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  • The Appointment Committee of the Cabinet has approved the appointment of Shri Anindo Majumdar, IAS (AGMUT: 85), presently in the cadre, as Secretary, Central Vigilance Commission in the rank and pay of Secretary.

  • A five member delegation of Australian Superfunds called on Commerce & Industry and Civil Aviation Minister Suresh Prabhu here today. During the meeting, the Minister   highlighted  the potential of Indian growth story and  assured them of stability and certainty of business in long term.

  • The Union Home Secretary Shri Rajiv Gauba launched an online ‘e-Sahaj’ portal here today for grant of Security Clearance. The portal will facilitate an applicant to submit application online and also to view the status of his application from time to time.

  • The Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi, today inaugurated and laid the Foundation Stone for several important development projects, at a public gathering in Banaras Hindu University, Varanasi.

    Among the projects inaugurated are the Integrated Power Development Scheme (IPDS) for Puraani Kashi; and an Atal Incubation Centre at BHU. Among the projects for which the Foundation Stone was laid, is the Regional Ophthalmology Centre at BHU.

    The cumulative value of all projects which were inaugurated, or for which foundation stone was laid today, is over Rs. 550 crore.

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  • On 11th January 2018, the Competition Commission of India (Commission) received a notice jointly given by Linde Aktiengesellschaft (Linde) and Praxair, Inc. (Praxair) (collectively, Parties) in relation to the combination of Linde and Praxair under a newly incorporated holding company, which will be owned by the Parties’ current shareholders.

  • The Government has decided to incorporate the provision of penalties for States and Insurance Companies for the delay in settlement of insurance claims under the Pradhan Mantri Fasal BimaYojana (PMFBY).

  • Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi, and the Prime Minister of Bangladesh, Sheikh Hasina, today jointly unveiled e-plaques for the ground-breaking ceremony of two projects, via video conference.External Affairs Minister of India, Ms. Sushma Swaraj, and Minister for Petroleum and Natural Gas, Shri Dharmendra Pradhan, also joined the proceedings.

  • The 28th meeting of the Southern Zonal Council was held under the Chairmanship the Union Home Minister Shri Rajnath Singh in Bengaluru today.  The meeting was attended by the Chief Ministers of Karnataka and Puducherry; Deputy Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu; Finance Ministers of Andhra Pradesh and Kerala Minister for Social Justice & Empowerment and Minister for Tourism, Karnataka; Minister for Health, Puducherry and Minister of State for Home, Govt.

  • The Competition Commission of India (CCI) has imposed penalties upon 18 sugar mills and 2 Associations (Indian Sugar Mills Association and Ethanol Manufacturers Association of India) for rigging the bids in respect of a Joint Tender floated by Oil Marketing Companies (HPCL/ BPCL/ IOCL) on 02.01.

  • A Loan Agreement for IBRD Credit of US$74 million equivalent for the Uttrakhand Workforce Development Project (UKWDP) was signed with the World Bank here today. The Loan Agreement was signed by Mr. Sameer Kumar Khare, Additional Secretary, Department of Economic Affairs, Ministry of Finance, Government of India on behalf of the Government of India and Mr. Jorge Coarasa, Acting Country Director, World Bank (India) on behalf of the World Bank.

  • The ITU South Asia Area Office and Technology Innovation Centre will be established in New Delhi. This was announced by Mr. Houlin Zhao, Secretary General (SG) of the International Telecommunication Union (ITU), during the 4th BRICS Communications Ministers Meeting held in Durban, South Africa recently.

  • Admiral Sunil Lanba, Chairman Chiefs of Staff Committee and the Chief of the Naval Staff is visiting Rhode Island, USA on a bilateral visit from 18 to 22 September 2018 for attending the 23rd edition of the International Seapower Symposium (ISS) organised by the US Navy.

  • The Union Minister of State (Independent Charge) Development of North-Eastern Region (DoNER), MoS PMO, Personnel, Public Grievances & Pensions, Atomic Energy and Space, Dr Jitendra Singh inaugurated the ‘Pension Adalat’ here today, organised by the Department of Pension & Pensioners’ Welfare, Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions, Government of India.

  • The Union Minister for Human Resource Development, Shri Prakash Javadekar conferred the Swachh Vidyalaya Puraskar 2017 – 18 at Dr. Ambedkar International Centre in New Delhi today. This Puraskar was launched as a follow up to the Swachh Vidyalaya Initiative started in 2014 by the Ministry of HRD. Shri Parameswaran Iyer, Secretary, Ministry of Drinking Water and Sanitation, Smt Rina Ray, Secretary, Department of School Education and Literacy, MHRD and other officials of the Ministry were also present on the occasion.

  • Cyclotrons are used to produce radioisotopes for diagnostic and therapeutic use for cancer care. Cyclone-30, the biggest cyclotron in India for medical application became operational this month when 30 MeV beam reached the Faraday Cup for the first time last week.

  • The President of India, Shri Ram Nath Kovind launched the logo and the web portal (http://gandhi.gov.in/) for commemoration of 150th birth anniversary of Father of the Nation, Mahatma Gandhi, at Rashtrapati Bhawan today.

  • Shri Hardeep Singh Puri, Minister of State for Housing and Urban Affairs (I/C), has stated that his Ministry iscommitted to provide enabling environment to the street vendors by taking up with the states to notify Rules and Schemes under the Act thus paving way for its implementation.

  • Shri Ashwini Kumar Choubey, Minister of State for Health and Family Welfare inaugurated the two-day National Dissemination Workshop on Anemia Mukt Bharat and Home-Based Young Child Care(HBYC), here today.

  • Commerce and Industry Minister Suresh Prabhu led the Indian delegation for the G-20 Trade Ministers Meeting (TMM) held at Mar del Plata, Argentina on 14 September 2018. The G-20 TMM was represented by Ministers/Vice Ministers of G20 countries, 8 guest countries and 7 Heads/Deputy Heads of International Organisations such as WTO, ITC, OECD, World Bank, IMF, CAF and IADB.



  • 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.


  • He added the people of the country will decide who they want to see in government.

    "We work for the development of society. Our motive is to unite the society. We don't interfere in the work of government," he said.

    RSS Chief also said equal participation of women in society is essential for nation building.

     

  • Dismissing Congress' charges on the offset contract, she said that the NDA govt only followed the UPA govt's Offset Policy. She also said that top leadership of countries doesn't discuss minute details of deals and in this case too the Prime Minister of India and the French President showed interest in entering a deal and the minute details were negotiated by experts and officers.

    The govt has once again refuted allegations levelled by the Congress on the Rafale fighter jets deal. Fielding questions in a press interaction, Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman said that it was ironic that the Congress was comparing it's non-agreement with the inter-governmental agreement reached by the NDA govt since the UPA govt did not reach a deal during its tenure.

    The Defence Minister explained that Prime Minister Narendra Modi and the then French President had only shown interest in entering a deal in April 2015 and the inter-governmental agreement was signed in September 2016 after nearly one and a half years of negotiations.

    The Union Minister dismissed Congress' allegations related to the Nitty gritty of the deal, saying top leadership of the 2 countries don't discuss the minutiae of deals.

    The Defence Minister said that the UPA govt had come out with an Offset Policy under which any Original Equipment Manufacturer can select any number of Indian partners, both from the private sector and the public sector, for offset supplies.

    She said the NDA govt had only followed that policy. Nirmala Sitharaman said that Congress' inability to reach the Rafale deal shows its approach towards national security.

    Comparing two deals, the Union Minister said that while the UPA govt was negotiating for procuring 18 aircraft in flyaway condition, the NDA govt is procuring 36 aircraft in flyaway condition.

    She said that the govt has informed the Parliament about the base price of each aircraft negotiated by the NDA govt.

    Nirmala Sitharaman's press interaction was yet another bid by the govt to present facts about the deal to the people.

    While the govt has clarified on the matter time and again, the Opposition is still flogging the issue.

  • He also urged every local to contribute towards making the Pravasi Bhartiya Diwas next year a big moment for Varanasi. PM also took the opportunity to assure the people of the city that efforts are being made to clean River Ganga from Gangotri to Ganga Sagar.

    With this one press of a button, Prime Minister Narendra Modi gifted Kashi with development projects, cumulatively worth more than Rs. 550 crores. The projects include the inauguration of Integrated Power Development Scheme for Puraani Kashi and foundation stone laying for the construction of 132 KV Power Sub-station. Prime Minister also inaugurated an Atal Incubation Centre at BHU.

    Prime Minister Narendra Modi paid tributes to Madan Mohan Malviya the founding father of BHU. In keeping with his vision, PM laid the foundation stone for Vedic Vigyan Kendra. He said these projects will help Varanasi to attain new heights, uniting modern infrastructure and development with the spiritualism of Kashi.

    He also kick-started work on the Regional Ophthalmology Centre at Benares Hindu University. Prime Minister also distributed 260 flour mills under the Kumbhakari Udyog Yojana as well as 500 honey boxes under the honey mission.

    This is Prime Minister Modi's 3rd visit to Varanasi this year. And each time he has gone to his constituency bearing gifts for the area. In March Prime Minister Narendra Modi flagged off the Kashi-Patna Janshatabdi Express between Manduadih Railway Station in Varanasi and Patna. He also laid the foundation stone of various development projects worth over Rs. 800 crores. Then in July, Prime Minister gave the city projects cumulatively worth over Rs. 900 crores. These included the Varanasi City Gas Distribution Project and the Varanasi-Ballia MEMU train. Several projects under the Smart City Mission and Namaami Gange were also started.

  • The first is the India-Bangladesh Friendship pipeline that was agreed upon in April this year and the second was a railway project. Both the projects will serve to boost ties between the two countries.

    Yet another milestone in India Bangladesh ties that takes PM Modi's neighbourhood first policy further. Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Bangladesh counterpart Sheikh Hasina jointly participated in the groundbreaking ceremony of India-Bangladesh Friendship Pipeline Project through video conferencing. 

    Work has also begun on the 3rd and 4th line on the Dhaka-Tongi section, as well as doubling of tracks in Tongi Jaidevpur section. India has granted a credit line for 17 projects to Bangladesh. Out of this 9 have been completed so far. Over the last 10 days, India and Bangladesh have begun work on 5 joint projects, illustrating the strong ties and increasing co-operation the two nations share.

    Prime Minister Narendra Modi said that the pipeline will infuse fresh energy into India Bangladesh ties.

    This pipeline will connect Siliguri in West Bengal in India and Parbatipur in Dinajpur district of Bangladesh. The estimated project cost will be 346 crore rupees and it will be completed in 30 months time. The capacity of the pipeline will be 1 million metric tons per annum.

    Prime Minister of Bangladesh Sheikh Hasina thanked India for its support in Bangladesh's development journey.

    India and Bangladesh have historically shared special ties. The Modi government has infused fresh impetus to these relations by increasing the number of joint projects as well as the frequency of interactions between the two countries.

     

     

  • The proposals were cleared by the board of Sebi at its meeting in Mumbai.

    Sebi Chairman Ajay Tyagi said the board has approved new KYC norms for foreign portfolio investors and fresh guidelines would be issued soon.

    The watchdog has approved a proposal to allow foreign investors to trade in commodity derivatives market, except for sensitive commodities, as well as common application form for the registration of FPIs in the domestic markets, Tyagi told reporters here after the board meeting.

    The board has given its nod for amending delisting regulations. Further, inter-operability of clearing houses for commodities and new methodology to calculate the total expenses ratio for fund managers have been cleared.

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    Prakash was allegedly assaulted during a meeting at Kejriwal's official residence on the night of February 19. 

    Additional Chief Metropolitan Magistrate Samar Vishal issued the summons after taking cognizance of the charge sheet filed by the Delhi Police on August 13.

    The court said there were sufficient grounds to establish the alleged charges against the accused in the case. The charge sheet has also named 11 legislators of the Aam Aadmi Party.
     

  • Heavy seasonal rains have caused the Niger and Benue rivers to burst their banks, inundating communities, farms and trapping tens of thousands of people in their homes. Sani Datti, from the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA), said, "We have declared a national disaster in four states -- Kogi, Delta, Anambra and Niger.

    "Eight other states are on the watch list. All these states have been the worst hit by the flooding. About 100 people have lost their lives in 10 states." Kogi and Niger are in central Nigeria while Delta and Anambra are in the south.

    The Kogi state capital, Lokoja, lies at the confluence of both rivers and has been virtually submerged because of the rising waters. NEMA said water levels on Monday were continuing to rise in Lokoja and had reached 11.06 metres (36 feet) - approaching those of similar devastating flooding in 2012. Then, hundreds of people died and about two million others were left homeless in 30 of Nigeria's 36 states.

    More rains are forecast on Tuesday, according to the Nigerian Meteorological Agency.

    Nigeria's President Muhammadu Buhari said on Monday he had approved the release of three billion naira (USD 8.3 million, 7.1 million euros) to buy medical and relief materials.

    Flooding along the rivers is a frequent occurrence during the annual rains, which fall from May to September. Datti said military personnel and equipment had been seconded to help the relief effort, as well as the evacuation of trapped residents from their homes

  • The 33-year-old Olympic champion, aided by a string of pacemakers through to 25km of the 42.195 km race, took 1 minute 17 second off the previous best set four years ago by Dennis Kimetto.

    It was the largest single improvement on the marathon world record since Derek Clayton improved the mark by 2:23 in 1967.

    Acclaimed as the greatest marathon runner of the modern era, Kipchoge has dominated marathon racing since making his debut in Hamburg in 2013. Ethiopian Ruti Aga finished second and her compatriot Tirunesh Dibaba third.   

  • Prakash was allegedly assaulted during a meeting at Kejriwal's official residence on February 19 night. 

    Additional Chief Metropolitan Magistrate Samar Vishal issued the summons after taking cognisance of the charge sheet filed by the Delhi Police on August 13.

    The court said there were sufficient grounds to establish the alleged charges against the accused in the case. The charge sheet has also named 11 legislators of the Aam Aadmi Party.

  • Petroleum and Natural Gas Minister Dharmendra Pradhan said, the project will go a long way in strengthening Indo-Bangla ties.

    Both countries had entered into an agreement for the pipeline construction in April this year during Foreign Secretary Vijay Gokhale's visit to Dhaka.

    The 130-kilometre pipeline will connect Siliguri in West Bengal in India and Parbatipur in Dinajpur district of Bangladesh. The estimated project cost will be 346 crore rupees and it will be completed in 30 months time. 

    The capacity of the pipeline will be 1 million metric tons per annum. The six-kilometre Indian leg of the pipeline project will be implemented by the Assam-based Numaligarh Refinery Limited and the remaining 124 kilometres of the pipeline project will be implemented by Bangladesh Petroleum Corporation.

    The project will replace the existing practice of sending diesel by rail covering a distance of 510 kilometers.

  • The higher import taxes will apply to almost 6,000 items, marking the biggest round of US tariffs so far. 

    The tariffs will take effect from 24 September, starting at 10% and increasing to 25% from the start of next year unless the two countries agree on a deal.

    Trump said the latest round of tariffs was in response to China's unfair trade practices including subsidies and rules that require foreign companies in some sectors to bring on local partners. 

    Trump also warned that if China takes retaliatory action against US farmers or industries, Washington will immediately pursue phase three, which is tariffs on approximately 267 billion dollars of additional imports. If he does go ahead with a further 267 billion dollars worth of tariffs, it would mean virtually all of China's US exports would be subject to new duties.

    So far, the United States has imposed tariffs on 50 billion dollars worth of Chinese products to pressure China to make sweeping changes to its trade, technology transfer and high-tech industrial subsidy policies.

  • Addressing India-Malta Business forum in Valletta yesterday evening, Mr Naidu said that transformative vision is making India one of the most favourite investment destinations in the word. He said that the Indian economy, growing at around 8%, currently is one of the fastest growing major economies of the world. 

    Vice President said that India is projected to become a five-trillion-dollar economy by 2025, making it the 3rd largest consumer market in the world. Referring to Jan Dhan Accounts and GST, he said that the number of economic reforms has been undertaken by the government. 

    VP Naidu said India is rapidly expanding its infrastructure and the policy initiatives taken by the government are opening up new opportunities. 

    Vice President said that Maltese companies could consider investing in India in health, maritime transport, films, pharmaceutical, travel and tourism sectors. 

  • According to a new research by the World Economic Forum (WEF), adoption of automation and robotics will bring a "seismic shift" in the way humans work alongside machines and algorithms.

    However, in terms of overall numbers of new jobs, the outlook is positive.

    The surveyed companies report that at present, 71 per cent of total current task hours are performed by humans, compared to 29 per cent by machines. By 2022, this average is expected to shift to 58 per cent task hours performed by humans, 42 per cent by machines. By 2025, machines will perform 52 per cent of the total task hours.

    "Despite bringing widespread disruption, the advent of machine, robots and algorithm could actually have a positive impact on human employment. Our projection, based on a survey of executives representing 15 million employees in 20 economies, suggests globally 133 million jobs could be created by technologies of the Fourth Industrial Revolution compared while 75 million could be displaced," WEF said.

    While a net positive job growth is expected, there will be a significant shift in the "quality, location, format and permanency of new roles", WEF said. "Businesses are set to expand their use of contractors doing task-specialised work, engage workers in more flexible arrangements, utilise remote staffing, and modify the locations where their organisation operates to ensure access to talent," the research, titled 'The Future of Jobs 2018' said.

    Among the roles set to experience increasing demand across all industries are data analysts and scientists, software and applications developers, and e-commerce and social media specialists, all of which are significantly based on or enhanced by technology.

    "It is critical that businesses take an active role in supporting their existing workforces through reskilling and upskilling, that individuals take a proactive approach to their own lifelong learning, and that governments create an enabling environment to facilitate this workforce transformation. This is the key challenge of our time," said Klaus Schwab, Founder and Executive Chairman of the WEF. Roles that distinctly leverage 'human skills' such as sales and marketing professions, innovation managers and customer service workers, are also set to experience increasing demand, WEF noted.

    Jobs expected to become redundant include routine-based white-collar roles, such as data entry clerks, accounting and payroll clerks. "For businesses to remain dynamic, differentiated and competitive in an age of machines, they must in fact invest in their human capital. There is both a moral and economic imperative to do so. Without proactive approaches, businesses and workers may lose out on the economic potential of the Fourth Industrial Revolution," said Saadia Zahidi, Head of the Centre for the New Economy and Society at the WEF.

    The latest edition of the Future of Jobs Report covered over 300 global companies from a wide range of industry sectors. Survey responses represent more than 15 million employees, and 20 developed and emerging economies which collectively represent about 70 per cent of global GDP. 

  • The actors will next be seen in "Sui Dhaaga - Made in India", a Yash Raj Films project, which salutes India's entrepreneurs and skilled workforce, including homegrown artisans, craftspeople and weavers. Varun plays a tailor named Mauji and Anushka essays the role of his wife and embroiderer Mamta.

    The duo will dedicate time to promote the skilled talent in the country. "Varun Dhawan and Anushka Sharma, through this unique film 'Sui Dhaaga - Made in India', are bringing to focus the incredible skills and talent of our homegrown artisan and craftsmen community. It is really heartening to see actors like them doing a film that has such a significant social message. India is one of the youngest countries in the world; and it is a matter of great pride for us to see such dedicated and passionate skilled youth with entrepreneurial skills in our country who are bringing name and fame to the nation with their work," Dharmendra Pradhan, Minister of Petroleum and Natural Gas and Minister of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship, said in a statement.

    Led by the Ministry of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship (MSDE), Skill India aims to standardise vocational training, which helps in creation of latest infrastructure, ensures industry partnerships to extend technology support to make the youth more employable.

    "Prime Minister Modi has displayed incredible vision and genuine foresight in aiming to organise, skill, train and give financial support and backing to our craftsmen, artisans and similar workmen. "We are proud to be promoting this campaign that we feel extremely close to like our movie 'Sui Dhaaga' that celebrates self-reliance and entrepreneurship," Varun said. Anushka added, "Skill India Campaign reflects the government's determination to include and support the talented skilled force of the country. While making 'Sui Dhaaga', we came across so many stories of talented, skilled crafts people and artisans who don't get a fair chance to showcase their talents." 

  • A tornado watch was issued for parts of North and South Carolina as emergency management officials also warned of the potential for dam failures and landslides.

    "This is an epic storm that is still continuing," North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper said at a press conference. "This is a monumental disaster for our state." Cooper said there have been 17 confirmed storm-related deaths in North Carolina from Florence, which made landfall on the state's Atlantic coast on Friday as a Category 1 hurricane. "We hope there are not more," Cooper said.

    At least six deaths have been confirmed in neighboring South Carolina with the latest being the driver of a pickup truck who drove into standing water in Lexington County.

    More than a dozen rivers across North Carolina were at major flood stage on Monday or threatening to rise to critical levels.

    "River flooding is dynamic and it's happening all over our state," Cooper said. "Many roads in our state are still at risk of floods," he said, warning people who have been evacuated not to return home yet and not to go out if they do not need to. "Please don't make yourself someone who needs to be rescued," he said.

    Wilmington, on the banks of the Cape Fear River in North Carolina, was almost completely cut off by land but emergency management teams managed to truck food and water overnight into the port city of 1,20,000 people. North Carolina emergency response department officials said that 23 truckloads of Meals, Ready to Eat -- packaged US military rations -- and crates of bottled water had been sent into Wilmington.

    "We're dealing with some very, very tough situations with respect to the impassable roads coming into the city of Wilmington," Mayor Bill Saffo told residents on Twitter. "As the water recedes things will get better. "We're going to be OK," Saffo said. "We're going to get through this." - Flash flood warning - In Fayetteville, the Cape Fear River was expected to reach major flood stage at 58 feet (17.6 meters) on Monday and hit nearly 62 feet (18.9 meters) on Tuesday before receding.

    The Deep River at Ramseur was slightly above major flood stage at 25.5 feet (7.8 meters). "It's worrying to watch the water slowly rising," said Denise Harper, a resident of Grifton, another small North Carolina town threatened by rising water in a nearby creek and the Neuse River. "A lot of people have evacuated already," Harper said.

    More than half a million people in the Carolinas remained without electricity on Monday, according to emergency officials.

    The National Hurricane Center (NHC) warned that Florence, which has been downgraded to a tropical depression, continues to dump heavy rain on parts of North Carolina and northeastern South Carolina. "Flash flooding will continue over portions of the western mid-Atlantic regions," the NHC said.

    The National Weather Service said there is an "elevated risk for landslides" in North Carolina. North Carolina officials said there has been a small dam breach that did not cause any significant damage and they were monitoring other structures closely. Numerous roads across eastern North Carolina were blocked by fallen trees and flooding including parts of I-95, a major north-south artery.

    Secretary of Homeland Security Kirstjen Nielsen announced meanwhile that she plans to visit North Carolina on Monday to discuss the response and recovery efforts and tour flood-affected areas.

    President Donald Trump has also announced plans to visit the flood-hit region this week but a date has not yet been set. "We're going to need significant resources to recover," Cooper, the North Carolina governor, said. 

     

  • Vice President M. Venkaiah Naidu is in Malta on the second leg of his three nation Eastern European tour. On Monday he held delegation level talks with the Maltese President, Marie Louise coleiro preca in Valleta.

    Three important agreements in the areas of diplomatic training, tourism, and maritime cooperation were signed between the two countries. The Vice President expressed confidence that this visit would further boost their already friendly bilateral ties.

    Both sides also discussed the crucial issue of counter terrorism, and agreed to cooperate with each other in the fight against terrorism.

    Vice President Naidu and President Preca's discussions covered issues related to trade and investment. President Preca expressed her country's desire to join the International Solar Alliance, which India warmly welcomed.

    Malta also expressed the desire to expand cooperation into new areas. The Vice President was given a guard of honor on his arrival in Malta.

    He interacted with the Indian community and encouraged them to continue the excellent work that the diaspora does in all parts of the world.

    Vice President Naidu also enumerated the several initiatives taken by the govt of India for overseas Indians including the e-visa facility..
     

  • They have been arrested in connection with the Bhima koregaon violence case.

    The court will on Sept 19 examine if material on record supports their arrest.

    The Maharashtra police had arrested the rights activists on August 28, in connection with an FIR that states that 'Elgaar Parishad' conclave on December 31 last year had triggered violence at Koregaon-Bhima village.

     

  • The centre has proposed an amalgamation of state-owned Bank of Baroda, Dena Bank and Vijaya Bank to create India's third largest public sector bank.

    The alternative mechanism under Finance Minister Arun Jaitley has advised the boards of the three banks to consider the proposal. The new amalgamated bank will be a strong competitive bank with economies of scale. Jailtey said that the government has been careful in not merging weak banks.

    However, the centre has sought to allay any fear on part of employees, giving assurance that no one will face any adverse service conditions after the amalgamation.

    Taking yet another step in consolidation process, the government has also moved to offload its majority stake in IDBI Bank to Life Insurance Corporation of India. Finance minister also came down hard on the UPA regime on the issue of the bank NPAs. He said that the NPAs jumped manifold during UPA regime and were swept under the carpet by the then govt.

    He said that the bank lending before 2008 was Rs 18 lakh crore which jumped to Rs 55 lakh crore between 2008 and 2014. Citing the merger of SBI'e entities, jaitley said that it will benefit the working conditions of the employees of smaller banks.

    No time frame has been given for the completion of the process. The first big merger affected by the NDA was the merger of five associate banks of State Bank of India with itself.
     

  • The NDA government's decision to completely seal the borders to stop infiltration and illegal migration was evident in Jammu on Monday as Home minsiter Rajnath singh inaugurated India's first smart fence pilot on two 5 KM strecthes along the Indo-Pak border.

    On the sidelines, Rajnath appealed to political parties to participate in the forthcoming panchayat and urban local body polls in Jammu and Kashmir.

    His appeal came after the two major regional parties -- the National Conference and the Peoples Democratic Party -- announced that they would not take part in the elections. Rajnath said that the elections will provide them with an opportunity to interact with the people.

    Rajnath singh said that India has always extended hands to cooperate and maintain friendly ties with Pakistan, but India cannot change the behaviour of Pakistan and ultimately Pakistan will have to understand how to behave with a neighbour.

    The smart fence pilot project entails deploying laser-activated fences and technology-enabled barriers to plug vulnerable gaps along frontiers.

    The initiative is part of comprehensive integrated border management system (CIBMS). Smart fencing uses a number of devices for surveillance, communication and data storage.

    Thermal imager sensors, underground sensors, fiber optical sensors, radar and sonar are mounted on different platforms like aerostat, tower and poles as part of the smart fence. The system will effect round-the-clock surveillance on the border and in different weather conditions.

    The 'laser fence' and other gadgets have been integrated and  gadgets are integrated to immediately relay CCTV-like feed to command post. This first hand live feed will give BSF the required inputs to take immediate action against intrusion or infiltration attempt.

    He said that the incidents of terrorism have come down in the 4 years of NDA rule. 

    Centre is working towards upgrading border infrastructure, and more than 600 km roads have been constructed in border areas and hundreds of border out posts have been built.

    Smart Fence will be deployed along 2,400 km of India's border with Pakistan and Bangladesh in the future

     

  • Future of Bharat: An RSS Perspective'. He spoke at length about the beliefs of RSS founder Dr. Hedgewar...saying they form the foundation of the organisation....He also shared what RSS stands for...and the guiding principles of the organisation...Here's more.

    In a bid to end ideological untouchability and take the views of the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh on various issues of national importance to the people....a 3-day lecture series began at Vigyan Bhavan in New Delhi on Monday.

    The first day saw participation from prominent citizens from all walks of life....including social and political organisations....

    On the first day of the 3 day lecture series under the theme....'Future of Bharat: An RSS Perspective'....RSS Sarsanghchalak....delivered his address on the role played by RSS as an organisation, its ideology, the contributions and life of RSS founder Dr. Hedgewar ...and the state of the nation.

    He spoke about the culture of values that bind the society together....even though there is so much diversity in the country.

    He explained that Sangh works on development of an individual's values.

    Stressing that Sangh works with the objective reforming the society and serving the nation....he said the Sangh is committed to working for a society that is bereft of all ills...and is progressive.

    He said that Sangh does not hanker for publicity...and its works speak for themselves.

    He said the Sangh cannot be compared with any other organisation....as it is unique in its ways....

    Elaborating on the contributions and life of RSS founder Dr. Hedgewar....the RSS Sarsanghchalak spoke on how he engaged with those with differing ideologies....and treated them with respect

    He said that the Sangh has been working in national interest since it was founded.

    He cited instances from Dr. Hedgewar's life that gave a glimpse of his contributions to the Freedom Struggle.

    This is an unprecedented outreach by the Sangh, in terms of scale and nature...

    The purpose of the outreach is to engage people on its guiding principles...and on its vision for India's future.
     

  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi is visiting his parliamentary constituency Varanasi. On day 2 of his visit, the Prime Minister inaugurated various development projects, cumulatively worth more than Rs. 550 crore at BHU Amphitheatre.

    The projects include the Integrated Power Development Scheme (IPDS) for Puraani Kashi and an Atal Incubation Centre at BHU.

    The foundation stone for Regional Ophthalmology Centre at Benares Hindu University was also laid.

    These projects will help Varanasi to attain new heights, uniting modern infrastructure and development with the spiritualism of Kashi.

    PM Modi said the city has changed for good in the last four years and the work that has been done is clearly visible. "The bid to make the city modern has been done while preserving the age old identity of the city," he said.

    Taking a jibe at previous governments, he said Varanasi had been left to the mercy of Lord Shiva under past regimes. "Projects worth Rs 550 crore have either been dedicated to the public or foundation stones have been laid today. This development work not only covers Varanasi but adjoining areas as well," he said. 

  • The occasion is the Prime Minister's 68th birthday. But the Prime Minister doesn't believe in celebrating. He rather chooses to work.... work that makes a difference for the future.

    And so Prime Minister Modi reached out to children of a primary schools in Narur village of Varanasi.

    This school has a unique 'Room to Read' a new learning method. On entering the room to read, Prime Minister made himself comfortable on the Dhurrie.

    The children ask the Prime Minister about his childhood as only a child can with wonder and excitement and the Prime Minister responds affectionately.

    Birthdays are very important occasions in a child's life and the children certainly did not disappoint wishing the Prime Minister with post cards and special greetings.

    And just as the Prime Minister was about to leave a child asked him whether he too felt frightened sometimes.

    Next it was the turn of the smart class where audio visuals and poetry keep the students engaged.

    The Q and A session didn't end there. It was the turn of special students to seek answers from the Prime Minister. And as an encouraging mentor he told them that as students, it is vital to ask questions. Never feel afraid to seek answers. He also said students must give importance to sports.

    As he walked onto DLW lawns the figure 68 greeted him. Here he interacted with young volunteers who teach children of ragpickers at Kashi Vidyapeeth.

    Sitting under a tree with gen next at his knee. Prime Minister Modi became one with them…putting his arms around them...showing interest in their art work and even turning guru.

    Prime Minister Modi spent his 68th birthday sharing the mantra of life with these under privileged children...giving them a special gift...the gift to dream and chase their dreams...

     

  • During his three day visit Ambassador Puri met officials, local leaders, representatives of various hotels and guest houses and enquired about boarding and lodging facilities available for the pilgrims.

    He visited Simikot district hospital and interacted with the doctors.

    Mr. Puri also met some pilgrims returning from Kailash Mansarovar Yatra and asked them about their experiences.

    Later talking to DD News correspondent Ambassador Puri said that Simikot is connected through small aircraft only and these planes are not capable to fly in bad weather.

    He said during inclement weather pilgrims may have to stay in Simikot for a longer period. Mr Puri said since basic facilities are available in Simikot so patience is required.

    Ambassador Puri also said that Simikot is around 10,000 feet above the sea level and there are chances of high altitude sickness especially among elderly pilgrims.

    Ambassador Puri said doctors informed him about requirement of constant supply of electricity and oxygen to handle medical emergencies and Indian Embassy will try to help in improving the situation.

    Nepalgunj, Simikot and Hilsa route is very popular among Kailash Mansarovar pilgrims as it take laser time and journey is comfortable. More than 10,000 devotees undertake pilgrimage through this route. 

  • The warehouse will be constructed with an Indian grant assistance of 30 crore Sri Lankan rupees.

    The MoU was signed by Mr. Taranjit Singh Sandhu, High Commissioner of India to Sri Lanka and Mr. K.D.S. Ruwanchandra, Secretary to Sri Lankan ministry of national policies and economic affairs.  

    The project envisages construction of a 5000-metric ton temperature controlled warehouse for fruits and vegetables to minimize its post-harvest losses. 

    This initiative will benefit the farming community by reducing the wastage particularly in the peak season when there is surplus production.

     This project is in continuation of Government of India’s efforts to partner with Government of Sri Lanka in people oriented development projects.

     India’s overall commitment of development assistance to Sri Lanka stands at a total of around 3 billion US dollars, out of which 550 million US dollars is pure grant assistance.

  • Joint opposition in a statement said leaked internal documents show that the Commission has been secretly planning to use the tablet computers for months, creating a new opportunity for vote rigging and fraud.

     It said the elections act makes it clear that the results must be announced and published physically at each polling station, and those results then communicated to the central commission.

    However, a leaked document explains to EC officials that they must enter the result of each polling station on the tablet computer and wait for a ‘printed confirmation’ before publicly announcing the result.

    The opposition alleged that entering the votes on the tablets gives the EC an opportunity to change the results from each ballot box before they are publicly announced, to ensure a victory for President Abdullah Yameen.  Mr. Yameen  is seeking re-election against Joint opposition candidate Ibrahim Mohamed Solih.

  • State govt has ordered police to take strict action in the case. Chief Minister Manohar Lal said that the other two accused in the case will also be arrested soon. He also appealed to the public to not harbour them.

    Home Minister Rajnath Singh has said that he spoke to Hayana CM & he has assured him of strict against guilty in Rewari gang rape case. DGP has also spoken.

  • Speaking on the sidelines at an event organised by FICCI VK Singh said that our Policy is very clear and any dialogue with Pakistan can only be held in an atmosphere free from terror.

     

  • While addressing media in Jammu, Rajnath Singh said that the aim is to make border security foolproof. He said smart fencing will virtually make it impossible for terrorists to enter Indian territory.

    The Home Minister appealed to the political parties in Jammu and Kashmir who boycotted the local bodies polls in the state to reconsider their decision and take part in the political process.

     

  • PM Modi will reach Narur village this afternoon where he will interact with children of a primary school, which is aided by a non-profit organisation.

    Later, at the Diesel Locomotive Works (DLW) campus, the prime minister will interact with students of the Kashi Vidyapeeth and the children assisted by them, according to the Prime Minister's Office.

    President Ram Nath Kovind, Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu and BJP chief Amit Shah were among the first to greet him.

    "Birthday greetings to our Prime Minister @narendramodi. Wish him a long life and many years of dedicated service to the people of the country," President Kovind tweeted.

    Vice President Naidu, who is in Malta, called up PM Modi to wish him on his birthday. "Warm Birthday wishes to Hon'ble Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi. India is making rapid strides under his visionary leadership and taking its rightful place in the comity of nations. May he be blessed with long and healthy life," said Naidu's Twitter handle.

    Shah hailed PM Modi's leadership, saying India under him has become synonymous with development and that he has infused energy into every section of society like never before. India has a government under Modi, which is committed to the development of the poor, farmers and every section of society, the BJP chief said in a tweet. He described PM Modi as a leader who is loved by all and has provided a decisive and visionary leadership to country, as he prayed for a long and healthy life for the prime minister. 

  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi is visiting his parliamentary constituency Varanasi on a two-day visit on 17th September. PM Modi will spend his birthday interacting with children and youth in the ancient city of Varanasi. He will head directly for Narur village, where he will interact with children of a primary school who are being aided by the non-profit organisation "Room to Read." Later, the Prime Minister will interact with students of Kashi Vidyapeeth as well.

    On the 18th, at BHU Amphitheatre, the Prime Minister will inaugurate or lay the Foundation Stone for various development projects, cumulatively worth more than Rs. 550 crore. These include the Integrated Power Development Scheme (IPDS) for Puraani Kashi and an Atal Incubation Centre at BHU.

    The foundation stone for Regional Ophthalmology Centre at Benares Hindu University will also be laid. 

    These projects will help Varanasi to attain new heights, uniting modern infrastructure and development with the spiritualism of Kashi.

    Prime Minister Narendra Modi will be visiting a primary school at Narur during his Varanasi visit.

    Prime Minister Narendra Modi will be spending his birthday on 17th September in his parliamentary constituency of Varanasi. He will reach the ancient city of Kashi on his two-day visit on Monday. PM Modi will visit a primary school in  Narur village in Varanasi district and will interact with school students.

    This school has smart classroom equipped with projector based learning devices. These innovative methods are used to make learning more interesting for children. The school students are enthusiastic about the prospect of meeting the Prime Minister.

    Apart from the smart classroom, a non-profit organisation, has also come out with illustrative books which are being used in this primary school, to teach children in an interesting way.

    Children are taught in specially designed classrooms in this school. 'Room to Read' organisation has made such arrangements in several schools across the country.

    430 schools in Varanasi itself have classrooms designed with different types of books along with trained teachers to help improve the learning level of children.

    PM will come to this school to spend some time with the children and the innovative methods of learning will be on full display on his arrival.

  • PSLV-C42 will carry two earth observing satellites - NovaSAR and S1-4 - of Surrey Satellite Technology Limited, UK. 

    This is the first commercial launch in arrangement with Antrix Corporation, the commercial arm of Indian Space Research Organization in 2018.

  • The laser, known as ATLAS (Advanced Topographic Laser Altimeter System), splits into six beams and fires 10,000 pulses per second to collect very precise measurements for scientists to analyze.

    The satellite's orbit will take 91 days before repeating, allowing the device to measure the same locations four times a year, so scientists can see how they change over seasons.

    The ATLAS will focus on two areas: changes to the earth's ice sheet and sea ice thickness change.

    It will measure sea ice thickness by measuring the heights or elevations of sea ice and comparing the height of the ice with the height of the adjacent open water to find out the measurement of sea ice freeboard, the portion of sea ice floating above the water. Its measurements of the height of ocean and land surfaces will provide a 3-dimensional image of the Earth's surface.

    NASA expects the project will shed light on how much the Arctic and Antarctic ice sheets grow and shrink each year, improving our understanding of sea level rise and how it impacts communities around the world.

  • PRADHAN MANTRI TURNS PRADHAN SEVAK

    Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Mission Swacchta heading to Ambedkar Secondary  School in Pahar Ganj from Lok Kalyan Marg stopping at red lights breaking shackles of protocol just like any common man.

    On reaching the school, Prime Minister Narendra Modi paid his respects to Dr.  Ambedkar who adopted this school located in 1946 his aim was to uplift scheduled castes socially and economically.

    Prime Minister Narendra Modi's vision & Mission is to build a clean, New India as a tribute to Bapu on his 150th Birth Anniversary next year. Kicking off the Swacchta hi Seva fortnight, Prime Minister picked up the broom at the Ambedkar Secondary School.

    Over the last four years he's done this several times from picking up the phawda to clean Assi Ghat in 2015 to laying the foundation for a twin pit toilet or Izzatghar in Varanasi last year. He leads by example. And on Saturday, it was his turn to meet gen-next Swacchagrahis...the students of Ambedkar secondary school.

    Prime Minister reminded the students of Babasaheb's contributions urging them to become like him.

    The motive behind this entire exercise was simple.....turn Bapu's dream of Swacch Bharat into reality....and there's no better way to achieve this than through people's participation with students and the youth leading the charge.

  • Vice president said that India & Serbia have much to benefit from a closer economic partnership.

    There are opportunities for us to collaborate in agriculture & food processing, defence manufacturing, pharmaceuticals, infrastructure & information technology sectors.

  • Speaking to reporters after Prime Minister Narendra Modi reviewed the economic situation; Finance Minister said the government was confident of surpassing GDP growth rate projected in the Budget for 2018-19.
     

  • External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj said that the idea behind changing the dates this time is that the visitors during the Pravasi Bharatiya Divas will be in a position to be part of Kumbh Snan and the visitors can also witness the republic day celebrations

    During the Pravasi Bharatiya Divas, the Chief Guest will be the Prime Minister Of Mauritius.

  • 'Swachhata Hi Seva Movement' began on Saturday. The mass movement will strengthen the efforts to fulfil Mahatma Gandhi's dream of a clean India.

    Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday interacted with people from different walks of life, across various locations marking the commencement of movement.

    PM interacts with Amitabh Bachchan, Ratan Tata

    Prime Minsiter was joined by superstar Amitabh Bachchan and industry doyen Ratan Tata in an interaction streamed live on the Narendra Modi app. PM urged all Indians to take the Clean India pledge.

    PM interacts with spiritual leaders

    Prime Minister also interacted with various spiritual leaders including Sri Sri Ravi Shankar, Mata Amrita Nanda Mayi and also devotees from Dargah in Ajmer Sharif. The spirtual leaders lauded Prime Minister for the Swachch Bharat initiative.

    Prime Minister called on everyone to take the Swacchta hi Seva pledge.

    PM MODI interacts with several other groups

    Jawans of the ITBP joined the interaction from the high altitude Pangong Lake in Ladakh. The Prime Minister praised the ITBP jawans for their bravery and their service to the nation. Besides, PM Modi also interacted with members of Dainik Jagran News Team, during which they shared their efforts to further cleanliness.

    Youngsters from Dibrugarh district of Assam shared their efforts towards furthering cleanliness. They assured the Prime Minister of undertaking cleanliness activities after the interaction. Besides, citizens from Dantewada in Chhattisgarh and those from Salem in Tamil Nadu interacted with PM Modi.

    Citizens from Mehsana district of Gujarat shared their experiences with PM Modi. Apart from them, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath and other citizens of the state also interacted with the PM.

    Also, Swachhagrahis from Bijnor in UP, who are working on cleaning the Ganga and citizens from Rajgarh in Madhya Pradesh interacted with PM Modi.