After an official animal, bird, flower and fish, Kerala now has its official fruit. The government of Kerala officially declared the jackfruit as its official fruit. Jackfruit is the largest tree-borne fruit known for its distinctive taste and aroma.
Kerala has been producing around 30 to 60 crore jackfruits every year.
India successfully flight-tested its precision strike BrahMos weapon, which is called the world's fastest supersonic cruise missile from Pokhran test range, Rajasthan.
The missile flies almost three times the speed of sound at Mach 2.8 and has a range of 290 km.
The BrahMos missile has been jointly developed with. . . . .
The World Water Day is observed on 22 March every year, to raise awareness about the importance of water.
The day was first celebrated on 22 March 1993 and aims to focus on the importance of water and need to preserve it.
The theme this year is, ‘Nature for Water’ – exploring. . . . .
Union Cabinet chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi has approved the launch of a new Centrally Sponsored Ayushman Bharat.
The scheme has the benefits cover of Rs. 5 lakh per family per year. The target beneficiaries of the proposed scheme will be more than 10 crore families belonging to poor and vulnerable population. . . . .
The Hyderabad City has stood best Indian city to live for the fourth consecutive year in latest Mercer Quality of Living Rating 2018 that was released on 20th Feb 2018.
However, as Pune raised in the chart from last two years, the twin city had to share the slot with Pune. The two cities gained a spot at 142 ranks, the. . . . .
President Ram Nath Kovind conferred the prestigious Padma awards for 2018 on 43 prominent personalities at a function in New Delhi.
Noted music composer Illaiyaraja, littérateur P. Parameswaran and Classical singer Ustad Ghulam Mustafa Khan have been honoured with Padma Vibhushan.
There were also many such names. . . . .
The Ministry of Mines has organized the 3rd National Conclave on Mines & Minerals in New Delhi.
The event was inaugurated by the Minister of Mines, Narendra Singh Tomar.
Federation of Indian Mineral Industries (FIMI) has agreed to partner in the event.
A portal on Pradhan Mantri Khanij Kshetra Kalyan Yojna. . . . .
President Ram Nath Kovind inaugurated Festival of Innovation and Entrepreneurship (FINE) in New Delhi. He also presented Gandhian Young Technological Innovation GYTI Awards 2018.
The 5-day festival is being organised by Rashtrapati Bhavan in association with the Department of Science and Technology and the National. . . . .
World Water Forum, the world's biggest water-related event organized by the World Water Council, opened in the Brazilian capital city of Brasilia.The event was attended by Brazil President Michel Temer who advocated increased access to water and said his administration is preparing a new law to modernize the country's regulation. . . . .
In 2017, VARUNA was conducted in three sea areas in the European waters.
This year also VARUNA-18 would be conducted in three sea areas, namely, the Arabian Sea, the Bay of Bengal and South Western Indian Ocean.
The first phase, being conducted in the Arabian Sea, will see the participation of a French submarine. . . . .
NITI Aayog Vice-Chairman Dr Rajiv Kumar inaugurated the First India-Japan Workshop on Disaster Risk Reduction in New Delhi. The two-day workshop is being jointly organised by the Ministry of Home Affairs, National Disaster Management Authority and Government of Japan.
The Vice Minister for Policy Coordination in. . . . .
Xi Jinping was re-elected as President for a second five-year tenure by China's rubber-stamp parliament, days after it scrapped the two-term rule for the Presidency and allowed him to have a life-long tenure.
Xi was also elected as the head of the powerful Central Military Commission, the overall high command of the. . . . .
Nepal became the latest nation to join the One-Day International (ODI) club, securing their 50-overs status for the first time at the ongoing ICC World Cup Qualifiers in Zimbabwe.
The Paras Khadka-led team beat Papua New Guinea and then watched the Netherlands defeat Hong Kong to secure Nepal's elevation to the. . . . .
Indian para-athlete Deepa Malik top-scored in the discus throw Asia Ranking 53 category and secured second place in the Asian Games combined category event 51/52/53 on Day Two of the World Para Athletics Grand Prix 2018 in Dubai.
With this, she became the Asian rank one in the F-53 category. With the win, Deepa has also. . . . .
Oklahoma plans to start using nitrogen gas for executions, in what would be the first such method of capital punishment in the United States.
The state is turning to nitrogen after it and other states became unable to acquire drugs required for lethal injections because of opposition from manufacturers. . . . .
The Ministry of Health and Family Welfare launched LaQshya program aimed at improving quality of maternity care in labour room and maternity OperationTheatre (OT).
It is being implemented to ‘fast-track’ interventions for achieving tangible results.
The program aims to improve quality of care for pregnant women. . . . .
The three-day annual Krishi Unnati Mela will begin in New Delhi today with a focus on doubling the farmers' income.
The objective of the fair is to create awareness among farmers about the latest agriculture-related technological developments.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi will address the farmers and agri-scientists.. . . . .
Prime Minister Narendra Modi delivered the inaugural address at the 105th session of the Indian Science Congress, at Manipur University in Imphal.
Imphal is the second city in the North-East to host this prestigious event. Prime Minister hailed this as a testimony to the resurgent spirit of the North East.
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Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs approves the continuation of Urea Subsidy scheme till 2020 at a cost of 1 lakh 65 thousand crore rupees.
Cabinet nod also was given for direct benefit transfer for disbursement of fertiliser subsidy.
Urea Subsidy is a part of Central Sector Scheme of Department of Fertilizers. . . . .
India and Madagascar have signed an umbrella agreement in the field of defence. Under the agreement, both the countries will explore various ways of co-operation in the field of defence.
An amended air service agreement was also signed to support efforts towards improving connectivity between the two countries.
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