President, Lok Sabha speaker meet on 68th anniversary of first sitting of
On the occasion of 68th year of the first sittings of Parliament, Vice
President M Venkaiah Naidu, Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla., Parliamentary
Affairs Minister Prahlad Joshi and Ministers of State for Parliamentary
Affairs Arjun Ram Meghwal and V. Muraleedharan today visited the historic
Central Hall of Parliament House and Chambers of Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha.
They offered respects to the first Chairman of the Council of States,
Dr. S. Radhakrishnan and other leaders who are portrayed in the Central
On the occasion, Mr Naidu and Mr Birla discussed about various memories
and experiences of the First Sittings of the two Houses. On 13 May 1952,
both Houses of Parliament, Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha, held their first
sittings after Independence.
The President of India, Shri Ram Nath Kovind, also paid homage to Shri
Fakhruddin Ali Ahmed, former President of India on his Birth Anniversary at
Study finds requests for facebook user date higher from India
The number of user data requests from the Government of India to
Facebook increased 28% from July to December 2019 at 26,698 queries for
39,664 users or accounts — the second highest globally, according to a
latest Transparency Report by the U.S.-based social media network.
In the same period in 2018, the number of such
Government announces first tranche of fiscal stimulus package
Government has announced the first tranche of stimulus packages, under
the Atma-Nirbhar Bharat Yojana. Prime Minister Narendra Modi had on Tuesday
made a clarion call of making India self-reliant and had announced the
Atma-Nirbhar Bharat Yojana.
Addressing mediapersons yesterday, Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman
gave details regarding these financial packages equaling to 10 per cent of
the national GDP and amounting to 20 lakh crore rupees. She said the
financial stimulus will cater to various sections of the society including
MSMEs, labourers, middle class and Industries.
Ms. Sitharaman announced 15 special financial packages of 6 lakh 40
thousand crore rupees benefitting a wide array of sectors including MSMEs,
Discoms, Real Estate, Middle Class, Tax Payers and others.
In a historical decision, the ambit of Micro, Small and Medium
Enterprises (MSMEs) have been widened resulting in inclusion of many small
and micro industries under this sector.
This decision of changing the definition of MSMEs will increase
competition and productivity in the sector. In a major boost to the MSME
sector, collateral free loan of 3 lakh crore rupees has been announced with
a moratorium of 12 months.
Study finds resumption of work after intermittent lockdown might turn risky
A staggered resumption of work following the end of the nationwide
lockdown may reduce peak hospitalisations due to COVID-19 to almost 50% as
compared with a total resumption that would force authorities to impose
intermittent lockdowns to contain surges in the incidence of the disease, a
model built by a group of scientists estimates.
The scientists from across India involved with
U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo met on Wednesday with Prime Minister
Benjamin Netanyahu to discuss Israel’s plans to annex parts of the West
Bank, as Israeli troops shot and killed a Palestinian teen in a clash with
stone-throwers in the occupied territory.
Mr. Pompeo’s brief visit came at a tense time, as Israeli troops
searched for the killers of a soldier killed a day earlier by a rock dropped
from a rooftop during an army raid of a West Bank village.
Standing alongside Mr. Pompeo, Mr. Netanyahu said the six-hour visit is
a “testament to the strength of our alliance.” The two said their talks
would focus on shared concerns about Iran, the battle against the
coronavirus and Israel’s incoming government.
Mr. Netanyahu and his new coalition partner, Blue and White party leader
Benny Gantz, postponed the swearing-in of their government until Thursday to
accommodate Mr. Pompeo’s visit.
WHO warns of reopening of economies without proper contact tracing risky
A top world health official has warned that countries are essentially
driving blind in reopening their economies without setting up strong contact
tracing to beat back flare-ups of the coronavirus.
The warning came as France and Belgium .............................