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Meet Bilal Dar, the Boy Behind Plastic-free Dal lake

In his “Mann ki Baat” Prime Minister Narendra Modi focused on a boy named Bilal Dar who drew the attention of many for his self-less service to keep the famous Dal Lake in Srinagar free from plastic waste. He is now made the brand ambassador of Srinagar Municipal Corporation. “We can see in “Swachhata Hi Sewa” movement as to how ...

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Rajamouli, Rajinikanth Support 8-day Swachhata Hi Seva Campaign, 201 Districts OD Free

After 8 days of Swachhata Hi Seva Campaign, 201 Districts are ODF now. Swacchata Hi Seva campaign has fostered collaborations, across the country, to fight against the evils of open defecation. In a major milestone, the rural sanitation coverage has increased with 4 districts being declared ODF today taking the total tally to 201. After a week of the Swacchata Hi ...

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Building a new India: Pledge to Double Farmers Income by 2022

In order to improve the economic condition of the farmers, Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi has set up an ambitious target in front of the nation. The goal is to double the income of the farmers by 2022. It has been for the first time, a Prime Minister has put such a target in front of the compatriots for the ...

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2-day ‘North East Calling’ Festival Kicks Off Tomorrow

Union Minister of State PMO Jitendra Singh will inaugurate the “North East Calling” festival on Saturday in New Delhi under the Ministry of Development of North Eastern Region (DoNER), which has declared 2017 as ‘Destination North East series’. The festival is to promote the art, culture, heritage, cuisine, handicrafts, business and tourism of North East India. To be held at ...

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New Rules While Flying Unveiled, No Fly List Next

India’s Ministry of Civil Aviation has unveiled rules to tackle air flight passengers on-board who are disruptive and unruly, making it easy for a unique first ever in the world ‘No Fly List’ to be promulgated soon. Unveiling the rules, Minister for Civil Aviation P Ashok Gajapathi Raju said the new rules will allow for the preparation of a national, ...

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First batch of 1000 E-rickshaws ‘SmartE’ flagged off in Gurugram Today

‘SmartE’ will provide last mile transport connectivity to Metro commuters. Shri Nitin Gadkari, Minister for Road Transport and Highways, Shipping and Water Resources, River Development and Ganga Rejuvenation flagged off a fleet of first batch of 1000 E-rickshaws from Huda City Centre metro station in Gurugram today. Speaking on this occasion Shri Gadkari said that the E-rickshaw fleet will not ...

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Tracking down the whale-shark highway

Did you know that August 30 is International Whale Shark Day? Whale sharks are the largest fishes on Earth, growing up to 18 meters (60 feet) long, but they feed mostly on tiny drifting animals such as copepods and, occasionally, small fish such as anchovies. To satisfy their immense appetites, whale sharks travel long distances to find dense swarms of ...

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Smt Maneka Sanjay Gandhi gives National Level Awards to Anganwadi Workers

Massive programme of training AWWs to impart pre-school education being taken up: WCD Minister The Minister of Women & Child Development, Smt Maneka Sanjay Gandhi gave away National Level Awards to anganwadi workers to recognize their exemplary voluntary service in the field of child development and related areas under the ICDS Scheme, at New Delhi today. The Awards for the ...

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Modi Assails Bargaining Style of India

In his ‘Mann Ki Baath’, Prime Minister Narendra Modi appealed the countrymen not to bargain too much with autodrvers and vegetable vendors when they could spend huge amounts on their restaurant bills without a second thought. Taking cue from a phone call from one Aparna from Pune who complained about her friend repeatedly bargaining over small amounts with auto drivers, ...

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PM condemns violence over Dera Chief Gurmeet’s Conviction

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi has condemned the instances of violence in parts of the country, which erupted following the court ruling convicting the local sect guru. “The instances of violence today are deeply distressing. I strongly condemn the violence and urge everyone to maintain peace. The law and order situation is being closely monitored. I reviewed the situation with ...

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PM hails SC judgement on Triple Talaq

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The Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi, has hailed the judgement of the Hon’ble Supreme Court on Triple Talaq. Calling the judgement historic, the Prime Minister said that it grants equality to Muslim women and is a powerful measure for women empowerment. “Judgement of the Hon’ble SC on Triple Talaq is historic. It grants equality to Muslim women and is a ...

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Religious affiliation impacts language use on Facebook

Are you more likely to use words like “happy” and “family” in your social media posts? Or do you use emotional and cognitive words like “angry” and “thinking?” The words you use may be a clue to your religious affiliation. A study of 12,815 U.S. and U.K. Facebook users finds use of positive emotion and social words is associated with ...

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Performance of Domestic Airlines for the year 2017

Traffic data submitted by various domestic airlines has been analysed for the month of July, 2017. Following are the salient features: Passengers carried by domestic airlines during January-July, 2017 were 657.21 lakhs as against 560.87 lakhs during the corresponding period of previous year thereby registering a growth of 17.18%. Click below to see the performance of domestic airlines for the ...

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Last Date for Padma Awards nominations – 15th September, 2017

The last date for receipt of the nominations for the Padma Awards 2018 is September 15, 2017. Everyone can nominate any one. People are encouraged to nominate unsung heroes who deserve these prestigious awards (Padma Vibhushan, Padma Bhushan and Padma Shri). The nominations/recommendations for the Padma Awards will be received only on the Padma Award online portal available on the ...

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Vice President condemns terror attack in Barcelona

The Vice President of India, Shri M. Venkaiah Naidu has condemned the terrorist attack in Barcelona, Spain. In a message, he said that there can be no justification for such barbaric and reprehensible acts and terrorism is the biggest menace humanity is facing today. International terrorism can only be defeated by coordinated global efforts, he added. Following is the text ...

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PM meets all-women crew of Navika Sagar Parikrama (INSV Tarini)

Six women officers of the Indian Navy, who are due to circumnavigate the globe on the sailing vessel, INSV Tarini, called on Prime Minister Narendra Modi today. This is the first-ever Indian circumnavigation of the globe by an all-women crew. They will begin their voyage later this month from Goa, and expect to return to Goa in March 2018, after ...

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Vice President M. Venkaiah Naidu Greets People on the Eve of Navroz

The Vice President of India, Shri M. Venkaiah Naidu has greeted the people on the auspicious occasion of ‘Navroz’ the Parsi New Year. In a message, he said that Navroz symbolizes the spirit of fraternity, compassion and respect for all. The Parsi community has made an invaluable contribution to nation-building in various fields, he added. Following is the text of ...

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The Other Side of Independence Day Celebrations at Red Fort

As Prime Minister Narendra Modi unfurled the National Flag from the ramparts of the Red Fort, to celebrate the 71st Independence Day, followed by his address to the nation, here are some sidelights to the national event: On arrival at Lahori Gate of Red Fort, the Prime Minister was received by the Defence Minister Mr Arun Jaitley, Minister of State ...

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PM’s Independence Day Speech 2017: Highlights, Photos

India’s Prime Minster Narendra Modi on 15 August, 2017 addressed the nation from the ramparts of the Red Fort on the 71th Independence Day. Following are the highlights from his speech: 1. Greetings to my fellow Indians on Independence Day. 2. For the freedom and glory of the country, those who have contributed, those who suffered and sacrificed their lives, ...

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President’s greetings on the eve of Janmashtami

The President of India, Shri Ram Nath Kovind in his message on the eve of Janmashtami has said:- “On the auspicious occasion of Janmashtami, I extend my warm greetings and best wishes to all my fellow citizens. The ideals of Lord Krishna’s life are of universal relevance. His message of standing up for righteousness against evil, working for universal well-being ...

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PM expresses grief over loss of lives due to landslide in HP

The Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi has expressed grief over the loss of lives due to landslide related accidents in Himachal Pradesh’s Mandi district. “Pained by the loss of lives due to landslide related accidents in HP’s Mandi district. My condolences with the families of the deceased. I pray for the quick recovery of those injured in Mandi district, Himachal ...

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Smartphone tracking shows fear affects where youth spend time

Youth spend less time in their neighborhoods if area residents have a high fear of crime, according to a new study that used smartphones to track kids’ whereabouts. Researchers found that adolescents aged 11 to 17 spent over an hour less each day on average in their neighborhoods if residents there were very fearful, compared to kids from areas perceived ...

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‘Smiley’ emojis in formal workplace e-mails could create frowns : University study

A smiley face emoji and similar emoticons included in work-related e-mails may not create a positive impression and could even undermine information sharing, according to a new study by researchers at Ben-Gurion University of the Negev (BGU). “Our findings provide first-time evidence that, contrary to actual smiles, smileys do not increase perceptions of warmth and actually decrease perceptions of competence,” ...

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Soon Railway Stations, Trains to be Disabled-Friendly

In order to provide better accessibility to Persons with Disabilities (Divyangjan), short term facilities, as detailed below, have been planned at all stations, beginning with ‘A-1’, ‘A’ and ‘B’ category stations:- • Standard ramp for barrier free entry • Earmarking at least two parking lots • Non-slippery walk-way from parking lot to building • Signages of appropriate visibility • At ...

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World Bank Provides Aid for cleaning of Ganga River

World Bank has sanctioned a loan of US $ 1 billion for funding Institutional Development and for construction of priority infrastructure projects for municipal waste water treatment and solid waste treatment on the main stem of Ganga in the five Ganga basin states of Uttarakhand, Uttar Pradesh, Jharkhand, Bihar and West Bengal. Government of India has withdrawn a cumulative amount ...

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Drainage from Nallahs into Ganga River Still on

The National Green Tribunal (NGT) in its order dated 19th October, 2016 in OA No.200 of 2014 in the matter of M.C. Mehta vs Union of India had directed a joint inspection team to visit the area falling in Segment ‘B’ of Phase-I (Haridwar to Kanpur) and identify the number of drains joining river Ganga or its tributaries and make ...

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Managers can help prevent employees from working while sick

A new study indicates that managerial support can help prevent employees who work extremely hard out of an obsessive drive (‘workaholics’) from forcing themselves to attend work when feeling sick. Such support from managers can also help address work-family conflict in workaholics. Increasing the awareness of supervisors of the harmful consequences and costs associated with showing up to work while ...

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Scientists develop improved, potentially safer Zika vaccine

The worldwide Zika threat first emerged in 2015, infecting millions as it swept across the Americas. It struck great fear in pregnant women, as babies born with severe brain birth defects quickly overburdened hospitals and public health care systems. In response, there has been a flurry of heroic scientific efforts to stop Zika. Whole governments, academic labs and pharmaceutical companies ...

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High Capacity Parcel Vans in Indian Railways

To meet the demand of full vehicle load perishable traffic, Indian Railways has developed High Capacity Parcel Vans (VPs) with a capacity of 23 Tonnes which are attached to passenger carrying trains subject to availability of room in train and operational feasibility. To facilitate transportation of milk through Rail, specially designed High Capacity Milk Tankers having capacity of 44.66 KL ...

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3rd National Handloom Day celebrated across the country

Union Minister of State, Textiles, Shri Ajay Tamta said that the Government of India is taking various initiatives for the welfare of handloom weavers. Presiding over the main event of the 3rd National Handloom Day celebrations in Guwahati, the Minister said that he not only appreciates but also salutes the handloom weavers for their commitment, dedication and skill. He said ...

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