Prime Minister Narendra Modi reached Harsil near the India-China
border in Uttarakhand to celebrate Diwali with Army and ITBP personnel on
Greeting the jawans on the occasion, the Prime Minister said their
devotion to duty in the remote icy heights, is enabling the strength of the
nation, and securing the future and the dreams of 125 crore Indians, a
statement from his office said.
He said that Diwali is the festival of lights, it spreads the
light of goodness and dispels fear. He said that the jawans, through their
commitment and discipline, are also helping to spread the sense of security
and fearlessness among the people.
Mr. Modi recalled that he has been visiting soldiers on Diwali
ever since he was the Chief Minister of Gujarat. He also spoke of his
interactions with the jawans of the Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP), years
ago when he was part of the Kailash Mansarovar Yatra.
The Prime Minister said India is taking great strides forward in
the defence sector. He spoke of various measures being taken for the welfare
of ex-servicemen, including implementation of ‘one rank, one pension’ (OROP).
Responding to Diwali greeting from Israel Prime Minister Benjamin
Netanyahu on Tuesday night, Mr. Modi had said, “Every year, I visit our
border areas and surprise our troops. This year too, will spend Diwali with
our brave troops. Spending time with them is special.
”Centre reiterates its commitment to clean ganga
Union Minister for Drinking Water and Sanitation Ms. Uma Bharati
has said that maintaining sustainable behavior towards better sanitation is
She was speaking in Ganga Gram Swachchhata Sammelan at Chyavan
Rishi Ashram in Chousa Village of Buxar district in Bihar yesterday. About
four thousands Swachhagrahis, Ganga volunteers, youth organization members,
students, women groups and people from all walks of life attended the
Ganga Gram is a concept to transform the villages on the bank of
river Ganga into ideal villages with emphasis on Open Defecation Free, Solid
and Liquid Waste Management, Water Conservation, Ground Water Recharge,
modern crematorium, tree plantation, organic and medicinal plants.
After declaration of all 4465 Ganga Bank villages as ODF, the
Ministry of Drinking Water and Sanitation is working in the direction of
sustaining the ODF status of this area. In this regard, Ms. Uma Bharati
appreciated the efforts made by district team, Panchayat representatives
towards making Buxar district ODF.
She underlined that India has shown to the world the commitment of
the Government and achieved national sanitation coverage from a lowly 39 per
cent to over 95 per cent. She urged people to participate in SLWM
activities, not to litter around and pollute water sources, take care of
their waste management and promote organic farming.
Finance ministry says excessive competition leads to stress in certain
Excessive competition in any sector can eventually lead to
heightening the stress in that sector, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley said on
Monday. This was a problem that India would increasingly have to deal with
as its economy grew, he said.
“We wanted multiple players because they would ensure the largest
consumer interest,” Mr. Jaitley said at the National Conference on Public
Procurement & Competition Law.
“But there can be several other impacts. Excessive competition, at
times, can result in pricing of a nature that that sector of the economy can
itself face stress. Because everybody then tends to follow the leader, and
therefore what do you do in such a situation?” “And these are all challenges
that will emerge as the economy moves further and expands further,” he said.
“As I see the roadmap for the future, there are going to be
emerging situations where we have to look at the global model,” Mr. Jaitley
said. “And in those global models, visualise how we deal with emerging
situations. We wanted effective market players, reasonably optimum in number
so that the consumer interest could be protected.”
That was the original objective of the competition law, Mr.
Jaitley said, to deal with aberrations in a situation where the state
withdraws from business activity and the economy trusts more in the market.
Regarding public procurement, the Finance Minister said that if it
is based on the principles of fairness, transparency, and public interest,
it will protect the revenues of the State and ensure that they used
Former RBI governor Raghuram Rajan moots autonomy of RBI should be sustained
Amid mounting tension between the Reserve Bank and the Finance
Ministry, former RBI Governor Raghuram Rajan on November 6 said the central
bank is like a seat belt in a car, without which accidents can happen.
Pitching for respecting the institutional autonomy of the RBI, he
said the central bank has the liberty to say no if the government pushes it
to be lenient.
Historically, the relationship between the RBI and the government
has been precisely this the government wants to focus on improving growth
and it does all it can within the limits set by the RBI which are based on
On the issue of the government citing Section 7 of the RBI Act
that gives it powers to issue directions to RBI Governor on issues of public
interest, Mr. Rajan said it would be best if each side respected each
other’s motivation and thoughts.
Besides, the current account deficit (CAD) is blowing out partly
because of the relatively weak exports and partly because of the price of
oil has gone up. “It has come down recently but it is a risk that we cannot
ignore at this point,” Mr. Rajan said.
In general, central banks, he said, avoid lending to direct
entities. Lending to direct entities involves credit evaluation and central
banks are not in fiscal function of bailing out entities.
India has been elected as a Member of the International
Telecommunications Union (ITU) Councilfor another 4-year term (2019-2022).
The elections to the Council were held during the ongoing ITU
Plenipotentiary Conference 2018 at Dubai, UAE.
By securing 165 votes, India ranked third among the 13 countries
elected to the Council from the Asia-Australasia region, and eighth among
the 48 countries elected to the Councilglobally.The ITU has 193memberstates
who elect representatives to the Council.
India has been an active member of the ITU since 1869, earnestly
supporting the development and propagation of telecom in the global
community of nations. The country has been a regular member of the ITU
Council since 1952, and has played an important role in harmonizing the
contributions of member States from the region, always respecting the
principlesof equality andconsensus-building.
“India shares the dream and vision of ITU to realize the world as
one nation and knowledge society”, the Minister added,“Our strong
partnership with the ITU is also demonstrated in the recent ITU decision to
set up the ITU South Asia Area Office and Technology Innovation Centre in
New Delhi. We are on target to have this Centre operational by January,
Vice president completes three nation visit to Africa
Extending India’s continuous engagement with Africa, the Vice
President of India, Shri M. Venkaiah Naidu has successfully completed the
three nations visit to Botswana, Zimbabwe and Malawi, today.
During his visit, India made substantial commitment to Botswana,
Zimbabwe and Malawi on development partnership and assistance. US$ 350
million for projects in Zimbabwe, US $ 220 million of Lines of Credit for
water supply projects in Malawi as well as setting up of Mahatma Gandhi
Convention Centre in Zimbabwe and Malawi as grant assistance were among
India’s commitment to support Africa in its developmental process
and its efforts in improving diplomatic, bilateral and people-to-people
contacts have been unequivocally acknowledged by all the three Presidents,
The President of Zimbabwe, Mr. Emmerson Mnangagwa spent more than
an hour with Shri Naidu to discuss various issues of mutual interest and in
Malawi, the President hosted luncheon in the honour of the Vice President
where the first lady was also present.
The Vice President was given the honour of launching the very
first Jaipur Foot Camp in this series in Malawi in Africa as Mahatma Gandhi
spent more than two decades and eventually led a non-violent movement that
liberated India from colonialism and inspired African leaders to free their
countries as well.
Other important Agreements included Extradition treaty with Malawi
and an agreement in Broadcasting by Prasar Bharati, another one in Arts,
Culture, Heritage and an Action Plan on ICT with Zimbabwe.
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NASA’s hubble telescope spots new formation of galaxies
The Hubble Space telescope has spotted a formation of galaxies
that resembles a smiling face in the sky. The image, taken with the
telescope’s Wide Field Camera 3 (WFC3), shows a patch of space filled with
galaxies of all shapes, colours and sizes, many of which belong to the
galaxy cluster SDSS J0952+3434.
Just below centre is a formation of galaxies akin to a smiling
face. Two yellow-hued blobs hang atop a sweeping arc of light, NASA said in
The lower, arc-shaped galaxy has the characteristic shape of a
galaxy that has been gravitationally lensed — its light has passed near a
massive object en route to us, causing it to become distorted and stretched
out of shape.
Hubble captured the image in an effort to understand how new stars
spring to life throughout the cosmos. WFC3 is able to view distant galaxies
at an unprecedented resolution — high enough to locate and study regions of
star formation within them.
Stars are born within giant clouds of gas. These massive clouds,
or stellar nurseries, grow unstable and begin to collapse under gravity,
becoming the seeds that will grow into new stars. By analysing the
luminosity, size and formation rate of different stellar nurseries,
scientists hope to learn more about the processes that can lead to the
formation of a newborn star.
Rohit Sharma becomes India’s highest run-scorer in T20 Internationals
Rohit Sharma on Tuesday achieved twin milestones, first by
surpassing regular captain Virat Kohli to become India’s highest run-scorer
in T20 Internationals, followed by the most number of centuries - 4 - in the
Rohit hit an unbeaten 111 off 61 balls to complete his fourth ton
in T20 Internationals. When he reached a personal score of 11, he surpassed
Kohli’s India record of 2101 runs in 58 innings. After today’s innings,
Rohit now has 2203 runs to jump to the second spot in the all-time list led
by New Zealander Martin Guptill (2271).
Rohit achieved his feat in style, clobbering a 149kph delivery off
pacer Oshane Thomas over the mid-off boundary in the fifth over.