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Karnataka to set up five tech innovation hubs

18 : Karnataka’s first ‘K-Tech Innovation Hub’ was inaugurated in Belagavi by K J George, Karnataka Minister for IT/BT & ST. The K-Tech Innovation Hub backed by providing space and infrastructure, prototyping facilities and a world-class innovation network. The K-Tech Innovation hub leverages the globally connected ecosystem & brings infrastructure similar to the MIT Fab Lab to Belagavi.

8th India-Oman Joint Meeting Begins in Muscat

The Commerce Minister, Suresh Prabhu, co-chaired 8th session of India-Oman Joint Commission Meeting along with Minister of Industry of Oman, Dr. Ali bin Masoud Al Sunaidy. The Commerce Minister launched investment friendly programmes with a business opportunity in the country. JCM include cooperation in space, SMEs, food security, including durable foods and visit of young entrepreneurs.

Gujarat to form Sanskrit Bhasha Vikas Board

The Sanskrit language, the state government has decided to form the Sanskrit Bhasha Vikas Board. The decision was announced by state education minister Bhupendrasinh Chudasama at an event held at the Gujarat University. The university has started a dedicated centre for spoken Sanskrit and also plans to celebrate Sanskrit Utsav.

Odisha Govt constitutes Heritage Cabinet

The Odisha Government constituted Heritage Cabinet headed by Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik to preserve the history and culture of Odisha. The Cabinet comprises eight members, including the Chief Minister. While the Chief Secretary will be Secretary of Heritage Cabinet, Secretary in the Department of Odia Language, Literature and Culture will be the convenor.

Sushma Swaraj embarks two-day visit to Manama

External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj will today embark on a two-day visit to Manama to co-chair the second High Joint Commission meeting with her Bahraini counterpart Shaikh Al Khalifa. Mrs Swaraj will inaugurate the new Chancery building complex and address the Indian community. The visit is expected to provide an opportunity to identify new areas of cooperation between both countries.

4th National Conclave on Mines & Minerals

The Ministry of Mines organized the 4th National Conclave on Mines & Minerals on 13th July 2018 at Indore. CM of MP, Shri Shivraj Singh was the chief guest of the conclave. Also, an app of NALCO – NAMASYA was launched by the Ministers. For the first time, the conclave had an exhibition in which States put up stalls to showcase their more than 100 mineral blocks which were in the auction.

Gadkari inaugurates projects in Vizag

13 : Nitin Gadkari, Minister of Shipping, Road Transport & Highways will inaugurate five port projects worth Rs 1062 Crores in Vishakhapatnam (Vizag). The major project to be inaugurated includes upgradation of existing iron ore handling facility at Outer Harbour of Vizag Port at a cost of ` 580 Crores. This will enhance the capacity of Vizag port under Sagarmala Project.

16th Workshop On Greenhouse Gas Inventories

A four-day Workshop has been organized by the Ministry of Environment, Govt of Japan from July 10 to 13, 2018 in New Delhi. The workshop was inaugurated by Dr Harshvardhan, Minister of Environment, Forest and Climate Change and Ministry of Earth Sciences. The workshop included policy initiatives of the government to increase penetration of LEDs, 5-10% Ethanol blending in petrol.

UK’s Brexit minister resigns

Britain’s Brexit minister David Davis has resigned from the Cabinet stating policy differences over PM Theresa May’s exit plan from the European Union. It is a blow to May as she seeks to win over Eurosceptic MPs to her proposed Brexit vision, which would form the basis of UK’s position in ongoing talks with EU. Junior minister for housing Dominic Raab will be Britain’s new Brexit minister.

Smart Cities fellowship launched

Union Housing and Urban Affairs Minister Hardeep Singh Puri launched Smart Cities fellowship and internship programmes. The internship and fellowship would provide the youth with an opportunity to experience various aspects of urban planning and governance. The ‘Interns’ shall be a part of the Smart Cities Mission.

World Sanskrit Conference in Vancouver, Canada

HRD Minister Prakash Javadekar will inaugurate the 17th World Sanskrit Conference to be held at Vancouver, Canada from 9th to 13th July, 2018. The conference aims to promote, preserve & practice the Sanskrit language all over the world by the people. World Sanskrit Conference is being held in various countries across the globe once in every 3 years & so far it has been held thrice in India.

India’s first global mobility summit

NITI Aayog, in collaboration with various ministries & industry partners will organise ‘MOVE: Global Mobility Summit’ in New Delhi. This Summit will help drive Government’s goals for vehicle electrification & renewable energy integration & speed up India’s transition to a clean energy economy. It aims to engage with key stakeholders within the rapidly transforming global mobility landscape.

SC verdict on Delhi CM vs L-G

LG has no independent decision-making power and cannot behave as an obstructionist. Except for the three issues, including land, law and order, Delhi government should be allowed to legislate. LG being the administrative head of Delhi must be informed of all executive powers but he cannot stall all the decisions of the council of ministers.

Conference of States Power Ministers

A conference of Ministers for Power, New & Renewable Energy of States & Union Territories will be held on 3rd July at Shimla. The aim conference is to review various ongoing schemes & deliberate on a host of issues related to the energy sector. The conference would of lines of UDAY performance assessment, shifting to the prepaid system in 3 years & 24X7 Power for All – from 1st April 2019.

Agriculture JWG between Gujarat and Israel

Gujarat CM Vijay Rupani and Israel’s Agriculture and Rural Development Minister Uri Ariel and announced a joint working group in the fields of agriculture and allied sectors. The initiative is taken as a step to double the farmers’ income by 2022. This Agriculture Plan would also explore opportunities for using the hi-tech protective cultivation and precision farming methods of Israel.

Hyderabad to have UAE consulate

CM Rao has discussed with Shaikh Abdullah Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, UAE’s Minister of Foreign Affairs to come up with a consulate in Hyderabad. The consulate will further strengthen ties between Telangana and UAE. The minister also lauded various achievements of Telangana government by creating Asia’s biggest lift irrigation project at Kaleshwaram.

India and Uzbekistan to boost ties

External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj met Deputy Prime Minister of Uzbekistan Suhrob Rustamovich Kholmuradov in New Delhi. Both sides discussed ways to strengthen bilateral cooperation in diverse fields including Agriculture, Pharmaceuticals, Textiles, Construction, Information and Communication Technology, innovation and tourism. The current President of Uzbekistan is Shavkat Mirziyoyev.

Fourth National Consultation of Ministers

The fourth National Consultation Meeting of Ministers of States & UTs, in-charge of Food, Civil Supplies and Consumer Affairs is being held on 29th June 2018 in New Delhi. The meeting will be chaired by Shri Ram Vilas Paswan, Union Minister of Consumer Affairs. The consultation will be on measures for improving consumer protection and welfare including Public Distribution System etc.

EAM Sushma Swaraj launched Passport Seva app

External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj launched Mobile Passport Application on the occasion of 6th Passport Seva Divas on 26 June 2018 in New Delhi. Through mPassportSeva app, people can apply for a passport from any part of the country. Police verification will be done on the address, provided by the applicant on the app, another step towards simplification of passport service to people.

India-US 2+2 Dialogue

External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj and Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman will hold talks with their American counterparts Mike Pompeo and James Mattis. The maiden India-US 2+2 Dialogue will be held on July 6, 2018. The key issues that would be discussed would include counterterrorism, cybersecurity, defence cooperation, and regional security.

Javadekar launched National Digital Library

HRD Minister Prakash Javadekar launched the National Digital Library of India. The library will become a single window platform for all educational needs. Users can register for free on the National Digital Library from Google Play store. The library can be accessed at ndl.iitkgp.ac.in. The library is an integrated platform for schools, colleges, universities, teachers, and students.

Railways to become net zero carbon emitter

Railway Minister Piyush Goyal said that the Indian Railways will become a net zero-carbon emitter by 2030 with the current action plans for 100% electrification and renewable strategies. Adding that the electrification in 2017-2018 has increased seven times. The minister also said that the railways would procure around 100,000 additional wagons over the next five years.

Workshop on Cyber Security Framework 2018

A workshop on cyber security for Department of Defence was organised by Department Defence Production, MoD. It was inaugurated by Defence Minister Smt. Nirmala Sitharaman. The framework is in line with guidelines for organisations to target the area of cyber security and identify improvements in the area. Joint Secretary and Chief Information Security Officer of DDP is Dr Amit Sahai.

India, Italy agreed to revitalise ties

India and Italy agreed to boost cooperation in counter-terrorism and cybersecurity as External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj met the top Italian leadership and discussed steps to revitalise bilateral ties. It was the first major political exchange between the two countries. Ms. Swaraj is there on the first leg of her seven-day tour of four European countries.

7th OPEC international Seminar

The Minister of Petroleum and Natural Gas and Skill development & Entreprenuership Dharmendra Pradhan to participate in the 7th OPEC International seminar as a special guest in Vienna, Austria on 19th June. The visit is crucial as global oil prices are at highest since 2014 and are impacting India’s increasing economy. He will also be visiting Germany and will take part in a yoga event.

121.4 Cr Aadhar Card generated till June 2018

According to a report, nearly 121.4 crore aadhar cards have been generated till 16 June 2018. The IT and Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad also revealed that nearly 22.5 crore handsets are manufactured each year with a value of Rs. 1.32 lakh crore. The Unified Mobile Application for New Age Governance (UMANG) app also saw 64 lakh downloads which is a great achievement.

Yoga Day celebrated with Sri Sri Ravi Shankar

Sri Sri Ravi Shankar inaugurated International Day of Yoga in the Netherlands. It was held at Museumplein or museum square which was organised by the Embassy of India. He was joined by Dutch Minister of Infrastructure Cora van Nieuwenhuizen and Ambassador of India to the Netherlands Venu Rajamon.

Sushma Swaraj on a 7 day tour to 4 Countries

External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj is on a 7 day tour of 4 European countries – Italy, France, Luxembourg and Belgium, which is aimed to strengthen trade ties and revamp pending EU-India free trade pact. During her visit she would celebrate 20th anniversary for India – French Partnership. She would also be the 1st ever external affairs minister to visit Luxembourg.

New Incredible India website launched

Minister of State for Tourism Shri K.J. Alphons launched the new Incredible India website. The website showcases India as a holistic destination, revolving around major experiences, such as, spirituality, heritage, adventure, culture, yoga, wellness and more. The website follows the trends and technologies of international standards with an aim to project India as a “must-visit” destination.

hD must for directly recruiting teachers

Human Resource Development Minister Prakash Javadekar has announced PhD degree will be mandatory for direct recruitment to the post of assistant professors in central universities from 2021. However, Masters degree with National Eligibility Test would continue to be the minimum criteria. The ministry has also decided to scrap Academic Performance Indicator system, used to promote teachers.

New Telecom Policy by July

Communications minister Manoj Sinha has announced that new telecom policy is likely to be in place by July 2018. The government on May 1 had released the draft National Telecom Policy 2018 aiming to attract investment of $100 billion (roughly Rs. 6.7 lakh crores) in the Digital Communications sector. Govt. also aims to reform the licencing and regulatory regime to promote ease of business.

All CSCs to be Business Correspondents

Minister for Electronics & IT and Law Justice, Shri Ravi Shankar launched major services in a conference organized by CSC SPV. Through Wi-Fi facility, people in 5,000 villages can now enjoy Internet connectivity. Wi-Fi Choupal aims to connect 2.5 lakh Gram Panchayats in the country. MoU between CSC and IRCTC was signed and CSR Support by IndusInd Bank is also agreed.

Sikkim got its longest tunnel

Minister of State for Defence, Dr, Subhash Bhamre has dedicated a highway tunnel at Theng near Chungthang in north Sikkim to the nation. The tunnel will benefit the tourism and rapidly propel the growth of the state. The double-lane tunnel stretching about 600 meters has been constructed by the Border Roads Organisation at cost of over 42 crore rupees.

‘Cramped’ NCERT syllabus to be reduced to half

Human Resource Development Minister Prakash Javadekar has said NCERT syllabus will be reduced to half as it is presently “cramped”. The government is considering 37,000 suggestions to ensure that students get time to focus on activities other than learning information. The government will also provide funds to schools for procuring sports equipment and library books.

Sushma Swaraj to visit South Africa

External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj has left for South Africa on a five-day visit. During the visit, Mrs Swaraj is expected to have meetings with top leadership of South Africa. The Minister will participate in the BRICS Foreign Ministers Meeting on 4th and chair the IBSA Foreign Ministers Meeting.

Power Minister R K Singh launched PRAAPTI

Power Minister R K Singh has launched web portal and App called PRAAPTI. ‘Praapti’ stands for ‘Payment ratification and analysis in power procurement for bringing transparency in involving of generators’. It aims to bring transparency in power purchase transactions between Generators and power distribution company- Discoms.

DAC approves procurement of equipments

The Defence Acquisition Council (DAC), chaired by Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman, approved the procurement of equipment valued at over Rs 6,900 crore. This includes Thermal Imaging Night Sights for the Rocket Launcher for accurate targeting of enemy bunkers. The DAC, under the Defence Minister was constituted for overall guidance of the defence procurement planning process.

Samagra Shiksha scheme for school education

HRD Minister Prakash Javadekar has launched Samagra Shiksha scheme for school education from pre-school to senior secondary levels. The scheme focuses on improving quality of education, enhancing learning outcomes & using technology to empower children & teachers. The scheme will enhance the use of digital technology in education through smart classroom & digital boards.

INSV Tarini Team gets Nari Shakti Puraskar

Nari Shakti Puraskar 2017 was presented to INSV Tarini Team in Delhi by Maneka Sanjay Gandhi, Minister of Women & Child Development. Team comprising of 6 Lady Officers, led by Lieutenant Commander Vartika Joshi from Indian Navy received the award from the Minister. Tarini is a part of Navika Sagar Parikrama, a unique project of Indian Navy which promotes ocean sailing activities in the Navy.

India to host the ASEAN India Film Festival

Minister of State for Information & Broadcasting, Rajyavardhan Rathore will inaugurate the ASEAN India Film Festival in New Delhi on May 25, 2018. It will be a platform for people of the film industry of member countries to explore areas of cooperation in domain of cinema & cultural cooperation.The tagline of the Festival is proposed to be ‘Friendship through Films’.

Malaysia gets its first Sikh minister

Gobind Singh Deo, an Indian-origin Sikh politician in Malaysia, has become a cabinet minister. He is the first member of the minority community in Malaysia’s history to be appointed as a minister. He has been given the communications and multimedia portfolio. He is among the two politicians of Indian descent that have been included in the Pakatan Harapan coalition’s Cabinet.

Digital Leader of the Year

Andhra Pradesh Minister for IT, Panchayat Raj & Rural Development, Nara Lokesh received the Digital Leader of the Year award during Businessworld Digital India Summit 2018. The award was announced for best utilization of technology in governance. Lokesh won the award for using cutting edge technology & yielding good results in Panchayat Raj, Rural Development & Rural Water Supply departments

Approval for central university in Andhra

The Union Cabinet has approved the setting up of a central university in the Anantapur district of Andhra Pradesh, Human Resource Development Minister Prakash Javadekar said. A provision of ?450 crore has been approved for the first phase of establishing the university. Andhra Pradesh had been left with no central university following its division into two states in 2014.

India to attend SCO Culture Ministers’ meet

The Minister of State for Culture Dr. Mahesh Sharma will be attending Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) Cultural Ministers Meeting at Sanya in China. It is the first time that India would be attending the SCO Culture Ministers’ Meeting. The meeting will showcase India’s initiatives to actively pursue cultural cooperation with other countries including SCO countries.

Prabhu launched Intellectual Property mascot

Minister of Commerce & Industry Suresh Prabhu launched the Intellectual Property mascot – IP Nani at the conference on National Intellectual Property Rights Policy. The mascot will spread awareness about the importance of Intellectual Property Rights among people, especially children. The character is also in line with World Intellectual Property Organization’s campaign for the World IP Day.

V.K. Singh’s surprise visit to North Korea

Minister of State for External Affairs General V.K. Singh has become the first Indian minister to visit North Korea in 20 years.The MoS highlighted the threat posed to India from nuclear proliferation. India and North Korea also decided to explore possibilities of cooperation in areas of mutual interest including vocational education, agriculture, pharmaceuticals and Yoga.

Govt departments earmark Rs 16,500 cr for SBM

A sum of Rs 16,500 cr has been earmarked by 71 ministries & departments of the govt for implementation of Swachh Bharat Mission (SBM) in 2018-19. The amount is over & above the budget of Ministry of Drinking Water & Sanitation for SBM (Gramin) & Ministry of Housing & Urban Affairs for SBM (Urban). SBM aims to clean up the streets, roads & infrastructure of India’s cities & rural areas.

India and Myanmar sign 7 agreements

India & Myanmar have signed 7 agreements during the External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj’s visit to Myanmar. The 7 agreements signed included one on land border crossing that will enable people from both countries to cross the land border with passport & visa for accessing health & education services. MoU on training of Myanmar foreign service officers was also signed during the meeting.

Apex Conference for the CEOs of Smart Cities

Minister of State for Housing & Urban Affairs, Hardeep Puri, inaugurated the ‘First Apex Conference for the CEOs of Smart Cities ‘in Bhopal on 8th May. The two-day conference is being organised for providing a platform for cross-learning and knowledge sharing among the Smart City CEOs. The Union Ministry of Urban Development is responsible for implementing the smart city mission.

Sushma to chair session on Act East Policy

External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj will be chairing an interactive session on Act East Policy in New Delhi. Chief Ministers of 8 North Eastern states – Mizoram, Arunachal Pradesh, Nagaland, Sikkim, Assam, Manipur, Meghalaya, Tripura have been invited to attend this meeting. They will be accompanied by senior officials from the States who deal with policy issues related to the subject.

Ashok Lahiri appointed full-time member

Former Chief Economic Adviser Ashok Lahiri has been appointed as full-time member of the 15th Finance Commission. He is at present the part-time member of the commission, headed by N.K. Singh. He will be accorded the status of the Minister of State. The 15th finance commission’s chairman is N. K. Singh, with its full-time members being Shaktikanta Das and Anoop Singh.

Kavinder Gupta is new deputy CM of J&K

Former Jammu and Kashmir speaker Kavinder Gupta took oath as a minister in the Mehbooba Mufti government. Gupta took oath as the deputy chief minister of Jammu and Kashmir, replacing BJP’s Nirmal Singh, who will now become the assembly speaker. Kavinder Gupta is a Member of Legislative Assembly (MLA) from Gandhinagar constituency in Jammu district.

Indian Culinary Institute inaugurated

The Indian Culinary Institute (ICI) was inaugurated by Union Tourism Minister KJ Alphons in Noida on April 27, 2018.The institute will further government’s commitment to creating skilled manpower in the field of hospitality.It will also help in promoting the research and development in Culinary Arts. Another ICI campus is being set up in Andhra Pradesh’s Tirupati.

Agri Minister launched portal to export seeds

Agriculture Minister Radha Mohan Singh launched a portal to facilitate export-import of seeds and planting material.A seed import-export portal has been developed for making the trade process easy. With the launch of this portal, all organisations importing-exporting seeds will not be required to submit their applications in 20 copies.

EAM to attend India-Mongolia Joint Committee

External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj will co-chair the 6th round of India-Mongolia Joint Consultative Committee meeting with her Mongolian counterpart in Ulaanbaatar.The meeting will discuss trade, economic, cultural and scientific co-operation. Mrs Swaraj became the first Indian External Affairs Minister to visit the Mongolia in 42 years.

M-Awas for allotment of Govt. homes

Minister of State for Housing and Urban Affairs (I/C) launched a Mobile App (m-Awas) for allotment of Government accommodations in General Pool Residential Accommodation (GPRA).The application has been developed by NIC. The dedicated application of online allotment i.e. e-Awas will support this App. The app is user friendly and can be made operative from an android mobile phone.

National E-comm policy conference

24 : Minister of Commerce & Industry and Civil Aviation, Suresh Prabhu, will chair the first meeting of the think tank on the Framework for National Policy on E-commerce to be held on April 24th, 2018.The think tank has been established by the Department of Commerce. Issues related to the e-commerce sector such as regulatory regime, taxation policy, data flows, FDI etc will be discussed.

World’s first female foreign ministers meeting

Canada and the European Union will host the world’s first female foreign ministers’ meeting in September.Female foreign ministers from about 30 countries will be invited to the gathering, which is aimed at deepening global discussion on women’s empowerment. The meeting will be held for 2 days starting on September 21st in Canada.

Digital platform for MSME exporters launched

Commerce Minister Suresh Prabhu launched FIEO GlobalLinker- A digital platform for MSME exporters to digitise their businesses & join a global community of growing businesses.It will help in expanding India’s multi-focused export strategy & also aid in connecting art & artisans to market. FIEO GlobalLinker is setup with a view to make business growth of SMEs simpler, profitable & enjoyable.

Dharmendra to be Conferred With Raj Kapoor Lifetime Achievement Award

Veteran Bollywood actor Dharmendra will be conferred with the prestigious Raj Kapoor Lifetime Achievement and filmmaker Rajkumar Hirani with Raj Kapoor Special Contribution awards. Maharashtra Culture Minister Vinod Tawde announced the names of the winners. The state government-instituted awards will be given away at the 55th Maharashtra State Marathi Film Festival.

Oil, finance ministers can award oil blocks

The Cabinet allowed Ministers of Finance and Petroleum to award oil and gas blocks to winners in the ongoing auction.Till now, only the Cabinet headed by the Prime Minister had the powers to approve the award of a block or area for the exploration and production of oil and gas.The two Ministers will approve the award based on the recommendations of the Empowered Committee of Secretaries.

Foreign Secretary to visit B’desh

Foreign Secretary Vijay Gokhale is expected to meet his Bangladeshi counterpart Mohammad Shahidul Haque in Dhaka and discuss ways to deepen bilateral ties.Mr Gokhale is also likely to meet Bangladesh Foreign Minister Abul Hassan Mahmood Ali. This is Mr Gokhale’s first visit to Bangladesh after taking over as the Foreign Secretary.

Khadi Store Locator App launched

The Minister of State for MSME, Giriraj Singh launched a mobile phone application for locating 4,000 Khadi stores in the country.There are more than 8,000 Khadi stores in India, the rest of stores will also be available on the store locator by the end of April. The Khadi and Village Industries products are manufactured by about 7 lakh privately owned household units.

Delhi-Pathankot flight under UDAN scheme

Civil Aviation Minister Suresh Prabhu inaugurated the first flight from Delhi to Pathankot at the Indira Gandhi International Airport in New Delhi.Pathankot airport was opened by the Airports Authority of India (AAI) to improve regional connectivity as per the UDAN Scheme. Under UDAN, air connectivity is provided to unserved and underserved airports at a subsidized fare.

PM to inaugurate International Energy Forum

India will host the 16th International Energy Forum (IEF) Ministerial Meeting from 10-12th April 2018 in New Delhi.The biennial IEF Ministerial Meetings are the world’s largest gathering of Energy Ministers who engage in a dialogue on global energy issues. The IEF is an inter-governmental arrangement set up in 1991, based in Riyadh. There are 72 member countries of IEF, including India.

Initiatives for ease of exports launched

Commerce and Industry Minister Suresh Prabhu launched digital initiatives for ease of exports.Under the digital initiatives, the Minister launched three portals, namely Safe Food Export Traceability Portal, One Laboratory One Assessment Portal and Monitoring Export Alerts Portal. The portals will bring together all regulators, accreditation bodies and other stakeholders at one place.

India-Japan-US trilateral talks in New Delhi

New Delhi will host the strategically important trilateral dialogue between India, Japan and the US on 4th April.The India-Japan-US trilateral was launched in December 2011. It was elevated to ministerial level in September 2015. The last ministerial dialogue was held in New York in September 2017.

Protem Chairman of LKA appointed

On the recommendation of the Minister of Culture, the President has appointed M L Srivastava, Joint Secretary (Akademies), Ministry of Culture as Protem Chairman of the Lalit Kala Akademi (LKA).He will continue to hold the office till a regular chairman is appointed. He will replace CS Krishna Setty whose term has come to an end.

NMHEP project’s foundation stone laid

Minister of State (IC) for Power and New & Renewable Energy, Government of India, laid the foundation stone of the 60 MW Naitwar Mori Hydro Electric Project (NMHEP) in Uttarkashi.NMHEP is located on the river Tons – a tributary of the Yamuna, in Uttarkashi district of Uttarakhand. The project was allocated to SJVN Ltd by the Government of Uttarakhand.

MoS VK Singh to leave for Iraq

Minister of State for External Affairs VK Singh will leave for Iraq to bring back mortal remains of the 39 Indians killed by Islamic State terrorists in the war-torn country.As many as 40 Indians were abducted by terror group from Mosul in Iraq in June 2014, but one of them escaped posing as a Muslim from Bangladesh. The remaining 39 Indians were taken to Badoosh and killed.

9th India-Japan Strategic Dialogue in Tokyo

External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj attended the 9th India-Japan Strategic Dialogue in Tokyo. Japanese FDI in India during 2016-17 was USD 4.7 billion, an increase of 80% over the last year. India‘s import from Japan for 2016-17 was USD 9.76 billion. India and Japan concluded a Special Strategic and Global Partnership during the visit of Prime Minister Narendra Modi to Japan in 2014.

National Conference on Drug Law Enforcement

Minister of State for Home Affairs, Hansraj Gangaram Ahir inaugurated the two-day first National Conference on Drug Law Enforcement in New Delhi. More than 50 State and Central law enforcement agencies involved in combating drug trafficking are participating in this Conference. The conference is being organised by India‘s nodal drug law enforcement agency, Narcotics Control Bureau.

Govt launches free wi-fi service in Udwada

The government has launched free wi-fi service for Sansad Adarsh Gram, Udwada in Valsad district of Gujarat. The village has been adopted by Information and Broadcasting (I&B) Minister Smriti Irani under Sansad Adarsh Gram Yojana. The free wi-fi service will be provided by BSNL in partnership with QuadGen. The wi-fi service will cover nearly 90% of the village.

Delhi Energy Dialogue 2018

Dharmendra Pradhan, Minister for Petroleum and Natural Gas, will inaugurate the Delhi Energy Dialogue 2018, on March 14, organised by Ashden India Collective (AIC) in alliance with Climate Parliament. ?Delhi Energy Dialogue? is an initiative to promote sustainable solutions for better lives. Established in 2010, AIC helps to increase access to energy for India‘s rural poor.

Laboratory launched to monitor Loktak Lake

Manipur forest and environment minister, Thounaojam Singh launched a floating research laboratory of Institute of Bio-Resources and Sustainable Development at Sendra. Keibul Lamjao National Park, the only floating park in the world, is located in the lake. A water quality machine has been installed inside the boat to collect necessary data to check deteriorating eco-system of Loktak Lake.

TDP ministers resigned from Union Cabinet

Union Civil Aviation Minister Ashok Gajapathi Raju and Minister of State for Science and Technology Y.S.Chowdary of the Telugu Desam Party submitted their resignations to Prime Minister Narendra Modi. BJP Ministers Kamineni Srinivas (Health) and Pydikondala Manikyala Rao (Endowments) resigned from the Andhra Pradesh Cabinet. Andhra Pradesh and Telangana Governor accepted the resignations.

Prabhu given charge of Aviation Ministry

10 : Commerce and Industries Minister Suresh Prabhu given additional charge of the Civil Aviation Ministry. The President, as advised by the Prime Minister, has directed that Suresh Prabhu, Cabinet Minister, shall be assigned the charge of the Ministry of Civil Aviation, in addition to his existing portfolio. Suresh Prabhu was the former Minister of Railways.

Smiriti Irani inaugurated FICCI Frame

Information and Broadcasting Minister Smiriti Irani inaugurated 2018 edition of FICCI Frame in Mumbai. This year a maiden edition of Content Market has been added with over 70 buyers for a curated slate of new Indian Films. The event will have more than 35 knowledge sessions by experts besides having over 200 high profile speakers from across the world.

INSV Tarini reaches Cape Town

An all-women crew leading the INSV Tarini docked at a port in Cape Town in South Africa, in the last phase of its maiden voyage to circumnavigate the globe. This is the first-ever Indian circumnavigation of the globe by an all-women crew. The vessel is skippered by Lieutenant Commander Vartika Joshi. Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman flagged-off the expedition from Goa on September 10.

Centre Approves ` 2900 Cr for Women Safety

Women and Child Development Ministry has approved projects worth over ` 2,900 crore under the Nirbhaya fund for eight major cities to make them safer for women. These cities are Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata, Chennai, Bengaluru, Hyderabad, Ahmedabad and Lucknow. The decision was taken after a meeting of Empowered Committee, which is headed by Women and Child Development Secretary.

India’s 1st Ever Highway Capacity Manual

The Minister of Road Transport & Highways Mr Nitin Gadkari released India’s first ever Highway Capacity Manual (HCM) in Delhi.The manual is also known as Indo-HCM and it has been developed by CSIR. CSRI is developing it on the basis of an extensive, country-wide study of the traffic characteristics on different categories of roads like a single lane, two-lane, multi-lane urban roads etc.

PM Narendra Modi in Palestine

PM Narendra Modi’s first engagement after arriving in Ramallah was to lay a wreath at the Mausoleum of Late President Yasser Arafat.Modi, who is on his maiden trip to Palestine, will be received by President Mahmoud Abbas.Prior to Modi, former President Pranab Mukherjee and External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj had visited Palestine in October 2015 and January 2016 respectively.

People blowed ‘shankh’ to create world record

A record was set on the second day of Rajim Kumbh Mela in Chhattisgarh after over 2,100 saints and locals blew ‘shankh’ (conch shells) together.Golden Book of World Records certified the record.Adding that the sound of conch shells soothed the environment, the state minister Brijmohan Agrawal said, “We wanted to send message of peace and prosperity.”

Swaraj to leave for Saudi Arabia

External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj has left for her first official visit to Saudi Arabia.During the 3-day visit, Mrs Swaraj will meet with the Saudi leadership to discuss bilateral, regional and global issues of mutual interest.She will also participate in the inauguration of the National Heritage and Culture Festival ‘Janadriyah’. India is the guest of honour country at the fest.

Reservation counters at post offices

The Indian Railways has signed an agreement with the Department of Posts to set up Passenger Reservation System (PRS) counters at post offices across the country.Currently, around 280 post offices have PRS counters.The PRS counters in post offices will be opened in areas with no Railway Reservation Counters, Minister of State for Railways Rajen Gohain said.

HPC facility launched in Noida

Union Minister for Earth Science, Environment, Forest & Climate Change, Dr. Harsh Vardhan dedicated the High-Performance Computer (HPC) System named ‘Mihir’.Dr. Harsh Vardhan said that with this facility, India’s capacity in weather forecasting will improve. The Minister said that the HPC facility will be India’s largest HPC facility in terms of peak capacity and performance.

Sushma Swaraj to visit Nepal

In a bid to revive ties with Nepal, External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj will visit Kathmandu from February 1 to 2.The visit comes weeks after Nepal elected a Leftist coalition, which won the first historic poll under the new Constitution of the country. The visit by Ms. Swaraj will be the first big diplomatic engagement with the newly elected Prime Minister K.P. Sharma Oli.

Bharat-ASEAN Maitri Park In Delhi

External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj inaugurated the Bharat-ASEAN Maitri Park in the national capital.ASEAN Secretary General Le Luong Minh also attended the event, held at the Tughlaq Crescent, in the heart of Lutyens’ Delhi. The two-day summit is expected to give boost to India-ASEAN cooperation in key areas of counter-terrorism, security and connectivity.

Star ratings for garbage free cities

Minister of State for Housing and Urban Affairs Hardeep Singh Puri launched the ‘Protocol for Star Rating of Garbage-Free Cities’.The star-rating initiative, will rate cities on a seven-star rating system based on multiple cleanliness indicators for solid waste management. Cities can be rated as 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 and 7 star based on their compliance with the protocol conditions.

Puducherry’s 1st POPSK at Karaikal

The first Post Office Passport Seva Kendra (POPSK) of Puducherry was inaugurated by Smt. Sushma Swaraj, Minister for External Affairs at Karaikal.The POPSK at Karaikal is the 60th POPSK to have become functional since the launch of the scheme in January 2017. It is the first POPSK to become operational in the UT of Puducherry.

TN to host first ever Defence Expo

According to defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman, Tamil Nadu will host its first-ever bi-annual defence exhibition in April.The exhibition will take place from April 11 to 14 and nearly 80 countries are expected to take part in it.Arrangements will be made for the Navy, Army and Air Force to display their equipment in the exhibition.

National CSR & Corporate Data Portal

Arun Jaitley, Union Finance & Corporate Affairs minister, launched the National CSR Data Portal & Corporate Data Portal in Delhi.The initiative is a significant step towards driving accountability & transparency for corporate India. By making the portals accessible to general public, it will ensure high level of compliance and also in institutionalizing and consolidating the CSR activities.

Nirmala Sitharaman flies in Sukhoi 30

Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman undertook a sortie in IAF s frontline combat jet Sukhoi-30 MKI in the western sector of Rajasthan.She is the first woman defence minister of India to fly a sortie in an IAF Sukhoi-30 MKI fighter aircraft. Sukhoi-30 MKI is a nuclear-capable aircraft which can penetrate deep into enemy territory and is the most potent component of our nation’s air power.

New Online Vendor Reg System by Railways

Research Designs & Standards Organisation (RDSO), the research arm of Ministry of Railways, has launched ‘New Online Vendor Registration System’.This new system provides major improvements and big changes in the registration system over the earlier system. This system was evolved by Minister of Railways & Coal, Shri Piyush Goyal.

India & Saudi signs Haj agreement

According to the Minister for Minority Affairs Shri Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi, Saudi Arabia has given the green signal for India’s decision to revive the option of sending Haj pilgrims through sea route.The practice of ferrying Haj pilgrims between Mumbai and Jeddah by waterways was stopped from 1995. For the first time, Muslim women from India will go to Haj without “Mehram” (male companion).

India’s GER in Higher Edu.up by 0.7%

The country’s Gross Enrolment Ratio in higher education has registered an increase from 24.5% in 2015-16 to 25.2% in 2016-17. It is according to the latest edition of the All India Higher Education Survey launched by HRD Minister Javadekar.GER is a statistical measure for determining the number of students enrolled in under graduate, postgraduate and research level studies within the country

WCD Ministry Inaugurated Portal NARI

Women and Child Development Minister Maneka Gandhi inaugurated an online portal NARI in New Delhi for the empowerment of women.The portal will provide women with easy access to information on government schemes and initiatives for women.The portal summarises over 350 government schemes and other important information.

Telangana constituted Fin. Commission

The Telangana government constituted State Finance Commission with former minister G Rajesham Goud as its chairman.Retired Zilla Parishad CEO M Chennaiah Kuruma from Ranga Reddy district has been appointed as a member.State Finance Commission is the Constitutional body of experts on public finance and public administration under the article 243I of the Constitution.

Cargo Movement On Brahmaputra starts

In a major boost to the inland waterway transport system in the northeast, Union Shipping Minister Nitin Gadkari flagged off cargo movement on the Pandu-Dhubri route of the Brahmaputra river.It is on the National Waterway 2.Transportation of cargo from Pandu in Guwahati to Dhubri along the Assam-Bengal border would reduce logistics cost and save 300-km road travel.

Start-up Incubation Centre launched

30 : Defense Minister, Nirmala Sitharaman launches Start-up Incubation Centre in Mangalore.She has allocated Rs. 1.5 crore from her MPLAD (Member of Parliament’s Local Area Development) scheme for the development of a start-up incubation center called the Centre for Entrepreneurship Opportunities and Learning (CEOL) in Mangaluru.She represents Karnataka as an MP in the Rajya Sabha.