The Odisha government will collaborate with Regional Integrated Multi-Hazard Early Warning System (RIMES) for strengthening its early warning services.
The partnership will be forged between Odisha State Disaster Mitigation Authority (OSDMA) and RIMES in field of drought monitoring and early warning.
Both entities will ink Memorandum of understanding (MoU) for collaboration and evolve institutional mechanism between them for better coordination.
The RIMES is an intergovernmental body registered under United Nations.
It is owned and managed by 45 collaborating countries in the Asia Pacific and Africa.
The National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB) launched a mobile app called ‘Citizen Services’ on the occasion of its 33rd Inception Day.
The application has been developed in-house by the NCRB. It will offer various essential police related services to the citizens.
The application comprises a bouquet of 9 police related services for the citizen.
Home Minister Rajnath Singh inaugurated the two-day Asia-Pacific Regional Conference of the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) in New Delhi.
The theme of the conference is "Challenges to Policing in 2020 - How is Cyber Space shaping our approach to Cybercrime and Terrorism, how do we perform within it and take advantage of it".
The Union Housing Ministry launched 'I-Metros', an association of all-India metro rail companies, which will act as a forum of exchange of ideas and innovations.
The association was launched by Cabinet Secretary P.K. Sinha at an event "Indian Metros: Collaborating for Excellence" in the presence of Delhi Metro Rail Corporation Managing Director Mangu Singh in New Delhi.
Commerce and Industries minister Suresh Prabhu was given additional charge of the Civil Aviation Ministry, a day after the resignation of TDP's Ashok Gajapathi Raju was accepted by President Ram Nath Kovind.
The President, as advised by the Prime Minister, has directed that Suresh Prabhu, Cabinet Minister, shall be assigned the charge of the Ministry of Civil Aviation, in addition to his existing portfolio.
The government of Telangana launched Women Entrepreneurship Hub (WE-Hub), India's first state-led incubator for women entrepreneurs.
The incubator will help women entrepreneurs establish their own enterprises by providing services including seed funding, mentoring, and business guidance. Deepthi Ravula is heading the incubator as its Chief Executive Officer.
The union government launched a biodegradable sanitary pad 'Suvidha' to mark International Women's Day.
The oxo-biodegradable sanitary pads priced at Rs. 2.50 per pad will be available at Pradhan Mantri Bhartiya Janaushadhi centers.
The biodegradable pad will ensure 'Swachhta, Swasthya and Suvidha' for the underprivileged women.
The government is introducing the Suvidha pads at a time when there has been an increasing demand from women across the country to waive off the 12% GST on sanitary pads.
The Central government launched biodegradable sanitary napkins under the name ‘Suvidha’, priced at ₹2.50 per pad, which will be available at Pradhan Mantri Bhartiya Janaushadhi Pariyojana (PMBJP) Kendras.
The sanitary napkins will be available in a pack of four pads for Rs. 10 across over 3,200 PMBJP Kendras by May 28, 2018.
At the Ambedkar International Centre, New Delhi, Minister of MSME (Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises) - Giriraj Singh launched a portal named "Udyam Sakhi" for women entrepreneurs of India.
The portal is a network for nurturing entrepreneurship and creating business models for low cost products and services in order to empower women and make them self-reliant and self-sufficient.
Karnataka Chief Minister Siddaramaiah unveiled a healthcare scheme named 'Arogya Karnataka' (Healthy Karnataka) aimed at benefitting about 1.43 crore households in the state.
It will provide quality primary, secondary and tertiary treatment to both below-poverty-line (BPL) and above-poverty-line (APL) families in the state.
Through the scheme, all households will get free treatment at government hospitals while for households, the state will bear about 30% of the treatment cost.
The Odisha government launched KHUSHI scheme to provide free sanitary napkins to school girls across the state.
The scheme will be implemented by the health and family welfare department of the state at a cost of 70 crores per year.
Under the scheme, the state will provide free sanitary napkins to 17 lakh girls studying in Classes 6 to 12 in government and government-aided schools.
The announcement was made by the CM of Odisha Naveen Patnaik.
Maharashtra got its own 1st ever Mega Food Park in Satara Mega Food Park Pvt. Ltd was inaugurated at Village Degaon in Satara district. Minister of Food Processing Industries Harsimrat Kaur Badal unveiled the Satara Mega Food Park in the presence of Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis.
Satara Mega Food Park, first in Maharashtra, is the 12th Mega Food Park operationalized in the country so far and the 10th operationalized during the tenure of present government", Ministry of Food Processing Industries Harsimrat Kaur Badal said.
The Ministry is focusing on boosting the food processing industry so that agriculture sector grows exponentially and become a major contributor to doubling the farmer’s income and ‘Make in India’ initiative of the government.
Employees’ Provident Fund Organisation (EPFO) introduced UAN-Aadhaar linking facility for the convenience of members using EPFO Link in UMANG Mobile App.
The facility on e-KYC Portal has further added a new feature to link UAN with Aadhaar online using biometric credentials.
Kolkata metro station are all set to get the much needed modern makeover.
The East-West metro will debut its new makeover with new rakes and will be outfitted with the latest state of art technology this year.
There will be six coaches, while some of the latest features include push-button start and stop, advanced automation.
Along with this, it has track-synced safe signaling system and a remote operation hub to operate an ATC tower of an airport.
The rakes are being manufactured by Bengaluru based BEML (Bharat Earth Movers Limited).
The fundamental operative difference between the current rakes and the new rakes is that the old rakes have a lever, which brings the engine to life and makes the rake move.
The lever is put to neutral, once the train reaches optimum speed, and the train approaches a station, the lever is pulled again, making it halt.
It is necessary to study advanced technology and adopt them for the betterment of our country Union Minister for Water Resources Nitin Gadkari while addressing the 37th Annual General Meeting of the National Institute of Hydrology Society.
Union Minister Nitin Gadkari called on research organizations to innovate in the area of water conservation and sustainable management of water resources.
He has stressed upon the need to study advanced technologies and procedures like cloud bursting and water accounting being used in other parts of the world, and adopt those that are feasible for our country.
The Minister further said that a lot of people and organizations are doing very good work in this field, and we need to network them on a single platform.
Many departments are doing the same kind of work to achieve the same objective, but there is a lack of proper coordination and information sharing among them.
Taking note of this Minister Gadkari suggested that a website should be created for sharing available resources, information and best practices available in different parts of the country.
India ranked 81st in the global corruption perception index for 2017, released by Transparency International, which named the country among the "worst offenders" in terms of graft and press freedom in the Asia Pacific region.
The index ranks 180 countries and territories by their perceived levels of public sector corruption. In the 2016 India was in the 79th place among 176 countries.
The index uses a scale of 0 to 100, where 0 is highly corrupt and 100 is very clean. In the latest ranking New Zealand and Denmark were placed the highest, with scores of 89 and 88, respectively.
On the other hand, Syria, Sudan and Somalia were ranked lowest with scores of 14, 12 and 9, respectively.
Agriculture Minister affairs Radha Mohan Singh launched six new features in the National Agriculture Market (e-NAM) platform to make it more user-friendly. The six new features of e-NAM platform includes-
1. MIS dashboard for better analysis,
2. BHIM payment facility by traders,
3. Mobile payment facility by traders,
4. Enhanced features on mobile app such as gate entry and payment through mobile,
5. Integration of farmer’s database, and
6. e-Learning module.
e-NAM was launched in 2016 with the objective of providing competitive and remunerative price to farmers for their products through an online competitive bidding process. Currently, 479 mandis across 14 states and 01 union territory are covered under it.
The Delhi government announced the launch of "Mission Buniyaad" for improving learning skills of children studying in state and municipal-run schools.
The announcement was made by Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia.
Under the programme which will run from April to June for Class 3 to 5 in Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD) schools and for Class 6 to 8 in government's schools, children will undergo a reading level assessment based on which they will be enrolled in specialized "Mission Buniyaad" classes.
Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar launched 4 food canteens at Faridabad, Gurugram, Hisar, and Yamunanagar via video-conferencing from Chandigarh.
These have been set up under the ‘Antyodaya Aahaar Yojana’ to provide healthy, nutritious and hygienic food at only Rs 10 per meal to all poor and needy.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi flagged off the Palace Queen Humsafar Express between Mysuru and Udaipur in Mysuru Railway Station.
Both the Mysuru Palace and Udaipur palace are iconic tourist attractions and this special train will create a new tourist circuit connecting North India and the South.
The train between Mysuru and Udaipur will act as a backbone of tourism, an employment generating industry. He also dedicated to the nation, the electrified Mysuru-Bengaluru Railway Line and announced two more infrastructure projects for the region.
The National Bank for Agriculture and Rural Development (NABARD) announced area development plans worth Rs 1,918 crore for Punjab to supplement farmers' income.
Under this plan, the activities like dairy, vegetable cultivation, beekeeping, mushroom growing will be promoted in order to provide income to farmers at the sustainable basis.
The West Bengal government already enrolled 50 lakh people under its own Swasthya Sathi programme, Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee has announced the decision to opt out of Centre’s ‘Modicare’ scheme.
This makes West Bengal the first state to withdraw from the ambitious programme. Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley had announced the NHPS on February 1, making it the biggest global plan to provide quality health coverage to a population larger than the combined citizenry of the US, UK, Germany, and France.
Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh launched the Centre for learning the Sanskrit language in Gujarat University, Ahmedabad.
The center will offer a six-month course for people on how to speak the language.
The coordinator of the course, Atul Ungar stated it was possibly the first such course launched in India.
The central government has approved the construction of over 1.86 lakh more houses under the Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana (Urban) scheme, taking the total number of affordable houses sanctioned to over 39.25 lakhs.
The latest approvals under the Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana, PMAY (Urban), entailed an investment of Rs 11,169 crores, with central assistance of Rs 2,797 crores.
Haryana has been sanctioned the maximum number of 53,290 houses in this round of approval, followed by Tamil Nadu 40,623 houses, Karnataka 32,656 houses and Gujarat 15,584 houses.
Maharashtra got 12,123 houses, Kerala 9,461, Uttarakhand 6,226 and Orissa 5,133 houses.
The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs (CCEA) approved to enhance target base of Pradhan Mantri Ujjwala Yojana (PMUY) from 5 crore to 8 crores.
The revised target of PMUY will be achieved by 2020 with an additional allocation of Rs. 4,800 crore.
The decision comes in the wake of the huge response to PMUY from the women particularly in rural areas and to cover such households not having LPG connection.
This move will address practical difficulty faced in implementation of MUY, namely, targeting genuinely poor households left out of Socio-Economic Cards.
Union Cabinet approved implementation of Prime Minister's Research Fellows (PMRF) scheme at a total cost of 1,650 crore rupees for a period of seven years beginning 2018-19. The scheme was announced in the Union Budget for 2018-19.
Under this scheme, the best students who have completed or are in the final year of B. Tech or Integrated M.Tech or M.Sc. in Science and Technology streams from IISc or IITs or NITs or IISERs or IIITs will be offered direct admission in the Ph.D. programme in the IITs or IISc.
Such students, who fulfill the eligibility criteria, and are shortlisted through a selection process, as laid down in the PMRF Guidelines, will be offered a fellowship of 70 thousand rupees per month for the first two years, 75 thousand rupees per month for the 3rd year and 80 thousand rupees per month in the 4th and 5th years.
Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman constituted a 13-member advisory committee to monitor and expedite capital acquisition projects for the modernization of the armed forces.
In a statement, the Ministry said, the committee will undertake an independent review and check the status of ongoing critical projects worth more than 500 crore rupees.
The panel will suggest measures to improve the capital acquisition process.
The committee, headed by Vinay Sheel Oberoi, will have to present an initial status report on identified projects to the Defence Minister by March 31.
The Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion (DIPP) under Commerce Ministry unveiled Start-up-India ranking framework to rank states/UTs based on measures regions that have taken to foster entrepreneurship.
It was launched by Union Minister of Commerce and Industry at a function held in New Delhi.
The framework aims to foster competitiveness and propel states/UTS to act proactively in startup matters.
This ranking will help states to bring progress made in their startup ecosystem and also make different states learn and replicate good practices.
Its objective is to encourage States/UTs to take proactive steps towards strengthening Startup ecosystems at the local level.
Commerce and Industries Minister Mr. Suresh Prabhu set off a series of nation-wide consultations with the industry on the proposed new Industrial Policy.
The first consultation was held at Guwahati in February 2018.
The event, organized by Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion (DIPP) in partnership with Federation of Chamber of Commerce and Industry (FICCI), was attended by more than 120 industrialists from the North East in addition to government officials from the North Eastern States.
Sweden and the United Nations World Food Programme signed a Strategic Partnership Agreement committing an unprecedented $370 million dollars to WFP over the next four years.
The contribution for the period 2018-2021 is the biggest ever made by a donor within a WFP Strategic Partnership Agreement.
For almost a decade, the Swedish government has been the largest donor of flexible funds to WFP whereas 90% of government funding to WFP is earmarked for specific operations or activities.
Cab-hailing startup Ola and the Government of Assam have signed a MoU to pilot an app-based river taxi service in Guwahati.
The river taxis will be machine-operated boats and users will be able to book the rides through Ola's app.
It'll bring commute time down to 2-5 minutes from 45 minutes by road. This MoU was signed during the Global Investors Summit: Advantage Assam.
Maharashtra launched four new schemes for funding businesses, agriculture and skill development.
The schemes were launched are expected to benefit ‘Maratha’ community.
Chief minister Devendra Fadnavis launched the schemes at the Sahyadri guest house, saying that the schemes will train youngsters in developing skills in agriculture and industries, besides funding enterprising endeavors.
The state will back financially to help farmers and youngsters.
The state will bear the interest of the loans taken from various banks.
Those active in the field of agriculture, small-scale industries, self-help groups and farm product companies will also be eligible for the funding.
Arunachal Pradesh gave a nod to much awaited “Arunachal Pradesh Advertisement Policy 2018.” State Cabinet headed by Chief Minister Pema Khandu approved Arunachal Pradesh Advertisement Policy 2018 which will enable the government to make payment of government advertisement bills to media houses on a timely basis.
In another decision, the Cabinet approved the release of gratuitous relief of Rs 2,000 for all contingency and casual workers serving under Arunachal Government.
Apart from approving the creation of 25 posts of Assistant Professors for government colleges of the state under Rashtriya Uchchatar Shiksha Abhiyan (RUSA), the Cabinet also approved enhancement of salary of teachers working under SSA and RMSA on contractual basis up to 22% with effect from April 1, 2018.
The Cabinet directed the education department to ensure that salaries are disbursed by the first week of the subsequent month through the Aadhaar-based DBT through PFMS method.
The union government made Permanent Account Number (PAN) mandatory for any entity conducting financial transactions of 2.5 lakh or more.
Adding that an Aadhaar-like identity number is being developed for enterprises PAN card will also be used as a Unique Entity Number for non-individuals from April 1.
A new e-way bill system will come into effect.
Under the new system, every transporter will have to carry a system-generated bill to move goods from one place to another.
The e-way bill system introduced to bring uniformity across the states for seamless inter-state movement of goods.
Under the Goods and Services Tax, interstate transportation of goods beyond 10 kilometers with a value of 50,000 rupees and above, will mandatorily require the e-way bill.
Last month, the GST Council decided to implement the e-way bill mechanism throughout the country from 1st of February, 2018.
External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj will embark on a two-day visit to Nepal today.
She will hold discussions with various political leaders on issues of mutual interest and to enhance age-old special ties of friendship between India and Nepal during her stay at Kathmandu.
She will meet Communist Party of Nepal (UML) Chairman K.P.Sharma Oli, who is likely to be the new Prime Minister of Nepal. Later she will meet senior leaders of Rashtriya Janta Party Nepal.
The Minister will meet Communist Party of Nepal (Maoist Centre) Chief Pushpa Kamal Dahal Prachanda and Prime Minister Sher Bahadur Deuba the next day.
She will also call on President Vidya Devi Bhandari.
Cleanliness is a very important aspect of our day to day life. Being clean and keeping our surroundings clean should be our primary work and agenda.
Therefore, so far toilet facilities are provided at 192 toll plazas across the country, while the remaining 180 toll plazas will be covered by the end of March 2019.
Notably, the National Highways Authority of India has provided toilet facilities at 192 toll plazas across the country, while the remaining 180 toll plazas will be covered by the end of March 2019 under Swachh Bharat Mission.
Under the Government of India’s flagship programmes Swachh Bharat Mission, NHAI is providing separate ladies and gents toilets on both upside and downside of each of its 372 toll plazas, and also placing litter bins and hoardings carrying the Swachhta message along with message discouraging littering at these sites.
Himachal Pradesh Government launched Zero Budget Natural Farming (ZBNF) project to promote organic farming. It was launched by Chief Minister, Jai Ram Thakur.
The project aims to increase agriculture produce and the income of farmers by the year 2022.
ZBNF is set of natural farming methods where the cost of growing and harvesting plants is zero.
It is a farming practice that believes in the natural growth of crops without adding any fertilizers and pesticides or any other foreign elements.
Information and Broadcasting Minister Smriti Irani attended a leadership conclave organized by the Art of Living in New Delhi.
She shared her experience on a wide array of subjects with students and professionals.
Speaking on the occasion the challenges come in everyone's lives but it depends on them how they turn challenges into opportunities.
The Chief Minister of Himachal Pradesh, Jai Ram Thakur launched the ‘Shakti’ app for women’s safety in the state.
The app, which comes with a panic button, was developed by the National Informatics Centre (NIC) of the Himachal Pradesh government.
It would be available in both Hindi and English languages and would not require internet connectivity.
The main objective of the launch of the app and the helpline is to fight crimes against women in the state.
The Union Finance Ministry relaxed norms of Atal Pension Yojana (APY) to allow small finance banks and payment banks to offer APY distribution.
The move is expected to help expand coverage of the scheme and strengthen existing channels of APY distribution.
The Key Facts The APY scheme follows of the scheme and strengthen existing channels of APY distribution.
The APY scheme follows same investment pattern as applicable to National Pension Scheme (NPS) contribution of Central government employees.
The Ministry of Health and Family Welfare announced to increase the number of AMRIT pharmacy stores by four times by end of 2018 from the existing 111 outlets in a bid to make low-cost medicines more accessible. So far, 52 lakh patients have been benefited by buying discounted drugs (60 to 90% less than market price) from AMRIT (Affordable medicine and reliable implants for treatment) stores and have saved over Rs. 267 crores.
The AMRIT (Affordable medicine and reliable implants for treatment) scheme aims to reduce expenditure incurred by patients on the treatment of cancer.
Under it, retail outlets in the name of AMRIT pharmacy are opened to sell drugs for cancer and heart diseases at highly discounted rates on market rates.
The first Post Office Passport Seva Kendra (POPSK) of Puducherry was inaugurated by Smt. Sushma Swaraj, Minister for External Affairs at Karaikal.
The POPSK at Karaikal is the 60th POPSK to have become functional since the launch of the scheme in January 2017.
It is the first POPSK to become operational in the UT of Puducherry.
The Union Minister for Finance and Corporate Affairs, Arun Jaitley launched the National CSR Data Portal & Corporate Data Portal in Delhi.
This initiative is a significant step towards driving accountability and transparency for corporate India.
The portals’ easy accessibility to the general public will ensure a high level of compliance and will also help in institutionalizing and consolidate the CSR activities.
The launch of the portals will bring 100 percent transparency in corporate governance by making public over 4-crore filings of nearly 1.2 million companies.
Banking finance company AU Small Finance Bank signed a MoU with LIC to offer Pradhan Mantri Jeevan Jyoti Bima Yojana (PMJJBY).
Under the MoU, LIC will give a life cover of Rs2 lakh in case of death to the customer at a nominal premium of Rs330 per annum.
The company has re-entered the housing finance segment.
The company will also offer loans under government’s affordable housing and subsidy schemes such as Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana.
The product will be targeted for both salaried and self- employed (professional and non-professional) customers.
Maharashtra became the first state in the country to unveil Public Cloud Policy that virtually mandates state government departments to shift their data storage.
The State Government had formed a four-member committee to draft policy framework on cloud usage.
The policy will result in additional private sector investments worth the US $2 billion for cloud industry as the government is one of biggest creators.
Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik launched the ‘Mukhyamantri Kalakar Sahayata Jojana’ (MMKSJ) – an assistance scheme for Artists in the state. Around 50,000 artists will be benefited from this.
The Union Government decided to give Rs 1,200 per month as artist assistance.
The CM confirmed that the government has also changed the eligibility criteria for availing MMKSJ. Under the new scheme, a male artist can avail assistance after attaining the age of 50 years instead of the existing 60 years.
The age criteria for female artists have been reduced to 40 years from 50 years.
Saksham (Sanrakshan Kshamta Mahotsav) is an annual flagship event of Petroleum Conservation Research Association (PCRA) under the aegis of Ministry of Petroleum & Natural Gas, Govt. of India.
The event focuses on the active involvement of the Oil & Gas PSUs along with other stakeholders like State Governments, for creating focused attention on fuel conservation through people-centric activities.
The month-long campaign aims to intensify efforts for making citizens aware of the conservation and effective utilization of petroleum products.
The two-day International Workshop on Disaster Resilient Infrastructure (IWDRI) successfully concluded in New Delhi.
It had set the stage for taking the dialogue on resilient infrastructure forward at the global level.
The Workshop was organized by the National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) jointly with United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR). MoS (Home) Shri Kiren Rijiju delivered the Valedictory Address. The workshop was inaugurated by the Union Home Minister Shri Rajnath Singh.
The Union Ministry of Minority Affairs decided to end Haj subsidy from this year as a part of its policy to empower minorities with dignity and without appeasement.
This decision was taken based on the recommendations of Afzal Amanullah Committee and May 2012 Supreme Court order.
The Hajj is an annual Islamic pilgrimage to Mecca, the holiest city for Muslims. It is a mandatory religious duty for Muslims that must be carried out.