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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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PM greets the nation in Sanskrit on Sanskrit Day

The Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi has greeted the nation on the Sanskrit Day and shared his greetings with the people in Sanskrit. The Sanskrit text is as follows: “भारतस्य समृद्धः इतिहासः संस्कृतिः परम्परा च संस्कृते अस्ति। संस्कृतस्य ज्ञानम् अस्मान् तेन समृद्ध-वैभवोपेत-अतीतेन सह योजयति।“ “संस्कृतप्रेमिभ्यः तथा च अस्याः सुन्दर्याः भाषायाः पठितृभ्यः सर्वेभ्यः संस्कृतदिवस-सन्दर्भे मम हार्दिक-शुभकामनाः।” It implies that India’s rich ...

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NASA sees wide-eyed Typhoon Noru headed for landfall in Kyushu, Japan

Typhoon Noru was churning just south of the southwestern-most island of Japan when NASA’s Terra satellite captured an image of the storm with an eye over 35 miles wide. The Joint Typhoon Warning Center expects Noru to make landfall in Kyushu by August 6. On August 4, 2017 at 0220 UTC (Aug. 3 at 10:20 p.m. EDT), NASA’s Terra satellite ...

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Smt. Sharbati Devi, a 103 year old widow ties a Rakhi on PM

Smt. Sharbati Devi, a 103 year old widow, today visited the PM’s residence, and tied a Rakhi on Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi’s wrist on the occasion of Raksha Bandhan. Smt. Sharbati Devi lost her brother about 50 years ago, and would always miss him, especially on Rakhi. Her son wrote to the Prime Minister and subsequently, the Prime Minister ...

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President Greets Nation on ‘Raksha Bandhan’

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President Ram Nath Kovind in his message on the eve of Raksha Bandhan has emphasized on the sacred bond of commitment between sisters and brothers in the country. “On the auspicious occasion of Raksha Bandhan, I offer my warm greetings and good wishes to all fellow citizens. This unique festival celebrates the sacred bond of commitment between sisters and brothers,” ...

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Welfare of Transgenders taken up

The Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment has constituted an Inter Ministerial Committee to pursue implementation of the Expert Committee’s recommendations. So far, four Inter Ministerial Committee meetings have been held. The Registrar General of India (RGI), during Enumeration of Census 2011, for the first time provided three codes i.e. Male-1, Female –2 and others -3 for enumeration. This was ...

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Eligibility Criteria for Senior Citizens to be decided soon

Adoption of Uniform age criteria of sixty years for benefits of Senior Citizens being extended by different organizations (such as Airlines, Insurance companies, State Governments, etc) is under consideration in this Ministry, pursuant to the recommendation of the Group of Secretaries on Education and Social Development, Constituted by the Government. It is proposed to bring suitable amendment to the Maintenance ...

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Contest held for designing of Logo for the prestigious “Women of India Festival”

The Ministry of Women & Child Development has launched a Contest for designing a logo for the prestigious “Women of India Festival’ to be held at Dilli Haat in October 2017. It’s an opportunity for designers who aspire to see their creation displayed on a National platform. The Women of India Festival offers the biggest selection of organic products prepared ...

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Fixation of Pension: How to Calculate?

In implementation of Government’s decision on the recommendation of the Seventh Central Pay Commission (7th CPC), orders have been issued vide Department of Pension & Pensioners’ Welfare O.M. No. 38/37/16-P&PW(A) (i) dated 04.08.2016 for revision of provisions regulating pension/gratuity/ commutation of pension/family pension/disability pension/ex-gratia lump-sum compensation, etc. in respect of the employees retiring on or after 01.01.2016.v For revision of ...

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Setting up of Spice Park in Telangana

Central Government has received proposal from the State Government of Telangana for establishing a Spice Park at Nizamabad for turmeric. It has been intimated to the State Government that the Spices Board would extend all technical support if land and funds for establishing the Spice park is provided by the State. Central Government has also approved the setting up of ...

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Aardvarks’ fate points to worrying consequences for wildlife, due to climate change

The aardvark, a highlight for anyone on a game-viewing African safari, will become increasingly rare as the world warms and dries, and the consequences go well beyond a decline in aardvark safari encounters. According to researchers studying this elusive mammal, sometimes classed as one of the “Shy 5”, in South Africa’s Kalahari Desert, aardvarks prove to be highly susceptible to ...

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Highway Projects in North Karnataka

Total 13 works amounting to Rs. 7216 crore are presently in progress in North Karnataka. These are scheduled to be completed between December, 2017 to March 2019. 8 works at an estimated cost of Rs. 1090 crore are proposed to be sanctioned during the current year. This information was given by Minister of State for Road Transport and Highways, Shipping ...

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Crackers Production

It has been made mandatory for firecracker manufacturers to mention the composition of explosives and quantity of the same as per Rule 15 (4) of the Explosives Rules, 2008. However, it is not mandatory to mention the consequential effects of fireworks on the environment and human health on the label of the packet or carton. Government of India vide Notification ...

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Quality of Chinese Products

All goods imported into India are subject to domestic laws, rules, orders, regulations, technical specification, environment and safety norms, that are notified from time to time. There is no proposal at present to restrict imports of products, that otherwise satisfy the aforesaid conditions, including meeting the prescribed technical standards. The Bureau of Indian Standards (BIS) formulates standards applicable to domestic ...

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PM condoles the demise of Ustad Hussain Sayeeduddin Dagar

The Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi has condoled the demise of noted Hindustani classical vocalist Ustad Hussain Sayeeduddin Dagar. “Ustad Hussain Sayeeduddin Dagar’s demise is saddening. His contribution to Hindustani classical music will be remembered for generations. People across India and the world were enthralled by the music of Ustad Hussain Sayeeduddin Dagar, an inspiration for music enthusiasts.” the Prime ...

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PM announces ex-gratia for victims of building collapse in Mumbai

The Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi has approved an ex- gratia of Rs. 2 lakh each for the next of kin of those who have lost their lives due to a building collapse in Ghatkopar, Mumbai. The Prime Minister has also approved Rs. 50,000 each for those injured due to the building collapse.

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