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General Manoj Mukund Naravane PVSM, AVSM, SM, VSM, ADC, Chief of the Army Staff Commissions INS Kavaratti

INS Kavaratti (P31), Anti-Submarine Warfare (ASW) stealth corvette built under Project 28 (Kamorta Class) was commissioned into the Indian Navy by General Manoj Mukund Naravane PVSM, AVSM, SM, VSM, ADC, Chief of the Army Staff at a ceremony held at Naval Dockyard, Visakhapatnam today, 22 October 20. Vice Admiral Atul Kumar Jain PVSM AVSM VSM, Flag Officer Commanding-in-Chief (FOC-in-C), Eastern Naval Command(ENC), ... Read More »

Railway takes many steps to help apprentices

As per Apprentice Act in 2016, Indian Railways has reserved 20% vacancies (i.e. 20,734 vacancies) for apprentices in 1,03,769 notified vacancies for level-1 recruitment currently under process. Recently there have been news reports that the trained apprentices at Railway establishments are demanding regular appointment. Apprentices are demanding this by asking for restoration of the earlier powers given to GMs which ... Read More »

Productivity Linked Bonus (PLB) equivalent to 78 days’ wages for the financial year 2019-2020 for all eligible non-gazetted Railway employees

About 11.58 lakh non-gazetted Railway employees have been granted bonus equivalent to 78 days wages for FY 2019-20 .This Productivity linked bonus to railway employees has been estimated to be of Rs. 2081.68 crores. The Union Cabinet in its meeting held on 21.10.2020 accepted the proposal of the Ministry of Railways for payment of Productivity Linked Bonus (PLB) equivalent to ... Read More »

PM to inaugurate three key projects in Gujarat on 24th October

Prime Minister Narenda Modi will inaugurate three key projects in Gujarat on 24th October, via video conferencing. 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. ... Read More »

NTPC allowed to use drones for research of Thermal Power projects

Amber Dubey, Joint Secretary, Ministry of Civil Aviation said, “NTPC will use the drones to carry out terrain mapping, stockpile volumetric analysis, aerial inspections and other applications at the three NTPC sites. This will provide NTPC excellent data with high accuracy at a fraction of the cost. This is in line with Government of India’s attempts to promote use of ... Read More »

COVID-19 in India: India crosses landmark 10 crore total tests

 It has crossed the landmark of 10 crore (10,01,13,085) total tests on Friday. 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 governments. More than 15 lakh samples can be tested every day. Progressive countrywide ... Read More »

Himachal Pradesh: Mandi district bags top position for implementation of PMGSY

Himachal Pradesh has also secured second position at the national level for construction of roads under PMGSY. Union Ministry of Rural Development has declared the list of top performing 30 districts in the country for implementing the PMGSY programme.   Mandi district has received top position for constructing roads under PMGSY of maximum length in 2020-21. Six more districts of ... Read More »

India crosses a landmark milestone: Active caseload below 7 lakh for the first time after 2 months

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 of COVID patients recovering every day along with a steadily falling and ... Read More »

IIT Kharagpur develops COVIRAP to make COVID-19 testing affordable

The  ‘COVIRAP,’ diagnostic machine evolved by the IIT Kharagpur researchers, for its efficacy in COVID-19 detection has been successfully validated by the Indian Council of Medical Research. The innovation has made “high-quality and accurate COVID testing at a level of RT=PCR testing affordable for the common people with a testing cost of around ₹ 500/- which can further be reduced ... Read More »

International Snow Leopard Day being celebrated today

It has been listed under Appendix I of the Convention on Migratory Species of Wild Animals, and in 2002 its status was elevated to ‘requiring Concerted Action’.  Living at extreme altitudes in the steep mountains of the Himalayas, and in a bitterly cold climate, snow leopards are among the most difficult of the world’s top predators to study. Himalayas act ... Read More »

CBSE introduces facial recognition systems for accessing digital documents

This computer application matches human face from a digital image already stored in the database. The computer and the human interact to map the facial features. In a Similar way, a live image of the student will be matched with the photograph on the CBSE admit card already stored in repository, and once successful, the certificate will be emailed to ... Read More »

France extends curfew as COVID second wave surges in Europe

French Prime Minister Jean Castex announced a curfew imposed last week on Paris and eight other cities would be extended to 38 more departments, confining 46 million out of the country’s 67 million population to their homes from 9 pm to 6 am. “A second wave of the coronavirus epidemic is now under way in France and Europe. The situation ... Read More »

Khatabook’s ‘MyStore’ app to help merchants take their business online in just 15 seconds

Udaipur: Marking another significant milestone, India’s fastest growing fintech start-up, Khatabook has launched the ‘MyStore’ app on Android. The app comes equipped with a seamless, intuitive, and secure interface with an easy sign-up process – enabling merchants to take their business online in just 15 seconds.  Khatabook’s ‘MyStore’ is available in 13 Indian languages, ensuring ease of usage and pan-India adoption. ... Read More »

Russia gives whistleblower Edward Snowden permanent residency rights

Snowden, 37, fled United States and was given asylum in Russia after leaking secret files in 2013 that revealed vast domestic and international surveillance operations carried out by the U.S. National Security Agency where he was a contractor. U.S. authorities have for years wanted Snowden returned to the United States to face a criminal trial on espionage charges brought in 2013. ... Read More »

India and US to hold 2+2 Ministerial Dialogue in New Delhi next week

India will be hosting the Dialogue in New Delhi. Briefing media in New Delhi Thursday evening, External Affairs  Ministry spokesperson Anurag Srivastava said both sides will also exchange views on regional and international issues. He said US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Secretary of Defense Mark T. Esper will have bilateral meetings with their counterparts, Defence Minister Rajnath Singh ... Read More »

Snow leopards: Elusive and beautiful big cats

A rapid estimate of the economic value of some prominent services generated from snow leopard habitats in India is nearly $4 billion a year, the bulk of which comes from hydropower and generated electricity (US$3 billion), followed by livestock and agriculture (US$0.5 billion), and tourism (US$0.4 billion). Owing to the importance of this landscape, the Government of India has considered ... Read More »

PM Modi to inaugurate three key projects in Gujarat on 24th October

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. Kisan Suryodaya Yojana To provide day-time ... Read More »

Brazilian President cancels purchase of Chinese vaccine ‘Coronavac’

A day before, on Tuesday, Health Minister Eduardo Pazuello had confirmed that Brazil would buy the vaccine developed by Sinovac to include it in the immunization program, in addition to one developed by the UK-based AstraZeneca and Oxford University. Bolsonaro said on social media, “For sure, we will not buy the Chinese vaccine,” because it is unjustifiable to pay billions ... Read More »

Chief of Naval Staff reviews operational readiness at Sea

CNS accompanied by Flag Officer Commanding-in-Chief Western Naval Command, Vice Admiral Ajit Kumar, arrived at Karwar Naval Base where he interacted with personnel and emphasised key issues of repairs, maintenance, spares support and op-logistics for afloat units to sharpen their war-fighting capabilities.  He also reiterated aspects of cyber-security, force protection against terrorist attacks, asymmetric warfare and exhorted all personnel to ... Read More »

US designates six more China based media outlets as foreign missions, China vows necessary response

The designations restrict the operations of Yicai Global, Jiefang Daily, Xinmin Evening News, Social Sciences in China Press, Beijing Review, and Economic Daily in the United States but don’t affect what they can publish in US. The Department of State in a statement said the outlets are “substantially owned or effectively controlled” by the Chinese regime. The designations follows the ... Read More »

Depression intensifies over Bay of Bengal, moderate to heavy rain in Bangladesh

According to the weather report issued by the Met Department of Bangladesh on Thursday, the depression is likely to intensify further. The Met department has forecast heavy to very heavy  rainfall at places over Rajshahi, Dhaka, Khulna, Barisal, Chattogram, Mymensingh and Sylhet divisions in the country in the next 48 years.  The Met department also forecast light to moderate rain ... Read More »

Indian men’s wrestlers happy with their progress, hopeful that competitions can restart after Covid lockdown

The camp had commenced on September 1 and the wrestlers had to complete a 14 day quarantine before starting their training. Wrestling is one of the most successful sports in India’s Olympic history having contributed five medals to India’s Olympic medal haul. Prior to all training in National Centres of Excellence and SAI training centres being suspended due to the ... Read More »

Graded relaxation in visa and travel restrictions

The Government has now decided to make a graded relaxation in visa and travel restrictions for more categories of foreign nationals and Indian nationals who wish to enter or leave India.  Therefore, it has been decided to permit all OCI and PIO card holders and all other foreign nationals intending to visit India for any purpose, except on a Tourist ... Read More »

CSIR-CDRI Scientist Dr Saman Habib elected as fellow of Indian National Science Academy, New Delhi

She is elected as fellow of Indian National Science Academy, New Delhi.Her research group’s interest in the malaria parasite is driven by the desire to understand (a) the molecular workings and functions of the relict plastid (apicoplast) of Plasmodium, (b) mechanisms of protein translation employed by Plasmodium organelles and (c) human genetic factors and susceptibility to severe P. falciparum malaria ... Read More »

PM Modi inaugurates Durga Puja Pandal in West Bengal through video conference

Durga Puja pandal was organized at Eastern Zonal Cultural Centre (EZCC) on the initiative of BJP Mahila Morcha. He said, whatever the situation, the whole country becomes Bengali during Durga Puja. PM Modi wished everyone a happy Durga Puja and the upcoming Diwali. He said this time Durga Puja is being performed amid Corona pandemic, so special emphasis should be ... Read More »

India’s active cases below 10% of total cases since the last three days

The Active Cases have been sustained below 10% of the total cases for the last three days suggesting only 1 in 10 cases are active COVID19 patients across the country. Presently the active cases comprise merely 9.29% of the total positive cases of the country standing at 7,15,812. Registering another milestone, the daily Positivity Rate has also been maintained to less than 5% ... Read More »

The Freedom Not to Listen: The Story Behind Noise Cancelation Technology

In 1978, the U.S. government approached a sound company with a unique proposal. They wanted to develop a specific technology that would allow aircraft pilots and NASA astronauts to communicate clearly with ground crews and other pilots even with the ultra-loud roaring of jet and rocket engines in the background. The resulting technology would later become available for use outside ... Read More »

Indigenously built ASW Corvette ‘Kavaratti’ Commissioned at Visakhapatnam

Touted as a potent Stealth ASW Corvette, Kavaratti is indigenously designed by the Indian Navy’s in-house organization, Directorate of Naval Design(DND) and built by Garden Reach Shipbuilders & Engineers (GRSE), Kolkata and portrays the growing capability of the Indian Navy, GRSE and the nation in becoming self-reliant through indigenization, thus, accentuating our national objective of Atmanirbhar Bharat.   The ship ... Read More »

Spain becomes first Western European country to hit 1 mln COVID-19 cases

The death toll reached 34,366 as 575 new deaths had been reported in the past seven days as of Wednesday. The worsening epidemic control situation has forced several regions to impose lockdown measures, with Aragon announcing to close the city limits of Zaragoza, Huesca and Teruel on Thursday, and Madrid to impose a curfew starting from this weekend. The Spanish ... Read More »

COVID-19 recovery rate in India reaches 88.81%

In the last 24 hours, more than 61 thousand COVID patients have recovered. The Health Ministry said, the total number of recoveries has reached over 67 lakh 95 thousand. During the same period, 54 thousand and 44 new cases were reported. The constantly increasing recoveries ensured that the actual caseload is considerably reduced and currently comprises only 9.67 per cent ... Read More »

Dhaka-Siliguri passenger train planned to start in March next year: Bangladesh Railway Minister

The statement was made after the newly appointed High Commissioner of India Vikram Doraiswami made a courtesy visit to the Railway Minister of Bangladesh in Dhaka on Wednesday. The Minister said that the work on the Bangabandhu railway bridge would start next month. The bridge would improve rail connectivity between the two countries immensely. According to the government press release, ... Read More »

Indigenously built ASW Corvette ‘Kavaratti’ to be Commissioned at Visakhapatnam

Touted as a potent Stealth ASW Corvette, Kavaratti is indigenously designed by the Indian Navy’s in-house organization, Directorate of Naval Design(DND) and built by Garden Reach Shipbuilders & Engineers (GRSE), Kolkata and portrays the growing capability of the Indian Navy, GRSE and the nation in becoming self-reliant through indigenization, thus, accentuating our national objective of Atmanirbhar Bharat.   The ship ... Read More »

Union Minister of State for Culture and Tourism (IC), Shri Prahlad Singh Patel attends Commemoration of ’77th Year of Formation of Azad Hind Government’ at Red Fort, Delhi

Union Minister of State for Culture and Tourism (IC),  Prahlad Singh Patel attended Commemoration of ’77th Year of Formation of Azad Hind Government’ today at Red Fort, Delhi The Culture Minister congratulated the nation on the proud occasion of 77th anniversary of formation of Azad Hind Government. Speaking on the occasion, he said that the young generation of our country ... Read More »

A National Symposium and Exhibition on “Memories of 22 October 1947” to be organised at Srinagar by National Museum Institute of History of Art, Conservation and Museology

“The enemies are only 50 yards from us. We are heavily outnumbered. We are under devastating fire. I shall not withdraw an inch but will to our last man and our round”.  – Major Somnath Sharma (ParamVir Chakra)   A National Symposium & Exhibition on “MEMORIES OF 22 OCTOBER 1947” is being organised by the National Museum Institute of History of Art, ... Read More »

Cabinet approvesMutual Recognition Agreement between ICAI, India and MICPA, Malaysia

The Union Cabinet chaired by the Prime Minister, Narendra Modi has approved the Mutual Recognition Agreement between the Institute of Chartered Accounts of India (ICAI) and the Malaysian Institute of Certified Public Accountants (MICPA) to enable appropriately qualified CA (Chartered Accountant) members of either Institute to join the other Institute by receiving appropriate credit for their existing accountancy qualification. Implementation strategy and ... Read More »