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  • The Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi, today addressed the Rising India Summit, organized by Network 18.

    He said that when we speak of a rise, in terms of a nation, it has a very broad context. He said that beyond the rise of the economy, he feels that Rising India implies the rise of self-respect among the people of India.

  • Shri R K Singh, Union Minister of State (IC) Power and New & Renewable Energy held a meeting today with Independent Power Producers (IPPs) to discuss the issues faced by them and find out possible solutions.

  • The Prime Minister has expressed concern at the restrictive and discriminatory clauses being imposed against domestic manufacturers and suppliers in tender documents for public procurement. These observations were made during the course of review of the implementation of the Public Procurement (Preference to Make in India) (PPP-MII) Order, 2017.

  • The Vice President of India, Shri M. Venkaiah Naidu has said that India needs education system with greater emphasis on Indian history, heritage and culture. He was addressing the valedictory function of the Golden Jubilee celebrations of Hindustan Group of Institutions, in Chennai today.

  • India is moving towards Digital and Mobile revolution and even far-flung villages have access to mobile phones. We have been seamlessly linking Information Technology with agriculture and in order to establish direct connect between the government and farmers, mobile and internet plays a key role.

  • SATHE to introduce System-wide Governance Transformation in School Education

    NITI Aayog will release comprehensive roadmaps and detailed timelines for its initiative ‘Sustainable Action for Transforming Human Capital in Education (SATH-E)’ project at NITI Aayog tomorrow on Saturday, March 17.

    Shri Amitabh Kant, CEO, NITI Aayog and the Chief Secretaries of the States of Jharkhand, Madhya Pradesh and Odisha will release the forward looking blueprints after a day-long workshop with Principal Secretaries of the States, State Project Directors and other experts and representatives operating in the field.

  • The 1st meeting of the Working Group on USD 5 Trillion Indian Economy was  held on 15.03.2018 in  New Delhi chaired by Hon’ble Minister of Commerce and Industry (CIM) and was attended by Secretaries to the Government of India and representatives from NITI Aayog, CII, FICCI, NASSCOM, NCAER, Morgan Stanley, PwC, IIFT, IFC and FISME.

  • Annual report of the Central Information Commission (CIC) was tabled in Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha on 14th and 15th March 2018 respectively. The trends of Annual Report are as follows:

    During the reporting year 2016-17, 9.17 lakh RTI applications were received by the registered Central Public Authorities (PAs).

  • Hon’ble Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi inaugurated the 105th Indian Science Congress at Manipur University today. He began his inaugural address by paying tributes to three very distinguished Indian scientists whom we lost in recent times – Padma Vibhushan Prof Yashpal, Padma Vibhushan Prof UR Rao and Padma Shri Dr Baldev Raj. They all made outstanding contributions to Indian science and education.


    The Minister of Commerce and Industry, Suresh Prabhu, delivering the key-note address at the 58th National Cost Convention,2018, in Delhi today

    Reduction of cost and value-addition should be the mantra of all business said Suresh Prabhu, Union Minister of Commerce and Industry and Civil Aviation in Delhi today.

  • The Government is implementing Scheme for out of school adolescent girls (11-14 years). The scheme contains both Nutritional and non-nutritional components. Thenutritional support is provided to the beneficiaries for 300 days in a year.

  • The Ministry of Women and Child Development is implementing a centrally sponsored Integrated Child Protection Scheme (ICPS) (now “Child Protection Services”) for supporting children in difficult circumstances, as envisaged under Juvenile Justice (Care and Protection of Children) Act, 2015.

  • Government of India and the Asian Development Bank (ADB) today signed a $120 million loan agreement for completion of works for double-tracking and electrification of railways tracks along high-density corridors to improve operational efficiency of Indian railways.

  • A definitive anti-dumping duty in the range of 4.58% to 57.39%, of the landed value of goods has been imposed on imports of Cold Rolled Flat Products of Stainless Steel to give relief to domestic steel industries from the People’s Republic of China, Republic of Korea, the European Union, South Africa, Chinese Taipei, Thailand and the United States of America, vide notification No. 61/2015-Customs (ADD) dated 11.12.

  • The outstanding balance of 7.83% Government Stock 2018 is repayable at par on April 11, 2018. No interest will accrue there on from April 11, 2018. In the event of a holiday being declared on April 11, 2018 by any State Government under the Negotiable Instruments Act, 1881, the Loan/s will be repaid by the paying offices in that State on the previous working day.

          As per sub-regulations 24 (2) and 24(3) of Government Securities Regulations, 2007 payment of maturity proceeds to the registered holder of Government Security held in the form of Subsidiary General Ledger or Constituent Subsidiary General Ledger account or Stock Certificate shall be made by a pay order incorporating the relevant particulars of his bank account or by credit to the account of the holder in any bank having facility of receipt of funds through electronic means.

  • A definitive anti-dumping duty in the range of 4.58% to 57.39%, of the landed value of goods has been imposed on imports of Cold Rolled Flat Products of Stainless Steel to give relief to domestic steel industries from the People’s Republic of China, Republic of Korea, the European Union, South Africa, Chinese Taipei, Thailand and the United States of America, vide notification No. 61/2015-Customs (ADD) dated 11.12.

  • As per the results of the latest round of Consumer Confidence released by the RBI, consumer confidence improved in December 2017 as the current situation index (CSI) recorded a significant rise after more than a year.

  • Based on the various representations received from the trade and industry, the GST Council has recommended a number of measures pertaining to change in Goods and Services tax rate and policy including the GST rates on eateries and small traders.

  • Many countries are providing financial assistance for economic development of the country. Details of financial assistance provided by various countries during each of the last three years and the current year, year-wise and country-wise is as under:



  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi has said, the government has received tremendous support in its efforts to curb black money and fight corruption. He was ...

  • Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu has favoured teaching professional degrees like MBBS in Indian languages while batting for an educational system with ...

  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi has said that the Krishi Unnati Mela has given me an opportunity to meet two pillars of new India that is farmers and sci...

  • NITI Aayog will release comprehensive roadmaps and detailed timelines for its initiative Sustainable Action for Transforming Human Capital in Education (SATH-E) project in New Delhi today.It will introduce system-wide governance transformation in School Education.

  • The government has assured the exporting community that all their eligible refund claims will be considered and sanctioned at the earliest.In a statement, the Finance Ministry said, it has been noticed that unverified estimates of pending GST refunds on account of exports are published in the media or put forward by various trade bodies.

  • Xi Jinping was today re-elected as president of China for a second five-year tenure by the country's rubber-stamp parliament.

  • Commerce and Industry Minister Suresh Prabhu has said, services sector will play a significant role in pushing the country's economic growth and the industry must focus on delivering services of global standards.

  • President Ram Nath Kovind arrived in Bhubaneswar today on a two-day visit to Odisha.

  • PV Sindhu stormed into the semi-finals of the All England Open Badminton tournament in Birmingham last night.

  • The 27-year-old Raonic defeated American Sam Querrey 7-5 2-6 6-3 yesterday to pick up just his fourth match win of the season and is seeking to capture his ninth career ATP Tour title. He’ll be up against the eighth-ranked player in the world in Argentina’s Del Potro, who beat German Philipp Kohlschreiber 3-6 6-3 6-4 in the day’s other quarter-final. “I am very happy I was able to put it together today,” Raonic said. “I’m in the semis. I am happy with that. I know I can play better.”

    Raonic lost in the final of this event in 2016 and has now made it to the semi-finals in his last three appearances. Raonic didn’t play in Indian Wells last year because of a string of injuries and surgeries that decimated his season. “It’s been a catastrophe,” he said of the time off due to injuries. The list of things that have put him in the infirmary in the past year is lengthy and might have sent another person into permanent retirement.

    “Let’s go down the list. Right adductor, left glut at the beginning of the year. Then I tore my hamstring at the beginning of February. “After Wimbledon I had to have wrist surgery. Through the summer I tried to play a few events, tried to treat the issue. That wasn’t possible. “I had surgery just before the US Open. And then in November I hurt my knee.”

    Del Potro can certainly sympathize with Raonic. For Del Potro, reaching the semis is another feather in the cap of his comeback from injuries as he is back in the top 10 for the first time since 2014. “He has everything to be in the top again,” Del Potro said of Raonic. “His game is so good. His serves are very strong. He’s very good player. So he just needs a couple of weeks to improve his ranking and be where he deserves to be.”

    Former US Open champ Del Potro stepped up his bid for a second straight tournament victory with his over two hour quarter-final win. Del Potro, who won a title earlier this month in Acapulco, Mexico, fended off a stern challenge from Kohlschreiber. “It wasn’t an easy match as everyone could see,” the 2009 US Open champion said. “I was waiting for my chance to find my game and I did after the first set.”    The 29-year-old Del Potro improved to 15-3 on the season as he is looking to get back into the Indian Wells final for the first time since 2013, when he lost to Rafael Nadal.

    Del Potro dropped to No. 1,045 in the world before beginning his comeback from three left wrist surgeries in 2016. “But thank God I’m here and healthy,” he said. “I’m playing tennis again. I’m in the top 10 again. I have too much love from the crowd, for my fans, and I’m doing this because I love it.” Del Potro hit five aces, had no double faults and won 75 percent of his first-serve points against world No. 37 Kohlschreiber. Del Potro said his back is giving him some trouble but he can still play with it.

    “All my body feels tight,” he said. “But this is the last effort of the weekend, and I’m in the semi-finals, and I’m trying to keep winning. “It’s going to be a really tough, tough match tomorrow. But after that my body will have a few days to recover and I will need it.” 

  • “Coping skills are important for many aspects of daily life beyond mental health. Teaching children skills such as how to cope with bullying at school, poor performance or problems with their parents may help children to better deal with emotional turmoil and challenging situations during adolescence,” said Steffen Moritz from the University Medical Center Hamburg-Eppendorf in Germany.

    “It may also prevent the progression of a vulnerability to later obsessive-compulsive disorder or depression as well as other disorders,” said Moritz.

    For the study, published in the journal Cognitive Therapy and Research, the scientists compared the behaviour of 60 patients suffering from OCD with 110 people with depression and 1050 adults in a control group. All the participants completed anonymous online surveys in which their medical and psychological history was ascertained, along with their levels of compulsivity and ability to cope in specific situations.

    They answered a questionnaire that covered different adaptive and maladaptive coping styles that someone might use to deal with problematic situations. The participants also responded to the Maladaptive and Adaptive Coping Styles Questionnaire (MAX). This questionnaire measures coping styles using three dimensions: maladaptive coping (such as thought suppression, rumination), adaptive coping (e.g. problem-solving, acceptance), and avoidance.

    The participants gave information about coping strategies they adopt against their OCD symptoms such as problem-solving and rumination, as well as other coping styles that have only recently been adopted in therapy, such as acceptance and suppression.

    The individuals with OCD were found to possess more maladaptive coping skills than all others, including those suffering from depression. They also possessed fewer functional skills to help them cope and adapt. Those who lacked adaptive coping were also likely to have a resistance to symptoms, and poor insight about their condition. 


  • Mahmudullah (43 not out) struck a stunning six in the penultimate delivery to reach to the target of 160 to the wild celebration of the Bangladesh camp after tempers were frayed due to debatable decisions from the umpires.

    The match at the R Premadasa Stadium was marred by drama at the fag end of the virtual semifinal as Bangladesh captain Shakib Al Hasan gestured to his two batsmen to come out of the field apparently in protest against giving a run-out decision to Mustafizur Rahman on a seemingly shoulder-height ball.

    But better sense prevailed in the end after arguments between the players of the two sides and intervention by match officials.

    Bangladesh, who have also beaten the same opponents earlier in the tournament, secured four points from four matches to enter the final.

    India, with six points from four matches, have already qualified for the summit clash to be played at R Premadasa Stadium on Sunday. Sri Lanka finished last with two points.

    Chasing a target of 160, Bangladesh were nicely placed at 80 for 2 at the halfway stage but they lost their way after that as their three key batsmen -- Mushfiqur Rahim (28), Tamim Iqbal (50) and Soumya Sarkar (10) -- fell one after the other in the next three overs as Sri Lanka sought to turn the tables in the second half of the innings.

    But it was still a chaseable target as Bangladesh needed 30 runs from three overs with captain Shakib Al Hasan (7) and Mahmadullah at the crease. But the departure of Shakib, who was playing his first match of the tournament after sitting out due to a finger injury, in the 18th over made matters difficult for Bangladesh. But Mahmadullah kept his nerve and after a brief period of frayed tempers took his side home.

    Bangladesh needed 12 from the final over but Mustafizur Rahman (2) was given run out in the second ball which triggered a wave of wild protests both from Mahmadullah and the team bench beyond the ropes.

    After the matters were sorted out, Mahmadullah hit the third ball of the final over for a boundary and then hoisted Isuru Udana for a six to snatch victory from the jaws of defeat.

    Earlier, captain Thisara Perera and Kusal Perera struck half centuries in a fine counter-attacking batting display as Sri Lanka recovered from a top-order batting collapse to post a competitive 159 for 7.

    Put into bat, Sri Lanka were in all sort of trouble early in their innings against the Bangladeshi bowlers, led by young left-arm pacer Mustafizur Rahman whose incisive pace spell rocked the home side batsmen.

    But the Perera duo, Thisara (58) and Kusal (61) showed their mettle with a fine counter-attacking batting display to take their side past the 150-run mark. Kusal put on a crucial 97-run stand with stand-in skipper Thisara.

    Sri Lanka were 41 for 5 in the ninth over and they were staring at a meagre total but Thisara and Kusal had other ideas as the duo flayed the Bangladesh bowlers at the later stages of their innings.

    Kusal, who scored his third half-century of the tournament, needed 40 deliveries for his 61. He hit seven fours and one six. Thisara, on the other hand, faced 37 balls for his 58 and struck three fours and as many sixes. Both Kusal and Thisara hit the bowlers to all parts of the ground at the R Premadasa Stadium, hitting 10 fours and four sixes between them.

    Bangladesh were, however, on top initially with their bowlers, led by Mustafizur Rahman (2/39), creating havoc on the home side top-order batsmen.

    The 22-year-old Mustafizur, who was bought by Mumbai Indians for Rs 2.2 crore for the upcoming IPL season, had in-form Kushal Mendis (11) in the fourth over and then dismissed Dasun Shanaka (0) in his next over. At one stage, his figures read 2-1-4-2.

    Bangladesh captain Shakib Al Hasan gave the first breakthrough by claiming opener Danushka Gunathilaka (4). Shakib struck in his comeback after he made it to the team after sitting out of the previous matches due to a finger injury.

    Mustafizur was also involved in the run out of Upul Tharanga (5) in his second over, as the sixth over yielded two wickets.

    The back of Sri Lankan batting was broken by the end of powerplay overs as they were reduced to 35 for 4 at the end of sixth over.

    Mehidy Hasan Miraz joined the party by removing Jeevan Mendis in the ninth over as Sri Lanka lost half of their batsmen for just 41 runs. This was before Thisara and Kusal resurrected the Sri Lankan innings with a stunning batting display.

  • It said that of the USD 5 trillion figure, services sector could contribute about USD 3 trillion, while industries and agricultural sectors could account for USD 1 trillion each.

    This was discussed during the first meeting of the Working Group on making India a USD 5 trillion economy yesterday.

    The meeting was chaired by Commerce and Industry Minister Suresh Prabhu, who pointed out that the present USD 2.6 trillion Indian economy will become a USD 5 trillion in due course.

    "The key was the timeline within which it will be achieved. The objective of constituting the Working Group was to chart out this timeline, along with suitable strategies to achieve the same," the ministry said in a statement.

    It was decided to set up smaller groups to work out the sectoral targets and the roadmap ahead, it said.

    It added that the key points highlighted in the meeting include that India has the largest population of millennials and it was crucial to fulfil their aspirations by creating appropriate physical and social infrastructure.

    Several tier-II cities need to be created to make growth more inclusive.

    "Growth of GDP will come from four items -- Government expenditure, Private Expenditure, Investment and Exports, " it said adding Strategies under each need to be carried out on the ground.

    Greater private investment in infrastructure and asset recycling by moving towards private ownership of assets like ports, airports, bus operations needs to be encouraged, it said adding the growth needs to come from the Indian States and further below from the districts too.

    It was emphasised in the meeting on the need to strengthen institutions including the regulatory framework. "Institutions in India need to be stronger, including the regulatory framework. There needs to be rationalisation of laws that allow sensible regulations, transparency and fairness," it said.

    "Around 80 per cent of the global trade happens through Global Value Chains (GVCs). Indian industry needs to align itself with these GVCs. Most of the enterprises involved in GVCs are medium enterprises. It is this category that needs to expand," the statement said.

  • On March 11, over 2900 deputies of the NPC have voted for the constitutional amendment for removing the two-term limit for President and Vice President proposed by the ruling Communist Party of China, (CPC).

    Originally Xi is set to retire by 2023 as head of the CPC, the military and Presidency following a two-term limit followed by his predecessors. He became president in 2013.

    The two-term limit was adopted by the party after Mao's death to ensure collective leadership to avert mistakes like the dreaded cultural revolution in which millions were killed.

    While Xi was elected unanimously by the deputies, Wang was elected with 2969, one vote against.

    Wang is the most feared official in China as he carried out the anti-corruption campaign for the past five years initiated by Xi in which over 1.5 million officials including over 100 ministers and top generals were punished making it the biggest such crackdown in China's recent history.

    Except Premier Li Keqiang, all top posts including the entire cabinet besides Governor of the Central Bank will be new set of officials.

    From India's perspective for the new line-up of officials, China's Foreign Minister Wang Yi was widely expected to be elevated to be State Councillor which makes him the top diplomat of the country.

    The elevation will entail him to become China's Special Representative for India-China boundary talks. The post is currently held by Yang Jiechi who has been elevated to the politburo, the top policy body of the ruling Communist Party of China, (CPC).

    The line-up of the new government will be announced today, the South China Morning Post reported.

  • Jaitley said the modalities of giving the special package were agreed way back in September 2016 but the state government only in January this year suggested a change in route of receiving funds, to which the Centre agreed but has not heard from it ever since.

    The Telugu Desam Party, which has 16 MPs in the 545-member Lok Sabha, first pulled out its ministers from the Narendra Modi government and recently decided to quit the alliance itself.

    Jaitley said the modalities of giving the special package were agreed way back in September 2016 but the state government only in January this year suggested a change in route of receiving funds, to which the Centre agreed but has not heard from it ever since. The Telugu Desam Party, which has 16 MPs in the 545-member Lok Sabha, first pulled out its ministers from the Narendra Modi government and yesterday decided to quit the alliance itself. The party, which is in power in Andhra Pradesh, had been demanding greater financial assistance to make up for the disadvantage it has been put to since its division in 2014. Jaitley, however, said the Centre has been fully committed to giving the promised funds to the state and there has been no delay on its part. He said the so-called special category status cannot be given to Andhra Pradesh in its literal sense after implementation of the award of 14th Finance Commission, which deals with sharing of central government's financial resources with the states.

    The constitutionally-mandated Commission gave increased share of states fund in central taxes to 42% from 32% previously and meeting revenue deficit in case any state needs to be extraordinarily compensated.

    The minister said a special category state gets to pay just 10% share of the money to be spent on a centrally sponsored scheme in comparison to general category states having to pay 40%. The remaining 90% in case of special category states and 60% in general category states is borne by the Centre. The 30% equivalent advantage that the special category states had was agreed to be given to Andhra Pradesh for five years.

    Andhra Pradesh, he said, suggested that this should come to it in form of external aided projects wherein the repayment is 90% borne by the Centre and 10% by the state.

  • PM Modi will address the farmers and lay the foundation stone for 25 Krishi Vigyan Kendras and unveil a portal on organic farming. The Krishi Mela this year will be significant owing to the interests of farmers and those involved in allied sectors. More than 900 stalls have been set up.

    The centre is putting in sincere efforts to ensure welfare and progress of the farmers as the Modi govt aims to double their income by achieve this the govt has to ensure that allied sectors like animal husbandry, fisheries and dairy farming ring in more revenues which eventually would bring in 'achhe din'. The government has ensured that the schemes are implemented at ground level so that the real beneficiaries are covered. The transformation of the farming sector in past four years is being showcased at the Krishi Unnati Mela which kicked off on Friday 16th March at The Indian Agricultural Research Institute. Spread over 3 days, the Mela will witness PM Modi's participation on 17th March when he will address the farmers and lay the foundation stone for 25 Krishi Vigyan Kendras and unveil a portal on organic farming.

    The Krishi Mela this year will be significant owing to the interests of farmers and those involved in allied sectors .more than 900 stalls have been set up.The Mela has imbibed PM Modi's farmer centric vision as exclusive theme based pavilions have been set up that aim to-

    1. double the farmers' income by 2022

    2. encourage organic farming

    3. give boost to cooperatives sector

    4. ensure farmers establish direct contacts with companies manufacturing seeds, fertiliser and pesticides

    5. popularize dairy, animal husbandry, fisheries and horticulture

    Apart from stalls of Indian Council of Agricultural Research, the Indian Agricultural Research Institute, Ministry of Food Processing Industries, Ministry of Commerce and Industry, Ministry of Textiles, North Eastern council will also set up stalls at the Mela.

    PM Modi will confer Krishi Karman Award and Pandit Deen Dayal Upadhaya Krishi Vigyan Protsahan Puruskar to progressive farmers and states on the occasion.

  • The National Election Quiz 2018 (NEQ 2018), organized by the Election Commission of India covering the entire country, has attracted a record participation of 13,63,982 students from 38,160 schools.

    The marathon quiz programme began in November 2017. It had six fiercely contested zonal level episodes, culminating in the grand finale in New Delhi on March 11, 2018. Winning teams from the six zones, Manipur, Puducherry, Goa, Delhi, Jharkhand and Jammu & Kashmir, contested for the prestigious trophy in the finale. Several intra-school, district and state rounds were held earlier to select zonal level contestants with the help of state education authorities.

    The trophy of the NEQ-2018 has been lifted by Madhur Jain and Aditya Kumar of the DPS, Ranchi, Jharkhand. The first runner up position was sealed by St. Patrick Matriculation Higher Secondary School, Puducherry, represented by V.Vishnu Priya and R.Mithun Krishna. Shangker Singh Laishram and Ashmaan Mainali of the Jawahar Navodaya Vidyalaya, Senapati, Manipur emerged the second runners up. The grand finale has been anchored by the renowned quiz master Shri Vikram Joshi.

    The grand prize of the NEQ 2018 carried a cash award of Rs 1,00,000. The first runner up team gets Rs 80,000 and the second runner up Rs 60,000. The other three finalist teams took home the cash purse of Rs 50,000. An audience response round was one of the features in each zonal episode that ensured popular response to the quiz programmes. Attractive prizes were given away by the ECI to the first 50 correct responses from the audience.

    All seven episodes of the NEQ 2018 were telecast live by the Rajya Sabha Television. In addition, the final episode was live-streamed in the social media site Facebook India. The seven-episode series was premiered on the National Voters Day on 25th January, 2018, that included the hour-long grand finale. The cumulative viewership of the NEQ 2018 in social media has crossed 2 lakh till 15th March, 2018.

    The content of the NEQ-2018 included a range of subjects like Elections in India, the History of Democracies and Elections, the Voting Processes, Types of Elections, Voter Education and Literacy, National Voters Day, Election Terminologies, Elections Across the World, Electoral Management Bodies and a plethora of election-related topics.

    The NEQ 2018 is an initiative by the Systematic Voters’ Education and Electoral Participation (SVEEP) programme of the Election Commission of India. It forms part of its initiatives to promote electoral literacy among youngsters in the age group of 14 to 17. The Interactive School Engagement (ISE) and the recently launched Electoral Literacy Clubs (ELC) also form part of the SVEEP programmes.

  • Citing unnamed sources, The Hollywood Reporter and Variety reported that the Academy had received three claims of sexual harassment against John Bailey on Wednesday and began an investigation. They did not give details.

    Neither the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences nor a representative for Bailey returned requests for comment. Bailey, 75, a movie director and cinematographer, was elected president of the Academy in August 2017.

    The Variety report came two weeks after the annual Oscar ceremony, where the sexual misconduct scandal that has rocked Hollywood was a key topic.

  • Priced at 7,728 euros ($9,489) and covered in edible gold, the chocolate is part of a limited edition of 1,000 bonbons. It has a filling of saffron threads, white truffle, vanilla from Madagascar and gold flakes. It was guarded by two uniformed men.

    Its creator, Portuguese chocolatier Daniel Gomes, said the diamond-shaped chocolate was certified as the world's most expensive by the Guinness Book of Records, which in 2017 listed $250 La Madeline au Truffe made by Danish artisan chocolate-maker Fritz Knipschildt's as the record holder.

     "It's the world's priciest because it's filing with the most expensive spices in the world, saffron threads, Perigord white truffle and truffle oil, that gives the creaminess to candy, gold flakes and vanilla from Madagascar and as you can see the it has the format of an diamond that is covered with a layer of 23 carats gold."

    Its crown-shaped box is decorated with 5,500 Swarovksi crystals and also carries personalised pincers.

  • Beginning in March 2016, or possibly earlier, Russian government hackers sought to penetrate multiple U.S. critical infrastructure sectors, including energy, nuclear, commercial facilities, water, aviation and manufacturing, according to a U.S. security alert published Thursday (March 15).

    Thursday's alert provided a link to an analysis by the U.S. cyber security firm Symantec last fall that said a group it had dubbed Dragonfly had targeted energy companies in the United States and Europe and in some cases broke into the core systems that control the companies' operations.

    Malicious email campaigns dating back to late 2015 were used to gain entry into organizations in the United States, Turkey and Switzerland, and likely other countries, Symantec said at the time, though it did not name Russia as the culprit.

    News of the hacking campaign targeting U.S. power companies first surfaced in June in a confidential alert to industry that described attacks on industrial firms, including nuclear plants, but did not attribute blame.

    "This is actually the reference to the previous Dragonfly attacks that we talked about last year, basically," said Eric Chien, technical director of Symantec's Security Technology and Response division. "CERT (United States Computer Emergency Readiness Team) has basically released some additional indicators related to those attacks and the U.S. government has stated that Russia is actually behind those attacks and has implemented sanctions accordingly."

    The Department of Homeland Security and FBI said in the alert that a "multi-stage intrusion campaign by Russian government cyber actors" had targeted the networks of small commercial facilities "where they staged malware, conducted spear phishing, and gained remote access into energy sector networks." The alert did not name facilities or companies targeted.

    The direct condemnation of Moscow represented an escalation in the Trump administration's attempts to deter Russia's aggression in cyberspace, after senior U.S. intelligence officials said in recent weeks the Kremlin believes it can launch hacking operations against the West with impunity.

    It coincided with a decision Thursday by the U.S. Treasury Department to impose sanctions on 19 Russian people and five groups, including Moscow's intelligence services, for meddling in the 2016 U.S. presidential election and other malicious cyber attacks. Russia in the past has denied it has tried to hack into other countries' infrastructure, and vowed on Thursday to retaliate for the new sanctions.

    Russian businessman Evgeny Prigozhin, one of those indicted by Mueller and hit with sanctions on Thursday, said in comments cited by RIA news agency that he already had been hit with U.S. sanctions "maybe three or four times - I'm tired of counting."

  • Plastic bags, often used for carrying sacrament and footwear by devotees, will be replaced by bags made from starch granules extracted from maize and potatoes, among other things, chairman of Punjab Pollution Control Board (PPCB), Kahan Singh Pannu, told reporters in northern Amritsar city.

    "Instead of plastic bags, other bags are now available which are made of starch granules extracted from maize, potatoes and other things." Pannu said.

    Reportedly, 265 quintals of plastic bags are used at the shrine every year. Punjab officially banned plastic bags in 2016. However, they continue to be widely used in view of absence of an alternative.

    A 2015 report by the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) said Indian cities produced more than 15,000 tonnes of plastic waste every day. Of this, 9,000 tonnes were collected and processed, while the rest littered the streets and drains, or was dumped in landfill. In 2016, Prime Minister Narendra Modi noted that cows were dying after consuming plastic.

  • The regional court in Oldenburg said in a statement that it would hear the proceedings against 41-year-old Niels Hoegel, accused of being the worst serial killer in German post-war history, which are expected to last until at least May. The trial will take place in a large hall in the city to accommodate "120 co-plaintiffs, their 17 lawyers, interested members of the public and reporters".

    Hoegel has admitted to injecting patients with drugs that cause heart failure or circulatory collapse so he could then try to revive them and, when successful, shine as a saviour before his medical peers and superiors. In a case police have called "unique in the history of the German republic," he earlier testified that at times he acted out of "boredom", feeling euphoric when he managed to bring a patient back to life.

    He was found guilty of six killings in two earlier trials, but investigators have pushed on with toxicology tests on hundreds more exhumed bodies.

    In January, Oldenburg prosecutors said they had charged him with 97 additional murders on top of the six he has been convicted of, while saying toxicology tests did not find conclusive proof in three more cases.

    Hoegel was jailed for life in 2015, but at the time it was suspected he had murdered many more patients, with investigators admitting they may never know the true number as some remains had been cremated.

  • President  Ram Nath Kovind will visit Odisha on March 17 to 18, 2018. This will be his first visit to the State as President of India. On March 17, 2018, the President will commence his engagements by paying tributes to Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose at his birthplace in Cuttack.  

    Later, he will dedicate the Anand Bhawan Museum and Learning Centre – a memorial to the late Chief Minister Biju Patnaik - to the people of Odisha in Cuttack.  On the same day, he will also deliver the third foundation day lecture at the National Law University, Cuttack. 

    On March 18, 2018, the President will address the centenary celebrations of the Rashtriya Sanskrit Sansthan in Puri.  

    On the same day, in Bhubaneswar, the President will grace the convocation of IIT Bhubaneswar as well as inaugurate the ICT-IOC (Institute of Chemical Technology –Indian Oil Corporation) Bhubaneswar campus. The President  will also lay the foundation stone for the Skill Development Institute of Oil PSUs, before returning to Delhi.  

  • The Telugu Desam has parted ways with the National Democratic Alliance. The decision was announced by Party leader and Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N. Chandra Babu Naidu in Amaravati on Friday. A no confidence motion was moved by the YSR congress, which has 9 MPs in the Lok Sabha.

    Such a motion can only be moved with the support of over 50 MPs. Government says that the NDA has a clear majority and that the Prime Minister has confidence of the people of the country. Parliamentary Affairs Minister Ananth Kumar said the government is ready to face any such challenge on the floor of the house.

    The TDP ministers in the Union Govt. P Ashok Gajapati Raju and Y S Chowdary had resigned on March 8 after meeting the prime minister. The parties from Andhra Pradesh are protesting against the Centre's refusal to grant Special Category Status to Andhra Pradesh.

    After Friday's decision to sever links with the NDA, the TDP which has 16 MPs in the Lok Sabha, says they will move a no confidence motion in the house on Monday, with the appropriate number of signatures.

  • Olympic silver medallist shuttler P V Sindhu produced a top-notched performance to eke out a thrilling three-game victory over 2016 champion Nozomi Okuhara of Japan to progress to her maiden semifinal at the USD 1000,000 All England Championship in Birminghamon Friday.

     The quarterfinal clash lived up to its billing as Sindhu and Okuhara strained every sinew to dish out yet another nail-biting contest at the Arena Birmingham. It boiled down to finding the right balance of aggression and patience and Sindhu ensured that she had the last laugh as she outwitted Okuhara 20-22 21-18 21-18 in a battle that lasted an hour and 24 minutes.

     With this victory, Sindhu registered her fifth win over the Nagano-born World No. 6 Japanese, who robbed her of a World Championship gold at Glasgow after a 110 minute marathon battle which went down in history as one of the greatest.

     Seventh seeded Okuhara used long tosses and clears and cross court drops to make Sindhu run around the court. Sindhu was equally up to the task and the result was that the duo split the initial eight points.
     Sindhu gained a 6-4 lead briefly after an unsuccessful referral by Okuhara. However, a bad judgement at the baseline by Sindhu saw the score levelled. The Indian again grabbed the slender two point lead when her opponent hit wide twice.

     But a couple of body smashes helped Okuhara to claw back at 8-8. After a few more nail-biting rallies, Sindhu sent one to the net to give a slender 11-10 lead to Okuhara at the first break.
     Okuhara showed immaculate defence to maintain her one point advantage at 12-11 when she pushed one at the back after Sindhu responded with a barrage of smashes. A towering smash and soft drop near the court gave Sindhu the lead, which swelled after Okuhara served at the net and sent one wide.

     However, it was even stevens once again when a stretched Sindhu sent one to net and Okuhara then unleashed a smash on the Indians forehand. The duo moved neck and neck from 16-16 to 19-19. Okuhara then sent one over the back line to hand over a game point to Sindhu, whose return got buried at the net after breaking the strings of her racquet as it was 20-20.

     Sindhu then lost two successive challenges after her and Okuhara's shots went wide as the Japanese earned the bragging rights. There was absolutely no let up in intensity after the change of sides as the duo engaged in a battle of attrition again. Sindhu managed a 3-1 lead initially but Okuhara once again clawed her way back after bulldozing the Indian with a barrage of body smashes and then went on to lead with a cross court return.

     Okuhara made it 6-4 before Sindhu drew parity after the Japanese hit the net twice. The Indian unleashed an explosive cross court smash to grab the lead. Okuhara then left one at the back line but Sindhu served long next. Sindhu had a 9-7 lead but she was called for delaying the match by the chair umpire and next she lost two points as the score got locked again. A flat return on the forecourt and then a return at the back from close to the net gave Sindhu a 11-9 lead at the breather.

     However, the marginal lead evaporated instantly after the interval as Okuhara used her drops to good use. Okuhara erred with her net strokes twice and then sent one out as Sindhu enjoyed a three point lead for the first time at 14-11, which she extended to 16-13. The Japanese constructed the rallies superbly and sealed it with a smash to again erase the deficit and grabbed a two point lead when Sindhu erred at the net twice.

     Okuhara missed the line next and then one went to net as it was 18-18 again. Okuhara missed the line twice again to hand over game points to Sindhu, who grabbed it this time when the Japanese miscued her stroke. In the decider, Okuhara looked to assert her supremacy early on as she moved to 4-1 lead. A thunderous smash followed from the Indian who produced another smashing return to narrow the gap to 4-5. Sindhu then drew parity at 6-6 when Okuhara found the net.

     A deft block by Sindhu took her to 8-6 but the Indian sent a low lift to net and then went wide as it was 8-8. An unsuccessful challenge by Okuhara gave another point to Sindhu who blew it again. At the break, Okuhara held a one point lead after Sindhu went wide again. After the breather, Okuhara extended her lead to 14-11. A reverse slice gave Sindhu a point but she committed two unforced errors as Okuhara jumped to 16-12.

     Sindhu then closed out the net and sent Okuhara to the corners with her acute returns to reel off four points to level par. She went long next before unleashing another powerful smash to grab the lead. But she was handed a yellow card for slow play. She fought back with a reverse slice to move to 18-17 but a desperate return ended at the net. The Indian dominated the net next and then sent one to the back line to grab two match points and then sealed the contest with another precise on-the-line return, much to the delight of the Indian fans. 

  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi  said that for him Rising India means the rising of pride of over 1.25 billion Indians. The Prime Minister was addressing the Rising India Summit 2018 organised by a leading media group in New Delhi. The Prime Minister said the coming together of the strong willpower of millions of Indians is realising the resolve of New India.

     The Prime Minister said that it is the determination of people of India to rid the country of corruption that efforts taken by government in this regard are showing concrete results. He said the government has been able to take major decisions only because of the inspiration received from the people of the country.

    The Prime Minister said that the government is working at a fast pace on its resolve to 'Act Fast for India's North East' to develop that part of the country. He added that government is ensuring that the projects pending for long are completed so that people and the states facing the imbalance with regard to development are benefited.

    The Prime Minister said that under the massive electrification drive launched by his government, thousands of villages without electricity since independence have finally been lit. He said that any of these villages are in the North eastern part of the country.

    The Prime Minister said that his government is aiming at setting up health wellness centers at all the major panchayats in the country. He added that because of the stress on immunization given by his government, the overall immunization percentage has improved.

  • German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier will visit India from March 22 to 25 with an aim to strengthen bilateral ties. It will be his first visit to India as the German President. The visit is significant as it will be the President's first visit after the new German government was sworn in recently.

    Apart from his engagements in New Delhi, the German President will also visit Varanasi and Chennai.He had visited India several times in his former capacity as the Foreign Minister and Vice Chancellor of Germany.

    The last German President to visit India was Joachim Gauck in February 2014.Germany is India's largest trading partner in Europe and the sixth largest trading partner in the world.India was ranked 24th in Germany's global trade.

  • Indian Railways has introduced an innovative analytical approach to optimize the deployment of electric and diesel locomotivesrun passenger trains.  This involves use of a software based mathematical decision support system to increase the productivity of locomotives.

    Indian Railways has a fleet of about 3300 electric and diesel locomotive running passenger trains across the country.  Locomotives are deployed to run passenger trains through cyclic schedules called locomotive links.  Hitherto, locomotive links were being manually prepared by the respective sixteen zones to operate the trains allocated to the zones.

     Ministry of Railways, with the help of experts, has evolved and implemented the software based decision support system to optimize the deployment of locomotives to run passenger trains at an all India level.  

    The decision support system utilizes a mathematical model to work out the minimum number of locomotives required to run all the passenger trains as per time table while meeting the maintenance and operations requirements.

     A pilot optimization exercise has been conducted by Transformation Cell of Railway Board, with active participation of all the sixteen zonal railways.

     This has resulted in reorganizing of locomotive links, which will save 30 diesel and 42 electric locomotives (costing about Rs.720 crores) being currently run in passenger services.

     The revised links are under implementation.  These 72 locomotives released from passenger operations will be utilized to run additional freight trains and earn additional revenues.

  • Number of beneficiaries enrolled under Pradhan Mantri Matru VandanaYojana has increased to 17,66,423. Every day on an average, around 50, 000 new applications are received for enrolment. So far, Rs. 2048.21 Crores to all 36 States/UTs have been sanctioned under PMMVY out of which Rs. 2042.09 Crores have been released till date.

    Government  has approved Pan-India implementation of PMMVY in all districts of the country from 01.01.2017 under which the eligible beneficiaries getRs. 5,000/- under PMMVY and the remaining cash incentive as per approved norms towards Maternity Benefit under Janani Suraksha Yojana  after institutional delivery so that on an average, a woman gets Rs. 6000/-.

    The Scheme Implementation Guidelines, the software for roll out of the Scheme i.e. Pradhan MantriMatruVandanaYojana - Common Application Software (PMMVY- CAS) and its User Manual were launched on 01.09.2017 by the Hon’ble Minister of Women & Child Development, SmtManeka Sanjay Gandhi. PMMVY is being implemented in collaboration with State Governments.

    The maternity benefits under Pradhan MantriMatruVandanaYojana are available to all Pregnant Women & Lactating Mothers (PW&LM) except those in regular employment with the Central Government or State Government or Public Sector Undertaking or those who are in receipt of similar benefits under any law for the time being in force, for first living child of the family as normally, the first pregnancy of a woman exposes her to new kind of challenges and stress factors.

  • Vice President  M. Venkaiah Naidu said that bring-in greater transparency, ethical corporate behavior and enhanced accountability into our corporate governance system. Addressing the inaugural session of the 58th National Cost Convention of Institute of Cost Accountants of India the Vice President said that no true development can be said to be meaningful unless it incorporates the needs of the farming sector.

    He said that government  is taking measures to double their income by 2022 adding that food security is one of India’s top policy priorities and doubling of farmers’ real income is the need of the hour. He further said that talking about the role of professional bodies like ICAI must be in the forefront in the fight against fraud and corruption.

    You can help bring in greater transparency, ethical corporate behavior and enhanced accountability into our corporate governance system, he added.

    The Vice President called on CMA professionals can expedite FDI by effective valuation of assets, liabilities, stocks, properties to facilitate investors to make the right financial decisions and fulfill regulatory obligations. Introduction of GST and the inclusion of anti-profiteering clause in the act, made it mandatory to pass on the benefit of tax reduction or input tax credit to the final customer, he added.

  • Union Minister for Water Resources, River Development and Ganga Rejuvenation Nitin Gadkari today inaugurated the 5th 'Nadi Mahotsava' in Hoshangabad District of Madhya Pradesh. Addressing the gathering, the minister said that the pioneering event like 'Nadi Mahotsava' will not only revive rivers, but also improve the condition of people living on their banks.

    He said that people should come forward to cooperate in efforts of water preservation.
    He also said that that the pioneering event like Nadi Mahotsava started by late Union Minister Anil Madhav Dave will not only revive rivers, but also improve the condition of people living on their banks.

    The union Minister said the biggest problem is making water available to one and all.

    The 'Nadi Mahotsava' event was also addressed by Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chauhan, who listed out various steps taken by the govt for preservation of water.

  • The Lower House proceedings were washed out for the 10th consecutive day following incessant protests and sloganeering by various parties, including TDP, YSR Congress, AIADMK and RJD over multiple issues.As the uproar continued, House was adjourned till Monday. Rajya Sabha too witnessed uproar by opposition, and was adjourned till Monday.

    Earlier, three new Lok Sabha MPs who have recently won by polls took oath in parliament. These three MPs include Sarfaraz Alam, Nagendra Pratap Singh Patel, and Praveen Kumar. Besides, House also paid respect to three departed former members and noted cosmologist Stephen Hawking, who passed away this week.

    Tributes were also paid to nine CRPF personnel, who were martyred in a IED blast in Chhattisgarh, on March 13.

  • Hundreds of people gathered in Sydney's Hyde Park on Friday (March 16) to protest the arrival of Cambodia Prime Minister Hun Sen for the ASEAN-Australia Special Summit. The United Nations, Western nations and rights groups have decried a crackdown by Hun Sen against his critics ahead of a July general election.

    Hun Sen stirred anger in the local Cambodian community when he warned potential protesters against burning effigies of him in Sydney, saying: "I will follow you all the way to your doorstep and beat you right there ... I can use violence against you."

    Despite the threat, hundreds protested, demanding the release of political prisoners and Kem Sokha, head of the now dissolved Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP), who was arrested on September 3 amid a crackdown on critics of authoritarian Prime Minister Hun Sen.

    The inclusion of Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi in the meeting has drawn criticism, with Amnesty International staging a protest on Sydney Harbour to draw attention to the treatment of nearly 700,000 Rohingya who have fled Myanmar after militant attacks on Aug. 25 sparked a crackdown led by security forces in the western Rakhine state that the United Nations and United States have said constituted ethnic cleansing.

    Australia is hosting the special meeting, despite not being a member of the 10-nation bloc, as it seeks to tighten political and trade ties in the region amid China's rising influence.

  • A place in the final at stake, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh would expect their batsmen to fire as they lock horns in a virtual semi-final of the Nidahas Twenty20 tri-series.

    While Bangladesh batting line-up has been bolstered by return of their premier all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan, hosts Sri Lanka still have to do the job without their regular skipper Dinesh Chandimal, who is serving a two-match suspension.

    Thisara Perera will continue as skipper in Chandimal's absence.

    Shakib had missed the previous matches of the series due to a finger injury.

    The winner will play India in the title-clash on Sunday.

    Both teams have two points with a victory each. Sri Lanka had surprised India in the tournament-opener while Bangladesh convincingly chased down a massive target of 215, set by the hosts, last week.

    In case of a washout, Sri Lanka will proceed to the final, courtesy their better net run-rate. Save last week's defeat, Sri Lanka's recent record against Bangladesh has been impressive. They beat Bangladesh in an away Test and in a T20 series apart from winning the final of the ODI tri-series, which also involved Zimbabwe.

    The home side will rely on the batting efforts of Kusal Mendis, who has been in good form, along with Kusal Perera, Upul Tharanga and skipper Thisara Perera.

    Bangladesh will be aiming for more consistency from their top-order which delivered in one game but disappointed in the couple of other matches against India.

    Mushfiqur Rahim will look to continue from where he left against India while Shakib Al Hasan's surprise return will give a much-needed confidence boost to Bangladesh ahead of their do-or-die game.

    Bangladesh skipper Mahmudullah admitted that their batters need to step up.

    "We are looking forward to the Sri Lanka game. We will try to come hard at them. Our effort (against India) was there but we needed someone else to contribute with the bat. We wanted a flying start, but the early wickets made us lose momentum. Also, if we had conceded 10 less runs then we could have won. While bowling, our plan was to bowl the yorker but we didn't execute them properly," he said.

  • Prime Minister laid the foundation stone of the National Sports University, residential complexes for teachers, doctors and nurses, and other development projects at the Luwangpokpa Multi-Sports Complex in Luwangsangbam in Imphal in Manipur. Besides, Prime Minister also inaugurated 1000 Anganwadi Centers, new hostel for girls in the tribal area, the Luwangpokpa Multi-Sports Complex and Rani Gaidinliu Park. Besides, also honoured world-renowned boxing champion & Rajya Sabha member Mary Kom at the event.

    Earlier, Prime Minister also visited the exhibition, showcasing the charm and beauty of the north-east. The ambit of products showcased at the exhibition included a wide range of hand-crafted products.


    Later, Prime Minister also addressed the gathering. Prime Minister said these projects which were launched or unveiled are aimed at empowering youth and women, besides connecting North East with rest of the country. Prime Minister said that these projects will take the state to new heights.

    Prime Minister said that woman power in Manipur has always been a source of inspiration for the country.

    Prime Minister also said that India's growth story shall never be complete until the eastern part of our country progresses at par with the western part. The North-East can be the New Engine of India's growth.

    PM said that seven out of eight States of North Eastern India are connected by rail network now. Projects are going on to connect remaining State capitals including Imphal in North East to broad gauge network.

  • Nepal's bowlers laid the platform for the comprehensive win, with Sandeep Lamichhane and Dipendra Airee taking four wickets apiece to dismiss their opponents for 114 in just 27.2 overs at Old Hararians Sports Club.

    It was another disappointing batting display from PNG, who have now been bowled out for 200 or fewer in four of their five matches in the competition. The defeat confirms they will lose their ODI status.

    Paras Khadka's decision to field upon winning the toss was vindicated when Sompal Kami trapped Assad Vala, the PNG skipper, lbw in the third over for 10. Karan KC then got into the act, getting rid of the dangerous Tony Ura for 11, as the scoreboard read 29/2.

    Chad Soper and Sese Bau took PNG past the 50-mark, sharing a third-wicket stand of 22, but from then on Nepal's bowlers ran amok.

    Lamichhane, the 17-year-old leg-spinner, was irrepressible once again, claiming figures of 4/29 to take his wicket tally for the tournament to 11. He took a wicket in each of his first four overs, trapping Soper lbw for 10 and then sneaking one past the defences of Bau (11) before accounting for Mahuru Dai (5) and Kiplin Doriga (10). That left PNG floundering at 78/6.

    Charles Amini and Jason Kila tried to rectify the damage by forging a 28-run stand for the seventh wicket, but then it was the turn of the off-spinner Airee to tear into PNG, taking the last four wickets to finish with the impressive figures of 4/14 - the 18-year-old's best in List A cricket.

    Amini was the first to fall to Airee, dismissed lbw for an innings top-score of 19, before the spinner saw off Kila (15) and Norman Vanua with successive deliveries. A fantastic reaction catch from keeper Anil Sah removed John Reva, ending the innings in double-quick time.

    Two early wickets gave PNG brief hope in Nepal's reply, Gyanendra Malla edging behind off Alei Nao and Sah trapped in front by Vanua to leave the score 13/2.

    Khadka, Nepal's captain and talisman, helped to settle the nerves with an 18-ball 20 before he mistimed a pull stroke off Reva and was pouched at mid-on.

    Nepal were not to be denied though, as Airee capped a fine individual display with a composed innings of 50* from 58 balls to see his side home. He was ably supported by Aarif Sheikh, who chipped in with a useful 26 before becoming Vanua's second victim, as Nepal reached their target with 27 overs to spare.

    Nepal will now take on the Netherlands in the seventh-place play-off in Kwekwe on Saturday, while PNG meet Hong Kong on the same day in Harare to decide who finishes ninth.

  • The encounter broke out after a failed bid to snatch the weapon of the personal security guard of a BJP leader. The terrorists yesterday tried to snatch the service rifle of constable Bilal Ahmad, who is the PSO of BJP leader Anwar Khan, at Balhama in Pulwama district. The police personnel accompanying Khan foiled the attempt, during which Ahmad received a bullet injury. He's said to be in a stable condition in hospital.The entire area has been cordoned off.and the search operation is underway at the encounter site as there were reports of third terrorist as well at the time of weapon snatching attempt.

    In another incident. Three terrorists have been arrested in the Budgam district yesterday..Acting on an intelligence input, the police and the Army conducted a joint raid and arrested three terrorists after recovering incriminating material including arms and ammunition from their possession. Police have also seized the vehicle used by the three terrorists.

    Bodies of two terrorists, arms & ammunition among other incriminating materials recovered in Srinagar's Khanmoh area following an encounter between security forces & terrorists yesterday. A case has been registered and the investigation is underway.


    Prime Minister Narendra Modi will address the farmers and agri-scientists tomorrow. He will also unveil a portal on organic farming and lay the foundation stone of 25 Krishi Vigyan Kendras. A theme pavilion on doubling of farmers income, organic farming, cooperatives, farm inputs, will be there to further assist farmers with the latest developments in the farming techniques.

    During the mela, latest agriculture and allied sector technologies will be displayed at more than 800 stalls.

  • Earlier, three new Lok Sabha MPs who have recently won by polls took oath in parliament. These three MPs include Sarfaraz Alam, Nagendra Pratap Singh Patel, and Praveen Kumar.

    Besides, before the House was adjourned, Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan also extended her greetings on New Vikram Samvat starting on 18th March.

  • Imphal is the second city in the North-East to host this prestigious event. Prime Minister hailed this as a testimony to the resurgent spirit of the North East.

    He said that it is time to redefine 'R&D' as 'Research' for the 'Development' of the nation. The theme of this year's Science Congress is reaching the unreached.

    PM Modi listed out the Science initiatives launched recently for the North-East.

    He urged scientists to give 100 hours every year to 100 students to fuel scientific temperament amongst the youth.

    PM also paid rich tributes to late British scientist Stephen Hawking.

    Union Minister for Science & Technology Dr Harsh Vardhan said that science in India is at its highest and we are improving on world ranking in the field of science and technology. Addressing the inaugural session of 105th Indian Science Congress at Manipur University in Imphal, the union minister said that India has the potential to be counted among the top three scientific nations in the world by 2030.

    The union minister said present government under the leadership of Prime Minister Narendra Modi has provided conducive environment to the scientists of the country.Hailing the Prime Minister as a great visionary, Dr Harshvardhan said that he has always been motivating his cabinet colleagues and officials to ensure that development reaches the unreached people of the country.

  • Now in its fourth edition, the "La Verticale de la Tour Eiffel" competition featured 129 runners from five continents, including 40 professional athletes.

    One by one, runners braved the tower's 1,665 steps to see who could reach the apex of the 324-meter (1,063-foot) structure in the fastest time possible.

    This year, defending champion Piotr Lobodzinski of Poland again won the men's event, reaching the tower's summit in seven minutes 56.67 seconds for his fourth consecutive victory.

    In the women's race, Suzy Walsham of Australia also fought off the challengers to retain the title she has now won for four years. She reached the top in 10 mins 02.70 seconds.

    For the organisers, this year's event aims to celebrate Paris's designation as the official city of the 2024 Olympics, they said in a press release.



    1. Piotr Lobodzinski (Poland) 07 mins 56.67 seconds

    2. Christian Riedl (Germany) 8:12.00

    3. Jacob Mayer (Austria) 8:19.29


    1. Suzy Walsham (Australia) 10:02.70

    2. Zuzana Krchova (Czech republic) 10:19.46

    3. Dominika Wisniewska-Ulfik (Poland) 10:34.18

  • Slovak President Andrej Kiska accepted the resignation and asked the Peter Pellegrini, Fico's deputy prime minister, to form a new government.

    The move is meant to keep the current three-party coalition in power and avoid the possibility of an early election.

    "I'm sure that a decision to create a new government is the right step," Fico said. "An early election would not bring any stability." Fico, who has led three Slovak governments in recent years, said he had no plans to leave politics.

    "I'm not going anywhere," Fico said. "I want to be an active chairman of a political party." His resignation came after tens of thousands of Slovaks joined anti-government protests across the country last week to demand the government's resignation and a thorough investigation into the shooting deaths of Jan Kuciak and Martina Kusnirova.

    Kuciak was writing about ties between the Italian mafia and people close to Fico when he was killed. The reporter also wrote about corruption scandals linked to Fico's leftist Smer Social Democracy party.

    The protests were the biggest in Slovakia since the 1989 anti-communist Velvet Revolution. More demonstrations are scheduled for Friday despite's Fico's move, said organizers who want to see a new election.

    "We have a historic chance to start ridding Slovakia of corruption," they said in a statement.

    Pellegrini, who also is from the Smer Social Democracy party, will form the same coalition as the previous government with the Most-Hid party representing ethnic Hungarians and the ultranationalist Slovak National Party.

    The coalition has a majority in the 150-seat Parliament, holding 79 seats.

    Pellegrini said he planned some changes to the government but gave no details.

    Earlier this week, the Most-Hid coalition party called for holding an early election but the party leadership changed its mind after Fico offered his resignation.

    Slovakia's next regular general election is due in 2020.

  • Seven union ministers including Ravi Shankar Prasad and Prakash Javadekar were declared elected unopposed to the Rajya Sabha on Thursday, while the stage is set for the March 23 contest in six states, including Uttar Pradesh from where Finance Minister Arun Jaitley is in the fray. Law Minister Prasad and HRD Minister Javadekar were elected from their homes states Bihar and Maharashtra.

    While Petroleum Minister Dharmendra Pradhan and Social Justice and Empowerment Minister Thawar Chand Gehlot made it to the Rajya Sabha from Madhya Pradesh.

    Health Minister J P Nadda got elected unopposed from Himachal Pradesh.


  • Apart from his engagements in New Delhi, the German President will also visit Varanasi and Chennai. He had visited India several times in his former capacity as the Foreign Minister and Vice Chancellor of Germany.

    The last German President to visit India was Joachim Gauck in February 2014.

  • Earlier on Thursday, President Ram Nath Kovind has said it is time to revitalise trade relations between India and Madagascar. which go back several centuries.

    At a joint address with his Madagascar counterpart to the business community in Anta-nana-rivo, the President said India is on a fast growth trajectory and Madagascar seeks investment and expertise. He said both countries can partner each other and cooperate in various fields including agriculture, food processing, health, gems and jewellery, tourism and infrastructure.

    The Madagascar President said that his country is committed to economic, reforms as it will create an investment-friendly climate. During his address to the Indian diaspora, the president called upon the young entrepreneurs to come forward to tap the potential that exists between the two countries.

  • Organisers, World Vision Germany, said 740 bears represented 7,40,000 refugee children currently being denied an education, many of them in camps near the Syrian border.

    One of the young people involved in the protest was 18-year-old Syrian refugee Hussam Alheraky. He said he was happy to be receiving an education in Germany, but wanted to highlight the fate of thousands of young refugees living in poor conditions in Jordanian border camps with no access to schooling.

    8-year old Syrian refugee, Hussam Alheraky said, "It's the seventh anniversary of the revolution. This means something big: that the world didn't do anything. The world has no conscience. If they had reacted, it (the war) wouldn't have lasted seven years."

    World Vision Germany head, Christoph Waffenschmidt said, "We took those teddy bears, 740, and we placed them on the stairs of the Konzerthaus, the concert hall here at the Gendarmenmarkt...they have not only lost their home when they had to flee from Syria, but without education, they will lose their future."

    World Vision Germany said the bears used in the protest would later be donated to refugee children in Berlin and Jordan.

  • Following a 1-1 draw in the first leg, the visitors fell behind after just 128 seconds as Lionel Messi shot through the legs of Thibaut Courtois from a tight angle. Malonso was then denied a penalty after a challenge by Gerard Pique as Barcelona joined La Liga rivals Real Madrid and Sevilla in Friday's quarter-final draw.

    Bayern Munich reached the Champions League quarter-finals for the seventh successive year with a thumping victory over Besiktas. The German champions led 5-0 on aggregate after the first leg, and Thiago's early goal in Istanbul extended their advantage. A Gokhan Gonul own goal immediately after half-time doubled Bayern's lead, before Vagner Love pulled one back. Sandro Wagner wrapped up a comfortable win for Bayern with a tap-in.

  • The walkway, which connected Florida International University to a student housing area, went up less than a week before.

    "We have located up to four victims. Four deceased," Miami-Dade Fire Chief Dave Downey told a news conference.

    Maurice Kemp, the area's deputy mayor, said the search for survivors had not yet been abandoned.

    "Miami-Dade county and our partner agencies... have been working feverishly in the search and rescue mode to ascertain how many victims there are and rescue as many as we can," Kemp told journalists.

    "We will continue in this mode until we are certain there are no more viable victims, and at some point, we will transition into an investigation and recovery mode, but we're not there yet," he said.

    Miami-Dade Fire Rescue Division Chief Paul Estopinan had earlier said that at least eight cars were trapped when the 950-ton (tonne) concrete bridge suddenly gave way.

    The bridge had only installed on Saturday, ahead if its planned opening in 2019.

    Isabella Carrasco, who said she arrived on the scene just after the collapse, told CNN that some cars were "completely crushed," and there was "just a lot of debris everywhere."

    She said she saw one woman get out of a car that was "just nicked" and rescue personnel performing life-saving CPR on another person in the street.

    Another shaken driver, Lynnell Collins, told CNN he was about to make a right turn when "the whole thing really just came down."

    'Whole thing broke'

    "After the whole thing broke, I was freaking out. I got out of my car and me and a few other people were sprinting over there. We started helping people whose cars were at least half crushed and whoever was easily saved."

    He said he saw two trucks that were "completely crushed."

    "We are shocked and saddened about the tragic events unfolding at the FIU-Sweetwater pedestrian bridge," Florida International University said in a statement.

    "At this time we are still involved in rescue efforts and gathering information."

    FIU had only recently been celebrating the installation of the bridge, which crossed a dangerous, heavily travelled section of highway that students said had been the scene of accidents.

    It had been erected using an accelerated modular building method that enabled it to go up in the space of a day.

    "We are stunned by today's tragic collapse of a pedestrian bridge," said FIGG Engineering Group, one of the partners involved in the walkway's construction.

    "We will fully cooperate with every appropriate authority in reviewing what happened and why," the firm said in a statement. 

    "In our 40-year history, nothing like this has ever happened before."

    "Continuing to monitor the heartbreaking bridge collapse at FIU - so tragic," President Donald Trump wrote on Twitter.

    "Many brave First Responders rushed in to save lives. Thank you for your courage. Praying this evening for all who are affected," he said.

    Bridge collapses in the United States are infrequent despite rising risks associated with ageing infrastructure.

    The deadliest this century was the 2007 collapse of an eight-lane bridge in Minneapolis, Minnesota, which killed 13 people.

  • Parliamentary proceedings saw repeated disruptions for the ninth straight day in the second phase of Budget session.

    Unrelenting protests by MPs of Congress and other political parties led to several adjournments before the 2 Houses were adjourned till Friday.

    In Lok Sabha, as soon as the House convened for the day, Congress-led opposition stormed the well raising slogans to press their demands.

    This led the Speaker to adjourn the house for an hour.

    The govt on its part tried in vain both inside and outside Parliament to impress upon the opposition  to not obstruct proceedings.

    Lok Sabha passed The Payment of Gratuity (Amendment) Bill amid din with a voice vote without debate.

    The bill seeks to make formal sector workers eligible for tax-free 20 lakh rupees gratuity up from the current ceiling of 10 lakh rupees at the time of leaving a job or superannuation.

    The Specific Relief (amendment) Bill was also passed by the House in a similar fashion.

    This Bill proposes to grant a party the right to seek damages from the other side in case of a breach of a business contract and reduce the discretion of courts in such matters.

    In Rajya Sabha too, uproarious scenes were witnessed and Zero Hour and Question Hour were lost to disruptions.

    Soon after it met for the day, Rajya Sabha Chairman Venkaiah Naidu allowed TDP MP YS Chowdhury to make a statement specifying the reasons for his resignation from the Union Council of Ministers. Soon the Chair adjourned the House till 2 pm amid protests by Congress members over Chowdhury's remarks.

    When it reassembled at 2 PM, opposition members trooped into the Well raising slogans forcing Deputy Chairman Kurien to adjourn the House till 3 PM.

    With the logjam continuing even at 3 PM, the house was adjourned for the day.

    There has been a near washout of the second part of the Budget Session...with the opposition refusing to relent on its demands.

    This has hampered transaction of legislative business. Many bills are pending and some like the Finance and Appropriation bills have had to be passed without debate.


  • These include Union Minister for Communications & IT Ravi Shankar Prasad from BJP, Vashishth Narain Singh and King Mahendra from Janata Dal United, Asfaq Kareem and Manoj Jha from Rashtriya Janata Dal and Akhilesh Prasad Singh from Congress.

    Thursday was the last date of withdrawal of nomination papers after which these candidates were declared unopposed.


  • In a marathon match, the fourth seed shuttler took more than a hour to beat Jindapol 21-13, 13-21, 21-18.

    After winning the first game easily, Sindhu found it difficult in the second game as she surrendered the game without giving much fight.

    In the decider game, it was neck and neck till the end but at 18-18 Sindhu took three straight points to wrap up the issue.

  • In a joint operation by the J&K police and the Army, a raid was carried out at the hideout of the terrorists after receiving information that they were planning some attack.

    Incriminating material including arms and ammunition was seized from the 2 terrorists.

    In another incident, a gunfight between terrorists and security forces was triggered after they attacked BJP leader Anwar Khan in the Khanmoh area of Pulwama district.

    The leader escaped unhurt but his PSO was injured. He's said to be in a stable condition in hospital. The area remains cordoned off.


  • March 15th is celebrated every year as World Consumer Rights Day to spread awareness about consumer rights and quick redressal of their grievances.

    The theme for this year is "Making Digital Markets Fairer".

    Minister for Consumer Affairs Ram Vilas Paswan inaugurated an event in New Delhi to mark the occasion where he said that the new Consumer Protection Bill which is under govt's consideration would replace the 30 year old Consumer Protection Act of 1986 once enacted.

    The bill makes substantial changes to the 1986 law and provides for meeting the challenges thrown up by the digitization of trade and business for effective consumer protection.

    He said that the bill will adequately address the issues of jurisdiction, scope of liability, executive action against unfair trade practices as well as alternate dispute resolution.

    He assured that under the new system, there would be hallmarking for jewellery to convey its quality to consumers.

    Greeting consumers, Prime Minister Narendra Modi tweeted: 'Government of India is not only focusing on consumer protection but also consumer prosperity'. 

    With the growth of the e-commerce sector, it has become pertinent to put in place adequate safeguards against risks associated with the electronic world.

    The consumer movement thus needs to expand its focus to include digital marketplaces with the objective of making them fair and secure.

  • When Prime Minister Narendra Modi tours Manipur on Friday, he will not only inaugurate the Indian Science Congress but he will also shower several developmental gifts on the state. The PM will either inaugurate or lay foundation stones of over a dozen projects at Luwangsangbam Multi Sports Complex in Imphal which will also be inaugurated during the event.

    -- Prominent among the projects being initiated by the PM is the first of its kind in the North-East, the National Sports University

    -- He will also launch an ecotourism project

    -- Sadbhavana Mandaps

    -- A thousand Anganwadi Centres

    -- 19 residential complexes for teachers, doctors & nurses

    Minister of State for Development of North East Region Dr Jitendra Singh and Sports Minister Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore will also be part of the occasion. Manipur Chief Minister N Biren Singh and several state ministers will be there as well.

    The PM will also honour world renowned boxing champion and Rajya Sabha member Mary Kom at the event and address the gathering.

    The Modi govt has put added emphasis on the development of the North-East region since it has been in office. Several infrastructure and development boosting works have been started and completed during its tenure & more are being added to the list on Friday.


  • The 5-day Congress which is being held in the Manipur University, will see the participation of over 5000 delegates comprising of scientists, scholars and corporate officials from different parts of the country and abroad.

    Notable among those addressing the congress is Nobel Laureate Prof Muhammad Yunus. Union Science and Technology Minister Dr. Harshvardhan will also address the Congress.

    This is 2nd time the Science Congress is being held in the north east. Earlier it was held at Shillong in 2009.

    This year the theme is Reaching the Unreached through Science & Technology. Scientists from across the world will look at bridging the Gap through Innovations. The thrust will be on science disciplines which impact society and sustainable development.

    The recurring theme of every session of the Indian Science Congress, since 2014 has been development. The theme in 2017 was Science & Technology for National Development, the year before that it was Science & Technology for Indigenous Development, in 2015 it was Science and Technology for Human Development and in 2014 it was Innovations in Science for Inclusive Development.

    Late Stephen Hawking the world renowned Physicist who passed away earlier this week, had once said, 'The greatest enemy of knowledge is not ignorance, it is the illusion of knowledge.' And events like the Indian Science Congress act as catalysts in busting the illusion of knowledge.


  • India has refused to be drawn into any controversy about the decision by Pakistan to call its High Commissioner to Islamabad for consultations. On the contrary, Ministry for External Affairs has said that many issues faced by Indian staff at the High Commission in Islamabad have not been addressed in a satisfactory way, adding that India does not raise issues via the media.

    India also downplayed the statements of visiting foreign dignitaries in Islamabad related to Kashmir, adding that if there is any place on earth that is a den of terrorism it is Pakistan.

  • The Indian football team has re-entered the top-100 of the FIFA world rankings and is now placed at the 99th spot in the latest chart released on Thursday.

    It has 339 points now and shares the 99th spot with Libya.

    The Indian team broke into the top 100 thrice last year, with the highest rank being 96. It's best record has been the 94th spot which it bagged in February 1996.

    Among Asian countries, the Indian team is now at 13th spot above the likes of Qatar, Oman, Jordan, Bahrain and North Korea.

    World champions Germany remain on the top of the overall chart, followed by Brazil, Portugal, Argentina, Belgium, Poland, Spain, Switzerland, France and Chile.


  • Disruptions and adjournments continue unabated in both the houses of parliament as a united and adamant opposition remains unmoved by repeated calls by chair and ministers to allow the proceedings to carry on. Lok Sabha was adjourned for the day amid noisy protests by various parties on issues including PNB scam.

    Amid protests by Opposition MPs Payment of Gratuity Amendment Bill 2017 was passed in Lok Sabha, which will make formal sector workers eligible for tax-free Rs 20 lakh gratuity. At present formal sector workers with five or more years of service are eligible for Rs 10 lakh tax-free gratuity after leaving a job or at time of superannuation. The lower house also passed the specific relief (amendment) bill 2017.

    Speaking in the lower house, Parliamentary Affairs Minister Ananth Kumar said that millions of workers will be benefited through Gratuity Amendment Bill 2018. He urged opposition members to participate in the legislation.

    Ananth Kumar expressed concern over repeated adjournments of both the houses and said that the government is ready to discuss all issues in parliament. He also appealed to the opposition to let the house function.

    The Rajya Sabha also faced repeated disruption. The upper house was adjourned twice in the day and finally the deputy chairman adjourned the house for the day following Congress uproar over various issues including former minister Y S Choudhary's statement on division of Andhra Pradesh.

    Home Minister Rajnath Singh said that parliamentary proceedings should not be obstructed in any situation. He said that the Govt is ready to discuss any issue on which the opposition wants debate.



  • The over 20 km-long Maj-lis Park-Durga-bai Deshmukh South Campus section of the much-awaited Delhi Metro's Pink Line was inaugurated on Wednesday.taking the operational span of the rapid transit network to 252 kms.

    Union Minister for Housing and Urban Affairs Hardeep Singh Puri and Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal ceremonially flagged it off from the Metro Bhawan during a function.

    The end-to-end travel time of the Majlis Park-Durgabai Deshmukh South Campus stretch is 34 minutes and will cost Rs 40.

    The new corridor has, for the first time, also connected the north and south campuses of the Delhi University, on the metro network, which can be commuted in 40 minutes.

    With the opening of the 21.56 km-long section, the Delhi Metro's operational network will expand to 252 km.