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  • 31-Jul-2019
  • AIM to launch new programme for Community Innovation

    Petroleum and Natural Gas Minister Dharmendra Pradhan today launched Atal Community Innovation Centre in New Delhi to encourage the spirit of innovation at the community level. This initiative aims to encourage the spirit of innovation through solution-driven design thinking to serve society. 

    Speaking on the occasion, Mr Pradhan said, Atal Innovation Mission has a key role to perform in order to achieve the target of five trillion dollar economy by 2025. He urged NITI Aayog to open innovation Centres in all Gram Panchayats of the country to promote local innovation.

  • 12-Jul-2019
  • North Korea revises constitution

    North Korea has revised its constitution to make Kim Jong Un head of state, a promotion that could help normalise the isolated country’s diplomatic relations with the rest of the world.

    A new text of North Korea’s governing document  quietly posted on the propaganda website Naenara -- adds represents the country to the list of duties of the chairman of the State Affairs Commission, Kims top government title. While such a change had been speculated since North Korea amended its constitution in April, the regime never formally released the revised language.

  • The 2019 global Multidimensional Poverty Index

    UN Development Programme (UNDP) has released the 2019 global Multidimensional Poverty Index.

    India’s MPI value reduced from 0.283 in 2005-06 to 0.123 in 2015-16.

    India has lifted 271 million people out of poverty between 2006 and 2016, recording the fastest reductions in the multidimensional poverty index.

    India and Cambodia has reduced their MPI values the fastest among the 10 selected countries for which changes over time were analysed.

  • Rajghat coal plant to be turned into solar park

    Shelving its previous plan to convert it into a waste-to-energy plant, the Delhi government announced Thursday that a solar park — of 5,000 KW capacity — will come up in the spot of the defunct Rajghat thermal power plant.

  • 11-Jul-2019
  • “Operation Thirst”  launched by RPF

    As many as 1,371 people were arrested and over 69,294 bottles were seized by the Railway Protection Force (RPF) under 'Operation Thirst', an all India drive to crackdown the selling of unauthorised packaged drinking water here.

    According to RPF, the operation was launched in all major railway stations across the country to curb the menace of unauthorised packaged drinking water on railway stations.

    "During the operation, which was carried out on July 8 and 9, a total fine of Rs 6,80,855 has been realised from these offenders. Four pantry car managers involved in the selling of spurious mineral water were also arrested," an official statement said.

  • Government waives duty on products imported for nuclear plants

    With rising focus on reducing dependency on carbon-based fuel for electricity generation, the government has waived off basic customs duty (BCD) for a clutch of products which are imported for nuclear power plants and allocated more funds in atomic energy research.

    “All goods for use in generation of nuclear power” and “all forms of uranium ores and concentrates for generation of nuclear power”, which earlier attracted BCD of 7.5% and 2.5%, respectively, will now have to pay no such duty. The present installed nuclear power capacity of 6,780 MW is seen to reach 13,480 MW by FY25.

  • Ukraine inaugurates world's largest Metal Dome

    Ukraine and its European partners on Wednesday formally inaugurated a new metal dome encasing the destroyed reactor at the infamous Chernobyl plant, wrapping up a two-decade effort.

    Branded as the world’s largest movable metal structure, the so-called New Safe Confinement seals the remains of the fourth reactor at the nuclear plant that was the site of the massive Chernobyl disaster in 1986.

  • MP Govt announces cow welfare fund, hikes Haj committee grant

    The Kamal Nath government in Madhya Pradesh Wednesday presented its maiden budget aiming to please various sections of society wherein it has proposed to allocate Rs 132 crore for the welfare of bovines and hiked grant to the state Waqf Board and Haj committee.

    The budget, presented by Finance Minister Tarun Bhanot, also proposes a three-fold hike in the honorarium for the priests working in the registered temples.

    The minister said a budgetary allocation of Rs 8,000 crore has been made to waive remaining loans of the farmers in the state.

  • 36th Meeting of the Central Apprenticeship Council (CAC)

    The Ministry of Skill Development & Entrepreneurship organised the 36th meeting of the Central Apprenticeship Council (CAC) in New Delhi. The 36th CAC meet under the chairmanship of Minister of MSDE, aims to meet the aspirations of the Indian youth who strive to gain on-the-job training and secure better opportunities for employment.

  • 14th conference of Parties to be hosted by India

    India will host the 14th conference of the parties from September 02 to 13 in Greater Noida. 197 countries are expected to participate in the conference.

    Three crucial issues in this conference are desertification, land degradation and drought. 

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