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  • The Public Premises (Eviction of Unauthorised Occupants) Amendment Bill, 2019 which was passed by the Parliament during the Budget Session, 2019 has come into effect from today. The Gazette Notification in this regard has been issued.

  • Brushing aside misinformation sought to be spread in certain quarters, Union Minister Dr Jitendra Singh, who is also the MoS In-Charge Department of Personnel & Training (DOPT), which is the nodal department for Central Information Commission of India dealing with the Right to Information (RTI) appeals, said that RTI  can be filed locally in  the Union territories of Jammu & Kashmir and Ladakh, even after the new arrangement comes into existence after the 31st of October, 2019.

  • The President of India, Shri Ram Nath Kovind reached Ljubljana, Slovenia, yesterday (September 15, 2019) in the final leg of his visit to – Iceland, Switzerland and Slovenia. This is the first ever presidential visit from India to Slovenia.

  • Government of India has announced the Sale (Re-issue) of (i) ‘6.17 per cent Government Stock, 2021’  for a notified amount of  `3,000 crore (nominal) through price based auction, (ii) ‘7.

  • At an event to mark the World Ozone Day 2019 in New Delhi, Union Minister of State (MoS) for Environment, Forest and Climate Change, Shri Babul Supriyo said  that the World Ozone Day offers an opportunity to focus global attention and action on the vital environmental issue of protection of the stratospheric ozone Layer.

  • Commerce & Industry Minister addressing a press conference in New Delhi

    Ministry of Commerce & Industry throughExport Credit Guarantee Corporation (ECGC) has introduced a new Export Credit Insurance Scheme (ECIS) called NIRVIK to enhance loan availability and ease the lending process.

  • Union Human Resource Development Minister Shri Ramesh Pokhriyal ‘Nishank’ launched Leadership for Academicians Programme (LEAP) - 2019 and Annual Refresher Programme in Teaching (ARPIT) – 2019 under Pandit Madan Mohan Malviya National Mission on Teachers and Teaching (PMMMNMTT) in New Delhi today.

  • The Central Government entered into an Allotment Agreement with the West Bengal Power Development Corporation Limited (WBPDCL) regarding the DeochaPachamiDewanganj-Harinsingha coal block today. In accordance with the provisions of Coal Block Allocation Rules, 2017, made under the Mines and Minerals (Development and Regulations) Act, 1957, the WBPDCL has been allocated the DeochaPachamiDewanganj-Harinsingha coal block located in the State of West Bengal containing an area of 12.28 sq. km. with estimated reserves of 2102 Million Tonnes for generation of power.

  • The National Centre for Good Governance is conducting a Special Training Program for Maldivian Civil Servants and Bangladesh Civil Servants under the Indian Technical and Economic Cooperation program (ITEC) from September 16-28, 2019 at Mussoorie and Delhi.

  • A maiden trilateral exercise, involving Republic of Singapore Navy (RSN), Royal Thailand Navy (RTN) and Indian Navy (IN) has commenced at Port Blair on 16 Sep 19. The five-day-long exercise is aimed at bolstering the maritime inter-relationships amongst Singapore Thailand and India, and contribute significantly to enhancing the overall maritime security in the region.

  • Institute for Systems Studies and Analysis (ISSA) Delhi, a premier DRDO laboratory, has designed and developed a new generation Wargaming Software in collaboration with Maritime Warfare Centre, Visakhapatnam to meet the contemporary operational and tactical level wargaming requirement for the Indian Navy.

  • Recognising the importance of nurturing innovation and creativity in a knowledge economy, India is taking great strides in strengthening its intellectual property ecosystem.

    Further, given the key role played by MSMEs in the economic growth of India, it is proposed to reduce the fees for various IPRs as follows:

    IPR

    ACTIVITY

    CATEGORY

    CURRENT FEES

    PROPOSED FEES

    REDUCTION (%)

    PATENTS

    FILING

    MSME

    4000/ 4400

    1600/ 1750

    60

    REQUEST FOR EXAMINATION

    10000/ 11000

    4000/ 4400

    60

    EXPEDITED EXAMINATION (only e-filing)

    25000

    8000

    68

    RENEWAL

    2000 to 20000 (+10% for physical filing)

    800 to 8000 (+10% for physical filing)

    60

    DESIGNS

    FILING

    MSME/ Startup

    2000

    1000

    50

    GEOGRAPHICAL INDICATIONS

    REGISTRATION

    AUTHORISED USER

    500

    NIL

    100

    ISSUANCE OF REGISTRATION CERTIFICATE

    100

    NIL

    100

    RENEWAL

    1000

    NIL

    100

     

    Fees structure is for e-filing/ physical filing.

  • Union Minister of Commerce & Industry and Railways, Piyush Goyal informed about the details of the Export Credit Insurance Scheme (ECIS) in New Delhi today at a press conference. Minister of State for Commerce & Industry, Hardeep Singh Puri was also present.

  • Union Minister of Commerce & Industry and Railways, Piyush Goyal and Minister of State for Commerce & Industry, Hardeep Singh Purilaunched Steel Import Monitoring System (SIMS) in New Delhi today.

    The system has been developed in consultation with Ministry of Steelon the pattern of US Steel Import Monitoring and Analysis (SIMA) system.

  • Exercise MAITREE, the annual bilateral joint exercise between Indian Army (IA) and Royal Thailand Army (RTA) commenced today at the Foreign Training Node (FTN), Umroi, Meghalaya. The aim of exercise is joint training of troops in counter terrorism operations in both jungle terrain and urban scenario.

  • Union Minister of Commerce & Industry and Railways, Piyush Goyal and Minister of State for Commerce & Industry, Hardeep Singh Puri, launched Common Digital Platform for Issuance of electronic Certificates of Origin (CoO) in New Delhi today.

  • Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi received Mr. Phillip D. Murphy, Governor of the State of New Jersey in the United States of America this morning on Mr. Murphy’s first visit to India in his current official capacity.

  • Union Minister Shri Prakash Javadekar participated in the celebrations marking the 60th Foundation Day of Doordarshan in a function organized at Doordarshan Bhawan, New Delhi today.

    Speaking on this occasion, Shri Javadekar highlighted the role played by Doordarshan in its journey of last sixty years.

  • Union Minister of Science & Technology, Dr.  Harsh Vardhan, today inaugurated the National Centre for Clean Coal Research and Development at Indian Institute of Science (IISc)-Bengaluru.  Government of India through Department of Science & Technology, has set up the National Centre for Clean Coal Research and Development (NCCCR&D) as a national level consortium on clean coal R&D, led by the Indian Institute of Science (IISc)-Bengaluru.

  • The official Wholesale Price Index for 'All Commodities' (Base: 2011-12=100) for the month of August, 2019 rose by 0.2% to 121.4 (provisional) from 121.2 (provisional) for the previous month.

    INFLATION

    The annual rate of inflation, based on monthly WPI for August 2019, remained unchanged at 1.08 compared to July 2019 and 4.62% during the corresponding month of the previous year.

  • President, Vice President, several Ministers, leaders cutting across party lines, sportspersons, legends from various other fields and common people have greeted Prime Minister Narendra Modi on his birthday today.

  • Home Minister Amit Shah today said that no untoward incident took place in Jammu and Kashmir following the abrogation of Article 370 and 35 A and peace is prevailing in the State.

  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi performed the puja rituals to welcome the Narmada water at Sardar Sarovar Dam at Kevadia in Gujarat.

  • The Election Commission team will visit Mumbai today to review of the state's poll preparedness.

  • Union Home Ministry has said that the construction work on Kartarpur Corridor on Indian side at Dera Baba Nanak will be completed before the scheduled time.

  • Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation's will honour Prime Minister Narendra Modi for Swachh Bharat Mission, a sanitation initiative that improved access to toilets.

  • The Indian men's team booked a quarterfinal berth at the ITTF Asian Table Tennis Championships at Yogyakarta, Indonesia on Monday.

  • Railways reached the quarterfinals of the 25th Senior Women’s National Football Championship today. They beat Andhra Pradesh in a group stage match 18-0.

  • Commerce Minister Piyush Goyal has said the Central government will give support of 8,500 crore rupees to Export Credit Guarantee Corporation of India, ECGC, in the next five years.

  • The Supreme Court today asked the Centre and Jammu and Kashmir administration to make all endeavours to restore normalcy in Kashmir Valley as soon as possible.

  • President Ram Nath Kovind and his Slovenian counterpart Borut Pahor have agreed to strengthen multilateralism and promote multi-polar world.

  • India has condemned the drone attacks targeting two oil facilities in Saudi Arabia on Saturday.

  • The 30-share index was trading 147.66 points, or 0.40 per cent, lower at 36,975.65 at 0930 hours, while the broader Nifty fell 43.30 points, or 0.39 per cent, to 10,960.20. In the previous session, the BSE barometer settled 262 points, or 0.70 per cent, lower at 37,123.31, while the Nifty closed 79.80 points, or 0.72 per cent, down at 10,996.10.

    Top losers in the Sensex pack in early trade on included Tech Mahindra, HCL Tech, Hero MotoCorp, Axis Bank, Bajaj Auto, HDFC, Bharti Airtel, M&M, TCS, Tata Motors, ICICI Bank and Maruti, falling up to 1.86 per cent. On the other hand, Vedanta, Yes Bank, Asian Paints, Tata Steel, ONGC, SBI and IndusInd Bank, rose up to 2.22 per cent.

    On Monday, foreign portfolio investor sold shares worth a net of Rs 751.26 crore, while domestic institutional investors bought equities worth Rs 308.56 crore, provisional data showed. Investor sentiment remained weak amid geopolitical uncertainties over the Saudi oil turmoil, US-China trade war and looming global economic slowdown, experts said.

    Market is now awaiting cues from the upcoming trade talks between China and the US as well as a much-anticipated policy meeting of the Federal Reserve, scheduled to begin later in the day. Elsewhere in Asia, Shanghai Composite Index, Hang Seng and Nikkei were trading in the red in their respective late morning sessions, while Kospi was in the positive territory.

    On Wall Street, bourses ended on a negative note on Monday. The rupee, meanwhile, depreciated 17 paise against its previous close at 71.77 in early session. Global oil benchmark Brent crude fell 0.93 per cent to 68.38 per barrel (intra-day).

  • He was addressing the Slovenia-India Business Forum in Lubliyana, the capital of Slovenia on Monday. He called upon the business community in Slovenia to participate in the Make in India programme by setting up the manufacturing units in India. The President also added that Clean Ganga Programme, urban infrastructure and renewable energy are other areas in which both the countries can work together.

    ASSOCHAM delegate  Kishore Kumar Sharma said that bilateral trade increased by 33 per cent in 2018-19 with trade increasing from 270 million Euros to 361 million Euros. He said, the possibility of direct link with the port of Koper in Slovenia from India could be worked out for easier sea connectivity.

    President of Slovenia Borut Pahor graced the meeting during the business forum interactions. On the concluding day of his visit to Slovenia, President Kovind will meet the Indian community and address them before leaving for New Delhi today.

  • In a statement issued on Monday in Seattle,USA, the Gates Foundation said, PM Modi will receive its annual Goalkeepers Global Goals Award for providing 500 million people in India safer sanitation. PM Modi will be in the United States next week to receive the foundation's award.

    The Swachh Bharat Mission was launched in 2014 and its components include the construction of household toilets, community and public toilets and solid waste management.

    According to the latest government data, the rural sanitation coverage has reached 99.99 per cent till now from 39 per cent in 2014. Over ten crore household toilets have been built so far under Swacchh Bharat Mission while 35 States and Union Territories have been declared Open Defecation Free.

  • Experts said, although the RBI takes into account the Consumer Price Index-based inflation while deciding its monetary policy stance, the decline in core inflation has strengthened the case for a rate cut.

    According to the data released yesterday by the Ministry of Commerce & Industry, the increase in prices of certain food items was partially neutralized by static prices of manufactured goods during August 2019. The Wholesale Price Index based inflation was 1.08 per cent in July and 4.62 per cent in August last year.

    Inflation in food articles rose to 7.67 per cent during the month as against 6.15 per cent in July mainly on account of rise in prices of vegetables and protein-rich items. Vegetable inflation went up at 13.07 per cent from 10.67 per cent in the previous month. However, fuel and power basket continued to witness deflation at 4 per cent in August as against 3.64 per cent in July.

    The retail (CPI) inflation in August rose marginally to 3.21 per cent as against 3.15 per cent in the previous month mainly due to costlier food items, government data showed last week.

    The Reserve Bank has cut key repo rate by 110 basis points during this year by effecting a total of four cuts so far.
     

  • Polls opened at 7:00 am (0400 GMT) and were due to close in most areas at 10:00 pm. At one Jerusalem polling station, a trickle of voters arrived to cast ballots just after opening time. The stakes could not be much higher for the 69-year-old right-wing leader who, as in April polls, faces a strong challenge from ex-military chief Benny Gantz and his centrist Blue and White alliance. Ex-defence minister Avigdor Lieberman, Netanyahu's former right-hand man turned rival, could play a kingmaker role with his campaign to "make Israel normal again."

    Some 6.4 million people are eligible to cast ballots. The first exit surveys will be released just after polls close, while official results are not expected until Wednesday. Opinion polls have indicated another tight race, showing Netanyahu's Likud and Blue and White winning around 32 seats each in the 120-seat parliament.

    Both Netanyahu and Gantz paid a last-minute visit Monday night to Jerusalem's Western Wall, the holiest site where Jews are allowed to pray. Netanyahu enters the election after having suffered one of the biggest defeats of his political career following the April vote.

    His Likud along with its right-wing and religious allies won a majority of seats, leading Israeli President Reuven Rivlin to task the premier with forming a new government. But following weeks of discussions, Netanyahu failed, leading him to opt for an unprecedented second election rather than risk having Rivlin choose someone else.

    The danger for Netanyahu extends beyond remaining prime minister, a post he has held for a total of more than 13 years. If he wins, many believe he will seek to have parliament grant him immunity from prosecution while facing the possibility of a corruption indictment in the weeks ahead. Israel's attorney general has said he intends to indict Netanyahu for fraud, bribery and breach of trust pending a hearing expected only days after the election in early October.

    A final decision would come later. Netanyahu would not be required to step down if indicted, only if convicted with all appeals exhausted. Recognising the stakes, Netanyahu spent the final days of the campaign seeking to appeal to right-wing nationalists -- key to his re-election bid -- and to boost turnout among his base

  • Earlier, Prime Minister reached Kevadia at Dam site in Narmada district and visited various ongoing projects at Sardar Sarovar Dam and the Statue of Unity. PM Modi also visited and reviewed the progress of jungle safari, Eco tourism, cactus garden, Ekta nursery, western India’s first river rafting point, Nutrition Park, mirror maze and butterfly park.

    Gujarat Government is celebrating - Namami Devi Narmade- Mahotsav throughout the state to mark the historic overflowing of Sardar Sarovar Dam- the life line of the state at its maximum height. Namami Devi Narmade - Mahotsav is also coincided with the 69th birthday celebrations of Prime Minister Modi today.

  • Five pigs found dead at a farm in Paju, a city near the inter-Korean border, were confirmed to have been infected with the virus, an official with Seoul's agriculture ministry told AFP. "At this point, it's too early to confirm if the case stemmed from the North," the official added.

    Seoul's agriculture Minister Kim Hyun-soo said 3,950 pigs from three farms in Paju were to be culled. The virus is not harmful to humans but causes haemorrhagic fever in pigs that is almost always fatal. There is no antidote or vaccine and the only known way to prevent the disease from spreading is a mass cull of affected livestock.

    The confirmed cases in the South came around three months after Pyongyang told the World Organisation for Animal Health that dozens of pigs had died from the disease at a farm near the Chinese border, according to the South's agriculture ministry. In June, Seoul said the disease was "highly likely" to enter the country from the North and ordered fences to be erected at farms along the border to prevent possible contact between pigs and wild boar.

    There are around 6,700 pig farms across South Korea and pig farming accounts for 40 percent of the total livestock industry. In May, the UN's Food and Agricultural Organization said pork prices had risen by up to 50 percent both in China and on the Chicago futures exchange as a result of the outbreak. Last month, it said almost five million pigs in Asia had died or been culled because of the spread of the disease.

  • The Statue of Unity, billed as the tallest in the world, was inaugurated by him on Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel's birth anniversary on October 31 last year. There were reports that he filmed a video of the Statue of Unity from his helicopter.

    Earlier on Tuesday, PM Modi arrived at Kevadiya to take part in the 'Namami Narmada' festival being celebrated by the Gujarat government to mark the filling up of the Sardar Sarovar Dam on Narmada river to its full reservoir level of 138.68 metres.

    For the first time since the height of the dam was raised in 2017, the water level reached its highest peak at 138.68 metres on Sunday evening.

    The PM, who would be addressing a gathering near the dam, visited various developmental projects being carried out near the dam and Statue of Unity to boost tourism. These projects include river rafting, a jungle safari park, a butterfly park and Ekta Nursery, an officila said.

    PM Modi also visited the Khalvani Eco-Tourism site. In the safari, he apparently spotted deer. Modi is also expected to visit Dutt Mandir at nearby Garudeshwar village on the banks of Narmada.

  • Traffic snarled as more than 600 stoplights went dark in the capital, Tegucigalpa. Leonardo Deras of Honduras' state electric company said at a news conference that the problem arose from an overload at a substation on the Caribbean coast.

    Salvador Mansell, president of Nicaragua's state power transmission company, Enatrel, said the blackout hit his country's capital, Managua, and its main departments, or provinces.

    There are about 600,000 paying customers for electricity in the country. Internet service and water distribution in parts of the capital, which relies on pumps, were also knocked out. Power began to be restored in the afternoon. Honduras' government said the process would take three or four hours.

    El Salvador and Guatemala also had partial outages. The four nations plus Costa Rica and Panama have shared a linked electrical network since the late 1980s.

  •  "I have no meeting scheduled (with Rouhani). I know they (Iranians) want to meet," Trump told reporters at the White House.

    "I know they are not doing well as a country. Iran has got a lot of problems right now.. but two and half to three years ago they were causing a lot of trouble... and we'll see what happens," he said. After coming to power, Trump had withdrawn from the Iranian nuclear deal and imposed stringent sanctions on Iran.

    Trump said certain conditions had to be met for talks with the Iranians. "The biggest thing you can talk about are the sanctions, and the sanctions are massive.

    There's never been sanctions put on a country like that. I think they have a tremendous future, but not the way they're behaving," he said. Responding to a question, Trump said the evidence from the recent attack on the oil units in Saudi Arabia indicated foul play from Iran.

    "It's looking that way. We are having some very strong studies done, but it's certainly looking that way at this moment. And we'll let you know. As soon as we find out definitively, we'll let you know. But it does look that way," he said. On Saturday, air attacks targeted Abqaiq, the site of the largest oil processing plant run by the Saudi state oil company,

    Aramco, and the Khurais oilfield. Iran has denied involvement in the air attacks, which were claimed by Iran-aligned Houthi rebels in Yemen. Secretary of State, Mike Pompeo and other US officials will be visiting Saudi Arabia to hold talks in the aftermath of the attacks. Trump said:

    "We have a lot of options, but I'm not looking at options right now. We want to find definitively who did this. We're dealing with Saudi Arabia. We're dealing with the Crown Prince and so many other of your neighbours, and we're all talking about it together. We'll see what happens," he said. 

  • In a tweet, PM Modi said, he will refer to some of them during his remarks. He said, there is great enthusiasm towards the Howdy Modi programme in Houston. 

    He urged the people to express their thoughts on the special open forum on the NaMo application.

    PM Modi expressed delight that US President Donald Trump will join him in the India community programme at Houston. 

    PM Modi on Monday said he is looking forward to join the Indian origin community in welcoming the US President at the programme.

  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi waved to people gathered outside on the road as his convoy passed from the airport to the city.

    PM will visit Gujarat's Sardar Sarovar Dam on the Narmada river on Tuesday. The water level has reached its highest level till date of 138.68 metres. The PM will launch the "Namami Narmade" festival. 

    The Prime Minister will visit the dam site at Kevadiya in Narmada district on his 69th birthday to attend the "Namami Narmade Mahotsava" to celebrate the water level milestone.

    Prime Minister Narendra Modi will visit the Sardar Sarovar Dam In Narmada in Gujarat and offer prayers there on his 69th birthday on 17th September.

    The Water Level In Sardar Sarovar Dam In Kevadiya In Narmada District reached Its Highest Capacity at 138.68 Metres on Sunday, Since its height was raised in 2017.

    In 2014, Permission Was granted to raise the height of this mega Dam from 121.92 metres to 138.68 Metres

    This Means There Shall be no water scarcity in Gujarat For At least next 2 years

    Narmada is considered to be the lifeline of Gujarat

    ---Close To 10,000 Villages In Gujarat gets Potable Water Because of this Project

    ---There is canal Network of 75,000 Kms In Gujarat ,Through which People get Water for irrigation

    ---Installed Capacity Of Sardar Sarovar Hydro Power Project is 1450 MW

    The Namami Devi Narmade Mahotsav will be celebrated across the state with over 5,000 events which marks the filling up of the Sardar Sarovar Dam to its full capacity.PM Modi Will offer prayers at the dam site

    PM Modi Will also review Various Developmental Projects like 

    ---Eco Tourism Site

    ---Jungle Safari

    ---Butterfly Garden

    ---Cactus Garden, where more than 500 species Of Cactus are there

    ---Ekta Nursery

    ---Garudeshwar Dutt Temple

    The Statue of Unity is on a spree of setting benchmarks. Days after it made its place in the Time's 100 greatest places in the world, it registered a record 34,000 tourists visiting the location in a single day on 25th August. PM Modi's Visit To Kevadiya On His Birthday will further play a significant role in Boosting Tourism In Gujarat 
     

  • A Home Ministry team has visited the construction site at Dera Baba Nanak site and reviewed the construction work there on Monday.  

    There are three major construction works at Indian side, the construction of a 3.5 KM long 'four lane highway' from Gurdaspur to  International Border which is being built  by the National Highways Authority of  India. 

    Out of 3.5 KM stretch, around 70 percent of construction work has been completed and rest of the 30 percent will be finished before 31st October. 

    The MHA team also visited and took stock of the progress of construction of main terminal building for the Sikh pilgrimage and  a separate building for the security forces at Indian side.
     

  • They discussed development-related issues of the state. Home minister Amit Shah also took stock of the situation in a two-hour long meeting attended by National Security Advisor Ajit Doval and Cabinet Secretary Rajiv Gauba among others... Details in this report...

    The situation in Jammu and Kashmir continues to improve every day. Most areas of the valley are restriction-free. In Delhi, Jammu and Kashmir Governor Satya Pal Malik met Prime Minister Narendra Modi and is believed to have briefed him about the security situation in the state.

    On another front, Union home minister Amit Shah took stock of the situation and was briefed about the steps taken to maintain peace along border areas as well as in the Valley. 

    During the two-hour long meeting, also attended by National Security Advisor Ajit Doval and Cabinet Secretary Rajiv Gauba among others, the home minister was given a detailed presentation on the prevailing security situation in Jammu and Kashmir, particularly along the International Border and the Line of Control. 

    The meeting came amidst report that around 230 terrorists were brought to terror launch pads by Pakistan to push them into Jammu and Kashmir. Lieutenant General K J S Dhillon, General Officer Commanding, 15 Corps, which looks after the Kashmir Valley, had recently said there have been infiltration attempts from across the border.

    Restrictions were first imposed across Kashmir on 5th August when the Centre announced its decision to abrogate Article 370 of the Constitution and bifurcate the state into two Union territories. The restrictions were lifted in phases from many parts of the valley as the situation improved with the passage of time.

    Meanwhile, the Supreme Court has agreed to entertain a petition filed by the Jammu and Kashmir People's Conference challenging President's Rule imposed in the state and abrogation of provisions of Article 370, which gave special status to the state.  

    A bench comprising Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi and justices S A Bobde and S A Nazeer tagged the petition filed along with petitions which have been referred to a five-judge Constitution bench for examining the legal validity of the Presidential order on abrogation of Article 370 from the state.  However, the bench declined to entertain other fresh petitions on the issue of scrapping of Article 370. 

    The Supreme Court has also allowed Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad to visit four districts -- Srinagar, Jammu, Baramulla, Anantnag -- to meet people but said he cannot hold any political rally. It also allowed CPI(M) leader Mohd Yusuf Tarigami to go back to his home state Jammu and Kashmir. The ailing leader was on September 9 shifted from Srinagar to AIIMS for treatment.

    The apex Court asked the Centre to make all endeavours to restore normalcy in Kashmir as soon as possible. A bench of Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi and justices S A Bobde and S A Nazeer was told by the Centre that all Kashmir-based newspapers were running and the government had been offering all kinds of assistance.  

    It also said that TV channels like Doordarshan and others private ones along with FM networks are working in the state.  The bench asked Attorney General K K Venugopal, appearing for the Centre, to put details of these steps taken on an affidavit. 
     

  • In a meeting of IIT Joint Admission Board (JAB) several key decisions have been taken regarding the JEE (Advanced) to be held in 2020. 

    In the JAB meeting, which was held on Sunday (15th September, 2019) at IIT Delhi, it has been decided to conduct the JEE (Advanced) 2020 on May 17 (Sunday). 

    The IIT JAB also decided to hold the JEE (Advanced) 2020 for the first time in the US also. 

    For this, an examination centre will be set up in San Francisco. 

    The Board has decided to shortlist Two Lakh Fifty Thousand students (including all categories) from JEE (Main) 2020 to appear for JEE (Advanced) 2020.

  • The award citation lauded Prime Minister Hasina for her vision of a peaceful and prosperous South Asia, free of tension, conflicts and terrorism. It acknowledged her contribution in fostering cooperation between India and Bangladesh.

    Speaking after receiving the award Prime Minister Hasina said that the award will inspire her government to strive for the achievement of greater inclusive development of people.

    Chief Adviser of the Dr Kalam Smriti International Advisory Council former Ambassador T.P. Sreenivasan handed over the award to Sheikh Hasina.

    The award is given every year to honour statesmen or leaders who have shown excellence in respective fields to achieve the best for their countries.

    The Presidents of the Maldives, Ghana and Mauritius earlier received the prestigious award since its introduction in 2015.

  • President arrived in South Central European country of Slovenia after concluding his visit to Iceland and Switzerland. 

    In Slovenia, the President will hold talks with his counterpart Borut Pahor.  President Kovind will also be present during the delegation level talks and signing of Agreements for wider Cooperation in the areas of mutual interest between the two countries. 

    The President will lay wreath at the memorial of the war victims. During his two days stay, the President will also take part in the India Slovenia business event and grace a reception to be hosted by the Indian community. This is the first ever visit by any Indian President to Slovenia after it gained Independence in 1991. 
     

  • Emphasising the new bonhomie in the India-US ties under the Trump administration, this is for the first time in recent history that the leaders of the two largest democracies would be addressing a joint rally anywhere in the world.

    More than 50,000 Indian-Americans from across the US have registered for the September 22 mega "Howdy, Modi! Shared Dreams, Bright Futures" event to be held at the sprawling NRG Stadium in Houston.

    PM MODI THANKS US PRESIDENT FOR THE SPECIAL GESTURE

    Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday said The special gesture of President Donald Trump to join us in Houston highlights the strength of the relationship and recognition of the contribution of the Indian community to American society and economy.

    In a series of tweets, the prime minister said A special gesture by @POTUS, signifying the special friendship between India and USA!

    Delighted that President @realDonaldTrump will join the community programme in Houston on the 22nd.

    Looking forward to joining the Indian origin community in welcoming him at the programme.

    Meanwhile, Information and Broadcasting minister, Prakash Javadekar said that the US President Donald Trump's plan to attend "Howdy Modi" event in Houston on Sept 22, shows India's growing stature at global level.

  • "Shri Satya Pal Malik, the Governor of Jammu and Kashmir called on PM @narendramodi," the prime minister's office tweeted.

    Malik is believed to have apprised Modi about the prevailing situation in Jammu and Kashmir.

    On August 5, the central government had announced the abrogation of the special status given to Jammu and Kashmir under Article 370 and bifurcation of the state into Union territories. The two UTs of Jammu and Kashmir, and Ladakh will come into existence on October 31.

     

  • Kohli, with 903 rating points, is 34 points behind Smith (937). Besides former Australia captain Smith, compatriot Pat Cummins has also retained his one position in the ICC Test bowlers' rankings.

    Both Smith and Cummins player key roles in helping Australia retain The Ashes. The Ashes culminated with a 135-run victory for England in the fifth and final Test on Sunday.

    The series ended in a 2-2 draw with Australia retaining the Urn. Smith's scores of 80 and 23 in the two innings in the final Test helped him remain at 937 rating points, an incredible effort since he started the series in fourth position with 857 points before his surge that came courtesy 774 runs in four Tests. Cummins too is well clear of other bowlers as he enjoys a lead of 57 points over second-placed Kagiso Rabada after finishing as the top wicket-taker with 29 scalps.

    India's Jasprit Bumrah is in third place. Other players from Australia to make notable gains are Matthew Wade and Mitchell Marsh. Wade's fourth Test century has lifted him 32 places to 78th, his highest since being ranked 52nd in March 2013. Marsh's maiden five-wicket haul has helped him gain 20 places to reach 54th place, his best since March 2017.

    David Warner has lost seven places after the Test to finish in 24th position among batsmen. He has slid 19 places during the five matches with a tally of 95 runs in 10 innings, starting the series in fifth position.

    For England, fast bowler Jofra Archer has moved into the top 40 for the first time after grabbing six first-innings wickets while left-arm seamer Sam Curran has gained six slots to reach 65th position with three wickets. Jos Buttler's scores of 70 and 47 has lifted him back into the world's top 30 for the first time since January this year while Joe Denly's career-best score of 94 has taken him to a career-highest 57th place. Rory Burns has also moved up five places to 56th position. 

  • According to the Press Release issued by the Indian High Commission in Dhaka on Monday, during the visit, DG Coast Guard will be calling on the Home Minister, Chief of NavalStaff, Director General of Bangladesh Coast Guard among others. 

    It said that the visit of the Chief of Indian Coast Guard to Bangladesh will strengthen defence cooperation particularly in the field of maritime domain. 

    It will also strengthen the close and fraternal ties existing between the Coast Guards of the two countries.
     

  • The deadly floods swept away cars and decimated buildings in the regions of south-eastern parts of the country.

    Thousands of police, fire-fighters and soldiers are working round the clock to help those affected.

    Meanwhile, weather conditions are now beginning to stabilise and are expected to improve over the coming days.
     

  • Weekly mass demonstrations forced veteran president Abdelaziz Bouteflika to resign in April, leaving Algeria in constitutional limbo and facing a stand-off between the protesters and the army-backed government.

    An independent electoral commission will be formed to oversee the upcoming election. The army, the strongest institution in Algeria, earlier sought for a presidential election as soon as possible to break the deadlock between the protesters and the authorities.

    Algeria is a key gas supplier to Europe and it is a U.S. partner in its fight against militant Islamist groups in the Sahara and Sahel regions.

  • After touching a low of 37,111.29, the 30-share index was trading 210.02 points, or 0.56 per cent, lower at 37,174.97 at 1000 hours, while the broader Nifty fell 64.15 points, or 0.58 per cent, to 11,011.75.

    In the previous session on Friday, the BSE barometer settled 280.71 points higher at 37,384.99, while the broader NSE Nifty ended 93.10 points up at 11,075.90.

    According to experts, domestic equities plunged after global oil benchmark Brent crude price skyrocketed as drones attacked two Saudi Arabian plants on Saturday.

    The attack by Yemen's Houthi rebels reportedly shut down six per cent of the global oil supply.

    Shares of oil and gas companies HPCL, BPCL, IOC, Castrol India and Reliance Industries plunged up to 7 per cent.

    A huge depreciation in the rupee against the US dollar too spooked investors here, traders said. The local unit cracked 68 paise to 71.60 against the US currency in early trade.

    Top losers in the Sensex pack in early trade on included Asian Paints, RIL, Yes Bank, HDFC, SBI, Tata Motors, Maruti, Tata Steel and Axis Bank, falling up to 2 per cent.

    On the other hand, ONGC, TCS, HUL, TechM, PowerGrid, Sun Pahrma, Infosys, ITC, HCL Tech and NTPC rose up to 2.45 per cent.

    Meanwhile, Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman on Saturday unveiled over Rs 70,000 crore of measures for exporters and the real estate sector, including about Rs 30,000 crore new spending in plans such as setting up of a stressed asset fund, as part of efforts to boost economic growth from a six-year low.

    Market participants are also eyeing wholesale price index (WPI) inflation data scheduled to be announced later in the day.

    The decision on interest rates and the statement from the US Federal Reserve chief after Federal Open Market Committee's two-day meet (starting on Tuesday) would be most crucial news for global markets, experts said.

    Elsewhere in Asia, Shanghai Composite Index and Kospi were trading in the green in their respective late morning sessions, while Hang Seng cracked 1 per cent.

    On Friday, foreign portfolio investor sold shares worth a net of Rs 405.45 crore, while domestic institutional investors bought equities worth Rs 209.56 crore, provisional data showed.

  • Addressing the SLFP convention in Ratnapura on Sunday, the party leader said regardless of the candidate, no candidate can win the next Presidential election without the support of the SLFP.

    He said although the SLFP has received invitations from both from the United National Party (UNP) and Sri Lanka People’s party (SLPP) for an alliance, no discussions were held with the UNP and the discussions with the SLPP were held giving priority to identity of the SLFP.

    The President said the SLPP MPs had been able to retain their parliamentary seat due to a letter submitted by the United People's Freedom Alliance (UPFA) General Secretary MP Mahinda Amaraweera. He added that while the top leaders and grassroots level members of the SLPP were grateful for it, it was regrettable that some middle-level MPs had forgotten it.

    His comments came as SLFP is in talks with SLPP for a an alliance while President is believed to be backing the candidature of UNP deputy leader and minister Sajith Premadasa for Presidential elections scheduled for later this year.

    UNP is yet to announce its candidate amidst infighting while SLPP has named former defence secretary Gotabya Rajapksa as its candidate. 

  • Greece has bitter memories of a horrific blaze that tore through the seaside town of Mati near Athens in July 2018, killing 102 people in a matter of hours. Authorities were accused then of poor coordination and a slow response.

    Greece often faces wildfires during its dry summer months, but environmental campaigners see an increasing number of wildfires around the world as a symptom of climate change.
     

  • Addressing at Rajiv Gandhi University of Health Sciences, in Bengaluru, the minister said that govt has taken a very bold decision by abrogating Article 370, to bring prosperity in Jammu and Kashmir.

  • President Ram Nath Kovind will visit Slovania today on the final leg of his three nation tour.

    He will hold wide ranging talks with his counterpart Borut Pahor and National Assembly President today. He will also take part in India - Slovania business event and community reception by Indian Community..

    It is the first ever visit by any Indian President to Slovenia after it gained Independence in 1991.

    He will return home on September 17.

  • The decision, came a day after the manufacturer's four-year contract with workers expired without an agreement on a replacement.

    The union's previous four-year contract with GM expired this weekend, and the two sides had been holding negotiations on wide-ranging issues, including wages, healthcare, profit sharing, and job security.

    Also, the union has been fighting to stop GM from closing car assembly plants in Ohio and Michigan, which the company has said are necessary responses to changes in the market. 

    The strike is the first major stoppage at GM since 2007. 
     

  • India has expressed serious concerns over unprovoked ceasefire violations by Pakistan along LoC in Jammu and Kashmir to support cross-border Infiltration of terrorists this year. 

    The Ministry of External Affairs in a statement said: "We have highlighted our concerns at unprovoked ceasefire violations by Pakistan forces, including in support of cross border terrorist infiltration, and targeting of Indian civilians and border posts by them. This year they have resorted to more than 2050 unprovoked ceasefire violations in which 21 Indians have died. We have repeatedly called upon Pakistan to ask its forces to adhere to 2003 ceasefire understanding and maintain peace and tranquility along the LOC and IB. Indian forces exercise maximum restraint and respond to unprovoked violations and attempts at cross border terrorist infiltration."
     

  • In Andhra Pradesh, at least 11 people died after a boat carrying over 73 people capsized in the Godavari river. While 39 people are missing, 27 people were rescued.

    The boat, belonging to a private operator, was on its way to the picturesque Papi kondalu tourist spot in the middle of the river when it met with the accident. 

    Two teams of National Disaster Response Force and State Disaster Response Force were sent to the accident spot for rescue operations. 

    The state govt has announced Rs. 10 Lakh Ex-Gratia for kin of the deceased. Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Y S Jagan Mohan Reddy has sought a complete report on the incident and asked for the release of safety guidelines prepared by an expert committee.

    President Ram Nath Kovind has expressed sadness over loss of lives in boat capsizing tragedy in Andhra Pradesh. President in  at tweet said that "Saddened to hear of capsizing of the boat in the Godavari river in Andhra Pradesh. Thoughts and prayers with the bereaved families."

    Vice president Venkaiah Naidu also expressed grief over  boat tragedy in Andra PRadesh. Vice President in a tweet said that "Deeply Saddened to learn about the loss of lives in tourist boat capsize in Godavari River near Kacchuluru village in Devipatnam Mandal of the East Godavari district of  Andhra Pradesh. Heartfelt condolences to the bereaved families and prayers for the speedy recovery of the injured.

    While, expressing his grief over loss of life in boat tragedy, Prime Minister Narendra Modi in a tweet said that 'Extremely pained by the capsizing of a boat in Andhra Pradesh's East Godavari. My thoughts are with the bereaved families.'
     

  • A meeting of the National Crisis Management Committee, chaired by the Cabinet Secretary, Rajiv Gauba, was held yesterday to review the prevailing flood situation in the states of Madhya Pradesh and Rajasthan.

    Cabinet Secretary took stock of the current situation, preparedness, rescue and relief operations and directed that immediate assistance, as sought by the states, be provided to meet the crisis.

    It was informed by both the States that due to extremely heavy rainfall and the consequent discharge of water from the Gandhi Sagar Dam in Madhya Pradesh and other reservoirs in the two states, there has been flooding in the upstream as well as downstream areas.

    Action to evacuate and rescue people and livestock has been taken by the states and no loss of life has been reported. Adequate teams of the NDRF and Army have also been deployed and are engaged in rescue work.

    IMD has stated that while there has been very heavy rainfall in these States over the past few days, the intensity is likely to decline from today.

    Large areas in several districts of Rajasthan were flooded after water was released from dams, forcing evacuation of thousands of stranded people, including school children.

    Teams of the army, the National Disaster Response Force and other agencies are conducting rescue operations in Chittorgarh district and Kota city, where many people are marooned on rooftops after nearly 7 lakh cusecs of water was discharged from the Kota barrage yesterday. Over 5,000 people have been evacuated so far in Kota.

    Educational institutions have been closed in affected areas and the administration has appealed to people to ignore rumours on conditions of dams and barrages.   

    While in Madhya Pradesh, around 45,000 people were
    evacuated yesterday from flood-hit areas to safer places after heavy rainfall caused water-logging in many places. 

    Heavy showers have been lashing the two neighbouring districts Mandsaur and Neemuch in western Madhya Pradesh since the last few days, crippling normal life there.

    Meanwhile, former chief minister and senior BJP leader Shivraj Singh Chouhan said his party would launch an agitation from September 22 if compensation is not paid to farmers who have lost their crops in the downpour.

    He also announced that he would be donate his MLA salary for the month for people affected by floods. 
     

  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi expressed happiness over it during inauguration of Motihari-Amlekhgunj petroleum pipeline last week and reiterated India's commitment to the development of Nepal. 

    While appreciating Govt. of India, Nepal's Prime Minister K. P. Sharma Oli termed these houses as a symbol of India's support and friendly gesture to the people of Nepal. 
     

  • It is to be noted that U.S. President Donald Trump authorized the release of oil from the U.S. Strategic Petroleum Reserve if needed in a quantity to be determined because of Saturday's attack on Saudi Arabia's oil facilities.

    In a tweet, Trump said that he has informed all appropriate agencies to expedite approvals of the oil pipelines currently in the permitting process in Texas and various other States.

    Meanwhile, Iran has denied allegations made by U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo that it was behind the attacks. Iran's Foreign Minister said that the United States and its allies were "stuck in Yemen" because of illusion that weapon superiority will lead to military victory. He added that blaming Tehran "won't end the disaster".

    Further, France and Britain have condemned attacks on two Saudi Aramco plants claimed by Yemen's Iran-aligned Houthi group.

    The attack are expected to send oil prices up $5-10 per barrel globally as tensions rise in the Middle East.

    @realDonaldTrump
    Based on the attack on Saudi Arabia, which may have an impact on oil prices, I have authorized the release of oil from the Strategic Petroleum Reserve, if needed, in a to-be-determined amount ... sufficient to keep the markets well-supplied. I have also informed all appropriate agencies to expedite approvals of the oil pipelines currently in the permitting process in Texas and various other States.

    @DominicRaab
    This was a reckless attempt to damage regional security and disrupt global oil supplies. The UK condemns such behaviour unreservedly.

    @JZarif
    Having failed at "max pressure", @SecPompeo's turning to "max deceit." US & its clients are stuck in Yemen because of illusion that weapon superiority will lead to military victory. Blaming Iran won't end disaster. Accepting our April '15 proposal to end war & begin talks may.
     

  • The fifth seeded Indian left his rival with a bloodied face before the judges ruled 3-2 in his favour after an exhausting bout during which both the boxers managed to connect very few impactful punches.

  • India's billiards superstar Pankaj Advani yesterday increased his tally of world titles to 22 by winning a fourth straight final in the 150-up format at the IBSF World Billiards Championship in Mandalay, Myanmar. 

    Advani won the match by 6-2 against the local favourite Nay Thway Oo.. The 34-year-old has brought home a world trophy every year ever since returning from a professional stint in the UK in 2014. 

    In the short format of billiards, this is Advani's fifth title in the last six years. 

    Prime Minister Narendra Modi congratulated Pankaj Advani for his accomplishments. 

    PM a in a tweet said that "Congratulations @PankajAdvani247! The entire nation is proud of your accomplishments. Your tenacity is admirable. Best wishes for your future endeavours.
     

  • US President Donald Trump will join Prime Minister Narendra Modi at Houston's mega "Howdy, Modi!" event on September 22, the White House said on Sunday.

    Reflecting on the new bonhomie in the India-US ties under the Trump administration, this is for the first time in recent history that the leaders of the two largest democracies would be addressing a joint rally anywhere in the world.

    More than 50,000 Indian-Americans from across the US have registered for the September 22 mega "Howdy, Modi! Shared Dreams, Bright Futures" event to be held at the sprawling NRG Stadium in Houston.

    "Howdy", short for 'How do you do?', is a friendly greeting commonly used in southwestern United States.

    In a statement, White House Press Secretary Stephanie Grisham said, "It (Modi-Trump joint rally) will be a great opportunity to emphasize the strong ties between the people of the United States and India, to reaffirm the strategic partnership between the world's oldest and largest democracies, and to discuss ways to deepen their energy and trade relationship." This would also be the first time that an American president would be addressing thousands of Indian-Americans at one place in the US.

    Indian ambassador to the US Harsh Vardhan Shringla called Trump's participation in the "Howdy, Modi!" event "historic" and "unprecedented". "It is reflective of the strong bonds of friendship and cooperation that has developed between India and the US," Shringla said. "This is unprecedented and historic and is reflective of the close ties of friendship and cooperation between India and the US," the ambassador said, welcoming the White House announcement. He said it was reflective of the people-to-people contact that provides the "organic" linkage between the two countries. The ambassador said the two leaders addressing the event sets a bold precedent, which he added was unconventional and unique. "It would be quite a historic meeting with Prime Minister Modi and President Trump jointly addressing over 50,000 Indian-Americans, mainly US citizens," Shringla said.

    This would be the third meeting between the two leaders this year. The previous two were on the sidelines of the G20 Summit in June in Japan and in France in July on the sidelines of the G7 Summit.

    In October 2016, Trump, then as Republican presidential nominee, had addressed a strong crowd of some 5,000 Indian-Americans in New Jersey, a few weeks away from his historic win in the November 2016 elections. So far, Trump is the only presidential candidate to address the Indian-Americans solely during an election year. In his address, Trump had said that if elected, he would be the best friend of India in the White House.

    The Houston event will be PM Modi's third major address to the Indian-American community after he became the Prime Minister in 2014 and the first after his re-election in May. The previous two were at the Madison Square Garden in New York in 2014 and the Silicon Valley in 2016. Both the events were attended by more than 20,000 people.

    The "Howdy, Modi!" event is being organised by non-profit Texas India Forum, a recently-formed representative body of hundreds of Indian American organisations in Texas and other parts of the US.

  • Victory for the home side at the Oval means the Ashes ends in a draw for the first time since 1972, although holders Australia retain the urn.

    The tourists, chasing an unlikely 399 to win in a shade under two days, clung on late into the evening session on the fourth day before finally collapsing as the shadows lengthened in south London.

    Australia, 2-1 up going into the match, were bidding to win their first Ashes series in England since 2001 but were denied by the fired-up hosts, with paceman Jofra Archer named man of the match for his six first-innings wickets.

    "A very good performance," said England captain Joe Root. "I thought we were brilliant. To bounce back from a very difficult emotional week, to come and play in the manner we have, the team has character in abundance. "This was more of a template of how to play moving forward. It is a step in the right direction. I am very proud of everyone's effort throughout the summer."

    Stuart Broad struck early to remove openers Marcus Harris and David Warner but while former captain Steve Smith was at the crease, Australia retained a faint hope of victory. But when Ben Stokes dived to his left at leg slip to catch Smith for 23, giving Broad his third wicket of the innings, England knew they had removed the biggest obstacle in their victory charge. Smith, who scored an astonishing 774 runs in just seven innings, was out for a score of less than fifty for the first time in the series. The Oval crowd gave him a standing ovation as he walked back to the dressing room in the September sunshine, with Australia in deep trouble at 85-4 in the post-lunch session. Matthew Wade offered brave resistance, scoring 117 as Archer cranked his speed up to 95 miles-per-hour in the evening sunlight, eye-balling the Australian batsman in an attempt to intimidate him. Occasional bowler Root finally got his man, luring him forward as Jonny Bairstow whipped off the bails. Left-arm spinner Jack Leach removed Nathan Lyon and Josh Hazlewood in successive balls, meaning England salvaged pride two months after winning the one-day World Cup for the first time. Broad and Leach both finished with four wickets.

    Earlier, England added 16 runs to their overnight tally, with Archer and Leach the last men out. Broad then pounded in, roared on by a packed crowd, reducing Australia to 29-2. Warner, who returned to international cricket in June after a 12-month ban for ball-tampering, scored just 95 runs in 10 innings and was dismissed by Broad seven times. Warner's dismissal brought Smith to the crease and he opened his account with a sweet drive through the covers for four off Archer but this time he could not find the magic. The exit of Smith, also banned over the ball-tampering scandal, led to one or two isolated boos but they were drowned out by applause from the crowd in appreciation of his run-scoring feats. His run haul put him fifth on the list of highest tallies in an Ashes series behind Don Bradman's two entries, England's Wally Hammond and former Australia skipper Mark Taylor. Smith was named Australia's man of the series while Stokes won the award for England.

    "It meant a lot to have that reception from the crowd today," said Smith. "It's been an amazing couple of months with the World Cup and the Ashes, the cricket has been spectacular. "The series has ebbed and flowed. I've loved every minute and I'm really proud of how I've been able to perform for Australia and to bring the urn home." The tourists won the first Test at Edgbaston and the fourth at Old Trafford while Stokes inspired England to victory in the third Test at Headingley. The second match, at Lord's, was drawn.

  • The first T20I between India and South Africa was abandoned due to persistent rain at the Himachal Pradesh Cricket Association Stadium in Dharamsala without a ball being bowled. 

    The second T20 International will be played at Mohali on Wednesday while the third and final game will be held in Bengaluru on September 22nd.
     

  • CII Director General Chandrajit Banerjee said, the measures are decisive as well as comprehensive and will provide a boost to the economy in near-term.

    Assocham President BK Goenka said, the steps on helping exports will go a long way in making Indian exporters competitive in the global market.

    Confederation of All India Traders (CAIT) President BC Bhartia said the best part of the announcements is the creation of various inter-ministerial working groups to monitor strict implementation of the announcements in a time-bound manner.

  • In Sonargaon upazila of Narayanganj near Dhaka workers of an RMG factory clashed with police today. Officer In charge of the Sonargaon police station said that the agitating workers hurled brickbats injuring 10 policemen.

    Workers claimed that more than 20 protestors were injured in the clash when police charged batons and fired tear shells to disperse the protesters who had blocked the Dhaka-Sylhet Highway today around noon time.

    Workers were protesting against alleged lay off, late payment of salary and denial of maternity leave.

    In another incident, RMG workers blocked a road in the Mirpur area of Dhaka for many hours today alleging that the factory has not paid them salaries for the last four months. The blockade caused heavy traffic jam in the adjoining areas.

    In January 2019, thousands of garment workers had staged protests for increased minimum wages.

    Bangladesh has witnessed sporadic incidents of RMG sector workers  protesting for wages, arrears and against retrenchment in recent months.

    Bangladesh has the world’s second-largest garment industry, behind China. It contributes almost 16 per cent of Gross Domestic Product (GDP) of the country.

    RMG sector exports in the fiscal year ending June 2019 was  $34 billion. About 78% of the yearly foreign exchange earnings of the country comes from this sector.
     

  • Cabinet Secretary took stock of the current situation, preparedness, rescue and relief operations and directed that immediate assistance, as sought by the states, be provided to meet the crisis.

    It was informed by both the States that due to extremely heavy rainfall and the consequent discharge of water from the Gandhi Sagar Dam in Madhya Pradesh and other reservoirs in the two states, there has been flooding in the upstream as well as downstream areas.

    Action to evacuate and rescue people and livestock has been taken by the states and no loss of life has been reported. Adequate teams of the NDRF and Army have also been deployed and are engaged in rescue work.

    India Meteorological Department (IMD) has stated that while there has been very heavy rainfall in these States over the past few days, the intensity is likely to decline from tomorrow.

    Senior officials of the Ministries of Home and Defence, as well as those from IMD, NDRF and Central Water Commission attended the meeting.

    Chief Secretaries and other senior officers from the State Governments participated in the meeting through Video Conference.

  • The public broadcaster started its journey on this day in 1959 from Delhi. Today, over 90 percent of Indian population receive DD programmes.

    Over the years, Doordarshan has grown into a network operating 34 satellite channels, besides providing free-to-air DTH service having 104 in its bookings. 

    Doordarshan has served people as a major source of information, education and entertainment since years. Entertainment shows like Chitrahaar, Mahabharat, Dekh Bhai Dekh, Fauji, Malgudi Days, among others, captured the imagination of the Indian public in the late 80s and early 90s, and still remains etched in people's minds as pure entertainment that brought people together.

    In a tweet, Prasar Bharati CEO Shashi Shekhar Vempati said, it is a moment to recognise that it is not that Doordarshan has gotten older, but it is getting newer for digital audiences.

    He said, it is not only that Doordarshan has turned 60 but the history of television broadcasting in India now spans six decades - a milestone for all of TV industry in India.

    Director General, Doordarshan, Prasar Bharati, Supriya Sahu said, Doordarshan is in the DNA of India. 
     

  • The 34-year-old has brought home a world trophy every year ever since returning from a professional stint in the UK in 2014.

    In the short format of billiards, this is Pankaj’s fifth title in the last six years.

    In a repeat of last year’s final against local favourite Nay Thway Oo, Pankaj re-enacted the one-sided match with the same eventual outcome as well as identical scorelines of 6-2.

    From the word go, Pankaj was in full flow. The gifted Indian was leading 3-0 at the halfway mark with the help of fluent breaks comprising of 145, 89 and 127, while Nay Thway Oo was yet to open his account.

    After pulling one back with breaks of 63 and 62, Oo was forced to watch Pankaj continue to extend the lead. Pankaj executed with flair as his sheer brilliance was on display, wowing the Myanmar crowd as they couldn’t help but appreciate his brilliant billiards.

    Pankaj secured the next two frames which included a 150 unfinished break. He scored a 74 break and shortly after that closed out the match.

    Oo was completely subdued by his accomplished opponent and had to settle for a silver medal for the second time in a row.

    With another trophy in the bag, Advani extends his remarkable run of winning a global crown since 2003.

    The Bengaluru-based cueist has won more world titles in his sport than anyone else.

  • Police said, the gun-battle took place around 6 PM in a forest near Tadmetla-Mukram nullah under Chintalnar police station area when a team of District Reserve Guard was out on patrolling.

    They said, on getting information that Naxals have dug up a road near Tadmetla, security forces launched the operation in the area. Many weapons including a rifle were recovered from the spot.

    Two Naxals were killed by the police in an encounter in Gadchiroli district of Maharashtra today.

    The encounter took place in Gyarapatti jungle area falling under Korchi taluka of the district.Superintendent of Police, Shailesh Balkawde, said a police squad had started an anti-Naxal campaign yesterday, and the gunfight broke out on Sunday morning.

    Two bodies of the Naxals were found at the encounter site.

  • Second seed Verma recovered from a mid-game slump to beat Sun 21-12, 17-2, 21-14. The match lasted an hour and 12 minutes.

    This victory marks Verma's second Super 100 win in the ongoing calendar year. He had won the Hyderabad Open earlier in August. 

  • The Defence Minister said, the population of minorities in India has increased since Independence, while human rights violations keep taking place in Pakistan against Sikhs, Buddhists and others.

    He was speaking at a felicitation programme for the families of 122 soldiers who lost their lives in the line of duty at Surat in Gujarat on Saturday.

    The Defence Minister said, Pakistan should stop promoting terrorism, otherwise no one will be able to prevent its disintegration.

    Rajnath Singh also warned Pakistan that if its people cross the Line of Control, the Indian Army will not allow them to return.

    He said Pakistan is unable to digest India's decision to abrogate Article 370 in Jammu and Kashmir and went to the United Nations to mislead it.

    He said, the international community is not willing to believe what Pakistan is saying.