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  • The Central Board of Indirect Taxes and Customs (CBIC) has constituted three Working Groups to study and recommend measures to facilitate trade, promote exports and improve compliance. 

    The Working Groups will focus on:-

    improving the legislative structure of customs tariff and update it to suit the emerging and future needs of the economy and industry.

  • Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi will pay visit to Kumbh at Prayagraj tomorrow.At Kumbh, he will participate in the Swachh Kumbh Swachh Aabhaar event, organized by Ministry of Drinking Water & Sanitation.

  • The Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi, will visit Gorakhpur in Uttar Pradesh tomorrow on 24 February 2019. 

    At Gorakhpur, Prime Minister will launch the PM-KISAN scheme.

    At Fertilizer Corporation of India ground in Gorakhpur, Prime Minister will mark the launch of the PM-KISAN scheme, through press of button, to electronically transfer the first instalment of Rs 2,000 to selected farmers.

  • Union Minister for Road Transport & Highways, Shipping and Water Resources, River Development and Ganga Rejuvenation Shri Nitin Gadkari will lay the foundation stones for two road projects worth Rs 746 crore in Punjab on Monday.

  • Union Minister for Road Transport & Highways, Shipping and Water Resources, River Development and Ganga Rejuvenation Shri Nitin Gadkari will lay the foundation stones for seven National Highway projects worth over Rs 4419 crore in Himachal Pradesh’s Kangra on Sunday.

  • Today morning at around 1155hrs an unfortunate incident occurred, wherein fire broke out in one of the parking areas outside the venue of Aero India 2019. The parking area is located well away from the Aero India venue on the other side of the highway.

  • The Indian Council for Cultural Relations organized a special event at Pravasi Bharatiya Kendra in Delhi today, to felicitate delegates from 188 countries, who participated in the Kumbh Mela at Prayagraj.

  • The Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi, today addressed the Economic Times Global Business Summit.

    He said from the days of 2013-14, when India was beset with problems such as runaway inflation, high fiscal deficit and policy paralysis, change is clearly visible today.

  • Shri Vineet Jain, distinguished Guests from India and abroad, A very good morning to all of you.

    I am happy to be here once again with you at the Global Business Summit.

    Let me first compliment you for choosing the word Social as the first word of your theme for a business summit;

     I am also happy to note that the people present here are discussing the challenge of how to make development sustainable, which happens to be the second word of your theme.

  • To provide an assured income support to the small and marginal farmers, the Government is launching the Pradhan Mantri Kisan Samman Nidhi (PM-KISAN). Under this programme, vulnerable landholding farmer families, having cultivable land upto 2 hectares, will be provided direct income support at the rate of Rs. 6,000 per year.

  • NITI Aayog co-hosted a conference on “The Future of Indian Banking” on February 22, 2019, with the Foundation for Economic Growth and Welfare (EGROW Foundation).  Dr. Rajiv Kumar, Vice Chairman, NITI Aayog, inaugurated the event.

  • The process of summary revision of last parts of electoral rolls with reference to 01.01.2019 as the qualifying date has concluded with the final publication of last parts today i.e. on 22.02.2019. A total of 16,62,993 service personnel have been enrolled as Service Electors in the Country in the final last part of electoral roll 2019.

  •             In view of the impending General Elections, the Election Commission of India has strengthened its Voter Helpline to make it easy for the Voters to get authentic information pertaining to their voter registration.

  • Minister of State for Commerce & Industry, C R Chaudhary addressing 4th India ASEAN Expo and Summit 2019

    Minister of State for Commerce & Industry, C R Chaudhary said that India’s trade relationship with ASEAN is a key pillar of its regionalpolicy and the foundation of its Act East Policy which is further reinforced by increase in trade in goods and services and investment agreements.

  • Energy Efficiency Services Limited (EESL), a joint venture of four National Public Sector Enterprises under Ministry of Power, Government of India, today launched its Super-Efficient Air Conditioning Programme for residential and institutional consumers in the BSES area.

  • A Pre-Retirement Counselling (PRC) was held for Central Armed Police Forces (CAPFs) in Chennai today. This was the 46th workshop in the series organized by the Department of Pension and Pensioners Welfare.

  • Shri Hardeep S Puri,  Minister of State (I/C), Housing and Urban affairs today laid the Foundation   Stone   of   Redevelopment   of   GPRA   Colony   at Sriniwaspuri (Phase-I),  here in the august presence of Shri Ramesh Bidhuri, Member of Parliament (Lok Sabha) along with Shri Prabhakar Singh, Director General, CPWD.

  • The Union Home Minister Shri Rajnath Singh has urged the ASEAN nations and the International Community to support India’s fight against terrorists and terrorist organisations. Delivering the Valedictory Address at the 4th India-ASEAN Expo & Summit here today, he said an environment of peace and security are prerequisites for trade and commerce to flourish.

  • The National Tourism Advisory Council (NTAC) and other stakeholders met with Gujarat Tourism officials at Tent City, Statue of Unity, Kevadia in Gujarat on 21st February, 2019, to chalk out a strategy for bringing five million tourists to the Statue.

  • The President of India, Shri Ramnath Kovind today appealed to the well off people in different walks of life to work for the upliftment of the less privileged and give back to the society.

    Gracing the 18th anniversary celebrations of Swarna Bharat Trust at Venkatachalam in Nellore, the President said that whenever he met eminent scientists, technologists and others, he used to advise them on the need to give back to society.

  • Prime Minister will mark the launch of the Pradhan Mantri Kisan Samman Nidhi Yojana to electronically transfer the first instalment of Rs 2,000 to selected farmers.

    Besides, Prime Minister will also distribute certificates to select farmers under PM-KISAN scheme. PM-KISAN was announced in the interim Budget 2019-20 on February 1, 2019.

    People in Gorakhpur are extremely excited over PM MODI's visit to the region.

    Beside PM-KISAN scheme, PM will also lay foundation stone/ dedicate to nation, various development projects in Gorakhpur.

    Prime Minister will lay the foundation stone of Kandla-Gorakhpur LPG pipeline and also lay foundation stone of Gorakhpur-Azamgarh link expressway. These projects are expected to immensely benefit the people of Uttar Pradesh.

    Prime Minister Modi in a tweet said that he will launch Pradhan Mantri Kisan Samman Nidhi from Gorakhpur on Sunday.

    He said that this is a scheme that will give wings to the aspirations of crores of hardworking farmers of India who feed our nation.

    He said, launch of this scheme demonstrate the NDA's unwavering commitment to farmer welfare and Speedy decision making- a scheme announced on 1st February has become a reality in such a short span.

  • No casualties were reported in the blaze suspected to have been caused by dry grass fire aided by heavy winds, the sources said, adding the parking area was "far away" from the air force station.

    The 12th edition of the five-day air show went on unaffected by the fire incident, which came four days after two jets of Indian Air Force's aerobatic team Surya Kiran crashed, killing a pilot a day before the opening of the event.

  • The advisory said the state governments and Union Territory administrations and the nodal officers appointed by them are advised to take all necessary steps to prevent any act of assault, threat, intimidation, social boycott etc against Kashmiris, including students, as well as minorities.

  • With placards displaying "stop supporting terrorism", the protestors chanted "Bharat Matha Ki Jai" and demanded that Pakistan be declared a state sponsoring terrorism.

    In a memorandum submitted to the Pakistani Consulate in Chicago, the the Indian-American community urged Pakistan to stop supporting terrorists.

    JeM has claimed the responsibility of the Pulwama attack in Jammu and Kashmir that killed 40 CRPF personnel.

  • The main objective of training is to promote certified organic farming for improvement of soil health, share impact of organic farming, ensure supply of organic input through establishment of Bio-fertilizer & Bio-Pesticides Production Unit, capacity building in soil testing and organic certification through Human Resource Development of Nepali experts and farmers.

    Prime Ministers of India and Nepal had launched New Partnership in Agriculture during Nepalese Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli's visit to India in April last year.

    Later in June 2018, Nepal's Minister for Agriculture and Livestock Development, Chakrapani Khanal had visited Indian Agricultural Research Institute (IARI), Pusa, in New Delhi and National Centre of Organic Farming, Ghaziabad.

    He had also held delegation level talks with India's Minister for Agriculture and Farmers Welfare of Radha Mohan Singh.

  • The bill applies only to permanent residents of the state who are not covered under the existing reservation schemes for Scheduled Castes, Scheduled Tribes, Socially and Educationally Backward classes.

    This reservation will be given to people from families whose gross annual income from all sources including salary, agriculture, profession, business is less than Rs 8 lakh.

    The constitutional amendment to provide the 10 per cent quota was approved by Parliament and had received assent of President Ram Nath Kovind in January.

  • Expressing solidarity with the Indian Government hundreds of people carried out candlelight march in Parsa, Mahottari,Rupandehi and other adjoining districts of Nepal.

    In Kathmandu officers and staff of Indian Embassy have contributed one day salary for Bharat ke Veer Corpus Fund.

    The contribution is made for the family members of brave CRPF personnel who laid their lives in the service of the nation in most heinous terrorist attack at Pulwama.

    A candlelight vigil for the brave hearts will also be organized by the Embassy of India in Kathmandu on February 27.

  • Expressing concern, the US President Donald Trump said the situation between India and Pakistan is very bad after the Pulwama Attack.

    Talking to reporters in the oval office, Trump said "India is looking at something very strong". He also said that US has stopped paying Pakistan the 1.3-billion US Dollars Aid for its inaction against militant safe havens inside its territory.
     

  • According to a statement from Portuguese Parliament, "The National assembly of Portugal gathered in the plenary session, condemns the terror attack that occurred on February 14 in Pulwama district in the state of Jammu and Kashmir in India, expresses its solidarity and conveys its condolences to the Indian authorities and people and in particular to the families of the victims,".

    Describing the dastardly terror attack perpetrated by Pakistan-based Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM) as an 'attack on a friendly country and Portugal's strategic partner', the statement said.

     "It is also important to reiterate the strong condemnation of all forms of terrorism by Portuguese institutions and emphasise their commitment to pursuing, preventing and taking collective repressive actions against terrorism"
     

  • MEA spokesperson Raveesh Kumar said said that India see this invitation as a welcome recognition by OIC of the presence of 185 million Muslims in India and of their contribution to its pluralistic ethos, and of India's contribution to the Islamic world.

     

  • These representatives had participated in Kumbh Mela 2019 in Prayag Raj on Friday. Prime Minister said that there is huge potential for tourism in the country.

    Highlighting the rich cultural heritage of India, Prime Minister said that one can understand the beauty of Kumbh only, if  he/she visits Kumbh in Prayagraj to have first hand experience.

    Prime Minster urged the representatives to tell the world what they have seen in India after visiting Kumbh. Prime Minister said that  case studies can be done for successful conduct of Kumb Mela.

    Prime MInister also said Election Commission of India can invite people from other countries to visit India to see themselves the successful conduct of free and free elections in world's largest democracy.

    External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj also addressed the Pravasi Bharatiya representatives from 181 countries. She said that Kumbh Mela represents India's rich cultural heritage.

  • Prime Minister said Pakistan has started feeling the heat after India built the pressure against it in aftermath of Pulwama terror attack.

    Besides, government also said tightened noose against separatists in the country. Prime Minister also said that the fight is not against Kashmir but for Kashmiris, who are now fed up with terrorism in the state.

    Prime Minister also listed out various achievements of his govt during lat 4 and half year

  • He was addressing the representatives from 190 countries who visited the Kumbh Mela in Prayagraj on Friday.

    Prime Minister Modi told the representatives in New Delhi that the Kumbh is the centre for culture and spirituality and the arrangements at the Mela have become the centre of attraction.

    Referring to the forthcoming Lok Sabha elections ,PM Modi said, people should vote in large numbers.

    He said, for the world, the election process in India is unique.

    The Prime Minister said, the Election commission should initiate a process in which people from across the world can come and see the election process in India. 

  • Addressing the Global Business Summit in New Delhi, Mr Modi said, he wants the nation to have countless startups, and be a leader in the global drive towards renewable sources of energy.

    The Prime Minister said that government is working hard to create a New India which fulfils the aspirations and dreams of 130 crore Indians.

    He said, his vision of new India includes addressing the challenges of the future while also solving problems of the past.

    PM Modi said, his government caters to all sections of the society, irrespective of their economic profile, their caste, creed, language and religion.

    The Prime Minister asserted that when his government came to power, there was a complete policy paralysis, plagued by runaway inflation and rising current account deficit.

    He said, but in the last five years, hesitation has been replaced by hope, obstacles have given way to optimism, and initiatives have replaced issues.

    The Prime Minister said, under the NDA government, the country witnessed the highest post-liberalisation growth rate of 7.4 per cent and lowest inflation of less than 4.5 per cent under the NDA government's rule.

    e said, reforms like GST have laid a solid foundation for higher GDP growth.

    The Prime Minister said, before 2014, there was a competition between Ministries and individuals on corruption and on delays, but now there are competitions between developments on achieving targets.

    PM Modi said, today while India prepares to send a man to Mars, it is also ensuring that every Indian has a roof over his head. He said, while India is building 100 smart cities across the country, it is also ensuring rapid progress in over 100 aspirational districts.

    Prime Minister  Modi said, while India has made its fastest train, it has also eliminated all unmanned railway crossings.

    The Prime Minister said, India has become a net exporter of electricity, and it has also ensured that crores of households got electricity.

    PM Modi credited the people of the country for the change on the ground, saying that it is because of them that impossible is now possible.

  • '112', a  single emergency helpline number was launched under the Emergency Response Support System (ERSS).

    Emergency Response Support System (ERSS) is a Pan-India single number (112) based emergency response system for citizens in emergencies.

    Each State/ UT is required to designate a dedicated Emergency Response Centres (ERC) to handle emergency requests.

    If you require emergency assistance from Police, Fire and Rescue, Health and other services, you may. ERSS will eliminate the need for people to remember multiple numbers.

    Basically, ERSS is an integration of police (100), fire (101), health (108) and women (1090) helpline numbers to provide emergency services through the single number '112'.

    Dial 112 from your phone: 
    - Press power button on your smart phone 3 times quickly to activate Panic call

    - In case of feature phone, long press ‘5’ or ‘9’ key to activate Panic call

    - Log on to State ERSS website and place your SOS request

    - Email SOS alert to State ERC; and

    - Use 112 India Mobile App (available in Google Playstore and Apple store) to activate a panic call to ERC

    * In case of women and children, you can use 112 India mobile App to activate SHOUT feature, which alerts registered volunteers in vicinity for immediate assistance apart from activating ERC.

  • The bill applies only to permanent residents of the state who are not covered under the existing reservation schemes for Scheduled Castes, Scheduled Tribes, Socially and Educationally Backward classes.

    This reservation will be given to people from families whose gross annual income from all sources including salary, agriculture, profession, business is less than Rs 8 lakh.

    The constitutional amendment to provide the 10 percent quota was approved by Parliament and had received the assent of President Ram Nath Kovind in January.

  • In a blog, the Finance Minister said that task force will certainly educate the party leaders that surgical strikes were no routine step which had been taken several times in the past but a significant first for India.

    He asked the opposition to avoid an impression to the world that India is divided on how to fight terrorism when the world is rallying around India.

    He cautioned Congress party not to trivialize a serious national concern on terrorism as has been done by Congress Spokespersons.

    He said that opposition should not support those raising slogans against India as done in past.

    Lauding the contribution of armed forces, Arun Jaitley said Indian Armed forces are amongst the most professional organizations which have served this country exceedingly well.

    Recalling the Batla House encounter, Jaitley said terrorism should not be legitimized by standing shoulder to shoulder with terrorists and the war on terror should not be dubbed fake encounter.

     

  • After global outrage over the Pulwama terror attack.UNSC in the strongest terms has condemned the attack and called it heinous and cowardly.

    The United Nations Security Council has urged the international community to co-operate actively with India in bringing the perpetrators, organizers, financiers, and sponsors of terrorism to justice.

    The UNSC termed the attack as heinous and cowardly, and also named Pakistan-based Jaish-e-Mohammed in its statement.

  • External Affairs Sushma Swaraj received the Prime Minister at the airport in New Delhi.

    During his two-day visit to South Korea, PM held talks with Korean President Moon Jae-in, unveiled a bust of Mahatma Gandhi and addressed the Indian diaspora. the Prime minister also received the prestigious Seoul Peace Prize for 2018 for his contribution to international cooperation and fostering global economic growth.

    A large crowd had gathered at the airport in New Delhi to congratulate the Prime Minister for Seoul Peace Prize, which was conferred on him in recognition of his efforts in promoting global peace and harmony through inclusive economic growth & improving quality of life.

    The Seoul Peace Prize was established in 1990 to commemorate the success of the 24th Olympic Games held in Seoul.

    PM Modi is the 14th recipient of the award.

    People gathered at Delhi airport said that the award is a matter of pride for every Indian.

  • Zimbabweans awoke to a new currency Friday.

    An attempt by the Central Bank to ease a crippling lack of cash in the country.

    It's led to more confusion and fear for residents, who faced years of economic problems under old President Robert Mugabe. "In 2008, we had a crisis. So many people lost their monies and today again we have a similar case, whereby things have just been said, without any clarity, on what is going to be the way forward."

    Some fear basic items will disappear from shelves.

    Zimbabwe adopted the dollar in 2009 -- but faced a currency shortage. So a parallel system was introduced. Bond notes -- not actual money -- pegged one-to-one to the dollar.

    This new currency -- the RTGS (Real Time Gross Transfer dollars) -- combines those bonds and the electronic dollars people had been unable to use from their accounts -- due to the cash shortage.

    But now the rate is 2.5 to 1 dollar. A 60 percent devaulation.

    Economists cautiously welcomed the news -- hoping it will limit demand for black-market dollars.

    Its success could be key for new President Emmerson Mnangagwa regaining public trust.

  • "The members of the Security Council condemned in the strongest terms the heinous and cowardly suicide bombing in Jammu and Kashmir, which resulted in over 40 Indian paramilitary forces dead and dozens wounded on February 14, 2019, for which Jaish-e-Mohammed has claimed responsibility," said UNSC in a press statemen

    Urging all the states to take action, UNSC underlined the need to hold perpetrators, organisers, financiers and sponsors of these reprehensible acts of terrorism accountable and bring them to justice. UNSC further asked all the countries to cooperate actively with the Indian Government and all other relevant authorities in this regard. The UNSC also expressed condolences to the families of the victims.

     

  • The Uttar Pradesh Police Friday arrested two youths believed to be connected to Pakistan-based terrorist group Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM) from Deoband, Saharanpur, Uttar Pradesh Director General of Police O P Singh said. The men were nabbed by UP Anti-Terrorism Squad (ATS) which is also probing their role in Pulwama terror attack last week.

    The arrested youths were identified as Shahnawaz Teli, a resident of Kulgam and Aqib Ahmed Malik from Pulwama. They are believed to be between between 20 and 25 years of age, Singh told reporters.

    The special police force said that the two had come to recruit people for the terror outfits and were arrested on inputs from a student in Deoband. The student's identity was not revealed.

    ATS carried search operations in their rooms and found two .32 pistols with live catridges and mobile phones with "Jihadi chat, videos and photos" in them, it said.

  • So far 45 people have died in Jorhat Medical College Hospital, where 221 who were taken ill after drinking spurious liquor have been admitted.

    Another 35 have succumbed in Golaghat civil hospital where 93 have been admitted.

    The tragedy had struck the tea gardens of the twin districts of Golaghat and Jorhat after a large number of their workers consumed the spurious liquor on Thursday night.

    Assam govt on Friday ordered an inquiry into the incident by Upper Assam division commissioner who has been asked to submit the report in a month.

  • The award was presented to him by the Seoul Peace Prize Foundation at a grand ceremony in Seoul.

    A short film on the life and achievements of Prime Minister Modi was also screened at the event.While conferring the award on Prime Minister Modi, the award committee recognised his contribution to the growth of Indian and global economies, crediting 'Modinomics' for reducing social and economic disparity between the rich and the poor.

    The committee also credited him for his contribution toward reginal and global peace through a proactive policy with countries around the world.Modi is the 14th recipient of the award and the past laureates included former UN Secretary General Kofi Annan, German Chancellor Angela Merkel and renowned international relief organizations like Doctors Without Borders and Oxfam.

    The Seoul Peace Prize was established in 1990 to commemorate the success of the 24th Olympic Games held in Seoul.

    The award was established to crystalise Korean people's yearning for peace on the Korean peninsula and in the rest of the world.

  • The Indian National Academy of Engineering will hold a knowledge seminar on Regional Technology Aircraft.

    Seminars are also organised on linking India to the Global Aerospace supply chain, MSMEs in the Aerospace Eco-system, Defence park in Kerala and on Indo Russian Defence and Aerospace cooperation.

    The Indian Pavilion in the Aero Show will offer Engineering students the information available in India and abroad about skills in the Aviation sector.AIR correspondent reports that Aero India has drawn the attention of Aviation buffs as it steps on to its third day today.

    The employment opportunities in Aerospace industry is a biggest attraction this time. India Pavilion and Students Pavillion has seen visits by the young entrepreneurs and students in large numbers.

    The show was also witness to the flying skills of Airbus 330, Saras regional transport aircraft, HTT-40 basic trainer and Light Utility Helicopter for the first time in this show.

  • The nearly 10 inch thick snow disrupted normal life in Leh. Air services were also suspended due to snowfall.

    MeT office has forecast a cloudy sky for today. In the wake of season's heaviest snow fall in Ladakh the district administrations of Leh and Kargil have reviewed the preparedness for any eventuality.

    Leh Hill Council CEC Jamyang Tsering Namgyal held emergency meeting with key district officials to make sure that food essentials and fodder for animals are in reach of every village.

     The traffic is restricted on the high passes in Leh. To avoid accidents, controlled blasts at avalanche prone areas on higher reaches were also considered.

     People are advised to clear the snow on rooftops and on trees to avoid any damages.  

    While the power and water supply mechanisms , health services are on caution, the SDRF is put on high in the district in case of rescue and relief operations are required. 

  • In the wake of mounting international pressure to act against terrorists following Pulwama terror attack, Pakistan take the decision to ban these groups was taken during a meeting of the National Security Committee.

    Earlier, the two outfits were kept on the watchlist of the interior ministry.

    The two groups have about 50,000 volunteers and hundreds of other paid workers. 

    However, it remains to be seen how effective the latest ban would be on the two terror groups, which have the tacit backing of Pakistan's political leaders and the security agencies.

  • Sangam is the confluence of Ganga, Yamuna and the Saraswati rivers in Prayagraj.250 delegates from 192 countries will visit holy city Prayagraj today to experience the grand festival of spirituality, faith and harmony under the theme of global participation in Kumbh 2019.

    They will perform Ganga Puja and taking holy dip in Sangam.

    These guests will witness various wonderful aspects of Kumbh along with Akshay Vat and Saraswati koop.

    So far, more than 20 crore devotees have been visited in Kumbh.

    The 49-day Kumbh Mela began from Makar Sankranti.

    The next bath will be on Maha Shivratri on 4th of March.

    The Kumbh Mela will also culminate on the same day.

  • In a statement, the 15-nation body, which also includes China, strongly condemned the terror attack in Jammu and Kashmir's Pulwama that claimed the lives of over 40 CRPF personnel last week.

    The UNSC members expressed their deepest sympathy and condolences to the families of the victims, as well as to the Indian people and the government, and wished a speedy and full recovery to those injured.

    The UNSC termed the attack as heinous and cowardly. The condemnation also named the Pakistan-based terror group Jaish-e-Mohammed which claimed responsibility for the attack.

    The UNSC reaffirmed that terrorism in all its forms and manifestations is one of the most serious threats to international peace and security.

    The member countries underlined the need to hold accountable those behind these reprehensible acts and bring them to justice.Earlier, UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres had strongly condemned the attack and called for those behind it to be brought to justice.

    The international community had also extended its condolences and support to India in the fight against terrorism.In a major boost to India's efforts to get Jaish-e-Mohammed Chief Masood Azhar on the list of global terrorists, France is expected to soon move a proposal at the UN to ban him.

    The proposal, when moved, will be fourth such bid at the UN in last 10 years.

    Meanwhile MEA Spokesperson Raveesh Kumar in a tweet said that Pakistan comes under international pressure to act against terrorists and terror groups operating from areas under its control and to take action against those responsible for Pulwama attack.

    He said, UNSC has strongly condemned cowardly suicide bombing in Pulwama by JeM.

    He said, the UNSC underlined the need to hold perpetrators, organizers, financiers and sponsors of these reprehensible acts of terrorism accountable and bring them to justice.

  • Gadkari added that "We will divert  water from Eastern rivers and supply it to our people in Jammu and Kashmir and Punjab.

    He also said that the construction of dam has started at Shahpur- Kandi on Ravi river.

    Moreover, UJH project will store our share of water for use in Jammu and Kashmir and the balance water will flow from 2nd Ravi-BEAS Link to provide water to other basin states.

    He added that all the above Projects are declared as the National projects. 

    Earlier, addressing a program in Baghpat, Gadkari said that Water of three rivers common with Pakistan will be diverted to Yamuna.

  • Earlier, a Cordon Search Operation (CASO) had been launched in the area that turned into an encounter with gunfight going on in the area.

    Security sources said that at least two terrorists believed to be Lashkar cadres, are trapped and engaged in the gunfight.

    There was no immediate report of any fatal or non fatal casualties on either side so far.

    The authorities snapped mobile internet services in the area as a precautionary security measure.

    Firing has stopped at the moment.

  • He said ties between India and Korea are not just on the basis of business contact.

    He said the main basis of the relationship between both countries is People To People Contact.

    The Prime Minister referred to the age-old links between India and Korea, and recalled Queen Suryaratna who travelled thousands of kilometres from Ayodhya, and married a Korean King.

    He also recalled that recently on Diwali, the First Lady of Korea, Kim Jung-sook, had visited Ayodhya.

    The Prime Minister said that Buddhism had further strengthened these bonds of friendship between the two countries.

    The Prime Minister said that he is happy to note that the Indian community is contributing to development, research and innovation in Korea.He mentioned the popularity of Yoga and Indian festivals in Korea.

    He said Indian cuisine is also fast gaining popularity in Korea.

    He also spoke of the splendid performance of Korea in the Indian sport – Kabaddi – at the Asian Games.

    The Prime Minister described the Indian community all over the world, as ambassadors of India, whose hard work and discipline has raised India’s stature worldwide.

    The Prime Minister said that India is celebrating the 150th anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi this year.

    He said that the world must know more about Bapu, and it is our responsibility to pursue this objective.

    The Prime Minister said that India’s ties with Korea are strengthening, and both countries are working together for peace, stability and prosperity in the region.

    He noted that Indian brands are now present in Korea, and Korean brands are household names in India.

    The Prime Minister spoke at length of the economic development that has taken place in India recently.

    He said India will soon become a 5 trillion dollar economy.PM Modi spoke of the phenomenal progress made in Ease of Doing Business, and in Ease of Living.

    He also mentioned reforms such as GST and cashless economy.He mentioned that the world is witnessing a financial inclusion revolution in India.

    In this context he spoke of bank accounts, insurance and Mudra loans.He said that India’s prestige is rising because of several achievements.

    He mentioned free treatment for the poor, the tallest statue in the world – Statue of Unity, and Digital India.

    The Prime Minister also spoke of India’s developments in the field of clean energy, and the formation of the International Solar Alliance.

    The Prime Minister said that there is a new energy in India today.

    Prime Minister also mentioned that tomorrow, he shall receive the Seoul Peace Prize, on behalf of the people of India, and the Indian diaspora.
     

  • Mahatma Gandhi is a visionary who found solutions to today's challenges like terrorism and Climate change.

    The world joins in as India celebrates the 150th birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi.

    As part of the celebrations, Prime Minister Narendra Modi unveiled a bust of Mahatma Gandhi at the Seoul Campus of the Yonsei University which is one of the premier universities of South Korea.

    President Moon Jae-In and Former Secretary General of the United Nations, Ban Ki Moon were also present on the occasion.

    Prime Minister said that Bapu's teachings and his life lessons will always remain relevant. 

    President Moon Jae-In too said that Mahatma Gandhi's message of peace and non violence holds great resonance today.

    Former Secretary General of UN Ban Ki Moon also spoke of the seven sins as spelt out by Mahatma Gandhi that continue to inspire all.

    Ban Ki Moon recalled his connection with India that goes back to 1977 when he began his diplomatic career.

    He hailed PM Modi as a statesman who stood by the United Nations on several fronts.

    Indians in Seoul described the unveiling of the statue as a matter of honour.

    With Prime Minister Narendra Modi taking the lead, the world has embraced Mahatama Gandhi and his message.

     

  • Prime Minister launched the India-Korea Startup Hub at the India Korea Business Symposium.

    India has introduced the flagship program Start-up India with 1.4 billion Dollars fund for four years.

    PM Modi said that South Korea too has unveiled a program to spend 9.4 billion Dollars by 2020 in a bid to boost startups.

    A Korea specific facilitation cell "Korea Plus" under 'Invest India'  was launched after PM Modi's visit to Korea in 2015.

    Today, Hyundai, Samsung, LG electronics have become trustworthy brands in India.

    Over 600 Korean companies have invested in India.

    Prime Minister Modi described South Korea as a natural partner for India especially in meeting the growing investment demands in the infrastructure sector in India.

    Prime Minister Narendra Modi said India has emerged as a land of opportunities and invited South Korea to be apart of this growth journey.

    PM said thatIndia is among top 10 trade partners of Korea and India is the 6th largest export destination for Korean goods.

    He added that India is set to become a 5 trillion dollar economy in the near future.

    Trade Minister of Korea too called for increased collaboration in the manufacturing sector.Prime Minister Narendra Modi's visit to South Korea will most certainly take the fast growing partnership between the two countries to the next level.

     

  • In a one to one talk with Korean President Moon Jae In in Seoul, Prime Minister Modi said that Special strategic partnership between both the countries is very significant not only for India but also for the world.

    eferring to last week's terror attack in Jammu and Kashmir's Pulwama, President Moon said that terrorism is a menace against civilization and humanity and it cannot be justified.

    On the second day of his South Korea visit, Prime Minister was given ceremonial welcome at the President House.

    Earlier, the Prime Minister visited National Cemetry of Korea and paid his tributes. Prime Minister will also be conferred with Seoul Peace Prize.

  • The tournament will have 16 Tokyo 2020 Olympics quota places up for grabs.  India are fielding a 23-member squad with 11 shooters in the non-competition Minimum Qualification Score category.

    Overall, around 503 shooters from 58 countries will be competing for top honours with eight of the 10 events offering Olympic quota places. 

    With Apurvi Chandela and Anjum Moudgil already securing an Olympic quota in Women's 10m air rifle event, the Indian contingent will compete for a maximum of 14 quota places in the event.

  • Officials said the fire broke out at night a chemical warehouse on the ground floor of a four-storey building named Hazi Wahed Mansion behind a mosque in Old Dhaka's congested Chawkbazar area on Wednesday night and the flames then quickly spread through four other buildings nearby, including a community centre where a wedding party was on.

  • 123 crore Aadhar..121 crore mobile phones..56 crore internet..in the next 5 years..digital economy of 1 lakh crores..This is India's digital journey in IT and electronics sector..

    Through the medium of Digital India...focus is on e-hospitals, NIC in primary education, expansion in agriculture services through NIC, pension scheme and digital payments.

    At the event..Digital India Compodium was also released.. Digidhan Mitra Chatbot was also launched at the event..new digital technologies were also launched...

    For better functioning of digital technologies on district level..officers in NIC and contribution in cleanliness..were also honoured..

    Countries in the world are praising the success of Digital India..the sector also offers a plethora of job opportunities.

    Other initiatives introduced by the government have given a further boost to Digital India..
     

  • The decision to ban these groups was taken during a meeting of the National Security Committee (NSC).

  • Speaking during the debate, President Sirisena said the council is not adhering to guidelines and has overruled its choice of nominations for judges without assigning any reasons.

    He added that he has not received any report of the council as is mandated every quarter. This is the second time President has criticized the working of CC in parliament.

    Speaker Karu Jaysurya, who heads the CC, had earlier rejected President’s charges saying the council follows its procedures.

    The government MPs also defended the CC functioning in parliament with one MP demanding that the composition of CC should be changed in order to keep politicians out of it. 

    MP Jayampathi Wickramaratne said what the President should do is to get the opinion of the Chief Justice and the Attorney General prior to making any nomination.

    Tensions between President and CC having majority of government nominees, escalated after President nominated judges were rejected by the CC.

  • The decision will immediately benefit approximately 780,000 personnel of CAPFs in the ranks of Constable, Head Constable & ASI who were otherwise not eligible earlier.

    This includes journey on duty and journey on leave, i.e; while going on leave from J&K to home and return.

    This facility is in addition to the existing air courier services for CAPFs that have been steadily extended in all sectors by the MHA to help the jawans cut down on travel time during their journey to and fro from home on leave.

     

  • Prime Minister Modi gifted a Bodhi tree sapling as a mark of close ties between the two countries.

    Gimhae and Ayodhya have sister-city relationship. Princess Suriratna of Ayodhya had gone there many years ago.

  • The presence of former UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon made the event all the more special.

    The Minister Modi said thoughts and ideals of Bapu have the power to help us overcome the menace of terrorism and climate change, two challenges humanity faces in these times.

    President Moon Jae-In too said that Mahatma Gandhi's message of peace and non violence holds great resonance today.

    Former Secretary General of UN Ban Ki Moon also spoke of the seven sins as spelt out by Mahatma Gandhi that continue to inspire all.

    Ban Ki Moon recalled his connection with India that goes back to 1977 when he began his diplomatic career. He hailed Prime Minister Modi as a statesman who stood by the United Nations on several fronts. Indians in Seoul described the unveiling of the statue as a matter of honour

    With Prime Minister Narendra Modi taking the lead, the world has embraced Mahatama Gandhi and his message.

  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi said that India is transitioning from agri dominated economy to one lead by manufacturing and services.

    From an economy that is known for its red tape, India is now known for its red carpet.

    Terming South Korea as a natural partner in India's growth journey, Prime Minister called for increased collaboration in manufacturing, infrastructure sectors, as well as in achieving the 4th Industrial revolution.

    Prime Minister Narendra Modi's 3rd interaction with South Korean Industry and Business heads in just 12 months and his very first engagement on his second visit to Seoul.

    The importance given by India to business and trade ties with Republic of Korea clearly illustrated.

    START UP HUB LAUNCHED

    Prime Minister launched the India-Korea Startup Hub at the India Korea Business Symposium. India has introduced the flagship program Start-up India with 1.4 billion Dollars fund for four years.

    PM said that South Korea too has unveiled a program to spend 9.4 billion Dollars by 2020 in a bid to boost startups.

    A Korea specific facilitation cell "Korea Plus" under 'Invest India' was launched after PM Modi's visit to Korea in 2015.

    Today, Hyundai, Samsung, LG electronics have become trustworthy brands in India. Over 600 Korean companies have invested in India.

    Prime Minister Modi described South Korea as a natural partner for India especially in meeting the growing investment demands in the infrastructure sector in India.
    Prime Minister Narendra Modi said India has emerged as a land of opportunities and invited South Korea to be apart of this growth journey.

    PM said, India is among top 10 trade partners of Korea and India is the 6th largest export destination for Korean goods.

    India is set to become a 5 trillion dollar economy in the near future. Hard policy decisions such as the Goods and Services Tax have been taken.

    India has received FDI worth over 250 billion Dollars over the past four years. Strong initiatives like the JAM trinity for financial inclusion have been taken.

    India is the sixth largest producer of renewable energy in the world and is spearheading the International Solar Alliance

    An estimate pegs India's investment requirements in Infrastructure at over 700 billion Dollars by 2022. More than 500 million of India population will be urban by 2025

    Trade Minister of Korea too called for increased collaboration in the manufacturing sector.

    Prime Minister Narendra Modi's visit to South Korea will most certainly take the fast growing partnership between the two countries to the next level.
     

  • The MoU was signed by High Commissioner of India to Sri Lanka Taranjit Singh Sandhu, and Secretary, Ministry of Development Strategies and International Trade S. T. Kodikara in Colombo in presence of Sri Lankan Prime Minister Ranil Wickramasinghe.  

    The centre would provide opportunities and enhance the enabling environment for Information Communication Technology (ICT) and other professional services in the Northern region inhabited by minority Tamils. 

    The ongoing development projects in the province under India’s grant assistance include construction of Cultural Centre in Jaffna, school buildings to 27 schools, 3000 rain water harvesting units and 25 model villages among others.

    It is part of Government of India’s continued efforts to assist and cooperate with Government of Sri Lanka in people-oriented development projects.

    India’s overall commitment of development assistance to Sri Lanka stands at a total of around 3 billion US$, out of which 560 million US$ is pure grant assistance.

  • During his visit to South Korea, Prime Minister Narendra Modi will hold bilateral talks with President Moon Jae-in.

    Prime Minister also will be conferred with the 2018 Seoul Peace Prize during a ceremony. 

    Seoul Peace Prize Cultural Foundation had announced the decision to award Prime Minister Modi with this prestigious Prize in October last year.

    The award recognizes PM Modi's dedication to international cooperation, global growth and human development.

    During his visit, Prime Minister will be gifting a sapling of the Holy Bodhi Tree to the people of Kimhae.

    PM will  also unveil a bust of Mahatma Gandhi at the Seoul Campus of the Yonsei University which is one of the premier universities of South Korea.
     

  • Since the Pulwama terror attack, several countries have come out in India's support and against cross-border terrorism.

    India and Saudi Arabia too have committed to increase counter-terror co-operation.

    The declaration was made after talks between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and visiting Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia Mohammed bin Salman.

    Prime Minister said that India and Saudi Arabia have agreed on the need to build all kinds of pressure on countries supporting terrorism.

    Prime Minister Narendra Modi said that India and Saudi Arabia agreed on the need to counter extremism and prepare a detailed plan for it.

    The Crown Prince Of Saudi Arabia assured that Saudi Arabia will co-operate with India in every possible way to counter terrorism and extremism, including intelligence sharing.

    They include a Memorandum of Understanding on investing in the National Investment and Infrastructure Fund.

    Cooperation in the field of Tourism, Housing, Enhancing Bilateral Investment Relations, and in the field of Broadcasting between Prasar Bharati and Saudi Broadcasting Corporation.

    Prime Minister Narendra Modi said that in the context of the regional strategic environment....both the countries agreed to enhance bilateral security co-operation.
     

    He said it is time to transform the bilateral energy partnership into a strategic partnership...

    PM Modi said that Saudi Arabia is one of India's most valuable strategic partners...and both sides have decided to take their economic partnership to new heights.

    Prime Minister said that a decision was taken to set up a mechanism to facilitate institutional investment from Saudi Arabia to India.

     
    Welcoming Saudi Arabia's entry into International Solar Alliance, PM said that both the countries have agreed to promote co-operation in renewable energy.

    He announced that India would extend e-visas to Saudi Arabian nationals to give a push to trade and tourism from India to Saudi Arabia...

    Earlier in the day, a Ceremonial Reception was accorded to the Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia at Rashtrapati Bhavan....where he inspected a guard of honour in the presence of President Ram Nath Kovind and Prime Minister Narendra Modi.... 

    Referring to the traditional friendship between the 2 countries...the Crown Prince said on the occasion that the relationship between India and Arabian peninsula is in our DNA.

    That was followed by talks between the visiting dignatory and External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj  on adding momentum to the strategic partnership...from trade & investment to defence & security, and regional cooperation....

    India accorded a warm reception to the Crown Prince, with Prime Minister Narendra Modi setting aside protocol to receive him...upon his arrival in Delhi...on his first state visit to India.

    The visit assumes significance in the wake of the Pulwama terror attack.

    In a shot in the arm for India...both countries called upon countries to crackdown on terror infrastructure, funding and armed support...and backed comprehensive sanctioning of terrorists and terror organisations....which assumes significance in the wake of India's demand for a UN ban on Jaish chief Maulana Masood Azhar.

  • Putting India's stand at the ICJ at Hague, in the Netherlands, India's counsel, Harish Salve said, Pakistan's three attempts to derail proceedings in the ICJ have failed.

    Salve also strongly objected to the abusive language used by Pakistan's counsel in the case and urged the court to draw a redline in this regard.

    India pleaded that Pakistani military court's ruling be annulled and Jadav be freed.

  • Sri Lankan education minister Akila Viraj Kariyawasam and Indian High Commissioner Taranjit Singh Sandhu gave the scholarships at a special ceremony held in Colombo on Wednesday. 

    This is the twelfth year in continuum that India has provided Mahatma Gandhi scholarships to bright students across Sri Lanka.

    The minister appreciated the assistance provided by India including for the new trilingual school in Polonnaruwa and Saraswathy College in Kandy.

    He also thanked India for providing training to teachers in Sri Lanka. High commissioner of India said that it was special occasion where 150 Sri Lankan students were awarded the Mahatma Gandhi scholarships while the world is celebrating the 150th Birth Anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi.

    He urged the students in Sri Lanka to connect with the youth of India and told them to take advantage of scientific and educational developments in India.

    The high commissioner noted that India has recently launched a new Portal titled “Study in India” and more than 25000 seats are earmarked in Indian Institutions for foreign students.

    He expressed hope that Sri Lankan youth would make full use of the opportunities in India.

  • Singh, who was not keeping well for a month and was admitted to the All India Institute of Medical Sciences, breathed his last on Tuesday, his family said. The last rites will be performed at 3 pm on Wednesday at the Lodhi Road crematorium. Condoling his death, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said he was a towering figure of Hindi literature and gave it new direction through his literary criticism.

    Born on July 28, 1926 in Varanasi's village Jiyanpur (now in Chandauli), Singh completed his MA and PhD in Hindi literature from the Banaras Hindu University. Singh shaped literary criticism in Hindi. His notable writings include "Chhayavaad", "Itihas Aur Alochana", "Kahaani Nayi Kahaani", "Kavita Ke Naye Pratimaan", "Dusri Parampara Ki Khoj". He also worked as a professor in his alma mater BHU as well as Jodhpur University and the Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU). Singh served as the editor of two Hindi magazines, Janyug and Alochana.