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Modi Cabinet 2.0:  43 ministers take oath

Modi Cabinet 2.0:  43 ministers take oath

Jyotiraditya Scindia, Anurag Thakur, Sarbananda Sonowal among those inducted New Delhi: A revamp was imminent. After all, this government has faced a lot of criticism over the past several months, be it for its handling of the Covid-19 crisis, protests, rising inflation and soaring prices of just about everything. Hours after at least 12 ministers...

After Rahul Gandhi’s criticism, Centre says all will be vaccinated by 2021-end

The Centre on Friday lashed out at Congress leader Rahul Gandhi for blaming Prime Minister Narendra Modi and the Union government for the poor vaccination coverage in the country. Union minister Prakash Javadekar in a virtual press conference said that India will be fully immunized against COVID-19 by December 2021. The Centre’s mega announcement comes...

Rajinikanth to be conferred 51st Dadasaheb Phalke Award

Union information and broadcasting minister Prakash Javadekar on Thursday announced that superstar Rajinikanth will be awarded the 51st Dadasaheb Phalke award—India’s highest film honour—on May 3. The award will be given to Rajinikanth for his outstanding contribution for the growth and development of Indian cinema. Javadekar also made the announcement on Twitter. He...

Centre approves merger of Lakshmi Vilas Bank with DBS Bank

The Union Cabinet on Wednesday approved the merger of Lakshmi Vilas Bank (LVB) with the Indian arm of Singapore’s DBS Bank. Notably, the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) had on November 17 placed the cash-strapped bank under one-month moratorium.  It had superseded LVB’s board and capped withdraws during the moratorium period to Rs 25,000 per...

Arnab Goswami arrested in abetment to suicide case

Republic TV’s editor-in-chief Arnab Goswami has been arrested by the Raigad police on Wednesday. He was arrested in connection with an abetment to suicide case filed against him and two others in 2018. Notably, the police have reopened investigations in the case. A senior cop said that Goswami is being taken to Raigad where he...

Congress must apologise for its “conspiracy theories” after Pulwama attack: Javadekar

Union minister Prakash Javadekar has demanded that the Congress party and its leaders should apologise for their “conspiracy theories” and remarks on the Pulwama terror attack. The demand for an apology followed the statement by a Pakistan minister admitting to the country’s role in the Pulwama terror attack. Prakash Javadekar tweeted: “Pakistan has admitted its...

Centre announces bonus for 30 lakh govt employees

The Union Cabinet on Wednesday approved bonus for 30.67 lakh Central government employees for the year 2019-20. The announcement in this regard by Union minister Prakash Javadekar has brought an end to the uncertainty over the issue amid the festive season. The decision to offer bonuses will cost the exchequer around Rs 3,737 crore, the...

Farm bills protest: Tractor set ablaze near India gate

The protest against the three contentious farm bills is intensifying with each passing day, with a tractor set on fire near India Gate in New Delhi. The incident took place at around 7.15 am in the morning when 15-20 people carrying a tractor in a truck came to the site, offloaded it and set it...

Centre sanctions 250 electric buses for Gujarat

The Union government on Friday announced that it has sanctioned 670 electric buses for Gujarat, Maharashtra, Goa and Chandigarh. This apart, the government also announced that it has sanctioned 241 charging stations for cities spread across Gujarat, Tamil Nadu, Kerala, Madhya Pradesh and Port Blair. The sanctions have been made under phase-2 of the FAME...

India’s 2018 tiger survey makes it to Guinness Book of World Records

India’s 2018 Tiger Census has made it to the Guinness Book of World Records for being the world’s largest on-camera wildlife survey. The fourth cycle of the All India Tiger Estimation 2018 estimated 2,967 tigers or 75 per cent of the global tiger population in the nation. Its results were declared to the nation on...

World Environment Day: Centre sets target of planting 145 crore trees, focus on urban forests

Union environment minister Prakash Javadekar on Friday said there is a need to increase forest cover in urban areas to create and enhance their lung capacities. He said this during a virtual event organised amid the coronavirus pandemic to commemorate the World Environment Day. During the celebrations on the theme ‘Nature and Biodiversity’, Javadekar launched...
On popular demand, Ramayan returns on Doordarshan

On popular demand, Ramayan returns on Doordarshan

Ramanand Sagar’s Ramayan, which was Sunday morning viewing appointment nationwide in 1987-1988, is returning to Doordarshan. On Friday, Information and Broadcasting Minister Prakash Javadekar tweeted to announce that Ramayan will now air on DD National twice a day starting Saturday (March 28). Earlier this week, as India prepared for a 21-day lockdown against the...