Author Archives: Bharath Panchajanya

Sushma Swaraj Twitter Seva to Help Abducted Indian in Malaysia

Minister of External Affairs Sushma Swaraj, known for her Twitter-based interaction with Indians abroad who require help, has responded to a Twitter message from an NRI in Malaysia who had sought help. Yogendra singh, an Indian national had asked for her help through twitter saying that his father was abducted in Malaysia for ransom on January 17. Soon Sushma Swaraj ...

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Haj 2017: Meningitis Vaccination Made Compulsory for All

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Saudi Arabia’s Ministry of Health has announced that vaccination against meningitis is mandatory for all Haj pilgrims in 2017 and it said a flu shot was also recommended, besides the usual quarantine requirements based on the country of origin. “Meningitis vaccination should be taken at least 10 days before pilgrims arrive into the holy cities,” Health Ministry spokesman Khaled Mirghalani ...

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India, Vietnam Sign MoU for Cyber Security Cooperation

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The Indian Cabinet has given ex-post facto approval to the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between India and Vietnam in the field of Cyber Security that was signed between Indian Computer Emergency Response Team (CERT-In) and the Cyber Security Department, Ministry of Public Security, Vietnam on 3rd September 2016 at Hanoi. The MoU intends to promote closer cooperation for exchange of ...

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Festival of India to be Held in Netherlands on Jan 26, 27

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A Festival of India is being organized in the Netherlands from 26 January – 27 March 2017 to showcase diverse Indian culture, including classical and folk dances, music, and exhibition on hand-made ethnically sourced silk clothes and accessories. The events will be held in the cities of The Hague, Amsterdam, Rotterdam/Maastricht, Utrecht, Eindhoven and Groningen. During the Festival, the following ...

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Colourful Dances, School Children to Enthrall Republic Day Parade – 2017

Republic Day Parade 2017

School children in unforms and colourful dances enthrall Republic Day every year but this year’s parade will have just one school with 162 students performing the key dance on the national tri-colour with the theme ‘Tiranga Sakshi Hai’. Their performance is being choreographed to convey how our national flag has been a witness to the glorious tales of our freedom ...

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India, Israel Move Closer in Horticulture Sector

An Israeli delegation led by the Agriculture and Rural Development Minister of Israel, Mr. Uri Ariel met Indian Union Agriculture Minister Radha Mohan Singh on Wednesday to discuss bilateral cooperation in agriculture. Both sides expressed their commitment to further strengthen bilateral relations in the field of Agriculture which is manifested by the fact that the third phase of Action Plan ...

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India Development Foundation of Overseas Indians Set up

India Development Foundation of Overseas Indians (IDF-OI),  a not-for-profit Trust set-up by the Government of India, was set up on the occasion of the closing day of the PBD convention in Bangalore on Monday. It facilitates philanthropic contributions by Overseas Indians to social and development projects in India and it will be chaired by External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj. Presently, ...

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Portugal PM Visits Ancestral Home in Goa

Portugal Prime Minister António Costa, who is on an official visit to India, was greeted with six Memorandum of Understandings (MoUs) between India and Portugal being signed on the occasion, including one pact on defence cooperation. Later Mr Costa visited Goa, his ancestral home and Bengaluru where he was the Chief Guest at the Pravasi Bharatiya Divas opened on Saturday. ...

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Assembly Elections Schedule Goes Viral on Twitter, Facebook

State Elections

The announcement of Election Commission of India on State Assembly Elections in five States on 4th January, 2017 has gone viral reaching 21 lakh people on social media within 24 hours, achieving widest possible outreach of information on the election schedules and other ECI guidelines for citizens. The combined effort made by Press Information Bureau (PIB) and Ministry of Information ...

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Foreign Ministry Announces New Passport Rules, Streamlining Online Process

The Ministry of External Affairs has announced new passport rules liberalizing the process of issue of passport to benefit the ordinary citizens as government officials and ministers and legislators have the privilege of getting a Silver Passport that is considered a status symbol and obtained easily within the legislature and bureaucracy. Under the changed rules, all applicants born after January ...

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Trial Results Show Ebola Vaccine Developed by Merck is Working: WHO

The World Health Organization (WHO) has said that an experimental Ebola vaccine has been found to be highly protective against the deadly virus in a major trial in Guinea. WHO said that an international vaccine-focussed organization, GAVI, provided $5 million to Merck, and the medical firm committed to ensure that 300,000 doses of the vaccine are available for emergency use ...

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India attains 4th position in global wind power

A capacity addition of 14.30 GW of renewable energy has been reported during the last two and half years under Grid Connected Renewable Power, which include 5.8 GW from Solar Power, 7.04 GW from Wind Power, 0.53 from Small Hydro Power and 0.93 from Bio-power.  As of 31st October, 2016, Solar Energy Projects with an aggregate capacity of over 8727.62 ...

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ISRO Launches PSLV-C36 Remote Sensing Satellite

In its 38th flight (PSLV-C36), ISRO’s Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle successfully launched the 1,235 kg RESOURCESAT-2A Satellite on Wednesday morning (December 07, 2016) from the Satish Dhawan Space Centre SHAR, Sriharikota. After PSLV-C36 lift-off at 10:25 am IST from the First Launch Pad with the ignition of the first stage, the subsequent important flight events, namely, strap-on ignitions and separations, ...

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Prime Minister of Qatar Calls on President

Sheikh Abdullah bin Nasser bin Khalifa Al Thani, Prime Minister of Qatar called on President Pranab Mukherjee at Rashtrapati Bhavan on Saturday after an eventful visit that witnessed strengthening of ties between the two nations. Welcoming the Qatar Prime Minister to India, the President said that the third high-level visit in two years highlights the importance that both countries attach ...

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Nobel Prize Physics Goes to 3 US Scientists

The Nobel Prize in physics for 2016 has been awarded by the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences on Tuesday with one half to David J. Thouless of University of Washington, Seattle, US and the other half to F. Duncan M. Haldane of Princeton University, US and J. Michael Kosterlitz of Brown University, Providence, US for theoretical discoveries of topological phase ...

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