Govt. to crack down on those violating anti-pollution norms
Environment Secretary CK Mishra today said that the
government will intensify its crackdown on those violating anti-pollution
He was addressing a press conference after a
high-level meeting with the Chief Secretaries of Delhi, Punjab, Haryana and
Uttar Pradesh over the air pollution in the northern states.
He said, in the next 15 days, the government will
intensify the crackdown on violators and illegal constructions, and action
will be taken to reduce emissions.
Mr Mishra said the Environment Ministry and the
Central Pollution Control Board are monitoring pollution separately and
efforts are on to bring down the level of pollutants and particulate matters
in the air.
He said during the meeting, the instructions of the
Supreme Court, the National Green Tribunal and the Ministry of Environment
Meanwhile, air quality in the national capital
improved, entering the poor category. According to CPCB, the Air Quality
Index was recorded at 217 this evening.
Centre calls upon international players to eliminate terrorist
Defence Minister Rajnath Singh today reiterated the
government's commitment to achieve 26 billion dollar defence industry by
2025.Mr Singh was speaking at a business seminar ‘India Rising’, organised
by the Indian Chamber of Commerce in Bangkok, Thailand.
He said, the defence sector has been given prominence
under the Make in India initiative to reduce dependence on imports and make
India a major defence manufacturing hub.
Mr Singh said India’s defence exports have grown
almost six-fold in the last two years. The Minister said a 10-billion dollar
investment in aerospace and defence goods and services is expected by 2025,
which could provide employment to 20 to 30 lakh people.
Rajnath Singh also addressed the 6th ASEAN Defence
Ministers’ Meeting Plus (ADMM Plus). He called upon the international
community to eliminate terrorist safe havens, disrupt their networks and
financing and thwart their cross-border movement to ensure sustainable
Describing terrorism as the most heinous of
cross-border crimes, Mr Singh said some States use terror to pursue
political goals making regional security vulnerable.
Mr Singh said India’s Indo-Pacific vision is based on
the idea of sustainable security as it focuses on a free, open, inclusive
and rules-based Indo-Pacific.
Finance ministry showcases steps taken to increase GDP
Union Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman informed the
Lok Sabha on Monday that the Government has been taking steps to increase
the country’s GDP growth rate.
The corporate tax has been cut to 15 per cent for new
domestic manufacturing companies which is amongst lowest in the world. This
complements a cut in the repo rate by 135 basis points during 2019 by the
Reserve Bank of India.
Banks have been mandated to link their lending rates
with external benchmarks for reducing the cost of capital for investors.
The Minister said, as per the National Statistical
Office, the country’s GDP growth was 7.5 per cent in 2014-19. This is the
highest amongst the G-20 countries.
In the last five years, the government has implemented
major reforms to build up the investment climate in the country so as to
become a five trillion US dollar economy.
Introduction of the Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code in
2016 was a significant step to clean and strengthen the country’s financial
system. Implementation of the Goods and Services Tax in 2017 stands out as
the most important measure for improving the ease of doing business in
The Finance Minister emphasized that the Make-in-India
programme is a major initiative to increase the country’s indigenous
capacity to produce world-class goods and services. Inflation has been kept
low, fiscal spending disciplined and current account deficit kept under
manageable limits to ensure macroeconomic stability, the Minister added.
Around 13000 health centres to be opened by March 2020
Around 13 thousand more Health and Wellness Centres
will become functional by the end of March next year. At present 27
thousand, such centres are already operational in different parts of the
Speaking at the World Conference on 'Access to Medical
Products: Achieving Sustainable Development Goals' in New Delhi Health
Minister Dr Harsh Vardhan said, that the government has decided to set up
1.5 lakh Health and Wellness Centres by 2022 under Ayushman Bharat Yojana.
Dr Vardhan said, these Centres will strengthen the primary healthcare
delivery system in the country.
The Health Minister also informed that under the
Pradhan Mantri Jan Arogya Yojana, over 60 lakh poor people have availed the
benefit of the scheme.
Speaking about the Conference, Dr Vardhan said, health
experts from South East Asia Region will discuss about ensuring affordable
medicines, vaccines and medical devices in achieving Universal Health
The objective of the three-day conference is to
explore new approaches in the innovation landscape in medical products for
achieving the Universal Health Coverage and SDGs Goals.
U.S backs Israel’s right to build settlements in disputed land
Abandoning its four-decade stand, the United States
has backed Israel's right to build settlements on the occupied West Bank in
the Palestinian territories.
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo yesterday announced
that the US no longer believes that Israeli settlements in the Palestinian
territories are illegal and inconsistent with international law.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has said
that the United States statement deeming Israeli settlement not to be
illegal rights a historical wrong.But the Palestinian Authority decried the
US policy shift as completely against international law.
Meanwhile, the European Union has condemned Israel's
policy of building settlements in the occupied Palestinian territory, saying
settlement activity is illegal under international law.
New Zealand tightens rules for foreign investments
New Zealand has tightened the foreign investment rules in
strategic assets. Foreign investors hoping to buy strategic assets will now
have to convince the government that it is in the national interest.
Associate Finance Minister David Parker said that the new rules
will for the first time give the government the power to reject overseas
investments in sensitive areas.
He said the rules would apply to crucial infrastructure including
ports and airports, telecommunications and electricity networks, as well as
firms developing military technology or supplying intelligence agencies. He
said the government could also veto foreign investments in media firms if
they were a threat to democracy.
Mr Parker further clarified the new powers were not aimed at
investments from China, which is New Zealand's largest trading partner. He
added that it would be applied to all overseas investors, irrespective of
where they are from.
ISRO plans to launch Cartosat-3 by month end
India’s Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle, PSLV-C47
will launch Cartosat-3 and 13 commercial nanosatellites into Sun
Synchronous orbit from Satish Dhawan Space Centre (SDSC) SHAR,
The launch is tentatively scheduled at 0928 Hrs
IST on 25th November subject to weather conditions. PSLV-C47 is the 21st
flight of PSLV in 'XL' configuration, that is with 6 solid strap-on
This will be the 74th launch vehicle mission from
SDSC SHAR, Sriharikota.Cartosat-3 satellite is a third-generation agile
advanced satellite having high-resolution imaging capability.
The satellite will be placed in an orbit of 509 km
at an inclination of 97.5 degree.PSLV-C47 will also carry 13 commercial
nanosatellites from the United States of America as part of commercial
arrangement with NewSpace India Limited (NSIL), Department of Space.
India-Pakistan tie match shifted to Kazakhstan
India will travel to Nur-Sultan to take on
Pakistan in the upcoming Davis Cup tie.The International Tennis
Federation (ITF) has nominated the Kazakhstan capital to host the
matches, ending days of uncertainty over the venue.
The davis cup tie will take place on 29th and 30th
November in Nur-Sultan, formerly Astana, the capital of Kazakhstan.
Speaking excluisvely to All India Radio,All India
Tennis Association,AITA General Secretary Hironmoy Chatterjee said that
the ITF has informed AITA that Pakistan’s appeal has been rejected.
The Independent Tribunal of the ITF endorsed the
decision taken by the Davis Cup Committee on 4th November that the tie
should be shifted to a neutral venue, keeping in mind safety and
security of players and officials.