Showing posts with label India. Show all posts
Showing posts with label India. Show all posts

Friday, February 3, 2017

Niti Ayog lauched India Innovation Index with DIPP and CII

Niti Ayog lauched India Innovation Index with DIPP and CII


New Delhi, 3 Feb: To make India an innovation-driven economy, NITI Aayog, Department of Industrial Policy & Promotion (DIPP) and Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) together launched a mega initiative “India Innovation Index” that will rank states on Innovations through country’s first online innovation index portal that will capture data on innovation from all Indian states on innovation and regularly update it in real time.

The India Innovation Index Framework will be structured based on the best practices followed in Global Innovation Index (GII) indicators and additionally by adding India-centric parameters those truly reflect the Indian innovation ecosystem. This initiative will be the point of reference for all international agencies to collect India’s up to date data points for global indices and analytic.

Inaugurating the portal, Mr Amitabh Kant, CEO NITI Aayog said, “This portal will be a first-of-its-kind online platform where Global Innovation Index indicators and India–centric data from various states will be coalesced and disseminated and updated periodically. This will be a one-stop data warehouse and will track progress on each indicator at the National level and the State level on real-time basis. The access to this portal will be hosted on the NITI Aayog website, and NITI Aayog will update this data periodically.”

Mr. Kant said, “I would like to congratulate Confederation of Indian Industry for creating the Global Innovation Index a decade ago and the World Intellectual Property, Cornell University for working together to further develop it and make it a global consulting document for policymakers around the world.”

Data collated on this portal will not only be used to ameliorate current data gaps w.r.t the GII, but be the prime source for the India Innovation Index, which will be jointly developed by NITI Aayog, DIPP and CII, in consultation with World Economic Forum, the World Intellectual Property Organization, Cornell University, OECD, UNIDO, ILO, UNESCO, ITU and others with the objective to rank Indian states as per their innovation prowess and provide impetus to them to build their respective innovation ecosystems and spur the innovation spirit among institutions and people.

Friday, January 6, 2017

PM Narendra Modi mourn as Om Puri Passed away

PM Narendra Modi mourn as Om Puri Passed away


New Delhi, 6 January: Recalling Bollywood actor Om Puri's long career in theater and films, Prime Minister Narendra Modi today mourn the passing away of the veteran actor.

PM Narendra Modi recalls his long career in theater and films in a PMO tweet.

Friday, December 2, 2016

Rahul Gandhi chairs Congress Parliamentary Party Meeting

Rahul Gandhi chairs Congress Parliamentary Party Meeting


New Delhi, 2 December: Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi chairs a Parliamentary Party Meeting of his party's Members of Parliament in both Houses on Friday.

At the meeting, the Congress MPs are likely to chalk out strategies for the main opposition, which is going full throttle against the demonetisation policy of the Center and also seeking to corner the ruling party in both Houses.

Although the Parliamentary Party Meeting is normally chaired by Congress president Sonia Gandhi, her son Rahul Gandhi chairs the meeting first time in the absence of her mother, who recently admitted to a Delhi hospital with some ailment.
Toll collection on national highways to resume from midnight

Toll collection on national highways to resume from midnight


New Delhi, 2 December: The collection of toll at all toll plazas on national highways across the country will resume from midnight, with the government taking several steps to ensure a smooth movement of traffic.

All toll plazas have been equipped with adequate numbers of swipe machines through which people can make payments using credit and debit cards.

Toll fee can also be paid through prepaid instruments and electronic wallets.

The government is also encouraging people to buy FASTags introduced by the Ministry of Road, Transport and Highways.

The FASTags can be stuck on to the windshield of the vehicle, and toll payments are made directly from the prepaid account lined to it.

The highway users are being requested to carry adequate change with them to avoid delay.

The old Rs. 500 notes will be accepted till the midnight of December 15, but this will only be for purchasing FASTags and for making toll payments of more than Rs 200 rupees. 
Center must tale initiative to resolve demonetisation row in parliament: Sharad Yadav

Center must tale initiative to resolve demonetisation row in parliament: Sharad Yadav


New Delhi, 2 December: The Janata Dal (United) has put the ball in the Central Government's court and said that is has to take the initiative to resolve the deadlock over demonetisation in parliament.

JDU leader Sharad Yadav told that the apposition wants the Parliament to function without any disruptions, but as of now there is an ongoing friction between the government and opposition, so the government must take the initiative to end this deadlock and definitely there will be a way out,"

A united opposition has so far continued to stall proceedings in both Houses over the demonetisation issue.
Supreme Court to hear all matters against demonetisation today

Supreme Court to hear all matters against demonetisation today


New Delhi, 2 December: The Supreme Court of India will hear all pleas, including the transfer petition filed by the Center on the demonetisation of Rs. 500 and Rs. 1000 currency notes today.

The Center has submitted an affidavit last week on the demonetisation move in the Supreme Court, saying it is an attempt to unearth black money stashed over the last seven decades.

Attorney General Mukul Rohtgi said that the Center has filed a reply in the Supreme Court in compliance with the top court's earlier order on the issue.

Rohtagi told "We have filed the reports starting from the initiation of SIT and all other issues which could be the affect of demonetisation process.

The Centre in its affidavit told the apex court that demonetisation is a step to reduce ratio of cash transaction, adding the objective is to unearth illegal parallel economy.

Thursday, December 1, 2016

World AIDS Day: Use, share "Umbrella with Raindrops"

World AIDS Day: Use, share "Umbrella with Raindrops"


New Delhi, Dec 1: On the occasion of World AIDS Day, sexual wellbeing brand announced Umbrella with Raindrops,' as the overwhelming choice in a global poll, to find the safe sex emoji.

Shockingly, almost half of 16-35 year olds think HIV is not something that could over affect them, despite the fact that every 30 seconds a young person is infected with HIV.

Whilst more than 60 percent of young people surved admitted to being uncomfortable discussing sade sex, 72 percent of respondents surveyed, admitted they found it easier to express emotions using emojis anad more than three quarters admitted that they use emojis to discuss sex and relationships.

The unveiling of safe sex emoji is the latest move in Durex's ongoing @CondomEmoji compaign, which calls for Unicode to put a safe sax emoji on every smartphone in the world in order to help young people communicate about safe sex more easily.
IAF Chief meet PM Modi, brief him on currency transportation

IAF Chief meet PM Modi, brief him on currency transportation


New Delhi, Dec 1: The chief of the Indian Air Force, Air Chief Marshal Arup Raha, met Prime Minister Narendra Modi at his office in Parliament and reportedly briefed him about the IAF's efforts in transporting new curency on aircraft across the country.

Talking to media after his meeting with the Prime Minister Modi, Air Chief Marshal Raha said, "As many aircraft are needed to transport the currency across the country, we will a range.'

Prime Minister Narendra Modi, in a televised address to the nation on November 8, has announced tha Rs. 500 and Rs. 1000 notes will no longer be legal tender from November 8 midnight. He had said the government has declared a "decisive war" against black money and corruption, and this regard the old currency noted would be replaced by a new Rs. 500 and a Rs. 2000 currency note.
After Rahul Gandhi, hackers hack Congress Twitter account

After Rahul Gandhi, hackers hack Congress Twitter account


New Delhi, Dec 1: After hackers broke into Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi's official Twitter account last evening, the Indian National Congress official account was hacked Thursday morning. Even as Congress media in charge Randeep Singh Surjewala warned "unscrupulous, unethical and roguish" troll of legal action, and the Congress party lodged a complaint with the Delhi Police's Cyber Cell, unfazed hackers seemed to have their own way by posting obscenities on the timeline.

Surjewala told yesterday, "The Congress party has taken the issue very seriously. We will be lodging a formal complaint with the Cyber Police and we sincerely hope that the government will show sincerity of purpose in investigating those who are perpetuating this crime and will punish them withing a time-bound frame.

Surjewala said, "It is extremely sad that office of Rahul Gandhi twitter account has been hacked. Such lowly tactics will not drown the voice of reason nor will it deter Rahulji from continuing to raise people's voice."

Raising his concern on the lack of digital safety in India, the Congress leader said, "It is also a matter of concern for government, which talks about online transactions and financial platforms. If Rahul Gandhijs Twitter account could be hacked, then every digital info can be assessed, can be mopped, and can me modified.

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Good News on Demonetisation, RBI extends withdrawal limits

Good News on Demonetisation, RBI extends withdrawal limits


New Delhi, 29 November: In an major relief for the common man, the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) on Tuesday extended the withdrawal limit of cash from bank deposit accounts. 

In a statement, the RBI said that such a decision has been made as certain depositors are hesitating to deposit their monies in to bank accounts in view of the current limits on cash withdrawals from accounts. 

"As it is impeding active circulation of currency notes, it has been decided, on careful consideration, to allow withdrawals of deposits made current legal tender notes on or after November 29, 2016 beyond the current limits; preferably, available higher denominations bank notes of 2000 and ? 500 are to be issued for such withdrawals," the statement said.

Thursday, November 17, 2016

Modi Government not to rollback Demonetisation Scheme: FM

Modi Government not to rollback Demonetisation Scheme: FM


New Delhi, 17 November: Rejecting the opposition's demand, FM Arun Jaitley said there is no question of withdrawing the demonetisation move as it is aimed at purifying the economic situation of the country.

Arun Jaitley said, let me clear it, the Aam Aaadmi Party (AAP) and Trina Mool Congress (TMC) have demanded a rollback of demonetisation. There is no question of rolling it back. 

He said, there is clear decision of the government and the Prime Minister Modi to purify the economic situation of the country. We will remain firm on this. 

Sunday, November 13, 2016

Modi's demonetisation an emotional drama: Congress

Modi's demonetisation an emotional drama: Congress


New Delhi, Nov. 13: Congress on sunday turned PM Modi's speech on Demonetisation an emotional drama. On his twitter account Rahul Gandhi posted - "Modi laughs as poor cry". As PM Modi mocked Rahul by saying those involved in big scams like 2G & Coalgate are now standing in queues to exchange Rs. 4000. Rahul reacted by mocking Modi for turning emotional during his speech in Goa and added -  "first laughter now tears ! Mediocrity comes face to face with reality".

Congress leader Anand Sharma reacting to PM Modi's statement that he left behind his family & home for the Nation said,"PM should maintain the dignity of his post and he is not the first person to sacrifice for the country".Many people left their homes, were imprisoned &even awarded death.  

Punjab congress president Captain Amarinder Singh on sunday alleged that the radical decision of demonetisation will affect crores of daily wage labourers and poor people who do not have bank accounts. He said the daily wage labourers who do not have bank accounts will face a lot of inconvenience to get even the necessary things for survival.
Enough cash available at banks: RBI

Enough cash available at banks: RBI


New Delhi, Nov. 13: To calm fears arround currency shortage, RBI said there is enough cash available in small denominations at banks. RBI assured people not to be anxious and need not to come over to banks repeatedly to draw cash as cash will be available when they need it.

RBI's announcement came as a reaction when people struggling outside banks to get cash of small denominations. 
Baba Ramdev support Modi on Demonetisation but oppose Rs 2000 Note

Baba Ramdev support Modi on Demonetisation but oppose Rs 2000 Note


New Delhi, Nov. 13: Yoga guru Baba Ramdev supporting PM Modi's decision on De-monetisation appealed people to keep patience stating nothing is bigger than Nation. Justifying the decision Ramdev said corruption, black money, terrorism. and fake currency is been attacked in one go by govt.'s decision.

Inconvenience is been caused to people but they should not condemn PM Modi and should rather support the govt. as this short term pain will be helpful in long term gains.

However, Baba Ramdev is not happy with Rs. 2000 Note as he is opposing big value ( 500 and 1000) Notes since 2010. According to him black money is accumulated mostly in the form of 500 and 1000 Notes, so bringing Rs. 2000 Note  may be helpful in accumulating black money. It is to be noted that Baba Ramdev is the brand ambassador against black money for our Nation.  

Sunday, October 30, 2016

Man Ki Baat, PM Modi dedicates Diwali to Army

Man Ki Baat, PM Modi dedicates Diwali to Army


New Delhi, October, 30: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday shared his thoughts with the nation in the 25th 'Man Ki Baat' programme.

Here is the highlights:

  1. My warmest wishes to everyone for the happy festival of Diwali
  2. Our festival are linked closely to the nature, the food, weather, everything about a festival is to symbolic
  3. Festivals are fixed not just on the mood of the moon but also mood of the people. All farms of darkness are to be fought with a deep of Diwali, we are elimination all the darkness from inside us and the world around
  4. Whole world celebrate Diwali, it is festival where we celebrate light over darkness. Is that not something we should inculcate for our society and the living spaces?
  5. Diwali is now not just celebrated in India, but all over the world, Diwali is a festival which is bringing people together
  6. Sometimes young people get carried away while lighting fireworks, they invite dangers, this worries me.I request parents and guardians that if their little kids are bursting crackers they should be mentioned and accompanied
  7. India's festival are linked to one principle - to connect oneself to the higher being. The world is speaking about environment today, our festivals have always celebrated our links to nature. Diwali gives us the message to shed darkness and walk towards light.
  8. Everyone hails the rising sun but Chhath Puja celebrates the setting sun, there's a social message in this.
  9. I also have to thank the citizens of the nation for their support and love for our security forces and jawans protecting us.
  10. From last few months our jawans are sacrificing their lives, we should celebrate this Diwali in their name. People from all walks of life sent messages of love and encouragement for our jawans, just as they light candles for their well being.
Don't partisan Armed Forces, Ravi Shankar told to Rahul Gnadhi

Don't partisan Armed Forces, Ravi Shankar told to Rahul Gnadhi


New Delhi, 30 October: Criticizing congress vise-president Rahul Gandhi for making the One Rank, One Pension (OROP) scheme a subject to "partisan politics' Union Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad has asked the former to check his facts while questioning on the implementation of the scheme.

Ravi Shankar Prasad told ANI 'We would like to say that Rahul Gandhi needs to do him homwork rather well. But the fundamental issue is he should not make a welfare of armed forces a partisan issue".

Minister asserted that OROP has been given by the Narendra Modi government amounting to more thar Rs. 10,000 crores while adding that the whole architecture is now in place for similar slab rate of pension which is in tune with the recommendations of the seventh pay commission.

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

GST Council has almost reached consensus on tax rates: Jaitley

GST Council has almost reached consensus on tax rates: Jaitley

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New Delhi, Oct 19: The Goods and Services Tax (GST) Council has almost reached a consensus on compensating states for loss of revenue under the new revenue collection regime, which will permit a decision on the new tax structure at the next meeting, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley said on Wednesday.

"The Council meeting today discussed the issue relating to different rates of tax structure. Rates also depend on the source of funds, on the basis of which compensation to losing states will be funded. Decision on a rate structure is possible once this is decided," Jaitley told reporters here after the meeting. 

"We have virtually converged on a consensus. The technical issues will be sorted out and the formal decision will be announced at the next meeting," Jaitley, who chairs the GST Council, said.

"The question is whether the compensation will be funded from the rate structure itself, or some other sources, or some cess. Once this becomes clear, it will be possible to decide on the rate structure," he added. 

The third meeting of the Council, that began on Tuesday, was cut short by a day. 

Jaitley said the Council would meet next on November 3-4.
Railways to install bio-toilets on all new trains: Minister

Railways to install bio-toilets on all new trains: Minister


New Delhi, Oct 19: Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu on Wednesday said that bio-toilets will be fitted on all new and existing trains to maintain cleanliness and hygiene.

"Bio-toilets will be fitted in all new and existing trains and all railway lines in due course will be made completely free from human excreta," the minister said at a function here to inaugurate 175-km track of green train corridor.

"Earlier we have launched green corridor track in south India and today we are launching it in west India." 

A green corridor track is free from human waste, which earlier resulted in track corrosion. This is made possible by installation of bio-toilets on passenger trains. 

The minister inaugurated the 141-km Okha-Kanalus route and the 34-km long Porbandar-Wansjaliya sections. The railways also fitted nearly 700 coaches of 29 trains with bio-toilets.

Sharing the challenges in installing the bio-toilets in passenger trains, Prabhu said: "It is quite easy to put new bio-toilets in the new train but converting the old toilets into bio-toilets without affecting its running is the biggest challenge." 

"We have also given the contract of building 85,000 bio-toilets in trains," Prabhu added.

According to the Ministry of Railways, 14,000 bio-toilets have already been installed till date in 2016 and 16,000 more will be fitted on passenger trains by the end of this fiscal year.

Earlier on July 24, 2016, the 114-km Manamadurai-Rameswaram stretch of the Southern Railway became India's first ‘green corridor'. 

Minister of State for Railways Manoj Sinha said the railways will soon have more green corridors in the coming years.

"These stretches were selected as there were very few trains on these routes, we will also launch green corridor on busiest routes soon," Sinha said.

Subsequently, the 78-km Jammu-Katra section would be taken up in the programme. It would be completed by March 2017.

Till date, the Indian Railways have provided around 48,000 bio-toilets on about 14,000 passenger coaches.
Indian Navy commissions new fast attack craft

Indian Navy commissions new fast attack craft

Visakhapatnam, Oct 19: The Indian Navy on Wednesday commissioned a highly manoeuvrable fast attack craft 'INS Tihayu', which will now be deployed along the eastern coast for patrolling.

The ship was commissioned by Vice Admiral H.C.S. Bisht, AVSM, Flag Officer Commanding in Chief, Eastern Naval Command.

Tihayu is the second ship of the four follow-on Water Jet Fast Attack Craft (FO-WJFAC), built by Garden Reach Shipbuilders and Engineers Ltd (GRSE).

The production of Car Nicobar-class vessels designed and built by GRSE was fast-tracked after the 2008 Mumbai terror attack. 

The ship is an improved version of WJFAC, earlier constructed by GRSE.

"Conceived, designed and built indigenously, the ship's commissioning completes addition of another chapter to the nation's 'Make in India' initiative and indigenization efforts in warship design and construction," an official statement said.

Named after Tihayu island (presently known as Katchal island) in the Nicobar group of islands, the 320-tonne INS Tihayu, measuring 49 metres in length, can achieve speeds in excess of 35 knots.

The ship is manned by a team of four officers and 41 sailors. Commander Ajay Kashov has been appointed the commissioning Commanding Officer.

The ship is capable of operating in shallow waters at high speeds and is equipped with enhanced fire power.

Built for extended coastal and offshore surveillance and patrol, the warship is fitted with advanced MTU engines, water-jet propulsion and the latest communication equipment.

The ship's armament consists of a 30-mm CRN 91 gun manufactured by Ordnance Factory at Medak in Andhra Pradesh. An electronic day-night fire control system, namely Stabilised Optronic Pedestal (SOP) manufactured by Bharat Electronics Ltd (BEL), controls the gun.

The ship is also equipped with two 12.7-mm heavy machine guns and multiple medium machine guns, besides shoulder-launched Igla surface-to-air missiles to combat aerial threats.

The vessels feature improved habitability with fully air-conditioned modular accommodation, on-board reverse osmosis plant for desalination, and a sewage treatment plant.
Congress wants government to acknowledge past surgical strikes

Congress wants government to acknowledge past surgical strikes


New Delhi, Oct 19: The Congress on Wednesday attacked the Narendra Modi government for denying that surgical strikes-like military operations also took place in the past.

This comes a day after Foreign Secretary S. Jaishankar reportedly informed parliament's Standing Committee on External Affairs about surgical strikes having taken place in the past as well. 

Asserting that the Congress never doubted the September 28-29 surgical strikes across the Line of Control, party spokesperson Abhishek Manu Singhvi questioned the silence of Prime Minister Narendra Modi on the BJP's continued bid to politcise the defence force's action. 

"The government shouldn't deny that this (surgical strikes) happened before. While we support the operation, they should be magnanimous enough to say that this is not the first time that this country has conducted these strikes," Singhvi told the media here.

"The Foreign Secretary in precise terms has said that surgical strikes have happened before. We have no reason to not believe his precise assertions," said Singhvi referring to the parliamentary panel being informed about previous surgical strikes-like military operations.

"Does it look good for the Defence Minister of this country to be directly contradicted by none other than the Foreign Secretary?"

"Which one of them is prevaricating? The Foreign Secretary has spoken in measured and precise terms," said Singhvi.

This kind of prevaricating only to score brownie points is unfortunate, because it paints the nation in a bad light, he said. 

"While the Prime Minister joins us in saying this issue shouldn't be politicised, it's happening under his nose by his colleagues," Congress spokesperson said.

"Why has not the Prime Minister mentioned even once about the posters dotting Uttar Pradesh, which politicise these strikes," Singhvi asked.