserved. 

The President said it would, however, be incorrect to say that the development journey has been that of the government alone. The zeal with which ordinary citizens have participated also needs to be acknowledged. It has been heartening to see people voluntarily let go of subsidies and financial benefits so that the deserving and the truly needy can avail and access a life of dignity. It is common to see people selflessly doing shramdaan to change the status quo. It is this enthusiastic contribution by citizens of our country that is enabling rapid transformation. 

The President noted that the book “Making of New India” endeavours at weaving together an assessment of various policies and programmes, and provides its readers a multidimensional view of the national development journey. He expressed confidence that the analysis and papers presented in the book would be helpful reference for both citizens and the government. 

This book, edited by Dr Bibek Debroy, Dr Anirban Ganguly and Shri Kishore Desai, contains 51 essays on themes ranging from economy to diplomacy, education to public health. 

Wed, 28 Nov 2018 11:31:31 +0530
Polling began in Madhya P

The people of Madhya Pradesh are voting for 230 assembly seats in one of the most crucial heartland states. The turnout was 6.3 per cent till 10 am, according to the Election Commission. People in Mizoram -- the BJP's last frontier in the north-east -- also turned out in large number to cast their vote today, with a turnout of 15 per cent till 9 am, reports NDTV.

 In Madhya Pradesh, the BJP, led by Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan, is seeking a fourth term in power. The Congress is banking on anti-incumbency for what it calls a "make or break election". Mizoram is one of the five states where Rahul Gandhi's party is still in power. For the BJP, it is a crucial box to be ticked to reach their goal of ruling the northeast, NDTV reported.

Wed, 28 Nov 2018 10:57:44 +0530
PM departs to Argentina f

Following is the text of the Prime Minister Narendra Modi's departure statement prior to attending the G-20 Summit.

“I will be visiting Buenos Aires from 29 November -01 December 2018 to attend the 13th G-20 Summit hosted by Argentina.

The G-20 seeks to promote multi-faceted cooperation among the twenty largest economies of the world. Through the ten years of its existence, G-20 has strived to promote stable and sustainable global growth. This objective is of particular significance for developing countries and emerging economies such as India, which is today the fastest growing large economy in the world.

India's contribution to global economic growth and prosperity underlines our commitment to “Building Consensus for Fair and Sustainable Development”, which is the theme of the Summit.

I look forward to meeting leaders from other G-20 countries to review the work of G-20 in the last ten years of its existence and chart the ways and means to meet the new and upcoming challenges of the coming decade. We will deliberate on the situation of global economy and trade, international financial and tax systems, the future of work, women empowerment, infrastructure and sustainable development.

Emerging economies, which played a major role in revitalizing the growth in the global economy pursuant to the financial crisis are today facing unprecedented economic and technological challenges. I will highlight the need for reformed multilateralism which reflects the contemporary realities and can effectively strengthen collective action for global good. There is also a serious need to strengthen international cooperation and enhance coordinated action against fugitive economic offenders and financing of terrorism.

As in the past, I look forward to the opportunity to meet leaders on the sidelines of the Summit to exchange views on bilateral matters of mutual interest”.

Wed, 28 Nov 2018 10:52:14 +0530
US stands with India in i

US President Donald Trump has expressed strong support for India in its fight against terrorism as the country remembers the terror attacks in Mumbai 10 years ago that left over 160 dead and hundreds injured.

"On the ten-year anniversary of the Mumbai terror attack, the U.S. stands with the people of India in their quest for justice. The attack killed 166 innocents, including six Americans. We will never let terrorists win, or even come close to winning!" Mr Trump tweeted this morning.

Tue, 27 Nov 2018 13:40:24 +0530
Vice President lauds Kart

Marking a new beginning in India-Pakistan relations and heralding the possibility of reducing the tensions between the two countries, the Vice President M. Venkaiah Naidu has laid the foundation stone for construction of Dera Baba Nanak - Kartapur Sahib corridor on the Indian side that will provide a passage to Sikh pilgrims to visit the holy site of Gurudwara Darbar Sahib at Kartarpur in Pakistan.

The event also marked the commemoration of 550th birth anniversary year of Shri Guru Nanak Dev Ji.

Describing today as a “historic day”, the Vice President while laying the foundation stone, said that it has been our long-pending demand that Indian Sikh sisters and brothers should be able to visit Kartapur site with ease.

Pointing out that the demand for setting up the corridor has been discussed for two decades now, he observed that the dream which was pending for many years was getting fulfilled today. It is a day like no other day. It is a truly path-breaking, potentially transformative moment, he affirmed.

Expressing his happiness that Pakistan has accepted the demand of India to develop a corridor with facilities on their side, Naidu said that this is a corridor that connects to the Guru we revere, to the sacred space where he spent the last 18 years of his life. Paying rich tributes to Guru Nanak Dev Ji, he described him as a saint, scholar, poet, guide and a revolutionary, who gave illumination to humanity for the last five and half centuries.

Terming the corridor as a bridge between the people of the two countries who have so much in common, the Vice President said the corridor opens new doors and new possibilities and promotes a new resolve to connect the people of our two countries through love, empathy and invisible threads of common spiritual  heritage. This is a corridor to the shrine of peace, harmony and humanism, to the universal vision of a world as one family, to the sublime ideal of service to humanity, he added.

Naidu observed that from time immemorial India has believed that the whole world was one large family and asserted that today’s event was the reaffirmation of that conviction.

Lauding the Government of India for taking a number of initiatives to commemorate 550th birth anniversary of Guru Nanak Devji, the Vice President said his vision was timeless and more relevant today than ever before. He expressed his happiness that the Centre and the State Government were working together to construct the Kartarpur corridor in a true ‘Team India’ spirit.

Referring to the growing menace of terrorism, the Vice President said that it is truly a global challenge that requires a global response and we must collectively work towards a just and responsive world order and an early conclusion of the Comprehensive Convention on International Terrorism in the United Nations. We cannot allow the darkness to deter us any longer, he added.

The Vice President stressed that India wants peace with all nations, including its neighbours. He said the killing of innocents in terror attacks needs to be condemned.

The Vice President said that the region was beset with challenges like poverty, illiteracy and gender discrimination, which needed to be addressed on a war footing. The people in the region want peace and development and everyone should work in that direction, he added.

The Governor of Punjab V.P. Singh Badnore, the Chief Minister of Punjab, Capt. Amrinder Singh, the Union Minister for Road Transport & Highways, Shipping and Water Resources, River Development & Ganga Rejuvenation, Nitin Gadkari, the Union Minister for Food Processing Industries, Harsimrat Kaur Badal, the Minister of State for Housing and Urban Affairs (I/C), Hardeep Singh Puri, the Minister of State for Social Justice and Empowerment, Vijay Sampla and other dignitaries were present on the occasion.

Tue, 27 Nov 2018 12:59:45 +0530
Nation pays tributes to 2

The Prime Minister Narendra Modi has paid tributes to those who lost their lives in the gruesome 26/11 terror attacks in Mumbai.

“Tributes to those who lost their lives in the gruesome 26/11 terror attacks in Mumbai. Our solidarity with the bereaved families. A grateful nation bows to our brave police and security forces who valiantly fought the terrorists during the Mumbai attacks”, the Prime Minister said.

Tue, 27 Nov 2018 11:55:15 +0530
Neena Singh s painting ex

An exhibition showcasing 25 paintings of artist Neena Singh, concluded at Jehangir Art Gallery on Sunday. Titled"Inner Voyage", the exhibition was inaugurated by renowned Hindi Film Director Vishal Bharadwaj. When asked about the theme Neena Singh explains, "Inner Voyage is a series of compilation of all my works and my journey in the last ten years. It does not reflect on one particular theme."

 

Neena Singh started painting as a hobby during her free time, "I started painting purely as a hobby, I used to paint only after my work. But now I really enjoy it and do it very often. Painting gives me a lot of serenity and inner peace." Vishal Bharadwaj also praised Neena's work, "When I saw her paintings, it reminded me of a verse from Poet Ghulam Ali, I was deeply amazed by the depth, beauty and sadness in her work. Her exhibition is a true showcase and she should show her art work top art lovers across the country." Remarks K M Menon an art lover who saw the exhibition, I have seen her painting before and I really like her work. Each and every painting of her tries to connect with you, as an artist I feel that is more important.

 

Neena credits her hard work to god,"Almighty has been kind to me. My paint brush follows my imagination and I can see the result on the canvas. It has been a
wonderful journey, I have really enjoyed it."

Mon, 26 Nov 2018 15:46:36 +0530
NCC celebrtaes 70th Raisi

National Cadet Corps (NCC),the largest uniformed youth organisation in the world,celebrating its 70th Raising Day, today. Director General NCC Lt Gen PP Malhotra, laid a wreath on behalf of the entire NCC fraternity.

The raising day is also being celebrated all over India with cadets participating in marches, cultural activities and social development programmes.

During the current year the NCC cadets have contributed immensely in the relief operations carried out during the Kerala floods.The cadets participated wholeheartedly in SwacchtaAbhiyan, Swasth Bharat Yatracyclothon and played a pivotal role in spreading awareness about various government initiatives like digital literacy, yoga, blood donation camps and immunisation programs, etc.

The multifaceted activities and varied curriculum of NCC provides unique opportunities to youth for self development.  Many cadets have done the nation and the organisation proud by their remarkable achievements in the fields of sports and adventure and have won manylaurels in these fields.

The NCC continues its relentless efforts towards moulding the present day youth into responsible citizens of tomorrow.

Mon, 26 Nov 2018 13:29:12 +0530
Admiral Sunil Lanba visit

Admiral Sunil Lanba, Chief of the Naval Staff, Indian Navy is visiting Russia from 26 to 29 November 2018. The visit aims to consolidate bilateral defence relations with Russia, as also to explore new avenues for defence cooperation.

The CNS will be commencing his official visit from St Petersburg on 26 November 2018, where he is scheduled to hold bilateral discussions with his counterpart, Admiral Vladimir Korolev, Commander-in-Chief, Russian Federation Navy (RuFN). The Admiral is also scheduled to lay a wreath at Piskarev Memorial Cemetery dedicated to the victims of the ‘Siege of Leningrad’ and visit the Nakhimov Naval School and Admiralty Shipyard. At Moscow, the Admiral will have discussions with General VV Gerasimov, Chief of General Staff and First Deputy Defence Minister of the Russian Federation and Mr. Dmitriy Shugaev, Director, Federal Service for Military Technical Cooperation (FSMTC) of the Russian Federation.  The Admiral will also visit the Military Academy of the General Staff of the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation and deliver a talk on “Indian Navy’s Perspective on Maritime Security”.

The Indian Navy cooperates with the Russian Federation Navy on many fronts, which include operational interactions, training, hydrography cooperation and exchange of Subject Matter Experts in various fields through the medium of Navy-to-Navy Staff Talks. In addition, the Indian Navy and the Russian Federation Navy have been conducting the bilateral Maritime Exercise ‘INDRA NAVY’, since 2003 and INDRA Tri-Services Exercise since 2017. The next edition of Exercise INDRA-Navy is scheduled off Visakhapatnam in December 2018.

 

Mon, 26 Nov 2018 13:16:20 +0530
Modi condoles the demise

The Prime Minister, Narendra Modi has condoled the demise of Ambareesh.

“Shri Ambareesh will always be remembered for his memorable performances as an actor and extensive contribution to politics. He was a strong voice for Karnataka’s welfare, at the state and central level. Pained by his demise. Condolences to his family & admirers”, the Prime Minister said.

Mon, 26 Nov 2018 13:05:29 +0530
Mann Ki Baat completes 50

My dear countrymen, Namaskar. On the 3rd of October, 2014, the pious occasion of Vijayadashmi, we embarked upon a journey together through the medium of ‘Mann Ki Baat’. This journey has reached its 50thepisode today. Thus, this Golden Jubilee Episode is indeed gilt-edged in every sense of the term. Your letters and phone calls this time pertain mostly to these 50 episodes. Anshu Kumar & Amar Kumar from Delhi on Mygov, Vikas Yadav from Patna; on similar lines Monica Jain from Delhi, Prosenjit Sarkar from Bardhaman, West Bengal and Sangeeta Shastri from Nagpur converge in asking a shared question. They are of the view that broadly speaking, their Prime Minister being associated with the latest in technology, Social Media and Mobile Apps; WHY did he choose radio as a medium to connect with his countrymen? Your curiosity is but natural; in this age when Radio was fading into oblivion, why did Modi opt for the airwaves? Let me quote an incident. The year was 1998. I was then a party worker with the Bharatiya Janata Party organization in Himachal. It was the month of May; and I was travelling to a certain place. Evenings tend to get cold in the hilly terrain of Himachal Pradesh, and I stopped by at a wayside tea stall and placed an order for tea. It was a tiny joint; there was only one person who would make & serve tea. He was not even adequately clad; it was a standalone kiosk on the edge of the road. He first picked up a Laddoo from a glass container, offered the sweetmeat to me & said, “Sir, eat this before the tea get ready”. I was taken aback and asked him “What is the matter? Is it in celebration of an occasion like a wedding?” He replied, “No brother, nothing like that! Don’t you know? It’s a momentous, joyous occasion”. On seeing his rather jubilant exuberance, I asked him, “But what exactly happened?” And he replied, “India has exploded the bomb today!” I exclaimed, “India has exploded the bomb! I don’t get it!” Said he “Sir, just listen to the radio”. Indeed, that exactly was the topic of discussion on the radio. It was then that he elaborated on how on the day of the nuclear test, the then Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee had announced to the Media and how he broke into a dance on listening to it on the radio. It was matter of great intrigue to me to see a lone tea seller in a remote, snow - clad hilly place,who possibly kept listening to the radio the entire day… watching that particular effect of the news on radio led me to realize & internalise that this was a medium that was truly connected with the masses… and that it was a mighty means of getting across.

In terms of the reach & depth of communication, radio has been incomparable. I have been nursing that feeling ever since, acknowledging its power & strength. Hence when I became the Prime Minister, it was natural for me to turn towards a strong, effective medium. And in 2014, when I took charge as the Pradhan Sevak, Principal Servant, it was my wish to reach out to the masses with the glorious saga of our country’s unity, her grand history, her valour, India’s diversity, our cultural diversity, virtues embedded in our society such as Purusharth, Tapasya, Passion & sacrifice; in a nutshell, the great story of India. From remote villages to Metro cities, from farmers to young professionals … the array just prompted me to embark upon this journey of ‘Mann Ki Baat’.

Every month, we would read letters to the tune of lakhs, listen to phone calls, watch comments on the App & Mygov. Weaving a common thread comprising them all into a fabric of informal conversation, we have been able to travel together, over this rather long distance of 50 episodes. Recently, All India Radio got a survey done on ‘Mann Ki Baat’. I came across some feedback that is very interesting. Out of the designated sample in the survey, 70% of respondents on an average happen to be listeners who regularly tune in to ‘’Mann Ki Baat’. Most people believe that the greatest contribution of ‘Mann Ki Baat’ has been the enhancement of a feeling of positivity in our society. The medium of ‘Mann Ki Baat’ has promoted many a mass revolution. #indiapositive has been the subject of quite an extensive discussion. This is an exemplary glimpse of the feeling of positivity, innate to our countrymen. People have shared their experiences, conveying the rise of selfless volunteerism as a consequence of ‘Mann Ki Baat’. It is a change where people are increasingly willing to contribute for the sake of service to society. I am overjoyed on account of the fact that through ‘Mann Ki Baat’, radio is rising as a popular medium, more than ever before. But it’s not about just radio… people are connecting with this programme and ensuring their participation through T.V., FM Radio, Mobile, Internet, Facebook Live; along with periscope, through the NarendraModiApp too. I express my gratitude to the entire family of ‘Mann Ki Baat’ for being a part of it & trusting it wholeheartedly.

Mon, 26 Nov 2018 12:37:09 +0530
Govt to mark remembrance

Government of India has decided to mark the remembrance of 100 years of the historical Jallianwalla Bagh Massacre next year.The Minister of State for Culture(I/c), Dr Mahesh Sharma visited the Jallianwalla Bagh in Amritsar, Punjab along with Minister of State (IC) for Housing and Urban Affairs, HardeepSingh Puri and officials from ASI and NBCC to review the preparations for remembrance of 100 years of  ‘Jallianwalla Bagh Massacre’ , in 2019.

In a statement, Dr Mahesh Sharma said, “ As we prepare for remembrance of the “100 years of Jallianwala Bagh Massacre” in 2019, Jallianwala Bagh shall undergo necessary redevelopment and upgradation. Jallianwala Bagh shall continue to remind the young generation about the sacrifices made in freedom struggle.” The Government is  planning to renovate the historical site by creating suitable infrastructure for providing basic amenities for the tourists, the Culture Minister said.

A number of commemorative as well as constructive activities will be taken up during the remembrance period.

The commemorative coin and postage stamps will be released on 13th April, 2019 (the day the incident took place 100 years ago).Ministry of Culture will organise cultural activities such as kavi sammelan, plays, exhibition, seminars, etc. across the country.

Sat, 24 Nov 2018 12:44:59 +0530
Youth must aim high and s

The Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu has said that youth must aim high and strive hard, be rooted in the Indian ethos but be willing to learn from the best in the world. He said that a combination of courage and competence is required to set benchmarks in life.

He presented the Sri Sathya Sai Award for Human Excellence that recognizes individuals, who are doing tremendous work to uplift the society in various parts of the world, at a gathering at World Youth Meet in Bangalore.

Naidu said they left a legacy of love, compassion, devotion and service to humanity. India is truly blessed to have Sathya Sai Baba’s divine presence in the countless individuals and institutions who continue to selflessly serve fellow human beings. He expressed his appreciation for Sri Sathya Sai LokaSeva Group for being one among such institutions.

The Vice President said that India has a great spiritual heritage that has shown humanity the path of devotion and service. He said that people like Sri Sathya Sai Baba and Guru Nanak inspire millions through their lives and their teachings that are relevant for all times to come.‘Love and Service was the message of Baba. His message is universal and timeless and his life is an inspiration to people across the globe’, he added.

‘We must dispel this darkness and illuminate our pathways through knowledge, wisdom, understanding and love. This is the path that has been shown by Indian sages from Vedic times. This is the path that holy saints like Guru Nanak and Sathya Sai Baba also have shown us’, he said.

The Vice President said that we must follow the path shown by Shri Sathya Sai Baba andnot let material comforts of modern life dictate our lives. He added that we must imbibe the qualities of service, caring and sharing. Shri. Naidu reasoned that the younger generations must be enlightened about the rich spiritual heritage of India. ‘Everyone must work towards building India that is free from discrimination, poverty, hunger. People including politicians must work towards achieving such objectives’, he said.

The Vice President said that education system must lay a strong foundation based on Indian values and ethos and added that organizations like Sathya Sai Trust must contribute in realizing the demographic advantage by equipping the youth with the required skills, right attitude, knowledge and wisdom.

India with nearly 65% of our population being less than 35 years of age, has a great opportunity to excel. ‘Youth represent the energy that will drive India of the future. Their knowledge and imagination, competence and confidence, their risk-taking ability and multi-tasking ability, their agility and adaptability will change the course of India’s development’, he said.

Naidu said that India is moving forward rapidly on the path of progress and is emerging as a strong economic force. ‘We are a truly aspirational India that is at the cusp of a major transformation in the way we govern ourselves and the way we respond to the challenges of an uncertain but constantly changing world’ he said.

Vice President said that the Government’s initiatives, effective policies and programs require the active participation of the civil society, the private sector, and the academic and charitable organizations like PrashantiBalamandira Trust to transform India.

The Governor of Karnataka  VajubhaiVala and other dignitaries bore witness to the ceremony.

Sat, 24 Nov 2018 12:32:18 +0530
PM Modi hails Guru Nanak

The Prime Minister Narendra Modi has bowed to Sri Guru Nanak DevJi, on Guru Nanak Jayanti.

“Shri Guru Nanak DevJi taught us the path of truth, righteousness and compassion. He was committed towards eradicating injustice and inequality from society. He also believed in the power of education. We bow to him on his Jayanti and recall his inspiring thoughts”, the Prime Minister said.

Sat, 24 Nov 2018 11:38:23 +0530
President Kovind reaches

The President Ram Nath Kovind, reached Melbourne on the third day of his visit to Australia. He addressed students and members of the academic community at the University of Melbourne. The topic of his address was “Australia and India as Knowledge Partners”.
 
Speaking on the occasion, the President said the India-Australia knowledge partnership rests on two pillars: education cooperation and scientific collaboration. The President said Australia is the second most preferred destination for higher education for Indian students. Today, there are about 85,000 Indian students in various parts of Australia. He noted that “education” has been chosen as the flagship sector for Australia in the “India Economic Strategy” commissioned by the Australian government. He also noted that Australia is among the top five research partner countries for India. The Australia India Strategic Research Fund is Australia’s biggest investment in research collaboration with any single country. Coinciding with the President’s visit, both countries have announced a renewed commitment of Aus$ 10 million each towards the Fund.
 
Earlier the President commenced his engagements in Melbourne with a visit to Government House, where he was received by the Governor of Victoria, Ms Linda Dessau. The Governor hosted a luncheon banquet in honour of the President. Speaking on the occasion, the President praised the government of Victoria’s emphasis on trade and business with India. He appreciated Melbourne and Victoria for being welcoming of the Indian community and the Indian-origin diaspora. He said it was a matter of pride that the Indian diaspora is contributing strongly to the Victorian economy.
 
Subsequently the Leader of the Opposition in Australia, and the leader of the Labor Party, Mr Bill Shorten, called on President Kovind. The President thanked Mr Shorten for the bipartisan support in Australia for good relations with India, and Mr Shorten responded by calling India a priority for Australia. The two leaders also discussed the advance of India’s renewable energy programme and India’s initiative in setting up the International Solar Alliance.   
 
There was a proposal that the President visit the Melbourne Cricket Ground and meet the Indian and Australian cricket teams playing the T20 match there, as well as watch a few minutes of play. This engagement was called off due to inclement weather conditions. 
 

Sat, 24 Nov 2018 11:23:09 +0530
President Kovind holds ta

The President Ram Nath Kovind, had a packed schedule in Sydney on the second day of his visit to Australia. The President held talks with Governor-General Peter Cosgrove and Prime Minister Scott Morrison; was accorded a ceremonial reception and hosted at a luncheon banquet by the Governor-General at Admiralty House; and unveiled, along with the Australian Prime Minister, a statue of Mahatma Gandhi at the Jubilee Park in Parramatta, near Sydney. The President also delivered two major addresses – at the Australian Financial Review India Business Summit; and at the Australia-India Business Council dinner event hosted in his honour.

As part of President Kovind’s visit, five agreements have been concluded between India and Australia. These are:

  1. An agreement between the Government of India and the Government of Australia for cooperation in the area of disability and to deliver services to the differently-abled
  2. An agreement between Invest India and Austrade to facilitate bilateral investment
  3. An agreement between the Central Mine Planning and Design Institute, based in Ranchi, and the Commonwealth Scientific and Research Organisation, based in Canberra, to foster scientific collaboration and innovation
  4. An agreement between the Acharya N.G. Ranga Agricultural University, Guntur, and the University of Western Australia, Perth, for cooperation in agricultural research and education
  5. A Joint PhD agreement between the Indraprashta Institute of Information Technology, Delhi, and the Queensland University of Technology, Brisbane

President Kovind and Prime Minister Morrison were together on three separate occasions today, including during their morning round of talks. Several issues came up in their wide-ranging discussions, including trade and investment, the need to expand the trade basket from simply a few commodities, and the strong connections forged by the Indian diaspora. 

In the afternoon, speaking at the Australian Financial Review India Business Summit, at which Prime Minister Morrison was also present, President Kovind said that in recent years India has renewed its commitment to a liberal, transparent and globalised economy. In terms of openness to foreign capital and international investors, India is in the top league. Business sector after business sector, from aviation to mining to defence production, has had doors thrown open to global players and investors. Several measures – fiscal and regulatory, infrastructure promotion and investment policy – have been taken to make India even more of a hub for new, exciting and global businesses.

The President said that the international business community has responded to India’s achievements with appreciable investment. In financial year 2017-18, India drew almost US$ 62 billion in FDI. This was an acknowledgement of India’s honest and reformist efforts – and of its high GDP growth.

The President noted that the big country and big friend that we not seeing as much of in the India investment story is Australia. This is a gap we need to address. Australia and India have too much at stake in each other to not up their game. We can collaborate and benefit from each other’s expertise in fintech and logistics, in industrial design and biotech, in the capital markets and in farm-to-fork management of the food chain – even in space tech and satellite launch services. India’s longstanding space programme, the President said, will be happy to support the new Australian Space Agency.

The President said that Australian super-funds or pension funds have a reputation for careful, calibrated investment decisions. They will find the Indian infrastructure space worth their while – with long-term investments, steady to high returns, confidence in growing consumption, and security in contractual adherence.

Ending his speech on a lighter note, the President urged Australian businesspersons and investors looking to India to borrow from the methods of their cricketers. The most successful Australian batsmen in India, he said, have been those who have shown patience, read the conditions carefully, settled down for the long innings, nurtured dependable partnerships – and not fallen for spin!

In his final engagement of the day, at the Australia-India Business Council event, the President praised the Council as a key driver of Australia-India business and investment. He expressed confidence that the Council’s members would further bilateral trade and engagement. 

Fri, 23 Nov 2018 16:41:36 +0530
States must focus on long

The Vice President of India M. Venkaiah Naidu has said that states must focus on long term economic model for the betterment of the people and must not settle for short-term populist measures.

Addressing the gathering after presenting India Today State of State Awards 2018, he said that the relationship between the states and the centre must be built on trust, transparency and mutual respect.

Naidu said both parties should practice openness and should not be limited by narrow political divisiveness. He further said that there is an agenda greater than politics before all of us, the agenda of taking development to the last man, the goal of ensuring Antyodaya. Federals should not end at door steps of State capitals, they must reach to villages, he added.

The Vice President said that political differences must end with the elections and there after the ruling party must not be bogged down by dilatory tactics and the opposition parties must be given the space to offer constructive criticism in the legislature. He further said that a measure of accommodative openness must be practiced by both the centre and the states if we were to build a strong team India where every voice has its own space.

Saying that federalism, cultural & ethnic pluralism gave country's political system the much needed agility, the Vice President said that continuation of the same requires not simply federalism, but cooperative and constructive federalism. He further said that cooperative federalism has been India’s mantra for centre-state unity, cohesion and harmony and there was every need to continue what the unifier of India, Sardar Patel had said. The spirit of cooperative federalism inspired Sardar Vallabhai Patel's intelligent and proactive political manoeuvring by which he successfully persuaded the 492 princely states to join the Indian Union, all the while successfully maintaining the unity and integrity of the nation, he added.

Shri Naidu said that only decentralization of decision making and devolution of resources to states and local self governments would pave the way to fulfil the development needs of India. He said that it was heartening to note that the government recognized the need to empower states and created the NITI Aayog by a resolution of the Union Cabinet on 1st January 2015 to provide the quintessential platform of the Government of India to bring States to act together in national interest, and thereby fosters Cooperative Federalism. As a think tank it has been providing developmental strategies, frameworks, innovations and new ideas to states so that they can set their own priorities and goals and chart their own paths to achieve these goals, he added.

The Vice President said that development is a collective process and several factors determine the pace of it. Development also does not always make noise and often does not find space in front pages and prime times, he said.

He stressed the importance of building a ‘Team India’, a resurgent India, a strong India where the states work seamlessly, in harmony, complementing and compensating each other, even while competing with each other. Constructive consensus is the need of the and not disruptive confrontation, he added.

The Vice President has released a special edition of India Today on ‘India's Best States’ on this occasion. The Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu, Edappadi K. Palaniswami, the Chief Minister of Puducherry, V. Narayanasamy, the Chief Minister of Assam, Sarbananda Sonowal, the Chief Minister of Gujarat Vijay Rupani, several Ministers from different States and other dignitaries were among the Awardees.

Fri, 23 Nov 2018 10:57:41 +0530
Abu Dhabi to host second

The capital city of Abu Dhabi will host the second edition of the India-UAE Strategic Conclave on 27th November, 2018, under the patronage and in the presence of Sheikh Nahyan bin Mubarak Al Nahyan, Minister of Tolerance.

The day-long conclave, to be held at the Grand Hyatt Abu Dhabi, will initiate a dialogue to widen the scope of bilateral investments. Key business leaders and senior government officials will come together to lay the blueprint for greater economic cooperation between the two countries and explore the economic gains through boosting the status of both countries as major trade hubs and key gateways to regional and international markets.

Commenting on the significance of the conclave, Deepak Lamba, President, Times Strategic Solutions Limited, said, "We are glad to conduct the second edition of India-UAE Strategic Conclave in Abu Dhabi this year. This will further enhance the insights from the inaugural edition by identifying key areas for more investment flows between the two nations. This conference will enhance the connection between the governments and business communities of both countries to forge new partnerships and explore the possibilities of deeper cooperation in sectors of mutual interest."

"The conclave happens at a time when both the countries are seeking to increase innovation and entrepreneurship in sectors of mutual interest. Since India and the UAE are two of the world’s largest and fastest-growing emerging markets, the conclave will provide a platform to highlight investment potential in India and the UAE by creating awareness among investors about exciting opportunities," he added.

Sheikh Nahyan will deliver the keynote speech at the conclave, which will be inaugurated by Navdeep Suri, Indian Ambassador to the UAE. The conclave will also feature Abdulla Al Saleh, Under-Secretary of Foreign Trade and Industry at the Ministry of Economy, and Dr. Matar Al Neyadi, Under-Secretary at the Ministry of Energy.

The line-up of thought-leaders to be featured in the conclave includes Dr. Mohammed Alahbabi, Director-General of the UAE Space Agency; Sharafuddin Sharaf, Chairman, UAE-India Business Council, UIBC, and Vice Chairman of the Sharaf Group; Abdulla Alshehi, MD, Chief Consultant and Founder of National Advisor Bureau Limited; Ankur Singh, CEO and Vice Chairman of Dana Group of Companies; Dr BR Shetty, Founder and Chairman, NMC Healthcare; Rajiv Agarwal, CEO and MD, Essar Ports; Cyrus Engineer, MD, SP International Property Developers, and Dilip Chenoy, Secretary-General of The Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry, FICCI.

Other senior leaders at the conclave include Gautam Sashittal, CEO of Dubai Multi-Commodities Centre, DMCC; Arvind Varchaswi, MD, Sri Tattva; Saurabh Kochar, Co-Founder of Foodpanda; M.A Yussuf Ali, Chairman and MD, Lulu International Group; Capt. BVJK Sharma, Joint MD and CEO of JSW Infrastructure Ltd; Ulugbek Yuldashev, CEO and Founder of AWOK.com; Raza Siddiqui, CEO of Arabian Healthcare Group, and Sangita Reddy, Executive Director of Apollo Hospitals Group in India.

Thu, 22 Nov 2018 13:45:00 +0530
President Kovind visits A

The President Ram Nath Kovind, reached Sydney, Australia, for the final leg of his two-nation state visit to Vietnam and Australia. This is the first state visit to Australia by a President of India. 

Later in the day, the President attended an Indian community reception hosted by Dr Ajay M Gondane, High Commissioner of India to Australia. Addressing the gathering, the President said it is a matter of pride that the Indian community is held in high regard and contributes to society and the economy in Australia. Today, Indian professionals are much sought after, whether in Australia or elsewhere in the world. As entrepreneurs, doctors, teachers, bankers and technology specialists, members of the Indian community are adding value to Australia.

The President said that Australia is also home to a large number of Indian students. They are excelling on campuses in academics and research, in fostering innovation and even on the sports field. Their hard work and talent is a symbol of the Australia-India Knowledge Partnership.

Earlier President Kovind formally began his visit by paying respects at the ANZAC War Memorial in Sydney. The Memorial was originally built as a tribute to Australian soldiers who did service in World War I. In his subsequent engagement with the Indian community, the President made special mention of Indian soldiers who fought alongside their Australian comrades in World War I, including on the beaches of Gallipoli. The centenary of the conclusion of World War I was commemorated earlier this month.

Thu, 22 Nov 2018 11:19:29 +0530
Governor dissolves Assemb

Jammu and Kashmir is headed to elections two years before term with Governor Satya Pal Malik dissolving the assembly on Wednesday evening, a controversial decision that critics say is open to legal challenge, reports NDTV.

The Governor acted swiftly after two alliances - one supported by the BJP - staked claim to power within minutes of each other. "There was no imminent reason to dissolve it before as "no one had come with a horrible proposition to form government," the Governor told NDTV

Former chief minister Mehbooba Mufti, who had teamed up with her long-time political rival Omar Abdullah and the Congress for a shot at forming government, alleged that the Governor acted on the centre's orders to block her as the BJP tried to prop up People's Conference leader Sajad Lone and engineer defections.

Thu, 22 Nov 2018 11:00:16 +0530
49th International Film F

Ending the long wait, the opening ceremony of one of the most prestigious film festivals across the world – the 49th edition of the International Film Festival of India (IFFI) opened amidst the presence of film stars, filmmakers and cine-lovers from across the world amid pomp and gaiety in Panjim, Goa.

The opening ceremony of IFFI 2018 was anchored by Mandira Bedi and Amit Sadh and saw the presence of eminent Indian and international film personalities such as Akshay KumarKaran JoharRandhir Kapoor, Prasoon Joshi, Julien LandaisBarbara Meier, Nicolas Hau, Lois Robbins, Siddharth Roy Kapoor, Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra, Robert Glinski, Tom Fitzpatrick, Poonam Dhillon, Hrishita BhattMadhur BhandarkarSubhash GhaiArijit SinghRamesh SippyChin Han among many others. Apart from this, a host of celebrities walked the red carpet, adding a sprinkle of glitz to the ceremony.

 

The inaugural ceremony of the festival saw dignitaries such as Union Minister of State for Information & Broadcasting,(IC) Colonel Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore, Governor of Goa Ms Mridula Sinha, Secretary Information & Broadcasting Mr Amit Khare, IFFI Festival Director Mr Chaitanya Prasad, Chairman Jury Mr Robert Glinski, PWD Minister of Transport & River Navigation of Goa Ramakrishna alias Mr Sudin Dhavalikar, Chief Secretary of Goa Mr Dharmendra  Sharma and Chairman ESG Rajendra Talak who lit the lamp, thereby declaring IFFI 2018 open.

Union Minister of State for Information & Broadcasting, Col Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore said that “India is a land of storytellers where every person has a story to tell. These stories inspire and entertain us. IFFI is a platform for our young generation to showcase their talent. It is a platform for the international filmmakers to see India and explore the talent that we have. It is a great collaboration for both the sides. It is incredible of the Information and Broadcasting team and Entertainment Society of Goa to have an event on such a massive scale. There are Masterclasses held by experts in the entertainment industry and I hope the organisation involved is putting it online so that it reaches everyone. We are focusing on the past, the present and the future. Showing films like Sholay and also content from OTT platforms. It is a lovely time to come to Goa since this year we are having street cinema open to the tourists who are visiting the state for the next 9 days and they can experience this at IFFI.” The Hon. Minister said this while walking the red carpet at the opening ceremony of 49th International Film Festival of India in Goa.

Wed, 21 Nov 2018 11:34:09 +0530
President Kovind addresse

The President Ram Nath Kovind, addressed the National Assembly of Vietnam in Hanoi, on the final day of his visit to Vietnam. He also held bilateral meetings with the President of Vietnam as well as led delegation-level talks. On the occasion, the two countries signed and exchanged four agreements:

  • An agreement between the Ministry of Information and Communications of Vietnam and the Ministry of Communications of India
  • An agreement of cooperation between the Department of Foreign Affairs of Provinces, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Vietnam, and the Indian Business Chamber in Vietnam
  • An academic agreement between the Ho Chi Minh National Academy of Politics, Hanoi, and the Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi
  • An agreement between the Confederation of Indian Industry and the Vietnam Chamber of Commerce and Industry

Addressing members of the National Assembly this morning, President Kovind noted that Vietnam is the first ASEAN and Southeast Asian country he is visiting in his capacity as President of India. Vietnam is always on our minds, he said, and always in our hearts. It is pivotal to India’s “Act East” policy. The President emphasised that India’s association with Vietnam has many aspects. We have robust business, political and people-to-people bonds. We are both stakeholders in the commerce, security and stability of the Indo-Pacific Region.

The President said that India offers a cooperation model that does not require its friends to make choices but rather expands choices and expands opportunities for all; that opens not one but many roads. India has consistently supported ASEAN’s unity and centrality and ASEAN-led mechanisms for regional security and economic architecture – to promote peace and prosperity in the Indo-Pacific Region.

The President said that the ocean system is a resource for Vietnam and India and for many other countries and communities. Vietnam and India share a vision for the Indo-Pacific Region, of which the South China Sea is a critical component. We share a vision of a rules-based order that respects sovereignty and territorial integrity, ensures freedom of navigation and over-flight, as well as unimpeded, lawful commerce.

 The President said that India looks forward to enhanced bilateral cooperation in the maritime domain – for instance, through our first Bilateral Maritime Security Dialogue to be hosted by Vietnam in early 2019. Maritime security, piracy, and drug trafficking using the oceans are issues of common concern. “I am confident,” President Kovind said, “that the programme of regular and friendly visits to each other’s ports by naval and coast guard ships from our countries will upgrade cooperation.”

In a separate engagement this morning, the President paid his respects at the monument of National Heroes and Martyrs as well as at the Mausoleum of Ho Chi Minh.  Later, he visited the Presidential Palace, where he was received by President Nguyen Phu Trong and accorded a ceremonial welcome.

During the subsequent discussions with President Nguyen Phu Trong, the President thanked him for his gracious hospitality. The President said that he had a memorable visit to Da Nang yesterday. The Cham temples are a fascinating aspect of our shared heritage. Subsequently, the President led the Indian side in delegation-level talks. He said Indian investors are keen to strengthen their presence in Vietnam. India seeks Vietnam’s support in facilitating Indian investments in sectors like renewable energy, infrastructure, agriculture, textiles, pharmaceuticals, and oil and gas. India also looks forward to cooperation with Vietnam in improving agricultural productivity. 

Wed, 21 Nov 2018 11:14:08 +0530
Modi greets nation on the

The Prime Minister Narendra Modi has greeted the nation on the auspicious occasion of Milad-Un-Nabi.

“Greetings on Milad-Un-Nabi. We remember the noble teachings of the venerable Prophet Muhammad (Peace be upon him) and pray that there is harmony, brotherhood and peace all around”, the Prime Minister said.

Wed, 21 Nov 2018 11:05:30 +0530
PM condoles loss of lives

The Prime Minister, Narendra Modi has condoled the loss of lives due to the bus accident in Cuttack, Odisha.

“Condolences to those who lost their loved ones due to the bus accident in Cuttack, Odisha. May the injured recover at the earliest”, the Prime Minister said.

Wed, 21 Nov 2018 11:01:46 +0530
Hundreds march to Parrika

Hundreds of people, including some Congress leaders, Tuesday evening marched to the private residence of ailing Goa Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar, demanding his resignation, and a "full-time" chief minister in his place.

The people, who came together under the banner of 'People's March For Restoration of Governance', marched for about 1 km, and gave an "ultimatum" of 48 hours to Manohar Parrikar to step down as the chief minister, reports NDTV.

Apart from the Congress, other political parties including NCP and Shiv Sena also extended support to the protest march, which was initiated by social activists and NGOs.

The protesters demanded Mr Parrikar step down as the chief minister as he has been unwell.

They said the governance in the state had suffered as Manohar Parrikar was ill and remained hospitalised for more than nine months, NDTV reported.

Wed, 21 Nov 2018 10:51:50 +0530
Indian Army boosted with

Marking a major milestone towards capacity building and capability enhancement of the Indian Army, Defence Minister, Nirmala Sitharaman, dedicated the globally combat proven M777 A2 Ultra Light Howitzers, K-9 Vajra-Tracked Self Propelled Guns and 6x6 Field Artillery Tractors to the service of the Nation.

The Dedication Ceremony was held at Devlali Field Firing Ranges and was attended by Minister of State for Defence, Dr Subhash Bhamre, Chief of Army Staff, General Bipin Rawat and dignitaries from the Government of USA and South Korea.  Senior Serving Officers of the Indian Army and Ministry of Defence, representatives of Manufacturing Industries were also present.  

The 155mm, 39 Calibre Ultra light Howitzers have been procured from USA under Government to Government Foreign Military Sales and will be assembled in India by BAE Systems in partnership with Mahindra Defence. The Gun System is versatile, light weight and can be heli-lifted, thereby providing the much needed flexibility in deployment in various terrains. The Howitzer is in service in the US, Canadian, Australian and Some other armies of the world. It has proven its mettle in difficult areas of Afghanistan and Iraq.

The first ten K9 Vajra 155mm/52 calibre guns have been imported from Hanwha Techwin of South Korea in Semi Knocked Down state and have been assemble by L&T in India. The balance 90 Guns will be largely manufactured in India with some major assemblies coming from South Korea. Its induction will give a huge fillip to the firepower capability of Indian Army on our western borders.

The 6x6 Field Artillery Tractor has been indigenously developed by Ashok Leyland and will provide the much awaited replacement for the ageing fleet of artillery gun towing vehicles. Dedication of these equipment to the nation also give a major impetus to ‘Make In India’ initiative of the government.

The event included an impressive display of equipment and firepower by the guns of the indian artillery. Also on display were indigenous Gun Systems/Surveillance & Target Acquisition Systems that have been recently introduced in service.

Fri, 09 Nov 2018 16:01:30 +0530
Global IT Challenge for Y

The Global IT Challenge for Youth with Disabilities, 2018 was inaugurated by the Minister of State for Social Justice & Empowerment Krishan Pal Gurjar.The three day event is being organised by the Department of Empowerment of Persons with Disabilities (DEPwD), Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment in association with Rehabilitation International Korea and their associated partner LG Electronics from 9thto 11th November, 2018.

The objective of the event is to leverage IT skills among youth with disabilities and also to spread awareness about the application of Information and Computer Technology (ICT) in enhancing the quality of life of persons with disabilities especially in Asia-Pacific region. The award ceremony of the event will be held on 11th November.

Fri, 09 Nov 2018 15:39:35 +0530
Water storage level remai

The water storage available in 91 major reservoirs of the country for the week ending on  November 08, 2018 was 107.883 BCM which is 67% of total storage capacity of these reservoirs. This percentage was at the same level for the week ending on November 01, 2018. The level of water storage in the week ending on November 08, 2018 was 102% of the storage of corresponding period of last year and 98% of storage of average of last ten years.

The total storage capacity of these 91 reservoirs is 161.993 BCM which is about 63% of the total storage capacity of 257.812 BCM which is estimated to have been created in the country. 37 Reservoirs out of these 91 have hydropower benefit with installed capacity of more than 60 MW.  

Fri, 09 Nov 2018 15:32:44 +0530
Sarkar creates furore in

The makers of 'Sarkar', a political thriller starring actor Vijay, have reportedly agreed, under immense pressure from the state government, to cut out parts of the movie seen as critical of the ruling AIADMK and former chief minister J Jayalalithaa, who died in 2016. The film's director AR Murugadoss went to the Madras High Court today for protection from arrest; in a tweet last night, he had alleged that the police banged on his door when he was not at home.

The AIADMK is furious over a scene in the film in which Mr Murugadoss, playing a cameo, flings a mixer-grinder given as a freebie, into the fire.

"They are showing freebies given by the elected government being burnt. This amounts to indirectly inciting people, and comes under sedition," said state minister CV Shanmugam, comparing the screening of 'Sarkar' to "terrorist activity". Another minister, Kadambur C Raju, had threatened action against the filmmakers unless the scenes were removed.

Fri, 09 Nov 2018 15:02:27 +0530
PM greets the nation on B

Prime Minister Narendra Modi has greeted the nation on the auspicious occasion of Bhai Dooj. 

 “भाई दूज के पावन पर्व की सभी देशवासियों को बहुत-बहुत बधाई। Greetings to you all on the special occasion of Bhai Dooj, a festival that celebrates the strong brother-sister bond”, the Prime Minister said.

Fri, 09 Nov 2018 14:12:56 +0530
UAE women entrepreneurs l

In pursuit of establishing socially impactful and innovative businesses, the first group of the 10-month Badiri Social Entrepreneurship Programme, BSEP, has spent a week in India to receive inspiration and guidance from the country’s social entrepreneurship ecosystem on how to align their business interests with a social purpose.

BSEP is the brainchild of Sharjah-based NAMA Women Advancement Establishment’s education and capacity building arm, Badiri Education and Development Academy, and the UK-based School for Social Entrepreneurs, SSE. Through their collaboration on BSEP, the SSE is expanding its reach into the Arab region for the first time.

The programme aims to empower Emirati and UAE-based female entrepreneurs above the age of 20, through knowledge-exchange and expert sessions that will equip them with the skills and knowledge needed to turn their business into profitable social enterprises.

With an emphasis on practical learning, the programme’s customised curriculum took 13 UAE-based businesswomen and entrepreneurs, who were chosen through a series of interviews, to London and Cornwall in August, followed by more hands-on training and expertise-sharing for a week in the UAE, and the final weeklong field visit to New Delhi, India, from 26th October to 3rd November, 2018, where they met with the owners of successful Indian social enterprises through SSE India.

While in India, BSEP participants interacted with SSE India fellows who are creating significant social change through their enterprises in a variety of industries, and met with celebrated names in the subcontinent, such as Sunil Ganesh and Ankit Gupta who engaged them in a discussion on their business and how they started, and how to measure their social impact of their enterprises by devising specific metrics.

They also witnessed an inspiring talk by Sharmila Karve, who is now a driving force for women entrepreneurship in her role as a Director of SSE India and the Global Diversity Leader at PwC. She spoke about her humble beginnings as a young intern at PwC India before she became one of its first female partners.

In another session, the group met with SSE India 2018 Fellow, Yusra Khan, who told them about how a simple question "what is on your bucket list?" posed to street children prompted her and a group of socially-minded youngsters to start their non-profit, Bucket List, to serve street children.

Highlighting the importance of these visits, Reem BinKaram, Director of NAMA Women Advancement Establishment said, "Project visits and field trips are a central focus of BSEP, as social enterprises thrive on a unique dynamic, which is being socially conscious. Learning from other people’s experiences requires in-depth exploration and placing oneself within the physical context of the social impact of a business.

"For the past three months, the 13 BSEP participants have been working intensely to shape their business model canvases and examine their value propositions. Each one has benefitted immensely from the field visits, first in the United Kingdom, UAE and now in India. These global encounters have introduced them to essential social entrepreneurship concepts, the ‘Theory of Change’ for instance. These valuable real-time interactions and learning on the field have not only helped them recognise how to incorporate profitability within projects that create a positive social impact, but gain practical insights from successful social entrepreneurs in different countries operating in different socioeconomic contexts."

Pitch development, learning about structuring the organisation’s systems, operations and finance, internal change processes for creating desired performance, facilitation and team leadership skills, immersion into social entrepreneurship in India and using that knowledge to build a successful social business in the UAE, were among the practical exercises conducted by Gagan Sethi of Janvikas and other leading experts. Janvikas’ session also touched on the important theme of how to build a social enterprise from within.

Assia Riccio, Founder of Evolvin’ Women, TEDx speaker and one of BSEP’s participants, said, "The learning phase in India has been transformational. I met social entrepreneurs who are breaking stereotypes and changing their community for the better. Through these experiences, I have gained a better understanding of myself as an entrepreneur. BSEP is changing the way I look at my business and at myself and is offering me the guidance I really needed to bring my knowledge, experience and skills together to create a social impact."

Dr. Mariam Ketait, an Emirati family doctor and well-being advocate, said the programme helped her get out of a mindset that was holding her back, and made her trust herself and others more, "I have not only learned the technical aspects of a social business through this intensive course but met many like-minded women and men in different countries who share my purpose. The bonds I have made with these change-makers will remain. The learnings of this trip have not just made me more business ready, but have had a huge impact on my personal journey as well," she noted.

For a third BSEP participant, Ayesha Naseem, the BSEP journey has been equally emotional. She said, "It has been an intense experiential learning programme, fun but also had some tears. BSEP was carefully curated to give us an insight into the different ecosystems that exist to solve key social issues. While the social problems may be unique to a country, at the heart of every solution lies a deeply personal ‘why’." The lessons we learned could be applied to life and business in equal measure."

"It was just amazing to witness the different ways in which so many spirited individuals around the world are working and collaborating to overcome societal challenges innovatively. NAMA and SSE UK and India have worked together to ensure that we felt comfortable in previously unknown environments. From breaking bread together to travelling 300 plus kilometres on a bus to meeting incredible social entrepreneurs, every day has been different."

The India trip brings the BSEP field visits to an end, and November will see the participants attending webinars, while December is slated for the submission and pitch of their business plans and their graduation. After finishing BSEP, participants will have acquired important skills that will help them establish their own social enterprises or enhance the operation of their existing enterprises.

Thu, 08 Nov 2018 17:44:04 +0530
India s sugar export to C

Export of raw sugar from India to China will begin early next year. A contract for exporting 15,000 tonnes of raw sugar has been entered to by the Indian Sugar Mills Association (ISMA) and COFCO, a Government of China run public sector company.

This is due to the initiative taken by the Ministry of Commerce and several rounds of meetings held by officials of both countries the import of raw sugar has materialized now.

India plans to export 2 MT of raw sugar to China beginning from next year. Raw sugar is the second product after non-basmati rice that China will import from India. It is a move to reduce the USD 60 billion trade deficit that China has with India. India’s export to China in 2017-18 amounted to USD 33 billion while imports from China stood at USD 76.2 billion.

India is the largest producer of sugar in the world with 32 MMT production in 2018. India produces sugar of all three grades- raw, refined and white. Indian sugar is also of a high quality and is Dextran free because of the minimum time taken from cut to crush. India is in a position to become a regular and dependable exporter of high quality sugar in significant volumes to China.

Thu, 08 Nov 2018 17:34:28 +0530
The scars and wounds of

Former prime minister Manmohan Singh today shared his scathing assessment of demonetisation as intense political sparring between the government and the opposition marked the second anniversary of the cash ban, reports NDTV.

"It is often said that time is a great healer. But unfortunately, in the case of demonetisation, the scars and wounds of demonetisation are only getting more visible with time," he said in a statement.

"I urge the government to restore certainty and visibility in economic policies. Today is a day to remember how economic misadventures can roil the nation for a long time and understand that economic policymaking should be handled with thought and care," said the former prime minister, NDTV reported.

Thu, 08 Nov 2018 17:27:03 +0530
Maoist attack kills 5 in

Four civilians and a CISF jawan were killed when suspected Maoists blew up a bus with an improvised explosive device (IED) in poll-bound Chhattisgarh’s Dantewada district, police said.

Two personnel of the Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) were also injured in the incident.

“Seven people including three CISF jawans from Akash Nagar camp were going for routine purchase on a private bus, deployed for election duty, when they were targeted by the Maoists,” IG Bastar Vivekanand said.

Thu, 08 Nov 2018 17:09:36 +0530
PM Modi spends Diwali day

Prime Minister Narendra Modi is visiting Kedarnath on Wednesday where he offered prayers at the shrine. He also reviewed the Kedarpuri project, the foundation stone for which was laid in October 2017, reports Hindustan TV.

The temple was devastated in the 2013 flash floods that killed thousands.

On Tuesday, 5,100 ‘diyas’ were lit together and arranged in rows around the temple and at all sacred spots close to it, Hindustan Times reported.

Later in the day, he will fly to Punjab border to celebrate Diwali with army jawans.

Wed, 07 Nov 2018 14:03:35 +0530
Democrats take control of

Democrats claimed control of the House late Tuesday and picked up some governorships, but Republicans were poised to expand their majority in the Senate, delivering a split verdict in the first national referendum on Donald Trump's presidency, reports NDTV.

The most expensive and consequential midterm elections in modern times came to a dramatic finish that underscored the nation's deep polarization, but fell short of delivering a sweeping repudiation of Trump that Democrats had hoped would put an exclamation point on the "resistance" movement, NDTV reported.

The president helped Republicans win hotly-contested Senate races in Indiana, Missouri, North Dakota, Tennessee and Texas, and proclaimed the election's outcome a "tremendous success." Republicans held their grip throughout the South and in rural and exurban areas.

Wed, 07 Nov 2018 13:53:17 +0530
49th International Film F

The 49th International Film Festival of India (IFFI) 2018 will be held in Goa from 20th to 28th November, 2018. 49th edition of the festival will showcase 212 films from over 68 countries which reflects diversity of taste. International Competition section has 15 films out of which 3 are Indian. Competition section itself represents films produced and co-produced by 22 countries.

Festival Kaleidoscope section carries 20 critically acclaimed international films that have been to major film festivals and majority of them being multiple award winners. This is one of the most sought after sections of the festival that showcases best and top films of the year.

World Panorama section has 67 films which are specially curated for the festival. This includes 4 World Premiers, 2 International Premiers, 15 Asia Premiers and 60 India Premiers. This year World Panorama section presents 15 films which are Oscar submissions from respective countries.

Wild at Heart Master in His Craft: Retrospective section of Ingmar Bergman: 2018 marks the 100-year anniversary of Ingmar Bergman's birth. On this occasion when 100-Year Jubilee is in full swing across the globe, IFFI showcases best 7 films of his career. A documentary on Bergman titled “Bergman Island” directed by Marie Nyrerod which presents the master behind the camera has also been included in this section. The official opening of this section is scheduled on 21st with Panel discussion followed by the screening of ‘Wild Strawberries’.

The Festival will open with World Premiere of ‘The Aspern Papers’ with international star cast. The Aspern Papers tells a story of obsession, grandeur lost and dreams of Byronic adventures. Delegation: Mr. Jonathan Rhys Meyers (lead actor)- Golden Globe winner Ms. Joely Richardson (lead actress)- Oscar nominated actress Ms. Julia Robins (actress) Ms. Morgane Polanski (actress and daughter of Roman Polanski) Mr. Nicolas Hau (actor) Mr. Julien Landais (director)

Every year IFFI features a Country of Focus that brings out the cinematic excellence and contributions of that particular Country. In its 49th edition of IFFI, the Country of Focus will be Israel. Ten films in collaboration with the Consulate General of Israel in Mumbai, have been selected for the country focus package. The opening film for the Country Focus Section is ‘The Other Story’ by Avi Nesher. Important celebrities from Israel including the famous Israeli Actor, Alon Aboutboul, as our special guest from Israel, who has worked in several Hollywood films including, Rambo III, Munich by Steven Spielberg, Body of Lies by Ridley Scott and The Dark Knight Rises to name a few. The Indo-Israeli Co-production Seminar is slated to be held on 22nd November,2018.

A State focus section has been proposed for the 49th IFFI, 2018. This section will focus on the films of one of the Indian States, thus shedding light on the art and culture of that particular state. Jharkhand has been selected as the State of Focus for 49th IFFI 2018 and Jharkhand Day will be celebrated on 24th November,2018 as part of the festival. Movies in the Jharkhand Package include Death in the Gunj, Ranchi Diaries, Begum Jaan with others.

The International Competition jury comprises John Irvin, Adrian Sitaru, Polish Director Robert Glinski, Anna Ferraioli Ravel and Indian member Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra.

26 feature and 21 non – feature Indian films are selected by the Indian Panorama Jury to be screened as part of this section out of the hundreds of entries sent by filmmakers from various parts of the Country. The Feature film Jury selected the film OLU directed by Shaji N Karun as the Opening feature film of Indian Panorama 2018. The Non-Feature film Jury selected the film Kharvas directed by Aditya Suhas Jambhale as the Opening non-feature film of Indian Panorama 2018. Prominent Feature films are as follows:S No Title of the Film Language Director

1 Olu

(Opening film)

Malayalam Shaji N Karun

2 Nagarkirtan Bengali Kaushik Ganguly

3 Sa Bengali Arijit Singh

4 Uma Bengali Srijit Mukherji

5 Abyakto Bengali Arjun Dutta

6 Uronchondi Bengali Abhishek Saha

The Feature Film Jury of thirteen members was headed by acclaimed film director and screenwriter, Rahul Rawail and the other prominent members included:

1. Major Ravi, Filmmaker & Actor 2. Ahathian, Director 3. Ujjwal Chatterjee, Director, Producer & Screenwriter 4. Imo Singh, Director 5. Utpal Datta, Filmmaker ...and others

The Non Feature Film Jury of seven members was headed by acclaimed film director and editor, Shri Vinod Ganatra. The Jury constituted of the following Members:

1. Uday Shankar Pani, Filmmaker 2. Parvati Menon, Director & Film educationist 3.  Mandar Talaulikar, Filmmaker 4. Padmaraj Nair, Film Journalist 5. Ashok Sharan, Actor & Producer 6. Suneel Puranik, Actor, Director & Producer

Sketch on Screen (Animation Film Package) is a section which has been proposed for the 49th IFFI, 2018. This section will screen around 3 International Feature Length Films done in collaboration with Indian studios.

Open Air Screenings are organized during the festival where a large screen is put up in a vast open area. This year as an extension of the Khelo India Branding, Indian Sports Biopics will be screened at the 49th IFFI.Films included in the section are Gold, Mary Kom, Bhaag Milkha Bhaag, 1983, MSD: The untold story and Soorma.

IFFI collaborates with the International Council for Film, Audiovisual Communication (ICFT) Paris, to present a special ICFT prize consisting of the UNESCO Gandhi Medal to a film which reflects the ideals promoted by UNESCO. This year 10 films will be showcased for selection of a film to be presented with this coveted award.

Masterclasses and In-conversation section will feature several renowned celebrities from the Film Industry including Prasoon Joshi, Dan Wolman, Sreekar Prasad, Anil Kapoor, Sumit Israni, Boney Kapoor, Arjun Kapoor, Jahnvi Kapoor, David Dhawan, Varun Dhawan , Rohit Dhawan, Jairaj, Kaushik Ganguly,Shaji Karun, Srijit Mukhrjee, Sridhar and Sreeram Raghvan, Anupama Chopra, Rajiv masand, Bhawana Somaaya, Jason Hafford, Meghna Gulzar, Leena Yadav, Gauri Shinde.

A retrospective of films of the recipient of the most prestigious film award of the Country, Dadasaheb Phalke Award is showcased during IFFI. This year Vinod Khanna received the award posthumously. IFFI will be showcasing some of his best films including Achanak, Lekin and Amar Akbar Anthony.

Retrospective of the Lifetime Achievement Awardee section recognizes the contribution of our Lifetime Achievement Awardee in the field of Cinema by showcasing some of his/her best films. This year Mr. Dan Wolman from Israel will be honored with LTA.

‘Homages’ section pays tribute to the film personalities of our country who has taken refuge in the abode of God. This year homage will be paid to Late Sh. Shashi Kapoor, Late Smt. Sridevi, Late Sh. M.Karunanidhi and Late Ms. Kalpana Lajmi. in the International Homages this year we will pay tribute to Terence Marsh, Milos Forman, and Anne V Coates.

A Special Package for Visually Impaired Children special screenings with audio description will be organized for the children who are visually impaired. The festival will showcase the movies ‘Sholay’ and ‘Hichki’ under this section. This year there will be a special presentation of Tunisian films.

Tue, 06 Nov 2018 20:00:09 +0530
President wishes Deepawal

The President Ram Nath Kovind has sent his greetings to fellow citizens on the eve of Deepawali.

In his message, the President has said, “On the auspicious occasion of Deepawali, I extend warm greetings and good wishes to all my fellow citizens in India and around the world.

This festival is an opportunity to foster fraternity and unity among all citizens. Deepawali guides us from darkness towards light. On this occasion let us spread and share our happiness with those who are less fortunate than us.

I also urge all citizens to commit themselves to celebrating a pollution-free and safe Deepawali”.

Tue, 06 Nov 2018 19:22:55 +0530
Faizabad district to be k

Uttar Pradesh’s Faizabad district will be known as Ayodhya after the temple town that is home to the Ram temple, said Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath on Tuesday to loud cheers from the 10,000-strong crowd gathered to hear his big speech on the eve of Diwali, reports Hindustan Times.

Adityanath, who had promised “good news,” to devotees of Lord Ram, also announced a medical college named after King Dashrath, Ram’s father, and an airport to be called Raja Ram, Hindustan Times reported.

“I assure you that no injustice will be done to Ayodhya,” said the saffron-robed Chief Minister, who is also head priest at the Gorakhnath temple in Gorakhpur.

He spoke about his numerous visits to Ayodhya and asked his audience if there was any other chief minister who had travelled to the town as frequently as him.

“You must acknowledge the change Ayodhya is going through,” he said.

Sharing stage with Yogi Adityanath at the ceremony in Ayodhya was South Korean first lady Kim Jung-sook, who earlier laid the foundation stone for the Korean queen Heo Hwang-ok memorial park.

Tue, 06 Nov 2018 19:14:18 +0530
Congress JDS sweep Karnat

The ruling Congress-Janata Dal Secular (JDS) alliance in Karnataka has won two assembly seats and two Lok Sabha seats in bypolls that are expected to have an impact on opposition moves to forge a grand coalition to take on the BJP in next year's national election, reports NDTV.

The BJP has won only one parliamentary seat, Shivamogga, vacated by former chief minister BS Yeddyurappa. The Congress has surged ahead in Ballari, a BJP stronghold since 2004. The ruling alliance has won the Mandya Lok Sabha seat and the assembly constituencies of Jamkhandi and Ramanagara, NDTV reported.

An upper hand in these by-elections will be seen as validation for the Congress-JD(S) coalition amid digs about its longevity from the BJP, which is still smarting at its failure to form a government despite winning the most number of seats in the May state elections.

Tue, 06 Nov 2018 18:03:15 +0530
Nagpur witnesses transfor

In last 4 Years, Nagpur has witnessed transformation in urban transport sdctor. Nagpur’s metro is innovative model, which drives 60% power from solar energy. The e-taxi project, methanol bus are other initiative which were started for the first time in country form Nagpur. Such mass rapid transit system based on electricity is need of hour, opined Union Minister of Road Transport, Highways & Shipping Nitin Gadkari in Nagpur.

Gadkari was speaking on the occasion of inaugural session of 11th edition of Urban India Mobility Conference organized by Minister of Housing & Urban affairs, Institute of Urban Transpor & Maha Metro . Union Housing, Urban Affairs (I/C) Hardeep S Puri, Chief Minister of Maharashtra Devendra Fadnavis, Guardian minister C. Bawankule, Ambassador of France to India Alexander Ziegler, Ambassador of Germany, Dr.Martin Ney, Chief Managing Director, Maha Metro, Nagpur, Dr. Brijesh Dixit,  Secretary, Ministry of Housing & Urban Affairs, D. S. Mishra, were prominently present on this occasion. The conference is being held from 2 to 4 November in Chitnavis Centre, Civil Lines, Nagpur.

Sat, 03 Nov 2018 11:06:23 +0530
Karnataka votes in crucia

Three Lok Sabha and two assembly seats in Karnataka are voting today in a crucial set of by-elections that will test the Congress-Janata Dal (Secular) coalition in the state. The two alliance partners have fielded joint candidates in all the seats. The JD(S) is contesting the Mandya and Shivamogga Lok Sabha seats and the Ramanagara assembly constituency. The Congress has put up candidates in the Ballari Lok Sabha seat and Jamkhandi assembly seat.

Sat, 03 Nov 2018 10:57:58 +0530
PM unveils key initiative

The Prime Minister, Narendra Modi, launched a historic support and outreach programme for the Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSME) sector. As part of this programme, the Prime Minister unveiled 12 key initiatives which will help the growth, expansion and facilitation of MSMEs across the country.

The Prime Minister said that the 12 decisions that he is announcing today, will mark a new chapter for the MSME sector. Noting that MSMEs are one of the principal employment generators in India, the Prime Minister recalled the glorious Indian traditions of small scale industry, including Ludhiana’s hosiery, and Varanasi’s sarees.

The Prime Minister said that the success of economic reforms launched by the Union Government, can be gauged from the rise in India's “Ease of Doing Business Rankings,” from 142 to 77 in four years.

The Prime Minister said that there are five key aspects for facilitating the MSME sector. These include access to credit, access to market, technology upgradation, ease of doing business, and a sense of security for employees. He said that as a Diwali gift for the sector, the 12 announcements he is making, will address each of these five categories.

Sat, 03 Nov 2018 10:42:13 +0530
Aircraft with 189 people

An aircraft with 189 people on board is believed to have sunk after crashing into the sea off Indonesia's island of Java on Monday, shortly after takeoff from the capital on its way to the country's tin-mining hub, officials said, reports NDTV.

A spokesman for Indonesia's search and rescue agency said the Lion Air flight, JT610, lost contact 13 minutes after takeoff, adding that a tug boat leaving the capital's port had seen the craft falling, NDTV reported.

Mon, 29 Oct 2018 10:37:58 +0530
SC orders vigilance enqui

The Supreme Court ordered a Vigilance enquiry  in an unprecedented CBI war after hearing a plea filed by Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) director Alok Kumar Verma seeking a stay on the post midnight order divesting of him of duty and sending him on leave. The court also demanded that the enquiry should be completed in two weeks.

As the opposition, particularly the Congress, attacked the Narendra Modi government over the leadership change in the agency, the CBI Thursday clarified that Verma continues to remain the director and Rakesh Asthana special director while joint director Nageshwar Rao will hold interim charge till the time Central Vigilance Commission (CVC) examines the allegations and counter allegations between the top two officials, Hindustan Times reported.

Fri, 26 Oct 2018 14:20:57 +0530
Charge sheet against Chid

The Enforcement Directorate filed charge sheet against former Union minister P Chidambaram in the Aircel-Maxis money laundering case.

The agency has named nine accused in the case including Chidambaram, S Bhaskaraman and four Maxis companies, reports Hindustan Times.

CBI special judge OP Saini fixed November 26 for consideration of the charge sheet.

The Aircel-Maxis cases pertains to grant of Foreign Investment Promotion Board clearance to firm M/S Global Communication Holding Services Ltd in 2006 for investment in Aircel, Hindustan Times reported.

The ED has charged Chidambaram and others with laundering Rs 1.16 crore for the illegal approval given by the Congress leader for a foreign investment worth Rs 3,560 crore by Global Communication and Holdings, a subsidiary of Maxis Berhad, Malaysia, when he was the finance minister in 2006.

Thu, 25 Oct 2018 18:08:36 +0530
UAE Ambassador meets Indi

Dr. Abdul Rahman Al Banna, UAE Ambassador to India, met today in New Delhi, Ramesh Abhishek, Secretary of the Indian Department Of Industrial Policy and Promotion.

They discussed the progress made on the implementation of processes agreed during the last meeting, as well as topics of mutual interest.

Thu, 25 Oct 2018 12:30:39 +0530
India Australia discuss

The Minister of State for Civil Aviation Jayant Sinha met with the Western Australian Tourism Minister Paul Papalia to receive further commitments from the Western Australian State Government to establish direct non-stop flights between India and Perth.

The Ministers said the discussions were positive, agreeing there would be benefits for both Western Australia and India if a direct service was established. The Chairman and Managing Director of Air India, Mr Pradeep Kharola was also present in the meeting.

India is already a fast growing market for Western Australia with the number of visitors increasing by 38 per cent from the year ending December 2015 to the same period in 2017. The Western Australia Government has recently committed funds to market the State to Indian consumers for the first time and has appointed a dedicated marketing representative based in Mumbai.

Air India has agreed to explore the business case for the route.

Jayant Sinha said that “India and Australia share strong trade, investment, sporting and education ties. Direct connectivity between India and Australia has the potential to deepen these relationships.”

He said that “India has a very open air service agreement with Australia. It encourages both Indian and Australian airlines to consider making use of the liberal arrangements to mount more flights between the two countries.” He added that “many Indian carries are now permitted to fly on international routes and we hope to see many new direct flights and increased frequency between the two countries.”

After the meeting, Paul Papalia said that “today’s meeting was extremely productive and significantly progressed our efforts towards establishing direct flights between India and Perth.”  He said that “the Western Australian Government is serious about growing the number of visitors travelling to Western Australia from India, which is why we have committed marketing funds for the first time and appointed a market representative to work with travel trade and Tourism Australia to promote the State.” He added that “our extraordinary State has much to offer Indian travellers, whether they’re visiting for business, education or leisure.” He said that “Perth boasts the best hotels in Australia, with more than 3,000 new rooms opening in the past few years. It is also the perfect launching pad to visit our spectacular regions.”

Thu, 25 Oct 2018 12:20:17 +0530
India Bangladesh discuss

India and Bangladesh discussed various issues pertaining to the protocol arrangements and improvement of inland water transportation between the two countries in the 19th Standing Committee meeting under ‘Protocol on Inland Water Transit and Trade’ (PIWTT)held at  New Delhi today. The meeting was attended by high level delegations that included representatives of Ministries of  Shipping, External Affairs, Home, Finance, DONER and Inland Waterways Authority of India (IWAI) and officials from Bangladesh belonging toMinistry of Shipping, Board of Revenue, DG (Shipping)  and Bangladesh Inland Water Transport Authority (BIWTA).

The two sides agreed to consider inclusion of Rupnarayan river (National Waterway-86) from Geonkhali to Kolaghatin West Bengal in the protocol route. They also agreed to declare Kolaghatin West Bengal and Chilmari in Bangladesh as new Ports of Call. The new arrangement  will facilitate movement of flyash, cement, construction materials etc from India to Bangladesh through IWT on Rupnarayan river. Further, both sides agreed to declare Badarpur on river Barak (NW 16)    as an Extended Port of Call of Karimganjin Assam and Ghorasal  of Ashuganj in Bangladesh on reciprocal basis.  The Indian side proposed for extension of the protocol routes from Kolkata uptoSilchar in Assam.

In another critical understanding reached at between the two countries, the Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) for movement of passengers and cruise vessels on Inland Protocol route and coastal shipping routes have been finalised. These river cruise services are likely to commence between Kolkata – Dhaka and Guwahati – Jorhat  and back.

It was  alsoagreed that a Joint Technical Committee will explore the technical feasibility of operationalisation of Dhulian-Rajshahi protocol route uptoAricha and the reconstruction and opening up of Jangipur navigational lock on river Bhagirathi subject to the  provisions of the Treaty between India and  Bangladesh on  Sharing of Ganga Waters at Farakka,1996. This move has the potential to reduce the distance to Assam by more than 450 kms on the protocol routes.

It was also decided that a Project Management Consultant for supervision and monitoring of dredging of Ashuganj-Zakiganj  andSirajganj-Daikhowa stretches of Indo-Bangladesh Protocol Route in Bangladesh will be engaged with 80 % financial contribution from India and rest by Bangladesh. A Joint Monitoring Committee has also been constituted for overall monitoring of the dredging works.

To bring about significant reduction in logistics cost and faster delivery of Bangladesh export cargo , Indian side  raised the point regarding permitting ‘Third country’ EXIM Tradeunder Coastal Shipping Agreementand PIWTT  by allowing  Transhipment through Ports  on the East Cost ofIndia.  Bangladesh agreed to hold stakeholder consultations and revert on the matter.

Both sides agreed for development of Jogighopa as a hub/trans-shipment terminal for movement of cargo to Assam, Arunachal Pradesh, Nagaland and Bhutan and notifying Munsiganj River terminal by Bangladesh Customs for routing third party Exim cargo through Kolkata Port.

The two sides will hold  Shipping Secretary level talks here tomorrowwherein agreements  for the use of Chattogram  and Mongla Ports for movement of goods from  India, Addendum to  PIWTT and Standard Operating Procedure on passengers and cruise movement on the protocol and coastal shipping are  expected to be signed .

Thu, 25 Oct 2018 12:13:05 +0530
PM interacts with IT prof

The Prime Minister Narendra Modi, launched the “Main Nahin Hum” portal and app, in New Delhi.

The portal, which works on the theme “Self4Society”, will enable IT professionals and organizations to bring together their efforts towards social causes, and service to society, on one platform. In doing so, the portal is expected to help catalyse greater collaboration towards the service of the weaker sections of society, especially by leveraging the benefits of technology. It is also expected to generate wider participation of interested people who are motivated to work for the benefit of society.

Interacting with a wide cross-section of IT and electronic manufacturing professionals, captains of industry and technocrats on the occasion, the Prime Minister said he is sure that people want to work for others, serve society and make a positive difference.

 

 

Among those who interacted with the Prime Minister were Anand Mahindra, SudhaMurthy, and a number of young professionals, from India’s top IT companies.

Every effort, however big or small, must be valued, the Prime Minister said, adding that Governments may have schemes and budgets but the success of any initiative lies in public involvement. Let us think about how we can use our strengths to bring a positive difference in the lives of others, the Prime Minister exhorted the gathering.

The Prime Minister noted that he observes India's youngsters leveraging the power of technology very well. He said that they are using technology not only for themselves but also for the welfare of others. He described this as a wonderful sign. Noting that there are many start-ups in the social sector, the Prime Minister wished the young social entrepreneurs well.

Responding to questions in a townhall style interaction, the Prime Minister said that it is essential to step out of our comfort zone. There is so much to learn and discover, he added.

 

IT professionals explained their efforts towards social volunteering, especially in skilling and cleanliness.In response to an observation, the Prime Minister asserted that the symbol of the Swachh Bharat Mission is the spectacles of Bapu, the inspiration is Bapu and we are fulfilling Bapu's vision.

The Prime Minister said that on many occasions, what the “Sarkar” cannot do, “Sanskar” can do. Let us make cleanliness a part of our value systems, he added.

Speaking on the importance of conserving water, the Prime Minister said that in order to learn about water conservation, people should visit Porbandar in Gujarat, and see the home of Mahatma Gandhi. We need to conserve water and recycle water, he added. I appeal to my hardworking farmers to embrace drip irrigation, the Prime Minister said.

The Prime Minister said that through volunteering efforts, a lot can be done in the agriculture sector. Youngsters must venture out and work for the welfare of farmers, he added.

The Prime Minister asserted that more people are paying taxes because they have faith that their money is being used properly and for the welfare of people.

He said that India is making a mark in the start-up sector due to the talent of its youth.

Responding to a team that is working to create rural digital entrepreneurs, the Prime Minister said that it is important to create an India where everyone has equal opportunities.

The Prime Minister said doing social work should be a matter of great pride for everyone.

Expressing disagreement with the trend to criticize business and industry, the Prime Minister said that this townhall programme has illustrated how leading corporates are doing excellent social work, and urging their employees to venture out and serve the people.

Thu, 25 Oct 2018 11:32:36 +0530
Students should learn 50

The Vice President M. Venkaiah Naidu has said that all School syllabi in the country should be reduced by fifty percent and Students should learn 50% from their Classrooms and 50% from Playgrounds. He was interacting with the Students of Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan, in Hyderabad. The Deputy Chief Minister of Telangana,  Mohammad Mahmood Ali and other dignitaries were present on the occasion.

The Vice President said that Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan has played a pivotal role in the education scenario of this country since its inception in 1938. He further said that the young Students would soon be called upon to be leaders of India’s journey towards development. You should prepare yourself; equip yourself starting today, so that you will be ready when called upon to be leaders of a resurgent India, he added.

Saying that it is important to learn from books, the Vice President said that it is good to know facts and understand theories, but it is more important to be able to understand concepts and to gauge their practical applications. It is important to learn to do things, to develop practical and pragmatic wisdom, he added.

The Vice President said that whole examinations should be based on measuring the child’s capacity simply to question the things around him or her. This will encourage young people to never be content with the status quo and help to make change a relatively easy process, he said.

The Vice President urged the young students to never let their marks define or restrict them in any way. You are much more than the numbers on your report card, he added.

The President opined that education imparted should be all encompassing, comprehensive and holistic. He further said that only half the school time should be spent in classrooms learning, the other half should be spent in playgrounds and in nature. Some of life’s crucial lessons are learnt by the children from playgrounds, such as sportsmanship, empathy and teamwork, he added.

Along with physical fitness schools should also encourage other extracurricular activities, the Vice President said. Love for the fine arts and interest in literary activities should also be inculcated in children, they teach children the art of living and working together, he added.

Thu, 25 Oct 2018 11:22:49 +0530
Rashtriya Ekta Diwas

Arrangements are in full swing to celebrate the Rashtriya Ekta Diwas on 31st  October, 2018, the birthday of Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel. Several events are scheduled to be held by various Ministries, PSUs and organisations across the country.

In the national capital New Delhi and all over the States, people will take a pledge to protect the unity and integrity of India and participate in the Run for Unity programme. In Delhi, the Run will be organised from Major Dhynachand Stadium on 31st October at 7 AM. It will be flagged off by the Union Home Minister Shri Rajnath Singh. The Home Minister will also pay floral tributes at the statue of Sardar Patel in the Parliament Street.

Various Ministries/ Departments will organise Run for Unity, March Past and Ekta Diwas pledge as well as other different activities on the occasion all over the country. These ministries include the Ministry of Youth Affairs & Sports, External Affairs (MEA), Defence, Railways, Power, Housing & Urban Affairs, Shipping, Civil Aviation, Road, Transport & Highways, Tourism, Petroleum & Natural Gas, among others. Senior citizens, women, ex-servicemen, prominent sports personalities and others are expected to join the celebrations.

The MEA will organise pledge taking in Indian Missions. Essay/Quiz Competitions, debates, short films, photo exhibition etc. will be organised in offices of MEA and in the Indian Missions. It will arrange ‘Talks’ on life and contribution of Sardar Patel in cooperation with ‘Friendship Societies’ and ‘Think Tanks’.

The Ministry of Railways will organise pledge and March Past at its Zonal and Divisional HQs. Under the Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs, various events such as Run for Unity, pledge, floral tribute, poetry/painting competitions involving all citizens of Tier-I and Tier-II cities including SMART and AMRUT cities/towns will be organised.

The Ministry of Culture will organise activities including essay, quiz competitions, lectures and symposium at Sahitya Academy and other programmes at Zonal Cultural Centres. The National School of Drama will organize a special play on Sardar Patel.

The Human Resource Development Ministry  is organising essay competitions/debates, Run for Unity, pledge in 2000+ Kendriya and Navodaya Vidyalayas, drawing participation of a huge number of students. The students will also be encouraged to speak simple sentences/words in constitutionally recognised 22 Indian languages for 22 consecutive days – one language every day.

The Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Gas will organise programmes in oil PSUs. The Ministry of Information & Broadcasting will telecast the film 'Sardar' on DD, play radio and TV jingles and will run features on life and achievements of Sardar Patel. Talk shows/interviews based programmes/live phone-in programmes on 'Integration of India will also be telecast by the Ministry.

The Central Armed Police Forces (CAPFs) will actively participate in State-level and other field level functions and organise March pasts.

Wed, 24 Oct 2018 11:37:51 +0530
Purpose of Science Tech

The Vice President M. Venkaiah Naidu has said that the purpose of Science & Technology should be to make common man live comfortably. He was addressing the Maritime Conference SAGAR Discourse 2.0, organized by Forum for Integrated National Security, in Panaji, Goa today.

The Vice President stressed on the need to update technical capabilities, to ensure national security and said that security threats like cross border terrorism, ecological vulnerability and environmental deterioration are not limited to one country and they require a united response from the global community. Such problems have no boundaries and stress the need to use scientific prowess to find solutions, he added.

The Vice President said that India as a responsible power has always collaborated with other nations on space issues. He cautioned the scientific community to beware of the threats to space systems from debris and other irresponsible activities are adding to the complexity. We all need to be concerned with the pursuit of weapons systems capable of destroying satellites in orbit, he added.

Calling for International efforts to focus on the likely global consequences of conflict in space domain, the Vice President said that such conflicts might not be limited to just a few countries but could extend to all spacefarers and the entire globe.

The Vice President said that India must intensify relations with traditional partners and establish new ties with other nations to promote peaceful use of outer space. The activities include carrying out joint activities of mutual interest, sharing expertise in applications of space technology and participating in international events dealing with space, he added.

The Governor of Goa, Smt. Mridula Sinha, the Minister for Panchayat, Goa, Shri Mauvin Godinho, the former Chairman of ISRO, Dr. Kiran Kumar, the Convener of SAGAR Discourse, Dr. Prabhakaran Paleri and other dignitaries were present on the occasion.

Wed, 24 Oct 2018 11:32:43 +0530
Smriti Irani attends Youn

The Government serves not only those citizens who have voted but also those who did not vote; that is the core of policy-making, Union Minister for Textiles, Smriti Zubin Irani said in Mumbai today. She was speaking at the Young Thinkers’ Conference, organized by British Deputy High Commission, Mumbai in association with ORF (Observer Research Foundation).

The Minister said that the Government has implemented the Food Security Act successfully in all states and that 34 million tons of food grain has been made available to the people.

The Minister also said that due to PM Ujjwala Yojana, a clean cooking fuel is now available and deforestation has decreased as 11 crore people have been taken away from the activity of deforestation.

She said that the government has, for the first time, leveraged technology to ensure people's participation in policy-making, through the citizen engagement platform, MyGov.

Wed, 24 Oct 2018 11:29:45 +0530
PM Modi awarded Seoul Pea

The Seoul Peace Prize Committee has decided to confer the 2018 Seoul Peace Prize on Prime Minister Narendra Modi, in recognition of his dedication to improving international cooperation, raising global economic growth, accelerating the Human Development of the people of India by fostering economic growth in the world's fastest growing large economy and furthering the development of democracy through anti-corruption and social integration efforts.

While awarding the 2018 Seoul Peace Prize, the Award Committee recognized Prime Minister Modi's contributions to the growth of the Indian and global economies, crediting 'Modinomics' for reducing social and economic disparity between the rich and the poor. The Committee lauded PM's initiatives to make the government cleaner through anti-corruption measures and demonetization. The Committee also credited Prime Minister for his contribution towards regional and global peace through a proactive foreign policy with countries around the world under the 'Modi Doctrine' and the 'Act East Policy.' Prime Minister Modi is the fourteenth recipient of this award.

Expressing his gratitude for the prestigious honour and in light of India's deepening partnership with the Republic of Korea, Prime Minister Modi has accepted the award. The award will be presented by the Seoul Peace Prize Foundation at a mutually convenient time.

Wed, 24 Oct 2018 11:24:56 +0530
CBI saga takes new turn

The Narendra Modi government has divested Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) director Alok Verma of all duties, hours after he did the same to his deputy Rakesh Asthana, following a feud between the two, Hindustan Times reported.

In an order at 2.30 am on Wednesday served at Verma’s residence, the government said he was being divested of all responsibilities, said an official familiar with the development, reports Hindustan Times.

Before being divested of all responsibilities as the CBI chief, Verma too had signed an order at 9pm on Tuesday divesting his deputy Rakesh Asthana of all responsibilities.

Wed, 24 Oct 2018 11:21:05 +0530
Fourth edition of annual

The fourth edition of the annual UAE-India Economic Forum (UIEF), is set to take place on 24th October with the aim of strengthening ties and bilateral trade relations.

The UIEF is supported by the Telangana Chamber of Commerce and Industry and Gujarat Chamber of Commerce and Industry. The Forum, to be held at Habtoor Grand Resort in Dubai, will bring together over 350 delegates from the UAE and India.

The UIEF represents a new stage in the economic relationship between both the countries that share a vision to project the current US$40 billion bilateral trade to US$100 billion by 2020 according to reports. This can only be achieved with sustained efforts to constantly engage the key stakeholders, government authorities and investors in a dialogue which strengthens their faith in the establishment.

The event will focus on benefits of the increased collaboration in investment, trade, infrastructure, ports, banking, finance, and tourism between the UAE and India. The summit promises to provide exclusive insights into critical topics such as investments, tourism, banking and finance, renewable energy, real estate, and technology.

Commenting on the fourth edition of the UIEF, Alpana Roy, Executive Vice President at UMS Group, said, "We are glad to announce the fourth edition of the UAE India Economic Forum. The Forum is an established platform to discuss new policy framework and explore investment opportunities across industries between the UAE and India. In the recent years both countries have re-energised their bilateral trade relations with the recurring visits of their respective leaders to discuss the future of trade and investments. We are aware that the trading links between the UAE and India has existed since long."

"The UAE enjoys broad and comprehensive economic relationship with India based on mutual interest. Another growing area of economic cooperation between two countries is investments. The UAE has invested over US$5 billion in India through FDI and foreign institutional investors, which makes it one of the leading investors in India. On the other hand, India is the third largest investor in UAE, Indian companies have contributed to the prominent projects in UAE. With both governments showing clarity in their vision to gain the most from this partnership, the ambitious goal of reaching US$100 billion in trade by 2020 now seems achievable," she added.

Tue, 23 Oct 2018 11:53:07 +0530
President inaugurates Vis

The President Ram Nath Kovind, inaugurated the Vishwashanti Ahimsa Sammelan at Mangi Tungi, Nasik, Maharashtra. The event is being organised by the Bhagwan Shri Rishabhdev 108 Feet Vishalkai Digambar Jain Murti Nirman Committee.

Speaking on the occasion, the President said that in the Jain tradition, the principle of ‘Ahimsa Paramodharma’ is distinguished for human welfare and compassion - not just for the absence of physical violence. The President said that Bhagwan Mahavir gave special importance to ‘Apirigraha’ - not taking what is more than essential to live. Humankind is exploiting nature indiscriminately. Ruthless consumption and accumulation of resources is increasing. Due to this, phenomena like climate change are emerging as challenges. Following the Jain tradition shows us a way out.

Tue, 23 Oct 2018 11:04:28 +0530
Environment Ministry init

Air pollution is a serious health issue in the country especially in the northern parts during winter seasons. The air pollution in the northern region is attributed to dust, burning of crops in certain states, burning of garbage construction and prevailing climatic conditions. This air pollution has serious impacts on the health of children, aged people and people suffering from respiratory ailments.

Diwali which is a festival of lights falls during the same period. As a matter of practice people have been celebrating Diwali by bursting crackers.  Crackers contains combustible chemicals that include potassium chlorate powdered aluminum, magnesium, salts of barium, copper, sodium, lithium, strontium etc. and emits smoke on combustion of these chemicals along with sound.  This smoke and sound has health impacts on children, aged people and also animal and birds. Apart from these compounds large amount of waste is also generated after bursting of crackers. Keeping in view the above detrimental effects and also the importance of the festival, Ministry has initiated a “Harit–Diwali” campaign.

This campaign was initiated in 2017-18 wherein large number of school children especially from eco-clubs participated and took pledge to minimize bursting of crackers and also discouraged the neighborhood and their friends from bursting of crackers. During this intensive campaign, the children were advised to celebrate Diwali in an environment-friendly manner by gifting plant sapling to their relatives and friends along with sweets, undertake cleaning of houses, neighbourhoods, schools, collect old books and unused notebooks gift to needy children, donate old warm clothing, blankets to night-shelters and other homeless people. The children were encouraged to light up their houses and their schools with candles and diyas. The above campaign was extremely successful and the air quality had not deteriorated post Diwali in 2017 unlike what was experienced in 2016.

On the above lines, the Ministry has initiated the similar campaign, but this year the campaign has been extended Pan-India. The “Harit Diwali-Swasth Diwali” campaign is now merged with “Green Good Deed” movement that has been initiated as a social mobilization for conservation and protection of environment. The Ministry encourages all schools and colleges to be part of this campaign.

Tue, 23 Oct 2018 10:59:01 +0530
Naidu lauds Lal Bahadur S

“Shri Lal Bahadur Shastri was an exemplary leader, his humility, courage, determination, integrity and moral uprightness were legendary”, the Vice President M. Venkaiah Naidu said. He was addressing the gathering at the presentation ceremony of the 19th Lal Bahadur Shastri National Award for Excellence in Public Administration to Fali S Nariman.

Citing the major mile stones of Shastri Ji’s life, from his active participation in the freedom struggle to his adorning the post of the Prime Minister of the country, the Vice President lauded his leadership style and the great acceptance he had among the people of India. Naidu spoke of the various portfolios held by Shastri Ji in the Union Ministry from Railways to Communication to Industry. He recalled the time when Shastri Ji had resigned from his post as the railway Minister taking moral responsibility for a train accident. He added that this gesture spoke volumes about his integrity and moral standing and set new standards in constitutional propriety.

The Vice President remarked that Shastri Ji had great clarity of his vision and even greater conviction in the capacity of his beloved nation to beat all odds and survive. He observed that Shastri Ji’s 19 Month long Prime Minister-ship was quit eventful and described his various achievements from promoting Green and White Revolution to steering India successfully during the turbulent times of the India-Pak war of 1965.

The Vice President said that beneath a gentle and soft exterior, Shastri Ji carried an iron clad will power and added that Courage and humility are more complementary than contradictory. Shastri Ji made several tough decisions with great conviction when it came to India’s security and national interest.

The Vice President lauded the Lal Bahadur Shastri National Institute of Management for taking forward Shastri Ji’s vision of uplifting the masses and for nurturing moral values and societal responsiveness among its students. He congratulated the recepient of the 19th Lal Bahadur Shastri National Award for Excellence in Public Administration, Fali Sam Nariman and applauded his significant contributions to the field of jurisprudence.

Tue, 23 Oct 2018 10:47:30 +0530
India China hold first h

Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh co-chaired the first India-China High Level Meeting on Bilateral Security Cooperation with Mr. Zhao Kezhi, State Councilor and Minister of Public Security of the People's Republic of China in New Delhi. During the meeting, the two sides discussed issues of mutual interest, including bilateral counter-terrorism cooperation, and welcomed increased cooperation between India and China in the area of security cooperation.

An Agreement on Security Cooperation between the Ministry of Home Affairs of India and the Ministry of Public Security of China was also signed by the two Ministers. The Agreement will further strengthen and consolidate discussions and cooperation in the areas of counter-terrorism, organized crimes, drug control and other such relevant areas.

Mr. Zhao Kezhi is on a bilateral visit to India from 21 to 25 October, 2018, during which he will also travel to Mumbai.

Tue, 23 Oct 2018 10:35:08 +0530
Sabarimala Temple closes

The Sabarimala temple’s first period of pilgrimage after the Supreme Court lifted the ban on the entry of women of menstrual age ends Monday with 10 women aged below 50 stopped by angry devotees from praying at the 800-year-old hilltop shrine in Kerala’s Patthanamthitta district since it opened on Wednesday, reports Hindustan Times.

Amid the face-off between the state’s Left Democratic Front government which assured implementation of the September 28 apex court verdict and the Bharatiya Janata Party, the Congress and various Hindu groups which opposed it and demanded a review petition be filed, the Travancore Dewaswom Board (TDB), which manages the temple, is expected to submit a report to the court on the ground situation. It is also likely seek more time to implement the verdict as the main pilgrimage season begins next month, Hindustan Times reported.

Mon, 22 Oct 2018 11:13:03 +0530
New domestic cruise termiMon, 22 Oct 2018 10:47:31 +0530VP calls on Intl communi

The Vice President M. Venkaiah Naidu led a delegation to participate in the 12th Asia-Europe Meeting that took place on 18-19 October 2018 in Brussels bringing together 51 countries across Asia and Europe, as well as EU and ASEAN Institutions under the title “Global Partners for Global Challenges”.

At the Summit, the Vice President joined the other global leaders in unanimously stressing the role of ASEM as a main platform for Europe and Asia to strengthen dialogue, foster cooperation and tackles global challenges, such as climate change, terrorism, global peace and security, maritime governance, preserving and strengthening rules-based multilateral trading system, and working towards 2030 Sustainable Development Goals.  Chair’s statement was also issued at the Summit.

The Vice President, during his interventions, called on the international community to take concerted action against terrorism, including cross-border terrorism, that threatens peace and stability.  He stated that it is important to uphold principles of non-interference in internal affairs of other countries and to respect sovereignty and territorial integrity.  He stressed on an early adoption of the United Nations Comprehensive Convention on International Terrorism. Terming economic offences as a serious issue that threatens the financial stability of nations, he asked the ASEM partners to work together for denying shelter and for expeditious and timely exchange of financial information. He also highlighted India’s own ambitious policy measures in actively combating climate change and stressed International Solar Alliance as a shining example of Asia-Europe cooperation. He underlined Government of India’s measure for more inclusive development, including focus on women empowerment.

Earlier on October 18, the Vice President also called on His Majesty King Philippe of the Belgians. On the sidelines of the Summit, the Vice President also met with the Greek Prime Minister, Mr. Alexis Tsipras and Portuguese Prime Minister, Mr. Antonio Costa, Spanish Prime Minister, Mr. Pedro Sanchez and exchanged views on matters of common interest.

During his visit to Belgium, the Vice President also visited Jain Temple Complex in the City of Antwerp and met the members of Indian Community on October 20. He outlined the transformative governance initiatives in India and suggested that the Indian diaspora could be active partners in the current India’s growth story. Underscoring the important of ethics in business, he emphasized the paramount importance of maintaining the link with the mother-tongue, motherland and enhanced respect for mother and the guru or the mentor. He also visited Office of the Governor of Antwerp where he paid floral homage to the bust of Mahatma Gandhi. Later in the day, he exchanged views on further enhancing India-Belgium trade and investment ties with select group of prominent CEOs.

After successfully concluding his visit, Vice President will be returning to Delhi on October 21.

Mon, 22 Oct 2018 10:27:28 +0530
PM Modi visits Shirdi

The Prime Minister Narendra Modi, visited Shirdi, in Maharashtra. At a public meeting, he unveiled the plaque to mark the laying of foundation stone of various development works of Shri Saibaba Sansthan Trust. He also released a silver coin to commemorate the Centenary year of Shri Saibaba Samadhi.

Narendra Modi handed over keys to mark the Grihapravesh of Prime Minister Awas Yojana- Grameen (PMAY-G) beneficiaries in Maharashtra. He also interacted with beneficiaries from various districts in Maharashtra like Satara, Latur, Nandurbar, Amaravati, Thane, Solapur, Nagpur through video conference. The beneficiaries, mostly women, thanked the Prime Minister for their new good quality houses, easy availability of credit and corruption free processes associated with PMAY-G scheme. Prime Minister later addressed the gathering.

Speaking on the occasion, Prime Minister extended Dussehra greetings to all Indians. He said that being amongst people during the auspicious occasion of Dussehra gives him energy and renewed vigour to work for the betterment of the country.

Recalling the contributions of Shri Saibaba to the society, Prime Minister said that his teachings give us the mantra to build a strong unified society and to serve humanity with love. He added that Shirdi is always considered as an epitome of public service. He expressed happiness that Shri Saibaba Sansthan Trust is following the path laid down by Saibaba. He also complimented the contributions of the trust in empowering the society through education and in transforming thoughts through spiritual teachings.

Expressing happiness in handing over new houses to over 2 lakh beneficiaries under Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana- Grameen (PMAY-G) on occasion of Dussehra, Prime Minister said that it is a big step towards the fight against poverty. Underlining the efforts of Government in ensuring ‘Housing for All’ by 2022, Prime Minister said that in the last four years, Government has built over 1.25 crore houses. He said that the Government is also ensuring that the every house built is not only of good quality but also has a toilet, gas connection and electricity.

Addressing the gathering, Prime Minister congratulated the people of Maharashtra for making the state Open Defecation Free. He also commended the efforts of the Maharashtra Government towards Swacchh Bharat activities. In this context, Prime Minister spoke about Pradhan Mantri Jan Arogya Yojana (PMJAY) and said that around one lakh people have benefited from the scheme so far. He added that under PMJAY, modern medical infrastructure is getting readied.

Prime Minister also underlined the efforts taken by the Government to deal with drought faced by Maharashtra. In this context, he mentioned Krishi Sinchai Yojana and Fazal Bima Yojana and appreciated the Jalyukt Shivir Abhiyan of Maharashtra Government. He also commended the people’s participation in the de-siltation of irrigation canals undertaken by the Maharashtra Government. 

Remembering the teachings of B R Ambedkar, Jyotirao Phule and Chattrapati Shivaji, Prime Minister asked the countrymen to follow their noble ideals and teachings and work towards creating a strong undivided society. He urged the people to work towards attaining Sabka Saath, Sabka Vikas and Ek Bharat Shresht Bharat.

Earlier in the day, Prime Minister visited the Shri Saibaba Samadhi Temple Complex and offered prayers. He also attended the valedictory function of centenary celebration of Shri Saibaba.

Sat, 20 Oct 2018 12:18:56 +0530
Modi calls Lotay Tshering

Prime Minister Narendra Modi had a telephone conversation with Dr. Lotay Tshering, President of Druk Nyamrup Tshogpa. Prime Minister Modi congratulated Dr. LotayTshering on his party’s victory in the third general election in Bhutan and his own election to the National Assembly. Prime Minister Modi welcomed the successful conduct of general elections, which is an important milestone for consolidation of democracy in Bhutan.

Prime Minister Modi conveyed that India attaches the highest priority to further strengthening unique ties of friendship and cooperation with Bhutan, which is based on shared interests and values, utmost trust, goodwill and mutual understanding.

Recalling the ongoing Golden Jubilee celebrations of diplomatic relations between the two countries, Prime Minister Modi reiterated India’s steadfast commitment to work with the new government in Bhutan in its national efforts for socio-economic transformation, based on the priorities and interests of the people and the government of Bhutan. Prime Minister Modi extended an invitation to Dr. LotayTshering to visit India.

Dr. Lotay Tshering thanked Prime Minister Modi for his greetings and good wishes, and accepted the invitation to visit India at the earliest opportunity. The two leaders agreed to take forward the unique and multifaceted bilateral co-operation to new heights for the benefit of the people of Bhutan and India.

Sat, 20 Oct 2018 11:54:52 +0530
PM Modi attends Dussehra

Prime Minister Narendra Modi attended Dussehra Celebrations at 15 August Park at Lal Qila Maidan in New Delhi.

The Prime Minister watched the Ramleela organized by the Lav-Kush Ramleela committee. He also witnessed the burning of giant effigies of Ravan, Kumbhakarn and Meghnad signifying the triumph of good over evil, during the event.

The event was attended by the President Ram Nath Kovind  and several other dignitaries.

Sat, 20 Oct 2018 11:44:09 +0530
Terrorism is a major thre

The Vice President M. Venkaiah Naidu has said that terrorism is a major threat to peace and stability, and called for an early conclusion of the Comprehensive Convention on International Terrorism, stressing peace is the prerequisite for progress and peace cannot be achieved without combating terrorism. He was addressing the  plenary and retreat sessions of the 12th ASEM Summit, with the theme "Global Partners for Global Challenges", in Brussels, Belgium today.

During his interventions, the Vice President stated that India valued ASEM as a platform that brings together leadership of Asia and Europe to exchange views and address global challenges.

The Vice President drew attention of the leaders to the challenge that criminal misappropriation of public assets by economic offenders, was posing threats to the integrity of financial systems. He expressed the need for international cooperation to deny shelter to the economic offenders including by enhancing mechanisms for Automatic Exchange of Information.

The Vice President also emphasized the importance of connectivity for enhancing prosperity and referred to the various cross border initiatives on connectivity undertaken by India.

The Vice President elaborated on the various initiatives undertaken by the Government to promote inclusive governance, women's welfare, sustainable development and digitalization. He pointed out that the biggest driver to prevent climate change was the elimination of poverty through sustainable use of resources. He called on ASEM partners to join the International Solar Alliance, which symbolizes Asia-Europe cooperation,  being an initiative launched by India and France.

Sat, 20 Oct 2018 11:38:36 +0530
PM condoles loss of lives

The Prime Minister Narendra Modi, has condoled the loss of lives due to train accident in Amritsar.

“Extremely saddened by the train accident in Amritsar. The tragedy is heart-wrenching. My deepest condolences to the families of those who lost their loved ones and I pray that the injured recover quickly. Have asked officials to provide immediate assistance that is required”, the Prime Minister tweeted.

Sat, 20 Oct 2018 11:30:51 +0530
50 dead in Amritsar train

Fifty people were killed and many others injured when a train ran into a crowd celebrating Dussehra in Punjab’s Joda Phatak, close to Amritsar, subdivisional magistrate Rajesh Sharma said. The crowd was watching a Ravana effigy burn nearby around 7pm, additional district commissioner of police, city-2, Lakhbir Singh said. Some were standing on the track shooting videos of the effigy burning on their mobile phones when the train hit them. Authorities have rushed to the spot of the accident.

Sat, 20 Oct 2018 11:23:23 +0530
Vice President calls on B

Vice President M. Venkaiah Naidu who is presently in Brussels to attend the ASEM Summit 2018, called on His Majesty, King of the Belgians at the Royal City Palace. He recalled the friendly ties between the two countries based on shared commonalities and commitment to rule of law, pluralism and federalism.

The two leaders discussed their expectations from the 2018 Summit which is centered on the theme, "Global Partners for Global Challenges”. His Majesty, King Philippe had hosted the ASEM Summit in 2010 when Belgium had held the rotating Presidency of the European Union.

Vice President elaborated on the priority accorded by India to the urgent need for collective efforts of the global community in addressing the menace of terrorism. He also shared his perspective on the successful flagship initiatives of the Government of India including innovative governance to address the complex challenges faced by India as the world’s largest democracy and to simultaneously put India on a faster, inclusive growth and development trajectory.

India thanked Belgium for its consistent support for India’s candidacies at the UN and other international organizations. India also thanked Belgium for its support to India’s candidacy at the UNSC for the term 2021-22. Both sides expressed their commitment to boost investment, trade and people to people ties.

Vice-President and the King of the Belgians had previously met during the State Visit of Their Majesties The King and Queen of the Belgians to India in November 2017.

Fri, 19 Oct 2018 13:14:23 +0530
Women try to enter Sabari

On day three of the Sabarimala temple opening, devotees continue to throng the hill for completing their pilgrimage to the Ayyappa temple. However, tension remains as women attempt to enter the temple, reports Hindustan Times.

After two women unsuccessfully attempted to trek up to the hill-shrine, a third woman began the long walk on Friday morning under a police guard of 150 personnel.

Devotees have been aggressively protesting a Supreme Court order that allows women of menstrual age to enter the temple, a ban that was followed for decades as a religious practice. With the Kerela government saying it will follow the court order and ensure women are allowed in the temple, protests have swept across the state leading to a state-wide shutdown, Hindustan Times reported.

Fri, 19 Oct 2018 11:59:25 +0530
Rajasthan 4 other states

The Election Commission announced a single phase election in Madhya Pradesh and Mizoram, and a two-phase election in Chhattisgarh -- all of which will be held in November. Rajasthan and Telangana will also have a single phase election on December 7. Counting of votes will be held on December 11 for all states, said Chief Election Commissioner OP Rawat, reports NDTV.

Elections in Madhya Pradesh and Mizoram will be held on November 28.

In Chhattisgarh, 18 seats will go to polls in the first phase on November 12. The majority of the state's seats - 72 - will go to polls on November 20, NDTV reported.

Sat, 06 Oct 2018 15:57:18 +0530
50 young Musicians honou

 

K.A.Viswanathan                                                  

 

The doyen of carnatic music  late Dr. M.S.Subbulakshmi ‘s 102nd birth anniversary celebrations was held at the Sri Shanmukhananda Chandrasekharendra Saraswati auditorium , King’s Circle.

On this occasion 50 young and promising musicians from all over the country were given the fellowship in Music award which carries a cash prize of Rs. One lakh  each  for three years. The Sabha had already given the  fellowships to 103 young artists till date from 18 cities in 13 disciplines of Indian music, said Dr. V.Shankar, president of the Sabha. The disciplines include Carnatic vocal, Violin, Flute, Nadaswaram , Mrudangam , Sarod, Veena and Hindustani vocal music.

 

The list of awardees who received this year include Anirbhan Roy who is 8 years old from Kolkata (Flute), 11-year-old Rahul Vellal ( vocal) from Bengaluru and for the first time, Hindustani Violin has been included and Yadnesh Milind Raikar who is just 18 years old and Danish Khan Altaf on Hindustani Vocal who is 15 yrs old were  honoured.

This fellowship award was set up by the Sabha in the year 2013 in memory of Late Dr. M.S.Subbulakshmi. From this year the award will be known as Shri Shanmukhananda Vijaya Bank Dr M.S. Subbalakshmi Fellowship Awards  since the  bank has donated a sum of Rs. 1.5 crores for  three years for this award. The  programme commenced with Vedic chanting by the young students of  the SIES Vedapatashala, Nerul.

 

In his address the vice -president of India Mr. M.Venkaiah Naidu who was the chief guest said “India is indeed blessed with two distinct systems of classical music, Carnatic and Hindustani which have always enjoyed the status of being highly cultivated art forms”. Thanks to the pioneers like the late Bharat Ratnas Dr. M.SSubbulakshmi, Pandit Ravi Shankar and Ustad Ali Akbar Khan, Indian music has become popular throughout the world, he said.

More and more scholars from both India and the west have studied and mastered these arts and many universities and institutions like Shanmukhananda have kept this alive and added further richness to the grand tradition , the vice president said.

 

The award ceremony was  followed by a thematic dance presentation by the Tharanginee School of Bharatanatyam , Chennai on “ Maithreem Bhajatha” on Universal Harmony. Maithreem Bhajata  is a benediction composed in Sanskrit by Jagadguru Shri Chandrasekharendra Saraswati, renowned as the Paramacharya of Kanchi Peetam .It was rendered at the United Nations on Oct. 23, 1966 on the occasion of the UN day, by Bharat Ratna  M. S. Subbulakshmi and her daughter Radha Viswanathan.

Fri, 05 Oct 2018 18:35:26 +0530
India Russia sign S 400

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Russian President Vladimir Putin signed the much anticipated S-400 Triumf, the $5-billion deal, arguably the world's most lethal surface-to-air missile system, to strengthen India's air defence system.

"Russia has stood by India through time and has played a crucial role In India's growth story," PM Modi said in a joint address after the bilateral meeting with Mr Putin who is on a two-day visit to India. Both the countries signed a list of other agreements as well ranging from nuclear power to space exploration.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Russian President Vladimir Putin met for the 19th edition of the Annual Bilateral Summit in New Delhi. India-Russia cooperation is based on the solid foundations of the 1971 Treaty of Peace, Friendship and Cooperation between the Republic of India and the USSR, 1993 Treaty of Friendship and Cooperation between the Republic of India and the Russian Federation, 2000 Declaration on Strategic Partnership between the Republic of India and the Russian Federation and 2010 Joint Statement elevating the Partnership to a Special and Privileged Strategic Partnership.

India and Russia highly evaluated the contemporary relevance and significance of the informal summit in Sochi on May 21, 2018 which was a unique meeting in international diplomacy, reflecting the deep trust and confidence between Prime Minister Modi and President Putin, underlining the desire of both countries to maintain regular contacts and hold frequent consultations on issues of mutual interest, and further enhanced mutual coordination and convergence of views on all major issues. The Sochi Summit manifested the role of interaction and cooperation between India and Russia in building a multi-polar world order. The two Sides agreed to continue the practice of such informal meetings and to maintain strategic communication at all levels on a regular basis.

The Sides reaffirmed their commitment to the Special and Privileged Strategic Partnership between India and Russia. They declared that this relationship is an important factor for global peace and stability and appreciated each other’s respective roles as major powers with common responsibilities for maintaining global peace and stability.

Both Sides agreed that their relationship is mature and confident, covering all areas and is marked by deep trust, mutual respect and close understanding of each other’s position. They reaffirmed that being multicultural, multilingual and multireligi