• Minister of State (I/C) for Youth Affairs and Sports, Shri Kiren Rijiju has condoled the demise of former finance minister and Senior BJP leader Shri Arun Jaitley. In a tweet message he said," I am extremely saddened to learn the passing away of Arun Jaitley ji. His death is a personal loss for me. Arun ji was a brilliant lawyer and a great parliamentarian.

  • In the last 6 years of the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) negotiations, more than 100 stakeholders’ consultations have been held by the Department of Commerce and other lead Ministries and Departments of the Government of India seeking industry inputs for formulating India’s interests, covering a wide spectrum of the economy including agriculture, chemicals, petrochemicals, pharmaceuticals, plastics, textiles, ferrous and nonferrous metals, automobiles and machinery.

  • Continuing the process of dialogue which had started from 14 August 2019, the fourth meeting was held yesterday with the office bearers of AIDEF, INDWF, BPMS and CDRA under the Chairmanship of Secretary, DDP.  While reaffirming that the proposed corporatisation of OFB is under examination of the Government, Secretary, DDP patiently listened to the concerns expressed by the Employees Federations regarding how the benefits/interests of employees in terms of wages, health facilities and other service matters may be affected due to corporatisation of OFB.  The Employees Federations inter-alia suggested that their views should be considered while preparing the roadmap for increasing the turnover of the proposed entity from the current levels.

  • Union Minister for Home Affairs, Shri Amit Shah has expressed profound sorrow at the passing away of Former Cabinet Minister Shri Arun Jaitley, today. He said, “I am deeply saddened by the untimely demise of Shri Arun Jaitley.

  • The Vice President of India, Shri M. Venkaiah Naidu has condoled the passing away of the former Union Minister, Shri Arun Jaitley. In a message, he said that Shri Jaitley was an outstanding Parliamentarian, legal luminary, towering intellectual, an able administrator and a man of impeccable integrity.

  • The Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi has condoled the demise of former finance minister and BJP stalwart Shri Arun Jaitley.

    “Arun Jaitley Ji was a political giant, towering intellectual and legal luminary.

  • Mahendra Nath Pandey, Hon’ble Minister of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship inaugurated the India Pavilion at the competition
    Team India was familiarised with Russian culture during the One School-One Country program; also aims at encouraging children to join skill programs
    ‘Future Skills’ category introduced at the Competition to focus on digital economy

    The world’s biggest international vocational skills competition, WorldSkills Kazan 2019 got underway with a grand ceremony at Kazan, Russia.

  • Union Minister for Home Affairs, Shri Amit Shah presided over the Passing out Parade (PoP) of the 70th Batch of Indian Police Service (IPS) Probationers at Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel National Police Academy (SVPNPA), in Hyderabad today.

  • In order to encourage investment in the capital market, it has been decided to withdraw the enhanced surcharge levied by Finance (No. 2) Act, 2019 on tax payable at special rate on income arising from the transfer of equity share/unit referred to in section 111A and section 112A of the Income-tax Act,1961(the 'Act') from the current FY 2019-20.

  • Shri Piyush Goyal, Minister of Railways and Commerce & Industry and Shri Vinod Kumar Yadav, Chairman, Railway Board along with senior Railway officials held a high level review meeting with all General Managers(GMs)/Divisional Railway Managers (DRMs) of Zonal Railways/Production Units through Video Conferencing in Rail Bhavan on 22.08.

  • In pursuance of a significant decision taken by the Union Minister for Home Affairs, Shri Amit Shah, in the High Level Committee (HLC) meeting held on 19th August 2019, the Ministry of Home Affairs has constituted Inter-Ministerial Central Teams (IMCTs) to visit the States of Assam, Meghalaya, Tripura, Bihar, Uttarakhand, Himachal Pradesh, Gujarat, Rajasthan, Maharashtra, Karnataka and Kerala affected by recent floods.

  • The Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi has greeted people on the occasion of Janmashtami.

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  • The Union Minister of State (Independent Charge) for the Ministry of Development of North Eastern Region and Minister of State for Prime Minister’s Office, Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances & Pensions, Departments of Atomic Energy and Space, Dr. Jitendra Singh said that policing has evolved over the years to adapt to the changing circumstances in view of the challenges arising out of the technological advances and other developments.

  • The Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana (Urban) Mission has achieved a significant milestone of approving more than 85 Lakh houses against a demand of about 112 Lakh houses in urban areas. Out of these, around 51 Lakh houses are at various stages of construction and around 27 Lakh houses have already been completed.

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  • The Department of Consumers Affairs today reviewed the prices of Essential Commodities such as Onions, Pulses and Oilseeds with all the stakeholders under the chairmanship of Secretary Consumer Affairs, Shri Avinash K Srivastava.

  • To supplement the efforts of Jal Shakti Ministry, NITI Aayog has prepared the second Round of Composite Water Management Index (CWMI 2.0).The Report was launched today by Shri Gajendra Singh Shekhawat, Minister of Jal Shakti, and Dr. Rajiv Kumar, Vice Chairman, NITI Aayog.

  • The Union Minister of State (Independent Charge) for the Ministry of Development of North Eastern Region and Minister of State for Prime Minister’s Office, Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances & Pensions, Departments of Atomic Energy and Space, Dr. Jitendra Singh said that the retired employees are an asset for the country and their energies should be utilised in an effective way. He was speaking at the Pre-Retirement counseling workshop and the ANUBHAV Awards, 2019 function organized by the Department of Pension and Pensioners’ Welfare, Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions, here today.

  • The Vice President of India, Shri M. Venkaiah Naidu is scheduled to visit Chennai and Andhra Pradesh from August 24, 2019 to August 29, 2019 and participate in various programmes during this period.

    On August 24, 2019, the Vice President will participate in the 150th Birth Anniversary celebrations of Sri Dharmamurthi Rao Bahadur Calavala Cunnan Chetty in Chennai.

  • Backed by military aircraft, Brazilian troops were deploying in the Amazon to fight fires that have swept the region.

  • Senior BJP leader and former Finance Minister Arun Jaitley was cremated at Nigambodh Ghat in Delhi today with full State honours.

  • In Badminton, P V Sindhu stands one win away from an elusive World Championships gold.

  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi is on the way to France from Bahrain to attend G7 meeting in Biarritz. He will reach Biarritz tonight. The Prime Minister will have bilateral meetings on the sidelines of the summit in which India has been invited as a partner country.

  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi has called upon people to join hands to curb single use plastic. He said plastic can be recycled and transformed into fuel. The Prime Minister was addressing the people through his Mann Ki Baat programme broadcast on All India Radio.

  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi today discussed the full spectrum of the strong India-UAE partnership with the Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi, Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan.

  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi arrived in Bahrain today on a two-day state visit. He was given a red-carpet welcome with a guard of honour at the airport.

  • Janmashtami, which marks the birth of Lord Krishna, is being celebrated in different parts of the country today with religious fervor and gaiety.

  • The Home Minister has said that Prime Minister Narendra Modi completed the national integration which was started by Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel.

  • Union Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman has said that India's growth in comparison to other countries is relatively better.

  • A UN Security Council meet has criticised China and Pakistan for persecution of their religious minorities.

  • Food and Consumers Affairs Minister Ram Vilas Paswan today said that the government has a large stock of pulses and oilseeds.

  • It will give a fillip to the domestic tourism sector. He urged to all to visit north-east once in everyone's lifetime.

    While talking about the bounty of nature and expanded horizon of north-east, the Prime Minister said that there are places within India from where you will come back with renewed energy, enthusiasm and inspiration.

    Prime Minister in his Independence Day address to the nation had said that India has much to offer and if domestic tourism gets a boost, international footfall would also increase.

    Prime Minister Modi expressed his concern about natural habitat, it's reservation and wild life conservation. He said that not only the tiger population in India has been doubled, but also the number of protected areas and community reserves has been increased.

    Prime Minister Modi called on countrymen to spread awareness about forest and wildlife conservation and also to be compassionate towards animals.

    Prime Minister Modi in his Mann Ki Baat focused on tourism, nature and wildlife diversity of India. He said we need to, not only conserve our forests, flora and fauna, but also create an environment wherein they can flourish properly.

  • Top leaders across political spectrum pay their last respects to the departed leader. 

    Arun Jaitley passed away at AIIMS on Saturday. 

    The 66-year-old leader was undergoing treatment at the hospital where he was admitted on the 9th of this month.

    Vice President Venkaiah Naidu paid rich tribute to the departed leader at the Nigambodh Ghat in New Delhi.

    BJP president and Home Minister Amit Shah paid his last homage to the former finance minister at Nigambodh Ghat in New Delhi

    Scores of ministers including, leaders cutting the political affiliations and party workers gathered at the Nigambodh ghat and paid their last respect.

    The former finance minister died at the AIIMS on Saturday after battling multiple health issues for the last several months.

  • PM Modi’s personal diplomatic outreach has yielded great results for India as far as the Muslim world is concerned. It has got home substantial investment, led to rise in Haj quota and ensured several prisoners in West Asia come back home, united with their loved ones.

    Here is the list of awards PM Modi has been conferred from Muslim Nations:


    The King Hamad Order of the Renaissance, Bahrain - August 2019


    Order of Zayed, UAE - August 2019


    Grand Collar of the State of Palestine - February 2018


    Amir Amanullah Khan Award, Afghanistan - June 2016


    King Abdulaziz Sash Award, Saudi Arabia - April 2016


    In addition, Maldives has conferred ‘Rule of Nishan Izzuddeen’ on PM Modi in June 2019.


    PM Modi has always said that these awards are not merely for a person but for 130 crore Indians and our value systems.

    Such widespread recognition from the Muslim world is a tight slap on Pakistan, which is making one failed attempt after another to isolate India particularly among Islamic nations. Pakistan now realises that this is a New India that will engage with the world and also ensure that perpetrators of terror are isolated.

  • Joseph (45+1 penalty and 52nd minute) continued his goalscoring spree to help a Kerala outfit win the oldest competition in Asia for the first time since FC Kochin won it 22 years ago.

    City soccer giants Mohun Bagan, who last won the Durand Cup in 2000, have now lost in three finals on the trot (2004, 2009, 2019).

    For the Mariners, Salva Chamorro (64th) scored a consolation goal.

    It was tense in the final quarter as the hosts searched for a equaliser and even saw Gokulam go down to 10-men when Jestin George was shown a second yellow card for a foul on Lalchhawnkima in the 87th minute.

    Mohun Bagan had a flurry of chances in both the halves but were guilty of spurning them as Gokulam Kerala held on after Joseph gave them the lead and added to his tally in the second half.

    Mohun Bagan''s best chance to draw level came three minutes after Chamorro scored but Henry Kisekka failed to convert a brilliant cross.

  • The Jalan panel had submitted its report to the RBI Governor on Friday. The report, which recommends transfer of surplus reserves to the government in a staggered manner over three-five years based on a predetermined formula, may be put on the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) website later for public access.

    The RBI follows July-June financial year and the dividend is usually distributed in August after annual accounts are finalised. For FY20, the government has pegged a Rs 9,000 crore dividend from the RBI.

    Sources had earlier told IANS that the RBI may start transferring the first tranche of the surplus this calendar, based on the Jalan panel report.

    With economy facing a slowdown in key sectors, the government is looking at RBI dividends and surplus to step up public investment and tackle funding gaps.

    But any decision on capital transfers based on the panel's proposals may not come on Monday as the board members may need more time to study the recommendations.

    The board however, most likely will announce the normal dividend to be paid to the government for FY19 based on the surplus, sources said.

    The government has already received Rs 40,000 crore during FY19. In February this year, the RBI had announced a Rs 28,000 crore interim dividend taking the total dividend transfer to the government to Rs 68,000 crore. The RBI Central Board will have to approve the Rs 28,000 crore interim dividend.

    So far the extent of capital reserves to be transferred to the government based on the Jalan panel report has been a matter of speculation.

    According to BofA Merrill Lynch, the ECF is expected to peg the excess capital of the RBI at Rs 1-Rs 3 lakh crore, where Rs 1 lakh crore is from contingency reserves and Rs 2 lakh crore from revaluation reserves.

    "The RBI Act doesn't bar the RBI from transferring excess capital if any, to the fisc beyond the RBI's annual surplus," BofA Merrill Lynch said.

    As per 2017-18 annual report of the RBI, the reserves stand at Rs 9.6 trillion.

  • The British Prime Minister spoke to US President Donald Trump on call about opening up of parts of the US economy to British firms. The two leaders spoke at Biarritz, ahead of the meeting of world leaders.

    Boris Johnson arrived for the G7 summit and will hold bilateral talks with Trump on Sunday. He will be making his debut on the world stage at the summit, while the Brexit withdrawal deal with the Europian Union remains elusive.

    The British Prime Minister demands tariffs on a wide range of markets such as fabric, cars, railway carriages, cauliflowers, insurance,wine and rulers. He said that, there is a massive opportunity for Britain companies to open up. And there remains very considerable barriers in the US to British businesses which are not widely understood.

    He also added that, there is a massive opportunities for UK companies to open up and they intend to seize those opportunities.

    The meeting of these two leaders is expected to result in more positive talk about trade deals.

  • Jammu and Kashmir Government has decided to hold Block Development Council elections across the state soon.

    Addressing Media, Government spokesperson Rohit Kansal said, the elections would be held for 316 BDCs across the State for which necessary exercise has been completed in Kashmir while in Jammu it is in last stage. He said the Rural Development Department is approaching the Chief Electoral Officer's office for holding early elections for which the whole exercise would be hopefully completed by the end of September.

    Kansal, on the Situation in Kashmir, said the day time restrictions have been lifted from 69 police stations while as in Jammu the day time restrictions have been eased out from 81 police stations. 

  • The Panda was treated a birthday party at the Chongqing Zoo in southwest China. Xin Xing came to the Zoo in 1983 and is about 110 years old in human age.

    Currently, she  is in good health and weighs about 98 kilograms.

  • Kim said the newly developed system was a great weapon, the country's official Korean Central News Agency said.

    The North Korean leader said the country needed to continue to step up weapons development for resolutely frustrating the ever-mounting military threats and pressure offensive of the hostile forces.

  • President Macron gathered the leaders and their spouses in a lighthouse for the dinner meeting.

    Macron has set up the agenda of defence, democracy, gender equality, education and environment for the G 7 meet. 

    He has also invited Asian, African and Latin American leaders to join them for a global push on these issues

  • PM Modi said that community service is the best way to offer tributes to Mahatma Gandhi on his 150th birth anniversary. In keeping with this objective, a nationwide Swachhata Hi Seva campaign will start for a plastic free India on 11th September. 

    Describing Lord Krishna as Chakradhari Mohan and Mahatama Gandhi as the Charkhadhari Mohan, Prime Minister Narendra Modi in his 'Mann Ki Baat' radio programme today said that the Mohan with the Sudarshan Chakra tried his best to avert a war thousand years ago, while Mohan with the spinning wheel also adopted the same path for independence and upliftment of human values.

    Prime Minister Modi urged the countrymen to inherit qualities of self-sacrifice, spirit of service and welfare for the community which Mahatma Gandhi had. 

    Prime Minister Modi, emphasises on the integral role that society and humanity had in Mahatama Gandhi's life and  how he became the universal voice for human values and dignity.

    Prime Minister Narendra Modi pitched for India's freedom from single-use plastic in his 2019 Independence Day speech at Red Fort. While repeating his statement, he called on Indians to make an effort to rid their country of plastic waste and raised the possibility of strong first steps towards bidding adieu to single-use plastic by October 2, to mark 150th birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi on a cleanliness note.

    Prime Minister Narendra Modi appealed all countrymen to show the same commitment and enthusiasm towards eliminating the single use plastic as they showed for the Swachhta Abhiyan. He urged the shopkeepers to use Jute and cotton bags. He encouraged to exchange the bags as gifts to aware people.

    Prime Minister Modi also called on business people, the start-up founders, technicians and industrialists to find ways to recycle plastic waste.

    Prime Minister Modi appeals everyone to make a resolve to do something  for the climate issues. He said this year the 'swachhta hi seva' fortnight will begin on september 11 upto oct 2 till Gandhi Jayanti. During the period he urged people to be a part of this festival of voluntary service. He requested people to come forward to clean their surroundings, and make proper arrangements for collection and disposal of plastic waste.

    Prime Minister Modi said that the Single-use plastic is the root cause of many problems; but the solution also has to come from from us..Banning the use of single use-plastics and aware our surroundings could be one such important step in dealing with the climate issues.


  • The defense and environment ministers on Saturday described plans to battle the blazes that have prompted an international outcry as well as demonstrations in Brazil against President Jair Bolsonaro's handling of the environmental crisis. Bolsonaro on Friday authorised the military to get involved in putting out the fires, saying he is committed to protecting the Amazon region.

    Bolsonaro has previously described rainforest protection as an obstacle to Brazil's economic development, sparring with critics who say the Amazon absorbs vast amounts of greenhouse gasses and is crucial for efforts to contain climate change. Many of the fires were set in already deforested areas by people clearing farmland. 

  • Jaitley died at the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) in New Delhi on Saturday afternoon after battling multiple health issues for the last several months. He was 66. He was admitted there on August 9.

    "I cannot imagine that I am here in Bahrain while my dear friend Arun Jaitley is no more," Prime Minister Modi said. Modi on Saturday described Jaitley as a "valued friend" whose insights and nuanced understanding of matters had "very few parallels" as he condoled the death of the senior BJP leader who was one of his close confidants for decades.

    Narendra Modi, who became the first Indian Prime Minister to Bahrain, said the former finance minister was full of life, blessed with wit, a great sense of humour and charisma.

    Addressing a huge gathering of 15,000 members from the Indian community at the Bahrain National Stadium, Modi said he was bound by his duty on one side and on the other side his heart was full of emotions.

    "At a time at a time when people are celebrating Janmashtami, I am mourning the death of my friend Arun," Modi said, amid silence in the audience who accorded him a warm welcome. He said a few days ago he lost his sister and former External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj and now his "close friend" went away. "Some days ago, we lost our former External Affairs Minister Behen Sushma Ji. Today my dear friend Arun went away," PM Modi said.

    The prime minister spoke to the wife and son of Jaitley on Saturday and expressed his condolences. Both of them insisted that he does not cancel his foreign tour. In his tweets, Modi said Jaitley was admired by people across all sections of society, adding that he was multi-faceted, had impeccable knowledge about India's Constitution, history, public policy, governance and administration. "With the demise of Arun Jaitley Ji, I have lost a valued friend, whom I have had the honour of knowing for decades. His insight on issues and nuanced understanding of matters had very few parallels. He lived well, leaving us all with innumerable happy memories. We will miss him!" he said. Modi also recalled Jaitley's contribution to the BJP. "BJP and Arun Jaitley Ji had an unbreakable bond. As a fiery student leader, he was at forefront of protecting our democracy during the Emergency. He became a much liked face of our Party, who could articulate the Party programmes and ideology to a wide spectrum of society," he said.

    The prime minister is on the third leg of his three-nation tour to France, the UAE and Bahrain. PM Modi arrived in Bahrain after wrapping up his visit to the UAE where he held talks with the Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi, Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan and discussed measures to improve trade and cultural ties between the two countries. From Bahrain, Modi is scheduled to return to France on Sunday to attend the G7 Summit meeting.

  • Sukhbeer Singh and Raginee Markoo prevailed over their Swiss opponents Andrea Vallaro and Janine Hunsperger 152-147 to clinch their second medal of the tournament.

    Sukhbeer had won a bronze in the junior compound team event on Friday.

    India are also in the hunt for a second gold as Komalika Bari will take on Sonoda Waka of Japan in the recurve cadet summit clash on Sunday.

    Sukhbeer and Raginee made a strong start and shot consistently to keep the Swiss pair at bay. In the first end, the Indian duo shot two 10s to win 38-36, and they followed it up with three 10s in the second end to make it 39-37. Andrea and Janine gave some fight in the third end but Sukhbeer and Raginee managed to prevail by one point (37-36) for an overall five-point lead. Both shot 38-all in the final end but the Indians' overall lead was enough to clinch the issue 114-109.

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