PM launches Rashtriya Gram Swaraj Abhiyan; unveils roadmap for overall development of tribals

Prime Minister Narendra Modi launched the Rashtriya Gram Swaraj Abhiyan today, at a public meeting, in Mandla in Madhya Pradesh. He unveiled a Road Map for overall development of tribals during the next five years.

He laid the foundation stone of an LPG bottling plant of Indian Oil Corporation at Maneri, Mandla District. He also launched a Local Government Directory.

The Prime Minister felicitated the Sarpanches of villages which have achieved 100 percent smokeless kitchens, 100 percent vaccination under Mission Indradhanush, and 100 percent electrification under Saubhagya Scheme.

Government of India and World Bank Signs Agreement to Improve Rural Road Network in Madhya Pradesh

The Government of India, the Government of Madhya Pradesh and the World Bank today signed a $210 million loan agreement for the Madhya Pradesh Rural Connectivity Project. The Project is expected to improve the durability, resilience and safety of the gravel surfaced rural roads and enhance the capacity of the state to manage its rural roads network.

The Project will cover 10,510 km stretch of rural roads in Madhya Pradesh that fall under the Chief Minister’s Gram Sadak Yojana (CMGSY) program. Of this 10,000 km will be upgraded from existing gravel to bituminous surface roads, while 510 km of new roads will be built to the same bituminous surface standard.


NDMA to conduct multi-State earthquake mock exercise in North East

The National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) will conduct a mock exercise on earthquake preparedness in three North Eastern States – Tripura, Nagaland, Mizoram – on April 26, 2018. The exercise, which is being held in collaboration with the respective State Disaster Management Authorities (SDMAs), will help participating agencies and stakeholders in evaluating the  effectiveness of their disaster response plans.


Shri Rajnath Singh chairs third meeting of Island Development Agency

The Union Home Minister, Shri Rajnath Singh, chaired the third meeting of the Island Development Agency (IDA) In Delhi today. The Island Development Agency reviewed the progress made towards preparation of Development Plans for identified Islands (four in A&N Islands i.e. Smith, Ross, Long, Avis and five in Lakshadweep i.e. Minicoy, Bangaram, Thinnakara, Cheriyam, Suheli). For these Islands, Final Site Suitability Reports have been prepared, Carrying Capacity determined and Environmental zoning carried out to ensure sustainable development.


MOU signed between Indian Culinary Institute and IGNTU, Amarkantak for collaborative degree programmes and research in culinary arts

A Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) was signed between the Indian Culinary Institute (ICI) an autonomous body under the Ministry of Tourism, and Indira Gandhi National Tribal University (IGNTU), Amarkantak in New Delhi today. The MOU was signed for imparting collaborative degree programmes including research in the field of culinary arts. The Minister of State (IC) of Tourism and Minister of State for Electronics and Information Technology, Shri K.J Alphons; Secretary (Tourism), Smt. Rashmi Verma and Vice Chancellor, IGNTU, Prof. T.V Kattimani, were present for the signing.


Committee headed by Justice Rajesh Bindal submits report on Inter-country removal & retention of children, to the WCD Minister

The Committee headed by Justice Rajesh Bindal, Judge, High Court of Punjab & Haryana, Chandigarh, submitted its report today on legal issues related to inter country removal & retention of children, and recommends on addressing the problems of parents and children involved in such issues. The Ministry of Women and Child Development had appointed the Committee. After detailed deliberation and examinations of various aspects of inter country removal and restoration of Children, the Committee has submitted the report to Smt. Maneka Sanjay Gandhi, Minister for Women and Child Development.


Suresh Prabhu to Chair First Meeting of Think Tank on Framework for National Policy on E-Commerce

Minister of Commerce & Industry and Civil Aviation, Suresh Prabhu, will chair the first meeting of the think tank on the Framework for National Policy on E-commerce to be held on April 24th, 2018. Senior officers of the ministries/ departments of the Government of India involved in different aspects of e-commerce; high level representatives from the industry bodies, e-commerce companies, telecommunication companies and IT companies; Reserve Bank of India; and independent experts have been invited to participate in the meeting.


Diu Smart City becomes first to run on 100% Renewable Energy during Daytime

Diu Smart City has become the first city in India, that runs on 100% renewable energy during daytime setting a new benchmark for other cities to become clean and green. Diu had been importing 73% of its power from Gujarat until last year. It has now adopted a two-pronged approach whereby a 9 MW solar park spread over 50 hectares rocky barren land has been developed besides installing solar panels on the roof tops on 79 government buildings thereby generating 1.3 MW annually. To further enhance its solar capacity, Diu offers its residents a subsidy of Rs 10, 000-50,000 for installing 1-5KW roof top solar panels. Diu is saving about 13,000 tonnes of carbon emissions every year. Due to low-cost solar energy, power tariffs have been cut in residential category by 10% last year and 15% this year.


TCS is the first Indian Company With 100 Billion Dollar Market Value

Tata Consultancy Services created the history as the market capitalization of the company has hit the 100 billion dollar mark, making it the first Indian company to achieve the mark. TCS shares rose by 2% to Rs. 3476.75, pushing the market capitalization of India’s biggest outsourcer to Rs. 6,64,918 crore. Shares of TCS had surged by nearly 7% recently, making investors richer by over Rs. 40,000 crores in a day.





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