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  • As per the decision of the GST Council, e-Way Bill system for ?I?nter-State movement of goods has been rolled?-?out from 01st April, 2018. As on 20th April, 2018, e-Way Bill system for ?Intra-State movement of goods has been rolled-out in the States of Andhra Pradesh, Bihar, Gujarat, Haryana, Himachal Pradesh, Jharkhand, Karnataka, Kerala, Telangana, Tripura, Uttarakhand and Uttar Pradesh.

  • The Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi will visit Mandla in Madhya Pradesh tomorrow, 24th April on the National Panchayati Raj Day. He will launch the Rashtriya Gramin Swaraj Abhiyan, at a public meeting, and address Panchayati Raj representatives across the country, from Mandla.

  • The Union Minister of State (Independent Charge) of the Ministry of Development of North-Eastern Region (DoNER), MoS PMO, Personnel, Public Grievances & Pensions, Atomic Energy & Space, Dr Jitendra Singh has said that India's "Act East" policy is crucial to the entire South East Asia.

  • A number of representations have been received seeking clarifications in relation to requirement of e-Way Bill for “Bill To Ship To” model of supplies. In a typical “Bill To Ship To” model of supply, there are three persons involved in a transaction, namely:

    ‘A’ is the person who has ordered ‘B’ to send goods directly to ‘C’.
    ‘B’ is the person who is sending goods directly to ‘C’ on behalf of ‘A’.
    ‘C’ is the recipient of goods.

  • Minister of Commerce & Industry and Civil Aviation, Suresh Prabhu, will chair the first meeting of the think tank on the Framework for National Policy on E-commerce to be held on April 24th, 2018. Senior officers of the ministries/ departments of the Government of India involved in different aspects of e-commerce; high level representatives from the industry bodies, e-commerce companies, telecommunication companies and IT companies; Reserve Bank of India; and independent experts have been invited to participate in the meeting.

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    Shri Suresh Prabhu delivering keynote address at the First International SME Convention – 2018, Delhi

    The First International SME Convention – 2018 is being convened inNew Delhi. Union Minister of Commerce & Industry and Civil Aviation, Suresh Prabhuwas the Chief Guest at theinaugural function held today.

  • Diu Smart City has become the first city in India, that runs on 100% renewable energy during daytime setting a new benchmark for other cities to become clean and green. Diu had been importing 73% of its power from Gujarat until last year.

  • Union Minister of Road Transport and Highways, Shipping, Water Resources, River Development and Ganga Rejuvenation Shri Nitin Gadkari has said that India is exploring an agreement with South Korea for introduction of Highways Information System in the country.

  • The National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) is conducting a basic training programme at the Lok Nayak Jayaprakash Airport in Patna. The five-day training programme, aimed at enhancing the preparedness of Airport Emergency Handlers (AEHs) to respond to CBRN emergencies at the airports, started today.

  • No. 464/KT-LA/2018:- Whereas, the Governor of the State of Karnataka has, by Notification issued under sub-section (2) of section 15 of the Representation of the People Act, 1951 (43 of 1951), published in the official Gazette of the State on the 17th April,2018  (Tuesday), been pleased to call upon all the Assembly Constituencies in the State of Karnataka, to elect members to the Legislative Assembly of the State, in accordance with the provisions of the said Act and of the rules and orders made there under:

    Whereas, the Commission has, under Section 56 of the said Act notified hours of poll from 7.00 am to 5.00 pm as the hours of poll during which the poll shall be taken in all the assembly constituencies of the state; and

    Whereas, the Commission considers that in view of the extreme heat in the State of Karnataka at present and also due to the introduction of VVPAT, it is necessary to extend the hours of poll to facilitate all the voters to cast their votes even in the late hours.

  •  The Commission has decided to hold Biennial Election to the Maharashtra Legislative Council from said Local Authorities Constituencies and a bye election to Andhra Pradesh Legislative Council from Chittoor Local Authorities’ Constituency, in accordance with the following programme: -

     

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    Days and Dates

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    Issue of Notifications

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    26th April, 2018 (Thursday)

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    Last date of making nominations

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    3rd May, 2018 (Thursday)

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    Scrutiny of nominations

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    4th May, 2018 (Friday))

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    Last date for withdrawal of candidatures

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    7th May, 2018 (Monday)

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    Date of poll

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    21st May, 2018 (Monday)

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    Hours of poll

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  • Newly built 6th Battalion ITBP Headquarter of Jalalpur in Bihar has been inaugurated by Sh. Rajnath Singh, Union Home Minister and Sh. Nitish Kumar, Chief Minister, Bihar today. Sh. Sushil Kumar Modi, Dy. Chief Minister, Bihar, Sh Rajiv Pratap Rudy, MP, Sh Janardan Singh Sigriwal, MP, Sh Janak Ram, MP, Sh Om Prakash Yadav, MP and many MLAs and MLCs were present on the occasion.

  • The Vice President of India, Shri M. Venkaiah Naidu has said that Share and Care has been the core of our philosophy. He was addressing the gathering after inaugurating Hare Krishna Temple, in Hyderabad today.

  • Union Minister for Minority Affairs Shri Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi today said that for the first time after the Independence, a record number of Muslims from the country will go to Haj this year and that too without any subsidy.

  • Fugitive Economic Offenders Ordinance, 2018 has come into force as the President of India has given his assent to the Union Cabinet’s decision to promulgate the said Ordinance. Earlier, the Union Cabinet, in its meeting held on 21st April, 2018, had decided to approve the proposal of the Ministry of Finance to promulgate the Fugitive Economic Offenders Ordinance, 2018.

  • Following is the Full Text of the Statement by Dr. Urjit R. Patel, Governor (On behalf of Mr. Arun Jaitley, Member, IMFC representing the Constituency consisting of Bangladesh, Bhutan, India and Sri Lanka) at the International Monetary and Financial Committee (IMFC)? in Washington DC, USA yesterday, 21st April, 2018

     

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  • Shri Subhash Chandra Garg, Secretary, Department of Economic Affairs (DEA), Ministry of      Finance, Govt. of India said that countries in India’s constituency in the World Bank – Bangladesh, Bhutan, India and Sri Lanka – now are the highest growing block in South Asia and the World at large.

  • On the sidelines of 2018 Spring Meetings of the World Bank and IMF, Shri Subhash Chandra Garg, Secretary, Department of Economic Affairs(DEA), Ministry of Finance held bilateral meeting with the US Under Secretary of Treasury for International Affairs, Mr. David Malpass in Washington D.C. yesterday.

  • Following is the text of the Statement by Mr Subhash Chandra Garg, Secretary, Department of Economic Affairs, Ministry of Finance, Govt. of India and Alternate Governor of the World Bank and the IMF, representing the Constituency of Bangladesh, Bhutan, India & Sri Lanka at the 97th Meeting of the Development Committee, World Bank in Washington DC, USA yesterday, 21st April, 2018:

     

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  • The 6th edition of Indian Ocean Naval Symposium (IONS) and Conclave of Chiefs is being hosted by Iran at Tehran from 23 to 25 April 2018. The Chief of the Naval Staff is leading a four member Indian delegation for the event.



  • Rajya Sabha Chairman M Venkaiah Naidu today sets in motion the process of consultation regarding impeachment notice against Chief Justice of India Dip...




  • External Affairs Minister, Sushma Swaraj today called on Chinese Vice President Wang Qishan to discuss bilateral ties. In a tweet External Affairs Min...




  • The Armed Forces (Special Powers) Act, AFSPA has been removed completely from Meghalaya. A Home Ministry official said, the AFSPA act, which...



  • In Uttar pradesh, Rail Services resumed between lucknow - kanpur route after three hours of disruption.In morning one person died in stampede at Harauni railway station, 20 km from lucknow.



  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi will be in China on Friday and Saturday for an informal summit meeting with President Xi Jinping.External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj made the announcement at a joint briefing with her Chinese counterpart Wang Yi in Beijing yesterday.



  • At least eleven migrants died at sea and another 263 were rescued today in two separate operations off the coast of Libya, the country's navy said.



  • Petrol price has hit 74 rupees 40 paise a litre, while diesel rates touched a record high of 65 rupees 65 paise.



  • The Bombay High Court today directed the Maharashtra government to consider on priority, establishing a model child-friendly courtroom for minor victims, witnesses and juveniles facing inquiry under a protection law for them. A bench of Justices Naresh Patil and G S Kulkarni also directed the Maharashtra Advocate General to file a comprehensive report on the status of vacancies at child welfare committees and Juvenile Justice Boards across the state and on all such provisions of the Juvenile Justice Act that are yet to be implemented.



  • In IPL Cricket, Delhi Daredevils will clash with Kings Eleven Punjab in Delhi.


  • Giroud has made a habit of scoring against Southampton and the France forward was their nemesis in a one-sided semi-final.

    Opting to select Giroud instead of Alvaro Morata proved a shrewd move by Chelsea manager Antonio Conte as the former Arsenal star produced a tremendous piece of skill to break the deadlock early in the second half.

    Giroud has feasted on Southampton this season, scoring twice to spark Chelsea’s 3-2 win last weekend and also netting a late equaliser against them for Arsenal in December. His fourth goal for Chelsea since his January signing was followed by a late header from substitute Morata, setting up a heavyweight final against United at Wembley on May 19. That will be Chelsea’s last chance to win major silverware at the end of a troubled season.

    Chelsea’s 13th FA Cup final appearance will be a repeat of the 2007 showpiece, when Jose Mourinho’s men won 1-0. The Blues, back in the final after losing to Arsenal in May, last won the competition in 2012 and are bidding to lift the trophy for the eighth time.

    Winning the FA Cup might not be enough to convince either Conte or Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich that their two-year partnership should be extended.

    Conte has spent much of the season complaining about Chelsea’s failure to back his transfer plans, while several of his players are believed to be unhappy with his demanding training sessions and intense personality.

    The Blues face a tough task to qualify for the Champions League via a top four finish in the Premier League as they trail fourth placed Tottenham by five points.

    Against that backdrop, winning the Cup would at least provide an uplifting conclusion to a frustrating campaign.

    For Southampton, the focus returns to their desperate battle to avoid relegation, with just four games left to climb out of the bottom three.

    There were a significant number of empty seats in the Southampton end of the stadium and the stay-away fans were vindicated by their struggling team’s lacklustre display. They had little chance of a famous Cup upset with Eden Hazard at his stylish best. Hazard threatened with a fierce strike that flashed just over from 25 yards.

    Then the Belgian embarked on a surging run from deep in his own half before slipping a pin-point pass to Willian, who cut back inside and blasted against the crossbar.

    Giroud was warming to the task of giving Southampton another headache and he went close to breaking the deadlock with an acrobatic volley before half-time. Chelsea’s dominance was finally rewarded in the 46th minute.

    Cesc Fabregas lofted a pass towards Hazard and he controlled brilliantly in mid-air before slipping the ball through to Giroud.

    There was still work for Giroud to do and he side-stepped three defenders with surprising grace, his nimble foot-work giving him just enough space to slot home from close-range. Hazard was virtually unstoppable and he scythed through again before curling just wide.

    Southampton’s Charlie Austin appealed in vain for a penalty after Giroud left his arm out to block the forward’s header.

    Finally coming out of their shell, Mark Hughes’ side almost drew level when Nathan Redmond’s long-range drive was pushed away by Caballero.

    But it was too little, too late and Morata came off the bench to wrap up the win with just his third goal in his last 19 appearances Morata, who has failed to impress since his move from Real Madrid last year, was furious after being hauled off at Burnley.

    Just days later, he was all smiles when he nodded home from Cesar Azpilicueta’s 82nd minute cross.

  • In a hard-hitting Facebook post named - Saving the Constitution or Saving Dynasty?, Shah has lambasted the Congress for trying to target institutions of the nation and weaken its democracy. Touching upon the notice of motion of impeachment he added that judiciary, though trusted by 125 crore indians, has invited wrath of the Congress and nehru gandhi dynasty.

    He called it a part of a larger trend to demonize and weaken every institution that seeks to maintain its individual identity and not kowtow to the Dynasty. He said that the Army has also repeatedly been the Congress' target.

    He said that during the UPA years a Chief of Army Staff was targeted and the entire Army was dragged into political slugfests. He also listed Congress' protests against the CAG and the election commission in the post.    The post makes reference to the imposition of emergency and dismissal of state governments under the Congress rule. 

    He also accused the Congress of deviating from the constitution given by Babasaheb Ambedkar and of spreading hate and divisions in society and said that Congress is blinded by the disdain for PM modi, it is becoming increasingly clear that the Modi hatred is fast turning into India hatred. 

  • Naqvi added this year a total of 1,28,002 pilgrims will go through Haj Committee of India which includes about 47 percent females.

    Speaking at a function in Mumbai, the Minister said, the Government led by Prime Minister Narendra Modi has succeeded in getting India's Haj quota increased for the consecutive second year.

    He said that for the first time Muslim women from India will also go to Haj without a male companion.

     

  • Besides administering Road Safety oath, Gadkari also released a book named "Have a Safe Journey" and also awarded school students.

    Nitin Gadkari said it is government's priority to ensure safety of people on road and common man's cooperate is imperative.

    The Road and Highways minister also said that the central government has increased the number of National Highways keeping in mind the traffic density and various other factors.

  • Both the leaders discussed cooperation in trade & investment, IT, defence, films, HRD, culture and other areas.

    The External Affairs Minister will call on Chinese President Xi Jinping later in the day on Monday.
     

  • Congress has released its final list of candidates for the May 12 polls. As per the list Chief Minister Siddharamaiya will also contest from Badami assembly seat.

    He is also contesting from Chamundeswari constituency. The party has replaced Madikeri candidate Chandramauli with K P Chandrakala. The party has replaced total six candidates so far.

     

  • Scrutiny of the nominations received today will be held on April 25 and the last date for the withdrawal of candidature is April 28.

    The dates for the three-phase polls, which were earlier scheduled for May 1, 3 and 5, have, however, not been declared.

  • The shooting happened on Sunday afternoon. Three of the victims died at the spot while the fourth died at hospital. four others injured in the incident and are being treated. The shooter remained at large.

    Murder warrants have been issued against the shooter. He was arrested last year after entering a restricted area near the White House.

  • Naidu cited lack of merit in the charges leveled by the opposition after deliberating on all the aspects of the notice with legal and constitution experts. Notice was moved by 64 sitting members from 7 opposition parties. 

    Rajya Sabha Chairman M Venkaiah Naidu has listed reasons for rejecting the notice given by opposition parties led by the Congress for impeachment of CJI Dipak Misra primarily citing lack of any substantial merit in it.

    In a detailed 10 page order, Naidu stated that he held extensive consultations with top legal and constitutional experts on the matter before taking the decision. In the order naidu also states that he had detailed discussion with Attorney general as well as other legal experts to consider all the charges made by the opposition members and concluded that the motion does not deserve to be admitted. 

    He cited article 124(4) of the constitution which says that for such motion to be submitted proved misbehaviour and incapacity has to be proved. In absence of creditable and verifiable information which gives an indication of misbehaviour or incapacity, the motion was not considered. 

    Further the order comes down hard on the opposition members who have moved the notice. Naidu observes that the opposition members have certain words and phrases which imply that even they were not sure of the charges against the CJI. Rejecting the motion as neither desirable nor proper the chairman of rajya sabha also disapproved of the conduct of the opposition who addressed a press conference after submitting the notice in contravention of said rules and regulations. 

    Vice President re-scheduled  his travel plans to deal with the notice expeditely as he held the consultations with such experts given the importance of the situation, a fact that finds mention in his order too, which says that spate of statements in the press seemed to be vitiating the atmosphere , making him take a decision and end the needlees speculation. 

    Seven opposition parties led by the Congress had last week moved a notice before him for impeachment of the Chief Justice of India (CJI) on five grounds of “misbehaviour”.  This was the first time ever that an impeachment notice has been filed against a sitting CJI.

    BJP senior leader and union minister Ananth Kumar has said that Congress is not able to digest being away from power. He added that the motion amounts to contempt of court.

    BJP leader Subramanyam Swami has said that Venkaiah Naidu’s decision of rejecting CJI impeachment motion is correct. He said that with the impeachment motion, the Congress has tried to malign the image of judiciary.

    The Congress meanwhile has called the order of the rajya sabha chairman M venkaiah NAidu illegal and said that it was passed without full-fledged enquiry. The party has now said that it will challenge the same in the apex court.

    BJP spokesperson Sambit Patra has said that Congress is engaging in irresponsible statements. Addressing a press conferencem he said that this is a fight for democracy. Sambit Patra also said that those who do not trust the constitutional institutions of the country are attacking the constitution.

  • Ministry of External Affairs said that this is not only an attack on innocent civilians but also an attack on the democratic rights of the Afghan people.

    MEA also said that our thoughts and prayers are with the family members of the victims, and we wish quick and complete recovery to the injured.

    Besides, MEA also said that India stands ready to extend all possible assistance, including for treatment of those injured.

  • The dead includes 21 women and five children. The blast occurred in front of a local school where a voter registration site is located.

    Several people were near the building before the blast waiting for registering to get voting cards.

    The site also distributes national identification cards for voters, who have no IDs yet.

    ISIS group claimed responsibility for the attack via its online news portal.

    Afghan election officials have slated Oct 20 as the date for the upcoming parliamentary and district council elections, which has been delayed a couple of times over the past years.

    The voter registration process started on April 14 for the polls.

  • The rally was held hours after officials in Lahore detained several PTM leaders late Saturday following raids on Punjab University and a hotel.
          

    The rapidly growing Pashtun Protection Movement has rattled Pakistan's powerful military since it burst onto the scene three months ago with a nationwide campaign against alleged abuses against ethnic Pashtuns by security forces.

    The movement has drawn thousands of supporters, in one of the strongest challenges to Pakistan's security establishment for years.

     

  • This was announced after delegation level talkes between External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj and Chinese foreign minister Wang Yi in Beijing.

    In another major development, India and China have agreed to resume the Kailash Mansarovar Yatra through the Natha Lu route in Sikkim, 10 months after the pilgrimage was stopped.

    The decision was made during delegation level between External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj and Chinese foreing minister Wang Yi in Beijing.

    India said maintaining peace in the border areas with China was an "essential pre-requisite" for the smooth development of bilateral ties.

    Kailash Mansarovar Yatra was stopped by China in the aftermath of the military face-off with India last year at Doklam.

    Ministry of external affairs organises the yatra from June to September each year through two different routes - Lipulekh Pass in Uttarakhand  and Nathu La Pass in Sikkim.

    The yatra, which holds religious value, cultural significance, is undertaken by hundreds of people every year.

    Diplomats and anlaysts have hailed the latest development in Sino-Indian ties

    Besides, China also agreed to resume sharing of hydrological data of the Brahmaputra and Sutlej rivers.

    Sharing of hydrological data crucial to predict floods in India's northeast region, prone to natural calamities.

    China provides flood season data of the Brahmaputra river between May 15 and October 15 every year.

    Swaraj, who is visiting Beijing to take part in the foreign ministers' meeting of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO), also exchanged views on cooperation on multilateral arena and discussed their perspectives on counter-terrorism and collaborative efforts to address other global challenges, such as climate change and sustainable development.
     

  • India's Garima Chaudhary won gold in minus 70 kg. In minus 78 kg category Jina Devi won Gold. Tulika Maan won 7th gold for the country.
     

    In men's section, India won 3 gold medals. Divesh won first gold for the country. He defeated his Nepalese opponent in the final of minus 81 kg. Vijay Kumar Yadav also won gold in minus 60 kg.
          

    The last gold for India was won by Ajay Yadav in minus 73 kg. Indian men also got one bronze medal on day 2.
     

    Indian women had won 4 gold while men bagged two bronze on day one of the championships on Saturday. The team events will be held today.

     

     

  • Shah said that BJP is working hard to make India a world leader. He added that party workers must keep in mind that BJP's sole purpose is not to win elections only but to take the country forward.

  • Although the real GDP growth was moderated to 6.6 percent from 7.1 percent a year ago, there was a strong rebound in the second half of the year on the back of a turnaround in investment demand, the Reserve Bank of India Governor said.

    Patel was addressing the International Monetary Finance Committee in Washington on Saturday.

    The Indian economy gave a resilient performance in 2017-18, Patel said. This was supported by an acceleration in manufacturing, rising sales growth, a pick-up in capacity utilisation, strong activity in the services sector and a record agricultural harvest, the RBI governor added.

    "Several factors are expected to help accelerate the pace of growth in 2018-19. There are now clearer signs that the revival in investment activity will be sustained," he said.

    Global demand has been improving, which should encourage exports and boost fresh investments, Patel said, adding that on the whole, real GDP growth was expected to expand at 7.4 percent in 2018-19, with risks evenly balanced.

    In his address, Patel said since November 2016, headline consumer price inflation had generally remained below the medium-term target of four percent.

    Patel said several factors were likely to influence the inflation outlook, including a possible moderation in food prices if the monsoon turned out to be normal and was supported by an effective food supply management.

    "Countervailing this, upside risks emanate from the distinct hardening bias in crude oil prices, the steady firming up of inflation excluding food and fuel mirroring pick up in domestic demand, and spillovers from financial volatility as markets re-price the path of monetary policy normalisation by systemic central banks," he said.

    Noting that risks to inflation are tilted to the upside, the monetary policy rate was kept unchanged at 6.0 percent in April 2018 with a neutral stance, Patel said.

    Asserting that the government is committed to fiscal prudence, the RBI governor said aided by buoyancy in tax revenues and rationalisation of subsidies, the gross fiscal deficit (GFD) of the central government has been steadily brought down since 2013-14 to 3.5 percent of GDP in 2017-18 without compromising on public investment requirements and social sector spending.

    The government has accepted a debt rule that will bring down the debt-to-GDP ratio to 40 percent over a period of time by 2024-25.

    Patel said the goods and services tax (GST), which was implemented from July 2017 has reformed the system of indirect taxes by simplifying payments and credits, and improving the efficiency of movement of goods across the country.

    Automation of tax payments and 'team-based assessment with dynamic jurisdiction' without direct interface with tax payers has improved overall efficiency and transparency of revenue administration, he said.

    Patel said with the pace of import growth relative to that of exports, the current account deficit (CAD) expanded from 0.7 percent in 2016-17 to 1.9 percent for the first nine months of 2017-18.

    External financing conditions remained comfortable, boosted mainly by robust inflows of foreign direct investment (FDI), he said.

    The UNCTAD's survey of multinational enterprises ranked India as the third most favoured destination for FDI for 2017-19.

    Reflecting these developments, India's foreign exchange reserves at USD 424 billion were equivalent of 11 months of imports, he added.

    "India has persevered with structural reforms over a wide area ranging from a flexible inflation targeting framework for monetary policy; liberalisation of FDI flows; a unique identification (Aadhaar) backed direct benefit transfers; an insolvency and bankruptcy code; the GST; realty reforms; and a swathe of measures for improvement in the ease of doing business more generally," he said.

    These factors have improved India's global ranking in the World Bank's Ease of Doing Business, Patel added.

  • According to a finance ministry data, the deposits, which have been steadily rising since March 2017, were at Rs 80,545.70 crore on April 11, 2018.

    Pradhan Mantri Jan-Dhan Yojana (PMJDY) accounts had come into focus during the demonetisation period when the deposits witnessed a meteoric rise.

    The latest report of the World Bank titled Global Findex Report, 2017 released last week cited the success of the Jan Dhan Yojana.

    India's financial inclusion efforts have won recognition from the World Bank as their data indicate that 55 percent of new bank accounts opened are from India, Financial Services Secretary Rajiv Kumar had said.

    The deposits increased in the later part of November 2016 to over Rs 74,000 crore from about Rs 45,300 in the beginning of the month as people rushed to deposit the scrapped currency notes of Rs 500 and Rs 1,000, as per the government data.

    Thereafter, deposits in the accounts dipped before picking up again in a steady manner from March 2017.

    It increased to Rs 73,878.73 crore in December 2017 , to Rs 75,572 crore in February 2018 and further to Rs 78,494 crore last month. The number of people joining the financial inclusion programme too is on rise.

    The number of account holders increased to 31.45 crore on April 11, 2018 from 26.5 crore at the beginning of 2017.

    As per the data, the number of such account holders was 25.51 crore on November 9, 2016, the day demonetisation came into effect.

    As per the Global Findex Report, adult bank account holders in India increased to 80 percent in 2017 as compared to 53 percent in 2014 and 35 percent in 2011.

    Women at the forefront, highlights a sharp fall in gender gap from 20 percent in 2014 to 6 percent in 2017 in bank accounts due to government's efforts.

    The report acknowledges impact of government policy in reducing gaps in bank account ownership between rich and poor to 5 percent in 2017, down from 15 per cent in 2014.

    The report noted the rapid increase in financial inclusion that has taken place in India and how the number of account holders in the country has risen from 35 percent of the adults in 2011 and 53 percent in 2014 to 80 percent in 2017.

  • Inspector General of Police Sharad Shelar said, a team of C-60 commandos, a specialised combat unit of the Gadchiroli police, carried out the operation.

    The combing operation, which started in the morning, was carried out at Tadgaon forest in Bhamragad.

    The official added that the two district-level commanders of the proscribed outfit, identified as Sainath and Sainyu, were among those killed in the encounter.

  • Public Health Ministry spokesman Wahid Majro confirmed the toll from Sunday's attack, originally placed at four dead and 15 wounded.

    The Taliban denied involvement in the attack, which indicates it may have been carried out by an Islamic State affiliate.

  • Gruesome footage of the alleged toxic attack on April 7 in the town of Douma, just outside Damascus, horrified the world and prompted unprecedented Western strikes on Syrian military installations.

    Just hours after the joint missile strikes, a team from the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) arrived in Syria to investigate the claims.

    But they had been unable to access Douma itself, which fell from rebel hands into joint Syrian and Russian control after the suspected chemical attack.

    United Nations security experts deployed to the town on Tuesday to check it was safe, but were forced to pull out after an explosion went off and they were shot at.

    Investigators finally collected evidence from the site for the first time on Saturday, the OPCW said.

    "The samples collected will be transported to the OPCW Laboratory in Rijswijk and then dispatched for analysis to the OPCW's designated labs," the body said in a statement, adding it could plan another visit.

    Russia's foreign ministry had earlier announced the inspectors reached Douma after guarantees by Syria and its own forces, and said it expected them to carry out an impartial investigation.

    Moscow, a key ally of President Bashar al-Assad, has said its own probe into the events in Douma found no traces of chemical use.

    Assad's government, too, has repeatedly denied using toxic weapons, and accused the West of fabricating the claim to justify bombing Syria.

    Medics and first responders in the town say more than 40 people were killed on the night of April 7, reporting foaming at the mouth, pinpoint pupils and difficulty breathing.

    Investigators reached Syria a week later at the country's invitation, arriving just hours after a coordinated wave of French, American and British missile strikes.

    But they spent a week in the capital, unable to access Douma just a few miles to the east, even as groups of journalists visited the town on government tours.

    Western powers slammed Syrian and Russian authorities, saying proof that chemicals were used in Douma was probably being hidden.

    "It seems likely that this attitude is intended to make proof and material evidence linked to the chemical attack disappear," Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian said on Saturday, shortly before the OPCW got access to Douma.

    Analysts say that if toxic chemicals were used, OPCW inspectors would still be able to find important traces in clothes, walls, rocks and soil in Douma, although their potency decreases with time.

    "Nerve agents like sarin can be present in the environment for many weeks after use and particularly if you look near the site where a weapon has exploded," said Alastair Hay, professor of environmental toxicology at the University of Leeds.

    Crucial evidence can also linger in victims' blood, urine and organs.

    The "White Helmets", a Syrian rescue force that works in opposition-held areas, said it had given the OPCW details on the burial site of the Douma victims.

    But a top official from Jaish al-Islam, the rebel group that controlled Douma during the alleged chemical attack, accused the regime of raiding the graves.

    The OPCW does not have a mandate to establish who is responsible for chemical attacks. The joint OPCW-UN taskforce that did was shut down by Russia last year after it blamed Syria's regime for another gas attack.

    Experts say it may take between two and three weeks to analyse evidence collected in Douma.

    The town was the last in the Eastern Ghouta suburb to fall to Syria's regime, after a blistering two-month offensive backed by Russia.

    Since securing Ghouta, Syrian troops have shifted their focus to a pocket of territory in southern Damascus still held by the Islamic State group.

  • Interacting with BJP MPs and MLAs through the Narendra Modi App, the Prime Minister said, every MLA should undertake at least one developmental work for villages under them which will help take villages forward.

    He said, there is a need to focus on skill development. Prime Minister Modi further added that Mudra Yojna is also helping people and 11 crore people have already been benefitted from the scheme.

    The Prime Minister cautioned MPs and MLAs against making irresponsible public statements. He said BJP leaders should be involved in every work that is being undertaken in the society for the welfare of people.

     

  • The Earth Day is dedicated to providing the information and inspiration needed to fundamentally change human attitude and behavior about plastics.

    The annual event celebrated every year on April 22 to promote harmony with nature and the Earth to achieve a just balance among the economic, social and environmental needs of present and future generations of humanity.

    First celebrated in 1970, Earth Day is significant as it's a day of political action and civic participation towards preserving the planet. People march, sign petitions, meet their elected officials, plant trees, clean up their towns and roads.

    On Earth Day, Prime Minister Narendra Modi called on people to reaffirm the commitment towards creating a better planet for the future generations.

    The Prime Minister in a tweet urged people to work together to mitigate the menace of climate change.

    He said, it will be a great tribute to the beloved Mother Earth. He also complimented all those individuals and organisations who are working towards promoting harmony with nature and ensuring sustainable development. 

  • It will be the 43rd episode of the monthly radio programme. People can share their ideas and suggestions on the Narendra Modi App, My Gov Open Forum and can dial the toll free number 1XXX-XX-7800 to record their messages in Hindi or English. 

    Some of the recorded messages may become part of the broadcast. People can also give a missed call on the number 1922 and follow the link received in SMS to directly give the suggestions to the Prime Minister.

  • Zarif told reporters in New York that Iran is not seeking to acquire a nuclear bomb, but that Tehran's probable response to a US withdrawal would be to restart production of enriched uranium - a key bomb-making ingredient.

    "America never should have feared Iran producing a nuclear bomb, but we will pursue vigorously our nuclear enrichment," Zarif said.

    US President Donald Trump has set a May 12 deadline for the Europeans to "fix" the 2015 agreement that provides for curbs to Iran's nuclear program in exchange for relief from financial sanctions.

    Zarif's comments marked a further escalation of rhetoric following a warning earlier this month from Iranian President Hassan Rouhani that Washington would regret withdrawing from the nuclear deal, and that Iran would respond within a week if it did.

    The fate of the Iran deal will be a key issue during French President Emmanuel Macron's state visit to Washington beginning Monday, followed by talks with German Chancellor Angela Merkel in Washington on Friday.

    Zarif said the European leaders must press Trump to stick to the deal if the United States "intends to maintain any credibility in the international community" and to abide by it, rather than demand more.

    The foreign minister warned against offering any concessions to Trump.

    "To try to appease the president, I think, would be an exercise in futility," he said.

    European leaders are hoping to persuade Trump to save the deal if they, in turn, agree to press Iran to enter into agreement on missile tests and moderating its regional influence in Yemen, Syria and Lebanon.

    If the United States buries the deal, Iran is unlikely to stick to the agreement alongside the other signatories -- Britain, China, France, Germany and Russia --- said the foreign minister.

    "That's highly unlikely," he said. "It is important for Iran to receive the benefits of the agreement and there is no way that Iran would do a one-sided implementation of the agreement."

    Zarif, who will attend a UN meeting on sustaining peace this week, warned of "drastic measures" under discussion in Iran.

    He declined to be more specific, pointing to "what certain members of our parliament are saying about Iran's options."

  • Televised video showed one of the long, narrow boats packed with paddlers going over on Saturday on a stretch of a river near the city of Guilin where the current appeared to be strong.

    Another dragon boat arrived at the scene, also full of paddlers, and it too capsized, the video showed.

    The accident happened around 1:32 pm (0532 GMT) in an area where two flows of the river converge causing a powerful current, the CCTV broadcaster said. Most of those who went into the river were not wearing life jackets, media reported.

    Xinhua news agency said 57 people had gone into the water and 200 rescuers were sent to help. The rescue effort went on late into the night.

    Dragon boat racing is popular in various parts of Asia and the Dragon Boat Festival is a traditional holiday in China, this year on June 18.

  • Union Panchayati Raj Minister Narendra Singh Tomar said Prime Minister Narendra Modi will launch Rashtriya Gram Swaraj Abhiyan scheme on April 24 in Mandla in Madhya Pradesh on the occasion of National Panchayati Raj Day.

     

  • They allegedly launched a fraudulent scheme on the pretext of high returns on bitcoin investment.

    As per the information, the accused have cheated thousands of people through their online portal. Under their scheme, the returns to the tune of 12 percent in a month were offered. They also offered a monthly payout and referral income for the persons on the top line.

  • It said the KYC norms have been revised following the government's decision to update the 'Prevention of Money Laundering' rules in June last year.

    In a circular issued in Mumbai, the RBI made linking of national biometric ID Aadhaar to bank accounts mandatory. However, it said this will be subject to the final decision of the Supreme Court on making of Aadhaar mandatory.

    Till now, an Officially Valid Document for address proof together with Permanent Account Number issued by the Income Tax department and a recent passport size photograph were the key KYC documents. But in the amended Customer Due Diligence procedure, the Aadhaar number, the PAN or Form No. 60 need to be obtained from an individual who is eligible for applying for the biometric ID.

  • Addressing a mega rally at Rae Bareli in Uttar Pradesh, the BJP President said that the grand old party has insulted the Hindu culture. Shah's remark comes in the backdrop of the verdict in 2007 Mecca Masjid blast case in which all the five accused were acquitted.

    Amit Shah also said that Centre has allocated a sufficient fund for carrying out developmental work in all districts of Uttar Pradesh.

     

  • Earlier, the Cabinet on Saturday approved the promulgation of an Ordinance to amend Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act 2012 to introduce the death penalty for rape of children younger than 12 years.

    The decision was taken at a cabinet meeting chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi in New Delhi. In case of rape of a girl under 16 years, minimum punishment increased from 10 years to 20 years, extendable to life imprisonment. Several political leaders cutting across party lines hailed Centre's move.

    The President also promulgated the Fugitive Economic Offenders Ordinance 2018.

    The Ordinance, approved by the cabinet yesterday, would lay down the measures to empower Indian authorities to attach and confiscate proceeds of crime associated with economic offenders along with their properties. Thereby deter such offenders from evading the process of Indian law by remaining outside the jurisdiction of Indian courts.

    The Ordinance is expected to re-establish the rule of law with respect to the fugitive economic offenders as they would be forced to return to India to face trial for scheduled offences. This would also help the banks and other financial institutions to achieve higher recovery in case of frauds.

    If at any point in the course of the proceeding prior to the declaration, however, the alleged Fugitive Economic Offender returns to India and submits to the appropriate jurisdictional Court, proceedings under the proposed Act would cease by law.

  • India's L. Sushila Devi got first gold medal for the country in minus 48 kg category. She defeated Humaira Ashiq of Pakistan in the final. Within few minutes Kalpana Devi Thoudam also won gold in minus 52 kg. Kalpana beat Maryam of Pakistan.

    In minus 57 kg. category A. Anita Chanu bagged third gold for the country by defeating Lila Adhikari of Nepal. In the last bout of the day H. Sunibala Devi defeated Phupu Lhamu Khatri of Nepal in minus 63 kg category and won fourth gold medal for India.

    In men's section Pakistan won two gold and host Nepal got one gold. India bagged two bronze medals. Besides host Nepal, Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Pakistan and Sri Lanka participating in a 3 day championship.

    A total 102 players including 13 from India are competing for 7 gold, 7 silver and 14 bronze medals each in men’s and women’s individual categories. While they will also contest for one gold, one silver and two bronze each in the men’s and women’s team events. This is the fourth time Nepal is hosting South Asian Judo Championship. 

     

  • PM Modi said that the lives of people will change if they are kept at the centre of all decisions. PM Modi further said his government's priority is to make Ease of Living a reality for the common man. He said innovation and technology can become country's additional strength. He pointed out that India will fall behind if it cannot cope with the changing technologies of time.

    The Prime Minister stressed on the need for constant motivation for better performance and said that strategic thinking is a must for success. He asked those gathered to introspect on how successful they have been on resolutions taken in the past.

    The Prime Minister conferred Awards for Excellence in Public Administration for effective implementation of Priority Programs and Innovation. PM Modi gave away the awards on different categories of schemes like Pradhan Mantri Fasal Bima Yojana, promoting digital payments, and Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana.

    The awards have been instituted with a view to acknowledge, recognize and reward the exemplary work for citizen’s welfare by districts and organisations of the Central and State governments. PM Modi also released two books on the occasion.

     

  • A total 102 players including 13 from India will compete for 7 gold, 7 silver and 14 bronze medals each in men’s and women’s individual categories. While they will also contest for one gold, one silver and two bronze each in the men’s and women’s team events. There will be seven categories in men's event from minus 60 kg to above 100 kg.  

    The women’s section will also have categories from minus 48 kg to above 78 kg. This is the fourth time Nepal is hosting South Asian Judo Championship. 

     

     

     

     

  • In the biggest protests in President Daniel Ortega's 11 years in office in this poor Central American country, people are angry over the plan because workers and employers would have to chip in more toward the retirement system.

    The government is willing to hold a dialogue and Ortega will issue a formal call on Saturday, Vice President Rosario Murillo said, adding: "At least 10 compatriots have died."

    Demonstrations rocked the capital Managua and nearby cities for a third day.

    The new law, besides increasing employer and employee contributions, would cut the overall pension amount by 5 percent.

    "We are against these reforms, which means we're against this government taking from the pockets of Nicaraguans," said Juan Bautista.

    He said riot police brutally attacked demonstrators like him because "the dictator does not like people to protest."

    A woman nearby shouted: "The people are tired of this repression!"

    Students from Polytechnic University have been holed up on their campus since Thursday evading police.

    Other students took refuge in nearby buildings or residences. In Las Colinas, south of the capital, demonstrators raised small barricades and with their hands raised asked the riot police not to target them.

    Four independent television outlets were taken off the air after they broadcast the demonstrations on Thursday, and two were still blocked on Friday. Murillo compared the protesters to "vampires demanding blood to feed their political agenda."

    The opposition said more than 20 people were wounded while the writers group Pen Nicaragua said that at least 11 journalists were attacked while covering the demonstrations.

    "We call on the Nicaraguan authorities to act to prevent further attacks on demonstrators and on the media," said Liz Throssell, spokeswoman for the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights."

    She urged the government to let people "exercise their right to freedom of expression and to peaceful assembly and association," and urged protesters to demonstrate "peacefully."

    She also said demonstrators were attacked by government supporters in the city of Masaya.

    Miguel Mora, director of the private television channel 100% Noticias -- which the government blocked -- accused Ortega of applying the same censorship he imposed in the 1980s during the Sandinista Revolution.

  • Official sources said in New Delhi, that the criminal law amendment ordinance seeks to amend the Indian Penal Code (IPC), the Evidence Act, the Code of Criminal Procedure (CrPC) and the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act to introduce a new provision to sentence convicts of such crimes punishment of death.

  • Deputy Director of Asia and Pacific Department in the IMF, Ken Kang said in a news conference in Washington that India's growth is rising from 7.4 percent in 2017-2018 to 7.8 percent in 2019 and there is room to increase its export orientation and to reduce further barriers.

    Answering a question on the role India can play in the development and growth of the Indo-Pacific region, Kang, said there is scope to do more on trade reform.

    He said the statutory tariff rate in India is relatively high at about 15 percent and higher than those in the rest of the region.

    The IMF in the latest World Economic Outlook (WEO) has projected India to grow at 7.4 per cent in 2018 and 7.8 per cent in 2019. China is expected to grow respectively at 6.6 and 6.4 per cent in the two years.

  • "This is very good news for North Korea and the World - big progress! Look forward to our Summit," the US leader tweeted following the announcement reported by the North's state media.

    It emerged this week that Trump's CIA chief had recently met the reclusive North Korean leader, significantly boosting the odds of the Trump-Kim summit going ahead in late May or early June.

  • Addressing the 17th convocation of Lal Bahadur Shastri Rashtriya Sanskrit Vidyapeeth in New Delhi, the President said works of Aryabhatta, Bhaskara, Charaka, Sushruta and other scientists and mathematicians were composed in Sanskrit. The President said the real test of education is to make a good human being. 

  • Bolivian Foreign Minister Fernando Huanacuni said that Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Paraguay and Peru had decided to temporarily leave the Union of South American Nations, or UNASUR, given differences over choosing the secretary general of the group.

    "We have received a note from the six countries saying they will not participate in UNASUR meetings for a period of one year" until the leadership issue is resolved, Huanacuni said.

    Paraguay's foreign ministry said in a statement that the impossibility of electing a general secretary for UNASUR affects the bloc and that the six countries that will remain outside it until they see "concrete results that guarantee its operation." Huanacuni announced a meeting in May to discuss the matter.

    UNASUR was promoted by late Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez. Bolivia, Ecuador, Guyana, Surinam, Uruguay and Venezuela remain in the bloc.

  • "China believes the decision to stop nuclear tests and focus on developing the economy and improving people's living standards will help further ease the situation on the Korean peninsula and help to promote the process of denuclearisation and attempts to find a political settlement," Chinese foreign ministry spokesman Lu Kang said in a statement.

    "China will support North Korea ... (to engage in) dialogue and consultation with the relevant parties."

    The surprise announcement comes less than a week before the North Korean leader Kim Jong Un meets South Korean President Moon Jae-in for a summit in the Demilitarised Zone that divides the peninsula, ahead of an eagerly-awaited encounter with US President Donald Trump.

    However, Kim gave no indication Pyongyang might be willing to give up its nuclear weapons, or the missiles with which it can reach the mainland United States.

    For years, the impoverished North has pursued a "byungjin" policy of "simultaneous development" of both the military and the economy.

    But the leader said that now North Korea was a powerful state, "the whole party and country" should concentrate on "socialist economic construction".

  • The Indo-French duo will cross swords with third-seed pair of Austria's Oliver Marach and Croatia's Mate Pavic for a place in the summit showdown.

    Earlier, Bopanna and Roger-Vaselli eased past the Colombian team of Juan Sebastian Cabal and Robert Farah, who reached the Australian Open final this year, 6-4, 6-4 in a one-sided quarter-final clash.

    Earlier, the unseeded Indo-French duo had to work hard as they bounced back from a set down and saved three match points to clinch a 3-6, 6-4, 11-9 over two-time Grand Slam champions Jamie Murray and Bruno Soares in one hour and 22 minutes and seal a last-eight spot.

    In another semi-finals clash of Monte Carlo, the fourth-seeded Bryan brothers will also take on Italian team of Simone Bolelli and Fabio Fognini for a place in the finals.

  • According to the Home Ministry, the parties to the ceasefire agreement are -- the Centre, the National Socialist Council of Nagaland (Neokpao-Khitovi) and the National Socialist Council of Nagaland (Reformation).

    "It was decided by the Government of India to extend the suspension of operation with the NSCN-R and the NSCN-NK for a further period of one year with effect from April 28," an official of the ministry said in New Delhi.

    The pact was signed by Satyendra Garg, Joint Secretary in the Home Ministry, and Jack Jimomi of the NSCN-NK, and Viniho Kiho and Toshi Longkumer of the NSCN-R.

    The NSCN (Isak-Muivah) and the NSCN (Khaplang) are among other groups that operate in Nagaland.

    While the NSCN (I-M) had entered a ceasefire agreement in 1997 and has been maintaining it since then, the pact with the NSCN (K) ended after the group attacked a military convoy in Manipur in June 2015, killing 18 soldiers.

  • The gunfight took place on Friday night in Kistaram police station area when a team of CRPF's 212th battalion was out on a search-cum-area domination operation, Deputy Inspector General of Police (South Bastar Range) Sundarraj P said.

    The deceased was a native of Madhya Pradesh. Security forces have launched a combing operation in the area, located around 500 km away from the state capital Raipur.

  • PM Modi was received by External Affair Minister Sushma Swaraj at the airport.

    On the 5-day visit, Prime Minister Narendra Modi met with British Prime Minister Theresa May and Swedish PM Stefan Lofven. Prime Minister Modi also participated in an event called Bharat ki Baat, Sabke Saath and addressed the diaspora.  

  • Justice Subrata Talukdar held that petitions, filed by the BJP, CPM and other Opposition parties, challenging the cancellation of notification are maintainable and asked the poll panel to issue fresh notification extending the date for filing nominations.

    The court directed the commission to reschedule the dates for panchayat election process and accordingly conduct the polls.

    The panchayat elections in West Bengal were to be held in three phases from 1 May to 5 May and the counting of votes was scheduled on 8 May.

    The nomination process for the panchayat polls ended on 9 April, but it was extended by a day by the SEC the same evening following a Supreme Court court order on petitions alleging that candidates backed by Opposition parties were being prevented from filing nominations.

    The West Bengal government and ruling Trinamool Congress had objected to the extension by the SEC, which had cited a Supreme Court direction to "allay apprehensions of intending candidates" in its notification extending the nomination process by a day.

    The notification, which referred to the apex court order, was withdrawn by the SEC on 10 April morning.

    The BJP again moved the Supreme Court on 11 April and was directed to approach the high court with its grievances over the deadline for filing nominations.

    The BJP moved the high court challenging the withdrawal and Justice Talukdar stayed the election process on 12 April.

    Apart from the BJP, the CPM, PDS and the Congress too have moved the high court separately challenging the SEC's decision.

    The Commission and the ruling Trinamool Congress opposed the petitions claiming that these were not maintainable since the election process had started.

  • In a landmark declaration at the end of Commonwealth Heads of Government meeting (CHOGM) in London, the leaders of 53 countries agreed to work closely to evaluate and strengthen their cybersecurity frameworks and response mechanisms. 

    A release issued, termed the declaration as the world's largest and most geographically diverse inter-governmental commitment on cybersecurity cooperation. 

    It followed an announcement by the UK government pledging up to 15 million pounds to help the Commonwealth nations strengthen their cybersecurity capabilities. It also aims to tackle criminal groups and hostile state actors who pose a global threat to security.

    The leaders also expressed their strong support for the multilateral trading system and adopted a six-point connectivity agenda to boost trade and investment links across the Commonwealth. 

    They also agreed on a bold, coordinated push to protect oceans from the effects of climate change, pollution and over-fishing.

  • "We can't be satisfied," Itsunori Onodera told reporters in Washington, saying North Korea did not mention "abandonment of short-range and medium-range ballistic missiles".

    He added that Japan will not change its policy of putting pressure on Pyongyang for the "ultimate abandonment of weapons of mass destruction, nuclear arms and missiles".

    North Korean leader Kim Jong Un said that his country would halt nuclear tests and intercontinental missile launches, a move welcomed by US President Donald Trump and South Korea.

    Pyongyang's declaration, long sought by Washington, comes less than a week before Kim meets South Korean President Moon Jae-in for a summit, ahead of a much-anticipated encounter with Trump himself.

  • He will also address the Civil Servants on the occasion. 

    The awards for excellence in public administration have been instituted with a view to acknowledge, recognize and reward the exemplary work for citizen’s welfare. 

    An official release said, four priority programs identified for the award are Pradhan Mantri Fasal Bima Yojana, Promoting Digital Payments, Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana and Deen Dayal Upadhyaya Grameen Kaushalya Yojana. 

    In addition, there are awards for innovation for Central, State organisations including districts. 

  • North Korea leader Kim Jong Un said his country no longer needed to conduct nuclear tests or intercontinental ballistic missile tests because it has completed its goal of developing nuclear weapons, state media Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) said.

    North Korea also said it would engage in talks with the international community, paving the way for the summit with South Korean President Moon Jae-in planned for next week and a meeting with U.S. President Donald Trump in late May or early June.

    Trump on Friday welcomed the statement and said he looked forward to a summit with Kim.

    The announcement came after decades of nuclear tension on the Korean peninsula, pressure from the Trump administration, the death of American university student Otto Warmbier and attempts by then-presidents Barack Obama, George W. Bush and Bill Clinton to discontinue Pyongyang's nuclear program.

    North Korea has defended its nuclear and missile programs in the face of worldwide condemnation and sanctions as a necessary deterrent against perceived U.S. hostility.

  • In his Facebook post, Finance Minister Jaitley said that the Supreme Court judgment in Judge Loya death case exposes conspiracy to generate falsehood as propaganda in public and political space.

    He added that the impeachment motion is a revenge petition after the falsehood of the Congress party established in judge Loya death case.

    Referring to the judgement, Jaitley said never ever so blatantly in the past have national political parties, a few retired judges and some senior lawyers "so closely identified themselves with the generation of falsehood that they almost come out as conspirators".

    He also said that "What has happened today is a price the Indian judiciary has to pay for misadventures of many. There is no better time for judicial statesmanship and political foresight."

    BJP Leader Meenakshi Lekhi on Friday said that when Congress was in power, they leveled baseless charges against BJP leaders and tried to corner them in false cases.

    She added that Congress is working towards tarnishing the image of judiciary.