PM to chair the 4th meeting of NITI Aayog’s Governing Council on June 17
Prime Minister Narendra Modi will chair the fourth meeting of NITI Aayog’s Governing Council on 17th June to discuss various issues, including measures taken to double farmers’ income and progress of flagship schemes. Besides, development agenda for ‘New India 2022’ is expected to be approved in the meeting. The council, apex body of Niti Aayog, includes all chief ministers, lieutenant governors of union territories, several union ministers, and senior government officials.
India’s exports hit the six-month high of $28.86 billion in May
India’s exports grew 20.18 percent to $28.86 billion in May — the highest in six months, even though the trade deficit widened to a four-month high of $14.62 billion. Imports too rose by 14.85 percent to $43.48 billion during the month, according to the data released by the commerce ministry.
20 States sign MoUs to implement Ayushman Bharat health scheme
Twenty states and Union Territories have signed initial agreements to implement the Prime Minister’s scheme to provide health insurance to 10 crore poor families in the country. Punjab and West Bengal, which earlier did not confirm whether they would implement the scheme, have expressed interest in participating in the Ayushman Bharat National Health Protection Mission, said senior government officials aware of the development. The scheme aims to provide up to Rs 5 lakh health cover for 10 crore below-poverty-line families identified using Socio-Economic Caste Census data.
106th Science Congress to be hosted by Lovely Professional University (LPU) in Jalandhar
The Lovely Professional University (LPU) had announced it has been slated to host world’s biggest science event – the Indian Science Congress – next year, with Prime Minister Narendra Modi to inaugurate it. The 106th Science Congress will be held from January 3-7 on the private varsity’s campus with about 15,000 delegates, including 300 top scientists and Nobel Laureates, from across the world, attending the meet. Themed “Future India: Science & Technology”, the five-day event will have 18 plenary sessions, including those of medical, chemical, environmental and other science domains.
India to host European Union Film Festival
Putting a spotlight on the latest European cinema, the European Union Film Festival (EUFF) will premiere in New Delhi on 18th June 2018 at the Siri Fort Auditorium. With a selection of 24 latest European films from 23 EU Member States, this years’ film festival brings some unusual stories for the world cinema enthusiasts. The European Union Film Festival is organized by Directorate of Film Festivals, Ministry of Information and Broadcasting, Government of India partnering with the Delegation of the European Union and embassies of EU Member States in various city film clubs. The festival will traverse through 11 cities in India from 18th June till 31st August.
Karnataka Bank launches ‘Deposit Only Card’
Karnataka Bank Ltd has launched ‘KBL-Deposit Only Card’ that enables hassle-free cash deposit transactions at the bank’s 24×7 e-lobby services. The bank said that this card is specially meant for the bank’s current/overdraft customers. These customers can perform cash deposit transactions even with higher deposit limit at the bank’s bunch note acceptor (BNA) or cash recycler kiosks by using this card. The limit for the cash deposit a day is Rs 10 lakh.
MARG ERP Limited partners with ICICI Bank
Marg ERP limited, a leading Inventory and Accounting software solution company has partnered with ICICI Bank, India’s largest private sector bank by consolidated assets, to offer an integrated payments platform to Micro, Small and Medium Enterprise (MSME) customers, using MARG’s accounting software.
India thrash Afghans by innings and 262 runs in Historic Test
After posting a mammoth first-innings total, India dismissed Afghanistan twice in two sessions to secure a huge win by an innings and 262 runs on the second day of the historical one-off Test match here at M Chinnaswamy Stadium on 15th June. In reply to India’s first-innings total of 474 runs, Afghanistan batsmen failed to counter world-class Indian bowling attack and fell like a pack of cards to eventually bundle out for 109 runs in the first innings. With the win, India becomes the first Asian team to win a Test match inside two days.
Greece, Macedonia reach accord to resolve dispute over Macedonian’s name
Greece and Macedonia had reached a historic accord to resolve a dispute over the former Yugoslav republic’s name that has troubled relations between the two neighbors for decades. It is currently known formally at the United Nations under the interim name “Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia“. Under the deal, Macedonian Prime Minister Zoran Zaev said his country would officially be called the “Republic of Northern Macedonia“.
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Yangtze River of China: 3rd longest river after Nile (Africa), Amazon (South America) and the longest in Asia