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  • Ministry of AYUSH has set up an AYUSH Information Cell at the premises of the Indian Embassy in Romania to disseminate authentic information about AYUSH system of medicine and encourage Ayurveda practice in Romania.

  •         The President of India, Shri Ram Nath Kovind, presented the National Sports and Adventure Awards at a function held at Rashtrapati Bhavan today (September 25, 2018).

     

    List of awardees is attached.

  • Raksha Mantri chaired the Defence Acquisition Council (DAC),which met here today.

    In furtherance of efforts to reduce timelines in defence procurements and streamline Defence Procurement Procedures, the DAC discussed and approved several amendment to DPP-16, the manual governing the defence procurements.

  • Minister Delegate to the Head of Government in charge of the National Defence Administration, Government of the Kingdom of Morocco, Mr Abdeltif Loudyi is on a two day official visit to India. The Moroccan Minister  met Raksha Mantri Smt Nirmala Sitaraman in South Block in New Delhi today.

  • Coast Guard Commanders Conference continued for the second day  witnessing intense deliberations on wide range of Maritime issues. The Conference was inaugurated yesterday by Raksha Mantri, Smt Nirmala Sitharaman.

  • A delegation of West Pakistan Refugee Action Committee, led by its President Shri Labha Ram Gandhi, met  the Union Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Development of North Eastern Region (DoNER), MoS PMO, Personnel, Public Grievances & Pensions, Atomic Energy and Space, Dr Jitendra Singh here today and discussed compensation related and other issues with him.

    Dr Jitendra Singh said the Union Government is in constant touch with the J&K State Government and instructions had been issued to simplify the procedure related to identification and other formalities to the maximum extent, so that the disbursement of compensation of Rs.5.

  • The Union Minister of Finance and Corporate Affairs, Shri Arun Jaitley reviewed the performance of the Public Sector Banks (PSBs) with their Chief Executives and other Whole-time Directors in New Delhi today.

  • The Union Minister of Finance and Corporate Affairs, Shri Arun Jaitley  launched the Financial Inclusion Index after his Annual Performance Review Meeting with CEOs of the Public Sector Banks in New Delhi today.

  •                 The Union Minister of Finance and Corporate Affairs, Shri Arun Jaitley launched here today a transformative initiative in MSME credit space.

  • President of India Shri Ram NathKovind conferred National Sports Awards 2018and National Adventure Awards, 2017in a ceremony held at RashtrapatiBhawanhere today. Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Youth Affairs and Sports Col. Rajyawardhan Rathore was among the dignitaries present on the occasion.

  • NITI Aayog is organizing a Conference on Empowerment of Women SHGs & Organic Farmers Co-operatives from Dantewada, Bastar Region on September 26 at NITI Aayog in collaboration with the Tribal Affairs Ministry and Tribal Co-operative Marketing Development Federation of India, TRIFED.

  • Union Minister of State for Parliamentary Affairs and Statistics and Programme Implementation, Shri Vijay Goel presided over the Valedictory Session of the two-day National Orientation workshop on National e-Vidhan Application (NeVA), organized by Ministry of Parliamentary Affairs, here today.

  • The Vice President of India, Shri M. Venkaiah Naidu has said that Indian culture promotes talent and service. He was addressing the gathering at a Programme on Initiatives for Women Empowerment & Farmers Development organized by Rashtriya Seva Samiti, in Tirupati, Andhra Pradesh today.

  • The Vice President of India, Shri M. Venkaiah Naidu has said that students should develop compassion and service in their minds. He was addressing the gathering after going through the Innovation and Skill Development Activities at Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan's Sri Venkateswara Vidyalaya, in Tirupati, Andhra Pradesh today.

  • The celebration of ParyatanParv(16th-27th September 2018) organized by Ministry of Tourism has reached its 10th day, with a series of activities and events inRajpath Lawns, New Delhi and across the country.

  • Suresh Prabhu at a Civic reception in Bhola, Bangladesh.

    The Union Minister of Commerce & Industry and Civil Aviation, Suresh Prabhu, began a 3-day visit to Bangladesh from September 24, 2018.

    During his 3-day visit Suresh Prabhu will hold discussions on Bangladesh - India trade relations with his Bangladesh counterpart, Mr. Tofail Ahmed.

  • Shri Ashwini Kumar Choubey, Minister of State for Health and Family Welfare inaugurated the 63rd Foundation Day celebrations of the AIIMS, New Delhi, here today. At the function, Shri Choubey gave away the research excellence awards to 14 faculty members.

  • Union Minister for Minority Affairs Shri Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi today said that the foundation stone of first world class educational institute for poor, backward and Minorities will be laid at Alwar in Rajasthan on 01st October, 2018.

  • Indian Armed Forces have always brought laurels to the Nation. Their contribution in war and peace are of immense value to every Indian.

     

    It is the contribution of our Armed Forces that we proudly celebrate Vijay Diwas, Kargil Vijay Diwas Day and many such battle honour days.

  • Secretary, Ministry of Culture, Shri Arun Goel inaugurated the exhibition "India - Uzbekistan: Dialogue of Cultures" at National Museum, New Delhi, today. First Deputy Chairman, Senate of Uzbekistan, His excellency Mr. Sadyk Safaev; Ambassador, Republic of Uzbekistan to India, His Excellency Mr. Farhod Arziev; Director General, National Museum, Dr B.R. Mani among other dignitaries graced the Inaugural function.



  • 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.


  • In Asia Cup Cricket, the Super-Four match between defending champions India and Afghanistan ended in a thrilling tie at Dubai last night. Opting to bat, Afghanistan had posted 252 for 8 in the alloted 50 overs, riding on opener Mohammad Shahzad's 124 and an end-of-innings cameo from Mohammad Nabi. 

    In reply, India were bundled out for 252 in 49.5 overs, with star Afghan spinner Rashid Khan successfully defending just seven runs in the final over. He bagged 2 wickets. Lokesh Rahul top scored with 60, while Ambati Rayadu made 57. Shahzad was adjudged man of the match.

    Team India was led by MS Dhoni for the game after Rohit Sharma and some other key players were rested as the Men in Blue have already made it to the Final. It was Dhoni's 200th ODI as Indian captain. He became the third player to captain their country in 200 or more One Day Internationals after Ricky Ponting of Australia and New Zealand's Stephen Fleming.

    Pakistan will take on Bangladesh in the final Super-Four match at Abu Dhabi. The winner of  Wenesday match will meet Team India in the Final on Friday.

  • The court is also expected to deliver a judgement on a question whether the grant of stay on the conviction of a disqualified lawmaker by an appellate court would revive his or her membership of a House.

    A five-judge constitution bench, headed by Chief Justice Dipak Misra, is expected to pronounce its verdict on a batch of pleas challenging the constitutional validity of Centre's flagship Aadhaar scheme and its enabling 2016 law. The bench had, in May, reserved the verdict on the matter following a marathon hearing that went on for 38 days, spanning four-and-half months. 

    The key argument against Aadhaar was that it was violative of the nine-judge bench verdict that had held that Right to Privacy is a fundamental right. The Centre had said, the law was valid and it ensured proper delivery of subsidies, benefits and services to the poor.

    The apex court is also likely to deliver its verdict on a batch of petitions seeking that a seven-judge bench reconsiders the court's 2006 judgement which had put conditions for granting quota benefits in job promotions for SC/ST employees. 

    The Centre and various state governments sought reconsideration of the verdict on various grounds, including that the members of the SC/ST communities are presumed to be backward and considering their stigma of caste, they should be given reservation even in job promotions.

  • The mission, launched by the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) on November 5, 2013, successfully placed itself into Martian orbit on September 24, 2014 in its first attempt.

    Although the designed mission life of MOM was six months, the satellite has continued to beam back science data from Mars for the past four years. "It's been 4 years since I am around! Thank you for your love and support," the ISRO's Mars Orbiter twitter handle said Tuesday.

    Images are also taken by the orbiter of Olympus Mons the largest known volcano of the solar system. MOM is built with full autonomy to take care of itself for long periods without any ground intervention.

    The spacecraft came out of communication 'blackout' during this period. MOM is the only Martian artificial satellite which could image the full disc of Mars in one view frame and also image the far side of the Martian moon Deimos.

    The Mars Colour Camera has acquired over 980 images so far. The mission has also helped scientists successfully prepare a global atlas of Mars. 

  • Spinal cord stimulation is a kind of therapy that masks pain signals before they reach the brain. A small device, similar to a pacemaker, is implanted in the body to deliver electrical pulses to the spinal cord. With an implanted stimulator turned on, the man was able to step with a front-wheeled walker while trainers provided occasional assistance, according to the research published in the journal Nature Medicine.

    He made 113 rehabilitation visits over a year, and achieved results during individual sessions, said researchers from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) and Mayo Clinic in the US. "What this is teaching us is that those networks of neurons below a spinal cord injury still can function after paralysis," said Kendall Lee, a neurosurgeon and director of Mayo Clinic's Neural Engineering Laboratories.

    In the study, the man's spinal cord was stimulated by an implanted electrode, enabling neurons to receive the signal that he wanted to stand or step. Currently, as a safety precaution, the patient takes steps only under the supervision of the research team.

    The man who is now 29, injured his spinal cord at the thoracic vertebrae in the middle of his back in a snowmobile accident in 2013. He was diagnosed with a complete loss of function below the spinal cord injury, meaning he could not move or feel anything below the middle of his torso.

    In the study, which began in 2016, the man participated in 22 weeks of physical therapy and then had an electrode surgically implanted by Lee and his team. The implant sits in the epidural space to the outermost part of the spinal canal at a specific location below the injured area.

    The electrode connects to a pulse generator device under the skin of the man's abdomen and communicates wirelessly with an external controller. The research team then tried to determine if the man could stand and walk with assistance.During 113 rehabilitation sessions, the researchers adjusted stimulation settings, trainer assistance, harness support and speed of the treadmill to allow the man maximum independence.

    The research demonstrated that the man was able to walk over ground using a front-wheeled walker and step on a treadmill placing his arms on support bars to help with balance.However, when stimulation was off, the man remained paralysed. In the first week, the participant used a harness to lower his risk of falling and to provide upper body balance.

    Trainers were positioned at his knees and hips to help him stand, swing his legs and shift his weight. Since the man did not regain sensation, he initially used mirrors to view his legs, and trainers described leg position, movement and balance.

    By week 25, his injury was recovered and he did not need a harness, and trainers offered only occasional help. By the end of the study period, the man learned to use his entire body to transfer weight, maintain balance and propel forward, requiring minimal verbal cues and periodic glances at his legs.

  • The entire trekking team was evacuated to the Army's base camp at Sisu. About 500 people, including some foreigners, are reported to be still stranded at Koksar and Baralacha areas. Officials said all of them are safe and the three IAF helicopters will used in rescuing them. Thakur said the Centre has assured all possible help and if required more helicopters will be sent for rescuing stranded people.

  • Captain of Indian cricket team Virat Kohli and world champion weightlifter Saikhom Mirabai Chanu received the prestigious Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna Award, the highest sporting award of the country.

    Apart from a medal and a citation, both the awardees received a cash prize of 7.5 lakh rupees.

    Star javelin thrower Neeraj Chopra, athlete Hima Das, Jinson Jhonson, Shuttler Nelakurthi Sikki Reddy, Boxer Satish Kumar, Golfer Subhankar Sharma, Shooters Rahi Sarnobat, Ankur Mittal, Shreyasi Singh, Table Tennis Players Manika Batra, G Sathiyan, Wrestler Sumit, Wushu player Pooja Kadian, Para Athlete Ankur Dhama, Para-Badminton player Manoj Sarkar and Hockey players Manpreet Singh, Savita and Polo player Col. Ravi Rathore  got the Arjuna Awards.

    The President also presented the Dronacharya awards to eight coaches. They are Subedar  Chenanda Achaiah  Kuttappa for Boxing, Vijay Sharma for Weightlifting, A. Srinivasa Rao for Table Tennis, Sukhdev  Singh  Pannu for Athletics,  Clarence Lobo for Hockey, Tarak Sinha for Cricket,  Jiwan Kumar Sharma for Judo and V.R. Beedu for Athletics.Dhyan Chand Award was given to four persons.

    They are Satyadev Prasad for Archery, Bharat Kumar Chetri for Hockey, Ms. Bobby Aloysius for Athletics and Chougale Dadu Dattatray for Wrestling.Arjuna, Dronacharya and Dhyan Chand Awardees received statuettes, certificates and cash prize of five lakh rupees each. 

  • Thane district is one such shining example where the scheme is penetrating at a fast pace.

    Mission Indradhanush has come as a blessing for Sumitra Barai of Thane district in Maharashtra.

    She is a house wife and her husband works as a Chartered Accountant.

    They have a 16 months old kid. Due to a hectic work schedule Sumitra missed a vaccine for her child after 9 months but understood its importance when Health officials educated her.

    She was also made aware of the importance of seven vaccines of preventable diseases given to children under Mission Indradhanush through health camps.

    Special drives are conducted under the programme to cover and vaccinate all unvaccinated and partially vaccinated children and pregnant women.

    Mission Indradhanush is benefiting women and children across the country and turning out to be a boon for those left out in regular vaccination drives, especially those in rural and remote areas.

     

  • During the three-day event, the second anniversary of the 'surgical strikes' will also be celebrated on September 29.

    The Indian Army conducted surgical strikes on terror launch pads across the Line of Control on September 29 two years ago.

    The Defence Minister in a tweet said that  in the run up to ParakramParv, homage will be paid to the war heroes who are the epitome of courage and sacrifice.

    Stories of the recipients of the highest gallantry award, the Param Veer Chakra will also be highlighted during the Parakram Parv.

    The Defence Minister also shared a video on Parakram Parv.

     

  • Security sources said that the militants hiding near graveyard fired upon forces who were conducting search operation in the area triggering fresh gunfight.

    They said in the ensuing encounter two militants were killed during fierce gunfight.

    They said the search operation is still underway in the area.

    Earlier, a gunfight between militants and the joint security forces again raged in Nowpora Tujjar Sharief area of north Kashmir's Sopore town in Baramulla district this  morning.

    The cordon and search operation was launched late last night that followed with the brief shootout between suspected militants and the security forces in the area.

  • In Himachal Pradesh, monsoon activity was vigorous during past 24 hours.

    Rainfall occurred at most places over the state. Very Light snowfall occurred atisolated places in the district of Lahaul and Spiti.

    Very heavy rainfall occurred at isolated places in the district of Bilaspur, Hamirpur&Una, heavy rainfall occurred at isolated places in the districts of Solan, Kullu and Mandi. 

    Today, Minimum temperatures were  below normal by 2-3 degree Celcius.

    Chief MInisterJairam Thakur took a review meeting with officials at Kullu.

    Traffic has been restored between Mandi  and Kullu.

    The road till Manali will be restored in next 3-4 days .

    Two airforce helicopters have reached Kullu for the rescue operation.

    Punjab has also been witnessing widespread rainfall for the last two days and the downpour continued Monday, prompting state authorities to review preparations to tackle flood-like situations.

    Educational institutes have been ordered to remain closed in Punjab.

     

  • The apex court said the panel will look into the issues including over-crowding in prisons.

    The Supreme Court on August 27 had reserved its order on the issue of constituting a committee to deal with issues pertaining to jails and suggest reforms for prisons across the country.

    The committee will also look into the various issues concerning women prisoners.

    The bench was hearing a matter relating to inhuman conditions in 1,382 prisons across India.

  • The Apex court said candidate shall declare his or her criminal antecedents to the election commission before contesting an election.

    The five judge bench headed by the Chief Justice of India in its verdict said that Political parties must put out this information on their websites.

    The verdict was pronounced on a batch of pleas raising a question whether lawmakers facing criminal trial can be disqualified from contesting elections at the stage of framing of charges against them.

    In another landmark judgement, the Supreme Court dismissed a plea seeking ban lawmakers from practising as advocates, saying that the Bar Council of India rules do not prohibit them.

    A bench of Chief Justice DipakMisra and Justices A M Khanwilkar and D Y Chandrachud on July 9 had reserved the order on the PIL.

    The PIL had sought to bar MPs, MLAs and MLCs from practising in courts during their tenure in legislature which was a violation of Article 14 of the Constitution.

     

  • Amit Shah also said that BJP has become world's largest political party.

    Madhya Pradesh Chief MInister Shiv Raj Singh Chouhan said that, Madhya Pradesh, which was earlier counted among 'BIMARU' states, has come out of that tag and has become a major participant in the development process of the country.

    He said that three Expressways now planned for construction in Madhya Pradesh.

  • Addressing Karyakarta Mahakumbh’, a grand assembly of party workers on the birth anniversary of Pandit Deendayal Upadhyaya in Bhopal on Tuesday, he said to save the country from vote bank politics and its collateral damage is the objective of BJP. 

    Prime Minister Modi said, those promoting vote bank politics did not care about the development and this has been one of the reasons for slow progress in the country.  Referring to the great leaders, Prime Minister said country can never forget three great men - Mahatma Gandhi, Ram Manohar Lohia and Deen Dayal Upadhyay. He said, these leaders guided the country and took the country to new heights.

    Prime Minister Modi clarified that the BJP’s ideology is identified with Ekatma Manavvad or integral humanism, no other political party in the world is working on this ideology of humanism.
    Targeting the opposition on issues of Triple Talaq, Prime Minister said, every woman should get equal rights irrespective of her religion.

    Speaking on the occasion, party president Amit Shah said, for BJP, its priority is the country’s security and that is the reason, 40 lakh intruders have been identified in Assam through NRC. He asserted that NRC will continue in Assam.

  • Addressing the Nelson Mandela Peace Summit held on the sidelines of the 73rd Session of the UN General Assembly in New York Monday night.

    President Sirisena said Mandela was a great statesman and epitome of reconciliation.

    He thanked the UN Secretary General and others for organizing the Nelson Mandela Peace Summit to honor such a great humanitarian leader who showed the path of true reconciliation to the world.

    Sirisena said Mandela was a leader who showed how to use power for the benefit of the people and give up power without any greed for power and added that there is a dearth of such leaders today.

    The plenary session of the Mandela peace summit will also adopt a Political Declaration covering policing guidelines for a gamut of areas including peace, democracy, rule of law and human rights.

  • Indian cricket captain Virat Kohli and world champion weightlifter Mirabai Chanu will receive the prestigious Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna, the highest sporting award of the country. 

    Apart from a medal and a citation, the awardee will receive a cash prize of Rs. 7.5 lakh. 

    Star javelin thrower Neeraj Chopra, athlete Hima Das and Hockey player Manpreet Singh are among 20 sportspersons picked for this year's Arjuna Awards. The President will also present the Dronacharya awards to eight coaches and Dhyan Chand Awards to four sportspersons. 

    An official release said, Arjuna, Dronacharya and Dhyan Chand Awardees will receive statuettes, certificates and cash prize of Rs. 5 lakh each.

    The President will also give away Maulana Abul Kalam Azad Trophy 2017-18 to Guru Nanak Dev University, Amritsar. 

    This year's award ceremony was postponed to September 25 from the usual August 29 National Sports Day event due to clash of dates with the Asian Games in Indonesia. 

    All India Radio Delhi will broadcast LIVE commentary on the presentation of the award from 4.55 PM.  It can be heard on Indraprastha, FM Gold Channel and additional frequencies.

  • The programme is being organised at Jamboori Maidan in BHEL to mark the birth anniversary of party ideologue and co-founder of Janasangh, Pandit Deendayal Upadhyay. 

    BJP President Amit Shah will also address workers’ congregation which will begin at 10 AM with a musical concert of singer Kailash Kher. 
    An estimated 10 lakh BJP workers from 65,000 polling booths spread across 230 assembly constituencies in Madhya Pradesh will take part in the programme. 

    State Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chauhan, party organisational general secretary Ramlal and central and state ministers and other senior leaders will attend the congregation.

    An exhibition hall named after BJP leader and former union minister late Anil Madhav Dave has also been set up at the rally site. 

    The exhibition venue will showcase the journey and works of BJP stalwarts, including Atal Bihari Vajpayee, PM Narendra Modi and CM Shivraj Singh Chouhan. 

    Party's ideologues - Pandit Deendayal Upadhyay, Shyama Prasad Mukherjee, Atal Bihari Vajpayee, Rajmata Vijayaraje Scindia and Kushabhau Thakre have been depicted as five strong pillars of the BJP.

    Prime Minister Narendra Modi will be in Bhopal for nearly three hours and stay with party workers for around two hours. 

    Six DIG level officer and around three thousands security personnel have been deployed to monitor the security at the airport, helipad, programme venue and the route of PM’s cavalcade. Five helipads have also been made near the Jambori Maidan. 

    An exhibition of the government schemes is also being organised at the venue. Party has entrusted the responsibility to 5,000 workers to make the mega event a success.   

    BJP has made elaborate arrangements for PM Modi and national president Amit Shah at the venue. 

    A dome has been constructed at the venue, in such a way that eye contact can be made from the dais to the last row. Over 45 LED screens have been installed at the venue. 

  • Evan Atar Adaha's Maban hospital in the South Sudanese town of Bunj serves more than 1,44,000 refugees from Blue Nile state in neighbouring Sudan, UNHCR said.

    The hospital's X-ray machine is broken, but Atar and his team perform nearly 60 surgeries per week in a room with just one light, with staff using "ketamine injections and spinal epidurals" instead of general anaesthesia, the agency said.

    UNHCR chief Filippo Grandi said Atar's "profound humanity and selflessness" had saved thousands of lives.

    Atar had previously run a hospital in Blue Nile but was forced to relocate when a conflict erupted there in 2011 between the Khartoum government and rebel fighters. Khartoum unilaterally announced a ceasefire in the area in March.

    The Nansen prize, awarded annually, is named for Norwegian polar explorer Fridtjof Nansen, who served as the first high commissioner for refugees during the failed League of Nations.

    Last year's winner was Nigerian Zannah Mustapha, who helped negotiate the release of some of the girls kidnapped by Boko Haram Islamists from their school in Chibok in 2014.

    UNHCR said actor and goodwill ambassador Cate Blanchet will deliver the keynote address at the ceremony in Geneva next week.

  • The eight day long annual festival is observed to worship the god Devraj Indra, the lord of rain and good harvest.

    It also marks end of monsoon and beginning of harvest season and festivity. 

    The chariot procession and mask dances are the main attraction of Indra Jatra.

    On fourth day of festival the chariot procession of living Goddess Kumari, Lord Ganesha and Lord Bhairav began from historic Basantapur Durbar Square on Monday

    Nepal's living Goddess Trishna Shakya made her first public appearance after she was anointed in September last year. 

    President Bidya Devi Bhandari and thousands of people attended the Indra Jatra celebrations.

    The fesitval was started on Friday with erection of a sacred wooden pole (lingo) at Hanumandhoka in Basantapur Durbar Square.  Indra Jatra is mainly celebrated by the Newar community of Kathmandu valley and some other parts of the country. 

    According to legend once upon a time Lord Indra disguised as a common man descended to the earth in search of a Parijat flower (a night flowering jasmine) to perform worship for his mother. The people caught him and tied while he was plucking the flowers. His mother came to Kathmandu in search of him. 

    When the city folk realized that they had captured Lord Indra they were appalled and immediately released him. After the release of Lord Indra, his mother promised to provide enough dew throughout the winter to ensure a rich crop.

    It is believed that Kathmandu starts experiencing foggy mornings from Indra Jatra festival.

  • In the absence of routine screening, most people only discover they carry cancer-associated variants in the BRCA1 or BRCA2 genes when that person or family members receive a cancer diagnosis.

    "As a colleague said, it usually takes a tragedy for people to get tested," said Michael Murray, professor at Yale University in the US.

    "Our reliance on a documented personal or family history as a trigger to offer testing is not working. Hopefully, one day we can change that with effective DNA-based screening for everyone," said Murray.

    The mean age of subjects in the study was 60. Two hundred and sixty-seven of those screened possessed a BRCA risk variant, yet only 18 per cent of them were aware they possessed this risk factor for cancer prior to being informed by the study.

    Among the group of living BRCA-positive patients, 16.8 per cent of them had a BRCA-associated cancer. In the small group of BRCA-positive patients who had died before the study's conclusion, 47.8 per cent of them had a BRCA-associated cancer.

    "Once risk is identified, we can apply proven tools for early diagnosis and prevention, and we believe that the 31 per cent difference in cancer incidence in these two groups is a window into an opportunity to decrease cancer and cancer deaths through genomic screening approaches," Murray said. 

  • The study, published in the journal PLOS Medicine, suggests that a personalised therapy tailored to each person's physiology may help better manage diabetes.

    Scientists from the Harvard University and Massachusetts Institute of Technology in the US analysed genomic data with a computational tool that incorporates genetic complexity.

    "When treating type 2 diabetes, we have a dozen or so medications we can use, but after you start someone on the standard algorithm, it's primarily trial and error," said Jose Florez, an endocrinologist at Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) in the US.

    "We need a more granular approach that addresses the many different molecular processes leading to high blood sugar," said Florez, also a professor at Harvard Medical School.

    It is known that type 2 diabetes can be broadly grouped into cases driven either by the inability of pancreatic beta cells to make enough insulin, known as insulin deficiency, or by the inability of liver, muscle or fat tissues to use insulin properly, known as insulin resistance.

    Previous research attempted to define more subtypes of type 2 diabetes based on indicators such as beta-cell function, insulin resistance, or body-mass index, but those traits can vary greatly through life and during the course of disease.

    Inherited genetic differences are present at birth, and so a more reliable method would be to create subtypes based on DNA variations that have been associated with diabetes risk in large-scale genetic studies.

    These variations can be grouped into clusters based on how they impact diabetes-related traits; for example, genetic changes linked to high triglyceride levels are likely to work through the same biological processes.

    Researchers identified five clusters of genetic variants distinguished by distinct underlying cellular processes, within the existing major divisions of insulin-resistant and insulin-deficient disease.

    To test whether each cluster had been assigned the correct biological mechanism, researchers gathered data from four independent cohorts of patients with type 2 diabetes and first calculated the patients' individual genetic risk scores for each cluster.

    They found nearly a third of patients scored highly for only one predominant cluster, suggesting that their diabetes may be driven predominantly by a single biological mechanism.

  • A systematic review published in British Journal of Sports Medicine included data from 342 eligible studies and discussions among an international working group of 25 experts in public health and health policy, and industry leaders.

    The evidence shows that playing golf regularly is associated with longevity and reducing the risk factors for heart disease or stroke, according to researchers from the University of Edinburgh in the UK.

    It can boost older people's strength and balance, they said.

    The sport is also associated with good mental health and improving the overall health of those with disabilities, researchers said. Compared with other sports, the risk of injury is moderate, but as it is an outdoor activity, golfers may be more at risk of skin cancer, they said.

    The sport is often perceived as expensive, male dominated, difficult to learn, and not a game for the young or those on the lower rungs of the social ladder.

    It needs to be more inclusive and welcoming of people from all walks of life and ethnic backgrounds, and any such initiatives should be supported, researchers said.

    "More people might be keen to take it up if golf were promoted as an enjoyable, lifelong outdoors activity that affords a sense of community and competitive challenge while providing some 'me time' as well as helping to fulfil recommended exercise quotas," they said.

    The sport can do its bit for sustainability by "practices that prioritise diversity, healthy societies, connection with, and care of, the environment, environmental integrity and health and wellbeing," the researchers said.

  • The Real Madrid and Croatia midfielder starred for both club and country as Madrid won a third straight Champions League, and he inspired Croatia to reach the World Cup final for the first time.

    "The emotion is huge because it is thanks to the work of everyone. So many people have come together and so many have supported me," said Modric on Monday. Modric beat out Liverpool's Egyptian forward Mohamed Salah and Ronaldo, who along with Messi did not attend the glitzy awards ceremony in London. Both are in action for Juventus and Barcelona on Wednesday, but their no-show attracted criticism after so many years on top.

    "Everyone has their own reasons," said Modric. "Obviously I would have liked them to be here but they aren't." Modric's success means Ronaldo remains tied with Messi having won FIFA's award in different guises five times each.

    At 33, Croatia's run to the final was the culmination of a brilliant career for Modric that had often been overshadowed by Ronaldo's goalscoring in their time together in the Spanish capital, before the Portuguese left for Juventus in July.

    Modric scored twice and also netted in penalty shootout wins over Denmark and Russia, but it was his playmaking ability that caught the eye in winning the Golden Ball for the best player at the World Cup.

    "It was an unbelievable season, the best season in my life," said Modric. "I'm still not realising how good a year I had collectively, individually, and I'm very proud for everything I achieved this year and it will be remembered forever."

    For a sixth straight season, Ronaldo was the Champions League's top scorer with 15 goals and also scored four times at the World Cup, including a hat-trick against Spain in a thrilling 3-3 draw to open Portugal's campaign.

    However, Portugal's last 16 exit to Uruguay in Russia and Ronaldo's failure to score in the semi-finals or final of the Champions League opened the door for Modric. - Salah scoops best goal - For the first time in 12 years, Messi was not among the finalists with Salah earning a place on the podium for his incredible 44-goal debut season with Liverpool that carried the Reds to the Champions League final.

    Salah did not go away empty-handed, however, as he picked up the Puskas award for best goal for his strike against Everton in the Merseyside derby last December. Modric was joined by Real team-mates Sergio Ramos, Raphael Varane and Marcelo in the FIFPro team of the year, also featuring David De Gea, Dani Alves, N'Golo Kante, Eden Hazard, Kylian Mbappe, Messi and Ronaldo.

    "I am as happy as if I had won it," said Ramos of Modric's success. "He deserves it, he is an excellent player and has marked an important era in the history of Real Madrid."

    France's World Cup-winning coach Didier Deschamps won the best coach of the year prize in recognition for his work in leading Les Bleus to success in Russia.

    Deschamps, who became just the third man to win the World Cup as a player and coach, beat off competition from Dalic and his former France team-mate Zinedine Zidane, who won a third consecutive Champions League title with Real Madrid before resigning in June.

    Thibaut Courtois won the best goalkeeper award for helping Belgium reach the World Cup semi-finals as well as the FA Cup with Chelsea before a summer move to Madrid.

    Brazil's Marta was crowned best women's player for a record sixth time for her role in winning the Copa America to beat out Lyon duo Ada Hegerberg and Dzsenifer Marozsan.

    Lyon boss Reynald Pedros did win the award for best women's coach, though, after winning the Champions League with the French giants. 

     

  • Swaraj met Moroccan Foreign Minister Nasser Bourita, High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs Federica Mogherini, Liechtenstein Foreign Minister Aurelia Frick, Nepal's Foreign Minister Pradeep Kumar Gyawali, Spanish Foreign Minister Josep Borrell, Colombian Foreign Minister Carlos Holmes Trujillo, Foreign Minister of Ecuador Jose Valencia, Foreign Minister of Australia Marise Payne and Foreign Minister of Mongolia Damdin Tsogtbaatar.

    "Strategic partnership gaining momentum! Continuing our frequent engagement at the highest level, EAM @SushmaSwaraj met Foreign Minister of Australia @MarisePayne," Ministry of External Affairs Spokesperson Raveesh Kumar tweeted. In another tweet following Swaraj's meeting with Valencia, he said "good discussion on ways to further consolidate bilateral relationship in the areas of trade, agriculture, pharma, IT and capacity building."

    "Relations characterized by warmth and cordiality ! EAM @SushmaSwaraj and Foreign Minister of Colombia, @CarlosHolmesTru met on the sidelines of #UNGA2018. Discussed cooperation on trade & investment, pharma, mining, petroleum and capacity building," Kumar said in a separate tweet.

    On the meeting between Swaraj and Borrell, he said, "explored ways to intensify ties in investment, renewable energy, water treatment, tourism and their contribution to our flagship initiatives."

    On the meeting with Nepal, Kumar tweeted, "Close neighbour and a friend! EAM @SushmaSwaraj and Foreign Minister of Nepal, Pradeep Kumar Gyawali met on the sidelines of the #UNGA2018 and took stock of our bilateral relationship." 

    Marking 25 years of India's diplomatic relations with Liechtenstein, Kumar said the two ministers "exchanged views on enhancing bilateral relations in trade & investment, particularly through participation at Indian trade fairs, & tourism."

    "Strategic partnership based on common values of democracy, freedom and rule of law," Kumar said in another tweet on Swaraj's bilateral meeting with Mogherini.

    The two discussed issues related to trade and investment and exchanged views on the regional and global issues.

    "A historical relationship since Ibn Batuta days! EAM @SushmaSwaraj & Morocco Foreign Minister, Nasser Bourita discussed strengthening cooperation in areas of commerce, pharma, cyber security, defence and culture," he said.

    As the General Debate begins Tuesday, Swaraj has bilateral meetings planned with Iraqi Foreign Minister Ibrahim Al-Eshaiqer Al-Jafari, Moldova's Foreign Minister Tudor Ulianovschi, Cyprus Foreign Minister Nicos Christodoulides, Fijian Foreign Minister J V Bainimarama and Estonia's Foreign Minister Sven Kikser.

    She will also participate in the G4 meeting with her counterparts from Brazil, Germany and Japan.

    Swaraj attended the high-level event on counter-narcotics hosted by US President Donald Trump and addressed the Nelson Mandela Peace Summit.

    During the day, she also briefly met Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, South African President Cyril Ramaphosa, Gambian President Adama Barrow and Singapore's Minister for Foreign Affairs Vivian Balakrishnan. Foreign Secretary Vijay Gokhale participated in a special meeting on Conference on Interaction and Confidence Building Measures in Asia. 

  • The SC said that citizens have a right to be informed about the antecedents of their candidates. 

    'Political parties shall be obligated to put all information about their candidates on their websites', SC stated on Tuesday.

    SC also directed wider publicity, through print and electronic media, regarding antecedents of candidates affiliated to political parties.

    The apex copurt also asked the legislature to consider framing law to ensure decriminalisation of politics.

    'Informed choice is corner stone of democracy,' the SC said and termed the criminalisation of politics of the largest democracy as unsettling. 

    A five-judge Constitution bench, headed by Chief Justice Dipak Misra, said that citizens have a right to be informed about the antecedents of their candidates.

    In the unanimous verdict, the bench, also comprising Justices R F Nariman, A M Khanwilkar, D Y Chandrachud and Indu Malhotra, said that political parties are obligated to put all the information about their candidates on their websites.

    The verdict was pronounced on a batch of pleas raising a question whether lawmakers facing criminal trial can be disqualified from contesting elections at the stage of framing of charges against them.

    The status before the filing of these petitions was that lawmakers were barred under the Representation of Peoples (RP) Act from contesting elections only after their conviction in a criminal case. The verdict was reserved on August 28. 

  • Artificial intelligence and machine learning are core drivers of how Google will pursue its 20-year-old mission to organise the world's information and make it accessible to anyone, search vice president Ben Gomes said at an event in San Francisco.

    The search engine focussed strongly on mobile use and appeared to be growing more like Facebook, encouraging users to linger and explore topics, interests or stories with an increasing emphasis on photos and videos. Results will be increasingly personalised.

    "Search is not perfect, and we are under no illusions it is," Gomes said. "But, you have our commitment that we will make it better every day."

    He described the latest changes as shifting from answers to journeys, providing ways to target queries without knowing what words to use and enhancing image-based searches. Google Images was redesigned to weave in "Lens" technology that enables queries based on what is pointed out in pictures.

    The Images overhaul includes carousels of online video clip highlights displayed with mobile search query results.

    New Activity Cards will let users pick up searches where they left off, eliminating the need to retrace online steps.

    The search engine will also let users create Collections of online content, and suggest related material that might be of interest.

    A Google feed used by more than 800 million people monthly is getting a new name, Discover, an increased ability to offer people relevant information they are likely to want but have not thought to ask for yet.

    The feature was described as "Google search helping you discover new things without a query".

    Google said it is also testing out an improvement to its job-related search results that will figure out what skills are needed for such posts and information about how to acquire them. "Information and language are core to what we are as human beings," Gomes said. "Our work here is never done." 

  • 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.