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India and Denmark sign MoU in the field of sustainable and smart urban development

Indian and Denmark signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) in the field of Sustainable and Smart Urban Development. The MoU will create employment in the areas of integrated solid waste management including waste to energy, sustainable transport systems, water and sanitation management, energy efficiency, resource mobilization. The objective of this MoU is to promote bilateral cooperation in the field of sustainable and smart urban development on the basis of reciprocity and mutual benefit through the exchange of knowledge, institutional cooperation, research and development and commercial relations on related issues. Areas of cooperation include smart urban solutions, liveability, sustainable and integrated urban planning, re-development and land use, integrated solid waste management including waste to energy, sustainable transport systems, water and sanitation management, energy efficiency, resource mobilization and other related areas mutually agreed upon.

Business First Portal launched to ease out business in Punjab

In a major step to give a big push towards the ease of doing business in the state, the Punjab government launched a “Business First Portal”. After launching a “Business First Portal”, Punjab Industry Minister Sunder Sham Arora while addressing the industrialists said that online Portal would facilitate the industrialists for Regulatory Clearances and Fiscal Approvals, real-time tracking of applications at a common platform. The visionary and dynamic leadership of chief minister Captain Amarinder Singh the Punjab government has decided to accelerate economic growth by providing liberal incentives to the entrepreneurs under new Industrial Policy, which would be implemented soon. Minister Arora also said that the governments have taken path breaking initiatives like District level approvals for a micro-industry by the committee under deputy commissioner up to Rs. 10 crores. The Minister also noted that the state government was committed to ensuring 100% VAT refund to industrialists by the end of this year.

President Ram Nath Kovind distributes LPG connections to 20 beneficiaries under PMUY at Raj Bhavan in Agartala

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.

EAM Sushma Swaraj marks 125 years of Mahatma Gandhis Satyagraha and 25 years diplomatic relations

External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj lauded the two countries for their immense support to solidify the relations. External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj also undertook a train journey from Pentrich to Pietermaritzburg, a railway station in South Africa where the young Mahatma Gandhi was thrown out of a “whites-only” compartment 125 years ago, an incident that acted as a catalyst for him to practice Satyagraha. To practice, this belief of ‘Vasudeva kudumbakam’ (the world is one family) we need to keep reminding us that truth and non-violence is the way, Swaraj in her address at the event. Swaraj also inaugurated The Mahatma Gandhi Digital Museum consisting of interactive screens, videos, audio commentary on the infamous incident. To mark the 125th anniversary of the incident, she released a coffee table book titled The Birth of Satyagraha.

CBI books National Defence Academy principal over allegations of irregularities in teachers’ appointment

Unfolding the hidden mysteries, the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) lodged an FIR against the serving officials of National Defense Academy. The FIR has been lodged against the principal and professors of NDA and UPSC officials over alleged irregularities during the selection of senior faculty members in NDA. The CBI mentioned that the officials had produced forged and false certificates indicating their service, teaching experience, and exaggerated Academic Performance Indicator (API) score. According to the FIR, some of the professors entered into criminal conspiracy with unknown officials of UPSC Headquarters Integrated Defence Staff and in pursuance got selected and appointed in different posts of teaching faculty in NDA without possessing mandatory teaching/research experience. The initial inquiry by CBI revealed that the faculty members of NDA are appointed by Ministry of Defence on recommendations made by the UPSC. According to the process of selection, UPSC conducts preliminary scrutiny of the applications received and shortlists the candidates on the basis of their experience and API score.

Around 3.07 lakh Gramin Dak Sevaks to be benefitted by the wage revision

The Union Cabinet chaired by Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi approved the revision in the wage structure and allowances of Gramin Dak Sevaks (GDS) of the Department of Posts. The revision in the wage structure would entail an estimated expenditure of Rs 1257.75 crore (Non-recurring expenditure – Rs 860.95 crore and Recurring expenditure of Rs.396.80 crore) during 2018-19. The Time-Related Continuity Allowance (TRCA) structure and slabs have been rationalized. The total GDSs have been brought under two categories viz. Branch Postmasters (BPMs) and other than Branch Postmasters namely Assistant Branch Postmaster (ABPMs). The present 11 TRCA slabs will be merged into only three TRCA Slabs with two levels each for BPMs and other than BPMs. Introduction of new Time Related Continuity Allowance (TRCA) will be as below: Revision in the wage structure and allowances of Gramin Dak Sevaks (GDS) of the Department of Posts has been nodded which will benefit 3.07 lakh Gramin Dak Sevaks.

Nepal’s Chief Of Army Staff On Six-Day Visit To India

Nepal’s Chief of the Army Staff (COAS) General Rajendra Chhetri is on a six-day visit to India. He is visiting India at the invitation of COAS General Bipin Rawat. General Chhetri will attend the Officer Cadet’s ‘Passing Out Parade’ as Chief Reviewing officer at Indian Military Academy in Dehradun. During his visit, General Chhetri will call on Defense Minister Nirmala Sitharaman and meet National Security Advisor Ajit Doval, Air Force and Navy chiefs and other senior officers.

Virat Kohli To Get Cricketer Of The Year Award At BCCI Annual Gala

India captain Virat Kohli’s phenomenal batting form has fetched him the BCCI’s best cricketer award for two seasons, while World Cup stars Harmanpreet Kaur and Smriti Mandhana were chosen for the women’s equivalent of the honor, the Board announced. Following his phenomenal show in the past two seasons, Team India captain Virat Kohli will be presented with the prestigious Polly Umrigar Award for the best international cricketer (2016-17 and 2017-18) at the BCCI Awards to be held in Bengaluru on 12th June 2018.

EFC extends timeline of Dam Rehabilitation & Improvement Project to 2020

The Expenditure Finance Committee (EFC) on June 7, 2018, approved the revised cost estimate of the Dam Rehabilitation & Improvement Project (DRIP) for Rs 3466 crore and extended time period for the conclusion of the project till June 2020 The approval came during a meeting of the EFC under the Chairpersonship of Secretary, Department of Expenditure that was held to consider the proposal of Union Ministry of Water Resources, River Development and Ganga Rejuvenation for a revised cost estimate of the DRIP. The meeting was attended by officials of Ministry of Power, Ministry of Agriculture and Farmers Welfare, NITI Ayog and Ministry of Environment.

West Bengal Govt Decides To Invest Rs 107 Cr To Check Riverbank Erosion

The West Bengal Government decided to invest 107 crore rupees to check erosion at vulnerable areas along the banks of the Ganga and the Padma. A stretch of 15 kilometers will be concretized, to prevent erosion. The work will be completed by March next year. It will protect hundreds of homes and the river bank close to outposts of the Border Security Force on the Indo-Bangladesh border from being washed away by the strong currents.

 

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