Jaitley to address Nepal Investment Summit Today
- Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley will leave for Kathmandu on a day-long visit to Nepal today and will deliver key note address at the Nepal Investment Summit 2017
- Around 250 delegates from more than 20 countries including India are participating in two day summit.
- This is the first investment summit in Kathmandu since the promulgation of the Constitution in 2015.
- Nepal government is expecting Rs.100 billion investment commitment during the summit.
Heads of Nepal Government President of Nepal Bidhya Devi Bhandari
- Prime Minister Pushpa Kamal Dahal.
- Deputy Prime Minister
- Finance Krishna Bahadur Mahara.
S. Jaishankar meets US NSA to discuss bilateral ties
- Foreign Secretary S Jaishankar has met US National Security Advisor Lt Gen HR McMaster and discussed among other things counter-terrorism, bilateral relations and ways to take Indo-US ties forward.
- The meeting between Dr Jaishankar and Lt Gen McMaster gains significance as the top military leader was appointed as the National Security Advisor by US President Donald Trump ten days ago.
- India and Oman have explored ways to enhance cooperation between their navies during the talks of Navy Chief Admiral Sunil Lanba with top defence brass of the strategically important Gulf nation.
- Navy Chief Admiral, who arrived in Oman on the second leg of his two-nation tour, called on Oman's Defence Minister Bader al Busaidi and held extensive discussions with Commander of Royal Navy of Oman, Rear Admiral Abdullah bin Khamis Al Raisi today (02.03.2017)
- Telecom Secretary J S Deepak was today named India's next Ambassador to the World Trade Organisation (WTO) from June this year.
- A 1982 batch IAS officer from Uttar Pradesh, Deepak, who is at present attending the World Mobile Congress at Barcelona, has been shifted from the telecom ministry and has been made Officer on Special Duty in the commerce department.
- The World Trade Organization is a global international organisation dealing with the rules of trade between nations.
Prez Mukherjee to visit Kochi-Muziris Biennale today
- President Pranab Mukherjee will visit the ongoing third edition of the KOCHI-MUZIRIS Biennale, the biggest contemporary art exhibition in the country at Kochi today.
- He will also inaugurate a seminar on 'Importance of Sustainable Culture Building' at the Biennale venue. Mr Mukherjee will also tour the Aspinwall House venue of the spectacular event.
- Later, he will deliver the sixth KS Rajamany memorial lecture on 'India@70' organised by KS Rajamany Foundation.
Delhi govt extends midday meal scheme for girls up to class 12
- Delhi government extends midday meal scheme for girls up to class 12th. The city government will earmark separate funds in its budget proposals for extending the scheme, which as of now
- Covers boy and girl students till class 8 only. The government claimed that Delhi will become the first state in the country to serve midday meal up to class 12.
- The Centre gives around 95 crore rupees assistance to Delhi government annually for serving midday meal from Class 1 to 8. In Delhi, there are around one thousand government-run schools with 16 lakh students in them. Out of this there are around 450 girl schools.
Himachal govt takes steps for common man under Digital India initiative
- In Himachal Pradesh, the state government has taken many steps under Digital India initiative. The purpose is to make different government services accessible to common man.
- This was stated by Governor Acharya Devvrat during his address in budget session of state assembly yesterday. Applications like mobile app for car parking in Shimla, lodging of FIR and registration and monitoring of childcare institutes have been undertaken to provide services to citizens.
Haryana govt to set up two health institutes: CM
- Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal has clarified that the State Government is setting up two health institutes, a Medical College named after Astronaut Kalpana Chawla and a Medical University named after Pt. Deen Dayal Upadhaya in Karnal district.
Odisha Govt signs MoU with Invest India
- To promote start-ups in the state, the Odisha government has signed an agreement with Invest India, the National Investment Promotion and Facilitation Agency of the Union ministry of commerce and industries.
- A toll-free start up helpline, 1800-345-7100, was launched on the occasion. Speaking on the occasion, the chief minister, said Startup Odisha Initiative and Startup India Hub run by the Invest India will help us in achieving the Mission-1000 Startups by the year 2020 and help the youth in realising their dreams.
New drugs urgently needed to fight 12 superbugs: WHO
- World Health Organization, WHO has said that New drugs are urgently needed to fight 12 superbugs. The WHO published in Geneva its first ever list of antibiotic-resistant "priority pathogens" - a catalogue of 12 families of bacteria that pose the greatest threat to human health.
- The list was drawn up in a bid to guide and promote research and development (R&D) of new antibiotics, as part of WHO's efforts to address growing global resistance to antimicrobial medicines.
Brexit bill delayed as Lords back EU nationals' rights
- In Britain, the House of Lords voted yesterday the government's European Union (Notification of Withdrawal) Bill to amend and thereby delay a bill empowering Prime Minister Theresa May to begin Brexit negotiations, demanding guarantees for EU nationals living in Britain. Peers voted by 358 to 256 for an amendment requiring ministers protect the rights of more than three million European Union and European Economic Area (EEA) citizens after Britain leaves the bloc.
Malaysia to cancel visa-free entry for North Koreans
- Malaysia has decided to cancel visa-free entry for North Koreans. Deputy Prime Minister, Ahmad Zahid Hamidi, said in Kuala Lumpur that visa-free entry for North Koreans entering the country is cancelled from March 6, due to security reasons. He said North Koreans will be required to obtain a visa before entering Malaysia for national security reasons.
Classified US satellite launched from California
- A rocket carrying a classified US satellite for the National Reconnaissance Office has been launched from California. The Atlas 5 rocket lifted off yesterday (01.02.2017) and roared away into a clear sky over Vandenberg Air Force Base.
- All systems were going well when the launch webcast concluded about five minutes into the flight, as is customary during such missions. The satellite dubbed NROL-79 is described only as a national security payload for the NRO.
Sudan's Bashir names long-time ally and general prime minister
- Sudanese President Omar Hassan al-Bashir named his first Vice President and long-time ally Hassan Saleh to the newly-created post of Prime Minister.
- The ruling party's Deputy Leader Ibrahim Mahmoud said yesterday in a meeting chaired by President Bashir approved the nomination of Hassan