India aims to completely eradicate AIDS before 2030
(d) Health and Family Welfare Minister Dr. Harsh Vardhan has
said the government is making all out efforts to completely eradicate HIV
AIDS in the country before 2030.
(d) He said, India has successfully eliminated polio well before
the target eight years-ago. The Minister was speaking at a function to observe
the World HIV AIDS day in New Delhi today. He also said, attempts should be made
to make the country free from TB before 2025.
(d) He said, 18 ministries are working for the elimination of
various diseases. Stating that voluntary blood donation is the best tribute to
humanity, the Minister asked the people to donate blood saying that regular
blood donation can prevent heart diseases. 'Communities make the difference' is
the theme of this year's World HIV AIDS day.
(d) As per the latest estimate of 2017, there are around 21 lakh
40 thousand people living with HIV in the country. The government is
implementing National AIDS Control Programme (NACP) as a hundred per cent
Central Sector Scheme for prevention and control of AIDS.
(d) NACP response to HIV epidemic comprise a comprehensive
three-pronged strategy of prevention, testing and treatment.The Government has
also developed a seven-year National Strategic Plan from 2017 to 2024 to achieve
the Sustainable Development Goal of ending AIDS as a public health threat by
BSF brings in new technology to guard Indo-Pak border
(d) Minister of State for Home Affairs NityanandaRai today
said the Government is committed to equipping the forces with the latest
equipment and technology. He was addressing the 55th Raising Day event of
the force at a BSF camp in New Delhi today.
(d) Mr.Rai said that citizens of India feel safe because of the
BSF jawans' promptness on the world's most sensitive international borders. He
further said that efforts are being made to infiltrate and smuggle, by the
country's enemies, but BSF jawans are thwarting the attempts with their
(d) Speaking at the function, BSF, Director General, V K Johri,
said the BSF is working on technological solutions to combat the threat of
drones along the India-Pakistan International Border.
(d) Mr.Johari also said that force has expanded its strategic
capabilities by using new technology and intelligence to guard the over 6,386 km
long borders with Pakistan and Bangladesh.
(d) He said, the Line of Control in Jammu and Kashmir and the
International Border along Punjab have become operationally sensitive in recent
times. He added that anti-India forces are continuously trying to infiltrate
across the border, and the BSF is at all times to thwart these bids.
(d) AIR correspondent reports that the BSF is primarily tasked
with guarding the India and Pakistan borders, apart from rendering a variety of
roles in internal security.
Centre to bring out permanent solution to curb stubble burning
(d) The Centre is formulating a scheme to find a permanent
solution to the practice stubble burning by farmers and has constituted a
committee to come out with a report on the matter in a month or two,
Minister of State for Agriculture and Farmers Welfare ParshottamRupala said
(d) The MoS said that the new committee will come out with a new
scheme within one or two months.He said in some states farmers burn stubble for
sowing the next crop and the government is planning to educate them about
diversification of crops.
(d) Besides, the government has given machines worth Rs 1,151
crore to farmers for managing stubble besides creating awareness.A total of
55,000 machines were provided to three states, he said, and added that Delhi is
not managing it well.
(d) The Minister said that paddy stubble burning is mainly
practised in the Indo-Gangetic plains in Punjab, Haryana and Uttar Pradesh to
clear the fields for rabi crop sowing.
(d) Apart from the loss of nutrients, some soil nutrients, some
soil properties like soil temperature, pH, moisture, available phosphorus and
soil organic matter, which also govern microbial population of soil, are greatly
affected due to stubble burning, he said.
Global companies agree to shift base from China to India
(d) Finance Minister NirmalaSitharaman on Saturday said
about 12 global companies have evinced interest to shift their base from
China to India, taking advantage of competitive tax rate of 15 per cent
(d) In a biggest reduction in 28 years, the government in
September reduced corporate tax rate by almost 10 percentage points in a bid to
give a boost to sagging economy.
(d) Base corporate tax for existing companies has been reduced
to 22 per cent from 30 per cent, and for new manufacturing firms incorporated
after October 1, 2019 and starting operation before March 31, 2023, it was
slashed to 15 per cent from 25 per cent.
(d) The finance ministry in September set up a task force headed
by Economic Affairs Secretary to prepare a road map for the "national
infrastructure pipeline" from 2019-20 to 2024-25 under aRs 100 lakh crore infra
plan. The task force expected to cover greenfield and brownfield projects
costing above Rs 100 crore each.
(d) As regards the rationalisation of the taxation, she said,
"We are having a good conversation with all the states and want to make sure
that those essential items may be put to the lowest if not exempt, but for the
rest of them, we are trying to rationalize".
(d) Defence Minister Rajnath Singh and External Affairs
Minister Dr. S. Jaishankar met Japan's Minister of Defence Kono Taro and
Foreign Affairs Minister MotegiToshimitsu for the first India-Japan 22
Foreign and Defence Ministerial Meeting in New Delhi on Saturday. In a joint
statement, the ministers affirmed that the dialogue will further enhance the
strategic depth of bilateral security and defence cooperation.
(d) They condemned in the strongest terms the growing threat of
terrorism, and acknowledged that it constituted a major threat to peace and
security in the region. The Ministers called upon all countries to take resolute
action in rooting out terrorist safe havens and infrastructure.
(d) They underlined the need for all countries to ensure that
all territory under their control is not used to launch terrorist attacks on
other countries in any manner.
(d) They noted in this context the threat posed to regional
security by terrorist networks operating out of Pakistan and called upon it to
take resolute and irreversible action against them and fully comply with
international commitments including to FATF.
(d) Acknowledging emerging security challenges, the Ministers
reiterated their commitment to advancing bilateral security cooperation based on
the 2008 Joint Declaration on Security Cooperation and the 2009 Action Plan to
advance Security Cooperation.
(d) Iraqi protesters set fire to the entrance of a shrine in
the southern holy city of Najaf today and security forces fired tear gas to
(d) The incident took place during one of the bloodiest weeks of
Iraq’s anti-government unrest, which erupted last month.
(d) Meanwhile, Iraqi legislators have approved Prime Minister
Adel Abdul Mahdi's resignation during a parliament session held in capital
Baghdad. On Friday, an embattled Abdul Mahdi formally submitted his offer to
step down following the killing of around 50 demonstrators by the security
forces in Baghdad and Iraq's mainly Shia southern cities of Nasiriya and Najaf.
(d) Referring to Article 76 of the country's constitution,
Speaker Mohammad al-Halbusi today said President BarhamSaleh will now ask the
largest political bloc in parliament to nominate the next prime minister.
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India- Srilanka joint military exercise to begin at Pune
(d) The seventh edition of exercise MITRA SHAKTI aimed at
enhancing interoperability and operational efficiency amongst the armies of
India and Sri Lanka commenced today at Aundh Military Station, Pune.
(d) Defence Ministry said, the objective of the exercise is to
build and promote positive relations between armies of both the countries
through focus on sub unit level training on counter-insurgency and
counter-terrorism operations in urban and rural environment.
(d) The joint training exercise also signifies the strength of
India-Sri Lanka relations in the field of military cooperation and engagement.
(d) The exercise is designed for incorporating the current
dynamics of United Nations peace keeping operations through practical and
comprehensive discussions and tactical exercises.
South Asian games begin at Kathmandu
(d) 13th South Asian Games have formally begun in Kathmandu,
the capital of Nepal.
(d) President of Nepal Bidya Devi Bhandari declared games open
in a glittering ceremony at DasarathaRangshala in Kathmandu this evening.
(d) Vice President Nanda Bahadur Pun, Chairman of National
Assembly Ganesh Timilsina, Deputy Prime Minister IshworPokharel, Ministers from
South Asian countries and a large number of other dignitaries also graced the
opening ceremony. Over 2700 athletes from seven South Asian Countries
participated in the march past.
(d) During 10 days biggest sporting event of South Asia, 2715
athletes compete for 1119 medals including 319 Gold in 26 game categories. India
is represented by 487 athletes. The closing ceremony will be held on 10th