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  • The Delhi High Court today refused to pass any interim order of protection to AAP MLAs, whose names have been recommended for disqualification as legi...




  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi will visit Davos in Switzerland on 22nd and 23rd of this month. Briefing media in New Delhi, Secretary (Economic Relation...




  • India today joined the Australia Group export control regime, an informal forum which seeks to ensure that exports do not contribute to the developmen...



  • Telecom Regulatory Authority of India today recommended allowing mobile and Internet services for passengers during air travel in the country through both satellite and terrestrial network.In its recommendation, the authority said, Internet and Mobile Communication on Aircraft service should be permitted as In-Flight Connectivity in the Indian airspace.



  • Union Minister Nitin Gadkari today said forthcoming budget will see priorities in agri and infrastucture investment as country targets to achieve double-digit growth in due course. Speaking at an event Countdown to Union Budget in Mumbai, the Minister said that the government's ambitious infrastructure projects of roads, shipping, ports and inland waterways will be completed with investment of Rs 8 lakh crore by March 2018.



  • The President of Nepal, Bidhya Devi Bhandari administered oath to Chiefs, the constitutional heads of 7 provinces at Kathmandu this evening.



  • Posting its third straight life-time high, the Sensex at the Bombay Stock Exchange jumped 251 points, or 0.7 percent, to close at 35,512, today.



  • In Jammu and Kashmir, A BSF jawan was martyred, two civilians were killed and nineteen others including two BSF jawans got injured as Pakistan's forces today again resorted to heavy mortar shelling along the International Border and Line of Control in four bordering districts of Jammu region.



  • In the Under19 world cup, India, Australia and Pakistan have secured quarterfinal berths of the tournament.


  • After dismissing Zimbabwe for 154, with left-arm spinner Anukul Roy picking up 4/20, openers Shubman Gill and Harvik Desai chased down the target in 21.4 overs and ensured India went to quarterfinal undefeated. 

    On a bright and sunny day, Zimbabwe captain Liam Roche no hesitation to bat first after winning the toss but as it turned out, their batsmen found the Indian bowling line-up, once again led by the fast bowling duo ShivamMavi and KamleshNagarkoti, tough to overcomes.

    The scoring rate always remained a concern for Zimbabwe. Three of their batsmen - Wesley Madhavere, Milton Shumba and captain Roche - got into the 30s but none could capitalise.

    Every time a partnership looked like getting threatening, the Indian bowlers struck. Zimbabwe batsmen seemed clueless against left-arm spinners Anukul Roy who picked up 4 wickets, and Abhishek Sharma and folded up for 154 in 48.1 overs. They were 110 for three at one stage but lost their last seven wickets for 44 runs.

    India tried a new opening combination in Shubman Gill and Harvik Desai and the move worked wonders. Desai played the perfect second-fiddle role while Gill motored along.

    In all three games, India have lost just seven wickets and have taken all 30 in the tournament so far, which bodes well for the Rahul Dravid-coached side ahead of the knockouts.

    Gill and Desai remained unbeaten on 90 and 56 respectively as the former finished the match in style with a boundary down the ground. This was Gill's second half-century of the tournament, an effort for which he was named Man of the Match.

  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi all set to make his debut at the World Economic Forum in Davos. He will deliver the opening plenary address on 23rd of January. Prime Minister Modi will encapsulate making of 'a new, young and innovative India' in his address. He will be accompanied by several ministers and business leaders. 

    The theme of the WEF Annual Meeting this year is 'Creating a shared future in a fractured world'. Prime Minister Modi is expected to talk about the recent reforms undertaken by his govt and India's rising economic heft which make India an investment destination for the entire world.

    On 22nd of January, Prime Minister Modi will have a bilateral meeting with Swiss President Berset. Prime Minister Modi is expected to have other bilaterals and pull aside meetings including with global CEOs. This will be the first time that India will host the welcome reception, where yoga will also be showcased along with cuisine from across the country.

    As many as six union ministers, two chief ministers, over 100 CEOs and several other high-profile attendees from India will be are a part of the India contingent at WEF.

    Adding star power, Bollywood king Shahrukh Khan will talk about creating a change in India through women empowerment. 

    Talking of global leaders, apart from Prime Minister Modi and President Trump, UK's Theresa May, Canada's Justin Trudeau, France's Emmanuel Macron, Brazil's Michel Temer and Israel's Benjamin Netanyahu are among the several heads of nations who will be participating in gathering.

    Earlier this month Klaus Schwab the founder and Chairman of WEF described India as an image of optimism and promise. He also hailed Prime Minister Modi'sSabkaSaathSabkaVikas approach.

    He said India's unique demographic dividend, rising tide of entrepreneurial spirit, breakthrough innovations across sectors, and remarkable pace of bold and structural reforms have boosted the macroeconomic fundamentals and enhanced the country's long-term economic outlook. Schwab said India will soon become a force to be reckoned with and will have a great role and influence in shaping a common future. 

    WEF 2018 will also see the largest ever proportion of women leaders including all co-chairs being women this time.

  • In a press meet at Kathmandu Friday evening Director of the show Sohail Khan said that 'Da-Bangg"the tour with Salman Khan will have number of other celebrities including Sonakshi Sinha, Prabhu Deva, Kriti Sanon and Maniesh Paul.

    He said that Salman and Sonakshi will be the main entertainers, performing to some of their most popular songs. 

    According to the organizers total 50,000 people including 10,000 foreigners mostly from India are expected to watch the show. 

    The main objective of the event is to promote tourism in Nepal after 2015 earthquake.

  • These nine cities are, Silvassa in Dadra and Nagar Haveli, Erode in Tamil Nadu, Diu in Daman and Diu, Bihar Sharif in Bihar, Bareilly in Uttar Pradesh, Itanagar in Arunachal Pradesh, Moradabad in Uttar Pradesh, Saharanpur in Uttar Pradesh and Kavaratti in Lakshadweep.

  • Vice President Nanda Bahadur Pun, Prime Minister Sher Bahadur Deuba, Chief Justice Gopal Prasad Parajuli and other dignitaries were also present in the swearing-in ceremony. 

    Prof Dr Govinda Bahadur Tumbahang sworn in as the Chief of Province 1, Ratneshwar Lal Kayastha of Province 2, Ms Anuradha Koirala Province 3, Baburam Kunwar Province 4, Umakanta Jha Province  5, Durga Keshar Khanal Province 6 and Mohan Raj Malla as governor of Province 7. 

    On Wednesday the cabinet had approved names of temporary capitals and chiefs of all seven provinces of the country.

    Meanwhile, the Election Commission of Nepal has submitted results of state assemblies election to newly appointed Provincial Chiefs. After the promulgation of new constitution in September 2015 Nepal has adopted federalism. 

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

    CPN (UML) and CPN (Maoist Center) left alliance registered landslide victory in all states except Province 2. 

    The two major parties of Madhes, Sanghiya Samjawadi Forum Nepal and Rashtriya Janata Party Nepal got majority in Province 2.

    Now newly appointed Governors will administer oath to recently elected members of their respective provincial assemblies. 

     

  • Following Pakistan Prime Minister's 'exoneration' of 26/11 mastermind Hafiz Saeed, US state department has said that he is a terrorist and should be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.

    It also said that US has raised concerns with Pakistan government in this regard.

  • In an unparalleled achievement, the tri-colour was hoisted with great pride by the all-women crew of the Indian Navy who rounded Cape of Horn on Friday. 

    Considered the 'Mount Everest' of sailing, the 'Team Tarini' crossed the roughest passage in the wee hours on Friday. All Woman Crew tweeted pictures of the great achievement.

    Prime Minister NarendraModi congratulated the team. He tweeted "Wonderful news! Delighted that INSV Tarini has rounded Cape Horn in the last few hours. We are extremely proud of their accomplishments."
     

  • Ministry of External Affairs said that India's entry into the group would be mutually beneficial.

  • Two civilians were killed and one BSF jawan martyred while two others got  injured in the  Firing  along International Border in Jammu.

    All border schools have been closed which are falling upto 4 kms from the international border in R S Pura and Arnia sectors.

    Border security force personnel are retaliating effectively.

    Heavy shelling is also being reported from Hira Nagar sector.

    Nirmal Singh condemns firing by Pak in civilian areas

    Condemning the firing by Pakistan in civilian areas, in J&K, the Deputy Chief Minister of Jammu and Kashmir, Nirmal Singh today extended his condolences to the families of those who lost their dear ones in Pakistan firing.

  • In its recommendation to the President, election commission has said 20 legislators of Aam Aadmi Party be disqualified for holding offices of profit as parliamentary secretaries.

    The President is bound to go by the recommendation of the commission. Petitioners in the case argue that they have sufficient evidence for the disqualification of the MLAs.

    Meanwhile, Aam Aadmi Party approached the High Court but got no relief from there. Both BJP and congress have sharpened attack on AAP demanding Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal's resignation.

    After assuming office in Delhi, the AAP government in March 2015 appointed 21 MLAs as parliamentary secretaries to its ministers. a petition was filed demanding disqualification of these MLAs for holding office of profit.

     

  • With the focus on creating state-of-the-art sea ports, airports and super highways to connect manufacturing centres to ports with best supporting ecosystem, the exports should pick up faster and maintain a steady growth, he said.

    The Vice President said that Government is giving greater thrust on development of infrastructure, agriculture sector and health sector. These efforts will certainly help Indian economy grow further. The “Make in India” initiative to support India’s Manufacturing sector together with a focus on infrastructure growth and multiple initiatives for boosting domestic demand will further strengthen our economy, he said.

    The Vice President further said that the decisions of the Government including demonetization and GST are expected to have a positive impact in the coming years.  “I am aware of the initial difficulties that the exporters have been facing due to these steps. However, I am sure that the GST Council and the Government have been quite responsive to such teething troubles and have been taking prompt action to address these concerns,” he said.

     

  • Both the Ministers of State for Finance were also present. The Meeting was attended among others by the Chief Minister of Himachal Pradesh and Puducherry, the Deputy Chief Minister of Bihar, Delhi, Gujarat, Manipur and Tamil Nadu,14 Finance Ministers / Ministers representing their States and Senior Officers from States.

    Representatives from the State Governments presented their views and offered number of suggestions on various fiscal policy and budgetary measures that the Union Government may consider.

    Jaitley stated that the suggestions made by the States / UTs in the meeting and the memorandam submitted by them would be duly examined and suitably considered while formulating the Budget proposals of 2018-19, keeping in consideration with the spirit of cooperative federalism.

  • The third day of the important geo political conference ' Raisina Dialogue ' witnessed discussion on regional and international politics on Wednesday. The dialogue in its third edition this year centres on the theme  " Managing Disruptive Transitions - Ideas, Institutions and Idioms". Various cabinet ministers along with international politicians, delegates and diplomats deliberated on the topic.

    Terrorism dominated the discussions with MoS  for External affairs Gen VK Singh launching a fierce attack on Pakistan. On repeated international condemnation and isolation of Pakistan, he said that Pakistan is forced to reap now what it has sown earlier. He reiterated that India is willing to talk to Pakistan but for that to happen cessation of support to terror emanating from its soil will have to be implemented.

    Former Afghan President, Hamid Karzai also blamed Pakistan for the ills plaguing the region and said that now US has also acknowledged that Pakistan is abetting terrorism from its soil. He hoped that US administration will take some stringent action against Pakistan.

    The later half of the day witnessed intense deliberations on maritime security. Naval chief admiral Sunil Lanba and Admiral Harry Harris, 24th Commander of the United States Pacific Command participated in the discussions.

    Terrorism was discussed in length and the speakers expressed the need for unified action to maintain peace in Indo Pacific region.

    Raisina dialogue, a foreign policy conference has been jointly organized by MEA and Observer Research Foundation in New Delhi every year since 2016. More than 150 speakers and 550 representatives from 90 countries marked their presence at the dialogue.

     

  • Modi govt is making several efforts aimed at doubling  the income of the farmers by 2022. In a significant move in this direction, the Government is soon coming out with agri-export policy to promote the export of food products. It is often noted that farmers have to bear heavy losses owing to fall in prices due to abundant produce. The agri export policy aims to minimize such losses along with taking concrete steps to boost exports of the agricultural yield. A platform had been provided by the centre to entrepreneurs in Greater Noida to encourage investment in food processing sector and encourage exports of agri products.

    Union Commerce Minister Suresh Prabhu said that the Modi Government is moving ahead in the direction of doubling the income of farmers.

    Due to dearth of effective food processing techniques available to the farmers , agricultural produce worth crores of rupees fritters away every year. Packaging of agricultural produce is done on a very small scale as compared to other countries. Therefore, the scope of increasing the exports still exists.

    PM Modi has repeatedly laid emphasis on the need for innovations in the food processing sector which in turn would benefit the farmers.

    Major international players are exploring options of investment in the Indian food processing sector.

    Rapid development in the sector will not only ensure minimal wastage of agricultural produce but also provide employment opportunities apart from enhancing the income of the farmers.

     

  • Smriti Irani said that creators must respect the point of view of others as well and there is no place for violence.

  • National Investigation Agency on Thursday filed a charge sheet in a Delhi court against terror masterminds Hafiz Saeed and Syed Salahuddin and ten Kashmiri separatists in a case of alleged terror funding and illegal activities in the valley.

    The charge sheet was filed by the probe agency before Additional Sessions Judge Tarun Sherawat.

    The probe agency said the 12,794-page charge sheet has been filed against 12 persons including Hafiz Saeed, the head of banned terror outfit Lashkar-e-Taiba, and Hizbul Mujahideen head Syed Salahuddin for conspiring to wage war against the government by carrying out terrorist and illegal activities in Jammu and Kashmir.

     

     

  • The Indian combination did not face too much trouble from their European opponents as they eased to a 6-2, 6-3 win.

    The Indians will be up against J. Murray of Britain and Brazil's B. Soares in the second round.

    Murray and Soares had beaten the American pair of D. Young and F. Tiafoe in the opening round on Wednesday.

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

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

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

  • The bus was traveling along a road in the remote Aktobe region that links the Russian city of Samara to Shymkent, a city in southern Kazakhstan close to the Uzbek border.

    The bus was traveling from southern Kazakhstan to Russia’s Kazan, Kazakh officials said. The route is widely used to transport Uzbek workers to and from Russia where they often take work on building sites.

    Only five people managed to escape the burning vehicle, the interior ministry’s emergencies department said in a statement.

    The ministry said the apparent accident had happened at 10.30 a.m. (0430 GMT), but provided no details about its cause. It said senior government officials would investigate the matter.

    A photograph posted online from the site showed the bus completely burnt out. Video footage also posted on the Web showed it positioned diagonally across a two-lane freeway in the middle of a snow-covered steppe, in flames and emitting heavy black smoke.

    Uzbekistan’s foreign ministry said in a statement its embassy staff were en route to the area, roughly midway between the Russian border and the Aral Sea.

    Separately, Uzbekistan’s Emergencies Ministry said it was sending a plane with its own team of doctors and rescuers to the site.

    Last October, another Kazakh-operated bus carrying over 50 Uzbeks was hit by a train in Russia after getting stuck on the tracks; 17 people died in that accident.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

     

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • The panel, headed by Finance Minister Arun Jaitley and comprising representatives of all states, at its 25th meeting today decided to reduce tax rate on 29 items and 54 categories of services with effect from January 25.

    Briefing reporters after the meeting, Jaitley said the next meeting of the Council may consider bringing items like crude oil, natural gas, petrol, diesel, ATF and real estate within the GST purview.

    In a bid to ease compliance burden, the Council veered around to the idea of registered entities continuing to file the return in GSTR 3B Form while moving to a system where supplier invoice captures details of the transaction.

    The new process would be finalised in the next meeting of the GST Council after a written formulation is circulated to the states, he said.

    The date of the next meeting of the Council has not yet been decided, he said.

    Jaitley said the GST provision requiring transporters to carry an electronic waybill or e-way bill, when moving goods of over Rs 50,000 in value between states, will be implemented from February 1 to check rampant tax evasion.

    As many as 15 states have decided to implement the provision for intra-state movements as well, he said.

    After implementation of the Goods and Services Tax (GST) from July 1, the requirement of carrying e-way bill was postponed pending IT network readiness.

    Once the e-way bill system is implemented, tax avoidance will become extremely difficult as the government will have details of all goods above the value of Rs 50,000 moved and can spot the mismatch if either the supplier or the purchaser does not file tax returns.

     

    HIGHLIGHTS:

    1. E-way bill system testing continues till January 25, loading will be made must from Feb 1. 
    2. 15 states agree on intra-state e-way bill. 
    3. Decision on petroleum products deferred. 
    4. No decision on real-estate, will be taken up in next meet. 
    5. 29 Handicraft items have been put in 0% slab. GST rates have also been reduced in few agricultural products. 
    6. The GST Council also discussed how buyers should upload purchases invoices, and the sellers should upload sale invoices. 
    7. Collection under composite scheme only Rs 307 crore. 
    8. The fitment committee will fix the rates for about 40 handicraft items. 
    9. A few more items may be added to the list.
    10. Rs 35,000 crore of Integrated GST will be provisionally divided between the Centre and states. 
       
  • After her recent visit to INS Vikramaditya, the aircraft carrier of the Indian Navy, Raksha Mantri Nirmala Sitharaman, on her visit to Air Force Station Jodhpur, took to the skies in the formidable Su-30 MKI fighter aircraft of 31 Squadron. In her 45 minutes of sortie, she was demonstrated some of the unique characteristics and strengths of this mighty twin engine Air Superiority Fighter (ASF).  

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

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

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

  • Rich tributes were paid to the martyr BSF Head Constable A Suresh of 78 Battalion who lost his life in ceasefire violation by Pakistan in R S Pura sector of Samba district on Wednesday night.

    Pakistani troops violated the ceasefire by firing and shelling along the International Border in R S Pura sector of Jammu. The firing and shelling on the Border out Posts and civilian areas started at around nine in the evening. Shells fired by Pakistan landed in Arnia belt and hit several villages as well. Some civilians were also injured in the shelling.

    BSF DG K K Sharma has said that India is actively handling the border security and has never violated from their side. He said that all actions have been taken as a response to the violations by Pakistan. He added that earlier the LOC was under target, now they have targeting international border as well.

     

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Thursday made a strong pitch for promoting Israel as a favourite destination for Indian Businessmen.

    Netanyahu met top leadership of India Inc for a power breakfast and later addressed the India Israel Business Summit. Reiterating the importance of innovation, he talked about the topic extensively during his breakfast meet with select chief executives of Indian companies.

    Stating that the partnership between Israel and India is doing wonders, he asked business leaders to focus on innovation adding that the future belongs to those who innovate.

    Business leaders who were present at the breakfast included Ajay Piramal, Rahul Bajaj, Adi Godrej, Harsh Goenka, Anand Mahindra, Dilip Shanghvi, Ashok Hinduja, Atul Punj and Chanda Kochhar.

    Addressing the India-Israel Business Summit in Mumbai he mentioned the "deep personal friendship" he shares with his Indian counterpart Narendra Modi, adding that the warmth goes deeper, right up to the common man.

    Netanyahu made a fervent appeal to Indian businesses to invest in Israel. 

    Netanyahu is accompanied by a 130-member business delegation representing 102 companies, with a focus on the agriculture, defence and cyber security sectors. The bilateral trade between the countries increased to $ 5 billion in 2016-17 from $ 4.91 billion in the previous fiscal the first of his numerous assignments for the day as he wraps up his four-day India visit.

    Netanyahu paid tributes to the victims of the 26/11 Mumbai terror attacks. Netanyahu, along with Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis, laid wreath at the memorial of the terror attack victims, that claimed 166 lives, at the iconic Taj Mahal Palace Hotel in south Mumbai. He later went to NAriman House and met 11-year-old Moshe Holtzberg whose father Rabbi Gavriel Holtzberg and mother Rivka were killed along with six others there during the 26/11 terror attacks. Moshe, then a toddler of two years, was miraculously saved by his Indian nanny Sandra Samuel, who now lives in Israel. The Israeli Prime Minister also met members of the Jewish community at the Taj hotel. 

    Netanyahu capped a successful visit to the financial capital by meeting Bollywood bigwigs at Shalom Bollywood event. He invited leading actors, directors, and producers in the Indian cinema industry to come to Israel to shoot movies and collaborate with the Israeli film and television industry. The event was well attended by the who's who of bollywood with Megastar Amitabh Bachchan leading the way.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

     

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

     

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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