• The Union Minister of Home Affairs Shri Rajnath Singh today praised the contribution of CRPF in meeting various security challenges posed by terrorism, leftwing extremist violence and insurgents in the North East.

  • In a unique initiative, the famous Madhavpur Mela of Gujarat will see its first-ever cultural integration with the North-East with which it is said to share its roots.  Disclosing this at a media briefing in New Delhi today, the Minister of State for Culture, Dr. Mahesh Sharma said that the Ministry of Culture is organizing the Madhavpur Mela from 25th to 28th March, 2018 in Madhavpur Ghed, District Porbandar in Gujarat in a grand way. Dr Mahesh Sharma said that the purpose of this integration is to bring various parts of the country especially the North-East, close to each other under the banner of Ek Bharat Shrestha Bharat announced by the Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi.

  •                Charka Museum at Connaught Place, New Delhi.

    For every entry ticket to National Charkha Museum, New Delhi, a Khadi Soot Mala is given free. The 20 rupees entry fee provides support to artisanal families besides the women inmates of Tihar Jail who make the khadi soot mala.

  • "We are already aligned with world TB treatment protocols. It has to a mission to End TB by 2025, through community participation, involving civil societies and other stakeholders.” This was stated by Smt. Preeti Sudan, Secretary (Health) at a function on the occasion of ‘World TB Day’, here today.

  • Following is the text of Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi’s message on World Tuberculosis Day.

    “In the spirit of this year’s World Tuberculosis Day theme of 'Wanted: Leaders for a TB-free world’ I urge citizens and organisations to take the lead in the movement to end TB. A TB-free world is a wonderful service to humanity.

  • The Vice President of India, Shri M. Venkaiah Naidu has said that Indian corporates need to Reform, Perform and Transform so that they can open up new vistas of global opportunities which would in turn benefit our country and its people.

  • The International Yoga Fest ended on an enthusiastic note in New Delhi today. The Yoga Fest was a Curtain Raiser for this year’s International Day of Yoga celebrations (IDY-2018). Lok Sabha Speaker Smt. Sumitra Mahajan was the Chief Guest of valedictory function of the three day International Yoga Fest.

  • There have been reports in the media regarding misuse of data about individuals obtained from social media platform Facebook and utilizing it for unauthorized activities without the consent of the users.

  • Mr. Sameh Hassan Shoukry, Foreign Minister of Egypt, who is on a visit to India in the context of Seventh Meeting of the bilateral Joint Commission, called on Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi today.

    The Minister conveyed to Prime Minister Modi, greetings from President Sisi of Egypt.

  • Rs.1827.2 crores were released for Integrated Child Protection Scheme (ICPS) (now “Child protection Services”) from the Financial year 2014-15 to 2017-18(as on date).

    Central Govt. has re-enacted the Juvenile Justice (Care and Protection of Children) Act, 2015   (JJ Act) for children in conflict with law (CCL) and children in need of care and protection (CNCP).

  •  Government of India has approved Mahila Shakti Kendra scheme for the period 2017-18 upto 2019-20 to empower rural women through community participation.   Community engagement through College Student Volunteers is envisioned in 115 most backward districts as part of the Block Level initiatives and during FY 2017-18, 50 most backward districts to be covered (8 blocks per district).

  • Introduction of GST was a historical step for transforming India into a common national market with a simplified tax regime. GST was implemented w.e.f 1st July, 2017 and was welcomed by industry and corporates.

  • The Ministry has ordered investigation into the affairs of Fortis Healthcare Ltd and has assigned the same to SFIO vide order dated 17.02.2018.  During the investigation process all the issues in their entirety will be examined by the SFIO.

  • The Government has taken any steps against listed companies which are not functioning. Ministry of Corporate Affairs (MCA) has filed prosecution against 780 listed companies under various sections of Companies Act, 2013 due to non-filing of Financial Statements and Annual Returns.

  • Competition is a catalyst for change and when competition works well, the consumers are well informed as well as fully empowered. This was stated by the Union Minister of State for Communication (Independent Charge) and Railways Shri Manoj Sinha.

  • Rs. 513.5647 Crore funds have been released to State Governments/UT under the Scheme of Pre-Matric Scholarship for ST students studying in classes IX & X during 2014-2015 to 2016-2017. During 2014-2015 -Rs-200.

  • Rs 5707.2106 Crore have been released during the period 2014-2015 to 2016-2017 by the Ministry of Tribal Affairs. In 2014-2015- Rs 1131.9914 Crore, 2015-2016- Rs 1392.2679 Crore , 2016-2017- Rs 1265.8137 Crore have been released for the programmes and schemes of the Ministry of Tribal Affairs support and supplement, through financial assistance, the efforts of other Central Ministries, the State Governments, and voluntary organizations, and fill critical gaps taking into account the needs of STs. Schemes / programmes being implemented by the Ministry of Tribal Affairs are not confined to any specific kind of quantifiable measures.

  • Minimum Support Price for Minor Forest Produce scheme )MSP for MFP Scheme), started by Ministry of Tribal Affairs in the year 2013-14, was the first step in  the direction of providing fair price to tribals .Initially, the scheme included 10 MFPs in 9 States.

  • A sum of Rs. 163.5984 Crore has been released from 2014-2015 to 2016-2017 under the Scheme of Hostels for ST Girls and Boys .During 2014-2015- Rs 74.2401 Crore, 2015-2016- Rs 69.3583 Crore and in 2016-2017- Rs 20 Crore was released.

  • Shri R K Singh, Union Minister of State (IC) Power and New & Renewable Energy held a meeting with battery manufacturers here, today to discuss the creation of an ecosystem for incentivising battery manufacturing in India.

  • RJD President and former Bihar Chief Minister Lalu Prasad has been sentenced to 14 years in jail in the fourth fodder scam case. A special CBI court i...

  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi will meet German President Dr. Frank-Walter Steinmeier in New Delhi this evening. During the meeting, both leaders are ex...

  • Two terrorists were killed in an encounter with security forces in Anantnag district of Jammu and Kashmir today. Police said, acting on spec...

  • BJP President Amit Shah today dared the Congress to allow Parliament to function as the government is ready to face any No Confidence Motion. Addressing the booth committee Presidents of Assam in Guwahati, Mr Shah said, the Congress is not allowing Parliament to run and only creating ruckus.

  • Home Minister Rajnath Singh today lauded the role of CRPF in meeting various security challenges posed by terrorism, Left-wing extremist violence and insurgents in the North East. Addressing the CRPF’s 79th Raising Day Parade at Gurugram, Mr Singh recalled several incidents where valiant jawans of CRPF successfully thwarted miscreants’ evil designs.

  • Earth Hour will be observed from 8:30 to 9:30 tonight.

  • The Sensex at the Bombay Stock Exchange closed 400 points below 33000 mark, while Nifty at the National Stock Exchange ended below 10,000 mark.

  • A Delhi court today reserved its order on Karti Chidambaram's plea seeking protection from arrest in the Aircel-Maxis matter arising out of the 2G spectrum cases.

  • India's teen shooting sensation Manu Bhaker today bagged Gold in the Women's 10-metre Air Pistol Individual and Team events at the ISSF Junior World Cup in Sydney, Australia.

  • BJP President Amit Shah has said TDP chief Chandrababu Naidu's decision to quit the ruling NDA was guided by "political considerations" instead of Andhra Pradesh's development concerns. In a letter to the Andhra Pradesh chief minister and TDP chief, Shah termed the move to withdraw "unfortunate and unilateral".

    Citing a number of development projects undertaken by the Centre for the state, besides funds given to it, Shah said that any claim of discrimination against the state is far from facts. He added it is widely known that the Union Government has not left any stone unturned in ensuring growth and prosperity of Andhra Pradesh.

    Listing five infrastructure projects the Central government has initiated in the state, Shah said "a perusal of these would reaffirm what Naidu already knows and perhaps would not admit that Central government has fulfilled its obligations and that BJP is a genuine friend add true well wisher of the state."

    The TDP pulled out of the BJP-led alliance over special category status to Andhra Pradesh.


  • Coming off a double gold in her maiden senior World Cup in Mexico recently, the 16-year-old Manu shot 235.9 to finish top of the podium, while Hirunphoem had to be content with silver after scoring 234.9.

    India tasted success in the 10m Air Pistol men's event too with Gaurav Rana winning a silver medal while Anmol Jain bagged the bronze.

    Earlier, Vivaan Kapoor bagged the trap bronze medal on Friday. The 16-year-old shooter secured bronze with 30 hits out of 40 clays.

  • A special CBI court in Ranchi today awarded him a 7-year imprisonment under Indian Penal Code and another 7 years under Prevention of Corruption Act. The court also imposed 60 lakh rupees as fine. 

    The case relates to fraudulent withdrawals of over 3 crore rupees from December 1995 to January 1996 from the Dumka treasury. 

    The court had, on Monday, convicted Lalu Prasad after finding him guilty on the charges of conspiracy and corruption in the case. 

    The RJD Chief is already serving a jail term in Ranchi's Birsa Munda Central Jail since last December after his conviction in three other fodder scam cases.

  • Steinmeier was addressing reporters in New Delhi after he was accorded a ceremonial welcome at the red standstone forecourts of Rashtrapati Bhavan.

    Steinmeier, on a four-day visit, also paid homage to Mahatma Gandhi at his memorial, Rajghat, and met External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj in New Delhi.

    According to a tweet by External Affairs Ministry's spokesman Raveesh Kumar, the two leaders held discussions on broadening and deepening the strategic partnership between India and Germany.

    He will also meet Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

  • From Gandhi to CV Raman, the facility houses several memories of India’s march to Freedom and beyond.

    ">The dawn of Broadcasting summed up with a pithy Differential Equation - Sir CV Raman during a visit to @AkashvaniAIR circa 1944

    The dawn of Broadcasting summed up with a pithy Differential Equation - Sir CV Raman during a visit to @AkashvaniAIR circa 1944

    — Shashi Shekhar (@shashidigital) January 1, 2018


    — Shashi Shekhar (@shashidigital) January 1, 2018

    At a time when the public discourse has taken a regressive turn lending credibility to “divide and rule” tactics, it perhaps would be an opportune moment to draw attention to that forgotten gem in DD Archives — Nehru’s “Bharat ek Khoj” and what Nehru had to say of the price India paid for “divide and rule”.

    Decades of content has been digitized archived in a huge collection of 1.2 lakh tapes, amounting to 80,000 hours.

    ">The unfinished task of digitization of @prasarbharati archives is an Engineering challenge that the IITs should consider solving - tapes that can no longer be read and analog recording/playback machines that need tinkering to work.

    — Shashi Shekhar (@shashidigital) January 1, 2018

    The archiving efforts extend through the expanse of Prasar Bharati’s Network across states. The efforts of Doordarshan and All India Radio to digitize the archives related to the life and teachings of Basavanna underscore the role played by the Public Broadcaster in promoting syncretism in the public discourse at a time when “divide and rule” arguments have taken center stage.


    About 100 DVDs are on sale, available online at on popular e-commerce sites. You can also walk in to Prasar Bharati Archives store at Room No-1, Ground Floor, Akashvani Bhawan, Parliament Street, New Delhi.

    ">Archives make their way to E-commerce and Retail

    — Shashi Shekhar (@shashidigital) January 1, 2018

  • The marine mammals stranded themselves in Hamelin Bay, 315 km (198 miles) south of the state's capital, Perth, between March 22 and 23.

    Authorities, veterinarians and locals who were visiting the beach attempted to save 15 of the migrating cetaceans in shallow waters, however, only seven were able to successfully be placed back in the water, of which one restranded during the night and had to be euthanised.

    Locals and tourists have been warned to stay out of the water due to a likely increase in sharks attracted by the dead whales. The beach has been temporarily closed while authorities dispose of the deceased whales.

  • The day is being observed to build public awareness about the global epidemic of tuberculosis and efforts to eliminate the disease. The theme this year is "Wanted: Leaders for a TB-free world."

    TB or Tuberculosis is an infectious disease usually caused by the bacterium Mycobacterium tuberculosis. TB, which remains the world's leading infectious killer, can be fatal if not controlled in the very beginning. Actually, this disease spreads through air. TB mainly attacks the lungs but it can also spread to the other parts of the body like the brain, spine, uterus, mouth, liver, kidney, throat and bones. TB bacteria can cause extensive damage to the tissues of the affected part of the body.

    --- Symptoms of Tuberculosis 

    Chest pain, coughing up blood, repeated coughing, fever, loss of appetite, fatigue and weakness, swelling in throat and stomach upset.

    --- Ways to deal with Tuberculosis

    Consult a good doctor if cough remains for over two weeks. Do not come in contact with TB patients. Wash your mouth and hands properly after meeting TB patient. Take a nutritious diet including adequate vitamins, minerals, calcium, protein and fibre.

    Prime Minister Narendra Modi has announced a target of eradication of Tuberculosis from India by the year 2025, five years before the target announced by World Health Organisation. PM Modi had announced this during recently held End TB Summit. Government's Ujjwala Yojna is also contributing towards controlling TB. Doctors, hospital authorities and pharmacies will now have to face serious consequences information about TB patient.

    As with all health ailments, prevention is better than cure. There is a BCG vaccine available to protect you against the disease. A lot of it has also to do with your lifestyle and your environment. Maintaining good hygiene, keeping your surroundings clean and making sure you have enough natural light at home can all help in preventing the growth of the TB bacteria. 

    --- Symptoms of Tuberculosis 

    Chest pain

    coughing up blood

    repeated coughing


    loss of appetite

    fatigue and weakness

    swelling in throat 

    stomach upset

    --- Ways to deal with Tuberculosis

    Consult a good doctor if cough remains for over two weeks

    Do not come in contact with TB patients

    Wash your mouth and hands properly after meeting TB patient

    Take a nutritious diet 

  • Acting on specific information about the presence of militants in Shistragam village in Dooru area of Anantnag, security forces launched a search and cordon operation in the area late last night, a police official said. He said while there was some exchange of fire after the cordon was established, the operation was halted for the night.

    The encounter resumed this morning and two terrorists were killed, the official said. He said the identity and group affiliation of the slain militants is being ascertained. The official said the encounter is over and arms and ammunition have been recovered from the site.

  • At the close, the blue-chip Dow Jones Industrial Average lost 424.69 points, or 1.77 percent, to 23,533.20, marking the record low closing price since the Feb 8 steep sell-off. The broader Standard and Poor's 500 decreased 55.43 points, or 2.10 percent, to 2,588.26. The tech-heavy Nasdaq Composite Index was down 174.01 points, or 2.43 percent, to 6,992.67, the first time with the closing price under the key psychological level of 7,000 points since Feb 12.

    All three benchmark indices suffered their worst weekly performance since Jan 2016. Over the week, the Dow, the S and P, and the Nasdaq slumped 5.67 percent, 5.95 percent and 6.54 percent, respectively.

    Despite strong warnings from business groups and trade experts, US President Donald Trump on Thursday signed a memorandum that could impose tariffs on up to 60 billion U.S. dollars of imports from China, in a unilateral move that triggered market selloff.

    According to the presidential memorandum, Trump has directed U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer to publish a list of proposed Chinese goods that could be subject to tariffs in 15 days, while the U.S. Treasury Department will have 60 days to propose restrictions on Chinese investment in the United States.

    The Chinese Embassy in the United States said in response that "It is a typical unilateral trade protectionist action. China is strongly disappointed and firmly opposes such an action."

    China's Ministry of Commerce (MOC) on Friday urged the United States to "pause on the brink of a precipice" and make prudent decisions so as not to put bilateral trade relations in jeopardy.

    China will not sit idly watching its legitimate rights and interests being damaged under any circumstance, the spokesperson said, "We are fully prepared to firmly defend our interests."

    The Chinese Foreign Ministry on Friday reaffirmed its position on the U.S. trade moves, saying that China will fight to the end in any trade war.

  • About 20 officials, wearing black jackets with "ICO Enforcement" on them, arrived at the central London offices of Cambridge Analytica, soon after a High Court judge granted a search warrant sought by the Information Commissioner's Office (ICO).

    The officials, who were let into the building by security guards, brought crates with them, the Reuters witness said.

    Elizabeth Denham, head of the ICO, sought the warrant after a whistleblower revealed Cambridge Analytica had harvested the private information of millions of Facebook users to support Donald Trump's 2016 U.S. presidential campaign. Britain is investigating whether Facebook, the world's largest social media network, did enough to protect data.

  • Earlier, Lalu was convicted on 19th March by the special CBI court of criminal conspiracy, corruption and other charges in the fourth fodder scam case while another former-chief minister Jagannath Mishra was acquitted. Lalu Prasad has been in Birsa Munda jail at Ranchi since December 23 last year after being convicted in the second case pertaining to illegal withdrawal of money from Deogarh treasury.

  • Around a year may still be left for 2019 assembly elections.but BJP is leaving no stone far as preparing for the crucial polls is concerned.

    The BJP Parliamentary Party meeting. took place at the newly-constructed party office at Deen Dayal Upadhyay Marg in New Delhi on Friday.which was addressed by PM Narendra Modi and BJP President Amit Shah who urged party workers to strengthen the party at the booth level.

    PM Modi exhorted party members to forge a strong connect and maintain direct communication with people.He also told them to do everything possible to eliminate the challenges and difficulties faced by the people of the country.and enhance their awareness with regard to various schemes and policies initiated by the government using technology.

    BJP Parliamentary Party also decided to carry forward PM's vision of transforming 115 aspirational districts on the basis of 48 parameters to bring them at par with development.

    The party has also decided to observe 14th April as Samajik Nyay Diwas throughout the country in each and every district. On 18th April, Swachh Bharat Diwas is to be celebrated followed by Ujjwala Diwas on 20th April. This will be followed by Panchayati Raj Diwas on 24th April and Swasth Bharat Diwas on 30th April, Kisan Kalyan Diwas on 2nd May and Ajjiwika and Kaushal Vikas Diwas on 5th May.

    The aim is to take the success stories of government schemes to the people. This was the first time that the parliamentary party meeting took place at the new office. In the ongoing session of Parliament, not much business has been able to be transacted.owing to continuous disruption by the opposition.on various issues. Opposition is being held responsible for the ruckus in Parliament and the government feels in such a's best to reach the people of the country in a more direct manner.

  • The Visiting German President will also attend a business event and visit Chennai during his five-day India visit.

    The visiting president is scheduled to be accorded with Ceremonial Reception at Rashtrapati Bhavan. The German President will also lay wreath at the memorial of Mahatma Gandhi before meeting with President Ram Nath Kovind, Vice-President Venkaiah Naidu, Prime Minister Narendra Modi and External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj in New Delhi.

  • Advani produced superlative performances in the quarterfinals and semifinal stages as he outclassed local favourite Aung Htay 5-1 and then defeated compatriot Dhvaj Haria 5-1 to reach the final. The last eight match consisted of the one-hundred breaks, a 91 and an 86 as Advani entered the semifinal to confirm India a medal. Htay scored a century in the solitary frame he won.

    In the evening session, it was a repeat of this year's Indian National Billiards final with Advani taking on Gujarat's Dhvaj, who overcame Singapore's Peter Gilchrist with a 5-0 triumph. The domestic final was a 5-0 win for Pankaj and the semifinal of this Asian event was almost the same barring the one frame that Dhvaj managed to gain.

    In the one-sided tie, Dhvaj had breaks of 50 and 80, while Pankaj had runs of 59, 66, 99 and 100 to close out the match 5-1.

    In what is going to be an all-Indian final, Pankaj awaits the winner of B. Bhaskar and Rupesh Shah in the other semifinal.

    In the ladies snooker event, Keerath Bhandaal ended her Asian campaign with a bronze after going down 0-3 to Siripaporn Nuanthakhamjan of Thailand.

    In the other semifinal, India's only hope Amee Kamani will battle it out with Ka Ka Wan of Hong Kong for a place in the final.

    Results: Semifinal: Pankaj Advani defeated Dhvaj Haria 5-1: 100-72, 0-100, 100-30, 100-2, 100-6, 100-0. Quarterfinal: Pankaj Advani beat Aung Htay 5-1: 100-67, 100-0, 0-100, 102-0, 104-41, 100-2. Dhvaj Haria defeated Peter Gilchrist 5-0: 101-11, 100-65, 100-14, 102-24, 102-28. B. Bhaskar beat Nay Thway Oo 5-2: 101-17, 101-50, 42-101, 100-10, 101-12, 87-100, 100-2. Rupesh Shah beat Thawat Sujaritthurakarn 5-4: 84-102, 87-104, 101-91, 35-101, 101-89, 101-11, 88-100, 101-29, 100-35.

  • The Indian Sign Language (ISL) dictionary, which has been developed by the Indian Sign Language Research and Training Centre (ISLRTC), comprises 3,000 Hindi and English words and their corresponding graphic representation of the signs which are used in daily life. The dictionary is available both in print and video format.

    "The basic aim of developing the ISL Dictionary is to remove communication barriers between the deaf and hearing impaired communities as it is focused on providing more information in Indian sign language," Union Social Justice and Empowerment Minister Thaawarchand Gehlot said at the release of the dictionary. He said that soon many new words will be added in the dictionary and hoped that more and more people will use this dictionary and get the benefit of learning Indian Sign language.

    The dictionary contains graphic representations of popular signs used by the hearing impaired and also includes regional variations. "It will also enable government officials, teachers, professionals, community leaders and the public at large to learn and use sign language," a senior ministry official said.

    As per the census 2011, there are 50,71,007 deaf and 19,98,535 people with speech disability in India. Around 300 dictionaries were distributed during the event on Friday.

    The DVD of the dictionary will also be uploaded on the ministry's website and people can procure it from ISLRTC too. ISLRTC has been working on this ambitious project for the last one-and-half years. The words in dictionary are divided into five categories-- Everyday, Legal, Academic, Medical, and Technical terms.

    Everyday terms category includes words that are used in everyday communication. Legal category includes videos for 237 legal terms and explains legal words like affidavit, acquittal etc, that are used in various legal situations. Academic terms help deaf children understand complex academic concepts and contain explanations for terms like "nervous system", "rotation" and "revolution", etc. The words are from various subjects like Physics, Geography, Biology, Maths, among others. This category contains 229 videos for 212 terms. The medical category includes 200 sign videos for 200 medical terms to help the deaf community understand the medical terminologies used in hospitals and in medical situations. The technical category has 206 videos of signs and explanations for 204 technical terms that are used in vocational training or in computer courses.

  • "Tomorrow, on March 24, as we celebrate Earth Hour, I will switch off all non-essential lights in my office and residence from 8:30 to 9:30 pm in support for action against nature loss. I urge you to do the same," an official statement quoted the minister as saying.

    He made a strong pitch for "Give Up to Give Back" and "Connect2Earth".

    "The campaign should be seen as an opportunity to adopt a shifting of the consumption culture and behaviour change towards sustainability, helping economise operations and reduce the costs," he said.

    "Give Up" is a choice that needs to make smarter decisions for the nature and deliver a long-term impact, the minister said.

    He emphasised that observing Earth Hour is also a "part and parcel" of the "Green Good Deeds" movement, in which every individual ought to take small, voluntary green actions to protect and conserve the environment and the earth. Vardhan exhorted the people to undertake one "Green Good Deed" every day such as planting a sapling, segregating waste, cycling to work or use car pool, stop using plastic.

    Earth Hour is the world's largest grassroots movement for the environment where citizens around the world unite to take a stand against climate change by turning off non-essential lights for one hour. Earth Hour is a global initiative of the World Wide Fund for Nature India (WWF), with a record participation of 178 countries and territories around the world.

    This year, Earth Hour will be observed on Saturday, March 24, from 8:30-9:30 pm. On the occasion of Earth Hour, 2018, WWF-India is launching the "Give Up to Give Back" initiative to inspire organisations, institutions and individuals to make the choice to curb some habits, practices and lifestyles that burden our lives and the environment. The campaign includes taking steps like giving up single-use plastics, giving up fossil fuels, giving up lonely car rides for your employees, give up e-waste among others.

    Lights out to mark global 'Earth Hour'

    Do your bit for Mother Earth this weekend by switching off for Earth Hour. Since the first Earth Hour in Sydney more than a decade ago, more than 7,000 different cities have participated in the global conservation movement by switching off their lights for one hour.

    Global 'blackout' movement to save the planet earth is here on Saturday, at 8:30 pm. World landmarks from the Eiffel Tower to the Empire State Building to our very own India Gate, all will go dark this weekend to support the fight against climate change. Starting as a symbolic lights-out event in Sydney in 2007, today Earth Hour is celebrated in more than 180 countries and territories across the globe.

    The 11th edition of Earth Hour, an annual bid to raise awareness about climate change caused by burning fossil fuels, will see iconic structures cut the lights at a time when global temperatures are the highest on record. This year's aim is building support for biodiversity by focusing on forests, oceans and wildlife conservation.

    India has been one of the leading nations in showing their complete support and dedication towards Earth Hour initiative for the betterment of the planet. Among the landmark buildings which will turn off the lights for an hour on Earth Hour are - Rashtrapati Bhawan, India Gate, Akshardham Temple in Delhi, Indian Museum in Kolkata, Agra Fort in Uttar Pradesh, among many others.

  • The redevelopment plan of 90 stations is assigned to different zones/ nodal agencies. Given that some stations are important pilgrimage hubs and report over 45,000 footfalls per day, Indian Railways would strive to ensure that passenger's get best services at the stations even during peak seasons.

    It may be noted that Indian Railways is in the process of redevelopment of more than 600 stations. While doing this, efforts would be made to showcase local culture or history to reflect in the station façade. For instance, Aurangabad station is to be developed on lines of Ajantha or Ellora, Agra station is to be developed on lines of Taj Mahal, Ujjain station is to be developed on lines of Mahakaleshwar temples, Nagpur station to have a big orange in the premises. Since Belgaum has history of Mahatma Gandhi visiting there, Belgaum station to have a big Charkha at the front.

    Rail Land Development Authority (RLDA) is keeping elements of local heritage in facade/redevelopment of station buildings. For instance in Charbagh (Lucknow) elements of existing heritage building are incorporated in second entry NE Rly station, similarly, in Gomti Nagar, elements of Awadh culture with Jali work has been incorporated, in Triputi station, Lord Tirumala temple design has been incorporated, in Pondicherry, French colonial architectural elements are provided. Similar action will be taken for Goa Kota Nellore Ernakulam stations.

  • Community engagement through College Student Volunteers is envisioned in 115 most backward districts as part of the Block Level initiatives and during FY 2017-18, 50 most backward districts to be covered (8 blocks per district).  

    Annual budget for block level activities is Rs 35.36 lakh per block. New District Level Centres for Women have also been envisaged for 640 districts to be covered in a  phased manner (220 districts during FY 2017-18, 220 more in 2018-19 and remaining 200 in 2019-20). These centres will serve as a link between village, block and state levels in facilitating women-centric schemes and also give foothold to BBBP at the district level. The annual budget for each District Level Centre for Women is Rs 12.30 lakh.  

    This information was given by Minister of State for Women and Child Development, Dr.Virendra Kumar in a written reply to a question in Rajya Sabha.

  • “I’m trying, but it’s not working. That’s all. That’s all it is,” the former world number one told reporters after a 6-3 6-4 defeat by Frenchman Benoit Paire.

    The setback was a third straight loss for the 30-year-old Serb, who is trying to make a comeback after an elbow injury sidelined him for the final six months of last year. It also snapped a 16-match winning streak in Miami for the six-time tournament winner.

    “I’m not feeling great when I’m playing this way,” said Djokovic, who was seeded ninth in Miami. “Of course, I want to be able to play as well as I want to play. Just it’s impossible at the moment. That’s all. I lost to a better player.”

    Serving in the first set, Djokovic had an opportunity to reach 5-5, but lost five consecutive points and the set. He appeared to be fighting back in the second set, winning eight of nine points to recover a break but was broken to love in the final game of the contest.

    “I felt I started the match well, first six games, then I just ran out of gas,” Djokovic said. “He was serving well. I just wasn’t able to break him down. He was just coming up with the good shots at the right time. It happened very fast.”

    Where the future will take him, the Serb, playing in only his third tournament since Wimbledon last year, is not certain. “I know that you can’t be the person that you were yesterday, and the player (you once were),” Djokovic said. “The circumstances that I was in the last two years were very challenging. But I’m not the only one that goes through that. I mean, there are tougher injuries that players go through.

    “I don’t want to sit here and whine about my last couple of years.”

  • Sixteen other people were wounded, including two seriously hurt, in what President Emmanuel Macron called an act of "Islamist terrorism".

    The Islamic State group claimed responsibility for the attack. Macron said security services were checking that claim.

  • The dip comes following a global sell-off due to fears of a trade war as US President Donald Trump announced tariffs on Chinese goods. Investors lost around Rs 1.57 lakh crore in market valuation on Friday.

    For the fourth straight week, the flagship Sensex recorded a fall of 579 points, while the NSE Nifty lost 197 points. 

    Realty, metal, bankex, capital goods, healthcare, PSU, auto and oil & gas stocks recorded widespread losses. 

    Investor sentiment turned extremely bearish, in line with sharp losses on the Wall Street, Asian and European markets.

  • The agency has alleged that loans worth Rs 192.98 crore were availed between 2009 and 2012 by 220 borrowers. 

    21 aggregator groups, who in criminal conspiracy with former General Manager Battu Rama Rao, submitted forged documents and overvalued collateral security.

    The agency also arrested two accused people in a bank scam case on complaint by Union Bank of India. 

    The case was registered on Thursday and searches were conducted on the premises of the accused persons. Investigation is continuing.

    Moreover, a fresh case against former MCX MD Jignesh Shah, four former chairpersons of the Forward Market Commission was registered for allegedly facilitating nationwide exchange status for the MCX.

    Searches were carried out at the office of Shah and others in nine locations in Mumbai, Gwalior and Shimla. 

    It is alleged that the accused had facilitated Multi Commodity of India Ltd in getting Nationwide Multi Commodity Exchange status even though it did not fulfil the stipulated criteria. 

    Shah is already facing CBI probes in various cases.

  • The tough action from the government came as serious breach of propriety and misuse of data intended to profile and influence voting behaviour has been highlighted.

    The Government is committed to ensuring the protection of the fundamental right of privacy and safety and security of data for every citizen of India.

  • Both the sides reviewed the progress in the areas of political, trade & investment, S&T, cyber security, capacity building, security, space and culture. 

    MEA spokesperson earlier said India and Egypt as two of the world's oldest civilisations have enjoyed cordial relations based on commonality of views on regional and international issues. 

  • Speaking at the inauguration of the work shop on Deendayal Upadhyay Urban Livelihood Mission in Delhi, the Union minister for Urban Housing Development Hardeep Singh Puri clarified that the PMAY is well on target with 4.5 million houses and another five years to achieve the target of 11 million. 

  • Addressing the 5th India Maize Summit in New Delhi, the minister said that Maize agri-business companies must make efforts to create linkages with farmers by exploring opportunities in agri-marketing.

    He also said that govt has taken various steps to boost the income of farmers.

  • BJP has set a target of winning more than 21 Lok Sabha seats out of the total 25 seats in the North East in 2019 general election.

    Addressing a massive gathering of BJP workers in Guwahati, party president Amit Shah said that he was confident of achieving the target given the fast growing support for the party in the region.

    Amit Shah also said that BJP wants Assam's progress through development. He questioned Congress President Rahul Gandhi on his contribution for the state in last 10 years saying Congress leaders only visited north east for rallies.


  • In a big move that will boost the domestic silk industry, the Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs has approved Integrated Scheme for Development of Silk Industry for the next three years from 2017-18 to 2019-20.

    The Scheme has four components -

    - Research & Development, Training, Transfer of Technology and IT Initiatives

    - Seed Organizations and farmers extension centres

    - Coordination and Market Development for seed, yarn and silk products

    - Quality Certification System by creating a chain of Silk Testing facilities, Farm based & post-cocoon Technology Up-gradation, and Export Brand Promotion

    The scheme will promote Women Empowerment and livelihood opportunities to SC/ST and other weaker sections of the society. The scheme will help to increase productive employment from 85 lakhs to 1 crore persons by 2020


    - achieve self-sufficiency in silk production by 2022

    - To achieve this, production of high grade silk in India will reach 20,650 MTs by 2022 from the current level of 11,326 MTs

    - there is clear focus on improving production of highest grade quality of silk

    - Brand Promotion of Indian silk will be encouraged through quality certification by Silk Mark not only in the domestic market but in the Export market

    The scheme will be implemented by the Ministry through Central Silk Board.

  • The German President accompanied by his wife and high level delegation is on a four day visit to India.

    The German President was in Varanasi on Thursday, where he visited Sarnath, and held discussions with students of Banares Hindu University on subjects as diverse as religion and Indo- german ties.

    The German President alongwith his wife also visited the famous 'Assi Ghat' and also witnessed the famous 'Ganga Aarti'.

  • The Ministry of External Affairs, in a statement, said, this is one step towards addressing the issues related to the prevailing political situation in that country but a number of concerns expressed by the international community still remain to be addressed.

    The External Affairs Ministry also maintained that it was important for Maldives to ensure credible restoration of the political process, as well as the rule of law, before the elections are announced this year.

  • The 18-year-old shooter, competing in her second World Cup and first final, shot 249.8 in the women's final to claim the top individual honours. Her 631.4 in the qualification was a new world record.

    Besides her individual podium finish, Elavenil also combined with Shreya Agrawal and Zeena Khitta to claim the team gold medal.

  • The court also asked the chief secretary of Odisha to apprise the court about the status of the Lokayukta in state and said the apex court has no information whether it has an anti corruption ombudsman or not.

    The 12 states which have been asked to give reasons for not appointing a Lokayukta are Jammu and Kashmir, Manipur, Meghalaya, Mizoram, Nagaland, Puducherry, Tamil Nadu, Telangana, Tripura, Arunachal Pradesh, Delhi and West Bengal.

    The apex court also asked the 12 states to specify by when they would appoint a Lokayukta.

  • Lok Sabha was adjourned till noon soon after it met at 11 am following noisy protests by members of the AIADMK and the TRS over Cauvery dispute and quota issue respectively. Congress members too were on their feet protesting against the Supreme Court verdict on the SC/ST Act. 

    Proceedings were disrupted twice before the House was adjourned till Tuesday. Speaker Sumitra Mahajan couldn't to take up the notices for no-confidence motion. 

    She however announced the setting up of a committee to look into implementation of pay commission recommendations for Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha secretariat.

    The Rajya Sabha too could not transact any business. Chairman M Venkaiah Naidu adjourned the proceedings for the day but not before expressing anguish over the House not functioning since it met on March 5 when the second part of the budget session started.

    The govt continues to appeal to all parties to allow the Parliament to function so that all issues can be discussed.

    Both Houses paid tributes to freedom fighters -- Bhagat Singh, Rajguru and Sukhdev-- who were hanged on March 23, 1931 by the British. They observed silence as a mark of respect to the martyrs.

  • Quashing Notification on the 20 AAP MLAs disqualification in Office of Profit matter, Delhi High Court sent back matter to Election Commission of India for fresh reconsideration.

    The recommendations for disqualification was forwarded to the President on January 19, and president Ramnath Kovind had accepted it the next day.

  • The anti-cancer protein, called LHPP, can also serve as a biomarker for the diagnosis and prognosis of liver cancer, said the study published in the journal Nature. 

    The incidence of liver cancer, also known as hepatocellular carcinoma, is usually diagnosed at a very late stage when the liver is already severely damaged and hence overall prognosis is poor.

    The researchers believe that detection of the anti-cancer protein LHPP as a biomarker may allow clinicians to provide better treatment options.

    “It is striking that LHPP is present in healthy tissue and completely absent in tumour tissue,” said first author Sravanth Hindupur.

    In the study conducted in a mouse model for hepatocellular carcinoma, the researchers analysed a total of more than 4,000 proteins, comparing them in healthy and tumour tissue.

    The research showed that LHPP emerged as the top favourite.

    Re-introduction of the genetic information for LHPP by the researchers was found to prevent the formation of tumours and maintain liver function.

    “Similar to the mouse model, we also saw a striking decrease in LHPP levels in tumours of patients with liver cancer,” Hindupur said.


  • The initiative was launched in Hyderabad, a key centre for Telugu and Urdu media, by MEA spokesperson and Joint Secretary (External Publicity)  Raveesh Kumar.

    "The initiative involves MEA's engagement with the regional media based in different cities across India who have carved their own space and have a unique and wide readership profile," the statement said.

    The statement added that through the MEA's direct interaction with the local media, the ministry desires to communicate the country's foreign policy priorities in simple terms, highlight the benefits accruing to the common people through its diplomatic efforts and bring the domain of foreign policy closer to the people.

    "It is also intends to create a pool of media professionals interested in foreign policy and guide them on connecting with the MEA," it added.

    The event was attended by around 40 Editors and representatives from the main media organisations based in Hyderabad.

  • Reports of McMaster's ouster had surfaced last week but the White House had dispelled them saying that there were no changes at the National Security Council (NSC).

    Trump, however, took to Twitter to make an announcement in this regard. The announcement of McMaster's ouster, who the White House said had a "good working relationship" with Trump, is the latest in a string of high-profile White House departures since President Trump took office in January 2017.

    "I am pleased to announce that, effective 4/9/18, John Bolton will be my new National Security Adviser," Trump said on Twitter. "I am very thankful for the service of General H.R. McMaster who has done an outstanding job & will always remain my friend. There will be an official contact handover on 4/9," Trump said.

    According to a White House official, Trump and McMaster mutually agreed that the latter will resign as the National Security Adviser (NSA). He will retire from the US Army after 34 years of distinguished service. "The two have been discussing this for some time. The timeline was expedited as they both felt it was important to have the new team in place, instead of constant speculation. This was not related to any one moment or incident, rather it was the result of ongoing conversations between the two," the official said.

    The White House has described Bolton, who replaces McMaster, as one of the strongest voices and experts on the full range of national security issues and challenges facing the country. Bolton  served as US Permanent Representative to the United Nations from 2005-2006 and as Under Secretary of State for Arms Control and International Security from 2001-2005.

    In a statement, Trump said McMaster has served his country with distinction for more than 30 years. "He has won many battles and his bravery and toughness are legendary. General McMaster's leadership of the National Security Council staff has helped my administration accomplish great things to bolster America's national security," he said.

    "He helped develop our America First National Security Strategy, revitalise our alliances in the Middle East, smash ISIS, bring North Korea to the table, and strengthen our nation's prosperity. This work and those achievements will ensure that America builds on its economic and military advantages. I thank General McMaster and his family for their service and wish them the very best," Trump said.

    The White House Chief of Staff, General (rtd) John Kelly said McMaster, a fine American and military officer, has served with distinction and honour throughout his career in the US Army and as the NSA.

    "He brought and maintained discipline and energy to our vital interagency process. He helped develop options for the President and ensured that those options were presented fully and fairly. A true solider-scholar, his impact on his country and this government will be felt for years to come," Kelly said.

    McMaster said after 34 years of service, he is requesting retirement from the US Army effective this summer after which he will leave public service. "Throughout my career, it has been my greatest privilege to serve alongside extraordinary service members and dedicated civilians. I am thankful to President Donald J. Trump for the opportunity to serve him and our nation as national security adviser. I am grateful for the friendship and support of the members of the National Security Council who worked together to provide the President with the best options to protect and advance our national interests," McMaster said.

    Bolton, during his tenure at the United Nations, was a leading voice on the need for the Security Council to take strong and meaningful action against international proliferation and terrorism.

    Along with France's ambassador, Bolton led the Security Council to approve a unanimous resolution to end the summer 2006 Hezbollah war on Israel, to authorise UN peacekeepers and to create an arms embargo against Hezbollah. He also assembled an international coalition that blocked the bid of Hugo Chavez, Venezuela's Marxist strongman, to join the Security Council.

    As Under Secretary, he repeatedly advocated tough measures against the nuclear weapons programs of both Iran and North Korea, and the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction generally. He led negotiations for America to withdraw from the 1972 Anti-Ballistic Missile Treaty so that the Bush administration could proceed with a national missile-defence program.

    Author of "Surrender is Not an Option: Defending America at the UN and Abroad", Bolton currently is counsel at Kirkland & Ellis LLC with a focus on counselling clients on domestic and international issues in complex corporate, litigation, internal investigations, regulatory and competition matters.

  • Trump signed a presidential memorandum on Thursday (March 22) that could impose tariffs on up to $60 billion of imports from China, although the measures have a 30-day consultation period.

    Investors fear that the U.S. measures could escalate into a trade war, with potentially dire consequences for the global economy.

    U.S. stock fell sharply at the open as technology stocks slumped on fears of increased regulations in the wake of Facebook Inc's data privacy issues. The Dow Jones Industrial Average fell 320.45 points, or 1.30 percent, to 24,361.86. The S&P 500 lost 27.14 points, or 1.000763 percent, to 2,684.79. The Nasdaq Composite dropped 87.81 points, or 1.2 percent, to 7,257.47.

    Domestic equities took a beating amid the global selloff. The BSE Sensex fell below the 33,000-level, plummeting 471.44 points, or 1.42 per cent, to 32,534.83. The gauge had lost 129.91 points in the previous session.

    The NSE Nifty too cracked below the crucial 10,000 mark by diving 153.45 points, or 1.51 per cent, to 9,961.30.

    All the sectoral indices, led by metal, realty, banking and capital goods stocks, were trading in the red, falling up to 2.77 per cent.

    Meanwhile, foreign portfolio investors (FPIs) continued selling on domestic bourses. On a net basis, they sold shares worth Rs 1,065.99 crore, while domestic institutional investors (DIIs) made purchases to the tune of Rs 1,127.78 crore on Friday, provisional data showed.

    Japan's Nikkei fell 3.54 per cent, Hong Kong's Hang Seng down 2.78 per cent in early deals. The Shanghai Composite index dropped by 3.06 per cent. Australian stocks lost 2.0 percent and Japan's Nikkei dropped 3.5 percent, and South Korea's KOSPI retreated 2.2 percent.

    Meanwhile, China's foreign ministry spokesperson said the country hopes it can hold constructive talks with United States, to achieve a win-win solution to settle trade issues between the world's two largest economies. 

    China resolutely opposes U.S. unilateralism and protectionism with regard to the U.S. "Section 301" investigation into China's intellectual property practices, according to a statement on the ministry's website.

    U.S. President Donald Trump announced additional tariffs on Chinese imports, following an intellectual property probe launched in August last year. China has repeatedly said it has no wish to fight a trade war, but warned that it is ready if needed.

  • On this day in 1931, British rulers had executed them in Lahore for their revolutionary activities against the empire.

    They were hanged a day before the scheduled date of execution.

    A number of programmes have been organised in Punjab and across the country to mark the day.

    Paying rich tributes to the martyrs, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said, "The martyrdom of Bhagat Singh, Rajguru & Sukhdev was a watershed moment in our history. Every Indian is proud that these three great men belong to our land. At the peak of their youth they sacrificed their lives so that others can live a life of freedom and dignity."

    He also shared a video about the martyrs. 

  • Of the 59 seats declared in the Rajya Sabha biennial polls from different states, the BJP has won 28, the Congress 10, the TMC 4 , TRS 3, BJD, RJD and JDU have won 2 each and one seat each going to the SP, YSR Congress, Shiv Sena, NCP, LDF.

    In Karnataka too counting of votes that was earlier held up

    Owing to complaints of cross-voting by Janta Dal resumed  after Ec's green signal. The poll body set aside the 2 alleged cases of cross voting by Congress MLAs for further investigation while deciding to announce the rest of the results. BJP's Rajeev Chandrasekhar has been declared a winner.

    BJP supporters were seen celebrating the victory of its candidate Saroj Pande.who won the lone Rajya Sabha seat from the state.

    Earlier the heavyweight winners who got elected unopposed included. Arun Jaitley  from UP, Ravi  Shankar Prasad from Bihar, Prakash Javadekar from Maharashtra, Dharmendra Pradhan from Madhya Pradesh, Thaverchand Gehlot from Madhya Pradesh, J P Nadda from Himachal Pradesh, Mansukh Mandaviya from Gujarat, Parshottam Rupala from Gujarat, Bhupender Yadav from Rajasthan, Anil Baluni from Uttarakhand, G V L NARASIMHA RAO from UP and Jaya  Bachchan from Uttar Pradesh.

    As per the current composition of Rajya Sabha, BJP has 58 seats, Congress has 54, SP 18, AIADMK 13, TMC 12, BJD 8, nominated  8, JD 7, CPI 6, TDP 6, NCP 5, BSP 5, DMK 4, AAP.
    RJD, SAD, TRS and SHIV SENA 3 each, PDP 2, JD 1, and INDEPENDENTS and OTHERS have 16 seats.

    Out of the 33 MPs, elected unopposed; 16 are of BJP.

    The final outcome on Friday is expected to bolster BJP's numbers in the Upper House and improves its chances of getting bills passed by the House.


  • The measures suspending tariff concessions will target 128 US products including pork, wines and seamless steel tubes, the Ministry of Commerce said in a statement. According to the ministry, the measures will include a 15-per cent tariff on products including fruits, nuts, wines and seamless steel tubes, and a 25-per cent tariff on pork and recycled aluminium products.

    The measures will be implemented in two stages. In the first stage, the 15-per cent tariff will be imposed if the two countries could not reach an agreement on trade issues within scheduled time. In the second stage, the 25-per cent import tax will be imposed after evaluating the impact caused by the US policies, state-run news agency quoted the ministry as saying.

    The move was aimed at countering US decision to impose 25 per cent tariffs on steel imports and 10 per cent on aluminium, with initial exemptions for Canada and Mexico.

    In August 2017, the US initiated an investigation into Chinese intellectual property and technology transfers under Section 301 of the Trade Act of 1974.

    Donald Trump announced plans to impose tariffs on up to USD 60 billion in Chinese imports and limit the investment in retaliation for years of alleged intellectual property theft. The White House said the actions were necessary to counter unfair competition from China's state-led economy. 

    The move is a major escalation of the President's 'America First' trade policy. President Trump is also calling for new limits on Chinese investment in U.S. technology, in an effort to protect what the administration calls America's 'economic seed corn.'

    The tariffs are a response to longstanding complaints that China unfairly requires U.S. companies to share their technology as a cost of doing business in that country. The administration is also concerned that China is strategically acquiring innovative technologies through investments in the United States.

    "Our view is that we have a very serious problem of losing our intellectual property, which is really the biggest single advantage of the American economy in my opinion," U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer said this week.

    Aides described the $50 billion figure as a conservative estimate of what forced technology transfer and other moves by China cost the U.S. economy.

    Trump signed a presidential memorandum Thursday directing his trade representative to draw up a long list of Chinese products to which the tariffs would be applied. The list will be made public in 15 days, and the tariffs would take effect after a period of public comment. The president suggested the total value of the tariffs could go as high as $60 billion.



  • Azima Shakoor, legal affairs minister at the President’s Office, and Attorney General Mohamed Anil announced that the emergency has been lifted, effective from Thursday 12:00 noon.

    They revealed that the decision to lift the long standing state of emergency comes after security forces assured the president that they could maintain ‘stability’ in the nation without its authority.

    The state of emergency, initially declared for 15 days on the night of February 5th, was extended by 30 days.

    The government has maintained that the declaration was a necessity, in order to foil a judicial coup and hold the judiciary accountable.

    A Supreme court judgement on February 1st  had called for release of  nine political leaders and reinstatement of 12 opposition MPs.

    Maldives government had imposed emergency in a bid to quash the order and arrested chief justice and another judge on corruption charges and trying to overthrow the government.

    Former President Mohammed Nasheed, reacting to the decision said the emergency was lifted because President has no need for it. H alleged that President has overrun the judiciary and legislature, arrested hundreds unlawfully and introduced full dictatorship.

  • Presenting the budget Deputy CM Manish Sisodia said that the budget follows trickle up economics aiming to benefit poor and middle class people in Delhi.

    Sisodia said this is the first "Green budget" of the govt for effective containment of pollution in the city.


  • Union HRD Minister Prakash Javdekar on Thursday briefed the media on Smart India Hackathon 2018.

    He said that the grand finale of Smart India Hackathon will take place on 30th and 31st march across India at 28 centres.

    The grand finale will go on for 36 hours at a stretch.

    He said that One lakh engineering and management students had registered for the world's largest Hackathon.

    Union Minister said that the first edition of this event held last year recorded nearly 40,000 participants. He added that this is hands-on education. This year, hardware hackathon has also been introduced.


  • Formidable Supersonic Cruise Missile BrahMos was successfully flight tested at Pokhran test range in Rajasthan this morning. The precision strike weapon with Indian-made seeker flew in its designated trajectory, and hit the target with pin-point accuracy at 8:42 AM.

    Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman congratulated the DRDO, the Armed Forces and Defence Industry for the successful flight test of the Supersonic Cruise Missile BrahMos. She said that the successful test will further bolster India's national security.

  • Payment of Gratuity (Amendment) Bill got parliament's nod today, with the Rajya Sabha passing it without discussion.

    The Bill moved by Labour Minister Santosh Kumar Gangwar was passed by a voice vote.

    The Lok Sabha had given its approval to the important Bill last week. The legislation will enable the government to enhance the ceiling of tax free gratuity to Rs 20 lakh from the existing Rs 10 lakh for employees falling under the Payment of Gratuity Act.

    After the implementation of the 7th Pay Commission, the ceiling of gratuity amount for central government employees was doubled to Rs 20 lakh.

    Prime Minister Narendra Modi has welcomed the passage of Gratuity (amendment) Bill by parliament. PM tweeted - A significant pro-people measure passed in Parliament. Will benefit lakhs of Indians.

  • The government took a big step in making India self-sufficient in silk production. Union Textile Minister Smriti Irani said the decisions taken by the cabinet on Wednesday will lead to the formation of a first ever inter-ministerial panel to boost R&D and technology transfer in the silk sector with a 1,000 crore rupee fund.

    In a big move that will boost the domestic silk industry, the Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs has approved Integrated Scheme for Development of Silk Industry for the next three years from 2017-18 to 2019-20.

    The Scheme has four components -

    - Research & Development, Training, Transfer of Technology and IT Initiatives

    - Seed Organizations and farmers extension centres

    - Coordination and Market Development for seed, yarn and silk products

    - Quality Certification System by creating a chain of Silk Testing facilities, Farm based & post-cocoon Technology Up-gradation, and Export Brand Promotion

    The scheme will promote Women Empowerment and livelihood opportunities to SC/ST and other weaker sections of the society. The scheme will help to increase productive employment from 85 lakhs to 1 crore persons by 2020

    The scheme aims to:

    - achieve self-sufficiency in silk production by 2022

    - To achieve this, production of high grade silk in India will reach 20,650 MTs by 2022 from the current level of 11,326 MTs

    - there is clear focus on improving production of highest grade quality of silk

    - Brand Promotion of Indian silk will be encouraged through quality certification by Silk Mark not only in the domestic market but in the Export market

    The scheme will be implemented by the Ministry through Central Silk Board.




  • Our organs, muscles and even bones have high water content.  Water is the essence of our existence but sometimes our body holds on to too much of it. Such excessive fluid build-up in the body leads to water retention.

    “Sudden swelling, puffiness or bloating of feet, ankles, hands, fingers and face can seem like weight gain. But, when no amount of dieting or exercise helps and the swelling persists with pain, it can be water retention,” said Dr. Pooja Chaudhary.

    What is water retention?

    Water retention or fluid retention (medically known as edema) is defined as an excessive build-up of fluid in the circulatory system, body tissues or cavities in the body which can lead to swelling of the hands, feet, ankles and legs. Water retention or edema can be triggered by a lot of different things.

    Causes of water retention:

    Water retention could be caused due to many reasons, some of the common ones include:

    Diet : Salt (sodium) rich food which are mostly include the processed food like meat, crackers, chips, canned vegetables, soups, fast food and even soft drinks can cause water retention.

    Malnutrition and poor diet : A diet that is low in protein can result in low levels of albumin, which can also lead to water retention.

    Physical inactivity : very long period of physical inactivity, also increase the chances of fluid retention in the body. Sitting or standing for too long can cause the tissue to hold water and cause swelling and pain in the affected areas. It is common after a long journey by car or on an airplane.

    Hormones : Women normally feel bloated or fluffy during the days when they have their menstruation cycle. Fluid retention, associated with hormone changes during the menstrual cycle, can cause breast tenderness, uncomfortable swelling in your hands and feet, abdominal bloating and weight gain. Certain kind of hormonal therapies can also cause water retention.

    Hot weather : During hot weathers, our body tends to be less efficient in removing fluid from the tissues.

    Chronic venous insufficiency : Weakened valves in the veins of the legs fail to efficiently return blood to the heart, resulting in pooling of blood which leads to varicose veins.

    Water retention can also be the symptom of serious underlying medical conditions:

    • Kidney diseases like nephrotic syndrome, acute glomerulonephritis

    • Heart failure

    • Chronic lung disease like emphysema

    • Malignant lymphoedema is a problem caused by cancer and cancer treatment

    • Thyroid disease

    • Arthritis

    • Allergic reactions

    • Autoimmune reactions like lupus

    Water retention symptoms: The most common water retention symptoms are:

    • Swelling in the affected body parts (feet, ankles and hands)

    • Bloated stomach

    • Pain in the affected body part

    • Stiffness in the joints

    • An unexplained fluctuations in weight

    • A rapid weight gain over a few days or even weeks

    Diagnosis of water retention: In order to get rid of water retention, the most important thing is to get the correct diagnosis and start the treatment accordingly.

    The diagnosis procedure includes:

    • Proper physical examination

    • Medical history of the patient

    • A detailed questioning about the fluid retention including when it started, factors that worsen the swelling and whether it is constant or recurrent

    • Blood tests

    • Urine tests

    • Liver function tests

    • Kidney function tests

    • Chest x-ray

    • Heart function tests such as electrocardiogram (ECG)

    Treatment for water retention: Once the problem has been diagnosed the treatment can be started. The treatment mostly includes following changes in diet, exercise and the treating the cause directly.

    • Treating the causative factor for water retention

    • Lifestyle changes according to the underlying medical condition

    • If drugs are the cause for fluid retention, then a change in the medication or dose. This has to be supervised by the doctor

    • Water pills (Diuretics) can help in reducing the water retention by increasing the frequency of passing urine

    • Moving around or light exercise is also helpful

    Home remedies and dietary suggestions to prevent water retention:

    • Have a low salt diet, as high intake of sodium in the salt can cause water retention

    • Increase the magnesium intake in the diet. Good source include nuts, whole grains, dark chocolate, leafy and green vegetables

    • Vitamin B6 intake should be increased. Foods rich in vitamin B6 are banana, potatoes, walnuts and meat

    • Include potassium rich food as they decrease the sodium levels in the body. Bananas and tomatoes are rich source of potassium

    • Drink plenty of water

    • Avoid having refined carbs

    • Avoid drinks like tea, coffee, alcohol and soda as they can cause dehydration

    • Add cranberry juice in your diet

    • Include fresh fruits and dairy products in your diet

    • To improve circulation, try raising your legs several times in a day

    • If the water retention is in lower limb then wearing supporting stockings is advisable

    • Avoid sitting and standing still for too long, keep moving between work

    • It is advisable to avoid extreme temperatures like hot baths or sauna

  • Proceedings in lower House were adjourned till Friday after being adjourned till noon on Thursday following noisy protests by members of the AIADMK and the TRS over Cauvery dispute and quota issue.

    This is the 14th straight day that the Question Hour has been washed out in the lower House. 

    Situation was no different in the upper house. As Rajya Sabha met for the day TDP, AIADMK and Congress members were on their feet raising various issues.

    As the uproar continued the house was adjourned for the day.

  • Air Chief Marshal Birender Singh Dhanoa was also present on the occasion.

    The award of the President's Standard and Colours is the highest military honour for an armed forces unit. The selection for the Presidents Standard and Colours is based on the squadron's performance and achievements during both peace and hostilities. 

    The selected units are honoured for the meritorious services rendered by them over at least 25 years. This award is an acknowledgement of the operational excellence, dedication and the proven contribution of the unit during both peace and war.

    Commending the dedication and professional conduct of India's air warriors, President said that resilience, tenacity and zeal of country's valiant air warriors is source of pride for every Indian.

    A thrilling awe inspiring show of Air Warrier Drill team of Indian Air Force followed by air show by Suriya Kiran Aerobatic team was also showcased.  

    Air show by the mighty Sukoi was also the centre of attraction.