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  • 12-Jul-2018
  • Entire Men's Hockey Team Included in Target Olympic Podium Scheme

    In a departure from the norm, the Mission Olympic Cell included the entire Indian hockey team in the TOP scheme, rewarding the players for their silver medal-winning performance at the Champions Trophy.

    Athletes from different sports have been included in Target Olympic Podium Scheme (TOPS) individually but it is first instance that an entire team has been made beneficiary of the financial assistance scheme.

  • India becomes world's sixth largest economy, muscles past France

    India's GDP amounted to $2.597 trillion at the end of last year, against $2.582 trillion for France.

    India has doubled its GDP within a decade and is expected to power ahead as a key economic engine in Asia, even as China slows down.

    According to the IMF, India is projected to generate growth of 7.4 per cent this year and 7.8 per cent in 2019.

  • Government launches ‘Technology Challenge’ to eliminate human entry into sewers

    The Union Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs has launched a ‘Technology Challenge: Identifying solutions for cleaning of Sewerage Systems and Septic Tanks’ to promote suitable techniques for cleaning sewers and septic tanks.

    The move is in line with the vision of Prime Minister Narendra Modi who, in a meeting chaired by him on May 4, 2018 had desired a technology challenge to promote latest technologies to avoid human intervention in the cleaning of sewers and septic tanks.

    The challenge will be a part of the Mahatma Gandhi International Sanitation Convention that will be held on October 2, 2018 and will remain open up to 5: 30 pm on August 14, 2018.

    Proposals have been invited by the Housing and Urban Affairs Ministry from interested innovators, individuals, consortium partners, companies, academic institutions, research and development centers, NGOs, Parastatal and municipal bodies to provide innovative technical solutions that will eliminate the need for human entry into septic tanks and sewers.

  • BSNL launches India’s first internet telephony service, to enable making calls without SIM

    State-run telecom firm BSNL on Wednesday unveiled the country’s first internet telephony service that will allow users to dial any telephone number in India through its mobile app.

    Now BSNL customers will be able to make calls using the company’s mobile app “Wings” to any phone number in the country.

  • India, UK sign mou on exchange of experience by legal experts

    India and the United Kingdom signed an agreement on exchange of experience by legal professionals and government functionaries for resolution of disputes before various courts and tribunals.

    The agreement was signed by Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad and UK's Secretary of State for Justice David Gauke in London during the former's visit this week.

    The MoU sought to enhance bilateral cooperation in legal affairs which would provide a framework for promoting greater cooperation between the judicial and legal professionals in both countries through exchange of expertise and training.

  • Andhra Pradesh government launches 'Anna Canteens' 

    The Andhra Pradesh government today launched the much-awaited 'Anna Canteens' in various parts of the state.

    Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu inaugurated a canteen in Vijayawada to mark the launch of the programme while, in all, 60 'Anna Canteens' were opened in the first phase across the state.

    The Akshaya Patra Foundation will run these canteens. Setting up 'Anna Canteens', where breakfast, lunch and dinner would be offered at Rs 5 each, was one of the promises the Telugu Desam Party (TDP)made ahead of the 2014 polls.

    Ministers and officials visited Tamil Nadu and other places many times since 2014 to "study" the functioning of such canteens but the government failed to implement the programme because of financial constraints.

    In March 2016, the first 'Anna Canteen' named after TDP founder-president N T Rama Rao, was opened on a pilot basis close to the Government Transitional Headquarters at Velgapudi in Amaravati and only three more canteens were opened at other places in the last two years.

  • 10-Jul-2018
  • China, India clinch deal to reduce tariffs on Indian medicines, anti-cancer drugs

    China on Monday said it has clinched a deal with India on the reduction of import duties on Indian medicines including anti-cancer drugs, which are highly expensive in the country.

    Beijing, which earlier announced a cut on import duties on over 8,500 Indian items, said it will relax taxes on more goods from India and other countries as its trade war with the US heats up.

    As discussed between Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Chinese President Xi Jinping at the Wuhan summit in April, China has granted more access to Indian pharmaceutical companies.

  • CRPF launches mobile help centre 'Saathi' for Amarnath pilgrims

    The CRPF on Monday launched a mobile help centre to reach out to people undertaking the annual pilgrimage to the 3,880-metre high holy cave shrine of Amarnath.

    The initiative 'Saathi' was launched by the Inspector General of the CRPF, Jammu Sector.

    "A need was felt to provide help and information to yatris staying in camps outside the Bhagwati Nagar base camp in Jammu.

    "To achieve this objective, Mobile Help Center 'Saathi' was flagged off by Inspector General of CRPF, Jammu Sector, Abhay Vir Chauhan," a CRPF spokesperson said, adding that this is in addition to various initiatives taken by it to help the pilgrims.

  • IFFCO teams with Korean firms for agri-equipment, finance

    Indian farmers’ cooperative IFFCO on Monday tied up with South Korean firms specialising in agri equipment and agri finance to explore business opportunities in India.

    IFFCO has entered into a strategic partnership with LS Mtron Ltd, a South Korean agriculture equipment manufacturer, and NH Capital co. Ltd., South Korea’s leading financial services provider, whose leaders were part of the business delegation accompanying visiting South Korean President Moon Jae-in, IFFCO said in a statement.

    According to MD US Aswasthi, IFFCO together the Korean firms, would explore business opportunities involving supply, sales and distribution of agricultural machinery and finance to fulfil the market demand in India.

  • ADB approves USD 503 mln lining project of the Son canal in Bihar

    The Asian Development Bank (ADB) has approved USD 503-million lining project of the Son canal in Shahabad-Bhojpur region of Bihar which would benefit the agriculture sector immensely in the region, the power ministry said today.

    Power and New & Renewable Energy R K Singh today held a meeting with the officials from the ADB and the finance ministry to review the progress of lining project of the Son canal, the ministry said in a release.

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