PM assures citizenship act not to affect Indian citizens
Prime Minister NarendraModi has unequivocally assured that
Citizenship Amendment Act, CAA, does not affect any Indian citizen of any
religion and no Indian has anything to worry about it.
Mr Modi said in a series of tweets that this Act is only for
those who have faced years of persecution outside and have no other place to go
to except India. The Prime Minister expressed distress at the violent protests
on CAA. He said they are unfortunate and deeply distressing.
Mr Modi said, debate, discussion and dissent are essential parts
of democracy but damage to public property and the disturbance of normal life
has never been a part of the Indian ethos.
He said, the Act was passed by both Houses of Parliament with
overwhelming support and it illustrates India’s centuries-old culture of
acceptance, harmony, compassion and brotherhood. The Prime Minister said, vested
interest groups cannot be allowed to divide people and create disturbance.
VP asks mining industries not to compromise of worker’s safety
Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu has asked mining industries
not to compromise with the safety and health of their employees. Expressing
concern for the employees working in the mines sector, he said it is the
\responsibility of the management to prioritize the health checkup and
treatment of its workers.
Mr Naidu was addressing a gathering after distributing the
National Award for Safety in the mines sector in New Delhi yesterday. The Vice
President said employees of this sector face many challenges related to health
and safety. In such a situation, negligence with the employees is not acceptable
under any circumstances.
The Vice President asked the industry to make good use of
technological tools and e-governance for continuous surveillance of workplace
hazards, in addition to the present system of using the naked eye and
He called for exploring options to achieve the goal of zero
harm, by eliminating human and skill-based errors in the mining area. Mr. Naidu
stressed on the need to strengthen emergency preparedness of all mines to reduce
the damage due to disasters and other incidents.
Speaking at the event, Labour Minister SantoshGangwar said the
government has been continuously working to improve labour laws since 2014. He
assured that the government is committed to providing a safe environment for
Finance ministry assures payment of GST compensation to states
Union Finance minister NirmalaSitharaman has assured states
that the Centre will not renege on the promise of GST compensations.
Addressing the India Economic Conclave through video conferencing, Ms
Sitharaman said, the delay in passing the money is due to slip in
collections and the states have nothing to be embarrassed about.
She attributed the dip in collections to a slip in GST filing
due to natural calamities and also due to a slowdown in consumption. The
minister said, each state and the centre’s revenue department will have to take
a lot of efforts to improve GST collection. She, however denied that the
government is mulling a cut in the GST rates.
Commenting on the allegations of use of faulty data computation
methodologies which may throw up convenient conclusions, the finance minister
said, the government is focusing on improving data credibility. She said, the
aspects being looked into are Gross Domestic Product (GDP), inflation and
She said the National Statistical Commission and the Ministry of
Statistics and Programme Implementation are among the government agencies
working on the issue.
Meanwhile, cautioning against jihadist, Maoist and separatist
elements getting into student activism, Ms.Sitharaman hit out at Congress party
for backing fringe groups at universities. Stating that there's no undermining
of India's unity, the minister assured that measures are being taken to ensure
that India and the economy go forward and benefit all.
Centre approve changes in MSME interest subvention guidelines
Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSME) Minister
NitinGadkari has approved the changes in the Interest Subvention Scheme
guidelines for MSMEs. He said, the modifications are expected to boost their
productivity through access to credit at reduced cost.
He also said, the government is committed to enhancing credit to
MSME sector and the implementation of the scheme is being closely monitored to
help MSMEs get incremental credit of upto one crore rupees with Interest
Subvention of two per cent by government.
The Interest Subvention Scheme for MSMEs was launched by Prime
Minister NarendraModi in November, last year.
The modifications to the scheme include settlement of claims
based on internal or concurrent auditor certificate and submission of statutory
auditor's certificate once by June, 2020. Requirement of UdyogAadhar Number, UAN
is dispensed with for units eligible for GST.
Trading activities without UAN have been made eligible. The
Ministry said, the improvements are set to provide momentum giving fillip to the
India has donated solar powered study lamps to Palestinian
elementary school children from a marginalised Bedouin community to spread
the principles of self-sufficiency and raise awareness towards the adverse
effects of climate change.
The lamps were donated as part of the 150th Gandhi Jayanti
Students Solar Ambassador Workshop. The solar powered study lamps supplied by
Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Bombay aims at making the student
beneficiaries for the future propagators of renewable energy.
Representative of India (ROI) in the Palestinian National
Authority (PNA), Sunil Kumar, visited the Governorate of Jericho and Jordan
Valley yesterday where he was received by Governor Jehad Abu Al-Asal, Director
of the Jericho Directorate of Education, and representatives of the local
As part of India's outreach and cooperation programme in the
local Palestinian community, Kumar visited the Ka'abneh Bedouin School with
Palestinian dignitaries where he presented portable solar-powered lamps to the
elementary school children.
Addressing the students and the local community, he underlined
India's time-tested support to Palestine, especially highlighting New Delhi's
capacity building efforts with emphasis on the educational sector.
India’s UNMISS wins prestigious medal
About 850 Indian peacekeepers serving in South Sudan have
been awarded the prestigious UN medal for their service and contribution to
building peace in the conflict-affected nation and going above their duties
to support local communities.
India is among the largest troop contributing countries to UN
peacekeeping operations. Currently, 2,342 Indian troops and 25 police personnel
are deployed with the UN Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS).
The UNMISS said that the 850 Indian troops serving with the
UNMISS received the United Nations Medal for their dedication and sacrifice.
The Indian troops were particularly praised for their efforts to
support peace talks between Government and Opposition forces in the Upper Nile
region and establishing the first-ever UNMISS base on the west bank of the Nile
::SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY::
ISRO’s PSLV helps increase forex by 90 crores this fiscal
Indian Space Research Organisation’s PSLV has turned into a
money-spinner for the space agency as forex brought by the country’s
mainstay rocket increased by Rs 90 crore from Rs 232.56 crore in 2017-18 to
Rs 324 crore in 2018-19 fiscal year.
Isro has earned Rs 1,245 crore during the last five years by
launching foreign satellites from 26 countries. Key contracts with 10 countries
— the US, the UK, Germany, Canada, Singapore, The Netherlands, Japan, Malaysia,
Algeria and France — were signed in the last five years under commercial
The information was provided to the RajyaSabha in a written
reply by Union minister for department of space Jitendra Singh in the
just-concluded winter session.
Though Isro’s market share in the global satellite launch market
is less than 2%, PSLV has carved a niche for itself in the small satellite
launch market and bringing in big moolah for the country.
Since May 26, 1999, when the first foreign satellite was
launched by India, PSLV has till now launched 319 foreign satellites. Of the 319
satellites, which did not weigh more than 445kg, around 279 were launched in the
last five years.
ViratKohli retains Top spot in ICC ranking
Indian skipper ViratKohli retained his top spot among
batsmen in the latest ICC Test rankings issued today. With 928 points, Kohli
is 17 points clear of Australia's Steve Smith who scored 43 and 16 in the
first Test against New Zealand which Australia won by 296 runs.
CheteshwarPujara with 791 and AjinkyaRahane 759 held on to their
fourth and sixth spots respectively.Among the bowlers, Bumrah slipped to the
sixth spot in the list headed by Australia's Pat Cummins.
India's RavindraJadeja, meanwhile, remained at number two,
behind Jason Holder of the West Indies among Test all-rounders.