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Vice President Ansari Greets People on Eid-ul-Fitr

President Pranab Mukherjee meeting the invitees, at an Iftar party, on the occasion of id’ul Fitar, hosted by him, at Rashtrapati Bhawan, in New Delhi on June 23, 2017.(PIB)

Vice President of India M. Hamid Ansari has greeted the people of our country on the joyous occasion of Id-ul-Fitr. In a message, he said that Id-ul-Fitr marks the culmination of the holy month of Ramzan and signifies the traditional expression of brotherhood and understanding between people. The festival reaffirms the spirit of compassion, charity and generosity in our lives, ...

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Noida in Delhi-NCR to Get Second International Airport

The Union Minister for Civil Aviation, Mr Ashok Gajapathi Raju Pusapati holding a press conference, in New Delhi on June 24, 2017.(PIB)

The Government has granted in-principle approval for a greenfield airport at Jewar in Greater Noida in view of the rapidly growing flying requirements of the NCR region, said Minister for Civil Aviation P. Ashok Gajapathi Raju on Saturday. The air traffic in the NCR region is growing very fast, he noted. From the current level of 62 million passengers per ...

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India and Portugal: Modi Trumps up Support for start ups

The Prime Minister, Mr Narendra Modi and the Prime Minister of Portugal, Mr. Antonio Costa at the signing ceremony of MoU between India and Portugal, at Lisbon, Portugal on June 24, 2017.(PIB)

In his latest foreign visit to Portugal, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi signed MoUs in Lisbon for creation of an India Portugal Space Alliance and launched a unique startup Portal – the India-Portugal International StartUp Hub (IPISH) – in Lisbon. While the agreements will promote India’s science and technology partnership with Portugal, towards the establishment of a unique Centre on ...

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Uma Bharti Urges Spritual Institutions to Join Namami Gange Program

Union Minister for Water Resources, River Development and Ganga Rejuvenation, Uma Bharti briefing the media about the achievements of her Ministry during the last three years, in New Delhi on June 19, 2017. The Minister of State for Water Resources, River Development and Ganga Rejuvenation, Dr. Sanjeev Kumar Balyan is also seen.(PIB)

Union Minister for Water Resources, River Development and Ganga Rejuvenation Uma Bharati has appealed to spiritual institutions and organisations to join Namami Gange programme in spreading awareness about keeping the ghats clean. She was addressing a gathering of stakeholders at Parmarth Niketan in Rishikesh on Friday, June 9, 2017, as part of her ongoing Ganga Nirikshan Abhiyan that entered into ...

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Defeated India Looks for Scapegoat, Anil Kumble to Exit

  Pakistan has thrashed sixers and boundaries to set a huge target of 238 for India in the second half of the play in the final of India vs Pakistan final match of ICC Championship 2017 Trophy being held at the Oval in London. Not unexpected, India was defeated with all out for 180 despite its record defeat of the ...

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Father Dangled Baby Outside 15th Floor Window for ‘Likes’ on FaceBook, Sent to Jail

Father jailed after posting this photo on Facebook with the caption: “1,000 likes or I will drop him”https://t.co/PGkpNljJNc pic.twitter.com/FoYSJWVXwg — BBC News (World) (@BBCWorld) June 20, 2017 In a horrible display of perversion for social media applause, a cruel father dangled his baby outside his 15th floor apartment in a high-rise building in Algiers, capital of Algeria, took a picture ...

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Kochi Metro Takes Off, Bangalore Metro Fully Functional Now

For a change, both Prime Minister Narendra Modi and President Pranab Mukherjee took a metro ride though in different cities down the south today. While PM Modi inaugurated Kochi Metro this morning, President Pranab Mukherjee is opening and taking ride on Namma Metro at 6 pm this evening. Bangalore’s Namma Metro, initially planned to be completed in 5 years has ...

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India’s Spice Exports Rise 12% to Record All-time High

The Minister of State for Commerce & Industry (Independent Charge), Mrs. Nirmala Sitharaman lighting the lamp at the Orientation programme for Spices Farmers Producers’ Companies (SFPCs) Buyer- Seller Meet, in Itanagar on April 26, 2017. The Minister of State for Home Affairs, Shri Kiren Rijiju is also seen.(PIB)

Amid stringent food safety regulations imposed by countries across the globe, Indian spices and spice products surged to a record export growth worth Rs.17664.61 crore (US$ 2633.30 million) and a volume of 9,47,790 tonnes in 2016-17, said a statement. The buoyancy in exports of spices and related products, both in terms of value and volume, compares favourably with figures of ...

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Arun Jaitley Meets South Korea President, Conveys PM Message

Indian Finance Minister Arun Jaitley meeting the South Korean President in Seoul (PIB Photo)

Indian Minister of Finance, Corporate Affairs and Defence Arun Jaitley met South Korean President MOON Jae-in on Wednesday and conveyed the good wishes of the Prime Minister of India. Complimenting President Moon for his vision for the region and the relationship with India, and recalling the PMs invitation to the President to visit India, FM hoped that the two leaders ...

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India Successfully Testfires ATGM Nag Missile

The Anti-Tank Guided Missile Nag was successfully flight tested today in the desert ranges of Rajasthan. The Fire and Forget 3rd generation ATGM Nag is incorporated with many advanced technologies including the Imaging Infrared Radar (IIR) Seeker with integrated avionics, a capability which is possessed by few nations in the world. The capabilities of the top attack ATGM Nag is ...

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Agriculture Minister Radha Mohan Singh Postpones his Visit to China

The Union Minister of Agriculture and Farmer’s Welfare, Mr Radha Mohan Singh has postponed his visit to China for the purpose of every possible help to farmers in the current environment and in the policy decisions by the State Governments for the interests of farmers’ welfare. Agriculture Minister’s visit to China was scheduled from 15th June 2017 to 17th June ...

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CSIR Signs Pact with Ethiopia on Metals

CSIR sign pact on metals with Ethiopia

The Council of Scientific & Industrial Research (CSIR) has signed an Agreement with the Metal Industries Development Institute (MIDI), Ethiopia to implement a twinning programme. The program is aimed at R&D capacity building of MIDI. CSIR has clinched this multi-million US dollar assignment through a process where many international organisations were considered.  The twinning is one of the largest programs ...

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India Navy Chief, Admiral Sunil Lanba to Visit Israel

Indian navy chief Admiral Sunil Lanba, Chairman COSC & Chief of the Naval Staff will visit Israel from 12 to 15 June, 2017 as part of bilateral relations to increase high level defence exchanges, said the government in a statement. During his visit to Israel, Admiral Sunil Lanba, Chairman COSC & CNS is scheduled to hold bilateral discussions with Lt ...

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AYUSH Ministry Launches Yoga Life-size Mascots

The Central Council for Research in Yoga & Naturopathy (CCRYN) under the Ministry of AYUSH, Government of India, has initiated a Yoga Awareness Drive through Mascots and Flash Mobs (YogMob) prior to International Yoga Day (21st June) to increase popularity of Yoga especially among the youth. The mascots Provide an eye-catching way of helping boost the awareness of International Day ...

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Leading Importers and Exporters Participate in Mango Buyer-Seller Meet

File Photo of Minister of State for Commerce & Industry (Independent Charge), Nirmala Sitharaman addressing the 2nd meeting of the Board of Trade, in New Delhi on June 20, 2017.(PIB)

Twenty one leading importers from China, Iran, Japan, Australia, Mauritius, Republic of Korea and UAE, participated in the Mango Buyer Seller meet(BSM) organized by APEDA today, June 5, 2017. More than 100 exporters from across the country participated in the Buyer Seller meet. One of the leading importers M/s Dalian Yidufrom China having a chain of stores interacted with the ...

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ISRO Launches GSLV Mk III Successfully with GSAT-19 Satellite


The first developmental flight (GSLV MkIII-D1) of India’s heavy lift launch vehicle GSLV Mk-III was successfully conducted today (June 05, 2017) evening from Satish Dhawan Space Centre SHAR, Sriharikota with the launch of GSAT-19 satellite. This was the first orbital mission of GSLV MkIII which was mainly intended to evaluate the vehicle performance including that of its fully indigenous cryogenic ...

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Indian MP Delegation to Visit Israel, Minister Ahluwalia Leads Panel

The Minister of State for Agriculture & Farmers Welfare and Parliamentary Affairs, Shri S.S. Ahluwalia leading an Indian Parliamentary delegation, in a visit to the Agricultural water solutions company Naandan Jain, in Tel Aviv, Israel on June 05, 2017. The Secretary, Ministry of Parliamentary Affairs, Shri Rajiv Yadav is also seen.(PIB)

Union Minister of State for Parliamentary Affairs and Agriculture and Farmers Welfare, S.S. Ahluwalia, led an Indian Parliamentary delegation on a three-day visit to Norway for promoting and strengthening parliamentary relations between the two countries. The visit, which concluded late last night, is expected to further strengthen bilateral relations between India and Norway. During the visit, the Indian delegation met ...

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PM Holds Talks with French President Emmanuel Macron in Paris

The Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi arrives at Orly Airport, Paris on the last leg of his four nation visit, in Paris, France on June 02, 2017.(PIB)

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, on Saturday, June 3, 2017, met French President Emmanuel Macron in Parisand congratulated him for the recent election victory. The Prime Minister spoke of the service to humanity and human values that France-India relations have rendered successfully over the years. He expressed confidence that relations will go forward even faster. In this context, the Prime ...

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President Congratulates DRDO Test-firing of Indigenous Nuclear-Capable Prithvi-II Missile

President Pranab Mukherjee congratulated DRDO on the successful test-firing of the indigenously developed nuclear-capable Prithvi-II Missile. In a message to Dr. S. Christopher, Secretary, Department of Defence Research & Development & Director General, DRDO, the President has said, “I extend my hearty congratulations to all those associated with the successful test-firing of the indigenously developed nuclear-capable Prithvi-II Missile. The nation ...

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IFS Officer Trainees Call on President in Rashtrapati Bhavan

The President, Shri Pranab Mukherjee with the Officer Trainees of Indian Foreign Service of 2016 batch from Indian Foreign Service Institute, at Rashtrapati Bhavan, in New Delhi on June 01, 2017.(PIB Photo)

A group of Officer Trainees of the 2016 batch of the Indian Foreign Service called on the President of India, Mr Pranab Mukherjee today (June 1, 2017) at Rashtrapati Bhavan. Addressing the Officer Trainees, the President congratulated them for choosing the Civil Services as a career. He said that as they had chosen to serve their country as its diplomatic ...

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India, Georgia to Study Free Trade Agreement Scope

The Minister of State for Commerce & Industry (Independent Charge), Smt. Nirmala Sitharaman addressing a press conference on Budget proposals pertaining to the Ministry, in New Delhi on February 06, 2017.(PIB Photo)

A high level delegation led by the Minister of Economy and Sustainable Development of Georgia, Mr.Giorgi Gakharia called on the Commerce & Industry Minister Nirmala Sitharaman today on 11th April 2017, ahead of a Joint Statement on the launching of the Joint Feasibility Study on the Free Trade Agreement between the two nations. Upon the completion of the Joint Feasibility ...

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US Envoy Richard Verma to Quit as Trump Admn. Takes Over

Richard Verma

Indian-origin US ambassador to India, Richard Verma, will quit as he was a political appointee of President Barack Obama and as per the tradition all political appointees quit after a new President is sworn in. Since the trasition team of President-elect Donald Trump refused any grace period to political appointees, all of them including Richard Verma will relinquish their offices ...

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Dawood Ibrahim UAE Properties Seized, BJP Claims Modi’s Victory

By Pallavi Kumari pallavik Following news reports from Dubai about the United Arab Emirates government seizing the properties of underworld don Dawood Ibrahim worth Rs.15,000 crore, BJP has gone to the street basking on its new accomplishment. In a tweet, the Bharatiya Janata Party said the credit goes to PM Narendra Modi’s "major diplomatic success". It has also claimed that ...

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Pearl Harbor Visit by Japan PM Abe to Bury Hatchet or History?

In a reciprocal gesture to US President Barack Obama’s visit to Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park on May 27, cementing the leftover feelings of animosity, if any, Japan Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has announced that he would visit Pearl Harbor NOT on December 7 but 20 days later. Pearl harbor was a US Naval base in Hawaii that Japan attacked on ...

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Mozart’s Music Reduces Hypertension (BP), Says Study

A study from the University Bochum in Germany showed in its recent comparative research of the classical music of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and Johann Strauss II vis-a-vis Abba of the 1980s that the hepertension comes down when you listen to Mozart or Strauss but not ABBA. They corraborated how Mozart’s music can reduce blood lipid concentration, blood pressure and heart ...

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Ordinance Issued to Defer NEET This Year

In a deja vu, the Union government on Friday issued an ordinance postponing the implementation of NEET (National Eligibility cum Entrance Test) for medical and dental courses in institutions under state governments. The NEET will apply in these institutions from next year, 2017 onwards, said the statement. It means the NEET 2016 will be applicable only to those who are ...

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JNU Bus Incident: Navnirman Sena Man Held for Mysterious DTC Bus Bag

Delhi Police on Thursday night arrested Amit Jani, the Uttar Pradesh Navnirman Sena chief, who had threatened to kill Jawaharlal Nehru University Students’ Union (JNUSU) president Kanhaiya Kumar and another student Umar Khalid by leaving behind a bag full of weapons and a letter to kill the student leader. The bag full of weapons and a letter threatening Kanhaiya and ...

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Netaji Files: 50 More Declassified, Not Those in Shiroganedai House of India?

While the series of declassification of files pertaining to Netaji are being declassified and released in bonhomie by the BJP government, it is intriguing to note that there is no word about the files in Japanese which were stuck in the cup boards of Indian embassy buildings in Tokyo, especially in the old Shiroganedai house where the Indian Charge d’ ...

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