PM says people’s participation atmost necessary for
Prime Minister NarendraModi has said people’s Participation
remained a guiding tenet of policymaking for his government. The Prime
Minister stated this during his meeting with JP Morgan International Council
in New Delhi yesterday.
The Council comprises global statesmen like former British Prime
Minister Tony Blair, former Australian Prime Minister John Howard and former US
Secretaries of State Henry Kissinger and Condoleezza Rice.
During his meeting, Mr Modi discussed with global statesmen his
vision for making India a five trillion dollar economy by 2024. He said, the
development of world-class physical infrastructure, improvements in affordable
health care and providing quality education are some other policy priorities for
On the foreign policy front, India continued to work together
with its strategic partners and close neighbours to build a fair and equitable
multipolar world order. After 2007, this was the first time that the
International Council met in India.
Defence ministry urges navy to strengthen coastal security
Defence Minister Rajnath Singh says the Navy has a crucial
role to play in the form of safeguarding the Sea Lines of Communication (SLOC)
- the economic lifeline to make Indian economy to reach the Five Trillion
Dollar mark by 2025.
He was speaking at the Naval Commanders' Conference in New Delhi
today. Mr Singh urged the Naval Commanders to continue reviewing procedures and
strengthen the Coastal Security framework, so as to counter emerging threats and
He said the Indian Navy will continue to perform the duty of
safeguarding the maritime interests of the nation.
Speaking to media later, Mr Singh said India has never been the
aggressor but its armed forces are capable of giving a befitting reply to those
who cast an evil eye on it.
Study finds more than 50% of business makers worried of cyber
Sixty-six per cent of business decision makers in India
believe lack of security expertise is a challenge for their organisations,
while 63 per cent of Indian businesses are concerned about being exposed to
cyber threats due to employee errors, according to a new report
The success of an organisation's cyber security investment lies
not just in buying technology, but corporate culture, employee education and
path-to-purchase also play critical roles, according to the Future of
Cybersecurity in Asia Pacific and Japan-Culture, Efficiency, Awareness report.
"Cyber security is a shared responsibility. While IT teams must
be proactive in their response to cyber threats, knowledgeable employees and
leadership teams pave the way for organisations to better detect, protect and
respond," Sharma said.
In line with this approach, 79 per cent of Indian business
decision makers would want to adopt deeply-integrated or synchronised security
solutions that could detect, investigate and respond to cyber threats, it added.
According to global cyber security major Sophos, main triggers
for security updates -- beyond changes to overall security posture -- are
technology and product developments, compliance and regulation requirements, and
growing awareness of new attacks.
Centre to promote optimum use of fertilizers and
Agriculture and Farmers Welfare Minister Narendra Singh
Tomar has said that optimal and balanced use of fertilizers and
micro-nutrients in agriculture is the need of the hour. He said excessive
use of fertilizers deteriorates soil fertility.
Mr Tomar was speaking at a fertilizer application awareness
programme jointly organized by Agriculture Ministry and Ministry of Chemicals
and Fertilizers in New Delhi today. He said farmers must utilize bio-fertilizers
to enhance the health of soil, resulting in high yield of agri-produce.
Mr Tomar said, agricultural activities have great contribution
in the country's GDP but in the last few years, there has been a decline in it.
He said, there is a need to increase the contribution from 14 per cent to 50 per
Speaking on the occasion, Chemicals and Fertilizers Minister D V
SadanandaGowda said the awareness programme will benefit farmers.
President Ram NathKovind on Tuesday met his Nepalese
counterpart Bidya Devi Bhandari here and discussed several issues of mutual
interest and bilateral cooperation.
The official Twitter account of the RashtrapatiBhavan said that
Kovind, who is the first Indian president to visit Japan in 29 years, held talks
with Nepal's President Bhandari.
The two leaders discussed several issues of mutual interest and
bilateral cooperation between India and Nepal," it said in the tweet.
The president arrived here on Monday after concluding his
five-day state visit to the Philippines.
During his three-day visit, Kovind will also interact with the
Indian community in the Japanese capital.
Srilankan PM to face Presidential enquiry commission
Sri Lankan Prime Minister RanilWickremesinghe will appear
before a Presidential Commission of Inquiry probing corruption and fraud in
state institutions today to testify on the government decision to store
paddy at the Mattala International Airport in 2015.
The Commission had issued a notice to Prime Minister
Wickremesinghe to appear before it following testimony of a former official
BandaraDissanayake that the Prime Minister had personally instructed him to
store paddy at the airport.
Testifying before the commission, Mr.Dissanayake said that he
had held a series of meetings with the officials of the Mattala Airport in 2015
to explore the possibility of storing paddy there as the PMB stores didn't have
adequate space. He said that Minister for Primary Industries DayaGamage had also
called him frequently and said that the Cabinet has given the approval to store
4,000 metric tonnes of paddy at the airport.
It is noteworthy that the Mattala international airport was
MahindaRajapaksa regime in his district but no passenger service is operating
from there at present. The current government led by Prime Minister
Wickremesinghe has termed it as a white elephant.
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Railways bring in advanced electronic locking system
Indian Railways has installed the most advanced Electronic
Interlocking System on the Grand Chord route. The measure is expected to
help Indian Railways speed up trains and achieve the objective of reducing
the travel time between Delhi and Howrah to about 12 hours from the existing
17 to 19 hours.
Grand Chord is part of the Howrah-Gaya-Delhi line and Howrah-Allahabad-Mumbai
line. It acts as a link between Sitarampur in West Bengal and Pt.
DeenDayalUpadhyay Junction, Uttar Pradesh, and covers a stretch of 450
kilometres falling in North Central Railway Zone.
The new Electronic system has replaced outdated 65-year old
mechanical signalling system at Tundla Junction in Uttar Pradesh on the route.
The work will go a long way in improving punctuality of trains
on New Delhi-Howrah mainline and benefits will be manifold during the incoming
foggy season through safe and detention free handling of trains at Tundla
Supreme court appointed CoA’s to demit BCCI office soon
The Supreme Court today directed that the apex
court-appointed Committee of Administrators headed by former Comptroller and
Auditor General VinodRai shall demit office after the elected
representatives of the Board of Control for Cricket in India take charge to
run the cricket governing body.
A bench comprising Justices S ABobde and L NageswaraRao said
that the job of the CoA will come to an end after former cricketer SauravGanguly-led
elected office bearers of the BCCI will take charge following the elections
which are scheduled on 23rd of October.
The bench took note of the submission of Senior Advocate
ParagTripathi representing the CoA and directed that the members of the CoA and
the other officers shall be immune from any possible actions from the BCCI for
their acts done for running the affairs of the cricket body and its prior
permission will be needed for such actions.