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Emergency ambulance service for Sri Lanka

Emergency ambulance service for Sri Lanka
Prime Minister Narendra Modi will eflag a countrywide emergency ambulance service for Sri Lanka through video conferencing from New Delhi. The service has been introduced in two provinces of Sri Lanka with grant assistance from Government of India. India has given a grant of USD 22.8 million to Sri Lanka. This is the largest Indian grant project in Sri Lanka after Indian housing project.

The 6th meeting of India-Nepal mechanism

The 6th meeting of India-Nepal mechanism
The 6th meeting of India-Nepal oversight Mechanism was held to review the progress of all the bilateral projects in New Delhi on 19 July 2018. The projects included cross-border rail projects, integrated check posts, Terai Roads Project, cross-border transmission lines, Arun-II hydropower project. The Current PM of Nepal is Khadga Prasad Oli.

First High-Level ‘2+2 Dialogue’ With India

First High-Level ‘2+2 Dialogue’ With India
The inaugural ‘two-plus-two dialogue’ between India and the US will be held on September 6 in New Delhi. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Defence Secretary James Mattis would travel to India for the dialogue. The landmark discussions would be covered by the US to recognize that its purchase of the S-400 air defense system from Russia and CAATSA.

10th edition of Delhi Dialogue in New Delhi

10th edition of Delhi Dialogue in New Delhi
The 10th edition of the Delhi Dialogue begins in New Delhi. The theme of the event is ‘Strengthening India-ASEAN Maritime Co-operation’. Political leadership, officials, diplomats, business leaders, think-tanks and academicians from India and the ASEAN Member States participated in Event. Association of Southeast Asian Nations is a group of 10 nations with General Secretary Lim Jock Hoi.

BSE Dalal Street building gets trademark

Stock exchange major BSE has secured a trademark for its iconic building Phiroze Jeejeebhoy Towers, located on Dalal Street. Initially known as BSE Towers, the building was soon renamed after the late chairman of BSE, Sir Phiroze Jamshedji Jeejeebhoy. The stock exchange major was founded in 1875. It began as a small group of brokers who functioned under a banyan tree on Dalal Street.

Connaught Place: 9th most costly location

According to the report of property consultant CBRE, New Delhi’s Connaught Place is the 9th most expensive office location in the world with an annual rent of $153 per sq ft. The ranking was topped by Hong Kong at the 1st position followed by London. The survey highlighted that prime office occupancy cost growth was consistent across all regions in the past 12 months.

India to hold first ever India Tourism Mart

To increase tourist footfalls, India will organise its first-ever India Tourism Mart for 3 days from September 16 in New Delhi. It is expected to provide a platform for all stakeholders in the tourism & hospitality industry to interact & create business opportunities. It will be organised by the Tourism Ministry, in partnership with Federation of Associations in Indian Tourism & Hospitality.

Round Table Conference on Data for New India’

The Ministry of Statistics & Programme Implementation will organise a 2 day International Round Table Conference at New Delhi. The objective of the conference is to identify innovative ideas for improving the statistical system in India, taking cue from the best practices followed in advanced countries. Such a Conference is being organized in India for the first time.

‘Arth-art for Earth’ exhibition

Union Minister of State for Culture Dr. Mahesh Sharma inaugurated exhibition titled “Arth – art for earth” at IGNCA, New Delhi. It consists of “Excavations in Hymns of Clay” – a suite of environmental art installations by Manav Gupta weaving all of them with a storyline and poetry. The exhibition is available for public viewing until the 22nd of October 2018.

First woman DGP assumes office

The first woman Directorate General of Police of Puducherry, S. Sundari Nanda assumed office on Monday. She is replaced by outgoing DGP S.K Gautam, who is transferred to New Delhi. Ms.Nanda has earlier served as the Special Commissioner of Police (Headquarters), Delhi Police.

1st meeting of Cauvery Water Management Board

The first meeting of the Cauvery Water Management Board will be held in New Delhi to resolve the dispute among southern states. The meeting of the 9-member board will be chaired by the Central Water Commission Chairman S Masood Hussain. The meeting will discuss the issues including water storage in Cauvery basin reservoirs with the judgement of the Supreme Court in this regard.

Swaraj inaugurates heads of missions meet

Sushma Swaraj inaugurated the 9th Heads of Mission Conference in New Delhi. Government is likely to brief the diplomats on economic reform taken for improving ease-of-doing business in India. Theme of the conference is ‘Unprecedented Outreach: Unparalleled Outcomes’. It comes at a time when India is monitoring important global developments including sanctions imposed by US on Russia & Iran.

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.

Sagarmala receives Gold Award at Skoch Summit

The Ministry of Shipping’s flagship programme for port-led-prosperity ‘Sagarmala’ received the ‘Gold Award’ at 52nd Skoch Summit 2018 in New Delhi. The Skoch Awards recognize leadership and excellence in accelerating socio-economic changes. Sagarmala is the programme of govt for port-led-development of the country through harnessing 7,500 km long coastline, 14,500 km of navigable waterways.

Seminar on Conservation of Tribes

National Commission for Scheduled Tribes (NCST) is organizing a Seminar on Conservation of Tribes of Andaman & Nicobar Islands in New Delhi. This Seminar is being organized by Anthropological Survey of India (AnSI) and Directors of 18 Tribal Research Institutes. NCST, a Constitutional body set up under Article 338(A) of the Constitution protects the interests of Scheduled Tribes.

‘Chief Minister of the Year’ award

Rajasthan Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje was conferred the ‘Chief Minister of the Year’ award for her remarkable work in e-governance. The award was given to her at the 52nd Skoch Summit held in New Delhi. Efforts of the chief minister and state government were appreciated in implementing the prime minister’s Digital India campaign for benefitting the common man.

7th India Mineral & Metals forum in New Delhi

7th India Minerals and Metals forum was inaugurated in New Delhi. The forum seeks to come up with solutions to leverage in the mining sector with the changing global scenario. The focus was on utilizing low grade minerals to reduce burden on high end minerals. The concerns on metal recycling was also looked upon and exploration of deep seated minerals was also expressed.

5th National Standards Conclave

The 5th National Standards Conclave was held in New Delhi. It was organised by Department of commerce and Confederation of Indian Industry(CII). The theme of conclave was Implementing the Indian National Strategy for Standardization. 2 reports were released by the Commerce Minister, Suresh Prabhu Indian National Strategy for Standardization(INSS)and CII-ASL Study on TBT/SPS Notifications.

4th Meeting of Governing council – NITI Aayog

The 4th meeting of governing council of NITI Aayog was held in New Delhi chaired by PM Narendra Modi. The meeting aimed to double the farmers’ income and progress of flagship scheme such as Ayushman Bharat, National Nutrition Mission and Mission Indradhanush. It planned for a 3 year action plan to develop a new agenda for “New India 2022”.

Inder Jit Singh became Secretary, Min of Coal

Dr. Inder Jit Singh, assumed charge as Secretary, Ministry of Coal at Shastri Bhawan office, New Delhi. Dr. Jit Singh took over the charge of Secretary which fell vacant after superannuation of Shri Susheel Kumar on April 30 this year. Dr. Jit Singh was posted as Secretary (Coordination) in Cabinet Secretariat, he is a Ph.D in Economics from Punjab University.

India to host European Union Film Festival

The European Union Film Festival will premiere in New Delhi on 18th June, 2018. With a selection of 24 latest European films from 23 EU Member States, this years’ film festival will bring some unusual stories for the world cinema enthusiasts. The European Union Film Festival is organized by Directorate of Film Festivals, Ministry of Information and Broadcasting, Government of India and EU.

Geo-Intelligence Asia – 2018

The Eleventh edition of GeoIntelligence Asia 2018 was held in New Delhi. The theme of Seminar was ‘GeoSpatial : A Force Multiplier for Defence and Industrial Security’. The seminar brought together BSF, Police Forces, Government and industry together to examine the latest technology solutions and on the critical role of geospatial technology in military and security applications.

3rd Home Affairs Dialogue between India, UK

The third Home Affairs’ Dialogue between India and UK was held in New Delhi. The dialogue covered a wide range of issues including cyber security, women safety, organized crime and terror financing. Detailed exchange of views took place between the two sides on Indian fugitives and economic offenders residing in the U.K.

Queen Maxima of Netherlands arrives India

Queen Maxima of the Kingdom of the Netherlands who is also the United Nations Secretary General’s Special Advocate for Inclusive Finance for Development arrived in New Delhi on a four-day visit to India. Netherlands is the 5th largest investor in India. During Netherlands Prime Minister Mark Rutte’s visit to India, the former became an official partner of the International Solar Alliance.

Workshop on countering online radicalisation

European Union and National Investigation Agency organised a workshop in New Delhi in which Indian & European experts discussed various aspects of online radicalisation. The officers from both sides deliberated upon the processes that lead to radicalisation and recruitment. This workshop is the clear reflection that the EU and India are joining hands in the fight against terrorism.

India’s first Lithium-Ion charger

President Ram Nath Kovind unveiled India’s first, indigenous lithium-ion battery charger, developed by Ampere Vehicles in New Delhi. The lithium-Ion charger project is supported by Technology Development Board of the Ministry of Science and Technology as part of the Make-in-India initiative. The unveiling event took place on the occasion of National Technology Day.

Customs & Postal department holds joint conf

Indian Customs & Department of India Posts held a First ever Joint Conference in New Delhi to deliberate on streamlining imports & exports by post. Imports & exports by post are the 6th highest cited citizen grievances under Centralized Public Grievance Redress & Monitoring System. Customs & DGFT have worked together since a year to liberalise, reform & align laws relating to imports by post

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.

65th National Film Awards 2018

The 65th National Film Awards 2018 ceremony began at Vigyan Bhawan in New Delhi. Actor Sridevi posthumously won the Best Actress Award for her role in Hindi film Mom while Bengali actor Riddhi Sen got the Best Actor award for Nagar Kirtan. The Best Feature Film award went to Assamese film Village Rockstars. Actor Vinod Khanna was awarded the Dadasaheb Phalke Award.

UNCCD workshop on land degradation

A four-day Asia Pacific Regional Workshop of the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) was held in New Delhi.The workshop was jointly held jointly hosted by the Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change (MoEFCC) and UNCCD Secretariat. Its objective was to discuss on how to build the capacity of the Asia-Pacific Region to monitor and report on land degradation

Secure India Conclave underway in New Delhi

The two-day Secure India Conclave got underway in New Delhi on 24th April.The conclave is being organised by Global Counter Terrorism keeping in view Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s vision of New India : Secure India 2018. The event presents a unique encapsulation of prevalent issues in India’s internal security.

Govt to relax Restricted Area Permit regime

The Restricted Area Permit regime in the Andaman and Nicobar Islands and Lakshadweep will be relaxed for tourism promotion.This was decided during the third meeting of Island Development Agency chaired by Home Minister Rajnath Singh in New Delhi. The Island Development Agency reviewed the progress made towards preparation of Development Plans for identified Islands.

India, Afghan held bi-lateral meet on drugs

India & Afghanistan held a dialogue in New Delhi to discuss issues related to illicit drug trafficking & narcotics abuse.The meeting focused on sharing best practices & furthering areas of cooperation in drug crime domain. India is located b/w 2 major narcotics regions – Golden Crescent and Golden Triangle and is vulnerable to transit, trafficking and consumption of opium derivatives.

First Ever International SME Convention

First Ever International SME Convention will be held in New Delhi from 22nd to 24th April.The convention has specific focus on inclusion of MSMEs in Make in India program &empowering women entrepreneurs. India is home to more than 60 million MSMEs, majority of who are in low-tech areas. MSMEs constitute a single largest employer after Agriculture sector in India.

Delhi to host third annual 5G India Congress

The 3rd edition of the Annual 5G India Congress 2018 will be held on April 20 in New Delhi.5G Indian Congress 2018 will focus more on understanding and analysing current Network infrastructure and its developments, 5G market condition and requirements. The Indian Government has plans to roll out 5G by 2020. 5G will enable individuals, govts & companies to remain in sync in real time.

Taiwan to open trade office in India

A new office of Taiwan External Trade Development Council in India will be inaugurated in New Delhi next month.As Taiwan & India do not have diplomatic relationship, the trade office is expected to provide services to Indian & Taiwanese firms to expand business.The New Delhi office is TAITRA’s 4th such office in India, following establishment of 3 other offices in Mumbai, Chennai & Kolkata

IGI Airport is in top 20 busiest airport list

New Delhi’s Indira Gandhi International Airport entered into the league of the top 20 busiest airports in the world for 2017 in terms of traffic volumes.The GMR-group-run New Delhi airport jumped from 22nd rank in 2016 to 16th rank, as per the Airports Council International (ACI). Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport (ATL) was ranked the busiest airport in the world.

Delhi tops in the list of Hospitality Index

6 : Global hospitality chain Airbnb announced that New Delhi and Maharashtra have been recognised as the most hospitable city and state respectively, according to its Hospitality Index.As per the index, the most hospitable states were Maharashtra, Goa, Delhi, Karnataka and Kerala. New Delhi led the charts as the most hospitable city in the country, followed closely by Jaipur, Cochin and Mumbai

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.

‘Print Biennale India 2018’ inaugurated

The first International Exhibition of Graphic Prints =Print Biennale India 2018‘ was inaugurated in New Delhi on 26th March which is hosted by Lalit Kala Academy. The participants are from countries such as USA, UK, Sri Lanka, Italy, Mexico, China, Israel, Sweden, Lithuania etc. The event comprised a total of 200 original prints created by Indian and international artists.

SARAS Aajeevika Mela 2018 in New Delhi

The SARAS Aajeevika Mela 2018 in New Delhi is organized by Ministry of Rural Development. The SARAS Aajeevika Mela 2018 provides rural women producers with a national platform and an opportunity to showcase their products and seek buyers. The Ministry will also bring out a directory of the products of all the women who will be showcasing their products at the Mela.

‘Print Biennale India 2018’ inaugurated

The first International Exhibition of Graphic Prints =Print Biennale India 2018‘ was inaugurated in New Delhi on 26th March which is hosted by Lalit Kala Academy. The participants are from countries such as USA, UK, Sri Lanka, Italy, Mexico, China, Israel, Sweden, Lithuania etc. The event comprised a total of 200 original prints created by Indian and international artists.

SARAS Aajeevika Mela 2018 in New Delhi

The SARAS Aajeevika Mela 2018 in New Delhi is organized by Ministry of Rural Development. The SARAS Aajeevika Mela 2018 provides rural women producers with a national platform and an opportunity to showcase their products and seek buyers. The Ministry will also bring out a directory of the products of all the women who will be showcasing their products at the Mela.

7th India-Egypt Joint Commission Meeting

The 7th India-Egypt Joint Commission Meeting was held in New Delhi, on 23rd March 2018. The meeting was led by Indian External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj and Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry. Both the sides reviewed the progress in the areas of political, trade & investment, S&T, cybersecurity, capacity building, security, space and culture.

IRCTC introduces billing through PoS in train

Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Corporation (IRCTC) has introduced billing through Point of Sale (POS) hand-held machines in trains to check overcharging by vendors. IRCTC has already introduced POS machines in New Delhi-Karnataka Express on a pilot basis. The POS billing machines will be introduced in trains in a phased manner.

New Delhi in the list of Top Destinations

New Delhi has been ranked 22nd in the world and eighth in Asia in the top destination for 2018, Travellers‘ Choice awards for Destinations by TripAdvisor. Paris in France topped the list of Travellers‘ Choice awards for Destinations followed by London (UK), Rome (Italy), Bali (Indonesia), Crete (Greece). The other two Indian cities to feature in the list are Goa and Jaipur.

WTO ministerial meeting in New Delhi

18 : Representatives from 50 countries will gather in New Delhi for a 2 day informal World Trade Organisation ministerial meeting. The meeting will provide an opportunity to engage in free and frank discussions with the hope that it will lead to political guidance on some major issues. Pakistan has decided not to attend the meeting amid growing tensions caused by the ongoing diplomatic standoff.

Krishi Unnati Mela kicked off in Delhi

The three-day annual Krishi Unnati Mela began in New Delhi with a focus on doubling farmers‘ income. The objective of the event is to create awareness among farmers about the latest agriculture-related technological developments. During the mela, latest agriculture and allied sector technologies will be displayed at more than 800 stalls.

Edelweiss calls off deal to acquire Religare

Edelweiss Group has dropped the plan to acquire of Religare Enterprises‘ securities. The move was shelved because of the seller‘s inability to get requisite clearances within the required timeline. Edelweiss had earlier announced its plan to buy Religare‘s securities business, which includes securities and commodities broking, and depository participant services.

Delhi, Bangalore among cheapest cities

New Delhi, Bangalore and Chennai are among the cheapest cities in the world, according to an Economist Intelligence Unit‘s ?The Worldwide Cost of Living? survey. Syria‘s capital, Damascus is the cheapest city in the world. Singapore is the world‘s most expensive city. The Worldwide Cost of Living is a biannual survey that compares 400 individual prices across 160 products and services.

Urea subsidy to continue till 2020

The Cabinet has approved the continuation of the urea subsidy till 2020. The government also approved implementation of direct benefit transfer (DBT) for disbursement of fertiliser subsidy. The Centre subsidises the difference between the cost of delivered fertilisers at the retail store and the MRP paid by farmers. The subsidy scheme will ensure that urea is available to the farmers.

Int’l Conference on sustainable Biofuels

An International Conference on Sustainable Biofuels has been organized by Department of Biotechnology & Govt. of India. It will take place in New Delhi.It will bring together experts from Biofuels sector to take stock of current knowledge, share info & best practices & build consensus on the actions most needed to move forward. Sustainable Biofuel is 1 of the 7 Mission Innovation Challenges

Dilli Meri Dilli: Before and After 1998

Book titled “Dilli Meri Dilli: Before and After 1998”, written by Sheila Dikshit has been released.The pictorial book traces the evolution of Delhi over the centuries & puts in perspective its impressive transformation since the beginning of the new millennium. Sheila Dikshit is the former & longest serving Chief Minister of Delhi, serving for a period of 15 yrs from 1998 to 2013.

First Nepal player to get IPL contract

Sandeep Lamichhane has become the first cricketer from Nepal to land an IPL contract.He was picked by Delhi Daredevils in the ongoing players auction at his base price of Rs 20 lakh. The leg-spinner rose to prominence with a successful outing at the 2016 U-19 World Cup where he guided Nepal to a creditable eighth place.

Fastest T20 century by an Indian

Delhi’s wicketkeeper-batsman Rishabh Pant blasted an unbeaten 116 off just 38 deliveries in a North Zone match against Himachal Pradesh.This is the second quickest century in T20s and the fastest by an Indian. Chris Gayle still holds the record for the fastest century in the format when he clubbed 100 off just 30 deliveries against Pune Warriors in IPL.

Workshop on Disaster Resilient Infra

Home Minister Rajnath Singh inaugurated a 2 day International Workshop on Disaster Resilient Infrastructure in New Delhi.The workshop has been organized by National Disaster Management Authority. Good practices in making infrastructure disaster resilient and identifying critical gaps in current practices that need to be addressed in the coming years were the main objectives of the workshop.

BSES launches rooftop solar initiative

In an initiative to promote clean energy, BSES launched the country’s first solar rooftop consumer aggregation programme for residential buildings in New Delhi.In the first phase of the programme, around 150 residential societies will be targeted in the Dwarka area. It would help BRPL in meeting its renewable purchase obligation, as well as minimising overloading issues in congested areas.

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.

Mumbai to Kabul air corridor inaugurated

28 : India and Afghanistan on Wednesday inaugurated their second air cargo route linking Mumbai and Kabul.The new route is expected to boost Afghanistan’s export of fruits and medicinal plants.Afghanistan has exported 10,640 tonnes of goods worth over $20 million to India via the first air corridor which was launched in June this year to link Kabul and New Delhi.

Dr Jitendra Singh Launched e-HRMS

The Union Minister of State (I/C) of the Ministry of Development of North Eastern Region (DoNER), Dr Jitendra Singh launched the electronic-Human Resource Management System in New Delhi.He launched it during the observance of Good Governance Day.The e-service book launched for DoPT during March 2017 will also be integrated into the e-HRMS.

Solar-based cold storage

26 : Engineers at the Indian Agricultural Research Institute in New Delhi have developed a solar-powered on-farm storage structure.It can increase the shelf-life of fruits and vegetables in regions where cold storage facilities are absent.It is designed by Pramod Kumar Sharma & others, which can retain the quality and freshness of fruits & vegetables for an additional period of up to five days.

Modi flags off Metro’s Magenta line

25 : PM Modi will inaugurate the Magenta Line of Delhi Metro, which is expected to make commuting b/w South Delhi & Noida hassle-free.The 12.64-km stretch runs b/w Kalkaji & Botanical Garden and accounts for a travel time of 19 mins.The coaches will have LED display, power charging capacity and colourful seats, while the stations will portray themes of nature, yoga, and cultural landmarks.

Government Launched ‘Ganga Gram’ project

The government had formally launched the ‘Ganga Gram’ project at the Ganga Gram Swachata Sammelan in New Delhi.It is a part of clean Ganga mission.Namami Gange, the Ganga Gram project is an integrated approach for the holistic development of villages situated on the banks of the holy river with the active participation of villagers.

MoU between India and Cuba

Union Cabinet has given its ex-post-facto approval for a MoU between India and Cuba on cooperation in the field of Health and Medicine.The MoU was signed on 06th December 2017 in New Delhi.Among other things, MoU covers cooperation on Exchange & training of medical doctors, officials, other health professionals, and experts.The capital of Cuba is Havana and Raul Castro is its President.

Australia, Japan & India Trilateral meet

India, Japan and Australia held the fourth edition of their trilateral meet at the foreign secretary-level in New Delhi.The 3 countries stressed their commitments to peace, democracy, economic growth and a rules-based order in the Indo-Pacific region.The 3 countries also underlined their support for ASEAN centrality in the political & security architecture of the Indo-Pacific region.

Russia, India, China Set For Talks

Foreign ministers of Russia, India & China will deliberate on a range of pressing regional & global issues at a key meeting of the trilateral grouping in New Delhi. Talks could address fight against terrorism & efforts to smooth the flow of information on international security. India is likely to stress on collective approach by 3 countries in ensuring peace & stability in Indo-Pacific region

Delhi to host Open boxing tournament

New Delhi is all set to host its 1st-ever major boxing tournament for elite men & women, India Open International Boxing Tournament from Jan 28.This is the 1st time that Boxing Federation of India is hosting an elite event of this stature & magnitudeAnnouncement was made during the felicitation ceremony of Indian pugilists who won medals in AIBA Youth Women’s World Championships last month

New Delhi hosts ICOMOS

International Council for Monuments & Sites is geared to organise the first ever ICOMOS General Assembly & Scientific Symposium 2017 in Delhi.Themed “Heritage and Democracy”, the platform will have participation from over 1,000 delegates across 68 countries.The event is aimed to promote international co-operation and strengthen understanding in the field of heritage conservation.

Free entrance coaching for SC/ST student

Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal has launched a scheme under which free entrance coaching will be provided for SC & ST students preparing for civil services, banking & other competitive examinations Under Jai Bhim Mukhyamantri Pratibha Viskas Yojana, free coaching will be provided through well established coaching institutionsAssistance will be started for 100 students & extended to 5,000 students.

Shamli District Included in NCR

Uttar Pradesh’s Shamli district has been included in the national capital region, taking the total number of districts in the NCR to 23.The decision was taken at the 37th meeting of the National Capital Region Planning Board held in New Delhi.Besides Delhi, there are at present 22 districts- 13 of Haryana, seven of Uttar Pradesh and two of Rajasthan in the NCR.

Int. exhibition & Conference on AYUSH

The first International Exhibition and Conference on AYUSH and Wellness sector- AROGYA 2017 has begun in New Delhi.The theme of the conference is ‘Enhancing the global potential of Ayush’.The objective of the event is to showcase the strength and scientific validation of Indian System of Medicine in the global context. The fair will give a boost to AYUSH Products in International Market.

15th Finance Commission hold 1st meeting

The first meeting of the newly constituted 15th Finance Commission took place in New Delhi. The Commission will review the current status of the finance, deficit, debt levels, cash balances and fiscal discipline efforts of the union and states. It will make recommendations for five years commencing 1st April, 2020.It is being headed by former Secretary and ex-Member of Parliament NK Singh.

Virat Kohli surpasses Brian Lara

Virat Kohli’s record 243 guided India to 536/7 against Sri Lanka on the second day of the third Test at the Feroz Shah Kotla Stadium in New Delhi. Kohli overtook West Indies great Brian Lara, who held the record previously with five double tons in Tests. Kohli resumed Day 2 of the third India-Sri Lanka Test on 156 and quickly reached his second double ton of the series.

Over 1 lakh more houses under PMAY(U)

Union Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs has approved the construction of additional 1.12 lakh affordable houses for urban poor under the Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana (Urban).This decision was taken at the 28th meeting of the CSMC, held in New Delhi on November 29, 2017.Under PMAY(U), the government has set a target to provide houses to all urban poor by 2022.

HT Leadership Summit in New Delhi

Hindustan Times Leadership Summit (HTLS) 2017 was held in New Delhi. The theme of this summit is “The Irreversible Rise of India”.During the summit, eminent world leaders like former US President Barack Obama shared their perspectives on India’s rise in the world.HT Leadership Summit is being held annually, since last 14 years and has served as a platform for revolutionary ideas.

India-New Zealand Cyber Dialogue

The first India-New Zealand Cyber Dialogue was held in New Delhi.The Indian Delegation was led by Mr. Sanjay Kumar Verma, Additional Secretary, Ministry of External Affairs.The New Zealand delegation was led by Mr. Paul Ash, Director of the National Cyber Policy Office, Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet.

India, Greece sign agreement

India and Greece signed an air services agreement in New Delhi. The agreement was signed between Union External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj and Greek Foreign Minister Nikos Kotzias. This air services agreement will allow Indian airlines to operate in Athens, Thessaloniki and Heraklion and accordingly Greek airlines will be able to start services to major Indian cities.

Jindal Global University ranked highest

O.P. Jindal Global University (JGU) has been ranked among the Top 10 Private education Institutions in India in ‘QS University Rankings: BRICS 2018’. JGU became the YOUNGEST Indian University and also the FIRST and ONLY private university in Haryana to have been ranked in an international ranking. The results were published in New Delhi.

Feroz Shah Kotla gates to be renamed

22 : The Delhi and District Cricket Association (DDCA) has decided to name the Gate No. 3 and 4 of the Ferozshah Kotla stadium after Anjum Chopra. Chopra has represented India in six World Cups. In addition to that, the DDCA has planned to name two stands of the stadium after former India captain Bishan Singh Bedi and former India all-rounderMohinder Amarnath.

Bar Leadership Summit held

The Indian National Bar Association organized the ‘Bar Leadership Summit on Reforms in the Indian Legal Sector’ in New Delhi. The Summit explored issues and concerns surrounding the liberalization of the Indian legal services sector. It discusses the need for addressing various reforms hastened by the process of globalization and the growing trans-nationalization of the legal profession.

Seminar on ‘Cyber Security’ in New Delhi

A seminar on ‘Cyber Security in the Context of Indian Navy’ was held on 17 November 2017 at Dr. DS Kothari Auditorium, DRDO Bhawan, New Delhi. It was conducted by Directorate of Information Warfare, Integrated Headquarters Ministry of Defence (Navy). The seminar was conducted to address the thoughts on cybersecurity and the challenges faced by the Indian Navy in the domain.

Global Conference on Cyber Space 2017

India, for the first time ever, is going to host the Global Conference on Cyber Space on 23 & 24 November 2017, at Aerocity, New Delhi. It is one of the world’s largest conferences in the field of Cyber Space and related issues. It was incepted in 2011 in London and the fourth version GCCS 2015 was held on April 16-17, 2015 in The Hague, Netherlands which saw participation from 97 countries.

DVDB for civic works in Delhi

Delhi Cabinet approved to set up Delhi Village Development Board (DVDB) for civic works in rural and urban villages of Delhi. All 300 villages in the national capital will come under the purview of the board. DVDB will look after the construction of approach roads, link roads, village roads, development of cremation grounds, ponds, water bodies, cremation grounds, parks and other facilities.

37th India International Trade Fair

37th India International Trade Fair (IITF) has begun at Pragati Maidan in New Delhi. The 14-day annual event has been organised by the India Trade Promotion Organisation (ITPO). This year the theme of the fair is “Startup India Standup India”. Vietnam is the Partner Country, while Kyrgyzstan is the Focus Country. Jharkhand is participating as a Partner State in the event.

Bhaskar Ganguly named ombudsman

Supreme Court appointed former football captain Bhaskar Ganguly as ombudsman of All India Football Federation. Mr. Ganguly had served as captain of the Indian team at the 1982 Asian Games. Mr. Ganguly has been assigned the task to formulate the AIFF constitution within eight weeks. SC has also stayed the order of Delhi HC allowing all AIFF elected committees to function on a regular basis.

Delhi govt ‘defers’ odd-even

Delhi govt has called off the odd-even scheme, which was to be implemented from 13th Nov, after the National Green Tribunal ordered withdrawal of exemptions under it. The decision came in view of the directive by NGT, which ordered withdrawal of all exemptions, including to two-wheeler riders & woman-only vehicles. Trucks and two- wheelers are the major polluters in Delhi.

First Nordic-Baltic youth film festival

The first Nordic-Baltic youth film festival will begin in Delhi on 13th November, showcasing a diverse mix of some of the most celebrated and Oscar nominated movies from the region. The festival will give the Indian audience an opportunity to connect with these countries and strengthen the cultural bond. The festival will open with Land of Mine from Denmark, an Oscar-nominated film.

Bengaluru outranks San Francisco

Bengaluru has been adjudged as the best city among 45 cities for the confidence of its businesses in their ability to go digital. The other two cities followed by it are Mumbai and New Delhi. The survey was conducted by Economist Intelligence Unit(EIU). EIU conducted this survey in partnership with telecommunications firm Telstra Corp.

Panel for air pollution in Delhi

As Delhi’s air is turning toxic over recent weeks and reaching crisis levels, the Centre stepped in and decided to set up a 7-member-committee. The committee will be under chairmanship of CK Mishra. The committee formed by the environment ministry will look to formulate short-term and long-term plans.

India Disaster Response Summit in Delhi

Union Minister of State for Home Affairs, Kiren Rijiju inaugurated ‘India Disaster Response Summit’ in New Delhi. India has become the first country to partner with Facebook on disaster response. Facebook introduced a Disaster Information Volunteers programme. Under DIV, a network of trained volunteers would provide supplementary information on disasters in their local communities.

Charles arrives in India

Prince of Wales, Charles Philip Arthur George arrived in New Delhi on a 2-day visit to India. This visit is a part of their 10 day tour to Singapore, Malaysia, Brunei and India. This visit will be the 9th visit of the Prince of Wales to India. The visit is aimed at strengthening bilateral relations between the two nations.

Bengaluru outranks San Francisco

Bengaluru has been adjudged as the best city among 45 cities for the confidence of its businesses in their ability to go digital. San Francisco is ranked, followed by other two Indian cities, Mumbai and New Delhi. The survey was conducted by Economist Intelligence Unit(EIU). EIU conducted this survey in partnership with telecommunications firm Telstra Corp.

‘Chintan Shivir’ in New Delhi

HRD Minister Prakash Javadekar inaugurated a two-day National Workshop ‘Chintan Shivir’ in New Delhi. This workshop has been organized by Department of School Education and Literacy. The objective of this workshop is to provide holistic education relevant for 21st century India and to bring together NGOs, private sector and individuals to deliberate on key themes in the education sector.

India’s first co-working space launched

Independent workplace provider WorkoLab unveiled its first co-working space in Gurgaon, Haryana and in Pusa Road, New Delhi. Co-working spaces offered by WorkoLab also provide research guidance by India’s youngest scientific minds with an aim to infuse innovation into the start-up idea. WorkoLab is planning to launch 100+ centres in next three years across the globe.

Belgium’s King & Queen arrive

Belgium’s King Philippe and Queen Mathilde have arrived in New Delhi on a seven-day visit to India. This is King Philippe’s first state visit to India after his ascension to the throne in 2013. The aim of their visit is to boost overall cooperation between the two countries with a focus on further ramping up trade and investment ties. India is Belgium’s second largest export destination.

Railways to unveil its ‘gold’ standard

The railways will showcase its first ‘Swarn’ train (gold standard) on Nov 6. The New Delhi-Kathgodam Shatabdi Express will be the 1st to be launched as part of railways’ ‘Swarn’ project which aims to renovate India’s premium trains. New onboard entertainment, trolley service for catering & clean toilets with automatic doors are some of the features of these elite trains.

International Civil Helicopter Conclave

The 1st Heli Expo India and International Civil Helicopter Conclave-2017 was inaugurated in New Delhi by the Uttrakhand Tourism Minister Mr. Satpal Maharaja. The Conclave was organised by Pawan Hans Limited, a Mini Ratna company of Ministry of Civil Aviation in association with PHD Chamber of Commerce and Industry. The theme of this conclave was ‘Enhancing Connectivity’.

Global Clubfoot Conference in New Delhi

President, Ram Nath Kovind, inaugurated the Global Clubfoot Conference, organised by the CURE India in partnership with the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, in New Delhi. Clubfoot is one of the most common orthopedic birth defects that affect the child’s mobility. The President said that the programme is now active in 29 states of India.

Bhutan King Arrived in India

King of Bhutan, Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck has arrived in New Delhi on a four-day visit to India. He was accompanied by his wife, Queen Gyaltsuen Jetsun Pema Wangchuck. The royal couple was received by External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj at the airport. The King will meet President Ram Nath Kovind and Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who will host a dinner in honor of the royal family.

Chukkapalli Appointed as CG of Korea

Suresh Chukkapalli, Chairman of Phoenix Group of Hyderabad, has been appointed as Honorary Consul General in Hyderabad by the Republic of Korea. Suresh Chukkapalli was given charge/invested formally at a ceremony in New Delhi. South Korea is the fourth largest economy in Asia and the 11th largest in the world known for its global corporations.