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PM Modi reviews COVID-19 response & management of 7 high focus states

The Prime Minister today chaired a meeting to review COVID preparedness and response with Chief Ministers and other dignitaries of seven states. The meeting was attended by Home Minister, Defence Minister, Health Minister, Chief Ministers of Andhra Pradesh, Tamil Nadu, Karnataka, Maharashtra, Delhi, Punjab and Uttar Pradesh along with respective Home Ministers, Health Ministers, Chief Secretaries, Health Secretaries, Home Secretaries and ... Read More »

Moving towards a vaccine to reduce yield loss due to diseases in rice

The team is developing new disease control strategies which they can use as vaccines that activate the rice immune system and provide resistance to rice plants from subsequent infections by pathogens. Xanthomonas oryzae pv. oryzae, or commonly known as Xoo infection, cause huge yield losses to rice cultivation throughout the world. Treatment of rice with cellulase, a cell wall degrading ... Read More »

Parliament adjourns sine die, Monsoon Session cut short by 8 Days 

 During the monsoon session of the upper house 25 bills were cleared. Chairperson M Venkaiah Naidu said Rajya Sabha consistently recorded its highest productivity in the last four sessions and it was praiseworthy. Lok Sabha was adjourned sine die, eight days ahead of the scheduled end of the monsoon session, in the wake of coronavirus pandemic. In his valedictory address, LS Speaker ... Read More »

Mumbai receives heavy rainfall in last 24 hours

A deluge hit Mumbai leaving roads water logged and slowing down life in the maximum city to a crawl. Public transport services were hit and normal life affected in the financial capital due to heavy downpour and waterlogging. Road traffic was also badly hit. Kurla, Sion, Dadar, Matunga, King’s circle, Andheri Sub-way were some of the areas that resembled mini-ponds. ... Read More »

PM Modi to interact with fitness influencers & citizens to celebrate first anniversary of ‘Fit India Movement’ tomorrow

In a unique initiative, Prime Minister Narendra Modi will interact with fitness influencers and citizens during a nation-wide online Fit India Dialogue to celebrate the first anniversary of the Fit India Movement on Thursday. The online interaction will see participants sharing anecdotes and tips of their own fitness journey while drawing out guidance from the Prime Minister on his thoughts ... Read More »

RS passes Foreign Contribution (Regulation) Amendment Bill, 2020

 The FCRA regulates the acceptance and utilization of foreign funds by individuals, associations and companies among other provisions, the bill proposes to enable the Centre to allow an NGO or association to surrender its FCRA certificate. It also proposes that not more than 20 per cent of the total foreign funds received can be spent on administrative expenses. Presently, the ... Read More »

US President Donald Trump blasts China over COVID-19 at UNGA

U.S. President Donald Trump told the United Nations General Assembly on Tuesday that it “must hold China accountable for their actions” related to the COVID-19 pandemic, demanding that the United Nations must hold Beijing accountable for failing to contain the coronavirus that has killed nearly one million people across the world, including 2 lakh Americans. The US  president promised to ... Read More »

Parliament passes 3 Bills related to Labour Law

The Rajya Sabha has been adjourned sine die, earlier the upper house passed The Occupational Safety, Health and Working Conditions Code, 2020, The Industrial Relations Code, 2020,  and The Code On Social Security, 2020 today aims at amending the laws relating to Trade Unions, conditions of employment in industrial establishment or undertaking, investigation and settlement of industrial disputes.  Replying in ... Read More »

[Trailer] A New Galaxy Created by Fans, for Fans

Samsung’s Galaxy devices are brought to life by the passion of fans around the world. As a tribute to their support, Samsung will unveil a new Galaxy that’s created by the fans, for the fans.   Join the Galaxy Unpacked for Every Fan event on September 23 for a full reveal of our new Galaxy, designed with favorite colors and ... Read More »

Bharat Biotech inks licensing deal with Washington University School of Medicine to advance COVID-19 Intranasal Vaccine Tech

Bharat Biotech owns the rights to distribute the vaccine in all markets except USA, Japan and Europe.   While the Phase I trials will take place in Saint Louis University’s Vaccine & Treatment Evaluation Unit, Bharat Biotech, upon obtaining the required regulatory approval, will pursue further stages of clinical trials in India and undertake large scale manufacture of the vaccine ... Read More »

India maintains trend of high recoveries as recovery rate crosses 81%

New recoveries in India have exceeded the new cases for the fifth consecutive day. 89,746 recoveries have been registered in the last 24 hours in the country, whereas the number of new confirmed cases stands at 83,347. With this, the total number of recoveries are 45,87,613. The Recovery Rate is 81.25% today. India has the highest recovered cases in the world. It contributes 19.5% to the ... Read More »

Heavy rain lashes Mumbai; several areas water logged, train services disrupted

The heavy downpour led to waterlogging at various low-lying  areas including Sion, Goregaon, Andheri, Jogeshwari, Malad and Borivali. IMD Mumbai’s Deputy Director General, Krishnanda Hosalikar said, till 5.30 this morning Colaba observatory recorded 122.2 mm of rainfall whereas at Santacruz recorded 273. IMD Mumbai also stated that as per the latest satellite and radar observations, Mumbai city and suburbs are ... Read More »

Second wave of coronavirus infections in China inevitable: Experts

Local media reported that Dr Zhang Wenhong, leading figure in Shanghai’s fight against COVID-19, said this while speaking at a forum in Shanghai on Sunday. He said ‘Europe is already having a second wave, saying vaccine will be the only way to contain the pandemic – but that could take some time to be produced. His remarks come even as ... Read More »

Factually Incorrect reporting by a section of the media

It has come to the notice of Election Commission of India that a section of the media has wrongly interpreted the statement made by CEC Sh Sunil Arora in his inaugural address at the International Webinar held in New Delhi on 21st September 2020. Please note that the ECI press release issued at 1630hrs on 21.9.2020, specifically read “CEC mentioned that ... Read More »

Affordable Rental Housing Complexes, Sub-Scheme Under Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana – Urban Will Be Implemented by Public/Private Bodies

Affordable Rental Housing Complexes (ARHCs), a sub-scheme under Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana – Urban (PMAY-U) will be implemented by Public/Private bodies either by converting the existing Government funded vacant complexes into ARHCs or by constructing, operating and maintaining ARHCs on their own available vacant land. This scheme has been formulated in line with the vision of “Aatma Nirbhar Bharat” to ... Read More »

Approved Outlay for PM Svanidhi Scheme is Rs.600 Crore

Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs has, on June 01, 2020, launched Prime Minister Street Vendor’s Amta Nirbhar Nidhi Scheme (PM SVANidhi). It aims at facilitating collateral free working capital loans upto Rs 10,000 of 1 year tenure, to about 50 lakh street vendors across the country. It also provides for incentives in the form of interest subsidy @ 7% ... Read More »

First Advance Estimates of Production of major Kharif crops for 2020-21 released

The First Advance Estimates of production of major Kharif crops for 2020-21 have been released by the Department of Agriculture, Cooperation and Farmers Welfare on 22ndSeptember, 2020. The assessment of production of different crops is based on the data received from States and validated with information available from other sources. The estimated production of various crops as per the First ... Read More »

More than 11 Lakh Indians Returned to India Under Vande Bharat Mission

Vande Bharat Mission consists of special repatriation flights operated by Indian carriers and chartered flights operated by both Indian and foreign carriers. As per information provided by the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA), till 31.08.2020, more than 11 lakh Indians (excluding land border crossings) have returned to India under the Vande Bharat Mission. Country-wise and State-wise number of passengers returned ... Read More »

Government has launched YuWaah – a multi-stakeholder platform to make young people career ready

Ministry of Youth Affairs & Sports and United Nations Children Fund (UNICEF) have signed a “Statement of Intent” on 20.07.2020 to establish YuWaah, Generation Unlimited (GenU), a global multi-stakeholder platform in India. As per the Statement of Intent, the objectives of this project are:  Support young people by providing entrepreneurship classes (online and offline) with successful entrepreneurs and experts, ... Read More »

The government has introduced 20 new disciplines for Central Government Jobs under sports quota: Shri Kiren Rijiju

Government has recently introduced 20 new disciplines for Central Government jobs under the sports quota. The details of the newly introduced/included 20 sports disciplines for Central Government jobs under sports quota are given below: Sl. No. Name of Sports disciplines Baseball Body-Building Cycling Polo Deaf Sports Fencing Kudo Mallakhamb Motor Sports Net Ball Para Sports (for sports discipline included in ... Read More »

Indian Space Promotion and Authorisation Centre (IN-SPACe) to promote private investment and innovation in the space sector: Dr Jitendra Singh

The 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 in a written reply to Rajya Sabha that the Government has launched the Indian Space Promotion and Authorisation Centre (IN-SPACe) to promote private investment and innovation in the space sector. IN-SPACe will facilitate ... Read More »

Bangladesh prepares for the ‘second wave’ as Corona death crosses 5000

The Cabinet Secretary of Bangladesh Khandekar Anwarul Islam told media in Dhaka on Tuesday that the government is planning to launch a massive awareness programme before the emergence of the second wave of COVID 19 infections.  Cabinet Division has issued directives to ministries to devise their work plan in the next two weeks to deal with the possible next wave ... Read More »

Parliament passes Essential Commodities Amendment Bill

 The Bill allows the central government to regulate the supply of certain food items only under extraordinary circumstances such as war and famine. It will replace the Essential Commodities (Amendment) Ordinance, 2020 which was promulgated in June this year. Replying to a discussion on the Bill, Minister of State for Consumer Affairs, Food and Public Distribution, Danve Raosaheb Dadarao said ... Read More »

US imposes range of sanctions and restrictions on Iran

US President Donald Trump said, he is imposing sanctions on Iranians for violating a UN arms embargo and demanded enforcement by US allies, who roundly dispute that he has any such authority. Donald Trump further said, his actions sent a clear message to the Iranian regime and those in the international community who refuse to stand up to Iran. The ... Read More »

India is home to largest number of Greater One-Horned Rhinoceros: Prakash Javadekar

In his message on the occasion of World Rhino Day, Prakash Javadekar said Environment Ministry has launched a National Conservation Strategy for Indian One-Horned Rhino. He added that the conservation initiatives for rhino has also enriched the grassland management which help in reducing the negative impacts of climate change through carbon sequestration.   The National Rhino Conservation Strategy for India ... Read More »

Nrityanjali – an online film festival on Indian Classical Dance and Maestros by Films Division

The first part of ‘Nrityanjali’ will showcase 10 films on the life and works of India’s leading classical dancers. The festival will be streamed on Films Division website www.filmsdivision.org/Documentary of the Week/ and its YouTube channel https://www.youtube.com/user/FilmsDivision. All films will be streamed live, simultaneously, for three days. Details of films/documentaries to be screened: “Sitara Devi” (20 min./1995/Amar Varma), a film on doyen ... Read More »

Ambassador Vinay M. Kwatra and CEO of National Reconstruction Authority, Sushil Gyewali, jointly launch CBRI project website on Post-Earthquake reconstruction initiatives in education sector

The website, available in both English and Nepali versions, is a one stop, user friendly window for all information related to education projects under GOI-assisted post-earthquake reconstruction initiatives. The website is accessible at www.goicbrinepal.com. It has been conceptualized and developed by the Central Building Research Institute (CBRI), Roorkee under India’s Council of Scientific & Industrial Research (CSIR). The CBRI, Roorkee, ... Read More »

World Rhino Day Celebrated showcases India’s success story

Slumbering through the dense jungles, rhinoceros evoke awe and fear in equal measure and are a sight to behold. But the myth of medicinal value and the menace of poaching brought the species on the brink of extinction. In order to save the majestic animal, World Rhino Day is observed throughout the world on 22nd September. Started in 2010, the ... Read More »

India registers a Record of Highest Single day recoveries

More than 1 lakh (1,01,468) new recoveries have been registered in the last 24 hours in the country. In another landmark achievement, the trend of very high number of single day recoveries has sustained for the past four consecutive days. With this, the total number of recoveries are nearly 45 lakh (44,97,867). This has resulted in the Recovery Rate touching 80.86%.  79% of the ... Read More »

PM lays foundation stone for National Highway projects worth about Rs 14000 crore in Bihar

Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi laid the foundation stone for nine National Highway Projects worth Rs 14000 crore in Bihar and launched the project to provide internet services through Optical Fibre in the state today through video conferencing. Speaking on the occasion, the Prime Minister said these highway projects would improve the connectivity in Bihar. The highway projects include construction ... Read More »

Relief Package for Unemployed Labourers

The global spread of the corona virus (COVID-19) pandemic followed by lockdowns has affected global economies including India. Covid-19 has resulted in large number of migrant workers going back to their native places. In order to mitigate the adverse impact of COVID-19. Government of India has announced an economic package of Rs. 20 Lakh Crore. Aatmanirbhar Bharat which focuses on ... Read More »

Ordnance Manufacturing Industries and Laboratories

At present, there is no proposal under consideration for establishing new ordnance industries and laboratories by the Government. Defence Public Sector Undertakings, Ordnance Factory Board and the private industries have supplied various Defence Equipment such as missiles, torpedoes, Offshore Patrol Vessels, radars, electronic warfare systems, avionics, sonar, fire control systems, survey vessels, assault bridges,  armoured recovery and repair vehicle, high ... Read More »

Pre-Emptive Measures by ICG During Cyclone

Indian Coast Guard has initiated the following pre-emptive and proactive measures to prevent loss of fishermen lives and to reduce impact from Cyclone ‘Amphan’ and Nisarga. Details of which is as under:   ICG formation were put on high alert and high state of preparedness.  Fisheries authorities and local administration were warned for precautionary measures. Constant liaison had been made ... Read More »

Setting up of Industries by Foreign Companies

‘Make in India’ was launched on September 25, 2014, to facilitate investment, foster innovation, building best in class infrastructure, and making India a hub for manufacturing, design, and innovation. The development of a robust manufacturing sector continues to be a key priority of the Indian Government. It was one of the first ‘Vocal for Local’ initiatives that exposed India’s manufacturing ... Read More »

Steps to Boost The Growth of Industries

Promotion of industries is a continuous and ongoing effort of the Government. Government has taken a number of steps, in addition to the ongoing schemes, to boost the growth of industries. The measures taken in a few important areas are highlighted below:   Aatmanirbhar Package to boost Industrial growth has been announced by the Government for Rs. 20.97 lakh crore with ... Read More »

Steps to facilitate the reduction of Steel imports

Government has taken following steps to facilitate the reduction of Steel imports,:- (i)         Steel Import Monitoring System (SIMS) for advance registration of steel imports. The objective is to help the Government and industry to identify the exact steel grades being imported into the country in order to plan domestic manufacturing, besides advance information about any surge in imports. (ii)        Issuance ... Read More »

LPG Cylinders distributed during COVID-19 pandemic

As part of Pradhan Mantri Garib Kalyan Package, a scheme for providing free of cost LPG refills to PMUY beneficiaries for the next three months w.e.f. 01.04.2020 was implemented. The Scheme has now been extended till September 30, 2020 for those beneficiaries who have been credited with the advance for buying refills, but not able to buy the refills till ... Read More »

Approved Outlay for PM Svanidhi Scheme Rs.600.00 Crores

Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs has, on June 01, 2020, launched Prime Minister Street Vendor’s Amta Nirbhar Nidhi Scheme (PM SVANidhi). It aims at facilitating collateral free working capital loans upto Rs 10,000 of 1 year tenure, to about 50 lakh street vendors across the country. It also provides for incentives in the form of interest subsidy @ 7% ... Read More »