A protocol has been signed between Ministry of Railways and Russian Railways on 15th October, 2016 during the India Russia Annual Summit in Goa under co-operation Memorandum of Understanding between both the Countries. The protocol covers technical and execution study for upgradation of the speed of passenger trains upto 200 kmph on existing Nagpur-Secunderabad corridor of Indian Railways. A Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) has been signed between the Ministry of Railways of the Republic of India and the Joint Stock Company “Russian Railways” on 24.12.2015 for Technical Cooperation…more »
Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) through its constituent laboratories has conducted research studies in collaboration with Go Vigyan Anusandhan Kendra, Nagpur on cow urine distillate for its antioxidant and bio-enhancing properties on anti- infective and anti-cancer agents and nutrients. Four US Patents have been secured since 2002 and one pharmaceutical product containing cow urine distillate with anti-oxidant property is available in the market. Panchagavya is a classic collective name of five products obtained from cow viz milk, curd, ghee, urine and dung. Co…more »
The Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi, today laid the Foundation Stone of the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) at Bathinda in Punjab. Speaking on the occasion, the Prime Minister said that social infrastructure is essential for the development of every nation, and therefore, we need top quality schools and hospitals. He said that the AIIMS at Bathinda will benefit the local areas. He emphasized that this Union Government does not stop at laying foundation stones, and ensures completion of projects. Timely completion of projects is a priority for us, he added. The Pr…more »
The Census (2011) data showed a significant declining trend in the Child Sex Ratio (CSR) between 0-6 years with an all time low of 918. CSR is measured by the census in a decade. (Click here for the State/UT wise details of the CSR as per Census 2011) Beti Bachao Beti Padhao Campaign (BBBP) was launched by Prime Minister on 22nd January, 2015 at Panipat, Haryana. BBBP addresses the declining Child Sex Ratio (CSR) and related issues of women empowerment over a life-cycle continuum. It is a tri-ministerial effort of Ministries of Women and Child Development, Health & Family Welfare an…more »
New Delhi: In a transformative attempt to weed out black money and corruption from public life, the Government of India has constituted a Committee of Officers to enable 100 per cent conversion of Government – Citizen Transactions to the digital platform. The Committee, under the leadership of NITI Aayog CEO Mr. Amitabh Kant, will identify and operationalize in the earliest possible time frame user-friendly digital payment options in all sectors of the economy. This is integral part of the Governments strategy to transform India into a cashless economy. The aim of the committee i…more »
आदरणीय सुमित्रा जी एवं उपस्थित सभी वरिष्ठ महानुभाव 26 नवंबर संविधान दिवस के रूप में मनाना 2015 से प्रारंभ किया| कल्पना ये है कि हमारी नई पीढ़ी इस सविंधान के साथ उसकी प्रक्रिया के साथ उसके उद्देश्यों के साथ कनेक्ट रहनी चाहिए | ऐसा न हो कि सब कुछ चलता है लेकिन कैसे चलता है पता ही न हो| और ऐसी चीजों का एक निरंतर पुन: स्मरण आवश्यक होता है | जो मूल तत्वों का बार बार स्मरण करते हैं तो तत्कालीन समय के संदर्भ में करते हैं। जिस विषय का अर्थ आज से 40 साल पहले होता होगा हो सकता है उसी बात का अर्थ दस साल के बाद अलग रूप में दिखेगा एक progressive format होता है लेकिन वो तब होता है जब …more »
The Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi, today attended a book release function to commemorate Constitution Day, at Parliament House Annexe. Two books: an updated version of the Constitution of India; and “Making of the Constitution” were released on the occasion. Speaking on the occasion, the Prime Minister said that 26 November is being celebrated as Constitution Day since 2015. He said that successive generations should be well acquainted with the Constitution, and recall it in the contemporary context. The Prime Minister said that In India, when we recall the Constitution, we …more »
Under the Integrated Child Development Services (ICDS) Scheme, Aadhar enrolment of children below 5 years has been taken up with States/ Union Territories. As per information available from UIDAI, Aadhaar saturation among children below 5 years of age is 30.7% as on 15.11.2016. States/ UTs have been requested to organise special enrolment camps at Anganwadi centres (AWCs) twice a year in coordination with the Registrar/ Enrolment Agencies active in States/ UTs for enrolment of children below 5 years under Aadhar. The Aadhar Act has been notified in the Gazette of India vide notificat…more »
Department of Biotechnology(DBT), Ministry of Science & Technology has been supporting the research on Dengue vaccine in a major way under the aegis of Indo-US Vaccine Action Programme (VAP) and the Vaccine Grand Challenge Programme (VGCP). Efforts have been supported for the development of safe, efficacious and inexpensive dengue vaccine and continued support will be provided based on review of the programme and the milestones achieved. A major project on “Development of envelope domain III –based dengue virus-like particle (VLP) vaccine candidates“ has been implemented at Internat…more »
The 5th International Tourism Mart (ITM) was inaugurated by the Chief Minister of Manipur Shri Okram Ibobi Singh in presence of Union Tourism Secretary Shri Vinod Zutshi in Imphal Manipur, today. The ITM is organized by the Union Ministry of Tourism in association with the North Eastern States and the state of West Bengal. Inaugurating the Mart, the Chief Minister of Manipur Shri Okram Ibobi Singh expressed the International Tourism Mart would provide a good platform to promote tourism in the State of Manipur besides the other neighbouring states in the region. He further added t…more »
The Minister of State for Home Affairs, Shri Kiren Rijiju addressed at the function organised by the National Foundation for Communal Harmony at the National Police Memorial here today. The programme was organised as a part of activities being organised on the occasion of celebration of “Communal Harmony Week” being observed from November 19-25, 2016. The students from various schools representing different religious communities participated in the function. During the function, the students presented various programmes including religious songs, speeches and patriotic songs. Speaki…more »
The team of the critically acclaimed Ghanaian film, ‘Like Cotton Twines’, interacted with the media at the IFFI, 2016 in Goa today. The film, a social drama set in a remote Ghanaian village, is about a 14 year-old Ghanian girl, Tuigi who is supposed to become a Trokosi, a social practice prevalent in tribal communities of Ghana where young girls have to become slaves to the gods as a part of an appeasement of sins committed by their family members. The film depicts an African-American volunteer, Micah Brown who is teaching in Tuigi’s village, struggling with history, the Church …more »
Aiming to offer superior image quality to the audience, the 47th edition of International Film Festival of India shall use Barco’s laser projection technology for the first time. Living up to its nature of setting standards for film festivals in the country, IFFI becomes the first film festival in India to introduce new trend by using this breakthrough technology. All films at 47th IFFI are being screened using this technology. Barco’s laser phosphor digital projector model ‘DP2K-20CLP’ offers a range of benefits including considerable cost-savings and enhanced viewing experience, w…more »
*‘Ishti’*, a film focussing on stigmas of Indian society; and *‘Sahaj Paather Gappo’ (Colours of Innocence),* a film that reflects the struggles of a family challenged by situations, will compete in the International Competition section of the 47thInternational Film Festival of India. The names of these two Indian films were announced by the Directorate of Film Festivals. The 13 other films were announced at a press conference on November 1st, 2016 in New Delhi. The International Competition section has 15 films from across the globe, including these 2 films from the Indian Panorama…more »
At 47th IFFI, ‘Allama’, a film by the national award winning director T.S. Nagabharana, about the journey of a 12th century metaphysician, will compete for the International Council for Film, Television and Audio-visual Communication (ICFT) UNESCO Gandhi Medal. ICFT Paris in collaboration with UNESCO will award the film that best reflects the Gandhi ideals of peace, tolerance and non-violence, a prestigious Gandhi Medal and Certificate. This competition section shall have eight films including ‘Allama’ that will compete to receive the prestigious ICFT UNESCO Gandhi Medal. Other fi…more »
‘Red Carpet: Like Cotton Twines – 23rd November’ A Workshop on Foreign Language Film Selection for Oscar Awards was held at Kala Academy at the 47th IFFI. It was taken by Sid Ganis, the former President of Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences (AMPAS). He highlighted the rules and regulations on film selection for the Oscars. Photo Credits: Areeb Anwar Apart from selecting films for Oscar, AMPAS also specializes in other facets of Film making as it serves as a global community for presentation of art. The World Premiere and Gala Screening of the movie ‘Like Cotton Tw…more »
Cabinet approves setting up of Jawahar Navodaya Vidyalayas in 62 uncovered districts of the country The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs, chaired by the Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi has approved opening of one Jawahar Navodaya Vidyalaya (JNV) in each of the 62 uncovered districts with an outlay of Rs.2,871 crore. The expenditure for this purpose during the 12th Plan will be Rs.109.53 crore with a spill over amount of Rs.2,761.56 crore from 2017-18 to 2024-25. These JNVs will provide good quality modern education to the talented children prominently from rural areas. It …more »
The Union Cabinet chaired by the Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi has approved the Merchant Shipping Bill, 2016 for introducing it in the Parliament. The Merchant Shipping Bill, 2016 is a revamped version of the Merchant Shipping Act, 1958. The Bill provides for repealing of Merchant Shipping Act, 1958 as well as for the repealing of the Coasting Vessels Act, 1838. The Merchant Shipping Act, 1958 had become a bulky piece of legislation over the years as a result of various amendments carried out in the Act from time to time. It was amended 17 times between 1966 and 2014 resulting i…more »
The Union Cabinet chaired by the Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi has given its approval for diversion of State Highway-149 passing through Naval Land at Kakinada. In this connection, the following decisions were also taken:- a) Taking over of 11.25 acres of land of the Government of Andhra Pradesh underneath the existing Highway passing through Naval land at Kakinada. b) Surrender of 5.23 acres of Naval land at Kakinada to the State Government of Andhra Pradesh. c) Payment of Rs. 1882.775 Lakhs as compensation to the State Government of Andhra Pradesh to facilitate them for acquisi…more »
The Union Cabinet chaired by the Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi has approved the ratification and entry into force of the third Protocol to the Convention between India and New Zealand for the avoidance of double taxation and the prevention of fiscal evasion with respect to taxes on income (Convention). The Protocol was signed on 26th October, 2016. The Protocol will stimulate the flow of exchange of information between India and New Zealand for tax purposes which will help curb tax evasion and tax avoidance. It will also enable assistance in collection of tax revenue claims betw…more »
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