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PM Modi to inaugurate National Conference on Vigilance and Anti Corruption on October 27

The Inaugural Session of the Conference will be live streamed and available on the link https://pmindiawebcast.nic.in/.   Background: The Central Bureau of Investigation organizes this National Conference coinciding with ‘Vigilance Awareness Week’, which is observed in India every year from 27th October to 2nd November. Activities in this conference would be focused on Vigilance issues aimed at raising awareness and reaffirming India’s commitment ... Read More »

India’s COVID-19 recovery rate reaches 90%

Over 70 lakh 78 thousand patients have recovered from this highly infectious disease in the country so far. The active caseload of the country has also fallen below 8.5 per cent. The total positive cases in the country today stands at six lakh 68 thousand 154 which comprises merely 8.49 per cent of the total reported cases. With a high ... Read More »

India continues to maintain active cases below 7 lakh for second day

The active cases now comprise only 8.71% of the total positive cases of the country.  The active cases are on a continuous decline on a daily basis. This is a result of the successful TEST, TREAT, and TRACK strategy of the Union Government implemented by the  States/UTs. There has been a progressive dip in the day-on-day active cases during the past ... Read More »

More than 7,000 dead seals found along Namibian beach

OCN said last week that thousands of dead seal pups had been found at Pelican Point peninsula, a tourist destination known for its colony of seals and school of dolphins. Naude Dreyer, a marine biologist at OCN, said investigations in the past week had revealed a spike in the number of dead female adults. He said investigations had mainly centred ... Read More »

PM Modi inaugurates three key projects in Gujarat

Prime Minister launches the ‘Kisan Suryodaya Yojana’ for the farmers of Gujarat. He inaugurated the Paediatric Heart Hospital attached with U.N Mehta Institute of Cardiology and Research Centre and a Mobile Application for tele-cardiology at the Ahmedabad Civil Hospital in Ahmedabad. He also inaugurated the Ropeway at Girnar on the occasion. To provide day-time power supply for irrigation, the Gujarat Government under Chief ... Read More »

Israel’s Netanyahu says deal with Sudan start of ‘new era’

“This is a new era. An era of true peace. A peace that is expanding with other Arab countries – three of them in recent weeks,” he said in a televised statement. Netanyahu thanked U.S. President Donald Trump and his team for their role in brokering the deal, and said Israeli and Sudanese delegations would soon meet to discuss cooperation ... Read More »

India’s foreign exchange reserves touch all time high of 555.12 billion dollars

Foreign currency assets, a major part of the overall reserves, increased by 3.539 billion dollars to 512.322 billion dollars. Gold reserves went up by 86 million dollars in the reporting week to reach 36.685 billion dollars. The country’s special drawing rights with the International Monetary Fund remained unchanged at 1.480 billion dollars; while reserve position with the IMF declined by ... Read More »

North Korea says China dust could spread COVID-19, warns people to stay inside

The North’s state-run television KRT said on Wednesday the yellow and fine dust may contain harmful substances, such as heavy metals and pathogenic microorganisms that may include viruses. North Korea’s official party newspaper Rodong Sinmun said on Thursday that the new coronavirus infections continue to spread around the world, the need to deal with the yellow dust and take thorough measures has ... Read More »

Government imposes stock limit to check rise in onion prices

Briefing media in New Delhi, Consumer Affairs Secretary Leela Nandan said, a stock limit has been imposed on the onions with effect from today which is 25 Metric Tonnes for Wholesalers and 2 Metric Tonnes for Retailers for a period up to 31st December 2020.   She added, in order to moderate the price rise, the government took a pre-emptive ... Read More »

United Nations Day

The year 2020 marks the 75th anniversary of the United Nations and its founding Charter. This anniversary comes in a time of great disruption for the world, compounded by an unprecedented global health crisis due to the COVID-19 pandemic, with severe economic and social impacts. But it is also a reminder that times of struggle can become an opportunity for ... Read More »

Payroll Reporting in India – A Formal Employment Perspective

The National Statistical Office (NSO), Ministry of Statistics and Programme Implementation has released the press note on Employment Outlook of the country covering the period September, 2017 to August, 2020 based on the administrative records available with selected government agencies to assess the progress in certain dimensions. A detailed note is annexed. A detailed note  is annexed Read More »

Depression over northwest Bay of Bengal off West Bengal – Bangladesh coasts

According to the Regional Specialized Meteorological Centre/Cyclone Warning Centre of the India Meteorological Department (IMD): The Depression over northwest Bay of Bengal off Odisha coast moved north-northeastwards with a speed of 24 kmph during past 6 hours and lay centred at 0830 hrs IST of today, the 23rd October, 2020 near latitude 21.3°N and longitude 88.4°E over Northwest Bay of Bengal off West Bengal – ... Read More »

India Meteorological Department Commissions Flash Flood Guidance Services for South Asia

Dr. M. Rajeevan, Secretary, Ministry of Earth Sciences dedicated Flash Flood Guidance services, first of its kind for South Asian countries namely India, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Nepal and Sri Lanka on 22 October 2020. The system was launched virtually and was participated by distinguished National and International dignitaries including Dr. Hwirin Kim (Head of Hydrological and Water Resources Services Division, World ... Read More »

Extension of ESI Scheme to Arunachal Pradesh

In its continuous endeavor to cover more workers under ESI Scheme, Govt. of India has now extended the Employees’StateInsurance (ESI) Scheme for the first time to Arunachal Pradesh, with effect from 1st November, 2020. A notification to this effect has been issued by the Central Government for notifying the district of Papum Pare,under ESI Scheme. All factories located in the district ... Read More »

Steps taken to Moderate Prices and Availability – Onion

The price rise observed in Onions since the second week of September required pro active steps to be taken. The rise in prices of onion was being monitored very closely on a day-to-day basis through a Dashboard by the Department of Consumer Affairsand called for immediate steps to cool off the spiralling trend.   The Essential Commodities (Amendment) Act, 2020 ... Read More »

President of India’s Greetings on The Eve of Durga Puja

The President of India, Ram Nath Kovind has sent his greetings to his fellow citizens on the eve of Durga Puja. In a message, the President has said, “On the auspicious occasion of Durga Puja, I extend my greetings and best wishes to my fellow citizens in India and abroad. The age-old festival of Durga Puja is celebrated all over ... Read More »

Punjabi version of ‘Age Appropriate Fitness Protocols’launched

To make people aware about the health issues and fitness mantra, Punjab Sports and NRI Affairs Minister   Rana Gurmit Singh Sodhi today launched Punjabi version of ‘Age Appropriate Fitness Protocols’ for all age groups under fit India movement under the initiative of Sports Authority of India (SAI) and National Institute of Sports (NIS) Patiala. During the launching ceremony here ... Read More »

PM Modi to inaugurate three key projects in Gujarat

Prime Minister will launch the ‘Kisan Suryodaya Yojana’ for the farmers of Gujarat. He will inaugurate the Paediatric Heart Hospital attached with U.N Mehta Institute of Cardiology and Research Centre and a Mobile Application for tele-cardiology at the Ahmedabad Civil Hospital in Ahmedabad. He will also inaugurate the Ropeway at Girnar on the occasion. To provide day-time power supply for ... Read More »

Astronomers from NCRA-TIFR, Pune, and RRI, Bangalore uncover mystery behind decline of star formation rate after its peak 8-10 billion years ago

For long, scientists have been intrigued by the decrease in the rate at which stars were formed in galaxies after it peaked about 8-10 billion years ago. They have now deciphered the mystery behind this decline in star formation activity by measuring the atomic hydrogen of the galaxies. Galaxies are made up mostly of gas and stars. Gas converts to ... Read More »

Income Tax Department conducts searches in J&K

The Income Tax Department carried out search and seizure actions on 22/10/2020 on a group of three assessees, based in Srinagar.  Searches were conducted at 15 residential and business premises, out of which 14 were in Srinagar and 1 in Delhi. The group is engaged in multiple businesses including real estate, construction and renting of commercial and residential complexes in ... Read More »

India crosses a Landmark Milestone

India has leaped across a significant milestone in its fight against COVID. The active caseload of the country has fallen below 7 lakh for the first time after two months (63 days). The active caseload was below the 7 lakh mark (6,97,330) last on 22nd August. The total positive cases of the country today are 6,95,509. They comprise merely 8.96% of the total cases. With a high number ... Read More »

India crosses the Landmark of 10 crore Total Tests

India has demonstrated an exponential increase in the number of COVID-19 cumulative tests since Jan 2020. It has crossed the landmark of 10 crore (10,01,13,085) total tests today. In an another achievement, 14,42,722 tests were conducted in the last 24 hours. The country’s testing capacities have multiplied manifold with nearly 2000 labs across the country and with collaborative efforts of the Centre and State/UT ... Read More »

NTPC allowed to use drones for research and inspection of Thermal Power Projects

Ministry of Civil Aviation (MoCA) and Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) have granted conditional exemption to National Thermal Power Corporation (NTPC) for the deployment of Remotely Piloted Aircraft System (RPAS) for carrying out research and inspection activities at Vindhyachal Super Thermal Power Station, Madhya Pradesh, Gadarwara Super Thermal Power Plant, Madhya Pradesh, and Sipat Super Thermal Power Project, Chhattisgarh ... Read More »

WHO says countries on “dangerous track” in pandemic

“We are at a critical juncture in the COVID-19 pandemic, particularly in the Northern hemisphere,” WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus told a news conference. “The next few months are going to be very tough and some countries are on a dangerous track.” “We urge leaders to take immediate action, to prevent further unnecessary deaths, essential health services from collapsing and ... Read More »

Zverev survives tight Cologne quarter-final encounter

Zverev, who won the bett1HULKS Indoors last week, was serving for the match at 5-3 in the second, before the Frenchman broke serve and went on to take a tight tiebreaker. The German world number seven regained his focus and claimed the only break in the decider at 3-3. He held his nerve to set up a semi-final encounter against ... Read More »

Sudan becomes third Arab state to set aside hostilities with Israel this year

U.S. President Donald Trump, seeking re-election on Nov. 3, sealed the agreement in a phone call with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Sudanese Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok and Transitional Council Head Abdel Fattah al-Burhan, senior U.S. officials said. Trump’s decision this week to remove Sudan from the U.S. list of state sponsors of terrorism paved the way for the ... Read More »

Political leaders and international organizations express a renewed commitment towards snow leopard conservation in the post COVID-19 world

For the first time in the last seven years, the Steering Committee meeting of the Global Snow Leopard and Ecosystem Protection Program (GSLEP) – an inter-governmental alliance of the snow leopard range countries –  was held virtually. The meeting was presided over by the Minister of Forest and Environment from the Federal Democratic Republic of Nepal Shakti Bahadur Basnet and ... Read More »

UK announces new immigration route for British National Overseas citizens in Hong Kong, China vows counter measures

Britain on Thursday said that it will start to process BNO visa applications for residents in the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR) from January 31, 2021. Britain had announced plans to extend the immigration rights of BNO passport holders on 1st July, the day after China imposed stringent national security law on Hong Kong. As per new visa rule, BNO ... Read More »

The Most-Sold Mobile Devices in India

The surge in mobile device usage in India has been one of the most interesting trends in recent years. With more Indians than ever before using smartphones and tablets, which devices are most people choosing to buy and what are they doing with them? What Do People Use These Devices For? It is no surprise to see that the increasing ... Read More »

Union Minister of Educationdedicates the permanent campus of IIT Ropar to the Nation

Union Education Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal ‘Nishank’ today dedicated permanent campus of IIT Ropar to the nation. Minister of State for Education, Sanjay Dhotre also graced the occasion. Prof. Sarit K Das, Director, IIT Ropar and Ravinder Kumar, Registrar, IIT Ropar and the other dignitaries also participated in the event. While addressing the participants Pokhriyal congratulated the IIT Ropar fraternity and ... Read More »

IFSCA Committee submits second interim report on development of international retail business – Finserv from India

The International Financial Services Centres Authority (IFSCA) Expert Committee on international retail business development in the IFSC has submitted its second interim report to the Chairperson of the IFSCA. Thisinterim report covers a number of suggestions aimed at swift and efficient development of international retail businesses in the IFSC, and focuses on recommendations for international insurance activity to flourish in the IFSC. This ... Read More »

Union Minister Dr. Jitendra Singh addresses the 1stever Ministerial Meetingof G-20 Anti-Corruption Working Group

India today reiterated its commitment for eradication of corruption under Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Speaking at the 1st ever Ministerial Meeting of G-20 Anti-Corruption Working Group, 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 thatIndia under Modi is committed to the policy ... Read More »

Union Education Minister virtually addresses the students at 18th Convocation Ceremony of NIT Warangal

Union Education Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal ‘Nishank’ virtually addresses the students at 18th Convocation Ceremony of NIT Warangal.He inaugurated the newly constructed building PanditMadan Mohan Malaviya Teaching Learning Centre, Visvesvaraya Skill Development Centre , SardarVallabhai Patel Guest House at NIT Warangal Campus and also laid the foundation for the Rudrama Devi Ladies Hostels Complex of NIT Warangal.   N.R.NarayanaMurthy, PadmaVibhushanawardee, Founder of Infosys&ChairmanEmeritus, was ... Read More »

HIL manufactures 530.10 MT of Malathion Technical in first two quarters of the current FY 20-21 with an increase of more than 40 %

  HIL (India) Limited, a PSU under the Department of Chemicals and Petrochemicals Ministry of Chemicals and Fertilizers registered highest-ever production of Malathion Technical in the first two quarters of FY 20-21. Despite restrictions due to COVID-19 pandemic the Company manufactured 530.10 MT of Malathion Technical in the first two quarters of the year as compared to 375.5 MT in ... Read More »

Final User Trial of NAG Missile

Final user trial of 3rd generation Anti Tank Guided Missile (ATGM) NAG was carried out today on 22 Oct 2020 at 0645 hrs from Pokhran range. The missile was integrated with the actual warhead and a tank target was kept at designated range. This was launched from NAG Missile Carrier NAMICA. The missile hit the target accurately defeating the armour. ... Read More »

Union Minister of State for Culture and Tourism (I/C) ShriPrahlad Singh Patelvirtually launches “Life in Miniature” project

Union Minister of State for Culture and Tourism (I/C) Prahlad Singh Patel virtually launched “Life in Miniature” project, a collaboration between theNational Museum, New Delhi, Ministry of Culture, and Google Arts & Culture today. Speaking at the launch of the project, Prahlad Singh Patel emphasized the importance of the Prime Minister’s ‘Digital India’ initiative and the role of technology in ... Read More »