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Atal Innovation Mission, NITI Aayog & MyGov launches “Innovate India Platform”

Shri. R Ramanan, Mission Director, Atal Innovation Mission and Shri.Arvind Gupta CEO, MyGov today launched the “#InnovateIndia Platform”, a collaboration between the Atal Innovation Mission and MyGov, a citizen centric platform of the Government of India. The #InnovateIndia portal will serve as the common point for all the innovation happening across the nation.

Rs. 448362 lakh released for Pre and Post Matric Scholarship for ST students from 2015-16 to 2017-18

During 2015-16, 2016-17 and 2017-18 a total of Rs 448362 lakh was released for Pre and Post-Matric Scholarship Schemes for Scheduled Tribe students of which Rs. 406464.23 lakh has been utilized.  For Pre Matric Scholarship Schemes for Scheduled Tribe students, Rs 60693.62 lakh was released during the above period of which Rs. 57312.24 lakh has been utilized while for Post Matric Scholarship Schemes, Rs387668.7 lakh was released of which Rs. 349151.99 lakh was utilized.

National Monitoring Committee has been set up to look into issues related to displacement, compensation, payment and resettlement including those of tribal persons

The Department of Land Resources in the Ministry of Rural Development is the nodal agency for matters relating to land acquisition. Acquisition of land for various projects is done by concerned State Governments/ UT Administrations as per provisions laid down in the Land Rehabilitation Act, 1894 as well as under the Right to Fair Compensation and Transparency in Land Acquisition, Rehabilitation and Resettlement Act, 2013 (RFCTLARR Act, 2013). Further, the Ministry of Water Resources, River Development and Ganga Rejuvenation is the nodal Ministry for implementing irrigation and Water Resources Projects in the country. Representations have been received during the last 60 days in connection with the displacement of people due to Polavaram Dam, Andhra Pradesh.

6th India-UK Science & Innovation Council (SIC) Meeting held in New Delhi

The 6th India-UK Science & Innovation Council (SIC) meeting held in New Delhi today discussed a range of issues on S&T cooperation between the two countries .Dr. Harsh Vardhan, Minister of Science & Technology, Earth Sciences & Environment, Forests and Climate Change, India and Mr. Sam Gyimah, Minister for Universities, Science, Research and Innovation, UK led the Indian and UK delegations respectively.

1000 Cr. Grant will be given only to Public Institutions under Institutes of Eminence tag- Shri Prakash Javadekar

While replying to a starred question in Rajya Sabha today, Union Minister for HRD shri Prakash Javadekar said that the University Grants Commission (UGC) issued / notified the UGC (Declaration of Government Educational Institutions as Institutions of Eminence) Guidelines, 2017 for public institutions and UGC (Institutions of Eminence Deemed to be Universities) Regulations, 2017 for private institutions for setting up / upgrading of 20 institutions (10 from public sector & 10 from private sector) as world class teaching and research institutions called as ‘Institutions of Eminence’ (IoEs).  The Regulations inter-alia provide for Greenfield category too.

Accordingly, applications were invited through UGC’s notification dated 13th September, 2017 from existing Government Institutions and existing Private Institution along with from Sponsoring Organizations which intends to set up new Institutions of Eminence Deemed to be University. In this regard, 114 applications – 74 from public sector and 40 from private sector, including 11 applications in the Greenfield projects have been received.  

DoT approved the merging of Vodafone and Idea

The Department of Telecommunications (DoT) approved the merging of Vodafone India and Idea Cellular. It also laid a condition saying the merged entity should abide by the decisions of Telecom Disputes Settlement and Appellate Tribunal (TDSAT) and other courts. This merger makes Vodafone Idea Limited, the largest carrier in India by 430 million subscribers and a 35% revenue market share.

Lok Sabha passed the Trafficking of Persons (Prevention, Protection and Rehabilitation) Bill, 2018

The Lok Sabha passed the Trafficking of Persons (Prevention, Protection and Rehabilitation) Bill, 2018. The Bill aimed at preventing human trafficking of women and children, providing rehabilitation to the victims and prosecuting offenders. The Bill was introduced in the House by the Women and Child Development Minister Maneka Gandhi. The Bill approves severe punishment of 10 years to life imprisonment for aggravated forms of trafficking. It also proposes establishing a National Anti-Trafficking Bureau (NATB) for coordinating, monitoring and surveillance of trafficking cases. It allocated Rs.10 crore for Relief and Rehabilitation Committee and Rehabilitation Fund.

Sixth India-UK Science & Innovation Council Meeting Held In New Delhi

The 6th India-UK Science & Innovation Council (SIC) meeting held in New Delhi discussed a range of issues on S&T cooperation between the two countries. Dr. Harsh Vardhan, Minister of Science & Technology, Earth Sciences & Environment, Forests and Climate Change, India and Mr. Sam Gyimah, Minister for Universities, Science, Research and Innovation, UK led the Indian and UK delegations respectively.

President and PM paid their homage to the martyrs on Kargil Vijay Diwas

On Kargil Vijay Diwas, President Ram Nath Kovind, Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu and Prime Minister Narendra Modi paid homage to the martyrs of Kargil. Defence minister Nirmala Sitharaman and Army chief General Bipin Rawat, Naval chief Admiral Sunil Lanba and Air Chief Marshal Birender Singh Dhanoa laid wreaths and paid rich tributes to the martyrs on the 19th anniversary of Kargil Vijay Diwas at the Amar Jawan Jyoti, New Delhi. 26th July marks the victory of Indian forces over Pakistan in the hills of Kargil. Kargil Vijay Diwas is named after the success of Operation Vijay in 1999. On that day every Indian acknowledges the efforts and gallantry of the Armed Forces.

India’s Bharat Vatwani, Sonam Wangchuk among 2018 Ramon Magsaysay award winners

Two Indians Bharat Vatwani, Sonam Wangchuk won 2018 Ramon Magsaysay Award, the Asian version of the Nobel Prize. Bharat Vatwani is a psychiatrist who works for the mentally-ill street persons. Sonam Wangchuk works to harness science and culture creatively for economic progress that has improved the lives of the Ladakhi youth. Vatwani and Wangchuk are among the six individuals who were declared as the winners of this year’s Ramon Magsaysay Award. Here is the complete list winners of the Ramon Magsaysay Award 2018: S.No Winners Countries 1 Bharat Vatwani India 2 Sonam Wangchuk India 3 Youk Chhang Cambodia 4 Maria de Lourdes Martins Cruz East Timor 5 Howard Dee Philippines 6 Vo Thi Hoang Yen Vietnam

Veteran Sports Journalist Swapan Sarkar passed away

Veteran sports journalist Swapan Sarkar passed away due to diabetic complications. He was 67 years old. He worked for a number of dailies and was also the Delhi sports correspondent of Ananda Bazaar Patrika (ABP) from mid-1990’s. He was a regular in the Delhi sports circuit having covered events like 1982 Asian Games, 2010 Commonwealth Games along with tournaments like Nehru Cup, Federation Cup, Durand Cup and DCM. He has covered events like Davis Cup, National Athletics meet. His last rites were performed at the Nigambodh Ghat.

Atal Innovation Mission, NITI Aayog & MyGov Launches ‘Innovate India Platform’

R Ramanan, Mission Director, Atal Innovation Mission and Arvind Gupta CEO, MyGov launched the “#InnovateIndia Platform”, a collaboration between the Atal Innovation Mission and MyGov, a citizen-centric platform of the Government of India. The portal will serve as the common point for all the innovation happening across the nation. The #InnovateIndia MyGov-AIM portal creates the innovations platform for registering both grassroots and deep-tech innovators at a national level. Those searching for a critical innovation can leverage the portal advantageously for the benefit of the economy as well as national social needs.

Venkaiah Naidu is appointed as the Chancellor of Pondicherry University

Vice-President M. Venkaiah Naidu is appointed as the Chancellor of Pondicherry Central University by the President, Ram Nath Kovind, in his capacity as Visitor of the university. The term of the Chancellor will be five years.

KTDC launches country’s first State-Run All-Woman Hotel

The hotel which is named as hostess launched by Kerala Tourism minister Kadakampally Surendran. A flagship project of the Kerala Tourism Development Corporation (KTDC). The hotel will come up within six months at the KTDC complex. India’s public sector hotel run entirely by women for women is claimed to be the first such in the country. The project was a ‘milestone initiative’ of KTDC, considering its purpose, security features and facilities of global standards at affordable rates.

Imran Khan, Chief of PTI, announced his victory in Pakistans Parliamentary election

In Pakistan’s Parliamentary election, Tehreek-e-Insaf party (PTI), maintained a commanding lead. PTI won by a majority of 104 seats and leading in 14 others. Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) won 58 seats and was leading in 4 constituencies and Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) won 37 seats and was leading in 6 constituencies. Pakistan’s election commission had some technical problem and this caused delay in announcing the result. But the PTI’s chief Imran Khan proclaimed his victory in an address to the nation. He also pledged to create an Islamic welfare state to provide education and employment for the poor. Pakistan’s National Assembly consists of 342 members among which 272 are directly elected whereas the rest 70 seats are selected later through proportional representation among parties with more than five per cent of the vote.

 

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