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  •           The Union Cabinet chaired by Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi has approved the Agreement between India and Morocco on Mutual Legal Assistance in Civil and Commercial Matters.

  •           The Union Cabinet chaired by Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi has approved signing and ratifying the Extradition Agreement between India and Morocco.

  •           The Union Cabinet chaired by Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi has approved the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between India and Italy for training and education in the fields of Labour and Employment.

  • The Union Cabinet chaired by the Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi has approved the following:

    "In-principle" approval for leasing out six airports of AAI viz. Ahmedabad, Jaipur, Lucknow, Guwahati, Thiruvananthapuram and Mangaluru for operation, management and development under Public Private Partnership (PPP) through Public Private Partnership Appraisal Committee (PPPAC).

  • The Union Cabinet chaired by the Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi has been apprised of India joining as Member of Advanced Motor Fuels Technology Collaboration Programme (AMF TCP)under International Energy Agency (IEA) on 9thMay, 2018.

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              The Union Cabinet chaired by Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi has approved the mechanism and procedure for sale of the enemy shares. Details are as follows:

     

     ‘In principle’ approval has been accorded for sale of enemy shares under the Custody of Ministry of Home Affairs/ Custodian of Enemy Property of India (CEPI), as per sub-section 1 of section 8A of the Enemy Property Act, 1968.

  •           The Union Cabinet chaired by Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi has approved the filling of Padur Strategic Petroleum Reserves(SPR) at Padur, Karnataka by overseas National Oil Companies (NOCs).

  • The Union Cabinet chaired by the Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi has approved setting up of a Central Tribal University in Andhra Pradesh.  The "Central Tribal University of Andhra Pradesh" will be set up in Relli village of Vizianagaram District as provided under the Thirteenth Schedule to the Andhra Pradesh Reorganisation Act, 2014 (No. 6 of 2014).

  •           The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs chaired by the Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi has given ‘in principle’ approval for strategic disinvestment of 100% Government of India's shares in DCIL to consortium of four ports namely, Vishakhapatnam Port Trust, Paradeep Port Trust, Jawahar Lal Nehru Port Trust and Kandla Port Trust.

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    The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs chaired by the Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi has approved Procurement Quota to M/s ITI Ltd. in procurements made by BSNL, MTNL and BBNL

    The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs (CCEA) today approved the following proposal of Department of Telecommunications regarding continuation of Procurement Quota for M/s ITI Limited:

    To continue the Reservation Quota policy for M/s ITI Ltd. by reserving i) 30% of the procurement orders placed by BSNL, MTNL and BBNL for M/s ITI Ltd. for the products manufactured by it and for those outsourced items in which there is a minimum 12% value addition by M/s ITI during 2018-19 and 16% value addition in 2019-20 and 20% value addition in 2020-21 and
    ii) 20% of the orders for the turnkey projects (like GSM network roll-out, Wi-Fi etc. of BSNL & MTNL and BharatNet project network roll-out, etc. of BBNL).

  • There are concerns being raised about growing pendency of GST Refunds. Exporters arereassured that there is no le-tup in the sanction of GST refunds. The disposal rate is consistently improving month-on-month.

  • The Vice President of India, Shri M. Venkaiah Naidu, at the invitation of the Government of the Republic of France, will be visiting Paris from 9 to 11 November 2018, to represent Government of India in the activities commemorating the centenary of the Armistice of World War I.

    India was one of the largest contributors of soldiers during World War I. India’s participation at the Armistice Centenary ceremony will be a befitting tribute to the sacrifices made by these soldiers, underlining India’s historical contribution to global peace and security.

  • Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi will dedicate to the nation three sewage infrastructure projects costing Rs 425.41 Crorefor the city of Varanasi and lay the foundation stone for another project next week,  on 12.11.

  • The Ministry of Defence has delegated greater financial decision-making powers to Vice Chiefs of the three Services in order to expedite the decision making process involved in the revenue procurements of the Armed Forces.

  • Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi will dedicate to the nation the newly constructed    Multi Modal Terminal on River Ganga at Varanasi on Monday, the 12th of November, 2018. This is the first of the three Multi Modal Terminals and two Inter Modal Terminals  being constructed on the river.

  • The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs chaired by the Prime Minister, Narendra Modi announced a financial package of Rs. 469.41 crore for the Revival and Mill Development Plan (RMDP) of Nepa Limited, a public sector newsprint company located in Nepanagar, Madhya Pradesh on 3rd October 2018.

  • Export of raw sugar from India to China willbegin early next year. A contract for exporting 15,000tonnes of raw sugar has been entered to by the Indian Sugar Mills Association (ISMA) and COFCO, a Government of China run public sector company.

  • Following is the Text of the Article written by the Union Minister of Finance and Corporate Affairs, Shri Arun Jaitley on completion of two years of Demonetisation entitled “ Impact of Demonitisation”:

     

                “Today we complete two years after demonitisation.

  • Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi has greeted the people of Gujarat on the occasion of the Gujarati New Year.

    “New Year greetings to all Gujaratis. May the coming year lead to the fulfilment of all your aspirations.

  • “Global IT Challenge for Youth with Disabilities, 2018” is being organised by the Department of Empowerment of Persons with Disabilities (DEPwD) under Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment here during 9-11 November, 2018.

  • FBI, police and rescuers surrounded the scene at the Borderline Bar and Grill, a Country & Western- themed establishment. Police have released few details and the accounts about the incident in Thousand Oaks, a Los Angeles suburb, varied widely.

    Police have reported 12 fatalities. Ventura County Sheriff Geoff Dean said the suspect is also dead.

    Police have released a few other details and the accounts about the incident in Thousand Oaks, a Los Angeles suburb, varied widely.

     

  • The team will be led by Manpreet Singh while the Vice Captain is Chinglensana Singh Kangujam.

    The Indian team scheduled to begin their campaign against South Africa on the opening day features PR

    Sreejesh and Krishan Bahadur Pathak as goalkeepers.

    The Men's team for the Odisha Hockey Men's World Cup Bhubaneswar 2018.

     
    GOALKEEPERS                                                                                                                              

    P R Sreejesh
    Krishan Bahadur Pathak
     

    DEFENDERS

    Harmanpreet Singh
    Birendra Lakra
    Varun Kumar
    Kothajit Singh
    Surender Kumar
    Amit Rohidas

    MIDFIELDERS

    Manpreet Singh (Captain)
    Chinglensana (Vice Captain)
    Nilakanta Sharma
    Hardik Singh
    Sumit

    FORWARDS

    Akashdeep Singh
    Mandeep Singh
    Dilpreet Singh
    Lalit Kumar Upadhyay
    Simranjeet Singh

    India is grouped in Pool C along with World No.3 Belgium, Canada and South Africa. The top team in each group will directly qualify for the quarterfinals while the next two will have to play cross-over matches to make it to the top 8.

     

     

  • Two cabinet and five state ministers were sworn in by President Maithripala Sirisena.

    Three ministers were sworn in last evening.

    Ousted Prime Minister Ranil Wickremsinghe has maintained that he has the majority in the house and has demanded calling an early session to prove it.

  • Unverified and unsubstantiated rumours flew thick and fast in Pakistan as the nation is still struggling to come to terms with the historic Supreme Court decision to acquit a Christian woman who was convicted of blasphemy.

    There were reports in Pakistani media that Asia Bibi was released from a jail in Multan and the process was on to shift her to the Netherlands.

    However, government spokesperson urged caution and appealed the press to exercise restraint.

    "Let me state clearly that Asia Bibi remains at a safe place in Pakistan. I would also request all of you, urge all of you, to verify such news before issuing them, in line with the standards of objective and impartial journalism to prevent needless sensationalism and controversy."

    Asia Bibi was convicted in 2010 after being accused of insulting Islam in a row with her neighbours. She always maintained her innocence, but has spent most of the past eight years in solitary confinement.

    Hardliners in Pakistan have protested against the sc order and demanded that she be not allowed to leave Pakistan.

    The release of Asia Bibi, prompted immediate anger from a hard-line Islamist party that has threatened to paralyze daily life countrywide with street protests if her acquittal is not reversed.

    The case has outraged people worldwide, and Pope Francis met Bibi's family this year, saying he prayed for her. Italy said on Tuesday it would try to help Bibi, who is Catholic, to leave Pakistan.
     

  • Cabinet also approved leasing out six airports, namely Ahmedabad, Jaipur, Lucknow, Guwahati, Thiruvananthapuram and Mangaluru for operation, management, and development under Public Private Partnership.

    The Cabinet approved laying down procedures and mechanisms for sale of enemy shares. Sale proceeds are to be deposited as disivestment proceeds in the government account maintained by ministry of Finance.

    The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs approved 100% strategic disinvestment of the government's equity in the Dredging Corporation of India Ltd.

    Presently, government of India holds 73.44% shares in Dredging Corporation of India Limited.

  • Sonowal was speaking after laying the foundation stone for construction of an auditorium of Sadau Asom Maina Parijat under Untied Fund for the year 2017-18 at Sarusajai in Guwahati.

    Assam Chief Minister also emphasised on promoting creativity and instilling human values among children. He also announced that Government of Assam would institute an award in the name of Padmashree Nalinibala Devi to recognize the services rendered for overall development of children in the state soon.

  • During the visit to the sectors, the Army Commander was briefed by the commanders on ground about the current operational and prevailing hinterland security situation and the preparedness of the formations in dealing with the same.

    The Army Commander was updated by the White Knight Corps Commander on current internal security situation in the Kishtwar region and measures undertook by the Army & civil administration for controlling the situation.

    The Army Commander also interacted with the soldiers and complimented them for their dedication to duty and high standard of professionalism.

    The need to be prepared for effectively meeting emerging security challenges was also reinforced by the Army Commander to the troops during his interaction.

  • Speaking at a function in Buxur in Bihar, Union Minister said that, apart from keeping our surroundings clean, there is also need to keep Ganga clean.

    She also said that 8.50 crore toilets have been constructed under Swatchata Abhiyan. She also added that the cleanliness campaign has also led to employment generation for people.
     

  • The 6-day march from Muttur to Sabarimala is in protest against the CPM-led LDF governments to implement the Supreme Court order on Lord Ayyappa temple in Sabarimala.

    Yeddyurappa flagged off the Rath Yatra along with Kerala BJP chief P S Sreedharan Pillai.

    The yatra will culminate at Pathanamthitta with a massive rally on November 13.

  • Babu Jandel will contest polls from Sheopur, Kamlesh Sahu from Rehli, Praduman SIngh Lodhi from Malhara constituency respectively.

    Earlier on Wednesday, Congress had released list of 29 candidates.
     

  • Earlier on November 3, the party had released the first list of 177 candidates for Madhya Pradesh elections.

    Voting for the assembly election will be held on November 28. The counting of votes is scheduled for December 11.

  • The attack comes four days before the first phase of elections are scheduled in the state.

    It is the third Naxal attack in 15 days in the poll-bound state and comes before Prime Minister Narendra Modi's scheduled visit on Friday to Jagdalpur district to campaign for the BJP.

    Reinforcements were rushed to the spot and the injured personnel and bodies of the deceased shifted to a local hospital.

    On October 30, three police personnel and a cameraman of Doordarshan News were killed in a Maoist attack in Dantewada's Aranpur area.

    Naxalites have asked voters to boycott the upcoming state Assembly polls, being held over two phases on November 12 and November 20.

  • The air quality in Delhi NCR region worsened after Diwali on Wednesday. At some places, pollution level rose to emergency levels.

    In National capital Delhi, Thursday morning witnessed the worst air quality of the year. Air quality index was 574 which come in the category of very serious category. It implies that a person breathing in this air can develop breathing related difficulties.

    In some areas air quality was even worse with AQI between 600 to 700. Delhites woke up to heavy smog causing much difficulty to the masses.

    Let us understand the scale of air quality index

    When AQI is between 0 to 50, air quality is considered good. Between 51 to 100, air quality is satisfactory.  Air is considered moderately polluted when AQI reading lies between 101 to 200. It is poor when between 201 to 300 and very poor between 301 to 400. Air pollution is in severe in nature when the index figures rise above 401.

    As the air quality worsened, the PWD has begun sprinkling water at some places to control dust and pollution levels. Water was sprinkled at ITO, Rohini, Dwarka, Ring Road and other places in the national capital.

    This initiative will continue for a few days. A temporary ban on all construction works has already been imposed in Delhi. 'Clean Air Campaign' is also underway in the national capital.

    In Uttar Pradesh, a cover of smog could be seen in capital Lucknow and all prominent cities. On Diwali, crackers were bursted on large scale in these cities and despite Supreme Court order on time limit, sound of crackers could be heard after 10 PM.

    People in the state woke up to smoky air all around. The situation was particularly serious in cities like Ghaziabad, Noida and Kanpur.

    Pollution levels were high in cities like Mumbai, Jaipur, and Kolkata as well. PM2.5 levels were recorded at 330. Doctors have people to take precautions and avoid morning walks and going to polluted areas.

    While there is no respite from worsening air quality any time soon, people must take necessary steps to avoid exposure to pollution, specially children and the elderly.

    Elderly, children, asthmatic patients face greater risk

    In view of rising pollution level in Delhi and NCR, Doctors suggest us to remain indoor to avoid the harmfull effect of pollution.

    Elderly, children, and people with pre-existing conditions - such as asthma, lung disease, cardiovascular ailments, face greater risk from air pollution.

  • He  asserted that India retains the position as the fastest growing economy for the fifth year in a row, and demonetisation has strengthened the economy besides increasing government resources to fund poverty alleviation and infrastructure development programmes... Here's more in this report,

    It was two years ago, to the date, when Prime Minister Narendra Modi addressed the nation making the bold announcement of demonetisation.

    The PM said the decision to make all 500 and 1000 rupee notes of the old series invalid, was taken to cut out black money, address the problem of fake currency and curb corruption.

    People welcomed the decision despite facing initial adjustment challenges, because it was in National Interest.

    Two years on and Finance Minister Arun Jaitley puts into perspective the decision that has had numerous benefits for the now more formalized economy.

    Arun Jaitley took to facebook to explain how the formalization of the economy has increased the tax base, and given the government better resources to develop infrastructure and work in the interest of the poor.

    In his post titled 'Impact of Demonetisation' he writes: 

    In the year 2017-18, the tax returns filed reached 6.86 crore, an increase of 25% over the previous year.

    This year, as on 31-10-2018, already 5.99 crore returns have been filed which is an increase of 54.33% compared to the previous year till this date.

    The new filers added this year are 86.35 lakh.

    In May, 2014, when the present Government was elected the total number of the filers of income tax returns was 3.8 crore.

    In the first four years of this Government, it has increased to 6.86 crore.

    Arun Jaitley pointed out that the Govt is well on its way to doubling the size of the tax base by the time its first term is completed.

    He also pointed out that the country's economy has been growing rapidly and will soon be among the top three economies of the world.

    Arun Jaitley also pointed out how demonetisation pushed people towards using cashless payments and depositin more money in the banks.

    The enormity of cash deposited and identified with the owner resulted in suspected 17.42 lakh account holders from whom the response has been received online through non-invasive method.

    The violators faced punitive actions. Larger deposits in banks improved lending capacity for the banks.

    A lot of this money was diverted to the Mutual Funds for further investments. It became a part of the formal system.

    On the criticism that almost all the cash in circulation reached the banks, the FM clarified that the 'information was incorrect. He pointed out that Confiscation of the currency was not the objective of Demonetisation.

    The Finance Minister opines that the country has moved closer towards the digital economy.

    Today Visa and Mastercard are losing market share in India to indigenously developed payment system of UPI and RUPAY Card whose share has reached 65% of the payments done through debit and credit cards.Overall, demonetisation has had numerous benefits.

    The economy was cleaned up and black money substantially reduced. Firm action was taken against benami companies. Tax evasion has reduced, and the number of tax payers increased.

    The convenience of cashless transactions made them more popular, pushing the economy on the digital track.  Counterfeit notes too were wiped out.

    Two years ago, the government demonetised 500 and 1000 rupee notes of the old mahatma Gandhi series. While critics continue to point fingers at the decision it is clear that, and in the long run the decision has brought siginificant advantages to the economy.
     

  • प्रधानमंत्री जन आरोग्य योजना-आयुष्मान भारत को बहुत कम समय में ही झारखंड में आशातीत सफलता मिली है। राज्य के सबसे बड़े सरकारी अस्पताल रिम्स में कई मरीज इसका लाभ उठा रहे हैं।

  • आयुष्मान भारत योजना का खूंटी के लोगों को मिल रहा लाभ

  • जमशेदपुर की पूनम महतो प्रधानमंत्री जन आरोग्य योजना की पहली लाभुक बनी

  • आयुष्मान भारत प्रधानमंत्री जन आरोग्य योजना के तहत बोकारो जिले के दो लाख चौदह हजार परिवारों को स्वास्थ्य बीमा का लाभ मिलेगा। इस योजना का लाभ उठाते हुए साधन विहिन दो गरीब महिलाओं ने बोकारो सदर अस्प्ताल में स्वस्थ शिशुओं को जन्म दिया।

  • प्रधानमंत्री जन आरोग्य योजना, आयुष्मान भारत के तहत गिरिडीह में गरीब मरीजों का इलाज शुरू हो गया है। गिरिडीह सदर अस्पताल के अलावा जिले के छह निजी अस्पतालों में इस योजना का लाभ लोगों को मिलने लगा है।

  • आयुष्मान भारत योजना कोडरमा में गरीब और लाचार परिवारों के लिए स्वास्थ्य के क्षेत्र में एक वरदान बनकर सामने आया है। इस योजना के तहत अब तक जिले में दर्जन भर अस्पतालों का निबंधन किया गया है, जहां मरीजों को स्वास्थ्य बीमा का लाभ मिलने लगा है।

  • गंभीर बीमारी परिवार की आर्थिक नींव हिला देता है। ऐसे मे आयुष्मान भारत योजना रविलाल जैसे गरीब मरीजों के लिए किसी वरदान से कम नहीं है।

  • प्रधानमंत्री जन आरोग्य योजना आयुष्मान भारत सुरक्षित मातृत्व प्रदान करने मे अहम रोल निभा रहा है। नोर्मल हो या सिजेरियन, गरीब परिवार की महिलाओं के लिए प्रसव के वास्ते उनके मनपसंद अस्पतालों के दरवाजे खुल गए हैं।

  •  Ayushman Bharat / Jharkhand / Ranchi 

  • प्रधानमंत्री जन आरोग्य योजना आयुष्मान भारत गरीब मरीजों के लिए संजीवनी साबित हो रहा है। कम समय में ही इस योजना से चितरपुर की स्वीटी जैसी कई मरीजों की जान बचाई जा सकी है।

  • Ayushman Bharat / Uruguttu / Jharkhand

  • Ayushman Bharat /HazariBagh / Jharkhand

  • Ayushman Bharat / Lapung / Jharkhand

  • In a Facebook post on the second anniversary of Demonetisation,Arun Jaitley said in first four years of the National Democratic Alliance (NDA) government, the number of income tax returns filers has gone up to 6.86 crore from 3.8 crore in May 2014. By the time the first five years of this government are over, we will be close to doubling the assessee base, he said in the post titled Impact Of Demonetisation". The demonetisation of Rs 500 and Rs 1,000 currency notes in November 2016, the minister said, had resulted in more formalisation (of economy), more revenue, more resources for the poor, better infrastructure, and a better quality of life for our citizens.

     Finance Minister further said with the implementation of the goods and services tax (GST), it is now becoming increasingly difficult to evade the tax system and the indirect tax to gross domestic product (GDP) ratio has gone up to 5.4 per cent post GST, from 4.4 per cent in 2014-15. Terming the criticism, that almost the entire cash money got deposited in the banks post demonetisation, as ill-informed, Jaitley said confiscation of currency was not an objective of demonetisation. Getting it into the formal economy and making the holders pay tax was the broader objective. The system required to be shaken in order to make India move from cash to digital transactions. This would obviously have an impact on higher tax revenue and a higher tax base, Jaitley said.

    The government had on November 8, 2016, announced ban on old 500 and 1000 rupee notes, to curb black money in the system. Of the Rs 15.41 lakh crore worth Rs 500 and Rs 1,000 notes in circulation on November 8, 2016, 99.3 per cent or notes worth Rs 15.31 lakh crore have returned to the banking system. This means, just Rs 10,720 crore of the junked currency did not return to the banking system. After the note ban, old junked notes, called specified bank notes (SBNs), were allowed to be deposited in banks with unusual deposits coming under income tax scrutiny. Jaitley said demonetisation compelled holders of cash to deposit the same in the banks.

    The enormity of cash deposited and identified with the owner resulted in suspected 17.42 lakh account holders from whom the response has been received online through non-invasive method, he said. The violators faced punitive actions. Larger deposits in banks improved lending capacity for the banks. A lot of this money was diverted to mutual funds for further investments. It became a part of the formal system, Jaitley added.

    He said the share of indigenously developed payment system of unified payments interface (UPI) and RuPay card have reached 65 per cent of the payments done through debit and credit cards. Jaitley said in 2017-18, the tax returns filed reached 6.86 crore, an increase of 25 per cent over the previous year. This year, as on October 31, 2018, already 5.99 crore returns have been filed - which is an increase of 54.33 per cent compared to the previous year till this date. As many as 86.35 lakh new filers were added this year. E

  • Partly as a result of smoke from the firecrackers, the overall air quality index in Delhi jumped to 574 which falls in the "severe-plus emergency" category, according to data by the Centre-run SAFAR (System of Air Quality and Weather Forecasting And Research). The sharp spike in pollution is caused by rampant burning of firecrackers that has led to the formation of a smoky layer across the national capital and drastically reduced visibility, the authorities said.

    The SAFAR had warned that even if partial toxic firecrackers as compare to last year were burnt, then the air quality would fall in the severe category. An AQI between 0 and 50 is considered "good", 51 and 100 "satisfactory", 101 and 200 "moderate", 201 and 300 "poor", 301 and 400 "very poor", and 401 and 500 "severe". Above 500 is "severe-plus emergency" category. The Delhi Air Quality Index is around 574 at present. Air Quality Index entered in severe category at 2 AM after midnight on Thursday and will continue to remain in severe category until evening, a senior official said.

    A 'severe plus emergency' air quality index (AQI) essentially means that even healthy people may suffer from respiratory illnesses on a prolonged exposure to such air. This air will seriously affect those with ailments, according to the advisory issued by SAFAR.

    The Supreme Court has allowed people to burst firecrackers from 8 PM to 10 PM only on Diwali and other festivals. The Supreme Court also allowed manufacture and sale of just "green crackers" which have low emission of light, sound and harmful chemicals.

     

  • Election Commission will send a high-level team to Mizoram on Friday to hold further discussions with state government officials and leaders of the NGO Coordination Committee on the current stand-off in the state. 
     
    For the last two days, the NGO coordination committee, led by YMA, was protesting against the removal of the Principal Secretary (Home) Lalnunmawia Chuaungo and demanding removal of Chief Electoral Officer SB Shashank. Sources said the committee yesterday evening called off the protest for the time being.
     
    The team will be headed by Deputy Chief Election Commissioner Sudeep Jain. In a statement, the Commission said, it has accepted the broad contours of the resolution passed by the Committee after deliberations with the delegation of the poll body. The Commission also expressed its serious concerns on the violence in Kolasib district during protests against the CEO. 
     
    On Tuesday, a three-member Election Commission team had discussed over the demands and points of the NGOs in Aizawl and the outcome was communicated to the poll panel yesterday.
    The Assembly elections in Mizoram will be held in a single phase on the 28th of this month.

  • Brother of new Prime Minister and former Speaker Chamal Rajapaksa was among three ministers sworn in by President Maithripala Sirisena. Meanwhile, Parliament Speaker Karu Jayasuriya said, an opportunity must be provided for the majority opinion on a stable government when Parliament meets next Wednesday. He said this after a meeting of the party leaders to discuss the Parliament's agenda.
     

    Government sources have, however, maintained that vote on majority may not be taken necessarily on the first day of the session. The new government under Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa is reportedly lacking majority as smaller parties have refused to back it. Ousted Prime Minister Ranil Wickremsinghe has maintained that he has the majority in the house and demanded early session to prove it.   

    "The new ministers were sworn in amidst rumours that President may dissolve the house and call early elections. However, it was denied by the government in a late-night press release. A government minister has said the first day of parliament session on 14th will only have the president’s address while a date to prove majority will be decided later. 

    This is contrary to speaker’s view who wants the majority to be tested on the first day itself. Meanwhile, USA has urged President to convene parliament immediately to resolve the political crisis. It said further delay compounds uncertainty in Sri Lanka and undermines its international reputation. 

  • President Ram Nath Kovind conveyed his greetings to the countrymen on Diwali.

    In his tweet President said, May the Festival of Lights illuminate every home and every family, in our country and across our shared planet.

    Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu also  extended his warm greetings and good wishes to the people of the country on the auspicious occasion of Deepawali. 

     

    Prime Minister narendra Modi extended Diwali greetings to the countrymen.

    In a  tweet PM Modi said May this festival bring happiness, good health and prosperity in everyone's lives. May the power of good and brightness always prevail! "

  • This year people can be seen choosing earthen lamps over chinese lights.

    These lamps are also considered environment friendly.

    People are also buying green crackers to celebrate diwali due to  air pollution condition in the national capital, supreme court has permitted the use of green crackers only.

    Mumbai is also glittering in lights of deepawali festivities.

    Great rush can be seen in shops and markets.

    People are busy picking items to decorate homes and gifts for loved ones.

    Diwali celebrations are taking place across the country.

    People burst crackers and celebrated in Coimbatore, Tamil Nadu.

    The jawans at the borders are also celebrating deepavali.

    Jawans did puja, lit candles and clelebrated with crackers in RS Pura Sector of Jammu. 

  • Interacting with them, she reiterated governments commitment to give latest weapons like AK47 to all jawans manning border posts.

    The Defence Minister cautioned jawans not to believe what appear in social media and  advised them to stay away from negative news appearing about forces on Facebook and Twitter.

    She also shared her happiness with sweets and chocolates to all soldiers.

  • Distributing sweets and exchanging greetings Prime Minister Narendra Modi said that Diwali is the festival of lights; it spreads the light of goodness and dispels fear.

    Jawans, through their commitment and discipline spread the sense of security and fearlessness among an indebted nation.

    Prime Minister said that their devotion to duty in the remote icy heights, is an enabler that strengths the nation securing the future and the dreams of 125 crore Indians.

    Standing shoulder to shoulder with these brave jawans, Prime Minister Modi spelt out the steps his government has taken for their welfare.

    Prime Minister said that the Indian Armed Forces draw admiration and appreciation across the world, in UN peacekeeping operations.

    He recalled that he has been visiting soldiers on Diwali, ever since he was the Chief Minister of Gujarat.

    This gesture by none other than the Prime Minister of the country left the troops rejuvenated with the spirit of dedication and service to the nation.

  • He offered prayers at the historic Kedarnath Temple.

    He extensively walked around the entire temple complex, where significant reconstruction works are in progress.

    He was briefed by senior officials about the progress of the works.

    He interacted briefly with various people present at the temple complex.

    The Kedarnath Temple complex is currently the focus of a major development and reconstruction effort, following the severe flood and landslide that affected the region in 2013.

     

  • Greeting the jawans on the occasion, the prime minister said their devotion to duty in the remote icy heights, is enabling the strength of the nation, and securing the future and the dreams of 125 crore Indians. He said that Diwali is the festival of lights, it spreads the light of goodness and dispels fear.

    Prime Minister said that the jawans, through their commitment and discipline, are also helping to spread the sense of security and fearlessness among the people. The prime minister recalled that he has been visiting soldiers on Diwali ever since he was the chief minister of Gujarat. He also spoke of his interactions with the jawans of the Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP), years ago when he was part of the Kailash Mansarovar Yatra.

    The prime minister said India is taking great strides forward in the defence sector. He spoke of various measures being taken for the welfare of ex-servicemen, including implementation of 'one rank, one pension' (OROP). Prime Minister Modi said that the Indian Armed Forces draw admiration and appreciation across the world, in UN peacekeeping operations.

    The Prime Minister offered sweets to the jawans. He also interacted with people from nearby areas who had gathered to greet him on Diwali. Harshil is a cantonment area situated at a height of 7,860 feet close to the India-China border in Uttarkashi district. 

  • Earlier, riding on skipper Rohit Sharma's 111 not out off 61 balls, the hosts scored 195 for 2 in stipulated twenty overs.

    Shikhar Dhawan scored 43 while KL Rahul contributed 26.

    India brought back Bhuvneshwar Kumar in place of Umesh Yadav while the West Indies replaced Rovman Powell with Nicolas Pooran.India defeated the West Indies by five wickets in the first Twenty-20 International at the Eden Gardens in Kolkata last Sunday to take a 1-0 lead in the 3-match series.

     India's last win against the West Indies before Sunday came way back on March 23, 2014 in the World T20 in Bangladesh. 

    With the win at the Eden Gardens, India managed to better their head-to-head record against the reigning world T20 champions to 5-3 now from nine exchanges between 2009 and 2017.The third and final game is slated to be held in Chennai on the 11th of this month. 

  • The alliance won Ballari and Mandya Lok Sabha seats as well as both the Assembly seats--Ramanagara and Jamkhandi.

    Kumaraswamy's wife Anitha won from Ramanagara.BJP managed to retain the Shivamogga Lok Sabha seat.

  • Rallies and open air meetings are the order of the day and the process of ticket distribution is also on in full swing.

    In Madhya Pradesh, there was much bickering and tension after tickets were distributed with protests outside the state party office.

    In Rajasthan too, election fever is high with the Congress and BJP trading charges against each other.

    Minister of State for Agriculture and Farmer welfare Gajendra Singh Shekhawat said that the Congress had revealed its true face during ticket distribution  which he claimed the party had done on the basis of bribes recieved.

    Speaking at the BJP Party office at Jaipur he said the BJP in contrast is a party that thrives and is based on its workers.

    Meanwhile Congress state party chief Sachin Pilot said that the 5 year Vasundhara Raje government has failed due to her anti people policies.

    Campigning has gathered pace in other poll bond states too and the pace is only likely to accelarate further in the days to come.

     

  • What made Ayodhya's diwali special was the setting of a new world record by lighting up of over 3 lakh lamps by the banks of the Saryu river.

    When the diyas were lit up it left all onlookers enchanted.Special display of colourful lights added another dimension to the vista.

    The LED lighting extending from the river bank to the Ram Paedi including the main road and the entrance gate looked festively inviting.

    The main stream of Ram Paedi flaunted a water show and the lighting on the temples also caught the eye.

    Witnessing the historic deepotsava with its enthralling lamps and lights was South Korean first lady Kim Jung-Sook.

    Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath welcomed the South Korean first lady with a rose.

    The two leaders then jointly presided over the ground breaking ceremony of Korean Queen Huh memorial park.

    The event also saw the UP CM worshipping Lord Ram, Lakshman and Sita when they reached the venue.Amidst cultural depictions and displays.

    The Chief Minister also inaugurated and laid foundation stones of projects worth 176 crore rupees unveiling several diwali gifts for Ayodhya residents.

    The Uttar Pradesh CM also spoke about the developmental work done by the Modi government at the Centre during the last nearly 4.5 years saying its fulfilling the Ram rajya dream.

    Uttar Pradesh Governor Ram Naik remarked on the occasion that events such as the one organised on the banks of the Saryu will also boost Ayodhya's standing in the world.

    The South Korean first lady in her address  said that both South Korea and India can light the lamps of peace in the world dispelling darkness.

    The Uttar Pradesh government has initiated several projects to boost Ayodhya's infrastructure.

    At the same time, the Central govt has also ramped up its efforts to upgrade the Ramayana circuit which includes places associated with Lord Ram such as Ayodhya to connect and facilitate devotees.
     

  • 49th edition of the festival will showcase 212 films from over 68 countries which reflects diversity of taste.

    International Competition section has 15 films out of which 3 are Indian.

    Competition section itself represents films produced and co-produced by 22 countries.

    Festival Kaleidoscope section carries 20 critically acclaimed international films that have been to major film festivals and majority of them being multiple award winners.

    This is one of the most sought after sections of the festival that showcases best and top films of the year.

    World Panorama section has 67 films which are specially curated for the festival.

    This includes 4 World Premiers, 2 International Premiers, 15 Asia Premiers and 60 India Premiers.

    This year World Panorama section presents 15 films which are Oscar submissions from respective countries.Wild at Heart Master in His Craft: Retrospective section of Ingmar Bergman: 2018 marks the 100-year anniversary of Ingmar Bergman's birth.

    On this occasion when 100-Year Jubilee is in full swing across the globe, IFFI showcases best 7 films of his career.

    A documentary on Bergman titled “Bergman Island” directed by Marie Nyrerod which presents the master behind the camera has also been included in this section.

    The official opening of this section is scheduled on 21st with Panel discussion followed by the screening of ‘Wild Strawberries’.

  • During his weeklong visit, he held wide range discussions with the President of Botswana, Mr. Mokgweetsi Masisi, the President of Zimbabwe Emmerson Mnangagwa and the President of Malawi, Peter Mutharika and other leaders in line with Prime Minister Narendra Modi had recently set out 10 guiding principles to enhance our engagement with Africa.

    The Vice President was received with great warmth and affection in all the three nations.

    The President of Botswana broke protocol and flew back from his visit to Mozambique to meet the Vice President when he was leaving for Zimbabwe at the airport. President of Zimbabwe Emmerson Mnangagwa spent more than an hour with Naidu to discuss various issues of mutual interest.

    In Malawi, the President hosted luncheon in the honour of the Vice President where the first lady was also present.

    The Vice President’s visit was very significant as this was the first high level visit after a significant gap to these three countries. 

    In fact, in Zimbabwe, it was after 21 years.