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  • The Commission had announced a schedule for holding three bye elections to Karnataka Legislative Council and one bye election to Maharashtra Legislative Council by the Members of Legislative Assembly, vide its Press Note No. ECI/PN/60/2018 dated 7th September, 2018.

  • A group of about 90 ASHA representatives from across the country, called on Prime Minister Narendra Modi today to express their happiness, and thank him for the recent announcement of increase in incentives, and insurance cover.

  • The Vice President of India, Shri M. Venkaiah Naidu has asked the Romanian Businessmen to create a genuine, multifaceted Indo-Romanian partnership. He was addressing the India-Romania Business Forum Meeting, in Bucharest, Romania today.

  • On the basis of the decision of the Government of India, the interest rates for Small Savings Schemes are to be notified on Quarterly Basis with the approval of the Union Finance Minister. Accordingly, the Rates of Interest on various Small Savings Schemes for the Third Quarter of the Current Financial Year 2018-19 starting 1st October, 2018, and ending on 31st December, 2018 have been announced.

  • The fourth and the final leg, Ministry of Defence Module, of the of 18th Edition of DCC started on 17 Sep18 at Centre for Training and Development (CENTRAD) in Delhi. The Raksha Mantri Smt Nirmala Sitharaman interacted with the trainee defence correspondents undergoing the Course, today at her office.

  • The Vice President of India, Shri M. Venkaiah Naidu has said that India and Romania are growing at an unprecedented and steady pace. He was holding bilateral discussions with the President of Romania, Mr. Klaus Werner Iohannis, the President of the Senate of Romania, Mr. Calin Popescu-Tariceanu and the President of the Chamber of Deputies, Mr. Nicolae-Liviu Dragnea, in Bucharest, during his two-day visit to Romania today.

  • The Initial Public Offering (IPO) of CPSE IRCON has been subscribed 9.5 times. In the IRCON IPO, the Government is selling 10.5 percent stake or about 99.05 lakh equity shares, including 5 lakh shares to employees.

  • The National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) is conducting a two-day training-cum-workshop programme on ‘Application of GIS (Geographic Information System) in Disaster Management’ here today.  The training programme aims to help participants develop skills for effectively utilising the geo-information tools for disaster management.

  • A pilot for utilising services of Department of Post for transport of sputum specimen for TB Diagnosis in Karawal NagarDelhi was launched by the Health Ministry, here today.ShriSanjeeva Kumar, AS and DG(RNTCP & NACO) launched the initiativesin presence ofShriSanjeevKhirwar, Principle Secretary (Health), GNCTD, Sh. Harpreet Singh, Post Master General (M& BD), and Dr. KS Sachdeva, DDG TB.

    A significant proportion of patients are not tested becausethe specimen does not reach the laboratory due to non-availability ofspecimen transportmechanisms.

  • Exercise Aviaindra is an Air Force level exercise between India and the Russian Federation. First Aviaindra was conducted in 2014 and has been planned as a bi-annual exercise.

     

    Exercise Aviaindra 18 is being conducted at Lipetsk, Russia from 17 Sep to 28 Sep 18 and will be conducted in Jodhpur, India from 10 Dec to 22 Dec 18. The Indian contingent for Ex Aviaindra departed for Russia on 15 Sep 18. The contingent comprises of 30 officers from different branches and streams of IAF including four women officers of Flying, Admin and Medical Branch.

  • The celebration of Paryatan Parv (16th-27th September 2018) organized by Ministry of Tourism has reached its 4th day, with a series of activities and events in Rajpath Lawns, New Delhi and across the country.

  • A group of over 100 Anganwadi workers from across the country, called on the Prime Minister today to express their happiness, and thank the Prime Minister for the recent announcement of increase in honorarium and other incentives.

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    Union Minister of State (Independent Charge) for MSME, GirirajSingh, launching the e-newsletter MSME Insider

    Union Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Ministry of Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises,Giriraj Singh, launched MSME Insider – a monthly e-newsletter of the Ministry here today.

  • The ESI Corporation during its 175th Meeting held yesterday in New Delhi under the Chairmanship of Shri Santosh Kumar Gangwar, Union Minister of State for Labour & Employment(I/C) has taken some very important decisions towards improvements in its services and benefits being provided to Insured Persons and their dependants.

  • India and Morocco signed the revised Air Services Agreement between the two countries enabling greater connectivity through a modernized agreement.  The delegation of the two countries have met three times in the past years wherein they have worked towards liberalization of markets between the two countries and updating of the existing Air Services Agreement.

  • Following is the statement made by Dr. Sekhar Basu, Chairman, Atomic Energy Commission and Secretary, Department of Atomic Energy, Government of India and Head of the Indian delegation, at the 62nd General Conference of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), in Vienna, Austria today:

    “I take this opportunity to convey on behalf of the people of India and the Government of India the warmest greetings to the International Atomic Energy Agency and the Member States on the occasion of the 62nd General Conference.

  • President of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan, Dr. Mohammad Ashraf Ghani paid a visit to India on September 19, 2018 at the invitation of Prime Minister Narendra Modi.  

    The two leaders reviewed and positively assessed the progress of the multi-faceted India-Afghanistan strategic partnership.

  • Encouraged by the achievements of Kayakalp Scheme, National Accreditation Board for Hospitals & Healthcare Providers (NABH) has decided to consider assessment of healthcare facilities in the private sector on the lines of parameters of Kayakalp Scheme.

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    The Ministry of Health and Family Welfare has made a new Budget Dashboard on Budget, Expenditure and Bill Payment position. The Budget Dashboard also incorporates Ministry of AYUSH and Department of Health Research.

  • The Ministry of Tourism is organizing the ‘Swachhta Hi Seva’ campaign at various important tourist sites across the country from 15th September to 2nd October 2018. On these days, cleanliness and awareness activities are being conducted through Regional offices of the Tourism Ministry with active participation from local communities, Institutes of the Ministry, State Governments and Stakeholders.



  • Finance Minister Piyush Goyal has said that independent asset management companies (AMCs) and steering committees will be set up for faster resolution...




  • The CBI has charge-sheeted 51 people for alleged rioting at the residence and office of Haryana minister Abhimanyu Singh during protests to demand res...




  • BJP chief Amit Shah will arrive in Kerala today on a day-long visit to gear up the party for the 2019 general elections. BJP sources said, o...



  • Afghan envoy to New Delhi Shaida Abdali has said that India and Afghanistan must stand together to free the two countries from terrorism. Speaking in New Delhi on Monday, Abdali condemned the terror attack in Jalalabad in which several people, including a number of Sikhs, were killed.



  • In Thailand, all 12 boys and their soccer coach have been confirmed alive after going missing in a flooded cave network in northern province.



  • Extending losses for the second session, the rupee weakened by 16 paise to trade at 68.96 against the US dollar in early trade on Tuesday on sustained capital outflows amid strengthening of the American currency overseas.



  • In the FIFA World Cup, Brazil and Belgium registered contrasting victories last night to seal a place in the quarterfinals and set up a last-8 clash on Friday.


  • The Prime Minister recalled his recent interaction with the ASHA and Anganwadi workers across the country, via video conference.

    He appreciated the experiences and personal accounts that had been shared by ASHA representatives that day, and said that these will surely prove inspirational for many. 

     ASHA activists shared some more accounts of how they had been instrumental in saving lives of poor mothers and children through timely intervention. 

    The Prime Minister appreciated the skill and dedication of ASHA workers, and recalled that even Bill and Melinda Gates had praised the efforts of ASHAs towards eradication of diseases such as Kala Azar. 

    He encouraged them to devote their energies to work in coordination with other government agencies to improve the quality of life in their villages. He also explained how government schemes and initiatives are all aimed at empowering the poor to fight poverty. 

    Union Minister for Health and Family Welfare J.P. Nadda was also present on the occasion.   

  • The 63-year-old conservative secured 553 votes against 254 won by former defence minister Shigeru Ishiba, a hawkish self-confessed "military geek", in a two-horse race for leader of the Liberal Democratic Party.

    The win effectively hands Abe three more years as PM, giving him the chance of breaking the record for the nation's longest serving premiership held by Taro Katsura, a revered politician who served three times between 1901 and 1913.

    Public support for Abe -- a political thoroughbred whose grandfather and father both held power -- has recovered after he managed to survive a series of cronyism and cover-up scandals. Now reconfirmed in power, Abe will head to New York this weekend to attend the UN General Assembly and hold a summit with US President Donald Trump.

    Abe and Trump, who enjoy each other's company on the golf course and are close diplomatic allies, are expected to analyse the latest inter-Korean summit. But they will also have to confront a growing trade dispute as Trump sees Tokyo among "unfair" trade partners.

    While Japanese voters put the economy and social security as their top priorities, Abe aims to use the election to push his dream of reforming the country's post-World War II pacifist constitution. Nationalist Abe has frequently voiced his wish to rewrite the charter, imposed by the victorious US occupiers, which forces the country to "forever renounce war" and dictates that armed forces will "never be maintained".

    Abe insists any changes would merely remove the country's well-equipped Self-Defense Forces from the constitutional paradox whereby they should not technically exist. "It's time to stipulate both the Self-Defense Forces and the protection of Japan's peace and independence in the constitution," Abe said in his last stump speech in Tokyo. But any changes to the text would be hugely sensitive in pacifist Japan and almost certainly greeted with fury in China and the Koreas, 20th-century victims of Japanese military aggression.

    Even if Abe manages to force a revision through parliament, he would face a referendum, raising the prospect of a Brexit-style political meltdown if the people vote against him, said Yu Uchiyama, political scientist from the University of Tokyo.

    In addition, surveys show that tinkering with the legal text is far from top of most Japanese voters' to-do list, as the country faces an ageing and declining population and a still-sluggish economy. Acknowledging concerns over the economic outlook, Abe said he plans to introduce "bold" stimulus measures to ease the expected impact of a tax hike scheduled for October next year. Japan's economy has been expanding for the past few years at a slow pace thanks to the Bank of Japan's ultra-loose monetary policy and huge government spending, which have led to a weak yen -- a key positive element for Japanese exporters.

    But analysts warned US-led trade wars could be a major risk factor for an economy still struggling to win a long battle against deflation. Local media said Abe plans to reshuffle his cabinet on October 1.

    However, he is expected to retain Vice Prime Minister and Finance Minister Taro Aso, a political ally who has backed his "Abenomics" strategy to stimulate the world's third-largest economy. 

  • Social media landscape in India evolved since 2014 when a majority of the tweets on Twitter were from the English-speaking urban population, says the study conducted by Joyojeet Pal and Liz Bozarth from the University of Michigan.

    Hindi language tweets are more likely to be shared and favorited in India when compared to English, said the study. A key indicator of this shift is that 11 of the 15 most retweeted messages by Indian politicians in the last year have been in Hindi. 

    The study states that the Bharatiya Janata Party leads significantly in terms of social media following. "While the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party still leads significantly in terms of social media, other parties are also recognising the role of the social media in political outreach," said Pal, an assistant professor at U-M's School of Information and the lead author of the study.

    Non-Hindi regional language tweets do not perform as good as either Hindi or English.

    Pal and doctoral student Lia Bozarth aggregated 274 politicians and political accounts based on two key attributes -- politicians' status as party leaders or official post in the party machinery and significant online following, typically with 50,000 followers or more. While the language use on social media does not map onto the language preference of a politician's electoral constituents, the research says that it serves as an indicator of who the politician is speaking to online.

    "Language can also be an indicator of the kind of emotion being expressed. Some of the most retweeted messages in Hindi have sarcasm or insults," Pal said, adding that this aligns with previous research that stronger emotions are more likely to be in local language than in English," he said.

    "We are moving closer to an era in which politicians can actively switch to communicating with their constituents directly through social media, bypassing the traditional news media altogether," Pal said. 

  • The contribution will help reduce carbon footprint and promote sustainable energy, India's Permanent Representative to the UN Ambassador Syed Akbaruddin said in a tweet.

    He said that India is the "first responder" to Secretary-General Antonio Guterres' call for climate action. "India funds solar project @UN Hqrs to reduce carbon footprint & promote sustainable energy," Akbaruddin said, referring to India's contribution of USD 1 million to the UN Headquarters' Solar Project, in which solar panels will be installed on the roof of the imposing UN headquarters.

    "I thank Ambassador @AkbaruddinIndia @IndiaUNNewYork for India's generous contribution for the installation of solar panels on the roof of the @UN conference building. A strong message promoting #Innovation for action on #climatechange #efficiency," Under-Secretary-General for Management Jan Beagle said in a tweet, expressing gratitude to Akbaruddin and the Permanent Mission of India to the UN.

    In June, Akbaruddin said during a session on World Environment Day that India intends to partner with the UN Secretariat to use renewable solar energy at the UN premises.

    He had expressed hope that by the next World Environment Day, solar energy would be part of the energy mix used in the UN building.

  • In animal studies, a gluten free diet during pregnancy almost completely prevented type 1 diabetes in offspring, but no intervention study has been undertaken in pregnant women.

    Researchers from the Bartholin Institute in Denmark set out to examine whether gluten intake during pregnancy is associated with subsequent risk of type 1 diabetes in children. They analysed data for 63,529 pregnant women enrolled into the Danish National Birth Cohort between January 1996 and October 2002.

    Women reported their diet using a food frequency questionnaire at week 25 of pregnancy and information on type 1 diabetes in their children was obtained through the Danish Registry of Childhood and Adolescent Diabetes.

    Average gluten intake was 13 grammes per day, ranging from less than 7 grammes per day to more than 20 grammes per day, and the researchers identified 247 cases of type 1 diabetes (a rate of 0.37 per cent) among the participants' children.

    After taking account of potentially influential factors, such as mother's age, weight (BMI), total energy intake, and smoking during pregnancy,they found that the child's risk of type 1 diabetes increased proportionally with the mother's gluten intake during pregnancy (per 10 grammes per day increase). For example, children of women with the highest gluten intake (20 grammes per day or more) versus those with the lowest gluten intake (less than 7 grammes per day) had double the risk of developing type 1 diabetes over a mean follow-up period of 15.6 years.

    The mechanisms that might explain this association are not known, but could include increased inflammation or increased gut permeability (so-called leakiness of the gut), researchers said.

    However, more evidence is needed before changes to dietary recommendations could be justified, they said. 

  • Pandya not taking further part in the tournament was expected after he was stretchered off the field during the group league encounter against Pakistan on Wednesday. The incident took place in the 18th over of the Pakistan innings when the all-rounder was bowling his fifth over. It was the fifth delivery and Pandya, after completing the follow through, immediately felt his lower back and lay on the ground in considerable pain.

    He was unable to get up and was stretchered off. He was then taken for medical examination. Later, the BCCI tweeted that Pandya was suffering from an acute lower back injury.

    Pandya ended with figures of 4.5-0-24-0 after Babar Azam's catch was dropped by Mahendra Singh Dhoni when the batsman was on 32.

    Earlier, India ticked all boxes as they clinically decimated Pakistan by eight wickets in a lopsided Asia Cup group league encounter Wednesday. It was a superlative effort from the bowling unit that saw them shot out Pakistan for a paltry 162 in 43.1 overs before Rohit Sharma (52 off 39 balls) and Shikhat Dhawan (46 off 54 balls) added 86 for the opening wicket to ensure a smooth chase for the 'Men In Blue' in only 29 overs.

    This was India's most comprehensive victory in terms of balls remaining (126).

    After a wake-up call against Hong Kong, the Pakistan match was a near perfect performance for India as Bhuvneshwar Kumar (3/15 in 7 overs) and Kedar Jadhav (3/23 in 9 overs) were perfectly complemented by Jasprit Bumrah (2/23 in 7.1 overs) and Kuldeep Yadav (1/37 in 8 overs).

    If Kuldeep's googly to snuff out Babar Azam was the turning point, Kedar Jadhav's unconventional side-arm off-breaks broke the lower middle-order as Pakistan never recovered from the batting collapse. With the pressure of scoreboard virtually non-existent, Rohit and Dhawan showed why they are one of the most formidable opening pair in white ball cricket.

    The eighth over from Usman Khan enabled India cut loose as Rohit first hooked him for a six using the pace of the delivery and followed it with a 'Nataraja' pull shot for boundary and then short arm pull in-front of the square for another six. With 19 runs coming off that over, there was no looking back for India. Rohit's third six was a another hook shot off Hasan Ali followed by a drive through mid-off to complete his 35th half century in ODIs. He was fooled by a googly from Shadab Khan but by then India were on course for a comprehensive victory. Ambati Rayudu and Dinesh Karthik both contributed 31 to take India past finish line with consummate ease.

    The two teams will now meet in Super Four on September 23.

    Earlier Jadhav produced a laudable performance as he did the job of a frontline spinner after Hardik Pandya (0/24 in 4.5 overs) was stretchered off the field due to an acute lower back injury. This was after young Babar Azam (47) and veteran Shoaib Malik (43) added 82 runs for the third wicket and looked like taking control of the proceedings. However, Pakistan suffered a batting collapse losing five wickets for 36 runs before Faheem Ashraf (21) and Mohammed Aamir (16) added an invaluable 37 runs for the eighth wicket to take the total past 150-run mark.

    Put into bat, Pakistan were in trouble straight away as Bhuvneshwar dealt a twin blow removing the in-form duo of Imam ul Haq (2) and Fakhar Zaman (0) to reduce them to 2 for 3. Imam charged to a short of length delivery that climbed on him and the thickish outside edge was taken by Dhoni.

    Zaman, India's tormentor in the Champions Trophy, mistimed a pull-shot and Yuzvendra Chahal took a well-judged catch. Babar and Malik then resurrected the innings with a fine partnership. The half-volleys on both sides of the wicket were driven with ferocity.

    Malik, who is a good player of spin bowling, gave Kuldeep Yadav the charge to hit him for a six and rotated the strike well. In fact, Malik was dropped off Pandya's bowling, whose agonies increased when he had to leave the field. Babar failed to read Kuldeep's googly as it clipped his off-bail.

    From 85 for 2, it soon became 100 for five as Pakistan lost wickets in a heap. Sarfraz Ahmed (6) was dismissed by Jadhav as substitute fielder Manish Pandey took a blinder at long-on.

    The Pakistani batsmen found it extremely difficult to read Jadhav's round arm action as he bowled straight and wide. Asif Ali was caught behind and then Malik was run-out by a direct throw from Ambati Rayudu.

    Shadab Khan (8) was stumped by Dhoni as he bacame Yadav's third victim of the match.

    Faheem and Aamir did try their bit as Pakistan crossed the 150-run mark before Bhuvneshwar and Bumrah wrapped up the tail in the 44th over.

  • The ordinance was cleared by the Union Cabinet Wednesday morning. The government has said the measure was necessary as the practice of talaq-e-biddat was continuing unabated despite the Supreme Court last year striking it down.

    Under the ordinance, giving instant triple talaq is illegal and void, and will attract a jail term of three years for the husband.

    Seeking to allay fears that the proposed law could be misused, the government has included certain safeguards in it such as adding a provision of bail for the accused before trial.

    These amendments were cleared by the Cabinet on August 29. 

  • The facilities provided at the centre will be on a par with the best in the world in size and quality, offering setting for international and national events, meetings, conferences, exhibitions and trade shows, the ministry said in a statement.

    "It will rank among the top 10 in the world and the biggest indoor exhibition space in India," it said adding the project is expected to generate over 5 lakh employment opportunities.

    The project is planned over an area of 221.37 acre in Sector 25, Dwarka, at an estimated cost of Rs 25,703 crore.

    IICC will be an integrated complex with facilities like exhibition halls, convention centre, open exhibition spaces, mixed use commercial spaces like star hotels (5, 4 and 3 star), retail services and high-end offices. The construction will be in line with green building principles and Indian Green Building Council (IGBC) Platinum rating standards. The convention centre can accommodate 11,000 persons, 5 exhibition halls, 1-kilometre long foyer, multi-purpose arena with retractable roof. It will be developed in two phases.

    Phase-I and II will be completed by December 2019 and December 2024, respectively.

    IICC complex will have a dedicated underground Metro station which will be an extension of the airport high speed metro corridor and is being constructed by Delhi Metro Rail Corporation.

    The project is being implemented by India International Convention and Exhibition Centre Ltd, a 100 per cent government-owned company set up by Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion (DIPP). 

  • "During climb, the crew forgot to select bleed switch due to which cabin pressurisation could not be maintained. As a result, oxygen masks got deployed," the official at aviation regulator, Directorate General of Civil Aviation, said.

    The Boeing 737 aircraft returned to Mumbai due to "loss of cabin pressure" and the pilots have been taken off duty pending investigation, a Jet Airways spokesperson said.

    Citing initial information, the official said few passengers have nose bleeding. "Out of 166 passengers on board, 30 passengers are affected... some have nose bleeding, few have ear bleeding and some are complaining of headache," he added.

    There were 166 passengers and 5 crew members on board flight 9W 697. Television footage of video apparently taken by a passenger showed oxygen masks hanging from overhead compartments and passengers breathing through them.

    The official said all the affected passengers are being attended to by doctors at the airport.

    According to the airline, the aircraft landed normally in Mumbai. "All guests were deplaned safely and taken to the terminal. First aid was administered to few guests who complained of ear pain, bleeding nose etc," it said.

    An official at Aircraft Accident Investigation Bureau (AAIB) informed that going by the preliminary information, it could be a case of negligence on the part of the pilots since controlling cabin pressure control is part of check before operating a flight.

    The official said the DGCA would look into the incident first and then a decision would be taken on whether the matter should be referred to the AAIB. Serious incidents and accidents are referred to the AAIB for further investigation. 

     

  • VP Naidu, who is visiting the southeastern European country on the occasion of the 70th anniversary of India-Romania diplomatic relations, met President of Romania Klaus Werner Iohannis and talked intensively on bilateral and multilateral issues of mutual concern including trade, IT, defence and space.

    "We have to create the needed atmosphere and global consensus for fighting terrorism which is a menace to humanity. "Terror has no religion, terror does not belong to any particular race, it's an enemy of humanity. Let us all work together to root out terror from the globe so that the world can move forward peacefully towards a prosperous future," Naidu said after his meeting with President of the Senate of Romania Calin Popescu-Tariceanu.

    The vice president and Romania President Iohannis led delegation-level talks to further strengthen relations in trade, small and medium-sized enterprises, pharma, information technology, defence, agriculture, space and science and technology, External Affairs Ministry Spokesperson Raveesh Kumar said in a tweet. He also met Liviu Dragnea, the President of Chamber of Deputies at the Palace of Parliament.

    The Petroleum Gas University of Polesti, Romanaia and Pandit Deendayal Petrolium University, Gujarat signed an MoU for capacity building and mutual training. An agreement in the area of petroleum and gas was also signed between Indian and Romanian Universities on the sidelines of the meeting between Naidu and Popescu-Tariceanu, Kumar said. "I am pleased to visit this beautiful country on the occasion of 70th anniversary of our strong diplomatic relations. I convey the wishes of 1.3 billion people of the Republic of India to the people of Romania for the Centenary year celebrations," VP said.

    India and Romania relations are historic, warm and friendly, he said. "My visit reflects our desire to strengthen our collaboration shared commitment to bolster our friendship and diversify our ties. We agreed that we shall work towards enhancing our already excellent trade relations. My talks with Popescu-Tariceanu were meaningful and constructive. The longstanding excellent relations between India and Romania provided the backdrop for our fruitful engagement," the vice president said.

    India stands ready to intensify parliamentary visits and other high-level exchanges between India and Romania to strengthen ties in the political, economic and cultural areas, Naidu said. He conveyed best wishes for the upcoming Presidency of Council of European Union in January, 2019. "Romania has emerged as a respected leader in the Balkans. We appreciate Romania's spirit to succeed and have faith in its efforts for a better tomorrow. We agreed that we shall work towards enhancing already excellent trade relations," Naidu said.

    The vice president arrived in Romania on Tuesday on the last leg of his three-nation visit to boost India's ties with the southeastern European country. He will be in Romania from September 18 to Setember 20. 

  • A number of programmes are being organised to mark the occasion. The main function was held at Nepal Army Pavilion in Kathmandu, which was attended by the President Bidya Devi Bhandari, Prime Minister K.P. Sharma Oli, Chief Justice, Speaker of the House of Representatives, Chairman of the National Assembly, ministers, government officials, security chiefs and heads of diplomatic missions.

    Addressing the people on this occasion, Prime Minister Oli expressed hope that constitution will strengthen Nepal and transform it into a prosperous nation. He said the constitution imbibes present and future aims and aspirations of the people and it will help in fulfilling the goal of Prosperous Nepal, Happy Nepali.

    A march-past by Nepal Army, Nepal Police, Armed Police Force, Nepal Scout and students and cultural programmes by locals also featured to mark the occasion. 

     

     

  •  The two leaders discussed the issues related to bilateral ties and matters concerning regional security. President Ghani arrived this morning on a day-long visit to India. Minister for Housing and Urban Affairs Hardeep Singh Puri received Mr Ghani at the airport.  India Foundation will host the civic reception for the visiting dignitary. 

    Foreign Secretary Vijay Gokhale had last week travelled to Kabul to chair the meeting of the Joint Working Group on Political and Security Cooperation between India and Afghanistan.

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  • He added the people of the country will decide who they want to see in government.

    "We work for the development of society. Our motive is to unite the society. We don't interfere in the work of government," he said.

    RSS Chief also said equal participation of women in society is essential for nation building.

     

  • Dismissing Congress' charges on the offset contract, she said that the NDA govt only followed the UPA govt's Offset Policy. She also said that top leadership of countries doesn't discuss minute details of deals and in this case too the Prime Minister of India and the French President showed interest in entering a deal and the minute details were negotiated by experts and officers.

    The govt has once again refuted allegations levelled by the Congress on the Rafale fighter jets deal. Fielding questions in a press interaction, Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman said that it was ironic that the Congress was comparing it's non-agreement with the inter-governmental agreement reached by the NDA govt since the UPA govt did not reach a deal during its tenure.

    The Defence Minister explained that Prime Minister Narendra Modi and the then French President had only shown interest in entering a deal in April 2015 and the inter-governmental agreement was signed in September 2016 after nearly one and a half years of negotiations.

    The Union Minister dismissed Congress' allegations related to the Nitty gritty of the deal, saying top leadership of the 2 countries don't discuss the minutiae of deals.

    The Defence Minister said that the UPA govt had come out with an Offset Policy under which any Original Equipment Manufacturer can select any number of Indian partners, both from the private sector and the public sector, for offset supplies.

    She said the NDA govt had only followed that policy. Nirmala Sitharaman said that Congress' inability to reach the Rafale deal shows its approach towards national security.

    Comparing two deals, the Union Minister said that while the UPA govt was negotiating for procuring 18 aircraft in flyaway condition, the NDA govt is procuring 36 aircraft in flyaway condition.

    She said that the govt has informed the Parliament about the base price of each aircraft negotiated by the NDA govt.

    Nirmala Sitharaman's press interaction was yet another bid by the govt to present facts about the deal to the people.

    While the govt has clarified on the matter time and again, the Opposition is still flogging the issue.

  • He also urged every local to contribute towards making the Pravasi Bhartiya Diwas next year a big moment for Varanasi. PM also took the opportunity to assure the people of the city that efforts are being made to clean River Ganga from Gangotri to Ganga Sagar.

    With this one press of a button, Prime Minister Narendra Modi gifted Kashi with development projects, cumulatively worth more than Rs. 550 crores. The projects include the inauguration of Integrated Power Development Scheme for Puraani Kashi and foundation stone laying for the construction of 132 KV Power Sub-station. Prime Minister also inaugurated an Atal Incubation Centre at BHU.

    Prime Minister Narendra Modi paid tributes to Madan Mohan Malviya the founding father of BHU. In keeping with his vision, PM laid the foundation stone for Vedic Vigyan Kendra. He said these projects will help Varanasi to attain new heights, uniting modern infrastructure and development with the spiritualism of Kashi.

    He also kick-started work on the Regional Ophthalmology Centre at Benares Hindu University. Prime Minister also distributed 260 flour mills under the Kumbhakari Udyog Yojana as well as 500 honey boxes under the honey mission.

    This is Prime Minister Modi's 3rd visit to Varanasi this year. And each time he has gone to his constituency bearing gifts for the area. In March Prime Minister Narendra Modi flagged off the Kashi-Patna Janshatabdi Express between Manduadih Railway Station in Varanasi and Patna. He also laid the foundation stone of various development projects worth over Rs. 800 crores. Then in July, Prime Minister gave the city projects cumulatively worth over Rs. 900 crores. These included the Varanasi City Gas Distribution Project and the Varanasi-Ballia MEMU train. Several projects under the Smart City Mission and Namaami Gange were also started.

  • The first is the India-Bangladesh Friendship pipeline that was agreed upon in April this year and the second was a railway project. Both the projects will serve to boost ties between the two countries.

    Yet another milestone in India Bangladesh ties that takes PM Modi's neighbourhood first policy further. Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Bangladesh counterpart Sheikh Hasina jointly participated in the groundbreaking ceremony of India-Bangladesh Friendship Pipeline Project through video conferencing. 

    Work has also begun on the 3rd and 4th line on the Dhaka-Tongi section, as well as doubling of tracks in Tongi Jaidevpur section. India has granted a credit line for 17 projects to Bangladesh. Out of this 9 have been completed so far. Over the last 10 days, India and Bangladesh have begun work on 5 joint projects, illustrating the strong ties and increasing co-operation the two nations share.

    Prime Minister Narendra Modi said that the pipeline will infuse fresh energy into India Bangladesh ties.

    This pipeline will connect Siliguri in West Bengal in India and Parbatipur in Dinajpur district of Bangladesh. The estimated project cost will be 346 crore rupees and it will be completed in 30 months time. The capacity of the pipeline will be 1 million metric tons per annum.

    Prime Minister of Bangladesh Sheikh Hasina thanked India for its support in Bangladesh's development journey.

    India and Bangladesh have historically shared special ties. The Modi government has infused fresh impetus to these relations by increasing the number of joint projects as well as the frequency of interactions between the two countries.

     

     

  • The proposals were cleared by the board of Sebi at its meeting in Mumbai.

    Sebi Chairman Ajay Tyagi said the board has approved new KYC norms for foreign portfolio investors and fresh guidelines would be issued soon.

    The watchdog has approved a proposal to allow foreign investors to trade in commodity derivatives market, except for sensitive commodities, as well as common application form for the registration of FPIs in the domestic markets, Tyagi told reporters here after the board meeting.

    The board has given its nod for amending delisting regulations. Further, inter-operability of clearing houses for commodities and new methodology to calculate the total expenses ratio for fund managers have been cleared.

  •  

    Prakash was allegedly assaulted during a meeting at Kejriwal's official residence on the night of February 19. 

    Additional Chief Metropolitan Magistrate Samar Vishal issued the summons after taking cognizance of the charge sheet filed by the Delhi Police on August 13.

    The court said there were sufficient grounds to establish the alleged charges against the accused in the case. The charge sheet has also named 11 legislators of the Aam Aadmi Party.
     

  • Heavy seasonal rains have caused the Niger and Benue rivers to burst their banks, inundating communities, farms and trapping tens of thousands of people in their homes. Sani Datti, from the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA), said, "We have declared a national disaster in four states -- Kogi, Delta, Anambra and Niger.

    "Eight other states are on the watch list. All these states have been the worst hit by the flooding. About 100 people have lost their lives in 10 states." Kogi and Niger are in central Nigeria while Delta and Anambra are in the south.

    The Kogi state capital, Lokoja, lies at the confluence of both rivers and has been virtually submerged because of the rising waters. NEMA said water levels on Monday were continuing to rise in Lokoja and had reached 11.06 metres (36 feet) - approaching those of similar devastating flooding in 2012. Then, hundreds of people died and about two million others were left homeless in 30 of Nigeria's 36 states.

    More rains are forecast on Tuesday, according to the Nigerian Meteorological Agency.

    Nigeria's President Muhammadu Buhari said on Monday he had approved the release of three billion naira (USD 8.3 million, 7.1 million euros) to buy medical and relief materials.

    Flooding along the rivers is a frequent occurrence during the annual rains, which fall from May to September. Datti said military personnel and equipment had been seconded to help the relief effort, as well as the evacuation of trapped residents from their homes

  • The 33-year-old Olympic champion, aided by a string of pacemakers through to 25km of the 42.195 km race, took 1 minute 17 second off the previous best set four years ago by Dennis Kimetto.

    It was the largest single improvement on the marathon world record since Derek Clayton improved the mark by 2:23 in 1967.

    Acclaimed as the greatest marathon runner of the modern era, Kipchoge has dominated marathon racing since making his debut in Hamburg in 2013. Ethiopian Ruti Aga finished second and her compatriot Tirunesh Dibaba third.   

  • Prakash was allegedly assaulted during a meeting at Kejriwal's official residence on February 19 night. 

    Additional Chief Metropolitan Magistrate Samar Vishal issued the summons after taking cognisance of the charge sheet filed by the Delhi Police on August 13.

    The court said there were sufficient grounds to establish the alleged charges against the accused in the case. The charge sheet has also named 11 legislators of the Aam Aadmi Party.

  • Petroleum and Natural Gas Minister Dharmendra Pradhan said, the project will go a long way in strengthening Indo-Bangla ties.

    Both countries had entered into an agreement for the pipeline construction in April this year during Foreign Secretary Vijay Gokhale's visit to Dhaka.

    The 130-kilometre pipeline will connect Siliguri in West Bengal in India and Parbatipur in Dinajpur district of Bangladesh. The estimated project cost will be 346 crore rupees and it will be completed in 30 months time. 

    The capacity of the pipeline will be 1 million metric tons per annum. The six-kilometre Indian leg of the pipeline project will be implemented by the Assam-based Numaligarh Refinery Limited and the remaining 124 kilometres of the pipeline project will be implemented by Bangladesh Petroleum Corporation.

    The project will replace the existing practice of sending diesel by rail covering a distance of 510 kilometers.

  • The higher import taxes will apply to almost 6,000 items, marking the biggest round of US tariffs so far. 

    The tariffs will take effect from 24 September, starting at 10% and increasing to 25% from the start of next year unless the two countries agree on a deal.

    Trump said the latest round of tariffs was in response to China's unfair trade practices including subsidies and rules that require foreign companies in some sectors to bring on local partners. 

    Trump also warned that if China takes retaliatory action against US farmers or industries, Washington will immediately pursue phase three, which is tariffs on approximately 267 billion dollars of additional imports. If he does go ahead with a further 267 billion dollars worth of tariffs, it would mean virtually all of China's US exports would be subject to new duties.

    So far, the United States has imposed tariffs on 50 billion dollars worth of Chinese products to pressure China to make sweeping changes to its trade, technology transfer and high-tech industrial subsidy policies.

  • Addressing India-Malta Business forum in Valletta yesterday evening, Mr Naidu said that transformative vision is making India one of the most favourite investment destinations in the word. He said that the Indian economy, growing at around 8%, currently is one of the fastest growing major economies of the world. 

    Vice President said that India is projected to become a five-trillion-dollar economy by 2025, making it the 3rd largest consumer market in the world. Referring to Jan Dhan Accounts and GST, he said that the number of economic reforms has been undertaken by the government. 

    VP Naidu said India is rapidly expanding its infrastructure and the policy initiatives taken by the government are opening up new opportunities. 

    Vice President said that Maltese companies could consider investing in India in health, maritime transport, films, pharmaceutical, travel and tourism sectors. 

  • According to a new research by the World Economic Forum (WEF), adoption of automation and robotics will bring a "seismic shift" in the way humans work alongside machines and algorithms.

    However, in terms of overall numbers of new jobs, the outlook is positive.

    The surveyed companies report that at present, 71 per cent of total current task hours are performed by humans, compared to 29 per cent by machines. By 2022, this average is expected to shift to 58 per cent task hours performed by humans, 42 per cent by machines. By 2025, machines will perform 52 per cent of the total task hours.

    "Despite bringing widespread disruption, the advent of machine, robots and algorithm could actually have a positive impact on human employment. Our projection, based on a survey of executives representing 15 million employees in 20 economies, suggests globally 133 million jobs could be created by technologies of the Fourth Industrial Revolution compared while 75 million could be displaced," WEF said.

    While a net positive job growth is expected, there will be a significant shift in the "quality, location, format and permanency of new roles", WEF said. "Businesses are set to expand their use of contractors doing task-specialised work, engage workers in more flexible arrangements, utilise remote staffing, and modify the locations where their organisation operates to ensure access to talent," the research, titled 'The Future of Jobs 2018' said.

    Among the roles set to experience increasing demand across all industries are data analysts and scientists, software and applications developers, and e-commerce and social media specialists, all of which are significantly based on or enhanced by technology.

    "It is critical that businesses take an active role in supporting their existing workforces through reskilling and upskilling, that individuals take a proactive approach to their own lifelong learning, and that governments create an enabling environment to facilitate this workforce transformation. This is the key challenge of our time," said Klaus Schwab, Founder and Executive Chairman of the WEF. Roles that distinctly leverage 'human skills' such as sales and marketing professions, innovation managers and customer service workers, are also set to experience increasing demand, WEF noted.

    Jobs expected to become redundant include routine-based white-collar roles, such as data entry clerks, accounting and payroll clerks. "For businesses to remain dynamic, differentiated and competitive in an age of machines, they must in fact invest in their human capital. There is both a moral and economic imperative to do so. Without proactive approaches, businesses and workers may lose out on the economic potential of the Fourth Industrial Revolution," said Saadia Zahidi, Head of the Centre for the New Economy and Society at the WEF.

    The latest edition of the Future of Jobs Report covered over 300 global companies from a wide range of industry sectors. Survey responses represent more than 15 million employees, and 20 developed and emerging economies which collectively represent about 70 per cent of global GDP. 

  • The actors will next be seen in "Sui Dhaaga - Made in India", a Yash Raj Films project, which salutes India's entrepreneurs and skilled workforce, including homegrown artisans, craftspeople and weavers. Varun plays a tailor named Mauji and Anushka essays the role of his wife and embroiderer Mamta.

    The duo will dedicate time to promote the skilled talent in the country. "Varun Dhawan and Anushka Sharma, through this unique film 'Sui Dhaaga - Made in India', are bringing to focus the incredible skills and talent of our homegrown artisan and craftsmen community. It is really heartening to see actors like them doing a film that has such a significant social message. India is one of the youngest countries in the world; and it is a matter of great pride for us to see such dedicated and passionate skilled youth with entrepreneurial skills in our country who are bringing name and fame to the nation with their work," Dharmendra Pradhan, Minister of Petroleum and Natural Gas and Minister of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship, said in a statement.

    Led by the Ministry of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship (MSDE), Skill India aims to standardise vocational training, which helps in creation of latest infrastructure, ensures industry partnerships to extend technology support to make the youth more employable.

    "Prime Minister Modi has displayed incredible vision and genuine foresight in aiming to organise, skill, train and give financial support and backing to our craftsmen, artisans and similar workmen. "We are proud to be promoting this campaign that we feel extremely close to like our movie 'Sui Dhaaga' that celebrates self-reliance and entrepreneurship," Varun said. Anushka added, "Skill India Campaign reflects the government's determination to include and support the talented skilled force of the country. While making 'Sui Dhaaga', we came across so many stories of talented, skilled crafts people and artisans who don't get a fair chance to showcase their talents." 

  • A tornado watch was issued for parts of North and South Carolina as emergency management officials also warned of the potential for dam failures and landslides.

    "This is an epic storm that is still continuing," North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper said at a press conference. "This is a monumental disaster for our state." Cooper said there have been 17 confirmed storm-related deaths in North Carolina from Florence, which made landfall on the state's Atlantic coast on Friday as a Category 1 hurricane. "We hope there are not more," Cooper said.

    At least six deaths have been confirmed in neighboring South Carolina with the latest being the driver of a pickup truck who drove into standing water in Lexington County.

    More than a dozen rivers across North Carolina were at major flood stage on Monday or threatening to rise to critical levels.

    "River flooding is dynamic and it's happening all over our state," Cooper said. "Many roads in our state are still at risk of floods," he said, warning people who have been evacuated not to return home yet and not to go out if they do not need to. "Please don't make yourself someone who needs to be rescued," he said.

    Wilmington, on the banks of the Cape Fear River in North Carolina, was almost completely cut off by land but emergency management teams managed to truck food and water overnight into the port city of 1,20,000 people. North Carolina emergency response department officials said that 23 truckloads of Meals, Ready to Eat -- packaged US military rations -- and crates of bottled water had been sent into Wilmington.

    "We're dealing with some very, very tough situations with respect to the impassable roads coming into the city of Wilmington," Mayor Bill Saffo told residents on Twitter. "As the water recedes things will get better. "We're going to be OK," Saffo said. "We're going to get through this." - Flash flood warning - In Fayetteville, the Cape Fear River was expected to reach major flood stage at 58 feet (17.6 meters) on Monday and hit nearly 62 feet (18.9 meters) on Tuesday before receding.

    The Deep River at Ramseur was slightly above major flood stage at 25.5 feet (7.8 meters). "It's worrying to watch the water slowly rising," said Denise Harper, a resident of Grifton, another small North Carolina town threatened by rising water in a nearby creek and the Neuse River. "A lot of people have evacuated already," Harper said.

    More than half a million people in the Carolinas remained without electricity on Monday, according to emergency officials.

    The National Hurricane Center (NHC) warned that Florence, which has been downgraded to a tropical depression, continues to dump heavy rain on parts of North Carolina and northeastern South Carolina. "Flash flooding will continue over portions of the western mid-Atlantic regions," the NHC said.

    The National Weather Service said there is an "elevated risk for landslides" in North Carolina. North Carolina officials said there has been a small dam breach that did not cause any significant damage and they were monitoring other structures closely. Numerous roads across eastern North Carolina were blocked by fallen trees and flooding including parts of I-95, a major north-south artery.

    Secretary of Homeland Security Kirstjen Nielsen announced meanwhile that she plans to visit North Carolina on Monday to discuss the response and recovery efforts and tour flood-affected areas.

    President Donald Trump has also announced plans to visit the flood-hit region this week but a date has not yet been set. "We're going to need significant resources to recover," Cooper, the North Carolina governor, said. 

     

  • Vice President M. Venkaiah Naidu is in Malta on the second leg of his three nation Eastern European tour. On Monday he held delegation level talks with the Maltese President, Marie Louise coleiro preca in Valleta.

    Three important agreements in the areas of diplomatic training, tourism, and maritime cooperation were signed between the two countries. The Vice President expressed confidence that this visit would further boost their already friendly bilateral ties.

    Both sides also discussed the crucial issue of counter terrorism, and agreed to cooperate with each other in the fight against terrorism.

    Vice President Naidu and President Preca's discussions covered issues related to trade and investment. President Preca expressed her country's desire to join the International Solar Alliance, which India warmly welcomed.

    Malta also expressed the desire to expand cooperation into new areas. The Vice President was given a guard of honor on his arrival in Malta.

    He interacted with the Indian community and encouraged them to continue the excellent work that the diaspora does in all parts of the world.

    Vice President Naidu also enumerated the several initiatives taken by the govt of India for overseas Indians including the e-visa facility..
     

  • They have been arrested in connection with the Bhima koregaon violence case.

    The court will on Sept 19 examine if material on record supports their arrest.

    The Maharashtra police had arrested the rights activists on August 28, in connection with an FIR that states that 'Elgaar Parishad' conclave on December 31 last year had triggered violence at Koregaon-Bhima village.

     

  • The centre has proposed an amalgamation of state-owned Bank of Baroda, Dena Bank and Vijaya Bank to create India's third largest public sector bank.

    The alternative mechanism under Finance Minister Arun Jaitley has advised the boards of the three banks to consider the proposal. The new amalgamated bank will be a strong competitive bank with economies of scale. Jailtey said that the government has been careful in not merging weak banks.

    However, the centre has sought to allay any fear on part of employees, giving assurance that no one will face any adverse service conditions after the amalgamation.

    Taking yet another step in consolidation process, the government has also moved to offload its majority stake in IDBI Bank to Life Insurance Corporation of India. Finance minister also came down hard on the UPA regime on the issue of the bank NPAs. He said that the NPAs jumped manifold during UPA regime and were swept under the carpet by the then govt.

    He said that the bank lending before 2008 was Rs 18 lakh crore which jumped to Rs 55 lakh crore between 2008 and 2014. Citing the merger of SBI'e entities, jaitley said that it will benefit the working conditions of the employees of smaller banks.

    No time frame has been given for the completion of the process. The first big merger affected by the NDA was the merger of five associate banks of State Bank of India with itself.
     

  • The NDA government's decision to completely seal the borders to stop infiltration and illegal migration was evident in Jammu on Monday as Home minsiter Rajnath singh inaugurated India's first smart fence pilot on two 5 KM strecthes along the Indo-Pak border.

    On the sidelines, Rajnath appealed to political parties to participate in the forthcoming panchayat and urban local body polls in Jammu and Kashmir.

    His appeal came after the two major regional parties -- the National Conference and the Peoples Democratic Party -- announced that they would not take part in the elections. Rajnath said that the elections will provide them with an opportunity to interact with the people.

    Rajnath singh said that India has always extended hands to cooperate and maintain friendly ties with Pakistan, but India cannot change the behaviour of Pakistan and ultimately Pakistan will have to understand how to behave with a neighbour.

    The smart fence pilot project entails deploying laser-activated fences and technology-enabled barriers to plug vulnerable gaps along frontiers.

    The initiative is part of comprehensive integrated border management system (CIBMS). Smart fencing uses a number of devices for surveillance, communication and data storage.

    Thermal imager sensors, underground sensors, fiber optical sensors, radar and sonar are mounted on different platforms like aerostat, tower and poles as part of the smart fence. The system will effect round-the-clock surveillance on the border and in different weather conditions.

    The 'laser fence' and other gadgets have been integrated and  gadgets are integrated to immediately relay CCTV-like feed to command post. This first hand live feed will give BSF the required inputs to take immediate action against intrusion or infiltration attempt.

    He said that the incidents of terrorism have come down in the 4 years of NDA rule. 

    Centre is working towards upgrading border infrastructure, and more than 600 km roads have been constructed in border areas and hundreds of border out posts have been built.

    Smart Fence will be deployed along 2,400 km of India's border with Pakistan and Bangladesh in the future

     

  • Future of Bharat: An RSS Perspective'. He spoke at length about the beliefs of RSS founder Dr. Hedgewar...saying they form the foundation of the organisation....He also shared what RSS stands for...and the guiding principles of the organisation...Here's more.

    In a bid to end ideological untouchability and take the views of the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh on various issues of national importance to the people....a 3-day lecture series began at Vigyan Bhavan in New Delhi on Monday.

    The first day saw participation from prominent citizens from all walks of life....including social and political organisations....

    On the first day of the 3 day lecture series under the theme....'Future of Bharat: An RSS Perspective'....RSS Sarsanghchalak....delivered his address on the role played by RSS as an organisation, its ideology, the contributions and life of RSS founder Dr. Hedgewar ...and the state of the nation.

    He spoke about the culture of values that bind the society together....even though there is so much diversity in the country.

    He explained that Sangh works on development of an individual's values.

    Stressing that Sangh works with the objective reforming the society and serving the nation....he said the Sangh is committed to working for a society that is bereft of all ills...and is progressive.

    He said that Sangh does not hanker for publicity...and its works speak for themselves.

    He said the Sangh cannot be compared with any other organisation....as it is unique in its ways....

    Elaborating on the contributions and life of RSS founder Dr. Hedgewar....the RSS Sarsanghchalak spoke on how he engaged with those with differing ideologies....and treated them with respect

    He said that the Sangh has been working in national interest since it was founded.

    He cited instances from Dr. Hedgewar's life that gave a glimpse of his contributions to the Freedom Struggle.

    This is an unprecedented outreach by the Sangh, in terms of scale and nature...

    The purpose of the outreach is to engage people on its guiding principles...and on its vision for India's future.
     

  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi is visiting his parliamentary constituency Varanasi. On day 2 of his visit, the Prime Minister inaugurated various development projects, cumulatively worth more than Rs. 550 crore at BHU Amphitheatre.

    The projects include the Integrated Power Development Scheme (IPDS) for Puraani Kashi and an Atal Incubation Centre at BHU.

    The foundation stone for Regional Ophthalmology Centre at Benares Hindu University was also laid.

    These projects will help Varanasi to attain new heights, uniting modern infrastructure and development with the spiritualism of Kashi.

    PM Modi said the city has changed for good in the last four years and the work that has been done is clearly visible. "The bid to make the city modern has been done while preserving the age old identity of the city," he said.

    Taking a jibe at previous governments, he said Varanasi had been left to the mercy of Lord Shiva under past regimes. "Projects worth Rs 550 crore have either been dedicated to the public or foundation stones have been laid today. This development work not only covers Varanasi but adjoining areas as well," he said. 

  • The occasion is the Prime Minister's 68th birthday. But the Prime Minister doesn't believe in celebrating. He rather chooses to work.... work that makes a difference for the future.

    And so Prime Minister Modi reached out to children of a primary schools in Narur village of Varanasi.

    This school has a unique 'Room to Read' a new learning method. On entering the room to read, Prime Minister made himself comfortable on the Dhurrie.

    The children ask the Prime Minister about his childhood as only a child can with wonder and excitement and the Prime Minister responds affectionately.

    Birthdays are very important occasions in a child's life and the children certainly did not disappoint wishing the Prime Minister with post cards and special greetings.

    And just as the Prime Minister was about to leave a child asked him whether he too felt frightened sometimes.

    Next it was the turn of the smart class where audio visuals and poetry keep the students engaged.

    The Q and A session didn't end there. It was the turn of special students to seek answers from the Prime Minister. And as an encouraging mentor he told them that as students, it is vital to ask questions. Never feel afraid to seek answers. He also said students must give importance to sports.

    As he walked onto DLW lawns the figure 68 greeted him. Here he interacted with young volunteers who teach children of ragpickers at Kashi Vidyapeeth.

    Sitting under a tree with gen next at his knee. Prime Minister Modi became one with them…putting his arms around them...showing interest in their art work and even turning guru.

    Prime Minister Modi spent his 68th birthday sharing the mantra of life with these under privileged children...giving them a special gift...the gift to dream and chase their dreams...

     

  • During his three day visit Ambassador Puri met officials, local leaders, representatives of various hotels and guest houses and enquired about boarding and lodging facilities available for the pilgrims.

    He visited Simikot district hospital and interacted with the doctors.

    Mr. Puri also met some pilgrims returning from Kailash Mansarovar Yatra and asked them about their experiences.

    Later talking to DD News correspondent Ambassador Puri said that Simikot is connected through small aircraft only and these planes are not capable to fly in bad weather.

    He said during inclement weather pilgrims may have to stay in Simikot for a longer period. Mr Puri said since basic facilities are available in Simikot so patience is required.

    Ambassador Puri also said that Simikot is around 10,000 feet above the sea level and there are chances of high altitude sickness especially among elderly pilgrims.

    Ambassador Puri said doctors informed him about requirement of constant supply of electricity and oxygen to handle medical emergencies and Indian Embassy will try to help in improving the situation.

    Nepalgunj, Simikot and Hilsa route is very popular among Kailash Mansarovar pilgrims as it take laser time and journey is comfortable. More than 10,000 devotees undertake pilgrimage through this route. 

  • The warehouse will be constructed with an Indian grant assistance of 30 crore Sri Lankan rupees.

    The MoU was signed by Mr. Taranjit Singh Sandhu, High Commissioner of India to Sri Lanka and Mr. K.D.S. Ruwanchandra, Secretary to Sri Lankan ministry of national policies and economic affairs.  

    The project envisages construction of a 5000-metric ton temperature controlled warehouse for fruits and vegetables to minimize its post-harvest losses. 

    This initiative will benefit the farming community by reducing the wastage particularly in the peak season when there is surplus production.

     This project is in continuation of Government of India’s efforts to partner with Government of Sri Lanka in people oriented development projects.

     India’s overall commitment of development assistance to Sri Lanka stands at a total of around 3 billion US dollars, out of which 550 million US dollars is pure grant assistance.

  • Joint opposition in a statement said leaked internal documents show that the Commission has been secretly planning to use the tablet computers for months, creating a new opportunity for vote rigging and fraud.

     It said the elections act makes it clear that the results must be announced and published physically at each polling station, and those results then communicated to the central commission.

    However, a leaked document explains to EC officials that they must enter the result of each polling station on the tablet computer and wait for a ‘printed confirmation’ before publicly announcing the result.

    The opposition alleged that entering the votes on the tablets gives the EC an opportunity to change the results from each ballot box before they are publicly announced, to ensure a victory for President Abdullah Yameen.  Mr. Yameen  is seeking re-election against Joint opposition candidate Ibrahim Mohamed Solih.

  • State govt has ordered police to take strict action in the case. Chief Minister Manohar Lal said that the other two accused in the case will also be arrested soon. He also appealed to the public to not harbour them.

    Home Minister Rajnath Singh has said that he spoke to Hayana CM & he has assured him of strict against guilty in Rewari gang rape case. DGP has also spoken.

  • Speaking on the sidelines at an event organised by FICCI VK Singh said that our Policy is very clear and any dialogue with Pakistan can only be held in an atmosphere free from terror.

     

  • While addressing media in Jammu, Rajnath Singh said that the aim is to make border security foolproof. He said smart fencing will virtually make it impossible for terrorists to enter Indian territory.

    The Home Minister appealed to the political parties in Jammu and Kashmir who boycotted the local bodies polls in the state to reconsider their decision and take part in the political process.

     

  • PM Modi will reach Narur village this afternoon where he will interact with children of a primary school, which is aided by a non-profit organisation.

    Later, at the Diesel Locomotive Works (DLW) campus, the prime minister will interact with students of the Kashi Vidyapeeth and the children assisted by them, according to the Prime Minister's Office.

    President Ram Nath Kovind, Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu and BJP chief Amit Shah were among the first to greet him.

    "Birthday greetings to our Prime Minister @narendramodi. Wish him a long life and many years of dedicated service to the people of the country," President Kovind tweeted.

    Vice President Naidu, who is in Malta, called up PM Modi to wish him on his birthday. "Warm Birthday wishes to Hon'ble Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi. India is making rapid strides under his visionary leadership and taking its rightful place in the comity of nations. May he be blessed with long and healthy life," said Naidu's Twitter handle.

    Shah hailed PM Modi's leadership, saying India under him has become synonymous with development and that he has infused energy into every section of society like never before. India has a government under Modi, which is committed to the development of the poor, farmers and every section of society, the BJP chief said in a tweet. He described PM Modi as a leader who is loved by all and has provided a decisive and visionary leadership to country, as he prayed for a long and healthy life for the prime minister. 

  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi is visiting his parliamentary constituency Varanasi on a two-day visit on 17th September. PM Modi will spend his birthday interacting with children and youth in the ancient city of Varanasi. He will head directly for Narur village, where he will interact with children of a primary school who are being aided by the non-profit organisation "Room to Read." Later, the Prime Minister will interact with students of Kashi Vidyapeeth as well.

    On the 18th, at BHU Amphitheatre, the Prime Minister will inaugurate or lay the Foundation Stone for various development projects, cumulatively worth more than Rs. 550 crore. These include the Integrated Power Development Scheme (IPDS) for Puraani Kashi and an Atal Incubation Centre at BHU.

    The foundation stone for Regional Ophthalmology Centre at Benares Hindu University will also be laid. 

    These projects will help Varanasi to attain new heights, uniting modern infrastructure and development with the spiritualism of Kashi.

    Prime Minister Narendra Modi will be visiting a primary school at Narur during his Varanasi visit.

    Prime Minister Narendra Modi will be spending his birthday on 17th September in his parliamentary constituency of Varanasi. He will reach the ancient city of Kashi on his two-day visit on Monday. PM Modi will visit a primary school in  Narur village in Varanasi district and will interact with school students.

    This school has smart classroom equipped with projector based learning devices. These innovative methods are used to make learning more interesting for children. The school students are enthusiastic about the prospect of meeting the Prime Minister.

    Apart from the smart classroom, a non-profit organisation, has also come out with illustrative books which are being used in this primary school, to teach children in an interesting way.

    Children are taught in specially designed classrooms in this school. 'Room to Read' organisation has made such arrangements in several schools across the country.

    430 schools in Varanasi itself have classrooms designed with different types of books along with trained teachers to help improve the learning level of children.

    PM will come to this school to spend some time with the children and the innovative methods of learning will be on full display on his arrival.

  • PSLV-C42 will carry two earth observing satellites - NovaSAR and S1-4 - of Surrey Satellite Technology Limited, UK. 

    This is the first commercial launch in arrangement with Antrix Corporation, the commercial arm of Indian Space Research Organization in 2018.

  • The laser, known as ATLAS (Advanced Topographic Laser Altimeter System), splits into six beams and fires 10,000 pulses per second to collect very precise measurements for scientists to analyze.

    The satellite's orbit will take 91 days before repeating, allowing the device to measure the same locations four times a year, so scientists can see how they change over seasons.

    The ATLAS will focus on two areas: changes to the earth's ice sheet and sea ice thickness change.

    It will measure sea ice thickness by measuring the heights or elevations of sea ice and comparing the height of the ice with the height of the adjacent open water to find out the measurement of sea ice freeboard, the portion of sea ice floating above the water. Its measurements of the height of ocean and land surfaces will provide a 3-dimensional image of the Earth's surface.

    NASA expects the project will shed light on how much the Arctic and Antarctic ice sheets grow and shrink each year, improving our understanding of sea level rise and how it impacts communities around the world.

  • PRADHAN MANTRI TURNS PRADHAN SEVAK

    Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Mission Swacchta heading to Ambedkar Secondary  School in Pahar Ganj from Lok Kalyan Marg stopping at red lights breaking shackles of protocol just like any common man.

    On reaching the school, Prime Minister Narendra Modi paid his respects to Dr.  Ambedkar who adopted this school located in 1946 his aim was to uplift scheduled castes socially and economically.

    Prime Minister Narendra Modi's vision & Mission is to build a clean, New India as a tribute to Bapu on his 150th Birth Anniversary next year. Kicking off the Swacchta hi Seva fortnight, Prime Minister picked up the broom at the Ambedkar Secondary School.

    Over the last four years he's done this several times from picking up the phawda to clean Assi Ghat in 2015 to laying the foundation for a twin pit toilet or Izzatghar in Varanasi last year. He leads by example. And on Saturday, it was his turn to meet gen-next Swacchagrahis...the students of Ambedkar secondary school.

    Prime Minister reminded the students of Babasaheb's contributions urging them to become like him.

    The motive behind this entire exercise was simple.....turn Bapu's dream of Swacch Bharat into reality....and there's no better way to achieve this than through people's participation with students and the youth leading the charge.

  • Vice president said that India & Serbia have much to benefit from a closer economic partnership.

    There are opportunities for us to collaborate in agriculture & food processing, defence manufacturing, pharmaceuticals, infrastructure & information technology sectors.