Agmark online system launched by Agriculture minister to conduct quality control functions
Minister of Agriculture and Farmers Welfare Shri Radha Mohan Singh launched online software for Agmark certification process. The process is being implemented by the Directorate of Marketing & Inspection (DMI). The online certification processes include: Certificate of authorisation (domestic), Permission of printing press, Permission of laboratories (domestic) and Services related to the laboratory information management system and Provisions for online receipt of fees from the applicants.
Four Northern states and 2 UTs to fix uniform tax rates on petroleum products
The states are Haryana, Himachal Pradesh, Punjab and Uttar Pradesh and UTs of Delhi and Chandigarh. Further, a subcommittee would be instituted which would recommend with regard to uniformity in tax rates in the next fifteen days. Punjab is one of the highest rates of VAT on petrol in the country and it is second to Maharashtra.
Ravi Shankar Prasad Launched Centre Of Excellence For Data Analytics And DigiVaarta
National Informatics Centre (NIC) and National Informatics Centre Services Incorporated (NICSI) have jointly set up a Centre of Excellence for data analytics to support Government departments to unlock the hidden potential of the data that they are generating as part of the governance processes and use it to improve the overall governance.
High-Level Meeting On Tuberculosis At 73rd Session Of UNGA Held In New York
JP Nadda, Union Minister of Health and Family Welfare addressed at the ‘High-Level Meeting on Tuberculosis at the 73rd session of United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) at New York’. He stated that India showed a personal commitment to tackling TB head-on as India plans to eliminate TB by 2025, five years ahead of the SDG target of 2030, by launching the TB Free India Campaign.
IRBI eased cash reserve rules to allow banks to get increased liquidity from SLR
The Reserve Bank of India allowed banks to dip further into statutory cash reserves to ease a liquidity squeeze afflicting the nation’s money markets. The move by the central bank follows concerns over tight liquidity conditions and banks unwillingness to lend to NBFCs. About Reserve Bank of India (RBI) Urjit Patel- 24th Governor of RBI, Headquarters- Mumbai, Established-1st April 1935, in Kolkata
Government sets up Ayush Information Cell in Romania
To encourage practice of ayurveda, India has set up an ‘Ayush Information Cell’ at its embassy premises in Romania to create awareness about the traditional Indian system of medicine. The cell was digitally inaugurated by Vice President Venkaiah Naidu during his visit to Romania earlier this month.
Qureshi met with U.S. President
Pakistan Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi met U.S. President Donald Trump in New York. In that informal meeting, they discussed bilateral ties. The episode happened at a luncheon on the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly meeting.
Centre may soon merge PNB, OBC, Andhra Bank
After deciding to merge Bank of Baroda (BoB), Vijaya Bank and Dena Bank, Centre is reportedly planning the amalgamation of Punjab National Bank (PNB), Andhra Bank and Oriental Bank of Commerce (OBC). The government has been battling for years to clean up its banks, which have the highest bad-loan ratio after Italy among the world’s 10 largest economies.
Govt increased customs duty on import of 19 items
This increase in import duty is aimed at bridging Current Account Deficit (CAD). The total value of imports of these items in the year 2017-18 was about Rs 86,000 crore. Diamonds, gold, refrigerators, footwear, bath soaps, air conditioners to be costlier.
Indo-Uzbekistan joint exhibition inaugurated at National Museum
An exhibition Titled “India – Uzbekistan: Dialogue of Cultures” dedicated to the upcoming state visit of Uzbekistan President Shavkat Mirziyoyev to India was inaugurated at National Museum. This exhibition showcases original artifacts from the National Museum collection which include coins from the royal mints of Kushans including coins depicting portraits of Kanishka, Huvishka , alluring sculptures from the Kushan period, the intricate manuscripts including miniature paintings from Baburnama, manuscripts of the Holy Quran, Timurnamah, Bukharisharif, Bayaz, Tuzk-i-Jahangiri and others. The exhibition will be open for the public till October 24.
Assam cabinet to launch the Universal Pension scheme on October 2
On the 150th birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi, Assam state government will launch the Universal Pension scheme in the state. Under the scheme, the pension will be given to citizens over 60 years of age. The Cabinet also approved the Aniruddhadev Sports University Bill and the Inland Water Transport Authority Regulatory Bill. An amount of 50 lakh rupees has been sanctioned to filmmaker Rima Das whose movie Village Rockstar has been nominated for Oscars.
Xiaomi launched seven new products
Xiaomi, the Smartphone maker, launched seven new products, including smart TVs along with a wide range of ecosystem gadgets such as fitness band, security camera, air purifier and luggage. Xiaomi introduced three variants of Mi LED Smart TV Pro. These TVs come with Xiaomi’s own PatchWall interface specially designed for India. Xiaomi: ♦ Type: Electronics company ♦ Founded: 6 April 2010 ♦ Founder: Lei Jun ♦ Headquarters: Beijing, China ♦ Products: Mobile phones, Smartphones, Tablet computers, Smart home devices, Laptops, Smart TV
Abbott is to introduce high-sensitive troponin-I blood test in India
Abbott announced it is to introduce a high-sensitive troponin-I blood test in India. This test can predict chances of a heart attack or other cardiac event months to years in advance. According to the World Health Organisation (WHO) cardiovascular diseases kill an estimated 17.7 million people globally. In that, nearly 7.4 million are due to coronary heart disease. The troponin-I test provides better predictive information for determining a person’s chances of developing future heart disease when added to the current standard of care. Troponin-I proteins are released from the heart and can be found at elevated levels in the blood when the heart muscle has been damaged due to lack of blood flow.
Sreeshankar sets national record in mens long jump
M.Sreeshankar, the 19-year-old, defeated Ankit Sharma’s National and meet record in the men’s long jump in the National Open athletics championships. He recorded a jump to break the meet record of 7.87m a by covering a distance of 8.11m. His previous best was 7.99m at the Federation Cup in March.
CREDAI to restore 10 waterbodies in Chennai, Tamil Nadu
The Confederation of Real Estate Developers’ Associations of India (CREDAI), Chennai, has signed a MoU with Greater Chennai Corporation in order to restore 10 waterbodies in the city. This project costs around Rs.50 lakhs. CREDAI Chennai has picked up tanks in Ambattur (Arraa Kulam, Ayyankulam, Vairavan Kulam), Valasaravakkam (Mayttukuppam Ganga Nagar pond, Appaduraipillai street pond), Alandur (Aalavancherry kulam), Perungudi (Mandapamkuttai, Amara pond) and Sholinganallur (Thallikullam and Saraya Kulam).