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  • In exercise of the powers conferred by sub-section (2) of section 1 of the Constitution (One Hundred and Third Amendment) Act, 2019, the Central Government hereby appoints the 14th January, 2019 as the date on which the provisions of the said Act shall come into force.

  • Prime Minister of India, Shri Narendra Modi will inaugurate the project “Development of Spiritual Circuit: Sree Padmanabha Swamy Temple-Aranmula-Sabarimala” being implemented under the Swadesh Drashan Scheme of Ministry of Tourism, Government of India in the presence of Shri Palanisamy Sathasivam Governor of Kerala, Shri Pinarayi Vijayan Chief Minister of Kerala, Shri K.J. Alphons, Union Minister of State (I/C) for Tourism, in Kerala tomorrow.

  • The Vice President of India, Shri M Venkaiah Naidu has greeted the people on the occasion of Makar Sankranti and Pongal festivals. In a message, the Vice President said this festival celebrated with different names all over the country, is a celebration of a positive transformation in people’s lives.

  • Shri Chhabilendra Roul, Secretary, Department of Fertilizers held an interaction on various issues with the CMD/MD/CEOs of Fertilizer Industry and officials of Fertilizers Association of India, here today.

  • On The eve of 70th Republic Day 2019, three schools selected by Directorate of Education, Government of NCT of Delhi; Ministry of Defence and one item from East Zone Cultural Centre, Kolkata are presenting the colourful dances.

  • Last year during the pre monsoon season a series of thunderstorm/dust storm affected the northern states and claimed about 200 lives. In view of this the India Meteorological Department will be implementing an end-to-end prediction system for predicting thunderstorms/lightning by April 2019.

  • Raksha Mantri Smt Nirmala Sitharaman visited Andaman and Nicobar Command (ANC) on 13 & 14 January 2019. On arrival at INS Utkrosh, Port Blair on 13 January 2019, she was received by Commander in Chief, Andaman and Nicobar Command (CINCAN) Vice Admiral Bimal Verma at HQ ANC, the Raksha Mantri was given a comprehensive briefing and update on thrust areas and achievements of the Command.

  • The 3rd Armed Forces Veterans’ Day is being celebrated with military fervour and gaiety all around the country. The showpiece event, a Veterans’ Day Rally, was held at Manekshaw Centre, Delhi Cantt here today.

  • The Government of India has announced the Sale (Issue/Re-issue) of (i) ‘New Government Stock 2021’  for a notified amount of  Rs. 2,000 crore (nominal) through yield based auction, (ii) ‘8.

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    Voter Awareness Forums will be set up in Ministries, Government Departments, Non-Government Departments and other Institutions to promote electoral awareness. Election Commission of India will be briefing the Nodal Officers of Ministries, Government of India and a representative from Federations on 16th January 2019 at Pravasi Bhartiya Kendra, New Delhi.

  • The Ministry of Women and Child Development aims to encourage Indian women entrepreneurs and farmers to connect with more buyers through organizing ‘Women of India Organic Festivals’ across the country.

  • Union Minister of State (I/C) for Tourism, Shri K J Alphons announced that the Ministry of Tourism sanctioned  projects worth Rs.85.23 crore for the development of Spiritual Circuit III for Kerala under SwadeshDarshan Scheme.

  • The Union Minister of Women and Child Development, Smt. Maneka Sanjay Gandhi stressed upon the need for training and development of elected women representatives of Panchayati Raj Institutions (PRIs) to ensure that fruit of development may reach the grassroots level through their active participation and actual empowerment.

  • The Central Statistics Office (CSO), Ministry of Statistics and Programme Implementation has revised the Base Year of the Consumer Price Index (CPI) from 2010=100 to 2012=100 with effect from the release of indices for the month of January 2015.

  • A group of schoolchildren on an education excursion from North Sikkim called on the Union Minister for Development of North Eastern Region (DoNER), Dr Jitendra Singh here yesterday.

    The tour has been sponsored by 11th Battalion of Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP) under the Civic Action Program (CAP) 2018-19.

  • The government today launched special weather services for the benefit of people visiting Prayagraj during KumbhMela. The Kumbh Mela 2019 is going to be held at Prayagraj during January-March 2019.

    Union Minister of Science and Technology, Earth Sciences and Environment and Forests and Climate Change, Dr. Harsh Vardhan today in New Delhi launched special weather services for the benefit of people visiting Prayagraj during Kumbh Mela.

  • Government e Marketplace [GeM] has launched “Womaniya on GeM”, an initiative to enable women entrepreneurs and women self-help groups [WSHGs] to sell handicrafts and handloom, accessories, jute and coir products, home décor and office furnishings, directly to various Government ministries, departments and institutions.

  • Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi will dedicate to the nation the 13 km, 2 lane Kollam bypass on NH-66 in Kerala tomorrow. Constructed at a cost of Rs 352 core, this highway has three major bridges over Ashtamudi Lake.

  • The Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi will visit Kollam and Thiruvananthapuram in Kerala tomorrow on January 15, 2019.

    In Kollam, Prime Minister will inaugurate Kollam bypass on NH-66.  It is a 13 km long 2 lane bypass, with a project cost of Rs. 352 crore.

  • Manipur Chief Minister Shri N. Biren Singh called on  Union Home Minister Shri Rajnath Singh along with Manipur BJP President and Rajya Sabha MP, Ksh. Bhabananda Singh on Saturday, (January 12, 2019).

  • 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.

  • Massive security and functional arrangements have been made for peaceful bathing. The administration has already banned entry of vehicles into the Mela area since last night. The event will be broadcast and telecast live by Doordarshan and All India Radio.  AIR has set up a separate one kilowatt FM transmitter - Kumbhvani. The broadcast from Kumbhvani can be heard between 5:55 AM and 10:05 PM everyday in a radius of 35 kilometers.

    AIR, for the first time, has also made arrangements for live streaming on YouTube of all programs broadcast from Kumbhvani. Doordarshan will start its telecast of special programs on Kumbh Mela from tomorrow. It will telecast about three hours programs each day. 

  • 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.

  • A bill seeking to provide Indian citizenship to non-Muslims communities from Bangladesh, Pakistan and Afghanistan was passed in the Lok Sabha on Tuesday.

    The bill seeks to make minority immigrants from Afghanistan, Bangladesh and Pakistan who have entered India before December 31, 2014 eligible for Indian citizenship..has been passed in the Lok Sabha.

    Home Minister Rajnath Singh moved the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2019 in Lok Sabha on Tuesday and was passed after a discussion.

    The Bill seeks to amend the Citizenship Act of 1955 in order to grant citizenship to Hindus, Buddhists, Sikhs, Jains, Parsis and Christians from Bangladesh, Afghanistan and Pakistan if they have lived in India for six years.

    Union Home Minister clarified that the Act is not confined to the state of Assam. The Bill will apply to all states and union territories of the country.

    The minority immigrants from Afghanistan, Bangladesh and Pakistan will get relief.

    Hindus, Buddhists, Sikhs, Jains, Parsis and Christians from Bangladesh, Afghanistan and Pakistan will get the citizenship.

    The minimum residency period for citizenship reduced from existing 12 years under the present law to 7 years.

    The bill will not just be restricted to Assam..but will be for other states too..those who will get the citizenship will be able to live in any part of the country.

    During the discussion of the bill..some parties supported it and others opposed.

    Replying to the discussion, Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh said the government is determined to implement the NRC and that there will be no discrimination in NRC. He added all the necessary steps will be taken to deal with illegal immigrants.

    He assured the people of Assam that their identity, culture and language will all be protected.

    Home Minister also made it clear that several steps have been taken to implement the Assam Accord...He also mentioned that the  government has notified a high-level committee for the implementation of clause 6 of the Assam Accord...which will submit its report within 6 months.

    Earlier, the Bill that provides for regulation of use and application of DNA technology for establishing the identity of certain categories of persons, including offenders, victims, suspects and undertrials was passed in Lok Sabha.

    The government also introduced a bill in Lok Sabha to make provisions regarding recognition of trade unions.

    The government in the Lok Sabha also introduced amendments to the POCSO Act.

    Rajya Sabha witnessed NOISY scenes and the house witnessed repeated disruptions...and after being adjourned 5 times. The house was adjourned for the day in the afternoon.

    Due to noisy scenes..zero hour and question hour could not take place in the Rajya Sabha.

    Amidst din, Health Minister JP Nadda moved The Indian Medical Council (Amendment) Bill, 2018 for consideration and passage.

  • Union minister for social justice and empowerment Thawar Chand Gehlot introduced the bill in the lower house.

    The bill seeks to amend Articles 15 and 16 of the Constitution, introducing a clause for reservation for economically weaker sections in educational institutions and government jobs.

    In a major move, the Union Cabinet had cleared a 10 per cent quota in government jobs and education for "economically weaker" sections on Monday.

    The bill for the first time provides for non-caste, non-religion based reservation.

    The proposed reservation will be over and above the existing 50 per cent reservation enjoyed by the Scheduled Castes, Scheduled Tribes and the Other Backward Classes, and will take the total reservation to 60 per cent.

    The Constitution, which has no mention of "economically weaker" people, will require an amendment to provide quota for them and at least two-thirds of the members in both the Houses will need to support the bill for it become a law.

    Rajya Sabha's winter session has been extended by a day till Wednesday.

  • Solberg arrived in New Delhi on Monday on a three-day visit to India. She is accompanied by senior officials from her government and a large business delegation.

    Solberg was accorded ceremonial reception at forecourt of Rashtrapati Bhavan this morning. She paid homage to Father of the Nation Mahatma Gandhi at Rajghat. External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj called on the visiting dignitary.

    During the talks in the afternoon, both sides reviewed the progress in bilateral cooperation and discussed ways to further expand the multifaceted partnership in areas of common interest.

    Several agreements were signed after the talks, including one on facilitating dialogue to boost bilateral trade which currently stands at 1.2 billion dollars.

    India and Norway enjoy close and multifaceted ties and economic and technical cooperation are important facets of the bilateral relations.

    Solberg will call on President Ram Nath Kovind in the evening.

  • The Centre had taken a decision against Verma and CBI's Special Director Rakesh Asthana after their feud become public as they made allegations of corruption against each other.

    The top court, however, restrained Verma from taking any major policy decision till the Central Vigilance Commission inquiry is over.

    The apex court also said that any further decision against Verma would be taken by the high-powered committee which selects and appoints CBI Director.

    It said the meeting of the committee should be convened within a week.  By the verdict, the apex court has set aside the Centre's decision of October 23 divesting Verma of his powers as CBI chief and sending him on leave.

    The judgement was pronounced by a bench of Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi and Justices S K Kaul and K M Joseph.

    Verma's two-year tenure as CBI Director ends on January 31.

    The Centre had justified its decision to divest Verma of his duties and sending him on leave before the apex court saying he and Asthana were fighting like "Kilkenny cats", exposing the country's premier investigating agency to "public ridicule".

  • Norway Prime Minister Erna Solberg will deliver inaugural address in presence of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj.

    Ministry of External Affairs in partnership with Observer Research Foundation is organizing the flagship annual geopolitical and geostrategic conference. The theme of the Dialogue this year is "A World Reorder: New Geometries; Fluid Partnerships; Uncertain Outcomes”.

    The discussions will seek to address issues arising from ongoing global transitions and changes to the world order, triggered by unique leaders, innovative partnerships and new technologies.

    The Dialogue will bring together over 600 delegates from 93 countries, including influential political leaders, strategic thinkers, policy practitioners, technology innovators, business representatives and academics.

  • Big boost for Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises as Reserve Bank of India allows restructuring of loans up to 25 crore rupees; RBI Governor Shaktikanta Das says, top bank will infuse need-based liquidity in the banking system; Says, the status of NPA in PSU banks is improving.

    RBI Governor Shaktikanta Das said banks have been asked to look at the viability of MSMEs before loan restructuring.

    RBI governor further said the central bank will take steps if there is a liquidity shortage in the economy, though currently liquidity needs are largely met. He said the RBI is constantly monitoring liquidity issue and infusion of liquidity in the market will be need-based.

  • The Union Cabinet has approved 10 percent reservation in jobs and educational institutions for the unreserved economically backward classes.

    BJP MP and Dalit leader Udit Raj has welcomed the move by the cabinet.

    Minister of state Shiv Prasad Shukla has complimented the cabinet for clearing the landmark decision by the Centre. He said that the long-pending demand has been fulfilled by the NDA government.

    BJP leader Shahnawaz Hussein also hailed the pathbreaking move by the Modi government.
     

     

     

  • Sheikh Hasina took oath as Bangladesh Prime Minister on Monday for the third consecutive term following her party's sweeping victory in the 11th Parliamentary elections.

    President Mohammad Abdul Hamid administered the oath of office to Sheikh Hasina in Dhaka on Monday afternoon.

    Aiming to inject fresh blood in new Government, Sheikh Hasina this time has not chosen any representatives from the Awami League allies for her new cabinet as she did previously.

    This is the first time Hasina is forming a cabinet with the members of her own party.
     

     

  • It is listed to be tabled in Rajya Sabha as well.

    The  Bill amends the Citizenship Act, 1955 to make illegal migrants who are Hindus, Sikhs, Buddhists, Jains, Parsis and Christians from Afghanistan, Bangladesh and Pakistan, eligible for citizenship.

    The Bill relaxes the 11 year requirement of residing in India, to just 6 years for the above migrants.

    The Bill also makes amendments to provisions related to Overseas Citizen of India (OCI) cardholders.

    The Bill amends the Act to allow cancellation of OCI registration if the person has violated any law.

  • Union Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad has alleged that Congress President Rahul Gandhi is raising the Rafale issue after the arrest of AugstaWestland middleman Christian Michele because both Michele and Guido Haschke acted as middlemen for Eurofighter, the competitor of Rafale. Both were pressurising Rahul Gandhi to favour EuroFighter.

    Meanwhile, Raksha Mantri responded to allegations made by Rahul Gandhi in Lok Sabha on the HAL issue. She confirmed that contracts amounting to over Rs 26, 500 crores have been signed between 2016 and 2018 with HAL. Congress President Rahul Gandhi had challenged Raksha Mantri to place before Parliament documents showing Rs 1 Lakh crore of Govt orders to HAL.