October 12, 2019
The Nobel Peace Prize awarded to Abiy Ahmed, the Ethiopian Prime Minister
Reason for Nobel prize
He helped his country's 20-year war with Eritrea. The prize was announced in Oslo, the Norwegian Nobel Committee.
Ethiopia - Eritrea Conflict
The conflict between Ethiopia and Eritrea over disputed border territory came at a huge financial and humanitarian cost for both countries.It is one of the conflicts in the Horn of Africa it took place between Ethiopia and Eritrea from May 1998 to June 2000 with the final peace only agreed to in 2018, twenty years after the initial confrontation.
He won plaudits for his role in helping to broker a power-sharing deal in neighboring Sudan after a political crisis that led to the arrest of Omar al-Bashir, the country's ruler for almost three decades.
He received both praise and criticism for his reforms in Ethiopia.
Nobel Peace Prize
It is one of the five Nobel Prizes established by the will of Swedish industrialist.
Awarded for: Outstanding contributions in peace
October 12, 2019
President of India, Shri Ram Nath Kovind, laid the foundation stone for the campus of JSS Academy of Higher Education and Research at Varuna Village, Mysuru.
The Global Campus of JSS Academy of Higher Education and Research at Varuna Village is a tribute to Sri Shivarathri Rajendra Mahaswamiji whose 104th Jayanti is being celebrated this year.
Sri Suttur Math’s focus on education strongly encouraged by Sri Shivarathri Deshikendra Mahaswamiji.
JSS Academy of Higher Education and Research established in 2008 and is regarded as a reputed institute of health sciences.
He expressed confidence that this new Global Campus of JSS Academy will help the institution to further contribute in the field of education.
This university achieved a lot over the years. Yet, health remains a key development challenge for us.
Important Points - President Speech
The triple burden of communicable, noncommunicable and new and emerging diseases. Malnutrition and neglected tropical diseases place severe constraints on us. We need to improve access to health services.
The cleanliness and sanitation is the base requirement for tackling many of our health-related issues and diseases. A nationwide revolution for cleanliness and health is already underway. It must continue and become stronger with each passing day. This would be our tribute to Mahatma Gandhi whose 150th birth anniversary we just celebrated.
The health challenges are linked to our larger socio-economic challenges.
Our solutions to meet our health challenges need to be broad-based and multi-pronged. They must use the power of both modern medicine and traditional knowledge. They must focus on both the mind and the body. They must involve both prevention and cure.
October 7, 2019
President Ram Nath Kovind is to hold a 3-day visit to Karnataka from 10 October.
♦ On 10 October, President Kovind will visit the royal palace and inaugurate the centenary celebration of the Maharaja Jayachamaraja Wadiyar in Mysuru.
♦ On 11 October, he will visit the Sree Srikanteshwara Temple at Nanjanagud and Sree Chamundeshwari Temple atop the Chamundi Hills. He will attend the foundation laying ceremony of the JSS Academy of Higher Education and Research, in Varuna village.
♦ On 12 October, the President will meet the chief justice and judges of the Karnataka high court (HC). He will pay a visit to the Swami Vivekananda Yoga Anusandhana Sansthana (S-VYASA) University at Jigani in Bengaluru Urban district.
October 3, 2019
Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina is on her 4-day official visit to India from 3rd October to 6 October. During her visit, she would hold talks with her Indian counterpart Narendra Modi. This would be Ms.Hasina's first visit to New Delhi since parliamentary elections were held in India and Bangladesh.
♦ Bangladesh PM Hasina and Indian PM Modi will hold bilateral talks on October 5.
♦ She will be the chief guest at the India Economic Summit which is being organized by the World Economic Forum (WEF) on 3 and 4 October.
♦ It is expected that the two countries are likely to sign nearly a dozen agreements in different areas.
♦ The leaders will review issues of sharing of water in common rivers including Teesta and the Rohingya crisis.
September 30, 2019
President of India, Shri Ram Nath Kovind, graced and addressed the 33rd convocation of Ranchi University in Ranchi, Jharkhand.
Jharkhand is home to 40 per cent of the country’s mineral reserves. The big public and private sector industries are established in the state. There are many tourists attractions in Jharkhand. The state also many good educational institutions. On the strength of many such characteristics of Jharkhand and the talent of youth, it has potential to become a developed state.
The Ranchi University established Department of Ethnic and Regional Languages in 1980 to preserve and promote languages and culture of Jharkhand. There are five tribal languages such as Kudukh, Mundari, Santhali, Ho and Kharia - are taught in the University.The knowledge of tribal languages and cultures should be used to connect with the community and for development. We should learn from the tribal communities to meet our needs in harmony with nature. He said that the Ranchi University could make multi-dimensional contribution by encouraging research on tribal culture and civilization.
The universities should contribute to Universities Social Responsibility (CSR). The five students from each university should go to nearby villages at an interval of about two months and they interact with the villagers. They should communicate with the villagers about the welfare and development schemes of the central and state government. He urged Ranchi University to pay special attention to USR.
September 29, 2019
President of India, Shri Ram Nath Kovind presented Colours to Corps of Army Air Defence at Gopalpur, OdishaThe paid homage to the martyrs of the Corps of Army Air Defence.
The sacrifice has secured our sovereignty, brought glory to our Nation and protected our people. The veterans and serving soldiers of the Corps for their stupendous performance.
The true force multipliers in the most inhospitable terrain and climatic conditions in the world. The Indian Army and the Nation is proud of them who are the real heroes who serve the country.
September 27, 2019
Prime Minister met President of the Republic of Cyprus, H.E. Mr. Nicos Anastasiades on the sidelines of the High-Level Segment of the UNGA 74.
The broad spectrum of bilateral relations, pursuant to the State visit of Hon'ble President of India to Cyprus in September 2018.
The bilateral trade stood at US$ 464 mn. The two leaders stressed the need to enhance the volume of bilateral trade and investment given the considerable potential and strengths of the two economies.
Prime Minister thanked the government of Cyprus for its support to India’s candidature for UNSC permanent membership in an expanded Security Council, NSG and other international platforms. He reiterated India’s consistent support for the independence, sovereignty, territorial integrity and unity of the Republic of Cyprus. They also discussed issues of regional and international significance including the issue of international terrorism.PM Modi invited President Anastasiades to join the International Solar Alliance.
September 26, 2019
Vice President of India, Shri M. Venkaiah Naidu called for presenting a real history of India to the younger generations as there were many distortions in the history drafted by the colonial rulers. The award has been instituted by the Punyabhushan Foundation.
India than 3,600 monuments of national importance were being protected and preserved by the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI)
It was important to protect and conserve the glorious history of the country embedded in these structures.
Vice President called upon Public sector and private sector firms as well as individuals to adopt archeological sites and take part in the preservation of our great heritage.
Vice President urged schools and colleges to organize visits of students to nearby archaeological and historical monuments and encourage them to take part in upkeep activities and Cleanliness Drives at those monuments.
Archaeological Survey of India
Archaeological Survey of India is an Indian government agency attached to the Ministry of Culture that is responsible for archaeological research and the conservation and preservation of cultural monuments in the country.
Founder: Alexander Cunningham
Headquarters: New Delhi
September 20, 2019
President of Mongolia Khaltmaagiin Battulga is on a five day State visit to India. He is to hold talks with President Ram Nath Kovind, Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu and Prime Minister Narendra Modi. The leaders of the countries are to hold in-depth discussions on a range of bilateral, regional and global issues.
The visit will also include a review in ongoing cooperation in the fields of infrastructure, energy, disaster management, defence, security, culture, and capacity building. Mr. Battulga will be participating in the India-Mongolia Business Forum which will be held in New Delhi. Mr.Battulga's visit to India is the first State visit by a Mongolian President in the last 10 years.
President: Khaltmaagiin Battulga
Prime Minister: Ukhnaagiin Khürelsükh
Official languages: Mongolian
Currency: Tögrög (MNT)
Mongolia shares its land borders with:
♦ Russia in the north
♦ China in the south
September 20, 2019
Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Mongolian President H.E. Mr. Khaltmaagiin Battulga jointly unveiled a statue of Lord Buddha and his two disciples. The statue was installed at the historic Gandan Tegchenling Monastery in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia.
PM's announcement about gifting the Statue:
In 2015, during his visit to Mongolia, Prime Minister had announced to gift a statue of Lord Buddha to the monastery. The gift was announced to honour the common Buddhist heritage and civilizational links between the two countries and peoples.
The Statue depicts Lord Buddha in a sitting posture along with his two disciples. The Buddha statue conveys the message of compassion along with peace and co-existence. The statue was installed and consecrated at the Gandan Monastery during the 3rd edition of SAMVAAD dialogue.
The 3rd edition of SAMVAAD dialogue which was held from 6 September to 7 September 2019 in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia. The SAMVAAD dialogue brought together Buddhist religious leaders, experts, and scholars from different countries. The dialogue focused on contemporary issues related to Buddhism.
September 16, 2019
US President Donald Trump with our Prime minister Narendra Modi in Houston to address a section of the Indian American community.
The Howdy Modi event confirmed by the White House in a statement released by our Indian ambassador to the US, Harsh Vardhan Shringla
The important partnerships between the United States and India and Australia. In Houston,President Trump will participate in an event with Indian PM Narendra Modi
They will join the community programme in Houston on the 22nd September.
The special gesture of President @realDonaldTrump to join us in Houston highlights the strength of the relationship and recognition of the contribution of the
India - USA Trade
Indian community to American society and economy. #HowdyModi.- A tagline given to represent our Prime Minister Narendra Modi
It is being speculated that the two leaders could sit down for a bilateral meeting after the event that could see the two sides announced a deal on trade.
His six day visit to the US starting 22 September is Houston where he is scheduled to meet top representatives of the US energy sector. The backdrop of India buying $4 billion worth of fuel from the US and looking to step up imports as well as invest in the US energy sector.
The two Indian community events in the US at the Madison Square Garden in New York in 2014 and the Silicon Valley in 2016. Both the events were attended by more than 20,000 people.
More than 50,000 people have registered for the Houston event with many more on a wait list, according to Texas India Forum, the Indian community group organizing the event that is also expected to be attended by 60 US lawmakers, including John Cornyn, Ted Cruz, Ami Bera, Raja Krishnamurthy, Tulsi Gabbard, Brad Sherman, and governor Eliot Engel of New York.
India - USA Meeting - Highlights
The third meeting between the two leaders. The previous two were on the sidelines of the G20 Summit in June in Japan and in France in July on the sidelines of the G7 Summit.
The Republican presidential nominee addressed a strong crowd of some 5,000 Indian-Americans in New Jersey historic win in the November 2016 elections.
It is the only presidential candidate to address the Indian-Americans solely during an election year. The Houston event will be Modi's third major address to the Indian-American community after he became the prime minister in 2014 and the first after his re-election in May.
The previous two were at the Madison Square Garden in New York in 2014 and the Silicon Valley in 2016. Both the events were attended by more than 20,000 people.
September 15, 2019
President Ram Nath Kovind is visiting Switzerland as a part of his three-nation tour to enhance political, cultural and trade ties. The aim of the meet is to promote solar energy worldwide. President Kovind addressed the Indian community with the woman President emphasized on larger ties with Switzerland on 12th Sept in Berne.
About the president’s Switzerland visit:
India-Switzerland's has signed a wealthy cultural engagement for bilateral cooperation. Switzerland is the world leader in innovation. Already many Swiss and Indian start-ups hands to form solutions for global climate change, human health and additional. India wants its appearance forward to several additional such partnerships with Switzerland.
The signs are based on the renewable source energy collaboration between India and Switzerland with science, technology on innovation. Over 80 science institutions and 300 researchers from India and Switzerland connected together for this joint program.
September 11, 2019
Prime Minister of St. Vincent and Grenadines Dr.Hon'ble Ralph Everard Gonsalves met Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi during his 5-day visit to India. PM Gonsalves also participated in the high-level United Nations Convention on Combating Desertification (UNCCD) Symposium held at New Delhi.
PM Gonsalves appreciated India’s developmental cooperation with the region and for India’s prompt assistance subsequent to natural calamities.
St. Vincent and Grenadines is a non-permanent member of the UN security council (UNSC).
The two leaders agreed to cooperate together within the areas of ability development, training, education, finance, culture and disaster management.
St.Vincent and Grenadines:
St.Vincent and Grenadines is the smallest island country located in the Carribean nation.
Monarch: Elizabeth II
Governor-General: Susan Dougan
Prime Minister: Ralph Gonsalves
Official languages: English
Vernacular language: Vincentian Creole
Currency: East Caribbean dollar (XCD)
September 7, 2019
Vice President of India, Shri M. Venkaiah Naidu to partner in programs such as Fit India and Khelo India and encourage students to lead a physically active life.
The youth are important as their intellectual and emotional development. It was particularly essential in the wake of the spurt in the non-communicable diseases in the country.
He stressed the need to provide a multidisciplinary and holistic education that includes co-curricular activities and community service.
The authorities to empower the youth by revamping the education system and reorient it to suit the present-day needs ending the digital divide, improving the quality of education and building adequate infrastructure for skill up-gradation of rural youth was essential to realizing India’s demographic dividend.
India’s long and illustrious history of holistic education and the guru Shishya Parampara, the Vice President asserted that the main aim of education not for employment alone, but to enhance knowledge and provide enlightenment and empowerment to individuals.
The focus on the holistic aspect of education and emphasizes that education throughout life was based on four pillars – i) Learning to know - ii) Learning to do - iii) Learning to live together – iv) Learning to be.The former Governor of Gujarat & Madhya Pradesh, Shri O.P. Kohli, the Vice Chancellor of the University of Delhi, Prof. Yogesh Tyagi, the Chairman of the Governing Body of Maharaja Agrasen College, Prof. Sunil Sharma and other dignitaries were present on the occasion.The college was renamed as Maharaja Agrasen College in 1995 in memory of the great philosopher and King, Maharaja Agrasen. The college continued flourishing and celebrating years of imparting holistic education in various creative ways, to reach its current stature.
The many awards and accolades won by the college for Good Practices are an eloquent testimony to the institution’s strong commitment to excellence through inclusion.
India inc. is stronger than ever before due to visionary initiatives like make-in-India, start-up India and Digital India.
More than 21,000 start-ups have been recognized since the inception of Start-up India and more than 1,20,000 Gram Panchayats have been connected by optical fiber network. 413 Crore financial transactions have happened via the BHIM app since August 2016.
This emphasis on digital technology has effectively tackled corruption and unnecessary delays in processes, transforming our governance, making it much more transparent, participative and fast.
India is also conquering new horizons when it comes to technology. The recently launched Chandrayaan 2 mission has completed all its orbit manoeuvres around the Moon and is ready to land close to the lunar south pole and we are all set to launch India’s first human space mission by 2022.
India rightly recognized that sustainability must form the cornerstone of every development plan. As a testament to the love and respect for nature that is at the core of India’s civilizational philosophy, we have doubled our efforts towards securing clean energy and ensuring a green future for posterity.
India - Renewable Energy
India has 78 GW installed renewable energy capacity and plays a leadership role in international partnerships like the Solar Alliance to strengthen initiatives to fight climate change and global warming.
The Government is also striving hard to take the benefits of this growth and macroeconomic stability to the bottom of the pyramid, to the last man in the queue, through a range of initiatives.
But the most incredible opportunity that is at our disposal today is our tremendous demographic dividend. We have a perfectly balanced population pyramid where 65 percent of our population is less than 35 years old.
Students must develop not only cognitive skills – both ‘foundational skills of literacy and numeracy and ‘higher-order’ cognitive skills such as critical thinking and problem solving skills - but also social and emotional skills, also referred to as ‘soft skills’, including cultural awareness and empathy, perseverance and grit, teamwork and leadership, among others.
The developments that have taken place in the world of cognitive science, there is now a deep engagement with the idea that these social and emotional competencies must be acquired by all learners and that all learners should become more academically, socially and emotionally competent.
Draft National Education Policy 2019
The Draft National education Policy 2019 focuses on the holistic aspect of education. The Policy emphasizes that education throughout life is based on four pillars:
i) Learning to know - acquiring a body of knowledge and learning how to learn;
ii) Learning to do - acquiring not only an occupational skill but also the competence to deal with many situations and work in teams and deal with the various challenges of working life;
iii) Learning to live together – developing an understanding of other people and an appreciation of interdependence in a spirit of respect for the values of pluralism, mutual understanding and peace; and
iv) Learning to be - developing one’s personality and being able to act with autonomy, judgement and personal responsibility.
September 4, 2019
Prime Minister Narendra Modi has begun his three-day trip to Russia on 3 September. PM Modi along with Russian President Vladimir Putin visited the Russian Zvezda shipbuilding complex. He is the first Indian prime minister to visit the Russian Far East Region.
Importance of India-Russia visit:
The visit would give an incredible chance to find Russia's excellent abilities in the shipbuilding division just as investigate conceivable outcomes of collaboration.
During his visit, the PM will hold India-Russia 20th Annual Summit talks with President Putin. Also, Mr.Modi has been invited to attend the Eastern Economic Forum. Also, Modi and Putin are expected to discuss a gamut of bilateral and regional issues.
The visit of Modi and Russian president will consent to arrangements sectors such as defense, trade, investments, industrial cooperation, energy and connectivity corridors at the summit.
Eastern Economic Forum:
Eastern Economic Forum is formed in 2015. It is headquartered at Vladivostok, Russia. It is responsible to encourage foreign investment in the Russian Far East.
The forum aims to ensure the development of investment and business opportunities in the Russian Far East Region. It presents enormous potential for developing close and mutually beneficial cooperation between India and Russia in the region.
August 23, 2019
Prime Minister Modi is paying a two-day state visit to France from 22 August ahead G-7 meeting. Modi and his French counterpart President Emmanuel Macron held talks discussed to strengthen strategic ties in key sectors. They also discussed the government’s move to suspend Article 370 in Jammu and Kashmir and split the State into two Union Territories.
France confirmed that it will support any policy that would give the region stability. It also added that no one should provoke violence in the region. It said that the issues should be resolved between India and Pakistan and no other party should be involved.
Modi invited for G-7 Summit:
Prime Minister Modi has been invited for the G-7 summit that is to be held on August 25. The summit is to held in Biarritz, France. G-7 summit will include talks about the scrapping of Article 370.
The French invite to India is not the first time India will be at this G-7 global high table. Then prime minister Manmohan Singh had attended the G-8 +5 meet in Gleneagles in Scotland in 2005 at the invitation of then British prime minister Tony Blair.
The Group of 7 (G-7) industrialized nations meet is organized by France in Biarritz in August 2019. The invitation by France clearly reflects the strong strategic connect between India and France. The G-7 groups constitute of the US, Britain, France, Italy, Canada, Japan, and Germany.
August 21, 2019
President of India, Shri Ram Nath Kovind planted a sapling of Maulsari in the Rashtrapati Bhavan Estate. They launched a plantation drive as part of Van Mahotsav celebrations. The President met students and urged them to encourage fellow citizens to plant more trees and reaffirm our commitment to a greener and sustainable planet.
As part of Van Mahotsav celebrations, the President's Secretariat, over the next few weeks, will be planting 3,252 trees and 2,962 shrubs in the President's Estate. They include ornamental and fruit trees like Peepal, Neem, Maulsari, Champa, Gul Mohur, Mango, Chiko, Anjir and Amrud.
President’s Estate spread over 330 acres harbours a rich biodiversity. Noted trees of the Estate include, Sita Ashok, Bistendu, Shisham, Gab, Gourd Trees, Wild Almond, Lemon-Scented Gum, Doon Siris.
Van Mahotsav History
Van Mahotsav is an annual tree-planting movement in India It began in the year 1950. The national importance that millions and millions of saplings are planted all across India in observation of the Van Mahotsav week. It is generally celebrated in the first week of July or from 1st of July till the 7th of July. 7th of July is the ending of the first week.
August 20, 2019
Prime Minister Narendra Modi is to pay a 3-day visit to United Arab Emirates (UAE) and Bahrain. The visit aims to hold extensive talks with top leaders of the two countries on bilateral, regional and global issues of mutual interest.
The Ties between India and the UAE are growing lately as an annual bilateral trade of about $60 billion. The UAE is India's third-largest trade partner. It is also the fourth-largest exporter of crude oil to India. The UAE has a 3.3 million-strong Indian community. The UAE has announced the prestigious award to Modi for bilateral strategic ties. The award is in the name of Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, who is the founding father of the UAE.
Prime Minister Modi will hold a two-day visit in Bahrain. This visit of the PM will be the first-ever Prime Ministerial visit from India to Bahrain. He is to visit Bahrain from 23-25 August.
During the visit, Mr.Modi is to hold talks with his counterpart Khalifa bin Salman Al Khalifa on the entire spectrum of bilateral ties, regional and international issues of mutual interest. He will also launch the renovation of Shreenathji (Shree Krishna) temple in Manama.
India-Bahrain bilateral trade has been on the rise of about $1.3 billion in 2018-19. About 3,50,000 Indian nationals form the largest expatriate community in Bahrain for contributing to the development of Bahrain.
August 19, 2019
During his second visit to Bhutan PM Narendra Modi, he held talks with his Bhutanese counterpart Lotay Tshering to further expand the bilateral partnership across several sectors.
Highlights of the Visit:
♦ MoUs signed:
The leaders of the two countries signed 10 MoUs in fields like new energy, education, space research, aviation, IT, power and education. The talks also aimed to further improve economic and cultural ties between the two countries.
♦ Power plant inauguration:
PM Modi also inaugurated the Mangdechhu hydroelectric power plant which was built on the Mangdechhu River in Trongsa Dzongkhag district of central Bhutan. The cost of the 720MW plant was Rs.4,500 crore. The project represents the relationship between India and Bhutan.
PM Modi also launched stamps to commemorate five decades of India-Bhutan hydropower cooperation.
♦ RuPay Card launch:
PM Modi launched the RuPay Card in Bhutan to enhance the countries relationship in digital payments, and trade and tourism. He launched it by making a purchase at Simtokha Dzong. It currently functions as a monastic and administrative centre, It was built in 1629 by Shabdrung Namgyal and is one of the oldest dzongs in Bhutan.
♦ Launch of e-plaque:
The leaders unveiled an e-plaque on the interconnection between India’s National Knowledge Network and Bhutan’s Druk Research and Education Network. It marked India as the major partner in the development of Bhutan as India actively cooperates in Bhutan’s five-year plans.
♦ Ground Earth Station and SATCOM network launch:
Mr.Modi and Lotay Tshering jointly inaugurated the SATCOM network and the Ground Earth Station. With this Bhutan can now utilize the South Asia Satellite. It was developed with ISRO's assistance as India has committed to facilitate Bhutan’s development through the use of space technology.
♦ Both the countries are planning for the collaboration of Royal Bhutan University and IITs and other top educational institutions of India for education and technology
♦ PM Modi also announced that an additional $100 million will be available to Bhutan under the SAARC currency swap framework. This will meet the foreign exchange requirement of the country
August 18, 2019
The President to award the Certificate of Honour to the following scholars of Sanskrit, Persian, Arabic, Pali, Prakrit, Classical Kannada, Classical Telugu, Classical Malayalam, and Classical Odia for the year 2019.
The awardees list is mentioned below
1.Shri Sripada Satyanarayanamurthy
2.Shri Rajendra Nath Sarma
3.Prof. Ramji Thakur
4.Prof. Chand Kiran Saluja
5.Dr. Shri Krishna Sharma
6.Dr. V. Ramakrishna Bhatt
7.Vidwan Janardana Hegde
8.Dr. Kala Acharya
9.Prof. (Dr.) Harekrishna Satapathy
10.Pandit SatyaDev Sharma
11.Shri Banwari Lal Gaur
12.Dr. V.S. Karunakaran
13.Prof. Yugal Kishor Mishra
14.Pandit Manudev Bhattacharya
15.Shri Subuddhi Charan Goswami
1.Dr. Uma Shankar Vyas
1.Prof. Kamal Chand Sogani
1.Prof. Faizanullah Farooqi
2.Mohammad Iqbal Husain
3.Dr.Mohd. Samiullah Khan
1.Prof. Dr. Iraq RazaZaidi
3.Mohammad Sidiq Niazmand
1.Prof. Ravva Srihari
1.Dr.C.P. Achuthan Unny
1.Pandit Dr. Antaryami Mishra
1.Dr. Ashok Thapliyal
1.Ms. Anoma Shriram Sakhare
1. Shri Asish Kumar Jain
1.Dr. Fauzan Ahmad
1.ER.M. Shahbaz Alam
1.Shri G.B. Harisha
2.Shri S. Karthik
3.Dr. M. Byrappa
2.Dr. V. Triveni
3.Dr. D.K. Prabhakar
1.Dr. Rajeev R.R.
2.Shri Santhosh Thottingal
1.Dr. Subrat Kumar Prusty
August 17, 2019
Prime Minister Narendra Modi is on a two-day state visit to Bhutan. The two leaders will hold talks to further deepen the bilateral ties. This is PM Modi's second visit to Bhutan and the first since his re-election.
In his visit, PM Modi is expected to sign 10 MoUs in fields like education amongst others and inaugurate 5 projects including the Mangdechhu hydroelectric power plant and the ISRO-built earth station in Thimphu.
It should be noted that India-Bhutan partnership forms an important pillar of New Delhi's 'Neighbourhood First' policy. PM's visit also reflects the high importance that the Government attaches to India's relations with the Himalayan nation.
King: Jigme Khesar Namgyal Wangchuck
Prime Minister: Lotay Tshering
Official languages: Dzongkha
Currency: Ngultrum (BTN)
Bhutan is bordered by:
♦ North Boundary - Tibetan Autonomous Region of China
♦ West Boundary - Sikkim state of India and the Chumbi Valley of Tibet
♦ East Boundary - Arunachal Pradesh state of India
♦ South Boundary - States of Assam and West Bengal
July 29, 2019
Indian President Ram Nath Kovind is to visit three nations in the West African region. His tour to the countries began on 28 July. He has become the first Indian head of state to visit West African nation Benin. He will visit the Gambia and Guinea. Until now, no Indian head of state has yet visited the places. Kovind is visiting to improve India's ties with the western nations.
The President's tour is to recast India's ties with Africa. It aims for a major growth pole and a major source of resources.
Kovind to visit 3 African Countries:
On 28 July, Kovind started his visit with Benin. It is one of India’s key trading partners in West Africa.
After visiting Benin, he will be visiting Gambia. New Delhi has extended several Lines of Credit to Gambia, including $6.7 million in 2006 for a tractor assembly plant, approximately $27 million for construction of National Assembly Building Complex.
After that visit, he will be visiting Guinea. In 1960-1980, India was an influential country in Africa as India supported independence and decolonization in the continent.
As India focused on closer ties with developed economies for investments and technology, Benin's President Boni Yayi visited New Delhi for the third India-Africa Summit in October 2015.
Benin’s current President Patrice Talon visited India to Attend annual Meeting of African Development Bank (ADB) held in Ahmedabad in May 2017.
June 8, 2019
External Affairs Minister of India, S Jaishankar reached Bhutan on June 7 on a two-day visit.
This is his first overseas trip after assuming charge of the Foreign ministry.
During his visit, the two countries discuss the entire gamut of bilateral relations, including the upcoming high-level exchanges, economic development and hydro-power cooperation.
Currency: Bhutanese Ngultrum
King of Bhutan: Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck
Prime Minister: Lotay Tshering
April 15, 2019
President Ram Nath Kovind remembered Marshal of the Air Force Arjan Singh on his birth centenary.
The Chief of the Indian Air Force during the 1965 war, World War II hero, post-retirement diplomat, the first Air Force officer to wear five stars, Marshal Arjan Singh remains an Indian legend.
President KR Narayanan had conferred the five-star rank on Marshal of the Air Force Arjan Singh in January 2002.
About President Ram Nath Kovind
Born: 1 October 1945 (age 73 years), Paraukh
Height: 1.73 m
Party: Bharatiya Janata Party
Spouse: Savita Kovind (m. 1974)
Office: President of India since 2017
April 10, 2019
Prime Minister Narendra Modi personally called Maldives President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih to congratulate him on his party’s exceptionally strong performance in the Maldives Majlis elections of 2019, in which the Maldives’ Democratic Party secured 65 of 87 seats, and won a landslide supermajority in parliament.
He further conveyed his full confidence that the Maldives Government can deliver on their promises towards the Maldivian people in the upcoming five years, and that the Indian Government will always stand ready to be of assistance to the Maldives.
April 9, 2019
Vice President Venkaiah Naidu conferred President’s Certificate of Honour and Maharshi Badrayan Vyas Samman Awards at New Delhi.
The award of the Certificate of Honour was introduced in the year 1958 to honour the scholars of Sanskrit, Arabic and Persian Languages.
Maharshi Badrayan Vyas Samman Distinction is conferred on persons in recognition of their substantial contribution in the field of Sanskrit, Persian, Arabic, Pali, Prakrit, Classical Odiya, Classical Kannada, Classical Telugu and Classical Malayalam.
March 25, 2019
President Ram Nath Kovind administered the oath of office to Justice Pinaki Chandra Ghose as the country’s first Lokpal.
The oath was administered at a ceremony held at Rashtrapati Bhavan.
Justice Ghose, a former Supreme Court judge, was named the country’s first Lokpal, the anti-corruption ombudsman.
March 25, 2019
Former Chief Election Commissioner of India Navin Chawla’s book ‘Every Vote Counts’ was launched by former Vice President of India, Hamid Ansari in New Delhi.
This book is about how the electoral machinery works in India.
The book explains about India is on the cusp of change, and with its parliamentary elections coming up.
About Navin Chawla
Navin Chawla (born 30 July 1945, New Delhi) is a well known and recognized Indian bureaucrat (1969-2005)
He is an occupant of one of India’s most prestigious constitutional offices as Election Commissioner (2005-2009)
He is an officer of the 1969 batch of the Indian Administrative Service .
He was appointed as Election Commissioner in 2005 to fill the vacancy caused by the elevation of BB Tandon as Chief Election Commissioner.
He served as Election Commissioner from 16 May 2005 to 20th April 2009, and took over as Chief Election Commissioner on 21st April 2009 upto 30 July 2010.
March 20, 2019
Prime Minister Narendra Modi will address over 25 lakh Chowkidars through audio bridge medium on Wednesday and share the colours of Holi with them.
The Party's media head and Rajya Sabha MP Anil Baluni this is a part of a series of initiatives under the 'Main Bhi Chowkidaar' outreach programme.
March 16, 2019
President of India Ram Nath Kovind inaugurated the Festival of Innovation and Entrepreneurship (FINE) in Gandhinagar, Gujarat. 10th Biennial National Grassroots Innovation awards were also distributed by the President on the occasion.
The event will provide a platform to the innovators for building the linkages with potential stakeholders whose support can improve the prospects in the coming years for the betterment of the society.
FINE is a unique initiative of the Office of the President of India to recognize, respect and reward grassroots innovations and foster a supportive ecosystem.
President Kovind awards National Grassroots Innovators. For innovations in new varieties of agriculture crops, Prakash Singh Raghuvanshi from Uttar Pradesh has been awarded lifetime achievement award.
First prize in Veterinary, Herbal medication for coccidiosis was presented to Periyasami Ramasami of Salem, Tamil Nadu.
♦ Capital – Gandhinagar
♦ CM- Vijay Rupani
♦ Governor – Om Prakash Kohli
March 12, 2019
Saudi Arabia's state minister for Foreign Affairs Adel bin Ahmed Al-Jubeir met PM Narendra Modi in Delhi.
Jubeir's visit to India comes days after his trip to Pakistan's Islamabad.
Saudi minister's visit comes after Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman's stand-alone visits to India and Pakistan soon after the Pulwama terror attack.
About Saudi Arabia:
♦ Capital: Riyadh
♦ Currency: Saudi riyal
♦ King: Mohammed bin Salman
March 5, 2019
President Ram Nath Kovind has given his approval for an Ordinance which allows voluntary use of Aadhaar as ID proof for opening bank accounts and obtaining mobile SIM.
Rajya Sabha could not approve the Bill even though Lok Sabha has given its assent. In such a situation an ordinance is necessary as per the law.
The cabinet has approved it with effect to an Ordinance to give changes proposed in Aadhaar and two other legislation.
The amendment includes stiff penalties for violation of norms which are set for the use of Aadhaar and violation of privacy.
The amendment also stated that anyone not offering Aadhaar cannot be denied any service.
About the Unique Identification Authority of India
♦ Chairman – J Satyanarayana
♦ CEO – Ajay Bhushan Pandey
February 27, 2019
President Ram Nath Kovind conferred Gandhi Peace Prize for 2015, 16, 17 and 18 at a function in Rashtrapati Bhavan, New Delhi.
The awards that were facilitated at the occasion
1. For 2015: Vivekananda Kendra, Kanyakumari for its contribution in Rural Development, Education and Development of natural resources.
2. For 2016: Jointly to Akshaya Patra Foundation for its contribution in providing mid-day meals to millions of children across India and Sulabh International for its contribution in improving the condition of sanitation in India and emancipation of manual scavengers.
3. For 2017: Ekal Abhiyan Trust for its contribution in providing Education for Rural and Tribal Children in remote areas pan India, Rural Empowerment, Gender, and Social Equality.
4. For 2018: Japan’s Yohei Sasakawa for his contribution in Leprosy Eradication in India and across the world.
February 20, 2019
Trade and investment, defence and security, including counterterrorism, and renewable energy will be discussed during the crown prince's meeting with Modi.
The two sides are also expected to discuss oil giant Saudi Aramco's investment in refineries in India, including the company's stalled project to build a $44bn facility on the western coast of India.
Saudi Arabia is India's fourth-largest trading partner, with bilateral trade worth $28bn.
Riyadh is also the top source of India's energy supplies, supplying 20 percent of its crude.
February 19, 2019
India and Argentina exchanged 10 Memoranda of Understanding (MoU) and agreements during the Argentine President Mauricio Macri's ongoing three-day visit to India from February 17 to 19.
Argentina’s first lady Juliana Awada also accompanying Mr. Macri.
MoUs on Defence Cooperation, tourism, pharmaceuticals, Antarctic cooperation, civil nuclear was signed.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Argentine President Macri met for the fifth time on February 18, after their last meeting on the sidelines of the G20 summit held in Argentina in December 2018.
The trade between the two sides stands at around USD 3 billion.
President: Mauricio Macri
Capital: Buenos Aires
Currency: Argentine peso
February 18, 2019
Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman has signed investment agreements worth $20 billion during his visit to Pakistan.
The crown prince arrived in Pakistan earlier on February 17, 2019 on the first stop of a trip to South Asia and China.
About Saudi Arabia:
♦ Capital: Riyadh
♦ Currency: Saudi riyal
♦ Crown Prince: Mohammed bin Salman
♦ Official language: Arabic
February 16, 2019
PM Modi will hold delegation-level talks with the South Korean President Moon Jae-in and also be conferred with the Seoul Peace Prize.
He will unveil a bust of Mahatma Gandhi at the Seoul campus of a South Korean university.
Meanwhile, Argentinian President Mauricio Macri will begin his visit to India on February 17 when he will visit Agra.
About South Korea:
Currency: South Korean won
President: Moon Jae-in
February 4, 2019
The second phase of Pasupu-Kumkuma (Turmeric-Kumkum) scheme and welfare pensions was launched by Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh, Shri Chandrababu Naidu.
Around 94 Lakh DWCRA (Development of Women and Children in Rural Areas) women will be given Rs 10000 in three installments under the Pasupu-Kumkuma scheme.
Under the scheme, Rs 2500 will be given on 1st February 2019, Rs 3500 will be given 8th March and Rs 4000 will be given on 5th April.
54 Lakh pensions will be given to different categories of people each month and it will cost a monthly expenditure of Rs 1100 crore. The Annual Expenditure will be around Rs 13200 crore.
Pensions of senior citizens, widows, handloom workers, fisherman, toddy tappers, single women, dappu artists, cobblers and AIDS patients will increase from Rs 1500 to Rs 3000.
February 3, 2019
Prime Minister Narendra Modi take on the financial estimates for New India is considering three options for a relief package to help farmers suffering because of low crop prices at a cost of as much as Rs. 3 lakh crore, according to three government sources.
The possibilities are a direct payment to all landowning farmers, compensation for those who sold produce below government prices, and a loan-waiver programme.
The government is keen to find a way to get money to farmers as quickly and simply as possible so that they can feel the benefits before the election.
January 26, 2019
President Ram Nath Kovind will address the nation today on the eve of the 70th Republic Day.
The address will be broadcast from 7 PM on the entire national network of All India Radio and telecast over all channels of Doordarshan in Hindi followed by the English version.
AIR will broadcast regional language versions from 9:30 PM onwards on its respective regional networks.
January 26, 2019
Sahitya Akademi award winning Bengali writer Atin Bandyopadhyay passed away of brain stroke. Bandyopadhyay, who was 85 was born in Dhaka in then undivided Bengal and had taken up various jobs as a sailor, school teacher, factory manager, journalist to finally became a writer.
Winner of 2001 Sahitya Akademi award for his compilation of short stories Panchayati Galpo, Bandyopadhyay had also penned popular fiction pieces like Nilkantha Pakhir Khonje, Aloukik Jaljaan, Nil Timi, Ekti Jaler Rekha in his illustrious career spanning over decades.
January 24, 2019
Shri Ram Nath Kovind, the President of India, presented the Pradhan Mantri Rashtriya Bal Puraskar 2019 at Rashtrapati Bhavan in New Delhi.
The awards were presented in the presence of Smt Maneka Sanjay Gandhi, Union Minister for Women and Child Development and other dignitaries.
The Awards were given in two categories- Bal Shakti Puraskar (erstwhile known as National Child Award) for which 26 children were shortlisted and Bal Kalyan Puraskar (erstwhile known as National Child Welfare Award) for which 2 individuals and 3 institutions were awarded.
The Bal Shakti Puraskar award which is given in the field of Innovation, Social Service, Scholastic, Sports, Art & Culture and Bravery carries a cash prize of Rs. one lakh, book vouchers worth Rs. ten thousand, a certificate and a citation.
The Bal Kalyan Puraskar which is given in the category of individual and institution consists of a cash prize of Rs. one lakh, a medal, a citation and a certificate for individual and consists of a cash prize of Rs. five lakh for the institution.
January 18, 2019
President Ram Nath Kovind approved the elevation of Justice Sanjiv Khanna and Justice Dinesh Maheshwari to the Supreme Court.
Justice Khanna is presently a judge of the Delhi High Court.
Justice Maheshwari is the Chief Justice of the Karnataka High Court.
The elevation was done under the recommendations of the Supreme Court collegium headed by Chief Justice of India Justice Ranjan Gogoi.
January 8, 2019
During the visit, Ms Erna Solberg hold talks with Prime Minister Narendra Modi. She will also call on President Ram Nath Kovind and Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu.
She delivers the Inaugural address at the Raisina Dialogue and will address India-Norway Business Summit.
Several agreements will be signed after the talks including one on facilitating dialogue to boost bilateral trade which currently stands at 1.2 billion dollars.
January 1, 2019
This was Prime Minister Dr. Lotay Tshering’s first overseas visit after assuming the office in November 2018.
This was also the Golden Jubilee year of the establishment of formal diplomatic relations between India and Bhutan.
Mr Modi and Dr. Tshering reiterated their commitment to jointly develop 10,000 MWs of hydropower generating capacity in Bhutan and in this regard discussed the Sankosh Hydropower Project.
Prime Minister Modi had announced a 4,500 crore rupees financial assistance to Bhutan for its 12th five-year plan.
India will give a transitional Trade Support Facility of 400 crore rupees to Bhutan over a period of five years to strengthen bilateral trade and economic linkages.
December 18, 2018
External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj and Foreign Affairs Minister of Denmark Anders Samuelsen on December 17 co-chaired the 2nd session of Joint Commission Meeting in New Delhi.
Both the leaders took stock of the ties and identified cooperation in renewable energy, agriculture, food processing, shipping, Smart Cities, digitization and culture.
Mr Samuelson last visited India in November 2017 to participate at the Global Entrepreneurship Summit.
December 5, 2018
During the visit, the President will visit Nay Pyi Taw and Yangon and will interact with his host, President U Win Myint and State Counsellor Daw Aung San Suu Kyi.
Several agreements are expected to be signed during the visit.
December 4, 2018
India & UAE for the first time will sign a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to set up projects in third countries beginning with Ethiopia during Foreign Minister Sushma Swaraj's ongoing visit to the Gulf country.
This will be India's second third-country project in Africa after Delhi and Tokyo during their October annual summit decided to set up a hospital in Kenya.
External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj will also inaugurate a Gandhi-Zayed Digital Museum in Abu Dhabi to mark the celebrations of 150 years of Mahatma Gandhi’s birth and centenary celebrations of the birth of Shaikh Zayed, founder of the modern UAE.
November 20, 2018
Goods and Services Tax, GST made India, a country of 1.3 billion people, into One Nation, One Tax, and One Market for the first time in its history.
He was addressing the Vietnam India business forum and Indian Community at Hanoi in Vietnam on Monday.
The President urged Vietnamese and Indian businesses to partner each other for trade and investment, and technology collaboration.
November 19, 2018
On the first leg of his two-nation tour, Kovind visit Vietnam from 18-20 November 2018 on the invitation of Mr. Nguyen Phu Trong, President of the Socialist Republic of Vietnam.
In Hanoi, President will address the Indian community and the Vietnam-India Business Forum. India and Vietnam have robust trade and economic relations with bilateral trade of US$ 12.8 billion in 2017-18.
The President's second leg of the visit will be in Australia from November 21 to 24. This is the first visit by an Indian President to Australia.
He will unveil a statue of Mahatma Gandhi in Parramatta, a prominent suburb of Sydney, in the state of New South Wales.