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All India Institute of Ayurveda inaugurated

Prime Minister stated that Ayurveda experts need to find medicines which give immediate relief to patients and also keep side effects at bay.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi dedicated to the nation All India Institute of Ayurveda at Sarita Vihar in New Delhi. According to reports, the first phase of the project has been completed at a cost of 157 crore rupees and its campus is spread over 10 acres and its has both hospital and academic blocks. Prime Minister stated that there should be an Ayurveda hospital in every district of the country and AYUSH Ministry is working in this direction. Mr Modi said that in the last three years, more than 65 Ayush Hospitals have been opened in the country.

Food safety commissioners to take strict action against food adulteration

On the occasion of World food day, the Minister also launched a mobile app IFRA (Indian Food Recovery Alliance) to prevent food wastage. The app is created by Food Safety and Standard Authority of India (FSSAI) to manage surplus food recovery and stop food waste in the country. The App also creates a network of food recovery agencies and bring together donating bodies, beneficiaries, and volunteers. 

The minister also stated that there is a need to raise awareness about the food loss and waste amongst citizens and bring about behavioral change to prevent food waste at home, school or at the workplace.

According to reports, Centre has directed the food safety commissioners of all the states to take strict action against those involved in food adulteration. This was informed by Minister of State for Health Ashwini Kumar Choubey. He had also ordered concerned officials to be vigilant for adulteration during the festive season.

Government launches Sampoorna Bima Gram Yojna

The Government has launched the Sampoorna Bima Gram Yojana and an initiative for expansion of clientele base of Postal Life Insurance. The Scheme was launched by Communications Minister Manoj Sinha. The minister stated that the government plans to bring all the villages under Saansad Adasrh Gram Yojna under Sampoorna Bima Gram Yojana.

Under the Yojana, government plans to identify villages with a minimum of 100 households in every revenue district of the country. Government will make effort to cover all households of that identified village with a minimum of one Rural Postal Life Insurance policy each. 

It is also decided that Postal Life Insurance (PLI) will no more be confined to Government and semi-Government employees. It will also be available to professionals such as Doctors, Engineers, Management Consultants, Charted Accountants, Architects, Lawyers, and Bankers.

Gold options trading on MCX launched

Finance Minister Arun Jaitley has launched gold options trading on the leading commodity bourse MCX. MCX is the leading commodity bourse in the country with a market share of over 90 per cent. Options are derivatives which give a buyer the right but not the obligation to buy or sell an underlying asset or instrument at a specific price on or before a certain date.This is the first product for options trading that the regulator Sebi has allowed after 14 years of commencement of commodity exchanges in the country.The gold options contract launched today allows trading in 1kg gold.

IIP rises to 9-month high of 4.3% in August 2017

The data released by Central Statistical Organization shows that India's Industrial production is showing a nine-month high of four point three percent in August 2017. This has been due to robust performance of the mining and power sectors. Factory output had grown 4 percent in August 2016.

During August 2017, Manufacturing sector output grew 3.1 percent, mining sector output surged 9.4 percent, and electricity generation increased 8.3 percent.

Production of capital good rose 5.4 per cent in August. Consumer durables output increased 1.6 percent, and consumer non-durables output rose 6.9 percent during the month.

India to send 3 lakh youth to Japan for on-job training

According to reports, Union Minister Dharmendra Pradhan has stated that India will send three lakh youth to Japan for on-job training for 3-5 years as part of the government's skill development programme.

Japan will bear the financial cost of the skill training of Indian technical interns. This is as per the Memorandum of Cooperation (MoC) between India and Japan on the 'Technical Intern Training Program (TITP)'.

The minister stated that the agreement is expected to be signed during his three-day visit to Tokyo starting October 16.

Innovative techniques to be introduced by Indian Railway to eliminate rail accidents

According to reports, Railway Minister Piyush Goyal has stated that innovative techniques will be introduced to eliminate rail accidents. These techniques include revamping the existing signalling system by use of TPWS - Train protection and Warning System and MTRC, Mobile Train Radio Communication. Railway will be eliminating existing 5000 unmanned level crossings in a time bound manner.

According to the Minister, about 20 stations will be modernised in an expedited manner with superior infrastructure and passenger facilities, including disabled-friendly, by December 2018. It is also proposed to increase speed of around 700 trains with effect from November this year.

India's MOM completes three years in orbit

The Mars Orbiter Mission (MOM) also called as Mangalyaan completes three years in space. The Mars Orbiter Mission (MOM)spacecraft was successfully placed in the Martian orbit in its very first attempt by the ISRO. MOM was successfully inserted into Mars' orbit on 24 September 2014. The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) is only the fourth space agency in the world to send a mission to Mars. ISRO is the first space agency to do so in its first attempt. On completion of Magalyaan's three years in Martian orbit, the Indian Space and Research Organisation (ISRO) released MOM's second year science data.

Google's Unified Payment Interface (UPI) based digital payment service Tez launched

Google has forayed in the payment segment with the launch of Tez. Tez is an app and is available in both android and iOS platforms. Tez uses the government's Unified Payments Interface. The app was launched by Finance Minister Arun Jaitley.

Tez allows users to do financial transactions like sending money, receiving payments directly into their bank accounts and paying bills. The users can link the app to their bank accounts as the platform is built on the government's Unified Payment Interface.

Google Tez supports several local languages including Hindi, Bengali, Gujarati, Kannada, Marathi, Tamil and Telugu.

India to play three test matches in South Africa

As stated in a media release, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) announced that India will play three Test Matches against South Africa in a tour beginning on January 5th. The BCCI acting secretary stated in a media release, “ India will play South Africa in a three match 'Mahatma Gandhi Nelson Mandela' Test Series, six-match One Day Internationals (ODI) Test series followed by three Twenty20 Internationals.” Initially Indian Cricket Team was supposed to play 4 Tests, 3ODIs and 3 Twenty20 Internationals. Indian Cricket team last toured South Africa in 2013.

P V Sindhu settles with silver in World Badminton Championship at Glasgow

In an exciting and hard fought final on Sunday, India's ace shuttler P.V. Sindhu had to settle with silver medal. The final lasted for about one hour forty nine minutes. Sindhu lost to Japan's Nozomi Okuhara 19-21,22-20,20-22. Their match was the longest in the World Championships. India's ace shuttlers P V Sindhu and Saina Nehwal made India proud at the World Championship by bagging a silver and a bronze medal. For the first time India has bagged two medals in the World Badminton Championship.

Pandya and Kuldeep help India to sail through day 2 of third test of India vs Sri Lanka Series

On day two of the third and final test of India vs Sri Lanka series at Pallekele International Cricket Stadium, Pandya smashed a maiden test hundred in 86 balls. In the first innings, Sri Lanka was bowled by the Indian bowlers at 135 wherein Kuldeep Yadav took 4 for 40 and Shami claimed two wickets. Pandya's aggressive knock aided India to 487 runs at the end of the day. Pandya scored 26 runs off Malinda Pushpakumara's over smashing 3 sixes and 2 fours. His 26 runs off an over were the most runs scored by an Indian batsman in an over in Test Cricket.



Defence Minister reaches Port Blair on a two day visit to Andaman & Nicobar Island

According to reports, Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman has reached Port Blair for a 2 day visit of Andaman and Nicobar Island.During her stay, Sitharaman will celebrate Diwali with the troops of Andaman and Nicobar Command and interact with their families during various events.The Minister will also visit the operational area of the Command and Air Force Station Car Nicobar. The Minister will lay wreaths at the Swatantra Jyoti in Cellular Jail and Tsunami Memorial at Car Nicobar.

Chhattisgarh govt reduces interest on loan under Saksham Yojna

According to reports, Chhattisgarh government has reduced the rate of interest on loan given to women and their self help groups under Saksham Yojna from 6.5 per cent to 5 per cent. States Women and Child Development Minister Ramsheela Sahu took decision in this regard, while chairing a meeting of the governing body of Chhattisgarh Mahila Kosh. The initiative will allow the women and SHGs to easily avail the loan facility for self-employment and thereby become self-dependent.The Chhattisgarh Mahila Kosh is operated by state's women and child development department to disburse easy term loans to women and SHGs.

Gram Panchayats to directly get money from Central Government

Minister of State for Information and Broadcasting Rajyavardhan Rathore has informed that government has started sending money to Gram Panchayats directly so that they can plan their development works on their own. The minister was addressing Sansad Aapke Dwar Programme at Khadav village in Jaipur, Rajasthan.  

The minister also stated that 29 crore new accounts have been opened in last two and half years and now benefits of different schemes are being transferred directly to the accounts of the beneficiaries. 

The Banks are made accountable and if they refuse to give the loan to any person under MUDRA Yojna then they have to give a reason. 




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