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9 December 2018

Chief Minister Mr. Trivendra Singh Rawat announced to recruit over one thousand male and female Home Guards in the State.  He also approved increase allocation in the welfare fund for the dependents of the Home Guards soldiers, who sacrificed their lives on duty.   

9 December 2018

The main focus on adventure tourism by combining marketplace (chowk Bazar), meetings, networking opportunities, inspirational speakers and educational sessions together for national attendees as well as delegations from aboard.  The successful convention was witnessed by nearly 200 attendees including global buyers, international/national media representatives, sellers and office bearers of the Adventure Tour Operators Association and hotels, hospitality and tour operators who came to expand their knowledge spectrum and itinerary offerings. The theme of the event is ‘Pulse of Tomorrow’ and Madhya Pradesh is the first in Asia to host ‘Adventure Next.

9 December 2018

The annual ‘startup India Venture Capital Summit’, a joint initiative by Ministry of Commerce and Industry, the Department of Industrial Policy Promotion (DIPP) and the government of Goa is set to begin in Goa on Friday, Dec 7, 2018. Startup India Venture Capital Summit 2018 promising to attract global capital in the Indian Setup Ecosystem, Goa is aiming to make it to the list of top 25 Startup destination in Asia. The theme of the year 2018 is ‘Mobilizing Global Capital for Innovation in India’. This year’s event aimed to ‘start-up opportunities to attract global capital to the Indian market’.

9 December 2018

The ninth edition of ‘Admirals Cup’ Sailing Regatta (2018) concluded with a glittering closing ceremony at Ettikulam Beach at Indian Naval Academy (INA), Ezhimala. The host country team (Indian Naval Academy) finished fourth in the overall position of Admiral’s Cup 2018.

9 December 2018

Export-Import Bank of India (Exim Bank) extended a credit facility of USD 500 million to Tanzania for water supply projects in the country. Exim Bank signed an agreement in May 2018, with the Tanzania government for making available a Government of India-supported line of credit of USD 500 million for the purpose of financing water supply schemes.
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9 December 2018

Committee on the Status of Endangered Wildlife in Canada (COSEWIC) experts warned that the polar bear, Canada’s largest land predator, is at the risk of disappearing from its vast Arctic landscape. The reason has been cited as the melting Arctic sea ice makes hunting prey a challenge to the polar bear. However, the Inuit are cautiously optimistic the bears will adapt. In its latest assessment, COSEWIC incorporated both science and Inuit knowledge.

9 December 2018

From the National Disaster Response Fund, Rs 3,048.39 crore will be provided to Kerala, Rs 131.16 crore to Nagaland and Rs 539.52 crore to Andhra Pradesh, that were affected by floods, landslides and cyclone over the past few months. The decision was taken in a committee meeting chaired by Home Minister Rajnath Singh.

9 December 2018

Union Chemicals and Fertilisers Minister Sadananda Gowda said that the fertilizer subsidy arrears to the industry have come down by 75% to Rs.10,000 crore in the last four years and the outstanding amount is expected to be cleared by March. Mr.Gowda also said that the Central government will also not raise the Minimum Retail Price (MRP) of urea to protect farmers interest. He also said the Direct Benefit Transfer (DBT) scheme in the fertilizer sector has been a great success as 55 million tonnes of nutrients have been sold to 138 million farmers through around 2 lakh PoS machines.

9 December 2018

NASA’s ‘Origins, Spectral Interpretation, Resource Identification, Security-Regolith Explorer’ (OSIRIS-REx) spacecraft arrived at the asteroid named ‘Bennu’ on 3rd December 2018. The spacecraft’s mission involves a close-up survey of the asteroid Bennu. It is the part of NASA’s New Frontiers Programme. ‘OSIRIS-REx’ was launched in September 2016.

9 December 2018

In a bid to transform rural Maharashtra, Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis has launched a unique initiative called "SMART", which stands for State of Maharashtra’s Agribusiness and Rural Transformation. The project will entail an investment of 300 million US dollars of which World Bank would contribute 210 million US dollars. Almost 50 Memorandum of Understanding, involving top corporate houses like Amazon and Tata were signed on the occasion. This World Bank assisted project aims to revamp agricultural value chains, with special focus on marginal farmers across 1,000 villages.

9 December 2018

Frost and Sullivan study commissioned by Microsoft said that a large-sized organization in India incurs an average of $10.3 million in economic losses due to cyberattacks. It also said cyberattacks cost a mid-sized organisation an average of $11,000 in economic losses. Cybersecurity attacks have also resulted in job losses across different functions in more than three in five (64%) organisations that have experienced an incident during the survey period.

9 December 2018

After the approval of the Supreme Court and the Bombay High Court, a pilot project for e-payments of court fee, judicial deposits, fines and penalties is slated to start from the Pune District Court complex in Shivajinagar on December 15. This will be the first time such a facility is being started anywhere in the country.  As per the court records, every month about Rs 32 lakh is collected for fees less than Rs 2,000 and transactions above Rs 2,000 amount to Rs 11 crore.

9 December 2018

In an attempt to tackle smuggling, the Central government has approved Anti-Smuggling National Coordination Centre (SCord) under the Directorate of Revenue Intelligence (DRI). All the border agencies like BSF, ITBP, Assam Rifles, SSB and Coast Guards would be the members of SCord, which will help India to formulate a national anti-smuggling policy. 

9 December 2018

Commerce Minister Suresh Prabhu announced that the Union Cabinet approved the Agriculture Export Policy. The policy aims at increasing India’s exports to $60 billion by 2022 from the current $37 billion. The objectives of the policy are, apart from doubling farmers’ income, to diversify the export basket and destinations, and to boost high-value and value-added exports, with a focus on perishables.  The policy also aims to promote the export of novel, indigenous, organic, ethnic, traditional and non-traditional agricultural products. It also aims to provide an institutional mechanism for market access, tackling barriers, and dealing with sanitary and phytosanitary issues. Mr. Prabhu said that agriculture exports have been increased to $37 billion from $30 billion in just one year. With this policy, it aims in increasing that to $60 billion by 2022.

9 December 2018

Rattan Lal, a distinguished university professor of soil science at the Ohio State University, has won the Glinka World Soil Prize 2018 in a ceremony at the Rome headquarters of the UN's Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) for his outstanding contribution to sustainable soil management. The Glinka World Soil Prize, named after the pioneering Russian scientist Konstantin D. Glinka, is considered the highest honour in the soil science profession. Rattan Lal has been listed among the World's Most Influential Scientific Minds (2012) and among the top one percent of all researchers in agriculture.

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