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CSIR-IITR, CSIO and IMD organize IISF-2020 Curtain Raiser events to generate awareness

Several curtain raiser events are being organized for generating awareness about the 6thIndia International Science Festival (IISF-2020) to be held virtually this year. At such an event at CSIR – Indian Institute of Toxicology Research, Lucknow,  Dr Shekhar C Mande, Secretary, Department of Scientific and Industrial Research (DSIR), Director General, Council of Scientific and Industrial Research and Chairman, Steering Committee, IISF ... Read More »

Finding clues to how stars explode due to neutrinos

Scientists may soon find a clue to how stars explode due to neutrinos, one of the most abundant particles in the universe. These sub atomic particles are extremely difficult to detect because of their limited interactions with matter. However, they are very important to the study of supernovas or powerful luminous stellar explosions, because they power the explosion and provide an early warning ... Read More »

ARTPARK to usher in a new model of industry, academia and government collaboration in AI & Robotics for societal impact

An AI & Robotics Technologies Park (ARTPARK) set up in Bengaluru will promote technology innovations in AI (Artificial Intelligence)& Robotics leading to societal impact by executing ambitious mission mode R&D projects in healthcare, education, mobility, infrastructure, agriculture, retail and cyber-security focusing on problems unique to India. ARTPARK, is a unique not-for-profit foundation established by Indian Institute of Science (IISc), Bengaluru ... Read More »

IMD issues a preliminary report on very severe cyclonic storm “NIVAR” over Bay of Bengal during 22nd – 27th November, 2020

The Cyclone Warning Division of the India Meteorological Department (IMD) has come out with the preliminary report on very severe cyclonic storm “NIVAR” over Bay of Bengal during 22nd – 27th November, 2020. Salient features of the report are discussed herewith: A low pressure area formed over Equatorial Indian Ocean (EIO) and adjoining central parts of south BoB on 21st November. It ... Read More »

71% of the daily fatalities contributed by eight States/UT – Delhi, Maharashtra, West Bengal, Haryana, Punjab, Kerala, Uttar Pradesh and Rajasthan

70.97% of the 496 case fatalities reported in the past 24 hours are contributed by eight States/UTs ie Delhi, Maharashtra, West Bengal, Haryana, Punjab, Kerala, Uttar Pradesh and Rajasthan. Delhi with 89 deaths reported the maximum new fatalities. Maharashtra follows closely with 88 deaths. West Bengal reported 52 deaths. The following figure shows the moving average of the daily fatalities ... Read More »

Kiran Maheshwari passed away

Udaipur. Former Rajasthan minister and presently Rajsamand MLA Kiran Maheshwari died on Sunday. She was admitted to Medanta Hospital in Gurgaon for the last several days. Today the body will be brought to Udaipur. Read More »

Consumer Price Index for Industrial Workers (2016=100) – October, 2020

The All-India Consumer Price Index for Industrial Workers (CPI-IW) for October, 2020 increased by 1.4 points and stood at 119.5 (one hundred nineteen and point five). On 1-month percentage change, it increased by (+) 1.19 per cent between September and October, 2020 compared to (+) 0.93 per cent increase between corresponding months of previous year. The maximum upward pressure in current index came ... Read More »

Passing out Parade – Autumn Term 2020 held at Indian Naval Academy, Ezhimala

In a spectacular Passing out Parade (POP) held at Indian Naval Academy (INA), Ezhimala, on Saturday, 28 November 2020, 164 trainees comprising Midshipmen (99th INAC and INAC-NDA), Cadets of the Indian Navy (30th Naval Orientation Course Extended) and two International trainees from Sri Lanka Navy passed out with flying colours, marking the culmination of their ab-initio training. The parade was reviewed by General Manoj ... Read More »

US$28.1 billion FDI inflows into the country during the July-September quarter

Total Foreign Direct Investments (FDI) inflows into India during the second quarter of financial year 2020-21 (July, 2020 to September, 2020) have been US$ 28,102 million, out of which FDI equity inflows were US$ 23,441 million or Rs. 174,793 crore.This takes the FDI equity inflows during the financial year 2020-21upto September 2020 to US$30,004 million which is 15% more than ... Read More »

Vice President calls for promoting cycling culture and creating exclusive cycling tracks in cities

The Vice President of India, M Venkaiah Naidu today called for promoting cycling culture and creating exclusive cycling tracks in cities. He observed that cycling is a healthy, low-cost exercise and provides several benefits, including zero pollution. Virtually delivering the key-note address at an International Webinar on ‘Cycling in the post-Covid world’, Naidu said there is a need to create ... Read More »

Dharmendra Pradhan invites investors, developers and businesses to be a part of India’s renewable energy journey;

The Minister of Petroleum & Natural Gas and Steel Dharmendra Pradhan hasinvited investors, developers and businesses to be a part of India’s renewable energy journey, assuring  them that it will be a highly rewarding and mutually beneficial venture. In the Valedictory Address at the 3rd RE-INVEST 2020 today, he said that India is progressively becoming a favoured destination for investment in ... Read More »

69% of the daily new cases are contributed by eight States/UT i.e. Maharashtra, Delhi, Kerala, West Bengal, Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh, Haryana, and Chhattisgarh

The Active Caseload of India stands at 4,54,940 today.  Present contribution of Active Caseload to India’s total positive cases is4.87%. 41,322 new confirmed COVID cases have been registered in the last 24 hours in the country. 69.04% of the daily new cases are contributed by eight States/UT i.e. Maharashtra, Delhi, Kerala, West Bengal, Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh, Haryana, and Chhattisgarh. Maharashtra leads the tally with 6,185new ... Read More »

Punjab chooses Option-1 to meet the GST implementation shortfall

Governments of Punjab has communicated acceptance of Option-1 to meet the revenue shortfall arising out of GST implementation. The number of States who have chosen this option has gone up to 26. All the 3 Union Territories with Legislative Assembly (i.e. Delhi, Jammu & Kashmir and Puducherry) have also decided in favour of Option-1. The States & Union Territories who ... Read More »

Technology can be an enabler for India to position itself as a global leader and build better international collaborations: Prof. K VijayRaghavan, PSA

Prof. K Vijay Raghavan, Principal Scientific Adviser to Government of India, highlighted the challenge of being AtmaNirbhar in a world where one also has to be interactive internationally and how technology can be an enabler for India to position itself as a global leader and build better international collaborations at the ‘Fireside Chat’ organised on the occasion of the 9th Foundation Day of ... Read More »

Power-packed Apex Committee meeting provides suggestions for finalization of draft STIP 2020

A power-packed Apex Committee meeting of the new Science, Technology & Innovation Policy STIP 2020 discussed various suggestions for the upcoming policy that will pave the way towards a knowledge-based economy. The meeting on virtual mode chaired by Professor K Vijay Raghavan, Principal Scientific Adviser to the Government of India, and co-chaired by Dr. V K Saraswat, Member Science, NITI ... Read More »

PM visits Zydus Biotech Park in Ahmedabad

The Prime Minister, Narendra Modi Visited the Zydus Biotech Park in Ahmedabad to know more about the indigenous DNA based vaccine being developed by Zydus Cadila. In a tweet, the Prime Minister said, “Visited the Zydus Biotech Park in Ahmedabad to know more about the indigenous DNA based vaccine being developed by Zydus Cadila. I compliment the team behind this ... Read More »

President of India witnesses Ceremonial change-over of the Army Guard Battalion

The President of India, Ram Nath Kovind, witnessed the Ceremonial change-over of the Army Guard Battalion stationed at Rashtrapati Bhavan today (November 28, 2020) wherein the 5th Battalion of the 1st Gorkha Rifles, on completion of its three and half years tenure as Ceremonial Army Guard Battalion, handed over the charge to the 6th Battalion of the Sikh Regiment. Different Infantry units of the ... Read More »

PM visits Bharat Biotech facility in Hyderabad

The Prime Minister Narendra Modi visited Bharat Biotech facility at Hyderabad as part of his three city visit to personally review the vaccine development and manufacturing process for Covid. Modi tweeted  “at the Bharat Biotech facility in Hyderabad, was briefed about their indigenous COVID-19 vaccine. Congratulated the scientists for their progress in the trials so far. Their team is closely ... Read More »

EPFO extends time limit for Pensioners upto 28th February 2021 for submission of Jeevan Pramaan Patra; 35 Lakh pensioners with EPFO to benefit

In view of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and the vulnerability of elderly population to Corona Virus, EPFO has extended the time limit up to 28th February 2021 for submission of Life Certificate (Jeevan Pramaan Patra-JPP) in respect of the Pensioners drawing pension under EPS 1995 and whose Life certificate is due in any month till February 28, 2021. Presently a ... Read More »

Aatmanirbhar Bharat is about opening India’s doors wider so that India engages with the world from a position of strength, on equal, fair & reciprocal terms: Shri Piyush Goyal;

Union Commerce and Industry, Railways, and Consumer Affairs and Food & Public Distribution Minister PiyushGoyaltoday said thatAatmanirbhar Bharat is about opening India’s doors wider so that India engages with the world from a position of strength, on equal, fair & reciprocal terms. Delivering the keynote address at SwarajyaMag’s programme, ‘The Vision & Philosophy of AatmaNirbhar Bharat’, he said that when we talk of ... Read More »

PM visits Serum Institute of India, Pune

The Prime Minister, Narendra Modi visited Serum Institute of India, Pune and interacted with the team at the Institute. They shared details about their progress so far on how they plan to further ramp up vaccine manufacturing. In a tweet, the Prime Minister said, “Had a good interaction with the team at Serum Institute of India. They shared details about ... Read More »

India has targeted to have it’s Islands- A&N and Lakshadweep as Green Energy says Shri R.K Singh at Country session of Maldives during 3rd Global Re-Invest

R K Singh, Union Minister of New & Renewable Energy and Power, today assured full cooperation to the Maldives, the Island nation in its efforts to promote RE projects. While speaking at Country session of Maldives during 3rd Global Re-Invest, Singh  said India has also prioritised to have its Islands fully  on green energy Islands. Power minister further said that ... Read More »

Ministry of Tourism organises webinar on“12 Months of Adventure Travel” under DekhoApnaDesh Webinar Series

The Ministry of Tourism’s DekhoApnaDesh Webinar series titled “12 Months of Adventure Travel” on 28thNovember 2020 focused on Adventure Tourism which has the potential to make India a round the year destination. India is ranked 34th on the world travel and tourism index driven by rich natural and cultural resources. The World Economic Forum ranked India as the 5th best ... Read More »

GITA is a catalyst for nurturing innovation & industrial R&D by fostering bilateral academic-industry & government collaborations: Dr. Harsh Vardhan

Dr. Harsh Vardhan, Union Minister of Science & Technology, Health and Family Welfare and Earth Sciences, Govt. of India,has underlined how Global Innovation and Technology Alliance (GITA) served as a catalyst for nurturing innovation and industrial R&D by fostering bilateral academic industry and government collaborations, through a video message at celebration of the 9th Foundation Day of GITA. “DST through GITA has ... Read More »

CSIR–AMPR to highglight Traditional Artisans and Crafts Expo at the India International Science Festival 2020 (IISF2020)

CSIR-Central Mechanical Engineering Research Institute (CMERI)organised a series of pre-events as a Curtain Raiser to the India International Science Festival- 2020 to generate awareness which included lectures on a diverse range of topics ranging from Municipal Solid Waste, Amphibian Robots, Air and Water Purification, Solar Power Technologies, Smart Grid, Mini-Grid and Agro-Machineries. There were a total of 8 events which ... Read More »

PM interacts with Tamil Nadu CM

The Prime Minister, Narendra Modi spoke to Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Thiru Edappadi K. Palaniswami and discussed the situation in the wake of the cyclone and heavy rainfall in parts of the state. Central teams are being sent to Tamil Nadu to assist in rescue and relief work. The Prime Minister, Narendra Modi expressed condolence on the loss of lives ... Read More »

PFC & REC extend Financial Assistance of Rs. 8520 Crore to STPL’s

Power Finance Corporation Ltd. (PFC), India’s leading NBFC focused on the power sector and a PSU under Ministry of Power, along with REC Ltd. (REC) executed Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with SJVN Thermal (P) Ltd. (STPL) for Extending Term Loan of Rs. 8520.46 Crore for 2×660 MW Buxar Thermal Power Project on 26th November 2020 at New Delhi. STPL is a wholly owned ... Read More »

Estimates of Gross Domestic Product for the Second Quarter (July-September) of 2020-21

The National Statistical Office (NSO), Ministry of Statistics and Programme Implementation has released the estimates of Gross Domestic Product (GDP) for the second quarter (July-September) Q2 of 2020-21, both at Constant (2011-12) and Current Prices, along with the corresponding quarterly estimates of expenditure components of the GDP. 2.         GDP at Constant (2011-12) Prices in Q2 of 2020-21 is estimated at ₹ 33.14 lakh ... Read More »

BIS standards revised for two wheeler helmets

The Ministry of Road Transport and Highways through S.O. 4252 (E) dated 26th November 2020 has issued the ‘Helmet for riders of Two Wheelers Motor Vehicles (Quality Control ) Order, 2020.’Protective Helmets for Two Wheeler Riders have been included under compulsory BIS certification and the publication of the Quality Control Order. As per the directions of the Supreme Court Committee ... Read More »

Dr Harsh Vardhan digitally addresses the students of Indian Institute of Mass Communication (IIMC)

Dr Harsh Vardhan, Union Minister for Health and Family Welfaretoday digitally addressed the students of Indian Institute of Mass Communication (IIMC) . At the outset, Dr Vardhan welcomed the students and extended his gratitude for inviting him to interact with the budding journalists. Dr Vardhan stated, “Media being the fourth pillar of democracy plays very important role in modelling attitude ... Read More »

National Organ Donation Day celebrated in Health Ministry

Dr. Harsh Vardhan, Union Minister of Health and Family Welfare today chaired multiple eventsto mark National Organ Donation Day. Dr. Harsh Vardhan addressed CRPF jawans on an event to mark the culmination of a massive voluntary campaign that was launched by CRPF on 14th August this year to bring awareness about organ donation among its nearly three and a half ... Read More »

Trifed of m/o tribal affairs and state of Goa to implement ‘Goatribal plan’

TRIFEDunder Ministry of Tribal Affairs held  a virtual meeting on 26th November with Goa Administration  to finalize the Goa Tribal Development Plan. The virtual meeting was chaired by Parimal Rai, Chief Secretary of Goa, and was attended by Mr. Reddy, Principal Secretary, Tribal, Mr. Subhash Chandra, PCCF, Pravir Krishna, Managing Director, TRIFED and senior officials of TRIFED. The main agenda of ... Read More »

Union Education Minister releases a compilation of initiatives by School Education Department during COVID-19 pandemic

Union Education Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal ‘Nishank’ virtually released a compilation of initiatives undertaken by School Education Department during COVID-19 pandemic here today. The Minister noted that in the year 2020-21, the COVID-19 pandemic has caused an unprecedented public health emergency, affecting almost all countries and territories globally. He further said that the pandemic has led to severe disruptions in normal ... Read More »

Very encouraging response from pharmaceutical as well as the medical device industry to PLI Schemes Bulk Drugs and Medical Devices so far

Production Linked Incentive(PLI) Scheme for Bulk Drugs and PLI Scheme for Medical Devices have shown a very encouraging response from the pharmaceutical as well as the medical device industry. The PLI Scheme for Bulk Drugs has received 247 registrations across all four categories of products out of which a maximum of 136 applicants will be selected under the Scheme. Similarly, ... Read More »

Single point information source on Climate Action “India Climate Change Knowledge Portal” launched

Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change, Prakash Javadekartoday launchedthe “India Climate Change Knowledge Portal”. Expressing happiness over the web portal launch, Javadekar said portal will be a “single point Information resource” which provides information on the different climate initiatives taken by various Line Ministries enabling users to access updated status on these initiatives. Javadekar informed at the virtual event ... Read More »