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  • Dr. Thawar Chand Gehlot, Union Minister, Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment (MoSJ&E) has stated that the Government is fully committed to eradicate manual scavenging through the ‘The Prevention of Employment as Manual Scavengers and their Rehabilitation Act, 2013’.

  • The President of India, Shri Ram Nath Kovind, paid floral tributes to Dr Shanker Dayal Sharma, former President of India, on his birth anniversary at Rashtrapati Bhavan today (August 19, 2019).

     

    Officers and staff of Rashtrapati Bhavan along with the family members of Dr Shanker Dayal Sharma also paid their respects on the occasion.

  • The Vice President, Shri M Venkaiah Naidu today called upon the Indian community in Lithuania to serve as a bridge in strengthening economic and cultural relations between the two countries.

    Addressing the Indian community at Vilnius, the capital of Lithuania on the second day of his three nation tour to the Baltic region, he said the bilateral trade between the countries was below potential and added that Lithuania could be an important technology partner for India, especially in areas such as lasers, renewable energy, agro-food processing and life sciences.

  • Union Minister of Home Affairs Shri Amit Shah addressed an audience on "Abolition of Triple Talaq - correction of a historic wrong" at the Constitution Club of India earlier today.

    Tracing the journey of the Act, Shri Shah said that he had spoken on the issue of Triple Talaq when it was in the ordinance format and when it was a bill.

  • “I reviewed the situation after the fire at AIIMS yesterday. The hospital area has not been affected by the fire and there has been no loss or damage to life.” This was stated by Dr. Harsh Vardhan, Union Minister of Health and Family Welfare after visiting the hospital and taking stock of the situation on site at AIIMS along with Director, AIIMS, New Delhi and senior faculty members today in the morning.

  • The 48-member Indian Team representing the country at WorldSkills Kazan 2019 was given a grand send-off at a ceremony in the capital today, organized by National Skill Development Corporation (NSDC) under the aegis of Ministry of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship (MSDE), to motivate the participants as they gear up to pit their skills against the best in the world.

  • As informed by CBI, Dr. Naresh Sharma, Dy. Drug Controller (I), CDSCO (Hq), New Delhi has been trapped and taken in custody by them on 16.08.2019 and legal investigation under Cr.No. and Section RC-29/2019 u/s 7 of PC Act, 1988 has been initiated.

  • Your Excellency Dr. Lotay Tshering Prime Minister of Bhutan, Honourable Members of the National Assembly and the National Council of Bhutan, Distinguished Vice Chancellor and Faculty Members of the Royal University of Bhutan,

     

    My young friends,

     

    Kuzo Zangpo La. Namaskar.

  • The Vice President, Shri M Venkaiah Naidu, who began a three-nation tour to the Baltic region today, briefed the Lithuanian President, Gitanas Nauseda on the recent decision of the Indian Government to abrogate Article 370 of the Constitution that conferred Special Status upon Jammu and Kashmir.

  • The Union Minister of Human Resource DevelopmentShri Ramesh Pokhriyal ‘Nishank’ today inaugurated the International Conference titled “Journey of Teacher Education: Local to Global” in New Delhi. The two-day event is being organized by the National Council of Teacher Education (NCTE) as part of silver jubilee celebration of its establishment in 1995.

  • Aadi Mahotsav (National Tribal Festival), a joint initiative of Ministry of Tribal Affairs, Government of India & Tribal Cooperative Marketing Development Federation of India (TRIFED) begins at Polo Ground, Leh-Ladakh today.

  • In the run-up to the United Nations Framework for Climate Change (UNFCC) Conference of Parties (COP-25) meet to be held later in the year from 2nd to 13th December, the BASIC countries held its 28th Ministerial meeting on Climate Change from 14th to 16th August in Sao Paulo, Brazil.

  • Advancing India’s outreach in the Baltic region, the Vice President of India, Shri M. Venkaiah Naidu has left here today on a three-nation visit to Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia. His visit is expected to enhance India’s bilateral ties with each of the three countries and help in promoting people-to-people contacts and business opportunities.

  • Raksha Mantri ShriRajnath Singh has approved setting up of a Committee under the Chairmanship of Director General (Acquisition) to review the Defence Procurement Procedure (DPP) 2016 and Defence Procurement Manual (DPM) 2009.

  • “Our responsibility doesn’t end by naming the Institute after Atal ji. We have to follow his footsteps and our commitment should reflect his inherent nature and legacy.” This was stated by Dr Harsh Vardhan, Union Minister of Health and Family Welfare at the inauguration of Atal Bihari Vajpayee Institute of Medical Sciences at Dr. Ram Manohar Lohia Hospital, here today.

  • In continuation of the meeting held on August 14, a Committee of senior officials of Ministry of Defenceled by Additional Secretary, Department of Defence Production alongwith Chairman, Ordnance Factory Board (OFB) once again met the office bearers of the All India Defence Employees Federation, Indian National Defence Workers Federation, Bhartiya Pratiksha Mazdoor Sangh and Confederation of Defence Recognized Association here today on the issue  of Strike notice  given by them starting with effect from August  20, 2019.

  • HonourableRakshaMantriShriRajnath Singh paid tributes to former Prime Minister AtalBihari Vajpayee on his first death anniversary at Pokhran Military Station. The ceremony was also attended by General BipinRawat, Chief of the Army Staff, Lieutenant General SK Saini, General Officer Commanding-in-Chief Southern Command, Lieutenant General VS Sreenivas, General Officer Commanding Konark Corps.

  • The Central Board of Secondary Education will conduct the 13th edition of Central Teacher Eligibility Test (CTET) on 08-12-2019 (Sunday). The test will be conducted in 20 (Twenty) languages in 110 cities all over the country.

  • Two Arrests have been made by the Directorate General of GST Intelligence (HQs) in cases of fraudulent IGST refund claims here, today. As per the statement of the DGGI (HQs), the action was taken on receipt of an input from Allahabad Bank, Paschim Vihar, New Delhi that suspicious transactions were noticed in the accounts of 4 proprietorship firms (Monal Enterprises & Ors.) wherein large quantum of IGST refunds had been received by them immediately after their opening, without any prior business transaction history.

  • In Badminton, BWF World Championships begins today at Basel in Switzerland. India's Sai Praneeth B will clash with Jason Anthony Ho-Shue of Canada, while hs prannoy will take on Finnish Eetu Antti Oskari Heino today.

  • In Jammu division of Jammu and Kashmir State, the situation is absolutely normal with all educational institutions and business establishments functioning normally today.

  • Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu has said Lithuania could be an important technology partner for India, as he underlined the immense potential for growth in bilateral trade.

  • The Supreme Court today dismissed a plea filed by Tehelka magazine founder Tarun Tejpal seeking quashing of charges framed against him in an alleged sexual assault case lodged by a former woman colleague.

  • The Supreme Court today granted two more weeks time to the CBI to complete the ongoing investigation into the road accident case in which the Unnao rape survivor and her lawyer have sustained critical injuries.

  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi has said that India and Bhutan are natural partners in bringing prosperity to their people.

  • Home Minister Amit Shah today said the politics of appeasement and vote bank were the reasons for the continuance of the evil practice of triple talaq, for so long.

  • In Jammu and Kashmir, situation remained peaceful today barring some minor stray incidents.

  • Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu said that Article 370 of the Constitution has been abrogated to ensure all-round development and extend benefits to the people of the newly-created Union Territories of Jammu & Kashmir and Ladakh.

  • Paralympics silver medallist Deepa Malik was today nominated for the country's highest sporting honour the Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna award along with Asian and Commonwealth Games champion wrestler Bajrang Punia.

  • President Ram Nath Kovind today inaugurated the Presidential Guest House named Jal Kiran at Raj Bhavan in Mumbai.The Guest House will serve as the accommodation for the President and the Prime Minister during their visits to Mumbai.

  • Union Minister for Tribal Affairs Arjun Munda today inaugurated a nine-day National Tribal Festival, Aadi Mahotsav in Polo Grounds of Leh.

  • He will be holding meeting with his Bangladeshi counterpart Dr A K Abdul Momen on Tuesday. He is also scheduled to call on Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Tuesday.

    India and Bangladesh enjoy excellent bilateral relations with a number of important projects in the field of railways, power and infrastructure sector being run in Bangladesh with Indian assistance and co-operation. 

    However, issues like river water sharing remain to be finalised. Both the leaders are expected to discuss issues of mutual importance during the visit of the External Affairs Minister to Bangladesh.

    It will be the first Bangladesh visit  of External Affairs Minister after the new government took oath in India in May.

  • He will be holding meeting with his Bangladeshi counterpart Dr A K Abdul Momen tomorrow. He is also scheduled to call on Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Tuesday. India and Bangladesh enjoy excellent bilateral relations with a number of important projects in the field of railways, power and infrastructure sector being run in Bangladesh with Indian assistance and co-operation.

    However, issues like river water sharing remain to be finalised. Both the leaders are expected to discuss issues of mutual importance during the visit of the External Affairs Minister to Bangladesh.It will be the first Bangladesh visit  of External Affairs Minister after the new government took oath in India in May.

  • Muhammed Anas, on the other hand, won the men's 300m race in 32.41 seconds. 
     

  • In a statement, the External Affairs Ministry said perpetrators of the heinous terror attack as well as those providing shelter to terrorists must be brought to justice expeditiously. 

    The MEA in a statement said that India strongly condemns the horrific bombing in Kabul on Saturday at a wedding hall in which innocent civilians lost their lives.
     

  • Prime Minister Modi's first stop will be the UAE on 23-24 August where he will meet the Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi, Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan to discuss bilateral, regional and international matters of mutual interest.

    On the second leg of his visit, Prime Minister Modi will arrive in Bahrain on 24 August for a two-day visit. this will be  the first-ever Prime Ministerial visit from India to Bahrain. 

    During the visit, Prime Minister would be meeting and holding talks with His Royal Highness Prince Shaikh Khalifa bin Salman Al Khalifa, Prime Minister of Bahrain to discuss entire spectrum of bilateral relations and also regional and international issues of mutual interest.
     

  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi Bhutaan visit had been a packed, productive and futuristic one. Prime Minister Modi had about 13 programmes in his 27 hours that he was in Bhutan.

    In a special gesture, Bhutanese Prime Minister  Lotay Tshering himself received as well as seen off Prime Minister Modi at the airport.

    Prime Minister visit began with a grand welcome on the streets from Paro to Thimpu, where people from all walks of Bhutanese society, especially children, were out on the roads to catch a glimpse of Prime Minister Modi. The 45km long journey was virtually filled with people. 

    CHANGING CONTOURS OF INDIA-BHUTAN RELATIONSHIP

    Earlier, discourse around India-Bhutan friendship revolved mostly around hydro-power. Prime Minister Modi has added the dimension of people power by ensuring big outcomes in education, innovation and space.  The MoUs, inauguration of the Ground Space Station reflect Prime Minister Modi's emphasis on making this partnership about sectors that impact the common citizen more directly. 

    ENGAGEMENT WITH ALL LEVELS OF BHUTANESE LEADERSHIP

    Prime Minister had an audience with His Majesty the King of Bhutan, where the Queen also joined the meeting. He met the fourth King of Bhutan Jigme Singye Wangchuk, who came specially from overseas so that he could meet the Prime Minister. 

    There were detailed talks with Prime Minister Tshering and a call on by the Leader of Opposition as well. Two elaborate banquets were also held in the honour of PM Modi.

    On the 17th, the cultural programme highlighted the histories of India, Bhutan and even a performance on the life of Prime Minister Modi, from childhood to the transformative work done in the last five years.

    ICONIC VISIT AND PRESS STATEMENTS AT SEMTOKHA DZONG

    Later, PM Modi's visit to Semtokha Dzong, an important spiritual and cultural landmark in Bhutan was not an ordinary visit. Usually the joint press meet that leaders have is held in the same venue as the place where delegation talks are held but the joint press meet between PMs Modi and Tshering was held at Semtokha Dzong. 

    This is the first time ever in the hundreds of years of history of the Semtokha Dzong that such a programme has taken place. It is also believed in Bhutan that such an honour will not be accorded to any other leader at all. 

    IMPROMPTU WALK WITH MONKS

    After the programmes at the Semtokha Dzong ended, a group of monks were waiting to greet PM Modi but instead of the formal greeting, PM Modi decided to walk with them and talk to them. He also told PM Tshering that he likes being in places associated with spirituality, while the two leaders were walking. 

    PM'S INSPIRING UNIVERSITY ADDRESS

    PM's speech at the Royal University of Bhutan was admired widely by the students. The children referred to PM's book Exam Warriors and how they were inspired by it.

    MAN VS WILD A HIT IN BHUTAN

    Apart from formal engagements, it is to be noted that the episode of Man vs Wild featuring PM Modi and Bear Grylls is a hit in Bhutan.

    People including top echelons on Bhutanese politics, business and judiciary were heard complimenting PM Modi on the show. They liked the fact that the show was refreshing and gave out a positive message on climate change. 

  • Heavy rains remained unabated in Himachal Pradesh, leaving at least 24 people dead and nine others injured in rain-related incidents in the state. 

    Due to heavy rains, district officials in the state have ordered closure of all educational institutions in Shimla and Kullu today. 

    Gates of the Pandoh and the Nathpa Jhakri dams in Himachal Pradesh are being opened as the water level in the Beas and Sutlej rivers is very high. 

    People have been requested to stay away from rivers, rivulets and streams to avoid any untoward incident.

    UTTARAKHAND: 8 KILLED IN UTTARKASHI CLOUDBURST

    In Uttarakhand, at least eight people have been killed 10 others were missing in flash floods following the cloud burst in Mori Block in Uttarkashi on Saturday night. 

    Dozens of houses were damaged due to cloudburst. Water electricity and communication facilities have been badly hit. NDRF ,SDRF,ITBP and district administration are engaged in rescue operations. 

    Meanwhile schools are closed in 12 Districts of the state following the Weather alert. Chief minister Trivendra singh rawat has directed all the district magistrates to stay alert in view of heavy rain prediction in the coming days. 

    WATER LEVEL INCREASING IN RIVERS OF UP

    With incessant rainfall continuing in the Himalayan range, the brunt of increased water level is laid on the plains. Water levels have been rising in Yamuna and Ganga Rivers in Prayagraj. Various other districts in the state are also suffering from increased water level.

    Heavy rains remained unabated in Haryana and Punjab on Sunday causing floods in some parts, while authorities sounded high alert in the two states. Floods were reported from areas like Rupnagar, Fatehgarh Sahib and Pathankot in Punjab.
     

  • The situation remained peaceful across the state on Sunday. Restrictions have been relaxed in 35 police station areas of Kashmir while 17 telephone exchanges out of 96 have been made functional. 

    More than 50,000 landline phones have been operational now. The services will be restored in other areas in a calibrated manner. 

    Briefing media persons in Srinagar on Sunday, Jammu and Kashmir Government Spokesperson Rohit Kansal said that government  will try to restore landline communication services as soon as possible in the valley.

    J&K: 1ST BATCH OF 300 HAJ PILGRIMS ARRIVE AT SRINAGAR AIRPORT

    The first batch of 300 Haj pilgrims arrived in two flights on Sunday at Srinagar International Airport after completing their pilgrimage.

    The pilgrims were received at the Airport by the Advisor to J&K Governor Farooq Khan, who was accompanied by Divisional Commissioner Kashmir Baseer Khan, Inspector General of Police Kashmir SP Pani and other concerned officials. 

    The Hajis expressed their satisfaction over the elaborate arrangements put in place by the government to ensure that they could perform their religious duties without facing any hassles. 

    The Advisor also took stock of the arrangements put in place for the arrival of Hajis so that they could reach to their destinations without inconvenience.
     

  • Minister for External Affairs of Dr. S. Jaishankar and Nepal’s Minister of Foregn Affairs Pradeep Kumar Gyawali will co-chair the meeting and lead their respective delegations.

    According to Nepal’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Joint Commission Meeting will review overall state of bilateral relations and various areas of cooperation such as connectivity and economic partnership, trade and transit, power and water resources, culture, education and other matters of mutual interest.

    India-Nepal Joint Commission was established in June 1987. Its meetings are held alternately in Nepal and India. The last meeting of the Commission was held in New Delhi in October 2016.

    During the visit, the Minister of External Affairs Dr. Jaishankar will pay courtesy calls on President of Nepal Bidya Devi Bhandari and Prime Minister Mr. K P Sharma Oli. 

    Nepal’s Minister for Foreign Affairs will also host a dinner in honour of Dr. Jaishankar.

  • Speaking at an event in New Delhi on Sunday, Shah defended the law criminalising triple talaq, asserting that it establishes gender equality.
     

  • Organisers said they hoped the assembly would be peaceful, which would make for a rare calm weekend in a months-long movement that has been marked by violent clashes with police. 

    While police had granted approval for the rally, they didn't approve an accompanying march. 

    Demonstrators nevertheless fanned out and filled the streets, as there was not enough space at the designated assembly area. 

    Public transit trains did not stop at stations near the assembly because of overcrowding.
     

  • The deal was signed by Hemeti and Lt-Gen Abdel Fattah Abdelrahman Burhan for the military council, and Ahmed al-Rabie for the Alliance for Freedom and Change umbrella group of pro-democracy protesters. 

    The prime ministers of Ethiopia and Egypt and the South Sudanese president were among regional leaders attending ceremony. 

    The agreement ushers in a new governing council, including both civilians and generals, to pave the way towards elections and civilian rule. 

    Sudan has seen pro-democracy protests and repression since long-time ruler Omar al-Bashir was ousted in April.

  • Speaking at the 28th BASIC Ministerial Meeting on Climate Change in Sao Paulo, Brazil, the environment minister said. The BASIC Group could play an important role in making Paris Agreement accepted by all the countries in its true letter and spirit. 

    He added that  BASIC countries would be united and speak in one voice and the joint statement which was issued has highlighted all the issues which are relevant today.
     

  • Addressing a rally in Rohtak, Hooda also slammed the Congress party saying the party has lost its way and that he will compromise when it comes to patriotism and self-respect.
     

  • The Vice President,  who who is on three-nation visit to the Baltic region, also briefed the Lithuanian President on the recent decision of the Indian Government to abrogate Article 370 of the Constitution that conferred special status upon Jammu and Kashmir. 

    He also informed the Lithuanian President that more than 100 progressive legislations have now become applicable to the two Union Territories. 

    They include reservation of seats for women in Panchayats (Local Self Governments), implementing child protection programs, ensuring right to education for children and protecting women from domestic violence. 

    Vice President is on a five-day trip to Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia, the first ever high-level visit from India to the three Baltic countries.
     

  • The 15,000 square feet underground bunker museum has virtual reality booths in which visitors can "time travel" to the 19th century. 

    The bunker was created in the 19th century to fire cannons at approaching enemy ships. Another section depicts the history of Raj Bhavan. 

    The museum will be opened for the general public with an online booking facility later this year.
     

  • More than 50,000 landline phones were operational now. The services will be restored in other areas in a calibrated manner. 

    Security forces continued to man barricades on roads but allowed people to move after checking their credentials. 

    Briefing media persons in Srinagar on Sunday, Jammu and Kashmir Government
    Spokesperson Rohit Kansal said that govt will try to restore landline communication services as soon as possible in the valley.

    The Government Spokesperson also said that over 190 primary schools will reopen in Srinagar tomorrow and all necessary arrangements in this regard have been made.

  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi has penned 'Exam warriors' a unique book that acts a a guide to life for students. Prime Minister Dr Lotay Tshering wrote a Facebook post about the book a few days before PM Modi's visit.

    He wrote, I flipped through the pages of the book directed at young people, as he de-constructs the idea of exam which many view as "life determining".

    Woven with personal anecdotes, the content is so simple for a child to comprehend yet so profound and practical.

    Such is Shri Narendra Modiji. In this book, as he highlights many life's lessons, he says, "forget dreaming about becoming a prime minister, I was never even a class monitor".

    He exudes so much positivity, not just in the book but even in person. For someone who has to think for billions of people and represent them on the global stage, he takes time out to prepare children on handling exams. Is it not empathy, an intrinsic quality of a good leader?

    Prime Minister thanked Prime Minister Lotay Tshering for his Facebook post. He said that Buddhism was the inspiration behind the mantras he shared in the book.

    Students at the Royal Bhutan University also appreciated both the book as well as Prime Minister Modi's address.

    Prime Minister Modi's mantra of success for youngsters is simple. Find innovative solutions to over-come challenges. Let no limitation constrain you. Find your real calling and pursue it with full passion, for the larger good.

  • Shahidul Alam was arrested on August 5 last year under the controversial ICT Act on charges of spreading rumours and provoking people during an agitation for safer roads by students in Dhaka . He spent over 100 days in jail before he was released after being granted bail by the High Court.

    His arrest and imprisonment sparked outrage at home and abroad.

    The ICT Act was replaced by a new law called the Digital Security Act in September last year. While the government claimed that the new law was historic, media organisations and human right bodies have criticised it for containing harsh provision allowing police officials to search or arrest anyone without warrant.

    Shahidul Alam is a renowned photographer and  founder of the Drik Gallery, Pathshala and the South-Asian Media Institute in Bangladesh.

  • Day two of Prime Minister Narendra Modi's Bhutan visit began with an address to students at the Royal University of Bhutan.

    He said Bhutan's past, present and future share common and constant threads of deep spirituality and youthful vigour.

    He also described India and bhutan as natural partners who are close not just due to geography but also the great attachment people of both countries share with each other. 

    Prime Minister said the history, culture and spiritual traditions of India and Bhutan have created unique and deep bonds between our peoples and nations.

    The Prime minister of the world's largest democracy addressing what is perhaps the World's smallest University.....the Royal Bhutan university....the sentiment beautifully put by this young student

    The bond of education that India and Bhutan share is an ancient one and remains a central to the ties the two nations share.

    This is evident from the fact that out of the 9 MoUs inked on Saturday, 7 were in the field of education.

    The inter-connection between Indian National Knowledge Network and DrukRen was also inaugurated. This will enable collaborative research, development and enable knowledge and information sharing.

    Addressing the young minds a the Royal Bhutan University, Prime Minister said that the bond of learning between India and Bhutan is as modern as it is ancient.

    Another aspect of India Bhutan ties that has seen a filip is space co-operation.

    The Thimphu Ground Station of the South Asia Satellite was also jointly inaugurated. Prime Minister Modi said that India and Bhutan are moving beyond the traditional sectors of cooperation and are exploring new frontiers for collaboration, from schools to space, digital payments to disaster management.

    Through satellites, benefits of tele-medicine, distance education, resource mapping, weather forecast & even warning of natural disasters and reach even remote areas.

    Prime Minister Modi spoke of India's moon mission, Chandrayaan two and expressed hope that Bhutan's space scientists will benefit from our experiences and learnings.

    Prime Minister hailed Bhutan as a land of happiness, harmony, togetherness and compassion. He said that Bhutan is known across the world for the concept of Gross National Happiness. Prime Minister said that this very spirit radiated from the adorable children who lined the streets to welcome him on Saturday.

    Prime Minister Modi's message over his two day visit was clear. As Bhutan soars high in its endeavours, 1.3 billion Indians will partner with the land ofthe thunder dragon....share with nation of happiness and and learn from it.

  • He said that he is confident that business and industry leaders of Kaunas, would be in the forefront to expand and strengthen the trade and commercial ties between Indian and Lithuania, especially in sectors such as food and agro-processing, IT, textiles, chemicals and pharmaceuticals.

    Talking about 150th Birth Anniversary celebration of Mahatma Gandhi, Naidu said Mahatma Gandhi belongs not just to India, but to the entire world.

    His philosophy and universal teachings continue to be relevant. In these times of strife, his powerful message of non-violence and peaceful co-existence stands all the more relevant.

    He further added that India is grateful to the Government of Lithuania for installing the   monument in Rusne that immortalized the friendship of Gandhi and Kallenbach.

    Mahatma Gandhi considered Kallenbach as not just a friend but his soulmate, who played an important role in evolution of Gandhi’s socio-political doctrine.

    The Vice President said that India is one of the fastest-growing major economies of the world. This has happened due to determined efforts and policy initiatives taken by the government to make India one of the world’s most open destinations for investment, a leading hub of technology start-ups, and an easier place to do business.

    He also talked about India’s ranking in the World Bank’s Doing Business Report 2018 showed an improvement of 30 places in one year.

    The Vice President also talked about GST and informed that how it has led to uniform, simpler and digitally-enabled taxation in India.

    Later, he Visited Kaunas University of Technology in Sanataka Valley and went around the Laboratory Area of the Institute of Materials Science and the Ultrasound Research Institute.

  • The hide traders and tanners are blaming each other for the worst rawhide season the sector has seen in a decade.

    The price of raw hide slumped this year after Eid-Ul-Zuha during which over 1 crore animals were sacrificed across the country.  A large part of the demand for leather in Bangladesh is fulfilled through the rawhides of animals sacrificed on Eid-Ul-Azha.

    Opposition Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) accused the government that its decision to allow for export of raw hide will destroy the leather industry. 

    The leather industry is the second largest export-earning sector of Bangladesh garnering over 1 billion dollar annually. The domestic demand for leather goods is above 16,000 crore Taka.

    The leather industry generates employment for close to 8,50000 people in Bangladesh out of which 70 percent are women.

  • Addressing a function in Haryana today Defence Minister said, talks with Pakistan will be held only when it stops harbouring terrorists. 

    Union Minister Rajnath Singh said, the government would never let down the country. Referring to abrogation of article 370 and 35-A the minister said, BJP government is implementing its poll manifesto. 

    The function was organised to flag off "Jan Ashirvaad Yatra" from Kalka in Panchkula district.

  • Addressing the students of the Royal University of Bhutan, Prime Minister Modi said the world had a lot to learn from Bhutan where development, environment and culture are not at loggerheads but in synergy.

    "In any part of the world, if we ask the question what do you associate with Bhutan, the answer will be the concept of Gross National Happiness. I am not surprised. Bhutan has understood the essence of happiness," PM said.

    "Bhutan has understood the spirit of harmony, togetherness and compassion. This very spirit radiates from the adorable children who lined the streets to welcome me yesterday. I will always remember their smiles," PM Modi said.

    PM Modi arrived in Bhutan on Saturday on a two-day state visit. This is his second visit to the country and the first since his re-election. Gross National Happiness is a term coined by the fourth King of Bhutan Jigme Singye Wangchuck in 1972. The concept implies that sustainable development should take a holistic approach towards progress and give equal importance to non-economic aspects of wellbeing.

    "Bhutan's message to humanity is happiness. Happiness which springs from harmony. The world can do with a lot more happiness. Happiness, which shall prevail over mindless hate. If people are happy, there will be harmony, where there is harmony, there will be peace. And it is peace that will help societies achieve progress through sustainable development," PM Modi said.

    PM said in a time where development is often seen in conflict with traditions and the environment, the world has much to learn from Bhutan.

    "Here, development, environment and culture are not at loggerheads but are in synergy. With the creativity, energy and commitment of our youth, our nations can achieve all that is required for a sustainable future, whether it is water conservation or sustainable agriculture or making our societies free of single-use plastic," PM Modi said. 

  • Addressing the students of the prestigious Royal University of Bhutan here, PM Modi said it is natural that the people of Bhutan and India experience great attachment to each other. After all, they are close not just due to their geography.

    Their history, culture and spiritual traditions have created unique and deep bonds between our peoples and nations, PM said. "India is fortunate to be the land where Prince Siddhartha became Gautam Buddha. And from where the light of his spiritual message, the light of Buddhism, spread all over the world.

    Generations of monks, spiritual leaders, scholars and seekers have burnt that flame bright in Bhutan. They have also nurtured the special bond between India and Bhutan," the prime minister said in the majority Buddhist country. "As a result, our shared values have shaped a common world-view," PM Modi said in the presence of Bhutan Prime Minister Lotay Tshering.

    "And as people, we are fortunate to be the living vehicle of this great legacy. No other two countries in the world understand each other so well or share so much. And no two countries are such natural partners in bringing prosperity to their peoples, PM said.

    Anyone visiting Bhutan is struck as much by its natural beauty as by the warmth, compassion and simplicity of its people, the prime minister said. "During this visit, I have had the opportunity to interact closely with the present leadership of Bhutan. I once again received their guidance for the India-Bhutan relationship, which has always benefitted from their close and personal attention," said PM Modi, who is here on his second visit to Bhutan and the first since his re-election in May this year.

    "Now, today, I am here, with the future of Bhutan. I can see the dynamism, and feel the energy. I am confident that these will shape the future of this great nation and its citizens. Whether I look at Bhutan's past, present or future, the common and constant threads are - deep spirituality, and youthful vigour. These are also the strengths of our bilateral relationship," PM said.

    "Today, I stand here among the best and brightest youth of Bhutan. His Majesty (Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck) told me yesterday that he interacts with you regularly and had addressed the last convocation. It is from you all that Bhutan's future leaders, innovators, business persons, sports persons, artists and scientists will emerge," PM Modi said.

    "India-Bhutan cooperation in hydro-power and energy is exemplary. But the real source of power and energy of this relationship are our people," PM said. So, it is people first, and people will always be at the centre of this relationship.

    This spirit is clearly seen in the outcomes of this visit, PM said. Going beyond the traditional sectors of cooperation, the two countries are seeking to cooperate extensively in new frontiers, from schools to space, digital payments to disaster management, PM said.

    "Our cooperation in all these sectors will have a direct impact on young friends like you,?the prime minister said. "Democracy and education both aim to set us free. Neither can be complete without the other. And both help us to achieve our fullest potential, and be the best we can," PM said.

    "As Bhutan soars high in these endeavours, your 1.3 billion Indian friends will not only just look on and cheer you with pride and happiness. But also they will partner you, share with you and learn from you," the prime minister added.

  • The 15,000 square feet underground bunker museum has virtual reality booths in which visitors can "time travel" to the 19th century, a state government official said.

    The bunker was created in the 19th century to fire cannons at approaching enemy ships, he added. Another section depicts the history of Raj Bhavan.

    The museum will be opened for the general public with an online booking facility later this year, the official said.

    President Kovind was shown around the exhibition and given an audio visual experience of the history of Raj Bhavan at a virtual reality booth.

    Earlier, President unveiled the foundation stone for the proposed reconstruction of Jal Bhushan, the Governor's office-cum-residential building.

    Jal Bhushan has a history of nearly 200 years, and the present building has undergone several modifications and renovations.

    It became the official residence of British governors in 1885 when the 'Government House' was shifted to Malabar Point from Parel.

    Among those present during Sunday's function were Savita Kovind, Governor C Vidyasagar Rao, Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis, state Minister for Revenue and Public Works Chandrakant Patil and Minister for Higher and Technical Education Vinod Tawde.

  • Assam CM said that the government is preparing a roadmap for setting up CNG fuelling station in all districts to make the state free from air pollution and to promote the use of clean and green fuel. 

    Assam CM Sarbananda Sonowal said vehicular emissions take a toll on the health of the people and so the government is working sincerely to promote the use of Compressed Natural Gas in the state.

    Assam CM stressed the need for generating awareness among the owners, drivers and common people for the extensive use of CNG.

  • The post of MD and CEO in PNB will fall vacant after incumbent Sunil Mehta superannuates on September 30.

    The post in Bank of India is lying vacant since July 1 after Dinbandhu Mohapatra retired. The top post in another major state-run lender Bank of Baroda will fall vacant in October when the extended term of the bank's CEO and MD PS Jaikumar will end.

    However, the BBB has not included the vacancy in its latest selection process. As per the BBB's recruitment notice, candidates can apply for the vacancies at PNB and BOI till September 16. The appointments will be for three years.

    "To help assess the leadership competencies and potential capabilities of shortlisted candidates an advisory firm may assist the Banks Board Bureau. "The advisory firm will have no role in shortlisting. Shortlisted applicants will appear for interactions with the Bureau," the notice said.

    Based on the interactions, the BBB said it will send its recommendation to the government. PNB was hit by a massive fraud amounting to about Rs 14,000 after it came to light that jewellery designer Nirav Modi and his uncle Mehul Choksi fraudulently siphoned off the money in connivance with of some officials of the bank.

    BoI was in the Prompt Corrective Action framework, but the RBI lifted the curbs in January this year after it met the regulatory norms including Capital Conservation Buffer (CCB) and net NPAs of less than 6 per cent as per third-quarter results.

  • These persons underwent cataract surgeries on August 8 in this hospital. A three-member team comprising the Additional District Magistrate (ADM) and two government ophthalmologists had been constituted to inquire into the case. 

    A team from Sankara Nethralaya from Chennai is being called for further treatment of these patients.

    Chief Minister Kamal Nath has announced compensation and free treatment for each of the affected persons

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    Our correspondent reports that hundreds of vehicles are stranded on roads due to landslides on almost all the major highways of the state.

  • The present FDI policy is silent on the fast-growing digital media segment. In the print media sector, 26 per cent FDI is allowed through government approval route.

    Similarly, 49 per cent FDI is permitted in broadcasting content services through government approval route. But 100 per cent is allowed for up-linking of non-news and current affairs' TV channels, and down-linking of TV channels through automatic approval route.

    "In the FDI policy, digital media does not find a place. As the sector is growing fast, we are looking at it will come under FDI cap or not," a source said. The proposal is worked out by the commerce and industry ministry, sources said. On in the proposal, Deloitte Partner Jehil Thakkar said that this is a great move by the government as it would help media companies to raise additional capital for their digital media segment.

    "The government should clarify about the FDI cap in the sector and whether that FDI will be coming through automatic route or not, he said. Thakkar added that at present a significant part of the growth in the media sector is coming from the digital area. "Additional capital is needed to keep this growth going and FDI would be the most welcoming thing in this."

    Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman in her Budget speech in July had stated that the government would examine suggestions of further opening up of FDI in aviation, media (animation, AVGC) and insurance sectors in consultation with all stakeholders with a view to attracting more overseas investment.

    FDI in India dipped 1 per cent to USD 44.36 billion in 2018-19. Last year, the government had relaxed FDI rules for several sectors, including single-brand retail, non-banking financial companies and construction.

    Foreign investments are considered crucial for India, which needs billions of dollars for overhauling its infrastructure sector such as ports, airports and highways to boost growth.

    FDI helps in improving the country's balance of payments situation and strengthen the rupee value against other global currencies, especially the US dollar.

  • Humidity was recorded at 98 per cent. The Safdarjung observatory, the recording for which is considered official for the city, received 45.7 mm of rainfall while Palam received 11.4 mm rainfall till 8.30 am.

    The Lodhi Road observatory received 49.9 mm rainfall while the Ridge received 65.8 mm rainfall. Ayanagar received 20.8 mm rainfall till 8.30 am.

    The weatherman has forecast generally cloudy skies with the possibility of light to moderate rain/thundershower with the maximum temperature likely to settle around 30 degrees Celsius.

    On Saturday, the maximum temperature settled at 29 degrees Celsius, five degrees below the season's average, while the minimum temperature was recorded at 25.2 degrees Celsius, one notch below the average. 

  • Addressing the students of the Royal University of Bhutan here, PM Modi asked them to work hard and take the Himalayan nation to great heights.

    "The world today offers more opportunities than ever before. You have the power and potential to do extraordinary things, which will impact generations to come. Find your real calling and pursue it with full passion," PM Modi told the audience which included ministers, lawmakers and senior officials.

    Noting that there are several challenges ahead, PM said, "for every challenge, we have young minds to find innovative solutions to overcome them." "Let no limitation constrain you. I want to tell you all, there is no better time to be young than now," PM told the students.

    "As Bhutan soars high in its endeavours, your 1.3 billion Indian friends will not just look on and cheer you with pride and happiness. They will partner you, share with you and learn from you," the prime minister said.

    Pointing out that India is witnessing historic transformations in a wide range of sectors, Prime Minister Modi said India is keen to cooperate extensively in new frontiers, from schools to space, digital payments to disaster management. "We inaugurated the Thimphu Ground Station of the South Asia Satellite and expanded our space cooperation.

    Through satellites, benefits of tele-medicine, distance education, resource mapping, weather forecast and even warning of natural disasters will reach even remote areas," the Prime Minister said. Referring to India's space programmes and the Chandrayaan-2 mission, Prime Minister Modi said Bhutan is also on its way to having its own satellite. "It is even a matter of great happiness that young Bhutanese scientists will travel to India to work on designing and launching Bhutan's own small satellite. I hope that someday soon, many of you will be scientists, engineers and innovators," PM told the students.

    Hailing the decades old friendship of Bhutan and India, PM Modi said it is natural that the people of the two countries experience great attachment to each other. "After all, we are close not just due to our geography. Our history, culture and spiritual traditions have created unique and deep bonds between our peoples and nations," PM said.

    Recalling a Facebook post of Bhutanese Prime Minister Lotay Tshering in which he mentioned about Exam Warriors - a book written by PM Modi to advise youngsters about how to face exams without stress, the prime minister said that post touched his heart. "Can I tell you something? Much of what I wrote in Exam Warriors is influenced by the teachings of Lord Buddha, especially the importance of positivity, overcoming fear and living in oneness, be it with the present moment or with Mother Nature," PM Modi said.

    PM also said that in the 20th century, many Indians came to Bhutan as teachers. "Most Bhutanese citizens of older generations would have had at least one India teacher during their education," PM said.

    Stating that Bhutan has understood the essence of happiness, PM said, "Happiness which springs from harmony. The world can do with a lot more happiness. Happiness, which shall prevail over mindless hate. If people are happy, there will be harmony. Where there is harmony, there will be peace."

    Soon after his speech, PM Modi paid his respects at the National Memorial Chorten, a revered monument honouring the late Third Druk Gyalpo.

    "A heartfelt tribute. PM @narendramodi pays his respects at the National Memorial Chorten in Thimphu, a revered monument honoring the late Third Druk Gyalpo," Ministry of External Affairs spokesperson Raveesh Kumar tweeted.

    Prime Minister Narendra Modi is here on his second visit to Bhutan and the first since his re-election in May this year. 

  • In a tweet, Karnataka CM said that the BJP legislative party meeting will also be held on the same day. BS Yediyurappa was sworn as Chief Minister of Karnataka for a fourth time on July 26. 

    BJP leader alone took the oath succeeding HD Kumaraswamy, who lost the motion of confidence in the state Assembly.

    On July 29, the BJP government in Karnataka won the confidence motion.

  • Speaking at an event here on Saturday, Popatrao Pawar also called for cultivating crops based on climate or crop patterning and putting an end to flood irrigation, a common process of irrigation across India.

    "The success of drip irrigation in Israel is due to all consideration being given to the farmers' requirements," said Pawar at the IIMPACT 2019, a PAN IIM Alumni conference. In India, the drip irrigation system is industry-designed with no input from farmer, he said.

    Pawar's water conservation in Hiware Bazar village of Maharashtra helped improve the water table level by 35-40 feet.

    He led the Bazar's transformation from a drought-prone village to a green and prosperous model village. His water conservation model is being taught at institutions such as Pune University and IIT Delhi.

    Pawar said he convinced his village farmers to skip one season of Rabbi crop and save water. "This resulted in everybody taking a rest and holidays, the fields' fertility improved by going through fallow process and immense savings of water and power," he said.

    "More than 80 per cent of these districts are adopting the Hiware Bazar model to conserve water," said Pawar, who has travelled to China, Israel and Malaysia among other countries sharing his knowledge of water conservation.

  • According to the Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS), Bangladesh 1460 new dengue patients were admitted between Friday and Saturday morning while 1721 new cases were admitted to the hospitals in the previous 24 hours.

    The total number of dengue patients admitted to hospitals this year has crossed 51,000 till Saturday. Out of these about 7900 patients are still admitted to hospitals while others have been relieved after treatment.

    The official death toll due to Dengue is 40, though reports from various parts of the country suggest a much larger number.

    Dengue has swept through Bangladesh this year breaking all previous records.

  • The mussel is the hoover of the sea, taking in phytoplankton for nourishment along with microplastics, pesticides and other pollutants which makes it an excellent gauge. One day, it may also be pressed into service to cleanse water.

    "It's a super-filter in the marine world, filtering up to 25 litres of water a day," says marine biologist Leila Meistertzheim. "It's a real model of bioaccumulation of pollutants generally speaking."

    As they pump and filter the water through their gills in order to feed and breathe, mussels store almost everything else that passes through, which is why strict health rules apply for those destined for human consumption. Like canaries in a coal mine, mussels have long been used as "bio-indicators" of the health of the seas, lakes and rivers they inhabit.

    Little-known pollutants can turn up to join the usual suspects, with increasing attention paid to microplastics containing bisphenol A and phthalates, both thought to be endocrine disruptors.

    Meistertzheim heads a study for France's Tara Ocean Foundation using mussels to gauge the health of the estuaries of the Thames, Elba and Seine rivers. The mussels, placed in fish traps, are submerged in the waters for a month before researchers dissect them to determine what chemical substances lurk in their tissues.

    The idea of deploying mussels across the oceans to absorb ubiquitous microplastics is just a dream for now, but for other pollutants, the bivalves are already at work. "In some places, mussels are used, as well as oysters, to cleanse the sea of pesticides, for example," Meistertzheim notes.

    Richard Luthy, an environmental engineer from California's Stanford University, says that, in most cases, mussels harvested from contaminated waters should not be eaten. But if the contaminant is E coli, mussels can be thanked for the "removal and inactivation" of the faecal material, he says, calling the service a "public health benefit". The mussels are edible because they "excrete the bacteria as faeces or mucus," he says.

    Mussels living in waterways affected by eutrophication often marked by abundant algae, are also fit for human consumption, researchers say. The phenomenon is often the result of waste dumped into the waterway containing phosphates and nitrites, such as detergents, fertilisers and sewage.

    The nutrients in these substances encourage the proliferation of algae, which in turn starves the water of oxygen, upsetting the ecosystem. Mussels "recycle" these nutrients by feeding on the algae, says Eve Galimany, a researcher of the US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's Milford Laboratory who has experimented with mussels in the Bronx River in New York.

    The recycling principle is already at work in a pilot project titled Baltic Blue Growth in Sweden, Denmark and the Baltic countries which grows mussels to be fed to animals such as poultry, fish and pigs. "Eutrophication is the biggest problem of the Baltic Sea, the most urgent one," says project head Lena Tasse. Mussels "could be part of a solution". Why feed them to animals if they are safe for humans? Because Baltic mussels are too small to be of interest to seafood lovers, says Tasse, adding: "Swedes like big mussels." Meanwhile, the jury is still out on the effects of microplastics on human health.

    A recent report by WWF said that humans ingest an average of five grammes of microplastics a week, about the weight of a credit card.

    A 2018 study published in the journal Environmental Pollution, based on samples from British coastlines and supermarkets, estimated that every 100 grammes (3.5 ounces) of mussels contained 70 tiny pieces of plastic.

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    The final was a tie of three matches - 2 singles and one doubles and India won both the singles matches while lost the doubles encounter.

    The team comprised Manas Dhamme, Arnav Paprakar and Tamil Nadu's Pranav Rethin. Manas and Rethin won their singles matches.

    Manas and Arnav, however, lost their doubles encounter. 12-year-old Manas remained unbeaten in the entire tournament.

  • In Himachal Pradesh, several roads were blocked following landslides and flash floods.

    In Punjab, an has been sounded in several districts following the release of excess water from Bhakra dam through the spill gates after heavy rainfall in its catchment area. Rain lashed several places in Punjab, including Ludhiana, Amritsar and Mohali and Chandigarh.

    In Rajasthan, several rivers and dams are overflowing due to incessant rainfall. Chambal River is flowing 12 metres above the danger mark in Dholpur. 

    Several parts of the Jammu region were lashed by heavy showers, raising the water level in major rivers, including Tawi. There were flash floods in Kathua and Samba districts. 

    The national capital received light rainfall in the wee hours this morning, bringing respite from the humidity. Intermittent showers all through last night led to waterlogging in many parts of the city. 

    Met department has forecast light to moderate rains and thundershowers today.  With the Yamuna flowing near the warning level, Delhi agencies are closely monitoring the situation to deal with any possible flooding.

    In Uttarakhand, incessant rain has affected normal life in different parts of the state. 

    In Uttar Pradesh, the threat of flood looms large over many villages close to major rivers in the state. In Bundelkhand region water released from various dams has caused ganger of flood in many villages.

  • Vice President said this while interacting with Lithuanian President, Gitanas Nauseda during his three-nation tour to the Baltic region. Vice President Naidu is scheduled to visit Latvia and Estonia. 

    During his meeting with Mr. Nauseda in Vilnius, the capital of Lithuania on the first leg of his tour, Vice President asserted that the reorganization was aimed at reducing regional disparity and improving administrative efficiency. 

    The Vice President also explained that the reorganization of Jammu and Kashmir was completely within the purview of the Government of India.

    Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu also thanked the Government of Lithuania for extending its support and solidarity in condemning the Pulwama terrorist attack. 

  • More than 1,000 people had been invited, one witness said.

    Interior Ministry spokesman Nusrat Rahimi said, the attacker set off explosives among the wedding participants. Both the Taliban and a local affiliate of the ISIS carry out bloody attacks in the capital.

    “Around 1,200 guests were invited to the wedding,” said Ahmad Omid, a survivor who said the gathering was for his father’s cousin. “I was with the groom in the other room when we heard the blast and then I couldn't find anyone. Everyone was lying all around the hall.” Outside a local hospital, families wailed. “There are so many dead and wounded victims,” Omid said.

    As per the officials, Interior Ministry spokesman Nusrat Rahimi said that there was no immediate information on the cause of the blast. The blast at the Dubai City wedding hall in western Kabul shattered a period of relative calm in the city.

    On August 7, a Taliban car bomb aimed at Afghan security forces detonated on the same road in a busy west Kabul neighborhood, killing 14 people and wounding 145, most of them women, children and other civilians.

    Kabul’s huge, brightly lit wedding halls are a center of community life in a city weary of decades of war, with thousands of dollars spent on a single evening.

    The halls also serve as meeting places, and in November at least 55 people were killed after a suicide bomber sneaked into a Kabul wedding hall where hundreds of Muslim religious scholars and clerics had gathered to mark the birthday of the Prophet Muhammad.

    “Devastated by the news of a suicide attack inside a wedding hall in Kabul. A heinous crime against our people; how is it possible to train a human and ask him to go and blow himself inside a wedding?!!” Sediq Seddiqi, spokesman for President Ashraf Ghani, said in a Twitter post.

  • Government spokesperson Rohit Kansal said, the services will be restored in other areas in a phased manner. He said, primary schools across the valley will reopen tomorrow and all necessary arrangements in this regard have been made. 

    Srinagar District Magistrate Shahid Choudhary said, 190 schools will resume classes tomorrow and extra classes are being planned to make up for the loss of last 10 days.

    The district administration has offered the school managements all required assistance and support to restart the classes. 

    Rohit Kansal said, there was an increase in movement of private vehicles in Srinagar and other district headquarters of the Valley. State DGP Dilbag Singh visited Pulwama and Anantnag districts in South Kashmir on Saturday to review security arrangements and said prohibitory orders will be relaxed in more areas today. 

    Srinagar Divisional Commissioner Baseer Khan said, the administration has made elaborate arrangements for the return of pilgrims from Haj today. He said, sufficient fleet of buses have been arranged so that Haj pilgrims reach their homes easily.

  • Briefing media in Thimpu, about Prime Minister Narendra Modi's engagement with the King, the Fourth Druk Gyalpo and Prime Minister Dr Lotay Tshering, Foreign Secretary Vijay Gokhale said that there will be three pillars of the relationship between the two countries which is enduring nature of partnership based on mutual interest and trust. 

    Foreign Secretary said, they desired to strengthen science, technology and education links. He said, India will be happy to assist Bhutan in the health sector which is its priority. Foreign Secretary Vijay Gokhale said, the first day of PM Modi was very fulfilling.

    Earlier, PM Modi held talks with his Bhutanese counterpart Dr. Lotay Tshering in Thimpu on Saturday. They reviewed the entire gamut of the bilateral relations and ways and means to further enhance it. The two leaders had one to one as well as delegation-level exchanges. Later both the leaders launched various projects. Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Bhutanese counterpart Dr Lotay Tshering at Simtokha Dzong in Thimpu inaugurated Mangdechhu hydroelectric power plant. 

    They released a commemorative stamp to mark the 50 years of Indo-Bhutan hydro-power relations. Both the leaders also unveiled the Inauguration Plaque of the Ground Station for South Asian Satellite. Prime Minister Modi launched RuPay Card in Bhutan by making a purchase at Simtokha Dzong. The two sides also signed ten MoUs in the field of science, technology, engineering and other sectors.

    Later in a press statement, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said that the people of the country has given his government a huge mandate thus providing once again an opportunity to further strengthen the relationship between India and Bhutan.

    PM said, Bhutan has a special place in the hearts of 130 crore Indians. PM Modi said, it is a privilege of India that it is a major partner in the development of Bhutan and its cooperation in Bhutan's five-year plans will continue taking care of Bhutan's priority. 

    Prime Minister Modi also announced to enhance the supply of LPG from India from 700 to 1000 Metric Tonnes per month to ensure clean fuel in villages. PM said, India is committed to accelerating the development of Bhutan using space technology and in this direction, earth station of South Asia satellite was inaugurated yesterday. It will increase coverage of communication, public broadcasting and disaster management in that country.

    Bhutanese Prime Minister mentioned about PM Modi's first visit to Bhutan in 2014 and quoting him that he remembered him saying that Bhutan and India are close, not because we have open borders, but because we have opened our hearts to each other. Bhutanese PM said, PM Modi's visit this time shows how much he means it.

    Prior to this, Prime Minister Narendra Modi received the audience with the King of Bhutan Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck. He inspected the Guard of honour at Tsshichhofzong, the Presidential Palace in Thimphu.

    PM Modi arrived in Paro on a two-day state visit to Bhutan yesterday. He was received at the Paro airport by the Bhutanese Prime Minister along with several senior ministers. 

    Our Correspondent covering the Prime Minister's visit reports that children and youth queued up with Indian and Bhutanese flags along most of the 50 Kilometre-long road from Paro and Thimphu to greet Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

  • Union Minister Prakash Javadekar represented India in the 28th BASIC Ministerial Meeting on Climate Change which was held in Sao Paulo in  Brazil from 14th to 16th of this month. 

    According to an official release, the Minister said, the BASIC Group could play an important role in making Paris Agreement accepted by all the countries in its true letter and spirit. The Minister added that  BASIC countries would be united and speak in one voice and the joint statement which was issued has highlighted all the issues which are relevant today.

    In the joint statement, which was issued at the conclusion of the meeting, the BASIC Ministers expressed their concern for climate change and its adverse effects.

    They reaffirmed their commitment to the successful implementation of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change-UNFCCC, its Kyoto Protocol and its Paris Agreement, based on the recognition of the needs and special circumstances of developing countries. 

    The BASIC countries reiterated their commitment to work together with all parties in an open, transparent, inclusive and Party-driven manner to achieve a balanced and comprehensive outcome on all remaining items of the Paris Agreement Work Programme.

    The Ministerial meeting was held in the run-up to the UNFCC Conference of Parties (COP-25) meet to be held later in the year from 2nd to 13th December.

  • A bronze plaque will be unveiled in a ceremony starting around 1400 GMT to mark Okjokull which translates to "Ok glacier" in the west of Iceland, in the presence of local researchers and their peers at Rice University in the United States, who initiated the project.

    Iceland's Prime Minister Katrin Jakobsdottir, Environment Minister Gudmundur Ingi Gudbrandsson, and the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights Mary Robinson are also due to attend the event. "This will be the first monument to a glacier lost to climate change anywhere in the world," Cymene Howe, associate professor of anthropology at Rice University, said in July.

    The plaque bears the inscription "A letter to the future," and is intended to raise awareness about the decline of glaciers and the effects of climate change. "In the next 200 years all our glaciers are expected to follow the same path. This monument is to acknowledge that we know what is happening and what needs to be done. Only you know if we did it," the plaque reads. It is also labelled "415 ppm CO2," referring to the record level of carbon dioxide measured in the atmosphere last May. "Memorials everywhere stand for either human accomplishments, like the deeds of historic figures, or the losses and deaths we recognise as important," researcher Howe said. "By memorialising a fallen glacier, we want to emphasise what is being lost or dying the world over, and also draw attention to the fact that this is something that humans have 'accomplished', although it is not something we should be proud of."

    Howe noted that the conversation about climate change can be abstract, with many dire statistics and sophisticated scientific models that can feel incomprehensible. "Perhaps a monument to a lost glacier is a better way to fully grasp what we now face," she said, highlighting "the power of symbols and ceremony to provoke feelings".

    Iceland loses about 11 billion tonnes of ice per year, and scientists fear all of the island country's 400-plus glaciers will be gone by 2200, according to Howe and her Rice University colleague Dominic Boyer. Glaciologists stripped Okjokull of its glacier status in 2014, a first for Iceland.

    In 1890, the glacier ice covered 16 square kilometres (6.2 square miles) but by 2012, it measured just 0.7 square kilometres, according to a report from the University of Iceland from 2017. In 2014, "we made the decision that this was no longer a living glacier, it was only dead ice, it was not moving," Oddur Sigurdsson, a glaciologist with the Icelandic Meteorological Office said.

    To have the status of a glacier, the mass of ice and snow must be thick enough to move by its own weight. For that to happen the mass must be approximately 40 to 50 metres (130 to 165 feet) thick, he said.

    According to a study published by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN)in April, nearly half of the world's heritage sites could lose their glaciers by 2100 if greenhouse gas emissions continue at the current rate.

    Sigurdsson said he feared "that nothing can be done to stop it." "The inertia of the climate system is such that, even if we could stop introducing greenhouse gases into the atmosphere right now, it will keep on warming for century and a half or two centuries before it reaches equilibrium."

    Iceland's Vatnajokull National Park, which was added to UNESCO's World Heritage List in early July, is home to, and named after, the largest ice cap in Europe.

  • Dujovne will be replaced by Hernan Lacunza, economy minister for Buenos Aires province, Argentine media reported.

    The country's peso ended the week having shed 20 per cent of its value against the US dollar as both Fitch and S&P cut the South American country's long-term credit rating, citing increased uncertainty and a rising risk of default.

    Dujovne said, in a letter posted on the website of La Nacion newspaper, he was "convinced that, under the circumstances, the management needs significant renewal in the economic arena." He leaves in the middle of a deepening economic crisis following last Sunday's primary elections in which market-friendly Macri was dealt a huge blow in his bid for re-election when he polled 15 points less than center-left Peronist candidate Alberto Fernandez.

    The primaries serve as a bellwether for general elections in October. Dujovne's announcement marks the first change in Macri's cabinet since voters went to the polls. Fitch, which downgraded Argentina's credit rating two notches to "CCC," said the center-right's defeat "increases risks of a break from the policy strategy of the current administration of Mauricio Macri guided by a program with the IMF."

    Fernandez, now the clear favorite to unseat Macri, has questioned the reform program backed by a USD56 billion rescue package from the International Monetary Fund. Standard & Poor's dropped Argentina's rating a single grade from "B" to "B-." "My resignation is consistent with a government and political space that listens to the people and that acts accordingly," Dujovne said, in a clear message to the Argentine electorate, which still has two months left until voting in the presidential elections.

    The country is currently in a recession and posted 22 per cent inflation for the first half of the year one of the highest rates in the world but the IMF said Macri's reform program was beginning to yield results.

    The new economy minister will have the difficult task of trying to instill peace of mind in the markets while simultaneously dealing with the country's recession in the midst of Macri's uphill election battle.

    In Argentina 32 per cent of the population lives below the poverty line. The country has annual inflation of more than 50 per cent.

  • More than 100 MPs have written to Johnson to urge him to reconvene and let them sit permanently until October 31, the date Britain is due to leave the European Union.

    MPs are not due to return until September 3. "Our country is on the brink of an economic crisis, as we career towards a no-deal Brexit," said the letter, signed by MPs and opposition party leaders who want to halt Britain's departure from the EU. "We face a national emergency, and parliament must be recalled now."

    Parliament is set to break up again shortly after it returns, with the main parties holding their annual conferences during the September break. Johnson whose government commands a one-seat majority insists Britain must leave the EU on October 31, with or without a divorce deal with Brussels.

    Labour main opposition leader Jeremy Corbyn wants to call a vote of no confidence in Johnson's government after parliament returns. He hopes to take over as a temporary prime minister, seek an extension to Britain's EU departure date to stop a no-deal Brexit, and then call a general election.

    "What we need is a government that is prepared to negotiate with the European Union so we don't have a crash-out on the 31st," Corbyn said Saturday. "This government clearly doesn't want to do that." However, a YouGov survey found that a majority would rather see a no-deal Brexit than the veteran leftist taking over and staging another referendum. Some 48 per cent said they would rather Britain left the EU without a Brexit deal, with Jeremy Corbyn remaining in opposition. Some 35 per cent said they would prefer Corbyn became prime minister, and held a second referendum on Britain's EU membership.

    Asked about leaving the EU without a deal, 49 per cent said they would consider it an unacceptable outcome, while 38 per cent said it would be acceptable. Britain could face food, fuel and medicine shortages and chaos at its ports in a no-deal Brexit.

    There would likely be some form of hard border imposed on the island of Ireland, the document implied. Rather than worst-case scenarios, the leaked document, compiled this month by the Cabinet Office ministry, spells out the likely ramifications of a no-deal Brexit, the broadsheet claimed.

    The document said logjams could affect fuel distribution, while up to 85 per cent of trucks using the main ports to continental Europe might not be ready for French customs. The availability of fresh food would be diminished and prices would go up, said the newspaper. 

    Meanwhile Carrie Symonds and PR  expert will accompany British PM when he goes to stay with Queen Elizabeth II at her private Scottish retreat. The monarch traditionally hosts the prime minister for a weekend in September. It is thought Symonds will be the first unmarried partner of a sitting PM to stay at Balmoral.

  • More than a thousand people took part in the two demonstrations in the British capital. Protesters supporting the activists paraded banners reading "Will Britain hold China to its promise on Hong Kong's freedom?", "Power to the people: stand with Hong Kong" and "Will Boris surrender to China?", referring to new Prime Minister Boris Johnson. Others said "The only place I want pepper is in my noodle soup", "SOS: please save Hong Kong" and "No China extradition".

    The gathering was organised by the StandwithHK and D4HK groups. The old British colonial Hong Kong flag was seen at the demonstration.

    Britain handed control of Hong Kong back to China in 1997 on the basis of the Joint Declaration it signed with Beijing, which guarantees freedoms in the semi-autonomous city until 2047.

    Counter-protesters waved Chinese flags and held up signs saying "traitor", "one nation, one China" and "Hong Kong is part of China forever".

    Meanwhile in Paris, during the weekly "yellow vest" demonstrations, some participants also showed their support for the Hong Kong protesters.

    In Hong Kong, democracy activists kicked off a weekend of fresh rallies on Saturday in a major test for the movement following criticism over an airport protest earlier this week and as concerns mount over Beijing's next move.

    Ten weeks of demonstrations have plunged the international finance hub into crisis, with communist-ruled mainland China taking an increasingly hardline tone.

  • "On August 22, the MHRD will launch the world's biggest project for teacher training called NISHTHA (National Initiative on School Teachers Head Holistic Advancement), under which more than 42 lakh teachers will be trained," Rina Ray, Secretary, Department of School Education and Literacy, MHRD, said.

    At an event organised here, HRD Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank said, "India has traditionally been known for leadership in education and teacher preparation.

    For thousands of years, Indian teachers were considered as vishwa guru." The achievements of the ancient Indian education system were legendary, he said, adding that schools were the foundation of any progressive nation and teachers were the powerhouse of the society, who molded and shaped the future of students to become productive citizens of tomorrow.

    Reena Ray said around 19,000 teacher-training institutes across the country were mapped and put on Google Earth.

    "Users can go online not only to see the geographical location of these institutes around the country, but also to check their report cards and give their feedback," she added.

    Yaduvendra Mathur, Special Secretary, NITI Aayog, was also present on the occasion. "Teachers are the pillars of the society, but it is important to upgrade their skills and ensure that they are trained in the best way. This is only possible in collaboration with teacher education institutions, which play a key role in their actual transformation," he said.

  • The fire broke out at the teaching block of the hospital forcing evacuation and affecting the emergency department, though no one was injured in the incident.

    The building was emptied when the blaze started at around 5pm on Saturday. The incident took place due to a short circuit. The fire broke out at the teaching block of the AIIMS, destroying samples and medical reports and forcing evacuation of some patients, though no one was injured.

    Former Finance Minister Arun Jaitley is undergoing treatment at the AIIMS hospital, but he is admitted in a different building.

    Dark plumes of smoke were seen billowing out from top of the premier health institute. A Delhi Fire Services official said that they received a call of fire in the PC and Teaching Block of the hospital at around 5 PM and 34 fire tenders were immediately dispatched to contain it.

    Meanwhile, Chief Minister of Delhi has tweeted, "The fire in AIIMS building will be brought under control at the earliest. Fire service trying it's best to extinguish the fire. I appeal to everyone to maintain calm and allow the fire services personnel to do their work."