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Centre Sanctions New Project to Control Pollution of River Sal at Navelin

Centre Sanctions New Project to Control Pollution of River Sal at Navelin

India
The Centre sanctioned a new project to control pollution in River Sal at Navelim town in Goa. The project was sanctioned by the Ministry of Environment, Forest & Climate Change under the National River Conservation Plan and would cost of Rs. 61.74 cr.. Both the Centre and State will share the cost on 60:40 basis. Under the project, around 32 kms of sewers will be laid and sewage treatment plant of 3 million litres per day (MLD) constructed. The project is scheduled for completion by January, 2021. The project will help in reduction of pollution load in the river and improvement in its water quality, besides improving the environment and sanitation in the town.
PM Modi to address BJP rally in Bengaluru

PM Modi to address BJP rally in Bengaluru

India
Prime Minister Narendra Modi will address a Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) rally in Bengaluru on Sunday that marks the conclusion of the party’s 90-day Nava Nirman Parivarthan yatra across poll-bound Karnataka. He will arrive in the city on Sunday afternoon and address the rally at the Palace grounds in the evening. Thousands of our cadres from across the state and people from the city will participate in the event. Though PM Modi was scheduled to address the rally on January 28, on the conclusion of the three-month yatra that began here on November 1, it was put off to February 4, owing to his pre-occupation with other engagements. Elaborate security arrangements have been made for the rally at the sprawling venue in the city centre where the party is expecting at least one lakh peop
GST e-way bill Trial period extended due to technical glitches

GST e-way bill Trial period extended due to technical glitches

India
GST e-way bill deferred due to technical glitches The government has deferred the nationwide mandatory rollout of e-way bill under GST indefinitely in the backdrop of difficulties faced by businesses in generating the bill due to initial technical glitches. The date from when the e-way bill will become compulsory will be announced later. Meanwhile, the government has extended the trial phase for generation of the e-way bill for both inter and intra-state movement of goods. The national informatics centre (NIC), which is developing the e-way portal, has sought 15 days time to resolve the technical issues, as per industry sources.
Area sown under rabi crops falls by 1.5% by 2 February 2018

Area sown under rabi crops falls by 1.5% by 2 February 2018

India
Area sown under wheat declines by 5.4% Total area sown for rabi crops touched 63.23 million hectares by 2 February 2018, as per reports received from states released by the department of agriculture cooperation & farmers welfare. This was 1.5 per cent lower compared to the same period last year. On a y-o-y basis, area sown under wheat fell by 5.4 per cent to 30.07 million hectares while area sown for oilseeds decreased by 4.9 per cent to 8.03 million hectares. On the other hand, area under rice increased by 18.2 per cent to 2.86 million hectares by 2 February 2018. Area sown under rabi crops Crop FY17 FY18 Y-o-Y% (million hectares) (million hectares) Wheat 31.78 30.07 -5.4 Rice 2.42 2.86 18.2 Pulses 15.80 16.65 5.3 Coar...
Prime Minister inaugurates Global Investment Summit in Assam

Prime Minister inaugurates Global Investment Summit in Assam

India
In Assam, the state's first two-day Global Investment Summit is being organized from Saturday. Emphasis is on promoting investments in the state and the North East. The connectivity of ASEAN countries with roads will create an opportunity for the investors. Businessmen like Ratan Tata and Mukesh Ambani are taking part in the Summit. Investor's from Bhutan, Bangladesh, Germany and Japan as well as ASEAN countries are expected at the summit. The conference was inaugurated by Prime Minister Narendra Modi. The focus of Prime Minister Narendra Modi has always been on development of North East states. The central government is carrying out many projects for the upliftment of the state. During the last three and half years. Speedy work has been carried out on the development of road, rail and
Budget 2018-19: Government focuses on infrastructure expansion

Budget 2018-19: Government focuses on infrastructure expansion

India
When the Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley presented the Budget 2018-19, the focus and emphasis on infrastructure was evident as he allocated Rs. 5.97 lakh crore for continued development of the crucial sector. AVIATION SECTOR A day after the budget was presented, MoS Civil Aviation, Jayant Sinha presented a blueprint on what has been planned for the sector. Addressing the press, the minister said 4 points have been at the core of the aviation sector which are sea planes, UDAAN scheme, NABH Nirman and disinvestment. Government's main focus is NABH Nirman which stands for Next Generation Airports for Bharat to expand the airport capacity more than five times to handle a billion trips per year. Announcement on sea planes was also made in the budget for tourism and emergency servi
PM addresses inaugural session of Advantage Assam – Global Investors Summit 2018

PM addresses inaugural session of Advantage Assam – Global Investors Summit 2018

India
The Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi, today addressed the inaugural session of Advantage Assam - Global Investors Summit 2018, in Guwahati. Welcoming delegates to the Summit, the Prime Minister said that the North-East is at the heart of the Union Government's Act East Policy. The Act East Policy envisions increased people to people contact, trade ties and other relations with ASEAN countries, he added. The Prime Minister recalled the recent ASEAN India Commemorative Summit celebrating 25 years of partnership between ASEAN and India. He added that ties between India and the ASEAN countries go back thousands of years. He said it was a privilege for India to host Heads of 10 ASEAN countries as honoured guests at the Republic Day function in New Delhi. The Prime Minister emphasized that ...
Public-private partnership can bring down cancer treatment costs: Vice President

Public-private partnership can bring down cancer treatment costs: Vice President

India
The Vice President of India, Shri M. Venkaiah Naidu has said that the public-private partnership can bring down cancer treatment costs in India. He was addressing a gathering after inaugurating      Omega Hospitals, in Guntur, Andhra Pradesh today. The Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh, Shri N. Chandrababu Naidu, the Minister for Health and Medical Education, Andhra Pradesh, Dr. Kamineni Sreenivas and other dignitaries were present on the occasion. The Vice President said that cancer is a silent killer and the treatment works best when cancers are detected early. Lung cancer screening is recommended for chronic and heavy smokers, he added. Vice President outlined seven early warning signs of cancer by the mnemonic CAUTION: Change in bowel or bladderhabits. A sore that does not h
Environment Ministry Launches a Regional Project to Tackle Stubble Burning

Environment Ministry Launches a Regional Project to Tackle Stubble Burning

India, Policies
In another significant step to combat climate change, the Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change has approved a regional project on ‘Climate Resilience Building among Farmers through Crop Residue Management’ under the National Adaptation Fund for Climate Change (NAFCC).  The project was approved at the meeting of the National Steering Committee on Climate Change, held here today, under the chairmanship of Secretary, Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change, Shri C.K Mishra. The first phase of the project has been approved at a cost of approximately Rs. 100 Crore for the States of Punjab, Haryana, Uttar Pradesh and Rajasthan. The project will leverage approximately three times the approved amount with contribution from the States as well as farmers. The project not on
Ballistic Missile Test launch, Successful Direct Hit by Interceptor Missile

Ballistic Missile Test launch, Successful Direct Hit by Interceptor Missile

India, Technology
Ballistic Missile Defence (BMD) System of Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) successfully scored a direct hit on incoming missile today at around 09:45 am from Dr Abdul Kalam Island off the coast of Odisha. The interceptor directly hit the target at an altitude of about 15 kilometre and destroyed it into fragments. The spectacular success puts India in the league of a very few select nations world over in the arena of critical defence technology. Today’s direct interception is fourth in a row, where the missiles have scored a perfect hit on the incoming missile. In text book style launch, the incoming ballistic missile was launched from LC-III complex of ITR, which followed the exact path of intended ballistic missile. Radars located at different stations far-off, acqui