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  • The Ministry of Tourism have formulated the guidelines for approval /re-approval of Online Travel Aggregators (OTA’s). These guidelines for approval /re-approval ofOTA’s have been devised to ensure that there are adequate safeguards against deficiency of service, alternate arrangements if needed and punitive deterrence.

  • Union Minister of Agriculture and Farmers’ Welfare Shri Radha Mohan Singh has said that the 160th session of the Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) Council, currently underway in Rome, approved India’s proposal to observe an International Year of Millets in 2023.

  • The Vice President of India, Shri M. Venkaiah Naidu has complimented the Armed Forces for their valiant and vigilant contribution to national security on the occasion of Armed Forces Flag Day, here today.

  • The Union Minister of Finance and Corporate Affairs, Mr. Arun Jaitley said that the scattered regime prior to the enactment of the Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code (IBC), 2016 had impacted the domestic private investment with over capacities in certain sectors coupled with unacceptably high levels of Non-Performing Assets (NPAs) in the Banking System, hindering growth.

  • The Hon’ble Vice President of India, Shri M Venkaiah Naidu today addressed the 46th Annual Convocation of All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) in presence of Shri J P Nadda, Union Minister of Health and Family Welfare.

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  • Ministry of New and Renewable Energy, Government of India has been conferred the Skoch Award for National Significance at an event held recently in New Delhi. The award was received by Secretary, Ministry of New Renewable Energy Shri Anand Kumar.

  • Partnering with Perlin, a Singapore-based AI start-up for the four- month hackathon

    With the vision to further expand the idea of‘Artificial Intelligence, AI for All’ articulated in the National AI Strategy, NITI Aayog organises hackathons to source sustainable, innovative and technologically-enabled solutions to address various challenges in the development space.

  • The Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi has condoled the passing away of Shri Mohammad Asrarul Haque.

    “Saddened by the passing away of Shri Mohammad Asrarul Haque, the Lok Sabha MP from Kishanganj in Bihar.

  • The Vice President of India, Shri M. Venkaiah Naidu has said that the young doctors to bear in mind the need to uphold ethics and treat every patient with compassion and empathy, irrespective of his or her financial background.

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    The Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi, today addressed the Jagran Forum on the occasion of the 75th anniversary celebrations of Dainik Jagran newspaper, in New Delhi.

    Addressing the august gathering in Taj Palace hotel, the Prime Minister specially complimented, among others, the hawkers who distribute the newspaper every day, on this occasion.

  • In order to mark the “Mahaparinirvan Diwas” of Dr. B. R. Ambedkar on 06th December, 2018, the Union Minister of Social Justice and Empowerment Shri Thaawarchand Gehlot and  the Minister of State for Social Justice and Empowerment, Shri Vijay Sampla unveiled a life size painting of Dr. B. R. Ambedkar at Dr. Ambedkar International Centre (DAIC), 15 Janpath, New Delhi.

  • The Vice President of India Shri M.Venkaiah Naidu will release Compilation if Selected speeches of the President, Ram nath Kovind titled, “The Republican Ethic” in English and “LoktantrakeSwar” in Hindi at a function in Vigyan Bhawan in the capital on December 8. Union Minister of External Affairs, Smt. Sushma Swaraj and the Minister of Information Broadcasting (IC),Col.

  • The water storage available in 91 major reservoirs of the country for the week ending on  December 06, 2018 was 94.994 BCM, which is 59% of total storage capacity of these reservoirs. This percentage was at 61% for the week ending on November 29, 2018.

  • 1. The ninth edition of ‘Admirals Cup’ Sailing Regatta (2018) concluded today, on Thursday, 06 December 2018 with a glittering closing ceremony at Ettikulam Beach at Indian Naval Academy (INA), Ezhimala tonight.

  •           The Union Cabinet chaired by Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi has given ex-post facto approval to the Memorandum of Cooperation (MoC) between India and Japan.

  •           The Union Cabinet chaired by Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi has been apprised of Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between India and the United States of America (USA) concerning Scientific and Technical Cooperation in the Earth Sciences.

  • The Union Cabinet chaired by Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi has given its approval to the revised Model Memorandum of Understanding between the Financial Intelligence Unit(FIU) – India (FIU-Ind) with its counterpart foreign Financial Intelligence Units (FIUs) for exchange of information.

  •           The Union Cabinet chaired by Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi has been apprised of Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between India and France in the field of energy efficiency / energy conservation.

  • The Union Cabinet chaired by Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi has approved the Amendment of the Jallianwala Bagh National Memorial Act, 1951.

    Gist of the decision:

    The decisions aims to suitably amend the Jallianwala Bagh National Memorial Act, 1951 so as to secure representation as Trustees, “the Leader of Opposition recognized as such in the House of the People, or where there is no such Leader of Opposition, then the Leader of the single largest Opposition Party in the House”.

  • May has repeatedly said if lawmakers reject her deal with Brussels, which would see Britain exit the EU on March 29 with continued close ties, the only alternatives are leaving without a deal or reversing Brexit.

    The British parliament is mid-way through a five-day debate on the Brexit deal, ahead of the vote which will define Britain's departure from the EU and could determine May's future as leader.

  • Armed Forces Flag Day has been observed annually in India on December 7 since 1949.

    Over the years, it has become a tradition to commemorate this day as an honour to the soldiers, sailors and air personnel of India.
     

  • Addressing the 46th Annual Convocation of All India Institute of Medical Sciences, he said Government has launched 'Ayushman Bharat Yojana'  to cover more than 10 crore vulnerable families by providing a coverage of Rs. 5 lakh per family per year. He added that this will be a game-changer in terms of accessing healthcare services in India.

    Health Minister J P Nadda said that ensuring the highest standards of medical education is a top priority for the government.

  • BJP President Amit Shah on Friday lashed out at West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee for not allowing BJP's rathyatra in Cooch Behar. He added that Mamata Banerjee is scared of BJP and that is why she is acting vindictively.

    Amit Shah said that law and order situation in West Bengal is worst ever under Mamata Banerjee government.

  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi has underlined the five point mantra of development on which his government is moving forward. The Prime Minister was speaking at the diamond jubilee celebrations of Dainik Jagran in New Delhi.

    He also inaugurated two day Jagran forum where he released postage stamp commemorating 75th years of Jagran Newspaper.

    Union ministers Ravi Shankar Prasad and Manoj Sinha also attended the function.

    The Prime Minister lauded the role of media in converting initiatives like Beti Bachao Beti Padhao as a National movement.

  • Defence sources said that Pakistani forces resorted to unprovoked firing along LoC in Machhil Sector of Kupwara district. They said, Indian forces retaliated in a befitting manner.  

    In another incident, one BSF jawan was martyred in ceasefire violation by Pakistan in Surankote sector of Rajouri district  in Jammu region.

     Pakistani forces started unprovoked firing targeting Indian forward locations. Indian forces retaliated effectively.

  • Speaking to media in New Delhi after the meeting of the Cabinet, Minister for Commerce and Industry Suresh Prabhu said, farmers will get the benefit of export opportunities through a stable trade policy regime. 

    He said, the policy will remove export curbs on most organic and processed food and will also diversify farm product exports. 

  • Cabinet has approved agriculture export policy in line with government's commitment to double farmer's income by 2022. This will harness the immense export potential in India's agri sector and will make it a global agri hub. The aim is to push up agri current exports from 30 bn dollars to 60 bn dollars by 2022.

    In another decision, Cabinet gave its approval to set up 15 Technology Innovation Hubs and several other Hubs under National Mission on Interdisciplinary Cyber-Physical Systems.

    The Cabinet approval to Amend the Jallianwala Bagh National Memorial Act, 1951 ensures representation of opposition in the Trust.

    Cabinet has given its go ahead to the implementation of Shahpurkandi Dam project on river Ravi in Punjab. This will help minimise waste of Ravi's waters that at present flow downstream to Pakistan.

    An in principle approval has been given for strategic sale of the Govt of India's 52.63% equity shareholding in Rural Electrification Corporation to Power Finance Corporation  as well as a transfer of management control.
     

  • The Organisation of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) met in Vienna ahead of talks with allies such as Russia on Friday and amid a drop in crude prices caused by global economic weakness and fears of an oil glut due largely to a rise in U.S. production.

    The producer group's de facto leader, Saudi Arabia, has indicated a need for steep reductions in output from January but has come under pressure from U.S. President Donald Trump to push oil prices lower.

    Ahead of a key decision on output cuts, Saudi Arabia's Energy Minister, Khalid Al Falih, has said that the views of Prime Minister Narendra Modi will be taken into consideration, before a final decision is taken by the major oil producing nations. The Saudi Energy Minister recalled the bilateral meeting between India and Saudi Arabia on the sidelines of the G20 meeting last week in Buenos Aires. He said Prime Minister Modi "put his consumer centric views on oil prices very strongly.

    Expectations had been for a joint cut of between 1 and 1.4 million barrels per day (bpd), until Saudi energy minister Khalid al-Falih said before the meeting that the "OPEC+" group would be happy with a cut of just 1 million bpd.

    OPEC delegates have said OPEC and its allies could cut output by 1 million barrels per day if Russia contributed 150,000 bpd of that reduction.

    Meanwhile Qatar has announced its exit from the oil grouping.

    Now all eyes are on Russian Energy Minister Alexander Novak, who flew back from Vienna  for possible talks with President Vladimir Putin.

     

  • Travis Head's fighting 61 off 149 balls helped Australia reach 191/7 at stumps on Friday, the second day of the first test against India, after off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin took three top-order wickets and helped the visitors dominate the day's play.

    India were all out for 250 runs in the first innings when Mohammad Shami got out on the first ball of the day, reports Efe news.

    Ishant Sharma bowled opener Aaron Finch in the very first over of the Australian innings with a beautiful in-swinger, providing a crucial breakthrough before Ashwin started troubling the hosts with his drifters.

    Marcus Harris was caught at silly mid-off trying to defend an Ashwin delivery after making 26 off 57 balls, and soon after Shaun Marsh attempted a drive against the spinner and ended up dragging the ball back on to the stumps.

    With Australia reduced to 59/3, Usman Khawaja and Peter Handscomb slowed down the tempo and tried to stabilize the innings before Khawaja nicked an Ashwin delivery to wicketkeeper Rishabh Pant.

    Down at number six, Head defended well and attacked loose deliveries as wickets continued to fall at the other end, with Handscomb departing for 34 and keeper Tim Paine managing just 5 runs.

    India took the new ball in the 81st over and Pat Cummins was adjudged leg before wicket to Jasprit Bumrah immediately, but Head and Mitchell Starc managed to stay on until stumps.

    Pacers Sharma and Bumrah took two wickets apiece, while Mohammad Shami looked off-colour after an injury-scare on Thursday.

    India will look to take early wickets and ensure a first-inning lead on Saturday after Chetweshwar Pujara's century on the first day helped them reach a decent total.

    Australia will expect Head to stay put and take them beyond the Indian total.

    With the wicket already offering some turn, the hosts will be backing off-spinner Nathan Lyon to trouble the Indian batsmen in the second innings.

    The visitors are playing the first test of the four-match Border-Gavaskar Trophy, and will also play three one-day games in their nearly two-month long tour of Australia.

    Brief Scores: India first innings: 250/10 against Australia first innings: 191/7 (Travis Head 61 not out, Peter Handscomb 43; Ravichandran Ashwin 3/50)

  • He was addressing the Raising Day function of Civil Defence and Home Guards in New Delhi on Thursday. 

    Singh said they can also play a pro-active role in maintaining law and order situation, adding that the Civil Defence personnel are the first respondents in any incident. 

  • Several MPs supporting Ranil Wickresminghe had asserted that Rajapksa does not hold the post of Prime minster after parliament approved a no-confidence motion against him last month.

    Speaker Karu Jayasuriya has assured that he will instruct his officials to make changes to the website. Sri Lanka is without a prime minster or government since Monday after a court of appeal restrained Mr. Rajapaksa and his cabinet from functioning.

    Meanwhile, the political imbroglio continues and Supreme Court continued its hearing on petition against dissolution of parliament. The judgement is expected tomorrow or early next week.

    President Maithripala Sirsena has refused to reappoint Wickremsinghe even if he has the majority support. 

    Wickremesinghe responded by saying that refusing to appoint him despite showing a parliamentary majority is the President's problem.

    He asserted that there is a parliamentary democracy and the President has to work with the Parliament. Sources said there are some back channel negotiations going on to resolve the impasse but it will be made clear only after the court judgment. 

  • The chief minister met Singh's wife and two sons at his Kalidas Marg residence.

    "The CM has given assurance to the victim's family that they will remain like a family and there would not any disturbance in their studies," UP DGP OP Singh, who was also present there, told reporters.He said Adityanath had decided that the government would pay off the education loan that the family had taken.

    "The chief minister has assured us that he will remain with us in this difficult time and ensure justice for us. He said strict action will be taken against those involved," the victim's son Shrey Singh said.

    Adityanath had declared on Monday a compensation of Rs 40 lakh for the wife, Rs 10 lakh for the parents and a government job for a member of his family.

    The chief minister had ordered a thorough probe and issued directions to take strict action against those involved in the alleged cow slaughter in the western UP district.

     

  • Spain's Albert Beltran (ninth minute) and Alvaro Iglesias (27th minute) scored in the first half to put their team ahead.

    But New Zealand's Hayden Phillips (50th minute) and Kane Russell's (56th minute) strike helped their team register a thrilling draw.

  • The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, which organizes the Oscars and normally announces the host, did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

    Hart, 39, who also starred in 2017 film "Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle" follows talk show host Jimmy Kimmel who took on the gig in 2018 and 2017.

    The job of hosting the Oscars is one of the most prestigious but also the most difficult in show business as hosts have to navigate the expectations of the A-list audience in the theater and millions tuning in on television, with a combination of topical and insider jokes.

    Oscar nominations will be announced on January 22 next year, with the televised ceremony taking place LIVE in Hollywood on February 24.

  • In Telangana, voting held for 119 assembly seats for which 1821 candidates including 139 women are in the fray.

    There are about 2.8 crore electors including about 4.6 lakh differently abled voters. Election has set up 32 thousand 815 polling stations across the state. TRS and BJP are contesting alone while Congress, TDP, Telangana Jana Samiti and CPI have formed an alliance.

    TRS is contesting in all 119 seats while the BJP is in the fray in 118 seats. The Congress is fighting in 99 seats. Election Commission has made extensive arrangements for differently abled voters by providing ramp, wheel-chair and volunteers at all polling stations. They are also provided transport from their home to the polling station and back.

    After a hard fought campaign in Rajasthan and Telangana, voting held for assembly seats in the two states. In Rajasthan, over 2,000 candidates are in the fray for 199 assembly seats in Rajasthan.

    Votes are being cast at 51,687 polling booths, of which 259 are exclusively managed by women officials and security personnel. There are 4 crore 74 lakhs 37 thousand 761 voters in the state.

    Congress and BJP are in a straight fight in the states. Vasundhara Raje led BJP government is hoping to return to power while Congress is trying its best to encash on anti-incumbancy. In the current House, the BJP has 160 seats and the Congress 25. Election to the Ramgarh seat in Alwar has been counter-manded due to the demise of the BSP candidate.

     

     

     

  • The apex court also ordered attachment of four swanky corporate offices of the realty firm at Noida and Greater Noida, and asked the Debt Recovery Tribunal (DRT), Delhi to auction them. 

    A bench of Justices Arun Mishra and U U Lalit described the company a worst kind of cheater and a perfect liar for not complying with the court’s direction. 

    The top court gave a window to the firm’s directors and their family members to return home-buyers’ money by the December 10. 

    The court also asked the company to explain by next week the diversion of around Rs. 3,000 crore of home-buyers money for other purposes. 

    The apex court also issued notice to the Amrapali Group CMD Anil Sharma and its directors, Chief Financial officer and statutory auditor Anil Mittal, asking them why a criminal case for breach of trust should not be lodged against them.

    The court was hearing a batch of petitions filed by home buyers who are seeking possession of around 42,000 flats booked in various projects of Amrapali Group.

  • According to WHO, exposure to pollution results in seven million deaths every year. The organisation says climate change affects a number of diseases such as asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary diseases, lung cancer, stroke or ischemic heart diseases.

    Speaking during COP24, United Nations talks on climate change in Katowice, Poland, WHO's head of environmental determinants of health, Maria Neira said a number of pulmonary and heart diseases caused by pollution were not included in decision-making processes and documents related to climate change.

    Diarmid Campbell-Lendrum, a team leader for climate change and health with WHO, added that health benefits of meeting the 2 Degree C Goal, which aims to cap a rise in average surface temperatures at 2 degrees Celsius (3.6 Fahrenheit), are approximately twice the value of what it would cost to implement that mitigation at the global level.

    COP24 talks are billed as the most important U.N. conference since the landmark Paris 2015 deal on climate change.

    Over the next two weeks, the aim is to make an end-of-year deadline for agreeing a rule book on how to enforce global action to limit further warming of the planet.

  • According to a list published by online platform twiplomacy, PM Modi is closely followed by Indonesian President Joko Widodo with 12.2 million followers.

    With 10 million followers, US President Donald Trump is at the third position on photo-sharing platform. 

    The picture of newly married Indian cricket captain Virat Kohli and his wife, actress Anushka Sharma meeting the Prime mMinister has become the most liked picture posted by any world leader. The picture has received 18,34,707 hearts since all three have a combined following of 55 million on Instagram. 

    The picture of PM Modi standing at a bus stop in snowy Davos ahead of the World Economic Forum 2018 is the second most liked picture with a total of 16,35,978 likes. 

    The Prime Minister is also active on Twitter and Facebook. With more than 43 million followers on his Twitter account and more than 40 million likes on Facebook, he is one of the most popular global leaders on social media platforms. 

    In 2015, he launched NaMo app to give his followers all the latest information and his day-to-day activities. 

  • Afterward, he was laid to rest at his presidential library in College Station, Texas.

    The body of the former President was taken from Ellington Field Joint Reserve Base to St. Martin's Episcopal Church, where a public viewing began. Bush and his late wife, Barbara Bush, were longtime worshippers at St. Martin's.

    Bush was hailed at his state funeral on Wednesday as a warrior-statesman of uncommon personal kindness who went from being a hero of American conflicts to representing a bygone era of civility in politics.

    Amid an unusual bipartisan spirit at the service at Washington's National Cathedral, both Republican and Democratic politicians honored a president who called for a "kinder, gentler" nation.

    Bush, the 41st U.S. president, occupied the White House from 1989 to 1993, navigating the collapse of the Soviet Union and expelling former Iraqi President Saddam Hussein's forces from oil-rich Kuwait.

  • Putin accused the United States of making up excuses for pulling out of the pact.

    He said it seems the US believe that the situation has changed so much that it has to have this type of weapons.

    Putin's remarks came a day after US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo announced at a NATO meeting that Washington will suspend its obligations under the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty (INF) in 60 days, citing Russian cheating.

    President Donald Trump earlier this year announced his decision to withdraw from the INF, accusing Russia and China, which is not a signatory to the treaty, of violating it.

  • Those who have won the award for their collection of poetry include Sananta Tanti in Assamese, Paresh Narendra Kamat in Konkani, S Ramesan Nair in Malayalam and Dr Rama Kant Shukla in Sanskrit. 

    Writers who won the awards for short stories include Sanjib Chattopadhyay in Bengali, Mushtaq Ahmed Mushtaq in Kashmiri and Prof Bina Thakur in Maithili. 

    Inderjeet Kesar in Dogri, Anees Salim in English, Chitra Mudgal in Hindi are among the awardees in the novel category.  

    The Akademi said in a press release that the awards will be presented at a roadshow function to be held on 29 January next year at New Delhi during the Festival of Letters to the organised by Sahitya Akademi. 

    An eminent short-story writer, Mushtaq Ahmad Mushtaq, bagged the Award for his collection of short stories “AAKH’’.

    An Indian Information Service officer Mushtaq Ahmad is presently posted as Head of the Regional News Unit at Radio Kashmir Srinagar. 

    “AAKH”,  a collection of eighteen short stories, published in 2012 had earlier bagged the best book award in Kashmiri at the state level from State Academy of Art, Culture and Languages for the year 2014.

  • President Ram Nath Kovind offered floral tribute at the statue of Baba Saheb at Sansad Bhavan Lawns in the Parliament House complex. 

    Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu, Prime Minister Narendra Modi and other dignitaries also offered their tributes to the Father of the Indian Constitution, Dr Ambedkar. 

    Among other leaders who paid floral homage to Baba Saheb were Union Minister of Social Justice and Empowerment Dr Thaawarchand Gehlot, Ministers of State for Social Justice and Empowerment Ramdas Athawale, Krishan Pal Gurjar, Vijay Sampla and other dignitaries. 

    A function has been organised by the Ambedkar Foundation, an autonomous organisation under the Ministry of Social Justice & Empowerment, to mark the occasion. 

  • The MPs speaking during the session termed the President proclamations of parliament dissolution and appointment of Mr. Rajapaksa as illegal. They pointed out that it is the first time in Sri Lankan history that the country is without a Prime Minister or cabinet.

    They also asserted that state media is being wrongly influenced and the tourism industry is in disarray. It may be mentioned that a court of appeal on Monday restrained Mr. Rajapaksa and his cabinet from functioning and the order has been challenged in Supreme Court.

    Meanwhile, country’s Attorney General today stated that the Supreme Court does not have the legal authority to hear the petitions against the dissolution of the Parliament. He said it during heating of petitions filed against the dissolution which the court is hearing for second consecutive day.

    The Attorney General said that if the President violated the Constitution of the country, his actions can be challenged only at the Parliament.

     

  • He expressed confidence that people of Rajasthan clearly in favour of BJP in Rajasthan and have decided to form BJP government once more in state. 

    He also gave mantra to BJP workers - 'mera polling booth, sabse mazboot'. 

    Attacking Congress party of spreading venom of casteism and created urban-rural divide, he said, Congress has lost election, now contemplating who to hold responsible for defeat.

  • In a study, researchers from Washington University and the University of California, San Francisco in the US used magnetic resonance imaging  MRI, brain scans to predict dementia with 89 per cent accuracy.

    The findings suggest that doctors may one day be able to use widely available tests to tell people their risk of developing dementia before symptoms arise.

    Cyrus A Raji, an assistant professor at Washington University has said that a single MRI scan can predict dementia on average 2.6 years before memory loss is clinically detectable. This could help doctors advise and care for their patients.
     
    Although there are no drugs available yet to prevent or delay the onset of Alzheimer's disease, identifying those at high risk of developing dementia within the next few years could still be beneficial.

    People could make decisions on their financial and living arrangements while they are still in full control of their faculties.

  • The theme for this year's World Soil Day is - 'Be the Solution to Soil Pollution'. 

    Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu has called upon people to take pledge to maintain the purity of soil. In a tweet, he said, it is the duty of every human being to protect the most critical component of nature. 

    He said, it is time that people should move towards nature and organic farming and must learn to protect the purity of soil and mother earth. 

    The Vice President said, it is high time people learn to love and live with nature and stop playing with it.

    According to the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, soil holds three times as much carbon as the atmosphere and can help meet the challenges of a changing climate.

    It said, 815 million people are food insecure and 2 billion people are nutritionally insecure, but it can be mitigated through soil. 95 per cent of food comes from soil and 33 per cent of the global soils are already degraded.

    The Centre has launched nationwide Soil Health Card Scheme to take care of Soil Health for the first time in a uniform manner to evaluate the soil fertility across the country. According to Ministry of Agriculture and Farmers' Welfare, over 15 crore Soil Health Cards have been distributed to the farmers across the country. 

    Soil health card provides information to the farmers on fertility status of their soil and enables them to apply soil health card based recommended dosages of fertilizers including micro-nutrients, bio-fertilizers, manures as well as soil ameliorants. 

    It is helpful in checking the declining fertility of agriculture land and improve the fertility of soils to increase productivity besides enhancing farmers income.

     

  • As a part of the collaboration, a special discount of 35 per cent on ticket prices will be offered to Rail Museum visitors when they visit Madame Tussauds Museum.

    Similarly, Madame Tussauds Wax Museum visitors will be getting discount of 30 per cent on combo packages of National Rail Museum. 

    An official release said, a Memorandum of Understanding has been signed between Ministry of Railways and Madame Tussauds Wax Museum in New Delhi on Monday. 

    In addition, there will be a special provision for school groups.

    School children will be able to enjoy both museums at a 45 per cent discount.

  • His cricketing epitaph was written when he was forced to (voluntarily for his fans) step down after six failures in IPL, and Tuesday's emotional video post was just an official closure on his part. But how does one judge cricketer Gambhir among the pantheons of greats in Indian cricket? 

    He did not have the perfect technique that made Sunil Gavaskar the legend that he was.

    Neither did Gambhir possess the streak of genius that made Virender Sehwag one of Indian cricket's greatest entertainers. Yet, any Indian team between early 2008 till World Cup 2011 wasn't complete without the feisty left-hander from Rajinder Nagar in New Delhi.

    He was an incredible foil to Sehwag and despite his limited talent, the ICC Test batsman of the Year for 2009 could always punch above his weight. But somehow, he remained the eternal bridesmaid to a Yuvraj Singh or a Mahendra Singh Dhoni, all his life.

    Top scorer in two World Cup finals (World T20 in 2007 and 2011 50-over WC final), he remained in the shadow of the talismanic Indian skipper Dhoni. The near 13 hour marathon innings against New Zealand at Napier (136) was an effort that connoisseurs of Test cricket will forever remember. Yet, strangely, Gambhir was more of a street fighter who would always be game for a good scrap, a complete contrast to the elegance of another left-handed great Sourav Ganguly.

    If Ganguly caressed the deliveries, Gambhir hammered them. Aesthetics wasn't Gambhir's best friend but he did befriend two serious qualities - temperament and courage required at the top level.

    His approach to the game was a complete dichotomy to his background, a rich kid, who had a fleet of chauffeur-driven cars waiting for him to be taken him to practice. So, when he took on Shahid Afridi or Kamran Akmal during Indo-Pak one-dayers or shoved Simon Katich during a Test match, it wasn't the rich kid Gambhir but the proverbial street fighter from West Delhi, who could blow his top at car parking area.

    But it was Delhi cricket's inherent corruption that has always built resolute characters and Gambhir was one such. Even Indian cricket wasn't actually very fair to Gambhir between 2003 to 2007 when he made sporadic India appearances.

    However, it was a century in the Ranji final against UP in 2007-08 with an injured palm (the skin was peeled and the pain was unbearable) paved his way back to the national team across all formats. There was no looking back for next four years as he forged a successful partnership with Sehwag.

    Things went downhill post World Cup and a poor show in an aborted England trip was the beginning of the end. He was never the same international player again even though he captained the Kolkata Knight Riders to two IPL titles.

    Did he harbour captaincy ambitions? Of course he did, but that was MS Dhoni's peak time as a leader. By the time Dhoni started failing as Test captain, Gambhir's career in the longest version was as good as over.

    The four failures in the 2014 England series where he became a walking wicket in swinging conditions did dent his reputation. But ask any of his contemporaries about his prowess against spin bowling and the answer will be equivocal. There were only few who could dominate spinners like Gambhir did during his prime.

    If Ganguly's signature shot was straight loft or one over long on, Gambhir patented the inside out lofted shot, a difficult one to play.

    Off the field, he remained a man of strong likes and dislikes. There is no cricketer who is more opinionated than Gambhir and life for him is black or white.

    That's why he can't stand the sight of Ajay Jadeja or Manoj Prabhakar and he refused to play in their coaching since they were accused of match fixing.

    He was a pro-player and anti establishment at the same time. He had no shame to take cudgels for youngsters against administrators or selectors of his father's age. He once charged at a Delhi selector for trying to force one player who hadn't scored runs.

    At another time, he picked up a raw with DDCA officials, including Chetan Chauhan, for ignoring Navdeep Saini.

    When he felt that KP Bhaskar was not treating youngsters fairly, he would charge towards him with a cricket bat accusing him of trying to ruin careers. Whether he was right or wrong will remain a subjective issue but unlike most of his contemporaries, he had an opinion and never failed to express it.

    Of late, he has not been shy of expressing his political thoughts on social media with varied response. The second innings of Gautam Gambhir is expected to be as eventful as his first whether it's in BCCI's board room or as a people's representative. He fears no one and he always speaks his mind.

     

  • GSAT-11 advanced communications satellite, produced by ISRO, will deliver multi-spot beam coverage over the Indian mainland and nearby islands bringing significant advantages to the user community.

    It will operate from 74 deg. East. The GSAT-11 weighing 5,854 kg is the heaviest satellite built by ISRO.

    The GSAT-11 is the next generation high throughput communication satellite that will play a vital role in providing broadband services across the country. 

    It will also provide a platform to demonstrate new generation applications such as in flights internet connectivity.

    The satellite is expected to have a lifespan of 15 years.

  • Subsequently, the repo rate remains unchanged at 6.5 percent and the reverse repo rate at 6.25 percent. 

    Repo rate is the rate at which RBI lends to banks generally against government securities. The reverse repo is the rate at which RBI borrows money from banks. The RBI informed the marginal standing facility rate and the Bank Rate too remain at 6.75 percent.

    The six-member monetary policy committee headed by RBI Governor Urjit Patel unanimously voted to maintain the status quo on policy rates. In the last policy announced in October, RBI had kept all the policy rates unchanged. 

    RBI has lowered its inflation forecast based on moderation in food inflation and the sharp decline in international crude oil prices. Accordingly, inflation is projected to be in the range of 2.7 to 3.2 percent in the second half of this fiscal. 

    Assuming a normal monsoon next year, RBI said that inflation will likely to stay in the range of 3.8 to 4.2 percent in the first half of next fiscal. 

    On the growth front, RBI retained GDP growth rate projection at 7.4 percent for this fiscal and at 7.5 percent in the first half of 2019-20. 

    RBI has said that lower RABI sowing, slowing global demand and rising trade tensions may adversely affect growth prospects while the decline in crude oil prices is expected to boost India’s growth prospects. 

    The next meeting of the Monetary Policy Committee is scheduled to be held between 5 and 7 February next year.

    RBI said that volatile global markets and uncertainty regarding crude oil prices warrant the central bank’s 'calibrated tightening' policy stance. 

    Addressing the post-policy press conference, RBI Governor Urjit Patel said this stance gives the apex bank a chance to pause, reflect and undertake future policy action with more robust inflation signals. 

    Announcing a couple of customer protection policies, RBI said that it will notify an ‘Ombudsman Scheme for Digital Transactions’ by end of January 2019; adding that this dedicated, cost-free and expeditious grievance redressal mechanism will help in strengthening consumer confidence in the digital transactions sector. 

    Further guidelines for limiting customer liability in respect of unauthorised electronic transactions through credit and debit cards will also be issued soon. 

    RBI also said that a committee to look into the issues crippling MSME sector will also be set up by the end of this month.

    The next policy is scheduled for 7 February 2019. 

     

  • On the second day of CBI remand of middleman Christian Michel in AgustaWestland case, his questioning continued.  Meanwhile MEA has said that due process was followed to extradite Michel to India. It also confirmed that UK High Commission has sought Consular Access of Christian Michel.

    On another front, BJP has said Congress is rattled after Christian Michel's extradition. The Party questioned why Congress is sending a team to defend Michel accused of accepting kickbacks in a defence deal.

    Indian probe agencies allege that Michel received kickbacks worth 295 crore rupees in the VVIP chopper deal. The extradition of Michel was not an easy task but the efforts of CBI and the central agencies finally succeeded. CBI is expected to further quiz Michel in the coming days. Fresh revelations could lead to the bribery case taking an even larger dimension in public discourse.

     

     

     

     

  • Addressing the convention of Sri Lanka Freedom Party  in Colombo on Tuesday afternoon, he said the decision on October 26 to sack Ranil Wickremsinghe as Prime Minister and form a new government, was correct and taken on behalf of the country.

    The President accused the UNP leader of violating and murdering the concept of good governance adding that the only solution to this problem was to sack Wickremesinghe. He reiterated his stance that he will not reappoint Wickresminghe as PM even if all the MPs in parliament support him.

    Meanwhile, Wickresminghe said the government should be constitutional and no one should act like Hitler. He asserted that  it is only him and the UNF which commands a majority and requested President to work in accordance with the Constitution.

    Wickresminghe insisted that the process to hold an election can take place only once a legal Government is in place. He said a legal Government can submit a motion to Parliament and if there is two-third majority, they can hold an election before the four and half year term of the current Parliament ends.

    In another development, an appeal was filed in Supreme Court today against a decision by another court restraining Mahinda Rajapksa and his ministers from occupying their posts. The Supreme Court also began hearing the petitions against dissolution of parliament and will resume hearing tomorrow. A decision is expected on Friday.

  • One police inspector and a villager had died in the incident.

    FIRs have also been lodged at the Syana police station against 27 other people and 50 to 60 unknown people under various sections of Indian Penal Code.

    The situation is now under control in Syana, with heavy police deployed in the area.

    Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath reviewed the situation Monday night. He announced an ex-gratia of Rs. 50 lakh for the family of the Inspector.

    The Chief Minister has directed the Additional Director General of Intelligence to file a report within 48 hours. He said, after getting the report, stern action will be taken against those responsible for the incident.

    The Special Investigation Team, under the supervision of IG Range Meerut, has already been formed to probe the violence.

  • A bench headed by NGT Chairperson Justice Adarsh Kumar Goel also asked the AAP government to furnish a performance guarantee of Rs 25 crore with the apex pollution monitoring body to ensure that there is no further lapse in this regard.

    It said despite its clear directions, there is hardly any action for compliance of orders of the tribunal and pollution continues unabated in blatant violation of law and under the nose of the authorities "who have hardly done anything concrete except furnishing excuses and helplessness".

    The green panel said that even after more than four-and-a-half years, the complaint of the aggrieved parties is that the pollution caused by the unregulated handling of plastic continues to remain unabated.

    The tribunal was hearing pleas filed by Mundka village resident Satish Kumar and Tikri-Kalan native Mahavir Singh alleging pollution caused by burning of plastic, leather, rubber, motor engine oil and other waste materials and continuous operation of illegal industrial units dealing with such articles on agricultural lands in Mundka and Neelwal villages.

    The tribunal had earlier directed the Delhi chief secretary to co-ordinate with the concerned municipal authorities, police authorities and other officers responsible for compliance of orders of this tribunal already passed referred to ensure compliance at the ground-level forthwith.

    It had asked the chief secretary to hold a joint meeting with the persons considered responsible for compliance and till the orders remain un-complied, continue to hold such meetings at least once a month.

    "It will be open to the chief secretary to seek feedback from concerned inhabitants about the ground situation," the NGT had said.

     

     

  • The world body is meeting at the request of France and Britain after they accused Iran of test-firing a medium-range missile at the weekend. 

    The United States has said the missile launch on Saturday was a violation of a UN resolution that endorses the 2015 Iran nuclear deal from which Washington has withdrawn.

    France and Britan have also expressed concern over the missile test-firing by Iran.

    The UN resolution that endorse the 2015 nuclear deal calls on Iran to refrain from testing missiles capable of carrying a nuclear weapon.

    Iran has long maintained that its missile program is defensive in nature and not aimed at ensuring the delivery of a nuclear weapon, a stance supported by Russia at the Security Council.

  • The Day is also celebrated to highlight the role the Navy plays in securing the country's marine borders during peacetime and carrying out humanitarian missions.

    Addressing a press conference on the eve of Navy day in New Delhi Monday, Navy Chief Admiral Sunil Lamba said the Indian Navy is the net security provider in the Indian Ocean region and is fully capable to meet the traditional and non-traditional threats. 

    He said it has so far thwarted 44 piracy attempts and apprehended 120 pirates. He said since 2008, 70 Indian naval warships have been deployed, which safely escorted over 3,440 ships with over 25,000 mariners on board.

    President Ram Nath Kovind has extended good wishes to all men and women of the Indian Navy on the occasion of Navy Day.

    In a tweet, President Kovind said the nation is proud of their commitment to protecting country's maritime frontiers, securing trade routes and providing assistance in times of humanitarian emergencies.

     

     

  • The leaders held exhaustive discussions on cooperation in energy, security, trade, investments, space, defence & consular, among others.

    Following the talks, India and UAE signed two documents. While one agreement was signed on Currency Swap, another MoU was signed for Development Cooperation in Africa.

    Sushma Swaraj also co-inaugurated the Gandhi- Zayed digital museum along with the Foreign Minister of UAE Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan.

    India and the UAE enjoy strong bonds of friendship. With nearly 50 billion US Dollar bilateral trade, the two countries are one of the largest trade partners for each other and have made robust investments bilaterally.

    UAE is the sixth-largest source of India's oil imports and hosts a 33 lakh strong Indian community.

  • Finance Minister Arun Jaitley said the global economy needs to cut down trade barriers. He was addressing the 80th Session of the Policy Commission of World Customs Organisation, WCO, in Mumbai through video conferencing.

    Jaitley also called for open borders, saying trading across national boundaries is an economic imperative of the times and that barriers to free trade should be dismantled. He said it is in the larger interest of every country to make sure that trade barriers are brought down to the extent it is possible.

  • The International Day of Persons with Disabilities was observed on Monday. To mark the occasion, Vice President M Venkaih Naidu conferred the National Awards on Individuals, Institutions, Organizations, State/District for their outstanding achievements and work done towards empowerment of Persons with Disabilities (PwDs).

    Speaking on the occasion, Vice President said that 'Divyang' must be empowered to lead a dignified life and participate in political, social, economic, cultural and recreational activities without any discrimination.

    He also urged the States and Union Territories to effectively implement the Rights of Persons with Disabilities Act, 2016 so that the persons with disabilities get the desired benefits at the earliest.

  • The order said while the decision would leave Sri Lanka without a government, allowing a set of persons who are not entitled to function as the prime minister or the cabinet of ministers, would cause irremediable damage that poses far-reaching consequences to the whole country. 

    The two judge-bench issued the verdict after considering submissions on the Quo Warranto writ filed by 122 MPs, challenging the authority of Mahinda Rajapaksa to hold office as Prime Minister after he lost the no confidence motion in parliament last month.

    The court has issued notices to Rajapaksa and his cabinet to appear before it on next hearing. Mahinda Rajapaksa in his reaction said that they will file an appeal before the Supreme Court against the interim order tomorrow as they do not agree with it.

    President Maithirpala Sirisena in his meeting with Tamil leaders after the judgment accepted that there is no PM or government at present and said that he will take necessary action within next 24 hours. Ousted Pm Ranil Wickremsinghe in his reaction said the victory of democratic institutions over whims of individuals is the legacy of good governance agenda.

  • Ambassador Puri said Kendriya Vidyalaya Kathmandu has reached unprecedented heights as a centre of quality education. He said school is playeing an important role in fostering and reinforcing Indo-Nepal ties.

    Puri also felicitated the students and teachers for excellence in scholastic and co scholastic spheres. Principal R. Sankar said that vidyalaya has carved a niche as an academic institution par excellence. He also presented annual report of school activities.

    The students presented enthralling cultural programme comprising of dance performances, vocal recitals, educative skit and instrumental music.

    Kendriya Vidyalaya Kathmandu was started in 1973 and it is one of the three Kendriya Vidyalaya in abroad. The other two schools are in Moscow and Tehran.

    Besides children of Government of India employees, Kendriya Vidyalaya Kathmandu also imparting quality education to the children of Indian diaspora and Nepali citizens.

  • India on Sunday recorded a 2-2 draw against Belgium in their second Pool C clash of the Men's Hockey World Cup 2018. The visitors struck early on and dominated proceedings till half-time. However, the hosts made a stunning comeback to lead 2-1 with just a few minutes on the clock. Sadly, the defenders failed to deliver the goods when it mattered the most, conceeding a vital equaliser in the last few minutes.

    The draw, however, enabled world No. 5 India to take the top spot in Pool C ahead of Belgium on goal difference. Both teams have a win and a draw from two outings. India play Canada in their final group Game while Belgium take on South Africa on Super Saturday.

    In a match between two minnows, Canada drew 1-1 against South Africa in a Pool C contest to keep both the teams' chances of qualifying for the knockout stages alive for the Hockey World Cup 2018.

    While Canada lost 1-2 to Belgium on the opening day of the tournament, South Africa were thrashed by hosts India 0-5.

    But Sunday was a different day at the Kalinga Stadium in Bhubaneshwar with South Africa taking the lead via a Nqobile Ntuli 43rd minute field goal. That advantage however was done away with when Canada skipper Scott Tupper in the 45th minute scored from a penalty stroke at the stroke of the third quarter.

    The result means both teams earned a point each and are well within a chance to enter the knockouts, albeit the crossovers as a direct qualification for the quarter-finals looks difficult without a win in two games.

  • Moody's says that supported by robust economic growth agency expects that real GDP in India will grow 7.2% in the year ending March 2019 and 7.4% in the following year, driven by investment growth and strong consumption.

    Outlook for the banking system in India is  stable for coming months.

    The banks' funding and liquidity will stay strong.

    The funding and liquidity profiles of public sector banks, in particular, will remain resilient, despite their solvency challenges.

    Moody's says that government support for public sector banks will stay strong.

    Moody's said in its report that China's economic growth will likely slow during 2019-2020, amid government deleveraging and de-risking policies as well as on the US-China trade tensions.

  • Train 18 is capable of touching 200 kmph provided the rest of Indian Railways' system such as tracks and signals permit.

    With 16 coaches, the train will have the same passenger carrying capacity as that of the Shatabdi Express.

    It has aerodynamically designed driver cabins at both ends for quicker turn-around at destinations.

    The train sports an advanced regenerative braking system which saves power.

    The fully air-conditioned train offers better passenger comfort and safety, as all equipment are fixed under the carriage, so that more space is available on board.

    'Train 18' will commence its commercial run from January 2019.

  • The ECI had issued Electoral Photo Identity Card in Braille to ensure the participation of the visually challenged.

    The slip includes, the name of the voter, the voting number and the details of voting booth.

  • As many as four Cabinet Ministers have demanded action against Sidhu.

    Posters have come up in several places in Punjab, declaring Amrider Singh as the true Captain of Punjab and denouncing Sidhu.

    All eyes are now on today afternoon's  punjab cabinet meeting where the matter is expected to come up in a big way.

    After returning Pakistan where he attended the ground breaking ceremony of the Kartarpur Sahib corridor, Siddhu had said that his real captain is Rahul Gandhi and Amrinder Singh is only Army Captain. 

  • Macron held crisis talks with the prime minister, interior minister and top security service officials to forge a response to the violence that left hundreds injured nationwide.

    Prime Minister Edouard Philippe has been asked to meet protest organisers and party leaders as part of a "constant wish for dialogue," the Elysee Palace said.

    Environment Minister Francois de Rugy met representatives of the "yellow vests" last week but failed to convince them to end the protests.

    The government has not ruled out imposing a state of emergency to combat the protests, which began over fuel taxes but have grown into wider anger over Macron's agenda.

    The president earlier assessed the damage at the Arc de Triomphe, the massive monument to France's war dead at the top of the famous Champs Elysees avenue, where rioters scrawled graffiti and ransacked the ticketing and reception areas.

     

  •  In a rare move, four former presidents of the United Nations-sponsored talks called for decisive action.

    The meeting in Katowice is the most critical on climate change since the 2015 Paris agreement.

    Experts say that drastic cuts in emissions will be needed if the world is to reach targets agreed in Paris.

    This Conference of the Parties is the first to be held since the landmark Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change report on limiting global temperature rise to 1.5C came out in October.

    The IPCC stated that to keep to the 1.5C goal, governments would have to slash emissions of greenhouse gases by 45% by 2030.

  • Addressing a gathering after inaugurating Rainbow Children's Hospital, in Chennai, Vice President hoped that the Hospital would provide specialized but affordable care to children and contribute to the larger national mission of ensuring all infants survive, thrive and grow up into healthy active citizens of the New India. 

    Vice President called on the private sector to partner with the government in making healthcare affordable as well as accessible to the common man, particularly in the rural and remote parts of the country.