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Union Minister for Food Processing Industries Smt Harsimrat Kaur Badal inaugurated the first Mega Food Park in Gujarat. It is located at Village Shah and Vasravi, Taluka Mangrol, District Surat. A 2nd Mega Food Park has been sanctioned by the Ministry in Mehsana District of Gujarat.
This Mega Food Park has been set up in 70.15 acres of land at a cost of Rs. 117.87 crore.
This will be done through the purchase of government securities under open market operations for an aggregate amount of Rs. 400 billion in the month of November 2018.
This will help ease a cash shortage in the system and stabilize debt market rates.
The scientists of Zoological Survey of India (ZSI) has revealed that Moths (Lepidoptera), which is widely considered as pests, are pollinators to a number of flowering plants in the Himalayan ecosystem. The scientists collected moth samples from states such as Arunachal Pradesh, Sikkim and West Bengal. The analysis of proboscis, a long and thread-like organ used to suck flower sap, of a dozen moth species’ revealed the presence of pollen grains.
Researchers have pointed... Read More
The Kerala Agricultural University (KAU) has initiated a study on the farming practices of garlic followed in the hills of Kanthalloor and Vattavada areas of Idukki district of Kerala. This move is to promote the variety Malai poondu or hill garlic that is on the verge of extinction.
Malai poondu or hill garlic are known for its unique flavour, pungency, taste, medicinal properties and longer shelf life, that is 180 days. Due to long duration of cultivation the tribal farmers of the area... Read More
A privately developed Chinese carrier rocket failed to reach orbit after lifting off from Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center, Mongolia. Beijing-based Landscape developed Zhuque-1, a three-stage rocket. It is said that the first and second stage of ZQ-1 rocket worked normally. But an error occurred after the second stage. Zhuque-1 carried a satellite named “Future” which was built for state media China Central Television.
The landscape is the first private licensed company... Read More
The India Cements Ltd. (ICL), a leading cement manufacturer, has signed a deal for the acquisition of Springway Mining Private Limited. The share acquisition is to happen in a phased manner. The transaction involves a total consideration of Rs.82.89 crore.
Springway Springway, which is incorporated in 2010, has a paid-up capital of Rs.20 crore. It is engaged mainly in the mining and quarrying business.
ICL had acquired it with an idea to set up a cement plant in Madhya Pradesh.... Read More
This project dubbed- A snapshot inventory of intangible cultural heritage, will be launched to protect the disappearing intangible cultural heritage of India.
This will include art forms, craftsmanship and other intangible cultural heritage of the country.
The “Wiki-styled project” would be executed through “crowd-sourcing”.
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The World Trade Organisation’s (WTO) panel is to examine the India-U.S. export case. WTO’s dispute settlement body has set up a panel to examine the U.S.’ complaint against certain export-subsidy measures by India as both the sides failed to resolve the issue at the consultation level.
Earlier 2018, the U.S. dragged India to WTO over export subsidies, saying that these incentives were harming the American firms. The U.S. has requested for the establishment of a dispute... Read More
According to the MOU 70 Years of the relationship between the two countries will be celebrated,50 faculty members from government higher education institutions of the state would be trained by the British Council every year, starting in December 2018,
Supporting improvements in the teaching of mathematics and science.
Mukesh Ambani’s Reliance Gas Transportation Infrastructure Ltd. has won oil regulator Petroleum and Natural Gas Regulatory Board’s (PNGRB) approval for selling its loss-making east-west natural gas pipeline to Canadian investor Brookfield.
A decade back Brookfield built a 1,400-km pipeline from Kakinada to Bharuch to transport natural gas discovered in a KG basin block operated by Reliance Industries. The pipeline has a capacity to transport 80 million standard cubic metres per day... Read More
The 5th edition of the ‘Women of India National Organic Festival’ was inaugurated by Smt. Maneka Sanjay Gandhi, Union Minister for Women and Child Development, at the Indira Gandhi National Centre for the Arts (IGNCA), New Delhi.
The Festival celebrates and promotes women entrepreneurs/producers and farmers in the organic field from across India.
In the pre-launch function of the ‘Swachh Nyayalaya’ project, a Rs.700-crore project has been proposed to have clean courts, right from the Supreme Court and the High Courts to the 3,388 lower courts.
Under the project, construction of toilets for both male and female lawyers and litigants, a facility that many courts sorely lack, has been planned. These toilets will be equipped with vending machines that will dispense sanitary napkins, toilet paper, band-aids, etc. Garbage... Read More
Bharat Earth Movers Limited (BEML), a Mini Ratna Public Sector Undertaking, under the Ministry of Defence, received the prestigious ‘Top Challengers Award 2018’ for the excellent performance during the financial year 2017-18 and Best Seller in Crawler Equipment- Dozers and Rigid Dump Truck segment for mining sectors.
At a function held at Delhi, CMD BEML Shri Deepak Kumar Hota received the award from Construction Economist Mr. Graham D Robinson.
According to a report named QS Asia University Rankings 2019 by Quacquarelli Symonds, India doubled their presence in the ranking.
India has the third largest number of universities and institutes (75), after mainland China (112) and Japan (89).
The National University of Singapore has been assessed as Asia’s best university. IIT-Bombay remains the highest ranked institution.
It moved one place to the 33rd position.
Indira Gandhi International (IGI) Airport, Delhi, India is set to commence commercial use of semi-robotic tow trucks. The Taxibots are launched by TaxiBot India. It will be the first airport in the country to use such TaxiBots. It aimed to help airlines reduce the use of air turbine fuel during taxiing. A live test will be carried out by SpiceJet and Jet Airways. Upon successful testing, the aviation regulator Directorate General of Civil Aviation, India (DGCA) will grant approval for their... Read More
The 11 Base Repair Depot (BRD) of the Indian Air Force in Maharashtra Nashik district handed over its first indigenously overhauled Sukhoi Su-30MKI fighter jet to the IAF at a ceremony held at the Air Force Station Ojhar.
It is a twin-jet multi-role air superiority aircraft developed by Russia’s Sukhoi and built under licence by India’s Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd (HAL).
Prof. MS Swaminathan, chief architect of India’s Green Revolution was awarded the World Agriculture Prize for 2018.
Roopam Sharma, a 23-year old Indian scientist, won the World Health Summit Startup award, 2018 for his invention, Manovue – the world’s first intelligent personal assisting system for the visually impaired.