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Geo-research scholars discuss Geo science for Society at NGRSM

Geo-research scholars came together in a webinar to discuss Geosciences for Society focusing on areas like natural resources, water management, earthquake, monsoon, climate change, natural disaster, river systems and so on at the 4th National Geo-research Scholars Meet (NGRSM) organised by the Wadia Institute of Himalayan Geology (WIHG), Dehradun an autonomous institute under the Department of Science & Technology (DST), Government ... Read More »

Mission Sagar: INS Kesari Arrives Kochi

Indian Naval Ship Kesari arrived at Kochi today after 55 days of deployment to the Southern Indian Ocean region as part of ‘Mission Sagar’. The ship was deployed on a special ‘COVID Relief Mission’ and made port calls at Male (Maldives), Port Louis (Mauritius), Antsiranana (Madagascar), Moroni (Comoros Islands) and Port Victoria (Seychelles) for delivery of 580 tons of food ... Read More »

Shri Dharmendra Pradhan Inaugurates Continuous Rebar Production Facility in Mandi Gobindgarh, Punjab;

Minister of Steel &Petroleum and Natural Gas Shri Dharmendra Pradhan today inaugurated “Continuous Galvanized Rebar” Production Facility set up by Madhav Alloys in Mandi Gobindgarh, Punjab. Speaking on the occassion, Minister Pradhan said, “Steel in general, and galvanized steel in particular, is a material of strength which is environment-friendly and cost-effective. With our focus on large-scale expansion in infrastructure sectors ... Read More »

PM Modi to address the country at 4 PM today

The Prime Minister’s Office said this in a tweet on Monday night.  This would be Prime Minister’s sixth address to the nation since the outbreak of the COVID -19 pandemic. PM Modi had last addressed the nation on 12th May. In his Mann Ki Baat address last Sunday, the Prime Minister had urged the people to be more vigilant in ... Read More »

Amid Hong Kong row, US ends arms exports while China curbs visas

US announced the decision hours after China said it would curb visas to some Americans heading to Hong Kong, itself a tit-for-tat response to a US move. United States has been leading a global uproar over a national security law approved by China, which Hong Kong activists say would destroy the city’s freedoms. “We can no longer distinguish between the export ... Read More »

Global coronavirus cases exceed one-crore mark

Half the world’s cases have been in the United States and Europe, but Covid-19 is now rapidly growing in the Americas. The virus is also affecting South Asia and Africa, where it is not expected to peak until the end of July. Outbreaks are still spreading in many parts of the world, with one million new cases recorded in the ... Read More »

Union Shipping Minister chairs meeting to augment Ship repairing facilities in India

He asked suggestion from the Shipping Industry representatives to prepare a robust ecosystem for ship repairing facilities to transform India in a ‘Ship Repair Hub’. The minister stressed upon the aspects of upskilling expertise of Indian service engineers, enhancing the yard capacity and maintaining the supply of required spare parts which are manufactured indigenously. Reiterating the vision of Aatma Nirbhar ... Read More »

Unlock -1 ends tomorrow

The Unlock 1 or fifth phase of lockdown began on the 1st of this month and allowed a phased reopening of most activities across India. Government also allowed unfettered movement of goods and persons between states and within states. Lockdown measures however continue to be implemented strictly in the containment zones. Religious places, shopping malls, restaurants, hotels and offices which ... Read More »

Sri Lanka completely lifts the curfew imposed after COVID outbreak

The curfew was in effect from 12 midnight until 4 am daily which has been lifted from today. The country is fast recovering from the crisis with only 361 active cases of COVID under treatment.  The count of recoveries stands at 1,661 cases among 2,033 infections while the country has seen 11 deaths. Srilanka has seen almost a thousand cases ... Read More »

Defence Minister launches web portal for issue of NOC for power projects & RSEE activities in ITWs & EEZs

The  newly developed web portal will facilitate the applicants in submitting their proposals online for seeking Security Clearance from Defence Ministry  for undertaking Power Projects and RSEE activities. Ministry of Defence in a statement said, the Online System will establish an effective, speedy and transparent mechanism to process these proposals. The Ministry had earlier launched a similar portal for grant ... Read More »

COVID-19 recovery rate improves to 58.67 percent in country

The Health and Family Welfare Ministry said, a total of 19 thousand 459 new cases of Covid-19 have been reported in the country within 24 hours taking the total number of cases to five lakh 48 thousand 318. In a single day, 380 deaths have been reported taking the nationwide toll to 16 thousand 475. Presently, the total number of ... Read More »

Budget for Ladakh increased by four times: Union Minister Hardeep Singh Puri

He was addressing the people of Ladakh through a virtual Jan Samvad Rally. He said the region  will quickly achieve economic development and overcome all challenges including COVID 19. Hardeep Puri said Leh and Ladakh will be turned into Smart Kshetras very soon. He said 54 towers have been sanctioned for telecom connectivity in the region. The Minister said he ... Read More »

28 dead as boat sinks in Buriganga near Dhaka

The official news agency BSS reported that the search and rescue operations are continuing even while 28 bodies have been recovered so far from the river. According to the Fire Service official involved in the rescue work, the Dhaka bound launch from Munshiganj sank after hitting another river vehicle around 9.30 in the morning on Monday. The passenger launch was ... Read More »

Bangladesh: Government-run jute mills to shut down

Announcing this the Textile and Jute Minister of Bangladesh Golam Dastagir Gazi said on Sunday that the state owned Bangladesh Jute Mills Corporation (BJMC) will be provided 5000 crore Taka by the government to clear the arrears of workers. The Minister said that the mills will resume work later under the PPP or joint venture model. Golam Dastagir said that ... Read More »

British Prime Minister to launch $1.2 bn school re-building plan

Johnson’s new package of measures is intended to meet the unprecedented challenge the pandemic has posed to the economy, and restore the government’s standing. But with unemployment at almost three million and expected to rise, and the economy having contracted by 20 percent in April as the country went into lockdown, he has a mountain to climb. Johnson was to ... Read More »

Asian Granito India Ltd launches “ATMANIRBHAR PROGRAM”

Asian Granito India Limited (AGIL), one of the leading manufacturer and exporter of Tiles, Marble & Quartz of India, has launched “AGL ATMANIRBHAR PROGRAM” to drive retail and secondary sales in the semi-urban and rural area. The program is aimed at reducing marketing costs and improves profitability while generating employment opportunities in these regions in current slowdown period. Pilot project is ... Read More »

Coronavirus death toll hits 500,000 worldwide

The worldwide number of recorded infections is now just over 10 million from the virus that first emerged in China late last year, with fears growing of a full-blown second wave. The rate of contagion has doubled since May 21. One million new infections were recorded in just six days, according to AFP news agency, even as some countries loosen punishing ... Read More »

J&K: 3 terrorists neutralized in encounter at Anantnag

The encounter broke out after security forces launched a cordon and search operation at Khul Chohar following information about the presence of terrorists in the area. The gunfight broke out after terrorists opened fire on the search party of the forces, who retaliated. The identity of the slain terrorists is being ascertained. One AK 47 Rifle and two pistols have ... Read More »

Los Angeles bars ordered to close again after virus spreads

New coronavirus cases have jumped in more than half of US states, reaching record highs after months of uneven mitigation efforts and sometimes contradictory messaging from government. Texas and Florida have also once again cracked down, ordering bars to stop serving alcohol. California, Texas and Florida are the three most populous states in the country. “Due to the rising spread ... Read More »

Over 2,31,000 samples tested for COVID-19 during last 24 hrs across country

Union Health Ministry said, India now has 1,036 diagnostic labs dedicated to COVID-19. This includes 749 in the government sector and 287 private labs. The recovered cases of COVID-19 has exceeded the active cases by more than one lakh. The Ministry said, the graded, pre-emptive and pro-active steps taken by the Centre along with the States and Union Territories for ... Read More »

Sahib Singh Sadana volunteers to help the needy during Covid-19 Pandemic

Due to that, a lot of people are either losing their jobs or are forced to choose low-paid employment. In these challenging times, daily wage workers and poor people are the ones profoundly affected. They are either already devastated or are on the brink of this pandemic. But many people are stepping out in support of these people by any ... Read More »

Fourth phase of ‘Vande Bharat Mission’ to commence from 3rd July

World’s largest repatriation programme, ‘Vande Bharat Mission’ initiated by the Central Government has brought back nearly 1,50,000 Indian nationals till date through nearly 700 flight operations from foreign countries, amid the global pandemic. Foreign Ministry has said that over 5 lakh people had registered to return via sea, land and air and 3,60,000 people have already returned under this programme.  ... Read More »

WhatsApp says Brazil central bank willing to restore payments service

“The central bank made clear that they support platforms like WhatsApp that are innovating in digital payments,” Will Cathcart, head of WhatsApp, said in a statement. On Tuesday, Brazil’s central bank and antitrust watchdog suspended WhatsApp’s newly launched payments services, as they see potential damage in the areas of competition, efficiency and data privacy. Regulators blocked WhatsApp partnerships with Visa, ... Read More »

U.S. lawmakers unveil bid to boost domestic chipmaking industry

The measure, backed by top Senate Democrat Chuck Schumer and key Republican Tom Cotton, would offer $15 billion in federal grants to states to build, expand or modernize domestic semiconductor manufacturing and R&D facilities. It would also authorize $5 billion in federal dollars towards public-private projects to build or modernize fabs that produce “measurably secure and specialized microelectronics” for use ... Read More »

Digital Influencer reveals how he found bugs on Facebook and Microsoft

Currently, most of the businesses are going digital creating Pandora of new jobs in the process. This is the time when digital influencers are earning big with their innovative ideas. Today, we are talking about one such youngster Sandeep Gangola, who climbed to the top in such a short span.  Born on 28th August 1999 in Uttarakhand, Sandeep was always ... Read More »

Lockdown extended in Manipur till 15th July

Speaking to media persons at Imphal, Chief Minister said that the government has also decided the opening of inter-district bus service from 1st July, 2020 by maintaining SOPs and guidelines issued by the government. No other public transport system will be allowed during this period. Singh said, the testing capacity has been increased to nearly 2,600 tests per day in ... Read More »

UN warns of ‘intensified fighting’ in Rakhine state of Myanmar

The UN expressed concern over reports of intensified fighting in the Rakhine state’s Rathedaung township. The UN called upon both the parties, the Myanmar military and the Arakan Army to respect international humanitarian law. It reiterated the need for ceasefire amid the COVID 19 pandemic in the world. The British, US and Canadian embassies in Myanmar also issued a joint ... Read More »

Flood situation remains critical in Assam

Official sources in Guwahati said that  5 lakh 65 thousand people are affected due to floods in 20 districts. Road communication badly disrupted at many places. Surging water also damaged 56,000 hectare crop areas and people are taking shelter at 109 relief camps. Meanwhile, Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal said that instruction has been given to district administrations to extend help ... Read More »

Indian Railways to grant full refund of tickets booked for journeys scheduled between 1st July to 12 Aug

Earlier, Railways had canceled all the regular time-tabled passenger services including Mail/Express, passenger and suburban services up to 12th August this year. The Ministry said, the services of existing trains will not be affected due to this decision of Railways and the operation of all the 115 pairs of special trains which have started after the lockdown, will continue.   ... Read More »

Vice President pays tributes to former PM, Narasimha Rao on his birth anniversary

In a Facebook post, M. Venkaiah Naidu referred to the measures initiated by Shri Rao to liberalize the economy. “He sought to dismantle the restrictions imposed under the license raj, reduce red tape and make Indian industries more competitive”, he recalled. Observing that the former Prime Minister had laid the foundation for trade liberalization and the re-integration of the Indian economy ... Read More »

Minister of Jal Shakti writes to Arunachal Pradesh CM for faster implementation of Jal Jeevan Mission

The Mission is a flagship programme of the Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi, which aims to improve the lives of rural people by providing safe drinking water to every rural household through household tap connections (FHTCs) by 2024. This approach of decentralized, demand-driven, community-managed water supply schemes at village/ habitation level is perceived as a major reform in the drinking ... Read More »

Flood hits northern districts of Bangladesh

The low-lying areas in districts including Sylhet, Sunamganj, Lalmonirhat, Nilphamari, Kurigram reported flooding due to rising trend in major rivers like Teesta, Dharla, Padma and Brahmaputra. Sunamganj town and 11 upazilas of the district are reported to be inundated due to the heavy rain and upstream river flooding. Road communication in several parts of the district has been interrupted due ... Read More »

Margot Robbie to star in female-centric ‘Pirates of the Caribbean’

Robbie, the star of “Suicide Squad” and “I, Tonya,” is to head a female-driven “Pirates” movie which is in the early stages of development, a source with knowledge of the project said on Friday. It marks the latest bid by Hollywood to re-imagine classic movies by casting women in the lead roles, including the 2016 reboot of “Ghostbusters” starring Melissa ... Read More »

Louvre Museum prepares to reopen, minus the Mona Lisa melee

With many foreign tourists not expected back for months, and strict social distancing measures in place, the post-outbreak Louvre that opens on July 6 is likely to be a more serene experience than usual. Workers this week were putting the final touches on preparations at the former palace on the banks of the Seine that, according to managers, is the ... Read More »

Paris’s Orsay museum reopens to smaller crowds with eye on finances

The museum can usually attract up to 15,000 visitors a day during the summer months, but with France’s borders still closed to many foreign tourists and with social distancing in place, its daily capacity has now been cut to 5,000. “The crisis has hit the cultural world very hard. Our revenue shortfall will be significant. We are in a complex ... Read More »

Biodegradable grass fresco in Geneva marks U.N.’s 75th anniversary

Saype, who was born Guillaume Legros, created the “World In Progress” fresco to remind present generations of their duty to the future and to nature. It depicts two children kneeling in a circle surrounded by animals, as they draw a tree. “Through children one can express deep thoughts, but in a lighter and poetic way. You can speak about the ... Read More »

Public Health Priorities: What we may have missed in the pandemic; Dr. Wisham

Dr. Mohamed Wisham, Former Advisor to The Ministry of Gender, Family and Social Services of Maldives, gives an insight into how these things effect us more than we think in regard to the healthcare systems in place in many countries. Especially in developing countries, domestic abuse and mental health are not as “High Priorities” in the system. More-ever, at times ... Read More »

Government intensifies Locust control operations in seven states

These are Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh, Punjab, Haryana, Gujarat and Maharashtra. In total 60 ground control teams of Locust Circle Offices and 12 Drones are being used for Locust Control operations. The Locust Warning Organization and 10 Locust Circle Offices in coordination with State governments undertake locust control operations in schedule desert areas of Rajasthan and Gujarat. The State ... Read More »

Covid-19 recovery rate improves to 58.56%; Over 3,09,700 people cured so far

Union Health Ministry said, the graded, pre-emptive and pro-active steps taken by the Centre along with the States and Union Territories for prevention, containment and management of COVID-19 are showing encouraging results. A total of over three lakh nine thousand patients have been cured of COVID-19. The recovery rate has improved to 58.56 per cent. During the last 24 hours, ... Read More »