PM calls for making India a hub for heritage tourism
Prime Minister NarendraModi has said that India should be a
world-class centre of heritage tourism. Speaking after unveiling a statue at
the iconic Old Currency Building in Kolkata this evening, the Prime Minister
said, the Centre is planning to set up Indian Institute of Heritage for
which work will start from Indian Museum in Kolkata, one of the oldest
museums of the world.
The Prime Minister dedicated to the nation four iconic buildings
of Kolkata namely Old Currency Building, Belvedere House, Victoria Memorial Hall
and MetCafe House after renovation. He said, the government has taken up a plan
to modernize five museums of the country to international standard. Mr.Modi is
on a two-day visit to the city.
The Prime Minister said, Bengal has rich culture and heritage
and it is the culture which kept us united. Mr.Modi said, we are celebrating of
200th Birth Anniversary of Ishwar Chandra Vidyasagar in 2022, when India will be
celebrating its 75th Anniversary of Independence. He said, the country will also
celebrate 250th Birth Anniversary of great social reformer Raja Ram Mohan Roy.
The Prime Minister further said, the country has great regards
for NetajiSubash Chandra Bose and the government has recognized his great
contributions to freedom movement. The demand of declassification of the files
of Netaji was on for several years. Mr.Modi added, the NDA Government
declassified them. He also said that other revolutionaries from Bengal should
get deserved respect and regard.
Paying glowing tributes to Swami Vivekananda for his
contributions to enriching Indian culture, the Prime Minister said, Swamiji's
teachings are still relevant today.
New portal launched for citizens to lodge their grievances
Minister of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions Dr
Jitendra Singh has said that efforts are on to help citizens lodge their
grievances on the Centralized Public Grievance Redress And Monitoring System
(CPGRAMS) portal in Indian languages.
Participating in a Facebook Live session on Citizen Grievance
Redressal in New Delhi yesterday, Dr Singh said that this process will be
expedited. He said, many States have already replicated the CPGRAMS model and
some States have provisions to lodge grievances in respective regional
The Minister said a big leap has been taken in the newly carved
out Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir with the launch of the “Awaaz-e-aam”-
UT Grievance Redressal Cell and it will soon be linked with the CPGRAMS portal.
Interacting with more than 8,000 active viewers during the Live
programme, Dr Singh appealed to the citizens to submit their entries in the
first Online Hackathon on Data-Driven Innovation for Citizen Grievance Redressa.
It is being conducted by the Department of Administrative
Reforms and Public Grievances (DARPG). The Hackathon was made live on 5th
November last year in a DARPG Workshop and over 53 proposals have been submitted
by 1,329 registered teams. Upon popular demand, the Hackathon has been extended
till tomorrow by 5 pm.
Government to seek RBI dividend as revenue drops
The government plans to push the central bank for a fiscal
lifeline in the form of another interim dividend, as it struggles to meet
its expenditure commitments amid a steep revenue shortfall, three sources
directly aware of the matter said.
The fresh call comes just months after the Reserve Bank of India
(RBI) approved aRs 1.76 lakh crore ($24.8 billion) dividend payment to the
government, including Rs 1.48 lakh crore for the current fiscal year.
The RBI largely earns profits through its trading of currencies
and government bonds. Part of these earnings are set aside by the RBI for its
operational and contingency needs while the rest is transferred to the
government in the form of dividend.
It earned a surplus of Rs 1.23 lakh crore in its last financial
year, which was substantially higher than previous years.
One of the officials said the government wants the RBI to
consider its demand for an interim dividend given this financial year has been
an "exceptional year," with economic growth projected to fall to an 11-year low
of 5%. The current fiscal year runs to March 31.
Shaktikanta Das, who was appointed RBI governor by Prime
Minister NarendraModi in late 2018 after the resignation of Urjit Patel, has cut
the policy repo rate five times by a total of 135 basis points and eased
liquidity restrictions to support falling economic growth.
Some RBI officials are still reluctant to pay more funds as it
could impact provisions to cover sovereign risks, sources said, but the
government is hopeful that the RBI board, which include its nominees, will
approve the dividend.
RBI officials have been told the revenue shortfall was currently
estimated at between 34-37% of the budgeted target, but using all efforts may be
brought down to nearly 25%, the first official told.
New mission launched to develop eastern region into integrated
Union Steel Minister DharmendraPradhan has said, the eastern
belt has the potential to add over 75 percent of the country’s incremental
steel capacity envisioned by the National Steel Policy.
He said, it is expected that out of the 300 Million Tonne
capacity by 2030-31, over 200 Million Tonne can come from this region alone. Mr
Pradhan said this while launching Mission Purvodaya in Kolkata yesterday. The
programme is aimed at accelerated development of eastern India through
establishment of integrated steel hub.
The mission will drive India's march towards five trillion
dollar economy set by the government.
Stating that eastern India is a land of infinite opportunities,
Mr Pradhan said that despite being endowed with natural resources, this region
has lagged behind in socio-economic development as compared to some other parts
of the country.
With Mission Purvodaya in the steel sector, he said, a new
chapter will the rise of eastern India by accelerated development of steel
sector through an integrated steel hub.
Through this programme, the government aims to transform
logistics and utilities infrastructure which would change the socio-economic
landscape in the eastern India. The steps, under mission, also include growth of
steel industry along with employment opportunities across the entire value
Tsai Ing-wen secures second term in Taiwan presidential
Taiwan's President Tsai Ing-wen secured a landslide victory
in presidential elections with voters resoundingly handing its first female
leader a second term. Her main rival, Han Kuo-yu of the China-friendly
Kuomintang (KMT) party, has conceded defeat.
As per official results, Tsai was ahead with 57 per cent, more
than eight million votes last evening. Han trailed behind with 38 per cent.
63-year old Tsai announced her victory as thousands of jubilant
supporters cheered outside her party headquarters after ongoing vote count
revealed an all but unassailable lead.
In her victory speech last night, President Tsai Ing-wen
expressed hope that Beijing authorities understand that democratic Taiwan, and
its democratically elected government, will not concede to threats and
North Korea to be ready for nuclear talks only when U.S accepts
North Korea today said it has received United States
President Donald Trump's letter wishing a happy birthday to leader Kim Jong
Un, but warned it would only return to nuclear talks if Washington fully
accepts its demands.
The US President and Kim have held three meetings since June
2018 but negotiations over denuclearisation have been largely deadlocked since
the break-up of a summit in Hanoi last February.
Official KCNA news agency said, North Korea's Foreign Ministry
Adviser Kim KyeGwan has said, in a statement, that it would be absent-mindedness
to expect Pyongyang to resume dialogue because of that warm personal
On the gridlocked nuclear talks, he said that reopening dialogue
would only be possible in the case of Washington's absolute agreement on the
issues raised by North Korea in previous talks.
::SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY::
Indigenous LCA makes its first successful landing
The naval version of indigenous Light Combat Aircraft, LCA,
made its first successful landing on the aircraft carrier INS Vikramaditya
today. This aircraft is developed by the Defence Research and Development
Congratulating the DRDO and Navy for this achievement, Defence
Minister Rajnath Singh said that he is extremely happy to learn about the maiden
landing of naval variant of LCA on INS Vikramaditya. He said,this successful
landing is a great event in the history of Indian fighter aircraft development
DRDO in a tweet said, after completing extensive trials on the
Shore Based Test Facility, LCA Navy did an arrested landing on INS Vikramaditya.
DRDO Chairman, Dr. G. Satheesh Reddy has congratulated the DRDO and other
agencies' team members who were involved in the development of this aircraft.
With the successful landing of Light Combat Aircraft, LCA on
aircraft carrier INS Vikramaditya, India has entered into the club of selected
nations having the capability to design a fighter jet which can land on an
Commodore JaideepMaolankar conducted the maiden landing. LCA is
the smallest and lightest Multi-Role Supersonic Fighter Aircraft of its class.
The LCA programme intends to further expand and advance India's indigenous
Saina and Sindhu out of Malaysian Masters cup
Olympic medal-winning Indian shuttlers P V Sindhu and
SainaNehwal crashed out of the Malaysia Masters after being outplayed by
familiar foes in the quarterfinals ending the country's campaign at Kuala
Reigning world champion Sindhu, who took the court first was
knocked out of the Super 500 badminton tournament by top seed Tai Tzu Ying of
Later in the day, London Olympics bronze-medallist, Saina was
outplayed by Olympic champion Spaniard Carolina Marin. Saina and Marin were 6-6
in head-to-head before Friday's match. Saina was no match for Marin, who took
exactly half-an-hour to dispose off the Indian's challenge 8-21, 7-21.