In Rajasthan, Union Minister for Food Processing Industries Harsimrat Kaur Badal inaugurated the first mega food park of the state at Roopangarh village near Ajmer.
The Food Park is set up at an investment of Rs 113.57 crore and will benefit around 25 thousand farmers in Ajmer and neighboring districts. Center has given the 50 crore rupees subsidy for this project.
The mega food park would attract an additional investment of about Rs. 250 crore in about 30 food processing units in the park and to a turnover of about 500 crore rupees per annum.
Nobel Peace Prize winner Malala Yousafzai returned to Pakistan for the first time since being shot by Taliban militants.
She is a vocal human rights activist, was shot in the head by a gunman for campaigning for female education in 2012.
She is expected to hold meetings with Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi. Local media reported details of the trip have been kept secret in view of the sensitivity.
The trip is expected to last four days and she arrived with officials from her Malala Foundation group.
The union government allowed export of two million tonnes of sugar until the end of the 2017-18 marketing year, in order to clear surplus stocks and improve cash flow to millers for making payment to sugarcane farmers.
The government has also allowed export of white sugar till September 2018 under the Duty-Free Import Authorisation (DFIA) scheme, under which exporters are allowed to import sugar at zero duty within three years.
The NITI Aayog launched the baseline ranking for 115 aspirational districts based on 49 indicators across five sectors that include health and nutrition, education, agriculture and water resources, financial inclusion and skill development, and basic infrastructure.
This would be followed by delta ranking of these districts from May 2018 based on their incremental progress.
EPFO launched the pensioner’s portal through which all EPFO pensioners may get the details of pension-related information.
The pensioner’s portal is a recently launched service where details like pension payment order number, payment order details, passbook information and other related information are available.
The enhanced “Track eKYC” facility for the convenience of members have also been launched to check the status of Aadhaar seeded against their UAN.
The facility has been made available at EPFO’s website www.epfindia.gov.in
The Union Cabinet approved amendments to the National Medical Commission (NMC) Bill including removing the contentious provision of Bridge Course which would have allowed practitioners of alternative medicines to pursue allopathy.
Observing the need to act strictly against unqualified practitioners, the government approved an amendment to make the punishment for any unauthorized practice of medicine severe by including a provision for the imprisonment of up to one year along with a fine extending to up to five lakh rupees.
The cabinet chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi also approved that the final MBBS examination will be held as a common exam throughout the country and will serve as an exit test to be called the National Exit Test (NEXT). Thus, students would not have to appear in a separate exam after MBBS to get a license to practice and 'NEXT' would serve as the screening test for doctors with foreign medical qualifications in order to practice in India.
all and technical courses.
Myanmar's Parliament elected Win Myint as the country's new President.
This comes after Myanmar's first democratically elected President Htin Kyaw resigned from the position due to health issues.
Myint is considered a close aide of State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi and has been a speaker in the lower house since 2012.
Indu Bhushan was appointed as the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Union Government’s ambitious Ayushman Bharat National Health Protection Mission (ABNHPM).
Bhushan, the Director General of East Asia Department, Asian Development Bank (ADB) in Manila, Philippines appointed to the post for a period of two years.
The Asian Development Bank (ADB) and the Government of India signed $80 million loan agreement to help modernize technical and vocational education and training (TVET) institutions and improve the skills ecosystem in the State of Himachal Pradesh.
The project will support the skill initiatives of Government of Himachal Pradesh and help the State step-up the reform and scale-up its skill development efforts.