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Ministry of Housing and Urban Poverty Alleviation launched Shehri Samridhi Utsav

Shehri Samridhi Utsav, an initiative of Ministry of Housing & Urban Affairs (MoHUA),is launched with aim to extend the reach of Deendayal Antyodaya Mission – National Urban Livelihoods Mission (DAY-NULM).

About Shehri Samridhi Utsav

It is the National Exhibition and a sale of Self Help Group products and National Street Food Festival  organized in New Delhi.

Through Shehri Samridhi Utsav scheme, Self Help Group members all over the places are linked to national government schemes like Swachchh Bharat Mission , Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana , Pradhan Mantri Ujjwala Yojana, Pradhan Mantri Jan Dhan Yojana, Pradhan Mantri Suraksha Bima Yojana, Pradhan Mantri Jeevan Jyoti Yojana and National Nutrition Mission.

MoU in the field of coal mining and clean coal technologies was signed between India and Poland

The Ministry of Coal, Government of India signed an MoU with Ministry of Energy, Republic of Poland in-order to foster relations in the field of coal mining and clean coal technologies.

The MoU was signed between ShHaribhai Parathibhai Chaudhary, Hon’ble Minister of State for Coal and Mines and Mr. Grzegorz Tobiszowski, Secretary of State, Ministry of Energy, Republic of Poland.

The objective of MoU includes: promoting trade and investment in the coal sector, enhancing the understanding of coal related energy issues, clean coal technologies.
About Poland:
♦ Capital: Warsaw
♦ Currency: Polish Zloty
About Ministry of Coal:
♦ Minister: Piyush Goyal
♦ Minister of State: Haribhai Parathibhai Chaudhary
♦ Headquarters: New Delhi


6th meeting of Mission Steering Group of National Health Mission was chaired by Ashwini Kumar Choubey

Shri Ashwini Kumar Choubey, Minister of State for Health and Family Welfare chaired the 6th meeting of the Mission Steering Group of the National Health Mission (NHM) in New Delhi.

The meeting was also attended by Dr. V K Paul, Member (Health), NITI Aayog, Smt Preeti Sudan, Secretary (Health and Family Welfare) and Shri Manoj Jhalani, AS & MD (NHM).

The meeting highlighted that the centre is providing funds to all the 36 states/UTs to provide essential drugs free of cost in public health facilities and to set up IT-backed systems for drug procurement and quality assurance.
About Ministry of Health and Family Welfare:
♦ Union Minister: Jagat Prakash Nadda
♦ Minister of State: Anupriya Patel, Ashwini Kumar Choubey

World heritage centre to be set up at Mayapur in West Bengal

International Society for Krishna Consciousness (ISKCON)decided to set up a World Heritage Centre housing ‘spiritual camps’ in 45 countries,one of which is to be set up in Mayapur in West Bengal.

The estimated cost of this project is 3000 crores.



Nepal makes work permit mandatory for Indians

The Nepalese government has made it mandatory for Indian citizens who come to work in Nepali industries to take necessary work permit. Nepal had earlier directed all its labour offices to finalise the actual number of Indian workers working in different sectors across the country.



Economy and Finance

RBI Penalised a total of Rs.5.2 Crore on Axis Bank, UCO Bank and Syndicate Bank for violation of norms

Axis Bank, UCO Bank and Syndicate Bank are Penalised with a total of Rs.5.2 Crore by RBI Bank for violating the guidelines in regulatory compliance.The Segregation of the Penalised amount are as follows,

Axis Bank and UCO Bank has been imposed with a Penalty of Rs.2 Crore each for their not commiting with the norms related to payment through cheques.

Further Axis Bank has also imposed a Penalty of 20 Lakhs for the detection and impounding of counterfeit notes.

Government forecasted 7.5 per cent GDP growth in FY20

The Economic Affairs Secretary, Subhash Chandra Garg said that the finance ministry is expecting the GDP growth to reach 7.5 per cent in 2019-20 from 7.2 per cent projected for the current fiscal.

The Government is expecting a nominal growth of 11.5 per cent (for 2019-20) and inflation to remain at 4 per cent.

The Economic Affairs Secretary stated that India remains the fastest growing major economy in the world.
About Ministry of Finance:
♦ Minister: Arun Jaitley
♦ Minister of State: P. Radhakrishnan, Shiv Pratap Shukla




P.S.Krishnan received K.Veeramani Award for Social Justice in 2018

P.S. Krishnan, former Secretary of Government of India,was entitled with  K.Veeramani Award for Social Justice 2018 in New Delhi.

Mr.V.P.Singh, former Prime Minister of India, was the first recipient of the K veeramani award.

Social Exclusion and Justice in India, Empowering Dalits for Empowering India: A Road-map are some of books written by P S Krishnan.


Nilambar Acharya appointed Nepal’s envoy to India

Nilambar Acharya, Nepal’s former law minister,was appointed as Nepal’s ambassador to India in Kathmandu.

Nilambar Acharya’s oath of office position was administered by President Bidya Devi Bhandari in Kathmandu.

The position of Nepalese ambassador to India was vacant after Deep Kumar Upadhyay resigned in October 2017 .
About Nepal
♦ Capital: Kathmandu
♦ Prime minister: Khadga Prasad Oli
♦ Currency: Nepalese rupee
♦ President: Bidhya Devi Bhandari


National Testing Agency (NTA) brought out Mobile App for Mock Tests for JEE Mains 2019 & other competitive exams

National Testing Agency has embarked a mobile application through which students can take mock tests via their smart phones.

A network of more than 4,000 Test Practice Centers has been made to make aspirants of rural areas more familiar to online tests.

NTA will conduct mock tests of exams for students appearing in JEE Main, NEET or NTA NET exams etc.



Azerbaijan Grand Prix extends F1 deal to 2023

Organizers of the Azerbaijan Grand Prix has extended the contract to host Formula One races in Baku street circuit till 2023.

This is the first renewal of 2019, the organizers from Belgium, China, Germany, Japan and Singapore has already extended their deals over the previous two years.

This renewal will help the organizers of Azebaijan GP to maximize commercial revenues through new sponsorship approach and enhanced fan activities.


Sushma Swaraj and Nitin Gadkari inaugurated 30th National Road Safety Week in New Delhi

External Affairs Minister Smt Sushma Swaraj and Union Minister for Road Transport & Highways, Shipping and Water Resources, River Development and Ganga Rejuvenation Shri Nitin Gadkari inaugurated the 30th National Road Safety Week, 2019 at Gandhi Smriti and Darshan, Rajghat, New Delhi.

The theme of the 30th National Road Safety Week is “Sadak Suraksha-Jeevan Raksha”.

A motor car rally called Suraksha Yatra was flagged off as a part of an event to launch the 30th National Road Safety Week. The rally will also commemorate the 150th Birth Anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi.
About Ministry of Road Transport & Highways:
♦ Minister: Shri Nitin Gadkari
♦ Minister of State: Shri Mansukh L Mandavia


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