In a strategic move to safeguard its domestic optical fiber industry, the revenue department has heeded the recommendations of the Directorate General of Trade Remedies (DGTR) and enforced an anti-dumping duty on Dispersion Unshifted Single-Mode Optical Fiber (SMOF) imports originating from China, South Korea, and Indonesia. This measure aims to counteract the detrimental effects of low-cost and substandard imports on the thriving local market, ensuring fair competition and sustainability.
The Tamil Nadu Pollution Control Board (TNPCB) is gearing up for a pivotal public hearing concerning the contentious expansion plans of the Adani Group’s Kattupalli Port in Tiruvallur district. Delayed by the pandemic, the project has ignited fervent opposition from environmentalists and political parties due to its potential impact on the region’s ecology. The proposal aims to transform the port into an extensive multipurpose cargo facility, sparking concerns over its ecological repercussions for the Ennore-Pulicat backwaters and the Pulicat lake, a significant brackish-water ecosystem in India.
In a late-night decision, the Directorate General of Foreign Trade (DGFT) has deferred the enforcement of import licensing requirements for laptops, tablets, and personal computers in India. The government’s earlier move to impose restrictions on these imports, driven by security concerns and a push for local manufacturing, has been postponed until November 1, 2023.
The National Commission for Protection of Child Rights (NCPCR) has introduced the innovative ‘MASI’ application, aimed at revolutionizing the oversight of Child Care Institutions (CCIs) through real-time and synchronized inspections. This digital solution marks a significant step towards ensuring the effective implementation of the Juvenile Justice Act, 2015, fostering the well-being and protection of vulnerable children across the nation.
The Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) has unveiled the Ayush (AY) visa, inviting foreign nationals seeking therapeutic care, wellness, and Yoga under Ayush systems/Indian systems of medicine. The introduction of this visa aligns with Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s vision to position Indian traditional medicine on the global map. This initiative aims to boost Medical Value Travel in India and is a step towards making Ayush-based healthcare a significant contributor to the country’s wellness economy, projected to reach $70 billion by 2025.
In a significant boost to rural development endeavors, the National Bank for Agriculture and Rural Development (NABARD) has approved a substantial sum of Rs 1,974.07 crore for the Rajasthan government as part of the Rural Infrastructure Development Fund (RIDF) for the fiscal year 2023-24. This strategic funding aims to catalyze economic growth and enhance the quality of life within rural communities, with a strong focus on critical sectors such as water supply, transportation, healthcare, and agriculture.
The President of India kickstarted the vibrant ‘Unmesha’ International Literature Festival and the captivating ‘Utkarsh’ Festival of Folk and Tribal Performing Arts in Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh. These esteemed cultural celebrations, jointly orchestrated by Sahitya Akademi and Sangeet Natak Akademi, reverberate with the shared aim of cherishing inclusivity and the rich tapestry of cultural diversity in the region. With a magnificent congregation of over 800 artists hailing from diverse states and Union Territories, these festivals promise a dynamic showcase of artistic brilliance and cultural exchange.
The National Highways Authority of India (NHAI) has taken a significant stride toward enhancing the highway user experience with the launch of the innovative ‘Rajmargyatra’ mobile application. Designed to ensure seamless travel across Indian National Highways, this user-friendly app offers a comprehensive suite of features, including real-time information, complaint redressal, and integrated services like FASTag, to promote safer and more convenient journeys. Available in both Hindi and English, the ‘Rajmargyatra’ app promises to revolutionize highway travel, putting essential information and assistance at travelers’ fingertips.
The Lok Sabha recently approved the Government of National Capital Territory of Delhi (Amendment) Bill, 2023, marking a significant shift in the control of services within the city. The passage of the Bill was accompanied by heated protests and an Opposition walkout, revealing deep divisions over the issue. Union Home Minister Amit Shah, a vocal proponent of the Bill, launched a fierce verbal assault on the Opposition, accusing them of prioritizing political alliances over democratic principles and the welfare of the citizens. The session also witnessed an unprecedented disturbance, leading to the suspension of AAP’s Lok Sabha member Sushil Singh Rinku. The Opposition’s return to the House after demanding a statement from Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Manipur underscored the complex dynamics surrounding the legislative process.
The Finance Ministry of India has recently elevated Oil India to the prestigious Maharatna status and ONGC Videsh to the esteemed Navratna status. These advancements bestow greater autonomy upon the companies for making critical investment decisions, forging joint ventures, and undertaking financial initiatives. Oil India, now a Maharatna company, achieved this recognition due to its impressive financial performance, while ONGC Videsh’s upgraded Navratna status emphasizes its vital role in exploring oil and gas resources beyond India’s borders.
The Union Education Ministry has taken a significant step by establishing an Expert Panel aimed at revising and strengthening anti-discrimination guidelines for underrepresented communities in higher educational institutions. This move underscores the government’s commitment to fostering inclusivity, diversity, and a safe environment for all students.
The National Deep Tech Startup Policy (NDTSP) Consortium has introduced the Draft National Deep Tech Startup Policy, a visionary step towards fostering innovation and strengthening the deep tech startup ecosystem in India. Rooted in cutting-edge scientific breakthroughs, this policy sets the stage for a dynamic ecosystem that supports deep tech startups to thrive, innovate, and address complex challenges.
Assam’s pioneering initiative, ‘Amrit Brikshya Andolan’, is set to transform the state’s landscape as it aims to plant a remarkable 1 crore saplings in a single day this September. The initiative underscores Assam’s resolute determination to amplify its forest cover and combat climate change, ushering in a greener and more sustainable future.
The Odisha Government has taken a significant step by extending the coverage of its Social Security Scheme to encompass an additional 50 categories of unorganized workers, aiming to provide financial support in the event of accidental or natural demise. This expansion marks a proactive move towards enhancing the welfare of a broader spectrum of workers in the state.
The Indian Parliament has recently passed the Mines and Minerals (Development and Regulation) Amendment Bill, 2023, marking a historic moment as it permits private companies to engage in mining operations for select atomic and deep-seated minerals. This decision aims to invigorate domestic mineral exploration, boost critical resource production, and catalyze growth across industries reliant on these valuable elements.
Uttar Pradesh’s Cabinet greenlights a comprehensive policy, set to span a decade, with the goal of elevating the state into a premier water tourism and adventure sports destination. The policy envisions harnessing the state’s natural riches, including its rivers, lakes, and diverse landscape, to create compelling opportunities for both domestic and international travelers.
Goan mangoes and traditional Bebinca crafts hailing from Rajasthan and Uttar Pradesh have been granted Geographical Indication (GI) tags, highlighting their unique cultural and regional significance. These GI tags provide legal protection and reinforce the distinct identity of these products in the market.
A recent analysis by the Association for Democratic Reforms (ADR) reveals Karnataka as the state with the highest number of billionaire Members of the Legislative Assembly (MLAs), while Uttar Pradesh trails behind. The findings shed light on the financial profiles of elected representatives across states.
Foxconn Technology Group, a leading Taiwanese firm and vital supplier to Apple Inc., has unveiled a substantial ₹1,600 crore investment plan for establishing a cutting-edge manufacturing facility in Tamil Nadu’s Kancheepuram district. This strategic move, solidified in the presence of Chief Minister M.K. Stalin and Foxconn’s Chairman Young Liu, holds the promise of revitalizing the electronics manufacturing landscape in the region, generating employment opportunities, and strengthening collaborative ties with academic institutions.
In a significant step towards bolstering governance evaluation, the state of Uttar Pradesh has introduced the Chief Minister’s Command Centre (CMCC). This technology-driven initiative aims to monitor and assess various aspects of governance in real-time, enabling data-backed decision-making and efficient administration.
Union Minister Bhupender Yadav has unveiled the Resource Efficiency Circular Economy Industry Coalition (RECEIC) in Chennai as part of India’s G20 Presidency. This collaborative initiative brings together 39 companies from 11 countries, spanning diverse sectors, to promote resource efficiency and circular economy practices worldwide. Operating on three guiding principles, RECEIC aims to drive meaningful change, encourage technology cooperation, and facilitate access to financing for sustainable practices, leaving a lasting impact on environmental sustainability.
The Akhil Bharatiya Shiksha Samagam 2023 witnessed the unveiling of the ULLAS: Nav Bharat Saksharta Karyakram, graced by Prime Minister Narendra Modi at Bharat Mandapam, Pragati Maidan, New Delhi. Spearheaded by Union Minister Dharmendra Pradhan, the initiative aims to create a comprehensive learning ecosystem that bridges gaps in education and literacy, empowering citizens to actively participate in nation-building. Targeting marginalized sections of society, the ULLAS mobile app serves as a digital gateway, connecting learners with quality educational resources through the DIKSHA portal of NCERT. Volunteers, recognized for their contributions, play a crucial role in spreading knowledge and education across communities in India, fostering a culture of knowledge-sharing and continuous learning.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi has initiated the “Meri Mati Mera Desh” campaign as a tribute to the courageous martyrs of India in the run-up to Independence Day. The campaign aims to honor those who sacrificed their lives for the nation through various commemorative programs and an Amrit Kalash Yatra carrying soil and plants from across the country. In addition, PM Modi called upon citizens to hoist the tricolor at their homes and reflect upon the invaluable sacrifices made for the country’s freedom.
During his visit to Sikar, Rajasthan, Prime Minister Modi introduced a groundbreaking agricultural initiative called “Urea Gold.” This new type of urea is coated with sulphur, aiming to enhance soil quality and alleviate financial burdens for farmers. PM Modi emphasized that the government is committed to supporting farmers and ensuring they do not suffer due to soaring urea prices. Urea Gold is not only economically viable but also outperforms traditional neem-coated urea in terms of nitrogen use efficiency and crop quality, presenting a promising solution for sustainable agriculture in India.
Kerala University of Fisheries and Ocean Studies (KUFOS) has been awarded a generous grant of Rs. 10 crore by NITI Aayog to establish India’s pioneering Atal Incubation Centre in the field of fisheries. This innovative center aims to foster research, technological advancements, and entrepreneurial initiatives within the fisheries and allied sectors. By encouraging young minds to develop solutions for marine ecosystem challenges and fishing communities, the Fisheries Atal Incubation Centre strives to revolutionize the industry and contribute to employment generation.
Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi inaugurated the prestigious Semicon India 2023 event in Gandhinagar, Gujarat. The semiconductor industry gathering is a significant platform for showcasing technological advancements and fostering collaborations in the semiconductor sector. The event aims to boost India’s position in the global semiconductor industry and promote innovation and growth in the field.
Bengaluru, the vibrant and culturally rich metropolis in India, has achieved a remarkable milestone by becoming the first Indian city to join the prestigious World Cities Culture Forum. This recognition highlights the city’s flourishing cultural landscape and its significant contributions to the global cultural community.
India has taken a monumental step in wildlife conservation by initiating the International Big Cat Alliance (IBCA) with the primary objective of preserving seven major big cat species found on Earth. Inspired by the success of Project Tiger, which has made India the home to 70% of the world’s tigers, the IBCA focuses on protecting and conserving iconic species like Tiger, Lion, Leopard, Snow Leopard, Puma, Jaguar, and Cheetah.
Prime Minister inaugurates state-of-the-art International Exhibition-cum-Convention Centre, ‘Bharat Mandapam’, marking a significant milestone in India’s infrastructural development. The center aims to bolster trade, foster innovation, and host global events, positioning India as a key player on the world stage.
The Union Home Ministry has presented a new Bill in the ongoing session of Parliament, aiming to amend the Registration of Birth and Death Act 1969. The proposed amendments have a twofold objective: to digitize birth records and to make Aadhaar mandatory for birth and death registration. The key motivation behind these changes is to streamline documentation processes, ensure accurate record-keeping, and provide ease of access to various government services.
Noor Shekhawat, an inspiring individual from Jaipur, has achieved a groundbreaking feat by becoming the first transgender person in Rajasthan to receive a birth certificate with her gender recorded as transgender. Previously marked as male in her old birth certificate, she now holds official recognition of her identity. The certificate was handed to her by municipal and state government officials in a momentous ceremony. As the founder of an NGO supporting the transgender community, Shekhawat’s advocacy goes beyond personal milestones, aiming for better opportunities and rights for the transgender community in Rajasthan.
S Phangnon Konyak, an esteemed leader of the BJP and Nagaland’s first female Rajya Sabha MP, achieved a historic milestone as she assumed the role of presiding over the Rajya Sabha. This momentous achievement marks her as the first woman from Nagaland to hold this prestigious position, further empowering women in Indian politics.
The Lok Sabha witnesses a significant development as the Congress and Bharat Rashtra Samiti (BRS) jointly submit a no-confidence motion against Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s government over the Manipur issue. Despite the government’s majority of at least 332 MPs, the motion has been accepted, and the Speaker is set to announce the date for the ensuing debate. The opposition aims to use the debate to highlight the dire situation in Manipur and pressurize the government for a parliamentary response.
Ladakh, the Union Territory, has achieved a momentous feat by establishing its inaugural women police station in Kargil. This landmark initiative aims to empower women and ensure their safety within the region. The women police station, operating 24/7 and overseen by Additional Director General of Police S D Singh Jamwal, will provide immediate assistance, support, and counseling services to women in distress. The move is a crucial step towards fostering a more inclusive and secure society, strengthening the relationship between law enforcement and the community.
Nagaland has recently received an official declaration as a Lumpy Skin Disease (LSD) positive state after the detection of the disease in four districts. Under The Prevention and Control of Infectious and Contagious Diseases in Animals Act, 2009, the Directorate of Animal Husbandry & Veterinary Services will implement necessary preventive measures in collaboration with the concerned state department. Lumpy skin disease, caused by the Capripox virus, poses significant morbidity risks to cattle, with potential economic losses due to reduced productivity, lower milk production, abortions, and damaged hides. As a notifiable disease recognized by the World Animal Health Organization (OIE), its rapid spread raises concerns over economic impacts, making it essential to curb its transmission. Apart from cattle and buffaloes, this disease also poses a threat to wildlife populations, including Deer, Bison, and Mithun. The disease is transmitted by flies, ticks, and mosquitoes, leading to symptoms like high fever, skin nodules, loss of appetite, nasal and eye discharges, and nodules formation on the body.
The year 2022-23 witnessed a significant development in the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act (MGNREGA) program, with over 5 crore job cards being deleted. This move has raised concerns about the implications on rural employment and the livelihoods of millions of beneficiaries who depend on the scheme for income generation.
The Indian independence movement, a determined effort to break free from British, French, and Portuguese colonial rule, witnessed the valiant contributions of numerous individuals. From political leaders to revolutionaries, these freedom fighters played crucial roles in India’s journey to independence. Let’s explore some of the most influential figures of the Indian Independence movement, their contributions, and their lasting impact on the nation’s history.
Delhi’s Chief Minister, Arvind Kejriwal, has unveiled a groundbreaking initiative to address water scarcity in regions without piped supply. The introduction of ‘water ATM’ machines aims to offer free and safe access to clean drinking water for underprivileged residents, bridging the gap in water quality between different segments of society. Led by the Delhi Jal Board and with the support of Water Minister Saurabh Bharadwaj, this project involves the installation of 500 Reverse Osmosis (RO) plants equipped with “water ATM machines.”
Power Finance Corporation Ltd (PFC) has achieved a significant milestone by becoming the first Indian participant in the Asia Transition Finance Study Group (ATFSG), an initiative led by the Japanese Ministry of Economy, Trade, and Industry (METI) aimed at promoting sustainable transition finance in Asian countries. PFC’s involvement in this collaborative effort will not only provide India’s perspective but also contribute to the development of policy considerations to facilitate efficient energy transition financing.
The Rajasthan government has taken a momentous step by presenting the Rajasthan Platform Based Gig Workers Bill, 2023, making it the pioneering state in India to guarantee social security assurance for gig workers. The bill establishes the Rajasthan Platform Based Gig Workers Welfare Board, allowing gig workers to register with all state aggregators. Its comprehensive provisions aim to safeguard gig workers’ interests and create a robust welfare system within the aggregator app. Non-compliance with the bill may incur significant penalties for aggregators, emphasizing the government’s commitment to the welfare of gig workers.
The Indian government takes a stand against film piracy with the introduction of the Cinematograph Amendment Bill 2023 in Rajya Sabha. This bill aims to address the pressing issue of unauthorized copying, distribution, and exhibition of films, which has resulted in substantial financial losses for the Indian film industry. Besides targeting piracy, the bill also proposes changes in film classification and aims for uniformity in categorizing films and content across platforms. Additionally, the bill imposes stricter penalties for piracy offenders, making it a legally punishable offense.
In a significant move towards gender inclusivity, the Rajya Sabha Chairman has recently nominated four accomplished women parliamentarians to serve on the prestigious Panel of Vice-Chairpersons. This decision marks a historic milestone, as it is the first time in the country’s parliamentary history that such a representation of women leaders has been appointed to this prominent position.
Naveen Patnaik, the esteemed Chief Minister of Odisha, has achieved a historic milestone, becoming the second longest-serving chief minister in India. With an impressive tenure of 23 years and 139 days, Patnaik surpassed the record of former West Bengal chief minister Jyoti Basu. Holding the reins of Odisha since March 5, 2000, Patnaik’s remarkable leadership has garnered widespread recognition, second only to Pawan Kumar Chamling of Sikkim, who holds the record for the longest-serving chief minister of 24 years and 166 days. As he continues to serve Odisha, Patnaik’s legacy stands poised to further etch itself in the annals of India’s political history.
The Agriculture Department of Uttar Pradesh is gearing up to implement the Mukhya Mantri Khet Suraksha Yojana, a pioneering initiative aimed at bolstering the welfare of farmers across the entire state. The scheme proposes the installation of solar fences with a gentle 12-volt current to deter animals without causing harm. By offering significant subsidies and increasing the budget allocation, the government seeks to empower small and marginal farmers, providing them with effective protection against crop damage caused by stray animals.
In a significant step towards empowering women and enhancing their outreach within the community, Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik of Odisha has given the green light to the Mission Shakti Scooter Yojana. This scheme aims to offer interest subvention on bank loans up to INR 1,00,000, enabling beneficiaries to purchase scooters. The initiative targets Mission Shakti Federation Leaders and Community Support Staff, providing them with affordable access to two-wheelers, thereby increasing their efficiency and effectiveness in fulfilling their responsibilities within the community.
The central government has brought about significant changes to the retirement benefits regulations for officers belonging to the Indian Administrative Service (IAS), Indian Police Service (IPS), and Indian Forest Service (IFoS). The amendments grant the central government the authority to take punitive actions against pensioners, including the withholding or withdrawal of their pension, without requiring a reference from the state government. These actions can be executed if the pensioner is found guilty of grave misconduct or convicted of a serious crime, particularly one related to the Official Secrets Act.
The Rajasthan Assembly has achieved a momentous milestone by passing the groundbreaking ‘Rajasthan Minimum Guaranteed Income Bill, 2023.’ Praised as “incomparable and historic” by Parliamentary Affairs Minister Shanti Dhariwal, the bill aims to provide a guarantee of wages or pension to the entire adult population in the state. By promising employment guarantee for 125 days annually and a minimum pension of Rs 1,000 per month for all families, including those in urban and rural areas, this legislation seeks to address poverty and enhance social security measures, promising comprehensive benefits like free medical treatment, accident insurance, free electricity, and subsidized gas cylinders to the beneficiaries.
On July 20, 2023, the Union Ministry of Jal Shakti announced a significant milestone as 21 states and union territories in India have successfully implemented the Ground Water Act. This crucial legislation includes a provision for rainwater harvesting, aimed at promoting sustainable water management. Union Minister of State for Jal Shakti, Bishweshwar Tudu, revealed that the ministry has prepared a model bill to assist all states and union territories in enacting suitable groundwater laws. Groundwater serves as the primary source of irrigation in India, but extensive use has led to a growing crisis, making the implementation of effective water conservation measures and sustainable management practices critical.
Union Cooperation Minister Amit Shah has inaugurated the ‘CRCS-Sahara Refund Portal,’ a significant initiative aimed at enabling more than 10 crore depositors of Sahara Group to claim their money back within a strict timeframe of 45 days. The portal’s introduction is set to initiate the process of returning funds held in four cooperative societies associated with the Sahara Group. The Central government’s commitment to refunding the money to these investors within nine months highlights the portal’s importance in expediting the refund process.
OPPO India, in collaboration with NITI Aayog’s Atal Innovation Mission, has achieved a significant milestone by setting up the first-ever Atal Tinkering Lab (ATL) in Kerala under the Public-Private Partnership (PPP) model. This innovative initiative aims to empower school children in grades six to 12, nurturing their entrepreneurial and technological skills through hands-on experiences with cutting-edge technologies. The ATL will serve as a hub for students from neighboring government schools, fostering a culture of innovation and providing mentorship opportunities for young minds to excel in national and regional contests.
The Supreme Court of India has recently issued updated guidelines for the designation of senior advocates, replacing the previous 2017 guidelines. The new regulations focus on eligibility criteria, scrutiny processes, and interview assessments to ensure transparency and objectivity in the selection of senior advocates. These guidelines aim to provide a more comprehensive evaluation, considering various aspects such as legal publications, teaching assignments, and contributions to the development of the law.
India has made a generous donation of $1 million to the United Nations to bolster the promotion of the Hindi language. This significant investment aims to support the @UNinHindi service, facilitating the delivery of UN news and stories to Hindi-speaking audiences not only in India but also across the globe. The donation was presented by India’s Permanent Representative, Ruchira Kamboj, who expressed the country’s unwavering commitment to fostering the use of Hindi at the United Nations. The move to introduce Hindi as an official language at the UN can be traced back to the efforts of former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee in 1977, making him the first Indian official to address the UN in Hindi.
Gujarat has taken a significant step towards enhancing its communication infrastructure by signing a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the London-based company, OneWeb. The collaboration, made in conjunction with the Department of Science and Technology, aims to establish two ‘Satellite Network Portal Sites,’ with one being situated in Mehsana District. The new portal site, to be launched in Jotana Taluka of Mehsana, will offer high-speed, low-latency, and affordable connectivity to various sectors, including government, businesses, consumers, and educational institutions.
Shri Amit Shah, the Union Home Minister and Minister of Cooperation, inaugurated the CRCS – Sahara Refund Portal, a user-friendly platform designed to assist genuine depositors of Cooperative Societies within the Sahara Group. This portal aims to address the concerns of individuals affected by scams and provide a transparent process for the recovery of funds. With comprehensive online data and strict provisions to ensure fairness, the portal offers a streamlined and secure method for claim submissions, benefiting millions of investors seeking to retrieve their hard-earned money.
NITI Aayog, India’s premier policy think tank, has introduced the Techno-Commercial Readiness and Market Maturity Matrix (TCRM Matrix) framework. This groundbreaking framework aims to revolutionize technology assessment, fuel innovation, and drive entrepreneurship across the nation. The TCRM Matrix, released under the NITI Working Paper series, provides valuable insights and practical intelligence to stakeholders involved in the technology development cycle, empowering them to make informed decisions and enhance technology commercialization prospects.
The Chachin grazing festival, celebrated in the Tawang region near Bumla Pass, Arunachal Pradesh, witnessed vibrant participation from local graziers. With nearly 100 graziers and over 400 yaks in attendance, the festival featured medical and veterinary camps, emphasizing the welfare of both graziers and their livestock. The event highlighted the significance of grazing grounds to the Monpa community and showcased the dedication of the local graziers. Arunachal Pradesh Chief Minister, Pema Khandu, also graced the occasion.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi is scheduled to virtually inaugurate the state-of-the-art integrated terminal building at Veer Savarkar International Airport in Port Blair on July 18. The event, held via video conferencing, will witness the presence of esteemed dignitaries, including Civil Aviation Minister Jyotiraditya Scindia and Union Minister of State for Road, Transport and Highways and Civil Aviation, General (Retd.) V K Singh. The new terminal, constructed at a cost of approximately Rs 710 crore, aims to enhance connectivity and facilitate tourism in the Andaman and Nicobar Islands. With sustainable design features and improved infrastructure, the terminal signifies progress, development, and a commitment to environmental responsibility.
The Maharashtra Industrial Development Corporation (MIDC), in collaboration with the Maharashtra government and the Indian Ministry of Textiles, has inaugurated the PM Mega Integrated Textile Regions and Apparel Park (PM MITRA Park) in Amravati, Maharashtra. This initiative aims to attract a significant investment of ₹10,000 crore and create 300,000 job opportunities. The PM MITRA Park occupies a contiguous land area of 1,020 acres and benefits from existing infrastructure, including roads, water supply, and electricity. Inspired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s vision for the textile industry, these parks aim to position India as a global hub for textile manufacturing and exports. The establishment of such parks across different states is expected to enhance the competitiveness of the textile sector, attract investments, and generate employment on a large scale.
India is set to inaugurate the Global Food Regulators Summit in New Delhi on July 20th and 21st. With participation from food regulators representing 40 countries, including G20 member nations, the summit aims to facilitate discussions on global food safety standards. Featuring keynote addresses, technical sessions, and interactive meetings, the event will provide a platform for exchanging best practices, fostering collaboration, and addressing current challenges in food regulation. Esteemed organizations such as WHO, FAO, and BfR will contribute their expertise to enrich the discussions, while India’s significant position in the food processing sector further enhances its role as a host.
Assam has introduced the “Gajah Kotha” campaign, engaging over 1,200 individuals to address the growing issue of human-elephant conflict (HEC) and promote peaceful coexistence. This initiative focuses on HEC-affected villages in eastern Assam, aiming to educate residents about elephant behavior, ecology, and cultural significance while emphasizing the importance of conservation. Led by Aaranyak, a prominent wildlife NGO in collaboration with the British Asian Trust and the Assam Forest Department, and supported by the Darwin Initiative, the campaign demonstrates a commitment to fostering harmonious relations between humans and elephants.
The Union Cabinet has given its approval to the amendments proposed in the Jan Vishwas (Amendment of Provisions) Bill, 2023. These amendments seek to decriminalize minor offences by modifying 183 provisions across 42 Acts governed by 19 ministries. The primary objective is to enhance the ease of doing business and alleviate the burden of pending court cases. The bill, originally introduced by Commerce and Industry Minister Piyush Goyal, underwent detailed discussions with various ministries and departments, culminating in the adoption of the joint committee’s report in March 2023. By replacing minor infractions with monetary penalties, the bill aims to foster a favorable business environment and eliminate the apprehension of imprisonment for minor offenses. With proposed amendments spanning Acts such as the Aadhaar Act, Motor Vehicles Act, and Information Technology Act, the bill seeks to address outdated regulations and contribute to the government’s vision of achieving efficient governance and ease of living.
Numaligarh Refinery Limited (NRL) has firmly established itself as one of India’s top 20 Central Public Sector Enterprises (CPSEs) in terms of sales revenue and profitability. Recognized as a high-performing refinery, NRL has set industry benchmarks in distillate production, specific energy usage, and gross refining profit. Through its global presence and petroleum product exports to neighboring countries, NRL plays a pivotal role in advancing the Act East Policy of the Government of India. With its ongoing expansion projects and substantial investments in the oil and gas sector, NRL continues to drive growth and innovation.
Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi has received an invitation to be the guest of honour at France’s Bastille Day celebrations, scheduled for July 14. The event will feature the participation of Indian forces in the renowned Bastille Day military parade, showcasing the deepening strategic alliance between India and France.
A Parliamentary committee has given its approval to the Forest (Conservation) Amendment Bill, 2023, which proposes changes to the Forest Conservation Act of 1980. The bill aims to exempt certain forest lands from legal protection, and it is expected to be presented during the upcoming monsoon session of the Parliament. However, concerns have been raised about the potential adverse effects on forest cover, wildlife, and deforestation prevention measures.
The Government of India has introduced the Sukanya Samriddhi Yojana, a scheme aimed at securing the financial future of the girl child. This initiative seeks to provide long-term financial support for education, marriage, and overall empowerment of young girls. With attractive interest rates and tax benefits, the scheme is set to promote financial inclusion and gender equality.
The Indian government is launching a groundbreaking initiative known as Nari Adalats, which are women-only courts established at the village level. These courts serve as alternative dispute resolution forums for issues such as domestic violence, property rights, and challenging the patriarchal system. By providing a platform for resolution outside of the traditional judicial system, the government aims to empower women and promote gender justice.
National Law University (NLU), Delhi, has introduced a pioneering academic initiative called ‘Eklavya’ – a Research Affiliate programme. This innovative scheme aims to foster collaboration and leverage the expertise and diverse perspectives of individuals without traditional law degrees. NLU Delhi seeks to develop high-quality legal scholarship by actively partnering with external professionals, bridging the gap between legal academia and practitioners. Eligible participants gain access to a range of benefits, including collaboration opportunities, mentorship, resources, networking, publication avenues, and recognition.
Secretary V. Srinivas of the Department of Administrative Reforms and Public Grievances (DARPG) has unveiled the latest version of the NESDA (National e-Services Delivery Assessment) portal. The portal aims to enhance the efficiency and effectiveness of e-governance services in India, providing a comprehensive platform for assessing the performance and progress of various government departments and agencies. This initiative demonstrates the government’s commitment to digital transformation and improving citizen-centric services.
The Directorate General of Foreign Trade (DGFT) has announced that the import of potatoes from Bhutan will continue without the need for an import license until June 30, 2024. This decision aims to ensure a consistent supply of potatoes while fostering bilateral trade relations between Bhutan and India. Additionally, the DGFT has facilitated the import of fresh areca nut from Bhutan and introduced a procedure for the allocation of export quotas for broken rice. These measures demonstrate the government’s commitment to promoting trade and simplifying import procedures.
India has received an invitation from UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres to join the prestigious Champions Group of the Global Crisis Response Group (GCRG). This invitation not only recognizes India’s growing global leadership but also underscores its commitment to addressing pressing global challenges. By joining this group, India will contribute to coordinated efforts in finding effective solutions, particularly for developing countries. The GCRG, established to tackle crises in food security, energy, and finance, aims to mobilize solutions and assist decision-makers in addressing interconnected challenges faced by the world.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi recently inaugurated a series of development projects worth Rs 12,100 crores in his parliamentary constituency, Varanasi. These initiatives, spanning multiple sectors, demonstrate the government’s commitment to transforming the city and driving growth in key areas such as infrastructure and education. PM Modi emphasized the importance of schemes that address ground realities and expressed satisfaction in engaging with beneficiaries to gather feedback and ensure the effectiveness of the initiatives.
The state government of Gujarat has taken a significant step to improve healthcare access by doubling the insurance coverage under the Pradhan Mantri Jan Arogya Yojana (PMJAY). The enhanced coverage of Rs 10 lakhs, effective from July 11, will benefit around 1.78 crore Ayushman Bharat card holders in Gujarat. The move aims to provide better access to quality medical treatment and financial protection, aligning with the objective of PMJAY to ensure universal health coverage.
The tomato crop in Maharashtra and Karnataka is facing a significant threat as the Tomato Mosaic Virus (ToMV) and the Cucumber Mosaic Virus (CMV) wreak havoc on plantations. This article sheds light on the impact of these viruses, the measures being taken to mitigate the damage, and the potential consequences for the tomato supply in these states.
The Indian Cabinet has given its seal of approval to the long-awaited draft Digital Personal Data Protection Bill 2023, signifying a significant step towards reinforcing data privacy regulations in the country. The proposed bill aims to safeguard individuals’ personal data and introduce stricter measures for data processing, storage, and transfer by both government and private entities. This development is set to have far-reaching implications for businesses and consumers alike, heralding a new era of enhanced data protection in India.
Bihar has emerged as the state with the highest microlending borrowings in India, surpassing Tamil Nadu, according to a report published by credit information company Crif High Mark. As of March 2023, Bihar’s microfinance (MFI) borrowings amounted to Rs 48,900 crore, accounting for 14.5 percent of the overall portfolio. The report highlights Bihar’s remarkable growth, with a 13.5 percent increase in the gross lending portfolio during the March quarter compared to the previous quarter. This shift in rankings reflects Bihar’s increasing prominence in the microfinance sector, while the overall MFI portfolio outstanding witnessed substantial growth across the country.
The foundation stone-laying ceremony of Shri Motibhai R. Chaudhary Sagar Sainik School in Boriyavi village of Mehsana, Gujarat, marked a significant milestone in the education sector. This pioneering project, inaugurated virtually by Union Home Minister Amit Shah, is poised to become the first Sainik School in India operated by a cooperative organization. With an estimated cost of Rs 75 crore and spanning across 11 acres of land, the school is managed by Dudh Sagar Research and Development Association (DURDA), a subsidiary of Dudh Sagar Dairy.
The Indore Municipal Corporation (IMC) in Madhya Pradesh, India, has achieved a remarkable milestone by becoming the first urban body in the country to receive Extended Producers Responsibility (EPR) credit for effectively recycling prohibited single-use plastic items. This recognition highlights Indore’s commitment to responsible waste management and sustainable practices, positioning it as a pioneer in environmental initiatives.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi virtually inaugurated the Sai Hira Global Convention Centre in Puttaparthi, Andhra Pradesh, a momentous occasion attended by distinguished guests and devotees from across the globe. This world-class facility, built by the Sri Sathya Sai Central Trust, stands as a symbol of cultural exchange, spirituality, and fostering global harmony. In his address, PM Modi highlighted the centre’s role as a hub for spiritual conferences and academic programs, envisioning it as a catalyst for empowering the youth and facilitating global engagement. With its blend of traditional and modern aesthetics, the Sai Hira Global Convention Centre is poised to become a sanctuary for spiritual solace and intellectual discourse.
India has achieved a significant milestone in the field of telecommunications by acquiring over 200 patents for 6G technology. The announcement came during the launch of the Bharat 6G Alliance in New Delhi, led by Communications and IT Minister, Ashwini Vaishnaw. The alliance, comprising industry, academia, and the central government, aims to drive all 6G-related initiatives systematically and methodically. With enhanced capabilities and speeds nearly 100 times faster than 5G, the adoption of 6G technology opens up exciting possibilities for communication applications and sets India on the path to technological leadership.
The Greater Chennai City Police (GCP) has introduced the ‘Police Drone Unit’ aimed at bolstering aerial surveillance capabilities and improving the detection of criminal activities. Inaugurated by the outgoing Tamil Nadu Director General of Police (DGP), C Sylendra Babu, and Chennai Police Commissioner Shankar Jiwal, the project, costing around Rs 3.6 crore, signifies a significant step towards leveraging drones in law enforcement. Equipped with advanced surveillance technology and artificial intelligence (AI) capabilities, the drones will enhance threat identification, crowd monitoring, and traffic management in large areas.
The Uniform Civil Code (UCC) is a proposed legislation in India aimed at establishing uniform personal laws applicable to all individuals, regardless of their gender, sexual orientation, or religious affiliation. The UCC seeks to streamline the complex regulations surrounding marriage, inheritance, adoption, and succession, which are currently governed by religious texts specific to different communities. While the idea of a UCC has been met with both support and opposition, its implementation aims to safeguard vulnerable communities, simplify legal procedures, and promote national unity.
Tamil Nadu has achieved a significant milestone by reclaiming its position as the leader in electronic exports in India. With electronic exports valued at USD 5.37 billion in the 2022-23 fiscal year, accounting for a 23% market share, the state has experienced remarkable growth. This success can be attributed to the establishment of major manufacturing facilities by industry giants like Tata Electronics and the implementation of government incentives for electronic manufacturing. Despite challenges posed by the pandemic, Tamil Nadu has consistently demonstrated upward growth, outpacing other prominent states and solidifying its status as an electronics export powerhouse.
Ajit Pawar, a prominent leader of the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP), has emerged as a key figure in Maharashtra politics. From his humble beginnings in a sugar cooperative to serving as the Deputy Chief Minister of Maharashtra, Pawar’s journey has been marked by significant achievements and political ambitions.
The Geological Survey of India’s state unit has made a remarkable discovery in the Kanika range of the Sundargarh forest division—a magnificent “Natural Arch.” Believed to have originated during the Jurassic period, this oval-shaped arch stands at a base length of 30 meters and reaches a height of 12 meters. With the proposal for a Geo Heritage tag, it has the potential to become the largest natural arch in the country with this prestigious recognition. The site not only showcases impressive dimensions but also offers valuable insights into primary sedimentary structures and the unique geological processes that led to its formation.
The Ministry of Ports, Shipping, and Waterways, under the Sagarmala program, is spearheading the development of the National Maritime Heritage Complex (NMHC) in Lothal, Gujarat. With an estimated cost of ₹4,500 crore, this ambitious project aims to create a world-class facility that celebrates India’s maritime heritage from ancient to modern times. By adopting an “edutainment approach” and utilizing cutting-edge technology, the complex seeks to become a premier international tourist destination, spreading awareness about the country’s diverse maritime legacy.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi led a historic yoga session at the United Nations Headquarters to commemorate the 9th International Day of Yoga. This special event showcased the global significance of yoga as a holistic practice for physical and mental well-being. Let’s delve into the details of the session and its impact on promoting the practice of yoga worldwide.
As the summer solstice arrives on June 21st, people around the world witness the longest day of the year. This astronomical event holds cultural, historical, and spiritual significance, and its observance varies across different cultures. Let’s delve into the reasons behind the prominence of this day and its celebration worldwide.
Union Home Minister Amit Shah inaugurated the CREDAI Garden People’s Park in Ahmedabad, a collaborative initiative by the Confederation of Real Estate Developers’ Associations of India (CREDAI) and the local government. The park aims to provide a green recreational space for the community, promoting environmental sustainability and enhancing the quality of life in the city.
The National Highways Authority of India (NHAI) has unveiled a new knowledge sharing platform aimed at fostering collaboration and knowledge exchange in the field of highways development. The initiative aims to bring together industry experts, policymakers, and stakeholders to share best practices, innovations, and research findings to enhance the quality and efficiency of highway infrastructure projects across the country.
The Government of India has sanctioned a significant allocation of ₹145 crore to Nagaland for the development of a state-of-the-art Unity Mall. The funding aims to boost the commercial and tourism sectors of Nagaland and enhance its economic growth. The Unity Mall project is expected to contribute to job creation, promote local businesses, and provide a vibrant shopping and entertainment experience for residents and visitors alike.
The Jagannath Puri Rath Yatra is a highly significant and vibrant festival celebrated in Puri, Odisha, with immense devotion and grandeur. This article explores the rich history, cultural significance, and the auspicious timing of this annual event that attracts millions of devotees from around the world.
The Indian government introduces the Dakshta Course Collection on the iGOT (Integrated Government Online Training) platform, providing a comprehensive skill development program for young professionals. This initiative aims to enhance their capabilities and equip them with the necessary skills to excel in their respective fields.
Madhya Pradesh hosted the National Yoga Olympiad, providing a platform for young yoga enthusiasts from across the country to showcase their skills and knowledge. The event aimed to promote yoga among the youth and nurture the next generation of yoga practitioners, fostering a deeper appreciation for the ancient practice.
The renowned Jagannath Puri Rath Yatra, one of the most celebrated festivals in India, has commenced in Puri, Odisha. The annual event involves the grand procession of Lord Jagannath, his siblings, and thousands of devotees pulling elaborately decorated chariots through the streets, symbolizing the journey of divinity and fostering a sense of unity and devotion.
In a progressive move, the state of Uttar Pradesh (UP) has decided to rebrand its prisons as “Reform Homes.” This transformative step aims to shift the focus from punitive measures to a more rehabilitative and holistic approach towards inmates. The initiative recognizes the potential for personal growth and societal reintegration, marking a significant milestone in the state’s approach to corrections.
Kamala Sohonie, a trailblazing scientist and advocate for women in science, made significant contributions to the field of biochemistry and shattered gender barriers in a male-dominated industry. Her groundbreaking research and relentless pursuit of knowledge opened doors for future generations of women scientists. Sohonie’s inspiring journey serves as a testament to the power of determination, resilience, and the importance of promoting gender equality in the scientific community.