Govt proposes to set up 3,000 Van Dhan Kendras across country

It aims to provide skill up-gradation and capacity building training for value addition of forest produce.

The scheme will be implemented through Ministry of Tribal Affairs as Nodal Department at the Central Level

Training and technical support is provided by the Trible Cooperative Marketing Development Federation of India(TRIFED).

On 14 April 2018, Prime Minister Narendra Modi had launched the Van Dhan Scheme during the celebrations of Ambedkar Jayanti at Bijapur in Chattisgarh.

ADNOC joins Saudi ARMACO to build Ratnagiri Refinery

The world largest oil refinery cum petrochemical project is set to come up in Maharashtra’s Ratnagiri.

India is the world’s third-biggest oil importer (about 80 per cent of its oil needs) and consumer.

UAE’s Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (ADNOC) along with Saudi Arabia’s ARAMCO will together have a 50% stake in the greenfield Ratnagiri refinery rest will be with Indian Oil, Hindustan Petroleum and Bharat Petroleum.


Iran bans imports of over 1,300 products to prepare its economy to deal with US sanctions

Due to rising prices and plummeting value of Iran’s currency, thousands of traders in Tehran held a huge protest and gathered in front of parliament.

Under heavy pressure from the U.S. sanctions threat, Rial (currency of Iran) sank as low as 90,000 against the dollar.

In a historic first, Saudi Arabia lifts ban on female drivers

The National will bring you all of the latest news and reaction from the development, which was first announced by King Salman in September 2017. Some six million women – or 65 per cent of the female driving-age population – are expected to apply for a licence.

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Software to help strengthen the implementation of Poshan Abhiyan

ICDS-CAS (Common Application Software)– It is a Specially designed software to help in strengthening service delivery and improving nutrition outcomes through Effective monitoring and Timely interventions in POSHAN Abhiyaan.

POSHAN Abhiyaan (National Nutrition Mission) was launched by the Hon’ble Prime Minister on 8thMarch, 2018 in Jhunjhunu, Rajasthan.


National Senior Athletics meet begins in Guwahati today

Assam Chief Minister ‘Sarbanand Sonowal’ has inaugurated the 58 National Interstate Senior Athletics meet in Guwahati.

The Indian athletics team for the upcoming Asian Games to be held at Jakarta (from 18th August to 2nd September) will be selected from this meet.

The Athletics Federation of India is the apex body for running and managing athletics in India and afiliated to the IAAF, AAA and Indian Olympic Association.

Realty firm Sumadhura group ropes in MS Dhoni as brand ambassador

The Bengaluru-based realty firm Sumadhura group has roped in MS Dhoni, the former Indian cricket captain, as its first brand ambassador to represent the brand in all their national campaigns in a multi-year engagement.

Deepika Kumari clinches the gold medal in women’s recurve event

Ace Indian archer ‘Deepika Kumari’ clinched a gold medal in the women’s recurve event at stage three of World Cup in Salt Lake City of US.

Now, Deepika has automatically qualified for the Archery World Cup Final to be held in Samsun of Turkey later this year.


Pallavi Durua crowned as India’s first ‘Tribal Queen’

Odisha’s Pallavi Durua (from Koraput district) was crowned as the first Tribal Queen at the Adi Rani Kalinga Tribal Queen competition held at Utkal Mandap.

The prime objective of the event was to promote tribal art and culture.


Naidu releases the book ‘The Emergency: Indian Democracy’s Darkest Hour’

The book is written by Prasar Bharati Chairperson A Surya Prakash.

UAE to hold first-ever ‘World Tolerance Summit’

The United Arab of Emirates (UAE) will host a two-day “World Tolerance Summit” in November. With its theme, “Prospering from Pluralism: Embracing Diversity through Innovation and Collaboration”.

The International Institute for Tolerance, part of Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Global Initiatives, announced the launch from November 15-16 to coincide with the International Day of Tolerance.

International Day against Drug Abuse and Illicit Traficking being observed today

The United Nations’ (UN) International Day Against Drug Abuse and Illicit Traficking is observed every year on 26th June to raise awareness of the major problem that illicit drugs represent to society.

Building on the success of last year, the theme for 2018 is ‘Listen First – Listening to children and youth is the first step to help them grow healthy and safe’.

”Thought of the Day”

“It is one of the severest tests of friendship to tell your friend his faults.”

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