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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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Women’s Day Special: Hungary, Bahrain Top Safe Places to Work for Women

Hungary and Bahrain prove great locations for expat women who want to work abroad, but Luxembourg, Taiwan, and Germany top the chart. Based on a survey of about 6,000 women, the annual Expat Insider survey by InterNations, a network for people who live and work abroad, compiled a so-far unpublished ranking of the top countries for women working abroad, which ...

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India’s tallest Tricolour Flag Near Border Irks Pakistan

It is not the tallest flag in the world but certainly one of the tallest at attari-Wagah border in India but the sight of tricolour even from Lahore has irked Pakistan, who woke up on Sunday seeing India’s national flag. The 360-ft tall tricolour, hoisted on a 110-meter high mast, measures 120-foot long and 80-foot wide and the weight of ...

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Indian Minister to Participate in Nairobi Conference on Devolution

The Union Minister of State for Finance and Corporate Affairs, Mr. Arjun Ram Meghwal will represent the India in the 4th Annual Devolution Conference to be held from 6th to 9th March, 2017 at Nakuru County of Kenya. He is expected to share the experience of devolution system and its progress in India and specifically highlight the 73rd-74th Constitutional Amendments ...

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By 2050, India to Replace Indonesia with World’s Largest Muslim Population

Indian Muslims population growth

Global research outfit Pew Research Center has predicted that India will replace Indonesia, with currently the world’s largest Muslim population of 311 millions or 11% of global total, while Hindus will be about 1.3 billion (130 crore). However, Muslims are expected to grow faster than Hindus as they have the youngest median age and the highest fertility rates. In 2010, ...

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Shocked at ISRO Feat of Lofting 104 Satellites, Says Trump Nominee to Head CIA

US President Donald Trump’s nominee for National Intelligence, Dan Coats, told the Senate Hearing Committee that he was “shocked” to learn India’s space agency successfully launched more than 100 satellites in one go, saying that the US cannot afford to be laggard. “I was shocked the other day to read that India, on one rocket launch, deposited more than 100 ...

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ADB Gives $375 Mln Loan for Visakhapatnam-Chennai Industrial Corridor

Visakhapatnam-Chennai Industrial Corridor

The Asian Development Bank (ADB) and the Government of India signed in New Delhi $375 million in loans and grants to develop 800-kilometer Visakhapatnam-Chennai Industrial Corridor, which is the First Phase of a planned 2,500–kilometer long East Coast Economic Corridor (ECEC). The Corridor is expected to spur development on India’s eastern coast in line with the Government of India’s Make ...

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World Bank Provides $63 Mln for Tejaswini Program for Girls in Jharkhand

A Financing Agreement for IDA credit of US$ 63 million for the “Tejaswini” Socio-Economic Empowerment of Adolescent Girls and Young Women Project” was signed in New Delhi last week with the World Bank. The Financing Agreement was signed by Mr. Raj Kumar, Joint Secretary, Department of Economic Affairs, Ministry of Finance on behalf of the Government of India and Mr. ...

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Indian Navy Concludes Tropex 2017 Exercise

Representational picture of Indian Navy (Indian Navy)

The Indian Navy’s Annual Theatre Level Readiness and Operational Exercise (TROPEX 17) concluded on the Western Seaboard on 23rd February, 2017. The month long exercise witnessed over 45 ships from both the Western and Eastern Naval Commands of the Indian Navy, including the aircraft carrier INS Vikramaditya, 05 submarines including the nuclear powered Chakra, 50 Naval aircraft, 11 ships from ...

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64 Indian Food Exporters to Participate in Gulf Food 2017 in Dubai

dubai gulf food 2017

With 64 Indian exporters of Agriculture and Processed Food products are participating under APEDA (Agricultural and Processed Food Products Export Development Authority) will particiapte in the Gulf Food 2017 in Dubai to be held from 26th February to 2nd March, 2017. APEDA pavilion will be inaugurated by Ms. Rita Teaotia, Commerce Secretary. APEDA is an apex organization under the Ministry ...

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Arun Jaitley Undertakes 5-day UK Sojourn to Invite Investors

Budget FIPB

The Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley will leave tomorrow, Febrary 24, 2017, for London on a five-day official visit to hold business interaction with UK-India Business Council, meet his UK counterpart and the Chancellor of Exchequer, besides delivering a talk at London School of Economics on ‘Transforming India: Vision for the Next Decade”. On Saturday, he will deliver a talk ...

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WHO Applauds India on National Regulatory Authority 100% Compliance

WHO Assessment

World Health Organization has applauded India’s National Regulatory Authority which was declared “functional’ with a maturity level of 4, the highest level as per currently evolved definitions in respect of 5 functions, and maturity level 3 in respect of 4 functions. While, maturity level 4 indicates good results and sustained improvement trends, maturity level 3 reflects systematic process based approach, ...

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US Congress Delegation Meets PM

The US Congressional Delegation calls on the Prime Minister, Mr Narendra Modi, in New Delhi on February 21, 2017.(PIB Photo)

A delegation of 26 members of the United States Congress called on Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday and exchangd views on recent developments in the US. Welcoming the Congressional Representatives, he said it augurs a good start to bilateral exchanges following the new US Administration and Congress. The Prime Minister recalled his positive conversation with US President Donald ...

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Telecom Exports from India to be the focus of ASEAN-India Digital Partnership

Indian Minister of State for Communications Manoj Sinha delivering the inaugural address at the ASEAN India Digital Connectivity Summit, in New Delhi on February 20, 2017.(PIB Photo)

To commemorate the 25th year of the ASEAN India relations, India’s Telecom Equipment and Services Export Promotion Council is holding an inter-ministerial meeting between telecom ministers of ASEAN countries and India in New Delhi today, on 20th February, 2017 to explore the posibility of strategic and commercial tie ups. Telecom Minister of State Manoj Sinha led the discussions from Indian ...

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Tarini, First All Women Vessel, to be Inducted into Indian Navy

INSV Tarini (Photo: Indian Navy)

The sail boat Tarini is being inducted into the Navy and is slated to be the platform for First Indian All Women Circumnavigation of the Globe expedition of the Indian Navy. Tarini will be inducted at a ceremony scheduled to be held at the INS Mandovi Boat Pool on evening of 18 February 2017. Admiral Sunil Lanba, Chief of Naval ...

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WHO Gives Maximum Marks to India’s Vaccination System

WHO, in its assessment of the status of the Indian vaccine regulatory system against WHO NRA Global Benchmarking Tool (GBT) for benchmarking found  Indian NRA as ‘functional’ with a maturity level of 4 or the highest level in respect of 5 functions, and maturity level 3 in respect of 4 functions. While, maturity level 4 indicates good results and sustained ...

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PSLV-C37 Launches 104 Satellites in One Flight, Sets New Record

In its 39th flight PSLV-C37, ISRO’s Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle successfully launched the 714 kg Cartosat-2 Series Satellite and 103 other satellites on Wednesday morning, February 15, 2017, at 9:28 am from Satish Dhawan Space Centre SHAR, Sriharikota. This is the 38th consecutively successful mission of PSLV, which weighed 1,378 kg, that lifted off from the First Launch Pad. Within ...

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China, India Behind 50% of Global Deaths Due to Air Pollution: Study

Representational Picture: The Minister of State for Environment, Forest and Climate Change (Independent Charge),Mr. Prakash Javadekar addressing the inaugural session of a workshop of Pollution Control Boards of States, in New Delhi on May 18, 2016. (PIB Photo)

China and India together contributed for more than half of the total global deaths due to air pollution in 2015, said a study by the U.S.-based Health Effects Institute (HEI). The report showed that air pollution caused more than 4.2 million deaths in 2015, making it the fifth highest cause of death. But just two countries – India and China ...

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