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Quota of OBCs in higher education

The University Grants Commission(UGC) has circulated the Central Educational Institutions (Reservation in Admission) Act, 2006 and Amendment Act, 2012 to all Central Educational Institutions directing them to implement reservation provisions for Other Backward Classes (OBCs) including admission of OBC students to these Institutions. UGC has issued instruction to all the grant-in-aid institutions funded by the Central Government, except minority Institutions ...

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Employment to Differently Abled

Section 34 of the “ The Rights of Persons with Disabilities Act, 2016” mandates every appropriate Government to appoint in every Government establishment, not less than four per cent of the total number of vacancies in the cadre strength in each group of posts meant to be filled with persons with benchmark disabilities of which, one per cent each shall ...

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Scheme for Poor Students

The Central Government is sensitive to the needs of students belonging to the economically weaker sections of the society and is committed towards ensuring equity in access to higher education. Under the Central Sector Scheme of Scholarship scheme for College and University Students, financial assistance is provided to meritorious students having family income of less than Rs. 6 lakh per ...

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Auction for Sale (Re-issue) of Government Stocks

The Government of India have announced the Sale (re-issue) of (i) “6.84 per cent Government Stock, 2022” for a notified amount of Rs. 3000 crore (nominal) through price based auction, (ii) “6.79 per cent Government Stock 2029” for a notified amount of Rs.7,000 crore (nominal) through price based auction, (iii) “6.57 per cent Government Stock 2033” for a notified amount ...

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PM invites ideas for his speech on August 15 on the NM App

The Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi, has invited ideas for his address to the nation on 15th August 2017.​ The Prime Minister has urged people to share their ideas for the speech on the specially created open forum on the Narendra Modi App. “When I address the nation from the ramparts of the Red Fort on 15th August, I am ...

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Shri Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi launches “Jiyo Parsi Publicity Phase-2” in Mumbai

Union Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Minority Affairs & Parliamentary Affairs Shri Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi today said here that the NDA Government has been working with commitment to “inclusive growth” and “Antyodaya” to ensure prosperity, security and dignity of the last person of the society. Addressing a large number of people from Parsi community and renowned personalities from various ...

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Linking of Aadhaar with Public Distribution System (PDS)

In pursuance of the provisions of the Section 7 of the Aadhaar (Targeted Delivery of Financial and Other Subsidies, Benefits and Services) Act, 2016 the Department has issued a notification dated 8th February, 2017 for the use of Aadhaar as identity document for delivery of services/benefits/subsidies that simplifies the Government delivery processes, brings in transparency and efficiency and enables beneficiaries ...

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Investment Agreements with Foreign Countries

The existing Indian Bilateral Investment Treaties (BITs) were largely negotiated on the basis of Model BIT text adopted in 1993, and as amended in 2003. The 1993 Model BIT text contained provisions which were susceptible to broad and ambiguous interpretations by arbitral tribunals. Further, significant changes have occurred globally regarding BITs, in general, and investor-state dispute resolution mechanism, in particular. ...

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Features of GST

Goods and Services Tax (GST) is intended to bring transparency and accountability in business transactions along with the ease of doing business and rationalization in tax rates and will not pave the way for financialization of the country. The foremost benefit of GST is to remove hurdles in inter-State transactions resulting in the setting up of a common market. This ...

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Fifth Generation Fighter Aircraft

An Inter-Governmental Agreement (IGA) has been signed in October 2007 between the Governments of India and the Russian Federation for Joint Development and production of Fifth Generation Fighter Aircraft (FGFA). The project is planned to be executed in two phases (i) Preliminary Design (PD) Phase; and (ii) Detailed Design & Development Phase (called R & D Phase). The PD stage ...

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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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Web application for free legal services to prisoners

As per information provided by the Ministry of Law and Justice, Department of Justice, the National Legal Services Authority (NALSA) has developed and launched a web application in New Delhi on 29.6.2017 for legal services to under trial prisoners/convicts. The web application facilitates to know the unrepresented under trial prisoners, and the Legal Services Institutions can provide them free legal ...

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PM expresses grief on demise of Professor Yash Pal

The Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi has expressed grief on the demise of Indian scientist and educationist Professor Yash Pal. ” Pained by Professor Yash Pal’s demise. We have lost a brilliant scientist & academician who made a lasting contribution to Indian education. Interacted with Professor Yash Pal extensively on many occasions including the National Children’s Science Congress in Gujarat ...

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Profile of President Shri Ram Nath Kovind

A lawyer, veteran political representative and long-time advocate of egalitarianism and integrity in Indian public life and society, Shri Ram Nath Kovind was born on October 1, 1945, in Paraunkh, near Kanpur, Uttar Pradesh. His parents were Shri Maiku Lal and Smt Kalawati. Before assuming charge of the office of the 14th President of India on July 25, 2017, Shri ...

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President Mukherjee Remembers Life as MP at Farewell, Thanks Modi

The President of India, Mr. Pranab Mukherjee was given a grand farewell at Central Hall of the Parliament on Sunday, July 23, 2017, where he remebred fondly his 37 years as a member of parliament before taking up the office of President. The President said that as he retired from the Office of the President of the Republic, his association ...

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President of India receives first copy of book ‘President’s Lady’

The President of India, Shri Pranab Mukherjee received the first copy of the book “President’s Lady” (Pranaber Preyosi) on his wife Late Smt. Suvra Mukherjee today (July 13, 2017) from Vice President of India, Mohd. Hamid Ansari who formally released it at a function held at Rashtrapati Bhavan. Speaking on the occasion, the President said that he was grateful to ...

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President Condemns Attack on Amarnath Yatris in Jammu and Kashmir

President Pranab Mukherjee has strongly condemned the terrorist attack on Amarnath Yatris in Anantnag district of Jammu and Kashmir last night, in a message sent to N.N. Vohra, Governor of Jammu and Kashmir. The President has said, “I am deeply shocked and anguished to learn about the cowardly attack on Amarnath Yatris in Anantnag district of Jammu and Kashmir in which ...

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Move Over Pellets or Tear Gas, Here is ‘Stink Bomb’ to Disperse Protesters

Indian security forces are contemplating using stink bomb instead of usual pellet guns or other deterrents to mob stone pelting practise and tests are underway on some prototypes. The Guinness Book of Records has listed two stink bombs – US Government Standard Bathroom Malodor with a mixture of eight chemicals resembling human feces smell while the other titled “Who me?”, ...

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Japan Behind Amelia Earmart Disappearance in 1937? Not Convincing!

First woman pilot Amelia Earhart who disappeared in her 1937 flight around the world still remains a mystery. Eighty years after, on July 4, 2017, when the United States was celebrating its Independence Day, news channels are abuzz with new evidence blaming Japan for her disappearance. A newly surfaced photo from the National Archives shows Amelia Earhart and navigator Fred ...

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West Bengal Governor Threatened Me, Alleges Mamata Banerjee

The communal riots in West Bengal’s North 24 Parganas district on Tuesday night over a Facebook post have resonated in Raj Bhavan. West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee said Governor Keshari Nath Tripathi in a meeting in Raj Bhavan had “threatened” her over the communal clashes and described his behaviour like “a BJP block president” and not as governor. Tripathi, ...

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Nirupam Sen: A Diplomat from NAM to Neo-Global Order

Nirupam Sen, India’s former Permanent Representative to the UN, died in New Delhi on Sunday aged 70. Nirupam Sen, a 1969 batch IFS officer, was India’s Permanent Representative from September 2004 to March 2009 and served as Special Senior Advisor to the UN General Assembly President. He also served as India’s Ambassador to Sri Lanka, Bulgaria and Norway during his ...

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Modi Releases Photo Book on President Pranab Mukherjee

Prime Minister Narendra Modi releasing the photo book titled “President Pranab Mukherjee - A Statesman” and presenting first copy to the President, Mr Pranab Mukherjee, at Rashtrapati Bhawan, in New Delhi on July 02, 2017.(PIB)

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday released a photo book titled “President Pranab Mukherjee – A Statesman”, at an event in Rashtrapati Bhawan and presented the first copy of the book to the President. Speaking on the occasion, the Prime Minister said that in his view, we can be more history conscious as a society, and preserve aspects of our ...

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Cabinet Approves MoU with US Homeland Security

Video grab of PM Narendra Modi with US President Donald Trump on Monday (White House)

The Union Cabinet on Wednesday, June 28, 2017, approved signing of a Memorandum of Cooperation between India and the United States of America on Homeland Security. The Memorandum of Cooperation will further strengthen bilateral security relations between India and the USA and will also help in coordination and interactions among the six Sub-Groups that are proposed to be formed under ...

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EC Launches Voter Registration Reminder on Facebook

Election Commission of India (ECI) is launching a ‘Special Drive’ to enrol left-out electors, especially first time electors from 1st July , 2017 , to ensure that ‘NO VOTER TO BE LEFT BEHIND’. In order to reach out to maximum eligible voters, the ECI has roped in Facebook to launch first Nationwide “Voter Registration Reminder” on 1st July ,2017 .  With over ...

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US President Upbeat as Supreme Court Upholds Decision on Travel Ban

US President Donald Trump has termed the Supreme Court decision as a clear victory for the country’s national security. He said the court verdict allows him to use the directive as an important tool for protecting the Nation’s homeland. He has appreciated that the court decision was unanimous at 9-0. A statement by the White House said, “It allows the travel ...

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Sushma Swaraj Digs out Old Lok Sabha Video to Counter Meira Kumar

The Speaker, Lok Sabha, Smt. Meira Kumar meeting the Prime Minister, Dr. Manmohan Singh, in New Delhi on February 22, 2014.(PIB)

Sushma Swaraj, known for her open challenge to Sonia Gandhi when she was slated to become Prime Minister in 2004, has reiterated similar stand against the opposition candidate for President, Meira Kumar, digging out an old video from archives. BJP Ram Nath Kovind and Opposition candidate Meira Kumar, former Lok Sabha speaker will be contesting the office of President of ...

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Meira Kumar Congress Nominee for President

File Photo of the Speaker, Lok Sabha, Mrs. Meira Kumar meeting the Prime Minister, Dr. Manmohan Singh, in New Delhi on February 22, 2014.(PIB)

The presidential race between Congress and BJP has become intense with both the national parties trying to woo the Dalit vote bank in the country with the presidential elections. Soon after BJP’s unilateral choice for Ram Nath Kovind, current Bihar governor, UPA Chairman and Congress President Sonia Gandhi has announced former Lok Sabha speaker Meira Kumar will be the combined ...

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India Presidential Elections 2017: BJP Proposes Bihar Governor, Dalit Leader Ram Nath Kovind

Ruling party BJP has proposed the candidature of Ram Nath Kovind, a Dalit leader and Bihar governor who once worked as an aide to late PM Morarji Desai, in a bid to placate isolated Dalit communities across the country. While many see it as a belated attempt to reach out to the Dalit community, BJP is hoping that Kovind’s nomination ...

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Japan Emperor to Abdicate Chrysanthemum Throne to Son Naruhito

Japan Diet's passage of a Special Bill on Friday, June 9, 2017 opens new gates allowing aging emperor to abdicate throne to his elder son Crown Prince Naruhito (Japan Imperial Agency Photo)

Japan’s Upper House passed a special bill on Friday, paving the way for Emperor Akihito to step down and pass the Chrysanthemum throne to his eldest son, Crown Prince Naruhito, within a week after the bill was duly passed by the lower house. Once regarded divine power, the oldest monarchy of Japan will undergo another major change with the passage ...

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Lok Sabha Passes the Admiralty Bill 2016 to Claim Maritime Jurisdiction

In view of the Kerala coastline incident which led Italian ship staff killing Indian fishermen, the new Admiralty (Jurisdiction and Settlement of Maritime Claims) Bill, 2016 was passed by the Lok Sabha on Friday, March 10, 2017 to claim jurisdiction on all such cases legally. The Bill aims to establish a legal framework to consolidate the existing laws relating to admiralty ...

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