Italy signs new ‘Silk Road’ protocol with China
Italy signed a "non-binding" protocol with China to take part in Beijing's new "Silk Road" of transport and trade links stretching from Asia to Europe. In doing so, Italy became the first G7 country to sign up for the massive project which has sparked unease in the U.S. and the European Union (EU) as China aspires to a greater world role.
Justice P. C. Ghose appointed first Lokpal
Former Supreme Court judge Pinaki Chandra Ghose became the first Lokpal of the country with his appointment along with other eight members on March 19. Besides Justice (retd.) Ghose, other judicial members are Justice (retd.) Dilip B. Bhosale, Justice (retd.) P. K. Mohanty, Justice (retd.) Abhilasha Kumari and Justice (retd.) A. K. Tripathi. The non-judicial members include former Sashastra Seema Bal chief Archana Ramasundaram, ex-Maharashtra Chief Secretary Dinesh Kumar Jain, Mahender Singh, and I. P. Gautam. Justice (retd.) Ghose’s appointment has come nearly five years after the Lokpal Act was notified on January 16, 2014 after it was passed in 2013 following a countrywide anti-corruption movement. The law provides for a Lokpal at the Centre and Lokayuktas in States to probe cases of corruption against top public servants including the Prime Minister and Chief Ministers.
BJP's Pramod Sawant sworn in as Goa Chief Minister
Pramod Sawant, former Speaker of the Goa legislative Assembly and BJP MLA from Sankhelim in north Goa, was sworn in as the 11th Chief Minister of Goa.
World Consumer Rights Day 2019 Observed
The Department of Consumer Affairs, Ministry of Consumer Affairs Food and Public Distribution, Government of India celebrated the World Consumer Rights Day 2019 with the theme “Trusted Smart Products” on 15th March 2019 at Vigyan Bhavan, New Delhi.The Programmewas presided over by Mr Justice RK Agrawal, President, and NCDRC.
MR Kumar appointed LIC as Chairman
The government appointed MR Kumar as the Chairman of Life Insurance Corporation (LIC) and Vipin Anand and TC Suseel Kumar as the managing directors (MDs).
Dr. A.K. Mohanty takes over as Director BARC
Dr. A. K. Mohanty, distinguished Scientist and Director, physics group of the Bhabha Atomic Research Centre (BARC) and Director, Saha Institute of Nuclear Physics, Kolkata took over as Director, BARC from Shri K.N. Vyas, Chairman, Atomic Energy Commission and Secretary to the Government of India, Department of Atomic Energy.
Twin Success for Guided PINAKA
Defence Research and Defence Organisation (DRDO) today successfully test fired the Guided PINAKA from Pokhran ranges. The weapon system is equipped with state-of-the-art guidance kit comprising of an advanced navigation and control system. In both the missions, the weapon systems impacted the intended targets with high precision and achieved desired accuracies. Telemetry Systems tracked and monitored the vehicle all through the flight path. All the mission objectives have been met.
India Bags First Prize at The International ‘Golden City Gate Tourism Awards 2019’ In ‘TV Cinema Spot’ Category at ITB, Berlin
The Ministry of Tourism, Government of India has won the First Prize in the category of TV Cinema Spot at the prestigious international Golden City Gate Tourism Awards 2019. The Golden City Gate Tourism Multi-media Awards are given annually in various categories related to the Tourism and Hospitality sectors. The ‘Golden City Gate’ is a creative multi-media international competition for countries, cities, regions and hotels. The entries received for the awards are judged by an international jury comprising film and tourism experts. The annual award ceremony takes place at ITB Berlin, the world’s leading tourism trade show.
Prime Minister Modi flags off Nagpur Metro
The Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi, lagged off the Nagpur Metro, through video conference from New Delhi. The 13.5 km long, Khapri- Sitabuldi section of the Nagpur Metro was inaugurated through the digital unveiling of plaque.
ISRO, French space agency seal agreement on maritime security
National space agency ISRO and its French counterpart CNES sealed an agreement to set up a joint maritime surveillance system in the country in May. The two nations will explore putting up a constellation of low-Earth orbiting satellites that will identify and track movement of ships globally – and in particular those moving in the Indian Ocean region where France has its Reunion Islands. Before that, they will initially share data from their present space systems and develop new algorithms to analyse them, according to the Paris based National Centre for Space Studies.
PM Modi launches Pradhan Mantri Shram Yogi Maan-dhan (PM-SYM) Yojana
The Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi, launched the Pradhan Mantri Shram Yogi Maan-dhan (PM-SYM) Yojana at Vastral in Gujarat. He also distributed the PM-SYM pension cards to select beneficiaries. Over two crore workers at three lakh Common Service Centers across the country witnessed the launch event through video conference Terming it as a historic day, the Prime Minister dedicated PM-SYM Yojana to the forty two crore strong unorganized sector workers in the country. He said that the scheme will assure a monthly pension of Rs.3000 for the enrolled unorganized sector workers during their old age. It is for the first time since independence that such a scheme is envisaged for the crores of workers engaged in the informal sector.
Dr. Mahesh Sharma Inaugurates ‘Azaadi Ke Diwane’ Museum at Red Fort Complex in Delhi
Dr. Mahesh Sharma inaugurated ‘Azaadi ke Diwane’ museum at Red Fort, Delhi today. Created by Archaeological Survey of India (ASI), the museum within the Red Fort complex pays homage to all the unsung heroes of freedom struggle of the nation, who would have otherwise been merged away in forgetfulness. The museum is fifth in the series of recently inaugurated museums in the Red Fort Complex - others being, Subhash Chandra Bose and INA museum, Yaad-e-Jallian museum, Museum on 1857 - India’s first war of Independence and Drishyakala - Museum on Indian Art. The ‘Azaadi ke Diwane’ museum talks about the sacrifices of great freedom fighters. It pays tribute to the selfless sacrifices of the revolutionaries, brave female freedom fighters and valiant children.
PM launches One Nation, One Card in Ahmedabad for Mobility Single Card for seamless travel
Prime Minister Narendra Modi launched One Nation, One Card for transport mobility at a function in Ahmedabad today. The Indigenous Automatic Fare Collection System based on One Nation One Card Model i.e. National Common Mobility Card (NCMC) is the first of its kind in India. India’s First Indigenously Developed Payment Eco-system for transport consisting of NCMC Card, SWEEKAR (Swachalit Kiraya: Automatic Fare Collection System) and SWAGAT (Swachalit Gate) is ased on NCMC Standards. These are bank issued cards on Debit/Credit/Prepaid card product platform. The customer may use this single card for payments across all segments including metro, bus, suburban railways, toll, parking, smart city and retail. The stored value on card supports offline transaction across all travel needs with minimal financial risk to involved stakeholders. The service area feature of this card supports operator specific applications e.g. monthly passes, season tickets etc.
Prayagraj Kumbh Mela 2019 makes it to the Guinness World Records
Prayagraj Kumbh Mela 2019 has been placed in the Guinness World Records in three sectors. It includes largest traffic and crowd management plan, the biggest painting exercise of public sites under paint my city scheme and biggest sanitation and waste disposal mechanism. A three member team from Guinness World Records visited the Prayagraj for this purpose.
India-Bangladesh Joint Military Exercise Sampriti - 2019
As part of the ongoing India Bangladesh defence cooperation, a joint military exercise Sampriti-2019 is being conducted at Tangail, Bangladesh from 02 March to 15 March 2019. The eighth edition of Exercise Sampriti, commenced at the Bongobondhu Cantonment, Tangail Bangladesh with an impressive opening ceremony on 03 March 2019. The participating contingents marched in and stood side by side and gave a ceremonial salute to the national flags of both the countries to the strains of “Jana Gana Mana” and the “Amar Shonar Bangla”.
Young Scientist Programme Launched at ISRO
Indian Space Research Organisation has launched a special programme for School Children called “Young Scientist Programme” “YUva VIgyani KAryakram” (??????) from this year. The Program is primarily aimed at imparting basic knowledge on Space Technology, Space Science and Space Applications to the younger ones with the intent of arousing their interest in the emerging areas of Space activities. ISRO has chalked out this programme to “Catch them young”. The residential training programme will be of around two weeks duration during summer holidays and it is proposed to select 3 students each from each State/ Union Territory to participate in this programme every year covering CBSE, ICSE and State syllabus. Those who have finished 8th standard and currently studying in 9th standard will be eligible for the programme.
National Institute of Unani Medicine at Ghaziabad
Union Minister of State (IC) for AYUSH Shri Shripad Yesso Naik laid foundation stone for National Institute of Unani Medicine (NIUM) today at Ghaziabad, Uttar Pradesh.
Government of India and ADB sign $926 Million Loan Agreement for Mumbai Metro Rail Project
The Asian Development Bank (ADB) and the Government of India signed a $926 Million Loan Agreement today to operationalize two lines for the Mumbai Metro Rail System that will ease the distress of millions of commuters each day and help provide a cleaner, less congested city. The Single Largest Infrastructure Project Loan in ADB history approved by the ADB Board on 26 February, 2019 - will help fund lines 2A (Dahisar to D.N. Nagar), 2B (D.N. Nagar–Bandra–Mandale), and 7 (Dahisar [East] to Andheri [East]), totaling about 58 kilometers (km). The project will fund 63 six-car trains, signaling and safety systems, and help establish a new dedicated metro operations organization to manage the entire metro network in Mumbai. The Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority (MMRDA) will implement the project.
25th Prime Minister’s Trophy for Excellence in Performance of Integrated Steel Plants
Tata Steel Limited, Jamshedpur Works, bagged the Prime Minister's Trophy for the Best Overall Performance along with a cash prize of Rs 2 Crore. Tata Steel was able to set new benchmarks in productivity, techno economics, innovation and R&D in 2016-17 for the domestic steel industry and its performance is close to international benchmarks in some select areas. The plant was also able to record best financial performance amongst all plants due to high efficiency, number of IPRsand product development.
The Indian sanitary pad makers' story wins Oscar award
A film based on young women in an Indian village who make sanitary pads has won an Oscar for best documentary short.
Saurabh Chaudhary wins gold with world record, secures Olympic quota
Saurabh Chaudhary smashed the world record to win gold in the ISSF World Cup in New Delhi, securing India’s third Olympic quota. Appearing in his maiden senior World Cup, the 16-year-old claimed the top honours without much fuss in the men’s 10m air pistol event at the season-opening International Shooting Sport Federation (ISSF) event.
First Saudi female ambassador replaces king’s son in U. S.
Saudi Arabia appointed its first female ambassador to serve as its top diplomat in the United States, pulling a son of King Salman back to the kingdom to serve as deputy defense minister amid deteriorating ties with America after the killing of Jamal Khashoggi. Princess Reema bint Bandar Al Saud, a daughter of the kingdom’s longtime ambassador to Washington Bandar bin Sultan Al Saud, faces a stark challenge in improving ties between the U.S. and Saudi Arabia.
Apurvi Chandela breaks World Record to win India’s 1st gold medal
India’s Apurvi Chandela broke World Record to register India’s first gold medal at the ISSF World Cup 2019. The 26-year-old shooter shot 252.9 in a thrilling 10m Women Air Rifle finale to bag the yellow metal on Day 1 of the tournament at Dr. Karni Singh Shooting Range in New Delhi.
PM Modi receives Seoul Peace Prize for 2018
Prime Minister Narendra Modi received the prestigious Seoul Peace Prize for 2018 for his contribution to international cooperation and fostering global economic growth. The award was presented to him by the Seoul Peace Prize Foundation at a grand ceremony here. A short film on the life and achievements of Prime Minister Modi was also screened at the event. While conferring the award on Modi, the award committee recognised his contribution to the growth of Indian and global economies, crediting 'Modinomics' for reducing social and economic disparity between the rich and the poor.
Sportstar Aces Lifetime Achievement Award for Padukone
Prakash Padukone was honoured for Lifetime Achievement while Virat Kohli and Jasprit Bumrah shared the Sportsman of the Year (cricket) accolade at the Sportstar Aces Awards ceremony. Cheteshwar Pujara became the first recipient of the Chairman’s Choice award, for his exploits in a historic Test series win for India in Australia.
CBDT Chairman Sushil Chandra appointed as the new Election Commissioner
Sushil Chandra, chairperson of the Central Board of Direct Taxes (CBDT), has been appointed as the new Election Commissioner of India.
Cummins wins Allan Border Medal
Australian fast bowler Pat Cummins won the Allan Border Medal, the country's highest cricketing honour, after a tumultuous year for the sport that was rocked by the ball-tampering scandal.
Helicopter-launched anti-tank missile Helina test-fired
India test-fired its helicopter-launched version of one of the most-advanced anti-tank weapons from the Odisha coast. Helina, the helicopter-launched version of the Nag anti-tank guided missile with a hit range of 7-8 km, was launched from an Army chopper.
Mirabai Chanu strikes gold
Former World champion S. Mirabai Chanu won the women’s 49kg gold in the EGAT Cup international weightlifting championships, an Olympic qualifying event.
FIFA rankings: India slips out of top-100
The Indian football team slipped out of the top-100 in the latest FIFA rankings following the back to back group league defeats at the AFC Asian Cup in the UAE. India slumped six places to be ranked 103 with 1,219 points.
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