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KOLKATA: Crude bombs were flung in Bengal's Bhatpara as two groups clashed and elsewhere, three BJP candidates claimed they came under attack on the last day of polling in the state. Union Minister Nirmala Sitharaman has called for the presence of Central forces in the state till the counting of votes gets over. Two of the claims came from state capital Kolkata, which is voting today along with the remaining eight seats in the state, which sends the second highest number of members to the Lok Sabha after Uttar Pradesh, reports NDTV.

Bengal voted in all seven rounds of the Lok Sabha elections and violence was reported in every round, NDTV reported.

Sun, 19 May 2019 16:13:40 +0530
Nation Votes In Seventh P

NEW DELHI: Over 41.6 per cent of the 10.17 crore voters have exercised their franchise till 1 pm in the final phase of the Lok Sabha elections. Jharkhand witnessed an impressive turnout with 52.9 percent of the voters casting their votes so far. Nearly 49.8 percent of the electorate in West Bengal also marked their presence at the polling booth despite incidents of violence across the state. Fifty-nine seats, including PM Modi's constituency Varanasi, are voting today in the seventh and final phase of the, reports NDTV.

Over 10.17 crore voters across seven states and one Union Territory will decide the fate of 918 candidates. The Bharatiya Janata Party or the BJP had won 30 of the 59 seats in the 2014 elections.

Voting will be held for 13 parliamentary constituencies each in Uttar Pradesh and Punjab, nine seats in West Bengal, Bihar (8), Madhya Pradesh (8), Himachal Pradesh (4), Jharkhand (3) and Chandigarh (1) today. In Uttar Pradesh, the BJP is contesting in 11 seats, while its ally Apna Dal (Sonelal) is contesting Mirzapur, currently held by Union minister Anupriya Patel, and Robertsganj. The party has fielded Bhojpuri actor Ravi Kishan from Gorakhpur against Congress's Madhusudan Tripathi and Rambhual Nishad of the Samajwadi Party, NDTV reported.

Sun, 19 May 2019 15:20:10 +0530
Election Commissioner Ash

NEW DELHI: Election Commissioner Ashok Lavasa has stopped attending meetings to decide on violations of the Model Code of Conduct over his "minority decisions going unrecorded", correspondence reviewed by NDTV finds. Some of his objections involve the Election Commission's clean chit to Prime Minister Narendra Modi in six instances.

The three-member Election Commission consists of the Chief Election Commissioner Sunil Arora and two election commissioners - Ashok Lavasa and Sushil Chandra. The poll panel's rules express preference for a unanimous view, but also allow a majority decision, reports NDTV.

Sat, 18 May 2019 17:42:53 +0530
Chandrababu Naidu Meets R

Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu met Congress chief Rahul Gandhi in Delhi today and discussed firming up a non-BJP front to keep the ruling party out of power after results of the national election are declared next week. He also met Nationalist Congress Party chief Sharad Pawar in the capital, reports NDTV.

The Telugu Desam Chief's efforts come ahead of a mega meet of opposition leaders on May 23, hosted by UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi, to prepare for the possibility of a less than a decisive verdict.

Mr Naidu, 69, is also likely to meet Uttar Pradesh alliance partners Mayawati and Akhilesh this evening in Lucknow, NDTV reported.

He met CPI(M) leader Sitaram Yechury and Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) chief Arvind Kejriwal on Friday and discussed with them the possibility of a tie-up in the post-results scenario.

Sat, 18 May 2019 17:33:38 +0530
UN Secretary General Cond

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has condemned the recent attacks on commercial vessels off the coast of the United Arab Emirates and stressed the need for further investigation to determine the facts and hold accountable the perpetrators, according to his spokesperson.

Stephane Dujarric told a briefing in New York, that the Secretary-General has also condemned the drone attacks on oil facilities in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, for which the Houthis have claimed responsibility.

The spokesperson said that he has been asked in recent days about the different developments in the Gulf and that he can say that the "Secretary-General is following with growing concern recent incidents and hardening rhetoric in the Gulf region, which threaten to further destabilise an already volatile situation."

The UN Secretary-General has recalled that attacks targeting civilian infrastructure violate international humanitarian law, and also called upon all actors to exercise maximum restraint and prevent any escalation amid heightened tensions, the spokesperson added.

Fri, 17 May 2019 12:09:22 +0530
Nuclear Electricity Can R

Vice President M. Venkaiah Naidu has said that nuclear electricity could significantly reduce Greenhouse Gas Emissions and has the potential to meet increasing energy demand in the country.

Addressing Scientists and the Staff of Atomic Minerals Directorate for Exploration and Research (AMD), in Hyderabad, on the occasion of 70 years of exploration and research by the organization, he pointed out that climate change was one of the foremost environmental concerns today.

Stating that the need of the hour was to ensure that modern technologies were safer and reliable, the Vice President observed that nuclear power was one of the reliable and safe energy options and commended India’s record of operating our nuclear fleet for over 40 years without any serious incident.

Naidu said India’s abiding interest in nuclear energy grew out of a deep conviction that the power of atom could be harnessed to help the country to achieve human and societal development. He said that India has consciously made a strategic choice to pursue a low-carbon growth model in the coming decades and added that reducing pollution was a major challenge.

President also unveiled a plaque on ‘Cuddapah Monolith’ to commemorate 70 years of exploration and research by AMD.

Fri, 17 May 2019 12:06:35 +0530
Water Level Goes Down Se

The water storage available in 91 major reservoirs of the country for the week ending on May 16, 2019, was 35.99 BCM, which is 22% of the total storage capacity of these reservoirs. This percentage was at 24 for the week ending on May 09, 2019. The level of water storage in the week ending on May 16, 2019, was 115% of the storage of the corresponding period of last year and 105% of storage of average of the 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 an installed capacity of more than 60 MW. 

 

REGION WISE STORAGE STATUS:-

 

NORTHERN REGION

The northern region includes States of Himachal Pradesh, Punjab and Rajasthan. There are six reservoirs under CWC monitoring having a total live storage capacity of 18.01 BCM. The total live storage available in these reservoirs is 8.54 BCM which is 47% of the total live storage capacity of these reservoirs. The storage during the corresponding period of last year was 16% and the average storage of the last ten years during the corresponding period was 26% of the live storage capacity of these reservoirs. Thus, storage during the current year is better than the corresponding period of last year and is also better than the average storage of the last ten years during the corresponding period.

 

EASTERN REGION

The Eastern region includes States of Jharkhand, Odisha, West Bengal and Tripura. There are 15 reservoirs under CWC monitoring having a total live storage capacity of 18.83 BCM. The total live storage available in these reservoirs is 5.04 BCM which is 27% of the total live storage capacity of these reservoirs. The storage during the corresponding period of last year was 30% and the average storage of the last ten years during the corresponding period was 25% of the live storage capacity of these reservoirs. Thus, storage during the current year is less than the corresponding period of last year but is better than the average storage of the last ten years during the corresponding period.

 

WESTERN REGION

The Western region includes the States of Gujarat and Maharashtra. There are 27 reservoirs under CWC monitoring having a total live storage capacity of 31.26 BCM. The total live storage available in these reservoirs is 4.10 BCM which is 13% of the total live storage capacity of these reservoirs. The storage during the corresponding period of last year was 18% and the average storage of the last ten years during the corresponding period was 22% of the live storage capacity of these reservoirs. Thus, storage during the current year is less than the storage of last year and is also less than the average storage of the last ten years during the corresponding period.

 

CENTRAL REGION

The Central region includes States of Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh. There are 12 reservoirs under CWC monitoring having a total live storage capacity of 42.30 BCM. The total live storage available in these reservoirs is 11.44 BCM which is 27% of the total live storage capacity of these reservoirs. The storage during the corresponding period of last year was 25% and the average storage of the last ten years during the corresponding period was 23% of the live storage capacity of these reservoirs. Thus, storage during the current year is better than the storage of last year and is also better than the average storage of the last ten years during the corresponding period.

 

SOUTHERN REGION

The Southern region includes States of Andhra Pradesh, Telangana, AP&TG (Two combined projects in both states), Karnataka, Kerala and Tamil Nadu. There are 31 reservoirs under CWC monitoring having a total live storage capacity of 51.59 BCM. The total live storage available in these reservoirs is 6.86 BCM which is 13% of the total live storage capacity of these reservoirs. The storage during the corresponding period of last year was 13% and the average storage of the last ten years during the corresponding period was 16% of the live storage capacity of these reservoirs. Thus, storage during the current year is equal to the corresponding period of last year but is less than the average storage of the last ten years during the corresponding period.

States having better storage than last year for corresponding period are Himachal Pradesh, Punjab, Gujarat, Uttarakhand, Madhya Pradesh, Karnataka and Tamil Nadu. States having equal storage than last year for corresponding period are Uttar Pradesh, Telangana and AP&TG (Two combined projects in both states) Andhra Pradesh and Telangana. States having lesser storage than last year for corresponding period are Rajasthan, Jharkhand, West Bengal, Tripura, Odisha, Maharashtra, Chhattisgarh, Andhra Pradesh and Kerala.

Fri, 17 May 2019 11:42:07 +0530
Israel proposes India to

The Indian Delegation led by I&B Secretary Amit Khare today met Film Commissioners of participating countries at Cannes Film Festival. During the meeting, India was positioned as an attractive filming destination by highlighting the steps taken to ease the process of obtaining permissions for filming in India through the Film Facilitation Office which facilitates Single Window Clearance for film-makers. The steps taken by the India Government to combat film piracy were also discussed.

The Indian Delegation highlighted the opportunity of utilizing the abundant talent pool of skilled professionals and technicians and projected the possibility of India emerging as a major post-production hub. The focus of the discussion was the exploration of co-production opportunities with the participating countries and forage opportunities of collaborations for films with international production houses. The rebates and incentives being explored by the government to incentivize foreign filmmakers further to shoot in India were also highlighted.

During the discussions, Amit Khare talked about the possibility of filmmakers of different countries coming together under bilateral co-production agreements which would also forge new markets and wider audiences by making India a hub for shooting world-class international movies. He also talked about the opportunity of creative collaborations in terms of content exchange and explored the idea of cultural exchange through co-creation of content.

The Delegation further Ms.Eti Cohen, Director of Film Department and Council, Ministry of Culture and Sports, Israel. During the meeting, Israel proposed India to be the focus country in Jerusalem Film Festival, 2020. The buzz created by the Hindi movie Newton in Israel was also highlighted by the Israeli Delegation. Israel also proposed the idea of making concept-based films in India, with a focus on regional and small budget films.

Thu, 16 May 2019 23:49:10 +0530
Godse was a deshbhakt i

Nathuram Godse, the man who assassinated Mahatma Gandhi, "was a deshbhakt (patriot), is a deshbhakt and will remain one," the BJP's Pragya Singh Thakur said today, adding to her growing list of controversial statements. Amid wide condemnation, even from the BJP, she later claimed that she would "follow the party's line" and the party's line was her line, reports NDTV.

But she stopped short of an apology, despite BJP leaders calling for one. 

"It was my personal opinion. My intention was not to hurt anyone's sentiments. If I've hurt anyone I do apologise. What Gandhi Ji has done for the country cannot be forgotten. My statement has been twisted by the media," she told news agency ANI.

Congress leader Priyanka Gandhi attacked the BJP, saying just disowning the egregious comment of Pragya Thakur was not enough, NDTV reported.

Thu, 16 May 2019 23:38:08 +0530
Suspicious Object Found A

PUNE: A staff member of Air Force School, Vimannagar, located at Air Force Station Lohegaon Pune, found a suspicious looking object in the school ground, which is adjacent to a civil residential area. On receiving the information IAF Security team reached the Air Force School and the school area was cordoned off. T

The object was identified by a bomb disposal team from civil police as a pyrotechnic object. The suspicious device was safely disposed of by the civil bomb disposal squad. There has been no damage to personnel and property.

An investigation by the Indian Air Force is under progress.

Wed, 15 May 2019 18:46:32 +0530
China Hit Back In Trade W

BEIJING: China has hit back in its trade war with the US, announcing plans to impose tariffs on US$60bn of American imports. Tariffs will be imposed on 5,140 US products with an annual value of about $60bn from 1 June, the Chinese finance ministry said.

"China’s adjustment on additional tariffs is a response to US unilateralism and protectionism," the Ministry said.

"China hopes the US will get back to the right track of bilateral trade and economic consultations and meet with China halfway."

Wed, 15 May 2019 18:38:53 +0530
Intl Community Condemn A

ABU DHABI: The Republic of Tunisia, Al-Azhar Al Sharif, the Secretary-General of the League of Arab States, and the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies have condemned drone attack against two oil pumping stations in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

They said in statements that such acts of terrorism, which seek to undermine the security and stability of the Kingdom, are abhorrent, criminal acts rejected by all divine religions and humanitarian norms and laws.

They also called on the international community to join efforts to confront terrorism in all its forms and manifestations. The statements stressed the need for international solidarity to confront these criminal acts.

Wed, 15 May 2019 18:34:39 +0530
Centre Extends Ban On LTT

NEW DELHI: The Central Government has extended the ban on the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) for another five years under sub-sections (1) and (3) of section 3 of the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act, 1967 (37 of 1967) with immediate effect.

The notification states that the LTTE’s continued violent and disruptive activities are prejudicial to the integrity and sovereignty of India, and it continues to adopt a strong anti-India posture as also continues to pose a grave threat to the security of Indian nationals.

Wed, 15 May 2019 18:24:41 +0530
Mamata Banerjee has taken

KOLKATA: Amid the huge political row over yesterday's violence during a rally of BJP chief Amit Shah in Kolkata, Prime Minister Narendra Modi today declared that Mamata Banerjee has taken "revenge".  The Bengal Chief Minister, he said, is afraid of the outcome of the election and is "scared of her own shadow". The BJP and the Trinamool Congress have been at loggerheads since yesterday over the violence, during which a statue of Iswarchandra Vidyasagar -- a 19th Century reformer and an iconic figure in the state -- was smashed. The parties have blamed each other for the vandalism, reports NDTV.

"Mamata didi had declared publicly two days ago that she will take revenge (inch inch ka badla). She fulfilled her agenda within 24 hours, BJP President Amit Shah's roadshow was attacked," PM Modi said at a rally in Bengal.

This, he said, was "intimidatory tactics" from the Bengal Chief Minister, who swept to power in the state in 2011, ending the 35-year Left rule.  "Mamata didi got scared after seeing the BJP wave in the state. And everyone now knows what she is capable of when scared", NDTV reported.

Wed, 15 May 2019 18:17:21 +0530
Armed Drones Attack Saudi

Saudi Arabia has confirmed that two pump stations on its East-West pipeline were attacked by armed drones, however, asserted that its supplies and exports of crude oil and products are operating normally without interruption. In a statement, Khalid A. Al Falih, Minister of Energy, Industry, and Mineral Resources of Saudi Arabia, said that on Tuesday, 14th May 2019, between 06:00 and 06:30, Pump Stations Nos. 8 and 9 on the East-West pipeline, which carries Saudi oil from the Eastern Province to Yanbu port, were attacked by armed drones, igniting a fire that caused minor damage to Pump Station No. 8, but it was eventually brought under control.

Saudi Aramco took precautionary measures and temporarily stopped the operation of the pipeline, as it is evaluating the situation and working on restoring the operations of the affected pump station and the pipeline, according to the Saudi state news agency, SPA.

Al Falih asserted that the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia condemns this attack, emphasising that the latest acts of terrorism and sabotage in the Arabian Gulf targeting vital facilities do not only target the Kingdom but also the security of oil supplies to the world and the global economy.

"These attacks prove again that it is important for us to face terrorist entities, including the Houthi militias in Yemen that are backed by Iran," the minister added.

Tue, 14 May 2019 20:00:10 +0530
India Pavilion is set to

India Pavilion is set to be inaugurated at Cannes Film Festival, which will be held from 14th to 25th May 2019. The Pavilion will showcase Indian cinema across linguistic, cultural and regional diversity, with the aim of forging international partnerships in distribution, production, filming in India, script development, technology, promoting film sales and syndication. It will be set up by Ministry of Information & Broadcasting in association with Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry. The Pavilion serves as a platform for the Indian Delegates to meet International Delegates attending the Festival to promote networking with other countries and organizations. The Pavilion also serves as an information dissemination point about India and Indian Cinema for the Global Film Community.

The Indian Delegation this year will be led by Amit Khare, Secretary, Ministry of Information & Broadcasting. The Film Delegation would consist of Prasoon Joshi, Chairman, CBFC and acclaimed filmmakers Rahul Rawail, Shaji N. Karun and Madhur Bhandarkar.

During the Festival, the Indian Delegation will be interacting with key stakeholders of Cannes as well as other members of the film fraternity. A key focus area of the Indian Delegation this year will be to promote the Golden Jubilee Edition of International Film Festival of India to be held in Goa later this year. A specially designed IFFI poster for the Golden Jubilee Edition will also be released during the Festival.

The Delegation will also popularise steps taken to ease shooting films in India through Film Facilitation Office that facilitates Single Window Clearance for film-makers and steps by the Government to combat film piracy. To take advantage of the availability of technicians and skilled professionals, India will be showcased as a post-production hub to promote collaborations for films with international production houses. A comprehensive Film Guide will also be distributed at the India Pavilion to showcase the importance of the film ecosystem and Government incentives to shoot in India. 

Tue, 14 May 2019 19:55:33 +0530
US Naval Operations Chief

Admiral John Michael Richardson, Chief of Naval Operations, US Navy, is on an official tour to India from 12 to 14 May 2019. His visit is intended to consolidate bilateral naval relations between India and the USA and also to explore new avenues for naval cooperation.

Admiral John M Richardson had discussions with Admiral Sunil Lanba, Chief of the Naval Staff. He also interacted with Defence Secretary, Vice Chief of the Army Staff, Chief of the Air Staff, Chief of the Integrated Defence Staff to the Chairman COSC and the National Security Council Secretariat.

Indian Navy and US Navy interact regularly at bilateral and multilateral forums and participate in maritime exercises such as MALABAR and RIMPAC. Regular Subject Matter Expert exchange also takes place between both the navies to institutionalise interoperability in various fields. After being accorded Major Defence Partner status by the USA in 2016, India – US ties have grown significantly in recent years. The inaugural Ministerial 2+2 Dialogue conducted in September 2018 also facilitated new avenues for defence cooperation between the two countries.

Major issues discussed during the visit included operations and exercises, training interactions, information exchange, capacity building and capability enhancement.

Tue, 14 May 2019 19:50:51 +0530
VP Calls Upon Social Scie

Vice President M. Venkaiah Naidu has called upon social science researchers to come up with innovative and out-of-box solutions to address various problems confronting the world from eradicating poverty to achieving sustainable development.

Speaking at the Golden Jubilee Celebrations of the Indian Council of Social Science Research (ICSSR), the Vice President said the objective of every research outcome should be to better the lives of the people. The upliftment of the poor should be the goal of social science research. As such, any research would be incomplete if the researcher failed to spend time in the field and with the people.

Urging social science researchers to find solutions to societal problems, he stressed the need for inclusive development, reaching the unreached and funding the unfunded. Achieving sustainable developmental goals, taking care of the health of the population, alleviating poverty, mitigating the urban-rural divide and the challenges faced by the agriculture require a fresh and practical approach, he added.

Stating that tight boundaries between various disciplines have almost disappeared, the Vice President said that today’s researchers cannot confine themselves to compartmentalized silos and must have a basic understanding of other related disciplines. For example, health, education and environment cannot be confined to particular disciplines, he added.

Tue, 14 May 2019 19:46:54 +0530
WTO Pitches For Multilate

The WTO Ministerial Meeting of Developing Countries concluded in New Delhi today. The Ministerial Meeting began last evening with a dinner hosted by the Union Minister of Commerce & Industry and Civil Aviation, Suresh Prabhu. The Director-General of WTO, Roberto Azevedo, was also present during the dinner.

In his address at the dinner, Suresh Prabhu said that the New Delhi Meeting is taking place at a time when trade tensions show no signs of abating and protectionist tendencies are on the rise which makes it very essential to collectively debate and discuss the way forward in a multilateral framework.

Commerce Minister added that the New Delhi Ministerial Meeting is an initiative by India to facilitate a free and frank exchange of views on all issues of common interest, particularly of the Developing Countries and will explore how to collectively address the challenges emerging from suggestions on WTO reform.  

In his address at the dinner last night, DG, WTO, Roberto Azevedo, said that the reform process will mitigate the current crisis at WTO and talk about destroying the existing system is not the correct way and may not have the desired outcome. DG, WTO suggested for working in the existing system.

He further said that the Dispute Settlement crisis is a deep crisis and all countries have to look for a resolution. Business as usual approach is not an option anymore and all members should work for a solution.

Roberto Azevedo said that plurilateral should not be seen as a division between Developed and Developing Countries as they contain members from both sides. He further said that the Special and Differential Treatment Mechanism must be innovative in order to address the impasse. If left unaddressed it may go either way, he said. The ideal way is to have a benchmark because the differentiation is already happening and is essential for Small Developing Countries. DG, WTO further added that the best way forward is to have a trade-facilitation-agreement-type model where countries may set their own benchmarks.

In the inaugural session of the Ministerial Meeting, today morning, Suresh Prabhu said that there are 7.3 billion people living in Developing Countries and they cannot and should not be deprived of the benefits of growth and WTO is an institution which addresses these concerns of development and growth of countries through trade and not aid. The Commerce Minister added that he is certain that the efforts of the New Delhi Ministerial Meeting will definitely lead to a WTO which is better than what it is today.

The Multilateral Trading System is the collective responsibility of all countries who have a stake in it.  It is the duty of countries to successfully address conflicting interests, motives and ideologies, in order to preserve and strengthen this valuable institution, the Minister added. The principles of non-discrimination, predictability, transparency, the tradition of decision-making by consensus and, most importantly, the commitment to development, underlying the multilateral trading system, are too valuable to lose, he said.

The approach of the New Delhi Ministerial Meeting is to re-energise and strengthen multilateralism and put in place a more inclusive decision - making process. Towards this end, it is essential that the collective view of as many Developing Countries as possible is formally articulated in submissions on WTO reforms.

Tue, 14 May 2019 19:41:44 +0530
Himalaya To Expand Presen

Dubai Science Park, DSP, has announced that it is leveraging its new built-to-suit model to construct a new Global Research Centre for Himalaya Drug Company, a producer of over 300 cosmetics, nutritional supplements, herbal medicines and pharmaceutical-grade Ayurvedic products in over 90 countries. The centre is due to open in 2021.

The Himalaya Global Research Centre has been part of DSP’s Laboratory Complex since 2013, with product development, quality control and standardisation serving as priority areas of focus for the new facility.

Marwan Abdulaziz Janahi, Managing Director of DSP and Chairing Member of the Pharmaceuticals and Medical Equipment Taskforce of the Dubai Industrial Strategy 2030, said, "Over the last decade, the UAE and India have continued to strengthen their long-standing ties, evidenced by the significant number of Indian firms based in Dubai. Our robust infrastructure and business-friendly environment are among the key factors that encourage these companies to establish their Middle East head offices in the UAE."

The move will result in the creation of over 100 specialised jobs.

In turn, Meraj Manal, Chairman of Himalaya Global Holdings, stated, "We aim to establish Himalaya as a science-based, problem-solving, head to heel brand, not only within Dubai but within the wider GCC region and surrounding international markets. Himalaya invests in markets with an in-depth and long-term approach, maintaining high ethical standards at each step of the way. The UAE is positioned as a perfect place for us to initiate this expansion."

Mon, 13 May 2019 20:54:48 +0530
Sharjah Container Termina

Gulftainer has announced that it welcomed M.V. MAG Pearl from MAG Container Lines (MCL) on a maiden call at its flagship gateway, Sharjah Container Terminal (SCT), marking the port operator’s third new service within the first quarter of 2019.

The M.V. MAG Pearl offers a direct service between Sharjah’s Port Khalid and the Port of Abu Al Fulus in Iraq, contributing to the strengthening of business links between the two regional trade hubs.

Peter Richards, Group CEO of Gulftainer, said, "We are delighted to welcome the M.V. MAG Pearl at SCT. Gulftainer has worked closely with MCL for over 15 years and our strong partnership reinforces our commitment to enhancing our capabilities and meeting the evolving needs and expectations of our customers."

To mark the occasion in traditional fashion, Stephen Barron, SCT Terminal Manager, presented a commemorative shield to the Vessel Master of the M.V. MAG Pearl in the presence of senior management from Gulftainer.

With recent terminal upgrades, Gulftainer has continued to solidify SCT’s position as a prominent gateway port for the region. SCT’s recent upgrades include expansions of its full container storage yard by over 17 per cent to ensure fast and efficient service delivery to all the terminal’s customers.

Within the first quarter of 2019, Gulftainer welcomed two additional new services to its ports in Sharjah. In March, M.V. Port Klang commenced its maiden call, offering the fastest direct express service between Sharjah’s Port Khalid and the Kandla, Hazira and Nhava Sheva ports in India with only three days’ transit time from the last port in India to Sharjah.

In February, Gulftainer launched a new service offering, Sharjah Port of Trade (S.P.O.T.) services, that guarantees unparalleled connectivity between Sharjah and Dubai. Within a month of its launch, the GALEX service became the first to call at the Khorfakkan Container Terminal and benefit from S.P.O.T services. This service links North/South East Asia, India and the Middle East with a weekly sailing schedule and competitive transit times.

Mon, 13 May 2019 20:45:27 +0530
Commercial Ships Subjecte

Four commercial ships were subjected to sabotage operations near UAE territorial waters in the Gulf of Oman, east of Fujairah, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, MOFAIC, has announced.

The Ministry said that the concerned authorities have taken all necessary measures, and are investigating the incident in cooperation with local and international bodies.

It said that there had been no injuries or fatalities on board the vessels and that there had been no spillage of harmful chemicals or fuel.

The MOFAIC statement said that the carrying out acts of sabotage on commercial and civilian vessels and threatening the safety and lives of those on board is a serious development. It called on the international community to assume its responsibilities to prevent such actions by parties attempting to undermine maritime traffic safety and security.

The Ministry also described as ‘baseless and unfounded’ rumours earlier of incidents taking place within the Port of Fujairah, saying that operations within the port were under way as normal, without any interruption.

Mon, 13 May 2019 20:39:39 +0530
President Pays Homage To

The President Ram Nath Kovind, paid homage to Fakhruddin Ali Ahmed, former President of India on his Birth Anniversary at Rashtrapati Bhavan today.

The President, officers and staff of Rashtrapati Bhavan paid floral tributes in front of a portrait of Fakhruddin Ali Ahmed.

Mon, 13 May 2019 20:30:01 +0530
DRDO Successfully Conduct

Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) conducted a successful flight test of ABHYAS - High-speed Expendable Aerial Target (HEAT) from Interim Test Range, Chandipur in Odisha today. The flight test was tracked by various RADARS & Electro Optic Systems and proved its performance in a fully autonomous waypoint navigation mode.

The configuration of ABHYAS is designed on an in-line small gas turbine engine and uses indigenously developed MEMS-based navigation system for its navigation and guidance. The performance of the system was as per simulations carried out and demonstrated the capability of ABHYAS to meet the mission requirement for a cost-effective HEAT.

Mon, 13 May 2019 20:23:48 +0530
Election Bodies Across Wo

Heads and Representatives of 20 Election Management Bodies (EMBs) from across the World, namely Australia, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Fiji, Georgia, Kenya, Republic of Korea, Kyrgyzstan, Malaysia, Mexico, Myanmar, Romania, Russia, Srilanka,  Suriname, United Arab Emirates, Uzbekistan and Zimbabwe and International Institute for Democracy and Electoral Assistance (IDEA) have arrived in New Delhi to witness the ongoing General Elections to 17th Lok Sabha. More than 65 such delegates have been invited by the Election Commission of India to join the Election Visitors Program.

Addressing the participants, the Chief Election Commissioner, Sunil Arora lauded the foresight and vision of forefathers of Indian Constitution in establishing the Election Commission of India a day before the promulgation of the Republic. While quoting from Article 324 of the Constitution of India, Arora reiterated that Election Commission of India is firmly committed to ensure free, fair and robust elections in the country. He added that Election Commission of India had never been deterred by the sceptics & critics and as always, is committed to function as per the principles and ideals enshrined in the Constitution of India by our visionary forefathers. "The objective and intention of the Commission is to always keep learning from the experiences of the past for necessary course corrections for the future" Arora emphasised.

The delegates visited various polling stations in North West Delhi, East Delhi, Chandni Chowk. South Delhi and Gurgaon through the day to see the polling-in –action and the festive air that surrounds polling. They visited some polling stations which are managed entirely by women polling staff as also some model polling stations with the best of facilities for the voters. The delegates also interacted with the Chief electoral officer of Delhi to get the perspective on elections from the state level. They also visited the Election Museum at CEO office Delhi . The close of polling and the protocols that accompany the sealing of the machines was another aspect that the delegates will be exposed to during the day.

Sun, 12 May 2019 18:09:04 +0530
Naidu calls for an enligh

Vice President M. Venkaiah Naidu has called for an enlightened global leadership to ensure a conflict-free world order based on peace and sustainable development and asserted that Buddhism promotes such transformation. He asserted that adhering to the core principles of Buddhism can liberate individual minds and provide the much desired positive leadership that can rescue the troubled humanity besides addressing a just and responsive world order.

Naidu elaborated on the virtues of Buddhism and its relevance to the present times while delivering the keynote address at the 16th United Nations Day of Vesak, at Tam Chuc Pagoda in Ha Nam province of Vietnam today, on the invitation of his Vietnamese counterpart. He spoke on the theme “Buddhist Approach to Global Leadership and Shared Responsibilities for Sustainable Societies”. The Prime Minister of Vietnam, Mr. Nguven Xuan Phuc, the President of National Vietnam Buddhist Sangha and the President of UN Day of Vesak Celebration 2019, Dr. Thic Thien Nhon and over 1600 leading Buddhist from several countries were among the participants.

‘Vesak’ marks the birth, enlightenment and the Parinirvana of Lord Buddha whose teaching has caught the imagination of people across the world over the last 2,500 years.

Naidu said “Buddhist approach of righteous behavior, wisdom, compassion and camaraderie and reduction of Trishna (greed) offers a set of building blocks for the architecture of a new world order where violence and conflict are minimized and development takes place without degrading the natural resources. He referred to the transformation from Ashoka-the-Fierce to Ashoka-the-Righteous after the Kalinga War inspired by the Buddha’s teachings.

Sun, 12 May 2019 18:02:47 +0530
Super bureaucrat Pravee

MUMBAI: Senior bureaucrat Praveen Pardeshi, who is currently additional chief secretary to Chief Minister Devendra Fadvanis, has been appointed the new commissioner of the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC). Pardeshi, a 1985-batch IAS Officer, will take charge as the BMC chief Monday.

Known as 'super bureaucrat,’ Pardeshi has been a key member of Fadnavis' A team. He was initially appointed as the principal secretary when Fadnavis took office in 2014, and later made additional chief secretary. Pardeshi has extensive administrative experience, having served in various departments, including Revenue and Forest.

A post-graduate in economics, Pardeshi brings to the table deep experience in urban planning from his time as the municipal commissioner of Pimpri-Chinchwad as well as Pune. Pardeshi first rose to prominence during his tenure as the district collector of Latur, where he successfully rehabilitated victims of the hugely destructive earthquake that had struck the district.

A soft-spoken IAS officer, Pardeshi is Fadnavi’s most trusted aide. He is entrusted with the supervision of the chief minister’s pet initiative ‘The War Room’ along with Kaustubh Dhavse, an officer on special duty in the chief minister's office.

The War Room was set up in the Mantralaya to fast-track the state government’s infrastructure and development projects by bringing together the various government agencies involved in their execution. Pardeshi and Dhavse were assigned to monitor the projects and follow through on the decisions made.

Pardeshi's administrative acumen and efficiency was on full display during the devastating floods in Kerala last year. CM Fadnavis had entrusted him with the mission to deliver Rs 20 crore of aid to the flood victims. He had his task cut out -- to coordinate with government departments, non-government organisations, businesses, businessmen and members of the public to deliver the state's flood relief on time. Under Pardeshi's leadership, the state administration worked like a well-oiled machine and ensured that the Maharashtra government's aid reached the flood victims without any delays.

Sat, 11 May 2019 20:13:08 +0530
Centenary celebration of

The centenary of the Malayalam’s famous poem Chinthavistayaya Seetha by Kerala's greatest poet of all time, Kumaran Asan, will be celebrated under the auspices of the cultural division of the Sri Narayana Mandira Samithi on May 12.

As part of the celebrations, a literary meet and debate will be held on the topic 'Chinthavistayaya Seetha -- A Feminist Reading' at the seminar hall in the Samithi's Chembur complex from 10 a.m to 4 p.m. Popular speaker and thinker Sunil P. Ilayidam will deliver the main address, Sri Narayana Mandira Samithi zonal secretary Sriratnam Nanu and general secretary Salim Kumar N.S. said. Writers and literary aficionados from Mumbai will also take part and speak on the subject. 

The debate on the topic will be inaugurated by Mansi. The discussion will be attended by C.P. Krishnakumar, T.N. Hariharan, Priya Varghese, N. Sreejith, Suresh Varma, Dr. Vivekanandan, Surendra Babu, Santhosh Pallasana, Manoj John, Suresh Kanakkoor, Sibi Sathyan, Anil Prakash, Rajan Dhathanepa, Rajalaskhmi teacher and Adv. Premlal Krishnan.

The condition of women and their social status has always been a subject of Asan's poetic creations. The conditions that women face are no different whether they live in a palace or a hut. In Chinthavistayaya Seetha, Asan brings before the reader the distress of a woman living in a palace through her own thoughts. The Samithi aims to draw together in the debate people of different viewpoints and thoughts.

The Samithi, an independent, spiritual organization, is also the largest Sri Narayana organization outside of Kerala. It boasts of membership of more than 16,000 people from different social and religious backgrounds, and functions through 41 units and 24 Guru centres. About 7,000 students study at the Samithi's seven-acre education complex at Chembur. Among the Samithi's new projects are an international study centre in Nerul, an international school, and an education complex at Tarapur.

Sat, 11 May 2019 19:57:01 +0530
US Hands Over Apache Heli

First AH-64E (I) - Apache Guardian helicopter was formally handed over to the Indian Air Force at Boeing production facility in Mesa, Arizona, USA. Air Marshal AS Butola, represented the Indian Air Force and accepted the first Apache in a ceremony at Boeing production facility, representatives from US Government were also present.

IAF had signed a contract with US Government and M/s Boeing Ltd in Sep 2015 for 22 Apache helicopters. The first batch of these helicopters is scheduled to be shipped to India by Jul this year. Selected aircrew and ground crew have undergone training at the training facilities at US Army base Fort Rucker, Alabama. This personnel will lead the operationalisation of the Apache fleet in the IAF.

The addition of AH-64 E (I) helicopter is a significant step towards modernisation of Indian Air Force’s helicopter fleet. The helicopter has been customized to suit IAF’s future requirements and would have significant capability in mountainous terrain. The helicopter has the capability to carry out precision attacks at standoff ranges and operate in hostile airspace with threats from the ground. The ability of these helicopters, to transmit and receive the battlefield picture, to and from the weapon systems through data networking makes it a lethal acquisition. These attack helicopters will provide a significant edge in any future joint operations in support of land forces.

Sat, 11 May 2019 13:35:57 +0530
Ajoy Mehta Appointed As N

MUMBAI: In a day of a major bureaucratic reshuffle in Maharashtra, senior bureaucrat and Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) Commissioner Ajoy Mehta has been appointed as the new chief secretary of the state. Chief Minister Devendra Fadvanis' Additional Chief Secretary Praveen Pardeshi will replace Ajoy Mehta as the BMC chief.

Mehta, a 1984-batch IAS officer, was appointed after U P S Madan has opted for voluntary retirement after serving the post for a mere 44 days, the shortest period for any CS.

Mehta has been holding the position of civic chief since 2015. He leaves the post after having the reputation as the Mumbai Municipality's longest-serving commissioner. Ajoy Mehta has four months remaining in his service as he will retire in September.

Praveen Pardeshi, a 1985-batch IAS Officer, will take charge as the BMC Commissioner on Monday. Pardeshi has been an integral part of CM Fadnavis' bureaucratic team since 2014. Pardeshi was initially appointed as the principal secretary when Fadnavis took office in 2014. Later, he became the additional chief secretary. He has served earlier in various posts, including the Revenue and Forest departments.

Sat, 11 May 2019 13:00:29 +0530
Sam Pitroda was out of l

Congress leader Sam Pitroda's remarks on the 1984 anti-Sikh riots were "absolutely and completely out of line" and he should apologise for them, party chief Rahul Gandhi said in a Facebook post on Friday.

"What Mr Sam Pitroda has said is absolutely and completely out of line and is not appreciated. I will be communicating this to him directly. He must apologise for his comment," he said, describing the riots -- which claimed nearly 3,000 lives -- as a "terrible tragedy", reports NDTV.

Sat, 11 May 2019 12:13:48 +0530
INS Kolkata Shakti Carr

 IN Ships Kolkata and Shakti carried out Group Sail with naval ships of Japan, Philippines and the United States of America in the South China Sea.  The six-day long Group Sail had participation of six combatants from the four participating countries and included the Guided Missile Destroyer INS Kolkata and Fleet Support Ship INS Shakti of India, Helicopter Carrier JMSDF Izumo and Guided Missile Destroyer JMSDF Murasame of Japan; Frigate BRP Andres Bonifacio of Philippines and Arleigh Burke Class Destroyer USS Williams P Lawrence of USA. 

The Group Sail was aimed to deepen the existing partnership and foster mutual understanding among participating navies.

The ships undertook various exercises en route which included formation manoeuvering, underway replenishment runs, cross-deck flying and exchange of Sea Riders.  The Group Sail exercise with naval ships of Japan, Philippines and United States showcased India’s commitment to operating with like-minded nations to ensure safe maritime environment through enhanced interoperability. 

Fri, 10 May 2019 17:07:49 +0530
15th Finance Commission C

The 15th Finance Commission addressed the media in Mumbai today, briefing them about the discussions that took place in the Commission’s meetings with RBI, banks and eminent economists during the Commission’s two-day visit to the city during May 8 – 9, 2019.

Stating that the visit of the Commission was very productive, the Chairman said:

The meetings have sharpened the Commission’s understanding on some of the key things that need to be kept in mind for continued macroeconomic stability. A careful examination was made into the issues of debt, particularly as stated in the RBI’s Annual Report on State Debt Figures. The overall debt picture of the states and the way they have complied with the ingredients of the Macroeconomic Management Bill is being looked into closely. This is an area we have had a very useful discussion.

Fri, 10 May 2019 16:55:46 +0530
Vice President Presses Fo

The Vice President M. Venkaiah Naidu emphasized the importance of building a peaceful and prosperous Indo-Pacific region on the basis of respect for national sovereignty and international law and expressed the hope that the concerned countries would be able to reach a consensus on Code of Conduct in the South China Sea.

On the second day of his four-day official visit to Vietnam, Naidu held wide-ranging high-level talks with top Vietnamese leadership, including the Vice President, Ms. Dang Thi Ngoc Thinh and Chairperson of the National Assembly of Vietnam, Ms. Nguyen Kim Thi Ngan and attended a Banquet Lunch hosted in his honour.

Naidu said that his talks with Vice President, Ms. Dang Thi Ngoc Thinh, this morning, were extensive and productive. “Our discussions covered the whole range of bilateral and multilateral cooperation”, he added.

In a joint press statement issued along with Vietnam’s Vice President, Ms. Dang Thi Ngoc Thinh, Naidu said that both India and Vietnam were fully committed to an open, transparent, inclusive and rules-based regional architecture based on freedom of navigation and overflight, unimpeded economic activities and peaceful settlement of disputes in accordance with the international law.

During his talks with the Vietnamese leadership, the Vice President expressed confidence that the interactions would provide a new direction, momentum and substance to the bilateral cooperation between the two countries. He told them that the exchange of high-level visits from both sides was a clear indication of the commitment of both countries to further strengthen the Comprehensive Strategic Partnership. India’s commitment to be a reliable development partner was stronger than before, he added.

Describing Vietnam as a “strategic pillar of India’s Act East Policy and our key interlocutor in ASEAN”, the Vice President said India’s commitment to be a reliable development partner was stronger than before. He said that both the countries agreed to further strengthen bilateral cooperation in defence and security, outer space, science and technology, oil and gas, renewable energy, infrastructure development, agriculture and innovation-based sectors.

Fri, 10 May 2019 16:23:40 +0530
Trump Goes Tough Against

WASHINGTON: US President Donald Trump has announced new sanctions against Iran after Tehran threatened to enrich its stockpile of uranium.

The US president has issued an executive order imposing new restrictions on Iranian steel, aluminium, copper and iron, which account for 10 percent of Tehran's total exports.

Trump said Tehran could expect "further actions unless it fundamentally alters its conduct."

"Today's action targets Iran's revenue from the export of industrial metals - 10% of its export economy - and puts other nations on notice that allowing Iranian steel and other metals into your ports will no longer be tolerated," he said in a statement.

Fri, 10 May 2019 15:51:44 +0530
Odisha Goes Back To Norma

The National Crisis Management Committee (NCMC), under the Cabinet Secretary P. K. Sinha today again reviewed the rescue and relief measures in the cyclone “FANI” affected areas of Odisha with the senior officials of State Government and Central Ministries/Agencies concerned.

Odisha Government informed that situation in 8 out of total 9 affected districts has improved and Power and Telecom services are gradually picking up in the worst affected areas of Puri and Bhubaneswar. About 3500 gang men are engaged in the restoration of power transmission lines, sub-stations etc. and more workers would also be arriving from West Bengal and Telangana. Landline telephone services in Puri have started functioning and BSNL and other Telecom Service Providers have also somewhat improved their mobile services. The State Government, in coordination with Centre, has prepared a detailed plan identifying priority areas for restoration of power and telecom facilities in Puri and Bhubaneswar. Water supply in urban and rural areas has been restored to a large extent with the help of Diesel Generator sets.

Odisha Government also informed that additional financial assistance of Rs 1,000 Crores released by the Centre, had been received by them.

Department of Telecommunications is coordinating with the State Government and all telecom service providers to implement the priority plan for quick restoration of mobile and internet services in the affected areas of Odisha.

While banking services have also resumed in Puri, non-availability of Power and Telecom connectivity was hampering the functioning of some ATMs.

Railways have commenced partial operations between Khurda Road and Puri by running three Express/Mail trains on the route. A full restoration would be done by 12th May. Railways is also providing free transportation to workmen deployed for the restoration of Power infrastructure.

Reviewing the relief measures, Cabinet Secretary asked concerned officials of the State and Centre to focus on the implementation of the priority plans prepared for restoration of Power and Telecommunications in Puri and Bhubaneswar and monitor progress on a day-to-day basis. On the request of Odisha, he further directed that a central team may visit Odisha soon to assess the extent of damage caused by Cyclone “FANI”.

Thu, 09 May 2019 23:20:10 +0530
Vice President Begins Vie

The Vice President M. Venkaiah Naidu kicked off his four-day official visit to Vietnam by addressing the Indian community soon after his arrival at Hanoi today.

 Describing the ties between India and Vietnam as civilizational and historic, the Vice President said “our partnership has stood the test of time. More than 2000 years ago, Indian monks and traders brought with them the message of peace and compassion of Lord Buddha to Vietnam”.

 Naidu said that successive generations of leaders from Ho Chi Minh and Mahatma Gandhi to the current leaders have built upon this trust and goodwill.

Referring to the Comprehensive Strategic Partnership between the two countries, Naidu stated that India is committed to building its cooperative relationship with Vietnam in diverse fields.

Pointing out that agricultural growth has been a key driver in the remarkable progress achieved by Vietnam, he said India was privileged as a development partner to have contributed to Vietnam’s agricultural revolution and food security.

The Vice President said the Indian community in Vietnam, though small in number, has numerous achievements to its credit and was well respected. Indians and Indian business and industry in Vietnam have been instrumental in promoting bilateral understanding and creating opportunities for the local economy and society.

Expressing his satisfaction over the doubling of the trade between the two nations from US Dollars 7.8 billion in 2016 to nearly US Dollars14 billion last year, he said both the nations must come together with pride and purpose and help each other grow and prosper.

The Vice President said that he was looking forward to his official engagements with the Vice President, Mr. Dang Thi Ngoc Thinh, the Prime Minister, Mr. Nguyen Xuan Phuc and Chairperson, National Assembly of Vietnam, Ms. Nguyen Thi Kim Ngan during his visit.

On May 12, the Vice President will participate in the 16th United Nations Day of Vesak at Tam Chuc Pagoda in Vietnam's northern Ha Nam province and deliver the keynote address at the inaugural of the event.

Thu, 09 May 2019 22:59:30 +0530
Centre Releases Rs 1 000

Continuing the coordination efforts and restoration measures in the areas of Odisha affected by cyclone FANI, the National Crisis Management Committee (NCMC) under the Cabinet Secretary P. K. Sinha met again for the seventh time in succession.

As announced by Prime Minister after his aerial survey and review of relief efforts with the Odisha Government, Ministry of Home Affairs has announced a further release of Rs 1,000 Crore for assistance to the State. Earlier Rs 341 crores had been provided to Odisha as an advance to its State Disaster Response Fund (SDRF).

Odisha informed that restoration of Power and Telecommunication infrastructure continue to remain the major priority in the Cyclone affected areas of the State. Around 50% of power restoration has been reported while more works need to be done in Bhubaneswar and Puri. The NEET examination, which was postponed, will now be held on 20th May. Medicines dispatched by the Centre have been received and all measures were being taken to prevent any outbreak of diseases.

Reviewing the relief measures, the Cabinet Secretary stressed that power connectivity needs to be restored on a priority basis as drinking water supply, telephone connectivity and banking operations need electricity. The option of deploying vehicle-mounted mobile towers, as requested by Odisha, is being explored to provide connectivity in Puri and Khurda.

More than 2,500 gang men are working in Odisha to restore power lines, substations and Steel Ministry has dispatched about 5,500 steel electric poles and another 15,000 will be supplied by 14th May. Cabinet Secretary directed that more manpower should be mobilized to restore power. He also suggested that mobile service operators need to operationalize their towers in coordination with the State Government.

Ministry of Petroleum informed that majority of petrol and diesel retail outlets are functional and sufficient stocks of diesel and other fuels are available in Odisha. Three mobile dispensers of Diesel of 6000 litres capacity each are being pressed into service.

Finance Ministry has directed Insurance companies to settle insurance claims expeditiously. The State Level Banking Committee has been asked to convene to coordinate all banking issues, including the functioning of ATMs.

Railways have resumed train services on all the lines. The yard at Puri, which was extensively damaged will be restored fully by 12th May.

The Defence Ministry has moved Diesel Generators to Odisha. Four helicopters of Navy and Indian Coast Guard are engaged in relief operations. Navy and ICG are also running community kitchens for cyclone affected people.

Cabinet Secretary directed that officers of Central Ministries/ Agencies should work in close coordination with Odisha State Government and provide all required assistance expeditiously.

Chief Secretary/Addl Chief Secretary of Odisha participated in the NCMC meeting through Video Conference. Senior Officers from Ministries of Home Affairs, Defence, Railways, Petroleum and Natural Gas, Power, Telecommunications, Steel, Financial Services and NDMAalso attended the meeting.

Tue, 07 May 2019 13:08:51 +0530
GST Collection For April

The total gross GST revenue collected in the month of April, 2019 is Rs 1,13,865 crore of which CGST is Rs 21,163 crore, SGST is Rs 28,801 crore, IGST is Rs 54,733 crore (including Rs 23,289 crore collected on imports) and Cess is Rs 9,168 crore (including Rs 1,053 crore collected on imports). The total number of GSTR 3B Returns filed for the month of March up to 30th April 2019 is 72.13 lakh.

The government has settled Rs 20,370 crore to CGST and Rs 15,975 crore to SGST from IGST as regular settlement. Further, Rs 12,000 crore has been settled from the balance IGST available with the Centre on a 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 and provisional settlement in the month of April 2019 is Rs 47,533 crore for CGST and Rs 50,776 crore for the SGST.

The revenue in April 2018 was Rs 1,03,459 crore and the revenue during April 2019 is a growth of 10.05% over the revenue in the same month last year. The revenue in April 2019 is 16.05% higher than the monthly average of GST revenue in FY 2018-19 (Rs 98,114 crore).

Thu, 02 May 2019 13:50:50 +0530
Coast Guard Initiates Pre

Indian Coast Guard (ICG) initiated series of pre-emptive measures from the first sign of weather disturbance in the Bay of Bengal on Apr 23, 2019, and implemented lessons learnt from Cyclone Ockhi to ensure the safety of lives at sea. Extremely Severe Cyclonic Storm Fani is presently 260 nautical miles SE of Vishakhapatnam and likely to intensify further and cross Odisha coast between Gopalpur and Chandbali to the south of Puri around May 03, 2019.

Consequent to formation of low pressure in South East Bay of Bengal around April 23, 2019, Indian Coast Guard initiated a series of pre-emptive measures to prevent loss of fishermen lives. ICG formations were put on high alert and high state of preparedness. Fisheries Authorities, State Authorities and local administration were warned since April 23, 2019, onwards for precautionary measures. Close liaison is being maintained with the State Administration, various departments and Indian Meteorological Department to ensure widespread precautionary measures in the affected areas.

Indian Coast Guard Remote Operating Stations located in Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh, Odisha and West Bengal are issuing Security/ Safety messages on radio in Vernacular languages.

Thu, 02 May 2019 13:38:01 +0530
Air Marshal Rakesh Kumar

Air Marshal Rakesh Kumar Singh Bhadauria PVSM AVSM VM ADC took over as Vice Chief of the Air Staff.

The Air Marshal is an alumnus of the National Defence Academy. He was commissioned in the fighter stream of IAF on 15 Jun 1980 and won the coveted ‘Sword of Honour’ for standing first in the overall order of merit. He has over 4250 hours of experience on twenty-six types of fighters and transport aircraft with the unique distinction of being an Experimental Test Pilot, a Cat ‘A’ Qualified Flying Instructor and a Pilot Attack Instructor. He completed his Masters in Defence Studies from Command and Staff College, Bangladesh.

The Air Marshal has held a number of important appointments, which include, Command of a Jaguar Squadron and a premier Air Force Station, Commanding Officer of Flight Test Squadron at Aircraft & System Testing Establishment, Chief Test Pilot and Project Director of National Flight Test Centre on Light Combat Aircraft (LCA) project. He was extensively involved in the initial prototype flight tests on the LCA. Air Marshal Bhadauria was also the AirAttache, at EoIMoscow, Assistant Chief of the Air Staff (Projects), Commandant of the National Defence Academy, Senior Air Staff Officer at HQ CAC, Deputy Chief of the Air Staff at Air HQ and Air Officer Commanding-in-Chief of Southern Air Command. Prior to assuming the present appointment, he was the Air Officer Commanding-in-Chief of Training Command.

During his illustrious career, he was commended by the Chief of Air Staff and has been awarded ParamVishist Seva Medal, AtiVishist Seva Medal and Vayu Sena Medal.

He is married to Mrs Asha Bhadauria and they are blessed with a daughter and a son.

Thu, 02 May 2019 12:58:59 +0530
Chandrayaan 2 Gears Up Fo

Chandrayaan-2, India’s second lunar mission, has three modules namely Orbiter, Lander (Vikram) & Rover (Pragyan).

The Orbiter and Lander modules will be interfaced mechanically and stacked together as an integrated module and accommodated inside the GSLV MK-III launch vehicle.

The Rover is housed inside the Lander. After launching into earthbound orbit by GSLV MK-III, the integrated module will reach Moon orbit using Orbiter propulsion module. Subsequently, Lander will separate from the Orbiter and soft land at the predetermined site close to the lunar South Pole. Further, the Rover will roll out for carrying out scientific experiments on the lunar surface. Instruments are also mounted on Lander and Orbiter for carrying out scientific experiments.

All the modules are getting ready for Chandrayaan-2 launch during the window of July 09 to July 16, 2019, with an expected Moon landing on September 06, 2019.

Thu, 02 May 2019 12:35:10 +0530
Public satisfaction must

Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu has said that public satisfaction must be the yardstick to measure the performance of public servants.

He wanted them to improve knowledge and acquire technical skills and constantly learn from the global best governance practices to make the Indian administrative system better, efficient and effective. 

Naidu, while addressing Assistant Secretaries, Section Officers, and employees of Andhra Pradesh Secretariat in New Delhi, asked them to rise to the occasion and strive to fulfill the aspirations of people, especially the youth.

Emphasizing that responsive and efficient governance mechanism was the need of the hour, Naidu wanted officials to ensure time-bound delivery of public services in a transparent manner.

The Vice President advised them to review, reform and refine working methods and procedures to ensure that the benefits of government programs reach the last man in the line. “Everyone must perform his or her duty with sincerity, honesty, integrity, and discipline”, he added.   

Suggesting that all administrative matters must be carried out in the State’s official language, Naidu urged them to be sympathetic to the needs of people who come to them with their grievances.

More than 30 officers from the finance department of Andhra Pradesh have called on Vice President. They are undergoing a month-long training program at National Institute of Financial Management (NIFM), Faridabad in areas such as expenditure management, budget management, and fiscal responsibility and taxation.

Thu, 02 May 2019 11:50:10 +0530
UN Names Masood Azhar As

The United Nations Security Council on Wednesday designated Jaish-e-Mohammed chief Masood Azhar as a global terrorist after China lifted its hold on a proposal to blacklist him under the Security Council's Sanctions Committee, reports News18.

Hours after the UN move, the Pakistani media quoted the country's foreign office as saying that it will "immediately enforce UN sanctions" imposed on Azhar.

Sharing the news, India's Permanent Representative to the UN Ambassador, Syed Akbaruddin, tweeted, "Big, small, all join together. Masood Azhar designated as a terrorist in @UN Sanctions list. Grateful to all for their support." News18 reported.

Thu, 02 May 2019 11:39:59 +0530
Maoist Attack In Maharash

Gadchiroli: Fifteen security personnel and their driver were killed in Maharashtra's Gadchiroli today after a powerful explosion, set off by Maoists, blew up their vehicle. An improvised explosive device (IED) blast was triggered on a police vehicle when a team of security personnel was on its way to inspect a site where Maoists had torched vehicles earlier in the day, reports NDTV.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi termed the attack "despicable" and said that the "perpetrators of such violence will not be spared".

This is the third Maoist attack in Gadchiroli, which borders Chattisgarh since the national election began in April, NDTV reported.

Wed, 01 May 2019 15:51:28 +0530
Cyclone FANI moves Towa

NEW DELHI: The Extremely Severe Cyclonic Storm ‘FANI’ (pronounced as ‘FONI’) over Westcentral & adjoining Southwest Bay of Bengal, moved northwestwards with a speed of about 10 kmph in last six hours and lay centred at 0530 hrs IST of 01st May, 2019 over Westcentral and adjoining Southwest Bay of Bengal near latitude 13.9°N and longitude 84.0°E, about 680 km south-southwest of Puri (Odisha) and 430 km south-southeast of Vishakhapatnam (Andhra Pradesh). It is very likely to move northwestwards during next 12 hours and thereafter recurve north-northeastwards and cross Odisha Coast between Gopalpur and Chandbali, to the south of Puri around 3rd May afternoon with maximum sustained wind of speed 175-185 kmph gusting to 205 kmph.

Wed, 01 May 2019 12:35:23 +0530
High Degree of Alert Amid

As the cyclone Storm, ‘FANI’ intensifies into a Severe Cyclonic Storm over South East and adjoining South West Bay of Bengal and lie about 770 km East-South-East of Chennai the Eastern Naval Command(ENC) has assumed a high degree of readiness to render necessary humanitarian assistance.

Indian Naval ships at Visakhapatnam and Chennai are standing-by to proceed to the most affected areas to undertake Humanitarian Aid Distress Relief (HADR), evacuation, logistic support including providing medical aid. These ships are embarked with additional divers, doctors, inflatable rubber boats and relief material that include food, tentage, clothes, medicines, blankets etc, in quantities sufficient.

Naval aircraft are also standing by at the Naval Air Stations INS Rajali at Arakkonam, Tamilnadu and INS Dega at Visakhapatnam, Andhra Pradesh to undertake reconnaissance, rescue, casualty evacuation and airdrop of relief material to the stranded if required.

ENC is monitoring the developments in the Bay of Bengal closely and Flag Officer Tamilnadu & Puducherry Naval Area (FOTNA) and Naval Officers-in-Charge (Andhra Pradesh) and (Odisha) are in constant communication with respective State Administrations to augment rescue and relief operations as needed.

Tue, 30 Apr 2019 11:05:57 +0530
Emirates Airline SpiceJe

Emirates airline and SpiceJet have signed a Memorandum of Understanding to enter into a reciprocal codeshare agreement, which is set to open new routes and destinations for passengers travelling between India and destinations across Africa, America, Europe, and the Middle East.

Subject to necessary government approvals, the partnership will enable Emirates’ passengers to enjoy seamless connectivity on flights to India, and adding six new destinations: Amritsar, Jaipur, Pune, Mangalore, Madurai, and Calicut - to the nine existing cities in India served by Emirates.

This will bolster Emirates’ already-extensive network adding a total of 67 weekly connections between Emirates’ hub in Dubai to these six fast-growing destinations in India. This includes increased domestic connectivity from Emirates’ nine Indian gateways to points such as Goa, Hubli, Guwahati, Vishakhapatnam, and Tuticorin which would allow for a greater variety of travel options between both Emirates and SpiceJet flights.

"Our journey in India has been defined by progressive investment, partnership, and growth. We constantly try to improve and provide our customers with greater flexibility and travel choices. This partnership with SpiceJet and the mutual expansion of our network will go a long way in further enhancing the travel experience of our customers in India as well as those heading into India, benefiting travellers and businesses alike," said Adnan Kazim, Emirates’ Divisional Senior Vice President, Strategic Planning, Revenue Optimisation and Aeropolitical affairs.

The agreement will also open up flights for Indian travellers to North and South American destinations such as New York, Washington, Toronto, and Sao Paulo as well as Middle Eastern destinations such as Jeddah, Kuwait, and Amman, operated by Emirates.

SpiceJet passengers travelling from Delhi, Mumbai, Ahmedabad, Kochi, Amritsar, Jaipur, Pune, Mangalore, Madurai, Kozhikode and 41 other domestic destinations that the airline operates to, will be able to access Emirates’ expansive network across the globe.

SpiceJet is India’s second-largest airline in terms of domestic market share. Founded in 2005, it now serves 51 cities in India and nine international destinations.

Mon, 29 Apr 2019 12:46:35 +0530
Abu Dhabi National Oil Co

The Abu Dhabi National Oil Company, ADNOC, announced that it has signed another significant long-term sales agreement with the Indian Oil Corporation (IndianOil) for its high-quality base oil, ADbase.

Commenting on the announcement, Ahmad bin Thalith, Acting Senior Vice President of Refined Products Sales, in ADNOC’s Marketing, Supply and Trading directorate, said, "The signing of this important sales agreement, with another major base oil consumer in a large and growing market, is testament to the quality and reliability of ADNOC’s Group III base oil, ADbase. We look forward to working with IndianOil and to increase the supply of ADbase to the Indian market, which continues to see strong demand for high-quality base oil and finished lubricants."

IndianOil is one of the world’s largest companies, ranked 137 on the Fortune 500 list. It is the largest seller of finished lubricants in the Indian market with an approximate volume of 450,000 tonnes per annum. The total Indian market for finished lubricants is 2 million tonnes and is growing at a rate of 2.4 per cent per annum. IndianOil will use the ADbase oils to manufacture high-end engine oils for India’s growing automotive sector.

Subimal Mondal, Executive Director (Lubes) at IndianOil, said, "IndianOil is a long-standing partner of ADNOC and we look forward to building on and strengthening the links between our two companies. The high quality of ADNOC’s ADbase product, combined with strong logistics support and the proximity of the UAE to India, was key in our decision to sign this agreement."

The signing of this agreement follows a recent signing with Xiamen Sinolook Oil Company to supply ADbase into China, and the 2017 and 2018 exclusive agreements with Penthol C.V., and Chemlube for the supply of ADbase into the United States and Europe.

ADNOC Refining, an ADNOC subsidiary, produces up to 500,000 metric tonnes per year of Group III base oil and around 100,000 metric tonnes per year of Group II base oil, at its Ruwais refinery. Murban, Abu Dhabi’s light, high paraffinic crude is used as feedstock for ADNOC’s Base Oil plant, which ensures a consistent, high-quality product.

ADbase has a high Viscosity Index (VI) making it an ideal lubricant component, ensuring efficiency and fuel economy for high-performance engines, while meeting ever stringent environmental regulations.

ADNOC has already completed API SN approval, GM Dexos 1, ILSAC GF-5, and 0w-20 for full synthetic motor oils, and is actively working with additive companies to achieve Original Equipment Manufacturers, OEM, and European Automobile Manufacturers Association, ACEA, formulation approvals.

Mon, 29 Apr 2019 12:38:36 +0530
Indian Ambassador Lauds

ABU DHABI: The Abu Dhabi International Book Fair, ADIBF, is a bridge of cultural and intellectual communication among the peoples of the world thanks to the rich international participation in its activities and the ample literary and artistic movement that will contribute to enhancing cultural exchange and supporting the publishing industry worldwide, Navdeep Suri, Ambassador of India to the UAE has said.

The remarks were made came during a reception hosted by the Indian Ambassador at the InterContinental Hotel Abu Dhabi to celebrate his country's participation as a guest of honour at ADIBF 2019 in its 29th edition in the presence of Ahmed Al Hay Al Hamli, Director of the West-Asia Administration at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, along with a number of officials.

The Indian Ambassador, in a speech during the ceremony, expressed his happiness at his country's participation in ADIBF through a large number of Indian publishing houses, which offer rich cultural production to readers from all over the world. He pointed out that the Indian Pavilion offers a range of literary, cultural and artistic activities.

The reception included musical shows from various Indian regions.

Mon, 29 Apr 2019 12:31:49 +0530
Vice President Urges Yout

Vice President M. Venkaiah Naidu said that the youth of our nation must shoulder the greater social responsibility of exercising judgement in looking at social issues. He urged them to adhere to the traditions of tolerance and respect and protect our pluralistic culture.

He was addressing the 68th convocation of Panjab University of which he is the Chancellor, in Chandigarh. Naidu said that Panjab University had a glorious past and is one of the oldest universities in India, set in a land which has witnessed centuries of civilisation & dedication to spreading knowledge in ancient centres of learning like Takshila.

He expressed his happiness at the University’s relentless quest for academic excellence and the rapid progress it has made in providing quality education to its 15000 students enrolled in about 200 affiliated colleges, 3 regional centres, 6 constituent colleges and one rural centre. 

The Vice President congratulated Panjab University for having secured the 34th position among all academic institutions in the nation, in the recent rankings under the National Institutional Ranking Framework. He also applauded the University’s focused efforts towards cultivating innovation and entrepreneurship among students. ‘I am very happy that the University has been recognized by the UGC as the “University with potential for excellence in Biomedical Sciences” with facilities for stem cell Research and Drug development’, he added.

The Vice President opined that Institution building is not an easy task and added that it requires vision, passion, competence, commitment, dedicated hard work and the ability to tap into the infinite potential within individuals and a network of institutions. He urged all stakeholders of the Panjab University to keep up the momentum of their good work and not let complacency set in.

Mon, 29 Apr 2019 12:18:39 +0530
Celebrities Industrialis

MUMBAI: Bollywood actors Rekha and Priyanka Chopra, RBI governor Shaktikanta Das, BJP leaders Paresh Rawal and Poonam Mahajan and industrialist Anil Ambani were among the early voters on Monday as polling started in the six Lok Sabha seats in Mumbai.

Voters were seen queuing outside polling booths across the metropolitan city as residents across the state started casting their franchise in the last 17 of Maharashtra’s 48 Lok Sabha seats.

Priyanka Chopra and her mother cast their votes in Versova as Anil Ambani voted at a polling booth at Cuffe Parade in Mumbai. The Bharatiya Janata Party’s sitting MP Paresh Rawal and his wife Swaroop Sampat were seen at a polling booth in Vile Parle.

So did Bollywood filmmaker Vishal Bhardwaj and singer Shankar Mahadevan with his wife Sangeeta Mahadevan.

Mon, 29 Apr 2019 11:25:40 +0530
Celebrities Line Up To Vo

MUMBAI: Ten per cent polling was recorded till 9 am on Monday for elections to 72 seats across nine states in the fourth phase of 2019 Lok Sabha elections amid PM Modi’s appeal for ‘record voting’ and reports of EVM glitches and clashes from several areas, reports Hindustan Times.

“The estimated turnout at 9 am is 10.27 %”, the Election Commission website reported even as long queues of voters waited outside booths across states to cast their vote.

In Mumbai, celebrities and industrialists were seen rubbing shoulders with commoners while queuing up to vote for Mumbai’s six urban seats. Among early voters were Anil Ambani, actors Priyanka Chopra, Rekha, Sunjay Dutt, RBI Governor Shaktikanta Das, BJP MP Paresh Rawal, Milind Deora and rival candidates from Mumbai North Central constituency Poonam Mahajan and Priya Dutt, Hindustan Times reported.

Mon, 29 Apr 2019 11:01:36 +0530
Cyclone Fani Likely To In

Cyclone Fani, which is inching closer to the coast of north Tamil Nadu and south Andhra Pradesh, is likely to intensify into a "severe cyclonic storm" today, the weather department has said. "Fani" could strengthen into a "very severe cyclonic storm" in the next 24 hours and reach the coast by Tuesday evening, reports NDTV. 

Cyclone Fani was 1,050 km southeast of Chennai and 1,230 km away from Machilipatnam in Andhra Pradesh, the Met office had tweeted early this morning.

According to an update shared by the India Meteorological Department (IMD), Cyclone Fani is moving northwestwards at a speed of 16 km per hour and is likely to recurve northeastwards after April 30, NDTV reported.

Sun, 28 Apr 2019 17:50:40 +0530
ISIS Recruitments From Ke

KASARAGOD/PALAKKAD: Three residents of Kasaragod and Palakkad districts are being questioned by the National Investigation Agency (NIA) as part of a probe into ISIS recruitments from Kerala. Incriminating evidence was said to have been recovered during raids at their homes today, reports NDTV. 

The three are believed to have been in touch with some of the people who left the state to join the international terror group. Sources said the probe agency is also trying to establish if they have links with those involved in the April 21 suicide bomb attacks in Sri Lanka.

According to a press release, NIA officials recovered a number of devices such as mobile phones, phone SIM cards, memory chips, pen drives and handwritten notes in Arabic and Malayalam from their possession. DVDs of religious speeches and books authored by controversial preacher Dr Zakir Naik were also found during the raids, NDTV reported.

Sun, 28 Apr 2019 17:27:05 +0530
Fire Catches INS Vikramad

A case of fire was reported onboard INS Vikramaditya yesterday morning when the ship was entering the harbour in Karwar. The fire was brought under control by the ship’s crew in a swift action preventing any serious damage affecting the ship’s combat capability.

Lt Cdr DS Chauhan bravely led the firefighting efforts in the affected compartment. Whilst the fire was brought under control, the officer suffered the loss of consciousness owing to the smoke and fumes during the firefighting efforts. He was immediately evacuated to the Naval Hospital at Karwar, INHS Patanjali for medical attention. However, the officer could not be revived.

A Board of Inquiry to investigate the circumstances of the incident has been ordered.

Sat, 27 Apr 2019 12:13:47 +0530
IT Dept Carries Search Op

BENGALURU: The Income tax department in Karnataka-Goa is continuing its proactive role in combating the role of money power in the ongoing Lok Sabha elections. Cash above Rs 4 crore has been seized in various searches carried in the Karnataka-Goa region.

Based on credible intelligence that cash would be transported from Bangalore to Shimoga and Bhadravati,  a cash handler was intercepted and his vehicle was searched. Cash in Rs.2000 denomination has been found stuffed inside the Stepney wheel of the vehicle. Cash of Rs. 2.30 crore has been found.  Follow up searches are underway in Bhadravati where a further seizure of Rs 60 lakh is expected.

 

On the basis of the local intelligence received, the house of a bank employee was covered at Navanagar, Bagalkot. The intelligence suggested that the person is accumulating cash for distribution for election purposes. A seizure of Rs 1 crore has been made so far in this case.

Both these were cases where the seized cash was meant for distribution during elections. What is interesting is that the persons in charge of cash transport and distribution had removed several notes from each bundle: an average of 4 notes was removed from each bundle of 100 notes of Rs 2000  denomination.

 

Another search is underway in Goa and the department has been carrying out a search on two brothers who run a Jewelry business in Goa. Two residential premises are covered in search and 2 business premises under survey.  Search is being carried out on the basis of Information received that they mainly carry out business deals in cash and the cash so generated is potentially used for providing accommodation entries against cheque issued by the parties who need cash. Cash in excess of Rs 30 lakh is being seized from this premise.

Cash in excess of Rs 10 lakh was also seized at Vijayapura in another search.

Wed, 24 Apr 2019 19:06:12 +0530
Foundation Stone Laid For

Abu Dhabi: The foundation stone for the first Hindu temple in Abu Dhabi was laid in the Bu Marikha area on the Abu Dhabi-Dubai Highway.

A cultural complex with an art gallery, halls, library, gym and more facilities, the 55,000 SQM temple will feature intricate architecture and delicate carvings that will re-tell ancient stories from Indian scriptures about peace and spirituality.

"Under resolution No 57 of 2018, issued by His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi, Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, and Chairman of the Abu Dhabi Executive Council, on the additional competencies of the Department of Community Development-Abu Dhabi, (DCD), the DCD is developing the legal framework regulating the establishment of places of worship and public utility societies, clubs, and sporting institutions as well as overseeing their adherence to the existing criteria and systems in conjunction with other departments concerned," said Dr. Mugheer Khamis Al Khaili, Chairman of DCD, during the foundation stone laying ceremony of the first traditional Hindu stone temple in Abu Dhabi on Saturday.

The ceremony was attended by Dr. Thani bin Ahmed Al Zeyoudi, Minister of Climate Change and Environment, Dr. Ahmad bin Abdullah Humaid Belhoul Al Falasi, Minister of State for Higher Education and Advanced Skills, and Mahant Swami Maharaj, the spiritual leader of BAPS Swaminarayan Sanstha - the religious and social organisation building the temple, along with Navdeep Suri, Ambassador of the Republic of India to the UAE.

"Regulating the establishment of places of worship in the UAE is an insightful step by the government of the UAE to ensure the freedom of religion for all those living in the UAE while meeting their religious needs in line with the laws and regulations applicable in the UAE as well as the country's customs and traditions," added Dr Al Khaili.

"The UAE boasts a privileged status regionally and internationally thanks to the values of religious diversity, pluralism and cultural harmony, which have encouraged the peoples of more than 200 nationalities to live in the country in peaceful co-existence," Dr Al Khaili said, while commenting on the visit to the UAE of the spiritual leader of BAPS Swaminarayan Sanstha.

"Laying the foundation stone of the temple is reflective of the landscape of tolerance and pluralism in the UAE," he added, noting that the significant development translates the robust relations between the governments and peoples of the UAE and India.

"The Founding Father, late Sheikh Zayed, always believed that co-existence between peoples of various religious beliefs and nationalities is the only way to establish international peace," he concluded.

Wed, 24 Apr 2019 12:20:24 +0530
Vice President Calls Upon

Vice President M. Venkaiah Naidu has called upon universities and institutions to constantly reform the system and ensure that higher education institutions deliver high-quality education.

Addressing the 9th Annual Convocation of VELS Institute of Science, Technology and Advanced Studies (VISTAS), in Chennai, Naidu referred to the transient nature of technology in a fast-evolving world and advised the students to regularly update their knowledge and skills to carve a niche in their chosen fields.

Stressing that quality higher education was necessary for accelerating the progress and development of our country, the Vice President wanted institutions of higher learning to open new horizons of knowledge and research at their institutions. Observing that one must not ignore rural India in our quest to scale new heights of growth, he called for an inclusive and all around the development.

Stating that technology was a great democratic leveller, Naidu asked students and the youth to take care of the technological needs of our villages, agriculture and allied industry.  He called for leveraging technology's potential for rural development and bridging the rural-urban divide.

The Vice President said that the technology must provide solutions to the issues of rural life and economy. He further said that India lives in its villages and the development of our country depends on rural India. You have a promising faculty in Pharmacy your institute should think of starting programs in Agriculture, Horticulture and Veterinary Science, he added.

Naidu asked the students and the youth to not to fall prey to the distractions of modern lifestyle and he advised them to shun junk food to stay healthy.  While expressing concern over the prevalence of non-communicable diseases, he advised everybody to change their lifestyles and food habits.

Wed, 24 Apr 2019 12:09:35 +0530
Use Science Tech To Bri

Vice President M. Venkaiah Naidu has asked the youngsters and students to use science and technology and their intellect to bring in a positive change in the lives of people.

Addressing the 1st Convocation of Indian Institute of Information Technology, Sri City (IIIT Sri City), in Chittoor District of Andhra Pradesh ,Naidu called upon the youth to make impactful contributions to the society by providing solutions to pressing problems of the nation such as poverty, illiteracy, climate change, hidden hunger, urban-rural divide, and others.

Asking students to set new benchmarks and try to achieve them with sincerity, discipline and hard work, the Vice President advised them not to remain complacent and to put in optimal efforts to reach their goals.

Opining that Universities and Institutes of Excellence such as IIT, ISB, IIM and IIITs must instil leadership qualities in students, he suggested revamping the teaching methodologies to develop a quest for learning in students. He called upon institutions such as the IIIT Sri City to strive to become centres of excellence with global standards by offering a holistic and quality higher education to students.

The Vice President while expressing concern over the poor global ranking of Indian Higher Educational Institutions, stressed the need to completely revamp the higher education system. He asked universities to play a leading role by incorporating relevant changes in curriculum, teaching methodologies and research strategies to make India a hub for global learning.

Observing that economic prosperity must ensure equitable development, Naidu called for a special focus on bridging the urban-rural divide in education, health, and other areas. He also stressed upon the need to ensure inclusive development to create a harmonious society where different sections of the society could get access to the wealth created. 

The Vice President said that academic institutions with all technical and human resources must encourage their students to work with local societies and offer technology-based solutions to the problems faced by them. He also wanted the academic institutions to maintain regular coordination with industry and the government to prepare the students for jobs of the future.

Pointing that Indian economy was expected to register a growth rate of 7.3 per cent this fiscal and 7.5 per cent in 2020, Shri Naidu wanted the universities, institutions of higher learning to play a key role in India’s growth story. He tasked them to maximize the potential of India's demographic dividend by imparting employable skills and also provide training to youth.

Wed, 24 Apr 2019 11:57:30 +0530
Lok Sabha polls cancelled

VELLORE: The Election Commission of India made a recommendation to the President to rescind the Election to Vellore Parliamentary Constituency, Tamil Nadu.

The decision of the ECI to make this recommendation was based on detection of a systematic design to influence voters in Vellore Parliamentary Constituency during the election process. The report of the DGIT(Inv.), Chennai, B. Murali Kumar, dated 5th of April 2019, details the search and seizure operations carried out on 29th and 30th of March, 2019 at the residence of Durai Murugan, MLA and Treasurer of DMK Party and Kathir Anand, s/o Durai Murugan and contesting candidate for Vellore Parliamentary Constituency and at Kingston medical College, run by the Durai Murugan Educational Trust.

The search team observed that evidently there was prior rummaging of the premises and removal of material including the control panel of the CCTV as well as the hard disks of the computers. Further discreet surveillance resulted in the confirmation that a large amount of cash and other incriminating material had indeed been shifted out of the college premises while the teams were being denied entry.

Wed, 17 Apr 2019 11:47:22 +0530
Nine day Ram Navami festi

K.A.Viswanathan

Mumbai: The nine-day Sri Rama Navami festival culminated on Sri Rama Navami day on April 13. The festival commemorates the birth of Rama who is remembered for his prosperous and righteous reign. It is celebrated with great devotion across the nation and every region has its own regional significance attached to the celebration.

 

At the Asthika Samaj which is also called Sri Ram Mandir in  Matunga in Mumbai, greater importance was given to the 9-day Garbhotsavam of Lord Sri Ramachandra. The idols of Sri Rama with his consorts are kept in a Swarna mandapam. On all days Vedic scholars were reciting Srimad Valmiki Ramayanam. On the Rama Navami day as part of the Ramrajya pattabhishekam, the idols were bathed with milk. On this day, once a year, devotees are allowed to participate in the milk abhishekam of the lord and his consort.

 

 

Another temple nearby  Sri Sankara Mattham celebrated it as Vasantha Navaratri with religious functions like homam, chanting of Vedic recitation and concluded on the last day with abhishekams of Sri Adi Sankara with holy waters. Poornahuthi was also held on the Ram Navami day.

Wed, 17 Apr 2019 10:47:34 +0530
Malayalees celebrate Vish

K.A.Viswanathan

 

Mumbai: Vishu, one of the most important festivals of Kerala, also Kerala New year, is celebrated all over the country where Keralite live. Vishu falls on the first day of the Malayalam month of Medam on April 14/15. A festival of gaiety and renewal, this day is celebrated with great fun in Kerala and other parts of the country.

The main ritual on this day is ‘Vishukkani’.  People make it a point to see all the auspicious things as soon as they wake up. On the previous night of Vishu, fresh agricultural products such as rice, paddy, cucumber, jack fruit, arecanut, coconut and ripe plantains are aesthetically decorated and placed at the feet of Lord Krishna. A big mirror is also kept at the back of this decoration for reflection. The little yellow flowers called Konna Poovu are considered a must in this assemblage which is looked upon as the symbol of prosperity. This is called ‘Vishukani’.

 

There is a belief that to catch a glimpse of the reflection of these signs of prosperity in the mirror at the crack of dawn, would bring prosperity to the individual. The morning of the Vishu one of the members of the house, usually the eldest female member lights the lamp and looks at 'Kani'. She wakes up other members, one after another and the 'Kani' is shown to every one of them, taking particular care not to allow anyone to look by chance at other things. Older members of the family give ‘Kaineettam’, a token amount of money, to the youngsters, as part of the celebrations. People carry on this custom believing that in this way, their children will be blessed with prosperity in future. Later they visit temples wearing new clothes and pray for a prosperous new year.


 

While the men and the children engage in bursting crackers, women start cooking a variety of delicacies for the day`s lunch. The feast is prepared by the women of the household and the whole family sits down to enjoy the Vishu lunch together. The dishes prepared from the vegetables and fruits that are abundant in the season like jackfruits, mangoes, pumpkins, coconuts and of course  Pal payasam (keer).

In Mumbai, the festival is celebrated in most of the temples where preferably the idol of  Lord Krishna is kept. At the Kochu Guruvayoorappan temple, also called Asthika Samaj at Matunga in central Mumbai, Keralites from most part of the City visit, men wearing  Mundu and females wearing Zaried off white saree called ‘Pamundu’.They stand in queue from early morning for darshan to see the ‘Vishukani’ and also the glimpses of Lord Guruvayoorappan.

Wed, 17 Apr 2019 10:35:16 +0530
Cabinet Approves GSLV Pro

The Union Cabinet, chaired by the Prime Minister Narendra Modi, has approved ongoing GSLV continuation programme Phase-4 consisting of five GSLV flights during the period 2021-2024. The GSLV Programme - Phase 4 will enable the launch of 2 tonne class of satellites for Geo-imaging, Navigation, Data Relay Communication and Space Sciences. 

 

Financial implications:

The total fund requirement is Rs. 2729.13 Crores and includes the cost of five GSLV vehicles, essential facility augmentation, Programme Management, and Launch Campaign along with the additional funds required for meeting the scope of the ongoing GSLV Continuation Programme.

 

Benefits:

The GSLV Continuation Programme - Phase 4 will meet the launch requirement of satellites for providing critical Satellite Navigation Services, Data Relay Communication for supporting the Indian Human spaceflight programme and the next interplanetary mission to Mars. This will also ensure the continuity of production in the Indian industry.

 

Implementation Strategy and targets:

The GSLV Continuation Programme - Phase 4 will meet the demand for the launch of satellites at a frequency up to two launches per year, with maximal participation by the Indian industry. All the operational flights would be completed during the period 2021-24.

 

Major impact:

The operationalization of GSLV has made the country self-reliant in the launching capability of 2 tonne class of satellites for communication & meteorological satellites. The GSLV Continuation Programme will sustain & strengthen the capability and self-reliance in the launching of similar satellites for national requirements including next-generation navigation satellites, data relay communication satellites and interplanetary missions.

 

Background:

GSLV has enabled independent access to space for 2 tonne class of satellites to Geosynchronous Transfer Orbit (GTO). One of the very significant outcomes of the GSLV Continuation Programme is the mastering of the highly complex cryogenic propulsion technology, which is an essential technological capability to launch communication satellites to GTO. This has also paved the way for the development of a high thrust Cryogenic engine & stage for the next generation launch vehicle i.e. GSLV Mk-lll.   

 

With the recent successful launch of GSLV-F11 on 19th December 2018, GSLV has successfully orbited 10 national satellites. GSLV with the indigenous Cryogenic Upper Stage has established itself as a reliable launch vehicle for communication, navigation and meteorological satellites and also to undertake future interplanetary missions.

 

GSLV Continuation Programme was initially sanctioned in 2003, and two phases have been completed and the third phase is in progress and expected to be completed by Q4 of 2020-21.

Tue, 16 Apr 2019 13:25:56 +0530
Vice President Calls For

Vice President M. Venkaiah Naidu has called upon town planners to make sustainable solutions such as harvesting solar energy, enhancing green cover and water conservation an essential part of town planning.

Naidu, while addressing the 4th Resilient Cities Asia-Pacific (RCAP) Congress 2019 organized by the International Council for Local Environmental Initiatives (ICLEI). Here today, asked municipal administrators to accord priority to tree plantation, solid waste management, protection and rejuvenation of water bodies.

Observing that massive migration from rural to urban areas has become a reality, the Vice President said that education, entertainment, enhanced medical facilities and employment were the main drivers of such migration. He asked for collaborative efforts of governments at state and centre to reduce the divide by providing urban amenities in rural areas.

Opining that economic growth must take environmental protection into consideration, Naidu observed that dependency on fossil fuel must be reduced and new forms of energy sources such as solar must be explored.  ‘It cannot be business as usual as far as development is concerned,’ he added.

Tue, 16 Apr 2019 12:51:02 +0530
69 43 Voter Turnout Reco

As per available data till now, the Voter Turnout Percentage from eighteen States and two Union Territories that went to Polls on 11th April 2019, in the First phase of  General Elections to Lok Sabha 2019, has recorded a figure of 69.43%. This percentage is still likely to go up as at the time of compilation, data from some remaining polling parties from remote locations was yet to be consolidated.

It may be recalled that in Phase I, 91 Parliamentary Constituencies from States of Andhra Pradesh (25/25 PCs), Arunachal Pradesh (2/2 PCs), Assam (5/14PCs), Bihar (4/40 PCS), Chhattisgarh (1/11 PCs), Jammu & Kashmir (2/6 PCs), Maharashtra (7/48PCs), Manipur (1/2 PCs), Meghalaya (2/2PCs), Mizoram (1/1 PC), Nagaland (1/1 PC), Odisha (4/21 PCs), Sikkim (1/1 PC), Telangana (17/17 PCs), Tripura (1/2 PCs) Uttar Pradesh (8/80PCs), Uttarakhand (5/5 PCs), West Bengal (2/42 PCs) as also Andaman & Nicobar Islands (1/1 PC) and Lakshadweep (1/1 PC) went to Polls.

Out of a total of 13,16,22,586 General Electors from these Constituencies, 9,13,79,409 electors (comprising 4,64,30,614 Male Electors, 4,49,20,571 Female electors and 1395 electors from Third Gender) cast their votes.

Thus as on date, a total of 69.43% voter turnout percentage was recorded across these 18 States and 2 UTs. The top five voter turnout percentage has been  - 84.96 % from Lakshadweep; 83.79% from West Bengal PCs of Alipurduar and Coochbehar; 83.26% from Tripura West PC; 83.12%  from Nagaland; 82.82% from II Outer Manipur (ST) PC of Manipur though some polling parties were yet to contribute their figures to the data.

Simultaneously polling was also conducted on 11th April 2019 for 175 Assembly constituencies of Andhra Pradesh; 60 ACs of Arunachal Pradesh; 28 of the 147 Assembly Constituencies of Odisha and 32 ACs of Sikkim. Across 295 ACs, a voter turnout percentage of 77.38% has been recorded as yet though there could be slight variation in this figure by the time of final computing.

The detailed datasheet available as yet is attached herewith for ready reference.

In 2014 General Elections to the 16th Lok Sabha, a final voter turnout percentage of 66.44% was reported across all the nine phases of polling.

Sat, 13 Apr 2019 11:22:05 +0530
PM Pays Tributes To Jalli

Prime Minister Narendra Modi has paid tributes to the martyrs of the Jallianwala Bagh massacre.

The Prime Minister said, “Today, when we observe 100 years of the horrific Jallianwala Bagh massacre, India pays tributes to all those martyred on that fateful day. Their valour and sacrifice will never be forgotten. Their memory inspires us to work even harder to build an India they would be proud of. ”

Sat, 13 Apr 2019 11:11:18 +0530
MPSTMR student Sagar Meno

A student of the Mukesh Patel School of Technology Management and Engineering (MPSTMR) was awarded the Harvard World UN-sponsored Resolution Fellowship for his project to combat suicides among students. Sagar Menon received the fellowship for his project ‘Citta’ at a recent conference in Madrid. He is a third-year B.Tech (IT) student of MPSTMR. Neelika Chakrabarti, another third-year B.Tech student in Computer Science, is a partner in the project. 

‘Citta’ is an attempt to combat student suicides by ensuring better access to healing and rehabilitation, and also tackling the stigma attached to mental health issues. The project, which will get a seed funding of $3000, is scalable up to $1 million based on its progress, with a potential to be PE funded in the future, based on its commercial prospects. 

The project can also seek mentors from Harvard alumni and has access to the vast network of Resolution Fellows worldwide, giving its partners the opportunity to exploit any business synergy.

The award was founded in 2007 by Harvard alumni with a vision to generate socially responsible young leaders with a lifetime commitment to serving the society and to empower them to create a positive impact through their innovative efforts. Currently, there are more than 400 Resolution Fellows in 70 countries, working on diverse and high-impact fields like human rights, energy, environment, education, technology, community development, etc.

The five-day conference was attended by more than 2,100 delegates from 113 countries.

Sat, 13 Apr 2019 10:45:27 +0530
Nation pays homage to Jal

AMRITSAR: The Vice President M. Venkaiah Naidu will be paying homage to martyrs of Jallianwala Bagh massacre on the centenary of the gruesome incident at the Jallianwala Bagh Memorial, in Amritsar, Punjab on April 13, 2019.

During the homage ceremony, Naidu is also scheduled to release a Commemorative Coin and Commemorative Postage Stamp.

The event is marked to observe the centenary of the massacre in which hundreds of innocent men, women and children were killed by Brigadier General Reginald Dyer, during a peaceful meeting at the park on April 13, 1919.

Naidu is also scheduled to visit an Exhibition on Jalianwala Bagh Massacre organised by the Bureau of Outreach & Communication, Ministry of I & B at the Jallianwala Bagh Memorial.

Jallianwala Bagh was declared a national memorial by an Act of Parliament titled “Jallianwala Bagh National Memorial Act, 1951”. The memorial is managed by the Jallianwala Bagh National Memorial Trust (JBNMT).

Sat, 13 Apr 2019 10:32:07 +0530
World s largest election

NEW DELHI: The voting for the first phase of General Elections-2019 to elect people’s representatives for the 17thLok Sabha gets underway in the country. 91 Lok Sabha seats are in the fray, spread over 20 states and UTs.

Elections will be held in the 25 seats in Andhra Pradesh and 17 seats in Telangana and 8 seats out of the total 80 in Uttar Pradesh. Seven seats in Maharashtra also goes to the polling booths in the first phase today, including Nagpur, the constituency of union minister and senior BJP leader Nitin Gadkari.

 

Thu, 11 Apr 2019 12:20:24 +0530
India Russia Plan For Mo

A Russian Delegation led by the Russian Deputy Minister of Digital Development, Communications and Mass Media, Mr. Alexey Volin, including the Ambassador of Russian Federation to India, Mr. Nikolay Kudashev and other delegates met Amit Khare, Secretary, Ministry of I&B.

It was mutually agreed during the meeting that an Annual Indo-Russian Forum for Media Cooperation be organized alternately in India and Russia in order to institutionalize the process of cooperation between the two countries in the media and entertainment sector. Television, news agencies, digital distribution platforms, new media, news gathering, co-production of programmes, sharing of content and exchange of professionals were identified as possible areas of collaboration.

The need to forge strong connections between the young journalists of the two countries was also highlighted in the meeting.

During the discussion, Shri Amit Khare stated that the Golden Jubilee edition of the International Film Festival of India scheduled to be held later this year offers an opportunity to countries to showcase their creativity and cinematic excellence on a global platform. He extended an invitation to the Russian Delegation to participate in the Festival.

Mr. Alexey Volin talked about the immense popularity of Indian films in Russia and mentioned a 24-hour channel dedicated solely to Indian films, currently operational in Russia.

 

Fri, 05 Apr 2019 14:50:40 +0530
Vice President Urges For

NEW DELHI: The Vice President M. Venkaiah Naidu has said that promotion and protection of ancient Indian languages was the need of the hour as they offer a window to our ancient civilisational values, knowledge and wisdom.

Addressing the gathering after conferring around 100 ‘President’s Certificate of Honour’ and ‘Maharshi Badrayan Vyas Samman’ Awards to scholars in Classical Languages, Naidu said “When a language dies, an entire culture dies. We simply cannot let that happen. Protecting our cultural heritage, including languages is our constitutionally mandated duty”, he asserted.

Observing that studies by experts estimate that almost 600 languages were on the verge of extinction and more than 250 languages have disappeared in the past 60 years, the Vice President said that the modern Indian languages have ancient roots and are derived in some way from the classical languages. “If we don’t preserve and sustain this link, we lose a very precious key to the treasure house we have all inherited”, he warned.

Emphasizing that language preservation and development needed a multi-pronged approach, Naidu said it should begin at the primary school level and continued to higher levels of education. “Functional literacy in at least one language should be ensured”, he added.

Urging people to start using their native languages at home, in the community, in meetings and in administration, the Vice President called for a national movement to protect and preserve the mother tongue. He asked the state governments, Centre, academicians and the school administrations to provide primary and higher education in mother tongue.

Fri, 05 Apr 2019 12:25:31 +0530
India Expresses Happiness

Indian officials expressed their happiness and gratitude following the announcement that UAE President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan conferred on Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi the Zayed Medal.

Sushma Swaraj, Minister of External Affairs of India, said via her Twitter account, "On behalf of the people of India, I express our deep sense of gratitude to His Highness the President, His Highness the Crown Prince of UAE for this great honour," adding that this gesture is an honour for the country and its people.

The minister went on to praise Modi's "stellar role" in ushering in a new era of strategic partnership with UAE and the "best ever relations with the Islamic world."

The Ambassador of India to the UAE, Navdeep Suri, also shared his positive sentiments, describing the occasion as a "historic moment" that marks a "truly golden era" in the bilateral relations between the two countries.

In a statement, Suri said that granting the Zayed Medal to Prime Minister Modi is "testimony to the dramatic transformation that we have witnessed in our ties ever since Prime Minister's landmark visit in August 2015."

He then went on to note that the vision of both country's leadership has shown positive results, with "ever-expanding contours" in the strategic partnerships between the UAE and India.

"We saw this manifest in the initiative taken by UAE to invite our Minister for External Affairs as Chief Guest at the meeting of OIC Foreign Ministers that was held in Abu Dhabi in March. We have seen a steady flow of investments by the Abu Dhabi Investment Authority and by other major entities into areas like housing, highways, renewable energy, financial markets and even in stressed assets.

"In the energy sector, we have seen India being awarded a new onshore oil concession in Abu Dhabi. Our first strategic petroleum reserve has taken off in partnership with ADNOC and discussions are in progress for a second, even larger strategic reserve. ADNOC and ARAMCO have also agreed to a strategic tie-up for our mega West Coast refinery project. We are putting together an ambitious India-UAE food corridor. And we are seeing unprecedented cooperation in our defence and security ties," Suri noted.

"Even in the field of culture," he added, "we had the privilege of hosting Sharjah as the Guest of Honour at the Delhi International Book Fair and later this month, we will be here with a similar status at the Abu Dhabi International Book Fair."

The Ambassador concluded by praising the many dimensions of the bilateral ties, adding that "the mutual respect and understanding between our leaders and their clear direction" have made UAE-India ties a "model for other countries to emulate."

Fri, 05 Apr 2019 12:02:36 +0530
UAE Honours PM Modi With

ABU DHABI: UAE President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, has conferred on Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi the Zayed Medal, the highest decoration awarded to kings, presidents and heads of states. The award comes in appreciation of Modi’s role in consolidating the long-standing friendship and joint strategic cooperation between the two countries.

Commenting on the announcement, His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, said the Indian Prime Minister had played a pivotal role in enhancing bilateral ties to the level of comprehensive strategic relations.

"By granting our dear friend the Indian Prime Minister the Zayed Medal, we express our appreciation for his role and efforts in developing friendly relations and extending bridges of cooperation between the UAE and the Republic of India in various fields," His Highness added.

Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed explained that the historical relationship that the UAE shares with India is being renewed strategically and strengthened in preparation for the future. He praised the values that characterise Indian society in its diversity, especially tolerance, coexistence and respect.

His Highness expressed his pride at the strong friendship and cooperation between the UAE and India and wished the country and its people continued progress, prosperity, security and stability.

Fri, 05 Apr 2019 11:55:03 +0530
Rahul Gandhi Files Nomina

WAYANAD: Congress chief Rahul Gandhi today filed documents to contest the national election from Kerala's Wayanad. He landed in a school ground by a helicopter this morning, along with his sister Priyanka Gandhi Vadra, and headed to the Collectorate in Kalpetta, district headquarters of Wayanad. Opposition leader Ramesh Chennithala, KPCC President Mullappalli Ramachandran, former Chief Minister Oommen Chandy, AICC General Secretary KC Venugopal and other senior leaders of Congress, as well as the allies, accompanied Rahul and Priyanka. 

A massive crowd of Congress workers and supporters carrying party flags greeted the brother-sister duo as they stood on a truck and waved at the crowd during their roadshow to mark the beginning of Rahul Gandhi's Wayanad campaign, reports NDTV.

A marching band was part of the procession that took them to the government office. Heavy security was in place in and around the collectorate ahead of the high-profile visit of the Congress chief.

The Congress announced last weekend that its chief would contest from the hilly Kerala district in addition to the Amethi constituency in Uttar Pradesh that has voted him to parliament since 2004, his first election, NDTV reported.

Thu, 04 Apr 2019 15:48:27 +0530
IAF s MiG 27 crashed in J

An Indian Air Force MiG-27 (Upgrade) aircraft got airborne from Air Force Station Uttarlai, Rajasthan crashed at, approximately 120 km south of Jodhpur. The pilot ejected safely and has been recovered by Search and Rescue helicopter. The pilot is safe and preliminary investigations have revealed no damage to any person or property on ground. A Court of Inquiry has been ordered to investigate the cause of the accident.

Mon, 01 Apr 2019 13:36:03 +0530
Vice President Calls Upon

NEW DELHI: The Vice President M. Venkaiah Naidu has called for concerted efforts to eliminate the menace of terrorism, tackle climate change, remove social inequalities, alleviate poverty and minimize the urban-rural divide to build a peaceful, harmonious and happy nation.

Speaking at a felicitation function organized by the Vice President’s friends and well wishers in Visakhapatnam following the recent conferment of Doctor Honoris Causa upon him by the Peace University of Costa Rica in recognition of his contribution to the rule of law, democracy, sustainable development and peace, he emphasized that Peace was prerequisite for progress of any nation. Any kind of conflict or strife would prevent developmental prospects of the region. “One cannot pay attention to development if there is tension”, he added.

Naidu said that it was the duty of every citizen to ensure that the social harmony in our country was not disturbed in any way. He called upon the media to conduct a performance audit of parties and candidates and place a progress report before the people to enable them to make an informed choice. He said the people too must seek accountability and performance reports from candidates and the parties.

Referring to the trend of politicians switching parties, the Vice President said that such people must resign to their posts before seeking re-election.  

Mon, 01 Apr 2019 13:29:24 +0530
Rahul Gandhi to contest f

NEW DELHI: Congress chief Rahul Gandhi has decided to contest from the Wayanad constituency in Kerala, apart from his own bastion Amethi in Uttar Pradesh. Senior leaders AK Antony and Randeep Singh Surjewala jointly announced the decision which helped in ending speculations and confusions regarding Rahul Gandhi's arrival to the south.

Wayanad, situates in the northern part of Kerala, is a hilly district and borders with Tamil Nadu and Karnataka. The decision will partly satisfy the Congress workers of neighbouring states, where they had also made requests to bring Rahul into the election picture, as Wayanad is considered as a tri-junction.

Sun, 31 Mar 2019 14:16:43 +0530
Election 2019 Trains Car

NEW DELHI: As part of the Voter Awareness campaign for LokSabha Election 2019, Election Commission of India and Indian Railways have come together to utilize four long-distance Trains to carry voter awareness and motivational messages. The Train displays important contact details for the citizens including the Voter Helpline number and the National Voters’  Services Portal besides motivational messages urging them to Vote.

Chief Electoral Officer, Delhi Ranbir Singh, and Director SVEEP Ms Padma Angmo, Election Commission of India and Divisional Railway Manager, Northern Railway R N Singh, flagged off Kerala Express at New Delhi Railway Station. Kerala express will be flagged off by respective State Chief Electoral Officers and District Election Officers at the State and District HQs as it traverses across the route.  As the trains travel across the country, citizens will be encouraged to click a photograph with the train and upload it on social media, for further spreading the message.

Indian Railways has one of the largest railway networks in the world. As per the report submitted by the Ministry of Railways, on an average, Indian Railways carry 22.24 million passengers and 3.04 million tonnes of freight each day. This widespread network ensures that communication on this platform has a wide reach in urban as well as rural segments.

The trains have been selected on the longest North-South route and East-West route and cover 19 States in all.

  1. Kerala Express is a daily train covering 3035 Kms in 8 States in 51 hours 10 minutes and has 41 stops. There are 20 stops with stoppage of 5 minutes or more. Capitals covered by Kerala Express are Bhopal, Thiruvananthapuram.
  2. Himsagar Express is a weekly train covering 3714 Kms in 12 States in 71 hours with  69 stops. There are 29 stops with the stoppage of 5 minutes or more including the last stop. State capitals are Thiruvananthapuram, Bhopal, Nizamuddin/New Delhi and Jammu Tawi. 
  • III. Howrah Express is a daily train covering 2087 kms in 6 states in 37 hours 35 minutes with 63 stops. There are 19 stops with the stoppage of 5 minutes or more. Capitals covered are Ahmedabad, Raipur, Howrah.
  • IV. Guwahati Express is a weekly train covering 3237 kms in 7 states in 67 hours 40 min with 41 stops. There are 23 stops with the stoppage of 5 minutes or more. Capitals covered are Ahmedabad, Lucknow, Patna and Guwahati.
Sat, 30 Mar 2019 12:24:34 +0530
IT Department Carries Out

Income Tax Department carried out search actions at 5 premises located in and around Srinagar on 28th March. Two groups, which connived with local officials in facilitation of absorption of undisclosed income of undesirable elements in shops, buildings and land in Srinagar were searched.

It has been found in the search that 76 shops built by Srinagar Development Authority for resettlement of vegetable and fruit vendors were sold off to influential and cash-rich disrupters at a huge premium. One of the persons searched by the Department is a self-proclaimed chairman of the Vegetable Vendors Union, Batamaloo. The magnitude and proportion of black money used in these transactions are startling. It has been found that four shops on the first floor of the market have been apparently sold by the self-styled chairman for Rs 1.09 crore to an individual, who paid Rs 9 lakh in cheque and the balance Rs 1 crore in unaccounted cash. He has constructed a three-storeyed budget hotel-cum-shopping complex at the New Fruit Complex, Parimpora, from black money earned by him in transactions of these shops and other real estates.

The second search operation revealed that nearly 86 Kanals of land under unauthorised occupation was sold to locally powerful persons at a high premium. The transactions have been undertaken either completely or largely in undisclosed cash. A number of original ‘ikrarnamas’ have been found and seized, that show possession of land being passed on in exchange of unaccounted receipt of cash. The said tax evader set up scrap and plastic crushing unit out of the cash generated in this manner. The investment in this unit, as well as income earned from it, has been totally kept out of the tax net.

In the aggregate, the search actions of 28th March 2019 have unearthed unaccounted financial transactions of more than Rs 11 crore and undeclared investment in immovable property of more than Rs 19 crore in and around Srinagar.

None of the persons covered in the search actions has filed an income tax return. Criminal prosecution for willful attempt to evade tax as well as deliberate non-filing of tax returns would be filed against the tax evaders.

Sat, 30 Mar 2019 11:55:22 +0530
Vice President Calls For

NEW DELHI: Vice President M. Venkaiah Naidu has said that for a democratic country like ours to thrive and flourish, our press should be efficient and fearless. He asked the journalists to serve as a mirror to society as he asked them to be the voice of the voiceless. He was addressing the 132nd Foundation Day Celebrations of 'Deepika', the first Malayalam Daily, here in New Delhi.

Saying that an efficient and fearless was necessary for a democratic country like India to thrive and flourish, Naidu asked the journalists to portray the reality as it is, neither magnifying nor diminishing, neither distorting nor mystifying facts.

 

Saying that the dignity and reputation of a newspaper rests on the degree of their loyalty to truth and fearless reporting, the Vice President said that one expects media to not just report accurately but also to highlight social and economic injustices, thus paving way for their redressal.

Naidu said that it is also the duty of the newspapers and the media, in general, to support the government in its developmental initiatives and policies as well as to pinpoint its lapses, so as to help improve the effectiveness of the administrative setup in our country. He asked the media to play a vital role in creating awareness about the legal provisions on such matters and empowering citizens by making them aware of their inalienable rights.

Pointing that media has a crucial role to play during the time of elections, the Vice President said that the fairness and the transparency with which the elections were conducted would be determined greatly by how fairly and responsibly the media would behave.

Talking about elections, the Vice President said that a free and fair election was not just about the freedom to vote and the knowledge of why and how one should cast a vote. It is a crucial participatory process where voters take part in informed public debate, making enlightened, he said.

Opining that a democratic election could not be credible with no media freedom, or stifled media freedom, Naidu said that media safeguards the transparency of the entire process.

The Vice President advised media to maintain a high level of professionalism, accuracy and impartiality in their coverage. He urged the media to do their duty during the time of the elections with great discretion. Empower the voter with information to make the best possible use of their crucial right to vote, he added.

Thu, 28 Mar 2019 12:48:12 +0530
MISSION SHAKTI PM Shows

NEW DELHI: Prime Minister Narendra Modi addressed the nation today.

In a series of tweets, the Prime Minister said “In the journey of every nation there are moments that bring utmost pride and have a historic impact on generations to come. One such moment is today. India has successfully tested the Anti-Satellite (ASAT) Missile. Congratulations to everyone on the success of Mission Shakti.

Mission Shakti was a highly complex one, conducted at extremely high speed with remarkable precision. It shows the remarkable dexterity of India’s outstanding scientists and the success of our space programme.

Mission Shakti is special for 2 reasons:

(1) India is only the 4th country to acquire such a specialised & modern capability.

(2) Entire effort is indigenous.

India stands tall as a space power! It will make India stronger, even more, secure and will further peace and harmony.”

Thu, 28 Mar 2019 12:31:03 +0530
PM Congratulates Scientis

NEW DELHI: Shortly after his address to the nation, Prime Minister spoke to scientists involved with the successful conduct of Mission Shakti, via video conference. 

The successful conduct of Mission Shakti on yesterday has made India the fourth nation in the world, with the capability to successfully target satellites through an Anti-Satellite Missile. 

Congratulating them on their success, the Prime Minister said that the entire nation is proud of our scientists for achieving well, what they had set out to accomplish.  

He said that in line with the "Make in India" initiative, the scientists have given a message to the world that we are less than no one. 

The Prime Minister said that India follows the philosophy of Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam - the world is one family. He, however, also emphasized, that the forces which work for peace and goodwill, must remain ever-powerful, for the achievement of peace. 

The Prime Minister asserted that for global peace and regional peace, India should be capable and strong. He said that the scientists have contributed to this effort with dedication. He also conveyed the greetings of the entire Union Cabinet to the scientists.  

The scientists thanked the PM for giving them this opportunity to prove their skills.

Thu, 28 Mar 2019 12:23:17 +0530
Supreme Court Seeks Statu

NEW DELHI: The Supreme Court has sought the status report of the disproportionate case held against Samajwadi Party chief Akhilesh Yadav and his father Mulayam Singh Yadav, in 2007. The case was filed a decade ago against the SP leaders after allegations that Mulayam Singh Yadav misused his power and post to gain large amounts of wealth.

"We want to know what has happened to this case? There is a status report of 2007. What has happened? We would like to know whether the case is registered?" the top court asked the Central Bureau of Investigation.

"Timing is not relevant. We want to know what happened," Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi, who heads the bench told senior Yadav's lawyer who alleged the petition was based on the upcoming general election.

Mon, 25 Mar 2019 13:28:50 +0530
Sheikh Zayed Al Nahyan Vi

ABU DHABI: H.H. Lt. General Sheikh Saif bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Interior, visited the "Zayed-Gandhi Digital Museum" - the first of its kind joint UAE-India exhibition celebrates the late visionary leaders, Sheikh Zayed and Mahatma Gandhi - in Manarat Al Saadiyat.

The visit was organised by the Ministry of Culture and Knowledge Development, in cooperation with the Gandhi Digital Museum in New Delhi, to celebrate the heritage of the late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan and Mahatma Gandhi, Spiritual Leader of India.

Sheikh Saif was accompanied during his visit today by H.H. Sheikha Latifa bint Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice Chairman of Dubai Culture & Arts Authority (Dubai Culture), and Noura bint Mohammed Al Kaabi, Minister of Culture and Knowledge Development.

During his visit, Sheikh Saif was briefed about the historic relations between the UAE and India through digital content and pictures. He also toured six areas of the museum, which is showcasing the lives of both leaders, and is introducing, to future generations, their biographies, heritage and ideologies, which are based on peace and tolerance.

The Ministry of Culture and Knowledge Development has launched the unique exhibition as a tribute to the lives and works of the two legendary leaders - the UAE's founding father Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan al Nahyan and India's father of the nation Mahatma Gandhi.

Using innovative multimedia technologies and interactive tools, the digital museum highlights how their vision for a tolerant and cohesive society and their contributions in the field of humanity, women empowerment, religious harmony and environmental sustainability have shaped and influenced the destinies of their people.

The museum’s interactive digital content showcases rare photos, videos and objects representing the life, works and philosophies of both renowned leaders, using cutting-edge technologies.

It also reaffirms the historical ties and shared values of peace, tolerance and sustainability between the UAE and India and allows people to gain insight into the lives and legacies of the two leaders, commemorating the 100th birth anniversary of Sheikh Zayed and 150th birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi.

Mon, 25 Mar 2019 13:13:31 +0530
Emirates Airline Reveals

DUBAI: Emirates Airline today revealed its ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 themed Emirates A380 livery in the build-up to one of the world’s most anticipated sporting events this year.

Former India cricketer and ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup 2011 winner, Virender Sehwag, and Emirates sponsored Lancashire team players Saqib Mahmood and Tom Bailey helped to marshal the newly emblazoned aircraft out of the Emirates Engineering hangar. The cricket players were accompanied by Emirates Engineering staff who had worked on installing the decal, and who were later treated to a game of mini-cricket by the aircraft.

The ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup trophy also made its debut at Emirates Engineering earlier this morning, and excited employees got the chance to take photos with the iconic trophy.

Boutros Boutros, Divisional Senior Vice President, Corporate Communications, Marketing and Brand for Emirates Airline, said, "We are proud to be the official airline for the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup 2019. Today’s reveal takes us one step closer to bringing the tournament to life for the nations competing in the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup 2019, and for cricket fans across the globe. Emirates directly serves customers in 9 nations participating in this year’s ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup, and we look forward to sharing the excitement of this passionate sport with cricket fans and communities around the world, particularly those who will be feverishly following their national teams as they attempt to clinch cricket glory."

David Richardson, ICC Chief Executive, said, "I am delighted to be able to see the Emirates plane with the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup livery making its debut today. It is a wonderful way to celebrate what I know is one of the most eagerly awaited sports events of the year and fitting that its first journey is to our hosts in England and Wales."

The attention-grabbing ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup 2019 decal covers a substantial area of 694sqm on the Emirates A380 fuselage and includes player silhouettes batting and bowling against a backdrop of vibrant shades of purple and pink. The decal was installed on A6-EOH, which is scheduled to fly today to London Heathrow in the UK, the host nation of the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup 2019.

Mon, 25 Mar 2019 13:06:54 +0530
India Takes Pledge To Mak

NEW DELHI: The Ministry of Health & Family Welfare commemorated the World TB Day with a function to mark the occasion, and reiterated the commitment to eliminating TB in the country by 2025. Ms. Preeti Sudan, Health Secretary presided over the function.

She stressed the importance of more sensitive and responsive doctors, paramedics, frontline health workers and community partners while dealing with TB patients. The systems of care for TB patients should be patient-centric, and sympathetic to their wellbeing, she emphasised. She stated that India has been able to free of Polio, Yaws, MNTE due to the sturdy health systems, especially at the primary healthcare levels. She stated that partnerships with all stakeholders hold the key to making India TB-free.

She led the participants of the event to take a  pledge to unite together to contribute and support towards making India TB free.

Mon, 25 Mar 2019 12:51:56 +0530
Vice President Calls For

GOA: The Vice President M. Venkaiah Naidu has called for fully tapping the enormous potential of the Blue Economy for the country to achieve higher economic growth.

Observing that the objective of the Blue Economy is to promote smart, sustainable and inclusive growth and employment opportunities through maritime economic activities, the Vice President wanted appropriate programs to be initiated for the sustainable harnessing of ocean resources.

Interacting with the Scientists of National Institute of Oceanography (NIO), in Dona Paula, Goa, Naidu pointed out that India was meeting most of its oil and gas requirements through imports and urged the scientists to step up their research in areas such as ocean energy and marine energy. “Scientists should study the potential of renewable energy derived from the ocean-- from wind, wave and tidal sources”, he added.

Asking the Institute to act as a nodal centre for Blue Economy related research and technology development, Naidu said there was a need to focus on ocean centric technology to harness the marine resources for sustained growth of India. Development of technologies for deep sea mining, underwater vehicles and underwater robotics for extraction of minerals should be initiated. “NIO should also undertake research on the development of drugs from the sea”, he added.

The Vice President said that a focused approach in some of the areas such as minerals from the ocean, energy from the ocean can make India a global leader and serve our national goals. ‘However, while pursuing the “blue growth”, every effort must be made by all the stakeholders, including private and public sectors, to prevent further degradation of the ocean and its ecosystems’, the Vice President cautioned.

In view of global warming, resource degradation and marine pollution, we have to conserve and sustain our oceans as time is running out, Naidu said and advised CSIR-NIO to play a major role through its ocean observation studies in understanding different ocean processes due to climate change.

Naidu lauded NIO for providing specialized services to society in addressing ocean-related problems. He also expressed happiness that the institute helped in preparing India’s claim for an extended continental shelf with an area of about a million square kilometres.

The Vice President also attended a presentation on various aspects and applications of Oceanography and visited laboratories and exhibition galleries at NIO. He applauded the good work being done by the Scientists and Scholars of NIO, especially in the field of conservation.

Mon, 25 Mar 2019 12:07:39 +0530
PM Condoles Loss Of Lives

PALGHAR: The Prime Minister Narendra Modi has condoled the loss of lives due to a bus accident in Palghar district of Maharashtra.

The bus accident in Maharashtra’s Palghar is unfortunate. My thoughts are with the bereaved families and prayers with those injured. The Maharashtra Government will provide all possible assistance to those affected,” the Prime Minister said.

Mon, 25 Mar 2019 11:42:37 +0530
Mumbai Malayalees Honour

Mumbai Malayalee Welfare Association celebrates senior Malayalam actor Padma Shri Madhu on the eve of his 55th year in the Malayalam film industry. "Madhu Vasantha 55 dhanya varshangal" will honour his contributions in 55 years for the film industry. The Leela Hotel Mumbai will host the function on 24 March 2019.

Sat, 23 Mar 2019 16:28:18 +0530
Fujairah Rules Welcomes I

FUJAIRAH: H.H. Sheikh Hamad bin Mohammed Al Sharqi, Supreme Council Member and Ruler of Fujairah, received Bishop Mor Osthatheos Issac, Patriarchal Vicar of the Jacobite Syrian Orthodox Church in India.

Sheikh Hamad welcomed Bishop Mor Isaac and emphasised UAE's approach of tolerance, amity, cooperation and respect for diverse cultures.

Bishop Mor Issac praised the UAE's model for peaceful co-existence and humanitarian initiative, aimed at promoting the culture of tolerance.

The meeting was attended by Mohammed Saeed Al Danahani, Director general of the Fujairah Emiri Court, and a number of senior officials.

Sat, 23 Mar 2019 12:40:32 +0530
UAE Strives Hard To Make

NEW DELHI: The UAE Ambassador to India, Dr Ahmed Al Banna, told an erudite audience at the prestigious Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) that the UAE government was working with its Indian counterparts to make air travel to the UAE cheaper for tourists and visitors.

He told an audience of students, academics and journalists that there was a discrepancy between supply and demand for seats on flights from Indian airports to those in the UAE. The current number of 1,068 flights between the two countries with a weekly capacity of 168,000 seats does not meet the demand.

Dr Al Banna stressed that Indians were now the second largest ethnic group of visitors to Dubai in terms of hotel room occupancy. This figure is set to grow with an increase of available seats on flights in both directions.

Four years ago, he said, a business class seat from Delhi to Dubai cost approximately the equivalent in Indian rupees of US$1,000. Now it costs about US$2,000 because demand is rising but seat availability is still low By making a case in public for cheaper travel between India and the UAE to an audience of current and potential visitors to the Gulf, Dr Al Banna is setting the stage for fruitful negotiations on improving travel conditions in a bilateral air service agreement. Such negotiations are overdue and are expected to take place by mutual agreement.

Under Indian rules, the open skies policy applies only to flights below 5,000 km radius. Since the Flying distance between India and the UAE is shorter than the said radius, UAE air carriers are at a disadvantage compared to European and American carriers which fly beyond the 5,000 km ceiling and enjoy the benefits of open skies in capacity and flight frequency. "Our airlines also need open skies," Dr Al Banna stressed.

The UAE has progressively relaxed visa rules for Indians who wish to visit Dubai, Abu Dhabi and other locations for business, leisure or in transit stopovers. More steps are underway to increase two-way traffic air-traffic, he added.

Sat, 23 Mar 2019 12:21:27 +0530
Palestine Slams US Presid

RAMALLAH: Palestinian Presidential spokesman Nabil Abu Rudeineh slammed US President Donald Trump’s tweets calling for legitimizing Israel’s occupation of Syria’s Golan Heights.

"It is the Palestinian and Syrian people who determine the legal status of Jerusalem and the Golan Heights," Abu Rudeineh stated in a press release.

Trump wrote on a tweet on Thursday that "After 52 years, it is time for the United States to fully recognize Israel's sovereignty over the Golan Heights, which is of critical strategic and security importance to the state of Israel and regional stability!"

Abu Rudeineh affirmed that any US decisions on recognizing Israel’s sovereignty over Syria’s Golan Heights constitute a violation of the United Nations’ resolutions, have no value whatsoever and would remain mere ink on paper.

"This Israeli escalation along with the United States’ blind prejudice in favour of Israel will further exacerbate regional escalation and tension," he stressed.

"Peace, security and stability would not be achieved in the region and the world unless the United Nations’ resolutions and Arab Peace Initiative calling on Israel to withdraw from all the Arab occupied territories in return for peace with Arab and Islamic countries are implemented," he concluded.

Israel occupied Syria’s Golan Heights, the Palestinian West Bank and Gaza Strip and Egypt’s Sinai Peninsula in 1967, with Israel eventually withdrawing from the Sinai Peninsula.

Israel formally annexed the occupied Golan Heights in 1981, while the United Nations has time and again confirmed the illegality of this occupation.

Sat, 23 Mar 2019 12:06:59 +0530
UN Launches Action Plan T

NEW YORK: In the wake of the terrorist attacks on two New Zealand mosques, UN Secretary-General António Guterres has announced his intention to launch a UN action plan for the safeguarding of religious sites, declaring that "mosques and all places of prayer and contemplation should be safe havens, not sites of terror."

Guterres was addressing representatives of the press at the Islamic Cultural Centre of New York, to show his solidarity with the worldwide Muslim community, a week after the murder of some 50 Muslim worshippers by a gunman in Christchurch, New Zealand, on 15th March.

The UN chief spoke, with a "heavy and full heart," of the grief and sympathy felt for the families of the victims, and the moving displays of "leadership, love and community from the people of New Zealand."

"Around the world, we have seen ever-rising anti-Muslim hatred, anti-Semitism, hate speech and bigotry. The cancer is spreading. It is our duty to find the cure," Guterres added.

Although the attack was "utterly appalling," he said that it was not utterly surprising, because "around the world, we have seen ever-rising anti-Muslim hatred, anti-Semitism, hate speech and bigotry."

Reminding the press that he has repeatedly warned about these dangers, Guterres said that hate speech is "spreading like wildfire," whether via social media or public discourse, with many political movements admitting neo-Nazi affiliation. He described the phenomenon as "cancer," and declared that "it is our duty to find the cure."

Mr. Guterres called for a reaffirmation of the sanctity of all places of worship and "the safety of all worshippers who visit revered sites in a spirit of compassion and tolerance. People everywhere must be allowed to observe and practice their faith in peace."

The Secretary-General announced that he has asked the High Representative for the United Nations Alliance of Civilisations, Miguel Moratinos, to develop an Action Plan for the UN to be fully engaged in support of safeguarding religious sites. The Alliance, he said, will reach out to governments, faith-based organisations and religious leaders to explore ways to prevent attacks and guarantee the sanctity of religious sites.

"You are not alone," Guterres promised the Muslim community, and all others feeling targeted. "The world is with you. The United Nations is with you. I am with you."

Sat, 23 Mar 2019 11:47:04 +0530
Govt Draws Strict Line A

Central Government in its pursuit of strong action against terrorism, has declared JKLF (Yasin faction) as an unlawful association under the provisions of Section 3(1) of the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act, 1967. 

2.     Central Government has followed the policy of ‘Zero Tolerance’ against terrorism and has acted strongly against terrorists.  Securities Forces have been given free hand to deal with terrorism.

3.     Government is committed to relentlessly pursuing the policy of curbing the activities of secessionist organizations which are a threat to unity and integrity of the country.  NIA and Enforcement Directorate are taking strong action against these organizations.

4.     With the above objective, Government on 28.02.2019 has declared ‘Jamaat-e-Islami (J&K)’ as an unlawful association under the provisions of Section 3(1) of the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act, 1967. 

5.     It was made clear at that time that ‘Jamaat-e-Islami (J&K)’ is separate from ‘Jamaat-e-Islami Hind’.  In 1953, it made its own constitution.  JeI (J&K) is responsible for the formation of Hizbul Mujahidin (HM), the biggest terrorist organization active in Jammu & Kashmir. JeI (J&K) has been providing all kind of support to HM in terms of recruits, funding, shelter, logistics, etc

6.     Jammu & Kashmir Liberation Front led by Md. Yasin Malik has spearheaded the separatist ideology in the valley and has been at the forefront of separatist activities and violence since 1988. Murders of Kashmiri Pandits by JKLF in 1989 triggered their exodus from the valley. Md. Yasin Malik was the mastermind behind the purging of Kashmiri Pandits from the Kashmir valley and is responsible for their genocide.

7.     JKLF has many serious cases registered against it. This organisation is responsible for the murder of 4 Indian Air Force personnel and kidnapping of Dr. Rubaiya Sayeed (daughter of the then Home Minister Mufti Mohammad Sayeed in Shri V. P. Singh’s Government). This organization, alongside, is also responsible for illegal funnelling of funds for fomenting terrorism.  JKLF is actively involved in raising of funds and its distribution to Hurriyat cadres and stone-pelters to fuel unrest in the Kashmir valley as well as for subversive activities.

8.     Activities of JKLF (Y) pose a serious threat to the security of the country and are prejudicial to the territorial integrity and sovereignty of India. The organization has been actively and continuously encouraging, feelings of enmity and hatred against the lawfully established Government as well as armed rebellion.

9.     37 FIRs have been registered by J&K Police against JKLF. Two cases including the case of the murder of IAF personnel were registered by CBI.  NIA has also registered a case, which is under investigation. It is evident from these that JKLF continues to be actively engaged in supporting and inciting secessionism and terrorism including terror financing.    

10.   A large number of secessionist leaders were being provided security by the State. The government, after review, has withdrawn the security of many such persons.  This process will continue further. 

11.   The Government has re-vitalized grass-root democracy in J&K by conducting elections peacefully for the first time in 2018 for Urban Local bodies after 2005 and for Panchayats after 2011.  There was active participation of the people in these elections and the overall polling percentage was 74%.  More than 3,652 Sarpanches and 23,629 Panches were elected in these elections. Panchayats have been empowered and made more accountable towards the public.  Direct elections were held for Sarpanches.  Financial powers of Panchayats have been increased 10 times.  About 20 Departments have been brought under Panchayati Raj.  Government is committed for the integrated and coordinated development of all the three regions of the State, Jammu, Kashmir and Ladakh.

Sat, 23 Mar 2019 11:35:46 +0530
Vice President Urges Yout

NEW DELHI: The Vice President M. Venkaiah Naidu has said that the younger generation should be acquainted with our history, culture and heritage. He called for conservation and protection of archaeological sites as the sites stand testimony to India’s rich and vibrant heritage. 

He was addressing the gathering after releasing the three-volume book – ‘Felicitating a Legendary Archaeologist B.B. Lal’, edited by the eminent Archaeologist, Dr. B.R. Mani, the Air Vice Marshal (Retd.), Rajesh Lal, the Chairperson of Draupadi Dream Trust, Ms. Neera Misra & Dr. Vinay Kumar of Banaras Hindu University. 

Naidu expressed his concern that India’s ancient history became a casualty of the Colonial Rule.

The Vice President said that the research is an ongoing quest for knowledge and every achievement sets a new yardstick for the younger generation of scholars. It is truly heartening to read articles by so many young scholars, and I must appreciate the editors for having given a platform to them, he said. He further highlighted the importance of Archaeological sites in teaching the younger generation about the great heritage, archaeological skills, diverse culture and tradition of the country.

The Vice President urged upon the Ministry of Culture to highlight and promote them as tourist attractions and make visitors aware of the great antiquity of our nation and Delhi. He also wanted the administrators to develop them as Archaeology Parks to showcase the antiquity of the regions. He also wanted them to make use of modern technology to create Archaeology Park experiences for the public. 

Naidu said that efforts should be made to nourish the young talent by providing them research facilities, financial support and also by platforms to publish their articles and research papers on ancient Indian traditions, culture. Compiling and consolidating academic research would help the current and future generations, to understand the history, he opined.

Sat, 23 Mar 2019 11:17:43 +0530
Modi Sends Wishes On Pak

ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Narendra Modi has sent greetings to Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan on the eve of Pakistan's National Day. Imran Khan, in a tweet, said that he has received  Modi's greetings.

Mr Khan said PM Modi told him that it is high time for the people to stay together "for a peaceful, prosperous and stable region".

Pakistan PM said he welcomes Narendra Modi's message and believes it is time to begin a comprehensive dialogue with India to resolve all issues.

"Talks required in all issues including Kashmir. Two countries need to forge a new relationship based on peace and prosperity for all our people", Imran Khan tweeted.

Pakistan Day is celebrated to mark the Lahore Resolution on March 23 every year.

Sat, 23 Mar 2019 10:53:52 +0530
Congress Attacks PM Modi

BENGALURU: The Congress has come out strongly against Prime Minister Narendra Modi and the BJP leadership after a report in a news magazine 'The Caravan' alleged BJP leader BS Yeddyurappa had bribed senior party leaders to become chief minister after the last assembly election. AICC General Secretary Randeep Surjewala has raised serious allegations against BJP leadership by raising reports of the magazine.

The Caravan with evidence reported that Yeddyurappa had given 1800 crore to become CM and he has mentioned it in his diary as well.

 "Prima facie, this is a case of investigating all BJP leaders, right from the PM and downwards. It is a fit case to be investigated by the newly appointed Lokpal," Congress spokesperson Randeep Surjewala said in a press conference.

"The ball is in the PM's court. He must decide whether Chowkidar chor hai ya chowkidar jaanch ke liye taiyaar hai (or the chowkidar is ready for an investigation)," Mr Surjewala added.

Fri, 22 Mar 2019 17:08:19 +0530
Pramod Sawant Clears Floo

PANAJI: Goa Chief Minister Pramod Sawant has successfully overcome the floor test in the state assembly after 20 members voted in favour of the CM, whereas 15 voted against him.

Now the BJP-led government has 21 members including three Maharashtrawadi Gomanthak Party (MGP), three Goa Forward Party (GFP) and three independent members along with the 12 BJP members while the Congress party has 14 members and one seat for NCP.

Goa assembly was reduced to 36 from 40 members after the death of 2 MLAs including Manohar Parrikar and the resignation of other two Congress members.

 In an unprecedented way of political developments, BJP's Pramod Savanth took oath as the Chief Minister of Goa, at 2 am yesterday. The midnight ceremony occurred after party chief Amit Shah engaged in hectic parleys with the parties attached to the front, soon after the demise of Manohar Parrikar.

Two lawmakers of the Maharashtrawadi Gomantak Party (MGP) joined the BJP which made light works for Amit Shah to form a new government in the coastal state. Pramod Sawant was the Speaker in the Manohar Parrikar government.

Maharashtrawadi Gomantak Party (MGP) and the Goa Forward Party got deputy CM post as the latter had objected to the former Speaker's promotion.

Wed, 20 Mar 2019 13:40:05 +0530
Karnataka Building Collap

Dharwad: Three persons have died and 30 persons are reportedly trapped after an under-construction building collapsed in Karnataka's Dharwad. The collapse took place in Dharwad's Kumareshwar Nagar.

56 labourers have been rescued so far and operations have been going on to save the trapped people.

National Disaster Relief Force (NDRF) is leading the rescue operations and they said that more teams are on their way to speed up the operation.

"Two more teams of #NDRF are being airlifted from Ghaziabad in addition to one team which was moved from Bangalore in connection with Dharwad building collapse," the NDRF tweeted.

Karnataka Chief Minister HD Kumaraswamy said he has instructed the Chief Secretary to supervise rescue operations.

 

Shocked to learn about the collapse of an under-construction building in Dharwad. I have instructed the Chief Secretary to supervise rescue operations. I have also directed the CS to send additional resources and expert rescuers by a special flight to #Dharwad .

— H D Kumaraswamy (@hd_kumaraswamy) March 19, 2019

 

 

Wed, 20 Mar 2019 13:17:55 +0530
Suresh Prabhu Reviews Jet

NEW DELHI: The Minister for Civil Aviation Suresh Prabhu directed Secretary and senior officials of DGCA to take stock of grounding of planes by Jet Airways, Advance Bookings, Cancellations, Refund and Safety issues.

As per the direction of Minister, DGCA reviewed the performance of Jet Airways on Operational, Airworthiness & Passenger facilitation.  Current availability of aircraft in the fleet for operation is 41 and accordingly scheduled for 603 domestic flights and 382 international flights have been drawn.  However, it is a dynamic situation and there may be further attrition in the coming weeks.  

DGCA instructed the airline to comply with the relevant provisions of the applicable CARs for facilitation of Passengers regarding timely communication, compensation, refunds and providing alternate flights wherever applicable. The data is being monitored by DGCA on a regular basis. 

DGCA is ensuring that all aircraft in the fleet whether in operation or on the ground are maintained in accordance with the Approved Maintenance Programme (AMP).

The operator was also directed to ensure that no Pilots/Cabin Crew/AMEs be rostered on duty who had reported stress of any nature. Additionally, all such staff should be current with all mandatory training requirements.

Prabhu has directed all the concerned officials to continuously monitor the overall situation. He has also directed them to safeguard the public interest, to give paramount importance to public safety and to take necessary steps for passenger convenience. He instructed DGCA to:

• maintain airworthiness of aircraft being used in a schedule,

• avoid last minute cancellation or change in schedule so as to minimize passenger inconvenience, and

• ensure that affected passengers are duly adjusted/refunded as per the relevant regulations.

Wed, 20 Mar 2019 13:03:22 +0530
Under Construction Buildi

Dharwad: One person has died and 40 persons are reportedly trapped after an under-construction building collapsed in Karnataka's Dharward. Fifteen people have also been injured.

The collapse took place in Dharwad's Kumareshwar Nagar.

15 labourers have been rescued so far and operations have been going on to save the trapped people.

Karnataka Chief Minister HD Kumaraswamy said he has instructed the Chief Secretary to supervise rescue operations.

 

Shocked to learn about the collapse of an under-construction building in Dharwad. I have instructed the Chief Secretary to supervise rescue operations. I have also directed the CS to send additional resources and expert rescuers by a special flight to #Dharwad .

— H D Kumaraswamy (@hd_kumaraswamy) March 19, 2019,

 

 

Tue, 19 Mar 2019 20:11:36 +0530
India Love Peace But Dete

NEW DELHI: The Vice President M. Venkaiah Naidu has underscored India’s stand as a peace loving nation but determined to combat terror in all its forms and manifestations. He was interacting with the Vice President of Ghana, Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia, the Prime Minister of Guinea, Dr Ibrahima Kassory Fofana and the Deputy Prime Minister of Lesotho, Mr. Monyane Moleleki, who called on him, at his residence here today.

The Vice President welcomed the dignitaries with Anga Vastrams (traditional Indian attire) and Smt. Usha Naidu offered traditional Shawls to the spouses of the visiting dignitaries.

At the luncheon meeting hosted by the Vice President of India, the leaders shared their happiness at the traditionally close ties between their countries with India, underpinned by shared vision and values of peaceful co-existence and natural respect, democracy and rule of law.

Naidu said that noted with satisfaction that there was strong economic co-operation between the countries and that all countries were growing at a fast pace. He further observed that each of our countries has natural, financial and human resources and that we have to tap into our material resources, enrich our human resources and transform our economies through partnership.

Tue, 19 Mar 2019 18:50:05 +0530
Jet Airways Grounds More

NEW DELHI: The government has called an emergency meeting as Jet Airways, one of  India's largest airlines, faces severe financial crisis. The debt-ridden carrier is struggling to find fund to pay its creditors and forced to cancel many services.

The Maintenance Engineers' Union of the airline wrote to DGCA saying they haven't received salary for the last three months.

Tue, 19 Mar 2019 17:26:41 +0530
Jackie Chan Lauds Dubai s

DUBAI: International superstar Jackie Chan said that he is happy to be back in Dubai for the filming of his latest movie Vanguard. The city’s exceptional production infrastructure, support services and exciting backdrops make it an ideal place to film movies, he said.

Speaking during a media interaction at Dubai Studio City, the action movie star said: "I am happy to be back in Dubai three years after the shooting of Kung Fu Yoga. Dubai is a good place to film.

This is why I have come back. I will come back again and again in the future."

Chan said he is impressed with the high quality of the filming infrastructure in Dubai and the support he has received for shooting his new movie. Compared to some other countries, Dubai fulfills all the promises it makes, he added.

Jackie Chain-starrer Vanguard will wrap up the Dubai section of its filming by 22nd March 2019. The movie is being shot in the emirate through a collaboration between Shanghai Lix Entertainment Co Ltd, Dubai-based Alkatraz Production and Line Producer Maxine de Vere.

Directed by acclaimed action-filmmaker Stanley Tong, the movie has been shot extensively in Dubai in various places including Dubai Studio City, Downtown Dubai, City Walk and its surroundings, apart from other prominent locations and residential areas, with the support of the Dubai Film and TV Commission (DFTC). The Dubai leg of the filming will be completed in a total of 30 days. Vanguard is expected to be released globally next year.

Well-known Chinese actors such as Yang Yang, Ai Lun, Zhu Zhengting, Jackson Lou and Mia are also playing key roles in the film. In addition, the film also features 20 local actors who have been cast by a local talent agency, apart from 10 feature artists and over 500 extras.

Vanguard is the latest in a series of international blockbusters that have been filmed in Dubai. Various major international productions have chosen Dubai as a location for their movies, attracted by its superior infrastructure, exceptional support services and exciting locales. Each new film has showcased Dubai’s extensive infrastructure to the global production community, attracting many further global movie ventures.

Dubai has been featured as the backdrop of several big-budget international blockbusters, including Syriana (2005), Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol (2011) Fast and Furious (2009), Star Trek Beyond (2016) and a host of major Bollywood movies including Happy New Year (2014). The rapid rise in the number of international productions choosing Dubai as a filming location is a testament to its rise as a leading global destination for filmmaking and a regional hub for the film production industry.

Filmmakers are drawn to Dubai by its robust infrastructure, advanced filming facilities including highly-equipped soundstages in Dubai Studio City, its deep pool of production talent, the availability of superior production services and the emirate’s diverse locales.

Tue, 19 Mar 2019 11:12:51 +0530
People to people Ties Bet

NEW DELHI: Catching up with the fast-paced and diverse growth in relations between the UAE and India, people-to-people ties between the two countries are picking up.

On Monday, an interactive session will be held at the prestigious Indian Institute of Technology, IIT, in New Delhi on the theme of 'flourishing relationship between the Republic of India and the United Arab Emirates'.

The IITs in several cities in India are among the most influential academic institutions in this country which have produced graduates and post-graduates who now occupy leadership positions in the global corporate world, especially in the United States and South East Asia. Many of India’s leaders across the board, including the chief ministers of Delhi and Goa and the titans who run leading Indian businesses, are an alumnus of these prestigious institutes.

Monday’s interactive session at the IIT, Delhi, has been put together by the C.D. Foundation, a leading non-profit organisation in India.

This meeting comes close on the heels of a two-day international conference in Mumbai titled, 'Connect Gulf: Culture, Commerce and Polity'. The conference, organised by Mumbai University’s Department of Civics and Politics, was attended by leading Indian academics specialising in the Gulf, experts from the media who have been writing on the Gulf for several decades, retired Indian Ambassadors who have served in the Arab world and research scholars on the region.

Several academics and experts from several Gulf states, the United Kingdom and China attended the conference.

Delivering the inaugural address at the conference held at the Research Centre of the University’s Department of Civics and Politics, Shajahan Madampatt, Adviser, National Media Council of the UAE, said that in India’s relations with the Gulf, Track II engagement preceded Track I.

"The Gulf needed workers, Indians needed jobs. But now governments on both sides are fast catching up on relations and these have become diverse," he said. He referred to the long history of contacts between India and the Gulf and pointed to the Dilmun civilisation which was on the route between Mesopotamia and the Indus Valley civilisation.

He spoke in great detail at an academic session and panel discussion on India’s connections with the Gulf, dwelling in particular on the thriving present-day relations between the UAE and India, which continue to expand.

Shortly before the Mumbai event, a two-day conference to address the root causes of radicalisation and terrorism analysed cooperation between the UAE and India against these twin dangers to civilised society and in providing security.

This conference in New Delhi, organised by the Policy Perspectives Foundation here, was addressed, among others, by Syed Asif Ibrahim, who was Special Envoy of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi on countering terrorism and extremism and G. Parthasarathy, who was India’s High Commissioner to Australia, Cyprus and Pakistan and Ambassador to Myanmar.

The uptick in people-to-people contacts has also seen increasing and active participation by think tankers and strategic analysts from the UAE in signature Indian conferences such as the annual Raisina Dialogue organised by the New Delhi-based Observer Research Foundation and the highly rated West Asia conference of the Indian government’s think tank, the Institute for Defence Studies and Analysis.

Tue, 19 Mar 2019 11:04:39 +0530
Sharjah Welcomes India s

SHARJAH: Gulftainer, a privately owned independent port operator, welcomed the M.V. Port Klang from Sunmarine Shipping Services on a maiden call at its gateway flagship Sharjah Container Terminal, SCT.

The vessel is one of the shipping group’s fastest services between the Indian subcontinent and the UAE.

The M.V. Port Klang offers the fastest direct express service between Sharjah’s Port Khalid and the Kandla, Hazira and Nhava Sheva ports in India with only three days’ transit time from the last port in India to Sharjah. The maiden vessel call at SCT was completed at an impressive 45 gross moves per hour.

Peter Richards, Group CEO of Gulftainer, said, "We are delighted to welcome the M.V. Port Klang at SCT. Receiving one of the fastest ships on the Arabian Gulf India route - yet another achievement for Gulftainer – demonstrates SCT’s strategic position as a prominent gateway port for the region. This is a promising start to our new relationship with Sunmarine Shipping Services, and we look forward to building strong synergies between our two companies based on shared value and operational efficiencies."

To mark the occasion, Stephen Barron, Sharjah Terminal Manager, presented a commemorative shield to Captain Mykola Chernikov, Master of the M.V. Port Klang, in the presence of senior management from Gulftainer and representatives of Sunmarine Shipping Services.

With recent terminal upgrades, including the expansion of SCT’s full container storage yard by over 17 per cent and the ability to operate bigger vessels, Gulftainer continues to enhance its capabilities to meet the evolving needs and expectations of its customers. The company is committed to developing its port facilities in the UAE – SCT, Khorfakkan Container Terminal and Hamriya Port – to ensure fast and efficient service delivery to all terminal customers.

Tue, 19 Mar 2019 10:56:35 +0530
Anil Ambani Thanks Brothe

MUMBAI: Industrialist Anil Ambani released a statement, thanking Mukesh Ambani after the latter decided to settle his younger brother's huge debt of 458.77-crore to Swedish telecom company Ericsson, a day before the deadline. He thanked Mukesh Ambani for his "timely support in trying times".

"My sincere and heartfelt thanks to my respected elder brother, Mukesh, and (sister-in-law) Nita for standing by me during these trying times, and demonstrating the importance of staying true to our strong family values by extending this timely support," a late-night statement from Anil Ambani read.

Earlier the Supreme Court had put two options before 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 by the top court. The court added that Anil Ambani should pay the entire amount to the Swedish company within four weeks.

Reliance Telecom Chairman Satheesh Seth and Chaya 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 Mukesh Ambani's Reliance Jio, his company had entered insolvency proceedings.

Ericsson demanded 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."

Tue, 19 Mar 2019 10:32:30 +0530
Navy Chief Reviews Operat

KOCHI: The Chief of Naval Staff (CNS), Admiral Sunil Lanba, PVSM, AVSM, ADC, arrived Kochi on for the debrief of the recently concluded annual Theatre Level Readiness and Operational Exercise (TROPEX). Commanders-in-Chief of all the three naval Commands, along with a number of senior operational commanders and representatives from Indian Army, Air Force and Indian Coast Guard attended and participated in the discussions held at the Naval Base, Kochi.

The day-long review of TROPEX 2019 was undertaken to examine the conduct of exercise and to assess operational readiness of the Indian Navy. A realistic audit of the Indian Navy’s deployment philosophy and fighting capability was undertaken during the review. Lessons learnt from the exercise will provide the Indian Navy accurate assessments to fine-tune combat deployments, force structuring requirements, operational logistics as also material and training imperatives.

The Chief of Naval Staff while addressing the senior leadership and officers of the Navy congratulated them on the high level of professionalism and commitment displayed during the exercise. The CNS urged one and all to maintain the high tempo of operations and keep sharp vigil including stringent security measures to ensure safer coasts and secure seas. He stated that the Navy will always remain ready to protect, promote and preserve national interests in the maritime domain.

The Annual Integrated Theatre Level Operational Readiness Exercise - in short TROPEX - the largest maritime exercise of the Indian Navy was conducted in the month of February in the Arabian Sea and North Indian Ocean.  TROPEX 2019 was thus far the largest in terms of geographical extent covering the IOR, and also with regard to the number of units participating. The exercise was conducted from 07 Jan 19 and graduated smoothly into providing the IN a high operational readiness posture post the Pulwama attack on 14 Feb 19. About 60 ships of Indian Navy, 12 ships of Indian Coast Guard and 60 aircraft participated in TROPEX 19. The exercise also included a Tri-services Amphibious Exercise that saw the participation of Army and Air Force personnel and assets. As a prelude to  TROPEX, the largest coastal defence exercise over codenamed ‘Sea Vigil’, was conducted on 22 and 23 Jan 19 with the participation of all coastal states and union territories along with all maritime stakeholders.

Overall, the exercise validated the Navy’s readiness and capability to meet various mandated roles, in support of national objectives. The Admiral departed Kochi, in the evening.

Tue, 19 Mar 2019 10:16:13 +0530
Guinea PM Calls On Presid

NEW DELHI: Dr Ibrahima  Kassory  Fofana, the Prime Minister of the Republic of Guinea  called on the President Ram Nath Kovind, at Rashtrapati Bhavan

Welcoming the Prime Minister of Guinea and his delegation to India, the President said that recent high-level visits have imparted a new momentum to India-Guinea bilateral ties. He expressed confidence that this visit will mark yet another high point.  

The President was happy to note that India is among the top trading partners of Guinea. He said that India-Guinea bilateral trade in 2017-18 reached almost US$ 900 million, representing an increase of nearly 40 per cent from the previous year. He said that both sides must continue to work to see how we can further enhance bilateral trade in the coming years.

Tue, 19 Mar 2019 10:08:41 +0530
Pramod Sawant Takes Oath

PANAJI: In an unprecedented way of political developments, BJP's Pramod Sawant took oath as the Chief Minister of Goa, at 2 am today. ThePost- midnight ceremony occurred after party chief Amit Shah engaged in hectic parleys with the parties attached to the front, soon after the demise of Manohar Parrikar.

Two lawmakers of the Maharashtrawadi Gomantak Party (MGP) joined the BJP which made light works for Amit Shah to form a new government in the coastal state. Pramod Sawant was the Speaker in the Manohar Parrikar government.

Maharashtrawadi Gomantak Party (MGP) and the Goa Forward Party get deputy CM post as the latter had objected to the former Speaker's promotion.

Tue, 19 Mar 2019 10:02:40 +0530
PM Pays Last Respects To

PANAJI: Prime Minister Narendra Modi paid last respects to Goa Chief Minister and former Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar as his body was kept at the Goa BJP office and the Kala Academy.

The Prime Minister has condoled the passing away of the Chief Minister of Goa and said, “ Shri Manohar Parrikar was an unparalleled leader. A true patriot and exceptional administrator, he was admired by all. His impeccable service to the nation will be remembered by generations. Deeply saddened by his demise. Condolences to his family and supporters. Om Shanti.

Manohar Parrikar was the builder of modern Goa. Thanks to his affable personality and accessible nature, he remained the preferred leader of the state for years. His pro-people policies ensured Goa scales remarkable heights of progress.

India will be eternally grateful to Shri Manohar Parrikar for his tenure as our Defence Minister. When he was RM, India witnessed a series of decisions that enhanced India’s security capacities, boosted indigenous defence production and bettered the lives of ex-servicemen”. 

The President Ram Nath Kovind has condoled the passing away of the Chief Minister of Goa.

The President said, “Extremely sorry to hear of the passing of Shri Manohar Parrikar, Chief Minister of Goa after an illness borne with fortitude and dignity. An epitome of integrity and dedication in public life, his service to the people of Goa and of India will not be forgotten.”

Vice President M. Venkaiah Naidu said that Parrikar was one of the most lovable and honest senior politicians of our country. He was a dynamic and dedicated individual who led a life full of values and principles, he added.

"Deeply saddened to learn about the untimely passing away of the Chief Minister of Goa, Shri Manohar Parrikar.

He is one of the most lovable and honest senior politicians of our country. He was a dynamic and dedicated individual who led a life full of values and principles.

In his passing, the nation in general and Goa, in particular, lost its proud son. My heartfelt condolences to members of his bereaved family and I pray for his soul rest in peace."

Mon, 18 Mar 2019 16:28:35 +0530
Bengaluru Lift ISL Title

MUMBAI: Just the packed stadium was getting ready for a tensed penalty shootout to find the winner of the Indian Super League Season 5, Rahul Beke's golden head dished all hopes of FC GOA and denied them the long-awaited ISL title.

Rahul Beke's 117th-minute extra time goal helped Bengaluru FC lift their maiden ISL triumph, held the Mumbai Football Arena.  Bengaluru FC beat FC Goa 1-0 after the two teams failed to break the deadlock in the 90 minutes.

FC Goa returned empty hands for the second time as they defeated by Chennaiyin FC in the final of ISL season 2.

Mon, 18 Mar 2019 13:05:56 +0530
A true patriot and excep

PANAJI: The Prime Minister Narendra Modi has condoled the passing away of the Chief Minister of Goa, Manohar Parrikar. 

The Prime Minister said, “ Shri Manohar Parrikar was an unparalleled leader. A true patriot and exceptional administrator, he was admired by all. His impeccable service to the nation will be remembered by generations. Deeply saddened by his demise. Condolences to his family and supporters. Om Shanti.

Manohar Parrikar was the builder of modern Goa. Thanks to his affable personality and accessible nature, he remained the preferred leader of the state for years. His pro-people policies ensured Goa scales remarkable heights of progress.

India will be eternally grateful to Shri Manohar Parrikar for his tenure as our Defence Minister. When he was RM, India witnessed a series of decisions that enhanced India’s security capacities, boosted indigenous defence production and bettered the lives of ex-servicemen”. 

The President Ram Nath Kovind has condoled the passing away of the Chief Minister of Goa.

The President said, “Extremely sorry to hear of the passing of Shri Manohar Parrikar, Chief Minister of Goa after an illness borne with fortitude and dignity. An epitome of integrity and dedication in public life, his service to the people of Goa and of India will not be forgotten.”

Vice President M. Venkaiah Naidu said that Parrikar was one of the most lovable and honest senior politicians of our country. He was a dynamic and dedicated individual who led a life full of values and principles, he added.

"Deeply saddened to learn about the untimely passing away of the Chief Minister of Goa, Shri Manohar Parrikar.

He is one of the most lovable and honest senior politicians of our country. He was a dynamic and dedicated individual who led a life full of values and principles.

In his passing, the nation in general and Goa, in particular, lost its proud son. My heartfelt condolences to members of his bereaved family and I pray for his soul rest in peace."

Mon, 18 Mar 2019 10:52:24 +0530
Not Just Modi I am Chow

NEW DELHI: It seems no end to the 'Chowkidar' wave as Prime Minister Narendra Modi has changed the title of his Twitter account to "Chowkidar Narendra Modi", a day after he launched his party's video campaign "Main Bhi Chowkidar (I am a watchman too)" for the national election.

BJP president Amit Shah, central ministers JP Nadda and Piyush Goyal have also followed the same by changing their title with a "Chowkidar" prefix.

"The one who made cleanliness a moral value... he is called Chowkidar #MainBhiChowkidar. Say with all your heart #ChowkidarPhirSe (watchman again)," Amit Shah tweeted.

 

 

जिसने बनाया स्वच्छता को संस्कार...वो है चौकीदार। #MainBhiChowkidar

कहो दिल से #ChowkidarPhirSe pic.twitter.com/jLqn6atvXR

— Chowkidar Amit Shah (@AmitShah) March 17, 2019



 

 

 

"As Chowkidars of our nation, we are committed to creating a clean economy by using cashless financial transactions. The menace of corruption and black money has adversely affected us for decades. Time to eliminate these for a better future. #MainBhiChowkidar #ChowkidarPhirSe", Piyush Goyal tweeted.

 

 

As Chowkidars of our nation, we are committed to creating a clean economy by using cashless financial transactions.

The menace of corruption and black money has adversely affected us for decades. Time to eliminate these for a better future. #MainBhiChowkidar #ChowkidarPhirSe pic.twitter.com/y44vwyM4xs

— Chowkidar Piyush Goyal (@PiyushGoyal) March 17, 2019

 

 

 

PM Modi released the campaign video yesterday on Twitter with the title "Your Chowkidar is standing firm & serving the nation."

He attached a few more words to the campaign video

But, I am not alone.

Everyone who is fighting corruption, dirt, social evils is a Chowkidar.

Everyone working hard for the progress of India is a Chowkidar.

Today, every Indian is saying-#MainBhiChowkidar

 

The video is an amalgamation of various projects introduced by the NDA govt. such as Mudra Yojana, Clean India and many more.

Chowkidar is a word common in the political circles of the country after Narendra Modi had used it for the first time during the 2014 National election campaign saying, he would guard people's money and trust once he assumed power in the centre.

Later PM Modi and Congress President Rahul Gandhi had engaged in a war of words in the name of Chowkidar as he said "Chowkidar chor hai" when he constantly dragged the PM in Rafale Jet Deal controversy. Mr Gandhi alleges that Modi intentionally tweaked rules regarding the fighter jet purchase.

Sun, 17 Mar 2019 13:35:38 +0530
Now Not Just Modi I am

NEW DELHI: It seems no end to the 'Chowkidar' wave as Prime Minister Narendra Modi has changed the title of his Twitter account to "Chowkidar Narendra Modi", a day after he launched his party's video campaign "Main Bhi Chowkidar (I am a watchman too)" for the national election.

BJP president Amit Shah, central ministers JP Nadda and Piyush Goyal have also followed the same by changing their title with a "Chowkidar" prefix.

"The one who made cleanliness a moral value... he is called Chowkidar #MainBhiChowkidar. Say with all your heart #ChowkidarPhirSe (watchman again)," Amit Shah tweeted.

 

 

जिसने बनाया स्वच्छता को संस्कार...वो है चौकीदार। #MainBhiChowkidar

कहो दिल से #ChowkidarPhirSe pic.twitter.com/jLqn6atvXR

— Chowkidar Amit Shah (@AmitShah) March 17, 2019



 

 

"As Chowkidars of our nation, we are committed to creating a clean economy by using cashless financial transactions. The menace of corruption and black money has adversely affected us for decades. Time to eliminate these for a better future. #MainBhiChowkidar #ChowkidarPhirSe", Piyush Goyal tweeted.

 

 

As Chowkidars of our nation, we are committed to creating a clean economy by using cashless financial transactions.

The menace of corruption and black money has adversely affected us for decades. Time to eliminate these for a better future. #MainBhiChowkidar #ChowkidarPhirSe pic.twitter.com/y44vwyM4xs

— Chowkidar Piyush Goyal (@PiyushGoyal) March 17, 2019



 

 

 

PM Modi released the campaign video yesterday on Twitter with the title "Your Chowkidar is standing firm & serving the nation."

He attached a few more words to the campaign video

But, I am not alone.

Everyone who is fighting corruption, dirt, social evils is a Chowkidar.

Everyone working hard for the progress of India is a Chowkidar.

Today, every Indian is saying-#MainBhiChowkidar

 

The video is an amalgamation of various projects introduced by the NDA govt. such as Mudra Yojana, Clean India and many more.

Chowkidar is a word common in the political circles of the country after Narendra Modi had used it for the first time during the 2014 National election campaign saying, he would guard people's money and trust once he assumed power in the centre.

Later PM Modi and Congress President Rahul Gandhi had engaged in a war of words in the name of Chowkidar as he said "Chowkidar chor hai" when he constantly dragged the PM in Rafale Jet Deal controversy. Mr Gandhi alleges that Modi intentionally tweaked rules regarding the fighter jet purchase.

 

Sun, 17 Mar 2019 13:28:57 +0530
India Pilots Resolutions

In a significant first, India piloted resolutions on two important global environmental issues relating to Single-use Plastics and Sustainable Nitrogen management at the fourth session of United Nations Environment Assembly (UNEA) which was held in Nairobi from 11th to 15th March 2019. UNEA adopted both the resolutions with consensus. The theme of the UNEA this year was Innovative Solutions for environmental challenges and sustainable production and consumption.

The global nitrogen use efficiency is low, resulting in pollution by reactive nitrogen which threatens human health, ecosystem services, contributes to climate change and stratospheric ozone depletion. Only a small proportion of the plastics produced globally are recycled with most of it damaging the environment and aquatic biodiversity. Both these are global challenges and the resolutions piloted by India at the UNEA are vital first steps towards addressing these issues and attracting focus of the global community.

India also hosted, in the High-Level Segment of UNEA, a session on “Global Partnerships: Key to Unlocking Resource Efficiency and Inclusive Green Economies”. The side event was attended by representatives of Member States, Civil Society Organizations, private sector organizations including leading financial institutions. The Side Event had a panel discussion which had High-Level diplomatic participation from Germany, Brazil, South Africa and senior management of international financial institutions. The mainstreaming of resource efficiency and the use of secondary raw materials through partnerships and action at scale is critical for moving towards a green economy.

It emerged that collaborations and action at scale is key to success. The actions should be oriented towards having an inclusive green economy and blended finance will help in implementation whereas public finance should be provided to de-risk private finance in transformational projects. 

The Indian delegation also participated in the panel discussion in High-Level Segment on “Need for additional commitments of public finance and the ways to maximize mobilization of climate finance”.

It was highlighted that climate finance is an important lever for climate action related to both mitigation and adaption in developing countries. The contributions to climate finance need to be in consonance with the basic principles of common but differentiated responsibility and respective capabilities (CBDR-RC). Climate finance is more of an obligation of the developed countries, based on their historical emissions. The availability of sufficient, additional and predictable climate finance is a key for action.  Importantly, the lack of pledged funds in the Green Climate Fund and the potential reliance on the private sector has been highlighted by many developing countries.  India has been initiating domestic climate actions, both related to climate change mitigation and adaptation, primarily through its own financial resources. There is a sense of urgency for financial support to developing countries, which have not been so responsible for these global environmental concerns.

Sun, 17 Mar 2019 12:47:58 +0530
SPO Shot Dead Outside Her

SRINAGAR: A Special Police Officer was shot dead by terrorists outside her home in Jammu and Kashmir's Shopian today. She was rushed to a nearby hospital but in vain.

SPO Khushboo Jan was fired by terrorists around 2.40 pm outside her home in the Shopian district's Vehil village.

" We condemn this gruesome terror act & stand by her family at this critical juncture," said the Jammu and Kashmir police.

Sat, 16 Mar 2019 18:57:43 +0530
BJP Goes Ahead Says Mai

PRASOBH.P.NAMBIAR

 

NEW DELHI: "Chowkidar" has replaced "Teaboy" as the election campaign reached from first gear to second gear. Prime Minister Narendra Modi today launched his party's campaign "Main Bhi Chowkidar" (I am a watchman too) on Twitter.

The campaign video was released on Twitter with the title "Your Chowkidar is standing firm & serving the nation."

 

 

Your Chowkidar is standing firm & serving the nation.

But, I am not alone.

Everyone who is fighting corruption, dirt, social evils is a Chowkidar.

Everyone working hard for the progress of India is a Chowkidar.

Today, every Indian is saying-#MainBhiChowkidar

— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) March 16, 2019



 

 

 

He attached a few more words to the campaign video

But, I am not alone.

Everyone who is fighting corruption, dirt, social evils is a Chowkidar.

Everyone working hard for the progress of India is a Chowkidar.

Today, every Indian is saying-#MainBhiChowkidar

 

The video is an amalgamation of various projects introduced by the NDA govt. such as Mudra Yojana, Clean India and many more.

"Chowkidar" is a common word in the political circles of the country after Narendra Modi had used it for the first time during the 2014 National election campaign saying, he would guard people's money and trust once he assumed power in the centre.

Later PM Modi and Congress President Rahul Gandhi had engaged in a war of words in the name of "Chowkidar" as he said 'Chowkidar chor hai' when he constantly dragged the PM in Rafale Jet Deal controversy. Mr Gandhi alleges that Modi intentionally tweaked rules regarding the fighter jet purchase.

Sat, 16 Mar 2019 16:17:45 +0530
Maharashtra will remain a

MUMBAI: Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis has said that the Nagpur-Mumbai Samruddhi corridor will put Maharashtra 20 years ahead of rest of the nation. He was talking in detail about the various industrial policies initiated by the government.

He said this policy speaks about 20 smart industrial townships with direct connectivity to JNPT port. It will open up entirely a new facility for investors.
"Policy also speaks about industry 4.0, a fourth industrial revolution, that is going to change the face of the industry. We have also created a new opportunity for FinTech as Mumbai is a FinTech hub", he said.

"Policies created for marginalised people and special policy for women. Maharashtra is the first state to have an industrial policy for women", CM added.

Chief Minister concluded that Maharashtra is the number 1 state in the country and will remain as No.1  

Sat, 16 Mar 2019 15:16:55 +0530
World Leaders Mourn At De

CHRISTCHURCH: New Zealand’s bishops have expressed their solidarity with the country’s Muslim community after mass shootings at two mosques killed nearly 50 people on Friday morning.

New Zealand's Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said the events in Christchurch represented "an extraordinary and unprecedented act of violence" and called it "one of New Zealand’s darkest days."

Police have arrested four people in relation to the terrorist attack and defused several devices.

In the meantime, the world angrily reacted to New Zealand mosque mass shooting. Leaders from around the world responded to the deadly attacks which happened during Friday prayers.

Political leaders from across the world have expressed their condemnation at the deadly attacks.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel said she mourned "with New Zealanders for their fellow citizens who were attacked and murdered out of racist hatred while peacefully praying in their mosques. We stand together against such acts of terrorism."

French President Emmanuel Macron echoed Merkel's message, condemning an "odious attack" and saying France "stands against any form of extremism".

Sat, 16 Mar 2019 12:58:58 +0530
President Stresses Need F

GANDHINAGAR: The President Ram Nath Kovind inaugurated the Festival of Innovation and Entrepreneurship in Gandhinagar. He also presented the 10th Biennial National Grassroots Innovation Awards. 

Speaking on the occasion, the President said that as we seek to meet important developmental goals and build a caring, inclusive and happy society, we have to draw upon the power of innovation to find solutions to India’s concerns in diverse domains such as health, education, food security, energy access, environmental protection, and national security. We have to make all efforts to promote an innovation culture and become an innovation society. This will provide us with the best possibility of ensuring that every young Indian will have an opportunity to realise his or her true potential.

The President said that an innovative idea in itself is not enough. It is important to ensure that a creative idea gets the support it needs for its maturing, diffusion and delivery on the ground. Innovation itself is only the first of two key drivers to ensure that any innovation becomes actionable. The second key driver is entrepreneurship, which needs to supplement innovation so as to deliver benefits to our fellow citizens. We need to build an ecosystem for converting innovations into enterprises. This requires backing for start-ups and for incubating young innovators by providing financial, mentoring and policy support.

Sat, 16 Mar 2019 10:48:41 +0530
India Tightens Security A

The Bureau of Civil Aviation Security (BCAS) has issued a detailed Circular to strengthen the Security measures at the airports with an aim to curb the movement of unauthorized arms, contraband goods, cash/bullion, etc. This is in the wake of the announcement of Model Code of Conduct for the forthcoming General Elections 2019.

 

Some of the important instructions are as follows: 

Apart from measure to strengthen the security at the regular commercial airports, special measures have been introduced to check flights from Uncontrolled/Remote/unserved / airstrips /aerodromes /Helipads /private airstrips/Waterdromes.

 

Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) and AAI/ATC shall inform State Police, BCAS and Income Tax Department about these flights in advance.

 

The Air Traffic Control (ATC) shall share records of not only Scheduled Commercial Flights but also private aircrafts or helicopters to the Chief Electoral Officer (CEO) of the State and the DEO of the district, in which the airport is located, about the travel plan of chartered aircrafts or helicopters as early as possible, preferably half an hour in advance.

 

DGsP of States shall deploy Police Units to check these flights during Code of Conduct as per the direction of Election Commission and extant rules and regulations of BCAS in this regards.

 

The operators of all private aircraft/Helicopters must declare the contents of the baggage, suitcases, etc, carried on these flights to CEO of the states, DEOs of the districts, state police and IT Department.

 

With an aim to keep strict vigil over movement of cash through all airports Income Tax Department and CISF will be extended all requisite cooperation for checking and surveillance activities. This will be over and above what CISF is otherwise doing.

Officers of BCAS will be conducting surprise inspections of these airports to check the compliance of these instructions.

Sat, 16 Mar 2019 10:37:26 +0530
Relief For Sreesanth Sup

NEW DELHI: The Supreme Court has set aside the life ban imposed on Cricket player S Sreesanth by the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) in an alleged spot-fixing scandal during the 2013 IPL. The Court asked the board to consider a fresh punishment within three months after rejecting Sreesanth's plea that he could not be punished at all.

The Supreme Court said that punishment and criminal case are different.

Sreesanth's main request was to end his six years of distress and questioned the BCCI's ban in a 2013 case through his plea. The fast bowler complained before the bench of Justice Ashok Bhushan and KM Joseph that he is not able to play County Cricket despite having opportunities. IPL team Rajasthan Royals had imposed only a two-year ban and even the trial court agreed that the alleged spot-fixing was false.

But the BCCI has taken a firm stand over the years saying Sreesanth was not able to wipe out the foul smells completely.  Sreesanth approached the top court after the Kerala High Court Division Bench unchanged the BBCI ban in 2017.

Fri, 15 Mar 2019 17:09:46 +0530
Mumbai Foot Overbridge Co

MUMBAI: Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis sets evening deadline to fix the primary responsibility of the foot overbridge collapse near the Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus railway station in Mumbai. Fadnavis today said that he has asked the Brihanmumbai Municipal Commissioner to do an initial investigation and "fix primary responsibility by the evening".

Fadnavis was speaking to reporters after visiting the injured persons at St Georges Hospital.

 

Six people were killed and 33 injured after a portion of a foot overbridge collapsed on Yesterday evening. The bridge connects the Times of India building lies just opposite to the iconic railway station.

Investigations are going on to find the exact cause behind the foot overbridge collapse. Meanwhile, the Railway Ministry has blamed squarely on the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation for the bridge collapse who had done a recent audit.

Fri, 15 Mar 2019 16:01:32 +0530
New Zealand Shooting 49

CHRISTCHURCH: Death toll rises to 49 in a shooting in two Muslim Mosques in New Zealand's Christchurch, located in the South Island. The gunman targeted the worshippers who gathered for Friday afternoon prayers, and members of the Bangladesh Cricket team were arriving when the shooter opened fire.

The gunman has been identified as an Australian citizen. Australian Prime Minister Scott Morison describing him as "an extremist, right-wing, violent artist".

Many people are injured as well, reported local media. New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern described the shooting as "one of New Zealand's darkest days".

Witnesses have said that the shooter had come in a military dress, carrying an automatic rifle, and started firing on the worshippers came for prayers. They targeted the children as well.

The third Cricket Test between New Zealand and Bangladesh has been called off in the wake of security issues.

Fri, 15 Mar 2019 15:30:29 +0530
Mumbai Resident Construct

PRASOBH.P.NAMBIAR

 

Guruvayur/Kerala: As an expression of selfless devotion to Lord Krishna, Mr Sunder Iyer, a devotee from Mumbai, will construct the international level comfort station that is going to come up in the Guruvayur Temple's South Nada, near to Devaswom hospital, in Kerala.

The new comfort station will cater to the needs of thousands of worshippers coming to the Temple as the building consists of a toilet complex, cloakroom, AC dormitory and a water tank. The complex will meet the international standards once it functions in full fledge.

The responsibility of Constructing comfort station has been taken by Sunder Iyer and dedicated to devotees of Lord Guruvayoorappan.  He will bear the entire expense which costs about four crore rupees.

Mr Iyer is a very well known Stockbroker/investor from Mumbai. He is the owner of SI Investments And Broking Private Ltd and has 35 years of experience in capital market operations.

"I have been a staunch devotee of Lord Krishna. Whatever I have today is because of the blessings of Lord Guruvayoorappan. My ambition is to make one of the best toilets. I feel happy and satisfied", said Sunder Iyer.

 

160 people can at a time use toilet and bathrooms in the first and second floors of the complex, which builds in 8500 sq. Ft. On the third floor, there is an air-conditioned dormitory that can accommodate 56 people. Clock room will be on the ground floor, having the capacity to carry 1200 bags and other items and a tank that can store 1.5 lakh litre water will come up in the top floor as well.

Guruvayur Devaswom Board Chairman K.B Mohandas has laid the foundation stone of the complex and construction will be completed in six months.

Fri, 15 Mar 2019 13:20:51 +0530
Nine Killed In Christchur

CHRISTCHURCH: Nine people were killed in a shooting in two Muslim Mosques in New Zealand's Christchurch, located in the South Island. The gunman targeted the worshippers who gathered for Friday afternoon prayers, and members of the Bangladesh Cricket team were arriving when the shooter opened fire.

Many people are injured as well, reported local media. New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern described the shooting as "one of New Zealand's darkest days".

Witnesses have said that the shooter had come in a military dress, carrying an automatic rifle, and started firing on the worshippers came for prayers. They targeted the children as well.

The third Cricket Test between New Zealand and Bangladesh has been called off in the wake of security issues.

Fri, 15 Mar 2019 12:05:12 +0530
Mumbai Foot Overbridge Co

MUMBAI: Six people killed and 33 injured after a portion of a foot overbridge near the Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus railway station in Mumbai. The bridge connects the Times of India building lies just opposite to the iconic railway station.

Investigations are going on to find the exact cause behind the foot overbridge collapse. Meanwhile, the Railway Ministry has blamed squarely on the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation for the bridge collapse who had done a recent audit.

Fri, 15 Mar 2019 11:07:38 +0530
UAE Inaugurates Zayed Gan

ABU DHABI: UAE's Ministry of Culture and Knowledge Development inaugurated the Zayed-Gandhi Digital Exhibition at Manarat Al Saadiyat.

Organised by the Ministry in collaboration with the Mahatma Gandhi Digital Museum in New Delhi, the exhibition celebrates humanitarian values and legacies of the late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan and Mahatma Gandhi.

Marking 150 years since the birth of Mahatma Gandhi, the opening ceremony was attended by Noura bint Mohammed Al Kaabi, Minister of Culture and Knowledge Development,Zaki Nusseibeh, Minister of State, Razan Al Mubarak, Managing Director of Environment Agency, Abu Dhabi, Smita Pant, Deputy Chief of Mission at the Indian Embassy and a number of government officials from both countries.

 

 

"The Zayed Gandhi exhibition is the first of its kind in the country. It coincides with the Year of Tolerance in the UAE and reflects the cultural values of our society. It celebrates two world leaders who contributed to the spirit of tolerance, cohesion and harmony among their people," Al Kaabi noted "The exhibition sheds light on the unique vision of the two leaders in the fields of construction, development, kindness, humanity and environment. It also offers the multicultural community residing in the UAE an insight into the lives of the two men who carried the same values and principles but belonged to different cultural backgrounds."

The Zayed-Gandhi Digital exhibition highlights a strong cultural relationship between the UAE and the Republic of India. It reflects the UAE’s vision through digital content and quotations by Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan that embody the solid foundations on which the country was founded in 1971, punctuated with anecdotes from the life and philosophy of Mahatma Gandhi who led India to independence from British rule in 1947.

The exhibition uses innovative multi-media technologies and creates an interactive experience for visitors. Zayed-Gandhi Digital Museum is open to the public until 29 March 2019 from 9 am to 8 pm, except Fridays.

Thu, 14 Mar 2019 18:51:26 +0530
DRDO Test Fires Anti Tank

NEW DELHI: In a major boost for Army, Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) successfully test fired indigenously developed, low weight, fire and forget Man Portable Anti-Tank Guided Missile (MPATGM) for the second time today in the ranges of Rajasthan desert.

MPATGM is incorporated with advanced features including state-of-the-art Imaging Infrared Radar (IIR) Seeker with integrated avionics. The first test was conducted on 13th March 2019. In both the missions, the missiles hit the designated targets precisely at different ranges. All the mission objectives have been met.

Thu, 14 Mar 2019 18:05:46 +0530
US Fastens Move to Design

WASHINGTON: The United States has fastened the move to designate Masood Azhar as a global terrorist ahead of a crucial UN Security Council meeting. The US said on Tuesday that Masood Azhar meets the criteria to be designated as a global terrorist and any move to block it would be a threat to the regional stability and peace.

Masood Azhar founded terror outfit Jaish-e-Mohammed and had carried out many terror strikes in India. Masood Azhar was the mastermind behind all the major terror attacks in India, the 2001 attack on Parliament, attack on the Pathankot airforce base in 2016, Uri attack in 2016 and the final one in Pulwama last month.

India has been pushing the UN for several years to list Masood Azhar as a global terrorist, but blocked by the repeated intervention of China, an all-weather ally of Pakistan.

Wed, 13 Mar 2019 10:43:39 +0530
India To Ground All Boein

NEW DELHI: As calls for withdrawing the Boeing 737 Max 8 getting large across the world, an official of DGCA  has announced that the BOEING 737 Max 8 aircraft will be grounded in India by 4 pm today.

The government of India had last night announced that the planes would be grounded "immediately" in the wake of concerns over passenger safety, a decision came soon after an Ethiopian Airline crashed, killing 157, including 4 Indians.

The government's decision will affect the Indian carriers, especially SpiceJet, who has 13 jets of the above-said model.

Wed, 13 Mar 2019 09:54:12 +0530
Congress chooses Modi s T

AHMEDABAD: As the Election Commission has announced poll dates for the biggest electoral system in the world, the Congress is in no mood to waste time. The Congress Working Committee currently underway at Ahmedabad, the home turf of Prime Minister.

The party will kick-start their campaign for the general election as well as conduct a brainstorming session. Congress General Secretary Priyanka Gandhi will deliver her maiden speech at the CWC.

Tue, 12 Mar 2019 12:52:12 +0530
Indian Experts Investor

SHARJAH: A delegation from India comprising of investors and experts in smart technology industries visited the Sharjah Research, Technology and Innovation Park, SRTI Park, on Sunday.

The visit was organised to identify investment opportunities and services provided by SRTI Park and to facilitate knowledge transfer, build relations and partnership between the park and the Indian business and tech communities.

The delegation was briefed about the park, its future plans and its offerings such as services provided to the investors.

During the visit current and future projects were showcased and illustrated how the park’s ecosystem fosters disruptive technologies especially companies focusing on research, development and technology transfer. Investors will be able to work within a safe investment environment with full ownership and tax exemptions as well as infrastructure and support facilities.

The delegation was impressed by the benefits of establishing at the park including easy access to Sharjah University City. There are several universities in the emirate's ecosystem, with more than 47,000 students, 2,000 PhDs and 17 institutions, all of which creating reputation for themselves in the fields of research and development.

The Indian delegation expressed their gratitude to the park for hosting them while praising the Emirate of Sharjah for the achievements it has made in the fields education, research and technology.

SRTI Park is an initiative of the American University of Sharjah Enterprises, AUSE.

 

Tue, 12 Mar 2019 12:08:58 +0530
DRDO successfully test fi

Defence Research and Defence Organisation (DRDO) today successfully test fired the Guided PINAKA from Pokhran ranges. The weapon system is equipped with state-of-the-art guidance kit comprising of an advanced navigation and control system.

In both the missions, the weapon systems impacted the intended targets with high precision and achieved desired accuracies. Telemetry Systems tracked and monitored the vehicle all through the flight path. All the mission objectives have been met.

The indigenously developed Guided Pinaka by DRDO will significantly boost the capability of the artillery to make precision hits.

Tue, 12 Mar 2019 11:39:09 +0530
Election Commission Clear

NEW DELHI: In continuation of the Commission’s Press Note, dated 10th March 2019, the following may be read as:

2.         The date of poll in respect of Bye Elections for 18 ACs of Tamil Nadu, as mentioned at Sl.No. 14 to Sl. No. 31, as already scheduled for Phase 2(Two) of Election, shall be read as 18th April 2019 instead of 23rd April 2019.

3.         In the details of Schedule No. 3, 4 & 5 in respect of PC (3-Anantnag) in Jammu & Kashmir, the Date of Issue of Notification, Last Date of Filing Nominations, Scrutiny of Nominations & Last Date for Withdrawal of Candidature, shall be read as 28th March, 2019, 04thApril, 2019, 05th April, 2019 & 08th April, 2019, respectively only with Dates of Poll as 23rdApril, 2019, 29th April, 2019 & 06th May, 2019, respectively.

4.         Accordingly, the election schedule for Anantnag PC of Jammu & Kashmir will be held as per schedule:

1

Issue of Notification­

28.03.2019

2

Last Date of filing Nominations

04.04.2019

3

Scrutiny of Nominations

05.04.2019

4

Last date for withdrawal of Candidature

08.04.2019

5 (a)

Date of poll (in Anantnag District)

23.04.2019

5 (b)

Date of poll (in Kulgam District)

29.04.2019

5 (c)

Date of poll (Shopian & Pulwama Districts)

06.05.2019

6

Counting of Votes

23.05.2019

 

Tue, 12 Mar 2019 10:34:46 +0530
Abu Dhabi Crown Prince T

NEW DELHI: Prime Minister Narendra Modi spoke over telephone with His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al-Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces.

The Leaders expressed happiness at the growing strength of all-round bilateral cooperation. They reiterated their commitment to further consolidate the bilateral comprehensive strategic partnership. 

The Prime Minister took this opportunity to thank the Crown Prince for the invitation extended to India for addressing the OIC Foreign Ministers’ Council as a Guest of Honour in Abu Dhabi earlier this month. He expressed the hope that this historical participation would contribute to attaining the common objectives of peace and progress.

Recep Tayyip Erdogan, President of the Republic of Turkey, called Prime Minister Narendra Modi over telephone today.

President Erdogan expressed condolences for the victims of recent terrorist attacks in India and wished a speedy recovery to those injured in the attacks.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi said that terrorism remains one of the gravest threats to global peace and security. He underscored the importance of immediate, demonstrable, and irreversible action against terrorism by all concerned countries.

Tue, 12 Mar 2019 09:58:16 +0530
All Women Matunga Rly sta

K.A.Viswanathan

 

MUMBAI: The Women's wing of the Sri Shanmukhananda Sabha, Mumbai felicitated the first all women’s team of the Matunga railway station as part of the International women’s day celebration at the Sabha auditorium on March 9. Matunga station also entered the  Limca Book of Records 2018, for the first railway station in India in the suburban category to be completely staffed by women.

 

 

A total of 42 women team, led by station manager Ms. Meena Santi, are working which includes 17 booking clerks,8 ticket checkers, 5 point persons,2 announcers and other workers. They were felicitated by Dr. Smt. Hansaji  Yogendraji, director of the Yoga Institute, Mumbai.

 

 

While congratulating the women for making Matunga station as the cleanest station, the Women’s wing president Santoshi Rajan said ‘God resides where women are respected’. In India, women are well respected and are treated equal to men. Dr. Hansa Yotgendraji in her address said: “ in spirituality, there is no difference between men and women.” She has urged the people to keep themselves fit on all occasions and regular walking exercise will help them in this, she said.

Mon, 11 Mar 2019 20:44:38 +0530
All Women Matunga Rly sta

The Womens wing of the Sri Shanmukhananda Sabha, Mumbai felicitated the first all women’s team of the Matunga railway station as part of the International women’s day celebration at the Sabha auditorium on March 9.Matunga station also entered the  Limca Book of Records 2018, for  the first railway station in India in the suburban category to be completely staffed by women.

A total of 42 women team , led by station manager Ms. Meena Santi, are working  which includes 17 booking clerks,8 ticket checkers, 5 point persons,2 announcers and other workers. They were felicitated by Dr. Smt.Hansaji  Yogendraji, director of the Yoga Institute, Mumbai.

While  congratulating the women for making Matunga station as the cleanest station , the Women’s wing president Santoshi Rajan said ‘God resides where women are respected’. In India women are well respected and are treated equal to men. Dr. Hansa Yotgendraji in her address said “ in spirituality there is no difference between men and women.” She has urged the people to keep themselves fit on all occasions and regular walking exercise will help them in this, she said.

 

K.A.Viswanathan

 

 

Mon, 11 Mar 2019 20:38:27 +0530
Ayodhya Case SC opts for

NEW DELHI: All eyes go to the Supreme Court of India as the top court takes a final call on the future of the disputed RamJanmabhoomi-Babri Masjid case. It would be interesting to see whether the five-judge bench led by Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi will go for a formal mediation as they already dropped hints of solving this dispute through mediation.

Most of the parties involved in the case stand against the mediation despite the top court considering this case as not about property, but "mind, heart and healing".

The dispute is all about the 2.77 acres of land in Ayodhya where a 16th Century mosque was built by the Mughal Emperors. Later, it was demolished by some Hindu activists in December 1992.

Fri, 08 Mar 2019 10:51:46 +0530
teen dies in Jammu attack

Jammu: A teenaged boy, who was injured in the grenade attack in Jammu bus stand on Thursday, which came exactly three weeks after the Pulwama attack, died in the hospital due to splinter injury to his chest later today.

Mohammad Sharik, a 17-year-old resident of Uttarakhand's Haridwar was one among the five persons critically injured in the attack, according to hospital sources.

The person who threw the grenade has been arrested, news agency ANI quoted Director General of Police Dilbagh Singh as saying.

In all 30 people, including bus drivers and conductors have been injured in the attack. The grenade was placed under a bus in the bus stand.

Thu, 07 Mar 2019 18:03:18 +0530
Fringe group attack two K

Lucknow: A couple of Kashmiri dry fruit vendors were attacked by members of a right-wing fringe group in Lucknow on Wednesday evening, amid the nationwide backlash on Kashmiris following the February 14 terror attack in Pulwama. Four persons from the fringe group, who are alleged to be the attackers, have been held after the videos of the attack went viral.

Thu, 07 Mar 2019 15:00:52 +0530
Terrorists strike again i

At least 26 people have been injured in a grenade attack in Jammu, which comes exactly three weeks after the attack in Pulwama. All the injured have been hospitalised and five of them are critical, doctor said.

Thu, 07 Mar 2019 14:26:14 +0530
Rahul wants Modi investig

The Congress President Rahul Gandhi demanded that the Prime Minister Narendra Modi be investigated in the Rafale deal. His new demand came a day after the Congress proclaimed that it was time to take action against the Prime Minister for doing corruption and irregularities in the fighter aircraft deal.

"You can charge anything you want on anyone, but also press charges on the Prime Minister," Rahul Gandhi said.

The Congress President said the Prime Minister "performed  bypass surgery" in Rafale deal in order to allege Modi's suspicious role while referring to the documents related to Rafale deal which the govern

Thu, 07 Mar 2019 13:40:07 +0530
Mission South As PM Does

Kalaburagi/Kancheepuram: The Prime Minister Narendra Modi launched key development projects at Kalaburagi in Karnataka and Kancheepuram in Tamil Nadu.

At Kalaburagi in Karnataka, the Prime Minister dedicated the ESIC Hospital and Medical College, Bengaluru to the nation, through the unveiling of the plaque. He also inaugurated the Super Specialty Block of KIMS in Hubali, the Income Tax Appellate Tribunal building in Bangalore and the Women’s Hostel for Students from North Eastern Region at Bangalore University, through the press of a button. Foundation stone for the resitement of BPCL depot Raichur to Kalaburagi was also laid by the Prime Minister through the unveiling of a plaque.

The Prime Minister also interacted with the beneficiaries of Pradhan Mantri Jan Arogya Yojana: Ayushman Bharat.

At Kancheepuram in Tamil Nadu, the Prime Minister launched various National Highway projects, including the foundation stone for the four laning of NH-45C from Vikravandi to Thanjavur and the six laning of Karaipettai – Walajapet section of NH-4. He dedicated the 5 MMTPA capacity Ennore LNG Terminal to the nation. The LNG terminal will help in meeting the LNG demand in Tamil Nadu and neighbouring States. He also dedicated the electrification of Erode-Karur-Tiruchchirapalli and Salem-Karur-Dindigul railway lines to the nation.

The Prime Minister also unveiled the statue of Dr. MG Ramachandran at Dr. MGR Janaki College of Arts & Science for Women, Chennai through a video link.

The development works launched today will greatly benefit the people of Karnataka and Tamil Nadu.

Thu, 07 Mar 2019 11:30:18 +0530
Indore Awarded As India s

NEW DELHI: Indore has been awarded the cleanest city in the country in the Swachh Survekshan 2019 (SS 2019) awards while Bhopal has been declared as the cleanest capital. Ujjain has bagged the award for being the cleanest city in the population category of 3 lakh to 10 lakh. 

The awards were presented by the President Ram Nath Kovind at a function in New Delhi.  Hardeep S Puri, Minister of State (I/C) for Housing and Urban Affairs, Durga Shanker Mishra, Secretary, MOHUA and awardees from all over the country were present at the function.

Speaking on the occasion, the President said that India has made remarkable progress towards achieving the goals of rural and urban sanitation.  He said, by winning the first prize in all the four surveys so far, Indore has set an example for other urban centres. The President said that cleanliness should be integral to the behaviour of every citizen to make it effective and sustainable. Many people pay attention to personal hygiene but remain apathetic to public and community cleanliness. Change in this mentality is important for achieving the goals of Swachh Bharat.

Hardeep S. Puri in his address said Indore has now retained the top spot in the survey of being the cleanest city for a consecutive three years. Every year, cities and towns across India are awarded with the title of 'Swachh Cities' on the basis of their cleanliness and sanitation drive as a part of the Swachh Bharat Abhiyan that was launched in 2014. Sixty-four lakh citizens participated in the survey which included more than 4,000 cities in 2019. Indore has reported a 70% drop in vector-borne ailments in 2019, which is being attributed to Swachh Bharat Abhiyan.

The Minister made a special mention of the top 20 cities in this year’s survey who have been the forerunners in Urban India’s progress towards swachhata – from large cities such as Indore, Mysuru, Ahmedabad, Navi Mumbai, Tirupati, Rajkot, Vijayawada, Ghaziabad, Surat, to smaller towns and cities such as Mul, Ambikapur, Ujjain, NDMC, Karhad, Lonavala, Vita, Dewas, Bhilai, Shahganj, and Panhala. Ambikapur in Chattisgarh got the second prize overall and has become a role model for other towns in the state. Chhattisgarh has also emerged India’s top performer among states, followed by Jharkhand and Maharashtra.

Thu, 07 Mar 2019 10:43:05 +0530
India Reiterates Its Comm

NEW DELHI: Amid political disputes going over the number of casualties in the Balahkot Air Strike, the Indian government has reiterated their commitment to thwart all terror threats by NOT to target civilian areas”. As part of this, the government has issued a statement confirming their stance. Read the full statement below:

Post our warning to the Pakistan Army “NOT to target civilian areas”, the overall situation along the Line of Control remains relatively calm. In the last 24 hours, the Pakistan Army resorted to intense & unprovoked firing with heavy calibre weapons in selected areas of Krishna Ghati and Sunderbani, targeting Indian posts & civilian areas with Mortar bombs & heavy Arty Guns. The same was effectively retaliated by the Indian Army. There have been no casualties on the Indian side.

We would reiterate that as a professional Army we are committed to avoid civil casualties, especially along the Line of Control. All actions taken by our defence forces are targeted towards counter-terrorism and terrorist infrastructure, away from civilian areas, to avoid civilian casualties.

We are maintaining strict vigil along the Line of Control and IB. Any further provocation or misadventure by Pakistan will be responded in a befitting manner with dire consequences.

Wed, 06 Mar 2019 16:55:44 +0530
India To Generate 5 2 Mil

NEW DELHI: India is likely to generate 5.2 million tonnes of e-waste per year by 2020, up from 2 million tonnes in 2016, the Asian News International, ANI, quoted a joint study by the Associated Chambers of Commerce and Industry of India, ASSOCHAM, and Ernst & Young Associates, EY, as saying.

Among the main factors leading to rapid growth of e-waste are digital transformation, social and economic growth, rapid technology advances and dumping of trash by developed countries.

India is among the top five e-waste generating countries besides China, the United States, Japan and Germany.

Among states, Maharashtra ranks on top with 19.8 per cent of e-waste generated in the country. Tamil Nadu's share is 13 per cent, Uttar Pradesh 10.1 per cent, West Bengal 9.8 per cent, Delhi 9.5 per cent, Karnataka 8.9 per cent, Gujarat 8.8 per cent and Madhya Pradesh 7.6 per cent, added ANI.

According to the study, 44.7 million tonnes of e-waste was generated worldwide in 2016 which is expected to grow at a compound annual growth rate of 3.15 per cent. By 2021, e-waste will rise to 52.2 million tonnes per year.

Electronic waste refers to all items of electrical and electronic equipment which includes general consumer electronics like televisions, computers, laptops, tablets, mobile phones, white goods and industrial grade electronics, such as telecommunication systems, instrumentation systems and electronic machinery.

Wed, 06 Mar 2019 16:39:32 +0530
GoAir Flies To Abu Dhabi

ABU DHABI: Abu Dhabi Airports has welcomed GoAir’s launch of four new flights between Kannur International Airport, and Abu Dhabi International Airport, connecting the two cities with flights operating every Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday.

GoAir’s inaugural flight from Kannur to Abu Dhabi was received with much fanfare today, as the Indian subcontinent remains one of the most popular destinations for travellers departing from AUH. In addition, Kannur itself is a popular leisure and business destination within the state of Kerala.

Bryan Thompson, CEO Abu Dhabi Airports, commented: "India is a key travel market for Abu Dhabi International Airport, and we are always eager to strengthen our connectivity to the Indian Subcontinent, enhancing further our services extended to our dear customers."

 

 

Maarten De Groof, Chief Commercial Officer of Abu Dhabi Airports, said: "As one of our most promising new partners, we are pleased to welcome GoAir’s flights to Abu Dhabi. India has always been one of our largest and most important areas of operations, and we look forward to ensuring GoAir’s guests enjoy a comfortable and efficient experience throughout Abu Dhabi International Airport where we continue to deploy world-class smart travel solutions, attractive retail offerings, and relaxing lounge spaces."

"This additional service to Abu Dhabi reflects the Capital’s status as a key destination and transit hub, and forms a part of our strategy to attract new airlines to our network," added De Groof.

Mr. Jeh Wadia, Managing Director, GoAir, said: "This is a historic moment for GoAir as we enter the Middle East region with our maiden flight taking off from Kannur to Abu Dhabi, thereby strengthening the India – UAE relationship. GoAir is the world’s fastest growing airline and Abu Dhabi is our 4th international destination after Phuket, Male and Muscat, and 28th destination sequentially speaking. GoAir is delighted to partner with Abu Dhabi Airports."

Wed, 06 Mar 2019 16:32:07 +0530
Dubai Care Launches New E

DUBAI: Dubai Cares, part of Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Global Initiatives, has launched a new programme in India to support its Early Childhood Education, ECE.

The new initiative comes after the successful completion of Dubai Cares' education programme launched in 2013 in partnership with Pratham, Indian charitable trust.

To witness the conclusion of the education programme, a delegation of the organisation led by Tariq Al Gurg, Chief Executive Officer, recently visited India. The education programme focused on enhancing literacy and numeracy skills, as well as Early Childhood Education, ECE, services. In recognition of the successes and impact of this programme, the visit also saw the launch of a new ECE programme that aims to tackle the challenges and gaps in ECE in the country.

 

 

Dubai Cares had previously launched a 3-year AED19,637,348 (US$5,345,678) programme, out of which AED3,122,475 (US$850,000) was a contribution from Al Ansari Exchange. Titled "Improving Quality of Learning in India", the programme included 3 components: Read India III campaign, Urban Early Childhood Education Programme and the Central Resource Group, which have collectively benefited 608,830 children with early literacy and numeracy and school readiness support.

The first component helped improve the language and math learning levels among children in rural government schools in 6 states, thus achieving a 53 per cent increase in the number of children who could read at a standard 2 level. The second component helped foster school readiness in preschool-aged children and improve literacy and numeracy in early grades in 12 cities, including Mumbai, Delhi, and cities in Maharashtra and Gujarat. The third component helped develop teaching and learning content and training for Pratham staff and government school-teachers.

 

 

Al Gurg commented, "I am glad to witness the success of Dubai Cares’ Literacy and Numeracy programme in India. The government of India has been extremely attentive to communities that require education support; however, the lack of resources required to deliver quality education to children still exists. We are proud that Dubai Cares has played a key role to bridge the gap in this area, in-line with the government strategy. We are also pleased with the positive results the programme has achieved in general, and more specifically in terms of enhancing the learning levels among children at the ECE level. Pratham India has been an invaluable partner to us, and I am gratified by how many lives we were able to transform during that short period of time."

Dr. Ahmad Abdul Rahman Al Banna, the UAE Ambassador to India, said, "We are proud of Dubai Cares’ efforts towards supporting education in India in partnership with Pratham. The success, which both organisations have achieved so far is commendable. These efforts support the UAE’s strategy for foreign aid and help further strengthen the ties between the two countries. We wish them best of luck for their future endeavour and assure the embassy's support for this noble cause."

Navdeep Suri, Indian Ambassador to the UAE, said, "I am deeply impressed by the impact that Dubai Cares is making in the field of primary education. Their collaboration with a highly regarded NGO like Pratham is not just helping large numbers of children in India; it is also producing best practice templates for Early Childhood Education that other countries are starting to emulate."

Wed, 06 Mar 2019 16:25:51 +0530
Iran Ambassador Singapor

MUMBAI: The Ambassador of the Islamic Republic of Iran Dr Ali Chegeni met the Governor of Maharashtra CH. Vidyasagar Rao at Raj Bhavan, Mumbai.

The Consul General of Singapore in Mumbai Gavin Chay called on the Governor at Raj Bhavan.

 

Wed, 06 Mar 2019 16:17:38 +0530
One Nation One Card

One Nation, One Card for transport mobility was launched by Prime Minister Narendra Modi at a function in Ahmedabad. The Indigenous Automatic Fare Collection System based on One Nation One Card Model i.e. National Common Mobility Card (NCMC) is the first of its kind in India.

India’s First Indigenously Developed Payment system for transport consisting of NCMC Card, SWEEKAR (SwachalitKiraya: Automatic Fare Collection System) and SWAGAT (Swachalit Gate) is based on NCMC Standards.

These are bank-issued Debit/Credit/Prepaid cards and the customer may use this single card for payments across all segments including metro, bus, suburban railways, toll, parking, smart city and retail. The stored value on card supports offline transaction across all travel needs with minimal financial risk to involved stakeholders. The service area feature of this card supports operator specific applications e.g. monthly passes, season tickets etc.

The National Common Mobility Card (NCMC) to enable seamless travel by different metros and other transport systems across the country besides retail shopping and purchases is an initiative of the Ministry of Housing & Urban Affairs. The card will address the challenges associated with the cash payment e.g. cash handling, revenue leakages, cash reconciliation etc. Various initiatives have been taken by transit operators to automate & digitize the fare collection using Automatic Fare Collection System (AFC). The introduction of closed-loop cards issued by these operators helped to digitize the fare collection to a significant extent. However, the restricted usability of these payment instruments limits the digital adoption by customers.

The customers need not carry multiple cards for different usage. Further, the super quick contactless transactions will improve the seamless experience. This will also help in higher digital payments penetration, savings on closed loop card lifecycle management cost and reduced operating cost. The rich data insights may be used by operators for business intelligence leading to efficient operation.

Wed, 06 Mar 2019 14:30:44 +0530
Jaitley asks industrialis

The Union Minister for Finance and Corporate Affairs Arun Jaitley said that the Government is committed to facilitate trade and industry in the country so that the momentum of the growth continues to move up. He asked the captains of Indian industry to comply with the recent recommendations of the GST Council with regard to the reduction of rates of various items and pass on the benefits to the consumers at large. The Finance Minister was speaking when a delegation of Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI)  called on him in his office in New Delhi.

Jaitley said that the process of reforms in case of direct and indirect taxes will continue in order to facilitate and further expedite the process of ease of doing business in the country. He said that the Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code (IBC) has brought a change in the credit culture in the country and is helping the Banking Sector in making fast recoveries.

"GST is now on the track and is in process of fast settling down. The thrust of the Government is to lower the tax rate and widen the tax base and keep the revenue collections moving-up. The indirect tax collections will further increase in future", Jaitley said.

"India continues to be the sweet spot as far as the Foreign Direct Investment is concerned and is the fastest growing economy in the world", he added.

To continue with the process of Direct Tax reforms President, FICCI requested the Finance Minister to consider lowering of the Corporate Tax Rate to 25% for all companies irrespective of their turnover. A rationalisation of the Corporate Tax Rate would make the Indian Corporate Sector globally competitive.

Wed, 06 Mar 2019 13:50:28 +0530
India rejects Pak claim o

NEW DELHI: The defence department has issued a detailed statement rejecting Pakistan's claim of shooting down a Su-30. Below is the full statement issued by Defence ministry.

In the morning of 27 Feb 19, our Air Defence system was on full alert. Build up of PAF aircraft on their side of LoC was noticed in time and additional aircraft were scrambled to tackle the adversary. In their attempt to attack our ground targets, PAF aircraft were engaged effectively.  From IAF side, Mirage-2000, Su-30 and MiG-21 Bison aircraft were involved in the engagement. PAF aircraft were forced to withdraw in a hurry, which is also evident from large missed distances of the weapons dropped by them.  During combat, use of F-16 by PAF and multiple launches of AMRAAM were conclusively observed. Prompt and correct tactical action by Su-30 aircraft, in response to AMRAAM launch, defeated the missile. Parts of the missile fell in area East of Rajouri in J&K, injuring a civilian on the ground. A detailed report in this regard has already been released by IAF.  All the Su-30 aircraft engaged in combat landed back safely.  The false claim by Pakistan of shooting down a Su-30 appears to be a cover up for loss of its own aircraft.

Wed, 06 Mar 2019 13:40:10 +0530
Prayagraj Kumbh successfu

PRAYAGRAJ: About two months long Prayagraj Kumbh has successfully concluded with its sixth bathing festival of Maha Shivratri. The Prayagraj Kumbh attracted more than 24 crore bathers on different bathing festivals including Makar Sankranti, Paush Purnima, Mauni Amavasya, Vasant Panchami, Maghi Purnima and Maha Shivratri. For the first time in the history of Prayagraj Kumbh, an unprecedented rush of devotees was witnessed throughout the Mela period. 

Maha Shivratri, sixth and the last bathing festival of Prayagraj Kumbh, was celebrated with religious fervour and enthusiasm. A large number of devotees thronged the Sangam, the confluence of rivers Ganga, Yamuna and mythical Saraswati, braving cold and rains from midnight.

Prayagraj Mela Authority has said that above one core 10 lakhs devotees took holy dip on the occasion. Mela administration had developed about eight kilometres long eight ghats at Sangam and other areas of the Mela for pilgrims. 27 Special trains and thousands of buses were put into service to ferry the devotees. Elaborate security arrangements were in place in and around the Mela area. Several dignitaries including Union and State Ministers took holy dip on the occasion. 

Mela was spread over 3200 hectares of land and divided into 20 sectors. 20 pantoon bridges were erected on the river Ganga to connect the different sectors. For the first time, Prayagraj Kumbh successfully put its name in Guinness Book of World record in three fields, including sanitation and cleaning, traffic plan and mob management and paint your city.

Representatives of the world record book visited the Mela and observed the three days Mela administration. They have handed over three certificates to the Mela Authority in this regard. For the First time President, Vice President, Prime Minister, Union Ministers of the country, Governors and Chief Ministers and State Ministers of different state governments not only visited the Kumbh but also took a holy dip at Sangam. Similarly, representatives of 72 countries put their national flags at Kumbh and more than 3500 representatives from different countries visited the Mela. Thousands of Non-Resident Indians also visited the Kumbh and took a holy dip. Prime Minister of Mauritius with his wife also visited the Kumbh and took holy dip and met saints and Sears.

Secretary, Ministry of Information and Broadcasting, Amit Khare also visited the Prayagraj Kumbh and took holy dip. He also visited the campus of All India Radio and Doordarshan and high tech exhibition of BOC set up at the Mela on the lives of Father of the nation Mahatma Gandhi and Sardar Vallabh Bhai Patel.

Wed, 06 Mar 2019 13:29:10 +0530
US India trade dispute I

NEW DELHI: United States of America has given a 60-day withdrawal notice to India on the Generalized System of Preferences (GSP) benefits extended by the US.

Since the review initiated by the US in April 2018 on India's GSP benefits, India and the US have been discussing various trade issues of bilateral interest for a suitable resolution on mutually acceptable terms. GSP benefits are envisaged to be non-reciprocal and non-discriminatory benefits extended by developed countries to developing countries. In India's case, the GSP concessions extended by the US amounted to duty reduction of only USD 190 million per annum.

The US had initiated the review on the basis of representations by the US medical devices and dairy industries but subsequently included numerous other issues on a self-initiated basis. These included issues related to market access for various agriculture and animal husbandry products, relaxation/easing of procedures related to issues like telecom testing/conformity assessment and tariff reduction on ICT products.  The Department of Commerce engaged with various Government of India departments concerned with these issues, and India was able to offer a very meaningful way forward on almost all the US requests. In a few instances, specific US requests were not found reasonable and doable at this time by the departments concerned, in light of public welfare concerns reflective of India's developing country status and its national interest.

India was ready to address US concerns regarding medical devices in principle, by putting in place a suitable trade margin approach in a reasonable time frame to balance concerns about fair pricing for the consumers and adequate remuneration for the suppliers. On the issue of dairy market access, India has clarified that while our certification requirement, that the source animal had never been fed animal-derived blood meal, is non-negotiable given the cultural and religious sentiment, the requested simplified dairy certification procedure, without diluting this requirement, could be considered. Acceptability of US market access requests related to products like alfalfa hay, cherries and pork was conveyed. On reduction of our IT duties, India's duties are moderate and not import stopping. Any MFN duty reduction would almost entirely benefit third countries. Accordingly, India conveyed a willingness to extend duty concessions on specific items in which there is a clear US interest. On telecom testing, India was willing to consider discussions for a Mutual Recognition Agreement.

Due to various initiatives resulting in an enhanced purchase of US goods like oil and natural gas and coal the US trade deficit with India has substantially reduced in calendar years 2017 and 2018. The reduction is estimated to be over USD 4 Billion in 2018, with further reduction expected in future years on account of factors like the growing demand for energy and civilian aircraft in India. This reduction has happened in the face of a rising overall US trade deficit, including with some other major economies. India is also a thriving market for US services and e-commerce companies like Amazon, Uber, Google and Facebook with billions of dollars of revenue.   

The issue of Indian tariffs being high has been raised from time to time. It is pertinent that India’s tariffs are within its bound rates under WTO commitments, and are on the average well below these bound rates. India’s trade-weighted average tariffs are 7.6%, which is comparable with the most open developing economies, and some developed economies. On developmental considerations, there may be a few tariff peaks, which is true for almost all economies.

India was agreeable to a very meaningful mutually acceptable package on the above lines to be agreed to at this time while keeping remaining issues under discussion in the future.

Wed, 06 Mar 2019 13:14:16 +0530
Devotees celebrate Maha S

K.A.Viswanathan

Mumbai: All Shiva temples across the country reverberated with the chants of “Om Namashivaya” on Maha Shivaratri. It is one of the biggest Hindu festivals celebrated with great enthusiasm. This festival was celebrated on March 4, on the new moon day in the Krishna Paksha in the month of Phalguna or Maagha according to the Hindu calendar.

Out of the 12 Shivaratris in the year, the Mahashivaratri is considered to be the most auspicious one. This year, Mahashivratri and Monday are on the same day, which is considered to be very rare. Monday is associated with Lord Shiva.

 

 

In Mumbai, devotees thronged to the nearby Shiva temples to offer pooja with milk and Bilwa leaves to Linga, a symbol for the worship of Lord Shiva. It is believed that the people who fast on this day and night and offer prayers to Lord Shiva get peace and prosperity in their life.

According to a legend, after the Earth was faced with imminent destruction, Goddess Parvati pledged with Lord Shiva to save the world. Pleased with her prayers, Lord Shiva agreed to save the world on the pretext that the people of the Earth would have to worship him with dedication and passion. From that day onwards, the night came to be known as Mahashivratri and people began worshipping Shiva with great enthusiasm.

Shiva is considered as the ideal husband and unmarried girls and women pray for a husband like him.

 

 

According to another popular legend, Maha Shivaratri is the night when Shiva performs the heavenly dance of creation, preservation and destruction.

The entire period is divided into four Yamas. All temples with Shiva Linga perform Rudra Japam and Rudra Homam during the day. The first Yama begins in the evening when Mahanyasa Rudra Japam is performed. The second Yama starts from the night and continues with the other two Yamas till early morning the next day and ends before Sunrise.  During the Yama the Linga is bathed with Holy water, milk, Chandan, bhasma, coconut water, Dhahi, honey and Bel leaves with the chanting of ‘Om Namashivaya’.

 

 

The Sankara Mattham at Matunga had made elaborate arrangements. In the late evening, there was, Laksharchana with Bel leaves – with the chanting of Om Namashivaya one lakh times. Maha Deeparadhana was performed early morning after all four Yamas.

Two other temples in the vicinity Sri South Indian Bhajana Samajam and Bhuvaneswari Shiva temple also conducted poojas from the evening.

Mahashivratri is not only celebrated in India but also in Nepal and other regions where Lord Shiva is worshipped. Among the various popular shrines, Amarnath temple pilgrimage or Mount Amarnath (about 140 km from Srinagar, Jammu and Kashmir) is believed to be the holiest in Hinduism. Surrounded by fascinating mountainous terrains and picturesque snowy mountains this shrine remains crowded by pilgrims throughout the year especially on Mahashivratri.

Tue, 05 Mar 2019 11:05:45 +0530
Inauguration Project An

AHMEDABAD: As the Election Commission will announce the entire schedule of the upcoming Parliament election within a few days, its high time the political parties and their leaders finding time to inaugurate and announce various projects, as large as possible. So, it's none other than the Prime Minister Narendra Modi is leading the charts as he flies from north to south and east to west to make this short opportunity at the highest level.

Prime Minister Modi, yesterday, visited his home state Gujarat and launched various development projects in Ahmedabad

At Vastral Gam Metro Station in Ahmedabad, the Prime Minister inaugurated the first phase of Ahmedabad Metro Service. He laid the foundation stone for the second phase of the Ahmedabad Metro. India’s first indigenously developed payment eco-system and automatic fare collection system based on One Nation, One Card Model was also unveiled. He then flagged off the Metro train and took a ride in the metro.

 

 

The Prime Minister inaugurated the 1200 bed New Civil Hospital, New Cancer Hospital, Dental Hospital and Eye Hospital in Ahmedabad. He also dedicated to the nation, the Dahod Railway Workshop and Patan-Bindi Railway Line and laid the foundation stone of Lothal Maritime Museum.

Addressing the gathering at the BJ Medical College Ground, the Prime Minister said that it is a historic day, as the dream of Ahmedabad Metro has come into fruition. He said that the metro will provide a convenient and environment friendly mode of transportation for the people in Ahmedabad. Before 2014, there was only 250 km operational network of metro in the country, while now there is 655 km, PM said.

The Prime Minister said that the common mobility card unveiled today eliminates the need for having multiple cards for travelling in metro and using other means of transportation throughout the country. He said the card would ensure ‘One Nation-One Card’ for mobility. He added that the indigenously built card has removed the previous international dependence on making such cards. India is one of the few countries in the world having a One Nation-One Card for transportation.

 

 

Stating health as a priority of the Union Government, PM said that the government is building quality health care infrastructure throughout the country, from Wellness Centres to Medical Colleges. He also mentioned about the world-class health facilities being built throughout Gujarat. He added that once completed, Medicity will cater to around ten thousand patients.

Narendra Modi said that the Government is committed towards fighting all the menaces in the country, ranging from corruption to terrorism. He assured the people that strict action will be taken against elements working against the nation. He asked the opposition not to play vote bank politics over the security of the nation. He said that such actions will only demoralize the armed forces and strengthen the enemy.

Tue, 05 Mar 2019 10:27:32 +0530
President presents Colour

The President Ram Nath Kovind presented Colours to Air Force Station, Hakimpet, and 5 Base Repair Depot at the Air Force Station, Sulur, Coimbatore, Tamil Nadu.

Speaking on the occasion, the President said that India’s growing stature in the comity of nations is consistent with the strength and capabilities of our armed forces. India remains firmly committed to peace, but in case the need arises, we will use all our might to protect the nation’s sovereignty. Our Armed Forces, exemplified by our air warriors reflect our firm resolve to defend our nation. Their valour and professionalism were on display very recently, as the Indian Air Force carried out pre-emptive strikes on a known terrorist camp.

The President said that besides safeguarding the sovereign skies of our nation, the Indian Air Force has also been at the forefront of humanitarian assistance and disaster relief (HADR) operations. The resilience and tenacity displayed by our valiant air warriors is a great source of pride for the nation.

Tue, 05 Mar 2019 09:59:03 +0530
Pak media rejects Masood

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan media has rejected death rumours of Jaish-e-Mohammed chief and the mastermind behind Pulwama terror attack Masood Azhar. The media reports claiming that JeM leader is dead are false, Geo Urdu News reported.

Reports about Masood Azhar's death while treatment in an army hospital on Saturday had emerged from unidentified sources. But the Pakistan government neither confirmed nor rejected the reports. Many reports suggested that he is suffering from serious renal problems and has been undergoing treatment and regular dialysis in an army hospital in Rawalpindi.

Pakistan Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi had confirmed the presence of Jaish-e-Mohammed founder and terror master Masood Azhar in their country. Masood Azhar's Jaish had killed 40 CRPF Indian men in Jammu & Kashmir's Pulwama district. Later, India struck terror launch pads deep inside Pakistan in a pre-dawn strike, on 26 February, where 200-300 terrorists were believed to be killed.

Qureshi, in an interview to CNN, said that Masood has been undergoing treatment for various health issues and he can't come out of his home. The Minister also added that they need strong evidence to take action against Masood Azhar.

"If they (India) give us evidence which is acceptable to the courts of Pakistan - after all we will have to justify, they will go to court - and if they have solid, inalienable evidence, share it with us so that we can convince the people and convince the independent judiciary of Pakistan," said the minister.

India has been pushing the UN for several years to list Masood Azhar as a global terrorist, but blocked by the repeated intervention of China, an all-weather ally of Pakistan.

Masood Azhar was the mastermind behind all the major terror attacks in India, the 2001 attack on Parliament, attack on the Pathankot airforce base in 2016, Uri attack in 2016 and the final one in Pulwama last month.

Pakistan's public acknowledgement of Masood's presence lies significantly at a time when they face the heat of global pressure to act against terror activities emanating from their soil.

Mon, 04 Mar 2019 11:30:54 +0530
Prayagraj Kumbh gets Guin

Prayagraj: Prayagraj Kumbh Mela 2019 has been placed in the Guinness World Records in three sectors. It includes the largest traffic and crowd management plan, the biggest painting exercise of public sites under paint my city scheme and biggest sanitation and waste disposal mechanism.

A three-member team from Guinness World Records visited the Prayagraj for this purpose. Exercise at large scale was done before the team members for three days from February 28 to March 3. Around 503 shuttle buses were pressed into service in one go for the team on February 28 on the highway.

Several people participated in painting exercise on March 1 and ten thousand workers engaged in cleaning at Prayagraj Kumbh performing their duties all together. 

Only a single bathing festival of Mahashivratri of the six main bathing festivals remains. Five bathing festivals of the Kumbh have concluded successfully with more than 22 crore pilgrims taking a holy dip.

Mon, 04 Mar 2019 10:40:24 +0530
Kalashnikov Assault Rifle

The Prime Minister Narendra Modi visited Amethi in Uttar Pradesh and he dedicated to the nation, the Joint Venture of Indo-Russian Rifles Pvt Ltd, for Kalashnikov Assault Rifle Production.

He also laid the Foundation Stone and dedicated various development projects in Amethi.

In his special message on the occasion, which was read out by Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman, Russian President Vladimir Putin said that “the new joint venture will manufacture world-famous Kalashnikov assault rifles of the newest 200 series and eventually will reach full localization of production. Thus, the Indian defence-industrial sector will have the opportunity to fulfill the needs of national security agencies in this category of small arms, resting upon advanced Russian technologies.”

Addressing the gathering, the Prime Minister thanked President Putin for this partnership. He said lakhs of rifles will be made from this facility in Amethi and will strengthen our security forces.

He also said that this development has been long delayed. He said that this delay in the production of modern rifles for our soldiers actually amounts to an injustice to the jawans. He recalled that despite projecting a requirement for bullet-proof jackets in 2009, no such jackets were procured till 2014. This requirement has now been fulfilled by the Union Government, he added. He said that earlier, such delays had also been happening in the procurement of other important armaments. In this context, he also mentioned the Rafale fighter planes and said these will start joining the Air Force within a few months, as a result of the efforts of the Union Government.

He also mentioned other development projects in Amethi, which were facing various bottlenecks in operationalization. He said those bottlenecks were being removed so that the projects could be operationalized, and provide employment to people. He said the implementation of schemes such as PM Awas Yojana, Ujjwala Yojana, Saubhagya Yojana and construction of toilets, in Amethi, is now bringing ease of living to the people.

The Prime Minister said that the Union Government is empowering the poor, and helping them come out of poverty. He said similarly, the farmers are being empowered. In this context, he mentioned the PM Kisan Samman Nidhi. He said this scheme will ensure that 7.5 lakh crore rupees reach farmers over the next ten years.

Mon, 04 Mar 2019 10:25:08 +0530
Opposition parties tryin

PATNA: Prime Minister Narendra Modi heavily criticised the opposition parties in the country during his speech at the Sankalp rally in Bihar. The BJP has organised Sankalp rallies across the country today as part of its pre-election campaign.

Modi, while addressing the party workers in Patna, said that the opposition parties are trying to please Pakistan.

"Pakistani is applauding the stance of the opposition parties after we destroyed terror launch pads. They asked for evidence of the surgical strikes. Now, they ask for evidence of the strikes by the Air Forces. Why they are keen on destroying armed forces' morale?", Modi said.

"Entire people of the nation will stand behind our soldiers. Competition is going on to insult 'chowkidar', but 'chowkidar' is living with more alert now", he added.

PM also highlighted the various aids given to Bihar during his speech. Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar was seen sharing the stage with the PM for the first time in a political rally.

Sun, 03 Mar 2019 18:32:54 +0530
CM Fadnavis attends Sanka

Mumbai: The BJP has organised Sankalp rallies across the country today as part of its pre-election campaign.

Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis attended the rally in Mumbai, which was organised by the Mumbai BJP president and MLA Ashish Shelar.

Rally was started from Bandra reclamation and ended at Vakola. Throughout the rally, Devendra Fadanvis travelled in an open Jeep and tried to encourage BJP workers.

The rallies are part of PM Modi's Mission 2019,  where Modi personally asked party leaders to organise Bike rallies all over the country during his Videoconferencing dialogue with booth karyakartas.

Sun, 03 Mar 2019 18:26:08 +0530
Air Marshal Harikumar bid

NEW DELHI: Air Marshal Chandrashekharan Hari Kumar PVSM AVSM VM VSM ADC, Air Officer Commanding-in-Chief, Western Air Command Indian Air Force retired on 28 February after an illustrious career spanning over 39 yrs. 

He personally supervised the planning and successful execution of the IAF strikes in Balakot sector. A day prior to his retirement, the officer personally directed the fighters that repulsed the raid from PAF on the forward posts of the Indian Army. Both operations received nationwide accolades and personal appreciation from the highest level of leadership.

The Air Marshal was commissioned in the Flying Branch of Indian Air Force in the year 1979. He has been a Qualified Flying Instructor and a Fighter Combat Leader having more than 3300 hours of flying to his credit.

He graduated from Defence Services Staff College and National Defence College. During his exemplary service to the nation, he had done instructional tenures at Fighter Training Wing, Tactics and Air Combat Development Establishment (TACDE) and College of Air Warfare. He has commanded a MiG-21 Sqn, TACDE and a frontline fighter base. His staff appointments included Ops 1A, Air-1 at Headquarter Western Air Command and Deputy Director Air, Staff Inspection, Director Operations (Joint Planning), Assistant Chief of the Air Staff Operations (Offensive) at Air HQ and Senior Air Staff Officer at Headquarter South Western Air Command. 

The Air Marshal was the Air Officer Commanding-in-Chief of Eastern Air Command prior to his appointment as Air Officer Commanding-in-Chief, Western Air Command. 

For his distinguished service to the Nation, he was awarded Param Vishisht  Seva Medal, Ati Vishisht Seva Medal, Vayu Sena Medal, Vishisht Seva Medal and appointed Honorary Air Force ADC to President of India on 01 Jan 2017. 

The Air Marshal celebrated his sixtieth birthday on 26 February and remained a soldier till the last day of his service.

Sun, 03 Mar 2019 13:57:58 +0530
India felt the absence of

NEW DELHI: The Prime Minister Narendra Modi addressed the India Today conclave in New Delhi. Modi said that India felt the absence of the Rafale fighter jet recently, over which a lot of politics has been played. He appreciated the India Today Group for the awareness spread by them about the Swachh Bharat Mission. 

Reflecting on his tenure so far, as Prime Minister, he said that his relative lack of experience at the national level turned out to be a blessing in disguise. Taking the example of apprehensions that were expressed with regard to the conduct of foreign policy, he said that the events of the last few days would have set at rest doubts in this regard. 

He asserted that today's India is a New India and a different India. He said the life of every soldier is precious, and today no one can mess with India. He said the Government is committed to taking every decision in the national interest. 

He said certain elements both inside and outside the country, who are against the country, are fearful of this unity seen in India. He added that this fear is actually good. He said enemies are fearful of India's valour, and the corrupt are fearful of the law, and this fear is good. He said New India is marching ahead, confident of its abilities and resources. 

He questioned the stance of those, who doubt the intentions of the Government and the Armed Forces. He said that in opposing Narendra Modi, these people have started opposing India as well, and are harming the country. He said such people doubt the Indian Armed Forces but trust those who foment terrorism in India. He strongly criticized those whose actions adversely affect national security. 

Sun, 03 Mar 2019 13:18:58 +0530
Kashmir is an integral p

NEW DELHI: Jammu and Kashmir is an integral part of India and strictly subjected to our internal matters, said India as a reply to the resolution passed by the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) raising their concerns on Kashmir.

Foreign Minister Sushma Swaraj had urged the OIC to force nations to stay away from encouraging terrorism. It was followed by the OIC's resolution raising concerns in Jammu and Kashmir's current situation.

"Our stand is consistent and well known. We reaffirm that Jammu and Kashmir is an integral part of India and is a matter strictly internal to India," India said.

During the OIC summit on Friday, Sushma Swaraj did not name Pakistan in her 17-minute address and said that fight against terrorism is not against any particular religion.

"Islam's meaning itself is peace. There is no place for violence in any of the 99 synonyms of Allah. Islam and other religions are teaching love, peace and brotherhood", she said.

Sun, 03 Mar 2019 12:37:37 +0530
Qatar Emir speaks to Modi

The Emir of Qatar Sheikh Tamim bin Ahmad bin Khalifa Al Thani called the Prime Minister Narendra Modi today over the telephone.

The Prime Minister mentioned that India attached great significance to further strengthening her relations with Qatar, which is our close friend and with which we share an extended neighbourhood. He thanked His Highness the Emir of Qatar for his leadership and guidance to the rapid strengthening of bilateral relations, especially in recent years. 

The two leaders discussed the regional situation. The Prime Minister underscored that terrorism continues to pose a serious risk to peace and security in the region and beyond. He stressed the importance of demonstrable and immediate action by the concerned for putting an end to all forms of terrorism and ending all support to it. 

The leaders noted the historic significance of participation of India’s External Affairs Minister as Guest of Honour in the 46th Council of the Foreign Ministers of the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) in Abu Dhabi.

Sun, 03 Mar 2019 11:44:46 +0530
Maha Chief Minister to In

MUMBAI: Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Phadnavis will inaugurate Monorail’s second phase from Wadala to Sant Gadge Maharaj Chowk today evening. The Chief Minister will flag off the 11.28-km long second phase from Sant Gadge Maharaj Chowk Monorail station at 6.00 pm.

The 8.26-km long Phase-I from Chembur to Wadala was already operational, and now with this 11.28-km Phase-II from Wadala to Sant Gadge Maharaj Chowk having been completed, the Mumbaikars will be able to ride the entire 19.54-km long Chembur to Sant Gadge Maharaj Chowk Monorail corridor, which is devoid of any mass public rapid transit system.

Once commissioned, the Monorail will operate daily from 6 am to 10 pm with a 22-minute gap between the two Mono trains and will also reduce the travel time from 90 to a mere 30 minutes.

Subhash Desai, Guardian Minister of Mumbai District, will preside over the inauguration ceremony at Wadala. 

 

 The seventeen stations on the entire 19.54-km long Monorail corridor are –

 

 Phase-I – Chembur, VN Purav Marg, Fertilizer Township, Bharat Petroleum, Mysore Colony, Bhakti Park, Wadala Depot

Phase-II – GTB Nagar, Antop Hill, Acharya Atre Nagar, Wadala Bridge, Dadar-East,  Naigaon, Ambedkar Nagar, Mint Colony, Lower Parel, Sant Gadge Maharaj Chowk. (Ends)

Sun, 03 Mar 2019 11:29:37 +0530
AAP declares candidates i

NEW DELHI: Arvind Kejriwal's Aam Admi Party took the first foot forward in the upcoming general election as they announced its candidates in Delhi. They have announced six candidates out of seven in Delhi, as the seventh and final seat is still being discussed.

Candidates are Atishi from East Delhi, Raghav Chaddha from South Delhi, Pankaj Gupta from Chandni Chowk, Dilip Pandey from North East Delhi, Gugan Singh from North West Delhi and Brajesh Goel from the New Delhi Lok Sabha seat.

The AAP's announcement comes days after they declared that there will be no "mahagathbandhan" with the Congress in Delhi.

The six candidates are also tasked to take care of their constituencies. The BJP had won the seven seats in the 2014 Lok Sabha election. But the AAP had made a strong comeback in the following assembly election as they won 66 out of the 77 seats. Senior leader Gopal Rai said that they will try to repeat that performance.

Gopal Rai added that the AAP was ready to ally with the Congress, but Congress President Rahul Gandhi, as well as, Sheila Dikshit stood against the move.

Sat, 02 Mar 2019 16:42:32 +0530
Standing ovation for Abhi

Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman's parents get standing ovation from passengers while deboarding from Delhi-Chennai Indigo flight. The Crew announced Abhinandans parents are in the flight.

Abinandan Varthaman was returned home after a long wait, that almost took five extended hours from the expected time. He returned safely at the Indian soil, the Attari-Wagah border,  at 10 yesterday night where he was expected to return by 5 in the evening, the time given by the Pakistan government.

Escorted by Pakistan Rangers, he crossed the border with a smile on his face, and later received by Indian security officers.

Sat, 02 Mar 2019 13:45:08 +0530
Marathi actor Amol Kolhe

Famous  Marathi actor and Shiv Sena leader Dr Amol Kolhe joins Nationalist Congress Party (NCP). His decision to quit Shiv Sena comes a few days after he met NCP chief Sharad Pawar.

He said he wanted to "strengthen the hands of Sharad Pawar".

Kolhe is currently playing the role of Chhatrapati Sambhaji, son of Chhatrapati Shivaji's son in a very popular TV serial.

Amol Kolhe is likely to contest the Parliament Election from NCP, but yet to fix the constituency.

Sat, 02 Mar 2019 13:02:47 +0530
Modi receives Pilot Abhin

Prime Minister Narendra Modi welcomed Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman with a tweet saying the nation is proud of his exemplary courage.

 

Welcome Home Wing Commander Abhinandan!

The nation is proud of your exemplary courage.

Our armed forces are an inspiration for 130 crore Indians.

Vande Mataram!

— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) March 1, 2019



Wing Commander Abinandan Varthaman has returned home after a long wait, that almost took five extended hours from the expected time. He returned safely at the Indian soil, the Attari-Wagah border,  at 10 yesterday night where he was expected to return by 5 in the evening, the time given by the Pakistan government.

Sat, 02 Mar 2019 12:44:14 +0530
Pilot Abhinandan returned

ATTARI-WAGAH BORDER: Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman has returned home after a long wait, that almost took five extended hours from the expected time. He returned safely at the Indian soil, the Attari-Wagah border,  at 10 yesterday night where he was expected to return by 5 in the evening, the time given by the Pakistan government.

Escorted by Pakistan Rangers, he crossed the border with a smile on his face, and later received by Indian security officers.

There was no communication from the officers that why Abhinandan's handing over was delayed for several hours.

Air Vice Marshal RGK Kapoor met the media soon after the handing over process and said that the pilot would be taken for a detailed medical checkup.

"He will be taken for a detailed medical checkup. The officer has had to eject from a plane which would have put his body under immense strain," said Air Vice Marshal RGK Kapoor.

Another official said that Abhinandan's first words were "it is good to be back in my country".

A Huge crowd of Indians were gathered at Wagah border to welcome Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman. Abhinandan was held under custody by Pakistan for the last two days.

Patriotic atmosphere was seen everywhere at the Wagah Border as people Singing patriotic songs, patriotic slogans to greet the air force pilot.

Sat, 02 Mar 2019 11:54:25 +0530
Marathi actor Amol Kolhe

Famous  Marathi actor and Shiv Sena leader Dr Amol Kolhe joins Nationalist Congress Party (NCP). His decision to quit Shiv Sena comes a few days after he met NCP chief Sharad Pawar.

He said he wanted to "strengthen the hands of Sharad Pawar".

Kolhe is currently playing the role of Chhatrapati Sambhaji, son of Chhatrapati Shivaji's son in a very popular TV serial.

Amol Kolhe is likely to contest the Parliament Election from NCP, but yet to fix the constituency.

Sat, 02 Mar 2019 11:49:28 +0530
UAE dials Modi Imran A

NEW DELHI: His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, held two phone calls on Thursday with Prime Minister Narendra Modi of India, and Prime Minister Imran Khan of Pakistan.

His Highness and the two Prime Ministers exchanged talks on recent developments in the India-Pakistan arena. Sheikh Mohamed emphasised the importance behind dealing with these worrying developments and working towards easing tensions between the two countries, prioritising dialogue and communication between the parties.

The Abu Dhabi Crown Prince stressed the UAE's will to support positive relations between the two neighbouring countries, noting the common historical and cultural ties that bring them together.

Sheikh Mohammed underscored the UAE's keenness on ensuring peace and stability in India-Pakistan ties, expressing his great confidence in the two countries' leadership prioritising peaceful dialogue in dealing with the developments that have occurred in the past few days.

Sat, 02 Mar 2019 10:16:27 +0530
Abhinandan landed at Indi

NEW DELHI: A Huge crowd of Indians gathered at Wagah border as the nation gears up to welcome Indian air force Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman. Abhinandan was held under custody by Pakistan for the last two days.

Patriotic atmosphere has seen everywhere at the Wagah Border as people Singing patriotic songs, patriotic slogans on the border to greet the air force pilot.

Pakistan Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi had said that they will hand over Abhinandan Varthaman at the Wagah Border today evening.

Reports emerged that Pakistan will carry him through army aircraft from Rawalpindi to Lahore, and by road to the Wagah Border.

His parents will receive Abhinanadan at the border.

Though Pakistan agreed to return Indian pilot, tension continues across the border as the armies of India and Pakistan exchanged fire along the Line of Control (LoC) in Kamalkote Sector of Uri area of Baramulla district. The firing started at around 11:30 last night.

Meanwhile, Pakistan Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi has confirmed the presence of Jaish-e-Mohammed founder and terror master Masood Azhar in their country. Masood Azhar's Jaish had killed 40 CRPF Indian men in Jammu & Kashmir's Pulwama district. Later, India struck terror launch pads deep inside Pakistan in a pre-dawn strike, on 26 February, where 200-300 terrorists were believed to be killed.

Qureshi, in an interview to CNN, said that Masood has been undergoing treatment for various health issues and he can't come out of his home. The Minister also added that they need strong evidence to take action against Masood Azhar.

"If they (India) give us evidence which is acceptable to the courts of Pakistan - after all we will have to justify, they will go to court - and if they have solid, inalienable evidence, share it with us so that we can convince the people and convince the independent judiciary of Pakistan," said the minister.

India has been pushing the UN for several years to list Masood Azhar as a global terrorist, but blocked by the repeated intervention of China, an all-weather ally of Pakistan.

Masood Azhar was the mastermind behind all the major terror attacks in India, the 2001 attack on Parliament, attack on the Pathankot airforce base in 2016, Uri attack in 2016 and the final one in Pulwama last month.

Pakistan's public acknowledgement of Massod's presence lies significantly at a time when they face the heat of global pressure to act against terror activities emanating from their soil.

Fri, 01 Mar 2019 16:57:15 +0530
Yes he is in Pak Qure

Pakistan Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi has confirmed the presence of Jaish-e-Mohammed founder and terror master Masood Azhar in their country. Masood Azhar's Jaish had killed 40 CRPF Indian men in Jammu & Kashmir's Pulwama district. Later, India struck terror launch pads deep inside Pakistan in a pre-dawn strike, on 26 February, where 200-300 terrorists were believed to be killed.

Qureshi, in an interview to CNN, said that Masood has been undergoing treatment for various health issues and he can't come out of his home. The Minister also added that they need strong evidence to take action against Masood Azhar.

"If they (India) give us evidence which is acceptable to the courts of Pakistan - after all we will have to justify, they will go to court - and if they have solid, inalienable evidence, share it with us so that we can convince the people and convince the independent judiciary of Pakistan," said the minister.

India has been pushing the UN for several years to list Masood Azhar as a global terrorist, but blocked by the repeated intervention of China, an all-weather ally of Pakistan.

Masood Azhar was the mastermind behind all the major terror attacks in India, the 2001 attack on Parliament, attack on the Pathankot airforce base in 2016, Uri attack in 2016 and the final one in Pulwama last month.

Pakistan's public acknowledgement of Massod's presence lies significantly at a time when they face the heat of global pressure to act against terror activities emanating from their soil.

The Foreign Minister has said that they will hand over the Indian Air Force Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman at the Wagah Border, around  3-4 pm today. Reports emerged that Pakistan will carry him through army aircraft from Rawalpindi to Lahore, and by road to the Wagah Border.
His parents will receive Abhinanadan at the border.

Fri, 01 Mar 2019 13:33:05 +0530
Pakistan to handover Abhi

New Delhi: Pakistan Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi has said that they will hand over the Indian Air Force Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman at the Wagah Border, around  3-4 pm today. Reports emerged that Pakistan will carry him through army aircraft from Rawalpindi to Lahore, and by road to the Wagah Border.

His parents will receive Abhinanadan at the border.

Meanwhile, the Foreign Minister of Pakistan has accepted the presence of Jaish-e-Mohammed founder Masood Azhar in their country. Masood Azhar's Jaish had killed 40 CRPF Indian men in Jammu & Kashmir's Pulwama district on February 14. Later, India struck terror launch pads deep inside Pakistan in a pre-dawn strike, on 26 February, where 200-300 terrorists were believed to be killed.

Qureshi, in an interview to CNN, said that Masood has been undergoing treatment for various health issues and he can't come out of his home. The Minister also added that they need strong evidence to take action against Masood Azhar.

Though Pakistan agreed to return Indian pilot, tension continues across the border as the armies of India and Pakistan exchanged fire along the Line of Control (LoC) in Kamalkote Sector of Uri area of Baramulla district. The firing started at around 11:30 last night.

There are reports that one house was damaged and one person injured, namely  Reyaz Ahmad, son of S/o late Nazir Ahmad of Gagi Madya Kamalkote,  30 years and he was shifted to Hospital.

Fri, 01 Mar 2019 12:53:34 +0530
India Pakistan exchange

The armies of India and Pakistan exchanged fire along the Line of Control (LoC) in Kamalkote Sector of Uri area of Baramulla district. The firing started at around 11:30 last night.

There are reports that one house was damaged and one person injured, namely  Reyaz Ahmad, son of late Nazir Ahmad of Gagi Madya Kamalkote, 30 years and he was shifted to Hospital.

Fri, 01 Mar 2019 12:05:39 +0530
Russia assures support fo

New Delhi: Russian President Vladimir Putin called Prime Minister Narendra Modi on phone today.  

President Putin expressed his deep condolences on the Pulwama terrorist attack. He also conveyed solidarity of the people of the Russian Federation with the people of India in the fight against terrorism.

The Prime Minister thanked President Putin for Russia’s steadfast support for India’s efforts to protect its interests against cross-border terror attacks and renewed India’s commitment to strengthening bilateral cooperation in countering terrorism as a pillar of privileged and special strategic partnership.

Both the leaders also agreed that the growing cooperation between the two countries will take their Special and Privileged Strategic Partnership from strength to strength.

President Putin reiterated the invitation to the Prime Minister to attend the Eastern Economic Forum in Vladivostok later this year. The Prime Minister welcomed the invitation and underscored the significance of growing economic cooperation, including the Russian Far East, between the two countries.

Fri, 01 Mar 2019 10:33:10 +0530
Pakistan attempted to tar

Following are the statements issued by Air Vice Marshal Ravi Kapoor of the Indian Air Force, Major General Surinder Mahal of the Indian Army and Rear Admiral D S Gujral of the Indian Navy.

Indian Air Force:

On 27 Feb 19 at around 1000 hrs IAF radars detected a large package of  PAF aircraft heading towards the Indian territory towards general area Jhangar. They breached the Indian airspace west of Rajauri in Sunderbani Area.

The ingressing aircraft was observed to be at various levels. IAF fighters including MiG-21 Bison, Su-30 MKI, Mirage-2000 were tasked to intercept the PAF aircraft.

The PAF aircraft attempting to target military installations were intercepted by IAF fighter aircraft which thwarted their plans.  Although PAF bombs have fallen in Indian Army Formation compounds, however, they were unable to cause any damage to our Military Installations.

In the aerial combat that ensued one F-16 of PAF was shot down by an IAF MiG-21 Bison. The F-16 crashed and fell across the LOC in POJ&K.

The IAF lost one MiG-21 in the aerial engagement, and though the Pilot ejected safely his parachute drifted into POJ&K where he was taken into custody by Pakistan Army.

There have been many factually incorrect statements that have been made by Pakistan.

a.         The First blatant disinformation was that two IAF aircraft were shot down by Pakistan and three pilots were downed. This figure was later revised downwards to two IAF aircraft and two Pilots. The fact, however, is that Indian Army units had reported sighting two parachutes falling in the POJ&K which were of two F-16 pilots shot down by the IAF MiG-21 Bison. Pakistan later in the evening changed its statement to say that one Indian pilot was in their custody. Therefore, it was only by late evening that Pakistan accepted the fact.

b.         Secondly, Pakistan claimed that they intentionally dropped weapons in open space where there was no human presence or military posts. The fact is that the PAF aircraft targeted military installations. However, they were intercepted by IAF fighter aircraft that thwarted their plans.  Although PAF bombs have fallen in Indian Army Formation compounds however they were unable to cause any significant damage to our Military Installations due to swift IAF response.

c.         Pakistan also stated that no F-16s were used in the operation and no Pakistani Plane was downed by Indian Air Force. There is enough evidence to show that F-16s were used in this mission and Pakistan is trying to hide this fact. Also, parts of AMRAAM Air to Air Missile which is carried only on the F-16s in PAF were recovered East of Rajauri within the Indian territory. Therefore, the fact remains that one F-16 of PAF was shot down by an IAF MiG-21 Bison aircraft.

d.         IAF has recently learnt that Pakistan has announced that Wg Cdr Abhinandan will be returned to India tomorrow. IAF looks forward to the return of Wg Cdr Abhinandan.

Indian Army:

In response to the counter-terrorist strike by the Indian Air Force, Pakistan Army first resorted to unprovoked ceasefire violations in Sundarbani, Bhimbar Gali, Naushera and Krishna Ghati Sectors on 26 Feb 19 with effect from 5 ‘O’ Clock in the evening and again during the night. This was responded to by the Indian Army in a befitting and appropriate manner.

As my Air Force counterpart has elaborated, on 27 Feb 19, Pakistan Air Force attempted to target military establishments in J&K. Specifically, they targeted a Bde [Brigade] HQ, a Bn [Battalion] HQ, forward defences and an Lgs [Logistics] Installation. However, given the high level of preparedness along the Line of Control and the immediate and punitive response by own forces. The Pakistan Air Force’s designs were foiled.

            We continue to maintain strict vigil along the Line of Control and the IB [International Border] Sector. Our Ground Based Air Defence Weapon Systems have been put on alert on all along the Line of Control and some parts of the IB. Mechanised Formations too have been placed on Standby. I wish to assure the nation that we are fully prepared and in a heightened state of readiness to respond to any provocation by Pakistan.

Despite the present turn of events, the Indian Army is committed to maintaining peace and stability in the region and will continue to act against agencies who harbour inimical designs against India and citizens of our country.

Indian Navy:

The Indian Navy is deployed in high state of readiness and remains poised in all the three dimensions – on surface, under-sea and in air to deter, prevent and defeat any misadventure by Pakistan in the maritime domain. I can assure of a resolute, swift and strong response when needed. We stand as one with the Army and Air Force to ensure the safety and security of the nation and our citizens.

Fri, 01 Mar 2019 10:19:52 +0530
Sanjay Barve took charge

Mumbai: IPS Officer Sanjay Barve took charge as Mumbai Police commissioner. He has replaced Subodhkumar Jaiswal who is appointed as new Director General of Maharashtra Police.

Barve, a 1987 batch IPS officer, was DGP of Maharashtra's anti-corruption bureau (ACB) before appointed as city's police chief.

He was part of the Special Investigation Team (SIT) that investigated Abdul Karim Telgi's multi-crore fake stamp paper scam. He was awarded the President's Police Medal in 2006.

Barve, while addressing the media after taking charge, said that the city's security is his top priority.

"I want to assure Mumbaikars that they are safe, the city is safe and will remain safe. I want to appeal to the police and city residents to remain alert and vigilant. If there is anything suspicious, people should alert the police," Barve said.

New Director General Subodhkumar Jaiswal replaces Datta Padsalgikar, who retired on Thursday. Jaiswal had worked with intelligence agency RAW before rejoining the police force in 2009, after a gap of nine years.

 

Thu, 28 Feb 2019 19:22:14 +0530
Pakistan to release Abhin

New Delhi: Indian Air Force pilot Abhinandan Varthaman will be released from Pakistan tomorrow. National agencies have reported that Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan has made this statement in their national assembly.

Imran Khan said that they would release the Indian pilot as a "gesture of peace" and not because of any fear.

"Yesterday I tried to call Prime Minister Narendra Modi to inform him to de-escalate issues. We are not afraid. We don't want any escalation in the situation," said Imran.
Imran added that their decision to free pilot as a"gesture of peace".  India had taken a strong stand to get back pilot and informed that there wouldn't be any deals for that gesture. India will make the final stand in a joint press conference of the three armed forces at 7 in the evening. Yesterday India warned Pakistan to immediately return back the Indian Air Force pilot captured in Pakistan and strongly objected to Pakistan's vulgar display of personnel.

The External Affairs Ministry said that Pakistan violated norms of International Humanitarian Law and the Geneva Convention. India expects the safe and immediate return of the pilot. Pakistan never takes any measures to eradicate terrorism from their soil, instead attacks India.

It was a shambolic display of Pakistan's culture to display pilot's visuals. It is a violation of international treaty. India says the nation has the right to take action as part of the national interest. The International law clearly tells that the images and videos of military personnel should not be displayed when the opponents capture them.

Meanwhile, Pakistan has amended their statement on the number of Indian pilots they have under their custody, saying they have captured only one pilot. Initially, they had claimed they two pilots were with them. Pakistan's Army Maj. General A. Gafoor had earlier claimed they arrested two pilots and shot down two Indian fighter jets. Prime Minister Imran Khan had also stated the same. Indian government issued a statement on Wednesday confirming that one Pakistan Air Force fighter aircraft was shot down by a MiG 21 Bison of the Indian Air Force. The statement underlines that we have lost one MiG 21. The pilot is missing in action.

The Pakistan Air Force was detected and the Indian Air Force responded instantly. In that aerial engagement, one Pakistan Air Force fighter aircraft was shot down by a MiG 21 Bison of the Indian Air Force. The Pakistani aircraft was seen by ground forces falling from the sky on the Pakistan side. In this engagement, we have unfortunately lost one MiG 21, the statement said.

Thu, 28 Feb 2019 18:46:46 +0530
IT raid unearths anti nat

The head of a prominent organisation allegedly indulging in anti-national activities along with his associates were covered in a sensitive search action by the Income Tax Department. Search action has been conducted at 4 premises in the Valley and 3 in the national capital. The search action has yielded credible evidence of large scale undisclosed financial transactions carried out in the business of quarrying, hotels etc.

During the search, clinching evidence was also unearthed of huge unaccounted expenditure having been incurred in cash on the reconstruction and remodelling of the residential premises presently being used by the tax evader’s family. Despite carrying out large scale financial transactions, neither the main protagonist nor any member of his family has ever filed an income tax return. The evidence found in search action is robust enough to show a deliberate and willful attempt to evade tax.

In the search action, 3 hard discs have also been seized. The analysis of the information contained in the discs is likely to yield even more substantial evidence against the tax evader and his associates. This action is part of a concerted drive to trace illegal sources of funding that have financed the separatist elements and their activities in the Valley.

Thu, 28 Feb 2019 17:37:06 +0530
150 tweet it took to get

It is a known fact that Shah Rukh is one of the most loved actors in the world. It is not that easy to meet the Badshaah of Bollywood but by determination and perseverance?

Here is a recent happening, where a man tweeted SRK for 150 days to meet his brother.

Amrit’s brother Raju who suffers from cerebral palsy, is a huge fan of SRK and it is his dream to meet the King of Bollywood, and this task was taken up for completion by Amrit. Amrit is seen appealing on Twitter for almost 142 days, and after that, he puts up a video telling SRK about his brother’s condition and his desire to meet the star. Raju is seen praising SRK’s look and being an optimist in meeting the star.

SRK replied on the video with a tweet, “Sorry Amrit I hadn’t seen your video. Please give my regards to mummyji, and I will figure out & speak to RAJU soon.”

#RajuMeetsShahrukh

Thu, 28 Feb 2019 16:42:05 +0530
Nepal s tourism minister

Kathmandu: Rabindra Adhikari, tourism minister of Nepal, is among the six people killed in a helicopter crash today, news agency ANI has reported.

The Air Dynasty helicopter crashed near Nepal’s Tehrathum district. Mr Adhikari was with Ang Tsering Sherpa, a prominent aviation and hospitality entrepreneur, Yubaraj Dahal, personal aide to PM KP Sharma Oli and Birendra Prasad Shrestha, Deputy Director General of Civil Aviation Authority of Nepal, PTI reported.

Local residents in Pathibara area informed the police about a huge flame at the crash site.

Nepal government has summoned an emergency cabinet meeting at the residence the Prime Minister in Baluwater, PTI added.

Thu, 28 Feb 2019 11:09:30 +0530
Mumbai girl Nimisha Sajay

Thiruvananthapuram: Jayasuriya, Soubin Shahir and Nimisha Sajayan bagged awards at the 49th Kerala State Film Awards declared today.

Nimisha Sajayan declared Best Actress for Chola and Oru Kuprasidha Payyan, Jayasurya (Captain - Njan Marykutty) and Soubin Shahir (Sudani from Nigeria) shared the best actor award.

The Jury was headed by Screenwriter and Director Kumar Shahani and cultural affairs minister A. K. Balan announced the winners.

Nimisha Sajayan hails from Mumbai as the daughter of Mr Sajayan and Mrs Bindhu from Kollam. Her schooling was from Carmel Convent School, Mumbai and is a Mass Communication student from KJ Somaiya College, Mumbai.

A black belt in Taekwondo, Nimisha started her acting career with Dileesh Pothan’s film ‘Thondimuthalum Driksakshiyum’, where she portrayed the role of a girl named Sreeja who works in a supermarket.

Nimisha went on to do many films, latest being the Madhupal’s ‘Oru Kuprasidha Payyan’, where she did the role of Hannah Elizabeth.

After winning the Vanitha Film Award for Best Newcomer Actress, the State award will surely add feathers to Nimisha.

List of winners:

Best Actor - Jayasurya (Captain and Njan Marykutty) and Soubin Shahir (Sudani from Nigeria)

Best Actress -  Nimisha Sajayan, Chola and Oru Kuprasidha Payyan

Best Director - Shyamaprasad, Oru Njayarazhcha

Best Character Actor - Joju George, Chola and Joseph

Best Character Actress - Savithra Sreedharan and Sarasa Balussery, Sudani from Nigeria

Best Film with Popular Appeal and Aesthetic Value - Sudani from Nigeria

Best Story - Joy Mathew, Uncle

Best Male Singer -  Vijay Yesudas

Best Female Singer -  Shreya Ghoshal

Best Music Director - Vishal Bharadwaj, Carbon

Best Lyrics - Hari Narayanan, Joseph and Theevandi

Best Cinematography - KU Mohanan, Carbon

Best Sound Mixing - Sinoy Joseph, Carbon

Best Sound Design - Jayadevan C, Carbon

Best Dubbing Artist - Shammy Thilakan, Odiyan

Thu, 28 Feb 2019 11:04:15 +0530
India demands safe return

New Delhi: India warned Pakistan to immediately return back the Indian Air Force captured in Pakistan and strongly objected to Pakistan's vulgar display of personnel.

The External Affairs Ministry has said that Pakistan violated norms of International Humanitarian Law and the Geneva Convention. India expects the safe and immediate return of the pilot. Pakistan never takes any measures to eradicate terrorism from their soil, instead attacks India.

It was a shambolic display of Pakistan's culture to display pilot's visuals. It is a violation of international treaty. India says the nation has the right to take action as part of the national interest. The International law clearly tells that the images and videos of military personnel should not be displayed when the opponents capture them.

Meanwhile, Pakistan has amended their statement on the number of Indian pilots they have under their custody, saying they have captured only one pilot. Initially, they had claimed they two pilots were with them. Pakistan's Army Maj. General A. Gafoor had earlier claimed they arrested two pilots and shot down two Indian fighter jets. Prime Minister Imran Khan had also stated the same.The Indian government issued a statement on Wednesday confirming that one Pakistan Air Force fighter aircraft was shot down by a MiG 21 Bison of the Indian Air Force. The statement underlines that we have lost one MiG 21. The pilot is missing in action.

The Pakistan Air Force was detected and the Indian Air Force responded instantly. In that aerial engagement, one Pakistan Air Force fighter aircraft was shot down by a MiG 21 Bison of the Indian Air Force. The Pakistani aircraft was seen by ground forces falling from the sky on the Pakistan side. In this engagement, we have unfortunately lost one MiG 21, the statement said.

Thu, 28 Feb 2019 11:01:14 +0530
Pakistan to boycott India

Pakistan's Information and Broadcasting Minister Chaudhry Fawad Hussain stated that the country’s film exhibitor’s association has decided to boycott Indian Films.

The Pakistan government on Tuesday declared that Indian films will be banned in the country after the Indian Air Force attacked and destroyed a terror training camp in Balakot. Chaudhry Fawad Hussain said that Pakistan’s Film Exhibitors Association will be boycotting the Indian Films.

Hussain tweeted, “Cinema Exhibitors Association has boycotted Indian content, no Indian movie will be released in Pakistan. Also, have instructed PEMRA to act against Made India Advertisements. #PakistanTayarHai”.

The decision came on the day when the Indian Air Force attacked and killed a “very large number” of Jaish-e-Mohammed’s (JeM) terrorists, trainers and senior commanders in Balakot in Pakistan’s restive Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province, about 80-km from the Line of Control (LoC).

The Air strikes were the retaliation for a suicide bombing by JeM killing 40 CRPF Indian soldiers.

Wed, 27 Feb 2019 18:13:00 +0530
Rajkummar Rao to star in

Bollywood producer Dinesh Vijan and actor Rajkummar Rao are pairing once again with the film titled “Rooh-Afza”. The film is a horror comedy with heart-thumping sequences and acting.

The duo has collaborated again after the success of 2018 hit film “Stree” which was a massive success.

“Even though the film is named after a refreshing summer drink, there is nothing sweet about Rooh-Afza,” Dinesh said in a statement. The film also consists of actor Varun Sharma and will be co-produced by Mrighdeep Lamba.

As per the details, the film is set to be shot in Moradabad, Uttar Pradesh.

Wed, 27 Feb 2019 18:06:45 +0530
India shot down Pakistani

The Indian government issued a statement confirming that one Pakistan Air Force fighter aircraft was shot down by a MiG 21 Bison of the Indian Air Force. The statement underlines that we have lost one MiG 21. The pilot is missing in action.

Below is the full statement issued by the External Affairs ministry

 

India had informed about Counter-Terrorism (CT) action it took yesterday against a training camp of Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) in Pakistan based on credible evidence that JeM intended to launch more attacks. Against this Counter Terrorism Action, Pakistan has responded this morning by using its Air Force to target military installations on the Indian side. Due to our high state of readiness and alertness, Pakistan's attempts were foiled successfully.

The Pakistan Air Force was detected and the Indian Air Force responded instantly. In that aerial engagement, one Pakistan Air Force fighter aircraft was shot down by a MiG 21 Bison of the Indian Air Force. The Pakistani aircraft was seen by ground forces falling from the sky on the Pakistan side. In this engagement, we have unfortunately lost one MiG 21. The pilot is missing in action. Pakistan has claimed that he is in their custody. We are ascertaining the facts.

Wed, 27 Feb 2019 17:30:49 +0530
IAF chopper crashed in Bu

New Delhi: Mi-17, an Indian Air Force helicopter crashed in Jammu & Kashmir's Budham district today morning. Two pilots and one local were killed in the crash, which happened at 10.05am in an isolated area.

The chopper caught fire immediately after it crashed onto the field.

Various areas of Kashmir have been on high alert as the Indian armed forces are expecting retaliation from Pakistan as the Indian fighter jets had destroyed the terror launch pads operating inside the Pakistan territory.

Wed, 27 Feb 2019 15:48:45 +0530
Encounter in Shopian Two

New Delhi: Amid talks of Indian Air Force entering the Pakistan soil and struck terror launch pads in Balahkot, two Jaish-e-Mohammed terrorists were killed in an encounter in Jammu & Kashmir's Shopian today morning. The fresh encounter took place a day after the Indian fighter jets destroyed the biggest terror camp of the Jaish, killing 200-300 terrorists.

Security forces launched a search operation in Shopian after getting information about the presence of terrorists, later turned out to an encounter when the terrorists started firing towards the security forces.

The recent encounter comes a day after India launched an airstrike intended to demolish terror launch pads operating inside the Pakistan territory.

India carried out air strikes on terror camps, occupied by the Jaish-e-Mohammed across the Line of Control, around 3.30 yesterday morning. National News agency ANI reported that 12 Mirage 2000 Fighter jets of the Indian Air Force dropped 1,000 kg bombs on terror camps.

The early morning air strike is a retaliation to the deadliest attack in Pulwama where the Pakistani based terror outfit Jaish-e-Mohammed had killed 40 CRPF men at Pulwama in Jammu & Kashmir.

ANI also reported that the bombs were dropped exactly on the targeted areas, especially in the control room of the Jaish-e-Mohammed, and destroyed it completely.

The air strikes by the Indian Air Force comes after two weeks of the Pulwama terror attack where 40 CFPF men were killed when a suicide bomber in a car rammed into the buses which were carrying the soldiers. The attack was executed and implemented by the Jaish, a terror outfit headed by Masood Azhar.

Wed, 27 Feb 2019 14:19:26 +0530
Missile power India does

Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) successfully test fired indigenously developed Quick Reach Surface-to-Air missiles (QRSAM) from ITRChandipur, off the Odisha Coast. The two missiles were tested for different altitude and conditions. The test flights successfully demonstrated the robust Control, Aerodynamics, Propulsion, Structural performance and high manoeuvring capabilities thus proving the design configuration.

Radars, Electro-Optical Systems, Telemetry and other stations have tracked the Missiles and monitored through the entire flights. All the mission objectives have been met.

Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman congratulated DRDO on the successful test flights and said the indigenously developed state-of-the-art QRSAM will significantly boost the defence capabilities of our armed forces.

Wed, 27 Feb 2019 10:52:48 +0530
The magnificent Bhagwad G

New Delhi: The Prime Minister Narendra Modi, attended the Gita Aradhana Mahotsav at ISKCON-Glory of India Cultural Centre, New Delhi. He unveiled a unique Bhagwad Gita, prepared by ISKCON devotees. It measures over 2.8 meters and weighs over 800 kg.

Addressing the gathering, the Prime Minister said that it is indeed a special occasion to unveil this magnificent Bhagwad Gita. He said this unique book will become a symbol of India’s knowledge, to the world.

The Prime Minister recalled that Lokmanya Tilak had written the “Gita Rahasya,” while in jail, in which he explained in a simple way, Lord Krishna’s message of Nishkam Karma. He also mentioned that Mahatma Gandhi wrote: “Bhagwad Gita according to Gandhi.” He added that a copy of this book was given by him to the former US President, Barack Obama.

 

 

The Prime Minister appreciated the efforts of Srila Bhaktivedanta Prabhupadaji, in raising global awareness about this epic.

The Prime Minister said that the Bhagwad Gita can always be our guide when we face a dilemma in life. Recalling a famous verse from the Gita, he said that the divine force is always with us, as we fight against the enemies of humanity. He said the Gita inspires one, to service of the people, and the nation.

The Prime Minister said that Indian values and culture offer solutions to many problems being faced by humanity. In this context, he also mentioned Yoga and Ayurveda.

Wed, 27 Feb 2019 10:39:41 +0530
If anybody interfere in o

New Delhi: The Vice President M. Venkaiah Naidu has said that though India is a peace-loving nation and it wants to be friendly with all our neighbours, we do not want anybody to interfere in our internal affairs and whoever interferes, we will give a befitting reply. He also complimented the Indian armed forces for giving a befitting reply to terrorist organisations by conducting pre-emptive air strikes with precision.

He was addressing the gathering at the 13th Anniversary of My Home India, an NGO working to create the social, cultural and educational awakening amongst the tribal and backward classes in North East India.

The Vice President said that from time immemorial, India’s traditions and customs have been steeped in the philosophy of ‘share and care’. We have always believed the world to be one family as exemplified by ‘Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam’, he said. We always believed in humanism and in maintaining cordial and friendly relations with citizens across the globe, he added.

Naidu said that unity in diversity is the central pillar on which our multi-lingual, culturally rich and diverse country is built by our founding fathers. He further said that we must further cement this unity and the bonding of people among all regions in the country. I would like to suggest to organizations like My Home India to facilitate student exchange programmes between northeast India and the rest of the country, he added.

The Vice President said that geographical boundaries and the hilly terrains have been barriers between the mainland and the beautiful hill states in Northeast India. Improved connectivity, expansion of road and rail networks and improved air connectivity have shrunk the barriers and now Indians can reach one part to the other in a matter of hours, he added.

Naidu said that the recent diabolical terrorist attack on our CRPF personnel in Pulwama once again underlines the global imperative to isolate and impose sanctions against nations which are perpetrating terrorism and jeopardizing peace. The world community needs to come together and act in the most stringent manner to eliminate the menace of terrorism, he said. The United Nations must conclude the Comprehensive Convention on International Terrorism with greater urgency and should not delay the process over semantics, he added.

The Vice President said that Universities, corporate offices must organise regular workshops on building bonds among people from different regions. Similarly, the people from northeast must also embrace the other cultural traditions of India, including Music, Dance, Cinema and other art forms and act as unifiers, he added.

Wed, 27 Feb 2019 10:29:54 +0530
Athawale asks for proper

The Central Mos and Republican Party of India (RPI) chief Ramdas Athawale had called party leaders meeting to decide the party agenda for the upcoming election. Despite Ramdas Athawale is part of NDA alliance, he is unhappy because he was not invited for Sena-BJP alliance meeting and press.

He was addressing a press conference after his party meeting.

Athawale demands two seats for Loksabha, one each from Sena and BJP. He declared his support to NDA and also asked for proper treatment from the Sena - BJP alliance.
He also demands 6-7 seats for assembly election and added that CM Devendra Fadanvis would give a proper solution over this issue.

Tue, 26 Feb 2019 17:45:05 +0530
Superstar Rajinikanth che

Superstar Rajinikanth tweeted “Bravo India’! and supported the 2nd surgical strike conducted by the Indian Air Force against the terrorists in the wee hours of morning.

Bollywood actors like Raveena Tandon, Ajay Devgn, Sonakshi Sinha, Sanjay Dutt, Abhishek Bachchan were others who openly supported the attack by India.Actor Akshay Kumar tweeted ‘Proud of our #IndianAirForce fighters for destroying terror camps. अंदर घुस के मार ो! Quiet no more! #IndiaStrikesBack.’

The superstar Rajini tweeted ‘Bravo India!’ and that was enough for the superstar lovers to go crazy.

Tue, 26 Feb 2019 17:11:01 +0530
Superstar Rajinikanth che

Superstar Rajinikanth tweeted “Bravo India’! and supported the 2nd surgical strike conducted by the Indian Air Force against the terrorists in the wee hours of the morning.

Bollywood actors like Raveena Tandon, Ajay Devgn, Sonakshi Sinha, Sanjay Dutt, Abhishek Bachchan were others who openly supported the attack by India. Actor Akshay Kumar tweeted ‘Proud of our #IndianAirForce fighters for destroying terror camps. अंदर घुस के मार ो! Quiet no more! #IndiaStrikesBack.’

The superstar Rajini tweeted ‘Bravo India!’ and that was enough for the superstar lovers to go crazy.

Tue, 26 Feb 2019 17:10:59 +0530
Oscar winning actress Oli

Olivia Colman won Best Actress for her amazing performance in the Hollywood Film, “The Favourite”. She was praised for her role as Queen Anne. The film also bagged the Bafta and a Golden Globe. Surprisingly, we have learnt that Olivia has a strong Indian connection.

According to a British documentary show “Who Do You Think You Are?” Season 15, Olivia’s great great great grandmother was born in Kishanganj, Bihar.

Can be assumed like her great great great grandmother must have been among the English men and women who had come to India during the Rule of British Empire. She revealed during the show that her great great great grandmother named Harriot was born in Kishanganj, Bihar in 1807, and she always felt that her family has never moved out of their house in Norfolk, England.

In the documentary dated September 2018, Olivia says, “It’s very mystery at the moment. The thought my family has lived here is amazing.”

Tue, 26 Feb 2019 17:08:39 +0530
A preemptive strike becam

New Delhi: Below is the full transcript of Foreign Secretary Vijay Gokhale's press briefing about the recent airstrike on terror launch pads across LoC

 

On 14 February 2019, a suicide terror attack was conducted by a Pak based terrorist organization Jaish-e-Mohammad, leading to the martyrdom of 40 brave jawans of the CRPF. JeM has been active in Pakistan for the last two decades and is led by MASOOD AZHAR with its headquarters in Bahawalpur.

This organization, which is proscribed by the UN, has been responsible for a series of terrorist attacks including on the Indian Parliament in December 2001 and the Pathankot airbase in January 2016.

Information regarding the location of training camps in Pakistan and PoJK has been provided to Pakistan from time to time. Pakistan, however, denies their existence. The existence of such massive training facilities capable of training hundreds of jihadis could not have functioned without the knowledge of Pakistan authorities.

India has been repeatedly urging Pakistan to take action against the JeM to prevent jihadis from being trained and armed inside Pakistan. Pakistan has taken no concrete actions to dismantle the infrastructure of terrorism on its soil.

Credible intelligence was received that JeM was attempting another suicide terror attack in various parts of the country, and the fidayeen jihadis were being trained for this purpose. In the face of imminent danger, a preemptive strike became absolutely necessary.

In an intelligence-led operation in the early hours of today, India struck the biggest training camp of JeM in Balakot. In this operation, a very large number of JeM terrorists, trainers, senior commanders and groups of jihadis who were being trained for fidayeen action were eliminated. This facility at Balakot was headed by MAULANA YOUSUF AZHAR (alias USTAD GHOURI), the brother-in-law of MASOOD AZHAR, Chief of JeM.

The Government of India is firmly and resolutely committed to taking all necessary measures to fight the menace of terrorism.  Hence this non-military preemptive action was specifically targeted at the JeM camp. The selection of the target was also conditioned by our desire to avoid civilian casualties. The facility is located in the thick forest on a hilltop far away from any civilian presence. As the strike has taken place only a short while ago, we are awaiting further details.  

 The Government of Pakistan had made a solemn commitment in January 2004 not to allow its soil or territory under its control to be used for terrorism against India. We expect that Pakistan lives up to its public commitment and takes follow up actions to dismantle all JeM and other camps and hold the terrorists accountable for the actions.

Tue, 26 Feb 2019 15:45:04 +0530
Ajay Devgn starrer Total

Total Dhammal Box office collection Day 4: The Ajay Devgn-starrer continues to perform well at the box office. On Day 4, the film earned Rs. 9.85 crore and took the total to Rs. 72.25 crore.

Total Dhamaal started with a bang which is evident from the audience reaction. The film starring Anil Kapoor, Ajay Devgn, Madhuri Dixit and Riteish Deshmukh among others so far have collected Rs. 72.25 crore. The film earned Rs. 9.85 crore on Monday.

Tue, 26 Feb 2019 15:42:56 +0530
Amitabh bachchan and Nagr

Nagraj Manjule is all set to enter Bollywood with Amitabh bachchan starrer “Jhund”. Nagraj will be directing the film which will be his debut and also be closely watched upon because of his direction in hit film “Sairat”

It is being known that the film is based on the life of a retired sports teacher who founded an NGO.

The film will release on 20th September, 2019.

Tue, 26 Feb 2019 15:40:41 +0530
IAF carried non military

Foreign Secretary Vijay Gokhale said that the Indian Air Force carried out a non-military, pre-emptive strike on terror launch pads which is occupied by the Jaish-e-Mohammad across the Line of Control. He said that the strike was carried out in the targeted areas to avoid any civilian casualties.

The Foreign Secretary also said that JeM to carry out terror strikes across India, thereby making this strike absolutely necessary.

"There was very credible intelligence info that JeM (Jaish-e-Mohammed) was planning to carry out terror strikes across India, thereby making this strike absolutely necessary. It was a non-military, pre-emptive strike. India has decided to take action against any terror threat to it," he said.

"Credible intelligence was received that Jaish-e-Mohammed was attempting another suicide terror attack in various parts of the country and fidayeen jihadis (suicide bombers) were being trained for this purpose," the Foreign Secretary said.

"In an intelligence-led operation in the early hours of today, India struck the biggest training camp of JeM in Balakot. In this operation, a very large number of JeM terrorists, trainers, senior commanders and groups of jihadis who were being trained for fidayeen attacks were eliminated. This facility at Balakot was headed by Maulana Yousouf Azhar, also known as Ustad Ghouri, the brother-in-law of JeM chief Masood Azhar."

The foreign secretary also said Pakistan must stay with their public commitment to stop sponsoring terror activities from their soil.

"India has given proof many times seeking action against Jaish-e-Mohammed and others at terror camps so big, that they can train hundreds of jihadis and terrorists at any given time. But due to Pakistan's inaction, this step was necessary and had to be taken," he said.

"The Government of Pakistan had made a solemn commitment in January 2004 not to allow its soil or territory under its control to be used for terrorism against India. We expect that Pakistan lives up to its public commitment and takes follow up actions to dismantle all JeM and other camps and hold the terrorists accountable for the actions," he said.

Tue, 26 Feb 2019 14:52:07 +0530
Amitabh bachchan and Nagr

Nagraj Manjule is all set to enter Bollywood with Amitabh Bachchan starrer “Jhund”. Nagraj will be directing the film which will be his debut and also be closely watched upon because of his direction in hit film “Sairat”

It is being known that the film is based on the life of a retired sports teacher who founded an NGO.

The film will release on 20th September, 2019.

Tue, 26 Feb 2019 12:04:10 +0530
I salute the pilots of t

New Delhi: Congress chief Rahul Gandhi and other national leaders lauded Indian Air Force as they reportedly carried out air strikes on terror camps across the Line of Control. National News Agency ANI reported that 12 Mirage 2000 fighter jets of the Indian Air Force dropped 1,000 kg bombs on the terror launch pads and completely destroyed it, including the control room of the Jaish-e-Mohammed.

"I salute the pilots of the IAF," tweeted Rahul Gandhi whereas his party also supported the IAF's recent action. "We salute the @IAF_MCC for their consistent & determined effort to keep Indians safe. Jai Hind," the Congress posted on its official Twitter handle.

"Wow, if this is true this was not a small strike by any stretch of the imagination but will wait for official word, should any be forthcoming." National Conference chief Omar Abdullah tweeted.

India reportedly carried out air strikes on terror camps, occupied by the Jaish-e-Mohammed across the Line of Control, around 3.30 today morning. National News agency ANI has reported that 12 Mirage 2000 Fighter jets of the Indian Air Force dropped 1,000 kg bombs on terror camps.

The early morning air strike is a retaliation to the deadliest attack in Pulwama where the Pakistani based terror outfit Jaish-e-Mohammed had killed 40 CRPF men at Pulwama in Jammu & Kashmir.

ANI also reported that the bombs were dropped exactly on the targeted areas, especially in the control room of the Jaish-e-Mohammed, and destroyed it completely.

Meanwhile, Prime Minister Narendra Modi is meeting with ministers in the Cabinet Committee on Security to analyse the current situation.

The air strikes by the Indian Air Force comes after two weeks of the Pulwama terror attack where 40 CFPF men were killed when a suicide bomber in a car rammed into the buses which were carrying the soldiers. The attack was executed and implemented by the Jaish, a terror outfit headed by Masood Azhar.

Tue, 26 Feb 2019 11:47:36 +0530
Swiggy fingerlix

A few days ago there was discussion regarding whether Swiggy will acquire Uber Eats or not, at this time its been revealed that Swiggy’s Parent company – Bundl has invested around Rs 31 crores in “Fingerlix”. Fingerlix is ready to cook Food company. The company has registered the filings with ROC (Registrar of Companies) as sourced by Paper.vc

Ready-to-cook foods are an emerging segment among young millennials now and Fingerlix is tapping into that market. Fingerlix was started in 2016 by Shripad Nadkarni and Shree Bharambe. The startup has till now raised around Rs 135 crores and they’re in talks with existing investors for their series-C and they’re expecting to raise around Rs 63 crores.

Fingerlix has achieved to clock sales of 6000 units per day touching around Rs 12 crores in annual revenue. Alteria Capital which is an investor in Swiggy also invested around Rs 8.5 crores in Fingerlix. Accel Partners has also invested in Fingerlix and Swiggy.

 

Tue, 26 Feb 2019 11:43:16 +0530
India destroys terror cam

New Delhi: India reportedly carried out air strikes on terror camps, occupied by the Jaish-e-Mohammed across the Line of Control, around 3.30 today morning. National News agency ANI has reported that 12 Mirage 2000 Fighter jets of the Indian Air Force dropped 1,000 kg bombs on terror camps.

The early morning air strike is a retaliation to the deadliest attack in Pulwama where the Pakistani based terror outfit Jaish-e-Mohammed had killed 40 CRPF men at Pulwama in Jammu & Kashmir.

ANI also reported that the bombs were dropped exactly on the targeted areas, especially in the control room of the Jaish-e-Mohammed, and destroyed it completely.

Meanwhile, Prime Minister Narendra Modi is meeting with ministers in the Cabinet Committee on Security to analyse the current situation.

The air strikes by the Indian Air Force comes after two weeks of the Pulwama terror attack where 40 CFPF men were killed when a suicide bomber in a car rammed into the buses which were carrying the soldiers. The attack was executed and implemented by the Jaish, a terror outfit headed by Masood Azhar.

Tue, 26 Feb 2019 10:58:52 +0530
Prakash Ambedkar Owaisi

Mumbai: Vanchit Bahujan Aghadi (VBA) leader Prakash Ambedkar held a joint mega rally with All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul-Muslimeen’s (AIMIM) Asaduddin Owaisi at Shivaji Park in Dadar on Saturday. The rally, attended by thousands of people, was a show of strength meant to send a clear signal to the Congress-NCP alliance, which was hoping to bring over Ambedkar to its side ahead of the elections, as well as the BJP and Shiv Sena.

 

 

Despite the recent failure of seat-sharing talk with Congress, Ambedkar told to crowd his doors are open for negotiation. He once again demanded a proposal of action against the RSS.

'Our differences are ideological. We are not fighting over seats. The RSS needs to brought under the constitution. This is our main demand, and Congress is not supporting it.', said Ambedkar.

 

 

Owaisi condemned recent terrorist attack in Pulwama, which claim the lives of 44 CRPF jawans. "This is an intelligence failure. This is the failure of the system. What we learned from it?', he said. 

He also warned the Pakistan government and army to stop lecturing Indian Muslims.

Mon, 25 Feb 2019 19:05:41 +0530
Maha Governor addresses J

The Governor of Maharashtra Ch Vidyasagar Rao addressed the Joint Session of Maharashtra State Legislature at Vidhan Bhavan, Mumbai on Monday.

The Governor will inaugurate the Ramayana International Festival at MMRDA Ground, Bandra Kurla Complex on Monday. The Festival organised by MTDC will feature Ramayana performances by troupes from India, Indonesia, Philippines and Cambodia.

Mon, 25 Feb 2019 18:35:07 +0530
SIES conducts National Se

K.A.Viswanathan

The department of English, SIES College of Arts, Science and Commerce had organised a one day national seminar on poetry as an art form by taking a close look at urban verse and its practitioners in India. The seminar was the first of its kind to be organised by a City college.

Poets from all over the country including Menka Shivdasani (Co-founders of the iconic Poetry Circle in Mumbai), artists and poets such as Jane Bhandari and Naval Commander Paresh Tiwari, Poet, photo artist and academician from M.S. University, Baroda, Dr. Johannes Manjrekar, academician and poet Geethanjali Rajan, Ramesh Gowri Raghavan, Dr. Brijesh Raj and Sandra Martyrs were among the persons who introduced the interesting forms such as Haiku and Haibun.

 

 

“The seminar is organised to inspire budding talent and encourage creative writing as a vocation, “ said Dr. Lakshmi Muthukumar, head of the department of English. It also aims to provide a first-hand experience of writing and appreciating city poetry, shed light on avenues open to the city poets to share their work with like-minded individuals, Lakshmi said.

Mon, 25 Feb 2019 18:27:24 +0530
real estate tax reduction

The Government of India has reduced the GST taxes of Under-construction houses from 12% to 5%. They also reduced the tax imposed on affordable houses to 1% from 8%. This Reduction will be effective from April 1.

So, What are affordable houses? Houses which costs up to Rs 45 Lakh and with a carpet space of 60sq meters in metro or 90sq meters in non-metro are considered as Affordable Houses. This move by the GST council will prove to be beneficial for the middle-class families and there will not be an input tax credit for materials such as cement, steel etc.

A huge benefit for real estate buyers as they were deterrent to buy under construction houses at the previous GST rates. Since now the taxes are reduced it’s a good time for people interested in real estate investment. Officials say that the decision was based after suggestions of a panel led by Gujarat deputy Chief Minister – Nitin Patel.

Cities that are designated as metro cities are Mumbai, Chennai, Bengaluru, Hyderabad, and Kolkata apart from Noida, Greater Noida, Delhi, Ghaziabad, Faridabad, and Gurugram. 

 

Mon, 25 Feb 2019 15:40:20 +0530
Billionaires Got Hacked

 

Getting hacked is one of the biggest nightmares anyone can ever have. Hacking is a very general phenomenon nowadays as we see professionals and government websites get hacked. Even Billionaires cannot escape from these hackers.

Recently Amazon Founder and CEO-Jeff Bezos's personal account got hacked revealing some below the belt selfies. Mark Johnson, CEO of Sovereign Intelligence says “Personal details of these ultra-wealthy people are like gold mine for Hackers. As they can use that information to get almost anything from them which includes mostly money.”

He even said, “Billionaires and CEO’s give huge importance to their company’s security but they ignore even basic security features for themselves.”

Times have changed when security used to be Bodyguards and Home Security, As more and more personal and financial data is stored online. The importance of security has shifted more online as compared to offline. Many Software companies and Startups have more relied on other Intelligence Agencies for their Security because third-party observers/agencies are seen to provide better security protection against hackers.

This Incident proves that no matter who you are, your online data is at risk. Its always better to secure your passwords and be updated with the latest security features.

Mon, 25 Feb 2019 12:39:26 +0530
Central Railway runs heri

Heritage run on Neral-Matheran section with a Steam Engine along with a Vista-Dome coach was conducted at Neral on 23rd February as part of the Heritage month celebrations on Central Railway.

The train consisting of the Steam Engine, one Vista-Dome coach and one First class coach ran a few kilometres as a customary inaugural run. Retired railway employees and Railway officials were present during the event.

Ketan Shah, member ZRUCC also attended the event with other members.

Sun, 24 Feb 2019 15:26:19 +0530
National War Memorial to

Below is the transcript of Prime Minister Narendra Modi's monthly 'Mann Ki Baat' speech

 

My dear countrymen, Namaskar. I begin ‘Mann Ki Baat’ today with a heavy heart. 10 days ago, Mother India had to bear the loss of many of her valiant sons. These brave hearts made the supreme sacrifice in securing the lives of a hundred & twenty five crore Indians. In order to ensure that their fellow countrymen could sleep peacefully, these brave sons toiled relentlessly, day or night. As a consequence of the Pulwama terror attack and the sacrifice of the brave jawans, people across the country are agonized and enraged. All around, there is a deluge of strong feelings of sympathy for the martyrs & their family members. The outrage that singes your being and mine on account of the terrorizing violence replicates itself in the collective inner psyche’ of every citizen of the country; it also echoes in pro-humanity communities of the world, which sincerely believe in humanity. I respectfully bow to all the brave sons of the country, who laid down their lives, protecting the honour of their motherland, India. This martyrdom will keep inspiring us relentlessly to uproot the very base of terrorism; it will fortify our resolve. We shall have to take up this challenge facing our country, forgetting all barriers of casteism, communalism, regionalism and other difference, so that, our steps against terror are firmer, stronger and more decisive. Our armed forces have consistently displayed unparalleled courage and valour. On the one hand, they have displayed exemplary capabilities in restoring peace; on the other, they have retaliated in equal measure, in a language the attackers understand.

You must have seen how within a hundred hours of the attack, retributive action was accomplished. The Army has resolved to wipe out terrorists and their harbourers. The martyrdom of these brave soldiers brought to the fore, through the media, touching, inspiring stories of their kin, which gives hope and strength to the entire country. The fortitude displayed by Ram Niranjanji, father of Martyr Ratan Thakur of Bhagalpur, Bihar, in this moment of tribulation is truly inspiring. He has expressed the wish of sending his second son too, to take on the enemy; if need be, he himself would go and fight. The country salutes the indomitable courage of Meenaji, wife of Martyr PrasannaSahu of Jagatsinghpur, Odisha. She has vowed to send her only son to join the CRPF. When the mortal remains of Martyr Vijay Soren, draped in the tricolour reached Gumla, Jharkhand, his innocent son iterated that he too would join the armed forces. The mettle of this innocent lad is a representative sample of the feelings of each &every child of the Nation today. Similar sentiments are coming to the fore in the households of our brave heart martyrs. No martyr, no family is an exception to that.

Whether it be the family of Martyr Vijay Maurya of Devariya, the parents of Martyr Tilakraj of Kangra or the six-year-old son of Martyr Hemraj of Kota – the story of every family of martyrs is full of inspiration. I urge the young generation to know and understand the fortitude and the sentiment displayed by these families. To understand the virtues of patriotism, sacrifice and perseverance, one doesn’t need to revert to historical events. These are but living examples before your eyes… these very examples are a source of inspiration for the future of a rising & glowing India.

My dear countrymen, the rather long wait after Independence for a War Memorial is about to be over. It is natural for our countrymen to be curious about it. On the Narendra Modi App, Shri Onkar Shetty Ji of Udupi, Karnataka has expressed his happiness on the completion of the National War Memorial. India not having a National War Memorial used to surprise me, pain me… a Memorial that would house the valour saga series of our brave soldiers who laid down their lives, safeguarding their nation’s security. And I took a resolve that the country must have such a Memorial.

We decided to erect the National War Memorial and I am contented to see it attaining completion in so little a time. Tomorrow, that is on the 25th of February, crores of we Indians will dedicate this National Soldiers’ Memorial to our Armed Forces. On part of the nation, this will be a small step towards repaying a great debt.

This new memorial has been instituted in the heart of Delhi, in close vicinity of India Gate and Amar JawanJyoti. I do believe that for our countrymen a visit to the National War Memorial will be akin to a pilgrimage to a holy place. The National Soldiers’ Memorial is a symbol of the nation’s gratitude to those men who made the supreme sacrifice after we gained Independence. The Memorial’s design symbolises the indomitable courage of our immortal soldiers. The concept of the National Soldiers’ Memorial is based on the notion of four concentric circles, which depicts the journey of a soldier from coming into being, culminating in his martyrdom. The flame of the Amar Chakra symbolizes the immortality of the martyred soldier. The second circle, Veerta Chakra, depicts the courage and bravery of our soldiers. It is a gallery whose walls are inscribed with soldiers’ tales of valour. This is followed by the Tyag Chakra. This circle stands for the sacrifice of our soldiers. This bears the names of soldiers who made the supreme sacrifice, in letters of gold. Following that is the Rakshak Chakra which depicts the spirit of security. This circle houses a row of dense trees. These trees represent soldiers and send a reassuring message to the country’s citizens that our soldiers vigilantly guard borders round the clock and that they, the citizens are safe. If you take a holistic view, the National Soldiers’ Memorial is sure to turn out to be a sacred site, where people will throng, to get information on our great martyrs, to express their gratitude, to conduct further research on them. This place stands testimony to a series of sacrifices of men who laid down their lives for the sake of their country, so that we could live so that the country could be safe & secure, paving the way for development. One falls short of words in assessing the enormous contribution of our Armed Forces, Police and Para Military Forces in the strides of progress achieved by the country.

In the month of October last year, I was blessed with the opportunity to dedicate the National Police Memorial to the nation. That too echoed the same sentiment, and we believe that we should be ever grateful to those policemen & policewomen, who relentlessly ensure our safety & security. I do hope that you will pay a visit to the National Soldiers’ Memorial and the National Police Memorial. Whenever you are there, do capture images and share them on social media so that others get inspired to come & visit this sacred site with eagerness.

Sun, 24 Feb 2019 12:18:10 +0530
Fire near Aero India venu

Bengaluru: A fire broke out in one of the parking areas outside the venue of Aero India 2019, but situation under control now. The parking area is located well away from the Aero India venue on the other side of the highway.

All available fire fighting services, Rapid Action Force and NDRF teams were immediately mobilised. IAF immediately launched one helicopter for aerial assessment, the helicopter assisted by providing effective directions to fight the fire. The fire was brought under control by deploying more than 12 fire fighting vehicles. The cause of the fire was not immediately known.

The Air Show and Aero India venues were unaffected. There was no loss of life or injury, however, as per existing estimates around 150 vehicles were burnt/damaged in the process. Details of damage to vehicles are being ascertained. Afternoon air display continued on time. A Court of Inquiry has been ordered to investigate the cause of the fire.

Sun, 24 Feb 2019 12:04:53 +0530
The impossible is now po

Prime Minister Narendra Modi addressed the Economic Times Global Business Summit. He said from the days of 2013-14, when India was beset with problems such as runaway inflation, high fiscal deficit and policy paralysis, change is clearly visible today.

Hesitations have been replaced by hope, and obstacles have been replaced by optimism, he said.

The Prime Minister said that since 2014, India has made significant improvements in almost all international rankings and indices.

He said rankings are mostly lagging indicators, which change only after things have changed on the ground. In this context, he gave the example of Ease of Doing Business, where several parameters have visibly improved.

He said that as India’s rank in the Global Innovation Index has gone up from seventy six in 2014 to fifty seven in 2018, the surge in innovation is clearly visible.

The Prime Minister drew a contrast between different forms of competition between now and prior to 2014.

He said that the competition now is on development, and achieving aspirational targets such as total sanitation, or total electrification, or higher investment. By contrast, he said that earlier, the apparent competition seemed to be on delays and corruption.

The Prime Minister strongly criticized what he described as a “narrative” that certain things are just impossible in India.

The impossible is now possible, he declared, as he spoke of the progress made in making India clean and corruption-free; in the poor leveraging the power of technology, and in removing discretion and arbitrariness in policymaking.

The Prime Minister said that the Government looks forward to making India a ten trillion dollar economy, lead the global drive towards renewable sources of energy, and make India a world leader in electric vehicles and energy storage devices.

 

Sun, 24 Feb 2019 11:57:16 +0530
swiggy eats uber

Uber Eats, the food delivery Arm of the global ride-hailing service Uber is in talks with Swiggy for Acquisitions of its food delivering business, as said by some officials who didn’t want to say their name. This deal will be Swiggy’s biggest acquisition ever. Officials aware of the talks said that it will be a share deal, where Uber will be getting a 10% equity stake in Swiggy. Swiggy is now valued at $ 3.3 Billion after its latest round of funding.

This decision came as uber is trying to cut down its losses with respect to the upcoming IPO. Uber is expected with a valuation of $120-150 Billion after its successful IPO.

Uber Eats alone has a valuation of around $20 Billion as reported by a US Analysis Firm. In the First Quarter of 2018, Uber eats revenue was about $1.5 Billion.

But in the end, consumers will not be happy about the deal because of the reduction in the discounts that will happen later. After the acquisition, there will be only 2 market leaders in the food delivering startups sector i.e Swiggy and Zomato. Ola Cabs, which Owns Food Panda has reduced it’s marketing budget by two third which gives more opportunities for swiggy and Zomato.

Sat, 23 Feb 2019 12:50:09 +0530
There is a very very ba

The US President Donald Trump opened up on the strained ties between India and Pakistan and described the current situation as "very, very bad" while interacting with media at the Oval Office. He was responding to questions related to the Pulwama attack in Jammu and Kashmir where Pakistani based terror outfit had killed 40 CRPF soldiers in a suicide attack.

"Right now between Pakistan and India, there is a very, very bad situation. A very dangerous situation. We would like to see it (hostilities) stop. A lot of people were just killed. We want to see it just stop. We are very much involved in that (process)," according to news agency PTI.

"India is looking at something very strong. India just lost almost 50 people in the attack. I can understand that too. We're talking. A lot of people are. It's going to be a very, very delicate balance. There is a lot of problems between India and Pakistan because of what just happened," he added.

Meanwhile, a  mass crackdown has been launched against Jamaat-e-Islami (JeI) in the Valley as dozens of its leaders have been arrested in nocturnal raids by government forces. In north, south Kashmir and central Kashmir, forces carried out nocturnal raids to pick Jamaat leaders and cadre from their residences.

Sat, 23 Feb 2019 12:22:55 +0530
Facebook Privacy Apps

 

In recent research, it is found that there are many apps on your mobile phone, which is collecting your confidential information and sending it to Facebook without your consent.

Many health Apps which takes permission from users to collect data for an analytical purpose also sends that data to Facebook which it uses later for advertisements and tracking them.

This is done by an analytical tool called “App Events” (which is provided by Facebook) which gets integrated into these mobile Apps. Then the data will be collected and sent to Facebook even if the person is not at Facebook.

After the Privacy issues which erupted last year affecting many companies including Facebook, Now they have strict rules for developers and advertisers to not submit the confidential information on Facebook. But Facebook has no way to stop it. Even after strict rules, still many developers are doing it.

Facebook officials said that they’re building more secure internal analytical systems to stop privacy issues and stopping developers to submit customers data on Facebook.

Sat, 23 Feb 2019 11:39:02 +0530
Pakistan govt takes cont

Amid pressure from the international community to take stringent measures against the terror outfits operating in their soil, the Pakistan government took over the control of the control of the headquarters of Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM), the terror group that killed 40 CRPF soldiers in a suicide attack in Jammu and Kashmir's Pulwama district.

The move comes soon after the UN Security Council comprising all the 15 nations, including Pakistan's all-time friend and powerful member China, issued a statement condemning the deadliest attack on Indian soldiers. The statement named JeM while condemning the attack in the "strongest terms" and underlined the need to hold perpetrators, organizers, financiers and sponsors of these reprehensible acts of terrorism accountable and bring them to justice, urged all states, in accordance with their obligations under international law and relevant Security Council resolutions, to cooperate actively with the Government of India and all other relevant authorities in this regard.

"The Punjab government has taken over the control of the JeM headquarters in Bahawalpur," Pakistan's Information Minister Fawad Chaudhry told PTI.

"The government of Punjab has taken over the control of a campus comprising Madressatul Sabir and Jama-e-Masjid Subhanallah in Bahawalpur...and appointed an administrator to manage its affairs," the minister added.

Sat, 23 Feb 2019 11:35:33 +0530
Rajnath seeks ASEAN suppo

The Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh has urged the ASEAN nations and the International Community to support India’s fight against terrorists and terrorist organisations. Delivering the Valedictory Address at the 4th India-ASEAN Expo & Summit, he said an environment of peace and security are prerequisites for trade and commerce to flourish. “This Summit must acknowledge the fact and ensure that the soil of any country should not be used for propagating terrorism,” he said. 

Condemning the gruesome cowardly terrorist attack in Pulwama on 14th February on India’s brave security forces, Rajnath Singh said that there exists immense potential to strengthen and deepen cooperation in combating terrorism in all its forms and manifestations violent extremism and radicalization through Information sharing, Law enforcement cooperation and capacity building and Anti-money laundering and countering  terror-financing. 

Recalling the Delhi Declaration of the ASEAN-India Commemorative Summit, which marked the 25th Anniversary of ASEAN-India Dialogue Relations, where it was agreed to deepen cooperation in combating terrorism in all its forms, the Home Minister said the 13th East Asia Summit (EAS) in November 2018 in Singapore, also adopted the EAS Statement on Foreign Terrorist Fighters and Returnees and hoped that the cooperation between the member states will move beyond statements and towards more practical cooperation. 

Sat, 23 Feb 2019 11:03:06 +0530
HAL delivers ALHs ahead o

Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) handed over first three ALHs as part of the 22 ALH MK III contract to the Indian Army in the ongoing Aero India 2019.

HAL had entered into a contract with the Indian Army for 40 ALH (22 ALH Mk III and 18 Mk IV Rudra) in August 2017. Of the 22 helicopters, 19 helicopters have already been produced and will be progressively delivered.

The documents were handed over to Director General Army Aviation Lt Gen Kanwal Kumar by Chief Executive Officer, Helicopter Division GVS Bhaskar in the presence of Chairman and Managing Director, HAL R Madhavan. Officials from the Army, HAL, DGAQA and RCMA were also present on the occasion.

The Advanced Light Helicopter (Dhruv) is a multi-role, new generation helicopter in the 5.5-ton weight class, indigenously designed and developed by HAL. Powered by two Shakti engines, it provides superlative performance throughout its flight envelope. It is suited for a high-speed cruise for rapid deployment and to maximize the area of operations. The basic helicopter is produced in skid version and wheeled version. In the wheeled version, options for fixed and retractable undercarriages are available.

Sat, 23 Feb 2019 10:49:45 +0530
Major crackdown against J

A mass crackdown has been launched against Jamaat-e-Islami (JeI) in the Valley as dozens of its leaders have been arrested in nocturnal raids by government forces. In north, south Kashmir and central Kashmir, forces carried out nocturnal raids to pick Jamaat leaders and cadre from their residences.

A JeI spokesperson acknowledging the arrests in a handout termed the move a “well-designed conspiracy to pave way for further uncertainty in the region”.

“During the intervening night of 22-23 February, police and other forces launched a mass arrest drive and raided many houses in the Valley wherein dozens of its central and district level leaders have been arrested,” it said.

Those detained include Ameer Jama’at Dr Abdul Hamid Fayaz, Advocate Zahid Ali (spokesperson), Ghulam Qadir Lone (former secretary general), Abdur Rouf (Ameer Zila Islamabad), Mudasir Ahmad (Ameer Tehsil Pahalgam), Abdul Salam (Dialgam), Bakhtawar Ahmad (Dialgam), Mohammad Hayat (Tral), Bilal Ahmad (Chadoora), Ghulam Mohammad Dar (Chak Sangran) and dozens more, it said.

The oldest religiopolitical organisation which has above 5000 cadres said, “something seems fishy at this moment when the state's special position is listed in the Supreme Court. Article 35(A) which grants special status to the state of Jammu and Kashmir is being heard within days and the way forces personnel unleashed the spree of mass arrest and detained dozens of Jama’at members prior to the hearing seems something is hatching behind the curtains”.

“Any attempt of eroding or tempering Article 35 (A) is unacceptable for people of Jammu and Kashmir,” it added.

Sat, 23 Feb 2019 10:35:56 +0530
When President praises Vi

President Ramnath Kovind appealed to the well off people in different walks of life to work for the upliftment of the less privileged and give back to society.

Gracing the 18th anniversary celebrations of Swarna Bharat Trust at Venkatachalam in Nellore, the President said that whenever he met eminent scientists, technologists and others, he used to advise them on the need to give back to society.

Reminding the gathering about Mahatma Gandhi’s slogan of “Back to the Villages”, the President said that Gandhiji had spoken of the need to develop villages with amenities appropriate for a dignified and simple but prosperous life.

The President said that he was deeply moved by rural development and cultural activities undertaken by the Swarna Bharat Trust and Akshara Vidyalaya. 

Appreciating the people-centric and socially relevant activities of the Swarna Bharat Trust, the President said that they cover many areas ranging from education to healthcare and agriculture to skills training. 

Describing Vice President Venkaiah Naidu as a dear friend and colleague, the President said that Naidu inspired the founding of the trust.

Calling Naidu a multifaceted personality, the President said that the Vice President has friends across the political spectrum and “he truly is Ajatashatru– without enemies”.

“He is liked by all and trusted by all.  His credibility and goodwill have helped him in his role as Chairperson of the Rajya Sabha even in challenging circumstances. The country is thankful to Nellore and to Andhra Pradesh for giving us our popular and well-liked Vice-President. And I must add here that Venkaiahji has done a lot to promote the rich Telugu culture and delicious Andhra food in Delhi,” the President added.

Earlier, the Vice President in his address expressed his gratitude to the President for graciously accepting the invitation and coming to Venkatachalam in Nellore to bless the activities of the trust.

The Vice President also placed on record his appreciation for the services rendered by his friends, daughter and son by devoting their resources and time to serve the people, particularly those living in rural areas. 

Naidu said that guided by Mahatma Gandhi’s dictum of “Back to villages”, and his profound view that Rama Rajya is incomplete without Gram Rajya, the Swarna Bharat Trust has been working relentlessly to empower and uplift the downtrodden sections by imparting education and upgrading their skills.

Sat, 23 Feb 2019 10:19:53 +0530
Courier boy attacked ladi

A courier boy from West Bengal attacked two ladies at Dadar. Residents caught the Courier boy, Ibrahim Shaikh and handed over to the Shivaji Park police station.

He was delivering courier of the Forum courier at Dadar. At the doorstep of Mrs Sujita Pedanekar, she couldn't understand his language. When Sujata insisted him for Marathi, he failed to talk. After denying to accept courier, Ibrahim punched on her face, another lady rush for help for Sujata was also attacked with pen on her face.

MNS demands probe about whether this boy is actually from West Bengal or Bangladesh. MNS also raises question on how this boy got ADHAR card of Mumbai address within one month after his arrival to Mumbai.

Fri, 22 Feb 2019 16:30:56 +0530
Luxembourg Ambassador mee

The Ambassador of the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg to India Jean Claude Kugener called on the Governor of Maharashtra Ch. Vidyasagar Rao at Raj Bhavan in Mumbai.

The Ambassador told to the Governor that Luxembourg has created the world’s first Green Stock Exchange. He said Luxembourg is also introducing ‘Green Steel’ to reduce the Carbon footprint.

 

 

Consul of Luxembourg in Mumbai Perses Bilimoria was also present.

Fri, 22 Feb 2019 15:56:34 +0530
Newly appointed Flag Offi

The newly appointed Flag Officer Commanding in Chief of the Western Naval Command Vice Admiral Ajit Kumar P, AVSM, VSM called on the Governor of Maharashtra Ch. Vidyasagar Rao at Raj Bahvan, Mumbai.

Fri, 22 Feb 2019 15:46:41 +0530
PM unveils Mahatma Gandhi

The Prime Minister Narendra Modi, unveiled a bust of Mahatma Gandhi at Yonsei University in Seoul.

The President of Korea, Mr. Moon Jae-in, First Lady of the Republic of Korea, Kim Jung-sook, and former Secretary General of the United Nations, Mr. Ban Ki-moon, were present on the occasion.

Speaking on the occasion, the Prime Minister described it as an honour to unveil the bust of Bapu at Yonsei University.

This becomes even more special because we are doing so at a time when we mark the 150th birth anniversary of Bapu, the Prime Minister said.

The thoughts and ideals of Bapu have the power to help us overcome the menace of terrorism and climate change, two challenges humanity faces in these times, said the Prime Minister.

Through his lifestyle, Bapu showed what living in harmony with nature is, and how one can minimize one's carbon footprint. He also showed that it is important to leave a clean and green planet for the future generations, the Prime Minister added.

Yonsei University is among the most prestigious universities in South Korea.

Mahatma Gandhi is revered in South Korea as an icon of world peace.

Fri, 22 Feb 2019 15:26:33 +0530
radiant skin blog

 

Each and every one of us desires a Clear, fresh looking Skin. But it cannot be achieved by just using the latest Creams or expensive skin care products alone, a greater impact on your skin’s health is determined by your Diet. Here are the 5 best foods for a beautiful skin that shines from within.

 

1.Nuts and Seeds: Minerals and Fatty acids are the basic requirements of fresh looking skin, nuts and seeds are full of essentials minerals, proteins, and Fatty Acids. They’re proven to improve skin conditions by reducing swelling and inflammation. It also provides anti-bacterial benefits because of its Vitamin E presence and selenium.

 

2.Turmeric: We bet, you might definitely know this. Turmeric is well known for its antioxidants and anti-inflammatory properties. Both of which are very necessary for radiant and glowing skin. Because of its healing properties, it can heal, your skin internally and works great for sensitive skin. You can add turmeric in your diet or have a glass of turmeric milk every night before bed.

 

3.Eggs: Proteins is required by the body to repair and rebuild damaged cells in our body. Eggs contains lots of proteins in the form of Amino Acids which aids in skin cell growth and strengthens the skin cells. They also contain Vitamin D which supplies fresh oxygen to the body cells which makes the skin look more radiant.

 

4.Fish: Fishes are the biggest source of Omega-3 and Omega- fatty Acids. As mentioned earlier fatty acids are very essential for dazzling skin and fishes are the right food for that. Salmon and Tuna contains more fatty Acids than any other kind of fish. Fatty acids helps in reducing Inflammation and Closing pores.

 

5.Tomatoes: Ever wondered why tomatoes have the bright fresh red color, it’s because of the high amount of lycopene. Lycopene give the Red Color to fruits and vegetables. All the red colored Fruits and vegetables have some amount of lycopene in them. If you’re skin is sun sensitive then tomatoes are the best option.

 

 

Fri, 22 Feb 2019 15:21:46 +0530
3 Cough remedies

Cough is one of the most painful disorder out there. Coughing is normal but prolonged coughing signifies about your bad health conditions and throat problems. Cough occurs due to cold, infections, allergies etc. You can cure a cough with medicines or antibiotics but if you want a home remedy and avoid all the external chemicals. These 3 foods can cure your cough without visiting a doctor.

 

1.Pineapple: What Really? Yes, you read that right. Pineapples contain a huge amount of Bromelain, which is proven to reduce cough, loosen mucus and throat inflammation. Bromelain enzyme is only found in pineapple fruit and stem. It’s also seen that heavy cough can be reduced drastically by eating pineapple. If you’re suffering from cough from a prolonged time start drinking pineapple juice three times a day for faster relief.

 

2.Honey: Honey has been recognized as one of the best remedies for cough, even better than some medicines. It’s been used to get rid of sore throat and cough. You can simply eat the honey with a spoon or if you wish, you can mix it with herbal tea/ warm water and add some lemon in it. You can even have it as a snack by applying honey to bread.

 

3.Probiotics:  Probiotics can help you get rid of cough by improving your overall immune system. It doesn’t directly get rid of a cough though. Probiotics are microorganisms, which balances the body’s internal composition by maintaining the essential bacteria in our stomach. Fortified milk is also a great source of Lactobacillus, which also get rids of cough and sore throat. You can get ready-made probiotics from your nearest store but there are different recommendations for a different manufacturer.  Make sure you read the instruction before consuming.

Fri, 22 Feb 2019 14:54:39 +0530
India will soon become a

Prime Minister Narendra Modi addressed the Indian community in Korea and thanked the Indian community in Seoul for the warm welcome they had accorded him.  

He said ties between India and Korea are not just on the basis of business contact. He said the main basis of the relationship between both countries is People To People Contact.

The Prime Minister referred to the age-old links between India and Korea and recalled Queen Suryaratna who travelled thousands of kilometres from Ayodhya and married a Korean King. He also recalled that recently on Diwali, the First Lady of Korea, Kim Jung-sook, had visited Ayodhya.

 

 

The Prime Minister said that Buddhism had further strengthened these bonds of friendship between the two countries. 

The Prime Minister said that he is happy to note that the Indian community is contributing to the development, research and innovation in Korea. 

He mentioned the popularity of Yoga and Indian festivals in Korea. He said Indian cuisine is also fast gaining popularity in Korea. He also spoke of the splendid performance of Korea in the Indian sport - Kabaddi - at the Asian Games. 

The Prime Minister described the Indian community all over the world, as ambassadors of India, whose hard work and discipline have raised India's stature worldwide.

 

 

The Prime Minister said that India is celebrating the 150th anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi this year. He said that the world must know more about Bapu, and it is our responsibility to pursue this objective. 

The Prime Minister said that India's ties with Korea are strengthening, and both countries are working together for peace, stability and prosperity in the region. He noted that Indian brands are now present in Korea, and Korean brands are household names in India. 

The Prime Minister spoke at length of the economic development that has taken place in India recently. 

He said India will soon become a 5 trillion dollar economy.

 

 

He spoke of the phenomenal progress made in Ease of Doing Business, and in Ease of Living. He also mentioned reforms such as GST and cashless economy. 

He mentioned that the world is witnessing a financial inclusion revolution in India. In this context, he spoke of bank accounts, insurance and Mudra loans. 

He said that India's prestige is rising because of several achievements. He mentioned free treatment for the poor, the tallest statue in the world - Statue of Unity, and Digital India. 

The Prime Minister also spoke of India's developments in the field of clean energy, and the formation of the International Solar Alliance. 

The Prime Minister said that there is a new energy in India today. He also mentioned that tomorrow, he shall receive the Seoul Peace Prize, on behalf of the people of India, and the Indian diaspora.

 

 

Fri, 22 Feb 2019 13:27:13 +0530
Encounter at Sopore in Ba

One militant killed in a fresh firing between militants and government forces in an ongoing encounter at Warpora village of Sopore in north Kashmir’s Baramulla district, sources said on Friday

As per sources, firing was stopped in order to allow safe passage of civilians around the suspected spot were trapped militants were hiding. After successfully evacuating the civilian gunfight resumed between militants and government forces.

Meanwhile, Mobile internet has been suspended in Sopore for precautionary measures.

Fri, 22 Feb 2019 12:30:51 +0530
UN Security Council conde

The members of the Security Council condemned in the strongest terms the heinous and cowardly suicide bombing in Jammu and Kashmir, which resulted in over 40 Indian paramilitary forces dead and dozens wounded on February 14, for which Jaish-e-Mohammed has claimed responsibility.

The members of the Security Council expressed their deepest sympathy and condolences to the families of the victims, as well as to the Indian people and the government of India, and wished a speedy and full recovery to those who were injured.

The members of the Security Council reaffirmed that terrorism in all its forms and manifestations constitutes one of the most serious threats to international peace and security.

The members of the Security Council underlined the need to hold perpetrators, organizers, financiers and sponsors of these reprehensible acts of terrorism accountable and bring them to justice, urged all states, in accordance with their obligations under international law and relevant Security Council resolutions, to cooperate actively with the Government of India and all other relevant authorities in this regard.

The members of the Security Council reiterated that any acts of terrorism are criminal and unjustifiable, regardless of their motivation, wherever, whenever and by whomsoever committed. They reaffirmed the need for all states to combat by all means, in accordance with the Charter of the United Nations and other obligations under international law, including international human rights law, international refugee law and international humanitarian law, threats to international peace and security caused by terrorist acts.

Fri, 22 Feb 2019 11:04:23 +0530
Thejas will be a great as

Chief of the Army Staff General Bipin Rawat was flown in trainer version of DRDO’s Light Combat Aircraft (LCA) Tejas today to demonstrate the operational capabilities of the aircraft during Aero India 2019 at Bengaluru. Air Vice Marshal N Tiwari, Head of National Flight Test Centre (NFTC) at Aeronautical Development Agency (ADA), Bengaluru piloted this aircraft.

On this occasion, Tejas was flown at medium altitude to showcase the Pin-point attack capabilities using a Laser Designation Pod (LDP).

The Army Chief was demonstrated the manoeuvring and radar capabilities of the aircraft. After the sortie, the Army chief expressed immense satisfaction and said that Tejas is a wonderful aircraft and if it gets added to the IAF inventory, it will be a great asset.

A familiarization sortie in LCA Trainer was also conducted for the Principal Scientific Adviser to Government of India, Prof K Vijay Raghavan, which was flown by Group Captain S. Gunasekaran, the test pilot from NFTC. This was a handling sortie of 30 minutes duration during which Prof Vijay Raghavan experienced the controls of the aircraft and manoeuvred it for some time.

Final Operational Clearance (FOC) of LCA Tejas MK-I certificate was handed over on 20th February 2019 by Dr G Satheesh Reddy, Secretary Department of Defence R&D, Chairman DRDO & Director General ADA to the Chief of Air Staff Air Chief Marshal BS Dhanoa in presence of Defence Secretary Shri Sanjay Mitra and Chairman & Managing Director of Hindustan Aeronautics Limited Shri R Madhavan.

Fri, 22 Feb 2019 10:40:34 +0530
Saudi Crown Prince condem

The Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Saudi Arabian Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman condemned in the strongest terms, the recent terrorist attack on Indian security forces on 14 February in Pulwama in Jammu & Kashmir, in a joint statement issued on Wednesday.

Prime Minister Modi and Mohammed bin Salman bin Abdulaziz held delegation level talks at Hyderabad House on Yesterday. External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj called on the Crown Prince.

 

 

Affirming that the menace of extremism and terrorism threatens all nations and societies, the two sides rejected any attempt to link this universal phenomenon to any particular race, religion or culture. Both sides called on all states to reject the use of terrorism against other countries; dismantle terrorism infrastructures where they happen to exist and to cut off any kind of support and financing to the terrorists perpetrating terrorism from all territories against other states and bring perpetrators of acts of terrorism to justice. The two sides also noted the need for concerted action by the international community against terrorism, including through early adoption of the UN Comprehensive Convention on International Terrorism and underlined the importance of comprehensive sanctioning of terrorists and their organisations by the UN.

 

 

The two sides discussed regional and international issues of mutual interest, including the security situation in West Asia and the Middle East, in the light of their common interest in the regional and global peace, security and stability. Both sides emphasised Security Council Resolution (2254) with regard to the solution in Syria, and Security Council Resolution (2216), the GCC initiative, and the outcomes of the Yemeni National Dialogue with regard to the solution in Yemen.

Thu, 21 Feb 2019 11:22:16 +0530
Devotees take holy bath a

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 with a feeling of rage., “WHEN WILL IT STOP??”

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

Media eye News service

 

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

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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

K.A.Viswanathan

 

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

 

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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
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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
3 Congress leaders camp i

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