• The fifth meeting of the Governing Council of NITI Aayog was held under the chairmanship of the Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi at Rashtrapati Bhawan today. It was attended by the Governor of Jammu & Kashmir, 26 Chief Ministers and the Lieutenant Governor of Andaman & Nicobar Islands, apart from Union Ministers, who are ex-officio members and special invitees.

  • Operations to retrieve the mortal remains of the personnel onboard the ill fated An-32 are on. The rescue team of 17 IAF, Army SF and civilian members is present at the crash site. The rescue operations are being curtailed due to incessant rains and heavy clouding.

  • ‘India is implementing one of the largest Renewable Energy expansion programs, Energy Efficiency programmes and moving towards the achievement of our target to fulfill our commitments made in Paris Agreement on Climate Change’ said Shri RK Singh, Minister of State for Power and New & Renewable Energy (IC) and Skill Development & Entrepreneurship today.

  • The Minister of State for Finance & Corporate Affairs, Shri Anurag Thakur held the Pre-Budget Consultation with the representatives of various Trade Unions and Labour Organisations here today in connection with the forthcoming General Budget 2019-20.

  • “While the Center is extending all support to the state of Bihar for the containment and management of the recent surge of Acute Encephalitis Syndrome (AES) and Japanese Encephalitis (JE) cases, I shall be going to Muzaffarpur tomorrow to take stock and review the situation at the site with the State Government.

  • Air Chief Marshal BS Dhanoa PVSM AVSM YSM VM ADC, Chairman Chiefs of Staff Committee and Chief of the Air Staff was the Reviewing Officer for the Combined Graduation Parade at the Air Force Academy, Dundigal on 15 Jun 19.

    152 cadets were awarded the President’s Commission as they passed through the portals of the Academy parade ground.

  • The Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi today delivered the opening remarks at the fifth meeting of the Governing Council of NITI Aayog, in RashtrapatiBhawan Cultural Centre in New Delhi.

    Welcoming the Governor of J&K, Chief Ministers, Lieutenant Governor of Andaman and Nicobar Islands, and other delegates, the Prime Minister reiterated that NITI Aayog has a key role to play in fulfilling the mantra of SabkaSaath, SabkaVikas, SabkaVishwas.

  • In view of the recent assault on doctors in West Bengal, Dr. Harsh Vardhan, Union Minister for Health and Family Welfare today wrote a letter to the Chief Ministers of all States and UTs drawing their attention for strict action against any person who assaults doctors.

  • The Minister of State for Finance & Corporate Affairs, Shri Anurag Thakur held the Pre-Budget Consultation Meeting with the representatives of Digital Economy and Start-ups here today in connection with the forthcoming General Budget 2019-20.

  •  Union Minister of State for Home Affairs Shri G. Kishan Reddy visited the National War Memorial here today and paid tribute to the jawans who laid down their lives for the country post-independence. 

    While paying homage, he assured the families of Defence Forces and Central Armed Police Forces that the whole nation stands firmly with the Jawans and appreciates the hardships and sacrifices being made by them.

  • The Vice President of India, Shri M. Venkaiah Naidu has called for adopting digital technology to improve governance and timely delivery of services to citizens.


    Speaking at the inaugural edition of DigiTech Conclave 2019 of The Times Group after launching ET Government portal, in New Delhi today, the Vice President said that technology has been a game changer and was progressively helping in eliminating corruption, ensuring transparency and improving the delivery of services in several areas like healthcare, land registrations, transport, tax collection and urban planning.

  • Hon'ble Raksha Mantri Shri Rajnath Singh met General Bipin Rawat, Chief of the Army Staff, Lieutenant General Devraj Anbu, Vice Chief of the Army Staff and all the GOC-in-Cs today.

    Hon'ble Raksha Mantri complimented Indian Army for ensuring the highest level of professionalism, the continuous readiness against external and internal challenges and their role in Nation building.

  • Union Minister for Human Resource Development Dr Ramesh Pokhriyal ‘Nishank’ chaired a meeting with Directors of all Indian Institutes of Technology (IIT) and Indian Institutes of Information Technology (IIIT) in New Delhi today.

  • Shri Ajit Seth, former Cabinet Secretary and Shri V. Srinivas, Additional Secretary, Department of Administrative Reforms and Public Grievances addressed a 27-member delegation of Permanent Secretaries and Deputy Permanent Secretaries on “Transparency and Accountability in Governance” at the National Center for Good Governance, Mussoorie.

  • Raksha Mantri Shri Rajnath Singhtoday reviewed the progress of research and development activities in the area of defence technologies at Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO)Headquarters.

  • India’s overall exports (Merchandise and Services combined) in April-May 2019-20* are estimated to be USD 92.33billion, exhibiting a positive growth of 4.32per cent over the same period last year. Overall imports in April-May 2019-20* are estimated to be USD 109.75billion, exhibiting a positive growth of 5.30per cent over the same period last year.

  • Sahitya Akademi has selected 22 writers for the Sahitya Akademi Bal Sahitya Puraskar 2019 and 23 writers for Yuva Puraskar 2019. The Executive Board of the Akademi that met in Agartala today, under the Chairmanship of its President, Dr. Chandrashekhar Kambar approved the selection of awardees.

  • IAF mountaineers, Army Special Forces personnel and local mountaineers were dropped off at the closest possible location to the crash site and have reached the crash site.

    The mortal remains and other material evidence have to be picked up by helicopters and brought back to Jorhat in stages.

  • In exercise of the powers conferred by sub-section (2) of section 14 of the Customs Act, 1962 (52 of 1962), the Central Board of Indirect Taxes & Customs, being satisfied that it is necessary and expedient so to do, hereby makes the following amendments in the notification of the Government of India in the Ministry of Finance (Department of Revenue), No. 36/2001-Customs (N.T.

  • The Union Minister of Finance & Corporate Affairs, Smt. Nirmala Sitharaman held here today her 6th Pre-Budget Consultation Meeting with the leading Economists in connection with the forthcoming General Budget 2019-20.

  • Prime Minister Modi in a tweet said that "We will meet once again thanks to the radio, share joy, positivity and celebrate the collective strength of 130 crore Indians.  I am sure you have lots to say for #MannKiBaat. Share it on the NaMo App Open Forum.

    For the 'Mann Ki Baat' this month, dial the toll-free number 1800-11-7800 to record your message. You could also write on the MyGov Open Forum and pen your inputs. Looking forward to a great interaction."

    We will meet once again thanks to the radio, share joy, positivity and celebrate the collective strength of 130 crore Indians.

    I am sure you have lots to say for #MannKiBaat. Share it on the NaMo App Open Forum.

    For the #MannKiBaat this month, dial the toll-free number 1800-11-7800 to record your message.

    You could also write on the MyGov Open Forum and pen your inputs. Looking forward to a great interaction.

  • The Prime Minister said that everyone at this platform has a common goal of achieving a New India by 2022. Prime Minister Narendra Modi said that the goal to make India a 5 trillion dollar economy by 2024, is challenging, but can surely be achieved. States should recognise their core competence, and work towards raising GDP targets right from the district level. He said there is immense untapped export potential in several States, including the North Eastern States.

    A thrust on export promotion at the State level will provide a boost to both income and employment.  Describing water as an important element for life, the Prime Minister said that the poor bear the brunt of insufficient water conservation efforts. He said that the newly created Jal Shakti Ministry will help provide an integrated approach to water. He urged States to also integrate their efforts towards water conservation and management. PM said that the aim is to provide piped water to every rural home by 2024. \

    The Prime Minister called for effective steps to tackle drought. He said that the spirit of per-drop, more-crop needs to be promoted.

    Reiterating the Union Government's commitment to double incomes of farmers by 2022, PM said there is need for structural reform in agriculture, the Prime Minister spoke of the need to boost corporate investment, strengthen logistics, and provide ample market support. 

    Turning to aspirational districts, the Prime Minister said that the focus should be on good governance. He said improvement in governance has led to remarkable progress in several aspirational districts.

    Many aspirational districts are affected by Naxal violence. He said the battle against Naxal violence is now in a decisive phase. He said violence will be dealt with firmly, even as development proceeds in a fast-paced and balanced manner. 

    On the health sector, the Prime Minister said that several targets have to kept in mind, to be achieved by 2022. He also mentioned the target of eliminating TB by 2025. The Prime Minister urged those States who have not implemented PMJAY under Ayushman Bharat, so far, to come onboard this scheme at the earliest. 

    The Prime Minister said that we are now moving towards a governance system characterized by Performance, Transparency and Delivery. He said proper implementation of schemes and decisions is vital.

  • Ambassador of India to Saudi Arabia H.E. Dr Ausaf Sayeed graced the Event & opened the Event by lighting of the traditional Lamp.

    Padmashree Yogacharinee Ms Nouf Marwaii, President of Arab Yoga Foundation (a resident of Jeddah), Ms Lina Khaled Almaeena, Member of Shoura Council & Board Member of Saudi Mass Participation were also present.

    Many Saudi friends & Indian nationals participated in large number. Mass Yoga Practice was also conducted, led by Yoga Instructors of Arab Yoga Foundation & Consul General of India in Jeddah Mr Md. Noor Rahman Sheikh, who also performed Sirsasana (Head Stand posture) at the end of the Mass Yoga Practice.

  • IAF Chief's comments come days after the wreckage of the IAF aircraft was found in a remote area in Arunachal Pradesh more than a week after it went missing with 13 people on board.

    "We have recovered the flight data recorder and cockpit voice recorder. We will go into the detail (to ascertain) as to what happened and how do we make sure that it does not happen again," IAF Chief said while addressing the gathering of Combined Graduation Parade at Air Force Academy in Dundigal, Hyderabad.

    IAF Chief, B.S. Dhanoa was responding to a query on the accident involving the AN-32 transport aircraft in Arunachal Pradesh, which left 13 people dead. "In Arunachal Pradesh, the terrain is very treacherous and most of the time, it is cloudy. When you are flying in that terrain, in that cloudy weather, there have been many, not only Air Force, even otherwise, Pawan Hans and all, accidents, because of controlled flight into terrain," IAF Chief claimed.

    The Russian-origin aircraft went missing in the afternoon of June 3, around 33 minutes after taking off from Jorhat in Assam for Menchuka in Arunachal Pradesh. After eight days of a massive search operation, the wreckage of the plane was spotted by an IAF chopper on Tuesday at a height of 12,000 feet near Gatte village on the border of Siang and Shi-Yomi districts.

  • Stoinis, who has suffered a side strain that is preventing him from bowling, will be travelling with the Australian squad to Nottingham, the venue for their next match and the final decision on whether he would remain in the World Cup would be taken there.

    Skipper Aaron Finch said Mitchell Marsh, who is on standby and has started training, would be ready if he is included into the official squad. "Yeah, that's why he's here, but as a bit of a precaution more than anything, if Stoinis doesn't recover well enough over the next couple of days," Finch said. "There is confidence that Mitch will come in and do well if selected, if Stoinis doesn't recover properly," he added.

    Finch admitted that injury to an all-rounder upsets the balance of a side. "Yeah, it's tough when guys, especially all-rounders who balance out your side really well and give you that extra fast-bowling option, as well as a top six batter.

    So it's a little bit difficult trying to decide whether you go the extra batter or the extra bowler, depending on conditions," Finch said. "So I think it does make it a little bit tougher, a bit more of a challenge, no doubt. But we also did plan for that, if it did happen throughout the tournament. So it wasn't a total surprise. Obviously, it's not ideal, but it's not a surprise to us because we had already thought about things like that. But just game to game, it totally changes depending on the conditions," he added

  • During their World Cup match against the West Indies here on Friday, Morgan left the field in the 41st over of West Indian innings, joining Roy on the treatment table, who had earlier hobbled off with a hamstring strain.

    "It is sore. I have had back spasms before and it normally takes a few days to settle down. It is unclear, we will know more in the next 24 hours. You normally get a good indication the following day. If it settles down then the improvement is there straight away. "

    Jason had a tight hamstring and will go for a scan, it will be 48 hours until we know more. "I think when any two players go down it is a bit of a worry but it is not panic stations yet," Morgan said while addressing the post-match media interaction standing because of discomfort due to back spasm.

    Chasing 213 for victory against the West Indies, England did not require the services of either Morgan or Roy as Joe Root stepped into Roy's shoes at the top of the order, scoring an unbeaten 100 of 94 balls to help the hosts post a comfortable eight-wicket win.

    "Like everybody, we have to see how it pulls up. We will see how risky it is and do a risk assessment going into that game, baring in mind we will have two games in a few days," said Morgan. Despite injuries, England still head to Old Trafford next Tuesday for their match against Afghanistan brimming with confidence having swept aside the West Indies with minimal fuss.

    West Indies were all out for 212, with Jofra Archer (3/30) and Mark Wood (3/18) polishing off the tail and Morgan admitted that his 90mph bowlers make them stand out. "It is one of the trends of the tournament we are fortunate we have three guys who touch 90mph. It is something we are going to use and it is a strength of ours but we also have a very good leg-spinner and off-spinner. "Trends can change and later in the tournament the spinners might come into it," said Morgan.

  • In a tweet, PM Modi said, ''I and the countrymen will meet once again through the radio to share joy, positivity and celebrate the collective strength of 130 crore Indians." Prime Minister expressed confidence that people have lot to say for Mann Ki Baat. The Prime Minister said, he is looking forward to a great interaction.

    People can share their innovative suggestions and insights directly with the Prime Minister through NaMo App open forum and MyGov open forum. People can also dial the toll-free number 1800-11-7800 and record their message for the Prime Minister in either Hindi or English. 

    Some of the recorded messages may become part of the broadcast. Some of the suggestions would be referred by the Prime Minister during his address. People can also give a missed call on 1922 and follow the link received in SMS to directly give your suggestions to the Prime Minister.

  • "I love badass women" and "Eliminate the patriarchy" figured among the messages on posters and banners, as women poured into the streets to vent their frustration with persistent gender discrimination and wage gaps in the wealthy Alpine nation.

    The action comes nearly three decades after women held the country's first nationwide strike for equal pay. Pram marches, whistle concerts and giant picnics were planned around the country, with the day's events set to culminate in giant demonstrations in several cities. Tens of thousands of women dressed in purple filled the square in front of the government and parliament buildings in Bern.

    In Lausanne, the events kicked off overnight, with women ringing the bells of the cathedral, which was lit up in purple, and lighting a "bonfire of joy", with some women tossing in their bras. On Saturday, some 500 people gathered for a massive breakfast celebration, blocking traffic on one of the town's main bridges.

    In Zurich, demonstrators pulled a giant, pink clitoris perched on a cart through the city, while in Basel they projected the clenched-fist feminist symbol onto the skyscraper headquarters of pharmaceutical giant Roche. In Geneva, protestors replaced street signs bearing men's names with women's ones. While 548 streets in Geneva Canton are named after men, only 41 have female names.

    The organisers of Friday's action, say things have barely improved since the major 1991 strike, insisting women need to demand "more time, more money, more respect". Women in Switzerland on average still earn 20 percent less than men. And for men and women with equal qualifications, the wage gap remains nearly eight percent, according to the national statistics office. "Wage equality has not been achieved. That is a good reason to go on strike," Ruth Dreyfuss, who in 1998 became Switzerland's first female president said. 

    Riding the wave of the global #MeToo movement, a new generation of women is attacking lingering discrimination, harassment, sexual abuse and wage inequality with renewed vigour. Thursday's strike was born out of frustration at a bid to change the law to impose more oversight over salary distribution, after a watered-down version passed through the Swiss parliament last year.

    Switzerland was one of the last countries in Europe to grant women the right to vote, in 1971. Over the past three decades, women's rights advocates in Switzerland have made some gains. Abortion was legalised in 2002, and 2005 saw the introduction of 14 weeks of paid maternity leave. But Switzerland still offers no paternity leave, and limited access to expensive daycare is seen as a major hindrance to women's integration into the labour market.

    Christa Binswanger, a gender studies professor at St. Gallen University, said she was optimistic that Friday's strike would make a difference. "It has already shown an impact during the last weeks," she said. "The strike has mobilised a sense of solidarity." 

  • The officers along with families reached Colombo on Saturday through an air force flight which will bring the Sri Lankan contingent to BODH GAYA.

    The visit is part of high level defence cooperation between the two neighbours and also to show solidarity with Sri Lanka after Easter Sunday attacks. It comes soon after Prime Minister Narendra Modi visit to Sri Lanka on Sunday where he paid respects to the victims of Easter attacks.

    This is the first time a defence contingent along with families from India are visiting abroad as part of exchange programme. Earlier, a contingent of Sri Lankan defence forces had visited Bodh Gaya last year for the first time. Indian High commissioner to Sri Lanka Taranjit Singh Sandhu said the visit highlights that Sri Lanka is getting back to normalcy as the officers will visit different parts of the island country.

    Sri Lankan army chief Lt. Gen. Mahesh Senanayake said the visit will further boost understanding among defence forces at the senior as well as lower levels. He said such exchanges benefit both sides and is a model to other countries for cooperation in defence sector.   

  • Assange, who is currently serving 50-weeks imprisonment at Belmarsh Prison, appeared in London's Westmegistrate court on Friday via a video link.

    The 47-year-old Assange faces an 18-count indictment issued by the US Justice Department last month. The US prosecutors had initially charged Assange with a single count of computer intrusion, but later added 18 new counts, including controversial charges under the Espionage Act for encouraging, receiving and publishing national defence information in concert with former Army intelligence analyst Chelsea Manning.

    The hearing came a day after Britain's Home Secretary Sajid Javid signed the extradition request sent by the US Justice Department.

    "Julian Assange was arrested in relation to a provisional extradition request from the United States of America. He is accused of offences including computer misuse and the unauthorised disclosure of national defence information," Javid had said after signing the extradition request.

    Assange is currently serving 50 weeks imprisonment sentence in UK's Belmarsh prison for skipping bail to avoid being sent to Sweden over sexual assault allegations. The Australian whistleblower has denied the allegations against him, asserting that they were politically motivated.

  • For safety reasons, the mass led by Archbishop of Paris Michel Aupetit will be celebrated on a very small scale. Worshippers will be expected to don hard hats but priests will be wearing their ceremonial garb.

    The mass will broadcast live on Catholic TV channel KTO. It will take place at 6:00 pm (11:30 pm IST) in the Chapel of the Virgin on the east side of the cathedral behind the choir, which has been confirmed to be safe. Aupetit will be joined by the rector of Notre-Dame, Patrick Chauvet, canons, volunteers, people working on the restoration as well a handful of lay worshippers.

    The date has been chosen as it is the anniversary of the consecration of the cathedral's altar, which is celebrated every year on June 16. The date is "highly significant, spiritually," Chauvet said, adding that he was happy to be able to show that "Notre-Dame is truly alive". President Emmanuel Macron has set an ambitious target of five years for restoring Notre-Dame, which was gutted by a fire on April 15 that felled its steeple and consumed the lattice of beams supporting the roof.

    The diocese is awaiting a response from the French authorities over whether it can re-open the esplanade in front of the cathedral to the public. If the authorities approve the plan, the idea is to celebrate evening prayers there, the diocese said. The church has also floated the idea of erecting a temporary structure in front of the cathedral to welcome worshippers while the building is repaired.

    Up to 150 workers have been working at the cathedral daily since the fire, continuing to remove debris and stabilise the structure. Two large white canopies have been placed above the nave and the choir to ensure the edifice is protected, including from the rain.

    Meanwhile, legislation over the reconstruction has been blocked in parliament over disagreements between the upper and lower houses and is now only expected to be adopted at the end of July. Pledges of some 850 million euros ($960 million) had been made from prominent French businessmen and ordinary citizens but only around 10 percent has been donated so far.

    France Information public radio said just 80 million euros had been paid, with businessmen giving the money in tranches and some private individuals renouncing their pledges due to the apparent success of the campaign.

  • Chandan Sinha, the district police chief said the attackers were on two motorcycles and opened fire at the policemen who were on patrol. “We have reached the spot and brought in additional forces. The looting of arms and weapons indicate that it is handiwork of Maoists, we are trying to ascertain the Maoist squad involved in the gruesome killings,” Sinha, Seraikela-Kharsawan superintendent of police (SP), said.

    Chief Minister Raghubar Das condemned the attack and said, symbolizes desperation on part of Maoists who are on verge of being wiped out from the state.

    “The government is firmly with the family of the policemen killed in the incident. This is an act of desperation and the government would continue with its firm action against the banned organization,” CM added.

    Earlier on May 28, nearly 26 security personnel of central police force and state police were injured after Maoists triggered a series of IED blasts early morning in Rai Sindri hills under Kuchai police station limits of the district. There have been series of encounters in Sonua in West Singhbhum and Kuchai in Searikela-Kharsawan district since last year.

    The martyrs include two Assistant Sub-inspectors and three Constables. District Superintendent of Police of Saraikela Kharsawan has said that this could be an act of Naxals.

  • The first batch of 108 students drawn from all states and Union Territories recently completed their exposure in its laboratories in Bengaluru, Sriharikota, Thiruvananthapuram and other places. 

    The training module has been devised as part of its new Young Scientists Programme, or Yuva Vigyanik Karyakram, YUVIKA. 

  • Showing solidarity with protesting doctors in Kolkata, doctors at the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) wore bandages and helmets as a sign of protest on Friday. 

    Condemning the attitude of West Bengal govt, the executive body of Resident Doctors Association of AIIMS in a statement said that it remains committed to fight atrocities being borne by the young doctors and that it stands in solidarity with all the associations across the nation.

    The RDA also expressed gratitude to union health minister Dr. Harsh Varshan for his prompt and proactive steps to resolve the issue. 

    Earlier on Friday, Junior doctors at the premier AIIMS met Union Health Minister Dr Harsh Vardhan seeking the Centre's intervention in the matter. The Health Minister responded after meeting the striking doctors appealing to West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee to sort out the entire situation. 

  • Cyclone Vayu was to hit the Gujarat coast on Thursday, but it changed course on the intervening night of Wednesday and Thursday. 

    The intensity of the very severe cyclonic storm is likely to reduce and it may hit the coast as a cyclonic storm or a deep depression. Gujarat government has been alerted about the possible recurvature of the cyclonic storm.

    Earlier on Friday, Chief Minster Vijay Rupani has declared Closure of Alert for Cyclone Vayu. Chief Minister said the state government has decided to recall all the ministers and officials who were sent to tackle the effects of cyclone Vayu which was supposed to drastically affect 10 areas.

    Gujarat CM further added that the residents who were evacuated can now return to their homes as the danger had passed. 

  • The agenda for the Fifth Council Meeting include rain-water harvesting, drought situation and relief measures, aspirational districts programme, transforming agriculture, and security-related issues with specific focus on Left Wing Extremism districts. 

    The Governing Council will review the action taken on the agenda items of the previous meeting and deliberate upon the future developmental priorities. 

    The Governing Council of NITI Aayog comprises the Prime Minister, Chief Ministers of all the States, Lt. Governors of Union Territories, and other special invitees. Union Ministers of Defence, Home, Finance and Agriculture will attend the meeting as ex-officio members.

  • It was officially recognized by the United Nations General Assembly in December 2011 following a request by the International Network for the Prevention of Elder Abuse. It has been observed that elder abuse can take various forms such as physical, psychological or emotional, and financial abuse.

    According to the UN, around 1 in 6 older people experience some form of abuse. It is predicted to rise as populations age worldwide.

    Elder abuse can lead to serious physical injuries and long-term psychological consequences. It is a global social issue which affects the health and human rights of millions of older persons around the world.

    It is predicted to increase as many countries are experiencing rapidly ageing populations. The global population of people aged 60 years and older will more than double, from 900 million in 2015 to about 2 billion in 2050.

  • The move has come after large numbers of bats were found dead in the premises of National Fertilizers limited (NFL). Bats are considered primarily responsible for the Nipah virus.

    The Gwalior district health department has also issued an advisory. The advisory read "Chief medical and health officer of Guna informed that all staff members have been alerted and a team of veterinary experts were sent to collect samples for asserting cause of bat mortalities. People in the region are being made aware about the Nipah virus."

    Speaking to the media, Guna's Chief Medical Officer Dr P Bunkar said: "Everyone has been asked to be careful due to Nipah virus. We have conducted the post-mortem of the bats and are awaiting the report to take appropriate steps." Presently the facility to test for the virus is available only at the National Institute of Virology in Pune, he said.

    However, it is being said that bats might have died because of heat waves but  the administration is taking all necessary precautions and is waiting for the reports of veterinary experts. 


  • It also explores the power of wind in de-carbonizing our economies and boosting growth and jobs.

    Today, with more than $100 billion invested across the world in it in 2015, this sector of wind energy is one of the fastest growing. 

    The day is a "coordinated action between Wind Europe and Global Wind Energy Council and the national associations to introduce the general public to wind energy through a series of activities," according to its website. 

    Several public events, will be held all over the world to deliberate on the importance of wind and its capabilites.

  • The pair stuck 93 run partnership for the first wicket before Shannon Gabriel provided the breakthrough in the form of Bairstow's wicket.

    Woakes and Root then stitched together a 104 run partnership and brought them closer to victory. Just when they were striking distance of a win, Woakes was caught in long on.

    In the meantime Root got to his 2nd century of the world cup and with Stokes in company at the other end won the match with 8 wickets in hand.

    Earlier, Mark Wood and Jofra Archer picked up three wickets apiece to end West Indies innings at 212 all out, with over five overs left.

    For England the other notable contribution came from Joe Root who struck twice to bring England back in the game.

  • The outbreak of Acute Encephalitis Syndrome is just not coming to an end in Muzaffarpur and surrounding areas in Bihar. During the past 24 hours, six more children have succumbed to this disease and died taking the total to 56 deaths so far. The Central team that visited the affected areas of Muzaffarpur said they found that most of the affected children are in the grip of Hypoglycemia or low level of sugar in their blood. The team has called for the need of awareness campaign about this disease.

    Based on the report of a team of experts, Union Health Minister Dr Harsh Vardhan, Union Minister of State for Health Ashwini Kumar Chaubey and Bihar Health Minister Mangal Pandey had detailed discussion on ways of preventing the disease's spread..

    Union Health Ministry has said that both the Centre and the state government are taking all necessary steps to contain the disease's outbreak.

    Meanwhile, Bihar Health Minister Mangal Pandey toured Muzaffarpur on friday and met the children admitted in Sri Krishna Medical College and Hospital and enquired about their condition. He also spoke with the doctors.

    The outbreak has shown that mainly smelly children are falling prey to AES. The main symptoms of the disease are high fever, vomiting, unconsciousness, and body shivering or Chamki.

    Doctors say that any person in the grip of Chamki fever should not get dehydrated and children should only be given healthy food.

  • Junior doctors in West Bengal remained on strike for the 4th straight day on Friday. Services in all government medical colleges & hospitals and in some private hospitals too remained affected.

    The doctors kept away from duties despite West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee's warnings of strict action being taken against those on strike.

    The matter also reached the Kolkata High Court the same day, But the court denied the plea for an interim order directing the state govt to pursuade the striking doctors to return to work.

    The matter also travelled from Kolkata to Delhi. Junior doctors at the premier AIIMS and Safdarjung hospitals also went on token strike.

    They also met Union Health Minister Dr Harsh Vardhan seeking the Centre's intervention in the matter..

    The Health Minister responded after meeting the striking doctors appealing to Mamata Banerjee to sort out the entire situation.

    Apex body of doctors, the Indian Medical Association has also urged the govt to intervene seeking prioritisation of doctors' security.

    It also announced that doctors nationwide will remain on strike on the 17th of June in solidarity with their West Bengal colleagues.

    IMA has also sought enacting of Central Hospital Protection Act from the Central govt.

    Friday also saw 4,500 resident doctors in Maharashtra striking work for the day over the issue of doctors' security.

    Although it did not affect emergency services..Similar protests were also witnessed in several other states.

    It all began with a heinous assualt on two intering doctors at Kolkata's NRS Medical College and Hospital on Monday after the death of a patient.

    Doctors in the state began their protest the next day and have refused to back down despite warnings of dire consequences by the Chief Minister.

  • India and the host country Kyrgyzstan exchanged15 documents in the bilateral meet between the leaders of the two countries bringing them closer together like never before..take a look..

    Talks were held on several bilateral issues like defence, security, trade and investment. India and Kyrgyzstan agreed to take the relationship forward to a strategic level. 15 documents were exchanged in various sectors as well.

    The documents exchanged between the two countries are a Joint Declaration on Strategic Partnership, Road map on Trade and Economic Cooperation, Bilateral Investment Treaty, MoU on health, MoU on Information and Communication Technology among others.

    Apart from this, PM Modi agreed to give 200 million dollar credit line to Kyrgyzstan as part of development cooperation.

    Prime Minister Narendra Modi jointly addressed the business forum in Bishkek. He said the ties with Central Asia are centuries old and dating back to the silk route.

    Prime Minister said that over the last five years an atmosphere conducive to trade, entrepreneurship and investment has been created in India.

    This is based on two pillars of increased connectivity and stress on b2b cooperation. This has resulted in ease of doing business in India.

    Prime Minister said that Namaskar Eurasia trade show will be organized in Bishkek.

    PM had a strong emphasis on increasing contact with Central Asia. The official visit to Kyrgyzstan is a move in this direction.

    PM Modi's visit is considered quite crucial with regard to the bilateral relations between India and Kyrgyzstan.

  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi's clear message to Pakistan at the19th SCO summit. And it wasn't just words. No pleasantries were exchanged between PM Modi and Pak Prime Minister Imran Khan throughout the summit although they were in the same room at least 5 times. PM Modi's body language perhaps said more than his words.

    Addressing the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation Summit PM Modi highlighted the spirit and ideals of the SCO to strengthen cooperation in the fight against terror. He called on the SCO members to cooperate under the Regional Anti-Terrorist Structure against terrorism.

    Pakistan not acting against terrorism emanating from its soil also came up during PM Modi's bilateral with President Xi Jinping on Thursday.

    The significance of this meeting wasn't lost on anyone.....coming a month after China lifted its technical hold on the proposal to blacklist Jaish-e-Mohammed chief Masood Azhar as a global terrorist.....allowing a UN Security Council committee to list Massod Azhar as a global terrorist.

    Sri Lanka was among Prime Minister Modi's first ports of call after he took office for the second time. It was clearly a visit in solidarity Prime Minister Modi is the first international leader to visit the teardrop island nation after the deadly Easter Sunday attacks.

    India has also been consistant with its demand to everyone to stop discriminating between good & bad terrorism.

    India-Pakistan ties have gone into the silent zone since 2016 Pathankot air base attack and this no talks with terror resolve was further cemented after the Pulwama attack on CRPF jawans which left 40 families bereft & a nation in grief.

  • He said the ties with Central Asia are centuries old and dating back to the silk route.

    Prime Minister said that over the last five years an atmosphere conducive to trade, entrepreneurship and investment has been created in India.

    This is based on two pillars of increased connectivity and stress on B2B cooperation.

    This has resulted in ease of doing business in India. Prime Minister said that Namaskar Eurasia trade show will be organized in Bishkek. 

  • Addressing the plenary session of the SCO summit PM Modi said, that along with physical connectivity people to contact is also important among member countries.

    PM Modi presented his vision for regional cooperation and development. The two-day SCO Summit began Thursday in Bishk

  • Three contenders - Mark Harper, Andrea Leadsom and Esther McVey - were knocked out in the secret ballot of Tory MPs.

    Mr Johnson received 114 votes, significantly more than his nearest rival Jeremy Hunt, who came second with 43. Michael Gove was third with 37.

    Seven candidates progress to the next round of voting next week.

    The two who prove most popular after the last MPs' ballot will go to Conservative Party members in a final vote later this month.

    The winner of the contest to succeed Theresa May is expected to be announced in the week of 22 July.

    Sources close to Health Secretary Matt Hancock told the BBC's Laura Kuenssberg he was "mulling over" whether to withdraw from the contest after coming sixth with 20 votes.

    Home Secretary Sajid Javid, who came fifth with 23 votes, is understood to be staying in the race for now. Some have suggested his candidacy - with support from Mr Hancock - could take on Mr Hunt to become second in the ballot.

  • 13 others were also injured in the attack. The Afghan arm of the Islamic State group has claimed responsibility for the attack, which was committed by an assailant on foot.

    There was at least one child among the fatalities, while three others were wounded.

    The area around Jalalabad is home to fighters from both the Taliban and the IS group's Afghan affiliate.

    As talks between U.S. officials and Taliban leaders have intensified in recent months aimed at bringing and end to more than 17 years of war in Afghanistan, fighting and insurgent attacks continue to take place across the country.

  • The delegation include Vice President Faisal Naseem, cabinet members and MPs of Maldives Democratic Party (MDP) of which Nasheed is the leader.

    MDP won the parliamentary elections in April with three-fourth majority and Mr. Nasheed was chosen the speaker last month.

    The visit is primarily aimed at showing solidarity with Easter Sunday attacks and is being arranged upon the invitation of Sri Lankan government.

    Sri Lanka has always kept close relations with MDP and its leader, with the Lankan government having provided immense support and shelter for the former President during his time of exile during former President Abdulla Yameen’s rule.

  • Returning to the side after a long injury lay-off, Ramadeep Singh (23rd, 37th minutes) finally got his mojo back with a double strike, while Harmanpreet Singh (7th), Varun Kumar (14th), Hardik Singh (25th), Gursahibjit Singh (43rd) and Vivek Sagar Prasad (47) also registered their name on the score sheet.

    Japan’s goals were scored by Kenji Kitazato (2nd) and Kota Watanabe (20th).

    India will face South Africa in Saturday’s final while Japan will square off against USA in the third-fourth place play-off match.

  • Services have been affected over the past 4 days in emergency wards, outpatient facilities and pathological units of many state-run medical colleges and hospitals in the state.

    Doctors are on strike after two of their colleagues were attacked and seriously injured at the NRS Medical College and Hospital in Kolkata by a mob following the death of a patient.

    Indian Medical Association has declared All India Protest Day today against the incident and expressed solidarity with the striking doctors.

    Union Health Minister Harsh Vardhan condemned the violence against doctors in Kolkata and urged patients and their attendants to exercise restraint.

    He said he will take up the matter of doctors' security with all chief ministers and asked the doctors to ensure that essential services to the people are not disrupted.

  • Official sources said the "black box" of the aircraft has been recovered from the crash site and it will help the investigators reconstruct the events leading to the crash.

    The IAF has already ordered a court of inquiry into the accident. The Russian-origin aircraft went missing on the afternoon of June 3, around 33 minutes after taking off from Jorhat in Assam for Menchuka in Arunachal Pradesh.

    Paying tribute to the brave Air-warriors who lost their lives during the crash, the Air Force said that the Force stands by with the families of the victims.

  • He said that according to IMD, the Cyclone Vayu which was going to hit Gujarat has moved towards Oman.

    The local administration remains on high alert. The schools of 10 districts will stay closed today.

    Cyclone Vayu to have its impact on Saurashtra coast this morning even though it will not have landfall.

    The wind speed up to 100 KMPH to 120 KMPH may hit some coastal districts as very severe cyclonic storm remains intense about 100 km inside Arabian sea.

    The Very Severe Cyclonic Storm 'VAYU' over northeast  and adjoining  east central Arabian Sea moved westwards  with a speed of about 3 kilo metre per hour.

  • UK Home Secretary Sajid Javid has confirmed that he has signed an order following a request from the US government to extradite Wikileaks co-founder Julian Assange to face charges of computer hacking before the American courts.

    The senior minister said the decision now lay with the UK courts to analyse if the case meets all the tests required for Assange's extradition to the US.

  • The Employees’ State Insurance Act 1948 (the ESI Act) provides for medical, cash, maternity, disability and dependent benefits to the Insured Persons under the Act. 

    The ESI Act is administered by Employees’ State Insurance Corporation (ESIC). Benefits provided under the ESI Act are funded by the contributions made by the employers and the employees.

    Under the ESI Act, employers and employees both contribute their shares respectively. The Government of India through Ministry of Labour and  Employment decides the rate of contribution under the ESI Act. Presently, the rate of contribution is fixed at 6.5% of the wages with employers’ share being 4.75% and employees’ share being 1.75%. This rate is in vogue since 01.01.1997.

    The Government of India in its pursuit of expanding the Social Security Coverage to more and more people started a programme of special registration of employers and employees from December, 2016 to June, 2017 and also decided to extend the coverage of the scheme to all the districts in the country in a phased manner. The wage ceiling of coverage was also enhanced from Rs. 15,000/- per month to Rs. 21,000/- from 01.01.2017.

  • Official sources said the "black box" of the aircraft has been recovered from the crash site and it will help the investigators reconstruct the events leading to the crash.

    The IAF has already ordered a court of inquiry into the accident.

    The Russian-origin aircraft went missing on the afternoon of June 3, around 33 minutes after taking off from Jorhat in Assam for Menchuka in Arunachal Pradesh.

    Paying tribute to the brave Air-warriors who lost their lives during the crash, the Air Force said that the Force stands by with the families of the victims.


  • The first cross-border cases in this Ebola outbreak has prompted a World Health Organization expert committee to meet on Friday to discuss whether to declare a global health emergency or not. Such declarations almost always boost attention and donor funding.

    Uganda health ministry spokesman, Emmanuel Ainebyoona confirmed the death of a 50-year-old woman overnight. Her 5-year-old grandson was the first confirmed death from Ebola in Uganda on Wednesday. The boy's 3-year-old brother is infected as well.

    Congo's health ministry has said that all the members of the Congolese-Ugandan family have agreed to be repatriated to Congo for experimental treatments as part of clinical trials. There is no licensed treatment for the hemorrhagic fever which can spread quickly via close contact with bodily fluids of those infected and can be fatal in up to 90 per cent of cases. More than 1,400 people have died in this outbreak in Eastern Congo, which is one of the world's most turbulent regions.

    For months, officials have feared that the virus would cross the heavily traveled Congo-Uganda border, where health workers have been screening millions of people for fever and other symptoms. Uganda, Rwanda and South Sudan have been preparing for possible cases.

    Authorities in both countries now vow to step up border security. Uganda has now identified seven suspected Ebola cases, and about 50 contacts of the family are being traced there. Five family members who did not cross into Uganda have tested positive for Ebola, Congo's health ministry said.

    Health teams in Uganda "are not panicking," Henry Mwebesa, the national director of health services said on Wednesday. He cited the East African nation's experience battling previous outbreaks of Ebola and other hemorrhagic fevers. This outbreak "is not going to go beyond" the boy's family in Uganda, he added.

    For the first time an experimental but effective Ebola vaccine is being widely used, with more than 132,000 in Congo receiving it.

    Uganda is more stable than eastern Congo, and it has vaccinated nearly 4,700 health workers. WHO is shipping another 3,500 doses this week for health workers and contacts of those infected.

  • Rain shattered the hopes of spectators at Trent Bridge and fans all around the world as the match between India and New Zealand was called off.

    This was the fourth washout of this tournament, third one of the week and it's already started to rile up the fans across the globe.

  • Pakistan's Imam-ul-Haq contributed 53 runs and Mohammad Hafeez scored 46 runs while Pat Cummins picked up 3 wickets for Australia. Earlier, put into bat, Australia were all out for 307 in 49 overs.

    While David Warner scored a superb 107, captain Aaron Finch made 82. For Pakistan, Mohammad Amir took five wickets.

    India will face New Zealand on Thursday in Nottingham. India have won their first two games against South Africa and Australia. Meanwhile, India's Assistant Coach Sanjay Bangar said that a final decision on Shikhar Dhawan's availability at the ongoing World Cup will be taken only after 10 to 12 days as he is too precious to be ruled out.

    Shikhar Dhawan will miss three to four games due to the hairline fracture on his left thumb and Rishabh Pant will join the team as cover in Manchester ahead of the clash against arch-rivals Pakistan on Sunday.

    Indian cricketer Sanjay Bangar's statement means that Shikhar Dhawan will be out of the games against New Zealand on Thursday, Pakistan on Sunday, Afghanistan on 22nd and West Indies on the 27th of this month.

  • On Wednesday, the state-run entity's chairman, Dayanand Sopte told reporters that 'The GTDC received complaints that some cruise vessels were operating close to the sea waters'.

    On Tuesday, the weather department predicted heavy rainfall in the state due to cyclone Vayu, prompting the authorities to close the shoreline for swimming. However, GTDC Chairman, Dayanand Sopte noted that despite the warning, some cruise vessels operated in the river.

    "I have asked the officials concerned to submit a report to me in two days on how the cruise ships were allowed to leave the jetty and venture into the water," GTDC Chairman said.

    The Santa Monica jetty in Panaji city is the anchoring point for various cruise vessels which take tourists on pleasure rides in the picturesque Mandovi river. 

  • "As Prime Minister (Narendra) Modi said in his latest campaign, 'Modi hai to mumkin hai,' or 'Modi makes it possible', I'm looking forward to exploring what's possible between our people," Pompeo said in his major India policy speech at the India Ideas Summit of US-India Business Council on Wednesday.

    Very much looking forward to his trip to New Delhi later this month, and meeting PM Modi, and his new counterpart, External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar, Pompeo listed out some of the "big ideas and big opportunities" that can take the bilateral relationship to a new level.

    Giving a sneak preview of his India mission, he said he truly believes the two nations have a unique opportunity to move forward together for the good of their peoples, the Indo-Pacific region, and the world. Pompeo will travel to India, Sri Lanka, Japan and South Korea from June 24 to 30. His four-nation is aimed at deepening US partnerships in the strategic Indo-Pacific region.

    Pompeo said under President Donald Trump, the US has taken defence cooperation to newer heights, solidified their common vision for the Indo-Pacific and taken a far tougher stand on Pakistan's unacceptable support for terrorism. Now the Trump and PM Modi Administrations have a "unique opportunity to take this special partnership even further", Pompeo said he has a strong partner in his new counterpart, Jaishankar, a former ambassador to the United States.

    "He said in a speech in April that he's ready to cultivate warmer relations with America and the feeling is mutual. We want to move ahead," he said and enumerated how that can be done. First, the two countries have to build ever-stronger relationships, he said. "Forging strong ties means formalizing these individual friendships. Last year, we kicked off the '2+2 dialogue' alongside the Department of Defence. We've also reinvigorated the Quad Dialogue among India, the United States, Japan, and Australia all like-minded democracies in the Indo-Pacific.

    These are all good steps," he said. India and the US, he said, must embrace the strategic framework that works for both the nations. "We respect India as a sovereign power, with its own unique politics and strategic challenges. We realise it's different to deal with the likes of China or Pakistan from across an ocean than across a border," he said.

    Making a strong case for a free and open Indo-Pacific, he said it starts from the premise that the two share common values of democracy, freedom, and a belief in the ingenuity of the human spirit. "It's only natural that the world's most populous democracy should partner with the world's oldest democracy to maintain their shared vision for the Indo-Pacific." "Third, we have to deliver," Pompeo said.

    The Trump Administration has already enabled American companies to export more high technology items to India, including cutting-edge defence platforms like armed UAVs and ballistic missile defence systems. "We've already launched the Asia-EDGE programme, to help India raise private capital to meet its energy security and access needs," he said.

    "These are solid achievements, but we want to do much more. We clearly have overlapping interests in defence, energy, and space," said the top American diplomat. Pompeo said the first batch of India's Apache helicopters are coming off Boeing's production line in Arizona. Lockheed Martins F-21 and Boeing's F/A-18 are state-of-the-art fighters that could give India the capabilities it needs to become a full-fledged security provider in the strategic Indo-Pacific region.

    "On energy, we want to complete the Westinghouse civil nuclear project, and deliver more American LNG and crude," he said adding that these steps will give Indians reliable and abundant energy and help reduce dependence on regimes like Iran and Venezuela.

    On space, NASA is already working with the Indian Space Research Organisation on the world's most advanced earth-observation satellite and India's second lunar mission. But differences remain in some of the key trade and business issues, he acknowledged.

    "But we remain open to dialogue and hope our Indian friends will drop their trade barriers and trust in the competitiveness of their exporters and private-sector companies," he said. Pompeo said the US will also push for the free flow of data across borders not just to help American companies but to protect data and ensure consumer privacy. The US is eager to help India establish secure communications networks including 5G networks, he said.

  • A wide range of regional and global issues will be taken up for discussion with special focus on security, trade & investment as well as countering terrorism.

    Also known as the Heads of State Council, the Bishkek summit is the first major multilateral engagement Prime Minister Modi is undertaking after being put back in office with resounding mandate by the country's voters.

    This is the second SCO summit after India become a full time member. Prime Minister Modi had also taken part in last year's summit meet held in China's Qingdao.

    Prime Minister Narendra Modi will hold bilateral talks with Russian President Vladimir Putin and Chinese President Xi Jinping on the sidelines of the SCO summit.

    Prime Minister will also jointly address the first meeting of India-Kyrgyz Business Forum, an endeavour to promote commercial linkages between the two nations.

  • In a major relief to married muslim women, Cabinet has approved the Muslim Women (Protection of Rights on Marriage) Bill, 2019. The Bill will be introduced in the upcoming Parliament session.

    Union Cabinet also cleared the deck for approval of "The Jammu and Kashmir Reservation (Amendment) Bill, 2019". The Bill will be introduced in both the Houses of Parliament in the forthcoming session of the Parliament.

    Cabinet has approved "The Central Educational Institutions (Reservation in Teachers' Cadre) Bill, 2019". 7000 existing vacancies to be filled up by direct recruitment in Teachers' Cadre .


    1. The Union Cabinet approves the Muslim Women (Protection of Rights on Marriage) Bill, 2019. Bill to be introduced in the upcoming Parliament session.

    2. Cabinet approves the Jammu & Kashmir Reservation (Amendment) Bill, 2019; move aimed as relief for persons in J&K residing in areas adjoining International Border; they can now avail reservation in direct recruitment, promotion and admission in different professional courses.
    3. Cabinet approves extension of President's Rule in Jammu& Kashmir for six months with effect from 3rd July, 2019.

    4. Cabinet approves two months extension to the Committee for Sub-categorization within Other Backward Classes in the Central List.

    5. Cabinet approves new Bill, "The Public Premises (Eviction of Unauthorised Occupants) Amendment Bill, 2019 to crack down on unauthorised occupants of public premises.

    6. No individual to be compelled to provide Aadhaar number unless provided by law; Cabinet approves The Aadhaar and Other Laws (Amendment) Bill, 2019.

  • Judge Ingrid Simler at the Royal Courts of Justice said that there are substantial grounds to believe that Modi will fail to surrender.

    Moreover, the judge felt that there could be interference with the witnesses and obstruction of justice.

    Earlier, Modi's legal team presented arguments in an attempt to persuade the judge to overturn the Westminster Magistrates' Court ruling to deny bail during three previous attempts, for fear that the 48-year-old would fail to surrender.

    Modi has already been denied bail at three previous attempts at Westminster Magistrates' Court in London, as the judge ruled there was "substantial risk" that he would fail to surrender and deemed the bail security offered as insufficient.

    He was arrested by uniformed Scotland Yard officers on an extradition warrant from a Metro Bank branch in central London on March 19 and has been in prison since. 

  • Rishabh Pant will be reaching England after getting clearance from the BCCI.

    The Indian team management for now, will be monitoring Dhawan's recovery and if they feel it is not going according to plan, then the BCCI will officially request the International Cricket Council (ICC) for a replacement.

    Pant meanwhile, will join the team and start training straightaway. He should be ready in time to come into the Indian playing XI if needed. 

  • Indian Space Research Organisation has announced the date of launch of Chndrayaan-2 mission. 

    ISRO Chairman Dr. K Sivan, said that Chandrayaan 2 Mission will be launched on July 15 early morning at 2:51  while Rover Landing on moon will take place on 6th September.

    ISRO has earlier released the first pictures of Chandrayaan-2. Chandrayaan 2 has three modules -- an orbiter, a lander named Vikram and a rover named Pragyan.

  • Speaking to All India Radio, Indian Ambassador to the Kyrgyz Republic Mr Alok Dimri said that at present both the countries have a bilateral trade of 60 billion dollars.

    He said the focus will remain on the sectors like pharmaceuticals, textiles,  manufacturing and machinery among others.

    He added that both the countries with the democratic form of government will further deepen their ties in trade, commerce and business following the visit of Prime Minister Modi.

    This will be the second visit of Prime Minister Modi to Kyrgyzstan.

  • At present, the cyclone is 340 kilometres away from Veraval and is expected to hit the coast in the next 24 hours. As per Met Department, landfall is predicted between Porbandar and Mahuva and Veraval and Diu island which is likely to affect Bhavnagar, Amreli, Junagadh, Gir Somnath and Porbandar districts adversely.

    Meanwhile, Chief Minister Vijay Rupani has appealed to the people often cyclone prone districts to evacuate from the villages along the coastline voluntarily and move to safer places immediately. He said massive evacuation of humans and cattle is necessary for the wake of the cyclone intensity revised by the met department.

    Rupani urged the people not to wait till government teams reach them. Local authorities have started evacuating the people from the vulnerable areas in Saurashtra and Kutch from the morning. Evacuation work is going on in full swing since today morning. The people are being shifted to around 700 cyclone and relief shelters.

    Chief Ministerv Vijay Rupani today visited the control room in Gandhinagar to monitor the cyclonic movement and relief work. The entire coastline, starting from Kutch to south Gujarat has been put on "high alert'. The fishermen have been asked not to venture into the sea along and off Gujarat coast in next few days while ports have been directed to flag a danger signal.

    Tourists visiting Dwarka, Somnath, Sasan, Kutch have been advised to leave for safer places by today afternoon. NDRF, Indian Army, Coast Guard, BSF and other agencies have been roped in for relief and rescue work. As a precautionary measure, airports in Porbandar, Rajkot, Keshod and Diu are being closed for civilian flight operations and commercial flights, mainly from Mumbai, are being diverted to other airports in Gujarat. IAF helicopters fleet from South Western Air Command (SWAC) has been deployed in the cyclone-prone area with rescue equipment.

    Navy and Coast Guard ships sailing in the Arabian sea close to Saurashtra coastline and Bay of Kutch are put on high alert. Thousands of fishing boats have returned to the shore safely and fishing villages situated close to the sea are being evacuated with the help from NDRF and SDRF teams.Security and protection level is highly d for Somnath Temple situated on Veraval coast and Jagat Mandir situated on Dwarka seashore.

    The state government has advised people to avoid travelling to the Saurashtra area for the next three days.

    Massive stock of Food packets and potable water pouches is being generated by the state administration with the help from social service organizations and arrangements are on for last mile delivery to people.Health teams with medicines are rushing to cyclone prone districts.

    More than 1500 State Transport buses are earmarked for movement of relief teams and material to affected areas.

  • A decision in this regard was taken at the inter-ministerial committee meeting chaired by Food Minister Ram Vilas Paswan in New Delhi on Tuesday.

    Talking to reporters after the meeting, Food Minister Ram Vilas Paswan said, the measure will help increase the availability of Tur Dal and check price rise, which has been created psychologically assuming production might fall on likely delay in monsoon rains. The minister rejected media reports about price rise in Tur Dal saying that the government has enough buffer stock of pulses. 

    The Minister said, the government has a buffer stock of 39 lakh tonne of pulses, of which Tur Dal is about 7.5 lakh tonne. Food Minister said, there will be a close watch on hoarders and black marketers of pulses, and the government will not allow anyone to cheat consumers.

    Secretaries of Food, Consumer Affairs and Commerce Ministries, as well as senior officials of Nafed and Directorate General of Foreign Trade, attended the meeting.

  • Coming mostly from tap and especially bottled water, nearly invisible bits of polymer were also found in shellfish, beer and salt, scientists and the University of Newcastle in Australia reported.

    The findings, drawn from 52 peer-reviewed studies, are the first to estimate the sheer weight of plastics consumed by individual humans: about 250 grammes, or half-a-pound, over the course of a year.

    Another study calculated that the average American eats and drinks in about 45,000 plastics particles smaller than 130 microns annually, while breathing in roughly the same number. "Not only are plastics polluting our oceans and waterways and killing marine life, it's in all of us," said Marco Lambertini, director general of WWF International, which commissioned the new report.

    "If we don't want it in our bodies, we need to stop the millions of tons of plastic that continue leaking into Nature every year." In the last two decades, the world has produced as much plastic as during the rest of history, and the industry is set to grow by four percent a year until 2025, according to a new report by Grand View Research. More than 75 percent of all plastics winds up as waste.

    A third of that some 100 million tonnes is dumped or leaches into Nature, polluting land, rivers and the sea. On current trends, the ocean will contain one metric tonne of plastic for every three metric tonnes of fish by 2025, according to The New Plastics Economy report, published by the Ellen MacArthur Foundation. Plastic particles have recently been found inside fish in the deepest recesses of the ocean, and blanketing the most pristine snows in the Pyrenees mountains between France and Spain.

    The authors of Wednesday's report were up front about the limitations of their research, starting with the fact that little is known about health consequences. Gaps in data were filled with assumptions and extrapolations that could be challenged, though the estimates, they insisted, were on the conservative side. They invited other researchers to build on their conclusions.

    "Developing a method of transforming counts of microplastic particles into masses will help determine the potential toxicological risks for humans," said co-author Thava Palanisami, a microplastics expert at the University of Newcastle. Some experts remain sceptical about longterm impacts.

    Alastair Grant, a professor of ecology at the University of East Anglia said, "Based on the evidence that is currently available, I do not think that health effects of microplastics are a major concern." But that doesn't mean plastics isn't a major problem, he added. "What we do need is political and economic actions to reduce the amounts of plastic being disposed of into the environment and encourage recycling."

    Media and watchdog reports have recently uncovered numerous cases of plastic waste from rich countries destined for recycling in poorer ones being dumped or burned instead. "This is likely to have much more serious health effects than a rather small number of plastic particles in food and water," Grant said.