NITI Aayog organises workshop on promotion of healthy diets through local
With an aim to improve nutritional choices and enhance dietary
diversity of India, the NITI Aayog, in collaboration with National Centre of
Excellence and Advanced Research on Diets (NCEAR-D), UNICEF India and Lady
Irwin College, organised a National Workshop on “Promoting Healthy Diets
Through Local Food Systems”.
Envisaging a convergence between the Aspirational Districts
programme and POSHAN Abhiyaan, the workshop seeks to design institutional
collaborations between academia and State Governments across these
Under the aegis of POSHAN Abhiyaan, promoting consumption and
household/community production of locally available nutritionally rich food
resources has been a priority concern.
The academic institutions will serve as resource centres and
Nutrition Support Units to the Districts and State administration for
technical, training, concurrent monitoring support to achieve the goals of
The Aspirational Districts Dietary fact sheets were released
during the Workshop which will help both academicians and policy makers in
examining the gaps in the daily diets of children and mothers of
reproductive age group in terms of recommended dietary intake.
The workshop provided a platform to reach a common understanding
of diet diversity problems in Aspirational Districts across India and learn
from national and international examples where nutrition academia and state
governments have collaborated. Academic institutions were also encouraged to
frame scientific methodologies and prepare achievable action plans with
clearly defined indicators.
India seeks global support to act against terrorism
Sponsors of terrorism and safe havens for terrorists should face
all possible pressure from the international community, said Prime Minister
NarendraModi on Wednesday, welcoming Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman
during his visit to India.
Addressing a press conference, the visiting dignitary said his
country will share intelligence with India and other countries willing to
Responding to India’s position on Pakistan, the Saudi side said it
will support India’s security needs. “We will share intelligence with India
and other countries to prevent terrorism,” said Mohammed Bin Salman, even
though he did not mention cross-border terrorism from Pakistan during his
The joint statement urged for early adoption of the UN
Comprehensive Convention on International Terrorism and pitched for
“comprehensive sanctioning of terrorists and their organisations by the UN.”
Both sides also resolved to create a “Comprehensive Security
Dialogue” consisting of National Security Advisers and set up a Joint
Working Group on Counter Terrorism. Both sides also launched a Strategic
Partnership Council that will be led by the Prime Minister and the Crown
Mr.Modi described Saudi Arabia as one of India’s most valuable
Centre clears recapitalisation package for PSB’s
The government has approved the disbursal of a recapitalisation
package of Rs. 48,239 crore for 12 public sector banks, Financial Services
Secretary Rajiv Kumar announced on Wednesday.
He said that this package had a fourfold objective: (i) bringing
the better-performing banks currently in the Prompt Corrective Action (PCA)
category out of it, (ii) helping those that have recently come out of PCA to
stay out of it, (iii) equipping non-PCA banks to meet regulatory
requirements, and (iv) helping the remaining PCA banks to meet their
requirements as well.
Towards this, a total of Rs. 15,982 crore is to be disbursed to
Allahabad Bank and Corporation Bank, both of which fall within the first
objective. Bank of India and Bank of Maharashtra, which recently exited the
PCA category, are to receive a total of Rs. 4,843 crore. The bulk of this (Rs.
4,638 crore) is allocated for Bank of India.
These banks are Central Bank, United Bank, UCO Bank, and Indian
Overseas Bank. “It should be taken as a supplement to the earlier package of
recapitalisation, which was much bigger,” D.K. Srivastava, chief policy
advisor, EY India, said.
“We need to also take this in the context of growth picking up.
Usually, when growth starts to become better, then those NPAs which have an
economic reason behind them automatically get out of their NPA status. So,
given that growth is improving and that this is a supplementary amount, it
may be considered a timely intervention.”
HRD ministry launches operation digital board platform
The Minister of Human Resource Development, ShriPrakashJavadekar
launched Operation Digital Board to leverage technology in order to boost
quality education in the country.
Addressing a press conference in New Delhi today, the Minister of
Human Resource Development said that Operation Digital Board is a
revolutionary step which will make the learning as well as the teaching
process interactive and popularize flipped learning as a pedagogical
He further said that ODB aims at converting a class room into a
digital class room and in addition to availability of e-resources at any
time and at any place to students, it will also help in provisioning of
personalised adaptive learning as well as Intelligent Tutoring by exploiting
emerging technologies like Machine Learning, Artificial Intelligence & Data
ShriJavadekar also stated that the launching of e-Pathshala,
DIKSHA, NROER,NPTEL, e-pgpathshala SWAYAM and SWAYAM-Prabha DTH Channels
etc. by MHRD have provided adequate content of high quality which can be
taken to every classroom, and thereby facilitating blended learning and flip
These pedagogical interventions can adequately raise the standards
of teaching, irrespective of the location of the Schools and
Colleges/Institutes. Such technology enabled learning can also inspire
teachers across the country to raise their own standards of teaching.
UGC will be the implementing agency for ODB in HEIs. UGC in its
Commission meeting held on 29th Jan 2019, has passed a resolution for
extending digital education to every classroom in the country by 2022.
India – Saudi discuss bilateral issues, Saudi releases Indian prisoners
Prime Minister Modi and His Royal Highness Crown Prince Mohammed
bin Salman bin Abdulaziz held delegation level talks at Hyderabad House on
February 20, 2019. External Affairs Minister Smt. SushmaSwaraj called on His
India and Saudi Arabia enjoy cordial and friendly relations
reflecting the centuries old economic and socio-cultural ties. Close
geographical proximity, civilizational links, cultural affinity, natural
synergies, vibrant people to people contacts. Common challenges and
opportunities have added momentum to this robust engagement
The bilateral discussions were held in the spirit of strong
friendship that binds the two countries and their leaders. They expressed
satisfaction at the excellent state of bilateral ties of friendship and
cooperation, which are marked by trust, mutual understanding, goodwill and
respect for each other’s interests.
Both sides expressed satisfaction at the progress made in diverse
fields including trade, energy, security and cultural spheres since the
landmark visit of the Prime Minister to Riyadh in April 2016,a visit which
served to enhance our engagement and take our relations to the next level.
Meanwhile The Crown Prince ofSaudi Arabia Mohammed bin Salman bin
Abdulaziz Al Saud has ordered the releaseof 850 Indian prisoners lodged in
Saudi jails at the request of Prime MinisterNarendraModi.
The External Affairs Ministry said, the Saudi Crown Prince hasalso
announced the increase in quota for Indian Haj pilgrims to 200,000.
U.S set to create new space force
US President Donald Trump has signed an executive order to
establish its Space Force as a new armed service within the Department of
As per the memorandum signed by Trump in his Oval Office on
Tuesday, the Space Force will include both combat and combat support
functions to enable prompt and sustained offensive and defensive space
operations in all domains.
It said, the force will be organized, trained, and equipped to
meet and protect the US national interests in the space, consistent with
Mr Trump described the unique force as the future of US forces and
a very big part of its defence system. He said, it will organize and train
the next generation of warriors to deter aggression and defend the United
::SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY::
Aero India 2019 exhibition inaugurated
Defence Minister NirmalaSitharaman rolled out a red carpet of
opportunities in local defence and aerospace manufacturing to global
investors as she launched Aero India 2019 here on Wednesday.
As the 12th edition of the biennial international military and
civil expo and air show opened at the Air Force Station Yelahanka, the
gathering and airmen showered tributes to Wing Commander Sahil Gandhi, who
was killed during a rehearsal on Tuesday.
“Aero India 2019 endeavours to put India as the global runway of a
billion opportunities,” Ms.Sitharaman told a gathering of a few thousand
invitees. Ministers, heads of global defence aerospace companies, corporate
and government policymakers, military brass, entrepreneurs, delegates and
exhibitors from across the world were at the event.
Three IAF fighter jets and a Rafale aircraft paid an aerial
tribute to Wing Commander Sahil Gandhi, who was killed in a midair mishap
during a rehearsal on Tuesday.
The Indian jets Tejas, Sukhoi Su-30MKI and Jaguar flew past in a
formation called Missing Man. The pilot of a French Rafale fighter in a
flying demonstration made a sombre flypast for the killed airman.
Light Combat Aircraft (LCA) did a jaw dropping vertical climb
called the Charlie in memory of the late AtalBihari Vajpayee.
Sports minister to inaugurate shooting world cup in New delhi
Sports Minister RajyavardhanRathore will inaugurate the
International Shooting Sports Federation (ISSF) World Cup in New Delhi
today. Various events in the world cup will start from February 23rd and end
on the 27th.
The ISSF World Cup is crucial for Indian shooting as it has 16
quotas up for grabs for Tokyo 2020 Olympic qualification. Hosts India is
fielding a 23-member squad with 11 shooters in the non-competition Minimum
Qualification Score category.