Current Affairs

Union Minister Mansukh Mandaviya chairs CEO Conclave at PLASTINDIA 2023

Chemicals and Fertilizers Minister Dr. Mansukh Mandaviya said that perception shift towards wealth creators has led to a favorable ecosystem for new businesses and a rising economy in the country.

Attending the CEO Conclave at PLASTINDIA 2023 in the national capital today, the Minister said that India does not only provide robust technical expertise but also holds its value while doing commerce and prioritize benefit for all rather than a few. He also lauded the conclave as a step to encourage all the stakeholders to understand India’s ethos and invest in its growth story.

Youth Affairs and Sports Minister Anurag Singh Thakur to launch Mascot, Theme song and Jersey for 3rd edition of Khelo India Winter Games in Jammu

Youth Affairs and Sports Minister Anurag Singh Thakur will launch the Mascot, Theme song and Jersey for the 3rd edition of Khelo India Winter Games in Jammu today. The Winter Games are scheduled to be held from the 10th to the 14th of this month.

The Khelo India Winter Games is supported by the Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports and organised by the Jammu and Kashmir Sports Council as well as the Winter Games Association of Jammu and Kashmir.

LCA Tejas to be at the centre stage of ‘India Pavilion’ at 14th edition of Aero India Show

The indigenous Light Combat Aircraft Tejas in Final Operational Clearance configuration will hold a centre stage of India Pavilion at the 14th edition of Aero India show to be held in Bengaluru from the 13th to 17th of February. India Pavilion will showcase the growth of India in developing an eco-system for Fixed Wing Platforms.

There will also be a section for Defence space, new technologies and a UAV section, giving an insight into the growth of India in each sector. After the Final Operational Clearance, Tejas is a highly agile, multi-role supersonic fighter designed for air combat, and offensive air support with reconnaissance and anti-ship capabilities.  Asia's biggest Aero India show is organised with the theme, “The Runway to a Billion Opportunities”.

Sarbananda Sonowal inaugurates First Sustainable Finance Working Group Meeting of G20 under India's Presidency in Guwahati

Union Minister of AYUSH and Ports, Shipping & Waterways Sarbananda Sonowal urged the representatives of the G-20 member countries to act collectively to make sustainable lifestyle a mass movement. Addressing the Inaugural Session of the G-20  1st Sustainable Financial Working Group (SFWG) meeting in Guwahati this morning the Union Minister said that the world must work for a cleaner and greener society and urged all to cut their carbon footprints. Explaining the role of traditional medicine in a sustainable future the Minister said, “the aim is to channel India’s ancient wisdom and traditional knowledge and capitalise on it to pave the way for a sustainable future”.

Cooperation ministry signs MoU to enable primary agricultural credit societies

A Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was signed on Thursday to enable Primary Agricultural Credit Societies (PACS) and provide services offered by Common Service Centres, CSCs.

The MoU was signed between the Ministry of Cooperation, the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology, NABARD and CSC e-Governance Services India Limited in New Delhi. 

Union Home Minister and Minister of  Cooperation  Amit Shah described this agreement as a win-win situation for all. He mentioned that this will not only help fulfill Prime Minister Narendra Modi's dream of ‘Sahkar Se Samridhi’   but also strengthen both cooperatives and farmers.  He said,  this will help in advancing the concept of Common Service Centres to the smallest unit of the country very easily.

Govt announces 66 percent increase in Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana outlay to over Rs 79,000 crore

Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman presented the Union Budget for 2023-24 in Parliament yesterday. Attractive incentives and rebates in the new income tax regime, a steep hike in capital investments, and the biggest ever outlay in railways were the three big takeaways of Budget.

In her Speech, Ms Sitharaman also proposed to use Permanent Account Number (PAN) card as as a common identifier for all digital systems of government agencies.

First G20 Employment Working Group meeting under India's Presidency to commence at Jodhpur in Rajasthan

The first G20 Employment Working Group meeting will commence at Jodhpur in Rajasthan this afternoon. More than 80 delegates from 19 countries, European Union and 9 guest countries along with regional and International organisations have reached Jodhpur to participate in the three-day meeting. AIR correspondent reports that elaborate arrangements have been made to welcome the delegates. 

Shanti Bhushan, former Law Minister and backer of ‘Basic Structure’, dies

Former Law Minister and senior advocate Shanti Bhushan passed away on Tuesday. He was 97. 

He always stood for truth both as a Law Minister in the Morarji Desai Cabinet between 1977 and 1979 and as a senior advocate who fought alongside his son and noted civil rights lawyer, Prashant Bhushan, for judicial accountability and transparency. 

In his memoir ‘Courting Destiny’, Mr. Bhushan quotes the cricketing legend Don Bradman to say that one can successfully combine the values of dignity, integrity, courage and modesty with pride, ambition and competitiveness.

Tourism minister launches Visit India Year 2023 initiative, logo in New Delhi

Minister of Tourism G. Kishan Reddy launched the Visit India Year - 2023 initiative and also unveiled its logo in New Delhi yesterday, kicking off the year of grand plans and activities for promoting tourism in the country.

Speaking on the occasion, the Minister said that the launch of the Visit India Year 2023 logo is taking place in this important year as India is heading G20. He said, more than one lakh foreign delegates will visit India this year and they will be showcased the entire gamut of India's culture, including monuments and festivals. 

MoS Defence Ajay Bhatt gives away awards related to Republic Day 2023 in New Delhi

Minister of State for Defence Ajay Bhatt gave away awards and prizes related to the Republic Day 2023 in New Delhi on 31st Jan 2023. 

The tableau of Uttrakhand, based on the theme ‘Manaskhand’, was given away the best tableau award among the 17 states or union territories tableaux. Tableau of Maharashtra displaying ‘Sade Tin Shaktipithe and Nari Shakti’ was given the second best and Tableau of Uttar Pradesh showcasing the theme ‘Ayodhya Deepotsav’ got the third best tableau award. The tableau of Ministry of Tribal Affairs based on ‘Eklavya Model Residential Schools’ was given the Best Tableau award among Ministries or Departments. The tableau of Central Public Works Department with the theme 'Biodiversity Conservation', bagged the special prize, along with Vande Bharatam’ Dance Group.