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National Commission for Women to support livelihood programmes for women in northeast

Dec 4, 2018
The National Commission for Women has decided to support northeast livelihood programmes for women, particularly for those falling under the younger age group, through skill development and specialised training.

Train 18: India's first locomotive-less train crosses 180 kmph mark during trials

Dec 3, 2018
The Train 18 will now be sent to Kota division in West Central Railways for validating its performance at its designed speed of 160 kmph, following which the Railways will be initiating the process for obtaining necessary approvals from the designated authorities for induction of Train 18 into commercial service.

Government launches Digital Sky Platform for drone registration

Dec 3, 2018
The Union Government’s Civil Aviation Regulations to enable safe flying of Remotely Piloted Aerial Systems popularly referred to as drones came into effect on December 1, 2018. The Government had announced the release of the regulations in August 2018.

DAIC, JNU sign MoU to enhance research activities for sustainable development

Nov 30, 2018
DAIC, inaugurated by the Prime Minister Narendra Modi, is a centrally located state-of-the-art Centre for quality research in socio-economic transformation and it has been envisaged as a think-tank for preparing policy briefs.

Government launches new initiative to introduce school students to 22 Indian languages

Nov 30, 2018
The Union Government has launched a unique initiative called Bhasha Sangam to introduce school students to 22 Indian languages. The initiative aims to enhance linguistic tolerance and respect and promote national integration.

Emergency Response Support System: Himachal Pradesh becomes first state to launch Single Emergency Number '112'

Nov 30, 2018
To ensure safety of women, a 'SHOUT' feature has been introduced in '112 India' mobile app to seek immediate assistance from registered volunteers in the vicinity apart from assistance from ERC. The SHOUT feature is exclusively available for women.

Saubhagya Scheme: 8 States achieve 100% household electrification; total 15 States now have 100% household electrification

Nov 29, 2018
Earlier on October 15, 2018, the Government launched an award scheme under the umbrella Saubhagya Scheme, also known as Pradhan Mantri Sahaj Bijli Har Ghar Yojana. The Saubhagya award scheme will felicitate the power distribution companies (DISCOMs) and Power Department of the States and their employees for achieving 100 percent household electrification.

Capital Punishment in India: SC upholds constitutional validity of death penalty; Justice Kurian Joseph dissents

Nov 29, 2018
While delivering the judgment, a three-judge bench comprising Justices Kurian Joseph, Deepak Gupta and Hemant Gupta expressed different opinions with Justice Joseph saying that the provision of capital punishment has failed to become a deterrent and the other two holding its continuance in the rarest of rare cases.

Maharatna, Navratna & Miniratna Status of CPSEs: NPCC is now a Miniratna

Nov 28, 2018
The government grants the status of Maharatna, Navratna, and Miniratna to Public Sector Undertakings (PSUs) and Central Public Sector Enterprises (CPSEs) based upon the profit made by these enterprises. The Maharatna, Navratna and Miniratna statuses give financial and administrative power to the companies to a certain extent.

Defence Ministry revises security restrictions to boost development in border areas

Nov 28, 2018
The Defence Ministry has issued fresh guidelines, in which, it has allowed developmental work of small nature to be carried out by the central or state governments’ statutory bodies for faster development in the border areas.

Sentinel Island: Why Sentinelese wish to remain isolated?

Nov 28, 2018
Known to be isolated and unwelcoming to outsiders, the tribesmen of the Sentinelese tribe have been in the news lately, after they reportedly killed and buried an American missionary John Allen Chau, who had gone to the islands to tell the remote tribe that "Jesus loves you".

Defence Minister launches ‘Mission Raksha Gyan Shakti’

Nov 27, 2018
The Union Defence Minister, Nirmala Sitharaman has formally launched ‘Mission Raksha Gyan Shakti’ in New Delhi. The mission aims to provide a boost to the Intellectual Property Right culture in the indigenous defence industry.

Government launches ‘PAiSA’ Portal under National Urban Livelihoods Mission

Nov 27, 2018
All 35 States and Union Territories (UTs) & all scheduled commercial banks, RRBs and Cooperative Banks are expected to be on board the PAiSA portal the year end. The web platform was designed and developed by Allahabad Bank, the nodal bank under the scheme.

In a historic move, Venkaiah Naidu lays down foundation stone of Dera Baba Nanak - Kartarpur Sahib Corridor

Nov 27, 2018
The Indian side of Corridor starts from Dera Baba Nanak in Gurdaspur district and extends upto International border between India and Pakistan. The corridor will be developed by National Highways Authority of India (NHAI) and will be funded by the Union Government.

India marks 10th anniversary of 26/11 Mumbai terror attacks; US announces reward for information on 26/11 perpetrators

Nov 26, 2018
The terrorists carried out bomb explosions and gun firings at Taj Mahal Palace hotel, the Oberoi Trident, Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus railway station, Leopold Cafe, Cama Hospital, Nariman House Jewish community centre, the Metro Cinema and St. Xavier's College.

Indian missions abroad to soon issue passports within 48 hours

Nov 26, 2018
Indian missions across the world would soon issue passports in less than 48 hours to citizens abroad. Earlier this week, the Indian mission at New York had issued passports in less than 48 hours. The same will soon start happening across the world.

WCD Ministry empanels 223 Institutes to conduct awareness programmes on Sexual Harassment at Workplace

Nov 24, 2018
The Ministry of Women and Child Development has empanelled institutions and organisations to conduct awareness exercises on the provisions of the Sexual Harassment of Women at Workplace Act, 2013, in order to ensure security of women at all workplaces.

WCD Ministry links 'SHe-Box' to central, state ministries for speedy disposal of cases

Nov 23, 2018
The Ministry of Women and Child Development has linked the sexual harassment complaints portal ‘She-Box’ with all the Central Ministries, Departments and 653 districts across 33 states and union territories.

Government decides to set up a domestic Gold Council in India

Nov 23, 2018
The government on November 23, 2018 has decided to set up domestic Gold council in India to promote the growth of the sector and boost exports of jewellery. Commerce and Industry Minister Suresh Prabhu said this while inaugurating the 2nd Edition of India Gold and Jewellery Summit in New Delhi.

PM Modi lays foundation stone of City Gas Distribution Projects

Nov 23, 2018
Currently, the share of gas in the India’s energy mix is just over 6 per cent and the aim is to reach the 15 per cent figure, while the world average is 24 per cent. India is not only focussing on increasing the use and supply of gas, but also on producing gas through agro-wastes and other products.

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