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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.

Himachal Pradesh Assembly election to be held on November 9

Election Commission has announced that the Assembly elections in Himachal Pradesh will be held as a single phase on November 9. Counting of votes will be held on December 18, 2017.

It was also mentioned that the elections will be conducted by using electronic voting machines (EVMs) with voter-verified paper audit trail (VVPAT).

The model code of conduct comes into effect immediately. Election commission has kept the ceiling for election expenditure per candidate at Rs. 25 lakh.

Himachal Pradesh has 68 Assembly constituencies. Last date of Nominations is on October 23, withdrawal of nomination is on October 26th.

Rathore announces launch of National School and College Games to tap talent

According to reports, Sports Minister Rajyavardhan Rathore has announced the launch of National School and College Games to tap talent from every nook and corner of the country.  The minister was speeking at a felicitation function of the Indian football team for the U-17 Football World Cup.

According to the minister,  the government has decided to start for the first time the Khelo India National School Games in December 2017 and Khelo India National College Games in January 2018. He added these will be annual events and the government is doing this to tap talent at the school and college levels. The minister said from these Games, 1000 children will be selected and be given 5 lakh rupees for eight years for their training. He said 1000 more children will be added each year.

Delhi Government asks DMRC to put fare price on hold

In the interest of innumerable commuters traveling by the Delhi metro, the government of Delhi has asked the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) to put on hold any fare hike. An enquiry on the propose increase is being looked into by the government of Delhi. As per Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC), fares are set to increase by a minimum of rupees 10 per month. Pertaining to this, Delhi Transport Minister Kailash Gahlot said, “Delhi Metro is directed to put on hold any further hike till Delhi government completes its enquiry.

Prime Minister Modi launches Rs. 16,000 crore Saubhagya Scheme for household electrification

Prime Minister Narendra Modi launched the Saubhagya Scheme on Monday evening. The scheme aims to provide electricity connections to over 4 crore families in rural and urban areas by December 2018. Under the Pradhan Mantri Sahaj Bijli Har Ghar Yojana, household across India which do not have an electricity connection will be given connections free of cost. The government will bear the expected cost of 16,000 crore for providing electricity connections. Speaking at the launch of Saubhagya Scheme, PM Modi said, “the welfare of the poor is linked to the identity of the NDA government” and he further said that reducing the problems faced by the poor is my government's biggest responsibility.”

Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal and Kamal Hassan to meet for lunch in Chennai

Today, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal is expected to meet actor Kamal Hassan for lunch in Chennai. The two will meet at Hassan's home in Chennai. A 'lavish lunch' has been arranged by Hassan for the Aam Aadmi Party Chief. As per the sources of Aam Aadmi Party (AAP), Kejriwal and Hassan will have closed door “political discussions” at Hassan's home. Four other Aam Aadmi Party leader are accompanying Chief Minister Kejriwal for this lunch visit. Amidst this an Aam Aadmi Party leader commented, “There is a political void in Tamil Nadu's Game of Thrones.”

A portion of Rs.389 crore canal collapses, a day before its inauguration in Bihar

Barely a day before its inauguration by Bihar's Chief Minister, Nitish Kumar, a portion of Ganga pump canal project in Bhagalur collapsed on Wednesday. As told by the State Water Resources Minister Rajiv Ranjan Singh, “the breach in the canal happened due to release of water in full capacity. 21,700 hectares in Bihar and 4000 hectares in Jharkhand is meant to be irrigated by the Bateshwar Ganga Pump Nahar Pariyojna. This project has faced neglect by governments since 1977. It was started in 1977 with a cost of Rs. 13.88 crore. However, several times this project witnessed revision in its cost.

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe to arrive in India today

Prime Minister Modi is likely to take his Japanese counterpart Shinzo Abe to a massive roadshow from the Ahmedabad airport to Mahatama Gandhi's Sabarmati Ashram, possibly in an 'open-air limousine'. Today at around 3:30pm the Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe will arrive in Ahmedabad, Gujarat, for the 12th India-Japan Annual Summit. PM Modi and Japanese PM Shinzo Abe will lay the foundation for India's first High Speed Rail Project between Ahmedabad and Mumbai. Japan is giving India a loan of Rs. 88,000 crore for the ambitious Mumbai-Ahmedabad Bullet Train Project. The loan is to be re-payed to Japan in 50 years. As per a statement on, the two leaders will review the recent progress in multifaceted cooperation between India and Japan under the framework of their 'Special Strategic and Global Partnership'. According to the chairman of Ahmedabad Municipal Corporations standing committee, “On the entire route of the road show, 28 small stages have been erected where dancers from 28 different states all dressed in their traditional attires will showcase their performance as the two leaders will pass.”

Government to initiate the interlinking of rivers

According to reports Ministry of water resources is planning to  start work on three river interlinking projects within the next three months. These include the Ken-Betwa Linking Project, Damanganga- Pinjal Link Project and the Par-Tapi-Narmada Link projects. Mr. Gadkari  while speaking at the meeting of National water development Agency Society , stated that the three projects are ready with all necessary approvals and he will hold meetings with the concerned Chief Ministers soon to sort out inter-state issues. The Minister said that , there is a need to evolve ways to conserve the nearly 60 to 70 per cent of water that runs-off into the oceans.

PM addresses Students' Convention
Prime Minister Narendra Modi addressed students Convention at Vigyan Bhawan in New Delhi, on the occasion of Pandit Deendayal Upadhyay Centenary Celebrations, and 125th Year of Swami Vivekananda's Chicago Address.
Addressing the students, Prime Minister stated that Swami Vivekananda not only raised voice against the evils of the society but also about the importance of love and brotherhood. He stated youth should work for New India.
Home minister states that permanent solution to Kashmir issue to be based on 5 Cs

According to reports, Union Home minister, Rajnath Singh said there is an improvement in the situation in Kashmir valley. The home minister stated that the government was ready to talk to anyone who is willing to resolve the Kashmir problems. Singh stated that Pakistan should stop the infiltration of terrorists to Jammu and Kashmir

He further stated that permanent solution to Kashmir issue can be based on 5 Cs – Compassion, communication, coexistence, Confidence building and Consistency.

Nirmala Sitharaman takes charge as India's first full-fledged woman Defence Minister

On Thursday, Nirmala Sitharaman took charge as the first full-time woman Defence Minister of India. Nirmala Sitharaman was elevated as the Cabinet Minister on Sunday and was given the Defence Ministry. A priest held prayers in her chamber before she took charge on Thursday. Earlier, she could not take charge as the former Defence Minister, Arun Jaitley was on a visit to Japan. On Thursday, senior officials were present and she briefly interacted with them after taking her charge. Sitharaman is the second women in the crucial Cabinet Committee on Security after External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj.

Uttar Pradesh to set up metro corporation to expand transit to other cities

While inaugurating the maiden run of the Lucknow Metro on Tuesday along with the Home Minister Rajnath Singh, the Chief Minister of U.P. Yogi Adityanath announced that in order to start metro services in various cities of Utttar Pradesh, the U.P. Government will constitute Uttar Pradesh Metro Corporation. The UP Metro Corporation is likely to explore the possibilities of mono rail in some parts of Uttar Pradesh. The public services of the metro will start from Wednesday. While former chief minister of U.P., Akhilesh Yadav tweeted on Monday, “we had run engine, bogies had to follow” in order to claim their government's credit for the metro services. 

PM Modi's third cabinet reshuffle likely to take place on Sunday at 10am

In order to run its saffron chariot successfully across the country in the upcoming General Elections in 2019, the Prime Minister's cabinet is set for a reshuffle. Probably the Last Reshuffle of the Union Cabinet ahead of General Election'19 is likely to take place on Sunday at the Rashtrapati Bhavan. Prime Minister Modi will leave for China soon after the swearing-in ceremony to attend the BRICS Summit. Amidst speculations of who will be promoted, inducted and demoted - Rajiv Rudy, Sanjeev Balyan, Faggan Singh Kulaste, Kalraj Misra and Mahendra Pandey have resigned from their offices. However, Mahendra Pandey will now be Uttar Pradesh BJP's chief. As per the sources, 14-15 new ministers could be inducted, while 7-8 could leave, some for the party organisation. The upcoming state polls in- Chhattisgarh, Gujarat, Himachal Pradesh, Karnataka, Madhya Pradesh and Rajasthan are due later this year and in 2018. Apart from performance, the state elections could be a possible factor for the reshuffle of the ministers. While the RSS and the top leaders of the BJP have been consulted, it is PM Modi and BJP's chief strategist Shah who will take the final call.

PM Modi's cabinet to reshuffle before the Prime Minister leaves for BRICS in China

Ahead of the upcoming national elections, PM Modi's cabinet is likely to undergo a reshuffle. As the Prime Minister will leave for BRICS Summit on 5 September, the major reshuffle is likely to take place on Saturday. Four Union Ministers - Uma Bharti, Raiv Pratap Rudy, Radha Mohan Singh and Sanjeev Balyan have already resigned from their respective offices. These ministers had resigned on Friday after the BJP chief Amit Shah met senior ministers at his Delhi residence. Arun Jaitely, who is currently holding the charge of two ministries- Finance as well as Defense, is likely to shed one of the two. On Thursday, Narendra Nath Pandey was appointed Uttar Pradesh BJPs Chief. In this mega reshuffle, two new faces from Bihar's JDU are likely to join Prime Minister Modi's brigade.

Aam Aadmi Party retains its seats in the by-election to the Bawana Assembly Constituency

Amidst the Aam Aami Party's recent defeats, this victory is seen as a confidence booster. As the results of the by-elections to the Bawana Constituency Assembly were declared on Monday, AAP heaved a sigh of relief. The Aam Aadmi Party's candidate Ram Chander defeated BJP's Ved Prakash (former AAP leader) by a margin of over 24,000 votes. While the party's candidate received 59,886 votes, the BJP's and Congress' candidate received 35,834 votes and 31,919 votes respectively. Addressing AAP workers at his residence, Arvind Kejriwal dared the BJP to use VVPAT (Voter Verified Paper Audit Trail) which enables voters to verify whether their votes were cast correctly by showing paper trails for the next elections.

PM Modi conducts aerial survey of flood hit Bihar with Nitish Kumar

In the light of the worst floods that affected Bihar, Prime Minister Narendra Modi along with Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar conducted an aerial survey of the flood affected areas of Bihar- Araria, Katihar, Kishanhanj and Purnea. As per news reports, Prime Minister Modi declared an immediate fund of Rs 500 crore. The aerial survey lasted for about 50 minutes. PM Modi also chaired a high-level meeting in Purnea. 1.67crore people of 19 districts are affected by the flood.

BJP President Amit Shah and Smriti take oath as Raja Sabha members

Amit Shah, the president of the Bharatiya Janata Party, along with Union Minister Smriti Irani took oath as the member of the Upper House. Both the leaders were administered the oath in the chamber of Rajya Sabha Chairman, M. Venkaiah Naidu. The president of the BJP is making his debut in the Upper House after winning the Gujarat Rajya Sabha elections earlier this month. While Smriti Irani took her pledge in Sanskrit, the party chief took his oath in Hindi. Amit Shah and Smriti Irani were accompanied by Finance Minister Arun Jaitely, Minister of External Affairs Sushma Swaraj, Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad, Parliamentary Affairs Minister Ananth Kumar, Food Minister Ram Vilas Paswan, to name a few.

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