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              Indian Army and Kazakhstan Army today completed the third edition of their joint military Exercise KAZIND 2018 in Otar Military area, Kazakhstan in a significant step towards fostering military and diplomatic ties between the two countries.

  • The Vice President, Shri M Venkaiah Naidu today advised medical students to imbibe the values of discipline, dedication and serve selflessly to become successful in their careers.

    Interacting with MBBS third year students from Gitam Institute of Medical Science and Research, Visakhapatnam, he reminded them that medicine was a noble profession and asked them to be always guided by moral compass.

  • Text of PM’s speech at dedication of Jharsuguda airport and other development projects to the nation at Chhattisgarh

  • The Queen Mother of Bhutan, Her Majesty Gyalyum Dorji Wangmo Wangchuck, called on the President of India, Shri Ram Nath Kovind, at Rashtrapati Bhavan today (September 22, 2018).

    Welcoming the Queen Mother to Rashtrapati Bhavan, the President said that India deeply appreciates the Government of Bhutan’s initiative of organising ‘Bhutan Week’, as part of the golden jubilee celebrations of establishment of formal diplomatic relations between India and Bhutan.

  • The Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi, visited Chhattisgarh today. At Janjgir-Champa, he visited an exhibition on traditional handloom and agriculture. He laid the foundation stone for national highway projects, and the Pendra-Anuppur 3rd railway line.

  • Unnecessary controversies are being sought to be created following media reports regarding a statement purportedly made by the former French President, Francois Hollande, concerning the selection of Reliance Defence as the Offset partner by Dassault, the manufacturers of Rafale aircraft.

  • India takes a giant leap towards providing accessible and affordable healthcare to the common man with the launch of Ayushman Bharat – Pradhan Mantri Jan AarogyaYojana (AB-PMJAY) by the Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi on 23rd September, 2018 at Ranchi, Jharkhand.

  • Commander Abhilash Tomy KC of the Indian Navy, representing India in the Golden Globe Race 2018(GGR) on an indigenously built sailing vessel ‘Thuriya’ was dismasted and suffered a back injury yesterday.

  • The President of India, Shri Ram Nath Kovind, inaugurated the centenary celebrations of the Dakshina Bharat Hindi Prachar Sabha in New Delhi today (September 22, 2018).

    Speaking on the occasion, the President said that languages connect people.

  • Text of PM’s address at the laying of foundation stone of Talcher Fertilizer Plant, Odisha.

  • In an early morning initiative for making our cities clean and motivate people to adopt Swachhta as a way of life, more than 300 officials from the Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs, NDMC, NBCC, CPWD, HPL and other entities under the Ministry took part in a plogging exercise here today.

  • The Hon’ble Vice President of India, Shri M Venkaiah Naidu today addressed the 19thConvocation of National Board of Examinations (NBE), an autonomous body of Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, in presence of Shri Ashwini Kumar Choubey and SmtAnupriya Patel, Ministers of State for Health and Family Welfare.

  • The Vice President of India, Shri Venkaiah Naidu has advised the graduating Doctors to be never content on complacent with status quo and yearn to learn and learn to innovate. He was addressing the 19th Convocation of the National Board of Examinations, in New Delhi today.

  • The Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi, will visit Odisha and Chhattisgarh on September 22, 2018.

    At Talcher in Odisha, he will unveil a plaque to mark the commencement of work for the revival of Talcher Fertilizer Plant.

  • The Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi, will launch the Pradhan Mantri Jan Arogya Yojana (PMJAY) at Ranchi, Jharkhand, on September 23, 2018.Under this scheme, over 10 crore families will be provided health assurance worth Rs. 5 lakh each, every year.

  • The celebration of ParyatanParv (16th to 27th September 2018) organized by the Ministry of Tourism reached a high note on its 4th and 5th day, with a series of activities and events being held across the country.

  • The Minister for Road Transport & Highways, Shipping, Water Resources, River Development and Ganga Rejuvenation Shri Nitin Gadkari will be on a two day official visit to Shillong on the 24th and 25th of this month to do an extensive review of every National Highways project in the seven North Eastern states with all stakeholders.

  • The Vice President of India, Shri M. Venkaiah Naidu was on an official Visit to Serbia, Malta and Romania from September 14-20, 2018 and returned today after a successful official visit.

    The visit was characterised by extremely cordial discussions with Heads of Governments, PMs and other senior political leaders.

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    Prime Minister laying the foundation stone of IICC

     

    The Prime Minister, Narendra Modi, today laid the foundation stone for India International Convention and Expo Centre (IICC) at Dwarka, New Delhi.



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




  • The CBI has charge-sheeted 51 people for alleged rioting at the residence and office of Haryana minister Abhimanyu Singh during protests to demand res...




  • BJP chief Amit Shah will arrive in Kerala today on a day-long visit to gear up the party for the 2019 general elections. BJP sources said, o...



  • Afghan envoy to New Delhi Shaida Abdali has said that India and Afghanistan must stand together to free the two countries from terrorism. Speaking in New Delhi on Monday, Abdali condemned the terror attack in Jalalabad in which several people, including a number of Sikhs, were killed.



  • In Thailand, all 12 boys and their soccer coach have been confirmed alive after going missing in a flooded cave network in northern province.



  • Extending losses for the second session, the rupee weakened by 16 paise to trade at 68.96 against the US dollar in early trade on Tuesday on sustained capital outflows amid strengthening of the American currency overseas.



  • In the FIFA World Cup, Brazil and Belgium registered contrasting victories last night to seal a place in the quarterfinals and set up a last-8 clash on Friday.


  • Addressing a press conference in New Delhi, Ravi Shankar Prasad said that Rahul Gandhi' statement is irresponsible.

    Ravi Shankar Prasad also accused the Congress leader of helping enemies by insisting upon disclosure of all weapon system.

  • Prime Minister also laid the foundation stone of Bilaspur-Pathrapali four-lane. Chief Minister Raman Singh, and Union Minister of Road Transport, Nitin Gadkari were present on the occasion. 

    Addressing the Kisan Sammelan, Prime MInister talked at length about the efforts of the Central Government and the Chhattisgarh Government towards the welfare of the state's farmers, youth and poor. 

    Prime Minsiter said that former prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee's idea of creating smaller states of Chhattisgarh, Jharkhand and Uttarakhand has resulted in development of hilly and backward areas in these regions. 

    Prime Minister said that earlier Chhattigarh was know for naxalism but now, due to policy adopted by the state govt, the state is counted among vibrant states in the country. 

    Prime MInister also said that now farmers are now easily getting urea due to reforms like neem coated urea. 
     

  • President Abdullah Yameen is in straight contest with Ibrahim   Mohamed Solih who is the candidate for Joint opposition, comprising of four parties.

     Around 260,000 people are eligible to vote during elections which will be third in country’s history after it switched over to full-pledged democracy in 2008. The official declaration of results are expected by Monday.

    President Yameen has made economic development and safeguarding Islamic faith as his election plank while the opposition is banking on corruption within government and human rights violations apart from improving Maldives relations with its neighbours.

    India has said it is closely monitoring the situation and expressed hope that the elections would be free and fair.

    However, opposition have expressed fear of disruptions on polling day and clamping of emergency if the incumbent President loses.

     The Asian network for free elections (ANFREL) has said the political environment in the country was heavily tipped in favour of President Yameen and they did not expect a fair contest.

    ANFREL said in a statement that it was recognised by the Maldivian Elections Commission but its staff were denied visas to enter the country.

    A number of international journalists have also been denied permission to cover the polls.

    Maldives government had imposed emergency in the country in February after Supreme court ruled for fair trial of convicted opposition leaders including former President Nasheed, who is in exile now.

  • An all-India jury constituted by Film Federation of India (FFI) under the chairmanship of Kannada producer Rajendra Singh Babu made the announcement at a press conference in Mumbai.

    Set in Das' own village of Chhaygaon in Assam, 'Village Rockstars' is the story of 'poor but amazing children' who live a fun-filled life.

    The film which had its World Premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival and India premiere at the Mumbai Film Festival 2018, also won the Best Feature film Award at the 65th National Film Awards.

  • His lawyer had filed for a bail application, which was dismissed by the court.

    In its remand report, the police said that Mulakkal came to the convent with the intention of sexually assaulting the nun and on 5 May, 2014, he illegally confined her in Room 20 of the guest house at around 10.48 pm and "subjected her to unnatural sexual assault".

    The police further said that the accused threatened the nun with dire consequences if she ever revealed the incident.

  • The MV Nyerere ferry overturned near Ukara island on its way from Bugorora.

    It is thought the overloaded vessel tipped over when crowds on board moved to one side as it docked. The boat was carrying more than 300 people onboard.

    Meanwhile, Tanzanian President John Magufuli on Friday ordered the arrest of the management of a ferry that capsized in Lake Victoria.

    President also declared four days of mourning and warned against politicizing the disaster.

  • No group immediately claimed responsibility for the assault in Ahvaz, which saw gunfire spray into a crowd of marching Guardsmen, bystanders and government officials watching from a nearby riser.

    Iran's Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif immediately blamed the attack on regional countries and their "US masters," further raising regional tensions as Tehran's nuclear deal with world powers is in jeopardy after President Donald Trump withdrew America from the accord.

  • Speaking on the occasion, President Kovind said that languages connect people.

    He said, there are numerous languages and dialects in India and all of them have their special nature and beauty.

    President said that institutions like the Dakshina Bharat Hindi Prachar Sabha have played a very important role in strengthening the emotional unity of the country.

    He noted that the Sabha has developed a network of about 20 thousand Hindi campaigners.

  • Prime Minister said that connectivity is key to ending regional disparity. He said that his government's policies like Udan have been designed to ensure that those who wear hawai chappals can now travel by air.
     

  • Prime Minister firmly believes that connectivity is at the core of all round development. The Modi government has devoted significant efforts to enhance connectivity all over the nation. Jharsuguda airport is an example of this.

    Prime Minister also witnessed the take off of the first Flight to Raipur. The flight was given a traditional water cannon salute before take off.

    Prime Minister also dedicated to the nation various projects including the Garjanbahal coal mines and the Jharsuguda-Barapali-Sardega rail link. These projects in Odisha will benefit the energy sector and enhance connectivity.

    Before the inauguration, Prime Minister Modi was briefed about the Airport Master plan, terminal building layout. Prime minister said that his govt was committed to the development of East India in keeping with the Sabka Saath Sabka Vikas philosophy.
     

  • According to a press release issued by the Ministry of Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation of Nepal, Jaya Prada will be Goodwill Ambassador for four years. 

    Tourism is one of the important sources of employment and income generation in Nepal and India is thebiggest source market for Nepal.

    The appointment of Jaya Prada will further strengthen age old cultural ties between the two countries and help in promoting Nepal's tourism in India.

    The Govt. of Nepal has decided to observe the year 2020 as the 'Visit Nepal Year' with a target of at least two million international arrivals every year. 

  • The ambitious scheme, Pradhan Mantri Jan Arogya Abhiyan (PMJAY), aims to provide a coverage of Rs five lakh per family annually, benefiting more than 10 crore poor families. 

    Eligible people can avail the benefits in the government and listed private hospitals. The scheme will target poor, deprived rural families and identified occupational category of urban workers' families, 8.03 crore in rural and 2.33 crore in urban areas, as per the latest Socio-Economic Caste Census (SECC) data. It will cover around 50 crore people.

    The entitlement is being decided on the basis of deprivation criteria in the SECC database. The beneficiaries are identified based on the deprivation categories (D1, D2, D3, D4, D5, and D7) identified under the SECC database for rural areas. For the urban areas, the 11 occupational criteria will determine entitlement.

    Eleven occupational categories of workers include rag pickers, beggars, domestic workers, street vendors, cobblers/ hawkers/ other service providers working on streets, construction workers/ plumbers/ masons/ labours/ painters/ welders/ security guards/ coolies and other head-load workers and sanitation workers.

    In addition, the Rashtriya Swasthya Bima Yojna (RSBY) beneficiaries in states where it is active are also included. There is no cap on family size and age in the scheme, ensuring that nobody is left out. One would only need to establish one's identity to avail benefits under the scheme and it could be through Aadhaar card or election ID card or ration card. Having an Aadhaar card is not mandatory to avail the scheme's benefit.

    In case of hospitalisation, members of the beneficiary families do not need to pay anything under the scheme, provided one goes to a government or an empanelled private hospital.

    The National Health Agency (NHA), the apex body implementing the AB-NHPM has launched a website and a helpline number to help prospective beneficiaries check if their name is there in the final list. One can visit the website mera.pmjay.gov.in or call up the helpline (14555) to check their enrolment.

    A beneficiary needs to key in his or her mobile number, which is verified through an OTP and then complete the KYC (know your customer) online without any need for human interface with other documents. They can also call the helpline number to check their enrolment. Each empanelled hospital will have an 'Ayushman Mitra' to assist patients and will coordinate with beneficiaries and the hospital. They will run a help desk, check documents to verify the eligibility and enrolment to the scheme.

    Also, all the beneficiaries will be given letters having QR codes which will be scanned and a demographic authentication conducted for identification and to verify his or her eligibility to avail the benefits of the scheme. The Health Ministry has included 1,354 packages in the scheme under which treatment for coronary bypass, knee replacements and stenting, among others, would be provided at 15-20 per cent cheaper rates than the Central Government Health Scheme (CGHS). Modi had announced the launch of the scheme from ramparts of the Red Fort during his Independence day speech.

    As many as 31 states and Union Territories have signed MoUs with the Centre and will implement the programme over the next two to three months, after its launch on Sunday. Remaining states and UTs which include Telangana, Odisha, Delhi, Kerala and Punjab have not signed, so the scheme will not be implemented in those states till they come on board.

    Over 8,735 hospitals, both public and private, have been empanelled for the scheme. "The prime minister will launch the scheme on September 23 but effectively it will become operational from September 25 on the birth anniversary of Pandit Deendayal Upadhyay," said Niti Aayog member V K Paul, who is the chief architect of the scheme. He said in the current fiscal, the burden on the Centre is likely to be around Rs 3,500 crore.

    Billed as the world's largest government healthcare programme, it will be funded with 60 per cent contribution coming from the central government and the remaining from the states. "We have received applications from 15,000 hospitals for being empanelled ... Out of this half, that means 7,500 applications for empanelment are private hospitals," Paul said, adding in some states the process for empanelment is yet to start.

    Asked about the cost to the exchequer in the current fiscal, he said, "Around Rs 3,500 crore has been budgeted by the central government for the scheme this year." He said Rs 2,000 crore had been provided in the budget for 2018-19 as token money for the scheme.

    "We are six months into this fiscal and we also know that only 27 states will go immediately into operations. Therefore full uptake is still be building up. Accordingly, Rs 1,500 crore more has been sought, so we now have Rs 3,500 crore as the central government budget," he said. 

  • External Affairs Ministry in a release said, he will be accompanied by a six member delegation.

    Guterres will be participating in the Mahatma Gandhi International Sanitation Convention scheduled to be held at Rashtrapati Bhawan Cultural Centre, New Delhi on October 2.

    The event will mark the launch of Mahatma Gandhi's 150th Birth Anniversary celebrations as well as the 4th anniversary of the Swachh Bharat Mission. 

    He will also attend the joint inaugural ceremony of the First Assembly of International Solar Alliance, 2nd RE-INVEST Conference and Energy Ministers Meet of Indian Ocean Rim Association of States member countries on the same day in New Delhi.

    He will call on President Ram Nath Kovind and Prime Minister Narendra Modi and will hold delegation level talks with External Affairs Minister.

    Both sides are expected to focus on a range of multilateral and regional issues and explore ways to strengthen India's growing engagement with the United Nations.

  • During the 5th meeting of Nepal-India Boundary Working Group (BWG) concluded in Kathmandu on Friday, both sides also agreed to continue mapping of no man’s land encroachment and cross-border occupation. 

    The meeting decided to make necessary correspondence to respective authorities to maintain and comply the earlier decisions of maintaining the status quo in the cultivation of land until a solution is reached between the two governments.

    During the three-day meeting extensive discussion was held on various matters relating to ongoing Nepal-India boundary work. The meeting also reviewed the outcome of the 4th meeting of BWG held in Dehradun last year and observed that the guidelines issued by it have been properly followed.

    It agreed to finalize the work schedule for the remaining field seasons.

    BWG is a joint body constituted by the Governments of India and Nepal in 2014 to carryout works in the fields of construction, restoration and repair of boundary pillars including clearance of ‘No-man’s land’ and other technical tasks.

  • The coming-of-age film follows Dhunu, a girl who grows up in poverty and learns to fend for herself.

    However, that does not prevent her from following her dream of forming a rock band and owning a guitar someday.

    The announcement was made by SV Rajendra Singh Babu, Chairman, Selection Committee for Oscar Award, FFI.

    The film had its world premiere at the 2017 Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) and has toured more than 70 prestigious international and national film festivals. Sanjay Leela Bhansali's "Padmaavat", Alia Bhatt-starrrer "Raazi", Rani Mukerji fronted "Hichki", Shoojit Sircar's "October", "Love Sonia" directed by Tabrez Noorani, "Tumbaad", "Halkaa", "Kadvi Hawa" and latest release "Manto" were part of the list of 28 films submitted for next year's Oscars.

    No Indian film has ever won an Oscar. The last Indian film that made it to the final five in the Best Foreign Film category list was Ashutosh Gowariker's "Lagaan" in 2001.

    "Mother India" (1958) and "Salaam Bombay" (1989) are the other two Indian movies to have made it to the top five.

    Hindi film "Newton" by director Amit Masurkar and starring Rajkummar Rao was India's official submission to the Oscars last year. 

  • The animal called Dickinsonia, which grew up to 1.4 metres in length, was part of the Ediacara Biota that lived on Earth 20 million years prior to the 'Cambrian explosion' of modern animal life.

    Researchers from Australian National University (ANU) found the fossil so well preserved in a remote area near the White Sea in the northwest of Russia that the tissue still contained molecules of cholesterol, a type of fat that is the hallmark of animal life.

    The 'Cambrian explosion' was when complex animals and other macroscopic organisms -- such as molluscs, worms, arthropods and sponges -- began to dominate the fossil record.

    "The fossil fat molecules that we've found prove that animals were large and abundant 558 million years ago, millions of years earlier than previously thought," said Jochen Brocks from the ANU.

    "Scientists have been fighting for more than 75 years over what Dickinsonia and other bizarre fossils of the Edicaran Biota were: giant single-celled amoeba, lichen, failed experiments of evolution or the earliest animals on Earth," said Brocks.

    "The fossil fat now confirms Dickinsonia as the oldest known animal fossil, solving a decades-old mystery that has been the Holy Grail of palaeontology," he said.

    The team developed a new approach to study Dickinsonia fossils, which hold the key between the old world dominated by bacteria and the world of large animals that emerged 540 million years ago during the 'Cambrian explosion'.

    "The problem that we had to overcome was finding Dickinsonia fossils that retained some organic matter," said Ilya Bobrovskiy, a PhD scholar at ANU. "Most rocks containing these fossils such as those from the Ediacara Hills in Australia have endured a lot of heat, a lot of pressure, and then they were weathered after that -- these are the rocks that palaeontologists studied for many decades, which explained why they were stuck on the question of Dickinsonia's true identity," she said.