President Ram Nath Kovind approved these names on the eve of Independence Day along with three Bar to Sena Medals (Gallantry), 93 Sena Medals (Gallantry) and, 11 Nao Sena Medals (Gallantry).
He also conferred Vayu Sena Medal (Gallantry) to Group Captain Abhishek Sharma, Squadron Leader Vernon Desmond Keane and Sergeant Shashidhar P Prasad.
He was sworn in as the country's 60th president.
Currency: Colombian peso.
World Biofuel Day is observed every year on August 10 to create awareness about the importance of non-fossil fuels as an alternative to conventional fossil fuels.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi will address a diverse gathering consisting of farmers, scientists, entrepreneurs, students, government officials and legislators in New Delhi today to mark the World Biofuel Day 2018.
The event will take place at the capital's Talkatora stadium.
The government is planning to utilize 650 branches as controlling offices for servicing and monitoring post offices.
These branches will be linked to IPPB by the end of this year.
There are 370 million different types of accounts at post offices, which will be linked to IPPB gradually.
President Ram Nath Kovind meet Chief Justice and other Judges of Kerala High Court at Kochi before proceeding to Thrissur.
President will return to New Delhi this evening after a 3-day visit to Kerala.
Incessant rainfall in the north has disrupted the normal life of people in the states of Uttar Pradesh, Assam, and Nagaland.
The heavy rainfall has resulted in causing floods, landslides and immense damage to property and livestock.
Overall more than 1 lakh people are reeling under the fury of the flood in 8 districts.
Vice President M. Venkaiah Naidu pitched for diversifying food production by moving away from mono-cropping of major cereals, to a system that integrates a variety of food items including small millets, pulses, fruits, and vegetables.
He was inaugurating the National Consultation on Leveraging Agriculture for Nutrition at the MS Swaminathan foundation in Chennai yesterday.
The pulses cultivation will not only help in improving nutrient-rich food production but also in restoring nutrient value to the soil.
He will also reduce the import burden of nearly six million tonnes of pulses.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi who is on the visit to 3 African Nations, described Uganda as the ‘pearl of Africa’ and said that India will strengthen its cooperation and mutual capabilities with Africa to combat terrorism and extremism.
India intends to open 18 embassies in Africa.
Modi government would lend Uganda up to $205 million to expand its electricity grid and boost commercial farming.
India would build a Gandhi Heritage Centre at the sacred site in Uganda’s Jinja, where a statue of Mahatma Gandhi now stands.
As part of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi's visit to Uganda, India and Uganda signed four agreements on ♦ defence cooperation, ♦ visa exemption for diplomatic and official passport holders, ♦ cultural exchange programme, and ♦ material testing laboratory.
The Indian government has also decided to gift a cancer therapy machine to the Uganda cancer institute in Kampala.
The Prime Minister Modi was accorded a ceremonial reception in Uganda's Entebbe town.
He is on a three-nation tour to the African countries including Rwanda, Uganda and South Africa.
Important Points About Uganda:
♦ President - Yoweri Museveni
♦ Prime Minister - Ruhakana Rugunda
♦ Currency - Ugandan shilling
♦ Capital - Kampala
PM Narendra Modi and Rwanda's President Paul Kagame signed agreements on industrial and agricultural development. PM Modi is the first Indian Prime Minister to visit Rwanda and also announced that India will soon open its mission in Rwanda.
India extended two lines of credit - one of $100 million for development of industrial parks and Kigali special economic zone (SEZ) in Rwanda and another one for $100 million for agriculture.
Modi will travel to Rweru model village in Rwanda's eastern province and gift the cows to mark India's contribution to Rwandan President Paul Kagame’s flagship programme named 'Girinka'.
Girinka is the Rwandan government’s “one cow for one poor family” programme, launched in 2006.
PM Modi will also visit Uganda and then South Africa, which is organising the 10th BRICS leaders' Summit under the theme "BRICS in Africa: Collaboration with Developing Countries for Inclusive Growth and Shared Prosperity in the Fourth Industrial Revolution".
From July 23 - 27, Prime Minister Narendra Modi will visit Rwanda, Uganda and then South Africa where he will attend the 10th edition of the BRICS Summit in Johannesburg.
India is expected to sign a defence cooperation agreement during the visit.
In BRICS Summit, global issues, including those related to international peace and security will be discussed.
Important Points About Rwanda:
♦ President - Paul Kagame
♦ Prime Minister - Anastase Murekezi
♦ Currency - Rwandan franc
♦ Capital - Kigali
Important Points About Uganda:
♦ President - Yoweri Museveni
♦ Prime Minister - Ruhakana Rugunda
♦ Currency - Ugandan shilling
♦ Capital - Kampala
Important Points About South Africa:
♦ President - Cyril Ramaphosa
♦ Currency - Rand
♦ South Africa capitals - Cape Town (Legislative capital), Pretoria (Administrative capital), Bloemfontein (Judicial capital).
South Korean President Moon Jae-in arrived in Delhi, India for his four-day visit. He will visit the Prime Minister Narendra Modi to hold a discussion on key issues such as the situation on the Korean peninsula, and ways to boost trade and defence cooperation.
The discussion would also include India’s expectation to open new avenues for expanding the bilateral partnership, particularly in the economic domain. The two leaders will address an India-Republic of Korea CEO's roundtable.
His visit will further boost defence, security and strategic cooperation between India and Bhutan.
This year, both India and Bhutan are commemorating the golden jubilee of the establishment of formal diplomatic relations.
Capital - Thimphu
Religion - Buddhism, Hinduism
Official language - Dzongkha
Currency - Ngultrum
Prime Minister Narendra Modi and United States Permanent Representative to the United Nations, Nikki Haley, discussed ways to enhance India-US cooperation in various fields, including counter-terrorism.
"Freedom of religion is as important as freedom of rights and freedom of people", the US envoy to the United Nations Nikki Haley said on the first day of her India visit.
Nikki Haley visited India in late 2014 when she was the South Carolina Governor.
Ms Haley, the daughter of Sikh immigrants from Punjab, is the first Indian-American to serve in a Cabinet level position in any US presidential administration.
UK’s Prince William became the first member of the royal family to visit Israel on an official visit.
Prince William met Holocaust survivors, Israeli President Reuven Rivlin and PM Benjamin Netanyahu as part of his three-day visit.
Prince William will also meet Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas which will mark the first royal visit to the West Bank.
On June 18, 2018, Chinese envoy to India Luo Zhaohui unveiled a four-point vision for future cooperation with India.
This is followed by the informal summit between PM Narendra Modi and Chinese President Xi Jinping.
The four-point vision are:
1) Sign a Treaty of Friendship and Cooperation
2) Negotiate a bilateral Free Trade Agreement
3) Enhance connectivity
4) Work for early harvest on boundary issues.
Nepal Prime Minister K P Sharma Oli's will visit China from June 19 to 24.
During this visit, Nepal will sign an MoU on constructing a railway line connecting Kerung of Tibet to Kathmandu.
This will be the first visit to China by the Prime Minister since he assumed power in February.
External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj left for a seven-day tour (from June 17-23) of Italy, France, Luxembourg and Belgium, which is aimed at deepening India's strategic engagement and trade ties with the four European countries.
India and France are celebrating the 20th anniversary of their Strategic Partnership.
President of the European Commission - Jean-Claude Juncker
President of the European Parliament - Antonio Tajani
President Ram Nath Kovind will leave for a three-nation visit to Greece, Suriname and Cuba today (June 16, 2018).
As a part of the nine-day tour, President Kovind will first visit Athens, where he will meet Greek President Prokopis Pavloposulo.
A number of agreements and MoUs in the areas of health and medicine, elections, IT and Ayurveda are slated to be signed.
President Ram Nath Kovind will launch Solar Charkha Mission on 27th of this month which will entail a subsidy of 550 crore rupees in the initial two years for 50 clusters.
Briefing media in New Delhi on achievements of his ministry in the last four years, Minister for Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises Giriraj Singh said the scheme is aimed at linking five crore women and self help groups to the initiative.
MSME is playing a big role in empowerment of people and created a large number of employment in the country.
The ministry has provided training to over 15 lakh people over the past four years through its various initiatives.
The 15 new technology centres will be set up and out of these, ten will be made operational this year.
These centres will provide technological support to small industries.
President Ram Nath Kovind will embark on a three-nation tour to Greece, Suriname, and Cuba.
On the first leg of the visit, the President will leave for Athens. President Kovind will leave for Suriname on the 2nd leg. A number of agreements and MoUs in the areas of health and medicine, elections, IT, Ayurveda are scheduled to be signed.
Suriname is a founding member of the International Solar Alliance. A Line of Credit of 54.5 million dollars is being offered to Suriname for solar-related projects.
On the last leg of the visit, the President will be in Cuba. A number of agreements and MoUs in the areas of biotechnology, research and education in homeopathic medicine, the traditional system of medicine and medicinal plants would be signed during the visit.
President Ram Nath Kovind distributed LPG connections to 20 beneficiaries under Pradhan Mantri Ujjwala Yojana at Raj Bhavan in Agartala in the morning.
During his two-day visit to Tripura, the President inaugurated 73 km long National Highway connecting Udaipur town in Gomati district and Sabroom in South Tripura.
He laid the foundation stone for the re-development of Matabari Temple Complex at Tripura Sundari temple.
He attended a civic reception hosted by the state government in Agartala and declared ‘Queen’ pineapple variety of Tripura as state fruit.
The Centre is making sincere efforts to develop the state as well as the entire north-eastern region.
The President has since left for Delhi.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi will leave for a two-day visit to China to attend the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation- SCO Summit. Briefing media in New Delhi, External Affairs Ministry spokesperson Raveesh Kumar said, regional issues will be discussed during the summit.
He will hold bilateral talks with the Chinese President Xi Jinping followed by the summit event on Sunday.
The objective of the SCO summit is to further deepen the existing relationship between the member countries.
India’s focus will be on strengthening cooperation to fight terrorism, improving connectivity among member countries and bringing peace and stability in the region.
President Ram Nath Kovind no region can develop without peace. Speaking at a civic reception organized by the Tripura government in Agartala last evening,
The Centre is making sincere efforts to develop the state as well the as entire northeastern region. He also declared ‘Queen’ variety of pineapple as state food in the function.
The President also appreciated youth of the state and cited many names of famous sportspersons in this regard. Talking about women empowerment.
Tripura is ahead in empowering them.
He also emphasized that Tripura can play an important role in boosting the trade with the ASEAN countries.
The state of Tripura got a new gift “Queen Pineapple” as its state fruit.
The fruit was declared by President Ram Nath Kovind during his visit to the state.
Along with this, he inaugurated the National Highway from Matabari to Sabroom in Udaipur (Tripura).
The Development of the Northeast is high on the Government of India’s list of priorities. Road projects covering a length of 5,200 km are being constructed in the region to enhance connectivity.
The Bharatmala project too is giving special attention to the Northeast.
As part of these programmes, 500 km of roads are being constructed in Tripura.
He expressed confidence that Tripura will develop rapidly after the completion of these projects.
The President noted that there is immense potential for tourism in Tripura and this too will be helped by connectivity projects.
The state’s natural beauty, lush green forests and cultural heritage is a draw for domestic and international tourists.
The Better rail and road connectivity will increase tourism and ancillary economic activity in the state.
The President also visited the Matabari Temple complex in Udaipur and laid the foundation stone for its re-development and augmentation as a center for religious tourism.
In Tripura, President Ram Nath Kovind infrastructure plays a very important role in the development of any state.
He was inaugurating a 73 km. long National Highway from Matabari (Udaipur) to Sabroom along the Gomati and South Tripura districts.
Addressing a gathering, the President said the Central Government is working on various projects expeditiously under its ‘Act East’ policy in North East Region.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi will interact with beneficiaries of Pradhan Mantri Bhartiya Janaushadhi Pariyojna, affordable Cardiac Stents, dialysis and Knee Implants through video conferencing at 9:30 this morning.
AIR correspondent reports that the entire interaction will be available on DD News and different social media platforms like Narendra Modi App, Youtube, and Facebook.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi, his government has been working to free the housing sector from middlemen, corruption and ensuring that the beneficiaries get their own home without hassles.
The Prime Minister was interacting with beneficiaries of the Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana - PMAY (Rural) through the Narendra Modi app.
The NDA Government is giving great importance to the housing sector and is committed to ensuring that every Indian has a home by 2022 when India marks 75 years of Independence.
The housing sector is being invigorated with the latest technology which is enabling faster construction of affordable houses for the poor in towns and villages.
President Ram Nath Kovind, Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu, Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Home Minister Rajnath Singh will address the concluding session of the 49th Conference of Governors at Rashtrapati Bhawan in New Delhi.
A special session on Union Territories will be also held, at which Lieutenant Governors and Administrators of Union Territories will discuss the status of implementation of various flagship programmes.
The Governors will discuss ideas on how to commemorate the 150th birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi.
The two-day conference began.
India signed the Mutual Recognition Agreement (MRA) in Nursing with Singapore.
This is the first MRA being signed by India with any of our Free Trade Agreement (FTA) partners.
In a major gain for India, Singapore agreed to expand coverage of Indian nursing institutions by recognizing seven nursing institutions in the MRA.
This has paved way for our healthcare service providers to institutionally access markets abroad. India and Singapore concluded the 2nd Review of India Singapore CECA which was officially announced by both sides today during Prime Minister, Narendra Modi’s State visit to Singapore.
Paraguay gets a first interim woman President Alicia Pucheta for the first time in its history after outgoing leader Horacio Cartes stepped down ahead of schedule.
Vice President Alicia Pucheta will complete Carter's mandate after he resigned to become a senator.
Paraguay has just eight women among its 45 senators, and 11 among the 80 members of the lower house. Paraguay remains 135th out of 180 countries on the 2017 corruption index of Transparency International.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi embarked on a three-nation visit to Indonesia, Malaysia, and Singapore.
During his five-day visit, the PM will hold delegation level talks with the leadership of the three countries, on matters of mutual interest.
This will be Prime Minister’s first official visit to Indonesia and second official visit to Singapore.
The visit assumes significance in the light of India’s thrust on “Act East” policy under which New Delhi desires to enhance the bilateral relationship with the 10-member ASEAN grouping.
In the first leg of his visit, Mr. Modi will arrive in Indonesia.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi will share his thoughts with the people in India and abroad in his Mann Ki Baat programme of All India Radio on the 27th of this month.
It will be the 44th episode of the monthly radio programme.
People can share their ideas and suggestions on the Narendra Modi App, My Gov Open Forum.
They can dial the toll-free number 1XXX-XX-7800 to record their messages in Hindi or English. Some of the recorded messages may become part of the broadcast.
People can also give a missed call on the number 1922 and follow the link received in SMS to directly give the suggestions to the Prime Minister.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurated the 330-MW Kishenganga hydel power project in Srinagar.
Jammu and Kashmir Governor, Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti and Union Ministers Nitin Gadkari and Jitendra Singh were present on the occasion.
The project has been built by the National Hydroelectric Power Corporation in north Kashmir’s Bandipora district. It has been constructed at a cost of 5200 crore rupees.
It is expected to generate 1,713 million units of electricity per annum. Jammu and Kashmir would get 12 percent of power from the project.
He also laid the foundation stone of the ring road project in Srinagar. This will boost connectivity with Bandipora, Uri, and Ganderbal.
Earlier, PM Modi laid the foundation stone of Zojila Tunnel, providing all-weather connectivity between Srinagar, Kargil, and Leh.
The Zojila pass will be Asia's longest bi-directional tunnel. It is situated at an altitude of 11,578 feet on Srinagar-Kargil-Leh National Highway which remains closed during winters.
Jammu and Kashmir is going to get development projects worth 25,000 crore rupees. He said these projects will have a positive impact on the people of the states.
There is great scope for agricultural growth across the state. He said Jammu and Kashmir can play a key role in holistic healthcare.
NITI Aayog, in association with Vision India Foundation, is organizing the Venture Capital Symposium 2018 to deepen the economic relationships between France and India.
The Venture Capital Symposium 2018 is a three-day event where the French investors will be interacting with 100 early to mid-stage Indian start-ups.
Amitabh Kant, CEO, NITI Aayog, along with Atul Chaturvedi, Additional Secretary, DIPP addressed the inaugural address of the Symposium, which was attended by Alexandre Ziegler, Ambassador of France to India.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi is on a day-long visit to Jammu and Kashmir.
During his visit, Prime Minister will lay the foundation stone of 'Zojila Tunnel' on the Srinagar-Leh National Highway in Leh.
The 14-kilometer long Zojila tunnel will be India’s longest road tunnel and Asia’s longest bidirectional tunnel.
It will provide all-weather connectivity to the whole Ladakh region and Kargil in particular which remains cut off from rest of the world for more than 5 months of the winter.
Prime Minister Modi will dedicate to the nation a 330 MW Kishenganga hydroelectric project from Srinagar.
There are 7 functional NHPC power projects in J&K.
The project has been built at a cost of Rs 5200 Crores.
President Ram Nath Kovind authorities must be mindful of the human side of mining.
Addressing the gathering after presenting National Geosciences Awards for 2017 in New Delhi, local communities must benefit from the exploration, extraction, and development of mineral resources.
The mineral resources in India are found in regions that have been home of tribal communities since generations.
It is important that these communities are part of prosperity that the mining economy creates.
The President application of geoscience is extremely diverse which will lead to an expansion of economic activities.
India must mine more but mine better in a sustainable manner.
India's per capita consumption of many resources and commodities is still very low by global standards and there is room to grow high-quality research initiatives are required for sustainable and ecological friendly resource generation.
The President also stressed on meaningful investment in technological innovation in the mining sector. He said, the Government pushed for reforms in the sector in the last four years.
The reforms, including amendments to existing laws and establishing a more equitable system of royalties, have started showing results.
The exploration of mineral blocks and auction will go a long way in enhancing financial health of states.
The geoscientists have an important role to play in enhancing agricultural productivity and farmer incomes in providing a bedrock to the Smart Cities initiative and helping citizens fight the challenge of water scarcity, which has emerged as a pressing problem.
In his address, Union Minister for Mines Narendra Singh Tomar stressed on innovation and research in the mining sector.
The 36 mineral blocks have been auctioned generating an additional revenue of 1 lakh 11 thousand crore rupees.
He informed that new blocks will be auctioned in the near future.
Pradhan Mantri Khanij Kshetra Kalyan Yojana is providing welfare to areas and people affected by mining-related operations.
President Ram Nath Kovind will inaugurate the Global Exhibition on Services-2018 in Mumbai this morning.
He will also launch 12 champion sectors in services. 25 Indian states and around 100 countries are expected to participate in Global Exhibition on Services, this year, with 625 exhibitors and 500 overseas delegates.
The event will also feature roundtables and seminars, state investment summits, Business-to-business meetings, an exhibition of key services sectors, cultural activities, country and international pavilions, among others.
He will also visit the Bhabha Atomic Research Centre, where he will be attending an exhibition on Department of Atomic Energy technologies and inaugurate DAE facilities in Trombay, Mumbai.
President Ram Nath Kovind will leave for Ajmer this morning from Jaipur.
He will visit Pushkar Sarovar and Brahma Temple at Pushkar and Dargah of Sufi saint Khwaja Moinuddin Chisti at Ajmer.
Elaborate security arrangements are made for the visit of the president. AIR correspondent reports that
The President will leave for Ajmer at 9.30 this morning and will reach Ghoora Helipad.
He will directly go to Pushkar Sarovar where he will offer prayers. From there he will go to Brahma Temple and remain there for over half an hour.
From Pushkar, Mr. Kovind moves for Dargah of Khawaja Moinuddin Chisti at Ajmer. He will be welcomed on Nizam Gate and Anjuman Committee of Khadims will welcome him at Buland Darwaja.
The President will remain in Dargah for about 50 minutes and then go to circuit house.
Both Brahma Temple and Dargah will be vacated today for security measures.
India and Peru signed an agreement in the field of Renewable Energy at Lima.
The pact was signed in the presence of Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu and the Prime Minister Cesar Villanueva Arevalo.
This is the final leg of the 3-Nation visit to central America of Indian Vice- President.
During the meeting, the leaders discussed various bilateral and international issues of mutual interest.
Vice President’s visit comes at a time when India is celebrating the 55th anniversary of the establishment of Diplomatic Relations with Peru.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi left on a two day State visit to Nepal to take forward the issues of mutual interest and partnership across diverse sectors.
During his visit to the Himalayan Nation, Prime Minister Modi will hold bilateral talks with his Nepalese counterpart KP Sharma Oli besides meeting with the President and the Vice President of Nepal.
This is Mr. Modi’s third visit to Nepal as Prime Minister.
India and Panama have signed 2 agreements on the exemption of Visas for holders of Diplomatic and Official Passports and in the field of Agriculture.
These agreements were signed during the second leg of Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu.
These ties are based on common values and a shared commitment to democracy, pluralism, and multi-culturalism of both the countries. 2 centers for Biodiversity and Innovation will be set up by India in Panama worth the US $10 mn and the US $15 mn each.
Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu arrived in Guatemala on the first leg of his three-nation tour to Latin America.
During his stay in Guatemala city, Mr. Naidu will meet the leadership of the nation, with various MoUs expected to be signed.
The discussions will focus on exploring mutual areas of cooperation and formalizing various MoUs in the fields of protection of wildlife, human resource training, education and exchanges between training institutes.
Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu emplaned for a five-day visit to South America's Guatemala, Peru and Panama.
Bilateral trade and investments are expected to be mainly discussed during the visit.
This will be the Vice President's first overseas visit after assuming office.
He will be accompanied by a high-level delegation, including Minister of State for Tribal Affairs Jasvantsinh Sumanbahi Bhabhor.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi arrived in New Delhi after a two-day informal summit meeting with Chinese President Xi Jinping in Wuhan.
The Prime Minister was received at the airport by External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj. Earlier, Prime Minister Modi wrapped up his two-day visit to China with both the countries underlining the importance of maintaining peace and tranquillity in all areas of their border region in the larger interest of the overall development of bilateral relations.
On day two both leaders took a long walk by Wuhan’s iconic East Lake.
The two leaders also agreed to issue “strategic guidance” to their militaries to strengthen communications and to build trust and understanding. After the walk the talk followed a Naav (Boat) pe charcha.
The two leaders took a boat ride on a traditional Chinese wooden boat sporting a pagoda.
Wuhan is a city of freshwater lakes along the banks of the Yangtze River.
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.
Vice President M. Venkaiah Naidu inaugurated the two-day Civil Services Day event in New Delhi.
The Day focuses on the topic ‘Evolving Strategies for Transforming Aspirational Districts’.
The Vice President also released a book 'Emulating Excellence- Takeaways for Replication'.
The day is celebrated for the civil servants to rededicate themselves to the cause of citizen and renew their commitments to public service and excellence in work.
Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu launched a health scheme of the Assam government named Atal Amrit Abhiyan that offers free medical care of up to 2 lakh rupees for every individual from Below Poverty Line (BPL) and Above Poverty Line (APL) families.
The state government has earmarked 400 crore rupees for the scheme in the financial year 2018-19.
The cashless scheme Atal Amrit Abhiyan will cover 92 percent of the state’s population with annual income below 5 lakh rupees.
The United Kingdom joined the India-led International Solar Alliance (ISA) ahead of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s four-day visit to Britain.
At an event held at the London Stock Exchange as part of the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting 2018 (CHOGM), Britain formally announced its membership of the alliance.
This alliance aims to raise $1 trillion of private and public finance to provide affordable and sustainable energy for all by 2030.