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Finance Secretary (FS) inaugurates the Training Program on Government E-Marketplace (GeM) for Government Users; FS: Training will enable the Government Procurement Officers to make best use of new technologies to procure goods and services in a more transparent, accountable and efficient manner. The one-day hands on training program for Procurement Officers of the Central Government
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The rescue and relief operations by National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) in the flood affected various districts of Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Rajasthan, Gujarat and Madhya Pradesh are in full swing. 56 flood rescue teams of NDRF are operational in various flood prone areas of the different states to assist the respective state administration in rescue and relief work. NDRF rescuers are delivering their best to evacuate the
The Ministry of Information & Broadcasting is organizing a Short Films Competition on the theme “Swachh Bharat” that showcases inspiring stories and helps generate awareness among citizens about sanitation and its linkages with public health. The winning entries will be announced in a special felicitation programme to be held in New Delhi on October 2, 2016. National Film Development Corporation of India has invited entries
In view of great potential of electronics manufacturing sector, NITI Aayog has prepared a draft strategy paper titled ’Make in India—Strategy for Electronic Products.’ NITI Aayog may seek Cabinet’s approval in a fortnight for a long-term policy to boost manufacturing of electronic products by providing a host of
Government was keen on regional connectivity and as part of its plan, 10-15 airports would be activated by the next year, Civil Aviation Minister P Ashok Gajapathi Raju said. "The work on regional connectivity is in progress. We have developed a scheme for regional connectivity.  There are 31 or 32 unconnected airports and we are planning to activate some of them and 10 or 15 airports may be activated by next year," he said. 
All India Radio will launch a first-of-its-kind service called Akashvani Maitree, which can be heard both in India and Bangladesh. Mainly in Bengali, the service will provide a platform for content creation and sharing of cultural heritage between the two countries. The service will be inaugurated by President Pranab Mukherjee on Tuesday. Information and Broadcasting Minister Venkaiah Naidu congratulated people of
A patent application of multi-business conglomerate ITC Ltd, which sells agarbatti brand Mangaldeep, for a smokeless incense product at a cost-effective manner was rejected by the Indian Patent Office for lack of inventive steps, among other objections. The company said its invention was to prepare an incense stick with no smoke but fragrance, and it would be an eco-friendly product with higher productivity and cost advantage
Union HRD Minister Prakash Javadekar has said that the constitutionally guaranteed reservation will continue in the new Education Policy and that the government has no plans to make any changes. Speaking to media here on Friday, Javadekar clarified that the government has not finalised the new Education Policy and that the draft policy is yet to be placed before the Union Cabinet for debate. "The government will place
A Parliamentary Committee has proposed a new law under which seeking a “sexual favour” can be considered as bribe and people can be penalised for it. In its report on the new anti-corruption bill, the Select Committee of Rajya Sabha has endorsed Law Commission's report and recommended inclusion of "undue advantage" in a relevant provision of the proposed legislation to cover "any gratification other than
Tech giant Intel has unveiled Project Alloy, a device that creates merged reality. Project Alloy is a headset that uses the RealSense technology to enable people to use their hands to interact with elements of the virtual world without using cables to connect computer. 
What is Merged reality?
Chinese scientists have discovered a small molecule (new drug) named XMU-MP-1 that can regenerate tissue. It has potential to eliminate transplants of some organs. It was discovered by team of researchers from Xiamen University and  Peking University of China. The findings were published in Science Translational Medicine. Key Facts The drug, XMU-MP-1 can promote repair and regeneration in the liver, intestines and
Scientists for the first time have developed LASER (light amplification by stimulated emission of radiation) from fluorescent jellyfish proteins that were grown in bacteria. The first of its kind represents a major advance breakthrough in so-called polariton lasers operating at room temperature. What is Laser? A laser is a device that emits light through a process of optical amplification based on the stimulated emission of
After 15 years as a pure research lab, the International Space Station might be ready for business. NASA is soliciting ideas from private enterprise on ways to use the orbiting laboratory for commercial purposes, taking another, tentative step in US efforts to create a marketplace in space. NASA posed the request as a way to engender "out of the box concepts" for the space station since the agency says it's become clear that
A large clinical trial of a new osteoporosis drug found that it stimulates bone growth and prevents fractures at least as well as the only other such drug on the market. The new drug, expected to win approval from federal regulators, would offer another much-needed treatment for some of the 10 million Americans, 80 per cent of them women, who have a disease that weakens bones and often leads to years of pain, disability and early
The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) is all set to launch its satellite, Aditya-L1, to study about the Sun, according to Mylswamy Annadurai, director, Isro satellite centre at Bengaluru. Speaking to the media on Saturday at a private college function here, Mr Annadurai said that India has launched 10 satellites between August 2015 and August 2016, adding, four more launches – INSAT-3DR and SCATSAT-1 in
PORT BLAIR: Senior BJP leader Jagdish Mukhi today assumed office as the 12th Lieutenant Governor of the union territory of Andaman and Nicobar Islands. He was administered the oath of office and oath of secrecy by Justice Girish Chandra Gupta, acting chief justice of Calcutta High Court at a formal swearing-in-ceremony held at Raj Niwas here. Mukhi took over from Lt General A K Singh (Retd) who was appointed
NEW DELHI: Senior IAS officers Brajendra Navnit and V Sheshadri have been appointed as Joint Secretaries in Prime Minister's Office as part of massive mid-level reshuffle effected today. As many as 22 new Joint Secretaries have been appointed in different central government departments. Of these, 18 are from Indian Administrative Service (IAS) and remaining from other services. Both Navnit and Sheshadri
Prime Minister Narendra Modi will be the face of Incredible India campaign of the Union Culture and Tourism Ministry. After much deliberations, a decision has been taken in this regard. Concepts for ad films have also been directed to be submitted in a week’s time. Modi will be talking about the significance of different places in those films. Union Culture and Tourism Minister Mahesh Sharma had earlier hinted that
Zambian President Edgar Lungu narrowly won re-election on in a vote his main rival said was rigged. Hakainde Hichilema’s United Party for National Development (UPND) said it would appeal the result at the Constitutional Court, accusing election officials of fraud during the count which began after voting ended . Lungu faced a tough challenge from Hichilema in a campaign to rule over Africa’s second-largest copper
Sunil Bharti Mittal has been re-appointed as the Chairman of telecom giant Bharti Airtel for another five year, with effect from October 1, 2016.  Mittal is the Founder of Bharti Enterprises, one of India’s largest conglomerates with diversified interests in telecom, insurance, real estate, agri and food, besides other ventures. The Group also has joint ventures with global leaders like Singtel, SoftBank, AXA, Del Monte
Mr. Yogeshwar Sangwan (IFS: 1994), presently Ambassador of India to Armenia, has been concurrently accredited as Ambassador to Georgia, with residence in Yerevan .  the Ministry of External Affairs  said that Mr. Vishvas Vidu Sapkal (IFS:1998), presently High Commissioner of India to Fiji, had been concurrently accredited as the High Commissioner to Kiribati, with residence in Suva (Fiji).
Union Government on 20 August 2016 appointed Dr. Urjit R Patel as the 24th governor of Reserve Bank of India (RBI). He will be having tenure of three years with effect from 4 September 2016. He will succeed the present RBI Governor Dr. Raghuram Rajan, the former International Monetary Fund chief economist. At present, Dr Patel is the Deputy Governor of RBI and is holding this assignment since 2013. With this
State Bank of India on Saturday said the ongoing merger of five of its associate banks and Bharatiya Mahila Bank will add $120 billion to its assets and will create a banking behemoth with global scale. The bank also said the merger of State Banks of Bikaner & Jaipur (SBBJ), Travancore (SBT), Patiala (SBP), Hyderabad (SBH) and Mysore (SBM), and also of Bhartiya Mahila Bank, a bank for women set up in November
New Delhi: Inter-ministerial body FIPB will on August 30 take up 12 foreign investment proposals, including those of BNP Paribas Asset Management lndia Pvt Ltd and Sharekhan Ltd. Other proposals pertain to companies like Willmar Schwabe lndia Pvt Ltd, SAET lndia Pvt Ltd, Bashundhara Paper Mills India Pvt Ltd and Whizdm lnnovations Pvt Ltd will come up for consideration at the meeting to be chaired by Economic
National Sports Awards are given every year to recognize and reward excellence in sports.  Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna Award is given for the spectacular and most outstanding performance in the field of sports by a sportsperson over a period of four years; Arjuna Award is given for consistently outstanding performance for four years; Dronacharya Award for coaches for producing medal winners at prestigious international sports
Jimmy Fallon will be hosting the 74th annual Golden Globe Awards to be held on January 8, 2017, NBC has announced.  "I'm so excited to be hosting The Golden Globes in January. And I'm really looking forward to spending time with the Hollywood Foreign Press before Donald Trump has them all deported," Fallon tweeted after the announcement. Fallon has a long history with NBC. He was once a member of "Saturday
GUWAHATI: Ecologist Bibhuti Lahkar of Assam, closely associated with the conservation of grasslands of Manas National Park and community development on the fringe areas of the protected area, is one among other conservationists across world, nominated for the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN)'s prestigious Heritage Heroes awards to be conferred next month. Bantu Lukambo and Josue
SPEAKING at an event where a socialist leader was honoured, Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray said on Sunday that revolutions can be brought about without spilling blood and lamented that parents of youngsters often hold them back from participating in social movements. Thackeray was the chief guest at an event at Ganesh Kala Krida Mancha, Swargate, where Dr Kumar Saptarshi, a socialist leader who also founded the
Chinese President Xi Jinping on Sunday bestowed special honours on a PLA battalion posted in Tibet close to Arunachal Pradesh for its “outstanding performance in safeguarding borders”. Mr. Xi, who heads the Central Military Commission (CMC), signed orders to give honorary titles, Xinhua news agency reported. “Troop 77656 is now titled as a ‘model plateau battalion’ for its outstanding performance in safeguarding
SK Sharma, Chairman and Managing Director, BEL, has been awarded as the Most Enterprising CEO in Electronics Sector by the Indo Global Business Council (IGBC), a policy think-tank based in New Delhi. M M Joshi, Executive Director (National Marketing), BEL, received the award on behalf of CMD. Bharat Electronics Limited (BEL) was established at Bangalore, India, by the Government of India under the
Telangana State has received the highest number of gallantry medals for police personnel in the country on the eve of Independence Day. It was the only State unit to secure the President’s police medal for gallantry (PPMG). The other units to receive the award this year were Central Reserve Police Force, Indo-Tibetan Border Police, and the Intelligence Bureau. Sub-Inspector Duddekula Siddaiah and Constable Chougoni
Filmmaker Arun Chidambaram’s debut venture Kanavu Variyam is going places. Though the film is not released yet, it has it has won eight international honours, including the prestigious Remi Award at the 49th World Fest Houston International, recently. Arun tells CE, “I am off to Russia this Tuesday for another film festival. I am happy with the recognition that the film has been getting globally. They help a debutant
N. Ramachandran, President Indian Olympic Association (IOA), on 21 August 2016 was awarded the Olympic Order for his outstanding services to the Olympic movement. The President of the International Olympic Committee (IOC), Thomas Bach, formally presented the award to Ramachandran.
The Minister of Culture and Communication, France, in the third week of August 2016 selected Kamal Haasan for the Chevalier de l'Ordre des Arts et Lettres (Knight in the National Order Arts and Letters).The distinction is in recognition of his high level of artistic excellence and his distinguished career achievements. Haasan is the second Tamil star after thespian Sivaji Ganesan to be honored with the prestigious French
MUMBAI: The 2016 Kabaddi World Cup will be hosted in Ahmedabad, Gujarat between October 7 and 22, the International Kabaddi Federation (IKF) announced today. The event will see 12 Kabaddi teams from around the world including India, USA, Canada, UK, Australia, Iran, Poland, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Korea, Japan and Kenya, representing all the five geographies of the Olympic Games. Star Sports will be
Indian tennis ace player Sania Mirza has romped into the number one spot in the latest WTA doubles rankings after she teamed up with her new partner, Barbora Strycova of Czech Republic to win the Western and Southern Open. Mirza and Strycova outclassed her former Slovakian partner Martina Hingis and Coco Vandeweghe 7-5, 6-4 in the summit showdown clash that lasted one hour and 22 minutes in Cincinnati. 
The 2016 edition of Olympic Games were declared closed by IOC chief Thomas Bach after a colourful closing ceremony at the iconic Maracana. The athletes were in celebratory mood and the rain didn’t affect their spirits. Great Britain, who finished as the second-best country with 67 medals, stole the show with their shoes flashing lights red, white and blue. For India, Sakshi Malik carried the tri-colour. The Indian contingent
Germany on 19 August 2016 defeated Sweden by 2-1 to win their first ever Olympic gold medal in women's football. Germany is now one of only three women's teams to win both the Olympics and World Cup. Germany failed to qualify for the Olympics in 2012 but won the bronze the last three times they played, in 2000, 2004 and 2008. Canada won the bronze medal in the event. 
Scientists from have discovered Gymnothorax indicus (proposed name Indian unpatterened moray), a new species of eel (a snake-like fish) in the northern Bay of Bengal region along the West Bengal coast. It was discovered after it was collected in a trawl net by fishermen in northern Bay of Bengal, about 70 km off the coast. About Gymnothorax indicus The ell species Gymnothorax indicus is slender-bodied. It was found at a
Shri C. Viswanath elected on Board of Directors of CAPAM . 3 Indian initiatives given CAPAM awards; Scaling-Up Cervical Cancer Screening gets gold medal  . An Indian delegation led by the Secretary, DARPG Shri C Viswanath visited Malaysia from August 17-20, 2016 to attend the Meeting of General Members of Commonwealth Association for Public Administration & Management (CAPAM) & CAPAM
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The upgraded Advanced Landing Ground (ALG) at Pasighat in Arunachal Pradesh was inaugurated by MoS for Home Affairs Kiren Rijiju in the presence of Air Marshal C Hari Kumar AVSM VM VSM, Air Officer Commanding-in-chief (AOC-in-C), Eastern Air Command on Friday. The event was attended by a large number of civil and military dignitaries including the Chief Secretary and Secretary Civil Aviation Arunachal
The Maharashtra government is exploring monetising land to raise Rs 2 lakh crore to fund infrastructure projects. A committee headed by Additional Chief Secretary (Finance) DK Jain has been set up to prepare a plan for the sale of land in possession of various departments and suggest steps to mortgage land. Maharashtra’s key infrastructure projects include completion of over 400 irrigation projects (Rs 80,000
The Ministry of Drinking Water and Sanitation, in association with the Ministry of Water Resources, River Development & Ganga Rejuvenation and Department of Youth Affairs, Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports, today organized a National Convention of Gram Pradhans in Alaahabad, with the support of the Government of Uttar Pradesh.The objective of the National Convention was to rally Gram Pradhans of 1651
The Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) has voiced its concern over alleged excesses of the Indian military and the paramilitary forces in Kashmir. This issued had surfaced after former Afghanistan President Hamid Karzai had “appreciated” Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s statement on human rights situation in Pakistan’s Balochistan province. Key Facts OCI Secretary General of OIC Iyad Amin Madani had quoted
BRICS Women Parliamentarians forum has unanimously passed the Jaipur Declaration on the concluding day of the Forum’s meeting held in Jaipur. The 19-point declaration was adopted at the two-day meeting of BRICS Women Parliamentarians forum held in Jaipur, Rajasthan. The meeting was attended by heads and members of delegation from Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa. 
NEW DELHI: A month since it went off radar enroute Port Blair, the search for the missing AN-32 aircraft of Indian Air Force continues without any concrete evidence about the fate of the aircraft. Meanwhile, as Geological Survey of India ship Samudra Ratnakar found some leads at a depth of around 3,000 meters, officials said it was not clear if it was the debris of the aircraft. "The ship has tracked some echoes from the
New Delhi: Moody's Investors Service today said continued reforms to enhance business environment and moderate inflation will help India achieve robust growth but cautioned that rising contingent liability risks in the banking sector could affect its credit quality.  Evidence of success in policymakers' efforts to introduce growth-enhancing economic and institutional reforms would provide support for a rating upgrade, Moody's
Leading from the front, India's information technology hub Bengaluru has surpassed the likes of New Delhi and Mumbai when it comes to being a host to the largest number of technology-driven start-ups. Next in the list are Hyderabad and Chennai who have also become quite popular among budding entrepreneurs, a study by industry chamber Assocham said. The study, done in association with the Thought Arbitrage Research
India ranks a low 39th in terms of fixed broadband adoption among Asia Pacific countries, with just 1.3 per cent of its citizens subscribing to such a service in 2015, according to a study by the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP). India ranks lower than countries such as Bhutan, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh in fixed broadband subscriptions per 100 inhabitants in ESCAP
New Delhi: Union Budget has for decades been presented on last day of February, but this could soon change with the government mulling advancing it to January end so as to complete the budget exercise before the beginning of the new fiscal year. The Finance Ministry is doing an overhaul of the entire Budget making exercise which may see scrapping of the current practice of presenting a separate budget for Railways and
NEW DELHI: India is home to the third largest number of technology driven startups in the world, with the US and the UK occupying the top two positions, according to a report. The study, done by Assocham in association with Thought Arbitrage Research Institute, also revealed that Bengaluru is host to the largest share of technology startups in the country, followed by Delhi NCR and Mumbai, while Hyderabad and
ALLAHABAD: Raja Ram Tiwari or 'Bhule Bhatke Walon ke Baba', known to the world as the one who ran 'lost and found camp' on the banks of the Sangam during Kumbh and Magh Melas for the past 71 years, died here on Saturday. He was 88. Tiwari, according to a conservative estimate, united over 14 lakh adults and around 21,000 children with their families during his self-less service spreading over seven decades. His
Subrata Banerjee, the former international umpire, passed away on 19 August 2016 in Kolkata. He was 71.
Banerjee had a 15-year career at the international level, where he officiated in 13 ODIs.  Banerjee officiated in men's and women's international matches, as well as in age group tournaments, and stood in a women's Test match.  He made his international debut in November 1983 in an ODI between India and West Indies

Flood situation continues to be grim in several north Indian states including Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Bihar and Rajasthan. Relief agencies including Army and NRDF are engaged in rescue and relief operations in flood-affected states. In Uttar Pradesh, flood situation in eastern parts of state is still grim. Ganga is rising in many places including Allahabad and Varanasi. About ten thousand people have taken shelter in relief
A swollen Ganga was flowing above the danger mark in Uttar Pradesh while Yamuna too was flowing above red mark in the state. According to Centre Water Commission (CWC), Ganga is flowing above danger mark at Fafamau (Allahabad), Mirzapur, Varanasi, Ghazipur and Ballia while Yamuna is flowing above the red mark at Chillaghat (Banda) and Naini (Allahabad) and Mohna (Jalaun). Similarly, Sharda river is flowing
Director Goutam Ghosh's National award-winning film "Sankhachil", an Indo-Bangla joint production, has been selected for the coveted 40th Montreal World Film Festival.  "Sankhachil", starring Prosenjit Chatterjee, essays the pain and anguish of people living on both sides of the border following the partition of Bengal. Confirming the news, Ghosh said on Saturday that he was sure "Sankhachil" would be liked by the
There Should Be an All India Education Service
An Indian Education Service (IES) should be established as an all India service with officers being on permanent settlement to the state governments but with the cadre controlling authority vesting with the Human Resource Development (HRD) ministry.
The Delhi government has formed an eight-member society to aid and advise it on the setting up of a universal healthcare insurance cover for the state’s residents. Delhi health minister Satyendra Jain is the chairperson of the “Society for Universal Healthcare in Delhi”. Six experts from health insurance, economics, finance or management, entrepreneur and the NGO sector will be nominated to the society to help set up a
NEW DELHI: The government has set up a committee under a former Delhi High Court judge to review the income tax law and identify clauses that lead to litigations or adversely impact the ease of doing business, underlining its resolve to address all tax related issues. The 10-member panel, headed by Justice RV Easwar (retd), has been tasked with submitting the first batch of report by January 31, before the budget for 2016-
After appointing Urjit Patel as the next RBI Governor, the government is now expected to finalise the names of three members to the interest rate setting panel MPC in the next few days. The government nominees to the MPC have been shortlisted by a Search-cum-Selection Committee headed by the Cabinet Secretary with RBI Governor and Economic Affairs Secretary and three experts in the field of economics or banking
The working committee of the BCCI will be meeting in the capital on Monday to discuss about the ‘First Compliance Report’ on the implementation of the various recommendations made by the Supreme Court-appointed Lodha Committee. As per Lodha Committee’s directive after meeting BCCI secretary Ajay Shirke on August 9, the ‘Compliance Report’ needs to be submitted to the three-member panel by August
A Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between the Central Council for Research in Ayurvedic Sciences (CCRAS) and University of Latvia on establishment of an academic chair in Ayurveda was signed today at AYUSH Bhawan, New Delhi. The MoU was signed by Vaidya K.S. Dhiman, Director General, CCRAS and Dr. Valdis Pirags, Vice-Dean of the Faculty of Medicine and Director of the Centre of Complementary
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