8 June 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
15 April 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
10 April 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.
9 April 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.
25 March 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.
25 March 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.
20 March 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.
16 March 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
12 March 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
5 March 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
27 February 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.
20 February 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.
19 February 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
18 February 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
16 February 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
4 February 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.
3 February 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.
26 January 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.
26 January 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.
24 January 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.
18 January 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.
8 January 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.
1 January 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.
18 December 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.
5 December 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.
4 December 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.
20 November 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.
19 November 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.
11 November 2018
The newly constructed Multi-Modal Terminal on River Ganga to the nation.
This is built as part of the Government’s Jal Marg Vikas project that aims at developing the stretch of River Ganga between Varanasi to Haldia for navigation of large vessels.
The Prime Minister will also receive India’s first container vessel that sailed from Kolkata on 30th of last month.
5 November 2018
India announced that it would extend a $310 million loan to Zimbabwe to finance a rehabilitation project for a thermal power plant that would entail upgrading the station and extending its lifespan.
A fund of $2.9 million will also be extended to upgrade the Indo-Zim Technology Centre, which India had gifted to the African country.
3 November 2018
President Ram Nath Kovind will visit Uttarakhand on Saturday and address the first convocation of the AIIMS, Rishikesh.
He will also inaugurate the first Gyan Kumbh.
1 November 2018
He will inaugurate the 13th Annual Global Expo Botswana 2018.
He will also inaugurate the Jaipur Foot Camp in Malawi to mark the 150th Anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi.
♦ President: Mokgweetsi Masisi
♦ Capital: Gaborone
♦ Currency: Botswana pula
♦ President: Emmerson Mnangagwa
♦ Capital: Harare
♦ President: Peter Mutharika
♦ Capital: Lilongwe
♦ Currency: Malawian kwacha
26 October 2018
President of India Ram Nath Kovind inaugurated the International Arya Mahasammelan 2018 in Delhi.
24 October 2018
The award has been institutionalized in the name of Lal Bahadur Shastri, the 2nd Prime Minister of India and a senior leader of the Indian National Congress political party.
About Vice President Venkaiah Naidu
Muppavarapu Venkaiah Naidu is an Indian politician and the current Vice-President of India, in office since 11 August 2017. He served as the Minister of Housing and Urban Poverty Alleviation, Urban Development and Information and Broadcasting in the Modi Cabinet.
A prominent leader of the Bharatiya Janata Party, he also served as its national president from 2002 to 2004.
23 October 2018
The conference was organized by the Bhagwan Rishabhdev Murti Nirman Samiti.
The President presented the 1st international “Bhagwan Rishabhdev Award” to the Teerthanker Mahaveer University of Moradabad in Uttar Pradesh.
The award consisted of a cash prize of Rs. 11 lakh, a memento, and a citation.
It was received by the chancellor of Teerthanker Mahaveer University Suresh Jain.
22 October 2018
It has been built in recognition of the supreme sacrifice made by police personnel since independence.
Since Independence of the country, 34,844 police personnel have been martyred, with 424 losing their lives this year.
The memorial has been erected on 6.12 acres of land in Chanakyapuri, at the northern end of Shanti Path.
14 October 2018
Vice President M. Venkaiah Naidu will visit Allahabad to inaugurate the newly built annex of the High Court Building. After this programme.
He will inaugurate the Twenty Year celebrations of the Indian Institute of Information Technology popularly known as Triple IT Allahabad.
14 October 2018
Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurated the National Human Rights Commission's (NHRC) 25th anniversary an important role to play in government’s efforts to achieve sustainable development goals.
11 October 2018
President Ram Nath Kovind inaugurated the 29th Accountants General Conference at the Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) building, at Deen Dayal Upadhyay Marg, in New Delhi.
The theme of this year’s conference is: “Auditing and Accounting in a Digital Era”.
8 October 2018
He participated in the two-day event to explore investment opportunities in the hill state in 12 major sectors, including tourism and hospitality.
Dehradun is the capital of Uttarakhand.
Trivendra Singh Rawat is Chief Minister of Uttarakhand.
Baby Rani Maurya is Governor of Uttarakhand.
1 October 2018
Shri Narendra Modi inaugurated the state-of-the-art chocolate plant of Amul dairy set up with an investment of about 190 crore rupees at Mogar village in Anand district of Gujarat.
He inaugurated a take-home ration plant of 600 tonnes per day and a ready-to-use therapeutic food plant with a monthly capacity of 600 tonnes along with the incubation centre cum centre of excellence in food processing for promoting entrepreneurs and startup.
29 September 2018
To encourage practice of ayurveda, India has set up an 'Ayush Information Cell' at its embassy premises in Romania to create awareness about the traditional Indian system of medicine.
The cell was digitally inaugurated by Vice President Venkaiah Naidu during his visit to Romania earlier this month.
27 September 2018
The main of the expo is to have discussions among different experts and groups to utilize benefits of new technology, town planning, capacity management, challenges before socio-economic development and development of networking in the Smart City sector.
Near about 6000 delegates from MNC's of different countries, researchers, CEOs of different Smart cities, Mayors and corporates are participating in the expo.
25 September 2018
The main aim is to verify India’s diversity and multiculturalism.
About Dakshina Bharat Hindi Prachar Sabha:
♦ It is an organization whose main goal is to improve Hindi literacy among the non-Hindi speaking people of South India.
♦ Headquarters: Chennai.
♦ Founder: M. K. Gandhi and Annie Besant.
♦ Founded: 1918.
21 September 2018
The estimated cost of the project is: Rs 25,703 crore.
It will have an area of 221.37 acre and will be constructed in 2 phases.
It will be used for offering setting for international and national events, meetings, conferences, exhibitions and trade shows.
15 September 2018
Vice president Venkaiah Naidu embarked on a 7- day tour to three central European countries, Serbia, Malta and Romania from September 14 to 20.
Serbia has an unconditional and open visa policy for India.
Malta actively cooperated in evacuation of Indians from Libya in 2011 and 2014.
♦ President - Aleksandar Vučić;
♦ Prime Minister - Ana Brnabić;
♦ Capital - Belgrade;
♦ Currency - Dinar.
♦ President - Marie-Louise Coleiro Preca;
♦ Prime Minister - Joseph Muscat;
♦ Capital - Valletta;
♦ Currency - Euro.
♦ President - Klaus Iohannis;
♦ Prime Minister - Viorica Dăncilă;
♦ Capital - Bucharest;
♦ Currency - Leu.
14 September 2018
The mission, which also celebrates the fourth anniversary of the Swachh Bharat Mission will take place across the length and breadth of the country and will continue till Mahatma Gandhi's 150th birth anniversary on October 2.
The initiative will see people from all walks of life taking part in various cleanliness drives across the length and breadth of the country.
11 September 2018
External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj will embark on a two-day visit to Russia. She will co-chair the 23rd India-Russia Inter-Governmental Commission on Technical & Economic Cooperation (IRIGC-TEC) with Yuri Borisov, Deputy Prime Minister of the Russia.
She will also discuss Russian President Vladimir Putin's upcoming visit to India to attend the India-Russia Annual Summit later this year.
10 September 2018
The call center functioning 24×7 in collaboration with Medi assistant is sharing info in English and Hindi initially and 9 more regional languages to be added later.
The executives are working in 7 different shifts and one more such call center functioning in Hyderabad.
9 September 2018
The 21st century is being called the Asian century and India will certainly have an important role in it.
The Czech Prime Minister Andrej Babis will call on President Ram Nath Kovind.