S Jaishankar is India’s new Foreign Secretary. S Jaishankar, before his key Washington posting, was India’s longest serving ambassador to China.
In his recent tweets, Ret. Major Navdeep Singh expressed happiness over the interest the Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar showed in Army Veterans affairs. One in particular when he met Indian Blade Runner Ret.
Amidst reports of exchange of emissaries between the Dalai Lama and the Chinese Government, the United States today said it encourages direct and substantive talks between the two sides.
The trouble arose over certain remarks by Sadhvi Niranjan Joyti. The Prime Minister, on Thursday, apologised for the behavior of his Minister and strongly condemned her actions.
Four youth from Kalyan near Mumbai, who went to join Islamic State in Iraq, have been in touch with their families lately. They wish to return as they are being exploited in Iraq.
Involvement of Lashkar-e-Tayiba’s elusive commander Sajid Mir in Mumbai 26/11 attacks had been confirmed by Abu Jundal – the Hindi tutor of the 10 terrorists who carried out the 26/11 attack in Mumbai.
The deals SBI enters into – at least, the deals with Tatas, Jindals or Adanis – certainly cannot be called ‘crony deals’, but it can surely be said that SBI is always at the forefront backing its own, i.e., Indian players, in their domestic/global adventures when others shy away.
The Centre has sought comments from people on simplifying pension procedures and taking various measures related to the welfare of pensioners.
Even six years after its commencement, the Ministry of Food Processing Industries’ much-touted mega food parks scheme, is yet to take off. This despite incentives, subsidies and sops on offer. Only three mega food parks are operational in the country right now. MoFPI, in 2008, came up with a huge plan of setting up 40 mega food parks in 23 States to provide remunerative prices to farmers, reduce wastage of agricultural produce, build capacity of producers and processors and create efficient supply chain from farm to market. But the scheme failed to deliver what it promised.
The Supreme Court of India directed the Central Government ensuring protection for good Samaritans helping accident victims. The Ministry of Road Transport and Highways in consultation with Law Ministry will issue necessary directions with regard to the protection of good Samaritans until appropriate legislation is made by the legislature, says Apex Court.
The Bihar Government has shot off a strongly-worded letter to the NDRF seeking to know why Patna Medical College Hospital did not turn up on time to help the victims of the stampede on Dussehra. The National Disaster Response Force is caught in a political crossfire between the BJP-led Central Government and the Janata Dal (United) which rules Bihar. Thirty-three people died on Friday evening in a stampede at Patna’s Gandhi Maidan.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Swacch Bharat Mission kick starts on the October 2. Ministers and Government officials will have to report to work, so that they can take a ‘Swacchta Shapath’ (cleanliness oath) formulated by the Cabinet Secretariat.