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  • The process of summary revision of last parts of electoral rolls with reference to 01.01.2019 as the qualifying date has concluded with the final publication of last parts today i.e. on 22.02.2019. A total of 16,62,993 service personnel have been enrolled as Service Electors in the Country in the final last part of electoral roll 2019.

  •             In view of the impending General Elections, the Election Commission of India has strengthened its Voter Helpline to make it easy for the Voters to get authentic information pertaining to their voter registration.

  • Minister of State for Commerce & Industry, C R Chaudhary addressing 4th India ASEAN Expo and Summit 2019

    Minister of State for Commerce & Industry, C R Chaudhary said that India’s trade relationship with ASEAN is a key pillar of its regionalpolicy and the foundation of its Act East Policy which is further reinforced by increase in trade in goods and services and investment agreements.

  • Energy Efficiency Services Limited (EESL), a joint venture of four National Public Sector Enterprises under Ministry of Power, Government of India, today launched its Super-Efficient Air Conditioning Programme for residential and institutional consumers in the BSES area.

  • A Pre-Retirement Counselling (PRC) was held for Central Armed Police Forces (CAPFs) in Chennai today. This was the 46th workshop in the series organized by the Department of Pension and Pensioners Welfare.

  • Shri Hardeep S Puri,  Minister of State (I/C), Housing and Urban affairs today laid the Foundation   Stone   of   Redevelopment   of   GPRA   Colony   at Sriniwaspuri (Phase-I),  here in the august presence of Shri Ramesh Bidhuri, Member of Parliament (Lok Sabha) along with Shri Prabhakar Singh, Director General, CPWD.

  • The Union Home Minister Shri Rajnath Singh has urged the ASEAN nations and the International Community to support India’s fight against terrorists and terrorist organisations. Delivering the Valedictory Address at the 4th India-ASEAN Expo & Summit here today, he said an environment of peace and security are prerequisites for trade and commerce to flourish.

  • The National Tourism Advisory Council (NTAC) and other stakeholders met with Gujarat Tourism officials at Tent City, Statue of Unity, Kevadia in Gujarat on 21st February, 2019, to chalk out a strategy for bringing five million tourists to the Statue.

  • The President of India, Shri Ramnath Kovind today appealed to the well off people in different walks of life to work for the upliftment of the less privileged and give back to the society.

    Gracing the 18th anniversary celebrations of Swarna Bharat Trust at Venkatachalam in Nellore, the President said that whenever he met eminent scientists, technologists and others, he used to advise them on the need to give back to society.

  • The Digital India Awards have been instituted under the ambit of the National Portal of India (https://india.gov.in) by National Informatics Centre, MeitY, to promote exemplary initiatives in e-governance using the medium of World Wide Web.

    Hon’ble Minister of Electronics&IT, Law & Justice Shri Ravi Shankar Prasad conferred “Digital India Awards 2018” in an exclusive ceremony.

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    With reference to the interim Order of the Apex Court dated 13th February 2019 in CWP No 109/18 regarding claims of forest rights by forest dwelling tribals and other traditional forest dwellers, several misleading news items are in a section of media.

  • Shri R. Subrahmanyam, Secretary, Department of Higher Education, MHRD held a press conference in New Delhi today on the third edition (Software) of the biggest ever Smart India Hackthon - 2019 going to be held at 48 nodal centres across the country simultaneously.

  • HAL signed an MoU with CPWD for the execution of the stage 2 works of Infrastructure development works at its Green Field Helicopter factory in Tumakuru at the on-going Aero India in Bengaluru, today.

  • Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) handed over first three ALHs as part of the 22 ALH MK III contract to the Indian Army in the on-going Aero India 2019, today.

    HAL had entered into a contract with the Indian Army for 40 ALH (22 ALH Mk III and 18 Mk IV Rudra) in August 2017.

  • The Fifteenth Finance Commission headed by Chairman, Sh. N.K. Singh met the Minister for Human Resource Development, Shri Prakash Javadekar alongwith senior officials of the Ministry  to discuss on the subject of Higher Education.

  • The ESI Corporation during its recently held 177th meeting under the Chairmanship of Shri Santosh Kumar Gangwar, Union Minister of State for Labour and Employment (I/C), has taken some important decisions towards improvements in its service delivery mechanism.

  • The first Health and Wellness Centre (HWC)under Ayushman Bharat was inaugurated by the Prime Minister Shri NarendraModiat Jangla inBijapur Chhattisgarh on 14thApril 2018. Since then 10,252 HWCs have been operationalized.

  • Ministry of Railways is going to launch a massive recruitment drive to fill up its vacancies in various categories of posts which are essential for smooth and safe running of trains.

    On 23.02.2019, an IndicativeNotice will be published in Employment News on the forthcoming recruitments.

  • Suresh Prabhu inaugurating Aviation Infrastructure Development Projects in 8 AAI Airports through video link

     

    Civil Aviation Minister, Suresh Prabhu, inaugurated several infrastructure projects across the length and breadth of the country via video link in New Delhi today.

  • The Railway Protection Force, the Sentinels of the Indian Railways, has organised Investiture Parade 2019 here today. Minister of State of Railways and Minister of Communications (I/C), Shri Manoj Sinha has taken salute of the Parade as Chief Guest.

  • In a blog, the Finance Minister said that task force will certainly educate the party leaders that surgical strikes were no routine step which had been taken several times in the past but a significant first for India.

    He asked the opposition to avoid an impression to the world that India is divided on how to fight terrorism when the world is rallying around India.

    He cautioned Congress party not to trivialize a serious national concern on terrorism as has been done by Congress Spokespersons.

    He said that opposition should not support those raising slogans against India as done in past.

    Lauding the contribution of armed forces, Arun Jaitley said Indian Armed forces are amongst the most professional organizations which have served this country exceedingly well.

    Recalling the Batla House encounter, Jaitley said terrorism should not be legitimized by standing shoulder to shoulder with terrorists and the war on terror should not be dubbed fake encounter.

     

  • After global outrage over the Pulwama terror attack.UNSC in the strongest terms has condemned the attack and called it heinous and cowardly.

    The United Nations Security Council has urged the international community to co-operate actively with India in bringing the perpetrators, organizers, financiers, and sponsors of terrorism to justice.

    The UNSC termed the attack as heinous and cowardly, and also named Pakistan-based Jaish-e-Mohammed in its statement.

  • External Affairs Sushma Swaraj received the Prime Minister at the airport in New Delhi.

    During his two-day visit to South Korea, PM held talks with Korean President Moon Jae-in, unveiled a bust of Mahatma Gandhi and addressed the Indian diaspora. the Prime minister also received the prestigious Seoul Peace Prize for 2018 for his contribution to international cooperation and fostering global economic growth.

    A large crowd had gathered at the airport in New Delhi to congratulate the Prime Minister for Seoul Peace Prize, which was conferred on him in recognition of his efforts in promoting global peace and harmony through inclusive economic growth & improving quality of life.

    The Seoul Peace Prize was established in 1990 to commemorate the success of the 24th Olympic Games held in Seoul.

    PM Modi is the 14th recipient of the award.

    People gathered at Delhi airport said that the award is a matter of pride for every Indian.

  • External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj will also present on the occasion.

    Earlier, the delegation, led by Minister of State for External Affairs General VK Singh visited Kumbh Mela in Prayagraj. The foreign representatives took a holy bath at Sangam and witnessed cultural programmes at Sanskriti Gram.

    This is the third visit of foreign delegates in this Kumbh.

    On December 15 last year, diplomats from 72 foreign missions had arrived Prayagraj while during Pravasi Bhartiya Diwas in last week of January, a large number of NRIs were also visited Kumbh.

  • Zimbabweans awoke to a new currency Friday.

    An attempt by the Central Bank to ease a crippling lack of cash in the country.

    It's led to more confusion and fear for residents, who faced years of economic problems under old President Robert Mugabe. "In 2008, we had a crisis. So many people lost their monies and today again we have a similar case, whereby things have just been said, without any clarity, on what is going to be the way forward."

    Some fear basic items will disappear from shelves.

    Zimbabwe adopted the dollar in 2009 -- but faced a currency shortage. So a parallel system was introduced. Bond notes -- not actual money -- pegged one-to-one to the dollar.

    This new currency -- the RTGS (Real Time Gross Transfer dollars) -- combines those bonds and the electronic dollars people had been unable to use from their accounts -- due to the cash shortage.

    But now the rate is 2.5 to 1 dollar. A 60 percent devaulation.

    Economists cautiously welcomed the news -- hoping it will limit demand for black-market dollars.

    Its success could be key for new President Emmerson Mnangagwa regaining public trust.

  • "The members of the Security Council condemned in the strongest terms the heinous and cowardly suicide bombing in Jammu and Kashmir, which resulted in over 40 Indian paramilitary forces dead and dozens wounded on February 14, 2019, for which Jaish-e-Mohammed has claimed responsibility," said UNSC in a press statemen

    Urging all the states to take action, UNSC underlined the need to hold perpetrators, organisers, financiers and sponsors of these reprehensible acts of terrorism accountable and bring them to justice. UNSC further asked all the countries to cooperate actively with the Indian Government and all other relevant authorities in this regard. The UNSC also expressed condolences to the families of the victims.

     

  • The Uttar Pradesh Police Friday arrested two youths believed to be connected to Pakistan-based terrorist group Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM) from Deoband, Saharanpur, Uttar Pradesh Director General of Police O P Singh said. The men were nabbed by UP Anti-Terrorism Squad (ATS) which is also probing their role in Pulwama terror attack last week.

    The arrested youths were identified as Shahnawaz Teli, a resident of Kulgam and Aqib Ahmed Malik from Pulwama. They are believed to be between between 20 and 25 years of age, Singh told reporters.

    The special police force said that the two had come to recruit people for the terror outfits and were arrested on inputs from a student in Deoband. The student's identity was not revealed.

    ATS carried search operations in their rooms and found two .32 pistols with live catridges and mobile phones with "Jihadi chat, videos and photos" in them, it said.

  • As reports received here the wrong process of preparation has turned ethyl alcohol into methyl alcohol, which is a strong poison, resulted in the tragedy. Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal while expressing concern over the death of people including women has ordered an inquiry into the tragedy.

    Two persons have been arrested  for allegedly selling spurious liquor.    

  • The award was presented to him by the Seoul Peace Prize Foundation at a grand ceremony in Seoul.

    A short film on the life and achievements of Prime Minister Modi was also screened at the event.While conferring the award on Prime Minister Modi, the award committee recognised his contribution to the growth of Indian and global economies, crediting 'Modinomics' for reducing social and economic disparity between the rich and the poor.

    The committee also credited him for his contribution toward reginal and global peace through a proactive policy with countries around the world.Modi is the 14th recipient of the award and the past laureates included former UN Secretary General Kofi Annan, German Chancellor Angela Merkel and renowned international relief organizations like Doctors Without Borders and Oxfam.

    The Seoul Peace Prize was established in 1990 to commemorate the success of the 24th Olympic Games held in Seoul.

    The award was established to crystalise Korean people's yearning for peace on the Korean peninsula and in the rest of the world.

  • The Indian National Academy of Engineering will hold a knowledge seminar on Regional Technology Aircraft.

    Seminars are also organised on linking India to the Global Aerospace supply chain, MSMEs in the Aerospace Eco-system, Defence park in Kerala and on Indo Russian Defence and Aerospace cooperation.

    The Indian Pavilion in the Aero Show will offer Engineering students the information available in India and abroad about skills in the Aviation sector.AIR correspondent reports that Aero India has drawn the attention of Aviation buffs as it steps on to its third day today.

    The employment opportunities in Aerospace industry is a biggest attraction this time. India Pavilion and Students Pavillion has seen visits by the young entrepreneurs and students in large numbers.

    The show was also witness to the flying skills of Airbus 330, Saras regional transport aircraft, HTT-40 basic trainer and Light Utility Helicopter for the first time in this show.

  • The nearly 10 inch thick snow disrupted normal life in Leh. Air services were also suspended due to snowfall.

    MeT office has forecast a cloudy sky for today. In the wake of season's heaviest snow fall in Ladakh the district administrations of Leh and Kargil have reviewed the preparedness for any eventuality.

    Leh Hill Council CEC Jamyang Tsering Namgyal held emergency meeting with key district officials to make sure that food essentials and fodder for animals are in reach of every village.

     The traffic is restricted on the high passes in Leh. To avoid accidents, controlled blasts at avalanche prone areas on higher reaches were also considered.

     People are advised to clear the snow on rooftops and on trees to avoid any damages.  

    While the power and water supply mechanisms , health services are on caution, the SDRF is put on high in the district in case of rescue and relief operations are required. 

  • In the wake of mounting international pressure to act against terrorists following Pulwama terror attack, Pakistan take the decision to ban these groups was taken during a meeting of the National Security Committee.

    Earlier, the two outfits were kept on the watchlist of the interior ministry.

    The two groups have about 50,000 volunteers and hundreds of other paid workers. 

    However, it remains to be seen how effective the latest ban would be on the two terror groups, which have the tacit backing of Pakistan's political leaders and the security agencies.

  • Sangam is the confluence of Ganga, Yamuna and the Saraswati rivers in Prayagraj.250 delegates from 192 countries will visit holy city Prayagraj today to experience the grand festival of spirituality, faith and harmony under the theme of global participation in Kumbh 2019.

    They will perform Ganga Puja and taking holy dip in Sangam.

    These guests will witness various wonderful aspects of Kumbh along with Akshay Vat and Saraswati koop.

    So far, more than 20 crore devotees have been visited in Kumbh.

    The 49-day Kumbh Mela began from Makar Sankranti.

    The next bath will be on Maha Shivratri on 4th of March.

    The Kumbh Mela will also culminate on the same day.

  • In a statement, the 15-nation body, which also includes China, strongly condemned the terror attack in Jammu and Kashmir's Pulwama that claimed the lives of over 40 CRPF personnel last week.

    The UNSC members expressed their deepest sympathy and condolences to the families of the victims, as well as to the Indian people and the government, and wished a speedy and full recovery to those injured.

    The UNSC termed the attack as heinous and cowardly. The condemnation also named the Pakistan-based terror group Jaish-e-Mohammed which claimed responsibility for the attack.

    The UNSC reaffirmed that terrorism in all its forms and manifestations is one of the most serious threats to international peace and security.

    The member countries underlined the need to hold accountable those behind these reprehensible acts and bring them to justice.Earlier, UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres had strongly condemned the attack and called for those behind it to be brought to justice.

    The international community had also extended its condolences and support to India in the fight against terrorism.In a major boost to India's efforts to get Jaish-e-Mohammed Chief Masood Azhar on the list of global terrorists, France is expected to soon move a proposal at the UN to ban him.

    The proposal, when moved, will be fourth such bid at the UN in last 10 years.

    Meanwhile MEA Spokesperson Raveesh Kumar in a tweet said that Pakistan comes under international pressure to act against terrorists and terror groups operating from areas under its control and to take action against those responsible for Pulwama attack.

    He said, UNSC has strongly condemned cowardly suicide bombing in Pulwama by JeM.

    He said, the UNSC underlined the need to hold perpetrators, organizers, financiers and sponsors of these reprehensible acts of terrorism accountable and bring them to justice.

  • Gadkari added that "We will divert  water from Eastern rivers and supply it to our people in Jammu and Kashmir and Punjab.

    He also said that the construction of dam has started at Shahpur- Kandi on Ravi river.

    Moreover, UJH project will store our share of water for use in Jammu and Kashmir and the balance water will flow from 2nd Ravi-BEAS Link to provide water to other basin states.

    He added that all the above Projects are declared as the National projects. 

    Earlier, addressing a program in Baghpat, Gadkari said that Water of three rivers common with Pakistan will be diverted to Yamuna.

  • Earlier, a Cordon Search Operation (CASO) had been launched in the area that turned into an encounter with gunfight going on in the area.

    Security sources said that at least two terrorists believed to be Lashkar cadres, are trapped and engaged in the gunfight.

    There was no immediate report of any fatal or non fatal casualties on either side so far.

    The authorities snapped mobile internet services in the area as a precautionary security measure.

    Firing has stopped at the moment.

  • He said ties between India and Korea are not just on the basis of business contact.

    He said the main basis of the relationship between both countries is People To People Contact.

    The Prime Minister referred to the age-old links between India and Korea, and recalled Queen Suryaratna who travelled thousands of kilometres from Ayodhya, and married a Korean King.

    He also recalled that recently on Diwali, the First Lady of Korea, Kim Jung-sook, had visited Ayodhya.

    The Prime Minister said that Buddhism had further strengthened these bonds of friendship between the two countries.

    The Prime Minister said that he is happy to note that the Indian community is contributing to development, research and innovation in Korea.He mentioned the popularity of Yoga and Indian festivals in Korea.

    He said Indian cuisine is also fast gaining popularity in Korea.

    He also spoke of the splendid performance of Korea in the Indian sport – Kabaddi – at the Asian Games.

    The Prime Minister described the Indian community all over the world, as ambassadors of India, whose hard work and discipline has raised India’s stature worldwide.

    The Prime Minister said that India is celebrating the 150th anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi this year.

    He said that the world must know more about Bapu, and it is our responsibility to pursue this objective.

    The Prime Minister said that India’s ties with Korea are strengthening, and both countries are working together for peace, stability and prosperity in the region.

    He noted that Indian brands are now present in Korea, and Korean brands are household names in India.

    The Prime Minister spoke at length of the economic development that has taken place in India recently.

    He said India will soon become a 5 trillion dollar economy.PM Modi spoke of the phenomenal progress made in Ease of Doing Business, and in Ease of Living.

    He also mentioned reforms such as GST and cashless economy.He mentioned that the world is witnessing a financial inclusion revolution in India.

    In this context he spoke of bank accounts, insurance and Mudra loans.He said that India’s prestige is rising because of several achievements.

    He mentioned free treatment for the poor, the tallest statue in the world – Statue of Unity, and Digital India.

    The Prime Minister also spoke of India’s developments in the field of clean energy, and the formation of the International Solar Alliance.

    The Prime Minister said that there is a new energy in India today.

    Prime Minister also mentioned that tomorrow, he shall receive the Seoul Peace Prize, on behalf of the people of India, and the Indian diaspora.
     

  • Mahatma Gandhi is a visionary who found solutions to today's challenges like terrorism and Climate change.

    The world joins in as India celebrates the 150th birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi.

    As part of the celebrations, Prime Minister Narendra Modi unveiled a bust of Mahatma Gandhi at the Seoul Campus of the Yonsei University which is one of the premier universities of South Korea.

    President Moon Jae-In and Former Secretary General of the United Nations, Ban Ki Moon were also present on the occasion.

    Prime Minister said that Bapu's teachings and his life lessons will always remain relevant. 

    President Moon Jae-In too said that Mahatma Gandhi's message of peace and non violence holds great resonance today.

    Former Secretary General of UN Ban Ki Moon also spoke of the seven sins as spelt out by Mahatma Gandhi that continue to inspire all.

    Ban Ki Moon recalled his connection with India that goes back to 1977 when he began his diplomatic career.

    He hailed PM Modi as a statesman who stood by the United Nations on several fronts.

    Indians in Seoul described the unveiling of the statue as a matter of honour.

    With Prime Minister Narendra Modi taking the lead, the world has embraced Mahatama Gandhi and his message.

     

  • Prime Minister launched the India-Korea Startup Hub at the India Korea Business Symposium.

    India has introduced the flagship program Start-up India with 1.4 billion Dollars fund for four years.

    PM Modi said that South Korea too has unveiled a program to spend 9.4 billion Dollars by 2020 in a bid to boost startups.

    A Korea specific facilitation cell "Korea Plus" under 'Invest India'  was launched after PM Modi's visit to Korea in 2015.

    Today, Hyundai, Samsung, LG electronics have become trustworthy brands in India.

    Over 600 Korean companies have invested in India.

    Prime Minister Modi described South Korea as a natural partner for India especially in meeting the growing investment demands in the infrastructure sector in India.

    Prime Minister Narendra Modi said India has emerged as a land of opportunities and invited South Korea to be apart of this growth journey.

    PM said thatIndia is among top 10 trade partners of Korea and India is the 6th largest export destination for Korean goods.

    He added that India is set to become a 5 trillion dollar economy in the near future.

    Trade Minister of Korea too called for increased collaboration in the manufacturing sector.Prime Minister Narendra Modi's visit to South Korea will most certainly take the fast growing partnership between the two countries to the next level.

     

  • In a one to one talk with Korean President Moon Jae In in Seoul, Prime Minister Modi said that Special strategic partnership between both the countries is very significant not only for India but also for the world.

    eferring to last week's terror attack in Jammu and Kashmir's Pulwama, President Moon said that terrorism is a menace against civilization and humanity and it cannot be justified.

    On the second day of his South Korea visit, Prime Minister was given ceremonial welcome at the President House.

    Earlier, the Prime Minister visited National Cemetry of Korea and paid his tributes. Prime Minister will also be conferred with Seoul Peace Prize.

  • The tournament will have 16 Tokyo 2020 Olympics quota places up for grabs.  India are fielding a 23-member squad with 11 shooters in the non-competition Minimum Qualification Score category.

    Overall, around 503 shooters from 58 countries will be competing for top honours with eight of the 10 events offering Olympic quota places. 

    With Apurvi Chandela and Anjum Moudgil already securing an Olympic quota in Women's 10m air rifle event, the Indian contingent will compete for a maximum of 14 quota places in the event.

  • Officials said the fire broke out at night a chemical warehouse on the ground floor of a four-storey building named Hazi Wahed Mansion behind a mosque in Old Dhaka's congested Chawkbazar area on Wednesday night and the flames then quickly spread through four other buildings nearby, including a community centre where a wedding party was on.

  • 123 crore Aadhar..121 crore mobile phones..56 crore internet..in the next 5 years..digital economy of 1 lakh crores..This is India's digital journey in IT and electronics sector..

    Through the medium of Digital India...focus is on e-hospitals, NIC in primary education, expansion in agriculture services through NIC, pension scheme and digital payments.

    At the event..Digital India Compodium was also released.. Digidhan Mitra Chatbot was also launched at the event..new digital technologies were also launched...

    For better functioning of digital technologies on district level..officers in NIC and contribution in cleanliness..were also honoured..

    Countries in the world are praising the success of Digital India..the sector also offers a plethora of job opportunities.

    Other initiatives introduced by the government have given a further boost to Digital India..
     

  • The decision to ban these groups was taken during a meeting of the National Security Committee (NSC).

  • Speaking during the debate, President Sirisena said the council is not adhering to guidelines and has overruled its choice of nominations for judges without assigning any reasons.

    He added that he has not received any report of the council as is mandated every quarter. This is the second time President has criticized the working of CC in parliament.

    Speaker Karu Jaysurya, who heads the CC, had earlier rejected President’s charges saying the council follows its procedures.

    The government MPs also defended the CC functioning in parliament with one MP demanding that the composition of CC should be changed in order to keep politicians out of it. 

    MP Jayampathi Wickramaratne said what the President should do is to get the opinion of the Chief Justice and the Attorney General prior to making any nomination.

    Tensions between President and CC having majority of government nominees, escalated after President nominated judges were rejected by the CC.

  • The decision will immediately benefit approximately 780,000 personnel of CAPFs in the ranks of Constable, Head Constable & ASI who were otherwise not eligible earlier.

    This includes journey on duty and journey on leave, i.e; while going on leave from J&K to home and return.

    This facility is in addition to the existing air courier services for CAPFs that have been steadily extended in all sectors by the MHA to help the jawans cut down on travel time during their journey to and fro from home on leave.

     

  • Prime Minister Modi gifted a Bodhi tree sapling as a mark of close ties between the two countries.

    Gimhae and Ayodhya have sister-city relationship. Princess Suriratna of Ayodhya had gone there many years ago.

  • The presence of former UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon made the event all the more special.

    The Minister Modi said thoughts and ideals of Bapu have the power to help us overcome the menace of terrorism and climate change, two challenges humanity faces in these times.

    President Moon Jae-In too said that Mahatma Gandhi's message of peace and non violence holds great resonance today.

    Former Secretary General of UN Ban Ki Moon also spoke of the seven sins as spelt out by Mahatma Gandhi that continue to inspire all.

    Ban Ki Moon recalled his connection with India that goes back to 1977 when he began his diplomatic career. He hailed Prime Minister Modi as a statesman who stood by the United Nations on several fronts. Indians in Seoul described the unveiling of the statue as a matter of honour

    With Prime Minister Narendra Modi taking the lead, the world has embraced Mahatama Gandhi and his message.

  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi said that India is transitioning from agri dominated economy to one lead by manufacturing and services.

    From an economy that is known for its red tape, India is now known for its red carpet.

    Terming South Korea as a natural partner in India's growth journey, Prime Minister called for increased collaboration in manufacturing, infrastructure sectors, as well as in achieving the 4th Industrial revolution.

    Prime Minister Narendra Modi's 3rd interaction with South Korean Industry and Business heads in just 12 months and his very first engagement on his second visit to Seoul.

    The importance given by India to business and trade ties with Republic of Korea clearly illustrated.

    START UP HUB LAUNCHED

    Prime Minister launched the India-Korea Startup Hub at the India Korea Business Symposium. India has introduced the flagship program Start-up India with 1.4 billion Dollars fund for four years.

    PM said that South Korea too has unveiled a program to spend 9.4 billion Dollars by 2020 in a bid to boost startups.

    A Korea specific facilitation cell "Korea Plus" under 'Invest India' was launched after PM Modi's visit to Korea in 2015.

    Today, Hyundai, Samsung, LG electronics have become trustworthy brands in India. Over 600 Korean companies have invested in India.

    Prime Minister Modi described South Korea as a natural partner for India especially in meeting the growing investment demands in the infrastructure sector in India.
    Prime Minister Narendra Modi said India has emerged as a land of opportunities and invited South Korea to be apart of this growth journey.

    PM said, India is among top 10 trade partners of Korea and India is the 6th largest export destination for Korean goods.

    India is set to become a 5 trillion dollar economy in the near future. Hard policy decisions such as the Goods and Services Tax have been taken.

    India has received FDI worth over 250 billion Dollars over the past four years. Strong initiatives like the JAM trinity for financial inclusion have been taken.

    India is the sixth largest producer of renewable energy in the world and is spearheading the International Solar Alliance

    An estimate pegs India's investment requirements in Infrastructure at over 700 billion Dollars by 2022. More than 500 million of India population will be urban by 2025

    Trade Minister of Korea too called for increased collaboration in the manufacturing sector.

    Prime Minister Narendra Modi's visit to South Korea will most certainly take the fast growing partnership between the two countries to the next level.
     

  • The MoU was signed by High Commissioner of India to Sri Lanka Taranjit Singh Sandhu, and Secretary, Ministry of Development Strategies and International Trade S. T. Kodikara in Colombo in presence of Sri Lankan Prime Minister Ranil Wickramasinghe.  

    The centre would provide opportunities and enhance the enabling environment for Information Communication Technology (ICT) and other professional services in the Northern region inhabited by minority Tamils. 

    The ongoing development projects in the province under India’s grant assistance include construction of Cultural Centre in Jaffna, school buildings to 27 schools, 3000 rain water harvesting units and 25 model villages among others.

    It is part of Government of India’s continued efforts to assist and cooperate 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$, out of which 560 million US$ is pure grant assistance.

  • During his visit to South Korea, Prime Minister Narendra Modi will hold bilateral talks with President Moon Jae-in.

    Prime Minister also will be conferred with the 2018 Seoul Peace Prize during a ceremony. 

    Seoul Peace Prize Cultural Foundation had announced the decision to award Prime Minister Modi with this prestigious Prize in October last year.

    The award recognizes PM Modi's dedication to international cooperation, global growth and human development.

    During his visit, Prime Minister will be gifting a sapling of the Holy Bodhi Tree to the people of Kimhae.

    PM will  also unveil a bust of Mahatma Gandhi at the Seoul Campus of the Yonsei University which is one of the premier universities of South Korea.
     

  • Since the Pulwama terror attack, several countries have come out in India's support and against cross-border terrorism.

    India and Saudi Arabia too have committed to increase counter-terror co-operation.

    The declaration was made after talks between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and visiting Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia Mohammed bin Salman.

    Prime Minister said that India and Saudi Arabia have agreed on the need to build all kinds of pressure on countries supporting terrorism.

    Prime Minister Narendra Modi said that India and Saudi Arabia agreed on the need to counter extremism and prepare a detailed plan for it.

    The Crown Prince Of Saudi Arabia assured that Saudi Arabia will co-operate with India in every possible way to counter terrorism and extremism, including intelligence sharing.

    They include a Memorandum of Understanding on investing in the National Investment and Infrastructure Fund.

    Cooperation in the field of Tourism, Housing, Enhancing Bilateral Investment Relations, and in the field of Broadcasting between Prasar Bharati and Saudi Broadcasting Corporation.

    Prime Minister Narendra Modi said that in the context of the regional strategic environment....both the countries agreed to enhance bilateral security co-operation.
     

    He said it is time to transform the bilateral energy partnership into a strategic partnership...

    PM Modi said that Saudi Arabia is one of India's most valuable strategic partners...and both sides have decided to take their economic partnership to new heights.

    Prime Minister said that a decision was taken to set up a mechanism to facilitate institutional investment from Saudi Arabia to India.

     
    Welcoming Saudi Arabia's entry into International Solar Alliance, PM said that both the countries have agreed to promote co-operation in renewable energy.

    He announced that India would extend e-visas to Saudi Arabian nationals to give a push to trade and tourism from India to Saudi Arabia...

    Earlier in the day, a Ceremonial Reception was accorded to the Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia at Rashtrapati Bhavan....where he inspected a guard of honour in the presence of President Ram Nath Kovind and Prime Minister Narendra Modi.... 

    Referring to the traditional friendship between the 2 countries...the Crown Prince said on the occasion that the relationship between India and Arabian peninsula is in our DNA.

    That was followed by talks between the visiting dignatory and External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj  on adding momentum to the strategic partnership...from trade & investment to defence & security, and regional cooperation....

    India accorded a warm reception to the Crown Prince, with Prime Minister Narendra Modi setting aside protocol to receive him...upon his arrival in Delhi...on his first state visit to India.

    The visit assumes significance in the wake of the Pulwama terror attack.

    In a shot in the arm for India...both countries called upon countries to crackdown on terror infrastructure, funding and armed support...and backed comprehensive sanctioning of terrorists and terror organisations....which assumes significance in the wake of India's demand for a UN ban on Jaish chief Maulana Masood Azhar.

  • Putting India's stand at the ICJ at Hague, in the Netherlands, India's counsel, Harish Salve said, Pakistan's three attempts to derail proceedings in the ICJ have failed.

    Salve also strongly objected to the abusive language used by Pakistan's counsel in the case and urged the court to draw a redline in this regard.

    India pleaded that Pakistani military court's ruling be annulled and Jadav be freed.

  • Sri Lankan education minister Akila Viraj Kariyawasam and Indian High Commissioner Taranjit Singh Sandhu gave the scholarships at a special ceremony held in Colombo on Wednesday. 

    This is the twelfth year in continuum that India has provided Mahatma Gandhi scholarships to bright students across Sri Lanka.

    The minister appreciated the assistance provided by India including for the new trilingual school in Polonnaruwa and Saraswathy College in Kandy.

    He also thanked India for providing training to teachers in Sri Lanka. High commissioner of India said that it was special occasion where 150 Sri Lankan students were awarded the Mahatma Gandhi scholarships while the world is celebrating the 150th Birth Anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi.

    He urged the students in Sri Lanka to connect with the youth of India and told them to take advantage of scientific and educational developments in India.

    The high commissioner noted that India has recently launched a new Portal titled “Study in India” and more than 25000 seats are earmarked in Indian Institutions for foreign students.

    He expressed hope that Sri Lankan youth would make full use of the opportunities in India.

  • Singh, who was not keeping well for a month and was admitted to the All India Institute of Medical Sciences, breathed his last on Tuesday, his family said. The last rites will be performed at 3 pm on Wednesday at the Lodhi Road crematorium. Condoling his death, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said he was a towering figure of Hindi literature and gave it new direction through his literary criticism.

    Born on July 28, 1926 in Varanasi's village Jiyanpur (now in Chandauli), Singh completed his MA and PhD in Hindi literature from the Banaras Hindu University. Singh shaped literary criticism in Hindi. His notable writings include "Chhayavaad", "Itihas Aur Alochana", "Kahaani Nayi Kahaani", "Kavita Ke Naye Pratimaan", "Dusri Parampara Ki Khoj". He also worked as a professor in his alma mater BHU as well as Jodhpur University and the Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU). Singh served as the editor of two Hindi magazines, Janyug and Alochana. 

  • The apex court held that the RCom chairman and Reliance Telecom chairman Satish Seth and Reliance Infratel chairperson Chhaya Virani breached the undertaking given to the court and the related orders.

    The court said the RCom chairman and others will have to purge the contempt by paying 453  crore rupees to Ericsson in 4 weeks. 

    A bench comprising  Justices R F Nariman and Vineet Saran said if the contemnor failed to make the payments within the specified period, they will undergo a jail term of three months.

    The court also directed Reliance Telecom and Reliance Infratel to pay  1 crore rupees each in four weeks to the apex court's registry or the chairman will have to undergo an additional jail term of one month.

    It directed that the 118 crore rupees already deposited by Reliance Group in the apex court's registry be disbursed to Ericsson.

    The Supreme Court specified that any unconditional apology given by Reliance needs to be rejected as they have breached the undertaking and order.

  • Robert Vadra, husband of Congress General Secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra, reached ED office in New Delhi Wednesday morning for questioning. 

    The case against Vadra relates to allegations of money laundering in the purchase of a London-based property worth 1.9 million pounds.

    Vadra was questioned by the ED in the same case earlier this month. He has been asked by a Delhi court to cooperate in the probe being conducted by the agency.

  • The visit is a part of the growing high-level exchanges between the two countries. Prime Minister Modi will meet  South Korean President Moon Jae-in. 

    South Korea has become a very important partner in India’s economic modernization. In the last two years, bilateral trade has grown from 15 to 21 billion dollars and is targeted to reach 50 billion dollars by 2030. 

    Many big Korean companies are operating in India and joining in national initiatives like Make in India, Smart India and infrastructure projects. 

    Now, the focus is on inviting medium and small Korean businesses also.  Defence and strategic cooperation between India and Korea is also growing after the New Southern Policy of South Korea. 

    Prime Minister’s visit will highlight this s

  • President Ram Nath Kovind on Wednesday said energy and environment are the areas of concern in today's era of rapid technological development. He was addressing the International Conference and Exhibition on Energy and Environment in New Delhi. 

    He urged the policymakers to come up with actionable ideas on environmental issues. President Kovind sad, the government is committed to providing power to citizens at affordable rates. 

    The President said, India made a number of commitments at the Paris Climate conference including lowering the emissions intensity by 2030.

    Earlier, speaking on the occasion, Science and Technology Minister Dr Harsh Vardhan said, the government is according highest importance to clean energy as it is the precursor of sustainable energy. 

    He said, India is growing at a faster pace, therefore, access to clean energy and water is a must. 

  • The proposal will be a boost to New Delhi's efforts to designate Azhar as a global terrorist by the UN. Pakistan-based outfit JeM has claimed responsibility for the Pulwama terror attack that left 40 CRPF personnel dead. 

    The French decision was discussed between Philippe Etienne, Diplomatic Advisor to the French President and National Security Advisor Ajit Doval in New Delhi yesterday. 

    The proposal, when moved, will be fourth such bid at the UN in the past ten years. In 2009 and 2016, India moved the UN's Sanctions Committee 1267 to ban Azhar, also the mastermind of attack on the airbase in Pathankot in January 2016.

    India was joined by P3 countries, the US, the UK and France in the 2016 proposal. In 2017, these P3 countries moved a similar proposal at the United Nations. However, China has always blocked the proposal from being adopted by the UN.

    Sources said France, a permanent member of the UN, is expected to be joined by other countries in the proposal. Sources also said that the country will insist on maintaining Pakistan on the "grey list" of countries at the ongoing meet of the Financial Action Task Force (FATF) in Paris. 

    Pakistan was placed on the FATF grey list in June 2018 and put on notice to be blacklisted by October 2019 if it did not curb money laundering and terror financing. 

  • In her inaugural remarks at the Aero India 2019, the 12th edition of Asia's premier air show at the Yelahanka air base, Sitharaman made a strong pitch for 'Make in India" and referred to a slew of initiatives taken by the government, including permitting 100 per cent Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) in Defence manufacturing.

    Explaining the possibilities in the aero space and defence sectors, she said the Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEM)s could find joint venture partners so that the production could be scaled up and they could have a captive market and could export from India. She also noted that during the last four years and the current financial year, 150 contracts worth about Rs 1,27,500 crores have been signed with the Indian vendors for procurement of defence equipment for the armed forces.

    The five-day mega event began on a sombre note, a day after two aircraft of Surya Kiran, Indian Air Force (IAF)'s aerobatics team, collided mid air, killing a pilot and injuring two others who ejected to safety.
    The biennial event, which would showcase India's air defence prowess, would also act as a platform for aviation companies, the defence sector and government to forge new alliances and contracts.

    Besides the Tejas, the HTT-40 (Basic Trainer Aircraft), first indigenously upgraded Hawk Mk132- named as Hawk-i, Civil Do-228, Advanced Light Helicopter (Rudra), Light Utility Helicopter (LUH),Light Combat Helicopter (LCH) are scheduled to fly in the air show.

    Also, aerobatic teams like India's Sarang (ALH-Dhruv) and UK-based Yakovlevs are expected to enthrall the audience.
    On static display would be HAL's Light Utility Helicopter (PT-1), Light Combat Helicopter (TD-2), Advanced Light Helicopter (Rudra) and ALH MICU (Medical Intensive CareUnit).
    The Sukhoi SU-30, Rafale, F-16 Fighting Falcon, F/A-18 Super Hornet and the mighty B-52 Stratofortress bomber would be part of the air show.
    The Aero India official website said a total of 61 aircraft would be on display and 403 exhibitors would be part of the show.
    CEO's round table, drone Olympics, startup manthan and women's day (to celebrate women achievers) are some of the highlights of Aero India-2019.

  • UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (UNHCHR) Michelle Bachelet is also saddened by the further loss of life from subsequent gun battles in the same area on Monday, the spokesperson for the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) Rupert Colville said in Geneva Tuesday.

    "The High Commissioner strongly condemns the suicide bomb attack against Indian security forces in Pulwama district of Jammu and Kashmir on 14 February and calls on authorities to bring those responsible to justice," Colville said.

    A suicide bomber from the Jaish-e-Mohammed group drove his explosives-laden vehicle into a CRPF bus last week, killing 40 jawans and critically wounding others.

    In a major encounter in Pulwama's Pinglan area Monday, two Jaish-e-Mohammed terrorists, including a Pakistani commander of the group being investigated for his role in the February 14 attack, and an Army major were among the seven people killed.

    The gun battle took place in Pinglan area, about 12 km from the spot of last week's terror attack. The encounter also claimed the lives of three other Army personnel, officials said. The slain terrorists were identified as Kamran, a Pakistani national and top commander of the Jaish, and Hilal Ahmad, a local recruited by the terror group, they said.

    The UN Human Rights chief expressed hope that escalating tensions between the two nuclear-armed neighbours "will not add further to the insecurity in the region".

    In the wake of the Pulwama terror attack, Colville said the High Commissioner is also "concerned" by reports from India that "some elements" are using the attack as "justification for threats and potential acts of violence" targeting Kashmiri people living in different parts of India.

    In New Delhi, India's Home Minister Rajnath Singh on Tuesday directed officials to ensure the protection of innocent Kashmiris living in different parts of the country.

    "We acknowledge actions taken by the Indian authorities to tackle these incidents and we hope that the Government will continue to take steps to protect people from all forms of harm that may be directed at them on account of their ethnicity or identity," Colville said. 

  • Separately, State Department Deputy Spokesperson Robert Palladino expressed "strong support" for India and asked Pakistan to "punish anyone responsible" for the February 14 attack. 

    The suicide attack has led to an escalation of tension between India and Pakistan and Trump told reporters at the Oval Office of White House that it would be "wonderful" if the two South Asia neighbours get along.

    "I have watched. I have got a lot of reports on it. We will have a comment (on it) at an appropriate time. It would be wonderful if they (India and Pakistan) get along," Trump said in response to a question.

    "That (the terrorist attack) was a horrible situation. We are getting reports. We will have a statement to put out," Trump said.

    At a separate news conference, the State Department Deputy Spokesperson said the US has been in close communication with the Indian government "to express not only our condolences but our strong support".

    "We urge Pakistan to fully cooperate with the investigation into the attack and to punish anyone responsible," Palladino said. In the aftermath of the Pulwama attack, the US has also been in contact with Pakistan, he said. 

    Following the terrorist attack, Trump's National Security Advisor, John Bolton, has supported India's right to self-defense. 

    Secretary of State, Mike Pompeo, Bolton, and the White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders in separate statements have asked Pakistan to immediately take action against the JeM and its leaders and end support to terrorist safe havens. 

    The CRPF personnel were killed when a JeM terrorist rammed an explosive-laden car into a vehicle carrying them in Jammu and Kashmir's Pulwama. 

  • The four-day hearing in the Jadhav case opened on Monday at the ICJ headquarters in The Hague. 

    Pakistan asked the judge to adjourn the case, citing the illness of its ad-hoc judge. However, the world court declined Pakistan's plea and asked it to continue argument in the absence of the ad-hoc judge.

    Tassaduq Hussain Jillani, the ad-hoc judge for Pakistan in the ICJ suffered a cardiac attack ahead of the hearing. 48-year-old Jadhav, a retired Indian Navy officer, was sentenced to death by a Pakistani military court on charges of espionage and terrorism in April 2017. 

    India moved the ICJ against the verdict the same year. On the first day of the hearing, India urged the ICJ to annul Jadhav's death sentence and order his immediate release. It said that the verdict by a Pakistani military court was based on a 'farcical case' and that it hopelessly fails to satisfy even the minimum standards of due process. 

  • The two sides will also hold delegation level talks. Several agreements are expected to be signed following the talks between the two leaders. 

    The Crown Prince was accorded ceremonial reception at the Rashtrapati Bhawan Wednesday morning. 

    Speaking to the media, the Crown Prince said that he wants the relationship between India and Saudi Arabia to be maintained and improved for the sake of both countries. He also expressed confidence that the leadership of the two countries can create good things for Saudi Arabia and India.

    External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj also called on Crown Prince Mohammad Bin Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud. They discussed ways to add momentum to the relationship in various fields including trade, investment, defence, security, and regional cooperation. 

    The Crown Prince will also call on President Ram Nath Kovind this evening. The Crown Prince, who is also the Vice President of the Council of Ministers and Minister of Defence of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, is accompanied by a high-level delegation, including Ministers, senior officials and leading Saudi businessmen. 
      
     In recent years, there has been significant progress in bilateral cooperation in key areas of mutual interest. The bilateral trade was 27.48 billion dollars during the last financial year 2017-18, making Saudi Arabia, India’s 4th largest trading partner. 

    Saudi Arabia contributes significantly to India’s energy security needs by supplying about 20 percent of crude requirements to India. 

  • He also inspected an exhibition on locomotives at DLW campus. Such locomotives will be more economical and will increase the speed of goods trains.

    Laying the foundation stone of Ravidas Janmasthali area development project in Varanasi, the Prime Minister said all should get benefits of government schemes irrespective of caste, creed and other factors.

    Prime Minister Narendra Modi invoked Sant Ravidas on his birth anniversary to urge people to end caste discrimination and identify those who promote it for self-interest.

    PM Modi said caste discrimination is an impediment in achieving social harmony.

    He said Guru Ravidas envisioned an India where there is no discrimination and that everyone is taken care of. PM Modi said his government has worked on this principle in the last four-and-a-half years for the betterment of the people and the country's development. He hoped that the teachings of great saints inspire the young generation.

    PM Modi said his government focused on "panchdharma" (five tenets), with emphasis on education, income, medicine, irrigation and addressing public grievances. PM Modi said his government tried to change Chalta hai mentality that had crept in people.

    PM Modi also dedicated two hospitals, newly constructed Mahamana Madan Mohan Malviya cancer hospital at BHU and Bhabha cancer hospital, Lahartara worth rupees 1140 crores.

    With the inauguration of both cancer hospitals, Varanasi becomes an important centre for quality treatment and care in Cancer-related ailments. These hospitals will bring comprehensive yet affordable cancer care to the patients not only in Uttar Pradesh, but also from other states like Jharkhand, Bihar, Uttarakhand and, even, neighbouring countries like Nepal.

    City Command and Control Center and sewerage treatment plants will transform the shape of the town and help to make Kashi Smart City.