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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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Tiger Bearing Forests Play a Mitigative Role in Combating Climate Change

Union Minister of Environment, Forest and Climate Change, Dr. Harsh Vardhan has said that Tiger-bearing forests play a mitigative role in combating Climate Change, besides the value of ecosystem services, provided by Tiger reserves. Addressing the Global Tiger Day celebrations at Vigyan Bhawan today, the Minister emphasized that the Tiger is a symbol of healthy environment and there can be ...

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People find it difficult to judge how good their intuitions are

Whether people believe they are ‘intuitive’ or not may have no bearing on how they perform in tasks that require intuition, according to new research by psychologists at the University of Kent. Researchers Dr Mario Weick and Stefan Leach, of the University’s School of Psychology, found that the extent to which people feel confident about, and endorse, their intuitions may ...

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Women show cognitive advantage in gender-equal countries

Women’s cognitive functioning past middle age may be affected by the degree of gender equality in the country they live in, according to new findings from Psychological Science, a journal of the Association for Psychological Science. “This research is a first attempt to shed light on important, but understudied, adverse consequences of gender inequality on women’s health in later life,” ...

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Infants know what we like best, WashU study finds

Behind the chubby cheeks and bright eyes of babies as young as 8 months lies the smoothly whirring mind of a social statistician, logging our every move and making odds on what a person is most likely to do next, suggests new research in the journal Infancy. “Even before they can talk, babies are keeping close track of what’s going ...

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Time for filing ITRs by NGOs

More than 18,000 NGOs who did not file due Annual Returns (ARs) from FY 2010-11 to 2014-15 were given one-month time to upload the missing ARs pertaining to the above period (FY 2010-11 to 2014-15). More than 8,000 NGOs complied with the directions of Government. To begin, around six thousand defaulting NGOs have been served show cause notice for cancellation ...

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DREAMers at greater risk for mental health distress

Immigrants who came to the United States illegally as small children and who meet the requirements of the Development Relief and Education for Alien Minors Act, more commonly known as DREAMers, are at risk for mental health distress, according to a new study from researchers at Rice University. Picture of U.S. and Mexico”DREAMers Living in the United States: A Contextual ...

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Researchers crack the smile, describing 3 types by muscle movement

The smile may be the most common and flexible expression, used to reveal some emotions, cover others and manage social interactions that have kept communities secure and organized for millennia. But how do we tell one kind of smile from another? “When distinguishing among smiles, both scientists and laypeople have tended to focus on true and false smiles. The belief ...

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Smt Maneka Sanjay Gandhi launches Sexual Harassment electronic-Box (SHe-Box)

Smt Maneka Sanjay Gandhi launches Sexual Harassment electronic-Box (SHe-Box) for registering complaints related to sexual harassment at workplace WCD ministry to conduct an all India survey to assess the magnitude of problem related to sexual harassment of women at workplace. The Minister of Women & Child Development, Smt Maneka Sanjay Gandhi launched an online complaint management system titled Sexual Harassment ...

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Providing of Facilities for Tourists at Temples, Monuments and Tourist Spots

Ministry of Tourism has undertaken various measures/initiatives to provide facilitation and make tourist places accessible to the differently abled and to provide safety and security to tourists as per following details: I. 24×7 Toll Free Multi-Lingual Tourist Info-Helpline in 12 Languages to provide support service in terms of information and guidance to tourists. II. All the infrastructure developed under the ...

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Learn & Earn Scheme

The scheme “Seekho aur Kamao (Learn and Earn)” is a placement linked skill development scheme, implemented by the Ministry of Minority Affairs through selected Project Implementing Agencies (PIAs) all over the country. The Government is encouraging the youth from the minority communities to take up employment based skills training and the Ministry has extended the scheme across the country. So ...

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Criteria for Passports

An application for issue of a passport under the Passports Act, 1967 may be made to a Passport Issuing Authority for which the applicant must fulfill the following criteria: (i) that the applicant is a citizen of India; (ii) that the applicant has not been, at any time during the period of five years immediately preceding the date of his ...

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Smart Stations

A Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) has been entered into between Ministry of Railways (MoR) and Ministry of Urban Development (MoUD) for integrated planning of railway stations in the cities included in the ‘SMART Cities’ and Atal Mission for Rejuvenation and Urban Transformation (AMRUT) scheme. This would lead to an integrated public transit hub around the railway stations and encourage Transit ...

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Speed of Trains

With a view to increasing speed of trains in Indian Railways, ‘Mission Raftaar’ was announced in the Railway Budget 2016-17. The mission envisages a target of doubling of average speed of freight trains and increasing the average speed of all non-suburban passenger trains by 25 kmph in the next 5 years. Action Plan for improving mobility and increasing average speed ...

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Study explains link between academic performance and violence

Numerous studies have shown a relationship between high-crime communities and the academic performance of children who live within them. Now, new Northwestern University research suggests sleep disruption following violent incidents and increased amounts of the stress hormone cortisol offer a biological explanation for why children who live in neighborhoods with higher rates of violent crime struggle more in school. “Both ...

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Weather Warning – 20 to 24 July, 2017 -Karnataka to Witness Heavy Rains

India Meteorological Department has issued severe weather warning for 20th to 24thJuly, 2017 as below: 20JULY:♦ Heavy to very heavy rain at isolated places with extremely heavy falls very likely over Madhya Maharashtra and South Interior Karnataka.  Heavy   to very heavy  rain at a few places very likely over Konkan & Goa. Heavy to very heavy rain at isolated places very likely over West Madhya Pradesh,  Gujarat State and Coastal Karnataka. Heavy rain very likely at isolated places over Jammu & Kashmir, Himachal Pradesh,Uttarakhand, Punjab, Haryana, Chandigarh & Delhi,East Rajasthan, East Madhya  Pradesh, Vidarbha, Chhattisgarh,Jharkhand, West Bengal & Sikkim, Arunachal Pradesh, Assam & Meghalaya, Nagaland, Manipur, Mizoram &Tripura, North Interior  Karnataka, Tamilnadu & Pudducherry and Kerala. 21 JULY :♦ Heavy to very heavyrain at a few places with extremely heavy fallsat isolated places very likely over Gujarat State and Konkan & Goa. Heavyto very heavyrain at isolated places very likely overEast Rajasthan, West Madhya Pradesh, Madhya Maharashtra, Coastal Karnataka and South interior Karnatak. Heavy rain very likely at isolated places over Himachal Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Jharkhand,  Gangetic  West  Bengal, Andaman & Nicobar Islands, Nagaland, Manipur,  Mizoram & Tripura and Kerala. 22 July  :♦ Heavyto very heavy rain at a few placeswith extremely heavy falls at isolated places very likely over Gujarat State. Heavy   to very heavy rain  at isolated   places very likely over Konkan & Goa. ...

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Shri Rajnath Singh condoles Amarnath Yatra bus accident victims

The Union Home Minister Shri Rajnath Singh has expressed deep condolences over the loss of lives in a bus accident carrying Amarnath Yatris in Jammu and Kashmir. “My heart goes out to the families of Amarnath Yatris who lost their loved ones in the bus accident. My prayers are with the injured,” he said. Shri Rajnath Singh spoke to J&K ...

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PM upbeat on Ujjwala Yojana success

The Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi has expressed happiness as number of beneficiaries of Ujjwala Yojana crossed 2.5 Crore. “Ujjwala Yojana continues to expand its reach! Extremely delighted that today the number of beneficiaries crossed 2.5 crore. I thank Rashtrapati Ji for the special gesture of handing over LPG connections to beneficiaries in Jangipur, West Bengal. I congratulate Minister Dharmendra ...

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Aadhaar an effective instrument in removing Corruption and enabling Citizen Empowerment

On 11th July, 2017 CSC SPV organised a workshop on “Aadhaar Services through CSC – A Unique Initiative” to showcase the impact and progress made by the Village Level Entrepreneurs (VLEs) in delivering Aadhaar services among the poor and marginalized communities in India, through the Common Services Centres (CSCs). Union Minister for Electronics & IT and Law Justice, Shri Ravi ...

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Ahmadabad Joins 36 UNESCO’s World Heritage Properties in India

  The “Historic City of Ahmadabad” has figured on UNESCO’s World Heritage list on 8th July, 2017 during the 41st Session of World Heritage Committee, which makes the walled city of Ahmedabad the first city in India and the third in Asia to be inscribed to the World Heritage List. In the past 3 years alone, India has managed to ...

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Indian Railways Pondering ‘Subsidy’ Give Up Scheme on Tickets

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Indian Railways wants to emulate the example of “Give it Up” campaign that was behind 1 crore people giving up their subsidized gas connections before it was made mandatory for all those above the income level of Rs.10 lakhs per annum. A senior railway official said the ministry is pondering the possibility of similar appeal that can dissuade those who ...

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Heavy Rains to Lash Out Assam, Meghalaya This Weekend: Indian Met Agency

Indian Meteorlogical Department has issued heavy to very heavy rains in nothern and north-eastern and eastern states of Uttarakhand, East Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Jharkhand, Sub­ Himalayan West Bengal and Sikkim, Odisha, Arunachal Pradesh, Nagaland, Manipur, Mizoram and Tripura. Here is the weather forecast issued by IMD for the week starting from July 7, 2017 to July 11, 2017: 07JULY(Day1):♦ Heavy to very ...

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Google Changed Look of its Google News Page An Hour Ago!

New Google News Page for India edition

For those who had just visited Google News an hour ago would be surprised to see a new look of Google News page now, 11:20 pm on Wednesday, June 28, 2017. Beginning today, Google will have a new sleek look of its News Page, departing from the old Google News page that was changed slightly six years ago. Here’s the ...

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Bangalore Faces ‘Pub’ Dilemma, Team Rushed to Delhi over Highway Liquor Ban

What has been cited during the British period sketches has come up to put Bangalore’s famous Brigade Road and MG Road pubs to closure now, with the Supreme Court effecting ‘No Bars’ on Highways. No one had ever noticed that the famous Brigade Road was part of a highway. In view of the impending order taking effect from July 1, ...

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