Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh inaugurated a two-day International Workshop on Disaster Resilient Infrastructure (IWDRI) in New Delhi on January 15, 2018.
The workshop is organised by the National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) in collaboration with United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR).
The workshop will bring together countries from different parts of the world - from Chile to Australia and from Japan to Sri Lanka - with different socio-economic backgrounds and geographical features.
This will be a great opportunity to learn from their unique experiences in their efforts towards building disaster resilient infrastructure.
The workshop will also see multilateral development banks, the United Nations, the private sector and academics coming together to identify best practices in the infrastructure sector, as well as key issues in existing practices and ways to address them.
This workshop aims to take this dialogue on Disaster Resilient Infrastructure and global cooperation further.
The Cell for IPR Promotion and Management (CIPAM), Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion (DIPP), in collaboration with ASSOCHAM and ERICSSON India, has launched a one of its kind Intellectual Property (IP) Competition ‘IPrism’ for college and university students.
The competition aims to foster a culture of innovation and creativity in the younger generation. It will provide young creators a unique opportunity to see their creations recognized on a national platform.
This competition invites students to submit films on piracy & counterfeiting under two categories of 30 and 60 seconds.
Another category in the competition is for a mobile gaming app on IP.
The last date for receiving entries is 31st March, 2018.
Cash prizes worth INR 4 lacs will be given to the winning teams along with mementos, certificates and recognition on the official CIPAM website (www.cipam.gov.in).
Bangladesh, India and Nepal have given nod to operating procedures for movement of passenger vehicles in the sub-region under Bangladesh-Bhutan-India-Nepal (BBIN) motor vehicles agreement.
Decision was taken at meeting of High-level officials of three countries held in Bengaluru, Karnataka.
It was convened and chaired by India’s Ministry of Road Transport and Highways (MoRTH).
The landmark MVA was signed by Transport Ministers of the BBIN countries in Thimphu, Bhutan on 15 June 2015.
Trial runs for cargo vehicles under the MVA were conducted along the Kolkata-Dhaka-Agartala and Delhi-Kolkata-Dhaka routesin the past.
The trials were successful in establishing the Agreement’s economic benefits.Bangladesh, India, and Nepal have already ratified the MVA and have agreed to start implementation of the MVA among the three signatory countries, with Bhutan joining after it ratifies the Agreement.
The Asian Development Bank(ADB) has been providing technical, advisory, and financial support to the BBIN MVA initiative as part of its assistance to the South Asia Subregional Economic Cooperation (SASEC) program, a projects-based economic cooperation initiative that brings togetherthe BBIN countries, Maldives, Sri Lanka and more recently, Myanmar. ADB is the secretariat of SASEC.
Indian Oil Corporation has signed letters of intent (LoI) with Phinergy, an Israeli start-up, and YEDA, a technology spin-off from Israel’s Weizmann Research Institute.
The agreement with Phinergy allows IndianOil to work on adoption of advanced energy systems for the domestic market for both mobility and stationary industrial applications.
This association could lead to the setting up of manufacturing units for these energy systems, initially in India.
The LoI signed with YEDA will allow research collaboration between both the organisations for developing solar to green fuel technologies through concentrated solar thermal route.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurated the commencement of the work of an oil refinery at Pachpadra, in Barmer district, Rajasthan.
The Rajasthan refinery will be the first in the state, which is blessed with immense oil and gas reserves. This refinery will benefit Rajasthan, especially the industrious youth of the state.
The project, a Joint Venture of Hindustan Petroleum Corporation Ltd and Rajasthan government, is worth over Rs 43,000 crore.
The foundation stone for the refinery was laid by then Congress President Sonia Gandhi on September 22, 2013.
The union sports ministry’s ambitious programme, ‘Khelo India’ (an initiative to scout for talent at the grassroots and provide it substantial long-term scholarship) will be launched on January 31.
Union Sports Minister Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore unveiled the mascots (Vijay the tiger and Jaya the black buck) and launched the anthem “Aur khelna chahte hain hum…Khel mein hi masti hai….khel se abaad honge hum” at a ceremony in Delhi.
The video features India's eminent sports personalities such as Sardar Singh, Sunil Chhetri, Devendra Jhajharia, Baichung Bhutia, Pullela Gopichand, Leander Paes, Mary Kom, Akhil Kumar, Sakshi Malik and Saina Nehwal,
The anthem also aims to focus on brotherhood, equality, and solidarity in sports. The government of India has approved Rs 1,756 crore for a period of three years for the revamping of 'Khelo India'.
Senior BJP leader and former MLC Prof Narayan Sadashiv Pharande passed away after suffering a cardiac arrest. He was 78.
Pharande had served as the chairman of the Maharashtra Legislative Council from 1998 to 2004 and also as the BJP state president from 1991 to 1995.
The leader, popularly known as Na Sa Pharande, was elected thrice as the Member of the Legislative Council.
WWE announced that Goldberg will be inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame class at a ceremony on 6th April, 2018 at the Smoothie King Center in New Orleans.
Goldberg, who retired from in-ring competition last year, was announced as the first entrant into the elusive list.
Goldberg made his WCW debut in September of 1997 and was renowned as one of the fastest superstars in sports entertainment history.
Digital invoice discounting marketplace - Invoicemart has tied up with state-run lender Bank of Barodato discount invoices for MSMEs.
Buyers and sellers registered on the marketplace will now be able to access funding from Bank of Baroda.
Invoicemart is a joint venture between Axis Bank Ltd and mjunction services ltd.
The Iranian government has lifted all restrictions on the use of the Internet, including the Telegram message app.
Protests had spread across Iran after residents of the northeastern city of Mashhad took to the streets on December 28 over unemployment and rising prices.
The protesters used Telegram and other social networking services. 23 people died in clashes between the demonstrators and security forces.
The unrest subsided after the government imposed the controls.
The Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) announced the addition of facial recognition-based authentication for Aadhaar users.
It is especially for those who have problems with other forms of biometric verification such as fingerprint or iris, and it will be launched by July 1, 2018.
The face authentication will provide additional options for Authentication User Agencies (AUAs) and will be allowed only along with one more authentication factor and must be combined with either fingerprint or iris or OTP for a successful authentication of an Aadhaar number.
Brazil’s securities regulator prohibited local investment funds from buying cryptocurrencies.
Cryptocurrencies cannot be considered financial assets, in effect barring funds from investing directly in assets such as bitcoin.
Local funds interested in investing indirectly in cryptocurrencies by taking a stake in foreign funds should await further clarification from the regulator.
Sarod maestro Pandit Buddhadev Dasgupta died of cardiac arrest at his residence in south Kolkata. He was 84.
The musician, born in 1933 at his maternal home in Bhagalpur, Bihar, learnt sarod under the tutelage of Pt Radhikamohan Moitra. His father, Prafulla Mohan Dasgupta, was a district magistrate and a music aficionado.
He was conferred Sangeet Mahasamman and Bangabibhusan in 2015.
In an endeavor to empower the Kashmiri youth, the Indian Army has established a Skill Training Centre at sector 10 Headquarters of Rashtriya Rifles (RR) in Haiderbeg, Pattan area in Baramulla district in Jammu and Kashmir.
It is a public-private venture will impart highly skilled training under National Skill Development Centre (NSDC) to unemployed educated youths of Pattan and its adjoining areas of Baramulla district.
Under this scheme selected youths will be provided two weeks of specialized training.
Initially the centre will run courses in Food Processing and Information Technology. Food processing course qualified youth will be skilled in food preservation, canning and juice storage of seasonal fruits whereas Information Technology course will provide opportunities in Information Technology sector.