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  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi to address India Inc at FICCI AGM

    December 13, 2017
    National Affairs : Prime Minister Narendra Modi will address the doyens of Indian industry in New Delhi today at the Annual General Meeting (AGM) of Federation of Indian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (FICCI).
    It will be Mr Modi's first address to an AGM of a national business association after becoming the Prime Minister. It will be his first major interaction with India Inc since the launch of GST. The theme of this year's AGM is, 'Indian Business in a New India'.... Read More

    Karnataka government to introduce digital platform for hassle free governance

    December 13, 2017
    In order to strengthen the ecosystem for government services, Karnataka State government will be launching a digital platform to address the issues of the common citizen.
    The state cabinet ratified the proposal of "Seva Sindhu," a common citizen platform to fine tune the delivery system of government services. He also noted that the interactive platform would provide all useful information about local events, employment opportunities, and others. The portal will provide... Read More
    Category: Schemes

    India will share expertise to make Nigeria self sufficient in agriculture

    December 13, 2017
    To boost Agricultural productivity of Nigeria, India has decided to share their Agricultural expertise to make Nigeria food sufficient. Union Agriculture Minister Radha Mohan Singh said that India noted with great interest the new initiatives of Nigeria particularly the Green Alternative initiative-a roadmap to make Nigeria self-sufficient in agriculture.  Indian companies to explore the opportunities in Nigerian agriculture field both as investors as well as providers of... Read More
    Category: Schemes

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    West bengal Government plans to make Sundarbans more Sundar to boost tourism

    December 13, 2017
    The West Bengal Government is planning to convert the Sundarbans into a tourism centre of international standards. The UNESCO World Heritage Site is one of the most popular tourist spots in India, and draws many international tourists too. The North 24 Parganas district administration has already submitted a master plan to the State Tourism Department. Based on this, a detailed project report (DPR) is being prepared by the department. According to the master plan, river cruises will be... Read More
    Category: Indian Affairs

    Bihar Government launches Safe City Surveillance scheme for Women Safety

    December 13, 2017
    The Bihar government has launched Safe City Surveillance Scheme for checking crime against women. It aims to bring all major public places under watch of close-circuit television (CCTV) cameras and improve overall crime control in the state. The scheme has been launched in a phase-wise manner, will commence from capital city Patna. It has specially launched for checking crime against women.

    Sri Lanka formally hands over Hambantota Port to China for Year Lease

    December 13, 2017
    Sri Lanka formally handed over its southern strategic port of Hambantota to China on a 99-year lease. Two Chinese firms managed by China Merchants Port Holdings Company (CM Port) and Sri Lanka Ports Authority will own port and the investment zone around it. Hambantota port is strategically located right in the middle of vital energy supply lines in the Indian Ocean, connecting the Middle East and East Asia.
    Category: Defence

    AIIB Grants st loan to China to Reduce Dependence on Coal

    December 13, 2017
    The Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB) approved its first loan to China, its largest shareholder, to reduce its dependence on coal by over 600,000 tonnes annually by building a natural gas distribution network for villages. The USD 250-million-loan will fund a project to connect 216,750 households in approximately 510 villages to the natural gas distribution network. With an authorized capital of USD 100 billion, China is the largest shareholder with 26.06 percent voting... Read More
    Category: International

    Shubhankar Sharma Wins Joburg Open

    December 13, 2017
    21-year-old Indian Golfer Shubhankar Sharma claimed European Tour victory in the Joburg Open, in South Africa. He has defeated South Africa’s Erik Van Rooyen. This was a maiden European Tour win for Shubhankar Sharma. He has five victories on the professional tour of India and he now has a European Tour title to add to his list of achievements. England’s Marcus Armitage was the top British finisher in Joburg.
    Category: Sports

    Dhammapiya Elected as New Secretary General of IBC

    December 13, 2017
    Buddhist monk Dhammapiya from Tripura elected as the new secretary general of the International Buddhist Confederation (IBC). He was elected to the post at the second general assembly of the IBC. The IBC is a global Buddhist forum for preservation and development of heritage sites of the religion in India and other parts of the world.

    India to Host rd Annual Meeting of Board of Governors of AIIB

    December 13, 2017
    India will host the 3rd Annual Meeting of the Board of Governors of Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB) at Mumbai in June 2018. The Theme of the Annual Meeting, 2018 will be “Mobilizing Finance for Infrastructure: Innovation and Collaboration”. The Government of India and AIIB Secretariat signed the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to delineate the duties and responsibilities of major stakeholders who would be involved in organizing the aforesaid Annual Meeting.

    Rajasthan is First state in India to Offer e mail IDs in Hindi

    December 13, 2017
    Rajasthan becomes the first state in the country to launch free email addresses in Hindi (in Devanagari script) for its residents, as per the state IT department Principal Secretary Akhil Arora. The initiative aims to ensure maximum participation of people towards e-governance and that maximum facilities are available in the vernacular language. The first e-mail ID was created for CM Vasundhara Raje.
    Category: Schemes

    Second UNWTO UNESCO World Conference on Tourism and Culture Held in Muscat

    December 13, 2017
    The second UN World Tourism Organization/UNESCO World Conference on Tourism and Culture was held in Muscat, Capital city of Oman. The Minister of State for Culture (Independent Charge) and Environment, Forest & Climate Change, Dr Mahesh Sharma led the Indian delegation. The conference was focused on sustainable development, culture and tourism as a factor of peace and prosperity; tourism development and protection of cultural heritage.
    Category: International

    Nakul Chopra Elected as BARC India Chairman

    December 13, 2017
    Nakul Chopra, President of AAAI and Senior Advisor, Publicis Communications elected as the next Chairman of BARC India.
    He succeeds Viacom18 Group CEO Sudhanshu Vats. Nakul will be the third Chairman of BARC India. He had joined the BARC India Board in September 2016.

    USA President Donald signs USD billion defence budget

    December 13, 2017
    US President Donald Trump signed a 692 billion dollar defence budget, which among other things gives funding to provide legislative authority to implement his South Asia strategy and authorises critical missile capabilities to confront threats posed by North Korea.
    The National Defence Authorisation Act (NDAA) authorises 626 billion dollars of the base budget resources for the Department of Defence and the national security programs of the Department of Energy, providing an additional 66... Read More
    Category: International

    Union Government sets aside Rs crores service tax demand notices on IT firms

    December 13, 2017
    In a relief to IT companies, the union government set aside a 10,000 crore rupee service tax demand notices on IT companies. The Finance Ministry, as a result, apprehensions about the negative effects on the software industry are without basis. The government's move came a day after IT companies raised the issue of tax demand with Finance Minister Arun Jaitley during the pre-budget consultations. The tax department had slapped service tax demand notices on about 200 information... Read More



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