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Shatrughan Sinha wins award in U.K

Actor-politician Shatrughan Sinha has been honoured with a lifetime achievement award for his contribution to the fields of arts and politics, at a ceremony in the U.K.’s Parliament complex here.

The annual ‘Political and Public Life Awards’ are given by Britain’s Asian Voiceweekly newspaper.


American College signs MoU with St. Claire’s College in Canada

The American College here has entered into an Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with St. Claire’s College in Canada, which will enable the students of the college to study in the Canadian institution.

According to a statement issued by the college, the collaboration will be for two programmes of The American College – Business Administration and Computer System Programme – for which the curriculums are almost the same for similar programmes in St. Claire’s College.


Two-day theatre festival ‘Amararangotsava’ will begin  at Keshavakalpa Auditorium.

The two-day theatre festival ‘Amararangotsava’ will begin on Sunday at Keshavakalpa Auditorium, Link Road, Malleswaram. Kannada plays directed by H.N. Anandamurthy ‘Pudari’ and ‘Varabrashta’ will be staged on Sunday and Monday. Entry is free.


‘Naada Shri’ title on renowned mridangam master T.A.S. Mani.

Bangalore Gayana Samaja will confer the ‘Naada Shri’ title on renowned mridangam master T.A.S. Mani. The lifetime achievement award which carries a purse of Rs. 50,000 and a citation.

It will be presented to Mr. Mani on March 11 at the ‘Vaadya Vybhava Instrumental Festival’ to be held in Bengaluru.


RailYatri acquires Kochi-based start-up

Kochi-based food-delivery technology start-up YatraChef has been acquired by RailYatri.

The YatraChef team will now manage the pan-India supply side of Noida-based RailYatri, the country’s leading long-distance travel app, in transit delivery business.

Arun Rajan, Rameez Ashraf, and Suchithra Sumadevi launched YatraChef in October 2013, enabling commuters to order food through the website or with the help of the company’s multilingual call centre and chat support.


Rs. 228-crore projects for Alappuzha under AMRUT

Development projects worth Rs. 228 crore will be implemented under the Atal Mission for Rejuvenation and Urban Transformation (AMRUT) in Alappuzha municipality.

A drinking water project will be implemented at a cost of Rs. 128 crore.


Assam govt. extends AFSPA by six months

The Assam government on Saturday announced extension of the Armed Forces (Special Powers) Act by another six months in the Sate.

According to a statement, the Home and Political Department of Assam, through a notification issued on February 28, declared the entire State a “disturbed area” under the Armed Forces (Special Powers) Act, 1958.


Litterateur Prafulla Das passed away

Litterateur Prafulla Das passed away on Saturday at his residence at Rajkanika in Kendrapara district.

He was 91. Mr. Das was a bachelor and was suffering from old age related ailments. He was a recipient of the prestigious “Sarala Award” for his achievement in the literary field.

‘Banhimana’, the biography of freedom fighter Malati Chaudhury, brought him the Sarala Award in 2014.


List of MoUs/Agreements signed during the State visit of President of Vietnam to India.

S. No. MoU/Work Plan and Purpose of MoU Indian Side Vietnamese Side
1 MoU on Economic and Trade Cooperation.

The purpose of the MoU is to establish a framework for enhancing economic and trade promotion.

Smt. Sushma Swaraj, Hon’ble External Affairs Minister H.E. Mr Tran Tuan Anh, Minister, Ministry of Industry and Trade
2 Work Plan for the years 2018-2022 between the Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR) and Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development of Vietnam.

The purpose of this Work Plan is to promote cooperation in transfer of technology and exchange of visits of technical experts in the fields of agriculture and allied

Smt. Sushma Swaraj, Hon’ble External Affairs Minister H.E. Mr Nguyen Xuan Cuong,


Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development

3 MoU on Cooperation between the Global Centre for Nuclear Energy Partnership, India (GCNEP) and the Vietnam Atomic Energy Institute (VINATOM).

The purpose of the MoU is to strengthen the technical cooperation in the field of atomic energy for peaceful purposes.

Shri Sekhar Basu, Secretary,
Department of Atomic Energy
H E Mr. Dang Dinh Quy, Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs



Dr Jitendra Singh attended the social media launch of “Namaste Shalom”, a magazine on India-Israel relations

The Union Minister of State (Independent Charge) of the Ministry of Development of North Eastern Region (DoNER), MoS PMO, Personnel, Public Grievances & Pensions, Atomic Energy and Space, Dr Jitendra Singh launched the social media of “Namaste Shalom”, a magazine devoted to India-Israel relations, here yesterday. The festive occasion of Holi coincided with the Jewish festival of Purim. The magazine is edited by former MP Shri Tarun Vijay. Israeli Ambassador to India, Mr. Daniel Carmon and other dignitaries were also present.


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