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MIG fighter Aircraft Crashes near Goa, no loss of life or damage to property

During a routine training sortie, MiG-29K twin seater aircraft caught fire due to a flock of birds after tafe off from the Naval Air Base at Dabolim Goa. The Pilot took the aircraft away from the populated areas before ejecting.

The Pilots, Capt M Sheokhand and Lt Cdr Deepak Yadav are safe, and there are no loss of life or damage to property on ground.

Source: Press Information Bureau, Government of India, Read full coverage

National Press Day - National Awards for Excellence in Journalism 2019

The Vice President of India, Shri M. Venkaiah Naidu awarded the winners of ‘National Awards for Excellence in Journalism 2019' on the occasion of National Press Day, at New Delhi. The Journalists were honoured for their outstanding and exemplary work in journalism in the following categories:

  1. Raja Ram Mohan Roy Award

  2. Development Reporting

  3. Photo Journalism- Single News Picture

  4. Photo Journalism-Photo Feature

  5. Sports Reporting

  6. Gender Based Reporting (Newly added category)

  7. Financial Reporting (Newly added category)

No awards were given under the category - The Best Newspaper Art: Covering, Cartoons, Caricatures and Illustration.


Source: Press Information Bureau, Government of India, Read full coverage

Central Board of Secondary Education announces Story-telling Competition

Central Board of Secondary education has announced Story-telling competition to wing creativity in students. The competition is open for the students of classes 3rd to 12th studying in CBSE affiliated schools.

The competition will be organized at School, Regional and National level. The Regional Level Competition will be conducted digitally. Schools must upload the stories through the CBSE Storytelling App, from 24th to 30th November, 2019.

Please visit the official CBSE website for more details.

“Aadi Mahotsav 2019” inaugurated on 16-Nov-19 at Dilli Haat, INA

The Delhi Aadi Mahotsav has been inaugurated at Dilli Haat, INA, New Delhi from 16-Nov-19 to 30-Nov-19. The theme of this Aadi Mohotsav is “A Celebration of the Spirit of Tribal Crafts, Culture and Commerce”.

Tribal population reside in 40% of country's area and constitute 8% of its population.

Over 1000 tribal artisans and artists from 27 States will participate in the event and will feature exhibition-cum-sale of tribal handicrafts, art, paintings, fabric, jewellery etc.

The tribal textiles manufactured by Master tribal Craftsmen from all states and union territories of India will be the main attractions. A wide range of products from the tribal artisans from Leh (Ladaakh) will showcase for the first time.

With the objective to go cashless, the tribal merchants will also accept payment through major credit/debit cards.

Source: Press Information Bureau, Government of India, Read full coverage

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MIG fighter Aircraft Crashes near Goa, no loss of life or damage to property

17-Nov-2019

During a routine training sortie, MiG-29K twin seater aircraft caught fire due to a flock of birds after tafe off from the Naval Air Base at Dabolim Goa. The Pilot took the aircraft away from the populated areas before ejecting.

The Pilots, Capt M Sheokhand and Lt Cdr Deepak Yadav are safe, and there are no loss of life or damage to property on ground.

Source: Press Information Bureau, Government of India, Read full coverage

National Press Day - National Awards for Excellence in Journalism 2019

17-Nov-2019

The Vice President of India, Shri M. Venkaiah Naidu awarded the winners of ‘National Awards for Excellence in Journalism 2019' on the occasion of National Press Day, at New Delhi. The Journalists were honoured for their outstanding and exemplary work in journalism in the following categories:

  1. Raja Ram Mohan Roy Award

  2. Development Reporting

  3. Photo Journalism- Single News Picture

  4. Photo Journalism-Photo Feature

  5. Sports Reporting

  6. Gender Based Reporting (Newly added category)

  7. Financial Reporting (Newly added category)

No awards were given under the category - The Best Newspaper Art: Covering, Cartoons, Caricatures and Illustration.


Source: Press Information Bureau, Government of India, Read full coverage

Central Board of Secondary Education announces Story-telling Competition

17-Nov-2019

Central Board of Secondary education has announced Story-telling competition to wing creativity in students. The competition is open for the students of classes 3rd to 12th studying in CBSE affiliated schools.

The competition will be organized at School, Regional and National level. The Regional Level Competition will be conducted digitally. Schools must upload the stories through the CBSE Storytelling App, from 24th to 30th November, 2019.

Please visit the official CBSE website for more details.

India Skills 2020 announced, invites registrations for the skill competition

16-Nov-2019

Ministry of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship has announced the opening of online registrations for India Skills 2020. The object of the program is to search for talent from the country and offer a platform to showcase their skills at national and international levels, World-Skills International Competition will held in China in 2021.

The registrations can be done online at www.worldskillsindia.co.in, youth born on or after 1 January 1999 can participate in the event in over 50 skill trades such as mechatronics, manufacturing team challenge, aeronautical engineering, cloud computing, cyber security, baking, beauty therapy, hairdressing, carpentry, water technology, IT network cabling and many others.

India won a gold, a silver, 2 bronze and 15 Medallions of Excellence; ranked 13th among 63 countries that participated at World-Skills International 2019.

Source: Press Information Bureau, Government of India, Read full coverage

“Aadi Mahotsav 2019” inaugurated on 16-Nov-19 at Dilli Haat, INA

17-Nov-2019

The Delhi Aadi Mahotsav has been inaugurated at Dilli Haat, INA, New Delhi from 16-Nov-19 to 30-Nov-19. The theme of this Aadi Mohotsav is “A Celebration of the Spirit of Tribal Crafts, Culture and Commerce”.

Tribal population reside in 40% of country's area and constitute 8% of its population.

Over 1000 tribal artisans and artists from 27 States will participate in the event and will feature exhibition-cum-sale of tribal handicrafts, art, paintings, fabric, jewellery etc.

The tribal textiles manufactured by Master tribal Craftsmen from all states and union territories of India will be the main attractions. A wide range of products from the tribal artisans from Leh (Ladaakh) will showcase for the first time.

With the objective to go cashless, the tribal merchants will also accept payment through major credit/debit cards.

Source: Press Information Bureau, Government of India, Read full coverage

Beach cleaning drive collects and disposes 84 Tons of solid waste from Indian Coasts

15-Nov-2019

The Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change (MoEF&CC) has oragnized a week long cleanliness-cum-awareness drive - “Swachh - Nirmal Tat Abhiyaan”.

50 beaches in 10 coastal States/UTs, covering a total of 110 kilometers of beach stretches are being cleaned by thousands of volunteers. The various states/ Union territories are Gujarat, Daman & Diu, Maharashtra, Goa, Karnataka, Kerala, Tamil Nadu, Puducherry, Andhra Pradesh, and Odisha.

Several Beach sand cleaning machines are being deployed and disposing off the waste is being done according to the Waste Management Rules, 2016.

Source: Press Information Bureau, Government of India, Read full coverage

39th India International Trade Fair (IITF) inaugurated in Delhi

15-Nov-2019

The 39th India International Trade Fair(IITF) was inaugurated in Delhi on 14-Nov-19 with Bihar and Jharkhand as focus States. The theme for this IITF is “Ease of Doing Business” inspired by rising of India to 63rd rank on the World Bank’s Ease of Doing Business Index.

Several countries like Australia, Iran, UK, Vietnam, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Bhutan, China, Egypt, Hong Kong and Indonesia are participating in the 14-day trade fair. Afghanistan has been given the status of Partner Country for this year IITF.

The Khadi Pavilion was inaugurated at IITF, having the theme of Sabarmati Ashram celebrating the ‘spirit of Indianness’.

Source: Press Information Bureau, Government of India, Read full coverage

India - US HADR Exercise TIGER TRIUMPH to start at Visakhapatnam from 13-Nov-19

13-Nov-2019

India-US joint Tri services Humanitarian Assistance and Disaster Relief (HADR) Exercise ‘TIGER TRIUMPH’ is scheduled from 13-Nov-19 to 21-Nov-19.

Indian Naval ships Jalashwa, Airavat and Sandhayak, Indian Army troops from 19 Madras and 7 Guards, Indian Air Force MI-17 helicopters plus Rapid Action Medical Team (RAMT) and The US Navy Ship Germantown with troops from US Third Marine Division will join the exercise. The objective of the exercise is to develop interoperability for conducting HADR operations.

Source: Press Information Bureau, Government of India, Read full coverage

CBSE opens link for updating Person with Disability Category up-to 18-Nov-19

16-Nov-2019

Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) has issued a circular informing the extension of date for updating the PWD category in the List of Candidates (LOC) for 2020 Board examinations. The Link for updating the LOC will remain open from 12-Nov-2019 to 18-Nov-2019.

The PWD Act, 2016 contains 21 disabilities - Blindness, Low-vision, Leprosy Cured persons, Hearing Impairment (deaf and hard of hearing), Locomotor Disability, Dwarfism, Intellectual Disability, Mental Illness, Autism Spectrum Disorder, Cerebral Palsy, Muscular Dystrophy, Chronic Neurological conditions, Specific Learning Disabilities, Multiple Sclerosis, Speech and Language disability, Thalassemia, Hemophilia, Sickle Cell disease, Multiple Disabilities including deaf-blindness, Acid Attack victims, Parkinson’s disease.

CBSE extends exemptions/ concessions for students in PWD category.

5th Edition of Global Exhibition on Services (GES) 2019 from 26-28 Nov 19

12-Nov-2019

The 5th edition of Global Exhibition on Service (GES) 2019 is being held from 26-28 November 2019 in Bengaluru, over 100 countries will participate in the event.

The objective of GES is to attract investments and partnerships in following strategic areas

  1. Aviation and space programme
  2. Infrastructure

  3. Telecom projects

  4. Financial management and accounting

  5. Content, design, media distribution and outsourcing publishing work

  6. Intellectual Property management services

  7. Environmental/ social impact assessment

GES 2019 SEPC is also promoting eSports, Pro-Gamer servcies. The eSports industry is expected to grow rapidly and generate close to USD 1.8 billion in revenue by 2022.



Source: Press Information Bureau, Government of India, Read full coverage


Skill India certifies 500 candidates for skill in footwear manufacturing

11-Nov-2019

Dr. Mahendra Nath Pandey, Minister of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship (MSDE), announced and distributed Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) certificates to 500 candidates for their skill in footwear manufacturing at ‘Meet at Agra 2019’ on 08-Nov-19. The annual exhibition-cum-fair is organized by Agra Footwear Manufacturers and Exporters Chamber (AFMEC) at Agra.

Certified candidates are trained and assessed on their skill set under the RPL program. The program - 'Pradhan Mantri Kaushal Vikas Yojana (PMKVY)' of MSDE recognizes and certifies skills acquired through informal means and helps in shift of un-organized sector to organized economy.

India's footwear industry contributes about 2% to country's GDP and has the potential to cross USD 9 billion by 2020.

Source: Press Information Bureau, Government of India, Read full coverage

Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurates Integrated Check Post, Kartarpur Corridor

10-Nov-2019

PM Narendra Modi inaugurated Integrated Check Post and flagged off first batch of pilgrims at Kartarpur Sahib corridor in Gurdaspur.

Provisions made for facilitation of Pilgrims, (1) 4.2 Km Amritsar – Gurdaspur four lane highway has been constructed for connecting Dera Baba Nanak. (2) The state-of-the-art fully air conditioned Passenger Terminal Building having over 50 immigration counters for facilitating 5000 pilgrims a day. The terminal has Best-in-class security infrastructure with CCTV surveillance and public address systems.

The India-Pakistan agreement allows Visa Free travel for Pilgrims with a valid passport plus OCI card if Pilgrims are of India origin. The Corridor is open from dawn to dusk, Pilgrims must return on the same day. The agreement will allow celebrations of the historic occasion of 550th Birth Anniversary of Sri Guru Nanak Devji throughout the country and across the globe.

The registration of pilgrims can be done through online portal - prakashpurb550.mha.gov.in

Source: Press Information Bureau, Government of India, Read full coverage

Upgraded 3D Air Combat Mobile Game ‘Indian Air Force: A Cut Above’ Launched

12-Nov-2019

The Vice Chief of the Air Staff, Air Marshal HS Arora AVSM, ADC launched the multiplayer version of 3D Air Combat Mobile Game “Indian Air Force: A Cut Above”, The Single player version of the mobile game was launched on 31-May-19 and has been downloaded by more than 2.2 million users.

The player can choose from diverse range of the IAF aircrafts; Mig 21, Tejas, Mig 29. The game has two modes:

  1. Team Battle - Player forms a team and takes on adversaries in the virtual arena thus enabling a real feel of the aerial combat

  2. Death Match - Player joins an Arena where the player is a part of eight opponents


The games includes “Augmented Reality” allowing 360 degree view of the aircraft both from inside as well as outside.

“Indian Air Force: A Cut Above” will be available on Android and IOS platforms.

Source: Press Information Bureau, Government of India, Read full coverage

Central Board of Secondary Education is organizing Fitness Week in Schools

09-Nov-2019

As part of the Fit India Movement, Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) is observing Fitness Week in the second and third Week of November 2019, students from 22000 CBSE schools from all over the country will participate in the event.

The main objective of the Fitness Week is to motivate school children to spend more time as “Active Field Time” instead of “Passive Screen Time”.

The extensive 6-day programme will go beyond the usual form of physical exercises and include other interesting forms of fitness like dance, aerobics and gardening, plus the indigenous games from various regions like Cowrie (Gujarat), Silamba (Tamil Nadu), Bante (Jammu and Kashmir), GulliDanda (Punjab), Pambaram (Kerala) are included.

Source: Press Information Bureau, Government of India, Read full coverage

Sports

In T20 match in Rajkot (07-Nov-19) between India and Bangladesh, India wins by eight wickets to level the three-match series.

KHADI INDIA, Connaught Place, New Delhi registers new milestones in Khadi Sale

08-Nov-2019

KHADI INDIA CP registered 10% increase in Khadi sale in comparison to the last year; though in Khadi sector April to September is considered as slack period.

Also, the store registered highest ever sale of Rs. 1.28 Crores in a single day on Gandhi Jayanti (02-Oct-19), prior to this the highest sale recorded on a day was Rs. 1.25 Crore on 13-Oct-18.

The Store has also recorded success in the Gift Coupons sale in India. KVIC had introduced Gift Coupons Scheme in August 2016, and in almost three years, Gift Coupons worth Rs. 89.32 Crores have been sold.

Source: Press Information Bureau, Government of India, Read full coverage

Indian and Indonesian Navy Bilateral Maritime Exercise ‘Samudra Shakti' in the Bay of Bengal

08-Nov-2019

Indian Anti-Submarine Warfare Corvette - 'INS Kamorta' and Indonesian Warship 'KRI Usman Harun' had a joint exercise in the Bay of Bengal as part of the Indian Navy – Indonesian Navy Bilateral Exercise ‘Samudra Shakti’ from 06-Nov-19 to 07-Nov-19.

Manoeuvres, Surface Warfare exercises, Air Defence exercises, Weapon firing drills, Helicopter Operations and Boarding Operations were included in the joint exercise.

Source: Press Information Bureau, Government of India, Read full coverage

Central Board of Secondary Education(CBSE) Circular on 2020 Examination Sample Papers

09-Nov-2019

Central Board of Secondary Education(CBSE) has issued a Circular on 07-Nov-19 suggesting that for 2020 Examinations, the sample papers should be taken into consideration instead of the Design/ Blue Print that were published along with the Curriculum on CBSE website in April 2019.

CBSE has informed that to make Students future ready, few modifications have been done after the Design/ Blue print was published and have directed the Schools to guide students accordingly, also Schools may also use the design of Sample Papers for Pre-board purposes.

The Sample papers are available on CBSE website www.cbse.nic.in

Sports

  1. Manu Bhaker won gold in women's 10m air pistol event at the Asian Shooting Championships

  2. Vivaan Kapoor and Manisha Keer won the gold in junior trap mixed event at the Asian Shooting Championships

  3. Saina Nehwal lost the women's singles, Saina and mixed doubles pair (Pranav Jerry Chopra and Sikki Reddyand) makes an early exit from the China Open tournament

  4. Parupalli Kashyap registers a victory over Thailand's Sitthikom Thammasin

Unique 'Harmonized System' (HS) code assigned to 'Khadi'

07-Nov-2019

On 4th November 2019, exclusive HS code bracket has been issued for Khadi by the Central Government of India.

Earlier, all the data regarding Khadi export was listed under normal fabric head; now with a separate HS Code, focused export strategies can be made and monitored.

Khadi and Village Industries products are eco-friendly and natural due to which they are in great demand in the International Markets.

Source: Press Information Bureau, Government of India, Read full coverage

National School of Drama - 11th Bal Sangam starting from 09-Nov-19

07-Nov-2019

National School of Drama announced the commencement of 11th edition of Bal Sangam starting from 9th November 2019 for 4 days.

This edition of Bal Sangam will showcase folk & traditional performing Arts & folk Theatre from 12 states of India dedicated to children. An inaugural performance ‘Rangoli’ by folk and traditional child artists of various states is choreographed by renowned choreographer Shri Bharat Sharma. The Festival also includes folk dance, martial arts, acrobatics, street play performances, juggling, puppetry and magic shows.

Source: Press Information Bureau, Government of India, Read full coverage

Indian Railway’s Introduces 'Uttam Rake' on 69th Foundation Day of Western Railway

07-Nov-2019

Indian Railways introduced the state-of-the-art “UTTAM RAKE” on 69th Foundation Day of Western Railway on 5th November, 2019. The inaugural run was a Ladies Special local train from Churchgate to Virar in Mumbai.

Uttam rake has several advanced features and improved interiors like CCTV Surveillance System in all coaches, Modular Luggage rack, High backrest seats in First Class coaches, Brushless DC (BLDC) fans in all coaches which consumes 30% less energy, diffused LED lights, improved aesthetic, Red Emergency Buttons etc.

Western Railways - Mumbai Suburban section is first to introduce Ladies Special local train in the world on 5th May, 1992 and also first to introduce Air-Conditioned EMU train in India on 25th December, 2017.

Source: Press Information Bureau, Government of India, Read full coverage

Sports

Deepak Kumar's win in men's 10m air rifle bronze medal at the 14th Asian Championships secures 10th Tokyo Olympic quota in shooting for India

Cyclone 'Maha' - Humanitarian and Disaster Relief readiness

06-Nov-2019

The Western Naval Command of the Indian Navy is prepared to undertake Humanitarian and Disaster Relief (HADR) operations, 4 warships of the Western Naval Command loaded with HADR relief materials like food packets, water, medical supplies and other essential commodities plus the Emergency Response Teams (ERT) equipped with underwater diving equipment and inflatable boats are positioned to respond on immediate basis if required.

Cyclone 'Maha' is excpected to make landfall near Veraval by 06-Nov-19 as a Cyclonic Storm having winds speed of 35 - 40 Knots, rough to very rough sea conditions are likely to effect East Central Arabian Sea and heavy rain with thunder and lightning is expected to effect South Gujarat and North Maharashtra areas.

Source: Press Information Bureau, Government of India, Read full coverage

Wastelands Atlas - 2019 with robust geospatial information for reclaiming India's wasteland

06-Nov-2019

The Union Minister for Rural Development, Agriculture and Farmers Welfare & Panchayati Raj, Shri Narendra Singh Tomar released the Wastelands Atlas – 2019.

India is home to 18% of the world population and with 2.4% of the total world's land.
Unprecedented pressure on the land beyond its capacity is resulting into land degradation; therefore, robust geospatial information on wastelands is of great significance so that effective measures can be taken to reclaim the wasteland in the categories of land with dense scrub, waterlogged and marshy land, sandy areas, degraded pastures / grazing land, gullied and ravinous land.

Source: Press Information Bureau, Government of India, Read full coverage

Union Ministry for Agriculture & Farmers Welfare updates on Stubble burning

06-Nov-2019

Union Ministry for Agriculture & Farmers Welfare has said that several measures have been adopted to tackle Stubble burning incidents causing severe air pollution in Delhi NCR.

According to ICAR’s Creams Laboratory bulletin dated 4th November 2019, there has been a reduction of 12.01% in stubble burning incidents as compared to the same period during last year in the states of Punjab, Haryana and Uttar Pradesh. The Government of India subsidized machinery required for in-situ management of crop residue.

Various equipment/ machines developed for in-situ crop residue management are Super Straw Management System attached to combine harvester, Happy Seeder, Straw Chopper/ Mulcher, Rotary Slasher, Reversible M B Plough, Rotavator.

Source: Press Information Bureau, Government of India, Read full coverage

CBSE link for marking correction in the List of Candidates (Last Date - 11-Nov-19)

11-Nov-2019

Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) has opened the link for marking corrections in the "List of Candidates". The Link will remain open from the 4th of November 2019 to the 11th of November 2019.

Apart from other permissible changes in the student's data for 2020 Examinations, CBSE is providing the last opportunity to correct the choice in Mathematics Standard and Mathematics Basic.

CBSE introduced two levels of Mathematics for Class 10 this year; 'Mathematics-Standard' for the existing level of examination, and 'Mathematics-Basic' for the easier level of examination. The Mathematics-Basic is for the students who do not want to pursue Mathematics at higher levels.

Please visit the official CBSE website for more details.

Sports

  1. Indian Women's and Men's hockey teams qualify for Olympics Games 2020 in Tokyo.

  2. Everton Football club midfielder Andre Gomes, Portuguese professional footballer will undergo surgery after an ankle injury in Sunday's Premier League match, he has been diagnosed with a fracture dislocation to his right ankle.

  3. Ashleigh Barty, an Australian professional tennis player and former cricketer, becomes the first Australian to top the Women's Tennis Association rankings after beating defending champion Elina Svitolina.

ICEDASH for Customs clearance of imported goods and ATITHI for facilitating international passengers

05-Nov-2019

Union Minister of Finance and Corporate Affairs, Smt Nirmala Sitharaman launched ICEDASH and ATITHI on 04-Nov-19. The website/ apps will allow improved monitoring and pace of Customs clearance of imported goods and facilitate arrival of international passengers to file Customs baggage and currency declarations electronically.

ICEDASH - Provides an effective tool that helps the businesses compare clearance times across ports and plan their logistics.

ATITHI - Mobile app for international travelers to file the Customs declaration of dutiable items and currency with the Indian Customs. ATITHI is available on iOS and Android.

Source: Press Information Bureau, Government of India, Read full coverage

Ministry of Skill Development & Entrepreneurship Collaborates with IBM, launch Skills Build platform

05-Nov-2019

Directorate General of Training (DGT) under Ministry of Skill Development & Entrepreneurship Collaborates with IBM to launch Skills Build platform

Industrial Training Institutes (ITIs) & National Skill Training Institutes (NSTIs) will offer two-year advanced diploma in IT, networking and cloud computing that is co-created and designed by IBM. The platform further extends to train ITI & NSTI faculty on developing skills in Artificial Intelligence (AI).

IBM and Ministry of Skill Development & Entrepreneurship (MSDE) launched first New-Collar Curriculum in 2018, on successful completion of the course in September 2019, 19 students have been offered a five month paid internship at IBM.

Source: Press Information Bureau, Government of India, Read full coverage