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Bangladesh President and Prime Minister greet Hindu Community on Durga Puja

Greeting people on the occasion on Wednesday, President M. Abdul Hamid  in his message said that Durga Puja is not only a religious festival, but also a social one, reported the official news agency BSS. He said that it is a universal festival which proves that religion is for individuals but festivals are for all. President Abdul Hamid said that ... Read More »

IIT Kharagpur’s ‘COVIRAP’ – Novel Technology of COVID-19 Test Gets ICMR Certification, it costs only Rs. 500 per test

This COVID-19 Diagnostic Test has been designed to be fairly easy to conduct and affordable as well and can produce results within one hour. This new testing method implements a highly reliable and accurate molecular diagnostic procedure that can be conducted in an ultra-low-cost portable device unit developed by the IIT Kharagpur research team. The test results are rendered via ... Read More »

PM Modi’s telephonic conversation with President Moon Jae-in of the Republic of Korea

The two leaders reviewed important global developments including the progress of the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic, the ongoing diversification of international value chains, the need to preserve a transparent, development-oriented and rules-based global trading order, and the important role of the World Trade Organisation. The two leaders agreed to remain in touch on the above issues, and to further ... Read More »

Supercomputers of Indian origin is on the cards

The National Super Computing Mission (NSM) is rapidly boosting high power computing in the country through its various phases to meet the increasing computational demands of academia, researchers, MSMEs, and startups in areas like oil exploration, flood prediction as also genomics, and drug discovery.  With the infrastructure planned in NSM Phase, I already installed and much of Phase II in ... Read More »

Union Minister for MSME launches Unique Khadi Footwear; KVIC Targets Rs 5000 Crore Business

These footwear are made of Khadi fabric like Silk, Cotton and Wool. Gadkari also launched the online sale of Khadi footwear through KVIC’s e-portal www.khadiindia.gov.in.  The Union Minister heaped praises on Khadi fabric footwear saying such unique products had high potential of capturing the international market. At the same time, he said, Khadi fabric footwear would create additional employment and higher income ... Read More »

Cabinet approves extension of the Market Intervention Scheme for procurement of apples in Jammu and Kashmir for the year 2020-21

The procurement of apple will be done by Central Procuring Agency i.e. National Agricultural Cooperative Marketing Federation ltd. (NAFED) through State Designated Agency i.e. Directorate of Planning and Marketing, Department of Horticulture & Jammu & Kashmir Horticulture Processing and Marketing Corporation (JKHPMC), directly from apple farmers of J&K and the payment will be made through Direct Benefit Transfer (DBT) into ... Read More »

China has done very little to help resolve the Rohingya issue, says United States

The US Deputy Secretary of State Stephen Biegun told the media in a telephonic briefing that much more was expected from China considering its proximity to this humanitarian catastrophe.  He addressed the media in a telephonic press briefing on Tuesday about his recent visit to India and Bangladesh.  Stephen Biegun said that the US will work closely with the government ... Read More »

Campaigning for first phase of Bihar Assembly Elections gains momentum

Senior leaders and star campaigners of several political parties are holding multiple rallies to garner support of voters. For NDA candidates senior BJP leaders, Star Campaigners and Union Ministers are holding multiple rallies. BJP President J. P. Nadda will address public meetings in Bettiah and Motihari. Senior BJP leader and Defence Minister Rajnath Singh will hold public meetings at Sanhaula, ... Read More »

India sustains the continued trend of consistent decline in Active Cases

With a high number of COVID patients recovering every day, India’s steady trend of posting high level of daily recoveries also continues. 61,775 recoveries have been registered in the last 24 hours in the country whereas the new confirmed cases are only 54,044. This is when 10,83,608 tests have been conducted in the last 24 hours in the country. Successful implementation of TEST, TRACK and TREAT ... Read More »

Police Commemoration Day being observed today

The day is observed on 21st October every year to honor the loyalty and supreme sacrifice of police personnel for the nation. It was on this day in 1959 when CRPF led a saga of valour and sacrifice in the inaccessible, inhospitable terrain of Hot Springs in Ladakh. A patrol party of twenty personnel of CRPF and Intelligence Bureau had ... Read More »

Foreign Direct Investment Inflow

Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) is a major driver of economic growth and an important source of non-debt finance for the economic development of India. It has been the endeavor of the Government to put in place an enabling and investor friendly FDI policy. The intent all this while has been to make the FDI policy more investor friendly and remove ... Read More »

5th Joint Working Group on Coal between India and Indonesia on 5th November 2020

India is the host for 5th Joint Working Group (JWG) on Coal between India and Indonesia scheduled to be held on 5th November 2020 through Video conference from New Delhi due to travel restrictions on account of Covid pandemic. This will be co-chaired from the Indian side by Vinod Kumar Tiwari, Additional Secretary, Ministry of Coal, Government of India and by Dr ... Read More »

Prime Minister’s Special Address to the Nation

In a televised address to the nation, the Prime Minister Narendra Modi made a fervent appeal to all the citizens to not let their guard down and become complacent, in the country’s ongoing fight against the Covid Pandemic. Narendra Modi said despite the lockdown having been lifted it does not mean that the Corona Virus is wiped out. He appreciated ... Read More »

Union Home Minister Shri Amit Shah has said that the safety and healthy life of Indians has been the top priority of the Modi government

Union Home Minister Amit Shah has said that the safety and healthy life of Indians has been the top priority of the Modi government. In his tweets after Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s address to the nation, Shah said “the Modi government considers that its ultimate duty is to save the lives of the citizens in this battle against the Corona ... Read More »

All-India Consumer Price Index Numbers for Agricultural and Rural Labourers – September, 2020

The All-India Consumer Price Index Numbers for Agricultural Labourers and Rural Labourers (Base: 1986-87=100) for the month of September, 2020 increased by 11 points and 10 points to stand at 1037 (One thousand and thirty seven) and 1043 (One thousand and forty three) points respectively. The major contribution towards the rise in general index of Agricultural Labourers and Rural Labourers ... Read More »

Record Seizures worth Rs 35.26 crores done in Expenditure Monitoring Process in ongoing Bihar Assembly Elections, 2020

For effective monitoring to curb black money in General Election to Legislative Assembly of Bihar, 2020, Election  Commission of India has deployed 67 Expenditure Observers in the State of Bihar. Commission has also has appointed Ms. Madhu Mahajan, ex-IRS(IT):1982 and Sh. B. R Balakrishnan, ex-IRS(IT):1983, officers having formidable domain expertise and impeccable track record, as Special Expenditure Observers for General Election ... Read More »

India crosses Significant Milestones

India has leaped across several significant milestones in its fight against COVID. The new confirmed cases in the last 24 hours have fallen below 50,000 (46,790) for the first time in nearly three months. The new cases were 47,703 on 28th July. With a high number of COVID patients recovering every day and the sustained fall in the mortality rate, India’s steady trend of registering ... Read More »

Evidence-based Impact of National Deworming Day in India

Soil-Transmitted Helminthiases (STH), also known as parasitic intestinal worm infection, is a significant public health concern mostly in low resource settings. These are known to have detrimental effects on children’s physical growth and well being and can cause anemia and under-nutrition. Regular deworming as advised by the World Health Organization eliminates worm infestation among children and adolescents living in areas ... Read More »

Vande Bharat Mission flight to China on Oct. 23 postponed

Now, this flight will be operated on Delhi-Wuhan-Delhi sector on 30th October 2020. Indian embassy in Beijing said this in a notification today. Eligible OCI card holders and Indian Nationals can reach out to Indian Embassy on [email protected] for any assistance in this regard. Another VBM flight on Delhi-Guangzhou sector is also scheduled on 30th October 2020 as planned earlier. ... Read More »

Leopard mauls to death 4-yr-old girl in Udaipur village

‘Ex-gratia of 4L given to aggrieved family’  Udaipur : A leopard mauled a four-year-old girl Priya daughter of Ekaram, to death in Peepad village under Losing gram panchayat in Gogunda block of Udaipur district on Monday. The child’s mother Gopi Bai worked under the NREGA scheme and had taken her two kids along to the workplace.  In the evening around 5.30 ... Read More »

India, Vietnam Business Forum held virtually

Speaking on the occasion, Secretary (East), External Affairs Ministry, Riva Ganguly Das reaffirmed the growing bilateral trade and investment ties between India and Vietnam. She said, trade between India and Vietnam has grown steadily and presently stands at 12.34 billion dollars in 2019-20.   Export basket from India to Vietnam includes bovine meat, fishery products, corn, steel, pharmaceuticals, cotton, machinery ... Read More »

No shortage of Medical Oxygen in country: Health Ministry

Briefing media in New Delhi Tuesday evening, Health Secretary Rajesh Bhushan said, no shortage of medical oxygen was witnessed in the last 10 months. He said, a control room was setup at Health Ministry to monitor efficient and adequate availability of medical oxygen in States and Union Territories.   Mr Bhushan said, India has recorded 310 cases per million in the ... Read More »

Union Minister N S Tomar unveils preparation framework for Block & District development plans

This framework is a step-by-step guide for Block and District Panchayats to formulate plans and will assist planners, concerned stakeholders at appropriate level. Speaking on the occasion, Mr Tomar expressed hope that this framework will promote inclusive development at the block and district levels by focusing on locally available resources, local people’s aspirations and priority areas. He said, the framework ... Read More »

Tens of thousands rally in Pakistan to demand PM Imran Khan’s ouster

Opposition leaders Bilawal Bhutto Zardari, Maryam Nawaz, Maulana Fazlur Rehman, Mehmood Khan Achakzai and Mohsin Dawar today arrived at Karachi’s Bagh-e-Jinnah for the second power show of the joint opposition front Pakistan Democratic Movement, PDM against Prime Minister Imran Khan-led government.   Thousands of people assembled for the anti-government rally. People were seen waving opposition parties flag and raising slogans. ... Read More »

184 countries have joined COVAX facility: WHO

While addressing the media briefing on COVID-19 in Geneva yesterday, he said, this aims to finance COVID-19 vaccines to be distributed fairly to both rich and poor countries.   The Director General said, the COVID cases are accelerating as the northern hemisphere enters winter, particularly in Europe and North America. So it’s important that all governments should focus on the ... Read More »

Rajnath Singh approves new DRDO Procurement Manual-2020

Defence Minister’s Office said, in a tweet, that this will encourage more participation of the Indian Industry including start-ups and Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises in Research and Development activity and also to achieve the goal of self-reliance in Defence.  The Defence Minister said, the new DRDO Procurement Manual will facilitate the indigenous Defence Industry by simplifying the processes and ... Read More »

COVID-19 recovery rate in country reaches 88.63 %

With a high number of COVID patients recovering every day and the sustained fall in the mortality rate, India’s steady trend of registering dipping active cases continues.   In another achievement, the percentage active cases have fallen below 10 per cent. The total positive cases of the country today are less than 7.5 lakh and comprise merely 9.85 per cent ... Read More »

18th meeting of SCO Prosecutors General held via videolink

The sides inter alia agreed to strengthen cooperation in preventing and combating corruption, mutual legal assistance, exchange of regulatory legal acts. Representing India, Solicitor General Tushar Mehta said India has zero tolerance to corruption and black money. He also highlighted government’s flagship Pradhan Mantri Jan Dhan Yojna, saying it has expanded India’s financial architecture.  India will host the next meeting ... Read More »

14 states report reduction in worm prevalence; 9 show substantial reduction

These are known to have detrimental effects on children’s physical growth and well being and can cause anemia and under-nutrition. Regular deworming as advised by the World Health Organization eliminates worm infestation among children and adolescents living in areas with high STH burden, thereby contributing to achieve better nutrition and health. Since its launch in 2015, the National Deworming Day ... Read More »

CSIR-IHBT makes history by introducing asafoetida (Heeng) cultivation in Indian Himalayan region

Due to efforts of CSIR constituent laboratory, Institute of Himalayan Bioresource Technology (IHBT), Palampur, a historical shift in farming practices is in the offing with farmers of the remote Lahaul valley in Himachal Pradesh taking up cultivation of asafoetida (Heeng) to utilize vast expanses of waste land in the cold desert conditions of the region. CSIR-IHBT brought in seeds of asafoetida and ... Read More »

NITI Aayog &AWS Launch Frontier Technologies Cloud Innovation Center in India

To address societal challenges through digital innovation, NITI Aayog today announced the establishment of a Frontier Technologies Cloud Innovation Center (CIC) with Amazon Web Services (AWS)—the first of its kind in India. This CIC is part ofthe AWS CIC Global Program, which provides an opportunity for government agencies, non-profits, and educational institutions, to come together on pressing challenges, apply design thinking, ... Read More »

PM Modi delivers keynote address at Grand Challenges Annual Meeting 2020

Prime Minister Narendra Modi delivered the keynote address at Grand Challenges Annual Meeting 2020. Speaking on the occasion, the Prime Minister said the future will be shaped by societies that invest in science and innovation. He said the benefits of science and innovation can be reaped at the right time by investing in it well in advance, instead of having ... Read More »

ICUs without air-conditioning could shield doctors from COVID-19: Study

Frontline health workers around the world have borne the brunt of the coronavirus crisis. More than 500 doctors have died from COVID-19 in India – the world’s second-worst hit nation – as infections near 8 million, straining the country’s weak and underfunded public health system. “The recirculation of the air by the centralized air-conditioning systems is what has led to ... Read More »

Capital expenditure by CPSEs critical driver of economic growth and need to be scaled up: FM Nirmala Sitharaman

Finance Minister said this while addressing a Video Conference with Secretaries of the Ministries of Petroleum & Natural Gas and ministry of Coal, along with the CMDs of 14 CPSEs belonging to these Ministries. The Minister reviewed the capital expenditure  of CPSEs in this financial year. On Monday was the fourth in the ongoing series of meetings that the Finance Minister ... Read More »

Chinese economy shows sign of recovery but not out of COVID-19 shadow

Releasing the data in Beijing on Monday, Chinese National Bureau Spokeswoman Liu Aihua, said that the world’s second-largest economy grew 0.7% in the first nine months from a year earlier. However, she said that economy is still in the process of recovery.  Experts believe that China has shown some signs of recovery from a record slump caused by COVID-19 in ... Read More »

Amid US-China tensions, China says, it welcomes US-funded multinational companies

China’s Industry ministry said this in a statement on Monday after Xiao Yaqing, China’s Minister of Industry and Information Technology, held a video meeting with a delegation of US-China Business Council which included heads of many US companies including Qualcomm Inc and General Motors. During the meeting, Xiao also tried to project good market prospects in areas like 5G technology ... Read More »

Notorious Anna gang behind 2 Cr loot in Udaipur, 7 arrested, 3 at large

Udaipur : With the arrest of seven people, Udaipur police claimed to have solved the 2 crore worth loot mystery, on Monday, after six days of the incident. Police said the notorious Madrasi gang commonly known as Anna gang committed the act with the help of locals from Udaipur, Chittorgarh and Rajsamand. Failed business, poor financial condition and the idea to ... Read More »