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  • The Election Commission (EC) today announced the schedule for the Assembly elections in Tripura, Meghalaya and Nagaland. Addressing a press ...




  • India successfully test-fired indigenously developed long-range surface-to-surface ballistic missile, Agni-5, off the Odisha coast today. The state-of...




  • The Supreme Court has cleared the decks for the all-India release of controversial movie 'Padmaavat' on the 25th of this month. A be...



  • The National Investigation Agency (NIA) today filed a charge sheet against 12 people, including Lashkar-e-Taiba Chief Hafeez Saeed and Hizbul Mujahideen head Syed Salahuddin, in a case related to alleged funding of terror activities in the Kashmir Valley. The charge sheet was filed before a designated court in Delhi, with NIA seeking permission to continue its probe.



  • Continuing his long list of engagements in Mumbai, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu laid wreath at the memorial of the 26/11 terror attack victims at Mumbai’s Taj Mahal Palace Hotel this afternoon.He was accompanied by Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis.



  • In Kazakhstan, 52 people were today killed after a bus they were travelling in caught fire in the Aktau region.



  • Domestic stock markets hit fresh all-time highs today.



  • The weather continues to be cold and dry in Srinagar and elsewhere in the Kashmir Valley.



  • In Tennis, world number three Garbine Muguruza today made a shock second-round exit from the Australian Open, the first Grand Slam of the season, at Melbourne.


  • Veteran Leander Paes and Purav Raja outplayed their opponents to progress to the men’s doubles second round at the Australian Open and were joined by Rohan Bopanna and Divij Sharan with their respective partners.Paes and Raja dispatched the pair of Nikoloz Basilashvili and Andreas Haider-Maurer 6-2 6-3 in their opening round.

    They have a tough job at hand as now they are up against fifth seeds Jamie Murray and Bruno Soares, one of the most consistent teams in the previous season.Left-handed Divij, who had a great 2017 season, and American Rajeev Ram, seeded 16th, edged out Marius Copil of Romania and Serbia’s Viktor Troicki 7-6(5) 6-4 in their opening round.

    They will now fight it out with Fabio Fognini and Marcel Granollers.Meanwhile, 10th seeds Rohan Bopanna and Edouard Roger-Vasselin fought off a late charge from Ryan Harrison and Vasek Pospisil to prevail 6-2 7-6(5).

    Bopanna saved a break chance in the sixth game of the second set to remain unbroken, forcing a tie-breaker. Pospisil, who was broken in the sixth game of the opening set, served consecutive double-faults in the tie-breaker to hand advantage to Bopanna and Roger-Vasselin.

  • Director General of Border Security Force  K.K.Sharma has said that the security forces have been giving a befitting reply to every misadventure from Pakistan at the International Border and the Line of Control in Jammu and Kashmir.

    Interacting with media persons on the sidelines of a wreath-laying ceremony of a martyred BSF jawan HC A.Suresh at BSF Campus Ploura Jammu today, the Director General of BSF  said that with the  increase in the incidents of ceasefire violations by Pakistan the situation along the LoC and International Border is considerably tense, yet security forces are prepared enough to meet any challenge.

    The Director General said that keeping up the ethics of the force, BSF never resorts to ceasefire yet any such attempt from across the border shall be responded aggressively.

  • A bus caught fire in a remote part of Kazakhstan today, killing 52 citizens of neighbouring Uzbekistan.The bus was travelling along a road in Kazakhstan's north-western Aktau region that links the Russian city of Samara to Shymkent, a city in southern Kazakhstan close to the Uzbek border.

    It was unclear in which direction the bus had been travelling, but the route is widely used to transport Uzbek migrant workers to and from Russia where they often take on work on building sites.Only five people managed to escape the burning vehicle,  Kazakh Interior Ministry's emergencies department said in a statement.

  • Microwave ovens across Europe alone emit as much carbon dioxide as nearly seven million cars, a study has found. Researchers from the University of Manchester in the UK have carried out the first-ever comprehensive study of the environmental impacts of microwaves, considering their whole life cycle, from 'cradle to grave'.

    The study found that microwaves emit 7.7 million tonnes of carbon dioxide equivalent per year in the European Union (EU). This is equivalent to the annual emissions of 6.8 million cars. Microwaves across the EU consume an estimated 9.4 terawatts per hour (TWh) of electricity every year. This is equivalent to the annual electricity generated by three large gas power plants. Microwaves account for the largest percentage of sales of all type of ovens in the European Union (EU), with numbers set to reach nearly 135 million by 2020.

    Despite this, the scale of their impacts on the environment was not known until now. The study used life cycle assessment (LCA) to estimate the impacts of microwaves, taking into account their manufacture, use and end-of-life waste management. Altogether, the research team investigated 12 different environmental factors, including climate change, depletion of natural resources and ecological toxicity.

    They found, for example, that the microwaves used across the EU emit 7.7 million tonnes of carbon dioxide equivalent per year. This is equivalent to the annual emission of 6.8 million cars. The research shows that the main environmental 'hotspots' are materials used to manufacture the microwaves, the manufacturing process and end-of-life waste management. For example, the manufacturing process alone contributes more than 20 percent to depletion of natural resources and to climate change.

    However, it is electricity consumption by microwaves that have the biggest impact on the environment, taking into account its whole life cycle, from the production of fuels to generation of electricity. In total, microwaves across the EU consume an estimated 9.4 terawatts per hour of electricity every year.

    This is equivalent to the annual electricity generation by three large gas power plants. The study found that, on average, an individual microwave uses 573-kilowatt-hour of electricity over its lifetime of eight years. That is equivalent to the electricity consumed by a seven watt LED light bulb, left on continuously for almost nine years.
     

  • The Election Commission today announced the schedule for assembly elections in Meghalaya, Tripura and Nagaland.

    Chief Election Commissioner Achal Kumar Joti whiled addressing a press conference in New Delhi informed that elections will take place in one phase in all the three states.

    Voting will take place in Tripura on February 18, while Meghalaya and Nagaland will go to polls on February 27. Counting for all the three states will take place on March 3.

    The term of the Meghalaya legislative assembly is ending on March 6, while that of Nagaland will come to an end on March 13. The tenure of Tripura assembly concludes on March 14. The strength of the three assemblies is 60 members each.

    The Chief Election Commissioner said that VVPAT will be used in all the polling stations and necessary checks for that are being done.

  • Supreme Court has stayed the ban order against Padmaavat movie by some states. The film is scheduled to hit the cinemas on January 25. Apex court bench headed by Chief Justice of India Justice Dipak Mishra said states cannot ban the movie in such a manner.

    The court also rejected submission of states that Censor Board isn't aware of law and order problems if Padmaavat is allowed to release in these states. With the SC order film is all set to be released across the country. Viacom 18 Media Pvt. Ltd, the producer of the movie, moved the apex court on Wednesday, challenging the various state notifications that were stalling the release of the movie.

    The film, starring Deepika Padukone, Ranveer Singh and Shahid Kapoor, has been embroiled in controversy ever since the project was announced by the producers.The film’s final 3D application was submitted on 28 November, the CBFC said.

    The film got stuck in controversy after various Rajput groups alleged that it distorts history, a claim repeatedly denied by director Sanjay Leela Bhansali. As protests spread across various states, the film’s 1 December release was deterred.

     

  • India on Thursday successfully test-fired its nuclear capable surface-to-surface ballistic missile Agni-5 - the most advanced missile in the Agni series with a strike range of over 5000 kms -- from a test range off Odisha coast.

    The user associate test-flight of the missile has further boosted indigenous missile capabilities and deterrence strength of the country.

    According to Defence sources, all radars, tracking systems and range stations monitored the flight performance. They described the trial as "fully successful" saying the sophisticated missile travelled for 19 minutes and covered 4,900 km.

    'Agni-5' is most advanced missile in the Agni series with new technologies incorporated in it in terms of navigation and guidance, warhead and engine.

  • ICC today named Indian captain Virat Kohli ICC Cricketer of the Year 2017, ODI cricketer of the year and winner of the Sir Garfield Sobers Trophy for his exceptional performances across all formats.Kohli is also the captain for ICC's ODI and Test team of the year.

    This is the second time when Kohli has won the best cricketer of the year award. Kohli was first awarded best ODI cricketer by ICC five years ago. Kohli scored six tons ODIs last year, averaging a mammoth 76.84 in the year. His ODI career average now stands at 55.74, the highest ever by a batsman among test playing nations.

    Apart from Indian captain, Indian leg-spinner Yuzvendra Chahal has also been awarded ICC T20I performance of the year for his incredible haul of 6/25 against England in Bengaluru in February. Australian captain Steven Smith is declared Test cricketer of the year.

    Pakistan's Hasan Ali is adjudged ICC Emerging Cricketer of the Year. Afghanistan's Rashid Khan is named ICC Associate Cricketer of the Year.Pakistan's Champions Trophy Triumph has got the inaugural ICC Fans' Moment of the Year award. 

  • Raksha Mantri Nirmala Sitharaman today inaugurated the Defence Industry Development Meet in Chennai. The objective of the meet is to bring together Indian defence manufacturers, policy-makers, representatives from the armed forces from the region to synergize efforts to boost Make In India for Defence initiative.

    Addressing the gathering of Indian defence manufacturers the defence minister laid stress on the importance of the indigenization of the defence industry. She also highlighted steps taken by the government to simplify the process for vendors across India. 
     

  • Mohan Jogi, a resident of Kotadbury in Champa is a keen horticulturist who always dreamt of innovation in horticulture. Inspired by an idea from the Internet he began implementing a method to grow plants without soil. Plants are planted through plastic pipes and disposals. The pipe is cut from the top in a radius of 3-4 inches.

    After this, coconut filings are planted in them .Teacher Mohan Jogi roof displays this new method in detaill.The plastic pipes contain water circuits attached to a motor and there is a plastic container of 2 hundred liters. Once this is filled with 2 hundred liters of water, it is usable for 5-6 days. If plants are planted initially, then it takes only 5-6 days to grow.

    Apart from cultivation without soil, fruits that grow in low lying areas  can also be planted by this method.To keep these plants alive, only water is needed. Some special types of chemicals are also added in the water, so that oxygen and water remain in balance and the plants not only survive, but also grow faster.

    Mohan Jogi's effors are also remarkable in this regard as he did not seek help from anyone to adopt this technique in horticulture. Having made the entire system on his own and even  failing twice, his passion for gardening did not stop. All that he needs now is for his method to be broadcast widely so that it can be used by those who really need it.

  • Common cold affects many people in the winter months.It is a viral infection of upper respiratory tract. Many types of viruses can cause a common cold.

    Some of the symptoms of common cold are :- 
    - Congestion
    - Mild headache
    - Slight body aches 
    - Sneezing
    - Low-grade fever
    - Generally feeling unwell
    - Runny or stuffy nose
    - Sore throat
    - Cough

    Children younger than six are at greatest risk of colds, However, healthy adults can also get infected.

    Some of the preventions that one can take during common cold are :- 
    - Clean your hands often with soap and water
    - Disinfect the stuff like cellphone, pen, keyboard and door handle 
    - Use disposable tissues while Sneezing and coughing
    - Discard used tissues right away, then wash your hands carefully 

    Taking precautions and practising good hygiene may help to prevent getting infection of common cold. 

  • Ten people were killed and dozens injured today in a double suicide-bomb attack in the northeast Nigerian city of Maiduguri, a civilian militia leader and a resident said.The blasts happened in the Muna Garage area of the Borno state capital, in a market used mainly by internally displaced people (IDPs) from a nearby camp.

    There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the attack but Boko Haram has repeatedly used young girls and women as suicide bombers to attack civilian "soft targets".Twelve people were killed on November 15 when four suicide bombers -- two men and two women -- blew themselves up in the Muna area of Maiduguri.

    Wednesday's attacks comes after Boko Haram jihadists killed nine people on Monday in two separate attacks -- one in the Ngala area of Borno and the second in neighbouring Adamawa.

  • North and South Korea have agreed to march together under a single unified Korea flag at next month's Winter Olympics in the South. It was the most dramatic gesture of reconciliation between them in a decade.
    South Korea, host of the games, has said it hopes such a partnership in sports could contribute to a political thaw after years of high tensions.

    It came even as the prospect of war over the North’s nuclear and missile tests has grown especially acute.They also agreed to field a joint women's ice hockey team after rare talks at the truce village of Panmunjom.

    These are the first high-level talks between the two Koreas in more than two years. The Games will take place between February 9 to 27 in Pyeongchang in South Korea.

  • The Union health ministry has simplified the referral system under CGHS, permitting all beneficiaries to seek OPD consultations from specialists at empanelled private hospitals after due referral.
    The referral will be mentioned on computer-generated prescription slips.

    As part of the new guidelines mentioned in the office memorandum dated January 15, after consultation at the empanelled hospital, a beneficiary shall report back to wellness centre concerned, where the medical officer or chief medical officer would endorse listed investigation and issue medicines.

    "For unlisted investigation/ treatment procedure, CMO in- charge shall submit the prescription to competent authority for consideration in case of pensioner beneficiaries. Serving employees shall seek permission for unlisted investigation/ treatment procedure from their department as per prevailing guidelines," it said.

    The medicines prescribed by specialists will be supplied by CGHS according to available generic names at the CGHS wellness centres.According to the order, in case only an alternative brand name of a prescribed medicine having the same composition is available, it shall be supplied by the available brand name.

  • The Central Board of Secondary Education has revised and released CBSE Class 12th date sheet for the 2018 board exams. The new dates are available at CBSE website www.cbse.nic.in. The changes has been done on the dates for the Physical Education examination. Earlier, the Physical education paper was set to be held on April 9, 2018.

    The date has now been revised by the Board. The Physical education examination for CBSE Class 12 would now be conducted on April 13, 2018. According to the revised CBSE Class 12 Date Sheet 2018, there is no change in date for rest of papers.

    Also, there have been no changes in the Class 10 date sheet for 2018 examination.Nearly 11.86 lakh students are scheduled to appear for the CBSE Class 12 exam.

  • The GST Council will meet in New Delhi today. During the meeting, the Council may consider a host of proposals to simplify filing of returns and registration of large entities. Among other things, the Council will review the preparedness of GST Network (GSTN) in handling the return filing process as well as for implementing the e-way bill system with effect from 1st of next month.  

    Addressing media after the review meeting on Wednesday , GoM Chairperson Sushil Kumar Modi said that the council will hold discussions to iron out issues in e-way bill mechanism for smooth implementation of e-way bills from next month. He also showed confidence that the tax evasion will be curtailed by e- way bill implementation. 

  • After her recent visit to INS Vikramaditya, the aircraft carrier of the Indian Navy, Raksha Mantri Nirmala Sitharaman, on her visit to Air Force Station Jodhpur, took to the skies in the formidable Su-30 MKI fighter aircraft of 31 Squadron. In her 45 minutes of sortie, she was demonstrated some of the unique characteristics and strengths of this mighty twin engine Air Superiority Fighter (ASF).  

    She is the first woman Defence Minister of India to fly a sortie in an IAF Su-30 MKI fighter aircraft.To gauge the operational capability and preparedness of the defence forces, the Raksha Mantri has been visiting various establishments of the Armed Forces.

    These visits go a long way in enhancing the motivation of the defence personnel as they get an opportunity to personally interact with the RM herself.After her sortie on the multirole ASF, she addressed and interacted with the Air Warriors of Air Force Station, Jodhpur and congratulated them on their professionalism, high state of morale and motivation.

    During the visit,the Raksha Mantri was also briefed on employment of Air Power in the defence of our country.

  • In Jammu and Kashmir, A Border Security Force jawan was martyred as Pakistani troops violated the ceasefire by firing and shelling along the International Border in R S Pura sector of Jammu.
    The firing and shelling on the Border Out Posts and civilian areas in RS Pura sector started at around nine in the evening.

    Shells fired by Pakistan landed in Arnia belt and hit several villages as well.There have been 860 incidents of ceasefire violations along the border in 2017 – a sharp rise from the previous year. Last month Army Chief Bipin Rawat had visited forward posts along the LoC in Rajouri district and exhorted troops to “remain vigilant” and “ever ready”.

  • External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj stressed on the world coming together to wipe out terrorism.She termed it mother of all disruptions on day 2 of the country's flagship geo-political conference Raisina Dialogue.The event saw world leaders, officials and diplomats from different countries sharing their moves against each-other.

    The issue of terrorism was mentioned the most during the deliberations.External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj said the challenge posed by terrorism has become a lot more serious in the digital age where extremism plays a vital role.She appealed to all to tackle terrorism strictly calling it the biggest disruptive factor in the present context.

    The event also saw Army Chief Gen Bipin Rawat speaking extensively on the issue of terrorism.Apart from action against terrorists.He sought identification and strict action against those countries which provide help to them. Information and Broadcasting Minister Smriti Irani also took part in the Raisina Dialogue.Speaking on empowerment of women..the Minister said women are able and can play a prominent role in taking the economy forward.

    Economic affairs and India's rising economic power also figured during the deliberations.Commerce Minister Suresh Prabhu says that the govt has an ambitious target of making India a 5 Trillion dollar economy during the next 5 years.This multilateral conference has been a regular event in Delhi since 2016. India's important foreign policy summit is organised jointly by Ministry of External Affairs and Observer Research Foundation.This is designed on the lines of Shangrila Dialogue of Singapore.

    This year more than 150 leaders from 90 countries are participating in the Raisina Dialogue with the number of delegates crossing the 550-mark.Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu inaugurated the event on Tuesday in the presence of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj among others.

    In his inaugural address, Netanyahu said democratic forces of the world need to come together to tackle the menace of terrorism.The event also had US Pacific Command Commander Admiral Harry Harris and UK Joint Forces Commander General Chris Deverell among its speakers.

    Other prominent participants include former Afghanistan President Hamid Karzai, former Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper and former Swedish PM Carl Bildt.Clearly, Raisina Dialogue this year has again provided India with a platform to articulate its worldview and foreign policy on a global stage.
     

  • Addressing  India -Israel Business Summit in Mumbai the Israeli Prime asserted that partnership between Israel and India is doing wonders.He said that India knows the true value and glory of competition. He said that strong personal friendship with Prime Minister Narendra Modi will certainly be a great impetus.

    Earlier in the morning, Benjamin Netanyahu took part in the Breakfast meeting with leading Indian CEOs. The Israeli Prime Minister asked business leaders to focus on innovation. “The future belongs to those who innovate,” Netanyahu said in his opening remarks at a power breakfast with top corporate honchos at the iconic Taj hotel overlooking the Arabia Sea.

    He said that he has a strong personal friendship with Prime Minister Narendra Modi. This will be followed by a wreath-laying ceremony for 26/11 Mumbai terror attack victims.  Netanyahu then proceeded to the nearby Nariman House, where he met 11-year-old Moshe Holtzberg.

    Moshe's parents were killed at the Nariman House during the 2008 attacks. The Israeli PM will later meet Jewish community and also attend the 'Shalom Bollywood' event later in the evening.

  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu visited a Centre of Excellence about a 100 km from Ahmedabad which uses controlled farming techniques and modern seeds to farm vegetables in water scarce conditions. 

    The two leaders also inaugurated another Centre of Excellence for rearing date palms in Kukuma village Kutch via video link.Israel has evolved several farming techniques which can be of use in agriculture in situations where water is scarce and the weather challenging..some of them can serve as key to doubling farmers income in the country in the coming five years.

    Israel is one such country which has changed the destiny of farmers, by adopting new technology and through Centres for Excellence, Israel is helping India's farmers in changing their destiny. 

    The two leaders inaugurated the Center of Excellence for date palms in Bhuj via video conferencing. This Centre will be helpful in developing several varieties of date palms and preserving them. 
    Both the Prime Ministers went around the Centre and saw the developed techniques of agriculture.PM talked about the need for new techniques in agriculture in the light of new challenges as well as better use of resources.
    Climate change impacting the agriculture sector as well as decreasing area under cultivation is indeed a challenge.In such a scenario, better use of water and better seeds for fruits, vegetables at a reasonable cost is the target set by both the countries. And Israel is using an advanced technique for better yield.

    And so the Prime Minister once again told the gathering that the present Central Government is committed to double the income of farmers by 2022.Israeli Prime Minister talking of the mutual relations between both the countries said that it will be in the interest of farmers that in future we will focus on more production along with reasonable cost in the future.

    This Centre in Gujarat has been set up with assistance from Israel. The centre has been training farmers in using Israeli technology and also giving them healthy saplings from their own seeds. The farmers shared their experiences in the presence of both the Prime Ministers.

     Set up under the Indo-Israel Agriculture Work Plan for the exchange of advanced farming technology, these centres of excellence in agriculture and horticulture demonstrate best practices which can then be replicated in other locations and guide farmers to improve yields. So far Israel has set up 15 such centres of excellence across six States.  In the pipeline is the setting up of 25 more centres over the next 2 to 3 years. 

  • As Prime Minister Narendra Modi and PM Benjamin Netanyahu inaugurated the iCreate Centre at Deo Dholera in Ahmedabad, the moment marked a new chapter in India-Israel ties. iCreate paves way for the two nations to jointly script new stories of success through innovation, which the two leaders have been strongly advocating.

    Prime Minister Narendra Modi said that the energy of India's youth and their enthusiasm offers great potential. His government is creating ecosystems to harness their energy and ideas.The two leaders also visited the startup exhibition at the venue and interacted with entrepreneurs and innovators. Prime Minister Modi praised Israel for its technological milestones. Netanyahu too was all praise for PM Modi.

     The Prime Minister said that we need to ensure that ideas of youth are nurtured and incubated. Providing mentorship, network and institutional support to the youth is high on govt's agenda. Programmes such as Start-Up India are examples of this intent. He said that mutual cooperation and complementarities between India and Israel are key to a flourishing future. This spirit will not only benefit both nations but will also create new pages in the history of humanity. 

    The two leaders awarded winners of the India Israel Innovation Challenge 2017. These include 2 challenges each in agriculture, healthcare and water. The Modi Netanyahu bonhomie was once again on perfect display. While Prime Minister Modi greeted Netanyahu in Hebrew, Israeli PM also had a few words to share in Hindi.

    Prime Minister Netanyahu also gifted PM Modi the Gal-Mobile desalination van through video link. It is the same van on which the two Prime Minister rode during PM Modi's visit to Israel. The vehicle will be used to provide clean water to BSF Jawans in Banaskantha and some villages in that district. 
     

  • It has struck a chord with celebrities and politicians alike. Right from Sachin Tendulkar to Amitabh Bachchan, everyone took to their social media channels and praised the effort that has gone behind revamping this program.

    The Anthem was launched by, Minister of State ( I/C) for Youth Affairs and Sports Rajyavardhan Rathore, along with Sanjay Gupta, Managing Director, Star India in New Delhi on last Monday.

    The Khelo India Anthem was launched ahead of the Khelo India School Games, an initiative by the Ministry of Youth Affairs & Sports, Government of India, which encourages mass participation and excellence in sports among youngsters.

    A spirited composition, the Khelo India Anthem is now all set to go live on TV, OOH and other media as well. The anthem is conceptualized by Ogilvy, composed by Louis Bank and the film has been produced by Nirvana Films.

    #KheloIndia programme is now ready to host school games at various levels that will be broadcasted live by Star Sports. Every year, 1000 athletes will be selected through an under 17 tournaments and a portal. They will be rewarded with a scholarship of Rs. 5 Lakhs every year continuously for 8 years.  

  • Addressing the conference he complemented Team ISRO for having placed India as a front-line leader in the community of world nations while in the last three years, the use of diverse applications of space technology to carry forward the Modi Government's infrastructural and transformational programmes has brought space technology to the doorstep of every Indian household.

    The minister said that  it is primarily the personal indulgence, intervention and patronage provided by Prime Minister Narendra Modi which has made space technology an essential part of Modi’s “Transforming India” mission, which will finally culminate in the building of “New India”. It was at the behest of Prime Minister that perhaps, the first-of-its-kind, extended brain-storming interaction was held between space scientists and the representatives of different Ministries and Departments in Government of India, in order to understand the areas where space technology could be put into use.

    In the last 3 years, Singh said, the Team ISRO and the Department of Space have finalised effective MoUs with a host of Ministries, including Ministry of Railways, Ministry of Urban Development, Ministry of Agriculture, Ministry of Human Resource Development, Ministry of Health and Family Welfare etc. Space Technology today is playing a crucial role in carrying forward a number of flagship programmes of the Modi Government, including Smart City programme, Urban and Housing schemes, guarding of unmanned railway crossings, Geo-tagging of MNREGA, procurement of Utilization Certificates of roads and other projects, agricultural soil testing, he added.

    The new year began with the January 12th launching of 28 foreign satellites which, Jitendra Singh said, has vindicated the dream of our founding father Vikram Sarabhai and evidently proved that even those nations of the world which began their space programme several years before us have  reposed their faith and trust in us to launch their satellites. The last year set some world records like launching of 104 satellites in a single go, launching of South Asia satellite and completion of 3 years of Mangalyaan in the orbit, he added.

    Referring to the Geospatial World Forum meet, currently being held, Singh said, this event highlights India’s intent of expanding its space programmes for wider application and with wider participation of other partners as well. The presence of representatives and CEOs of some of the leading industrial houses of the world, he said, signifies the keen desire of the world industrial players to collaborate with India to benefit as well as to supplement the applications of space technology for the common goal of the future growth of a global world.

  • Speaking on the occasion, the President said that art connects people with culture. It also links people. While singing or listening to the national anthem, every citizen rises above his/her personal aspirations. Artists should use this power of art in the interest of our society and country.

    The President appreciated the Sangeet Natak Akademi for honouring artists who in the field of tribal music, dance, theatre and traditional folk arts. He said these folk arts have kept the traditions of our country alive.

    The Sangeet Natak Akademi’s Fellowships and Sangeet Natak Akademi Awards are recognised as among the most coveted national honours bestowed on performing artists as well as teachers and scholars of performing arts.

    List of awardees: http://pibphoto.nic.in/documents/rlink/2018/jan/p201811701.pdf

  • India is abundant with rich cultural heritage and pristine natural beauty which not only attracts foreign tourists but also domestic tourists. India is promoted as tourist destination by central government as well as different states to attract tourists within the country. Thus, tourism has emerged as a major contributor to the economy and job creation for women and youth.

    To promote tourism govt organized "ParyatanParv", a nation-wide celebration of Tourism from the 5th to 25th October 2017. The programme has been organized with the objective of drawing focus on the benefits of tourism, showcasing the cultural diversity of the country and reinforcing the principle of "Tourism for All".

    India earned an income of USD 27 billion from Foreign Tourist Arrivals in the year 2017.

    It also saw an increase of 15.2 percent in the foreign tourist arrivals to the country.

    The tourism sector is contributing 6.88 percent to the country's total GDP, besides 12.36 percent of the total employment in terms of jobs.

    Minister of Tourism K Alphons tweeted saying "Tourism flourishes under Hon'ble Prime Minister @narendramodi  ji. Foreign tourist arrivals cross 10 million in 2017.

     

  • Optimism around quarterly corporate earnings, along with an upward rally in banking stocks and healthy inflow of foreign funds, lifted the key Indian equity indices -- the BSE Sensex and NSE Nifty50 - to record high levels on Wednesday.

    Also, the government's decision on Wednesday to cut the size of additional borrowing to Rs 20,000 crore of government securities from Rs 50,000 crore during the current fiscal uplifted the investors' sentiments.

    Despite weak global cues, the barometer 30-scrip Sensitive Index (Sensex) of the BSE closed above the vaunted 35,000-mark and the Nifty50 hit the 10,800-level intra-day -- both for the first time.

    The wider Nifty50 of the National Stock Exchange, which scaled a record high of 10,803 points intra-day, rose 88.10 points or 0.82 per cent, to close at a fresh high of 10,788.55 points.

    The Bank Nifty recorded a fresh high of 26,328.40 points during the intra-day trade.

    On the BSE, the Sensex closed firm at a fresh high of 35,081.82 points -- up 310.77 points or 0.89 per cent from its previous session's close -- after touching a new intra-day high of 35,118.61 points.

    However, the BSE market breadth remained marginally bearish as 1,476 stocks declined against 1,424 advances.

    In the broader markets, the S&P BSE mid-cap index closed higher by 0.66 per cent and the small-cap index by 0.43 per cent.

  • Early goals from Rupinder Singh and debutant Vivek Sagar Prasad, who netted two, ensured that India never lost momentum and dished out a royal hammering to their Japanese counterpart. Dilpreet Singh and Harmanpreet Singh were the other scorers.

    India's performance was so clinical from the opening whistle that Japan were not allowed even a single chance, although they did get better in the second half.

  • Addressing media after the review meeting, GoM Chairperson Sushil Kumar Modi said that the council will hold discussions to iron out issues in e-way bill mechanism for smooth implementation of e-way bills from next month.

    He also showed confidence that the tax evasion will be curtailed by e- way bill implementation.

     

     

  • PM lauded Israel for showing the way on how to transform a nation with the agriculture sector at the core and with minimum resources.

    PM also said that with the help of technology and advanced Science, Israel has brought revolution in the sector of agriculture.

    Speaking on this occasion, Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu lauded India for a visionary leader like PM Modi  and committed to Israel's partnership to the development of India.

  • Biratnagar has been declared as temporary capital of Provine 1, Janakpur of Province 2 and Hetauda will be state headquarter of Province 3. Similarly, Pokhara has been announced as temporary capital of Province 4, Rupandehi of Province 5, Surkhet of Province 6 and Dhangadi has been fixed as headquarter of Province 7.

    The names of Chiefs, the constitutional heads of all seven provinces have also been announced.

    After the promulgation of new constitution in September 2015 Nepal has adopted federalism.

    First time in the history of the country elections for provincial assemblies were held in two phases on 26 November and 7 December 2017.

    CPN (UML) and CPN (Maoist Center) left alliance registered landslide victory in all states except Province 2. The two major parties of Madhes, Sanghiya Samjawadi Forum Nepal and Rashtriya Janata Party Nepal got majority in Province 2.

    The declaration of state capitals and Chiefs has paved the way for formation of first ever provincial assemblies and governments in the Himalayan nation.

  • Man of the Match Ganeshbhai Muhudkar’s century steered India home comfortably. He scored 112 in just 69 balls.

    Bangladesh had won the toss and elected to bat. They scored 256 all out in 38.5 overs.

    Defending champions India will take on Pakistan on January 20 at Sharjah.

    It was not a good start for Bangladesh as they lost two early wickets with less than 50 runs on the board. For Bangladesh, a resilient unbeaten 108 by Abdul Mallik was the highlight.

    India’s strong bowling restricted them to a modest score as Durga Rao took 3 wickets in 3 overs by giving away only 20 runs. Deepak Malik and Prakash bagged 2 wickets each.

    Another star player Deepak Malik was retired out for 53 off 43 balls. While Naresh made a handy 40 runs in 18 balls.

     

  • North Korea will send a 550-member delegation of about 550, including 230 cheerleaders, 140 artists and 30 Taekwondo players for a demonstration, a Seoul's unification ministry statement said.

    The delegation is scheduled to begin arriving in South Korea on January 25, the statement said.

    The Korean Unification Flag features a blue silhouette of the peninsula and outlying islands. It was first used in 1991 at the World Table Tennis Championships and has been used at a number of sporting events since, most recently at the 2006 Winter Games in Turin, Italy.

    Wednesday's announcement is the latest breakthrough since talks began between the two Koreas earlier this month, after years of broken communications.

  • The Indian Cyber Crime Coordination Centre (I4C) and the Cyber Police Force will be set up under the newly created Cyber & Information Security (CIS) Division of the Union Ministry of Home Affairs.

    The  CIS Division will have four Wings, namely Security Clearance, Cyber Crime Prevention, Cyber Security and Information Security Wings each headed by an Under Secretary level Officer.

    It is also proposed to appoint the Chief Information Security Officer (CISO) and Deputy CISO. An online portal for preparing, follow up and issue of advisory on financial fraud related matters is also in the offing.

    The Home Minister expressed concern over the rising incidents of sharing pornography over the internet.  Rajnath Singh directed for an effective mechanism to strictly monitor cyber space and block website flouting India’s laws, especially child porn.

  • Ministers, senior officials, Partner Organizations and eminent experts from representing ISA member countries are meeting in Abu Dhabi, UAE, during the ISA Forum, on 17-18th January, 2018, signaling the strong determination of ISA to turn solar into buyers’ market.

    ISA envisages to develop the global solar market via demand aggregation, developing common financing pools and mechanisms, bankable projects, standardizing contracts, alignment of supply chains and trade facilitation through partnership programmes in Member Countries.

    The opening session focuses on business opportunities thrown open by emerging solar markets, R& D in Solar Energy and role of best practices in developing solar among ISA member countries. These sessions will dwell upon the benefits of collaboration among ISA Member Countries for solar innovation, incubation and start- ups. Also R&D initiatives in member countries will be evaluated, and policy interventions required to support the international effort would be identified during this day. A key development area for ISA Member Countries is solar capacity building. Special focus will be on (a) establishing and strengthening integrated solar applications; (b) best practices to identify and build manpower and institutional infrastructure, and (c) methodologies for design, development, performance evaluation, standardization, testing and certification of solar energy systems and components.

    The International Solar Alliance is a treaty based international inter-governmental alliance of 121 solar resource rich countries or the sunshine countries lying fully or partially between the Tropics of Cancer and Capricorn

    The alliance's primary objective is work for efficient exploitation of solar energy to reduce dependence on fossil fuels.

    The initiative was launched by Prime Minister Narendra Modi at the India Africa Summit, and a meeting of member countries ahead of the 2015 United Nations Climate Change Conference in Paris in November 2015.  The Framework Agreement of the International Solar Alliance opened for signatures in Maarakech , Morocco in November 2016 and 121 countries have joined.

     

  • The two guests were present for the pooja launch of the late chief minister's dream project Kizhakku Africavil Raju, a motion capture film. The film is being made by Prabhu Deva Studios in association with Vels Film International.

    The late MGR had in 1970s announced an action-adventure film to be shot around the world, titled Kizhakku Africavil Raju. However, since the actor had taken a plunge into politics, he could not complete the film. 

    On the 101 birth celebration of the star, the film is being revived.

    The launch of the iconic project was held at the MGR’s Sathya Studio in Adyar.

    Rajnikanth's presence at the event holds importance since it comes at a time when he is being seen as the next MGR in the making.

    Earlier in the day, Kamal Haasan announced the beginning of his political tour and released a detailed plan of his pitstops across the state. The tour will commence on February 21 and will be undertaken in multiple phases.

    On this tour, which will be flagged off from his hometown of Ramanathapuram, Kamal Haasan will be proceeding to the districts of Madurai, Dindigul and Sivagangai, where he will be interacting with locals.

  • Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and Canada's foreign minister Chrystia Freeland, hosts of talks in Vancouver, urged world powers to support "maritime interdiction" measures.

    And, along with Japan, South Korea and the other powers gathered for the high-level meeting, they re-committed to "the complete, verifiable and irreversible denuclearization of the Korean peninsula."

    The warning of robust new tactics to intercept illicit shipments of nuclear materials or sanctions-busting imports was the most concrete measure to come out of a two-day meeting to which China and Russia were not invited.

    Many observers, including Beijing and Moscow themselves, had questioned the value of holding a meeting of former Korea War allies to discuss an issue when China's support remains the key to diplomatic success.

    Others had noted a stark difference in tone between the hawkish Japanese envoy, Foreign Minister Taro Ono, and South Korea's more cautious Kang Kyung-Wha, who said recent inter-Korea talks were a sign sanctions are already working.

    But after the meeting was done, Tillerson insisted the allies will remain united and continue to work with China and Russia to enforce UN-backed sanctions and force Kim Jong-Un to negotiate his own nuclear disarmament.

    "Our unity and our common cause with others in the region, most particularly China and Russia, will remain intact despite North Korea's frequent attempts to divide us and sow dissension," he said.

    "We discussed the importance of working together to counter sanctions evasion and smuggling and we also issued a call to action to strengthen global maritime interdiction operations to foil illicit ship-to-ship transfers."

    North Korea has been accused of seeking to evade the draconian sanctions imposed on its isolated regime by transferring supplies from foreign vessels to its own on the high seas.

    Some experts have argued that naval action to intercept merchantmen would be interpreted as an act of war and trigger a potentially devastating North Korean response.

    And reports in Washington suggest that US forces are at least planning for a potential strike of their own, a limited so-called "bloody nose" strike to convince Kim that his safest option is a negotiated settlement.

    Tillerson refused to address military planning issues, and would not say whether US President Donald Trump has been in contact with Pyongyang, but he did warn that the crisis is coming to a head.

    "With respect to whether Americans need to be concerned about a war with North Korea, I think we all need to be very sober and clear eyed about the current situation," he warned, just days after a false warning of a missile strike jolted the US island state of Hawaii.

    Tillerson said that North Korea's recent tests of a thermonuclear warhead and of an intercontinental missile show their "continued progress" in developing an arsenal that is already a global threat.

    "I think our approach is in terms of having North Korea choose the correct step is to present to them that talks are the best option, that when they look at the military situation, that's not a good outcome for them," he said.

  • Home Minister interacted with the students and sought to know about their views about their future aspirations.

    They assured the Home Minister that the youth of Jammu and Kashmir will be equal participants in the development of country as youth from any other part of the country. 

    Home Minister said government of India is committed to the welfare of youth fo Jammu and Kashmir.

     

  • Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman on Wednesday added yet another first to her career as she became the first ever woman Defence Minister to undertake a sortie in IAF's frontline combat jet Sukhoi 30 MKI.

    She took off in the Sukhoi 30 MKI from the air base in Jodhpur.

    Wearing the G suit, Raksha Mantri sat in the rear seat behind the pilot during the 30 minute sortie.

    According to sources, Defence Minister is reviewing the operational preparedness and combat capabilities.

    Sukoi-30 MKI is a nuclear-capable aircraft which can penetrate deep into enemy territory.

     

  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Israeli counterpart Benjamin Netanyahu held a roadshow in the city as thousands of people lined up along the route to greet them.

    After arriving in Ahmedabad, the two leaders, along with the Israeli prime minister's wife Sara Netanyahu, set out in a car from the Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel Airport in Ahmedabad.

    Various stages were erected on the roadside along the stretch to showcase performances by troupes of different states to welcome the guests.

    People carrying Indian and Israeli flags stood in large numbers on both sides of the tastefully decorated road. PM Modi and Netanyahu waved at the people, who greeted them with loud cheers.

    The roadshow concluded at Mahatma Gandhi's Sabarmati Ashram.

    After the grand road show from Ahmedabad Airport, The two leaders visited Sabarmati Ashram of Mahatma Gandhi in Ahmedabad. At 'Hriday Kunj', Gandhi's home in the ashram, PM Modi showed them Mahatama Gandhi's room and the articles he used.

    Then, Israeli PM Netanyahu and his wife Sara also tried their hands at the charkha or the spinning wheel.. Israel PM netanyahu wrote in the visitor book at Sabarmati Ashram..that it was "An inspiring visit to the Hearth of one of the humanity's great prophets of inspiration ... Mahatma Gandhi.."

    Amid festive season, the guests also enjoyed flying of kites, just a few days after 'Uttarayana', the popular festival of kites in Gujarat.

     

  • After paying rich tribute to the father of the nation at Sabarmati Ashram, Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Israeli counterpart reached  International Centre for Entrepreneurship and Technology or 'i-Create', in Deo Dholera Village in Ahmedabad. There, the two leaders inaugurated icreate innovation hub.

    'i-Create', '- an autonomous centre of excellence at Bavla near Ahmedabad, was formally launched in 2011 by PM Modi, when he was the chief minister of Gujarat. The institution mentors budding entrepreneurs and guides them to launch start-ups. Centre aims at creating a large quantity of quality entrepreneurs, besides, it also aims to encourage entrepreneurship as a preferred career option.

    The Prime Minister said that during his visit to Israel he had decided that the center must have stronger links with Israel. He said the presence of Prime Minister Netanyahu is a momentous occasion.

    The Prime Minister said that Israelis have shown to the whole world that it is not the size of the country that matters but the talent and commitment.

    The Prime Minister said that 'I-Create' will play an important role in realising the dream of New-India.

    Prime Minister Netanyahu showered praises on Prime Minister Modi and said that he is doing revolutionary work in changing India.

    Netanyahu recalled the historic links Israel and Gujarat shared and said that he and his country cherishes these ties with Gujarat.

    Netanyahu said that Youth and Technology are the future and there coming together opens new ways.

    Netanyahu said that he and Prime Minister Modi both have young thinking.

    Later, addressing the function, Prime MInister thanked Israeli PM for visiting India on his invitation.

    Following inauguration of iCreate, PM said that, he is quite happy today like a farmer who become happy seeing his crop.

    PM also praised Israel for technological advancement...He noted that Technology has played a major role bringing Israel and India closer.

    PM asked youth to innovate things to solve various problems faced by the country..He expressed hope that innovations will help India to realize the dream of New India.

    Addressing the function, Israeli PM thanked PM Modi for his warm welcome. He said that both he and PM Modi  are very optimistic about the future.

    He also said that Gujarat has special connection with Israel as Many Indian soldiers who lost their lives during the liberation of Haifa were Gujaratis.

     

  • The newly-constituted 5-judge constitution bench of the Supreme Court, set up to hear a range of crucial cases, will begin its hearings today.The bench is headed by Chief Justice Dipak Mishra and also comprises of Justices AK Sikri, AM Khanwilkar, DY Chandrachud and Ashok Bhushan. 

    The cases that the bench will hear include challenging the constitutional validity of the Aadhaar Act and the 2013 apex court judgement re-criminalising gay sex between consenting adults. The bench will also hear the issue of ban on the entry of women between 10 and 50 years of age in Kerala's Sabarimala temple. It will also resume hearing a legal query on whether a Parsi woman would lose her religious identity if she marries a man from a different religion. 

    The other issues to be dealt with by the bench include the pleas, which have raised a question as to when will a lawmaker, facing the criminal trial, stand disqualified.All these matters were earlier referred to larger benches for adjudication by different benches of the apex court.

  • External affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj on Wednesday lashed out at nations using terrorism as state policy. Addressing the Raisina Dialogue in New Delhi, she said that it is high time world wakes up to this global menace.

    Union Minister Smriti Irani participated in the sessions on policy, politics and gender and innovation and creation. She asserted that Women can become the focal point of economy because they are more competent.

    Smriti Irani exhorted that in this government, women is an administrative disruption. She also stated that the only only pathway have to be designed now is how to make process of policy making gender-neutral. Competence matters, not gender.

    Army Chief General Bipin Rawat said that states that spread terror have become victims of terrorisms themselves.

    Speaking at Raisina Dialogue, General Rawat said Terrorists are using systems which are highly technology enabled and transcending international borders.

    He stressed on the need to disrupt terrorists and Identify nations that sponsor terrorism. Army Chief also called for strong action on political organisations of terrorist and said such organisations need to be banned.

     

     

     

  • Silk is  an intrinsic part of  the life and culture of Indians a rich and comprehensive history of silk production and a  traditional and cultural domestic market has ensured the availibilty of excellent variety of silk fabrics and the position of a leader  in the silk industry. In the last six decades, Indian silk industry has registered an impressive growth. Plans implemented by central and state agencies and tireless efforts of thousands of dedicated people have been very helpful in this context.

    In Chattisgarh women have joined the process of tussar weaving in a big way and are playing an invaluable part in continuing to weave its traditional beauty in the present hereby ensuring its continual presence in the days to come.They  are now becoming self-reliant with the commendable efforts of the district administration their efforts have catapulted Jashpur district to the  top in the field of tussar production today.

    Now on the special initiative of the district administration, some places are being identified for the purpose of providing employment in the district and for the production of tussar production. A crucial step in the success story of the district's silk department was the emphasis on the participation of women in the  work of weaving thread women's self-help group of National Rural Livelihood Mission with about 100 women under the Chief Minister's Skill Development Plan After 45 days of training have played an invaluable role in the entire process.

    The silk department has planted 1600 hectare in order to produce tussar and today 1,200 women of 60 self-help groups have joined the campaign launched with 100 women.  
    These women today on the basis of their skill and confidence have proved  that they are capable of handling any challenge of the world with dignity.
     

  • Seasonal influenza - H1N1, is a respiratory illness caused by flu viruses. It spreads between people and can cause mild to severe illness. Viruses are dispersed into the air through droplets when the infected person coughs or sneezes Viruses spread to persons in close proximity who breathe these droplets in Flu virus can spread by hands contaminated with influenza viruses It can spread by touching contaminated computer keyboard, cellphone, camera and door handles 

    Some of the the Symptoms of Seasonal Influenza are:- 

    - Cough (usually dry)

    - Cold
    - Sore throat
    - Runny nose
    - Redness in the eyes 
    - Sudden onset of fever
    - Headache
    - Muscle and joint pain
    - High grade fever with chills
    - Body aches
    - Fatigue
    - Nausea and vomiting
    - Pain abdomen
    - Diarrhea

    Flu viruses mainly spread through droplets made when infected people cough, sneeze or talk and these droplets are inhaled by people around them and it cause spread of infection. Some of the precautions one must take to avoid Seasonal Influenza are:- 

    - Follow cough etiquette
    - Do not spit in open
    - Cover mouth and nose with a tissue when coughing or sneezing
    - Dispose the used tissue in a covered dustbin 
    - If infected, stay at home 
    - Infected person must avoid going in crowded places
    - Keep a safe distance from infected person
    - Do not send the child having flu to school for preventing spread of infection
    - Maintain good hygiene 
    - Wash hands repeatedly with soap and water
    - Vaccination may be done in elderly and other high risk individuals

    Taking precautions and getting vaccinated against flu may help to prevent the infection.
     

  • As part of its drive against black money Government  has decided to strike off the names of 1.20 lakh more companies from the official records for various non-compliances as part of its continuing fight against the black money menace.Nearly 2.26 lakh companies have already been deregistered and around 3.09 lakh directors associated with these entities have been disqualified.

    The latest decision to strike off more 1.20 lakh companies from official records came after a review meeting of the actions taken with respect to deregistered firms last week.Minister of State for Corporate Affairs P P Chaudhary, who chaired the review meeting, has directed officials to expedite action against the companies that are to be struck off the records.

    For various non-compliances, around 1,20,000 more companies have been identified for striking-off, the corporate affairs ministry said in a release.

  •  At least seven people were killed hen a military helicopter crashed in a remote area of orthwestern Colombia today, the military said.The Russian-made MI-17 aircraft was carrying 10 people, ncluding four crew when it came down, according to a military tatement."Unfortunately seven of the occupants have died, and the earch for the other three continues," it said.

    The authorities gave no cause for the crash. Military accident investigators had arrived at the scene, according to the army.It said two of the passengers were part of a military aviation fuel maintenance team.

    In June 2016, another military helicopter crash killed 17 soldiers in an accident attributed to bad weather.

  • Veteran actor Kamal Haasan  will announce his political party’s name on February 21 at Tamil Nadu’s Ramanathapuram and begin a state-wide tour the same day. The tour will be held in phases.

    He will begin the journey from Ramanathapuram his hometown and later visit people from the districts of Madurai, Dindigul and Sivagangai. It will mark Haasan’s official entry into politics about which he has been making overtures since last year.“At the commencement of the journey, I intend to announce the name of my political party along with the guiding principles we intend to live by,” Haasan said in a statement on Tuesday.

    The veteran actor said he intends to challenge the status quo “that has been plaguing the politics of Tamil Nadu for some time now”.“However, for this to happen, my thoughts and actions need to collectively resonate with the people,” he said, adding that through the state-wide tour he wants to familiarise himself with the people’s concerns.

     

  •  Moshe Holtzberg, the Israeli boy who survived the 2008 Mumbai terror attacks as a toddler but lost his parents, visited the Nariman House in Mumbai on Tuesday. 

    This is his first visit to Mumbai since the attacks by Pakistani terrorists over nine years ago. Moshe, 11, was two when his parents were killed in the Mumbai attacks at Nariman House.

    The attack on the Nariman House and other locations like the Taj Hotel left 166 people dead.His grandparents and two uncles, who accompanied him from Israel, were with him during his Nariman House visit. Moshe's Indian nanny Sandra Samuels, who had saved him during the terror attack, was also present.

  • Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu has called upon the people of the country to turn Organ Donation into a National Level Mass Movement. He also asked people leaving the country for better opportunities to come back and serve the motherland – Learn, Earn & Return.

    Tamil Nadu Governor Banwarilal Purohit, State Health Minister Dr. C. Vijaya Baskar and Health Secretary Dr. J. Radhakrishnan were also present at the event to celebrate successful completion of One thousand liver transplantations in Tamil Nadu, in Chennai on Tuesday.The Vice President said that Organ Donation is a noble way of living beyond death. We must encourage people on the importance of Organ Donation and make them participate in such righteous cause. It is the best way to live after death, he said.

    Voicing concerns over the rise of Non-Alcoholic Fatty Liver Disease (NAFLD), particularly among youngsters, the Vice President said that the present-day lifestyles are hugely contributing to this menace. Avoiding consumption of junk food and alcohol, eating a balanced diet, ending sedentary lifestyles and doing regular exercises or Yoga-Asanas are essential for people, particularly the youth, to remain healthy and not fall prey to various diseases, he said.

    The Vice President also said that complex procedures like liver transplantation must be in the reach of common man. One of the ways to make it more affordable is to create the necessary expertise and facilities in government hospitals like what Tamil Nadu is doing, he said.