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    The Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi has condoled the loss of lives due to cyclone in Tamil Nadu. 

    The Prime Minister said, “My thoughts are with the families of those who lost their lives due to cyclonic conditions in parts of Tamil Nadu.

  • Union Minister for Drinking Water and Sanitation Uma Bharati  has said that people on the bank of Ganga ned to take proactive charge of maintaining and raising sanitation standards so that the cleaniness of the river can be ensured.

  • Shri Jual Oram, Union Minister for Tribal Affairs inaugurated the “Aadi Mahotsav” a National Tribal Festival to celebrate, cherish and promote the spirit of tribal craft, culture, cuisine and commerce at Delhi Haat, INA today.

  • In a section of media, there have been some reports about Maternity Leave Incentive Scheme. In this regard, the Ministry of Labour & Employment has clarified the following -

     

    Background- (i) The Maternity Benefit Act, 1961 applies to establishments employing 10 or more than 10 persons in Factories, Mines, Plantation, Shops & Establishments and other entities.

  • The Vice President of India, Shri M. Venkaiah Naidu has said that India is witnessing an urban renaissance and has been set in motion. He was interacting with the Mayor of Houston, USA, Mr. Sylvester Turner, who called on the Vice President along with a high level trade and investment delegation including counselors, city planners, urban development officers and members of the Indo-American Business Chamber, in Mumbai today.

  • The Government of India has announced the Sale (Re-issue) of (i) ‘8.24 per cent Government Stock, 2027’ for a notified amount of  Rs. 3,000 crore (nominal) through price based auction, (ii) ‘7.

  • The Asian Development Bank (ADB) and the Government of India today signed a $105 million loan to continue financing the transmission system upgrades in Himachal Pradesh for increased supply of hydropower to the state and the national grid.

  • The Asian Development Bank (ADB) and the Government of India signed here todayin national capital a $300 million Loan Agreement to support lending by India Infrastructure Finance Company Limited (IIFCL).

  • Commerce Minister, Suresh Prabhu and Mr. KosmosbekCholponbaev, Minister of Health, Government of the Kyrgyz Republic Exchanging protocol on Trade, Economic, Scientific and Technological Cooperation

     

    The 9th Session of the India-Kyrgyz Inter-Governmental Commission on Trade, Economic, Scientific and Technological Cooperation (IK-IGC) was held on 15-16 November, 2018 in New Delhi and concluded today with signing of Protocol.

  • The 26th edition of Central and State Statistical Organizations(COCSSO) Conference was organized by theMinistry of Statistics and Programme Implementation (MoSPI) in collaboration with Directorate of Economics and Statistics, Government of Himachal Pradeshat Dharamshala, Himachal Pradesh on 15th and 16th November, 2018.

  • Ministry of Women and Child Development, In pursuance of Section 3 of the National Commission for Women Act, 1990, has nominated the following as Members of the National Commission for Women:

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  • Union Minister for Shipping, Road Transport & Highways, Water Resources, River Development and Ganga Rejuvenation Shri Nitin Gadkari will inaugurate two floating restaurants under the ongoing water front development work of Mumbai Port in Mumbai tomorrow.

  • Asian Development Bank (ADB) and the Government of India signed here today a $169 million loan as the First Tranche of a $500 million multi-tranche financing to develop climate-resilient water supply, sewerage, and drainage infrastructure in at least 10 cities in the State of Tamil Nadu.

  • The Minister for Public Service & Good Governance, Law & Justice, Government of Tanzania (Zanzibar), Mr Haroun Ali Suleiman called on Union Minister of State for Personnel, Dr Jitendra Singh here yesterday and discussed India’s experience with good practices in governance as well as possibilities of exchange programmes at academic level with Lal Bahadur Shastri National Academy of Administration (LBSNAA), Mussoorie and other Indian institutions.

  • CSIR-Central Road Research Institute has organized a two-day international conference titled “Pavements and Computational Approaches” from 16-17 November 2018, at its premises in New Delhi. The objective of the conference is to deliberate upon advancements in pavement technology and road infrastructure engineering across the world, with special emphasis to the requirements of developing countries.

  • The Empowered Committee of Officers under Nirbhaya Fund, under the Chairmanship of Secretary, Women and Child Development Ministry has today approved the following three major proposals:

    Department of Justice, Ministry of Law and Justice proposal to set up 1023 Fast Track Special Courts (FTSCs) to dispose off pending cases of rape, and POCSO Act across the country.

  • The Directorate General of Shipping has proposed the establishment of a Traffic Separation Scheme (TSS) off the south-west coast of India to prevent collision incidents between merchant vessels and fishing vessels off the coast of Kerala.

  • A truly seamless multi model transport hub integrating all modes of transport is to be developed at Surat Railway station wherein all the three levels of Government, namely Central Government (Railways), State Government (Gujarat State Road Transport Corporation) and local government (Surat Municipal Corporation) have come together to pool their lands and also form a SPV named SITCO.

  • Suresh Prabhu giving away innovation awards to agri startups in New Delhi

     

    Countries across the world are facing threat of climate change and there is an urgent need for innovation in agriculture, said Union Minister of Commerce & Industry and Civil Aviation, Suresh Prabhu.

  • The cyclonic storm ‘Gaja’ over interior Tamilnadu moved nearly westwards, weakened into a deep depression and lay centred at 1130 hrs IST of today, the 16th November, 2018 over interior Tamilnadu near latitude 10.5°N and longitude 77.6°E, about 80 km northwest of Madurai.

  • The iconic character started life as the star of 'Steamboat Willie', a short cartoon released in 1928.

    Conceived by illustrator and entrepreneur Walt Disney, Mickey is the enduring symbol of the multi billion dollar brand.

    Over the last 90 years, numerous Disney theme parks have popped up world wide and the mouse is a world famous character, appearing on clothing, homewares and even food.

    Mickey Mouse has starred or had cameos in hundreds of movies, video games and television shows, most notably 'Fantasia' and 'Get a Horse'.

    'Mickey's 90th Spectacular' celebrated his birthday in a two-hour television event this month. He was joined by stars including Kristen Bell and John Stamos, who were there to commemorate the life and times of the world's most famous mouse.

  • Polling is taking place in seven districts of Jammu division, six in Kashmir Valley and two in Ladakh. The polls are being conducted on the non-party basis. 427 candidates are in the fray for 536 Sarpanch Halqas and 5,951 candidates for 4,048 Panch wards in the first phase.
     
    Polling, which began at 8 am, will end till 2 PM. Counting of votes will be taken up immediately after the polling is completed.
     
    To ensure smooth and peaceful polling, adequate security measures have been taken and forces are deployed in strength in poll-bound areas.
     
    State's Chief Electoral Officer Shaleen Kabra had announced nine-phase polling for Panchayat elections in the state. Last Panchayat polls in Jammu and Kashmir were held in 2011.
     
    Elections to the local urban bodies were completed in four phases recently and the results were announced on the 20th of last month.

  • Poll heat in the battle for five states rose several notches on Friday with Prime Minister Narendra Modi addressing 3 rallies on the same day..one in Chhattisgarh and two in Madhya Pradesh.

    The day's first rally was Chhattisgarh's Ambikapur..The PM went on a full throttle assault against the Congress saying the party should account for ruling the country for 4 generations. He also challenged the grand old party to elect a non-Gandhi family party President for at least 5 years.

    The PM reached out to voters set to go to polling booths on Tuesday next week saying people have rejected the notion that only one family has the right to address the nation from the ramparts of the red fort. Hailing the high turnout in the naxal affected zone of the state during the first phase of polling. The PM praised Bastar voters for giving a resounding reply to bullets with ballot.
     

    Next in Madhya Pradesh's Shahdol. The PM attacked the previous Congress govts in the state here as well. He said the developmental work that the Congress couldn't do during 54 years of its rule in MP was done by the BJP govt in the last 15 years. He also said there needs to be accounting for the Congress's rule for 4 generations and a tea sellers rule for since 2014.

    The PM also praised the Shivraj Chauhan govt's work saying the Central govt has promised to provide a home to each family by 2022 but 12 lakh homes have already handed over in Madhya Pradesh. He also lauded the MP govt's success in taking rapists to the gallows in the shortest time.

    PM's last outreach to voters for the day was in Gwalior where he recalled late leaders like Atal Behari Vajpayee, Kushabhau Thakre & Vijayaraje Scindia. He recounted the Centre's successes and efforts & appealed to voters to return the Shivraj govt to power in Bhopal.

    PM's rallies clearly indicate that the battle for 5 states is now headed into its final round. The second phase of polling in chhattisgarh is to be held next week on Tuesday. All 230 seats in MP go to polls on the 28th of this month.

  • IFFI 2018 will also feature Retrospective of Swedish filmmaker Ingmar Bergman on his 100th birth anniversary. IFFI 2018 will showcase 7 of best films of his career. 

    Israel is the focus country at this year's movie extravaganza.10 Israeli films that will be screened at the festival as part of the country focus package. 

    Jharkhand has been selected as the State of Focus for IFFI 2018 and Jharkhand Day will be celebrated on the 24th of this month as part of the festival. 

    The Indian Panorama section at IFFI will comprise 26 feature and 21 non-feature Indian films. The Feature film Jury selected the film 'OLU', directed by Shaji N Karun as the Opening feature film of Indian Panorama 2018.  

    Indian sports biopics, such as "Mary Kom", "1983" and "MSD: The Untold Story", will have open air screenings. This year IFFI will showcase some of the best films of Vinod Khanna, who received the Dada Saheb Phalke award posthumously.

    This year homage will be paid to Shashi Kapoor, Sridevi, M. Karunanidhi and Kalpana Lajmi. A Special Package for Visually Impaired Children special screenings with audio description will be organized for the children who are visually impaired.

  • The Speaker, for the first time in Sri Lanka’s history entered the floor of the House protected behind dozens of police officials as MPs from Rajapaksa side disrupted the house and delayed the proceedings. 

    The session was delayed for over 30 minutes as government MPs  had begun a protest surrounding the Speaker’s chair and a MP occupying the Speaker’s seat. 

    They had begun the protest, calling for the immediate arrest of two MPs from the United National Party (UNP) , for bringing in knives into the Parliament a day earlier.

    President Maithripala Sirisena, issuing a statement on his official Twitter account urged all parliamentarians to uphold the principles of democracy and parliamentary traditions at all times.He also said he will not prorogue Parliament under any circumstances.

    Ousted Prime minister Ranil Wickremesinghe said they have the majority and can form government. He also termed Friday’s events as not merely a disruption of the House, but an attempt to destroy parliamentary democracy. 
     

  • He conferred the National awards for excellence in journalism for 2018 including the prestigious Raja Ram Mohan Roy award to eminent journalist N Ram and journalist Rubi Sarkar. 

    While addressing, the Minister said that there are challanges in Media industry. He stressed on the need of retaining credibility in the media sector. 

    The minister added that the the media is free to express its views to the viewers.
     

  • Section 144 has been in place from Nov 15 midnight for 7 days in Sanni-dhanam Pampa and Ilavunkal Nilackal. 

  • Prime Minister is the highest ranking leader attending the ceremony and will be accompanied by a high level delegation including National security adviser and Foreign secretary. 

    He will also have bilateral talks with Solih after the swearing in ceremony and return to New Delhi late evening. 

    This is the first visit of PM Modi to Maldives and marks the beginning of a new chapter in Indo- Maldives relations. 

    The ties between the two countries were strained during the regime of outgoing President Abdulla Yameen and this will be the first high level visit in last three years. 

    The visit is expected to give a new momentum to bilateral relations under the new government and Solih is likely to visit India in near future. 

    The smooth transfer of power will mark the restoration of democracy in Maldives as well as a major diplomatic boost for India.

    An understanding may be reached during Modi’s visit to expedite the existing Indian projects and bring new investments in the country.  

    The outgoing government had delayed a number of Indian projects, including a training academy for the Maldivian police and setting up of a coastal radar surveillance system. Indo-Maldivian defence partnership is  likely to be expanded to cover various areas in the maritime sector .

  • Chasing a modest 146-run target, Ireland, who lost wickets at regular intervals, could all manage 93/8 in the stipulated 20 overs as Deepti Sharma got 2 fo 15 in 3 overs. Radha Yadav picked 3/25 in 4 overs.

    Earlier, batting first, India scored 145 for six with Mithali Raj scoring 51 off 56 balls and Smriti Mandhana supporting with 33 off 29 balls.

  • Overall imports in April-October 2018-19* are estimated to be USD 374.88 Billion, exhibiting a positive growth of 18.88 per cent over the same period last year.

    Exports in merchandise trade in October 2018 were US $ 26.98 Billion, as compared to US $ 22.89 Billion in October 2017, exhibiting a positive growth of 17.86 per cent.

    Exports in Trade in services for September 2018 were US $ 16.38 Billion registering a negative growth of 0.88%.

  • Earlier the opposition parties had demanded putting off the implementation of the apex court order till January 22, when review petitions against the verdict are slated to come up for hearing.

    Rejecting that demand, Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan pointed out that since the court had not stayed its September 28 verdict, there was no other option but to allow women in the age group of 10-50 years to enter during the upcoming pilgrim season.

    No consensus emerged at the nearly three-hour long meeting. Opposition Congress-led United Democratic Front and the BJP staged a walkout at the fag end of the crucial parleys, convened two days ahead of the temple's opening on November 17 for the two-month long pilgrim season.

    Frenzied protests by devotees and various outfit activists had prevented women in the 10-50 age group from entering the temple, when it had opened twice since last month after the apex court order.
     

  • The meeting took place at the Presidential Secretariat late in the evening on Thursday. United National Party (UNP) Assistant Leader Ravi Karunanayake said that an agreement was reached to resolve the crisis by holding vote of confidence on Friday. 

    The President reportedly assured at the meeting that he will address the issue in Parliament and resolve it over the next few days.

    Earlier, Parliament was disrupted today due to clashes between two sides led by new Prime minister Mahinda Rajapaksa and ousted PM Ranil Wickremsinghe. 

  • With campaigning in full swing in the five poll bound states, leaders across party lines are addressing rallies across the length and breadth of the political battleground. Campaigning for the second phase of Assembly elections in Chhattisgarh is reaching a crescendo. On Thursday, Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh and UP Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath addressed rallies for BJP candidates in Chhattisgarh.

    In Madhya Pradesh senior leaders of both the BJP and the Congress have been addressing rallies across the state, urging the voters to support them.

    In Madhya Pradesh 536 candidates have withdrawn from the race leaving a total of 2,932 candidates in the fray for the 230 assembly seats.

    In Rajasthan, Parties are still finalising candidates names before the deadline of November 19. BJP released the second list of 31 candidates on Wednesday, following the 131 names released in the first list, making a total of 162 candidates so far. But the Congress has been slow off the blocks, having not released a list of any candidate so far. The party says the list will be released soon.

    Elections to the 200 assembly seats in Rajasthan will be hld on December 7. In Mizoram, Election Commission has appointed IAS Officer Ashish Kundra as the Chief Electoral Officer of the state in place of SB Shashank. Kundra has been appointed with immediate effect on the advice of Mizoram Government.

    Filing of nominations also continues in full swing for the Telangana polls which will take place on December 7 along with Rajasthan. PM Modi will also join the campaign on the electoral battlefield, by addressing rallies in Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh on Friday.

  • Addressing the 25th World Congress of Savings and Retail Banks in New Delhi, Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley reiterated that financial inclusion remians at the very core of NDA government policies since 2014.

    He stressed that an aspirational society cannot wait indefinitely for the benefits of growth to improve the quality of life of the poor and added that a high rate of growth is necessary to alleviate poverty and ensure that benefits of development reach the poor.

    He admitted that the penetration effect of growth will certainly take place but it will be a slow process. He said the ultimate objective was to bank the unbanked, secure the unsecured, fund the unfunded and service the unserviced areas

    Finance Minister Jailtey said that centre started a massive drive and opened 33 crore accounts under the Pradhan Mantri Jan Dhan Yojana in a few months. Centre opened zero balance accounts. To further incentivise operational accounts an overdraft facility was also provided. Further the government offered insurance at very affordable premium as part of the social security.

    A total of 14.1 crore people are enrolled under accident insurance while 5.5 crore have availed life insurance under the scheme. For funding the unfunded, the government introduced the Mudra scheme where women account for 54 per cent of the beneficiaries.

    The Finance Minister said a new taxation regime is in place for the informal sector to ensure a better life for the marginalised sections of society. He said that to formalise the economy, the government demonetised high value currency.

    He also talked about the tax reforms adding that the tax system became completely online and brought many activities into the formal system. He said the goal of financial inclusion of every Indian citizen will be achieved by this year-end. 
     

  • The cyclone is expected to continue moving westwards and weaken further into depression near Kerala and Tamil Nadu coast. 

    Thus, rains are expected to continue over Tamil Nadu, Kerala and South Interior Karnataka.

  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi reiterating India's vision of a peaceful, open and inclusive Indo Pacific region at the 13th East Asia Summit in Singapore. Prime Minister called for strengthening of maritime cooperation and a commitment to a balanced RCEP.

    East Asia Summit has been formed to further the objectives of regional peace, security and prosperity. India, Russia, USA, Japan, Australia, China and Republic of Korea are among the 18 members. As a result, the forum plays an important role in the regional architecture.

    The 13th summit had a special focus on cooperation in Cyber security and smart cities.

    The Leaders pledged to Promote an open, secure, stable, accessible, and peaceful ICT environment while upholding States' sovereignty and protecting human rights.
     
    East Asia Member countries agreed to promote sustainable economic growth and prosperity and address the digital divide and development gap, by supporting digital economy initiatives

    Addressing the Singapore Fintech Festival on Wednesday, Prime Minister Narendra Modi had spoken of the challenges in the field that could be overcome only by concerted co-operation.

    “The emerging world of finance will succeed in our inter-connected world when our data and systems are trusted and secure.  Finally, we must invest in creating skills for the future. And, be prepared to back ideas and invest for the long term,” Prime Minister said.

    This thought found a relection in the outcome of the East Asia Summit.

    The Leaders statement laid emphasis on investment and innovation, entrepreneurship, assisting Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs) to utilise ICTs and participate in the digital economy and building synergies to complement the ASEAN Smart Cities Network Initiative

    The last day of Prime Minister Modi's visit began with an informal India- ASEAN breakfast meeting. Prime Minister Modi said that it is necessary that India and ASEAN move forward to cement old bonds and move towards a glorious future. Prime Minister reiterated that ties of India with ASEAN countries are growing strong and are contributing to a peaceful and prosperous planet.

    Prime Minister Narendra Modi also met & felicitated the winning teams of India Singapore Hackathon and NCC cadets in Singapore. The Hackathon was agreed to during in June when PM Modi visited Singapore. NTU in Singapore & AICTE in India conducted the hackathon that included solving 8 problem statements
     

  • On the occasion, Indian Ambassador Puri said handicrafts binds India and Nepal and their societies together. He also said handicraft is developing in Nepal not only by keeping traditional ethos and values but also going to new areas.  

    The five-day fair is organised by the Federation of Handicraft Associations of Nepal (FHAN) and Government of Nepal. 

    Various handicraft products, arts & crafts, gift and decorative articles and potteries have been showcased on more than 200 stalls. 

    The main objective of the fair is to promote handicrafts and provide a common platform to local exporters and producers and foreign buyers and sellers of handicrafts. 

  • Issues like cooperation in financial technology, enhanced connectivity and regional economic integration, came up for discussion during the meeting. Both leaders discussed the recent review of the Comprehensive Economic Cooperation Agreement between India and Singapore.

    The Prime Minister also met Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison. The two leaders discussed ways to deepen ties in trade & investment, defence & security and other areas of bilateral cooperation.

    Furthering India's Act East policy, Prime Minister Modi also held deliberations with Prime Minister of Thailand Prayut Chan-o-cha.
     

  • He said that Market Access Negotiations on goods are on track but same negotiations need to be done on services as well.

    Prime Minister Modi pitched for Early Conclusion by fast tracking the meetings. He added that RCEP should be modern, comprehensive, mutually beneficial and balanced.

    Earlier, Prime Minister of Singapore Lee Hsien Loong in his opening remark in Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) summit reaffirmed the commitment of ASEAN leaders in creating a multilateral trading system.

    Prime Minster of Singapore said that substanial progress in negotiations have been made this year and the conclusion of RCEP will send a clear signal of commitment to multilateral trade.

  • It will run till the 27th of November. The main theme is - Rural Enterprises in India.

    Eight hundred domestic and foreign companies are participating in the trade fair which will showcase their products.

    Entrepreneurs from South Africa, Thailand, China, Hong Kong, Iran, and Myanmar are participating in the fair. Afghanistan is the partner country, while Nepal is the focus country.

    The fair was inaugurated by Culture Minister Mahesh Sharma.

    Minister of State for Commerce and Industry, CR Chaudhary, was present on the occasion.

     

  • The 3423 kg satellite carries Ka and Ku band high throughput transponders, which will provide communication services to remote places in the North East and Jammu and Kashmir.

    Congratulating ISRO, Prime Minister Narendra Modi tweeted...

    'My heartiest congratulations to our scientists on the successful launch of GSLV MK III-D2 carrying GSAT-29 satellite. The double success sets a new record of putting the heaviest satellite in orbit by an Indian launch vehicle. @isro'

    ISRO Chairman Dr. K. Sivan said that the successful launch would further strengthen the Digital India initiative.

    The launch vehicle GSLV Mark III D2 placed the satellite  in the Geosynchronous Transfer Orbit, a little over 16 minutes after the lift off  at 1708 hrs on Wednesday.

    The satellite will be placed in its final Geostationary Orbit using the onboard propulsion system within the next few days after separation from launcher to reach
    the orbital slot.

    The satellite is equipped with a high resolution camera and optical communication payloads.

    The launch marked the second successful developmental flight for GSLV Mark III, designed to carry 4 ton class satellites into Geosynchronous Transfer Orbit.

    The first developmental flight of the launch vehicle was on 5th June last year, when it successfully placed GSAT 19 in orbit.

    The success will enable the launch vehicle to be deployed for Chandrayan 2 and India's first manned mission to space.

  • The Cabinet Committee on Parliamentary Affairs has recommended convening of the Winter Session from December 11 to January 8 and would have 20 working days.

    The centre has sought support and cooperation of all parties for the smooth functioning of Parliament during the session.

    Triple Talaq bill among other legislations to be on government's agenda in the session.

     

  • He said EPG has prepared report according to needs of the two countries and to redesign and redefine bilateral relations.

    Talking to media persons in Kathmandu Wednesday evening, Gyawali said it is a personal initiation of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Nepalese Prime Minister K.P.Sharma Oli.

    He said, EPG report is not made public due to busy schedule of both the prime ministers. EPG was a joint mechanism consisting experts and intellectuals from India and Nepal.

    It was set up in February 2016 to make suggestions for updating all existing bilateral treaties and agreements between both the countries. The group completed its two year term in July this year.

  • President Maithripala Sirsena met MPs and group supporting Rajapaksa in the evening and will meet minority parties to discuss the situation. 

    Speaker earlier sent a copy of the no-confidence motion and its decision along with signatures of 122 MPs to President requesting him to take appropriate action.

    The motion declared that the appointment of the new Prime Minister and cabinet by the President was against the constitution. 

    Ousted Prime Minister Ranil Wickremsinghe addressing a press conference called upon government servants and police not to carry out illegal government not recognized by Parliament.

    His party has called for a mass protest in capital Colombo tomorrow saying it will send a message to President to stop his arbitrary and unconstitutional act.  

    However, the MPs belonging to new government termed the vote as illegal claiming that speaker is biased and demanded for President's intervention.

    A spokesman for Rajapaksa government admitted they lacked a majority in parliament but claimed their opponents also did not have the numbers.

    He asserted that the government will continue. Sri Lanka has been facing political crisis since President Maithripala Sirisena appointed Mahinda Rajapaksa as new Prime minister replacing Ranil Wickremsinghe last month.

    He followed it with prorogation of Parliament and finally with dissolution. However, Supreme Court stayed the dissolution making way for parliament to be convened. 

  • In his address, high commissioner noted that Intex South Asia has become an annual event in Sri Lanka in the calendar of textile industry and can go a long way in promoting the existing synergy between India and Sri Lanka.

    High Commissioner added that there exists significant complementarity wherein Sri Lanka can source textile material from India and transform it into apparel and garments for rest of the world. 

    He encouraged Sri Lankan companies to be part of the supply and value chains of large Indian companies.

    Sandhu praised the contribution of Sri Lankan companies, who have made substantial investments in India in textile sector.

    He also recalled Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s vision for textile “From Farm to Fibre, Fibre to Factory, Factory to Fashion, Fashion to Foreign.” 

    The event has been organized by Worldex India Exhibition and Promotion Pvt. Ltd in partnership with Cotton Textiles Export Promotion Council (TEXPROCIL), Retailers Association of India, Clothing Manufacturers Association of India, Confederation of Indian Textile Industry (CITI) etc.

    It has participation of over 200 suppliers from around 15 countries showcasing a wide variety of innovative textiles products such as yarns, apparels, denim clothing, accessories etc.

  • Nehru was born to Motilal Nehru and Swaroop Rani on November 14, 1889, in Allahabad in Uttar Pradesh and his birthday is celebrated as Children's Day.

    He remained in office until his death in 1964.

    "Remembering Shri Jawaharlal Nehru, our first Prime Minister, on his birth anniversary," read a post on the official Twitter handle of the President Kovind. PM Modi recalled Nehru's contribution in India's freedom struggle and during his tenure as prime minister. "Remembering our first Prime Minister, Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru on his birth anniversary. We recall his contribution to our freedom struggle and during his tenure as Prime Minister," he tweeted.

    Tricolour balloons were released amid playing of bands and singing of patriotic songs by school children at Nehru's memorial Shantivan.

    Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan led parliamentarians in paying tributes to the first prime minister at the Central Hall of Parliament. Besides Mahajan, senior leaders L K Advani, Sonia Gandhi, Gulam Nabi Azad, Leader of Opposition Mallikarjun Kharge, Union minister Vijay Goel, former Haryana chief minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda among others paid homage to Nehru. 

  • The burly all-rounder, who has represented his country in all three formats of the game, revealed last month he was struggling with an illness that causes him to cough up blood whenever he bowls.

    He first noticed the issue several years ago and despite a battery of tests and operations is no closer to knowing why it happens. "It's (only) when I bowl. The pressure at the crease, little blood vessels in my lungs burst," he told a newspaper in Melbourne on Wednesday. "That determines that I cough up blood on a regular basis when I'm trying to bowl. It's a really scary thing."

    The 33-year-old, who was planning to play in Australia's Twenty20 Big Bash League next month, said he was otherwise healthy. His decision to pull the pin came after doctors were unable to reassure him that he wouldn't bleed to death on the cricket pitch.

    "I'm training now. Lifting weights or boxing it doesn't happen. It's really only the pressure of the actual landing of bowling," he said. "There was just a lot of grey area surrounding long-term health, whether it was causing any damage, and if there was any potential to have a fatal bleed on the field.

    "They just really couldn't say yes or no. And I wasn't happy with that." Hastings, who played one Test, nine T20s and 29 one-day internationals, had been keen to continue his career and cash in on the lucrative T20 circuit.

    "I would have loved a Big Bash title. That would have been unbelievable because I think it's an amazing competition," he said, adding that he would now pursue a media career and open a cafe in Melbourne. 

  • Authorities said rains in some parts of the national capital has made the air heavier and increased pollution.

    The EPCA said heavy vehicles would now ply in the city on normal timings between 11PM to 6 AM.

    Meanwhile, a new study by the ASAR Social Impact Advisors, which works on social and environmental issues, said about 89 per cent people in Delhi feel discomfort due to bad air quality and most of them believe motor vehicles and felling of trees are major reasons behind pollution.

    The study, for which around 5,000 people in 17 cities were interviewed, found that the top four reasons behind bad air quality were pollution caused by motor vehicles (74 per cent), industrial units (58 per cent), tree cutting (56.9 per cent) and construction (48.2 per cent).

    As the overall air quality index (AQI) was recorded at 411, which falls in the "severe" category, according to data from the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB), the EPCA said heavy vehicles would now ply in the city on normal timings between 11 pm and 6 am.

    According to official data, 21 areas in Delhi recorded 'severe' air quality and it was 'very poor' in 12 areas.

    An AQI between 0 and 50 is considered "good", 51 and 100 "satisfactory", 101 and 200 "moderate", 201 and 300 "poor", 301 and 400 "very poor", and 401 and 500 "severe". Light rains in some parts of the national capital led to a decline in temperatures in the city. The maximum temperature was recorded at 29.4 degrees Celsius, a notch above normal, while the minimum temperature settled at 14.2 degrees Celsius, also a notch above the season's average, a meteorological department official said.

    The System of Air Quality and Weather Forecasting And Research said in a report that stubble burning incidents have reduced significantly and now the winds are not blowing from these areas so its impact on Delhi's air quality would be marginal. EPCA chairperson Bhure Lal said the restriction imposed by it on heavy vehicles had been lifted.

     

  • On fourth and final day of the festival, devotees across India offered 'arhgya' to the rising Sun marking the end of the festival.

    On Tuesday evening, standing in knee-deep water at various ghats of rivers, ponds and water reservoirs, devotees paid oblations to the setting sun.

    The Chhath festival also celebrated in Nepal. 

    Thousands of devotees gathered at the banks of various rivers, ponds and water reservoirs to celebrate the festival of Sun God. 

    President Bidya Devi Bhandari also participated in the festival and offered prayer to Sun God in Kathmandu. 

  • The MPs supporting government of new Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa will decide to attend the session this morning even as some opposed the convening of session.

    Speaker called for the session followed by meeting of party leaders where the business of house will be discussed including the proposed vote to decide majority.

    However, government ministers maintained that the Supreme Court’s order does not mean that the dissolution of parliament has been cancelled and said that it would request for a full-judge bench to hear the case. 

    This is the first time Parliament is scheduled to meet since the political crisis began last month with the ouster of Ranil Wickremsinghe as Prime minister. Wickremsinghe has asserted that he will show his majority when parliament convenes Wednesday.

    The latest development came after the three- judge bench headed by chief justice put injunction on President’s gazette till  7 December and will hold  further hearings from 5 December. The court also ordered the Elections Commission to halt preparations for the general elections scheduled for January 5. 

    United National Party (UNP) led by Wickremsinghe welcomed the decision terming it as end of coup. Wickremsinghe said in a message the order shows President is not above law and can’t play around with constitution. President Sirisena held a meeting of security council last night and ordered security forces to maintain security throughout the country.

    The political crisis in Sri Lanka began when President Maithripala Sirisena appointed Mahinda Rajapaksa as new Prime minister replacing Ranil Wickremsinghe. He followed it with prorogation of Parliament and finally with dissolution. 

     

  • The first head of government to address the world's largest FINTECH Festival, Prime Minister Narendra Modi shared lessons India has learnt during the financial inclusion journey launched in 2014.

    Singapore and India have been partners in the boosting Fintech.

    In another step towards enhancing global financial inclusion, Prime Minister Narendra Modi launched APIX or Application Programming Interface Exchange, a global fintech platform along with Deputy PM of Singapore T. Shanmugaratnam.

    This comes after the global launch of the RuPay card in Singapore in June, earlier this year. Prime Minister Narendra Modi said that digital transactions contribute to nation building.

    Every digital payment saves time. It adds to a huge national saving. It is increasing productivity of individuals and our economy. It also helps improve tax collection and inject fairness in the economy. Even more, digital payments are a gateway to a world of possibilities.

    Prime Minister hailed inspiring stories of extraordinary innovations that are transforming lives across the world. He also spelt out challenges that remain.

    Prime Minister Modi called for the inclusion of the unbanked 1.7 billion people in the world into the formal financial market.

    He called for the extension of social security to more than a billion workers in the informal sectors worldwide.

    Banks and financial institutions must be made more resilient in managing risks, fighting frauds and dealing with disruption of traditional models.

    Prime Minister called for the use of technology to improve compliance, regulation and supervision, so that innovation flourishes and risks are contained.

    He also stressed on the use of Fintech tools to combat money laundering and other financial crimes including cyber threats.

    We can use Fintech to ensure that no dream remains unfulfilled, and no enterprise remains still born, because of lack of access to finance. PATCH Fintech will need to be not merely a mechanism but a movement.

    Prime Minister Narendra Modi also visited the India Pavilion at the Singapore Fintech Festival. With 18 participants, India Pavilion has the highest number of companies among the 16 country pavilions in the Exhibition.
     

  • Thousands of devotees paid oblation to Sun God at the banks of Bagmati and Bishnumati rivers and other water reservoirs in Kathmandu valley.

    Amid devotional songs people worshiped Sun God and Goddess Chhathi Maiya and offered prasad. President Bidya Devi Bhandari also participated in Chhath festival in Kathmandu and offered prayer to Sun God. 

    Chhath Parv is also being celebrated with with great zeal and rigour in Tarai Madhes region including Janakpur, Birgunj and Biratnagar. 

    River banks, ponds and water reservoirs have been beautifully decorated with colorful lights. 

    President Bidya Devi Bhandari and Prime Minister K.P.Sharma Oli have greeted the people of Nepal on the occasion of Chhath festival. 

    Chhath Parv is dedicated to Sun God. Sun is necessary for life on the earth and this festival is a way to pay tribute to it. 

    The festival is observed to seek blessings from Lord Surya for a long, healthy and prosperous life.

     

  • The three- judge bench headed by chief justice gave its ruling this evening on petitions against the President’s gazette to dissolve parliament.

    The court has put injunction on gazette till 7 December and will hold  further hearings from 5th December. 

    The court also ordered the Elections Commission to halt preparations for the general elections scheduled for January 5th

    United National Party (UNP) led by Wickremsinghe welcomed the decision terming it as end of coup.

    Wickremesinghe said in a message that the people have won their first victory. He said the order shows President is not above law and can’t play around with constitution.

    Wickremsinghe said Parliament will reconvene tomorrow and he will show his majority in the house.  Parliament was to convene tomorrow before it was dissolved by President last Friday.

    The political crisis in Sri Lanka began when President Maithripala Sirisena appointed Mahinda Rajapaksa as new Prime minister replacing Ranil Wickremsinghe. He followed it with prorogation of Parliament and finally with dissolution. 

  • Kohli remained in pole position with 899 poins while limited overs vice-captain Rohit Sharma remained second in the list. Rohit's opening partner Shikhar Dhawan is the third Indian in the top-10 list at eighth position improving from his ninth place in the previous list.

    Former skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni is ranked 20th in the latest. Similarly in the bowlers' list, there are three Indians with Bumrah on top with 841 points while Kuldeep Yadav maintained his third place in the list. Kuldeep's wrist spin twin Yuzvendra Chahal leaped three places to be fifth on the list. Rashid Khan of Afghanistan with 353 points is the top-ranked ODI all-rounder in world cricket currently.

    In the overall team rankings, India with 121 points, remained second behind England (126 points). 

  • Official data released on Monday showed that the inflation based on the Consumer Price Index (CPI) was 3.7 per cent in September 2018 and 3.58 per cent in October 2017. The retail inflation number is the lowest since September 2017 when it touched 3.28 per cent. According to the Central Statistics Office data, the rate of price rise in the food basket contracted by 0.86 per cent in October compared to 0.51 per cent rise in September.

    Vegetable prices declined by 8.06 per cent in October against a 4.15 per cent contraction in September. Inflation also slowed to 0.35 per cent in the fruit basket as against 1.12 per cent recorded a month ago.

    The retail inflation also cooled in protein-rich items like cereals, eggs, milk and related products. However, inflation quickened to 8.55 per cent for the 'fuel and light' category against 8.47 per cent in the previous month

  • As a writer and editor, Lee was key to the ascension of \Marvel into a comic book titan in the 1960s when, in collaboration with artists such as Jack Kirby and Steve Ditko, he created superheroes who would enthrall generations of young readers.

    Lee's daughter J.C. Lee confirmed the death to Reuters.

    Americans were familiar with superheroes before Lee, in part thanks to the 1938 launch of Superman by Detective Comics, the company that would become DC Comics, Marvel's archrival.

    Lee was widely credited with adding a new layer of complexity and humanity to superheroes. His characters were not made of stone - even if they appeared to have been chiseled from granite. They had love and money worries and endured tragic flaws or feelings of insecurity.

    He had help in designing the superheroes but he took full ownership of promoting them.

    His creations included web-slinging teenager Spider-Man, the muscle-bound Hulk, mutant outsiders The X-Men, the close-knit Fantastic Four and the playboy-inventor Tony Stark, better known as Iron Man.

    Dozens of Marvel Comics movies, with nearly all the major characters Lee created, were produced in the first decades of the 21st century, grossing over $20 billion at theaters worldwide, according to box office analysts.

    Spider-Man is one of the most successfully licensed characters ever and he has soared through the New York skyline as a giant inflatable in the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade.

    Lee, as a hired hand at Marvel, received limited payback on the windfall from his characters.

  • The London-based global human rights organisation said it was revoking the Ambassador of Conscience Award it gave Suu Kyi in 2009 while she was still under house arrest. "Today, we are profoundly dismayed that you no longer represent a symbol of hope, courage, and the undying defence of human rights," Amnesty International chief Kumi Naidoo said in a letter to Suu Kyi released by the group.

    "Amnesty International cannot justify your continued status as a recipient of the Ambassador of Conscience award and so with great sadness we are hereby withdrawing it from you." The group said it informed Suu Kyi of the decision on Sunday. She has so far issued no public response. Suu Kyi and her National League for Democracy (NLD) party swept to power in 2015 in a landslide victory ending decades of military rule in the southeast Asian country of around 50 million.

    But her tenure has been marred by a failure to speak up for Rohingya Muslims who were driven out of the country by the army in what the United Nations has called an ethnic cleansing campaign. The 73-year-old was stripped of her honourary Canadian citizenship over her failure to speak up for the Rohingyas last month. She has also lost numerous smaller awards from individual universities and local and regional governments.

    More than 720,000 Rohingya Muslims fled the Buddhist majority's western Rakhine state in a military crackdown from August last year. Many are believed to have been either murdered or tortured and raped. Suu Kyi was globally hailed as a freedom fighter who stood up to her country's feared military dictatorship while spending 15 years under house arrest. She was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1991.

  • Bowing his head in salutation to Ma Ganga, Prime Minister Narendra Modi scripted a landmark moment in the history of connectivity in India......History in the making...Prime Minister Narendra Modi receiving the country's first container consignment to be sent on an inland waterways vessel. It is perhaps for the first time that a Prime Minister operated a cargo crane...  This consignment containing cargo of the food and beverage company Pepsico set sail from Kolkata in the last week of October.
     
    Development of inland waterways superbly complements the Modi government's historic Sagarmala project. The prime objective of the project is to promote port-led direct and indirect development and to provide infrastructure to transport goods to and from ports quickly, efficiently and cost-effectively.

    Prime Minister also dedicated to the nation an inland waterways terminal on river Ganga in Varanasi. This is the first of the four multi modal terminals being constructed on National Waterways-I as part of the World Bank aided Jal Marg Vikas project of the Inland Waterways Authority of India. It connects India to Bangladesh via the inland waterway route. Later National waterway 2 will extend connectivity to the North East.

    The other three terminals are under construction at Sahibganj, Haldia and Gazipur. The project would enable commercial navigation of vessels with capacity of 1500-2,000 DWT on river Ganga. It has been developed at a cost of Rs 5369 Cr. Apart from this 2 intermodal terminals and 5 RO RO terminals are also being planned.

    Prime Minister Narendra Modi took a walk around the Jetty. Currently, India has about 14,500 km of navigable waterways which comprise of rivers, canals, backwaters, and creeks. The country first river communication system will ensure safe navigation on this route. Not only this, a cruise model is also being developed for the Kumbh Mela next year for the benefit of devotees.
     

  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi gifting Varanasi with infrastructure projects worth over Rs 2,412 crores as part of his all pervaisive Vikas Mantra.

    He dedicated to the nation, two important national highways in Varanasi. With a total length of 34 kilometres they have been constructed at a cost of Rs 1571.95 crore.

    The Varanasi Ring Road, with two Rail Over Bridges and a flyover provides a bypass for traffic on 3 National Highways, thereby reducing traffic congestion in the city. This will also reduce travel time, fuel usage and pollution in the area and will provide easier access to Sarnath on the Buddhist circuit.

    The Babatpur Airport highway links Varanasi to the airport and goes on to Jaunpur, Sultanpur and Lucknow. The road will reduce the travel time from Varanasi to the airport. This will prove a big relief to the people of Varanasi and to tourists and other visitors to the city.

    Projects worth Rs 23,000 crore have already been sanctioned under the Namami Gange Mission. Prime Minister reiterated government's committment to this project. He laid the foundation stone for two STP plants in Varanasi.

    An additional 40 MLD capacity has been added to the 140 MLD capacity of the Sewage treatment plant in Dinapur. This will serve Varanasi till 2035. An effort is also being made to cap sewage contamination at Ramnagar. An STP plant of 10 MLD capacity is in the pipeline.

    Prime Minister also appreciated the Integrated Power Development Scheme, that transforms Varanasi and illuminates the lives of people. An enthusiastic public got carried away with their emotions at several points of time during the Prime Minister's address. Accepting their adulation with humility, Prime Minister asked them to conserve their energies for 2019.

    Clearly Prime Minister Narendra Modi is committed to Transforming Varanasi. Over the last four years he has left no stone unturned in this direction.

    Prime Minister Modi's latest development gifts to the city will provide increased employment opportunities, development of small and medium industries and give a boost to economic development in the area.
     

  • The Minister underlined India’s concerns on the volatility of the crude price to his Saudi counterpart.

    The Saudis appreciated India’s concern for responsible pricing and assured India of all assistance in times of need.

    The Saudi Minister in turn assured reliability in supplies and to take care of any short fall.

    The mega refinery in Maharashtra which is being made with the investment of UAE and Saudi Arabia was also discussed by the two sides.

    The meeting was also attended by Ambassador Navdeep Suri, Sanjiv Singh , Chairman IOCL , MK Surana, CMD HPCL , BS Pradhan , PS to Minister and Prafulla Chandra Sharma DS (IC).

  • The court was adjourned on Monday after Attorney General, appearing for the government, sought more time for his submissions.

    Several political parties in opposition and civil society organizations filed petitions today against the dissolution terming it as unconstitutional.

    The petitioners said the President has no power to dissolve the parliament under the 19th amendment of the constitution and requested the apex court to issue an order to suspend the upcoming general election until the verdict on the hearing is passed.

    Interestingly, one of the three election commissioners was also among the petitioners.

    His lawyer argued that right to franchise is not only about holding elections but also respecting the choices of people made in previous elections.

    Another lawyer said an article of the constitution cannot be read in isolation adding that if that was possible, President can dissolve the parliament the day after it is elected.

    Meanwhile, new government under President Mahinda Rajapaksa continued with its outreach activity to justify the developments taking place.

    Foreign Minister Dr Sarath Amunugama briefed foreign diplomats based in Colombo and clarified the chain of events that compelled President to dissolve Parliament.

    He emphasized the constitutionality of the steps taken and added that having being elected through a nation-wide vote, the President derives his authority directly from the people of Sri Lanka.

    Dr. Amunugama also made special note of the peaceful atmosphere that continues to prevail in Sri Lanka, in the midst of internal political changes.

  •  Addressing a poll rally here ahead of the second phase polling in the state on November 20, PM Modi also made a strong pitch for development, saying the pace of development under the Congress regime in the state was "far slow" than the one under the BJP-led government.

    Prime Minister Modi asserted the BJP was for development and that it was due to this commitment that the opposition was unable to understand how to compete with ruling party in elections. 

  • Stressing on the need for gathering genomic data for patients of diverse ethnic and geographical backgrounds, Varmus said at present there is enough data for Caucasian white patients but data from other regions like India, Africa is critically required without delay. The medical scientist made the observations while delivering a lecture on 'The transformation of cancer research' at the National Institute of Biomedical Genomics here on Sunday.

    Genomics is the branch of molecular biology concerned with the structure, function, evolution and mapping of genomes. There is a need for a deep rational understanding of how cancer arises and genomics provides a deeper understanding of cancer, he said. He gave some examples of how genomic insights have provided more precise treatment of various types of cancers, such as leukaemia and lung cancer. Prof Varmus has been engaged in cancer research for about 50 years.

    Varmus and J Michael Bishop were jointly awarded the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine in 1989 for the discovery of 'the cellular origin of retroviral oncogenes'. The Nobel laureate expressed his happiness that India, through the National Institute of Biomedical Genomics(NIBMG), was participating in the International Cancer Genome Consortium, and has already generated the landscape of genomic alterations that drives oral cancer. "Cancer is a highly heterogeneous disease and treatment needs to be more precise," he added. He asked the NIBMG to play a leadership role and requested the government to provide sustained funding for cancer genomic research.

  • The "Camp Fire" in the northern foothills of the Sierra Nevada mountains is the largest and most destructive of several infernos that have sent 250,000 people fleeing their homes across the tinder-dry state, razing 6,400 homes in the town of Paradise and effectively wiping it off the map. "Today, an additional six human remains were recovered, which brings our current total to 29," Sheriff Kory Honea told a news conference at the end of the fourth day in the struggle to contain the blaze, adding that all were found in Paradise.

    In fire zones in north and south California -- where a total of at least 31 people have died acrid smoke blanketed the sky for miles, the sun barely visible. On the ground, cars caught in the flames were reduced to mangled metal carcasses, while power lines were gnawed by the flames. A news agency journalist saw recovery team workers discover, bag and drive away two bodies in the Paradise area on Sunday, and the death toll looked set to rise further with scores more people still unaccounted for.

    The Camp Fire has the grisly distinction of matching the 1933 Griffith Park disaster in Los Angeles until now the single deadliest wildfire on record, according to the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (Cal Fire). At the southern end of the state, where the "Woolsey Fire" is threatening mansions and mobile homes alike in the coastal celebrity redoubt of Malibu, the death toll has been limited to two victims found in a vehicle on a private driveway.

    Los Angeles County Fire chief Daryl Osby told reporters of his gratitude to firefighters "who've done all they could do save tens of thousands of people's lives and thousands of people's homes." Rescuers also spent hours on Saturday collecting bodies around Paradise and placing them in a black hearse. Body parts were transported by bucket, while intact remains were carried in body bags. At the Holly Hills Mobile Estate the mobile homes had been reduced to smoldering piles of debris. Yellow police tape delineated spots that were tagged "Doe C" and "Doe D," a grim marker of the bodies that had recently been removed.

    Locals fled the danger, but police told said some farmers returned to check on their cattle. Fanned by strong winds, the "Camp Fire" has scorched 111,000 acres (45,000 hectares) and is 25 percent contained, Cal Fire said. So far, three of the more than 4,000 firefighters deployed have been injured. They estimate they will need three weeks to fully contain the blaze. Evacuation orders have been issued to more than a quarter of a million people across California, with authorities urging residents not to ignore warnings to flee. "This is not the new normal, this is the new abnormal. And this new abnormal will continue, certainly in the next 10 to 15 to 20 years," California Governor Jerry Brown told a news conference on Sunday.

    "Unfortunately, the best science is telling us that the dryness, warmth, drought, all those things, they're going to intensify," he said. Almost 6,000 miles away, President Donald Trump, in France for World War I commemorations, drew fierce criticism for an unsympathetic reaction to the devastation. "There is no reason for these massive, deadly and costly forest fires in California except that forest management is so poor," Trump tweeted, threatening to withdraw federal support. Brian Rice, the head of the California Professional Firefighters, slammed the tweet as "ill-informed, ill-timed and demeaning to those who are suffering as well as the men and women on the front lines."

    He said the president's claim that forest policies were mismanaged "is dangerously wrong." In southern California, the "Woolsey Fire" engulfed parts of Thousand Oaks, where the community is still shell-shocked after a Marine Corps veteran shot dead 12 people in a country music bar on Wednesday. It has consumed around 83,000 acres, destroyed at least 177 buildings and was 10 per cent contained, Cal Fire said Sunday. The blaze reached the Paramount Ranch, destroying sets used for hundreds of productions including HBO'S sci-fi western "Westworld," network officials said. Keegan Gibbs, 33, was crushed to find his childhood Malibu home had been consumed by flames. "Malibu is a really small community and gets a bad rap for being this kind of elitist, snobby place, and it's exactly the opposite," Gibbs told The Los Angeles Times. 

  • Located at Hatisil in South West Garo Hills and covering an area of 45,000 sq feet, the apparel factory was originally set up at a cost of Rs. 14.26 crore by the Union Ministry of Textiles. But it remained idle for nearly two years as the agencies that the unit was allocated to failed to meet their commitment to start production, the official said. The centre was made operational after the School of Livelihood and Rural Development (SLRD) took over the centre in September this year.

    The SLRD is a development agency with operations across four regions of the country and has expertise in skill development, market integration and rural development. Production work has finally begun and will be ramped up in stages to meet the market demand in India and Bangladesh, the official said. "The centre has the required infrastructure to initiate manufacturing activities for apparel and accessories which will link with our other interventions in weaving and embroidery. The entire activity was initiated to ensure sustained livelihoods on an industrial scale," SLRD mission director Abhijit Sharma said.

    The apparel manufacturing unit is expected to provide direct and indirect employment opportunities to 1,500 people of the region, the official said. Often, skill development initiatives do not result in sustained livelihoods due to absence of a market-linked approach, monotonous products and uncompetitive pricing, Sharma said.

    The centre was inaugurated last year by Union Textiles Minister Smriti Irani in the presence of former chief minister Mukul Sangma besides Union Minister of State for Home Affairs Kiren Rijiju. The unit was set up under the North East Region Textiles Promotion Scheme (NERTPS), an umbrella scheme for the development of various segments of textiles such as silk, handloom, handicrafts, apparels and garments. The sprawling centre has three units, two of them housing 105 sewing machines each, and the third one having 70 machines. Not only skilled individuals would be required to operate the machinery but also people for various aspects of production, packaging, and market linked activities, he said.