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PM lays foundation stone for India International Convention and Expo Centre, Dwarka

The Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi, today laid the foundation stone for India International Convention and Expo Centre (IICC) at Dwarka, New Delhi.

Speaking on the occasion, the Prime Minister said that this Centre would reflect India’s economic progress, rich cultural heritage, and our consciousness towards environment protection. He also said it is a part of the Government’s vision which gives importance to world class infrastructure, and ease of doing business.

MHA signs MoU with ISRO to set up an Integrated Control Room for Emergency Response

The Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) and Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO), Department of Space signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) here today for setting up of an state-of-the-art Integrated Control Room for Emergency Response (ICR-ER) in Ministry of Home Affairs. The MoU was signed by Joint Secretary (Disaster Management) Shri Sanjeev Kumar Jindal on behalf of MHA and Dr P.V.N Rao, Deputy Director, NRSC, ISRO.

Environment Ministry organises ‘Swacchhta Hi Seva’ Programme

 The Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change (MoEF&CC) organized a ‘Swacchhta Hi Seva’ programme at the Ministry premises here today.

Speaking on the occasion, Director General (Forests) and Special Secretary, MoEF&CC, Mr. Siddhanta Das said that the role of children in Swacchhta campaign is crucial.  He added that the Ministry has initiated efforts to make all the Protected Areas (PAs) in the country plastic-free and clean.  He emphasized the need to plant more and more trees and reduce single use plastic to enable the environment to cleanse itself.

Government announces the Revision of interest rates for Small Savings Schemes for the Third Quarter of the current Financial Year 2018-19

On the basis of the decision of the Government of India, the interest rates for Small Savings Schemes are to be notified on Quarterly Basis with the approval of the Union Finance Minister. Accordingly, the Rates of Interest on various Small Savings Schemes for the Third Quarter of the Current Financial Year 2018-19 starting 1st October, 2018, and ending on 31st December, 2018 have been announced. The Rates of Intereston the basis of the interest compounding/payment built-in in the Schemes, shall be as under:

Instrument Rate of interest w.r.t. 01.07.2018 to 30.09.2018 Rate of interest w.r.t. 01.10.2018 to 31.12.2018 Compounding frequency*
Savings Deposit 4.0 4.0 Annually
1 Year Time Deposit 6.6 6.9 Quarterly
2 Year Time Deposit 6.7 7.0 Quarterly
3 Year Time Deposit 6.9 7.2 Quarterly
5 Year Time Deposit 7.4 7.8 Quarterly
5 Year Recurring Deposit 6.9 7.3 Quarterly
5 Year Senior Citizen Savings Scheme 8.3 8.7 Quarterly and paid
5 Year Monthly Income Account 7.3 7.7 Monthly and paid
5 Year National Savings Certificate 7.6 8.0 Annually
Public Provident Fund Scheme 7.6 8.0 Annually
KisanVikasPatra 7.3 (will mature in 118 months) 7.7 (will mature in 112 months) Annually
SukanyaSamriddhi Account Scheme 8.1 8.5 Annually

Health Ministry partners with Dell and Tata Trusts to provide technology solution for a nationwide healthcare program

Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, here today exchanged the MoUs with the Tata Trusts and Dell to provide a technological platform fornationwide prevention, control, screening and management program of Non Communicable Diseases (NCDs).SmtAnupriya Patel, Minister of State for Health and Family Welfarepresided over the ceremony and also released the user manual for NCD application under Comprehensive Primary Health Care (CPHC) IT Solutions. SmtPreeti Sudan, Secretary (Health) , ShriBurzisTaraporewala, Senior Adviser, Tata Trusts and ShriSarvSaravanan, Senior Vice President,Dell EMC COEand Mr Jeremy Ford, Director, Dell Giving were also present at the MoU exchange ceremony.

‘National Workshop on Graded Autonomy’held for Vice Chancellors of Universities in New Delhi

The Union Minister for Human Resource Development Shri Prakash Javadekar today addressed the National Workshop on Graded Autonomy for Vice Chancellors of Universities at New Delhi. While addressing the workshop Shri Javadekar said that “Autonomy is crucial for the Higher Educational Institutions to achieve excellence and the Government is committed to ensure autonomy of our Universities”. The workshop was jointly organized by Ministry of Human Resource Development(MHRD)  and University Grants Commission (UGC) with a view to provide a platform to Vice-Chancellors from around 63universities which have been categorized as Category I and Category II Institutions under UGC Regulations on Graded Autonomy. The senior officers of MHRD,UGC and select State governments were also present on this occasion, besides participants from 55 HEIs.

Union Home Minister launches two portals to strengthen Women Safety

Union Home Minister, Shri Rajnath Singh here today launched two separate portals to strengthen Women Safety. The portal “cybercrime.gov.in” will receive complaints from citizens on objectionable online content related to child pornography, child sexual abuse material, sexually explicit material such as rape and gang rape.

The National Database on Sexual Offenders (NDSO), which is accessible only to law enforcement agencies, will assist in effectively tracking and investigating cases of sexual offences.

NATIONAL SPORTS AWARDS -2018 announced; Mirabai Chanu and Virat Kohli to get Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna

National Sports Awards are given every year to recognize and reward excellence in sports. Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna Award is given for the spectacular and most outstanding performance in the field of sports by a sportsperson over a period of four year, Arjuna Award is given for consistency outstanding performance for four years, Dronacharya Award for coaches for producing medal winners at prestigious International sports events, Dhyan Chand Award for life time contribution to sports development and Rashtriya Khel Protsahan Puruskar  is given to the corporate entities (both in private and public sector) and individuals who have played a visible role in the area of sports promotion and development. Overall top performing university in inter-university tournaments is given Maulana Abul Kalam Azad (MAKA) Trophy

Bengaluru ranked among top locations for tech enterprises in Asia

Bengaluru, along with Singapore and Shenzhen, figure in the list of best locations for tech enterprises in Asia. A research report ‘Top Locations in Asia: Technology Sector,’ released by Colliers Research and based on a comprehensive study of 16 cities in developed and emerging markets across Asia, examines nearly 50 criteria across a spectrum of socio-economic, property and human factors to determine the viability of these cities as tech hubs, as a workability index for the tech sector.

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