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‘State govts must join central govt in enhancing contribution of mining sector in GDP’: Tomar

A National meet of Mining Ministers chaired by Union Steel & Mines Minister N. S. Tomar was held in Jaipur today. In his key note address, Tomar said, “States must come forward to join the Central Government in enhancing contribution of Mining sector in GDP of the country from present level of 2.4%. Mineral exploration initiatives can be owned by state governments as more exploration can lead to more mining, which can result in employment generation and economic growth. Ministry of Mines has signed MOU ..

Government launches portal to promote Net zero energy buildings

Ministry of Power in collaboration with the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) on Friday launched India’s first integrated web portal designed to promote and mainstream Net Zero Energy Buildings (NZEB) in India. The portal “www.nzeb.in” was launched by Pradeep Kumar Pujari, Secretary of Ministry of Power and Ambassador Jonathan Addleton, USAID Mission Director to India...

Barack Obama visits Hiroshima; calls US-Japan alliance as one of the strongest in the world

Barack Obama on Friday became the first American President to visit Hiroshima city of Japan since the deadly atomic bomb attack in the city since 1945. While addressing the gathering, Obama praised the US-Japan alliance as ‘one of the strongest in the world’. On arriving at the park near ground zero, Obama visited the memorial museum, which displays various artifacts and items belonging to victims of the bombing, such as a charred tricycle. The U.S. president laid a wreath at the peace memorial...

Government approves investment of Rs. 5,534 crore for 111 cities under AMRUT scheme

Ministry of Urban development on Thursday approved a total investment of Rs. 5,534 for Six states crore under Atal Mission for Rejuvenation and Urban Transformation (Amrut) scheme. The project aims to providing household water taps, improving water supply, sewerage networks management, storm water drains, urban transport and provision of open and green spaces in 111 Atal Mission cities in the States of Madhya Pradesh, Gujarat, Rajasthan, Odisha, Jharkhand and Meghalaya. A total central assistance of Rs. ..

New Policy Guidelines for Central Government Ads on websites

In a major policy initiative concerning Central Government advertisements on online platform, the Ministry of Information & Broadcasting has framed guidelines and criteria for Empanelment of suitable agencies and Rate fixation for advertisements on websites. The aim of the guidelines is to devise principles and instruments to streamline the release of Government advertisements on websites...

Mamata Banerjee takes oath as Chief Minister of West Bengal for the second successive term

Graced by Bollywood celebrities and politicians alike, Trinamool Congress chairperson Mamata Banerjee was today sworn-in as the Chief Minister of West Bengal for second successive five-year term. The party sweept the electoral mandate bagging 211 seats of the 294-seat Assembly. The oath taking ceremony, held at the iconic Red Road, was administered by Governor Keshri Nath Tripathi. This was the first time that Bengal witnessed a swearing-in-ceremony of a government outside the Raj Bhavan...

Maruti Suzuki recalls Baleno and DZire model cars over maintenance issues

Indian Automobile firm Maruti Suzuki on Friday voluntarily recalled 75,419 Baleno cars to upgrade the airbag controller software and 1,961 DZire diesel cars for inspection and replacement of a faulty fuel filter.Petrol and diesel version of Baleno model manufactured between August 3, 2015 and May 17, 2016 will be recalled under the action. Of these, 15,995 Baleno diesel cars manufactured between August 3, 2015 and March 22, 2016, will also be attended to for inspection and replacement of a faulty fuel ..

Indian-origin boy ‘Rishi Nair’ becomes National Geographic Bee 2016 champion

A 12 year old Indian-origin boy of Florida (USA) won the 28th annual National Geographic Bee competition on Wednesday which was organized at the National Geographic headquarters in Washington. Rishi Nair, a sixth class student of Williams Magnet Middle school also received a $50,000 college scholarship and a lifetime membership in the National Geographic Society along with the winner trophy...

Former administrative officer of insurance firm LIC faces 3 years imprisonment by CBI court

The special CBI court of Ernakulam has sentenced a former assistant Administrative Officer of Insurance firm LIC (Life Insurance cooperation) of India to undergo three years rigorous imprisonment for mishandling of company’s fund.Accused identified as C.P. Damodaran, who was working as assistant Administrative Officer in the Kozhikode (Kerala) branch of LIC, entered into a criminal conspiracy with two other persons during year 1997 to 2001 and misappropriated the funds of LIC by using forged documents ..

India remarkably accelerate towards self-reliance in Defence sector during last two years

A booklet highlighting the efforts made by Department of Defence Production in the last two years for self-reliance in Defence sector was released by Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar on Thursday. The booklet titled ‘Department of Defence Production in Pursuit of Self Reliance’ is a compilation of the achievements of the Department of Defence Production in the field of indigenous production of weapon systems and policy initiatives undertaken in the past two years...

Govt imparting subsidy on maize seeds through National Food Security Mission: Radha Mohan

Union Agriculture and Farmers Welfare Minister, Radha Mohan Singh today said that Narendra Modi Government has initiated a number of significant schemes in last two years to strengthen the villages, the poor and the farmers. The positive results of these schemes have started showing up. The Minister said that despite two successive droughts, the gross production of maize in Kharif and Rabi is estimated at 21.02 million tones, for the year 2015-16...

PM Modi addresses rally in Saharanpur; highlights govt's achievements on completion of two years

Prime Minister Narendra Modi today addressed a rally in Saharanpur, Uttar Pradesh on completion of two years of the NDA government at the Centre. In his opening remarks, Prime Minister thanked the people of the country and people for reposing faith in his government. He said his government is trying to fulfill peoples' aspirations. “We have made a programme to give 2 lakh crore to the gram panchayats, so that lives in villages are transformed. Schools, hospitals, electricity - we have stressed on these. ..