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Govt announces list of nine new Smart Cities

Union Housing and Urban Affairs Minister Hardeep Singh Puri announced the list of nine new Smart Cities, which have emerged winners in Round 4. These nine cities are, Silvassa in Dadra and Nagar Haveli, Erode in Tamil Nadu, Diu in Daman and Diu, Bihar Sharif in Bihar, Bareilly in Uttar Pradesh, Itanagar in Arunachal. . . . .

Centre plans setting up of Cyber Warrior Police Force to tackle internet-related crimes

The government has decided to set up a Cyber Warrior Police Force (CWPF) and Indian Cyber Crime Coordination Centre (I4C) to tackle internet-related crimes such as cyber threats, child pornography, and online stalking. The CWPF is likely to operate under the National Information Security Policy and Guidelines. . . . .

PM Modi, Netanyahu inaugurate iCreate centre in Ahmedabad

Prime Minister Narendra Modi and PM Benjamin Netanyahu inaugurated the iCreate Centre at Deo Dholera in Ahmedabad. iCreate paves way for the two nations to jointly script new stories of success through innovation, which the two leaders have been strongly advocating.

NITI Aayog initiates the first course on Sustainable Urban Planning

NITI Aayog initiates the first course on Sustainable Urban Planning using Remote Sensing and GIS at IIT Kanpur's outreach center at Noida. Shri Ratan P. Watal, Principal Adviser, NITI Aayog inaugurated the first GIAN course on Sustainable Urban planning using remote sensing and GIS. . . . .

No Haj subsidy from this year: Union Minister Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi

The Union Ministry of Minority Affairs has decided to end Haj subsidy from this year as a part of its policy to empower minorities with dignity and without appeasement. This decision was taken based on the recommendations of Afzal Amanullah Committee and May 2012 Supreme Court order.

Ministry of Railway launches Smart Freight Operation Optimisation & Real Time Information (SFOORTI) Application

In a major digital initiative to help plan the traffic flows and optimize freight operations, Ministry of Railways has launched Smart Freight Operation Optimisation & Real Time Information (SFOORTI) App for Freight Managers which provides features for monitoring and managing freight. . . . .

NARI and e-SAMVAD portals inaugurated by Maneka Gandhi

Women and Child Development Minister Maneka Gandhi launched a web portal NARI, which will provide information on all government schemes for women. The portal carries details on 350 different central schemes for women and will be updated from time to time. The Minister also unveiled a website called e- SAMVAD which is an. . . . .

Haryana govt launched country’s first-ever minimum support price mechanism for vegetables- Bhavanta Bharpayee Yojana

The new Bhavantar Bharpai Yojna or the price deficit compensation scheme for vegetables, “The protected price or the base price would be fixed equivalent to the cultivation cost. Whenever the prices fall below the input or cultivation costs of the farmer, the state government will compensate for the price deficit. For example,. . . . .

Uttarakhand government launched CM dashboard on the occasion of ‘’Good governance Day’’

The Uttarakhand government celebrated the birthday of former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee as ‘Good Governance Day’ with Chief Minister Trivendra Singh Rawat inaugurating the CM dashboard for real-time monitoring of welfare schemes of the state government. With the launch of the dashboard, Uttarakhand joins states. . . . .

Atal Jan Aahar Yojana scheme launched in Delhi

The South Delhi Municipal Corporation (SDMC) launched a new scheme for the poor that will allow them to buy the meal for Rs 10 from the civic body's kiosks during the day. The Atal Jan Aahar Yojana has been started to make a nutritious full meal accessible to the needy, in a phased manner. The scheme was started at kiosks. . . . .

Skill development programme in textile industry approved with an outlay of 1,300 crores

The Union Cabinet approved a new skill development scheme having an outlay of Rs 1,300 crore with an aim to create jobs in the organized textile and related sectors. The decision was taken at a meeting of the Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi.The scheme will cover the entire value. . . . .

SRISTI- Sustainable Rooftop Implementation for Solar Transfiguration, scheme proposed by ministry

The Ministry of New and Renewable Energy has proposed SRISTI — Sustainable Rooftop Implementation for Solar Transfiguration of India — the scheme to incentivize the installation of rooftop solar projects in India.The proposed scheme aims to achieve a national solar rooftop target of 40 GW till 2021-2022. It is proposed. . . . .

DARPAN- Digital Advancement of Rural Post Office for A New India, project launched

The Union Minister of Communications, Manoj Sinha today launched DARPAN – “Digital Advancement of Rural Post Office for A New India” Project to improve the quality of service, add value to services and achieve “financial inclusion” of the unbanked rural population. Objective: The goal of the IT modernization. . . . .

SAMEEP - Students and MEA Engagement Programme launched by External affairs ministry

The foreign office is on an "outreach" mission as a new programme, SAMEEP, aims to take Indian foreign policy and its global engagements to students across the country. The ministry of external affairs has asked all its officers on leave to travel to their hometowns and particularly their alma mater. Their job would be. . . . .

Odisha state government signed MoU with Kfw of Germany

Odisha state government signed a MoU with KfW, a development bank of Germany to avail a concessional long-term loan for strengthening urban infrastructures. According to the MoU, the German-based bank would provide low cost and long-term funds worth Rs 440 crore for a period of 10 years to take up projects like energy efficient. . . . .

Goa government launched Crime and Criminal Tracking and Networking System

Goa Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar launched Crime and Criminal Tracking and Networking System (CCTNS) in the state which will provide the police with an access to the national database of history-sheeters. The initiative, a part of Union Home Ministry’s National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB). Uttar Pradesh accounted for 9.5%. . . . .

GRIHA to give ratings to houses built under affordable housing scheme

A green body launched ratings for houses constructed under the government's affordable housing scheme, indicating their level of sustainability. There would be ratings between one and five stars. This would help consumers know about the sustainability of the houses, CEO, Green Rating for Integrated Habitat Assessment (GRIHA). . . . .

Ekatma Yatra for social harmony by Madhya Pradesh government

Ekatma Yatra, organised by the Madhya Pradesh government to spread the message of social harmony, flagged off on 19/12/2018. During the yatra that will conclude at Omkareshwar on January 22, soil from every panchayat and ward of the cities will be collected in metal pots. The soil will be used to construct the base of the 108-foot. . . . .

India and Colombia signed agreement in the areas of Agriculture and fisheries

The Cabinet approved the signing of an agreement between India and Colombia in the field of agriculture and fisheries. Under the MoU, a joint-working group (JWG) will be constituted to prepare/finalise the work plan for the next two years. The MoU will be initially valid for five years and would be automatically extended. . . . .

Three districts of Telangana selected for special initiative of central government

NITI Aayog has selected three districts in the state — Jayashankar Bhupalpally, Kumaram Bheem-Asifabad and Khammam — for a special initiative to develop backward areas. The Centre has appointed IAS officers Rajeev Ranjan Misra for Khammam district, Ms Vasudha Misra for Kumaram Bheem-Asifabad and Mr Sanjay Kumar for. . . . .

Deadline to link Aadhaar with bank extended till March 31

Deadline to link Aadhaar with bank accounts extended till March 31. The government extended the deadline for users of a range of financial services, including account-holders in banks, to link their Aadhaar numbers with their Permanent Account Number (PAN) from December 31, 2017, to March 31, 2018. The latest decision will cover. . . . .

$250 million loan from World Bank for ‘’SANKALP’’ programme

A Financing Agreement for the loan of USD 250 million (equivalent) for the “Skills Acquisition and Knowledge Awareness for Livelihood Promotion (SANKALP) Project” was signed with the World Bank. Objective: The Objective of the project is to enhance institutional mechanisms for skills development and increase access. . . . .

BPO promotion scheme towards digital inclusion

The Ministry of Electronics and IT has been working to translate Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi’s vision of Sabka Saath, Sabka Vikas, through digital inclusion. Digital India program was launched by the Government to ensure digital service delivery to the common people as well as to create new opportunities in the digital. . . . .

Maharashtra government made Marathi as mandatory

The Maharashtra government has asked Central government offices and services like banks and insurance companies in the state to also use the Marathi language in routine work.A circular issued by the Marathi language department of the state government said Marathi should also be used at railway stations, airport and also during. . . . .

Dr. Ambedkar scheme for social Integration through inter-caste marriage income limit abolished

Removing the income ceiling of Rs 5 lakh per annum, the Centre has opened its scheme meant to encourage inter-caste marriages to all couples where either the bride or the bridegroom is a Dalit. The ‘Dr. Ambedkar scheme for social Integration through inter-caste marriage’ was started in 2013, with a target to provide. . . . .

T-Works incubator for hardware startups will be ready by 2018

Telangana government is setting up T-Works in Hyderabad by the end of 2018. With an equipment worth $20 million, it will be set up in 2,50,000 square feet area.The initiative was announced by IT Minister KT Rama Rao at India Design Summit organized by CII in collaboration with Telangana government.T-Works is expected to serve. . . . .

Telangana government formed cabinet panel on World Telugu Conference.

The State government on Monday constituted a cabinet sub-committee headed by Deputy Chief Minister Kadiyam Srihari to oversee the arrangements for the ensuing five-day World Telugu Conference, to be held from December 15 in the city. Municipal Administration and Urban Development Minister K T Rama Rao, Roads and Buildings Minister. . . . .

New warning and toll free ‘’Quit-line’’ to be soon on Tobacco

The Central government is working on issuing a new set of enhanced pictorial and text warnings and planning to print the national toll-free anti-smoking helpline number on the packets of all tobacco products to amplify the message. Exam point: The National Tobacco Cessation QuitLine-1800 227787 is a dedicated toll-free. . . . .

Registration of BS-IV vehicles going to be banned after 2020

The government has announced a draft notification to amend Central Motor Vehicles Rules to prevent registration of BS-IV compliant automobiles built before April 1, 2020, beyond June 30, 2020. Objective: In a major step to curb vehicular pollution, the government last year decided that the country will move directly from. . . . .

All Market yards in Telangana to be integrated with e-NAM

Operations at all the Agriculture Produce Market Committees (APMC) in the State to be integrated with the all-Indian electronic trading portal of the National Agriculture Market (e-NAM) well before Kharif-2018. The e-NAM motto is “one nation and one market” Uses: Promoting online services in the marketing. . . . .

Indian railway launched first Swarna Rajadhani coach

The first revamped coach of Rajdhani under the project ‘Swarna’ was coach of Sealdah Rajdhani ( New Delhi-Sealdah) which was launched today (29th November 2017) from New Delhi.To improve the passenger experience, Ministry of Railways decided to upgrade Premium Rajdhani and Shatabdi trains under Project ‘Swarna’. Under. . . . .

B.N Sharma appointed as chairman of NAA

The government announced that it had appointed B.N. Sharma as the first Chairman of the National Anti-profiteering Authority (NAA), which is tasked with ensuring the benefits of the Goods and Services Tax are passed on to consumers. What it does: It can apply anti-profiteering measures, it has the authority to. . . . .

India supported for creation of Palestinian state

In a statement on the International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People, Prime Minister Narendra Modi presented his government’s position and said that India will continue to support nation-building activities by the Palestinians, and urged for the creation of a Palestinian State that will co-exist ‘peacefully’. . . . .

TRAI backs net neutrality strongly

The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) announced strong support of Net neutrality in a series of recommendations following a long process of consultations on the issue. TRAI warned against any “discriminatory treatment” including blocking, degrading, slowing down or granting preferential speeds to any content. . . . .

PM Modi Inaugurates Hyderabad Metro Rail

Prime minister Narendra Modi on 28/11/2017 inaugurated the Hyderabad Metro Rail and took a ride along with Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrashekhar Rao in its maiden run. The 30 km-long first phase of the project between Miyapur and Nagole has 24 stations. Its commercial operations will. . . . .

38th edition of PM’s ‘Mann Ki Baat' programme highlights

It was telecasted on 26th November 2017. ######## Constitutional day ######### The 26th of November is our Constitution Day. The Constitution of India was adopted by the Constituent Assembly on this day in the year nineteen forty-nine.This is the day to remember the members of the Constituent Assembly. Itis. . . . .

Nation observed 26th November as constitutional day and also paid homage to 26/11 terror attack victims

NOVEMBER 26 AS LAW DAY (1979-2015): It was in 1979, when the first proposal was mooted to celebrate November 26 as an anniversary of the adoption of Constitution and assess the state of law in the country as envisaged by the framers of the legal document. Noted jurist and former parliamentarian LM Singhvi. . . . .

Telangana Jeevandan Programme awarded as best in the nation by NOTTO

The State-run Jeevandan organ donation scheme has been chosen as the best performing organ donation drive in the country by National Organ and Tissue Transplant Organisation (NOTTO), Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare. The award for ‘Best Performing State’ will be given by Union Minister for Health and. . . . .

Telangana govt to Geo-tag all powerlooms on the lines of handlooms

The government has already completed geo-tagging of handlooms in the State and found that there are 17,000 handlooms in the state. Now, the government is taking up geo-tagging of the powerlooms and started it from Sircilla, which houses more than 30,000 powerlooms, the most in the State. ########Why geo-tagging#######

PM Modi launches e-governance app Umang.

Prime minister Narendra Modi has launched "Umang" mobile application, an integrated platform for government to citizen services. The app provides over 100 services of the centre and state government on one single platform. The application is already available for download from Google Play store,. . . . .

PM Modi Inaugurates Largest-Ever Global Conference On Cyber Space

Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurated the fifth edition of the Global Conference on Cyber Space or GCCS today in Delhi. GCCS is one of the worlds largest conferences on cyberspace. ####Theme: A Secure and Inclusive Cyberspace for Sustainable Development. The National e-Governance Division (NeGD), under the. . . . .

Charminar selected under phase-II of Swachh Iconic Places programme

The historic monument and heart of the city, Charminar, will be all cleaned up soon as part of phase-II of the Central government’s initiative Swachh Iconic Places. A total of 100 iconic places across the country are set to be cleaned up under the programme. Total 10 icons are selected under phase-II of this programme.The. . . . .

T-fund to be announced soon for start-ups

At the prestigious Global Entrepreneurship Summit (GES 2017), beginning here on November 28, Telangana Government has decided to launch its fund for start-ups. It is termed as T-fund and its corpus amount is  ₹100 crore. Besides from the State Government, the much-awaited fund is expected to have contributions from. . . . .

Minority self-employment schemes without bank linkage

Chief Minister K. Chandrasekhar Rao has asked the officials to devise special programmes for self employment of minorities without having any linkage to banks. Present problem: Sanctioned self-employment schemes for minorities were unable to take off due to the inability of the beneficiaries to provide collateral security. . . . .

Delhi government to form ‘Mahila Suraksha Dals’ to curb crimes against women in national capital​​​​​​​

Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia said that The Delhi government would form Mahila Suraksha dals (MSDs) to curb the crimes against women in the national capital. The government would constitute these teams in coordination with the Delhi Commission for Women (DCW). DCW chief Swati Maliwal said as a pilot project,. . . . .

4th Global Conference on Sustained Eradication of Child labour

The Minister of Women and Child Development, Smt Maneka Sanjay Gandhi has said that the Government of India is fully committed to continue working to achieve the Sustainable Development Goal 8.7 to eliminate child labour. The Minister made this statement at the plenary session of the 4th Global Conference on Sustained Eradication. . . . .

Patanjali group for setting up food park in Telangana

The Telangana state government signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Patanjali Group for setting up a huge food park in the Nizamabad, Telangana. The Patanjali Group had committed an overall investment of over Rs 10,000 crores countrywide at the recent global food processing fair, World Food India, organised by. . . . .

Anti-Superstition bill introduced in Karnataka assembly

Karnataka Prevention and Eradication of Inhuman Evil Practices and Black Magic Bill, 2017, popularly known as the ‘Anti-Superstition Bill’, was tabled in the Legislative Assembly. It seeks to ban the controversial ‘made snana’ ritual (where devotees roll over plantain leaves that have leftover food) in public/religious. . . . .

Telangana to constitute 40 more Urban Local bodies

Minister for Municipal Administration and Urban Development K.T. Rama Rao stated that the government was keen to declare major panchayats as municipalities with more than 15,000 population as per 2011 census and the comprehensive household survey taken up across Telangana. Minister also revealed that these steps could. . . . .

4th edition of ‘HunarHaat’ exhibition launched at IITF

The fourth HunarHaat exhibition is being organised by the Ministry of Minority Affairs at India International Trade Fair (IITF) at PragatiMaidan, New Delhi from 14th to 27th November 2017. HunarHaats have become a successful mission to provide employment and income generation opportunities with platforms for marketing. . . . .



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