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  •   The Union Home Minister Shri Rajnath Singh today visited Srinagar to take stock of the ground situation in Jammu and Kashmir in the wake of the heinous terrorist attack on a CRPF convoy yesterday, which resulted in heavy casualties.

  • A day after the ghastly terror attack on a CRPF convoy in Jammu & Kashmir, the Vice President of India, Shri M. Venkaiah Naidu has asserted that the efforts of the neighbouring country to destabilise India can no longer be tolerated.

  • A High-level delegation, led by NITI Aayog CEO Shri Amitabh Kant, will be visiting Saudi Arabia from 16th to 17th February 2019 to participate in extensive discussions with the Saudi Centre for International Strategic Partnerships (SCISP) in Riyadh.

  • The Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi, visited Jhansi today. He laid the foundation stone of Defence Corridor in Jhansi and unveiled various development projects.

    Addressing a public gathering on this occasion, he said, “Our neighbours' intentions will be given a befitting reply by the people of India.

  •             AMRUT cities and Municipal Corporationsof Raigarh, Ambikapur and Kumbakonamhavebagged the first, second and third prizes respectively of Swachhata Excellence awards 2019. Nagar PalikaParishadJashpur Nagar, Malappuram Municipality, and Nagar PalikaParishadSurajpurhave claimed the prizesin the category of Statutory Towns.

  • ThePrime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi dedicated POWERGRID 765/400 kV Orai Sub-station & 765 kV Aligarh Sub-station and associated lines to the Nation today at a mega event held at Jhansi.These projects are part of Transmission System for inter-regional strengthening scheme for Western Region (WR) and Northern Region (NR) (Part-B).

  • Under Indo-German Development Cooperation, Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change(MoEFCC) organized Second National Conference today at Hyatt Hotel, New Delhi on Sustainable and Environment-friendly Industrial Production (SEIP) Project which isa joint programme of Ministry &GIZ -The Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit GmbH or GIZ in short is a German development agency.

  • The Fifteenth Finance Commission had a meeting with the Ministry of Power in New Delhi today. The meeting was chaired by the Minister for Power, Shri R. K. Singh along with the Chairman of the Finance Commission Shri N.K. Singh.

  • India’s overall exports (Merchandise and Services combined) in April-January 2018-19* are estimated to be USD 439.98Billion, exhibiting a positive growth of 9.07per cent over the same period last year.

  • In exercise of the powers conferred by sub-section (2) of section 14 of the Customs Act, 1962 (52 of 1962), the Central Board of Indirect Taxes & Customs, being satisfied that it is necessary and expedient so to do, hereby makes the following amendments in the notification of the Government of India in the Ministry of Finance (Department of Revenue), No. 36/2001-Customs (N.T.

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              Raised in 1911, the Corps of Signals celebrated its 108th Anniversary on 15 February 2019. On this occasion, Lt Gen Rajeev Sabherwal, Signal Officer-in-Chief alongwith senior serving officers laid wreaths and paid homage to the braves in a solemn ceremony at Amar Jawan Jyoti.

  • The e-Tourist Visa which was introduced in September 2014 with 46 countries has now been made applicable for 166 countries. Recently, government has made series of amendments in e-visa regime, liberalizing it further and making it more tourist friendly.

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    Suresh Prabhu addressing Board of Trade meeting in New Delhi

     

    Minister for Commerce & Industry and Civil Aviation, Suresh Prabhu, chaired a meeting of the Board of Trade (BOT) today at VigyanBhawan.

  • GS1 India, a standards organization set up by the Ministry of Commerce & Industry, today signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Government e-Marketplace (GeM).  This will enable GeM’s buyers and vendors toaccess rich, accurate and standardized information on attributes of thousands of products across categories, empowering them to make more informed decisions.

  • The 15th Finance Commission will be visiting the state of Telangana from 17th to 20th of February 2019. The Commission headed by the Chairman Shri N K Singh , will include Members Dr. Anoop Singh, Shri Ashok Lahiri and Dr. Ramesh Chand along with senior officers of the Commission.

  • The Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs (MoHUA) has made amendments to the Model Building Byelaws (MBBL) 2016 and Urban Regional Development Plans Formulation and Implementation (URDPFI) Guidelines 2014 making provisions for establishing Electric Vehicle Charging Infrastructure, in order to facilitate availability of Electric Vehicle Charging Infrastructure.

  • Union Minister of State for Mines Shri Haribhai Parthibhai Chaudhary has stressed the need for optimum utilization of the available mineral resources in the country. Addressing the inaugural session of 58th Meeting of the Central Geological Programming Board (CGPB) held at Pusa in New Delhi today, he said that the Union Government has taken several steps and also devised the new National Mineral Policy with a view to promote the ease of doing business along with ensuring the participation of private sector for better mineral exploration.

  • Moving a step ahead towards ensuring optimum use of National Waterways, the Inland Waterways Authority of India (IWAI) launched a new portal LADIS – Least Available Depth Information System here today.

  • In another important step towards Nirmal Ganga, Prime Minister Narendra Modi will lay the foundation stone for sewerage infrastructure at four towns in Bihar including Karmalichak (Patna), Barh, Sultanganj and Nauguchia.

  • This new transshipment procedure has been introduced on pilot basis on rail route from Kolkata/Haldia to Birgunj via Raxual Land Customs Station (LCS) and Biratnagar via Bathnaha Railway Station & Jogbani LCS.

    The Chairman Kolkata Port Trust, Commissioner Customs and Consul General of Nepal jointly flagged off first train carrying Nepal bound transit containers using ECTS from Kolkata Port on Friday. Similar facility for Nepal bound transit cargo had been previously introduced on pilot basis in August 2018 from Vishakhapatnam port.

    This is a significant step towards automating Customs transit facilitation between two countries and renews the commitment of Indian government to improve transit facilities for Nepalese trade. Under new modality, the need for Nepalese traders to seek permission and file transit declaration is done away with. 

    ECTS offers facility of sealing the containers using high security electronic seals and have tracking functionality. The Nepalese traders would be immensely benefited from this new modality as it would ensure safe and secure transit, simplified border formalities, reduction in transit time & transaction cost and improved shipment visibility.

  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi has warned Pakistan that attacks such as the one on CRPF soldiers in Pulwama will not weaken India and those responsible will have to pay a very heavy price.

    He said if India's neighbour, which has been totally isolated in the world, thinks that it can destabilise India through its conspiracies, then it is making a big mistake.  He added that this will never happen.

    PM Modi said the Defence forces have been given full freedom and the forces behind this act of terrorism will definitely be punished. He said this while flagging off Vande Bharat Express train from New Delhi Railway station today.

    PM Modi thanked all the nations that have supported India and condemned the incident in the strongest terms and urged them to come together to crush terrorism. PM Modi also urged the political parties to refrain from any kind of political mudslinging as this is a very sensitive and emotional matter.

    He said the message should go around the world that India is fighting unitedly against such gruesome act. 

  • He said if India's neighbour, which has been totally isolated in the world, thinks that it can destabilise India through its conspiracies, then it is making a big mistake.  He added that this will never happen.

    PM Modi said the Defence forces have been given full freedom and the forces behind this act of terrorism will definitely be punished. He said this while flagging off Vande Bharat Express train from New Delhi Railway station today.PM Modi thanked all the nations that have supported India and condemned the incident in the strongest terms and urged them to come together to crush terrorism.

    PM Modi also urged the political parties to refrain from any kind of political mudslinging as this is a very sensitive and emotional matter. He said the message should go around the world that India is fighting unitedly against such gruesome act.

    PM Modi paid tribute to CRPF jawans who lost their lives in Pulwama attack.

     

  • PM Modi laid the foundation stone of Defence Corridor in Jhansi. Jhansi is one of the six nodal points of the Uttar Pradesh defence corridor.

    He also laid the foundation stone of doubling of 425-kilometre long Jhansi-Manikpur and Bhimsen-Khairar railway lines.

    The Prime Minister inaugurated the electrification of 297-kilometre long section of Jhansi - Khairar section. He also inaugurated Pahari Dam Modernization Project.

     

     

  • Jaitley, who left for New York last month, returned home last week after undergoing medical treatment.

    On 23 January, the charge of the Finance Ministry and Corporate Affairs was given to Union Minister Piyush Goyal on a temporary basis.

  • The Vande Bharat Express train will run between New Delhi and Varanasi via Kanpur and Allahabad. It will cover the distance between New Delhi and Varanasi in eight hours and will run on all days except Mondays and Thursdays.

    Prime Minister also inspected the facilities in the train. Vande Bharat Express will run up to a maximum speed of 160 kilometers per hour and will provide a totally new travel experience to passengers. Speed, Safety and Service are the hallmarks of this train.

    The train has 16 air-conditioned coaches of which two are executive class coaches. The total seating capacity is one thousand and 128 passengers. From Delhi to Varanasi, an air-conditioned chair car ticket will cost Rs. 1,000 and Rs. 760 and the executive class fare will be Rs. 3,000 and Rs. 310.

    All coaches are equipped with automatic doors, GPS based audio-visual passenger information system, on-board hotspot Wi-Fi for entertainment purposes and comfortable seating.

    Every coach has a pantry with facility to serve hot meals and cold beverages. The train has been designed and built in India and has regenerative braking system in the coaches which can save up to 30 per cent of electrical energy.

  • He said that he understands the anger and expectations of the citizens of India. He also said that our security forces have been given full freedom to do what is needed.

    "Those who are rsponsible for this attack have made a huge mistake and I assure the country that they will be punished heavily," PM Modi said at an event in New Delhi.

    "I also understand the feelings of those who are criticizing us. They have every right to do so. However, I'd request them to stay away from political blame-game at this sensitive time. The nation will fight this together," PM said.

    Prime Minister Narendra Modi has warned Pakistan that attacks such as the one on CRPF soldiers in Pulwama will not weaken India and those responsible will have to pay a very heavy price.

    He said the defence forces have been given full freedom and the forces behind this act of terrorism will definitely be punished. He stated this while flagging off the country's first semi high speed train - Vande Bharat Express from New Delhi Railway station.

    The Prime Minister said if  India's neighbour, which has been totally isolated in the world, thinks that it can destabilise India through its conspiracies, then it is making a big mistake. He added that this will never happen. Mr. Modi thanked all the nations who have supported India and condemned the incident in the strongest terms and urged them to come together to crush terrorism.

    PM Modi also urged the political parties to refrain from any kind of political mudslinging as this is a very sensitive and emotional matter. He said the message should go around the world that India is fighting unitedly against such gruesome act. He also paid tribute to CRPF jawans who lost their lives in Pulwama Attack.

     

  • The Finance minister, after attending the meeting of Cabinet Committe on Security, said that 2-minutes silence was observed for those who made the supreme sacrifice for the nation and expressed its condolences with the bereaved families.

    He said that EAM will initiate all possible diplomatic steps to ensure complete isolation of Pakistan from international community. He added that those who are responsible for it will have to pay for it and efforts are on to ensure full security and bring the perpetrators to book. 

  • He was scheduled to address a public rally in Itarsi.

    In view of the unfortunate terror attack on a CRPF convoy in Pulwama, J&K, the visit was cancelled.

  • The northern lights, also known as Aurora Borealis, started their dance across the sky just after midnight and continued for over half-an-hour, alongside the almost full moon.

    Video of the spectacle was captured by an enthusiast from Rovaniemi who said more auroras were expected in the next few nights.

     

  • She defeated Riya Mookherjee 21-16, 21-7 in her quartersclash.

    Earlier in the day, Sindhu defeated Malvika Bansod of Nagpur 21-11,21-13 in the pre-quarterfinals. Sindhu along with 6 other women shuttlers weregiven direct entry in the singles pre-quarterfinals after a super draw was conducted last night. 

    Top seed Sameer Verma, playing the next match at the Assam Badminton Academy courts, conceded a men's singles encounter against AryamannTandon midway at 21-16,  1-8 after aggravating a achilles heelproblem. 

    Three other pre-quarterfinals involving  Saina Nehwal,Parupalli Kashyap and B Sai Praneeth, were rescheduled to the evening sessionafter Saina Nehwal refused to play due to the uneven surface of the court. 

    In men's doubles, top seeds Arjun MR and Shlok Ramchandran andthe pair of Pranaav Jerry Chopra and Chirag Shetty entered thesemi-finals. 

    The duo of Arun George and Sanyam Shukla and the pair of  Krishna Prasad G and Dhruv Kapila also entered the semi-finals.

  • President Maithripala Sirisena in a message said he is extremely saddened by the deaths adding that the world must condemn such brutal attacks and take effective action to prevent such incidents in future.

    Prime Minister Ranil Wickremsinghe expressed his condolences to Prime Minister Narendra Modi and families of soldiers who lost their lives.

    Former President Mahinda Rajapksa while condemning the incident said the world should continue to combat terrorism.

    The foreign ministry in a message while condemning the attack said that its thoughts and prayers are with families of fallen soldiers. 

  • A statement by the White House said: "We express our deep condolences to the victims’ families, the Indian government, and the Indian people for the loss of life in this brutal attack.  The United States calls on Pakistan to end immediately the support and safe haven provided to all terrorist groups operating on its soil, whose only goal is to sow chaos, violence, and terror in the region."

    It further states: "This attack only strengthens our resolve to bolster counterterrorism cooperation and coordination between the United States and India."

  • Raksha Mantri Nirmala Sitharaman, EAM Sushma Swaraj and Home Minister Rajnath Singh are in the meeting.

    Cabinet Secretary, Defence Secretary and CRPF DG also attended the meeting.

    A team of National Investigation Agency and National Security Guards has left for Kashmir to assist in the investigation.

    DG, CRPF RR Bhatnagar will also go to Srinagar  to take stock of the situation.

  • In its advisory, the Ministry said all channels are advised to be particularly cautious with regard to any content which is likely to incite violence or contains anything against maintenance of law and order or which promotes anti-national attitude or contains anything affecting the integrity of the nation. 

    The ministry asked them to ensure that no such content is telecast which is violative of Programme and Advertising Code as prescribed in the Cable Television Networks Regulation Act.

  • Meteorological department said areas in Chamoli and Rudraprayag districts received fresh snowfall. 

    It said, snowing started in Badrinath, Hemkund Sahib, Rudranath and Panch Kedar temples in Chamoli district and at Kedarnath in Rudraprayag district early in the morning and continued intermittently. 

    The meteorological office also said cold winds blowing from the hills swept the plains which also received showers in varying degrees.

  • UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres "strongly" condemned the terror attack against security personnel in Pulwama, perpetrated by Pakistan-based terror group Jaish-e-Mohammed, calling for those behind the attack to be brought to justice. 

    Condemning the attack, the US Ambassador to India Ken Juster in a tweet said that "The U.S. Mission in India strongly condemns today's terrorist attack in Jammu & Kashmir. We send our heartfelt condolences to the families of the victims. He added that the United States stands alongside India in confronting terror and defeating it."

    Russian Embassy condemns terrorist attack in Pulwama. Russia has also condemned in the strongest terms the horrific terrorist attack in Kashmir's Pulwama district.

    The Embassy of the Russian Federation in India in tweet said that "We denounce terrorism in all its forms and manifestations and reiterate the need to combat these inhuman acts with decisive and collective response without any double standards. May we express sincere condolences to the grieving families of the deceased and wish a speedy recovery to those injured."

    @RusEmbIndia condemns in the strongest terms the horrific terrorist attack in #Kashmir's #Pulwama district. "We denounce terrorism in all its forms and manifestations and reiterate the need to combat these inhuman acts with decisive and collective response without any double standards. May we express sincere condolences to the grieving families of the deceased and wish a speedy recovery to those injured."

    While, condemning the attack in Jammu and Kashmir,  French ambassador Alexandre Ziegler in a tweet said that "France most firmly condemns the heinous attack perpetrated in Jammu & Kashmir. Our thoughts go out to the families of the fallen soldiers. France has always been and always will be by India's side in the fight against terrorism in all its forms."

    Sri Lankan Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe has also condemned the attack. Ranil Wickremesinghe in a tweet said that "I strongly condemn the brutal terrorist attack in Kashmir's Pulwama district — the worst ever terror attack in Jammu and Kashmir since 1989. I express my condolences to Prime Minister Narendra Modi and the families of police officers who lost their lives. I strongly condemn the brutal terrorist attack in Kashmir's Pulwama district — the worst ever terror attack in Jammu and Kashmir since 1989.

    While, Foreign Minister of Maldives, Abdullah Sahid said "Strongly condemn the suicide terrorist attack on the convoy carrying Indian security forces in Jammu and Kashmir. I extend my prayers and condolences to the bereaved families of the dead and injured."  

     

  • In a tweet, PM Oli said that he called up Prime Minister Narendra Modi and condemned terrorist attack in Jammu and Kashmir.

    Nepalese PM also conveyed heartfelt condolences and sympathies to the families of the victims.

    Nepal's Ministry of Foreign Affairs in a statement has said that in line with its principled position, Nepal unequivocally condemns terrorism in all its forms and manifestations and believes that such heinous acts of terrorism cannot be justified on any ground. 

    Government of Nepal has extended heartfelt condolences to the families of victims as well as the Government and people of India and wished speedy recovery of injured.

  • Oli said after Prime Minister Narendra Modi's two visits to Nepal and his visit to India last year, the execution of partnership projects have gained momentum.

    He said with the agreement to enhance cooperation in agriculture, railways and inland waterways, the area of cooperation between two countries has been further extended.

    Addressing the nation on completion of one year of his government in Kathmandu Thursday evening, Nepalese PM said construction work of Arun III hydro-electric project has started.

    Oli said election has established political stability in Nepal and now it is moving towards economic stability.

    He said foundation has been laid down in the first year and results would be shown in coming years.

    He also highlighted various initiatives taken by his government during last one year for the welfare of Nepalese people and development of the country.

    Oli had assumed the office of Prime Minister on 15th February 2018 after landslide victory of left alliance in the historic parliament elections.  

  • Wickremesinghe visited the area on Thursday to discuss the implementation of the 45.27 million US dollars development project provided by Indian government last year.

    The Prime Minister instructed officials to work expeditiously to finalize land acquisition and other preliminary work of the three-year development plan. 

    Indian government has provided financial assistance for upgrading the harbor into a commercial port and equip it to handle general cargo.    

    The transformation of the port is aimed to boost import and export sectors while generating direct and indirect employment opportunities in Tamil-majority province. 

    Under this plan, the harbour’s basin will be deepened to 8 metres allowing it to handle general cargo ships. Ports minister said one existing pier will be completely rehabilitated and a new pier will also be constructed. 

    The harbour and its berthing piers were extensively damaged during the tsunami in 2004 and the cyclone ‘NISHA’ in 2008.

     

  • However, the enthusiasm of the crowd was visible during Prime Minister' address.

    The chief minister, Trivendra Singh Rawat distributed loan cheques to select beneficiaries of Deen Dayal Upadhyaya Farmers Welfare Scheme. Besides,  other projects were launched on his behalf.
     

  • Prime Minister in a tweet said that 'Attack on CRPF personnel in Pulwama is despicable. I strongly condemn this dastardly attack. The sacrifices of our brave security personnel shall not go in vain. The entire nation stands shoulder to shoulder with the families of the brave martyrs. May the injured recover quickly.
     

  • More than 2,500 CRPF, many of whom were returning from leave to rejoin duty in the Valley, were travelling in the convoy of 78 vehicles when they were ambushed on the Srinagar-Jammu highway in Awantipora.

    Home Minister Rajnath Singh will be going to J&K on Friday besides DG, CRPF to take stock of the situation.

    Prime Minister Narendra Modi has assured that the sacrifices of our brave security personnel shall not go in vain.
     

    The CRPF convoy had left Jammu at around 3:30 AM on Thursday. A Road Opening Party accompanied the convoy. The convoy had 78 vehicles and nearly 2,500 personnel. The convoy had to reach Srinagar by the evening. 

    But on the way, it was targeted in a terror attack. A bus belonging to 15th battalion of the force with 39 personnel on board was attacked in an IED blast and the terrorists fired upon other vehicles in the convoy.

    The injured were shifted to Military Hospital in Srinagar.

    Following the attack, forces cordoned off the entire area and launched searches. Security sources said the attack was the deadliest on CRPF in recent times.

    As per officials, the number of personnel travelling back to the Valley was high as there was no movement on the highway for the last two to three days because of bad weather and other administrative reasons. Usually, about 1,000 personnel are part of a convoy but this time it was a total of 2,547 personnel.

    A road opening party was deployed and the convoy had armoured counter-terror vehicles.

    The suicide attack surpassed Uri attack casualties of 19 soldiers on 18 September 2016. A car bomb attack was carried out after 15 years.

    Meanwhile, Jaish-e-Mohammad claimed responsibility for the suicide attack. Police said the terrorist driving the suicide vehicle was Adil Ahmad from Kakapora in Pulwama who joined the JeM in 2018. 

    Governor Satyapal Malik spoke to NSA Ajit Doval and Home Minister Rajnath Singh on the Pulwama attack.

    DG, CRPF RR Bhatnagar will go to Srinagar on Friday to take stock of the situation.

    President Ram Nath Kovind has condemned the attack in Pulwama in Jammu and Kashmir. President in a tweet said: "Strongly condemn the terrorist attack in Pulwama, J&K. Thoughts and prayers with the families of martyrs and wishing an early recovery to those injured. The entire nation stands united in the fight against the forces of terror and evil."

    Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu said: "Shocked by the dastardly terrorist attack in which CRPF personnel were martyred. My heartfelt condolences to bereaved families and prayers for speedy recovery of the injured."

    In a firm response, Prime Minister Narendra Modi assured that the sacrifices of our brave security personnel shall not go in vain.

    He tweeted: "Attack on CRPF personnel in Pulwama is despicable. I strongly condemn this dastardly attack. The sacrifices of our brave security personnel shall not go in vain. The entire nation stands shoulder to shoulder with the families of the brave martyrs. May the injured recover quickly." He further wrote: '"Spoke to Home Minister Rajnath Singh Ji and other top officials regarding the situation in the wake of the attack in Pulwama."

    A tweet from the Prime Minister's Office mentioned: 'PM @narendramodi spoke to the National Security Advisor and took stock of the situation regarding the attack in Pulwama, Jammu and Kashmir.'

    Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh tweeted: "Today's dastardly attack on crpf in Pulwama (J&K) is extremely painful and disturbing. I bow to each and every CRPF jawan who has sacrificed his life in service to the nation. I pray for the speedy recovery of the injured."

    The Home Minister spoke to the Governor of Jammu and Kashmir, DG CRPF and the Home Secretary regarding the Pulwama attack who apprised him of the situation. The Home Minister has cancelled his scheduled visit to Bihar on Friday even as the Ministry of Home Affairs is closely monitoring the situation.

    Other Union Ministers also condemned the terror attack - Union Minister Arun Jaitley tweeted...'Attack on CRPF in #Pulwama, J&K is a cowardice & condemnable act of terrorists. Nation salutes martyred soldiers and we all stand united with families of martyrs. We pray for speedy recovery of the injured. Terrorists will be given unforgettable lesson for their heinous act'

    Union Minister Piyush Goyal tweeted...'Deeply saddened by news of the IED blast in #Pulwama, Jammu & Kashmir in which our brave CRPF Jawans have been martyred. My thoughts are with the bereaved families and prayers with our injured Jawans to recover soon'

    I&B Minister Colonel Rajyavardhan Rathore tweeted : 'Condemn the despicable attack on @crpfindia jawans in #Pulwama. The cowardly enemy will NOT weaken our resolve. We WILL wipe out every terrorist from the country. We mourn the braveheart martyrs, and stand with their families in this difficult time'

    Meanwhile, J&K Governor Satyapal Malik urged all Security Forces commanders to enhance surveillance on every front and directed the District and Divisional Civil and Police administration to immediately review the security management of all important installations and establishments....He observed that forces responsible for the insurgency in J&K are desperate and frustrated and just want to prove their presence.

    With all-round condemnation coming for the Pulwama attack...and vigil enhanced in its aftermath...all eyes are on the progress that the investigation makes in this attack and...how India would respond with the Prime Minister assurance that sacrifice of our soldiers won't go in vain.
     

  • The world is getting literally greener than it was 20 years ago, the study published in the latest edition in Nature Sustainability on Monday said.

    It showed that at least 25 per cent of the global foliage expansion since the early 2000s came from China, with India close behind.

    This surprising new development detected by NASA satellites showed that the two nations with the world’s biggest populations were leading the way with their ambitious tree planting programs and intensive agriculture.

    In 2017 alone, India broke its own world record for the most trees planted after volunteers gathered to plant 66 million saplings in just 12 hours.

    The greening phenomenon was first detected in the mid-1990s, but they did not know whether human activity was one of its chief, direct causes, said researchers from the Boston University, who found that the greenery increase in the new century has been by five per cent — an area equivalent to the entire Amazon rainforest.

    Rama Nemani, a research scientist at NASA’s Ames Research Center and a co-author of the study said: “When the greening of the Earth was first observed, we thought it was due to a warmer, wetter climate and fertilization from the added carbon dioxide in the atmosphere.”

    But with data from NASA’s Terra and Aqua satellites, scientists realised that humans are also contributing. “Humans are incredibly resilient. That’s what we see in the satellite data,” said Nemani.

    “China and India account for one-third of the greening, but contain only nine per cent of the planet’s land area,” said lead author Chen Chi of Boston University.

    “That is a surprising finding, considering the general notion of land degradation in populous countries from over-exploitation,” said Chen.

  • The Minister said, there is a need to adapt with changing technology. He said it is the efficiency and integrity of the Indian Information Service officers that matters and asked them to come together as best communicators of government.

    Speaking on the occasion, Information and Broadcasting Secretary Amit Khare said, there is need to be up-to-date with the rapidly changing technology. He said the officers must communicate in a simple language and should reach out to the people. He also pitched for synergy between media units for better results.

  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi addressed the CREDAI YouthCon -19 at Talkatora Stadium in New Delhi. The theme for this YouthCon is Next Generation. He also visited the exhibition organized by Confederation of Real Estate Developers' Association of India, CREDAI.

    The annual conference will bring together the next generation of real estate builders and developers to enlighten their young minds and share their thinking and approach.

    Established in 1999, CREDAI is the apex body representing real-estate developers from over 200 cities in the country.

  • CBI interrogated Kolkata Police Commissioner Rajeev Kumar for more than 40 hours in the last four days in connection with the Saradha chit-fund scam.

    Sources said the Kolkata Police Chief had written to the CBI to give him a 'break' so that he can prepare a reply to the contempt petition filed in the Supreme Court against him and two other senior officers by February 18.  It may be mentioned that the CBI moved the contempt petition in the Supreme Court against him on February 4 for alleged non cooperation on the Saradha chit-fund scam.

    Meanwhile, the investigating officer of the Rose Valley scam, Chozom Sherpa told media on Tuesday morning that she was not involved in the questioning. The CBI quizzed the Kolkata Police Chief regarding the said scam.

  • Tuesday was the last day of the Budget Session which was also the last session of the 16th Lok Sabha and on the final day, the CAG report on the Rafale deal was tabled in the Rajya Sabha. In the Rajya Sabha, Samajwadi Party and TMC Members raised slogans, and in the midst of the uproar, the house saw repeated adjournments. Finally Rajya Sabha was adjourned sine dine.

    While, in the Lok Sabha, due to the uproar created by Samajwadi Party and TMC members, the House saw repeated adjournments.. As soon as the House met at 12 noon, the CAG Report was tabled in Lok Sabha as well. The CAG report titled "Capital Acquisition in Indian Air Force, which is of 141 pages, has 32 pages dedicated to the Rafale deal.  The CAG has observed that the Rafale deal negotiated by the NDA government was cheaper than the UPA offer. The NDA deal was 2.86 per cent cheaper than the one negotiated the UPA government.

    RAJYA SABHA PASSES INTERIM BUDGET WITHOUT DEBATE

    The Rajya Sabha passed the Interim Budget and Finance Bill 2019-20 without a debate, the last day of the Budget session of Parliament.

    The Interim Budget, Appropriation Bills and Finance Bill were passed by a voice vote in the Upper House after a broad consensus was arrived at among political parties to pass them without debate.

    Minister of State for Finance Shiv Pratap Shukla moved that the Appropriation and Finance Bills be passed. Rajya Sabha Chairman M Venkaiah Naidu put the bills to vote, which were approved by voice vote and returned to the Lok Sabha.

    Union Minister Arun Jaitley took to twitter on CAG Report. He wrote: "Satyameva Jayate" – the truth shall prevail.  The CAG Report on Rafale reaffirms the dictum.

    2016 vs. 2007 terms – Lower price, faster delivery, better maintenance, lower escalation. It cannot be that the Supreme Court is wrong, the CAG is wrong and only the dynast is right.How does democracy punish those who consistently lied to the nation? The lies of 'Maha-jhoot-bandhan' stand exposed by the CAG Report.

    Jaitley further said that the CAG report has completely vindicated stand of NDA Govt. It has blasted the big lie which was being spearheaded by the Congress. Hence, this controversy should come to an end now.

  • Interestingly, Radio has evolved as a platform for people to connect across regions of India, across cultures, in a manner that you probably had not foreseen sometime back. A great example is the Prime Minister's Mann Ki Baat which has brought Radio back to the national discourse as a medium, especially in this day and age where smartphones have invaded almost every moment in our private space, where television viewing and the internet have dominated how media is consumed. Radio still has a value, very unique value and a unique place, thanks to the nature of this medium. So it is fitting that we are observing World Radio Day.

    As we expand and transform Radio in India, I think it is important that we increasingly build out more and more digital capabilities, make radio accessible as a medium through devices of choice that are easily available to the masses across India. The fact that FM chipsets where embedded in Smartphones made FM listening very easily accessible, even if you are on the go, or working, or commuting. I think this was a very transformational change that has popularised FM as the medium of choice to listeners which is also reflected in our expansion plans of All India Radio, where you see increasingly more and more of our investment is going towards FM transmitters and FM stations. So that is possible largely because of this convergence that is happening on devices with smartphones capable of catching FM signals, but as we look ahead, I think when we launched All India Radio services on artificial intelligence enabled devices like Amazon Alexa, I think we have taken this transformation to the next level.

    Historically, Radio has been a one way medium where you could just listen to what was being broadcast. Now with Amazon Alexa you can actually converse with the device, you can instruct it, you can command it and you can listen to the content of your choice on demand. I think it's a fundamental change in listening habits and I am very happy that All India Radio has prepared itself for this artificial intelligence enabled future. We will have to take this further by ensuring that all of our content, especially the content diversity that we have across languages, from various parts of India is easily accessible in these digital medium of choice, be it on smartphones, be it on intelligent devices like Google Home, Alexa and so on.

    We also will have to ensure that we are digitally savvy and we are much more nimble in how we produce content, how we distribute content, how we package content by understanding the consumption behaviour of today's youth so that Radio as a medium appeals to them, Radio as a medium is something that they can identify with. India is a young nation, so clearly Radio must evolve as a platform of choice for the youth.

    So these are my thoughts on World Radio Day and I hope and wish that Radio as a platform continues to enhance dialogue, encourage tolerance and becomes a means of establishing peace both within the nation and across the globe.

  • Retail inflation fell to a 19-month low of 2.05 per cent in January due to fall in prices of food articles, mainly fruit and vegetables, coupled with easing of fuel cost, government data showed Tuesday.
    The Consumer Price Index (CPI)-based retail inflation was revised downwards for the preceding month December to 2.11 per cent from the earlier estimate of 2.19 per cent, showed data from the Central Statistics Office (CSO).

    In the year-ago month, January 2018, the retail inflation was at 5.07 per cent.

  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi gave a boost to healthcare facilities in Haryana. He dedicated to the nation the National Cancer Institute at the AIIMS Jhajjar campus. This is a state of the art Tertiary Cancer care cum Research Institute. The 700 bed hospital has different facilities like surgical oncology, radiation oncology, medical oncology, anesthesia, palliative care and nuclear medicine. The NCI will be the nodal institution for all activities related to cancer in the country and will have linkages with regional cancer centers and other cancer institutes within the country. There will be a special focus on research too.

    PM also inaugurated the first ESIC Medical College and Hospital in North India. Located in Faridabad, this 510 bedded Hospital has state of art facilities.  It provides social security to people insured under the Employees' State Insurance Corporation and their dependents.

    Prime Minister also laid the foundation stone for the National Institute of Ayurveda, Panchkula. The National Institue of Ayurveda is being set up at Shri Mata Mansa Devi Temple Complex in Panchkula.  It will be a national level institute for Ayurveda treatment, education and research. Once completed, it will be highly beneficial for the residents of Haryana and other nearby states.

    PM also laid the foundation stone for the Sri Krishna Ayush University in Kurukshetra. This University is the first, related to Indian system of medicine in Haryana as well as the first University of this kind in India.

    The foundation stone of Pandit Deen Dayal Upadhyay University of Health Sciences, Karnal was also laid by PM Modi.

    The Foundation stone of 'Battles of Panipat Museum' was also laid by PM Modi. This museum will honour the heroes of the various battles of Panipat. It is in line with the Union Government's initiative to honour the unsung heroes of India, who have contributed greatly to nation building.

    Prime Minister said that history of man cannot be written by those disconnected from their historic roots. He hit out at the Congress for promoting history that revolves around one family.

    Prime Minister participated in Swachh Shakti-2019 in Kurukshetra. He visited the Swachh Sundar Shauchalay exhibition. On display were toilets that have been beautifully decorated. Many are called Izzat ghar as they save women and girls from the shame of open defecation. The exhibition showcase the achievements of Swachh Bharat and the recently conducted Swachh Sunder Shauchalay, (neat and clean toilet) - a unique and first of its kind in the world campaign. He described Kurukshetra as the cradle of civilisation that is today witnessing a battle against filth.

    Prime Minister targetted the opposition for ignoring the plight of women who were forced to defecate in the open. He said that taunts from those who are born with golden spoons in their mouths don't deter him from standing up for the dignity of women.

    Prime Minister also distributed the Swachh Shakti-2019 awards. Swachh Shakti campaign is an example of how at the grass root level, rural women champions are acting as a change agent to mobilize the community and lead from the front. Women taking initiatives for a Swachh Bharat are being honoured via these awards.  Swachh Shakti-2019 is a national event where women Panches and Sarpanches from across the country gather. Nearly 15,000 women are participating in the event this year.

    Prime Minister congratulated the award winners. He said that India's swachhta model is being used by many nations around the world.

  • The Asian junior champion, seeded 14th at India's biggest domestic badminton event, needed 28 minutes to dismiss Rahul Patel 21-13, 21-13 on his way to the third round.

    Sen, who will face Vipul Saini next, had reached the semi-finals in the previous edition and is looking to improve on that.

    Former two-time champion Sourabh Verma of PSPB also began his campaign on a positive note with a commanding 21-10, 21-8 demolition of V.S. Jayapragasham.

    The first day of the Nationals witnessed as many as 250 matches played on 9 different courts. The hosts had a lot to cheer about on Day 1 as five singles shuttlers from the state of Assam won their opening round matches. Iman Sonowal set up a clash with Sourabh Verma after outplaying J&K's Raghav Dogra 21-9, 21-3.

    Assam's Orijit Chaliha lost to Mithun Manjunath 21-11;21-9 in the second round; earlier Orijit emerged a winner 21-14, 21-18 over Gujarat's Vishal Dave while Rituporna Bora defeated West Bengal's Anirban Mandal 21-5, 21-18.

    In women's singles, Megha Bora Morchana had it easy against Nagaland's Ekumyala whom she beat 21-9, 21-14. Suzen Burhagohain advanced when Goa's Yasmin Syed retired trailing 2-3.

    Among other matches, 2018 Ghana International winner Harsheel Dani won a blockbuster battle between two of India's rising stars when he prevailed over former World Junior Championships silver medallist Siril Verma 23-21, 21-17 to reach the third round.

    Men's singles top seed Arintap Dasgupta completely outclassed Anay Shirpurkar 21-8, 21-5 while fifth seed Rahul Yadav Chittaboina needed 32 minutes to show the door to Karan Choudhary 21-17, 21-8. Sixth seed Aryamann Tandon blitzed past Bidyasagar Salam 21-6, 21-6 en route to Round 3.

    Mixed doubles seventh seeds Manu Attri and Maneesha K hardly broke sweat in their 21-5, 21-6 destruction of Mohit Tiwari and Smirti Nagarkoti. Jammu and Kashmir's Raghav Dogra and Rupal Anand notched up a fine 21-12, 21-15 victory over Sikkim's Rewash Rai and Tashi Choden Gurung.

    Shlok Ramchandran, who played a brilliant role in guiding the AAI to their Inter-Zonal triumph, hardly faced any hassle in his mixed doubles opener in partnership with Mithula UK. The two teamed up to beat Akshit Mahajan and Anupama Upadhyaya 21-12, 21-19 en route to the third round.

    The preliminaries will continue till February 13 and will decide who all get to meet the top eight singles seeds who will begin their challenge directly from the pre-quarters. Similarly, in doubles, the top four teams have been exempted from playing until the quarters.

    The seeds will be placed after the Super Draw is conducted on February 14. Saina Nehwal and PV Sindhu will be the top attractions in women's singles. In the absence of defending champion HS Prannoy and former winner Kidambi Srikanth, BWF World Tour Finals semi-finalist Sameer Verma will be the biggest name in men's singles.

     

  • An army man also martyerd in the encounter. two more army jawan havebeen injured and evacuated to Hospital. 

    Security sources said the encounter broke out after joint forces' team launched cordon and search operation on the basis of tip off about presence of terrorists in the area. They said as the forces zeroed in on the hiding place, the terrorists fired indiscriminately triggering gunfight.

    Two terrorists are still holed up in the area who are engange in teh gunfight. 

     

  • According to eyewitnesses, most deaths were caused due to suffocation. The fire started around 4:30 am.

    The fire service and police officials pulled out several others from the hotel in a four-hour long rescue operation. Many people were severely injured and have been admitted for treatment. 

    The fire started from the fourth floor of the hotel and spread till the second floor, while the ground floor and basement remained unaffected. 

    The police have registered an FIR in connection with the incident and are probing if there was any negligence on part of the hotel. The cause of fire is yet to be ascertained though officials suspect a short circuit may have triggered it. The fire department will conduct an inquiry as well.

    Prime minister Narndra Modi expressed grief over loss of lives in Karol Bagh hotel fire. the Prime Minister in a tweet said .. Deeply saddened by the loss of lives due to a fire at Karol Bagh in Delhi. I convey my condolences to the families of those who lost their lives. May the injured recover soon.

    Meanwhile, the Delhi government has ordered a magisterial probe into Karol Bagh  Hotel Fire. Delhi Home Minister Satyendar Jain, who visited the Arpit Palace Hotel where the fire broke out in the early hours of the morning, told reporters that he has also directed the fire department to inspect buildings which are five floors or more and submit a report on their fire safety compliance within a week.

  • The portrait was unveiled by President Ram Nath Kovind in the presence of Vice President Venkaiah Naidu, Prime Minister Narendra Modi, ministers, and leaders of various parties.

    Renowned artist Krishn Kanhai of Vrindavan in Uttar Pradesh has prepared the portrait of Vajpayee, who served as Prime Minister three times between 1996 and 2004.

    The decision in this regard was taken unanimously on December 18, last year at a meeting of the parliament's portrait committee chaired by Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahaja.

    Speaking on the ocassion president Ram Nath Kovind said that he was a man of multiple talents and was dear to all . 

    Vice president M Venkaiah Naidu recounted many laudable achievements of Atal Behari Vajpayee as the PM, particularly his stress on improving connectivity in the country. 

    Vice President also highlighted the fact that vajapyee commanded respect from all sections of the political divide. 

    PM MOdi welcomed the installation of the potrait adding that the former PM will continue to shower his blessings on all

    The Prime minister also remembered many qualities of the former PM, especially the ability to communicate his thoughts and feelings even by not speaking even a word. 

     Speaking about the life and times of Atal Ji, PM Modi said that he was committed to democracy and he lead by example in showing the right conduct by public figures. 

     

  • AIR correspondent reports that Indian Air Force pressed two C-17 Globemaster aircrafts into service between Jammu and Srinagar yesterday and airlifted a total of 707 stranded passengers. The aircrafts carried 301 passengers in first sortie and 406 in second sortie yesterday. Air Commodore, Jammu SK Mishra personally supervised the entire air lifting operation at Jammu airbase. All the passengers were also provided eatables/food packets by the Tiger Division of Army at Satwari, Jammu.
     
    Earlier, as many as 538 persons, including 319 GATE aspirants, were airlifted in separate sorties by the IAF between Jammu and Srinagar.

    The relief effort has been undertaken jointly by the IAF and civil administration.

  • Vadra, the Brother-in-law of Congress President Rahul Gandhi, is being questioned in connection with an alleged land scam in Bikaner district of Rajasthan.

    Vadra, and his mother Maureen appeared before ED's regional office in Jaipur on Tuesday.

    The interrogation lasted for nearly nine hours.

    The ED had registered a case in September, 2015, taking cognizance of FIRs and chargesheets filed by the Rajasthan police in an alleged land scam in Bikaner district.

     

  • Republicans were desperate to avoid another bruising shutdown. They tentatively agreed Monday night to far less money for President Donald Trump's border wall than the White House's $5.7 billion wish list, settling for a figure of nearly $1.4 billion, according to congressional aides.

    That means 55 miles of new fencing constructed through existing designs such as metal slats instead of a concrete wall but far less than the 215 miles the White House demanded in December. The fencing would be built in the Rio Grande Valley in Texas.

    "We reached an agreement in principle," said Senate Appropriations Committee Chairman Richard Shelby, R-Ala., appearing with a bipartisan group of House and Senate lawmakers who concurred.

    "Our staffs are just working out the details," said House Appropriations Committee Chairwoman Nita Lowey, D-N Y.

    Details won't be officially released until Tuesday, but the pact came in time to alleviate any threat of a second partial government shutdown this weekend. Aides revealed the details under condition of anonymity because the agreement is tentative.

    The agreement also includes increases for new technologies such as advanced screening at border entry point, humanitarian aid sought by Democrats, and additional customs officers.

    This weekend, Shelby pulled the plug on the talks over Democratic demands to limit immigrant detentions by federal authorities, frustrating some of his fellow negotiators, but Democrats yielded ground on that issue in a fresh round of talks on Monday.

    Asked if Trump would back the deal, Shelby said: "We believe from our dealings with them and the latitude they've given us, they will support it. We certainly hope so." The border debate got most of the attention, but it's just part of a major spending measure to fund a bevy of Cabinet departments.

    A collapse of the negotiations would have imperiled another upcoming round of budget talks that are required to prevent steep spending cuts to the Pentagon and domestic agencies.

    Trump travelled to El Paso, Texas, for a campaign-style rally Monday night focused on immigration and border issues. He has been adamant that Congress approve money for a wall along the Mexican border, though he no longer repeats his 2016 mantra that Mexico will pay for it.

    Democrats carried more leverage into the talks after besting Trump on the 35-day shutdown but showed flexibility in hopes on winning Trump's signature. After yielding on border barriers, Democrats focused on reducing funding for detention beds to curb what they see as unnecessarily harsh enforcement by Immigration and Customs Enforcement, or ICE.

    The agreement yielded curbed funding, overall, for ICE detention beds, which Democrats promised would mean the agency would hold fewer detainees than the current average of 49,000 detainees held each day.

    Democrats claimed the number of beds would be ratcheted down to 40,520.

  • The Indian Delegation hosted India Networking Event on the side-lines of its participation at the Berlin International Film Festival (Berlinale) 2019. The participants were apprised about policy initiatives of Government to ease filming in India. like single point web portal for film shooting applications and and efforts to curb film piracy.

    The focus of the discussion was on forging ties for co-production of films and developing partnerships for the Golden Jubilee Edition of IFFI to be held later this year.

    The participants were also informed about the provision for the special film visa and about the availability of diverse and beautiful locations to shoot films.

    The Indian delegation also met with heads of renowned Film Festivals & Commissions like Cannes. The discussions involved positioning IFFI 2019 strategically, given that IFFI is celebrating it's Golden Jubilee Edition this year.

  • On its return journey, the chair car ticket will cost Rs1,795 and the executive car ticket will be priced at Rs3,470.

    The semi-high speed train is scheduled to be flagged off by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on February 15.

    The train has two classes of tickets — executive class and chair car — and will have differently price.

     

     

     

     

  • He laid the foundation stone for projects worth 2540 crore rupees. These include  widening of the 83.24 km Siwan-Mashrakh-Rajapatti-Kesariya-Chakiya section of Ram Janaki Marg, four laning of the 81.11 km Manikpur-Sahebganj-Kesariya-Areraj section of NH-74 , reconstruction of Mahatma Gandhi's statue and three entry gates on NH-28 and 28A in East Champaran district at a cost of 93.91 lakh rupees. 

    The Minister also initiated the development of 300-kilometre long river route from Hajipur to Triveni Ghat under dredging work in Gandak river for facilitating water transport. 

  • A notification issued by the Home ministry says all classes of passengers with valid travel documents can exit or enter through the post. 

    The government also appointed the Chief Immigration Officer as the Civil Authority for the purpose.

    On November 26 last year, Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu laid the foundation stone of the Dera Baba Nanak-Kartarpur Sahib Corridor at an event at Mann village in Gurdaspur district.

     

     

  • While praising the decision of the UAE court, External Affairs Minister of India, Sushma Swaraj in a tweet said, "We thank Abu Dhabi for declaring Hindi as one of the official languages in their judicial system. This will make the justice delivery system simpler and more accessible to our people."

    Indians, reportedly form the largest immigrant community in the UAE, with more than three million living in Dubai. The landmark decision undertaken by the judicial department will benefit a major chunk of workers, who mostly come from Hindi speaking regions of central and north India, Gulf News reported.

    On a positive note, the Indian workforce in UAE can now file their complaints to the labour counts in the country in their own mother-tongue. The complaints can be over issues related to delayed wages, end of service entitlements, bonuses, compensations for arbitrary layoffs, notice periods and annual leaves, as well as claims for air tickets and the return of their passports.

    While filling the complaint, the Indians emigrants will have to fill the name of the complainant and details regarding his job and salary in Hindi. The complainant is also required to upload the supporting documents. Hindi language forms can now be downloaded and additional details over the litigation procedures are available on the ADJD website.

    Addressing on the court's decision, Undersecretary of the ADJD, Yousuf Saeed Al Abri, said that the move was undertaken so that the judicial system of the country could play a major role in attracting foreign investments and enhancing Abu Dhabi to become an attractive business destination, especially for a skilled workforce.

    "The adoption of multilingual interactive forms for claim sheets, grievances, and requests, aims to promote judicial services in line with the Plan Tomorrow 2021, and increase the transparency of litigation procedures through the provision of bilingual forms which allow foreigners to know the litigation procedures, their rights, and duties without a language barrier," Al Abri added.

     

  • “I was asked to attend this office related to RC 4 case and I attended the office and cooperated with the investigation and now I am going back to Kolkata,” informed Ghosh after coming out of the CBI office.

    He appeared before the CBI as was directed by the Supreme Court recently.

    During the course of his two-day interrogation, Ghosh also had hours of joint confrontational session with the Kolkata police commissioner.

    It may be mentioned that Kumar, who was heading the Special Investigation Team probing into the Saradha chit fund scam, had arrested Ghosh in 2013.

    Ghosh had written to the PMO office alleging Kumar of not carrying out the investigation in the right earnest.

    Asked about the joint confrontational session, Ghosh refused to divulge much. He however said, “I don’t want to say anything regarding investigation, but I participated in the confrontational session with Rajeev Kumar.”

    Meanwhile, the questioning of the Kolkata Police Commissioner will continue , the fourth consecutive day.

  • The objective of the Bill is to create more accountability and offer more protection against exploitation of Indian women by their NRI spouses. It envisages (i) Registration of Marriages by Non-Resident Indians; (ii) Amendment of the Passports Act 1967 and (iii) Amendment to the Code of Criminal Procedure 1973.

    According to the provisions of the Bill, the compulsory registration of marriage within thirty days of marriage in India or abroad would provide better enforcement of rights of the deserted spouse under various family laws. Similarly, the Amendment to the Passport Act would empower the Passport Authority to impound or revoke the passport of NRI, if it is brought to his notice that the NRI has not registered his marriage within 30 days from the date of marriage. The Amendments to CrPC, 1973 would empower the Courts for issuance of summons, warrants through the specially designated website of the Ministry of External Affairs. It also provides provisions for attachment of properties belonging to the NRI, if he does not appear before the Court and is declared as Proclaimed Offender by the Court. 

    The introduction of the Bill was necessitated by the Ministry of External Affairs due to numerous complaints received from Indian nationals mostly women deserted or harassed by their Non-Resident Indian Spouses. The Bill proposes to offer greater protection to Indian women married to NRIs and serve as a deterrent to NRIs against harassment of their spouses. This would provide much needed relief to all Indian women married to NRIs worldwide.

  • The Lok Sabha passed the interim budget on Monday amid an opposition walkout. The interim budget proposals were discussed in the Lok Sabha, after which the House passed it. Finance Minister Piyush Goyal in his repoly expressed confidence that his government would return to present the full budget. Highlighting the PM Kisan Samman Nidhi, he said in the next ten years farmers would receive 7.5 lakh crore rupees through its disbursment. He was particluarly harsh on those opposition parties who thought little  of the provision. 

    Union Finance Minister, Piyush Goyal wIth the support of data, he pointed out the Govt's fiscal discipline. He said government had taken several steps to stop inflation. He accused the erstwhile Congress of having looted the country and perpetuating poverty. He contrasted how the Modi government  has been working to eradicate poverty, and warned that the people of the country will never forgive the Congress party for its corrupt practices. Earlier, there was a ruckus in Parliament in both houses. The Rajya Sabha was interrupted twice on different issues. SP and BSP members raised the issue of the deaths due to spurious liquor in UP. The Upper House was also interrupted by TDP and Congress members for different issues. The Congress and JDS raised the issue of alleged operation Kamal in Karnataka to lure their party MLAs in a plot to topple the Karnataka government. Human Resource Minister Prakash Javadekar, while responding to questions during Question Hour in Lok Sabha, clarified that government is committed to reservation of SC/ST and OBC in appointment of teachers in Central Universities.

     

  • Prime Minister will inaugurate the National Cancer Institute at Jhajjar as well.

    Kurukshetra, known for its historical and mythological importance, is all geared up to host a special program on Tuesday. Prime MInister Narendra Modi will address "Swachh Shakti 2019" programme in Kurukshetra in Haryana, thereby sending a message of cleanliness to the people. A large number of women representatives, 10,000 Aganwadi workers, Panchs and Sarpanches and 5000 women from across the country will participate in this programme. Participants of the programme would be informed about efforts to further empower the women.

    The Chief Minister Manohar Lal, several Union Ministers, Haryana Cabinet Ministers will attend the programme.

     

     

  • A second group of 20 officials of Nepal's Ministry of Finance joined their training course on ‘Global Perspectives on Public Financial Management’ at the Institute of Government Accounts and Finance (INGAF) in New Delhi on Monday. 

    This is a special tailor made training programme on Public Finance Management designed at the request and requirement of the Ministry of Finance of Nepal for a total of 62 officials.

    The training will enhance the capabilities of these officials in global practices dealing with e-payment system, accounting & cash management, public burrowing system, accounting of foreign loans/grants and repayments, pension payment system, internal audit, fiscal responsibility and budget management, etc.

    The first group of 20 Nepali officials had successfully completed their 10 day long training last month.

    INGAF is one of the Partner Institutes for imparting professional training to officials from friendly developing countries across the world under ITEC programme of the Government of India. 

  • Union HRD Minister Prakash Javadekar informed the Lok Sabha during the question hour that the Government is committed to OBC/SC/ST reservation in Central Universities.

    A review plea will be filed in the Supreme Court on this matter. Javadekar further informed the Lok Sabha that the option of bringing an ordinance is open to the Government.