Palestinian Presidency welcomes ‘grand guest’ Modi ahead of visit (Lead)

The Palestinian Presidency on Wednesday welcomed the “historical and significant” visit of “grand guest” Indian Prime Minster Narendra Modi ahead of his visit to Palestine on February 10, the first ever prime ministerial visit from India here. “The Palestinian Presidency welcomes the historic and important visit of Prime Minister Narendra Modi to the city of …

International plastics exhibition inaugurated in Gujarat’s Gandhinagar

The 10th edition of an international plastics exhibition, PlastIndia, began in Gujarat capital Gandhinagar on Wednesday. The six-day expo-cum-conference hopes to garner a business of around Rs 5,500 crore as buyers and sellers from around 28 countries meet at the event. Chief Minister Vijay Rupani inaugurated the event at the exhibition ground here. “While plastic …

Cabinet approves setting up new medical colleges in under-served areas

The Union Cabinet, chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, on Wednesday approved establishment of 58 new Medical Colleges attached with existing district/referral hospitals across the country, an official statement said. Of this, eight medical colleges have already started functioning in last three years, while the remaining 50 would be made functional by 2019-20. The Cabinet …

253 candidates file nominations for Nagaland polls

Nominations for the February 27 Nagaland assembly polls ended on Wednesday with 253 candidates, including substitute candidates, filing their papers, Chief Electoral Officer Abjijit Sinha said. These included five women candidates – A.K. Mangyangpula and Wedie-u Kronu of the National People’s Party (NPP), Awan Konyak of the Nationalist Democratic Progressive Party (NDPP), Rakhila of the …

Auto Expo: Manufacturers showcase future electric transport solutions (Intro Roundup)

The Indian automobile industry on Wednesday showcased its vision for an all-encompassing electric-powered transport solutions at the pre-open day of the Auto Expo 2018. Besides, the rush of unveilings and new product introductions, the event also saw the entry of brands — Kia Motors, Kawasaki and BMW Motorrad – in the Indian market. The 14th …

Cabinet approves putting ILO recommendation before Parliament

The Union Cabinet, chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, on Wednesday gave its approval for placing the new instrument “the Employment and Decent Work for Peace and Resilience”, adopted by International Labour Organization (ILO) before Parliament, an official statement said. India, during the International Labour Conference of ILO at its 106th Session in Geneva in …

German coalition deal ‘important’, says Italian PM

Italian Prime Minister Paolo Gentiloni, who is visiting Germany, on Wednesday hailed the breakthrough deal struck between Chancellor Angela Merkel’s conservative CDU/CSU alliance and the Social Democrats (SPD), calling it “important”. “It is important that agreement has been reached on a coalition governent in Germany,” Gentiloni said in a speech on Italian-German relations at Berlin’s …

Marsh crocodile rescued from UP village, released in Yamuna

A mugger crocodile was rescued on Wednesday from Latumai village near Firozabad in Uttar Pradesh, Wildlife SOS officials said. Rescue team members said the reptile, also known as marsh crocodile, was later released in the Yamuna river. Earlier, the residents of the village, nearly 75 km from Agra, were taken aback on seeing the crocodile …

Two health, population-related bodies to go, functions to vest in DoHFW

The Union Cabinet on Wednesday approved the proposal to close two autonomous bodies — Rashtriya Arogya Nidhi and Jansankhya Sthirata Kosh — and to vest their functions in the Department of Health and Family Welfare (DoHFW), an official statement said. According to the proposal, the rationalisation of autonomous bodies under the DoHFW will involve inter-ministerial …

Auto Expo: Manufactures showcase future electric transport solutions (Roundup)

The Indian automobile industry on Wednesday showcased its vision for an all-encompassing electric-powered transport solutions at the pre-open day of the Auto Expo 2018. Besides, the rush of unveilings and new product introductions, the event also saw the entry of brands — Kia Motors, Kawasaki and BMW Motorrad – in the Indian market. The 14th …

881 km of rail network proposed to be electrified in Bengal

The Union Budget tabled by Finance Minister Arun Jaitley has allotted Rs 771.54 crore for electrification of 881 km of rail network in West Bengal, railway sources said here on Wednesday. The sources said the electrification plans would cover all three railway zones – Eastern Railway, South Eastern Railway and North Ea st Frontier Railway …

HAL flies Hawk with indigenous avionics system

State-run Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd (HAL) on Wednesday flew advanced jet trainer (AJT) Hawk-i here for the first time with an avionics system it developed, said the defence behemoth. “The AJT, being built by HAL under licence from British BAE Systems, was flown for the first time with home-grown avionics software, including real-time operating system,” a …

Cabinet nod to India-Australia MoU on economic policy issues

The Union Cabinet on Wednesday approved the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding for a Secondment Programme between India and Australia that aims at better understanding of current economic policy issues between the two countries. The MoU will be signed between India’s Department of Economic Affairs and Australia’s Treasury for three months, an official statement …

Delhi government schools to have ‘Happiness Curriculum’

Government school students in Delhi will be taught to be happier, more confident and have greater self-esteem through introduction of an activity-oriented “Happiness Curriculum” for Nursery to Class 8 students from the coming academic session. Delhi’s Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia, who also holds the Education portfolio, made the announcement at the “Excellence in Education” …

Cabinet approves India-US pact on law enforcement training

The Union Cabinet on Wednesday approved the Memorandum of Cooperation (MoC) between India and the USA on law enforcement training to boost security-related matters under the aegis of the India-US Homeland Security Dialogue. The MoC will be signed between the Federal Law Enforcement Training Centers (FLETC), USA, and Bureau of Police Research & Development (BPR&D), …

Jeetendra faces sexual harassment charges from cousin, terms them baseless (Lead)

Veteran Bollywood actor Jeetendra was on Wednesday accused of sexually harassing his cousin, who has come forward to file a police complaint 47 years after the alleged incident. Jeetendra has dubbed the charges as “baseless”, and a “miserable effort by a jealous competitor to disrupt his business activities”. Jeetendra, whose real name is Ravi Kapoor, …

Cabinet okays implementation of PM Research Fellows scheme

The Union Cabinet chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday approved the implementation of the ‘Prime Minister’s Research Fellows’ (PMRF) scheme with an outlay of Rs 1,650 crore for seven years beginning 2018-19. As per an official release, realising the Prime Minister’s vision of development through innovation is its objective, which was announced in …

IBBI amends norms for insolvency resolution process

The Insolvency and Bankruptcy Board of India has amended the regulations on the insolvency resolution process for corporate persons, an official release said here on Wednesday. As per the revised framework, two registered valuers shall be appointed to determine the fair value and the liquidation value of the corporate debtor. “After the receipt of resolution …

Modi should not give us lessons on democracy as he himself doesn’t respect it: Congress

The Congress on Wednesday dubbed Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s speech in the Lok Sabha as “disappointing” and said that he should not give lessons on democracy to the party as he himself does not respect it. “It was his (Modi) political speech, election speech… He spoke about Karnataka, about Basweshwarji, about Gautam Buddha’s Licchavi state …

Auto Expo: Mahindra unveils Stinger, wide range of e-vehicle concepts (Lead)

Automobile major Mahindra & Mahindra on Wednesday unveiled India’s first convertible SUV “TUV Stinger” along with a wide range of electric vehicle concepts including India’s first electric mini SUV. The company also showcased SsangYong Motor’s new G4 Rexton, which will be launched in India with an all new brand name. The luxury SUV, which has …

Amarinder meets Rahul to discuss party re-organization

Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh on Wednesday met Congress President Rahul Gandhi in New Delhi to discuss the re-organization of the Punjab unit of the party ahead of the 2019 Lok Sabha elections. The Chief Minister was accompanied by Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee (PPCC) president Sunil Jakhar and AICC in-charge of Punjab affairs, Asha Kumari, …