PM pays homage to Sant Kabirdas on his 500th death anniversary
Both the 500th Death anniversary and the 620th prakatya utsav of Kabir happen to fall this year. Prime Minister also unveiled a plaque to mark the laying of Foundation Stone of Kabir Academy, which will highlight the great saint’s teachings and thought.
Ministry of Women and Child Development organizes POSHAN Abhiyan TECH-THON
With an aim to integrate information technology for better roll out of its major social sector schemes, Ministry of Woman and Child Development organized a day-long Seminar on Technology Partnerships for Steering POSHAN Abhiyan called ‘TECH-THON‘. POSHAN Abhiyan was launched by the Prime Minister on 8th March 2018 in Jhunjhunu, Rajasthan.
Money of Indians in Swiss banks rise 50% to over Rs 7,000 crore
Money parked by Indians in Swiss banks rose over 50 percent to CHF (Swiss franc) 1.01 billion (Rs 7,000 crore) in 2017, reversing a three-year downward trend amid India’s clampdown on suspected black money stashed there. The latest data from Zurich-based SNB comes months after a new framework having been put in place for an automatic exchange of information between Switzerland and India to help check the black money menace.
India increases grants to $15 million to handle global environment crises
India has decided to increase its commitments from $12 million to $15 million to the GEF’s new four-year investment cycle, known as GEF-7. India, among the world’s most vulnerable countries to climate change, is both a donor and a recipient of GEF, an international partnership of 183 countries. The GEF Council will be followed by the sixth GEF Assembly (June 27-28), which meets every four years, and is expecting 1,200 participants, including heads of state, environment ministers, UN.
Sweden, Finland developing technology to curb India’s pollution woes
Sweden is exploring ways to come up with innovative technology to address the issue of stubble-burning in parts of north India that leads to pollution in Delhi-NCR, a Swedish diplomat said today. “Delhi has seen this problem of air pollution and smog and the air quality gets worse around November. And, stubble-burning has been a major issue. So, we are looking into ways to bring an innovative technology to address this issue,” Gautam Bhattacharyya, Deputy Head of Mission at Swedish Embassy here, said.
India’s Jinson Johnson snaps 42-year 800m national record
Middle-distance runner Jinson Johnson created history as he shattered the oldest standing record in Indian athletics at the Indira Gandhi Stadium in Guwahati. The 27-year-old from Kerala clocked 1:45.65 seconds to win the gold medal in the men’s 800m event at the 58th National Inter-State Championships. In doing so, he erased the 42-year-old mark of 1:45.77 seconds set by Sriram Singh at the 1976 Olympics in Montreal.
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