Ayushman Bharat –Pradhan Mantri Jan AarogyaYojana (AB-PMJAY)
India takes a giant leap towards providing accessible and affordable healthcare to the common man with the launch of Ayushman Bharat – Pradhan Mantri Jan AarogyaYojana (AB-PMJAY) by the Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi on 23rd September, 2018 at Ranchi, Jharkhand. Under the vision of Ayushman Bharat, Pradhan Mantri Jan AarogyaYojana (AB-PMJAY) shall be implemented so that each and every citizen receives his due share of health care. With Ayushman Bharat – Pradhan Mantri Jan AarogyaYojana, the government is taking healthcare protection to a new aspirational level. This is the “world’s largest government funded healthcare program” targeting more than 50 crore beneficiaries.
‘Village Rockstars’ is India’s official entry to Oscars 2019
Rima Das’ National Award-winning Assamese film Village Rockstars has been selected as India’s official entry to the 91 Academy Awards, 2019. Addressing the issues of women empowerment and gender inequality, the film follows a rebellious and ambitious young girl, Dhunu, who dreams of rising above poverty, owning a guitar and forming her own rock band.
Shri Anil Kumar Chaudhary takes charge as Chairman, SAIL
Shri Anil Kumar Chaudhary has taken charge as Chairman, Steel Authority of India Limited (SAIL) today. Prior to this, he was the Director (Finance) of SAIL since 2011. A graduate from the University of Delhi, Shri Chaudhary joined SAIL in 1984 as Junior Manager (F&A). Working his way, he rose to the rank of Executive Director (Finance & Accounts) at Bokaro Steel Plant in 2010. In 2011, he became the Director (Finance) of the Company.
Mirabai Chanu and Virat Kohli to get Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna
The Government has decided to confer Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna awards 2018 to Ms. S. Mirabai Chanu and Shri Virat Kohli.
Shri Kamlesh Nilkanth Vyas, Director, Bhabha Atomic Research Centre (BARC)
Shri Kamlesh Nilkanth Vyas, Director, Bhabha Atomic Research Centre (BARC) as Secretary, Department of Atomic Energy and Chairman, Atomic Energy Commission for a period till he attains the age of 64 years i.e. upto 03.05.2021, or until further orders, whichever is earlier.
Varun Dhawan and Anushka Sharma signed as ambassadors of Skill India Campaign
The Hindi film stars - Varun Dhawan and Anushka Sharma, have been signed on to promote and endorse the Skill India Mission, chaired by the Hon’ble Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi. The duo, through their film ‘Sui Dhaaga - Made in India’, are saluting India’s entrepreneurs and skilled workforce, especially homegrown artisans, craftspeople and weavers who are making the country proud the world over. The film highlights the untapped potential of India’s talented craftsmen and skilled workers at the grassroot level and the challenges and issues faced by them. Varun and Anushka, the star cast of the film, have partnered Skill India and will dedicate time to promote India’s skilled talent and their fine work by engaging with them across different parts of the country.
'Green Book' wins Toronto film festival audience prize
Peter Farrelly's dramatic comedy buddy movie "Green Book", starring Mahershala Ali and Viggo Mortensen, won the Toronto International Film Festival audience prize, making it a surprise Oscar contender.
Mary Kom clinches gold
Five-time World champion M.C. Mary Kom (48kg) clinched her third gold medal of the year, while Jyoti Gulia (51kg) picked up the country’s lone gold in the youth category of the Silesian Open boxing tournament for women in Gliwice, Poland.
Kento Momota wins Japan badminton title
Japan's Kento Momota outgunned Thai rival Khosit Phetpradab 21-14, 21-11 in a one-sided final to capture the Japan Open badminton title. Olympic champion Carolina Marin retained her Japan Open women's singles title by beating local favourite Nozomi Okuhara.
PSLV-C42 launches 2 foreign satellites
The Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV-C42) of Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) successfully launched two satellites -- NovaSAR and S1-4-- from the Satish Dhawan Space Centre (SDSC) SHAR, Sriharikota. The PSLV-C42 lifted off from the First Launch Pad of SHAR at 10.08 pm (IST). Both satellites were injected into the Sun Synchronous Orbit, about 17 minutes later, at an altitude of 583 km. The satellites belong to UK-based Surrey Satellite Technology Limited (SSTL), which has a contract with Antrix Corporation Ltd, the commercial arm of ISRO. NovaSAR carries S-band Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR) and an Automatic Identification Receiver payloads. The satellite applications include forestry mapping, land use and ice cover monitoring, flood and disaster monitoring and maritime missions. It will be operated from SSTL’s Spacecraft Operations Centre in Guildford, UK.S1-4 is a high resolution earth observation satellite meant for surveying resources, environment monitoring, urban management and disaster monitoring.
Kochi-based company develops India's first underwater robotic drone
India’s first underwater robotic drone developed at Maker Village here, which can send real-time video of ships and other underwater structures to help with their repair and maintenance, was launched on 14th September 2018. The first commercial remotedly operated vehicle (ROV)/ underwater drone, Eyerovtuna, was developed by EyeROV Technologies, a company incubating at Maker Village which is the largest hardware incubator in the country. NPOL, a laboratory of Delhi-headquartered defence research and development organisation (DRDO), made the first order of the product.
L K Advani renominated as chairman of Lok Sabha ethics panel
Veteran BJP leader L K Advani has been renominated as the chairman of the Lok Sabha Ethics Committee by Speaker Sumitra Mahajan. The Committee examines complaints relating to unethical conduct by members of Parliament.
Ranjan Gogoi appointed as new Chief Justice of India
President Ram Nath Kovind has appointed Justice Ranjan Gogoi as the next Chief Justice of India. Taking the baton from CJI Dipak Misra, Justice Gogoi will assume office on October 3, 2018, as the 46th CJI. His tenure will end in November 2019.
Novak Djokovic wins U.S. Open, picks up 14th Grand Slam title
Novak Djokovic defeated Juan Martin del Potro 6-3, 7-6(4), 6-3 at the U.S Open championship, picking up his third title at Flushing Meadows. It is the Serb’s 14th Grand Slam singles title - tying with Pete Sampras for third all time - and his second consecutive Major win, following his Wimbledon triumph earlier this year.
Naomi Osaka become the first Japanese woman who win US Open Womens Single Title
Naomi Osaka beat six-time champion Serena Williams to become the latest US Open champion at Flushing Meadows. She become Japan’s first Grand Slam champion and only the second Asian to win a major after China’s Li Na.
India retains WHO Regional Director position
India today retained the top WHO position in South-East Asia Region with Dr Poonam Khetrapal Singh unanimously re-elected as Regional Director for another five-year term beginning February 2019.The elections were held at the ongoing Regional Committee meeting of WHO South-East Asia.
Arif Alvi elected new Pakistan president
Arif Alvi defeated Pakistan Peoples Party candidate Aitzaz Ahsan and the Pakistan Muslim League-N nominee Maulana Fazl ur Rehman in a three-way contest to become the 13th president.
6th East Asia Summit and 15th India-ASEAN Economic Ministers Meeting held in Singapore
Commerce & Industry Minister Suresh Prabhu attended the 6th East Asia Summit- Economic Ministers’ Meeting (EAS-EMM) and 15th India-ASEAN Economic Ministers’ Meeting (AEM) in Singapore. Singapore is currently holding the Chair of ASEAN.
Michelle Bachelet Jeria is appointed as United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights
On September 1, 2018 Michelle Bachelet assumed her functions as the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights. The Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights was established in 1993 and Ms. Bachelet is the seventh Commissioner. Ms. Bachelet was elected President of Chile on two occasions (2006 – 2010 and 2014 – 2018). She was the first female president of Chile, as well as Chile’s and Latin America’s first female Defense Minister (2000 – 2002). She also served as Health Minister (2002 - 2004).
ADB Sign $346 Million Loan to Improve State Highways in Karnataka
The Asian Development Bank (ADB) and the Government of lndia signed a $346 million loan to finance improvement of over 400 kilometers of state highways that will enhance connectivity and access to economic centers across 12 districts in Kamataka. The signatories to the loan agreement for the Karnataka State Highways lmprovement lll Project (KSHIP-lll) were Shri Sameer Kumar Khare, Joint Secretary (Fund Bank and ADB), Department of Economic Affairs in the Ministry of Finance, who signed on behalf of the Government of lndia, and Mr Kenichi Yokoyama, Country Director of ADB's lndia Resident Mission, who signed for ADB. A separate project agreement was signed by Shri Naveen Raj Singh, Chief Project Officer, PlU, KSHIP, on behalf of Karnataka.
World Bank sign a $250 Million Agreement to Support Electricity Distribution Sector Reforms in Rajasthan
The Government of India, the Government of Rajasthan and the World Bank signed a $250 million Development Policy Loan (DPL) to support the Government of Rajasthan in improving the performance of its Electricity Distribution Sector under the State’s 24x7 Power for All program. The Agreement for the Project was signed by Mr. Sameer Kumar Khare, Joint Secretary, Department of Economic Affairs, Ministry of Finance, on behalf of the Government of India; Shri P. Ramesh, Special Secretary, Government of Rajasthan on behalf of the Government of Rajasthan; and Mr. Hisham Abdo, Acting Country Director, World Bank India, on behalf of the World Bank.
India’s first biofuel powered flight undertakes maiden voyage
A historic flight powered by indigenously produced aviation biofuel based on patented technology of CSIR-IIP Dehradun was flagged off from Dehradun airport by Uttarakhand CM Shri Trivendra Singh Rawat. The Spicejet flight, featuring a latest generation Q400 aircraft powered by, was received at Delhi airport by Union Ministers Shri Nitin Gadkari, Dr Harsh Vardhan, Shri Dharmendra Pradhan, Shri Suresh Prabhu and Union Minister of State for Civil Aviation Shri Jayant Sinha.
G. Satheesh Reddy appointed as new DRDO chairman
The Appointments Committee of the Cabinet has approved the appointment of Dr G Satheesh Reddy, Scientific Adviser to Raksha Mantri to the post of Secretary, Department of Defence Research & Development (DDR&D) and Chairman, Defence Research Development Organisation (DRDO) for a period of two years with effect from the date of assumption of charge or until further orders, whichever is earlier.
Rahi Sarnobat becomes first Indian woman to shoot Asiad gold
Rahi Sarnobat became the first Indian woman shooter to win a gold at the Asian Games, achieving the feat after a nerve-wracking 25m air pistol finals. The 27-year-old held her nerve to pip Thailand’s Naphaswan Yangpaiboon after both were tied at 34 points following 10 series of five shots each, taking it to a shoot-off.
Indian men’s hockey team defeats Hong Kong 26-0, breaks 86-year old record
Indian men hockey team broke their 86-year old record as they defeated Hong Kong China 26-0 in a one-sided Pool B match of the Asian Games in Indonesia.India recorded their biggest International win and beat their own 86-year old record when they defeated USA with a 24-1 margin in Olympics. New Zealand hold the biggest margin win record when they beat Samoa 36-1 in 1994.
Successful Flight Tests of Smart Anti Airfield Weapon
Indigenously designed and developed guided bombs Smart Anti Airfield Weapon (SAAW) were successfully flight tested from IAF aircraft at Chandan range. The weapon system was integrated with live warhead and has destroyed the targets with high precision. The telemetry and tracking systems captured all the mission events. This weapon is capable of destroying variety of ground targets using precision navigation. A total of three tests with different release conditions were conducted during 16 to 18 August 2018 and all the mission objectives have been achieved.
International team of scientists decode complex wheat genome
A team of international researchers, including 18 from India decoded the wheat genome, considered insurmountable so far. The information generated will help to identify genes controlling complex agronomic traits such as yield, grain quality, resistance to diseases and pests, as well as tolerance to drought, heat, water logging and salinity.
Akshay Kumar Becomes Brand Ambassador for Road Safety Campaigns
Union Minister for Road Transport & Highways, Shipping, Water Resources, River Development and Ganga Rejuvenation Shri Nitin Gadkari launched three short films for generating public awareness towards road safety. Film actor Shri Akshay Kumar has featured in these films, which are directed by Shri R. Balki. Shri Gadkari announced the appointment of Shri Akshay Kumar as Road Safety Brand Ambassador.
Ease of Living Index: Pune ranks first in 'liveability', Delhi languishes at 65
The Ease of Living Index 2018 released by Union Minister Hardeep Singh Puri on 13th August 2018 has thrown surprises, with few most prominent cities failing to make a cut in the top 10. Of total 111 cities ranked under the index, Pune has been ranked first while Navi Mumbai has surfaced as the second preferred spot in terms of 'liveability'. However, the national capital Delhi has failed to make it to the top 50, ranking much below cities like Vijayawada and Bhopal at number 65. Chennai was also ranked at number 14, while Kolkata refused to participate in the survey.
New Chairperson of Appellate Tribunal for Electricity
Smt. Justice Manjula Chellur took Oath as Chairperson, Appellate Tribunal for Electricity, Ministry of Power. Prior to this, Smt. Justice Manjula Chellur was Chief Justice of Bombay High Court.
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