Defence ministry moots policy changes to cooperate with MSME
Minister of Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises Nitin
Gadkari today urged scientific and research institutes based in Vidarbha to
take initiative in utilizing available mineral and forest resources in the
region for establishing economically viable industries based on mining,
tourism and forests.
He was addressing a Conference on “Small Medium
Enterprises: Opportunities and possibilities, the way forward” at Nagpur
Expressing concern over procurement policy in defence-related
MSMEs, Mr Gadkari said policy formulations should be changed by the defence
sector to get more work orders from MSMEs rather than large scale
He informed about Solar Charkha Clusters scheme being
implemented in cotton-producing belts of Maharashtra. He said 13 clusters
have been sanctioned in rural areas of the state wherein 2,500 solar
charkhas will be provided.
He also expected employment generation up to 4,500 in
a taluka of Maharashtra’s every district due to these clusters.
Vice president expresses concern over menace of fake news
Today is National Press Day. Speaking on the occasion
in New Delhi today, Vice President M. Venkaiah Naidu expressed concern over
misuse of media. He said, nowadays, business groups and political parties
are also starting their own newspapers and channels.
Through these, they are promoting their vested
interests and compromising the values of journalism. Mr. Naidu further said
that sensationalizing the news, prejudiced coverage and paid news are a big
challenge in front of the media today.
Speaking about the dangers of Non-Communicable
Diseases (NCDs), the Vice president called on journalists to come forward to
educate people about NCDs. He further NCDs are killing our generation,
adding that poor lifestyle and food habits are behind NCDs.
On the occasion, the Vice President conferred National
Awards in Excellence in Journalism 2019 on journalists for their outstanding
contribution in the field of journalism.
Information and Broadcasting Minister Prakash
Javadekar said, the menace of fake news is bigger than the paid news one,
and it must be tackled in an efficient manner. Mr Javadekar said press
freedom is the essence for a vibrant democracy, and the government is
ensuring full freedom to the press.
Next phase of resolution provisions under IBC from December
The insolvency regime for individual guarantors to
corporate debtors will be in force from December 1, according to the
government. The provisions for resolution for individuals under the
Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code (IBC) is being implemented in a phased
On Friday, the corporate affairs ministry said the
provision pertaining to personal guarantors to corporate debtors would come
into force from December 1.
The Code provides for a market-driven and time-bound
resolution for stressed assets.A case is taken up for resolution under the
law only after approval from the National Company Law Tribunal (NCLT).
In October, Corporate Affairs Secretary Injeti
Srinivas said personal insolvency regime would be fully operational in one
"In the first phase, personal guarantor to a corporate
debtor is almost under commencement. The next would be the fresh start
process, basically giving relief to very small borrowers who are not in a
position to repay the debt. That may be in another four to six months. Then
proprietorship and partnership and others," he had said.
India to host global conference on agri statistics
India will host a four-day global conference on
agriculture statistics beginning November 18 in the national capital and
billionaire Bill Gates is scheduled to give a keynote address.
The agriculture ministry is organising the
international conference, held every three years, in partnership with the
United Nation's FAO, the US Department of Agriculture (USDA), the World
Bank, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and other agencies.
The theme of the conference would be 'Statistics for
tranformation of agriculture to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
After unveiling the logo of the conference, Indian Council of Agricultural
Research (ICAR) Director General Trilochan Mohapatra said Bill & Melinda
Gates Foundation co-chair Bill Gates will deliver a keynote address.
Stating that agri-data plays an extremely important
role in evidence-based policy making, he said currently, agri-data in India
is scattered and efforts are being made to collate at one place.
The event will help India learn from global
experiences and chalk out a proper policy. It will also help in achieving
the SDGs, he added.
The United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) passed a
draft resolution on Thursday asking Myanmar to demonstrate genuine political
goodwill to ensure the safe and sustainable return of the Rohingyas.
The draft resolution named 'Situation of human rights
of Rohingya Muslims and other minorities in Myanmar' was placed in the UNGA
by the United Arab Emirates and Finland on behalf of the Organisation of
Islamic Cooperation (OIC) and European Union (EU).
It was passed by a majority of 140 votes. Nine
countries including China, Myanmar, Russian Federation and Zimbabwe voted
against the resolution while 32 countries abstained.
The resolution calls upon Myanmar to review the
controversial 1982 citizenship law which effectively denied citizenship to
lakhs of Rohingyas living in Myanmar.
The resolution also demands setting up of an
independent investigative mechanism to arrive at an objective conclusion
about the violation of the rights in Myanmar and establish accountability.
The resolution asks Myanmar to show clear political
will for the safe, dignified, voluntary and sustainable return and
reintegration of Rohingyas for the return of Rohingya refugees.
Despite ceasefire, Israel strikes Islamic jihad targets
Israel has begun another round of airstrikes on
targets linked to Islamic Jihad in Gaza despite a ceasefire that came into
In a WhatsApp message to reporters, the Israeli Army
said the Israeli Defence Force, IDF is currently striking Islamic Jihad
terror targets in the Gaza strip. Counter-attack by Israel began after
Islamic Jihad fired a number of rockets into Israel.
The ceasefire had been agreed between Israel and the
Palestinian armed group after two days of fighting in Gaza that began after
Israel killed a top Islamic Jihad commander in an air raid.
The announcement by the Israeli military suggested
that the ceasefire, reportedly brokered by Egypt, was breaking down.
Gaza medical officials have put the death toll from
the two days of fighting at 34, almost half of them Palestinians civilians
and including eight children and three women.
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ISRO plans second moon mission by next year end
The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO)
announced their intention to send a second mission to soft-land on the Moon
planned for November 2020 dubbed as Chandrayaan 3 mission.
The Indian Space Agency’s first and recent attempt
went awry on 7 September 2019 and resulted in a partial failure of
Chandrayaan 2 mission after communication was lost with mission’s lander (Vikram)
and rover (Pragyan) which crash-landed on Moon while attempting a
However, the Chandrayaan 2 mission is still survived
by the Orbiter which has captured highest resolution visuals ever taken of
Moon by its High-Resolution Camera (OHRC) from an altitude of ~100 km.
For the new mission, engineers and scientists at
Indian space agency will only design and build an entirely new lander and
Since Chandrayaan 2 mission already has a functional
orbiter that is currently in orbit around Moon, Chandrayaan 3 will not
feature an orbiter of its own. However, no final decision has been taken by
ISRO on the number of payloads on the lander.
The lander and rover will be accompanied by an
additional ‘detachable module’ that packs engine and fuel needed for journey
and this module will tentatively be called ‘Propulsion Module’.
The Chandrayaan 3 mission will also feature fewer
orbital manoeuvers than Chandrayaan 2, which had a total of 6 orbit raises
around Earth and the Moon.
Sports ministry wants Fit India movement to be taken up as a
Youth Affairs and Sports Minister Kiren Rijiju today
said Fit India movement must become a citizen's movement. Giving the keynote
address in Conference of Ministers and Secretaries of the States and UTs for
Youth Affairs and Sports in New Delhi this morning, Mr Rijiju said Prime
Minister Narendra Modi has directed all Ministries that Fit India must be a
part of their action.
He added that Fit India is a way of life and it should
be encouraged in such a manner that each state competes with the others on
which is the fittest state in India.
The Minister also said that India is fast emerging as
a sporting powerhouse and in the last six months, the country has performed
better in every field be it wushu or wrestling.
He said merely bagging a couple of medals in Olympics
is not enough and India must be aggressive. He said sports culture should be
created in the country and India must rank within the top ten countries in