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  • The Vice President of India, Shri M. Venkaiah Naidu has advised the media to present a report card on the performance of parties in an objective manner to enable people make an informed choice during elections.

  • The two-day International Workshop on Disaster Resilient Infrastructure (IWDRI) successfully concluded here today. Experts from 33 countries representing a wide variety of development and disaster risk contexts, multilateral development banks, the United Nations, the private sector, academia, policy think tanks and other stakeholders participated in the workshop.

  • The ships of First Training Squadron of Indian Navy (Sujata, Sarathi and Shardul) operating in the Southern Indian Ocean were diverted to Port Beira, Mozambique based on request received from the Government of Mozambique to provide Humanitarian Assistance and Disaster Relief (HADR) to the local population post the devastation caused by cyclone 'IDAI' which struck the coast of Mozambique on 15 Mar 19. INS Sujata along with ICGS Sarathi arrived at Port Beira morning of 18 Mar 19 whilst INS Shardul arrived on 19 Mar 19 and are providing necessary support to the local administration.

  • Election Commission of India has appointed two eminent former Civil Servants Sh. Shailendra Handa & Ms. Madhu Mahajan as Special Expenditure Observers for the upcoming Lok Sabha Elections. While Sh. Shailendra Handa ex-IRS (1980) has been deployed in Maharashtra, Ms. Madhu Mahajan ex-IRS (1982) has been deployed in Tamil Nadu.

  • The President of India has been pleased to appoint the following as Lokpal:-

    Chairperson

    1.   Shri Justice Pinaki Chandra Ghose

     

    Judicial Members

    2.   Shri Justice Dilip B. Bhosale

    3.

  • Election Commission of India today had in-depth interactive session with representatives of various Social Media Platforms and Internet and Mobile Association of India (IAMAI) on the usage of Social Media ahead of the Lok Sabha Elections 2019.

  • Indonesian Naval Ship KRI Sultan Thaha Syaifuddin and Maritime Patrol Aircraft CN-235 led by Cmde Dafit Santoso arrived at Port Blair, Andaman & Nicobar Islands, India for the Opening Ceremony of the 33rd edition of the India-Indonesia Coordinated Patrol (IND-INDO CORPAT) to be held from 19 Mar to 04 Apr 2019.

  • The Ministry of Health & Family Welfare with the officials from National Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) reviewed the current situation, state preparedness and action taken to deal with West Nile Fever (WNF) in Mallapuram district, Kerala,  today.

  • The 14th CII-EXIM Bank Conclave on India-Africa Project Partnerships concluded in New Delhi today. The three-day conclave was organised by the Ministry of Commerce inassociation with Confederation of Indian Industry and EXIM Bank of India.

  • GST Council in the 34th meeting held on 19th March, 2019 at New Delhi discussed the operational details for implementation of the recommendations made by the council in its 33rd meeting for lower effective GST rate of 1% in case of affordable houses and 5% on construction of houses other than affordable house.

  • Ministry of Steel organized a two-day Vigilance Conclave in New Delhi which concluded today. The Conclave was aimed at sensitizing the officials of Steel PSUs on the basic principles and procedures to be followed while taking important administrative and commercial decisions relating to various functions including procurements, contracts, personnel and finance.

  • The Vice President of India, Shri M. Venkaiah Naidu has underscored India’s stand as a peace loving nation but determined to combat terror in all its forms and manifestations. He was interacting with the Vice President of Ghana, Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia, the Prime Minister of Guinea, Dr. Ibrahima Kassory Fofana and the Deputy Prime Minister of Lesotho, Mr. Monyane Moleleki, who called on him, at his residence here today.

  • Exercise MITRA SHAKTI is conducted annually as part of military diplomacy and interaction between armies of India & Sri Lanka. The joint exercise for the year 2018-19 will be conducted from 26 March to 08 April 2019 in Sri Lanka.

  • The Insolvency and Bankruptcy Board of India (IBBI) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) today with the Securities and Exchange Board of India (SEBI).

    The IBBI and the SEBI seek effective implementation of the Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code, 2016 (Code) and its allied rules and regulations, which have redefined the debt-equity relationship and aims to promote entrepreneurship and debt market.

  • The President of India, Shri Ram Nath Kovind, presented Gallantry Awards and Distinguished Service Decorations at the Defence Investiture Ceremony held at Rashtrapati Bhavan today (March 19, 2019).

  • The President and Supreme Commander of the Indian Armed Forces Shri Ram Nath Kovind conferred two Kirti Chakras and fifteen Shaurya Chakras to Armed Forces Personnel for displaying conspicuous gallantry, indomitable courage and extreme devotion to duty at a solemn ceremony at the Rashtrapati Bhawan here today.

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

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

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

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

  • The Indian Navy was requested to provide Humanitarian Assistance and Disaster Relief (HADR) to the local population post-cyclone 'IDAI', which struck the Mozambique coast on 15th March.

    INS Sujata, ICGS Sarathi and INS Shardul are providing necessary support to the local administration. Cyclone 'IDAI' made landfall at Beira, causing widespread damage and loss of human life in the Central and Northern provinces.

    About 5000 personnel are also reportedly marooned at Buzi, near Port Beira requiring immediate evacuation.

    The safe evacuation by the Indian Navy(IN) ships is being coordinated in consultation with local authorities. The disembarkation of HADR stores including food, medicines and clothing to the Mozambique Defence authorities has been completed.

    Arrangements are in progress to disembark potable water.The Defence Minister of Mozambique also visited IN ships to oversee the relief efforts.

    The helicopter from INS Shardul is operating from the local airport for recce and SAR. The boats, Landing Craft Assault and Gemini rubberised craft with divers would be used to render assistance for evacuation of marooned personnel.

    The IN ships are likely to set up medical camps and provide food, water, blankets and other necessary relief items, as required by the local authorities. 

  • In the semi final India defeated Bangladesh by 4-0 in Biratnagar, Nepal a short while ago.

    Dalmia Chibbar scored first goal for India in 18th minute. Within 4 minute Indumati scored second goal.

    In 37th minute with her second goal Indumati took Indian lead to three. In second half also Indian girls kept pressure on Bangladesh and Manisha scored fourth goal just before the end of game.

    Earlier in the first semi final host Nepal defeated Sri Lanka by 4-0. Now India will take on Nepal in the final on Friday.

    This is India's 22nd continuous win, since inception of the tournament in 2010.

    India has clinched all four editions of the championship.

  • Holi is also known as Fagu Purnima in Nepal. Revellers including young, old and children celebrating the festival by smearing colourful powders and throwing colours at each other.

    In Tarai region Holi will be celebrated tomorrow. President Bidya Devi Bhandari, Vice-president Nanda Bahadur Pun and Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli in separate messages, have extended their best wishes to all Nepalis at home and abroad on the occasion of the festival.

    Holi was also celebrated at Embassy of India in Kathmandu.

    Officers, staff and their family members joined the celebrations.

  • Pulsars are superdense, rapidly spinning neutron stars left behind when a massive star explodes.

    This one, dubbed PSR J0002+6216 (J0002 for short), sports a radio-emitting tail pointing directly toward the expanding debris of a recent supernova explosion, NASA said in a statement.

    "Thanks to its narrow dart-like tail and a fortuitous viewing angle, we can trace this pulsar straight back to its birthplace" said Frank Schinzel, a scientist at the National Radio Astronomy Observatory (NRAO) in the US.

    "Further study of this object will help us better understand how these explosions are able to 'kick' neutron stars to such high speed," said Schinzel.

    Pulsar J0002 was discovered in 2017 by a citizen-science project called Einstein@Home, which uses time on the computers of volunteers to process Fermi gamma-ray data.

    Thanks to computer processing time collectively exceeding 10,000 years, the project has identified 23 gamma-ray pulsars to date, NASA said.

    Located about 6,500 light-years away in the constellation Cassiopeia, J0002 spins 8.7 times a second, producing a pulse of gamma rays with each rotation.

    The pulsar lies about 53 light-years from the centre of a supernova remnant called CTB 1.

    Its rapid motion through interstellar gas results in shock waves that produce the tail of magnetic energy and accelerated particles detected at radio wavelengths using the VLA.

    The tail extends 13 light-years and clearly points back to the centre of CTB 1. The team was able to measure how quickly and in what direction the pulsar is moving across our line of sight.

    The result supports the idea that the pulsar was kicked into high speed by the supernova responsible for CTB 1, which occurred about 10,000 years ago.

    J0002 is speeding through space five times faster than the average pulsar, and faster than 99 per cent of those with measured speeds. It will eventually escape our galaxy, researchers said.

    At first, the supernova's expanding debris would have moved outward faster than J0002, but over thousands of years the shell's interaction with interstellar gas produced a drag that gradually slowed this motion.

    Meanwhile, the pulsar, behaving more like a cannonball, steadily raced through the remnant, escaping it about 5,000 years after the explosion.

    Exactly how the pulsar was accelerated to such high speed during the supernova explosion remains unclear, and further study of J0002 will help shed light on the process.

    One possible mechanism involves instabilities in the collapsing star forming a region of dense, slow-moving matter that survives long enough to serve as a "gravitational tugboat," accelerating the nascent neutron star toward it.  

  • In the vote of confidence, the BJP-led coalition government garnered the support of 20 MLAs which include 11 from BJP, three MLAs each from MGP and GFP and three independents.

    15 MLAs including 14 from congress and one from NCP voted against the motion. 

    The support of at least 19 MLAs was required to pass the floor test in the 40-member assembly, the strength of which has been currently reduced to 36, following resignations of two MLAs and demise of two including former chief minister Manohar Parrikar.

    Congress continues to be the main opposition in the assembly as well as the single largest party with 14 MLAs, while BJP has 12 legislators including the speaker.

    GFP and MGP have three MLAs each in the house, which also includes three independents and one NCP legislator.

    Pramod Sawant was sworn in as the new chief minister of Goa along with 11 ministers on Tuesday following the demise of Manohar Parrikar.

    The one-day assembly session commenced with a motion of condolence, during which tributes were paid to former chief minister Manohar Parrikar, former deputy chief minister Francis D'Souza and former deputy speaker of the Goa legislative assembly Vishnu Wagh, who passed away recently. 

    The proceedings of the house were conducted by Deputy speaker Michael Lobo.

  • A new "checkout" button for instant purchasing launched in a beta version of the app in the US with a limited number of businesses, according to the popular image-centric messaging service.

    "We're introducing Checkout on Instagram. When you find a product you love, you can now buy it without leaving the app.", the Silicon Valley based division of Facebook said in an online post.

    Tapping the checkout button will allow shoppers to select options such as size or color and then pay for items without leaving the Instagram app.

    Previously, people inspired to buy products featured in Instagram posts had to follow links to outside online shopping sites.

    Information entered for an initial purchase will be stored for future use, according to Instagram.

    It remained to be seen how people would feel trusting information such as credit card details to a service owned by Facebook, which has been hit with waves of criticism for its handling of personal data.

    Brands taking part in the checkout feature included Adidas, Burberry, Dior, H&M, Nike, Oscar de la Renta, Prada, and glasses retailer Warby Parker.

    Facebook makes the bulk of its money from digital advertising but has dabbled with e-commerce in the past.

    It has pitched its Messenger service as a communication platform for shops or brands to connect with customers.

  • India cross 240-medal mark in Special Olympics World Games. Team Bharat continued their superb  at the Special Olympics Games 2019 in Abu Dhabi.

    India's medal tally comprises 67 gold, 88 silver and 90 bronze medals. Goans Rupesh Kallu Banpagol and Santoshi Vijay Kauthankar have contributed three gold and four silver medals respectively in Judo.

    Earlier, Indian paddlers have made history in table tennis by clinching four gold medals and one silver medal.

    After registering three wins out of three, Anu Chennakota and Sabita Yadav bagged gold, while Reshma Shaikh claimed silver following a narrow loss to Sabita in the division final.

    Meanwhile Sabita, who chose table tennis over badminton in 2015, defeated close friend Reshma in the final.

    The journey to the gold medal hasn't been an easy one for the 18-year-old. Back in Goa, she would travel nearly for two hours on the bus every day to reach the practice hall in Panjim, train for hours and come back home to look after her family.

    The everyday hustle was a hassle due to financial constraints.The Indian contingent underwent four preparatory camps in Gurgaon, Jodhpur, Haryana and Mumbai before competing in Abu Dhabi.

    These athletes trained four hours on a daily basis to get a grip of their game.

    Akash Tukaram and Sandesh Krishna, who represented age group 18-21, topped their respective divisions to add to India's tally. 

  • Cristiano Ronaldo rejoined his Portugal team-mates ahead of the start of Euro 2020 qualifying this week following a nine-month absence from the national team.

    The 34-year-old Juventus forward was recalled by Portugal coach Fernando Santos for games at home to Ukraine and Serbia having not played for his country since the 2018 World Cup.

    Ronaldo was rested for the last six Portugal games while he settled at his new club following his departure from Real Madrid last July.

    The reigning European champions, who are through to the UEFA Nations League final in June kick off their Group B campaign in Lisbon against Ukraine before facing Serbia on March 25.

    "Cristiano adds quality to any team. It's a pleasure to play with him and he's very important for us" Portugal defender Joao Cancelo, Ronaldo's team-mate at Juventus told.

  • GST council approved a transition plan for new goods and services tax rates on residential properties under which developers of under-construction buildings may either opt to shift to the revised lower rates without input tax credit or stick to the previous rates.

    Revenue Secretary Ajay Bhushan Pandey told media that for housing projects launched on or after the first of April this year, the developers will have to adhere to the new GST rates recommended by the council last month.

    Developers can also opt for different GST options for separate buildings in a project depending on if construction started before or after 31st March this year. He added that there will be no revenue loss to the government due to the new GST structure for under-construction housing.

    The next GST Council meeting will be held after the Lok Sabha elections. The Revenue Secretary informed that authorities will, however, seek permission of the Election Commission if the need arises for any meeting of the body.

  • Local Government Minister July Moyo told reporters at a post-cabinet meeting that the current toll was around 100.

    "The total number, we were told they could be 100, some are saying there could be 300. But we cannot confirm this situation," he said.

    "I understand there are bodies which are floating, some have floated all the way to Mozambique," said Moyo.

    At least 217 people are missing and 44 stranded, according to the Information Ministry.

    The worst-hit region includes of eastern Zimbabwe, especially the town of Chimanimani.

    The area was pounded by Tropical Cyclone which on ripped into neighbouring Mozambique before wreaking havoc in southern Malawi and Zimbabwe.

  • After waiting anxiously for the results to appear on the big screen, the Indian flag finally soared high in the noisy hall at the Abu Dhabi as three paddlers won medals in the women's singles section. After registering three wins out of three, Anu Chennakota and Sabita Yadav bagged gold, while Reshma Shaikh claimed silver following a narrow loss to Sabita in the division final.

    Meanwhile Sabita, who chose table tennis over badminton in 2015, defeated close friend Reshma in the final.

    The journey to the gold medal hasn't been an easy one for the 18-year-old. Back in Goa, she would travel nearly for two hours on the bus every day to reach the practice hall in Panjim, train for hours and come back home to look after her family.

    The everyday hustle was a hassle due to financial constraints. The Indian contingent underwent four preparatory camps in Gurgaon, Jodhpur, Haryana and Mumbai before competing in Abu Dhabi. These athletes trained four hours on a daily basis to get a grip of their game.

    The men's team wasn't too far away, clinching two gold medals on Saturday. Akash Tukaram and Sandesh Krishna, who represented age group 18-21, topped their respective divisions to add to India's tally.
     

  • Talking to DD News on the sidelines of 1st India International Broadcast Conclave in Hyderabad, Prasar Bharati CEO said that the public broadcaster may launch a new co-branded channel in future.

    Many new initiatives taken in DD News: Mayank Agrawal, DG DD NEWS

    While, Director General of Doordarshan News, Mayank Agrawal said that DD NEWS has taken many new initiatives to improve its presentation. He also said that the channel has also introduced to Mobile Journalism which has led to timely updation of news with quality visuals. He also highlighted various other initiatives launched in DD News.

  • In a video blog, Arun Jaitley claimed that the economic performance of the NDA govt has been the best in the entire history since independence.

    Jaitley said that NDA govt's performance on several parameters leave no room for any doubt that this govt's economic policies have been most productive.

    Giving some details of economic development in India over the last five year Jaitley in his blog series, 'Agenda 2019 – Part-9 : The NDA Government's Economy Report Card vs.

    It's Predecessors' wrote that Inflation during the period 2009-14 was 10% plus. During the period 2014-19, it will come down to an average of about 4.5%.

    In fact, the last three years average is much lower. Presently it is close to 2.7 per cent.

    He added that rural roads were built in 2013-14 at 69 km per day. It has increased to 134 km per day in 2017-18.

    He added that Currently the Metro service operates in 14 cities and its length is 645 km. India's air traffic in the last four years has seen the largest ever growth.

    Today we have 102 functional airports. We have moved towards near total rural electrification.

    Jaitley said that various global agencies have already complimented the government for its efforts to stimulate economic growth. However, he added that, majority of so-called economists questioning validity of data are 'compulsive contrarians'.

    Rejecting opposition's 'fake campaign' by opposition on job losses, Jaitley asserted that Modi govt has systematically and consistently introduced the much-needed second-generation reforms.

    FM'S 5-YEAR REPORT CARD

    -- Jaitley's blog: 'Agenda 2019 – Part-9 : The NDA Government's Economy Report Card vs. It's Predecessors'

    -- Inflation during the period 2009-14 was 10% plus.
    -- During the period 2014-19, it will come down to an average of about 4.5%. In fact, last three years average is much lower. Presently it is close to 2.7%

    --- rural roads were built in 2013-14 at 69 km per day.

    -- It has increased to 134 km per day in 2017-18

    -- Currently, Metro service operates in 14 cities and its length is 645 km.

    --- India's air traffic in the last four years has seen the largest ever growth.

    -- we have 102 functional airports. We have moved towards near total rural electrification
     

    PM MODI PRAISES FM ARUN JAITLEY’s VIDEO BLOG
     

    Prime Minister Modi praised the video blog of Finance minister Arun Jaitley describing it...as a sharp and insightful piece which presents an accurate picture of the transformation in the last five years. He said it gives a befitting reply to the spreaders of fake news and narratives.

     

  • Poll related activities are peaking as Lok Sabha election dates inch closer..Tuesday saw the Election Commission issuing notification for Phase II of the general elections voting on the 18th of April..This also initiates the nomination process for all the seats in this phase..

    LOK SABHA ELECTIONS 2019 - PHASE II

    -- 97 Lok Sabha seats will poll in phase II in 13 states
    -- Last date of nomination for this phase is the 26th of March
    -- Scrutiny of nomination papers will be done on the 27th of this month and the last date of withdrawal is the 29th
    -- Apart from all the 39 LS seats in Tamil Nadu..Phase II will see voting take place on 5 seats in Bihar, 2 in J&K, 8 in Uttar Pradesh, 14 in Karnataka, 10 in Maharashtra & 3 in West Bengal

    Political activities have also begun to pick up pace..The BJP has hit back hard at the Congress and some other rivals for their criticism of the 'Main Bhi Chowkidar' campaign saying only those who are out on bail along with their entire family have a problem with the clarion call.

    The BJP leader also said that the 'Main Bhi Chowkidar' call has become a people's movement..He informed that the PM will directly connect with those who've become part of the campaign in 500 locations through video link on the 31st of March..On police action against some techies who raised slogans in favour of Prime Minister Modi outside a Rahul Gandhi campaigning event in Bengaluru..the BJP leader said the Congress President needs to learn more about the freedom of expression instead of giving advise to others..

    Tuesday also saw the Congress President campaigning in the North East..Addressing a rally in Arunachal Pradesh..Rahul Gandhi said that if his party is voted to power..it will restore the special category status for all North East states..

    Rahul's sister and Congress General Secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra is campaigning in Uttar Pradesh these days..She connected with people in several areas of Bhadohi district on Tuesday..Monday night saw the Congress issue its 5th list of Lok Sabha candidates comprising 56 names.

    The Rashtriya Lok Dal has also issued its list of 3 candidates as part of its alliance with the SP and BSP..Party President Ajit Singh will contest from Muzaffarnagar and his son Jayant Chaudhary will be in the fray from Baghpat.

    Akhilesh Yadav's uncle Shivpal Singh Yadav's party Pragatisheel Samajwadi Party Lohia also issued its list of 31 candidates on Tuesday..Shivpal will be contesting from Ferozabad..The Congress is still caught up in confabulations on the prospect of alliance in Bihar and Delhi.

    It is yet to reach an agreement on seat sharing with RJD in Bihar..and remains devided on tying up with Aam Admi Party in Delhi..But AAP has now categorically ruled out any arrangement with the Congress in Delhi.

    In West Bengal..the Congress has again failed to firm up its arrangement with the Left..The CPM has declared its list of candidates for 38 of 42 seats in West Bengal..leaving just 4 for the Congress where it won in the 2014 general elections..

    In the South..AIADMK and DMK both released their manifestos on Tuesday..The AIADMK has promised 1,500 rupees a month to needy family as a proverty alleviation scheme named after J Jayalalithaa..the DMK has promised to revoke centralised medical entrance exam NEET and reservation in private sector jobs..
     

  • According to a communique issued by Rashtrapati Bhavan, Former Sashastra Seema Bal (SSB) chief Archana Ramasundaram, ex-Maharashtra Chief Secretary Dinesh Kumar Jain, Mahender Singh and Indrajeet Prasad Gautam have been appointed as non-judicial members of Lokpal.

    Justices Dilip B Bhosale, Pradip Kumar Mohanty, Abhilasha Kumari and Ajay Kumar Tripathi have been appointed as judicial members in the anti-corruption ombudsman.  

  • In the previous meeting on February 24, the Council slashed tax rates for under-construction flats to 5 per cent from 12 per cent and affordable homes to 1 per cent from 8 per cent, effective April 1...the council has agreed on providing a reasonable time to developers...The matter would be decided in a next few days in consultation with the states.

    On apprehensions being raised on possible price rise due to new tax structure, the secretary said if prices escalate, the National Anti-profiteering Authority will look into it and take an appropriate action.

    A residential house/flat of carpet area of up to 90 sqm in non-metropolitan cities/towns and 60 sqm in metropolitan cities having value up to Rs. 45 lakh (both for metropolitan and non-metropolitan cities) has been categorized as affordable housing.

    Metropolitan cities are Bengaluru, Chennai, Delhi NCR (limited to Delhi, Noida, Greater Noida, Ghaziabad, Gurgaon, Faridabad), Hyderabad, Kolkata and Mumbai.
     

  • He said that this has been retweeted by 20 lakh people.
     

  • Addressing a press briefing, he said that in last 24 months the BJP govt. has successfully worked to change the image of the state from a BIMARU state to developing state.

    Further, UP Chief Minister said that in the past 24 months there have been no political interferences in the police work.

    He added that the improved law and order situation has created conducive environment for businessmen to invest in the state.

    U.P. CM said that UP received around 1.5 lakh crore worth investments have poured in the state in the past 24 months
     

  • The list also included eight candidates from Telangana, six from Odisha and five from Assam, besides three remaining seats from Uttar Pradesh.

    The list was declared after a meeting of the Congress Central Election Committee chaired by party Chief Rahul Gandhi earlier in the day.

    On Saturday, the Congress had called off alliance talks with the Left parties.

    The Congress has so far announced a total of 137 candidates for the Lok Sabha elections.

    The party separately also issued a list of 36 candidates for Odisha Assembly elections.
     

  • Chhattisgarh BJP proposes replacing all its MPs from the state.

    This is the second meeting of the committee to finalise the list of candidates.

    Prime Minister Narendra Modi, BJP President Amit Shah and other senior party leaders attended the meet.

    Tuesday's meeting was scheduled on March 18 but postponed as a mark of respect to departed leader Manohar Parrikar.

    The party is expected to finalise the first list of candidates for Lok Sabha elections for the first and second phases of polling.

    The first phase for 91 seats is scheduled on 11th of April, and the seconf for 97 seats on the 18th April Prime Minister Narendra Modi, party president Amit Shah and other top BJP leaders will attend the meeting. 

    The election for 543 Lok Sabha seats are being conducted over seven phases till May 19.  Counting of votes will take place on 23rd of May.

  • Inaugurating 3 day seminar Indian Ambassador to Nepal  Manjeev Singh Puri said that Sanskrit is a sacred common treasure of both the countries and it has remained lifeline to the civilization.

    He said Sanskrit has played an important role in the development of society and well being of mankind.

    In his address Chancellor of Nepal Acadamey Ganga Prasad Upreti said India and Nepal have deep rooted cultural and social relations and this seminar will help in further strengthening age old ties between the two countries.

    The three day seminar is culmination of a month-long Festival of India in Nepal which is being organized by the Embassy of India and Ministry of Culture. 

    A panel of 10 world renowned Sanskrit scholars from India and 35 senior Sanskrit professors from various parts of Nepal will present their research papers on different topics including Sanskrit language, literature, Ayurveda and Yoga during the seminar.

    More than 350 scholars from Sanskrit institutions across Nepal areexpected to attend the seminar.

  • In the first match host Nepal will take on Sri Lanka at 10.45 in the morning.

    Defending champion India will play against Bangladesh at 2.45 in the afternoon.

    Indian Coach Maymol Rockey has said that players are focused on and ready for the match. 

    India finished at top in Group B after defeating Maldives by 6-0 and Sri Lanka by 5-0 in group matches. Indian girls dominated in both the matches.

    They seized the initiative in attack right from the word go and able to score goal in first 10 minutes of the games on both occasions.

    India has unbeaten record in SAFF championship and it has won the trophy four times. The final will be played on Friday. 

  • Over 12 villages in Ladakh have built ice Stupas this year in various villages.With the technical and material support by the Himalayan Institute of Alternatives Ladakh (HIAL),village youths have enthusiasticly participated in building the ice Stupas.

    To keep motivated, this yesr HIAL has organized a competition among the villages on ice Stupas.

    Ramon Magsaysay and Rolex award winner Sonam Wangchuk said simple living in cities only would help and allow the ecology of mountains to just survive.

    Global warming, ecological imbalance have caused irreparable damage oñ Himalayas, thus this awareness through the stamp release has been taken up, he said.

    Ice Stupas is not any celebration but survival technique we in SECMOL have developed over a period, Wangchuk said.

    Saving Winter water, that flows waste, in a cone shaped stupa which is not melted easily is the main idea behind it , he explains.

    This stupa melts slowly  and serves the purpose of drinking and irrigation, he said. In each ice Stupa atleast 30-50 lakh ltrs of water is saved.

    This is apart from the naturally saved water in the slopes of mountains, Sonam Wangchuk said.

  • This was stated by PCB Chairman Ehsan Mani in Karachi on Monday. The PCB had filed a compensation case against the BCCI last year before the Committee for an amount of 70 million US dollars for not honouring an MoU signed between the two boards.

    According to the MoU, India and Pakistan were supposed to play six bilateral series between 2015 and 2023, which the BCCI failed to honour.

    The BCCI said they were unable to play against Pakistan as the Indian government did not give them permission. India also dismissed the Pakistan board's claims as legally binding.

  • The two leaders took stock of the progress made in bilateral relations since Solih's visit to India last year.

    Maldives has reaffirmed its "India-First Policy”, saying it looks forward to working closely with India on all issues and will remain sensitive towards its security and strategic concerns.

    Swaraj also met former President of Maldives Mohamed Nasheed and the two exchanged views on strengthening bilateral relations.

  • Among the dignitaries present on the occasion were Prime Minister Narendra Modi and chiefs of the three armed forces.

    Two Kirti Chakras and two Shaurya Chakras were given posthumously.

    The President also conferred thirteen Param Vishisht Seva Medals, two Uttam Yudh Seva Medals and twenty-six Ati Vishisht Seva Medals to senior officers of the Armed Forces for distinguished service of an exceptional order.

    Earlier on 14th of this month, the President conferred three Kirti Chakras and fifteen Shaurya Chakras to Armed Forces Personnel for displaying conspicuous gallantry, indomitable courage and extreme devotion to duty.

  • The National Security Advisor paid floral tributes to the martyrs of the force including the martyrs of the Pulwama attack at the memorial. No cultural programme was held today as a mark of respect to the Pulwama martyrs.

    Ajit Doval also reviewed the parade and addressed the CRPF troops. He said that the country has not forgotten and will never forget Pulwama.

    Further the National Security Advisor underlined the importance of maintaining internal peace in the nation.

    Ajit Doval said that threat to internal peace often results in  a larger threat to the nations sovereignity.

  • ED has been informed about the issuance of the warrant by the Westminster Magistrate Court against Nirav Modi and he is expected to be put under formal arrest by the local police soon.

    Nirav Modi will be subsequently brought before the court to secure bail and the legal proceedings for his extradition will begin thereafter.

    The ED and the CBI are investigating Modi, his uncle Mehul Choksi and others for alleged money laundering and corruption to perpetrate the alleged scam in the Brady House branch of the PNB in Mumbai that was unearthed last year.
     

  • Maldives Finance Minister Ibrahim Ameer told media that the agreement with EXIM Bank was signed in presence of External Affairs Sushma Swaraj two-day visit to Male which concluded on Monday.

    He said the concessional loans will be used to provide water and sewerage services on several islands.

    The LOC is part of 1.4 billion US dollars  finance assistance announced by Indian government during President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih’s state visit in December.

    The EXIM Bank loans come with a 1.75 percent interest rate and a 15-year repayment period after five years of moratorium.

    The finance minister said detailed proposals for water and sewerage projects on 30 islands have been shared with the EXIM Bank.

    Three other deals were signed during Sushma Swaraj’s first visit since the new government took office including agreement on exempting diplomatic and official passport holders from visa requirements, MOUs for collaboration on renewable energy and grant assistance for high impact community development projects through local bodies.

    The external affairs minister also announced the Indian government’s decision to renew the quota for essential commodities, including river sand and stone aggregate for three years with effect on April 1.

  • Delivering inaugural address at 1st India international broadcasting conclave 2019 in Hyderabad on Monday, Surya Prakash said in the age of convergence the content can come from any platforms.

    He said there is information revolution now and the new age revolution brought out a paradigm shift in broadcasting.

    The annual growth rate of television viewers is 13.4 per cent which is higher than GDP. He also said India is 2nd largest internet user growing at the rate of 30 per cent. The Prasar Bharati chairman stressed the need to explore broadcasting policy as the new age platforms are gaining popularity in the country.

    Information and Broadcasting Secretary Amit Khare said, besides technological challenges, Doordarshan has to face competition from private channels which are 875 in the country.

    He said Prasar Bharati also faces a challenge to improve access and optimum utilization of spectrum.

    He said last year the growth of AIR and DD has been satisfying.

  • The Court has been hearing a PIL seeking directions to the Election Commission to regulate fake news in the form of paid political ads on social media.

    In compliance with the court's previous orders, the Commission submitted an affidavit , informing the court of the proposed pre-verification rules for political ads.

    A meeting between the poll body and all social media intermediaries is scheduled for today.

    Following this, new directions imposing prohibitions on political advertisements, and other ads concerned with national interest, will be finalised and implemented.

  • 91 parliamentary constituencies spread over 20 states and union territories will go to polls on 11th of next month.

    The onset of the election process has , in fact, already kick started the political slugfest in the most crucial of all states - Uttar Pradesh. Congress general secretary Priyanka Gandhi started her campaign from Prayagraj, she began her 'Ganga Yatra' on boat to reach out to voters.

    She interacted with a cross section of people, including students, and invited some of them to join her on the motorboat as she undertook her much anticipated ride from the Manaiya Ghat in Kachnar tehsil of Prayagraj district.

    The BJP has however claimed that her campaign will have no impact on the electoral scenario.

    In 2014 General Elections, BJP led NDA had won 52 out of these 91 seats while Congress led UPA could secure victories on 9 seats only.

    Others bagged 30 seats in total. Partywise BJP bagged the most 32 seats, TDP 16, Shiv Sena 2, Congress 9, TRS 11, YSRCP 9, BJD 4, TMC 2 and LJP, NPF, NPP, NCP, CPM, SDF, PDP, AIMIM one each.

    The Election commission also issued notification for assembly elections in Andhara Pradesh, Odisha, Sikkim and Arunachal Pradesh.

    All the 175 seats of Andhra Pradesh Assembly, 28 out of total 147 seats of Odisha Assembly, all 32 constituencies in Sikkim and all 60 seats of Arunachal Pradesh assembly will go to polls on the same day.

    All the political parties are now engaged in election campaigning.

     

  • 97 constituencies spread over 13 States and Union Territories will go to polls in this phase on the 18th of April.

    The last date for filing of nominations for this phase is 26th of March.The scrutiny will take place the next day, while March 29 is the last date for withdrawal of candidature. 

    All 39 Parliamentary constituencies of Tamil Nadu will go to polls in this phase.

    The other States and Union Territories where voting will take place in this phase are Karnataka 14 seats, Maharashtra 10 seats, Uttar Pradesh 8, Assam, Bihar and Odisha 5 seats each, Chhattisgarh and West Bengal 3 each, Jammu and Kashmir 2, and Manipur, Tripura and Puducherry 1 seat each. 

  • The Governor also administered oath to 11 other ministers including Sudin Dhavalikar of Maharashtrawadi Gomantak Party and Vijai Sardesai of Goa. Forward Party MGP and GFP are allies of the BJP-led Goa government.

    The swearing-in ceremony took place at Raj Bhavan in Dona Paula.

    The new government was sworn-in with the support of 20 MLAs, including 11 from the BJP and three each from GFP, MGP and Independents.

    Before taking oath as the Chief Minister, Sawant resigned from the post of Speaker of  Goa Legislative Assembly.

    Later Talking to reporters, Sawant credited Manohar Parrikar for brining him into politics.

    Sawant said his party BJP has given him a big responsibility.

    Newly sworn in Chief Minister sawant  is a farmer and an ayurvedic doctor by profession.

  • ED has been informed about the issuance of the warrant by the Westminster Magistrate Court against Modi and he is expected to be put under formal arrest by the local police soon.

    Modi will be subsequently brought before the court to secure bail and the legal proceedings for his extradition will begin thereafter.

    The ED and the CBI are investigating Modi, his uncle Mehul Choksi and others for alleged money laundering and corruption to perpetrate the alleged scam in the Brady House branch of the PNB in Mumbai that was unearthed last year.

  • The process to elect the 17th Lok Sabha formally began on Monday with Election Commission issuing notification for the first phase of polling. 91 parliamentary constituencies spread over 20 states and union territories will go to polls on 11th of next month.

    With the issue of notification, nomination process for these 91 seats has kicked off. The last date of filing nominations is 25th of this month and the scrutiny of the nomination papers will be carried out on the 26th.

    The last date for withdrawal of nomination papers is 28th March. All the 25 Lok Sabha constituencies of Andhra Pradesh, and all 17 from Telangana will go to polls in this phase.

    Besides, voting will also take place for 8 seats in Uttar Pradesh, 7 in Maharashtra, all five in Uttarakhand, 5 in Assam, 4 in Bihar, 4 in Odisha, 2 seats in Arunachal Pradesh, 2 in West Bengal, 2 in Jammu and Kashmir, 2 in Meghalaya, and 1 each in Chattishgarh, Manipur, Mizoram, Nagaland, Sikkim, Tripura, Andaman and Nicobar and Lakshadweep.

    The onset of the election process has , in fact, already kick started the political slugfest in the most crucial of all states - uttar pradesh. Congress general secretary Priyanka Gandhi started her campaign from Prayagraj, she began her 'Ganga Yatra' on boat to reach out to voters.

    She interacted with a cross section of people, including students, and invited some of them to join her on the motorboat as she undertook her much anticipated ride from the Manaiya Ghat in Kachnar tehsil of Prayagraj district.

    The BJP has however claimed that her campaign will have no impact on the electoral scenario.

    In 2014 General Elections, BJP led NDA had won 52 out of these 91 seats while Congress led UPA could secure victories on 9 seats only. Others bagged 30 seats in total. Partywise BJP bagged the most 32 seats, TDP 16, Shiv Sena 2, Congress 9, TRS 11, YSRCP 9, BJD 4, TMC 2 and LJP, NPF, NPP, NCP, CPM, SDF, PDP, AIMIM one each.

    The Election commission also issued notification for assembly elections in Andhara Pradesh, Odisha, Sikkim and Arunachal Pradesh.  All the 175 seats of Andhra Pradesh Assembly, 28 out of total 147 seats of Odisha Assembly, all 32 constituencies in Sikkim and all 60 seats of Arunachal Pradesh assembly will go to polls on the same day.

    While the other two constituents in UP have reacted sharply to the developments in the state. BSP supremo Mayawati , once again reiterating her stand on having no alliance with the Congress has said that the alliance is perfectly capable of defeating BJP on its own. She tweeted to warn congress of not spread canards about the alliance in UP where it is not part of any team.

    SP President Akhilesh Yadav also joined Mayawati in lambasting the congress policies. he also tweeted to say that SP - BSP combine is capable of winning on its won and congress should not create any confusion.

    BJP, meanwhile , is all too happy to observe the inter party ramblings from the sidelines .....and pitch in a word or two of its own for added flavours. 

    Meanhwile, Congress President Rahul Gandhi is campaigning in Karnataka where he addressed a rally.

    All the political parties are now engaged in election campaigning. Odisha's Chief Minister and president of Biju Janata Dal NAveen Patnaik released name of candidates for 9 lok sabha and 54 state assembly seats. Naveen Patnaik is entering the fray in assembly elections from two seats. With the notification for the first phase, the great Indian democracy saga for 2019 has begun in rights earnest.

  • The International Film Festival of India is today one of the most prestigious in the world. IFFI has contributed in no small measure towards making Goa an international tourist hotspot and movie destination ever since it became the permanent venue for India's biggest film extravaganza.

    And the credit for this achievement goes to Manohar Parrikar ... who brought IFFI to Goa in 2004... ... Not only did he ensure the festival that year was a huge success he personally oversaw the massive preparations that were needed to put in place the vast infrastructure for the project.

    Time was short and resources scarce but with Parrikar at the helm, the Goa govt fulfilled the task.

    Goa residents still recall the image of the state cm's personal involvement in the process of creating the new Patto bridge or INOX Multiplex complex every step of the way as crowds thronged the venue of the Film Festival that year in 2004  they witnessed firsthand the fruit of months of impeccable planning and execution

    When he moved to Delhi as the Defence Minister, a decade after hosting the first edition of the festival, he ensured the centre inked the deal to make Goa a permanent venue for the festival.

    During his last two terms as CM he made sure to expedite work on the permanent festival complex in Dona Paula to be in time to host the 50th edition of the festival in 2019.. under his watchful eye was being added a convention centre with a seating capacity of 5000-6000 and 10 screening halls.

    The landmark edition is only a few months away and all who attend will surely remember the vibrant personality whose passion and determination brought it all to fruition.
     

  • Speaking at an event in Colombo on Monday to unveil government anti-corruption strategy, President revealed that he had sought the arrest of former governor over the treasury bond scam during his last visit to Singapore.

    He said that while investigations into the scam were progressing, the main suspect was not yet arrested.

    Mahendran is believed to be in Singapore and an Interpol Red Notice has been issued for his arrest. The official was appointed on advise of Prime minister Ranil Wickremsinghe and President has attacked Wickremsinghe on this issue several times.

    The bond scam was one of the reasons for differences between the two leaders which led to sacking of Wickremsinghe last year. However, he was reinstated following a court order.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

     

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

     

     

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

     

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

     

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

     

     

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

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

     

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

     

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

     

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

     

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

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

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

     

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    PM MODI ADDS PREFIX "CHOWKIDAR" IN HIS TWITTER HANDLE

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

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

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

  • People overwhelmed with emotion, bidding farewell to Goa Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar, a sign of love and gratitude for his service to the people. As his mortal remains moved from the Kala Academy where streams of people had paid him homage, a sea of humanity followed his mortal remains to Miramar beach where they were consigned to flames amid full state honours. He was a leader of the common man. BJP President Amit Shah, Chief Ministers of several BJP-ruled states were present at Miramar beach. 

    Earlier, Parrikar's mortal remains were brought to the Goa BJP office, where party workers could spend a few moments of silence and bid him a final farewell. His body was wrapped in the tricolor... and hundreds of his party co workers were moved to tears.

    The Army truck carrying his body drove a distance of five kilometers from his home in Donna Paula, and on the way people stood in solidarity and respect for their leader. The body was kept for the public to pay their respects at the Kala Academy till 4 pm.

    Processions of people thronged the Kala Academy to pay their last respects. Prime Minister Narendra Modi himself  came to teh Kala Academy and bid farewell to his friend, well wisher and former cabinet colleague. The Prime Minister interacted with the late chief minster's sons and his brother. 

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

    The State of Goa has declared Seven days of mourning. Markets in Mapusa and Panaji, were closed as a mark of respect. The Union Cabinet maintained two minutes of silence and then passed a condolence resolution mourning the demise of Manohar Parrikar on Monday. It said 

    “Shri Parrikar will be remembered for his simplicity and his abilities as an exceptional administrator. His contribution to the building of modern Goa and to the modernization of India's Armed Forces as well as improvement to the lives of ex.-Servicemen will never be forgotten.”

    Manohar Parrikar was mourned across the country. Many dignitaries including Information and Broadcasting Minister Rajvardhan Rathore padi tribute to the memory of the departed leader at an event  in Jaipur. He said Parrikar ji's contribution to the defence of the country will always be remembered.

    The Four-time Chief Minister and former Defence Minister Parrikar had been suffering from pancreatic cancer since February 2018. Born on December 13, 1955 in Mapusa, Goa, Parrikar did his schooling at Loyola School, Margao.

    He received a Bachelor's Degree in Metallurgical Engineering from Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay in 1978. Parrikar was a member of the RSS before joining active politics. Parrikar represented Panaji assembly seat in the state for more than two decades.

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

    CABINET EXPRESSES PROFOUND SORROW AT DEMISE OF MANOHAR PARRIKAR

    The Union Cabinet expressed profound sorrow at the sad demise of Manohar Parrikar, Chief Minister of Goa. The cabinet said in his passing away, the country has lost a veteran and distinguished leader, affectionately called as the Chief Minister of the Aam Admi.. Here's more...

    Goa Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar was known for his spartan lifestyle ... Parrikar was often spotted in his trademark loose half-sleeve shirt and sandals ... be it Parliament, assembly or any other occassion, dress would never change ....  Despite being elected CM for four terms, he remained a common man ... HE Was a very unusual CM, who moved without the red beacon atop his official car, there used to be no police van ahead of him

    Hopping on to the back of a two-wheeler was a common sight ... during campaigning Parrikar would hop from one constituency to another .. He was even seen having chat with the locals, he would lend patient ears to all in need.. his commonness was witnessed by all...and this is why he was referred as a common man's minister.

    Manohar Parrikar never sought special preference, be it weddings, engagements or parties…even on polling days, he stood in queues & waited for his turn to come to cast his votes. It was very easy to spot this IIT Graduate in Goa,  he could be seated just next to you in local hotel or may be enjoying a street side food.
     

    PARRIKAR PLAYED KEY ROLE IN FORMULATING 2016 SURGICAL STRIKE

    Manohar Parrikar played a key role in formulating the 2016 surgical strike. He had deployed additional soldiers for training and had pushed for quicker procurement of weapons. Overall he moved the force towards greater modernisation.

    Manohar Parrikar attempted to bring back the modernization of the armed forces.

    As a Defence Minister he brought armed forces back on track ... he even gave free hand to the Indian Army to be pro-active on the Line of Control. His tenure as India's Defence Minister saw saw the inking of some major defence contracts.

    He fast tracked the process to help get the equipment and weapons needed for the changing scenarios around India.

    His tenure was memorable as he played a key role in strategising the 2016 surgical strike against terror launch pads in PoK.