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Skill India’s Rozgar Mela in Bikaner; 7500+ youth visit, almost 2000 get shortlisted for jobs

The two-day Skill India Rozgar Mela concluded on 13-Sep-19. More than 7500 visitors/ job aspirants attended the event. The Mela was one of the largest job fairs organized by the National Skill Development Corporation (NSDC) witnessing participation from over 100 companies.

More than 2000 candidates were offered job for various roles like Technician, Electrician, Machine Operator, Fitter, Turner, Sales Executive, Delivery Executive, Business Executive, Relationship Officer and Data Entry Operator.

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Road Transport & Highways - One Nation One Fastag

A conference on One Nation One FASTag will be inaugurated in Delhi on 14-Sep-19, the main objective of the conference is to sign MoUs with state departments/ other agencies for implementing a unified electronic tolling solution across the country.

FASTag affixed on the windscreen of a vehicle will allow smooth pass without congestion at every toll plaza in the country

Another MoU between the Indian Highways Management Company Ltd. (IHMCL) and Goods and Services Tax Network (GSTN) will be signed for integratiing FASTag with GST E- Way Bill System.

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India International Cooperatives Trade Fair closing ceremony

Union Minister for Commerce and Industries Shri Piyush Goyal addressed the closing ceremony of ‘India International Cooperatives Trade Fair’(IICTF) at Pragati Maidan, New Delhi. He said that the foundation of the cooperative movement was laid by Sardar Patel and expressed happiness on the success of the event; foot fall at the IICTF has been more than 35000 with more than 4 thousand trade inquiries.

35 countries participated in the India International Cooperatives Trade Fair (IICTF).

75 MoUs were signed on the third day of the event and various thematic sessions were held including Big Data and Cyber Security in Cooperative Sector.

Source: https://pib.gov.in Read more

Sports

  1. India defeats South Africa by an innings and 137 runs in Pune on Sunday creating a history with 11th successive Test series win, Australia's record of 10 series wins in the longest format is broken.

  2. Sixth-seeded Rani enters the final after beating Thailand's Chuthamat Raksat 4-1 in her semifinal (48-kilogram category) at Ulan-Ude

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  1. India defeats South Africa by an innings and 137 runs in Pune on Sunday creating a history with 11th successive Test series win, Australia's record of 10 series wins in the longest format is broken.

  2. Sixth-seeded Rani enters the final after beating Thailand's Chuthamat Raksat 4-1 in her semifinal (48-kilogram category) at Ulan-Ude

Skill India’s Rozgar Mela in Bikaner; 7500+ youth visit, almost 2000 get shortlisted for jobs

14-Oct-2019

The two-day Skill India Rozgar Mela concluded on 13-Sep-19. More than 7500 visitors/ job aspirants attended the event. The Mela was one of the largest job fairs organized by the National Skill Development Corporation (NSDC) witnessing participation from over 100 companies.

More than 2000 candidates were offered job for various roles like Technician, Electrician, Machine Operator, Fitter, Turner, Sales Executive, Delivery Executive, Business Executive, Relationship Officer and Data Entry Operator.

Source: https://pib.gov.in Read more

Road Transport & Highways - One Nation One Fastag

14-Oct-2019

A conference on One Nation One FASTag will be inaugurated in Delhi on 14-Sep-19, the main objective of the conference is to sign MoUs with state departments/ other agencies for implementing a unified electronic tolling solution across the country.

FASTag affixed on the windscreen of a vehicle will allow smooth pass without congestion at every toll plaza in the country

Another MoU between the Indian Highways Management Company Ltd. (IHMCL) and Goods and Services Tax Network (GSTN) will be signed for integratiing FASTag with GST E- Way Bill System.

Source: https://pib.gov.in Read more

India International Cooperatives Trade Fair closing ceremony

14-Oct-2019

Union Minister for Commerce and Industries Shri Piyush Goyal addressed the closing ceremony of ‘India International Cooperatives Trade Fair’(IICTF) at Pragati Maidan, New Delhi. He said that the foundation of the cooperative movement was laid by Sardar Patel and expressed happiness on the success of the event; foot fall at the IICTF has been more than 35000 with more than 4 thousand trade inquiries.

35 countries participated in the India International Cooperatives Trade Fair (IICTF).

75 MoUs were signed on the third day of the event and various thematic sessions were held including Big Data and Cyber Security in Cooperative Sector.

Source: https://pib.gov.in Read more

Army Commander’s Conference

12-Oct-2019

The Army Commander’s Conference is apex level biannual event held in April and October every year. The October session will be held in New Delhi from 14th Oct to 19th Oct.


The agenda for apex level leadership of Indian Army is


  1. Brainstorm on current emerging security and administrative challenges

  2. Chart the future course for Indian Army

  3. Update by the Army Commanders on their respective operational and administrative issues

  4. Discussions on ongoing contemporary issues

  5. Promote indigenization through ‘Make in India’

An equipment display by defence industries showcasing niche technology; Artificial Intelligence, Drone Systems, Ammunition and Unmanned Ground Vehicles will also be a part of this conference.


Source: pib.gov.in. Read more

Unique initiative for talented students ‘Pradhan Mantri Innovative Learning Programme- DHRUV’

11-Oct-2019

Union Human Resource Development Minister Shri Ramesh Pokhriyal ‘Nishank’ launched a unique initiative, the Pradhan Mantri Innovative Learning Programme-DHRUV. The Pradhan Mantri Innovative Learning Programme has been started to identify and encourage talented children to enrich their skills and knowledge.

The programme will help meritorious students to achieve excellence in their specific areas of interest may it be science, performing arts, creative writing, etc. Renowned experts in different areas will mentor gifted children in various centres of excellence, so that they can reach their full potential.

60 outstandingly talented students chosen from classes 9 to 12 from government and private schools have been selected in the first batch of DHRUV programme covering two streams; Science and Performing Arts.

Wing Cdr. Shri Rakesh Sharma, Ashok Chakra (Retd.) appealed to the student to be future ready to take on the challenges like terrorism, climate change, pollution which are staring us in the face now.

38th India Carpet Expo in Varanasi

11-Oct-2019

The Carpet Export Promotion Council (CEPC) is organizing the 38th India Carpet Expo from Friday, 11th - 14th October, 2019. The Carpet Expo is one of the largest handmade carpet fairs in Asia. The aim of India Carpet Expo is to promote the cultural heritage and weaving skills of Indian hand-made carpets as well as other floor coverings.

India’s unique capability in adapting to any type of raw-material (wool, silk, manmade fibre, jute, cotton and different yarns), design, colour, quality and size as per the specifications of the buyers has made it famous in the international market. The industry provides employment to over 20 lakh workers and artisans especially women.

India exports 85-90% of its total handmade carpet production to more than 70 countries - USA, Germany, Canada, United Kingdom, Australia, South Africa, France, Italy and Brazil and China.

India targets achieving 1,75,000 MW of renewable power capacity by Year 2022

11-Oct-2019

Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE) informed in a statement that India will exceed the target of installing 1,75,000 MW of renewable power capacity by the year 2022. MNRE shared the status of completion with following details.


  • Installation completed: 82,580 MW

  • Under various stages of installation: 31,150 MW

  • Under various stages of bidding (target completion by Sep'21): 39,000 MW

  • To bid: 23,000 MW

India’s renewable power capacity has increased from 34000 MW to 82,580 MW, 138 percent growth since the year 2014. The global rank for India is as below:


  • 5th in solar power

  • 4th in wind power

  • 4th in total renewable power

  • 3rd in renewable power (If large hydro included)

Sports

  1. World Women's Championship: Mary Kom enters quarterfinals

  2. German World Cup champion; midfielder - Bastian Schweinsteiger has announced his retirement from soccer

Low cost device for ocean states forecast and mapping potential fishing zones launched

10-Oct-2019

For seamless and effective dissemination of emergency information and communication on disaster warnings, Gagan Enabled Mariner’s Instrument for Navigation and Information (GEMINI) device has been launched which allows the following advisories:

  1. Potential Fishing Zones (PFZ) - Provide information on the probable locations on fish aggregation in sea

  2. Ocean States Forecasts (OSF) - Provide the accurate state of the ocean


Mahatma Gandhi National Fellowship Programme - IIM Bangalore

10-Oct-2019

Ministry of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship (MSDE) has launched a two-year fellowship programme - Mahatma Gandhi National Fellowship (MGNF) in association with Indian Institute of Management (IIM) Bangalore.

The programme is designed to address non-availability of human resources for implementation of various programmes at national, state and district levels.

The programme is being run as SANKALP (Skills Acquisition and Knowledge Awareness for Livelihood Promotion) initiative.

DEPwD to Observe World Mental Health Day on 10-Oct

10-Oct-2019

Department of Empowerment of Persons with Disabilities (DEPwD), Ministry of Social Justice & Empowerment is observing 10-Oct as the “World Mental Health Day”.

The National Institutes working under the department have prepared several activities for raising awareness about Mental Health issues.

  1. Nukkad Natak

  2. Brain Storming sessions amongst students

  3. Run for Happiness

  4. Talk Shows

  5. Human Chain Smiley

  6. Various posters relevant to the subject

  7. Holding of Seminars

  8. Awareness Activities including stage play, theatre, essays, debate competition

  9. Publicizing success stories

  10. Holding Meetings in residential areas to sensitize parents and youth

  11. Special Full Day Programme may be organized on 10th October 2019

Sports

Rohit Sharma has jumped to his career's best spot (17th) in the ICC Test Player Rankings.

Nobel Prize 2019 for Physics announced

09-Oct-2019

James Peebles, Michel Mayor and Didier Queloz have won the Nobel Prize 2019 for Physics. The 3 scientists have contribution to the understanding of the evolution of the universe and earth's place in the cosmos.

  1. James Peebles has been awared for theoretical discoveries in physical cosmology.

  2. Michel Mayor and Didier Queloz have been jointly awarded for the discovery of an exoplanet orbiting a solar-type star.

India becomes stronger, Indian Air Force equipped with Rafale Medium Multi-Role Combat Aircraft

09-Oct-2019

Raksha Mantri Shri Rajnath Singh said that the new Rafale Medium Multi-Role Combat Aircraft (MMRCA) will make India stronger boost its air dominance exponentially to ensure peace and security in the region.

He stated, “In India, today is Dussehra, the festival where we celebrate victory over evil. It is also the 87th Indian Air Force Day. Therefore, today’s day becomes symbolic in so many ways”

The Inter-Governmental Agreement (IGA) for procuring 36 Rafale aircraft was signed between the Government of India and Government of France in the year 2016.

PM salutes air warriors and their families on 87th anniversary of Air Force

09-Oct-2019

The Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi salutes air warriors and their families on Air Force Day - the 08th of October.

He said - "Today, on Air Force Day, a proud nation expresses gratitude to our air warriors and their families. The Indian Air Force continues to serve India with utmost dedication and excellence."

The Indian Air Force, IAF, celebrated its 87th anniversary with a grand function held at the Air Force Station Hindan near Ghaziabad.

Dr Harsh Vardhan launches eDantseva website and mobile application

08-Oct-2019

Dr Harsh Vardhan, Union Minister of Health and Family Welfare launched the eDantseva website and mobile application; Braille booklet and Voice over on Oral Health Education for the visually impaired individuals, oral health posters for pregnant women and children.

e-DantSeva contains information about the National Oral Health Program with following objectives:

  1. Provide detailed list of all the dental facility and colleges

  2. Provide Information, Education and Communication (IEC) material

  3. Provide Symptom Checker, information on symptoms of dental/oral health problems, ways to prevent and treatment modes

  4. Direct users to find their nearest available dental facility (public and private sectors both)

  5. Provide GPRS route/images/satellite images of the facility

Ministry of Tourism organises Adventure Trekking Training course in Ladakh

08-Oct-2019

The Indian Institute of Skiing & Mountaineering (IISM) Gulmarg, under the Ministry of Tourism, Government of India in association with Indian Institute of Travel & Tourism Management (IITTM) organised an Adventure Tourism Training Courses in Trekking. The objective of the course is to promote tourism activities and to develop basic skills of Trekking among the youth.

The 10 days training course will train local youth in various aspects of mountain trekking along with hands on experience, almost 90 local youth are being trained in three batches.

India announces Cotton Technical Assistance Programme for 5 African Countries on World Cotton Day

08-Oct-2019

Textiles Minister, Smt Smriti Zubin Irani addresses WTO on World Cotton Day in Geneva.

Textiles Minister said that India announces the launch of the second phase of the Cotton Technical Assistance Programme (TAP) for Mali, Ghana, Togo, Zambia and Tanzania, this adds to the list of 6 countries covered under the Phase-1 of TAP Programme. India implemented TAP for cotton in Benin, Burkina Faso, Chad, Malawi, Nigeria and Uganda from 2012 to 2018.

She said that India is a country of 8 million small and marginal cotton farmers, one of the world’s largest producers and consumers of cotton; and also informed that a live demonstration of the Charkha has been arranged by Pitta Ramulu. Pitta Ramulu is a National Award winning weaver from India.

Sports

  1. R Ashwin becomes fastest Indian to take 350 wickets in Test matches

  2. Vizag Test: India beat South Africa by 203 runs

The Vice Presidents speaks about the role of media in a healthy democracy

07-Oct-2019

The Vice President, Shri M. Venkaiah Naidu while addressing the centennial celebrations of ‘the Samaja’, a leading Odia Daily talked about the role of media and urged to shun tendency to sensationalize and present facts dispassionately.

He said that media in a healthy democracy must:

  1. Remain honest and truthful and act with great restraint and responsibility

  2. Place welfare of the common man and progress of the nation at the centre of all its activities

  3. Report more of positive developmental stories

  4. Be voice of the voiceless and help of the helpless

  5. Must take up national missions such as ‘Fit India’ and turn them into people’s movements

The Vice President urges poets to use their talent to build a better world

07-Oct-2019

The Vice President, Shri M. Venkaiah Naidu addressed the valedictory session of the 39th World Congress of Poets (WCP) at Bhubaneswar in Odisha on 06-Oct-19. Poets from several countries participated in the Conference.

Shri Naidu said that poets have the ability to influence and shape people’s thoughts, feelings and attitudes to build a better world.

"Poetry is one of the finest expressions of human emotions. It conveys the deepest insights, wide range of emotions and elevates human experience to highest levels of consciousness" - he said.

Raksha Mantri Shri Rajnath Singh to receive first Rafale fighter aircraft

07-Oct-2019

Raksha Mantri, Shri Rajnath Singh and French Minister of Armed Forces Ms Florence Parly will attend the Rafale fighter aircraft handing over ceremony at Merignac on 08-Oct-19.

Shri Rajnath Singh will perform the Shastra Puja on the auspicious day of Vijayadashami and also fly a sortie in the Rafale fighter aircraft. Later, Raksha Mantri will address the CEOs of the French Defence industry and urge them to participate in “Make in India” and the DefExpo to be held in Lucknow from 05-Feb-20 to 08-Feb-20.

Golden Jubilee Edition of International Film Festival of India

07-Oct-2019

The Union Minister for Information & Broadcasting, Shri Prakash Javadekar announced that 50th International Film Festival of India, 2019 will showcase over 200 best films from 76 countries and 26 feature films and 15 non feature films in Indian panorama section.

The Minister also stated that 12 prominent films in different languages that have completed 50 years in 2019 will be part IFFI celebrations Golden Jubilee edition.

Dadasaheb Phalke Award winner Shri. Amitabh Bachchan’s outstanding contribution to Cinema will also be honoured and celebrated.

Minister of Petroleum & Natural Gas and Steel to visit Mongolia

07-Oct-2019

Minister of Petroleum & Natural Gas and Steel Shri Dharmendra Pradhan plus official and business delegation, will visit Mongolia on 7 October 2019 to participate in the opening ceremony of Mongol Refinery project.

The Mongol Refinery project is being developed with the help of USD 1.236 Billion line of credit extended by India. An Indian PSU, Engineers India Ltd. is the Project Management Consultant for the development of the oil refinery.

The Vice President inaugurates National Seminar on SMART Policing

06-Oct-2019

Addressing a National Seminar on SMART Policing organized jointly by the Indian Police Foundation, the National Centre for Good Governance and the Bureau of Police Research and Development (BPR&D), The Vice President of India Shri M Venkaiah Naidu stressed upon enhancing the capabilities of security forces to deal with emerging challenges and effective use IT potential to improve investigation and police governance.

“We have been talking for many years to make police stations people-friendly. Unfortunately, that is not happening. Unless the senior officers take the lead in changing the atmosphere in police stations, I am afraid that things might not improve,” he added.

He said that the focus must be to follow swift and objective approach in dealing with cases instead of bothering about the increase in crime figures, and that every complaint must be registered and enquired.

North East Handloom and Handicraft Exhibition in Aizawl

06-Oct-2019

The Home Minister, Shri Amit Shah inaugurates North East Handloom and Handicraft Exhibition in Aizawl and said India's North East is rich in availability of forest produce and other raw materials for the handloom and handicraft industry. The availability of the raw materials and the cultural heritage of making handicrafts plus presence of skilled people can play a pioneering role in the development of the North East.

The Home Minister said that Bamboo is taken out from the list of trees that were prohibited for felling due to environmental concerns and hence the availability of Bamboo has increased to facilitate the handicrafts sector.

51st Foundation Day of the Institute of Company Secretaries of India

06-Oct-2019

The President of India, Shri Ram Nath Kovind graces the 51st Foundation Day of the Institute of Company Secretaries of India. The event was organised in New Delhi on 05-Oct-19.

The President said that an Efficient, Fair and Just corporate governance system is a key component of our Nation-Building. He said that company secretaries as governance professional and an internal business partner must foster responsible business; and balance economic objectives with larger socio-economic goals.

He urged the Company Secretaries must ensure that the stakeholders understand the difference between profit and profiteering, and must comply by laws.

India launches “Green Crackers” in efforts to curb air pollution

06-Oct-2019

Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) labs have developed various environment-friendly fireworks like sound emitting crackers, flowerpots, pencils, chakkar and sparklers and are now available in the Indian market for consumers and sellers. The Government launched green firecrackers on 04-Oct-19.

Dr Harsh Vardhan informed that a green logo and a Quick Response (QR) coding system has been developed so that the differentiation of green crackers from conventional crackers becomes easy. QR codes will avoid manufacturing and sale of counterfeit products.

Dr Harsh Vardhan said that the cost of the green crackers and regular crackers is almost similar.

A helpline has been created for any queries related to emission certificates, QR Codes and formulations. The helpline is available on phone at +918617770964 and +919049598046, or on email at director@neeri.res.in.

Sports

  1. UEFA Champions League: Barcelona Beat Inter Milan.

  2. Radjabov Wins FIDE Chess World Cup.