• The Chief of Naval Staff (CNS), Admiral Sunil Lanba, PVSM, AVSM, ADC, arrived Kochi on 18 March 19 for the debrief of the recently concluded annual Theatre Level Readiness and Operational Exercise (TROPEX).

  • I welcome officer trainees of the Indian Audit and Accounts Service and of the Central Engineering Services (Roads) to Rashtrapati Bhavan. I must make special mention of the two Audit and Accounts officer trainees from Bhutan.

  • Separate groups of officer trainees of the Indian Audit and Accounts Service (IAAS) and the Central Engineering Services (Roads) together called on the President of India, Shri Ram Nath Kovind, today (March 18, 2019) at Rashtrapati Bhavan.

  • The 3rd Indo-Japan Workshop on Disaster Risk Reduction was held here today. The workshop was attended by about 140 delegates from Japan and India including experts from both the governments, top premium research institutes, city administrators, specialized Disaster Management agencies and private sector.

  • Government of India has announced the Sale (Re-issue) of (i) ‘7.32 per cent Government Stock, 2024’ for a notified amount of ` 5,000 crore (nominal) through price based auction, (ii) ‘7.26 per cent Government Stock, 2029’ for a notified amount of  ` 8,000 crore (nominal) through price based auction, (iii) ‘6.57 per cent Government Stock, 2033’ for a notified amount of ` 2,000 crore (nominal) through price based auction, and
    (iv) ‘7.06 per cent Government Stock, 2046’ for a notified amount of ` 3,000 crore (nominal) through price based auction.

  • The inaugural Africa-India Field Training Exercise-2019 for India and African nations called AFINDEX-19 scheduled from 18 March to 27 March 2019 started with a grand opening ceremony on 18 March 2019 at Aundh Military Station, Pune.

  • The following Recruitment Results have been finalized by the Union Public Service Commission during the month of February, 2019. The recommended candidates have been informed individually by post.

  • The Government of India has recently approved scheme for farmers for installation of solar pumps and grid connected solar power plants. Administrative Approval for the scheme has been issued by the Ministry of New & Renewable Energy (MNRE) on 08.03.

  • Rear Admiral Krishna Swaminathan, VSM, has assumed charge as Flag Officer Sea Training (FOST) at Kochi on 18 Mar 19. 

    Rear Admiral Swaminathan, a specialist in Communication and Electronic Warfare was commissioned into the Indian Navy on 01 Jul 87, and is an alumnus of the National Defence Academy, Khadakwasla at Pune; the Joint Services Command and Staff College, Shrivenham in the United Kingdom; the College of Naval Warfare, Karanja at Mumbai, and the United States Naval War College, Newport, Rhode Island, USA. He has commanded five frontline ships of the Indian Navy including the missile vessels, INS Vidyut and INS Vinash; the missile corvette, INS Kulish; the guided missile destroyer, INS Mysore; and the aircraft carrier INS Vikramaditya.

  • Dr Ibrahima  Kassory  Fofana, the Prime Minister of the Republic of Guinea  called on the President of India, Shri Ram Nath Kovind, at Rashtrapati Bhavan today (March 18, 2019).

    Welcoming the Prime Minister of Guinea and his delegation to India, the President said that recent high level visits have imparted a new momentum to India-Guinea bilateral ties.

  • The Union Cabinet, chaired by the Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi, has condoled the sad demise of Shri Manohar Parrikar, Chief Minister on 17th March, 2019 at Panaji, Goa.  The Cabinet observed silence for two minutes in the memory of Late Shri Manohar Parrikar.

  • An International Workshop on Disaster Resilient Infrastructure (IWDRI) will be inaugurated here tomorrow. The two-day workshop is being organised by the National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) in collaboration with United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR), and in partnership with the Global Commission on Adaptation, United Nations Development Programme and the World Bank.

  • The President of India, Shri Ram Nath Kovind has condoled the passing away of the Chief Minister of Goa, Shri Manohar Parrikar.

    The President said, “Extremely sorry to hear of the passing of Shri Manohar Parrikar, Chief Minister of Goa, after an illness borne with fortitude and dignity.

  • The Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi has condoled the passing away of the Chief Minister of Goa, Shri Manohar Parrikar. 


    The Prime Minister said, “ Shri Manohar Parrikar was an unparalleled leader.

  • The Vice President of India, Shri M. Venkaiah Naidu has condoled the passing away of the Chief Minister of Goa, Shri Manohar Parrikar. In a message, the Vice President said that Shri Parrikar was one of the most lovable and honest senior politicians of our country.

  • The Vice President of India, Shri M. Venkaiah Naidu has said that India is respected and regarded world over for its age-old values of peace and harmony embedded in its philosophy of Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam.

  • Admiral Sunil Lanba, Chief of the Naval Staff will be in Kochi tomorrow ( on 18 Mar) to preside over the debrief of largest War Game of the Indian Navy - the Theatre Level Operational Readiness Exercise (TROPEX 19). The exercise had commenced 07 Jan 19 and was planned to be terminated by 10 Mar 19. However, the JEM sponsored terrorist attack on the CRPF convoy in Pulwama on 14 Feb 19 led to the rapid redeployment of the Indian Navy for Operations in North Arabian sea. 


    The major combat units of the Indian Navy including the Carrier Battle Group with INS Vikramaditya, nuclear submarines and scores of other ships, submarines and aircraft swiftly transited from exercise to operational deployment mode as tensions between India and Pakistan escalated.

  • The President of India, Shri Ram Nath Kovind presented three Padma Vibhushan, six Padma Bhushan and forty-eight Padma Shri Awards today (March 16, 2019) at a Civil Investiture Ceremony held at Rashtrapati Bhavan.

  • The Vice President of India, Shri M. Venkaiah Naidu has said that world class drugs with unwavering quality at very affordable prices is the need of hour. He urged the Indian Pharmaceutical industry to remain committed to high standards of quality in drug manufacturing and quality frameworks.

  • In a significant first, India piloted resolutions on two important global environment issues relating to Single-use Plastics and Sustainable Nitrogen management at the fourth session of United Nations Environment Assembly (UNEA) which was held in Nairobi from 11th to 15th March 2019.

  • China topped the overall medals tally with 31 medals that included 12 gold, 11 silver and eight bronze medals and Japan finished third with 20 medals that included 6 Gold, 8 Silver and 6 bronze.

  • Australian Brenton Tarrant, 28, has been charged with murder. Police say the killer used military-style assault weapons that appeared to have been modified to make them more deadly for the attacks.

    Friday's events sparked calls for gun law reform, with Ms Ardern saying soon after that "our gun laws will change".

    Speaking at a press conference after a cabinet meeting, Ms Ardern said she expected to give details of the reforms by 25 March.

    "This ultimately means that within 10 days of this horrific act of terrorism we will have announced reforms which will, I believe, make our community safer," she said.

    "We have made a decision as a cabinet, we are unified," the prime minister told reporters.

    Ms Ardern also announced that an inquiry will look into the lead-up to the bloodshed, and what might have been done differently. Nine people remain in hospital in a critical condition.


  • Besides, positive cues from other Asian markets too bolstered trading sentiment here, traders said. The 30-share Sensex spurted 326.06 points, or 0.80 per cent, to 38,350.38 in early trade. The gauge had rallied 1,352.89 points points in the previous five sessions. The broad-based NSE Nifty to rallied 82.15 points, or 0.72 per cent, to 11,509. Major gainers that supported the rally were PowerGrid, Kotak Bank, HDFC Bank, Reliance Industries, Axis bank, Bharti Airtel, Asian Paint, M&M, IndusInd Bank, Bajaj Finance, Asian Paint, Yes Bank, ICICI Bank, HDFC, ITC, Tata Steel, SBI, ONGC and Bajaj Auto, rising up to 2.57 per cent. Shares of Maruti, on the other hand were the biggest losers, cracking up to 3.42 per cent. Barring auto and healthcare, all the sectoral indices on BSE, led by oil and gas, PSU, realty, power, bankex, IT and FMCG, were trading in the green.

    According to experts, narrowing trade deficit and sustained foreign fund inflows buoyed investor sentiment. The marginal 2.44 per cent increase in exports as well as lower imports of gold and petroleum products in February significantly narrowed the country's trade deficit to USD 9.6 billion, data released by the commerce ministry Friday showed.

    India's merchandise exports rose to USD 26.67 billion in February from USD 26.03 per cent in the year-ago month mainly on account of higher shipments in sectors such as pharmaceutical, engineering and electronics. On a net basis, foreign institutional investors (FIIs) bought shares worth a net of Rs 4,323.49 crore on Thursday, while domestic institutional investors (DIIs) were net sellers to the tune of Rs 2,130.36 crore, provisional data available with BSE showed

  • Writing in the Sunday Telegraph, the Prime Minister said failure to support the deal would mean that Britain will not leave the EU for many months, if ever.

    She said, it would be a potent symbol of Parliament's collective political failure as a delay in Brexit would force Britain to take part in European elections in May, almost three years after voting to leave the EU. 

    May further said that the United Kingdom must stand together as democrats and patriots, pragmatically making honourable compromises necessary to heal divisions and move forward.

    Theresa May is expected to bring her withdrawal agreement back to the Commons next week for a third vote. It comes after MPs this week rejected her deal and voted to delay Brexit.

    The EU will eventually decide the terms and conditions of any extension. Legally, the UK is still due to leave the EU on 29 March.

  • Police and medical services said, the accident occurred yesterday in Kasai province, in the centre-west of the central African country.

    Most of the passengers are stowaways because it is a freight train. Several wagons have fallen into the water at the bridge over the Luembe River. 



  • Sushma Swaraj also held meeting with country’s home minister and leader of Adaalath party Sheikh Imran Abdulla. She met her Maldivian counterpart Abdullah Shahid and had a joint ministerial meeting yesterday where the latter reiterated his Government’s "India-First Policy” and said that the Government of Maldives would remain sensitive towards India’s security and strategic concerns. 


    A joint statement at the end of visit mentioned that three agreements were signed on visa facilitation for diplomatic and official passport holders, development cooperation and renewable energy.


    Maldives foreign minister expressed his government’s appreciation for the continued support extended from India towards the development of human resources, including capacity building programmes, and provision of training and scholarship opportunities.



    He noted the key role that India continues to play in the socio-economic development of the Maldives. Mrs. Swaraj reiterated that India attaches the highest importance to its relationship with Maldives, which is marked by trust, transparency, mutual understanding, and sensitivity.

    She said that in line with Government of India’s neighbourhood First policy, India stands ready to fully support the Government of Maldives in its socio-economic development.


    Both Foreign Ministers agreed on the importance of maintaining peace and security in the Indian Ocean Region, and to strengthen coordination in enhancing regional maritime security.


    EAM thanked the Maldives for its steadfast support against terrorism, in all its forms and manifestations.Welcoming the increase in trade volume over the past few years, both Foreign Ministers agreed to improve connectivity as a means to promote the exchange of goods and services, culture, and people.


    The Ministers also agreed on the need to boost private sector involvement, and agreed to hold the Maldives-India Business Forum this year.


  • The list for Andhra Pradesh includes names of JSV Prasad who will contest from Ichchapuram seat, Chaitanya Kumar Mannema from Rajam and Srinivas Gadhe from Narsipatnam seat.

    In Arunachal Pradesh, the names include Tsering Tashi from Tawang seat, Phurpa Tsering from Dirang and Gum Tayeng will contest from Dambuk Assembly seat. 

    The lists were finalised by the Central Election Committee of BJP which met yesterday. The elections for 175-member Andhra Pradesh Assembly and 60-member Assembly in Arunachal Pradesh will be held on 11th of April. 


  • JD(U) to contest on Valmikinagar, Kishanganj, Katihar, Jhanjarpar , Supaul, Purnia , Madhepura , Bhagalpur , Banka, Munger, Jahanabad , Nalanda and Kaarakat .

    While LJP will contest on Vaishali , Hajipur, Nawada, Samastipur , Khagadiya And Jamui. BJP will contest on the remaining seats.

  • In the seventh part of his series of blogs, titled Mahamilawat or Gathbandhan – A Race to the Bottom, Union Minister Arun Jaitley said that India is today at the cusp of making history as Indians have a choice to make.

    A stable central govt. is necessary for India to evolve into a new league in the next 2 decades. Constitutionally, India is a Union of States.

    Jaitley wrote, Let there be absolute clarity that India is not a Confederation of States as understood by UPA. This understanding marks the difference between NDA & UPA.

    The Mahamilawat Gathbandhan 'Mahagathbandhan' is a road to disaster. It is a race to the bottom having a tug of war on the issue of leader. The opportunism in this coalition is writ large.

    The Mahamilawat Mahagathbandhan unquestionably promises political instability. It is devoid of a common ideology or philosophy except corruption. He closed his blog saying India and Indians have a choice to make.

    Are they electing a 6 month government or a 5 year govt? Are they choosing between a tested & performing leader or a chaotic crowd of non-leaders?

  • He said that people were rejecting the negative politics of the Congress by calling themselves 'Chowkidar'.

    Prakash Javadekar alleged that the Congress was running scared because of the Modi government is bringing back middlemen like Christian Michele.

    He said that the desperation of the party was visible in its lowering of political discourse.

  • Main Bhi Chowkidar is a unique interactive campaign that aims at bringing 1.3 billion Indians together to help achieve the goal of New India that is free of corruption, a Swacch bharat, Swastha India free from dynastic politics.

    BJP is calling on one and all to lend their voice to this chorus of Main bhi Chowkidar. The party alleges that Congress was running scared because the Modi government is bringing back middlemen like Christian Michele. Prakash Javadekar said that the desperation of the party was visible in its lowering of political discourse.

    31st March will see the crescendo of this campaign that will run in tandem with the Namumkin ab Mumkin hai tag line of the BJP. The party seems to be charting a positive narrative to counter the opposition's negative campaign.


    A day after launching the "Main Bhi Chowkidar" campaign on social media, Prime Minister Narendra Modi has changed the title of his Twitter account to "Chowkidar Narendra Modi".

    BJP president Amit Shah also followed the Prime Minister as he changed his name on Twitter to "Chowkidar Amit Shah".

    Union Ministers Piyush Goyal, JP Nadda, Dharmendra Pradhan, Harsh Vardhan Smriti Irani and Prakash Javadekar as well as several other BJP leaders have also followed their leaders in changing their names on Twitter accounts.

  • He was a leader of the common man. BJP President Amit Shah, Chief Ministers of several BJP-ruled states were present at Miramar beach.

    Earlier, Parrikar's mortal remains were brought to the Goa BJP office, where party workers could spend a few moments of silence and bid him a final farewell.

    His body was wrapped in the tricolor and hundreds of his party co workers were moved to tears.

    The Army truck carrying his body drove a distance of five kilometers from his home in Donna Paula, and on the way people stood in solidarity and respect for their leader.

    The body was kept for the public to pay their respects at the Kala Academy till 4 pm.

    Processions of people thronged the Kala Academy to pay their last respects. Prime Minister Narendra Modi himself came to teh Kala Academy and bid farewell to his friend, well wisher and former cabinet colleague.

    The Prime Minister interacted with the late chief minster's sons and his brother. 

    Union Ministers too paid their last respects to Parrikar.

    Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman, Union Road Transport Minister Nitin Gadkari, Textiles Minister Smriti Irani, Chief Ministers of many states, several MPs, MLAs, and leaders cutting across political affiliations paid rich tributes to Manohar Parrikar.

    The State of Goa has declared Seven days of mourning. Markets in Mapusa and Panaji, were closed as a mark of respect.

    The Union Cabinet maintained two minutes of silence and then passed a condolence resolution mourning the demise of Manohar Parrikar on Monday. It said, “Shri Parrikar will be remembered for his simplicity and his abilities as an exceptional administrator. His contribution to the building of modern Goa and to the modernization of India's Armed Forces as well as improvement to the lives of ex.-Servicemen will never be forgotten."

    Manohar Parrikar was mourned across the country. Many dignitaries including Information and Broadcasting Minister Rajvardhan Rathore padi tribute to the memory of the departed leader at an event  in Jaipur.

    He said Parrikar ji's contribution to the defence of the country will always be remembered.
    Goa Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar passed away on Sunday at his private residence. He was 63 years old. The Four-time Chief Minister and former Defence Minister Parrikar had been suffering from pancreatic cancer since February 2018.

    Born on December 13, 1955 in Mapusa, Goa, Parrikar did his schooling at Loyola School, Margao. He received a Bachelor's Degree in Metallurgical Engineering from Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay in 1978.

    Parrikar was a member of the RSS before joining active politics. Parrikar represented Panaji assembly seat in the state for more than two decades.

    His simplicity, soft tone of voice and way with people will always be remembered. He will be remembered for Good, for his service to the nation as a legislator, Chief minister and defence minister.

  • The agreement came at a high level meeting between External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj  with her Maldivian counterpart Abdulla Shahid in Male this evening.

    A joint ministerial meeting also discussed ways to enhance cooperation bilaterally on a variety of issues including consular issues, capacity development, health cooperation, trade, investment and economic cooperation.

    EAM Swaraj  reached Male Sunday afternoon on a two-day official visit, the first high level visit since new Maldives government took charge of office.

    She is accompanied by a high level delegation including foreign secretary Vijay Gokhale.

    Both Maldives and India have said that Swaraj’s visit will further strengthen the bilateral ties between both countries. Maldives foreign minister termed India as an excellent partner and friend.

    Swaraj also met other senior ministers, parliament Speaker Qasim Ibrahim and visited Indira Gandhi Memorial Hospital in Male gifted by the Indian government in 1995.

    She will call on President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih Monday, before concluding her visit to Maldives.

    India, Maldives agree on broad spectrum of issues & enhancing ties

    India and Maldives have agreed on a broad spectrum of issues for further collaboration, including development cooperation and enhancing people to people contact.

    The agreement came at a high level meeting between External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj  with her Maldivian counterpart Abdulla Shahid in Male Sunday evening.

    A joint ministerial meeting also discussed ways to enhance cooperation bilaterally on a variety of issues including consular issues, capacity development, health cooperation, trade, investment and economic cooperation.

    EAM Swaraj  reached Male Sunday afternoon on a two-day official visit, the first high level visit since new Maldives government took charge of office.

    She is accompanied by a high level delegation including foreign secretary Vijay Gokhale.

    Both Maldives and India have said that Swaraj’s visit will further strengthen the bilateral ties between both countries. Maldives foreign minister termed India as an excellent partner and friend.

    Swaraj also met other senior ministers, parliament Speaker Qasim Ibrahim and visited Indira Gandhi Memorial Hospital in Male gifted by the Indian government in 1995.

    She will call on President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih Monday, before concluding her visit to Maldives.

  • Indian girls dominated the entire game and took 4-0 lead in the first half. Grace Dangmei, Sandhya Rangnathan, Indumati and Sangeeta scored goals. In second half Ratanabala Devi scored fifth goal for India.

    With this win India finished at top in Group B and Sri Lanka got second place. 

    In Group A host Nepal secured first position and Bangladesh remained at number two. In the semi finals now India will take on Bangladesh and Sri Lanka will play against Nepal on Wednesday. 

    India has remained unbeaten in SAFF championship. This is team India's 21st victory and it has won the championship four times.

  • Nebraska has had two flood-related fatalities this week: one person died at home after failing to evacuate, although the exact cause of death was unclear, authorities said, and the other was swept away while trying to tow a trapped car with his tractor.Residents in towns along the waterways worked to fill sandbags, in hopes of keeping floodwaters at bay.

    The flooding came in the wake of what meteorologists call a "bomb cyclone," a winter hurricane that forms when the barometric pressure drops 24 millibars in 24 hours.

    The storm blew from the western Rockies to the Central Plains last week.

  • World number 22 Praneeth initially faced stiff resistance from the former Chinese world number one and Rio Olympic gold medallist before prevailing 21-18 21-13 in the semifinal clash.

    It was Praneeth's first win over Long in three attempts. He had lost to him at the Indonesian Master early this year and at Asian Championship last year in April. 

    Praneeth will now fight it out with top seed Chinese Shi Yuki in the final today, which will be his first since the Thailand Open victory in June 2017.

  • Indian roller skaters bagged a staggering 29 medals comprising nine golds, 13 silver and two bronze.

    The powerlifters of India also found the podium 23 times by the end of the second day of competitions.

    The cyclist fetched two yellow metals while the judokas brought in two more gold medals.

    The athletics and swimming contingents, who are competing in Dubai, were also successful in winning eight medals.

    The total tally of the country now stands at 70 medals, including 18 golds, 22 silver and 30 bronze.

  • The French air accident investigation agency BEA tweeted that technical work on the recorder began on Saturday.

    The BEA also said work resumed on the flight's data recorders. The recorders, also known as black boxes, were sent to France because the BEA has extensive expertise in analyzing such devices.

    Experts from the US National Transportation Safety Board and the plane's manufacturer Boeing are among those involved in the investigation.

    In Ethiopia, forensic DNA work has begun on identifying the remains.

    It may take six months to identify the victims' remains, although death certificates should be issued in two weeks.

  • The death toll from Friday's mass shooting at two mosques has risen to 50, with another 50 injured in the attack. Five Indians were among those killed in the Shooting.

    New Zealand Police Commissioner Mike Bush said officers had finally been able to share a list of victims with families.

    He said The man charged over Friday's twin mosque attacks is believed to have acted alone.

    He furher said that two suspects arrested at a police cordon during the attacks when a firearm was found in their car were not directly involved in the assault.

    One of the two, a woman, has been released, and a man remains in custody on firearms charges.

    A third man was also arrested and will appear in court on Monday.

    So far only one person has been charged in relation to the two attacks.

  • She was accompanied by a high-level official delegation, including Foreign Secretary Vijay Gokhale. 

    During the visit, the minister will call on President of the Maldives, Ibrahim Mohamed Solih, Parliament Speaker and will also meet the Foreign Affairs Minister with whom she will hold a Joint Ministerial meeting during her two-day visit.

    Maldives foreign ministry in a release said, both sides will discuss ongoing and future collaboration arrangements, including the implementation of the agreed outcomes during the state visit by President Solih.

  • The commission has now made the release of election manifestos a part of the Model Code of Conduct, which is a set of rules to be followed by parties after elections are announced.

    Section 126 of the act embodies "election silence", which prohibits any form of election campaign in the last 48 hours leading up to voting.

    As of now there was no rule on timing of release of manifestos.

  • The Apna Dal will contest from two parliamentary constituencies, Gonda and Pilibhit.  Pankaj Niranjan Singh Chandel, the son-in-law of Patel, joined the Congress in the presence of party president Rahul Gandhi and general secretaries Priyanka Gandhi Vadra and Jyotiraditya Scindia.

    Krishna Patel's daughter and Union minister Anupriya Patel, who leads the Apna Dal (Sonelal), has tied up with the BJP on Friday.

  • The meeting which was held at the BJP Headquarters was presided over by Prime Minister Narendra Modi and party president Amit Shah.Union Ministers Sushma Swaraj, Rajnath Singh, Arun Jaitley and Kiren Rijiju were among those who attended the marathon meeting which culminated at 2 AM this morning.

    BJP President Amit Shah is also likely to meet the core committee of the party today after which the BJP is expected to announce its first list of candidates.

    BJP Central Election Committee is likely to meet again tomorrow and by March 22 the party may announce the list of all candidates.

  • The match will start at 2.45 in the afternoon. Both teams alongwith host Nepal and Bangladesh have already qualified for the semifinals.

    India will try to keep its unbeaten record in the championship. Expressing confidence in her team Coach Maymol Rocky said players are fully geared up for the match.

    The two sides last met in 2016 at the South Asian Games in Shillong, where India thrashed Sri Lanka by 5-0.

    The semi finals will be fixed after the result of India-Sri Lanka match.

    The winner will take on Bangladesh while losing team will play against Nepal, the top team from group A.

  • Party's sitting MP from Kerala M B Rajesh will contest from Palakkad seat while P K Biju from Alathoor. In West Bengal, sitting MP Mohd. Salim will contest from Raiganj  and Badruddoza Khan from Murshidabad seats. 

    The party has fielded two sitting MPs in Tripura and announced the names of two candidates each  in Assam, and Tamil Nadu.

    It has also declared candidates for one each seat in Haryana, Himachal Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Odisha and Punjab.

  • Arun Jaitley writes that if fake issues are taken out of Rahul Gandhi's speech, nothing will perhaps be left. Finance Minister writes…the opposition underestimates the wisdom of the electorate.

    Adding that he is confident that the electorate will show the opposition parties their place. He lamented the fact that opposition parties see opportunity in fake issues, forgetting Satyamev Jayate.

    He wrote that the overconfidence of opposition leaders undermining electorates wisdom will not go unpunished in the 2019 elections.

    Arun Jaitley busted Rahul Gandhi's fake narrative on Rafale, Balakot, Judge Loya's death, bank loan waiver, JNU issues, EVM, GST, demonetisation or Nirav Modi & Mallya, special status for Andhra Pradesh or issues of economy.

    Arun Jaitley asserted every time fakery & manufactured issues of the opposition fall apart.

  • Zimbabwe's ministry of information announced that so far the "number of deaths is confirmed at 31 mainly from Chimanimani East," including two students, while at least 40 other people have been injured.

    Many houses have been damaged and bridges washed away in parts of the Manicaland province which borders Mozambique.

    A group of people who fled their homes were "marooned" on top of a mountain waiting to be rescued, but strong winds were hampering helicopter flights, the ministry said.

    Tropical cyclone Idai battered central Mozambique on Friday killing at least 19 people there and cutting off more than half a million in Beira, one of the country's largest cities.

  • The Medals were clinched across Roller skating and Powerlifting.

    In Roller Skating Supreet Singh from Haryana 1000mtr., Rishabh Jain from New Delhi 1000mtr and Priya Prakash Gada from Maharashtra 100 mtr won a Gold Medal each.

    Manali Manoj Shelke from Maharashtra won a Gold in Combo of three in powerlifting, and a Bronze as well.

    Special Olympics World Games Abu Dhabi 2019 is the largest sports and humanitarian event in the world.

    This is India's 9th participation at the Special Olympics World Games.

  • In the last match of Group A in Biratnagar on Saturday, host Nepal beat Bangladesh by 3-0.

    Both the teams have booked their spots in the semifinal from Group A.

    Nepal secured top position in the Group by winning both the matches and Bangladesh got second place by defeating Bhutan.

    Defending Champion India and Sri Lanka have also entered in the semi final from Group B by winning their previous match against Maldives.

    Both teams will play against each other in their last group match on Sunday.

  • A total of 112 personalities were selected for the Padma awards this year, which was announced on the eve of Republic Day.

    The list contains 4 Padma Vibhushans , 14 Padma Bhushan and 94 Padma Shris. A total of 21 females, 11 NRI'S , and 1 transgender feature in the list. The awards were also conferred posthomously on 3 people.

    Mountaineer Bachendri Pal, has been conferred the Padma Bhushan which is the third highest civilian honour. 

    The first set of Padma Awards were given on 11th of this month in which president Kovind had presented 54 padma awards and the rest 58 padma awards were conferred on Saturday.

    Gujarat's Abdul Gafur khattri , has been conferred the Padma shri for his efforts in taking Rogan Art to new heights.

    Actor Manoj Bajpayee from the entertainment industry and Cricketer Gautam Gambhir have been awarded Padmshri. 

    Personalities with exceptional achievements from Odisha – D Prakash Rao- The famous chaiwala from Cuttack, Kamala Pujari for her commendable job in preserving indigenous paddy variety,  received the coveted Padmashri.

    A farmer from Bulandshahar, Bharat Bhushan Tyagi has also been awarded for promoting organic farming.

    Padma awards are conferred for distinguished service in the field and discipline of civil services, social work, science and technology, trade and industry, medicine, literature, education, sports, arts and many others. Every year these awards are conferred in the Rashtrapati Bhavan by the president of India.

  • The SUV, carrying 15 passengers from Chaderkote to Rajgarh, rolled down into the over 500-feet-deep gorge when its driver lost control at Kunda nallah near Baglihar power house at 10.30 am.

    While six persons were found dead on-the-spot, five others succumbed on way to hospital.

  • The primary suspect, identified as Brenton Harrison Tarrant, a 28-year-old Australian has been charged with murder.

    He appeared before a New Zealand district court judge. His hands were handcuffed and he was wearing white prison attire.

    Tarrant was remanded without plea until his next appearance in the High Court on April.

    In a Medical update, Christchurch Hospital said they were treating 39 patients. Eleven of them are in the intensive care unit.

    Meanwhile, Forensics teams and officials were at work behind the security cordon outside of the mosque attack sites in New Zealand as hearses came and went, moving the bodies of people who were gunned down.

    There was a constant stream of people came to lay flowers and notes and pray for the 49 who were killed. Prime Minister Arden has said that New Zealand will look at changing gun laws.

    Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison has called for the cycle of hatred and intolerance to be broken.


    The United Nations Security Council observed a moment of silence in tribute to the victims of the attacks on two New Zealand mosques.

    Meanwhile, the UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has urged the international community to "stand united against anti-Muslim hatred" and all forms of bigotry and terror following the New Zealand shootings.


    Prime Minister Narendra Modi has expressed his deep shock and sadness at the loss of scores of innocent lives in the heinous terrorist attack at the places of worship in Christchurch.

    In a letter addressed to New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern, the prime minister expressed his deepest condolences to the families bereaved in this dastardly attack, offered heartfelt prayers for the speedy recovery of the injured and underscored India's solidarity with the friendly people of New Zealand at this difficult time.

    The Prime Minister stressed India's strong condemnation of terrorism in all its forms and manifestations, and of all those who support such acts of violence. He stressed that hatred and violence have no place in diverse and democratic societies.

  • India has expressed disappointment with China, and sources say it is still working with members of the sanctions committee.

    New Delhi has once again reiterated that 3 out of the 5 permanent members of the UNSC co-sponsored the resolution, and the fourth permanent member also supported the resolution to designate Masood as a global terrorist.

    Sources also say India will show patience as long as it takes & that the country is cautiously optimistic that Masood Azhar will be listed. There are issues China has to resolve with Pakistan.

  • Balabhadra had resigned from the party on Thursday.

    Majhi fought on BJD's ticket in 2014 Lok Sabha polls and won from Naba-rangpur constituency.

    Welcoming Balabhadra Majhi in BJP, Union minister and BJP leader, Dharmendra Pradhan hailed his pro-development mindset which enabled railway connectivity in Nabarangpur and  Malkangiri.

  • This nationwide movement aims to brings 1.25 billion Indians together to help achieve the goal of New India... an India that is free of corruption and terrorism.

    He called on one and all to lend their voice to the chorus of people across the spectrum to join the juggernaut at 6 pm on March 31.

    PM Modi in his tweet says, 'Your Chowkidar is standing firm & serving the nation.

    But, I am not alone.

    Everyone who is fighting corruption, dirt, social evils is a Chowkidar.

    Everyone working hard for the progress of India is a Chowkidar.

    Today, every Indian is saying-#MainBhiChowkidar'


  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi is expected to attend the meeting along with BJP President Amit Shah and other top leaders.

    In the 1st phase of polling on April 11, voting will take place on 91 seats across the country.

  • During this visit, the minister will call on the President of the Maldives Ibrahim Mohamed Solih, Parliament Speaker Qasim Ibrahim and meet with the Maldives minister of Foreign Affairs Abdullah Shahid. 

    She is also scheduled to hold a joint Ministerial Meeting to discuss cooperation on a wide variety of issues.

    Maldives foreign ministry said both governments will discuss ongoing and future collaboration arrangements, including the implementation of the agreed outcomes of the state visit to India by President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih.

    It said that discussions will focus on development cooperation, cooperation in the field of health, and enhancing people-to-people contact.

    Relations between the two neighbors have vastly improved after taking over of new government in Maldives under President Solih.

    Prime Minister Narendra Modi attended the swearing in ceremony of Solih last November followed by visit of Solih to India in December.

    Maldives foreign minister visited New Delhi in February during which discussions on wide range of issues took place. India has extended financial assistance of 1.4 billion USD to Maldives government for its development needs.

  • The pilgrims took bath and attended the church mass today. The Mass was conducted in both Tamil and Sinhala languages with the Tamil Mass conducted by Father Joshep Lurduraj from India.

    About 6,500 Catholic devotees from Sri Lanka and  2100 devotees from India attended the event. 

    The Kachchateevu feast has been an important annual event for both Indian and Sri Lankan Catholic devotees. The annual festivities of the St. Anthony's Church, which began in 1905, is seen by fishermen from both sides with a great sense of spiritual attachment.

    Many term St. Anthony as savior to them in difficult times. India handed over control of uninhabited Kachchateevu Island to Sri Lanka in 1974. 

    Sri Lanka Navy provided meals and all infrastructure facilities, including electricity, installation of sanitary and drinking water facilities.  The practice was interrupted during the three-decade long LTTE conflict and was revived after end of war in 2009. 

  • Trade and industry tycoon Mahashay Dharam Pal Gulati of the MDH fame was awarded the Padma Bhushan while cricketer Gautam Gambhir, footballer Sunil Chhetri were awarded the Padma Shri. 

    This year, 112 personalities were selected for the Padma awards, which was announced on the eve of Republic Day.

    The first set of padma award was given on March in which President Kovind had presented one Padma Vibhushan, eight Padma Bhushan and forty-six Padma Shri Awards.


    Check the entire list of Padma Awards 2019 recipients:


    Teejan Bai - Art-Vocals-Folk - Chhattisgarh

    Ismail Omar Guelleh (Foreigner) - Public Affairs - Djibouti

    Anilkumar Manibhai Naik - Trade & Industry-Infrastructure - Maharashtra

    Balwant Moreshwar Purandare - Art-Acting-Theatre - Maharashtra



    John Chambers (Foreigner) - Trade & Industry-Technology - USA

    Sukhdev Singh Dhindsa - Public Affairs - Punjab

    Pravin Gordhan (Foreigner) - Public Affairs - South Africa

    Mahashay Dharam Pal Gulati - Trade & Industry-Food Processing - Delhi

    Darshan Lal Jain - Social Work - Haryana

    Ashok Laxmanrao Kukade - Medicine-Affordable Healthcare - Maharashtra

    Kariya Munda - Public Affairs - Jharkhand

    Budhaditya Mukherjee - Art-Music-Sitar - West Bengal

    Mohanlal Viswanathan Nair - Art-Acting-Film - Kerala

    S Nambi Narayan - Science & Engineering-Space - Kerala

    Kuldip Nayar (Posthumous) - Literature & Education (Journalism) - Delhi

    Bachendri Pal - Sports (Mountaineering) - Uttarakhand

    V K Shunglu - Civil Service - Delhi

    Hukumdev Narayan Yadav - Public Affairs - Bihar



    Rajeshwar Acharya - Art-Vocal-Hindustani - Uttar Pradesh

    Bangaru Adigalar - Spiritualism - Tamil Nadu    

    Illias Ali - Medicine-Surgery - Assam

    Manoj Bajpayee - Art-Acting-Films - Maharashtra

    Uddhab Kumar Bharali - Science & Engineering-Grassroots Innovation - Assam  

    Omesh Kumar Bharti - Medicine (Rabies) - Himachal Pradesh

    Pritam Bhartwan - Art-Vocals-Folk - Uttarakhand

    Jyoti Bhatt - Art-Painting - Gujarat

    Dilip Chakravarty - Archaeology - Delhi

    Mammen Chandy - Medicine (Hematology) - West Bengal

    Swapan Chaudhuri - Art-Music-Tabla - West Bengal

    Kanwal Singh Chauhan - Agriculture - Haryana

    Sunil Chhetri - Sports (Football) - Telangana

    Dinyar Contractor - Art-Acting-Theatre - Maharashtra

    Muktaben Pankajkumar Dagli - Social Work (Divyang Welfare) - Gujarat

    Babulal Dahiya - Agriculture - Madhya Pradesh

    Thanga Darlong - Art-Music-Flute - Tripura

    Prabhu Deva - Art-Dance - Karnataka  

    Rajkumari Devi - Agriculture - Bihar

    Bhagirathi Devi - Public Affairs - Bihar

    Baldev Singh Dhillon - Science and Engineering (Agriculture) - Punjab

    Harika Dronavalli - Sports (Chess) - Andhra Pradesh

    Godawari Dutta - Art-Painting - Bihar

    Gautam Gambhir - Sports (Cricket) - Delhi

    Draupadi Ghimiray - Social Work (Divyang Welfare) - Sikkim

    Rohini Godbole - Science and Engineering (Nuclear) - Karnataka

    Sandeep Guleria - Medicine (Surgery) - Delhi

    Pratap Singh Hardia - Medicine (Ophthmology) - Madhya Pradesh

    Bulu Imam - Social Work (Culture) - Jharkhand

    Friederike Irina (Foreigner) - Social Work (Animal Welfare) - Germany

    Joravarsinh Jadav - Art (Dance Folk) - Gujarat

    S Jaishankar - Civil Service - Delhi

    Narsingh Dev Jamwal - Literature and Education - Jammu & Kashmir

    Fayaz Ahmad Jan - Art-Craft (Papier Mache) - Jammu and Kashmir

    K G Jayan - Art-Music-Bhakti - Kerala

    Subhash Kak (Foreigner) - Science and Engineering-Technology - USA

    Sharath Kamal - Sports (Table Tennis) - Tamil Nadu

    Rajani Kant - Social Work - Uttar Pradesh

    Sudam Kate - Medicine (Sickle Cell) - Maharashtra

    Waman Kendre - Art-Acting-Theatre - Maharashtra

    Kader Khan (Posthumous-Foreigner) - Art-Acting-Films - Canada

    Abdul Gafur Khatri - Art-Painting - Gujarat

    Ravindra Kolhe (Duo)* - Medicine (Affordable Healthcare) - Maharashtra

    Smita Kolhe (Duo)* - Medicine (Affordable Healthcare) - Maharashtra

    Bombayla Devi Laishram - Sports (Archery) - Manipur

    Kailash Madbaiya - Literature and Education - Madhya Pradesh

    Ramesh Babaji Maharaj - Social Work (Animal Welfare) - Uttar Pradesh

    Vallabhbhai Vasrambhai Marvaniya - Agriculture - Gujarat

    Gita Mehta (Foreigner) - Literature and Education - USA

    Shadab Mohammad - Medicine (Dentistry) - Uttar Pradesh

    K K Muhammed - Archaeology - Kerala

    Shyama Prasad Mukherjee - Medicine (Affordable Healthcare) - Jharkhand

    Daitari Naik - Social Work - Odisha

    Shankar Mahadevan Narayan - Art-Vocals-Films - Maharashtra

    Shantanu Narayen (Foreigner) - Trade and Industry (Technology) - USA

    Nartaki Natraj - Art-Dance (Bharatnatyam) - Tamil Nadu

    Tsering Norboo - Medicine-Surgery - Jammu & Kashmir

    Anup Ranjan Pandey - Art-Music - Chhattisgarh

    Jagdish Prasad Parikh - Agriculture - Rajasthan

    Ganpatbhai Patel (Foreigner) - Literature and Education - USA

    Bimal Patel - Architecture - Gujarat

    Hukumchand Patidar - Agriculture - Rajasthan

    Harvinder Singh Phoolka - Public Affairs - Punjab

    Madurai Chinna Pillai - Social Work (Microfinance) - Tamil Nadu

    Tao Porchon-Lynch (Foreigner) - Yoga - USA

    Kamala Pujhari - Agriculture - Odisha

    Bajrang Punia - Sports (Wrestling) - Haryana

    Jagat Ram - Medicine (Ophthalmology) - Chandigarh

    R V Ramani - Medicine (Ophthalmology) - Tamil Nadu

    Devarapalli Prakash Rao - Social Work (Affordable Education)

    Anup Sah - Art-Photography - Uttarakhand

    Milena Salvini (Foreigner) - Art-Dance (Kathakali) - France

    Nagindas Sanghavi - Literature & Education-Journalism - Maharashtra

    Sirivennela Seetharama Sastry - Art-Lyrics - Telangana

    Shabbir Sayyad - Social Work (Animal Welfare) - Maharashtra

    Mahesh Sharma - Social Work (Tribal Welfare) - Madhya Pradesh

    Mohammad Hanif Khan Shastri - Literature and Education - Delhi

    Brijesh Kumar Shukla - Literature & Education - Uttar Pradesh

    Narendra Singh - Animal Husbandry - Haryana

    Prashanti Singh - Sports (Basketball) - Uttar Pradesh

    Sultan Singh - Animal Husbandry - Haryana

    Jyoti Kumar Sinha - Social Work (Affordable Education) - Bihar

    Anandan Sivamani - Art-Music - Tamil Nadu

    Sharada Srinivasan - Archaeology - Karnataka

    Devendra Swarup (Posthumous) - Literature and Education-Journalism - Uttar Pradesh

    Ajay Thakur - Sports-Kabaddi - Himachal Pradesh

    Rajeev Tharanath - Art-Music-Sarod - Karnataka

    Saalumarada Thimmakka - Social Work (Environment) - Karnataka

    Jamuna Tudu - Social Work (Environment) - Jharkhand

    Bharat Bhushan Tyagi - Agriculture - Uttar Pradesh

    Ramaswami Venkataswami - Medicine (Surgery) - Tamil Nadu

    Ram Saran Verma - Agriculture - Uttar Pradesh

    Swami Vishudhananda - Spiritualism - Kerala

    Hiralal Yadav - Art-Vocals-Folk - Uttar Pradesh

    Venkateswara Rao Yadlapalli - Agriculture - Andhra Pradesh

  • In the middle of the floor of her company Mon Choco's factory sits a grinding bike, surrounded by large trays of carefully sorted cocoa beans. Poured in a funnel, beans are transformed into a paste by a grinder activated through pedaling.

    Mroueh, a 40-year-old Ivorian of French-Lebanese descent, oversees the process from the time the beans are selected to when they are transformed into candies, producing organic and environmentally-friendly chocolate bars.

    "The bicycle grinder is an opportunity for us to practice our eco-friendly philosophy. We really want to have a minimal impact on the environment by using minimal electricity, and combine it with a short work out which also makes it a playful process," said Mroueh.

    According to Mroueh, Mon Choco unique flavours lie in the fact that the beans are not roasted and have not added additives, which highlights the authentic taste of the raw bean.

    "We are artisanal chocolatiers, so our process is manual, from the cocoa pods to the final product of packaging the chocolate tablets. One of our trademarks is that we do not roast the cocoa pods, we use raw chocolate. That enables the cocoa pods to retain its flavours and nutritional values. It's richer in protein, it's richer in anti-oxidants, and the taste is really different," Mroueh said as she kept an eye on the little team of employees in white coats sorting the beans.

    The cocoa industry is threatening to the environment, including by contributing to deforestation, and environmental campaign groups say that Ivory Coast is at risk of losing all its forest cover by 2034.

    But organic cocoa beans are difficult to find in Ivory Coast, where the overwhelming majority of farmers use chemicals and insecticides.

    As a result, organic chocolate is expensive to produce and caters primarily to the European market. A single Mon Choco chocolate bar sells for around 1,500 CFA francs (US$2.60), out of reach for most local consumers.

    But those who have tasted Mon Choco say they like the attention to detail that comes with these chocolates.

    "I have been eating Mon Choco for a while now. I have tried different flavours from Mon Choco but the one I like best is 'Nature'. I like taking it with my coffee. I can tell that Mon Choco is different from other chocolates, and I prefer Mon Choco because I can taste the cocoa," said one chocolate lover, Adama Traore.

    Mon Choco and other initiatives of the same kind are developing in Ivory Coast but represent a niche market of only 5,000 tonnes of beans per year, in a country that produces over 2 million tonnes every year.

  • Researchers from the Wake Forest Institute for Regenerative Medicine (WFIRM) in the US found that harnessing the unique properties of human amniotic fluid-derived stem cells could potentially help recover organ function in a pre-clinical model of kidney disease.

    "Our results indicate that this type of stem cell could be used as an off the shelf universal cell source and may provide an alternative therapeutic strategy for patients suffering from this chronic and debilitating disease," said James J Yoo, a professor at WFIRM.

    Amniotic fluid-derived stem cells can be used as a universal cell source because they have the ability to become different cell types as well as the ability to be anti-inflammatory, making them a potential source for regeneration.

    Unlike pluripotent and adult stem cells, amniotic fluid-derived stem cells are not as likely to provoke an immune system response. Their use does not lead to risks of tumours or ethical concerns, as with embryonic stem cells, researchers said.

    The study, published in the journal Tissue Engineering Part A, found that amniotic fluid stem cells injected into a diseased kidney in a pre-clinical model led to improvement of kidney function based on measured waste levels after 10 weeks.

    Biopsy findings showed reduced damage to the cluster of capillaries where waste products are filtered from the blood.

    "Our studies demonstrate that treatment with amniotic fluid stem cells had positive effects on functional improvement and structural recovery of the kidney," said WFIRM Director Anthony Atala.

    Kidney disease is a worldwide public health problem and can manifest in acute and chronic symptoms, researchers said.

    Transplantation is the only definitive treatment method that restores kidney function, but has its own challenges with rejection and life-long immunosuppression.

    There also are not enough donor organs to meet demand. "It remains to be seen whether injecting more cells or more efficient engraftment of the infused cells enhances improvement of organ function," said Sunil George, a WFIRM research fellow. 

  • The technology, described in the journal Advanced Materials, could be used in disaster situations, water crises or poverty-stricken areas and developing countries.

    It relies on hydrogels, gel-polymer hybrid materials designed to be "super sponges" that can retain large amounts of water. Researchers led by Guihua Yu from The University of Texas at Austin in the US used hydrogels that are both highly water absorbent and can release water upon heating.

    This unique combination successfully worked in humid and dry weather conditions and is crucial to enabling the production of clean, safe drinking water from the air, the researchers said.

    With an estimated 50,000 cubic kilometers of water contained in the atmosphere, this new system could tap into those reserves and potentially lead to small, inexpensive and portable filtration systems. "We have developed a completely passive system where all you need to do is leave the hydrogel outside and it will collect water," said Fei Zhao, a postdoctoral researcher on Yu's team.

    "The collected water will remain stored in the hydrogel until you expose it to sunlight. After about five minutes under natural sunlight, the water releases," Zhao said in a statement.

    This technology builds upon a 2018 breakthrough made by the researchers in which they developed a solar-powered water purification innovation using hydrogels that cleans water from any source using only solar energy.

    The team's new innovation takes that work a step further by using the water that already exists in the atmosphere. For both hydrogel-based technologies, Yu and his research team developed a way to combine materials that possess both hygroscopic (water-absorbing) qualities and thermal-responsive hydrophilicity.

    "The new material is designed to both harvest moisture from the air and produce clean water under sunlight, avoiding intensive energy consumption," said Yu, an associate professor of materials science and mechanical engineering.

    The technology requires only solar power, is compact and can still produce enough water to meet the daily needs of an average household, researchers said. Prototype tests showed daily water production of up to 50 litres per kilogramme of hydrogel, they said. 

  • State broadcaster Radio Mocambique, said "preliminary information points to 19 deaths and more than 70 injured in Sofala province as a result of cyclone Idai".

    Most of the deaths occurred in Beira -- a port hub and capital of Sofala province -- a city which has virtually been cut off after power lines crashed, the airport was shut and roads swamped by flooding.

    The flooding had already killed 66 people nationwide in days preceding the cyclone. "The hardest moment was overnight and this morning," provincial governor Alberto Mondlane told state radio referring to the time the cyclone barrelled through the province. "There has been a lot of damage. Many homes have been left without roofs," he added.

    An official at the National Institute of Disaster Management (NIDM) said earlier that "houses and trees were destroyed and pylons downed". Authorities were forced to close Beira international airport after the air traffic control tower, the navigation systems and the runways were damaged by the storm.

    "Unfortunately there is extreme havoc," said the official. "Some runway lights were damaged, the navigation system is damaged, the control tower antennas and the control tower itself are all damaged. "The runway is full of obstacles and parked aircrafts are damaged."

    Late on Wednesday, the national carrier LAM cancelled all flights to Beira and Quelimane, which is also on the coast, as well as to Chomoio, which is inland. Power utility Electricidade de Mocambique said in a statement that the provinces of Manica, Sofala and parts of Inhambane have been without power since Thursday.

    Another official, Pedro Armando Alberto Virgula, in Chinde north of Beira, said a hospital, police station and seven schools there lost their roofs and several houses were destroyed. Bonifacio Cebola, a spokesperson for the Beira Central Hospital, said that the theatre at the country's second largest hospital was not spared and surgeries have been suspended.

    "Because of the cyclone, the (theatre) no longer has conditions for patients to be operated on," Cebola said to Radio Mozambique.

    Local officials said that this week's heavy rains had already claimed 66 lives, injured 111 people and displaced 17,000 people.

    The World Food Programme (WFP) said it would move 20 tonnes of emergency food aid to the affected areas. The UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) had warned that the storm could pack winds of up to 190 kilometres per hour (118 miles per hour).

    At least 126 people were killed by the downpour that has struck parts of Mozambique, Malawi and South Africa over the past week, officials said.

    Heavy rains in neighbouring Malawi have affected almost a million people and claimed 56 lives, according to the latest government toll.

    Authorities there have opened emergency relief camps where malaria and shortages of supplies have led to dire conditions, according to news agency AFP.

  • "We are delighted to announce that India has been confirmed as the host of the FIFA U-17 Women's World Cup in 2020," Infantino said after the FIFA Council meeting in Miami, USA on Friday.

    This will be the second FIFA tournament India will be hosting, after the U-17 Men's World Cup in 2017. Confirming the development, All India Football Federation General Secretary Kushal Das said: "We are thankful to FIFA for giving the right to host the U-17 Women's World Cup. This will raise the profile of women's football in the country. "We have been giving a lot of emphasis on the development of women's football in the country. So we bid for the U-17 Women's World Cup and now we have got it."

    The bidding process for the tournament started last year. France had also expressed interest to host the tournament. Das said the venues to host the mega event will be decided soon. "We have four-five venues in mind and we will finalise them soon."

    As host country, India automatically qualifies for the 16-team showpiece event. The six continental qualifying tournaments are yet to begin. Besides the U-17 Women's WC, India had also expressed interest in hosting the U-20 Women's World Cup.

    The U-17 women's tournament began in 2008, when New Zealand hosted it.

    Spain are the current champions and they had beaten Mexico 2-1 in the final in Uruguay last year. The tournament in India will be the seventh edition.

    Asian teams are the most successful teams in the tournament, with North Korea (2008 and 2016) having won it twice while Japan (2014) and South Korea (2010) had won it once each. France (2012) and Spain (2018) are the only non-Asian teams to have won the tournament.

  • Brenton Harrison Tarrant, a 28-year old Australian citizen, appeared in a Christchurch District Court and was remanded without a plea until his next scheduled appearance in the South Island city's High Court on April 5.

    Handcuffed and wearing a white prison suit, Tarrant did not speak. His court-appointed lawyer made no application for bail or name suppression.

    He was likely to face further charges, police said.

  • Concluding its visit in Srinagar, the three Special Observers appointed by the Election Commission of India, Vinod Zutshi, Noor Muhammad and A S Gill, arrived in Jammu on Friday afternoon and held deliberations with political parties.

     Various District Election Officers of Jammu region and the security agencies vis-à-vis' holding of Assembly Elections in the state. 

    The representatives of most of the national as well as regional political parties including Congress, PDP, BSP, JKNPP stressed that the Assembly elections should be held as soon as possible to restore the popular government in Jammu and Kashmir.

    The BJP, however,  was of the view that conducive atmosphere is the pre-requisition for Assembly Elections.

    The National Conference argued that  the party has already made its position clear on holding of General as well as Assembly Elections in the state leaving no scope to meet the observers again.

    The observers have been tasked to make a real-time assessment of the situation by meeting political parties, district and state authorities and other stakeholders.


  • The announcement was made after the meeting between BJP President Amit Shah and Anupriya Patel. She will contest from her seat. 

    On the other hand, the rounds of meetings continued for selection of seats between NDA constituent parties in Bihar, BJP President Amit Shah met many leaders including Sushil Kumar Modi, Bhupendra Yadav and others.

    In the meantime,  leader of the Haryana Congress and a three-time MP, Arvind Sharma has joined the BJP.

    After the alliance between SP and BSP, SP started announcing the names of the candidates for Gonda, Barabanki, Kairana, Ghaziabad and Sambhal.

    BSP Chief Mayawati has claimed that the alliance with SP will be a tough contest for BJP and Congress.

    A delegation of Cong met the Election Commission and demanded the advertisements with PM Modi's photograph on them be removed from airports, railway stations and petrol pumps.


  • In a blog titled Agenda 2019 – Part – 5  'Prevent India From Becoming a Dynastic Democracy,' Jaitley wrote that post-Independence, Congress was a group with galaxy of tall leaders. Yet Pt. Nehru started grooming his daughter as a successor generation after generation, its leadership is reserved for a family party and is now in doldrums, another member has entered scene.

    "Most parties created post-1991 converted into dynastic parties. They had no organised structures, no parliamentary board . Many of leaders of such parties are highly corrupt. 

    Writing about PM Narednra Modi, Jaitley said that results of 2014 general elections were due to many factors. PM Modi grew from an extremely humble background.

    He had to work and struggle for the positions that he got. Most family owned parties lost. This was not because of PM Modi's popularity alone, it was also because India had changed.

    An aspirational India realised that it is only men of merit, competence & integrity, who can arouse public confidence. Jaitley expressed confidence that this trend will continue in 2019 elections. Prime Minister Modi & aspirational India will together demolish concept of families."

    BJP president Amit Shah also attacked the Congress party. In a blog, the BJP president said, "Before making statements on terrorism, Rahul Gandhi should first look at the history of Congress. On the issue of Masood Azhar Pakistan is in pressure from international community. Before the Kandahar hijacking episode, when the daughter of the then Home Minister Mufti Mohammad Sayeed was kidnapped by terrorists and a demand was made to release 10 hardcore terrorists. Congress should answer that in 2010 when they were in power then why they released 25 hardcore terrorists?"

    The BJP president also wrote that Congress had no clear policy on issues of national security be it terrorism or Naxalism. And now under the leadership of Prime Minister Narendra Modi it has become impossible for the terrorists to get into the internal security of the country.


  • In a press statement, West Bengal Left Front chairman Biman Bose said the 25 Lok Sabha seats included Raiganj and Murshidabad, for which the candidates were declared earlier. The list has four women and five Muslim candidates. 

    For the first time, the Left Front has opted for a seat-sharing deal with Congress For the Lok Sabha polls in the state.


  • Among the third list of candidate declared by the Congress after a meeting of the party's central election committee are five from Assam, two from Meghalaya, one from Uttar Pradesh, Sikkim and Nagaland each, besides eight from Telangana.