Daily Archives: October 8, 2017

Navy thwarts piracy against Indian bulk carrier in Gulf of Aden


The Indian Navy has thwarted a piracy attempt in the Gulf of Aden saving the 85,000-tonne bulk carrier, MV Jag Amar, from the clutches of armed pirates.Navy spokesperson Capt DK Sharma said in New Delhi, that INS Trishul, which is on anti-piracy patrol in the Gulf of Aden, received a distress call over open radio yesterday and it launched a helicopter from its … Read More

India seeks zero tolerance against crimes by UN personnel

India seeks zero tolerance

India sought zero tolerance against criminal acts committed by personnel working on UN missions globally, saying such crimes are highly damaging for the image and credibility of the world body.

Addressing a committee meeting of the UN General Assembly, First Secretary at Permanent Mission of India to the UN, Yedla Umasankar said that at a broader level, the… Read More

Respiratory tract infections in young children linked to asthma and worse lung function

Summary:Respiratory tract infections in young children are linked to an increased risk of asthma and worse lung function in later life, according to new research.

Respiratory tract infections in young children are linked to an increased risk of asthma and worse lung function in later life, according to new research to be presented at the European Respiratory… Read More

Centre sets up group to study problems of people along IB, LOC in J&K


The Centre has set up a study group to examine the problems being faced by the people living near the International Border and the Line of Control in Jammu and Kashmir due to ever-present threat of cross-border firing from Pakistan. The group will meet people living in the border areas of Jammu and Kashmir, security forces deployed there, district administration… Read More

Aadhaar mandatory for small saving schemes | Finance Ministry


The government has made biometric identification Aadhaar mandatory for all post office deposits, Public Provident Fund, National Savings Certificate scheme and Kisan Vikas Patra.Finance Ministry has issued four separate Gazette notifications making Aadhaar mandatory for opening all post office deposit accounts, Public Provident Fund, National … Read More

GST Council reduces tax rates on 27 items, approves quarterly return filing

GST Council

In a major relief to common man, small traders and exporters, the GST Council has reduced tax rates on 27 items and allowed the filing of returns on the quarterly basis. The GST Council meeting held under the Chairmanship of Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitely in New Delhi yesterday decided to reduce the GST rates on dried mangoes, Khakhra, plain chapatis, unbranded… Read More

How openings in Antarctic sea ice affect worldwide climate

Antarctic sea

Summary:In a new analysis of climate models, researchers reveal the significant global effects that seemingly anomalous polynyas, or openings in sea ice, can have. Their findings indicate that heat escaping from the ocean through these openings impacts sea and atmospheric temperatures and wind patterns around the globe and even rainfall around the tropics.… Read More

Chhattisgarh Government bans use of chlorinated plastic and Polyvinyl Chloride

Chhattisgarh bans

In Chhattisgarh, the state government has banned the use of chlorinated plastic and Polyvinyl Chloride -PVC. The advertising and promotion materials like PVC banners, flex, and hoardings have also been banned with immediate effect.

The state government has also banned the manufacture, storage, import, sale, transport and use of such plastic-borne goods.… Read More

Polling for Panchayat Elections in 6 districts of Manipur


Polling has begun for Panchayat Elections in six districts of Manipur. These districts are Imphal West, Imphal East, Jiribam, Bishnupur, Kakching and Thoubal. More than seven lakh and 16 thousand voters will exercise their franchise today to elect 60 Zila Parishad Members, 158 Gram Panchayat Pradhans and 1118 Gram Panchayat Ward Members.

Long queues are… Read More

Nirmala Sitharaman visits Jamnagar Air Force Station

Nirmala Sitharaman

Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman paid a visit to Jamnagar Air Force Station and took first hand information about the role and nature of operations undertaken by the Indian Air Force at the air base.A static display of various aircrafts that had operated from the base as well as weapon systems were shown to the defence minister during her visit to the Air Traffic… Read More

Swachhta Hi Seva Campaign


On September 15, 2017, the President of India launched a nationwide sanitation campaign “Swachhta Hi Seva” at Iswarganj village in Kanpur. The President administered the Swachhta Hi Seva Pledge whereby the Nation resolved to create a clean healthy and new India. Addressing the gathering the President said “India is fighting a decisive battle for … Read More