Delegates from all seven nations of the Bay of Bengal Initiative for Multi-Sectoral Technical and Economic Cooperation (BIMSTEC) grouping, namely Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Myanmar, Nepal, Sri Lanka and Thailand, will participate in the event. The main focus of the BIMSTEC DMEx-2017 will be on testing the region’s preparedness and resilience towards effective activation of inter-Governmental interaction/dialogue/agreements for immediate deployment of regional resources for disaster response.
President Ram Nath Kovind has appointed a five-member commission to examine the sub-categorisation of the Other Backward Classes (OBCs) under Article 340 of the Constitution. The commission would be headed by Delhi High Court's former Chief Justice G Rohini.
President Ram Nath Kovind has appointed a Commission to examine the sub-categorisation of the Other Backward Classes (OBCs). The chairperson of the commission would be retired Justice G Rohini. The commission would be required to present its report to the President within 12 weeks.
The United Nations General Assembly on 24 May 2017 adopted resolution 71/288 to proclaim 30 September as International Translation Day after considering the role of language professionals in connecting nations and fostering peace, understanding and development.
Indian Railways would be working with the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) to devise safety mechanisms to make travel by trains safer. The information was shared by Railway Minister Piyush Goyal, who said that he had met ISRO Chairman A S Kiran Kumar in this regard.
The Festival will be held at various venues, which include Anna University, Central Leather Research Institute (CLRI), Structural Engineering Research Centre (SERC), National Institute of Ocean Technology (NIOT) and IIT-Madras.
The Banaras Hindu University has appointed Royana Singh as the first woman Chief Proctor of the institution. The appointment was approved by Vice Chancellor Girish Chandra Tripathi. Prior to this appointment, Royana served as an assistant professor at the Institute of Medical Science (Anatomy Department).
The celebrations of the day kick-started in Tunisia on 25 September with a panel event gathering around 250 participants to discuss progress and new initiatives around Tunisia’s Access to Information law. From 27 to 30 September 2017, UNESCO hosted a Conference under the theme “Overcoming Divides and Achieving the SDGs in Africa” in Balaclava, Mauritius. This event will consist of plenary sessions, workshops and technical sessions.
India and Afghanistan enjoy friendly relations and the police personnel of Afghanistan National Police visit India regularly for training purposes in different training institutes of India. India and Afghanistan already signed an agreement on strategic partnership in October 2011.
India and Norway have signed a Letter of Intent to extend bilateral cooperation within health sector through the Norway India Partnership Initiative (NIPI) for a period of three years starting from 2018. The letter was signed in New Delhi between the Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare and the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
India jumped up the global rankings by 12 places to take the 14th position in terms of best country for expats to work in and live says a HSBC survey. The ranking is a part of HSBCs latest expat explorer survey that covered 27,587 expats from 159 countries and territories in March and April this year.
Exercise Yudh Abhyas 2017, joint India-US military exercise, concluded on 27 September 2017 at Joint Base Lewis McChord (JBLM), Washington, USA. Exercise Yudh Abhyas is an annual bilateral exercise designed to strengthen the US and Indian Army partnership.
The snake has been misidentified since 1863. The new species was earlier was considered as a variant of Olive Forest Snake, first described in 1863.
The union government has extended the deadline for obtaining Aadhaar to avail benefits of government schemes and subsidies by three months to 31 December 2017. Earlier the deadline was 30 September 2017. The extension would cover as many as 135 schemes including free cooking gas to poor women, kerosene and fertiliser subsidy, targeted public distribution system and MGNREGA.
The Minister of Railways Piyush Goyal announced various decisions taken by Ministry of Railways for Transformation of Indian Railways on 28thSeptember, 2017 in Rail Bhavan. He said that Railways is committed to ensuring high standards of service, speed and safety for Indian passangers and also ensuring contribution to national development.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi led Union Cabinet has approved the suggestion to increase the retirement age of doctors to 65 years. The decision is expected to help in better patient care, better academic activities in Medical institutes and colleges as also it will help in effective and better implementation of National Health Programmes (NHP) for delivery of health care services.
The 13th Formation Day of National Disaster Management Authority was celebrated in New Delhi with the theme ‘School Safety’. The event was inaugurated by the Union Home Minister, Rajnath Singh. It saw in attendance NDMA members and officials, senior officials from HRD Ministry, NDRF, NIDM and officials from Central and state governments and various educational institutions.
The day’s theme sets the goal of reaching zero human deaths from canine rabies by the year 2030. At the global conference on rabies elimination in 2015, a common goal of zero human deaths from canine rabies by 2030 was agreed by the World Health Organization, World Organisation for Animal Health, UN Food and Agriculture Organization and GARC.
India and the United States renewed their commitment to collaborate in the healthcare sector at the second India-US Health Dialogue that was held on 26-27 September 2017 in New Delhi. The two-day event saw several experts deliberate on issues of bilateral importance including communicable and non-communicable diseases, low-cost innovations, food and drug regulations, traditional medicine and access to medicines.
The Union Cabinet led by Prime Minister Narendra Modi has given its ex-post facto approval for a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) signed between India and Belarus in the oil and gas sector. The agreement was signed on 12 September 2017 following delegation-level talks between Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and visiting Belarus President Aleksander Grigoryevich Lukashenko in New Delhi.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi led Union Cabinet has given its nod for the signing of Interbank Local Currency Credit Line Agreement (ILCCLA) and (ii) Cooperation Memorandum Relating to Credit Ratings by Exim Bank with participating member banks under BRICS Mechanism. The Agreements signed by EXIM will promote multilateral interaction within the BRICS nations in the area of mutual interest. It will also deepen economic and political relations with BRICS nations.
The provisional suspension, which took effect on 24 September 2017, prohibits the Paris Laboratory from carrying out any anti-doping activities, including all analyses of urine and blood samples. The suspension will remain in place pending disciplinary proceedings being carried out by an independent Disciplinary Committee.
The Union Cabinet led by Prime Minister Narendra Modi has given its approval to the agreement between India and Ethiopia on cooperation in the field of Information, Communication and Media. The pact mainly aims to harness the growing power of Information, Communication and Media for information dissemination and enhancing outreach between the two countries for inclusive development.
The World Maritime Day was celebrated across the world on 28 September 2017 with the theme ‘Connecting Ships, Ports and People’. Its main objective is to build on the World Maritime Day theme for 2016, ‘Shipping: indispensable to the world’.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi led Union Cabinet has approved the suggestion to increase the retirement age of doctors to 65 years. But, this decision shall not be applicable to Central Health Service (CHS) doctors. The decision is expected to help in better patient care, better academic activities in Medical institutes and colleges as also it will help in effective and better implementation of National Health Programmes (NHP) for delivery of health care services.
Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi led Union Cabinet has given its nod for implementation of umbrella scheme of "Modernisation of Police Forces (MPF)" for years 2017-18 to 2019-20. However, Police is in a state list and hence it is exclusive to states. Therefore, the centre has its limitations in this regard. Post-independence, some of the states came out with their own police acts. For example, the Kerala Police act 1960; Bombay Police act, 1951; the Delhi Police act, 1978.
It is the first time that this phenomenon has been measured simultaneously by both the US-based LIGO and Italy-based Virgo detectors. The detection was described in a paper that will soon be published in Physical Review Letters.
India and the United States have renewed their commitment to work together in the healthcare sector to better address the health challenges faced by the people of the two countries. The agreement was decided upon at the recently concluded India-US Health Dialogue.
Minister for Social Justice and Empowerment launched the Beta version of ‘Divyang Sarathi’—The accessible and comprehensive mobile application for easy dissemination of information to ‘Divyangjans’. The mobile application will unquestionably have a wide outreach as it has been created bilingually i.e., the data is accessible in Hindi and additionally English.
India has been positioned as the 40th most competitive economy on the World Economic Forum's Global Competitive Index (GCI) 2017-18. It has slipped one place from the last year ranking. Switzerland is at the top of the world global index followed by US Singapore at the second and third places, individually.