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  • The 3rd Annual Review meeting on Swachh Iconic Places (SIP) was held today at Baidyanath Dham Deoghar, Jharkhand. The SIP is the brainchild of the Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi and is coordinated by the Department of Drinking Water and Sanitation (DDWS), Ministry of Jal Shakti under the Swachh Bharat Mission.

  •             Nine working groups of ECI officials and over 20 Chief Electoral Officers met over two-days’ long conference in New Delhi to deliberate on the learnings from the General Elections to Lok Sabha and other elections held recently.

  • A section of the media reported about the discussions and decisions taken in the meeting of the National Statistical Commission (NSC) on 15 Jan 2020.  It is clarified that in the meetings of NSC, the concerned Divisions make a presentation on the agenda items and after elaborate discussions, decisions are taken.

  • Role of States to increase substantially in skill development activities
    Discussion on developing an action plan for better implementation of skilling initiatives and for creating employment opportunities for India’s youth
    Short Term Training courses to be introduced in ITIs in with due consultation from the State Skill Development Missions (SSDMs)
    Promoting Self Employment and Entrepreneurship for overall economic growth and innovation

    Ministry of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship (MSDE) organized a day long consultative workshop here today, with representatives from States and Union Territories, to review skill development across geographies and segments and to seek their valuable suggestions on streamlining the upcoming initiatives.

  • Union Minister for Road Transport & Highways and MSMEs Shri Nitin Gadkari visited the Swedish Automotive Safety Supplier ‘Autoliv’ in Stockholm today. The Minister presented a copy of the Report on ‘Road Safety in India’ to company representative, and took note of the recent products and innovations of the company.

  • Election Commission of India today held detailed discussions with the Legislative Department of Ministry of Law and Justice on various issues of pending electoral reforms. Chief Election Commissioner Shri Sunil Arora, Election Commissioners Shri Ashok Lavasa, Shri Sushil Chandra and senior officers of ECI met Shri Narayan Raju, Secretary of the Department along with Mrs Rita Vashishth, Addl Secretary and other officers at the meeting.

  • The Soil Health Card Day will be observed tomorrow. It commemorates the day Soil Health Card Scheme was launched by the Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi on February 19, 2015 at Suratgarh, Rajasthan. Coincidentally, the International Year of Soils was celebrated the same year.

  • The Vice President of India Shri M Venkaiah Naidu today advised the Minister of State (I/C) for Youth Affairs & Sports, Shri Kiren Rijiju to expedite various ongoing sports projects in Andhra Pradesh, including the construction of multipurpose Sports Complex at Mogallapalem village in Nellore district.

  • A felicitation ceremony was held on 18 Feb 2020 at the premises of the Headquarters, Southern Naval Command Kochi to felicitate the NCC cadets of the Ernakulam Group for their stupendous performance during the Republic Day Parade 2020 at New Delhi.

  • India will stop importing thermal coal from Financial Year 2023-24, said Union Minister of Coal and Mines Shri Pralhad Joshi while chairing “Chintan Shivir” - a two day brainstorming session.

  • The Special Economic Zones (SEZs) continue to take the lead in expanding the exports for the country. Even in the midst of volatile global economy, SEZs in India have shown resilience and have achieved 100-billion-dollar worth of exports in FY 2019-20,as on 17thFebruary 2020.

  • The Matribhasha Diwas which falls on 21st February will be celebrated by HRD Ministry across the country. The Vice President of India, Shri M. Venkaiah Naidu will be the Chief Guest at the main event to be held in New Delhi on the day.  Union HRD Minister Shri Ramesh Pokhriyal ‘Nishank’ will be the Guest of Honour on the occasion.

  • The 2nd Advance Estimates of production of major crops for 2019-20 have been released by the Department of Agriculture, Cooperation and Farmers Welfare today. The cumulative rainfall in the country during the monsoon season (June to September, 2019) has been 10% higher than Long Period Average (LPA).

  • The Department of Pension and Pensioners’ Welfare has taken out an order through which all Central Government employees whose selection for appointment was finalized before 01.01.2004 but who joined service on or after 01.01.

  • The Department of Pension and Pensioners’ Welfare has taken out a landmark order through which all Central Government employees whose selection for appointment was finalized before 01.01.2004 but who joined service on or after 01.01.

  • The Government has decided to rename 'The Institute for Defence Studies and Analyses' (IDSA) as ‘Manohar Parrikar Institute for Defence Studies andAnalyses’. The decision has been taken to honour the commitment and legacy of late Manohar Parrikar.

  • The following Recruitment Results have been finalized by the Union Public Service Commission during the month of January 2020. The recommended candidates have been informed individually by post.

  • The Ministry of Information & Broadcasting, Government of India, in collaboration with Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) is participating at the ‘70th Berlin International Film Festival’. The festival will be held from 20th February to 1st March 2020 in Berlin, Germany.

  • In India milk production is growing by 6.4% during the last 5 years and has increased from 146.3 million MT in 2014-15 to 187.7 million MT in 2018-19. About 54% of milk produced is marketable surplus and remaining 46% is retained in villages for local consumption.

  • With an objective to promote Geographical Indication (GI) crafts and heritage of India the Ministry of Textiles is organising Kala Kumbh - Handicrafts Thematic Exhibition in various parts of the country through the Office of Development Commissioner (Handicrafts).

  • Finance Minister Piyush Goyal has said that independent asset management companies (AMCs) and steering committees will be set up for faster resolution...

  • Finance Minister Piyush Goyal has said that independent asset management companies (AMCs) and steering committees will be set up for faster resolution...

  • Finance Minister Piyush Goyal has said that independent asset management companies (AMCs) and steering committees will be set up for faster resolution...

  • Bangladesh has also agreed to allow Nepal to use it Saidpur airport located in its northernmost district of Nilphamari close to Nepal.

    Earlier, the Foreign Minister of Bangladesh Dr. A.K. Abdul Momen had a meeting with his Nepalese counter part. Both the ministers discussed ways to enhance trade, investment and connectivity including use of seaports of Bangladesh.

    Bangladesh exports commodities worth $38 million to Nepal and imports goods worth around 18 million dollars.

    Talking to media persons The Nepal Foreign Minister expressed the hope that Nepal will be able to provide 500 MW of hydroelectric power to Bangladesh once the Indian Company GMR completes its project in Nepal.

    Foreign Minister of Nepal Pradeep Kumar Gyawali arrived in Dhaka on Monday on a three day long official visit to Bangladesh.

  • The death toll from China's coronavirus epidemic climbed to 1,868 on Tuesday morning as 98 more people died while the total number of confirmed cases jumped to 72,436.  

    Of the new deaths, 93 were reported from Hubei Province, the epicentre of the virus, three from Henan, and one each from Hebei and Hunan.

    Hubei reported 1,807 new confirmed cases, taking the total number of such cases to 59,989 in the province. Another 1,432 new suspected cases were reported from the rest of China.

    A total of 358 people of 406 who were housed at an ITBP quarantine facility in Chhawla after being brought back from Wuhan have been released. All 406 have tested negative for novel Coronavirus in the latest sample examination and are being discharged in a phased manner . It is likely that all 406 will be released by Wednesday early morning from the ITBP Chhawla Centre. 

    All released persons are advised to remain self isolated for the next 14 days at their respective places. They are also advised for do's and dont's during the period. 

    Many of the people who were told that they would be allowed to go from the centre celebrated the moment with an impromptu dance and music show.

    A total of 650 people were brought back from Wuhan in China on February 1 and 2 in two 747 Boeing Air India aircraft after the outbreak of the novel Coronavirus in China. While 406 of these are being looked after at the ITBP facility, rest are at an Army centre at Manesar in Haryana.
     

  • Delhi Police has filed a chargesheet in the December 15 violence that took place in Jamia Milia Islamia and new Friends Colony area. 

    The Police have named JNU student Sharjeel Imam in the chargesheet as an instigator. The police filed the chargesheet on February 13. 

    According to the chargesheet, the police found empty bullet cartridges belonging to 3.2 mm pistol on the spot. 

    No Jamia student has been named in the chargesheet. 

    Police has also revealed that it is still investigating the CCTV, call detail records and statements of over 100 witnesses attached as evidence. 

    Police are also examining the role of political party Popular Front of India in instigating the violence.

  • WHO also said that - with a mortality rate of around two percent, COVID-19 was "less deadly" than other Coronaviruses such as Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome or Middle East Respiratory Syndrome.

    WHO officials rejected the suggestion that all cruises should be halted to avoid risking a new nest of infection like the one on the coronavirus-hit Diamond Princess off Japan.
     

  • Ministry of external afffairs has issued an advisory for Indian nationals travelling to Iraq. The advisory says that 

    i) Indian nationals may now consider travelling to the country except to the five Provinces of Iraq, namely Nineveh; Salahuddin ; Diyala, Anbar and Kirkuk.

    ii) Indian nationals are advised not to travel to the above listed five Provinces in Iraq as these remain unsafe 

    iii) Those Indian nationals wishing to travel for employment may return to their jobs in the safe areas in Iraq other than those listed above as unsafe areas, and inform the Embassy of India in Baghdad or Consulate General of India in Erbil prior to travelling to Iraq.

    iv) Those Indian nationals wishing to travel for religious purposes may also travel for pilgrimage to the holy places of Najaf and Karbala. They should not extend their religious pilgrimage to the neighbouring Syria and not travel by road from Iraq to Syria.

  • Allies of Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei have ensured hardliners dominate the February 21 vote, removing moderates and leading conservatives and permitting voters a choice mostly between hardline and low-key conservative candidates loyal to him.

    It is to be noted that the elections come at a crucial time for the country, as it seeks to resist and negotiate intense pressure and sanctions from the administration of United States President Donald Trump over its nuclear programme. 
     

  • In an Instagram post, the e-commerce tycoon said the Bezos Earth Fund would "fund scientists, activists, NGOs - any effort that offers a real possibility to help preserve and protect the natural world." 

    Bezos, said his new foundation would begin issuing grants this summer. 

    Last September, Bezos said Amazon would pledge to become carbon neutral by 2040 and said the company would order one lakh electric delivery trucks.
     

  • The team, which arrived in Jaipur on Monday, will assess the damage in Bikaner and Jodhpur divisions in three parts. 

    The central team will meet public representatives in Jodhpur, Jaisalmer, Jalore and Barmer. The team will also hold discussions with district collectors and representatives of Jodhpur, Barmer, Bikaner and other districts.

    The state has witnessed the biggest ever locust attack in which almost 3.71 lakh hectares was damaged by locusts since May 2019. in some districts, the state government has already completed the crop assessment and distributed ex-gratia.
     

  • The tournament is set to commence on March 29 with a game between the four-time and defending champions Mumbai and Chennai at the Wankhede Stadium. 

    The final is set to be played on May 24 as the cash-rich league will span for a duration of 57 days this year. 

    Unlike previous seasons, the BCCI has decided to reduce the number of doubleheaders this year. This time around, two matches will be played only on Sundays and the number of doubleheaders have come down to only six. 
     

  • The CII-ITC Centre of Excellence for Sustainable Development, that supports the business community towards achieving sustainability has certified DIAL for its successful voluntary implementation of single-use plastic-free airport measures within IGI Airport's operations. 

    In a statement, DIAL said our objective to make Delhi Airport free from single-use plastic is in line with Prime Minister's vision to abolish all single-use plastic from India by 2022. DIAL said it is committed to preserve the environment and do its bit.
     

  • The duo received the same number of votes, a first in the 20-year history of the awards with the jury unable to split Hamilton and Messi. Messi, the six-time FIFA World Player of the year, is the first team-player to bag the award. He though was not present to receive the award on Monday and sent a video message. They pipped golfing great Tiger Woods, Kenyan marathoner Eliud Kipchoge, tennis legend Rafael Nadal and MotoGP champion Marc Marquez.

    American gymnast Simone Biles, who won five gold medals at the 2019 World Championships, grabbed the World Sportswoman of the year award, her third in four years after winning it in 2017 and 2019. She beat a strong challenge from Jamaican sprinting great Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce, who missed out on the honour for the fifth time. She was nominated in 2010, 2013, 2014 and 2016 also but did not win it. The most decorated gymnast also beat competition from American footballer Megan Rapinoe, Japanese tennis sensation Naomi Osaka, American track and field athlete Allyson Felix and skier Mikaela Shiffrin.

    The awards ceremony was hosted by actor Hugh Grant. A tribute was paid to American basketball legend Kobe Bryant, who recently died in a helicopter crash. Snowboarding sensation Chloe Kim won the World Action Sportsperson honour, her second straight in the same category. In the Sportsperson of the year with a disability category, Oksana Masters, born with limb impairments caused by radiation from Chernobyl and adopted by an American single parent, was recognised for an outstanding year in 2019. She won five gold medals and a silver at the World Para Nordic Skiing Championships.

    South Bronx United (SBU), a football programme based in New York, was honoured with the Sport for Good Award. The programme uses football to achieve educational outcomes for young people from underserved communities. The 2019 Rugby World Cup winners South Africa won their second Laureus World Team of the Year Award, beating Jurgen Klopp's Liverpool and the US Women's Football Team, among others.

    For the 2020 Laureus World Comeback of the Year, Germany's gritty F3 driver Sophia Florsch was the winner. Travelling at 276km per hour, she had lost control of her car at the Macau circuit, crashing through safety barriers and leaving her with a spinal fracture which required an 11-hour surgery and months of rehabilitation. In November 2019, a year on from her accident, the 18-year-old Sophia was back in the cockpit, racing once again in the Macau Grand Prix.

    Egan Bernal, who became the youngest rider to win the Tour de France at 22, grabbed the World Breakthrough of the Year award. German basketball great Dirk Nowitzki was recognised at the Ceremony with the Laureus Lifetime Achievement Award for his contribution to the sport of basketball. Spanish Basketball Federation got the Exceptional Achievement Award.

  • With the backing of Indian cricket fans, Tendulkar got the maximum number of votes to emerge winner on Monday. Tendulkar, competing in his sixth and last World Cup, finally realised his long-cherished dream when skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni smacked Sri Lankan pacer Nuwan Kulasekara out of the park for a winning six. The charged-up Indian cricketers rushed to the ground at the Wankhede Stadium and soon they lifted Tendulkar on their shoulders and made a lap of honour, a moment etched in the minds of the fans. Former Australian skipper Steve Waugh handed the trophy to Tendulkar after tennis legend Bros Becker announced the winner at a glittering ceremony.

     "It's incredible. The feeling of winning the world cup was beyond what words can express. How many times you get an event happening where there are no mixed opinions. Very rarely the entire country celebrates," Tendulkar said after receiving the trophy.  "And this is a reminder of how powerful a sport is and what magic it does to our lives. Even now when I watch that it has stayed with me."

    Becker then asked Tendulkar to share the emotions he felt at that time and the Indian legend put in perspective how important it was for him to hold that trophy. "My journey started in 1983 when I was 10 years old. India had won the World Cup. I did not understand the significance and just because everybody was celebrating, I also joined the party. "But somewhere I knew something special has happened to the country and I wanted to experience it one day and that's how my journey began.  "It was the proudest moment of my life, holding that trophy which I chased for 22 years but I never lost hope. I was merely lifting that trophy on behalf of my countrymen."

    The 46-year-old Tendulkar, the highest run-getter in the cricket world, said holding the Laureus trophy has also given him great honour. He also shared the impact the revolutionary South African leader Nelson Mandela had on him. Tendulkar met him when he was just 19 years old.  "His hardship did not affect his leadership. Out of many messages he left, the most important I felt was that sport has got the power to unite everyone. "Today sitting in this room with so many athletes, some of them did not have everything but they made the best of everything they had. I thank them for inspiring youngsters to pick a sport of their choice and chase their dreams. This trophy belongs to all of us, it's not just about me."

  • It will be held at the KD Jadhav Hall of Indira Gandhi Stadium till 23rd of this month. The event will have a total of 30 weight classes, 10 each in Freestyle Men, Women, and Greco Roman.

    The Championship will begin with Greco-Roman events, followed by women wrestling and men's freestyle. On day 1 of the tournament, 55, 63, 77, 87 and 130 kg wrestlers will take to the mat to prove their mettle.

    The preliminary and qualification matches will be played in the morning sessions while the semis and finals will be conducted from 6 PM to 9 PM. India will be among the favourites to bag gold on Day 1 itself. 

  • Without naming Pakistan, the FATF said that terrorists use various methods to gain financing, including using social media to identify new followers and to solicit financial or other forms of material support. The FATF said it is monitoring terrorist financing risks and works to help authorities trace funding to strengthen prosecutions.

    The week-long Financial Action Task Force plenary, currently underway in Paris, will decide Pakistan's fate, whether it will continue in the FATF's 'Grey List', or put in the 'Black List' or spared from listing. India has maintained that Pakistan extends regular support to terror groups like Lashkar-e-Taiba, Jaish-e-Mohammad and Hizbul Mujahideen, whose prime target is India and urged FATF to take action against Islamabad. 

  • Ajanta & Ellora Caves: Epitome of art, architecture and culture of ancient India

     

  • A Delhi court Monday issued fresh death warrants for March 3 at 6 am against the four death row convicts in the Nirbhaya gang rape and murder case.

    Additional Session Judge Dharmender Rana issued fresh warrants against death row convicts -- Mukesh Kumar Singh , Pawan Gupta , Vinay Kumar Sharma and Akshay Kumar. This is the third time that death warrants have been issued against them.

    Nirbhaya's parents have welcomed the verdict.

    The first date of execution, January 22, was postponed to February 1 by a January 17 court order. Then the trial court, on January 31, stayed, "till further orders" the execution of the four convicts as they had not exhausted all their legal remedies. 

    The 23-year-old physiotherapy intern, who came to be known as 'Nirbhaya' was gang-raped and savagely assaulted on the night of December 16, 2012, in a moving bus in South Delhi. She died of her injuries a fortnight later in a Singapore hospital.

    Six people including the four convicts, Ram Singh and a juvenile -- were named as accused.

    Ram Singh, the prime accused, allegedly committed suicide by hanging himself in Tihar jail days after the trial began.

    The juvenile, who was said to be the most brutal of the attackers, was put in a correctional home for three years.

    Pawan is the only one among the four convicts who has not yet filed the curative petition -- the last legal remedy available to a person, which is decided in-chamber. He has not filed the mercy plea either.

    His counsel informed the court that he wanted to move curative petition before the Supreme Court and the mercy plea against the death sentence before the President.

  • Supreme Court has adjourned the hearing on Shaheen Bagh issue till Monday. Before adjourning Monday's hearing, The Apex Court appointed advocate Sanjay Hegde and Sadhna Ramchandran as interlocutors in the case.

    While hearing, the top court expressed concern over people taking roads for protest.  Apex court has also acknowledged people's right to protest in the democracy and at the same time it should not trouble others said the SC.

    Union Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad said the government is ready to talk to Shaheen Bagh protesters to clear their doubts but, they need to come.

  • President Bidya Devi Bhandari administered oath of office and secrecy to Tumbahangphe in Kathmandu on Monday afternoon.

    Vice President Nanda Bahadur Pun, Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli and other dignitaries were also attended the swearing in ceremony.

    The post of Law Minister was lying vacant since 24 December 2019 when Samajwadi Party Nepal had quit Oli government.

  • The Supreme Court has directed the Centre to grant permanent commission to all women officers in the Army within three months and said there will not be any absolute bar on giving them command postings.

    A bench headed by Justice D Y Chandrachud rejected the Centre's argument of physiological limitations and social norms for denying them permanent commission and command postings.

    The bench said it is disturbing and against the concept of equality and that Women officers in the past have brought laurels to the country and change of mindset is required on the part of the government to put an end to gender bias in armed forces.

    The top court said despite there being no stay on the 2010 Delhi High Court verdict allowing grant of permanent commission to women officers, the Centre showed scant regard in implementing the directive in past one decade.

    Women officers from Indian Army were overjoyed with the verdict and called it as a progressive and historical judgement.

    Senior BJP leader Meenakshi Lekhi termed the decision of the court as excellent and said that all the rights which are held by male officers will now be given to women officers aswell.

  • District Judge Ambar Raj Poudel acquitted Mahara from all the charges on the grounds of insufficient evidence.

    After the court verdict Mahara was released from Dillibazaar central prison in Kathmandu this afternoon.

    He was arrested on October 6 last year after a woman employee of the Parliament Secretariat had lodged police complaint accusing Mahara of attempting to rape her.

  • Storm prompted flooding alerts for many parts of the country and disrupted flights and train services. Whereas in central England, streets and local businesses were also flooded after heavy rainfall.

    Country's Environment Agency issued a total of 30 warnings of severe flooding across united kingdom and 238 alerts at different part of England.

    A total of 75 military personnel were helping to build barriers and repair flood defences in northern England while emergency workers also evacuated hundereds of people in Wales.
     

  • Australian Industry Minister Karen Andrews said it was a very disappointing outcome and it was the end of an era.

    Like Britain, Australia and New Zealand are right-hand drive markets. With sales of GM's Australian Holden brand plummeting, the company could not justify the investment to continue building right-hand drive vehicles.

  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi addressed the COP 13 to the convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild Animals. CMS provides a global platform for the conservation and sustainable use of migratory animals and their habitats. India holds the presidency of COP for the three years. PM announced that India has prepared a national action plan for conservation of migratory birds along Central Asia flyway. He emphasised that India championed the challenges of climate change, through conservation, sustainable lifestyle and green development mode.

    Prime Minister Modi also highlighted India's efforts in conservation of tigers. The population of tigers in India has grown significantly, and achieved its target of doubling the number of tigers  before the committed date. Adding another feather to its hat, PM mentioned that India is among the few countries whose actions are compliant with the Paris Agreement goal of keeping rise in temperature to below 2° Celsius.

    PM Modi asserted that his government is committed to sustainable development and are taking all the measures ensure a better environment for the future generations.

    While addressing the inaugural session of 13th Convention on Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild Animals, Union Environment Minister Prakash Javadekar said that Nature is strength of India and added that to conserve planet people's voluntarily participate is necessary.

  • In response to a media query on comments made by the President of Turkey on India's internal matters during his recent visit to Pakistan, the Official Spokesperson Raveesh Kumar said,

    "India has made a strong demarche with the Turkish Government on the remarks made by President Erdogan on the Indian Union Territory of Jammu & Kashmir during his recent visit to Islamabad. These remarks reflect neither an understanding of history nor of the conduct of diplomacy. They distort events of the past to advance a narrow minded view of the present. India made a strong demarche with the Turkish Government.

    This recent episode is but one more example of a pattern of Turkey interfering in the internal affairs of other countries. India finds that completely unacceptable. We particularly reject the repeated attempts by Turkey to justify the cross border terrorism practiced so blatantly by Pakistan.

    These developments have strong implications for our bilateral relationship.

    The demarche was made by Secretary (West) to the Ambassador of Turkey in New Delhi earlier today."

  • World Rapid Chess Champion Koneru Humpy re-asserted her supremacy in style by winning the Cairns cup title with 6 points from nine rounds and bag the 45,000 dollar winner's purse in St. Louis.

    Interestingly, in the final round, Humpy drew with GM Dronavalli Harika, who finished sixth with 4.5 points.

    The icing on the cake is that Humpy would be gaining five ELO rating points  and moving to no.2 in the world list. Reflecting on her game, Koneru Humpy is happy with the way things are going and is looking forward to the Grand Prix in Italy.

     

  • Addressing a programme on 72nd Anniversary celebrations of Nepal Council of World Affairs (NCWA) in Kathmandu last evening, he said these relations are nurtured by extensive people to people contacts and socio-cultural bonds shared by the two countries for centuries.

    Gyawali said the exchange of visits by the Prime Ministers of Nepal and India in April and May 2018 has contributed to further enhance mutual trust and consolidate bilateral relations. Gyawali said these high level visits have provided major push for the implementation of ongoing development projects. Some of the flagship projects, such as, Motihari-Amlekhgunj Petroleum Pipeline and Integrated Check Posts in Birgunj and Biratnagar have been completed.

    Similarly, reconstruction of over 45,000 housing units in Nuwakot and Gorkha districts under the assistance of India have been completed and they were handed over to the residents last month. Construction of remaining housing units is undergoing.

    Gyawali also said construction of Jay Nagar-Kurtha section of the rail project has been completed. This will ultimately link Bardibas with Jaynagar upon completion of another 34 Km section of the rail line. Detailed project report of Birgunj-Kathmandu electric railway is being prepared this year. He also said Arun III hydro-electricity project under Indian investment is progressing well after the foundation stone of the project was jointly laid by the two Prime Ministers. More projects enhancing production, trade and connectivity are in focus for the future, he added.

    Gyawali said India and Nepal are committed to take forward cooperation and partnership on the basis of equality, mutual trust, respect and mutual benefit. He said the leaders on both sides have displayed clear vision, commitment and required political will to take the relationship to a higher plane of trust, cooperation and friendship.

  • The theme of CMS COP13 in India is 'Migratory species connect the planet and we welcome them home'.

    Meanwhile, a High Level Dialogue was held between ministers and senior officials governments, executives of international organisations and other biodiversity leaders on the eve of the conference.

    Addressing the dialogue, Union Minister Prakash Javadekar said its time we should also learn from the experiences and success stories of other countries which will benefit us in keeping the biodiversity alive.

    Key messages from the High-Level dialogue will be incorporated into the Gandhinagar Declaration, which will be proposed by the Government of India for adoption during Conservation of Migratory Species COP13.

     

  • Responding to a question, the MEA spokesperson Raveesh Kumar said:

    "India's position has not changed. Jammu & Kashmir has been, is and will continue to be an integral part of India. The issue that needs to be addressed is that of vacation of the territories illegally and forcibly occupied by Pakistan. Further issues, if any, would be discussed bilaterally. There is no role or scope for third party mediation.

    We hope the UN Secretary General would emphasize on the imperative for Pakistan to take credible, sustained and irreversible action to put an end to cross-border terrorism against India, which threatens the most fundamental human right - the right to life, of the people of India, including in J&K."
     

  • The apex court's the two-judge bench headed by Justice Sanjay Kishan Kaul and comprising Justice KM Joseph will hear the matter.

    While hearing the pleas on February 10, the two-judge bench issued the notices to the Centre, the Delhi government and police over the protest at the Shaheen Bagh.

    The top court said the anti-CAA protestors, who are holding agitation at Shaheen Bagh since December 15 last year, cannot block public road and create inconvenience for others.

    The main road on Shaheen Bagh connects Kalindi Kunj in Delhi and Noida in Uttar Pradesh.
     

  • The broad objectives of the Campaign include celebrating the Unity in Diversity of our nation and promoting the spirit of national integration through engagement between all states and union territories. 

    Andaman Nicobar Islands is known for its unity, diversity and mix culture. People from all parts of India are living together and spread the spirit of National Integration that is why the Island is called Mini India.

    The Andaman & Nicobar Administration and Lakshadweep Administration are jointly working in the field of cultural exchange between the two tiny Islands. The Nodal Officer of School Education Dr. Dheeraj Kumar said that under Ek Bharat Shrestha Bharat, a series of programme is being organised in different schools of the Islands.
     

  • Addressing the concluding session of centennial celebrations of Rotary International in Kolkata today Mr. Naidu said, there is no religion of terrorism and the Security Council of the United Nations should take strong steps to curb terrorism. He said, only peace can expedite development. 

    The Vice President urged voluntary organizations to come forward to work with Central and State Governments to deal with cleanliness, maintaining peace, improving the standards of life of marginal people and removing gender biases.

  • In its daily, the province's health commission has reported 1,843 fresh cases. More than 68,000 people have now been infected, with most deaths occurring in Hubei.

    France reported the first fatality from the new coronavirus outside Asia yesterday, fuelling global concerns about the epidemic.

    China's central bank said that to control the outbreak spreading, used banknotes are being disinfected and stored for up to 14 days before they are put back into circulation. 

  • Mr. Kejriwal has retained all the Cabinet Ministers who were part of his last government. They are Manish Sisodia, Satyendar Jain, Gopal Rai, Kailash Gehlot, Imran Hussain and Rajendra Gautam.  

    Mr. Kejriwal's first term lasted only for 49 days and completed the full tenure in the second term. The Aam Aadmi Party swept the Delhi assembly polls held last week, bagging 62 out of 70 seats.  

     The swearing-in ceremony witnessed thousands of people from all walks of life. Around 50 people from different fields who have contributed to Delhi's development shared the stage with Arvind Kejriwal as special guests. They included teachers, bus marshalls, architects of the Signature Bridge and families of fire fighters who lost their lives in the line of duty.

     A little boy dressed as Arvind Kejriwal stole everybody's heart in  Ramlila Ground. As Aam Aadmi Party has got a brute majority for the second time, now fulfilling the aspiration of people of Delhi will be a big challenge ahead for Arvind Kejriwal in the coming days. 

    Several leaders including AAP MP Bhagwant Mann and  BJP MLA Vijender Gupta and others were present during the swearing-in ceremony. 

  • Addressing a public rally in Padav area of Chandauli district PM said, his government took the decisions which were necessary in the interest of the country. Despite pressure, we stand by our decision and will remain so.On his day-long visit to his Parliamentary Constituency today Prime Minister Narendra Modi launched 50 development projects worth more than rupees 1254 crore.

    He also flagged off the Kashi Mahakaal Express to link Varanasi, Ujjain and Omkareshwar, and dedicated to the nation the Pandit Deendayal Upadhyay Memorial Centre. At Padav area of Chandauli district,Prime Minister also unveiled the 63 feet Statue of Pt Deendayal Upadhyaya. This is the largest statue of the leader in the country.

    After reaching his constituency today Prime Minister participated in the Closing Ceremony of the Centenary Celebrations of Shri Jagadguru Vishwaradhya Gurukul. He released the translated version of the Shri Siddhant Shikhamani Granth in 19 languages and launched a mobile app of the Granth. PM said at the Function that our nation has been created not by power but by the culture and ability of our people.

    Later in the afternoon while Inaugurating the Kashi Ek, Roop Anek” a cultural arts and handicrafts extravaganza at Deen Dayal Hastkala Sankul in Varanasi, PM said that government is providing technical support and global exposure to traditional handicrafts and art product of country which have always been our strength and will play an important role in achieving the goal of 5 trillion economy.  PM Modi said that this year's union budget has cleared the priorities of government and it has drawn a roadmap for the development of industry and wealth creators of the country.
     

  • The match was called off an hour after lunch with India reaching 252 for four just 48 overs into their second innings. 

    Mayank Agarwal, who had gone through a wretched period since the second Test against Bangladesh, retired on 81 off 99 balls with 10 fours and three sixes to his name. 

    Rishabh Pant also played in his customary manner to reach 70 off 65 balls.

    India scored 263 and 252 for 4, while New Zealand scored 235.
     

  • She said, the FRBM Act has been kept in view and has been abided by while preparing the Budget 2020-21.

    The Finance Minister was interacting with trade and industry representatives in Hyderabad on the second leg of her 'Jan Jan Ka Budget 2020-21'.

    She said, the interests of all sections of people from all sectors have been kept in mind while preparing the Budget.

    She stressed that several measures have been initiated to address the demand side and allocations have been made to enhance the consumption.

    She said, for the first time the finance ministry is visiting various places and explaining the budget to the people directly.Responding to several matters raised by trade and industry representatives, the minister assured that the government is giving a lot of attention to the MSME sector. She said several measures have been initiated for the benefit of the MSME sector.

    Over a suggestion to modify Dividend Distribution Tax to long term foreign investors, especially investors of Infrastructure projects, the finance minister said the Foreign Investors are not asking any DDT modifications as that will come under the respective treaties between countries. 

  • Both the countries decided to strengthen the bilateral cooperation in the field of environment and climate change particularly in the field of marine pollution.

    That both the ministers issued a  joint statement after the meeting which envisages joint efforts in dealing with challenges of climate change, sharing of technology and research and development in the field of environment.

    Briefing the media, Mr Javadekar said, year 2020 will be the Super Year for Environment. Both India and Norway discussed ways to ensure that coming decade will be of rapid global action on Environment. 

    The Minister said, India has initiated Ocean dialogue with Norway to address the problem of Marine Plastic litter. Both the countries have formed joint working groups on Blue economy with sustainable development.

    The meeting was organized as part of the UN Conference on Migratory species which will be inaugurated tomorrow morning at Mahatma Mandir.
     

  • Lieutenant Governor Anil Baijal administered the oath of office and secrecy to Kejriwal and six Cabinet Ministers at Ramlila Maidan in the national capital. 

    Mr. Kejriwal has retained all the Cabinet Ministers who were part of his last government. They are Manish Sisodia, Satyendar Jain, Gopal Rai, Kailash Gehlot, Imran Hussain and Rajendra Gautam.  

    Mr. Kejriwal's first term lasted only for 49 days and completed the full tenure in the second term. The Aam Aadmi Party swept the Delhi assembly polls held last week, bagging 62 out of 70 seats.  

    The swearing-in ceremony witnessed thousands of people from all walks of life. Around 50 people from different fields who have contributed to Delhi's development shared the stage with Arvind Kejriwal as special guests. They included teachers, bus marshalls, architects of the Signature Bridge and families of fire fighters who lost their lives in the line of duty.

     A little boy dressed as Arvind Kejriwal stole everybody's heart in  Ramlila Ground. As Aam Aadmi Party has got a brute majority for the second time, now fulfilling the aspiration of people of Delhi will be a big challenge ahead for Arvind Kejriwal in the coming days. 

    Several leaders including AAP MP Bhagwant Mann and  BJP MLA Vijender Gupta and others were present during the swearing-in ceremony. 

    Later addressing the gathering, Mr. Kejriwal said, Delhi assembly election results is the victory of people. He said, people of Delhi have changed the politics of the country.  Kejriwal said he wants to work with the Centre to make Delhi the number one city.   

  • Addressing the closing ceremony of the Centenary Celebrations of Shri Jagadguru Vishwaradhya Gurukul at Jangam Badi Math in Varanasi today, Mr. Modi said, our conduct as a citizen will determine the future and direction of a new India.

    The Prime Minister said that our nation has been created not by power but by the culture and ability of our people. 

    After reaching his parliamentary constituency on a daylong visit, the Prime Minister went to Jangam Badi Math and offered prayers. PM Modi also released the translated version of the Shri Siddhant Shikhamani Granth in 19 languages and a mobile app of the Granth.

    Uttar Pradesh Governor Anandiben Patel, Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath and Karnataka Chief Minister B S Yediyurappa were also present on this occasion, 

    The Prime Minister then visited Padav area of Chandauli district where he dedicated to the nation the Pandit Deendayal Upadhyaya Memorial Centre. He also unveiled the 63 feet Statue of Pandit Deendayal Upadhyaya. This is the largest statue of the leader in the country. 

    Later, the Prime Minister launched 50 development projects worth over Rs.1,200 crore at Varanasi. Mr. Modi also flagged off the Mahakaal Express to link Varanasi, Ujjain and Omkareshwar.

  • According to the notification, the last date for filing of nominations is the 22nd of this month. Scrutiny of nominations will be taken up on 24th and the last date for withdrawal of candidature is 26th. 

    Polling, if necessary, will be held on the 5th of March from 9 am to 1 pm. Counting of votes will be taken up on the same day.

  • The two leaders discussed bilateral relations ahead of US President Donald Trump's two-day visit to India beginning the 24th of this month. 

    Dr. Jaishankar also met US special envoy on Afghan reconciliation and discussed regional and global issues with them. 

    The External Affairs Minister also had a meeting with a US congressional delegation led by Senator Jim Inhofe, the chairman of the powerful Senate Armed Services Committee. The two sides discussed growing strategic cooperation. 

    In a tweet, Dr. Jaishankar said he had a meeting with Saudi Foreign Minister Prince Faisal bin Farhan and appreciated his perspectives on global and regional issues. Dr. Jaishankar said he looks forward to working with him in the Strategic Partnership Council. 

    The external affairs minister also met Australian and Singaporean defence ministers and said New Delhi is working with them to take security cooperation forward. 
     
    The Munich Security Conference is the world's leading forum for debate on international security policy and is held annually. It was established in 1963.

  • During his day-long visit to his parliamentary constituency, Mr. Modi will flag off the Mahakaal Express to link Varanasi, Ujjain and Omkareshwar, and dedicate Pandit Deendayal Upadhyay Memorial Centre to the nation.

    After reaching his constituency Prime Minister will first go to Jangam Badi Math, where he is scheduled to participate in the closing ceremony of the Centenary Celebrations of Shri Jagadguru Vishwaradhya Gurukul. 

    PM Modi shall also be releasing the translated version of the Shri Siddhant Shikhamani Granth in 19 languages and a mobile app of the Granth.

    He will then reach Padav area of Chandauli district where he will dedicate to the nation the Pandit Deendayal Upadhyaya Memorial Centre and will also unveil the 63 feet Statue of Pt Deendayal Upadhyaya.

    This is the largest statue of the leader in the country. At Padav, Prime Minister will address a Public function and will launch various development projects.

    These projects include a 430-bed super speciality Government hospital, a 74-bed psychiatry hospital and Centre for Vedic Research at Kashi Hindu Vishwavidyalaya (BHU), at BHU.

    PM Modi will also inaugurate the Chaukaghat Lehartara Overbridge in the city which will ease the traffic near the railway station.

  • Till now, total 1666 persons have died in China due to novel coronavirus and The total number of confirmed cases now stands at 68584.

    While over 550 cases in over two dozen countries and 3 deaths have been reported from abroad, 1 each in Japan, France and Philippines.

    An elderly Chinese tourist hospitalized in France has died of the coronavirus, becoming the first fatality in Europe.

    Central China's Hubei Province, the epicenter of the novel coronavirus outbreak, confirmed 139 more deaths and 1843 new confirmed cases, including 888 clinically confirmed, on Saturday, bringing the total number in the province to 56249.

    New confirmed cases of the novel coronavirus pneumonia outside Hubei Province have been dropping for 12 consecutive days.

  • He told the Munich Security Conference in Germany that he was encouraged by actions China had taken to slow the spread of the virus.The Chinese mainland has confirmed on Saturday more than 2000 new cases of the novel coronavirus with 142 more deaths.

    Till now, total 1666 persons have died in China due to novel coronavirus and The total number of confirmed cases now stands at 68584. While over 550 cases in over two dozen countries and 3 deaths have been reported from abroad, 1 each in Japan, France and Philippines.

    An elderly Chinese tourist hospitalized in France has died of the coronavirus, becoming the first fatality in Europe. Central China's Hubei Province, the epicenter of the novel coronavirus outbreak, confirmed 139 more deaths and 1843 new confirmed cases, including 888 clinically confirmed, on Saturday, bringing the total number in the province to 56249.

    New confirmed cases of the novel coronavirus pneumonia outside Hubei Province have been dropping for 12 consecutive days.

    The United States is planning to send an aircraft to Japan to bring back Americans on the quarantined cruise ship Diamond Princess, where the most coronavirus infections outside China have occurred.

    The Japanese cruise is having total 355 onboard infections and has been quarantined for nearly two weeks now off the Yokohama coast.

    Meanwhile, Chinese capital Beijing has imposed a 14-day self-quarantine on people returning to the city from holidays to prevent the spread of the new coronavirus. 

  • M. Venkaiah Naidu was addressing Adivasi Mahotsav 2020 at Ramnagar in Madhya Pradesh on Saturday.

    He stressed the need for improving education levels among tribal communities. The Vice President said life stories of heroes such as Birsa Munda and Rani Avanti Bai should be taught to school children.

    Emphasizing the need for sustainable development, he said tribals inspire the society to dwell in nature and move forward with it. Mr. Naidu said peace was necessary for development and left wing extremism has not solved any problem.

  • The 80-year-old man is the first person in Europe to die due to complications from the virus that originated in China.

    In addition, the first African coronavirus infection has been reported in Egypt. Officials in Beijing said, all people returning to Beijing must self-quarantine themselves for 14 days. Failure to do so will invite action under the law.

    China’s National Health Commission on Saturday said that 143 more people have died from the coronavirus, bringing the death toll to over 1,500 in the country. The commission also confirmed another 2,641 new virus cases under the recently changed methodology for diagnosing.

  • Chairing a meeting of the Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) Society in New Delhi, Mr. Modi emphasized on the importance of developing virtual labs so that science can further be taken to all students in each and every corner of the country. 

    The Prime Minister spoke on the need to attract young students toward science and further strengthen scientific acumen in the next generation. He also suggested measures to enhance collaboration in research and development projects among Indians working in different parts of the world.

    Prime Minister Modi listed 5G wireless technology, artificial intelligence and affordable and long-lasting batteries for renewable energy storage as some of the emerging challenges which the scientists need to focus on.

    He highlighted the need to combine traditional knowledge with modern science to develop world-class products. The Prime Minister also spoke about the importance of commercialisation of innovations. Mr. Modi exhorted the scientific community at CSIR to work towards improving the quality of life of the common man.
     

  • Participating in a panel discussion at the Munich Security Conference in Germany on Saturday, Mr Jaishanakar said, there is a lot of scope for cooperation between India and the EU and it should be part of the conversation.

    He also stressed for better, stronger and more forthright security conversations. The External Affairs Minister said, big challenges like connectivity, technology, international norms and laws should be part of the conversation.

    Dr Jaishankar is scheduled to attend the Foreign Affairs Council Meeting of the European Union on Monday.

  • On a day-long visit to his Parliamentary Constituency, PM Modi will also participate in the closing ceremony of the Centenary celebrations of Shri Jagadguru Vishwaradhya Gurukul.

    He will also inaugurate the Centre for Vedic Research at Banaras Hindu University. The Prime Minister will dedicate to the nation, the Pandit Deendayal Upadhyaya Memorial Centre and will unveil the 63-feet statue of Pandit Deendayal Upadhyaya.