Anti-Ragging Mobile App Launched to Fight Ragging
Human Resources Development Minister Prakash Javadekar has launched an Anti-Ragging Mobile App of the University Grants Commission (UGC) to help students register complaints against the menace of ragging in the country. Previously, students were required to visit the website to register a complaint against ragging. The new app will work on the android platform and will facilitate students to register a complaint against ragging instantaneously. Students can login and register their complaints immediately.The complaint will be sent to the concerned authorities for timely action and the action will be initiated immediately. As the records indicate that timely action had resulted in the decrease of ragging instances in campuses. This app is aimed at giving a feel of security to students.
Sangeet Natak Akademi Puraskar for Satyabrata Rout
Satyabrata Rout has been awarded Sangeet Natak Akademi Puraskar for the year 2016. He is a professor from the Department of Theatre Arts, S N School of Arts and Communication, University of Hyderabad (UoH). He has been awarded for developing a unique method of teaching and practicing direction and design achieved from his experience working with eminent theatre practitioners and scholars. Satyabrata Rout is considered as one of the pioneers of ‘visual theatre’ in India. He has a rich experience of directing a number of plays, participating in national and international theatre festivals and conducting a numerous theatre workshops across the globe. The Sangeet Natak Akademi Puraskar (Akademi Award) is an award given by the Sangeet Natak Akademi. The award is the highest Indian recognition given to practicing artists. The award includes a purse of Rs 50000, besides a Tamrapatra and Angavastram. The awards are being presented in the categories of music, dance, theatre, puppetry and other traditional arts.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi reaches German capital Berlin
In the first leg of his four nation tour to Germany, Spain, Russia and France, Prime Minister Narendra Modi has reached the German capital, Berlin. Trade and commerce, economic cooperation and counter terrorism will be high on the agenda during Mr Modi’s visit to the European countries. In a tweet, Mr Modi expressed hope that his visit to Germany will lead to beneficial outcomes and deepen Indo-German friendship. He will have an informal dinner with German Chancellor Angela Merkel in the official country retreat in Berlin tonight. The Prime Minister will take part in the 4th Indo-German Inter-governmental Consultations tomorrow and meet German Chancellor to strengthen bilateral relations. The inter governmental consultations will identify areas of mutual interest in bilateral trade and investment to strengthen their relationships. Speaking to AIR exclusively, Union Commerce and Industry Minister Nirmala Sitharaman said, since trade and investment related agreements of the countries belonging to the European Commission have to be done through it, Germany being a part of the European Union, needs to take up the issue so that FDI projects from the 27 partners of the Union could benefit.
Centre launches Darwaza Band
The Centre will launch a new campaign called ‘Darwaza Band’ from today to promote toilet usage in rural areas across the country. Bollywood star Amitabh Bachchan, who leads the campaign, will be joined by Union Minister for Drinking Water and Sanitation Narendra Singh Tomar and Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis at the formal launch event to be held in Mumbai. It is designed to encourage behaviour change in men who have toilets but are not using them.
Unorganised sector workers to be covered under ESI and PF
Labour Minister Bandaru Dattatreya has said that 40 crore workers from the unorganised sector will be covered under social security schemes such as the Employees State Insurance and Employees Provident Fund. Addressing a function on the three year achievements of his ministry in New Delhi yesterday, Mr Dattatreya said the government is committed to ensuring jobs and social security for all workers including those in the unorganised sector.
Chemists across country to shut shops today
Chemists across the country will shut their shops today in protest against the alleged stringent regulations on the sale of medicines. According to the All India Organisation of Chemists and Druggists the one-day strike was called as several representations by them opposing regulations on the sale of medicines in the country, submitted to the government, went unheeded. However, emergency service pharmacies in and around hospitals will remain open. The chemists are also opposing online pharmacy, which they claim, poses a threat to their business.
North Korea fires third short-range ballistic missile defying UN resolution; US expresses strong concern
North Korea has fired third short-range ballistic missile defying the UN resolution. It is the third apparently successful test in as many weeks. South Korea’s military says the missile, believed to be a Scud-class ballistic missile, was launched from North Korea’s eastern coast and flew nearly 450 kilometers before landing in the sea. US Defense Secretary, Jim Mattis has expressed strong caution about the capabilities of North Korean missiles. In an interview with a Television channel yesterday, he said US assumes that North Korea is getting better with each test. He called North a direct threat to the United States. He took a cautious stance toward taking military action, saying a military conflict with North Korea would probably be the worst kind of war in most people’s lifetimes. He stressed the need to continue seeking a diplomatic solution.
Devastating floods in Sri Lanka claims 164 lives
The death toll from devastating floods in Sri Lanka has risen to 164. Disaster Management Centre, DMC, today said the Rescuers have pulled out more bodies buried in the mudslides triggered by the country’s worst torrential rains in 14 years. The DMC also said 104 people were still listed as missing while another 88 remained in hospital. The government said relief operations had intensified over the weekend following a break in the monsoon rains. Meanwhile, India is sending two naval ships laden with supplies over the weekend.
Several parts of Odisha, West Bengal and Tripura likely to witness heavy rainfall on the 30th May 2017 under the influence of cyclonic storm Mora
Powerful Cyclone Mora has hit the Bangladesh coast. Earlier authorities had evacuated up to a million people from the affected areas. The cyclone formed after heavy rains in Sri Lanka caused floods and landslides, that killed at least 180 people. Meanwhile, several parts of Odisha, West Bengal and Tripura are likely to witness heavy rainfall today under the influence of cyclonic storm Mora. Based on the Bhubaneswar Met department’s forecast, the revenue and disaster management department has asked the collectors of Mayurbhanj, Balasore, Jajpur and Bhadrak to remain vigilant to the situation. The local Met office has issued advice for hoisting the Distant Cautionary Signal number two at Paradip and Gopalpur ports in the state and asked fishermen not to venture into the sea. In Tripura, the Met department has issued a warning that heavy rainfall associated with squally wind with speed of 45 to 55 kmph gusting to 65 kmph may occur today under the influence of Mora.