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  • Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi called Mr Ibrahim Mohamed Solih and congratulated him on his victory in the Presidential elections held in Maldives yesterday.

     

    The Prime Minister also conveyed his good wishes for the strengthening of democracy, peace and prosperity in Maldives under the leadership of Mr Solih.

  • The Vice President of India, Shri M. Venkaiah Naidu inaugurated two Swadesh Darshan  Scheme projects of the Ministry of Tourism - “Development of Kakinada - Hope Island - Coringa Wildlife Sanctuary - Passarlapudi - Aduru - S Yanam – Kotipally and, Development of Nellore- Pulikat Lake - Ubblamadugu Water Falls - Nelapattu -Kothakoduru- Mypadu - Ramateertham - Iskapalli” in the presence of Union Minister of State (I/C) for Tourism, Shri K.J. Alphons, Minister for Tourism, Government of Andhra Pradesh, Ms. Bhuma Akhila Priya and Union Tourism Secretary, Smt. Rashmi Verma, in Tirupati today.

  • The Vice President of India, Shri M. Venkaiah Naidu has said that Indian food heritage is a mixture of art and science and is exceptionally vast and diverse. He was addressing the gathering after inaugurating the Indian Culinary Institute, Tirupati and two projects in Nellore and East Godavari Districts of Andhra Pradesh, implemented under the Coastal Circuit theme of Swadesh Darshan Scheme of Ministry of Tourism, Government of India, in Tirupati, Andhra Pradesh today.

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  • Union Minister for Road Transport & Highways, Shipping, Water Resources, River Development and Ganga Rejuvenation Shri Nitin Gadkari said in Shillong today, that the Centre will spend 1 lakh 50 thousand crore rupees on improving National Highways in the  North Eastern states.

  • The Government of India has announced the Sale (Re-issue) of (i) “7.37 per cent Government Stock, 2023”  for a notified amount of Rs. 2,000 crore (nominal) through price based auction, (ii) “7.17 per cent Government Stock, 2028” for a notified amount of Rs. 4,000 crore (nominal) through price based auction, (iii) “7.40 per cent Government Stock, 2035” for a notified amount of Rs. 2,000 crore (nominal) through price based auction, and (iv) “7.72 per cent Government Stock, 2055” for a notified amount of Rs. 4,000 crore (nominal) through price based auction.

  • Raksha Mantri Smt. Nirmala Sitharaman, while inaugurating the 37th Coast Guard Commanders’ Conference here, lauded the exemplary efficiency of the Indian Coast Guard (ICG) and foresightedness of its leadership for scientific and meticulously planned development of the organisation to meet the emergent challenges.

  • Golden Globe Race # GGR 2018 Commander Abhilash Tomy of the Indian Navy, representing India in the Golden Globe Race 2018(GGR) on an indigenously built sailing vessel ‘Thuriya’ was dismasted and suffered a back injury on 21 Sep 18. On 24 Sep 18, at about 1130 hrs Indian Time, French Fishing Vessel (FV) Osiris reached in vicinity of ‘Thuriya’ and carried out a successful rescue operation.

  • The last date for submission of applications to the Defence India Startup Challenge (DISC), being organised by the Defence Innovation Organisation (DIO) has been extended till October 31, 2018.

    The Defence India Startup Challenge has been launched by the Defence Innovation Organisation with support from Department of Defence Production, Ministry of Defence and Atal Innovation Mission, NITI Aayog for the Innovations for Defence Excellence (iDEX) scheme.

  • The fourth edition of India International Science Festival will be inaugurated by President of India in Lucknow on October 6, 2018. IISF-2018 is expected to be represented by approximately 10000 delegates including 5000 students, 550 teachers, 200 students from North-East Region, 20 international delegates and approximately 200 startups.

  •             The due date for filing of Income Tax Returns and Audit Reports for Assessment Year 2018-19 is 30th September, 2018 for certain categories of taxpayers. Upon consideration of representations from various stakeholders, the Central Board of Direct Taxes(CBDT) extends the ‘due date’ for filing of Income Tax Returns as well as reports of Audit (which were required to be filed by the said specified date) from 30th September, 2018 to 15th October, 2018 in respect of the said categories of taxpayers.

  • A High-Level Committee of the Uttar Pradesh government has come out with recommendations aimed at providing solution to the completion of homes in the stalled projects of Noida, Greater Noida and Yamuna Expressway.

  • The National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) is conducting a basic training programme at the Rajiv Gandhi International Airport in Hyderabad. The five-day training programme, aimed at enhancing the preparedness of Airport Emergency Handlers (AEHs) to respond to CBRN emergencies at the airports, started today.

  •       Andhra Pradesh has topped the charts among States in terms of “Ease of Living Index” rankings launched by the Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs (MoHUA).  It was followed by Odisha and Madhya Pradesh.

  • Union Minister of State for Parliamentary Affairs, Water Resources, River Development and Ganga Rejuvenation, Shri Arjun Ram Meghwal presided over the Inaugural Session of the two-dayNational Orientation workshop on National e-Vidhan Application (NeVA), organized by Ministry of Parliamentary Affairs, here today.

  • The Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi today inaugurated the Pakyong Airport in Sikkim. This is the first airport in the Himalayan State, and the 100th airport in the country.

    Addressing a large public gathering on the occasion, the Prime Minister described the day as a historic one for Sikkim, and an important one for India.

  • The Vice President of India, Shri M. Venkaiah Naidu has said that Scientists play a key role in providing data and should focus on the requirements of the common man, more importantly of the farmer, and help in formulating strategies for better Governance.

  • At around 1430 hrs, on 23 Sep 18, a request was received at Airforce Station Sarsawa from the State Govt of Himachal, for the rescue of personnel struck due to incessant rains at Kullu. Beas river had swelled and as a result of which small islets were formed in the river wherein people were stranded.

  • It has been reported in a section of the media that Shri Rahul Gandhi, during an interaction at New Delhi on Saturday (Sept 22), had commented that “The SPG Chief appointed by the Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi had to quit because he refused to accept a list of SPG officers handpicked by the RSS”.

  • Crude Oil

     

    Crude oil production[1] during August, 2018 was 2908.12 TMT which is 6.47% lower than target and 3.70% lower when compared with August, 2017. Cumulative crude oil production during April-August, 2018 was 14611.



  • Finance Minister Piyush Goyal has said that independent asset management companies (AMCs) and steering committees will be set up for faster resolution...




  • The CBI has charge-sheeted 51 people for alleged rioting at the residence and office of Haryana minister Abhimanyu Singh during protests to demand res...




  • BJP chief Amit Shah will arrive in Kerala today on a day-long visit to gear up the party for the 2019 general elections. BJP sources said, o...



  • Afghan envoy to New Delhi Shaida Abdali has said that India and Afghanistan must stand together to free the two countries from terrorism. Speaking in New Delhi on Monday, Abdali condemned the terror attack in Jalalabad in which several people, including a number of Sikhs, were killed.



  • In Thailand, all 12 boys and their soccer coach have been confirmed alive after going missing in a flooded cave network in northern province.



  • Extending losses for the second session, the rupee weakened by 16 paise to trade at 68.96 against the US dollar in early trade on Tuesday on sustained capital outflows amid strengthening of the American currency overseas.



  • In the FIFA World Cup, Brazil and Belgium registered contrasting victories last night to seal a place in the quarterfinals and set up a last-8 clash on Friday.


  • Yameen conceded defeat in a televised address.

    The result was a major surprise, since most of Yameen's political rivals were either in prison or in exile.

    Solih received 58 percent of the popular vote, compared to Yameen's 41 percent, though formal results are still to be declared.

    Celebrations broke out across the 1,200-island tropical archipelago, which is a popular tourist destination.  

    Prime Minister Narendra Modi called Ibrahim Solih and congratulated him on his victory.

    Prime Minister conveyed his good wishes for the strengthening of democracy, peace and prosperity in Maldives under Solih's leadership.

    Solih thanked the Prime Minister for his greetings and good wishes, and the two leaders agreed to work closely together to further strengthen their close, friendly and good neighbourly relations.

    In a statement the Ministry of External Affairs said, "the election marks not only the triumph of democratic forces in the Maldives, but also reflects the firm commitment to the values of democracy and the rule of law.

    In keeping with our 'Neighbourhood First' Policy, India looks forward to working closely with the Maldives in further deepening our partnership".

  • An alert has been sounded in all districts of the state and rescue and relief operations are underway.

    Flooding waters have swept away buses, trucks and even roads the Air Force has also had to press in its helicopters to pull people out of peril.

    Tourist haven Kullu-Manali region is among the worst hit..Beas river is in spate threatening all the areas it flows thorugh..Several roads and highways have swept away by raging waters..People in hundreds are stuck in different parts of the state due to landslides and other obstructions.

    Educational institutions have been directed to remain shut in the state's 12 districts on Tuesday.

    Children in large numbers got stuck due to heavy rains in Chamba district's Holi 24X7 emergency centres have now been set up in in all districts of the state.

    People in any sort of difficult situation due the weather can also call on helpline number 1070.

    The bad weather is making rescue work difficult but all agencies concerned are on alert..Rerports of communication services getting disrupted have also been received from some upper reaches of the state..Cracks have appeared in the historic Victoria and Balu bridges in Chamba.

    It's no longer safe to travel on this route and the administration has stopped all traffic on it for now.

    Himachal Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur has said that after the met department's forewarning all authorities concerned have been put on alert and advisories have been issued for rescue and relief work.2 people are reported to have been killed in heavy rains in Himachal Pradesh.The state is witnessing the heaviest rains in the month of September in the last 15 years.

    10 district are said to be bearing the brunt of nature's fury..Sunday saw the Air force rescuing 19 people while several people were also taken to safety the next day.

    Those who still remain stuck in inaccessible areas are being provided with essentials..While the administration remains in the alert..the met department has forcast more heavy downpours in the next 24 hours.

    The situation due to heavy rains also remains grim in Jammu & Kashmir.

    The downpour took a toll in Doda district on Tuesday when 5 members of a family lost their lives in a single incident.

    They were in a temporary shelter when debris from a landslide swept over them burying them alive.Rivers are also in spate after torrential rains in Kathua.

    Over 80 families there have been moved to safety..Standing crops in wide areas have been laid waste in Haryana and Punjab.

    Normal life has also been affected due to rains in Delhi-NCR and its several parts of Rajasthan.

    After 48 hours of rains in Ajmer..a school bus with 20 children got stuck in an underpass..Heavy rains have again been forecast in several districts of flood hit Kerala.

    The met department has said heavy to very heavy rains are likely in the next 24 hours in parts of Assam, Meghalaya, Arunachal Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Tamil Nadu, Karnataka, Kerala and Telangana..
     

  • BJP has launched a scathing attack on the Congress linking Congress President's brother in law Robert Vadra and his friend Sanjay Bhandari to the fate of the deal during the UPA regime.

    In a press conference BJP leader Gajendra Singh Shekhawat pointed to alleged business links between Robert Vadra and Sanjay Bhandari and spoke on how the two were seen at defence expos together on many occasions in past.

    BJP alleged that a deal was never finalised during the UPA regime because Sanjay Bhandari's company was not accepted in the role of a middleman by Dassault Aviation.

    Despite the wishes of Robert Vadra and the Gandhi family and so the party wants the deal to be scarapped.

    The BJP has alleged that Congress is conspiring to get the deal scrapped and undermine India's strategic interests.It accused Rahul Gandhi of conspiring with global players against national interest.

    Comparing NDA's deal with what the UPA tried to conclude , the BJP said that while the UPA deal was for bare aircrafts that would have been of no strategic use to India the NDA's deal relates to purchase of fully loaded and weaponised fighter jets.

    BJP reiterated that the NDA deal is more economical that want the UPA was trying to negotiate and accused the Congress of propagating myths to mislead the nation.

    Questioning Congress' demand for a JPC probe into the Rafale fighter jets deal, the BJP said that such a probe would bring into the public domain sensitive information related to defence which in turn would undermine India's strategic interests.

    Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh accused the Congress of manufacturing a controversy and said the matter should rest after the latest statement by former French President Francois Hollande.

    He alleged that the Congress was raking up the matter with an eye on the 2019 Lok Sabha election.

    Earlier Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley had clarified that neither the Govt of India nor the French Govt have played any role in the choice of offset supply by Dassault Aviation.

    He had also ruled out cancellation of the Rafale deal saying the deal is in the interest of national security.
     

  • Launching a book "Bharat-Nepal Relations: Defense and Security Issues" in Kathmandu on Monday evening Regmi said understanding and trust is very necessary for any relationship.

    He said keeping in view the security concern due to long open border mutual trust between India and Nepal will further increase.

    Charge'd'affairs of Indian Embassy Ajay Kumar stressed upon the need of increasing expert level dialogue between the two countries.

    A number of security and defense experts, former diplomats and senior officials attended the function.

    The book is based on proceeding of a seminar on India-Nepal relations and security issues held in Dehradun last year.  

  • Clearly Prime Minister Narendra Modi is on mission connect....with a speacial focus on the so far neglected East and North Eastern part of the country.

    An engineering marvel, the greenfield Pakyong airport will improve connectivity and will hugely benefit the people of Sikkim.

    Developed under the Udan scheme, flights to and from Pakyong to Kolkata and Guwahati have been approved in the first phase.

    The airport now circumvents the need for a five hour journey from Bagdogra through mountanious roads to reach Gangtok.

    Constructed at an altitude of 4500 feet above sea level, this project was executed by the Airports authority of India.

    Cutting steep slopes in a rainfall prone area to build a runway and channeling existing waterchannels on the project site so that they remain undisturbed are some of the challenges that had to be overcome.

    Prime Minister contrasted the aviation boom since 2014 with the performance under the previous governments.

    He said that there can be no better example of what speed of action and clarity of vision can achieve.

    PM Modi said that the Pakyong airport under the UDAN scheme will ensure that the middle class can afford air travel.

    Air fare for hour long flights has been capped at Rs 2500 under this scheme.

    So now travelling by air is as affordable as travelling by an AC train. India is the third largest market for domestic filghts.

    Demand for purchase of aircrafts has also multiplied at a rapid rate since 2014. Prime Minister said that his dream of ensuring those who wear hawai chappals travel by 'hawai jahaz' or air is fast becoming a reality.

    Prime Minister Modi's vision for transforming Sikkim isn't limited to air connectivity.

    Road and rail conncetivity is also being enhanced. Power supply is also being boosted. And all this is being done keeping environmental concerns in mind.

    ‘Sabka Saath Sabka Vikas’….this theme that guides governance under the Modi government played out over the last three days.

    From Jan aarogya Yojana to putting SIkkim and a predominantly tribal belt on the aviation map, Prime Minister Modi is doing all he can to ensure ease of living for the last man standing in the queue.

     

  • Addressing the Scientists and Researchers at the National Remote Sensing in Hyderabad the Vice President said that ISRO with its state-of-the-art facilities has been harnessing space technology for rural and urban development.

    He further said that ISRO maintains one of the largest fleet of communication and remote sensing satellites with the versatile workhorse, Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle becoming a favoured carrier.

    After making every Indian proud with the success of Chandrayaan-1 and Mars Orbiter Spacecraft, now ISRO is gearing up for the launch of Chandrayaan-2 early next year, he added.

    The Vice President said that rural development is vital for the country’s growth and several national flagship programmes are being implemented in the country for the same.

    For effective implementation of those schemes, there is a need for optimal utilisation of satellite data for mapping and monitoring the resources and also take up impact assessment studies, he added.

    While lauding ISRO for its innumerable achievements, the Vice President asked the prestigious organisation to take up futuristic, innovative projects for societal benefits.
     

  • Indiatourism will organise various cultural events to promote domestic as well as foreign tourism.

    The three components of Paryatan Parv are Dekho Apna Desh: to encourage Indians to visit their own country; Tourism for All: Tourism Events across all States in the country to be organized; Tourism & Governance: Interactive Sessions & Workshops with Stakeholders on varied themes will be organised across the country.

    Regional Director, Indiatourism Mumbai,  Neela Lad informed media in this regard that 20 offices of Indiatourism across country are relentlessly working to promote domestic tourism.Lad further informed that Mumbai office of Indiatourism is organizing “Paryatan Parv- Mini Bharat Parv” at P L Deshpande Kalangan, Prabhadevi on 27th and 28th September, 2018.

    This Parv will have cultural programs, Classical - semi classical - folk dances, art and craft display-demonstration-sale etc, tourism information stalls, variety of cuisine and few more attractions.

    The entry for public is free. The event will also showcase 100 painting entries received as part of “My India-Clean India” painting contest from 11 Kendriya Vidyalayas in Mumbai and winners will be awarded.

    As an added attraction, there would be art students displaying their art skills, events that would involve people in painting anything about India on a canvas, interactive workshops on Warli Paintings, Mehandi, Batik Painting etc. between 12 noon & 4pm and Cultural performances from 6pm onwards comprising various dances, such as Adivasi dance forms, Cultural folk performances - Bihu (Assam), Bail Pola (Maharashtra), Singhi Chham (Sikkim), Garba(Gujarat), Kalbelia (Rajasthan), Lavni (Maharashtra), Cheraw-Bamboo Dance (Mizoram) and Karakattam (Tamil Nadu).  

    Indiatourism wants people to come and enjoy Mini India at one venue.

    The Paryatan Parv 2018 was inaugurated by the Home Minister  Rajnath Singh at Rajpath Lawns in New Delhi on 16th September 2018 in the presence of the Minister of State (IC) for Tourism  K.J. Alphons.

  • Raksha Mantri added that the Indian Coast Guard’s admirable capabilities and relentless surveillance efforts in the vast and expansive maritime zones of India are unmatched in the Indo-Pacific region, and regularly the focus of discussion and appreciation in all international forums being attended by the Raksha Mantri.

    She  also appreciated the Coast Guard’s exemplary leadership and stellar role in protecting the citizens in times of adversity particularly post cyclone Ockhi as well as for the overwhelming response during Kerala floods.

    She called upon the Coast Guard top Commanders to deliberate and discuss ways and means to engage fishing communities to adopt technology driven instruments for further enhancing safety and security at sea.

    While complimenting the Coast Guard’s consistent efforts in filling up the gaps in surveillance through CSN Phase-I, Raksha Mantri assured of the MoDs staunch commitment for completion of Phase-II in a time bound manner.

    Director General Rajendra Singh, PTM, TM, Director General Coast Guard thanked the Raksha Mantri and the Ministry of Defence for the unbounded support towards transforming the Indian Coast Guards capacity and capability and reassured that regardless of any challenge, the Indian Coast Guard remains ever diligent in performing its noble duty of saving life and property in distress at sea and protecting the marine environment and, leaving no stone unturned in protecting security interests in the maritime zones of India.

  • The 102 km road has been constructed at a cost of Rs 683 crores.Speaking on the occasion, the Union Minister  said that the Government is giving highest priority for development of infrastructure in North East as prosperity comes from road.

    "If you want to develop industry u need water road communications and for progress of any state road infrastructure is most important," he added.

    Asserting that  Government has big projects for North East,he urged NHIDCL to make small packages and give more contract to people from the area since Government wants to provide employment to  local people.

    He also made it clear that Government cannot compromise on quality.He said that this road is important for development of industries in Meghalaya.

    He lamented that land acquisition is a big problem and Government needs cooperation from state government as many big projects are being delayed.

    Chief Minister of Megjalaya Conrad Sangma said this project is a boon for people of that area state as it's highly economic active zone  where 10 cement company are located.

    He said  that people from Assam and Mizoram will be benefitted from the  new road.

     

  • Mathews said in a letter to Sri Lanka Cricket board today that he has been made the scapegoat for Sri Lanka's dismal performance against Bangladesh and Afghanistan in the Asia Cup.

    The 31-year-old all-rounder has threatened to retire from the two shorter formats after being removed as captain of Sri Lanka's one-day international and T20 teams.

    The board had earlier asked Mathews to step down and allow Dinesh Chandimal to lead Sri Lanka during England's tour next month.

    Chandimal, who was already captain of Sri Lanka's Test side, now takes the reins in all three formats of the game.

    Sri Lanka were defeated by 137 runs against Bangladesh in their opening match of the Asia cup and have now lost 30 of their 40 matches since January 2017.

  • All government and private schools in Shimla, Sirmaur, Kangra, Kullu, Chamba, Mandi, Kinnaur, Solan and Hamirpur districts have been directed to remain closed as a precautionary measure, they said.

    While only government and private schools will remain closed in Shimla and Sirmaur districts, the deputy commissioners of the seven districts of Kangra, Kullu, Chamba, Mandi, Kinnaur, Solan and Hamirpur have ordered closure of all government and private educational institutions, including schools, colleges, ITIs and anganwari kendras on Monday.

    Issuing orders of closure of all educational institutions in Himachal's largest district Kangra, DC Sandeep Kumar warned the general public and tourists to stay away from rivers and nullahs to avoid any untoward incident. In case of any emergency, administration may be contacted at 1077 number, he added.

    Similar warnings have been issued by other DCs, including Solan DC Vinod Kumar, Hamirpur DM Richa Verma, Sirmaur DC Lalit Jain, Kullu DC Yunus and Kinnaur DC Gopal Chand.

    Meanwhile, issuing orders of closure of all government and private education institutions in Kullu, DC Yunus students would not be required to come to their education institutions, but teaching and non-teaching staff would remain present in their respective institutions.

    In Chamba, the district administration has issued instructions to the public to stay indoors and not venture out. Water level in dams and rives has increased a lot and water is being released from various dams, district officials added. 

  • The Prime Minister reached the Himalayan state after launching the Centre's flagship Ayushman Bharat-National Health Protection Mission (AB-NHPM) from Jharkhand capital Ranchi Sunday.

    Sikkim's dream of having an airport will come true nine years after a foundation stone of the greenfield airport was laid, around 33 km from Gangtok, in 2009. The airport is spread over 201 acres and is located on top of a hill about two km above Pakyong village at 4,500 feet above sea level, Sikkim Chief Secretary A K Srivastava said.

    The airport was constructed by the Airports Authority of India and at present, the nearest airport from Sikkim is located 124 km away in Bagdogra in West Bengal. The airport was constructed at an estimated cost of Rs 605 crore and is an "engineering marvel" for its soil reinforcement and slope stabilisation techniques keeping in view the altitude it was built at, Srivastava said.

    Integrated structures comprising an ATC tower-cum-fire station, two sophisticated CFT, one terminal building for passengers, high-intensity runway lights, parking for over 50 vehicles are some of the features of the airport, the chief secretary said.

    The reinforcement wall of the project is 80-metre-high, one of the tallest in the world, Srivastava said.

    The Pakyong airport is located around 60 km from the Indo-China border. The Indian Air Force (IAF) would be able to land various types of aircraft on the airport's runway with the construction of another 75-metre stretch adjacent to the main runway in the coming days, the chief secretary said. It has a 1.75 km runway with a width of 30 metre. It also has a 116-metre-long taxiway connecting it to an apron measuring 106 metre by 76 metre that can simultaneously accommodate two ATR-72 aircraft.

    The airport has 3,000 sq metre terminal building and has a capacity to handle 50 in-bound and as many out-bound passengers.

    Pakyong Airport Director R Manjunatha said the land for the airport was carved from the mountain side using massive geo technical 'cut and fill' engineering works.

    The first commercial flight from Pakyong would begin from October 4, he said. SpiceJet will operate 78-seater Bombardier Q400 flights to and fro Delhi, Kolkata and Guwahati everyday under the Civil Aviation Ministry's Ude Desh Ka Aam Nagrik (UDAN) scheme, Manjunatha said.

    UDAN aims at enhancing regional connectivity. Manjunatha said initially the airport would only cater to domestic flights, but later it will also provide international flight services connecting Sikkim with other countries like Paro in Bhutan, Kathmandu in Nepal and Dhaka in Bangladesh.

    On March 5, IAF's Dornier-228 aircraft was tested from Pakyong, officials said. SpiceJet followed it by conducting test runs of the 78-seater Bombardier Q400 from Kolkata to Pakyong on March 10. This led to security clearances for commercial operations, they said.

    The Sikkim Police has been entrusted with the security of the Pakyong airport, the officials said.

     

  • According to a press release issued by WWF, Nepal, if these trends continue, Nepal could become the first country to double its national tiger population since the launch of ambitious TX2 goal at the St Petersburg Tiger Summit in 2010 to double the world’s wild tiger population by 2022. 

    Nepal conducted its national tiger survey between November 2017 and April 2018 in the transboundary Terai Arc Landscape (TAL), a vast area of diverse ecosystems shared with India.

    The earlier tiger survey in 2013 had estimated the tiger population at 198. The Secretary, Ministry of Forests and Environment of Nepal Bishwa Nath Oli said protecting tigers is a top priority of the government.  

    The Country Representative of WWF-Nepal Dr. Ghana S Gurung said that while Nepal is just a few tigers away from achieving the goal of double tiger numbers by 2022, it also underscores the continued need to ensure protection and improved and contiguous habitats for the long-term survival of the species.

     

     

  • PM Modi had announced the launch of the scheme from the ramparts of the Red Fort during his Independence day speech. PM Modi rolled out the scheme from Jharkhand capital Ranchi.

    The programme aims to make healthcare accessible and affordable, by providing a coverage of Rs. 5 lakh to 10 crore economically backward families. Nearly 31 states and Union Territories will implement the programme after Sunday's launch.

    Under the Prime Minister Jan Arogya Yojana, more than 10 crore families of the country will be provided a coverage of Rs 5 lakh per family annually.

    The scheme will cover around 40% of the country's population, benefiting approximately 50 crore people. And what makes the 23rd of September even more memorable for beneficiaries is this letter personalized letter from Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

    It names all the family member who will be covered under the Ayushman Bharat yojana.

    The next step is to convert this letter into a gold card which will enable the beneficiaries to avail fully paperless and cashless treatment at government and registered private hospitals.

    This health assurance scheme will take care of secondary and tertiary treatment, including treatment for serious diseases like cancer, cardiac and neuro surgeries, ortho, dental and leprosy.

    The patient will be given free medication three days before and fifteen days after getting admitted in a hospital.

    The scheme has been designed to ensure complete transparency and reduce the chances of any corruption or leakages.

     

  • This is India's biggest win against Pakistan in terms of number of wickets lost.

    Chasing a target of 238, Rohit (111 no off 119 balls) and Dhawan (114 off 100 balls) flayed the Pakistan attack adding 210 runs for the opening stand to seal their second lopsided victory in the tournament in only 39.3 overs.

    It was Rohit's third successive fifty 50 plus score in the tournament with sequence being 52, 83 no and 111 no. Dhawan's is even more impressive with 127, 46, 40 and 114.

    One of the most fearsome opening pairs in ODI format, Rohit-Dhawan combination were helped by some ordinary bowling from Pakistan with equally sloppy fielding compounding their woes. Their understanding in 22 yards is exemplary and as Dhawan teed off witha flurry of boundaries, Rohit was ready to hold one end up.

    Dhawan, who is comfortable on pitches where thee is lack of movement played some lovely drives on the up. He also pulled with ferocity and cut anything wide. Rohit's first significant shot was a pulled six off rookie pacer Shaheen Shah Afridi. Dhawan also gave the same treatment to an woefully out of form Mohammed Aamir (0/41 in 5 overs). Dhawan's 50 came off 56 balls with a pulled boundary while Rohit took 65 balls to reach the mini milestone.

    However after completing their fifties, it was a role reversal with the skipper suddenly shifting gears as he hit leg-spinner Shahdab Khan for two sixes over deep mid-wicket. Dhawan reached his 15th hundred with a cover drive off Afridi and celebrated it with a huge six and a boundary before being needlessly run-out. His innings had 16 fours and two sixes.

    Just like his half-century, Rohit scampered home for a double to complete his 19th ton and on the way also completed 7000 runs in ODI format. By the time the match ended Rohit had hit seven fous and four sixes.

    Earlier, Pakistan produced an improved batting performance, led by India's nemesis Shoaib Malik, scoring 237 for 7 in 50 overs. Veteran Malik scored 78 off 90 balls and added an invaluable 107 runs for the fourth wicket with skipper Sarfraz Ahmed (44 off 66 balls) to enable Pakistan post a fighting total.

    The Pakistan innings could be segregated into three distinct parts. A slow start where India made inroads followed by solid middle-overs batting before failing to utilise the launch pad fully with Jasprit Bumrah (2/29 in 10 overs) being brilliant at the death. India once again started well with Mahendra Singh Dhoni's penchant for getting DRS reviews right after Yuzvendra Chahal (2/46 in 9 overs) got his first wicket by trapping Imam ul Haq (10) in front of the stumps. Fakhar Zaman (31) was set but lost his footing trying to sweep Kuldeep Yadav (2/41 in 10 overs) to get leg before.

    The replays showed that the ball hit his gloves first but Pakistan didn't take a review. Babar Azam was run-out when his skipper got a call for single wrong as Pakistan were reduced to 58 for three. However it was the Malik-Sarfraz combination that provided the launch pad with their sensible approach during the middle overs.

    The seasoned duo kept on rotating the strike, hitting the boundaries and sixes whenever given an opportunity. Malik, who is a master player of spin bowling, hit Yuzvendra Chahal for a slog sweep and also played Kedar Jadhav (0/20 in 3 overs) well. Jadhav was hit for a couple of boundaries in a single over as he dropped short. Without trying to defend, Malik-Sarfraz got singles at will against Jadhav, prompting Rohit to take him off attack after only three overs.

    Ravinda Jadeja (0/50 in 9 overs) after a good match against Bangladesh was flat and Malik used his feet to perfection lofting him straight into the VIP stands for a six. Sarfraz, who played second fiddle to perfection was finally dismissed when he tried to hit Kuldeep over cover only to be snapped by Rohit Sharma.

    Malik was joined by Asif Ali (30 off 21 balls), who teed off by smashing Bhuvneshwar Kumar for two sixes and a boundary in the 42nd over, that fetched Pakistan 22 runs. However, there was another twist left as Jasprit Bumrah, coming back for his final spell got an inside edge off Malik's bat to get him caught behind. His innings had four boundaries and two sixes.

    Asif, who looked like cutting loose, missed a googly from Chahal to get bowled as Pakistan lost the momentum.

    Bumrah was phenomenal at the death, bowling block-hole deliveries at will. In all he bowled 39 dot balls in his 10 overs and Pakistan could score only 38 runs in their last seven overs.

     

  • In a LIVE address to the nation, Yameen said that Maldivian people made their decision and he has accepted that result.

    Yameen said he will remain in his post till his term ends on November 17.

    Earlier, the election commission declared Solih as the winner in the provisional results which gave him 1,34,616 votes against 96,132 votes by incumbent President.

    Solih declared victory Sunday night after preliminary counting terming it as a moment of happiness, hope and history. He said that it has been a difficult journey for many  that led to prison cells or exile but pledged to be a president for all Maldivians, regardless of who they voted for.

    Meanwhile, opposition supporters took out rallies and processions to celebrate the victory while several countries including US and India have come forward to welcome the election results.

    US state department while congratulating the people of Maldives said they peacefully raised their democratic voices to determine the future of their country.

    Maldives government had imposed emergency in the country in February after Supreme Court ruled for fair trial of convicted opposition leaders including former President Nasheed, who is in exile now.
     

  • He laid the foundation stone for the four laning of the Bilaspur Pathrapali  road and the Sargaon Bilaspur road.

    He also laid the foundation stone for the Pendra Annupur third railway line project.

    Then came the turn of beneficiaries of various schemes.

    Prime Minister handed over keys of houses built under the PM Awas Yojana.

    He also gave mobile phones, tractor keys and other certificates under the PM Ujjwala yojana, Mudra Yojana, Saubhagya Yojana, Atal Drishti patra Yojana, Mukhyamantri abadi Patta yojana and Saur urja yojana.

    Recalling Bharat Ratna Atal ji, PM said he created 3 states - Uttarakhand, Jharkhand and Chhattisgarh.

    It is due to his vision of development that all these states are progressing rapidly. He stressed that the Modi government does not believe in making schemes for a vote-bank or schemes to win elections.

    It is moving ahead with the mission of Sabka Saath, Sabka Vikas to create a new, modern Chhattisgarh. He hailed Chief Minister Raman Singh and the people of the state for the rapid pace of development.

    PM said the area which was once known as a Naxal hotbed is now a shining example of growth. Addressing the Kisan sammelan, Prime Minister said his govt is  working hard to ensure that farmers benefit through value addition.

    Pradhan Mantri Kisan Sampada Yojana is helping farmers in this mission.Farmers from Janjgir Champa district in Chattisgarh were elated to have Prime Minister Modi in their midst.

    Taking the ‘Sabka Saath Sabka Vikas’ motto to tribal dominated Odisha and Chattisgarh Prime Minister Narendra Modi reiterated his commitment to bringing the last person in the queue into the mainstream...in keeping with idealogue Deendayal Upadhyaya's Antyodaya philosophy. 

  • Ranchi will bear witness to this historic moment. Chief Ministers and Governors of 26 states will simultaneously roll out the scheme. Amd it doesn't stop there.

    Fifty one union ministers will also roll out the scheme at various places across the country.

    PM Modi will also dedicate 10 health and wellness centres in the state and lay the foundation stone for medical colleges at Chaibasa and Koderma.

    Under the Prime Minister Jan Arogya Yojana, more than 10 crore families of the country will be provided a coverage of Rs 5 lakh per family annually.

    The scheme will cover around 40% of the country's population, benefiting approximately 50 crore people. And what makes the 23rd of September even more memorable for beneficiaries is this letter personalized letter from Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

    It names all the family member who will be covered under the Ayushman Bharat yojana.

    The next step is to convert this letter into a gold card which will enable the beneficiaries to avail fully paperless and cashless treatment at government and registered private hospitals.

    This health assurance scheme will take care of secondary and tertiary treatment, including treatment for serious diseases like cancer, cardiac and neuro surgeries, ortho, dental and leprosy.

    The patient will be given free medication three days before and fifteen days after getting admitted in a hospital.

    The scheme has been designed to ensure complete transparency and reduce the chances of any corruption or leakages.

  • Addressing the media in Jaipur, the Army Chief said it is time to give befitting reply to the terrorists and Pakistan.

    He said that India needs to take stern action to avenge the barbarism carried out by terrorists and Pakistan army.

    He also said that India has successfully isolated Pakistan globally.

    He also said that buying of weapons continues as army continuously need modern weapons.

  • The event begins Mahatma Gandhi's 150th Birth Anniversary celebrations and the 4th anniversary of the Swachh Bharat Mission.

    He will also attend functions related to the International solar alliance, and call on the President and Prime Minister. Guterres will hold delegation level talks with External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj.

    Multilateral, regional issues and India's growing engagement with the United Nations are expected to be on the agenda.

  • Addressing a press conference in New Delhi, Ravi Shankar Prasad said that Rahul Gandhi' statement is irresponsible.

    Ravi Shankar Prasad also accused the Congress leader of helping enemies by insisting upon disclosure of all weapon system.

  • Prime Minister also laid the foundation stone of Bilaspur-Pathrapali four-lane. Chief Minister Raman Singh, and Union Minister of Road Transport, Nitin Gadkari were present on the occasion. 

    Addressing the Kisan Sammelan, Prime MInister talked at length about the efforts of the Central Government and the Chhattisgarh Government towards the welfare of the state's farmers, youth and poor. 

    Prime Minsiter said that former prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee's idea of creating smaller states of Chhattisgarh, Jharkhand and Uttarakhand has resulted in development of hilly and backward areas in these regions. 

    Prime Minister said that earlier Chhattigarh was know for naxalism but now, due to policy adopted by the state govt, the state is counted among vibrant states in the country. 

    Prime MInister also said that now farmers are now easily getting urea due to reforms like neem coated urea. 
     

  • President Abdullah Yameen is in straight contest with Ibrahim   Mohamed Solih who is the candidate for Joint opposition, comprising of four parties.

     Around 260,000 people are eligible to vote during elections which will be third in country’s history after it switched over to full-pledged democracy in 2008. The official declaration of results are expected by Monday.

    President Yameen has made economic development and safeguarding Islamic faith as his election plank while the opposition is banking on corruption within government and human rights violations apart from improving Maldives relations with its neighbours.

    India has said it is closely monitoring the situation and expressed hope that the elections would be free and fair.

    However, opposition have expressed fear of disruptions on polling day and clamping of emergency if the incumbent President loses.

     The Asian network for free elections (ANFREL) has said the political environment in the country was heavily tipped in favour of President Yameen and they did not expect a fair contest.

    ANFREL said in a statement that it was recognised by the Maldivian Elections Commission but its staff were denied visas to enter the country.

    A number of international journalists have also been denied permission to cover the polls.

    Maldives government had imposed emergency in the country in February after Supreme court ruled for fair trial of convicted opposition leaders including former President Nasheed, who is in exile now.

  • An all-India jury constituted by Film Federation of India (FFI) under the chairmanship of Kannada producer Rajendra Singh Babu made the announcement at a press conference in Mumbai.

    Set in Das' own village of Chhaygaon in Assam, 'Village Rockstars' is the story of 'poor but amazing children' who live a fun-filled life.

    The film which had its World Premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival and India premiere at the Mumbai Film Festival 2018, also won the Best Feature film Award at the 65th National Film Awards.

  • His lawyer had filed for a bail application, which was dismissed by the court.

    In its remand report, the police said that Mulakkal came to the convent with the intention of sexually assaulting the nun and on 5 May, 2014, he illegally confined her in Room 20 of the guest house at around 10.48 pm and "subjected her to unnatural sexual assault".

    The police further said that the accused threatened the nun with dire consequences if she ever revealed the incident.

  • The MV Nyerere ferry overturned near Ukara island on its way from Bugorora.

    It is thought the overloaded vessel tipped over when crowds on board moved to one side as it docked. The boat was carrying more than 300 people onboard.

    Meanwhile, Tanzanian President John Magufuli on Friday ordered the arrest of the management of a ferry that capsized in Lake Victoria.

    President also declared four days of mourning and warned against politicizing the disaster.

  • No group immediately claimed responsibility for the assault in Ahvaz, which saw gunfire spray into a crowd of marching Guardsmen, bystanders and government officials watching from a nearby riser.

    Iran's Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif immediately blamed the attack on regional countries and their "US masters," further raising regional tensions as Tehran's nuclear deal with world powers is in jeopardy after President Donald Trump withdrew America from the accord.

  • Speaking on the occasion, President Kovind said that languages connect people.

    He said, there are numerous languages and dialects in India and all of them have their special nature and beauty.

    President said that institutions like the Dakshina Bharat Hindi Prachar Sabha have played a very important role in strengthening the emotional unity of the country.

    He noted that the Sabha has developed a network of about 20 thousand Hindi campaigners.

  • Prime Minister said that connectivity is key to ending regional disparity. He said that his government's policies like Udan have been designed to ensure that those who wear hawai chappals can now travel by air.
     

  • Prime Minister firmly believes that connectivity is at the core of all round development. The Modi government has devoted significant efforts to enhance connectivity all over the nation. Jharsuguda airport is an example of this.

    Prime Minister also witnessed the take off of the first Flight to Raipur. The flight was given a traditional water cannon salute before take off.

    Prime Minister also dedicated to the nation various projects including the Garjanbahal coal mines and the Jharsuguda-Barapali-Sardega rail link. These projects in Odisha will benefit the energy sector and enhance connectivity.

    Before the inauguration, Prime Minister Modi was briefed about the Airport Master plan, terminal building layout. Prime minister said that his govt was committed to the development of East India in keeping with the Sabka Saath Sabka Vikas philosophy.
     

  • According to a press release issued by the Ministry of Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation of Nepal, Jaya Prada will be Goodwill Ambassador for four years. 

    Tourism is one of the important sources of employment and income generation in Nepal and India is thebiggest source market for Nepal.

    The appointment of Jaya Prada will further strengthen age old cultural ties between the two countries and help in promoting Nepal's tourism in India.

    The Govt. of Nepal has decided to observe the year 2020 as the 'Visit Nepal Year' with a target of at least two million international arrivals every year. 

  • The ambitious scheme, Pradhan Mantri Jan Arogya Abhiyan (PMJAY), aims to provide a coverage of Rs five lakh per family annually, benefiting more than 10 crore poor families. 

    Eligible people can avail the benefits in the government and listed private hospitals. The scheme will target poor, deprived rural families and identified occupational category of urban workers' families, 8.03 crore in rural and 2.33 crore in urban areas, as per the latest Socio-Economic Caste Census (SECC) data. It will cover around 50 crore people.

    The entitlement is being decided on the basis of deprivation criteria in the SECC database. The beneficiaries are identified based on the deprivation categories (D1, D2, D3, D4, D5, and D7) identified under the SECC database for rural areas. For the urban areas, the 11 occupational criteria will determine entitlement.

    Eleven occupational categories of workers include rag pickers, beggars, domestic workers, street vendors, cobblers/ hawkers/ other service providers working on streets, construction workers/ plumbers/ masons/ labours/ painters/ welders/ security guards/ coolies and other head-load workers and sanitation workers.

    In addition, the Rashtriya Swasthya Bima Yojna (RSBY) beneficiaries in states where it is active are also included. There is no cap on family size and age in the scheme, ensuring that nobody is left out. One would only need to establish one's identity to avail benefits under the scheme and it could be through Aadhaar card or election ID card or ration card. Having an Aadhaar card is not mandatory to avail the scheme's benefit.

    In case of hospitalisation, members of the beneficiary families do not need to pay anything under the scheme, provided one goes to a government or an empanelled private hospital.

    The National Health Agency (NHA), the apex body implementing the AB-NHPM has launched a website and a helpline number to help prospective beneficiaries check if their name is there in the final list. One can visit the website mera.pmjay.gov.in or call up the helpline (14555) to check their enrolment.

    A beneficiary needs to key in his or her mobile number, which is verified through an OTP and then complete the KYC (know your customer) online without any need for human interface with other documents. They can also call the helpline number to check their enrolment. Each empanelled hospital will have an 'Ayushman Mitra' to assist patients and will coordinate with beneficiaries and the hospital. They will run a help desk, check documents to verify the eligibility and enrolment to the scheme.

    Also, all the beneficiaries will be given letters having QR codes which will be scanned and a demographic authentication conducted for identification and to verify his or her eligibility to avail the benefits of the scheme. The Health Ministry has included 1,354 packages in the scheme under which treatment for coronary bypass, knee replacements and stenting, among others, would be provided at 15-20 per cent cheaper rates than the Central Government Health Scheme (CGHS). Modi had announced the launch of the scheme from ramparts of the Red Fort during his Independence day speech.

    As many as 31 states and Union Territories have signed MoUs with the Centre and will implement the programme over the next two to three months, after its launch on Sunday. Remaining states and UTs which include Telangana, Odisha, Delhi, Kerala and Punjab have not signed, so the scheme will not be implemented in those states till they come on board.

    Over 8,735 hospitals, both public and private, have been empanelled for the scheme. "The prime minister will launch the scheme on September 23 but effectively it will become operational from September 25 on the birth anniversary of Pandit Deendayal Upadhyay," said Niti Aayog member V K Paul, who is the chief architect of the scheme. He said in the current fiscal, the burden on the Centre is likely to be around Rs 3,500 crore.

    Billed as the world's largest government healthcare programme, it will be funded with 60 per cent contribution coming from the central government and the remaining from the states. "We have received applications from 15,000 hospitals for being empanelled ... Out of this half, that means 7,500 applications for empanelment are private hospitals," Paul said, adding in some states the process for empanelment is yet to start.

    Asked about the cost to the exchequer in the current fiscal, he said, "Around Rs 3,500 crore has been budgeted by the central government for the scheme this year." He said Rs 2,000 crore had been provided in the budget for 2018-19 as token money for the scheme.

    "We are six months into this fiscal and we also know that only 27 states will go immediately into operations. Therefore full uptake is still be building up. Accordingly, Rs 1,500 crore more has been sought, so we now have Rs 3,500 crore as the central government budget," he said. 

  • External Affairs Ministry in a release said, he will be accompanied by a six member delegation.

    Guterres will be participating in the Mahatma Gandhi International Sanitation Convention scheduled to be held at Rashtrapati Bhawan Cultural Centre, New Delhi on October 2.

    The event will mark the launch of Mahatma Gandhi's 150th Birth Anniversary celebrations as well as the 4th anniversary of the Swachh Bharat Mission. 

    He will also attend the joint inaugural ceremony of the First Assembly of International Solar Alliance, 2nd RE-INVEST Conference and Energy Ministers Meet of Indian Ocean Rim Association of States member countries on the same day in New Delhi.

    He will call on President Ram Nath Kovind and Prime Minister Narendra Modi and will hold delegation level talks with External Affairs Minister.

    Both sides are expected to focus on a range of multilateral and regional issues and explore ways to strengthen India's growing engagement with the United Nations.

  • During the 5th meeting of Nepal-India Boundary Working Group (BWG) concluded in Kathmandu on Friday, both sides also agreed to continue mapping of no man’s land encroachment and cross-border occupation. 

    The meeting decided to make necessary correspondence to respective authorities to maintain and comply the earlier decisions of maintaining the status quo in the cultivation of land until a solution is reached between the two governments.

    During the three-day meeting extensive discussion was held on various matters relating to ongoing Nepal-India boundary work. The meeting also reviewed the outcome of the 4th meeting of BWG held in Dehradun last year and observed that the guidelines issued by it have been properly followed.

    It agreed to finalize the work schedule for the remaining field seasons.

    BWG is a joint body constituted by the Governments of India and Nepal in 2014 to carryout works in the fields of construction, restoration and repair of boundary pillars including clearance of ‘No-man’s land’ and other technical tasks.