Make In India: Supercomputers to be manufactured under 3-phase project

New Delhi, Jul 23 (PTI): As part of the Modi government’s ‘Make in India’ initiative, supercomputers will be manufactured in India under a three-phase programme, officials said. In the initial two phases of the National Supercomputers Mission, the focus will be on designing and manufacturing subsystems such as high-speed...

Singapore defends its visa regime, says mindless to have open border without framework

New Delhi, July 23 (PTI): Singapore today sought to defend its visa regime, saying that one-third of its workforce is “already foreign” and it would be “mindless” to have open border without any policy framework to control the flow of people. The statement of Singapore Deputy Prime Minister Tharman...

Sushma Swaraj to hold talks with Iraqi External Affairs Minister on abducted Indians

New Delhi, July 23 (PTI): External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj will hold extensive talks with her Iraqi counterpart Ibrahim al-Jaafari tomorrow during which focus is expected to be on the issue of 39 Indians kidnapped by the ISIS three years back from Mosul city. Al-Jaafari’s visit from July 24...

Over 2 million enrolled in India’s quit tobacco programme in a year: World Health...

New Delhi, July 23 (PTI): The WHO has said more than 20 lakh people enrolled themselves in the first year of a quit- tobacco initiative of the Indian government and also advocated harnessing mobile technology for personalised advice. Considering the high interest in quitting among tobacco users, the government...

No new port near 100 km vicinity of major ports: Parliamentary panel

New Delhi, July 23 (PTI): Concerned about new ports eating into the profitability and business of India’s 12 major ports, a parliamentary panel has recommended that no new port be allowed in 100 km vicinity of top ports without a nod from the board. The recommendation assumes significance in...

For just Re 1, IRCTC to provide clean water, install 1,100 vending machines at...

New Delhi, July 23 (PTI): The Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Corporation (IRCTC) plans to install 1,100 water vending machines at 450 stations in 2017-2018 as part of its efforts to ensure clean drinking water at low cost in rail premises across the country. A glass of 300 ml...

Army decides to go big on indigenisation of critical spares

New Delhi, Jul 23 (PTI) With delays in import of critical equipment severely affecting its combat readiness, the Army has decided to fast-track indigenisation of key components and spares for battle tanks and other military systems. The Ordnance Factory Board, an umbrella body of 41 ordnance factories, has decided to...

India-Africa trade may touch $117 bn by 2020-21: Report

New Delhi, July 23 (PTI): India's trade with African countries is likely to touch $117 billion by 2020-21 on account of improved economic ties and strong business opportunities, according to a report. Indian exports to the African continent are expected to grow to $70 billion by 2021-22 from $24 billion...

Reserve Bank Of India To Lease Currency Verification Systems To Weed Out Fakes

NEW DELHI, July 23 (PTI): The Reserve Bank will hire 12 currency verification systems for six months to help it segregate fake ones from scrapped notes of Rs. 500/1000 denomination. The central bank is currently engaged in counting huge pile of old Rs. 500/1000 notes which were scrapped following demonetisation...

50 Million Litres Of Crude Stolen From India’s Largest Onshore Oilfield

NEW DELHI, July 23 (AFP): Police in Rajasthan have cracked a criminal syndicate accused of smuggling more than 50 million litres of crude oil inside water tankers from India's largest onshore oilfield, an official said. The theft at the Cairn India oilfield went undetected for nearly six years until police...

Centre Plans To End ‘No-Fail’ Policy For Students Between Classes 5 And 8

NEW DELHI, July 23 (PTI): The government will soon introduce a bill in Parliament to do away with the 'no-detention' policy for classes 5 to 8, Human Resource Development Minister Prakash Javadekar said in the Lok Sabha on Friday. He said the students of classes 5 to 8 who do...

Pakistan may face economic instability if reforms stop: IMF

New Delhi, Jul 22 (PTI): Pakistan's macroeconomic stability earned in the past three years could be undermined if the country fails to continue with its reforms, the IMF has warned, amid the political tension over the sensitive Panama Papers case. Resident Representative of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) to Pakistan...

Army Jawan Killed In Ceasefire Violation By Pak Army In Jammu and Kashmir’s Rajouri

JAMMU, Jul 22 (PTI): An Army jawan was killed in a ceasefire violation by the Pakistan army which opened fire today on Indian posts along the LoC in Rajouri district of Jammu and Kashmir. Eleven persons, including 9 soldiers, were killed and 18 people injured in 18 ceasefire violations by...

Rajasthan Water Scheme Brightens Prospects Of Bundi’s Aspiring Grooms

BUNDI, Jul 22 (PTI): A self-reliance water scheme has brought smiles on the faces of the people of the parched areas of this district but aspiring grooms seem to be the happiest. Youths from villages like Sisola, Balapura, Suwasda and Bheemganj were finding it difficult to get brides due to...

Indian Army to get MRSAM missiles capable of shooting down ballistic missiles, aircraft

New Delhi, Jul 21 (PTI): The Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) has signed a pact with the Army for developing a medium-range surface to air missile (MRSAM) which will be capable of shooting down ballistic missiles and aircraft. “The MoU heralds the commencement of development of MRSAM system...

5 soldiers killed this year in 251 ceasefire violations: Govt

New Delhi, Jul 21 (PTI): Five security personnel have been killed and 21 injured in 251 cases of ceasefire violations by Pakistan this year, the government informed the Lok Sabha today. In a written response to a question, Subhash Bhamre, Minister of State in the Defence Ministry, said five military...

29 IAF aircraft have crashed since last five years: Govt

New Delhi, Jul 21 (PTI): Twenty-nine aircraft of the Indian Air Force have crashed due to technical defects and human error over the last five years, the government said today. Subhash Bhamre, Minister of State in the Defence Ministry, said every aircraft accident in the IAF is investigated by a...

Rs 12,000 cr worth of digital transactions carried out: Govt

New Delhi, Jul 21 (PTI): There were around Rs 12,000 crore worth of digital transactions every year and the number of fraudulent transactions among these was low, government said in Rajya Sabha today. Minister for Electronics and Information Technology Ravi Shankar Prasad said for prepaid payments including e-wallets, Reserve Bank...

Swine flu: H1N1 virus kills 600 so far this year, says govt

New Delhi, Jul 21 (PTI): As many as 600 people have died of swine flu so far this year, a more than two-fold rise in such deaths as against last year, the government informed the Rajya Sabha today. Maharashtra alone accounted for almost 50 per cent of all deaths, as...

I-T dept detects Rs 19,000 crore black money in ICIJ, HSBC cases

NEW DELHI, Jul 21 (PTI): The Income Tax department has detected over Rs 19,000 crore in black money following investigations into global leaks including HSBC account holders in Switzerland, the government said on Friday. Finance minister Arun Jaitley said investigations into information, put into public domain by the ICIJ (International...

US committed to work with India on innovation ecosystem: Envoy

New Delhi, Jul 21 (PTI) America sees India as a natural partner in the field of innovation and Washington is committed to work with New Delhi to continue to grow a collaborative and dynamic entrepreneurial ecosystem in this country, an American diplomat today said. US Charg d Affaires in India...

417 Indian fishermen believed to be in Pakistani jails: govt

New Delhi, Jul 21 (PTI) There are 417 Indian fishermen believed to be languishing in Pakistani jails, the government said today. In a written response to a question in the Lok Sabha, Subhash Bhamre, Minister of State in the Defence Ministry, said as per the information available with the Ministry...

CAG raps government for poor crop cover schemes rollout in 2011-16

New Delhi, Jul 21 (PTI): The Comptroller and Auditor General of India (CAG) today slammed the government for poor implementation of crop insurance schemes in 2011-16, saying the funds were released to private insurers without verification. Both the central and state government had incurred an expenditure of Rs 32,606.65...

More capacity building from India needed in Africa, says V K Singh

New Delhi, Jul 21 (PTI): Asserting that Indo-African ties have a great future, Union minister V K Singh today said India needs to do more for capacity building in Africa so that people there can be trained to take up projects and run them on their own. The minister...

VVIP chopper case: Court extends ED custody of woman director Shivani Saxena

New Delhi, Jul 21 (PTI): A Delhi court today granted five more days to the Enforcement Directorate for the custodial interrogation of a woman director of two Dubai-based firms in connection with its probe in the Rs 3,600 crore VVIP choppers money laundering case. A Special CBI judge Arvind...

Railways to join hands with Apple: Eyeing trains speeds of 600 km/hour, Suresh Prabhu...

New Delhi, Jul 21 (PTI): Eyeing trains speeds of 600 km per hour, the government is working with global technology firms like Apple to help take Indian railways to the next level, Union minister Suresh Prabhu said today. The railway minister also said the government’s premier think tank NITI...

Darjeeling violence: World Heritage Center concerned about DHR, damage to its stations in view...

New Delhi, Jul 21 (PTI): The World Heritage Center(WHC) has expressed concern over Darjeeling Himalayan Railway (DHR) in view of the ongoing violence by GJM and may bring it to the attention of World Heritage Committee when it meets next year. It has already sent two letters to the Centre...

Six million euros for ISRO from satellite launches

New Delhi, Jul 19 (PTI) The ISRO has earned six million euros by launching 29 nano satellites from 14 countries in a PSLV rocket launch in June this year, the government today told the Lok Sabha. Jitendra Singh Union Minister, Minister of State in the Prime Ministers Office, said the...

China Buried Nuclear Weapons In Pak To Target India: Mulayam Singh Yadav In Parliament

NEW DELHI, July 19 (PTI): Samajwadi Party leader and former Defence Minister Mulayam Singh Yadav today claimed that China was ready to attack India in collaboration with Pakistan and asked the government to reverse its stand on the Tibet issue and support its independence. Raising the matter in the Lok...

Over 11 lakh public grievances against government departments in 2016

New Delhi, July 19 (PTI): Over 11 lakh public grievances were received against various central government departments last year, 33 per cent more than the previous year, Union Minister Jitendra Singh said today. A total of 11,72,918 plaints were received through the Centralised Public Grievance Redress and Monitoring System...
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