Govt. claims Swachh Bharat mission has declined deaths due to
Malaria and diarrhoea
Union Minister of Health Dr. Harsh Vardhan today inaugurated the
sixth National Summit on 'Good and Replicable Practice and Innovations in
Public Healthcare System in India’ at Mahatma Mandir in Gandhinagar,
Gujarat. The 3 days summit was organized under the aegis of the Union Health
and Family Welfare ministry.
Speaking on this occasion, Dr. Harsh Vardhan said that the aim of
the Modi Government is Health for all and the government needs cooperation
from all to achieve it.
The minister said, over 10 crore toilets have been built since the
launching of Swachcha Bharat Mission.He said that quality medical education
is their priority and they have added 15,700 new MBBS seats in AIIMS and
Government Medical colleges in the country.
Dr. Harsh Vardhan informed that the incidence of killer diseases
like Malaria, Cancer and Diaria has significantly fallen during the last one
year. There has been a drop in maternity mortality rate also, said the
The summit will feature 9 sessions wherein a number of states such
as Madhya Pradesh, Meghalaya, Orissa, Manipur, Maharashtra, Haryana,
Telangana, Himachal Pradesh, Bihar, Tamil Nadu, Kerala would provide
insights on the successful projects undertaken in the domain of health.
Home ministry claims development of tribal community is
Home Minister Amit Shah has said that the
development of the tribal communities is the priority of the Narendra
Modi led government.
Inaugurating the National Tribal Festival - Aadi
Mahotsav in New Delhi today, Mr Shah said, whenever the BJP came to
power, it always worked for the welfare of tribal communities.
Hitting out at Congress, Mr Shah accused the party
of using the tribal communities for vote banks. He said, Congress
neglected the development and welfare of tribals.
The Home Minister stressed on the need to conserve
the nature saying Van Dhan Vikas Yojana is transforming the lives of
The theme of the 15-day Mahotsav is a celebration
of the Spirit of Tribal Culture, Craft, Cuisine and Commerce.
The Aadi Mahotsav is an effort to take tribal
commerce to the next level of digital and electronic transactions. The
tribal textiles manufactured by master tribal craftsmen from Jammu and
Kashmir in the North to Tamil Nadu in the South and from Gujarat in the
West to Nagaland/Sikkim in the East will be the main attractions.
For the first time, the Aadi Mahotsav is
showcasing a wide range of products from the tribal artisans from Leh in
Ladakh. 254 stalls have been set up and one thousand tribal artisans and
artists are participating in the tribal festival.
Finance ministry discusses simplification of GST filing
Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman has chaired a
meeting on simplification of GST forms and returns.
In a series of tweets, Finance Ministry said, as a
part of the ongoing efforts to address the concern raised on the process
of filing GST forms, Mrs Sitharaman met Rajasthan Tax Consultants'
Association, the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India,
Confederation Of All India Traders and Laghu Udyog Bharti in New Delhi
The aim of the exercise was to further simplify
GST forms and make the filling process more user-friendly.
The Finance Minister directed that extensive
nation-wide consultations should be held on the new GST return system to
be launched from the next financial year.
Centre releases tap water quality rankings for cities
Mumbai has topped the quality of tap water ranking
released by Consumer Affairs Minister Ram Vilas Paswan today. Delhi is
at the bottom, with all 11 samples failing on 19 parameters.
The Minister released the much-awaited
investigation report of samples of drinking water taken from capitals of
20 states across the country in New Delhi.
Mr Paswan said, none of the samples drawn from
Chandigarh, Thiruvananthapuram, Patna, Bhopal, Guwahati, Bengaluru,
Gandhi Nagar, Lucknow, Jammu, Jaipur, Dehradun, Chennai and Kolkata
complied with the requirements of the Indian Standard.
He said, drinking water and pollution are the
biggest problems that the country is facing today.
Mr. Paswan said, drinking water testing will be
completed by January 15, next year in 100 smart cities.
The minister added that the government has set a
target of providing piped water to every household by 2024 and it is
working in this direction.
India-U.S holds bilateral discussions on sidelines of ADMM
plus in Bangkok
Defence Minister Rajnath Singh had a bilateral
meeting with US Secretary of Defence Dr. Mark T. Esper on the sidelines
of ADMM Plus today at Bangkok.
Expressing happiness on the growing relationship
between India and USA, Defence Minister Rajnath Singh conveyed that the
bilateral cooperation between the two sides has grown across a wide
range of sectors including Defence and Security, Economy, Energy,
Counter-Terrorism and People to People ties.
Defence Minister conveyed that there is growing
convergence between India and USA on the Indo-Pacific region and India's
vision is for Indo-Pacific is for a free and open, peaceful, prosperous
and inclusive region supported by a rules-based order and respect for
sovereignty and territorial integrity.
ASEAN is central to India's vision of
Indo-Pacific. Both countries are working together in the area of
Maritime security including elements such as joint exercises, HADR
operations and Maritime Domain Awareness.
The two Ministers also had discussions on a number
of other issues concerning regional security and bilateral defence
The meeting ended on a positive note and Defence
Minister looks forward to have substantial discussions during the
forthcoming 2 plus 2 dialogue in Washington DC later next month.
Gotabaya wins presidential elections in Srilanka
Presidential candidate Gotabaya Rajapaksa has
claimed victory at the elections held in Sri Lanka yesterday. Sri Lanka
People’s Party (SLPP) in a statement called upon the people to celebrate
the victory peacefully.
The statement came as early trends indicated a
lead for Mr. Rajapaksa as he has got overwhelming support in
majority-dominated areas of the south.
Gotabaya has received around 48 per cent of votes
against 44 per cent of his main rival Sajith Premadasa in nearly three
million votes counted so far. The latter has received wide support from
minority areas in north and east.
The counting of votes is continuing and final
results are expected by this evening.
Gotabaya has won most of the electorates in
southern provinces including Hambantota, Galle and Matara, results of
which have been declared so far. However, Sajith has got over 80 per
cent votes from minority areas against less than 10 per cent for his
The trend shows sharp polarization along community
lines, unprecedented in Sri Lankan history.
A candidate needs to get 50 per cent of valid
votes to be declared winner, else the second preference votes will have
to be counted. Both candidates had campaigned mainly on the plank of
national security and good governance.
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First night trial of Agni-2 missile conducted successfully
India has successfully conducted the first night
trial of Agni-II, its versatile surface-to-surface medium-range
nuclear-capable missile from Dr Abdul Kalam Island off Odisha coast
Agni-II, an intermediate-range ballistic missile (IRBM),
has already been inducted into the armed forces.This was the first time
that the sophisticated missile was testfired at night.
The entire trajectory of the trial was tracked by
a battery of sophisticated radars, telemetry observation stations,
electro-optic instruments and two naval ships located near the impact
point in the down-range area of Bay of Bengal.
The test was carried out by the specially formed
Strategic Forces Command (SFC) of the Army with logistic support from
the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO).
The two-stage ballistic missile can carry a
payload of 1000 kg over a distance of 2000 km.
India records best ever haul at World Para Athletic
India has recorded the best-ever nine medals haul
at the World Para Athletics Championship in Dubai.
With two gold, two silver and five bronze, India
secured 13 qualifying spots at the Tokyo 2020 Paralympics. Until this
edition, London 2017 had been India's best-ever show where the para-athletes
finished with five medals in the joint 34th place.
Asian Para Games 2018 champion javelin thrower
Sandeep Chaudhary in F64 category won the Gold for India. In the same
event, India had its single two podium finish with Sumit Antil taking
the silver (62.88m).
China topped the medals tally with 59 medals
including 25 gold. Brazil (39) and Great Britain (28) followed China.
The USA ended fourth with 34 medals. Russia, participating in the
championships for the first time since the 2016 doping ban, were sixth
with 41 medals.