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MSME Ministry introduces Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Machine Learning (ML) strengthening its Single Window System Portal ‘Champions’ to assist MSMEs of the country

The Ministry of MSME in a major initiative has onboarded latest IT tools of Artificial Intelligence(AI) and Machine Learning (ML) for providing assistance and solutions to the issues of Micro, Small, and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs). Ministry has implemented AI & ML on its robust Single Window System ‘Champions’ which was launched by the Prime Minister on 1st June, 2020. This ... Read More »

CCI approves acquisition of shares in CG Power and Industrial Solutions Limited by Tube Investments of India Limited

The Competition Commission of India (CCI) approves acquisition of shares in CG Power and Industrial Solutions Limited by Tube Investments of India Limited. The proposed combination envisages acquisition of more than 50% of the equity share capital of CG Power and Industrial Solutions Limited (CG Power) by Tube Investments of India Limited (TIIL). TIIL is a listed entity and forms part ... Read More »

Unlock: Cinema halls, multiplexes to re-opening today

However, exhibition of films will not be allowed in containment zones. As per the Standard Operating Procedures issued by the Information and Broadcasting Ministry, adequate physical distancing is to be maintained in the seating area inside the cinema halls, theatres and multiplexes. Staggered show timings will be followed in the multiplexes to avoid crowding due to Covid-19 pandemic.   New ... Read More »

Cabinet announces special package of Rs. 520 cr for J&K, Ladakh

 This was done under the Deendayal Antyodaya Yojana – National Rural Livelihoods Mission.   Briefing media after the Cabinet Meeting, Information & Broadcasting Minister Prakash Javadekar said, this will ensure sufficient funds under the mission, as per need to the Union Territories.   He said, it  is also in line with Central Government’s aim to universalize all centrally sponsored beneficiary-oriented schemes ... Read More »

Entire North Konkan updated to Red Alert including Mumbai, Thane

Districts like Ratnagiri and Sindhudurg are also to receive extremely heavy rains at isolated places. Most places in the state are likely to experience moderate to heavy spells, predicted by the weather department. Traffic on Pune-Solapur Highway was disrupted after parts of the road were flooded due to incessant rains and rise in the level of backwater of Ujani dam ... Read More »

Heavy rainfall wreak havoc in Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, Telangana

The normal life in Hyderabad has been thrown out of gear as very heavy rains lashed several parts of the city and parts of the state. About a dozen people have died in Hyderabad due to rain related incidents in Hyderabad for the past two days. Musi river is on spate and water levels at reservoirs in and around Hyderabad ... Read More »

Cinema halls, theatres, multiplexes to reopen across country from Oct 15

However, exhibition of films will not be allowed in containment zones. As per the Standard Operating Procedures issued by the Information and Broadcasting Ministry, adequate physical distancing is to be maintained in the seating area inside the cinema halls, theatres and multiplexes. Staggered show timings will be followed in the multiplexes to avoid crowding due to Covid-19 pandemic. Cinema hall, ... Read More »

Amazon Great Indian Festival to bring cheer to Small and Medium Businesses

Udaipur : Amazon India today shareda host of opportunities for small and medium businesses (SMBs) during the annual festive event ‘Great Indian Festival’ starting from October 17, 2020. Thousands of Amazon sellers under different programs such as Local Shops on Amazon, Karigar, Saheli, and Launchpad, from various parts of the country including Jaipur, Udaipur, Jodhpur and many other locations will extend ... Read More »

Heavy rains in Telangana lead to inundation

Normal life is thrown out of gear as several areas are water-logged and marooned. Hyderabad recorded the second highest rainfall during this month. The state came under the reel of continuous downpour yesterday. At least 13 persons were killed in rain-related incidents. Chief Minister K Chandra Sekhara Rao held a high level review on the rains and asked the administration ... Read More »

Russian-US trio of astronauts launches to the ISS

NASA’s Kate Rubins and Sergey Ryzhikov and Sergey Kud-Sverchkov of the Russian space agency Roscosmos lifted off as scheduled at 10:45 a.m. Wednesday from the Russia-leased Baikonur space launch facility in Kazakhstan for a six-month stint on the station. For the first time, they are trying a two-orbit, three-hour approach to the orbiting outpost. Previously it took twice as long for ... Read More »

Greece and Germany criticize Turkey for undermining efforts for dialogue

“I believe that in recent weeks and months we managed, together, to bring the conflict between Turkey and Greece onto a diplomatic path…Therefore we were absolutely astonished by what we have seen from the Turkish side in the last few days,” said Maas, during a meeting with Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis in Athens. “This completely undermines the spirit of ... Read More »

Deep Depression crossed north Andhra Pradesh coast close to Kakinada

According to the Cyclone Warning Division of the India Meteorological Department (IMD): The Deep Depression over West central Bay of Bengal moved west-northwestwards with a speed of 17 kmph during past 06 hours and lay centred at 0530 hrs IST of today, the 13th October, 2020 near latitude 16.9°N and longitude 82.5°E, about 120 km nearly south-southwest of Vishakhapatnam, close to (within 25 km) Kakinada (Andhra Pradesh) ... Read More »

NEET re-exam today for students who missed it due to COVID-19 restrictions

The re-examination will be held between 2 pm and 5 pm today. After the Supreme Court’s directions, the National Testing Agency NTA is holding the examination again for students who were not eligible to appear for the exam due to the ongoing pandemic. The combined result of 13th September and 14th October will be declared on 16th October. Candidates, who ... Read More »

World No 1 golfer Dustin Johnson tests positive for COVID-19

The 36-year-old American, who last competed at September’s U.S. Open, has withdrawn from this week’s CJ Cup in light of the diagnosis as he begins to self-isolate, the Tour added. “Obviously, I am very disappointed,” Johnson said. “I was really looking forward to competing this week, but will do everything I can to return as quickly as possible. I have ... Read More »

EPFO’s recently WhatsApp helpline to resolve Grievances under Nirbadh initiative gains popularity

To further enhance ease of living experience for its members, EPFO has recently launched WhatsApp based helpline-cum-grievance redressal mechanism, under its series of Nirbadh initiatives aimed at ensuring seamless and un-interrupted service delivery to subscribers during COVID-19 pandemic. This new grievance redressal mechanism using Whatsapp has gained immense popularity amongst EPFO’s stakeholders. So far, EPFO has redressed more than 1,64,040 ... Read More »

ESIC refutes report on certain TV Channels reporting of alleged improper services & facilities at ESIC Medical College & Hospital, Rajajinagar, Bangalore

Employees State Insurance Corporation(ESIC), an organisation under Union Labour Ministry has refuted reports in certain news channel alleging improper services & facilities at the news telecast in  about improper facilities & treatment at ESIC Medical College & Hospital, Rajajinagar, Bangalore. In this regard, ESIC has clarified that ESIC Medical College & Hospital, Rajajinagar has been providing dedicated medical care and ... Read More »

RTI disposal rate during COVID period was higher as compared to the same period during last year: Dr. Jitendra Singh

Union Minister of State (Independent Charge), Development of North Eastern Region (DoNER), MoS PMO, Personnel, Public Grievances, Pensions, Atomic Energy and Space, Dr Jitendra Singh said today that the RTI (Right to Information) cases recorded higher disposal rate during the COVID period of last 6 months compared to the same period during last year. Briefing on the completion of 15 ... Read More »

Twenty States allowed to mobilize Rs.68,825 crore

The Department of Expenditure, Ministry of Finance, has today granted permission to 20 States to raise an additional amount of Rs.68,825 crore through open market borrowings. Additional borrowing permission has been granted @ 0.50 % of the Gross State Domestic Product (GSDP) to those States who have opted for Option- 1 out of the two options suggested by the Ministry ... Read More »

Mexico announces plan to vaccinate 116 million against coronavirus by end of 2021

In a presentation led by Foreign Minister Marcelo Ebrard, the government said it planned to start providing two of the four different types of vaccines being developed beginning in December. Under the accords, U.S.-based Pfizer is expected to provide up to 34.4 million vaccines, Britain’s AstraZeneca 77.4 million and China’s CanSino 35 million. The COVAX plan is expected to provide ... Read More »

Railways approves 196 pairs of Festival Special services to clear rush

These Special Festival Services will be operated between 20th of this month and 30th of next month. Ministry of Railways has said that the fare for these Festival Special services will be that applicable for special trains. The Ministry said, Zonal Railways will notify schedule of such trains well in advance. The Festival Special services to be operated include daily, ... Read More »

Union Minister of State for Home, Shri G. Kishan Reddy inaugurated the 21st All India Conference of Directors, Fingerprint Bureau 2020

Union Minister of State for Home, Shri G.Kishan Reddy digitally inaugurated the 21st All India Conference of Directors, Fingerprint Bureau 2020 and also on this occasion inaugurated the eCyber Lab set up by the National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB). Shri G. Kishan Reddy in his address said Prime Minister, Shri  Narendra Modi’s Government believes in zero tolerance in crime and terror. ... Read More »

Railways approves 196 pairs of Festival Special services to clear festive rush

These Special Festival Services will be operated between 20th of this month and 30th of next month. Ministry of Railways has said that the fare for these Festival Special services will be that applicable for special trains. The Ministry said, Zonal Railways will notify schedule of such trains well in advance. The Festival Special services to be operated include daily, ... Read More »

Cristiano Ronaldo tests positive for COVID-19

The 35-year-old Juventus forward is asymptomatic and will miss Wednesday’s UEFA Nations League game against Sweden as he self-isolates. The federation added that the rest of the Portugal squad had undergone tests as a result of Ronaldo’s positive, but that they had all tested negative and would be available for the Sweden match. “No team can be better without the ... Read More »

COVID-19 recovery rate in India at 86.78 %, highest in world

India has the highest recovery rate of 86.78 per cent in the world. Briefing media in New Delhi this evening, Health Secretary Rajesh Bhushan said, India continues to report a trend of steadily decreasing active cases. He said, presently the active cases of the country stands at 8 lakh 38 thousand 7 hundred 29. He added that the active cases have been ... Read More »

Collation of India’s hydrogen & fuel cells research status launched

The compilation titled India Country Status Report on Hydrogen and Fuel Cells was an outcome of a brainstorming discussions and presentations on various issues for developing programmes and strategies to accelerate the ushering in of hydrogen economy as part of India’s commitment as a participating country in Mission Innovation Renewable and Clean Hydrogen Challenge. Greater utilization of renewable in our ... Read More »

Exercise Suraksha Kavach- Joint Anti Terrorist Exercise By Army and Police

The aim of the exercise was to harmonize the drills and procedures of both Army and Police for activating anti-terrorist Quick Reaction Teams (QRTs) to counter any terrorist actions in Pune. The exercise involved participation of Quick Reaction Teams, Dog Squads and Bomb Disposal Teams of Army as well as Anti-Terrorism Squad (ATS) and Quick Reaction Team of Maharashtra Police.  ... Read More »

Dr Harsh Vardhan chairs 21st meeting of Group of Ministers (GOM) on COVID-19

He was joined by Dr S. Jaishankar, Minister of External Affairs and Sh. Hardeep S. Puri, Minister of Civil Aviation. Sh. Mansukh Lal Mandaviya, Minister of State, Shipping (Independent Charge), Chemicals and Fertilizers, Sh. Ashwini Kumar Choubey, Minister of State, Health & Family Welfare andDr. Vinod K Paul, Member (Health), NITI Aayog joined virtually. At the outset, Dr. Harsh Vardhan ... Read More »

Reserve Bank of India reallocates portfolios of deputy governors

Rao was executive director of the Reserve Bank before being elevated to the post of deputy governor.   He took the new charge last week.Besides the department of regulation, Mr Rao will look after the departments of communication, enforcement legalities among others.   Rao was appointed to the post vacated by NS Vishwanathan, who stepped down three months ahead of ... Read More »

US calls for expansion of QUAD, saying like minded countries must join hands to ensure free and open Indo-Pacific

Addressing the India-US forum in New Delhi, he said, the coalition can be extended to broader areas of shared interests and with other like-minded partners seeking a free and open Indo-Pacific.   Biegun said, in Southeast Asia, Quad partners can deepen engagement with 10-nation ASEAN grouping, cooperate in defending freedom of the seas, and work together in governance, health, environmental ... Read More »

Supreme Court orders declaration of NEET results on October 16th

The apex court also allowed conducting of NEET exam tomorrow for students residing in covid-19 containment zones and were not able to give the exams earlier.   Supreme Court order came after Solicitor General Tushar Mehta informed the court that National Testing Agency will conduct the NEET exams for those students who were unable to appear earlier as they were ... Read More »

MoUs with premier academic institutions to boost manufacture & establishment of supercomputing infrastructure in India

Centre for Development of Advanced Computing(C-DAC) under the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology(MeITY) signed a total of 13 MoUs with the premier academic and R&D institutions of India for establishing Supercomputing Infrastructure with Assembly and Manufacturing in India and Critical Components of National Supercomputing Mission in a virtual ceremony held on 12th October 2020. Minister of State for Electronics and Information Technology, Sanjay Shamrao Dhotre, stressed that ... Read More »

SAI and NRAI to jointly take responsibility to ensure national shooting camp goes ahead in a secure bio-bubble

In order to maintain a secure bio-bubble whereby the athletes can train safely and to prevent a coronavirus outbreak, the responsibility of maintaining the Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) will be shared by the Sports Authority of India and the National Rifle Association of India. Responsibility for maintaining the shooting range lies with the Administrator, Dr. Karni Singh Shooting Range. To ... Read More »

Historic farm laws creating opportunities for increasing farmer’s income, says PM Modi

Speaking after releasing the autobiography of Loknete Padma Bhushan, Dr. Balasaheb Vikhe Patil through video conferencing, the Prime Minister said, the model of local economy and local enterprise will take the county forward.    Citing shining examples of such local models, he spoke about the revolution that happened in the sugar industry in Maharashtra, white revolution in the milk industry ... Read More »

45% people in Dhaka carry COVID 19 antibodies: IEDCR

The finding is based on a study conducted by the Institute of Epidemiology, Disease Control and Research (IEDCR), Bangladesh and International Centre for Diarrhoeal Disease Research, Bangladesh (icddr,b).  According to the study, the presence of COVID 19 antibodies was about 74 percent among slum dwellers of Dhaka. The study also found that 82 percent of the COVID 19 cases were ... Read More »

SAI and NRAI to jointly take responsibility for national shooting camp bio-bubble

In order to maintain a secure bio-bubble whereby the athletes can train safely and to prevent a coronavirus outbreak, the responsibility of maintaining the Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) will be shared by the Sports Authority of India and the National Rifle Association of India. Responsibility for maintaining the shooting range lies with the Administrator, Dr. Karni Singh Shooting Range. To ... Read More »

Bangladesh issues health guidelines for Durga Puja

In Bangladesh the 5-day long Durga Puja celebration will begin on October 22 and conclude on October 26 with the immersion of the idols. It is the biggest religious festival of the Hindu Community in the country. In a press release issued by the Department, the organisers of the Durga Puja have been asked to ensure that the entry and ... Read More »