Saturday, September 19, 2020

Gangwar Introduces Three Labour Codes in Lok Sabha Heralding The Path of Game Changing Labour Welfare Reforms in The Country

NEW DELHI: Minister of State (I/C) for Labour and Employment, Santosh Gangwar today introduced three Labour Codes in the Lok Sabha heralding the path of game changing labour welfare reforms in the country. These bills are (i) Industrial Relations Code, 2020, (ii) Code on Occupational Safety, Health & Working Conditions Bill, 2020 (iii) Social Security Code, 2020.

Indian monsoon can be predicted better after volcanic eruptions: Indo-German research team

MUMBAI: Large volcanic eruptions can help to forecast the monsoon over India – the seasonal rainfall that is key for the country’s agriculture and thus for feeding one billion people. As erratic as they are, volcanic eruptions improve the predictability, an Indian-German research team finds. What seems to be a paradox is in fact due to a stronger coupling between the monsoon over large parts of South and South-East Asia and the El Niño phenomenon after an eruption. Combining data from meteorological observations, climate records, computer model simulations, and paleoclimate archives such as tree-rings, corals, cave deposits and ice-cores from past millennia of Earth history, the researchers found that a synchronization of the monsoon with the strongest mode of natural climate variability, the El Niño, makes it easier to anticipate the strength of seasonal rainfall in the Indian subcontinent.

President of India Ram Nath Kovind virtually inaugurates Visitor’s Conference on Implementation of National Education Policy 2020 in Higher Education

NEW DELHI: The President of India, Ram Nath Kovind virtually inaugurated the Visitor’s conference of Vice-Chancellors of Central Universities, Directors of Institutions of National Importance of Ministry of Education and other Ministries here today. Union Minister of Education, Shri Ramesh Pokhriyal ‘Nishank’; Minister of State for Education Sanjay Shamrao Dhotre; Secretary, Higher Education Shri Amit Khare; Chairman, Drafting Committee of NEP, K. Kasturirangan along with senior officials of the Ministry, UGC and AICTE were present on the occasion.

Visitor’s Conference concludes with the commitment of successful implementation of National Education Policy

NEW DELHI: The Visitor’s Conference concludes with the commitment of successful implementation of National Education Policy. The President of India Ram Nath Kovind addressed inaugural session of the virtual ‘Visitor’s Conference on Implementation of NEP 2020 in Higher Education’ earlier today.

Investment in Defence through FDI Route

NEW DELHI: In May, 2001, the Defence Industry sector, which was hitherto reserved for the public sector, was opened up to 100% for Indian private sector participation, with Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) up to 26% both subject to licensing. Further, Department for Promotion of Industry and Internal Trade, Ministry of Commerce & Industry vide Press Note No.5 (2016 Series)’, has allowed FDI under automatic route upto 49% and above 49% through government route wherever it is likely to result in access to modern technology or for other reasons to be recorded. Further, FDI in defence industry sector is subject to industrial license under Industries (Development & Regulation) Act, 1951 and manufacturing of small arms and ammunition under the Arms Act, 1959. 

Selection Board for Grant of Permanent Commission to Women Officers in Indian Army Commences Proceedings

NEW DELHI: The Special No 5 Selection Board constituted to screen Women Officers for grant of Permanent Commission (PC) in Indian Army has commenced it’s proceedings at Army HQ on 14 September 2020. The board is headed by a Senior General Officer and includes a woman officer of the rank of Brigadier. Women officers have been permitted to witness the proceedings as observers in order to add transparency to the process.

Calorie Intake of Soldiers Posted at Siachen

NEW DELHI: The one day entitled ration has adequate calories to meet the energy expenditureof soldiers posted in Siachen.

The ration scales are designed based upon nutritional requirement of a soldier as per their energy expenditure under different climatic conditions. In High Altitude Areas (above 12000 ft), like Siachen, special scales of rations are authorised, to cater for the energy expenditure in such conditions. 

Attack of Pakistani Forces on Indian Positions

NEW DELHI: There have been no attacks by Pakistani forces on Indian positions along the Line of Control and International Border with Pakistan. However, Pakistan troops have been resorting to persistent ceasefire violations along the Line of Control. There have been 2453 incidents of Ceasefire Violations along Line of Control in Jammu region in this year (from 01 March to 07 September, 2020). In addition, 192 incidents of cross-border firing have occurred along Indo-Pak International Border in Jammu region in this year (01 March to 31 August, 2020).

CCI approves acquisition of Nutrition & Biosciences, Inc. by International Flavors & Fragrances Inc

NEW DELHI: The Competition Commission of India (CCI) approves acquisition of Nutrition & Biosciences, Inc. (“Spinco”) by International Flavors & Fragrances Inc. (“IFF”) under Section 31(1) of the Competition Act, 2002, today.

The proposed combination relates to the acquisition of sole control by IFF, over the Nutrition & Biosciences business (“N&B Business”) of DuPont de Nemours, Inc. (“DuPont”), by means of acquiring sole control over SpinCo, a company newly formed by DuPont and to which DuPont will transfer the N&B Business.

CCI approves acquisition of sole control over Bombardier Transportation’s by Alstom S.A., AND acquisition of approximately 18% and 3% share capital of Alstom S.A. by Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec (CDPQ) and Bombardier Inc (Bombardier) respectively

NEW DELHI: The Competition Commission of India (CCI) approves acquisition of sole control over Bombardier Transportation’s (Bombardier Transport) by Alstom S.A. (Alstom), and acquisition of approximately 18% and 3% share capital of Alstom S.A. by Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec (CDPQ) and Bombardier Inc (Bombardier) respectively, under Section 31(1) of the Competition Act, 2002, today.

Rajya Sabha Chairman reiterated his concern for the safety of the public and Parliamentarians during the ongoing pandemic

NEW DELHI: Rajya Sabha Chairman M. Venkaiah Naidu today reiterated his concern for the safety of the people in general and the Members of Parliament in particular during the ongoing pandemic.

The Chairman Naidu informed the Members that he had held a meeting with the Home Secretary, Joint Secretary, Ministry of Health and Family Welfare and D.G., ICMR and officers of the Rajya Sabha Secretariat about the measures being taken to contain the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic and the safeguards and precautions that are to be taken by the members.

NEP sets the vision of developing an equitable and vibrant knowledge society: President Kovind

NEW DELHI: The National Education Policy aims to reorient the education system towards meeting the needs of the 21st century by achieving the twin objectives of inclusion and excellence. It sets the vision of developing an equitable and vibrant knowledge society by providing quality education to all, said the President of India, Shri Ram Nath Kovind in the inaugural address of Visitors’ Conference on ‘Implementation of National Education Policy 2020 in Higher Education’ today (September 19, 2020).

Can ignoring old loyalists hurt BJP in Bihar?

PATNA: Ahead of Bihar polls, key officials with just two to five years' history in the party have been made team leaders in the state organisation. This may backfire for the Bharatiya Janata Party as old loyalists associated with it for 30 to 40 years have been asked to play second fiddle.

3 LeT men arrested in J&K, weapons sent by Pak drones recovered

JAMMU: Three suspected Lashkar-e-Taiba terrorists have been arrested by the security forces from Rajouri district of Jammu and Kashmir with a large cache of arms and ammunition they had received through drones, officials said on Saturday.

Al-Qaeda men nabbed from Kochi, rented homes during lockdown (2nd Ld)

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM:The National Investigation Agency (NIA) on Saturday busted an inter-state module of Al Qaeda operatives as it conducted raids in West Bengal and Kerala on Saturday morning. Three of the nine Qaeda men were arrested from Ernakulam district.

3 militants arrested with weapons from J&K's Rajouri

JAMMU: Security forces arrested three militants along with arms and ammunition on Saturday from Jammu and Kashmir's Rajouri district.

In RS, BSP raises quota in Jammu, Cong digital divide

NEW DELHI:BSP's Rajaram on Saturday raised the issue of reservation for Scheduled Castes and Other Backward Classes in the Jammu region in the upper House. He claimed in spite of having OBC population of around 35 per cent and SC population of around 17 per cent both groups get 2 and 8 per cent quota, respectively.

NIA arrests 9 Al Qaeda terrorists planning attacks in Delhi-NCR

NEW DELHI: Following raids in West Bengal and Kerala, the National Investigation Agency (NIA) on Saturday arrested nine militants linked with the Al Qaeda terror group, who were planning attacks at several key installations in Delhi-NCR, a spokesperson said.

Ministry of Culture gets its new Secretary

NEW DELHI: The appointments committee of the Union cabinet on Friday approved the appointment of Raghavendra Singh as Secretary in the Ministry of Culture.

Singh, a 1983 batch IAS officer of West Bengal cadre, has been appointed on contract basis for a period of one year. He is currently serving as CEO, Development of Museums and Cultural Spaces and will continue to hold the post.


India's World Bank Executive Director named new Pharma Secy

NEW DELHI: IAS officer S. Aparna, who was serving as the World Bank's Executive Director from India, has been appointed as next Secretary, Pharmaceuticals, under the Ministry of Chemicals and Fertilisers, and will take over after the retirement of incumbent P.D. Vaghela, an official statement said on Friday.

Floods, landslides disrupt life in Arunachal, Assam; two dead

ITANAGAR/GUWAHATI: At least two people have lost their lives due to landslides and floods in Arunachal Pradesh, while 33,200 people were affected in three Assam districts, officials said on Friday.

According to the officials, thousands of people were affected due to the fresh floods caused by the incessant rains in certain regions of the two northeastern states, which had experienced devastating floods until first week of August.

One dead, 22 fall sick after consuming 'local alcohol' in Andhra

VISAKHAPATNAM: One person died and 22 others fell sick after consuming suspected 'local alcohol' in three villages of Andhra Pradesh's Vizianagaram district.

"There were 22 cases reported. The complaint basically is swelling in the leg, pain in the stomach, and reddishness in the eyes. There was no other symptom. By the time this came to us, one person died," Visakhapatnam District Collector V. Vinay Chand told IANS.

Kannada actor Vishnuvardhan honoured with special postal cover

BENGALURU: The Indian postal department on Friday honoured legendary Kannada film actor Vishnuvardhan with a special cover on his 70th birthday in this tech hub.

"In recognition of Vishnuvardhan's yeoman contribution to the Indian film industry, especially Kannada, which is also known as Sandalwood, we have released a special cover to commemorate his 70th birthday, an official said.

NIA arrests 9 Al-Qaeda terrorists

NEW DELHI: The National Investigation Agency (NIA) on Saturday morning carried out searches and arrested nine terrorists of banned terror organisation Al-Qaeda.

According to anti-terror probe agency officials, the arrests were made after raids in West Bengal's Murshidabad and Kerala's Ernakulam on some intelligence input about the presence of the terrorists there.

Freelance journalist held for having secret defence papers

NEW DELHI: Freelance journalist Rajeev Sharma has been arrested by the Special Cell in a case under the Official Secrets Act and is being interrogated, Delhi Police said on Friday.

"He was found to be in possession of some defence-related classified documents," Sanjeev Yadav, DCP, Special Cell, said.

No curbs should be placed on movement of medical oxygen: MHA

NEW DELHI: The Union Ministry of Home Affairs on Friday said that medical oxygen is an essential public health commodity and any disruption in its supplies may critically impact management of Covid-19 patients as it stressed that "no restriction" be imposed on its movement between the states.

Telangana Martyrs' Memorial to be ready in six months

HYDERABAD: The Telangana Martyrs' Memorial, being built in the memory of those who sacrificed their lives for the separate Telangana state, will be completed in six months, a minister announced on Friday.

Minister for Roads and Buildings V. Prashanth Reddy on Friday inspected the works of the memorial being constructed on the banks of Hussain Sagar lake in the heart of Hyderabad.

Exemplary courage of CRPF officer hurt in Srinagar encounter lauded

SRINAGAR: The exemplary courage of CRPF Deputy Commandant, who was injured in an encounter at Batmalloo in Srinagar, has been lauded.

Deputy Commandant Rahul Mathur was part of Thursday's encounter at Firdousabad Batmaloo in Srinagar wherein he received gunshot injuries while leading the assault. Mathur later managed to gun down one of the terrorists.

CBI files supplementary charge sheets in two chit fund cases

NEW DELHI: The Central Bureau of Investigation on Friday filed two supplementary charge sheets in two separate chit fund scam cases.

A CBI official said that in the first case, a supplementary charge sheet has been filed against 25 accused including the promoter and director of Golden Land Developers Group in Delhi and others, including officials of sister companies, on the allegations of misappropriation of the amount collected from the public.

Most of additional budget spending for people-centric schemes: FM

NEW DELHI: Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharman on Friday said that the majority of the additional resources in the first batch of the Supplementary Demands for Grants would be spent on people-centric schemes amid the coronavirus pandemic.

Govt introduces Taxation and Other Laws Bill

NEW DELHI: A taxation Bill which seeks relaxation and changes in provisions of certain Acts was introduced in the Lok Sabha on Friday amid uproarious scenes.

Introduced by Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman, the Taxation and Other Laws (Relaxation and Amendment of Certain Provisions) Bill, 2020, seeks replacement of the Taxation and other Laws (Relaxation of Certain Provisions) Ordinance, 2020 which was promulgated on March 31 this year.

One week ban order in Andhra Pradesh's Amalapuram

AMALAPURAM(Andhra Pradesh): All kinds of protests, rallies and demonstrations are banned in Amalapuram in East Godavari district after the Deputy Collector imposed Section 144 of the CrPC for a week on Friday.

"Section 144 of the CrPc and Section 30 of the Police Act are in force for one week. No dharnas, rallies or any type of agitational programmes will be allowed," Eluru range Deputy Inspector General (DIG) of Police K.V. Mohan Rao told IANS.

SC allows registration of BS-IV vehicles needed for public utility services

NEW DELHI: The Supreme Court on Friday permitted the registration of BS-IV vehicles, purchased on or before March 31 this year, which are necessary for municipal corporations in Delhi to carry out essential public utility services.

T'gana police foil self-immolation bid near CM's residence

HYDERABAD: A self-immolation attempt by a 46-year-old auto-rickshaw driver near the official residence of Telangana Chief Minister was foiled by police personnel on Friday.

The man identified as Chander suddenly appeared in front of Pragati Bhavan, the official residence of Chief Minister K. Chandrasekhar Rao, and poured petrol on his body. But before he could set himself afire, a police official rushed to the spot and apprehended him.

Agri Bills to free farmers from middlemen's clutches: Shah

NEW DELHI: A day after the Lok Sabha passed two contentious agriculture-related Bills, Union Home Minister Amit Shah on Friday called the proposed legislations a path-breaking move of the Modi government, saying these will free the farmers from the clutches of middlemen.

Export ban protest: Maha NCP sends onions as gift to PM, Guv

MUMBAI: Even as the Nationalist Congress Party and the Congress continued to protest against the Centre's ban on onion exports, the NCP's Women's Wing on Friday sent onions to Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Maharashtra Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari.

Konkan Railways delivers 2 DEMU train sets to Nepal Railways

NEW DELHI: The Konkan Railways on Friday said that it delivered two DEMU train sets, designed and developed by Integral Coach Factory (ICF), Chennai, to Nepal Railways.

"Konkan Railway is happy and privileged to deliver two modern DEMU train sets to Nepal Railways today," it said in a statement.

Goof up in Kerala hospital as wrong body handed over to kin

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: It was a costly goof up by the authorities at the Palakkad district hospital in Kerala, when a tribal woman's body was handed over to another family, whose member had died and tested Covid positive.

Trouble started when the police on Friday came to the hospital to take the body of the tribal woman who fell into a lake, for completing their probe into an unnatural death.

K'tka demands to expedite Kalasa Banduri and Mekedatu dam projects

DELHI: The Karnataka government has appealed to the Union government to expedite the process of granting the terms of reference for the Mekedatu project.

Karnataka Chief Minister B.S. Yediyurappa, who is in New Delhi, met several Union ministers, including the Minister for Environment and Forests Prakash Javadekar, on Friday and urged him to direct the concerned authorities to grant the terms of reference for the Mekedatu Project.

SC to hear plea opposing artificial reproduction of animals

NEW DELHI: The Supreme Court on Friday agreed to examine a plea seeking directions to declare the use of artificial reproduction technique (ART) on animals as cruel and illegal.

A bench, headed by Chief Justice S.A. Bobde and comprising Justices A.S. Bopanna and V. Ramasubramanian, initially expressed its reservation on entertaining the case, saying that the court is not a science expert, but then agreed to grant a hearing.

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