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Tripartite MoU for Rooppur Nuclear Plant

A Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was signed at Moscow, Russia between the State Atomic Energy Corporation ‘Rosatom’; the Ministry of Science and Technology of the People’s Republic of Bangladesh and the Department of Atomic Energy on 1st March 2018 on trilateral cooperation in implementation of the Rooppur Nuclear Power Project in Bangladesh. The MoU envisages rendering of consultancy to Bangladesh in performance of work related to Rooppur Nuclear Power Plant construction and executing transfer and exchange of knowledge, expertise, consultancy advice, technical support and knowhow, sharing of resources and experience on regulatory aspects, rendering assistance in respect of Indian personnel and qualified Indian institutions experienced in construction, commissioning and operation of technically demanding industrial facilities to the Rooppur Nuclear Power Plant.


Three day Curtain Raiser International Yoga Fest inaugurated by Shri Jitendra Singh

A Three-day International Yoga Fest , a Curtain Raiser for International Day of Yoga (IDY) 2018 was inaugurated by the Minister of State (IC) for Development of North Eastern Region, MoS for PMO, Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances & Pensions, Dept. of Atomic Energy and Space Dr. Jitendra Singh at Talkatora Stadium, New Delhi


Committee on Journalist Welfare Scheme and Central Press Accreditation Committee Reconstituted

Ministry of Information & Broadcasting has reconstituted the composition of Committee on Journalist Welfare Scheme and Central Press Accreditation Committee. Journalists are made members of the Journalists Welfare Committee for the first time.


Government decides to remove customs duty on export of sugar from its current level of 20% to zero percent

During the current Sugar Season 2017-18, the sugar production in the country is estimated to be substantially higher than the estimated domestic consumption. Sufficient surplus stock of sugar may be available for export. In order to promote exports with the objective of evacuating surplus stocks from the country, the Government has decided to remove customs duty on export of sugar from its current level of 20% to zero percent. This will also help in maintaining demand and supply balance and thereby stabilising the domestic sugar prices in the country.


Government approves Plastic Park to be set up in Deoghar District, Jharkhand

Union Minister for Chemicals & Fertilizers and Parliamentary Affairs, Shri Ananthkumar announced that the Government of India has approved the setting up of a Plastic Park in Deoghar District, Jharkhand, here today. The project would be set up at a cost of Rs. 120 crores in an area of 150 acres and a range of polymer products including woven sacks, moulded furniture, water tanks, bottles, pipes mosquito nets, etc would be manufactured. It has great potential for attracting investment for setting up an ecosystem for plastic industry and generate employment opportunities for the local populace, the Minister informed.


Ministry of Agriculture & Farmers’ Welfare and Ministry of Skill Development & Entrepreneurship sign MoU on skill development training programmes at Krishi Vigyan Kendras

The Ministry of Agriculture and Farmers’ Welfare and the Ministry of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship today signed an MoU to conduct skill development training programmes for agriculture and allied sector, on a regular basis, at Krishi Vigyan Kendra (KVKs). Meanwhile, the skill development training programmes currently being run across KVKs will continue.


National Cultural Audiovisual Archives (NCAA) becomes the World’s First Trusted Digital Repository

National Cultural Audiovisual Archives (NCAA) project of the Ministry of Culture, Government of India, implemented by Indira Gandhi National Centre for the Arts (IGNCA) has been certified as the world’s first Trusted Digital Repository as per ISO 16363:2012 standard, granted by Primary Trustworthy Digital Repository Authorisation Body Ltd. (PTAB), United Kingdom. Leveraging this historic achievement, the plan for the next phase is to integrate about three lakh hours of audiovisuals materials, a corpus estimated based on a scoping survey conducted in 25 cities across the country, on this platform over the next five years.


Indian Army Releases Book on Paramveer Chakra Awardees : Paramveer Parwane

General Bipin Rawat, Chief of the Army Staff released a book on Paramveer Chakra Awardees – ‘Paramveer Parwane’ on 20 March 2018. The book illustrates the bravery of Paramveer Chakra Awardees from 1947 to 1965 and is written by Dr Prabhakiran Jain published by Medha Books. The book has eleven short stories, poems, and songs highlighting the history of the battles in which the brave soldiers sacrificed their lives and have shown the utmost courage & leadership while facing the enemy during War to protect the motherland.


Indian Council of Forestry Research and Education Signs MOU With Technology Information, Forecasting & Assessment Council for Supporting Forest Based Communities

The Indian Council of Forestry Research and Education (ICFRE), Dehradun (an Autonomous Council under the Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change) and Technology Information, Forecasting & Assessment Council (TIFAC), New Delhi (an Autonomous Council under Department of Science and Technology) signed an MoUfor  with an objective to provide livelihood opportunities and augment income of the forest based communities


106th Indian Science Congress to be held in Bhopal- “Future India: Science and Technology” will be the theme for next Science Congress

Exhorting the scientific fraternity to develop a scientific temper at the grassroots level, Governor of Manipur, Dr. Najma Heptullah has said that it is the responsibility of the scientific community to develop young minds to further research in our country. She averred that India is becoming a powerhouse of scientific thought.  Expressing her thoughts on the theme of this year’s Indian Science Congress, she said, “The North-East and Manipur are still an unreached place for many Indians. Everyday a new flora, a new fauna is discovered here. Many varieties of plants with medicinal properties are found here,”  She urged the scientists present in the gathering to adopt a place in an area and do research on the soil, the plants and water resources of that place to develop young minds and further research at the grassroots level.


Science Communicators’ Meet Concludes at Imphal

Emphasising that science should be the enabler in solving the problems in the society to make our lives easier, Education Minister of Manipur, Shri Th. Radheshyam Singh has said that holding such a mega event in Manipur will help the young minds in the state.  Delivering the valedictory address at the Science Communicators’ Meet at the 105th Indian Science Congress in Imphal today, the Education Minister appealed to the scientists and mentors to guide young minds in the field of scientific research.


Nitin Gadkari inaugurates Inland Ferry Services in Goa

Union Minister of Road Transport and Highways, Shipping and Water Resources, River Development and Ganga Rejuvenation Shri Nitin Gadkari today inaugurated the Inland ferry services in the port city of Vasco in Goa.

The Minister said, use of waterways is economical, environmental friendly; and needs better utilization. Shri Gadkari pointed out that tourists traveling through the waterway can save time and money and avoid pollution and ease the road congestion.


8th Project Oversight Committee of Jal Marg Vikas Project (JMVP) meets in Lucknow

The 8th Project Oversight Committee (POC) meeting of Jal Marg Vikas Project (JMVP) was held today in Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh. Senior officials from Inland Waterways Authority of India (IWAI), Ministry of Shipping, World Bank and Governments of Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Jharkhand and West Bengal – the states through which National Waterway -1, i.e., river Ganga flows, participated in the meeting.


Snapdeal ties up with banks, digital payment firms for discounts

Shoppers who opt for digital payments through their credit/debit cards and wallets, for online purchases at Snapdeal over the next 12 months, will receive discounts worth 100 crore in the form of cash-back or instant discounts of up to 25 per cent, the e-commerce platform has said.

To enable this, Snapdeal has partnered with 12 banks — HDFC Bank, ICICI Bank, SBI, Citibank, American Express, Axis Bank, HSBC, Kotak Mahindra Bank, YES Bank, Standard Chartered Bank, IndusInd Bank, Federal Bank — and two digital wallets — FreeCharge and MobiKwik


Havells appoints Shashi Arora as CEO of Lloyd

Consumer electrical goods maker Havells today said it has appointed Shashi Arora as the CEO for its consumer durable brand Lloyd.

Arora was earlier the MD and CEO of Airtel Payments Bank, part of India’s leading telecom firm Bharti Airtel.


BHEL inks tech pact with Korea-based HLB Power

State-run power equipment maker BHEL on Wednesday said it has entered into a technology collaboration agreement (TCA) with HLB Power, Republic of Korea.

The collaboration is for in-house design and manufacture of large size gates and dampers for use in coal fired power plants, to be commissioned or retrofitted with high capacity emission control equipment, a BHEL statement said.



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