The Union Finance Ministry has tied up with 40 entities including Flipkart, Swiggy, Patanjali, and Amul for extending loans to small entrepreneurs under the Pradhan Mantri Mudra Yojana (PMMY).
In order to identify people who can be given funds under the Pradhan Mantri Mudra Yojana (PMMY), the ministry organized an event in Mumbai to extend loan under the scheme.
The CEOs of various Banks, senior officials in the rank of MD or CEO from Oil Companies, Railway Board would be part of the event.
The Chief Minister of Madhya Pradesh, Shivraj Singh Chouhan launched 'My MP Rojgar Portal' to provide jobs to youths as per their educational qualification, skills, and interest and ensure availability of able candidates to employers as per the need of their business.
The portal was launched as a part of the 'Ham Chhu Lenge Asman' Mukhyamantri Career Counselling programme ‘Pahal' in Model School of Bhopal.
It was prepared by the Madhya Pradesh Skill Development and Employment Generation Board under youth empowerment mission.
The Union government extended the last date for filing of form GSTR-3B for April by two days till 22nd of this month.
An official statement said that it was brought to the notice of the competent authority that certain technical issues are being faced by the taxpayers during the filing of the form. In order to resolve the same, emergency maintenance is being carried out on the system.
Union Minister of Commerce and Industry Suresh Prabhu launched the Intellectual Property (IP) mascot ‘IP Nani’.
The mascot was launched during a conference on the National Intellectual Property Rights Policy in New Delhi.
On the same occasion, an anti-piracy video featuring the Bollywood superstar Amitabh Bachchan was also launched.
The first and foremost objective of the Policy is “IPR Awareness: Outreach and Promotion”, aimed at raising awareness on IPR for school children to nurture creativity and the ability to innovate from a very young age.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s vision to develop India’s north-east region is taking shape.
A couple of days ago he declared that Sikkim will have air connectivity before it gets a railway line. And that happened.
Now he is planning to join the capital cities of Meghalaya, Mizoram, Manipur, Sikkim, and Nagaland by railway route.
The geography of the northeast region makes it more difficult to lay railway tracks or build roads and bridges.
But the Modi government has decided to overcome this hurdle and go ahead with their plans to improve connectivity by land and air and also by water routes.
As per the target fixed, by 2020 all the capital cities of the northeastern states will be connected with each other by railway network.
With PM Narendra Modi flagging off the Janakpur Ayodhya bus service, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath received the first bus of Indo-Nepal bus service from Janakpur to Ayodhya.
The bus, which is also known as the Nepal -India Friendship Bus Service, completed its maiden trip as it arrived at Ayodhya.
The bus was launched jointly by Prime Minister Modi and his Nepali counterpart KP Sharma Oli in Janakpur as part of the Ramayan Circuit Bus Service.
The Government of India has also taken the task to complete the ram-Janki route.
The route will only take 6 to 7 hours from 10 to 12 hours to reach Ayodhya to Janakpur.
Nepalese pilgrims who took this bus service from Janakpur, the birthplace of Sita, expressed their happiness at taking the first journey to the land of Ram and said the 520-km trip was comfortable.
Minister of External Affairs Sushma Swaraj’s two-day visit to Myanmar concluded with a range of bilateral issues discussions and signing seven agreements.
During the visit, Swaraj called on H.E U Win Myint, President of the Republic of the Union of Myanmar and met H.E. Daw Aung San Suu Kyi, State Counsellor and Minister for Foreign Affairs.
During the bilateral meetings, boundary, and border-related issues, peace & security matters, developments in the Rakhine State, including the return of displaced persons, India’s development assistance to Myanmar, ongoing projects, and other issues of mutual interest were discussed. The Minister also met the Commander in Chief of the Myanmar Defence Services, Senior General Min Aung Hlaing, during the visit.
The Ministry of Road Transport and Highways (MoRTH) approved the green license plates bearing numbers in white fonts for private e - vehicles and yellow vehicles in India.
The purpose behind distinctive green number plates is easy identification for vehicles in parking, free entry in congested zones besides other proposed benefits like a concessional troll.
Union Minister of Electronics and Information Technology Ravi Shankar Prasad launched the website of Digital India Internship Scheme in New Delhi.
Under this scheme, 25 interns will be inducted for a period of three months.
These interns will be paid a stipend of 10 thousand rupees per month.
The internship is an opportunity for a student to secure first hand and practical work experience under the guidance of qualified and experienced Supervisor and Mentor.
Bhopal Smart city Development Corporation Limited (BSCDCL) launched India's first cloud-based common Integrated Data Centre, Disaster Recovery Center and integrated control and command center.
It is powered by Hewlett Packard (HP) Enterprise's universal Internet of Things.
ICCC will enable Madhya Pradesh State Administration to monitor and administer multiple cities civic utilities and citizen services across seven smart cities include Bhopal, Gwalior, Jabalpur, Indore, Ujjain, Satna, and Sagar.
It will also enable statewide monitoring of these cities from central command view and result in significant cost savings as compared to deploying full-fledged data and discovery data along with the control centers in each center in every seven cities.
Aiming to foster growth for India’s nascent Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Machine Learning (ML) ecosystem.
NITI Aayog and Google have signed a Statement of Intent (SoI) to work on a range of initiatives to help build the AI ecosystem across the country.
The NITI Aayog has been entrusted to set up a national programme to conduct research and development in frontier technologies such as AI.
Under the aegis of this program, Google will train and incubate Indian AI startups in an accelerator program.
These startups will be mentored and coached by Google and its affiliates.
The Department of Empowerment of Persons with Disabilities (DEPwD) under Union Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment organized a ‘Cochlear Implant Awareness Programme’ at Huda Convention Centre in Faridabad, Haryana.
The Minister of State for Social Justice & Empowerment, Krishan Pal Gurjar was the Chief Guest in the programme.
Under the Assistance to Disabled persons (ADIP) scheme of the DEPwD, there is a provision for Cochlear Implant surgeries of hearing impaired children up to the age of 5 years at the cost of Rs 6.00 Lakhs per unit.
Punjab is all set to undertake Aajeevika Evam Kaushal Vikas Divas at 37 Blocks in the state with an aim to increase the reach of rural households to livelihoods.
Notably, the center is undertaking Gram Swaraj Abhiyan from April 14 to May 5 across the country.
Out of several events planned during the Abhiyan, Punjab Skill Development Mission (PSDM) is undertaking Aajeevika Evam Kaushal Vikas Divas at 37 Blocks in Punjab.
The main aim of this effort is to increase the reach of rural households to Livelihoods and Skill Development schemes of Government.
Retirement fund body Employees’ Provident Fund Organisation (EPFO) launched View Pension Passbook Service for pensioners on Umang App.
Umang app UMANG (Unified Mobile Application for New-age Governance) app aims to build common, unified platform and mobile app to facilitate single was launched part of EPFO’s plan to go paperless by August this year and provide all services online.
It will allow pensioners view their pension passbook on mobile phones with the help of Umang app.
EPFO is already providing various e-services for its stakeholders through Umang.
Human Resource Development Ministry launched a major and unique initiative of online professional development of 1.5 million higher education faculty using the Massive Open Online Courses platform SWAYAM.
In the first phase, 75 discipline-specific National Resource Centres (NRCs) have been identified.
National Resource Centres are tasked to prepare online training material with focus on new and emerging trends, pedagogical improvements and methodologies for transacting revised curriculum.
State-run Power Grid Corporation of India (PGCIL) inked a pact with the Ministry of Power to incur capital expenditure of Rs.25,000 crore for the current fiscal.
The MoU includes various targets to be achieved by Powergrid during 2018-19.
Other targets in the MoU inter-alia include parameters related to human resources, project management, research & development, innovation and other efficiency and operational performance parameters.
The MoU was signed by Ajay Kumar Bhalla, Secretary, Ministry of Power and I S Jha, Chairman and Managing Director.
In order to establish 1,50,000 the Health and Wellness Centres (HWC) by 2022, share and give a common understanding of the multiple components to enable HWC to deliver comprehensive primary health care, a two-day conference was organized under Ayushman Bharat.
The conference was organized by the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare with technical support from the National Health Systems Resource Centre, recently.
Workshop proceedings started with an overview presentation of the various components of Comprehensive Primary Health Care.
It emphasized the critical importance of selecting motivated candidates as Mid-Level Health Providers and strengthening the Primary Health Care team including the Multi-Purpose Workers (male and female) and ASHA.
The importance of the shift from selective to comprehensive primary health care, the uninterrupted availability of medicines for chronic diseases, and the criticality in establishing a seamless continuum of care, to build trust and confidence in the public health system and in reducing out of pocket expenditure were highlighted.
In addition, the importance of integrating active case finding for tuberculosis in HWC to meet the national commitment of TB elimination was emphasized.
Union Minister for Drinking Water and Sanitation, Uma Bharti, launched the GOBAR (Galvanizing Organic Bio-Agro Resources) - DHAN scheme at the National Dairy Research Institute (NDRI) Auditorium, Karnal, Haryana.
The scheme was launched in the presence of the Chief Minister of Haryana, Manohar Lal Khattar.
The scheme aims to positively impact village cleanliness and generate wealth and energy from cattle and organic waste.
The scheme also aims at creating new rural livelihood opportunities and enhancing income for farmers and other rural people.
The Indian government launched a Pilot Scheme for procurement of aggregate power of 2500 MW on a competitive basis for three years under medium term from commissioned power plants without power purchase agreements.
The main purpose of the scheme is to revive commissioned power plants which are unable to sell electricity in the absence of valid power purchase agreements.
These plants can bid for power supply under the scheme.
The National Highways Authority of India (NHAI) entered into a pact with Macquarie for road projects under the highway monetization drive.
The Agreement has been signed with Macquarie for the first bundle\of highway projects (USD 1.5 billion one of the highest FDI in highways).
The Prime Minister of India, Narendra Modi launched the Van Dhan Scheme of Ministry of Tribal Affairs and TRIFED, during the celebrations of Ambedkar Jayanti at Bijapur, Chattisgarh.
The Van Dhan scheme along with others like Jan Dhan and Gobar-Dhan schemes had the potential to change the tribal-rural economic system.
Under Van Dhan, 10 Self Help Groups of 30 Tribal gatherers would be constituted.
The Ministry of Human Resource Development, HRD launched the second edition of the Unnat Bharat Abhiyan under which students from 750 higher educational institutions from across the country will adopt villages and visit them to get acquainted with the lifestyle of people there and the problems faced by them.
The minister advised the students to involve local village people at every stage of problem identification and solving issues relating to health, cleanliness, waste management, plantation, financial inclusion, women and child development.
External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj co-chaired the 6th round of India-Mongolia Joint Consultative Committee meeting with her Mongolian counterpart Damdin Tsogtbaatar in Ulaanbaatar.
The meeting discussed trade, economic, cultural and scientific co-operation.
Mrs Swaraj became the first Indian External Affairs Minister to visit the nation in 42 years.
The Union Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs approved a restructured Rashtriya Gram Swaraj Abhiyan scheme aimed at making rural local bodies self-sustainable, financially stable and more efficient.
According to the Union Panchayati Raj Minister Narendra Singh Tomar, PM Narendra Modi will launch Rashtriya Gram Swaraj Abhiyan scheme in Mandla in Madhya Pradesh on the occasion of National Panchayati Raj Day.
Minister of State for Parliamentary Affairs Vijay Goel inaugurated the new office of Central Project Monitoring Unit for the e-Vidhan project of the Government at the Parliament House Annexe.
This was done as a part of Swachhata Pakhwada being observed by the Ministry of Parliamentary Affairs.
e-Vidhan is a part of the broader Digital India Programme of the Government and is likely to contribute to the cleanliness and environment by reducing the use of papers to a great extent.
External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj left for China on a four-day visit.
She will participate in a meeting of the foreign ministers of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO).
She will hold talks with her Chinese counterpart Wang Yi.
This will be Ms. Swaraj’s first meeting with Wang after he was elevated to be the state councilor.
The visit is aimed at elevating the China-India strategic cooperation partnership.
Home Minister Rajnath Singh several projects in the Union Territory of Dadra Nagar Haveli.
These projects will boost the infrastructure of Dadra Nagar Haveli and will help in increase of tourism and industrial sector.
After inaugurating several projects, Minister Rajnath Singh highlighted the natural advantages of beauty and greenery of Dadra-Nagar Haveli adding that it could be a very good destination for to use of its proximity to Mumbai, Dadra-Nagar haveli has the potential to be a centre of industrial development as well as a hub for film-making as the industrial electric tariff here is very low than other states.
The Punjab government led by CM Captain Amarinder Singh approved the extension of the facility of accidental insurance cover to nearly accredited 4200 media persons with yellow cards. Notably, from now onwards yellow card holder journalist would be covered under accidental insurance to the tune of Rs. 5 lakh.
The extension of the facility of accidental insurance cover to media persons holding yellow cards was amongst Captain Amarinder Singh’s poll promises.
A spokesperson of the Chief Minister’s Office said that every accredited and yellow card holder journalist in the state would be covered under accidental insurance to the tune of Rs. 5 lakh.
The United India Insurance Company has been selected, through the tendering process, by the Department of Information and Public Relations, and an agreement is expected to be signed soon to this effect, the spokesperson added.
The Gujarat police unveiled the Pocket Cop project, which will enable quicker verification of passport applicants, and search of accused persons, among others. The project was inaugurated by Chief Minister Vijay Rupani in Gandhinagar.
Under the project, smartphones with data connectivity will be given to 4,900 police personnel, including every police station in-charge, investigating officer, PCR van, and those involved in passport verification.
Commerce and Industry Minister launched the Federation of Indian Export Organisations (FIEO) GlobalLinker platform for MSME exporters in New Delhi.
This move is aimed at assisting the Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs) engaged in exports.
This initiative will help in expanding India's multi-focused export strategy and also aid in connecting art and artisans to the market.
FIEO GlobalLinker is setup with a view to making the business growth of SMEs simpler, more profitable and enjoyable.
Since 2016, fourteen new sites have been designated as Globally Important Agricultural Heritage Systems (GIAHS), including the first ones in Europe.
As with other designated sites, these systems highlight agricultural traditions that promote sustainability, safeguard biodiversity and protect the environment while supporting the social and economic development necessary for stable, decent livelihoods.
The 14 new sites range from oases to rice terraces, wasabi cultivation to raisin production.
The 14 new sites are:
1.Siwa Oasis, Egypt 2016.
2.Chinampa Agriculture in the World Natural and Cultural Heritage Zone in Xochimilco, Tláhuac and Milpa Alta, Mexico 2017.
3.Zhagana Agriculture -Forest-Animal Husbandry Composite System, China 2017.
4.Huzhou Mulberry-dyke & Fish Pond System, China 2017.
5.Osaki Kodo's Traditional Water Management System for Sustainable Paddy Agriculture, Japan 2017.
6.Nishi-Awa Steep Slope Land Agriculture System, Japan 2018.
7.Traditional Hadong Tea Agrosystem in Hwagae-myeon, Republic of Korea 2017.
8.The Agricultural System of Valle Salado de Añana, Spain 2017.
9.Malaga Raisin Production System in La Axarquía, Spain 2017.
10.The Cascaded Tank-Village System, Sri Lanka 2017.
11.Rice Terraces in Southern Mountainous and Hilly Areas, China 2018.
12.Xiajin Yellow River Old Course Ancient Mulberry Grove System, China 2018.
13.Traditional Wasabi Cultivation in Shizuoka, Japan 2018.
14.Barroso Agro-sylvo-pastoral System, Portugal 2018.
The much-awaited bridge 'Ib Setu' built over the Ib river in Sambalpur district was thrown open to the public by Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik.
The 2.5-km-long bridge, which is the State’s second longest bridge, has been built in three years at a cost of Rs. 117.50 crore.
The bridge has helped establish direct road connectivity between Sambalpur and Brajarajnagar and the distance has now been reduced by 50 km.
In order to improve the conviction rate, Gujarat police introduced the digital platform called Pocket Cop Project, under which 4900 smartphones will be contested with real-time information of 68 lakh criminals.
Chief Minister Vijay Rupani launched the innovative application as a part of police modernization.
Speaking at the function, Chief Minister Vijay Rupani said that the technological intervention will strengthen the state police force for curbing Morden days crimes.
He mentioned that Pocket Cop will improve the efficiency of state police in handling key law and order issues and cybercrime.
On this occasion, the Chief Minister announced that all the major districts will be under the surveillance of CCTV ecosystem.
Rupani stated that digital platform will safeguard all the criminal records and other information essential for investigation.
The Chief Minister expressed that new innovation will fine tune the affairs of state police in curbing criminal activities.
The Union Government has stated that the Pradhan Mantri Gram Sadak Yojana or PMGSY is well on its way to achieving the target by March 2019.
The scheme, since its inception in 2000, has been able to provide connectivity to more than One lakh 50 thousand habitations.
Sensing the importance and urgency of rural roads for national development, the target date for completion of PMGSY-I has been preponed from 2022 to 2019.
Delhi’s Indira Gandhi International (IGI) Airport climbed six positions to reach on 16th Position to enter the club of the top 20 airports across the world, the Airport Council International’s preliminary report on airport traffic for 2017.
IGI's passenger traffic grew by 14.1% year over year.
The report added that IGI Airport was also the fastest-growing airport among those in the top 20 club. Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta Airport in the United States with 104 million passengers secured the top spot, followed by Beijing at the second position and Dubai at the third.
Gujarat Chief Minister Vijay Rupani approved setting up a 5,000 MW capacity solar park at the Dholera Special Investment Region (SIR), which would be the largest such entity in the world after its completion.
The proposed solar power generation project would be set up in 11,000 hectares of land with an investment of Rs 25,000 crore.
The project will contribute significantly in achieving Prime Minister Narendra Modi's target of producing 175 gigawatts of electricity through renewable energy sources by 2022.
Union Minister Dharmendra Pradhan launched Pradhan Mantri Ujjwala Yojana (PMUY) scheme in Delhi and distributed new LPG connections and cylinders to beneficiaries.
During the event, about 400 LPG connections were handed over to families belonging to below poverty line category.
Target under this scheme has been increased from the existing 5 crore connections to 8 crore connections by 2020.
Uttar Pradesh Government launched Ganga Hariteema Yojana (also known as Ganga Greenery scheme) in 27 districts of the state located on the bank of river Ganga.
It was launched by Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath in a function organized on the bank of Sangam the confluence of rivers of Ganga, Yamuna, and Saraswati.
Qatar took a huge step of introducing women to join national service and also extended the time served in the military by conscripted men.
The Emir of Qatar Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani signed a legislation Women aged over 18 will be able to volunteer for national service while men will now serve a year instead of three months.”
The new law came into effect on the immediate basis.
The state-run News Agency of Qatar said, “National service for females is voluntary,” adding that every Qatari male between 18 and 35 is required to perform a compulsory military service.
However, it is the first time in Qatar that women had been allowed to undertake national service, although some women already serve in the military in administrative roles.
The Union Minister for Railways and Coal Shri Piyush Goyal launched UTTAM App for Coal Quality Monitoring.
UTTAM stands for – Unlocking Transparency by Third Party Assessment of Mined Coal.
The Ministry of Coal and Coal India Limited (CIL) developed UTTAM. It aims to provide an App for all citizens and coal consumers to monitor the process of Third Party Sampling of coal across CIL subsidiaries.
The salient features of UTTAM APP are Sampling Coverage, Subsidiary wise quality parameters, Complaints pertaining to quality of Coal and Imports of coal.
The Ministry of Human Resource Development constituted a High Powered Committee to examine the entire system of conducting Class X and Class XII examination conducted by the CBSE with a view to preventing leakages.
Mr Vinay Sheel Oberoi, Retd. Secretary (Higher Education), MHRD will be the Chairperson of the 7 member High Power Committee.
Six years after it applied for the Geographical Indications (GI) tag for Kadaknath, a chicken breed whose black meat is in demand in some quarters, Madhya Pradesh has got the coveted label.
The protein-rich meat of Kadaknath, chicks, and eggs are sold at a much higher rate than other varieties of chicken.
Chennai-based GI Registry accepted the application of Gramin Vikas Trust, Jhabua, which was filed in 2012.
The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs (CCEA) approved for continuation of Nutrient Based Subsidy (NBS) Scheme and City Compost Scheme and City Compost Scheme beyond 12th Five Year plan till 2019-20.
The proposal was forwarded by Department of Fertilizers.
The expenditure will be on actual basis since the national rollout of DBT entails 100% payment of subsidy to fertilizer companies.
Similarly, MDA is being governed by City Compost Scheme which was launched in 2016.
Human Resource Development Minister Prakash Javadekar inaugurated the Smart India Hackathon Grand Finale 2018 -Software edition in New Delhi.
He stated that Hackathon aims to build Digital India and to engage the youth directly in nation-building. it is intended to promote innovation, out-of-the-box thinking in young minds.
One lakh students from 1,200 colleges are participating at the world's largest Hackathon.
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
NITI Aayog’s Atal Innovation Mission announced the signing of a Statement of Intent (SOI) with SAP to promote a culture of innovation and entrepreneurship.
As part of the SOI, SAP in 2018 will adopt 100 Atal Tinkering Laboratories (ATL) for five years to nurture the science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) learning among secondary school children across India.
The program aims to enable students to learn advanced technology topics relevant to digital transformation and the Internet of Things, e.g. Design Thinking methodology, introduction to programming languages and experiential science learning.
Ministry of Housing & Urban Affairs approved the construction of 3,21,567 more affordable houses for the benefit of urban poor under Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana (Urban) with an investment of Rs18,203 crore with central assistance of Rs4,752 crore.
The approval was given in the 32nd meeting of the Central Sanctioning and Monitoring Committee (CSMC) held in New Delhi.
The projects were sanctioned across 523 cities in the states of Haryana, West Bengal, Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh, Gujarat, Mizoram, Karnataka, Maharashtra, Madhya Pradesh, Bihar, Kerala, Himachal Pradesh, Punjab & Goa.
Haryana gets maximum (70,671) Houses while Goa got the least (60). With the participation of Goa in the 32nd CSMC, all 35 States/UTs, having urban statutory towns and cities are now covered under the PMAY(U) Mission.
Gujarat's Surat district become the first district in the country to have 100 percent solar powered Primary Health Centers (PHC).
There are a total of 52 PHCs in the district and all of them are now powered by the solar system.
This initiative will not only bring down the electricity bill by 40 percent but also help fight global warming.
At the function in New Delhi, the Health Secretary Smt. Preeti Sudan released the TB INDIA 2018 Report and National Drug Resistance Survey Report.
She also launched the 'NikshayAushadi Portal' and shorter regimen for Drug-Resistant TB.
She further stated that the global target to end TB is 2030 but India will end it by 2025.
The Ministry of Agriculture and Farmers’ Welfare and Ministry of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship have signed MoU to conduct skill development training programmes for agriculture and allied sector.
These skill development training programmes will be conducted at Krishi Vigyan Kendra (KVKs).
The MoU will help to increase cooperation between both ministries and help in fulfilling Government’s dream of “Kaushal Bharat-Kushal Bharat”.
KVK is a project of ICAR (Indian Council of Agricultural Research) for testing and transfer of Agricultural technologies at the grassroots level.