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  • The Gandhi Peace Prize for the years 2015,2016,2017 and 2018 has been conferred on the following

     

    Vivekananda Kendra, Kanyakumari for the year 2015 for their contribution in Rural Development, Education , Development of natural resources.

  • Curtains were drawn on the 3 day National level Sports Meet for students of Eklavya Model Residential Schools (EMRS) that kicked off on January 14, 2019 in the GMC Balayogi Sports Arena located in financial district of Gachibowli in Hyderabad, Telengana.

  • The National Selection Committee under the Chairpersonship of WCD Minister has finalized the names of awardees for Pradhan Mantri Rashtriya Bal Puraskar 2019. The Government of India has been conferring the National Award on Children for their exceptional achievement in the fields of innovation, scholastic, sports, arts, culture, social service, music or any other field deserving recognition.

  • Voter Awareness Forum(VAF) was launched by Election Commission of India in New Delhi today. Similar VAFs were also launched by the Chief Electoral Officers in the State capitals and by District Election Officers in the Districts simultaneously.

  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi will be on a three day visit to Gujarat beginning tomorrow, 17th January 2019. During this period, he will visit Gandhinagar, Ahmedabad, and Hazira.

    In his first engagement tomorrow at the Mahatma Mandir Exhibition cum Convention Center in Gandhinagar the Prime Minister will inaugurate Vibrant Gujarat Global Trade Show.

  • The Right of Children to Free and Compulsory Education (Amendment) Act, 2019 which was passed by the Parliament on 3rd January, 2019 received the assent of the President of India on 10th January, 2019.

  • President Sri Ramnath Kovind will be visiting Prayagraj Kumbh Mela tomorrow. During his visit, he will inaugurate a two days Gandhian Resurgence Summit at the camp of Parmarth Niketan Ashram at Arail side of Mela.

  • Chief Executive of UK Research and Innovation, Professor Mark Walport,  is on a two-day visit to Delhi, at the invitation of Principal Scientific Adviser to the Government of India, Professor K. VijayRaghavan met and addressed the Prime Minister’s Science, Technology and Innovation Advisory Council (PM-STIAC).

  • In pursuance of decision in the 32nd Meeting of GST Council held on 10th January, 2019 at New Delhi, a Group of Ministers (GoM) on issues relating to lottery has been constituted.

     

    The ‘GoM for Lottery’ shall consist of the following:

     

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  • The Competition Commission of India (‘Commission’) has found the Chemists and Druggists Association of Baroda (‘CDAB’) to be in contravention of the provisions of the Competition Act, 2002 (‘Act’). A complaint/information was filed with the Monopolies and Restrictive Trade Practices Commission (MRTPC) in 2009 alleging that the CDAB has indulged in restrictive trade practices.

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    National Commission for Safai Karamcharis (NCSK), in collaboration with the South Delhi Municipal Corporation (SDMC) and National Safai Karamcharis Finance and Development Corporation (NSKFDC), organized an Awareness-cum-Health Camp for Safai Karamcharis of South Delhi Municipal Corporation at the Auditorium of Civic Centre, New Delhi today.

  •  The meeting of the 15th Finance Commission began in Tripura today with its Chairman, members and senior officials having a detailed interaction with the representatives of the Panchayati Raj Institutions (PRIs), the Urban Local Bodies (ULBs) and the Tripura Tribal Areas Autonomous District Council(TTADC) in the state.

  • Ministry of Railways organized an All India Conference on Railway Security at Vigyan Bhawan, New Delhi on 16.01.2019. Shri Rajnath Singh, Minister for Home Affairs, Shri Piyush Goyal, Minister for Railways & Coal, Shri.

  • The President of India, Shri Ram Nath Kovind, will visit Uttar Pradesh (Prayagraj) tomorrow (January 17, 2019) to inaugurate the Gandhian Resurgence Summit. This Summit is being organised by the Parmarath Niketan, the Harijan Sevak Sangh and the Global Interfaith WASH Alliance.

  • ‘Saksham’, an annual high intensity one-month long people-centric mega campaign of Petroleum Conservation Research Association (PCRA) under the aegis of Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Gas was launched here today by Sh. Rajiv Bansal, Addl.

  • The Chief Minister of Mizoram, Shri Pu Zoramthanga, on his first visit to the national capital since being sworn in to office last month, called on the Union Minister for Development of North Eastern Region (DoNER), Dr. Jitendra Singh here today.

  • The Union Cabinet, chaired by the Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi, has given its approval for signing a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between Directorate General of Mines Safety (DGMS), Ministry of Labour and Employment, Government of India and Department of Natural Resource Mines and Energy, Queensland Government, Australia through the Safety in Mines, Testing and Research Station (SIMTARS).

  • The Union Cabinet, chaired by the Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi, has given its approval for regularization of Pay scales of below Board Level Executives in National Hydroelectric Power Corporation Ltd. (NHPC), North East Electric Power Corporation (NEEPCO), THDC India Ltd. (formerly Tehri Hydro Development Corporation Ltd.) and Satluj Jal Vidhyut Nigam Ltd. (SJVN), w.e.f.

  • The Union Cabinet, chaired by the Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi, has given its approval forincurring an expenditure of Rs.3639.32 core for the 13 new Central Universitiesfor recurring cost and creation of necessary infrastructure for completion of the campuses.

  • Delhi judokas have proved to be a cut above the rest by winning 12 gold, 3 silver and 6 bronze medals at Khelo India Youth Games,2019 being played at Pune. Delhi from the first day consistently picked up three gold medals on all four days.

  • The 15th Pravasi Bharatiya Divas will be organised in Varanasi from January 21-23, 2019.

    This year, the participants will also have the opportunity to participate in Kumbh Mela at Prayagraj and Republic Day celebrations at New Delhi. Prime Minister of Mauritius, Pravind Kumar Jugnauth, will be the Chief Guest of the Convention.

    The External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj also said that there is huge interest among overseas Indians to attend Pravasi Bharatiya Divas in Varanasi in view of Kumbh Mela at Prayagraj and later Republic Day celebrations in New Delhi.

     

  • The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs headed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi approved the trebling of the capacity of the Numligarh Oil Refinery in Assam.

    The refinery's capacity will be hiked from 3 million metric tonnes per year to 9 with a cost of 22,594 crore rupees. The capacity expansion will generate jobs apart from bridging petroleum products deficit in the North-East.

    The cabinet also cleared the next generation system for processing income tax return filings sanctioning 4,241.97 crore rupees for the project. E-filing and Centralised Processing Centre 2.0 will help bring down the ITR processing time to one day speeding up refunds.

    CABINET BOOST FOR EXIM BANK

    -- Capital infusion of 6,000 crore rupees in state-owned Exim Bank was also cleared through recapitalisation bonds to expand its business
    -- Equity infused will be in two tranches of 4,500 crore rupees this fiscal and 1,500 crore rupees in the next
    -- The bank's authorised capital has also been doubled from 10,000 to 20,000 crore rupees
    -- The infusion of capital into Exim Bank would enable it to augment capital adequacy and give better support to Indian exports.

    CABINET PUSH FOR NEW CENTRAL UNIVS

    -- The cabinet also cleared expenditure of over 5,000 crore rupees for the completion of 13 under construction Central Universities
    -- The Universities were cleared to be set up at a cost of 3,120 crore rupees
    -- But delays and cost overruns have pushed their final price tag beyond 8,000 crore rupees

    The cabinet also gave ex-post facto clearance to the agreement on facilitation of visa arrangements between India and Maldives apart from a MoU between India & Australia on safety in mines, testing and research station.

  • Kyle Edmund will tumble out of the world's top 20 after his comprehensive Australian Open defeat at the hands of Tomas Berdych in the first round. The British No 1, who reached the semi-finals last year, lost in straight sets 6-3, 6-0, 7-5.

    Roger Federer weathered a stern test from the impressive Dan Evans but wore down the British qualifier 7-6, 7-6, 6-3 to reach the third round of the Australian Open on Wednesday.

    Top-ranked Aussie woman Ashleigh Barty has matched her career-best result in her home grand slam by winning through to the third round of the 2019 Australian Open. Barty handily accounted for Chinese doubles specialist Yafan Wang, winning 6-2, 6-3 in impressive fashion.

    Former World No.1 Caroline Wozniacki continued her Australian Open title defense with a decisive win over Johanna Larsson, edging past the Swede, 6-1, 6-3 on Wednesday.
     

  • Union Minister for Water Resources and River Development Nitin Gadkari today inaugurated the 9th International Micro Irrigation conference at Aurangabad in Maharashtra.

    740 delegates including 100 foreign delegates from 56 countries and as many 100 agricultural scientists are attending the conference.

    Addressing the gathering, the Union Minister said that micro irrigation system is very crucial for development of the agriculture sector in rural economy.
     

     

  • Fate of Kumaraswamy government in Karnataka's JDS-Congress government continues to hang in balance with reports of more Congress MLAs going incommunicado.

    According to media reports emerging from Bengaluru, around 11 legislators have gone missing and Congress leadership is unable to contact them. There are unconfirmed reports that these legislators could resign from Congress and shift loyalites. One of these MLAs, Umesh Jadhav from Chincholi, who was aspiring to be a minister, has been spotted with BJP leaders in Delhi.

    The MLAs are said to be disgruntled over not finding place in the coalition government.

    While, State BJP MLAs continue to remain lodged at a hotel in Gurugram.

    Meanwhile, Chief Minister Kumaraswamy and Congress have said that there is no threat to JDS-Congress government. Congress has called legislature party meeting in Bengaluru on January 18th.

  • It was worse than expected and doesn't portend well for Prime Minister Theresa May. The British parliament on Tuesday voted overwhelmingly, 432 to 202 to reject her Brexit deal complicating the country's historic exit from the European Union.

    "Thank you, Mr. Speaker. Mr. Speaker, the house has spoken and the government will listen. It is clear that the house does not support this deal but tonight's vote tells us nothing about what it does support. Nothing about how or even if it intends to honour the decision the British people took in a referendum parliament decided to hold. And people particularly EU citizens who've made their home here and UK citizens living in the EU deserve clarity on these questions as soon as possible.", British Prime Minister, Theresa May, said.

    The EU negotiator had similar sentiments, but put the blame squarely on the Conservative Party.

    Leader of Alliance of liberals and Democrats for Europe, Guy Verhofstadt, said: "But I think it's time now to tell our British friends that for the sake of Britain itself it's time for cross party cooperation in Britain as we do here in this parliament from day one. So to define what a new relationship between the UK and the EU must be and to redefine also, redefine the red lines, the red lines that are in fact unilaterally imposed from the beginning by the..., let me say that the hard line is in the conservative party."

    Scotland had never wanted BREXIT in the first place... Now it asks for the clock to stop on the March 29 deadline for Britain to leave the EU.
     
    Scotland's First Minister, Nicola Sturgeon, said:
    "Well this is a defeat of literally historic proportions for the prime minister and she has seen it coming for months and has just wasted time. We can't waste time any longer. First of all, I believe now is the time to stop the Article 50 clock, to take away any risk of the UK crashing out the EU without a deal on the 29th of March.

    However politics could well be forcing Theresa May's hand... Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn's no-confidence motion is being debated in the House of Commons... a vote May, may well win as her party is not keen on a general election.

    Britain's Minister for work and pensions, Amber Rudd, said: "The real issue that I think people may need to focus on today is how devastating a Jeremy Corbyn government would be for this country. We have difficulties over delivering on Brexit but nothing, nothing would be worse than a Corbyn government."

    The main contention in the rejected deal is a backstop clause on the border with Northern Ireland. Since Northern Ireland would technically remain in the EU, it would follow the rules of the EU single market.

    Hence goods moving from Britain to Northen Ireland would be checked to see if they meet EU standards. This would in time result in a possible hard border and its consequences.

    BREXIT: What Happens next?

    - Prime Minister May would first need to defeat NO COnfidence Motion. The Labour Party could likely call a second referendum, which is gaining support among the people. The Conservatives and Labour could work together on a new Brexit deal. Prime Minister May could ask for Postponing Article 50, and gain more time to negotiate. She may also call a General Election. All this could be averted if Britain makes alternative arrangements on the Northern Ireland issue or backstop stays. Finally Britain could leave without a deal.
     

  • Addressing a public gathering in Odisha, Prime Minister Modi said Sahu, who was targetted by "cowardly" Naxals, was performing his duty of presenting to the world the democratic picture of the country through Doordarshan. He also said that sacrifices such as his have only strengthened India's resolve to end this cycle of violence.

    Sahu, along with three police personnel, was killed in an ambush in Dantewada district, a Maoist hotbed in the heavily forested central Indian state of Chhattisgarh. Another police personnel who was critically injured in the attack succumbed to injuries.

    DD News had deployed a team to cover the elections in Bastar. The team, accompanied by the police forces, was videotaping a notice put up by Naxals to boycott the elections and stop development works.

  • He said 90 percent of the rural habitations are now connected by road. He was addressing a gathering at Kollam in Kerala after dedicating the Kollam Bypass to the Nation. Prime Minister said that the last man in the queue is his Government's concern. Prime Minister urged the Kerala Government to expedite implementation of various centrally-sponsored projects in the State.

     

    Earlier in the day, PM  Modi launched and laid foundation stone of several development projects, worth over 1,500 crore rupees, at Balangir in Odisha . PM Modi dedicated to the nation electrification of Jharsuguda-Vizianagaram and Sambalpur-Angul lines spanning 813 kilometres completed at a cost of around 1,000 crores.

    Prime Minister also inaugurated the doubling of Barpali-Dungaripali and Balangir-Deogaon railway lines. He also inaugurated the 15 km-long Balangir-Bichhupali railway line. 

     

    Later, addressing a public meeting, PM Modi said, his government has taken five steps for the overall development of the country. These, he said, are education for children, employment for youth, medicine for old people, irrigation for farmers and public hearing for common people.

     

    PM Modi said, another aspect has been added to this and that is 10 percent reservation for Economically Weaker Sections of general category in education and jobs
     
     
  • Skipper Virat Kohli scored 104.  Earlier, Australia scored 298 for 9.  Shaun Marsh smashed his 7th hundred before Bhuvaneshwar Kumar produced a brilliant spell in the death overs to limit Australia to under 300.

    Bhuvaneshwar claimed 4 wickets while Mohammed Shami took  3 wickets. With today's win, India have levelled the 3 match ODI series 1-1. India have already won the 4 match Test series against Australia.

  • Prime Minister Modi dedicated to the nation electrification of Jharsuguda-Vizianagaram and Sambalpur-Angul lines spanning 813 kilometres completed at a cost of around 1,000 crores. He also inaugurated the doubling of Barpali-Dungaripali and Balangir-Deogaon railway lines. The Prime Minister also inaugurated the 15 km-long Balangir-Bichhupali railway line laid at a cost of 115 crores. It is part of the new 289 kilometre Balangir-Khurda road line which connects Howrah-Chennai main line on Khurda Road and Titlagarh-Sambalpur line at Balangir. A new train on Balangir-Bichhupali route which would benefit commuters of the region was also flagged off, besides connecting Bichhupali to Jharsuguda and Vizianagaram main line through Balangir.

    PM Modi also dedicated to the nation Multi-Modal Logistics Park at Jharsuguda. The Park promotes movement of goods for domestic as well as global trade. It will establish Jharsuguda as a prime logistics hub and boost ease of doing business in the state. A bridge between Theruvali and Singapur Road station was inaugurated on the occasion. The bridge re-establishes the linkage over Nagavali river, which was destroyed during floods in July 2017.

    Prime Minister Modi also inaugurated Passport Sewa Kendras at Jagatsinghpur, Kendrapara, Puri, Phulbani, Bargarh and Balangir. Foundation stone was also laid for a permanent building of Kendriya Vidyalaya, Sonepur. The Prime Minister also inaugurated renovation and restoration works at Nilamadhav and Siddheswar Temple at Gandhaharadi in Boudh, Paschim Somnath group of temples, also in Boudh, and Ranipur Jharial group of monuments in Balangir.

    Later, addressing a public meeting, PM Modi said, the projects that kickstarted, will not only spur the growth of Odisha but also of eastern India. He said, in a month, more than 20,000 crore rupees of development projects have been either inaugurated or initiated in Odisha. Prime Minister Modi said, the Opposition is not aware of the country's natural resources. They criticised Sardar Patel’s statue. But, after becoming world’s tallest, the statue generated jobs for the people residing around the statue. He said, unlike the previos governments, the BJP government is working towards renovation of many historic building of Odisha.

    Later in the day, the Prime Minister will visit Kollam in Kerala and inaugurate a 13-kilometre bypass connecting a stretch from Mevaram to Kavanad. Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan will attend the function. Prime Minister Modi will also address a public meeting at Asharamam ground in Kollam.

    PM Modi will offer prayers at the famous Sree Padmanabhaswamy temple in Thiruvananthapuram. He will also commission several developmental projects undertaken in the temple complex under Swadeshi Darshan scheme.

  • He added the aim is to open up more for free trade and make WTO more efficient. One of the big challenges before the world is protectionism and India as a country is supporting open trade with all the countries.

  • Gujarat has become the first state to provide 10 percent reservation in jobs and educational institutions to the economically weaker sections in the general category, starting today.

    It will be implemented in all ongoing recruitment processes including where only an Advertisement has been published and a first stage of examination is yet to be held.

    124th Constitutional Amendment passed in Parliament on the last day of the Winter session of Parliament allows for this quota.

  • The Award Citation says:

    “Shri Narendra Modi is selected for his outstanding leadership for the nation. His selfless service towards India, combined with his tireless energy has resulted in extraordinary economic, social and technological advances in the country.”

    The Citation adds: “Under his leadership, India is now identified as the Centre for Innovation and Value Added Manufacturing (Make in India), as well as a global hub for professional services such as Information Technology, Accounting and Finance.”

    The Citation also mentions: “His visionary leadership has also resulted in the Digital Revolution (Digital India), including the Unique Identification Number, Aadhaar, for social benefits and financial inclusion. It is enabling entrepreneurship, ease of doing business, and creating a 21st century infrastructure for India.”

    The Citation mentions initiatives such as Make in India, Startup India, Digital India, and Swachh Bharat, “which have positioned India as one of the most lucrative manufacturing and business destinations in the world.”

    Prof. Philip Kotler is a world renowned Professor of Marketing at Northwestern University, Kellogg School of Management. Owing to his ill-health, he deputed Dr. Jagdish Sheth of EMORY University, Georgia, USA, to confer the award.

  • The festival marks the days in the Hindu calendar when winter begins turning to summer, known as Makar Sankranti or Uttarayan.

    Since 1989, the city has hosted the Festival as part of the official celebration of Uttarayan.

    Master kite makers and flyers from all over the world gather to demonstrate their unique creations and wow the crowds with highly unusual kites.

    Prime Minister Narendra Modi tweeted Happy Uttarayan. May you all scale new heights of progress in the times to come.

  • A SpaceX cargo craft departed after a successful mission to deliver scientific equipment and other supplies. The SpaceX-CRS-16 Dragon transported more than 2,500 kilograms (5,600 pounds) of cargo to the space station and orbited Earth for five weeks. Dragon is expected to splash down just west of Baja, California. International Space Station crew member said :"As we all know nothing in space flight is routine. Every day that we live and work in orbit, every time we launch satellites, cargo or humans to beyond our atmosphere we are working at the very limit of human capability. And with every feat we push that limit further. Each step, like this one today, is an example of humankind's insatiable propensity to explore. Congratulations to all the teams that have made the Space 16 mission possible. Godspeed, and bon voyage to Dragon."

     

     

     

  • The accident is the deadliest reported so far this year in China's coal industry, known for its poor safety record. State broadcaster CCTV showed footage of rescuers and ambulances gathered outside the coal mine.

    It occurred at Baiji Mining Co Ltd's Lijiagou mine in the city of Shenmu on Saturday, when 87 people were underground. Authorities are investigating the cause of the accident, which was the deadliest reported so far this year.

    Sixty-six miners were rescued but 21 were trapped underground, it reported. Nineteen of the miners were confirmed dead at first while a search continued for the two missing miners; however, they were later found dead. On Sunday, the official Xinhua News Agency said that Shanxi province, which borders Shaanxi, would also carry out inspections at high-risk coal mines.

  • The first bathing was taken by saints and seers of different Akharas. According to Kumbh Mela administration around one crore 25 lakh devotees area expected on this Royal bathing Makar Sankranti.

    Twenty-one Snan Ghats have been set up for bathing. Special arrangements have been made for women devotees and for the first time three women police units have been pressed into service. More than one lakh twenty thousand toilets have been erected for making Clean Kumbh. 

    Whole the area is reverberated with the sound of conch shells, bells, drums and chanting of Mantras, Bhajan and Kirtan. People are donating khichdi bhog and cloths on Makar Sankranti. Elaborate security arrangements have been put in place for the safe bathing. Besides, three Jal police stations, 9 NDRF water emergency teams have been pressed in service. The whole kumbh area is divided into 20 sectors and 9 zones for keen vigil by sector and zonal magistrates. Forty police stations, 58 police outposts including three women police station are erected where more than  20 thousand security personnel are deployed. 

  • In France, thousands of demonstrators turned out across the country for new "yellow vests" protests, with dozens of arrests and clashes in Paris and other cities.

    Police in the capital used water cannon and tear gas as scuffles broke out at the Arc de Triomphe, on the ninth consecutive weekend of protests. Some 84 thousand demonstrators took part in the nationwide protests initially triggered by the rising price of fuel.

    They have since widened to include anger at the cost of living, with a wide-ranging list of other demands.

  • He teamed up with Mehuli Ghosh to help West Bengal win the 10m air rifle mixed team event. Delhi's Devanshi Rana bagged gold in Under-21 girls  25m pistol event. 
      
    Maharashtra once again dominated the gymnastics arena at the Games to wrap up the Under-21 category with a whopping nine medals on the last day of gymnastics events. 

    With 18 medals comprising nine gold, six silver and three bronze in gymnastics,  Maharashtra were also crowned champions.

    In Hockey under -21 category,  Odisha beat Uttar Pradesh in the first semi-final 2-1 while Haryana proved better than Punjab with a 3-1 win. Odisha and Haryana will now play for gold on Tuesday.  

    In overall medals tally, Maharashtra completed its half century of gold medals. Delhi follows with 36 gold and Haryana 31 golds so far. 

  • Addressing a select gathering on the occasion, Mr Modi recalled Guru Gobind Singh Ji’s fight for the weaker sections.

    The Prime Minister also took to Twitter to pay tributes to the Sikh Guru. In an audio message, Modi said, Guru Gobind Singh Ji was a divine figure full of heroism, valor, courage, sacrifice and devotion. He said, whenever, an attempt was made to suppress the voice of the poor and the weak, Guru Gobind Singh Ji raised his voice and stood firmly with the poor.

    Paying homage, President Ram Nath Kovind said, Guru Gobind Singh Ji devoted his life to serving the people and upholding truth, justice and compassion. He said, the example and teachings of the Sikh Guru continue to inspire people.

    The birth anniversary of the Sikh Guru is being celebrated as Prakash utsav at Patna Sahib. The main function is organised at Takhat Sri Harmandir Sahib Gurdwara, Patna Sahib, the birth place of Guruji, where thousands of pilgrims across the globe are offering prayers. Special langars are also being organised and people of different sections are participating in it.

  • The accident took place at around 16:30 on Saturday at the Lijiagou coal mine of the Baiji Mining Co, Ltd, a privately-owned company founded in 2003, in the city of Shenmu. At that time, 87 people were working underground. Sixty-six of them were brought to safety after the accident.

    The city government confirmed 19 were dead, and rescuers were in search of another two trapped miners. The last two trapped miners were found and confirmed dead, according to local authorities.

    An investigation into the cause of the accident is underway.

  • US President Donald Trump urged the opposition Democrats to visit the White House for talks to end the government shutdown, which is now in its record 22nd day.

    In a tweet, he said he is waiting for Democrats leaders and they should come back to Washington to end the shutdown. This statement comes days after he walked out of a meeting with the Congressional leaders when they shot down his border wall funding proposal.
    He also threatened that the shutdown could continue for a long time, if there is no agreement. The partial government shutdown on saturday entered its 22nd day, surpassing the previous record of 21 days.

    This longest ever shut down. Trump has sought 5.7 billion dollars in funding from Congress to construct a concrete wall or a physical steel barrier on the US-Mexico border to prevent illegal immigrants and smuggling.

    The opposition Democrats have said that under no circumstances can they approve such a proposal. 

    This has resulted in a partial government shutdown wherein more 800,000 federal government employees have been left without work and have not received their salaries.

  • It has 111 medals in its kitty with 37 gold, 31 silver and 43 bronze. Delhi continues to follow second with 35 gold and Haryana too maintains its third position with 29 gold.

    Delhi and Haryana are close on the heels of Maharashtra in medals race. Delhi’s judokas and swimmers and Haryana’s wrestlers helped them close the gap.

    For the third successive day, the pool was dominated by swimmers from Maharashtra, Delhi and Karnataka who shared 21 of the 33 medals at stake between them. Tamil Nadu long jumper Sherin Gafoor finally breached the six-metre mark in long jump to clinch gold.

    Uttar Pradesh won three gold in track and field competitions yesterday. West Bengal gymnasts excelled in their respective categories while Tripura got its first gold in artistic gymnastics.

  • External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj held talks with her Uzbekistan counterpart Abdulaziz Kamilov and discussed measures for stepping up bilateral cooperation in a number of areas, including trade, economy, defence and IT.

    Sushma Swaraj arrived in the ancient city of Samarkand on Saturday on a two-day visit to Uzbekistan to attend the first ever India-Central Asia Dialogue. The meet is expected to focus on a plethora of regional issues including enhancing connectivity to war-ravaged Afghanistan.

    Ministry of External Affairs Spokesperson Raveesh Kumar tweeted that the two leaders held talks at Palace of Forums and discussed stepping up cooperation in trade, economy, health, education, defence, space, IT and people-to-people ties.

    Raveesh Kumar said that the India-Central Asia Dialogue, with Afghan participation will take India's outreach to the region to a new high. The Dialogue will be co-chaired by Sushma Swaraj and Abdulaziz Kamilov.

    The Foreign Minister of Afghanistan will also participate in the dialogue as a special invitee for the session dedicated to connectivity issues in the region.

    The External Affairs Ministry said, bound together by shared history and cultural linkages, India and the Central Asian states look forward to the Dialogue as an important initiative to enhance their cooperation in wide-ranging spheres.

  • After the approval of Parliament during the Winter Session this week, the Constitution (124th Amendment) Bill, 2019 was sent to the President for his assent. 

    A notification issued by the Ministry of Law and Justice yesterday said that the Constitution (103 Amendment) Act, 2019 has received the assent of the President. The notification said the Act will come into force from a date to be announced by the government later.

    The Act amends Articles 15 and 16 of the Constitution, by adding a clause which allows states to make "special provision for the advancement of any economically weaker sections of citizens".

  • With this win Australia have taken 1-0 lead in the three-match ODI series.

    Chasing a tough total of 289, India could only muster 253/9 in the stipulated 50 overs as Rohit Sharma's masterful knock of 133 went in vain.

    Rohit and MS Dhoni's  century stand after India's top-order was rattled by the Aussie pacers.

  • Security sources said that a Cordon and Search Operation (CASO) was launched in Katapora village of Yaripora area of Kulgam district on the basis of specific information about presence of militants in the area.
     

    They said as the forces zeroed in on the suspected place, the hiding militants fired indiscriminately triggering encounter.
     

    The counter militant operation is going on.

  • Individuals can record their speech of 90-120 seconds on any one of the given subjects and upload the videos on youtube.

    The participants will register at MyGov site , provide information and then provide link of youtube video.

  • The two-day national convention of BJP held in New Delhi deliberated on the party's strategy for upcoming Lok Sabha polls, discussed measures to counter opposition party's propaganda.

    Besides Prime Minister Narendra Modi and party chief Amit Shah, Cabinet Ministers, BJP Chief Ministers, MPs and senior party leaders were also among those who attended the convention.

    Slamming opposition, BJP President Amit Shah reiterated his party's commitment to eradicate influence of dynasty, caste and and appeasement from the country's politics. 

    Union Minister and senior BJP leader Nitin Gadkari said good governance, development and accountability have been the key features of govt during last four and half years.

    Launching scathing attack on opposition, Arun Jaitley termed their alliance as coalition of rivals. He added that such an alliance is characterized by policies being paralysed and a clash of ambitions of individual leaders.

    Hailing the leadership of Prime MInister Narendra Modi, Union Defence Minister and senior BJP leader Nirmala Sitharaman said that country has remained safe last four and half year. Besides, the last four and half year of govt was marked by corruption-free governance.

    The national convention was also addressed by Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath and other leaders. The party also passed economic and political resolutions.

    As per the political resolution, the party said the 2019 General elections will be a fight between honesty and dishonesty and time has come for the country to decide whether it wants a strong or a weak government.

  • In his valedictory address at the BJP national convention..Prime Minister Narendra Modi said that his govt's credo is sabka saath, sabka vikas. He referred to his govt enacting the law in Parliament to give 10% quota to economical weaker sections in the general category.

    He also made it as clear as day that this quota has been given without taking anything away from the quotas already given to other reserved cateogries.

    The Prime Minister stressed the fact that since the time his govt came to power in 2014, not a single corruption charge has been levelled against it.

    He lashed out at the previous govt for pushing the nation into darkness because of corruption.

    The Prime Minister further said that the manner in which his govt has been run during the last 4.5 years has brought the message home to people that if there's any party which can take the nation to new heights it is the BJP. He added that his govt has taken numerous steps to benefit farmers.

    The Prime Minister also said that a large number of people have given up gas subsidy on their own because they're convinced that their hard earned money is being put to good use.

    He also appealed to all BJP workers attending the convention to take the resolutions adopted during the meet to each home in the country.

  • President also gave his assent to the constitution amendment bill granting upto 10 percent reservation for economically weaker sections.

    The Bill was passed by parliament in the winter session.

  • The Indian Space Research Organisation is readying to take a long leap in space. In his first media interaction of the new year, ISRO Chief K Sivan shared the space agency's plans for big missions in the coming days.

    He informed that India's second mission to the moon Chandrayaan-2 will be launched mid-April this year.

    -- Chandrayaan-2 is an advanced version of Chandrayaan-1 which was launched nearly a decade ago
    -- The Chandrayaan-2 mission costs nearly 800 crore rupees
    -- ISRO had earlier said that the second moon mission will be launched between January to 16th of February, 2019 window
     

    After Prime Minister Narendra Modi's independence day announcement of the Gaganyaan mission before 2022. ISRO too appears to be geared up for the ambitious maiden human spaceflight mission. ISRO Chief made it clear that.

    ISRO AMBITIOUS MANNED MISSION

    -- Gaganyaan is ISRO's highest priority mission for 2019
    -- The plan is to have the first unmanned mission in December 2020
    -- The second unmanned mission will take place by July 2021
    -- The manned mission has been set a December 2021 deadline
    -- ISRO is also setting up its first Human Space Flight Centre for the manned mission

    With changing times, ISRO is also adapting to the needs and priorities of New India. So ISRO is using the 30,000 crore rupees package given by the Centre for further development of its PSLV, GSLV and Gaganyaan missions apart from job creation. It is also contributing to Start Up India by setting up 6 incubation centres which will provide training for all projects. Clearly, ISRO is ready to chart out a new course of success in the coming years.

     

     

  • Khelo India Youth Games saw athletics championship in its full granduer. In the under-21 boys category, Alden Noronha stamped his authority in the 110m hurdles event, winning the gold. 

    In the Women's under-21, 100 meter hurdle Kerala's Aparna Roy took the gold with a time of 14.25 seconds. Tamil Nadu's Nandhini S settled for a silver while West Bengal's Moumita Mondal took the bronze with a timing of 14.56 seconds.

    In the under-17 boys category, Delhi's Ritesh Choudhary took the honours in the 110m hurdle event.

    The Delhi lad took home gold with a time of 14.25 seconds. Maharasthra's Tejas Shirse and Haryana's Kamal grab the silver and bronze respectively.

    In the under 17 girl section, Tamil Nadu's Thabith bag the gold in the 100m hurdle event with a timing of 14.14 seconds. Maharasthra's Pranjali Patel and Kerela's Ann Tommy took the silver and bronze respectively.

    In the Women under-17 4X100 meter relay Maharastra showed their prowess, winning the gold with a timing of 48.2 seconds. Kerela and Tamil Nadu had to settle for silver and bronze.

    In the under 21 boys category, Gujrat's Ajit Kumar Yadav took the gold in the 5000m race. Ajit clocked 14min and 54 seconds to bag the gold. Madhya Pradesh's Bahadur Patel and Haryana's Ravi Dahiya bag the silver and bronze respectively.

    In swimming under 21 boys category Karnataka's Shiva Sridhar won the gold with a timing of 41.75 seconds.

    Maharashtra's Vedant Bapna made his mark in the pool winning the gold in backstrok in under 17 boys category. He took 1 min 0.5 seconds to take home the honours. Delhi's Tanmay Das won the silver in the event.
    In the under 17 girls category, Karnataka took the 1-2 finish with Neena Venkatesh and Suwana Bhaskar bagging the gold and silver in the 100m backstroke event.

  • Pakistan has been backing forces of terrorism in India while making peace talk offers. India has reacted sharply to the latest statement of talks given by Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan. India's Ministry of External Affairs has said that there is no seriousness in Pakistan's statement on peace talks, it needs to go beyond words and take concrete action to be convincing.

    The MEA has posed some queries to Pakistan while questioning its talks offer.

    INDIA POSES 5 QUESTIONS TO PAK

    -- that when Pak govt is offering peace talks why are ministers and representatives of Imran Khan's govt sharing stage with terrorists?

    -- If Pakistan is ready for talks why doesn't it act against the Pathankot and Mumbai attacks conspirators? Why is the matter deferred again and again?

    -- If Pakistan is serious about talks why does it provide shelter & support to terrorists from its soil?

    -- Pakistan is lending support to proscribed organisations. Why is it persisting with efforts to mainstream terror organisations?

    India has also said that Pakistan is repeatedly making statements about the internal matters of other countries to take attention away from its economic situation. It also hit back at the recent comments made by the Pak PM on minorities in India by saying that instead of trying to teach India lessons on the subject it should pay attention to its own affairs.

    The MEA also commented on issues related to Afghanistan and Iran during this media interaction. In the context of Army Chief Gen Bipin Rawat's statement on the Taliban, the MEA said that India has always supported peace and reconstruction processes in Afghanistan and believes in an inclusive approach on the matter. India's stand on the subject remains unchanged. On the subject of India importing oil from Iran, it was said that India is engaged with all stakeholders in the matter and will continue to act to ensure its future energy security.

  • A special CBI court in Panchkula today convicted jailed Dera Sacha Sauda Chief Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh and other four in the journalist murder case.

    Sirsa-based journalist Ram Chander Chhatrapati was killed in Haryana in 2002.

  • With the 2019 Lok Sabha elections in sight, the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party formally kicked off its mission 2019 at the party's national convention at Delhi's Ramlila Maidan.  Party workers from across the country are participating in the two-day convention.

    In his inaugural address, BJP's national president Amit Shah listed the Modi government's achievements and tasked the workers with taking that message to the voters. Prime Minister Narendra Modi was thanked and praised for Govt's decision to grant 10 percent reservation in education and employment to economically backward citizens in the general category and also for giving relief to SMEs in GST.

    On the Ram temple issue, Amit Shah said the party is committed to its construction constitutionally.

    The BJP President trained his guns on Congress President, Rahul Gandhi.

    Terming the 2019 elections as extremely important for the country, Amit Shah said the election is a direct face-off between two ideologies. Attacking the opposition alliance.. he pointed out that they had failed to stand together ideologically, bit have now joined hands with the sole aim of defeating Narendra Modi.

    Amit Shah said that in the last five years BJP had come to power in 16 states from 6 states earlier and has transformed into the world's largest political party. Terming the UP Assembly victory as historic, Amit Shah said that in the 2019 polls too the party will win more than 73 seats from UP, as it did in 2014. He recounted the achievements of the Modi government.

    Gas connections and toilets for women, homes to 2.5 crore homeless, electricity to more than two crore people, under the Saubagya yojana, 50 crore people given health insurance under Ayushmann Bharat. On the security front, Amit Shah said tough policies of the NDA government had led to a reduction in terrorism, infiltration, and left-wing extremism. Besides, the Govt gave OROP to ex-servicemen. The Modi Government has increased India's global stature. Stringent measures have been put in place to prevent bribery, corruption, black money and the use of fake companies.

    Home Minister Rajnath Singh presents Agriculture resolution at BJP's National Council; Resolution highlights major achievements like increasing budget allocation, External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj presents a resolution for welfare of the poor.

    Prime Minister will address the convention on Saturday, directly speaking to party workers in an election year. This has been the largest BJP National Council meeting till date, in which local level workers are participating. Three resolutions including on Poltical and economic issues will be adopted at the convention.
     

  • The Cabinet approved the creation of the post of Vice Chancellor for National Rail & Transport Institute (Deemed to be University) set up in Vadodara, Gujarat.

    The Cabinet also approved a proposal for a 75-billion US dollar bilateral swap arrangement between India and Japan, a move aimed at enhancing the RBI's ability to manage exchange rate volatility.

    The Cabinet approved the proposal for entering into an agreement for the bilateral swap arrangement between India and Japan.

    The Cabinet also approved a pact between India and France to enhance technical bilateral cooperation in new and renewable energy. India and France aim to establish the basis for a cooperative institutional relationship to encourage and promote technical bilateral cooperation on new and renewable energy issues on the basis of mutual benefit, equality and reciprocity.

    The Union Cabinet approved a proposal to re-promulgate the ordinance making the practice of instant triple talaq a criminal offence, sources said. The earlier ordinance was to expire on January 22. The first ordinance was issued in September last year.

    A bill to convert the first ordinance into a law is pending in Rajya Sabha where the opposition has been resisting its passage.

  • Delhi High Court has refused to quash the FIR lodged against CBI Special Director Rakesh Asthana on bribery allegations and vacated its interim order granting him protection against criminal proceedings.

    Justice Najmi Waziri also refused to quash the FIR lodged against CBI Deputy Superintendent Devender Kumar and alleged middleman Manoj Prasad.

    The High Court directed the CBI to complete investigation in case against Asthana and others within 10 weeks.

    The High Court dismissed the petitions filed by Asthana, Kumar and Prasad challenging the FIR lodged against them.

    Asthana was booked on charges of criminal conspiracy, corruption and criminal misconduct under sections of Prevention of Corruption Act.

    Meanwhile, Former CBI director Alok Verma, transferred by a high powered committee yesterday asked the government to treat him as "deemed superannuated" with immediate effect. He declined his new assignment as Director General, Fire Services, Civil Defence and Home Guards. Alok Verma wrote to Secretary, Department of Personnel with the request.

     

  • However, the telescope will continue to perform science observations with its other three active instruments, while the Wide Field Camera 3 anomaly is investigated.

    According to NASA's statement, The Hubble Wide Field Camera 3 was installed by spacewalking astronauts during Servicing Mission 4 in 2009.

  • Addressing a Press conference, Parliamentary Affairs Minister, Narendra Singh Tomar said that passing of 124th Constitution Amendment Bill 2019 providing 10 percent reservation in jobs and educational institutions to economically weaker sections is a big achievement of the winter session.

    Tomar appealed to the opposition not to politicise the Bill related to Triple Talaq as it is against the interest of Muslim women who have been facing this challenge for decades.

    Parliamentary affairs minister said that 47 percent business was done in Lok Sabha while it was 27 % in case of Rajya Sabha.
     

  • Supreme Court has deferred hearing in the Ayodhya case to January 29. The matter was postponed after Justice UU Lalit recused himself from the case.

    Justice Lalit, one of the five judges of the Supreme Court bench that was scheduled to hear the case, has opted out over conflict of interest.

    The move comes after Senior advocate Rajeev Dhawan pointed out that the said judge had appeared as a lawyer for one of the parties nearly two decades ago.

    The Supreme Court will now hear the case on January 29.

  • National Commission for Women took strong notice of alleged derogatory comments by Congress President Rahul Gandhi against Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman. The NCW has issued a notice to the Congress President over his remarks.

    NCW chairperson Rekha Sharma has said that the commission has asked for an explanation from Rahul Gandhi on why he said what he said in tweets.

    NCW chief has termed the statement pathetic, sexist & misogynistic. That is the reason the commission has sent him a notice. NCW has demanded an explanation as to what Rahul means when he is trying to talk low of women.

    Rahul Gandhi in his statement had said, "PM ran away and asked a Mahila (a woman) to defend him. External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj too reacted sharply to Rahul Gandhi's Comments, calling it a new low in India Politics.

    Earlier on Wednesday, Prime Minister Narendra Modi had termed Rahul Gandhi's statement as highly insulting to women.

  • PM Narendra Modi on Thursday held interaction with booth workers from Arakkonam, Cuddalore, Dharmapuri, Erode & Krishnagiri of Tamil Nadu via video conferencing.

    PM conveyed Pongal greetings and wished happiness and good health in the lives of everyone. 

    While lashing out at the Congress, he said the people of the country deserve to know what role did middleman Michel play in putting national security in danger.

    PM Modi said that many people think that the Congress's biggest failure was their mismanagement of the economy and corruption. But they also inflicted deep damage to our armed forces too.

  • The 32nd Goods and Services Tax Council meeting concluded in New Delhi on Thursday.

    Briefing media, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley said that GST Council has hiked annual turnover for availing composition scheme to Rs 1.5 cr from Rs 1 cr with effective April 1, 2019.

    Finance Minister Arun Jaitley also said Tax payers who are giving Services of up to Rs 50 lacs per annum will be taxed under 6% under Composition Scheme.

    Jaitley said that council has decided to simplify the compliance under the composition scheme.

    GST Council has decided to increase GST registration threshold limit to Rs 40 lakh from Rs 20 lakh.

     

     

  • The Constitution (124th Amendment) Bill, 2019 was passed by the Rajya Sabha on Wednesday, a day after it was passed by the Lok Sabha.

    The Rajya Sabha passed it after a division with 165 members voting in its favour and seven against. The House saw a lively debate which lasted over eight hours.

    PM Narendra Modi tweeted: Delighted the Rajya Sabha has passed The Constitution (One Hundred And Twenty-Fourth Amendment) Bill, 2019. Glad to see such widespread support for the Bill. The House also witnessed a vibrant debate, where several members expressed their insightful opinions.

    Passage of The Constitution (One Hundred And Twenty-Fourth Amendment) Bill, 2019 in both Houses of Parliament is a victory for social justice. It ensures a wider canvas for our Yuva Shakti to showcase their prowess and contribute towards India’s transformation.

    By passing The Constitution (One Hundred And Twenty-Fourth Amendment) Bill, 2019, we pay tributes to the makers of our Constitution and the great freedom fighters, who envisioned an India that is strong and inclusive.

  • A promise made as a Chief Minister being fulfilled by PM Narendra Modi. Addressing a rally in Agra, Prime Minister Narendra Modi silenced critics who questioned the timing of the 124th Constitutional Amendment bill batting for conducting simultaneous elections.

    Without naming SP and BSP, he hit out at emerging alliances. He said their only motive is to remove the Chowkidar who is standing guard against vested interests.

    UP chief Minister Yogi Adityanath thanked Prime Minister Modi for bringing such a historic bill.

    Prime Minister also hit out at the opposition for insulting Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman in Parliament when she exposed Rahul Gandhi's allegations on the Rafale contract. He said that Congress lawyers were going all out to protect Christian Michel.

    Prime Minister Narendra Modi launched the Gangajal project in Agra. It will provide Agra with better and more assured water supply. He also laid foundation stone for Integrated Command and Control Centre for Agra Smart City being set up at a cost of Rs. 285 crore and began the work for upgradation of SN Medical College in Agra.

  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi has said, it is his government's endeavour to ensure that every poor person, irrespective of caste or creed gets to lead a life of dignity, and gets access to all possible opportunities. Addressing a gathering at Solapur in Maharashtra today, he said, the Centre is committed to the principle of ‘Sabka Saath, Sabka Vikas.’ 

    Referring to the passage of The Constitution (One Hundred And Twenty-Fourth Amendment) Bill in the Lok Sabha, PM, Modi described it as a landmark moment in the nation’s history. He said, it sets into motion the process to achieve an effective measure that ensures justice for all sections of society. 

    Earlier, Prime Minister launched road and underground sewerage system projects developed at a cost of 1,100 crore rupees in Solapur of Maharashtra.  At a public rally, PM Modi also laid the foundation stone for an over 1800 crore rupee housing project of 30,000 units under the Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana. It will benefit the homeless poor like rag pickers, rickshaw pullers, textile and beedi workers. 

    PM Modi commissioned the four-laned over 98 km Solapur- Tuljapur-Osmanabad section on NH-52. The toll road project will improve connectivity between Solapur and the Marathwada region.

  • As many as 323 members voted in support of bill and only three voted against, underlining the cross-party support the politically crucial bill elicited.

    Replying to an over four and half hour debate, Social Justice Minister Thaavarchand Gehlot sought to allay doubts raised by several opposition members about the legislation's fate if challenged in the Supreme Court, saying he can say with confidence that the apex court will accept it.

    PM extends thank to all MPs who supported the bill

    Prime Minister thanked all those MPs from all the parties who supported in passage of 124th Constitutional amendment bill in Lok Sabha.

    Prime Minister in a tweet said that " The passage of The Constitution (One Hundred And Twenty-Fourth Amendment) Bill, 2019 in the Lok Sabha is a landmark moment in our nation's history. It sets into motion the process to achieve an effective measure that ensures justice for all sections of society. I thank MPs from all the parties who supported The Constitution (One Hundred And Twenty-Fourth Amendment) Bill, 2019 in the Lok Sabha. I also appreciate those MP colleagues who enriched today's debate with their views. We are resolutely committed to the principle of 'Sabka Saath, Sabka Vikas.' It is our endeavour to ensure that every poor person, irrespective of caste or creed gets to lead a life of dignity, and gets access to all possible opportunities."

    The passage of The Constitution (One Hundred And Twenty-Fourth Amendment) Bill, 2019 in the Lok Sabha is a landmark moment in our nation's history.

    --It sets into motion the process to achieve an effective measure that ensures justice for all sections of society.

    --I thank MPs from all the parties who supported The Constitution (One Hundred And Twenty-Fourth Amendment) Bill, 2019 in the Lok Sabha.

    --I also appreciate those MP colleagues who enriched today's debate with their views.

    We are resolutely committed to the principle of 'Sabka Saath, Sabka Vikas.'

    -- It is our endeavour to ensure that every poor person, irrespective of caste or creed gets to lead a life of dignity, and gets access to all possible opportunities.
     

    HM Rajnath Singh congratulates PM

    Home Minister and senior BJP leader Rajnath Singh congratulated Prime Minister Narendra Modi for passage of bill to provide reservation to economically backward section of society.

    Rajnath SIngh in a tweet said that "passage of 124th Constitutional amendment bill in Lok Sabha is a historic event. The bill will provide reservation to those economically backward poor people who are not availing the benefit of reservation as of now. I thank and congratulate Prime Minister Narendra Modi for passage of this bill."

    -- passage of 124th Constitutional amendment bill in Lok Sabha is a historic event.

    -- bill will provide reservation to those economically backward poor people who are not availing the benefit of reservation as of now.

    -- I thank and congratulate Prime Minister Narendra Modi for passage of this bill
     

    BJP Chief Amit Shah extends thank to PM Modi

    BJP Chief Amit Shah thanked Prime Prime Minister Narendra Modi and all those who supported for passage of 124th Constitutional amendment bill in Lok Sabha to provide 10% reservation for economically backward people.

    Amit Shah in a tweet said that "Modi Sarkar Committed to fulfill the aspirations of people of every section of society. Thanks to prime Minister Narendra Modi and all those who supported to pass the historic Constitutional amendment bill in Lok Sabha to provide reservation for economically backward section of the country.

    "Modi Sarkar Committed to fulfill the aspirations of people of every section of society.

    Thanks to Prime Minister Narendra Modi and all those who supported to pass the historic Constitutional amendment bill in Lok Sabha...to provide reservation for economically backward section of the country.

  • A cover of moderate fog enveloped the city with visibility reduced to 200 to 400 metres at several places in early morning.

    A senior Railways officer said 14 trains have been delayed by an average of two hours due to fog.

    An unrelenting cold wave continued in the Kashmir Valley on Tiesday as the met office said the weather condition would remain the same during the next 48 hours.

    All rivers, lakes, streams and springs in the valley remain partially frozen as chilly winds blew from snow clad mountains into the plains.

    Srinagar recorded minus 2.0 degrees Celsius as the minimum temperature on Tuesday.

    Leh town recorded minus 8.9 degrees Celsius and Kargil minus 15.0 degrees.

    Jammu city recorded 7.8 degrees Celsius. The world famous Dal Lake was partially frozen.

    Tourist destinations of Manali and Kurfi in Himachal Pradesh are shivering at sub-zero temperatures.

    The minimum temperature in Manali was minus 3.4 degrees Celsius and minus 0.8 degrees Celsius in Kufri.

    Keylong in Lahaul and Spiti continued to be the coldest place in the state, with minimum temperature at minus 10.8 degrees Celsius.

    Power supply remained off for hours in Shimla town on Monday, which forced people to shiver in cold.

    With the opening of most roads in Shimla and Manali, tourists are making a bee line to venture in snow-bound areas.

  • Prime Minister Modi said that both the countries have vibrant trade ties.

    Appreciating the investment made by Norwegian firms in India, Prime Minister further hoped that the FDI and investments in other opportunities in India will continue.

    Anchor - Further the prime minister also welcomed cooperation between the two countries in the field of ocean economy.

    MoU were exchanged on India-Norway Ocean Dialogue.

    Later in the evening, Erna Solberg will also call on President Ram Nath Kovind and Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu. She will also deliver the Inaugural address at the Raisina Dialogue and will address India-Norway Business Summit.