RANCHI - Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday launched the 'Ayushman Bharat - Pradhan Mantri Jan Aarogya Yojana (AB-PMJAY)' here, hailing it as the "worlds biggest state-run healthcare scheme". Launching the scheme, Modi said the intended beneficiaries outnumber the total population of the European Union or that of the USA, Canada and Mexico put together. Modi said that the scheme, which targets more than 50 crore people,
KOLKATA - Janamashtami was celebrated with fervour on Monday at Mayapur, the global headquarters of the International Society for Krishna Consciousness (ISKCON) in Nadia district, along with other parts of West Bengal. "More than 50,000 devotees from different parts of the world gathered at the temple complex to offer prayers and to witness several spiritual, devotional and cultural programmes organised over the past three days...
NEW DELHI - Nearly 37 years after an Air India plane was hijacked and commandeered to Pakistan, a Delhi court on Monday acquitted two of the accused in the case who were charged with waging war against the country. Additional Sessions Judge Ajay Pandey acquitted Tajender Pal Singh and Satnam Singh of the charges under Sections 121 (waging war against the government of India) and 121A
BENGALURU - The plan to put an Indian into space, on its own, for the first time by 2022 will create as many as 15,000 jobs, Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) Chairman K. Sivan said on Wednesday. "We estimate that the human space mission will generate about 15,000 jobs over the next few years," Sivan told IANS here. The ISRO wants to take up the manned spaceflight in collaboration with multiple state-run scientific institutions,
NEW DELHI - Parts of the national capital will now enjoy free Wi-Fi and high-speed broadband as Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh launched a slew of "smart city" projects on Monday. During the inauguration at the Charkha Park in Connaught Place, Singh said that the New Delhi Municipal Corporation (NDMC), by successfully launching the smart city initiative, has set an example before other aspiring smart cities in the country to follow.
MUMBAI - Innovation is the "buzz-word" of the 21st century and any society which does not innovate will stagnate, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said here on Saturday. He said innovations, along with enterprise, shall be the foundation for making India a developed economy and pave the way for a long-term sustainable, technology-led economic growth of the country. Modi was addressing the 56th annual convocation of the Indian...
NEW DELHI - The Union Cabinet on Thursday gave its approval for the joint issue of postage stamps between India and South Africa on the theme of 20 years of strategic partnership between the two countries. A commemorative postage stamp, released in June, depicts the images of Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh thinker Deendayal Upadhyaya and Oliver Reginald Tambo of South Africa. A Memorandum of Understanding was signed...
BENGALURU - Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman on Saturday called upon startups to develop technologies and weapons for the Indian armed forces. "We (Ministry of Defence) want you to provide Indian solutions to problems faced by the armed forces. By indigenisation, India doesn't need to import many of the products that we do," Sitharaman told startups in this tech hub. "India wants its sectors disrupted through...
DHAKA - Visiting Indian Home Minister Rajnath Singh on Saturday inaugurated here the world's largest state-of-the-art visa centre, equipped with a range of modern facilities and, promising shorter waiting times for applicants, and also discussed a range of bilateral and regional issues of mutual concerns, including menace of terrorism, with Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina. "Inaugurated the state of the art Indian Visa Application Centre at Dhaka.
NOIDA - The world's largest mobile factory unveiled by South Korean tech giant Samsung in Noida will not only generate more jobs but also make India a global export hub, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said on Monday. Inaugurating the new facility spread over 129,000 sq metres at Sector 81 here, Modi said Samsung will export 30 per cent of the handsets made at the Noida factory to other markets.